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Travel through the heart of the Andes, visiting Chile, Bolivia and Peru. Discover dramatic highland scenery and traditional cultures including the stunning Atacama desert and the otherworldly Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia; Lake Titicaca, legendary birthplace of the Incas; and the ancient sites of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
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Fly from London (regional connections available) to Santiago with British Airways. (N)
Morning arrival. Visit the Sky Costanera viewing platform for panoramic views of the city and the Andes. Transfer to the Hotel NH Santiago or similar for 2 nights. Afternoon at leisure. (N)
Morning tour of the city including the cathedral, the main square and Santa Lucia hill. Afternoon at leisure or optional excursions. (B)
Early morning flight to Calama and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama for a 2-night stay at Hotel Diego de Almagro. Afternoon excursion to see the sun set over the Valley of the Moon. (B)
Explore the spectacular desert landscapes on a full-day excursion, including the Atacama salt flats, where pink flamingoes may be seen, and the little village of Toconao, built of white volcanic stone. A visit will also be made to an Atacameña farm to learn about daily life and traditions. (B)
A long full-day 4x4 drive to Uyuni, via a striking landscape of snow-capped peaks, volcanoes, geysers and mineral-rich lakes, such as the emerald-green Laguna Verde and red Laguna Colorado, home to rare flamingoes. Stay for 2 nights on the edge of the salt flat at Luna Salada, an extraordinary hotel constructed using blocks of salt. (B, L, D)
A full-day 4x4 tour exploring the world’s largest salt flat and its stunning scenery. Visit the salt museum in Colchani, Ojos de Agua and Inka Wasi island, located in the heart of the salar and covered in giant cacti. After lunch, discover the ancient Coquesa mummies on the slopes of the Tunupa volcano. (B, L, D)
Transfer to Uyuni and fly to La Paz, a bustling city with a dramatic setting. Stay for 2 nights at Hotel Presidente. The following morning take a city tour, including the colonial centre, the witch doctors’ market and a cable car ride for bird's-eye views. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Transfer by road to the shores of Lake Titicaca. Discover the cultural heritage of the Aymara people at the Andean Roots Eco Village and see how reed boats are constructed. Take a hydrofoil cruise across the lake to Copacabana, stopping at the sacred Sun & Moon islands to visit the Inca staircase and the Sun Virgins’ Temple. In the afternoon, continue by road to Puno and stay overnight at the José Antonio Hotel. (B, L)
Fly to Cuzco and transfer to the Sacred Valley for a stay of 2 nights at the Hatun Valley hotel. The following morning visit the impressive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo and the indigenous market town of Pisac. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Travel by train to Machu Picchu for a guided exploration of the remarkable Inca ruins. Overnight stay at El Mapi Hotel. (B, L, D)
Morning at leisure with the option to revisit the ruins (purchase ticket at time of booking). Afternoon train back to Cuzco. Stay 2 nights at Los Portales Hotel. Morning tour of Cuzco including the San Blas district to explore its sites and beautiful colonial architecture. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Morning at leisure. Fly to Lima for a 2-night stay at the José Antonio Hotel. The following day take a morning tour of colonial and modern Lima, including the historical centre and Huaca Pucllana. (B)
Day at leisure or optional excursion to Pachacamac archaeological site and Larco Herrera Museum. This evening fly to London with British Airways, arriving the next day. (B) (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is led in each destination en route by a local tour guide.
This tour is best suited to the hardier traveller as it includes some basic accommodation and some rougher road journeys.
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits
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JOA2020: 16 Nights
Located at an altitude of 3,310 metres, Cuzco is one of the most beautiful and enchanting cities in South America.
Lima lies on the Pacific coast and offers some of Peru's finest museums and monuments, a...
One of the new Seven Wonders of the World, the spectacular Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is situated at an altitude of 2,380 metres on...
Puno lies on the western shore of Lake Titicaca and is used as a base to visit the the...
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is the perfect place to explore, relax and unwind either...
The cosmopolitan capital of Chile is a buzzing metropolis set against the spectacular backdrop of the snow-capped Andes.