Backbone of the Inca Empire

Santiago - Cartagena

79 days through Chile, Bolivia, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia
FROM: $6025 USD + 3,270 USD Kitty
Transport:
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep, Private Bus, Train, Boat
Crew:
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
Accom:
Basic Hotel 18 nights
Multishare Hostel 17 nights
Camping 15 nights
Wild Camp 3 nights
Comfortable Hotel 20 nights
Homestay 1 night
Guesthouse 2 nights
Hammocks 2 nights
Meals:
Breakfasts x 66, Lunches x 30, Dinners x 27
Physical:
Lifestyle:
Code:
JTS
Deposit:
$870 USD per person
Foreign Travel Advice

This 79 day trip is the true Andean experience, as it journeys the length of the Andes, with the magnificent high plateau of Bolivia, the Altiplano. Along the way will be plenty of opportunity for trekking, either with other travellers along the Inca Trail, or away from the hordes on our Wild Andes Trek. Further north around the town of Huaraz, is the Cordillera Blanca, with some of Peru's most spectacular trekking trails, and in Ecuador we have some wonderful trails around spectacular lakes.

But there is more to this trip than mountains and walking, and we head into the Ecuadorian Amazon Jungle as well as to some beautiful tropical landscapes on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. Perhaps Colombia is the jewel of the whole trip, with its beautiful ancient colonial cities, towns and churches and its charming people.

It contrasts the historic cities of La Paz and Salta with the cosmopolitan centres of Mendoza and Santiago, capital of Chile. It offers a wonderful insight into the life and culture of the Argentinean Gauchos as we spend a couple of days exploring the cordilleras with gauchos on their horses at a working Estancia.

2 nights in the world's highest capital city, La Paz
Day trip on the surreal Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats
Visit the Uyuni train graveyard
2 day crossing of the desolate and surreal Altiplano
Star gaze at Moon Valley at San Pedro de Atacama
Spectacular drive down Route 40 to see Quebrada de las Conchas
Visit vineyards in Cafayete
Walk around the ruins of Quilmes
3 night stay in an traditional isolated Argentian estancia with gauchos
Ride beautiful horses in unspoilt location

A great trip for those who want to experience more than just the tourist highlights of South America. A good mix of driving and time to explore with plenty of physical activity, culture and history. Accommodation will range from wild camping to hostels, hotels and home stays. A mix of high altitude Andean crossings, with Argentinean local life.

Spend 3 unique days at an Anglo-Argentinian estancia to experience the Gaucho way of life

Visit the Quilmes ruins

Visit the impressive rock formations of 'El Amphiteatro' and 'La Garganta del Diablo' en route through the primeval landscape of the Quebrada de las Conchas

Explore the dramatic landscape of the Moon Valley

Take the epic journey across the Altiplano - an incredible high-altitude adventure through a surreal desert landscape taking in bizarre rock formations and stunning lakes

Day 1 - Santiago (14th January 2021)
Border information: if you are joining in Santiago, you will most likely enter Chile at Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (IATA code: SCL).

Welcome to Santiago, the cosmopolitan Chilean capital! There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.


Accommodation: Basic Hotel


Daily Activities

Optional Activities

Discover all of Santiago's sights on a hop-on/hop-off bus around the city

Tour: 21,000 CLP

Santiago Museums

Entrance : 3,500 CLP

Take in the breathtaking vista of the city skyline backdropped by the mighty Andes from the viewpoints at Cerro San Cristobal or Cerro San Lucia

Cable car: 2,500 CLP

Day 2 - Santiago (15th January 2021)
Day 3 - Mendoza (16th January 2021)
Day 4 - Mendoza (17th January 2021)
Day 5 - Cordoba (18th January 2021)
Day 6 - Estancia (19th January 2021)
Day 7 - Estancia (20th January 2021)
Day 8 - Estancia (21st January 2021)
Day 9 - Tafi Del Valle (22nd January 2021)
Day 10 - Cafayate (23rd January 2021)
Day 11 - Cafayate (24th January 2021)
Day 12 - Salta (25th January 2021)
Day 13 - Salta (26th January 2021)
Day 14 - San Pedro de Atacama (27th January 2021)
Day 15 - San Pedro de Atacama (28th January 2021)
Day 16 - Altiplano (29th January 2021)
Day 17 - Uyuni (30th January 2021)
Day 18 - Uyuni (31st January 2021)
Day 19 - La Paz (1st February 2021)
Day 20 - La Paz (2nd February 2021)
Day 21 - La Paz (3rd February 2021)
Day 22 - Copacabana (4th February 2021)
Day 23 - Isla del Sol (5th February 2021)
Day 24 - Puno (6th February 2021)
Day 25 - Cuzco (7th February 2021)
Day 26 - Cuzco (8th February 2021)
Day 27 - Inca Trail (9th February 2021)
Day 28 - Inca Trail (10th February 2021)
Day 29 - Inca Trail (11th February 2021)
Day 30 - Inca Trail (12th February 2021)
Day 31 - Cuzco (13th February 2021)
Day 32 - Cuzco (14th February 2021)
Day 33 - Raqchi (15th February 2021)
Day 34 - Chivay (16th February 2021)
Day 35 - Arequipa (17th February 2021)
Day 36 - Arequipa (18th February 2021)
Day 37 - Arequipa (19th February 2021)
Day 38 - Puerto Inca (20th February 2021)
Day 39 - Nazca (21st February 2021)
Day 40 - Huacachina (22nd February 2021)
Day 41 - Lima (23rd February 2021)
Day 42 - Lima (24th February 2021)
Day 43 - Huaraz (25th February 2021)
Day 44 - Huaraz (26th February 2021)
Day 45 - Huaraz (27th February 2021)
Day 46 - Huanchaco (28th February 2021)
Day 47 - Huanchaco (1st March 2021)
Day 48 - Punta Sal (2nd March 2021)
Day 49 - Punta Sal (3rd March 2021)
Day 50 - Cuenca (4th March 2021)
Day 51 - Cuenca (5th March 2021)
Day 52 - Chugchilán (6th March 2021)
Day 53 - Chugchilán (7th March 2021)
Day 54 - Rio Verde (8th March 2021)
Day 55 - Rio Verde (9th March 2021)
Day 56 - Rio Verde (10th March 2021)
Day 57 - Ecuadorian Amazon (11th March 2021)
Day 58 - Ecuadorian Amazon (12th March 2021)
Day 59 - Ecuadorian Amazon (13th March 2021)
Day 60 - Quito (14th March 2021)
Day 61 - Quito (15th March 2021)
Day 62 - Otavalo (16th March 2021)
Day 63 - Ipiales (17th March 2021)
Day 64 - Popayan (18th March 2021)
Day 65 - Popayan (19th March 2021)
Day 66 - Salento (20th March 2021)
Day 67 - Salento (21st March 2021)
Day 68 - Salento (22nd March 2021)
Day 69 - Manizales (23rd March 2021)
Day 70 - Medellin (24th March 2021)
Day 71 - Medellin (25th March 2021)
Day 72 - Medellin (26th March 2021)
Day 73 - Lorica (27th March 2021)
Day 74 - Northern Colombia (28th March 2021)
Day 75 - Tayrona NP (29th March 2021)
Day 76 - Tayrona NP (30th March 2021)
Day 77 - Cartagena (31st March 2021)
Day 78 - Cartagena (1st April 2021)
Day 79 - Cartagena (2nd April 2021)

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