South America Explorer – Adventure on Land and Sea

South America Explorer – Adventure on Land and Sea

South America Explorer – Adventure on Land and Sea

South America Explorer – Adventure on Land and Sea

Travel information 13 days MS Roald Amundsen
7 October 2024
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7210 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

13-day expedition through the Panama Canal and down South America's Pacific coast, crossing the awe-inspiring Andean Plateau 

Pacific coast explorer 

Set sail through the legendary Panama Canal as we head off on a South American adventure. From the jungles of Central America to the high-altitude Andean Plateau of the Altiplano, you’ll visit the community where Panama hats are made, as well as the intriguing ruins of ancient Chan Chan. After a week at sea exploring the highlights of the Pacific coast, your adventure turns inland. 

Mysteries of the Andes 

Flying to the ancient Inca capital of Cusco, you’ll discover the region’s enigmatic treasures including Machu Picchu before continuing to high altitude Lake Titicaca. Here, you’ll be welcomed by the Uru people who live upon floating islands, and visit the tombs of Sillustani. A final stop in Lima gives you the chance to find out all about South America’s hottest culinary destination. 


South America Explorer – Adventure on Land and Sea South America Explorer – Adventure on Land and Sea
  • Day 1
    Colón, Panama

    Embarking at Colón 

    7 October 2024

    Get ready to start your adventure 

    Your South American expedition cruise begins in Colón, which stands at the entrance to the Panama Canal on the Atlantic coast. It's a bustling cosmopolitan centre with hot springs, a thriving handicraft scene and wonderful local restaurants.    

    If you’d like to explore more of Panama you can join one of our optional Pre-Programmes.

    However you choose to spend your time in Panama, your expedition ship will be ready and waiting. Once boarded, locate your cabin, explore the ship and get to meet your Expedition Team.  

    Day 1
    Colón, Panama

    Embarking at Colón 

  • Day 2
    Panama Canal

    Through the Panama Canal 

    8 October 2024

    Navigate one of the world's greatest engineering marvels 

    Early in the morning, we'll enter the Panama Canal, a complex network of huge, ingenious locks stretching 50 miles through natural and man-made waterways. If weather allows, our Expedition Team will invite you on deck and tell the story of this ambitious project.  

    Halfway through our transit, we'll enter the Gatun Lake section, which is one of the world's largest artificial lakes and is surrounded by verdant rainforest. Keep an eye out for crocodiles, alligators, monkeys and even sloths.  

    After around twelve hours, we'll emerge into the Pacific, passing from one great ocean to another.  

    Day 2
    Panama Canal

    Through the Panama Canal 

  • Day 3
    At sea

    On the way to Ecuador 

    9 October 2024

    Enjoy a day at sea   

    As we sail towards Ecuador take time to relax and get to know the ship better. Go out on deck and look out for wildlife – whales can often be seen in these waters. Your Expedition Team can be found in the Science Center, and they’ll be giving some interesting talks on a range of topics.  

    While you’re there, why not find out about the Citizen Science projects we’re running. Or if you’d simply like to relax and enjoy the journey, try out a hot tub or settle into the comfort of the Explorer Lounge & Bar and watch the world pass by. Later, a spot of stargazing from the deck is a lovely way to wind up your day.  

    Day 3
    At sea

    On the way to Ecuador 

  • Day 4
    Manta, Ecuador

    Made in Montecristi 

    10 October 2024

    Discover the birthplace of Panama hats... in Ecuador   

    It's not every day that you get the opportunity to seek Neptune's blessing. We'll do just that in a traditional – and somewhat fun – ceremony as we cross the Equator in the early morning.  

    Later, we'll dock at the port of Manta and set foot on South American soil as we visit the town of Montecristi. Known for its handicrafts, you can buy a stylish genuine Panama hat here, expertly handwoven from the leaves of the jipijapa tree.   

    Wander around this smart town and take a look at the imposing white church, or take in the colourful street art and murals. Returning to Manta, we’ll pay a visit to the archaeological museum.  

