Silversea Luxury Cruises A Manta

Manta

A onetime sleepy fishing village with an unsuccessful history of warding off pirates, Manta today booms with all the hustle and bustle of a medium-sized city. Ecuador's second-largest seaport's newest incarnation is that of a port of call, where large ships stop on select South America itineraries during the December-April season. Organized shore excursions take you shopping in nearby Montecristi, or via a flight to Quito, then overland to the markets in Otavalo.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

Excursões em Manta

Golf at Montecristi (9-Holes)

Embrace the scenic splendour of Ecuador in a relaxing new way during this full-day golfing excursion at the Montecristi Golf Club.


Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute transfer to the Montecristi Golf Club. This lovely, Kris Savignac-designed enclave features an approximately 14-acre (about 5.6-hectare) clubhouse and driving range facility, along with an 11-acre (about 4.5-hectare) private beach club. The approximately 3,280-yard (about 3,000-metre), 18-hole, Par-72 golf course is adorned with tropical foliage, and mountain and coastal views in the distance.


Upon arrival, begin your relaxing, nine-hole round of golf. At the conclusion of your round, some free time is made available for a comfort stop and refreshments before re-boarding your coach and commencing the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable golf attire with hard spikes and sun protection are recommended; jeans are not permitted. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Scuba Exclusive! Puerto Lopez (Two Tank Dive)

Ecuador is an ocean lover's paradise where beneath the waves, hidden from ordinary sight, is a world that is truly extraordinary. Ecuador's Pacific Ocean teems with a marine bounty few other countries possess, and if you are a scuba diver you will be astonished at the sheer spectacle that awaits you.

Pacific Coast Drive and Puerto López

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately two-hour drive to Puerto López in the direction of Machalilla National Park. Upon arrival, receive your diving and safety instructions, and be outfitted with your scuba diving equipment.


Scenic Boat Ride

Next, embark a boat for the ride to the first dive site. En route, see marine habitats that include cliffs, sandy beaches, rocky shores and low, rugged continental islands. Ecuador has a rich marine life off its Pacific coast, and scuba diving trips from mainland Ecuador are enriching experiences that allow access to some interesting dive spots.


Diving Session

The sea bottom near Ecuador's coast is largely made up of rock, with large coral reefs and patches of sand, and coral fans, or 'gorgonians', in a wide array of colours. The fauna is very rich and varied, with large groups of fish such as angelfish, butterfly fish, trumpet fish, flute fish, jacks, sea bass, puffer fish, balloon fish, morays, snappers, trigger fish, parrot fish, scorpion fish, manta rays, guitar rays, and white tip sharks. You may also spot green marine turtles, sea stars, sea urchins, and sea cucumbers.


Before you return to the pier a box lunch will be served on board.


Upon arrival, re-board your coach and commence the approximately two-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of activity, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the boat. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition, and 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 sun protection, insect repellent, an umbrella, towel, swimsuit, and beach or water shoes from the ship. Current dive certification, a signed PADI waiver and medical questionnaire is required to participate on this tour. Diving equipment is provided on this tour. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

The Mantena Village & Machalilla National Park

Embrace the verdant beauty of Ecuador's Pacific coast during this full-day excursion to Machalilla National Park. Visit the small Archaeological Museum in Agua Blanca to view ruins of ancient cultures that settled here, and funeral urns from the Manteña culture and explore the park's dry, mostly primary forest and historic Manteña village.


Coastal Drive and Machalilla National Park

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately two-hour coastal drive south along the 'Route of the Sun' to Machalilla National Park. En route, pass by small fishing villages and tropical forest abounding with opuntia cactus, fragrant palo santo trees, kapok trees and algarroba trees. Michalilla Park is home to the world's largest tropical dry forest, and features unique vegetation that gradually changes in the various elevations from mangroves to dry forest, tropical forest and cloud forest.


Agua Blanca and Archaeological Museum

Your first stop is a visit to the small archaeological museum in Agua Blanca. Here, view the remains of the ancient cultures who had settled on this site. The on-site ruins formed a solar calendar to celebrate the rituals of the winter or summer solstices. The museum also displays funeral urns from the Manteña culture.


Forest and Village Exploration

Next, explore the dry, mostly primary forest, which has unique fauna and flora to this environment. The village is populated by descendants of the Manteña culture, who still live much as their ancestors once did and survive mostly based on proceeds from their community-based tourism project. They live without land divisions between them, and are proud to show off their community and way of life. Proceeds from the tour will be donated on behalf of the Silversea and the guests to the village which will help the people maintain their culture alive.


Los Frailes Beach and Lunch

Following your visit, proceed to Los Frailes Beach for a prepared box lunch overlooking the sun-drenched beach and steep adjoining cliffs. After lunch, re-board your coach and commence the approximately two-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 0.75 miles (about 1.2 kilometres), at times over uneven, muddy and/or slippery terrain, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 10 steep steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, insect repellent, an umbrella and towel from the ship. Guests must be at least five (5) years old to participate on this tour. Proceeds of the tour will be donated to the village on behalf of Silversea Cruises and the guests.

