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Andean Coast – Expedition from Jungle to Desert (Itinerary 2)

Resort:Andean Coast - Expedition from Jungle to Desert (Itinerary 2)
Operator: Hurtigruten
Destination: South America
Price From: £3433.00

Overview

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 coast of South America down to Valparaiso in Chile. Explore the contrasts of modern cities and historic ancient civilizations and enjoy days at sea, spent at your leisure.

Itinerary

Day 1: San Jos©, Costa Rica

Grand San Jos©EmbarkationAfter your arrival in the Costa Rican capital, San Jos©, 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 Jos© / Puerto Lim³n

Caribbean Coast of Costa RicaWe head towards the Caribbean coast and tour the canals of Tortuguero National Park, before we embark on MS Fram in Puerto Lim³n, 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 StyleWe 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 `Gal¡pagos of the Caribbean´. Bocas is also one of the most biologically diverse places on earth.

Day 4: Panama Canal

Connecting Two OceansWe enter the Panama Canal near the city of Col³n. Experience the thrill of canal transit and the intricacy of the locks system firsthand, as MS Fram 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 EquatorAt SeaSpend 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 MetropolisHalf dayWelcome 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 SeaAt SeaOur 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 MoonHalf dayThe 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

Docked –Full dayWe 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 œCity 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 LinesParacas 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 LeisureJoin 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.

Day 13: Arica

Adventure and ArchaeologyDocked –Full dayArica 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 SeaAt SeaEnjoy two peaceful days at sea as we make our way south to Valpara­so. The Expedition Team recaps our voyage, continues their lecture programme.

Day 16: La Serena, Chile

Seaside LivingLa 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: Valpara­so, Chile

The `Jewel of the Pacific´Our expedition ends in the wonderful, colourful and poetic city of Valpara­so. After disembarking MS Fram, take some time to stroll the UNESCO-listed Historic Quarter, or ride a funicular to one of the many hilltops for a citywide panorama.