Get off the tourist trail on this extraordinary adventure through Bolivia, Argentina and Chile. Uncover the rural history of Potosi, explore the cities of La Paz and Sucre, and travel across the sprawling landscapes of the Salar de Uyuni before arriving in vibrant Santiago. There are plenty of thrills to be found in Salta or, for those seeking a more relaxed place, simply indulge in wine tasting in Mendoza. This overland tour really does have it all.

Start
La Paz, Bolivia
Finish
Santiago, Chile
Countries
Argentina,
Bolivia,
Chile
Themes
Explorer
Code
GGRD
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
425kg pp per trip

Get off the tourist trail travelling through central South America


Highlights

  • Pick up a potion at the Witches' Market of La Paz
  • Compare your footprint with that of a dinosaur at Cal Orck'o
  • Head underground at the Potosi mines
  • Discover the vibrant lakes of Salar de Uyuni
  • Quaff Malbec in a Mendoza vineyard

Itinerary

Start the Latin American adventure in sky-high La Paz. Look for magic potions in the Witches' Market or head to the Coca Museum to learn about the plant that is still an essential part of life in Bolivia.
Travel from La Paz to Sucre and peruse a bejewelled painting at the Museo de la Catedral, compare footprints with those of a dinosaur at Cal Orck'o or head to Recoleta, an old convent at the top of a hill from where you will be able to see why Sucre is known as Bolivia's most beautiful city.
In the city of Potosi, journey deep underground on an optional trip into one of Bolivia's tin mines - a confrontational but unforgettable experience.
Discover the gleaming salt flats, cactus-studded islands, multicoloured lakes and abundant wildlife of the surreal Salar de Uyuni.
Cross the border between Bolivia and Argentina and delve into the pre-Columbian and colonial history of one of Argentina's most splendid towns, Salta. Need a thrill? Optional bungee jumping and horseriding can be easily arranged. After a few days here, you'll have no doubt why the Argentineans affectionately call this city 'Salta the Pretty'.
Visit bountiful, sun-kissed vineyards and lock lips with some Malbec - Mendoza's premier wine. Winter travellers will delight in the nearby ski resorts, though Mendoza is a treat all year round. To give a little back, choose to visit Brazos Abiertos, a community project that supports local underprivileged children and mothers.
Travel across the spectacular Andes and arrive in the bustling capital of Chile, Santiago. At the centre is the Plaza de Armas, home to the cathedral. For a serene look at Chilean life, visit Barrio Bella Vista - a cluster of cafes and galleries affectionately referred to as the 'Paris Quarter'. It is here that the Bolivia and Argentina exploration comes to an end.
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Inclusions

Meals
17 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport
4x4, Bus, Overnight bus
Accommodation
Dormitory (2 nights), Hostel (4 nights), Hotel (11 nights), Overnight bus (2 nights)
Included activites
  • Leader-led walking tour
  • Uyuni Salt Flats 3d/2n (shared tour)

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Explore Bolivia & Argentina, March 2015

Explore Bolivia & Argentina, March 2015