From the Gateway of the Galapagos to the colorful jumble of hillside structures in Valparaiso, drink in the very best of Peru and Chile. Long hailed by savvy travelers as “bucket list” countries, prepare for the awe-inspiring mountain peaks of Peru and the majestic flora and fauna of Chile. These are noble countries, equal parts proud, humble and fierce; a journey here will ignite passion in your soul that will last long after you leave. Numerous pre- and post cruise extensions are available to complement this program.
Join us to cruise along the Peruvian and Chilean coast and visit several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will be amazed by the scenery and wildlife of the islands in the Humboldt Current. During boat excursions or Zodiac cruises you will have a chance to spot Blue-footed, Nazca and Peruvian Boobies, Guanay Cormorants, Humboldt Penguins and several other seabird species, as well as South American sea lions and fur seals. Encounter fascinating local cultures as well as Incan and Pre-Incan remains against the backdrop of some of the Andes’ breathtaking mountains and some of the world’s driest deserts.
Throughout the voyage, learn about the history, geology, wildlife and botany of South America’s west coast from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.
Isla Lobos de Tiera, Isla Guañape and Islas Ballestas (the Peruvian guano islands) –
These islands represent excellent examples of seabird islands exploited for their guano (used as fertilizer) and will permit to see huge seabird colonies as well as South American sea lions and fur seals.
Lima, Peru –
Explore the Historic Centre of Lima. Formerly known as the “City of Kings” it was the political, administrative, religious and economic capital of the Viceroyalty of Peru and the most important city of the Spanish dominions in South America -today a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Paracas, Peru –
See Nazca’s impressive lines and geoglyphs –UNESCO World Heritage- from the air and marvel at the mathematical and artistic work done more than 1500 years ago.
Arequipa, Peru –
The Historical Centre of the City of Arequipa –UNESCO World Heritage- is yet another fine example of Spanish Colonial architecture as seen in the city’s robust walls, archways and vaults, courtyards and open spaces, and the intricate Baroque decoration of its facades.
Arica, Chile –
Arica, “The City of Eternal Spring”, has been an important port for Spain, Peru, Bolivia and Chile and its valleys produce excellent fruit, but for us it is the starting point to see Chile’s Altiplano, Lake Chungará with its flamingos and part of Qhapac Ñan, the Incan road system -UNESCO World Heritage.
Antofagasta, Chile –
We will either take a look at the remains of the saltpetre trade in Antofagasta or go on a full day excursion into one of the driest deserts in the world visiting San Pedro de Atacama and will see the nearby salt lakes and flamingos, as well as the “Valley of the Moon”.
• See several UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Peru and Chile. Meet indigenous groups in the Atacama Desert.
Wildlife Watch List:
• Humboldt Penguins
• South American fur seals and South American sea lions
• Fin and humpback whales, common and bottlenose dolphins
• Birds of note: Blue-footed, Nazca and Peruvian Booby, Red-legged, Neotropical and Guanay Cormorant, Peruvian Pelican, Chilean, Andean and James’s Flamingo, Andean Avocet, Lesser Rhea, Andean Goose and Puna Plover
Please note: Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.
- Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
- Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
- Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
- Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
- Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
- Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
- Gratuities always included in your fare
- Unlimited Free Internet
- Travel Insurance
- Pre- or post-cruise arrangements
- Items of personal nature
GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR - EMBARKATION
Embark the Silver Explorer.
We recommend adding at least one night hotel prior, which we are happy to arrange for you.
The second major jumping off point for the Galapagos Islands after Quito, this is a little city with a big heart. A sea port first and foremost, the city’s personality has been founded on that, and all the better it is for it, too. Almost Caribbean in feeling, the clement climate coupled with the intermingling rhythms floating from the windows and abundance of fresh seafood make this a very tropical destination. Once not even considered by the travel books as a potential destination in its own right, the city has undergone something of a resurgence in the past few years. Proud Guayaquileños will not hesitate to point out the Malecón or the exciting new riverfront promenade, once a no-go area after dark, now happily lined with museums, restaurants, shops, and ongoing entertainment. The new airport and urban transportation network are also lauded to the happy tourists who find themselves here.
