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14-Day Incan Empires

 
 
14-Day Incan Empires
Starting from $1,028*

Callao (Lima), Peru to San Diego, California, US


Ship: ms Amsterdam


Departure Date :

Oct 14 2019

Optional tours are available from most ports for an additional charge.

 

Itinerary

 
Day Callao (Lima), Peru
Departs 11:00 PM
A 45-minute drive from the port city of Callao brings you to exciting Lima, the City of Kings. From its founding in 1535 until today, it remains one of the most important cities in all South America. The handsome old buildings from the earliest colonial days surrounding the Plaza de Armas contrast with the soaring modern towers rising in the newer sections of the city.
Callao (Lima), Peru
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
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Day Guayaquil (Quito), Ecuador
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM
Sprawling Guayaquil sits on the western bank of the wide Guayas River in Ecuador, a few miles upriver from where it flows into the Pacific Ocean. It is the main port and commercial center of the country and also its largest city, home to a number of universities and colleges and a burgeoning arts scene. Its international airport and coastal location make it one of the main departure points for travelers heading to the Galápagos Islands. Much of the colonial architecture of Guayaquil, founded in 1538 by Spanish conquistadors on the site of an indigenous village, was lost in a massive fire in the 19th century. Some of the city’s most impressive buildings, including the neoclassical city hall, are near the riverfront on the Malecón Simón Bolívar. Nearby, the neo-Gothic Metropolitan Cathedral of Guayaquil soars above the Parque Seminario, a pocket park also known as Parque de las Iguanas (Iguana Park) for its large population of tame lizards that are happy to be fed by visitors. The local government has invested in urban renewal projects such as the Malecón 2000, a riverfront promenade, and the Museo Antropológico y de Arte Contemporáneo (MAAC), which showcases both pre-Columbian and contemporary Ecuadorian art and hosts performances in its large theater.
Guayaquil (Quito), Ecuador
 
 
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Day Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Costa Rica
Arrives 09:00 AM Departs 06:00 PM
The principal town of Costa Rica’s Gulf of Nicoya, Puntarenas gives access to several of the nation’s ecological reserves, including the Monteverde Reserve, as well as highlights of the highlands such as the famous woodcarving center of Sarchi and the distinctive highland town of Grecia with its metal Gothic church. At the nearby Carara National Park, visitors can see the “Pura Vida” waterfall, some 650 feet high and keep an eye out for brilliant Scarlet Macaws.
Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Costa Rica
 
 
Day Corinto, Nicaragua
Arrives 11:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM
Puerto Corinto -- a small, tropical paradise in northwest Nicaragua's Chinandega department -- is a common stop for cruise ships touring the Panama Canal area. Puerto Corinto, founded in the 1858, is Nicaragua's largest port; it has lovely, white sand beaches and clear, cerulean water. The city sits on the Punto Icaco island and is connected to the mainland by bridges.
Corinto, Nicaragua
 
 
Day Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 06:00 PM
Puerto Quetzal is Guatemala's largest port on the Pacific Ocean side of this Central American country, important for both cargo and cruise ships. There's not a great deal to see and do in Puerto Quetzal itself, and visitors should adjust their expectations accordingly. Yet you shouldn't despair, either; Puerto Quetzal is an ideal point of departure for exploring several corners of the country. Choose your mode of transportation—plane, bus, car or boat—and decide whether you want to take in Guatemala's stunning, volcano-studded landscape, one (or more!) of the country's Maya sites, the UNESCO–recognized colonial city of Antigua (the former capital), a coffee plantation or one of the many beguiling bodies of water. In addition to the gleaming Pacific, there's Lake Atitlán, which 19th-century German explorer Alexander von Humboldt described as the most beautiful lake in the world. All of these attractions are accessible as day trips, and getting to them is all part of your Guatemalan adventure.
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
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Day Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM
Unique compared to Acapulco, Cancún, Zihuatanejo and several other coastal resort towns in Mexico—many of which were created by the government as planned communities—Puerto Vallarta ("PV" to locals), on the Pacific Ocean, retains quite a bit of its colonial-era charm. Its town square, Plaza de Armas, and the gorgeous parish church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, topped with an ornate crown and overlooking the port, serve as the loveliest representations of bygone ages. Alongside these echoes of the past are more modern attractions, including an ambitious public art project along the seaside walkway (the malecón) and trendy restaurants such as La Leche, serving contemporary Mexican cuisine. Round these out with plenty of fun-in-the-sun outdoor activities on and along Banderas Bay (whale-watching! snorkeling! jet-skiing!), excursions that reveal the best of Puerto Vallarta's flora and fauna, and a side trip to one of Mexico's pueblos mágicos (magical towns, a designation conferred by the government to recognize smaller towns that possess historical and cultural value), and you'd be hard-pressed to find a more pleasant place to spend part of your cruising vacation.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
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Day San Diego, California, US
Arrives 07:00 AM
"Easygoing San Diego embodies the Southern California surfer town fantasy, with its more than 300 days of sun, mild year-round temperatures and accessible, sporty pastimes and tourist attractions. You can hike the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve to get a glimpse of whale migrations, go sailing in the bay and, of course, surf the famous swells of Del Mar, Oceanside and La Jolla (among many other superb spots). But the sixth-largest city in the United States is surprisingly nuanced, with distinctive neighborhoods: Old Town, North Park, Point Loma and Coronado are all within a few miles of the port, while the bustling Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy are within walking distance. And while there are lots of things to do for everyone—from visiting the country’s largest urban park to taking in the famous horse-racing season in Del Mar to riding the charming Old Town Trolley—definitely don’t pass up the chance to investigate San Diego’s quickly growing reputation as a culinary destination. Its inventive new restaurants and huge craft-brewing industry are something to be explored."
San Diego, California, US