South American Treasures

Chile, Bolivia & Peru

Day 1 Santiago de Chile – Arrival
Santiago, Chile’s capital and largest city, lies in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped mountains of the Andes and the Chilean Coastal Range. Founded in 1541, Santiago has been Chile’s capital since colonial times. It is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city and although it features many colonial buildings, it has grown into a modern metropolis and the cultural centre of the country.

Day 2 Santiago de Chile – City Tour SIB
Take a tour of the charismatic Santiago, visiting both the old and new areas of the city. Highlights include the Plaza de Armas, the city’s central square and the heart of the city’s old colonial core. The Plaza de Armas is home to the beautiful 18th century Metropolitan Cathedral, the early 19th century Royal Court Palace that houses the Natural History Museum and the Central Post Office completed in 1882. The Chess Club of Chile also meets here most days, a great opportunity to watch the locals immersed in a game of chess. Visit Cerro Santa Lucia, the hill on which Santiago was founded in 1541, now a park with fountains and stairs leading to a fort and panoramic viewpoint across the city. (SIB Services)

Day 3 Atacama – Arrival & Moon Valley Excursion SIB
San Pedro de Atacama is the archaeological capital of Chile. The small oasis town is one of the main cultural settlements in Atacama situated near the mouth of the main river that feeds the salt flat.
It lies on an arid high plateau in the Andes Mountains in the heart of some of northern Chile’s most spectacular scenery. Overlooking the Lincancabur Volcano, its dramatic surrounding landscape ranges from desert, salt flats, steaming geysers and hot springs to fascinating rock formations

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Full Itinerary

Day 1 Santiago de Chile – Arrival
Arrival in Santiago, transfer to the hotel Luciano K, private service with English speaking guide.
Santiago, Chile’s capital and largest city, lies in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped mountains of the Andes and the Chilean Coastal Range. Founded in 1541, Santiago has been Chile’s capital since colonial times. It is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city and although it features many colonial buildings, it has grown into a modern metropolis and the cultural centre of the country.
Overnight at selected hotel

Day 2 Santiago de Chile – City Tour SIB
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Take a tour of the charismatic Santiago, visiting both the old and new areas of the city. Highlights include the Plaza de Armas, the city’s central square and the heart of the city’s old colonial core. The Plaza de Armas is home to the beautiful 18th century Metropolitan Cathedral, the early 19th century Royal Court Palace that houses the Natural History Museum and the Central Post Office completed in 1882. The Chess Club of Chile also meets here most days, a great opportunity to watch the locals immersed in a game of chess. Visit Cerro Santa Lucia, the hill on which Santiago was founded in 1541, now a park with fountains and stairs leading to a fort and panoramic viewpoint across the city. (SIB Services)
Overnight at selected hotel

Day 3 Atacama – Arrival & Moon Valley Excursion SIB
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Transfer from the hotel to the airport in Santiago. Arrival to Calama and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, private services with English speaking guide.
San Pedro de Atacama is the archaeological capital of Chile. The small oasis town is one of the main cultural settlements in Atacama situated near the mouth of the main river that feeds the salt flat.
It lies on an arid high plateau in the Andes Mountains in the heart of some of northern Chile’s most spectacular scenery. Overlooking the Lincancabur Volcano, its dramatic surrounding landscape ranges from desert, salt flats, steaming geysers and hot springs to fascinating rock formations
This afternoon, travel across Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountain Range) to reach the Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon), one of the main attractions of this region. Located 19km from San Pedro de Atacama, the valley’s landscape resembles the surface of the moon with small but sharp crested hills created by the wind. You will visit in the late afternoon when the setting sun brings out the best of the valley’s incredible colors.
Activities in San Pedro de Atacama might be rescheduled upon arrival to the destination.

