Remote Salt Flats, Desert vistas, Lagoons and Flamingos, the Descendants of the Incas and Awe-inspiring Mountain Landscapes of the Andes

An expedition to the remote salt flats and flamingo-filled lagoons of the high Andes and the Atacama desert. Cross mountains and valleys to reach Machu Picchu and discover the island communities of Lake Titicaca.

Travel Highlights

  • Our tour through 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
  • Drive from the bustling streets of La Paz to the tranquil shores of Lake Titicaca
  • Continue to the Inca heartland of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

Journey Breakdown

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The Laguna Tour
Travel Itinerary

Santiago
Days 1 - 2

Days 1-2 - Travel to Santiago

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Days 1-2 - Travel to Santiago

Depart Friday on an overnight flight to Santiago de Chile. Arrive and transfer to our hotel. In the afternoon we visit 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.

Atacama
Days 3 - 4

Day 3-4 - Moon Valley & Pucara de Quitor sunset

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Day 3-4 - Moon Valley & Pucara de Quitor sunset

Our day begins with a morning flight to Calama, and a drive past the snow-capped Andes to San Pedro de Atacama. We visit the Valley of the Moon, an incredible landscape of colourful sculpted rock formations. We 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. Very early morning departure to visit the Tatio Geysers and in the afternoon walk to the Museum with artefacts from hundreds of years of Atacameño culture. Overnight in San Pedro.

Laguna Colorada & Uyuni Salt Flats
Day 5 - 6

Day 5 - Laguna Colorada and Desert of Siloli

Day 6 - San Pedro de Quemez

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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. Visit Laguna Verde, Laguna Blanca, Volcan Llicancabur, the desert of Salvador Dalí, the geyser field of Sol de Mañana and Laguna Colorada. 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, in a five day (Days 5-8) expedition suitable for hardy, well-prepared explorers. 

 

Day 6 - San Pedro de Quemez

Continue through this incredible scenery to the Arbol de Piedra, Laguna Honda, Laguna Hedionda and Laguna Canapa. Overnight in San Pedro de Quemez at the Hotel de Piedra (private facilities, no heating).

Day 7

Day 7 - Uyuni Salt Flats

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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 of rock formation covered in tall cacti and providing all round panoramic views of the vast salt flats. Continue to the villages of Colchani and Uyuni to overnight in a hotel with heating and private facilities. 

Potosi
Days 8 - 11

Day 8 - Potosí

Day 9 - Casa de la Moneda

Day 10-11 - Tarabuco Market

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Day 8 - Potosí

We continue deeper into Bolivia passing Uyuni and continuing to Potosí. 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 to the entrance of this maze of tunnels. 

Day 9 - Casa de la Moneda

Visit the Casa de la Moneda, the old mint, which presents a historical overview of Potosí. Continue to Sucre, the official capital, staying for 3 nights. An attractive, temperate city, where buildings retain their colonial charm, preserving the traditional white façades.

Day 10-11 - Tarabuco Market

Full day excursion to Tarabuco's all-encompassing market, a colourful affair, where 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. Full day tour of Sucre, and its museums and churches. 

La Paz
Days 12 - 13

Days 12-13 - La Paz city

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Days 12-13 - La Paz city

Our day begins with a flight to La Paz. Spend the afternoon 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 ills, 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. The following day we tour the Moon Valley, an area of sandstone, sculpted by rain and wind to resemble a lunar landscape.

Lake Titicaca and Sun Island
Days 14 - 15

Day 14 - La Paz

Day 15 - Sun Island, Lake Titicaca

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Day 14 - La Paz

From La Paz, we journey to Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake and take a boat across the Strait of Tiquina. We travel along the shore with the immense lake forming a magnificent backdrop to the Andean landscape with its isolated farms and villages, and glimpsing people working the ancient terraces, arriving at Copacabana and continuing by boat to Sun Island. We walk up to our hotel, a beautifully serene spot on a hill overlooking the lake.

 

Day 15 - Sun Island, Lake Titicaca

Morning to walk to explore the Inca terracing, villages and lake shore of Sun Island. Afternoon return to Copacabana, visiting the Cathedral, home of the Virgin of Candelaria, patron saint of Bolivia. Continue to Puno for 1 night on the Peruvian side of lake Titikaka.

Sacred Valley of the Incas
Days 16 - 18

Day 16 - Andean altiplano

Day 17 - Sacred Valley of the Incas

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Day 16 - Andean altiplano

Early start for a classic railway journey part of the Orient Express group. We have seats at a table by the window as the train travels across the Andean altiplano, of towering mountains, small farms and village.

 

Day 17 - Sacred Valley of the Incas

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. 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 - Cusco

Tour with one of our expert local guides around historic Cusco, capital of the Inca empire. Many of the 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. 

Machu Picchu & Cusco
Days 19 - 21

Day 19 - Machu Picchu

Days 20 - 21 - Cusco

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Day 19 - Machu Picchu

An early morning start for Machu Picchu. The train labours up the hills out of Cusco and then gathers speed as we rattle down the valleys following the course of the Urubamba River. A memorable trip, with beautiful views, culminating in the great Lost City of the Incas. Overnight in the valley below.

 

Days 20 - 21 - Cusco

Return to Cusco the following afternoon to stay for 2 nights, allowing for one full day at leisure.

Lima
Days 22 - 23

Days 22-23 - Lima

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Days 22-23 - Lima

A morning flight to Lima. On arrival transfer to our hotel in the elegant and cosmopolitan quarter of Miraflores. Afternoon 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 artifacts from pre-Inca and Inca times. Depart for home on Day 23, arriving the following day, Day 24 (Sunday).

Travel Details
Laguna

What's Included

  • 24 Days / 21 Nights
  • International flights (2 overnight)
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast everyday and meals as described on the itinerary
  • 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
  • 24 Days / 21 Nights
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast everyday and meals as described on the itinerary
  • 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

Price Breakdown

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

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates 1 Jan - 30 June, 6 Sept - 8 Dec 1 July - 15 Aug, 9 Dec - 31 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £5,768 £6,323 - £5,935 £6,491 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + £991 + £1,206 - + £1,029 + £1,206 -
Single Traveller - Own Room + £2,744 + £3,243 - + £2,745 + £3,243 -
Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates 1 Jan - 30 June, 6 Sept - 8 Dec 1 July - 15 Aug, 9 Dec - 31 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room €6,021 €6,687 - €6,222 €7,438 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + €1,190 + €1,448 - + €1,235 + €898 -
Single Traveller - Own Room + €3,294 + €3,892 - + €3,295 + €3,343 -
Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates 1 Jan - 30 June, 6 Sept - 8 Dec 1 July - 15 Aug, 9 Dec - 31 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room $6,498 $7,219 - $6,715 $7,438 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + $1,289 + $1,569 - + $1,339 + $1,568 -
Single Traveller - Own Room + $3,568 + $4,217 - + $3,570 + $4,216 -

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