Punta Arenas, Chile

Marae Taputapuatea
Jeep Safari to Raiatea 
Canoeing on the Faaroa River

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Punta Arenas

Childhood Garden of the Gods

Raiatea, the cradle of the gods. Home to priceless archaeological treasures, testimonials to a culture that is still present today. We are in the heart of French Polynesia, on the sacred island that represents the history, royalty and religion of a simply extraordinary civilization.

Thanks to your MSC World Cruise, you will disembark on the shores of lovely scene to go hiking through lush tropical gardens, palm trees, mountains, waterfalls and rivers, on the discovery of rare endemic flora and fauna that is just as spectacular. The safari will take you around the island into the bamboo, chestnut and mango forests, the only place in the world where you can find the white flower that is the symbol of Raiatea: the Apetahi, which blooms only at dawn.
From here your vacation with MSC Cruises will continue to Marae Taputapuatea in the southeastern part of the island. This is the most important temple of Polynesia, a religious complex consisting of several ceremonial areas built of stone and coral, dedicated to Oro, the god of war.
Raiatea also boasts the only navigable river in the country, known as Faaroa. You can not pass up the opportunity to make a canoe trip into the heart of the forest to admire the wild hibiscus plants and set off into a tropical fjord surrounded by mountains. The canoe will take you to the islet of Motu Iriru, where you can swim, snorkel and take walks. Scuba diving is a very popular sport here, and you can even reach the wreck of the ship Nordby, which sank in 1900, lying at a depth of 29 meters.

Raiatea is a must for nature lovers and those who wish to deepen their knowledge of Polynesian culture, an island that moves people and gives them unforgettable moments during their MSC Cruises vacation. 

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    Lunar Valleys and Glasses of Wine
    Lunar Valleys and Glasses of Wine

    Sandwiched between the snowy white peaks of the Andes and the waves of the Pacific Ocean, Chile is the perfect country for outdoor activities and nature lovers thanks to its stunning national parks and reserves, which protect an incredible variety of plants and animals.

    An MSC World Cruise will take you to the very end of this extremely long country – over 4300 km – from Arica, on the Chile- Peru border, to Punta Arenas, on the border between Chile and Argentina, including everything else on the way! 
    During a cruise you may not get to see the driest desert in the world – the Atacama desert with its fascinating Valley of the Moon –, the high trails in the Parque Nacional Lauca, all at an altitude of between 4000 and 6000 metres, or the volcanic peaks and verdant landscapes of the Región de Los Lagos (very similar to the European Alps), but you will definitely have the opportunity to enjoy the wilderness of Patagonia and the statues carved by the Rapa Nui on Easter Island. 
    An MSC day trip will take you to the capital of Chile, Santiago, which is easily reachable from the colourful port of Valparaiso. The city is located in the country's central valley, near an area that is characterised by its vineyards, for example Colchagua Valley, and ski resorts.