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Winelands, deserts and salt flats (Chile & Bolivia)

14 days from £3,190 pp (excl. international flights)
Santiago  → San Pedro Atacama  → Uyuni  → La Paz  → Santa Cruz

Central Valley, Atacama, and Bolivia Adventure

Visit surreal and otherworldly landscapes, places where you can truly feel like an astronaut exploring an alien world right here on Earth.

Prepare to embark on an extraordinary adventure through the heart of Central Valley, Atacama, and Bolivia, where awe-inspiring landscapes, rich cultural experiences, and unforgettable moments await. Your journey begins in Santiago, Chile's vibrant capital, where you'll explore historic landmarks, bustling streets, and ascend San Cristobal Hill for panoramic views.

From Santiago, your voyage continues to the mystical desert oasis of San Pedro de Atacama, a land of surreal landscapes. Witness the beauty of the Moon Valley, explore high-plateau regions with captivating lagoons, and immerse yourself in the culture of Socaire village. Wake up early to witness the El Tatio geysers at sunrise, an ethereal spectacle amidst the Andean highlands.

Journey across the border into Bolivia to explore Eduardo Avaroa National Park. Marvel at the emerald waters of Laguna Verde, the geothermal wonders of "Sol de Mañana" Geysers, and the vibrant red hues of Laguna Colorada. Your days will be filled with remarkable wildlife sightings, including flamingos, llamas, and vicuñas. After your adventure in Bolivia, return to La Paz for a captivating city tour and a cable car ride over the city, providing vistas of the Andes. Conclude your incredible journey with an exploration of the sacred islands of Lake Titicaca, where the rich traditions of indigenous communities and stunning landscapes come together to create lasting memories.

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The itinerary…

Day 1: Away we go!

Make sure you've packed a great camera for all of the incredible photo opportunities you are going to have, and board your flight to Santiago.

Day 2: Arrive in Santiago

Chile Santiago Church

Santiago

Upon your arrival at Santiago Airport, we'll warmly greet you and provide a comfortable transfer to Le Reve Hotel where you will spend 2 nights. Dive into Santiago's heart with a half-day tour, taking in its iconic landmarks. Explore the historic Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, Ahumada Boulevard, and "La Moneda" Government Palace. Then, journey through Bellavista's charm and ascend San Cristobal Hill for panoramic views via a scenic bus ride. Descend by cable-car, explore modern Santiago, and return to your hotel for a restful night.

Day 3: Valparaiso & Casablanca Valley

Valparaiso Chile

Valparaiso Coast

Kickstart the day with a delicious breakfast at your hotel. Embark on a full-day excursion to Valparaiso and the scenic Casablanca Valley. Traverse the picturesque Casablanca Valley, famous for its vineyards, en route to the enchanting coastal town of Valparaiso. This UNESCO World Heritage site offers a captivating blend of unique architecture spread across its hills. Meander through narrow streets, traverse charming stairways, and even take a funicular to reach the hilltops. Delight in the kaleidoscope of colourful houses that compose this photogenic city. Later, return to Santiago, stopping for a delectable lunch and a wine-tasting experience at Casas del Bosque vineyard.

Day 4: Visit Moon Valley

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San Pedro, Atacama

Relish a hearty breakfast at your hotel, then transfer to the airport for your flight to Calama. Once in Calama, you'll be greeted and transferred to the charming village of San Pedro de Atacama during which you will get stunning views of the Domekyo and Salt Mountain Ranges.

In the afternoon, join a half-day shared excursion to the incredible Moon Valley, an extraordinary desert valley characterised by unique geological formations sculpted by wind and water. Explore attractions such as the Amphitheater, the Salt Cave, and the Tres Marías formations. Capture the essence of this awe-inspiring landscape before returning to your accommodation Hotel Kimal for a restful overnight stay.

Day 5: San Pedro de Atacama

San Pedro Atacama

San Pedro, Atacama

After breakfast, embark on a full-day shared excursion to the high-plateau region, where you'll be captivated by the unique flora, fauna, and scenic lagoons. The magnificent Laguna Miscanti, the largest in the area, is bound to leave a lasting impression.

Afterward, visit the indigenous community in Socaire village, offering insights into their traditional Atacameñan way of life. A simple lunch awaits at a local restaurant before returning to Kimal hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 6: El Tatio Geysers

Chile Atacama Geysers

Geysers, Atacama

Witness the sunrise as you embark on an early morning journey to the Andean highlands. Traverse diverse altitude ecosystems, including the remarkable wetlands of Machuca and Putana, en route to the breathtaking El Tatio geyser field. Marvel at this natural spectacle, with its steamy geysers against the backdrop of the rising sun.

