THE AMERICAN TROPICS – FT. LAUDERDALE TO LIMA, PERU
DATE: OCT. 10-30, 2019
DURATION: 21 DAYS/20 NIGHTS
EMBARK: FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
DISEMBARK: LIMA, PERU
SHIP: Silver Cloud Expedition
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Free or reduced Rate Airfare available.
Pre- and Post-Cruise tour are available.
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Enjoy America’s Tropics – Immerse yourself in Caribbean and South American nature and culture, all thanks to the connection created by the Panama Canal. This incredible voyage will leave from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA and transport us immediately to the paradise offered by Harbour and Provencia Islands. After crossing the Panama Canal, go birding at magical Isla de la Plata in Ecuador (compared to the Galapagos Islands for its wildlife). Explore ancient ruins in Peru at the Temples of the Sun and Moon to learn about Moche culture. Hike Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio National Park to view rare flora and fauna, as well as one of three other national reserves in Machala, Ecuador. This voyage is a birdwatcher’s dream, with over 20 species endemic and visible in these regions, including Blue- and Red-footed Boobies, toucans, and egrets, kingbirds, and Magnificent Frigatebirds, among many others. Go snorkelling to visit the diverse sea life at Conception Island, Providencia, San Andres and Isla de la Plata. Throughout the voyage, learn about the history, geology, wildlife and botany of these locations from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.
Harbour Island, Bahamas –
Harbour Island charms every visitor, with its colorful Colonial houses and wild horses occasionally spotted running along the serene beaches. The unusual Harbour Island beaches are known for their pink sands. The pink color actually comes from a microscopic organism (foraminifera) with a reddish-pink shell, and looks stunning against the azure blues of the Bahamian waters.
Providencia Island, Columbia –
Providencia Island boasts hike-worthy views and a stunningly bright blue lagoon noted for the vibrancy of its waters even on a cloudy day. It is a Columbian island with a distinctly Caribbean atmosphere, yet the residents of this special destination speak predominantly English and an English-based Creole.
Panama Canal, Panama –
In daylight we will traverse the 48-mile Panama Canal, a manmade waterway that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and one of the most challenging engineering projects ever undertaken.
Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica –
Visit Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica’s emblematic national park and a crucial wildlife sanctuary, home to many of Costa Rica’s endangered species. While this is Costa Rica’s “smallest” national park, it spans 1,700 acres of land and 136,000 acres of ocean! The site is known for its wildlife-rich hiking trails and gorgeous white sand beaches.
Isla de la Plata, Ecuador –
Spend time on Isla de la Plata, or the Island of Silver, where legend says that hundreds of tons of silver and gold were hidden and never recovered by Sir Francis Drake. Hike across the spectacular island, compared to the Galapagos Islands for its fauna, making it ideal for bird-watching and snorkelling.
• Visit the archaelogical remains of the Huaca of the Sun and Huaca of the Moon, scaled temples built by the Moche civilization of northern Peru in approximately 500 AD.
• Learn about the Moche culture through the rich iconography and monumental architecture that remain.
Wildlife Watch List:
• Toucans, Black-necked Stilt , Cattle and Great Egrets, Turkey and Black Vulture, Tropical Kingbird, Lemon-rumped, Blue-grey, White-shouldered, Beryl-spangled and Palm Tanager, Rufous-tailed and Violet-bellied Hummingbird, White-necked Jacobin, Long-tailed Mockingbird, Rufous Motmot, Chestnut-mandibled Toucan, Long-wattled Umbrellabird, Ornate, Boat-billed and Olive-striped Flycatcher, White-bearded Manakin
• Magnificent Frigatebirds, Brown Pelicans, Brown, Blue-footed, Red-footed and Nazca Boobies, Red-billed Tropicbirds
• Sloths, dart frogs, spider and howler monkeys
Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity.
- All meals
- Beverages, open bar, beer, wine, liquor
- Room service
- Butler service
- All excursions
- Expedition leaders and guest speakers
- Gratuities to ship crew.
Pre- and Post-cruise tours
Air Fare (Unless Free Air is available)
ARRIVE FT. LAUDERDALE
DAY 1 – THU – OCT. 10 – ARRIVE FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Transfer to your included hotel near the port.
Ft Lauderdale - Embarkation
Like many southeast Florida neighbors, Fort Lauderdale has long been revitalizing. In a state where gaudy tourist zones often stand aloof from workaday downtowns, Fort Lauderdale exhibits consistency at both ends of the 2-mile Las Olas corridor. The sparkling look results from upgrades both downtown and on the beachfront. Matching the downtown’s innovative arts district, cafés, and boutiques is an equally inventive beach area, with hotels, cafés, and shops facing an undeveloped shoreline, and new resort-style hotels replacing faded icons of yesteryear.
HARBOUR ISLAND, BAHAMAS
Harbour Island is a small slip of island, extending three miles from north to south and less than half a mile wide. The island at the northern tip of the much larger Eleuthera Island. Despite its small size it has about 1,700 residents and one incorporated town, Dunmore Town, named after the governor of the Bahamas John Murray, the 4th Earl of Dunmore (1785 to 1798 governorship). The island is known for its pink sand beaches – the pink comes from a microscopic organism (foraminifera) with a reddish-pink shell.
CONCEPTION ISLAND, BAHAMAS
Conception Island is an uninhabited island in the Bahamas, and a protected Bahamas National Land and Sea Park. The approximately 3 square-mile island is pristine, with idyllic powder white beaches and crystal-clear water. Conception island is an important nesting location for seabirds and a hatching site for green sea turtles. Snorkelers and divers will see a wide array of tropical fish, among them Queen Anglefish, Nassau Groupers, Rainbow Parrotfish and Blue Tangs. Lucky visitors may get to see wild dolphin that frequent the area at times.
