Itinerary Highlights
    • Immerse yourself in Andean nature and culture in three incredible countries
    • See magnificent Machu Picchu from two perspectives
    • Explore indigenous lands and the cradle of Incan culture
    • Enjoy a traditional Apthapi lunch on the shores of Lake Titicaca
    • Gaze at the stars in the world’s driest desert

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The mountains of Machu Picchu and the salt flats of Uyuni couldn’t be more different, yet both are part of the mesmerising world of the Andes. From Peru to Chile via Bolivia, this 20-day adventure reveals the splendour and diversity of nature in this part of the world, along with the indigenous and Incan cultures embedded there. We’ll take care of the logistics, arranging flights, transfers and activities while also giving you the means and time to explore solo.

The trip begins in the Sacred Valley, which extends from Ollantaytambo in the north to Pisac in the south. While you’re here, a private driver will transport you from salt flats to agricultural terraces, local markets to fortified Incan towns.
It’s then on to magnificent Machu Picchu, which you’ll admire up close and from the heights of Montaña Machu Picchu – and Cusco.

In Bolivia, explore the surroundings of beautiful Lake Titicaca, land of the Aymara indigenous people and cradle of Incan culture. Your time here brings you trips to Incan ruins, private tours of vibrant towns and visits to incredible natural sites like the Uyuni Salt Pan, Siloli Desert and the mesmerising Valley of the Moon. Your final stop is Chile, beginning with the Atacama Desert, which you’ll have three days to explore. As the driest desert in the world, it was here that robots made to explore Mars were tested, but you’ll nevertheless find lagoons populated by flamingos, and incredible scenery that feels like a different world. During your time here, a night stargazing with an expert will reveal the region’s majesty, and days can be spent visiting impressive geothermal sites and learning more about the Atacama people. Your adventure rounds off with two days wandering the colourful streets of Valparaíso, soaking up sea views and taking in fabulous street art. And if you need anything during your trip, our local Concierge is always on hand.


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Your 20-day Andean adventure begins with a 13-hour flight to Peru’s capital, Lima. When you land, we’ll welcome you at the airport and transfer you to your airport hotel. You’ll have a swimming pool, spa and restaurant at your disposal so you can recover from your journey and prepare for the adventure ahead.



Today, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your short flight to Cusco. When you land, you’ll be transferred to Urubamba, a town in the heart of the Sacred Valley. We’ll arm you with a Boleto Turistico General while you’re here: a tourist ticket that grants you access to all the highlights of Cusco and the Sacred Valley. This afternoon, your adventure gets properly underway with a visit to the Maras Salt Mines in the company of a private driver. These thousands of salty pools make for an incredible patchwork landscape. You’ll also pass through the incredible concentric terraces of the Center of Inca Agricultural Research. When you’ve finished exploring, head back to your contemporary hotel to enjoy its beautiful surroundings before dinner. This evening, we recommend cosying up by the fire in the garden.



After a delicious Andean-style breakfast at your hotel this morning, you’ll head out with your driver to experience the flurry of bold colours and red ponchos at the region’s local markets. You’ll begin in Pisaq, where you’ll find fresh cheese, chicken, aromatic herbs, bread, vegetables and potatoes of all kinds sold at the market, along with centuries-old agricultural terraces and an Inca citadel. At the other end of the valley, you’ll visit the fortified site of Ollantaytambo, a magnificently preserved example of Incan town planning.



Today you’ll be privately transferred to Ollantaytambo station, where you’ll take the train to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to magnificent Machu Picchu. You’ll visit this incredible Incan citadel with a private guide, who will unravel the mystery and marvel surrounding this 500-year-old feat of engineering. Against a beautiful mountain backdrop, the scale, design and genius of Machu Picchu are truly astonishing. This afternoon, you’ll head to your modern and friendly hotel for the night. After a big day of exploring, we recommend a trip to the spa to rejuvenate before some tapas and pisco at the bar.



