Visit the very best of the highlands of Bolivia, Chile and Argentina with our adventure tour.
Enjoy a fascinating mix of culture and scenery as we adventure through Argentina’s altiplano, Bolivia’s Uyuni salt flats and Chile’s Atacama desert.
This is the perfect small group holiday for those seeking a degree of comfort with excitement.
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.
On arrival at Salta airport you are transferred to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, the remainder of the day may be spent exploring Salta.
The main plaza is a lovely place to while away some time over a coffee, or you can visit some of the beautiful churches, head to a nearby viewpoint or the bustling market.
We depart early – there’s a lot to fit in today.
En route to Campo Quijano, we drive stop at Rosa de Tastil, which has some impressive ruins. We continue to climb high into the Andes, the air becoming thinner. As we reach 4,000m/13,123ft above sea level, we will stop at San Antonio de los Cobres, a typical high Andean town.
This is an acclimatisation day, and you’ll need to take it slowly as we make it to the amazing Salinas Grandes, a huge salt lake from which the locals harvest the salt. Your guide explains the process and there will be chances to buy some local crafts sculpted from the salt.
Back in the van, we drive to Pumamarca and its famous rainbow coloured rocks – the mountain of seven colours. A great photo opportunity. We round the day off by heading to Tilcara and our hosteria for the night.
If there is time before sunset, you can explore the ruins at the gateway to the town.
We have the morning free to explore the town of Tilcara. Attractions include La Plaza Grande, La Plaza Chica, the church – and the Pucará de Tilcara ruins if you didn’t have time to visit the previous evening.
In the afternoon we stretch the legs with a short walk to the Devil’s Throat. From Tilcara, we pick up a path and walking along an old Kolla path to an outstanding viewpoint. We can walk for 2-4 hours, depending on your pace and desires.
We return to our hosteria for the night.
As the sun rises and quickly warms Tilcara, we join the locals and hop on the bus to Iruya.
This feels like a timeless town. The small church perches at the end of tiny cobbled streets, overlooking the river and valley below. This is a quiet town, and we will help you make the most of your time here, exploring the nooks and crannies.
We push on to Humahuaca where we spend the night at a hosteria.
After breakfast in Humahuaca, we take a bus to the small town of Uquía.
We visit the church of San Francisco de Paula. Its altar was laminated in gold by the Jesuits in 1691 – the year in which the church was built – and its interior is adorned with the pictures of the brought ‘arcabuceros angels’, which were brought to La Quiaca from Cuzco.
Time for a quick leg stretch on a lovely walk through some stunningly coloured rocks. We are heading to La Quebrada de las Señoritas o Yacoraite, where the intense red rock formations form homes for some amazing fossils.
This area is well known for its historical remains. Remains of some of the last great mammals that inhabited the Earth, like milodon, a giant sloth-type creature, can be found here.
Back in Uquía, we head to a farm where vicuñas are raised and an old hydraulic mill to get an idea of how people worked and survived in this region.
We return to our hosteria at Humahuaca.
Leaving Humahuaca, we cross “Peña Blanca”, on the eastern border of the Quebrada of Humahuaca.
Here we begin our tour of the ‘colourful towns and quebradas’ of this region. The enormous plains of the Cocataca Valley were once one of the main Inca agricultural sites. After walking around the valley, we take our lunch in a homely restaurant.
The afternoon is spent walking for 2-3 hours, looking at ancient paintings on the rocks on Cerro Negro. As well as the paintings, from here the views are spectacular, looking down and over the valley.
Our explorations continue in the vehicle, as we climb to 4,200m, passing through the towns of Valiaso and Pucará, until we reach the Serrania of Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara Hills). Last stop is the viewpoint at Cerro Horconal, with beautiful views over the Abra de Zenta (plains), before we get back to our hosteria for 19.00 (approx).
This morning we climb into our minibus and head to the Quebrada de Sapagua.
After exploring the area, we continue to the small community of the Hornaditas. A local family opens the door of their home to us, and we can get a taste of life in the region.
Our final destination is the hosteria in Humahuaca, where the evening is free to explore.
We wake early and head to the Bolivian border at La Quiaca, the northernmost corner of Argentina.
We cross the border, and head to Villazon and its train station to catch the service to Uyuni, the gateway to the Salar de Uyuni. We spend the night here, in a hosteria.
We leave Uyuni at about 11.00 and head north, 20km or so, to Colchani. This small village exists only because of the exploitation and refinery of the salt.
We walk through the town, seeing how the salt is extracted, visiting the craft stores and salt hotels.
We head to the Isla Lomo Pescado, where we can spot enormous cacti and get an outstanding panoramic.
Here, we have our lunch and then continue walking to Chuvica, where we spend the night in a basic and rustic refuge.
After breakfast we visit the amazing lagoons of the Salar: Cañapa, Hedionda and Ramadita.
We continue through the desert of Siloli to see the Tree of Stone – an enormous rock carved into an outlandish shape by the winds that can whip through the area.
Next up is Laguna Colorada where we may be lucky to see some pink flamingos and other Andean fauna such as vicuña, suri or andean ñandú.
After a great day on the Salar, we spend the night at another basic refuge.
An early start today – up at 05.00.
We want to get to the Geysers early so we can see the impressive display of volcanic steam spewing from the earth, and see the thermal waters. The rock formations in this region are outstanding, formed by thousands of years of erosion.
The early start means we can reach Laguna Verde by 11.00. This lagoon is famed for the way it changes colour between 11.00 and 12.00, and we aim to be there for that display.
Our last sight is Laguna Blanca, after which we cross the border to Chile.
We have a new vehicle waiting for us in Chile, and we had to San Pedro de Atacama, the desert town and we head to our hosteria
Today we float in salty lakes!
We visit two lagoons in the northern sector of the Atacama salt flats, some 30km away from San Pedro de Atacama.
The first lagoon we encounter is Laguna Cejar, with its intense emerald colour and borders crystallized by salt. Here you can jump in and enjoy the levitating effect of the salt-rich water, which makes you float easily – a very relaxing experience.
After the float-athon, we reach Tebinquinche lagoon. Here we can see some flamingos, foxes and a variety of birds.
