Peru and Chile - Machu Picchu and Incan Highlights (Itinerary 2)

Peru and Chile - Machu Picchu and Incan Highlights (Itinerary 2)

Peru and Chile - Machu Picchu and Incan Highlights (Itinerary 2)

Peru and Chile - Machu Picchu and Incan Highlights (Itinerary 2)

Travel information 11 Days MS Fridtjof Nansen, MS Roald Amundsen
October 13, 2021
October 23, 2021
Price from
$ 7,096
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Visit Machu Picchu by the Hiram Bingham train and stay at a resort in the Sacred Valley
  • Combine a land adventure with a cruise to unique cities along the Pacific coastlines 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

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.

Peru and Chile - Machu Picchu and Incan Highlights (Itinerary 2)
  • Day 1

    Colonial and Ancient History

    Lima's history predates the Spanish colonial presence in Peru. Present-day Lima was founded by the Spanish conquistadors in 1542 and the ruling Vice Royalty of Peru proceeded to build significant churches, monasteries, and mansions. Today, Lima´s historic cener is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the city on your own before spending the night in a hotel.

    Day 1

    Colonial and Ancient History

  • Day 2
    Lima - Cusco

    UNESCO Site and Ancient History

    In the morning, we will transfer you to your flight from Lima to Cusco. Enjoy lunch before visiting one of the most amazing Incan constructions in the area, the impressive Sacsayhuamán fortress. Sacsayhuamán means 'satisfied falcon,' referring to the mythical creature that guarded the capital of the empire. The name is also fitting as it is possible to overlook all of Cusco from the hill where the fortress was built. Construction of the site took more than seven decades and required the labor of 20,000 men to set the foundations, hew the stone, transport materials, and carve and set the stonework. Like many Incan structures, the fortress was built entirely without mortar, yet the enormous stones fit together so perfectly that a single blade of grass cannot pass between them.The craftsmanship is a stunning example of the Inca’s sophisticated construction and architectural skills. In the afternoon, we continue to Tambo del Inka Resort in the Sacred Valley for dinner and an overnight stay.

    Day 2
    Lima - Cusco

    UNESCO Site and Ancient History

  • Day 3
    Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

    Highlights of the Incan Empire

    After breakfast, you’re in for some unforgettable highlights. First, we visit to Ollantaytambo, an Incan town that shares its name with the formidable stone fortress that clings to a massive cliff above the community. This fortification was the valley’s main defence against the rival Antis people and was the site of the Incas’ greatest victory against the Spanish during the wars of conquest. Constructed of rose-colored granite, this huge structure was once a thriving complex of baths, temples, and military barracks. Next, we head to the nearby train station to board the deluxe Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu. A savory brunch is served as we enjoy spectacular views on the way to Machu Picchu.

    At last, we arrive at spectacular Machu Picchu. This hidden city overlooks the raging Urubamba River and was shielded from discovery for centuries by thick tangles of vines and trees. Now one of the great destinations in world travel, the city of Machu Picchu still hides the secret of its rise and fall, as the Incas left behind no written records. Explore the city's ruins, feel its pulse, and visualise the lives of the priests, craftsmen, and servants who inhabited this incredible place. Excavations at the site have revealed skeletons, artifacts and woollen clothing. Inspect the famous precision of Incan stonework on display here. After spending an unforgettable day exploring the ruins, you can enjoy tea at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge before we head back by train to Tambo del Inka Resort for another relaxing evening and an overnight stay.

    Day 3
    Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

    Highlights of the Incan Empire

  • Day 4
    Cusco - Lima

    Centre of the Incan Empire

    After breakfast, we head to Cusco, once the center of the Inca, Empire. Visit the splendid baroque Cusco Cathedral, built in the mid-1500s on the foundations of an Incan palace. Many of the stones used in its construction were looted from the nearby Sacsayhuamán fortress. We continue to Koricancha to admire the lovely Dominican Convent of Santo Domingo, built on top of the Temple of the Sun, the most important temple in the Inca Empire. The curved, mortar-less masonry wall at the west end of the church is one of the greatest existing examples of Incan stonework.

    After a half day of exploring, we take you to the airport for your flight to Lima and transfer you to Callao, where your ship is ready to continue your expedition at sea.

    Day 4
    Cusco - Lima

    Centre of the Incan Empire

  • Day 5
    Paracas, Peru

    The 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 5
    Paracas, Peru

    The Ballestas by Boat

  • Day 6
    At sea

    Fresh Salt Air

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

    Day 6
    At sea

    Fresh Salt Air

  • Day 7
    Matarani, Peru

    ‘The White City’

    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’.

    • Included Matarani - Peruvian Dance show
    Day 7
    Matarani, Peru

    ‘The White City’

  • Day 8
    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 artifacts from the Chinchorro culture and some of the world's oldest mummies.

    • Included Arica - Atacama Coastal Walk
    Day 8
    Arica, Chile

    Where the Rain Never Falls

  • Day 9-10
    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 9-10
    At Sea

    Serenity at Sea

  • Day 11
    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 11
    Valparaíso, Chile

    UNESCO’s `Jewel of the Pacific´


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What's Included

Included in Your Expedition

Expedition Machu Picchu/Peru Before the Cruise

  • One night in Lima and two nights at Hotel Tambo del Inka, including breakfast
  • 3-course set lunch and dinner on Days 2 and 3, and a packed lunch on Day 4
  • Coach-class flights between Lima and Cusco, and Cusco and Lima
  • All transfers and train rides as described, including an English-speaking guide
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee as listed in the program

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


  • 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 program in Peru takes place at high altitudes (the city of Cuzco’s altitude is around 11,000 feet) and may require a certain level of physical fitness.


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