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Undiscovered South America

Undiscovered South America

Discover the richness of the cloud forest, observe a plethora of wildlife in Quepos, venture into the remote and roadless Darien Jungle and literally go bananas in Machala on this cruise. Sounds exciting? Wait until we mention that an overnight in the stunning Nuqui Harbour is also on the itinerary, allowing for some restful and rewarding rainforest walks, snorkelling sessions and a taste of coastal Colombia after dark.

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Your Itinerary
Day 1: London - All Airports to Juan Santamaria International Airport London - All Airports to Juan Santamaria International Airport (Costa Rica)(London - All Airports to Juan Santamaria International Airport)

Take your included flight to Costa Rica where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay

Day 2: Puntarenas Puntarenas (Costa Rica)(Puntarenas)

Puntarenas is the capital city in the province Puntarenas, Costa Rica, on the Pacific coast, and is the gateway to the country's National Parks and wildlife reservations.  A mountainous country, Costa Rica ranges from sea level to 13,000 feet high peaks whilst white, sandy beaches follow one another along the Pacific Coast. 

Day 3: Playa Panama Playa Panama (Costa Rica)(Playa Panama)

Costa Rica has an international reputation for its success in conserving and presenting its natural treasures. This success has been achieved by both National Parks and private individuals. Excellent examples of these can be accessed from the small tourist settlement of Playa Panama. Playa Panama is a low-key beach resort. Palo Verde National Park protects both a significant wetlands and rare dry tropical forests. The Park varies dramatically with the seasons but is always captivating. During the May to November wet season the floodplain of the Tempisque River expands to create extensive marshes. As the December to April dry season progresses, water shrinks to isolated pools, concentrating wildlife. At any time of the year, birds to see include the Roseate Spoonbill, Glossy Ibis, Black-crowned Night Heron, Anhinga, and the Snail Kite with the extra-long hook on its beak for the extraction of molluscs from their shells (escargot anyone?). Jabiru Storks and Great Curassows are spectacular rarities to seek. Other fauna includes American Crocodiles, fresh-water turtles, Iguanas and White-nosed Coatis. In Costa Rica, some private estates have developed conservation principles for their businesses. They combine farming, and value adding to the farm produce, with providing wildlife refuges. This satisfies the owners’ interests in flora and fauna and provides additional revenue from tourists attracted to the nature. And who could argue against combining wildlife with a little local rum production?

Day 4: Playa Herradura Playa Herradura (Costa Rica)(Playa Herradura)

Flora and fauna draw many people to Coast Rica and Herradura provides access to two natural gems. Herradura is a coastal town evolving into a tourist destination. Nearby are Carara National Park with an incredible biodiversity of plants and wildlife, and Pura Vida Gardens with its spectacular floral attractions. What makes Carara National Park special is that it protects a transition zone between high rainfall tropical rainforest and tropical dry forest. Combined with altitudinal variation and river wetlands, this creates a wide variety of habitats for different plants and animals. For example, 400 species of birds have been seen in the Park—a huge number. Not all are seen each visit but perhaps you may spot outstanding birds like motmots and trogons in the trees, or the Giant Tinamou walking on the ground. Everyone wants to see a Scarlet Macaw. White-faced Capuchin monkeys and Mantled Howler Monkeys can be active in the trees. Carara comes from the Indian word for crocodile and large specimens of the American Crocodile can be seen here (safely). At the other end of the size scale are colourful poison dart frogs. Pura Vida translates to ‘pure life’ but in Costa Rica it has become a common expression for enjoying life. Pura Vida Gardens reflects that joy of living. High on the mountains near Herradura, the Gardens present an abundance of botanical splendours. Trails lead visitors past waterfalls and amongst 400 varieties of flowers and lush tropical plants from Costa Rica and beyond. Pura Vida!

