Your adventure starts in La Paz, Bolivia, the world’s highest capital city. Old and new clash in fascinating ways in La Paz. Aymara women in bright shawls and bowler hats walk past colonial streets and cathedrals. The 16th-century San Francisco Church features a mestizo-baroque façade of masks, dragons, tropical birds, and snake symbols.
During a ride to El Alto by cable car, watching the city down below will take your breath away. Bolivia’s natural landscape is one to behold. Escape the city’s buzz with a stop in Moon Valley, an out-of-this-world landscape of stone formations.
Lake Titicaca also reflects the country’s deep history. Explore archaeological Inca sites in the shadow of snow-capped mountains.
Another otherworldly landscape awaits in the salt flats of Sala de Uyuni, covering a vast area in a stark white canvas. Strangely in this sea of salt, a sign of life exists. Incahuasi Island sprouts with ancient cacti in this rare ecosystem. Depending on the season, the salt flats are filled with water acting as a mirror, reflecting the bright, blue sky. You will remember the brilliant sunsets in this remote place forever.
Cave paintings cover remote outposts and unique rocks are chipped away over time by wind erosion. A red-tinged mineral lake contrasts with the color of wading flamingos.
Begin the Chile portion of your journey in the desert, taking advantage of the hot springs and spa for a few days. Spa treatments using melted Andean glacial water and more of nature’s wonders will give you the energy needed to discover a little more of Chile.
Wander around Santiago’s museums and parks all the while admiring the city’s colonial gems. Wine lovers will make a beeline to the Maipo and Aconcagua Valleys, home to some of the country’s best vineyards. Go with a guide to the Lake District, an area of Chile often compared to Switzerland’s beauty. Volcanoes, glacial lakes, and lakeside villages make this a tranquil end to your custom journey through Bolivia and Chile.
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