CENTRAL AMERICA EXPLORER
PANAMA TO MEXICO
CENTRAL AMERICA EXPLORER
10 Day Cruise from USD$2,995
PANAMA, COLOMBIA, NICARAGUA, HONDURAS, BELIZE, MEXICO
PANAMA TO MEXICO 02 MAY 2019

EXPLORE THE STUNNING CARIBBEAN COAST OF CENTRAL AMERICA

Visiting six countries in ten days our Central America Explorer takes us to the tropical waters of Panama, Colombia, Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize & Mexico. Onboard One Ocean Expeditions’ newest vessel, RCGS Resolute, the idyllic Caribbean Sea awaits us as we journey through stunning bays, islands and numerous national parks. Famous for its high concentration of wildlife, Central America offers the perfect blend of wildlife watching, active discovery and relaxation in warm waters. With turquoise seas and lush forests, magnificent Mayan ruins, bustling markets and flourishing farms, the Caribbean coast of Central America is packed with opportunities to explore.

Swim and snorkel around colourful coral reefs during the day before dancing the night away to reggae music by night. Whether you choose to soak up the sun on palm-lined beaches, hike through protected national parks or kayak to remote bays, our small group expedition will offer something for everyone.

Rich in culture as well as wildlife, cultural and historical points of interest will allow you to experience the ancient Creole culture and explore the relatively undiscovered San Blas islands, protected by the native Kuna. Our journey begins in Panama City where we travel to meet RCGS Resolute, waiting for us in Colon. From here we venture up the coast visiting Colombia, Nicaragua, Honduras and Belize before reaching our final destination in Cozumel, Mexico.

Tour Highlights
  • Visit six countries in ten days
  • Explore the San Blas Islands, an undiscovered archipelago
  • Swim & snorkel around the colourful reefs
  • Learn about the historic Creole culture

Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    PANAMA, COLOMBIA, NICARAGUA, HONDURAS, BELIZE, MEXICO

  • When
    :

    02 MAY 2019

  • What
    :

    CRUISE

ON THIS TRIP
  • Zodiac excursions
  • Onshore hiking options
  • Wildlife observation
  • Photographer-in-Residence
  • Sea kayaking available
  • Whale watching
  • Local guides
  • Educational presentations
  • Active Cruising & Wellness
Itinerary

(THURSDAY, 02 MAY 2019)

We will rendezvous mid-afternoon at a central location in Panama City and transfer by bus to the port at Colon. Upon arriving at the port we will board RCGS Resolute, our home for the next 10 days. Ideally you will have arrived a day or two early into Panama City, in order to adjust to any time change, acclimatize, and prepare for our adventure together.

You could opt for a day trip through the Panama Canal as our voyage heads straight out into the Caribbean Sea. Having a day or two buffer also helps if you experience any flight delays or other travel hurdles.

After embarking and settling into our rooms, we’ll gather for cocktails, followed by dinner, after which we’ll relax on deck and enjoy the tropical sunset.

With over 365 islands scattered over 100 square miles, we could spend an entire year visiting an island each day. Most of the islands are not inhabited, however, the larger islands – Aguja, Kuanidup, Chichime and El Porvenir are inhabited by the indigenous people known as the Kuna, or Guna.

Since 1925 the Kuna have maintained political autonomy from the mainland and still practice their traditional form of government. Although the San Blas Islands are a very popular vacation destination for Panamanians, it is recognized that any visitor there is a guest of the Kuna.

Their reliance on small crops, fishing and harvesting coconuts has kept the islands largely free of any industry and therefore beautiful and pristine.

Cartagena’s ‘Old Town’, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is surrounded by more than 10 kilometres of centuries-old stone walls. Within these walls lie a maze of cobblestoned streets and alleys. Bougainvillea drips off the balconies of colonial houses and a resplendent cathedral appears around every corner.

