Andean adventure in Peru, Bolivia and Chili

Trip through Chile, Bolivia and Peru in 19 days

Length of stay: 19 days

Kind: Multi-country

Fix: For all public

Countries visited: Chile, Peru, Bolivia

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Day 1 : Lima

Arrival at the international airport where our english-speaking guide will give you your travel documents. Night at the hotel Costa del Sol Wyndham Lima Airport.

Note: The hotel is located within the airport parking area outside of the international arrivals automatic doors.

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Day 2 : Lima

Flight to Cusco.

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Day 3 : Cusco

At 8:00 am departure by private vehicle to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

First step, Pisac, one of the major sites of the Inca culture with different neighborhoods (administrative, religious, military) dotted in the mountains. You will observe the important terraces intended for agriculture and protecting from erosion. Then, stroll on its colorful artisanal market, one of the largest in the Sacred Valley!

Then Ollantaytambo direction. This village is also called the last living Inca village because its inhabitants maintain their very old customs and traditions. Then, visit the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo and its Cyclopean stones which was the seat of fierce battles between Incas and Spaniards. If time permits, after the visit you can stroll through the cobbled streets of the city. Tourist partial ticket or student (valid 48 hours) Train to Aguas Calientes, starting point for visiting Machu Picchu.

Note: The train company allows passengers to carry a cabin bag of up to 8 kg per person. It will be necessary to leave your checked luggage at the deposit of the hotel in the Sacred Valley and Cusco. Possibility of transferring luggage from one hotel to another).

Afternoon train. Night at the Tierra Viva Machu Picchu hotel.

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Day 4 : Aguas Calientes

Direct connection to the shuttle service that will drive you to the citadel of Machu Picchu.

Departures, for the ascent and as well as the descent, run every 5 minutes.

Note: 1st shuttle to the citadel: 05:30am / Duration: 30 minutes

Last Shuttle to the citadel: 3:30pm / Last Shuttle to Aguas Calientes: 4:45pm Arrival on Machu Picchu, wonder of the world.

Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca city of the fifteenth century in Peru. Abandoned during the collapse of the Inca empire, the sacred city of the Incas was forgotten for centuries. It is considered a masterpiece of the architecture of this civilization. It was unveiled by the American archaeologist Hiram Bingham in 1911.

Since 1983, the site is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. On July 7, 2007, Machu Picchu was named one of the Seven New Wonders of the World by the NewOpenWorld Foundation, an unofficial, commercial organization. Finally the site is part of a whole cultural and natural complex known as the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu .

From 6:00 am: Access to the Machu Picchu site

At 7:00 am: Ascent of Montaña (3h30 – 4h round trip) Ascension subject to availability at the time of booking.

At 11:00 am: Visit of the main site of Machu Picchu (about 2h30 of visit) Together with your english speaking guide, you will start to discover the archaeological complex (around 2:30 hour of visit). Train to Ollantaytambo.

Note: The train company allows passengers to carry a cabin bag of up to 8kg max . per person. It will be necessary to leave your checked luggage at the deposit of the hotel in the Sacred Valley and Cusco. Afternoon train. Reception at Ollantaytambo’s train station and transfer to the hotel in the Sacred Valley. Night at the Tierra Viva hotel Valle Sagrado

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Day 5 : Sacred Valley

In the morning, departure in a private vehicle for a day dedicated to the discovery of the Sacred Valley.

Visit of the village of Chinchero and its colonial church. Walk around the traditional handcraft market on Sundays.

Then visit the cultural site of Moray, a former Incan agricultural ‘laboratory’. Then, continuation of the excursion to Maras: salt mines in the middle of the Cordillera!

Drive back to Cuzco and transfer to the hotel. Night at the hotel Inkarri Cusco.

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Day 6 : Cusco

Transfer to Cusco’s bus terminal. English speaking assistance from hotel to bus terminal station. At 6:50 am: Departure by tourist bus to Puno, a city located on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

This route allows you to enjoy superb landscapes all along the route, via the Col de la Raya, at an altitude of 4,320 meters.

