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The Scenic Route - Lima to Buenos Aires
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Imagine an entire month (30 days, to be exact) to explore the very best highlights and cultures of Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. Visit the ancient site of Machu Picchu, learn from locals at Lake Titicaca, drive across the white desert in Bolivia, get active in Pucon, and experience life at a genuine gaucho ranch in Bariloche. Don't just see a part of South America; cover a massive and adventurous portion of it over a month that'll change your life.

Latin America
  • Duration: 30 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 154424
  • Starts: Lima, Peru
  • Finishes: Buenos Aires, Argentina
You will Visit
  • Lima
  • Buenos Aires

Itinerary

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Day 1: Lima

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

Additional Notes:
Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Latin America (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Lima/Cusco (1B)

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Cusco. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring this fascinating city, and getting used to the altitude.

Transport:
Plane (1.00-1.50 hours)

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Day 3: Cusco (1B)

Spend a full day enjoying optional activities in the area.

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Day 4: Cusco/Ollantaytambo (1B, 1L)

Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op. Meet the women and learn about traditional weaving and dyeing used in the Ccaccaccollo community. Opt to pick up some handmade souvenirs and textiles directly from the women who made them.

Take a guided tour of the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan market (on market days only), and a small indigenous village of Huchuy Qosco.

Have lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant. Learn about the G Adventures for Good project and eat a delicious buffet-style lunch. Proceeds of this meal go directly back to the remote community.

Continue on to the town of Ollantaytambo. Take a guided tour of the large ruin site adjacent to the town. Ollantaytambo is the first taste of what lies ahead in Machu Picchu.

Included Activities:
Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit
Pisac Ruins Guided Tour
Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley
Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (95km)

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Day 5: Ollantaytambo/Aguas Calientes (1B)

Board a morning train that winds through the spectacular Sacred Valley to the end of the line: the village of Aguas Calientes, a frontier town nestled in the hills beneath Machu Picchu.

Take advantage of the opportunity to visit the butterfly house, botanical gardens or hot springs. Opt for a day hike to Mandor Gardens to see orchids and a waterfall, enjoying the lush, green scenery en route.


Additional Notes:
Those who have pre-purchased the "1-day Inca Trail" hiking option will disembark the train at km 104 to begin the trek.

Transport:
Train (1.50 hour(s), 43km)

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Day 6: Aguas Calientes/Cusco (1B)

Rise early to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu with your guide. Enjoy a guided visit of the ruins followed by free time to explore. When ready, head back down by bus to Aguas to meet up with the rest of the group and take a train back to Cusco.

Included Activities:
Machu Picchu Guided Tour

Transport:
Local bus (0.50 hour(s))
Train (1.50-2.00 hours, 118km)
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

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Day 7: Cusco (1B)

Use a free day to explore more of Cusco or relax.

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Day 8: Cusco/Puno (1B)

Travel through the high Altiplano region from Cusco to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Titicaca is also the largest lake in the world above 3800m, and the views from both Amantaní and Taquile Islands are stunning. The trip takes the better part of the day, with stark, beautiful scenery en route.

Transport:
Local bus (7.50 hour(s), 389km)

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Day 9: Puno (1B)

Head out by boat across Lake Titicaca. Visit the community on the Taquile Islands and enjoy a local lunch with spectacular views. Visit the floating islands of Uros before returning to Puno. Opt to visit to Sillustani burial site.


Included Activities:
Day Trip to Lake Titicaca

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Day 10: Puno/La Paz (1B)

Enjoy the full-day drive around the lake and through the altiplano to La Paz. Bolivia is filled with spectacular views of the countryside. La Paz is at nearly 4000m (13,120ft) above sea level, so be prepared for cool evenings and mornings.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Peru - Bolivia)

Transport:
Local bus (2.50 hour(s))
Local bus (3.00 hour(s))

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Day 11: La Paz (1B)

Explore the city's many fine museums or its historic structures, like the Iglesia de San Francisco. The city is also renowned for its many markets, including the Mercado de Hechicería (Witches' Market).

With streets lined with market stalls and vendors, the pace on the street and the vibrant atmosphere is an incredible experience.

To the south of the city is the Valley of the Moon, with crater-like formations made of sand.

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Day 12: La Paz/Sucre (1B)

Optional activities include mountain biking, hiking, and searching for dinosaur footprints.

Transport:
Plane (2.25 hour(s))

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Day 13: Sucre (1B)

Free time to explore the city, the former capital of Bolivia. For more active options opt to go hiking in the surrounding area or mountain biking.

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Day 14: Sucre/Potosí (1B)

Travel by bus to Potosí and get a view of the mountain Cerro Rico looming over the city.

Transport:
Local bus (4.00 hour(s), 185km)

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Day 15: Potosí/Uyuni (1B)

Travel through the Bolivian landscape to the town of Uyuni, the jumping off point for the three day 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats.

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

Transport:
Local bus (7.00 hour(s), 230km)

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Day 16: Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni (1B, 1D)

Enjoy a three-day 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery. Stay in simple hotels upgraded with solar panels to provide electricity and hot water.

Additional Notes:
We offer unique accommodation in 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 have a private bathroom. Meals are made from local ingredients, most of which are grown on-site.