We return to our hosteria at San Pedro de Atacama.
A chance to stretch the legs today. We aim to walk up Las Cornisas (Cornices), which takes us to the highest part of the salt mountain chain.
We drive to the starting point, the old tunnel to Calama, built in 1930. We start at the Catarpe Valley, going up to the salt mountain to some outstanding viewpoints – you can appreciate the magnitude of Salar de Atacama, San Pedro de Atacama and the Andes.
After the half day trek (3-4 hours), we return to San Pedro de Atacama for some free time. Hosteria
Early in the morning we say goodbye to San Pedro de Atacama and take a public bus across the Andes and enter Argentina.
This a stunning trip over Paso de Jama (at 4,200m/13,780ft) until we reach Salta once more, and our hosteria.
After breakfast you are taken to the airport / bus staion, or you can extend your trip.
Bilingual guide (Spanish – English), accommodation as listed, 15 breakfasts, 6 box-lunch / lunches, 2 dinners, transfers, buses, trains as listed.
Flights (we can look for these for you), airport taxes, insurance, entrances to National Parks (USD 70-80pp in total, approx), tips, alcoholic or soft drinks, personal items.
We use hostal type accommodation in towns and cities, with hot showers and private bathrooms. Some hostals have shared bathrooms.
Salar de Uyuni – we use hotels made of salt with private rooms and bathrooms – these are more basic.
You will meet bilingual, English-speaking guides as you move around from site to site (tour leader available at extra cost).
They are qualified Argentinian/Bolivian/Chilean guides and will bring provide you with all the local timings and information.
Vegetarians and many other dietary requirements are catered for without problems. Please let us know in advance of any requirements you have.
Towns and cities
In Argentina, red wine, BBQs, meat and pizzas/pasta feature heavily in restaurants. Food and drink culture here is very strong.
In Bolivia, there are a wide variety of eateries in towns and cities, from chicken and chips or burgers to more traditional fare. Quinoa, rice, potatoes and meats all feature heavily, as do soups.
In Chile, there is a lot more seafood plus a lot more influence from the rest of South America and the world. There are many fine dining and wine options in Chile.
Salar de Uyuni
Meals are provided at hotels – breakfasts usually involve hot drinks, coffee, juice, toast, eggs and fruits. Lunch will either be sandwiches and snacks (if on the road) or a soup with a main meal of rice/pasta.
Dinner usually consists of a soup to start and then a main of rice, pasta, mashed potato etc. Note that Uyuni remains a very remote area and sometimes choice is limited.
There is no strenuous activity, but much of this tour takes place at high altitude.
We build in acclimatisation and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the trip. Several days involve half or full day tours and so you need to be comfortable with being on your feet and walking around for several hours.
There are some 4-6 hour overland journeys.
Land-locked Bolivia is a country of dramatic landscapes and fascinating native cultures and traditions.
The Altiplano or “High Plain”, averaging 3,800m, is its most populous region. The vast, luminous plateau is flanked to east and west by parallel Andean ranges.
La Paz, the world’s highest capital, lies in a deep canyon at the edge of the Altiplano, and at the foot of Illimani (6,400m). It is a striking city for its dramatic setting and its strong Indian character.
Lake Titicaca is the world’s highest navigable lake. It was sacred to the Incas; according to legend, their founding emperor-gods rose from these waters to give birth to their empire. Just south of the lake stands the sacred pre-Inca site of Tiahuanaco.
On the south-western Altiplano are the Uyuni Salt Flats, the largest in the world. Here, the shimmering white salt pan and deep blue sky combine to create a truly magical spectacle.
The stunning Cordillera Real is a mountain range dominated by huge snow peaks, including Illimani and Illampu (6,380m). The Real divides the northern Altiplano from the tropical forests to the east. The Cordillera Real’s eastern slopes are characterized by the deep, sub-tropical Yungas gorges.
Further south, the tropical Chapare is the agricultural heart of Bolivia. East of this band of high forests and plantations lies Bolivia’s Oriente, a vast swathe of Amazonian jungle and savanna accounting for 2/3 of the country and featuring some of the last untouched wilderness on earth.
In the north-eastern Department of Beni, some 50% of the country’s mammals and birds reside. Below, and in no special order, we outline some of the top places to go and things to do.
Bolivia lies within the tropics, between latitudes 10º and 22º south. The climate, as varied as its geography, is affected by latitude and, especially, by altitude.
The best time to travel is the winter (dry season) between May and Oct when, typically, weather systems over the Andes are stable, and overall you can expect bright sunny days and cold clear nights. Most of the rain falls from Dec to March. Climate can be divided into these distinct zones:
The Andes and the Altiplano
There is relatively little precipitation on the Altiplano, especially in the dry season – most rainfall is from Dec to March. However, there is periodical, localised rain on high peaks and valleys all year round.
The further south and west you go on the Altiplano, the drier are the conditions; around Uyuni, semi-arid conditions prevail. The Andean sun’s rays are very strong.
Temperature-wise, the Andes and Altiplano experience significant fluctuations over a single day. At 4,000m, the pre-dawn temperature can drop to -15ºC, while noon temperatures at the same location can reach 20ºC.
Southerly cold winds mean the southern Altiplano is not only drier, but also noticeably colder and windier than the north (pre-dawn temperatures at Uyuni in July regularly drop to -20ºC).
On treks in the Cordillera Real in the dry season, expect a range of conditions within a single day: cold/freezing nights at camps above 4,000m (where pre-dawn temperatures sometimes reach -15ºC); warm, spring-like mornings and afternoons; and cold evenings. Conditions are generally dry, but note that mountain weather is fickle and localised, and precipitation is not unusual in the dry season.
Expect temperatures to swing between sun and shade, sheltered and exposed ground and with altitude gain and loss. A quick-setting sun means temperatures drop fast.
The city of La Paz (3,630m) is relatively sheltered. Average high/low temperatures range from 1-17ºC in June and July (coldest months) to 6-19ºC in Nov and Dec (warmest months). In June and July, it rarely rains more than 1 or 2 days per month, while in January there are on average 15 wet days.
