Chile & Bolivia Luxury Tours

Luxury Travel to Chile & Bolivia

Chile’s slender silhouette stretches some 4,269 kilometers/2,653 miles from the tropics of the north down into Patagonia and the icy fingertip of the continent. It encompasses an enormous diversity of geology and terrains and is home to indigenous peoples eager to share their traditions. Bolivia is a landlocked country but it does share Lake Titicaca, Latin America’s largest lake, with Peru. One third of the county is in the Andean mountains, but it is the stark Altiplano that gets much of the attention.

Chile appeals to nature lovers, sports enthusiasts and adventurers. Immense ice fields and glaciers combine with the surreal granite spires of Torres Del Paine in Patagonia. The driest spot on earth, the Atacama Desert is home to fantastic moon-like topography, geysers, sculpted dunes and flamingo lagoons. It is also one of the best locations on earth for star gazing. The Altiplano is freckled with lakes, marshes, salt flats, geysers, and 6,096-meter/20,000-foot volcanoes. The dazzling lakes and snowcapped volcanoes of the Lake District; and the hot springs, glaciers and temperate forests of the Carretera Austral invite exploration. The Magellan Strait opens to the wildlife lands of Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn. Some 3,701 kilometers/2,300 miles offshore await the mysteries of the giant stone heads, moais, of Easter Island. In a beautiful valley surrounded by snowy Andean peaks, sophisticated Santiago is a wonderful base for exploring historic wine estates. The country has also witnessed the struggle of its indigenous peoples to maintain their traditional customs. In the region of Pucon, you can still encounter the living heritage of the Mapuche peoples, who share a common social, religious and economic structure, as well as linguistic heritage.

Bolivia shares Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America, with Peru. One-third of Bolivia’s terrain is spread across the Andean mountains, but its largest city and its principal economic centers are on the Altiplano Plateau, known also for dramatic salt flats. This plateau is the most extensive area of high plateau on earth outside of Tibet. The bulk of the Altiplano lies within Bolivian and Peruvian territory while its southern parts lie in Chile and Argentina. The Altiplano was the site of several pre-Columbian cultures including the Tiawanaku and became one of the furthest points of the Inca Empire. Spain conquered the region in the 16th century. The Altiplano Plateau is home to cities such as El Alto, La Paz, Puno, Oruro, Potosí and Cuzco. Several of Bolivia’s dramatic salt flats can be reached from Chile. The combination of Chile and Bolivia makes for an exciting and varied adventure.


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Chile Custom Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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I was surprised to see that the ice in Patagonia is blue. Patagonia’s Southern Ice Fields reveal themselves in lakes, canals and fjords. The scenery is a canvas of continually contrasting lights and shadows, where the mountains run into a sea that is dotted with islands. The land is furrowed yet nearly smooth as the winds and glaciers continue their slow work of pulverizing rocks, plowing out valleys and immense canals. Legendary navigators such as Ladrillero, Darwin and Fitz Roy came here long ago. I wonder if they saw the same blue ice chunks floating in the waters, glowing like a child’s nightlight?

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The fatness seems infinite. The salt surface is splintered with low ridges of salt that divide the top layer into white cell-like formations. Like the deserts of my childhood, this is a land of mirages, of shimmering lakes and islands that appear then vanish in a blink. Cones of salt dot the surface in some areas. In shallow salt pools gather pale flamingos. Aymara legend says the Salar was formed by a woman whose tears mixed with milk. It tells the story of the surrounding mountains – Tunupa, Kusku and Kusina, who were ancient giant people. Tunupa married Kusku, but Kusku ran away from her with Kusina. A grieving Tunupa began to cry while feeding her son and those are the tears that made the Salar.

President’s Pick An Adventurer’s Chile 13 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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"Chile has one of the richest histories in Latin America. Yet, too often, I see the same few locations come up repeatedly. There is so much more to Chile than just ice and desert, right? I am happy to answer with a resounding yes. Imagine Chile before the bus tours, the hotels and the overcrowded spots. Now, imagine traveling to places where hidden luxury hotels sport names that you need to learn to pronounce with adventures you didn’t know were there. This is the Chile I fell in love with and want to share with you."

Bolivia & Argentina Highland Adventure 14 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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On this high adventure, explore La Paz, both ancient and modern, from the Church of San Francisco, circa 1549, one of the finest examples of colonial religious architecture in South America, to the Indian Market and the Witch Market. Lake Titicaca encompasses villages along the shore such as Copacabana, once an outpost of Inca occupation, and Isla del Sol, with its Temple Pilkokaina Holy Steps. The Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flats with flat expanses of glistening white salt. The city of Salta is one of the oldest in Argentina, founded in 1582 by the Spanish, who intended the settlement to be an outpost between Lima, Peru and Buenos Aires Cafayate is an unexpected treasure for wine lovers with some of the world’s highest vineyards.

Chile’s Patagonia & Mapuche Culture 14 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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Explore Chile with adventures ranging from a three-night cruise to one of the remotest corners of planet Earth, including Cape Horn National Park, to Patagonian Forest, to the traditional Mapuche communities, one of the oldest indigenous cultures in a country.

Discovering Northern Chile 7 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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Discover Northern Chile and travel through the unique landscapes and small villages of the Andes in Chile’s northern reaches; encounter ancient indigenous cultures; and take in fascinating ecosystems, from the Salar de Surire Natural Monument salt flat to Lauca National Park with its rich biodiversity.

Chile & Argentina 17 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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Explore some of the natural features and lesser known cultures in Chile and Argentina from Chile's engaging traditional Mapuche community to Argentina's Aymara culture in Salta. In Atacama, experience more ancient cultures including the Incas, reaching back in time like no other location in Chile. End your journey at the cultural epicenter of the Aymara culture Argentina, a location where everything can be found in place – Salta. Explore the wines of Cafayate, and explore on horseback or on foot, go skiing in winter or sailing in summer. Savor this well-rounded journey into two dynamic countries.

Antarctica & Chile including remote Patagonia 16 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel

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Take in Patagonia's famed Torres del Paine Park, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve of remarkable landscapes of mountains, forests, pampas, glaciers, lakes, rivers and waterfalls. Experience the largely undiscovered Aysén Region in Chilean Patagonia.