Andean High Plains Grand Tour
A remarkable adventure along the Andes to Peru, Bolivia and Chile
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Luxury accommodation throughout
- Private tours in the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, La Paz, Uyuni and Santiago
- Tour options in Titicaca and the Atacama Desert
- Private transfers and flights mentioned in the itinerary
- Luxury train to Puno
- Meet and greet airport service
- Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
This is a phenomenal journey to some of South America’s more extreme regions, including the Peruvian Andes, Lake Titicaca, Bolivian salt flats and the deserts of Chile.
As the terrain gets higher, the culture becomes more extraordinary, giving you authentic encounters with the ancient Incan heritage of Peru’s Sacred Vallery and Machu Picchu, the colourful Aymaran people and their floating reed islands on Lake Titicaca and the hardy Quechuan culture of Bolivia’s Altiplano.
Your adventure starts in the beautiful Sacred Valley, one of Peru’s must culturally significant destinations. You’ll visit the fascinating Inca sites here then make your way to the misty mountains of Machu Picchu to explore the ancient citadel with an expert guide who will make the ruins come alive. It’s then onto the charming city of Cusco, known for its colonial architecture and cobbled streets. After two days exploring, you’ll take a train to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca for a stay at our favourite spot.
Cross the border into Bolivia and the high altitude city La Paz, taking a cable car ride that offers incredible views over the patchwork of teracotta roofs that bleed into the surrounding mountains. Your next destination are the Uyuni Salt Flats, one of the world’s most amazing natural wonders. This vast landscape plays with your perceptions and offers otherworldly views. From here, drive between volcanoes at over 4000m (13,000 feet) above sea level down to Chile’s magnificent Atacama Desert for three days of epic exploration in one of the driest regions on the planet.
Example Trip Itinerary
Meet and greet at Lima airport
Private transfer to your hotel in Lima
Accommodation in Lima
Villa Barranco is located in a charming 1920’s house that has been carefully restored, fitting perfectly into the surrounding district of Barranco which is known for its arty feel, traditional architecture and laid-back bohemian vibe. There are nine rooms and suites, a some of which on the ground floor enjoy a private garden space, while those on the second have terraces of balconies. The style is simple, comfortable, with wooden floors, Persian rugs and huge beds. Enjoy views of the sea and surrounding neighbourhood from the rooftop terrace, with many cultural sites, bars and restaurants nearby.
- 82 guestrooms
- Observatory Restaurant
- Rooftop pool
This luxury hotel in Lima is a great place to relax before or after your visit to Machu Picchu and other destinations in Peru. The hotel is set on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and adjacent to one of the most exclusive residential areas and commercial districts of Lima. Miraflores Park prides itself in offering outstanding personalised service and a home away from home atmosphere. With 82 rooms, the amenities include three massage rooms, a rooftop heated pool, state of the art gym and a special observatory restaurant with sea views while dining. This luxury hotel in Lima is a great place to relax before or after your visit to Machu Picchu and other destinations in Peru.
- Five king bedded rooms, eight king two twin bedded rooms and four contemporary queen bedded rooms
- Restaurant, bar and lounge
- Living room
- Rooftop sun deck and patio
At last a hotel with lots of Limeño character and heritage. Combining intimate and modern boutique hospitality, with stylish, historical elegance, Hotel B offers both a polished and decidedly local stay to your time in Lima. Located in the city’s bohemian district of Barranco and housed in a historical Belle Époque mansion, once the palatial, ocean view residence of the Peruvian president Augusto Leguia, its architectural features and flair captures Peru’s colonial past in 21st century luxury. In fact, the Arts Hotel renovation team included sculptors from the Fine Arts academy and a host of talented carpenters under the direction of an Italian master woodworker. Each of its 17 rooms (coming in three different categories) all display chic furnishings and modern amenities, with contemporary style and smart design blended together in a very refreshing and unique way.
Enjoy an evening in Peru's capital, taking advantage of its world-class restaurants, enjoying a pisco sour and getting a good night's sleep before your adventure in the Amazon.