The tropical lowlands & yunga (Amazon)
Year-round, weather conditions in the Amazon basin are hot and humid and always with the chance of rain.
There is a ‘cooler’, drier winter season between May and October. During this ‘dry season’, the average daytime high temperature is between 25-31°C and the average nighttime low is between 16-22°C.
In the dry season, heavy downpours typically occur every few days.
Note that around 80% of annual average rainfall – approx 2,000 mm in Bolivia’s northern lowlands – occurs in the wet season, Nov-April.
On rare occasions, between May and September, cold fronts from Argentina – surazos – can sweep into southwest Amazonia and push temperatures down to 9°C. (Surazos usually last between 1 and 3 days).
The Yungas shares the same dry/wet months but varies from quite wet to very wet depending on whether it is the ‘dry’ or rainy season. Average temperature is 24°C.
British nationals do not need a visa for Bolivia. You will also need a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining validity.
Non-UK citizens are advised to contact their Embassy for up-to-date visa advice.
We strongly suggest that everyone planning to travel to Bolivia visits their local doctor/travel clinic prior to departure for the latest vaccination information.
Malaria risk is present throughout the year in Bolivia’s Amazon areas.
Malaria risk also present in all areas below 2,500m and in the departments of Santa Cruz, northern Beni and Pando, especially in the localities of Guayaramerin and Riberalta.
Good kit is vital for every trip.
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Bolivia has an incredibly local and varied set of weather systems, which means you need to be prepared for almost every eventuality.
When planning for these changeable climatic conditions you will encounter across Bolivia, layering is the most practical and versatile clothing system.
The sun is very strong throughout the country, so good sun cream, a hat and sunglasses are vital.
It can also get very cold at night time especially in the mountains and in cities like La Paz. Jumpers, fleeces and warms hats – which you can buy there – are also essential.
It can rain at any time, so always have a poncho/waterproof jacket handy.
Give plenty of thought to kit selection, and try to keep weight down.
Below is a more detailed guide.
Detailed kit list
Official name: Republic of Bolivia
Country population: 10,700,000
Capital city: Sucre (1.6 million)
Largest cities: Santa Cruz, La Paz, Cochabamba, El Alto, Sucre
Languages: Spanish (official), Quechua (official), Aymará (official)
Latitude/Longitude: 17º S, 65º W
Official currency: Boliviano
Major industries: Mining, gas, tin, textiles
Time zone: GMT-4
Being at altitude, especially in the tropics, is usually a pleasure as it isn’t so hot, there are few insects and the air is clear.
However, when gaining altitude, air pressure drops and the amount of oxygen reaching the lungs is reduced. Although we build plenty of acclimatisation time into our itineraries, certain ill-effects are possible. Nevertheless, all of these can be minimised or prevented if care is taken.
On reaching heights above 2,500m (approx. 8,200 ft), especially when ascent has been straight from sea level, heart pounding, mild headache and shortness of breath are normal, especially on exertion.
Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is a syndrome known locally as soroche, whose symptoms can include of bad headache, dizziness and nausea).
To avoid AMS, you should:
Festival: Carnaval de Oruro
Culture, dances and music.
Festival: Festival de la música Barroca
Baroque Music Festival
Location: Santa Cruz Missions
Festival: Entrada del Gran Poder
Religious festival – culture, mass dance
Location: La Paz
End of June
Religious festival – culture, mass dance parades
Festival: Fiesta virgen de Urkupina
Location: Quillacollo, Cochabamba
Andean Trails can book all your international and domestic flights for this trip and for UK passengers; we have full ATOL bonding and can book flights with most airlines.
International flight prices are variable and usually can only be guaranteed at the time of booking. If you would like to upgrade to business or first class, or even arrive at an earlier date/depart at a later date we can also arrange this for you.
Typically, you fly to a country’s capital city and then overnight there or make a connecting flight (if available) to your next destination.
Please contact us for flight advice especially if you do make a connection on the same day. It is important to purchase a through ticket and not separate tickets for connections, so that you are covered for any delays. Passengers with separate tickets that are delayed run the risk of having to buy an entirely new ticket to continue their journeys.
Please note all airline schedules are subject to change and are out of our control.
Almost all flight tickets are now e-tickets. Any that are not will be handed to you on arrival in South America – this is most common for flights on smaller planes in Amazon areas such as Guyana/Bolivia.
The final travel instructions we send you some 2-3 weeks before departure will list the latest flight times, flight numbers etc as well as list your e-ticket numbers and booking reference code (6 characters i.e. GB75RK). This is what you will need to check in with.
How do I check in?
Depending on the airline, we can reserve some seats for you at the time of booking your international flights with us.
If we cannot reserve seats at the time of booking, you have to wait for online check in to open (usually 24-72 hours before departure).
To check in online you will need to go to the website of the airline you are travelling with, and have your e-ticket number/booking reference to hand. Click check in online, enter your details, and choose your seat.
Some flights will allocate seats at the check in desk at the airport and some may not allocate seats at all.
Help flying via the USA (ESTA form).
The United States (USA) has an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) which all travellers to and via the USA must complete BEFORE travel to/via its airports and shores.
More information can be found on their ESTA website.
Passengers who have not completed the form will be denied boarding.
Before you begin this application, make sure that you have a valid passport and credit card available.
This application will only accept the following credit cards: MasterCard, VISA, American Express, and Discover (JCB, Diners Club).
Andean Trails has two decades of experience of dealing with South America holidays.
We pay a fee to the CAA for every licensable passenger we book since we hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the CAA will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance booking.
We also offer ATOL (Civil Aviation Authority) protected holidays to give our customers peace of mind when booking and travelling.
When you buy an ATOL protected air holiday package from Andean Trails Ltd you will receive a Confirmation Invoice from us confirming your arrangements and your protection under our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence number 6275.
You can read more about ATOL, who is covered and what protections you have if not ATOL-covered, on our ATOL page.
What is ATOL?
The CAA’s ATOL scheme offers protection to your money and your holiday if you book with us. Not everybody is covered (see ‘Who is covered?’ for more), as you must purchase an ‘air package holiday’ with Andean Trails to be protected.
