12 Day Natural Wonders of Bolivia & Chile

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Natural Wonders of Bolivia & Chile
Atix Hotel La Paz
Cristal Samana Salt Hotel Colchani
Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama San Pedro de Atacama
Hotel Kimal San Pedro de Atacama
Solace Hotel Santiago Santiago

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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights La Paz-Uyuni & Calama-Santiago.

Passport information must be submitted to Gate 1 Travel at least 60 days prior to departure.

Please note that proof of yellow fever vaccine is recommended, but not required to enter Bolivia


Accommodation Details:
Triples at the Atix Hotel in La Paz will be accommodated in a twin and single room.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend four to five hours on our feet during tours. The pace is moderate. Two days require long bus rides, in order to cover the territory. Some of our tours require walking over uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes. The elevation, of 12,000 feet in La Paz & Colchani, along with 14,000 feet of the El Tatio geyser field, may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions, or are otherwise affected by altitude, and is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

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Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Flights Miami-La Paz, Santiago-Miami
    Some departure dates may be offered from an alternate nearby airport. Check flight itinerary options when booking.
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: La Paz-Uyuni & Calama-Santiago
  • 10 nights accommodations
    • 3 nights La Paz
    • 2 nights Colchani
    • 3 nights Atacama
    • 2 nights Santiago
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 23 meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 6 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
  • Tour La Paz and Valle de la Luna with its unusual moon-like terrain
  • Sail by catamaran on Lake Titicaca to the mythical Isla del Sol, birthplace of the Inca Empire
  • At Solar de Uyuni, marvel at the world's largest salt flat - a surreal landscape!
  • Discover Isla Incahuasi, an island covered by thousands of giant cacti that measure up to 26 feet high
  • Visit Pukara de Quitor and Tulor archaeological sites in Chile's Atacama Desert
  • Admire the deep blue Miscanti and Meñique lagoons, surrounded by salt and towering volcanoes
  • At the astounding Atacama Salt Flats encounter colorful species of flamingoes
  • Tour the geothermal El Tatio geyser field, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Embark on a city tour of Santiago, the energetic capital of Chile
  • Journey to the picturesque port city of Valparaiso, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit pristine Vina del Mar, the “Garden City” with its pretty parks and flower lined streets

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend four to five hours on our feet during tours. The pace is moderate. Two days require long bus rides, in order to cover the territory. Some of our tours require walking over uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes. The elevation, of 12,000 feet in La Paz & Colchani, along with 14,000 feet of the El Tatio geyser field, may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions, or are otherwise affected by altitude, and is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.


Your Uyuni Salt Flats itinerary on days 5 & 6, may vary according to weather conditions and safety issues.

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Bolivia
Depart for La Paz, Bolivia

