South America Cruise – Santiago to Cartagena

Resort: South America Cruise - Santiago to Cartagena
Operator: G Adventures
Destination: Chile
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Over View

A wise soul once said: Its 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 youll 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 youll discover the life-changing beauty of South Americas western coast. Included trips to Machu Picchu, the Darien Jungle, and the Panama Canal will give you plenty to write home about.

Itineraries

Day 1
Santiago

Arrive at any time. Enjoy the sights and sounds of this unique city.

Day 2
SantiagoValparaso

It’s an early start this morning, as you transfer from Santiago to Valparaiso to join the G Expedition.

Day 3
South Pacific Ocean

Opt to spend this time at sea out on deck or join one of the lectures or painting classes.

Day 4
Caldera

Enjoy a full day of exploring picturesque Caldera. Choose between visiting local museums or a local mine. Soak in the desert scenery.

Day 5
South Pacific Ocean

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.

Day 6
Arica

Enjoy a day in Arica. Opt to relax on the beach, or head out on a city tour and visit the San Miguel de Azapa Archaeological Museum.

Day 7
South Pacific Ocean

Enjoy a day hike along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route. Reach the Hongu Taisha Shrine with the largest torii gate in Japan.

Day 8
San Juan de Marcona

Enjoy a guided tour of Nazca desert cemetery and the potter’s studio. Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines (available for pre-purchase).

Day 9
San Juan de Marcona

Enjoy getting a closer look at sea lions, penguins and seabirds with a Zodiac cruise to the nearby nature reserve.

Day 10
CallaoCusco

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.

Day 11
Ollantaytambo

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 Womens 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.

Day 12
Machu Picchu

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.

Day 13
CuscoTrujillo

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.

Day 14
South Pacific Ocean

Spend some time on board with your fellow travellers, while enjoying an optional painting class or photography workshop.

Day 15
SalinasIsla de La Plata

Spend a leisurely day shopping and exploring the waterfront of Salinas. Some travellers may end their cruise here, while others may join this evening.

Day 16
Isla de La Plata

Head out on a full-day wildlife tour to experience the best of Isla de la Plata. Similar to the Galpagos, prepare to see blue- and red-footed boobies, Peruvian pelicans, frigatebirds and waved albatrosses. Explore more of the area on easy hikes.

Day 17
North Pacific Ocean

Enjoy the on board lecture program with this day at sea.

Day 18
Baha Solano

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.

Day 19
Punta AlegreDarien Jungle Reserve

Leave the ship in Punta Alegre for the day and transfer to a motorized canoe to journey into the lives of the Ember 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.

Day 20
Pearl Islands

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.

Day 21
Panama City

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.

Day 22
Panama Canal

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.

Day 23
San Blas Islands

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.

Day 24
Capurgan

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.

Day 25
Cartagena

Arrive in colonial Cartagena. Catch a departure transfer to a centrally located hotel where the tour ends on arrival.

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