Quaint and charming whilst also adventurous and vibrant, these two countries are contrast at its finest. Explore Bolivia and Chile by getting your culture fix on the streets of La Paz, taking in the beauty of the Avaroa National Reserve and channel your inner adrenaline seeker.
- Locally guided walking tour
- See San Francisco Church & Metropolitan Cathedral
- Visit the Witches’ Market, Plaza Murilla & colourful Jaen Street
La Paz to Sucre
- Locally Guided Walking Tour
- See the Casa de la Libertad & the Convento de Santa Teresa
- Visit the Convento de San Felip Neri
Sucre to Potosi
- Locally Guided Walking Tour
- See the National Mint of Bolivia & Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace & Iglesia de San Lorenzo de Carangas
- Visit the Cathedral Market
Potosi to Uyuni
- Visit the Great Train Graveyard
Salar de Uyuni
Avaroa National Reserve to San Pedro de Atacama
- Cross Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve
San Pedro de Atacama
San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago de Chile
- Included flight
- Orientation Tour Santiago de Chile
- South America
- La Paz
- Salar de Uyuni
- Avaroa National Reserve
- San Pedro de Atacama
- Santiago de Chile
- 18-30 somethings
Day 1 Arrive La Paz
Today we'll journey through the pretty Bolivian countryside towards La Paz. Situated a slightly unnerving 12,000 ft above sea level (yeah, for real), this city is big on altitude AND energy.
If you're looking for vistas, La Paz is your gal. Sitting in the midst of a narrow canyon and dwarfed by the mighty ice-capped peak of Mount Illimani to the South, this is a city of contrasts, where 19th century churches rub shoulders with towering office blocks and pretty, colourful markets. Take your time adjusting to the altitude, then make the most of your afternoon in this hustling, cosmopolitan city.
Day 2 La Paz
Cameras on full charge and free breakfast fully taken advantage of, it's time to hit the streets of La Paz. Your Trip Manager will take you on a guided walking tour where'll get to explore all that the city has to offer. Feel the cultural vibes by the San Francisco Church and Metropolitan Cathedral, before you make your way to the colourful Jaen Street and Plaza Murillo. And for those feeling ultra spiritual, the Witches' Market is only a short walk away.
Day 3 La Paz to Sucre
Steeped in history with narrow tree lined streets, white stone buildings (some dating back five centuries) and endless blue skies, Sucre is a place where time stands still. Get your bearings on a guided walking tour and let the impressive Convento de San Felip Neri work its magic on your inner architecture nerd. The afternoon is then yours to explore places like Cal Orck'o (did someone say real dinosaur footprints?), wander the cities various museums, or just take it easy before the evenings shenanigans.
Day 4 Sucre
With a full day in Sucre, the choice is yours of how to DIY your time in this cultural melting pot. Maybe the museums, galleries and parks are calling your name, or perhaps your itching for something a bit more physical? If that’s the case, our ME Time Optionals are likely to be your jam – rock climbing or biking, anyone?
Day 5 Sucre to Potosi
Think you've seen it all in the last few days? We've barely gotten started... Today we bid adios to enchanting Sucre and make our way to Potosi, a town rich in history, architecture, and silver... Situated at the foot of Cerro Rico (Rich Mountain), Potosi is a treasure trove of markets, churches and friendly locals. We'll get you adjusted on a locally guided tour around the city, stopping off at the Cathedral Market to check out the local wares and visiting sites like the impressive Iglesia de San Lorenzo de Carangas. Later, head out with your crew for a traditional local dinner, washed down with Chuflay a plenty. Que bueno!
Day 6 Potosi to Uyuni
Another lazy morning in Potosi, before making tracks for Uyuni, the official gateway to the Salar de Uyuni...or the Bolivian salt flats to you and I. Excited much? You should be. To get you in the mood, we'll be heading to the Great Train Graveyard, which is every bit as incredible as it sounds. A place full of deserted steamtrains that were abandoned sometime in the 40s, if you're into deserted theme parks, ghost walks or general creepy stuff, you've found your mecca.
Day 7 Salar de Uyuni
Wanna know what makes a breathtaking photo? Well, let's just say that in Salar de Uyuni, every angle is picture perfect. We hope you've been researching the best poses and use of props, because this is one experience most only get to enjoy once in a lifetime...
Day 8 Avaroa National Reserve
It's goodbye mini bus and hello 4x4's as we kick start our 2 day expedition across the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna Reserve. Not much can beat yesterdays views, but this sure gives them a run for their money. Hot springs, geysers, volcanoes, mountains, lakes and flocks of flamingos will have your head spinning 360 as you try to take it all on. Nature on steroids is probably the best description
Day 9 Avaroa National Reserve to San Pedro de Atacama
Can it really get any better? You ain't seen nothing yet. Up with the birds, we'll stop off first for some geyser spotting before journeying on to the Salvador Dali desert. And yes, it's every bit as impressive as the name suggests...
Who's ready for a new country? Oh hi there, Chile! From one other worldly landscape to another, we'll venture into the Atacama desert with San Pedro de Atacama in our sights, our home for the next 2 nights. Feel the dryness in the air? That's because this land is the driest non-polar desert in the world. Don't say we don't try to impress you...
Day 10 San Pedro de Atacama
After two days of crossing the Avaroa reserve, it's time to chill, and that poolside seat has your name all over it. But then again with sandboarding on offer, maybe the lure of the desert will be too hard to resist? As the afternoon rolls in we'll head out to Valle de la Luna. Literally translated as the Valley of the Moon, this lunar like landscape was carved by wind and water and is the probably the closest you'll ever get to a space travel experience. Seriously, can this trip get any better?
Day 11 San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago de Chile
It's time to leave the desert behind, as we pack our bags for our final leg of the trip and jump on an included flight to Santiago de Chile, the largest and capital city of Chile.
Once we land it's time to get fully aquainted with this bustling place with a city tour to tick off all the local sights. Then, the afternoon is yours to explore.
Day 12 Santiago de Chile
Today is our last full day as a group (sob), so let's make the most it it, why not choose to visit the colourful hillside city of Valparaiso or spend a day exploring Chile's famous and delicous wineries.
Day 13 End Santiago de Chile
This morning your trip ends. Not ready to say goodbye to South America? Why not join us on our Argentina and Brazil Experience?
You and your new amigos will be spending your nights in hotels and cool hostels right amongst the action.
From Day 1 you'll be accompanied by the best Drivers, Trip Managers and English-speaking local Guides around. Whether providing local knowledge or lols, our team members are people you can trust 100%
Touring with Contiki
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