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in La Paz
Welcome to Bolivia! Very early morning arrival in La Paz, spectacularly set against the magnificent snowcapped peaks of Mt. Illimani. Transfer to the hotel and check into the room that will be ready for you to rest and relax. In the afternoon, take a city tour of colonial La Paz. Visit San Francisco Cathedral and view the opulent interior with its gold leaf cedar wood altars. At Plaza Murillo, view the Presidential Palace, National Congress and other important colonial-era buildings before arriving at the sprawling open-air Witch Market, where women in bowler hats cholas paceñas sell medicinal herbs and spices along with various products for diverse indigenous rituals. Proceed to the famous Jaen street with its many museums clustered together, followed by a visit to the replica of the semi-subterranean temple of the Tiwanaku culture. Afterward, return to the hotel. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: La Paz
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Friday - Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Isla del Sol
Early morning departure to Copacabana, nestled between hills on the southern shore of Lake Titicaca. Upon arrival, take a brief tour of the city before you board a catamaran that cruises on Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable body of water, to mythical Isla del Sol, “Sun Island”, a large island said to be the birthplace of Inca civilization. Disembark on the south side of the island and climb the Inca stairway of 206 steep steps to the reputed fountain of youth, passing terraced gardens along the way. Wander past the ruins of an Incan temple then, continue to Inta Wata Cultural Complex and participate in a Kallawaya ancient ceremony. Afterward, see indigenous inhabitants practice the ancient tradition of boat-building using totora reeds and board a large traditional reed vessel for a unique sailing experience. Return to the catamaran and enjoy a buffet lunch on board. Later, head to the mainland for the drive back to La Paz
Overnight: La Paz
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Saturday - Moon Valley, Cable Car Ride to El Alto
Spend the morning at leisure. In the afternoon, venture out of the city center, towards the southern side of La Paz, passing through the residential areas of Obrajes, Calacoto and La Florida to visit one of the country's most impressive natural wonders. Marvel at the lunar-like terrain of Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon) and the impressive views of the Andes Mountains. Walk around the valley with its rugged landscape, created by millions of years of wind and water erosion. On your drive back to La Paz, stop to ride the cable car to El Alto and soar to heights offering panoramic views of the city. At an altitude of 13,125 feet, it's the highest cable car in the world. Later, return to your hotel
Overnight: La Paz
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Sunday - Flight to Uyuni, Train Cemetery, Colchani, Uyuni Salt Flats
A morning flight takes you to Uyuni, a city that serves as a gateway to the spectacular Uyuni Salt Flats. Upon arrival, begin the tour with a visit to the train “cemetery”. Here, view the first steam locomotives ever used in Bolivia before driving to Colchani, home to the salt cooperative and access point to the Salt Flats. You’ll marvel at the shimmering white carpet of salt, the largest in the world, a bizarre and surreal landscape that stretches as far as your eyes can see. Uyuni is the legacy of a prehistoric lake that went dry, leaving behind a desert like landscape. View how the local people extract blocks of salt and visit the Salt Museum (Playa Blanca). After a picnic lunch in the midst of the flats, walk to Isla Incahuasi* (Fish Island), located in the center of the Salt Flats to see the giant cacti that measure up to 26 feet high and rock formations made of petrified coral. Later, board a 4x4 vehicle and drive to a viewpoint, the perfect spot to admire a spectacular sunset. Return to Colchani for dinner and overnight
*For Nov. 27 & Dec 11 departures, the visit to Isla Incahuasi may not be possible due to flooding of the Salt Flats
Overnight: Colchani
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Monday - Coquesa Museum, Uyuni Salt Flats, Chiquini Cave
Today, travel in a 4x4 vehicle to the northern edge of the Uyuni Salt Flats, to visit the Coquesa Museum*, located on the slopes of the Tunupa Volcano. View pre-Columbian ceramic, gold and copper artifacts that have been discovered in the area. Explore the cave of the Coquesa mummies, human archaeological remains, dating back to the Incas. Continue with a short hike and reach a vantage point to admire the magnificent views of the surreal landscape. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the middle of the salt desert before heading to Chiquini Cave, full of stalactites and stalagmites. Return back to your hotel, stopping along the way to relish a fantastic sunset in the Salar of Uyuni
*For Nov. 27 & Dec 11 departures, the visits to Conquesa Museum, Tunupa Volcano, and Chiquni Cave, may be replaced with K'aka's Ceremonial Temple & Cemetery due to flooding of the Salt Flats.
Overnight: Colchani
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Tuesday - Chile Border Crossing, Pukara de Quitor and Tulor Archaeological Sites, Atacama
This morning, proceed to the Chile border crossing at Ollague, where you transfer to another bus and continue the drive to Atacama. Admire the extraordinary contrasting arid terrain of the Atacama Desert, sandwiched between the Andes and Chile’s Pacific coast. En route, a box lunch will be provided. Arrive at the hotel in the afternoon and check into your room. Afterward, begin your tour at the strategically located archaeological site of Pukara de Quitor, a 12th century pre-Inca fortress, where you gain a better understanding into early defensive construction. Crossing the “Ayllos” or community farm areas, travel to Tulor, site of the earliest known settlement in the area, consisting of circular dwellings interconnected by common passages and patios, constructed more than 2,000 years ago. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for dinner of Chilean specialties
Overnight: Atacama
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - Altiplanic Lagoons, Astronomy Lecture with Stargazing
