Cultures of South America – Pacific Coast Expedition

Price from $7,887

Departure date
16 days

Cruise Overview

Explore four Latin American countries from Chile to Panama, uncovering ancient pyramids, beautiful national reserves, and delicious local foods.

16-day expedition cruise from Valparaíso to Colón, including the Atacama Desert and the tropical forests of Ecuador and Colombia

Ancient sites and vibrant cities

From UNESCO-listed Valparaíso, journey to pretty La Serena and the sun-soaked delights of Iquique and Arica. In Paracas, you can observe the biodiversity of the Ballestas Islands before enjoying a guided tour of history-rich Lima and discovering the ruins of ancient kingdoms in Trujillo.

Travel through the Panama Canal

Discover colorful Puerto Bolívar and explore the home of the Panama hat in Montecristi. After traversing the Equator, you’ll experience vibrant Afro-Colombian culture in Bahía Solano before crossing from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea through the famed Panama Canal.


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

Valparaíso, a UNESCO gem

Day 1

Stunning La Serena

Day 2

Relax at sea

Day 3

Iquique and the Atacama Desert

Day 4

Sunny Arica

Day 5

Clear skies, cool climate

Day 6

Ballestas and Nazca

Day 7

Ancient and modern Lima

Day 8

Science and leisure

Day 10

Bountiful Puerto Bolívar

Day 11

Made in Montecristi

Day 12

Relax at sea

Day 13

Afro-Colombian culture

Day 14

Travel through the Panama Canal

Day 15

Disembarking in Colón

Day 16

What's included

Expedition Cruise

  • Stay in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages* in the Aune restaurant
  • 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

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, a sauna with a view, and an indoor gym
  • Join informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings.

Landing activities

  • Escorted landings with small boats (RIBs)
  • 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

What's not included

  • International flights

  • Travel protection

  • Baggage handling

  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners

  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team

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