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An example of a 15-day trip that begins in Santiago and takes you to the middle of the Atacama desert, the most arid in the world, to reach the small city of San Pedro de Atacama, capital of the Atacaman culture, starting point of excursions of breath-taking beauty. You will then cross the Andes mountain range by bus, over 3500 meters of altitude, to reach the city of Salta, Argentina. You will see the museum that houses the frozen Inca children of Llullahiaco, the seven-colour valley of Purmamarca and other natural inescapable wonders. Your journey ends in Buenos Aires, the most European city in South America.

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Santiago (Ch) - Valparaíso (Ch) - Chiloë (Ch) - Punta Arenas (Ch) - Torres del Paine (Ch) - San Pedro de Atacama (Ch) - Santiago (Ch)

Day 1: Santiago – Chile

Arrival in Santiago in the morning. Welcome at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Discovery of the capital. Visit of the city market with its various fish displays, located on the banks of Mapocho river and next to the historic Mapocho station. Visit of the historic center of the capital, Plaza de Armas and its historic buildings: La Moneda (presidential palace), Casa Colorada (colonial house), San Francisco Church (the oldest building in Santiago), the Constitution Square, Cerro San Cristobal. Visit of Santa Lucia park, located on the hill where the city was founded by Pedro de Valdivia. Night in Santiago.

Day 2 – Valparaiso (Chile)

Departure for the mythical port of Valparaíso, classified World Heritage of Humanity in 2003 (1h30 road). Discover the old districts by taking the elevators that pace the hill, classified national monuments. Discover the Bellavista district and its open-air museum. Visit of Sebastiana, Pablo Neruda’s favourite residence in Isla Negra. You will discover the whole universe of the poet with unusual collections and fetish objects. Night in Valparaiso.

Day 3 – San Pedro de Atacama (Chile)

Transfer to the airport. Flight from Santiago to Calama in the morning (two-hour flight). Transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, archaeological capital of Chile and oasis located at the foot of the Andes mountains in the Atacama desert. Discovery of this typical Atacaman village with its 18th century church (one of the most beautiful of Chile with its roof made of cactus wood), its central square and its beautiful surroundings. Night excursion to discover the starry sky. Night in San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 4 – San Pedro de Atacama (Chile)

Visit of Le Paige museum and Pukará de Quitor, a 12th century Inca fortress. Discovery of Death Valley and Moon Valley, with its natural statues made from geological formations of salt and sand. Climb of the sand dunes to observe the amazing colours of sunset over the Andes and the Licáncabur and Lascar volcanos. Night in San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 5 – San Pedro de Atacama (Chile)

Departure for Salar de Atacama, the largest in Chile. Stop at the Chaxa lagoon, housing a colony of flamingos. Crossing and stop in the heart of the Salar. Visit of Socaire, pre-Hispanic village known for its terraces irrigations. Arrival at Laguna Miscanti and Laguna Miñiques, two lakes nestled at an altitude of more than 4300m in the national reserve “Los Flamencos”. Visit of Toconao village, built from volcanic white stone, and the Jerez canyon, an oasis of fruit trees and small streams at the bottom of a natural fissure. Night in San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 6 – San Pedro de Atacama (Chile)

Early departure (05 am) for Geysers del Tatio located at 4300 meters of altitude (bring warm clothes) that let their strange fumaroles of sulfur water vapor. Breakfast on site. Possibility of swimming in the natural thermal pool of the site. During the trip, discover the wild fauna: Vizcachas (a marsupial between rabbit and squirrel), vicuñas, guanacos and llamas (all three of the camelid family), wild donkeys, Ñandus (wild ostrich), Zorros (grey fox). Visit of the old village of Machucca. In the afternoon, excursion to Baltinache area and discovery of Cejar lagoon, Ojos del Salar and Tebinquinche to admire the beautiful sunset. Night in San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 7 – Pumamarca (Argentina)

Crossing of Argentina by bus through the Andes mountain range. Lunch and coffee served on-board. Stop at Purmamarca around 4pm. Discovery of this typical Indian village (“lion village” in Quechua), with strong Bolivian influences, located at the foot of the “seven-colour” mountain. Night in Pumamarca.

