From Inca Mysteries to lush Costa Rica

Lima, Peru - Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Sail on our newest explorer ship, MS Roald Amundsen, and experience the perfect mix of Inca mysteries and ruins, culture, heritage and tranquil days at sea. Starting on land with the highlights of the Inca civilization, we continue by sea from Peru to explore the South American coast en route to lush and tropical Costa Rica.

  • Learn about ancient civilizations and explore fascinating ruins
  • Enjoy a combination of sea and land adventure
  • Discover a mix of natural and cultural wonders, tropical beaches and cities
  • Visit fascinating sites like Machu Picchu, the Incan town of Ollantaytambo and the Sacsayhuamán fortress


Lost Cities and Spectacular Ruins

The Inca Empire was the largest empire in pre-Columbian America. This expedition starts on land. From Lima, Peru we will visit some of the most amazing Inca constructions like the Incan town of Ollantaytambo, the ruins of the spectacular Machu Picchu, the Sacsayhuamán fortress and Cusco, once the centre of the Incan Empire. Then board MS Roald Amundsen to continue the expedition by sea. From Trujillo you can join the excursion to site of the ancient Chimú culture and see the largest mud brick citadel of the Americas from pre-Columbian times.

Coiba and Costa Rica

In Manta, take a tour to appreciate the exquisite handicraft of real Panama. Crossing the equator is another highlight. As a grand finale to our voyage, we will explore the pristine island of Coiba in Panama and hike through Costa Rican rainforest to see exotic birds, monkeys and waterfalls.

Price includes: 

  • Hurtigruten Expedition in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • 1 overnight in Lima and 2 overnights at Hacienda Urubamba before the voyage including breakfast
  • 3- course set lunch and dinner on day 2, 3 and box lunch on day 4
  • 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 accompany landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee

Not included: 

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Excursions and Gratuities

Vaccination required:

On this trip, a vaccine against yellow fever is required. The vaccination must be done at least 10 days before departure. Please bring the vaccination certificate on your voyage as you will need this to enter certain countries.

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The itinerary

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather and wind conditions will determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

30 March 2019

Departure port Lima
Day 1

UNESCO site and ancient history

Location: Lima

Lima's history predates the colonial presence in the country. In the north, visit the city of Caral, considered the most ancient city in the Americas, and to the south is the historic complex of Pachacamac. Lima is where Spanish conquistadores established the Viceroyalty of Peru in 1542, and began building significant churches, monasteries, mansions and balconies in the city. The arrival of modernity didn’t transform the historic center, which is recognized as a World Heritage Site. Join one of our excursions to see museums with great works of art, archaeological sites, beaches, the boardwalk and experience the exquisite cuisine that gives Peru’s capital its unique personality. Explore the city on your own before spending the night in a hotel.

Day 2

UNESCO site and ancient history

Location: Lima/Cusco

In the morning you are transferred to your flight from Lima to Cusco. Enjoy lunch before visiting one of the most amazing Incan constructions in the area, the Sacsayhuamán fortress. Sacsayhuamán means "satisfied falcon". The falcon guarded the capital of the empire, and the name also makes sense since it was possible to overlook Cusco from the hill where this fortress was built. The construction lasted for more than seven decades and required the work of 20,000 men, both for the foundations and hewn stone works, the transportation of materials, carving and stones setting. It was constructed without mortar like many other Inca structures. Yet the enormous stones fit so tightly that not even a thin blade of grass can slide between them. The craftsmanship is a stunning example of the Inca’s sophisticated construction techniques and architectural skills. In the afternoon we continue to Hacienda Urubamba in the Sacred Valley for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 3

The highlights of the Incan empire

Location: Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu

After breakfast you’re in for another day of highlights. First is the visit to Ollantaytambo. This Incan town shares its name with the formidable stone structure that climbs the massive cliff looming over town. The fortress was the valley’s main defence against the Antis and was the site of the Incas’ greatest victory against the Spanish during the wars of conquest. Constructed of rose-coloured granite, this huge installation 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 will be served as we enjoy the spectacular views outside. Overlooking the raging Urubamba River and discovered in a hidden tangle of vines and trees atop the mountain, the city of Machu Picchu will forever hold the secret of its rise and fall – the Incas left no written records. Explore the city's ruins, feel its pulse and visualize the lives of the priests, craftsmen, and servants who inhabited this incredible place. Excavations at the site have revealed skeletons, artefacts and woollen clothing, but no gold. The same precision of assembled stones exists here as in other Incan sites. After spending a time exploring the ruins, you can enjoy tea at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge before we continue back to Hacienda Urubamba for another nice evening and overnight stay here.

