Silversea Luxury Cruises To Matarani

Matarani is located on the south-western coast of Peru and gives access to the colonial city of Arequipa, 75 miles (121 km) inland. From here it is a 200 mile (322 km) drive to Lake Titicaca and 400 miles (644 km) to Cuzco and Machu Picchu. This major port is an important element in the current plan between the governments of Peru and Brazil to afford easy commercial movement between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans by both countries. View more

Matarani is the gateway to Arequipa, where you discover its very interesting prehistory that spanned over 10,000 years, ending with the arrival of the Spanish in the 1530s. Arequipa is rich with not only Inca archaeology, but also various pre-Inca cultures, and even earlier nomadic hunter-gatherers. Arequipa is also known as the 'Ciudad Blanca' (White City) for the numerous and magnificent constructions of temples, convents, big houses and palaces sculpted in white ashlar. It also possesses an excellent climate with almost 300 days of sun a year, with transparent blue sky.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

Excursions in Matarani

Arequipa, the White City & Private Lunch

Explore the Old World beauty and architecture of the 'White City' during this scenic and informative full-day excursion to Arequipa. The historic centre of Arequipa is an outstanding example of a colonial settlement, challenged by the natural conditions, the indigenous influences, the process of conquest and evangelization, as well as the spectacular nature of its setting. Stroll along narrow streets, pass through arched colonnades and see courtyards, fountains, churches, chapels, plazas, and more.


Arequipa and Plaza de Armas

Depart the pier for the approximate two-hour drive to Arequipa (altitude 2,350 metres/7,710 feet), known as the 'White City' because of the white volcanic rock, sillar, used in the construction of its buildings. Upon arrival, proceed for a tour of the Plaza de Armas.


Compañia de Jesus Church

Your first stop is at the Jesuit Church. Its façade is considered to be the finest example of Mestizo Baroque architecture in Arequipa. The church's ancient vestry is lovely, with its cupola and walls covered in murals representing the jungle. The old Jesuit seminary is famous for its beautiful principal cloister.


Next, stop for an external view of the Cathedral, a fine example of Spanish Colonial architecture that is noted for its immense size. Its huge facade dominates an entire side of the Plaza de Armas in the city centre. Inside, see an organ donated by Belgium in 1870 that is said to be the largest of its kind in South America.


Santa Catalina Monastery

Your last stop is at the Santa Catalina Monastery. Founded in 1580, the convent was enlarged over the centuries until it became a city within the city. It measures approximately 215,278 square feet (about 20,000 square metres) and covers a good-sized city block. During your guided tour, stroll down narrow streets and pass through arched colonnades surrounding courtyards, some with fountains, flowering plants and trees. See churches, chapels, plazas, interior rooms and common areas.


Lunch

A short drive takes you to a private lunch at a local restaurant.


Following lunch, proceed to the South-American camelid centre to learn about the process of the alpaca products, where nature, ancient traditions and technology blends in harmony as a unique cultural legacy.


Afterward, commence the approximate two-hour drive back to the pier.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.