Peru and Chile - Galápagos Islands and Inca Mysteries
MS Roald Amundsen
14 days

Peru, Chile – Galápagos Islands and Inca Mysteries

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Discover the fascinating Nazca Lines.
Departure
6 October 2020
  • Experience the wondrous Galápagos Islands, home to Darwin’s theory of evolution
  • Discover fascinating archaeological sites such as Chan-Chan and the Nazca Lines
  • Explore natural and cultural wonders
  • Enjoy a combination of sea and land adventures

Itinerary

Start your voyage by exploring one of the world’s most remarkable destinations, the Galápagos Islands, home to an astonishing variety of native species. Then embark on an unforgettable expedition cruise along the scenic western coast of South America from Lima, Peru, down to Valparaíso in Chile. Explore the contrasts of modern cities and historic ancient civilisations, and enjoy days at sea at your leisure.
Day 1
Quito, Ecuador - Hotel
UNESCO Site and Ancient History
A large clock tower in front of a building
The Basilica in Quito´s historic centre is a marvel of colonial architecture.
Photo: Dan

You arrive individually at the Ecuadoran capital of Quito. Take a look around this marvellous city before overnighting at a centrally located hotel.

Thanks to the city’s preservation of its diverse cultural past, UNESCO declared Quito the first of its World Heritage sites in 1978. The city is beautifully situated in an Andean valley at 2,850 metres (9,350 ft), making it the second-highest capital city in the world. 

A large clock tower in front of a building
The Basilica in Quito´s historic centre is a marvel of colonial architecture.
Photo: Dan
Take in a magnificent panoramic view from Teleférico.
Take in a magnificent panoramic view from Teleférico.
Photo: Gi Jadán
Learn about the fascinating traditions of equatorial cultures at the Nan Museum.
Learn about the fascinating traditions of equatorial cultures at the Nan Museum.
Photo: David Berkowitz
Day 2
Quito - Hotel
Explore Quito and Surroundings
Take in a magnificent panoramic view from Teleférico.
Take in a magnificent panoramic view from Teleférico.
Photo: Gi Jadán

After breakfast, we drive north to the Equator and visit the Inti Ñan Museum. Afterwards, we ascend Teleférico – one of Quito’s most popular attractions, offering spectacular and easily accessible views of the city. The ride lasts only 10 minutes but takes you to an altitude of 4,050 m (13,300 ft). At the top, the lookout offers the visitor incredible views of Quito, the surrounding valleys and snow-covered volcanoes (along with coffee, snacks, and oxygen for the short of breath).

Return to the city to enjoy lunch in Quito´s charming colonial quarter. The afternoon's sightseeing reveals some of the reasons why Ecuador's capital earned its honour as UNESCO´s first World Heritage site. Dinner will be served at the hotel before an overnight stay.

Day 3
Galápagos Islands - Baltra/Santa Cruz
Glorious Galápagos Islands
Sight for the enormous Galápagos Tortoise, which can live more than 100 years.
Sight for the enormous Galápagos Tortoise, which can live more than 100 years.
Photo: Peter Swaine

After breakfast, we depart the hotel and drive to Quito Airport for our flight to the Galápagos Islands (via Guayaquil).

Upon arrival at Baltra´s airport, we meet the local representative and board a bus for the short transfer to Itabaca Channel, which separates Baltra Island from Santa Cruz Island. Here, we board a small ferry that crosses the azure waters of the channel to Santa Cruz, a journey that takes about five minutes.

On the other side, we travel through a rural agricultural area surrounded by wild landscapes and many different species of flora and fauna. We may well spot the finches that are famous for being the basis of Darwin’s theory of evolution.

See the famous Galápagos land tortoises in their natural environment and learn how private ranches help protect these special creatures and their habitat. Tortoises of all different ages and sizes gather here: Small young ones with shining carapaces, and older ones with weathered and worn shells. Lunch will be served in the highlands.

The well-known Lava Tunnels are another amazing experience. Formed by lava flows from the volcanoes, they range from the highlands down to the sea. Join an amazing half-hour hike through one of the tunnels to where it gets too small to pass.