Pacoche Ecological Sanctuary, Cooking Demonstration & Tasting

Discover the splendid traditions, forests and flavours of Ecuador during this memorable, half-day excursion to the Pacoche Wildlife Refuge. Located at only twenty minutes from Manta, the forest is a green patch in the middle of a semi-desert area of the coast of Manabí. Its fascinating microclimate serves as habitat for countless species that are characteristics of the area. Pacoche is well-known for the howler monkeys, and over 250 species of birds, from which, 55 are endemic.

Coastal Forests, Beaches and Towns

Depart the pier for the brief drive to the Pacoche Wildlife Refuge. En route, take in panoramic views of the spectacular dry forest, humid forest, beaches, wildlife, and picturesque typical towns along coastal Ecuador. Experience the climatic change of this area as you ascend to the Pacoche Wildlife Refuge.


Pacoche Wildlife Refuge

Your visit to the refuge begins with a refreshing fruit juice served upon arrival, followed by a guided walking tour along the trail inside this ecological sanctuary. The refuge is home to 31 howler monkeys, and over 152 species of native and regional bird species. Pass by banana plantations, toquilla straw used to weave hats, sugar cane fields and the palms that produce tagua nuts.


Panama Hat-Making and Ceviche Cooking Demonstration

Afterward, see a mill, or trapiche, that is used to extract the juice from sugarcane, then observe a demonstration of a local artisan making a Panama hat from toquilla straw. Following this demonstration, hats are available for purchase. From here, proceed for a ceviche cooking demonstration and an opportunity to sample the ceviche with fried plantains, or patacones, and a cold beer. Your visit to the Pacoche Wildlife Refuge concludes with a brief drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 0.6 miles (about one kilometre), at times over uneven, muddy and/or slippery terrain, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 50 steps at forest. 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 sun protection, insect repellent and an umbrella from the ship. Guests must be at least ten (10) years old to participate on this tour. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Cooking Ecuadorian Style & Lunch

Unlock the secret to preparing Ecuadorian specialities during this interactive cooking class with lunch. This small-group experience is ideal for those who want to learn more about the culture and the cuisine of Ecuador. Savour this experience when your reward is to taste the fruit of your labours.


Ecuadorian cooking is famous for enhancing the natural taste of food. Spices are widely used, especially pepper, cumin, coriander, parsley, garlic, "achiote", and more; other seasoning is done with salt and lemon. One of the main sauces used is a chili sauce called "picante" or "aji" which is can be found on the tables at any Ecuadorian restaurant.


Ecuadorian Cooking Class

Depart the pier area for a short 30-minute drive to a local venue. Enjoy an amazing afternoon with a talented local chef who will be teaching you the secrets, tips and tricks of some Ecuadorian dishes and other delicacies. This is an amazing opportunity to have fun with your friends while seeing how to prepare an extraordinary meal.


You then will enjoy this self-made meal accompanied by an Ecuadorian beer and the wonderful scenery.


Re-board your transportation for the short return ride back to your ship.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 30 steps at the sites visited. An elevator is available at the venue. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 10 years old to participate on this tour. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Montecristi by Chivas

Experience picturesque Montecristi in a unique and fun new way during this memorable, half-day sightseeing excursion by Chivas bus. In Montecristi, Ecuador live a handful of master weavers, the creators of the finest straw hats in the world "Montecristi Panama Hats".


Chivas Bus

Depart the pier aboard a Chivas bus for scenic, approximately 30-minute ride to Montecristi, home of toquilla straw hats, or 'Panama' hats. En route, a local band rides atop one of the brightly-painted Chivas buses, the most important means of transportation used by the local people.

Montecristi

Upon arrival in Montecristi, take a guided tour of this beautiful little town, which still retains the atmosphere and faded elegance of its Spanish heritage. Afterward, some free time is made available here to browse the shops lining the central square and its many narrow streets. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your Chivas bus and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 219 yards (about 200 metres), with a high step to negotiate to get on/off the Chivas bus and five steps at the sites visited. The Chivas bus has wooden seats and is air-cooled. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 3 years old to participate on this tour when accompanied by an adult.

Highlights of Manta

Explore the rich history, culture and people of Manta during this scenic, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Manta and Archaeological Museum

Depart the pier for a short drive around Manta en route to the Archaeological Museum of the Central Bank of Manta. The museum boasts a small but excellent collection of ceramics of the Manteño-Huancavilca culture that flourished here between 800 and 1550 A.D. Other local art expositions can also be found on display.


Chorrillo and Cabuya Plant-Weaving

Next, re-board your coach and proceed to a cabuya plant-weaving factory in Chorrillo. Your visit is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, as this traditional art is, unfortunately, rapidly dying out. In the past, this vibrant local industry prompted the production of approximately 4,000 cabuya plant bags per day in the Manta area. Today, this is the last remaining factory and produces 200 bags per week.


Montecristi Golf Club and Private Artisan Fair

Your tour continues with a drive along the picturesque seaside promenade, and a visit to the Private Artisan Fair at the Montecristi Golf Club. Observe artisans demonstrating the weaving of toquilla straw hats, or 'Panama' hats, and meet taqua nut carvers demonstrating their skills. The versatile tagua nut is used to produce a number of different eco-friendly products, from traditional handicrafts to jewellery and shirt buttons.


Following your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 273 yards (about 250 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 45 steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Photo and video are prohibited at the Archaeological Museum.

