Chile / Bolivia

Chile, Bolivia Tour

12 days | 11 nights
Private tour
From 2799USD per person
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Trip at a glance

Visits

CHILE: Santiago, Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, Casablanca Valley, San Pedro de Atacama, Moon Valley, Atacama Salt flats, Chaxa Lagoon, Los Flamencos National Reserve, Miscanti and Meñiques Lagoon, El Tatio Geysers

BOLIVIA: Uyuni Salt flats, Incahuasi Island, Siloli Desert, Green Lagoon, Red Lagoon, Dali Desert, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca: Moon island, Sun island, La Paz, Moon Valley

Trip details

Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVAL IN SANTIAGO, CITY-TOUR

Afternoon

Arrival at the Santiago airport.

Transfer to your hotel to drop off your luggage.

Discover Chile's capital and largest city, the cultural and political centre of the country: Santiago de Chile.

Learn about Chile's past at historical significant sites such as the Constitution Square located next to the Moneda Palace.

Set foot on other key squares in the city, such as the Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins Square and the Plaza de Armas (Main Square).

Stop at the Central Market: a busy, colorful and traditional fish and food market.

Drive up San Cristobal Hill (2280 ft - 690 m) for breathtaking views over the whole city.

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in Santiago.

Day 2 VALPARAISO, VIÑA DEL MAR AND WINE TASTING IN THE CASABLANCA VALLEY

Morning

Drive northwest (75 miles - 120 km) to the coastal cities of Viña del Mar and Valparaiso.

Relax in Viña del Mar, a picture-perfect seaside resort also known as the Garden City.

Transfer to Valparaiso (20 min). Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2003, Valparaiso is Chile’s busiest port on its central coast.

Afternoon

Ride one of the funicular tramways up the city's steep hill for extensive views of the port and beyond.

Take a leisurely stroll on one of the 45 hills to experience Valpo's street art and its bohemian and poetic atmosphere.

Viña del Mar, also known locally as The Garden City (in Spanish, "La Ciudad Jardín"), is better known as a tourist and beach destination. You will also visit Matetic, a vineyard known for its organic wines located in the Casablanca and San Antonio Valleys.

Drive back to Santiago (1 hour 40 min).

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in Santiago.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the Hotel

Day 3 FLIGHT TO CALAMA, SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

Morning

Transfer to the airport (30 min).

Direct flight to Calama (2 hours), the world copper capital and the largest oasis in this desert region.

Arrival at Calama airport: pick-up and transfer to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama with your private guide and driver (1 hour 20 min).

Arrival and check in at your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.

Afternoon

Free afternoon to explore San Pedro's rustic streets, whose adobe buildings stand out in this arid environment.

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at the hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the Hotel

Day 4 ATACAMA SALT FLATS, LOS FLAMENCOS NATIONAL RESERVE: MISCANTI AND MEÑIQUES LAGOONS

Morning

Departure to the largest salt flat in Chile, the driest place on Earth, the Atacama Desert

This area is occupied by three different species of flamingos: the Andean flamingo, the Chilean flamingo and the James's flamingo.

Free time to walk around the lagoon and see those magnificent pink birds in action (1 hour).

Drive through the Los Flamencos National Reserve across the altiplano to the splendid Miscanti and Meñiques lagoons with an altitude of 13,780 feet (4200 metres) above sea level.

Afternoon

Stop at a local restaurant for lunch before heading back towards San Pedro de Atacama.

Enjoy some free time to walk around Toconao, a charming village where houses were built with volcanic rock, and pop in one of the few craft shops to hunt for local treasures (30 min).

Drive back to San Pedro de Atacama.

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Lunch at a typical Restaurant

Day 5 EL TATIO GEYSERS, MOON VALLEY

Remember to wear warm clothes, it can be extremely cold in the morning!

Morning

Early departure (approx. 5 am) to drive to El Tatio geyser field (1 hour 30 min) where the steam from the geysers is only visible in the morning.

