Adventure in the Caribbean
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Prices are indicative. Based on twin share. The rate of exchange calculated is approximate and the final tour cost will be as on the final date of payment. Taxes are additional.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Premium expeditions are led by a National Geographic expert, an expedition team, or top guides, and tap into National Geographic's worldwide resources to allow for in-depth exploration and special access to sites and experts in the field. Itineraries are fully planned, with some free time. Accommodations are high-end or best available. Ground transportation and most meals and activities are included in the trip price.

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW

PONANT brings you a brand-new itinerary in the Caribbean Sea, sailing along the Mexican peninsula of Yucatán to Belize and Guatemala.In Puerto Morelos, Cancún's port, you will board Le Champlain for an 8-day cruise combining idyllic beaches and Pre-Columbian sites.Your ship will first call at Puerto Cortés in Honduras. From there, an extension by plane is possible to discover the Mayan site ofCopán. Located deep in the jungle, this site is famous for its remarkable hieroglyphic stairway which bears the longest Mayan inscription ever discovered.The next port of call will be Santo Tomás de Castilla. From there, you will be able to discover the pyramids of Tikal, another major site of the Maya civilisation, or the palaces, pyramids and sanctuaries of the Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quiriguá.Your ship will then set sail for Livingston in Guatemala, the heart of Garifuna country, which proudly cultivates an original culture and music that is listed as World Heritage by UNESCO.Next, you will discover Belize, its heavenly beaches and its wonderful barrier reef, home to the emblematic Great Blue Hole, one of the most stunning diving spots in the world.

Outings and landings in Zodiacinflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.

An idyllic and varied cruise that will let you experience peaceful beaches and pre-Columbian sites and discover the Garifuna culture.

The possibility of swimming or scuba diving at the Great Blue Hole in Belize, one of the best places in the planet for diving.

Experience the Western Caribbean alongside a National Geographic Photographer and Expert, who are specialised in the destination.

Discover the town of Livingston, which can only be reached by sea.

Ken Garrett
Photogrpaher

In a career spanning over 40 years, Ken Garrett has photographed more than 60 feature stories for National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines and has been involved with multiple National Geographic books and museum exhibits. Ken grew up in a world of photographers and spent his childhood travelling in Canada, Mexico, the United States. With an academic background in anthropology and investigative inquiry, Kens work gradually focused on his passion documenting ancient cultures and archaeological sites, as well as dramatic landscapes worldwide. He has covered subjects ranging from Meso American civilizations and Egyptian history to human evolution stories. One of his in-depth specialities, with more than a half-dozen National Geographic articles, has been reporting on the rise and fall of the Maya.

Fabio Amador
Archaeologist

Fabio Esteban Amador is an archaeologist, photographer, and explorer and the host of a National Geographic TV series titled Mysteries of the Underworld. He specializes in aerial, terrestrial and underwater photographic technologies, visual documentation and photogrammetry, and 3D digital modelling. For ten years, he directed the National Geographic Society-Waitt grants program focusing on exploratory research, cutting-edge technologies, and proof-of-concept projects as a member of the National Geographic staff. He also joined many expeditions as a visualization specialist, photographer and videographer, with an aim to capture the process of conducting field research. His work has been published by National Geographic magazine and on National Geographics blogs.

Itinerary - 8 Days

1 Puerto Morelos

Start your expedition cruise in the Mexican port town of Puerto Morelos. The quiet, small town is famed for its electric coral reef that is a kaleidoscope of bright turquoise and dark green stripes that are swarming with exotic marine wildlife that thrive in the shallow waters. Inland, enjoy the local market, bars or restaurants that line the streets of Puerto Morelos

2 Banco Chinchorro

The largest coral atoll in the northern hemisphere, Banco Chinchorro is a picture-perfect island overflowing with rich coral and an abundance of shipwrecks. An excellent location for diving and exploring the diverse seabed and the fauna that live there take this opportunity to explore the nine intriguing shipwrecks that each have a fascinating story behind them.

3 Isla Utila

The divine tropical landscapes of Útila are recognised as some of the best in the world with diving a key attraction. The small island is centred around Útila Town with much of the rest of the island being made up of dense wilderness. The rich waters make it perfect for diving with over 80 diving sites located around the island, boasting exotic marine wildlife including the elusive whale shark.

4 Livingston

Located in eastern Guatemala, Lívingston is a melting pot of surrounding cultures and therefore a rich town to explore. There are seven freshwater pools and waterfalls leading into the Caribbean, these are locally known as Los Siete Altares.

5 Half Moon Caye

The Half Moon Caye is a natural monument situated at the southeast corner of Lighthouse Reef Atoll. The crescent-shaped caye is a protected marine reserve that was established as a World Heritage Site in 1996. The pristine caye has breath-taking reef, idyllic sandy beaches and magnificent wildlife both in the sea and within the littoral forest.

6 Calabash Caye

Calabash Caye is situated in the Turneffe Atoll that is closely protected by a barrier reef not far offshore. The picturesque caye is home to a number of threatened and endangered species including the American crocodile, Hawksbill sea turtle, Antillean manatee and Nassau grouper.

7 Isla Mujeres

Known for its idyllic beaches and rich marine wildlife, Isla Mujeres is a Mexican Island in the heart of the Caribbean Sea. Once a secret, this tranquil island has managed to keep its serene island-like vibe despite its growing popularity. Explore the calm, crystal-clear waters where you can discover sea turtles and maybe even whale sharks if you’re lucky.

8 Puerto Morelos

Head back to Puerto Morelos, the sleepy fishing village that is a step back in time to ‘real Mexico’. The small village is lined with cafes, local stores and cafes where you’ll find friendly locals. Explore the underwater delights of the great Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, where you’ll be able to swim amongst vibrant marine flora and fauna.