Programas em terra em Manta

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: 4nt. Cloud Forest at Mashpi Lodge

Mashpi Lodge is located in the evergreen wilds of the Andes' western slope. The sudden shift in altitude allows you to discover the spectacular natural diversity of the Andean landscape. Travel through the dry valley of Pomasqui towards the cordillera's western flank, into lush, misty cloud forest, and finally reach Mashpi, a nature sanctuary located in the spectacular Chocó, one of the most celebrated bioregions in the world, known for its record-high endemism, rainfall and altitudinal range. Birding here is renowned and naturalist guides are available to maximise your viewing opportunities.


04MIDMTA-B 4 nt. Cloud Forest at Mashpi Lodge

Departure: 12 January, 2018 from Manta

Duration: 4.5 Days/4 Nights

Re-join ship: 16 January, 2018 in Pisco

Reserve by: 14 October, 2017


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than October 14, 2017. 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 is required to operate this programme.


The wonders waiting at Mashpi Lodge will delight the worldliest nature lover. Perched at 3,116 feet (900 metres) above sea level and surrounded by lower montane rainforest and cloud forest, the Lodge is surrounded by a profusion of plant species, from ferns and bromeliads to hundreds of orchid species, many newly-discovered. A staggering 500 species of bird - including some 36 endemics - are estimated to inhabit the forest, fluttering through the canopy. Monkeys, peccaries and even puma make their homes inside the Reserve crisscrossed with waterfalls between dramatic, verdant hills. Although we cannot guarantee all of the wildlife will be posed and waiting for you to photograph them, your Mid-Voyage Land Eco-Adventure will offer you a unique look at the cloud forest and its environs.


DAY ONE - Manta / Quito

Depart the ship in Manta for the 1-hour flight to Quito. Nestled at the foot of the 15,696-foot (4,784-metre) Volcán Pichincha, Quito is known for its eternally spring-like climate and for the beauty of its well-preserved colonial centre. Originally settled by the Quitu tribe in the first millennium, it was eventually integrated into the Inca Empire before being destroyed and re-founded in 1534 by Spanish Conquistador Sebastian de Benalcázar. For nearly three centuries, the arts and intellectual societies flourished under Spanish colonial rule, a fact evident in the historic centre's splendidly restored colonial buildings and churches lining narrow, cobbled streets. In 1809, Quito established the first self-governing junta in the colonies and the liberator Simón Bolívar led the country as part of the Republic of Greater Colombia until 1830, when the Republic of Ecuador announced its independence. Due to the city's preservation of its blended past, UNESCO declared Quito the first of its World Heritage Sites in 1978. The city is beautifully situated in an Andean valley at 9,186 feet (2,800 metres), making it the second highest capital city in the world.


Dinner this evening will be served at one of the fine restaurants located in the colonial district of Quito


Overnight accommodations - JW Marriott Hotel - Quito


Day TWO - Quito / Mashpi Lodge

Enjoy an early breakfast, check-out of the hotel and meet at 8:00am to begin the three-hour journey to Mashpi Lodge. On your way to Mashpi, visit the archaeological ruins at Tulipe, said to have belonged to the ancient Yumbo civilization of pre-Inca Quito, set in a magical forested location. Taste delicious Ecuadorian appetisers and fresh-brewed coffee prepared by members of the local community before your final one-hour descent into Mashpi Reserve.


Just after noon, arrive at the Hummingbird Station. Mashpi boasts a total 32 hummingbird species identified to date, many of which inhabit different altitudinal ranges, with around 19 species considered common at the specially designed feeder station. Observe the various hummingbirds, with a chance to see toucans, tanagers, squirrels, and other indigenous species. The site is located at a natural viewpoint, which, on clear days, provides breath-taking views of the reserve's forested hills. This is a veritable photographer's paradise, regardless of your level of experience.


Check-into the hotel and freshen up in your room. Then, you are introduced to your naturalist guides who will briefly speak about the cloud forest and its conservation, the activities offered during your stay, and helpful tips about what to wear and bring to the excursions. This will take place before lunch at the library (lasts around 30 minutes). After lunch our guide will recommend an activity: walks into the forest or just relax and explore the property. Meet at the appointed time for dinner at the Lodge.


Accommodations this evening are at the Mashpi Lodge.


Day THREE - Mashpi Lodge

The forest always rewards the "early birds", as the dawn light lures a variety of fascinating species in their search for food. A good place to find birds is actually right at the hotel's terrace, with a cup of fresh coffee, tea or hot chocolate in hand, from where we can enjoy not only the beauty of the forest but also the many species that come to feed on insects and fruits at nearby trees.


Your guides will help you spot what is in the area, offering a peek inside their telescope for a close-and-personal view of the incredible bird richness Mashpi possesses. This activity begins at 6:30 AM and lasts about an hour. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel restaurant.


After breakfast, your guide shows you the options you will have this morning to discover the amazing cloud forest. Venture out for approximately two hours. Returning to the Lodge, a refreshing natural juice and fresh towels await and then stop for a welcomed lunch at the Lodge's restaurant.


Following lunch your guide will recommend an afternoon activity based on the weather and movement of animal/bird life. If you wish, just enjoy the Lodge and visit the spa and explore the treatments they offer.


Dinner and accommodations this evening are at the Mashpi Lodge.


