Join us to cruise along the Peruvian and Chilean coast and visit several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will be amazed by the scenery and wildlife of the islands in the Humboldt Current. During boat excursions or Zodiac cruises you will have a chance to spot Blue-footed, Nazca and Peruvian Boobies, Guanay Cormorants, Humboldt Penguins and several other seabird species, as well as South American sea lions and fur seals. Encounter fascinating local cultures as well as Incan and Pre-Incan remains against the backdrop of some of the Andes’ breathtaking mountains and some of the world’s driest deserts. Throughout the voyage, learn about the history, geology, wildlife and botany of South America’s west coast from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.
Isla Lobos de Tiera, Isla Guañape and Islas Ballestas (the Peruvian guano islands) –
These islands represent excellent examples of seabird islands exploited for their guano (used as fertilizer) and will permit to see huge seabird colonies as well as South American sea lions and fur seals.
Lima, Peru –
Explore the Historic Centre of Lima. Formerly known as the “City of Kings” it was the political, administrative, religious and economic capital of the Viceroyalty of Peru and the most important city of the Spanish dominions in South America -today a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Paracas, Peru –
See Nazca’s impressive lines and geoglyphs –UNESCO World Heritage- from the air and marvel at the mathematical and artistic work done more than 1500 years ago.
Arequipa, Peru –
The Historical Centre of the City of Arequipa –UNESCO World Heritage- is yet another fine example of Spanish Colonial architecture as seen in the city's robust walls, archways and vaults, courtyards and open spaces, and the intricate Baroque decoration of its facades.
Arica, Chile –
Arica, “The City of Eternal Spring”, has been an important port for Spain, Peru, Bolivia and Chile and its valleys produce excellent fruit, but for us it is the starting point to see Chile’s Altiplano, Lake Chungará with its flamingos and part of Qhapac Ñan, the Incan road system -UNESCO World Heritage.
Antofagasta, Chile –
We will either take a look at the remains of the saltpetre trade in Antofagasta or go on a full day excursion into one of the driest deserts in the world visiting San Pedro de Atacama and will see the nearby salt lakes and flamingos, as well as the “Valley of the Moon”.
• See several UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Peru and Chile. Meet indigenous groups in the Atacama Desert.
Wildlife Watch List:
• Humboldt Penguins
• South American fur seals and South American sea lions
• Fin and humpback whales, common and bottlenose dolphins
• Birds of note: Blue-footed, Nazca and Peruvian Booby, Red-legged, Neotropical and Guanay Cormorant, Peruvian Pelican, Chilean, Andean and James's Flamingo, Andean Avocet, Lesser Rhea, Andean Goose and Puna Plover
Please note: Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.
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