Sustainable expeditionSail with the greenest expedition cruise ships through a diverse landscape full of amazing wildlife and hidden treasures.
From rainforest to relicsExperience the incredible variety of South America, from lush jungles and remote islands to majestic reminders of great civilizations.
Colourful and historicGo ashore in the fascinating ports and cities of Ecuador, Chile, and Peru to explore their rich history and culture.
Beyond the sea routesExplore with packages that include the Incan wonders of Machu Picchu and the breathtaking wildlife of the Galápagos Islands.
Chile, Peru Highlights of Chile and PeruJoin us on an exciting voyage to discover the riches of South America’s Pacific coast, from the Mediterranean climate of Chile to the ornate colonial towns, fascinating archaeological sites and mysterious lost cultures of Peru, ending in colorful Ecu14 daysMS Roald AmundsenApril 4, 2020MS Roald AmundsenJoin us on an exciting voyage to discover the riches of South America’s Pacific coast, from the Mediterranean climate of Chile to the ornate colonial towns, fascinating archaeological sites and mysterious lost cultures of Peru, ending in colorful EcuFrom $ 4,701
South America Panama Canal and Andean Coast DiscoveriesJoin us on an unforgettable expedition cruise as we sail from the azure waters of the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal, and down along the scenic coast of South America to Valparaíso, Chile.17 daysMS FramOctober 8, 2020MS FramJoin us on an unforgettable expedition cruise as we sail from the azure waters of the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal, and down along the scenic coast of South America to Valparaíso, Chile.From $ 6,091
South America Panama Canal and Andean Coast DiscoveriesJoin us on an unforgettable expedition cruise as we sail from the azure waters of the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal, and down along the scenic western coast of South America to Valparaíso in Chile.17 daysMS Roald AmundsenOctober 3, 2020MS Roald AmundsenJoin us on an unforgettable expedition cruise as we sail from the azure waters of the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal, and down along the scenic western coast of South America to Valparaíso in Chile.From $ 6,816
Your Expedition Team
Our experts are here to safeguard both explorers and the pristine environment. They serve as your invaluable hosts throughout your expedition cruise.
Leading and teaching
During your discovery of South America, your Expedition Team will lead the way on short hikes, museum visits, food tastings, and onshore cultural performances.
“Some of the most memorable moments come when we take some time to deeply experience local nature and culture – to really appreciate where we are.”
– Helga, Assistant Expedition Leader
As one of South America’s liveliest cities, you’ll never run out of things to do in Lima. The city is one of our destinations, and if you are staying for 24 hours, here is our top tips of things to explore.
Drink some Peruvian coffee
Kick-start your day with a few shots of the finest Peruvian coffee. Much of Peru’s coffee comes from certified organic farmers and is known for its vanilla-toned sweetness and nutty, aromatic flavor . If you are feeling adventurous, try one of Lima’s traditional herb-infused drinks such as emoliente. The water is boiled with grains, herbs, and sugar, or with the addition of maca, a traditional root from the high Andes.
Take a stroll around the sights
Brave Lima’s infamously chaotic, but delightfully affordable, combi or larger micro (yes — bigger, but micro!) minibuses and head to Óvalo de Miraflores — a central roundabout fifty minutes away from Jorge Chávez International Airport .
There, visit Miraflores Central Park and the larger Kennedy Park and enjoy the boutiques, bars, and street-side ceviche cafés along the way to the coast. Don’t miss the Parque del Amor with its kissing couple statue and mosaics, as well as the Miraflores Lighthouse.
For a stroll with a view, walk along the cliffside Malecón promenade to the artsy and bohemian Barranco district , famously home to stunning sea views and sunsets. You’ll soon come to the Bajada de Baños walkway, which will take you to the iconic Bridge of Sighs — a 102-foot bridge fabled to grant wishes.
Discover the fascinating history of Lima
Learn about the Peruvian capital’s history starting at Lima’s main square, Plaza Mayor (or Plaza de Armas), a thirty-minute drive from Miraflores. This UNESCO World Heritage site is surrounded by other heritage buildings, including the Presidential Palace and the Cathedral of Lima . From there, explore the city center’s pedestrian-only Jirón de la Unión and find your way to the Museum of Inquisition and Congress, which tells the bloody — and torturous — history of the Spanish Inquisition.
Costa Rica Highlights
When it comes to paradise-like locations, Costa Rica is one of our top picks. From beach breaks to volcano climbing to wildlife spotting.
Though fairly small, Costa Rica is home to half a million different species — one in every twenty-five types of plants, insects, and animals in the world! As you might expect, this variety ensures that there's weird and wonderful wildlife in Costa Rica. Don’t be surprised if you come across cute capuchin monkeys, brightly colored frogs, and noisy toucans.
In the country’s nature reserves, you can try to spot an ocelot. Although very rarely seen in the wild, this big-pawed wild cat is definitely one of Costa Rica’s highlights. Ocelots can be found at wildlife sanctuaries like the La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park. If you like more curious-looking creatures, there are tapirs and three-toed sloths.
Costa Rica is a land of volcanoes, with more than 200 volcanic formations in the country. Most are located in the northern and central highlands. Of these, five are active: Arenal, Poás, Rincón de la Vieja, and Irazú.
Irazú and Poás both have beautiful lakes in their craters. Although you wouldn’t want to swim inside, as the lake at Poás is filled with boiling acid.
If you fancy a dip, Costa Rica’s two coastlines offer lots of picture-perfect locations. The most popular are Playa Flamingo and Tamarindo — both of which offer plenty of opportunities for water sports and, of course, sunbathing.
These beaches are great for local activities, with friendly residents ready to take you out on boat trips. They’re also good places to find tour guides for visiting various historical sites, taking volcano hikes, and more.