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Southern Divide

21 Days, Lima to Santiago
Southern Divide

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For those looking to experience the history, culture and wilderness of South America, this three-week adventure through Peru, Bolivia, and Chile is packed full of some of read more...

IS THIS Classic TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Think local transport—buses, taxis, trains the most colourful way to travel
    • Enjoy travelling with a like minded mix of couples, friends and solo travellers, from the world over
    • Like the idea of staying in character-rich accommodations that reflect the culture of the places you visit
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 20 Nights accommodation (Hotels/guesthouses (18 nts), very basic hostels on Uyuni Salt Flats excursion (2 nts, multi-share)).
  • 17 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Plane, train, boat, public bus, 4x4 vehicles, hiking).
  • Internal flights.
  • Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour with visit toa G Adventures-supported women's weaving project (full-day).
  • Lunch at the G Adventures -supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village.
  • Train to Machu Picchu.
  • Machu Picchu guided tour.
  • Floating islands of Uros visit.
  • Lake Titicaca guided tour.
  • 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats (3-day).
  • Tour of Valley of the Moon in San Pedro de Atacama.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, local guides.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 580 - 755 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Lima
Day 2 Lima/Cusco
Day 3 Cusco
Day 4 Cusco/Ollantaytambo
Day 5 Ollantaytambo/Aguas Calientes
Day 6 Aguas Calientes/Cusco
Day 7 Cusco
Day 8 Cusco/Puno
Day 9 Puno
Day 10 Puno/La Paz
Day 11 La Paz
Day 12 La Paz/Sucre
Day 13 SUCRE
Day 14 Sucre/Potosi
Day 15 Potosi/Uyuni
Day 16 Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni
Day 17 Salar de Uyuni
Day 18 Salar de Uyuni/San Pedro de Atacama
Day 19 San Pedro de Atacama
Day 20 San Pedro de Atacama/Santiago
Day 21 Depart Santiago
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TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Lima
  • Cusco
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Aguas Calientes
  • Puno
  • La Paz
  • Sucre
  • Potosi
  • Uyuni
  • Salar De Uyuni
  • San Pedro De Atacama
  • Santiago
  • DAY 1 Arrive Lima

    Arrive at any time.

    There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    1h 18:00The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Lima/Cusco

    Hop a flight to Cusco. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Cusco.

    Plane
    Lima – Cusco 1h-1h30m
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Enjoy a free day for shopping and exploring the city. Opt for a city tour.

    Spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring this fascinating city, and getting used to the altitude.

    Free Time
    Cusco
    Spend the day shopping and exploring the city.

    Optional Activities
    Cusco Cathedral Visit

    Cusco
    Enjoy a visit to this beautiful cathedral - its construction began in 1559 and continued for another hundred years. Be sure to check out its excellent collection of colonial art, and the vault containing the remains of the famous Inca historian, Garcilaso de la Vega.

    Cusco City Tour
    Cusco
    Enjoy a half-day tour of Cusco's main sights. Walk around the Plaza de Armas (main square) and explore this city steeped in one of the world's most alluring and ancient cultures. Visit Qenqo, Koricancha, the Cathedral, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay, and the archaeological site of Sacsaywaman. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Cusco

    Spend a full day enjoying optional activities in the area.

    Free Time
    Cusco Full Day
    Don't waste a minute- head out an explore.

    Optional Activities
    Cusco Cathedral Visit

    Cusco
    Enjoy a visit to this beautiful cathedral - its construction began in 1559 and continued for another hundred years. Be sure to check out its excellent collection of colonial art, and the vault containing the remains of the famous Inca historian, Garcilaso de la Vega.

    Horseback Riding
    Cusco
    Hop in the saddle and explore Cusco's archaeological sites by horseback on a 3.5 hr tour - no previous experience needed. Dress for the weather, and bring sunblock and a hat, just in case.

    Cusco City Tour
    Cusco
    Enjoy a half-day tour of Cusco's main sights. Walk around the Plaza de Armas (main square) and explore this city steeped in one of the world's most alluring and ancient cultures. Visit Qenqo, Koricancha, the Cathedral, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay, and the archaeological site of Sacsaywaman.