DAY AT SEA
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
LOBOS DE TIERRA ISLAND, PERU
Not far from the mainland coast of Peru, off the Illescas Peninsula, lies Isla Lobos de Tierra. It is a steep and rocky island that protrudes more than 200 feet (61 meters) from the surface of the deep blue Pacific. Several smaller islets surround it, including El León and Albatros. An abundant array of marine mammals and seabirds surround these islands. Sea lions, like sunbathers, bask on the beaches and hundreds of Blue-footed Boobies can be viewed ashore, whilst Peruvian Pelicans pass overhead.
SALAVERRY & ISLA GUANAPE, PERU
Located about nine hours north of Lima, Trujillo was founded in 1534 by the Spanish conquistador Pizarro. The attractive, colonial city retains much of its original charm with elegant casonas, or mansions, lining the streets. Nearby is Chan Chan, the ancient capital of the Chimú, a local Indian tribe who came under the rule of the Incas. The area has several other Chimú sites, some dating back about 1500 years. The region is also famous as the home of the Peruvian Paso horses, as well as excellent beaches offering world-class surfing and other water sports.
Isla Guanape is located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of La Libertad, Peru. Two main islands, North and South Guañape, along with several small islets constitute a biological reserve for seabirds. In 2009, the National Wildlife Refuge System of Peru officially protected the islands. The rugged, rocky, and dry island group is uninhabited by people, but is home not only to large colonies of South American sea lions, but to hundreds of thousands of seabirds. These include Peruvian Pelicans, Inca Terns and Blue-footed Boobies and Humboldt Penguins.
When people discuss great South American cities, Lima is often overlooked. But Peru’s capital can hold its own against its neighbors. It has an oceanfront setting, colonial-era splendor, sophisticated dining, and nonstop nightlife. In 1535 Francisco Pizarro found the perfect place for the capital of Spain’s colonial empire. On a natural port, the so-called Ciudad de los Reyes (City of Kings) allowed Spain to ship home all the gold the conquistador plundered from the Inca.
The port city of Paracas is blessed with magnificent natural beauty and rich historical importance, offerings inviting beaches, ideal weather and pleasant scenery — a combination that draws visitors throughout the year. The shores of the Paracas Peninsula and waters of the bay teem with wildlife and have been declared a national reserve. Condors frequently can be seen gliding on the sea winds or perched on the cliffs; pink flamingos often rest here on their migratory flights. The complex interaction between wind and ocean, sun and land has transformed this region into a kind of lunarscape under an equatorial sun. Another reason for travellers to come to this area is its proximity to the famous and mysterious Nazca Lines. Visible from the air, these strange markings stretch for miles on a large barren plain and have bewildered archaeologists, historians and mathematicians since their discovery over a century ago.
DAY AT SEA
MATARANI & AREQUIPA, PERU
Matarani is located on the south-western coast of Peru and gives access to the colonial city of Arequipa, 75 miles (121 km) inland. From here it is a 200 mile (322 km) drive to Lake Titicaca and 400 miles (644 km) to Cuzco and Machu Picchu. This major port is an important element in the current plan between the governments of Peru and Brazil to afford easy commercial movement between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans by both countries. Matarani is the gateway to Arequipa, where you discover its very interesting prehistory that spanned over 10,000 years, ending with the arrival of the Spanish in the 1530s. Arequipa is rich with not only Inca archaeology, but also various pre-Inca cultures, and even earlier nomadic hunter-gatherers. Arequipa is also known as the ’Ciudad Blanca’ (White City) for the numerous and magnificent constructions of temples, convents, big houses and palaces sculpted in white ashlar.
Arica boasts that it is ”the land of the eternal spring,” but its temperate climate and beaches are not the only reason to visit this small city. Relax for an hour or two on the Plaza 21 de Mayo. Walk to the pier and watch the pelicans and sea lions trail the fishing boats as the afternoon’s catch comes in. Walk to the top of the Morro and imagine battles of days gone by, or wonder at the magnitude of modern shipping as Chilean goods leave the port below by container ship.Arica is gaining notice for its great surfing conditions, and in 2009 hosted the Rusty Arica Pro Surf Challenge, a qualifying event to the world series of surf.
