MS Roald Amundsen
16 days

Andean Coast – Expedition from Jungle to Desert (Itinerary 1)

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4689 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Roald Amundsen
16 days

Andean Coast – Expedition from Jungle to Desert (Itinerary 1)

Price from
4689 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Andean Coast – Expedition from Jungle to Desert (Itinerary 1)
Departures 08 October 2021
  • See different cities along South America´s Pacific Coast, each with their own character
  • Learn the distinct culture of four countries: Panama, Ecuador, Peru and Chile
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites famous for archaeology or colonial architecture
  • Visit the famous Panama Canal and see its system of locks close up
Explore vibrant Guayaquil in Ecuador.

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Itinerary

Our journey begins in Panama City around the famous Panama Canal that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. From there, we head south, visiting stunning cities full of charming architecture in Ecuador, Peru and Chile. Along the way, we’ll encounter beautiful beaches, archaeological mysteries, and UNESCO sites.
Day 1
Panama City, Panama
Cosmopolitan Capital
The World Heritage Site of Panama Viejo.
The World Heritage Site of Panama Viejo.
Photo: shutterstock

Spend the night in a central hotel in Panama City. Hike to Ancón Hill and enjoy views of the skyscraper-lined cityscape and of the Casco Antiguo district which boasts a real mix of architectural styles. Arrange to arrive a few days early for a Pre-Programme that explores the local flora and fauna.

The World Heritage Site of Panama Viejo.
The World Heritage Site of Panama Viejo.
Photo: shutterstock
Enjoy panoramic views of the city.
Enjoy panoramic views of the city.
Photo: shutterstock
Miraflores locks on the Panama Canal.
Miraflores locks on the Panama Canal.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Get close to the marvel of the canal on a speedboat cruise.
Get close to the marvel of the canal on a speedboat cruise.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 2
Panama City, Panama
Panama Canal Experience
Miraflores locks on the Panama Canal.
Miraflores locks on the Panama Canal.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Before embarking on MS Roald Amundsen, we visit the locks and visitor centre at Miraflores and learn how massive ships are manoeuvred through this marvel of engineering. Enjoy lunch overlooking Chagres River before we board speedboats to cruise the canal itself. In the waters of Lake Gatún, we may spot monkeys and even crocodiles.

Day 3
At Sea
Crossing the Equator
Scan for rich avian life from deck.
Scan for rich avian life from deck.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Spend time relaxing in the serenity of the sea. Join lectures as our experienced lecturers share their extensive knowledge and meet our Expedition Team on deck to spot marine wildlife and sea birds. As we cross the Equator, it’s our tradition to hold a ceremony seeking King Neptune’s blessing. He may even make an appearance.

Scan for rich avian life from deck.
Scan for rich avian life from deck.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Learn from our experts in the Science Center.
Learn from our experts in the Science Center.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Manta´s fishing seaport and waterfront.
Manta´s fishing seaport and waterfront.
Photo: Shutterstock
Montecristi – home of the Panama hat.
Montecristi – home of the Panama hat.
Photo: Jesper Nielsen
Learn about the amazing craftmanship from local artisans.
Learn about the amazing craftmanship from local artisans.
Photo: Camille Seaman
Day 4
Manta, Ecuador
Made in Montecristi
Montecristi – home of the Panama hat.
Montecristi – home of the Panama hat.
Photo: Jesper Nielsen

Manta is a bustling port with high-rise buildings and lovely beaches. You can visit the city museum which showcases artefacts from local pre-Colombian culture, a collection of Ecuadorian art, and weird and wonderful fishing paraphernalia. We recommend an excursion to nearby Montecristi where traditional Panamanian straw hats are hand woven.

Scan for avian life like this colourful hummingbird.
Day 5
Puerto Bolivar (Machala), Ecuador
Bananas, Hummingbirds and Petrified Forest
Day 5
Puerto Bolivar (Machala), Ecuador
Bananas, Hummingbirds and Petrified Forest
Scan for avian life like this colourful hummingbird.
Scan for avian life like this colourful hummingbird.
Photo: Shutterstock

Known as the banana capital of the world, this area is surrounded by banana plantations - approximately 80% of Ecuador’s bananas are shipped through Puerto Bolivar. Join an optional excursion to an organic plantation and learn about their unique process of growing their banana plants – by playing classical music for them. Further ashore you can explore the Buenaventura Reserve where you have the chance to observe hummingbirds, hawks and parakeets, or walk amongst fossilized trees, flowers, and plants in the Petrified Forest of Puyango on one of our optional excursions.

