Peru & Chile – Inca Highlights & Machu Picchu


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Ship
Fram
City
Callao to Valparaíso


Overview

Sail the west coast of South America to explore fascinating archaeological sites and the mysteries of lost cultures. Discover Incan treasures like unforgettable Machu Picchu and marvel at the mysterious Nazca Lines. Finally, explore the ancient city of Antofagasta – the richest and most important city in northern Chile, described as the “Pearl of the North”. Incredible Incas Discover the highlights of the Inca Empire, the largest kingdom in pre-Columbian America, which left behind spectacular legacies such as the town of Ollantaytambo, the world-famous ruins of Machu Picchu, the impressive Sacsayhuamán fortress and vibrant Cusco, once the imperial centre. After this exciting land adventure, we board MS Fram to continue the expedition by sea. Mysterious Nazca Lines The most spectacular of the massive rock carvings of the Nazca geoglyphs are found at San Martin. Otherwise known as the Nazca Lines, these amazing figures can be over 300m in size and are best viewed from above! Tales of two cities In Antofagasta, Chile's second-largest city, explore the historic plaza and learn about the intriguing past of this gateway city. Our expedition ends in the poetic city of Valparaíso, which lies nestled in a natural amphitheater-like setting, surrounded by green hills The best way to enjoy a sweeping view of the lovely bay and the city´s many multi-coloured houses is to enjoy a funicular ride to a local high point. Please note: your voyage rates include return economy flight Lima-Cusco-Lima

Overview

  • PERGH
  • 10 Days
  • Fram

Cruise Itinerary

  • Callao (Peru)
  • Valparaíso (Chile)
  • South America

Departures

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Cruise Itinerary

Lima and its surrounding area are steeped in history. The city of Lima is Peru´s capital, established by the Spanish conquistadores in 1542. The Viceroyalty of Peru built significant churches, monasteries, and mansions in Lima. Today, the city´s historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore Lima on your own before spending the night in a hotel.


Start the day by transferring to your morning flight from Lima to Cusco. Enjoy lunch before experiencing the amazing Sacsayhuamán fortress. The name translates to "satisfied falcon”, in reference to the mythical bird that was said to have guarded the capital of the empire. Construction of the site lasted more than seven decades and demanded the labour of 20,000 men to set foundations, hew the stone, transport materials, and carve and set the stonework. Like many Incan structures, the fortress was built entirely without mortar, yet the enormous stones fit so perfectly that a single blade of grass will not pass between them. The craftsmanship is a stunning example of the Inca’s sophisticated construction and architectural skills. In the afternoon, we continue to Tambo del Inka Resort in the Sacred Valley for dinner and an overnight stay.


After breakfast, you’re in for some unforgettable sights. First we visit Ollantaytambo, an Incan town that shares its name with the formidable stone fortress that hugs a massive cliff looming over the community. This fort was the valley’s main defence against the rival Antis and was the site of the Incas’ greatest victory against the Spanish during the wars of conquest. Constructed of rose-coloured granite, this huge structure was once a thriving complex of baths, temples and military barracks. Next, we head to the nearby train station and board the deluxe Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu. A savoury brunch will be served as we enjoy spectacular views on the way to Machu Picchu. At last, we arrive at spectacular Machu Picchu. The legendary hidden city overlooks the raging Urubamba River and was shielded from discovery for centuries by thick tangles of vines and trees. Now one of the great destinations in world travel, the city of Machu Picchu still hides the secret of its rise and fall, as the Incas left no written records behind. Explore the city's ruins, feel its pulse and visualise the lives of the priests, craftsmen, and servants who inhabited this incredible place. Excavations at the site have revealed skeletons, artefacts and woollen clothing. The renowned precision of Incan stonework on display here is astounding. After spending an unforgettable day exploring the ruins, you can enjoy tea at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge before we head back to Tambo del Inka Resort for another relaxing evening and overnight stay.


After breakfast, we head back to Cusco, once the centre of the Inca Empire. Visit the splendid baroque Cusco Cathedral, built in the mid-1500s on the foundations of an Incan palace. Many of the stones used in its construction were looted from the nearby Sacsayhuaman fortress. We continue to Koricancha, to admire the lovely Dominican Convent of Santo Domingo that was built on the foundations of the Temple of the Sun, the most important temple in the Inca Empire. The curved, mortar-less masonry wall at the west end of the church is one of the greatest existing examples of Inca stonework. After another day of exploring, we will transfer you to the airport to fly to Lima, where MS Fram stands ready to continue our expedition at sea.


Puerto General San Martin is the gateway to the famous and mysterious Nazca Lines and geoglyphs. These lines were etched into the ground between 500 B.C. and 500 A.D., and are considered among archaeology's greatest enigmas because of their quantity, nature, size and continuity. The geoglyphs are several kilometres long and illustrate living creatures, stylized plants and imaginary beings, as well as geometric figures. Join this excursion to truly experience these marvellous creations of the ancient world.


Days at sea mean you can join the Expedition team for interesting lectures, learn the basics of expedition photography, and spend time out on deck enjoying the fresh salt air as you scout for wildlife. Of course, there’s also plenty time to chat with fellow explorers, or just find yourself a quiet corner to enjoy the serenity of a day at sea.


Known as one of the oldest and prettiest cities in northern Chile, Antofagasta is nicknamed, “The Pearl of the North”. It is a city of remarkable contrasts, where you can experience the driest desert and the bluest sea. Join one of our optional excursions to see La Portada Natural Monument, a peculiar rocky arch formation at sea, or visit one of the small fishing towns nearby. You may also explore sunny, warm beaches, or the Antofagasta´s historic sites at your own pace.


Enjoy another peaceful day at sea as we make our way south to Valparaíso, and the Expedition team continues their lecture programme.


Our expedition ends in the wonderful, colourful and poetic city of Valparaíso. After disembarking MS Fram, take some time to stroll the UNESCO-listed Historic Quarter, or ride a funicular to one of the many hilltops for a citywide panorama.


This is an expedition where the elements rule, so weather and wind conditions will determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.


Fram

Vessel Type: Expedition Length: 114m Passenger Capacity: 276 Built: 2007 MS Fram is designed for sailing in polar waters, holds the highest safety standards and is the perfect size for optimum nautical manoeuverability and guests' comfort. With space for only 276 guests, you are sure to get to know many of your fellow travellers. You will share stunning sights and memories of a lifetime long after returning home. The Norwegian word Fram means ‘forward’ – lifting expectations of the voyage at hand. MS Fram was built in 2007 with one mission in mind - to bring her guests closer to nature, wildlife and unforgettable experiences. As well as offering numerous lounges in which to relax, our more active guests can use our well-equipped gym. Meanwhile, on deck, our Jacuzzis guarantee you surreal memories when passing the towering icebergs of Antarctica or Greenland.

Highlights

• Discover important and fascinating ancient sites in South America • Explore the mysteries of the Incas and other lost cultures • Visit a mix of exciting cities • See the Nazca Lines and experience the lost city of Machu Picchu

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