Costa Rica, Peru and Ecuador - Incan Mysteries and Galápagos Islands (Itinerary 1)

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Sail with us on our new explorer ship, MS Roald Amundsen, and experience the perfect meld of exploring mysterious Incan ruins, culture and heritage with tranquil tropical days at sea. Starting in lush Costa Rica, we journey along the coast of South America to Peru and one of the world´s most remarkable destinations: the Galápagos Islands.
15 days

Exotic Central America

Hike through a Costa Rican rainforest to see exotic birds, monkeys and waterfalls. Explore the pristine Panamanian island of Coiba - all aboard our new expedition ship MS Roald Amundsen.

Coastal South America

Cross the equator en route to Ecuador and Peru.

In Manta, Ecuador, take a tour to nearby Montecristi and appreciate the exquisite handicraft of real Panama hats.

Ancient Civilizations

At Trujillo, Peru, you can join an excursion to site of the ancient Chimú culture and see the largest mud brick citadel in the Americas from pre-Columbian times.

Continue by Land

Our sea voyage ends at the port of Callao, near Lima, Peru. Disembark MS Roald Amundsen to continue the expedition by air and land.

Glorious Galápagos

After stopping in Quito, Ecuador, we journey to one of the world’s most remarkable destinations: the Galápagos Islands. Located about 600 miles west of mainland Ecuador, the archipelago is an open-air wildlife museum that stirs the explorer within everyone. The Galápagos are home to an astonishing variety of native species — enough to inspire a theory that changed the world — and today is an irresistible destination for adventurers and nature-lovers worldwide. 

Departure date: October 10, 2019 (Puntarenas, Costa Rica)
Ship arrival date: October 19, 2019 (Callao, Peru)
Tour end date: October 24, 2019 (Guayaquil, Ecuador)

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Departure date: October 10, 2019 (Puntarenas, Costa Rica)
Ship arrival date: October 19, 2019 (Callao, Peru)
Tour end date: October 24, 2019 (Guayaquil, Ecuador)

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This is an expedition where the elements rule, and 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.
Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.


  1. Our Expedition Begins - Puntarenas, Costa Rica

    Take a little time to discover Puntarenas, a surfing hotspot jutting into the Gulf of Nicoya. Enjoy the fresh seafood, charming architecture and the oceanfront boardwalk of this Costa Rican city before coming on board MS Roald Amundsen.

    Our Expedition Begins  - Puntarenas, Costa Rica
  2. Manuel Antonio National Park - Quepos, Costa Rica

    Quepos is the gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park. The 1,680 acre wildlife reserve is renowned for three-toed sloths, howlers, squirrels and endangered white-faced capuchin monkeys, as well as hundreds of bird species. Within park boundaries, there are mangroves, lagoons, white-sand beaches, coral reefs and rainforest with hiking trails that are great for exploring. You’ll find some of the best zip-lining adventures anywhere in this park.

    Manuel Antonio National Park - Quepos, Costa Rica
  3. A Day of Adventure - Golfito, Costa Rica

    Enjoy a day of great adventures and plenty of opportunity for exploration. Located on a small gulf surrounded by densely forested hills, tranquil Golfito is home to some wonderful views. Come ashore and relax on golden beaches for surfing and swimming. The nearby national park of Piedras Blancas offers fine walking tours through rainforest and the chance to see waterfalls, monkeys, bats and exotic birds.

    A Day of Adventure  - Golfito, Costa Rica
  4. A Breathtaking and Unique Island - Isla de la Coiba, Panama

    Coiba National Park is one of Panama's natural treasures, and one of the country’s largest islands. Due to its rich coral reefs and biodiversity, it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Coiba offers secluded white sand beaches and great options for snorkelling, wildlife watching and hikes.

    A Breathtaking and Unique Island - Isla de la Coiba, Panama
  5. Crossing the Equator - At sea

    Join our Explorer Team for interesting presentations and talks, organize your photos, and get to know your fellow explorers. As we cross the equator you can look forward to the “Equator baptism” ritual.

    Crossing the Equator - At sea
  6. Home of Panama Hats - Manta, Ecuador

    Manta is a bustling and prosperous port town, graced with high-rises and beaches. Nearby, colorful fishing villages and an unusual tropical dry forest make Manta an attractive tourist destination and the starting point for exciting day trips. We recommend the trip to Montecristi, where real Panama hats are made. These traditional brimmed straw hats are hand woven, and it can take several months to make the finest examples. A "superfino" Panama hat can, according to popular rumour, hold water, and when rolled for storage, pass through a wedding ring.

    Home of Panama Hats - Manta, Ecuador
  7. The Adventures to Come - At sea

    Enjoy priming your knowledge about the history and wildlife of the area. There will also be workshops and presentations on offer. Make sure to spend some time on deck to enjoy the fresh sea air and look out for wildlife. 

    The Adventures to Come - At sea
  8. Worshippers of the Moon - Trujillo, Peru

    The city of Trujillo offers tremendous colonial architecture, set on the edge of the rugged Andean foothills. As in most Peruvian cities, the central square, the Plaza de Armas, is flanked by the cathedral and city hall. Numerous colonial mansions have been preserved in the old city and are open to visitors.

    The fronts of most of these houses have distinctive wrought-iron grillwork and are painted in pastel colours. You can also join our excursions to visit the remarkable pre-Incan archaeological sites found in the area. Close to Trujillo you find the centre of the ancient Chimú culture (700–1400 A.D.).

