MS Fridtjof Nansen, MS Roald Amundsen
12 days

Panama, Ecuador and Peru – Inca Mysteries and Machu Picchu

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£ 4510
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Fridtjof Nansen, MS Roald Amundsen
12 days

Panama, Ecuador and Peru – Inca Mysteries and Machu Picchu

Price from
£ 4510
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Panama, Ecuador and Peru - Inca Mysteries and Machu Picchu
Departures 8 October 2021 with MS Roald Amundsen
18 October 2021 with MS Fridtjof Nansen
  • Visit impressive Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, and the Sacsayhuamán fortress
  • See different cities along South America´s Pacific Coast, each with their own character
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites famous for archaeology or colonial architecture
  • Tour the famous Panama Canal and see its system of locks close up
Learn about the greatness of Chan Chan.

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Itinerary

Our journey begins in Panama City, site of the famous Panama Canal that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. From there, we head south, visiting cities full of charming architecture in Ecuador and Peru, discovering beautiful beaches, archaeological mysteries, and UNESCO sites. End your voyage with a visit to the fascinating ruins of Machu Picchu.
Day 1
Panama City, Panama
Cosmopolitan Capital
Climb Ancón Hill for a fantastic view of the city.
Climb Ancón Hill for a fantastic view of the city.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Spend the night in a central hotel in Panama City. Hike to Ancón Hill and enjoy views of the skyscraper-lined cityscape and of the Casco Antiguo district which boasts a real mix of architectural styles. Arrange to arrive a few days early for a Pre-Programme that explores the local flora and fauna.

Climb Ancón Hill for a fantastic view of the city.
Climb Ancón Hill for a fantastic view of the city.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Discover the charming Casco Antiguo district.
Discover the charming Casco Antiguo district.
Photo: Shutterstock
Miraflores locks on the Panama Canal.
Miraflores locks on the Panama Canal.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Get close to the marvel of the canal on a speedboat cruise.
Get close to the marvel of the canal on a speedboat cruise.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 2
Panama City, Panama
Panama Canal Experience
Miraflores locks on the Panama Canal.
Miraflores locks on the Panama Canal.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Before embarking on the ship, we visit the locks and visitor centre at Miraflores and learn how massive ships are manoeuvred through this marvel of engineering. Enjoy lunch overlooking Chagres River before we board speedboats to cruise the canal itself. In the waters of Lake Gatún, we may spot monkeys and even crocodiles.

Day 3
At Sea
Crossing the Equator
Scan for rich avian life from deck.
Scan for rich avian life from deck.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Spend time relaxing in the serenity of the sea. Join lectures as our experienced lecturers share their extensive knowledge and meet our Expedition Team on deck to spot marine wildlife and sea birds. As we cross the Equator, it’s our tradition to hold a ceremony seeking King Neptune’s blessing. He may even make an appearance.

Scan for rich avian life from deck.
Scan for rich avian life from deck.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Learn from our experts in the Science Center.
Learn from our experts in the Science Center.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Manta´s fishing seaport and waterfront.
Manta´s fishing seaport and waterfront.
Photo: Shutterstock
Montecristi – home of the Panama hat.
Montecristi – home of the Panama hat.
Photo: Jesper Nielsen
Learn about the amazing craftmanship from local artisans.
Learn about the amazing craftmanship from local artisans.
Photo: Camille Seaman
Day 4
Manta, Ecuador
Made in Montecristi
Montecristi – home of the Panama hat.
Montecristi – home of the Panama hat.
Photo: Jesper Nielsen

Manta is a bustling port with high-rise buildings and lovely beaches. You can visit the city museum which showcases artefacts from local pre-Colombian culture, a collection of Ecuadorian art, and weird and wonderful fishing paraphernalia. We recommend an excursion to nearby Montecristi where traditional Panamanian straw hats are hand woven.

Explore the area known as the world´s banana capital.
Day 5
Puerto Bolivar (Machala), Ecuador
Bananas, Hummingbirds and Petrified Forest
Day 5
Puerto Bolivar (Machala), Ecuador
Bananas, Hummingbirds and Petrified Forest
Explore the area known as the world´s banana capital.
Explore the area known as the world´s banana capital.
Photo: Shutterstock

Known as the banana capital of the world, this area is surrounded by banana plantations - approximately 80% of Ecuador’s bananas are shipped through Puerto Bolivar. Join an optional excursion to an organic plantation and learn about their unique process of growing their banana plants – by playing classical music for them. Further ashore you can explore the Buenaventura Reserve where you have the chance to observe hummingbirds, hawks and parakeets, or walk amongst fossilized trees, flowers, and plants in the Petrified Forest of Puyango on one of our optional excursions.

Discover the Puyango Petrified Forest.
Discover the Puyango Petrified Forest.
Photo: Shutterstock
Scan for avian life like this colourful hummingbird.
Scan for avian life like this colourful hummingbird.
Photo: Shutterstock
Explore vibrant Guayaquil.
Explore vibrant Guayaquil.
Photo: shutterstock
The city´s majestic cathedral.
The city´s majestic cathedral.
Photo: shutterstock
Day 6
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Ecuador’s Coastal Metropolis
Explore vibrant Guayaquil.
Explore vibrant Guayaquil.
Photo: shutterstock

We arrive in the largest city in Ecuador. Colourful favelas blanket the hillsides will high-rise buildings line the Guayas river, surrounding Malecón 2000, the attractive riverfront square. Next to the majestic City Cathedral is ‘Iguana Park’, so named for the tame iguanas that roam the gardens here, mingling amiably with tourists, and posing for photos.

