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Peru, Bolivia and Chile Holiday

A Superlative Journey Across Peru, Bolivia & Chile

17 days

from £5,395pp (excluding flights)

A journey through the communities of the Andes in Peru, Bolivia and Chile, visually and culturally spectacular areas. Visit one of the seven wonders of the world, the highest navigable lake, highest city, largest salt flats and driest desert on earth.

  • Travel through the Sacred Valley, a valley scattered with traditional villages and Inca history
  • Visit the Inca mountain top citadel of Machu Picchu
  • Cross Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake
  • Wander the Bolivian colonial cities of Sucre and Potosi
  • Explore the vast salt desert of Salar de Uyuni and camp out in a deluxe Airstream
  • Discover the other-worldly landscape of Atacama, the driest desert on Earth

Begin this journey in 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 perfect base for adventure, whether that be mountain biking, horse riding, paddle boarding, rafting or hiking, there is something for every level and age. Spend time exploring Machu Picchu, a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, a truly stunning archaeological site.

Wander the atmospheric  streets of Cusco, a magical place to soak up the history of this area. From Cusco the journey continues through the Andes to Puno and across Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Once in Bolivia there will be time to visit the colonial cities of Sucre with its charming plazas and 17th century cathedral, as well as a visit to the world’s highest city, Potosi.

One of the main highlights of Bolivia and this trip, is the the Salar de Uyuni salt flats, an expanse of white desert stretching as far as the eye can see. Stay in your own shiny airstream campervan with a guide and chef, this not only allows a little luxury but also ensures that you can experience the solitude of this vast salt lake and camp out under the stars where no one has stayed before.

End the journey in Chile in the Atacama, the driest desert on earth. Another area of incredible landscapes, pink flamingo filled lakes, geysers, volcanos and lunar like sand dunes. Endless photographic opportunities during the day and an astronomers paradise after dark with the clearest night skies. 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Madrid

Fly Madrid to Lima overnight

Day 2

Fly Lima to Cusco

Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas, was founded around 1100 AD. It is a beautiful city of Spanish and Inca influences with endless colonial sights to see including churches, monasteries and convents interspersed with Inca foundations, walls, doorways, and arches. Cusco is a major town, and is one of the cultural centres of Peru.

Direct transfer from Cusco to Scared Valley

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred directly to the Sacred Valley, this is a journey of approximately one hour.

The Sacred Valley of the Incas is nurtured by Rio Urubamba, which carves a fertile chasm from Pisac in the east to Ollantaytambo in the west. To the Incas, Rio Urubamba symbolised the flow of life, and is guarded by the watchful gaze of numerous ancient citadels perched on the lofty mountain ridge above. As a result, fascinating insights await the intrepid traveller.

You will be staying at Sonesta Posada Sacred Valley, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Full Day Sacred Valley Tour
On this private guided tour of the Sacred Valley, follow the beautiful Urubamba River and explore the pretty town of Pisac and its traditional market. There is a market everyday, but the main markets take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The surrounding valleys are covered in Inca terracing, where the locals farm potatoes and maize, and transport the goods by llama.
After lunch at a local restaurant (included), continue to the impressive Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo. Climb to the top of the ruins for a spectacular view, and admire the intricate stone work and Inca canchas (blocks) where no mortar is used

You will be staying at Sonesta Posada Sacred Valley, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Half Day Tour of Machu Picchu
Upon arrival at Aguas Calientes, your overnight bag will be transferred to the hotel. From the centre of Aguas Calientes a twenty minute bus ride will take you up the mountainside to reach the magnificent citadel of Machu Picchu, where you will have a guided tour of the ruins as part of a small group. Lunch is included (buffet style) and will be served at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge. Feel free to re-enter the ruins in the afternoon, it is often quieter, on the same ticket - remember to get it stamped to allow for re-entry.

Machu Picchu, the incredible Inca citadel perched high above the cloud forest is quite simply astonishing. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is incredibly well-preserved and intricate Inca stonework abounds.

Indisputably a wonder of the world it is an almost unfathomable achievement of human culture and architecture and the very definition of 'must see'. The site was discovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham and is perched at an altitude of 2,380 metres in beautiful tropical cloud forest.

Vistadome Train from Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

Travel by Vistadome train from Ollantaytambo station to Machu Picchu, a journey of one hour 40 minutes. The vistadome has large picture windows to admire the dramatic scenery and enjoy views of the valley as it narrows alongside the Urubamba River.