Included Activities:
Salt Flats Excursion

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Day 17: Salar de Uyuni (1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion. Admire the spectacular scenery while passing red and blue lagoons along the route. Spot wild llamas, alpacas and even flamingos deep within the desert.

Included Activities:
Salt Flats Excursion

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Day 18: Salar de Uyuni/San Pedro de Atacama (1B, 1L)

From the high Bolivian altiplano descend almost 2000m to the edge of the Atacama Desert, arriving at the small desert oasis of San Pedro de Atacama, just across the Chilean border. Said to be one of the driest places on the planet, this little town is an oasis in an otherwise barren, dry landscape.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Bolivia - Chile)

Transport:
4x4 (5.00 hour(s))
Local bus (5.50-6.00 hours)

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Day 19: San Pedro de Atacama

Enjoy an included excursion to the Valley of the Moon to learn about and appreciate the beautiful uniqueness of the landscape.

There are plenty of optional excursions in San Pedro de Atacama, including biking, exploring nearby ruins, and horseback riding. Despite its size, San Pedro offers some great restaurants as well as numerous handicrafts and artisan stores for those looking for souvenirs.

Included Activities:
Valley of the Moon Visit

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Day 20: San Pedro de Atacama/Santiago

From the nearby city of Calama, fly to Santiago, the capital of Chile. The city is surrounded by mountains, and there are both internationally recognized vineyards and Andean ski resorts within a couple of hours from the city centre.

Explore the city's many museums and parks and visit the vibrant neighbourhood of Bellavista with its handicrafts, trendy cafés, and San Cristobal Hill with its views of the city and the surrounding area.

Transport:
Local van (3.00 hour(s))
Plane (5.00 hour(s))

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Day 21: Santiago (1B)

With a free day in Santiago, opt to visit nearby wineries.

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Day 22: Santiago (1B)

Enjoy an included city tour of Santiago and in the afternoon take some time to go shopping, sit in a cafe or hike to the lookout of Cerro Santa Lucia.

Included Activities:
Santiago City Tour

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Day 23: Santiago (1B)

In the morning head to the Casablanca Valley, stopping at a winery to indulge in a wine tasting. Then depart for the colourful seaside town of Valparaiso. Enjoy the street art and snap a few pictures of the bright buildings that line the hills. Wander the streets of the city or relax on the beach, before heading back to Santiago. In the evening, board an overnight bus to Pucon.

Included Activities:
Santiago Region Winery Tour
Day trip to Valparaiso

Transport:
Local bus (2.50 hour(s), 128km)
Overnight bus (8.00 hour(s))

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Day 24: Pucón

Enjoy free time in Pucon to hike Villarica, try whitewater rafting or explore the area by foot.

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Day 25: Pucón (1B)

Enjoy more free time to take part in the many activities on offer in Pucón. Opt to soak in the nearby natural thermal pools.

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Day 26: Pucón/San Carlos de Bariloche (1B)

Cross the Andes to Argentina. Travel by local bus to San Martin and transfer the rest of the way to Bariloche stopping for photos in the Seven Lake district. Enjoy a free evening in this beautiful waterfront town of Bariloche.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Chile - Argentina)

Transport:
Local bus
Transfer to Bariloche, enjoy the scenery and a couple of photo ops in the Seven Lakes District.
Private Vehicle

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Day 27: San Carlos de Bariloche (1B, 1L)

Transfer to a Gaucho Ranch just outside of Bariloche. Enjoy a barbecue for lunch and take to the saddle with a Gaucho by your side.

Included Activities:
Bariloche Gaucho Experience

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Day 28: San Carlos de Bariloche (1B)

Enjoy the beautiful area of the Seven Lakes district. Take a hike in the countryside or wander the town, known for its shops and in particular, artisan chocolate.

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Day 29: San Carlos de Bariloche/Buenos Aires (1B)

Fly north to the buzzing metropolis that is Buenos Aires, it is a vibrant city full of life.

When you are done exploring, settle your weary feet and enjoy a drink in one of the many sidewalk cafes and restaurants and you will begin to understand the contemplative Argentine way of life. Since Buenos Aires will be your last chance to try the succulent beef, chicken and chorizo parrilladas, dig in and enjoy!

Transport:
Plane (1.50 hour(s), 1640km)

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Day 30: Buenos Aires (1B)

Book extra accommodation in Buenos Aires to have more time to explore the city.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour with visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving project (full-day)
    • Lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village
    • Train to Machu Picchu
    • Machu Picchu guided tour
    • Floating islands of Uros visit
    • Lake Titicaca guided tour
    • 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats (3 days), tour of Valley of the Moon (San Pedro de Atacama)
    • Visit to a winery and wine tasting
    • City tour of Santiago
    • Driving tour through the Seven Lakes district
    • Estancia visit and barbecue lunch (full-day)
    • Local flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/guesthouses (26 nts), overnight bus (1 nt), basic hotels on Uyuni Salt Flats excursion (2 nts, multi-share)
    • 26 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Plane, train, boat, public bus, 4x4 vehicles
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Get awestruck at Machu Picchu
  • Explore the markets in Bolivia
  • Cross the Uyuni Salt Flats and mountain wilderness by 4x4
  • Hit the coast and explore Valparaiso
  • Raft and hike in Pucn
  • Act like a gaucho in the countryside of Argentina
  • Eat and drink in Buenos Aires