Experience the very best of Bolivia, Chile and Argentina

Venture off the tourist track on this extraordinary adventure travel experience through Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. Visit the historic Potosi mines, the exquisite wines in Mendoza, the weird desert landscapes of the Salar de Uyuni and the distinctive cities of La Paz, Santiago and Buenos Aires - this trip reveals some of the best, and little known, corners of the continent. Discover places of astounding natural beauty, visit vibrant and colourful cities, and uncover the hidden gems of South America along the way.

This trip requires an Inca Trail Permit. To view permit availability click here.

Start
La Paz, Bolivia
Finish
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Countries
Argentina,
Bolivia,
Chile
Themes
Explorer
Code
GGRFC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
632kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Hit the markets in La Paz
  • Visit Bolivia's white city of Sucre
  • Explore the high altitude city of Potosi
  • Take a 4x4 tour through the Salar de Uyuni desert
  • Sip wine in a funky open-air Santiago cafe
  • Travel through lush green landscapes in Salta Province
  • Munch on handmade chocolates in beautiful Bariloche
  • Sample robust reds at a winery in Mendoza
  • Relax on black sand beaches in Pucon
  • Dance the tango in Buenos Aires

Itinerary

Discover the quirky beauty, bustling markets and indigenous roots of La Paz.
Head to the Bolivian whitewashed capital city, Sucre.
Glimpse an underground world on an optional visit to a working Potosi mine.
Cross Salar de Uyuni, the world's highest salt flats on a 4x4 adventure tour. The Salt Flats and surrounding Bolivian countryside are home to towering volcanoes, multicoloured lakes and numerous geysers.
Delve into the lush fertile fields and pre-Columbian and colonial history of Salta province, one of the most visually stunning regions of Argentina.
Mendoza is a city of wide, leafy boulevards with a surrounding landscape of bountiful sun-kissed vineyards, making it the ideal place to chill out for a few days. While here, lock lips with some heavenly Malbec - Mendoza's premier wine.
Farewell Argentina and make tracks to the mountain-framed capital of Chile - Santiago. Explore the city centre, hit the shops or head out for a night on the tiles in a salsa club. Be sure to sample some of Chile's famous wine.
See the black sand beaches of Lake Villarrica and admire the peaks of the nearby Pucon volcano. In this adventure-lovers playground, why not try mountain biking, whitewater rafting or horse riding?
Travel across the Andes to Bariloche, in the heart of Argentina's Lake District. Indulge in the famed handmade chocolates of this lakeside town.
Between its Latin passion, European elegance and superb cuisine, Buenos Aires is a joy to explore. Nibble on alfajores, wander San Telmo's cobblestone streets, talk football with Portenos in a cafe or get a history lesson at the quirky Museo Evita. The hippest spot in town is Palermo's Plaza Serrano so head out in the evenings to tango with the locals. There are so many awesome things to do in Buenos Aires, it's simply a matter of trying to fit them all in!
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Inclusions

Meals
15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport
4x4, Bus, Overnight bus
Accommodation
Dormitory (2 nights), Hostel (8 nights), Hotel (17 nights), Overnight bus (4 nights)
Included activities
  • Buenos Aires - Leader led walking tour
  • Leader-led walking tour
  • Uyuni Salt Flats 3d/2n (shared tour)

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This trip requires an Inca Trail Permit. To view permit availability click here.

For information about altitude sickness click here


Important notes

29 May 2012. Based on previous travellers and leaders feedback, the itinerary of this trip has changed from what it is advertised in the Intrepid Latin America 2012 brochure. We trust this amended itinerary will only enhance travellers experience of this region.

New Itinerary:

Days 18-21 Santiago
Days 22-24 Pucon
Days 25-26 San Martin de los Andes (Arg)
Days 27-29 Bariloche
Days 30-32 Buenos Aires

Previous Itinerary:

Days 18-21 Santiago
Days 22-23 Pucon
Days 24-26 Ancud
Days 27-29 Bariloche
Days 30-32 Buenos Aires

Trip notes

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