    Whitewater Rafting Urubamba
    Urubamba
    Rise for an early morning pick up and drive to Chuquicahuana for a safety briefing. Enjoy a full day of rafting on the Upper Vilcanota River (about 2.5 hrs on the water). Be thrilled by fast rapids that are a constant Class III and IV for around 11km (9 mi), and don't forget to take in the gorgeous scenery. Rehash all the excitement afterward over a riverside picnic lunch.

    Mountain Biking
    Cusco
    Take to two wheels and head out into the hills around Cusco for some nature-meets-adrenaline fun. Try a trip to the Sacred Valley, perhaps, visiting an Inca ruin along the way. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Cusco/Ollantaytambo

    Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before exploring the Pisac ruins. Break for lunch at the G Adventures--supported Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. Finish the day exploring the Ollantaytambo ruins with a local guide.

    Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting a G Adventures--supported women's weaving co-op. Meet the women and learn about traditional weaving and dyeing used in the Ccaccaccollo community. Opt to pick up some handmade souvenirs and textiles directly from the women who made them.

    Take a guided tour of the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan market (on market days only), and a small indigenous village of Huchuy Qosco.

    Have lunch at the G Adventures--supported Parwa community restaurant. Learn about the G Adventures for Good project and eat a delicious buffet-style lunch. Proceeds of this meal go directly back to the remote community.

    Continue on to the town of Ollantaytambo. Take a guided tour of the large ruin site adjacent to the town. Ollayntaytambo is the first taste of what lies ahead in Machu Picchu.

    Private Vehicle
    Cusco - Ollantaytambo Full Day 95km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Ccaccaccollo Community and Planeterra-Sponsored
    Women's Weaving Co-op visit
    Calca 1h
    Visit the Ccaccaccollo community centre which G Adventures travellers' donations helped to create through the Planeterra Foundation in 2005, enabling local women to sell traditional textiles to travellers. See local weaving and dyeing techniques used to create garments and souvenirs, and learn how the Planeterra weaving co-operative has impacted the community and those who visit it. This includes the purchase of alpacas to provide a steady supply of wool, looms, and sewing machines as well as several training courses on production, sales and small business management.

    Pisac Ruins Guided Tour
    Pisac 45m-1h
    Tour the fascinating hilltop citadel of Pisac, an Incan ruin with plunging gorges, a ceremonial centre, and winding agriculture terracing that's still in use today. Be captivated by this truly amazing site sitting amid sweeping green valleys and mountain peaks. Explore the back of the site to see a pocketed cliff across Kitamayo Gorge, which once contained hundreds of Inca tombs.

    Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley
    Lamay 45m-1hContribute to sustainable tourism in Huchuy Qosco, a small village of 65 families in the Sacred Valley, by eating at the Parwa Community Restaurant. Learn how the resident-run restaurant was kickstarted by G Adventures along with the Planeterra Foundation and the Multilateral Investment Fund, to become a successful farm-to-table program that boosts the local economy and several spin-off microenterprises.

    Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour
    Ollantaytambo 1h
    Tour the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo with a local guide. Take a step back in time at this Inca archaeological site; it still shows signs of its former glory, including agricultural terraces, a Temple Hill, and storehouses. Learn how the area, overlooking the Urubamba River Valley, was an important stronghold during warfare between the Spanish and Incas. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Ollantaytambo/Aguas Calientes

    Catch the scenic train to Aguas Calientes. Opt to visit the local hot springs or shop in the local market. Those who have pre-booked and purchased the '1-day Inca Trail' hike will disembark the train at 104km and trek to the Sun Gate for the first glimpse of Machu Picchu before re-joining the group at Aguas Calientes for the night.

    Board a morning train that winds through the spectacular Sacred Valley to the end of the line: the village of Aguas Calientes, a frontier town nestled in the hills beneath Machu Picchu.