We will wander the streets taking in the vibrant colours of the markets, the brightly painted houses, artisan shops and galleries. Be sure to take a break and cool down with a limonada de coco (with or without rum).

Later in the day we’ll sail for the Rosario Islands. These 28 islands were declared a National Park in order to protect the critical coral reef that encircles the archipelago. Later in the day, we’ll sail for the Rosario Islands, which were declared a National Park in order to protect the critical coral reef that encircles the archipelago.

We will grab a snorkel, kayak or paddle board and head off to learn more about the coral and ecosystems first-hand. The evening and following day will be spent at sea, heading towards the San Andrés and Providencia Islands.

As we continue to make our way from Panama to Colombia we learn, through a series of educational presentations, about the local flora and fauna we hope to encounter in the coming days.

Photography awareness will play a big role, to ensure we understand the opportunities available to us in order to capture these incredible experiences as we continue to our second of six countries in just ten days. This is a great opportunity to take binoculars out on deck and look for seabirds travelling alongside the ship.

This quirky pair of islands, San Andrés and Providencia, found off the coast of Nicaragua, are historically connected to England and are politically part of Colombia. The result, socially speaking, is the 300-year-old English-Creole-speaking Raizal culture which bumps up against the much more recently arrived Colombian culture. These islands are a favourite weekend getaway for Colombians who come here to party, shop tax-free, and sunbathe.

Fortunately the night life is concentrated in the towns, leaving the rest of the island quite peaceful and pristine. We will take the time to investigate the quieter corners, bays, and atolls, perhaps stopping for a snorkel or paddle, to take in the beauty of the coral reefs.

On Providencia we can, once again, spend time in the small town, or stretch our legs on a hike up Alto El Pico, for 360-degree views of the entire Caribbean. Those looking for a more gentle stroll can wander the beaches or head to the north end of the island to cross Lover’s Bridge, which takes you to Santa Catalina, the next island.

Once a hot-spot for pirates, Miskito Cays may be the least discovered island of Nicaragua. Sitting 80km off shore, Miskito Cays are part of the Northern Atlantic autonomous region, which is recognized by the Nicaraguan government.

The Miskito people have maintained their ancient culture, governed by their ‘Council of Elders’ and continue to practice the tradition of no private property. The seascape and marine life in this area is so complex, delicate and interesting, it was declared part of the larger Biological Marine reserve and Coastal Fringe in 1991.

What better way to take in this amazing ecosystem than with a tranquil paddle in a kayak or on a stand-up paddle board. If you’d rather keep your feet dry, you can stroll the beaches and head for ‘town’ – a cluster of homes built on stilts in the water.

Originally named Pine Island by Christopher Columbus, Guanaja is both lush and mountainous with its highest peak topping out at 1400 feet. We have the option of a short hike to the only waterfall on the island, or a longer hike up to Grant’s Peak for amazing views of the nearby islands.

Sitting on the second largest barrier reef in the world, it is not surprising that diving and snorkeling are very popular activities. If anyone is interested in catching dinner, there is guided fly-fishing available and for those looking to hit the ‘big city’, Bonacca (actually an island itself) has a store, a bank and a pharmacy.

Officially named Jeanette Kawas National Park in honour of the environmental activist, this park was previously known as Punta Sal. Here the large lagoon, marine estuaries, tropical rainforests, and mangrove swamps make for an incredibly diverse National Park.

Jungle trails allow us to explore the park, a well-known birding destination with over 300 species noted, including the green-breasted mountain-gem and resplendent quetzal. The West Indian manatee and several types of sea turtles also frequent this area.

Further inland you may run into howler or white-headed capuchin monkeys. This park is also inhabited by the Garifuna people who have lived here for hundreds of years. Their villages are scattered throughout the park and the Garifuna traditions and culture are also protected by the park’s mandate.

World renowned for their diving, snorkeling and fly-fishing, blackbird caye and the turneffe atoll offer an incredible array of marine life. More than 500 species of fish, 65 species of stony coral, plus sea turtles, manatees, dolphins, and a plethora of seabirds, all call this area home.

