Visit South America and travel through three of the continent's most remarkable countries. Tour through Peru, Bolivia and Argentina as you travel from Lima to Buenos Aires. Be enchanted by the colonial grandeur of Lima before heading off to the mysterious Nazca Lines and the dazzling white city of Arequipa. Discover the amazing fusion of Inca and Spanish culture at Cuzco, then trek through spectacular Andean landscapes to the ruins of Machu Picchu. Experience life on Lake Titicaca's floating islands, marvel at Bolivia's desolate salt flats and savour the mouth-watering aromas of a traditional Argentine barbecue. This trip has it all: breathtaking scenery, vibrant cities and friendly locals. Jump onboard for an unforgettable journey through these extraordinary countries.

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

Start
Lima, Peru
Finish
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Countries
Argentina,
Bolivia,
Chile,
Peru
Themes
Overland
Code
GDOBC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
1 212kg pp per trip

Tour Peru, Bolivia and Argentina on a trip from Lima to Buenos Aires


Highlights

  • Visit Peru and be awed by the Nazca Lines
  • Admire the dazzling white buildings of Arequipa
  • Survey the vast Colca Canyon
  • Relax in Cuzco's grand Plaza de Armas
  • Follow Peru's ancient Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Stop by the folklore capital of Peru
  • Travel to Bolivia and browse La Paz's colourful markets
  • Visit Argentina and sample locally produced wine in Cafayate
  • Experience the pulsating energy of Buenos Aires

