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Central America Adventure Cruises

Lush jungle vistas, amazing ‘cloud forests,’ sensational wildlife, stunning national parks and the engineering marvel of the Panama Canal – welcome to Central America! This part of the cruise world has developed faster than almost any other in recent years as the true magnificence and variety of the region has become common knowledge, and it now represents a multi-dimensional assault on the senses that positively sizzles.

Nature lovers are totally in their element here as the diversity of Costa Rica’s flora and fauna in the many rainforests gives rise to an array of larger-than-life features like the great orchid gardens, outrageous howler monkeys, gaudy toucans, cute anteaters and cuddly sloths. Add in picturesque beaches, breaching whales and playful dolphins, and you have a real Garden of Eden-style paradise that captivates and enchants in equal measure.

Other highlights include the great Arenal Volcano, whitewater rafting on the Sarapiqui River, swimming in waterfall pools, horse-riding and kayaking. And don’t miss the Carara Biological Reserve, an absolute explosion of wildlife with monkeys, iguanas, crocodiles and the endangered scarlet macaw, as well as the Monteverde cloud forest.

Neighbouring Nicaragua is cut from similar cloth, with its own ‘exclusives’ like Lake Nicaragua and its freshwater sharks, the mystical twin-volcanic peaked island of Ometepe and the historic port of San Juan del Sur. Equally, Panama offers more rainforest splendour as well as the immensity of the 100-year-old Canal and Isla de Coiba, a former penal colony that now teems with wildlife.

Guatemala is also a complementary experience hereabouts, once more with volcanoes, beautiful lakes and a lush tropical background for wildlife encounters, as well as compelling Mayan ruins accessible from Puerto Quetzal and Acajutla, where this ancient civilisation flourished from 2000 BC to the late 17th century.

Above all, though, this is a primal, eco-friendly realm of dense rainforest and brooding mountains, fully earning its nickname of the ‘green machine’.

Best time to travel to Central America: ‘Dry’ season, December-April.
Weather: Hot and humid year-round, with temperatures varying from 21-32°C. Rain is usually light in the dry season but can be heavier in April.
Flight times: 12.5 hours from London to San Jose (Costa Rica), via Miami; 14 hours from London to Acapulco via Mexico City.
Recommended Central America Tours: Suggestions include pre/post hotel stays in San Jose, Acapulco or extend your cruise and take a tour to see the sights of the Monteverde cloud forest and Arenal Volcano and hot springs.

Other tailor-made pre and post cruise hotel stays and land tours are available on request.

Recommended Central America specialists:

Lindblad Expeditions: The eco-conscious style of Lindblad Expeditions is ideally suited to Central America adventure cruises, with their National Geographic alliance opening up an array of exclusive opportunities, notably access to the Barro Colorado Island’s Smithsonian Research Station and the Panama Canal. More about Lindblad Expeditions

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises: At once wonderfully elegant and fully expedition orientated, Hapag-Lloyd travel far and wide for suitable adventures for their varied fleet. Top of the range MS Hanseatic is an amazingly chic offering, with an ‘Expedition Knowledge’ theme, skilled zodiac excursions but also highly indulgent service and cuisine. More about Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

If you would like more information on adventure cruises to Central America, please call one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677.


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