Peru to Antarctica: Southern Hemisphere Adventure Cruise - 2019

Lima • Callao • Pisco • Arica • Coquimbo • La Serena • Valparaíso • Castro • Puerto Edén • Puerto Natales • Chilean Fjords • Cape Horn • Antarctica
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Double your adventure on this action- and nature-packed cruise that ventures along South America’s western shoreline before the invigorating wind and water of the Beagle Channel ushers you to Antarctica’s gossamer blue shores. We’ve combined two Vantage-exclusive voyages — Incan Adventure Cruise: Peru & the Chilean Coast and Unspoiled Wonders: Patagonia, Chilean Fjords & Antarctica Cruise — into this exhilarating 26-day journey that kicks off in colonial Lima and delivers you to the biodiverse doorsteps of the Ballestas Islands, to Arica and the arid Atacama coastline, and to southern Chile, where Coquimbo’s relaxed resort vibes juxtapose Valparaíso’s flamboyant urban life. Then it’s adios to civilization as we explore rainbow-hued palafitos in Chiloé Island, traditional Patagonian life in Puerto Edén, and the shifting landscapes of Torres del Paine and the Chilean fjords — the perfect appetizer to your Antarctic main course.

Keep your environs rugged and your accommodations luxurious when you travel with Vantage aboard the brand new ms Roald Amundsen, the first hybrid ship to sail Antarctic waters. This elite Hurtigruten vessel doubles as a floating university, complete with handpicked experts who’ll amplify your explorations with their knowledge and insight, as well as indulgent amenities to revitalize you — mind, body, and soul. Two continents, unlimited nature and wildlife, and one unbeatable value — an exclusive Southern Hemisphere adventure like this doesn’t come along very often.

Itinerary at a Glance

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DAY 1:

Fly overnight to Lima, Peru

You’ll arrive in Lima on Day 2.

DAY 2:

Arrival in Lima

After transferring to your hotel, enjoy a Welcome Dinner with fellow passengers at the hotel.

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DAY 3:

Panoramic Lima — and a regional delicacy

Today we’ll embark the ms Roald Amundsen, a state-of-the-art vessel equipped with sustainable hybrid technology, and your new home away from home. But before we board, we’ll 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: Before transferring to the pier, we’ll have lunch in downtown Lima, where 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. Tonight, we’ll enjoy a Captain’s Cocktail Reception and dinner aboard ship as we set sail toward Pisco.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 4:

Ballestas beauty before savoring pisco

This morning, we’ll transfer from Pisco to the seaside town of Paracas where we’ll board 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. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 5:

Reap the spoils of your luxurious ship 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, ship 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.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 6:

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.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAYS 7-8:

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 ship!

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

DAY 9:

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.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 10:

Discovering the “crazy port” of Valparaíso

In an ode to his one-time 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 as we set off on a panoramic tour of UNESCO-designated Valparaíso.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAYS 11-12:

Leisure time aboard your luxury ship

Two peaceful days at sea provide you with plenty of opportunities for onboard relaxation, learning, and enjoyment. Whatever your whim, you’ll find it aboard the ms Roald Amundsen, furnished with elegant lounges, comfortable cabins, and viewing areas. Your onboard Expedition Team will offer scintillating lectures to contextualize your experiences in South America and deepen your knowledge of this fascinating region. The team members are experienced, modern-day explorers, each with their own relevant area of expertise. They entertain and inform you by sharing their deep knowledge and interesting stories, and welcome you to participate in talks and workshops. You’ll also find an onboard Expedition Photographer who can show you the basics of expedition photography.

Foodies can appreciate the creative and delicious food served in three onboard restaurants that merge Norwegian tradition with international gastronomy. Savor this experience on the ms Roald Amundsen, the world’s most advanced expedition ship!

