Chile and Peru - Cosmopolitan and Colourful Coastal Cities (Itinerary 1)
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MS Roald Amundsen
11 days

Chile and Peru – Cosmopolitan and Colourful Coastal Cities (Itinerary 1)

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Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
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Departures 05 April 2021
  • See different cities along South America´s Pacific Coast, each with their own character
  • Learn the distinct culture and history of three countries: Chile, Peru, and Ecuador
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites famous for archaeology or colonial architecture
  • Spot wildlife such as whales, penguins, iguana, sea lion, and a range of seabirds

Itinerary

From UNESCO-listed Valparaíso, we’ll journey south along the rugged Chilean coast to laid-back La Serena, then on to Pan de Azúcar National Park , followed by Antofagasta and the sea, sand, and surf of Iquique. Finally, we visit Lima and the ancient ruins of Trujillo before ending the voyage in colorful Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Day 1
Valparaíso, Chile
UNESCO’s ‘Jewel of the Pacific’
Welcome aboard your advanced hybrid-powered expedition ship.
Welcome aboard your advanced hybrid-powered expedition ship.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Your ship MS Roald Amundsen awaits you in the seaport of Valparaíso in central Chile. 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. Arrive early and explore more of ‘Valpo’ or join our Pre-Program to the Atacama Desert.

Welcome aboard your advanced hybrid-powered expedition ship.
Welcome aboard your advanced hybrid-powered expedition ship.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Get to know the colourful neighbourhoods of Valparaíso.
Get to know the colourful neighbourhoods of Valparaíso.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
La Serena´s rich panorama.
La Serena´s rich panorama.
Photo: Shutterstock
The Japanese garden in La Serena.
The Japanese garden in La Serena.
Photo: shutterstock
Explore the ornate belfry of Santo Domingo church.
Explore the ornate belfry of Santo Domingo church.
Photo: shutterstock
Day 2
La Serena, Chile
‘The City of Church Belfries’
The Japanese garden in La Serena.
The Japanese garden in La Serena.
Photo: shutterstock

La Serena is Chile’s second-oldest city, blessed with beautiful sandy beaches along Avenida del Mar. Stroll through manicured public gardens or shop for arts and crafts at Recova Market. The city’s many churches can be distinguished by their different styles of belfries, giving rise to La Serena’s nickname as ‘The City of Church Belfries’.

Optional Excursions
  • 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.
Explore Pan de Azucar National Park.
Day 3
Chañaral, Chile
Classic City next to a Coastal Desert
Day 3
Chañaral, Chile
Classic City next to a Coastal Desert
Explore Pan de Azucar National Park.
Explore Pan de Azucar National Park.
Photo: shutterstock

Rarely visited by tourists, this is a more traditional Chilean city with no highrise buildings. Next door is Pan de Azucar National Park, a coastal desert home to animals such as the marine otter, South American sea lion, and Peruvian pelican. Nearby Isla Pan dé Azúcar is a breeding ground for Humbolt penguins, which we hope to observe from the ship.

Watch for the penguins from deck.
Watch for the penguins from deck.
Photo: shutterstock
Chañaral´s unspoiled character.
Chañaral´s unspoiled character.
Photo: shutterstock
The dramatic white arch of La Portada.
The dramatic white arch of La Portada.
Photo: shutterstock
Amazing natural beauty along the coast.
Amazing natural beauty along the coast.
Photo: shutterstock
Colón Square and clock tower in the centre of the city.
Colón Square and clock tower in the centre of the city.
Photo: shutterstock
Day 4
Antofagasta, Chile
‘The Pearl of the North’
Amazing natural beauty along the coast.
Amazing natural beauty along the coast.
Photo: shutterstock

Antofagasta has grown into Chile’s third largest city, earning its credit as ‘The Pearl of the North’. Sit back in the old-fashioned plaza or admire the Victorian and Georgian buildings of Barrio Histórico. Join an optional excursion to see La Portada, a natural white arch off the coast, or visit one of the small fishing towns.

Day 5
Iquique, Chile
Chile’s Premier Beach Resort
Take an optional excursion to the Atacama desert.
Take an optional excursion to the Atacama desert.
Photo: Shutterstock

Welcome to a slice of paradise by the Pacific, complete with palm trees and promenades. Walk along the beachfront boardwalk, shop in the duty-free zone, or sip on traditional mango sours in the many restaurants and chic cafés. We also offer excursions to the Atacama Desert and the UNESCO-listed ghost town of Humberstone. 

