Highlights of South America with Chilean Fjords Cruise
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Day 1: Arrive Rio de Janeiro
On arrival in Rio today, check into your hotel before enjoying time to recharge or stroll along the stunning Copacabana beachfront. Join a Welcome Reception tonight.
Day 2: Rio de Janeiro
Visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer at Corcovado Mountain. Later, take a sunset cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain. Dine out for this evening’s Insider Experience.
Day 3: Rio de Janeiro
Today enjoy a full day to relax, or explore Rio at your leisure.
Day 4: Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls
Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Iguazu Falls, a system of 275 falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil. On the Brazilian side, experience the majesty of World Heritage-listed Iguacu National Park during a half-day tour. Walk through the spectacular subtropical rainforest and take in breathtaking panoramic views of the falls.
Day 5: Iguazu Falls
On the Argentinian side, ride the Rainforest Ecological Train to a series of walkways and viewing points. This narrow-gauge train stops at several locations including one that leads to the 82-metre-high Devil’s Throat, one of the most spectacular falls of the region.
Day 6: Buenos Aires
Enjoy the morning at leisure, before you fly to Buenos Aires.
Day 7: Buenos Aires
Enjoy a guided city tour today followed by an Insider Experience.
Day 8: Buenos Aires, Embark Holland America Line Cruise
Transfer to Holland America Line’s MS Oosterdam for a cruise through the South American passage. Your ship remains docked overnight.
Day 9: Buenos Aires
As part of your Holland America Line cruise, an extensive range of activities and excursions are on offer at every port (own expense). On waking in Buenos Aires today, you may choose to relax on board or perhaps set off to explore the city further on an excursion.
Day 10: Montevideo
Wake to views of Uruguay’s capital Montevideo. Here, perhaps take a tour of the city’s Old Town or explore the quaint streets of World Heritage-listed Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay’s oldest town. Alternatives include lunch and wine-tasting at Juanico Winery or a trip down the coast to explore Punta del Este, known as the Saint-Tropez of Uruguay.
Day 11: At Sea
Enjoy the ever-changing scenery as you glide along the Argentinian coastline. Make use of your ship’s premium facilities, and perhaps select from a range of onboard experiences including cooking demonstrations, workshops and natural world presentations with BBC Earth Experiences. Afternoon tea is served daily.
Day 12: At Sea
More time at sea bound for the Falkland Islands means further time to relax into your journey.
Day 13: Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
Disembark in Port Stanley today, the Falkland Islands’ remote capital. The Falklands were first colonised by the British in 1765, a history that is evident in everything from the scarlet phone boxes to the pubs. Perhaps take a historical tour or join one of the many wildlife activities available. You might like to see a range of penguins, including Magellanic, gentoo and king penguins, at home in one of the world’s largest rookeries.
Day 14: Strait of Magellan
Before the Panama Canal, only the Strait of Magellan linked the Atlantic and Pacific oceans by boat. This important route was first traversed by Portuguese sailor Ferdinand Magellan in 1520 during a Spanish expedition to the East Indies. Today, it’s your turn to cruise this stunning stretch of water.
Day 15: Punta Arenas
A cruise around the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, via the Cockburn and Beagle channels, brings you to Punta Arenas. Just a short flight away, perhaps discover the glaciers and peaks of World Heritage-listed Torres del Paine National Park. Alternatively, go sea kayaking, take a heritage walking tour, set off on a wildlife tour on Magdalena Island, or enjoy an exclusive visit to Antarctica.
Day 16: Ushuaia
Back in Argentina, arrive in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost town. Here, activities include city walking tours, a heritage train ride and a 4WD wilderness safari.
Day 17: Cape Horn
Cruise around South America’s most southerly point, where Argentina and Chile converge. Take in views of the treeless headland on Hornos Island.
Day 18: Canal Sarmiento, Amalia Glacier
Cruise the Canal Sarmiento today, one of the main channels in Patagonia, where glaciers descend into turquoise waters. With the Chilean mainland to the east and the islands of Esperanza, Vancouver and Piazzi flanking the channel to the west, the scenery is spectacular.
Day 19: Chilean Fjords
Chile’s fjord region sprawls some 1,500 kilometres. Today, your ship will not sail in a straight line, it will meander along the jagged coast, through fjords and iceberg-strewn bays fringed by mountains.
Day 20: Puerto Montt
Arrive in the Chilean town of Puerto Montt, considered the gateway to the region’s lakes, volcanic landscapes and national parks. While ashore, among other excursions available, you might like to visit a unique 100-year-old German settlement or meet the Indigenous communities of Mapuche people.
Day 21: At Sea
Enjoy a final day at sea. Retreat to your favourite spot on board or stand on deck and savour the views for the last time.
Day 22: Disembark Cruise San Antonio, Valparaiso, Santiago
Disembark in San Antonio and travel to Valparaiso for a tour of the World Heritage-listed town centre and a trip into the surrounding hills. Then continue to the Chilean capital of Santiago.
Day 23: Santiago
This morning, see Santiago’s modern and historic sites on a guided discovery. Then enjoy time to relax or explore as you like.
Day 24: Santiago, Lima
After breakfast, fly to Peru’s capital, Lima. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure.
Day 25: Lima, Cusco, Chinchero, Sacred Valley
After breakfast, fly to the World Heritage-listed city of Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire. Travel through Cusco to Chinchero, a city located in the stunning Andean highlands. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel, and soak up the Andean atmosphere at the premium Aranwa Sacred Valley.
Day 26: Sacred Valley
This morning, visit the Ollantaytambo ruins, a unique Inca archaeological site. Enjoy a traditional Peruvian lunch followed by a free afternoon.
Day 27: Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
Head to Machu Picchu by train. On arrival, join a locally guided tour of the incredible Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Enjoy dinner at your hotel.
Day 28: Machu Picchu, Cusco
In the afternoon, reboard the 360° train for your journey to Ollantaytambo station before a coach returns you to Cusco. Enjoy a delicious Peruvian dinner and traditional folklore show.
Day 29: Cusco
A guided walking tour through Cusco today will take you to the city’s historic heart, the Plaza de Armas. During your tour you’ll visit the sacred site of Koricancha. The afternoon is yours to absorb the atmosphere of this captivating city.
Day 30: Cusco, Lake Titicaca
Take a coach to the city of Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Along the way, you’ll stop at the small town of Andahuaylillas to visit San Pedro Apóstol, a small Baroque chapel built in the 16th century that is called the Sistine Chapel of the Andes owing to a dazzlingly ornate interior of murals and decorations. You’ll also stop for a hearty lunch. On arrival in Puno, this evening is at your leisure.
Day 31: Lake Titicaca, Lima
Set on the border of Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is the highest altitude lake in the world. Enjoy a free morning here. After lunch at the hotel, you’ll set out on a cruise over the lake to the extraordinary home of the Uros people – a group of more than 40 man-made islands created from floating reeds. On this remarkable trip, you’ll enjoy an insight into the Uros’ unique way of life and experience the spectacular scenery that characterises the region. Afterwards, be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Lima.
Day 32: Lima
Relax in the morning before taking part in a guided tour of the World Heritage-listed historic centre of Lima. On this tour, admire one of Lima’s most religious locations, the Iglesia de Santo Domingo. Built in the 16th century, this pink convent is also the resting place for three important Peruvian saints.
Day 33: Depart Lima
This morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.