We will stop first at Andahuaylillas to visit its church, nicknamed the Sistine Chapel of the Andes for its interior richness (murals superimposed over 3 centuries, paintings, carved and gilded altar with gold leaf, organ).

Lunch included (buffet restaurant in Marangani).

Second stop at Raqchi to visit the temple of Wiracocha.

Last stop in the village of Pukara, here we will visit the archaeological museum of Pukara before continuing on to Puno.

An English-speaking guide, exclusive to the bus company, participates to the journey and gives information along the way. Reception at Puno bus station and transfer to the hotel. Night at the hotel Casa Andina Standard Puno

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Day 7 : Puno

Early departure from your hotel by private transport, to reach the pier from which you will go to the Uros Islands by kayak. Depending on your level, several routes will be offered: between 45 minutes and 1:30.

On the lake, you can discover many species of birds, observe the fishermen, and enjoy the beautiful landscapes that can offer the banks and islands of the lake.

You arrive on the Uros Islands where your kayak trip ends.

You join the group to visit the floating islands. These islands are not natural; they were built by the Uros tribe, whose main activity is fishing. We then head for Amantani (around 2 and a half hour cruise) where we will be welcomed by a local family who will share their lunch with us.

In the afternoon we will take a walk up to the high point of the island and visit the archaeological sites dedicated to Pachamama and Pachapapa.

Dinner and night in the home of a local family.

Note: Very basic accommodations at a local family’s home.

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Day 8 : Amantani

In the morning, departure by boat for a one-hour cruise to Taquile, an island of great cultural interest, where residents live in harmony with the ancestral traditions.

Visit and lunch in a typical restaurant (not included).

You get back to Puno in mid-afternoon and transfer to the hotel. Night at the hotel Casa Andina Standard Puno In the morning, departure by boat for a one-hour cruise to Taquile, an island of great cultural interest, where residents live in harmony with the ancestral traditions.

Visit and lunch in a typical restaurant (not included). Back to Puno in mid-afternoon.

Transfer to the hotel.

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Day 9 : Puno

Private transport Puno – Desaguadero.

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Day 10 : La Paz

This morning you will have some free time to enjoy the world’s highest capital. Maybe you can have a nice walk in the historical center, go handicraft shopping in the numerous stands of the Sagárnaga street, discover which artifacts are used for the offering ceremonies to Mother Earth ( Pachamama ) in the Witches Market or even visit one of the various museums of the city…

Or maybe you will prefer see the city from the air taking one of the cable car of the capital? Night at the Naira hotel***.

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Day 11 : La Paz

Domestic flight La Paz – Uyuni.

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Day 12 : San Pedro de Quemez

We are spending the night at the hotel de Piedra***.

(availability of double room with matrimonial bed not guaranteed) Partial ascent – no technical difficulties – good physical condition required

We start the day early to climb up the volcano Tunupa, a colorful mountain located only few kilometers from the salar. Tunupa is the name of the pre-Inca god of volcanoes and thunderstorms. Our jeep will drop us off at the end of the track above the village, at an elevation of 3850 m.a.s.l. We will then trek 3 to 4 hours to the mirador (el. 4700 m.a.s.l.). What an exceptional panorama! It almost seems like we are above the clouds or the sea, but it’s the world’s largest salt flat we are looking at! The summit (el. 5432 m.a.s.l.) cannot be attempted since the path is too dangerous. We will walk back to Tahua in the afternoon and drive to the village of San Pedro de Quemez (el. 3690 m.a.s.l.), where we will spend the night. Therefore we will cross the Salar entirely from north to south (around 80 km) and drive 40 km more to the south.

Trekking time: 4h – Elevation gain: +850m/-850m

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Day 13 : Siloli Desert

Night at the Hotel del Desierto.

