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Buenos Aires to Lima Adventure
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South America rewards those willing to explore. Consider this epic adventure: beginning in Buenos Aires and ending in Lima, it's 35 full days of fun. You'll hike the Inca Trail, cross the Salt Flats of Bolivia by 4x4, and feel like a sophisticate sipping wine in Argentina. Along the way, you'll engage with local cultures with a small group of other young travellers to back you up. For those willing to invest their time, this trip offers big returnsin adventure

Latin America

Duration: 35 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Hiking, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Trekking Physical rating: 4 - Demanding
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 132130
Starts: Buenos Aires, Argentina Finishes: Lima, Peru
You will visit
  • Buenos Aires
  • Lima

Itinerary

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Day 1: Buenos Aires

Arrive at any time.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Buenos Aires/Salta

Head to Salta, choosing a flight over a long bus ride. Salta, situated in the Lerma Valley of northern Argentina, is home to Empanadas Salteñas - a delicious local specialty. No visit to the town will be complete without giving them a try. In the evening, experience a local celebration at one of the "Peña" folklore shows.

Transport:
Plane (5.00 hour(s))

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Day 3: Salta (1B)

Enjoy free time to explore the area. The scenic Quebrada de las Conchas and Cafayate, famed for its wine and vineyards, are recommended stops. The multi-coloured valleys in the foothills region of the Andes are sure to be a highlight.

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Day 4: Salta/San Pedro de Atacama (1B)

In the morning, take a bus further north to the dry desert regions of Argentina and Chile. Stop in the little town of San Pedro de Atacama, on the edge of the Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Argentina - Chile)

Transport:
Local bus (10.00-11.00 hours)

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Day 5: San Pedro de Atacama

Opt to visit nearby ruins, go mountain biking, or visit the Valley of the Moon.

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Day 6: San Pedro de Atacama/Salar de Uyuni

Groups like to get creative with photography, as the endless white of the salt flats creates some great depth illusions that are fun to play with in photos.

Additional Notes:
Note: During the rainy season the locations visited may change due to some routes being covered by water.

We offer unique accommodation on the Uyuni Salt Flats. Instead of very basic refuges and homestays most operators use, we have upgraded to simple hotels that are equipped with solar panels to provide electricity and hot water. Rooms are multi-share and each has a private bathroom. Meals are made from local ingredients, most of which are grown on-site.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Chile - Bolivia)
Salt Flats Excursion

Transport:
Local bus (1.50-2.50 hours)
4x4 (1.00 hour(s))

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Day 7: Salar de Uyuni (1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion.

Included Activities:
Salt Flats Excursion

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Day 8: Salar de Uyuni/Uyuni (1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion.

Included Activities:
Salt Flats Excursion

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Day 9: Salar de Uyuni/Potosí (1B)

Visit one of the highest cities in the world.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

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Day 10: Potosí (1B)

Get out and explore Potosí. Opt to tour a working mine.

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Day 11: Potosí/Sucre (1B)

Travel north to Sucre. Tackle the city as there is a lot to offer during our two days here. Optional activities include a visit to dinosaur footprints, a visit to an old tin baron's mansion and a textile cooperative, mountain biking, and hiking.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s))

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Day 12: Sucre (1B)

Take an optional excursion to nearby dinosaur tracks, or get active by hiking or mountain biking.

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Day 13: Sucre/La Paz (1B)

Enjoy a free day in Sucre before an overnight bus to La Paz.

Transport:
Overnight bus (12.00 hour(s))

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Day 14: La Paz

Wake up from the overnight bus ride, get settled, and have the day to check out the city of La Paz.

Optional activities in La Paz include museum visits, a tour of the Valley of the Moon, or a visit to the world's highest ski resort, Chacaltaya (5600m/18,368 ft).

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Day 15: La Paz (1B)

Free day in La Paz. Opt to visit Iglesia de San Francisco, the Valley of the Moon, the Witches' Market, or the nearby Tiahuanaco Ruins.

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Day 16: La Paz/Puno (1B)

The drive around Lake Titicaca and through the Altiplano from La Paz to Peru is impressive.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Bolivia - Peru)

Transport:
Local bus (2.50 hour(s))
Local bus (3.50 hour(s))

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Day 17: Puno/Isla Amantani (1B, 1D)

In the morning, board a boat on Lake Titicaca. Head to Taquile Island for lunch in a local restaurant and the chance for some shopping in the local weaving cooperatives.

After, cruise to another village for an overnight homestay on the shores of the lake (the homestay location can vary based on community availability). This experience provides an opportunity to learn more about rural life in the Peruvian highlands and to participate in local traditions. Eat with the family, learn some Quecha and Spanish language skills, try on traditional costumes, and help out with daily chores around the village.


Additional Notes:
Split into smaller groups for the night and split into family homes to experience their style of living firsthand.

Included Activities:
Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 1
Lake Titicaca Homestay

Transport:
Boat (3.00 hour(s))

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Day 18: Isla Amantani/Puno (1B)

Leave the homestay families late morning, and visit the Uros Islands on the way back to Puno. A popular optional activity in Puno is a visit to the spectacular chullpas (funerary towers) of Sillustani, a pre-Inca archaeological site only a short drive away.

Included Activities:
Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 2

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Day 19: Puno/Cusco (1B)

Travel through the high Altiplano region to Cusco.

Transport:
Local bus (7.00 hour(s), 389km)

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Day 20: Cusco (1B)

Free time to explore Cusco. Opt for a city tour, or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.

