As the ship cruises south along the Pacific coast you are heading into an untamed wilderness: scantily populated territory so inaccessible as to be rarely visited by outsiders.
The shores of Darien Province are hemmed by impenetrable rainforest which has frustrated explorers over the centuries. The Pan-American Highway, which runs from Mexico south to Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of South America, is interrupted here: the forest is just too dense and untameable. Even nowadays fewer than 1,000 tourists visit per year. Nevertheless, or maybe as a result, the province shelters one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet.
There’s a bit of everything wild and wonderful here: steaming swamps, vine-tangled streams, waterfalls, ravines and sand-splashed hidden coves defined by dark cliffs. You may spot tropical birds of the tanager, macaw, ibis, egret and hummingbird families, as well as tapir and spider monkeys.
Silver Explorer will anchor in Bahía San Miguel (the Bay of San Miguel). Explore this pristine area by Zodiac or native canoe, navigating through mangroves up the tidal Mogue river.
Eventually you will reach a settlement of Emberá indians who resist modern civilisation but who will offer a warm welcome. The people are deeply spiritual, with a long-established mythology, and practice natural medicine using forest products they harvest themselves.
You will visit authentic tribal dwellings constructed from indigenous trees. Before you leave villagers will perform a native dance and demonstrate basket weaving and carving techniques.
(While preparing for your cruise you may consider packing a donation of school supplies. Donations will be collected on board by the Expedition Team and distributed to the villagers during your visit).