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Chile, Bolivia, Argentina - The Spirit of the Altiplano

(13 Days)

Santiago de Chile | Calama | San Pedro de Atacama | Ojo de Perdiz | Uyuni | Purmamarca | Salta | Buenos Aires

Day Routing
01 Santiago de Chile

Arrival in Santiago, a city full of contrasts. Get a first impression on a city tour to the main attractions inclusive drive up San Cristóbal hill for a fantastic panoramic view of the city. 

02 Santiago de Chile

Full day excursion to Viña del Mar and Valparaíso.

03 Santiago de Chile - Calama - San Pedro

Flight to Calama and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, situated in a green oasis in the middle of the Atacama desert. Right in time for the beautiful sunset, you will drive to the Moon Valley in the late afternoon. The last sun rays color the valley in shining orange, red and purple hues.

04 San Pedro de Atacama

Visit the huge Atacama Salt Lake, an inland sea dating back millions of years. Following the road in direction to Argentina, you will see the lagoons of Miscanti & Miñiques, set at the base of two immense volcanoes.

05 San Pedro de Atacama

Early in the morning you will reach one of the most important geothermal fields in the world, the Geysers del Tatio, located at 4.320m above sea level, surrounded by water emanations and steam. Visit "Pozón Rustico" with its thermal waters and stop at the village of Machuca, a place of the shepherds of ancient flames, built of adobe, straw and cactus houses.

06 San Pedro - Hito Cajon - Ojo de Perdiz

Transfer from San Pedro to Ojo de Perdiz crossing the border of Chile/Bolivia (Hito Cajon). Visit the red and green lagoon, the geyser „Sol de Mañana“ and discover different kind of rock formations, created from wind and rain. Continue to reach the Ecolodge Tayka in the Siloli desert.

07 Ojo de Perdiz - Uyuni

Drive through the Siloli desert to reach the viewpoint on volcano Ollagüe. Visit the lagoons Hedionda, Chiarkhota and Honda, where Andean, Chilean- and James Flamingos can be seen. Cross the salt lake and reach the Galaxi underwater caves and Incahuasi Island, famous for its gigantic cactus plants. After visiting a small salt plant you will reach the
famous salt hotel Luna Salada.

08 Uyuni - Villazon - Purmamarca

Visit the train cemetery, where you can observe a great number of antique steam locomotives and rail cars of the early railroad days built mainly in France and England. Crossing the border between Bolivia and Argentina at
Villazon/La Quiaca to reach Purmamarca, a picturesque village at the foot of the Seven Colours mountains.

09 Purmamarca - Salta

Drive north to Humahuaca and experience the unique Quebrada de Humahuaca, a ca. 130km long mountain valley. Continue south to the old colonial city of Salta.

10 Salta - Cafayate - Salta

Full day excursion to Cafayate, Argentina’s second center for quality wine production, surrounded by green vineyards and soaring mountains. Visit a winery including winetasting and lunch. Continue along the 75km long Quebrada de las Conchas, an UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its bizarre rock formations and multicoloured mountains.

11 Salta - Buenos Aires

Flight to Buenos Aires, the capital and most populous city of Argentina. City tour through the very important and  extremely different neighbourhoods San Telmo, Recoleta, Puerto Madero and La Boca. Dinner and Tango Show at El Viejo Almacen in the heart of San Telmo.

12 Buenos Aires

Deep into the flair of Argentine country live on a full day excursion to Estancia Santa Susana, located in the pampa. Visit the Estancia and its surroundings, enjoy a traditional Asado BBQ, discover typical dances and riding skills of the gauchos.

13 Buenos Aires

Transfer to the airport for individual homebound flight.