Costa Rica, Peru – Inca Mysteries and Machu Picchu
Duration: 13 days
Ship: MS Roald Amundsen
10 October 2019
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- Learn about ancient civilisations and explore fascinating ruins
- Enjoy a combination of sea and land adventures
- Discover natural and cultural wonders, tropical beaches and cities
- Visit fascinating Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo and the Sacsayhuamán fortress
- Day 1 Puntarenas, Costa Rica
- Day 2 Quepos, Costa Rica
- Day 3 Golfito, Costa Rica
- Day 4 Isla de la Coiba, Panama
- Day 5 At sea
- Day 6 Manta, Ecuador
- Day 7 At sea
- Day 8 Trujillo, Peru
- Day 9 At sea
- Day 10 Callao/Lima/Cusco, Peru
- Day 11 Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu
- Day 12 Cusco/Lima/Callao
- Day 13 Lima, Peru
The port of Puntarenas is located on the west coast of Costa Rica, a 90-minute drive from the capital city San José. Take your time to explore the town before boarding MS Roald Amundsen.
Puntarenas sits on a finger of land that juts into the Gulf of Nicoya, with a busy port on one side of the narrow peninsula and beaches fringing the tip and southern sides. Enjoy fresh seafood, charming architecture and the oceanfront boardwalk of this Costa Rican city before coming on board.
Quepos is a small, yet busy town that is popular because of its access to Manuel Antonio National Park. The 680-hectare park is renowned for wildlife, like three-toed sloths, howler and squirrel monkeys, the endangered white-faced capuchin monkey, and hundreds of bird species.
There are mangroves, lagoons, white-sand beaches, coral reefs and rainforest with fantastic hiking trails. Costa Rica is known for making it possible to explore its forest canopies and you’ll find some of the country´s best zip-lining adventures in the park. See the rainforest from a tree animal´s perspective while experiencing the amazing diversity and spectacular scenery.
Enjoy a day of great adventures and plenty of opportunity for exploration.Located on a small gulf surrounded by densely forested hills, tranquil Golfito is home to some wonderful views. Come ashore and relax on golden beaches for surfing and swimming. The nearby national park of Piedras Blancas offers fine walking tours through rainforest and the chance to see waterfalls, monkeys, bats and exotic birds.
Coiba National Park is one of Panama´s great natural treasures. Situated on the country´s largest island, Coiba, the park is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its coral reefs and rich biodiversity. Coiba also has secluded white sand beaches and excellent options to swim, snorkel, watch wildlife and hike. The island has a fascinating history as the site of a notorious penal colony that closed down in 2004.
Join our Explorer team for interesting presentations and talks, organise your photos, and get to know your fellow explorers. As we cross the equator you can look forward to the “Equator baptism” ritual.
Manta is a bustling and prosperous port town, graced with high-rises and beaches. Nearby, colourful fishing villages and an unusual tropical dry forest make Manta an attractive tourist destination and the starting point for exciting day trips. We recommend the trip to Montecristi, where real Panama hats are made. These traditional brimmed straw hats are hand woven, and it can take several months to make the finest examples. A "superfino" Panama hat can, according to popular rumour, hold water, and when rolled for storage, pass through a wedding ring.
Enjoy another relaxing day at sea, priming your knowledge of the history and wildlife of the areas we visit. There will also be various workshops and presentations. Make sure to spend some time on deck simply enjoying the fresh sea air and watching for wildlife.
If you like colonial architecture and design, the city of Trujillo is a great place to spend the day. Trujillo lies on the edge of the Andean foothills and is beautifully set amidst lush greenery and hills. The central square, Plaza de Armas, is flanked by the lovely cathedral and city hall.
Numerous colonial mansions have been preserved in the city´s old quarter and are open to visitors. Most of these old homes have distinctive wrought-iron grillwork and are painted in pastel colours. You can also join our excursions to visit remarkable pre-Incan archaeological sites in the area, like the centre of the ancient Chimú culture (700–1400 A.D) that built their capital city Chan Chan (“Sun Sun”) along the banks of the Moche River.
