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Combined trip to Peru and Chili

Travel through the heart of the Andes: the centre of the ancient Inca empire. You will discover its fascinating Cusco and Sacred Valley abounding with archaeological sites and typical villages and the legendary Lake Titicaca, considered as the highest navigable lake on earth. Furthermore, this trip will show you the marvellous Chili and the places you absolutely have to visit such as San Pedro d'Atacama, Santiago and Valparaiso.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Lima
  • Day 2: Lima - Cusco - Lima - Cusco
  • Day 3: Cusco - Pisac - Ollantaytambo - Pisac - Aguas Calientes
  • Day 4: Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco
  • Day 5: Cusco - Puno - Cusco - Puno
  • Day 6: Puno - Uros - Taquile - Uros - Taquile - Puno
  • Day 7: Puno - Arequipa - Puno - Arequipa
  • Day 8: Arequipa - Arica - Arequipa - Arica
  • Day 9: Arica - Putre
  • Day 10: Putre - Lauca National Park - Putre - Lauca National Park - Putre
  • Day 11: Putre - Salar de Surire - Colchane - Salar de Surire - Colchane
  • Day 12: Colchane - Pica
  • Day 13: Pica - San Pedro de Atacama
  • Day 14: Atacama Salar - San Pedro de Atacama
  • Day 15: El Tatio Geysers - San Pedro de Atacama - Valleys of the Atacama Desert - San Pedro de Atacama
  • Day 16: San Pedro de Atacama - Santiago de Chile
  • Day 17: Santiago de Chile

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: Lima

Upon your arrival at the airport Jorge Chávez of Lima, you will be taken to your hotel.

English speaking assistance from airport to your hotel.


Night at hotel El Patio
Included : private transport, reception with english-speaking guide, room & breakfast
Included opts : English-speaking guide, BTC

Day 2: Lima - Cusco

You will be transferred to the Lima airport to take your flight.

Domestic flight from Lima to Cusco.
Reception at Cusco airport and transfer to the hotel.

English speaking assistance from airport to hotel.
Departure for an half-day dedicated to the discovery of Cuzco's historical downtown. In the morning, visits of the Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), and of the Cathedral, exhibiting some paintings from the School of Cuzco and many goldsmith’s art, silver and precious stones treasures. Then we walk down to the San Blas quarter (the artists’ place).

Night at hotel Amaru I.
Included : private transport, transfer departure, domestic flight, airport tax, transfer arrival, reception with english-speaking guide, english speaking guide, entrance fees, room & breakfast
Included opts : English-speaking guide, Entrance fees

Day 3: Cusco - Pisac - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

8am departure in a private vehicle to explore the Sacred Valley of the Inca. The first stop is at Pisac in order to visit the impressive Inca ruins and the handicraft market. Then we continue to the Inca village of Ollantaytambo where we will visit the fortress.
Departure by train for a two hours journey to Aguas Calientes.
Night at the hotel Hatun Inti Classic (ex Inti Inn).
Included : private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, train ticket, room & breakfast
Included opts : English-speaking guide, Guide's accommodation.

Day 4: Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

In the early morning, direct connection to the shuttle service that will drive you to the citadel of Machu Picchu.
Arrival to Machu Picchu, wonder of the world.

Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca city of the fifteenth century in Peru. Abandoned during the collapse of the Inca Empire, Machu Picchu sacred city, forgotten for centuries, is considered as a masterpiece of Inca architecture. It was unveiled in 1911 by the American archaeologist Hiram Bingham.

Together with your english speaking guide, you will start to discover the archaeological complex, still covered by the morning mist, built on top of a ridge and surrounded by precipices. A stunning view that evolves with the progression of the sun! After the guided tour (around 3 hours for the visit), you have the opportunity to discover on your own.

Reception at the train station and transfer to the hotel in Cusco.

Night at hotel Amaru I.
Included : bus ticket, guide expenses, entrance fees, english speaking guide, train ticket, private transport, room & breakfast
Included opts : Bus guide, English speaking guide , Guide's meals

Day 5: Cusco - Puno

Transfer to Cusco's bus terminal.

