Treasures of a Coastal Desert

14 DAYS from US$6,200 per person

Chile, Peru & Ecuador

NewBetween Chile’s cosmopolitan capital Santiago to Guayaquil, gateway to Ecuador’s incredible Galápagos Islands, experience dazzling coastal desert scenery teeming with wildlife, UNESCO World Heritage gems, and ancient pre-Hispanic cultures. Encounter impressive cultural, natural, and archaeological marvels including Nazca Lines, Chinchorro mummies, and Chan Chan ancient city. You may cross paths with guanacos, flamingos, dolphins, fur seals, and Humboldt penguins one day, and sample Peru’s gastronomic flavours in Arequipa and Lima the next as we sail the coast of Chile and Peru aboard the state-of-the-art small ship expedition vessel Greg Mortimer.

FREE Photography workshops

Expedition Highlights

  • Marvel at the dazzling desert coastal landscape of the Atacama eco-region
  • Soak up the charm of UNESCO-protected cities – Valparaíso, Lima and Arequipa
  • Discover the unique flora and fauna at Pan de Azúcar National Park
  • Explore Chan Chan, an ancient pre-hispanic city in northern Peru
  • Scenic flight over the Nazca Lines - surcharge applies

Dates & Rates

Showing: All 2020

16 Apr '20 29 Apr '20 14 DAYS

Treasures of a Coastal Desert

Trip code: TCD001G

16 Apr '20 29 Apr '20 - 14 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • One night’s pre-voyage hotel accommodation with breakfast in Santiago on Day 1
  • Tailor-made tour on Day 2
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to ship on Day 2
  • On-board accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures from talented expedition team
  • Access to our onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • Complimentary waterproof dry bag backpack
  • Loan of Muck boots during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage (one per booking)
  • Port surcharges and landing fees

Voyage Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity fees, vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (not mentioned under inclusions), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, WiFi, email or phone charges.
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Suite
Aurora Stateroom Triple
Private Bathroom
US$6,200 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Aurora Stateroom
Private Bathroom
US$7,000 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Balcony Stateroom
Private Bathroom
US$9,400 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Balcony Suite
Private Bathroom
US$13,100 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Junior Suite
Private Bathroom
US$15,400 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
US$17,800 (Please contact us for availability)

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Prices quoted are per person and in US dollars, based on twin share. Single occupancy rates my apply for travellers wanting their own room. No single travel fees apply if you are willing to share your room. Fuel surcharge may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases. No refund for unused services. Please contact us to determine cabin availability.

