Wednesday 1st of April 2020 until Saturday 31st of October 2020
Gastronomic tour between Chile and Bolivia - 11 Days / 10 Nights - from $8059* per person (with Ollami).
Santiago de Chile. Located in a valley between the Andes and the Cordillera de la Costa, with its 7 million inhabitants is one of the biggest capital cities in South America. Founded on February 12, 1541 by the Spanish governor Pedro de Valdivia, the city has known many transformations. You will be impressed with the historical centre and the Bellavista district, the view from Cerro San Cristobal, and by the close vineyards and Cajón.
Santiago de Chile
Arrival in Santiago and private transfer to your hotel. An English-speaking guide will accompany you during the transfer. Visit of the Chilean capital, nestled at the foot the Andes, with a unique charm. Although it has become over the years a modern and very active city, some older neighbourhoods have preserved a romantic charm and atmosphere. You will Visit the Plaza de Armas, San Francisco Church, the Bellavista area, etc. Lunch at the famous central market. Night at the Castillo Rojo Hotel **** Superior Room
Castillo Rojo Hotel
A private driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport in Uyuni. Domestic flight Uyuni - La Paz. A private driver will pick you up at the international airport of El Alto and drive you to your hotel in La Paz. Our private driver will pick us up in the hotel lobby at 02:00 pm for a tour around the best points of view over the city and into the Moon Valley. La Paz, world’s highest capital elected in 2014 as one of the New 7 Wonders Cities, is surrounded by the high picks of the Andes. From many parts of the city we can admire the white summits of the Cordillera Real and the imposing Illimani, protector of the city. From the K’Illi K’Illi mirador and the Laykakota Park we will enjoy a panoramic view over the capital. The Montículo, in the bohemian Sopocachi is the classical meeting point of lovers and newlyweds for romantic pictures. Since 2014 La Paz is proud of its new gondolas. From the sky the panorama over the city and the mountains is unique and we can get an impression of the social gaps while flying over different neighborhood. We will then drive to the south, cross the rich "Zona Sur" and get out of the city to enter the Moon Valley. Here we can enjoy the quietness and walk among the lunar rock formations during an hour. At the end of the afternoon our driver will bring us back to the historical center where we can wander along the colorful markets. NOTE: The K’Illi K’Illi mirador and the Laykakota Park are closed on Mondays. Night at hotel Camino Real *****.
Hotel Camino Real
Santiago de Chile
Day-trip from Casablanca valley to Santiago in private vehicle. On the way, visit and tasting at the Emiliana Winery in the Casablanca Valley. Emiliana Vineyards is a privately owned initiative dedicated to producing wines made from organic grapes. However, it is a vineyard only: no wine is produced at this site. On the way, visit and wine tasting at the winery Matetic in San Antonio Valley. The domain Matetic is distinguished by its quality Syrah wines. Night at the Castillo Rojo Hotel **** Superior Room Lunch or dinner in a restaurant in Santiago (starter + main course + dessert + water + tips)
Castillo Rojo Hotel
San Pedro de Atacama
Private transfer from your hotel to Santiago airport. English-speaking guide. Domestic flight from Santiago to Calama (time to be confirmed, flight indicated in option). Arrival at Calama airport and private transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, a small oasis in the middle of the driest desert on Earth. English-speaking guide. In the middle of the afternoon, leave San Pedro and drive to the Salt Cordillera and the Moon Valley. Once there, you can take a walk in a magnificent landscape made of sand dunes and sculpted calcareous mountains. Enjoy the sunset while having a drink before going back to San Pedro. Night at the Altiplanico Hotel ****. Superior Room. Lunch/dinner in a restaurant in San Pedro de Atacama (starter + main course + dessert + water + tips).
San Pedro de Atacama
Departure from your hotel in the morning. Day fully dedicated to the discovery of the Atacama salt flat and its surrounding attractions. The Toconao and Socaire villages, la quebrada de Jerez, Chaxa, Miscanti and Miñiques lagoons with their volcanoes, are the “must” of this visit. Lunch in a restaurant at Socaire. Return to San Pedro at the end of the afternoon. Night at the Altiplanico Hotel ****. Superior Room.
