Please login or sign up to save to favorites
From
BOLT

Lima to Santiago BOLT

  • Code #SLS
  • 24 Days
Duration
24 Days
/23 Nights
Availability
Not Available
Group Size
Max 18
Departure City: 
Lima
Ends in: 
Santiago
Accommodation
Hotel
View Dates & Prices

Trip Overview

Ignite your wanderlust with three of Latin America's best - Peru, Bolivia and Chile. Feel like a local as you make your journeys on public transport, using every mode of transport to explore your surroundings from public buses and flights, to 4WD, tuk-tuks and boats. You'll encounter so many incredible landscapes from the epic depths of the Colca Canyon to the floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca, and the wide open salt pans of the Salar de Uyuni to the bubbling geysers and lunar landscapes of the Atacama Desert. Opt to hike the Inca Trail all the way to Machu Picchu for even more adventure. And did we mention a host of buzzing cities, too? This high altitude adventure should be top of your bucket list.

Included Highlights 
  • Included flights within Latin America to see the best in a short space of time
  • 3 day 4WD salt flat crossing on the Salar de Uyuni
  • Explore the unique Train Graveyard
  • Valley of the Moon guided tour in Chile's Atacama Desert
  • Colca Canyon tour to see swooping Andean Condors
  • Meet the locals on a visit of Lake Titicaca's floating Islands
  • Discover Latin Americas most lively cities - Lima, Cusco, La Paz and Santiago
  • Shop for the weird and wonderful at the Witches Market in La Paz
Treknical Details

Interests

Cities
Deserts & Canyons
Mountains
Small Group

Accommodation & Transportation

Group Size
Max 18
Budget Lodging
2 Nights
Hotel
21 Nights

Food & Meals

  • 18 breakfasts. All other meals paid locally

Other Inclusions

  • Services of a professional bilingual tour leader
  • All public transport including 4 internal flights

Essential Information

  • This trip has a local payment of US$740 to be paid to your tour leader on day 1.
  • Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote (UK only).

Resources

Lima to Santiago BOLT
Download Trek Tips

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best overnight stops, highlights and included experiences, with plenty of optional activities to choose from. No two Trek trips are the same, with stops at some of your tour leader's favourite places and occasional changes to the itinerary, so get ready for one awesome adventure!

Tonight it's time to meet your tour leader and group, but why not arrive early to see the sights, or add some extra hotel nights before the start of your tour to really explore all the city has to offer. The cosmopolitan capital of Peru is a large bustling city, but many of the sights including the city's two main squares, the Plaza de Armas and Plaza San Martin, are within easy walking distance of your hotel and great for a spot of people watching so grab a seat! Explore the historic centre, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and full of beautiful colonial buildings and top-notch museums, and be sure to check out the thriving foodie scene! If you have time, nearby Miraflores on the coast is well worth a visit to walk the coastal trail or try Peruvian cuisine at one of the many cafes.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Meals paid locally

Optional Activities

Church & Convent of San Francisco guided tour US$3

Catch a flight to the beautiful city of Arequipa, which is surrounded by a trio of impressive snow-dusted volcanoes. Admire the giant cathedral and Spanish colonial buildings as you wander around the city. At 2,380 metres above sea level, Arequipa will be the perfect place for you to acclimatise before heading to Cusco and the Inca Trail in a few days' time. Arequipa is also our launching point for an included excursion to the Colca Canyon, the second deepest canyon in the world and almost twice as deep as the Grand Canyon! Views of the canyon itself are of course incredible, but you won't want to miss the Cruz del Condor viewpoint as the real highlight is watching the magnificent Andean Condors soaring overhead, swooping and riding the wind currents as they search for prey. An unforgettable sight!

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Meals paid locally

Optional Activities

City tour US$12
Monastery of Santa Catalina US$12
Santuarios Andinas Museum US$11

After a day's drive through spectacular rural landscapes you'll reach the small, friendly city of Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Puno is known as the `folkloric capital of Peru' and locals are proud of their Aymara and Quechua traditions which can be seen in the local crafts and traditional music. After a night in Puno, enjoy an included day trip cruising across Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world (3,855 metres above sea level), a classic Peruvian experience! Spend the day weaving around floating totora villages, still occupied by indigenous communities, and you can even hop aboard a traditional reed boat. One thing you can be sure of is a warm welcome as you dock at one of the Uros Islands, to learn more about the locals' fascinating way of life!

