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What's Included

  • 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
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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

Days 1-2

Lima

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Meet and greet at Lima airport

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Lima

Accommodation in Lima

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Overnight in Lima Overnight in Lima

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.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Lima airport

Flight

Flight from Lima to Cusco

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in the Sacred Valley

Days 2-4

The Sacred Valley

Accommodation in The Sacred Valley

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Two days exploring the Sacred Valley Two days exploring the Sacred Valley

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.

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Ollantaytambo, Maras and Moray Ollantaytambo, Maras and Moray

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.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Ollanta station

 
Vistadome Train, Peru
Vistadome Train to Machu Picchu from the Sacred Valley Vistadome Train to Machu Picchu from the Sacred Valley

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.

Days 4-5

Machu Picchu

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Private Tour of Machu Picchu Private Tour of Machu Picchu

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

A llama walks around the ruins of Machu Picchu
Morning free to explore Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Morning free to explore Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain

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.

Vistadome train back from Machu Picchu Vistadome train back from Machu Picchu

Board the train for the journey back from Machu Picchu with refreshments served on board.

Days 5-7

Cusco

Accommodation in Cusco

Two days in Cusco Two days in Cusco

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.

Cusco city and nearby ruins tour Cusco city and nearby ruins tour

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.

PeruRail Titicaca Train from Cusco to Puno PeruRail Titicaca Train from Cusco to Puno

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.

Days 7-9

Lake Titicaca

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel by Lake Titicaca

Accommodation in Lake Titicaca

Two nights at Titilaka Two nights at Titilaka

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.

Transfer to La Paz from via Tiwanaku Transfer to La Paz from via Tiwanaku

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.

Days 8-10

La Paz

Accommodation in La Paz

Two nights in La Paz Two nights in La Paz

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.

La Paz city tour with cable car La Paz city tour with cable car

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.

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Moon Valley Moon Valley

You'll visit the Moon Valley, a clay formation resembling the face of the Moon.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to La Paz airport

Flight

Flight from La Paz to Uyuni

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Uyuni

Days 10-12

Uyuni Salt Flats

Accommodation in Uyuni Salt Flats

Two nights in the Uyuni Salt Flats Two nights in the Uyuni 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.

Full day private tour of the Salt Flats Full day private tour of the Salt Flats

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.

Full day private tour and transfer from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile Full day private tour and transfer from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile

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.

Days 12-15

The Atacama Desert

Accommodation in The Atacama Desert

Three nights in the Atacama Desert Three nights in the Atacama Desert

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).

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private tansfer to Calama airport

Flight

Flight from Calama to Santiago

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Santiago

Days 15-17

Santiago

Accommodation in Santiago

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Two nights in Santiago Two nights in Santiago

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.

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Private half day Santiago city tour Private half day Santiago city tour

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.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Santiago airport

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