Summer in the southern hemisphere occurs in the latter months of the year. Cool, dry and clear days make for perfect conditions as Scenic Eclipse navigates the rainforests and tropical beaches along the Andean coastline from Costa Rica to Peru, and the spectacular Chilean Inner Fjords, revealing volcanic and glacial landscapes, as well as waterfalls and mazes of ice and waterways.
Beautiful weather makes full days exploring the national parks a joy. Panama’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Darien National Park is the country’s largest, reaching an impressive 5,750 square kilometres. A biosphere reserve, it is considered the most important in The Americas, after the Amazon. Embark on a Scenic Discovery excursion by kayak or stand-up paddleboard, and ride along the coast of the Darien Jungle, watching out for an abundance of wildlife, including macaws and eagles, as well as spider monkeys and white-lipped peccaries.
Continue your journey south to Ecuador, learning about the local cacao trade and how the beans are cultivated before being made into chocolate, and explore the archaeological ruins of the Peruvian port town of Salaverry, where a Scenic Freechoice excursion to the Pyramid of the Sun and Moon precedes an exclusive traditional Paso horse display, courtesy of Scenic Enrich.