Panama, Ecuador and Peru - Inca Mysteries and Machu Picchu

Our journey begins in Panama City, site of the famous Panama Canal that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. From there, we head south, visiting cities full of charming architecture in Ecuador and Peru, discovering beautiful beaches, archaeological mysteries, and UNESCO sites. End your voyage with a visit to the fascinating ruins of Machu Picchu.




Hotel

Transfers

Land-Program Peru/Machu Picchu after the cruise

Expedition Cruise

Onboard Activities

Landing Activities


Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
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Itinerary

  1. Cosmopolitan Capital - Panama City, Panama

    Spend the night in a central hotel in Panama City. Hike to Ancón Hill and enjoy views of the skyscraper-lined cityscape and tour the Casco Antiguo district which boasts a real mix of architectural styles. Arrange to arrive a few days early for a Pre-Program that explores the local flora and fauna.

    Cosmopolitan Capital - Panama City, Panama
  2. Panama Canal Experience - Panama City, Panama

    Before embarking the ship, we visit the locks and visitor center at Miraflores and learn how massive ships navigate through this marvel of engineering. Enjoy lunch overlooking Chagres River before we board speedboats to cruise the canal itself. In the waters of Lake Gatún, we may spot monkeys and even crocodiles.

    Panama Canal Experience - Panama City, Panama
  3. Crossing the Equator - At Sea

    Spend time relaxing in the serenity of the sea. Join lectures as our experienced presenters share their extensive knowledge and meet our Expedition Team on deck to spot marine wildlife and seabirds. As we cross the equator, it’s our tradition to hold a ceremony seeking King Neptune’s blessing. He may even make an appearance.

    Crossing the Equator - At Sea
  4. Made in Montecristi - Manta, Ecuador

    Manta is a bustling port with high-rise buildings and lovely beaches. You can visit the city museum which showcases artefacts from local pre-Colombian culture, a collection of Ecuadorian art, and weird and wonderful fishing paraphernalia. We recommend an excursion to nearby Montecristi where traditional Panamanian straw hats are handwoven.

    Made in Montecristi - Manta, Ecuador
  5. Bananas, Hummingbirds and Petrified Forest - Puerto Bolivar (Machala), Ecuador

    Known as the banana capital of the world, this area is surrounded by banana plantations - approximately 80% of Ecuador’s bananas are shipped through Puerto Bolivar. Join an optional excursion to an organic plantation and learn about their unique process of growing the banana plants – by playing classical music to them. Further ashore you can explore the Buenaventura Reserve where you have the chance to observe hummingbirds, hawks and parakeets, or walk among fossilized trees, flowers and plants in the petrified forest of Puyango on one of our optional excursions.

    Bananas, Hummingbirds and Petrified Forest - Puerto Bolivar (Machala), Ecuador
  6. Ecuador’s Coastal Metropolis - Guayaquil, Ecuador

    We arrive in Ecuador’s largest city where colorful favelas blanket the hillsides and high-rise buildings line the Guayas river. Stroll through Malecón 2000, the attractive riverfront square, see the majestic City Cathedral, and visit “Iguana Park,” so named for the tame iguanas that roam the gardens here, mingling amiably with tourists, and posing for photos.

    Ecuador’s Coastal Metropolis - Guayaquil, Ecuador
  7. At Your Leisure - At Sea

    Enjoy another day at sea and spend it at your leisure. Recap our voyage so far with fellow guests in our comfortable lounge, indulge yourself with a spa treatment in our Wellness Center, or sit in on interesting lectures. You can also refresh by taking  a dip in the infinity pool and Jacuzzis.

    At Your Leisure - At Sea
  8. Ancient Kingdoms - Salaverry, Peru

    Next is the port of Salaverry, the starting point for two optional excursions. Visit the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site of Chan Chan (“Sun Sun”) to see the mud-brick ruins of the ancient Chimú kingdom. Or tour the Mochican temples of the Sun and Moon, the former being the largest adobe pyramid in Peru.

    Ancient Kingdoms - Salaverry, Peru
  9. UNESCO Site and Ancient History - Callao/Lima/Cusco/Sacred Valley

    Around noon, you disembark and transfer to Lima airport for your flight to Cusco. A packed lunch will be provided en route to the airport. Upon arrival in Cusco, meet the local representative and continue to the Tambo del Inka Resort in the Sacred Valley for dinner and to spend the night.

    UNESCO Site and Ancient History - Callao/Lima/Cusco/Sacred Valley
  10. The Splendor of Machu Picchu - Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu/Sacred Valley

    After breakfast, you’re in for some unforgettable highlights. First, we visit to Ollantaytambo, an Incan town that shares its name with the formidable stone fortress that clings to a massive cliff above the community. This fortification was the valley’s main defense against the rival Antis people and was the site of the Incas’ greatest victory against the Spanish during the wars of conquest. Constructed of rose-colored granite, this huge structure was once a thriving complex of baths, temples and military barracks. Next, head to the nearby railway station to board the deluxe Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu. A savory brunch is served as we enjoy spectacular views on the way to Machu Picchu.

    At last, we arrive at spectacular Machu Picchu. This hidden city overlooks the raging Urubamba River and was shielded from discovery for centuries by thick tangles of vines and trees. Now one of the great destinations in world travel, the city of Machu Picchu still hides the secret of its rise and fall, as the Incas left behind no written records. Explore the city's ruins, feel its pulse and visualize the lives of the priests, craftsmen, and servants who inhabited this incredible place. Excavations at the site have revealed skeletons, artefacts and woollen clothing. Inspect the famous precision of Incan stonework on display here. After spending an unforgettable day exploring the ruins, you can enjoy tea at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge before we head back by train to Tambo del Inka Resort for another relaxing evening and overnight stay.

    The Splendor of Machu Picchu - Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu/Sacred Valley
  11. Center of the Incan Empire - Sacred Valley/Cusco/Lima

    After breakfast, we head to Cusco, where we visit the Sacsayhuaman fortress.  Sacsayhuamán is strategically located on a hill overlooking Cusco and was constructed without mortar like many other Inca structures. Yet the enormous stones (some weighing 200 tons) fit so tightly that not even a thin blade of grass can slide between them. The craftsmanship is a stunning example of the Inca’s sophisticated construction techniques and architectural skills. Next, proceed to the splendid Baroque-style Cusco Cathedral, built in the mid-1500s on the foundations of an Incan palace. Many of the stones used in its construction were looted from the nearby Sacsayhuamán fortress.

    Continue to Koricancha, where we admire the lovely Dominican Convent of Santo Domingo that was built on the foundations of the Temple of the Sun, the most important temple in the Inca Empire. The curved, mortar-less masonry wall at the west end of the church is considered to be one of the greatest existing examples of Inca stonework. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

    Transfer to the airport and fly to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, meet the local representative and transfer to the Swissotel.

    Enjoy the evening in the capital of Peru.

    Center of the Incan Empire - Sacred Valley/Cusco/Lima
  12. Lovely Colonial Lima - Lima

    After breakfast at the hotel, set out to discover fascinating Lima before returning home. The city and surrounding area are steeped in history. To the north is Caral, considered the most ancient city in the Americas, and to the south is the archaeological site of Pachacamac. Lima was established by the Spanish conquistadores in 1542, and the ruling Vice Royalty of Peru proceeded to build significant churches, monasteries, and mansions in the town. Today, Lima´s historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Lovely Colonial Lima - Lima

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