Day FOUR - Mashpi Lodge / Callao

This morning's activity begins at 6:30 AM in the hotel lobby and takes advantage of the fact that many bird species come to the hotel to feed. After a cup of coffee, walk down the road seeking out mixed-species feeding flocks. These usually feature different insectivorous bird species that move together while foraging. In a single flock, you may see over 20 different species, making these more-or-less common encounters an undeniable treat for bird aficionados. The activity takes one hour; return to the lodge for breakfast.


Approximately at 8:30 AM, leave the hotel and head to Copal Waterfall. This beautiful two-hour-long hike features a landscape of moss-covered trees, bromeliads and orchids at every corner. The trail ends at a spectacular waterfall over 165 feet (50 metres) high.


Return to the hotel by noon for check out and enjoy a last meal at Mashpi before heading to the Quito Airport for your flight to Lima. Once in Lima, you are met and transferred to the ship.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, some of which is on cobblestone paths and unpaved trails, with uneven surfaces. There are many steps to climb. This excursion is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Altitude sickness may be a problem for guests suffering from palpitations, shortness of breath or severe headaches. The contents and order of activities of this excursion are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or the movement of wildlife. Pack carefully; luggage weight restriction is limited to 50 lb. (23 kg). Warm clothes are necessary; 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 your camera and binoculars. This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm, humid and/or wet weather and insects. Bring rain gear and insect repellent. This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated. This is an eco-adventure and guests must be flexible to local conditions, as 5-star luxury cannot be guaranteed in rainforest lodges. 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.


Programme Includes:

· One-night stay at JW Marriott Hotel (or similar) - Quito

· Two-night stay at Mashpi Lodge - Andean Rainforest

· Scheduled flights, Economy-Class: Manta / Quito and Quito / Lima. At this time the airlines do not offer a Business Class of service on these flights.

· Three breakfasts, three lunches, one in-flight meal en route to Lima, and three dinners (lunch and dinner include choice of two beverages, local beer, house wine, soft drinks), in addition to one in-flight snacks served with soft drinks, tea or coffee.

· Naturalist programs at the Lodge

· All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not 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, 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. Onboard 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, private game reserves, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

4NT Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: The Andes & the Train to the Devil's Nose

Enjoy the beauty of Quito´s colonial centre, explore Cuenca "The hidden treasure of Ecuador", get an up-close look at the people and culture of the towns you visit, and taste the delicious Ecuadorian food. Travel high into the mountains through scenic landscapes and for a really thrilling ride through the Andes, hop aboard and experience the Devil's Nose train ride (Nariz del Diablo). This journey, a great Ecuador tourist attraction, originally formed part of the Trans-Andean Railroad and is one of the few remaining sections of train track which still operates in Ecuador.


04MIDMTA-A The Andes & the Train to the Devil's Nose - REVISED DESCRIPTION AS OF 20 SEPT., 2017

Voyage 6721

Departure: October 20, 2017 from Manta

Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

Re-join Ship: October 24, 2017 in Callao

This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than July 15, 2017. 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 is required to operate this programme.


Quintessentially Ecuador, the Andean region (also known as the Sierra and the Highlands) is the most visited region in the country. Its cultural and natural diversity spans grassy highlands (paramo), cloud forests, mountain lakes, active volcanoes, thermal baths, Indian markets, colonial towns and haciendas. One highlight of this Mid-Voyage Land Adventure will no doubt be the Devil's Nose Train ride.


Ecuador's train system is quite remarkable. For the workers and engineers to have created a viable passage from Quito to Guayaquil over a century ago with the technology available at the time is nothing less than heroic. The track goes over rocky ravines, along raging rivers, through dense cloud forests and around mountains. But by far the most impressive section of the railway is the so-called "Devil's Nose", a hair-raising trip down the rocky slopes of the Andes through some of Ecuador's most breath-taking scenery.


Day 1 - Manta / Quito (Friday, Oct. 20)

Upon arrival in Manta enjoy a breakfast onboard before meeting your guide for the transfer to the airport. Check-in for the short (50 min.) economy-class flight to Quito. Upon arrival in the capital city, collect your luggage and proceed to the city center. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.


Quito, nestled at the foot of 15,696-foot (4,784-metre) (Volcán Pichincha, is known for its eternally spring-like climate and for the beauty of its well-preserved colonial centre. Originally settled by the Quitu tribe in the first millennium, Quito was eventually integrated into the Inca Empire before being destroyed and re-founded in 1534 by Spanish Conquistador Sebastian de Benalcázar. For nearly three centuries, the arts and intellectual societies flourished under Spanish colonial rule, a fact evident in the historic centre's splendidly restored colonial buildings and churches lining narrow, cobbled streets. In 1809, Quito established the first self-governing junta in the colonies and the liberator Simón Bolívar led the country as part of the Republic of Greater Colombia until 1830, when the Republic of Ecuador announced its independence. Due to the city's preservation of its blended past, UNESCO declared Quito the first of its World Heritage Sites in 1978. The city is beautifully situated in an Andean valley at 9,186 feet (2,800 metres), making it the second highest capital city in the world.


