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Atacama to Lake Titicaca

Santiago wine region, San Pedro de Atacama, Uyuni, La Paz, Lake Titicaca

We have taken this classic backpackers' route from Chile to Peru through Bolivia's high deserts, and given it a luxury twist. Now you can enjoy a groundbreaking adventure in some of the most epic landscapes on Earth while staying in considerable comfort.

At a Glance

  • Groundbreaking luxury on a route previously the preserve of backpackers

  • The epic landscapes will leave photographers, geologists and adventurers gasping

  • The Airstream experience on the Salar de Uyuni is simply unique

  • Wonderful opportunities to extend pre- or post-trip

  • This journey only runs in the dry season from April to November

Adventure, Off the beaten track, Couples, Culture

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1763 to start planning your vacation.

Description

Beginning in Chile's winelands and finishing on the shores of fabled Lake Titicaca, this journey will take you through Bolivia's southwestern deserts. It is one of the world's most remarkable landscapes, with geological oddities, riotously colored lakes and vast saltpans that seem to merge with the Altiplano sky.

Arriving in Santiago, we suggest taking a couple of days to gently explore Chile's beautiful wine country, and La Casona at Matetic Vineyards is the perfect place to unwind after a long flight. Superb wines to taste, exquisite cuisine and a horseback ride through the estate make for a lovely start to the journey.

Next it's on to Chile's Atacama Desert and the exclusive boutique lodge Awasi, set in the adobe village of San Pedro de Atacama. The fabulous private guides at Awasi will take you out each day to explore the desert, and you can head out by 4x4, go trekking or ride on horseback as you discover the geyser fields, indigenous villages, high altitude lakes and sharply eroded mountains.

Crossing the border into Bolivia, the landscape takes on an epic quality. Traveling by 4x4, you will first encounter the startling turquoise waters of Laguna Verde, overshadowed by majestic Licancabur volcano and then the unearthly red hue of Laguna Colorada with its huge flamingo colonies. Continue your adventure through multi-colored mountains, bizarre rock formations, and deserts at nearly 5,000 meters where only hardy vicunas and vizcachas can withstand the altitude, aridity and biting night temperatures. Finally dropping down to the humbling expanse of the Salar de Uyuni, the world's greatest salt pan will top off your journey of jaw dropping landscapes.

Here, on this ancient dried out lake, you will stay two nights in a luxury Airstream trailer. Having a mobile base makes it easier to explore the area – cycling or trekking across remote parts of the salt flats, visiting local communities or climbing the volcanoes at its edges. Trek to 800-year-old Aymara fortresses, visit pre-Inca tombs that hold intact mummies inside, and visit the famous train cemetery near Uyuni. At night there is a telescope from which you can gasp at the rings of Saturn in one of the southern hemisphere’s most pristine skies.

A short flight takes you to La Paz, the Bolivian capital, where we have suggested a couple of nights at the Casa Grande Hotel. This is a comfortable base from which to explore the city's witches' market and lovely colonial quarter.

Finally, cross the border into Peru to finish with three nights of pampering on the shores of Lake Titicaca, staying at fabulous Titilaka. This is a contemporary lodge which serves as the perfect haven for re-energizing after a day's excursion to visit the reed island villages on the lake, the archaeological sites of Sillustani and Sun Island, or the splendid colonial churches of Lampa and Pomata.

Fly back home from Puno, or you could continue on by train to visit Cuzco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.

Please see our Original Itinerary below. It is a suggested itinerary and can be tailored to suit your individual needs.

Itinerary

Stay

Location/route

Overnight

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Fly to Santiago
2 nights

Santiago and Central Valley

La Casona at Matetic Vineyards
3 nights

San Pedro de Atacama

Awasi Atacama
2 nights

Uyuni Saltpan

Airstream Uyuni
2 nights La Paz Casa Grande Hotel
3 nights

Lake Titicaca

Titilaka
Fly home (via Lima)

Location & Directions

Santiago wine region, San Pedro de Atacama, Uyuni, La Paz, Lake Titicaca

When to go

April to November is the best time to visit. December to March is the rainy season with January and February typically the rainiest months.

Best time to Visit

Good time to visit

Average time to visit

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1763 to start planning your vacation.

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