Afterward, explore the enchanting "Geyser Blanco," where the brave can enjoy the thermal waters and you can enjoy your provided breakfast. Return to San Pedro de Atacama and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 7: Rainbow Valley

San Pedro de Atacama

San Pedro de Atacama

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel. The morning is yours to explore the village, its charming church, and the local craft market.

In the afternoon, immerse yourself in the cultural and geological significance of the Rainbow Valley and Yerbas Buenas sites. Learn about the indigenous community in Rio Grande, followed by an exploration of Rainbow Valley, with its multicolored rock layers reflecting millions of years of history.

Conclude the day by admiring the stunning capricious morphology of the salt mountain range and the distant beauty of the Andes, then returning to your hotel.

Day 8: Cross to Bolivia

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Hotel de Salada

After an early breakfast, your unforgettable journey begins at Hito Cajon, the border between Chile and Bolivia. Travel into the mesmerizing Eduardo Avaroa National Park, a vast wilderness teeming with unique flora and fauna adapted to extreme conditions.

Discover Laguna Verde, a giant emerald lake, looked over by the towering Licancabur Volcano. Explore the "Sol de Mañana" Geysers, where you'll witness volcanic craters and fumaroles spouting steam and water up to 100 metres high. Continue your adventure through a surreal landscape to reach Laguna Colorada, a red-hued lake home to diverse wildlife, including flamingos.

End your day at Hotel Luna Salada, a hotel built out of salt, where you will spend three nights.

Day 9: Salar de Uyuni

Hotel del Sal Luna Bolivia excursion saltflat

Salt flats

Start your day with breakfast, followed by a visit to the Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat on Earth, spanning 12,000 square kilometres. Experience the surreal beauty of the salt flats, where crystalline pentagons, endless skies, and giant cacti create a dreamlike landscape.

Explore "Incawasi," an oasis filled with unique algae and ancient fossils, surrounded by colossal columnar cacti. Enjoy a picnic lunch amidst this otherworldly scenery. In the afternoon, return to your hotel for dinner and another peaceful night.

Day 10: Tahua and Thunupa Volcano Exploration

Salar transport

Salar de Uyuni transport

Begin your day with breakfast before embarking on a full-day excursion to Tahua, a charming village nestled at the foot of Thunupa Volcano.

Wander through the village and hike to the Coquesa Mummies Cave, to witness the world's oldest known mummies. A delicious picnic lunch is provided, allowing you to savour the serene beauty of the surroundings. Return to your hotel for a delightful dinner and a peaceful night's rest.

Day 11: From Uyuni to Vibrant La Paz

Carnival La Paz Bolivia

Carnival in La Paz

Enjoy breakfast before your transfer to Uyuni Airport for your local flight to La Paz. Upon arrival in La Paz, you'll be transferred to your hotel Casa Grande where you will spend two nights.

Discover the magic of La Paz during a half-day city tour, including visits to the Indian Market, Witches' Market, and panoramic views of the majestic "Mt Illimani", the guardian of La Paz. Explore Valle de la Luna (moon valley), a natural wonder resembling the lunar surface. Take an exhilarating Teleférico cable car ride, for a spectacular aerial view of the city. Return to your hotel for some leisure time.

Day 12: Sacred Islands of Lake Titicaca

Bolivia Lake Titcaca

Lake Titicaca

After breakfast, embark on a journey from La Paz to Huatajata, a lakeside town on Lake Titicaca's shores. Visit the Andean Roots Eco Village, where you'll explore the Altiplano Museum, Handicrafts Village, Mud Igloos, and the mortuary towers of the Urus Chipayas. Meet the Limachi family, renowned builders of epic expedition vessels RA II and Tigris.

Enjoy a hydrofoil cruise to Sun Island, climb the Inca "Grand Stairs," and taste the sacred water from the Fountain of Eternal Youth. Lunch awaits at the Uma Kollu archaeological Restaurant, followed by a visit to a small Indian market. Continue your journey to Moon Island and the Sun Virgins Temple "Iñak Uyu" before returning to Copacabana. Arrive back in La Paz, admiring the majestic Andes along the way. Overnight at Hotel Casa Grande.

Day 13: Farewell Bolivia

Bolivia child and alpaca

Local child with alpaca

After breakfast, prepare for your departure as you're transferred to the airport for your onward international flight. This marks the end of your incredible Bolivian adventure, filled with natural wonders, cultural discoveries, and unforgettable memories.

Day 14: Safe travels!

