Diverse Cultures of South America with Galápagos Islands

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Departure Dates
April 2, 9, 2023
13 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

Onboard activities

Landing activities

Route overview

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

Colourful houses in Valparaíso

Day 1

Vibrant hilltop city

Church with big tress in front in La Serena, Chile.

Day 2

Neo-colonial and classy

Looking out to sea from up on deck

Day 3

Relax on board

Old mine in the desert, Iquique, Humberstone.

Day 4

Chile’s Premier Beach Resort

Bird stands on beach in Arica at sunset.

Day 5

‘City of Everlasting Spring’

Woman and man on outdoor deck looking for birds, pointing and looking in binoculars.

Day 6

Fresh sea air

Birds sitting on a rock, Ballestas Islands

Day 7

Birds and brandy

Day 8

On a high

Sun statue at museum in Quito, Ecuador.

Day 9

Views from the Middle of the World

Woman on Galapagos taking a selfie with giant land tortoise in the background.

Day 10

Arriving at Santa Cruz Island

Beautiful peninsula surrounded by blue water and mountains, Bartolome Island, Galapagos.

Day 11-12

Galápagos Island Hopping

The Twins sinkhole in Galápagos, surrounded by forest

Day 13

Return to mainland Ecuador

Included Activities

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

Photo Credit: Espen Mills

Onboard Science Programme

Our Science Programme has one goal: to increase your curiosity, knowledge and interest of the areas you are sailing to.

Young Explorers Programme

Welcome all young explorers

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Diverse Cultures of South America with Galápagos Islands