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Licancabur and Juriques Volcanoes, Moon Valley, Atacama Desert, Chile

Journey through Peru, Bolivia & Chile

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

15 Days

Prices Start from

£5,400 ex. flights

Travel by train, coach, boat and 4×4 on a unique one-way journey through Peru, Bolivia and Chile, seeing remarkable sites like Machu Picchu, Sun island on Lake Titicaca, sparkling salt flats and the world’s driest desert.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Llama, Machu Picchu, Peru 1

Explore Machu Picchu

Take the train to the iconic mountaintop Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia 2

Sleep in the Salt Flats

Explore the world’s largest salt flat, the Salar de Uyuni, and sleep in a luxurious caravan.

Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia 3

Sail Lake Titicaca

Cross Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake, between Peru and Bolivia.

Licancabur and Juriques Volcanoes, Moon Valley, Atacama Desert, Chile 4

The Atacama Desert

Discover the other-worldly Atacama Desert, the driest landscape on Earth.

Why we like it

Journey through the visually and culturally spectacular Andean Mountains of Peru, Bolivia and Chile, travelling through the Sacred Valley, wandering the Bolivian colonial cities of Sucre and Potosi and making tracks through a lunar-like desert. From valleys scattered with traditional villages and Inca history to endless glistening “saltscapes”, this high-altitude adventure has it all.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley
  • Day 2
    Sacred Valley
  • Day 3
    Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu
  • Day 4
    Machu Picchu - Cusco
  • Day 5
    Cusco
  • Day 6
    Cusco - Puno
  • Day 7
    Puno - La Paz
  • Day 8
    La Paz
  • Day 9
    La Paz - Sucre
  • Day 10
    Sucre - Potosi - Salar de Uyuni
  • Days 11-12
    Salar de Uyuni
  • Day 13
    Salar de Uyuni - Atacama Desert
  • Day 14
    Atacama Desert
  • Day 15
    San Pedro de Atacama - Santiago
Quechua Peoplem, Inca Wall, Peru
Quechua Peoplem, Inca Wall, Peru

Explore the Sacred Valley

Journey through the Sacred Valley in southern Peru, a visually stunning area scattered with traditional Andean villages and numerous Incan ruins. Surrounded by mountains and with the Urubamba River running through the valley, it makes for the ideal base for adventures on mountain bike, horseback, paddle board or by foot.

Inca Doorway, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Peru
Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Peru

Discover Machu Picchu

Spend time exploring Machu Picchu, the UNESCO World Heritage Site perched high above the cloud forest, known for its incredibly well-preserved and intricate Inca stonework. Indisputably a wonder of the world it is an almost unfathomable achievement of human culture and architecture and the very definition of ‘must see’.

Uros Islands, Lake Titicaca, Puno, Peru
Uros Islands, Lake Titicaca, Puno, Peru

Cross Lake Titicaca

Sail across Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, that is shared between Peru and Bolivia. There are several Inca terraced islands to visit that offer fascinating ruins and great views.

Kachi Lodge in Salt Flats, Uyuni, Bolivia
Kachi Lodge in Salt Flats, Uyuni, Bolivia
Airstream Camper, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Airstream Camper, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Flamingo, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Flamingo, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Sleep in the Salt Flats

Visit the Salar de Uyuni salt flats, one of the main highlights of Bolivia, an expanse of white desert that stretches as far as the eye can see. Stay in your own tented dome or shiny campervan with a private guide and chef, a uniquely luxurious experience in the solitude of vast saltlands. Camping out under the stars in a spot where no one has stayed before is a remarkable adventure.

Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile
Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Suggestion: Torres del Paine Extension

Those wishing to experience more of what Chile has to offer might like to extend their trip with a journey to Torres del Paine National Park, the iconic Patagonian landscape dominated by three granite towers, to spend time hiking, horse-riding and mountain biking across the steppe. This extension would see voyagers flying from the top to the tip of Chile, the longest country in the world.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Casa Andina Premium Puno £££££

  • Peru

Perched in meticulously landscaped grounds and with an undulating hilly backdrop, Casa Andina Premium Puno is positioned at 3,800 metres above sea level in front of Lake Titicaca. Offering spectacular views over the lake and privileged boardwalk access to a lakeside pier, the property even has its own private train station. Its 46 well-appointed rooms and suites are bright and modern, with some offering breath-taking views over the lake from balconies that absorb panoramic views from sunrise to sunset. The on-site restaurant features large windows with views towards the water, and a cosy bar area with open fire provides an ideal spot for a sip of Pisco at the end of an active day.

