Chile and Peru – Expedition Along the South American Coast

Resort: Chile and Peru - Expedition Along the South American Coast
Operator: Hurtigruten
Destination: South America
Price From: £3126.00

Overview

Join us on an exciting voyage to discover the riches of the South American Pacific coast, from the Mediterranean climate of Chile to the ornate colonial towns, fascinating archaeological sites and mysterious lost cultures of Peru, ending in colourful Ecuador.

Itinerary

Day 1 Valparaso, Chile – Embarkation

Our voyage starts in Valparaso in central Chile, one of South Americas most important seaports. The citys unique charm is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 2 Valparaso, Chile

Valparasos quirky charm has attracted many artists. Follow their footsteps on the different cerros (hills) with their street art and escaleras (stairways). Enjoy a full day to discover the highlights of Valparaiso before we set sail in the evening.

Day 3 Coquimbo, Chile

This town has a beautifully restored historic centre; the Barrio Ingls. Visit the fish market and the nearby Herradura beach. You may also spend some time in the charming nearby seaside town of La Serana or join one of the optional excursions that venture inland to the beautiful Elqui Valley.
Included activity:
Coquimbo and La Serena City Tour (4h15)
Join us on a city tour of La Serena and the Coquimbo region. Our first stop is La Serena lighthouse for sweeping panoramic views. We then visit La Serenas main plaza, where the city was founded in 1544. We also drive to La Herradura Bay, where legends say pirates buried a treasure. Before returning to the ship, we visit La Recova Market featuring handicrafts like lapis lazuli (Chile’s famous semi-precious blue stone) and alpaca wool.

Day 4 Humboldt Penguin National Reserve, Chile

The Humboldt Penguin National Reserve is the home to sea lions, sea otters, Humboldt penguins and a great variety of sea birds. If conditions allow, we will approach one of the islands with small boats, observing its wildlife from safe and non-disturbing distance.

Day 5 At Sea

Enjoy a day at sea! Our Expedition Team continues its lecture programme, sharing their extensive knowledge and experience, as well as summarising the voyage so far and presenting plans for the exciting days ahead.

Day 6 Iquique, Chile

Stroll between palm trees on the beachfront boardwalk of Iquique, watch surfers ride waves and enjoy the Georgian-style architecture. Another great option is to join an excursion to the Atacama Desert and the UNESCO site of Humberstone.
Included activity:
Humberstone and Santa Laura (3h45)
Come with us to enjoy a panoramic view of Iquique, its beaches and Dragon Hill, as well as the humbling beauty of the Atacama desert on your way to the deserted towns of Humberstone and Santa Laura. Visiting these ghost towns takes you back in time to Chiles nitrate mining heyday.

Day 7 Arica, Chile

We will spend a full day in balmy Arica. History, archaeology, and adventure are waiting on shore. Explore the city, walk up the El Morro cliff to get a panoramic view, stroll the beaches or visit the archaeological sites with some of the world’s oldest known mummies.
Included activity:
Atacama Coastal Walk (3h30)
Depart the pier and head towards the beach resorts of El Laucho and La Lisera. At El Morro de Arica vista, we enjoy a panoramic view of the city, port and ocean. We then proceed south along the coastal road to Corazones/Anzata, where we walk up sandy hills that lead us to Puntilla. Here we observe sea lions and many local birds at close range. After relaxing, taking pictures and breathing the ocean air, we walk back to the buses and return to the pier.

Day 8 Matarani, Peru

Matarani is a gateway to the historic centre of Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arequipa is also known as the `White City, as white volcanic rock has been used to create its many impressive buildings. Enjoy the charm and beauty of this colonial gem, surrounded by snow-capped volcanic peaks.
Included activity:
Peruvian Dance show (30 mins)
Experience the culture of Peru and enjoy a performance of arequipea, traditional Peruvian dances, onboard the ship. Three dancers will each perform a different traditional dance representing the many facets of Peruvian culture.

Day 9 At Sea

Spend time on deck and enjoy the serenity of a sea day. Our experienced lecturers share their extensive knowledge and lead you on deck to help spot marine wildlife and sea birds.

Day 10 Paracas, Peru

Paracas is the gateway to the quiet colonial town of Pisco and its fertile coastal valley, home to the famous and mysterious Nazca lines and geoglyphs. These lines were scratched on the surface of the ground between 500 B.C. and 500 A.D.
Included activity:
Ballestas Island (3 hrs)
Explore one of this region’s most beautiful natural attractions, the Ballestas Islands, often referred to as Peru’s Galapagos, with its volcanic scenery and diverse wildlife. Spot sea birds and mammals on the boat trip and enjoy photogenic landscapes on the islands. Enjoy some free time to explore and perhaps see seals, sea lions, and even penguins!

Day 11 Callao / Lima, Peru

We will dock in the seaside city Callao, approx. 15 km from the historic centre of Lima, the capital of Peru. Discover the so-called City of Kings and its historic heart, Plaza de Armas. Limas historic district was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1988.
Included activity:
Scenic city tour of Lima (4 hrs)
Discover the fascinating highlights of the Peruvian capital in a specially designed panorama bus that allows you to get a great view of what makes Lima so special. You will be picked up by a bus and taken on a ride to see the landmarks of the city and get numerous chances to take memorable pictures while a knowledgeable guide will tell you everything you need to know about this beautiful place.

Day 12 Salaverry, Peru

Next is the port of Salaverry, the starting point for our optional excursion to the ruins of the ancient Chimu kingdom (700-1400 A.D.). The city of Chan Chan (`Sun Sun) is considered the largest mud-brick citadel of the Americas in pre-Hispanic times and was listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1986.
Included activity:
Moon Temple & Trujillo / Chan Chan & Trujillo (4h30)
Visit either the Moon Temple or ancient city of Chan Chan. The Moon Temple tour takes you on a 30-minute bus ride to the Mochica cultures capital city of Cerro Blanco. Looted by Spanish conquistadors in the 17th century, the Temple of the Moon was left largely untouched, revealing insights to Perus ancient past. The Chan Chan tour takes you to the excavated city of Chan Chan, dating back to 850 A.D. Chan Chan is the worlds largest adobe city and was the capital of the Chimu kingdom, which reached its peak in the 15th century but fell not long after to Inca conquerors. Afterwards, both tours visit Trujillo.

Day 13 At Sea

Enjoy your last sea day and spend it at your leisure. Take advantage of the many onboard facilities, relax, or join in on lectures as we recap our voyage.

Day 14 Guayaquil, Ecuador – Disembarkation

Welcome to Ecuador! Colonial Guayaquil was founded in 1538. The town quickly became the largest shipyard in South America, often finding itself under siege by pirates. We recommend extending your adventure by adding a Post-Programme to mystic Machu Picchu or the amazing Galapagos Islands.

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