Ecuador, Peru, and Chile – Incan Highlights and Galápagos Islands (14 Days)

Cruise Line: Hurtigruten
Quito, Ecuador to Valparaíso, Chile
Dates: 13 Oct 2019 - 26 Oct 2019

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13 Oct 2019
Quito, Ecuador

Once you have made your way to Quito, take in the well-preserved heritage of the city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is beautifully situated in an Andean valley at an elevation of 9,350 feet, making it the second-highest capital city in the world. Enjoy an overnight at a centrally-located hotel in Quito.

14 Oct 2019
Quito, Ecuador

After breakfast, we drive north to the Equator and visit the Intiñan Museum. Afterwards, we ascend the Teleférico — one of Quito's most popular attractions, offering spectacular and easily accessible views of the city. The ride lasts only 10 minutes but takes you to an altitude of 13,300 ft. At the top, the lookout offers the visitor incredible views of Quito, the surrounding valleys, and snow-covered volcanoes (along with coffee, snacks, and oxygen for the short of breath). Bring a sweater or light jacket — it can get chilly up there! Return to the city to enjoy lunch in Quito's charming Colonial Quarter. The afternoon's sightseeing is a good example why Ecuador's capital earned the honor as one of UNESCO's first World Heritage Sites. Dinner will be served at the hotel before your overnight stay.

15 Oct 2019
Quito, Ecuador
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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Baltra Island, Ecuador
Isla Baltra Ferry Dock, Ecuador
Isla Santa Cruz Ferry Dock, Ecuador
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Breakfast at hotel, then transfer to Quito Airport for the flight to the Galápagos Islands (via Guayaquil). Upon arrival at Baltra's airport, we will meet the local representative and board a bus for the short transfer to Itabaca Channel, which separates Baltra Island from Santa Cruz Island. Here, we board a small ferry that crosses the azure waters of the channel to Santa Cruz, a journey that takes about five minutes. On the other side, we travel through a rural agricultural area surrounded by wild landscapes and many different species of flora and fauna. We may well spot the finches that are famous for being the basis of Darwin's theory of evolution. See the famous Galápagos land tortoises in their natural environment and learn how private ranches help protect these special creatures and their habitat. Tortoises of all different ages and sizes gather here: small young tortoises with shining carapaces and older individuals with weathered and worn shells. Lunch will be served in the highlands. The well-known Lava Tunnels are another amazing experience. Formed by lava flows from the volcanoes, they range from the highlands down to the sea. Join an amazing half-hour hike through one of the tunnels to where it gets too small to pass. A naturalist guide will share in detail the story of the origin of these fascinating tunnels. Afterwards, we continue to our hotel in the town of Puerto Ayora. Once settled, we walk to the nearby Charles Darwin Research Station, which hosts educational museums on both the history and development of the Galápagos Islands and protection of their natural heritage. Native giant land tortoises can also be observed. Many different tortoise species exist in the Galápagos and the station is the only place where most of the species reside at one site. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore small yet picturesque Puerto Ayora and its many shops with local arts and crafts. We later enjoy dinner at the hotel's cozy restaurant.

16 Oct 2019
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
Bartolome Island, Ecuador
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
17 Oct 2019
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
Bartolome Island, Ecuador
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Breakfast at hotel. We have two full days to tour one of the nearby uninhabited islands by boat. Please note that only one of the four islands listed below will be visited per day: Bartolomé Island, famous for Pinnacle Rock and Galápagos penguins; or South Plaza Island, home to a colony of land iguanas; or Santa Fe Island, known for having the islands' most sea beautiful coves; or North Seymour Island, considered a microcosm of the entire archipelago. The visits are regulated by the Galápagos National Park and we are notified of permission 30 days prior to the visit. Regardless of the islands we visit, lunch is served onboard the vessel during the tour. Later, we have dinner at the hotel and overnight.

18 Oct 2019
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
Los Gemelos, Ecuador
Isla Santa Cruz Ferry Dock, Ecuador
Isla Baltra Ferry Dock, Ecuador
Baltra Island, Ecuador
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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Lima, Peru

Breakfast at hotel. We then transfer to Baltra airport for the flight to mainland Ecuador. En route to the airport, we stop at "The Twins" or "Los Gemelos" — two impressive volcanic depressions in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. A box lunch is served on the flight from Baltra Island to Lima (via Guayaquil). At Lima airport, we meet our local representative who transfers you to your hotel in the city. Dinner and overnight.