Day 4

Centre of the Incan Empire

Location: Cusco/Lima

After breakfast we head on to Cusco, once the center of the Inca Empire. Here you can see the splendid Baroque-style Cusco Cathedral, built in the mid-1500s on the foundations of an Inca 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 built on the foundations of 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 considered to be one of the greatest existing examples of Inca stonework. After another day of exploring, we will transfer you to the airport where you fly to Lima. In Lima, MS Roald Amundsen is ready to continue this expedition at sea.

Day 5

A great day for wildlife spotting

Location: At sea

Spend some time on deck as we navigate further north along the coast of Peru, taking in the ocean air and looking out for wildlife. Join our Explorer team for interesting presentations and talks. We will be sailing with the nutrient-rich Humboldt Current that flows north along the west coast of South America from the southern tip of Chile to northern Peru. Watch for playful dolphins, birdlife and wildlife.

Day 6

See where the worshippers of the moon thrived

Location: Trujillo

If you like colonial architecture and design, the city of Trujillo will be a great place to spend the day. Trujillo sits on the edge of the Andean foothills and has a beautiful setting amongst the vast greenery and hills. Like most Peruvian cities, the central square, the Plaza de Armas, is surrounded by the cathedral and city hall. Numerous colonial mansions have been preserved in the old city and are open to visitors. The fronts of most of these houses have distinctive wrought-iron grillwork and are painted in pastel colours. You can also join our excursions to visit the remarkable pre-Incan archaeological sites found in the area. Close to Trujillo you find the centre of the ancient Chimú culture (700–1400 A.D.). These tribes founded their capital by the banks of the Moche River and called it Chan Chan ("sun-sun"). It is a remarkable place that was listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1986. Other Chimú sites bake in the surrounding desert, among them the immense and suitably impressive Moche Huacas del Sol y de la Luna (Temples of the Sun and Moon), which date back 1500 years.

Day 7

Pool with a view

Location: At sea

MS Roald Amundsen is equipped with a pool and two Jacuzzis on the top deck. Why not enjoy the view while soaking in the water? Or from a comfortable spot at the Explorer bar? The on board lectures continue as well, so there are several choices.

Day 8

Visit the home of Panama hats

Location: Manta, Ecuador

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.

Day 9

Crossing the equator

Location: At sea

By now, you might have figured out how to enjoy days at sea in a way that is perfect for you. Perhaps you have found the time to finish one of the books you brought with you, or maybe spending time looking through and sorting the pictures you have taken is the preferred activity. As we cross the equator you can look forward to the “Equator baptism” ritual.

Day 10

A breathtaking and unique island

Location: Isla de la Coiba, Panama

Coiba National Park is one of Panama's natural treasures, and one of the country’s largest islands. Due to its rich coral reefs and biodiversity, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Coiba offers secluded white sand beaches and great options for snorkelling, wildlife watching and hikes. OR It is also worth noting that the island contains the abandoned remains of the former penal colony that was once established there.

Day 11

Adventure day!

Location: Golfito, Costa Rica

Enjoy a day of great adventures and plenty of opportunity for exploration. Located on a small gulf surrounded by densely forested hills, Golfito is home to some wonderful views. Come ashore and visit this tranquil town, and find yourself relaxing on the waterside while enjoying great 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.

Day 12

The end of the expedition

Location: Puntarenas, Costa Rica

As we arrive in Puntarenas, the adventure has come to its end. Before you fly home, you might spend some extra time enjoying the brilliant sunsets, fresh seafood, charming architecture and the oceanfront boardwalk of this Costa Rican city.

10 April 2019

Location Puntarenas, Costa Rica
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Getting you there

Please contact us if you wish to add on return flights and airport transfers to Callao/Lima and Puntarenas