This remarkable place was listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1986. Other Chimú sites bake in the surrounding desert, among them the immense and impressive Moche Huacas del Sol y de la Luna (Temples of the Sun and Moon), which date back 1,500 years.
MS Roald Amundsen features a swimming pool and two Jacuzzis on its top deck. Why not enjoy the sea view while having a soak? Or find a comfortable spot in the ship´s Explorer Bar lounge. Our onboard lectures continue as well, so there are many choices.
In the morning, you disembark and transfer to Lima airport for your flight to Cusco. Enjoy lunch before experiencing the amazing fortress of Sacsayhuamán, which translates to "satisfied falcon”, in reference to the mythical bird that was said to have guarded the capital of the Incan empire.
Construction of the site took more than seven decades and required the labour of 20,000 men to set the foundations, hew the stone, transport materials, and carve and set the stonework. Like many Incan structures, the fortress was built entirely without mortar, yet the enormous stones fit so perfectly that a single blade of grass will not pass between them.
The craftsmanship is a stunning example of the Inca’s sophisticated construction and architectural skills. In the afternoon, we continue to Tambo del Inka Resort in the Sacred Valley for dinner and an overnight stay.
After breakfast, you’re 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 valley’s 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.
After breakfast, we head to Cusco, once the centre of the Inca Empire. Visit the splendid baroque Cusco Cathedral, built in the mid-1500s on the foundations of an Incan palace. Many of the stones used in its construction were looted from the nearby Sacsayhuaman fortress.
We continue to Koricancha, to admire the lovely Dominican Convent of Santo Domingo that was constructed atop the Temple of the Sun, the most important temple in the Inca Empire. The curved, mortar-less masonry wall at the west end of the church is one of the greatest existing examples of Inca stonework.
After another full day of exploring, we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Lima, followed by a transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the evening in the capital of Peru. Overnight.
After breakfast at the hotel, set out to discover fascinating Lima. 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 Lima´s historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Included in your voyage
- Hurtigruten Expedition in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
- 2 overnights at Tambo del Inka Resort after the voyage including half board
- One overnight in Lima after the voyage including breakfast
- 3- course set lunch and dinner on day 10, 11 and box lunch on day 12
- Return economy flight Lima-Cusco-Lima
- All transfers and train rides as described including English-speaking guide
- Entrance fees according to program
- Wind- and water-resistant jacket
- Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
- Professional English-speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanies landings and activities
- Free tea and coffee
Not included in your voyage
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Luggage handling
- Optional excursions and gratuities
- Departure date: 10 October 2019 (Puntarenas, Costa Rica)
- Ship arrival date: 19 October 2019 (Callao, Peru)
- Tour end date: 22 October 2019 (Lima, Peru)
- On this trip, a vaccine against yellow fever is recommended. The vaccination must be done at least 10 days before departure. Please bring the vaccination certificate on your voyage.
MS Roald Amundsen
|Ship yard||Kleven Yards|
|Passenger capacity||530 (500 in Antarctica)|
|Gross tonnage||20 889 T|
In 2019, Hurtigruten added a brand new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. The state of the art vessel features new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.
Quepos Highlights and Historical Reviews
Quepos - Manuel Antonio National Park
Quepos - Damas Island Estuary and Mangrove Boat Tour
Quepos - Rainmaker Nature Hike and Waterfall
Quepos - Titi Canopy Tour
Golfito - Costa Rica Jungle Kayak Adventure
Golfito - UNESCO´s Stone Spheres World Heritage Site Exploration
Golfito - Marine Wildlife Observation and Snorkeling
Golfito Wildlife Refuge Nature Walk
Golfito - Casa Orquídeas Botanical Gardens
Golfito - Piedras Blancas National Park Exploration
Manta - Ecuadorian high tea
Manta Highlights and Montecristi
Manta - Pacoche Forest with specialist naturalist guide
Salaverry - Chan Chan UNESCO Site and Trujillo City
Salaverry - Discovering the Moon Temple
Salaverry - Moon Temple and Trujillo City
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