Andean Adventure

From Lima to Santiago
  • Bolivia
  • Chile
  • Peru
  • Custom
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Tour Description

Travelling down the west coast of South America along the remarkable Andean mountain range, you will encounter the majestic Inca ruins of Machu Picchu.  Travel by land to Lake Titicaca, the birthplace of the Incas, and further on into Bolivia.  Discover the magical and eerie Uyuni salt flats then travel across the Bolivian altiplano and into northern Chile, where you will spend time in the famous Atacama Desert before your tour finishes in Santiago.    

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Experience a unique landscape similar to the surface of the moon at the aptly named site called "Valley of the Moon"

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Have an out-of this world experience as you walk across the world’s largest salt flat

Tour Itinerary

Customisable ? This tour can be customised to suit your tastes and timing. Enquire here for more information.
Day 1
Lima

On arrival in to Lima you will be met & transferred to your hotel.
Lima, the capital of Peru, sits on the country's arid Pacific coast. Founded in 1535, its colonial centre is well preserved, but today Lima is a bustling metropolis and one of South America’s largest cities.
Overnight in Lima

Day 2
Lima Cusco

Today you will transferred to the airport for your flight to Cusco (Included).
*Why not extend your stay to explore Lima. Please ask for more details.
Upon arrival you will be met & transferred to your hotel
Cusco, set at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Peruvian Andes, was once the capital of the Inca Empire. It is known for its Spanish colonial architecture and Incan remains.
Overnight in Cusco

Day 3
Cusco

Take a sightseeing tour through Cusco, the heart of the Inca Empire. Visit the fascinating Qorikancha Temple of the Sun, the 12-Angled Rock and the Cathedral, built on the ruins of an Inca Palace. From here head to the archaeological remains located around the city, including the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo (giant rock), the ancient site of Puca Pucara and finally the Water Temple of Tambomachay.
Afternoon is at leisure.
Overnight in Cusco

Day 4
Sacred Valley

Today, explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This fertile river valley was home to many important sites for the Incas, both strategic and religious. We visit the village of Pisac, with its famous market. On market days Pisac comes alive with locals from nearby hillside villages in traditional dress selling local fruit and vegetables as well as handicrafts. Later we explore Ollantaytambo, which is dominated by a giant Inca fortress, and is perhaps the best surviving example of Inca town planning.
In the late after board a train in Ollantaytambo bound for Aguas Calientes (also known as Machu Picchu township)
Overnight in Aguas Calientes

Day 5
Machu PIcchu Cusco

Today you will be astonished at your first view of Machu Picchu, a stunning display of ancient architecture with incredible surroundings! Enjoy a guided tour of the ruins and monuments such as the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the Cemeteries.
Optional extra: Include a permit to climb Huayna Picchu.
Afternoon you will return to Cusco by train & road.**Extend your stay in Cusco a wonderful city to explore.
Overnight in Cusco

Day 6
Cusco Puno

This morning you will be transferred to the bus station for your bus journey to Puno
The spectacular journey from Cusco to Puno takes you across the Altiplano and you will travel accompanied by an English-speaking guide. The drive takes you through sleepy Andean villages and past spectacular snow-capped mountains, sheer cliffs and rampaging rivers. Stops along the way include the atmospheric towns of Pucara and Andahuaylillas and the pre-Inca ruin of Raqchi. Lunch is included and you will arrive in Puno in the early evening.
Approximate duration of drive: 10 hours. Lunch is included.
Upon arrival you will be met & transferred to your hotel
Overnight in Puno

Day 7
Lake Titicaca

Enjoy a full day out on Lake Titicaca by boat. We explore a scenic and less touristy area of Taquile Island. Enjoy a pristine sandy beach where you will have plenty of time to relax and feel the serenity of Lake Titicaca. We then hike along a pre-Inca trail with spectacular landscapes of the island, visiting families of weavers to learn about their textile art and symbolism. We then journey to the community of Santa Maria-Llachon, on the tip of the Capachica Peninsula. This is a picturesque off the beaten track destination. We are welcomed by the small Quechua speaking community and introduced to an intensive cultural experience, observing the traditions of the community and participating in an ancient ceremony to learn about their magical world.
After lunch we head to a remote area of the National Reserve of Lake Titicaca to explore Uros Capi. These are considered to be the last authentic floating islands, less commercial and little visited. The Uros are descendants of one of the oldest cultures in South America.
Overnight in Puno - We also offer an overnight homestay Tour on Lake Titicaca. Please ask for more details

Day 8
Puno Copacabana - Island of the Sun

Today you will travel from Puno to Copacabana (3 ½ hours). Visit the famous Virgen Morena and its church, have a stroll of town and take the boat to the Island of the Sun (1 hour), land in Huacani port, have a typical lunch “Aptapi”. Hike for about 45 min to overnight in Ecolodge La Estancia. Includes Lunch (typical aptapi) and dinner
Overnight at Ecolodge La Estancia

Day 9
Copacabana - Island of the Sun La Paz

DON’T MISS A GREAT SUNRISE! Boat to La Chincana (1 hour), to see this great Inca ruins, continue in boat to the Moon Island, visit the Iñak Uyu ruins (1 ½ hours), boat to Copacabana (1 hours). Transportation to La Paz (3 ½ hours). Transportation to La Paz (3 ½ hours). Includes lunch .
Overnight in La Paz

