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Laguna Tour

23 Night Itinerary from £5,9625,956$7,347

Multi-country Landmark Tour

 

An expedition to the remote salt flats and flamingo-filled lagoons of the Andes and Atacama Desert. Travel to Machu Picchu and discover the island communities of Lake Titicaca

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  • Discover the vibrant cities and stunning scenery of Chile, Bolivia and Peru
  • Travel through Andean landscapes to remote geysers, lagoons and salt flats
  • Explore the Atacama Desert, visiting the cinematic Moon Valley and the Tatio Geysers
  • Journey through the colourful remote lagoons of Bolivia, filled with Andean flamingos
  • Marvel at the endless horizons and isolated islands of the immense Uyuni Salt Flats
  • Delve into Bolivia's tumultuous past at the poignant Cerro Rico silver mine at Potosi
  • Enjoy the beautiful 'White City' of Sucre and the colourful Tarabuco Market
  • Explore the bustling streets of La Paz and scenic Lake Titicaca
  • Continue to the Inca heartland of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

This itinerary can be modified and adapted to your preference with a specialst advisor, who can provide a guaranteed price, based on hotels, transport, excursions and flights.

Laguna Tour
Tour Itinerary

Santiago de Chile - 1 Night

Day 1 - Fly to Santiago de Chile

Day 2 - Arrive in Santiago

Day 1

Fly to Santiago de Chile

Depart Friday on an overnight flight to Santiago de Chile.


Day 2

Arrive in Santiago

Arrive and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon our local guide will show you this beautiful city, situated in a wide plain with the snow-capped Andes stretching alongside. It has extensive parks and gardens, a bustling centre with treelined avenues and the Cerro San Cristóbal, a hilltop reached by funicular railway, which affords superb views of the city and surrounding landscape. 

 

Su Merced

Santiago de Chile - Boutique

Su Merced is renovated townhouse, small boutique hotel with only 9 rooms. Its location in the Lastarria area opposite the park in the heart of Santiago making it ideal for visiting the artistic, bohemian area of Bellavista, the main square Plaza de Armas, Presidential Palace and downtown. The rooms are comfortable and modern though rather small, and and the hotel has a restaurant and bar on which doubles as the reception.

Lastarria

Santiago de Chile - Deluxe Boutique

This handsome townhouse, built in 1927, has been renovated and converted into a luxury boutique hotel, with all its original architectural splendour. Filled with European style and sophistication, the 14 rooms were designed to make guests feel at home. The hotel retains the back garden of the original house, complete with a small pool. The hotel has a simple snack bar, but there are many bars and restaurants nearby.

Atacama Desert - 2 Nights

Day 3 - Moon Valley & Pucara de Quitor sunset

Day 4 - Tatio Geysers and San Pedro Museum

Day 3

Moon Valley & Pucara de Quitor sunset

Take a morning flight to Calama, and a drive past the snow-capped Andes to San Pedro de Atacama where we stay for 2 nights. We visit the Valley of the Moon, an incredible landscape of colourful sculpted rock formations and continue to Pucara de Quitor as the sun settles into the Pacific Ocean, lighting up the Andes mountains stretching north and south, over the desert, as far as the eye can see. 

 


Day 4

Tatio Geysers

Very early morning departure to visit the Tatio Geysers located over 4000 metres above sea level and the world's 3rd largest geyser field. In the afternoon, we return to San Pedro and visit the Museum with artefacts from hundreds of years of Atacameño culture. Overnight in San Pedro. 

Don Tomas

Atacama Desert - Tourist Hotel

A simple hotel located on the outskirts of the town of San Pedro, La Casa de Don Tomas is built in the desert style to blend with its environment, and is an ideal base from which to explore the desert. The rooms are clean, comfortable and spacious, all with modern furnishings and private facilities. There is a restaurant serving Chilean and International cuisine, a patio for relaxing outdoors and a swimming pool with views of the surrounding mountains and volcanoes.