DAY AT SEA
Situated between the ocean and the mountains of the Coastal Range is Chile’s largest city of the northern region. Antofagasta’s role as port for the exportation of nitrate began in 1866. In 1872, when silver was discovered, the first municipality was established. Today, Antofagasta is still the center of nitrate and copper mining, as well as an important hub for rail traffic to La Paz, Bolivia, and Salta, Argentina. According to the treaty signed after the War of the Pacific, much of Bolivia’s international commerce transits through Antofagasta. The area surrounding Antofagasta is renowned for having the highest solar intensity in the world. Its archaeological zones, desert and mountains make it a sought-after place for travelers looking for unusual destinations. The city’s landscaped plazas are a tribute to man’s conquest over the desert.
ISLA PAN DE AZUCAR, CHILE
The rugged shores of Isla Pan de Azucar (or Sugarloaf Island) are home to thousands of Humboldt Penguins. The penguins come to this arid island to breed and spend their days fishing, swimming and diving, as do many of the other birds found here. The waters around Isla Pan de Azucar also support Kelp Gulls, Blackish Oystercatchers, Peruvian Boobies, pelicans, sea lions and the reclusive South American marine otter.
Six nautical miles south of the entrance to Natalii Bay are the spectacular sea cliffs of Bogoslav Island. The small island rises to 424 meters (1,391 feet) above sea level and is a perfect place to spot Pigeon, Brünnich’s, and Common Guillemots, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Harlequin Ducks, Horned Puffins, White Wagtails, Pelagic Cormorants and Slaty-backed Gulls. Walrus can also be seen at a nearby haul-out.
ISLA CHAÑARAL, CHILE
Isla Chañaral is located just off the Central Chilean coast and, along with two other smaller islands, is part of the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve. The islands are an important breeding site for Humboldt Penguins. Sea lions rest on the rocky cliff ledges, while rare South American marine otters have been known to slide in and out of the waters along the coastline, and playful bottlenose dolphins swim in the surrounding seas. The island itself consists of an upper and a lower plateau. The lower level is covered in shrubby vegetation peppered with cacti, while the high plateau appears desolate in contrast.
The name Coquimbo is derived from a native Diaguita word meaning ’place of calm waters’. In fact, Charles Darwin had noted that the town was ’remarkable for nothing but its extreme quietness’. Since then, Coquimbo has developed into a bustling port and the region’s major commercial and industrial centre from which minerals, fish products and fruits are exported. Used during the colonial period as a port for La Serena, Coquimbo attracted attention from English pirates, including Sir Francis Drake, who visited in 1578. Visitors enjoy strolling around the town, admiring some of the elaborate woodwork handcrafted on buildings by early British and American settlers. These wooden buildings are among Chile’s most interesting historical structures. Out of town, the area offers some fine beaches in a desert-like setting.
VALPARAISO, CHILE - DISEMBARK
Valparaíso’s dramatic topography—45 cerros, or hills, overlooking the ocean—requires the use of winding pathways and wooden ascensores (funiculars) to get up many of the grades. The slopes are covered by candy-color houses—there are almost no apartments in the city—most of which have exteriors of corrugated metal peeled from shipping containers decades ago. Valparaíso has served as Santiago’s port for centuries. Before the Panama Canal opened, Valparaíso was the busiest port in South America. Harsh realities—changing trade routes, industrial decline—have diminished its importance, but it remains Chile’s principal port. Most shops, banks, restaurants, bars, and other businesses cluster along the handful of streets called El Plan (the flat area) that are closest to the shoreline. Porteños (which means ”the residents of the port”) live in the surrounding hills in an undulating array of colorful abodes.
The purpose-built Silver Explorer expedition cruise ship has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions. A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables Silver Explorer to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of Zodiac boats allows guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer luxury cruise adventure.
- Officers: International
- Length: 354 ft
- Beam: 52 ft
- Tonnage: 6072 t
- Cruise Speed: 14 knots
- Total Staff: 117
- Passenger Capacity: 132
A full range of salon services is available for both men and women including hairstyling, manicures and pedicures. Appointments for these chargeable services may be made on board the ship, or in advance via My Voyage.
Featuring designer collections and duty-free shopping, the onboard Boutiques offer a selection of jewellery, fashions, perfumes and Silversea logo items. Shops are closed while in port and on occasion due to local government regulations. Toiletries and convenience items are also available for purchase.