And ‘air package holiday’ is defined as including a flight and some ground services (hotel, transfer, trek etc). This is also known as an ‘ATOL-protected holiday’.
Who is covered?
To be covered by ATOL, you must book a flight and some ground services with us and be from the UK. If you are from the UK and only book ground services and no flights, you are not covered by ATOL (see below for more on how non-ATOL clients are covered).
If you are outside the UK and buy flights with us, you will be ATOL protected IF any of the flights booked with Andean Trails touches/stops in the UK at any point during your holiday package booked with us.
If you buy your flights elsewhere, please check with that agent if you are ATOL protected. Be careful with online flight purchases and make sure you know what protection you have, if any, before paying for flights.
Not all holiday or travel services offered and sold by us will be protected by the ATOL scheme. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking.
For land only holidays not involving any air travel, in accordance with “The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992”, all UK passengers booking with Andean Trails Ltd. are fully protected for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all money paid to us, arising from cancellation or curtailment of travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Andean Trails.
I’m not ATOL covered, what protection do I have?
If you are not ATOL covered, any payments you make to us go to a Trust account.
We can only access this money once your tour has been completed, meaning that if anything happens to Andean Trails Limited while you are on holiday, then your money is secure and you can either complete the trip or be able to make it home.
If you pay for your holiday with a credit card, some offer payment protection – please check with your cardholder.
You also should have cancellation protection written into your insurance (which we recommend you have at the time of booking) in case you need to cancel.
Bolivia is generally safe, but crime is not unknown and travellers should take the precautions they would anywhere else, especially:
Don’t forget to read our blog about Bolivian food.
Starters & snacks
Salteña Hot beef or chicken pasties containing egg, a black olive and lots of gravy. Can be muy picante, medio picante or poco picante (very, quite or not very hot).
Empanada Cheese pasty.
Chairo A La Paz Soup with meat, veg, chuño and aji. Locals add llajua or halpahuayca, hot sauces set on the table.
Locro A tropical soup with rice, beef jerky or chicken, banana, potato and egg.
Anticucho Beef heart kebab on a skewer with boiled potato.
Palta reina Avocado filled with chicken salad.
Tamal or humita Ground maize steamed in banana or maize leaves, filled with meat or cheese; sometimes they are served sweet, with sugar instead of meat.
Thimpu A lamb soup/stew.
Plato paceño Fried cheese, potato, broad beans, corn & hot llajua sauce.
Sajta de pollo Hot spicy chicken with onion, potato and chuño.
Silpancho Fried breaded meat with rice, egg and banana.
Chicharron Deep fried pork.
Churrasco and Lomo Fillet or rump steak.
Parrillada Mixed grill
Pollo con papas Chicken and chips
Pejerrey White fish from Lake Titicaca
Keke or torta Cake
Singani Grape brandy. Bolivian national drink.
Chuflay Singani and 7 Up.
Chicha Fermented maize beer. Drunk mainly in rural areas of the Valleys around Cochabamba.
Cerveza Beer. Mainly lager, which is very popular. There are several regional brands such as Paceña.
Vino Wine. The best Bolivian wines are from Tarija. Some are very good, including La Concepcion. Good Chilean wines available locally include Undurraga and Casillero del Diablo. Wine is available in smarter restaurants and is served by the bottle (botella) and sometimes by the glass (copa).
Vino tinto Red wine.
Vino blanco White wine.
Agua mineral Mineral water, which is mainly drunk by foreigners so not usually available in rural areas. You will need to specify con gas (carbonated) or sin gas (non-carbonated)
Api A thick, hot drink made from red maize, cinnamon, cloves and lemon, served at dawn on the roadside – delicious and warming.
Mate Herbal tea, which has become very popular. The best known is mate de coca, which is often served to tourists on arrival in La Paz to ward off symptoms of altitude sickness. Many other herbal teas such as manzanilla (camomile), yerba luisa (lemon grass), yerba buena (mint), and inojo (dill) are available. Mate is usually served after lunch.
Jugos Juices. In the tropics, fruit juices such as carambola (star fruit) and tamarindo (tamarind) are delicious.
Currency & Money Exchange
Bolivia’s monetary unit is the “Bolivian Bolíviano”.
Most of your transactions will be in Bolivianos, but US dollars are often accepted, too, if they are small denomination, unmarked and undamaged bills. Try to take 5s, 10s and 20s.
ATM debit/credit cards are now increasingly used in major restaurants, hotels and shops (with fees), and there are ATM (‘hole-in-the-wall’) machines widely available in major towns and cities.
In rural areas, make sure you stock up on reserves of Bolívianos before you go. Payments are most likely to be in cash and in the local currency.
When changing money, don’t change with street changers (cambistas). Use a bank or casa de cambio (bureau de change). Ask for ‘billetes chicos’ (small notes, i.e. 10/20/50 bolíviano notes) as obtaining change outside towns and cities can be difficult. Count your bolívianos carefully before handing over your US dollars, and look out for forged notes.
Exchange rate: USD 1 = 7 Bolívianos (approx.), June 2018.
Eating and drinking
Major towns and cities have a wide variety of food available.
There are a few top-end restaurants in La Paz, Sucre and Santa Cruz, where you can easily spend more than USD 70pp upwards on food and wine.
Prices vary greatly, below is a rough guide to what you can expect to pay in Bolivia.
Beer/soft drink: USD 2
Menu del dia: USD 2-5
Coffee: USD 1
Tourist style restaurant
Beer/soft drink: USD 2-3
Main dish: USD 7 upwards
Coffee: USD 2
Tipping is entirely voluntary and how much you give depends on how you feel about the service you have received.
For background, Bolivia has a minimum salary of around USD 200 monthly for a 6 day 48 hour week. However in many of the lower paid jobs (eg waiters, porters etc) this is not always enforced.
This is a rough guideline, based on an approx. rate of USD 1 = Bolivianos 7 (Bs).
220 volts (110v in some hotels), 50 Hz.
Most cameras, phones and computers are dual or multi voltage and probably won’t need a convertor – please check before leaving.
Some items you may bring, such as hairdryers, may need a convertor. They may short if you use them without the correct convertor.