English speaking assistance from hotel to bus terminal station.
Departure by tourist bus to Puno, town located on the shores of Lake Titicaca. We enjoy wonderful landscapes along the road. We go over the Raya Pass, at an altitude of 4320 meters. Visits of the Pukara Museum, of the archaeological site of Raqchi and of the “Sistine Chapel” of the Andes in Andahuaylillas. Lunch included (buffet restaurant at Sicuani). An English-speaking guide, exclusive to the bus company, participates to the journey and gives information along the way.

Option: you the also have the option to take the train. The Andean Explorer operates from November to March on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays (and also on Fridays from April to October).
Reception at the bus station and transfer to the hotel.
Night at the hotel Intiqa.
Included : private transport, departure transfer with english speaking guide, entrance fees, bus ticket, lunch, transfer departure, room & breakfast

Day 6: Puno - Uros - Taquile - Puno

In the morning, transfer at 7:00 am to the port of Puno to embark for the islands of Uros and Taquile with a group and an english/spanish speaking guide. After a 25-minute cruise, we visit of the floating islands. These islands are not natural; the Uros tribe, whose main activity is fishing, built them.

We then head for Taquile (around 2-hour cruise), an island of great cultural interest, where residents live in harmony with the ancestral traditions. Visit and lunch in a typical restaurant, not included.
Back to Puno in mid-afternoon.

Transfer to the hotel.
Night at the hotel Intiqa.
Included : local guide, private transport, excursion (shared), english speaking guide, guide expenses, room & breakfast

Day 7: Puno - Arequipa

Transfer from the hotel to the bus station.
Departure by bus to Arequipa, the white city. This itinerary allows us to discover the rather unusual landscapes of the Altiplano.
When arriving in Arequipa, you are welcomed by our staff and driven to your hotel.

Night at hotel La Casa de Melgar.
Included : bus ticket, local guide, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 8: Arequipa - Arica

Half day dedicated to the discovery of Arequipa, the "white city". Enjoy a guided tour of the colonial downtown including the main square, the cathedral, the Jesuit church and convent as well as the Santa Catalina monastery. This small city hidden within the city is full of beautiful lanes lined with ochre, blue and white colored houses, small squares and fountains that are reminiscent of Andalucia.

Morning departure by private vehicle to reach Arica, a seaside city in northern Chile. You will pass by Tacna and Santa Rosa at the border between Peru and Chile.
Installation at the hotel once there.
Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, private transport

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 8: Arica


Night at Hotel Aruma ***.
Included : room & breakfast

Day 9: Arica - Putre

5-day expedition in a private vehicle with a Spanish-speaking driver.
Meet your driver / guide at the Chacalluta airport located in the desert 15 km north of Arica, near the Peruvian border, or at your hotel in Arica. Immediate departure to begin an incredible climb to 3,500 m of altitude. In a little more than 150 km, you will reach the pleasant village of Putre (about 5-hour drive with stops). You will see, among others, geoglyphs and petroglyphs, the terraced fields of Socoroma, candelabra cactus on the edge of the canyon and beautiful views of the Nevado de Putre (5,824 m alt.).
Night in the village of Putre (3,500 m alt.). Excellent base to begin acclimatization.


Night at Hotel la Chakana **.
Included : local guide, guide expenses, entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 10: Putre - Lauca National Park - Putre

Option 1: Start your day with the small village of Parinacota and its pretty church. Then, walk up to the Cotacotani Lagunas (4h walk - 10 km ). The guide will show you the way and pick you up at the end of the walk. Then, you will drive up to the Chungara Lake, and reach Putre at the end of the day.

Option 2: Take a short walk (around 30 minutes) to get to Las Cuevas. In the village Parinacota, the vehicle will pick you up and you will drive down to the Cotacotani Lagunas, without doing the hike.
You will then continue to the Chungara Lake, and Putre at the end of the day.


Night at Hotel la Chakana **.
Included : local guide, guide expenses, entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 11: Putre - Salar de Surire - Colchane

Head south through the Las Vicuñas National Reserve and follow the active volcano Guallatiri, which peaks at 6,063 m alt. (fumaroles around the summit) before arriving at the Salar de Surire (4,245 m alt.) which takes its name from the presence of ostriches (suri in Aymara). Observation of different species of flamingos, as well as many llamas, alpacas and vicuñas. Lunch break near the hot springs. Continue on a narrow track that descends south, crossing the colonial villages of Enquelga (3,850 m alt.) and Isluga (3,980 m alt.). Arrival in Colchane in late afternoon.

