Central America - From Ecuador to Baja California

Join us on an adventurous cruise to Central America. We sail from Ecuador and call on remote towns and islands, discover lush rainforests, scout for wildlife and enjoy architectural treasures along the Pacific coast of Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua before we arrive in colourful Mexico.

  • Experience the best of Latin America – six countries on one expedition cruise
  • Explore stunning landscapes, balmy climates and colourful cultures
  • Get close to rich biodiversity - monkeys, mangroves, humming birds and more
  • Visit amazing national parks

The itinerary

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, ice and sea conditions set the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly present – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.

Departure 16 April 2020

Departs from Guayaquil, Ecuador

Six Tropical Treasures

Discover the beauty of Latin America’s Pacific coast. Enjoy the tropical climate as we sail to discover historic culture, beautiful landscape and rich wildlife in six unique countries.

Across the Equator

We start our expedition cruise on board MS Roald Amundsen in Ecuador, and cross Equator as we sail north to our first calls on Colombia’s Pacific coast. Next, we visit Gorgona Island, a beautiful tropical isle and national park with lush green rainforest and fascinating volcanic rock formations. Here we´ll find the village of Bahia Solano, located in splendid isolation, for wildlife watching or enjoying a range of activities.

Panamanian Park and Costa Rican Relaxing

In Panama, we call on Darien National Park, home to the Embras community and remarkable flora and wildlife. Cebaco Island offers great hiking opportunities through its tropical rainforest.

Throughout the expedition cruise, you can enjoy the slow pace of life, unwind on the beach, or swim in the warm waters. Quepos and Golfito in Costa Rica offer fantastic activities as our next stops.

Nicaragua and Mexico

Nicaragua’s San Juan del Sur is the perfect setting for a relaxed day with on a sandy beach, before we sail north to Mexico and Acapulco, which invites you for a stroll through its historic centre and the botanical garden. Finally, we set sail northbound to La Paz, the capital of Baja California in Mexico to complete our adventure.

Day 1: Guayaquil, Ecuador
A bridge over a body of water

Welcome to Ecuador!


Guayaquil was founded in 1538 and quickly became the largest shipyard in South America, often being attacked by pirates. We recommend a stroll through the historic centre, a visit of the Mercado Artesanal or a walk along the riverfront at Malecon 2000. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Guayaquil, Ecuador
A view of a city

Start of the ship expedition


After breakfast we take you on a city tour to learn more about the city and its interesting history.  The tour ends at the pier where MS Roald Amundsen awaits your embarkation.

Day 3: At sea

Serenity at Sea

Enjoy your first day at sea! We will celebrate crossing the Equator with a special ceremony. Our Expedition Team will start the lecture programme, introduce the voyage and let you know about plans for the exciting days ahead.

Day 4: Gorgona Island, Colombia
A sandy beach next to the water
Photo: Aviatur Photo

Gorgona Island National Park

Full day

Situated about 35 km off the Colombian Pacific coast, we will spend a day in Gorgona Island National Park, home to 620 square kilometres of rich wildlife and tropical forest.

Day 5: Bahía Solano, Colombia
A close up of a flower
Photo: Ivan Erre Jota Photo

Tropical Paradise

Full day

The colourful village of Bahía Solano is set in magnificent isolation. Beaches are nearby and the jungle with lush tropical flora and fauna awaits you.

Day 6: Darien National Park, Panama

Monkeys, Mangroves and Macaw

Full day

Our first stop in Panama is Punta Alegre, a little town which gives us access to the Darien National Park, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. The tropical rain forest hosts an abundance of wildlife and remarkable plants as well as being home to three indigenous tribes, the Embara, Kuna and Wounaan.

Day 7: Cebaco Island, Panama
A beach with a palm tree

Beach Life

Full day

Cebaco Island, in the Gulf of Montijo, is Panama’s third-biggest island. The main settlement is El Jobo, and the island boasts beautiful beaches with breathtaking coastline offering a variety of activities.

Day 8: Golfito, Costa Rica

Pura Vida in Costa Rica

Full day

Enjoy a day of adventure and exploration. Golfito is home to some wonderful views. Come ashore and relax on golden beaches for surfing and swimming. The nearby national park of Piedras Blancas offers fine walking tours through rainforest and the chance to see waterfalls, monkeys, bats and exotic birds.    

Day 9: Quepos, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Park

Full day

Quepos is the gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park, renowned for three-toed sloths, howler, squirrel and endangered white-faced capuchin monkeys, as well as hundreds of bird species. The park boasts mangroves, lagoons, white-sand beaches, coral reefs and rainforest with hiking trails that are great for exploring.

Day 10: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

A Taste of Nicaragua

Full day

Welcome to Nicaragua and the coastal town of San Juan del Sur, known for its long sandy half-moon-shaped beach, green hills, seafood restaurants and laidback surfer lifestyle. Enjoy a relaxed day on the beach and exploring the town or join one of our excursions.

Day 11-12: At sea
A bird flying in the sky
Photo: Andrea Klaussner Photo

At your Leisure

Days at sea mean you can join the Expedition Team for interesting lectures, learn the basics of expedition photography, and spend time out on deck enjoying the fresh sea air as you scout for wildlife. Bask in the serenity of a day at sea.

Day 13: Acapulco, Mexico

Pearl of the Pacific

Half day

Get to know the famed resort of Acapulco. The stunning landscape with wide bays, sandy beaches and green hills will fascinate you. Visit the botanical garden, the impressive 17th-century fort and of course one of the many beaches.

Day 14-15: At sea
A sunset over a body of water
Photo: Andrea Klaussner Photo

Serenity at Sea

We recap the voyage and enjoy two peaceful days at sea as we make our way north to Baja California. Enjoy the ships many facilities and spend time on deck to scout for wildlife.

Day 16: La Paz, Baja California, Mexico

Viva Mexico!


In the morning, we arrive in Pichilingue, the port of La Paz on the Baja California Peninsula. After disembarking, we recommend visiting La Paz’s waterfront malecón and the historic centre around the Plaza Constitución. Viva Mexico!

Arrival 01 May 2020

Location La Paz, Baja California, Mexico
What's included


  • Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice
  • One hotel night in Guayaquil before the voyage including breakfast
  • Transfer from hotel to ship including a city tour


  • rich programme of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including onshore exploration with the Expedition Team  
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team - an international handpicked team of highly educated experts of various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail in  
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities 


  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience  
  • Explorer Science programme, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  •  Introduction photo lecture, camera adjustment and tips & tricks, photo and film footage from the voyage shared in an Expedition Logbook
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the Expedition Team and other guests, including awelcome event, daily gatheringsto recap the day and prepare for the day to come
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the Expedition Team and officers  
  • Destination-focused onboard library  
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • farewell event  


  • All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants)
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Fredheim restaurant meals included 
  • A la carte restaurant (only for suite guests) 
  • Gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna
  • Rejuvenating wellness areas with separate treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track 
  • Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected   


  • International flights  
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling  


Life on board

Your ship: MS Roald Amundsen

Our brand new, state of the art expedition ship MS Roald Amundsen serves as a comfortable basecamp at sea – bringing you to spectacular destinations in the most sustainable way.

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