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Chile / Bolivia / Argentina

Chile, Bolivia, Argentina Top Places: Atacama, Uyuni, Salta

14 days | 13 nights
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This private tour of Chile, Bolivia and Argentina is for the landscape lover, the experienced traveler who is looking to visit exclusively the most beautiful parts of South America. Surreal landscapes, dreamy valleys, desolated high-plains colorful lakes and lunar rock formation are the main features between the northern borders of Chile and Argentina and the southern border of Bolivia. Start with the Atacama Desert in Chile and the blissful Moon Valley, the Atacama salt flat, the Los Flamencos National Reserve, the colorful Miscanti and Meñiques lagoons and the powerful geysers of El Tatio. In Bolivia, drive through the stunning and desertic region of Lipez and stop at the Laguna Colorada, the Laguna Verde, the Salvador Dali desert, El Arbol de Piedra, the Tunupa volcano, the town of Tupiza and of course the spectacular salt flats of Uyuni. In Northern Argentina, the landscape changes as you go through the Quebrada de Humahuaca, Purmamarca and the Hill of Seven Colors. There is more to this trip than breathtaking landscapes. With a visit of the cosmopolitan Santiago de Chile, the bohemian colorful port of Valparaiso, the laid-back atmosphere of picture-perfect Salta, and of course the Paris of the South, Buenos Aires. What is sure is that somewhere along the way, you will fall in love with South America!

Destinations

Chile / Bolivia / Argentina

Trip at a glance

Visits

CHILE: Santiago, Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, San Pedro de Atacama, Moon Valley, Atacama Desert, Chaxa lagoon, Los Flamencos National Reserve, Miscanti and Meñiques Lagoons, El Tatio Geysers, BOLIVIA: South and North Lipez, Green Lagoon, Dali Desert, Red Lagoon, San Pedro de Quemez, Galaxy Cave, Necropolis of San Juan, Uyuni Salt Flat, Incahuasi Island, Tunupa Volcano, Train Cemetery, Tupiza, ARGENTINA: Purmamarca, Hill of Seven Colors, Quebrada de Humahuaca, Salta, Buenos Aires

Accomodation

13 nights in 3* or 4* premium hotels

Transportation

Premium 4x4 for excursions from day 6 to 10

Private car and local driver for visits from day 1 to 6 and from day 10

Dates and Prices

Arrival date

Trip details

Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVAL AND FULL DAY TOUR OF SANTIAGO

Morning

Arrival at Santiago international airport.

Meet and greet with your guide and ransfer 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 places such as the Constitution Square located next to the Moneda Palace.

Set foot on other key squares in the city, 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.

Afternoon

Drive along Balmaceda Park and the Mapocho river to the old train station, an Eiffel-inspired building, Estación Mapochol is now a cultural center.

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

At the end of the day, drive back to your hotel (30 min).

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in Santiago.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 2 VALPARAISO, VIÑA DEL MAR

Morning

Drive North West (75 miles - 120 km) to the coastal cities of Vina del Mar and Valparaiso.

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

Transfer to Valparaiso (20 min), Chile's busiest port, also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2003.

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.

Drive back to Santiago (1 hour 40 min).

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in Santiago.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Lunch in a local restaurant

Day 3 FLIGHT TO CALAMA, SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA, MOON VALLEY

Morning

Transfer to the airport (30 min). Direct flight to Calama (2 hours), the world copper capital and the largest oasis in this desertic 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.

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

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

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

Evening

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

Drive back to San Pedro de Atacama (40 min).

Overnight at the hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

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

Morning

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

Stop at the Chaxa Lagoon (1 hour).

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

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

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

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

Afternoon

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 (30 min).

End of the afternoon at leisure.

Evening

Free evening in San Pedro de Atacama.

Overnight at your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Lunch in a typical restaurant

Day 5 EL TATIO GEYSERS, FREE AFTERNOON IN SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

Morning

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

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

This is the largest geyser field in the Southern Hemisphere, 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

Afternoon at leisure in San Pedro de Atacama.

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. Immigration procedures.

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 Colored Lagoon) which goes from orange to red depending on the time of the day.

Afternoon

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

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

Evening

Overnight at your hotel in San Pedro de Quemes.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Picnic lunch during the excursion
  • 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 hour 45 min). End of the afternoon/early evening, arrival at your hotel in Uyuni.

Evening

Free evening in the town of Uyuni.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Picnic lunch during the excursion

Day 8 UYUNI SALT FLAT, INCAHUASI ISLAND, TUNUPA VOLCANO

Morning

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

Learn about the Colchani salt cooperative and how it extracts and processes 25,000 tonnes 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 on the salar on your way to Incahuasi Island also know 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.

Drive across the Salar on your way to the Tunupa volcano.

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 in the middle of the salar

Day 9 TRAIN CEMETERY, ROAD TO TUPIZA

Morning

Discover Uyuni’s train cemetery where several old abandoned locomotives and train cars conjure up a very unique landscape of desolation.

Drive to the quiet town of Tupiza, south east of Uyuni (4 hours 30 min).

Drive through the town of Atocha and follow the tracks of the 2014 Dakar Rallye that took place in South America with several stages in Bolivia.

Passing by strikingly red hills you will get to the town of Tupiza where you will have a well-deserved lunch with typical Andean flavors.

Afternoon

In the afternoon, you will visit the town's surroundings where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were believed to have died in the late 1900s.

