Estimated time of departure is 4:00 PM
Our hybrid electric–powered expedition ship MS Roald Amundsen will be waiting for you in Valparaíso in central Chile. Built on steep hillsides overlooking the ocean, this UNESCO-listed city is a maze of monuments, churches, historical funiculars (cable cars), trendy neighborhoods, cobblestone alleys, colorful houses, and charming plazas. Cerros Alegre and Concepción have arguably the best views, while the historic port district boasts colonial architecture, bustling mercados, and the maritime and modern art museums. You also have the option to
Once you board the ship, you can pick up your complimentary expedition jacket, settle into your cabin, explore the ship, and attending a mandatory safety drill. After the welcome dinner (featuring a toast by the captain), you’ll meet your Expedition Team, who will run through important health and safety aspects with you.
Perched on terraces above the ocean, La Serena is blessed with beautiful sandy beaches all along Avenida del Mar and beyond. You’ll find that Chile’s second-oldest city has a distinct and purposefully crafted Neo-Colonial look and feel to it. Its modern buildings meld with buildings of an older vintage, such as the 30 or so carefully restored stone churches, some of which are 350 years old. These charming churches may look similar to one another, but you can distinguish them by their different styles of belfries.
Aside from wandering the beaches, promenades, and plazas, you can also stroll through manicured public gardens such as the Japanese-inspired Jardín del Corazón or shop for handicrafts at Recova Market. Admire pre-Colonial artifacts at the archaeological museum or head to Patio Colonial, near Balmaceda, for casual cafés and eateries.
Enjoy the serenity of this day at sea. Relax and admire the scenery from the observation deck or from the lounge.
Throughout your journey, the Expedition Team will give lectures in the Science Center and share their extensive knowledge of the region. Topics may include periods of pre-Columbian history, the geology of the surrounding mountains and islands, the folklore of the local communities, and much more. Not all of our lectures are indoors, though! If curious seabirds come fly alongside the ship, the Expedition Team might also help you spot and identify them from the deck.
Welcome to a slice of paradise by the Pacific, complete with palm trees and promenades. As one of Chile’s top seaside cities, Iquique is buzzing with activity all year around. Shoppers stream to the duty-free Zofri Mall, while ship enthusiasts will love the tour of La Esmeralda, a steam-powered warship used and sunk during the War of the Pacific. You might have the opportunity to visit the nearby abandoned saltpeter mining town of Humberstone in the Atacama Desert. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a slice of history that you can literally walk through.
Back in Iquique, stroll the La Costenera boardwalk next to Playa Cavancha and admire the city’s skyline on one side and the parasailors and surfers on the other. Baquedano Street showcases 19th-century Georgian architecture and leads to Astoreca Palace. Don’t miss the photo op at the clock tower, located in the town center. You’ll pass an array of chic cafés, where you can indulge in local coffee culture or sip a traditional creamy mango sour. You’ll find Iquique’s Chinatown near the mercado, bringing with it the unique ‘chifa’ cuisine, which marries Peruvian and Chinese flavors. Aside from the wide range of seafood dishes, you’ll definitely want to try chumbeque, a dessert that features a cookie sandwich coated with an anise-flavored syrup.
Arica enjoys a constant desert climate, which is atypical for a city by the sea. In fact, it is even one of the driest cities in the world. This also means that it is bathed in glorious sunshine almost every day of the year, and residents proudly describe Arica as being immersed in a never-ending spring. The beaches are popular with sunbathers and surfers alike. The 15-minute hike to the top of the tall, sandy El Morro cliff is well worth it. Once you find the fluttering Chilean flag on top, you’ll also be rewarded with great views.
Another hotspot for visitors is San Marcos Cathedral, designed by Gustave Eiffel (of Parisian fame) and inaugurated in 1876. Calles 21 de Mayo and Bolognesi are lively pedestrian areas filled with eateries and artisan stalls, while the El Agro market and food court is full of sights and scents. At the San Miguel de Azapa Archaeological Museum, peruse artifacts from Chinchorro culture and marvel at mummies who are older than even the ones found in Egypt. Head to the south of the city to trek the more rugged Playa Corazones and explore Cuevas de Anzota (the Caves of Anzota). You also might have the opportunity to go on an optional excursion to see geoglyphs in Lluta Valley and Lauca National Park.
As we sail northward toward Peru, continue to enjoy the Expedition Team’s lecture program. On deck, a healthy salt-tinged breeze and magnificent views will invigorate you, as well as all the facilities the expedition ship has to offer. These waters are part of the Humboldt Current, a cold-water current that cools the climate in the region and causes clear blue skies. It also sustains the region’s highly productive marine ecosystem, causing large quantities of sardines, anchovies, and mackerel.