    Take advantage of the opportunity to visit the butterfly house, botanical gardens or hot springs. Opt for a day hike to Mandor Gardens to see orchids and a waterfall, enjoying the lush, green scenery en route.

    Train
    Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes 1h30m 43km
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.


    Optional Activities
    Hot Springs Visit

    Aguas Calientes
    Soak sore muscles in local hot springs for which the town, Aguas Calientes, was originally named.

    Butterfly House Visit
    Aguas Calientes
    Learn about the four stages of a butterfly’s life at this learning centre and breeding project. Observe varied species of butterflies, some unique to the area.

    1-day Inca Trail Hike
    Inca Trail 5h-6h
    Traverse cloud forests while enjoying spectacular views on this '1-day Inca Trail' trek. Start by disembarking the train at km 104. Follow the local guide as the trail rises steeply up into the mountains and winds past the archaeological sites of Winay Wayna and Inti Pata. Gain insight into the fascinating culture of the Incas en route to the trek's culmination at the Sun Gate. Enjoy a packed lunch along the way, and reach the Sun Gate in the late afternoon. Enjoy free time to explore a bit of Machu Picchu before the guided tour with the group the following day.

    After, take one of the blue buses from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes to rejoin the group and spend the night in a hotel in town. Opt to visit nearby hot springs to soak sore muscles, if time permits. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Aguas Calientes/Cusco

    Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco in the evening.

    Rise early to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu with your guide. Enjoy a guided visit of the ruins followed by free time to explore. When ready, head back down by bus to Aguas to meet up with the rest of the group and take a train back to Cusco.

    Local bus
    Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu 30m
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Machu Picchu Guided Tour
    Machu Picchu
    Rise and shine - the best time to see the Lost City of the Incas is in the early morning light. Follow the local guide to Machu Picchu to learn about its history at a leisurely pace. Gain local insight into the Inti Mach'ay cave, Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Water, the Temple of the Condor, and the Room of the Three Windows. Take time to sit and feel the energy of this 15th century site, now both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World (in a worldwide Internet poll).

    Train
    Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo 1h30m-2h 118km
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Private Vehicle
    Ollantaytambo - Cusco 2h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Optional Activities
    Inca Bridge Visit

    Machu Picchu
    Use any leftover energy from your Machu Picchu hike to visit the Inca Bridge site nearby (thought by some to be a secret back entrance to Machu Picchu). Trek up to the bridge that's cleaving to a 579m (1,900 ft) cliff, and soak in amazing views of cloud forest along the way. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Cusco

    Use a free day to explore more of Cusco or relax.

    Free Time
    Cusco Full Day
    Don't waste a minute—get out and explore the landscape on horseback, mountain bike, or explore some of the city's landmarks.

    Optional Activities
    Horseback Riding

    Cusco
    Hop in the saddle and explore Cusco’s archaeological sites by horseback on a 3.5 hr tour – no previous experience needed. Dress for the weather, and bring sunblock and a hat, just in case.

    Whitewater Rafting Urubamba
    Urubamba
    Rise for an early morning pick up and drive to Chuquicahuana for a safety briefing. Enjoy a full day of rafting on the Upper Vilcanota River (about 2.5 hrs on the water). Be thrilled by fast rapids that are a constant Class III and IV for around 11km (9 mi), and don’t forget to take in the gorgeous scenery. Rehash all the excitement afterward over a riverside picnic lunch.

    Mountain Biking
    Cusco
    Take to two wheels and head out into the hills around Cusco for some nature-meets-adrenaline fun. Try a trip to the Sacred Valley, perhaps, visiting an Inca ruin along the way.

    Cusco Cathedral Visit
    Cusco
    Enjoy a visit to this beautiful cathedral – its construction began in 1559 and continued for another hundred years. Be sure to check out its excellent collection of colonial art, and the vault containing the remains of the famous Inca historian, Garcilaso de la Vega.