Night at the hotel Isluga **.
Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks), local guide, guide expenses, entrance fees, private transport, box lunch

Day 12: Colchane - Pica

From Colchane, the track takes you south to a No Man’s Land close to the border. You will drive around Cariquima Volcano (5,390 m.a.s.l.) then over the Potezuelo Pass (at an elevation of 5,075 meters!) to arrive in Huasco Salt Flat. This natural basin surrounded by volcanoes, at 3,700 meters above sea level, impresses by its loneliness. It is the most beautiful imaginable spot for an outdoor lunch!
In the afternoon, you will descend to 2,400m to reach Pica. The desolate Pampa gives in to a lush oasis of orange and lemon groves and guava trees. It is a pure pleasure!
Night in a small hostel.



Night at El Huarango Hotel ***.
Included : local guide, guide expenses, entrance fees, private transport, box lunch, room & breakfast

Day 13: Pica - San Pedro de Atacama

From Pica, keep on descending towards Pintados, where you can admire interesting gigantic geoglyphs. On the slopes of the surrounding hills, the pre-Columbian civilizations drew around 350 figures, representing human, animals and abstract shapes. You will reach the famous “Pan-Americana”, the road linking Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, and cross the whole Pampa de Tamarugal. This desolate area witnessed a real rush at the end of the 19th century, not for gold but for saltpeter. Numerous abandoned “oficinas” reflect this ephemeral and tragic past. You will then head towards Calama, and San Pedro de Atacama, where you will arrive at the end of the day.




Night at the Takha Takha Hotel in a superior room **.
Included : local guide, guide expenses, entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 14: Atacama Salar - San Pedro de Atacama

Departure from your hotel in the morning. Day fully dedicated to the discovery of the Atacama salt flat and its surrounding attractions. The Toconao and Socaire villages, la quebrada de Jerez, Chaxa, Miscanti and Miñiques lagoons with their volcanoes, are the “must” of this visit. Lunch in a restaurant at Socaire. Return to San Pedro at the end of the afternoon.

At nightfall, you will join an astronomer at San Pedro observatory, for a tour of the southern sky. After 2 hours of observation with the naked eye and through 10 different telescopes, the guide will complete the explanation around a hot beverage, before you head back to San Pedro.

Note: The excursion is open to other tourists. The excursion will be canceled if the moon is full, and is subject to weather conditions. Do not forget your jackets and coats (the temperature can go down to - 15ºC in the winter).

Night at the Takha Takha Hotel in a superior room **.
Included : lunch (no drinks), guide expenses, entrance fees, private transport, english speaking guide, drinks, excursion (shared), room & breakfast

Day 15: El Tatio Geysers - San Pedro de Atacama - Valleys of the Atacama Desert - San Pedro de Atacama

Departure between 4.30 and 6.00 (time depends on the vehicle, the number of passengers and the season) from the hotel towards the Tatio. You will arrive at the perfect time to admire the sunrise and the geysers roaring in the cold air of the Altiplano. The valley looks like a giant pot. Water spurts here and there. This geological curiosity mixes a ground still frozen with boiling hot clear water springs (70°C/160°F). Observation of numerous volcanic formations. After a few hours, return to San Pedro via the Machuca Valley.

In the middle of the afternoon, leave San Pedro and drive to the Salt Cordillera and the Moon Valley. Once there, you can take a walk in a magnificent landscape made of sand dunes and sculpted calcareous mountains. Enjoy the sunset while having a drink before going back to San Pedro.

Night at the Takha Takha Hotel in a superior room **.
Included : guide expenses, entrance fees, private transport, breakfast, excursion (private), english speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 16: San Pedro de Atacama - Calama - Santiago de Chile


Private transfer from your hotel to Calama airport.

Domestic flight from Calama to Santiago (time to be confirmed, flight indicated in option).

Arrival in Santiago and private transfer to your hotel.

An English-speaking guide will accompany you during the transfer.
Visit of the Chilean capital, nestled at the foot the Andes, with a unique charm. Although it has become over the years a modern and very active city, some older neighbourhoods have preserved a romantic charm and atmosphere. You will Visit the Plaza de Armas, San Francisco Church, the Bellavista area, etc.