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Iquique - Humberstone and Santa Laura
    Discover the nitrate ghost towns of Santa Laura and Humberstone in the Atacama desert.
  • Oasis, Pica, and Matilla
    We will leave the pier and start our drive to Humberstone, a former nitrate town. Along the way, we climb to the top of a 600 m high cliff and enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of Iquique, the surrounding coastal region with its beautiful beaches and Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill).
  • Iquique City Tour
    Enjoy a leisurely Land Adventure through this lovely, adventurous yet cosmopolitan, 19th century city known once as the world’s nitrate capital.
Take an optional excursion to the Atacama desert.
Take an optional excursion to the Atacama desert.
Photo: Shutterstock
Iquique´s modern waterfront.
Iquique´s modern waterfront.
Photo: Wikimedia
Watch for rich avian life from deck.
Watch for rich avian life from deck.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Learn about your hybrid-powered expedition ship.
Learn about your hybrid-powered expedition ship.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 6-7
At Sea
Relax on board
Watch for rich avian life from deck.
Watch for rich avian life from deck.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Spend time on deck and enjoy the serenity of sea days. Our experienced lecturers share their extensive knowledge and lead you on deck to help spot marine wildlife and sea birds.

The elegant Santo Domingo monastery.
Day 8
Callao / Lima, Peru
‘The City of Kings’
Day 8
Callao / Lima, Peru
‘The City of Kings’
The elegant Santo Domingo monastery.
The elegant Santo Domingo monastery.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

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’.

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Callao - Scenic city tour of Lima
    An overview of Peru’s famous city Lima visiting parks, trendy neighbourhoods, the beautiful Cathedral of Lima and UNESCO World Heritage site, Plaza Mayor. 
  • Discovering the Palomino Islands
    Spot wildlife and learn about local history and culture on an excursion by boat!
  • Grand Tour of Lima
    Explore the sights and sounds of the Peruvian city of Lima.
  • Callao - Pachacamac, Larco Museum & Paso Horses
    Enter an ancient world that will continually fascinate you as over 3,000 years of Peru’s pre-Columbian history unfold before us.
El Parque del Amor.
El Parque del Amor.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Stroll in the historic Plaza de Armas.
Stroll in the historic Plaza de Armas.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Discover the ruins of the Chimu Kingdom.
Discover the ruins of the Chimu Kingdom.
Photo: Michael Zysman
Learn about the greatness of Chan Chan.
Learn about the greatness of Chan Chan.
Photo: Christian Wilkinson
Superb ancient craftmanship on display.
Superb ancient craftmanship on display.
Photo: Jess Kraft
Day 9
Salaverry, Peru
Ancient Kingdoms
Learn about the greatness of Chan Chan.
Learn about the greatness of Chan Chan.
Photo: Christian Wilkinson

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 10
At Sea
At Your Leisure
Enjoy learning in our Science Center.
Enjoy learning in our Science Center.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Enjoy your last sea day and spend it at your leisure. Take advantage of the many onboard facilities, relax, or join in on lectures as we recap our voyage.

Enjoy learning in our Science Center.
Enjoy learning in our Science Center.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Get tips and tricks for better photography.
Get tips and tricks for better photography.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Wander the streets of colorful Guayaquil.
Wander the streets of colorful Guayaquil.
Photo: Shutterstock
Enjoy the city´s waterfront promenade.
Enjoy the city´s waterfront promenade.
Photo: shutterstock
Day 11
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Metropolis on the Ecuadorian Coast
Wander the streets of colorful Guayaquil.
Wander the streets of colorful Guayaquil.
Photo: Shutterstock

Your journey ends in this sprawling city, the largest in Ecuador. High-rise buildings line the Guayas river while colourful favelas blanket the hillsides. Visit Malecón 2000, the riverfront town square before posing with tame iganuas in the local park. Extend your adventure by adding a Post-Program to mystic Machu Picchu or the amazing Galápagos Islands.

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 Expedition

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

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
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
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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Aune Restaurant, 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.

Coquimbo (La Serena) - A Visit to Tabali Winery

South America

Duration

5 hours 15 mins

Price per person

From $ 183

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 $ 183

Booking Code

A-CQQ3

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Coquimbo - Elqui Valley

Duration

4 hours 30 minutes

Price per person

From $ 166

Booking Code

A-CQQ5

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Iquique - Humberstone and Santa Laura

South America

Duration

3 hrs 45 min

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-IQQ1

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Iquique – Oasis, Pica, and Matilla

Duration

7 hours

Price per person

From $ 233

Booking Code

A-IQQ1

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Iquique City Tour

South America

Duration

3 hours, 15 minutes

Price per person

From $ 149

Booking Code

A-IQQ2

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Callao - Scenic city tour of Lima

South America

Duration

4 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-CLL1

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Callao - Discovering the Palomino Islands

South America

Duration

3 hours 30 mins

Price per person

From $ 216

Booking Code

A-CLL9

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Callao - Grand Tour of Lima

South America

Duration

8 hours

Price per person

From $ 183

Booking Code

A-CLL10

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Callao - Pachacamac, Larco Museum & Paso Horses

South America

Duration

8 hours

Price per person

From $ 266

Booking Code

A-CLL15

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