Grand Andean Explorer

This incredible 3-week journey combines the highlights of Bolivia with the must-see sights in the neighbouring Andean nations of Chile and Peru.

Beginning in Peru’s capital on the Pacific Ocean, Lima, this journey through the Andes will treat you to some of South America’s most beautiful cities, most striking landscapes and most exclusive luxury experiences. After exploring Lima with expert local guides, you will move south, visiting the White City of Arequipa and the jagged ravines of the Colca Canyon. You will spend time on the shores of Lake Titicaca before ticking off Peru’s most impressive ruins in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, with an enviable daytrip to Machu Picchu on the Belmond Hiram Bingham train. In Bolivia, immerse yourself in the hybrid cultural landscape of La Paz before journeying into the wilds of the Altiplano and the white expanse of the Salar de Uyuni. Cross from southern Bolivia into Chile’s Atacama Desert, the driest in the world, and participate in a spot of stargazing under these transparent skies. Your trip will end in Santiago, a booming business city set against the backdrop of the snow-capped Andean cordillera where you can spend a relaxing two nights before flying home.

Trip highlights

  • 2 nights in Lima at Hotel B Barranco with a private city tour and an exclusive street food experience.

  • 1 night in Arequipa at Cirqa with a privately guided walking tour of the colonial city centre.

  • 2 nights by the Colca Canyon at the Hotel Belmond Las Casitas with a full day guided tour of the region.

  • 2 nights at Lake Titicaca at Hotel Titilaka with all meals and activities included.

  • Luxury train journey aboard the PeruRail Titicaca train from Puno to Cusco with gourmet meals and entertainment included on board.

  • 3 nights in Cusco at the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas with a privately guided tour of the city and its surrounding ruins.

  • A day trip to Machu Picchu on the luxury Belmond Hiram Bingham train with gourmet meals, a tour of the citadel and afternoon tea included.

  • 2 nights in the Sacred Valley at Sol y Luna with a full day tour of the local ruins.

  • 3 nights in La Paz at ATIX Hotel with a private full day tour of the city and the Moon Valley.

  • 2 nights in Uyuni at Kachi Lodge with all meals and privately guided activities included.

  • 2 nights in the Atacama Desert at Tierra Atacama with all meals and activities included.

  • 2 nights in Santiago de Chile at the Singular Santiago with a private half day city tour.

Map of your holiday

Day by Day itinerary

DAY 1

Lima, Peru

Arrive in to Peru

Arrive into Lima and transfer to your luxury hotel in the bohemian Barranco district for the next two nights.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Hotel B Barranco

DAY 2

Lima

Lima

Enjoy exploring the historical centre of Lima this morning with your guide before embarking on an exclusive street food tour with a local expert in the afternoon. Learn more about Peru’s unique gastronomy and what makes the food here some of the finest in Latin America.

DAY 3

Arequipa, Peru

Fly to Arequipa

This morning you will fly south to Arequipa and check in to your luxury hotel for the night. After settling in, explore the colonial ‘White City’ with your guide and admire the views of the town’s surrounding volcanic peaks.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Cirqa Arequipa

DAY 4

colca

Colca Canyon

Leave Arequipa behind and drive toward the Colca Canyon with your guide where you will spend the next two nights of your trip.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Belmond Las Casitas

DAY 5

Condor in flight, Colca Canyon

Condor Cross

Today you can explore the Colca region with your guide, enjoying sweeping vistas of this dramatic ravine and visiting the Cruz del Condor to try and catch a glimpse of the majestic Andean condors in this region. You may also have the opportunity to explore local ruins or thermal baths before returning to your hotel in the evening.

DAY 6

Puno

Lake Titicaca

Early in the morning you will leave Colca and embark on a full day overland tour to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. You will arrive in the late afternoon and check in to your hotel for the next two nights.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Hotel Titilaka

DAY 7

Hotel Titilaka - Luxury hotel in Lake Titicaca, Peru

Day at Leisure

Today you can enjoy some of the activities on offer from Titilaka Hotel with expert guides. Local Aymara and Quechua peoples believe Lake Titicaca to be the birthplace of the first Inca – immerse yourself in the folklore of these traditional cultures with illuminating tours of the lake’s islands and mysterious ruins.

DAY  8

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Cusco

Cusco

This morning you will board the luxury PeruRail Titicaca train bound for Cusco. Enjoy delicious meals included on-board and a folk music show during your journey. Upon arrival in Cusco, you will check into your hotel for the next three nights.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

DAY 9

Cusco, Peru

Cusco ruins

Enjoy an informative tour of Cusco with your local guide. Undoubtedly the most beautiful city in Peru, Cusco, the old Inca capital, is a pastiche of Hispanic and indigenous influences boasting stunning colonial edifices built upon the ruins of grand Inca palaces and a wealth of fascinating museums and art galleries.

DAY 10

Day at Leisure

Free day in Cusco.

DAY 11

Machu Picchu

Board the luxurious 1920s-style Belmond Hiram Bingham train this morning for an unforgettable trip to Machu Picchu. You will be served a delicious meal on board before enjoying an exclusive tour of the ruins, complete with a decadent afternoon tea at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge. This evening, take the train to the Sacred Valley, enjoying a gourmet dinner en-route.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Sol y Luna

DAY 12

Sacred Valley

Enjoy a private full day tour of the Sacred Valley with your guide. The Urubamba Valley contains many ruins that were once of great importance to the Inca Empire. Today your guide will explain the intricate stories of these significant trading posts and fortresses.

