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Start in Chile’s capital, Santiago, with time to relax after your flight. Join a fun and friendly culinary class where you’ll visit the city’s celebrated fish market then learn how to cook some Chilean classics, and be shown around the highlights on a private tour.

From here, fly north to the desiccated sands of the Atacama Desert where the real adventure begins. Based at one of our favourite luxury lodges, head out into the Martian valleys and towering dunes of what is one of the driest regions on the planet on treks, mountain bikes, cultural tours and more, perhaps swimming in hot springs and enjoying one of the most stunning views of stars anywhere.

Aboard a private off-road vehicle, drive ever higher up into the Andean Altiplano and across the border into Bolivia. Journey at over 4000m above sea level, crossing the desert between snow-capped volcanoes past billowing sulphur vents, boiling mud and brightly-hued salt lakes home to pink flamingos to the Salar de Uyuni. This is the world’s largest salt flat, an endless white crust stretching out to the horizon or a shallow saline mirror reflecting the sky, depending on the season. Stay in a hotel made of salt bricks, venturing out to find out about life in this extreme place or simply marvelling at the perspective defying scale of it all.

End in La Paz, a great bowl of a city surrounded by mountains and the highest capital in the world where you’ll be shown around its colonial streets and museums before taking in the views from the cable car.

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-3

Santiago

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from Santiago airport to your hotel in the city

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.

Chilean Culinary Class Chilean Culinary Class

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

Metropolitan Cathedral Santiago Chile
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 from your hotel to Santiago airport

Flight

Flight from Santiago to Calama

Days 3-7

Atacama Desert

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Transfer from Calama to San Pedro de Atacama

Accommodation in Atacama Desert

Four nights in the Atacama Desert Four nights in the Atacama Desert

The Atacama Desert ranks among the driest regions on earth 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.

What’s more, despite its remote location and arid climate, the Atacama 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, horseback and mountain bike, or soar over it in a hot air balloon.

Private transfer and tour from San Pedro to Uyuni Private transfer and tour from San Pedro to Uyuni

After crossing the border into Bolivia, you'll enter the National Park Eduardo Avaroa, 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

Uyuni Salt Flats

Accommodation in Uyuni Salt Flats

Three nights by the Uyuni Salt Flats 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 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.

Private tour of the Salt Flats Private tour of the Salt Flats

Our 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. Head back to your lodgings in the afternoon.

Chiquini Cave, Pukara de Ayque and Cajchi Island Chiquini Cave, Pukara de Ayque and Cajchi Island

The Chiquini Cave is an interesting geomorphic formation located near Tahua. This is a sub-aquatic cave formed prior to the formation of the glaciers through volcanic eruptions when the lake that used to cover the Salt Flats still existed. Inside is possible to see calcified shapes of magma which solidified as it hit the water.

You will also visit Pukara de Ayque. This archaeological site allows you to enjoy the view of the Salar and its islands thanks to its location and altitude. Very close to the edge of Jirira - only 30 min walk or 15 min bike ride - you can ascend to Cajchi Island which contains a variety of cacti, and you can also enjoy a different photographic perspective and view from the north of the Salt Flats.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Uyuni airport

Flight

Flight from Uyuni to La Paz

Days 10-11

La Paz

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Transfer to your hotel in La Paz

Accommodation in La Paz

One night in La Paz 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 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.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to La Paz Airport

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