South America Cruise - Ushuaia to Cartagena

Marine, Ushuaia to Cartagena

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The western coast of South America is stunning, as the landscape changes drastically from region to region. This 38-day cruise will find you exploring the best of the west coast aboard the G Expedition. Begin this incredible journey at the end of the earth in Ushuaia where you’ll sail north through incredible fjords and past glaciers before heading on up to the Caribbean coast in search of tropical islands hugged by turquoise waters. Everything South America is here: explore Machu Picchu, get lost inside the Darien Jungle, ride through the Panama Canal, and loads more. Prepare yourself for an adventure that will leave you with moments you’ll cherish forever.

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
  • 33 nts aboard the G Expedition
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Torres del Paine National Park excursion (Puerto Natales)
  • Simpson River National Reserve visit (Chacabuco)
  • Excursion to Punta Arenas or Ancud (Isla Chiloe)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Excursion in Bahia Solano
  • 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

  • Journey from ushuaia to cartagena on this cruise of a lifetime aboard the g expedition
  • Sail through the chilean fjords
  • Visit torres del paine national park
  • Explore the remote isla chiloe
  • Set eyes on machu picchu and the sacred valley
  • Savour lunch at the g adventures-supported parwa restaurant
  • Travel into the heart of the darien jungle
  • Check out the panama canal

Itinerary

Day 1 Ushuaia Arrive in Ushuaia at any time. Arrival transfer included. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the world's most southerly city. Additional Notes: There will be a welcome desk in the lobby of the start hotel that will provide more specific information on the G Expedition and your upcoming adventure. Transport: Included arrival transfer. Private Vehicle
Day 2 Ushuaia (1B, 1D) Today we will embark on the G Expedition. The morning is free to do any last minute shopping, an optional excursion to Tierra Del Fuego National Park or a good hike up to the Marshall Glacier. For a better view, opt for a helicopter ride (weather permitting) to see the port of Ushuaia from the air. Embarkation on the G Expedition is set for 4pm at the port in Ushuaia. Included Activities: Embarkation of the G Expedition Transport: G Expedition
Day 3 South Pacific Ocean (1B, 1L, 1D) Spend time out on deck watching the magnificent scenery. Weather permitting, jump into a Zodiac led by one of our expert guides and head out for an expedition cruise. Included Activities: Zodiac Excursion (South America) Transport: G Expedition
Day 4 Punta Arenas (1B, 1L, 1D) Disembark in Punta Arenas, located on the edge of the Straight of Magellan. Choose between two full-day included options. Opt to visit the 95-year-old Estancia Olga Teresa for a taste of the Patagonian "huasos" daily life. Enjoy a country breakfast and a sheep-shearing demonstration. View a "Chilean rodeo" and savour a barbecue lunch with Chilean wine. If you prefer, opt for a city tour of Punta Arenas with a museum tour to learn more about the history of the area. After, get into the heart of the region with a hike through the Magellan Forest Reserve. Included Activities: Magellan Estancia Excursion and Shearing Show Punta Arenas City Tour and Forest Reserve Trek 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 camera and binoculars on hand for scenery or wildlife viewing opportunities. Transport: G Expedition
Day 6 Puerto Natales (1B, 1L, 1D) From Puerto Natales, a town of brightly coloured corrugated tin houses, enjoy a full-day tour taking in the gorgeous scenery of Torres del Paine National Park. Included Activities: Torres del Paine National Park Shore Excursion Transport: G Expedition
Day 7 Angostura Guía (1B, 1L, 1D) Located in the Guía Narrows, explore Angostura Guía by Zodiac with expert Expedition guides. Included Activities: Zodiac Excursion (South America) Transport: G Expedition
Day 8 South Pacific Ocean (1B, 1L, 1D) Spend time enjoying the scenery, taking part in lectures, photography and painting workshops, or relaxing on board. Transport: G Expedition
Day 9 Laguna San Rafael (1B, 1L, 1D) Explore the fjords by Zodiac. With a little luck, we may get to witness the spectacle of a calving glacier as the Zodiacs weave between ice formations. Keep an eye out for birdlife and keep your fingers crossed for whales or dolphins. Included Activities: Zodiac Excursion (South America) Transport: G Expedition
Day 10 Chacabuco (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy the highlights of spectacular Chacabuco. Visit the colourful market surrounded by the scenic backdrop of the Andes. Take a 45 min drive, soaking in the scenic canyons, rivers and valleys en route to Simpson River National Reserve. Take short walks to experience nature firsthand and hop back on the bus for more scenic driving. Visit Coyhaique, the capital of the Aysen region. Visit the main plaza and handicraft market. Stop at a waterfall on the way back to the port. Included Activities: Coyhaique and Simpson Valley Transport: G Expedition
Day 11 South Pacific Ocean (1B, 1L, 1D) Spend today at sea. Choose to participate in lecture programs on board, or take the day to relax and watch the world sail past from the comfort of the lounge. Transport: G Expedition
Day 12 Castro (1B, 1L, 1D) Explore the area on a full-day tour. Choose between two options - a visit to the local villages and churches or a birdwatching excursion. Both are full day excursions. Included Activities: Chiloe Villages and Historical Churches Birdwatching and Botany
Day 13 South Pacific Ocean (1B, 1L, 1D) Spend time on board with your fellow travellers, while enjoying an optional painting class or photography workshop. Transport: G Expedition
Day 15 Valparaíso (1B, 1L, 1D) Valparaiso. Morning city tour of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Afternoon visit to the Casablanca Valley with winery tour. Some travellers may end their cruise here, while others may join this evening. Transport: G Expedition
Day 16 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 17 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 18 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 19 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 20 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 21 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 22 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 23 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 24 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 25 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 26 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 27 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 28 Salinas (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 29 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 30 North Pacific Ocean (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy the on board lecture program with this day at sea. Transport: G Expedition
Day 31 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 32 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 33 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 34 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 35 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 36 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 37 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 38 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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