Leaving from Rodney Bay in Saint Lucia we head southwest 815nm away to Santa Marta, Colombia. Here we will have a few days to explore one of the oldest colonial cities in South America and hike the rainforest trails in the nearby Tayrona National Park.
We then head for the San Blas Islands 2 days sail away. The islands are governed by the indigenous Kuna Indians and are made up of over 300 islands (most of them uninhabited), making this archipelago a haven for snorkellers and for those who wish to escape to deserted, palm-fringed, white sand islands.
The fleet then converges in Colón in preparation for the transit of the canal. Each boat is assigned a transit day in which to begin the transit, then it usually takes two days to move through the 80 miles and 3 locks of this impressive human-made waterway to reach the Pacific Ocean.
We end this leg in Panama City and depending on our transit date, we will hopefully have time to explore the historic centre,
Saint Lucia is an Eastern Caribbean island nation with a pair of dramatically tapered mountains, the Pitons, on its west coast. Its coast is home to volcanic beaches, reef-diving sites, luxury resorts and fishing villages. Trails in the interior rainforest lead to waterfalls like the 15m-high Toraille, which pours over a cliff into a garden. The capital, Castries, is a popular cruise port.
The islands are governed by the indigenous Kuna Indians and are made up of over 300 islands (most of them uninhabited), making this archipelago a haven for snorkellers and for those who wish to escape to deserted, palm-fringed, white sand islands.
Panama City, gateway to the Panama Canal offers the visitor world-class dining, nightlife, casinos and shops offering some of the world's most famous such as Gucci, Prada, Cartier, Hermes, Nike, Ralph Lauren, Micheal Kors, Carolina Hererra, Chanel, and many more. The city is steeped in history despite its modern appearance with gleaming skyscrapers towering above the waterfront. Away from the waterfront the brick streets and balconies of the Casco Viejo are reminiscent of the French Quarter of New Orleans whilst the tree-lined boulevards of Balboa are a mixture of early-20th-century American architecture and exuberant tropical vegetation.