This morning, you’ll pay another visit to Machu Picchu and get a different perspective of the suspended city from the summit of Montaña Machu Picchu. After climbing to the top via stone and natural steps, enjoy panoramic views of the citadel along with its surrounding mountains, including Huayna Picchu and the Urubamba River. In places, the steps are high and irregular, and the hike should last around three-and-a-half hours with an approximately 2,100ft elevation gain. When you’ve had your fill of soaking up the spectacular views, you’ll head back to Poroy by train and then take a private transfer to Cusco. You’ll spend the next three nights here in a hotel full of Peruvian folk art that’s close to Plaza de Armas in the old town.

DAYS 6 & 7


This former capital of the Incan Empire was founded by the Killke a century before the arrival of the Incas. It was then partially destroyed by the Spaniards, who constructed their own buildings on the remains of Incan constructions. Because of this meeting of architectural styles and influences, Cusco is a truly striking city.

While you’re here, you’ll explore it with a private guide, visiting the Catedral Basílica de la Virgen de la Asunción (16th and 17th centuries) and the Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha), on the foundations of which the Convent of Santo Domingo has stood since the 16th century. You can also visit the sacred site of Q'enco, located just under four miles northeast of Cusco, along with Puka Pukara, the ‘red fortress’; in the distance, the snow-capped peaks of Ausangate watch over you. Finally, complete your visit with a trip to Tambomachay, an Incan system of aqueducts, canals and waterfalls, and the incredible UNESCO-listed Sacsayhuaman Fortress, shaped like the head of a puma. If you like, we can also arrange for you to take a cooking class during your time in Cusco.



You’ll be privately transferred to the airport this morning for the next leg of your Andean adventure. The flight to La Paz, Bolivia’s capital, takes just over an hour, after which you’ll be met at the airport by your private guide and whisked away to the small town of Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Your guide will show you around some of the area’s highlights today. You’ll visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana, a stunning 17th-century shrine to the Virgen de Copacabana, the country’s patron saint. The statue was carved from agave wood by the sculptor Francisco Tito Yupanqui (1550-1616), descendant of the Inca Huayna Capac, and was an important part of the Christianisation of the Andes. You’ll then take a private motorboat to Moon Island, where you’ll climb along crop terraces to reach the fascinating ruins of Iñaq Uyu. Your archaeological exploration continues with a visit to Isla del Sol – the cradle of Inca culture – and Pillkokayna. After all that exploring, you’ll spend the night in a simple but comfortable ecolodge with a magnificent view of the lake.



This morning, your private guide will take you to La Fuente del Inca (a sacred spring) and the beautiful espalier gardens. You’ll then enjoy a traditional Apthapi lunch in a small bay on the island before returning to Copacabana. Back on the mainland, you’ll be privately transferred along the magnificent Cordillera Real to La Paz, where you’ll spend the next two nights. Your hotel will be located in the Rosario district, not far from the famous Witches’ Market or the Basilica of Saint Francis.

DAY 10


To kick off today, you’ll visit some of this exciting city’s great monuments: Palacio Quemado (‘burnt palace’), so called after it was set aflame during an uprising in 1875; the La Paz Cathedral; the Basilica of Saint Francis, a beautiful example of Andean Baroque architecture; and finally the Witches’ Market, frequented by the Aymara indigenous people. You’ll then head outside the city to the Valley of the Moon, full of intricate clay formations and chimneys that resemble the magical craters of the moon. If you like, we can also arrange for you to visit the Tiwanaku pre-Columbian ceremonial site.

DAY 11


Today, you’ll be privately transferred to the airport for your one-hour flight to Uyuni. Your private driver will be waiting for you when you land to transport you to the world’s largest salt flat: 4,085 square miles and 64 billion tonnes of salt. Resembling an immense sheet of mirror under blue sky, it’s both dizzying and mesmerising. As you drive, you’ll also come across the Incahuasi volcano (house of the Inca) and its giant cacti. Your journey then continues west to the village of San Pedro de Quemez, where you’ll spend the night in a comfortable volcanic stone refuge.

DAY 12


You’ll travel to the Paseo del Leon today, where cushions of green Yareta plants contrast with the striking ochre canyon. You’ll also come across small lakes with vibrant waters before arriving at the Siloli Desert, located at 14,927ft above sea level. This splendid high plateau landscape is home to some incredible rock formations and perched at the edge of the Eduardo Avaroa wildlife reserve. Tonight, you’ll sleep in a hamlet hotel with stone walls, watched over by the Uturuncu volcano, 19,750ft above sea level.