This afternoon, begin your tour of colonial Quito. This afternoon's sightseeing demonstrates some of the reasons why Ecuador's capital earned its honour as the first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drive by the San Francisco Church, built on the site of Atahualpa's Palace, and La Compañía Church's Baroque façade. Marvel at the Independence Plaza, flanked by the Presidential Palace and the Cathedral of Quito. Gaze at the beautiful centuries-old buildings lit up around you and watch the lights of the city twinkle in the night. With quaint cobblestone streets, flowering balconies, and a way of life little changed for centuries, the historic centre is the lifeblood of Quito. Check in to the hotel at the end of your tour. Join your fellow Silversea travellers for dinner at the hotel.


Overnight accommodation at Casa Gangotena Hotel - Quito



Day 2 - Quito / Riobamba (Saturday, Oct. 21)

Following breakfast at the hotel, depart for the drive along the stunning Avenue of the Volcanoes. This is the nickname bestowed by Alexander von Humbolt, the German scientist who came to Ecuador in the 18th-century to gather valuable information on the biology and geography of the country.


The park is named for its volcano, the perfectly cone-shaped Volcan Cotopaxi. One of the highest active volcanoes in the world at 5,900 metres (over 19,000 feet), Cotopaxi dominates the landscape. While in the park, take a walk around the beautiful Laguna Limpiopungo or visit the Salitre pre-Inca ruins. Keep an eye out for wild horses and the endangered Andean Condor. A lunch stop is made at a local restaurant before departing on a 2h30 drive to Riobamba, a small, charming Andean city with colonial architecture, cobble-stone streets, impressive plazas, and a fascinating market.


The day concludes with check-in and dinner at the Hacienda La Andaluza. This 300 years old hacienda was a the meeting point for the Ecuadorian patriots who planned the freedom of Ecuador in 1830. The famous Simon Bolivar liberator is said to have stayed here.


Overnight accommodation at Hacienda La Andaluza - Riobamba


Day 3 - Train to Devil's Nose / Cuenca (Sunday, Oct. 22)

Depart early this morning after breakfast for one of the most beautiful and impressive train journeys on the continent. Today, this classic train ride is run purely for visitors who can enjoy the experience of travelling through the fantastic Andean scenery, then the adventure of travelling down the Devil's Nose section of the line which zigzags along the edge of the Andes in a truly exhilarating and exciting ride of a lifetime. This train journey is classed amongst the most spectacular in the world. Learn about the Incas during their short time in Ecuadorian Lands and visit the monuments they left during this time.


Upon arriving in the quaint town of Alausí, board the classic train to the Devil's Nose. Along the way, encounter breath-taking Andean scenery, the Palmira desert and, finally, the Devil's Nose itself. One of the most unique train routes in the world, and certainly one of the best known in South America, the Devil's Nose is truly an amazing feat of engineering. While constructing the Quito-Guayaquil train line in the early 20th Century, the engineers were faced with a major obstacle - The Andes. With no clear path into and out of the forbidding range, the engineers finally decided to tackle the problem head on. They created a series of switchbacks that allow the train to navigate a 45 degree rock slope while descending over 2,600 feet (800 metres). It makes for a spectacular journey through one of Ecuador's most scenic landscapes. Recently re-opened after years of reconstruction, it is now available to experience just as it was a century ago.


After descending the Devil's Nose, stop to enjoy some refreshments while exploring the beautiful surroundings. There is also a charming museum offering information about local culture, history, flora and fauna in the area.


Arriving back in Alausí, head to the Inca ruins of Ingapirca. Along the way, stop for lunch at the Posada de Ingapirca. The word Ingapirga means "The Inca wall" in the Quichua language. Today it designates the most important complex of ruins existing in the country. Built on top of Cañari structures which date to 1200 AD. The site was used as a political and religious centre until the Incas conquered the Cañari and started the construction of a temple in 1460. Upon completion it served as a site for Sun worship and as a calendar for agricultural purposes. The complex also has other important sections such as the ancient residing place of the virgins of the sun, the Inca baths, and more. There is also a small museum on-site featuring artefacts from both Cañari and Inca civilizations.


Drive for about 90 minutes to Cuenca, where dinner and your hotel room await.


Accommodations this evening are at the Mansion Alcazar - Cuenca.



Day 4 - Cuenca (Monday, Oct. 23)

Once you have enjoyed breakfast at the Hacienda, meet your guide and set out for an introduction to the city. Cuenca is considered by many to be the most beautiful city in the country and is often hailed as "The hidden treasure of Ecuador". It was declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999, primarily for having been able to preserve the most valuable cultural and architectural features found in its historic centre.


Enjoy a walk along Cuenca's cobblestoned streets, visiting flowery plazas and picturesque sites before arriving at the meeting point - Turi viewpoint, which offers a panoramic view of Cuenca and its surroundings. Make a stop at a local Panama Hat factory (note: Authentic Panama hats have always been produced in Ecuador and not in Panama as the name might imply).


See the city centre, and visit Cuenca's famous flower market and its dazzlingly colourful displays of arum lilies, orchids, and roses. Be on the lookout for the neo-Gothic 'New Cathedral' and its distinctive blue domes which dominate the skyline. Construction on the New Cathedral began in 1880; it was erected to replace the Old Cathedral (still standing across from the new one), built by the Spanish in 1557, the year the city was founded.


