As an in-house writer for Off the Beaten Path, a good chunk of my day is spent researching travel destinations – reading magazine articles, perusing traveler reviews, gaining insight from travelers’ blogs, and speaking with locals. And whether I’m writing about Sedona, Steamboat, San Francisco, or Silver City (New Mexico, in case you didn’t know), […]
Explore the wilds of the wide open on this trip to Chile and Bolivia. With a focus on the vast, high desert of the Altiplano, a touch of Santiago, Valparaiso, and Vina del Mar adds an element of lushness and complexity. On the Chilean side, in the Atacama Desert, a warm and welcoming accommodation defies the unforgiving landscape that surrounds it, as does the swimming pool! On the Bolivian side, in the Salar de Uyuni, small, off-the-grid (or at least off the World-Wide Web) overnight stops are sights to behold after long days of exploring.
Begin in the city of Santiago, where most flights arrive early in the morning, allowing maximum time in the city. Spend one full day exploring the city, and have another to flee through wine country to the coast, visiting the interesting Valparaiso and exquisite Viña del Mar.
Next, immerse in the Atacama Desert, with geysers, a traditional Machuca village, sprawling valleys, mountains, salt flats, lakes, and archaeological wonders. Trekking, mountaineering, horseback riding, bike rides, and sightseeing rule the days!
Finally, the journey across the high Altiplano from Chile into Bolivia is fascinating. Remote and uniquely beautiful, you’ll see distinct volcanic features and keep an eye out for wildlife, including three species of flamingos. Lakes are named for their color, and range from verde to blanco to colorada. Each night, retreat to a small hotel en route, delighting in a glass of wine and some home-cooked food.
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