Day 5: Golfo Dulce Golfo Dulce (Costa Rica)(Golfo Dulce)

Wild, scenic and incredibly bio-diverse, Golfo Dulce is not on most tourists itineraries. The name, says it all, Golfo Dulce or sweet gulf, in English. After a well justified visit to the Golfo Dulce, located in the South Pacific region of Costa Rica, and adjacent to the Osa Peninsula, visitors will be delighted and perplexed, wondering why they would ever leave this wonderland. Several coastal hamlets reside along this enchanting gulf, namely Puerto Jiménez, Golfito, Zancudo and Pavones, as well as the Piedras Blancas National Park. This is one stop on the itinerary that won’t soon be forgotten. Easily one of the wettest and most humid sections in the country, Golfo Dulce and the southwest can receive more than 200 inches (500 cm) of rainfall per year. This assures the surrounding area will be thriving with wild and plant life, perfect for aspiring adventurers. Surrounded by Corcovado National Park to the southwest, and Costa Rica’s mainland to the northeast, Golfo Dulce serves up a large platter of entertainment for all who visit. Sprouting along the edges of the Golfo Dulce are mangroves and estuaries full of wildlife. Explore these ecosystems crowded with crocodiles, river otters, waterfowl, monkeys and much more. Fed by the Coto Colorado River, the Coto River Swamps are an excellent choice for discovering these uncanny wetlands and the secrets that lay within.

Day 6: Day at sea Day at sea(Day at sea)

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 7: Darién National Park Darién National Park (Panama)(Darién National Park)

Remote, roadless and some say terrifying, the Darien Jungle is one of the last true undiscovered places left on Earth. The Darien has an almost mythical quality to it; it is the only break in the 30,000-mile Pan-American Highway, which passes through 14 countries as it winds from Alaska to Argentina. The Jungle’s reputation precedes it; one of dangerous paramilitary groups, poisonous frogs and impenetrable vegetation. Certainly the Darien has to be undertaken with caution. But the beauty of this forgotten 60-mile stretch of land is that it is largely untouched by modern society. Plant life is rife, wildlife (yes, even those poisonous frogs) is wildly exotic, and with no roads, transport is by dugout canoe. Unsurprisingly, it is one of the world’s top ten birding sites: the colourful Crimson-collared Tanager, Chestnut-fronted Macaws and Snow-bellied Hummingbirds all call the Darien home, as does the endangered Great-green Macaw. Mammals include black-headed spider monkeys flying from treetop to treetop and stealthy Pumas padding silently in the shadows. The exceptionally ecologically diverse flora and fauna earnt the Darien National Park its place as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park welcomes fewer than 1,000 annual visitors, so those who have stepped foot on this hallowed land are considered very, very special. The park can and does sustain human life, with three tribes, the Embera, the Kuna and the Wounaan living traditionally in open-sided thatched huts along the side of the river.

Day 8: Utría National Park Utría National Park (Colombia)(Utría National Park)

Nuqui is a coastal town and municipal area in Colombia’s Choco department. Located on the shore of Utria Cove, Nuqui has a small airport, a high school and hospital and serves as one of the entry points to the Utria National Park. From the coast and tropical rainforest to the mountains in the interior the park covers an area of 54,300 hectares. This is one of the wettest regions in the world with around 10,000 millimeters of rain per year. October is the rainiest month, but on an average 300 days per year have rain. Some 3,000 inhabitants live in the municipal capital. The majority of the 3,000 inhabitants are Afro-Colombians and members of indigenous tribes are also present. Utria National Park’s forested area has a rich and diverse fauna and flora with seven different mangrove species along its shore -yet it is the ocean and marine wildlife and specifically marine mammals that attract visitors. Dolphins can be found year-round, whale sharks have been registered, and humpback whales are common visitors between June and November, giving birth to calves from August to October.

Day 9: Utría National Park (Nuqui Harbour) Utría National Park (Nuqui Harbour) (Colombia)(Utría National Park (Nuqui Harbour))

Utria National Park’s forested area has a rich and diverse fauna and flora with seven different mangrove species along its shore -yet it is the ocean and marine wildlife and specifically marine mammals that attract visitors. Dolphins can be found year-round, whale sharks have been registered, and humpback whales are common visitors between June and November, giving birth to calves from August to October.

Day 10: Gorgona Island Gorgona Island (Colombia)(Gorgona Island)

Isla Gorgona is a beautiful tropical island and a national park. Packed with lush green rainforest, palm trees and beaches full of black volcanic rocks, this little island off the Colombian coast was used by Pizarro and his thirteen followers before they eventually went south to inspect and later conquer Peru. The island is named after its plentiful supply of snakes, which might have been one of the reasons to utilize the island until the 1980s as a prison. Today only limited amounts of visitors are allowed ashore to explore the prison ruins, hike in the rainforest or snorkel.