Private transfer to Lima airport
Flight from Lima to Cusco
Private transfer to your hotel in the Sacred Valley
The Sacred Valley
Accommodation in The Sacred Valley
- 115 rooms
- Large Spa with 7 treatment rooms, Vichy shower, 3 hydrotherapy pools
- 3 restaurants
- Wine cellar
A brand new hotel and spa resort, the Aranwa Aqua is amongst the most luxurious and well equipped accommodations in the Sacred Valley. Set in the impressive grounds of an 18th century colonial hacienda the hotel boast full spa facilities to provide an extra level of relaxation after a day of exploring including many of the latest treatments and facilities. There are one hundred rooms and fifteen large suites (with jacuzzis and floor-to-ceiling windows) and guests can also enjoy three restaurants, a small on site museum and an art gallery.
- 22 rooms
- Private villas for families and groups of friends
This is without doubt one of the most comfortable and luxurious places to stay in the Sacred Valley. Set in a beautiful spot by the Urubamba river the hotel is close to the Incan fortress of Ollantaytambo. The construction and design of the 22 rooms is in keeping with the rustic surrounds of this historic location with extensive use of natural materials, yet never compromising on luxury. The hotel has a good restaurant and a high quality 230 square metre spa in which to relax after a day exploring the area. There are also two very spacious and well-appointed villas suitable for families or groups of friends travelling together.
- 43 casitas
- Adjoining ranch and stables
Set among beautiful gardens in the magnificent location of the Sacred Valley, Sol y Luna is a charming and comfortable hotel with wonderfully relaxing amenities. Your bungalow, or ‘casita’, is designed with Andean touches and stylish interiors and boasts gorgeous views of the surrounding landscape. Spend your days exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas where you can partake in exciting activities such as horse riding, bird watching and para-gliding. Back at Sol y Luna the indulgent spa, sauna and pool is a peaceful place for you to unwind, while the dining consists of a restaurant, Killa Wasi, where Peruvian and European cuisine is served and a bar, Chicha Wasi, where you can enjoy authentic pisco sours. You can also enjoy traditional Andean cuisine at Wayra, a separate restaurant set in the hotel’s Wayra ranch, paying homage to the wealth of natural ingredients cultivated in the Sacred Valley since the time of the Incas. The hotel is also recognised for its community initiatives, particularly in education. After 10 years of working with different schools and programs, Sol y Luna opened the Sol y Luna Intercultural School, providing educational services to a number of local students.
- 50 rooms
- Outdoor pool
- Dining room
- Bar and living room
Tucked away in one of the Sacred Valley’s most secluded haciendas, next to the tiny village of Urquillos and close to many of the area’s most important Inca settlements, explora Valle Sagrado is the wonderful hub from which to explore this incredible region of Peru. Carefully built within an ancient corn plantation set on Inca terraces, 50 rooms – six of which are suites – drink in views of the surrounding fields and mountains. Each is modern in its simplicity and thoroughly comfortable. There is an outdoor swimming pool, with hot tubs, massage room, steam rooms and saunas all set within a carefully preserved colonial building, Pumacahua House. A communal dining room, bar, library and living area sit at the heart of the property. Guests stay here on a three night all inclusive basis, discovering the area with a selection of over 20 exploration activities. These include a range of hikes to colonial towns, snowcapped mountains, high altitude lagoons and Inca archaeological sites, half and full day mountain bike rides and tours to Cusco, Machu Picchu, or more off-the-beaten track locations.
Northwest of Cusco, the Sacred Valley is one of the most beautiful and historically important parts of Peru. The Valley was one of the bases of Inca civilization, the river that winds its way through believed to be aligned with the cosmos. The valley is also home to many indigenous people living the same way they have been for centuries and it’s possible to visit local markets and communities.
Your guide will collect you from your hotel in the Sacred Valley and take you on a full day private tour. Start at the Inca fortress town of Ollantaytambo. The site was built just as the Spaniards arrived and is one of the most important if not visible vestiges of how the Incas inhabited and functioned in their cities making it a fascinating place to explore. There is a fortress at the top of the hill (and quite a few steps) which is particularly interesting to investigate for the techniques the Incas used in its construction.
Private transfer to Ollanta station
The Vistadome train takes you to the magnificent ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu in superb modern comfort. As per its name, the train has wide glass windows built into the roof and sides of the carriages so you really do get to see the rich Peruvian countryside rushing by. Large leather seats, air conditioning, heating, and good service reflects all the contemporary efficiency and standards of Peru Rail too.