Lunch will be served at a local hosteria. Then, your tour then goes 'off the beaten tourist path' with visits to Gualaceo and Chordeleg. In a June, 2017 ceremony in Gualaceo the art of ikat weaving was officially recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage. According to anthropologists, the practice predates both the Spanish and Inca in southern Ecuador. Ikat is a Malay-Indonesian term for a dyeing technique that is "one of the most complicated approaches to dyeing found anywhere in the world," according to the Smithsonian Centre for Education and Museum Studies.


From here, continue to Chordeleg, known in the country for its pottery, gold and silver jewelry. Your group will have exclusive insider access to an artisans's workshops to see the craft of producing delicate filigree jewelry.


Return to the hotel and enjoy some free time in Cuenca. Dinner this evening will be served at a local restaurant.


Overnight accommodations are at the Mansion Alcazar - Cuenca.



Day 5 - Cuenca / Guayaquil / Callao (Tuesday, Oct. 24)

After enjoying breakfast, begin the scenic 4h drive to Guayaquil. Stop enroute to stretch your legs at the El Cajas National Park. The park lies at an altitude between 3,200 - 4,500 metres (approximately 10,500 - 4,500 feet). Its 235 glacial lakes feed into breath-taking waterfalls, with some headed toward the Pacific and others flowing to the Amazon. A boxed lunch is provided.


Proceed to Guayaquil and learn a bit about the city and its inhabitants during a short city tour. This is Ecuador's principle port and largest city, and is considered the commercial and industrial centre of the country. Visit the Malecon along the Guayas River, and the historic neighbourhood of Las Penas, along with a stop at one of the local museums.


Late afternoon, transfer to the airport for the flight to Lima. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to Callao where the staff and crew are looking forward to welcoming you back onboard.




Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, some of which is on cobblestone paths and unpaved trails, with uneven surfaces. There are many steps to climb. This excursion is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Altitude sickness may be a problem for guests suffering from palpitations, shortness of breath or severe headaches. This programme involves fairly long drives. All vehicles utilised are the best available. Pack carefully; luggage weight restriction is limited to 50 lb. (23 kg) plus one carry on limited to 22lbs. (10 kg). Plan on wearing layers of clothing for comfort depending on the weather. You will be at higher altitude so sunblock, wide-brimmed, expedition-style hats and sunglasses are necessary. This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm, humid and/or wet weather. Bring rain gear. 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.


Programme Includes:

· One-night stay at The Casa Gangotena (or similar) - Quito

· One-night stay at the Hacienda La Andaluza - Riobamba

· Two-night stay at Mansion Alcazar (or similar) - Cuenca

· Scheduled flights, Economy-Class: Manta / Quito and Guayaquil/Lima. At this time the airlines do not offer a Business Class service on these flights.

· Four breakfasts, five lunches (including one boxed lunches), and four dinners (lunches and dinners at restaurants include choice of two beverages, local beer, house wine, soft drinks)

· Train Passage to Devil's Nose

· Bottled water on coach

· All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not 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, 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. Onboard 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, private game reserves, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley & Cusco

Discover one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Few places can compare to the 'Lost City of the Incas', breathtakingly situated amongst craggy peaks and billowing clouds. Visit historic Cusco high up in the Andes and travel to Machu Picchu via the Hiram Bingham luxury train.


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Departure: 12 January, 2018 from Manta

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights

Rejoin ship: 15 January, 2018 in Callao

Reserve by: 12 October, 2017


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than the dates indicated above. 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 is required to operate this programme.


Grand Voyage guests please take note that this programme will overlap with the special event planned in Manta and it will not be possible to participate in both events. Should you elect to travel to Machu Picchu, no credit can be given for missing the Grand Voyage event.


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', one of the most beautiful and enigmatic sites in the world. From Manta, travel by land and air to Lima via Guayaquil. In the morning, a scheduled flight takes you to Cusco, nestled 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. Stay in the beautiful Sacred Valley as well as in the historic city of Cusco high up in the Andes before re-joining the ship in Callao.


DAY ONE - Manta / Guayquil / Lima

Arrange for an early breakfast with your butler and depart the ship for the approximately 4-hour transfer to Guayaquil (comfort stops made enroute). Located on the banks of the Guayas River, Guayaquil is Ecuador's principle port and largest city, with almost 4 million inhabitants. Guayaquil's strong culture and traditions stand in amazing contrast to the modernity of its new constructions. Guayaquil's port, "Puerto Maritimo", is the main sea port of the country and is where 80% of the country's imports and more than 50% of its exports are handled. The commercial and industrial centre of Ecuador, Guayaquil lies about 60 kilometres from the Gulf of Guayaquil and the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city before heading to a local restaurant for lunch. Then continue to the airport for your flight to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, claim your baggage and then board the coach to the Miraflores Park Hotel where you will have dinner and spend the first night of this wonderful journey.


Overnight at the Miraflores Park Hotel - Lima



DAY TWO - Lima / Sacred Valley

Begin your day with breakfast in the hotel restaurant and then return to Lima's airport for your flight to Cusco. If the sky is clear, the 80-minute flight offers impressive views of the Andes. Upon arrival in Cusco, claim your baggage and then board the coach.


Visit the Koricancha, also known as "The Temple of the Sun" (Quri Kancha 'Golden Temple'). 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.