DAY 13


Early this morning, you’ll start as you mean to go on by heading to the Sol de Manana geothermal site in the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve. Here, a hundred mud lakes hiss and smoke through the icy air. Your day continues from one exceptional natural site to another: Salvador Dalí Desert, Laguna Verde, Licancabur volcano, and finally Laguna Colorada and its flamingo colonies.

You’ll then continue on to Hito Cajon, a border post between Bolivia and Chile. Here, we’ll help you out with customs formalities before privately transferring you to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile. You’ll spend the next four nights in an adobe brick hotel with simple yet comfortable rooms. After a day full of adventure, relax with a cocktail or indulge in a massage before an excellent dinner at your hotel (accompanied by some equally excellent wine). There’s also a swimming pool, jacuzzi and yoga classes to help you unwind.

DAYS 14 to 16


The Atacama Desert is one of the driest in the world, full of red rock and clear blue skies. The oasis of San Pedro, meanwhile, is home to a church that’s one of the oldest in the country. You have three days to explore this incredible region at your own pace with a hire car. Don’t miss visiting the R. P. Gustavo Le Paige Archaeological Museum, which documents the history and culture of the Atacama people, or the pre-Columbian sites of Quitor and Tulor. You can also explore the salt lakes that feed large colonies of pink flamingos. Like the Dead Sea, the Laguna Cejar is so salty that you can float with ease on its surface. West of San Pedro in the Los Flamencos National Reserve, the Valle de la Luna is arid and magnificent, full of moon-like dunes, mountains and rocks. If you can face the early start, the geothermal site of El Tatio is particularly impressive in the morning.

In addition to your free time exploring, we’ll arrange for you to spend an evening stargazing with a night sky expert. Clear skies and a telescope mean you can make some sense of these enormous and magnificent starry skies.

DAY 17


Today, you’ll drive to Calama’s airport to return the hire car and board your two-hour flight to Santiago. When you land, we’ll whisk you away by private transfer to your accommodation in Valparaíso. You’ll be staying in Cerro Alegre, in the former home of the English marine painter Thomas Somerscales (1842-1927) near the port. This charming residence has been beautifully restored, and it’s the perfect place to nibble on homemade cakes and tea.

DAY 18


This legendary Chilean port is surrounded by slopes covered in colourful residential houses and steep, busy streets. You can explore their heights using the historic ascensores (funiculars), the first of which was built in 1883.

We’ll arrange for you to go on a guided walk through the city’s vibrant streets to take in some street art while you’re here. As you wander from the hills of Alegre and Concepción to the popular old port district, you can familiarise yourself with some of the artists and stories behind the city’s most beautiful murals, as well as visiting the main art galleries. This relaxed tour offers a great overview of the contemporary art scene in Valparaíso. Afterwards, you’re free to explore this quirky city at your leisure, sample some fresh seafood and sip on a craft beer with ocean views.

DAYS 19 & 20


Your epic Andean adventure has sadly come to an end. Today, you’ll be privately transferred to Santiago airport for your return flight. You’ll arrive back in the UK the following day.

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Private Guides in the Sacred Valley

In the salt flat of Maras, the terraces of Moray, Pisac market and Ollantaytambo, you’re free to explore at your own pace with your private driver to transport you from A to B. If you prefer, however, we can arrange for you to see it all with a private guide, enriching your experience and allowing you to delve deeper into local history and culture.

Cooking Workshop in Cuzco

This half-day workshop with chef Erick Paz introduces you to the culture, ingredients and history of Peruvian gastronomy. You’ll make two dishes that are characteristic of this internationally renowned cuisine: ceviche (raw fish marinated in lime) and lomo saltado (sliced sautéed beef fillet).

Tiwanaku with a Private Guide

This half-day workshop with chef Erick Paz introduces you to the culture, ingredients and history of Peruvian gastronomy. You’ll make two dishes that are characteristic of this internationally renowned cuisine: ceviche (raw fish marinated in lime) and lomo saltado (sliced sautéed beef fillet).

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The cost for this trip starts from £6,480 to £9,600 per person.

The final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost varies according to several factors, which include the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote.

The average starting price for this trip is £8,300 per person.

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