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Discover the very best of South America on this awesome travel adventure. Explore the ever-changing landscape and vitality of Bolivia, Chile and Argentina.

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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.

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

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    La Paz, Bolivia
  • Finish:

    Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 16
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Dormitory (2 nts), Hostel (8 nts), Hotel (17 nts), Overnight bus (4 nts)
  • Transport:

    4x4, Bus, Overnight bus
  • Included activities:

    Buenos Aires - Leader led walking tour, Leader-led walking tour, Uyuni Salt Flats 3d/2n (shared tour)

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    632kg pp per trip
  • 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

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Days 1-2 La Paz

Built in a canyon, the unique and bewtiching city of La Paz is filled with steep, cobbled streets, fascinating markets, evident tradition and captivating sights.

Days 3-4 Sucre

The delightful city of Sucre impresses visitors with its historic charm, indigenous roots and calm atmosphere, and is the perfect place to ease into the Bolivian way of life.

Days 5-6 Potosi

The loveliness of Potosi - one of the highest and more fascinating cities in the world - is mirrored by the harshness of its mines and mining history.

Days 7-10 Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni/San Pedro de Atacama

Popular due to its proximity to the Salar de Uyuni, the town of Uyuni is small and charming, and feels very remote, especially at the photogenic train cemetery. The world's largest salt flat, the Salar de Uyuni, is a spectacular sight - whether reflecting like a mirror in the wet or cracking during the dry.

Days 11-14 Salta

With its well-preserved colonial buildings, candle-lit cafes, fine museums and surrounding natural beauty, Salta is one of Argentina's most charming cities.

Days 15-17 Mendoza

Famed for its wine and raft of adventure activities, Mendoza is a lovely city to get lost in with its wide streets, excellent eateries and gorgeous plazas.

Days 18-21 Santiago

Set within a circle of snow-capped mountains, Santiago is vibrant, artistic and gourmet - and the gateway to adventures in the snow, sea or desert.

Days 22-24 Pucon

With the spectacular Villarrica volcano bubbling away in the background, captivating Pucon is an adventure lover's paradise with outdoor activities galore in a gorgeous natural setting.

Days 27-29 Bariloche

A city of immense natural beauty known for its great chocolate, Bariloche is fabulous for sports lovers and food connoisseurs in all its picturesque seasons.

Days 30-32 Buenos Aires

Cosmopolitan, cultured and chic, Buenos Aires has European sensibilities with a fiery Latin heart. Discover colonial architecture, funky neighbourhoods, exceptional cuisine and a thriving nightlife.
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