Chile & Bolivia Photographic Tour

 

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVE IN SANTIAGO

Upon arrival we will be transferred to our hotel in Santiago.

Later in the afternoon we visit the beautiful Ba’Hai Temple before going to Cerro San Cristobal to watch and photograph the sun set over the city.

Overnight in Santiago – (D)

Day 2: SANTIAGO TO VALPARAISO

This morning we enjoy a walking tour of Santiago’s historical centre, including the Presidential Palace of la Moneda, the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, and the fish market.

We then commence our drive to Valparaiso, stopping to visit a winery and the scenic landscape of Casablanca Valley.  We end the day at the sand dunes of Concon overlooking Valparaiso and the ocean.

Overnight in Valparaiso – (B/L/D)

Day 3: VALPARAISO

Today we enjoy a full day tour of Valparaiso, visiting local attractions and walking the colourful streets with their beautiful street art.

We will head out early morning and enjoy a long relaxing lunch break before recommencing again in the afternoon with the day concluding with sunset and twilight from a strategic vantage point.  Watching all the city lights come on is a beautiful sight to see and photograph.

Overnight in Valparaiso – (B/L/D)

Day 4: VALPARAISO TO CALAMA TO SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

This morning we rise very early and transfer to the airport for our 8:15am flight to Calama.  On arrival we will meet our local guide/driver and then commence our drive to San Pedro de Atacama, stopping to visit Lagunas Escondidas (Hidden Lagoons) and a picnic lunch.

On arrival in San Pedro de Atacama we check into our hotel before heading out to Laguna Cejar and the salt flat for sunset.

Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama – (B/L/D)

Day 5: ATACAMA DESERT

This morning we rise early and go to Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) for sunrise then March Valley.  One return to San Pedro de Atacama you’re free to explore the town and find a restaurant for lunch (own expense).

In the afternoon we enjoy a scenic drive to Canyon of Jere, visit the village of Toconao and then continue to Laguna Chaxa for the flamingos and sunset over the lagoon/salt flat with the mighty Andes in the background.

Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama – (B/D)

Day 6: ATACAMA DESERT

We will rise very early this morning for our long drive to El Tatio Geysers.  This is a very popular destination and an early start is crucial to beating the crowd and seeing the geysers at their very best.  For the brave, there’s also an opportunity to take a bath in the thermal pool.  One our way back we will stop at a lesser known area with some interesting colours and a unique geyser different from the others.  There is some amazing scenery and wildlife on the return journey, so expect to have a number of photo stops.

On return to San Pedro de Atacama you will have some free time to get lunch at your own expense, explore the town or just take a rest.  Later in the afternoon we head out to the crystal-clear Laguna Tebiquinche for sunset.

Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama – (B/D)

Day 7: ATACAMA DESERT

We have a long day of travel visiting the altiplano lagoons Miscanti & Miñiques, Tuyacto, and the famous Piedras Rojas (Red Stones) also known as Salar de Talar.  Again, there will be numerous stops to photograph the spectacular scenery and a brief stop in one of the towns.

Atacama is one of the best places in the world for astronomy so tonight we will enjoy an astrophotography tour.

Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama – (B/L/D)

Day 8: ATACAMA DESERT

Today we have a full day tour to Salar de Tara, some 150 km’s from San Pedro de Atacama.  The salt flat is at an elevation of 4300m and located near the border of Bolivia, Chile and Argentina.  After some time exploring and photographing Salar De Tara we commence our return journey, stopping and photographing the Stone Cathedrals and the interesting rock formations of Monjes de Pacana.  On our journey back to San Pedro de Atacama we will also divert to see Laguna de Pujsa and the flamingos.  If all is well, we may also have some beautiful colours in the lagoon.

Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama – (B/L/D)

Day 9: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA TO BOLIVIA ALTIPLANO’S

This morning we will be collected and transferred to the Bolivian border.  This will very likely be a slow process so patience will be required.  Once we get through the Chilean checkpoint, we will proceed to our 4WD vehicles at which time we will once again need to go through border formalities.

Please note that the initial part of this drive to Laguna Colorada will be repeated on Day 13 in reverse so some stops may or may not be done today.  The landscape is amazing, so there will be plenty of stops and I’m currently in communication with the operator about taking us to a location closer to the scene to the right.  This is near Laguna Colorada where we will have some time to photograph the lagoon and Flamingos.  After lunch we continue to Salar de Capina and Villa Mar where we will stay for the night.

Overnight in Villa Mar – (B/L/D)

Day 10: BOLIVIA ALTIPLANO’S

Today we continue north visiting Laguna Vinto and other landscape before continuing to San Cristobál.  San Cristobál is a mining town with one of Bolivia’s largest mining facilities producing zinc-silver and lead-silver concentrate. It’s the world’s sixth largest producer of zinc and third largest producer of silver.  It’s well worth a stop to see the 350-year-old Jesuit church.