    These tribes founded their capital by the banks of the Moche River and called it Chan Chan ("sun-sun") - a remarkable place that was listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1986. Other Chimú sites bake in the surrounding desert, among them the immense and suitably impressive Moche Huacas del Sol y de la Luna (Temples of the Sun and Moon), which date back ,500 years.

    Worshippers of the Moon - Trujillo, Peru
  9. Pool with a View - At sea

    MS Roald Amundsen is equipped with a pool and two hot tubs on the top deck. Why not enjoy the view while soaking in the water? Or from a comfortable spot at the Explorer Bar? The onboard lectures continue as well, so there many ways to spend the day.

    Pool with a View - At sea
  10. World´s Second-highest Capital - Callao, Peru/ Quito, Ecuador

    In the morning we disembark at Callao, Peru, and transfer to nearby Lima airport for your flight to Quito, where you are picked up and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure and explore Quito, nestled at the foot of the Volcano Pichincha and known for its eternally spring-like climate and beauty of its well preserved colonial quarter.

    Originally settled by the Quitu tribe in the first millennium, Quito was eventually integrated into the Inca Empire before being destroyed and re-established 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 center’s splendidly restored period buildings and churches lining narrow, cobbled streets.

    The city’s diligent preservation of its culturally diverse past prompted UNESCO to declare Quito the first of its World Heritage sites in 1978. Beautifully situated in an Andean valley at 9,350 ft., Quito is the second highest capital city in the world. In the evening, enjoy a special welcome dinner at a local restaurant to kick off your exciting visit to Ecuador.

    World´s Second-highest Capital - Callao, Peru/ Quito, Ecuador
  11. Explore Quito - Quito, Ecuador

    After breakfast, we drive north to the equator and visit the Inti Ñan Museum. Afterwards, we ascend the Teleférico – one of Quito’s most popular attractions offering spectacular and easily accessible views of the city.

    The ride lasts only 10 minutes but takes you to an altitude of 13,300 ft.. At the top, the lookout offers the visitor incredible views of Quito, the surrounding valleys and snow-covered volcanoes (along with coffee, snacks, and oxygen for the short of breath). Bring a sweater or light jacket - it can get chilly up there!

    Return to the city to enjoy lunch in Quito´s charming colonial quarter. The afternoon's sightseeing is a good example why Ecuador's capital earned the honour as UNESCO´s first World Heritage site. Dinner will be served at the hotel before your overnight.

    Explore Quito - Quito, Ecuador
  12. The Galápagos Islands - Quito/Baltra Island/Santa Cruz Island

    The day begins with breakfast at your hotel. We drive to Quito Airport for the flight to the Galápagos Islands (via Guayaquil).

    Upon arrival at Baltra's airport, we meet the local representative and board a bus for the short transfer to Itabaca Channel, which separates Baltra Island from Santa Cruz Island. Here, we board a small ferry that crosses the azure waters of the channel to Santa Cruz, a journey that takes about five minutes.

    On the other side, we travel through a rural agricultural area surrounded by wild landscapes and many different species of flora and fauna. We may well spot the finches that are famous for being the basis of Darwin's theory of evolution.

    See the famous Galápagos land tortoises in their natural environment and learn how private ranches help protect these special creatures and their habitat. Tortoises of all different ages and sizes gather here: Small young ones with shining carapaces, and older individuals with weathered and worn shells. Lunch will be served in the highlands.

    The well-known Lava Tunnels are another amazing experience. Formed by lava flows from the volcanoes, they range from the highlands down to the sea. Join an amazing half-hour hike through one of the tunnels to the point where it gets too small to pass. A naturalist guide will share in detail the story of the origin of these fascinating tunnels.

    Afterwards, we continue to our hotel in the town of Puerto Ayora. Once settled, we walk to the nearby Charles Darwin Research Station, which hosts educational museums on both the history and development of the Galápagos Islands, and protection of their natural heritage. Native giant land tortoises can also be observed. Many different tortoise species exist in the Galápagos and the station is the only place where most of the species reside at one site.

    The afternoon is at your leisure to explore small yet picturesque Puerto Ayora and its many shops with local arts and crafts. We later enjoy dinner at the hotel's restaurant.


    The Galápagos Islands - Quito/Baltra Island/Santa Cruz Island
  13. Galápagos Island Hopping - Galápagos Islands

    Breakfast at hotel. We have two full days to tour one of the nearby uninhabited islands by boat.

    Please note that only one of the four islands listed below will be visited per day:

    Bartolomé Island, famous for Pinnacle Rock and Galápagos penguins; or South Plaza Island, home to a colony of land iguanas; or Santa Fe Island, known for having the islands' most sea beautiful coves; or North Seymour Island, considered a microcosm of the entire archipelago.

    The visits are regulated by the Galápagos National Park and we are notified of permission 30 days prior to the visit. Regardless of the islands we visit, lunch is served on board the vessel during the tour.

    Later, we have dinner at the hotel and overnight.

    Galápagos Island Hopping - Galápagos Islands
  14. Return to Ecuador - Baltra Island/Guayaquil

    After breakfast at hotel, we transfer to Baltra airport for the flight to mainland Ecuador. En route to the airport, we stop at “The Twins” or “Los Gemelos” - two impressive volcanic depressions in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island.

    Next is our flight from Baltra Island to Guayaquil. Upon arrival in Guayaquil, a representative will assist with the international flight connection. A box lunch will be provided.

    Return to Ecuador - Baltra Island/Guayaquil

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