Fly overnight to Lima, Peru
You’ll arrive in Lima on Day 2.
Arrival in Lima
After transferring to your hotel, enjoy a Welcome Dinner with fellow passengers at the hotel.
Exploring Lima on a panoramic tour, trying local specialties
Embark on a panoramic tour of Lima, checking out the city’s oceanfront and the Park of Love, where you can’t miss El Beso (The Kiss), a passionate statue that depicts sculptor Victor Delfín and his wife locked in a kiss. Unforgettable Moment: We’ll make our way to Lima’s historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and view the Plaza Mayor, site of the Archbishop’s Palace; Lima Cathedral; and Government Palace. Cultural Discovery: During lunch in downtown Lima, we’ll try a regional specialty — lucuma ice cream. Often likened to sweet potato or butterscotch, the lucuma fruit is indigenous to Peru and used in a wide variety of desserts.
Dinner is on your own tonight, which gives you an opportunity to explore this culinary dynamo. Here’s a helpful hint: Lima is renowned for ceviche, fresh seafood “cooked” in citrus juice, and is home to more than 16,000 cevicherías. Afterward, why not meander through the Barranco neighborhood, where art galleries, boutiques, a boardwalk, and the colonial homes of Lima’s elite epitomize this city that just keeps getting better.
A second day in whimsical Lima
Soak in Lima’s offerings with a second day at leisure. There’s plenty to explore — from the ancient Catholic catacombs beneath the San Francisco de Lima Basilica and Convent to the renowned Larco Museum’s more than 50,000 pieces of ceramics. Or simply stroll the city streets for unexpected delights, boutiques, cafés and restaurants. Lunch and dinner will be on your own, so take this time to fully delve into Lima’s exciting gastronomic hotspots.
Embarking the m/s Roald Amundsen
Today we’ll embark the m/s Roald Amundsen, a state-of-the-art expedition vessel equipped with sustainable hybrid technology, and your new home away from home. Tonight, enjoy a Captain’s Cocktail Reception and dinner aboard the Amundsen as we set sail toward Pisco.
Ballestas beauty on a safari speedboat adventure, then savoring pisco
This morning, we’ll transfer from Pisco to the seaside town of Paracas where we’ll board safari speedboats bound for the Ballestas Islands, a rugged salt desert and wildlife sanctuary home to diving Guanay cormorants, curious Humboldt penguins, languishing fur seals, and sea lions, as well as the stunning rock formations that comprise this archipelago. Unforgettable Moment: Often dubbed the Galapagos in miniature, the Ballestas are known for an extensive bird population, including Peruvian pelicans and boobies, red-legged cormorants, Inca terns, and more. Dolphins are also frequent visitors, so be on the lookout!
Afterward, we’ll head to a local vineyard for a tour and tasting of pisco, beloved regional liquor and Peru’s national drink. Cultural Discovery: An indigenous word meaning “bird” — a nod to the longstanding wildlife in this region — pisco is a popular grape brandy and the star ingredient of the pisco sour, comprised of egg white, lime juice, simple syrup, and bitters.
Reap the spoils of your luxurious expedition vessel with a day at sea
We’ll spend a day at sea as we sail toward Arica. Take this time to relax aboard your state-of-the-art Hurtigruten vessel, built by Rolls-Royce and outfitted with luxurious amenities including a wellness center, sleek sun deck, hot tubs, and large outdoor infinity pool perfect for taking in some sun while simultaneously taking in the unforgettable South American views.
The ms Roald Amundsen is also a floating university, and in addition to the high-tech activity center and special equipment on board, vessel staffers are handpicked experts in biology, history, photography, and geology, and will offer onboard lectures and activities pertinent to your South American ports of call and area wildlife.
Trekking the Atacama coastline
We’ll wake up today in the northern Chilean town of Arica. Once devastated by an 1868 earthquake that triggered a subsequent tsunami, Arica today is a haven for surf lovers and home of the Arica Cathedral, designed by Gustave Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower fame).