Night at Hotel Don Santiago ***.
Included : transfer departure, domestic flight, airport tax, transfer arrival, english speaking guide, guide expenses, entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast
Included opts : International guide

Day 17: Santiago de Chile

Private transfer from your hotel to Santiago airport.
International flight from Santiago de Chile to Europe (time to be confirmed, flight not included).
Included : transfer departure

Hostal El Patio   Lima

Level : 2*
Included : room & breakfast

El Patio is an oasis of green with a colonial atmosphere in the heart of the attractive neighbourhood of Miraflores. It has 23 rooms with queen beds and some have kitchenettes.

Night in the hotel Amaru I   Cusco

Level : 2*
Included : room & breakfast

The hotel Amaru I is located in the heart of artists district, "San Blas". Its colonial architecture and gardens allow you to enjoy a calm atmosphere just two blocks away from the central square of Cusco.

Night in the hotel Hatun Inti Classic (ex Inti Inn)   Aguas Calientes

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Hatun Inti Hotel Classic (ex Inti Inn) is a charming hotel located at the foot of Machu Picchu, in the main street of the village of Aguas Calientes. The rooms are cozy and comfortable and the hotel is located close to the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes where you can relax after your tour of the citadel.

Night in the hotel   Puno

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Located just a 5 minutes walk from the center of Puno, the Intiqa Hotel offers tastefully decorated rooms and equipped with free Wi-Fi. You may try and taste the regional flavours in the restaurant. The Intiqa Hotel offers comfortable rooms decorated with warm tones. They are equipped with cable TV and a private bathroom with shower. Every morning you may enjoy a full breakfast with regional products. Guests will also enjoy local specialties at the restaurant.

Night in the hotel La Casa de Melgar   Arequipa

Level : 2*
Included : room & breakfast

Perfect example of the "Arequipeña" architectural richness, Casa de Melgar is an ancient colonial mansion dating from the eighteenth century. This is where lived Manuel Segundo Ballon, famous bishop of the city. Preserving this particular colonial style, simple and spacious rooms are furnished with armchairs, traditional beds and dressers. The decor will immerse you in the last century without neglecting the requirements of modern comfort. The hotel is located just a step from city center and the renowned Santa Catalina Convent.

Night hotel.   Arica

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

This hotel is located in the centre of Arica, "city of the eternal spring". It is a modern and warm hotel with all mod cons. Its personalized welcome as well as its simple and spacious rooms will delight you as soon as you arrive. It has a wonderful roof terrace, a small pool, and a bar so that you can enjoy drinking a cocktail while lying on a deckchair.

Night hotel La Chakana.   Putre

Level : 2*
Included : room & breakfast

The Chakana Mountain Lodge offers perfect conditions to adjust to high altitude. Because of its location at 3,500 m altitude, the difference in temperature between day and night might be considerable. Chakana offers therefore feather beds, hot water, a wooden stove in the public area, and heaters in every room. Small reading corners, the so-called "rincones", invite every tourist’s soul to relax while getting informed about the diversity of the Andean world and a whole range of discovery tours.

Hotel Isluga STD   Colchane

Level : 2*
Included : room & breakfast

The Isluga Hotel is the only hotel in the small village of Colchane, Its restaurant offers a local aymara cuisine, mainly made out of corn and quinoa. Note: Warm water no garanteed. You can ask for hot water bottles at the reception.

Hotel Eco Camp El Huarango STD   Pica

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

In the desert of Atacama, embedded in the Tamarugos forest, under a starry sky and in a lunar landscape ... You will find the Hotel El Huarango. Marco (geologist) and Coca (designer) decided to leave the city and come to live in Pampa aquifers. They have built, planned, and designed everything that exists in this place and they are happy to share it with you.

Hotel Takha Takha SUP   San Pedro de Atacama

Level : 2*
Included : room & breakfast

Takha Takha was built in accordance with the aesthetic and tradition of San Pedro. Its comfy rooms made of adobe, wood and stone allow a natural temperature balance during day and night. The hotel is ideally located in the middle of the town within an area of 5.000 m2, which guarantees silence and tranquility.
Note: San Pedro is located in the middle of the Atacama Desert, and the water available can be limited. Thank you for understanding this peculiar situation and acting accordingly.

Night hotel.   Santiago de Chile

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Small boutique hotel in the heart of the "Barrio Bellavista" which will provide comfort and an ideal location to discover the Chilean capital.

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