South America expedition | part 2
Bliss Mobil South America expedition
A trip to South America is almost on every bucket list. South America is synonymous with adventure. Be amazed by the extraordinary nature and exhilarated by the lively music. It is an ideal continent for traveling around bustling cities and sleepy villages, past vast salt flats and through dense rainforests, over high mountain passes and past colorful markets. The possibilities are endless!
But what are the real highlights? It can be quite difficult to choose, because South America is a beautiful and diverse continent. All countries have their own gems. In 3 parts we take you along the gems of South America:
- Paramaribo – Cusco (17/03/2024 – 21/04/2024)
- Cusco – Santiago (07/07/2024 – 10/08/2024)
- Santiago – Ushuaia (20/10/2024 – 23/11/2024)
These expeditions can be booked separately, but do you want the full South America experience? Then of course take part in all three expeditions.
Cusco - Santiago
Part 2 of our 3-part Bliss Mobil journey across the South American continent starts in southeastern Peru. We begin on July 7 in Cusco on a journey that will take us in 35 days to Santiago, the capital of Chile. In between, we’ll travel through the Andes Mountains, among other highlights in Peru, Bolivia and Chile, including:
Some highlights at a glance
- Lake Titicaca, the largest freshwater lake in South America, located in the Andes Mountains on the border between Peru and Bolivia. Also known as the highest navigable lake in the world.
- Southeast of Lake Titicaca lies La Paz. The Bolivian city of La Paz is a unique and special city because of its geographic location in the Andes Mountains, its vibrant culture and its diverse population. The city lies in a gorge created by the Choqueyapu River and is surrounded by the high mountains of the Altiplano.
- Do you dare take the El Camino de la Muerte*, or “Death Road?” A narrow, winding road stretching from La Paz to Coroico. It is considered one of the most dangerous roads in the world because of its steep cliffs, lack of guard rails and frequent landslides. Definitely a must for those who are not averse to an adrenaline rush. El Camino de la Muerte is not only thrilling, it offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape, and it’s a great way to experience Bolivia’s unique culture. *) Whether it is wise to take this road depends on the size of your vehicle and weather conditions. Safety first!
- Bolivia’s salt flats are special because they are incredibly large and pristine. They are – the name gives it away – covered with a thick layer of salt and are known for their beautiful scenery, with the white salt contrasting with the deep blue sky and bright red mountains in the background. The salt flats are also important to the local people, who use the salt for trade and even religious ceremonies.
- During this expedition we will also travel through the Atacama Desert, a coastal desert in northern Chile that stretches for nearly 1,000 km along the Pacific coast. It is the driest non-polar desert in the world, with an average of 1 mm of rain per year.
- Personally, we think the starry sky in the Atacama Desert is perhaps the most beautiful in the entire world. We are curious to find out if you agree with us! The Paranal Observatory in the Atacama Desert offers some of the very-all-best conditions in the world for stargazing and other celestial bodies. The location is at an altitude of 2650 meters and very little light pollution.
- Alpacas you will certainly see plenty. Just along the road! Because alpacas occur naturally on the high Andean plateaus of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile. The animals are kept mainly for their wool, which is very soft and warm.
From 4,500 meters altitude to the Pacific Ocean
Moreover, this expedition is again one full of stages on challenging terrain, from the famous Dakar tracks in the Atacama Desert to high sand dunes, beach and high altitude (from 4500 meters altitude we travel to the Pacific Ocean). But also a good glass of wine at a Chilean bodega cannot be missing in this trip. In short: during this expedition nature, culture and adventure alternate perfectly again.
Please note: this specific expedition can only be booked by Bliss Mobil owners. Interested in participating by car? Then check out the car expedition.
Vehicles will be shipped to Lima for this expedition. If you are not participating in the follow-up trip (expedition part 3), you can ship your truck back from Santiago. Shipping is calculated exclusively on daily rates. Please contact us for a custom quote.