Bolivia mainly uses two-pin, round-prong Type C plugs, but a few flat-pronged Type A plugs can still be found.
Type C plug
Type A plug
The international code for Bolivia is +591.
Regions have dialling codes:
2 – La Paz, Uyuni, Potosí
3 – Santa Cruz, Pando, Beni
4 – Cochabamba, Sucre
Bolivia’s landlines have 7 digits. To call landline-landline in the same city, simply dial the 7 digit code, e.g. 1234567
If calling landline to another regional landline, dial 010, then the regional code minus its 0. e.g. 010 2 1234567 for La Paz.
If using your own mobile phone to call a landline, dial the country code, the regional code without the 0, and then the number, e.g. +591 2 1234567.
Mobiles have 8 digits. Confusingly, each mobile network operator has a dialling code, between 010 and 021.
If you are dialling Bolivian mobile to mobile in the same city, just dial the 8 digits e.g. 1234-5678.
If you are dialling to a mobile in another region, then dial the network operator code (not the regional code) then the number e.g. 010 1234-5678.
If using your own mobile phone to call a Bolivian mobile, dial the country code, then the 8 digit nunber e.g. +591 12345678.
If taking a mobile phone with you, check roaming rates with your operator before leaving – they can be very high.
A good way to avoid expensive charges is to bring own unlocked tri- or quad-band phone to Bolivia and then buy an inexpensive SIM chip with a local number. These are available in many kiosks and locutorios and offer ability to make cheap calls as well as affordable data for the internet.
You will also find touts in streets offering cheap phone calls to local numbers from mobile phones they carry.
There are lots of coin-operated public phones for making local calls, too.
Most hotels, cafes, restaurants and airports offer free and generally good Wi-Fi.
There are also a lot of ‘locutorios’ (internet cafes) in towns and cities. You can often make cheap calls home from here, use faxes etc.
Skype and other internet-based phone systems are also good ways to contact home.
More rural areas have slower connections – possibly satellite – look for Entel offices.
Ecobol is the national postal service.
Learning a few words of Spanish can really ingratiate you with the locals you’ll encounter, adding to the enjoyment of your holiday.
Below are some basics to get you started.
Good morning Buenos días
How are you? ¿Cómo estás?
Good afternoon Buenas tardes
Good bye Adiós
Most frequently asked questions (theirs):
Where are you (plural) from? ¿De dónde eres (son)?
What time is it? ¿Qué hora es?
Where have you come from? ¿De dónde vienes?
Give me (frequent, unwelcome question) Dáme / regálame
Most frequent questions (yours):
How much is it? ¿Cuánto vale?
What is this place called? ¿Cómo se llama este lugar?
What’s your name? ¿Cómo te llamas?
Do you have a map? ¿Tienes un mapa?
In the street / places:
Where can I find a currency exchange? ¿Dónde encuentro una casa de cambio?
Where is there a cash machine? ¿Dónde hay un cajero automatico?
Where is the underground/subway station? ¿Dónde esta la estacion de metro/subte(Buenos Aires)?
Where can I find a taxi? ¿Dónde puedo encontrar un taxi?
Where can I find a Supermarket? ¿Dónde puedo encontrar un supermercado?
Where is the hospital? ¿Dónde esta el hospital?
Where can I find a restaurant? ¿Dónde puedo encontrar un restaurante?
In the hotel:
What floor am I on? ¿En qué piso estoy?
Where are the elevators/lifts? ¿Dónde están los ascensores?
How do I access the Internet? ¿Cómo puedo acceder a Internet?
How do I call for room service? ¿Cómo llamo para el servicio de habitación?
How do I call down to the front desk? ¿Cómo llamo a la recepción?
In the restaurant:
A table for two/four please Una mesa para dos/cuatro, porfavor
I would like to drink… Me gustaria tomar….
May I see a menu? Puedo ver la carta/menu?
I would like to order.. Me gustaria pedir…
Can you bring me the check/bill please. Me trae la cuenta por favor
I need help. Necesito ayuda.
I have lost my passport. He perdido mi pasaporte.
Someone stole my money. Alguien robó mi dinero
I have been robbed. Me han robado
I need to call the police. Necesito llamar a la policía
I need to call the (country) Embassy Necesito llamar a la embajada de (country)
Andean Trails believes in Responsible Travel and actively supports several community projects.
Please see Our Advice and Our Ethos for more, and learn about the Projects We Support.
We operate the Inca Trail, our treks and tours with local firms.
We make sure that on our tours and Inca Trail we employ local staff, who are paid fair wages.
With the Inca Trail, We provide free life insurance to all of our porters. Tented accommodation and meals are provided for all trekking staff as well as foam mats, sleeping bags and rain ponchos. We have also provided the staff with trekking shoes. We ensure our porters carry a maximum of only 20kg. We offer them backpacks and they generally use back supports.
Clean burning fuel is used to cook the meals on the Inca Trail and porters carry gas stoves and butane bottles. We use biodegradable detergents when washing the cooking and eating utensils. If any part of our tour or trek is operated by another company, we try to ensure that high standards are maintained.
Our additional support helps the Huchuy Yachaq project which supports children and families in one of the poorest communities in the district of Cusco.
Responsible Tourism – Code of Conduct:
All our activities are governed by our respect for the environment and the people who live in it. We aim to make a positive impact both in the UK and in the Andean countries we work in (Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina).
We agree with the principals of sustainable development and specifically promote environmentally aware tourism in the Andean countries, in order to preserve the heritage of the people who live there and to help protect their environment.
In the UK we use recycled paper where possible, recycle what we can and attempt to keep waste to an absolute minimum.
Throughout South America we work together with local people, paying them a fair price, and putting money into the local economy. We do this by using local agents, local trek staff and experienced and qualified local mountain and cultural guides who have an in-depth knowledge of their own country. Our porters on the Inca Trail are fairly paid, carry a maximum load of 20kg and are supplied with tents and food. In other areas we use donkeys or horses to carry loads.
We use locally owned services such as hotels and restaurants, wherever possible. We buy fresh local produce for all of our treks from markets in each departure town. We use public transport whenever possible and feasible.
