Valparaiso To Callao (Lima) SOUTH AMERICA expedition cruise Silver Explorer

Explore some of the world’s most spectacular scenery and discover the very best of South America. Archaeological Incan remains, Pisco Sour tastings plus local boat excursions to "Peru's Galapagos" to spot cormorants, Blue-footed Boobies, terns, pelicans and Humboldt Penguins make this voyage exceptional. An optional overnight overland experience to the Atacama Desert makes it unforgettable.
Voyage 7805

Book by 15 March and enjoy $1,000 onboard credit per suite and one-category suite upgrade on selected voyages

Fares shown are per guest

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
  • One hour free Wifi per day for all guests. Unlimited free Wifi for guests sailing on select suite categories
  • Complimentary Parka
Cruise itinerary

Our itineraries are second-to-none – below please find detailed information regarding ports of call, arrival and departure times, as well as supplemental information about the destinations you’ll visit
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Our itineraries are second-to-none – below please find detailed information regarding ports of call, arrival and departure times, as well as supplemental information about the destinations you’ll visit
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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.

View 2 Land programme(s) in Valparaiso

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.

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.
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.
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.
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.

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.

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.
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.
Located off the south coast of Peru, the Ballestas Islands are one of this region’s most beautiful natural attractions. The islands teem with wildlife, with one of the greatest concentration of birds (including penguins) amidst dramatic mineral-colored sand dunes peppered with ancient fossils. Other wildlife sightings may include sea lions, cormorants, Blue-footed Boobies, terns, pelicans 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.

View 1 Land programme(s) in Callao (Lima)

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Owner's Suite

728 ft² / 67m² including private balcony

From US$ 16,100

Grand Suite

618 ft² / 57m² including a private balcony

From US$ 14,500

Silver Suite

422 ft² / 39m² including 2 French balconies

From US$ 12,900

Medallion Suite

400 ft² / 37m² including a private balcony

From US$ 12,200

Veranda Suite

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

From US$ 9,200

Vista Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with large picture window

From US$ 7,500

View Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with view window

From US$ 7,200

Explorer Suite

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

From US$ 6,700

Adventurer Suite

157-167 ft²/14-15 m² with 2 portholes

From US$ 5,400
Fares shown are per guest

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
  • One hour free Wifi per day for all guests. Unlimited free Wifi for guests sailing on select suite categories
  • Complimentary Parka

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

Silver Explorer - Owner's Suite
Silver Explorer - Owner's Suite
Silver Explorer - Owner's Suite
Silver Explorer - Owner's Suite
Silver Explorer - Owner's Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 728 ft² / 67m² including private balcony

The name says it all. A stylish apartment. Prestigious and classic. For those who seek the superlative level of space, comfort and service on board.  For those who expect the finest from a luxury cruise.

Fares from US$ 16,100 (Per guest)

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7805 - Valparaiso to Callao
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • Unlimited WiFi Internet access
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • Balcony with wooden parquet and patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Living room with sitting area
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Vanity table with hair dryer
  • Writing desk
  • Illy® espresso machine
  • Afternoon canapés upon request
  • Dinner at officer's table
  • Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

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note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Owner's One Bedroom View deck US$ 16,100 request a quote
Silver Explorer - Grand Suite
Silver Explorer - Grand Suite
Silver Explorer - Grand Suite
Silver Explorer - Grand Suite
Silver Explorer - Grand Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 618 ft² / 57m² including a private balcony

Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed. Ideal for entertaining friends while you cruise or enjoying a quiet dinner “at home”.

Fares from US$ 14,500 (Per guest)

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7805 - Valparaiso to Callao
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • Unlimited WiFi Internet access
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • Balcony with wooden parquet and patio fourniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Living room with sitting area
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Vanity table with hair dryer
  • Writing desk
  • Illy® espresso machine
  • Afternoon canapés upon request
  • Dinner at officer's table
  • Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Grand 1 View deck US$ 14,500 request a quote
Silver Explorer - Silver Suite
Silver Explorer - Silver Suite
Silver Explorer - Silver Suite
Silver Explorer - Silver Suite
Silver Explorer - Silver Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 422 ft² / 39m² including 2 French balconies

Spacious, with a welcoming sitting area, a marbled bathroom and your own private balcony. Silver Suites can accommodate three guests.