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

DAY 13:

Highlights of Castro and the church of Iglesia de San Francisco

Located on Isla Grande de Chiloé, the city of Castro is set among windswept hills and green vegetation. This small but energetic metropolis is known for its colorful palafitos, wooden houses mounted on stilts perched along the water's edge. We’ll have some time to go ashore and enjoy the city’s local character, mixed with a dash of modern development. Your Adventure Leader will take you into town and point you towards such highlights as the Iglesia de San Francisco. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000, the church is a visual delight. We’ll take time to admire the juxtaposition of its cheerful yellow and lavender-trimmed exterior to its stunning varnished-wood interior, illuminated by rows of stained-glass windows. Other sites include Plazuela del Tren, a small plaza right by the waterfront with an odd collection of old trains; the ornate tombs of the Cementerio Parroquial; and the bustling Feria Campesina Yumbel marketplace. Shoppers can head to the Artesanal Lillo to peruse hand-knit woolen goods and other handicrafts; foodies can wander along the cafés of Calle Blanco and sample the area’s renowned meat, potato, and seafood stew known as curanto; and nature lovers will find wide beaches and rugged coastline filled with dozens of seabird species, penguins, and sea lions in Chiloé National Park, just outside the city.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 14:

Leisure time at sea

Our expedition continues as our ship heads south through the fabled waters of Patagonia toward one of the world’s most undisturbed and beautiful places: the southern province of Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope). As we sail through these iconic Andean seascapes, you’ll have plenty of time to admire the magnificent natural expanse from the comfort of the ship’s top deck.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 15:

Experience local culture in Puerto Edén

After an unforgettable cruise through the Patagonian waters, we arrive in the enchanting village of Puerto Edén. A tiny settlement in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park situated at the end of a deep fjord, this treasured port is often passed over by larger ships. Of Puerto Edén’s already small population of 176, 15 are the remaining members of the Kawéskar people. There are no roads here, only wooden walkways, and electricity is only available for a few hours each day. As such, Puerto Edén is a fantastic place to experience the traditional indigenous culture of the Patagonian tribes. The villagers make their living selling fish, mussels, and shellfish, which are taken weekly to markets by boat, or by selling traditional Kawéskar crafts such as wicker baskets and boats made from sea lion skins and tree bark.

Enjoy some time exploring on your own this afternoon. Consider joining your Expedition Team for a hike around the area; keep your eyes peeled for Magellan hummingbirds as you explore!

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 16:

Walk through colorful Puerto Natales

Today finds us in Puerto Natales, a colorful fishing port known as the gateway to world-renowned Torres del Paine National Park. One of the most awe-inspiring nature sanctuaries in the world, its main feature is the 'towers' themselves: three impressive rock formations called "Torres del Paine” (Towers of Paine) that soar thousands of feet above the ground. We’ll embark on a walking tour of downtown Puerto Natales upon arrival; the rest of the day is at leisure.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 17:

Explore the natural wonders of Torres del Paine on your own

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore on your own. Nature lovers can speak to their Adventure Leader about embarking on a hike through the incredible surroundings of Torres del Paine National Park. You’ll find a stunning variety of landscapes to explore here, from vast emerald forests and azure lakes to rugged mountain terrains and one massive, radiant glacier. The diversity of environments here has allowed a wide variety of a fauna and flora to flourish, making this an incredible area for hiking. Keep your eyes peeled for llamas, pumas, and chilla foxes, as well as more than 100 species of birds, such as the Andean condor and black-chested buzzard eagle.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 18:

Cruising the Chilean Fjords

We awake to the scenic splendor of the Chilean fjords this morning, a magnificent labyrinth of waterways that slices through the southern reaches of South America, connecting the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Spend some time on deck today: In addition to vistas of soaring mountains and beautiful forests, you'll have the opportunity to spot dolphins, whales, seals, and a variety of other wildlife.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 19:

Scenic splendor as we sail the Beagle Channel to the “end of the world”