Alto Atacama

Atacama Desert - First Lodge

Alto Atacama is a luxury lodge & spa in a breathtaking environment 3km from San Pedro de Atacama. Built in the style of traditional adobe, the lodge is a stunning example of innovative and sustainable architecture, blending into the surrounding red-rock, in the shadow of the Pukará de Quitor ruins and alongside the San Pedro river. 

 

The public spaces and 42 guestrooms, each with private terraces and incredible views, pay homage to the Atacama Region with warm, desert colors and local textiles, crafts and stone. The lodge offers a wonderful restaurant, six outdoor pools, a spa, a cozy common area with a fireplace, an open-deck observatory, as well as over 30 cultural and adventurous activities to explore the desert.

 

Travelers may choose between a simple B&B nightly stay, or all-inclusive "premium" packages (private excursions are available as well). With the premium packages, transfers to and from Calama or the border with Bolivia are included on a complimentary basis at any time of day.

Awasi Atacama

Atacama Desert - Deluxe Boutique

Awasi has only 8 guestrooms, all with private outdoor patio, reading area, and both indoor and outdoor showers. Guests are free to relax in the privacy of the guestrooms or on one of the many cozy sofas and hammocks located in the large open air lobby. At night, guests can lounge around the communal fire pit or enjoy a cocktail in a dimly lit poolside cabana, all while admiring the unparalleled beauty of the Atacama sky.

Each room is assigned a private guide and 4-Wheel Drive vehicle to embark on special outings to the numerous volcanoes, dry salt lakes, ponds, and other natural features that make the Atacama experience unforgettable. Awasi prepares customized excursions depending on the preferences of their guests.

All food and beverage as well as excursions are included in the cost.

Laguna Colorada & Southern Altiplano - 2 Nights

Day 5 - Laguna Colorada and Desert of Siloli

Day 6 - San Pedro de Quemez

Day 5

Laguna Colorada and Desert of Siloli

A very early morning start, crossing the Bolivian border and commencing our journey by stepping back in time, through this majestic scenery of iridescent coloured rocks, desert, lagoons with flocks of flamingos and stunning quality of light for photography. We visit Laguna Verde, Laguna Blanca, Volcan Llicancabur, the desert of Salvador Dalí, the geyser field of Sol de Mañana and Laguna Colorada. We arrive at the desert of Siloli and overnight at Hotel del Desierto (private facilities, no heating). The scenery is stunning, the altitude tiring, the nights freezing and the mountain track bumpy - but its worth it. Lunch and dinner are included today.


Day 6

San Pedro de Quemez

We continue travelling the Bolivian Altiplano witnessing incredible, remote scenery visiting Arbol de Piedra, Laguna Honda, Laguna Hedionda and Laguna Canapa. We finally arrive at San Pedro de Quemez and stay overnight at the Hotel de Piedra (private facilities, no heating). Lunch and dinner are included today.

Uyuni Salt Flats - 1 Night

Day 7 - Uyuni Salt Flats

Day 7

Uyuni Salt Flats

Today we visit the immense and stunning Uyuni Salt Flats; a seemingly endless, flat, expanse of white salt, a desolate and overwhelming sight. In the middle is Isla Pescado, an island mountain rock formation covered in tall cacti and providing all round panoramic views of the vast salt flats. We continue to the villages of Colchani and then to Uyuni where we overnight in a comfortable hotel. Lunch is included today. 

Potosi and Sucre - 4 Nights

Day 8 - Potosí

Day 9 - Casa de la Moneda

Day 10 - Tarabuco market

Day 11 - Guided tour of Sucre

Day 8

Potosí

We continue deeper into Bolivia passing Uyuni and continuing to Potosí where we stay for 1-night. Towering over the city, the Cerro Rico is an imposing, colourful mountain whose stores of precious metals, although seriously depleted, are still being mined. Taking gifts of coca leaves, cigarettes and dynamite for the men and mine workers, we are guided by our local expert to the entrance of this maze of tunnels. 