Fares from US$ 12,900 (Per guest)

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7805 - Valparaiso to Callao
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • Unlimited WiFi Internet access
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • Two French balconies with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Living room (with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest)
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Vanity table with hair dryer
  • Sitting area with writing desk
  • Afternoon canapés upon request
  • Dinner at officer's table
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Silver View deck US$ 12,900 request a quote
Silver Explorer - Medallion Suite
Silver Explorer - Medallion Suite
Silver Explorer - Medallion Suite
Silver Explorer - Medallion Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 400 ft² / 37m² including a private balcony 

A mark of distinction. Sumptuous. Spacious. Rich textures and panoramic views surround you with distinguished luxury. The perfect summary of The Medallion Suite offered by the world’s best cruise line.

Fares from US$ 12,200 (Per guest)

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7805 - Valparaiso to Callao
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • Unlimited WiFi Internet access
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • Balcony with wooden parquet and patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Sitting area with writing desk
  • Vanity table with hair dryer
  • Afternoon canapés upon request
  • Dinner at officer’s table
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Medallion View deck US$ 12,200 request a quote
Silver Explorer - Veranda Suite
Silver Explorer - Veranda Suite
Silver Explorer - Veranda Suite
Silver Explorer - Veranda Suite

dimension:

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

A Silversea cruise signature, complete with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto a private balcony.

Fares from US$ 9,200 (Per guest)

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7805 - Valparaiso to Callao
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • WiFi Internet access an hour per day
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Sitting area with writing desk
  • Hair dryer
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Veranda View deck US$ 9,200 request a quote
Silver Explorer - Vista Suite
Silver Explorer - Vista Suite
Silver Explorer - Vista Suite
Silver Explorer - Vista Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 192 ft² / 18m² with large picture window

A quiet sanctuary. The suite’s sitting area has plenty of room to relax while on your cruise. Large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views. The perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed.

Fares from US$ 7,500 (Per guest)

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7805 - Valparaiso to Callao
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • WiFi Internet access an hour per day
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • Large picture window providing panoramic ocean views
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Sitting area with writing desk
  • Hair dryer
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Vista View deck US$ 7,500 request a quote
Silver Explorer - View Suite
Silver Explorer - View Suite
Silver Explorer - View Suite
Silver Explorer - View Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 192 ft² / 18m² with view window

Welcoming and comfortable, the View Suite provides a relaxing haven for even the utmost adventure-seeking guests. Complete a day spent exploring onshore with an evening unwinding in the comfort of your sitting area. Capture passing ocean scenes through your view window. Freshen up in your beautiful marbled bathroom before enjoying an elegant onboard dinner. Or cozy up under fine bed linens to watch an on-demand movie on the flat-screen television. Fall asleep easily, dreaming of the incredible experiences that await you the following day.

Fares from US$ 7,200 (Per guest)

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7805 - Valparaiso to Callao
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • WiFi Internet access an hour per day
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • View window
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Sitting area with writing desk
  • Hair dryer
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
View View deck US$ 7,200 request a quote
Silver Explorer - Explorer Suite
Silver Explorer - Explorer Suite
Silver Explorer - Explorer Suite
Silver Explorer - Explorer Suite
Silver Explorer - Explorer Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 175-190 ft² / 16-18m² with view window

Deck Four forward is home to eight Explorer Suites. Enjoy a separate sitting area and the passing scenery through a view window. Explorer Suites accommodate up to two guests and exude cosy opulence, perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring ashore.

Fares from US$ 6,700 (Per guest)

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7805 - Valparaiso to Callao
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • WiFi Internet access an hour per day
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • View window
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Sitting area with writing desk
  • Hair dryer
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Explorer Class View deck US$ 6,700 request a quote
Silver Explorer - Adventurer Suite
Silver Explorer - Adventurer Suite
Silver Explorer - Adventurer Suite
Silver Explorer - Adventurer Suite

dimension:

One bedroom: 157-167 ft²/14-15 m² with 2 portholes

Even guests who plan to spend only sleeping hours in their stateroom will appreciate the distinctive touches of this cosy suite. After spending the day on a dynamic shore excursion, unwind in the ample sitting area or rejuvenate the mind with a soak in the marbled bathroom’s tub. Here you can watch passing ocean scenes through two porthole windows. Reminisce the day’s travels by journaling at your writing desk. Watch a movie on the flat-screen television. Or fall sound asleep within the comfort of fine bed linens ­– with your choice of nine pillow types.