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Breakfast (x2) included

Optional Activities

Traditional reed boat trip US$5

Spend a day winding through the Andes towards the beautiful city of Cusco. Cusco is worth the wait, with stunning architecture and some interesting local cuisine, yes that includes guinea pig!

You have free time to explore all that Cusco has to offer, but an awesome full-day trip through the Sacred Valley of the Incas is a highly recommended way to spend a day. You'll visit the Pisac ruins perched in the mountains and the famous local market which is a great place for picking up local crafts, jewellery and colourful hats and ponchos - as well as delicious empanadas! Make your way down the valley to the temple fortress of Ollantaytambo and witness its enormous terraces climbing up the hillside, before heading back to Cusco.

Cusco is a fun town to explore in its own right but it's also a great base for trekking the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (if you prefer not to trek, you can also book the train to Machu Picchu). These optional activities must be booked in advance; please request at the time of booking your tour to avoid missing out!

This is an optional activity so if trekking is not your thing and you are happier to spend time exploring Cusco, there is plenty for you to see and do both during the day and in the evening. Grab yourself a Completo visitor ticket for entrance to all the Inca ruin sites around Cusco and the Sacred Valley, or indulge in an optional chocolate making course for something a little bit different. Cusco is legendary for its nightlife, so get some friends together for a Pisco Sour or two.

Accommodation

Hotel included (if staying in Cusco)

Meals

Breakfast (x7) included

Optional Activities

Chocolate making course US$22
2 day Cusco & Sacred Valley visitor ticket US$40
Massage US$25/hr
Sacred Valley, Pisac ruins & Ollantaytambo day trip US$30-52
Visitor ticket to all Inca ruins in Cusco US$22

This optional activity must be booked in advance; please request at the time of booking your tour.

If you opt to hike the trail you'll cross spectacular passes and visit more incredible Inca ruins en route to the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu. Along the way a local guide will share their expertise with you, plus there are cooks and porters to carry the main equipment, leaving you with just a small daypack to carry, so you can focus on putting one foot in front of the other. Have your camera at the ready whilst you climb the high mountain passes, the views are out of this world. Day one is fairly relaxed, beginning with a short train and bus journey to the Inca Trail start point. From here you'll hike 13km which should take roughly four-and-a-half hours and will get you limbered up for the days ahead. On day two, you'll cover a total of 9km in about five to seven hours. Set out to conquer the highest pass at 4,200m (`Dead Woman's Pass'), then after the high pass it's downhill on old Inca stairs towards your second campsite. On day three you will trek past the ruins of Runkurakay, Sayacmarca and Phuyupatamarca, walking a total of 15km in seven hours and camping near the ancient citadel of Winay-Wayna. Day four starts early as you make your final steps towards Machu Picchu in time for the sun rising over the famous Sun Gate. This is the stuff dreams are made of! A guided tour of Machu Picchu is included and there's time to explore on your own too. Take the chance to soak your weary muscles in the hot springs at Aguas Calientes, before making your way back to modern civilisation in Cusco to wash off the trail dirt with a well-deserved shower. Celebrate in the city - but be sure to go easy on the local rum as alcohol at this altitude travels faster through the bloodstream! Please note: Due to a restricted number of people being allowed on the trail each day, permits can sell out many months in advance. If you wish to book the Inca Trail trek, please provide a member of our sales team with your passport details as soon as possible to secure your permit. Without your passport details, we aren't able to arrange your Inca Trail trek. Please be aware that once your permit has been issued it is non-refundable and non-transferable. Should an Inca Trail permit not be available, you will have the option to book a two night/three day Lares Trail trek. A guided tour of Machu Picchu is included. The porters, cooks and guides work incredibly hard on the Inca Trail and the Lares Trail, carrying food needed for the four days, cooking equipment, tents and your personal items. While it is an optional payment, we recommend a tip of 100 Soles per person at the end of the route, to be split between your trail guides, porters and chefs. 

Accommodation

3 nights camping included

Meals

Breakfast (x3), lunch (x3) and dinner (x3) included

This optional activity must be booked in advance; please request at the time of booking your tour.

The Lost City of Machu Picchu was originally isolated in the clouds and self-contained, fed by natural springs and surrounded by agricultural terraces to feed the population. Due to its isolation many of the palaces, temples, baths and houses of the ancient Incan city still remain remarkably intact. The ruins were only uncovered by the outside world in 1911 when American explorer Hiram Bingham found them while looking for a different `lost city'. Cheers, Hiram! This iconic site is really something special and if you don't want to miss the once in a lifetime opportunity to visit Machu Picchu but prefer not to hike the Inca Trail, you can also choose to make the journey to Machu Picchu by train. Spend the day exploring this fascinating site (guided tour included), visit the hot springs at Aguas Calientes or meander through the markets before returning to Cusco by train. 