We have ongoing contact with the teams that we work with and also with local families in the areas we trek through, developing relationships with them and donating goods such as clothes and shoes to their communities, through appropriate local agencies. We also support local Peruvian charities, specifically NIÑOS in Cusco, and CARE in the Huaraz area, plus Huchuy Yachaq.
If you have any suitable (warm) clothes and shoes that you would like to donate to Peruvian children please take them with you and give them to your tour leader, who will ensure they go to a suitable organization.
When out on tour we encourage learning about the countries we travel in, the local culture of the teams we work with and the areas we pass through. Our guides hold informal talks with groups to inform about and discuss with them all aspects of local life. This helps understanding of the area and appreciation of the people who live there.
Our group sizes are kept to a maximum of 16 people, and we encourage smaller groups where possible. This minimises the negative impact we make on the local people, the wildlife and the environment, and increases the quality time spent in contact with the local people and environment.
When trekking we adhere to a responsible tourism code of practice and are also involved in ongoing training of our trek staff.
A full Health and Safety document will be sent to you at the time of booking and before you travel.
You can also read it on our website, or contact us for more information.
It is a condition of booking any of our holidays that you have comprehensive travel insurance to cover you for trip cancellation (by you), activities involved and destination. This cover should include repatriation costs, air ambulance and helicopter rescue.
We work with Travel Nomads, who offer insurance solutions to people in more than 140 countries across the world.
Should you decide not to purchase this insurance, you must provide us with details of your alternative insurance with or before your final payment.
Many of our tours travel through remote areas.
We believe our clients should be aware that the remoteness of some of our tours so very special could also cause certain problems.
Thus, whilst we endeavour to minimise the chances of anything unexpected happening, it has to be noted that no itinerary can or should be rigidly adhered to.
This is the very nature of adventure travel and we expect our clients to be prepared for delays and slight alterations in our programmed events.
Chile is the land of contrasts, from verdant vineyards to driest desert, deep fjords and towering glaciated volcanoes.
A narrow but incredibly long, snake-like country, Chile’s unusual geography features more than 5,000km of South Pacific Ocean coast. The country is almost 4,400km long but barely more than 160km at its widest.
It is best divided into general regions, all of which offer spectacular landscapes and identities of their own.
This variety means Chile is the land where almost every activity is possible. Hiking, biking, rafting and kayaking.
Or climbing, cruising, fishing, horse riding, wine tasting.
Or simply eating great food, relaxing and exploring.
Festival: Festival de la Cancion Viña del Mar
International song festival
Location: Viña del Mar
1st two weeks of February
Culture, dance, music, song , sport
Location: Easter Island
Festival: Carnaval de Invierno
Street parade with floats celebrating mid winter
Location: Punta Arenas
Festival: Fiesta de La Tirana
Religious festival – culture, mass dance parades
Location: La Tirana, Atacama
Independence day – celebration of Chilean culture – various activities
Location: Country wide
The international code for Chile is +56.
Regions have dialling codes.
Not all smartphones will work in Chile, it’s best to check with your operator before you arrive. Roaming charges may be high – again, best to check.
Chile’s landlines have 7 digits, apart from Santiago where they have 8 digits.
To call landline-landline in the same city, add the regional code and then the 7 or 8 digit number, e.g. Arica code is 58, to dial Arica-Arica, dial 58 – 1234567.
If calling landline to another regional landline/city, dial the area code (61=Puerto Natales) but eliminate the 0 e.g. dial 61 1234567.
If using your own mobile phone to call a landline, dial the country code, the regional/city code without the 0, and then the number, e.g. for Puerto Natales +56 61 1234567.
Mobiles have 8 digits.
If you are dialling a Chilean mobile from a Chilean landline, add 9 to the number, e.g. 9 1234-5678.
If using your own mobile phone to call a Chilean mobile, dial the country code, then a 9, then the 8 digit number e.g. +56 9 1234-5678.
If you wish call an Argentina mobile while you are in Chile, dial 9, then the area code without the 0, then the number (leaving out the 15 which most Argentine mobiles start with).
e.g. for Buenos Aires mobile 15 1234-5678
Dial: +54 9 11 1234-5678 (Buenos Aires code = 11).
Most hotels, cafes, restaurants and airports offer free and generally good Wi-Fi. In some towns and cities, main plazas have free, public Wi-Fi.
Internet cafes are slowly disappearing, but most towns and cities will have some in the main centres.
Head to the state-owned Correos de Chile for postal services.
Read our blogs about food to try in Chile and restaurants in Santiago.
Main dishes (meat)
Cazuela de ave Stew of chicken, potato, rice, onion and green pepper.
Valdiviano Stew with beef, onion, potato and egg.
Empanadas de pino Pasties filled with chopped meat, onion and peppers, raisins black olives and hard-boiled egg.
Pastel de choclo Meat casserole topped with maize mash.
Humitas Mashed corn baked in corn leaves.
Prieta Blood sausage.
Parrillada/Asado Mixed grill served from charcoal brazier.
Bistek a lo pobre Steak topped with fried egg and accompanied by chips (French fries) and onion.
Curanto Meat, shellfish and potato stew, typical in Chiloe.
Paila Chonchi Like a bouillabaisse, but with more body and flavour.
Ceviche de pescado/mariscos Marinated fish/shellfish.
Congrio/Caldillo de congrio Conger eel/ Soup served with big piece of conger, onion and potato balls.
Corvina Sea bass.
Machas Razor clams.
Picoroco Sea barnacles.
Cochayuyo Dried seaweed sold in bundles.
Luche Dried seaweed sold in flaky blocks.
Completo Hot dogs with a huge variety of fillings, including avocado (palta).
Barros jarpa Grilled cheese and ham sandwich.
Barros luca Grilled cheese & beef sandwich.
Vino (tinto / blanco) Wine (red / white). Chilean wines are excellent.
Cerveza Mainly lager-style beer. In bars, often served with a snack, e.g. peanuts.
Pisco Grape brandy.
Pisco sour Pisco cocktail, with green lemon juice, egg white and sugar.
Manzanilla Local liqueur.