Day 9

Casa de la Moneda

Today we visit the Casa de la Moneda, the old mint, offering a fascinating historical overview of Potosí. We continue to Sucre, the official capital on Bolivia, staying for 3 nights. An attractive, temperate city, where buildings retain their colonial charm, preserving the traditional white façades.


Day 10

Tarabuco market

A full day excursion to Tarabuco's all-encompassing market is included today. A colourful affair, where the locals, some dressed in their typical weavings, sit behind pyramids of coca leaves, fruits and vegetables, whilst others sell all manner of domestic utensils and their traditional woven fabrics. 

 


Day 11

Guided tour of Sucre

Today, your local Veloso guide will show you the delightful city of Sucre, visiting its museums and churches. 

La Paz and Moon Valley - 2 Nights

Day 12 - Guided tour of La Paz

Day 13 - Moon Valley

Day 12

Guided tour of La Paz 

Take a morning flight to La Paz where we stay for 2-nights. We spend the afternoon with our local guide visiting this bustling city, settled in a large basin and spilling out onto the altiplano. The wonderful maze of streets leads us to the witches' market, where local ladies sell potions to cure all ailments, past colourful handicraft markets and on to the colonial quarter where we enter the Tiahuanaco Museum, containing some fine examples of the art and crafts of this ancient culture. 

 


Day 13

Moon Valley

Today we take a tour to Moon Valley, an area of sandstone, sculpted by rain and wind so much so it resembles a lunar landscape. 

Lake Titicaca and Sun Island - 2 Nights

Day 14 - Journey to Lake Titicaca

Day 15 - Sun Island, Lake Titicaca

Day 14

Journey to Lake Titicaca

Travel by road to Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake. We take a boat across the Strait of Tiquina and along the shore with the immense lake forming a magnificent backdrop to the Andean landscape of isolated farms and villages, and glimpsing people working the ancient terraces. We arrive at Copacabana and continue by boat to Sun Island. We walk to our hotel, La Estancia Eco Lodge, a beautifully serene spot on a hill overlooking the lake. 


Day 15

Sun Island, Lake Titicaca

The morning is free for you to walk to explore the Inca terracing, villages and lake shore of Sun Island. In the afternoon we return to Copacabana by boat, visiting the cathedral, home of the Virgin of Candelaria, patron saint of Bolivia. We continue to Puno for 1 night on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca. Lunch is included today.

La Estancia Eco Lodge

Sun Island & Lake Titicaca - First Lodge

An ideal spot destination in one of the most mystic places of the Andean regions that is in harmony with the nature from the Island of the Sun and Lake Titicaca, and which respects and conserves the cultural traditions of the local aymaras.
 
The use of traditional Andean architecture from the area has been maintained in the design of the Ecolodge by utilizing stone, adobe bricks, thatch roofs and by the preservation of the existing terraces.
 
Finally, the principles of a sustainable operation support the work and genuine inclusion of the local stakeholders, guarantees permanent income and avoids negative impact on the environment.

Sacred Valley of the Incas - 3 Nights

Day 16 - Andean Explorer train journey

Day 17 - Sacred Valley of the Incas

Day 18 - Guided tour of Cusco

Day 16

Andean Explorer train journey

An early start today for another major highlight of this tour, a classic railway journey on the luxurious Andean Explorer train from Puno to Cusco. Enjoy an included lunch and high tea from the comfort of your window seat as the train travels across the beautiful Andean altiplano, a vision of towering mountains, small farms and villages. On arrival in Cusco, transfer to your hotel for a 3-night stay. 

 


Day 17

Sacred Valley of the Incas

Up early to enjoy a full day excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We wind our way through the valley, stopping at vantage points which afford us stunning views of villages below and ancient Inca terracing, still worked today. After an included lunch, our trip takes us to the formidable Ollantaytambo, complete with its intricate irrigation system and Inca baths; we continue to the ruins of Pisac, high above the valley and with fine examples of Inca stone-masonry. 