After lunch we continue to Uyuni where we visit the local office to collect gumboots for use during our stay.  We then visit Cementerio de Trenes (Train Cemetery), a rusty collection of historical steam trains that were left to rust in the desert early 19th century.  We then continue to Hotel Luna Salada, a unique hotel built from blocks of salt.

Overnight in Colchani – (B/L/D)

Day 11: BOLIVIA ALTIPLANO’S

Today we have a full day to explore and photograph the largest salt flat in the world, Salar de Uyuni.  Our program will be dependent on how much rain they had earlier in the year and how much water there is.  This trip has been specifically scheduled for after the rain season at which time Uyuni becomes the world’s largest mirror.

During our drive around the salt flat we will visit areas where they are mining the salt, Ojos de agua (Eye of the salt flat) where water from a distant volcano bubbles up through the salt crust.  If the water level is low enough, we will also visit Isla Incahuasi, a rocky island in the middle of Uyuni Salt Flat with giant cactus.  Our day no doubt will end with another sunset over the salt flat.

Overnight in Colchani – (B/L/D)

Day 12: BOLIVIA ALTIPLANO’S

This morning we depart Colchani and commence our drive back south through Uyuni and San San cristobál to Valle de Rocas (Stone Valley).  After lunch we commence a slow off-road drive past a series of lagoons including Laguna Turquiri, Laguna Chullunkani, Laguna Hedionda, Laguna Chiarkota, Laguna Honda and Laguna Ramaditas.  This is a spectacular drive with amazing landscapes and a great opportunity to photograph more Flamingoes. Our day ends at Tayka Desert Hotel, a remote hotel in the Siloli Desert.

Overnight in Siloli Desert – (B/L/D)

Day 13: BOLIVIA ALTIPLANO’S TO CALAMA (DEPART)

This morning we rise early for breakfast before checking out and taking a short drive to photograph Seven Colour Mountain.  We then continue through the Siloli Desert stopping to see and photograph Árbol de Piedra (Stone Tree) before returning to Laguna Colorada for an amazing panoramic view and more photography.

As we continue our drive to the border there will be further stops for landscape photography including Geiser Sol de Mañana, Volcano Licancabur overlooking Laguna Verde and Laguna Blanca.  After lunch we continue to the border crossing of Hito Cajones where we transfer back to a Chilean vehicle for journey back to Calama.

On arrival in Calama rooms will be available at a budget hotel for finalising packing and freshening up prior to our flight back to Santiago and connecting flight to Australia.  Our flight departs Calama at 8:48pm.

Depart – (B/L)


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Otherworldly is the first thing that comes to mind when you see the awe-inspiring landscape of Atacama Desert in Northern Chile and the Altiplano’s of Bolivia. The landscape is surreal with unique light that is seemingly easy to photograph throughout the day. Atacama with its dramatic desert wilderness, lagoons and colourful flamingos is surrounded by the volcanic mountains of the Andes. Higher up in the Andean plateaus of Atacama and Bolivia, beautiful lagoons, snow-capped volcanoes and some of the most colourful geological landforms are scattered thoughout the stark desert landscape., including one of the world’s most spectacular sights, Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world. This is an adventurous photographic tour not to be missed.


Highlights

  • Santiago – Ba’hai Temple, Cerro San Cristobal and the historical centre.
  • Valparaiso – colourful buildings and street art.
  • Atacama Desert – Lagunas Escondidas, Laguna Cejar for sunset, Moon Valley and March Valley, Canyon of Jere, the village of Tononao and Laguna Chaxa, El Tatio Geysers, Laguna Tebiquinche for sunset, Miscanti and Miñiques Altiplano lagoons, Tuyacto, and the famous Piedras Rojas also known as Salar de Talar, and astrophotography tour, Salar de Tara, Stone Cathedrals, Monjes de Pacana and Salar de Pujsa.
  • Bolivia Altiplano’s – Sol de Mañana Geyser, Laguna Colorada, Salar de Uyuni and Salt Hotel, Train Graveyard, Seven Colours Mountain, Numerous altiplana lagoons, Beautiful flamingoes and much more

Details

  • Duration: 12 days/13 nights, including arrival and departure days.
  • Departure dates: 24th March 2019
                                    15th March 2020
  • Group size: There will be a minimum of 4 people and maximum of 11 people on this tour.
  • Price: USD $6995* per person twin share for land only content.
  • We will make every effort to match up single travellers who wish to travel at twin share rates. For anyone requiring a single room, a single supplement surcharge will apply.

Included

  • The complete tour as per the itinerary
  • Transfers on arrival
  • Meals as specified (B/L/D)
  • Private ground transport
  • All accommodation during the tour
  • Experienced photographic leader and local guides where required.

Not included 

  • International Flights
  • Airport and Airline taxes & charges
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any expenses of a personal nature (such as laundry, phone calls, personal tipping etc.)
  • Any meals other than those specified (B/L/D)
  • Any drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Excess baggage fee
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Visa/entry fees


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