Day 10
La Paz

A 4-hour morning tour in of La Paz, including the area of the street markets, rich in handicrafts, weaving's and witchcraft artifacts. The tour goes through the colonial part of the city, San Francisco Church, Gold Museum, Murillo Square and the outdoor replica of the Tiwanaku temple. Then to the modern part of town, dropping down a lot in elevation to finally visit the Valley of the Moon, enjoy all of its natural geological formations. Cable car ride, this trip is a must for everyone!
Additional day tours available. Please ask for more details.
Overnight in La Paz

Day 11
La Paz Uyuni

Morning flight from La Paz to Uyuni (08.15 – 09.15 m), transfer to your hotel nearby in Colchani in the shores of the Uyuni salt flats. Visit the village and its surroundings to see locals producing salt, enter this natural wonder with over 10.000 km2 at 3.692 m of salt is something really special. Trip through the salt flats crossing to Isla Incahuasi (2 hours), a special habitat of giant cactus and volcanic rocks. Then north to see Pucara de Ayque at the foothills of the Tunupa volcano. Trip back to Colchani (2 hours). Enjoy a nice sunset and overnight in a unique salt hotel. Includes a Picnic lunch in the middle of the salt flats and dinner
Overnight at Palacio de Sal Hotel - made with salt

Day 12
Uyuni Villamar

Trip south crossing the town of Uyuni, leaving it to visit the cemetery of old trains and then enter the southern highlands crossing the villages of San Cristobal mine, Culpina K and enter the rich and high Andean valley of Alota (4 hours), continue south with great stone formations done by the erosion, to finally reach Villamar (1 hour). Includes a picnic lunch and dinner
Overnight at Mallku Cueva Hotel (or similar)

Day 13
Villamar - REA - Hito Cajon San Pedro de Atacama

Long day! Trip to REA through Polkes and visiting: Laguna Colourada (4,278m – 2 hours), declared a RAMSAR site due to the nesting of over 30,000 Andean flamingos, geysers “Sol de Mañana”, Chalviri lagoon and its hot springs of Polques. Continue the high deserts of Pampas de Dali until “Laguna Verde” (3 hours), a beautiful green lagoon at the foothills of the Licancabur Mountain, continue until de Bolivian boarder Hito Cajón. Includes a picnic lunch
Once you have completed immigration formalities, you will be met & transferred to your hotel
The small oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama lies on an arid high plateau in the Andes Mountains in the heart of some of northern Chile’s most spectacular scenery.
Overnight San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 14
Tulor, Quitor, Moon Valley & Salt Mountain Range

San Pedro de Atacama is considered the archeological Chilean capital due the human establishment twelve thousand years ago. In the XII century aborigines built the fortress of Quitor to defend their people to the attack of enemies, foreigners or border natives. Tulor village is the oldest archeological human establishment of the entire region and it was occupied between 300 BC and 500 AC. The tour visits the ayllus de Coyo, most important part of the archaeological route. There you will find circulars constructions, antiques Lickanantay’s residences and can appreciate the original fauna and flora.This afternoon, travel across Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountain Range) to reach the Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon), one of the main attractions of this region. Located 19km from San Pedro de Atacama, the valley's landscape resembles the surface of the moon with small but sharp crested hills created by the wind. You will visit in the late afternoon when the setting sun brings out the best of the valley's incredible colours.
Activities in San Pedro de Atacama might be rescheduled upon arrival to the destination.
Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama

Day 15
Salted Chaxa Lagoon Toconao

Visit the Salar de Atacama, one of the world’s largest salt lakes and the most important lithium reserves in the world. The lagoons here are home to various species of flamingos and other wildlife. En route to the Salt Lake, visit the town of Toconao. The houses in this small picturesque village are built from bricks of white volcanic stone and its friendly inhabitants are famous for their fine wool knitting skills.
Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama

Day 16
Tatio Geysers - Atacama Santiago

Located 90 km Northwest of San Pedro, the Tatio Geysers sit at an altitude of 4,300 metres above sea level and are said to be the highest geothermal field in the world. Set off in the early morning to see the 100 geysers erupt water and let off steam to heights of up to 50 metres. On the way back to the town, drive downhill through a wonderful landscape where you can spot guanacos, vicuñas, flamingos and other wildlife.
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Santiago (Included)
Upon arrival in to Santiago, you will be met & transferred to your hotel.
Overnight in Santiago

Day 17
Santiago

Take a tour of the charismatic Santiago, visiting both the old and new areas of the city. Highlights include the Plaza de Armas & Cerro Santa Lucia, the hill on which Santiago was founded in 1541.
This afternoon we head to Maipo Valley, Chile's oldest and most famous wine producing area. Just south of Santiago, this is predominately red-wine country, with cabernet sauvignon the most celebrated and widely planted variety. Our expert guide takes us to one of the most famous vineyards, Concha y Toro winery, producing excellent wines from the noblest French vines. Includes wine tasting. Lunch not included.
Overnight in Santiago

Day 18
Santiago Depart

Transfer to the airport with bag-loads of memories.
Why not add on a Galapagos cruise, a Patagonia adventure or an Amazon stay. Please ask for more details

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 17 nights accommodation in basic & standard hotels
  • Included Copy 31 Hotel upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast daily, and other meals as outlined in the included sightseeing tours
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 All transfers on a private or shared service
  • Included Copy 20 Sightseeing on a shared basis as outlined in the tour itinerary with English speaking guides
  • Included Copy 20 Internal flights
  • Included Copy 7 International flights are NOT included. However can be added. Please ask for more details.
  • Included Copy 20 Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes Return
  • Included Copy 20 Entrance fees & National Park fees, unless otherwise stated
Transportation
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Duration

18 days

Price from

$5,040 USD

Per person, twin share

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