Northern Chile and Bolivia Luxury Adventure

Duration 11 days
Price guide
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Discover Chile’s capital, Santiago, on a private tour, with a visit to the celebrated fish market, complete with cooking class. From here, fly north to the Atacama Desert and one of our favourite luxury lodges. Explore the martian valleys and towering dunes on treks, mountain bikes and cultural tours.Then, in a private off-road vehicle you'll cross the Andean Altiplano into Bolivia, 4000 metres above sea level between snow-capped volcanoes and past brightly-hued salt lakes, home to pink flamingos. Arrive at the Salar de Uyuni, an endless white crust stretching into the horizon. End in astounding La Paz, surrounded by mountains and the highest capital in the world.

Trip highlights

  • Get a taste for Chilean cuisine with a culinary class in Santiago
  • Go stargazing in the Atacama Desert
  • Explore the ethereal Uyuni salt flats
  • Visit Pukara de Ayque at the foothills of foothills of Tunupa Volcano
  • Discover the delights of La Paz by cable car

Bespoke trips with Jacada

We design one-of-a-kind journeys incorporating luxury in all its forms. Our bespoke trips include:

  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Private transfers
  • Private tours and experiences
  • Full support from your travel designer and concierge
  • Help with restaurant recommendations and reservations
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  • Days 1–3 Santiago
  • Days 3–7 Atacama Desert
  • Days 7–10 Uyuni Salt Flats
  • Days 10–11 La Paz
Northern Chile and Bolivia Luxury Adventure
Price guide
  • Days 1–3 Santiago
  • Days 3–7 Atacama Desert
  • Days 7–10 Uyuni Salt Flats
  • Days 10–11 La Paz

Itinerary in detail

Every Jacada trip is tailored to your personal preferences and interests. Below you’ll find a sample itinerary to inspire your own custom-designed journey.

Days 1–3

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.

Make it mine

Take a tour

Taste and cook

Enjoy a private city tour

With your expert guide you will explore Chile’s capital. This city mixes the country’s Mapuche legacy (the original inhabitants of the region during the Pre-Columbian era), Spanish colonial past and the modernity of any thriving city of the world. With a guide, you will walk its streets, visit its museums, see its architecture; both historical and contemporary, that make up the heart of Chile.

A Chilean Culinary Class

Start at the Mercado Central, Santiago’s celebrated fresh fish market before moving onto La Vega, the popular fruit and vegetable market, and perfect place to discover new flavours. Bring the produce to a cooking workshop located in Barrio Italia, where a chef will guide a relaxed class, preparing delicious Chilean recipes and reveal some culinary secrets. Finally, enjoy a well-earned feast of Chilean dishes complemented by excellent Chilean wines.

Days 3–7

Four nights in the Atacama Desert

The Atacama Desert ranks among the driest places on earth with some regions never experiencing rainfall. Located in the far north of Chile, it is a place of truly other-worldly landscapes; towering volcanoes, flamingo frequented lagoons, salt-flats, geysers and shifting sand dunes. The high altitudes and low-to-zero light pollution makes this a stargazing haven, home to the world’s most advanced observatories.

Despite its remote location and arid climate, the Atacama Desert is home to a handful of luxury hotels. Based around the remote oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama, you can venture out and explore this incredible wilderness on foot, 4WD vehicle and mountain bike, or soar over it in a hot air balloon.

Overland adventures across Bolivia's high plains

A private transfer and tour San Pedro to Uyuni

After crossing the border into Bolivia you’ll enter the Eduardo Avaroa National Park, a beautiful landscape of lakes, salt pans, volcanoes and thermal springs. Visit the emerald green Laguna Verde before continuing to the Sol de Mañana geysers and the striking Laguna Colorado with its red waters and flocks of flamingos. You’ll then continue on to Uyuni.

Days 7–10

Three nights by the Uyuni Salt Flats

Arguably Bolivia’s most breath-taking experience, the 4000 square miles of the shimmering Salar de Uyuni are a must-see. Formed from the drying up of 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.

During your time here you will have a private tour guide (and 4×4 off-road vehicle) on hand to lead you on a range of excursions and activities of this incredible region. You will visit ‘islands’, deserted rail tracks and trains, lagoons, salt farms and relax while enjoying picnic lunches in beautiful, middle-of-nowhere locations.

The highlights of the Salt Flats

A tour of Chiquini Cave, Pukara de Ayque and Cajchi Island

The Chiquini Cave is a sub-aquatic cave formed prior to the formation of the glaciers through volcanic eruptions. Inside it’s possible to see calcified shapes of magma which solidified when the magma hit the water.

You will also visit Pukara de Ayque, an archaeological site with spectacular views of the Salar and its islands, thanks to its location and altitude. Very close to the edge of Jirira – only a 30 minute walk or 15 minute bike ride, you will ascend to Cajchi Island which contains a variety of cacti. It’s here you can also enjoy a different photographic perspective and view the flats from the north.

Days 10–11

One night 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.

La Paz Bolivia, Andes Mountains

Explore La Paz

A tour of La Paz with a ride on the city’s cable car

Meet with your guide and embark on a tour around the highlights of La Paz. Visit the Gold Museum, Pedro Domingo Murillo House, National Museum of Art and the Bolivian Metals Museum. Jaen street is a picturesque spot to wander, taking in the brightly coloured houses. Continue to Killi Killi lookout point to enjoy a panoramic view of the city and lunch at a local restaurant, before heading to the Teleferico cable car. Your adventure of Chile and Bolivia will end in this beautiful city, but the memories you’ve made will last a lifetime.

Why book with Jacada

Pesonalised design

We’ll plan your trip around your personal interests, tastes and preferences, providing honest advice based on first-hand knowledge.

Authentic experiences

Our expert guides and brilliant Concierges are hand-picked for their ability to bring your destination to life with care and passion.

Positive Impact

We seek out unforgettable experiences that benefit both local communities and the environment.