    Day 4
    Manta, Ecuador

    Made in Montecristi 

  • Day 5
    Puerto Bolívar, Ecuador

    Bountiful Puerto Bolívar 

    11 October 2024

    A bustling port with a charming atmosphere   

    We have a fruitful day ahead exploring Puerto Bolívar, a port in the city of Machala that exports coffee, cocoa, shrimp and masses of bananas. Shipping more of Ecuador’s ‘green gold’ than anywhere else in the country, Puerto Bolívar is dubbed ‘Banana Capital of the World’.  

    Machala itself has all the charm you’d expect from a small coastal city, including friendly locals, cosy plazas and striking monuments. You can try delicious fresh seafood at the harbour restaurants, taking in views of the mangrove swamps of Isla Jambeli. Then explore on foot the local markets, plazas and the Casa de la Cultura museum.   

    Day 5
    Puerto Bolívar, Ecuador

    Bountiful Puerto Bolívar 

  • Day 6
    At sea

    Science and leisure 

    12 October 2024

    Relaxation, research – or a bit of both   

    Your Pacific coast cruise continues as we head towards Peru. As we sail, you might want to soak up the scenery on deck, dine on delicious food or just enjoy the onboard facilities.  

    The Expedition Team will continue their talks in the Science Center, sharing insights on all kinds of topics. You might learn about Indigenous communities and cultures, local geology and pre-Columbian history, among other things.  

    Out on deck, they’ll help you identify the seabirds that like to follow our ship, as well as other wildlife. Our onboard photographer will be on hand with tips.  

    Day 6
    At sea

    Science and leisure 

  • Day 7
    Salaverry, Peru

    Trujillo and Chan Chan 

    13 October 2024

    Discover Trujillo's ancient kingdoms   

    Salaverry is the gateway port to Peru’s third largest city, Trujillo, and some fascinating archaeological sites. Colourful Trujillo boasts a Baroque cathedral, colonial churches and Neoclassical mansions, as well as one of the longest mosaic murals in the world.  

    Nearby, the vast ancient ruins of the Chimú city of Chan Chan date back to at least 900 CE. On the other side of Trujillo, the mysterious Mochican pyramids of the Sun and the Moon pre-date even that.  

    Back on the ship, there will be a performance of traditional Peruvian dances.  

    Day 7
    Salaverry, Peru

    Trujillo and Chan Chan 

  • Day 8
    Callao, Peru

    From Callao to Cusco 

    14 October 2024

    Inland towards Cusco and the Sacred Valley 

    After a week cruising the Pacific coast, we arrive in Callao around noon. Here we'll say goodbye to the expedition ship and embark on the next exciting stage of our South American adventure. 

    From Lima, we fly to beautiful Cusco, the old capital of the Incas, which is situated at around 11,100 feet above sea level. While you’re in the Imperial City, you’ll be able to see some its most historical monuments, like the Santa Domingo church and the Sacsayhuamán fortress. Seek out the famed 12-angled stone just off the city plaza. 

    Your day ends with an overnight in Cusco, where you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner and a restful night before your visit to Machu Picchu tomorrow. 

    Day 8
    Callao, Peru

    From Callao to Cusco 

  • Day 9
    Machu Picchu

    Mystical Machu Picchu 

    15 October 2024

    Journey to the Lost City of the Incas 

    You’ll start your day with a transfer to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. Then we’ll board the deluxe Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu, enjoying brunch while the breathtaking Andean scenery rolls past. 

    Estimated to have been built around 1450, Machu Picchu was abandoned during the Spanish conquest. It was hidden by jungle for centuries, and only rediscovered in 1911. The Incas left no written records, so mystery surrounds this magnificent stronghold. Enjoy the trails around the ruins, admire the precision Inca stonework and maybe meet some of the friendly resident llamas.  

    After the day’s adventures, we’ll head back to Cusco for another relaxing overnight stay. 

    Day 9
    Machu Picchu

    Mystical Machu Picchu 

  • Day 10
    The Altiplano Path

    The Altiplano Path

    16 October 2024

    Cross the awe-inspiring Andean Plateau  

    Enjoy an unforgettable journey by bus across the Northern Andean Plateau, or the Altiplano as it's known.  

