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Natural & Cultural History of Central America
5 Jan - 12 Jan
7 Nights
6 Ports
Ponant

Natural & Cultural History of Central America

5 January - 12 January 2021
From £3,473 pp

Duration

7 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

6 Ports

5 January

Setting sail from Puerto Caldera

Puerto Caldera is a major port on Costa Rica's Pacific coast, about an hour and a half from the capital, San José. Caldera itself is an industrial port with little to detain you, but the nearby city of Puntarenas is a popular beach destination, with a nice seafront promenade where you can relax with a drink or enjoy a seafood lunch. Other local attractions include the fantastic flora and fauna of the Carara Biological Reserve and beautiful Tortuga Island, a great spot for snorkelling.

6 January

Costa Rica: Curú Reserve

7 January

Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio National Park

8 January

At sea

9 January

Panama: Darién Jungle

10 January

At sea

11 January

Panama: San Blas Islands

12 January

Arriving in Colón

Situated at the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal, Colón takes its name from Christopher Columbus, known in Spanish as Cristóbal Colón, although it's hard to imagine the famous explorer would find much reason to linger here nowadays. Once a thriving port, the city is now in a state of seemingly terminal decline, its colonial architecture crumbling and the modern city beset by social problems. It's not somewhere you will want to hang around for long, and serves merely as a gateway to the Canal, which will carry you to much nicer places.

Our tip

The wildlife in the region is amazing, particularly the birds, so if you have the slightest interest then extend your stay in Panama.

The Ship

Your home from home

Ponant Explorers - Le Bougainville in Norway
Ponant - Le Laperouse - Suite de l'Armateur
Ponant - Le Champlain pool

Sleek and stylish, Ponant's wonderful Explorer yachts blend luxury and intimacy with a discreet elegance and tasteful décor.

What we love

Named after six of France's most famous explorers, Le Champlain, Le Lapérouse, Le Bougainville, Le Dumont d'Urville, Le Bellot and Le Jacques Cartier offer exciting and adventurous itineraries in the utmost comfort. Technologically advanced, with the latest in environmentally friendly hardware, the new ships embody Ponant's trademark élan and flair, with just 92 spacious rooms and suites, a stylish pool deck and an intimate, refined onboard ambience.

Capacity 184 Guests
Crew 110 Staff
Style Refined with a wonderful mix of a modern super yacht and nautical tradition, all with a French flair.
Inclusions
  • All meals in all venues
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • All soft drinks
  • Tea, coffee and pastries
  • All onboard entertainment
  • Unlimited use of the Fitness Centre
  • Expedition by zodiac on selected sailings
  • Complimentary WiFi
More about Le Champlain

Tailor-make your trip

Ways to make it better
Isla Palenque, Panama

Stay a little longer in Panama

It’s not in Colón, but if you want to extend your stay we propose Isla Palenque, off the Pacific coast of Panama – tricky to get to, but not to be missed.

Spider monkey in Panama

Explore the Panamian jungle

Take a canopy tour and swing between great trees, seeing the wildlife as you go. Watch out – it’s not for the faint-hearted!

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Natural & Cultural History of Central America

5 January - 12 January 2021
From £3,473 pp

Duration

7 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

6 Ports

Ship

Le Champlain of Ponant

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Why Mundy?

Who we are

Mundy Adventures is the intrepid little brother of Mundy Cruising plc, the UK's very first cruise specialist, and one of the leading companies in its field.
Edwina Lonsdale
Sharon Trigg
Hayley Meades
Cathy Ellis - Cruise Consultant, Mundy Cruising
Helen Fensom
Matthew Lonsdale

We specialise in travel by ship and have been doing so for over 45 years. By providing expert, personal service, insightful ideas and fascinating add-ons we aim to make your adventure holiday truly unique and special.

We're happy to do all of that on the telephone. But, if you prefer to chat face to face, then why not visit us at our comfortable offices just off London's Regent Street - we'd be delighted to see you.

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