Overnight at selected hotel

Day 4 Atacama – Atacama Salt Flat & Altiplanic Lagoons SIB
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Visit the Salar de Atacama, one of the world’s largest salt lakes and the most important lithium reserves in the world. The lagoons here are home to various species of flamingos and other wildlife. On route to the Salt Lake, visit the town of Toconao. The houses in this small picturesque village are built from bricks of white volcanic stone and its friendly inhabitants are famous for their fine wool knitting skills. Continue the trip to the Altiplanic Lagoons of Miscanti and Meñiques, in the afternoon return to the hotel. (SIB Services)
Overnight at selected hotel

Day 5 Atacama – Tatio Geysers SIB
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Located 90 km Northwest of San Pedro, the Tatio Geysers sit at an altitude of 4,300 meters above sea level and are said to be the highest geothermal field in the world. Set off in the early morning to see the 100 geysers erupt water and let off steam to heights of up to 50 meters. On the way back to the town, drive downhill through a wonderful landscape where you can spot guanacos, vicuñas, flamingos and other wildlife.  *Please ensure that you pack warm clothes for the Tatio Geysers tour.
Overnight at selected hotel

Day 6 Atacama – Hito Cajón – Uyuni
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This morning transferred from San Pedro de Atacama to Hito Cajon, the mountain pass on the border between Chile and Bolivia. You will be met at the border by your Bolivian guide.
From the border, enter the REA Reserve. Covering an area of over 700,000 hectares, the reserve features salt pans, volcanoes, snow-capped peaks, thermal springs and geothermal geysers and is home to unique species of fauna that have adapted to the extreme conditions of the region. Visit “Laguna Verde”, a beautiful green lagoon at the foothills of the Licancabur volcano (5,865 meters), where flamingos are often seen. Continue to the hot springs of Polques and the geysers Sol de Mañana with their active fumaroles and volcanic craters. Continue to “Laguna Blanca” and he foothills of the Licancabur Volcano. Enjoy lunch and continue through the high desert of Pampas de Dali. Finally, reach hotel where dinner is included.
Overnight at selected hotel

Day 7 Uyuni – Day 2
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After breakfast, continue to “Laguna Colorada” (4,278 meters), declared a RAMSAR site due to the 30,000 Andean flamingos that nest here. Laguna Colorado is characterized by the red color of its water and it is the most important flamingo site in the region. Travel through the Siloli Desert, one of the driest deserts in the world, with its bizarre rock formations caused by wind erosion. Also visit some small lagoons like Kañapa Lagoon, a saltwater lagoon surrounded by Caquena, Tapaquillcha and Kañapa volcanoes. We also visit Hedionda Lagoon with its strong smell of sulphur, Chiarkota Lagoon (a freshwater lagoon where diverse fauna can be seen) and Honda Lagoon. Enjoy lunch and finish visiting the point view of Ollague Volcano and the Chiguana Salt Flat. Arrival to the hotel where dinner is included.
Overnight at selected hotel

Day 8 Uyuni – Day 3
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Breakfast. We continue to Incahuasi Island (better known as Fish Island) – an oasis with a unique and isolated ecosystem that features algae and fossils. The area is covered with giant columnar cacti up to 10 meters high, some over 100 years old. Against the backdrop of the salt flats extending to the horizon, this landscape makes for spectacular photos. Set off across the Great Salt Flats. Enjoy lunch and arrival to Colchani village, where we observe the methods of salt extraction and salt processing.
Arrival to Uyuni town to visit the cemetery of old trains on the outskirts of Uyuni. Uyuni was an important transportation hub and in the late 19th century, rail lines were built by British engineers and the trains carried minerals to the Pacific Ocean ports. After the collapse of the mining industry in the 1940’s, many trains were abandoned outside Uyuni with the resulting Train Cemetery. The salt winds have led to the corrosion of the metal. Arrival to hotel where lunch is included.
Overnight at selected hotel

Day 9 Uyuni – La Paz
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This morning you will be transferred to Uyuni airport for your onward flight.
On arrival, you will be transferred from the airport to your hotel. El Alto airport is the highest International airport in the world at 4,080 meters above sea level. La Paz has a spectacular setting in a deep bowl surrounded by snow-capped mountains of the Altiplano. It lies in the shadow of the towering 6,438m high Mt. Illimani, always snow-covered and visible from many parts of the city. The city (from the main square) is 3,636 meters above sea level but the neighboring city of El Alto where La Paz International Airport is located lies at over 4,000 meters. Some of the highlights of La Paz itself include Plaza Murillo, San Francisco Church and the “Witches Market’’ where vendors sell dried llama fetuses and frogs, dried llama dung, herbs, remedies and other ingredients used in Aymara traditions and rituals.
Overnight at selected hotel

