Highlights of Chile, Bolivia & Peru

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Highlights of Chile, Bolivia & Peru

This journey not only includes the highlights of every country but proposes a different way to explore. Discover Santiago on a bike, get aboard the highest cable car in the world in La Paz, sample artisanal beer produced in the Sacred Valley of the Incas or enjoy hiking downhill to the nearby ruins in reverse direction to avoid large crowds. Learn about the relevance of food for Peruvians with our signature gastronomic tour.

14 Nights
From SGD 7,415Per Person

Highlights of Chile, Bolivia & Peru

Welcome to Santiago! Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Our morning market biking tour is a fantastic way to see why Santiago was named Best Travel Destination by New York Times in 2011 Travel section. You will explore fruit, vegetable and seafood markets, the bohemian Bellavista neighbourhood with stops in Plaza de Armas Square, the Museum of Fine Arts and in front of the house of Chile's most famous poet and cultural icon, Pablo Neruda. Chile's rich cultural and religious history is the focus of this energizing tour. This tour isn't a lecture on Chilean culture - it is rather a hands-on exploration of it through the eyes and ears of a local.

Important
This regular tour runs every day at 09:30 am with a guaranteed maximum client guide ratio of 6:1
Duration: 3 hours
Equipment: water, helmet, sunscreen and bike are provided
Difficulty: Moderate (suitable for people with good fitness that are comfortable on a bike)

Meals: Breakfast.

The day will start with a visit of the vineyards in Casablanca Valley (70km northwest from Santiago). Situated on the coastal plain between Santiago and Valparaiso, Casablanca is Chile's fastest growing wine region. Soil and climate favour the production of top quality Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. You will also visit Casas del Bosque, an award-winning family boutique winery established in 1993. Enjoy a tour of vineyards (conducted in English shared with other visitors) and cellars and sample in its Aromas Bar from two Reserva and two Gran Reserva labels (four tastings total). After the vineyard visit, you will continue your journey to Valparaiso. With its colourful hillside homes overlooking the Pacific and winding stairways, the Chilean port city of Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage, is alive with avant-garde culture and vibrant street art. Once in Plaza Sotomayor, Valparaiso's main square, your guide will point out important buildings such as the Chilean Navy Building and the Chilean Customs House. You then take Ascensor Concepción, the city's oldest elevator, a funicular that climbs Cerro Concepción (Concepción Hill). From up the hills, you can take in the colourful vistas of this avant-garde town and take unique pictures before returning to Santiago (driving time: approx. 2 ½ hours, 119 km)

Important
Approx. duration of visit at the vineyard: 60 mins
Location of the vineyard: 70km from Santiago
SIC winery tours start daily at 10:30 hrs, 12:30 hrs, 15:00 hrs and 16:30 hrs

Meals: Breakfast.

Early in the morning you will pick up at the hotel and will take you to the airport to take the international flight to La Paz.

Welcome to La Paz! You will start the morning sightseeing tour with a drive to the cliff-edge city 'El Alto'. This metropolis, once inhabited by Aymara migrants, has long been associated with poverty. Today there is an emerging middle-class, proud of their urban-rural identity, which is reflected in the proliferation of colourful mansions blending modern architecture with symbols of the pre-Columbian Tiahuanaco culture. Your guide takes you through the streets featuring some of these so-called 'chalets' of 'new Andean' architecture before boarding the highest cable car in the world. Enjoy spectacular views of the snowcapped mountains and the city of La Paz before arriving down in the historic centre to visit the Murillo Square. Prominent buildings on the square include the Presidential Palace, the Congress Building and a neoclassical cathedral. After a short stop to sample a 'saltena' (a typically baked pastry filled with beef or chicken) you head to San Francisco Church, considered one of the best examples of baroque-mestizo architecture in South America.

