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

Join us on an unforgettable expedition cruise as we sail from the azure waters of the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal, and along the scenic western coast of south America down to Valparaiso in Chile. Explore the contrasts of modern cities and historical ancient civilizations, and enjoy days at sea at your leisure.

  • 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
Early booking offer

On 03 December, we released our new expedition cruise program for 2020/21. If you book this voyage before 31 March 2019, you can save €750 per person.

The price you see online already includes the discount.


The itinerary

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, ice and sea conditions set 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 present – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.

Departure 03 October 2020

Departs from San José, Costa Rica

A Complete South American Odyssey

Join us as we cruise from the warm waters of the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal, and along the western coast of South America to Valparaiso, Chile on this exploration of South America.

The Famed Transit

Starting out from Costa Rica, we sail south to Panama´s Bocas del Toro before we enter the Panama Canal to start our transit. Watch MS Roald Amundsen maneuver through a series of locks and artificial canals interconnecting natural lakes. We cross the continent at 25 metres above sea level!

Ecuador, Peru and Chile

In Ecuador we will explore some of colourful Guayaquil’s historic sites. Peru provides amazing opportunities for wildlife watching, exploring historical sights and learning about its ancient civilizations. In Chile, we visit colorful colonial towns and enjoy the Mediterranean climate.

Ocean Serenity and Wildlife

This is a vast voyage and offers relaxing days at sea to spend at your leisure. Join in on lectures or other activities or simply relax and enjoy the ship´s facilities. All along the way, the Expedition Team will share their knowledge and inspire your curiosity and wonder.

At times our expedition ship will be escorted by seabirds, other times playful dolphins may appear. We will cross the equator, which will be celebrated with a visit from King Neptune.  

The mix of exceptional nature, fascinating cities, vibrant South American culture and captivating lectures make this a voyage of unforgettable discovery.  

Day 1: San José, Costa Rica

Grand San José


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.

Day 2: San José / Puerto Limón

Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica

We head towards the Caribbean coast and tour the canals of Tortuguero National Park, 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.

Day 3: Bocas del Toro

Island Style

Full day

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.

Day 4: Panama Canal

Connecting Two Oceans

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.

Day 5-6: At sea

Crossing the Equator

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!

Day 7: Guayaquil

Ecuador’s Metropolis

Half day

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.

Day 8: At Sea

Serenity at Sea

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.

Day 9: Salaverry, Peru

Temple of the Sun and Moon

Half day

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.

Day 10: Callao / Lima, Peru

Full day

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.

Day 11: Paracas, Peru

The Nazca Lines

Full day

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.

Day 12: At sea

At your Leisure

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.

Day 13: Arica

Adventure and Archaeology

Full day

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.

Day 14-15: At sea

Serenity at Sea

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

Day 16: La Serena, Chile

Seaside Living

Half day

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.

Day 17: Valparaíso, Chile

The `Jewel of the Pacific´


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.

Arrival 19 October 2020

Location Valparaíso, Chile
What's included


  • 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 


  • 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 


  • 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
  • farewell event  


  • 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   


  • International flights  
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling  
Life on board

Your ship: MS Roald Amundsen

Our brand new, state of the art expedition ship MS Roald Amundsen serves as a comfortable basecamp at sea – bringing you to spectacular destinations in the most sustainable way.

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