If you’re someone who likes to keep active, there are well-equipped gyms on board, both indoor and outdoor and each with great views. Swimmers should be excited too—the ship has a heated infinity pool for you to enjoy. If you get tired of the treadmill, move your stride over to the outdoor running track. The scenery and the sea breeze might just inspire you to stretch your run out for a few more miles.
Nestled on a bay behind a peninsula, the humble and sleepy resort town of Paracas is surrounded by brown-sugar–colored cliffs and beaches. Known to most as ‘El Chaco’, the town’s main shorefront and boulevard features a wide array of restaurants where you can taste jalea, a mix of fried seafood with salsa criolla (Creole) and yuca root. Another specialty is Peruvian silverside fish, known as pejerry, best washed down with a glass of pisco, a grape brandy produced at several of the region’s distilleries. Be careful though, pisco can pack a punch!
Opposite Paracas harbor is the mysterious local geoglyph of a candelabra, which may date as far back as 200 B.C. It could be related to the famous Nazca Lines, which you can visit in the Pisco Valley. This optional excursion is just a short drive south. The Nazca Lines could be older than the candelabra, but new ones are still being discovered. Could these be extra-terrestrial in origin? You decide.
You may also have the opportunity to take a boat tour of the nearby Ballestas Islands. The Ballestas support a wide range of wildlife, including Humboldt penguins, turtles, Peruvian boobies, cormorants, pelicans, sea lions, dolphins, Inca terns, and humpback whales. Nearby, you can also find Paracas National Reserve, whose territory includes a rare combination of desert and marine ecosystems. The Martian-like yellow dunes and red-sand beaches hide more than 100 archaeological sites of the Paracas culture. They also host excellent views of birds such as the Andean condor and Chilean flamingo.
After you disembark in Callao and say farewell to the ship and crew, we’ll transfer you to the Lima airport for your flight to Juliaca. Juliaca is a city located on the windy Collao Plateau, also known as the ‘Antiplano’, which means ‘high plain’, sitting at 12,550 feet above sea level. Our local guide will meet you at the airport, then you’ll set off on a one-hour drive through Juliaca to your hotel.
Keep your eyes peeled during the ride to glimpse such sights as the Santa Catalina Church in the Plaza de Armas, the Romanesque Franciscan Convent atop Cerro Santa Bárbara, or the White Christ effigy gazing over the city from Waynaruqi Hill.
Your hotel in Puno located on the shores of lovely Lake Titicaca will be your home for the next two days. Spend the rest of your day gazing at the lake’s deep-blue tones and exploring the area at your leisure.
It gets chilly at night, so be sure to bring a jacket if you plan on taking an evening walk. Dinner is served at your hotel.
The time is finally here to explore Lake Titicaca by boat! According to ancient Andean belief, this lake is the birthplace of the sun and the Incas themselves. Almost 1,000 feet deep and 3,200 square miles across, welcome to the largest lake in South America, 15 times larger than Switzerland’s Lake Geneva and even bigger than Lake Tahoe in the U.S.
It is the highest navigable body of water in the world at 12,500 feet above sea level! More than 25 rivers stream into the freshwater lake, which is surrounded by mountains and yellow grass reeds. When the weather is calm, it’s like a vast mirror for the blue skies above.
The day’s first stop is to the floating islands, built by the Uru people to allow them to move away if threatened by their enemies. These incredible islands are entirely handmade by the indigenous Uru people, woven from buoyant totora reeds that grow in the shallows of the lake. Each islet houses between one and ten families and takes months to complete.
They last a decade or more, but require continuous maintenance through the constant adding of new layers. You’ll also learn about other fascinating things the local community builds with these reeds, ranging from huts to boats to toys. Just walking on the soft and springy ground is an unforgettable experience!
The boat ride will then continue to the rural community of Llachón on the scenic shores of Capachica Peninsula. Prepare for breathtaking panoramic views of the lake from here.
A guided kayaking tour is included. Admire the sandy beaches of the peninsula and look out for the more than 60 species of birds, 14 fish species, and 18 types of amphibians native to Titicaca. You’ll also join a guided walk through the village to learn about the agricultural way of life here
See Uru handicrafts and share a typical Andean lunch with one of the local families. Afterward, we return to Puno for a relaxing evening, with dinner included at the hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, discover the area on a half-day excursion to Chucuito and Aramu Muru.