Your private guide will take you on a comprehensive tour of the Machu Picchu citadel, really bringing it to life by detailing the history, significance and myths surrounding it as well as taking you to the hidden corners and best viewpoints. After your tour, you'll descend to Aguas Calientes for a delicious lunch at the rustically elegant Inkaterra hotel, before an afternoon at leisure. You can explore the areas around Machu Picchu or carry on exploring the ruins.
Return in the evening to overnight at your chosen hotel in the Machu Picchu area.
Accommodation in Machu Picchu
Inkaterra Machu Picchu is only steps away from the train ride to the breathtaking views of the Incan citadel. The hotel consists of several whitewashed cottages in an Andean village located in the heart of Agua Calientes, part of the historical Machu Picchu attraction. Tea time and evening nature shows are offered each day, and the hotel has a spa and yoga facility. The spacious rooms all have a fireplace and thick, handmade alpaca wool blankets cover each bed making it a perfect place for simple relaxing before and after your Machu Picchu excursion. Inkaterra is a leader in ecotourism and sustainable development in Peru. They have a commitment to research, and sharing knowledge about biodiversity and culture with the world through authentic travel experiences. Because of this, they have been granted the First International Certificate in Sustainable Tourism given by Control Union Green Choice and the Sustainable Tourism Standard Conservation Award. They are also Rainforest Alliance verified and there is no single-use plastic at the property.
- 60 rooms
An excellent option in the Machu Picchu area, the Sumaq is located outside of the town of Aguas Calientes on a stretch of the Urubamba river. 60 rooms and suites are decorated to a clean modern finish with flourishes and details inspired by the Inca citadel, with views of the river and mountains. One of the real highlights here is the restaurant, by our reckoning one of the best in the Machu Picchu area. Aside from visiting the famous citadel above, you can partake in Peruvian cooking classes, witness traditional ceremonies and shamanic rituals, and head out on hikes through the lush valley in search of unique species of flora and fauna.
- 31 rooms
- Two restaurants
The Sanctuary Lodge is certainly one of the best located hotels in the world, being the only accommodation located inside of Machu Picchu. There are stunning views from many of the rooms and the hotel is within walking distance of the Incan ruins. The gorgeous garden is a wonderful place to have breakfast or a cocktail in the evening while relishing in the peace of the surroundings. Given the location, space is at an economy so the standard rooms are not overly spacious. However, this is a small price to pay for such a stunning location. All meals are included in the cost.
Discover the Machu Picchu citadel by climbing up either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. Both scenic sites offer incredible, sweeping views, but vary in route. Huanya Picchu is a steeper route for the confident hiker as you pass sheer drops and takes around 2 hours. Machu Picchu Mountain is a rewarding 3 hour ascending hike taking you away from the larger crowds to enjoy the vistas.
Board the train for the journey back from Machu Picchu with refreshments served on board.
Accommodation in Cusco
- 16 rooms
- Restaurant and bar
- Spa, sauna and massage rooms
- Hydro massage pool
Casa Cartagena has a uniquely sharp and contemporary look in a town dominated by colonial style hotels. The boutique hotel has a sleek, minimalist concept with clean, white lines and modern furnishings for the interiors, whilst the historical exterior has been renovated beautifully in keeping with the surrounds of the city. Service is attentive and professional and the hotel sits just 200 metres from the main historic square of the city. The sixteen rooms are spacious and airy, and the central courtyard is beautifully lit up by a large luminescent globe.
- 55 oxygen-enriched suites
- Outdoor pool
- Poolside bar
Palacio Nazarenas, a beautifully-restored old palace and convent, is Belmond’s latest hotel in Cusco and another triumph on the same par as the nearby Monasterio. The hotel has been conscientiously renovated so that guest bask not only in modern luxury but in the history of Cusco, with cloistered gardens, fountains, walls of Incan stones, lovely terraces and flowered patios to wander amongst. The style is sympathetic to the colonial era in regards to its lavishness but also outfitted to modern demands and designs. For example, all of its rooms are oxygen-enriched to help ease the altitude for visitors, and it boasts the city’s first outdoor pool.
