Andean Coast – Expedition from Jungle to Desert (Itinerary 1)
Duration: 17 days
- Explore the best of Central and South America on an expedition cruise to remember
- Transit the legendary Panama Canal
- Chance to discover fascinating archaeological sites such as Chan-Chan and the Nazca Lines
- Experience rich wildlife above and below the water
- Day 1 San José, Costa Rica - Embarkation
- Day 2 San José / Puerto Limón
- Day 3 Bocas del Toro
- Day 4 Panama Canal
- Day 5-6 At sea
- Day 7 Guayaquil
- Day 8 At Sea
- Day 9 Salaverry, Peru
- Day 10 Callao / Lima, Peru
- Day 11 Paracas, Peru
- Day 12 At sea
- Day 13 Arica
- Day 14-15 At sea
- Day 16 La Serena, Chile
- Day 17 Valparaíso, Chile - Disembarkation
After your arrival in the Costa Rican capital, San José, stroll the streets and discover the neo-classical grandeur of this unique Central American metropolis.
We recommend enhancing your stay by adding a Pre-Programme to the impressive Manual Antonio National Park.
We head towards the Caribbean coast on a boat tour along the canals of Tortuguero, before we embark on MS Roald Amundsen in Puerto Limón, one of the oldest cities on the continent. The port was established in 1502 when Christopher Columbus landed here during his exploration of the New World.
We begin our journey along the Caribbean coast of Panama, setting our course for Bocas del Toro, an archipelago of islands, cays, and thousands of islets.
Bocas is brimming with sandy beaches and is called the `Galápagos of the Caribbean´. Bocas is also one of the most biologically diverse places on earth.
Water taxi to local beach with nature trail walk (2 - 4 hrs)
Travel by local tender boats to one of two beaches on either Solarte Island or Bastimentos Island to relax or walk on one of many trails. Solarte Island is a nature reserve without electricity. Watch for leaf-cutter colonies, birds of all types and red frogs. You might also spot three-toed sloths, rare birds and eagles. Red Frog Beach is located on Bastimentos Island, not far from Isla Colon, and you walk to the beach on a jungle trail.
IncludedBocas del Toro - Water taxi to local beach with nature trail walkTravel by local tender boats to one of two beaches on either Solarte Island or Bastimentos Island to relax or walk on one of many trails
Bocas del Toro - Sustainable Cacao FarmGreat views and chocolate tasting with a “feel good” factor! Enjoy a short boat tour and brief hike to the beautiful and fascinating Bocas Sustainable Farm.
Bocas del Toro - Cayo ZapatillaVisit the picturesque Zapatilla Cay – the setting for numerous episodes of the “Survivor” series. Enjoy the white sand beaches and fine coral for snorkelling as we scan for exotic wildlife.
Cacao Farm & Indigenous CommunityGet a taste of life in a Ngabe village, learn about organic cacao and enjoy a delicious chocolate tasting as you support the local community.
We enter the Panama Canal near the city of Colón. Experience the thrill of canal transit and the intricacy of the locks system firsthand, as MS Roald Amundsen is lifted more than 26 metres (85 ft) above sea level, from one body of water to the next. We enter the Pacific Ocean near the town of Balboa.
Spend time on deck fully enjoying the serenity of sea days. Listen in as our experienced lecturers share their extensive knowledge and meet our Expedition Team outside on deck to spot marine wildlife and sea birds. As we are crossing the Equator, we need to ask King Neptun for approval and invite him onboard. Join us for a proper baptism!
Welcome to Ecuador! Guayaquil was founded in 1538 and quickly became the largest shipyard in South America, often being attacked by pirates. Stroll through the historic centre with parks and colonial mansions, visit the Mercado Artesanal, the largest artisan market in the city or walk along the riverfront at Malecon 2000.
City Tour, Seminario Park & Museum (4 hrs 30)
Explore highlights of Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city, founded in 1537. See Santo Domingo church, built in 1548, and visit Parque Seminario, or Park of the Iguanas. It won't take you long to figure out where the name comes from. Also visit the municipal museum, highlighting different historical periods, and see Guayaquil's oldest barrio, the artistic district of Santa Ana hill.
IncludedGuayaquil - City Tour, Seminario Park & MuseumThis informative ‘highlights of Guayaquil’ overview begins by motor coach along the architecturally-rich 9 de Octubre Avenue, which arrives at a favourite destination of the locals – Centennial Park – a green area that honours the heroes of Guayaquil’s Independence.
Guayaquil - Cerro Blanco Dry ForestJoin us on a tour of the Cerro Blanco Dry Forest, just outside the city and one of the largest, best-conserved dry forests in Ecuador. This forest protects approximately 100 of the 500 species of registered vascular plants that are endemic in the tropical dry forest region.
Guayaquil - Botanical Garden & Samanes ParkJoin us for a tour of Guayaquil’s lovely botanical gardens, featuring some 324 plant species, and a visit to nearby Parque Samanes.
Our Expedition Team continues its lecture programme, sharing their extensive knowledge and experience, as well as summarizing the voyage so far and letting you know about plans for the exciting days ahead.
The small port of Salaverry is the starting point for the optional excursion to the ancient Chimu kingdom (700-1400 A.D.). The ancient city of Chan Chan (Sun- Sun) is considered the largest mud-brick citadel of the Americas in pre-Hispanic times and was listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1986.
Moon Temple & Trujillo / Chan Chan & Trujillo (4 hrs 30)
Visit either the Moon Temple or ancient city of Chan Chan. The Moon Temple tour takes you on a 30-minute bus ride to the Mochica culture’s capital city of Cerro Blanco. Looted by Spanish conquistadors in the 17th century, the Temple of the Moon was left largely untouched, revealing insights to Peru’s ancient past. The Chan Chan tour takes you to the excavated city of Chan Chan, dating back to 850 A.D. Chan Chan is the world’s largest adobe city and was the capital of the Chimu kingdom, which reached its peak in the 15th century but fell not long after to Inca conquerors. Afterwards, both tours visit Trujillo.
IncludedSalaverry - Moon Temple & Trujillo / Chan Chan & TrujilloVisit either the Moon Temple or ancient city of Chan Chan
Discovering the Moon TempleHiking to the Temple of the Sun provides a different and more intimate perspective on local life. We pass by the gardens, small farms and homes of local people and encounter daily life as it has been for generations.
We will be docked in the seaside city Callao, which is located approx. 15 km from the historic centre of Lima, the capital of Peru. Discover the so-called “City of Kings” and stand in its historic heart, Plaza de Armas, were Francisco Pizarro founded the city in 1535. The historic center of Lima was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1988.
Scenic city tour of Lima (4 hrs)
Discover the fascinating highlights of the Peruvian capital in a specially designed panorama bus that allows you to get a great view of what makes Lima so special. You will be picked up by a bus and taken on a ride to see the landmarks of the city and get numerous chances to take memorable pictures while a knowledgeable guide will tell you everything you need to know about this beautiful place.
IncludedCallao - Scenic city tour of LimaAn overview of Peru’s famous city Lima visiting parks, trendy neighbourhoods, the beautiful Cathedral of Lima and UNESCO World Heritage site, Plaza Mayor.
Discovering the Palomino IslandsSpot wildlife and learn about local history and culture on an excursion by boat!
Grand Tour of LimaExplore the sights and sounds of the Peruvian city of Lima.
Callao - Pachacamac, Larco Museum & Paso HorsesEnter an ancient world that continually fascinates as over 3,000 years of Peru's pre-Columbian history unfold before us.
Paracas is the gateway to the quiet colonial town of Pisco and its fertile coastal valley with the famous and mysterious Nazca lines and geoglyphs. These lines were scratched on the surface of the ground between 500 B.C. and 500 A.D.
