Buenos Aires to La Paz Adventure

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Buenos Aires to La Paz

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Breathe in the mountain air of La Paz and dance in the tango milongas of Buenos Aires on a two-week adventure. Connecting the Atlantic to the Andes, you'll journey across the surreal landscapes of the Atacama Desert and the Uyuni Salt Flats. Feel like a sophisticate as you sip wine in Buenos Aires and pull back the curtain on the centre of the continent. Best of all, you'll do it in the company of other fun, young travellers. Don't choose between inspiring wilderness and urban sophistication – do it all.

What’s included

  • G Adventures for Good: Jukil Community Experience & Lodge, Santiago de Agencha Carte Blanche: Salta Carte Blanche: San Pedro de Atacama Carte Blanche: Sucre
  • 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats (3 days)
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Discover colonial cities and historic cultures
  • Sip fine wines in argentina
  • Witness the stunning scenery and unique cultures of northern argentina
  • Cross the uyuni salt flats and surrounding desert altiplano on a 4x4 excursion.

Itinerary

Day 1 Buenos Aires Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Buenos Aires/Salta Salta, situated in the Lerma Valley of northern Argentina, is home to empanadas salteñas - a delicious local specialty. No visit to the town will be complete without giving them a try. In the evening, opt to experience a local celebration at one of the "Peña" folklore shows. Transport: Plane (2.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Salta (1B) Enjoy free time to explore the area. The scenic Quebrada de las Conchas and Cafayate, famed for its wine and vineyards, are recommended stops. The multi-coloured valleys in the foothills region of the Andes are sure to be a highlight.
Day 4 Salta/San Pedro de Atacama (1B) In the morning, take a bus further north to the dry desert regions of Argentina and Chile. Stop in the little town of San Pedro de Atacama, on the edge of the Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Argentina - Chile) Transport: Local bus (10.00-11.00 hours)
Day 5 San Pedro de Atacama Opt to try out sandboarding, go mountain biking, or visit the Valley of the Moon.
Day 6 San Pedro de Atacama/Salt Flats (1L, 1D) Groups like to get creative with photography, as the endless white of the salt flats creates some great depth illusions that are fun to play with in photos. Additional Notes: Note: During the rainy season the locations visited may change due to some routes being covered by water. We offer unique accommodation on the Uyuni Salt Flats. Instead of very basic refuges and homestays most operators use, we have upgraded to simple hotels that are equipped with solar panels to provide electricity and hot water. Rooms are multi-share and each has a private bathroom. Meals are made from local ingredients, most of which are grown on-site. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Chile - Bolivia) Salt Flats Excursion Transport: Local bus (1.50-2.50 hours) 4x4 (1.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Salt Flats (1B, 1L, 1D) Settle in to your G Adventures-supported salt-brick bungalow, complete with salt floors and furniture, after a guided walking tour up to the sacred Jukil mountaintop for sweeping valley views and a dinner of local ingredients prepared by ladies from the community. Included Activities: Salt Flats Excursion Jukil Community Experience & Lodge
Day 8 Salt Flats/Uyuni (1B) Rise early to cover more ground of the unique landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats. Continue to see incredible scenery, including volcanoes, salt lakes and geysers. Included Activities: Salt Flats Excursion
Day 9 Salt Flats/Potosí (1B) Travel north to visit one of the highest cities in the world. On arrival spot the looming mountain of Cerro Rico, a working silver mine. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)
Day 10 Potosí (1B) Get out and explore Potosí and wander through the streets of the city.
Day 11 Potosí/Sucre (1B) Travel north to Sucre. Tackle the city as there is a lot to offer during our two days here. Optional activities include a visit to an old tin baron’s mansion and a textile cooperative, mountain biking, and hiking. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s))
Day 12 Sucre (1B) Free time to explore the city, the former capital of Bolivia. For more active options opt to go hiking in the surrounding area or mountain biking.
Day 13 Sucre/La Paz (1B) Enjoy a free day in Sucre before an overnight bus to La Paz. Transport: Overnight bus (12.00 hour(s))
Day 14 La Paz Wake up from the overnight bus ride, get settled, and have the day to check out the city of La Paz. Optional activities in La Paz include museum visits, a tour of the Valley of the Moon, or a visit to the world’s highest ski resort, Chacaltaya (5600m/18,368 ft).
Day 15 La Paz (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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