Southern Divide

Classic, Lima to Santiago

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

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 the continent’s most iconic and popular highlights. Explore the Sacred Valley and uncover Incan history high in the Andes at legendary Machu Picchu. Explore incredible landscapes at Salar de Uyuni and the Atacama Desert, and encounter vibrant culture at Lake Titicaca. Because we have years of experience and established operational offices in the region, we’ll take care of the hassles so that you can focus on the highlights. Get off the beaten track and embrace the best of this incredible region.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo Your G for Good Moment: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay Your G for Good Moment: Jukil Community Experience & Lodge, Santiago de Agencha Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Cusco Your Discover Moment: Sucre
  • Sacred Valley guided tour
  • Pottery making demonstration
  • Train to Machu Picchu
  • Machu Picchu guided tour
  • Floating islands of Uros visit
  • Lake Titicaca guided tour
  • 4x4 excursion to the Salar de Uyuni (3 days)
  • Tour of Valley of the Moon (San Pedro de Atacama)
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Explore the sacred valley
  • Marvel at the views from the train to machu picchu
  • Witness traditional life on lake titicaca
  • Encounter colonial cities and historic cultures in bolivia
  • Cross the salar de uyuni
  • The world's largest salt flat by 4x4

Itinerary

Lima Arrive at any time.
Lima/Cusco Hop a flight to Cusco. Enjoy a free day for shopping and exploring the city. Choose to pre-book an optional Cusco Cooking Class. Opt for a city tour.
Cusco Spend a full day enjoying optional activities in the area.
Cusco/Ollantaytambo Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before visiting a local pottery making community. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, opt to head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Or, wander around the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar).
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 km 104 and trek to the Sun Gate for the first glimpse of Machu Picchu before re-joining the group at Aguas Calientes for the night.
Aguas Calientes/Cusco Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco in the evening.
Cusco Use a free day to explore more of Cusco or relax.
Cusco/Puno Travel day by bus from Cusco to Puno. Spend some time on arrival wandering the small city.
Puno Enjoy a guided tour of Lake Titicaca including a visit to Uros and Taquile islands.
Puno/La Paz Travel by bus and cross the border into Bolivia, arriving in La Paz.
La Paz Enjoy a free day in La Paz. Opt to visit the Witches' Market, the city's museums or the Valley of the Moon.
La Paz/Sucre Fly to Sucre and explore this beautiful colonial city.
Sucre Free time to explore the city, the former capital of Bolivia. For more active options opt to go hiking in the surrounding area or mountain biking.
Sucre/Potosí Travel by bus to Potosí and get a view of the mountain Cerro Rico looming over the city.
Potosí/Uyuni Travel through the Bolivian landscape to the town of Uyuni, the jumping off point for the three day 4x4 excursion to the Salar de Uyuni.
Uyuni/Salt Flats and Desert Crossing Enjoy a three-day 4x4 excursion to the Salar de Uyuni and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery. Today you will be heading into the Salar de Uyuni. Our groups like to get creative with photography, as the endless white of the salt flats creates some great depth illusions that are fun to play with in photos. Last stop for the evening is a G Adventures-supported community lodge in a traditional agricultural village in the heart of a desert oasis.
Salt Flats and Desert Crossing Explore the desert altiplano on a 4x4 excursion. Admire the spectacular scenery while passing red and blue lagoons and interesting rock formations along the route. Spot wild llamas, alpacas and even flamingos deep within the desert.
Salt Flats and Desert Crossing/San Pedro de Atacama Rise early to cover more ground of the unique landscape of the Salar de Uyuni. Continue to see incredible scenery, including volcanoes, salt lakes and geysers. Travel to the border and descend by bus to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. It's a long but scenic drive.
San Pedro de Atacama Enjoy an Included excursion to the Valley of the Moon. In San Pedro, opt to go sandboarding or mountain biking.
San Pedro de Atacama/Santiago Drive to Calama and fly to Santiago, a vibrant capital city.
Santiago Depart at any time.
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