As you return to your home country, think about all the amazing, otherworldly adventures you've had, and start planning your next trip!


Duration: 13 nights

Location: Chile Holidays, South and Central America Holidays

Price: £3200pp

From £3,200 pp based on two people sharing (excluding international flights)

The trip includes all internal flights, accommodation and activities specified above. Rooms and meals as below:

  • 2 nights at Le Reve Hotel, Standard Deluxe room with breakfast
  • 4 nights Kimal Hotel, Standard room with breakfast. Lunch included where mentioned.
  • 3 nights, Hotel Luna Salada with breakfast. Lunch and dinner included where mentioned.
  • 2 nights Hotel Casa Grande with breakfast. Lunch included where mentioned.

Also includes:

  • Internal flights and all transfers.
  • All private guides and entrance fees for tours.

This trip excludes:

  • Single Supplements.
  • International flights to/from your home country.
  • Meals not mentioned as included.
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January

January is the peak of summer in Chile, making it an excellent time to visit the country's coastal areas, including the vibrant cities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. The temperatures during this month are generally pleasant, ranging from 20°C to 30°C (68°F to 86°F), perfect for enjoying the beaches and outdoor activities

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February

Another fantastic month to explore Chile, especially if you're interested in the landscapes of Patagonia. The weather remains warm and inviting, making it an ideal time for hiking and outdoor adventures. In Valparaiso, you can experience the colourful Carnival of Valparaiso, a lively celebration filled with parades, music, dancing, and stunning street art. It's advisable to book accommodation well in advance due to the popularity of this season.

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March

March marks the beginning of autumn in Chile, and the weather starts to cool down. It's still an enjoyable time to visit, with fewer crowds and lower prices compared to the peak summer season. The wine regions of Chile, such as the picturesque Colchagua Valley and Maipo Valley, are particularly beautiful during this time, as the vineyards display vibrant hues of red and orange.

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April

The weather is mild, and the autumn paints the landscape in impressive array of colours. It's an ideal time to visit the captivating Lake District, which encompasses stunning destinations like Pucon and Puerto Varas. The iconic Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia is also worth exploring during this time, with agreeable temperatures and fewer tourists. Additionally, Easter Island experiences comfortable weather in April, making it an opportune moment to visit this remote and enigmatic destination.

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May

May marks the beginning of the low season in Chile, as the temperatures continue to drop, and the tourist numbers decrease. It's a quieter time with ample opportunities to explore Santiago's cultural attractions and museums without the usual crowds. If you're a ski enthusiast, you can head to the majestic Andes Mountains, where the ski resorts begin to open for the winter season, offering thrilling snow sports activities.

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June

June brings winter to Chile, making it an excellent time to hit the ski slopes. The ski resorts in the Andes Mountains, such as Portillo and Valle Nevado, offer excellent conditions for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts. However, it's important to note that June is the coldest month in Chile, especially in regions like Patagonia and the southern parts of the country. Make sure to pack warm clothing and gear accordingly.

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July

In the northern regions of Chile, such as the extraordinary Atacama Desert, temperatures remain mild during the day but drop significantly at night, creating a unique and captivating atmosphere for stargazing.

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August

It's a great time to visit the renowned wine regions, such as the Maipo Valley and the Casablanca Valley, as the vineyards prepare for the upcoming grape harvest. The cities and attractions are generally less crowded during this time, allowing for a more relaxed and peaceful experience.

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September

September marks the beginning of spring in Chile, as the weather starts to warm up, and the landscapes come alive with blooming flowers and lush greenery. It's an excellent time to explore the coastal regions and enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, surfing, and whale watching.

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October

October is a beautiful month to visit Chile, with relaxing temperatures and fewer tourists compared to the peak summer season. It's an ideal time to explore the stunning fjords, glaciers, and snow-capped mountains of Patagonia. In the Casablanca Valley wine region, you can participate in the grape harvest festivals, known as vendimias, and indulge in wine tastings, surrounded by the famous Chilean vineyards.

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November

The temperatures are comfortable, and the landscapes are vibrant and picturesque. In Santiago, you can explore the bustling markets, savour delectable local cuisine, and immerse yourself in the city's cultural offerings. Outdoor enthusiasts can go hiking in the scenic Aysén region or visit the picturesque Chiloé Island, known for its distinctive architecture and rich folklore.

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December

It's a great time to visit the country's beaches and coastal cities. The temperatures rise, providing ample opportunities for water sports, sunbathing, and swimming. Whether you choose to relax on the sandy shores of Arica or explore the vibrant beach towns like La Serena, you can bask in the summer vibes.

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