The essentials of Peru, Bolivia and Chile

12 January 2023


Combine the splendors of Peru, Bolivia and Chile in a single trip

Bolivia is a fantastic country, but it would be a shame not to cross its borders. Indeed, its neighbors also boast a dazzling heritage and fascinating culture. Among them, Peru and Chile will dazzle you.

Thaki Voyage is delighted to introduce you to three of South America’s treasures, along with their curiosities, during an unforgettable journey in connection with the Pachamama.

Zoom in on the archaeological sites, towns and hikes of these countries. Follow the guide, explore a piece of the continent’s vastness and cross the border into Bolivia for a journey without limits. We’re off!

Essencials of Peru

Start your experience in Peru, located northwest of Bolivia.

The marvel of this territory is undoubtedly the Inca site of Machu Picchu, of staggering beauty, accessible aboard a mythical train, the Andes train, or on foot for the bravest.

Between divine nature and human intervention, don’t miss the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the circular cultivation site of Moray, a place of agricultural experimentation. The salt pans of Maras, the archaeological site of Pisac and its village will surprise you. Take advantage of its market to feel the jovial energy of the locals.

The ruins of the Ollantaytambo fortress and the city of Cusco, situated at an altitude of 3,400 metres, bear unique witness to this vanished civilization. The former capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco is brimming with treasures. Its baroque cathedral is on a par with that of Lima, the country’s current capital, where you’ll begin your Peruvian dream. On the program: a visit to the church and convent of San Francisco and the Plaza de Armas.

Stroll through the heart of Arequipa and discover the impressive Santa Catalina convent, founded in 1580 by María de Guzmán. The white volcanic stone known as sillar was used to build the houses.

Nature is fertile in Peru, which is why you can’t end your stay without exploring the city of Puno, capital of Peruvian folklore and bordering the world’s highest navigable lake, Titicaca. Between Peru and Bolivia, the Titicaca forms a natural border between the two regions, leading to the second stage of your journey: Bolivia!

Bolivian favorites for a mountain of emotions

Both unspoilt and wild, Bolivia is all about authenticity! The small town of Copacabana, situated on the shores of Lake Titicaca, is the gateway to the Isla del Sol and the Luna, where you’ll discover verdant nature and breathtaking flora and fauna.

Between mountains and forests, the country is a land of contrasts, so explore the lagoons of the Lípez province, with their multiple gradations of color and light. Capture this incredible luminosity with a visit to the Salar d’Uyuni, a vast expanse of pristine white salt. You’ll simply fall in love with this virgin desert land at an altitude of 3,658 metres.

In Bolivia, don’t be afraid to get up high – it’s part of your trip! Indeed, La Paz, the country’s administrative capital at 3600 meters above sea level, is the highest city in the world. Experience its markets and museums in a memorable atmosphere.

As for Sucre, the country’s constitutional capital, it boasts an incredible wealth of culture. This white city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Don’t forget to visit the traditional Tarabuco market near Sucre, where you can buy fruit and vegetables, as well as ethnic weavings. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn more about this traditional technique in the heart of a country marked by its indigenous and Spanish roots.

The colonial town of Potosí is also a must-see during your stay. Visit its churches, the Casa Real de Moneda, but above all the Cerro Rico mines, where many miners still work: a land of rocks that holds a precious jewel awaits you!

Chile's must-sees and extreme landscapes

Head for Chile, south-west of Bolivia, and set off for one of the driest regions on the planet: the Atacama Desert.

Home not only to the oasis village of San Pedro de Atacama, but also to numerous geological treasures. As you will see, natural phenomena are powerful in Chile, so discover the Tara salar, which is also very characteristic of the north of the country.

3km north-west of San Pedro de Atacama, visit the ruins of the Pukará de Quitor fortress and 10km south of the same departure point, the village built by the first Atacama Indians, known as the Aldea de Tulor. These two archaeological sites will delight history lovers.

The Valley of the Moon will also be your favorite, with its breathtaking scenery! What’s more, take a trip to the Geysers de Tatio at an altitude of over 4,000 metres: you’ll be amazed by the hot springs that gush out early in the morning.

And it’s impossible to leave Chile without getting to know its capital: Santiago, at the foot of the Andes. This city of European influences and colonial architecture invites you to the Plaza de Armas for a tour of the historic center. The lively Central Market is the ideal place to sample delicious Chilean cuisine. Satisfy your taste buds, there’s nothing better than ending an enchanting stay!

Thanks to Thaki Voyage, set off to discover these territories and vibrate to the South American rhythm on a tour that will take you up to 5000 meters in altitude. From April to October, enjoy 25 days of bliss in the company of local, French-speaking guides who will adapt to your every whim. Contact us as soon as possible, and we’ll be delighted to organize this beautiful itinerary for you, sharing our love of Peru, Chile and our beloved Bolivia!

Mathilde Leroux