Diverse Cultures of South America with Galápagos Islands

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Departure Dates
12 days

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.

What's Included

Expedition Cruise

Onboard Activities

Landing Activities

Route overview

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

Included Programmes

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