Lima To Buenos Aires
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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.
- 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.
Day 1 Lima
Lima is a large, fascinating hotchpotch of architectural styles, coastal scenes, world cuisines, impressive museums, traditional culture and modern arts and nightlife.
Day 2 Paracas/Ballestas Islands
Home to a large number of birds and wildlife species, Paracas National Reserve helps preserve Peru's marine ecosystem and the cultural heritage of the Paracas people. With birds circling ahead, a dramatic coastline with stone arches and caves, and animals galore lazing on rocks and beaches, the Ballestas Islands are a visual feast.
Day 3 Nazca
Rebuilt completely after a devastating earthquake in 1996, Nazca is home to the mysterious Nazca Lines and a city of colourful houses with a pretty main square.
Day 4 Puerto Inca
Puerto Inca is a tiny, sandy place with an abundance of ruins and beautiful coastal scenery to enjoy.
Days 5-6 Arequipa
The beautiful 'White City' of Arequipa is surrounded by volcanoes, is rich in Spanish colonial architecture and abounds with local culture and cuisine.
Days 7-8 Chivay/Colca Canyon
Known for its love of karaoke, Chivay is a small town located near the Colca Canyon with an interesting market and some relaxing hot springs close by. Over twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, and with Andean Condors soaring high above, the Colca Canyon commands reverie.
Day 9 Raqchi Homestay
Traditional houses, customs and handicrafts are a signature part of Raqchi, a small village just outside of Cuzco.
Days 10-11 Cuzco
Cuzco is the gateway to Machu Picchu and a city with majestic architecture, impressive ruins, a lively town centre and cultural significance around every cobblestone corner.
Days 12-15 Classic Inca Trail/Quechua Community Trek/Ollantaytambo
Winding around mountains, through valleys and up steep slopes, the iconic Inca Trail is a series of beautiful vistas and challenging hikes all the way to Machu Picchu. A relaxed and spectacular alternate to the classic Inca Trail trek, the Quecha Community Trek traverses Inca ruins, glacial lakes, lush valleys, waterfalls, soaring peaks and overnights in local villages.
Days 16-17 Machu Picchu/Cuzco
Built sometime in the 15th century and rediscovered in 1911, the staggering ruins of Machu Picchu were thought to be an estate for the Incan emperor, Pachacuti. A World Heritage site set amongst red-green hills with ruins scattered close by, Cuzco is impressive in every way - be it history, culture, nightlife or architecture.
Day 18 Puno
Puno is a colourful town on the Peruvian shores of Lake Titicaca, expect to see traditionally dressed locals, chaotic markets and, if lucky enough, even dancing in the streets.
Days 19-20 Lake Titicaca/Copacabana
A lovely little town situated between two hills and looking out over Lake Titicaca, Copacabana has beautiful scenery and coastline, great eateries and a fascinating religious culture.
Days 21-23 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.
Day 24 Livichuco
A tiny village in the beautiful Altiplano of Bolivia, Livichuco lives very traditionally - theirs is the Qaqachaqa culture - and almost feels like stepping back in time.
Days 25-26 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 27-28 Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni
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.
Day 29 Bolivian Altiplano
A true wilderness featuring volcanoes, salt pans and colourful lakes, the Bolivian Altiplano stretches out from Lake Titicaca to the borders of Argentina and Chile.
Days 30-31 San Pedro de Atacama
Gorgeous desert landscapes, atmospheric, whitewashed adobe houses and a lively town centre has made San Pedro de Atacama one of Chile's most popular travel destinations.
Days 32-34 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.
Day 35 Cafayte
Vineyards, wineries and artisans dominate the picturesque town of Cafayate and its surrounds, the perfect place to sample some world-class wine, food and scenery.
Day 36 Quilmes
The ruined citadel of the Quilmes - a local people displaced in the 17th century by the Spanish - is a fascinating site located in Argentina's Calchaqui Valley.
Days 37-39 Estancia Stay
Spend time on a traditional Argentine estancia, learning the skills of the local gauchos, enjoying an asado- an Argentinean barbecue - and exploring the area by horseback.
Day 40 Cordoba
A thriving university city, Cordoba is brimming with culture, beautiful scenery, an eclectic arts scene, fascinating museums and lovely colonial buildings.
Days 41-42 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.
Maximum of 22 travellers per group
Camping (with facilities), Homestay, Hostel, Hotel
Boat, Jeep, Overland vehicle, Train
1. You need to choose whether you wish to hike the Classic Inca Trail or the Quechua Community Trek at the time of booking. If you do not indicate a preference, the Quechua Community Trek 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 Quechua Community Trek 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 Quechua Community Trek . 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. 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.