Day 18

Guided tour of Cusco

One of our expert local guides will show you around historic Cusco. Capital of the Inca empire, Cusco's many colonial buildings rest on solid Inca foundations, which have proven to be impervious to the earthquakes that have befallen this city. Outside the city we visit a variety of ruins, including the imposing fortress-like Sacsayhuamán, whose huge stones are locked together with Inca precision. 

Maytaq Wasin

Cusco - Tourist Hotel

Situated in the heart of the Incan empire, only a few steps away from the main plaza, the Maytaq Wasin Hotel is contemporary in design, boasts high ceiling and plenty of natural light. There is a shaded terrace with views of the hills and chic common areas with modern decor. The hotel is only 150 metres from the Inca Museum and steps away from the main Plaza de Armas. Rooms have cable TV, modern private bathooms with shower.

Accommodation is on a room and breakfast basis.

 

Costa Del Sol Picoaga

Cusco - First Hotel

The Costa Del Sol Picoaga Hotel occupies an original Colonial mansion built for a Spanish nobleman, shown in its stonework arches and large courtyard. Located just 2 minutes from the main square, the hotel is an ideal base from which to explore the city. The 70 rooms are well decorated, comfortable and modern, all with private facilities.

Accommodation is on a room and breakfast basis.

 

Belmond Monasterio de Cusco

Cusco - Luxury Hotel

Built 300 years ago atop Inca foundations, the building was originally the Seminary of San Antonio Abad. In 1995, the seminary was tastefully converted into a luxury hotel while still preserving its original architecture of arched galleries surrounding two elegant colonial style courtyards. The Belmond Monasterio de Cusco is  Cuzco's premier hotel, providing its guests with a museum setting of Inca and Spanish traditions. The hotel is conveniently situated very close to the city's central square, the Plaza de Armas, where the Cathedral and museums are located.

All of the 122 air-conditioned rooms have en-suite bathrooms, telephone, mini-bar and cable TV and many of them are oxygen-enriched. The hotel also has a lobby bar, two restaurants and deli/café.

Several activities are available including art tours, cooking classes and pisco lessons.

The rooms and on a bed and breakfast basis.

Machu Picchu & Cusco - 3 Nights

Day 19 - Machu Picchu

Day 20 - Machu Picchu and return to Cusco

Day 21 - At leisure in Cusco

Day 19

Machu Picchu

The highlight of the tour, Machu Picchu. The Peru Rail Vistadome train chugs over the hills and out of Cusco and then gathers speed as we sweep down the valleys following the course of the Urubamba River. It's a memorable trip, with beautiful views, culminating in a guided afternoon tour of the great Lost City of the Incas. We overnight in your chosen hotel in the valley below. Lunch is included today.

 


Day 20

Machu Picchu and return to Cusco 

This morning is free for you to explore Machu Picchu further at your leisure. Perhaps take a hike along the Inca Trail to the Sun Gate or climb the rocky escarpment of Huayna Picchu for fabulous views (and photos) of the Inca Citadel at Machu Picchu. In the afternoon, we take the train back to Cusco where we stay for 2 nights. 

 


Day 21

At leisure in Cusco

At leisure in Cusco, soaking up the atmosphere of this truly unique and charming city. 

Casa Andina Classic

Machu Picchu - Tourist Hotel

Located by train station, the hotel is modern, functional but bland, useful for an overnight stay. The standard rooms have no windows but others look out over the station or behind to the Urubamba river.

