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Join a small group of like-minded travellers on a guided trip.
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We put together a bespoke tour to fit your requirements.
Capacity: 5 per person
Starting in San Pedro in northern Chile, we explore the Atacama desert.
We have to spend a couple of days in San Pedro de Atacama taking it easy and letting ourselves get acclimatised to the high altitude.
Here we concentrate on capturing the wonderful colours of the desert at dawn and dusk as we acclimatise.
Heading to Bolivia
We head nextto the vast southern deserts of Bolivia in our four wheel drive vehicle to enjoy the starkly beautiful landscapes of this dramatic desert wilderness.
The immense Salar de Uyuni is a natural marvel of South America.
Deep blue skies, clear skies and and the brilliant white salt create a fantastic spectacle.
More about the safari
Bruce Percy is an internationally-travelled and published photographer.
He has visited and photographed South America many times and has the knowledge to help you make the most of this trip, which is limited to 8 people.
Anyone who has a passion for photography can join, as it is designed to allow everyone quality time at some fabulous locations, with accommodation, food and logistics all taken care of.
We use hotels built by and in the traditional style of the local Aymara communities, providing an income in this, one of the poorest parts of Bolivia.
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We start in Salta in northern Argentina. We explore this stunning part of the country, passing colourful cultures and rock formations including Purmamarca, a rainbow mountain of seven colours.
Towns such as Humahuaca – with frequent street music – Tilcara, Uquía and Purmamarca thrive among the amazing multi-coloured mountains, salt plans and lakes.
Next, it’s Bolivia – Uyuni and its famous alt lakes and volcanoes. From Uyuni, we head out into the vast southern desert to enjoy the starkly beautiful landscapes of this dramatic desert wilderness.
Lakes that change colour, geysers and bizarre rock formations are just some of the highlights of this enormous salt plain.
From here, it’s to Chile and San Pedro de Atacama desert.
One day you are floating around in the salty Laguna Cejar, the next, gazing at the awesome scenery from atop an Andean peak.
Start your journey in Punta Arenas or El Calafate from where you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel in the Torres del Paine.
All your meals, open bar and daily excursions, walking, horse-riding, wildlife watching, boat trips, are included.
There is also a special ‘Puma spotting tour’ or you can choose to relax in the hotel’s lovely surroundings.
More about Paine
Paine features 180,000 hectares of diverse scenery and wild landscape on the edge of the southern ice fields of Patagonia.
Declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1978, Paine is one of the largest sources of temperate-zone glaciers in the world and lies 120kms / 75 miles north of Puerto Natales, the gateway town for the park.
The name ‘Paine’ (pronounced ‘pie-nee’) comes from a Tehuelche Indian word meaning blue.
The ‘Torres’ – or Towers – are named after three spectacular granite peaks, the highest reaching 2,900m/9,514ft, that form the centrepiece of Torres del Paine.
These dramatic peaks are part of the Cordillera del Paine, the youngest mountain range on earth.
Other notable peaks include Paine Grande at 3,050m and Los Cuernos (the Horns) that range from 2,200-2,600m / 7,218-8,530ft.
Forests, steppe lands, lakes and valleys surround them.
Prices From $1416 / £1132.8 per person
Dates: From October 2021 to April 2022
More on trekking the Paine W trek, Patagonia
As well as the beautiful highlights of Grey Glacier, French Valley and Towers and Horns of Paine – there is a bonus visit to the Milodon Cave and the Eastern lakes of Torres del Paine national park.
In the award winning Eco-camp you can choose between standard and superior domes.
These tented, igloo-type domes which minimise environmental impact while providing a comfortable setting in nature.
Torres del Paine National Park
The name Paine comes from a Tehuelche Indian word meaning blue.
The Torres – or Towers – are named after three spectacular granite peaks, the highest reaching 2,900m/9,514ft, that form the centrepiece of Torres del Paine.
Other notable peaks include Paine Grande at 3,050m/10,007ft and Los Cuernos (the Horns) that range from 2,200-2,600m/7,218-8,530ft.
Prices From $1034 / £827.2 per person
More on short Paine W trek in Patagonia
There are two long days of hiking that sandwich a more relaxed half-day of walking, to allow you to see everything.
We spend a full day exploring the French Valley on foot.
This is followed by a relaxing half day of hiking to Grey Glacier, followed by a boat trip to float past this immense glacier.
We finish the trip off with a wonderful day hike to see the Towers of Paine – a real holiday highlight.
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Hi Alan -
Yes, home safe and sound and a wonderful trip. Feel greatly relaxed and looking forward to planning another trip sometime in the near future.
And now for some feedback......
- What was the highlight of your holiday? Was there a low point?
A Strasser, Australia, May 2019
» Iguazu Falls Tour
We did so many excellent and fun activities on this trip its hard to pin it down to one but I think for both of us the most enjoyable day was the half-day cactus valley trek in the Atacama. The scenery was spectacular for the whole time we were in the desert and this walk gave us the opportunity to experience it at close hand, especially the cacti and local flora. We also did a night sky astronomy trip (2-3hrs) which wasn’t included in the itinerary and was really excellent - I would recommend this to anybody as a "must do” whilst in San Pedro.
R Kokelaar, UK, 2016
» San Pedro de Atacama Desert Tour
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