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Lima to Santiago

26 days  |  Lima to Santiago  |  from USD $4,839  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Experience a different adventure every day with this unique journey through Peru, Bolivia and Chile. From the high Andes to the world’s driest desert with visits to the ancient Inca Empire, the mighty Amazon, stunning Lake Titicaca and the phenomenal salt lakes of Uyuni.

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Santiago to Lima

This tour is also offered in reverse. Opt to start in Santiago and end in Lima.

Day 1

Welcome to Peru! Upon arrival at Lima Airport you'll be met and transferred to our joining hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. To get a feel for colonial Lima, take a cab to the Plaza de Armas and watch the changing of the Palace Guard at noon. Walk the streets surrounding the Jiron de la Union for great examples of Spanish-colonial architecture and to get a taste for life in a large South American city. Later this evening our group welcome meeting takes place.
Overnight: Lima

Days 2-4

Lima - Cuzco. A short flight high over the spectacular scenery of the Andes brings us to the former capital of the Incas. Cuzco, which means ‘navel of the earth’ in the Inca language, is home to a mostly indigenous population and we enjoy an orientation walking tour of this fascinating city.

On day 3 we take the scenic train to the lost city of Machu Picchu (Old Mountain) which was originally completely self -contained, surrounded by agricultural terraces sufficient to feed the population, and watered by natural springs. Located high above the fast flowing Urubamba River, the cloud shrouded ruins have palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms and some 150 houses, all in a remarkable state of preservation that will simply take your breath away. The ruins were only discovered by the outside world in 1911, when American explorer Hiram Bingham found them while looking for another “lost city” called Vilcabamba. Due to their isolation many of the buildings are still quite intact and you can't help but admire Huayna Picchu (Young Mountain), which towers above the ruins.

Day 4 is is spent visiting the Sacred Valley of the Incas, including the Pisac ruins, the famous traditional Indian market of the same name and the temple fortress of Ollantaytambo.
Overnight: Cuzco

Days 5-6

Cuzco - The Amazon. Transferring to the airport on day 5, we begin our visit to the mighty Amazon with a flight to the jungle community of Puerto Maldonado. Once settled in our Amazon lodge, we will begin to explore the jungle, enjoying the rich landscapes and the diverse flora and fauna. We visit Monkey Island, home to a great variety of monkeys as well as an array of birdlife. Trekking through the rainforest our guide will point out the many different species of bird and explain the use of plants in local medicine. Opt for a canoe ride later in the day to spot the caiman alligator and observe the abundant birdlife from our lakeside-viewing platform.
Overnight: Amazon  |  Breakfast x 1, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 7

The Amazon - Cuzco. Departing our jungle haven on day 7 we make our way back to Cuzco where you have more time to discover this fascinating ancient capital.
Overnight: Cuzco  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Cuzco - Puno. Leaving Cuzco, we'll drive along roads abundant with herds of llamas, alpacas and vicuñas before reaching the Altiplano (high plain) where our journey takes us past hot mineral pools, snow capped mountains and through villages where the locals sell food, fur hats and alpaca sweaters. At the highest point, the La Raya pass at 4,321 metres, you can see the research station for high altitude animals.

The beautiful scenery is continual all the way to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca, which at 3,855 metres above sea level, is the highest navigable lake in the world. We'll arrive in time so you can visit the colourful local market.
Overnight: Puno  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9

Today we depart Puno for our overnight excursion to the floating reed islands in the Bay of Puno to see the Uros islanders way of life and we will have the option to ride in a traditional reed boat before continuing our boat journey to the island of Amantaní. Here we enjoy the hospitality of the local Aymara/Quechua families sleeping in their homes. We recommend you to purchase gifts for the families at the port of Puno before leaving to offer to the families – they will greatly appreciate this gesture as it is often difficult and expensive for them to acquire goods from the mainland. There is limited/no electricity in the homestays and very basic bathroom facilities. We recommend charging your cameras in Puno.

Tonight you will have the chance to dress up in local costumes and take part in traditional dances and celebrations put on in your honour on the island. You can also watch the sunset from the top of Amantaní Island for exceptional views and participate in football matches with the local children.
Overnight: Lake Titicaca  |  Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

This morning we visit Taquile Island, where the men stand around knitting distinctive woollen hats while the women work the fields. You can buy some of these unique handicrafts in the local cooperative shops. After lunch we board our boat for the return journey to Puno.
Overnight: Puno  |  Breakfast

Days 11-13

Puno - La Paz. We travel around Lake Titicaca as we make our way towards Bolivia. After crossing the border, we continue to travel across the scenic Altiplano (high plateau) following the shores of Lake Titicaca. As we continue our journey we have breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains as the road winds its way into La Paz, 3,636 metres above sea level.

