15 Nights / 16 Days
This luxury tour offers nothing but the very best of South America, by blending cultural activities with unique adventures that will leave you with unforgettable memories. Each luxury hotel and top restaurant has been handpicked to reflect the true character, personality and gastronomy of Peru, Bolivia and Chile. One of the real treats and highlights of this tour will be spending the night in a luxury camper van in the middle of the salt flats of Bolivia. Very few people in the world will have the opportunity to experience one of the most surreal and magical landscapes known to man in this way. Another highlight is the Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spathat offers a la carte excursions, gourmet cuisine and a viewing deck complete with a telescope for gazing at the impressive stars. Finally, finish in style and head into Santiago to enjoy some of the finest wines in world, whilst reminiscing over an incredible experience
- SACRED VALLEY
Welcome to the food capital of South America – Lima! Upon arrival you will be escorted to the first arts-boutique hotel in Lima, Hotel Situated right in the heart of Lima´s artistic quarter, Hotel provides an authentic atmosphere allowing you to immerse yourself in the city´s contemporary social and cultural scene. The hotel features a signature restaurant by Oscar Velarde and has an intricate bar with contemporary artwork.
Your sightseeing tour explores the modern districts of Lima and its historic center, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988. As you wander the Main Square and Plaza San Martin it is hard not to marvel atthe diverse architecture. Your guide will tell you all about its architectural heritage, as you pass walk by some of the historic buildings. You then proceed to Santo Domingo Monastery boasting fine carved choir stalls, the oldest of Lima. It was here that San Marcos University, the first in South America, was founded in 1551. Your next stop is at the Larco Herrera Museum. The collection reveals 3,000 years of the Peruvian pre-Columbian history in an intuitive way. Its masterpieces are considered worldwide icons of pre-Inca art and have been displayed in the world’s most renowned museums.
Tonight you will be treated with a welcome dinner at Lima 27. Be prepared for a food experience! Lima 27 serves Peruvian fusion cuisine at its best. In this restaurant traditional Peruvian recipes have been reinterpreted by the restaurants talented
Chef, with a fusion style being reflected in the restaurant’s concept. Situated in a mansion of Lima’s Republican era the restaurant has creative flair and stylish elegance in funky chic décor. You will enjoy an 8-course tasting menu made with seasonal produce.
Upon arrival in Cusco you will be met and transferred to enjoy lunch at Calle Del Medio. This is the last venture of the young and talented chef Jaime Pesaque’swho has already opened ’embassies of the Peruvian cuisine’ in Punta del Este, Miami and New York. The menu features contemporary Peruvian cuisine made with local ingredients, while the atmosphere vibes a casual chic ambiance. Designed by the renowned architect Jordi Puig, Calle del Medio, has an unbeatable location with views of Cusco’s main square and the cathedral.
Afterwards you will be taken to the Inkaterra Hacienda in the Sacred Valley, which is about one hour from Cusco city. The contemporary hotel comes with colonial inspiration, built in the heart of the Urubamba Valley, among flowers, mountains and trees. The hotel design has been inspired by the architecture of the Cusco region, and has a luxurious Andean environment that preserves the spirit and authenticity of the Peruvian highlands.
Explore the crystal clear waters of the picturesque Huaypo Lagoon, on a memorable half-day kayak tour. Situated in the Sacred Valley, the lake is teaming with a variety of fish and bird life, so make sure you take your camera for photo opportunities. Paddle around the lake for an hour and a half taking in the beautiful scenery at your leisure, before sitting down on the banks to enjoy a well-deserved Andean-style picnic.
This morning, you will head to the historic fortress of Ollantaytambothat gave name to the town. There, the Temple of the Sun (formed of six gigantic monoliths, whose total weight exceeds 50 tons) and the Terrace of the Ten Niches stand out.
