Arrive in Caollo. Embark Le Boreal around 5:30 PM. Settle into your cabin and familiarize yourself with the ship and her crew.
Spend your first day exploring this Peruvian gem on one of three optional half-day excursions. Get a feel for colonial and modern Lima on a guided walking tour that takes you through the Main Square, as well as several historic stops before returning to the ship by coach. You can also visit one of Lima's premier attractions, the Gold Museum, which features golden artifacts from the Inca and colonial periods, as well as the Miraflores Indian Market where you can browse handicrafts from all over Peru. Alternately, visit the Pachacamac ruins, about 30km south of Lima. Situated in the Lurin valley, the temples and artifacts found here are indicators of the Pre-colombian culture that flourished in this region.
Continue to acquaint yourself with the ship as you sail the open seas. Get settled in, explore your ship, or spend time on deck looking for marine wildlife or birdlife.
From Matarani, opt to visit Arequipa on an optional full-day excursion. Arequipa, Peru's second largest town, was founded in 1540 and boasts numerous colonial-style mansions, churches and remarkable convents. At 7660 ft. above sea level, Arequipa is located in a truly awe-inspiring setting, dominated by three volcanoes: El Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu. It is known locally as the “White City” because most of its buildings were constructed in the 17th and 18th centuries out of soft, bright white volcanic rock extracted from nearby quarries.
A coach brings you on the 2.5 hour journey to Arequipa. From here, explore on foot to discover the historic gems within this city frozen in time.
From your port in Arica, choose from several full- and half-day excursions.
Living the Highland Ancestors takes you to an altitude of 9600 ft as you visit Copaquilla Pukara, an archealogical site; Putre, the region's capital; and Socoroma village, once part of the famed Inca road.
City Tour & Geoglyphs which takes you to the beautiful Azapa Valley where you can catch a glimpse of centuries-old geoglyphs and to the San Miguel de Azapa Archeological and Anthropological Museum well known for its collection of artifacts and remains of the oldest Chinchorro mummies dating to 6,000-8,000 BC.
The Chinchorro Culture tour takes you on a drive past the scenic Chinchorro beach, where mummified human remains were unearthed from the sand. Stop at Las Machas Beach to observe the wetland birdlife before a visit to the San Migues de Azapa Archeological and Anthropological Museum. End this tour with a visit to the On-Site Museum in downtown Arica - an "in situ" museum where the mummies discovered here remain today.
Atacama Coastal Walk takes you by coach slowly past the beautiful views of the El Laucho and La Lisera beach resorts. Have your camera ready for a stop at the Morro de Arica outlook. Continue south along the coast to Carazones/Anzata where your coastal walk begins. Wind through caves, caverns, and other spectacular sites as you make your way toward the Puntilla where sea lions can be see at a short distance.
Relax as your ship sails southward. Keep your eyes peeled for bird life or marine mammals, or crack open your book while you take in the fresh sea air. If you haven't already, take the time to indulge in your ship's fine amenities.
Spend the morning on the ship as it navigates Pain de Sucre. In the afternoon, your optional excursions both begin in Caldera. Tour the city's historical sights and beaches. Begin at the historical Railway Station, a National Monument, then continue on the southern coast toward the summer resort town of Bahia Inglesa where you can explore on your own before returning to Caldera.
Alternatively, live an unique experience today by visiting the San Jose Mine, where the 33 Chilean miners stayed trapped underground for 69 days in 2010. Visit the Interpretation Center, learning about this accident through photos, writings and short videos. Additionally, one of the 33 miners is available to reply to questions about this incredible experience.
Spend your last day on board Le Boreal enjoying the open ocean air, relaxing on the deck, or reminiscing about your adventures with new friends.
Following an early breakfast, disembark in Valparaiso. Transfer to airport to continue your travels.