Diverse Cultures of South America with Galápagos Islands

Departure date
13 days

Cruise Overview

Start your expedition cruise in UNESCO-listed Valparaíso before journeying north to scenic seaside communities La Serena, Iquique, Arica and Paracas

Embark on an expedition cruise to exciting cities in Chile, Peru and Ecuador, and discover the wonderfully diverse wildlife of the Galápagos Islands.

From Callao, you’ll fly to Ecuador’s capital of Quito and then continue to the famed Galápagos Islands. With Santa Cruz Island as your base, explore two additional islands in the archipelago, seeing the incredible diversity of wildlife here.

The vibrant cities of South America

Your adventure begins in Valparaíso, where you board hybrid-powered MS Roald Amundsen. We'll sail the Chilean coast, stopping at laidback La Serena and the seaside city of Iquique, which both have great beaches and architecture. Next up is Arica with its desert climate and then the reddish-brown cliffs of Paracas in Peru. You’ll disembark in Lima and fly to the Ecuadorian capital of Quito. Here, you’ll explore the UNESCO-listed colonial quarter and visit a museum right on the Equator.

Wildlife beyond compare

After your second night in Quito, you’re off to the Galápagos Islands, known throughout the world for its wondrous and biologically diverse flora and fauna. You’ll arrive at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, site of the Charles Darwin Research Station and home to different species of giant land tortoises. The next two days are packed with adventure as you explore two more islands in the archipelago, discovering unique wildlife like land iguanas, blue-footed boobies, and the many finches that inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution based on natural selection.


We'll help you plan where to go, when to visit and how long to stay

Vibrant hilltop city

Day 1

Neo-colonial and classy

Day 2

Relax on board

Day 3

Chile’s Premier Beach Resort

Day 4

‘City of Everlasting Spring’

Day 5

Fresh sea air

Day 6

Birds and brandy

Day 7

On a high

Day 8

Views from the Middle of the World

Day 9

Arriving at Santa Cruz Island

Day 10

Galápagos Island Hopping

Day 11-12

Return to mainland Ecuador

Day 13

What's included

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 (on MS Roald Amundsen)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 organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included activities 

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 programme allows guests to assist with live 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, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track on MS Roald Amundsen only
  • 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 

Land-Programme Galápagos Island after the expedition cruise

  • Economy flight Lima to Quito and Quito to Baltra 
  • Two nights in Quito, including breakfast and dinner 
  • Three nights at hotel in Santa Cruz Island /Galápagos, including full board 
  • Economy flight Baltra to Guayaquil 
  • All transfers, excursions and meals as described, including English-speaking guide 
  • Galápagos National Park entrance fee 

What's not included

  • International flights  

  • Travel insurance 

  • 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 (only on MS Roald Amundsen)

Included Programmes

It's a mixture of adventure activities for individuals of all ages

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