After the visit, you will board the train that takes you through the Sacred Valley of the Incas up to Machu Picchu.Upon arrival a small coach takes you up the steep road to the entrance of the citadel. For centuries Machu Picchu remained undiscovered by the Spaniards and has only been found in 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham. During a guided tour you will experience the uniqueness of the location and the genius that went into its construction, making this Inca site one of the seven new wonders of the world.
You will then head to the luxuryInkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel that is set inan area of exquisite beauty. Molding with the sacred energy of the mountains the hotel boasts stunning views of the rushing Vilcanota River.
After breakfast you have the remainder of the day free to roam around the majestic site of Machu Picchu and discover its hidden spots with plenty of time (entrance fee for Machu Picchu and shuttle bus included – no guide service).
You will return by train from AguasCalientes to Ollanta and then be transferred to Cusco.In case you have left any luggage in the hotel in the Sacred Valley, it will be picked up en route. You will then arrive at your hotel in Cusco, the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, which is set in a tranquil plaza behind Cusco’s main square. This former palace and convent emerged from years of restoration to become one of the city’s most exclusive hotels.
This morning begin by exploring Pisaq market in the Sacred Valley. Originally a place where people from remote communities used to barter their products, Pisaq has evolved to one of South America’s most famous souvenir markets. Make sure to sample some ’empanadas’ baked in traditional clay ovens.
En route you will stop off at the ruins of Pisaq, a site set high above a valley by patterned fields and rimmed by vast terracing. The stonework and panoramas at Pisaq’s Inca citadel are magnificent. In the main ruins you will find temples of the sun, moon, rain, rainbow, and stars, as well as a few Inca crosses rising from the ground. The cross represents the different levels of existence: The lower level signifies the underworld, and snake god; the higher level, human existence, represented by the jaguar or puma god; and the highest level, the celestial plane, represented by the condor.
Lunch will be at the Map Café, which is owned by Jorge Luis Ossio, (graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in New York and externships with celebrity chefs like Eric Ripert and Jean-Georges he returned to Lima). The sophisticated MAP Cafe is housed in a modernist glass box set in the courtyard of the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art (MAP). Specialties of the Andean Nouvelle Cuisine are offered in a special atmosphere featuring minimalist decoration
After lunch you will walk through the major sites of interest in Cusco. Visit the famous cathedral with its magnificently carved woodwork, ornate altar and many hundreds of canvases from the 17th-century Cusco Painting School. Then continue exploring the cultural wealth of Cusco at the Temple of the Sun where we witness the incredible masonry of the Incas, an engineering feat that remains an enigma. Afterwards walk along Hatunrumiyoc Street named after the 12-angled stone, which is clearly visible in the remaining walls of what used to be Inca Roca’s Palace. You will make a last stop in the San Blas artisan quarter. Its steeped cobblestone alleys not only offer spectacular views of the city,but also are filled with workshops and galleries – a great way to soak in Cusco’s artistic atmosphere.
To end the day you will enjoy a Pisco Tasting at the trendy lounge – bar ‘República del Pisco’. After an insight into the different Pisco´s, make a toastto a memorable journey with a classic ‘Pisco sour’. This cocktail is made with lemon juice, egg white, sugar syrup and of course Pisco – Peru’s renowned grape-made white spirit.
This morning you will take the flight to La Paz.
Upon arrival atLa Paz Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Surrounded by majestic mountains, the Casa Grande Hotel is located in the heart of the Southern residential district of the city of La Paz.
Upon arrival you will notice the innovative architecture, inspiring spaces with eclectic decor and cozy rooms.Once settled in head off to the Witches Market, which is one of South America´s more unique markets. Expect to find everything from herbs, folk remedies and a variety of fascinating ingredients used to manipulate the many spirits that populate the Aymara world.
In the evening head to Gustu Restaurant for a tasting session. This upscale restaurant is a project of Claus Meyer, co-founder of Noma, one of the world’s best restaurants. Just like the local produce concept Meyers promotes at Noma, all the ingredients at Gustu are 100% Bolivian. By sampling its 5-course menu you will take an imaginary trip to Bolivia’s Altiplano (High Plateau), salt lakes and the Amazon. The food school, which is part of Gustu, gives students from low-income households (Bolivia is the poorest country in South America) an education to become cooks, waiters and bakers with an entrepreneurial mentality (restaurant closed on Sunday and Monday).
