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12 Day itinerary in Chile, South America

Traveling along The Andes

Get to see the best of Chile & Peru on this 12-day amazing experience. Start your trip in Santiago de Chile, where you will embark on an exciting day tour, and immerse in the culture. Then, continue to San Pedro de Atacama to marvel at the Moon Valley & Death Valley. Get to know Lima and its highli... Read More

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Overview

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English, Spanish

GUIDANCE

On Some Day Trips

starting point

Santiago

trip type

Private

trip attributes

Visit markets

Meet local people

Rural home stays

Indigenous culture

Outdoors & Nature

Culture & Arts

Start

End

Highlights

1

Get to know Lima and Santiago and immerse yourself in its traditions with a City Tour on each city

2

Embark on a Moon Valley & Death Valley Excursion

3

Admire the amazing Sacred Valley of The Incas

4

See Machu Picchu, recognized as one of the wonders of the world and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO

Itinerary

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Day 1

place Airport Transfer

Upon arrival at Santiago airport, you will be met by our representative and escorted to your hotel. Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures and provide you with a detailed itinerary, covering all the services included in your tour and additional information on the organization of your trip in Chile. You will also receive a contact information sheet with all the hotel details, as well as our offices contact information and a 24-hour emergency number.

Accommodation:

  • High-end Accommodation: Hotel NH Ciudad de Santiago
Day 2

place Santiago City Tour

Santiago is a mixture between the old and the modern, characteristic that we invite you to know. Our tour through Santiago will show the immensity of the city, its varied geography and civility. We will guide you through Plaza de Armas, the Main square of Santiago, where the cathedral, main post office and city hall are located. You will be told about the origins of our city. Next stop is the civic neighborhood and the surroundings of La Moneda government palace. After that, we'll drive through some of the old neighborhoods of Santiago, like Republica and Concha y Toro. Later we will visit the eastern part of the city, and we'll see the modern buildings and the changes that they have brought to the neighborhood.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • High-end Accommodation: Hotel NH Ciudad de Santiago
Day 3

place Free Day in Santiago

Day at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • High-end Accommodation: Hotel NH Ciudad de Santiago
Day 4

place Flight to Calama and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama

At the set time, you will be transferred to Santiago de Chile airport. Upon arrival in Calama airport, you will be met by our representative and escorted to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • High-end Accommodation: Hotel Altiplanico
Day 5

place Moon Valley & Death Valley Excursion

The Moon Valley is well known for its amazing geological stone formations of extraordinary beauty. Located in the Cordillera de la Sal, it represents an extraordinary attraction because of its resemblance to the moon 's surface and its enormous natural coliseum. We will depart from your Hotel in San Pedro and head to the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountain Range), very rich in minerals. We will first arrive at Valle de la Muerte (Death Valley), a mountainous and sandy site with a particular geographical beauty. Its salt formations look like sculptures and works of art. We will then continue on to Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), a small depression of saline ground, containing a number of small, sharp-crested hills where once there used to be a lake. This unique place is famous for its natural mineral sculptures, one of them is Las Tres Marías formed by wind erosion. It truly resembles a lunar setting. There are also caves and mineral deposits of a stone very similar to quartz. We will end the tour by admiring the sunset from La Gran Duna (The Great Dune) with its majestic display of colors.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • High-end Accommodation: Hotel Altiplanico
Day 6

place Free Day in San Pedro de Atacama

Day at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • High-end Accommodation: Hotel Altiplanico
Day 7

place Flight back to Santiago and flight to Lima

At the set time you will be transferred to Calama airport to fly to Santiago de Chile and then connect to Lima. Upon arrival, our staff will be waiting for you at the airport to transfer you to the selected hotel. Rest of the day free to rest or take an excursion (upon request), if time permits.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • High-end Accommodation: Casa Andina Select Miraflores
Day 8

place Lima City Tour

At the set time we will start the panoramic city tour where we can see the Colonial Center, the Major Square, the Government Palace, the Cathedral Basilica, the Archbishop's Palace and the Municipality of Lima. Likewise, we will visit the convent of San Francisco, a convent with cloisters and catacombs of the Colonial period. The tour will continue through the traditional, residential and commercial areas of Lima to end with a spectacular panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and the beaches of the Miraflores district.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • High-end Accommodation: Casa Andina Select Miraflores
Day 9

place Cusco City Tour + Nearby Archaeological Center

At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight to Cusco (not included). Upon arrival, our staff will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. Today you will be picked up from the hotel to start the tour of the colonial city, built on the bases of Inca palaces. On the tour we will visit the Plaza de Armas, the Temple of the Sun, also known as “Qoricancha”, and the Cathedral of Cusco, where we can see beautiful paintings and sculptures. Then we will continue to the archaeological center of Sacsayhuaman, a multipurpose place where the Sun, the Moon and the Earth were worshiped, and which was also used as a military fortress and an astrological center. Later we arrived at Q'enco, a cult center related to the fire element. We continue to Puca Pucara, a place used as a supply center and Inca checkpoint, where wind ceremonies were also held. At the end of the tour, we will arrive at Tambomachay, center of cult to water and fertility. Return to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • High-end Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn Cusco
Day 10

place Sacred Valley of The Incas

In the morning we will begin a tour in which we are visiting the beautiful town of Pisac, its handicraft market, the popular fair and its narrow streets. Then we continue the tour through the Sacred Valley of Urubamba, where you can enjoy a nice lunch buffet. Next we will visit Ollantaytambo: Inca city still inhabited that conserves a complex system of irrigation channels and foundations of that time, on which a large part of the town was built. The archaeological center of Ollantaytambo has large groups of platforms, forts, plazas, canals and the Real Casa del Sol, a megalithic temple of great mystical value.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • High-end Accommodation: Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay
Day 11

place Machu Picchu

At the set time, transfer to the train station to start the excursion to the Sacred City of Machu Picchu, recognized as one of the wonders of the world and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The train takes us to the town of Aguas Calientes, from where we will ascend by bus to the Archaeological Center and start the guided tour that has duration of 2 hours approx. During the visit you can see temples, squares, terraces, houses, barns, as well as the great biodiversity that exists in the surroundings. It is worth noting that the beauty of Machu Picchu is exalted by the extraordinary scenery where it is located. Around the citadel has been formed a National Reserve that has an area of 32,500 hectares, and that includes a constellation of archaeological monuments, which in our opinion, were built as part of the Machu Picchu complex and not in isolation. At the set time, we will return to Aguas Calientes, where we have lunch included. Return by train to Cusco. Upon arrival, our staff will be waiting for you to transfer you to the

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • High-end Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn Cusco
Day 12

place Airport Transfer

Breakfast at the hotel. At the set time, you will be transferred to the airport to take your return flight.

Meals: Breakfast

What’s Included

Accommodation expand_less

  • Hotel NH Ciudad de Santiago
  • Hotel Altiplanico
  • Casa Andina Select Miraflores
  • Hilton Garden Inn Cusco
  • Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay

Meals expand_less

  • Breakfast (11)

Transport expand_less

  • Transfers Airport – Hotel – Airport in each city

Activities expand_less

  • As indicated in the itinerary

Extras expand_less

  • Permanent assistance in each destination
  • Entrances fees for the sites mentioned above in Peru
  • Train ticket to / from Aguascalientes

Not Included expand_less

  • International or domestic air fares
  • Services and non-mentioned meals in the itinerary
  • Drinks
  • Early check-in, late check-out and hotel extras
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for guides and hotel staff
  • Entrance fees to the Death Valley in Atacama

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