Lunch is served at a local restaurant before continuing to Sacsayhuaman, once an important Inca cultural centre located on the city's outskirts. Visitors to this magnificent Inca fortress, which overlooks the city of Cusco, cannot fail to be impressed by the beauty and monumental scale of this important Inca construction. Sacsayhuaman can be variously translated as 'speckled falcon' or 'speckled head'. The last interpretation refers to the belief that the city of Cusco was set out in the form of a puma whose head was the hill of Sacsayhuaman. The origins are uncertain but the fortress is generally attributed to the period of Inca Pachacuti, the man who essentially founded the Inca empire. This is a huge fortress built with large stones which transportation is still a mystery. It is estimated that today you can see only twenty per cent of the original structure since at the arrival of the Spaniards it was dismantled and its stones used for new buildings like the Cathedral.


To help you acclimate and adjust to the change in altitude, the coach takes you over the mountain pass and into the Sacred Valley, to a lower altitude. To help adjust to the change, we suggest to take things easy, do not overly exert yourself, and avoid alcohol. The local remedy is to drink coca tea.


Continue the drive to your hotel, Tambo del Inka a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa in the Sacred Valley. Relax and rest and meet for dinner at the suggested time.


Overnight at Tambo del Inka - Sacred Valley.



DAY THREE - Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu / Cusco

If you wish, have a light breakfast, then check-out of the hotel and board the coach for the drive to the Rio Sagrado train station. Your luggage will be transported directly to Cusco. Here you board the Hiram Bingham Orient Express luxury train for Machu Picchu. The trip will take approximately three 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 their 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, arrive at the Rio Sagrado train station, disembark Hiram Bingham, and settle on the coach for the ride to the historic Monasterio Hotel.


Overnight at the Monasterio Hotel - Cusco


DAY FOUR - Cusco / Callao

This morning is at your leisure to sleep late, or get up and explore on your own. After lunch and check-out, a short drive takes you to the airport for your 80 minute flight to Lima.


Collect your luggage, board the coach and begin the 30-minute drive to Callao, where the ship awaits your return.



Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, some of which is on cobblestone paths and unpaved trails, with uneven surfaces. There are many steps to climb. This excursion is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Altitude sickness may be a problem for guests suffering from palpitations, shortness of breath or severe headaches. The contents and order of activities of this excursion are subject to change by the local operator without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or other un-avoidable disruptions. Pack carefully; luggage weight restriction is limited to 50 lb. (23 kg). Warm clothes are necessary; 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 your camera and binoculars. This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm, humid and/or wet weather and insects. Bring rain gear and insect repellent. This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated.. 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.


Programme Includes:

· One-night stay at Miraflores Park Hotel - Lima

· One-night stay at Tambo del Inka Resort - Sacred Valley

· One-night stay at Monasterio Hotel - Cusco

· Scheduled flights, Economy-Class: Guayaquil / Lima / Cusco and Cusco / Lima. At this time the airlines do not offer a Business Class of service on these flights.

· Round trip travel aboard the 'Hiram Bingham'

· Two breakfasts, one brunch, four 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.)

· All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not 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, 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. Onboard 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, private game reserves, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Cloud Forest at Mashpi Lodge

Mashpi Lodge is located in the evergreen wilds of the Andes' western slope. The sudden shift in altitude allows you to discover the spectacular natural diversity of the Andean landscape.  Travel through the dry valley of Pomasqui towards the cordillera's western flank, into lush, misty cloud forest, and finally reach Mashpi, a nature sanctuary located in the spectacular Chocó, one of the most celebrated bioregions in the world, known for its record-high endemism, rainfall and altitudinal range. Birding here is renowned and naturalist guides are available to maximise your viewing opportunities.


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Departure: Manta

Duration:  4 Days/3 Nights

Re-join ship: Callao

Reserve by: November 15, 2016


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than November 15, 2016.  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 is required to operate this programme.  


The wonders waiting at Mashpi Lodge will delight the worldliest nature lover. Perched at 3,116 feet (900 metres) above sea level and surrounded by lower montane rainforest and cloud forest, the Lodge is surrounded by a profusion of plant species, from ferns and bromeliads to hundreds of orchid species, many newly-discovered. A staggering 500 species of bird - including some 36 endemics - are estimated to inhabit the forest, fluttering through the canopy. Monkeys, peccaries and even puma make their homes inside the Reserve crisscrossed with waterfalls between dramatic, verdant hills.  Although we cannot guarantee all of the wildlife will be posed and waiting for you to photograph them, your Mid-Voyage Land Eco-Adventure will offer you a unique look at the cloud forest and its environs.


Day ONE - Manta / Quito                                                          

Depart the ship in Manta for the 1-hour flight to Quito.  Nestled at the foot of the 15,696-foot (4,784-metre) Volcán Pichincha, Quito is known for its eternally spring-like climate and for the beauty of its well-preserved colonial centre. Originally settled by the Quitu tribe in the first millennium, it was eventually integrated into the Inca Empire before being destroyed and re-founded in 1534 by Spanish Conquistador Sebastian de Benalcázar. For nearly three centuries, the arts and intellectual societies flourished under Spanish colonial rule, a fact evident in the historic centre's splendidly restored colonial buildings and churches lining narrow, cobbled streets. In 1809, Quito established the first self-governing junta in the colonies and the liberator Simón Bolívar led the country as part of the Republic of Greater Colombia until 1830, when the Republic of Ecuador announced its independence. Due to the city's preservation of its blended past, UNESCO declared Quito the first of its World Heritage Sites in 1978.  The city is beautifully situated in an Andean valley at 9,186 feet (2,800 metres), making it the second highest capital city in the world.


