Costa Rica and Peru – Inca Mysteries and Machu Picchu

Resort: Costa Rica and Peru - Inca Mysteries and Machu Picchu
Operator: Hurtigruten
Destination: South America
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Overview

Join us as we sail from the warm waters of the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal, and along the western coast of South America to Lima, Peru. Explore the contrasts of modern cities and historic ancient civilisations, and enjoy days at sea at your leisure. End your voyage with a visit to fascinating Machu Picchu.

Itinerary

Day 1 San Jos, Costa Rica – Overnight

After your arrival in the Costa Rican capital of San Jos, stroll the streets and discover the neo-classical grandeur of this unique Central American metropolis. We recommend enhancing your stay by adding a Pre-programme to the impressive Manuel Antonio National Park.

Day 2 Puerto Limn – Embarkation

We head towards the Caribbean coast and take a boat ride on the Tortuguero Canal, before we embark on MS Roald Amundsen in Puerto Limn. One of the oldest cities on the continent, Puerto Limn was established in 1502 when Christopher Columbus landed here during his exploration of the New World.

Day 3 Bocas del Toro

We set course for Bocas del Toro, an archipelago of islands, cays, and thousands of islets.
Bocas is brimming with clapboard houses, a laid-back atmosphere and sandy beaches. Called the `Galpagos of the Caribbean, Bocas del Toro is also one of the most biologically diverse places on earth.

Day 4 Panama Canal

We enter the Panama Canal near the city of Coln. Experience the thrill of canal transit and the intricacy of the locks system first hand, as our expedition ship is lifted more than 26 metres (85 ft) above sea level, from one body of water to the next. We enter the Pacific Ocean near the town of Balboa.

Day 5-6 At Sea

Spend time on deck fully enjoying the serenity of sea days. Listen in as our experienced lecturers share their extensive knowledge and meet our Expedition Team to spot marine wildlife and sea birds. As we cross the Equator, we need to ask King Neptune for approval and invite him on board. Join us for a proper baptism!

Day 7 Guayaquil, Ecuador

Welcome to Ecuador! Guayaquil was founded in 1538 and quickly became the largest shipyard in South America, often being attacked by pirates. Stroll through the historic centre with parks and colonial mansions, visit the Mercado Artesanal, the largest artisan market in the city or walk along the riverfront at Malecon 2000.

Day 8 At sea

Our Expedition Team continues its lecture programme, sharing their extensive knowledge and experience, as well as summarizing the voyage so far and letting you know about plans for the exciting days ahead.

Day 9 Salaverry, Peru

The small port of Salaverry is the starting point for the optional excursion to the historic Chimu Kingdom (700-1400 A.D.). The ancient 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.

Day 10 Callao/Lima/Cusco/Sacred Valley – Disembarkation

Around noon, you disembark and transfer to Lima airport for your flight to Cusco. A box lunch will be provided en route to the airport. Upon arrival in Cusco, meet the local representative and continue to the Tambo del Inka Resort in the Sacred Valley for dinner and overnight.

Day 11 Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu

After breakfast, you are in for some unforgettable highlights. First, we visit to Ollantaytambo, an Incan town that shares its name with the formidable stone fortress that clings to a massive cliff looming over the community. This fortification was the valleys main defence against the rival Antis people and was the site of the Incas greatest victory against the Spanish during the wars of conquest.
Constructed of rose-coloured granite, this huge structure was once a thriving complex of baths, temples and military barracks. Next, head to the nearby train station to board the deluxe Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu. A savoury brunch is served as we enjoy spectacular views on the way to Machu Picchu.
At last, we arrive at spectacular Machu Picchu. This hidden city overlooks the raging Urubamba River and was shielded from discovery for centuries by thick tangles of vines and trees. Now one of the great destinations in world travel, the city of Machu Picchu still hides the secret of its rise and fall, as the Incas left behind no written records.
Explore the city’s ruins, feel its pulse and visualise the lives of the priests, craftsmen, and servants who inhabited this incredible place. Excavations at the site have revealed skeletons, artefacts and woollen clothing. Inspect the famous precision of Incan stonework on display here. After spending an unforgettable day exploring the ruins, you can enjoy tea at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge before we head back by train to Tambo del Inka Resort for another relaxing evening and overnight stay.

Day 12 Cusco – flight to Lima

After breakfast, we head to Cusco, where we visit the Sacsayhuaman fortress. Sacsayhuaman is strategically located on a hill overlooking Cusco and was constructed without mortar like many other Inca structures. Despite this, the enormous stones (some weighing 200 tons) fit so tightly that not even a thin blade of grass can slide between them.
The craftsmanship is a stunning example of the Incas sophisticated construction techniques and architectural skills. Next, proceed to the splendid Baroque-style Cusco Cathedral, built in the mid-1500s on the foundations of an Inca palace.
Continue to Koricancha, where we admire the lovely Dominican Convent of Santo Domingo that was built on the foundations of the Temple of the Sun, the most important temple in the Inca Empire. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
We transfer to the airport and fly to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, meet the local representative and transfer to the Swissotel. Enjoy the evening in the capital of Peru as we spend the night here.

Day 13 Lima

After breakfast at the hotel, time allowing, set out to discover fascinating Lima on your own. The city and surrounding area are steeped in history. To the north is Caral, considered the most ancient city in the Americas, and to the south is the archaeological site of Pachacamac.
Lima was established by the Spanish conquistadores in 1542, and the ruling Vice Royalty of Peru proceeded to build significant churches, monasteries, and mansions in the town. Today, the Limas historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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