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GREAT ANDEAN TRAIN ADVENTURES

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  • Duration: 17 Days
  • Tour Date: September 6 - 22, 2018
  • Maximum Participants: 10
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Overview

This trip combines in a single trip the most scenic and breathtaking Andean railway journeys in Peru, Chile, and Bolivia. The tour program is all about trains and rail travel; traditional sightseeing is of second nature and done when we have an extra day between two train journeys.

The trip brings you to remote regions in northern Chile and central Bolivia. We visit forgotten railway depots and mining sites which played an essential role in the Bolivian railway history. 

 The trip is for travelers who don’t mind leaving some comforts for spectacular train journeys; nevertheless, the trip is a comfortable journey that brings you to regions seldom visited on ordinary tours.  We designed the trip for rail enthusiasts, but the journey might also be interesting for travel photographers.

Tour Highlights
  • Travel by train from La Paz to the Lake Titicaca.
  • Travel on the Arica - La Paz Railway from Arica to Paconchile (Chile)
  • Travel on the La Paz - Arica - Railway from Viacha to Charaña (Bolivia).
  • We visit the closed mining railroad from Machacamarca to Uncia in Bolivia.
  • Train journey from Oruro to Uyuni where we visit the spectacular Salt Flat.
  • We travel on "social trains" in central Bolivia reaching very remote villages.
What's Included

Tour Price Includes:

  • Accommodation in comfortable hotels mentioned or similar
  • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • English speaking Tour Leader
  • Airport Transfers in Tacna and Cochabamba
  • Entrance fees and Sightseeing
  • Train Tickets in best available class

Price Excludes:

  • International flights to Tacna and out of Cochabamba
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Early check-in / late check-out in Hotels
  • Tips for guides, drivers
Itinerary

Day 1, Thursday:Arrival in Tacna

Welcome to Peru! Arrival at Lima International Airport, where you pass the Peruvian migration control and customs. You continue your journey with an internal flight to Tacna in southern Peru. Reception and transfer to our Hotel Casa Andina. (D)

Day 2, Friday:Railway Museum Tacna and Train to Arica

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-in to the hotel Diego de Almagro where we stay overnight. (B/D)

3rd Day, Saturday:Train journey from Arica to Paconchile and bus transport to La Paz

We travel by the train from Arica to Paconchile (Arica – La Paz Railroad). We continue to La Paz from Paconchile in a private van. We spend the night at the Hotel Europa in La Paz. (B/L)

4th Day, Sunday:La Paz - Guagui (Lake Titicaca) by Train

We travel on the train through the Bolivian highlands to the Lake Titicaca. The train stops in Tiwanaku, one of the most scenic archeological sites of the Aymara Culture in South America. At the Lake Titicaca, we have time to visit the small railway museum in Guaqui. We return to La Paz in a private van. We stay overnight at the hotel Europa in La Paz. (B/L)

5th Day, Monday:Viacha - Charana by Ferrobus

We travel on a Ferrobus from Viacha to Charaña at the Chilean border. Enjoy the incredible scenery during this trip. We return to La Paz in a private vehicle. Overnight we stay at the Hotel Europa in La Paz. (B/L)

6th Day, Tuesday:City Tour in La Paz

We explore La Paz during a full- day city tour. We visit the historical part of town and drive up to the Killi Killi viewpoint, from where you have breathtaking views of the city. We visit the old railway station in La Paz which is now a cultural center. After lunch, we travel on cable-cars from La Paz to El Alto. We spend the night at the Hotel Europa. (B/L)

7th Day, Wednesday:La Paz - Oruro

Private Transportation La Paz – Oruro. We have lunch in Oruro before we visit the city. We stay overnight at the Hotel Eden in Oruro. (B/L)

8th Day, Thursday:Railway Museum Machacamarca - Uncia

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 the Hotel Eden. (B/L)

9th Day, Friday:Oruro - Uyuni by Train

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 at night, transfer to the Hotel Jardines de Uyuni where we stay overnight. (B/D)

10th Day, Saturday:Uyuni Salt Flat

We visit the locomotive cemetery in Uyuni. You can observe oxidized steam locomotives and other rolling stock from the Uyuni – Antofagasta railway. We have a box lunch at the Fisher Island in the middle of the 10’000km2 large salt flat. We stay overnight at the Hotel Taika de Piedra in San Pedro de Quemes. (B/L/D)

11th Day, Sunday:San Pedro de Quemes - Avaroa - Uyuni

We leave to Avaroa, the Bolivian border post to Chile for the Uyuni – Antofagasta Railway where you can see various oxidized railway carriages. With luck, we can observe mining trains during our journey back to Uyuni. We stay overnight at the Hotel Jardines de Uyuni (B/L)

12th Day, Monday:Uyuni - Pulacayo - Potosi

We travel in a private van from Uyuni to Potosi. On the way, we stop in Pulacayo which was a significant mining center at the beginning of the last century. You can do an optional tour visiting a silver mine in Potosi during the afternoon. We stay overnight in Potosi at the Hotel Coloso. (B/L)

13th Day, Tuesday:Ferrobus Potosi - El Tejar - Sucre

Transfer to the old railway station in Potosi to board the Ferrobus to El Tejar. The fantastic journey on the Ferrobus goes into the mountains, calling many remote villages and indigenous communities. In the afternoon, the Ferrobus reaches El Tejar, in the outskirts of Sucre. We visit the locomotive workshop near the El Tejar station and transfer then to Sucre where we stay overnight at the Hotel Mi Pueblo Samary. (B/L)

14th Day, Wednesday:Sucre - Aiquile

In the morning you have free time in Sucre. At 2:00 PM, we travel in a private vehicle to Aiquile. We stay overnight in Aiquile in a very basic lodge. (B/D)

15th Day, Thursday:Ferrobus Aiquile - Cochabamba

The Ferrobus journey to Cochabamba is one of the most authentic train adventures in South America. The rails cross mountains, follow turbulent rivers, stop at remote villages and small towns before reaching the city of Cochabamba. In Cochabamba, we stay overnight at the centrally located Hotel Diplomat. (B/L)

16th Day, Friday:City Tour Cochabamba

We do a city tour in Cochabamba. Cochabamba is a charming city with a modern vibe. We visit the main square and the nearby San Francisco Convent. Overnight we stay at the Hotel Diplomat in Cochabamba. (B/L/D)

17th Day, Saturday:Departure

At the agreed time, transfer to the Airport and flight to your home country. (B)

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