Itinerary

Get acquainted with Lima, Peru's modern capital. There's plenty to see in this bustling city, from colonial mansions to vibrant plazas, fine museums and ornate churches.
Leave the city behind and travel south along the coast of Peru. Pitch a tent in Paracas, which spans over 335,000 hectares and is one of the world's most important marine reserves. Take a walk along the coastline and spot the vibrant birdlife Paracas is famous for.
Spot penguins, sea lions and boobies during a boat tour through the Ballestas Islands. Learn about the mysterious sand images on a Nazca Lines tour and perhaps take an overhead flight to fully appreciate the scale of this puzzling creation.
The windswept graves at the Chauchilla Cemetery display the eerie skeletons and mummified bodies of the Nazca people, some of which date from 1,000 AD. Camp overnight near Puerto Inca.
Explore the scenic city of Arequipa and perhaps stop by the Museo Santury to view Juanita, the ice princess. The body of this frozen Inca maiden is thought to be more than 500 years old, and was found at a sacrificial site on the summit of Nevado Ampato.
Try to spot the mighty Andean condors as they silently take to the sky thousands of metres above the floor of the breathtaking Colca Canyon.
Get to know a local family as guests at a homestay in Raqchi. Spend the evening huddled around a crackling fire, sharing a meal, and discovering traditional Peruvian song and dance.
Arrive in the city set high city in the mountains of Peru, Cuzco. Wander through cobblestone streets lined with massive Inca stone walls and Spanish-colonial architecture. Perhaps enjoy a traditional dance performance or sign up for one of the many adventure activities on offer in Cuzco, including quad-biking and whitewater rafting.
Follow ancient footpaths through the Andes on a four-day alternative Inca trail trek that winds through traditional Quechua communities. Pass soaring mountain peaks, trek amid grazing herds of llamas and camp beside ancient forests. Meet the locals and discover lesser-known Inca pathways before descending into the Sacred Valley to explore the massive Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo.
Rise early to discover the ruins of Machu Picchu bathed in the golden morning light. Spend a memorable day in the 'lost Inca city', perhaps hiking to the Sun Gate for the breathtaking views. For those wishing to unwind post-trek, seek out bustling markets and cosmopolitan Cuzco cafes.
Spot the ancient funerary towers of Sillustani rising from the windswept antiplano. Spend the night in Puno, located on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
Sailing across the glassy surface of Lake Titicaca is a memorable experience. Hike around the car-free Island of the Sun and discover its scenic heart. This island is widely believed to be the birthplace of Inca culture - there are plenty of ancient ruins and traditional villages to explore here.
Arrive in La Paz and set off on foot to explore the myriad of winding streets. La Paz is a colourful, enigmatic city, packed full of markets, restaurants and cultural attractions.
Explore the small Andean village of Livichuco, a remote Bolivian retreat that few tourists are lucky enough to experience. Be welcomed into the Aymara community and receive an introduction to their Qaqachaqa culture.
Explore the tin mining city of Potosi and perhaps take an optional tour through a working mine.
Visit Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat, for an astonishing adventure. During the dry season the salar forms a blinding blanket of white; however, when wet it acts as a giant mirror, reflecting the sky and surrounding volcanoes. Continue across the Bolivian altiplano past red lakes and steaming volcanoes.
Cross the spectacular Bolivian altiplano, past red lakes and steaming volcanoes. Characterised by adventurous routes through challenging terrain, get set for an unforgettable experience.
Depart Bolivia and travel across the border into Chile, camping at one of the world's best places for stargazing. By day, visit the surreal lunar landscape of Valle de la Luna.
Skip across the border again, this time into Argentina. Wander the elegant streets of Salta city and perhaps take the cable car to the top of Cerro San Bernardo - the view of the surrounding mountains is spectacular.
Nestled in a picturesque valley in the Andean foothills, Cafayate is a welcomed retreat. Learn about local wine production during an optional vineyard tour and take a walk through the surrounding countryside.
Drive through the beautiful Argentinean landscape to the Tucuman province. Camp near the ancient Quilmes Ruins.
Pitch a tent on a working cattle farm and experience traditional Argentine hospitality. Enjoy a famous asado barbecue washed down with some local red wines. Why not spend time exploring the vast pampas on horseback or maybe stop by a local school to meet the kids.
Travel to Cordoba and admire the finest colonial architecture in Argentina. Enjoy losing time along the scenic streets of this vibrant university city.
From tango classes to football games, it's impossible to resist the passion and spirit of Argentina's capital. Attractions are many and varied, from a visit to Recoleta Cemetery to see Eva Peron's tombstone or a shopping spree in the funky Palermo Soho neighbourhood.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Boat, Jeep, Overland vehicle, Train
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (15 nights), Homestay (2 nights), Hostel (1 night), Hotel (23 nights)
Included activites
  • Alternative Inca Trail and Quechua Community trek
  • Ballestas Island tour
  • Chauchilla cemetery
  • City tour (half day)
  • Colca Canyon entrance + IGV
  • Isla del Sol boat trip
  • Jeep tour of Uyuni Salt Flats
  • Paracas National Park
  • Quilmes Ruins
  • Raqchi Artisan Centre and ruins
  • Sillustani Ruins and Museum w/Guide
  • Tour of the Sacred Valley, Sacsayhuaman and Ollantaytambo
  • Uros Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca
  • Valle de la Luna Excursion
  • Vineyard Tour

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

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Notes

1. This trip is run by our experienced overland partner Dragoman.
2. Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.
3. You need to choose whether you wish to hike the Classic Inca Trail or the <a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/inca-advisory/Community_Trek_Peru.pdf&quot;&gt; Quechua Community Trek </a> at the time of booking. If you do not indicate a preference, the <a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/inca-advisory/Community_Trek_Peru.pdf&quot;&gt; Quechua Community Trek </a> will be confirmed automatically.

Classic Inca Trail permits are sold on a request basis only. Once deposit is paid and passport details provided, Intrepid will endeavour to secure a permit for you. If Classic Inca Trail permits are unavailable by the time you book, you will be booked on the <a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/inca-advisory/Community_Trek_Peru.pdf&quot;&gt; Quechua Community Trek </a> instead.

The Classic Inca Trail closes in February to allow cleaning and restoration works. If the trek portion of your trip starts in February you will be automatically booked to hike the <a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/inca-advisory/Community_Trek_Peru.pdf&quot;&gt; Quechua Community Trek </a>.

Should you choose not to hike at all, please let us know in writing at the time of booking so alternative arrangements can be made. Without this prior warning, local fees may apply.

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