Costa Rica, Peru – Costa Rica and Peru with Galápagos Islands
Duration: 15 days
Ship: MS Roald Amundsen
October 3, 2020
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- Transit the legendary Panama Canal
- Explore the wonders of the Galápagos Islands, home to Darwin’s theory of evolution
- Enjoy an exciting combination of sea and land adventures
- Discover amazing tropical beaches and colorful coastal cities
- Day 1 San José, Costa Rica - Overnight
- Day 2 Puerto Limón - Embarkation
- Day 3 Bocas del Toro, Panama
- Day 4 Panama Canal, Panama
- Day 5-6 At Sea
- Day 7 Guayaquil, Ecuador
- Day 8 At sea
- Day 9 Salaverry, Peru
- Day 10 Callao/Quito - Disembarkation
- Day 11 Quito, Ecuador
- Day 12 Quito/Baltra Island/Santa Cruz Island
- Day 13-14 Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos
- Day 15 Galápagos/Guayaquil
After your arrival in the Costa Rican capital of San José, stroll the streets and discover the neo-classical grandeur of this unique Central American metropolis. We recommend enhancing your stay by adding a Pre-program to the impressive Manuel Antonio National Park.
We head towards the Caribbean coast and take a boat ride on the Tortuguero Canal before we embark on MS Roald Amundsen in Puerto Limón. One of the oldest cities on the continent, Puerto Limón was established in 1502 when Christopher Columbus landed here during his exploration of the New World.
We set course for Bocas del Toro, an archipelago of islands, cays, and thousands of islets. Bocas is brimming with clapboard houses, a laid-back atmosphere and sandy beaches. Called the `Galápagos of the Caribbean´, Bocas del Toro is also one of the most biologically diverse places on earth.
We enter the Panama Canal near the city of Colón. Experience the thrill of canal transit and the intricacy of the locks system first hand, as our expedition ship is lifted more than 85 ft above sea level, from one body of water to the next. We enter the Pacific Ocean near the town of Balboa.
Spend time on deck fully enjoying the serenity of sea days. Listen in as our experienced lecturers share their extensive knowledge and meet our expedition team to spot marine wildlife and sea birds. As we cross the Equator, we need to ask King Neptune for approval and invite him on board. Join us for a proper baptism!
Welcome to Ecuador! Guayaquil was founded in 1538 and quickly became the largest shipyard in South America, often being attacked by pirates. Stroll through the historic center with parks and colonial mansions, visit the Mercado Artesanal, the largest artisan market in the city, or walk along the riverfront at Malecon 2000.
Our expedition team continues its lecture program, sharing their extensive knowledge and experience, as well as summarizing the voyage so far and letting you know about plans for the exciting days ahead.
The small port of Salaverry is the starting point for the optional excursion to the historic Chimu Kingdom (700-1400 A.D.). The ancient city of Chan Chan (Sun Sun) is considered the largest mud-brick citadel of the Americas in pre-Hispanic times and was listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1986.
Around noon we disembark at Callao, Peru, and transfer to nearby Lima airport for your flight to Quito, where you are picked up and transferred to your hotel. Quito is nestled at the foot of the volcano Pichincha and known for its eternally spring-like climate and beauty of its well-preserved colonial quarter.
The city’s diligent preservation of its culturally diverse past prompted UNESCO to declare Quito the first of its World Heritage sites in 1978. Beautifully situated in an Andean valley at 9,350 ft above sea level, Quito is the second highest capital city in the world. Enjoy dinner at the hotel and an overnight stay.
After breakfast, we drive north to the Equator and visit the Inti Ñan Museum. Afterwards, we ascend the 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 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 is a good example of why Ecuador's capital earned the honour as UNESCO´s first World Heritage site. Dinner will be served at the hotel before your overnight.
The day begins with breakfast at your hotel. We drive to Quito Airport for the 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 individuals 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 the point 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 restaurant.
Enjoy breakfast at the 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; or 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.
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.
Next is our flight from Baltra Island to Guayaquil. Upon arrival in Guayaquil, a representative will assist with the international flight connection. A box lunch will be provided.
Included in Your Expedition
- Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice
- Overnight in San José including breakfast before the cruise
- Transfer from hotel to ship in Puerto Limón, including lunch and an excursion
- Economy flights Lima-Quito and Quito-Baltra
- Two overnights in Quito including half board after the cruise
- Three overnights on Santa Cruz Island /Galapagos including full board
- Coach-class flight Baltra to 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 program 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 handpicked 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 program, 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 restaurant meals 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 Expedition
- International flights
- Optional shore excursions with our local partners
- Travel insurance
- Luggage handling
The land based tour to Galapagos Islands involves long stretches of active travel, walking over uneven terrain, and getting in/out of boats, so participant´s physical condition should be prepared for a climate that varies from high altitude to tropical weather.
MS Roald Amundsen
|Passenger capacity||530 (500 in Antarctica)|
|Gross tonnage||20 889 T|
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