Your morning sightseeing tour starts with a drive to the cliff-edge city ‘El Alto’. This metropolis, inhabited by Aymara migrants, has long been associated with poverty. Though, there is an emerging bourgeoisie, proud of a common urban-rural identity which is reflected in the proliferation of colorful mansions blending modern architecture with symbols of the pre-Columbian Tiahuanaco culture. Your guide takes you through the streets featuring some of these so called ‘chalets’ of ‘new Andean’ architecture before boarding the highest cable car in the world. Enjoy spectacular views of the snowcapped mountains before
Arriving in the historic center to visit Murillo Square. Prominent buildings on the square include the Presidential Palace, the Congress Building and a neoclassical cathedral. After a short stop to sample a ‘saltena’ (a typical baked pastry filled with beef or chicken) you head to San Francisco Church, considered one of the best examples of baroque mestizo architecture in South America.
Today’s dinneris at ‘Jardin de Asia’ restaurant. The blend of Asian fusion cooking with a unique atmosphere and decor make this handpicked restaurant stand out from the rest. The staff are professionally trained, friendly and explain in detail what each plate is and how to eat it, making this a real culinary experience.
Transfer from your hotel to the airport for your flight to Uyuni.
Your adventure begins in La Paz where you board the flight to one the most magical places on Earth – Uyuni, the world’s largest salt lake. Upon arrival in Uyuni together with your guide and driver,you will enter the vast white Salar de Uyuni, a fantastic experience, particularly due to the contrast of blue skies and unendingly white salt on the flat lakebed (3,800 m /12,470 ft). The ‘Salar de Uyuni’ covers a total area of over 10 000 km² (6,210 square miles). Absorb stunning views of the vastness and smooth white surfaces surrounded by snow-capped peaks and an endless azure horizon in one of the most amazing and unique places on the globe. In the center of the ‘Salar’ sits the surreal, rocky and cactus-studded Fish Island, rising defiantly from the sea of white, providing welcome relief to the eyes. The cacti on the island are slow growers, and some reach over 10 m (30 ft).
After, head north to Jirira, to the foot of Tunupa Volcano, where you stay overnight in a deluxe Airstream caravan – an adventure that very few people on the planet will ever experience. A private dinner will be prepared by your cook and enjoyed in isolation with just the stars for company. The accommodation includes a double or twin bed and private bathroom facilities with a hot shower.
Leaving the salt flat behind you will be driven along the volcanoes range with their eternal snow. During the course of the next couple hours, there are lagoons on the way where colonies of flamingos and many smaller wild birds gather and strut around. Afterwards you head south to enter the Siloli desert. The scenery on the drive is fantastic and takes you high up into the Andes through desert-type landscapes. You will spend the night at Ojo de Perdiz Hotel, a simple but tremendously atmospheric place, set in one of the most remote and starkly beautiful places on earth, right on the edge of the Siloli desert.
This day you need to get up very early to Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve and take in some of the continent’s most astounding sights such asstones sculpted by the wind – one of the most bizarre formations is the Stone Tree, the Red Lagoon with its James flamingos. Dotted with white islands of massive borax deposits, the lake is tainted blood red due to a variety of algae that thrives in the salt water. The next stop is at the geothermal field Sol de Mañana, where you will be able to see multiple mud pots and fumaroles. Afterwards you visit the Green Lagoon, at the foot of Licancabur volcano before heading to the Bolivian/Chilean border, Hito Cajon, where you will change vehicles and be driven to San Pedro de Atacama.
