South American Explorer – Ocean Cruise and Mountain Views

South American Explorer – Ocean Cruise and Mountain Views

South American Explorer – Ocean Cruise and Mountain Views

South American Explorer – Ocean Cruise and Mountain Views

Travel information 14 days MS Roald Amundsen
October 8, 2024
Price from
$ 8,342
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

14-day expedition across the awe-inspiring Andean Plateau and down South America’s Pacific coast from Lima to Valparaíso

Highlights of the Altiplano

See the pre-Inca tombs of Sillustani before embarking on your journey from the spectacular Lake Titicaca, the largest high-altitude lake on Earth. Cross the Altiplano to the ancient Inca city of Cusco, then board the luxurious Hiram Bingham train to the ruins of the mysterious Machu Picchu.

From modern to ancient

Enjoy a tour of Lima and discover its UNESCO-listed center. Then visit the wildlife-rich Ballestas Islands or see the enigmatic Nazca Lines. In Chile, you will discover deserts near Arica and Iquique, classic architecture at La Serena, and colorful Valparaíso, ‘The Jewel of the Pacific.’

South American Explorer – Ocean Cruise and Mountain Views South American Explorer – Ocean Cruise and Mountain Views
  • Day 1
    Lima, Peru

    Lima’s UNESCO treasures

    Your adventure starts in Lima, ‘The City of Kings.’

    With an exciting cocktail of cosmopolitan cool and ancient heritage, Lima is the perfect place to begin your adventure. See colorful murals, bustling cafés, and contemporary art museums in the bright, bohemian area of Barranco.

    Lima’s historical center is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s a jewel of Spanish architecture, from colonial-era churches and monasteries to elegant mansions. You can also see Lima’s Inca heritage in the ruins of the Huaca Pucllana and Huaca Huallamarca ceremonial pyramids.

    Known as the food capital of South America, you have a range of choices at your fingertips, from specialty restaurants to can’t-miss street food. We recommend trying ceviche, Peru’s national dish. It is fresh fish marinated in lime juice, onion, and chili.

    Day 1
    Lima, Peru

    Lima’s UNESCO treasures

  • Day 2
    Sillustani tombs

    Visit the Sillustani tombs

    Fly to Juliaca and visit the Sillustani tombs

    Your day starts with a flight to Juliaca. Once there, we will take you on a guided tour of the Sillustani tombs, a pre-Inca burial place overlooking Lake Umayo.

    The tombs (also called chullas) are tower-like structures built by the ancient Colla people, some as tall as 39 feet and big enough to hold entire families. Enjoy a picnic lunch by the shores of the lake in this peaceful and mysterious place.

    After exploring this archeological marvel, continue to your hotel in Puno, on the banks for Lake Titicaca. This will be your home for the next two nights.

    Day 2
    Sillustani tombs

    Visit the Sillustani tombs

  • Day 3
    Lake Titicaca

    Uru community at Lake Titicaca

    See handwoven islands in South America’s largest lake

    The sheer beauty of Lake Titicaca will amaze you. Visit the rural community of Llachón, which has spectacular views over the lake. Your included activity is a guided kayaking tour on the peaceful, deep-blue waters. You will also join a guided walk before joining a local family for a traditional lunch.

    Then we will take a boat tour to reach the Uro people on their floating islands, which shimmer golden in the sun. These otherworldly islands are woven from the reeds that grow in the lake.

    At the end of the day, relax and reflect at your hotel in Puno.

    Day 3
    Lake Titicaca

    Uru community at Lake Titicaca

  • Day 4
    Altiplano Path

    Cross the awe-inspiring Andean Plateau

    Enjoy an unforgettable journey by bus across the Northern Andean Plateau – or the Altiplano, as it’s known.

    The Altiplano is one of the world’s largest and highest plateaus, sitting over 12,000 ft above sea level. The vast plateau extends into Bolivia, northern Peru, and southern Chile. During this full day of adventure, you’ll pass through breathtaking scenery and be awed by the imposing Andes.

    You’ll see the famous Pucara bulls perched on rooftops, enjoy lunch by the ancient rock formations of Tinajani, watch for wild llamas and alpacas on La Raya Pass, and marvel at the 15th-century Raqch’i archeological complex.

    Your journey ends with a comfortable overnight stay in Cusco.

    Day 4
    Altiplano Path

  • Day 5
    Machu Picchu

    Mystical Machu Picchu

    Discover the Lost City of the Incas

    Start your day with a transfer to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. Then we board the deluxe Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu, enjoying brunch while the breathtaking Andean scenery rolls past.