    Coricancha and Santo Domingo Visit
    Cusco
    Explore magnificent Corincancha, once the Incan Empire's richest temple and the main ruin site within the city of Cusco. This ruin forms the foundation of the colonial church of Santo Domingo and provides a fantastic glimpse into ancient history as well as a cross section of religion and architecture. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Cusco/Puno

    Travel day by bus from Cusco to Puno. Spend some time on arrival wandering the small city.

    Travel through the high Altiplano region from Cusco to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Titicaca is also the largest lake in the world above 3800m, and the views from both Amantani and Taquile Islands are stunning. The trip takes the better part of the day, with stark, beautiful scenery en route.

    Local bus
    Cusco - Puno 7h30m 389km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Puno

    Enjoy a guided tour of Lake Titicaca including a visit to Uros and Taquile islands.

    Head out by boat across Lake Titicaca. Visit the community on the Taquile Islands and enjoy a local lunch with spectacular views. Visit the floating islands of Uros before returning to Puno. Opt to visit to Sillustani burial site.

    Day Trip to Lake Titicaca
    Lago Titicaca
    Head out for a day on beautiful Lake Titicaca. Travel to Taquile Island to visit the community and check out the spectacular views. Do some shopping at the local weaving cooperatives and learn about the Taquilenos, known for their fine handwoven textiles and clothing.

    Continue on to the floating islands of Uros. Learn about the totora reeds that grow in the shallows of Lake Titicaca used to make everything from the islands themselves to the boats the islanders use for transportation (if constructed well, they last up to six months). Find out from locals how the islands are constructed; as the layers closest to the water start to rot, they are replaced with fresh reeds on top.

    Optional Activities
    Sillustani Burial Towers Tour

    Puno
    Take a guided tour of the Sillustani burial towers known as "chullpas." Be awed by these fantastic ruins located outside Puno – their remarkable towers stretch up to 12m (39 ft) in height. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Puno/La Paz

    Travel by bus and cross the border into Bolivia, arriving in La Paz.

    Enjoy the full-day drive around the lake and through the altiplano to La Paz. Bolivia is filled with spectacular views of the countryside. La Paz is at nearly 4000m (13,120ft) above sea level, so be prepared for cool evenings and mornings.

    Local bus
    Puno - Yunguyo 2h30m
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Border Crossing (Peru - Bolivia)
    Yunguyo - Copacabana 30m-1h
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

    Local bus
    Copacabana - La Paz 3h
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 11 La Paz

    Enjoy a free day in La Paz. Opt to visit the pre-Incan ruins of Tiahuanaco, the city's museums or the Valley of the Moon.

    Explore the city's many fine museums or its historic structures, like the Iglesia de San Francisco. The city is also renowned for its many markets, including the Mercado de Hechiceria (Witches' Market).

    With streets lined with market stalls and vendors, the pace on the street and the vibrant atmosphere is an incredible experience.

    To the south of the city is the Valley of the Moon, with crater-like formations made of sand.

    Free Time
    La Paz Full Day
    The day is yours- make the most of it.

    Optional Activities
    Chacaltaya Visit

    Chacaltaya
    Chacaltaya (Aymara for 'cold road') is a mountain in the Cordillera Real, part of the beautiful Bolivian Andes.

    Valley of the Moon Tour
    La Paz
    Enjoy a tour of the Valley of the Moon and observe the bizarre lunar landscape.

    Witches' Market Visit
    La Paz
    Learn more about the pre-Columbian Aymara beliefs at the Witches' Market. You can witness locals buying products such as dried frogs, potions, and talismans for use in rituals and offerings. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 12 La Paz/Sucre

    Fly to Sucre and explore this beautiful colonial city. Opt to visit the nearby dinosaur tracks.

    Optional activities include a visit to dinosaur footprints, an old tin baron's mansion, a textile cooperative, mountain biking, and hiking.

    Plane
    La Paz - Sucre 2h15m
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.


    Free Time
    Sucre Afternoon
    Don't waste a minute, head out and explore.

