South America Cruise - Santiago to Cartagena

Marine, Santiago to Cartagena

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

A wise soul once said: “It’s not the destination but the journey that counts.” Those words certainly ring true with respect to this tour. The moment you board the G Expedition you can expect to sail into a journey you’ll remember forever. This 25-day voyage is filled with so many highlights, it would be impossible to list them all; but what we can tell you is that you’ll discover the life-changing beauty of South America’s western coast. Included trips to Machu Picchu, the Darien Jungle, and the Panama Canal will give you plenty to write home about.

What’s included

  • G Adventures for Good: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo G Adventures for Good: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay
  • 20 nts aboard the G Expedition
  • Arrival transfer from airport in Santiago to hotel
  • Departure transfer from ship to Cartagena
  • 1 nt accommodation with breakfast in Santiago
  • 3 day included trip to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley
  • 2 nts accommodation in the Sacred Valley, 1 nt accommodation in Cusco
  • Cusco City Tour
  • Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour
  • Ccaccaccollo Community and Planeterra-Sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op visit
  • Visit the Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley
  • Machu Picchu Guided Tour
  • Flights from Lima to Cusco and Cusco to Trujillo
  • Isla de la Plata Wildlife Excursion
  • Darien Jungle and Emberá Tribe Visit
  • The Shaping of Panama and Miraflores Locks Excursion
  • Transit the Panama Canal
  • San Blas Islands Excursion
  • Pick one of the four included excursions in Bahia Solano
  • Zodiac excursions with the expert expedition team
  • Lectures and educational programs on board

Highlights

  • Explore the coast of south america on board the g expedition as you sail from valparaiso to cartagena
  • Visit machu picchu and the sacred valley
  • Stop in at g adventures-supported projects
  • Get right into the heart of the darien jungle and get to know the locals
  • Transit the panama canal before sailing into beautiful cartagena