Day 10 La Paz – City Tour PVT
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Appreciate the cultural, historical, architectural and natural richness of La Paz. Visit the main square “Pedro Domingo Murillo”, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Congress, Government Palace, the Museum of Precious Metals, the Killi Killi viewpoint where you have a panoramic view of the City of La Paz and Snowy mountain of Illimani. Continue towards the south area to the Valley of the Moon, the place that defies your imagination, generate the sensation of being in a small moor of the Moon, its forms are a product of erosion and resemble volcanic craters.
Have the opportunity to ride one of the cable cars and finish at the witches’ market where local people buy products necessary for ritual ceremonies like the Ch’alla and offerings to the Pachamama (mother earth).
Overnight at selected hotel

Day 11 La Paz – Lima
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Transfer to airport to board flight to Lima. On arrival into Lima you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Guided assistance is included.
Lima, the capital of Peru, sits on the country’s arid Pacific coast. Founded in 1535, its colonial center is well preserved, but today Lima is a bustling metropolis and one of South America’s largest cities. The city is home to the various museums including the Museo Larco that houses a collection of pre-Columbian art and the Museo de la Nación, tracing the history of Peru’s ancient civilizations. Lima is known as the “gastronomical capital of the Americas”, encompassing specialties from ceviche and traditional coastal cooking to refined global fare. It even boasts several of the top restaurants in the world.
Overnight at selected hotel

Day 12 Lima – City Tour
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Today is spent touring Lima, the Colonial ‘City of Kings’. On the city tour, you will visit a number of well-known sites including the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Plaza de Armas as well as the Catacombs located beneath the San Francisco Convent. This is a chance to appreciate Lima’s magnificent Colonial architecture as well as vignettes of its pre-Colombian past.
Overnight at selected hotel

Day 13 Iquitos – Arrival
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Transfer to the airport to take your onward flight to Iquitos.
Pick up from the airport and transfer to the Amazon Rescue Centre (CREA) to learn about the work of rescuing, conservation and reintroduction of various Amazon species. Continue to the picturesque port of Nanay, to board the boat that will take us through the Amazon river to the lodge.
After 50 min navigating world’s largest river reach the destination, welcome to the lodge with a refreshing local fruit drink and information about the installations. After checking in, enjoy a delicious local lunch.
In the afternoon, explore the biodiversity of the Amazon and its unique flora and fauna.
After a well-earned dinner, enjoy the starry sky around a camp fire prepared accompanied by the children from the village of Las Palmas demonstrating local dances.
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Day 14 Iquitos – Day 2
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Start the day before the dawn with a magical river trip to watch the sun rise and flocks of birds feeding, in a typical native boat.
After breakfast, get ready for a new adventure exploring the jungle and its different ecosystems and habitats. Return to the lodge to rest and eat lunch.
In the afternoon, short trip to Monkey Island to see the different species of monkey who live in this protected area.
After a well-earned rest dinner, enjoy a short excursion to interact with the jungle and identify its nocturnal inhabitants.
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Day 15 Iquitos – Lima
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Breakfast, followed by a visit to a small reservation for different species of native amazon animals. Return to the lodge to rest and have lunch, before returning to Iquitos and later be transferred to the airport to take your onward flight.
On arrival to Lima, you will be transferred to your hotel with guided assistance.
Overnight at selected hotel.

Day 16 Santiago de Chile – Arrival
On arrival to Santiago, make your way to your hotel located in front of the airport.
Overnight at selected hotel.

Day 17 Farewell
Make your way to the airport to board your next flight.

End of services.

Inclusions:

  • 03 overnights at Santiago de Chile selected hotel
  • 03 overnights at Atacama selected hotel
  • 03 overnights at Uyuni selected hotels
  • 02 overnights at La Paz selected hotel
  • 03 overnight at Lima selected hotel
  • 03D/02N Program in Amak Lodge
  • Local English speaking guide in each destination
  • Meals mentioned in the program
  • 4×4 Vehicle for Uyuni tour
  • Entrance fees for all places to be visited

Exclusions:

  • International and domestic Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not specified
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Alcoholic beverage

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I have organised my travel with World Travel Connections for over 10 years now. It has always been very easy. Staff are pleasant and prompt in responding to any queries. My wife and I organised recently an anniversary trip. Nicolas and Janet at World Travel Connections made it so easy. There knowledges thoroughly helped us. We wish to thank them once again for putting together such wonderful trip together. I recommend this agency to anyone wanting personalised service. We even had a free taxi to take us to the airport and take us back home.