Vaina Mixture of brandy, egg and sugar.
Chicha Any alcoholic drink made from fruit. Cider = chicha de manzana.
Mote con huesillo Drink made from wheat and dried peaches. Very popular in Santiago in summer.
Trekking heaven. Paine National Park lies in Patagonia and features some of the best trekking in South America. With no altitude worries here, hikers enjoy an unrivalled mix of access to wild flora and fauna that exists in this massif. It is at once windswept, and then balmy. Paine National Park is a must see for walkers visiting South America.
Northern Patagonia is the least densely populated part of the country – spectacular virgin scenery make this a hidden gem and superb area for trekking, boating and horse riding.
And that’s before you think about possibly cruising through fjords, or kayaking them, flying to Antartica or staying at a working hacienda.
Iconic, Easter Island is an archaeological treasure. Here you will find the famous Moai stone statues, as well as caves and rocks decorated with etched petroglyphs and painted pictographs.
Northern Chile features the Atacama, the driest desert with the clearest skies in the world, is alive with active volcanoes replete with spitting geysers mixed with archaeological wonders and fantastic rock formations.
Central Chile is the heart of Chile and includes the capital Santiago. With its Mediterranean climate of hot dry summers and mild wet winters, this central valley produces some of South America’s finest wines, Colchagua Valley to name but one.
Here, the Andean mountain chain soars more than 6,000m above sea level. Chile’s traditional symbols such as huaso (cowboy) and cueca (national dance) originate here, an area which is rich in agriculture and produces most of Chile’s export fruit.
In winter, skiers are attracted to this tasting the promise of some fabulous snow on the huge peaks which overlook Santiago.
Southern Chile and the Lake District
Lush and verdant, The Lake District area is the place to climb snow-capped volcanoes by day while relaxing next to stunning glacial lakes by evening. You can walk, bike, raft, cruise and drive your way around this beautiful region.
Central, southern and Patagonia Andes all present different challenges to mountaineers and trekkers. Options are varied in the central Andes with many of the Patagonian peaks remaining unexplored and unsummitted.
Chile’s monetary unit is the “Chilean Peso”.
Most businesses (unless a tourist shop/restaurant) will only accept Chilean pesos. Note that the Peso comes in very high denominations (see below), so you’ll need to get used to very big numbers on bills that are not worth very much.
ATM debit/credit cards are widely used in major restaurants, hotels and shops (with fees). There are plenty of ATMS (hole-in-the-wall) cash machines throughout the country, however check with your bank to see if there is a daily maximum you may withdraw.
If you do take foreign currency to change take US dollars. These should be new notes, or at least unmarked and undamaged notes, in smaller denominations of 10s, 20s and maybe some 50s. Do not take USD 100 bills as they are unlikely to be accepted.
Exchange rate: USD 1 = 630 Chilean Peso (approx.), June 2018.
Peso banknotes: 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000 pesos
Peso coins: 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, 500 pesos
Don’t forget to read out tipping guide for Chile.
Chile has a wide range of high quality international and national cuisine and wine.
There are more and more top-end restaurants almost everywhere, and you can easily spend USD 100pp and more on meals.
Prices vary greatly, below is a rough guide to what you can expect to pay in Chile.
Beer/soft drink: USD 3
Menu del dia: USD 10-15
Coffee: USD 2
Bottle of wine: From USD 10 upwards
Beer/soft drink: USD 2-4
Main dish: USD 15 upwards
Bottle of wine: From USD 20 upwards
Most sockets in Chile take the two pin, round-pronged Type C plug show below, and also the three-pronged Type L plug.
Type L plug
Official name: Republic of Chile
Country population: 17,000,000
Capital city: Santiago (6 million)
Largest cities: Santiago, Concepcion, Valparaiso
Languages: Spanish (official)
Official currency: Chilean Peso
Major industries: Copper mining, agriculture, fish
Time zone: GMT-5 in winter (Mar-Sep) and GMT-4 in summer (Sep-Mar)
Chile is a relatively safe country, but we still recommend that in large towns and cities you take certain precautions (see below).
Chile is, overall, among the safest countries in South America.
However, in Santiago, muggings and opportunistic crime – although not common – do occur. We suggest that you take the following precautions:
This is a rough guideline:
We strongly suggest that everyone planning to travel to Chile visits their local doctor/travel clinic prior to departure for the latest vaccination information.
UK and USA citizens do not require a visa to enter Chile as a tourist.
Please ensure your passport has at least six months remaining validity.
On presentation of a valid UK or USA passport you will be granted a 90-day stay in the country. Please keep the tourist card you are given safe – you need this to leave the country.
Australians have to pay a reciprocity fee if they enter Chile at Santiago International airport. You can pay for this in cash on arrival.
All non-UK nationals should check with their nearest Argentine consulates for the latest visa and fee information.
All requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure.
To call Argentina from abroad, or using your mobile phone in Argentina, follow these steps.
Example number: Buenos Aires (0)11 1234-5678, you would dial:
Argentina mobiles start with the number 15. If using your mobile phone to call an Argentine mobile, follow these steps.
Example number: Buenos Aires mobile 15-8765-4321, you would dial:
A good way to avoid expensive charges is to bring own unlocked tri- or quad-band phone to Argentina and then buy an inexpensive SIM chip with a local number. These are available in many kiosks and locutorios and offer ability to make cheap calls as well as affordable data for the internet.
Correo Argentino is the national, state-run postal service.
Read our blogs about Buenos Aires’ restaurants and the best food experiences, plus where to eat in Patagonia.
Asado Roast cooked on open fire
Parrillada Mixed grill of roast meat, offal, chorizo (spicy sausage) & morcilla (black pudding)
Churrasco Thick grilled steak
Bife de chorizo Rump steak (not to be confused with the chorizo sausage)
Bife de lomo Fillet steak
Choripan Chorizo (spicy sausage) in a bread roll
Carbonada Onions, tomatoes and minced beef
Bife a caballo Steak topped with fried egg
Arroz con pollo Rice, chicken, egg, vegetables and sauce
Puchero de gallina Chicken, sausage, maize, potatoes and squash cooked together
Empanadas Excellent pasties which come with a variety of fillings, including beef, chicken, cheese & tuna.
