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Lima (Callao) to Valparaiso Expedition Cruise

16 - 25 October 2023

10 Days / 09 Nights

If you want archeological sites, rich fauna, and jaw-dropping landscape, look no further. This expedition explores the coast between Lima and Valparaiso. You'll see the Atacama Desert, Antofagasta's huge hands, and relax at sea. The highlight of this trip is your final days touring Chile's isolated islands. Take advantage.

Itinerary in a Nutshell

8

Ports

2

Countries

Silver Origin

Expedition Cruise

Routes
Image by WILLIAN REIS
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Peru: Lima, Paracas, Matarani
Chile: Arica, Antofagasta, Isla Pan de Azucar, Isla Chanaral, Valparaiso

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Day 01  |  Lima, Callao

Lima's colonial splendor brings color and culture to Peru's parched countryside. This enormous city, founded in 1535, is one of the world's largest desert cities. Lima is one of South America's most culturally lively cities, rising from the winter garua fog. Plaza de Armas is the hub of the old Spanish colonial capital. The Basilica Cathedral of Lima overlooks Plaza Mayor, where the Changing of the Guards draws thousands. Pre-Columbian cities and temples are found nearby. Grand museums display artefacts from ancient civilisations that built mud adobe towns throughout Peru's coast and in its valleys and highlands. Lima's artsy Barranco district has modern art galleries and the Bridge of Sighs. This charming wooden bridge is a favorite among artists. After, try Lima's spicy, lime-marinated seafood ceviche. In some places, ceviche gets its own national day on June 28. A Pisco Sour is the best way to end a trip to this fascinating city.

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Day 02  |  Paracas

The port city of Paracas is blessed with natural beauty and historical significance, giving beaches, great weather, and beautiful surroundings. The Paracas Peninsula and bay are a national reserve full of wildlife. Condors glide on the sea winds or sit on the cliffs; pink flamingos stop here on migratory flights. The complicated interaction of wind, ocean, sun, and land has created a lunarscape under an equatorial sun. Its proximity to the enigmatic Nazca Lines also draws visitors. These unusual patterns, visible from the air, have baffled archaeologists, historians, and mathematicians for over a century. The first Andeans hid here. Paracas culture was recognized for exquisite weavings in geometrical designs and brilliant colors, which were preserved by the dry climate

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Day 03  |  Day at Sea

Days at sea allow you to relax, unwind, and catch up. These blue sea days are excellent for heading to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on reading, or topping off your tan.

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Day 04  |  Matarani

Arequipa, Peru's second-largest and best city, is a two-hour journey from Matarani harbor. The so-called white city is set in the Andes mountain range at an elevation of 2300 meters (7545 feet) beneath the watchful eye of El Misti, a volcano. UNESCO deems the city center's architecture a marvel of European and native blending. At the Plaza de Armas, the Basilica Cathedral dominates the scene with its twin belfries and ornately carved columns. The Convent of Santa Catalina is a tangle of orange, crimson, and blue painted halls, tunnels, cloisters, and chapels where aristocratic girls made their vows. Orange Tree Cloister, shared laundry room, 17th-century kitchen. If you're stunned by Arequipa's architecture, grab a coffee and shop for alpaca wool products. Arequipa has a strong political and intellectual scene; Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa is well-known.

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Day 05  |  Arica

Arica, Chile's northernmost city, is the capital of Arica and Parinacota. The region's 240,000 residents make up 98% of the population. At 18 degrees Celsius, Arica is called the "city of endless spring." Despite being in the Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on earth, a rich river valley cuts through the city. Fruit and vegetables are grown there, and Arica is known for its olives. Arica's port was significant to the Spanish Empire after 1545, when silver was carried down from Potosi (Bolivia).

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Day 06  |  Day at Sea

Days at sea allow you to relax, unwind, and catch up. These blue sea days are excellent for heading to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on reading, or topping off your tan.

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Day 07  |  Antofagasta

Antofagasta has archaeological zones, plazas, and huge hands. It's Chile's second-most populous city and the largest in the north. Antofagasta, once the country's principal export port for nitrate and then silver, is now its mineral mining center. Antofagasta was previously Bolivian and became Chilean in 1904 during the Pacific War. In exchange for the city, Chile built a rail link to Bolivia. Today, driving to La Paz is relatively stress-free via some of the world's most magnificent landscapes. The south-to-north railway link produced massive growth, which continues today. In recent years, Antofagasta has seen high rise hotels and buildings sprout up among the Barrio Histórico's historic plazas, disused railway stations, and wooden-fronted Victorian and Georgian structures. The dry Atacama Desert borders the city. As if the lunar-like scenery wasn't enough, the 11-meter-tall "Hand of the Desert" is located around 60 km from Antofagasta and is a must for alien enthusiasts.

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Day 08  |  Isla Pan de Azúcar

Isla Pan de Azucar is a huge rock formation of metamorphosed sandstone and mudstone in Pan de Azucar National Park. Isla Pan de Azucar, Las Chatas islets, and Las Mariposas (Butterfly) rocks cover just 1.1 square kilometers of the 43754-hectare national park. The park prohibits landings to protect South American sea lions and marine otters. Ships can't anchor, and Zodiacs must be accompanied by local boats. During a Zodiac trip, you may witness Humboldt Penguins, Inca Terns, Kelp Gulls, Peruvian Boobies, Peruvian Pelicans, Peruvian Diving-Petrels, Red-legged Cormorants, and Turkey Vultures.

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Day 09  |  Isla Chañaral

Isla Chanaral, along with two other islands, is part of the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve. The islands are Humboldt Penguin nesting grounds. Sea lions lounge on rugged cliff ledges, endangered South American marine otters slip in and out of the water, and cheerful bottlenose dolphins frolic in the surrounding seas. An upper and lower plateau make up the island. The lower level is covered in shrubs and cacti, while the high plateau is barren.

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Day 10  |  Valparaiso

Valparaiso has inspired poets, musicians, and artists for centuries. Valparaiso's architecture, style, street art, nightlife, and live music scenes are among the best in the world. Valpariaso's colorful clifftop residences make it a popular Chilean city. Juan de Saavedra founded the settlement in 1536 and called it after his home. Many of his colonial buildings still remain despite rain, wind, fire, and earthquakes (one of which almost levelled the city in 1906). Poetry lovers and amateur architects would want to visit Pablo Neruda's ship-shaped residence and museum 45 kilometers south of Santiago. The city and region enjoy wonderful food and wine. The neighboring Casablanca Valley grapes, first planted in the 1980s, have gained worldwide recognition. Chile's viticulture dates back far further. De Saavedra imported grapevines to South America to manufacture his own wine, which led to Pisco. Give a Chilean a Pisco and they'll be home.

The Fleet

For more routes and detailed journey programs, please contact TRUVI team.

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