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.

Start
La Paz, Bolivia
Finish
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Countries
Argentina,
Bolivia,
Chile
Themes
Explorer
Code
GGRFC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
396kg 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

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.
Learn about the bleak past of what was once the world's richest city.
Discover the gleaming salt flats, cactus-studded islands, multicoloured lakes and abundant wildlife of the surreal Salar de Uyuni.
Leave behind the mesmerising salt flats of Uyuni and make tracks to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile. Located in the Atacama Desert, this oasis town has low-lying adobe buildings lining narrow streets. It's a charming town, to say the least, and a great place see mummies and various Indian artefacts.
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.
Take a stroll through the pleasant Plaza de Armas to get a feel for local life in the Chilean capital. Browse the colourful Central Market for handicrafts, visit the Palacio de la Moneda or head out on an optional vineyard tour before boarding the overnight bus journey to Pucon.
Adrenaline junkies and thrillseekers will delight in the bundle of activities on offer in Pucon, Chile's adventure capital. Set out on a hike up the smouldering Volcán Villarrica, or get to mountain biking, whitewater rafting, hiking, climbing, horse riding - whatever gets your blood pumping!
Journey over the Andes and into Argentina. Drop by the country's picturesque Lake District for excellent skiing or trekking possibilities, weather permitting.
Savour the fine dining opportunities, artisan chocolate shops and quaint, chalet-style wooden architecture of Bariloche. With plenty of ski runs open during winter and stunning lakes sure to entice swimmers over summer, you could well be forgiven for thinking you were in Northern Italy.
Fiery Latin passion, European elegance and superb cuisine combine to make Buenos Aires one of the world's most enthralling cities. 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 why not head out in the evening for a tango with the locals. There are so many things to see and 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
Hostel (5 nights), Hotel (13 nights), Overnight bus (4 nights)
Included activities
  • Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve
  • Leader-led walking tour
  • Orientation Tour - Buenos Aires
  • Visit to 'Fish Island'

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Important notes

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A Single Supplement is available on this trip.
On the following nights a single supplement is not available:
Day 2 - Overnight bus
Days 7 to 9 - Salar de Uyuni
Day 14 - Overnight bus
Day 21 - Overnight bus
Day 29 - Overnight bus

Trip notes

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