19 Oct 2019
Lima, Peru
Callao, Peru

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. After check-out, we transfer to the ship taking in a "Half-day Lima Highlights Tour", including a visit to the city's historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour's highlights include Casa Aliaga, a nearly 500-year-old mansion built for one of Pizarro's lieutenants, and Santo Domingo Convent, the best-preserved colonial building in all of Lima. The tour finishes at the quayside in Callao, where MS Roald Amundsen stands ready to continue the expedition at sea.

20 Oct 2019
San Martin, Peru
Pisco, Peru
San Martin, Peru

Early in the morning, we arrive at Puerto General San Martín. This is the gateway to the quiet colonial town of Pisco and its fertile coastal valley with the mysterious Nazca lines and geoglyphs. The lines were scratched on the surface of the ground between 500 BC and 500 AD and are among archaeology's greatest enigmas because of their quantity, nature, size, and continuity. The geoglyphs are several miles long and illustrate living creatures, stylized plants, and imaginary beings, as well as geometric figures. Optimal viewing requires a bird's-eye perspective and a scenic flight is one of several optional excursions available on this day. Other options include boat tours to the Ballestas Islands to see endangered Humboldt penguins, sea lions, and huge flocks of marine birds, visiting a scenic nature reserve, or exploring the archaeological site of Tambo Colorado.

21 Oct 2019

As we sail south, the expedition team starts their interesting lecture program. 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. There may be the chance to look behind the scenes and partake in our guest Expedition Staff Program. We also have an onboard expedition photographer who can show you the basics of expedition photography. MS Roald Amundsen is a truly remarkable expedition vessel. Take advantage of the ship's facilities or simply find the perfect vantage point to take in the endless blue horizon.

DAY 10
22 Oct 2019
Arica, Chile

Arica is blessed with a warm, sunny climate all year round. We spend a full day here. History, archaeology, and adventure await us on shore. Explore the city, walk up to the cliff top, "El Morro", and get a panoramic view, see the beaches or visit the archaeological sites with some of the world's oldest known mummies in Azapa Valley. You can also join the expedition team and visit the nearby Lauca National Park. This amazing sanctuary is home to breathtaking scenery, including snow-capped volcanoes, sparkling lakes, and isolated hot springs. It also shelters pretty highland villages and a huge variety of wildlife. Numerous sites and paths found in this region are associated with the Chilean Inca Trail.

DAY 11
23 Oct 2019

Another day at sea is yours to enjoy. Take advantage of the onboard facilities and treat yourself to some genuine relaxation. There will be plenty of time to get to know the other explorers onboard. We invite you to spend time outdoors on deck to fully enjoy the experience of being at sea. There will also be a gathering with the expedition team to summarize the voyage so far and present the plan for the following days.

DAY 12
24 Oct 2019
DAY 13
25 Oct 2019
Coquimbo, Chile
La Serena, Chile
Coquimbo, Chile

La Serena, a seaside town and capital of the Coquimbo region in Elqui Province, is one of the oldest cities in Chile. The town overflows with colorful gardens and beautiful churches. In the archaeological museum, you can learn about the ancient Diaguita culture that dwelled in the region before the Incan conquest. We suggest you also visit La Recova, a popular market where you can buy handicrafts and typical products from the region. La Serena also has a long golden shoreline, perfect for enjoying the sunset. Visit the beautiful rural Elqui Valley to sample Pisco, the national drink of Chile, and see where it's made. Thanks to exceptionally clear skies, northern Chile is home to the largest concentration of astronomical observatories in the world. In the region around La Serena, you see the telescopes of many international institutions housed in white futuristic domes looming over the valleys from their hilltop locations.

DAY 14
26 Oct 2019
Valparaíso, Chile

Our expedition ends in the colorful and poetic city of Valparaíso. We recommend a visit to the UNESCO-listed Historic Quarter of Valparaíso before you depart on your trip home.

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MS Roald Amundsen

In July 2018, Hurtigruten will add a brand new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. This state-of-the-art vessel will feature new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.

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  • Optional excursions and gratuities

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Shore Excursions

Quito, Ecuador - 13 Oct 2019

Quito, Ecuador - 14 Oct 2019

Quito, Ecuador - 15 Oct 2019

Lima, Peru - 18 Oct 2019

Lima, Peru - 19 Oct 2019

Callao, Peru - 19 Oct 2019

Pisco, Peru - 20 Oct 2019

Coquimbo, Chile - 25 Oct 2019

La Serena, Chile - 25 Oct 2019

Coquimbo, Chile - 25 Oct 2019

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