Peru and Chile - Galápagos Islands and Incan Highlights (Itinerary 1)
MS Fridtjof Nansen, MS Roald Amundsen
14 Days

Peru and Chile – Galápagos Islands and Incan Highlights (Itinerary 1)

Price from $ 9,016
$ 7,844
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Encounter fantastic wildlife in the Galápagos Islands.
Departures
October 10, 2021
October 20, 2021
  • See a range of wildlife in the wondrous and biologically diverse Galápagos Islands
  • Combine a land adventure with a cruise to unique cities along the Pacific coasts of Peru and Chile
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites famous for archaeology or colonial architecture
  • Learn more about the fascinating histories and ancient cultures of Peru and Chile

Itinerary

Start your voyage by exploring the famous Galápagos Islands, home to an astonishing variety of native species. Then, embark on an expedition cruise along the scenic western coast of South America from Lima, Peru, down to Valparaíso in Chile. Contrast modern cities with historic ancient civilizations, and enjoy relaxing days at sea at your leisure.
Day 1
Quito
UNESCO Site and Ancient History
Discover impressive architecture in Quito.
Discover impressive architecture in Quito.
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Individual arrival at the Ecuadoran capital of Quito.

Thanks to the city’s preservation of its diverse cultural past, UNESCO declared Quito the first of its World Heritage Sites in 1978. The city is beautifully situated in an Andean valley at 9,350 feet, making it the second-highest capital city in the world. Take a look around this marvellous city before spending the night at a centrally located hotel.

Discover impressive architecture in Quito.
Discover impressive architecture in Quito.
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Wander the colourful lanes of the city.
Wander the colourful lanes of the city.
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Take in colonial elegancy at Plaza de Independencia.
Take in colonial elegancy at Plaza de Independencia.
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Enjoy the panoramic view at Teleférico.
Enjoy the panoramic view at Teleférico.
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Learn about rich native culture at the Ñan Museum.
Learn about rich native culture at the Ñan Museum.
Photo: Shutterstock
Day 2
Quito
Explore Quito and Surroundings
Enjoy the panoramic view at Teleférico.
Enjoy the panoramic view at Teleférico.
Photo: Shutterstock

After breakfast, we drive north to the equator and visit the Inti Ñan Museum. Afterward, we ascend 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 feet. 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). Bring a sweater or light jacket – it can get chilly up there!

Return to the city to enjoy lunch in Quito´s charming colonial quarter. The afternoon's sightseeing reveals some of the reasons why Ecuador's capital earned its honor as UNESCO´s first World Heritage Site. Dinner will be served at the hotel where you will spend the night.

Experience the protected ecosystem of the Galapagos.
Day 3
Quito/Baltra Island/Santa Cruz Island
Glorious Galápagos Islands
Day 3
Quito/Baltra Island/Santa Cruz Island
Glorious Galápagos Islands
Experience the protected ecosystem of the Galapagos.
Experience the protected ecosystem of the Galapagos.
Photo: Shutterstock

After breakfast, we depart the hotel and drive to Quito Airport for our 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 the 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 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 ones with weathered and worn shells. Lunch will be served in the highlands.

Afterward, 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 the 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 place.

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 cozy restaurant.

Local fish sellers attract and unusual crowd.
Local fish sellers attract and unusual crowd.
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Scan for a wide variety of wildlife.
Scan for a wide variety of wildlife.
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Bartolome Island offers stunning views.
Bartolome Island offers stunning views.
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Encounter fantastic wildlife in the Galapagos.
Encounter fantastic wildlife in the Galapagos.
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Watch for spectacular marine iguanas.
Watch for spectacular marine iguanas.
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Day 4-5
Santa Cruz Island
Galápagos Island Hopping
Encounter fantastic wildlife in the Galapagos.
Encounter fantastic wildlife in the Galapagos.
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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; North Seymour Island, considered a microcosm of the entire archipelago; Floreana Island for a tour around the island to see tortoises and sea lions, and with some luck marine iguanas; or Isabela Island to visit a Tortoise Breading station, and a walk to see four species of mangroves and lagoons with flamingos and migratory birds.

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 enjoy an overnight stay.

Day 6
Baltra Island / Lima
Galápagos to Colonial Lima
Los Gamelos in Ecuador are impressive volcanic features.
Los Gamelos in Ecuador are impressive volcanic features.
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Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. We then transfer to the 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.

