Diverse Cultures of South America with Machu Picchu

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Departure Dates
April 2, 9, 2023
11 days

Discover South American highlights and Incan treasures at Machu Picchu

  • 11-day expedition Pacific Coast cruise from UNESCO-listed Valparaíso in Chile to Peruvian capital Lima, visiting Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.

  • Encounter unique communities and Inca temples, see Ollantaytambo and the Sacsayhuamán Fortress, with an optional excursion to the famous Nazca Lines.

  • Look out for Humboldt penguins, turtles, Peruvian Boobies, Inca Terns and humpback whales on an optional trip to the extraordinary Ballestas Islands.

UNESCO cities and rich wildlife

Starting in colourful Valparaíso we sail to neo-classical La Serena and beautiful Iquique, gateway to the Atacama Desert. Then it’s on to Arica’s sun-drenched beaches before discovering the wildlife of the Ballestas Islands.

Inca history at Machu Picchu 

Flying to Sacred Valley, we’ll visit the fortress of Ollantaytambo before boarding a luxury train to majestic Machu Picchu. We’ll see Cusco’s Sacsayhuamán fortress, ending our expedition in Lima with its pre-Inca temple ruins, vibrant art quarter and delicious food.

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

Valparaíso, a UNESCO gem

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

Day 2

Stunning La Serena

Looking out to sea from up on deck

Day 3

A day at sea

Old mine in the desert, Iquique, Humberstone.

Day 4

Iquique and the Atacama

Bird stands on beach in Arica at sunset.

Day 5

Sunny Arica

Woman and man birdwatching on deck

Day 6

Fresh salt air

Birds sitting on a rock, Ballestas Islands

Day 7

Ballestas and Nazca

Ruins in Cusco

Day 8

From Callao to Cusco

Machu Picchu, Peru

Day 9

Mystical Machu Picchu

Cathedral in Cusco

Day 10

Cusco, city of the Incas


Day 11

Lima's UNESCO treasures

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 Machu Picchu