Travel from Bolivia down to Buenos Aires and experience South America's wild interior
2018 TRIP ITINERARY CHANGE – From January next year, the trip code and itinerary of this trip will change. Please see Best of Bolivia and Argentina (GGBJ) on our website
Get off the tourist trail on this extraordinary adventure through Bolivia and Argentina. 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 Buenos Aires. 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.
From diverse landscapes to deep-rooted cultures and contrasting destinations, this trip covers a lot of ground across South America in a relatively short period of time
La Paz provides insight into the many sides of Bolivian culture. While young people flock to the city for its booming industry, traditionally dressed residents sell ancient potions at the Witches’ Market
Enjoy free time to discover the elegant colonial architecture and immaculately landscaped gardens of historical Sucre
The landscapes of Salar de Uyuni are so unique they’re almost extra-terrestrial. Embark on a three-day adventure via 4WD across the rocky Atacama Desert and the largest salt lakes in the world - passing cactus islands, train cemeteries and mineral lakes teeming with flamingos
Stay in the heart of Argentina’s most famous wine region, Mendoza. Enjoy easy access to local cellar doors, where you can refine your palate by tasting signature varieties of Malbec
The last stop of the trip gives you a couple of days to get under the skin of Buenos Aires. With its eclectic neighbourhoods, emphasis on food and wine and huge theatre scene, this is the perfect way to end your adventure
While in the Andean Desert, you’ll reach altitudes of up to 4,900 metres. La Paz, Potosi and Uyuni all have high altitudes too. Even at 2,900 metres above sea level, the air is a lot thinner and it can take a bit of time to adjust. Some people aren’t affected at all, but if you are, be sure to drink plenty of water and take it easy. Although altitude sickness can affect anyone, it’s important that you’re healthy enough to travel, as pre-existing medical conditions can worsen at high altitude. During your trip, ensure you monitor your health carefully. It may even be a good idea to arrive into La Paz early so that you have time to acclimatise to the altitude. Please see the important ‘Health’ section of the trip notes for more information.
Making your way across the Andean Desert and salt flats isn’t exactly luxurious. There will be long travel days spent in 4WDs on dusty and bumpy tracks. Temperatures in the area can be very cold, especially at night, so bring warm clothes with you. Meals are simple, toilet facilities are basic, showers can be cold and the multi-share accommodation is dormitory-style. This is all part of the adventure. Without a doubt, this amazing experience will be one of the highlights of your trip to South America.
Bolivia is the least developed and most challenging country you’ll travel around during this trip. Facilities are basic and food might be simpler than what you’re used to. Transportation between different locations can be slow and isn’t as easy as it might be in developed countries. Yet this is all part of the ‘off-the-beaten-track’ charm and adventure that makes Bolivia such a great place to visit.
There are some long travel days and two overnight bus journeys on this trip. Although the buses feature comfortable reclining seats, they are not beds. There’s also usually a toilet on-board, and some of the buses make toilet stops. These trips can be tiresome, but an adventure trip around South America wouldn’t be complete without an overnight bus journey.
Please note that our leaders are not able to organise a trip to the ‘Death Road’ to Coroico for you, due to safety concerns. Injuries are common along the road and there have been a number of fatal accidents. Our leaders are also unable to organise tours to the Potosi Mines for safety reasons.
A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip however excludes nights 2 & 14 (Overnight bus) and 8 & 9 (Salt flats) where you will be in shared accommodation.
BOLIVIAN VISA FOR U.S CITIZENS
Nationals from the United States need a visa to enter Bolivia and you we highly recommend you obtain this visa in advance from your nearest Bolivian consulate or Embassy. Not obtaining the visa in advance is likely to cause long delays at the border.
Please see the visa information on these trip notes for more information.
The Argentine government charges Canadian citizens a reciprocity tax. This tax must be paid online prior to travel and a receipt for this payment must be produced at every border crossing into Argentina.
Our Discover Bolivia & Argentina trips score an average of 4.67 out of 5 based on 63 reviews in the last year.
Amazing Sout America of 47days duration is in the most part fast paced so be prepared for being worn down by the end of the trip. If you get sick like I did there is little rest for recuperation. I would suggest if you have time to have a weeks rest in between tours so as to recharge your batteries. Use water purifying tablets for tap water, DONT buy bottled water & save the environment of yet more plastic waste (not sure why Intrepid don’t promote if environmentally responsible). Included breakfasts are generally stale bread & jam. Some of the outsourced activities such as Inca Trail are not as environmentally friendly / caring as they would lead you to believe with sub standard tour guides.
Review submitted 12 Nov 2017