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26 days  |  Lima to Santiago  |  from USD $4,839  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Experience a different adventure every day with this unique journey through Peru, Bolivia and Chile. From the high Andes to the world’s driest desert with visits to the ancient Inca Empire, the mighty Amazon, stunning Lake Titicaca and the phenomenal salt lakes of Uyuni.

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Santiago to Lima

This tour is also offered in reverse. Opt to start in Santiago and end in Lima.

Day 1

Welcome to Peru! Upon arrival at Lima Airport you'll be met and transferred to our joining hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. To get a feel for colonial Lima, take a cab to the Plaza de Armas and watch the changing of the Palace Guard at noon. Walk the streets surrounding the Jiron de la Union for great examples of Spanish-colonial architecture and to get a taste for life in a large South American city. Later this evening our group welcome meeting takes place.
Overnight: Lima

Days 2-7

Lima - Cuzco - Amazon Jungle – Cuzco. A short flight high over the spectacular scenery of the Andes brings us to the former capital of the Incas. Cuzco, which means ‘navel of the earth’ in the Inca language, is home to a mostly indigenous population and we enjoy an orientation walking tour of this fascinating city. A full day is spent visiting the Sacred Valley of the Incas, including the Pisac ruins, the famous traditional Indian market of the same name and the temple fortress of Ollantaytambo. During our time in Cuzco we also take an excursion to the lost city of Machu Picchu by train and enjoy a guided tour of this legendary site. Transferring to the airport on day 5, we begin our visit to the mighty Amazon with a flight to the jungle community of Puerto Maldonado. Once settled in our Amazon lodge, we will begin to explore the jungle, enjoying the rich landscapes and the diverse flora and fauna. We visit Monkey Island, home to a great variety of monkeys as well as an array of birdlife. Trekking through the rainforest our guide will point out the many different species of bird and explain the use of plants in local medicine. Opt for a canoe ride later in the day to spot the caiman alligator and observe the abundant birdlife from our lakeside-viewing platform. Departing this jungle haven we make our way back to Cuzco where you have more time to discover this fascinating ancient capital.
Overnight: Overnight – Cuzco (3), Amazon Jungle (2), Cuzco (1)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 8-13

Cuzco - Puno – Lake Titicaca – Puno – La Paz. Departing Cuzco we head to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. On the way we’ll pass hot mineral pools, snow capped mountains and traditional Native Indian villages where locals sell their wares. Discover the way of life and culture of the Uros people with a boat visit to the floating reed islands. On the island of Amantaní we’ll enjoy the hospitality of native Aymara/Quechua families and stay in their homes. If you get the chance, make sure to get involved with the high altitude football games with the men of the village.

The next morning we visit Taquile Island where you can buy unique handicrafts at the local cooperative shops. Back in Puno you can practice your bartering skills at the colourful market, arguably the best place to pick up an alpaca sweater. Heading to Bolivia’s capital we travel around Lake Titicaca and across the scenic Altiplano (high plateau), experiencing breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains along the way.

La Paz, the highest city in the world, is built in the basin of a canyon with the snow-capped Mount Illimani in the background. With your free time here you could explore the vibrant Indian street markets or the fascinating Witches’ Market where you can find dead cats and llama foetuses to ward off evil spirits. Or why not set your sights further afield and visit the strange rock formations of Moon Valley or the incredible views from Mount Chacaltaya at the world’s highest ski resort. Alternatively, spend the day in the emerald green region of Coroico, gateway to the Bolivian jungle. You can choose to undertake the excursion to Coroico by mountain bike. The downhill ride is exhilarating, but not for the fainthearted!
Overnight: Puno (1), Lake Titicaca (1), Puno (1), La Paz (3)  |  Breakfast x 1, Lunch x 1, Dinner x 1

Days 14-18

La Paz - Potosi – Uyuni – Laguna Colorada. We travel by comfortable overnight bus through the beautiful landscapes of the Atliplano to the mining town of Potosi. The UNESCO-listed city of Potosi is home to one of the world’s longest continually operated silver mines and our base for the next few days. Descend down a working mine and witness archaic mining methods that are still practiced today with an optional excursion.

We continue to the world’s largest salt lake, Salar de Uyuni, where first on the agenda is a trip to the train cemetery. The remains of 19th and 20th century steam locomotives litter the grounds and make for particularly good artistic photographs. Witness the methods used to extract salt from the salar with a trip to Colchani, the main salt iodisation plant in the area. Located in the centre of the salar, Incahuasi Island, with its fish-like shape and colossal cacti is a highlight of our trip. The area’s unusual landscape of mountains, active volcanoes, colossal cacti and geysers is like nowhere on earth. Piercing blue skies contrast with blinding white salt as you drive across the flat lakebed. Departing, we spend the night in San Juan before passing through the multicoloured volcanic rock formations of the Siloli Desert on our way to Laguna Colorada, or the Red Lagoon. This fascinating landscape is a rich red colour due to algae and plankton that thrive on the minerals found in the waters. The lagoon is also inhabited by numerous flamingos.
Overnight: Overnight Bus (1), Potosi (1), Uyuni (1), San Juan (1), Laguna Colorada (1)  |  Breakfast x 1, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 19-21

Laguna Colorada – San Pedro de Atacama. Discover a geyser basin with bubbling mud pots in the volcanic zone of ‘Sol de Manana’ (Morning Sun). See boiling lava inside a small crater and bathe in hot springs before we make our way to Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon). Shadowed by the cone of the Licanabur Volcano, this lagoon is rich in minerals.