Please note there are strict luggage guidelines of one piece of luggage i.e. a rucksack weighing no more than 5 kg and not exceeding overall dimensions of 157 cm. Arrangements can be made in advance for excess luggage to be left at your previous night's hotel and transferred to your return hotel in Cusco.

You will be staying at El MaPi, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Free Day at Machu Picchu
This morning is free to independently return to the site and explore the surrounding area. Consider rising early to watch the sunrise over the ruins,relax in the hot springs, explore the local markets or participate in the activities on offer at your hotel.

Vistadome Train from Machu Picchu to Cusco

Mid afternoon depart on the Vistadome train service to Cusco, a journey of three hours 50 minutes. Disembark the train at Poroy station and travel 20 minutes by road to Cusco.

You will be staying at Casa Andina Koricancha, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

Free Time in Cusco
Time to yourself to explore Cusco.

You will be staying at Casa Andina Koricancha, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

Travel from Cusco to Puno

Early morning start from Cusco, by bus via Juliaca to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. This is a wonderful coach journey, following the chain of snow-capped mountains, passing along the Altiplano, seeing the local Indians farming the land and tending the herds of alpaca and llamas. On the way the coach stops at three ruins; Andahuayullas, Raqchi and Pucara Museum (entrance fees included), the vantage point of La Raya and a lunch stop at Sicuani. A journey time of 10 hours.

Puno is situated on the northwest shore of Lake Titicaca, at an altitude of 3850 metres. Puno is no great beauty but is the folkloric centre of Peru, with many spontaneous events and festivals taking place, plus the best place to buy local handicrafts. The deep blue of mystical Lake Titicaca and the clear and clean light, affords stunning views.

You will be staying at Casa Andina Premium Puno, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

Travel from Puno via Sun island on Lake Titicaca to La Paz

Full day overland journey from Puno to La Paz. Drive two hours from Puno to the Bolivian border before driving the short distance to Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Take a private boat to Moon Island and visit the Sun Virgins Temple before continuing to Sun Island. Visit the Inca Steps and the Sacred Fountain before returning to Copacabana. After a walk around the small town and market take the scenic drive around the bays of Lake Titicaca, and onto La Paz, a journey of approximatly three and a half hours.

La Paz, the highest capital in the world at a staggering 3,600m, is also one of the most spectacular. Clinging to steep canyon walls and dominated by the magnificent snow-covered peaks of Mount Illimani, the city's urban sprawl is both dramatic and breath-taking - a sight best taken in at Parque Laikacota to the west of the city centre.

Incredible too is the juxtaposition of old and new, of intriguing traditions and modern-day living. Bowler hat clad women bustle outside the colonial cathedral, while tourists crowd into the captivating witches market.

Dramatic and fascinating, La Paz is truly a city to be explored.

You will be staying at La Casona Boutique Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Half day city tour
Half day city tour of La Paz including a visit to the valley of the moon. Visit to the Indian and witches market, the Colonial church of San Francisco, Murillo square, cathedral of La Paz, Government Palace and National Congress. The indigenous, colonial and modern areas, Indian Market, Witch Doctor's Market & breathtaking panoramas are all framed by the majestic "Illimani" mountain. Visit the Moon Valley, a clay formation resembling the face of the Moon.

You will be staying at La Casona Boutique Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

Fly La Paz to Sucre

Founded by the Spanish in the 16th century, Sucre - unofficially referred to as the 'city of four names' - is Bolivia's old judicial capital. Founded in 1538, under the name La Plata, this was the Spanish capital and covered an area as far south as Argentina.

Today it is a UNESCO world heritage site, and with good reason. This is stunning city blending a huge range of architectural styles, and where traditional whitewashed facades festooned with flowers are the source of the city's more common name, Ciudad Blanca or White City.

Half day city tour
Visit the lookout point Recoleta Mirador and the Museum of the Recoleta before heading on to the ASUR Textile Museum, which boasts one of the best collections of textiles in the Bolivian valley region. Continue on to the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Church of San Lázaro, and the Casa de la Libertad, before viewing the patio of the University of San Francisco Xavier and the Parque Bolivar, where many important monuments are stored.

You will be staying at Parador Santa Maria La Real, Bed & Breakfast

Day 11

Drive from Sucre to Potosi

During the journey see the climate and vegetation change as you leave the Andean highlands and descend into the valley reaching heights of over 4,000 metres above sea level en route. A journey of approximately two and a half hours on a paved road.

Take lunch in Potosi and walk through the main square and past the colonial mint building.

Drive from Potosi to the Salar de Uyuni

Pass some fabulous highland panoramas on this journey, which will take approximately three hours on a paved road.

