Land route, Lima to Santiago

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Land route, Lima to Santiago

Postby timothy » Fri Jan 02, 2015 11:27 am

Has anyone traveled by land from Lima to Santiago ? I'm thinking that it might be interesting and very different, but only one way. Fly back.

I'm trying to get a feel for the trip along the coast thru the desert, whether it be a spectacular thing to do or see, or whether it would be looking at a whole lot of nothing ?

First hand opinions, please.


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Re: Land route, Lima to Santiago

Postby chi chi » Fri Jan 02, 2015 11:46 am

Would be a nice trip by motorbike.

And listening to biker songs during the trip.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXQ4akmNINE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXVYmCHk7_k
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Re: Land route, Lima to Santiago

Postby timothy » Fri Jan 02, 2015 12:16 pm

chi chi wrote:Would be a nice trip by motorbike.

And listening to biker songs during the trip.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXQ4akmNINE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXVYmCHk7_k




I did not ask for your silly song list. If you have nothing to add "Silence is golden".
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Re: Land route, Lima to Santiago

Postby teamoperu » Sat Jan 03, 2015 7:44 am

Never done the whole way, but parts. I'd probably break it up and see some sites, but it sounds like a wonderful adventure. Caveat emptor, I love landscapes so I find even desert landscapes and dunes fascinating. I like to visualize what was there 5000 years ago and how it evolved (and is evolving).

BTW I can provide you a few more silly youtube videos should you wish. Surely my taste will exactly match yours. :shock:
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Re: Land route, Lima to Santiago

Postby chi chi » Sat Jan 03, 2015 8:51 am

teamoperu wrote:I love landscapes so I find even desert landscapes and dunes fascinating. I like to visualize what was there 5000 years ago and how it evolved (and is evolving).


If you like deserts then go to Ica. It's amazing. The buggy tours and sandboarding excursions are great.
(and democratically priced as well :D )

Spain has nice desert landscapes as well. Most tourist go to the overcrowded costas full of cheap hotels, mediocre restaurants and beaches full of lager louts. But if you go inland then you'll be impressed.
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Re: Land route, Lima to Santiago

Postby teamoperu » Sat Jan 03, 2015 9:12 am

chi chi wrote:
teamoperu wrote:I love landscapes so I find even desert landscapes and dunes fascinating. I like to visualize what was there 5000 years ago and how it evolved (and is evolving).


If you like deserts then go to Ica. It's amazing. The buggy tours and sandboarding excursions are great.
(and democratically priced as well :D )

Spain has nice desert landscapes as well. Most tourist go to the overcrowded costas full of cheap hotels, mediocre restaurants and beaches full of lager louts. But if you go inland then you'll be impressed.


And, pray tell, how do you know that I haven't already? I don't need geography lessons from you.

I could offer you some English lessons ("democratic" prices?).

I do not see how reference to Spain answers the OP question.
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Re: Land route, Lima to Santiago

Postby timothy » Sat Jan 03, 2015 10:41 am

chi chi wrote:
teamoperu wrote:I love landscapes so I find even desert landscapes and dunes fascinating. I like to visualize what was there 5000 years ago and how it evolved (and is evolving).


If you like deserts then go to Ica. It's amazing. The buggy tours and sandboarding excursions are great.
(and democratically priced as well :D )

Spain has nice desert landscapes as well. Most tourist go to the overcrowded costas full of cheap hotels, mediocre restaurants and beaches full of lager louts. But if you go inland then you'll be impressed.




Contemplating your reasons for contaminating threads is about as productive as trying to figure out an empty box.

In poetic terms, I liken each new thread as a Statue erected by a someone in the Forum. Erected for the grand purpose of sharing or seeking information.

Then along comes the pigeon, CC. And the Statues never look the same again.
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Re: Land route, Lima to Santiago

Postby panman » Sat Jan 03, 2015 11:55 am

timothy wrote:
chi chi wrote:
teamoperu wrote:I love landscapes so I find even desert landscapes and dunes fascinating. I like to visualize what was there 5000 years ago and how it evolved (and is evolving).


If you like deserts then go to Ica. It's amazing. The buggy tours and sandboarding excursions are great.
(and democratically priced as well :D )

Spain has nice desert landscapes as well. Most tourist go to the overcrowded costas full of cheap hotels, mediocre restaurants and beaches full of lager louts. But if you go inland then you'll be impressed.




Contemplating your reasons for contaminating threads is about as productive as trying to figure out an empty box.

In poetic terms, I liken each new thread as a Statue erected by a someone in the Forum. Erected for the grand purpose of sharing or seeking information.

Then along comes the pigeon, CC. And the Statues never look the same again.

Remember some days you're the pigeon, others the statue, that's life. :lol:
Now back to the topic. Would you drive yourself, or go by bus?
As a passanger on the top deck of a nice comfortable coach, I imagine the trip would be quite spectacular. The only advantage of driving your self is that you're free to stop where and when you want, and stay for as long as you like.
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Re: Land route, Lima to Santiago

Postby chi chi » Sat Jan 03, 2015 3:33 pm

panman wrote:Would you drive yourself, or go by bus?
As a passanger on the top deck of a nice comfortable coach, I imagine the trip would be quite spectacular. The only advantage of driving your self is that you're free to stop where and when you want, and stay for as long as you like.


It's a long way to do it in one go. It would be nice to make a few stops along the way.
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Re: Land route, Lima to Santiago

Postby timothy » Sun Jan 04, 2015 11:49 am

panman wrote:
timothy wrote:
chi chi wrote:
teamoperu wrote:I love landscapes so I find even desert landscapes and dunes fascinating. I like to visualize what was there 5000 years ago and how it evolved (and is evolving).