- 126 Rooms
- Select rooms oxygen enriched
- Two restaurants
- Lobby bar
Cusco’s most famous and prestigious hotel, Monasterio is a beautifully restored monastery in the heart of town just steps away from the main plaza, finest restaurants and best museums. Built around Incan foundations, adorned with antique Spanish design, the hotel is an important historical landmark and is protected by the National Institute of Culture. The 126 unique rooms offer a great mix of elegance and comfort, ranging from cozy quarters to expansive suite. The hotel also goes the extra mile in terms of guests’ comfort with the provision of some oxygen enriched bedrooms to help acclimatize to the high altitude. There are two restaurants – Illariy in the cloisters opening out over the leafy courtyard where you’ll find delicious breakfasts and light lunches, and El Tupay which serves fine international cuisine created from local ingredients, often accompanied by opera. The relaxed lobby bar is the place to sip pisco sours after a day exploring.
- 11 Suites
- Lounge and dining room
This luxury boutique hotel is located right in the center of Cusco surrounded by cobblestone streets, museums and next door to Plaza Las Nazarenas. This really is the premier property in Cusco and a real delight to stay at. La Casona is a beauitfully and carefully restored colonial manor house from the 16th century with modern luxuries. With only eleven suites surrounding a courtyard, the atmosphere is very private and charming. Each room is furnished with period antiques and has a fireplace and heated floors. Other hotel amenities include a library, restaurant, lounge, spa, butler services and Peruvian cooking classes.
Enjoy this beautiful city and UNESCO World Heritage site. Capital of the Incan Empire from the early 14th century until its Spanish conquest, Cusco is a beautiful city where you can find Incan ruins next to (or underneath) but Spanish colonial architecture.
Your local expert guide will collect you from your hotel for a tour of the city, starting out at the Santo Domingo convent monastery. This former colonial monastery was previously the Koricancha Temple, one of the most important temples devoted to the worship of the sun. According to the chronicles, it was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. Your next stop will be the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral. After touring the most interesting sites of the city, you will be driven by private vehicle to the countryside just outside Cusco to visit some of the remarkable Inca ruins in the area such as the cult centre of Sacsayhuaman, the temple and amphitheatre of Kenko, and the Red Fortress of Puca Pucara.
The best way to cross the Andes from Cusco to Puno. The PeruRail Titicaca Train features an open-air observatory car, allowing you to take in the majestic views while enjoying the typical music and dances of the Peruvian highlands. During your trip, which takes ten and a half hours, you will have the chance to take panoramic pictures of some of the quintessential Andean landscapes, be entertained by traditional musicians and enjoy gourmet Peruvian cuisine.
Private transfer to your hotel by Lake Titicaca
Accommodation in Lake Titicaca
- 18 rooms
- Dining room
- Massage room
Located on a private peninsula that juts out onto the fabled waters of Lake Titicaca, Titilaka is designed to allow guests to fully experience this magical and deeply historical place. There are just 18 rooms spread over three floors, all boasting views out across the tranquil waters. Dawn rooms face east and catch the sun as it rises – an integrated bathroom means you can watch the sky light up while soaking in your oversized bath tub. Dusk rooms face west and from here you can catch the sun as it sinks behind the horizon at the end of the day. The corner suites are the largest and are located on the third floor, with double windows for incredible views. The design is clean and contemporary with local textiles and fresh flowers to add colour and character. There is plenty of space to relax with three lounges, a reading room with books, games and DVDs, as well as wraparound terraces, overwater decks abd boardwalks to really connect you to the lake itself. There is a small jetty at the end of the peninsula where boats depart from to explore the lake and its islands, and there are kayaks, row boats and bicycles available too. The lodge offers full-day, half-day or short activities – all of which are included in your stay – simply let them know on arrival what you would like to do each day. Food at Titilaka is simple and wholseome and uses local produce such as lake trout and Andean spices. You can choose to dine in the restaurant or enjoy your meal outside, enjoying the views and the breeze from the lake. There is also a massage room should you wish to indulge. The lodge is all inclusive and breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, cocktails and dinner, sundowners and snacks throughout the day are included in your stay.
