Join us for a journey along the coast of Peru and Chile. You will get a bird’s-eye view of the Nazca Lines, the mysterious and ancient geoglyphs located in Peru’s Nazca Desert during an optional flightseeing. In Chile you will have a chance to meet the Aymara people of the Altiplano in the village of Putre and to look for flamingos in the Atacama Desert. Chile is the fifth largest exporter of wine and Chile’s Norte Chico and Central Valley have picturesque vineyards where one can find that perfect pairing for the palate. Then enjoy the breathtaking fjords and get an up-close look at the Pio XI Glacier, the biggest glacier in South America.
Throughout the voyage, learn about the history, geology, wildlife and botany of this spectacular area from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.
Enjoy the miles of sandy coastline unique to this area. Bird enthusiasts will be able to spot Guanay Cormorants, Peruvian Boobies, Inca Terns and possibly Chilean Flamingos. Those interested in mysterious geoglyphs can ponder the origins of “El Candelabro,” which is over 500 feet in length and can be seen from miles away.
Explore Antofagasta and see its surroundings and highlights, including La Portada, a natural arch created through erosion, or head out into the Atacama Desert to have a closer look at the Valley of the Moon, the salt flats and look for flamingos.
Valparaíso, Chile –
An important seaport and declared by Congress to be Chile’s cultural capital, Valparaíso offers beautiful architecture along with delectable food and fine wine. Funiculares, cable cars dating back to the 19th century, permit to easily reach different parts of the historic district –a UNESCO World Heritage Site- for views across the port and bay.
Tortel, Chile –
Visit one of Chile’s most isolated settlements, walk along its boardwalks and take a Zodiac for a cruise through the river delta of the Baker to see Isla de los Muertos (the Island of the Dead), a Chilean historical site.
Pio XI Glacier, Chile –
This is the largest glacier in the southern hemisphere outside Antarctica! If conditions permit a Zodiac cruise, you will be awed by this glacier’s giant front looming hundreds of feet into the air.
Punta Arenas, Chile –
The Chilean Magellan Region has working sheep ranches across its territory and in the outskirts of Punta Arenas. Look for Condors, Rhea and guanaco. Alternatively have a look at Chile’s southernmost city with its historical buildings and the iconic statue of Magellan, his ships and a native Ona.
- Meet the Aymara people of Putre and learn about their history in the region. You will also be able to enjoy and buy some of their colourful textiles and handicrafts made from llama wool.
- Take part in a ceremony thanking Pachamama (Earth Mother) in the Atacama Desert.
- See the craftsmanship of the wooden churches of Chiloe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Experience a working sheep/cattle estancia in Patagonia and meet Baqueanos, the Chilean/Patagonian version of shepherds.
Wildlife Watch List:
- Southern elephant seals, South American fur seals, South American sea lions
- Whales and dolphins: Sei, humpback and Southern right whale, orcas, Peale’s, Chilean, dusky and Commerson’s dolphins
- Seabirds: Peruvian Booby, Neotropic, Red-legged, Guanay, Magellanic and Imperial Cormorant, Inca Terns, Peruvian Pelicans, Humboldt, Magellanic and Southern Rockhopper Penguins, Kelp, Brown-hooded and Dolphin Gulls, Southern Giant Petrels
- Land and water birds: Andean Condor, Peregrine Falcon, Chimango and Crested Caracara, Lesser Rhea, Flightless Steamer-Duck, Chilean Skua, Black-necked Swan, American Oystercatcher.
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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