A packed lunch is served on the flight from Baltra Island to Lima (via Guayaquil). At the Lima airport, we meet our local representative, who transfers you to your hotel in the city, where you’ll enjoy dinner and an overnight stay.

Los Gamelos in Ecuador are impressive volcanic features.
Los Gamelos in Ecuador are impressive volcanic features.
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Palm trees and vibrant colours in Lima.
Palm trees and vibrant colours in Lima.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Colonial architecture at its finest at Santo Domingo.
Colonial architecture at its finest at Santo Domingo.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Explore the UNESCO site of Plaza Mayor.
Explore the UNESCO site of Plaza Mayor.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 7
Callao
Lima – UNESCO World Heritage Site
Colonial architecture at its finest at Santo Domingo.
Colonial architecture at its finest at Santo Domingo.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

After check out, we transfer to the ship, taking in a 'Half-day Lima Highlights Tour,’ including a visit to the city´s historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour´s highlights include Casa Aliaga, a nearly 500-year old mansion built for one of Pizarro’s lieutenants, and Santo Domingo Convent, the best-preserved colonial building in all of Lima. The tour finishes at the quayside in Callao, where your ship is ready to continue your expedition at sea

Pelicans and cormorants in the Ballestas Islands.
Day 8
Paracas, Peru
The Ballestas by Boat
Day 8
Paracas, Peru
The Ballestas by Boat
Pelicans and cormorants in the Ballestas Islands.
Pelicans and cormorants in the Ballestas Islands.
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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.

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Paracas - Ballestas Island
    Explore one of Peru’s most beautiful natural attractions, the Ballestas Islands, often referred to as the Galapagos of Peru, the volcanic islands are home to an array of wildlife and dramatic scenery.
  • Nazca Lines Overflight
    An unforgettable flight over the mysterious Nazca lines.
  • Tambo Colorado
    Journey to the 15th century and earlier, visiting the Inca and Chincha in the Pisco River Valley.
  • Pisco Route
    During this half-day Land Adventure, you will travel to the heart of the Pisco Valley and visit two ‘bodegas’ to learn about the pisco-making process and taste - and enjoy - its different varieties.
Listen for the call of sea lions in the Ballestas.
Listen for the call of sea lions in 05-Sea_lions_Islas.
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The mysterious Nazca Lines.
The mysterious Nazca Lines.
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Learn from our experts in the Science Center.
Learn from our experts in the Science Center.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Pamper yourself with a spa treatment.
Pamper yourself with a spa treatment.
Photo: AgurtxaneConcellon
Day 9
At Sea
Fresh Salt Air
Learn from our experts in the Science Center.
Learn from our experts in the Science Center.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

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

Day 10
Matarani, Peru
‘The White City’
Discover local colour in Arequipa.
Discover local colour in Arequipa.
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Matarani is a gateway to Arequipa, an exceptionally beautiful city with acres 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.’

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Matarani - Peruvian Dance show
    Today you will enjoy a wonderful show on board. Perú has many different cultural traditions and one of the most important and representative is dance.
  • Matarani - Mollendo & Mejia
    During this excursion, we will visit the resort community of Mollendo for a panoramic town tour. Afterwards, we head to the Mejia Lagoon, a national sanctuary and home to 141 species of birds.
  • Arequipa and Santa Catalina Convent
    This tour takes us to Arequipa's historic centre, which captures the beauty and glory of the colonial era. We start by visiting Santa Catalina monastery which is the most important and impressive religious monument in Perú.
Discover local colour in Arequipa.
Discover local colour in Arequipa.
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Rich contrasts near Santa Catalina.
Rich contrasts near Santa Catalina.
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El Moro hill overlooks Arica´s beaches.
El Moro hill overlooks Arica´s beaches.
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San Marcos Cathedral in Arica.
San Marcos Cathedral in Arica.
Photo: Camille Seaman
The ancient and the modern combine in Arica.
The ancient and the modern combine in Arica.
Photo: Andrea021 / Wikimedia
Day 11
Arica, Chile
Where the Rain Never Falls
San Marcos Cathedral in Arica.
San Marcos Cathedral in Arica.
Photo: Camille Seaman

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 artifacts from the Chinchorro culture and some of the world's oldest mummies