Set high up at an altitude of 3,860 metres (12,660 feet) the deep blue waters of Lake Titicaca form the world’s highest navigable lake. The lake is set so close to the heavens that it’s a deeply spiritual place for the indigenous population of Peru and the founders of the Inca civilisation are believed to have risen from the waters of the lake. Spend your time exploring the lake and its surroundings - which are excellent for hiking - visiting the reed islands and their communities, and taking in life on the water.
This is the site of one of the oldest civilisations of the Americas, pre-dating the Incas, the Tiwanaku culture which spanned 1500 years until 1000AD. These are magnificent ruins and your private guide will help to unlock its secrets for you.
Accommodation in La Paz
- 53 rooms
- Rooftop bar
Located in the Zona Sur district in the vibrant Calacoto neighbourhood, Atix Hotel is a masterpiece of modern design. It takes its name from the Quenchua word meaning ‘the one who thrives’ and it is one of the city’s most impressive landmarks and best hotels. The hotel, which is shaped like a parallelogram, is clad in native Bolivian wood and Comanche stone from a village of the same name 70km outside the city. Inside is no less impressive with photography and artwork from Bolivian artist, Gastón Ugalde, throughout. There are 53 modern, spacious rooms that look out over the mountains that surround the city, that are simple and sophisticated in design. Ona meaning ‘gift’ in the ancient Pukina language, is the hotel’s restaurant and is headed up by a team of young Bolivian chefs and offers a creative, inspiring menu. Head to the rooftop bar +591, named after the area code, and enjoy cocktails while taking in the incredible view. There is also a small cafe and shop opening in September which will sell coffee, bread and pastries.
- Cable TV
- Sauna § Gym
- Lobby bar
- Business Centre
Casa Grande is one of La Paz’s most modern hotels, located in the affluent La Paz neighbourhood of Calacoto. And, at more than 500m below the altitude of the city centre this can make all the difference. Renowned for its friendly service and extensive facilities including a gym with regular fitness classes such as yoga, pilates and aerobics, Casa Grande provides luxury and great views of the city. The rooms are very comfortable, simple and contemporary in design.
- Business Centre
- Health Club
- Indoor Pool
One of La Paz’s best hotels is the Camino Real Suites providing friendly service and contemporary high-rise, western comfort to its guests. Just outside the capital of Bolivia’s city centre, this hotel is in the quieter but well-connected suburbs with seventy suites and a very well-equipped health club where you can take a swim, get a massage or visit the beauty salon. Moreover at 3,300m above sea level, the outskirts of La Paz make for an easier introduction to the altitude than say uptown districts that can reach 4,100m. Whether just beginning your Bolivian holiday or on your way out this is a good hotel where you can unwind or from which to explore La Paz.
- 65 rooms
- Restaurant and bar
- Indoor pool
You’ll find the Casa Grande Nuevo surrounded by majestic mountains, in a peaceful residential district of La Paz. The hotel is composed of 65 chic rooms, all featuring air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and private balconies. After a busy day out exploring La Paz, enjoy a meal in the on-site restaurant which features both international and local dishes, and relax with a cocktail in the bar afterwards. There’s also a spa, an indoor pool, and a gym for you to use. When you’re not enjoying the facilities of this modern hotel, step outside and you’ll find that you are well placed to explore La Paz with the San Miguel commercial area and the Megacenter Shopping Centre just a five-minute drive away.
In the shadow of the immense triple snow-capped peaks of Mount Illimani and at altitudes reaching 4,000m, Bolivia’s cultural capital, La Paz has earned itself the moniker of the ‘Tibet of the Americas’ and life at these lofty heights is admirable if not spectacular. The city’s indigenous, colonial, and modern influences might be as jumbled together as the electrical lines between the houses, yet a majestic Hispanic church and a modern high-rise bookending a street illustrates how it all sits captivatingly and stoically side by side.
Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and together you will visit the Gold Museum, Pedro Domingo Murillo House, National Museum of Art and the Bolivian Metals Museum. Jaen street is very picturesque and a great place for walking and looking at the old colored houses.
Continue to Killi Killi lookout point to enjoy a panoramic view of the city and enjoy lunch at local restaurant, before heading to the Teleferico cable car.
You'll visit the Moon Valley, a clay formation resembling the face of the Moon.