    Optional Activities
    Dinosaur Tracks Excursion

    Sucre
    Get ready to get up close and personal with the prehistoric times: Sucre is home to one of the world's largest collections of dinosaur footprints made some 68 million years ago. Discover more than 5,000 footprints perfectly preserved footprints in the Cal Orck'o cliff just outside the city centre. See the world's longest trail -- 347m (1138 ft) -- left by a baby Tyrannosaurus Rex now affectionately known as 'Johnny Walker'.

    Textile Cooperative Visit
    Sucre
    Visit a local textile cooperative to learn about the age-old tradition of backstrap weaving. Weavers pass down designs from one generation to the next, creating placemats, wall hangings, blankets, and ponchos that feature intricate images of llamas, jaguars, and serpents from the indigenous mythology. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 13 SUCRE

    Spend the day exploring all Sucre has to offer.

    Free Time
    Sucre Full Day
    Explore the landscape on foot or two wheels, or head out to see where dinosaurs once walked.

    Optional Activities
    Dinosaur Tracks Excursion

    Sucre
    Get ready to get up close and personal with the prehistoric times: Sucre is home to one of the world's largest collections of dinosaur footprints made some 68 million years ago. Discover more than 5,000 footprints perfectly preserved footprints in the Cal Orck'o cliff just outside the city centre. See the world's longest trail -- 347m (1138 ft) -- left by a baby Tyrannosaurus Rex now affectionately known as 'Johnny Walker'.

    Textile Cooperative Visit
    Sucre
    Visit a local textile cooperative to learn about the age-old tradition of backstrap weaving. Weavers pass down designs from one generation to the next, creating placemats, wall hangings, blankets, and ponchos that feature intricate images of llamas, jaguars, and serpents from the indigenous mythology.

    Mountain Biking
    Sucre
    Take a guided mountain biking trip on the outskirts of Sucre and explore more of this beautiful region.

    Hiking
    Sucre
    Head out of town, take in some fresh air, and explore this scenic area by foot. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 14 Sucre/Potosi

    Travel by bus to Potosi. Opt to visit a working silver mine or use some free time to explore the city.

    Local bus
    Sucre - Potosi 4h185km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Free Time
    Potosi Afternoon
    Spend free time learning about local mining production or wandering the city and soaking in the cultural atmosphere.

    Optional Activities
    Silver Mine Tour

    Potosi
    Take the opportunity to visit a working silver mine and learn more about the process of extraction and dangerous working conditions faced by as much as half of the people who live and mine in Potosi. Bring a bandana and wear protective gear (boots, helmet and headlamp) as you head deep into the bowels of Cerro Rico (Rich Hill"). (Breakfast)

  • DAY 15 Potosi/Uyuni

    Travel through the Bolivian landscape to the town of Uyuni, the jumping off point for the three day 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats.

    Local bus
    Potosi - Uyuni 7h230km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 16 Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni

    Enjoy a 3-day 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery.

    Salt Flats Excursion
    Salar de Uyuni
    Spend three days in the stunning landscape between the Salar de Uyuni and the Atacama Desert in Chile. Enter a world unlike anything else as we drive across the salt flats; the piercing blue sky contrasts against the blinding white of the flat salt beds. Take memorable photos of the unusual landscape complete with mountains, active volcanoes, geysers, and boiling mud pools. Visit the red lagoon of Laguna Colorada and enjoy the uniqueness of this region. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

  • DAY 17 Salar de Uyuni

    Continue to discover the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion.

    Salt Flats Excursion
    Salar de Uyuni
    Spend three days in the stunning landscape between the Salar de Uyuni and the Atacama Desert in Chile. Enter a world unlike anything else as we drive across the salt flats; the piercing blue sky contrasts against the blinding white of the flat salt beds. Take memorable photos of the unusual landscape complete with mountains, active volcanoes, geysers, and boiling mud pools. Visit the red lagoon of Laguna Colorada and enjoy the uniqueness of this region. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

  • DAY 18 Salar de Uyuni/San Pedro de Atacama

    Travel by 4x4 to the border and descend by bus to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. It's a long but scenic drive.

