Embarkation from 5.30pm to 6.30pm
Located between the sea and the desert, the town of Iquique takes pride in its outstanding
historic centre. It is a legacy of the wealthy “White Gold Rush” in the days when the much
sought-after sodium nitrate (saltpetre) was mined in the 18th century. Former residences with
their finely wrought facades and colourful buildings bear witness to this opulent period.
Known as the City of Eternal Spring, Arica is much admired for its rich golden sandy
beaches and historic sites. From here you will have the opportunity to explore the Lauca
National Park, a renowned UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
The small fishing port of Matarani is cut off between desert and mountain and offers a
chance to visit the lovely colonial town of Arequipa, founded in 1540 and dominated by
no less than three volcanoes. The brilliant white houses of volcanic stone have earned it
the nickname “the white town”. The Santa Catalina Convent is well worth visiting, home
to a community of Carmelites for over 400 years, it is now open to the public.
This is your opportunity to fly over the famous Nazca lines: enigmatic and mysterious, are
they an astronomical calendar or ritual paths dedicated to the gods? No one knows as
this magical place jealously guards its secret. Discovered in the 1930s, the 350 giant
geometric shapes include figures such as a spider, a monkey and a bird carved into the
ground by the world’s oldest, pre-Inca, civilisation.
An exciting modern metropolis, Lima also offers some of the finest examples of colonial
architecture and many museums including the famous Gold Museum. From here you have the
opportunity of a lifetime to visit the Inca city of Machu Picchu, Cuzco and the Sacred Valley.
Trujillo has retained much of its former charm in the colonial residences, the Iturregui Palace and
Place d’Armes. Not far from here you will find the Chan Chan site, the largest pre-Columbian
city in the Americas which once stored large quantities of gold, silver and valuable pottery.