Ballestas Islands (3 hrs)
Explore one of this region's most beautiful natural attractions, the Ballestas Islands, often referred to as ‘Peru's Galapagos’, with its volcanic scenery and diverse wildlife. Spot sea birds and mammals on the boat trip and enjoy photogenic landscapes on the islands. Enjoy some free time to explore and perhaps see seals, sea lions, and even penguins!
IncludedParacas - Ballestas IslandExplore one of Peru’s most beautiful natural attractions, the Ballestas Islands, often referred to as the Galapagos of Peru, the volcanic islands are home to an array of wildlife and dramatic scenery.
Nazca Lines OverflightAn unforgettable flight over the mysterious Nazca lines.
Tambo ColoradoJourney to the 15th century and earlier, visiting the Inca and Chincha in the Pisco River Valley.
Pisco RouteDuring this half-day excursion, you will travel to the heart of the Pisco Valley and visit two "bodegas" to learn about the pisco-making process and taste - and enjoy - its different varieties.
Days at sea mean you can join the Expedition team for interesting lectures, learn the basics of expedition photography, and spend time out on deck enjoying the fresh salt air as you scout for wildlife. Of course, there’s also plenty of time to chat with fellow explorers as well.
Arica is blessed with a warm climate all year round, and we will spend a full day here. History, archaeology, and adventure are waiting on shore. Explore the city, walk up the El Morro cliff to get a panoramic view, see the beaches or visit the archaeological sites with some of the world's oldest known mummies.
Atacama Coastal Walk (3 hrs 30)
Depart the pier and head towards the beach resorts of El Laucho and La Lisera. At El Morro de Arica vista, we enjoy a panoramic view of the city, port and ocean. We then proceed south along the coastal road to Corazones/Anzata, where we walk up sandy hills that lead us to Puntilla. Here we observe sea lions and many local birds at close range. After relaxing, taking pictures and breathing the ocean air, we walk back to the buses and return to the pier.
IncludedArica - Atacama Coastal WalkWe will depart from the pier to head towards El Laucho and La Lisera famous beach resorts.
Arica City Tour & GeoglyphsSee the geoglyphs and the highlight of Arica city
Arica - Man and DesertJoin us on an excursion that visits the main plaza in the port city of Arica and archaeological museum in nearby Azapa, before journeying out to amazing experiences and sights in the desert.
Arica -Putre & The Andean HighlandsJourney to Lluta Valley and stop en route to observe the geoglyphs carved onto the hills by the region’s ancient inhabitants, and visit a rustic inn to sample coca leaf tea.
Arica - Flavours and Colours of AricaThis excursion takes you through Arica, which lies at the entrance to the Azapa Valley, a green oasis in the middle of the Atacama Desert that produces all kinds of tropical fruits and vegetables, including olives famous for their size and flavour.
Enjoy two peaceful days at sea as we make our way south to Valparaíso. The Expedition Team recaps our voyage, continues their lecture programme.
La Serena, a seaside town, is one of the oldest cities in Chile. The town is overflowing with colorful gardens and beautiful churches. In the Archaeological Museum, you can learn about the ancient Diaguita culture that thrived here before the Incan conquest.
Coquimbo and La Serena City Tour (4 hrs 15)
Join us on a city tour of La Serena and the Coquimbo region. Our first stop is La Serena lighthouse for sweeping panoramic views. We then visit La Serena´s main plaza, where the city was founded in 1544. We also drive to La Herradura Bay, where legends say pirates buried a treasure. Before returning to the ship, we visit La Recova Market featuring handicrafts like lapis lazuli (Chile's famous semi-precious blue stone) and alpaca wool.
IncludedCoquimbo - Coquimbo and La Serena City TourJoin us on a city tour of La Serena and the Coquimbo region. Our first stop is La Serena lighthouse for sweeping panoramic views.
A Visit to Tabali WineryEnjoy a full day of beautiful sites in Limarí Valley. We visit the Enchanted Valley, located 19 kilometres southwest of Ovalle, before we take you to the Tabali Winery for a guided tour and some wine tasting.