Afternoon you will take a tour off-the-beaten-path and get an insight into La Paz vibrant life. You start at the 'Mercado Rodriguez' - Bolivia's best food market. Be ready to photograph colourful and exotic fruits and vegetables. The market is primarily run by 'cholitas' - women in bowler hats and full skirts who bring their goods, wrapped in brightly striped blankets. Stock up on fresh fruits or veggie snacks to eat along the way while you explore before heading to Museo Costumbrista on the prettiest street of La Paz. The museum boasts a collection of early 20th century photos, as well as some displays depicting traditions of old La Paz. Your tour ends in the south of the city and the well-known Moon Valley, where erosion has given place to the most exotic and curious surface forms.

Meals: None

In the morning you will be transferred to the airport for your domestic flight to Uyuni. A 50-min flight brings you to Uyuni the gateway to one of the most impressive landscapes in the world.
The first stop is at the train graveyard in the outskirts of Uyuni. It has been reported that among them was the first locomotive to enter Bolivia and another allegedly robbed by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Afterwards, you enter the vast white Salar de Uyuni, a fantastic place for photography to visit 'Incahuasi Island' in the middle of the salt lake. The island seems to rise up out of nowhere and is covered with gigantic cacti, some 11m (36ft) tall. You will spend time walking around admiring the unusual yet breathtaking landscapes. After a picnic lunch on the island you will be driven to Colchani to spend the night in a hotel entirely made of salt.

Important
From December through March the likelihood of the salt lake being flooded increases and Incahuasi becomes often inaccessible. Consequently, the itinerary will be adapted. Still, during this time there are countless photo opportunities. The water covering the salt flats creates a mirror image of the sky and the clouds above.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving the salt flat behind you will be driven along the volcanoes range with their eternal snow to Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve. During the course of the next couple hours, there are lagoons on the way where colonies of flamingos and many smaller wild birds gather and strut around: Canapa (blue), Hedionda (red) and Honda (brown). Afterwards, you head south to enter the Siloli desert. The scenery on the drive is fantastic and takes you high up into the Andes through desert-type landscapes. There are stones sculpted by the wind - one of the most bizarre formations is the Stone Tree. You spend the night at a simple but tremendously atmospheric place - set in one of the most remote and starkly beautiful places on earth, on the edge of the Siloli desert.

Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Dinner

This day you need to get up very early and take in some of the continent's most astounding sights such as the Red Lagoon with its James flamingos. Dotted with white islands of massive borax deposits, the lake is tainted blood red due to a variety of algae which thrive in the salt water. The next stop is at the geothermal field Sol de Mañana to see multiple mud pots and fumaroles. Later, there is a chance to take a dip in the hot springs before continuing the trip. Afterwards, you visit the Green Lagoon, at the foot of Licancabur volcano. On the road back to Uyuni you stop at the 'Rocks Valley' featuring giant volcanic rocks between 8 to 15 meters high. You arrive in Uyuni on time to take your evening flight back to La Paz.

Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch

After breakfast, you will start your journey by bus to Huatajata where you will explore the 'Andean Roots' cultural village. Here you also have the opportunity to meet the Limachi brothers, builders of the 'Ra II' and the 'Tigris' reed boats for Thor Heyerdahl's famous expeditions. Afterwards, you will continue by bus to Copacabana and get to know the colonial church and its famous dark virgin before boarding a hydrofoil to the Moon Island. This island's main attraction is the 'Inak Uyu' Sun Virgin's temple considered one of the lake's most important archaeological sites. Afterwards, you will sail to the mythical Sun Island. According to legend, it was here where the Inca couple Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo emerged from the lake to found the Empire of the Sun. You will visit the Inca steps and the sacred fountain before eating lunch at the Uma Kollu restaurant, featuring an authentic Inca terrace and a splendid lake view. Afterwards, you will return by boat to Copacabana and finally to Puno by bus.

