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Discover the enigmatic civilisations and ethereal landscapes of Peru, Bolivia and Chile on this all-encompassing 10-night itinerary. Travel through ancient cities and visit Machu Picchu in Peru before heading to Bolivia for a luxury stay on the otherworldly Uyuni Salt Flats. Conclude your adventure with a trip across the Altiplano into Chile's Atacama Desert, the driest region on Earth and one of the country's most spectacular regions. 

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Itinerary includes:
  • Return flights from the UK
  • All flights where mentioned
  • Transfers between the hotels and airports
  • Vistadome rail tour
  • All tours and activities where mentioned
  • 1 night stay at the 4-star Wyndham Costa del Sol Hotel
  • 3 nights stay at the 5-star Palacio del Inka, A Luxury Collection Hotel
  • 1 night stay at the 5-star Casa Grande Hotel
  • 2 nights stay at the 5-star Kachi Lodge
  • 3 nights stay at the 5-star Nayara Alto Atacama
Day 1
Fly from UK to Lima

Your adventure across South America begins in Peru's capital city of Lima. Upon arrival, you'll make your way to your accommodation for the first night, located just minutes away from the airport.

Day 1-2
1 night stay at Wyndham Costa del Sol

Wyndham Costa del Sol is a contemporary-style hotel located mere moments away from the city's international airport. Featuring sleek and spacious accommodation, as well as an on-site pool and excellent restaurant, the hotel provides everything you may need to rejuvenate after your long flight. 

Day 2
Fly from Lima to Cusco

Following a restful night in Lima, you'll return to the airport and embark on the first leg of your adventure across South America, beginning with a three-night stay in the historic city of Cusco.

Day 2-5
3 nights stay at Palacio del Inka, A Luxury Collection Hotel

Centred around a charming courtyard in the heart of Cusco, Palacio del Inka perfectly embodies the rich heritage of its home city, boasting elegant and luxurious accommodation adorned with traditional stone arches, captivating Hispanic art, and opulent gilded antiques. Ideally located near many of Cusco's most sought-after attractions, the hotel provides the perfect base from which to venture out and explore all the city has to offer.

Day 3
Ride on Vistadome

On your second day in Cusco, you'll travel outside the city for a day trip to Peru's most iconic site, Machu Picchu! Travelling via the Vistadome train, the journey provides an unrivalled opportunity to thoroughly explore this ancient region, taking you through an winding path huddled between towering mountains and expansive valleys.

Day 3
Machu Picchu

Step back in time on a guided tour through the grounds of Machu Picchu, one of the world's greatest archaeological sites and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Teeming with evidence of the ancient civilisation that once roamed here, this tour will showcase the remarkable details of this grand structure, taking you through the Caretaker's Hut, Temple of the Sun, the Royal Tomb, Three Windowed Temple, the Intihuatana, and the quarry. 

Day 3
Road transfer from Machu Picchu to Cusco

Following an unforgettable afternoon exploring the ruins of Machu Picchu, it's time to reboard the Vistadome train and travel back to Cusco.

Day 4
Cusco City Tour

Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a historical treasure trove, with everything from enigmatic Inca ruins to 16th-century colonial buildings lining its ancient streets. During your time here, you'll enjoy a guided tour of the city's most distinguished structures, an enthralling activity designed to highlight the wealth of culture and history that define this iconic city. Starting with an exploration of Cusco's Inca sites, you'll see the sophisticated man-made caves of the Q'enko archaeological complex, a sacred site of great importance to the Incas, as well as the impressive Sacsayhuaman Fortress, a mysterious monument made of giant stone blocks. Next, you'll be led to Coricancha, a former Inca temple that was later built atop to become the convent of Santo Domingo, before concluding with a viewing of Cusco Cathedral in Plaza de Armas.

Day 5
Fly from Cusco to La Paz

It's time to bid farewell to Peru and begin the next leg of your South American adventure. Once you've checked out of the hotel, you'll be greeted by your driver and transported to the local airport for a flight to La Paz, Bolivia's administrative capital.

Day 5-6
1 night stay at Casa Grande Hotel

Upon arrival in La Paz, you'll be met by your driver and transferred to your accommodation for your first night in Bolivia. Located in the affluent Zona Sur neighbourhood, Casa Grande Hotel is a modern luxury hotel boasting spacious accommodation featuring classic-style interiors adorned with neutral tones, floor-to-ceiling windows for glorious views of the city and a private balcony.

Day 5
Valley of the Moon & Native cuisine of Bolivia

During your stay in La Paz, take advantage of the city's close proximity to the Valley of the Moon, one of Bolivia's most notable natural attractions, and add a private tour of the dramatic landscape to your itinerary. Renowned for its otherworldly terrain, the Valley of the Moon is scattered with peculiar spire-like clay formations that appear as piercing rocks, an unmissable sight.

Discover the rich flavours of the region and add a once-in-a-lifetime dining event at Gustu Restaurant, an award-winning restaurant offering menus that showcase the delicious flavours of native Bolivian cuisine, with all ingredients sourced from local farmers in the Andes and the Amazon.

Day 6
Fly from La Paz to Uyuni

It's time to trade in the bright city lights for clear starry skies! After a fantastic introduction to Bolivia in La Paz, you'll check out of your hotel and meet your driver for a transfer to the local airport, from which you'll fly to your next destination, Uyuni. Upon arrival, you will be transferred across the dazzling Uyuni salt flats to your next accommodation.