John & Debora

Nicolas and the team at World Travel Connections offer a prestige travel agency service.
Their meticulous attention to detail, extensive industry knowledge and connections, excellent customer service and pleasant manner in all their dealings makes it always a pleasure to deal with.

Highly recommend

Bernadette & Ray

Yes we are back. Everything went well. The car transports in Brisbane and Phuket were all on time and drivers very courteous. Le Meridien was an excellent resort and we appreciated being out of the maddening crowd (Patong). Although we did go to Patong on several days for cheaper food/meals. Breakfast at Le Meriden was buffet and first class Plenty of security so felt completely at ease at the resort plus the benefits of the pools and exclusive use of beach. Rooms and room service could not be faulted. Singapore Swissotel likewise was excellent. Buffet breakfast first class. Rooms and room service excellent. Plenty to see and do but 3 days not enough time to do Singapore justice.

Although a little tired the experience was 5 star.

Joan and Roy

Thank you for your professional and efficient handling of numerous, difficult and complicated travel arrangements for me (including unusual routes through Europe, Asia and Middle East) – all went extremely well! However, thank you more so, for your exceptional kindness and care when your assistance was needed urgently and ‘out of hours’. This was much appreciated, especially as I was travelling on my own. Looking forward to the next one! Thank you!

LMO

To the Customers and New Travellers,

I have arranged my travel through World Travel Connections for about 10 years now as a frequent traveller.  The firm, run by Nicolas Delacharlerie and…, has always provided me with the best travel options, the best access to deals and promotions and most importantly ready access by email or phone wherever I am in the world.  They certainly have their customer’s interest at heart.  They are a pleasure to sit down and discuss plans in a friendly yet professional capacity. They will continue to have my business because of their professionalism and caring nature.

Christopher

On behalf of Natalie Maree Caruana, Emmah Caruana, Sarah Caruana and I we would like to thank Nicolas and Janet of World Travel Connections. Amazing personal service, unique destinations, no place he wasn’t totally accross and his flexibility and compassion given our personal circumstances was and is amazing. He personally drove us to the airport. We could not recommend any other travel agent. A new friend for life. Thanks again Nicolas.

Natalie & Robert

Nicolas we loved it! You put together a great package. Savanna Private Game Reserve in Sabi Sands was probably the benchmark in the safari lodge space but Chobe & Xugana Island were also very good. Savanna really succeeds in limiting the number of Jeeps at wildlife sightings so it greatly maximises the experience. They are also more prepared to go off road rather than stick to recognised tracks. Great stuff when chasing a pack of wild dogs after Impala & a Waterbuck. We saw all the Big Five by the end of the first full day but not limited to static viewing—- really active sightings sometimes.  Vic Falls are amazing!! As was Table Mountain.  The Blue Train was also well worth doing. All transfers by the two main businesses were exceptionally professional & informative. Small planes,mud/grass runways, dingy pickup etc in the Delta was all very different!

Finishing it off at Trou aux Biches in Mauritius was just what we needed after all of the above.

Highly recommended the whole thing.

Regards,

Nick and Janelle 

“I have had a fantastic holiday both with Scenic tours and my trip around UK visiting friends. The river cruise was excellent but pretty full on…. go… go…. go !! No rest for the wicked !!  Company ,food ,tours, staff,all excellent. No complaints !”.

Marion Heap

“I have used World Travel Connections happily for over a decade.  All requests have been met and in many cases exceeded my expectations.  Nicolas has handled all situations both here and when we required his help overseas with precision and professionalism”.

Luella

Hi Nicolas

Thank you so much for arranging our Europe trip this year. Everything ran smoothly and we had an amazing time. We want you to know how much we appreciated your great customer service through the planning and during the trip itself. We look forward to the day we can do another trip like this and you’ll be the first one we call!

Kind regards, JP and N

Thank you for taking such fabulous care of my family on our recent overseas trip. You demonstrated considerable ingenuity in sourcing tricky and urgent flight arrangements. You went above and beyond to ensure our family had a positive travel experience and I felt completely supported knowing that you were always just a phone call or email away. We look forward to travelling with you again.

Warm regards, Gaby

Hi Nicolas, We are back!

Thank you for your superb organisation. Everything was terrific.

Jacqueline & Family

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