Chucuito was once an important Colonial-era town, where the Spanish collected royal taxes that they later shipped off to Lima. Today, it is a quiet village with two attractive 16th century Colonial churches (Santo Domingo and Nuestra Señora de la Asunción), along with an ancient solar clock hanging over the town square. A lookout point sits to the north of the square, providing splendid views of the gorgeous surroundings.
Visit a nearby trout hatchery and observe how they raise this regional specialty, then leave town for a horseback ride with a local family. Most visitors are also intrigued by Inca Uyo, a small archological site claiming to be the remains of an ancient temple of fertility. Not all experts agree on its status as such, but you can decide that one for yourself. Either way, the rows upon rows of phallic granite statues (86 in total) are an amusing sight to behold.
Before we head back to the hotel for lunch, we’ll stop over at the mysterious Aramu Muru, an unfinished T-shaped doorway carved into solid rock. The mystical site has inspired local legends of people disappearing through it and supposed sights of the doorway opening to tall men carrying glowing balls of light. Some excitedly speculate that it is a kind of paranormal or extra-terrestrial portal, prompting pilgrimages here by those who refer to it by its other name: Puerta de Hayu Marca, the Gate of the Gods.
After checking out of the hotel, we’ll head back to the airport. There’ll be time though to stop at Sillustani tombs, a pre-Incan cemetery just under 13,000 feet above sea level, surrounded by Lake Umayo. The ancient, indigenous Colla people built these above-ground tombs, called chullas. They are tower-like structures up to 40 feet tall that hold entire families of its society’s elite.
After exploring the cemetery, we’ll continue to the Juliaca airport for your flight to Lima, where our local guide will be waiting for your transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the evening at your leisure.
Sadly, your expedition officially ends after breakfast at the hotel, where you’ll bid a fond farewell to your fellow explorers. Seeing as you’re already here, we recommend extending your journey a few days to spend extra time in the Peruvian capital, which was known as La Ciudad de los Reyes (‘The City of Kings’).
The historic center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is full of Colonial-era architecture, such as the Plaza Mayor and San Francisco Monastery. The clay ruins of the ceremonial pyramids Huaca Pucllana and Huaca Huallamarca are reminders of the long-lost Incan civilization. For more pre-Columbian archeology, you can pick from among at least four separate museums. Arty types among us will enjoy the bright and artsy area of Barranco, complete with murals, creative cafés, and two of Lima’s contemporary art museums.
Many say the ultimate Lima experience, though, is the food. The capital’s cuisine has raised the bar around the globe, so dine at one of the numerous internationally recognized and award-winning restaurants in the city. Peru’s all-time gastronomic great is ceviche, fresh fish marinated in tangy lime juice and other seasonings. You can savor this staple dish in many locations around the city, from up-market diners in Miraflores to salt-of-the-earth cevicherías at the fishing docks over in Chorrillos.
Included in Your Expedition
Expedition Lake Titicaca/Peru after the cruise
- Two nights at GHL Puno Hotel, including half board
- One night in Lima, including breakfast
- Two three-course lunches (set menu) and one packed lunch
- Round-trip economy flight between Lim and Juliaca, and Juliaca and Lima
- All transfers and train rides are as described, including an English-speaking guide
- Entrance fee as listed in the program
- 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
- Fine-dining À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm is 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 fill at onboard water refill stations
- English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and guide activities, both on board and ashore
- Range of included activities
- Experts from the Expedition Team present detailed lectures on a variety of topics
- Use the ship’s Science Center, which features an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
- The Citizen Science program allows guests to contribute to current scientific research projects
- The onboard professional photographer will give tips and tricks for taking the best landscape and wildlife photos
- The ship has hot tubs, an infinity pool, a sauna, an outdoor and indoor gym, and an outdoor running track
- Participate in informal gatherings with the crew, such as daily recaps and the next day’s preparations
- Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment needed for the activities
- Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
- Expedition photographers will help configure your camera settings before landings
Not Included In Your Expedition
- International flights
- Travel protection
- Baggage 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 can meet all entry and boarding requirements
- No gratuities are expected
- The part of this expedition that is on land in Peru takes place at high altitudes (Lake Titicaca´s altitude is around 12,500 feet above sea level) and may require a certain level of physical fitness.
MS Roald Amundsen
|Passenger capacity||530 (500 in Antarctica)|
|Gross tonnage||20 889 T|
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.
Sailing with MS Roald Amundsen
- MS Roald Amundsen: Life on board and Practical information
- Meet Our Expedition Team
- Young Explorers’ Program: Bring your kids on board