Accommodation

1 night Hotel included

Meals

Meals paid locally

Leave Peru behind as you hop on a short flight to La Paz, Bolivia. Sitting in a valley left by a meteorite, this is an awesome city. Explore the city streets and walk to the Mirador Killi Killi viewpoint for some incredible views. You can take cable cars all around the city, but a particularly cool stop is the top of the yellow line for views of the entire city. Check out the main square (Plaza Murillo) in the old town for all the highlights, from the Cathedral to the Presidential Palace. No visit is complete without a visit to the truly weird and wonderful `witches market' - you will never have seen anything like it! La Paz is a great city to wander around but for more adventure just outside of town, catch a bus or taxi and check out the obscure lunar-like pinnacles and canyons of Moon Valley. Guides are available on site or through travel agencies in town. If you really want to kick the adventure up a gear, get your heartrate pumping with some exhilarating mountain biking on `Death Road'. It's downhill nearly all the way - sounds easy, right? - but beware, it's not for the faint-hearted! You'll cross a 5,000m high pass before descending to a height of 1,300m on narrow, winding mountain roads carved into the mountainside and bordered by sheer drops.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Breakfast (x2) included

Optional Activities

Coroico "Death Road" mountain biking US$124
Red Cap city walking tours US$3 + tip
Moon Valley private tour US$20-40
Cable cars US$1

After another short flight, touch down in the Bolivian capital of Sucre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site otherwise known as the `White City' for its beautiful whitewashed buildings. You might want to hire a bike locally to explore at your own pace, or take a half-day city tour packed with all the highlights. You'll see the rather unique castle built for the only royal couple in Bolivia's history (Castillo de la Glorieta), learn about the region's ceramics and textiles at the superb Museo de Arte Indigena, soak up the lively atmosphere of Plaza 25 de Mayo and the relaxing tree-lined gardens of Parque Bolivar, and discover some awesome city lookout points.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Breakfast (x1) included

Optional Activities

Half-day city tour US$19-23

Incredibly Potosi was once the largest and wealthiest city in the Americas, and you'll see reminders of the grand colonial city it used to be in ornate churches and balconied mansions. Potosi came to fame as the world's richest source of silver and helped bankroll the Spanish empire. Learn about the forced labour of indigenous people and African slaves, and conditions so dangerous that a shocking eight million miners are estimated to have died here. It's well worth visiting one of the mines to learn first-hand about the daily lives of today's miners.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Meals paid locally

Optional Activities

City tour US$16
Hot springs US$15
Silver mine tour US$16

Welcome to Uyuni, a wickedly unique place. Loads of travellers pass through this remote and friendly town on the way to Salar De Uyuni creating a definite buzz about the place. Be sure to visit the Train Museum in town for arty photographs - the best part is it's free!

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Meals paid locally

Optional Activities

Uyuni - Train Museum US$FREE

If you came to South America for thrills, you're in for a real treat as you head out on an included three day 4WD tour, crossing the vast and beautiful salt flats - the largest in the world. The brilliant white of the salt pans against the bright blue skies is the ultimate contrast and you're going to have some fun testing out different perspective photos in this unique landscape! Your tour includes the famous antique train graveyard where you can see the remains of 19th and early 20th century steam locomotives, and on your journey you will check out the super-sized cacti of Fish Island and explore incredible colourful lagoons. The most famous is the blazing red lagoon of Laguna Colorada, where you'll also get to say hello to fabulous flamingos! Please Note: Occasionally in the rainy season, the salt flats become flooded and it may be necessary to amend the itinerary as a result. Your tour leader will advise as early as possible if this is likely to happen on your tour.

Accommodation

Hostel included

Meals

Breakfast (x2) included

Cruise past epic geysers on the final leg of your 4WD salt flat crossing. Then it's time to cross the border into Chile and the remote Atacama Desert. Enjoy an included guided tour of the Valley of the Moon and discover dunes, caverns, jagged peaks and pinnacles of rock bent into all kinds of weird and wonderful shapes, a result of erosion from thousands of years of wild weather. Explore on foot with your guide, climb atop a sand dune for truly out of this world views, and top it all off by watching the sun go down over the desert. Unforgettable!