Private transfer to La Paz airport
Flight from La Paz to Uyuni
Private transfer to your hotel in Uyuni
Uyuni Salt Flats
Accommodation in Uyuni Salt Flats
- Game Room
- Craft centre
- Travel Agency
- Laundry Service
- Conference room
Seated on the banks of the Salar de Uyuni, the highest salt pan in the world, the Luna Salada or Salt Moon hotel commands extraordinary panoramic views over this expanse of surreal white desert. Built using salt blocks and designed in the style of Bolivia’s indigenous homes with brightly woven rugs, artisanal furniture and glowing fireplaces, Luna Salada retains a wonderfully authentic feel of life in the Bolivian high plains. The rooms are spacious with private bathrooms, heating and hot water at any time of day. The hotel’s restaurant, Mirador Tanupa, is the place to watch the blue, purple and pink tie-dye sunsets disappear behind the silvery horizon in simple yet cosy surroundings. At 3658 meters above sea level, located thirty minutes from Uyuni town and ten minutes from Colchani, Luna Salada enjoys a unique location and offers guests a very immersive experience as well as various treks, hikes and tours in the prehistoric salt flats.
- Private guide, driver & chef
- Gourmet cuisine, AC/Heating, electric blankets,
- Campervan towed by 4WD vehicle, along an additional truck used as the kitchen and restaurant
A road(less) trip you will never forget. Travel in cool comfort and style through the Uyuni Salt Flats in your deluxe Airstream camper. Your camper is pulled by a 4WD jeep in which will be your personal driver and guide, plus an accompanying campervan that will be your own personal restaurant and bar along the way. Sail over the largest salt flats in the world; see the vivid Green and Red Lagoons, home of the Andean flamingos, the Dali Desert and more, with your expert guide taking you off each day to see the different natural wonders and highlights by 4WD jeep, foot or even bicycle. The itinerary is a minimum of two nights on board your campervan with an overnight stay in the Salt Hotel. Enjoy a double bed (changeable to twin format), private bath with shower, sofa and coffee table, closet and luggage space, heating and AC, iPod port and mini-bar. This is an exclusive and perfect way to experience the Salt Flats, needing only to peer out the window or open the door for those spectacular sunrises, sunsets and nights under the stars.
Seated on the banks of the Salar de Uyuni, the highest salt pan in the world, the salt hotel commands extraordinary panoramic views over this expanse of surreal white desert. The rooms are spacious with private bathrooms, heating and hot water at any time of day. The hotel’s restaurant is the place to watch the blue, purple and pink tie-dye sunsets disappear behind the silvery horizon in simple yet cosy surroundings. At 3658m (12,000 feet ) above sea level, located thirty minutes from Uyuni town and ten minutes from Colchani, Luna Salada enjoys a unique location and offers guests a very immersive experience as well as various treks, hikes and tours in the prehistoric salt flats.
Arguably Bolivia’s most breath-taking experience, the shimmering Salar de Uyuni are the world's largest salt flats. Formed from the drying up vast prehistoric lakes, the salt flats stretch as far as the eye can see. When they flood each rainy season (November-March) the flats transform into a vast mirror which reflects the sky and seems to defy reality. During the dry season (April – October) the salt glistens until the horizon creating a surreal and magical atmosphere.
Yur guide will bring you to explore one of the most amazing natural wonders in the world, the Uyuni Salt Flats. You will stop in many different spots for amazing photo opportunities. Visiting the Ojos del Mar and Colchani sites before heading to Isla Pescado where you take lunch.
Your guide will collect you from your hotel in the morning for one of the most spectacular days of travel that you will experience. On the way to Chile, will visit the high altitude lagoons of Hedionda, Cañapa and Charcota nearby. Then, heading south, we will visit Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve to see Laguna Colorada, Sol de Mañana geyser, and Polques Hot Springs. Cross the border between Bolivia and Chile, then visit Laguna Verde and Licancabur volcano before driving down to San Pedro de Atacama.