Alfa Aldea ObservatoryEnjoy a personalized astronomical tour to a family-run observatory. This is an open-air event, as it takes place under the star-filled sky. You will be divided into small groups, which means plenty of telescope time for everyone.
Coquimbo - Elqui ValleyDiscover the splendid beauty and history of northern Chile during this memorable, half-day sightseeing tour of Vicuña and the Elqui Valley.
Our expedition ends in the wonderful, colourful and poetic city of Valparaíso. After disembarking, take some time to stroll the UNESCO-listed Historic Quarter, or ride a funicular to one of the many hilltops for a citywide panorama.
Included in your voyage
- Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice
- One hotel night in San José before the voyage including breakfast
- Transfer from hotel to ship in Puerto Limon including lunch and an excursion
EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE
- A rich programme of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including onshore exploration with the Expedition Team
- Professional English-speaking Expedition Team - an international handpicked team of highly educated experts of various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail in
- Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket
- Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities
ENGAGING ONBOARD ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION
- In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience
- Explorer Science programme, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
- Introduction photo lecture, camera adjustment and tips & tricks, photo and film footage from the voyage shared in an Expedition Logbook
- Casual opportunities to engage with the Expedition Team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatheringsto recap the day and prepare for the day to come
- Opportunities to dine and interact with the Expedition Team and officers
- Destination-focused onboard library
- Port presentations providing destination insight
- A farewell event
PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT
- All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants)
- Coffee and tea included throughout the day
- Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Fredheim restaurant meals included
- A la carte restaurant (only for suite guests)
- Gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna
- Rejuvenating wellness areas with separate treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track
- Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
- No gratuities expected
Not included in your voyage
- International flights
- Optional shore excursions with our local partners
- Travel insurance
- Luggage handling
MS Roald Amundsen
|Passenger capacity||530 (500 in Antarctica)|
|Gross tonnage||20 889 T|
In 2019, Hurtigruten added a brand new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. The state of the art vessel features new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.
Some expedition cruises may include excursions that can be reserved for no additional charge. These included excursions can often be combined with other excursions available in port.
Please note excursions are subject to change and are not yet available for booking for departures after March 2021.
Bocas del Toro - Water taxi to local beach with nature trail walk
Bocas del Toro - Sustainable Cacao Farm
Bocas del Toro - Cayo Zapatilla
Bocas del Toro - Cacao Farm & Indigenous Community
Guayaquil - City Tour, Seminario Park & Museum
Guayaquil – Cerro Blanco Dry Forest
Guayaquil – Botanical Garden & Samanes Park
Salaverry - Moon Temple & Trujillo / Chan Chan & Trujillo
Salaverry - Discovering the Moon Temple
Callao - Scenic city tour of Lima
Callao - Discovering the Palomino Islands
Callao - Grand Tour of Lima
Callao - Pachacamac, Larco Museum & Paso Horses
Paracas - Ballestas Island
Paracas - Nazca Lines Overflight
Paracas - Tambo Colorado
Paracas - Pisco Route
Arica - Atacama Coastal Walk
Arica - Arica City Tour & Geoglyphs
Arica - Man and Desert
Arica - Putre & The Andean Highlands
Arica - Flavours and Colours of Arica
Coquimbo - Coquimbo and La Serena City Tour
Coquimbo (La Serena) - A Visit to Tabali Winery
Coquimbo (La Serena) - Alfa Aldea Observatory
Coquimbo - Elqui Valley
Extend your cruise
Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-programme before or after your expedition cruise.
Puerto Limon/San José - Pre-programme Manuel Antonio National Park 20/21
Valparaiso & Santiago: Post-programme
Santiago Post-Excursion: Maipo Valley Vineyard Tour (20/21 and 21/22)
Valparaiso/Santiago: Easter Island (20/21 and 21/22)
Sailing with MS Roald Amundsen
- MS Roald Amundsen: Life on board and Practical information
- Meet our Expedition Teams
- Young Explorers’ Programme: Bring your kids on board