Central America – From the Costa Rican Coast to Baja California

Resort: Central America – From the Costa Rican Coast to Baja California
Operator: Hurtigruten
Destination: Caribbean and Central America
Price From: £2878.00

Overview

Join us on an expedition cruise to the Pacific coasts of Central America, taking in less-visited cities in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Mexico, and finishing in Californias San Diego. Along the way, well visit some of the best beaches and local communities, see a range of wildlife above and below the water, practice yoga on board, and discover the regions rich and diverse culture.

Itinerary

Day 1 San Jos, Costa Rica

This capital city, affectionately known as Chepe, offers several parks and museums to explore. Tour art galleries in Barrio Amn and dine out at top restaurants in Barrio Escalante before spending the night at your hotel. Arrange to arrive early for a Pre-Programme to a beautiful resort close to Manuel Antonio National Park.

Day 2 Puntarenas, Costa Rica

After breakfast, we join a boat tour on the Trcoles River. The mangrove forests here nest over 250 different bird species, including the scarlet macaw. Safe aboard the boat, you might also get good views of wild crocodiles on the riverbanks, some up to 15-feet long. We continue to Puntarenas where MS Roald Amundsen awaits.

Day 3 San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

This once sleepy fishing village is known for its crescent-shaped bay, rolling green hills, fresh seafood restaurants, and laidback surfer lifestyle. Relax on the beach, visit a 1500-year-old petroglyph near the river or hike to Cristo de la Misericordia, a 25-metre-tall statue that promises picturesque views over the town and beach.

Day 4 Puerto Corinto, Nicaragua

An hours shuttle bus from Puerto Corinto is the former capital of Nicaragua, Leon. Immerse in history at the Museo Histrico de la Revolucinand walk the citys revolution-related street murals. Visit Baslica de la Asuncin, the largest cathedral in Central America, and go up to the roof for views of the city and surrounding volcanos.

Day 5 Acajutla, El Salvador

Originally a Mayan village, Acajutla has developed into El Salvadors main port for exporting coffee. Visit Los Cabanos beach for great seafood and friendly locals. The 157km-long coral reef is also a perfect location for snorkeling and other water activities. In the distance, there are views of Izalco Volcano, once known as the Lighthouse of the Pacific.

Day 6 Puerto Chiapas, Mexico

After souvenir shopping at the ports crafts market, we take a 30-minute shuttle bus to cosmopolitan Tapachula. Thanks to the regions premium coffee and cocoa plantations, Mayan, Mestizo, and Spanish cultures have merged with immigrant German, Chinese, and French influences. Visit lively Parque Hidalgo which enjoys views of 4100-metre-high Volcn Tacan to the north.

Day 7 Huatulco, Mexico

With its nine scenic bays, 36 pristine beaches, sheltered coves, and rich marine life including four sea turtle species, its easy to see why Huatulco has become a haven for ecological tourism and sustainable snorkelling. Hike through protected forest to a deserted beach or visit a coffee plantation for a tour on how this liquid gold is produced.

Day 8-9 At Sea

Days at sea can be spent in full relaxation mode, attending interesting lectures delivered by the Expedition Team, and enjoying the fresh sea air out on deck while keeping a look-out for wildlife. You can also still keep active by taking advantage of our Yoga and Wellness programme. There are early morning 1-mile walks on deck and special stress-releasing stretching sessions. Join workshops on how to achieve physical and mental wellbeing by unblocking barriers to your internal energy, or let our massage therapists work their magic to soften any aches and strains.

Day 10 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Based along Baha de Banderas, Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s premier coastal destinations. The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe is an endearing downtown landmark while the boardwalk at El Malecnfeatures sculptures created by local and international artists. Bargain hunt at the two large public markets or drop in at the botanical gardens and zoo.

Day 11 At Sea

As we continue along the Mexican Pacific coast, spend this sea day at your leisure. Take advantage of the many onboard facilities, relax and meditate with a yoga workshop, or join in on lectures as we recap our voyage so far and prepare you for the days to come.

Day 12 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Situated at the southern tip of Baja California where the Sea of Corts meets the Pacific Ocean, Los Cabos peninsula is a mixture of desert and coastal landscapes. Visit Playa del Amor at Lands End where arching rocks form the photogenic El Arco. You might also see cardn cacti, caracara birds, sea lions, rays, and sharks.

Day 13-14 At Sea

Enjoy two more pleasant days at sea as we make our way further north. The Expedition Team will recap the voyage before we arrive at our final destination of San Diego. Spend time on deck looking for birds or dolphins following the ship. If weather allows, we will continue our yoga and meditation programme out on deck.

Day 15 San Diego, USA

San Diego is described as `Americas Finest City thanks to its laid-back vibe, more than 60 beautiful beaches, the museums of Balboa Park, the Latin-inspired food and architecture, and possibly Americas best weather. We highly recommend booking a Pre-Programme to explore more of what this city and its surroundings offer before returning home.

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