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Arica - Atacama Coastal Walk
    We will depart from the pier to head towards El Laucho and La Lisera famous beach resorts.
  • Arica City Tour & Geoglyphs
    See the geoglyphs and the highlight of Arica city
  • Arica - Man and Desert
    Join us on an excursion that visits the main plaza in the port city of Arica and archaeological museum in nearby Azapa, before journeying out to amazing experiences and sights in the desert.
  • Arica -Putre & The Andean Highlands
    Journey to Lluta Valley and stop en route to observe the geoglyphs carved onto the hills by the region’s ancient inhabitants, and visit a rustic inn to sample coca leaf tea.
  • Arica - Flavours and Colours of Arica
    This excursion takes you through Arica, which lies at the entrance to the Azapa Valley, a green oasis in the middle of the Atacama Desert that produces all kinds of tropical fruits and vegetables, including olives famous for their size and flavour.
Day 12-13
At Sea
Serenity at Sea
Share your experiences with your fellow explorers on board.
Share your experiences with your fellow explorers on board.

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.

Share your experiences with your fellow explorers on board.
Share your experiences with your fellow explorers on board.
Enjoy fascinating lectures in the Science Center.
Enjoy fascinating lectures in the Science Center.
Photo: Nils Lund
We dock in the colourful port city of Valparaíso.
We dock in the colourful port city of Valparaíso.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Spend some time in the scenic hills of the city.
Spend some time in the scenic hills of the city.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 14
Valparaíso, Chile
UNESCO’s `Jewel of the Pacific´
We dock in the colourful port city of Valparaíso.
We dock in the colourful port city of Valparaíso.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

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.

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

Galápagos Island Program Before the Cruise

  • Two nights in Quito, including breakfast and dinner on Day 2.
  • Three nights at a hotel in Santa Cruz Island /Galápagos, including full board
  • One night in Lima, incl. half board(breakfast and dinner)
  • Coach-class flights between Quito and Baltra, and Baltra and Lima (via Guayaquil)
  • All transfers, excursions, and meals as described, including an English-speaking guide
  • Galápagos Islands National Park entrance fee

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 current 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

  • 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
  • The land-based tour to the Galápagos Islands involves long stretches of travel, walking over uneven terrain, and getting in/out of boats, as well as a climate that varies from cool at high altitudes to hot tropical weather.

Ships

A large boat in a body of water with a mountain in the background

MS Fridtjof Nansen

Year built 2020
Shipyard Kleven Yards, Norway
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m / 459 ft
Beam 23.6 m / 77 ft
Speed 15 knots

MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom-built ships – and represents the next generation of expedition ships. She will explore some of the most spectacular corners of the globe.

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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

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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MS Roald Amundsen

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.

A seal on a rock A seal on a rock

Paracas - Ballestas Island

South America

Duration

3 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-GSM1

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Monkey geoglyph, Nazca lines, Peru Monkey geoglyph, Nazca lines, Peru

Paracas - Nazca Lines

South America

Duration

4h

Price per person

From $ 749

Booking Code

A-GSM5

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A large brick building A large brick building

Paracas - Tambo Colorado

South America

Duration

4h20

Price per person

From $ 216

Booking Code

A-GSM7

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A person holding a wine glass A person holding a wine glass

Paracas - Pisco Route

Duration

5 hours 30 minutes

Price per person

From $ 166

Booking Code

A-GSM1

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Matarani - Peruvian Dance show

Duration

30 min

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-MRI1

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Matarani - Mollendo & Mejia

Duration

2 hours 50 minutes

Price per person

From $ 316

Booking Code

A-MRI1

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Matarani - Arequipa and Santa Catalina Convent

Duration

8 hours

Price per person

From $ 333

Booking Code

A-MRI2

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A palm tree in front of a building A palm tree in front of a building

Arica - Atacama Coastal Walk

Duration

3 hrs 30 min

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-ARI1

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Arica - Arica City Tour & Geoglyphs

South America

Duration

4 hours 15 mins

Price per person

From $ 133

Booking Code

A-ARI2

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Arica - Man and Desert

Duration

4 hours

Price per person

From $ 158

Booking Code

A-ARI4

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Arica - Putre & The Andean Highlands

Duration

7 hours 30 minutes

Price per person

From $ 266

Booking Code

A-ARI5

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Arica - Flavours and Colours of Arica

Duration

4 hours 15 minutes

Price per person

From $ 141

Booking Code

A-ARI6

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