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
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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.
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.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.5 km / 0.9 mi; a walking tour of Arequipa is included upon arrival with a few steps to negotiate. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a camera from the ship. Participation is very limited; however, a minimum number of guests are required to operate. We suggest you reserve this tour in advance to avoid disappointment. Minimum age requirement for this tour is 14 years old. Guests with special dietary requirements must advise their conditions and restrictions before the tour. Lunch includes one bottle of mineral water or cold refreshment plus one glass of wine or one bottle of local beer. Additional beverages are at the guest's own expense and will to be paid directly. Altitude in Arequipa City 7,709 feet (2,350 meters) above sea level therefore it is not recommended for guests with high blood pressure and respiratory or heart problems. Due to the climate changes associated with the altitude, guests are also recommended to bring a light jacket. Photography is prohibited at Compania de Jesus Church.
Immerse yourself in one of the most important wetland areas on the west coast of South America during this half-day excursion to the Mejia National Sanctuary. It is an isolated ecosystem and the only vestige, between the north of Chile and Pisco, of the ancient flooded lands that were part of the American coast, drained for agriculture for centuries.
Mejia Lakes National Sanctuary
Depart the pier for the approximately 60-minute drive to the Mejia Lakes National Sanctuary. The sanctuary covers the districts of Mejia, Valdivia, Dean and a small part of 'Punta Bombom' near the Pacific shore. It spans approximately 1,707 acres (about 690.6 hectares) surrounded by the Tambo River, and comprises one of the most important wetland areas on the western coast of South America.
In spite of its geographical location, the annual temperature in the Mejia Lagoons typically averages about 68°F (20°C) due to the effect of the Peruvian (Humboldt) warm stream. The lagoons are separated from the ocean by a large fringe of beaches and sandy pits. In addition to the lagoons, the sanctuary's diverse habitats include salt marshes and mines, totora reed beds, hills, riverbanks, grassy areas, and vast, sandy beaches. It is also home to an abundance of resident and migratory bird species, along with other wetland fauna, flora and microflora.
Upon arrival, learn about and experience the area during visits to the Interpretation Centre and National Sanctuary.
Following your visit and a comfort stop, re-board your coach for the brief transfer back to the pier.
Please note: This tour is suggested for nature lovers and involves a moderate amount of walking, with steps to negotiate at each watchtower. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. This tour is not suitable for guest with back issues; the drive is over bumpy roads. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing and flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and wear sun protection and insect repellent. Bring binoculars and camera. The minimum age requirement is 14 years old.
Explore one of the 'New Seven Wonders of the World'. Few places can compare to the 'Lost City of the Incas'. Visit historic Cusco high up in the Andes and travel to Machu Picchu via the Hiram Bingham luxury train. Explore important neoclassic architecture in the 'White City' of Arequipa.
03MIDMAT-D Machu Picchu, Cusco & Arequipa
Duration: 3.5 Days/ 3 Nights
Re-join ship: Callao
Reserve by: At least 90 Days Prior to Sailing
This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing. A minimum number of participants are required to operate this programme.
Discover one of South America's most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Sites, recently declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Few places can compare to the 'Lost City of the Incas', considered by many to be the most beautiful and enigmatic site in the world. From Arequipa, a scheduled flight takes you to the historic city of Cusco, high up in the Andes. Travel via the Orient Express luxury train 'Hiram Bingham' to Machu Picchu and visit the Inca's breath-taking 'Citadel in the Clouds,' ringed by green-clad mountain peaks. Return to Lima and re-join your awaiting ship in Callao.
DAY ONE - Matarani / Arequipa
Depart the ship in Matarani in the mid-morning to begin your Mid-Voyage Land Adventure with the 2.5-hour drive to Arequipa, Peru's second largest city. It is also known as 'the White City' because of the white volcanic rock called 'sillar' that was used in the construction of many of its buildings. Upon arrival, sight tour of the main square, Plaza de Armas, with its colonial arcaded buildings and the impressive, twin-towered Cathedral, a fine example of Spanish Colonial architecture. Stop at the Santa Catalina Monastery, founded in 1580 and enlarged over the centuries until it became a city within the city. Your guide takes you down narrow streets and you pass through arched colonnades surrounding courtyards, some with fountains, flowering plants and trees. See churches, chapels, plazas, interior rooms and common areas.
Later in the afternoon, arrive at the hotel for check-in. Dinner this evening is served at the hotel. Be sure to retire early and request a wake-up call in preparation for a dawn flight to Cusco.
