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Peru, Bolivia and Chile 14 days - Tour code: PEBOCH14SV - International flight not included

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Lima, Cuzco, the Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Copacabana, Sun Island, Salar de Uyuni, South Lipez, Laguna Colorada, San Pedro de Atacama, Geyser de Tatio, Moon Valley, Concha y Toro, Santiago, group tour

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Itinerary in brief
Upon arrival in Lima the capital of Peru we continue to Cuzco where we discover the town, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and of course the famous Machu Picchu. From here we continue towards the Lake Titicaca the highest navigable lake in the world where we visit Copacabana and we take a catamaran cruise to the Sun Island before arriving in the administrative capital of Bolivia, La Paz, which is also the highest capital in the world at 3660m/12.010ft. We continue to the Salar de Uyuni where we discover the island with the giant cacti and the vastness of this 10.582km²/4.086mi2 big salt desert. Still in southern direction we cross the Lipez desert with its volcanoes, Lagunas as well as its rich animal life (lama, vicuña, alpaca, viscacha, pink flamingos, foxes, Nandu, etc....). We cross the bolivian/Chilean border at Hito Cajon in order to reach San Pedro de Atacama where we visit the Tatio geyser field, the Laguna Cejar and the Moon Valley. From the driest place on earth we fly to Santiago to visit the vineyards of Concha and Toro before our trip ends.

1. Arrival in Lima
Today you arrive in Lima. Upon arrival at the international airport our team will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. There are no activities planned of today and depending on your time of arrival you might have time to explore the town.

2. Lima – Cuzco – City Tour
After breakfast we head to the airport for your flight to Cuzco. Upon arrival we are transferred to the hotel and after lunch we start our city tour where we visit the archaeological sites of the town; Koricancha, the Cathedral, Sacsayhuaman, K’enkho, Puca Pucara and Tambo Machay. The evening is free to enjoy Cusco.

3. Cuzco – The Sacred Valley – Aguas Calientes
After breakfast, we visit the Sacred Valley and all the important Inca ruins in the area. We’ll see the ruins of Pisac with (depending on the day) the market, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo - a superb Inca fortress made of megalithic stones. In the evening we take the train to Aguas Calientes - a small village where all the buildings are concentrated along the railway giving it a “gold-digger” ambiance where we spend the night.

4. Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cuzco
We leave at 07h00 or earlier by bus to visit the famous Machu Picchu. After this impressive visit we return to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Ollantaytambo where upon arrival we are transferred to the hotel in Cuzco and the evening is free.

The Citadel of Machu Picchu is the most important attraction in Cuzco. It was discovered in 1911 by the American explorer, Hiram Bingham, and is considered to be one of the most extraordinary examples of scenic architecture in the world. In Quechua Machu Picchu means “old mountain”. The Citadel was built on a hilltop which dominates the deep valley of the Urubamba river in the middle of tropical rainforest. Machu Picchu was both a centre of worship and astronomical observation and the private domain of the family of the Inca Pachacuteq.

5. Cuzco – Puno
In the morning we are transferred to bus station to take the touristic bus that goes to Puno. On our way we visit the church Andahuaylillas from the XVIIth century where we can observe some beautiful paintings. The tour continues through the valley of Cuzco close to the Huacarpay Lake where we make a halt at the pre-Inca site Pikillaqta from the Wari culture (XIIth century) which is partly destroyed. We continue to the Raqchi ruins where we can observe the remains of the central wall of the Wiracocha temple, which was one of the highest covered buildings constructed by the Inca. We stop at Sicuani for lunch before we pass the Raya mountain pass at 4321m/14.180ft and we visit the thermal springs in the region. Our last visit is the ruins of Pukará and we except to arrive in Puno around 19h30 where the evening is free.

6. Puno – Copacabana – Isla del Sol – La Paz
We leave Puno at 06h30 by bus to reach Copacabana. Upon arrival in Copacabana we visit the Cathedral and the main square before heading to the harbour to board the catamaran. We have lunch on board and upon arrival on the Sun Island we visit the Inca Garden, the Inca stairs and the Inca fountain. We embark on a typical totora boat to visit the Inca palace Pilkokaina before returning to the catamaran which will bring us to the harbour in Chua not far from Huatajata. Here our bus will be waiting to bring us to La Paz where the evening is free.

