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Guayaquil To Valparaiso

SOUTH AMERICA expedition cruise Silver Explorer

From the Gateway of the Galapagos to the colourful jumble of Valparaiso, drink in the very best of Peru and Chile. Long hailed by savvy travellers as bucket list countries, prepare for the awe-inspiring mountain peaks of Peru and the majestic flora and fauna of Chile. These are noble countries, equal parts proud, humble and fierce; a journey here will ignite passion in your soul that will last long after you leave.
Voyage 7921

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Cruise itinerary

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The second major jumping off point for the Galapagos Islands after Quito, this is a little city with a big heart. A sea port first and foremost, the city’s personality has been founded on that, and all the better it is for it too. Almost Caribbean in feeling, the clement climate coupled with the intermingling rhythms floating from the windows and abundance of fresh seafood make this a very tropical destination. Once not even considered by the travel books as a potential destination in its own right, the city has undergone something of a resurgence in the past few years.
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Not far from the mainland coast of Peru, off the Illescas Peninsula, lies Isla Lobos de Tierra. It is a steep and rocky island that protrudes more than 200 feet (61 meters) from the surface of the deep blue Pacific. Several smaller islets surround it, including El León and Albatros. An abundant array of marine mammals and seabirds surround these islands. Sea lions, like sunbathers, bask on the beaches and hundreds of Blue-footed Boobies can be viewed ashore, whilst Peruvian Pelicans pass overhead.
Located about nine hours north of Lima, Trujillo was founded in 1534 by the Spanish conquistador Pizarro. The attractive, colonial city retains much of its original charm with elegant casonas, or mansions, lining the streets. Nearby is Chan Chan, the ancient capital of the Chimú, a local Indian tribe who came under the rule of the Incas. The area has several other Chimú sites, some dating back about 1500 years. The region is also famous as the home of the Peruvian Paso horses, as well as excellent beaches offering world-class surfing and other water sports.

Isla Guanape is located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of La Libertad, Peru. Two main islands, North and South Guañape, along with several small islets constitute a biological reserve for seabirds. In 2009, the National Wildlife Refuge System of Peru officially protected the islands. The rugged, rocky, and dry island group is uninhabited by people, but is home not only to large colonies of South American sea lions, but to hundreds of thousands of seabirds. These include Peruvian Pelicans, Inca Terns and Blue-footed Boobies and Humboldt Penguins.
When people discuss great South American cities, Lima is often overlooked. But Peru's capital can hold its own against its neighbors. It has an oceanfront setting, colonial-era splendor, sophisticated dining, and nonstop nightlife.It's true that the city—clogged with traffic and choked with fumes—doesn't make a good first impression, especially since the airport is in an industrial neighborhood.

The port city of Paracas is blessed with magnificent natural beauty and rich historical importance, offerings inviting beaches, ideal weather and pleasant scenery — a combination that draws visitors throughout the year. The shores of the Paracas Peninsula and waters of the bay teem with wildlife and have been declared a national reserve. Condors frequently can be seen gliding on the sea winds or perched on the cliffs; pink flamingos often rest here on their migratory flights.
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
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.

Arica boasts that it is "the land of the eternal spring," but its temperate climate and beaches are not the only reason to visit this small city. Relax for an hour or two on the Plaza 21 de Mayo. Walk to the pier and watch the pelicans and sea lions trail the fishing boats as the afternoon's catch comes in. Walk to the top of the Morro and imagine battles of days gone by, or wonder at the magnitude of modern shipping as Chilean goods leave the port below by container ship.