Day 11: Puerto Lopez Puerto Lopez (Ecuador)(Puerto Lopez)

Fishing is the dominant enterprise in Puerto Lopez, which also provides access to nearby highlights. Dry tropical forests and scrub, with Opuntia cactus, Algaroba trees, Kapok trees, and Palo Santo trees, grow in this region of Ecuador. Machalilla National Park protects one of the last stands of dry forest and scrub remaining after centuries of farming activity. The fauna also benefits from protection. People have lived in the area for a long time. Villages of the pre-Columbian Manteño civilization flourished from 850 to 1600 CE (AD). They traded vegetables and valuable Spondyles (Thorny Oyster) shells to the Incas. Their ruins include a solar calendar used to time ceremonies on the summer and winter solstice. The descendants still live here today. Agriculture of the region includes bananas, sugarcane and the ivory nut palm that produces the hard creamy tagua nut, known as vegetable ivory. Another key tree is the Torquilla Palm. Fibre from the stems of the fronds is used to make the famed Panama hats. Panama hats, also called Torquilla hats were not invented in Panama. They originated here. Appreciating the lightness, style and quality of the hats, Panama imported them. They were popular during the building of the canal. The hat became so identifiable with Panama that the name Panama Hat developed and stuck. The weaving of the hats in Ecuador is so skilled and culturally focused it has been inscribed by UNESCO on the List of Intangible Heritage of Mankind. We can take our hats off to them.

Day 12: Machala Machala (Ecuador)(Machala)

Go bananas in Machala, and we mean that literally. Welcome to the Banana capital of South America, if not the world. Not an overstatement, the city is the home of the World Banana Fair every September, attracting buyers from all over the planet, looking for the best “oro verde” (green gold, or in this case, banana plantations). The city itself is quite small and easy to navigate on foot, which is surprising as Machala is the fourth-biggest city in Ecuador. Apart from all things banana (naturally the fruit features heavily in the gastronomy in everything from thick, sweet juices to fried, served with meat), Machala also boasts some stunning nature reserves. Local steppe weather of around 25°C, low rainfall and acres of mangrove forests have proved perfect conditions for flora and fauna. An abundance of Pelicans, Frigatebirds, and Egrets nest nearby, while Blue-footed Boobies dive for fish further out to sea. Huge Petrified trees tower above you in the nearby 2,658 hectare Petrified Forest, which features fossil deposits from as far back as the Mesozoic era. Isla del Amour, just a five-minute boat ride from the port, is another sanctuary for nature lovers. Although beach lovers are welcome too – the island is ringed by wide, quiet, sandy beaches and lapped by warm seas. The island is yet to be discovered by tourists, so don’t be disappointed to discover that Isla del Amour is a quiet haven, made for discovering or rediscovering the love of your life.

Break new waters with Silver Wind.

A major upgrade in December 2018 saw Silver Wind looking better than ever. A second refurbishment in November 2021 will see her benefitting from a strengthened to ice-class hull and will make her one of the most adaptable ships in our fleet. Still timelessly elegant, still luxuriously relaxed, her improved cruising versatility means she is able to whizz from the Polar Regions at the ends of the earth to the iconic ports of the Mediterranean with fluid ease. So whether you want to get up close and personal to penguins in Antarctica or laze on the golden sands of the Caribbean, get ready for a wealth of diverse destination experiences, in traditional Silversea comfort.

Break new waters with Silver Wind.

A major upgrade in December 2018 saw Silver Wind looking better than ever. A second refurbishment in November 2021 will see her benefitting from a strengthened to ice-class hull and will make her one of the most adaptable ships in our fleet. Still timelessly elegant, still luxuriously relaxed, her improved cruising versatility means she is able to whizz from the Polar Regions at the ends of the earth to the iconic ports of the Mediterranean with fluid ease. So whether you want to get up close and personal to penguins in Antarctica or laze on the golden sands of the Caribbean, get ready for a wealth of diverse destination experiences, in traditional Silversea comfort.

The newest expedition ship to join our fleet. Refurbished in November 2021, Silver Wind is an intimate yet spacious ice-class ship that offers one of the best luxury expedition cruise experiences there is.

Unique Feature

Silversea’s knowledgeable Destination Consultants have been carefully selected for their regional expertise. On most voyages, a Destination Consultant presents informal discussions about the history and culture, the highlights and must-see places of interest and where to shop or dine. He provides insight about the various shore excursions to help you make the best selection, and even accompanies some of the tours. In places like the Panama Canal or Alaska’s Inside Passage, you’ll hear him expounding about the sights with commentaries from the bridge. And he’s also available to answer individual queries — around the ship or at a round table discussion, perhaps. Or join him at dinner and enjoy convivial conversation along with some expert advice.