7. La Paz - Uyuni – Colchani – Salar de Uyuni – Incahuasi – Cueva de las Galaxias – Puerto Chuvica
In the morning we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Uyuni. Upon arrival in Uyuni our first stop will be the locomotive cemetery which is a vestige of more prosperous times. From here we continue to Colchani which is a small village situated on the edge of the Salar and who’s inhabitants live from salt exploitation. In Colchani we discover how the salt is processed manually and we visit the small salt boutique, which also serves as a museum, where we can see large salt carvings and other objects (pottery, jewellery, tools, etc.). After this impressive visit with the craftsmen on the top of the world we enter the famous Salar de Uyuni; the biggest salt desert in the world with acreage of 10.582km²/4.086mi2. One of the particularities of the Uyuni Salt Flat is that it contains a reserve of 9 million tonnes of Lithium which represents 40% of world production. We head to the Island Incahuasi which mistakenly is better known as the Fisherman’s Island. This geological formation is a remnant of petrified coral and is covered in giant cacti that can get up to 12m/39.37ft high. From the top of the island we have a wonderful 360° view of the Salar de Uyuni. After lunch our journey continues in the direction of Puerto Chuvica. We have the possibility to visit the “Cueva de las Galaxias” which is a strange phenomenon of fossil algae which reminds us that the ocean was present here all the way to Oruro. In the adjacent cave we can observe the Chullpares which are Inca funerary remains. We climb to the viewpoint from where we have an unobstructed view of the desert and if we take a closer look we can also observe the fossil coral that once were part of an impressive coral barrier. After this impressive visit we continue to the small village of Puerto Chuvica (or San Juan depending on availability) situated at the doors of the Lipez desert. We arrive at the shelter around 16h00 and the evening is free.*

*Depending on the season and the weather the itinerary will change and there are some sights which are not accessible at all times!  

8. Puerto Chuvica – Salar de Chiguana – Ollagüe Volcano – Siloli Desert – Ruta de las Joyas Alto Andinas (Lagunas Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiar Khota, Honda et Ramaditas) – Stone Tree - Reserva Nacional de la Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa - Laguna Colorada
We continue our tour of south Bolivia and from Puerto Chuvica we pass the Uyuni – Ollague railway, which is the property of the FCA (Empresa Ferroviaria Andina), before crossing the Salar de Chiguana. We observe the still active volcano Ollague and even from far we can see its fumarole. We follow the famous Jewel Route which is composed of the Lagunas Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiar Khota, Honda and Ramadita. Today we also visit the Stone Tree (please refrain from climbing on the rock) planted in the middle of the Siloli desert and at the end of the day we enter the Reserva Nacional de la Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa where we arrive at the Laguna Colorada. This Alto Andina Laguna gets its name because of the red colour which is caused by microscopic shellfish which is the principal nutriment of the rose flamingos that live in this area. Due to climate changes (lack of rain) and the high evaporation of the Altiplanic basin the water level of the regions Lagunas is reduced rapidly which year after year also reduces the population of the flamingos. Mid-afternoon we leave to get installed in our shelter and the evening is free.**

*Depending on the season and the weather the itinerary will change and there are some sights which are not accessible at all times!  

9. Reserva Nacional de la Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa - Laguna Colorada – Geyser de Sol de Mañana – Polques Thermal Spring – Dali Desert – Laguna Verde – Licancahur (5971m/19.590ft) – San Pedro de Atacama
Our tour continues in southern direction to the Laguna Verde – one of the most southern points in Bolivia. We leave the Laguna Colorada in order to go even deeper into the Reserva Nacional de la Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa. We visit the boiling geysers of Sol de Mañana which is an impressive geothermal field with pits of boiling mud and strong smells of sulphur. Our tour continues in the direction of the thermal bath of Polques, a natural source of hot water where we have the possibility to go for a swim. We continue through the South Lipez and we observe the “Damas del Desierto” which are enormous rocks planted in this barren landscape and carved by the wind and weather over the years. We also cross the Dali Desert, which was named in reverence to the Catalan artist because of the resemblance of the landscape with the unreal yet natural colours to the masters’ work. We continue to the Laguna Verde and Blanca at the foot of the Licancahur where we stop to take a few pictures. The Laguna Verde gets its green colour from the high concentration of lead, arsenic sulphur and calcium – please refrain from bathing;-) From the Laguna Verde continue south to the bolivian/Chilean border at Hito Cajon. After the border formalities we continue to San Pedro de Atacama where the rest of the day is free.*

*Depending on the season and the weather the itinerary will change and there are some sights which are not accessible at all times!  

10. San Pedro de Atacama – Tatio – Laguna Cejar – San Pedro de Atacama
We leave very early to visit the enormous geyser field “Los Géiseres del Tatio”. With over 80 active geysers it is the largest geyser field in the southern hemisphere. We have breakfast on the site before heading back to San Pedro de Atacama by the village Machuca. In the afternoon we visit the Laguna Cejar which with a salt concentration of over 40% (more than the dead sea) makes people float automatically. We return to San Pedro de Atacama and the evening is free.*

11. San Pedro de Atacama – Moon Valley - San Pedro de Atacama
The morning is free and we suggest you visit the archeological site Pukará de Quitor which is an impressive pre-Columbian stone fortress which was declared a national monument in 1982, just outside San Pedro de Atacama. In the afternoon we visit the Valle de la Luna which was created through the centuries by floods and winds giving it an extraordinary colour and texture. The valley is also considered one of the driest places on earth, as some areas have not received a single drop of rain in hundreds of years!! We return to San Pedro de Atacama and the rest of the evening is free.*

12. San Pedro de Atacama – Calama - Santiago de Chile
We transfer to the airport in Calama to take the flight Calama – Santiago. Upon arrival in Santiago our team will be waiting to transfer you to the hotel and the rest of the day is free.

13. Santiago – Concha and Toro - Santiago de Chile
Chilean wine is known worldwide and it would be a shame not to discover the making of one or more of the most prestigious Chilean wines during your stay in South America. We visit the vineyard of Concha y Toro in the Maipo valley only about an hour from Santiago and of course we have the possibility to taste some of the faboulous wines. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the last moments on the South American continent.

14. Santiago Departure
According to your time of departure you are transferred from the hotel to the airport. For international flights it is recommended to arrive at the airport 3 hours before scheduled departure. End of our services

Important: Itinerary can change as a result of weather conditions and some sights are not accessible at all times – Lipiko Tours cannot be held responsible for any changes in itinerary and sights not visited as a result.

*If you wish to climb the Huayna Potosi the request has to be made at the time of reservation. Even if request is made we can’t guarantee that there are places left (access is limited). If there are places allow for approx. 18 USD per person for the entrance fee.


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Most nights you will overnight in 3* hotels/hostals (equivalent of 2* in Europe) in a double room with private bathroom

   

Elevation:

Relatively progressive climb in altitude with several passages over 4000m/13.120ft and one night in 4700m/15.420ft in the South Lipez

General Information

Highlights: Lima, Cuzco, the Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Copacabana, Sun Island, Salar de Uyuni, South Lipez, Laguna Colorada, San Pedro de Atacama, Geyser de Tatio, Moon Valley, Concha y Toro, Santiago

Support Team: English speaking tour leader for the entire tour for groups of 4 people or more. For smaller groups it is possible to book this tour without a tour leader. Instead you would have guided visits with a local guide in chosen language. Please contact us directly to receive a personalised quote.

Guaranteed departure: from 4 people

Group size: 4 to 12 people

Flights: Prices are valid only in certain tourist/economy classes which serve this destination. Therefore prices are subject to changes in case of unavailability at the time of reservation.
- national flight Peru; Lima - Cuzco
- national flight Bolivia; La Paz - Uyuni
- national flight Chile; Calama - Santiago

Accommodation: 11 nights in hotel/hostel and 2 nights in shelter (South Lipez)

Porterage: Your luggage will be transported either by plane, car, boat, and bus. You will have to carry the personal belongings (camera, water, etc.) which you need during the day.

Tour Leader: In groups of 4 to 12 people you will be accompanied by a tour leader in the chosen language. His role is to make sure that everything goes smoothly during the tour and that each individual and the group as a whole are safe. Don’t hesitate to ask him if you are unsure of anything and, very important, to follow his advice.

Included in the price:
- Water and land transfers as indicated in the program
- Accommodation in hotel/hostel in double rooms, Ecolodge, shelter, home stay, camping, bus and plane as indicated in the program : 11 nights in hotel/hostel and 2 nights in shelter
- Meals as mentioned in the program
- The assistance of specialised local English speaking guides, their fees and expenses
- The assistance of our local teams; driver(s) and logistics department (24/7)
- Visits as outlined in the program
- National flight Peru Lima – Cuzco
- National flight Bolivia La Paz – Uyuni
- National flight Chile Calama – Santiago

Not included in the price:
- Entrance fees to sites visited, national parks and museums as indicated in the program (allow for approx. 288 nuevos soles (Peruvian national currency) in Peru and 269 bolivianos (Bolivian national currency) in Bolivia per person and 18.000 Chilean pesos (national currency in Chile) in Chile – this is an estimate and actual prices may vary)
- Immigration fee for border crossing Bolivia – Chile (allow for approx. 15 bolivianos (Bolivian national currency) per person – this is an estimate and actual prices may vary)
- Meals not mentioned, drinks, tips, individual equipment, everything not mentioned in “included in the price” and all personal expenses
- Individual obligatory personal travel insurance (this could be included with your credit card – please check with your credit card provider)
- The supplement for a single room: 320 USD (subject to availability, must be reserved and paid upon reservation). Attention; no single room available for the nights with accommodation in shelter, home stay and camping.
- Possible visa expenses
- International flights

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Peru, Bolivia and Chile 20 days - Tour code: PEBOCH20SV - International flight not included

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Lima, Cuzco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Copacabana, Sun Island, Sucre, Potosi, Uyuni Salt Flat, South Lipez, San Pedro de Atacama, Tatio Geyser, Moon Valley, Salar de Tara, Santiago, Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, Colchagua Valley, group tour

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Itinerary in brief
Upon arrival in Lima the capital of Peru we continue to Cuzco where we discover the town, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and of course the famous Machu Picchu. We continue towards the Lake Titicaca the highest navigable lake in the world where we visit Copacabana and we also go for a short trek across the famous Sun Island (Isla del Sol) before reaching the bolivian capital La Paz, which is also the highest capital in the world at 3660m/12.010ft. We continue to Sucre which is also called “the White City” and Potosi where we visit the mines of the Cerro Rico. We head south towards Uyuni from where we visit the famous Salar de Uyuni where we discover the island with the giant cacti and the vastness of this 10.582km²/4.086mi2 big salt desert. Still in southern direction we cross the Lipez desert with its volcanoes, Lagunas as well as its rich animal life (lama, vicuña, alpaca, viscacha, pink flamingos, foxes, Nandu, etc....). We cross the bolivian/Chilean border at Hito Cajon in order to reach San Pedro de Atacama where we visit the Tatio geyser field, the Moon Valley and the Salar de Tara. From the driest place on earth we fly to Santiago to visit the vineyards of the Colchagua Valley, the pacific coast and Viña del Mar and Valparaiso.

1.  Arrival in Lima
Today you arrive in Lima. Upon arrival at the international airport our team will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. There are no activities planned of today and depending on your time of arrival you might have time to explore the town.

2. Lima – Cuzco – City Tour
After breakfast we head to the airport for your flight to Cuzco. Upon arrival we are transferred to the hotel and after lunch we start our city tour where we visit the archaeological sites of the town; Koricancha, the Cathedral, Sacsayhuaman, K’enkho, Puca Pucara and Tambo Machay. The evening is free to enjoy Cusco.

3. Cuzco – the Sacred Valley – Aguas Calientes
After breakfast, we visit the Sacred Valley and all the important Inca ruins in the area. We’ll see the ruins of Pisac with (depending on the day) the market, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo - a superb Inca fortress made of megalithic stones. In the evening we take the train to Aguas Calientes - a small village where all the buildings are concentrated along the railway giving it a “gold-digger” ambiance where we spend the night.

4.  Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cuzco
We leave at 07h00 or earlier by bus to visit the famous Machu Picchu. After this impressive visit we return to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Ollantaytambo where upon arrival we are transferred to the hotel in Cuzco and the evening is free.

The Citadel of Machu Picchu is the most important attraction in Cuzco. It was discovered in 1911 by the American explorer, Hiram Bingham, and is considered to be one of the most extraordinary examples of scenic architecture in the world. In Quechua Machu Picchu means “old mountain”. The Citadel was built on a hilltop which dominates the deep valley of the Urubamba river in the middle of tropical rainforest. Machu Picchu was both a centre of worship and astronomical observation and the private domain of the family of the Inca Pachacuteq.

5.  Cuzco – Puno
In the morning we are transferred to bus station to take the touristic bus that goes to Puno. On our way we visit the church Andahuaylillas from the XVIIth century where we can observe some beautiful paintings. The tour continues through the valley of Cuzco close to the Huacarpay Lake where we make a halt at the pre-Inca site Pikillaqta from the Wari culture (XIIth century) which is partly destroyed. We continue to the Raqchi ruins where we can observe the remains of the central wall of the Wiracocha temple, which was one of the highest covered buildings constructed by the Inca. We stop at Sicuani for lunch before we pass the Raya mountain pass at 4321m/14.180ft and we visit the thermal springs in the region. Our last visit is the ruins of Pukará and we except to arrive in Puno around 19h30 where the evening is free.

6. Puno – Copacabana
After breakfast we are transferred to the bus terminal for the bus to Copacabana. After the border formalities at Kasani another ½ hour brings us to Copacabana where we get installed in the hotel. After lunch we visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana which is a 16th century church that houses the image of the patron saint of Bolivia. The church attracts thousands of local tourists throughout the year and it remains one of the two principal sacred places both for indigenous people and Catholics. After lunch we have the option to climb to the Calvario from where we have a beautiful view over the lake and the village or climb to Intiwatana or Horca del Inca which is believed to have been an astronomical observatory. If time permits we can visit both the Calvario and the Horca del Inca and the rest of the day is free to enjoy Copacabana.

7. Copacabana – Isla del Sol (Sun Island)
After breakfast we walk down to the port of Copacabana from where a motor boat will bring us to the extreme north of the Isla del Sol (Sun Island) to the small village of Challapampa. First we visit the museum and from here we walk slowly to the ruins of Chincana also called the Inca Labyrinth. From the ruins we start our trek of the Isla del Sol which along the crest of the island takes us from the north to the south to the village of Yumani. During our trek we have an unobstructed view of the sacred Lake Titicaca and if the weather permits in the background the Royal Cordillera with its snow-capped peaks. We spend the night in an Eco Lodge on the outskirts of Yumani.

8. Isla del Sol – Copacabana – La Paz
In the morning we descend the Inca Staircase (204 steps). This staircase which is still in a very good condition will take us to the Inca Fountain and the port of Yumani from where we take the boat back to Copacabana. We have time for lunch and at 13h30 we take the bus back to La Paz. We arrive in La Paz around 17h30 and the rest of the evening is free.

9. La Paz – Valle de la Luna and City Tour
In the morning we descend to visit the Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) in the southern part of La Paz. Because the area is composed of clay rather than rock erosion has worn away large parts of the mountain creating impressive formations that offer us a lunar landscape. After this impressive visit we return to the centre of La Paz and our first stop is the Plaza Murillo (km 0), where we can see the Presidential Palace, the Parliament and the Cathedral. We visit the colonial street Calle Jaén and the old part of the town from where we continue to the famous church San Francisco which was built by the indigenous people. From here we visit the popular commercial zone of La Paz with its coloured markets and we walk up the Calle Sagarnaga – the main shopping street for typical clothes and handicrafts. From here we also visit the Calle de las Brujas (the Witches street) and we finish our tour with a visit to the Indian market San Pedro. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free to enjoy the highest capital in the world.

10. La Paz – Sucre City Tour
After breakfast we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Sucre (departure times vary depending on the day). Arrived in Sucre we are transferred to the hotel and after lunch we leave to visit Sucre, the constitutional capital of Bolivia also called the White City. This gem of Baroque art and the Renaissance is the most European cities in Bolivia and probably one of the most beautiful in Latin America. Founded in 1538 by order of Pizarro, Sucre was destined to become the residence and the centre of the Spanish bourgeoisie. From an architectural point of view, Sucre has remained like a postcard of the 19th century which is of course part of its charm. Sucre is considered the most beautiful city in Bolivia, but apart from its beauty and atmosphere of the 18th & 19th centuries, Sucre also has the advantage of being the historic capital of Bolivia. We visit the various museums, the Convento de Santa Clara and also the Casa de la Libertad, which saw the signing of the Declaration of Independence August 6, 1825 (all visits may vary depending on the day because the museums are closed on Sundays and public holidays). The evening is free to enjoy Sucre.

11. Sucre – Potosi - Visit of the Mines (Cerro Rico)*– Uyuni
At 08h00 we leave Sucre by bus for Potosi. Potosi was once one of the largest cities in the world with a population over 200.000 people and is one of the highest cities in the world. It lies beneath the Cerro Rico Mountain (“rich mountain”) which was the reason for the town’s historical importance because of its important silver ore. After lunch we visit the miners market. Custom says it brings good luck to buy Coca leaves, cigarettes, alcohol or even dynamite as presents for the miners that will receive us at their workplace. Once we have finished our purchases we visit one of the mines in the Cerro Rico mountain. The mines here are quite different from western mines, some of them are very old – dug out by hand by the slaves of the Inca Empire and later by African slaves during the Spanish occupation and very narrow and short (not for claustrophobics). Our visit of the Cerro Rico starts by the “Tio” (uncle) who is the protector of the mines and to whom the miners on many occasions make offerings in order to be protected from bad spells. We visit the 1st level of the mine and have the possibility to descend up to 3 levels below – 500 or 600 m into the depths of the Cerro Rico. After this impressive visit we head back to the bus terminal to take the bus to Uyuni. Upon arrival our team will transfer you to your hotel.

*Depending on the day it is possible that we visit the mines in the morning and if today falls on a Sunday we do a city tour instead

12. Uyuni – Colchani – Salar de Uyuni – Incahuasi – Cueva de las Galaxias – Puerto Chuvica
We start our journey around 10h30 in the morning and our first stop will be the locomotive cemetery which is a vestige of more prosperous times. From here we continue to Colchani which is a small village situated on the edge of the Salar and who’s inhabitants live from salt exploitation. In Colchani we discover how the salt is processed manually and we visit the small salt boutique, which also serves as a museum, where we can see large salt carvings and other objects (pottery, jewellery, tools, etc.). After this impressive visit with the craftsmen on the top of the world we enter the famous Salar de Uyuni; the biggest salt desert in the world with acreage of 10.582km²/4.086mi2. One of the particularities of the Uyuni Salt Flat is that it contains a reserve of 9 million tonnes of Lithium which represents 40% of world production. We head to the Island Incahuasi which mistakenly is better known as the Fisherman’s Island. This geological formation is a remnant of petrified coral and is covered in giant cacti that can get up to 12m/39.37ft high. From the top of the island we have a wonderful 360° view of the Salar de Uyuni. After lunch our journey continues in the direction of Puerto Chuvica. We have the possibility to visit the “Cueva de las Galaxias” which is a strange phenomenon of fossil algae which reminds us that the ocean was present here all the way to Oruro. In the adjacent cave we can observe the Chullpares which are Inca funerary remains. We climb to the viewpoint from where we have an unobstructed view of the desert and if we take a closer look we can also observe the fossil coral that once were part of an impressive coral barrier. After this impressive visit we continue to the small village of Puerto Chuvica (or San Juan depending on availability) situated at the doors of the Lipez desert. We arrive at the shelter around 16h00 and the evening is free.*

*Depending on the season and the weather the itinerary will change and there are some sights which are not accessible at all times!  

13. Puerto Chuvica – Salar de Chiguana – Ollagüe Volcano – Siloli Desert – Ruta de las Joyas Alto Andinas (Lagunas Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiar Khota, Honda et Ramaditas) – Stone Tree - Reserva Nacional de la Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa - Laguna Colorada
We continue our tour of south Bolivia and from Puerto Chuvica we pass the Uyuni – Ollague railway, which is the property of the FCA (Empresa Ferroviaria Andina), before crossing the Salar de Chiguana. We observe the still active volcano Ollague and even from far we can see its fumarole. We follow the famous Jewel Route which is composed of the Lagunas Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiar Khota, Honda and Ramadita. Today we also visit the Stone Tree (please refrain from climbing on the rock) planted in the middle of the Siloli desert and at the end of the day we enter the Reserva Nacional de la Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa where we arrive at the Laguna Colorada. This Alto Andina Laguna gets its name because of the red colour which is caused by microscopic shellfish which is the principal nutriment of the rose flamingos that live in this area. Due to climate changes (lack of rain) and the high evaporation of the Altiplanic basin the water level of the regions Lagunas is reduced rapidly which year after year also reduces the population of the flamingos. Mid-afternoon we leave to get installed in our shelter and the evening is free.**

*Depending on the season and the weather the itinerary will change and there are some sights which are not accessible at all times!  

14. Reserva Nacional de la Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa - Laguna Colorada – Geyser de Sol de Mañana – Polques Thermal Spring – Dali Desert – Laguna Verde – Licancahur (5971m/19.590ft) – San Pedro de Atacama
Our tour continues in southern direction to the Laguna Verde – one of the most southern points in Bolivia. We leave the Laguna Colorada in order to go even deeper into the Reserva Nacional de la Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa. We visit the boiling geysers of Sol de Mañana which is an impressive geothermal field with pits of boiling mud and strong smells of sulphur. Our tour continues in the direction of the thermal bath of Polques, a natural source of hot water where we have the possibility to go for a swim. We continue through the South Lipez and we observe the “Damas del Desierto” which are enormous rocks planted in this barren landscape and carved by the wind and weather over the years. We also cross the Dali Desert, which was named in reverence to the Catalan artist because of the resemblance of the landscape with the unreal yet natural colours to the masters’ work. We continue to the Laguna Verde and Blanca at the foot of the Licancahur where we stop to take a few pictures. The Laguna Verde gets its green colour from the high concentration of lead, arsenic sulphur and calcium – please refrain from bathing;-) From the Laguna Verde continue south to the bolivian/Chilean border at Hito Cajon. After the border formalities we continue to San Pedro de Atacama where the rest of the day is free.*

*Depending on the season and the weather the itinerary will change and there are some sights which are not accessible at all times!  

15. San Pedro de Atacama – Tatio geyser field – Valle de la Luna – San Pedro de Atacama
We leave very early to visit the enormous geyser field “Los Géiseres del Tatio”. With over 80 active geysers it is the largest geyser field in the southern hemisphere. We have breakfast on the site before heading back to San Pedro de Atacama by the village Machuca. In the afternoon we visit the Valle de la Luna which was created through the centuries by floods and winds giving it an extraordinary colour and texture. The valley is also considered one of the driest places on earth, as some areas have not received a single drop of rain in hundreds of years!! We return to San Pedro de Atacama and the rest of the evening is free.*

*Depending on the season and the weather the itinerary will change and there are some sights which are not accessible at all times!  

16. San Pedro de Atacama – Salar de Tara - San Pedro de Atacama
After breakfast we leave to visit the Salar de Tara which is only accessible by 4WD. The Salar de Tara is located approx. 100 km from San Pedro de Atacama in the National Reserve Los Flamencos and is probably one of the most impressive landscapes on the Altiplano. Situated at 4300m of altitude the salar is surrounded by volcanoes and we’ll see numerous volcanic rock formations, created by centuries of erosion, which present some particular formations; Guardianes de la Pacana (the guards of the Pacana), which are enormous stone pillars that rise vertically and lonely from the deserts sand, or the Farallón de Tara (craggy stone). After this impressive visit we return to San Pedro de Atacama and the evening is free.*

*Depending on the season and the weather the itinerary will change and there are some sights which are not accessible at all times!  

17. San Pedro de Atacama – Calama - Santiago de Chile
We transfer to the airport in Calama to take the flight Calama – Santiago. Upon arrival in Santiago our team will be waiting to transfer you to the hotel and the rest of the day is free.

18. Santiago – Colchagua Valley - Santiago
Chilean wine is known worldwide and it would be a shame not to discover the making of one or more of the most prestigious Chilean wines during your stay in South America. Today’s visit is a trip back in time where we encounter the traditions of the Chilean countryside. Approximately 1 ½ hours after leaving the hotel we find ourselves in the Colchagua Valley. Our tour begins with a carriage tour through a vineyard and we will taste several wines in the cellar. You can either have lunch at the vineyard or one of the best restaurants of Santa Cruz – the most important city in the region. We’ll spend the afternoon in a beautiful vineyard where we also see how Chilean wine is made. We return to Santiago in the afternoon and the evening is free.

19. Santiago – Valparaiso/Viña del Mar – Santiago
Today we visit Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Nicknamed “The Jewel of the Pacific”, Valparaíso was declared a world heritage site based upon its improvised urban design and unique architecture. In 1996, the World Monuments Fund declared Valparaiso’s unusual system of funicular elevators (highly-inclined cable cars) one of the world’s 100 most endangered historical treasures and the city was declared a World Heritage Site in 2003. Built upon dozens of steep hillsides overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Valparaíso boasts a labyrinth of streets and cobblestone alleyways, embodying a rich architectural and cultural legacy. We continue to Viña del Mar which is Chile’s main tourist attraction and also known as “La Ciudad Jardin” (The Garden City). You can have lunch in one of the many seaside restaurants and in the afternoon we visit the town: the Casino which is one the oldest gambling establishments in South America, walk along the beach, Reñaca and of course the botanic garden Quinta Vergara where the biggest musical festival in Latin American is celebrated each year. We return to Santiago where the evening is free to enjoy the last day on the South American continent.

20. Santiago Departure
According to your time of departure you are transferred from the hotel to the airport. For international flights it is recommended to arrive at the airport 3 hours before scheduled departure. End of our services


Important: Itinerary can change as a result of weather conditions and some sights are not accessible at all times – Lipiko Tours cannot be held responsible for any changes in itinerary and sights not visited as a result.

*If you wish to climb the Huayna Potosi the request has to be made at the time of reservation. Even if request is made we can’t guarantee that there are places left (access is limited). If there are places allow for approx. 18 USD per person for the entrance fee.


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A hike on the Sun Island of about 3-4 hours and several short walks

Activity:
Culture and Discovery


Please contact us directly if you wish to book this tour for 2 people
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Most nights you will overnight in 3* hotels/hostals (equivalent of 2* in Europe) in a double room with private bathroom
   

Elevation:

Relatively progressive climb in altitude with several passages over 4000m/13.120ft and one night in 4700m/15.420ft in the South Lipez

General Information

Highlights: Lima, Cuzco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Copacabana, Sun Island, Sucre, Potosi, Uyuni Salt Flat, South Lipez, San Pedro de Atacama, Tatio Geyser, Moon Valley, Salar de Tara, Santiago, Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, Colchagua Valley

Support Team: English speaking tour leader for the entire tour for groups of 4 people or more. For smaller groups it is possible to book this tour without a tour leader. Instead you would have guided visits with a local guide in chosen language. Please contact us directly to receive a personalised quote.