Afterwards, we continue to our hotel in the town of Puerto Ayora. Once settled, we walk to the nearby Charles Darwin Research Station, which hosts educational museums on both the history and development of the Galápagos Islands, and protection of their natural heritage. Native giant land tortoises can also be observed. Many different tortoise species exist in the Galápagos and the station is the only place where most of the species reside at one site.

The afternoon is at your leisure to explore small yet picturesque Puerto Ayora and its many shops with local arts and crafts. We later enjoy dinner at the hotel´s cosy restaurant.

Sight for the enormous Galápagos Tortoise, which can live more than 100 years.
Sight for the enormous Galápagos Tortoise, which can live more than 100 years.
Photo: Peter Swaine
Scan for charming Galápagos penguins.
Sight for the enormous Galápagos Tortoise, which can live more than 100 years.
Photo: Brian Gratwicke
A sandy beach next to the ocean
Day 4-5
Galápagos Islands - Santa Cruz
Title Galápagos Island Hopping
The Galápagos iguana
The Galápagos iguana is unique among lizards with the ability to forage in the sea.
Photo: Vince Smith
Day 4-5
Galápagos Islands - Santa Cruz
Title Galápagos Island Hopping
A sandy beach next to the ocean
The islands host amazing biodiversity and served to inspire Darwin´s theory.

Enjoy breakfast at hotel. We have two full days to tour one of the nearby, uninhabited islands by boat.

Please note that only one of the four islands listed below will be visited per day:

  • Bartolomé Island, famous for Pinnacle Rock and Galápagos penguins
  • South Plaza Island, home to a colony of land iguanas
  • Santa Fe Island, known for having the islands´ most sea beautiful coves
  • North Seymour Island, considered a microcosm of the entire archipelago

The visits are regulated by the Galápagos National Park and we are notified of permission 30 days prior to the visit. Regardless of the islands we visit, lunch is served on board the vessel during the tour.

Later, we have dinner at the hotel and overnight.

Day 6
Baltra Island / Lima - Hotel
Galápagos to Colonial Lima
A herd of sheep grazing on a rocky hill
Discover unique features like the twin volcanic craters of Los Gemelos.
Photo: Mr Thomson

After breakfast at hotel, we transfer to Baltra airport for the flight to mainland Ecuador. En route to the airport, we stop at 'The Twins' or 'Los Gemelos' - two impressive volcanic depressions in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island.

A box lunch is served on the flight from Baltra Island to Lima (via Guayaquil). At Lima airport, we meet our local representative who transfers you to your hotel in the city for dinner and overnight stay.

A herd of sheep grazing on a rocky hill
Discover unique features like the twin volcanic craters of Los Gemelos.
Photo: Mr Thomson
Experience the elegant colonial architecture of the Santo Domingo convent.
Experience the elegant colonial architecture of the Santo Domingo convent.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 7
Callao - Embarkation
Lima – UNESCO World Heritage
Experience the elegant colonial architecture of the Santo Domingo convent.
Experience the elegant colonial architecture of the Santo Domingo convent.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. After checkout, we transfer to the ship taking in a 'Half-day Lima Highlights Tour', including a visit to the city´s historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The tour´s highlights include Casa Aliaga, a nearly 500-year old mansion built for one of Pizarro’s lieutenants, and Santo Domingo Convent, the best-preserved colonial building in all of Lima.

The tour finishes at the quayside in Callao, where MS Roald Amundsen stands ready to continue the expedition at sea.

A canyon with a mountain in the background
Day 8
Paracas - Full day
The Nazca Lines
Day 8
Paracas - Full day
The Nazca Lines
A canyon with a mountain in the background
Etched into the surface more than 1,500 years ago, the Nazca Lines remain shrouded in mystery.

Paracas is the gateway to the quiet colonial town of Pisco and its fertile coastal valley with 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.

Included activity:

Ballestas Islands (3 hrs)

Explore one of this region's most beautiful natural attractions, the Ballestas Islands, often referred to as ‘Peru's Galapagos’, with its volcanic scenery and diverse wildlife. Spot sea birds and mammals on the boat trip and enjoy photogenic landscapes on the islands. Enjoy some free time to explore and perhaps see seals, sea lions, and even penguins!