Dinner this evening will be served at one of the fine restaurants located in the colonial district of Quito


Overnight accommodations - JW Marriott Hotel - Quito


Day TWO - Quito / Mashpi Lodge                                                                                                                  

Enjoy an early breakfast, check-out of the hotel and meet at 8:00am to begin the three-hour journey to Mashpi Lodge.  On your way to Mashpi, visit the archaeological ruins at Tulipe, said to have belonged to the ancient Yumbo civilization of pre-Inca Quito, set in a magical forested location. Taste delicious Ecuadorian appetisers and fresh-brewed coffee prepared by members of the local community before your final one-hour descent into Mashpi Reserve.


Just after noon, arrive at the Hummingbird Station. Mashpi boasts a total 32 hummingbird species identified to date, many of which inhabit different altitudinal ranges, with around 19 species considered common at the specially designed feeder station. Observe the various hummingbirds, with a chance to see toucans, tanagers, squirrels, and other indigenous species. The site is located at a natural viewpoint, which, on clear days, provides breath-taking views of the reserve's forested hills. This is a veritable photographer's paradise, regardless of your level of experience.


Check-into the hotel and freshen up in your room.  Then, you are introduced to your naturalist guides who will briefly speak about the cloud forest and its conservation, the activities offered during your stay, and helpful tips about what to wear and bring to the excursions. This will take place before lunch at the library (lasts around 30 minutes).  After lunch our guide will recommend an activity: walks into the forest or just relax and explore the property. Meet at the appointed time for dinner at the Lodge.


Accommodations this evening are at the Mashpi Lodge.


Day THREE - Mashpi Lodge

The forest always rewards the "early birds", as the dawn light lures a variety of fascinating species in their search for food. A good place to find birds is actually right at the hotel's terrace, with a cup of fresh coffee, tea or hot chocolate in hand, from where we can enjoy not only the beauty of the forest but also the many species that come to feed on insects and fruits at nearby trees.


Your guides will help you spot what is in the area, offering a peek inside their telescope for a close-and-personal view of the incredible bird richness Mashpi possesses. This activity begins at 6:30 AM and lasts about an hour. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel restaurant.


After breakfast, your guide shows you the options you will have this morning to discover the amazing cloud forest.   Venture out for approximately two hours.  Returning to the Lodge, a refreshing natural juice and fresh towels await and then stop for a welcomed lunch at the Lodge's restaurant.


Following lunch your guide will recommend an afternoon activity based on the weather and movement of animal/bird life.  If you wish, just enjoy the Lodge and visit the spa and explore the treatments they offer.


Dinner and accommodations this evening are at the Mashpi Lodge.


Day FOUR - Mashpi Lodge / Callao

This morning's activity begins at 6:30 AM in the hotel lobby and takes advantage of the fact that many bird species come to the hotel to feed. After a cup of coffee, walk down the road seeking out mixed-species feeding flocks.  These usually feature different insectivorous bird species that move together while foraging. In a single flock, you may see over 20 different species, making these more-or-less common encounters an undeniable treat for bird aficionados. The activity takes one hour; return to the lodge for breakfast.


Approximately at 8:30 AM, leave the hotel and head to Copal Waterfall. This beautiful two-hour-long hike features a landscape of moss-covered trees, bromeliads and orchids at every corner. The trail ends at a spectacular waterfall over 165 feet (50 metres) high.  


Return to the hotel by noon for check out and enjoy a last meal at Mashpi before heading to the Quito Airport for your flight to Lima.  Once in Lima, you are met and transferred to the ship.


Please note:  This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, some of which is on cobblestone paths and unpaved trails, with uneven surfaces.  There are many steps to climb.  This excursion is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Altitude sickness may be a problem for guests suffering from palpitations, shortness of breath or severe headaches.  The contents and order of activities of this excursion are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or the movement of wildlife. Pack carefully; luggage weight restriction is limited to 50 lb. (23 kg). Warm clothes are necessary; 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 your camera and binoculars. This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm, humid and/or wet weather and insects. Bring rain gear and insect repellent. This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated. This is an eco-adventure and guests must be flexible to local conditions, as 5-star luxury cannot be guaranteed in rainforest lodges.  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.


Programme Includes:

·        One-night stay at JW Marriott Hotel (or similar) - Quito

·        Two-night stay at Mashpi Lodge  - Andean Rainforest

·        Scheduled flights, Economy-Class: Manta / Quito and Quito / Lima.  At this time the airlines do not offer a Business Class of service on these flights.

·        Three breakfasts, three lunches, one in-flight meal en route to Lima, and three dinners (lunch and dinner include choice of two beverages, local beer, house wine, soft drinks), in addition to one in-flight snacks served with soft drinks, tea or coffee.

·        Naturalist programs at the Lodge

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not 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, 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.   Onboard 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, private game reserves, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.