Milanesa de pollo Chicken escalope (good value)
Milanesa Veal escalope (good value)
Ñoquis Gnocchi potato dumplings
Locro Thick stew of maize, white beans, beef, sausage, pumpkin and herbs
Almendrado Ice cream rolled in crushed almonds
Dulce de zapallo Pumpkin in syrup (usually eaten with cheese)
Dulce de leche Very popular soft, pale fudge
Dulce de batata/membrillo Sweet potato/quince preserve (served with cheese)
Postre Balcarce Cream and meringue cake
Alfajores Very popular maize-flour biscuit sandwich, usually filled with dulce de leche or jam
Media lunas Croissants served at breakfast. Come in 2 varieties: de grasa (dry) and de Mantequilla (rich & fluffy)
Vino From cheap & cheerful upwards, Argentine wines are pretty solid
Cerveza Mainly lager-style beer. In bars, often served with a snack, e.g. peanuts.
Argentina’s neighbours are Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay to the north, Uruguay to the north east and Chile to the west. In the east Argentina has a long South Atlantic Ocean coastline.
The central region of Argentina is the rich plain known as La Pampa.
There is jungle in the extreme northeast while the southern half of Argentina is dominated by the flat to rolling plateau of Patagonia.
The western border with Chile is along the rugged Andes mountains, including Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside the Himalayas. Close to Aconcagua lies Mendoza, an area famed for its fine wine production.
The western Cuyo regions at the base of the Andes are mostly rocky desert.
Most Antarctic cruises embark and disembark in Ushuaia, at the tip of South America, allowing access to the South Pole, South Georgia and also the Falkland Islands.
Argentina’s monetary unit is the “Argentina Peso”.
Argentina has had several years of economic instability and with a previous government there were tight exchange controls. It is currently experiencing high inflation and devaluation of the currency.
These have now been relaxed so payments with debit and credit cards are widely accepted.
However, there may be controls on ATM withdrawals (possibly a max of AR 1000 / GB 50 per day and you may well be charged substantially for each withdrawal). ATMs can also be unreliable and we have had several reports of “empty” cash machines. We suggest that you have enough cash to cover your needs, especially in more remote areas.
ATM debit/credit cards are now widely used in major restaurants, hotels and shops (with fees).
Take US dollars with you (preferably new notes or at least unmarked and undamaged notes) in smaller denominations of 10s, 20s and maybe some 50s. Do not take USD 100 bills as they are unlikely to be accepted.
On arrival to Argentina , at the airport/border, exchange US dollars so that you have some local peso. Some businesses, particularly in tourist spots may accept payment in US dollars – ask first.
Exchange rate: USD 1 = 55 Argentine Peso (approx.), Sept 2019.
Peso banknotes: 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 pesos
Peso coins: 5, 10, 25, 50 centavos, 1 peso, 2 pesos
Don’t forget to read out tipping guide to Argentina.
Eating and drinking in Argentina
Argentina has a world famous culinary and wine reputation.
Prices vary greatly, below is a rough guide to what you can expect to pay in Argentina.
Beer/soft drink: USD 4
Bottle of wine: From USD 15 upwards
Beer/soft drink: USD 5-7
Main dish: USD 20 upwards
Coffee: USD 3
Argentina uses Type i (I) plugs, although some two pin, round-pronged Type C plugs can be found in older buildings and bathrooms.
Type i (I) plug
Official name: Argentine Republic Country
Capital city: Buenos Aires (11 million)
Largest cities: Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Rosario
Official currency: Argentine Peso
Major industries: Agriculture (Soy), motor vehicles, chemicals
Most of Argentina is a relatively safe country to travel around. However, we still recommend that in large towns and cities you take certain precautions (see below). Argentina is, overall, among the safest countries in South America.
However, in Buenos Aires, muggings and opportunistic crime – although not common – do occur.
In Buenos Aires and other big cities, ‘distraction muggings’ sometimes happen in quiet streets, in the daytime as well as at night. We suggest that you take the following precautions:
UK and USA citizens do not require a visa to enter Argentina as a tourist.
On presentation of a valid UK or USA passport you will be granted a 90-day stay in the country.
We strongly suggest that everyone planning to travel to Argentina visits their local doctor/travel clinic prior to departure for the latest vaccination information.
Anti-malarial protection (chloroquine) is recommended only in risk areas. Malaria risk in Argentina is low, and confined to northern rural areas along the borders with Bolivia (lowlands of Jujuy and Salta provinces) and Paraguay (lowlands of Corrientes and Misiones provinces). It is exclusively in the benign vivax form, and no risk exists in Buenos Aires or Patagonia In the UK, contact the Malaria Reference Laborator. North Americans should contact the Centers for Disease Control.
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Prices From $4,900 / £4,083 per person
Dates: From February 2018 to February 2020
Capacity: 12 per person
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We put together a bespoke tour to fit your requirements.
Prices From $1,740 / £1,450 per person
Dates: From September 2019 to December 2020
Capacity: 16 per person
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Dates: From March 2019 to December 2020
Capacity: 4 per person
Prices From $1,800 / £1,500 per person
Dates: From May 2018 to October 2018
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Dates: From May 2018 to December 2020
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Nick - Kathy at Andean Trails did a brilliant job of helping us to plan our itinerary in Argentina, Bolivia and Peru. During 5 weeks of travelling every single thing which we had booked through her worked perfectly.
Ali - The extended Condoriri Trek was absolutely wonderful - untrodden trails, stunning mountains and glacial lakes, and super friendly guide and arrieros.
Katie - The one day version of the Inca Trail allowed us spend more time exploring away from the crowds, and still visit the Macchu Picchu site with (almost) no one else there.
Clara - My highlight? Cocktails on a roof terrace in Sucre after several days of dusty overland travel in Bolivia. Oh yes!
Freddy - We met so many fantastic people in Bolivia, so friendly and keen to show us their beautiful country.
N Wilkinson, UK, 2017
» Condoriri Trek & Hike, Bolivia
Lucy Glover, UK, 2011
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