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Latin America Delights

Journey along the coast of South America on board luxury expedition ship Scenic Eclipse and discover the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, the mysterious Nazca Lines and the fascinating wildlife of Chile's Isla Pan de Azucar. Includes hotel stay in Lima and shore excursions

Luxury Expedition Holiday
Arequipa
Atacama Desert, Chile
Valparaiso

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Be amazed at some of the most stunning landscapes in the world on this luxury expedition cruise along the coasts of Peru and Chile.

After an overnight hotel stay in Lima join Scenic Eclipse in Callao and sail to Paracas, gateway to the uninhabited Ballestas Islands, home to sea lions, pelicans and Humbaldt penguins. The Paracas Pensinsula's Candelabra is a vast prehistoric geoglyph which is etched into a hillside. From Matarani travel to Arica in Chile, home to an interesting archaeological museum which claims to have the world's oldest mummies, and a mystical pre-Hispanic village.

The atmosphere of Iquique brings to mind an old saloon town from the Mid-West with its original saloon-like buildings dating back to the mining boom of the 1800s. Nature lovers will enjoy a visit to Isla Pan de Azucar which is home to thousands of Humboldt penguins as well as Peruvian boobies, pelicans, sea lions and the reclusive South American marine otter.

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Latin America Delights Itinerary

Day 1 - Callao

Welcome to Callao – a seaside city on the Pacific Ocean, and one of Peru’s chief seaports, where a world of wonder awaits as you step on board and raise your glass to toast the start of your luxurious cruise. Please book your flight to arrive into Lima prior to 02:00 PM.

Day 2 - Paracas

Paracas is a town on Peru’s west coast. It’s known for its idyllic beaches, rich heritage, and an abundance of wildlife, so much so that Paracas Peninsula has been declared a national reserve spanning desert, ocean, and islands. This town is a launch point for the uninhabited Ballestas Islands, home to sea lions, pelicans and Humboldt penguins. Join a private vessel as you explore this coastline, including the mysterious Candelabro, a large geoglyph that stands watch over the Ica coastline. Tonight, enjoy the ‘Somos Ebano’ group as they join us in the theatre. Formed by young people from the district of El Carmen, they demonstrate the rescue of Afro-Peruvian culture through the practice and experience of their dance and music.

Day 3 - At Sea

Acquaint yourself with the exceptional range of facilities on board your ultra-luxurious Discovery Yacht. Join a class in one of the fitness spaces or relax in one of the many therapy lounges in the Spa Sanctuary. Tempt your palate at one of the outstanding dining venues on board or delight in the excellent selection of fine wines created by a Master of Wine.

Day 4 - Matarani

Located on the southern coast of Peru, Matarani provides access to some of Peru's best attractions such as the historical centre of Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover why Arequipa is often called 'Ciudad Blanca' (White City) as this charming town showcases the finest of Mestizo Baroque architecture. Mollendo & Mejia Lagoons: Mollendo is a city located about 120 km south of Arequipa, a place with beautiful beaches of thin sand. Visit the beaches of Mejía, and the spectacular lagoons with up to 157 different species of birds. Arequipa City tour & Santa Catalina: The magnificent Ciudad Blanca (White City) awaits you with its extraordinary architecture and surreal landscapes. Discover one of Peru's most beautiful colonial cities with a local guide before visiting the Convento de Santa Catalina (Convent of St. Catherine). Walk through its beautiful buildings as your guide takes you on a journey back in time through one of the largest holdings of colonial art in the Americas.

Day 5 - Arica

Chile’s northernmost city is known as the ‘driest city in the world’, although this doesn’t distract from Arica’s world-famous surfing beaches, delicious seafood and national parks located close to the port. Morro de Arica is the perfect location to take in great views of the city and Pacific Ocean and learn about the War of the Pacific that took place on Morro de Arica in 1880. Man, The Desert & Andean Folklore: For almost 10,000 years, man has inhabited this land, framed by the driest desert in the world - the Atacama Desert. Visit Colon Square and San Marcos Church before driving towards Azapa Valley to visit the San Miguel Archaeological Museum. See the geoglyphs, one of the most amazing works of the Andean people consisting of figures made on the hill slopes. Drive to the impressive Tutelar Figures that are a homage to the Andean people. Enjoy some refreshments while listening to Andean folk music. Codpa Village: Traditions and Flavors: Venture to Codpa Village, where you will have an opportunity to taste the traditional Pintatani wine. Stroll to discover the local architecture, visit the church and stop for lunch. Enjoy the local folklore as a shaman (medicine man) "reads your future" with a coca leaf and a local group entertains you with music and dances.

Day 6 - Iquique

Iquique is a coastal city in northern Chile, to the west of the Atacama Desert and home to UNESCO World Heritage landmarks such as Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works, once used for creating fertilisers and fireworks. Take a stroll through Baquedano Street towards the centre of town and soak in its Texas-esque vibe. The street’s faded wooden buildings with window shutters and grand doors will have you expecting to see a cowboy pushing through a saloon door at any moment. Humberstone & Iquique: Visit the ghost town of Humberstone, abandoned after mining operations ceased in 1960. Enjoy a panoramic sightseeing drive of Iquique learning of the ancient cultures and the stories of the desert lands. Humberstone & Cerros Pintados Geoglyphs: Visit the ghost town of Humberstone, abandoned after mining operations ceased in 1960. Drive through the Tamarugal Forest towards the Geoglyphs of Pintados, one of the largest displays of ancient aboriginal art. Over 60,000 square yards of hill slopes are decorated by more than 400 figures depicting humans, animals, birds or abstract shapes, isolated or arranged into thematic groups.

Day 7 - At Sea

Continue to relax on board today. Try a game of bridge or canasta in the Observatory Lounge or take in the sea views from your luxurious suite’s verandah.

Day 8 - Coquimbo

Coquimbo is the gateway to La Serena, once known for its fine jewellery and ceramics and home to the pre-Columbian Diaguita and El Molle cultures. Some of the region's most beautiful architecture from both the colonial and neo-colonial can be found at central Plaza de Armas and La Recova.

Day 9 - Valparaiso

Your cruise ends this morning in Valparaíso as you farewell your crew. Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Santiago Airport for your flight homeward. Please book your flight to depart out of Santiago after 02:00 PM. The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the cruise will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

Price Includes

  • 7-night all-inclusive cruise on Scenic Eclipse
  • 1-night hotel stay in Lima
  • Overseas transfers
  • Scenic Enrich and Scenic FreeChoice tours
  • Zodiac landings, kayak and snorkelling excursions with the Discovery Team
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on-board ship
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Unlimited complimentary premium wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks on-board ship
  • Complimentary in-suite minibar on-board ship

Price Does Not Include

  • Optional helicopter and submarine excursions
  • Travel insurance

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