Andean Coast - Expedition from the Jungle to the Desert

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Our journey begins in lush Costa Rican rain forest, before we sail south to Bocos del Toro for a chance to snorkel in the clear blue waters. Later, we enjoy a transit of the iconic Panama Canal, then on to explore wildlife at Isla de la Plata. In Peru, we visit fantastic sites of ancient civilizations, before experiencing the colonial beauty of Lima, exploring the mystery of the Nazca Lines and ending our journey in colorful Valparaíso.
17 days

We begin our expedition with MS Fram in lush Costa Rica, which may be the happiest place on earth and is most certainly the home to more than 50 species of hummingbirds.

Sandy Paradise

Our first stop in Panama is among the sandy Caribbean islands of Bocas del Toro. Unwind on the beautiful beaches or take to the waters to investigate the magnificent coral reefs.

Engineering Marvel

After a technical stop at Colón, be sure to go out on deck as MS Fram maneuvers through a series of locks and artificial canals that make up the amazing Panama Canal.

Next, on to Puerto Piña, where we may observe whales. Enjoy our lecture program on a day at sea, then step ashore at Isla de la Plata, known Ecuador's "other Galapagos" because of the abundance of wildlife found here. Take a nature trial hike or head down to a sandy beach; either way be sure to keep a lookout for blue- footed boobies, albatross and many other bird species.

Ancient Kingdom

In Salaverry, we visit the ruins of the ancient Chimu kingdom, featuring the largest mud brick citadel of the Americas from the pre-Columbian era. Then we sail to Peru's capital Lima, with its ornate colonial architecture.

Lines of Mystery

At San Martin, you can explore the beautiful and mysterious geoglyphs known as the Nazca Lines. The largest of the figures is over 980 feet in size and we suggest they are best viewed from above!

The journey concludes in the poetically lovely city of Valparaíso. Enjoy a ride on one of the funiculars for a sweeping panoramic view of the bay and colorful houses.

This voyage offers an unforgettable experience, with wild nature, fascinating cities, vibrant South American culture and captivating lectures.


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This is an expedition where the elements rule, so the 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.
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  1. Costa Rican Capital - San José, Costa Rica

    Modern, bustling San José boasts a vibrant art scene and beautiful European-inspired architecture. Visit the fine museums of gold and jade on your overnight stay here.

    Costa Rican Capital - San José, Costa Rica
  2. Embarkation - Puerto Limón, Costa Rica

    After breakfast, you will be transferred to the ship in Puerto Limon. On your way, enjoy an adventure tour along the Tortuguero Canals. We embark on our sea journey in Puerto Limon, which was established in 1502 when Christopher Columbus landed here during his exploration of the New World. 

    Embarkation - Puerto Limón, Costa Rica
  3. Amazing Wildlife - Bocas del Toro, Panama

    Bocas del Toro, an archipelago of 9 islands, 52 cays and thousands of islets, is a colorful place, full of Caribbean-style clapboard houses. The area is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Panama's first National Marine Park. Considered the 'Galapagos of the Caribbean', Bocas del Toro is also one of the most biologically diverse places on earth. 

    Amazing Wildlife - Bocas del Toro, Panama
  4. Connecting Two Oceans - Panama Canal, Panama

    We enter the amazing Panama Canal. Experience the thrill of canal transit and the intricacy of the lock's system firsthand, as MS Fram is lifted over 85 feet above sea level, from one body of water to the next.

    Connecting Two Oceans - Panama Canal, Panama
  5. Remote Playa Muerto - Playa Muerto

    The village of Playa Muerto is set in the secluded Darién National Park and in one of the most remote corners of Central America. The tranquil village is surrounded by lush, green tropical forest and beautiful beaches. Its population of about 200 indigenous people belong to the Emberá Tribe. Due to its remote and difficult to reach location, the community has only a handful of visitors each year which they receive with joy and genuine curiosity.