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Breakfast (x2) included

It's a stunning finale to your adventure of a lifetime, as you fly into the cool and cultural city of Santiago. Explore the city's neighbourhoods at your own pace, take in the grand architecture and museums, chill in the leafy squares and parks, and be sure to get your last fill of breathtaking views from the top of San Cristobal. There's a lively food scene here, from street food to top-end restaurants. If food really is the way to your heart, then you would do well to feast on some world-class seafood at Mercado Central and if you want to keep it classy then why not head to one of the many, many wine bars for a glass of Carmenere from the region.

Your tour finishes after breakfast on day 24 and you are free to fly out at any time today.

Accommodation

1 night hotel included

Meals

Breakfast (x2) included
We offer a range of travel essentials with everything from additional hotel nights, travel insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place.

There is a local payment of US$740 which you will need to pay to your tour leader on the first day of your trip.

Our tours depart and finish at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.

 

LIMA - HOTEL SANTA CRUZ

Avenida Santa Cruz 13471, Lima, Peru

Conveniently located in the Miraflores District, tourist attractions and beautiful beaches are just a few steps from the hotel. This hotel offers free internet access and breakfast buffet plus a bar and restaurant offering international and Peruvian cuisine.

 

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £68 | US$86 | Eur81 | AU$128 | NZ$141
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

Airport transfers in Lima can either by booked in advance with TrekAmerica or arranged locally on arrival.

Transfers booked in advance cost approximately US$30 per person. Please contact us for more information.

To arrange locally on arrival, we recommend you use the pre-pay taxi desks after customs at the airport. Recommended companies include Taxi CMV and Taxi Mitsui Remise. The cost of a taxi from the airport to our downtown hotel should be approximately US$15 to $25. The airport is approximately 30 to 45 minutes from the city centre depending on traffic.

Our tours depart and finish at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.

 

SANTIAGO - HOTEL LIBERTADOR

Avenida Bernardo O’Higgins 853, Santiago, Chile

Located right in the heart of Santiago close to the Universidad de Chile subway station, this hotel offers comfortable room with TV, buffet breakfast and an onsite restaurant.

 

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £52 | US$66 | Eur62 | AU$100 | NZ$108
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

Airport transfers in Santiago can either by booked in advance with TrekAmerica or arranged locally on arrival.

Transfers booked in advance cost approximately US$65 per person. Please contact us for more information.

The international airport is approximately 30 minutes from the hotel (depending on traffic) and the cost of a taxi from the hotel to the airport should be approximately US$18. Ask at the front desk for taxi company details

Our specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our Trek destinations. We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. 

Why Book Your Flights with Trek?

  • Secure your flight with a deposit of only £125 per person
  • Date changes free of charge (subject to terms)
  • We are ATOL protected and IATA licensed
  • Personal service - you're more than just a number

Call us now on 0208 682 8920 for today's special offers or

Request a flight quote

At TrekAmerica we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday. That's why we recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. TrekAmerica can offer you comprehensive travel insurance which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed we do.

If you do not take our policy, you must ensure that the policy you do take offers an equivalent level of protection and covers you for the activities involved - be aware that some policies do not include, or restrict, coverage for this type of travel. ​

See our insurance page or download our insurance tips pdf for more information.

There are loads of exciting optional activities available for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. A list of optional activities and approximate costs are shown at the end of each day by day itinerary descriptions above.

Your tour leader will arrange your chosen activities during the tour so no need to pre-book. You'll also pay for these locally so ensure you budget for the bucket list items!

As local weather conditions and seasonality can change not all optional activities may be available on your trip and prices can be subject to change.

There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space a ‘Solo Sleeper’ option can be requested which will guarantee you your own room for 20 nights of the tour (excludes the Inca trail option, Salar de Uyuni, Laguna Colorada and Colca Canyon). Subject to availability, please ask for pricing. 

Reviews

What our trekkers say

0 out of 5
Lima to Santiago BOLT From
Why Travel with Trek America

Travelling Together

Our tours are aimed at young international travellers from around the world all with a sense of fun and a keen desire to explore. If you're travelling alone, don't worry... over 70% of our passengers are solo travellers and you'll soon be surrounded with like-minded people of a similar age who will quickly become your new best mates. Plus there are no single supplements.

Read more about TrekAmerica

Award Winning
Travel specialists to North & South America
Experienced
We’ve been running trips since 1972!
Value For Money
Unique adventures included on every trip
All Included
Tour leader, transport and all accommodation