The salt flats in southern Bolivia are quite simply beautiful and unique. The scale and vastness of the white wilderness has to be experienced to be believed. The Salar de Uyuni is the largest and highest salt flats in the world, and standing in the middle there is nothing but brilliant white salt as far as the eye can see.

In addition to the vast white desert are the incongruous cacti covered islands, Tunupa Volcano and the small town of Colchani where salt is still processed manually.

You will be staying at Palacio del Sal, Bed & Breakfast

Day 12

Visit the Salar de Uyuni and Isla Pescado
Today embark upon a visit of the Uyuni salt flats and Isla Pescado. 'Lomo de Pescado' the Fisherman's Island, where you can see giant cactus growing and learn about the legend as to why this is the only island with cacti. The salt flats extend as far as the eye can see and there are many fantastic opportunities for photography.

You will be staying at Palacio del Sal, Bed & Breakfast

Day 13

Full Day Excursion to Jirira Village
Take a full day excursion to the small village of Jirira at the foot of the Thunupa Volcano where you can stroll through the village and hike to the cave of the Coquesa Mummies.

You will be staying at Palacio del Sal, Bed & Breakfast

Day 14

Southern Deserts and Crossing the Border to Chile
Spend a fantastic day visiting the Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa, a unique landscapes of deserts, mountains, volcanoes, coloured lagoons and hot springs all at an altitude of between 4,000 and 5,000 metres.

Laguna Colorada is one of the most famous sites in the park, characterized by the red tone of its waters and inhabited by flocks of flamingoes. As well as the flamingoes, the park is home to vicuñas, llamas and vizcachas.

Continue to "Sol de Mañana" Geysers, with fumaroles and bubbling volcanic craters.

Visit Laguna Verde, looking like a giant emerald, from where there is an impressive view of Licancabur Volcano, at an altitude of 5,865m. The special brightness of its green waters in the afternoon is dazzling. The intensely green colouring is due to high magnesium content. Continue to Hito Cajon (border Bolivia-Chile)
After the border crossing continue toward your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.

You will be staying at Hotel Altiplanico, Bed & Breakfast

Day 15

Atacama Activities
The Atacama Desert can be explored on foot, on horseback, by bicycle or jeep from San Pedro. Here are some of the best ways to spend your time:

Enjoy a spectacular sunset in the eerie desertscape of The Moon Valley.

Take a trip to the impressive Atacama salt lake, the largest in Chile, home to migratory birds including flamingos.

Watch steam rising in the early morning from the El Tatio geysers.

Visit the striking Menique and Miscanti Lagoons.

Explore the emerald green waters of Laguna Verde, just over the border in Bolivia, and admire mighty Licancabur Volcano.

Visit San Pedro de Atacama’s excellent archaeological museum and adobe church.

Hike or mountain bike into the surrounding desert wilderness and stunning mountain scenery.

Trek and climb up some of the surrounding mountains: Lascar 5,591m, Licancabur 5,916m, Aguas Calientes 5,924m, Sairecabur 6,010m.

4x4 jeep excursions into the desert.

Hot air balloon over the Atacama Desert.

Astronomical tours in the evening.

Sitting at 2,400 metres above sea level, San Pedro de Atacama is a charming oasis town in the heart of the Atacama Desert.

The climate in San Pedro is pleasant throughout the year and the clarity of the nightsky is fantastic for stargazing. The tiny, dusty, oasis town with unpaved streets serves as a base from where to explore the absolutely outstanding, natural, geographic beauty of the area.

You will be staying at Hotel Altiplanico, Bed & Breakfast

Day 16

Travel from San Pedro de Atacama to Calama airport

A journey of approximately one and a half hours.

Fly Calama to Santiago

Fly Santiago to Madrid overnight

Day 17

Fly Madrid to London


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

Casa Andina Premium Puno

Casa Andina Premium Puno

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....

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El MaPi

El MaPi

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....

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Sonesta Posada Sacred Valley

Sonesta Posada Sacred Valley

Located in Yucay in the Sacred Valley, the hotel is a former 18th century colonial-style monastery and is surrounded by beautiful gardens....

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Palacio del Sal

Palacio del Sal

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....

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Hotel Altiplanico

Hotel Altiplanico

Hotel Altiplanico is the ideal place for reflection and introspection sitting so close to the immensity of the Atacama Desert....

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Parador Santa Maria La Real

Parador Santa Maria La Real

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....

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La Casona Boutique Hotel

La Casona Boutique Hotel

Located in the central city, local markets and shops are within walking distance of this hotel....

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For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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