Overnight accommodations are at the Libertador Ciudad Blanca Hotel - Arequipa
DAY TWO - Arequipa / Cusco
Meet your guide in the hotel lobby for the very early transfer to the Arequipa Airport. Check-in and board your flight, touching down briefly in Juliaca before continuing to Cusco. After claiming your luggage, board the coach and head towards Sacsayhuaman, once an important Inca cultural centre located on the city's outskirts, before driving to Cusco. Here you have the opportunity to discover what makes Cusco so unique and to see how the colonial era blends with the culture of the Inca. Then proceed to the Santo Domingo Convent, which originated on the grounds of the ancient Koricancha Temple that was dedicated to the worship of the sun. According to the chronicles, the temple was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden images. The city's showpiece is the main square, faced by the magnificent, 16th-century cathedral, also known as the Church of Victory. Conclude your tour at the Monasterio Hotel, where lunch is served and you will check-in for the evening.
The afternoon is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Gather with fellow Silversea guests for cocktails and music, prior to dinner at the hotel.
Overnight accommodations are at the Monasterio Hotel - Cusco.
DAY THREE - Machu Picchu / Cusco
After breakfast, depart the hotel, headed by coach to the Rio Sagrado train station to board the Belmond Hiram Bingham luxury train for Machu Picchu. The trip will take approximately 3 hours during which brunch is served. Watch as the train passes through the spectacular scenery of the Urubamba Valley. The trip ends at the Aguas Calientes station at the foot of Machu Picchu. From here, a 25-minute bus ride will take you up a winding road to 'the Lost City of the Incas', arriving around 1:00 p.m. - at an hour when many tourists are on the way back to the train station. The setting of the ruins amongst green-clad mountain peaks is a spectacular and unforgettable sight.
Proceed with a guided walking tour of the Citadel along ancient pathways, staircases and terraces, past temples and towers. For centuries, the site was buried in the jungle until discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. Excavations have been on-going ever since. Much of the walking is on uneven ground and involving steps. Conclude your visit with afternoon tea at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge.
In the early evening, head back to the train station and enjoy once more VIP treatment aboard the Hiram Bingham. During the return journey, relax whilst sipping cocktails, watching live entertainment and enjoying a four-course gourmet dinner.
At approximately 8:30 pm, you arrive at the Rio Sagrado train station, disembark Hiram Bingham, and settle on the coach for the 90-minute ride back to the hotel.
Overnight at the Monasterio Hotel - Cusco.
DAY FOUR - Cusco / Lima
After breakfast and check-out, a short drive takes you to the airport for your 90-minute flight to Lima. Collect your luggage, board the coach and head directly to the awaiting ship where your Mid-Voyage Land Adventure concludes.
Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, often over unpaved and uneven surfaces, and climbing of many, many steps. It is only recommended to guests who are physically fit. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility, wheelchair users, guests with heart/respiratory difficulties or those who suffer from altitude sickness. Altitude sickness may be a problem for guests suffering from palpitations, shortness of breath or severe headaches. Pack carefully; luggage weight restriction is limited to 50 lb. (23 kg) and one carry on limited to 17 lbs. (8 kg). Trekking or comfortable walking shoes with non-slip soles are important. Plan on wearing layers of clothing. You will be at higher altitude so sunblock, wide-brimmed, expedition-style hats and sunglasses are necessary. Remember to bring a raincoat, sweater or jacket, and your camera, as well as local currency for any purchases. The tour itinerary and order of sites are subject to change without prior notice and airline alterations to the flight schedules may affect the tour content. This description is a general overview of the programme only and changes may be made if local conditions require. Space is limited, but a minimum of participants is required to operate this excursion.
IMPORTANT: Guests with heart or respiratory problems need to be aware that Cusco lies at an elevation of 11,000 feet (3,350 meters), which may cause headache or dizziness with some guests. Machu Picchu's location is at only 7,800 feet (2,370 meters) and generally does not pose a problem to those is good physical health.
The Hotel Monasterio has a limited number of oxygenated rooms available at an additional cost of $65 (at time of printing) per room per night and subject to availability. Requests must be submitted at the time of booking. Free oxygen is also available in the hotel lobby.
· One-night stay at the Libertador Ciudad Blanca Hotel (superior category) - Arequipa
· Two-night stay at the Hotel Monasterio (deluxe room -oxygenated room not included) (or similar) - Cusco
· Scheduled flights Arequipa/Cusco/Lima (Economy Class). Business class is not available on these routes.
· Round trip travel aboard Belmond 'Hiram Bingham' Cusco/Machu Picchu/Cusco
· Three breakfasts, one brunch, two lunches, afternoon tea and three dinners (lunch and dinner include 2 drinks: one soft drink or bottle of water and choice of one glass of local beer or one glass of local wine. Coffee and hot infusions are also included.
Any meals and drinks not specified above, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, internet fees, oxygen service at the Hotel Monasterio, cancellation insurance and other personal items.
All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. On-board Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older. This description is a general overview of this programme. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require. The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.