We swap colourful lagoons for the world’s driest desert as we cross into Chile. The area of San Pedro de Atacama is famous for its lunar landscapes of geysers, hot springs and salt lakes and we include a visit to the eerie eroded salt mountains of the Valley of the Moon. There will be time for you later to encounter ancient mummies and artefacts at the excellent archaeological museum in San Pedro.
Overnight: San Pedro de Atacama (3)  |  Breakfast x 3

Days 22-25
La Serena & Santiago

San Pedro de Atacama – La Serena - Santiago. An overnight bus brings us to the pleasant little coastal town of La Serena, also an important astronomical centre. With your free time here you could take a trip to the Elqui Valley, home of Chilean Pisco, a strong colourless brandy. Or simply spend the day relaxing on the long beach and when dark begins to descend, get a bird’s eye view of the night sky with a trip to one of the many observatories in town.

On the way to Santiago we enter the fertile region of the Chilean heartlands, passing farmland and vineyards before arriving in Santiago. Enjoy this city at your leisure. Visit Santa Lucia Hill for excellent views over the city or take the funicular railway to the top of San Cristobal where the Statue of the Virgin overlooks the capital and the distant Andes.
Overnight: Overnight bus (1), La Serena (2), Santiago ( 1)  |  Breakfast x 3

Day 26

Today marks the end of your holiday. Consider visiting Plaza Constitucion at the Palacio de la Moneda or further exploring this exciting capital city before hotel check out at 12 noon. Post tour accommodation can be arranged, should you require.

Trip Highlights

Lima - free time to explore the capital's vibrant markets and colonial museums
Machu Picchu ruins
Lake Titicaca & Puno - floating reed islands, Uros islanders and Amantani island, Taquile Island
UNESCO-listed Potosi - silver mining town
Laguna Colorada (Red Lagoon) - pink flamingoes, other coloured lagoons, Siloli Desert, multicoloured volcanic rock formations
San Pedro de Atacama - the world's driest desert. Lunar landscapes, geysers, salt flats and hot springs
Santiago - Chile's European style capital city
Cuzco - Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac ruins, the temple of Ollantaytambo and local markets
Amazon Jungle - guided tour of the rainforest, trekking and Monkey Island
La Paz
Salar de Uyuni - salt flats and unusual geography and Fish Island
Sol de Manana - bubbling geysers and hot springs
La Serena - coastal town and beach stay

Included

10 Breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
Excursions to Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Amazon Jungle, Lake Titicaca, Salar de Uyuni, Laguna Colorada and Valley of the Moon
Transportation by local public bus, boat, taxi and 4x4 vehicles
Guided day of sightseeing in the Amazon
Airport arrival transfer on day 1.
22 nights in hotels, hostels, guesthouses and lodges, 1 overnight homestay and 2 overnight buses
Escorted by a tour leader and specialist local guides at some sites.
Economy class flights: Lima - Cuzco, Cuzco - Puerto Maldonado and Puerto Maldonado - Cuzco
Guided tour of Machu Picchu

Not Included

International flights to/from our tour start/end points and visas
Items of a personal nature and additional meals

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies to travellers who would like the comfort of their own room (on all or many of the tour nights) and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

2015
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When booking a trip that includes the Inca Trail, this section of the holiday can not be confirmed until an Inca Trail Permit is obtained. It is essential at time of booking that you provide us with your full name as it appears in your passport, date of birth, nationality and passport number. Once the permits go on sale for your Inca trek date, we will confirm within 72 hours. After your permit has been obtained we cannot make any changes to it what so ever. If amendments are required you would need to pay for the cost of a new permit.

Booking your holiday more than 3 months in advance greatly increases your chances of obtaining one on the 500 Inca Travel permits allocated per day.

If the Inca Trail is not available you will then be given options of hiking the Lares trek or visiting Machu Picchu by train.

DEPOSIT: Please note that you will need to pay our standard tour deposit plus a non-refundable Machu Picchu deposit. This is not an extra payment and will be deducted from your final tour payment. Please refer to our Booking Conditions for details.

Santiago to Lima Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies to travellers who would like the comfort of their own room (on all or many of the tour nights) and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

2015
Price/Person
Single Supp.
10% off
USD $4339
USD $569
10% off
USD $4339
USD $569
10% off
USD $4339
USD $569
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USD $569
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USD $4339
USD $569
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USD $4339
USD $569
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USD $569
2016
Price/Person
Single Supp.
10% off
USD $4339
USD $569
10% off
USD $4339
USD $569
10% off
USD $4339
USD $569
10% off
USD $4339
USD $569
10% off
USD $4339
USD $569
10% off
USD $4339
USD $569

When booking a trip that includes the Inca Trail, this section of the holiday can not be confirmed until an Inca Trail Permit is obtained. It is essential at time of booking that you provide us with your full name as it appears in your passport, date of birth, nationality and passport number. Once the permits go on sale for your Inca trek date, we will confirm within 72 hours. After your permit has been obtained we cannot make any changes to it what so ever. If amendments are required you would need to pay for the cost of a new permit.

Booking your holiday more than 3 months in advance greatly increases your chances of obtaining one on the 500 Inca Travel permits allocated per day.

If the Inca Trail is not available you will then be given options of hiking the Lares trek or visiting Machu Picchu by train.

DEPOSIT: Please note that you will need to pay our standard tour deposit plus a non-refundable Machu Picchu deposit. This is not an extra payment and will be deducted from your final tour payment. Please refer to our Booking Conditions for details.

Tour Details
Starts
Lima
Ends
Santiago
Departs
Mondays or Fridays
Hotel Rating
Simple accommodation
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 10, Lunch: 5, Dinner: 5
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