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Chile and Peru – Cosmopolitan and Colourful Coastal Cities (Itinerary 1)

Resort:Chile and Peru - Cosmopolitan and Colourful Coastal Cities (Itinerary 1)
Operator: Hurtigruten
Destination: South America
Price From: £2466.00

Overview

From UNESCO-listed Valparaso, well journey south down the Chilean coast, first to laidback La Serena, then to Pan de Azucar National Park. Antofagasta is a booming mining city while Iquique is the place for sea, sand, and surf. Next its Lima, the capital of Peru, then the ancient ruins around Trujillo, before ending the trip in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Itinerary

Day 1 Valparaso, Chile

Your ship MS Roald Amundsen awaits you in the seaport of Valparaso in central Chile. Built on steep hillsides overlooking the ocean, the UNESCO-protected city is a maze of monuments, churches, historical funicular lifts, cobblestone alleys and charming plazas. Arrive early and explore more of Valpo or join our Pre-Programme to the Atacama Desert.

Day 2 La Serena, Chile

La Serena is Chiles second-oldest city, blessed with beautiful sandy beaches along Avenida del Mar. Stroll through manicured public gardens or shop for arts and crafts at Recova Market. The citys many churches can be distinguished by their different styles of belfries, giving rise to La Serenas nickname as The City of Church Belfries.

Day 3 Chaaral, Chile

Rarely visited by tourists, this is a more traditional Chilean city with no highrise buildings. Next door is Pan de Azucar National Park, a coastal desert home to animals such as the marine otter, South American sea lion, and Peruvian pelican. Nearby Isla Pan d Azcar is a breeding ground for Humbolt penguins, which we hope to observe from the ship.

Day 4 Antofagasta, Chile

Antofagasta has grown into Chiles third largest city, earning its credit as The Pearl of the North. Sit back in the old-fashioned plaza or admire the Victorian and Georgian buildings of Barrio Histrico. Join an optional excursion to see La Portada, a natural white arch off the coast, or visit one of the small fishing towns.

Day 5 Iquique, Chile

Welcome to a slice of paradise by the Pacific, complete with palm trees and promenades. Walk along the beachfront boardwalk, shop in the duty-free zone, or sip on traditional mango sours in the many restaurants and chic cafs. We also offer excursions to the Atacama Desert and the UNESCO-listed ghost town of Humberstone.

Day 6-7 At Sea

Spend time on deck and enjoy the serenity of sea days. Our experienced lecturers share their extensive knowledge and lead you on deck to help spot marine wildlife and sea birds.

Day 8 Callao / Lima, Peru

We dock in Callao and travel a short distance to Lima, Perus vibrant capital. From Plaza Mayor, stroll around the UNESCO-listed Historic Center, admiring the architecture of colonial cathedrals and Baroque buildings. Whether walking the spacious parks or enjoying top cuisine, youll understand why the city was once known as The City of Kings.

Day 9 Salaverry, Peru

Next is the port of Salaverry, the starting point fortwo optional excursions. Visit the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site of Chan Chan (`Sun Sun) to see the mud-brick ruins of the ancient Chim kingdom. Ortour the Mochican temples of the Sun and Moon, the former being the largest adobe pyramid in Peru.

Day 10 At Sea

Enjoy your last sea day and spend it at your leisure. Take advantage of the many onboard facilities, relax, or join in on lectures as we recap our voyage.

Day 11 Guayaquil, Ecuador

Your journey ends in this sprawling city, the largest in Ecuador. High-rise buildings line the Guayas river while colourful favelas blanket the hillsides. Visit Malecn 2000, the riverfront town square before posing with tame iganuas in the local park. Extend your adventure by adding a Post-Programme to mystic Machu Picchu or the amazing Galpagos Islands.