Chile and Peru - Expedition Along the South American Coast

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.

  • Discover the best of South America´s Pacific Coast
  • Experience three countries on one expedition cruise
  • Explore fascinating archaeological sites and long-lost
  • Visit famed UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Chile and Peru
Early booking offer

On 03 December, we released our new expedition cruise program for 2020/21. If you book this voyage before 31 March 2019, you can save £600 per person.

The price you see online already includes the discount.


The itinerary

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, ice and sea conditions set the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly present – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.

Departure 04 April 2020

Departs from Valparaíso, Chile

Three Amazing Nations

Join us for a voyage of natural and cultural discovery as we cruise along the stunning coast of South America, visiting Chile, Peru and Ecuador, on board MS Roald Amundsen.

Chilean Colonial Beauty and Wildlife

In Chile, we visit colourful colonial towns, enjoy the Mediterranean climate, stroll golden beaches and observe exotic marine wildlife near the famed Humboldt Penguin National Reserve.

The Richness of Peru

On this South American cruise, we sail onward towards Peru, following the Humboldt current. Join the Expedition Team on deck for wildlife spotting and fascinating lectures on sailing days.

Once in Peru, we explore the contrasts of modern cities and historical sights of ancient civilizations. Enjoy archaeological treasures, with a chance to visit the famed Nazca Lines, stroll beautiful beaches and marvel at architectural gems. Sample authentic Peruvian delicacies such as Ceviche and Pisco. The mix of exceptional nature, fascinating cities and vibrant culture makes this a truly unforgettable voyage.

A Taste of Ecuador

Our expedition cruise concludes in colourful Guayaquil in Ecuador, giving you a chance to discover the fascinating historic centre and colourful neighbourhoods of this fascinating city after your disembarkation.

Day 1: Valparaíso, Chile

Welcome to Chile!


Our voyage starts in Valparaíso in central Chile, one of South America´s most important seaports. The city´s unique charm is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Day 2: Valparaíso, Chile

Poets, Painters and Philosophers

Full day

Valparaíso´s 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

Beach Town with Historic Centre

Full day

This town has a beautifully restored historic centre; the Barrio Inglés. 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.  

Day 4: Humboldt Penguin National Reserve, Chile
Sea lions at Humboldt Penguin National Reserve
Sea lions at Humboldt Penguin National Reserve Photo: Andreas Kalvig Anderson Photo

Penguins, Sea Lions and Dolphins

Half day

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

Serenity at Sea

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

Beach and Desert

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. 

Day 7: Arica, Chile

Adventure and Archaeology

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.

Day 8: Matarani, Peru

Welcome to 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. 

Day 9: At Sea

Relax Onboard

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

Mysterious Geoglyphs and Sea Lions

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.

Day 11: Callao / Lima, Peru

Seaside City and Vibrant Capital

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. Lima´s historic district was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1988.

Day 12: Salaverry, Peru

Temple of the Sun and Moon & Chan Chan

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.

Day 13: At Sea
Birdwatching from deck
Birdwatching from deck Photo: Andrea Klaussner Photo

At Your Leisure

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

Ecuador’s Coastal Metropolis


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.

Arrival 17 April 2020

Location Guayaquil, Ecuador
What's included


  • Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice


  • rich programme of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including onshore exploration with the Expedition Team  
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team - an international handpicked team of highly educated experts of various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail in  
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities 


  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience  
  • Explorer Science programme, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  •  Introduction photo lecture, camera adjustment and tips & tricks, photo and film footage from the voyage shared in an Expedition Logbook
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the Expedition Team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the Expedition Team and officers  
  • Destination-focused onboard library  
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • farewell event  


  • All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants)
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  •  Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Fredheim restaurant meals included 
  • A la carte restaurant (only for suite guests) 
  • Gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna
  • Rejuvenating wellness areas with separate treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track 
  • Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected 


  • International flights  
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling  
Life on board

Your ship: MS Roald Amundsen

Our brand new, state of the art expedition ship MS Roald Amundsen serves as a comfortable basecamp at sea – bringing you to spectacular destinations in the most sustainable way.

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