Cordillera & Andean secrets

20 March - 1 April 2018

Duration

12 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

9 Ports

Ship

Le Boreal of Ponant

20 March

Setting sail from Valparaíso

Characterful, colourful and a little chaotic, the port city of Valparaíso enjoys a somewhat awkward setting, scattered across 45 vertiginous hills. Thanks to this difficult topography the city streets are punctuated by steep staircases and funicular elevators, and energetic explorers will be rewarded with wonderful views of the pastel hued buildings that hug the slopes. Valparaíso's most famous former resident was the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, and you can visit one of his former residences, La Sebastiana, which now houses a small museum.

Don't miss

Although there are museums and some great architecture, what you really mustn’t miss is the vibe of this quirky and characterful town, so take the time to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the views.

21 March

Chile: Coquimbo

22 March

At sea

23 March

Chile: Iquique

24 March

Chile: Arica

25 March

Peru: Arequipa (Matarani)

26 March

At sea

27 March

Peru: Pisco

28-29 March

Peru: Lima (Callao)

30 March

Peru: Trujillo (Salaverry)

31 March

At sea

1 April

Arriving in Guayaquil

Guayaquil is Ecuador's largest city and most important commercial centre, and acts as the gateway to the Pacific coast and the wildlife haven of the Galapagos Islands. It's a busy, buzzing sort of place, centred around the pleasant riverfront Malecón promenade, where you'll find some great restaurants and the impressive Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art. The historic district of La Peña is home to pretty, brightly coloured colonial architecture, and the city also has some nice parks and green spaces, so there is enough to warrant spending a day or two here before or after a Galapagos cruise.

Our tip

If you are flying to the Galapagos, use the hotel proposed by the Galapagos cruise company, as they will then take care of all the arrangements.

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Hotel Palacio Astoreca, Valparaíso

Where to stay in Valparaíso

The 23 room Palacio Astoreca comprises two buildings, including a completely restored national monument.

Viña del Mar, Chile

Around Valparaíso

For contrast, visit clean and orderly Viña del Mar just up the coast.

Hotel Oro Verde, Guayaquil

Where to stay in Guayaquil

The Oro Verde is conveniently located for the airport.

Cycling around Santay Island, Ecuador

Around Guayaquil

Take a bicycle tour to Santay Island, a wilderness in the middle of the river, joined to the city by a new pedestrian bridge.

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