CTA Travel

25-night South America Expedition Cruise

Cruise Line:
Silversea Cruises
Ship:
Silver Explorer
Destination:
Puntarenas/Valparaiso
Departure Date:
10/29/2019
Length:
25
Offer ID:
1317865


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Itinerary

Destination
Arrival
Departure
Puntarenas
Suggested Private Excursion
10/29/2019
10/29/2019 11:00:00 PM

The Central Pacific's largest city, Puntarenas sits on a long, narrow peninsula in the Gulf of Nicoya in Costa Rica. For years, it was the country's principal port, and though Puntarenas handles big cruise ships, a large fishing fleet still anchors in the estuary behind town. Being the country's most important fishing port, Puntarenas is the perfect place to enjoy fresh seafood. Though the water is murky, and the beach may seem a bit urban, it's a lively town on weekends, when people from San José fill its waterfront restaurants and bars. A series of open-air cafes that line the beach are the perfect place to head for dessert, or refreshments, since they specialize in ice cream and fresh fruit drinks.

Suggested Private Excursions

Puntarenas: Carara National Park Tour - 6 hours

Puntarenas: Jungle River & Crocodile Adventure Tour - 6 hours

Puntarenas: Carara National Park & Rio Tarcoles Mangrove Tour - 8 hours

Curu (Reserve)
10/30/2019 5:30:00 AM
10/30/2019 12:30:00 PM

The Curu Biological Reserve, on the Peninsula de Nicoya, offers diverse wildlife from white faced monkeys to phantom crabs. Though smaller than Ireland, Costa Rica boasts an amazing biodiversity. With more butterfly species than the whole of Africa, more bird species than Europe, its precious tropical rainforests harbour over half a million plant and aninial species. Small wonder that about a quarter of Costa Rica is protected nature reserve or national Park.

Tortuga Island (Curu)
10/30/2019 2:00:00 PM
10/30/2019 11:00:00 PM

Tortuga, a dream island and a little paradise in the Pacific Ocean, has something for everyone. More than just a beach, white sands and sun, Tortuga also offers luxuriant flora, fauna and adventure. Tortuga Island is a reflection today of more than twenty years of hard work by a Costa Rican family in the field of conservation and sustainable development. Over the last two years the island has seen changes that allow visitors to enjoy its natural beauty to the fullest.

Quepos
10/31/2019 5:30:00 AM
10/31/2019 11:00:00 PM

Microclimates characterize Costa Rica, but in a nation of verdant rain forest, the region around Quepos, on Coronado Bay is one of the richest and most bio-diverse places on earth. Its unspoiled natural beauty has secretly drawn visitors for decades and a cottage tourism industry has arisen to accommodate city-dwellers seeking a glimpse of the planet's vanishing wilds. Try to visit the Mangroves, rainforest and Manuel Antonio National Park where you can se howler monkeys, two and three toed sloths, crocodiles and iguanas.

Corcovado National Park
11/1/2019 5:30:00 AM
11/1/2019 8:00:00 PM

Considered one the most virgin regions of the country, the south Pacific encompasses one of the areas of major biodiversity in Costa Rica, the Corcovado National Park. Nature in its maximum expression… alive, exuberant, greened in every detail of the jungle growth. This, and more, is offered in the region that extends from the Barú River to the Panamanian border, and from the Talamanca mountain range to the Pacific coast.

Golfo Dulce (Puerto Jimenez)
11/2/2019 5:30:00 AM
11/2/2019 8:00:00 PM

Monkeys, parrots, jaguars, tapirs, and toucans inhabit the primitive rain forest of Costa Rica which lines the Golfo Dulce, or Sweet Gulf. Nature preserves and isolated beaches provide sanctuary for a great diversity of wildlife. The Golfo Dulce is home to the highest concentration of biodiversity in Costa Rica. The tropical haven includes species and habitats such as sea turtles, dolphins, humpback whales, mangrove forests and estuaries.

At Sea
11/3/2019
11/3/2019

No information currently available.

Cocos Island National Park
11/4/2019 5:30:00 AM
11/4/2019 5:00:00 PM

Cocos Island National Park might be thought of as the little Galapagos of Costa Rica. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, the island is the northernmost and oldest of a chain of volcanoes, mostly submarine. Cocos Island is one of the world’s most spectacular diving spots, famous for its schools of white-tipped and hammerhead sharks, eerie manta rays, pilot whales, and whale sharks. Snorkelers swimming closer to the surface can enjoy viewing moray eels and colorful reef fish. On land, guides will lead visitors to discover the beautiful bird life of the island.


 


 

At Sea
11/5/2019
11/5/2019

No information currently available.