    From the high Bolivian altiplano descend almost 2000m to the edge of the Atacama Desert, arriving at the small desert oasis of San Pedro de Atacama, just across the Chilean border. Said to be one of the driest places on the planet, this little town is an oasis in an otherwise barren, dry landscape.

    4x4
    Salar de Uyuni - Estacion Avaroa 5h
    Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.

    Border Crossing (Bolivia - Chile)
    Estacion Avaroa - Ollague
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

    Local bus
    Ollague - San Pedro de Atacama 5h30m-6h
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 19 San Pedro de Atacama

    Enjoy an Included excursion to the Valley of the Moon. In San Pedro, opt to go sandboarding or mountain biking.

    Enjoy an included excursion to the Valley of the Moon to learn about and appreciate the beautiful uniqueness of the landscape.

    There are plenty of optional excursions in San Pedro de Atacama, including biking, exploring nearby ruins, and horseback riding. Despite its size, San Pedro offers some great restaurants as well as numerous handicrafts and artisan stores for those looking for souvenirs.

    Valley of the Moon Visit
    San Pedro de Atacama 4h
    The sunset brings out a variety of colours over this majestic valley that experts say is the area on Earth that most closely resembles moon's surface. Explore the incredible formations created by wind and rain over millennia in this unique location between the Andes mountains and one of the world's driest deserts.

    Optional Activities
    Sandboarding

    San Pedro de Atacama
    17000CLP per person
    Hit the dunes and experience the rush of surfing down.

    Mountain Biking
    San Pedro de Atacama 1h-8h
    1500-5000CLP per person
    Work up a sweat while exploring this scenic destination on the seat of a mountain bike.

    Horseback Riding
    San Pedro de Atacama
    Saddle up and head out on horseback for a new perspective on this scenic destination. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 20 San Pedro de Atacama/Santiago

    Drive to Calama and fly to Santiago, a vibrant capital city.

    From the nearby city of Calama, fly to Santiago, the capital of Chile. Spend two nights here to fully appreciate all the city and its surroundings have to offer.

    The city is surrounded by mountains, and there are both internationally recognized vineyards and Andean ski resorts within a couple of hours from the city centre.

    Explore the city's many museums and parks and visit the vibrant neighbourhood of Bellavista with its handicrafts, trendy cafes, and San Cristobal Hill with its views of the city and the surrounding area.

    Local van
    San Pedro de Atacama - Calama 3h
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Plane
    Calama - Santiago 5h
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actua

    Optional Activities
    Bellavista Neighbourhood Visit
    Barrio Bellavista

    Free
    Head to Barrio Bellavista as the locals call this bohemian neighbourhood to enjoy a delicious meal, check out some art galleries, or have a drink at one of the many bars in the area.

    Day trip to Valparaiso Valparaiso
    Take a day trip to the beautiful port town of Valparaiso and wander by the rows of colourful houses. The Historic Quarter is on UNESCO's World Heritage List, explore the examples of 19th century Latin architecture built into the hillside.

    Day Trip to Isla Negra
    Isla Negra
    Take a day trip to Isla Negra, Pablo Neruda's seaside home. This house was one of the poet and politician's three homes, while not technically an island the house is near the water and it's believed that watching the storms on the ocean inspired Neruda to write his famous poem Oda a la Tormenta. The author and his third-wife Matilde Urrutia are both buried on the grounds and the house is now a museum. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 21 Depart Santiago

    Depart at any time. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

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  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 580 - 755 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 12 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS

    Last minute bookings of this trip when choosing the 1-day Inca Trail option will be on an "on request" basis only. To make a booking request of a tour which includes the Inca Trail G Adventures requires your full name, date of birth, nationality and passport number.


  10. COMBO TRIP

    Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with G Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour, after your trip concludes.


  11. All travellers are required to pay the tax on domestic flights in Peru. Foreign travellers are exempt form this, and proving you are indeed a foreign traveller can be done by providing us with your international ticket number (ITN). Travellers who do not submit international ticket numbers at least 30 days prior to Day 1 of their tour will be required to pay the domestic tax on all included flights.


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