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Day 21: Cusco/Ollantaytambo (1B)

Ollantaytambo is a major Inca ruin site and your first taste of what lies ahead. For those craving more before they head out on the Trail, opt to take a Sacred Valley tour which includes not only Ollantaytambo and the ruin site of Pisac, but also a visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 95km)

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Day 22: Ollantaytambo/Cuncani (1B, 1L, 1D)

The Lares Trek is a scenic, less touristic route to hike through the Andes. It is one day shorter than the Inca Trail but higher in elevation. Enjoy G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Lares Trek.

Additional Notes:
The locations and distances may change on this hike, as camping will be done in different places depending on pace, ability, and weather. The first night will always be spent at the G Adventures-supported, community-owned and managed campsite in an indigenous village previously bypassed by the tourism industry. In most cases, the CEO will hike the Lares Trek with the group.

Included Activities:
Lares Trek (Lares-Cuncani)

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00-3.50 hours)

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Day 23: Cuncani/Kuyoc (1B, 1L, 1D)

Start early to hike from the foothills of Sicllaccasa Mountain to its high pass (4,750m/15,583 ft), providing scenic views of lagoons and the snow-capped Chicon Mountain. Celebrate after reaching the highest point by making an offering of coca leaves to the Andean gods. After the morning hike, stop to rest and take in the amazing view. Continue hiking downhill to our second campsite near the stream for the night.

Included Activities:
Lares Trek (Cuncani - Kuyoc)

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Day 24: Kuyoc/Aguas Calientes (1B, 1L)

Enjoy the last few hours of hiking before travelling by van to Ollantaytambo and train to Aguas Calientes. Spend some time relaxing in town or visiting the nearby hot springs.

Included Activities:
Lares Trek (Kuyoc - Punta Carretera)

Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))
Train (1.50 hour(s))

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Day 25: Aguas Calientes/Cusco (1B)

Rise early to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu with your guide. Enjoy a guided visit to the ruins followed by free time to explore. Opt to walk up to the Sun Gate or Inca Bridge.

When ready, head back down by bus to Aguas Calientes to meet up with the rest of the group. Take the scenic train back to Ollantaytambo to meet the van for the ride back to Cusco.

Included Activities:
Machu Picchu Guided Tour

Transport:
Local bus (0.50 hour(s))
Local bus (0.50 hour(s))
Train (1.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

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Day 26: Cusco (1B)

Free day to explore Cusco or relax after the trek. If you are ready for more adventure, opt to go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.

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Day 27: Cusco/Arequipa (1B)

Enjoy a final free day in Cusco before an overnight bus to Arequipa.

Transport:
Overnight bus (10.00 hour(s), 520km)

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Day 28: Arequipa

Those with an interest in history and architecture may take an optional visit to the Convent of Santa Catalina, offering a brief respite from the outside world and a unique view into a bygone way of life. Other optional excursions include rafting and mountaineering.

For spicy food lovers, checking out one of the “Picanterías” is a must. Arequipa has a variety of regional food: alpaca, shrimp, pork, lots of soups, and spicy sauces.

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Day 29: Arequipa/Chivay (1B)

Enjoy an overnight excursion to the impressive Colca Canyon - one of the deepest canyons in the world. Stop in fascinating villages and at “miradors” (scenic lookouts), where, with a little luck, spot Andean condors soaring over the majestic Andes. Other unusual animals that may be spotted in the Andean landscape include three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuña.

Included Activities:
Colca Canyon Guided Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.50-5.00 hours, 165km)

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Day 30: Chivay (1B)

Get an early start to be on the look out for the condors flying. Travel from Chivay town to a condor viewpoint to admire these magnificent birds in the air. On the way back, stop by some local villages and viewpoints to see old terraces and sections of Colca Canyon, the deepest canyon in the world. Take a lunch break and return to Arequipa in the afternoon.

Included Activities:
Colca Canyon Guided Tour

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Day 31: Chivay/Nazca (1B)

Drive to Arequipa and enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight bus to Nazca.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s))
Overnight bus (9.00 hour(s), 560km)

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Day 32: Nazca (1D)

Travel north to one of the world's greatest archaeological mysteries, the Nazca Lines. Very little can be seen from the ground. The best view is from a light aircraft, which can easily be arranged.

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Day 33: Nazca/Paracas

Leave Nazca and stop at the Huacachina Oasis for some optional sandboarding. Continue to visit an artisanal winery to sample some local pisco and wine. Paracas is located one hour further.

Included Activities:
Huacachina Oasis visit
Huacachina Winery Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 140km)
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 70km)

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Day 34: Paracas/Lima

Opt to visit the Ballestas Islands in the morning before travelling to Lima for a final night. Be sure to try some ceviche and a Pisco Sour.

Transport:
Local bus (4.00 hour(s), 250km)
Minibus (0.50 hour(s))

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Day 35: Lima (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Uyuni Salt Flats excursion
    • Lake Titicaca excursion
    • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
    • 4-day Inca Trail hike with a local guide, porters, and cook
    • G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail
    • Colca Canyon excursion
    • Pachamanca ceremony (Nazca)
    • Transportation between destinations and included activities
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (25 nts, some multi-share), overnight buses (3 nts), basic hotel on Salt Flats excursion (2 nts, multi-share), homestay (1 nt), camping (3 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 26 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
    Transport
    • Public bus, train, plane, hiking, ferry, 4X4
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Spot condors at Colca Canyon
  • Conquer the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu
  • Experience traditional life on Lake Titicaca
  • Cross the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano on a 4x4