Itinerary

Day 1 Santiago Arrival transfer is included. Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 2 Santiago/Valparaíso (1B, 1D) Travel by private bus to the colourful port town of Valparaiso. Visit a local winery for lunch before joining the ship for a 4pm embarkation. Transport: Private Vehicle G Expedition
Day 3 South Pacific Ocean (1B, 1L, 1D) Opt to spend this time at sea out on deck or join one of the lectures or painting classes. Transport: G Expedition
Day 4 Caldera (1B, 1L, 1D) Take an tour to the Pan de Azúcar National Park to see sealions, Humboldt penguins and spectacular scenery. Included Activities: Caldera Excursion Transport: G Expedition
Day 5 South Pacific Ocean (1B, 1L, 1D) Another day at sea gives you the opportunity to spend some time out on deck. Keep your cameras and binoculars on hand for scenery or wildlife viewing opportunities. Transport: G Expedition
Day 6 Arica (1B, 1L, 1D) With a warm climate year round, Arica is known as the City of Eternal Spring. With some of the best beaches in Chile, spend a relaxing day catching some sun, or opt to explore the San Miguel de Azapa Archeological Museum for some local cultural history. Included Activities: Arica City and Geoglyphs Excursion Transport: G Expedition
Day 7 South Pacific Ocean (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy a day hike along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route. Reach the Hongu Taisha Shrine with the largest torii gate in Japan. Transport: G Expedition
Day 8 San Juan de Marcona (1B, 1L, 1D) Travel to Nazca for a guided tour of the Chauchilla desert cemetery and potter's studio. Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines (available for pre-purchase) before returning to the ship. Along the coast there may be opportunities to spot local wildlife. Additional Notes: Please note: If you choose to book the Nazca lines flight, please be aware that these flights are subject to cancellation in the event that the weather is too bad to safely take off and land. Pilots may also choose not to fly if the visibility is low and there is no possibility of seeing the Nazca lines. All flights are weather permitting. Included Activities: Nazca Desert Cemetery and Potter's Studio Guided Tour
Day 9 San Juan de Marcona (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy getting a closer look at sea lions, penguins and seabirds with a Zodiac cruise to the nearby nature reserve. Included Activities: Zodiac Excursion (South America) Transport: G Expedition
Day 10 Callao/Cusco (1B, 1L, 1D) Travel from the port in Lima to the airport for a short flight to the colonial city of Cusco set high in the Andes Mountains. Take a tour of the city to learn more about the history, soak in the architecture and the valley's atmopshere. Continue on to a hotel for the night in the Sacred Valley. Included Activities: Cusco City Tour Transport: Plane Private Vehicle (1.75 hour(s), 94km)
Day 11 Ollantaytambo (1B, 1L, 1D) Spend the day getting to know the Sacred Valley a little better. Enjoy guided visits to the Incan ruins sites of Pisac and Moray with a visit to a local handicraft market. After, meet the women at the G Adventures-supported Ccaccaccollo community and Women’s Weaving Co-op. Learn about their ancient traditions. Stop in the indigenous village of Huchuy Qosco for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa Community Restaurant. Enjoy a delicious lunch and know that your visit is helping to support a remote community. Later, visit the pre-Incan salt pans of Las Salineras and learn more about the Incas with a tour of Ollantaytambo ruins. Included Activities: Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley
Day 12 Machu Picchu (1B, 1L, 1D) Rise early and journey to the Ollantaytambo station to catch the scenic train to Aguas Calientes, at the base of Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins and soak in the famous views. Enjoy free time to explore the ruins on your own before returning to Cusco for the night. Included Activities: Machu Picchu Guided Tour Transport: Train (1.50 hour(s)) Local bus (0.25 hour(s)) Train (1.50 hour(s)) Local bus (1.50 hour(s))
Day 13 Cusco/Trujillo (1B, 1L, 1D) Fly to Trujillo and return to the Expedition. Opt for a guided visit to the ancient Chimu capital of Chan Chan. Wander this UNESCO site and marvel at the carvings and gain unique insight into the ancient history of the region. Transport: Plane (3.50-5.00 hours)
Day 14 South Pacific Ocean (1B, 1L, 1D) Spend some time on board with your fellow travellers, while enjoying an optional painting class or photography workshop. Transport: G Expedition
Day 15 Salinas/Isla de La Plata (1B, 1L, 1D) Spend a leisurely day shopping and exploring the waterfront of Salinas. Some travellers may end their cruise here, while others may join this evening. Transport: G Expedition
Day 16 Isla de La Plata (1B, 1L, 1D) Head out on a full-day wildlife tour to experience the best of Isla de la Plata. Similar to the Galápagos, prepare to see blue- and red-footed boobies, Peruvian pelicans, frigatebirds and waved albatrosses. Explore more of the area on easy hikes. Included Activities: Isla de la Plata Excursion Transport: G Expedition
Day 17 North Pacific Ocean (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy the on board lecture program with this day at sea. Transport: G Expedition
Day 18 Bahía Solano (1B, 1L, 1D) The G Expedition will dock in Bahia Solano just after lunch. Pick one of the four included excursions. Options include hikes through the jungle to see waterfalls, visits to a nearby fishing village, or free time to wander the town and relax on gorgeous beaches. Included Activities: Playa Mecana - Botanical Garden Excursion Chocolatal Waterfall Excursion Huina Fishing Village Excursion Playa de los Deseos Excursion Transport: G Expedition
Day 19 Punta Alegre/Darien Jungle Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D) Leave the ship in Punta Alegre for the day and transfer to a motorized canoe to journey into the lives of the Emberá Indian Tribe nestled in the pristine Darien Jungle. Navigate up the Mogue River to this community of the indigenous people of the area. Wander the village and get to know your hosts. Enjoy a presentation of traditional dances. Included Activities: Darien Jungle and Emberá Tribe Visit Transport: G Expedition Motorized canoe (0.75 hour(s))
Day 20 Pearl Islands (1B, 1L, 1D) With over 200 islands, the Pearl Islands offer world-class beaches and postcard perfect landscapes. Explore this remote area, taking advantage of included snorkelling gear. Take the Zodiacs to stunning snorkelling areas, beautiful beaches or opt to spend time in the sleepy town. Included Activities: Beach Barbecue (Pearl Islands) Transport: G Expedition
Day 21 Panama City (1B, 1L, 1D) The G Expedition will reach the Panama Canal with the opportunity to explore this marvel of engineering before the transit through the canal begins tomorrow. Enjoy an included visit to the Miraflores Locks Observation Center to learn more. Walk through the old French Quarter of Panama City to the coast, learning about the history of the area along the way. Included Activities: The Shaping of Panama and Miraflores Locks Excursion Transport: G Expedition
Day 22 Panama Canal (1B, 1L, 1D) With an understanding of the history of the canal and how it works, see it all first hand as the Expedition navigates her way through the canal. Enjoy your first views of the Caribbean when you reach the other side. Included Activities: Panama Canal Transit Transport: G Expedition
Day 23 San Blas Islands (1B, 1L, 1D) Arrive on the San Blas Islands – full of white-sand beaches, palm trees, and crystal-clear blue waters. Spend this free day relaxing on the beach or snorkelling and swimming. Enjoy a visit to a local market and a small town to learn more about the life of the local Kuna Indians. Included Activities: San Blas Islands Excursion Transport: G Expedition
Day 24 Capurganá (1B, 1L, 1D) This seldom visited area is a gem in the Caribbean. Take part in excursions to visit the locals, walk through the jungle and enjoy a traditional meal with your new native friends. Enjoy an included walk through the Eco Reserve El Cielo. Included Activities: Capurganá Excursion Transport: G Expedition
Day 25 Cartagena (1B) Arrive in colonial Cartagena. Catch a departure transfer to a centrally located hotel where the tour ends on arrival. Included Activities: Departure Day
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