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South America Cruise - Santiago to Cartagena

25 days, Santiago to Cartagena

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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.

25 days

Santiago to Cartagena

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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.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Marine

Small-ship adventures on the world’s great seas, rivers, and other places only accessible by boat.

Physical Rating: 2 - Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience

Age requirement: 10+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visa Requirements

25 days

Santiago to Cartagena

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Trip Code: XVSCSX

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Itinerary

Day 1Santiago

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

Day 2Santiago/Valparaíso

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

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 3South Pacific Ocean

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

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4Caldera

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

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5South 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.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6Arica

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.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7South Pacific Ocean

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

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8San 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).

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 9San Juan de Marcona

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

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 10Callao/Cusco

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.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 11Ollantaytambo

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.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit| Your G for Good Moment Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 12Machu 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.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 13Cusco/Trujillo

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.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 14South Pacific Ocean

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

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 15Salinas/Isla 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.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 16Isla de La Plata

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.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 17North Pacific Ocean

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

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 18Bahía 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.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 19Punta Alegre/Darien Jungle Reserve

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.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 20Pearl 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.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 21Panama 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.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 22Panama 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.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 23San 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.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 24Capurganá

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.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 25Cartagena

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

Meals included:

Breakfast
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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
  • 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

Accommodations

Twin-share hotel (4 nts), aboard the G Expedition in quad-, triple-, twin-share cabins, or suites (all with en suite bathrooms and porthole or window) (20 nts). Please note that all cabins consist of twin-size berths and are ocean-facing. Suites have one queen-size bed.

Meals

24 breakfasts, 22 lunches, 23 dinners
Allow USD30-40 for meals not included. Drinks and tips on board not included.

Transportation

G Expedition, Zodiac, private bus, plane, train.

Departures

There are no departure dates currently available for the rest of this season. Some tours only run during parts of the year.

Please Contact Us to inquire about dates for next season, or to discuss other tour options.

South America Cruise - Santiago to Cartagena

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