Fares from US$ 5,400 (Per guest)

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7805 - Valparaiso to Callao
  • Butler service
  • Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
  • Pratesi® fine bed linens
  • BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
  • A choice of pillows
  • Personalised stationery
  • Umbrella
  • Direct dial telephone(s)
  • 220-volt outlets
  • WiFi Internet access an hour per day
  • Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library
  • Two portholes
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with shower
  • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe
  • Sitting area with writing desk
  • Hair dryer
  • Alarm with iHome docking station
  • Plush Etro® bathrobe

SELECT YOUR SUITE AND REQUEST A QUOTE

note: The difference between each single Suite is available in the deck plan of the ship.
Suite Location Fares (Per guest) Select your suite
Adventurer Class View deck US$ 5,400 request a quote
Fares shown are per guest

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.

3 Land programmes and 2 Hotels

Our land programmes (multi-day mid-, pre- or post-cruise) provide additional opportunities to discover more of the highlights and hidden treasures of the lands you visit.

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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

Day 1 — Valparaiso, Chile
Embark the Silver Explorer and depart on your exciting Silversea Expedition — “Lands of the Humboldt Current”. Before Silver Explorer leaves the harbour a mandatory safety drill will be conducted. During a special sail away party look back at the spectacular setting of Valparaiso –the “Pearl of the Pacific”- and its historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Later you will be introduced to your Expedition Team and this evening you can enjoy the delights of a specially prepared menu in The Restaurant.

Day 2 — Coquimbo, Chile
Today you have two choices: a morning visit to the colonial-style city of La Serena or a longer visit to the Limarí Valley.
For the morning excursion we first drive south to La Herradura Bay and its 1.2 mile long beach before heading north and the beach resort of La Serena, Chile’s second-oldest city. The coastal avenue leads to a famous landmark of the region, a lighthouse built in the mid-20th century. Driving along the Francisco de Aguirre Boulevard –named after the second founder of the city- and its many reproductions of ancient statues, we will reach the Main Plaza and the Recova Market. Set in a picturesque patio, this market has the famous blue semi-precious lapis lazuli, pottery and ceramics with Diaguita design, as well as alpaca wool articles on offer.
The other excursion will take us into the Limarí Valley, slightly further south. Known for its pictographs and petroglyphs of the El Molle culture, we will visit the Enchanted Valley in the vicinity of the town of Ovalle. The Elqui and Limarí Valleys are rich and fertile transversal valleys running across the coastal mountains, leading to their importance as agricultural areas. Grapes are grown in impressive vineyards for export and for wine and we will visit the Tabalí winery. Starting in the early 1990s, already in its first year of production Tabalí obtained 24 medals. This vineyard is well known for its unique coupages and blends of wine stocks such as Viognier, Sangiovese and Carmenere. A guided tour of the winery will be given, followed by a tasting of its most representative wines.
We will then continue to a local restaurant for a typical Chilean lunch of empanadas and an asado (a BBQ), before returning to the pier.

Day 3 — Isla Pan de Azucar, Chile
During the morning attend a lecture or a seminar and let our chefs talk about and prepare some delicious Chilean seafood.
This afternoon we explore the rugged shores of Isla Pan de Azucar (or Sugarloaf Island) by Zodiac. The island is home to thousands of Humboldt Penguins. During our Zodiac cruise along the perimeter of Isla Pan de Azucar, we also hope to encounter Kelp Gulls, Turkey Vultures, Blackish Oystercatchers, and Peruvian Boobies, pelicans, sea lions and the reclusive South American marine otter.

Days 4-5 — Antofagasta, Chile
On our first day in Antofagasta we will explore the city during the morning. Antofagasta is a refined blend of traditional Chilean town and British colonial city. We will see the Huanchaca Ruins and during a walking tour will visit the Plaza Colón and the Regional Museum with its overview of the saltpetre industry and how it affected the region. The final destination will be La Portada, an enormous rock caressed by the sea and sand until a giant arch formed, before heading back to Silver Explorer for lunch.

During our second day we will venture inland to see the Atacama Desert — one of the driest places on earth.
 
Depart early for the five-jour drive to the charming adobe village of San Pedro de Atacama. Once we reach San Pedro we will have a look at the small church -a Historic Monument- and will visit the 740 km² “Reserva Nacional Los Flamencos” in the extensive Atacama Salt Flat -with 3,000 km² the third-largest salt flat in the world. During our drive to Chaxa lagoon we might see Puna Plovers, Yellow-billed Teals, Andean Avocets and Chilean and Andean Flamingos. The Andean Flamingos that migrate between Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina use this area as one of their most important breeding grounds. Afterwards we will be heading to Valle de la Luna. In this unique lunar landscape we will see numerous rock formations jutting out of the sand, eroded by wind into incredible shapes, before we start our drive back to Antofagasta.

