South America Cruise - Santiago to Guayaquil

Marine, Santiago to Guayaquil

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Looking to experience the beauty of coastal South America but want to include some of the region’s most important landmarks along the way? Look no further than this 15-day cruise that begins at sea and takes you 2,430m (7,972 ft) above sea level with an included three-day tour to one of the world’s most important ruins: Machu Picchu. This unique itinerary will have you cruising through Chile’s majestic coastline, exploring colourful coastal towns, taking in the beauty of national parks, and discovering famed archaeological sites in the Sacred Valley. If you’re looking for a tour that will have you checking plenty off your must-do list, we’ve got you covered.

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
  • 10 nts aboard the G Expedition
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley (3-day land excursion)
  • Cusco city tour
  • Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour
  • G Adventures-supported Women's Weaving Co-op visit (Ccaccaccollo)
  • Lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa Community Restaurant (Sacred Valley)
  • Machu Picchu guided tour
  • Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team
  • Lectures and educational programs on board
  • Internal flights
  • All transport to/from included activities and between all destinations

Highlights

  • Cruise the spectacular the south american coastline
  • Check out the nazca lines
  • Explore machu picchu and the sacred valley
  • Savour lunch at the g adventures-supported parwa restaurant.

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/Guayaquil (1B) Disembark the G Expedition and catch a transfer from Salinas to Guayaquil city centre. The perfect launching point for a trip extension to the Galapagos Islands, and with easy connections to Quito, Guayaquil has a charm all of its own that few take the time to explore. Transport: Private Vehicle
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