    The community is proud of their cultural heritage and the beauty of their pristine shorelines and the impressive vegetation that surrounds them. As their guests, you will enjoy cultural performances with music and dance, learn about their traditional crafts and have the opportunity to try some of their typical foods based on seafood and coconut water. You can also enjoy the magnificent flora and fauna whilst taking walks along the beach or a swim in the waterfall near the village.

    Remote Playa Muerto   - Playa Muerto
  6. Learning and Relaxing - At sea

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea. Our experienced lecturers will share their knowledge in fascinating talks, and we invite you to spend time on deck to fully enjoy the deep relaxation of a day at sea.

    Learning and Relaxing - At sea
  7. The Other Galapagos - Isla de la Plata, Ecuador

    Parque Nacional Machalilla is Ecuador’s only coastal national park, often known as Ecuador’s "Other Galapagos" because of its abundance of marine birdlife. Isla de la Plata is home to blue-footed boobies, nesting waved albatrosses and frigate birds among many others. The island is great for hikers, has plenty of birdwatching trails and offers great swimming and snorkelling. 

    The Other Galapagos - Isla de la Plata, Ecuador
  8. Better Photos - At sea

    Our Expedition Team will continue the lecture program to share their knowledge and experience, as well as summarize the voyage so far and let you know about plans for the exciting days to come. Our onboard Expedition Photographer will be available to help you with the basics of expedition photography.

    Better Photos - At sea
  9. Temple of the Sun and Moon - Salaverry, Peru

    The small port of Salaverry is the starting point for the excursion to the ancient Chimu kingdom (700-1400 AD), who founded their capital by the banks of the Moche River. Chan Chan ("sun-sun") covers an area of 12 square miles and was built using clay, mud, pebbles, straw and cane. It is considered the largest mud-brick citadel of the Americas in pre-Hispanic times, a remarkable piece of architecture that was listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage in 1986. 

    Temple of the Sun and Moon - Salaverry, Peru
  10. Fresh Salt Air - At sea

    As we sail toward Lima, enjoy our lecture program, enjoy the fresh salt air, and all the amenities the ship has to offer.

    Fresh Salt Air - At sea
  11. UNESCO Site and Ancient History - Lima, Peru

    The historic Peruvian capital was established by Spanish conquistadores in 1542, with significant churches, monasteries, and mansions constructed in that era. Today, Lima's historic center is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

    Join one of our excursions to enjoy the city's art museums, archaeological sites, beaches, and boardwalk, and savour the exquisite cuisine that gives Peru’s capital its unique personality. 

    UNESCO Site and Ancient History - Lima, Peru
  12. The Mysterious Nazca Lines - Puerto General San Martin, Peru

    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 miles long and illustrate living creatures, stylized plants and imaginary beings, as well as geometric figures. Join the excursion to truly experience these marvellous creations of the ancient world. 

    The Mysterious Nazca Lines - Puerto General San Martin, Peru
  13. Deep Peace - At sea

    Days at sea means you can join the Expedition Team for interesting lectures, learn the basics of expedition photography, and spend time out on deck to enjoy 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 deep peace of a day at sea.

    Deep Peace - At sea
  14. Pearl of the North - Antofagasta, Chile

    One of the oldest and prettiest cities in Northern Chile, known as "The Pearl of the North", Antofagasta is a city of contrasts, from the driest desert to the bluest sea. 

    Join one of our optional excursions to see La Portada Natural Monument, a fascinating rocky formation that resembles a white arch set in an area where strong waves crash into the cliffs, or to visit one of the small fishing towns nearby.

    You may also explore the warm beaches or the town's historic monuments at your own pace. 

    Pearl of the North - Antofagasta, Chile
  15. Learning At Sea - At sea

    We make our way south to Valparaiso, and the Expedition Team will continue their lecture program.  

    Learning At Sea - At sea
  16. The Jewel of the Pacific - Valparaíso, Chile

    Our expedition ends in the wonderful, colorful 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 hills for a city-wide panoramic view.

    The Jewel of the Pacific - Valparaíso, Chile

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