A close up of a white building with Nazca Lines in the background
Seen from the air, the Hummingbird geoglyph is a spectacular sight.
A flock of seagulls flying in the sky
Enjoy scouting for abundant wildlife from the deck.
Day 9
At sea
At your Leisure
A flock of seagulls flying in the sky
Enjoy scouting for abundant wildlife from the deck.

Days at sea mean you can join the Expedition Team for interesting lectures, learn the basics of expedition photography, and spend time out on deck enjoying the fresh salt air as you scout for wildlife. Of course, there’s also plenty of time to chat with fellow explorers.

Day 10
Arica, Chile - Full day
Adventure and Archaeology
Take in the view from the El Moro cliff and viewpoint.
Take in the view from the El Moro cliff and viewpoint.
Photo: Camille Seaman

Arica is blessed with a warm climate all year round, and we will spend a full day here. Explore the city, walk up the `El Morro´ cliff to get a panoramic view, see the beaches or visit the archaeological sites with some of the world's oldest known mummies.

Included activity:

Atacama Coastal Walk (3 hrs 30)

Depart the pier and head towards the beach resorts of El Laucho and La Lisera. At El Morro de Arica vista, we enjoy a panoramic view of the city, port and ocean. We then proceed south along the coastal road to Corazones/Anzata, where we walk up sandy hills that lead us to Puntilla. Here we observe sea lions and many local birds at close range. After relaxing, taking pictures and breathing the ocean air, we walk back to the buses and return to the pier.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Paracas - Ballestas Island
    Explore one of Peru’s most beautiful natural attractions, the Ballestas Islands, often referred to as the Galapagos of Peru, the volcanic islands are home to an array of wildlife and dramatic scenery.
  • Nazca Lines Overflight
    An unforgettable flight over the mysterious Nazca lines.
  • Tambo Colorado
    Journey to the 15th century and earlier, visiting the Inca and Chincha in the Pisco River Valley.
  • Pisco Route
    During this half-day excursion, you will travel to the heart of the Pisco Valley and visit two "bodegas" to learn about the pisco-making process and taste - and enjoy - its different varieties.
Take in the view from the El Moro cliff and viewpoint.
Take in the view from the El Moro cliff and viewpoint.
Photo: Camille Seaman
A man holding a camera
Take some time to learn more about expedition photography on a day at sea.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Day 11-12
At sea
Sailing and Learning
A man holding a camera
Take some time to learn more about expedition photography on a day at sea.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

Enjoy two peaceful days at sea as we make our way south to Valparaíso. The Expedition Team recaps our voyage and continues their lecture programme.

Day 13
La Serena, Chile
Seaside Living
A large body of water with a city in the background
Colourful gardens and beautiful churches highlight La Serena.

La Serena is one of the oldest cities in Chile. The town is overflowing with colourful gardens and beautiful churches. In the Archaeological Museum, you can learn about the ancient Diaguita culture that thrived in this province before the Incan conquest.

Included activity:

Coquimbo and La Serena City Tour (4 hrs 15)

Join us on a city tour of La Serena and the Coquimbo region. Our first stop is La Serena lighthouse for sweeping panoramic views. We then visit La Serena´s main plaza, where the city was founded in 1544. We also drive to La Herradura Bay, where legends say pirates buried a treasure. Before returning to the ship, we visit La Recova Market featuring handicrafts like lapis lazuli (Chile's famous semi-precious blue stone) and alpaca wool.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Coquimbo - Coquimbo and La Serena City Tour
    Join us on a city tour of La Serena and the Coquimbo region. Our first stop is La Serena lighthouse for sweeping panoramic views.
  • A Visit to Tabali Winery
    Enjoy a full day of beautiful sites in Limarí Valley. We visit the Enchanted Valley, located 19 kilometres southwest of Ovalle, before we take you to the Tabali Winery for a guided tour and some wine tasting.
  • Alfa Aldea Observatory
    Enjoy a personalized astronomical tour to a family-run observatory. This is an open-air event, as it takes place under the star-filled sky. You will be divided into small groups, which means plenty of telescope time for everyone.
  • Coquimbo - Elqui Valley
    Discover the splendid beauty and history of northern Chile during this memorable, half-day sightseeing tour of Vicuña and the Elqui Valley.
A large body of water with a city in the background
Colourful gardens and beautiful churches highlight La Serena.
A boat sitting on top of a building
Take in the vibrant and rich colours of the city of Valparaíso.
Day 14
Valparaíso, Chile - Disembarkation
The `Jewel of the Pacific´
A boat sitting on top of a building
Take in the vibrant and rich colours of the city of Valparaíso.