Built on a series of hills and considered one of the world's most beautiful cities, La Paz was established in the basin of a canyon with the snow -capped Mount Illimani in the background. Our hotel is very centrally located and is just around the corner from the city's colourful indigenous street markets including the fascinating and suitably named "witches market'' where bowler hat wearing women in their flared skirts sell such items as dead cats and llamas foetuses said to ward off evil spirits. The main square, Plaza Murillo, is also within walking distance. The square still retains its colonial buildings including the Presidential Palace. La Paz is possibly the best place to experience a traditional peña show of Andean music and dance where local bands play time -honoured instruments such as zampoñas (pipes) and charangos (ukulele).

There are also many optional excursions available. You might like to visit the Moon Valley with its strange rock formations shaped by the weather. Another fantastic excursion is to the emerald green area of Coroico, the gateway to the Bolivian jungle region and a great place to see sub -tropical vegetation and plants. En route you will cross a 5,000 metre high pass before descending to 1,300 metres on narrow mountain roads bordered by sheer drops. The excursion to Coroico can also be done by mountain bike, as it is downhill nearly all the way and very exhilarating, but not for the fainthearted!
Overnight: La Paz

Day 14

La Paz - Potosi. After our final day in La Paz we transfer to the bus station for our comfortable overnight bus through the beautiful landscapes of the Atliplano to the mining town of Potosi.
Overnight: Overnight Bus

Day 15

The city of Potosi was established by the Spanish in 1545 soon after the discovery of a rich vein of silver in a nearby hill, the Cerro Rico (or “rich hill”). It soon became the world's largest silver producer and silver from Potosí underwrote the Spanish economy, particularly the monarchy's extravagance, for over two centuries. In Spanish there is still a saying ‘valer un potosí’ (to be worth a fortune).

Millions of the indigenous population, and later, African slaves, worked in the mines in appalling conditions. You have the option to visit the mines, stopping first at the miners market to buy gifts such as coca leaves, dynamite and cigarettes. In the mines we will experience the difficult conditions in which the miners work - including 50°C heat. We'll pass several of the shrines they have made to the “Tios” which they hope will protect them while they are working in what they believe is the devil's territory. If you'd like to learn more of the historic silver industry you can take a tour of the Moneda, a museum exhibiting coins, artwork, mummies and many other interesting artefacts from Potosí's history
Overnight: Potosi

Day 16

Today we move on reaching the desolate town of Uyuní in the south of Bolivia where we spend the evening.
Overnight: Uyuni / Salar De Uyuni Region

Day 17

After a night in the town, we visit what is claimed to be the largest salt flat in the world, the brilliant white vast Salar de Uyuní. Travelling by 4WD vehicles we will spend two days exploring the salt lake and surrounds. First on the agenda is a visit to the Train Cemetery, where you can see the remains of 19th and early 20th century steam locomotives - a good place for artistic photographs. We will then come to Colchani, the main plant for the iodisation of salt and the best place to observe the methods of salt extraction from the salar. Here ovens are used to dry the salt, which is then formed into cakes. The highlight of the day is Fish Island (seasonal dependent). Located in the centre of the salar, 100 kilometres from Uyuní, this hilly outpost is covered in giant cacti amid a flat, white sea of hexagonal salt tiles. The island is so named because it has the shape of a fish. Visiting Fish Island is quite otherworldly and the fantastic contrast of the brilliant blue sky (weather permitting of course) and the pure white of the salt flats will take your breath away. Tonight we may stay in a hotel made of salt.
Overnight: Uyuni / Salar De Uyuni Region   |  Lunch, Dinner

Day 18
Laguna Colorada

Following breakfast we head for the Red Lagoon (Laguna Colorada). We pass through the Siloli Desert where we encounter spectacular landscapes with multicoloured volcanic rock formations and stop at other lagoons en route. Covering an area of 60 square kilometres, the lagoon has a rich red colouration derived from algae and plankton which thrive in its minerals. The shoreline is fringed with brilliant white deposits of sodium, magnesium, borax and gypsum and the lagoon is inhabited by numerous flamingos, three unique species of which breed there.
Overnight: Laguna Colorada  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 19-21

Laguna Colorada – San Pedro de Atacama. Leaving Laguna Colorada we visit the volcanic zone ‘Sol de Manana' (Morning Sun) at 4,850 metres above sea level. Here you'll discover a geyser basin with bubbling mud pots, hellish fumaroles and a thick aroma of sulphur fumes. Inside a small crater we will observe boiling lava and we will also stop at hot springs where you can bathe. Crossing a 5,000 metre pass we come to Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon) rich in lead, sulphur and calcium carbonate and shadowed by the cone of the Licancabur Volcano.