Important
Elevations on Sun Island range between 3,800 and 4,000 m (12,467 and 13,123 ft) and there are only footpaths. Therefore a reasonable degree of fitness is required for hiking on the island. This excursion is not recommendable for the less mobile (there are no motorized vehicles). Pack light and bring essentials as sunblock, a hat and sunglasses.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Unlike the classic tour, this full day trip by speedboat offers a reduced time en route (e.g. 75 min from Puno to Taquile versus 2 hrs 30 min aboard the traditional boat). Our tour takes you against the flow to avoid the busy tourist crowds offering a more genuine way to experience Titicaca Lake. The first stop is on Taquile, the weavers' island. Across the centuries, 'Taquilenos' have preserved traditions, such as a communitarian life where everything is shared. Men always seem to be walking around the island knitting the woollen caps they wear. Around noon you reach the remote community of Luquina on Chucuito Peninsula. Locals in this less known area are not visited by mass tourism yet. After lunch including typical Andean dishes takes time to soak up the mesmerizing views - the deep earthy red colour of the soil in the strong highland sunlight contrasts magnificently against the deep blue of Lake Titicaca. The backdrop of the snow-capped Cordillera Real on the far side completes a splendid picture. On your back to Puno, there is the last stop to visit one of the floating reed islands of the Uros.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

A ten-hour bus trip takes you through picturesque Andean landscapes dotted with small villages and herds of llamas and vicunas. Your final destination is Cusco, however, you make three important stops along your way: the first one is at La Raya Pass (4,335 m/ 14,172 ft) to enjoy a panoramic view of the snow-capped Andes. Lunch will be served in a typical restaurant in Sicuani. Then your tour continues to visit the Viracocha Temple. This was the only Inca temple featuring cylindrical stone columns covered by fine clay layers. The last stop is in Andahuaylillas known by its baroque church dating from the 17th century.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Your walking tour will start off at the cathedral with its magnificently carved woodwork, ornate altar and many hundreds of canvases from the 17th-century Cusco Painting School. You continue exploring the cultural wealth of Cusco at the Temple of the Sun, where you can witness the incredible Inca masonry. You will leave the city and be driven up to Tambomachay (the resting place of the Inca). Only a 10-minute walk from this archaeological site we find Puka Pukara (the red fortress). From here a gentle path leads you to Kenko, the temple dedicated to Mother Earth before you reach Sacsayhuaman - a hilltop fortress that overlooks the city of Cusco. Finally, you walk through the narrow cobblestone streets of San Blas to get back to Cusco (Hike duration: 2 hours. The excursion takes approx. 4 hours).

Meals: Breakfast

This morning you explore Pisaq market in the Sacred Valley. Originally a place where people from remote communities used to barter their products, Pisaq has evolved to one of South America's most famous souvenir markets. Make sure to sample some 'empanadas' baked in traditional clay ovens.

Afterwards in the Sacred Valley take a one-hour brewery tour, which includes six sample tastings at the micro-brewery of 'Cerveceria del Valle Sagrado'. The company began as an initiative by three young entrepreneurs, two Americans and one Peruvian. 'Cerveceria del Valle Sagrado' brings a variety of handcrafted beers to the Cusco region, with master brewer Joseph Giammatteo surprising you with unique Andean-inspired ales and lagers, produced using high-quality ingredients and glacial spring water from over 3,000 meters above sea level. Your tour includes one snack and you can choose either from an Alpaca skewer, sausage marinated with beer or a 'choripan' (a spicy pork sausage served with white bread).

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the train station. The train ride takes you through the Sacred Valley of the Incas up to Machu Picchu.

Upon arrival world-famous Machu Picchu a small coach takes you up the steep roads to the entrance of the citadel. For centuries Machu Picchu remained undiscovered by the Spaniards and has only been found in 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham. During a guided tour you will experience the uniqueness of the location and the genius that went into its construction, making this Inca site one of the seven new wonders of the world.

After having visited the legendary Machu Picchu you will return by train from Aguas Calientes Station to Ollanta.
At your arrival, a driver picks you up and takes you to your hotel in Cusco. In case you have left any luggage in the hotel in the Sacred Valley, it will be picked up en-route.