    Estimated to have been built around 1450, Machu Picchu was abandoned during the Spanish conquest. It was hidden by jungle for centuries, rediscovered only in 1911. The Incas left no written records, so mystery surrounds this magnificent stronghold. Enjoy the trails around the ruins, admire the precise Inca stonework, and meet some of the friendly resident llamas.

    After your day’s adventure, we’ll head to Cusco for a relaxing overnight stay.

    Day 5
    Machu Picchu

    Mystical Machu Picchu

  • Day 6
    Cusco, Peru

    Imperial Cusco

    Explore the center of the Inca Empire.

    Enjoy a guided tour of the Imperial City of Cusco, an archeological reference point in South America.

    You can admire some of the finest examples of Inca history and architecture here. These include the Santo Domingo church, built over the Inca temple of Koricancha, and the Sacsayhuamán fortress, a 15th-century ceremonial compound featuring panoramic views of the city. Other tour highlights include a visit to the Museo Sulca Textiles museum and a stop at the main square to admire the stunning cathedral that dates back to colonial times.

    You will then catch a transfer to the airport and fly to Lima for a relaxing overnight stay.

    Day 6
    Cusco, Peru

    Imperial Cusco

  • Day 7
    Lima, Peru

    Ancient and modern Lima

    Discover Lima before greeting your ship

    We’ll delve into Lima’s extraordinary blend of ancient and modern on today’s guided panoramic bus tour.

    We’ll see the colonial architecture of the UNESCO-listed historic center and visit the sacred Inca pyramid of Huaca Pucllana in Miraflores. We will also see some of Lima’s most beautiful parks, like El Parque del Amor (‘Love Park’). We’ll also visit the fascinating Museo Larco museum, which holds the best private collection of Pre-Columbian art in the country.

    In the late afternoon, you will catch a transfer to Callao, where your expedition ship will be ready and waiting. Take time to locate your cabin, explore the ship, and meet the Expedition Team.

    Day 7
    Lima, Peru

    Ancient and modern Lima

  • Day 8
    Paracas, Peru

    Ballestas and Nazca

    Discover extraordinary wildlife and ancient mysteries

    Among Peru’s most notable attractions are the Nazca Lines and the Ballestas Islands, both of which are accessible from Paracas.

    Known as El Chaco, the town has an array of restaurants along the main shorefront where you can enjoy traditional jalea – fried seafood with salsa criolla (Creole sauce) and yuca root. Just offshore are the wildlife-rich Ballestas Islands. On today’s boat tour, look for Humboldt penguins, turtles, pelicans, sea lions, Inca terns, and humpback whales as you cruise around the islands.

    You can also explore the Paracas National Reserve, with its otherworldly yellow sand dunes and red beaches. Another option is to fly over the mysterious Nazca Lines, etched in the Peruvian coastal desert – an experience on many people’s bucket lists.

    • Included Ballestas Islands
    Day 8
    Paracas, Peru

    Ballestas and Nazca

  • Day 9
    At sea

    Clear skies, cool climate

    Rich marine life produced by the Humboldt Current

    As we cruise towards Chile, we’ll sail through the Humboldt Current. The cold-water climate here creates conditions that sustain an incredible abundance of marine life, including vast shoals of anchovies, mackerel, and sardines. Your Expedition Team will tell you more about the Humboldt Current’s importance to the marine ecosystem.

    Visit the Science Center to find out more. Your Expedition Team will tell you more about its importance and impact on the marine ecosystem.

    You’ll have plenty of time to relax in the heated infinity pool, go for a run on the outdoor running track, and take in stunning views and stimulating breezes from on deck.

    Day 9
    At sea

    Clear skies, cool climate

  • Day 10
    Arica, Chile

    Sunny Arica

    Enjoy Arica’s hikes, history, and cuisine

    Arica experiences a year-round desert climate and is classed as one of the driest cities in the world, unusual for a place by the ocean. No wonder the city is popular with sunbathers and surfers.

    On the lively streets Calle 21 de Mayo and Bolognesi, you can try local treats and peruse the El Agro market. Take a 15-minute hike up the remarkable El Morro cliff for glorious views, or visit San Marcos Cathedral, designed by Gustave Eiffel.

    See mummies and learn about Chinchorro culture at the archeological museum. You could also stretch your legs on a trek along Playa Corazones or explore the Caves of Anzota.

    • Included Atacama Coastal Walk
    Day 10
    Arica, Chile

    Sunny Arica

  • Day 11
    Iquique, Chile

    Iquique and the Atacama Desert

    Discover the history of UNESCO-listed Humberstone

    Our cruise continues to bustling Iquique, a flat city of promenades lined with palm trees.