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Situated between the ocean and the mountains of the Coastal Range is Chile’s largest city of the northern region. Antofagasta's role as port for the exportation of nitrate began in 1866. In 1872, when silver was discovered, the first municipality was established. Today, Antofagasta is still the centre of nitrate and copper mining, as well as an important hub for rail traffic to La Paz, Bolivia, and Salta, Argentina. According to the treaty signed after the War of the Pacific, much of Bolivia's international commerce transits through Antofagasta.
The rugged shores of Isla Pan de Azucar (or Sugarloaf Island) are home to thousands of Humboldt Penguins. The penguins come to this arid island to breed and spend their days fishing, swimming and diving, as do many of the other birds found here. The waters around Isla Pan de Azucar also support Kelp Gulls, Blackish Oystercatchers, Peruvian Boobies, pelicans, sea lions and the reclusive South American marine otter.
Isla Chañaral is located just off the Central Chilean coast and, along with two other smaller islands, is part of the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve. The islands are an important breeding site for Humboldt Penguins. Sea lions rest on the rocky cliff ledges, while rare South American marine otters have been known to slide in and out of the waters along the coastline, and playful bottlenose dolphins swim in the surrounding seas. The island itself consists of an upper and a lower plateau.
The name Coquimbo is derived from a native Diaguita word meaning 'place of calm waters'. In fact, Charles Darwin had noted that the town was 'remarkable for nothing but its extreme quietness'. Since then, Coquimbo has developed into a bustling port and the region's major commercial and industrial centre from which minerals, fish products and fruits are exported. Used during the colonial period as a port for La Serena, Coquimbo attracted attention from English pirates, including Sir Francis Drake, who visited in 1578.

Valparaíso's dramatic topography—45 cerros, or hills, overlooking the ocean—requires the use of winding pathways and wooden ascensores (funiculars) to get up many of the grades. The slopes are covered by candy-color houses—there are almost no apartments in the city—most of which have exteriors of corrugated metal peeled from shipping containers decades ago. Valparaíso has served as Santiago's port for centuries. Before the Panama Canal opened, Valparaíso was the busiest port in South America.

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Owner's Suite

728 ft² / 67m² including private balcony

From US$ 19,170 with early booking bonus
Grand Suite

618 ft² / 57m² including a private balcony

From US$ 17,370 with early booking bonus
Silver Suite

422 ft² / 39m² including 2 French balconies

From US$ 15,660 with early booking bonus
Medallion Suite

400 ft² / 37m² including a private balcony

From US$ 14,670 with early booking bonus
Veranda Suite

206-216 ft² / 19-20m² including a French balcony

From US$ 11,070 with early booking bonus
Vista Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with large picture window

From US$ 8,550 with early booking bonus
View Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with view window

From US$ 8,100 with early booking bonus
Explorer Suite

175-190 ft² / 16-18m² with view window

From US$ 7,470 with early booking bonus
Adventurer Suite

157-167 ft²/14-15 m² with 2 portholes

From US$ 7,110 with early booking bonus
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included in the cruise fare

  • Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service – available 24 hours aboard Silver Explorer, and from 06:00 to 23:00 aboard Silver Galapagos and Silver Discoverer
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • *Excluding All Full World Cruise and Grand Voyages
  • *If required by air connection. Free Transfers, Hotel are available only for guests utilizing Silversea air offer.

Silver Explorer

Silversea’s purpose-built luxury Silver Explorer expedition cruise ship has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions.  A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables the Silver Explorer Expedition Cruise Ship to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of 12 Zodiac boats allows Silversea Expedition guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer luxury cruise adventure. 

Suites

Silversea's oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote - guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.

Restaurants

Discover our collection of onboard venues where you'll enjoy spending time with like-minded travellers and of course, our personalized all-inclusive service.

Public Areas

Renowned for culinary excellence and innovative spirit, Silversea's luxury cruises offer a choice of open-seating dining options throughout the fleet, as well as several specialty venues aboard all non-expedition ships.

Your expedition will lead to one discovery after another. A complimentary programme of unique, small-group shore experiences, led by team of expert guides and lectures, allows you to fully experience the lands you'll visit.

voyage highlights

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.

Voyage Highlights:

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”.

Cultural Highlights:

• 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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