This is the largest geyser field in the Southern Hemisphere, as well as the highest (14.170 ft - 4320m) and the third largest in the world.

This 12-square-mile geothermic field boasts over 60 active geysers, boiling water fountains, fumaroles, hot springs, mud pools and mud volcanoes that put on an impressive show every day of the year (2 hours).

Drive back towards San Pedro de Atacama (1 hour 30 min).

Afternoon

In the late afternoon, your private English-speaking guide will take you to the Moon Valley (30 min).

Discover this amazing desert landscape and marvel at the incredible rock patterns coated in a thin layer of salt.

These unique natural formations came out of a lake long-gone and were slowly shaped by centuries of wind and water erosion.

The amazing sunset will encompass the end of your visit in warm tones that cannot be experienced anywhere else.

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.

MEALS
  • Outdoor breakfast next to the geysers

Day 6 ROAD TO BOLIVIA, GREEN LAGOON, DALI DESERT, RED LAGOON

Morning

Departure with your private driver to cross the Bolivian border in Hito Cajon (1 hour).

Your Bolivian driver and guide will be waiting for you at the border to start your Bolivan adventure.

Stop at the stunning emerald waters of Laguna Verde (the green lagoon) right by the foot of the Licancábur volcano (30 min).

Drive through the Salvador Dali Desert, also known as Dali Valley, where strange rock formations remind of the paintings of the Spanish artist.

Marvel at one of the greatest Bolivian natural wonder: The Laguna Colorada (the Red Lagoon) which goes from orange to red depending on the time of the day.

Afternoon

On your way will pass by numerous lagoons surrounded by impressive volcanoes.

Late afternoon/early evening, you will get to the town of San Pedro de Quemes.

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in San Pedro de Quemes.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Picnic lunch
  • Dinner at the hotel

Day 7 SAN PEDRO DE QUEMES BURNED VILLAGE, GALAXY CAVE, NECROPOLIS OF SAN JUAN

Morning

Short visit of the burned town of San Pedro de Quemes, a vestige of the Pacific War (30 min).

Then visit the Galaxy Cave whose name reflects the strange geological forms that have resulted of lava entering in quick contact with water.

Afternoon

Your next stop will be the archeological site of San Juan, a small necropolis characteristic of the Aymara culture.

Drive to Uyuni (2 hours 45 min).

End of the afternoon/early evening, arrival at your hotel in Uyuni.

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in Uyuni.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Picnic lunch
  • Dinner at the hotel

Day 8 UYUNI SALT FLATS, INCAHUASI ISLAND

Morning

Transfer to the small town of Colchani (15 min).

Learn about the Colchani salt cooperative and how it extracts and processes 25,000 tons of Uyuni salt every year (20 min).

Free time to tour the souvenir market (30 min).

Your 4x4 tour will take you to the Uyuni salar, the world's largest salt flat covering 4,086 square miles (10,582 square km) with several stops for photo opportunities along the way.

Afternoon

Drive in the middle of the salt flats on your way to Incahuasi Island also known as the Isla del Pescado (Fish Island).

Enjoy some free time to climb to the top of the hill and explore this strange mound covered in cactuses.

Note: Incahuasi Island may not be accessible during the wet season.

Evening

Watch the sunset with a nice cocktail.

Drive back to Uyuni (1 hour).

Overnight at your hotel in Uyuni.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Picnic lunch
  • Dinner at the hotel

Day 9 FLIGHT TO LA PAZ, CITY TOUR, MOON VALLEY

Morning

Transfer to Uyuni airport (10 min) for your flight to La Paz (1 hour).

Arrival in El Alto airport and transfer to La Paz (45 min) Follow the Republican colonial circuit on foot, starting at the Murillo Square, the city's original central square.

Pass by the Government Palace, the Legislative Assembly and the city's Cathedral.