DAY  13

Hotel Atix, La Paz, Bolivia

Fly to La Paz

Return to the airport in Cusco and board a flight to La Paz, Bolivia’s Andean capital. Upon arrival in this mountaintop city, your guide will take you on a ride on the city’s unique cable-car public transport system – the ‘Teleférico’. You will spend the next three nights in the city.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Hotel ATIX

DAY 14

La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz & the Valley of the Moon

Today you will explore La Paz with your guide. Enjoy visiting the colonial Church of San Francisco and haggling for unique handcrafts on Sagarnaga Street. Learn more about ancient Bolivian culture in the Witches’ Market, where indigenous healers sell traditional remedies. Visit Plaza Murillo for the Government Palace and the Cathedral before ending the day in amongst the eerie spires of the Valley of the Moon.

DAY 15

Hotel Atix, La Paz, Bolivia

Day at Leisure

Free day in La Paz.

DAY 16

Kachi Lodge, Uyuni, Boivia

Uyuni

Early this morning you will board a flight south to Uyuni. Upon arrival you will be met by a representative of your luxury lodge and begin your two-night exploration of the famous Salt Flats and their surroundings.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Kachi Lodge

DAY 17

Bolivia Uyuni Salt Flats

Exploring the Salt Flats

Today you can take advantage of a full day of activities at Kachi Lodge on the stunning Salar de Uyuni.

DAY 18

Bolivian Altiplano

Siloli Desert

Your private guide will pick you up from Kachi Lodge and transfer you to the wild landscapes of the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna Reserve. This stunning protected park encompasses mountains, thermal springs, caves, rocky valleys, volcanoes and colourful mountain lagoons. You will spend the night at a remote eco-lodge.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Tayka del Desierto

DAY 19

Laguna, Colorado, Bolivia

Bolivian Altiplano

Today you will transfer over the border into Chile to spend two nights in the Atacama Desert, famous for its copper-coloured landscapes and clear skies for stargazing.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Tierra Atacama

DAY 20

Explore Atacama, Chile

Explore Atacama

Make the most of your day at Tierra Atacama, either exploring the region with your guides, or enjoying an indulgent treatment in the fabulous spa.

DAY 21

Singular Santiago Chile Rooftop

Santiago

Today you will fly south to Santiago, the last capital city on your trip, where you will spend two nights.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Singular Santiago

DAY 22

Santiago de Chile Skyline

Explore Santiago

On the last day of your trip, enjoy a panoramic tour of Santiago de Chile with an expert local guide, exploring the pockets of colonial architecture and beautiful city parks.

DAY 23

Aeroplane home

Fly Home

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight home.

The price for this itinerary is £13,420.

This is a per person price, based on 2 people travelling and sharing a room.

What’s included

  • 22 nights in luxury accommodation as listed above

  • Private transfers and tours with an English speaking guide and driver

  • All internal flights in economy class seating

What’s not included

  • International flights (discuss your specific requirements with us)

  • Travel insurance

  • Any visas you may require

This is a guide price. Please enquire and we will provide a full personalised quote for you.  All our itineraries are tailor-made to your own requirements so can be modified however you wish.

FEATURED HOTELS

Hotel B Lima

Hotel B Barranco

Originally built in the style of the Belle Époque, the mansion served as a seaside retreat during the presidency of Augusto Leguia in the 1920s. Its architectural features and flair make this hotel one of the most attractive properties in Lima.

Cirqa Arequipa, luxury Arequipa hotel

Cirqa Arequipa

Celebrating the tradition of hospitality that defined this historic building’s old ‘parador’ where monks would receive weary travellers, Cirqa Arequipa offers an authentically Andean experience with all the finesse of sophisticated modern luxury service.

Las Casitas

Las Casitas by Belmond is perfectly situated at the edge of the Colca Canyon. Twenty luxury casitas are spread among the 24-hectare estate which has stunning views of the terraces and ravines for which the canyon is famous.

Hotel Titilaka - Luxury hotel in Lake Titicaca, Peru

Titilaka

Remote and tranquil, this luxurious hotel offers visitors truly stunning accommodation on a private peninsula of Lake Titicaca. Situated on the shore of the lake, it boasts outstanding views of the blue waters and distant mountains under white-washed skies.

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Cusco

Palacio Nazarenas

The Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Hotel is one of the most exclusive hotels in the city of Cusco. Featuring stunning contemporary design mixed with antique furnishings, this hotel is a world leader in cutting edge design.

Sol y Luna, Sacred Valley, Peru

Sol y Luna

Sol y Luna is an award-winning hotel, located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. In this naturally stunning area, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful surrounding whilst staying in luxury. Situated just 1km from the town of Urubamba, you also have the opportunity to experience authentic town life.

Hotel Atix, La Paz, Bolivia

Hotel ATIX

ATIX is the first true luxury hotel in Bolivia. Offering sweeping views of the affluent Zona Sur district of the city and the Devil’s Tooth mountain, this stylish modern design hotel is within an easy teleférico ride from the touristic attractions of Plaza Murillo and the city centre.

Kachi Lodge, Uyuni, Boivia

Kachi Lodge

Remote, refined and unique, the peerless Kachi Lodge allows the discerning traveller to experience the magic of the Salar de Uyuni in the best possible comfort.

Tayka del Desierto Lodge, Altiplano, Bolivia

Tayka del Desierto

Situated 40 minutes from the stunning Laguna Colorada in the middle of the Andean desert in an extremely remote place.

Tierra Atacama

A wonderful mix of beautiful modern architecture and cultural influences, this hotel provides guests with the best amenities and comfort. The interior is simple, elegant with a warmth created by the authentic pieces which have been sourced from local villages. Outside, the property has large open air lounges with fire pits and Jacuzzis.

Singular Santiago Chile Rooftop

The Singular Santiago

The Singular Santiago is an alluring blend of classic and contemporary, offering modern comforts while exuding the charm of a bygone era. Though the hotel is brand new, your room will have an air of classic comfort.