The Atacama Desert
Accommodation in The Atacama Desert
- 42 rooms, each with a terrace
- Swimming pools and hot springs
- Lounge and bar
- Private guiding
Almost imperceptible from its backdrop of baked red rock, emerging as a perfectly placed traditional adobe settlement, it takes an even closer look to discover that this is, in fact, the very conscientiously designed and luxuriously authentic Alto Atacama hotel. Its beauty is matched by its sustainable ideals, with the resort dedicated to integrating into the environment without causing harm to the immediate landscapes or ecosystems. In the shadow of the Cordillera de la Sal and with the San Pedro River coursing by its enviably remote and magical position in the Atacama desert means it is well placed to explore the surrounding natural sights of deep, sweeping valleys and canyons, kaleidoscope skies, serene lagoons, ancient ruins and tempestuous geysers. Yet the location is only part of the hotel’s unique allure; its design both in and out stylishly embraces the aesthetic of the Altiplano and Atacama. Varying textures in the form of colourful earth-tone tiles, Brea lamps, cave paintings, local iconography, sculptures, and coarse Aguayo tapestries and Amerindian textiles, blend to create an inviting, warm and intimate atmosphere to the contrasting wilderness outside. Each comfortable room features its own terrace and is equipped with many modern appliances and luxuries. What’s more the hotel’s activities and expeditions are expertly planned and personalised to you, with private guiding available. The staff will do their utmost to look after you and there are many facilities to enjoy at the hotel, such as yoga, spa treatments, hot springs, or just sitting under the patio awnings gazing at the spectacle in front of you.
- 12 round suites with private patio
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Open-air restaurant
- Full board with wine and soft drinks included
Another luxury addition to San Pedro de Atacama, the Awasi is a truly special option. With outstanding service, the hotel offers an exceptional experience and all activities are completely private and personalised to your needs and requests. There are 12 suites, circular in shape and made from adobe, stone and wood which help to keep them cool in the day and warm in the evenings. Each suite has its own private patio, indoor and outdoor showers and inside you’ll find armchairs and alpaca blankets to keep you cosy. The hotel is beautifully decorated with wool hangings and hardwood and marble floors that evoke a sense of history and tradition. The restaurant uses local, seasonal produce to create beautiful looking and tasting dishes that show off some of the more unusual ingredients used in Chilean cooking. Its open-air setting makes for a truly magical and memorable meal. There is also a lovely outdoor pool which provides welcome relief from the heat, and there is plenty of outdoor space in which to relax. The hotel operates an all-inclusive programme, with all meals, drinks and excursions (all tailored to your needs) included.
- All meals included
- Sauna, steam bath and open air Jacuzzis
- Spa and treatment rooms
The Explora hotels are perhaps Chile’s most famous, meaning Explora Atacama comes with an enviable reputation to live up to and it’s pleasing to say that it doesn’t disappoint. Everything about the hotel exudes understated quality, with tastefully furnished, extremely comfortable rooms. Each has its own jacuzzi in the bathroom and a cut-out floor to ceiling window with panoramic views. There are four interconnected high-design swimming pools and saunas, a stargazing platform (complete with high quality telescopes) and an open bar. The hotel is also home to a superb restaurant. The programmes offered are all inclusive, so all meals, most drinks and all tours are included in this price. Explore this beautiful region either on foot, horseback riding, bike, or 4WD excursions. There are also cultural excursions and high mountain ascents ranging in difficulty and altitude. For safety reasons, high mountain hiking requires a minimum of two-night acclimatization but we’d recommend four nights here simply to get the most out of your time here.
- 32 rooms
- Each room has a private terrace (except the family rooms) with views of the Licancabur volcano
- Indoor heated pool and outdoor pools with hot tub
- Spa treatment rooms
The Tierra Atacama is an excellent boutique hotel option in San Pedro Atacama. The design of the hotel is both comfortable and stylish and facilities include a spa, Jacuzzis, sauna and a pool area. There are 32 spacious and comfortable rooms, each with a private terrace and views of the Licancabur volcano. The hotel has been designed to be casually elegant in a neo-minimal style, with rooms intricately decked out with local, carefully sourced, hand-made textiles to add an authentic desert feel.