(availability of double room with matrimonial bed not guaranteed) We begin today our journey across the Sur Lipez area, elevated region of colorful landscapes and lagoons, rock formations and volcanoes. After we leave San Pedro, we will cross the small Salar de Chiguana (el. 3650 m.a.s.l.), at the feet of the Tomasamil volcano (el. 5900 m.a.s.l.) The track will then climb up to 4200 m.a.s.l. and we will stop at the view point of volcano Ollagüe (el. 5868 m.a.s.l.). This volcano is still active and shelters one of the world’s highest open pit copper mines. We will then drive South along the Chilean border on the scenic “Route of the Jewels”, which owes its name to all the lagoons along its way: Honda, Ch’arkota, Hedionda, Cañapa. These lagoons are home to three specific species of flamingoes. Our track then continues in the middle of the superb landscapes of the Siloli (el. 4700 m.a.s.l.) desert where our hotel for tonight is. We will arrive at the end of the day, having driven around 170 km today.

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Day 14 : Siloli Desert

Let’s go to Chile! First we will cross the Siloli Desert and discover its famous “Stone Tree”. After 70 km we will reach the Laguna Colorada (el. 4278 m.a.s.l.). This immense lake of pinkish water owes its name to the presence in its waters of light sensitive phytoplankton, which also attracts thousands of flamingo part of the year. We will then visit the geysers Sol de Mañana (el. 4850 m.a.s.l.), a volcanic crater with sulphur springs and boiling mud. Next stop: the Polques thermal spring. You are almost 4200 m.a.s.l.; but get ready to jump into hot water (86°F/30°C), surrounded by an amazing frozen landscape of volcanoes. We will then jump back into the jeeps and ride along the Laguna Salada and the Dali Desert. Here the strong wind has created surprising rock formations that remind the paintings of the Spanish master. Before lunch we will reach the Laguna Blanca and Laguna Verde (el. 4350 m.a.s.l.), at the foot of volcanoes Juriques and Licancabur (el. 5704 and 5960 m.a.s.l.). After riding a total of around 200 km we will reach the border cross of Hito Cajón at the beginning of the afternoon. Here our Chilean driver awaits us to drive us to San Pedro de Atacama.

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Day 15 : Moon valley

At dusk, meet with a passionate astronomer from the semi-professional observatory of San Pedro de Atacama. Embark in an astronomical journey and witness the beauty of the starry sky of the Atacama Desert.

Note: excursion open to other participants, not feasible during full moon and subject to weather conditions. Please bring warm clothing (down to -15ºC in winter).

Visit in French, English or Spanish according to availability, to be reconfirmed at the time of booking. Night in the hotel Pueblo de Tierra ***.

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Day 16 : Aguas Calientes/Piedras Rojas Salar

Today, get ready for a colorful day…

Early in the morning, your guide will pick you up at your hotel to go to the Salar de Aguas Calientes and Capur , better known as Piedras Rojas for its red stones produced by iron oxidation.

On the road, stop in the small traditional village of Socaire where you can find the oldest tower of Chile. Late lunch in a typical village restaurant.

You then discover the beautiful lagoon Tuyacto of a milky blue color and surrounded by mountains, later you retake the road towards the altiplanic lagoons Miscanti and Miñiques.

Return to San Pedro de Atacama in the late afternoon passing through the village of Toconao to visit its church, Central Square and craft market.

Altitude max. 4500m Night in the hotel Pueblo de Tierra ***.

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Day 17 : Calama

Domestic flight from Calama to Santiago (around 2h, flight indicated in option).

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Day 18 : Santiago de Chile

With your private guide, visit of the Chilean capital, nestled at the foot of the Andes. Although Santiago has become over the years a modern and very active city, some older neighborhoods have maintained their atmosphere and a romantic charm. You will Visit the Plaza de Armas, San Francisco Church, the Bellavista area, Cerro San Cristobal, etc.

You are back to your hotel in the middle of the afternoon. Lunch at the famous central market. Night in the hotel Río Amazonas **.

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Day 19 : Santiago de Chile

Your driver takes you from your hotel in Santiago to the airport. It’s time to say goodbye to Chile, the mind rich with incredible memories and wonderful landscapes…

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