Continue to the Witches' market, the craft market and the Church of San Francisco, whose unique facade is decorated with indigenous patterns (about 3 hours).

Afternoon

Afternoon transfer to the Moon Valley (30 min south of La Paz).

Discover a unique place - a real lunar landscape - adorned with eroded sedimentary formations, fairy chimneys and high spires (2 hours).

Transfer back to your hotel in La Paz (30 min).

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in La Paz.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the Hotel

Day 10 LAKE TITICACA: ISLAND OF THE SUN AND ISLAND OF THE MOON

As cars are not allowed on the Island of the Sun where you will spend the night, we ask you to bring only one small piece of luggage for the night (carry on or backpack).

Your larger suitcases will be taken and stored at your hotel in La Paz, where you will stay the following night.

Morning

Departure with your private guide and driver to the town of Copacabana (3 hours 30 min), located on the shore of Lake Titicaca.

The rest of the day will be spent sailing on Lake Titicaca and discovering two of its Bolivian islands.

With 214 cubic miles (893 cubic km) of water and an altitude 12,507 ft (3812 metres above sea level), Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable lake in the world.

According to Inca mythology, Lake Titicaca is the birthplace of the sun, moon, stars, and the first human beings. Many myths and legends still inhabit its majestic dark-blue waters.

Afternoon

After lunch, board your private boat to sail onto the small Island of the Moon (1 hour 20 min).

According to the legend, the Island of the Moon is where the Inca Viracocha commanded the moon to rise into the sky.

You will explore the island and visit the ruins of the Incan temple of the Virgins of the Sun.

After your visit, sail to the Island of the Sun (40 min).

Check in at your hotel.

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel on the Island of the Sun.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Dinner at the hotel

Day 11 LAKE TITICACA: ISLAND OF THE SUN: PILKO KAINA RUINS AND APTHAPI

Morning

Enjoy a breakfast with a stunning view of Lake Titicaca from Island of the Sun, which is considered the cradle of the Incas. Legend has it that the Sun God, Inti, dropped his children Manco Kapac and Mama Ocllo on the island, where they began their pilgrimage to Cuzco where they would establish the largest Empire in South America, the Inca Empire. Until the arrival of the Spanish, the island was revered as a sacred site for the Incas where they would build temples worshipping their gods and palaces to honor the noble class.

Visit the Pilkokaina (place where the bird rests) on the Island. Pilkokaina is an archaeological site that was once an Incan palace where the Inca would reside. In its walls, which are made of stone joined with mud mortar, several trapezoidal niches are opened that once served as altars for the Wakas (sacred figures).

Afternoon

Enjoy an Apthapi, a traditional Aymara ceremony for a collective meal, on the bay Lake Titicaca with an amazing view of the snow-capped Cordillera Real mountain range floating in the distance.

Return on private motorboat to Copacabana.

Private transportation from Copacabana to La Paz (154 km) passing by the Tiquina Strait.

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in La Paz.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Lunch

Day 12 DEPARTURE

Morning

At the indicated time, transfer to La Paz airport (30-45 min).

Check-in and assistance.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the Hotel

Services

What's included

Accommodation

Nights
11 nights in 3* premium hotels

Meals

Bed & Breakfast plan
11 breakfasts + 5 lunches + 4 dinners

Transportation

Boat
Private boat on Lake Titicaca
Car
Private car and driver during the whole trip

Orientation

Guide
Private English-speaking guide for all mentioned visits

Entrance Fees

All entrance fees to mentioned sites

What's not included

  • Domestic flights:
    • Santiago to Calama
    • Uyuni to La Paz
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Extra meals
  • Drinks
  • Tips

Dates and Prices

Arrival date

Important notes

People with heart conditions are strongly advised to seek medical advice before booking. 

This tour includes many visits at sites above 10,000 ft (3000 m). To avoid altitude sickness, we strongly advise against any strong physical effort or any alcohol consumption in high-altitude places. 

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