Explore the area known as the world´s banana capital.
Explore the area known as the world´s banana capital.
Photo: Shutterstock
Discover the Puyango Petrified Forest.
Discover the Puyango Petrified Forest.
Photo: Shutterstock
The city´s majestic cathedral.
The city´s majestic cathedral.
Photo: shutterstock
Explore vibrant Guayaquil.
Explore vibrant Guayaquil.
Photo: shutterstock
Day 6
Guayaquil
Ecuador’s Coastal Metropolis
The city´s majestic cathedral.
The city´s majestic cathedral.
Photo: shutterstock

We arrive in the largest city in Ecuador. Colourful favelas blanket the hillsides will high-rise buildings line the Guayas river, surrounding Malecón 2000, the attractive riverfront square. Next to the majestic City Cathedral is ‘Iguana Park’, so named for the tame iguanas that roam the gardens here, mingling amiably with tourists, and posing for photos.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Guayaquil - City Tour, Seminario Park & Museum
    This 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 Forest
    Join 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 Park
    Join us for a tour of Guayaquil’s lovely botanical gardens, featuring some 324 plant species, and a visit to nearby Parque Samanes.
Day 7
At Sea
At Your Leisure
Indulge in a spa treatment.
Indulge in a spa treatment.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

Enjoy another day and spend it at your leisure. Recap our voyage so far with fellow guests in our comfortable lounge, indulge yourself with a spa treatment in our Wellness Center, or. Join in on interesting lectures. You can also refresh yourself by taking  a dip in the infinity pool and Jacuzzis.

Indulge in a spa treatment.
Indulge in a spa treatment.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Each sunset is spectacularly unique.
Each sunset is spectacularly unique.
Photo: shutterstock
Discover the ruins of the Chimu Kingdom.
Day 8
Salaverry, Peru
Ancient Kingdoms
Learn about the greatness of Chan Chan.
Learn about the greatness of Chan Chan.
Photo: Christian Wilkinson
Superb ancient craftmanship on display.
Superb ancient craftmanship on display.
Photo: Jess Kraft
Day 8
Salaverry, Peru
Ancient Kingdoms
Discover the ruins of the Chimu Kingdom.
Discover the ruins of the Chimu Kingdom.
Photo: Michael Zysman

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

Day 9
Callao / Lima, Peru
‘The City of Kings’
Stroll in the historic Plaza de Armas.
Stroll in the historic Plaza de Armas.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

We dock in Callao and travel a short distance to Lima, Peru’s 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, you’ll understand why the city was once known as ‘The City of Kings’.

Stroll in the historic Plaza de Armas.
Stroll in the historic Plaza de Armas.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
El Parque del Amor.
El Parque del Amor.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Strong contrasts as desert meets fertile valleys in Peru.
Strong contrasts as desert meets fertile valleys in Peru.
Photo: shutterstock
The mysterious Nazca lines.
The mysterious Nazca lines.
Photo: shutterstock
Sea lions bask in the Ballestas Islands.
Sea lions bask in the Ballestas Islands.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 10
Paracas, Peru
Ballestas by Boat
The mysterious Nazca lines.
The mysterious Nazca lines.
Photo: shutterstock

From Paracas, we explore the nearby uninhabited Ballestas Islands. The shores here have a range of wildlife, including sea lions, turtles, dolphins, pelicans, Peruvian boobies and Humboldt penguins. Paracas is also the near to Pisco valley, the site of mysterious Nazca lines and geoglyphs, which you can see on an optional excursion.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Paracas - Ballestas Island
    Explore 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 Overflight
    An unforgettable flight over the mysterious Nazca lines.
  • Tambo Colorado
    Journey to the 15th century and earlier, visiting the Inca and Chincha in the Pisco River Valley.
  • Pisco Route
    During 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.
Day 11
At Sea
Fresh Salt Air
Enjoy learning in our Science Center.
Enjoy learning in our Science Center.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

As we sail further south, enjoy our lecture programme, the fresh salt air, and all the amenities the expedition ship has to offer.

Enjoy learning in our Science Center.
Enjoy learning in our Science Center.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Scout for marine and avian life from deck.
Scout for marine and avian life from deck.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Colonial grandeur and natural wonder in Peru.
Day 12
Matarani, Peru
‘The White City’
Rich contrasts near Santa Catalina.
Rich contrasts near Santa Catalina.
Photo: Shutterstock
Plaza de Armas, Arequipa.
Plaza de Armas, Arequipa.
Photo: Shutterstock
Day 12
Matarani, Peru
‘The White City’
Colonial grandeur and natural wonder in Peru.
Colonial grandeur and natural wonder in Peru.
Photo: shutterstock

Matarani is a gateway to Arequipa, an exceptionally beautiful city with hectares of immaculate parks and gardens, and views of the dormant, snow-capped El Misti volcano. The UNESCO-listed historic centre is a treasure trove of impressive colonial architecture built with ashlar volcanic stone, inspiring Arequipa’s other name ‘The White City’.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Matarani - Peruvian Dance show
    Today you will enjoy a wonderful show on board. Perú has many different cultural traditions and one of the most important and representative is dance.
  • Matarani - Mollendo & Mejia
    During this excursion, we will visit the resort community of Mollendo for a panoramic town tour. Afterwards, we head to the Mejia Lagoon, a national sanctuary and home to 141 species of birds.
  • Arequipa and Santa Catalina Convent
    This tour takes us to Arequipa's historic centre, which captures the beauty and glory of the colonial era. We start by visiting Santa Catalina monastery which is the most important and impressive religious monument in Perú.
Day 13
Arica, Chile
Where the Rain Never Falls
El Moro hill overlooks Arica´s beaches.
El Moro hill overlooks Arica´s beaches.
Photo: Shutterstock