At Sea
11/6/2019
11/6/2019

No information currently available.

Isla de la Plata
11/7/2019 5:30:00 AM
11/7/2019 5:30:00 PM

Isla de la Plata lies off the coast of Ecuador, and boasts an abundant amount of wildlife. There are some nice hiking trails to the top of the Island. From there, the view is incredible and you can watch the frigate birds, boobies, and albatross. During your visit you will surely encounter dolphins or whales offshore, and it is common for guides to introduce you to some of the quiet and clear bays to snorkel or swim.




 

Machala
11/8/2019 6:30:00 AM
11/8/2019 8:00:00 PM

No information currently available.

Guayaquil
11/9/2019 6:30:00 AM
11/9/2019

This tropical city of over two million people spreads out along the banks of chocolate-colored Guayas River, about 12 miles from Gulf of Guayaquil. The river, navigable for the largest of ocean vessels, makes this one of the Pacific's most important and best-protected ports. Visitors find the city itself is primarily valued as a gateway for the Galapagos Island and the rest of the country. Ecuador's scenic capital Quito can be reached via a 45-minute flight from Guayaquil. Lush green hillsides, snow-capped volcano cones and brilliant sunshine combine to make the city a charming surprise. Guayaquil offers a rich and interesting history. The meeting of Bolivar and San Martin is commemorated with the colonnaded La Rotunda facing the river. Other attractions include Colon Park where the city was founded, the Santo Domingo Church and the cemetery, often called the White City. With its elaborate tombs and monuments, this is one of South America's most striking burial grounds.

At Sea
11/10/2019
11/10/2019

No information currently available.

Isla Lobos De Tierra
11/11/2019 8:00:00 AM
11/11/2019 1:30:00 PM

Lobos de Tierra is a beautiful island located off the Pacific coast of the Lambayeque Region, in Peru. It is the only island in the Peruvian coast where there is vegetation. On this island birds live in rocky hillsides and sandy beaches. Nearby small-scale fisheries and aquaculture are practiced.

Salaverry
Suggested Private Excursion
11/12/2019 6:30:00 AM
11/12/2019 12:00:00 PM

This is the port for Trujillo, the "Lordly City," whose elegant mansions and churches reflect the aristocracy of the Spanish colonial era. Here you may opt for a thrilling excursion to Chan-Chan, an immense and magnificent enclave that since A.D. 1300 has been the center of the sophisticated Chim culture.

Suggested Private Excursions

SALAVERRY: Moche ancient oracles - 3.5 hours

SALAVERRY: Huaca Dragon and Chan Chan - 3.5 hours

SALAVERRY: El Brujo Archeological Complex and Dama de Cao Museum - 5 hours

Paracas Bay
11/14/2019 9:30:00 AM
11/14/2019 6:00:00 PM

The Paracas Bay is best known for the area known as "The Galapagos of Peru" or the Ballestas Islands Wildlife Reserve. The sea bird colonies and marine mammals that inhabit these barren and desolate islands are some of the most spectacular in the world, including the Guanay, Red-legged and Neotropic Cormorants, the Peruvian and Blue-footed Boobies, the Peruvian Pelican, several species of tern and gulls, including the Inca Tern, and several species of petrel. There are also breeding grounds of South American fur seals and sea lion as well as a small colony of Humboldt penguins. Other interesting wildlife less frequently seen on trips to the Ballestas includes sea turtles and albatross. On the way to Ballestas, you will be able to see the candelabra in the coastal sand dunes - one of the many giant petroglyphs that dot the landscape.

At Sea
11/15/2019
11/15/2019

No information currently available.

Matarani
11/16/2019 6:00:00 AM
11/16/2019 6:00:00 PM

Matarani is a port city in the Arequipa Region of Peru.

Arica
11/17/2019 8:00:00 AM
11/17/2019 8:30:00 PM

This seaside oasis among golden sand dunes is Chile's northernmost gateway; it is also a rapidly developing resort. Located just 30 miles from the border of Peru and linked to Bolivia by land and air, Arica enjoys an interesting cultural exchange. The city lies at the foot of the Morro headland, with the Andes as a distant backdrop. A mild climate, with year-round temperatures of 70-75 degrees, gardens and parks brimming with luxuriant flora have earned Arica the name "City of Eternal Spring." Arica's most prominent site is the Morro, rising steeply above the city. It was the scene of a great victory by Chile over Peru in the War of the Pacific on June 7, 1880. At the foot of the Morro is the Plaza Colon with the cathedral of San Marcos, built in iron by Gustave Eiffel. He also designed the nearby Customs House.

