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This trip is being discontinued in 2013. If you are interested in this life changing experience for next year, have a peek at its new incarnation, which runs from Lima to Buenos Aires - tour code SPMB.

Great South American Journey - Lima to Santiago

39 days,Lima to Santiago

Spot condors at Colca Canyon, Conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, See traditional life on Lake Titicaca, Spend 3 days crossing by 4x4 into Chile.


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On your way to Santiago, encounter the thriving culture of Lake Titicaca and trek to legendary Machu Picchu. Then explore the surreal landscape of Salar de Uyuni, cross the Altiplano and experience the Atacama Desert.

What's Included

  • Pachamanca ceremony in Nazca, Colca Canyon excursion, Guided tour of Machu Picchu, 4-day Inca Trail hike with a local guide and cook, Lake Titicaca excursion, Uyuni Salt Flats Excursion (Chile/Bolivia).
  • 5 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners. (Allow USD540-715 for meals not included.)
  • Simple hotels (30 nts), buses (4 nts), camping (3 nts), homestay (1 nt). Note: accommodation can be quite basic/multi-share at times.
  • Public bus, train, hiking, ferry, 4X4.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 10.
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Places Visited

Reverse Itinerary

This trip also runs in reverse from Santiago to Lima. See Great South American Journey - Santiago to Lima

Day 1 Lima

Arrive at any time.

Day 2-4 Pisco/Nazca (1D)

Travel by bus to Pisco. Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. Stop at a winery en route as well as at the Oasis of Huacachina. Optional Sandboarding. In the evening take part in a traditional Pachamanca meal. Optional flight over the Nazca Lines before the nightbus to Arequipa.

Day 5-8 Arequipa/Colca Canyon

Free day in Arequipa. Optional Visit of the Catalina Convent. Guided tour to Colca Canyon to spot condors. Optional visit to local hot springs. Drive back to Arequipa on day 8 before taking the night bus to Cusco.

Day 9-16 Cuzco/Ollantaytambo/Inca Trail (3B,3L,3D)

Free time to explore Cusco or take an optional city tour. Active options include whitewater rafting, horseback riding and mountain biking. Travel to Ollantaytambo through the Sacred Valley. 4-Day, guided Inca Trail hike with visit to Machu Picchu. Optional climb up to Huayna Picchu or a visit to the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco.

Day 17-19 Puno/Lake Titicaca

Travel by bus to Puno. Visit the floating Islands of Uros and take a guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village. Optional visit to Sillustani burial site.

Day 20-22 La Paz

Travel by bus and cross the border into Bolivia, arriving to La Paz. Optional excursion to the Valley of the Moon or explore the city's winding streets and lively markets.

Day 23-26 La Paz/Night bus/Sucre

Free day in La Paz before boarding an overnight bus to Sucre. Free time for an optional excursion to nearby dinosaur tracks, explore the city or optional hiking or mountain biking.

Day 27-28 Potosí

Travel by bus to Potosí. Optional tour to a working mine, or explore the city and visit the Casa de la Moneda museum.

Day 29-31 Uyuni/4x4 Desert Crossing Excursion (2B,3L,2D)

Travel to Uyuni by bus. Embark on a three day 4x4 excursion to the Salar de Uyuni and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery.

Day 32-34 San Pedro de Atacama/Night Bus

Cross by 4x4 into Chile and descend by bus to San Pedro de Atacama. Optional excursions to nearby ruins, mountain biking, or a visit to the Valley of the Moon.

Day 35-38 La Serena/Santiago

Arrive by overnight bus to La Serena. Enjoy the beach or optional excursions to the Elquí Valley and vinyars or visit a nearby astronomical observatory. Continue by bus to Santiago. Optional winery visits, city tour or day trips to Valparaíso or Viña del Mar.

Day 39 Santiago

Depart at any time.