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Andean Air-Expedition 15D/14N (from Santiago)

Take a 15-day trip through the Andes travelling from Chile to Peru via Bolivia, from Santiago to Lima, with stops in Atacama, Uyuni, La Paz, Puno and Cuzco.

Tour Highlights

  • Discover the World’s driest desert, Atacama
  • Be amazed at the Uyuni Salt flats
  • Visit South America’s largest lake, Lake Titicaca
  • Trek to Machu Picchu through amazing Andean landscapes
Price from

$8,600.00

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Tour Information

Inclusions:

  • - 14 nights in hostels, 3-star or 4-star hotels
  • - Airport pick up & drop off
  • - 14 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • - Half-day Moon Valley tour
  • - English Speaking guide
  • - Handy extras and accessories

Departures:

Every Sunday

Itinerary

Day 1: Santiago, Chile

Welcome to Chile!

Today, your tour starts with an airport transfer to your accommodation.

Once you have settled in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the neighbourhood on your own.

Day 2: Santiago - San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Today you will head to the airport to catch your flight to San Pedro de Atacama.

Upon arrival, an English speaking driver will wait for you to drive you to your tonight’s accommodation.

Rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 3: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

We arrive at the Valley with a wide panoramic view of the Andes Mountain Range, the Great Atacama Salt Flat, San Pedro Oasis and the entire Salt Mountain Range. Its dunes transport us to a true landscape of another planet, with the ever-present Licancabur as a backdrop.

The first stop is in the Salt Caves, impressive caves where it is possible to appreciate the heart of salt, plaster and clay of the Cordillera de la Sal.

We continue in the Valley, crossing it transversally, and visiting the Amphitheatre, the Three Marias, to finish finally seeing the sunset in the viewpoint of the Stone of the Coyote with a beautiful view of the Mountain range of the Andes.

Return and arrival to San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 4: San Pedro de Atacama - Huyallajara, Bolivia

Pick up from hotel in San Pedro de Atacama to go to Hito Cajon (Border between Bolivia and Chile) the entrance to the Eduardo Abaroa Reserve and begin the visits: Laguna Verde, unique for the active microorganisms that give colour to the water.

Following the path we arrive at Laguna Blanca, we continue to the Polques hot springs, hot water eyes due to the volcanic activity in the region. Visit to the “Sol de Mañana” geysers, nice fumaroles that are seen more in the morning. Lunch.

After appreciating the thermal waters, we visit the Laguna Colorada, an impressive sample of a very diverse ecosystem in a totally desolate climate.

Dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Huyallajara - Uyuni, Bolivia

After breakfast, leave the hostel to start the day, visit the Stone Tree, a silent witness to the erosion of the earth and the passing of time, part of the Siloli Desert.

We visit the viewpoint of the Ollagüe volcano, where you get a look at its activity and a desert landscape, leaving the viewpoint we go to the “Joyas Andinas” lagoons, small lagoons that show the biodiversity of the region, peculiar for their small sizes and different colours, aromas. Lunch.

Transfer to a selected hotel. Dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Uyuni - La Paz, Bolivia

Start your day with an early breakfast to catch the sunrise at the salt flat’s edge.

Explore Salar de Uyuni, visiting Playa Blanca, the salt museum, salt eyes (underground water exit points), and salt hexagons on the surface. Cross the salt flat for stunning landscapes and visit Incahuasi Island, a hub of tall cacti offering panoramic views. Lunch follows.

Then, head to your Uyuni hotel.

Note: From April to November, dry season allows creative photography. December to March brings a water-covered mirror effect. Incahuasi Island inaccessible. Sandals for warm water.

Later, fly to La Paz (1-hour flight, subject to change).

Private transfer to your La Paz accommodation upon arrival.

Day 7: La Paz, Bolivia

Pick up from the hotel to visit Jaen Colonial Street, which is one of the most well preserved colonial streets of the city. The tour continues to Plaza Murillo where the Cathedral, the Government Palace and the National Congress buildings are located.

After, walk through Witches Market provides a fascinating window on the secretive world of Andean mysticism.

Later, visit Rodriguez typical market, the largest food market in La Paz, the variety of the products are as colourful as the outfit of the local women who sell them. A must in La Paz is certainly taking a ride in a Cable Car to enjoy fantastic views and to finish the tour visit the spectacular Moon Valley features bizarre geological formations.

Day 8: La Paz - Puno, Peru

Private transfer to the Bus Station.