Day 6-8
2 nights stay at Kachi Lodge

Set amidst the expansive white terrain of the mesmerising Salar de Uyuni salt flats, Kachi Lodge is a one-of-a-kind luxury eco-lodge offering state-of-the-art dome accommodation right in the heart of one of the country's most awe-inspiring locations. Boasting warm interiors adorned with wood furnishings and panoramic windows for optimal viewing of the surroundings, staying at Kachi Lodge is an experience in and of itself, allowing you to soak up the beauty of this region every moment of your stay. 

Day 6
Ancient Mummies of Alcaya & Stargazing

That afternoon, you'll leave the lodge for a visit to the Alcaya, a sacred archaeological site of the Chullpa Indians, an ancient Pre-Colombian Andean civilisation. While touring the ruins of the Chullpa Indians' former city, you'll pass through terraced fields and innovative irrigation systems surrounded by small, circular stone houses that have remained untouched for thousands of years. From there, you'll visit a number of tombs situated on the outskirts of town for a close look at a number of well-preserved mummies, a fascinating activity that gives visitors a rare glimpse into the former civilization's advanced cultural practices.

Spend your first evening at the lodge exploring the constellations with a mesmerising stargazing session. The lodge's remote and secluded location ensures that the skies are not disturbed by intrusive light pollution, making it unquestionably one of the best stargazing locations in the world. The dazzling stars reflecting off the crystalline salt flats will blur the line between sky and ground, creating an awe-inspiring sight.

Day 7
Hiking the Tunupa Volcano & Mountain Biking on the Salar

Soaring above the Salar de Uyuni salt flats, the hued Tunupa Volcano is as grand as it is striking, reaching an estimated height of over 5,000 metres. Exquisitely contrasted against the vibrant white salt flats, a hike up the volcano is undoubtedly the ideal vantage point to take in the sensational vistas of this region, rewarding hikers with panoramic views of the landscape. On your second day at the lodge, you'll travel up the volcano on an expert-led 4x4 excursion before disembarking and hiking up to the volcanoes first crest. 

Explore one of Bolivia's most renowned natural attractions, the Salar de Uyuni salt flats, on a captivating cycling excursion across the luminescent terrain. Feel as if you're travelling amongst the clouds as the bright blue sky reflects off the glimmering flats, a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

Day 8
Road transfer from Salar de Uyuni to Atacama Desert

Following an incredible adventure in Bolivia, it's time to discover another of South America's breathtaking landscapes. Once you've checked out of the lodge, you'll be met by your driver and transferred across Bolivia's Altiplano to the town of San Pedro de Atacama in Chile. 

Day 8-11
3 nights stay at Nayara Alto Atacama

Nayara Alto Atacama, set against a dramatic backdrop of rust-coloured rock faces, is an extraordinary boutique hotel in a prime location just minutes from Chile's San Pedro de Atacama. Each luxury suite at the hotel features minimalistic yet luxurious accommodation, a raw and rustic design, and magnificent views of the surrounding landscape.

Day 9
Mountain Biking Through the Desert & Valle de Luna

Chile's San Pedro de Atacama incorporates everything from salt flats and volcanoes to geysers and hot springs across its Martian-like red landscape. Best explored on a cycling tour, this excursion will see you pass through the desert's most notable locations, beginning at the pre-Columbian archaeological site of Quitor before crossing through the dramatic gorges of the Salt Mountains, continuing through the mystic Devil's Throat Canyon and concluding at the chapel of San Isidro, an isolated location set amidst rolling red hills.

Populated with fascinating stone and sand formations that have been carved by wind and water, the Atacama Desert's Valle de la Luna is one of Chile's most distinguished natural locations, famed for its striking characteristics of gradient-like coloured terrains, wavy golden mountain ranges and dry lakes. Witness the breathtaking desert-scape in all its grandeur and hike up to an elevated point where you can experience panoramic vistas of this magnificent arid landscape.

Day 10
Cactus Hike & Andean Lagoons

On your third day at the lodge, you'll embark on a guided hike across the desert's rugged hillside designed to showcase the smaller yet equally spectacular geographic features of the Atacama. Beginning in Guatín, you'll trek along the banks of the serene Vilama River, continuing through jagged rock terrains dotted with desert vegetation, including towering ancient cacti, passing historic abandoned settlements along the way.

Finish your Atacama exploration with a full-day excursion through the southwestern region of San Pedro. View one of the Inca Empire's most important locations with a stop at the crossroads of the ancient Inca Trail, the main route that connected this empire from Chile to Ecuador, and visit the picturesque town of Socaire, distinguished by the architecture of an ancient era, a visit to the town showcases a way of life few encounter. From there, you will travel to the high Andean lagoons of Miscanti and Miiques, two stunning lagoons formed by the melting of ancient glaciers and now home to a plethora of exotic flora and fauna such as vicunas and flamingoes.

Day 11
Fly from Calama to UK

Enjoy one final breakfast at the lodge before meeting your driver for a transfer to the local airport. From there, you will depart for Chile's capital before catching a quick connecting flight and continuing on to the UK.

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Itinerary includes:
  • Return flights from the UK
  • All flights where mentioned
  • Transfers between the hotels and airports
  • Vistadome rail tour
  • All tours and activities where mentioned
  • 1 night stay at the 4-star Wyndham Costa del Sol Hotel
  • 3 nights stay at the 5-star Palacio del Inka, A Luxury Collection Hotel
  • 1 night stay at the 5-star Casa Grande Hotel
  • 2 nights stay at the 5-star Kachi Lodge
  • 3 nights stay at the 5-star Nayara Alto Atacama
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