Located on the Pembroke Peninsula of Wales amidst long stretches of sandy beaches and stunning coastal scenery, this historic valley settlement features a number of timeless buildings centered along its quaint Main Street that runs inside the original walls of the town. The municipality itself is surrounded by residential estates, farmland and woods along the estuary of the River Cleddau. Pembroke’s rich history dates back to the 11th century when the namesake was little more than a timber fortification on the banks of the Pembroke River.
The cliffs of small Skomer Island off the southwest coast of Wales are accessible only by boat. Skomer has a large population of breeding seabirds.
PROVIDENCIA ISLAND, COLOMBIA
The San Andres and Providencia archipelago comprises Colombia’s Caribbean islands, lying some 290 miles north of the South American coast.
SAN ANDRES ISLAND, COLOMBIA
Palm-dotted San Andres is only eight miles long and two miles wide. It is noted for beautiful sand beaches, crystal-clear waters and good diving sites. At one time the island belonged to Britain and, according to local lore; it was a favorite hideout for the legendary pirate Henry Morgan. In 1822, San Andres came under the control of Colombia. In recent years the original population has greatly increased due to unrestricted immigration from the mainland.
BOCAS DEL TORO, PANAMA
Translated as Mouths of the Bull, Bocas del Toro is both a province and an archipelago in the northwest Caribbean Sea in Panama. The archipelago contains 10 larger islands (including the main Isla Colon, where the town of Bocas del Toro is situated), 50 cays and 200 tiny islets. The region contains Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park, Panama’s first national marine park that covers over 32,000 acres and protects forests, mangroves, monkeys, sloths, caiman, crocodile and 28 species of amphibians and reptiles. The park also contains Playa Larga, an important nesting site for sea turtles.
The provincial capital of Colón, beside the canal’s Atlantic entrance, is named for the Spanish-language surname of Christopher Columbus, though the Americans called it Aspinwall in the 19th century. It was once a prosperous city, as the architecture of its older buildings attests, but it spent the second half of the 20th century in steady decay. Though the 21st century brought relief to the city’s chronic unemployment problems, much of it remains a slum, and crime is endemic.
PANAMA CANAL TRANSIT
The Panama Canal bisects the country just to the west of Panama City, which enjoys excellent views of the monumental waterway. Between the canal and the rain forest that covers its islands, banks, and adjacent national parks, there is enough to see and do to fill several days. Central Panama stretches out from the canal across three provinces and into two oceans to comprise everything from the mountains of the Cordillera Central to the west, to the Caribbean coral reefs and colonial fortresses in the north, to the beaches of the Pearl Islands in the Bahía de Panamá (Bay of Panama) in the south.
QUEPOS - MANUEL ANTONIO PARK
Quepos allows tourists to experience a once in a lifetime nature experience in Manuel Antonio National Park without leaving any of the familiar amenities behind. The close proximity of the park, located just 4.3 miles (7 km) to the south, and a wide array of services makes Quepos the perfect place to visit for those who wish to explore this enchanting area. The amenities available include everything from banks, restaurants, hotels, gift shops, bakeries, bars, a hospital, supermarket and even a post office.
GOLFITO, COSTA RICA
Golfito, is situated along a small inlet of Golfo Dulce. This small port city is a narrow strip along Golfito Bay backed against steep green hills covered with pristine rainforest, with the Golfo Dulce seaward outside Golfito Bay. Surrounded by tropical rainforest, Golfito provides an ideal location to escape from your hectic schedule and enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica with a stunning backdrop of verdant hills and lush rainforest.
ISLA DE LA PLATA, ECUADOR
Isla de la Plata translates to ‘Island of Silver’, and the name was derived from the legend of swashbuckling pirate Sir Francis Drake’s buried silver treasure. The popular legend states that in the 16th century, hundreds of tons of silver and gold were never fully recovered and are still hidden on the island. The island was privately owned until 1979, when it was declared part of Ecuador’s Machalilla National Park. Best known for its fauna, which is amazingly similar to that of the Galapagos Islands, Isla de la Plata is a delightful place for birding, photography and long nature walks.
Several National Sanctuaries and Ecological Reserves found near Machala boast sun-drenched beaches and mangrove forests. Pelicans, frigatebirds, and egrets nest nearby as Blue-footed Boobies dive for fish further out to sea. Whales and dolphins can occasionally be seen in the vicinity. Machala, with a population of approximately 250,000 inhabitants, is moreover known for traditional Latin American foods from shrimp ceviche to fried bananas. In fact, bananas feature heavily in the culture as the city is also known as the “Capital of the Banana”.
ISLA LOS LOBOS DE TIERRA, PERU
Isla Lobos de Tierra and Lobos de Afuera are steep and rocky islands that protrude more than 200 feet from the surface of the deep blue Pacific. An abundant array of marine mammals and seabirds surround these two islands. Sea lions bask on the beach and hundreds of Blue-footed Boobies can be viewed ashore as well, while Peruvian Pelicans pass overhead. Lucky visitors may see the rare blue whale pass by these islands.
Located about nine hours north of Lima, Trujillo was founded in 1534 by the Spanish conquistador Pizarro. The attractive, colonial city retains much of its original charm with elegant casonas, or mansions, lining the streets. Nearby is Chan Chan, the ancient capital of the Chimú, a local Indian tribe who came under the rule of the Incas. The area has several other Chimú sites, some dating back about 1500 years. The region is also famous as the home of the Peruvian Paso horses, as well as excellent beaches offering world-class surfing and other water sports.
LIMA (CALLAO), PERU - DISEMBARK
When people discuss great South American cities, Lima is often overlooked. But Peru’s capital can hold its own against its neighbors. It has an oceanfront setting, colonial-era splendor, sophisticated dining, and nonstop nightlife.
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