Continuing on we will cross into Chile and come to San Pedro de Atacama for the next 3 nights - the world's driest desert. The area is famous for its lunar landscapes, geysers, salt flats and hot springs. There is an excellent archaeological museum at San Pedro de Atacama, housing a good selection of mummies and other ancient artefacts. Here we have the included visit to the eerie eroded salt mountains of the Valley of the Moon.
Overnight: San Pedro de Atacama  |  Breakfast x 3

Day 22

San Pedro de Atacama – La Serena. After our final day in San Pedro de Atacama - we board an overnight bus for our next stop - the charming coastal town of La Serena.
Overnight: Overnight Bus  |  Breakfast

Days 23-24
La Serena

Upon arrival into La Serena we have free time. You could take a trip to the Elqui Valley, home of Chilean Pisco, a strong colourless brandy. Or simply spend the day relaxing on the long beach and when dark begins to descend, get a bird’s eye view of the night sky with a trip to one of the many observatories in town. We spend two nights here.
Overnight: La Serena  |  Breakfast x 1

Day 25

This morning we make our way to Santiago. We enter the fertile region of the Chilean heartlands, passing farmland and vineyards before arriving in the Chilean capital. Enjoy this city at your leisure. Visit Santa Lucia Hill for excellent views over the city or take the funicular railway to the top of San Cristobal where the Statue of the Virgin overlooks the capital and the distant Andes.
Overnight: Santiago  |  Breakfast

Day 26

Today marks the end of your holiday. Consider visiting Plaza Constitucion at the Palacio de la Moneda or further exploring this exciting capital city before hotel check out at 12 noon. Post tour accommodation can be arranged, should you require.

Trip Highlights

Lima - free time to explore the capital's vibrant markets and colonial museums
Machu Picchu ruins
Lake Titicaca & Puno - floating reed islands, Uros islanders and Amantani island, Taquile Island
UNESCO-listed Potosi - silver mining town
Laguna Colorada (Red Lagoon) - pink flamingoes, other coloured lagoons, Siloli Desert, multicoloured volcanic rock formations
San Pedro de Atacama - the world's driest desert. Lunar landscapes, geysers, salt flats and hot springs
Santiago - Chile's European style capital city
Cuzco - Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac ruins, the temple of Ollantaytambo and local markets
Amazon Jungle - guided tour of the rainforest, trekking and Monkey Island
La Paz
Salar de Uyuni - salt flats and unusual geography and Fish Island
Sol de Manana - bubbling geysers and hot springs
La Serena - coastal town and beach stay

Included

10 Breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
Excursions to Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Amazon Jungle, Lake Titicaca, Salar de Uyuni, Laguna Colorada and Valley of the Moon
Transportation by local public bus, boat, taxi and 4x4 vehicles
Guided day of sightseeing in the Amazon
Airport arrival transfer on day 1.
22 nights in hotels, hostels, guesthouses and lodges, 1 overnight homestay and 2 overnight buses
Escorted by a tour leader and specialist local guides at some sites.
Economy class flights: Lima - Cuzco, Cuzco - Puerto Maldonado and Puerto Maldonado - Cuzco
Guided tour of Machu Picchu

Not Included

International flights to/from our tour start/end points and visas
Items of a personal nature and additional meals

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies to travellers who would like the comfort of their own room (on all or many of the tour nights) and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

2015
Price/Person
Single Supp.
 
USD $4839
USD $569
 
USD $4839
USD $569
 
USD $4839
USD $569
2016
Price/Person
Single Supp.
 
USD $4839
USD $569

When booking a trip that includes the Inca Trail, this section of the holiday can not be confirmed until an Inca Trail Permit is obtained. It is essential at time of booking that you provide us with your full name as it appears in your passport, date of birth, nationality and passport number. Once the permits go on sale for your Inca trek date, we will confirm within 72 hours. After your permit has been obtained we cannot make any changes to it what so ever. If amendments are required you would need to pay for the cost of a new permit.

Booking your holiday more than 3 months in advance greatly increases your chances of obtaining one on the 500 Inca Travel permits allocated per day.

If the Inca Trail is not available you will then be given options of hiking the Lares trek or visiting Machu Picchu by train.

DEPOSIT: Please note that you will need to pay our standard tour deposit plus a non-refundable Machu Picchu deposit. This is not an extra payment and will be deducted from your final tour payment. Please refer to our Booking Conditions for details.

Santiago to Lima Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies to travellers who would like the comfort of their own room (on all or many of the tour nights) and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

2015
Price/Person
Single Supp.
 
USD $4339
USD $569
2016
Price/Person
Single Supp.
 
USD $4339
USD $569

When booking a trip that includes the Inca Trail, this section of the holiday can not be confirmed until an Inca Trail Permit is obtained. It is essential at time of booking that you provide us with your full name as it appears in your passport, date of birth, nationality and passport number. Once the permits go on sale for your Inca trek date, we will confirm within 72 hours. After your permit has been obtained we cannot make any changes to it what so ever. If amendments are required you would need to pay for the cost of a new permit.

Booking your holiday more than 3 months in advance greatly increases your chances of obtaining one on the 500 Inca Travel permits allocated per day.

If the Inca Trail is not available you will then be given options of hiking the Lares trek or visiting Machu Picchu by train.

DEPOSIT: Please note that you will need to pay our standard tour deposit plus a non-refundable Machu Picchu deposit. This is not an extra payment and will be deducted from your final tour payment. Please refer to our Booking Conditions for details.

Tour Details
Starts
Lima
Ends
Santiago
Departs
Mondays or Fridays
Hotel Rating
Simple accommodation
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 11, Lunch: 6, Dinner: 6
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