We sail through the Beagle Channel this morning, a waterway named after the ship that carried Charles Darwin on his voyage of discovery. We continue into open waters and, if conditions allow, make landfall on Cape Horn — the southernmost tip of South America. The southernmost point of the six major continents, this region holds great historical significance due to its location. If we are able to anchor off Cape Horn, we’ll go ashore and explore this isolated yet romantic piece of land known as “the end of the world.” It is truly a travel milestone to make landfall here.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 20:

Soak in the scenery with a day at sea

Today we continue through the Drake Passage, connecting the southern Atlantic and Pacific oceans, on our way to Antarctica. This sea passage was notorious among the early polar explorers and is a unique voyage that few have the chance to experience. Here, the warm water from the north meets the cold, less salty water from the south. This makes the ocean particularly rich in nutrients and forms the foundational basis of the unique marine life found here.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 21:

Step foot on the last great wilderness on Earth: Antarctica

The last great wilderness left on Earth with no permanent human inhabitants, this continent is dedicated to scientific research and peaceful cooperation. Simple words cannot convey the feeling of being here, with its crisp air, towering icebergs, and endless white mountain ranges. Unforgettable Moment: We'll spend four incredible days cruising channels and passageways surrounded by the Antarctic Peninsula's rugged, glacier-covered islands and craggy land masses.

Legendary travelers were drawn here in spite of the stark and inhospitable surroundings. Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott famously raced to the South Pole in 1911 (Amundsen’s expedition beat Scott’s by 33 days). Perhaps the most famous explorer is Ernest Shackleton, leader of a crew that set off to cross the White Continent in 1914. Shackleton’s ship, the aptly named Endurance, was crushed in the ice. Miraculously, the great explorer was able to deliver his entire crew back to safety and civilization (albeit a year and a half later). Needless to say, to step foot on mainland Antarctica is a true once-in-a-lifetime travel experience.

We’ll marvel at our striking surroundings — vast tundra and jagged icebergs mirrored in frigid seas — as we cruise through a part of the world so remote and extreme that it has no permanent human residents. Antarctica is, however, home to millions of penguins, as well as an astonishing array of seals, birds, and other unique species, so be sure to keep your cameras at the ready! As we cruise, we'll enjoy a rewarding balance of onboard lectures that enlighten the mind and onshore excursions that thrill and invigorate.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAYS 22-24:

Spend the next three days discovering Antarctica’s inimitable beauty

The next few days are spent taking in Antarctica’s white-blue icebergs, towering walls of ice, snowy mountain ranges, and amazing land and sea life. We’re always sure to keep our cameras at the ready as our highly maneuverable small ship wends its way among islands, bays, and channels. This is a stark landscape of heady, breathtaking terrain and a travel experience unlike any other.

Ice, wind, and weather dictate life in Antarctica, just as they dictate our route and our landings. As such, we determine our landings as our adventure progresses. Unforgettable Moment: Where conditions allow, we go ashore on naturalist-led expeditions by versatile landing crafts to explore such sites as Cuverville Island, Half Moon Island, Neko Harbor, and Deception Island to better experience the wildlife and otherworldly landscapes found here. One thing is certain — no matter which of these magnificent spots we explore, your team of onboard naturalists will help you view the nature and beauty of Antarctica as never before. With an open mind and spirit of adventure, you will enjoy the most rewarding of journeys.

Included Meals:

3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners

DAYS 25-26:

Cruising the Drake Passage

Our final days at sea are spent cruising through the Drake Passage back to Punta Arenas. In addition to wrapping up our onboard lecture series, we'll share our favorite experiences in Chile and Antarctica. Be sure to spend some time on deck watching for wildlife.

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

DAY 27:

A flight to Santiago de Chile, then a flight home

After a final breakfast on board, we’ll disembark in Punta Arenas and head to the airport for a transfer flight to Santiago de Chile.

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Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Adventure Leader or regional expert.

Please Note: The hotels listed are preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract our hotels a year in advance, unforeseen situations do occasionally occur. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality and value will be substituted. You will receive verified hotel information with your final itinerary. That hotel ratings are based on the hotel and a leading travel industry authority on hotels throughout the world.

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