A bay bordered by steep hills, stately old Victorian homes, cable cars - no, it's not San Francisco, California. Welcome to Valparaiso. Populated in 1536, and named after the birthplace of conquistador Diego de Almagro, Valparaiso is Chile's oldest city. It is also the gateway to Chile's central valley and the capital of Santiago.
San Martin is your gateway to the quiet colonial town of Pisco and its fertile coastal valley. For thousands of years, pre-Columbian societies thrived in river valleys such as this. Utilizing sophisticated systems of irrigation, they transformed the harsh coastal desert into productive farmland. The legacy of these ancient people, from their giant geometric etchings on the desert floor to their ancient burial grounds, continues to draw curious adventurers from around the world.
Until recent times Nicaragua was unfortunately known for the civil war (Sandinistas and Contras) that raged from the late 70s through much of the 80s. Today, the soldiers and guerrillas have given way sightseeing in a beautiful country. From strolling the cobblestone streets of colonial Granada on Lake Nicaragua, to exploring one of the many volcanoes, Nicaragua has something for even the most seasoned traveler.
Puerto Vallarta is sleepy no more. Today, the city has its own "Gringo Gulch," a haunt of the rich and famous. Travelers are also drawn by its climate, its excellent shopping - which offers great values on leather goods, jewelry, and handicrafts - and mile after mile of palm-lined beaches.
Itinerary Summary: Santiago (Valparaiso), Chile Wednesday, March 14 La Serena (Coquimbo), Chile Thursday, March 15 At Sea Friday, March 16 At Sea Saturday, March 17 Pisco (San Martin), Peru Sunday, March 18 Lima (Callao), Peru Monday, March 19 At Sea Tuesday, March 20 At Sea Wednesday, March 21 At Sea Thursday, March 22 Puntarenas, Costa Rica Friday, March 23 San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua Saturday, March 24 At Sea Sunday, March 25 At Sea Monday, March 26 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Tuesday, March 27 At Sea Wednesday, March 28 At Sea Thursday, March 29 Los Angeles, California Friday, March 30
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Custom airfare, as well as pre- and post-cruise hotels and excursions will be available closer to the departure date.
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