With the importance of food in Italian culture, you would expect dining to be a high priority at Silversea. And it most assuredly is. No matter which restaurant you choose to dine in, you will find great diversity and presentation of culinary selections on board your all inclusive cruise. Silversea offers a choice of dining venues, even aboard their smallest ships, and as many as six restaurants on Silver Spirit — remarkable for a ship of her size. The main dining room aboard every Silversea luxury cruise ship, The Restaurant, is always open seating so you can arrive at your leisure and dine with the friends you invite to join your table. And with the worldly crowd of international guests who sail on Silversea ships, socialising is yet another great advantage of the Silversea experience.


There is a wealth of luxury shopping experiences aboard all Silversea ships, featuring the most distinctive and appealing brands from across the globe.

Exceptional shopping experiences do not end in the cosmopolitan cities we visit. Silversea’s striking new shipboard boutiques, reimagined and redesigned are stunning modern design spaces befitting the finest creations from legendary designers. Carefully selected partners onboard Silversea’s duty-free boutiques offers our guests a carefully curated selection of cutting edge fashions, jewellery, accessories, fine perfumes, cosmetics and Silversea Logo collection all at duty-free prices.

Card Room/ Conference Room

The Card Room on board this luxury cruise ship is where Bridge games and tournaments take place most days. On days at sea, newcomers to the game can learn how to play. Should your group require a conference or meeting space, Silversea is pleased to provide a tailor-made experience. Audio-visual equipment is available and complimentary.


Roulette, blackjack and slot machines are available in the Casino for guests 18 years or older. If you are a novice, come to the champagne reception and learn all the games offered aboard this luxury cruise ship.

Connoisseur's Corner

If you appreciate good cognac or premium cigars, be sure to visit the Connoisseur’s Corner to see the ship’s exceptional selection.

The Connoisseur’s Corner onboard the Silver Wind offers exceptional cognacs along with a premium selection of cigars for purchase to enjoy during your stay on the ship.

Observation Library

enjoy your cruise.

Set on the highest level at the very top of the ship, this is a quiet space for reading and reflection while being dazzled by the undulating seascapes that are constituent to life on board.

The Panorama Lounge

Relax and unwind in the Panorama Lounge, a sophisticated yet amicable space offering beautiful ocean views as you enjoy your cruise.

The Silver Wind’s Panorama Lounge is specially designed to provide an uninterrupted view of the day’s destination from the comfort of the luxury cruise ship’s interior. This is an ideal place to unwind on your cruise, enjoy afternoon tea, listen to the pianist and watch the setting sun. The drinks are complimentary, the music live and inviting. Enjoy dancing to a range of musical styles for every taste from standards to the latest club mixes.

The Show Lounge

Applaud a broad spectrum of entertainment — from full-scale production shows and classical soloists, to cultural entertainment and feature films.

Enjoy a bit of culture on your luxury cruise. Every seat in this multi-tiered venue enjoys a clear view to the stage. Applaud a broad spectrum of entertainment — from full-scale production shows and classical soloists, to cultural entertainment and feature films. Throughout your voyage, this luxury cruise ship’s The Show Lounge also presents port talks, enrichment lectures and a variety of special events.

Dolce Vita

Dolce Vita is the gathering place for our savvy travellers of the world, a place where guests mingle and exchange stories and where new faces become lifelong friends.

Our main bar has been newly reimagined for Silver Dawn! Dolce Vita has of course kept her legendary charm, inspired cocktails, stylish décor and comfortable seating, but a central bar now means the warm ambience is better than ever! Oozing Italian glamour, Dolce Vita is a relaxed, refined bar with a nightly piano player playing all your favourite tunes. Perfect for pre-dinner aperitivi, or even a post-dinner cocktail, Dolce Vita is truly the beating heart of social life on board.


Be sure to visit the Reception area, where our experts can provide invaluable information to help you get the most out of your cruise.

The Silver Wind’s central lobby area welcomes guests to speak with a Guest Relations specialist should they have a question or require any service. Assistance is available 24 hours a day, they will be able to help with any aspect of your cruise. For guests wishing to make shoreside arrangements, the Silver Shore Concierge is available to assist with knowledgeable suggestions and personalised coordination of all private, independent touring including sightseeing, water sports, golf and more. The Cruise Consultant can prove indispensable when planning your next Silversea voyage, or should you wish to extend your current voyage for a day, a week, a month… Like having your own personal onboard Silversea professional, the Cruise Consultant will help you to select the perfect voyage, reserve your preferred suite and provide immediate confirmation.

Photo Studio

The Photo Studio offers a professional space for budding photographers to retouch, print and display their work.

The Photo Studio offers a multitude of options to take your pictures from inside your camera to onto your walls. A vibrant, creatively inspiring space where you can not only master the art of digital photography with Masterclasses in editing, Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, but also an editing suite where you can print images (including postcard, panorama and A2 prints). State-of-the-art equipment for both MAC and PC users, highly technological printers plus a dedicated photo manager to guide you through the many techniques to help you define yourself as a serious photographer. Even the smartphone photographer can become pro level with specialized training on how to use your camera phone its best possible advantage. Printing fee applies.


Fitness Centre

The Fitness Centre offers world-class equipment, classes, and personalised services.

The Fitness Centre on board the luxury cruise ship, the Silver Wind is equipped with free weights, weight machines, state-of-the-art treadmills, elliptical trainers and recumbent and upright bicycles. Classes in aerobics, yoga, Pilates and circuit training are led by the onboard fitness trainer and are always complimentary. Personal training, body composition analysis and specialty classes are available at the Fitness Centre at an additional charge.

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Pool Deck

Chaise lounges arranged in the sun or shade. Bubbling whirlpools. The pool water refreshing in warmer climates, heated for cooler weather. The attentive staff at the ready with an oversized towel as you emerge from the pool, with your favourite beverage at just the right moment. The luxury cruise ship of your dreams.

Zagara Beauty Spa

Come and indulge in a luxurious spa treatment. Facials, body wraps, massages: the spa is the perfect place to unwind.

Unwind on your luxury cruise with a visit to our soothing Spa. Relax your body and mind in this soothing sanctuary on board this luxury cruise ship. Indulge in a wide range of invigorating therapies including facials, body wraps and massages. Appointments for spa services may be made on board the ship, or in advance via My Silversea. Men’s and women’s saunas and steam rooms are perfect for relaxing before your spa treatment or after your workout.

Zagara Beauty Salon

Maintain your fresh look throughout your luxury cruise at the Zagara Beauty Salon. Services are available for men and women.

A full range of beauty salon services including hairstyling, manicures, and pedicures is available on board this luxury cruise ship for both men and women. Appointments for these chargeable services may be made on board the Silver Wind, or in advance via My Silversea.

Jogging Track

A jogging track is available for guests, running the entire outside edge of the deck. 

Deck 9

  • Fitness Centre
  • Zagara Beauty Salon
  • Beauty Spa
  • Observation Lounge
  • Jogging Track

Deck 8

  • Pool 
  • Pool Bar
  • The Grill 
  • The Panorama Lounge 
  • The Connoisseur's Corner 
  • Whirlpools 
  • Medallion Suites

Deck 7

  • La Terrazza 
  • Grand Suites 
  • Classic Veranda Suites 
  • Silver Suites 
  • Deluxe Veranda Suite
  • Owners Suites
  • Vista Suite 
  • Medallion Suite

Deck 6

  • The Show Lounge 
  • Conference Room 
  • Reception 
  • Expedition Office
  • Future Cruise Manager
  • Lobby
  • Shore Concierge 
  • Silver Suite
  • Classic Veranda Suites
  • Deluxe Veranda Suites
  • Royal Suites

Deck 5

  • Photo Studio
  • Lobby
  • Dolce Vita
  • Boutique
  • Silver Suite
  • Classic Veranda Suites
  • Deluxe Veranda Suites

Deck 4

  • The Restaurant 
  • La Dame
  • Launderette 
  • Vista Suites (x2 Accessible Suites)

Deck 3

  • Changing Room
  • Embarkation Deck
  • Medical Centre

  • Economy Class Air Roundtrip
  • 1 night pre cruise hotel
  • Transfers (between airport, hotel and ship)
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Spacious suites
  • Butler service in every suite
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
  • Choice of restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, select wines and spirits
  • In-suite dining and room service
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Onboard gratuities
  • Prices are per person based on two sharing.  Prices subject to availability and possible change. Contact us for the latest fares and other grades of accommodation and flight classes. Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs, please get in touch with your requirements.

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Undiscovered South America
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Cruise Line: Silversea Cruises
Departs: Thursday, October 26, 2023
Duration: 12 NIGHTS
Reference: LCM00190

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