The Atacama Desert ranks among the driest regions on earth, fifty times more arid than California’s Death Valley, with some regions having never had any recorded rainfall. Located in the far north of Chile, it is a place of truly other-worldly landscape of towering volcanoes, flamingo frequented lagoons, salt-flats, geysers and shifting sand dunes. Indeed, the Atacama has been used to test Mars-bound NASA rovers and, thanks to its utter lack of weather, high altitude and low-to-zero light pollution, it is a stargazing haven home to the world’s most advanced observatories.
Spend your days exploring the Atacama Desert with the many different excursions available. Depending on which lodge you are staying in, this may be in small groups or entirely private (speak to your travel designer so we can find the lodge that suits you best).
Private tansfer to Calama airport
Flight from Calama to Santiago
Private transfer to your hotel in Santiago
Accommodation in Santiago
- 19 rooms
- Wine Bar
- Two Restaurants
Built in the 1920s as a four-storey family house, this now delightful boutique hotel wears its past with renewed pride and modern panache. Sympathetically restored and furnished to the tastes of the era yet fitted with, the few but necessary, contemporary amenities and an eccentric luxury polish, Castillo Rojo is a unique piece of Santiago history and style. Located in the city’s bohemian Bellavista quarter, but a block from Pablo Neruda’s house, you have your pick of fine restaurants, museums, art galleries and more. It’s award-winning French brasserie restaurant La Petanque completes the quaint vintage feel of the hotel, along with some very fine tasting pastries. A new restaurant specialising in Chilean cuisine, Cabildo, is due to open in August. A further credit to its sense of individuality, none of Castillo Rojo’s nineteen bedrooms are alike. A mix of standard and superior, plus four suites, the en suite bathrooms are sparse and chic with checkerboard tiles and brass fixings.
- 70 rooms
- Outdoor pool
- Fitness centre
Epitomising Santiago’s refined grace and pressing modernity, the boutique Cumbres Lastarria is the area’s newest offering. Occupying a prime location Santiago’s most fashionable district, the hotel boasts a bohemian vibe combined with comfort, style, and incredible service. As an intimate hotel with only 70 rooms, the hotel promise and delivers a care and attention that’s rarely encountered in big-city properties. During your stay, take swim in the outdoor pool and work up an appetite for your meal served at the gourmet on-site restaurant. You’ll find that there’s a plethora of both commercial and gastronomical delights on your doorstep. You will also be just 200 yards from the Bellas Artes Museum and a host of other phenomenal cultural attractions.
- 62 rooms
- Restaurant & Sky Bar
- Rooftop swimming pool
- Spa, Jacuzzi, sauna & steam room
The Singular Santiago is a luxury hotel in the Lastarria neighbourhood of Santiago. A sister hotel to The Singular Patagonia, The Singular Santiago is located in one of the artiest areas of the Chilean capital, Lastarria: the Museum of Fine Art, the Museum of Visual Arts, and the Gabriel Mistral Center are all within walking distance of the hotel. It’s not just the location that’s appealing: the rooftop pool provides a scenic setting in which to both cool down after a day exploring Santiago and take in the view; the spa offers post- or pre-long-haul flight massages; and the Singular Restaurant serves French dishes alongside local specialties, such as Guanaco and Penca, to keep the flavour decidedly Latin. The ninth-floor Sky Bar is the perfect place to polish off a day in Lastarria. There are 62 rooms: the Patio Rooms and the Classic Rooms overlook the Plaza Mulato Gil, and the Deluxe Balcony Rooms have views across the Parque Forestal. All rooms at The Singular benefit from stylish decor and all the mod-cons you could wish for, including wireless internet, LCD TVs, large and comfortable beds, and well-equipped, spacious marble bathrooms.
Enjoy a couple of days in bustling Santiago, Chile's capital city. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Andes, Santiago is considered to have an understated charm. Sleek glassy skyscrapers share space with perfectly landscaped gardens, fascinating museums and stylish art galleries. There's also an emerging culinary scene boasting fine dining establishments and a celebrated seafood market. You'll have our list of recommended tours, restaurants and attractions to make sure you make the most of your time here.
With your expert local guide you will explore Chile’s capital. This city mixes the country's Mapuche legacy (the natives that inhabited the region during the Pre-Columbian era), Spanish colonial past and the modernity of any thriving city of the world. With guide you will walk its streets, visit its museums, and engage with its architecture to see both the historical and contemporary features that make up the heart of Chile.
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