Map & Itinerary

Day 1 – Santiago, Chile
Arrive in Santiago and make your own way to our group hotel. Dynamic and cosmopolitan, Chile’s capital Santiago is a vibrant and versatile city. Surrounded by the snow-capped mountains of the Andes, it enjoys a dramatically beautiful setting. The city’s diversity shines through in its many contrasting neighbourhoods such as trendy Lastarria and Bellas Artes in downtown Santiago, lively Bellavista that lies at the foot of San Cristobal Hill, and more tranquil yet commercial Providencia, filled with shops, restaurants, bars and nightlife. After check-in, the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 – Valparaiso, Chile
Discover Santiago on an excursion highlighting the architecture of the city before making our way towards Valparaíso located on the Pacific coast, where our ship awaits. We’ll stop at a local vineyard for lunch and a brief tour to learn about the important wine industry. In nearby Valparaíso, we head to one of the old town’s 42 hills – under UNESCO protection - to discover the dazzling street art for which the city is renowned. In late afternoon, board the Greg Mortimer for your journey to Guayaquil.
Day 3 – At Sea
The Pacific is the largest ocean on Earth, covering approximately 30% of Earth’s surface. The ocean was named after Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, who after sailing the mighty winds of the Atlantic, found calm and favourable winds in the Pacific, from the Latin word meaning peace. Our series of interesting onboard presentations begins, delivered by our hand-picked group of experts. Learn about the wildlife, people, culture, and history of the places you’ll visit on this journey of discovery. You’ll also pick up a few photography tips along the way.
Day 4 – Pan de Azúcar National Park, Chile
Pan de Azúcar National Park, located on the north coast of the Atacama Region, is characterized by its abundance of flora and fauna, and its Humboldt penguin colony on nearby Pan de Azúcar island. A unique characteristic of the park is the combination of terrestrial and sea environments, creating an ecosystem of diverse and abundant flora and fauna. A few hiking options will be available to you including Sendero Costero, a trail along the rocky coastline offering superb view of Pan de Azúcar island and Mirador Trail, leading to a lookout that offers a panoramic view of Pan de Azúcar Island and its surroundings. On the hike you may encounter guanaco, the largest and the only wild species of the camelids. Time and conditions permitting, we may enjoy a Zodiac cruise along the shoreline to spot wildlife inhabiting the island.
Day 5 – At Sea
Our lecture series continues during our voyage toward the Peruvian border. Learn about the rich archaeological history of northern Chile, hear stories about the beguiling Chinchorro mummies that pre-date the Egyptian mummies and considered to be the oldest in the world.
Day 6 – Arica, Chile
Affectionately called the ‘city of eternal spring’, Arica’s salubrious weather and warm ocean water are enjoyed by visitors throughout the year. Shore excursions include a visit to San Miguel de Azapa Archaeological and Anthropological Museum to see the famous Chinchorro mummies. On the Atacama Coastal Walk, enjoy the panoramic views of the city, ocean, and the port from The Morro of Arica. At Puntilla, there’s a chance to see playful sea lions as well as soaring sea birds.
Day 7 – Arequípa / Mejía Lagoon, Peru
Leaving Chile behind and crossing the border into southern Peru, our first port of call is at Matarani, the coastal gateway to the stunning colonial city, Arequípa, Peru’s second largest. From the port of Matarani, you have the choice to head to the Mejía Lagoons National Sanctuary, a well-recognized refuge for migratory birds or alternatively take a gorgeous drive into the Andes to Arequípa, Peru’s southern capital and one of Peru’s best preserved colonial towns.
Day 8 – At Sea
Our series of onboard lectures continues as we make our way north along Peru’s coast. Learn more about fascinating pre-Hispanic cultures such as the Icas and the famous Incan empire, which at the height of its power, extended from northern Ecuador to central Chile and north Argentina, with Cuzco as its capital.
Day 9 – Paracas, Peru
The Paracas National Park is one of two Protected Natural Areas that preserves samples representing Peru's coastal marine ecosystems. Shore excursions today include a boat tour to the Ballestas Islands located off the coast of the Paracas Peninsula, where you’ll cruise among the rock arches and pink granite caves, encountering sea lions and teeming seabirds, including Humboldt penguins and Inca terns. At Paracas National Reserve, bird-watchers may encounter Peruvian boobies, Peruvian pelicans, whimbrel, American oystercatchers, and turkey vultures. As the centre of the pre-Inca culture, Paracan civilization was famous for its textiles and scientific and medical knowledge; evidence of which can be seen at the wonderful Julio C. Tello Archaeological Museum. Enjoy a Nazca Lines Scenic Flight!* Don’t miss your opportunity to witness the enigmatic Nazca Lines geoglyphs on scenic flyover in a 12-seater light aircraft, where more than 800 images have mysteriously been carved into the desert floor. *Places are limited; surcharge applies.
Day 10 – Lima, Peru
Peru’s eclectic capital enthrals visitors with the shores of its bay washed by the Pacific, its architecture that exudes a colonial past and its multi-faceted origins that sprout up at every corner. The City of the Kings is renowned for its medley of cultures, ethnicities and customs that make it one of the most diverse cities in the world. It is precisely this mixture that has made Lima the Culinary Capital of South America. This ancient and cosmopolitan city is home to hundreds of historical monuments. On a full day excursion, discover the wonders of Lima from its UNESCO listed old town to its bustling modern metropolis, with plenty of free time to explore at your own pace.
Day 11 – At Sea
In preparation for your arrival into Trujillo, learn about the Chimú kingdom, that was conquered by the Incas in the late 15th century.
Day 12 – Trujillo, Peru
Trujillo, ‘City of Eternal Spring’ is located in the north-eastern part of Peru, and capital of the department of La Libertad. The star attraction in Trujillo are the remarkable pre-Incan archaeological sites nearby. Today’s shore excursion will include visits to the Sun and Moon pyramids, the centre of power in the Trujillo Valley during Moche ancient times. At the Temple of the Moon, you’ll see impressive mud-brick friezes on the walls. Afterwards, visit the ‘Dragon ceremonial Temple’ before visiting one of the most significant archaeological sites in the country - the ancient adobe city of Chan Chan.
Day 13 – At Sea
Enjoy a few final presentations from our team of experts including how to edit photos; finish that book you’ve been reading, or simply relax on your private balcony or in one of the many shared spaces on board the ship.
Day 14 – Guayaquil, Ecuador
Bid a fond farewell to your fellow travellers and expedition team and disembark in Guayaquil, Ecuador, gateway to the renowned Galápagos Islands, a renowned wildlife hotspot and the place that led Charles Darwin to develop his ground-breaking theory of evolution.

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Voyage Inclusions

  • One night’s pre-voyage hotel accommodation with breakfast in Santiago on Day 1
  • Tailor-made tour on Day 2
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to ship on Day 2
  • On-board accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures from talented expedition team
  • Access to our onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • Complimentary waterproof dry bag backpack
  • Loan of Muck boots during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage (one per booking)
  • Port surcharges and landing fees

Voyage Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity fees, vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (not mentioned under inclusions), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, WiFi, email or phone charges.
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