Meals: Breakfast

Upon arrival from Cusco stimulate your taste buds with the gastronomic tour exploring Lima´s food flavours and colours. Begin in the vibrant Miraflores market, which is a popular choice by local chefs for its wonderful variety of fresh produce from the coast, the Andes and the jungle. Learn about Peru's food diversity that is reflected in the colourful assortment of vegetables, fruits, fish and condiments. Drop in at a local 'jugueria' to sample a juice made with exotic local fruits: chirimoya, lucuma, guanabana or passion fruit. The choice is yours!

Then, head to San Isidro to visit the El Olivar, a park with ancient olive trees, brought from Seville in the 16th century and its nice surrounding chalets from the 1920s. Try a Limenian speciality 'pan con chicharron', a sandwich served with sliced fried pork and sweet potato. Afterwards, visit the artistic quarter in Barranco and stroll past charming old houses where sculptors, writers and poets reside. End your tour with a 'picarones' tasting and try the Peruvian tradition of eating these sweet potatoes/pumpkin doughnuts that are served with flavoured syrup - a popular dessert since colonial times.

At proper time you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Trip Cost

Price per person in SGD

14D Highlights Chile, Bolivia & Peru | Santiago, La Paz, Uyuni, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

Valid from Jan 01 - Dec 23, 2018.
Private Tour
02 persons
04 persons
06 persons
SGL Supp.
Tourist
Santiago - Presidente Suites Santiago in Executive Room
La Paz - Rosario - La Paz in Standard Room
Colchani - Luna Salada in Standard Room
Siloli - Tayka del Desierto in Standard Room
Puno - Jose Antonio Puno in Standard Room
Cusco - Abittare in Superior Room
Sacred Valley - Agustos Valle Sagrado in Standard Room
7415592755841218
First Class
Santiago - Altiplanico Bellas Artes in Standard Room
La Paz - Stannum Boutique Hotel & Spa in Premium Room
Colchani - Luna Salada in Standard Room
Siloli - Tayka del Desierto in Standard Room
Puno - Casa Andina Premium in Superior Room
Cusco - Novotel Cusco in Contemporary Room
Sacred Valley - Casa Andina Premium - Valle in Superior Room
7903641560711505
Deluxe
Santiago - The Singular Santiago in Patio
La Paz - Casa Grande Hotel in Executive Suite
Colchani - Luna Salada in Deluxe Room
Siloli - Tayka del Desierto in Standard Room
Puno - Libertador Lago Titicaca Puno in Superior Room
Cusco - JW Marriott El Convento Cusco in Classic Inca Wall Room
Sacred Valley - Libertador Tambo del Inka Luxury Collection in Superior Room
9074742470732727
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Price per person in USD

Domestic airfare

  • $197 ~ Santiago de Chile - La Paz
  • $235 ~ La Paz - Uyuni - La Paz
  • $183 ~ Cusco - Lima

Inclusions

  • Transfers from / to the airport, bus or train station
  • Accommodation based on TWIN in the selected hotel category
  • Private services with local English speaking guide, except for:
    • Biking Tour in Santiago de Chile on SIC basis (shared with other travellers, with local English/Spanish-speaking guide)
    • Full Day Lake Titicaca Excursion on SIC basis (boat shared with other travelers, with local English/Spanish speaking guide)
    • Shared tourist bus Puno-Cusco with English-speaking guide
  • In Uyuni excursions in 4WD jeeps with experienced driver and guide (4 travellers per jeep)
  • Entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary (Important: The order of the itinerary may be subject to change, to guarantee the best operation)
  • Meals as noted (B: Breakfast, BL: Boxed Lunch, L: lunch, D: dinner)
  • Assistance by our Operations Department

Exclusions

  • International airfare to/from Lima
  • Domestic flights, (approx. SGD 865 per person, subject to change depending on fare class and availability)
  • Personal expenditure such as phone calls, laundry, beverages at meals, etc.
  • Early check-in / late check-out at hotels (unless specified in the itinerary)
  • Tips & gratuities for guides, drivers, waiters, luggage porters
  • Travel insurance