If you like deserts then go to Ica. It's amazing. The buggy tours and sandboarding excursions are great.
(and democratically priced as well :D )

Spain has nice desert landscapes as well. Most tourist go to the overcrowded costas full of cheap hotels, mediocre restaurants and beaches full of lager louts. But if you go inland then you'll be impressed.




Contemplating your reasons for contaminating threads is about as productive as trying to figure out an empty box.

In poetic terms, I liken each new thread as a Statue erected by a someone in the Forum. Erected for the grand purpose of sharing or seeking information.

Then along comes the pigeon, CC. And the Statues never look the same again.

Remember some days you're the pigeon, others the statue, that's life. :lol:
Now back to the topic. Would you drive yourself, or go by bus?
As a passanger on the top deck of a nice comfortable coach, I imagine the trip would be quite spectacular. The only advantage of driving your self is that you're free to stop where and when you want, and stay for as long as you like.



To Panman:

I suppose my only option would be to take a one-way coach and book a good seat. I do not imagine that I could rent a car from Peru and cross the border into Chile. Besides, I'd only want to do this trip One Way.
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Re: Land route, Lima to Santiago

Postby chi chi » Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:21 pm

timothy wrote:I'm trying to get a feel for the trip along the coast thru the desert, whether it be a spectacular thing to do or see, or whether it would be looking at a whole lot of nothing ?


It's a long and boring trip. You probably fall asleep on the bus and see nothing at all.
But then again you can have a look around in Santiago de Chile. I've been there a few times. It's a very nice city. Very good food and nice restaurants.
They also have a lot of German alike beers.

There's a very nice zoo up the mountain.
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Re: Land route, Lima to Santiago

Postby teamoperu » Sun Jan 04, 2015 2:25 pm

timothy wrote:
panman wrote:
timothy wrote:
chi chi wrote:
teamoperu wrote:I love landscapes so I find even desert landscapes and dunes fascinating. I like to visualize what was there 5000 years ago and how it evolved (and is evolving).


If you like deserts then go to Ica. It's amazing. The buggy tours and sandboarding excursions are great.
(and democratically priced as well :D )

Spain has nice desert landscapes as well. Most tourist go to the overcrowded costas full of cheap hotels, mediocre restaurants and beaches full of lager louts. But if you go inland then you'll be impressed.




Contemplating your reasons for contaminating threads is about as productive as trying to figure out an empty box.

In poetic terms, I liken each new thread as a Statue erected by a someone in the Forum. Erected for the grand purpose of sharing or seeking information.

Then along comes the pigeon, CC. And the Statues never look the same again.

Remember some days you're the pigeon, others the statue, that's life. :lol:
Now back to the topic. Would you drive yourself, or go by bus?
As a passanger on the top deck of a nice comfortable coach, I imagine the trip would be quite spectacular. The only advantage of driving your self is that you're free to stop where and when you want, and stay for as long as you like.



To Panman:

I suppose my only option would be to take a one-way coach and book a good seat. I do not imagine that I could rent a car from Peru and cross the border into Chile. Besides, I'd only want to do this trip One Way.


Of course, you could take a good bus and break your trip with stopover(s) and get the same bus next day(s) to continue. The more you write the more I am cheering for you!
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Re: Land route, Lima to Santiago

Postby Sergio Bernales » Mon Jan 05, 2015 12:46 am

While the landscape on the trip from Lima to Tacna is beautifully mesmerising, after several hours, it can feel monotonous and, if you travel by bus, you'll also have 11/12 hours of darkness. Better to travel by car and make regular stops, or if you're not keen on driving in Peru, it's worth thinking about skipping the first leg of the trip and taking the plane to Arequipa, as once you're past Ica and the Nazca Lines, you've got a very long journey and there isn't much to see, until you get to Arequipa. Between Arequipa and Tacna, you can break the journey at Moquegua.

I think for the kind of road trip you're thinking of, Chile's got more to offer. For me, Peru's strengths lie elsewhere. If it were me planning the trip, once over the border, I'd hire a car (or take lots of small trips on local buses) because one long bus journey from Northern Chile to Santiago would mean missing so much. It's not just the beautiful desert landscapes here that you've got to see, but also the mountains, national parks like Nevado Tres Cruces, towns like Iquique and Antofagasta and then there are all those ghost towns, those fascinating old deserted mining towns, like Chacabuco, some of which have been turned into National monuments. And then you could even have a Sideways moment before you reach Santiago and explore the Chile's northern wine regions. And try and squeeze Valparaiso in - it's on the up these days.

One other tip is if you rent a car in Chile, drop-off fees can be quite high, so it might be better doing a round trip from Arica to Santiago and planning your route so that you see only certain sights on the first leg of the journey and the rest on the way back.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humberston ... eter_Works

http://www.chilean-wine.com/chile-wine-tour/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nevado_Tre ... ional_Park
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Re: Land route, Lima to Santiago

Postby Sergio Bernales » Tue Jan 06, 2015 1:13 pm

There are also lots of specialist tour operators who can will take you to all those out of the way places that inter-city buses don't go to. If you would prefer not to be part of a tour and do the trip on your own, these tours are a good way of using as a basis to plan your own tour.

Also as the night sky is so spectacular in this part of the world, star-gazing tours are also a good idea.

http://www.viator.com/North-Chile/d307-ttd

http://www.southamerica.travel/Chile-Tours/

http://www.spaceobs.com/

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