Arica enjoys a constant desert climate and is one of the driest cities in the world. Walk along beaches, visit San Marcos Cathedral, or hike El Morro cliff for views over the port city. The local San Miguel de Azapa Archaeological Museum contains artefacts from the Chinchorro culture and some of the world's oldest mummies.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Arica - Atacama Coastal Walk
    We will depart from the pier to head towards El Laucho and La Lisera famous beach resorts.
  • Arica City Tour & Geoglyphs
    See the geoglyphs and the highlight of Arica city
  • Arica - Man and Desert
    Join 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 Highlands
    Journey 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 Arica
    This 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.
El Moro hill overlooks Arica´s beaches.
El Moro hill overlooks Arica´s beaches.
Photo: Shutterstock
San Marcos Cathedral, Arica, Chile.
San Marcos Cathedral, Arica, Chile.
Photo: Camille Seaman
Share your experiences with your fellow explorers onboard.
Share your experiences with your fellow explorers onboard.
Enjoy fascinating lectures in the Science Center.
Enjoy fascinating lectures in the Science Center.
Photo: Nils Lund
Day 14-15
At Sea
Serenity at Sea
Share your experiences with your fellow explorers onboard.
Share your experiences with your fellow explorers onboard.

Enjoy two peaceful days at sea as we make our way south to Valparaíso. The Expedition Team recaps our voyage and continues their lecture programme.

Day 16
Valparaíso, Chile
UNESCO’s ‘Jewel of the Pacific´
We dock in the colourful port city of Valparaíso.
We dock in the colourful port city of Valparaíso.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Our expedition ends in the seaport of Valparaíso. 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. Arrange to stay longer to explore more or join a Post-Programme to Easter Island, famous for its mysterious statues of giant heads.

We dock in the colourful port city of Valparaíso.
We dock in the colourful port city of Valparaíso.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Spend some time in the scenic hills of the city.
Spend some time in the scenic hills of the city.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
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What's included

Included in your voyage

Hotel

  • Overnight in Panama City, including breakfast before the expedition cruise

Transfers

  • Transfer from the hotel to the ship, including an excursion

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings before landings

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected
MS Roald Amundsen
Science Center
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
A small boat in a large body of water

Your ship

MS Roald Amundsen

Year built 2019
Shipyard Kleven Yards
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots
MS Roald Amundsen

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.

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Aune Restaurant, MS Roald Amundsen
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Optional excursions

Some expedition cruises 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.

Included
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Guayaquil - City Tour, Seminario Park & Museum

Caribbean and Central America, South America

Duration

4 hrs 30 min

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-GYE1

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Guayaquil – Cerro Blanco Dry Forest

Caribbean and Central America, South America

Duration

4 hours

Price per person

From 62 €

Booking code

A-GYE1

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Guayaquil – Botanical Garden & Samanes Park

Caribbean and Central America, South America

Duration

4 hours

Price per person

From 62 €

Booking code

A-GYE2

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Included
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Paracas - Ballestas Island

South America

Duration

3 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-GSM1

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Paracas - Nazca Lines Overflight

South America

Duration

4h

Price per person

From 562 €

Booking code

A-GSM5

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Paracas - Tambo Colorado

South America

Duration

4h20

Price per person

From 162 €

Booking code

A-GSM7

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Paracas - Pisco Route

Duration

5 hours 30 minutes

Price per person

From 124 €

Booking code

A-GSM1

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Included
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Matarani - Peruvian Dance show

Duration

30 min

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-MRI1

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Matarani - Mollendo & Mejia

Duration

2 hours 50 minutes

Price per person

From 237 €

Booking code

A-MRI1

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Matarani - Arequipa and Santa Catalina Convent

Duration

8 hours

Price per person

From 249 €

Booking code

A-MRI2

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Included
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Arica - Atacama Coastal Walk

Duration

3 hrs 30 min

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-ARI1

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Arica - Arica City Tour & Geoglyphs

South America

Duration

4 hours 15 mins

Price per person

From 99 €

Booking code

A-ARI2

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Arica - Man and Desert

Duration

4 hours

Price per person

From 118 €

Booking code

A-ARI4

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Arica - Putre & The Andean Highlands

Duration

7 hours 30 minutes

Price per person

From 199 €

Booking code

A-ARI5

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Arica - Flavours and Colours of Arica

Duration

4 hours 15 minutes

Price per person

From 106 €

Booking code

A-ARI6

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Extend your cruise

Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-programme before or after your expedition cruise.

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Santiago - Chilean folk show & dinner (21/22)

South America

Duration

4 Hours

From

149 €

Booking code

SCL02

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Santiago Post-Excursion: Maipo Valley Vineyard Tour (20/21 and 21/22)

Duration

4 Hours

From

79 €

Booking code

SCL05B

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Valparaiso/Santiago: Easter Island (20/21 and 21/22)

Duration

5 Days

From

3147 €

Booking code

VAPIPCPOST

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