Day 6 — At Sea
Gather in the Explorer Lounge to hear fascinating tales of adventure or to learn about the region’s wildlife and remarkable nature.
Due to the presence of the very nutrient-rich Humboldt Current, the waters along the Chilean coast are incredibly rich in fish life. Today our chefs might introduce you to the world of “ceviche” in all its forms.

Day 7 — Arica, Chile
An early morning departure is necessary for our journey to explore the region’s unique Altiplano scenery. We will see important archaeological sites along the way before the landscape suddenly opens up and the wide valley of Putre can be seen beneath massive, snow-capped peaks. Upon our arrival in Putre, we will enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Later we will stroll through town together, visiting the church and watching a performance of Andean folklore in the main plaza.
Alternatively, enjoy a visit to the Lauca National Park. This is a challenging excursion, taking you to an altitude of 4,500 metres. From the pier we will drive to the Copaquilla Pukara, a pre-Incan defensive settlement. Continuing on, we will be driving past Putre to reach Chungará Lake and to admire the mountains reflected in the lake. During one hour at the lake we will look for the many local bird species, among them the Chilean Flamingo. During the stay at the lake a box lunch will be served. On the return we will stop at the abandoned pre-Hispanic village of Parinacota, a National Monument.

The half day excursions will permit you to either visit the Archaeological Museum and to see the main highlights of the downtown area and having a view from the iconic promontory El Morro or to visit the local market, choosing fresh produce with the help of a local chef, visit a farm and learn about the famous Azapa olives and taste the special appetizers prepared by the local chef with the products you selected at the market.

Day 8 — Matarani, Peru
This morning we will drive to Arequipa, “The White City”. Join our experts for a walking tour of the UNESCO Historical Centre including the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral, followed by a guided visit of Santuarios Andinos, home to the Sarita and Juanita mummies. Found close to the summit of a nearby mountain, they were likely a sacrifice to an Incan god.

We will then head over to the Dominican Santa Catalina Monastery -one of the most important and impressive religious monuments in Peru. The complex is huge and fascinating; it is almost a city within the city. We will undertake a guided tour of this impressive monastery.

Later the refectory of the monastery will be especially reserved for our group while we enjoy a three-course lunch accompanied by live music featuring Andean folk songs.

This evening our chefs will feature regional fare, and especially potatoes and other tubers. Peru has more than 1000 varieties of potatoes…

Day 9 — At Sea
A leisurely day at sea is yours to enjoy. Participate in discussions and onboard activities led by the Expedition Team. Then relax in one of the lounges with that book you’ve been meaning to read and meet up with new friends for cocktails. Before turning in for the night, take a stroll on deck to take in the solitude of the vast sea and sky.

Day 10 — Paracas, and Ballestas Islands, Peru
Nazca Lines Overflight
During a special Silversea Expedition complimentary excursion to see the famous Nazca Lines from the air, the Nazca Desert will reveal a series of famous geoglyphs stretching for miles along the Pacific coast.

Dating back to an era between 200BC and 700AD, these mysterious figures and geometric patterns are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The lines show an understanding of sophisticated mathematics and surveying techniques.
  
If you do not want to see the Nazca Lines, then explore the Ballestas Islands -one of this region’s most beautiful natural attractions. Sea lions, cormorants, Blue-footed Boobies, terns, pelicans and Humboldt Penguins can all be expected around the Ballestas Islands. Because of Peruvian regulations this excursion can only be done in local boats and landings are not allowed.

Day 11 — Callao, Peru
Silver Explorer will arrive in Callao in the morning. Following breakfast, disembark Silver Explorer.

 

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.

GEAR UP

Not sure what to wear while onboard? Visit our shop and gear up. We've got layers to keep you dry and warm, breezy wear to keep you covered and cool, and accessories to keep everything packed up and ready to go. So, no matter the weather, you'll be better prepared for your expedition.

Our Gear Shop has an expert outfitting staff and features all the essentials:

Clothes for all types of weather, boot rentals, accessories and more »

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Make sure you get all your essentials today. We offer packages or individual items, for your convenience, and recommend you place orders at least 30 days before your embarkation date.

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