Day 7
At Sea
At Your Leisure
Pamper yourself with a spa treatment.
Pamper yourself with a spa treatment.
Photo: AgurtxaneConcellon

Enjoy another day and spend it at your leisure. Recap our voyage so far with fellow guests in our comfortable lounge, indulge yourself with a spa treatment in our Wellness Center, or. Join in on interesting lectures. You can also refresh yourself by taking  a dip in the infinity pool and Jacuzzis.

Pamper yourself with a spa treatment.
Pamper yourself with a spa treatment.
Photo: AgurtxaneConcellon
Magnificent sunsets from deck.
Magnificent sunsets from deck.
Photo: Shutterstock
Discover the ruins of the Chimu Kingdom.
Discover the ruins of the Chimu Kingdom.
Photo: Michael Zysman
Superb ancient craftmanship on display.
Superb ancient craftmanship on display.
Photo: Jess Kraft
Learn about the greatness of Chan Chan.
Learn about the greatness of Chan Chan.
Photo: Christian Wilkinson
Day 8
Salaverry, Peru
Ancient Kingdoms
Superb ancient craftmanship on display.
Superb ancient craftmanship on display.
Photo: Jess Kraft

Next is the port of Salaverry, the starting point for two optional excursions. Visit the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site of Chan Chan (`Sun Sun´) to see the mud-brick ruins of the ancient Chimú kingdom. Or tour the Mochican temples of the Sun and Moon, the former being the largest adobe pyramid in Peru.

Learn about local culture in the Sacred Valley.
Day 9
Callao/Lima/Cusco/Sacred Valley
UNESCO Site and Ancient History
Day 9
Callao/Lima/Cusco/Sacred Valley
UNESCO Site and Ancient History
Learn about local culture in the Sacred Valley.
Learn about local culture in the Sacred Valley.
Photo: shutterstock

Around noon, you disembark and transfer to Lima airport for your flight to Cusco. A packed 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 to spend the night.

Overnight in the scenic surroundings.
Overnight in the scenic surroundings.
Photo: shutterstock
Experience the majesty of Machu Picchu.
Experience the majesty of Machu Picchu.
Photo: shutterstock
Visit the Incan fortress of Ollantaytambo.
Visit the Incan fortress of Ollantaytambo.
Photo: shutterstock
History comes alive in the ancient Incan city.
History comes alive in the ancient Incan city.
Photo: shutterstock
Day 10
Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu/Sacred Valley
The Splendour of Machu Picchu
Visit the Incan fortress of Ollantaytambo.
Visit the Incan fortress of Ollantaytambo.
Photo: shutterstock

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 above 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.

Day 11
Sacred Valley/Cusco/Lima
Centre of the Incan Empire
Visit the baroque Cusco Cathedral.
Visit the baroque Cusco Cathedral.
Photo: Shutterstock

After breakfast, we head to Cusco, where we visit the Sacsayhuaman fortress.  Sacsayhuamán is strategically located on a hill overlooking Cusco and was constructed without mortar like many other Inca structures. Yet 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 Inca’s 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 Incan palace. Many of the stones used in its construction were looted from the nearby Sacsayhuamán fortress.

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. 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. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

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.

Visit the baroque Cusco Cathedral.
Visit the baroque Cusco Cathedral.
Photo: Shutterstock
The elegant Santo Domingo monastery.
The elegant Santo Domingo monastery.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Stroll in the historic Plaza de Armas.
Stroll in the historic Plaza de Armas.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 12
Lima, Peru
Lovely Colonial Lima
The elegant Santo Domingo monastery.
The elegant Santo Domingo monastery.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

After breakfast at the hotel, set out to discover fascinating Lima before returning home. 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, Lima´s historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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What's included

Included in your voyage

Hotel

  • Overnight in Panama City, including breakfast before the expedition cruise

Transfers

  • Transfer from the hotel to the ship in Panama City, including excursion

Land-Programme Machu Picchu, Peru after the cruise

  • Two nights at Tambo del Inka Resort, including half board
  • One night in Lima, including breakfast
  • 3-course set lunch and dinner on day 11, 12 and packed lunch on day 10
  • Return economy flight Lima-Cusco-Lima
  • All transfers and train rides as described, including English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees according to programme

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings before landings

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected
  • The land programme in Peru takes place at high altitudes (the city of Cuzco’s altitude is around 3350 meters) and may require a certain level of physical fitness.

Ships

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MS Fridtjof Nansen

Year built 2020
Ship yard Kleven Yards, Norway
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots

MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom built ships – and the next generation expedition ship. She will explore some of the most spectacular corners of the globe.

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MS Roald Amundsen

Year built 2019
Ship yard Kleven Yards
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots

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.

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MS Roald Amundsen
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