South American Rail Adventures
17 Days | Rail Enthusiast Tour | Maximum 10 Guests
This trip combines many scenic and breathtaking railway journeys in Peru, Bolivia, and Chile. The tour program is all about trains, mining sites and industrial history in Bolivia and Chile. Traditional sightseeing is second and done when we have time between two train journeys.
Our expedition starts at the southern point of Peru in Tacna and brings you to remote regions in western Bolivia and northern and central Chile. We visit forgotten railway depots and mining sites which played an essential role in the recent Bolivian and Chilean history. We end the trip south of Santiago de Chile where we travel on the “Last Ramal,” a picturesque train that connects Talca with the coastal town of Concepcion.
This expedition is for travelers who don’t mind leaving some comforts for a spectacular train journey; and who are ready to accept some last minute changes in the tour program which can result from an unforeseen event or situation. We designed the trip for rail enthusiasts, but the journey is also interesting for travel photographers who seek a unique experience away from the tourist regions.
- Train Journey across the Atacama Desert from Tacna in Peru to Arica in Chile, one of two international train journeys in South America.
- We travel on the breathtaking Arica – La Paz railroad the part from Arica to Paconchile in Chile and from Viacha to Charaña in Bolivia.
- We go from La Paz to Lake Titicaca by train. On the way, we visit Tiwanaku, Bolivia’s most important archaeological site.
- We explore Bolivia’s most important private railway line which connects the Tin Mine in Uncia with Machacamarca near Oruro in central Bolivia.
- We travel on the “Expreso del Sur” from Oruro to Uyuni where we visit the World’s largest Saltflat.
- In Chile, we travel on the various trains south of Santiago. Especially to mention is the journey on the “Last Ramal” from Talca to Constitucion.
Dates & Rates
- May 07 - 23, 2020 $5'775.--
Itinerary South American Train Adventures
Day 1: Arrival in Tacna - Peru
You arrive with your flight in Tacna in Southern Peru. Transfer to your Hotel.
Day 2: Railway Museum Tacna and train journey to Arica in Chile
In the morning, we visit the railway museum in Tacna. You have time to have lunch before we board the train to Arica in northern Chile. In Arica, transfer from the railway station to our hotel in the city.
Day 3: Train Journey from Arica to Paconchile and from there by bus to La Paz, Bolivia
Day 4: Train Journey from El Alto to Guaqui on the shores of the Lake Titicaca
Day 5: Ferrobus from Viacha to Charaña
Day 6: City Tour in La Paz
Day 7: City Tour in Oruro
Private Transportation La Paz – Oruro. We have lunch in Oruro before we visit the city. We stay overnight in Oruro.
Day 8: Railway Museum Machacamarca and Uncia Mining town
We visit Bolivia’s largest Railway museum in Machacamarca about 30 km south from Oruro. From Machacamarca, we follow in our car the old private mining railroad to Uncia. We return to Oruro to spend the night at our Hotel.
Day 9: Journey with the "Expreso del Sur" to Uyuni
You have free time in the morning. We board the “Expreso del Sur” to Uyuni in the afternoon. We have dinner on the train. At our arrival in Uyuni, transfer to the Hotel where we stay overnight.
Day 10: Uyuni Salt Flat
Day 11: Train Spotting Uyuni - Antofagasta Railroad - Calama (Chile)
We travel in our vehicle to Avaroa, the Bolivian border post to Chile for the Uyuni – Antofagasta Railway. We pass the border to Chile and continue to Calama following the tracks of the famous “Ghost Train” that connects Uyuni with Antofagasta. We stay overnight in Calama.
Day 12: Calama - Locomotive Workshop Baquedano - Flight to Santiago
In the morning, we discover in the middle of the desert the picturesque railway workshop Baquedano about 60km west of Calama. On the way back to Calama, our driver leaves us at the Airport from where we fly to Santiago de Chile. From the Airport, transfer-in to our hotel where we stay overnight.
Day 13: Day Santiago - Talca - Buscarril "Last Ramal" - Constitucion
Early morning transfer to the Alameda Railway Station in Santiago and train journey to Talca, about 250km south of Santiago. We travel in the afternoon on the “Last Ramal” to the city of Constitucion. An old restored Busrailcar usually makes this adventurous and picturesque journey. In Constitucion, we transfer to our Hotel where we stay overnight.
Day 14: Constitucion - Chillan - Concepcion
Early morning we return to the railway station traveling on the “Last Ramal” back to Talca. This time, we have full daylight during the journey. In Talca, we connect to the Express Train to Chillan, a town about 150km south of Talca. In Chillan we have lunch before we continue the trip by bus to Concepcion where we stay overnight.
Day 15: "El Corto Laja" - Flight to Santiago
We travel on the train “Corto Laja” to the small town of Laja, following the Biobio River. We return on the same train to Concepcion having lunch at our arrival. In the afternoon, transfer to the Airport and flight to Santiago de Chile where we stay overnight.
Day 16: City Tour in Santiago de Chile
Day 17: Departure
At the agreed time, transfer to the Airport and flight to your home country.