a trip through Chili, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador
09.04.2010 - 04.06.2010
On april 9th I leave Amsterdam to start my big journey through South America. I switch planes in Madrid and will land in Santiago, Chili on the 10th. My trip will last 53 days and on the 3rd of june I am coming back home, landing on the 4th of june!
I'm travelling with an organisation called oasisoverland (oasisoverland.co.uk)
A "short" itinerary of my trip for those interested:
Pacific Ocean - towns and stunning beaches
Days 2 to 8
Atacama Desert & San Pedro - experience this oasis town & beautiful barren moonscape high in the Andes, plus the option of astronomer guided stargazing.
Valley of the Moon - salt lakes, volcanoes, as well as stone age dwellings.
Pan American Highway and Pacific Ocean coastline with stunning beaches; and the famous 'Hand in the Sand' Sculpture.
Days 9 to 16
Salta - founded over 400 years ago and a great place for live music, mountain biking, mountain trekking, horse riding and river rafting.
Humahuaca Canyon and Purmamarca
Tupiza - follow in the steps of Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid.
Uyuni Salt Lake - take a 1 day excursion out onto the vast salt flats.
Potosi - Silver & Tin mines - the opportunity to enter a working mine where techniques have remained unchanged for centuries.
Altiplano - drive across this wild and barren landscape.
Days 17 to 19
La Paz - highest capital city in the world, visit the colourful witches market!
Floating reed islands - home to the Uros Indians - explore Titicaca by boat & spend a night with one of the local families.
Puno - Lake Titicaca - the world's highest navigable lake at 3800 mtrs.
Days 20 to 26
Cuzco (our base for the next week)
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu - 4 day hike on the Lares, Classic or Salcantay trail.
Machu Picchu - finally on day 4 we reach the famous UNESCO World Heritage site - entrance and guide included.
Traverse mountainous passes of nearly 5000 mtrs within sight of active volcanoes
Days 27 to 35
Colca Canyon - accompanied by a local guide, you have the opportunity to view the majestic condors, which can be seen circling lazily on the thermals rising from the canyon floor.
Arequipa - a magnificent colonial city with authentic Peruvian nightlife.
Ascend the Andes mountain range and drive past grazing Llama, Alpaca and Vicuna
Nazca Lines - huge figures and shapes carved into the stony desert, best viewed from the air.
Dune Buggies & Sandboarding on the giant dunes out in the desert. BBQ and camp overnight under the stars.
Ica Desert & Oasis of Huacachina - visit a local winery & taste Pisco, the national drink.
Ballestas Islands - a boat trip takes us up close to the Islands which are bursting with exotic & rare marine wildlife.
Lima - the capital city with many plazas and museums and great local seafood (Ceviche).
Days 36 to 44
Chan Chan ruins - built by the pre-Inca Chimu kings, it's the largest mud brick city in the world.
Punta Sal & Pacific Ocean coast - camp on sandy deserted beaches play volleyball and have a BBQ.
Banos - a spa town where Ecuadorians go to relax in the thermal baths and hike the various mountain trails by foot or horseback plus the opportunity to go canyoning!
Days 45 to 53
Rio Napo - gateway into the steamy Amazon Jungle - by motorised canoe we access our jungle camp where we spend three nights to view the exotic wildlife - our guide will show us examples of medicinal, edible and hallucinogenic plants.
Tena - jungle town and where we can go white water rafting on Upper Napo River.
Otavalo - a small market town famous for its colourful arts & crafts.
Quito, the capital.