San Pedro de Atacama
Departure between 4.30 and 6.00 (time depends on the vehicle and the season) from the hotel towards the Tatio. You will arrive at the perfect time to admire the sunrise and the geysers roaring in the cold air of the Altiplano. The valley looks like a giant pot. Water spurts here and there. This geological curiosity mixes a ground still frozen with boiling hot clear water springs (70°C/160°F). Observation of numerous volcanic formations. After a few hours, return to San Pedro via the Machuca Valley. Leave in the afternoon for the Puritama hot springs, whose waters come directly from the Tatio Geysers. They're composed of 8 pools of different sizes and temperatures. They're located at more than 3500 meters above sea level and in the middle of the Atacama Desert, which makes them very surprising and beautiful. Night at the Altiplanico Hotel ****. Superior Room. Lunch/dinner in a restaurant in San Pedro de Atacama (starter + main course + dessert + water + tips).
Leaving San Pedro, a steep road up the Altiplano takes you to the border post of Hito Cajón, entry point of Lipez region. Departure at 09:00am from San Pedro. After a steep ascent to the Altiplano we will pass to the border post of Hito Cajón, the entry point to the Lipez area. We will arrive to the Laguna Verde, below the volcanoes Juriques and Licancabur (el. 5960 m.a.s.l.) by midday and see there the curious phenomenon of the wind changing the color of the Laguna Verde into a spectacular emerald color. After crossing the Dali Desert (which indeed looks like one of his paintings) we will follow the Laguna Salada and stop at the thermal pools of Polques. Visit of the Sol de Mañana Geysers (el. 4850 m.a.s.l.) a volcanic crater with sulfuric fumes and heavy water. At the end of the day we will arrive to the Laguna Colorada. The intense red-brick color of this lagoon is due to the light sensitive phytoplancton present in its water. The track continues through the superb landscapes of the Siloli desrt and its famous "rock tree" where we can spot some viscaches. Night at the Hotel del Desierto***. (availability of double room with matrimonial bed not guaranteed)
Hotel del Desierto
San Pedro de Quemez
Going north along the Chilean border on the scenic “route of the Jewels” which name is due to all the lagoons along its way: lagunas Honda, Ch’arkota, Hedionda, Cañapa, sanctuary for 3 flamingoes species. Stop at the mirador of the volcano Ollague which is still active and contains one of the world’s highest open pit copper mines. The track then descends from 4200 to 3600 meters of altitude. We will cross the small Salar de Chiguana just below the volcano Tomasamil (el. 5900 m.a.s.l.), before arriving to San Pedro de Quemez at the end of the day. Night at the hotel de Piedra***. (availability of double room with matrimonial bed not guaranteed)
Hotel de Piedra
A 2-hour trip from San Pedro will take us to the Salar de Uyuni (el. 3650 m.a.s.l.). The atmosphere is special: the horizon seems to not have any limits and the immensity is overwhelming. We head north to the island of Incahuasi. This island of volcanic origin is covered with stromatolites (fossilized bacteria representing the first traces of life on earth) and giant cacti. On the way we visit the “Cave of the Galaxy” and its stalactites resembling lace. In the afternoon, we head west towards Colchani, where we visit the salt exploitations. Cold lunch. All included. When you will arrive in Colchani, you will drop off your bags at the hotel before returning to the Salar accompanied by your private driver. You will begin by a sunset drink and appetizer then continue with a meal under a tent served by your driver. The meal will be composed of a starter, a main course and a dessert. At the end of the meal, your driver will take you back to your hotel. Possibility of wind. Night at hotel Palacio de Sal****.
Hotel Palacio de Sal
This gastronomic experience transforms the simple act of going to lunch to the restaurant in a dynamic and entertaining experience, and this, in one of the best restaurants in South America. We arrive at noon at Gustu restaurant. We then make a small tour through the facilities of the restaurant, the bar and the gastronomic studies center. Then, we start our class of local cuisine (easy snacks) that last about an hour, along with our chef- teacher. We sit down to eat around 13:00, enjoying a three-course tasting menu accompanied by a fine selection of Bolivian wines. After lunch, we will visit the nearby cafe "Typica" where we will enjoy a Bolivian coffee tasting class, all prepared with the most advanced culinary techniques. An other tasty way to discover the city ! Transport included. Night at hotel Camino Real *****.
Hotel Camino Real
La Paz Airport
A private driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport.
Departs: Mar - Oct 2020.
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