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Oceania Cruises: Incas & the Andes

About South America - From $4,799.00 USD per guest

Date: January 5 - January 22, 2017

Cruise Destination: Valparaiso to Miami

Sail up the rugged western coast of scintillating South America and on through the remarkable Panama Canal to a thrilling end to your adventure in stylish Miami. Along the way, hop a flight from Lima to the cloud-kissed ruins of the ancient Incas in the mountaintop city of Machu Picchu. Explore the vineyards of the Casablanca Valley outside Valparaiso, and near Salaverry, soak up the 16th century colonial charm of Trujillo with a splendid backdrop of the striking terrain of the Andean foothills. Near Coquimbo, view petroglyphs from 4,000 years ago that depict fascinating masks, heads with antennae, tiaras, sun symbols and fish-like shapes deeply engraved in rocks. From ancient civilizations to iconic mountain ranges, you will witness the true beauty of South America.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Valparaiso, Chile

Enjoy the charming chaos and color of the hillside old quarter, or visit lovely nearby Viña del Mar and its famed floral clock. Or head inland to Chile's scenic Central Valley, the country's breadbasket, and on to the Andes with their world-class vineyards and ski resorts. Many will want to spend the day in metropolitan Santiago, considered the safest city in Latin America.

Day 2: Coquimbo, Chile

In 1550 the city's spectacular harbor first attracted the Spanish, who stayed to mine deep reserves of copper and gold. After a tour of the city's scenic attractions, including the lighthouse, the graceful cathedral built in 1844 and the archaeological museum, visit the Enchanted Valley's stone engravings and the Tololo Observatory perched 6,000 feet above the Elqui Valley.

Day 3: Cruising the Pacific Ocean

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Day 4: Arica, Chile

Known as the “City of Eternal Spring” for its verdant valleys and sublime climate, Arica is a lush city amid the famed Atacama Desert. Take in breathtaking views from atop Morro de Arica, the iconic hill that rises steeply from the sea and was once the main fort during the War of the Pacific in the 19th century. Visit the San Miguel de Azapa Archeological Museum to discover the Inca and Tiawanankus influence on Arica’s native culture, and to learn about the local mummies – older than those found in Egypt.

Day 5: Cruising the Pacific Ocean

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Day 6: Lima/Machu Picchu (Callao), Peru

Explore Lima’s wonderful museums and visit the famed Cathedral of Lima and the Archbishop’s Palace on the city’s majestic main square. Take a flight to Machu Picchu, known as the “Lost City of the Incas” and South America’s most intriguing archaeological site. Built in the 15th century by the Incas and perched 7,875 feet above sea level, this extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage Site features stone buildings once used as temples, sanctuaries, homes and water fountains. Also enchanting is the colonial city of Cuzco with its majestic Plaza de Armas and the ancient Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman.

Day 7: Salaverry, Peru

Founded by the Spanish conquistador Pizarro, Salaverry has numerous archaeological excavations and is a jumping-off spot for a visit to Machu Picchu. The "Lost City of the Incas" is one of South America's most intriguing archaeological sites. Machu Picchu is perched 7,875 feet above sea level and has a 1,800-foot vertical drop face. What remains are extraordinary stone buildings built by the Incas for use as temples, sanctuaries and homes. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was originally built in 1460.

Day 8: Cruising the Pacific Ocean

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Day 9: Manta, Ecuador

As a gateway to Ecuador, the small port city of Manta is a short drive from Montecristi, where the world's best Panama hats are produced and also where they originated. Catch a flight to the capital city of Quito, a wonderfully preserved colonial-era city perched 9,200 feet above sea level. Beautiful lakes, volcanoes and high mountains around the town of Otavalo are spectacular.

Day 10: Cruising the Pacific Ocean

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Day 11: Fuerte Amador (Balboa), Panama

One of the entrances to the Panama Canal on the Pacific side, the port of Fuerte Amador, founded in 1519, is a short drive from Panama City. Explore the beautiful French and Spanish colonial homes in Panama City's Casco Viejo, marvel at Panama's lush rainforest or visit a secluded Indian village.

Day 12-13: Fuerte Amador (Balboa), Panama - Panama Canal Daylight Transit

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Day 14: Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Ride the aerial tram through the rainforest canopy at Braulio Carillo National Park. Take a boat ride through the Tortuguero Canals or the Estero Negro estuary, the rich jungle tapestry all around, while watching for colorful birds, monkeys, iguanas, sloths, crocodiles and the legendary, iridescent Blue Morpho butterfly.

Day 15: Cruising the Caribbean Sea

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Day 16: Roatan, Honduras

Luxuriate on the magnificent beaches, snorkel or dive and explore the superb shallow reefs, or discover the island's other natural wonders on a horseback ride on the beach and through a tropical forest past spectacular volcanic rocks.

Day 17: Costa Maya, Mexico

The cruise port of Costa Maya in Mexico's developing Costa Maya region is surrounded by dense jungle and turquoise waters and blessed with radiant sunshine. No wonder the ancient Maya lived nearby, building ceremonial centers like Chacchoben, where you can climb among the ruins, many of which are still being excavated. Look for raucous toucans in the trees.

Day 18: Cruising the Straits of Florida

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Day 19: Miami, United States

People-watchers will enjoy South Beach's Ocean Drive, while architecture buffs will love the Art Deco District. If the beaches don't intrigue you, there are world-class museums and shopping venues too. In Miami, there really is something for everyone.

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