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Titilaka £££££

  • Peru
  • Boutique

A unique lakeside lodge with otherworldly 360-degree views, Titilaka stands on a private peninsula on the shores of Lake Titicaca and boasts views across infinite skies, shimmering waters and distant snow-capped peaks. Far off the beaten track in an area shared with the local indigenous Aymara community, the property is enclosed by pristine lakes and four acres of grounds.

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El MaPi £££££

  • Peru

A contemporary property with lofty ceilings and panoramic windows, El MaPi is a down-to-earth accommodation nestled within the village of Machu Picchu Pueblo. Completely restored by a renowned Peruvian architect, El MaPi blends classic features with modern aesthetics and utilises restored furnishings and recycled materials as part of their sustainability practices. Its 131 bright rooms and suites, all offering panoramic windows, are decorated in a simple and contemporary style. An unfussy café serves organic salads and pastries, while the comfortable bar is a lovely spot for sipping a signature lemongrass lemonade and nibbling on tapas after a day spent exploring the Inca ruins and trails.

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Inkaterra Machu Picchu £££££

  • Peru
  • Boutique

Tucked away in 12 acres of a private Peruvian cloud forest, Inkaterra Machu Picchu is an estate built to replicate a traditional Andean village. Occupying a riverside location and set amongst stone pathways, terraced hills and waterfalls, the village accommodation is surrounded by a plethora of stunning bird species that include the golden-headed quetzal and the iconic Andean cock-of-the-rock. A small botanical spa, large glass-house restaurant and optional wine-tasting add to the indulgent services. Its 83 whitewashed adobe casitas are scattered throughout the hillside and exude a rustic yet extremely homely aesthetic, each offering lovely views that range from that of the quaint village to panoramic lush green landscapes.

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Sonesta Posada Sacred Valley £££££

  • Peru

Located in Yucay in the Sacred Valley, the hotel is a former 18th-century colonial-style monastery and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The hotel has 88 rooms, furnished in neutral colours in keeping with the natural surroundings. There is also a colonial-style chapel in the grounds, a large restaurant and separate bar. Gym, massage, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi facilities are available.

Sol y Luna Lodge £££££

  • Peru
  • Boutique

Encompassed by the majestic mountains and undulating landscapes of the Sacred Valley, Sol Y Luna is an authentic-feeling Andean retreat that is hidden on the outskirts of Urubamba. Aside from being ideally placed for train journeys to Macchu Picchu, the property also offers a number of thrilling excursions from paragliding to Peruvian Paso horseback riding. A traditional Peruvian restaurant serves superb dishes in front of an open fire and centres around time-honoured flavours.

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Palacio del Sal £££££

  • Bolivia
  • B&B, Motel and Guesthouse
  • Unusual

Hotel Palacio del Sal is located on the edge of Colchani on the eastern shore of the salt lake and is built purely of salt. Not only are the floors, walls and ceilings made from salt, but so are most of the tables, chairs and beds. The hotel is warm, friendly and stylishly decorated with cosy sitting areas complete with log burners. There are 30 rooms featuring conical ceilings made from large salt blocks and bright furnishings which contrast with the salt walls. The restaurant is spacious and serves buffet meals.

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Hotel Altiplanico £££££

  • Chile

Hotel Altiplanico is the ideal place for reflection and introspection sitting so close to the immensity of the Atacama Desert. Well located in spacious grounds on the edge of San Pedro, all rooms have private facilities and have been decorated with extreme care to reflect the colours and culture of the region. Breakfast is provided and there is a refreshing swimming pool.

Parador Santa Maria La Real £££££

  • Bolivia
  • Boutique

This delightful hotel is ideally located in the colonial city of Sucre and is set in a traditional 18th-century mansion that has been beautifully restored to its former glory. Its 40 rooms and suites are spacious and tastefully furnished with antiques, and breakfast can be taken in one of the courtyards or in the grand dining room. There is a spa with gym equipment, treatment rooms and both indoor and outdoor jacuzzis with wonderful views over the surrounding rooftops and churches. The roof terrace overlooks the city and is a beautiful spot to relax after a day of exploring the attractive city on foot.