    We’ll visit the abandoned saltpeter mining towns of Santa Laura and UNESCO-listed Humberstone in the arid Atacama Desert. Back in Iquique, explore this cosmopolitan oceanside city on foot, or simply pull up a chair in a café and do some people watching.

    While you’re there, enjoy a delicious coffee or a traditional mango sour and chumbeque, a beloved regional sweet. You can also pay a visit to La Esmeralda, a four-masted corvette from the 19th century that has historical significance.

    • Included Humberstone and Santa Laura
    Day 11
    Iquique, Chile

    Iquique and the Atacama Desert

  • Day 12
    At sea

    Relax at sea

    Pamper yourself on this final day at sea

    Your expedition cruise down South America’s Pacific coast today sails toward La Serena in Chile.

    Take time to enjoy one of your final days at sea – perhaps with a bit of pampering in the wellness area. Indulge in a massage or a skin-scrubbing treatment and feel fully revitalized for the final leg of your adventure.

    Of course, the Expedition Team will continue to deliver insightful lectures in the Science Center. You can also delve into the books in the onboard library if you want to learn more about a particular subject.

    Day 12
    At sea

    Relax at sea

  • Day 13
    La Serena, Chile

    Stunning La Serena

    Explore the ‘City of Churches’ and Serena Beach.

    Docking at the port of Coquimbo, we’ll head to Chile’s second-oldest city, La Serena.

    La Serena is blessed with beautiful sandy beaches all along Avenida del Mar and beyond. Bursting with classical architecture, there are around 30 carefully restored stone churches to discover, and you can visit the Archeological Museum to marvel at pre-colonial artifacts.

    Take a stroll through the city’s manicured public gardens, like the Japanese-inspired Jardín del Corazón. You can also shop for handicrafts at La Recova market. Down the picturesque lane of Patio Colonial, near Balmaceda, you’ll find relaxed cafés and eateries. Before boarding the ship, leave some time to explore Coquimbo.

    • Included Coquimbo and La Serena
    Day 13
    La Serena, Chile

    Stunning La Serena

  • Day 14
    Valparaíso, Chile

    Valparaíso, a UNESCO gem

    Valparaíso is the glorious finale to your expedition.

    Your South American Pacific coast expedition cruise ends in Valparaíso. Known as the ‘Jewel of the Pacific,’ this UNESCO-listed city is built on steep hillsides overlooking the ocean. It’s well worth spending time exploring before you fly home.

    It’s an exhilarating maze of winding alleyways and barrios, colorful houses, and mercados packed with local produce. It is intriguing and sure to leave an impression. Take it all in on a cable car ride up to Cerro Alegre and Concepción.

    Your cruise may have come to an end, but not necessarily your adventure. If you’re hungry for more, join an optional Post-Program.

    Day 14
    Valparaíso, Chile

    Valparaíso, a UNESCO gem



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What’s included

Land Program: Lake Titicaca and Machu Picchu/Peru (before the cruise)

  • Two nights at a hotel in Puno and two nights at a hotel in Cusco, including half board
  • Two nights at a hotel in Lima, including breakfast
  • Picnic lunch on days 2 and 4, set lunch on days 3, 5, 6, and 7
  • Flight in economy class from Lima to Juliaca and Cusco to Lima
  • All transfers, excursions, and train rides as described, including an English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees according to the itinerary

Expedition Cruise

  • Stay in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages* in the Aune and Fredheim restaurants
  • Fine-dining À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm is included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board†
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and guide activities, both on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities

*House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water

†Please note that Wi-Fi and phone reception are very limited in the remote areas where we travel, and streaming is not supported.

Onboard activities

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team
  • Full use of our Science Center, small library, and advanced biological and geological equipment
  • The Citizen Science Program allows guests to contribute to ongoing scientific research projects.
  • Our onboard professional photographer will give photography tips and teach techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife photos.
  • The ship has hot tubs, an infinity pool, a sauna, an outdoor and indoor gym, and a running track
  • Join informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings.


  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment needed for the activities
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers will be on hand to assist you.


  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities are expected
  • The land program in Peru takes place at high altitudes. Lake Titicaca’s altitude is approximately 12,500 ft and the city of Cusco is at approximately 11,100 ft and may require a certain level of physical fitness. The order of sights visited may vary.

Not included in your voyage

  • 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
MS Roald Amundsen in Antarktis
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MS Roald Amundsen
Aune Restaurant, MS Roald Amundsen
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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
MS Roald Amundsen in Antarktis
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