Bus ticket La Paz – Copacabana; Bus ticket Copacabana – Puno.

Once in Puno, please make your own way to your selected accommodation.

Day 9: Puno, Peru

Breakfast at the hotel.

At the indicated time we will transfer you to the pier of Lake Titicaca to begin our visit to the floating islands of the Uros; artificial islands, handcrafted by its inhabitants based on the Totora, plant that grows in the same lake.

The Uros live basically from fishing, hunting and gathering, as well as selling handicrafts and multi-coloured fabrics. During the tour we can see and hear the legends of the Uros, their customs and folklore. It should be noted that this tour is made by sailing on Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world.

At the end of the tour we will transfer you back to the hotel.

Day 10: Puno - Cuzco, Peru

Breakfast at the hotel.

At the coordinated time we will transfer you to the bus terminal to board the tourist bus to the city of Cuzco.

On the way we will visit the church of Andahuaylillas, also known as the Sistine Chapel of South America, the archaeological centre of Raqchi (one of the main temples to the god Wiracocha), the pass of “La Raya”, which is the highest point of the route (4335 m asl) and the Pucará site museum. On the route we will enjoy a buffet lunch.

Arriving in the city of Cuzco, our staff will be waiting for you to transfer you to the hotel.

Day 11: Cuzco - Aguas Calientes, Peru

Breakfast at the hotel.

In the morning we will begin a tour in which we visit the beautiful town of Pisac, its handicraft market, the popular fair and its narrow streets. Then we continue the tour through the Sacred Valley of Urubamba, where you can enjoy a nice lunch buffet.

Next we will visit Ollantaytambo: Inca city still inhabited that conserves a complex system of irrigation channels and foundations of that time, on which a large part of the town was built. The archaeological centre of Ollantaytambo has large groups of platforms, forts, plazas, canals and the Real Casa del Sol, a megalithic temple of great mystical value.

After the tour we will go to the station to board the train to the town of Aguas Calientes.

Upon arrival, register and overnight at the selected hotel.

Day 12: Machu Picchu - Cuzco, Peru

Breakfast at the hotel.

At the indicated time, we will board the bus that takes us to the entrance of the archaeological centre to start the excursion to the Sacred City of Machu Picchu, recognized as one of the wonders of the world and declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

The guided tour lasts approximately 2 hours. During the visit you can see temples, squares, terraces, houses, barns, as well as the great biodiversity that exists in the surroundings.

It is worth noting that the beauty of Machu Picchu is exalted by the extraordinary scenery where it is located. Around the citadel has been formed a National Reserve that has an area of 32,500 hectares, and that includes a constellation of archaeological monuments, which in our opinion, were built as part of the Machu Picchu complex and not in isolation.

At the indicated time we will return to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we have included a buffet lunch. At the indicated time you must board the train back to the city of Cusco.

Upon arrival, our staff will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel.

Day 13: Cuzco - Lima, Peru

We will pick you up from the hotel to start the tour of the colonial city, built on the bases of Inca palaces.

On the tour we will visit the Plaza de Armas, the Temple of the Sun, also known as Qoricancha, and the Cathedral of Cusco, where we can see beautiful paintings and sculptures. Then we will continue to the archaeological centre of Sacsayhuaman, a multipurpose place where the Sun, the Moon and the Earth were worshiped, and which was also used as a military fortress and an astrological centre.

Later we arrived at Q’enco, a cult centre related to the fire element. We continue with Puca Pucara, a place used as a supply centre and Inca checkpoint, where wind ceremonies were also held. At the end of the tour we will arrive at Tambomachay, centre of cult to water and fertility.

At the appropriate time we will transfer you to the airport to board the flight to Lima.

Upon arrival, our staff will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel.

NOTE: Please, take into consideration that flight is subject to availability and possible changes in the departure time.

Day 14: Lima, Peru

Breakfast at the hotel.

At 09:00 or 14:00 hours, according to election, we will start the panoramic city tour where we can see the Colonial Centre, the Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the Cathedral Basilica, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Municipality of Lima. Likewise, we will visit the whole of San Francisco, a convent with cloisters and catacombs of the Colonial period.

The tour will continue through the traditional, residential and commercial areas of Lima to end with a spectacular panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and the beaches of the Miraflores district.

Day 15: Lima, Peru

Breakfast at the hotel.

At the set time, you will be transferred to the international airport to take your flight home.