Using our kayaks, paddle boards, zodiacs, or simply our feet, we will get up close and personal with these hidden treasures. A paddle through the lagoons will reveal more than 150 mangrove islands and the incredible marine life that goes with that.

(SATURDAY 11 MAY,2019)

Today you will wake up off the shores of Cozumel, Mexico the final destination of this voyage. After breakfast we will bid farewell to the crew and disembark the ship.

Transportation will be provided to the Cozumel airport where you can begin your journey home, or on to further adventures in Mexico.

Pricing and Inclusions
Pricing and inclusions

     

    << EARLYBIRD PRICES >> BUY BY 30 JUNE 2018

    CABIN TYPEPER PERSONONE CLUB MEMBER**
    Triple PrivateUSD $2,995
    Twin PrivateUSD $4,295USD $2,696
    SuperiorUSD $4,895USD $3,866
    Superior PlusUSD $5,095USD $4,406
    Shackleton SuiteUSD $6,095USD $4,586
    One Ocean SuitUSD $7,695USD $5,486
    Charter FlightNO INCLUDEDNO INCLUDED

    * USD$1,000 discount included in the price.

    **Everyone who has travel with One Ocean Expeditions is a One Club Member, and entitled to this program and all its benefits.

    Single travellers can choose to share with another traveller (matched based on gender and age) and pay the above prices.
    Sole use of a cabin has a 50% surcharge, and 100% for Suites.

     

    INCLUSIONS

    • Comprehensive pre-voyage information package including details to help you prepare for your voyage
    • Transfers to the ship on embarkation day and from the ship to the airport or local hotel on disembarkation
    • Shipboard accommodation in your selected cabin category with daily housekeeping. Cabins feature outside views with windows or portholes that open on each deck
    • High quality, eco friendly, Canadian made natural amenities in every cabin
    • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage with daily afternoon tea
    • 24-hour tea, coffee, hot chocolate in bar lounge plusin-cabin tea, coffee, hot chocolate replenished daily
    • Experienced Expedition Leader and professional expedition team of marine bioligists, naturalists, historians, adventure guides and photographers
    • Daily off-ship excursions by zodiac boat breaking into small groups for shore landings
    • Guided hikes and walks on shore of various durations for guests of all abilities
    • Visits to wildlife colonies, historic sites, places of outstanding natural beauty and communities
    • Educational presentations and talks by experts in their field (ie. marine biologists, naturalists, historians etc). On board or on shore
    • Resident photography guide available to assist all guests
    • Access to computers in the multimedia lab for image downloads, file back up and management
    • An emergency trained medical physician onboard every voyage
    • Dedicated hospitality team including Hotel Manager, four chefs, professional bar staff and Adventure Concierge staff
    • Onboard sauna, plunge pool, jacuzzi and fitness centre including personal trainer and massage options (charge applies for massage and spa treatments)
    • Access to well stocked library full of reference books
    • Optional sea kayaking, snorkeling, stand up paddling boarding, etc. (inlcuded in the voyage fare)
    • End of voyage video, photos and take home USB
    • Port fees and all permits to access visited areas

     

    NOT INCLUDED

    • Any international or local airfare unless otherwise specified in the voyage itinerary
    • Visa and passport expenses
    • Pre or post-cruise hotel accommodation unless otherwise specified in the itinerary (or pre-arranged)
    • Pre or post-cruise transfers unless otherwise specified in the itinerary (or pre-arranged)
    • Personal expenses on board such as alcoholic beverages, bar charges or laundry expenses
    • Telecommunication charges (ie. email, satellite phone)
    • Baggage, cancellation or medical travel insurance related expenses (comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory on all One Ocean Expeditions trips)
    • A voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for expedition staff and ship crew (suggested amount –$US12-15 per day)
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