Discover one of Chile's most unique natural landscapes, on your visit to Miscanti and Meñique lagoons, located at an elevation of about 14,000 feet above sea level. En route, view the impressive Licancabur Volcano and native trees such as the tamarugo and the chinar. During your walking tour, marvel at the stunning beauty of the deep blue lagoons, that are surrounded by salt and flanked by towering volcanoes. The flora and fauna here are unique, since they only exist in these protected areas. Drive to the town of Socaire, a place in which the ancestral traditions of the inhabitants have lasted through time. After lunch at a local restaurant, travel to picturesque Toconao village, with its striking Bell Tower, an extraordinary example of classical Atacama architecture. Walk around the square and browse the stalls, filled with alpaca testiles and other local handicrafts. Later, return to the hotel. The Atacama Desert is one of the best places in the world for stargazing*. This evening, attend a lecture by an astronomer and visit an observatory where your guides will show you the Andean constellations and stars
*Stargazing is subject to correct weather conditions. In case of cancellation, stargazing will be offered on an alternate evening.
Overnight: Atacama
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Thursday - El Tatio Geysers, Moon Valley and Death Valley
A very early morning departure to El Tatio Geysers, the world’s highest geyser field, located at 14,170 feet above sea level. Upon arrival, stop for a picnic style breakfast before you stroll through the surreal geothermal field to observe hundreds of fumaroles, geysers and pools of boiling water and mud. Continue with a walking tour around the base of Vado Putana Volcano. On the way back, stop in the small village of Machuca, with its rustic thatch-roofed houses, where you get an insight into local life. After lunch at a local farm, return to your hotel. In the afternoon, visit Moon Valley and Death Valley both parts of the National Reserve Los Flamencos. At Moon Valley, an expanse with beautiful shapes and colors, you’ll surely be entranced by the great geological spectacle that has been compared to the surface of the moon, with its angular geology and jaded rocks sculpted by millennia of erosion. Here, stop to see ruins of old salt mines before continuing to Death Valley, also known as Mars Valley. Experience one of the most desolate landscapes on earth. Ascend to the top of Mirador de Kari, a rocky promontory that stands high above the valley, to view the wondrous kaleidoscope of colors that appear over the Andes at sunset. At dinner tonight, share the excitement of the spectacular day
Overnight: Atacama
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Friday - Flight to Santiago and City Tour
Today, depart Atacama and transfer to Calama airport for your flight to Santiago, the energetic capital of Chile, founded in 1541. Upon arrival, begin the exploration of sophisticated and energetic Santiago with a visit to the city's old residential area passing by beautiful residences that are part of the Barrio Universitario (University Area). In the historical center, visit the palm shaded Plaza de Armas, the city’s lively social hub, surrounded by the neoclassical facades of Santiago's most important buildings, including the Metropolitan Cathedral and the magnificent Correo Central, or Old Post office. View the ornate Palacio de la Moneda, official residence of the President, and the monument honoring former President Salvador Allende standing in the Plaza de la Constitución. On to the urban green Parque Forestal dominated by the stunning Palace of Fine Arts, built to commemorate the first centenial of the Independence of Chile. Then, cross the colorful bohemian neighborhood of Bellavista and climb up San Cristóbal Hill for magnificent panoramic views of the city with its backdrop of the towering Andes Mountains. Late afternoon arrival at your hotel. Tonight, treat yourself to a fabulous Chilean dinner at one of the city’s top restaurants. Santiago’s innovative cuisine is praised as one of the best culinary experiences in South America
Overnight: Santiago
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Saturday - Valparaiso and Viña del Mar
Journey today, towards the Pacific Coast, through the lush wine producing areas of Curacavi and Casablanca to the picturesque 16th century port city of Valparaiso. Along the way, stop for a visit to Veramonte vineyard, a modern state-of-the-art winemaking facility. Continue to Valparaiso, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its eclectic architecture, its 43 hills can only be reached by narrow winding streets, staircases or, a series of lifts (funiculars). After a stop at the main square of Plaza Sotomayor and the port, ascend to the upper part of town for a walking tour through the fascinating streets and alleyways. After lunch on your own, travel to Viña del Mar, known as the Garden City for its pretty parks, manicured boulevards and flower-lined streets. Embark on a tour of the city and view the iconic Flower Clock, Casino and historic palaces. Later, return to Santiago. Tonight, it's an evening to share wonderful memories of your journey with the group, during a traditional Chilean dinner, at a local restaurant. Bid a fond farewell to your Tour Manager and newfound friends
Overnight: Santiago
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Sunday - Depart Chile
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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The trip was absolutely terrific. Albano Girabaldi the tour manager was fantastic as were the local guides in each location especially Enrique in Chile. Albano was warm, knowledgeable, competent has a sense of humor and helped facilitate group dynamics. The itinerary was perfect with the right amount of time in each location. Hotels were excellent and we were very impressed with the Stella Aurelis expedition ship. One thing that in particular worked well which was really by chance was the group mix, all very different but everyone got along well and mixed together. The group blended very well. In addition the weather cooperated and we got to see Torres Del Paine and land on Cape Horn. It was a very successful trip and there really wasn't anything we would change.

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