    The Altiplano is one of the world’s largest high plateaus and it sits at over 12,000 ft above sea level. The vast plateau extends into Bolivia, northern Peru and southern Chile. During this full day of adventure, you’ll pass through breathtaking scenery and be awed by the imposing Andes. There will be many opportunities to photograph this remarkable landscape and you’ll enjoy a delicious picnic lunch en route. 

    At the end of your journey, you can rest and get ready for Lake Titicaca with a comfortable overnight stay in Puno.  

    Day 10
    The Altiplano Path

    The Altiplano Path

  • Day 11
    Lake Titicaca

    The Uro people of Lake Titicaca 

    17 October 2024

    Floating islands on South America's largest lake 

    The sheer beauty of Lake Titicaca will amaze you. You'll visit the rural community of Llachón, which has spectacular views over the lake. You’ll enjoy a guided kayaking tour on the peaceful, deep blue waters. You’ll also join a guided walk before joining a local family for a typical lunch.  

    Next, we'll go on a boat tour to reach the Uro people on their floating islands, shimmering golden in the sun. These otherworldly islands are woven from the reeds that grow in the lake. 

    At the end of the day, relax and reflect back at your hotel in Puno. 

    Day 11
    Lake Titicaca

    The Uro people of Lake Titicaca 

  • Day 12
    Sillustani tombs

    Sillustani tombs   

    18 October 2024

    Visit the Sillustani tombs  

    Before heading to the airport to catch your flight to Lima, there’ll be time to stop at the Sillustani tombs, a pre-Inca burial place that’s surrounded by Lake Umayo.  

    The tombs or chullas are tower-like structures built above ground by the ancient Colla people, some as tall as 39 feet and big enough to hold entire families. Enjoy a picnic lunch by the shores of the lake in this peaceful and enigmatic place. 

    After exploring this archaeological marvel, we’ll continue to the local airport for our flight to Lima. Once we arrive in Lima, your local guide will transfer you to your hotel and you can enjoy the evening at your leisure. 

    Day 12
    Sillustani tombs

    Sillustani tombs   

  • Day 13
    Lima, Peru

    Lima’s UNESCO treasures 

    19 October 2024

    End your adventure in Peru's gastronomic capital 

    Your expedition ends in Lima, once known as 'The City of Kings'. It's well worth taking a day or two to explore this exciting city. 

    Lima's historical centre is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's a jewel of Spanish architecture, from colonial-era churches and monasteries to elegant mansions. You'll also see Lima's Inca heritage in the ruins of ceremonial pyramids Huaca Pucllana and Huaca Huallamarca. 

    Known as the food capital of South America, you can choose from gourmet restaurants to unmissable street food. We recommend trying Peru's national dish ceviche, fish marinated in lime juice, onion and chilli. It’s the perfect note on which to end your adventure. 

    Day 13
    Lima, Peru

    Lima’s UNESCO treasures 



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What's included

Included in your voyage

Land-Programme Peru/Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca (after the cruise) 

  • Two nights at a hotel in Cusco and two nights at a hotel in Puno, including half board 
  • One night in Lima, including breakfast 
  • Set lunch on Days 8, 9 and 11. Picnic lunch on Days 10 and 12 
  • Flight in economy class from Lima to Cusco and Juliaca to Lima 
  • All transfers, excursions and train rides as described, including English-speaking guides 
  • Entrance fees according to the programme  

Expedition Cruise 

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages* in restaurants Aune and Fredheim 
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests 
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board† 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included activities 

*House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water 

†Please note there is very limited Wi-Fi and phone signal in the remote areas we travel to, and streaming is not supported.  

Onboard Activities 

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team 
  • Full use of our Science Center, small library and advanced biological and geological equipment 
  • Citizen Science Programme where you can assist with ongoing scientific research 
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife from our onboard professional photographer 
  • Use of ship's hot tubs, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and running track 
  • Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings 


  • Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities 
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket 
  • Expedition photographers on hand to assist you 


  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions 
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change 
  • Please make sure you meet entry and boarding requirements  
  • No gratuities expected                                   
  • The land programme in Peru takes place at high altitudes. Lake Titicaca´s altitude is approx. 12,500 ft and the city of Cusco is at approx. 11,100 ft  and may require a certain level of physical fitness. The order of sights may vary

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 
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Year built 2019
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Passenger capacity 528 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots
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