Day 8 – The Humahuaca Valley (Argentina)

Discovery of “Quebrada de Humahuaca” which follows an important cultural route, the Inca trail, along the spectacular Rio Grande valley, from its source in the cold and arid Andes highlands to its confluence with Rio Leone, located 150 kilometers to the south. The valley offers important signs of its use as a major trade route for 10,000 years, including traces of prehistoric hunter from the Inca Empire (15th-16th century) and fights for independence (19th-20th century). Visit of the typical indigenous villages (Humahuaca, Tumbaya, Tilcara). Night in Pumamarca.

Day 9 – Salta (Argentina)

Transfer to the city of Salta at an altitude of 1,200 meters, very vibrant with many shops and beautiful squares. The most beautiful is Plaza 9 de Julio, very refreshing with its palm trees, mangrove trees, nice terraces and historical buildings (baroque cathedral, Cabildo Historico with its typical white arches which gives a good overview of the cultural, architectural and historical evolution of the region). The famous San Francisco church is very colourful, with red ochre and quantity of impressive gildings and white columns. Visit of the covered market with its stalls of exotic and colourful fruits, oranges, mandarins, grapefruits and vegetables ranked in perfect pyramids. Night in Salta.

Day 10 – The Calchaquies Valley – Cachi (Argentina)

Departure towards the Calchaquies Indians valley, in direction of Cachi. This region abound with exceptionally beautiful landscapes: the fertile region of Lerma, Quebrada de Escoipe, where the red ground contrasts with the verdant forests, and the highlands of Pedro Molino (3600 m). Discover the authentic and preserved colonial village of Cachi. Night in Cachi.

Day 11 – The Calchaquies valley – Cafayate (Argentina)

Departure for the small town of El Cafayate, leaned against the Cordillera foothills at 1660m of altitude and surrounded by beautiful vineyards. Visit of the craft market. Night in Cafayate.

Day 12 – Rio de Las Conchas valley (Argentina)

On the way, visit the ruins of Quilmes, one of the largest pre-Hispanic cities built in stages by the Indians, starting from the valley and climbing up the hill.
Crossing of the spectacular valley of Rio de las Conchas to observe a geological phenomenon: gigantic natural sculptures in the mountains in red, brown, green and grey colours. Many birds (parrots, dwarf ostrich, eagles …) live in this beautiful mountain. Crossing of the verdant Lermas valley, where some colonial villages cultivate corn and tobacco. Night in Salta.

Day 13 – Buenos Aires (Argentina)

In the morning, visit of Alta Montaña archeologic museum. In 1999 an American archaeologist found a sacred burial with three frozen bodies of Inca children, at the top of Llullaillaco volcano. They were practically intact! All the elements of this discovery can be seen in the museum.
Transfer to the airport. Flight Lan Airlines Salta / Buenos Aires. Transfer to the hotel. Night in Buenos Aires.

Day 14 – Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Visit of the historical Plaza de Mayo with its surrounding buildings: Cabildo Museum, from the colonial age, Casa Rosada (presidential palace), the cathedral… Visit the fishermen’s village of Boca, with its nostalgic atmosphere and multi-coloured houses, the open air museum with painters and sculptors. Visit San Telmo district with its beautiful colonial mansions and patios. Feel the atmosphere of antique shops and imagine how many treasures could have been found in those old boutiques during La Belle Epoque. The district is also the place where Tango was born. Visit Recoleta district with its European architecture, pass the cemetery and the church of Nuestra Señora del Pilar where its luxurious vaults are classified Historical Monuments and contains the burial of Eva Perón. Free afternoon. Night in Buenos Aires.

Day 15 – Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Transfer to the hotel. International Flight.