The Connoisseur’s Corner offers exceptional cognacs along with a premium selection of cigars for purchase.
The Fitness Center is open daily and offers a treadmill, elliptical trainer, stationary bike and a weight machine.
Email friends and family back home or surf the web for a nominal fee. CD burners, headphones, digital camera media readers, and complimentary black and white laser printing are also available.
Complimentary self-service laundry facilities are available onboard.
The Library has an extensive selection of hardcover books, magazines, reference materials and newspapers, as well as audio listening stations. Movies are also available and can be viewed on your in-suite entertainment center.
Located on Deck 6 high atop the ship, the Observation Lounge offers panoramic views. Here you will find comfortable seats to enjoy a beverage and watch the ever-changing view.
Outdoor Grill and Whirl Pool
Alfresco dining in the soft ocean breeze. Menu options include healthy CruiseLite selections, fresh-from-the-oven pizza and lighter fare.
The Panorama Lounge is specially designed to provide an uninterrupted view of the day’s destination from the comfort of the ship’s interior. This is an ideal place to unwind, listen to the pianist and enjoy a nightcap with new friends.
This central lobby area welcomes guests to speak with a Guest Relations specialist should they have a question or require any service. Assistance is available 24 hours a day.
Sparkling with silver, crystal and candlelight, The Restaurant encircles its guests with sophisticated elegance and impeccable service.
The Spa at Silversea
Relax your body and mind with a wide range of soothing therapies including facials, body wraps and massages. Sauna and steam rooms are perfect for relaxing before your spa treatment or after a long nature hike. Appointments for chargeable services may be made on board the ship, or in advance via My Voyage.
Gather in The Theater to hear fascinating tales of adventure or to learn about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Lectures and seminars are presented by knowledgeable experts in a variety of scientific fields.
All suites feature:
• Butler service
• Champagne upon request
• Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
• European bath amenities
• Fine pratesi bed linens and down duvets
• Premium mattresses
• A choice of nine pillow types
• ipod docking station
• Plush robes and slippers
• Personalized stationery
• Hair dryer
• Wifi internet access (fee applies)
• Daily suite service with nightly turndown
Owner’s Suite can accommodate 3 guests
728 sq. ft./67 m2 including large veranda (158 sq. ft./15 m2)
Large teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Living room with sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom, with full-sized bath and separate shower, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer, Writing desk, Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Laundry service, Dry cleaning and pressing, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer’s table, Four hours of internet service per suite, per voyage segment, Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment
Grand Suite can accommodate 3 guests.
618 sq. ft./57 m2 including veranda (86 sq. ft./8 m2)
Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Living room with sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer, Writing desk, Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Laundry service, Dry cleaning and pressing, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer’s table, Four hours of internet service per suite, per voyage segment, Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment
400 sq. ft./37 m2 including veranda (86 sq. ft./8 m2)
Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer’s table
SILVER SUITE/EXPEDITION SUITE
Silver and Expedition suites can accommodate three guests.
SILVER SUITE 422 sq. ft./39 m2 including 2 French Balconies with floor-to-ceiling glass doors (30 sq. ft./3 m2)
EXPEDITION SUITE 388-397 sq. ft./36-37 m2 with 2 view windows or 2 large picture windows
Living room (with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest), Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer (Silver Suite), Writing desk, Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Laundry service (Silver Suite), Afternoon canapés upon request
(Silver Suite), Dinner at officer’s table (Silver Suite)
VERANDA SUITE 206-216 sq. ft./19-20 m2 including French Balcony
(16 sq. ft./1.5 m2) with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
VISTA SUITE 192 sq. ft./18 m2 with large picture window providing panoramic ocean views
VIEW SUITE 192 sq. ft./18 m2 with view window
Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed (Veranda suites 500, 501, 512 and 513 have a fixed queen-sized bed), Triple capacity that can accommodate young children on sofa bed (View suites 310, 311, 312, 313 and Vista suites 410, 412, 415, 417), Marbled bathroom with tub/shower combination, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone
EXPLORER SUITE/ADVENTURER SUITE
EXPLORER SUITE 175–190 sq. ft./16–18 m2 with view window
ADVENTURER SUITE 157–167 sq. ft./14 – 15 m2 with 2 portholes
Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with tub/ shower combination, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone