On this tour you will journey through the unforgettable Atacama Desert in Chile and continue through the Bolivian desert, reaching the lunar-like scenery of the Uyuni Salt Flats and neighbouring national parks. Throughout this high altitude route you will come face to face with the famous Andes Mountains and will come away with a personal connection to this wild, rugged landscape.
Price: From £3100 per person
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Transatlantic flights: from £1,050
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*The single supplement applies if a solo traveller does not share a room.
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Travel by private 4X4 to the Atacama Desert, Bolivian Uyuni salt flats and on through a wildly remote region of surreal rock formations, bubbling geysers and garishly-coloured lakes where thousands of flamingos make their home against the backdrop of snow-capped volcanoes.
Then, on to Chile in the footsteps of Spanish conquistadors via a lesser-known route across the national parks that straddle the border. A gentle, if breathless, trek in the shadow of Bolivia’s highest mountain proves the slightly gentler landscape it is no less magnificent. Journey through the reserves dotted with simple Aymara villages, alpaca herders, inca ruins and irrigation channels and lonely adobe churches dating back to the 17th Century. Then back down to Earth along a desert coastline flanked by mysterious giant geoglyphs- shapes in the ground believed to have been made by pre-Incan people.
Visit ghostly mining towns that once thrived on the extraction of nitrates used in fertiliser and gunpower but were slowly abandoned early in the 20th Century when synthetic substitutes were developed. Finally, the chance to relax and rest up in comfort on the Pacific beaches of modern Iquique.
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- Day 1: Atacama Desert
Transfer to hotel in San Pedro de Atacama
- Day 2: Valley of the Moon
Leave San Pedro for Calama, stopping on the way to take some great pictures of the Andean mountain range, the huge Atacama Salt Flat, the active Lascar Volcano and the impressive Licancabur Volcano. Continue to the Valley of the Moon with its spectacular rock formations. Optional short hike to one of the giant sand dunes.
- Day 3: Toconao - Salar de Atacama
After a brief stop at picturesque Toconao village, visit the Salar de Atacama, a vast salt lake.
- Day 4: Atacama Desert - Bolivian Desert
Transfer to the Bolivian border. Visit Laguna Verde and Licancabur Volcano.
- Day 5: Bolivian desert
Set off for Laguna Colorada to see three species of flamingos. Continue to the Stone Tree passing several lagoonas and the Ollagüe Volcano.
- Day 6: Uyuni Salt Flats
Short stop at the Train Graveyard then on to the Salt Flats to see the pools, salt mountains and salt blocks. Continue to Isla Lomo de Pescado to look at giant cacti and the birds and viscachas that have made this island their home.
- Day 7: Uyuni Salt Flats
Travel to the foothills of Tunupa Volcano, and optional trek for great views and photo opportunities of the Uyuni Salt Flats. Overnight in the town of Tahua
- Day 8: Tahua – Sajama
See pre-Inca mummified remains and tombs at Conquesa then continue to Sajama National Park.
- Day 9: Sajama National Park
Trek through the foothills of the majestic Sajama Mountain, the highest peak in Bolivia. Explore the highest forest in the world and take a dip in the natural hot springs.
- Day 10: Sajama - Putre
Depart Sajama to discover Stone Valley, a unique geological formation, before crossing the border into Chile and into the Lauca National Park. View the Chungara and Cota Cotani lagoons, the dramatic twin Payachatas volcanoes, and the caves in the community of Parinacota.
- Day 11: Putre
Full day exploring the landscapes of the Lauca National Park, one of the most spectacular parks in Chile.
- Day 12: Arica
Visit the pre-Inca fortress at Copaquilla and the Inca tambo in the village of Zapahuira. Descend from the Andes to the Azapa valley to stop at the small museum and to see several ancient geoglyphs of giant humans, llamas and an eagle. Arrive at the coastal city of Arica.
- Day 13: Santiago
Morning flight to Santiago.