Leg 8, February 2021: Cuzco to Santiago
Leg 8, February 2021: Cuzco to Santiago

Leg 8, February 2021: Cuzco to Santiago

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Border information: if you are joining in Cuzco, you will most likely enter Peru at Cuzco Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (IATA code: CUZ).

February 1st- February 4th: Inca trail anyone? If not you can spend these days trekking in the Andes at a place which is free (or cheaper than the quite expensive Inca Trail). You could visit the Sacsayhuaman, stop by Quechua speaking villages, seeing how traditional weaving is done, and see the Sacred Valley. 

February 5th: All will probably be back to Cuzco by this time. If so we will head through the highlands of Peru to the town of Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

February 6th: This morning we will cross into Bolivia and head to the lakeside town of Copacabana.

Border information: Exit Peru at Yunguyo, enter Bolivia at Kasani.

February 7th: Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca, one of the holiest sites in ancient Inca mythology and supposedly the birthplace of the Sun God Inti. We will take a 14km walk across the length of the island, taking in the incredible and serene scenery and soaking up the calm atmosphere of the island (this walk can be skipped by anybody who does not want to do it). We will return to Copacabana for the evening.

February 8th: Today we will drive around 5 hours to the famous city of La Paz, Bolivia's seat of government and the highest administrative capital in the world!

February 9th: Today we will have a free day to make the most of the extrodinary city of La Paz, explore the witches market or take a mountain biking trip down the World's Most Dangerous Road.

February 10th: We will have one last day in the Bolivian capital where you can do the stuff you missed out on the last days.

February 11th: Today we will drive around 9 hours south to Uyuni, the gateway to the incredible salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni.

February 12th: Today we will venture out onto the salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni, spending a full day exploring this phenomenal location by jeep and on foot. En route we will explore the nearby train graveyard and the cactus-filled 'Fish Island', and take all the time we need to get plenty of perspective-bending photographs!

February 13th: Today we will head off across the wilds of the Altiplano, a surreal and desolate desert landscape that stretches all the way into Chile. We will make plenty of stop for photographs on the way and at the end of the day we aim to cross the border into Chile, making camp soon afterwards. Tonight we will bush camp in a remote spot with no facilities!

February 14th: After breakfast we will break camp, and drive through the stunning Reserva Nacional Alto Loa on the Chilean part of the Altiplano, stopping off en route for photographs and a lunch stop at the famous El Tatio Geysers, the worlds highest Geyser field at 4300m. Afterwards descending down to San Pedro de Atacama.

Border information: The weather in this region can be unpredictable and has been known to close the road to the border.  On these occasions we will take an alternate route across the Altiplano, crossing into either Chile or Argentina at a different border point.  Your trip leaders will keep you informed of any changes that may be necessary.

February 15th: Today we will have a free day to explore the incredible highlights of the Atacama desert surrounding San Pedro. In the evening we will take an included trip out to the extraordinary Moon Valley, where we will hopefully see an incredible sunset. At night we will also have the chance to go stargazing, in one of the world's premier regions for astronomy (please note that this is only possible when there is not a full moon).

February 16th: Today we will have a full day (12hrs) driving to cross the mighty Andes, cross the border into Argentina, and reach the beautiful town of Salta.

February 17th: Today we will have a free day to explore Salta, visit its many museums, or explore the beautiful surrounding hills on foot or by mountain bike. We will also have the chance to take the cable car to the viewpoint on San Bernardo Hill overlooking the town, or take the famous 'Train to the Clouds' through some of the incredible mountian scenery nearby.

February 18th: Today we will drive through the spectacular rock formations of the Quebrada de las Conchas, and reach the serene town of Cafayate. 

February 19th: Free day to explore Cafayate. This small unassuming town is the centre of one of Argentinas's principal withe producing regions, famous for the quality of its Torrontes and Tannat wines! We will have the opportunity to go to a few of the vineyards nearby to see how the wine is made, and of course to try them!

February 20th: Today we will drive south through spectacular mountains and arrive in the pampas that Argentina is famous for. We will visit the ancient ruins of the indigenous city of Quilmes en route. 

February 21st: Today we drive to a unique Anglo-Argentine Estancia, where we will stay for 3 nights.  During our time at the Estancia, we can head out horseback riding, subject to weather ofc.

February 22nd: Full day in Estancia

February 23rd: Today we will have a leisurely start after breakfast to the city of Cordoba, where we will enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city.

February 24th: Today we will have a very early start for a full day's (around 9hrs) drive to the stunning town of Mendoza, nestled in the dry flats underneath the shadows of the largest mountains of the Andes.

Mendoza is the centre of Argentine wine production, and one of the nine 'Wine Capitals of the World' - it is especially famous for its Malbec, grown at some of the highest-altitude vineyards to be found in the world.

February 25th:  Today will be free time to explore the region, head out on various adventure activities, or of course take a tasting tour of the incredible wineries in the region.

February 26th: Today we will have a full day drive (11hrs) over the stunning Cristo Redentor pass in the high Andes, passing Aconcagua (the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere) and heading to the Chilean capital of Santiago.

February 27th:  Today is a free day to explore the cosmopolitan Chilean capital.

February 28th: Welcome to Santiago, the cosmopolitan Chilean capital! This will be the ending point for some and start of the adventure for others.

March 1st: Free day in Santiago. 

Border information: if you are joining in Santiago, you will most likely enter Chile at Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (IATA code: SCL).