El Mapi

Machu Picchu - Boutique

A smart and contemporary hotel, located in the heart of Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes); the perfect spot to start enjoying a once in lifetime experience to the Citadel of Machu Picchu: the Lost City of the Incas. El Mapi hotel is located just a few steps from the main square and the train station, this hotel of only 48 rooms, offers its guests the opportunity to admire and interact with the picturesque Andean town of Machu Picchu town. The hotel welcomes all of its guests with great service in a friendly and cozy environment. With all the facilities in mind, the rooms are modern equipped with two twins or one king bed, 100% cotton sheets, down duvets covers, 32'' TV and cable, hair dryers and naturally scented toiletries.

Sanctuary Lodge, Belmond Hotels

Machu Picchu - Deluxe Lodge

Set in its own gardens and the only hotel in such close proximity to the magical ruins, the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge offers twenty-nine well-appointed rooms and two suites. Also located just outside the gates to the Lost city of the Incas, this beautiful hotel is the only one to command views of the site. An Orient Express owned hotel, the service is impeccable and the food is excellent. Accommodation includes room, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

In nearby Aguas Calientes hot springs you can enjoy a soothing bath at the end of a long day of exploring. Enjoy lunch in the cafeteria overlooking the citadel of Machu Picchu, where you can choose from a wide variety of dishes and enjoy a spectacular view. There is also an indoor dining room where a delicious breakfast buffet and international cuisineare available.

The Lodge has 31 rooms and one suite, bar, restaurant, self service autlet and a cliffhanging snack bar, with one of tha best views of the Sacred Mountain. All rooms have Television, laundry service, mini bar, Idd telephone.

 

Lima - 1 Night

Day 22 - Guided tour of Lima

Day 23 - Departure

Day 24 - Arrive in the UK

Day 22

Lima

Morning flight to Lima. On arrival transfer to our hotel for our final night in Peru - in the elegant and cosmopolitan quarter of Miraflores. In the afternoon, our local guide will take you on a guided tour of Lima, including the grand colonial centre, the Presidential Palace in the main plaza, and the Anthropological and the Larco Herrera Museums, both of which house fascinating artefacts from pre-Inca and Inca times. 

 


Day 23

Departure 

Morning at leisure in Lima. Afternoon transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK. 

Allpa

Lima - Tourist Hotel

This small contemporary hotel is located in the heart of Miraflores, with plenty of access to local conveniences such as restaurants and shops. The rooms are comfortable, spacious and modern although simple in character, and all with modern amenities such as WiFi, air conditioning and private facilities. The hotel has a bar and restaurant serving international dishes.

Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis.

Casa Andina Private Collection

Lima - First Hotel

The stylish Casa Andina Private Collection is located in the heart of Miraflores, close to many excellent restaurants. The 148 rooms are furnished in the modern European style, with modern amenities and private facilities. There is a lounge, swimming pool, bar, restaurant, and adjoining sandwich cafe for light snacks.

Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis.

Miraflores Park Plaza

Lima - Deluxe Hotel

The Belmond Miraflores Park Plaza is a deluxe oceanfront boutique hotel surrounded by a lush gardens, located in Miraflores, one of Limas most exclusive residential districts.

A modern exterior hides a touch of finesse throughout the hotel, whose 81 rooms and suites are luxuriously decorated with marble and granite bathrooms and king size beds. The observatory Restaurant on the 11th floor offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, while the more formal Traguluz restaurant is the jewel of crown in Lima's dining scene. The Belo Bar is a favourite place to relax and afternoon tea is now available in the lounge. The hotel also has a fitness centre, squash court, sauna, massage centre and business centre.

Accommodation is based on room and breakfast.

Price Guidelines

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates 1 Jan - 30 June, 6 Sept - 8 Dec 1 July - 15 Aug, 9 Dec - 31 Dec
Travel Dates Tourist First Tourist First
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £5,962 £6,752 £6,339 £6,932
Multiple Travellers - Own Room £7,219 £8,041 £7,438 £8,220
Single Traveller - Own Room £9,091 £10,216 £9,270 £10,396

Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.


What's Included

  • 24 Days / 21 Nights
  • International flights (2 overnight)
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • 21 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 2 dinners  
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request

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