Many stunning features like the Canyon of the Duende, the Toroyoj river, the Quebrada de Palmira and the Valley of the Machos make it an incredible place to photograph.

Evening

Free evening in Tupiza.

Overnight at your hotel in Tupiza.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 10 ROAD TO PURMAMARCA IN ARGENTINA, HILL OF SEVEN COLORS

Morning

Transfer to the border between Bolivia and Argentina (2 hours). Immigration formalities.

Your Argentinean driver will be waiting to pick you up and start your Argentinean journey.

Drive to the little town of Purmamarca (3 hours 30 min) located in the Jujuy province in northwest Argentina.

Afternoon

In the afternoon visit Purmamarca, a picturesque settlement in the Quebrada de Humahuaca, famous for its Hill of Seven Colors.

Evening

Free afternoon to enjoy the geological wonders of the Hill of Seven Colors.

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in Purmamarca.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 11 QUEBRADA DE HUMAHUACA: PAINTER'S PALETTE, TILCARA, TROPIC OF CAPRICORN, ROAD TO SALTA

Morning

The Quebrada de Humahuaca, a 100-mile long arid valley, home to human settlement for the past 10,000 years, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003 to recognize its importance in the development of Andean cultures.

Start your morning tour with a visit of Purmamarca.

Drive to Tilcara (30 min) to visit the Cultural Centre of La Quebrada and its pre-Inca fortification ruins.

Tilcara is one of the oldest places in Argentina to have been continuously inhabited with vestige of human hunter/gatherer communities going back 10,000 years.

10 miles north, near the town of Huacalera, you will stop at a small monument marking the Tropic of Capricorn with a giant sundial nearby.

The Tropic of Capricorn runs through only 11 countries: Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Australia, Tonga Chile, Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil.

This line runs 26' 30" south of the Equator, where the Sun reaches its exact zenith at noon on December 21, the Southern Hemisphere's midsummer.

The name was chosen because the constellation of Capricorn rises above it on the summer solstice.

Afternoon

You will also stop at the Painter's Palette, another set of colorful red, yellow and grey mountains that look as if they have been skillfully combined for a real painting.

Drive south towards Salta (3 hours).

Evening

For dinner, you will experience one of the best and most typical peña de Salta. More than a restaurant, a peña is a typical place where you will enjoy great food, drinks, live music and dancing.

Overnight at your hotel in Salta.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Dinner show at a traditional peña

Day 12 HALF-DAY TOUR OF SALTA LA LINDA, FLIGHT TO BUENOS AIRES

Morning

Walk through the historic city center and step inside the Cabildo museum, the Cathedral of Salta, the church of San Francisco and the San Bernardo Convent.

Learn about inca rituals at the High Mountain Archeological Museum (MAAM), a fascinating place that hosts 1 of the 3 childen mommies that were buried 500 years ago near the Llullaillaco volcano, the third highest active volcano in the world (22,110 ft - 6739 m).

Drive you up San Bernardo hill from where you will enjoy a stunning view of the city. Drive you back downtown (15 min).

Afternoon

Transfer to Salta airport.

Direct flight to Buenos Aires (2 hours).

Evening

Arrival in Buenos Aires and transfer to your hotel downtown (30 min).

Overnight at your hotel in Buenos Aires.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 13 BUENOS AIRES FULL DAY CITY TOUR

Morning

Discover the historical center on a guided walking tour that will take you through the emblematic Plaza de Mayo and stop for pictures in front of la Casa Rosada, the pink Presidential Palace.

Drive to San Telmo, the city's oldest neighborhood with its many busy cafes, tango parlors and antique shops lining the cobblestone colonial streets. A neighborhood much loved by local artists and dancers.

Take time to tango around the colorful 'El Caminito' street museum, once home to Italian immigrants.

Afternoon

In the afternoon drive through La Recoleta, one of the historical central neighborhood in Buenos Aires.

Visit La Recoleta Cemetery, home of over 6,400 graves, famous for being Eva Perón's resting place.

Drive along the exclusive Alvear Avenue and stop at the Alvear Hotel, one of the most luxurious and distinguished hotel in Argentina. Drive to Palermo, the city's largest district and venture into the upmarket Palermo Chico and explore the fashionable streets of Palermo Soho.

End of the tour, transfer to your hotel.

Evening

Enjoy a 2-hour tango-show during your dinner at a hundred-year old tango institution in the capital.

At about 11pm, transfer to your hotel (10 min).

Overnight at your hotel in Buenos Aires.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Dinner with drinks included at Café Los Angelitos

Day 14 DEPARTURE FROM BUENOS AIRES

Morning

At the indicated time, transfer to Buenos Aires international airport (30 min).

Check-in and assistance.

International flight.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Services

What's included

Accommodation

Nights
13 nights in 3* or 4* premium hotels

Meals

Bed & Breakfast plan
13 breakfasts + 5 lunches (including several box lunches) + 3 dinners
Full board plan
13 breakfasts + 13 lunches (including several box lunches) + 13 dinners

Transportation

4x4
Premium 4x4 for excursions from day 6 to 10
Car
Private car and local driver for visits from day 1 to 6 and from day 10

Orientation

Guide
Private English-speaking guide for all visits and excursions

Entrance Fees

All entrance fees to mentioned sites

What's not included

  • Regional Flights: 450 USD/Person
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra Meals
  • Drinks
  • Tips

Important notes

 This tour includes many visits at sites above 14,000 ft which makes it not recommendable to people suffering from heart diseases

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