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La Casona Boutique Hotel £££££

  • Bolivia
  • B&B, Motel and Guesthouse

Located in the central city, local markets and shops are within walking distance of this hotel. La Casona is a boutique hotel in a 17th-century colonial building with many original features. Rooms are simple but tastefully decorated in keeping with the history and character of the building. There is an adjoining restaurant serving food all day.

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Once again, I would like to thank James for organising our trip. Our visit to Peru was perfect. Each of the expert guides in Peru made the whole thing run like clockwork, and I cannot thank all of you enough.

Destination: Peru
Travel Expert: James

James, you have made Steppes travellers out of us. From ensuring acclimatisation time was built into our schedule to suggesting we stay in a hotel made from salt, you created an itinerary that was far more detailed than anything we could have imagined.

Destination: Bolivia
Travel Expert: James

I would especially mention the positive and really helpful advice of James, who even met with me to chat face to face before putting together a bespoke trip that really met all of our expectations. As a result, our time in Chile was a lifetime experience that will never be forgotten.

Destination: Chile
Travel Expert: James

Paul put together a spectacular trip through the highlights of Peru, and no detail was missed. His recommendations for acclimatising were particularly helpful, and something no one else I spoke to had mentioned.

Destination: Peru
Travel Expert: Paul

We could tell from the offset that James had a knowledge of Bolivia that was unmatched – far superior to anyone we had spoken to prior. James understood what we wanted and ensured the itinerary was interspersed with incredible experiences.

Destination: Bolivia
Travel Expert: James

James put together what proved to be a fabulous itinerary in Chile. We were slightly concerned that with 11 flights in 3 weeks we might be overdoing it, but the experiences in each location more than justified the travel, and James's first-hand experience proved invaluable.

Destination: Chile
Travel Expert: James

Paul created an itinerary that perfectly suited our interests, and we were particularly impressed with the properties that he selected for us. Thank you for recommending we visit the Atacama Desert, which we hadn’t even thought of visiting, but which turned out to be the highlight.

Destination: Chile
Travel Expert: Paul

A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

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When to travel

Peru in January

January begins the rainy season in the Andes and the Amazon as they reach the summer months. Along the coast, this can be one of the best times to visit, although it is a hotspot for locals.

Peru in February

As the rains continue, February can be a good time to avoid crowds. While Machu Picchu remains open, trekking in this area is a challenge as the Inca Trail closes for the month. Heavy rains in the Amazon increase water levels on the river, making wildlife viewing slightly more challenging however it does allow you to adventure into areas otherwise not reachable by boat in other months of the year.

Peru in March

March can be a good time to visit Peru. As the rainy season draws to the end, the coast will still be experiencing summer weather while inland you can expect rains. This can be one of the least crowded months for Machu Picchu and the local tourism on the beaches has subsided as children go back to school.

Peru in April

April is considered one of the best times to travel to Peru with pleasant temperatures and avoiding the busiest period. As there is still some rain, the landscape is vibrant.

Peru in May

As the dry season begins and winter sets in, temperatures are comfortable and the countryside is green with life from the rainy season.

Peru in June

June marks the start of the peak season in Peru. Skies are clear, making for picturesque sightseeing. As this is officially the start of winter, cooler temperatures are expected especially in the evenings.

Peru in July

July begins the peak travel season as international holidays open. With warm, sunny days and cooler evenings, this is also the peak time for trekking the mountainous landscapes of the Andes.

Peru in August

August continues the peak season throughout the country. With cooler evening temperatures, brings a morning fog in the Sacred Valley, which clears to blue skies by the afternoon. Expect dry, sunny weather in the Amazon during this time.

Peru in September

As spring draws in during the month of September, expect cloudy mornings which clear to blue skies in the afternoon. Showers become more likely as this is considered the shoulder season before the green season begins.

Peru in October

Temperatures begin to increase in October as summer approaches. As the dry season comes to an end, the chance of precipitation increases along with clouds.

Peru in November

Temperatures rise in November with rain increasing from the middle of the month. As a shoulder season, this can be a good time to travel to avoid crowding in Machu Picchu.

Peru in December

Weather in December sees increased temperatures as summer begins, along with the start to the rainy season. Rising water levels in the Amazon makes wildlife viewing slightly more challenging along the shores.

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