Andean Coast – Expedition from Jungle to Desert (Itinerary 1)

Andean Coast – Expedition from Jungle to Desert (Itinerary 1)

Andean Coast – Expedition from Jungle to Desert (Itinerary 1)

Andean Coast – Expedition from Jungle to Desert (Itinerary 1)

Travel information 16 days MS Roald Amundsen
Departures 08 October 2021
Price from
$ 7,577
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • See different cities along South America´s Pacific Coast, each with their own character
  • Learn the distinct culture of four countries: Panama, Ecuador, Peru and Chile
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites famous for archaeology or colonial architecture
  • Visit the famous Panama Canal and see its system of locks close up

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 planned 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.

Andean Coast – Expedition from Jungle to Desert (Itinerary 1)
  • Day 1
    Panama City, Panama

    Cosmopolitan Capital

    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-Program that explores the local flora and fauna.

    Day 1
    Panama City, Panama

    Cosmopolitan Capital

  • Day 2
    Panama City, Panama

    Panama Canal Experience

    Before embarking on MS Roald Amundsen, 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 2
    Panama City, Panama

    Panama Canal Experience

  • Day 3
    At Sea

    Crossing the Equator

    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.

    Day 3
    At Sea

    Crossing the Equator

  • Day 4
    Manta, Ecuador

    Made in Montecristi

    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.

    Day 4
    Manta, Ecuador

    Made in Montecristi

  • Day 5
    Puerto Bolivar (Machala), Ecuador

    Bananas, Hummingbirds and Petrified Forest

    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.

    Day 5
    Puerto Bolivar (Machala), Ecuador

    Bananas, Hummingbirds and Petrified Forest

  • Day 6

    Ecuador’s Coastal Metropolis

    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.

    • Included Guayaquil - City Tour, Seminario Park & Museum
    Day 6

    Ecuador’s Coastal Metropolis

  • Day 7
    At Sea

    At Your Leisure

    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 hot tubs.

    Day 7
    At Sea

    At Your Leisure

  • Day 8
    Salaverry, Peru

    Ancient Kingdoms

    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.

    Day 8
    Salaverry, Peru

    Ancient Kingdoms

  • Day 9
    Callao / Lima, Peru

    ‘The City of Kings’

    We dock in Callao and travel a short distance to Lima, Peru’s vibrant capital. From Plaza Mayor, stroll around the UNESCO-listed Historic Center, admiring the architecture of colonial cathedrals and Baroque buildings. Whether walking the spacious parks or enjoying top cuisine, you’ll understand why the city was once known as ‘The City of Kings’.

    Day 9
    Callao / Lima, Peru

    ‘The City of Kings’

  • Day 10
    Paracas, Peru

    Ballestas by Boat

    From Paracas, we explore the nearby uninhabited Ballestas Islands. The shores here have a range of wildlife, including sea lions, turtles, dolphins, pelicans, Peruvian boobies and Humboldt penguins. Paracas is also the near to Pisco valley, the site of mysterious Nazca lines and geoglyphs, which you can see on an optional excursion.

    • Included Paracas - Ballestas Island
    Day 10
    Paracas, Peru

    Ballestas by Boat

  • Day 11
    At Sea

    Fresh Salt Air

    As we sail further south, enjoy our lecture program, the fresh sea air, and all the amenities the expedition ship has to offer.

    Day 11
    At Sea

    Fresh Salt Air

  • Day 12
    Matarani, Peru

    ‘The White City’

    Matarani is a gateway to Arequipa, an exceptionally beautiful city with hectares of immaculate parks and gardens, and views of the dormant, snow-capped El Misti volcano. The UNESCO-listed historic center is a treasure trove of impressive colonial architecture built with ashlar volcanic stone, inspiring Arequipa’s other name ‘The White City’.

    • Included Matarani - Peruvian Dance show
    Day 12
    Matarani, Peru

    ‘The White City’

  • Day 13
    Arica, Chile

    Where the Rain Never Falls

    Arica enjoys a constant desert climate and is one of the driest cities in the world. Walk along beaches, visit San Marcos Cathedral, or hike El Morro cliff for views over the port city. The local San Miguel de Azapa Archaeological Museum contains artefacts from the Chinchorro culture and some of the world's oldest mummies.

    • Included Arica - Atacama Coastal Walk
    Day 13
    Arica, Chile

    Where the Rain Never Falls

  • Day 14-15
    At Sea

    Serenity at Sea

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

    Day 14-15
    At Sea

    Serenity at Sea

  • Day 16
    Valparaíso, Chile

    UNESCO’s ‘Jewel of the Pacific´

    Our expedition ends in the seaport of Valparaíso. Built on steep hillsides overlooking the ocean, the UNESCO-protected city is a maze of monuments, churches, historical funicular lifts, cobblestone alleys and charming plazas. Arrange to stay longer to explore more or join a Post-Program to Easter Island, famous for its mysterious statues of giant heads.

    Day 16
    Valparaíso, Chile

    UNESCO’s ‘Jewel of the Pacific´


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What's Included

Included in Your Expedition


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


  • Transfer from the hotel to the ship, including an excursion

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 organize 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 program 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, sauna with floor-to-ceiling windows, 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

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats
  • 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 Expedition

  • International flights
  • Travel protection
  • 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


  • 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
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MS Roald Amundsen

Year built 2019
Shipyard 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

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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