Guaranteed departure: from 4 people

Group size: 4 to 12 people

Flights: Prices are valid only in certain tourist/economy classes which serve this destination. Therefore prices are subject to changes in case of unavailability at the time of reservation.
- national flight Peru; Lima - Cuzco
- national flight Bolivia; La Paz - Sucre
- national flight Chile; Calama - Santiago

Accommodation: 16 nights in hotel/hostel, 2 nights in shelter (South Lipez) and 1 night in Eco Lodge

Porterage: Your luggage will be transported either by plane, car, boat, and bus. You will have to carry the personal belongings (camera, water, etc.) which you need during the day.

Tour Leader: In groups of 4 to 12 people you will be accompanied by a tour leader in the chosen language. His role is to make sure that everything goes smoothly during the tour and that each individual and the group as a whole are safe. Don’t hesitate to ask him if you are unsure of anything and, very important, to follow his advice.

Included in the price:
- Water and land transfers as indicated in the program
- Accommodation in hotel/hostel in double rooms, Ecolodge, shelter, home stay, camping, bus and plane as indicated in the program : 16 nights in hotel/hostel, 1 night in Ecolodge and 2 nights in shelter
- Meals as mentioned in the program
- The assistance of specialised local English speaking guides, their fees and expenses
- The assistance of our local teams; driver(s) and logistics department (24/7)
- Visits as outlined in the program
- National flight Peru Lima – Cuzco
- National flight Bolivia La Paz – Sucre
- National flight Chile Calama – Santiago

Not included in the price:
- Entrance fees to sites visited, national parks and museums as indicated in the program (allow for approx. 288 nuevos soles (Peruvian national currency) in Peru and 285 bolivianos (Bolivian national currency) in Bolivia per person and 8.000 chilean pesos (national currency in Chile) in Chile – this is an estimate and actual prices may vary)
- Immigration fee for border crossing Bolivia – Chile (allow for approx. 15 bolivianos (Bolivian national currency) per person – this is an estimate and actual prices may vary)
- Meals not mentioned, drinks, tips, individual equipment, everything not mentioned in “included in the price” and all personal expenses
- Individual obligatory personal travel insurance (this could be included with your credit card – please check with your credit card provider)
- The supplement for a single room: 421 USD (subject to availability, must be reserved and paid upon reservation). Attention; no single room available for the nights with accommodation in shelter, home stay and camping.
- Possible visa expenses
- International flights

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Our circuits not include international flights tickets. For a reservation of airline tickets contact-us.


Bolivia
photo Located in the heart of Latin America, Bolivia shares its borders with Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay and even as a country without access to the sea it offers an impressive diversity and nature. Today the Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia remains a country where tradition through the cultures of the Aymara, the Quechua and the Guarani are still very much present. You can discover a true panorama of mountains (the Andes Cordillera and the Royal Cordillera), Highlands (Altiplano), great deserts (Salar de Uyuni and South Lipez) and exuberant vegetation (Bolivian Amazon basin) as well as numerous indigenous communities throughout this vast 1 098 581 km2/424 300 mi2 country.

Peru
photo With 10.000 years of history and home to many ancient cultures, spanning from the Norte Chico civilization, one of the oldest in the world, to the Inca Empire Peru offers you magnificent evidence of a glorious past as the Caral, the royal tombs of Sipán which is the most sumptuous funeral site in the Americas, the mysterious Nazca lines, the tremendous Kuélap fortress and the famous Machu Picchu. Peru is classified as one of the most divers countries on the planet with 84 of the 117 biotopes listed on earth and offers a true panorama of mountains (the Cordillera Blanca and Negro), Highlands (Altiplano), deserts and exuberant vegetation (Peruvian Amazon basin). With its refined flavours the territory also offers a great diverse cuisine which is internationally acclaimed and you can also get an insight in the culture through the range of sounds, flavours and colours, which are revealed in more than 50 indigenous languages still in use, and through numerous dances and music played with ancestral musical instruments.

Chile
photoChile is a South American country occupying a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes Mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It stretches over 4,300km/2,672mi north to south, but only 350km/217mi at its widest point east to west and is the longest north-south country in the world. This encompasses a remarkable variety of landscapes. The northern Atacama Desert contains great mineral wealth, primarily copper and nitrates. The relatively small Central Valley, which includes Santiago, dominates the country in terms of population and agricultural resources. Southern Chile is rich in forests, grazing lands, and features a string of volcanoes and lakes. The southern coast is a labyrinth of fjords, inlets, canals, twisting peninsulas, and islands and the Andes Mountains are located on the eastern border.




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If you have already formed your own closed group and you want to create your own tour according to your ideas and itineraries don’t hesitate to send us an email with the details of your project so that our team of experts can provide you with a personalized program. We offer special rates and services for groups of over 10 people!! If you have not yet settled on an itinerary our team will offer you several options but remember that you can also look for inspiration in our online catalogue.


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