Our expedition ends in the wonderful, colourful and poetic city of Valparaíso. After disembarking the ship, take some time to stroll the UNESCO-listed Historic Quarter, or ride a funicular to one of the many hilltops for a citywide panorama.

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets 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 presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
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What's included

Included in your voyage

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice
  • Two overnights in Quito including breakfast and dinner on day 2 before the cruise
  • Three overnights on Santa Cruz Island/Galápagos including full board
  • Overnight in Lima, including half board
  • Economy flights Quito-Baltra, Baltra-Lima (via Guayaquil)
  • All transfers, excursions and meals as described, including English-speaking guide
  • Galápagos National Park entrance fee

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE

  • A 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 hand-picked team of highly educated experts from 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

ENGAGING ONBOARD ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION

  • 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
  • A farewell event

PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT

  • All meals including beverages (beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all ship restaurants)
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Fredheim restaurantmeals included 
  • A la carte restaurant(only for suite guests) 
  • Gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna
  • Rejuvenating Wellness Center 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 

Not included in your voyage

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

Notes

  • The land-based tour to Galapagos Islands involves long stretches of active travel, walking over uneven terrain, and getting in/out of boats, so the physical condition of participants should be able to manage these activities and a climate that varies from high altitude cool to tropical weather.

TOUR DATES:

  • Voyage starts in Quito: 06.10.2020
  • Ship departs from Callao/Lima: 12.10.2020
  • Ship arrives in Valparaíso: 19.10.2020
MS Roald Amundsen
Science Center
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
A small boat in a large body of water

Your ship

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
MS Roald Amundsen

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Optional excursions

Some expedition cruises include excursions that can be reserved for no additional charge. These included excursions can often be combined with other excursions available in port.

Please note excursions are subject to change and are not yet available for booking for departures after March 2021.

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Paracas - Ballestas Island

South America

Duration

3 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-GSM1

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Paracas - Nazca Lines Overflight

South America

Duration

4h

Price per person

From £ 463

Booking code

A-GSM5

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Paracas - Tambo Colorado

South America

Duration

4h20

Price per person

From £ 134

Booking code

A-GSM7

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Paracas - Pisco Route

Duration

5 hours 30 minutes

Price per person

From £ 103

Booking code

A-GSM1

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Coquimbo - Coquimbo and La Serena City Tour

South America

Duration

4 hrs 15 min

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-CQQ1

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Coquimbo (La Serena) - A Visit to Tabali Winery

South America

Duration

5 hours 15 mins

Price per person

From £ 113

Booking code

A-CQQ4

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Coquimbo (La Serena) - Alfa Aldea Observatory

South America

Duration

4 hours 30 mins

Price per person

From £ 113

Booking code

A-CQQ3

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Coquimbo - Elqui Valley

Duration

4 hours 30 minutes

Price per person

From £ 103

Booking code

A-CQQ5

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Extend your cruise

Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-programme before or after your expedition cruise.

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Valparaiso & Santiago: Post-programme

South America

Duration

2 Days

From

£ 328

Booking code

VAPPOST

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Santiago Post-Excursion: Maipo Valley Vineyard Tour (20/21 and 21/22)

Duration

4 Hours

From

£ 65

Booking code

SCL05B

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Santiago - Post-Excursion: Typical Chilean Dinner & Music

Duration

3 Hours

From

£ 106

Booking code

SCL07

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Valparaiso/Santiago: Easter Island (20/21 and 21/22)

Duration

5 Days

From

£ 2596

Booking code

VAPIPCPOST

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