The Alto Atacama Lodge & Spa is an example of luxury at its best. As the only lodge in the entire area that blends seamlessly with its natural surroundings, it has unique features and offers a truly relaxing experience. The superb location in the shadow of the Pukara de Quitorruins, 10-minute drive away from San Pedro, Alto Atacama is ideal for those who prefer to fully immerse themselves in the stunning desert surroundings. Complete with it´s own stargazing telescope and viewing platform, you have the opportunity to learn and view the stars that you won´t find in any other place in the world.
The hotel spa offers a perfect way to unwind and relax after an excursion, with a range of treatments and massages. Complete with 6 outdoor pools and Jacuzzi, the tranquility that you get with the view overlooking the red mountains is unbeatable. A range of a la carte excursions cater for all types of fitness levels and interests. The professionally trained
Guides will attend to your personal needs and are flexible dependent on personal requests. The hotel restaurant is of gourmet standard and offers a variety of intimate indoor and outdoor settings according to your personal preferences. The chef’s work closely with local producers who provide fresh, organic products that goes directly to your table and so, the restaurant isable to give back to the local economy.
Enjoy your activities at Alto Atacama with English speaking guide (and shared with other hotel’s guests).
Noon transfer to the airport in Calama (1 ¼ hours)
Upon arrival in Santiago, you will be transferred to your hotel. The Singular Santiago is a five-star luxury hotel located in the Lastarria Neighborhood in the heart of downtown Santiago. The hotel was designed specifically to fit seamlessly into this iconic neighborhood, which epitomizes the pride and creativity of the people of Santiago.Dinner for tonight will be at Bocanáriz. Chile is the seventh largest wine producer on the planet and so it comes as no surprise that a wine specialist has made it onto this list of Santiago’s best bar-restaurants. With its bilingual sommeliers, 35 by-the-glass choices and its 300-plus-bottle cellar, Bocanáriz has fast become Santiago’s preeminent destination for sipping the best Chilean wines. Bocanariz’s menu offers an oenological journey through the country and has been designed to perfectly fit the different types of wine that Chilean vineyards produce every year.
The day will start with a visit to the vineyards in Casablanca Valley (70 km northwest from Santiago). Situated on the coastal plain between Santiago and Valparaiso, Casablanca is Chile’s fastest growing wine region. Soil and climate favor the production of top quality Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Then, you will visit Casas del Bosqueand enjoy a tour of the vineyards (conducted in English shared with other visitors) and cellars and sample in its Aromas Bar, two Reserva and two Gran Reserva labels (three tastings total). After the winery tour concludes a 3-course lunch awaits you at the on-site restaurant, Tanino.
After lunch you will continue your journey to Valparaiso. With its colorful hillside homes overlooking the Pacific and winding stairways, the Chilean port city of Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage, is alive with avant-garde culture and vibrant street art. Once in Plaza Sotomayor, Valparaiso’s main square, your guide will point out important buildings such as the Chilean Navy Building and the Chilean Customs House. You then take Ascensor Concepción, the city’s oldest elevator, a funicular that climbs Cerro Concepción (Concepción Hill). From up in the hills, you can take in the colorful views of this avant-garde town and take unique pictures before returning to Santiago (driving time: approx. 2 ½ hours, 119 km)
Your sightseeing tour takes you downtown to visit ‘La Moneda’, the current seat of Government, the former national congress, the 18th-century cathedral and Santa Lucia Hill. Nearby, housed in an exquisite 19th century wrought iron building, is the Central Market, famous for its seafood and seafood restaurants. Then you head up to the most charming and artistic side of Santiago, the neighborhoods of Lastarria and BellasArtes featuring the Forest Park, the Fine Arts Museum and the National Library. You pass by the ‘Avenida Italia’ on the border of Providencia and Nunoa districts, one of the most popular parts of the capital for great dining, cultural events and historic heritage. You finish your tour exploring ‘El Golf’, a modern neighborhood that mixes residential areas, offices and banks. El Golf is also nicknamed ‘Sanhattan’ due to the predominance of high modern building in the area.
In good time you will be transferred to the airport for your international flight home.
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