From Arica, we’ll take a meandering drive toward the coastal resort towns of El Laucho and La Lisera, disembarking to enjoy the panoramic views found at El Morro de Arica, once a strategic location for the Chilean military during the War of the Pacific (1879-1883). Unforgettable Moment: Then we’ll walk south along the coastal road to Corazones/Anzata. While most of the walk takes place on coastal paths and sandy hills, we’ll also pass through caves and caverns, eventually arriving at Puntilla, where we’ll watch for sea lions and birds before beginning the trek back.
Cultural Discovery: After our walk, we’ll visit a local handicrafts market, where you can purchase everything from ceramics to instruments. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure back in Arica.
Sailing south along the Chilean coastline
The spectacular Chilean coastline is on full view as we sail southward toward Coquimbo, providing more opportunities for onboard relaxation, learning, and enjoyment. Whatever your whim, you’ll find it aboard the ms Roald Amundsen, furnished with elegant lounges, cabins, and recreation and viewing areas. Your onboard team will offer scintillating lectures to contextualize your experiences in South America and deepen your knowledge of this fascinating continent.
You’ll also appreciate creative and delicious food in three onboard restaurants that blend Norwegian tradition with international gastronomy. Savor this experience on the ms Roald Amundsen, the world’s most advanced expedition vessel!
Coquimbo’s beaches, archaeological wonders, shopping La Recova
Awakening in the resort town of Coquimbo, we’ll head out on a morning drive to La Herradura, a popular beach destination situated on scenic Guayacán Bay, where we’ll stop to take photographs. Lore has it that famed English sailor Sir Frances Drake was the first European to find the area — dropping his jewels and treasures along the coastline here, too. Passing through the fishing town of Peñuelas, we’ll next venture toward Chile’s second-oldest city, La Serena. Here, we’ll visit the town’s Archaeological Museum filled with artifacts from the Diaguita and Molle cultures, as well as an original Moai statue hailing from Easter Island.
Cultural Discovery: Shop the renowned La Recova market. Featuring more than 100 stalls of handicrafts including goods made from lapis lazuli and combarbalita, pottery, and Andean wool clothing and crafts, the market also hosts local food and fish vendors.
Enjoy the fantastic landscapes along the Pan-American Highway as we return to Coquimbo. Then, savor an afternoon at leisure in this lively city, perhaps spending a few hours at the beach or setting off on your own explorations.
Discovering a “crazy port” and Chile’s national dish
In an ode to his onetime home, the famed Chilean poet Pablo Neruda called Valparaíso a “crazy port,” writing: “What a head of disheveled hills, that you never finish combing.” We’ll see what he means today after we disembark the ms Roald Amundsen and head off on a panoramic tour of UNESCO-designated Valparaíso before making our way toward the capital, Santiago.
Cultural Discovery: On the way to Santiago, we’ll have lunch and make a pit stop for empanadas, fried pastries stuffed with everything from minced meat to cheese to seafood. The empanada is a revered cultural icon in Chile, and its national dish, typically savored on the street or with a glass of red wine at dinner. Enjoy an evening at leisure and dinner at your Santiago hotel.
At leisure in Santiago
Spend a day soaking in Santiago. This is a culinary town, and an artsy one, too — so seek out more empanadas and spend some time at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes for a taste of Chilean art, or the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, to see what artists from across Latin America are producing.
Another day in vivacious Santiago
A second day in Santiago is a treat, and a great opportunity to explore more of what this city has to offer. Why not hike up the hilly Cerro Santa Lucia Park for the big views and more colonial flourishes, then explore Santiago’s cemetery — one of Latin America’s largest — that features as much history as it does monuments. It’s also purported to be haunted! Tonight, reconvene with your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner at the hotel.
Please note: Due to flight availability, travelers taking the optional Easter Island post-trip extension will fly to Easter Island today. Travelers will enjoy an extra dinner on the extension.
Santiago in full view before flying home
Visit a local winery for an in-depth exploration of Chilean vintages on an optional tour, or spend a morning at leisure in Santiago. Our time in Chile comes to a close this afternoon as we head out on a panoramic tour of its vivacious and cosmopolitan capital; later, we’ll transfer to the airport and fly home. Adios — for now!
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