At Sea
11/18/2019
11/18/2019

No information currently available.

Antofagasta
11/19/2019 5:30:00 AM
11/19/2019 11:00:00 PM

Being the major attraction of the second region Antafogasta is a city with much tradition.

This area/region is also blessed with the clearest skies in the world, with no more then 20 cloudy days in a year, and therefore home to many observatories with some of the world's largest telescopes.

Of the places interesting to see, the Barrio Historico stands out. There you can visit the Muelle Salitrero, a national monument built in 1872 by the Melbourne Clarc Co.. This pier was where they loaded the saltpeter for shipping to other parts of the world. It also served during the Pacific War as a place to embark and disembark Chilean soldiers.

Another place that should be visited by visitors is the Centro Urbano (downtown center), with the Plaza Colon surrounded by big old trees. There is also the Torre del Reloj (clock tower), which is a small replica of Big Ben in London and also a national monument.

Alongside this is the Quiosco de la Oquesta, where different choirs traditionally meet to play for the public. In the Plaza Colon there is also a gothic styled Cathedral with many stained glass windows. Along one side of the church is the Teatro Municipal (Municipal theater), recently constructed and that intends to become a stop for well known artists.

Another interesting building of Antofagasta is the Ruina de Huanchaca, a silver foundry, constructed in 1873.

As far as natural attractions are concerned, be sure to pay a visit to the coast to admire the fascinating rock formations there.

Isla Pan De Acuzar
11/20/2019 1:30:00 PM
11/20/2019 6:00:00 PM

The island can be reached by boat from Caleta on the mainland. However, passengers are not allowed to exit the boat and go ashore. The island is home to a colony of Humboldt Penguins, which use the is and as a breeding ground.  Other mammals include the Culpeo Fox, Chilla Fox and European Hare. The shoreline area is home to marine mammals, as are the Marine Otter and the South American Sea Lion.

Coquimbo
11/22/2019 6:30:00 AM
11/22/2019 1:00:00 PM

Coquimbo is near the northern port city of La Serena and one of Chile’s regional capitals. It lies between the Atacama Desert and the central valley, rich in agriculture and is an important distribution center for fruit from the Elqui Valley. Some of the elaborate woodwork handcrafted on the buildings here by early British and American settlers still remains and these wooden buildings are among Chile’s most interesting historical structures. From here you can visit the resort town of La Serena (cathedral and churches), the mountain-topTololo Observatory and the Elqui Valley.

Santiago (Valparaiso)
Suggested Private Excursion
11/23/2019 7:30:00 AM
11/23/2019

Santiago, with over four million people, is the fifth-largest city in South America. Standing in a wide plain 1,800 feet above sea level, Santiago boasts a beautiful setting. Snow-capped peaks of the Andes chain provide a dramatic backdrop. Tastefully laid-out public gardens contribute to the beauty of the city. However, Santiago also suffers from horrendous traffic and a high percentage of pollution. The heart of Santiago is the Plaza de Armas, flanked by the cathedral, the archbishop’s palace, the National History Museum and fine arcaded buildings lined with shops. The two-mile-long Avenida O’Higgins is the major thoroughfare, commonly known as the Alameda. There is a splendid view over the city from San Cristobal Hill, crowned by the statue of the Virgin Mary.

Suggested Private Excursions

Valparaiso: Encounter with the Art - 4 hours

Valparaiso - Wines of the Casablanca Valley

Itinerary subject to change without notice. Please confirm itinerary at time of booking.

Port, security and handling fees, government fees and taxes are included in the fare. Price does not include airfare, transfers and airline government fees and taxes.

Departure Date:
10/29/2019
Number of Nights
25
Cruise Inclusions:
  • Spacious Ultra-Luxury Suites - over 85% with Private Verandas
  • Butler Service - All Suites
  • Complimentary Beverages Served Throughout the Ship
  • Gratuities
  • Open-Seating Dining
  • In-Suite Dining and 24-Hour Room Service
  • In-Suite Beverages
  • Free Wi-Fi Throughout the Ship*
  • Transportation into Town

*Every guest will receive one free hour of Wi-Fi per day, with select suites receiving unlimited Wi-Fi.

Available Addons:
  • Optional shore excursions
  • Air/Hotel Program
  • Hotel-Only Program
  • Extra Night Accommodations
  • Transfer-Only Package
  • Air Upgrades and Special Requests

 

Remarks:
Cruise Only Fares are in US dollars, per person, based on double occupancy. In addition to the rates listed above, guests are also required to purchase Silversea's Air Charter Package on select voyages for an additional charge to be added at the

All prices per person and in USD unless otherwise stated.
Offer ID:
1317865

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