Lima to Buenos Aires: Deserts & Dancing

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Lima to Buenos Aires

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

South America rewards those willing to explore. Consider this epic adventure: beginning in Lima and ending in Buenos Aires, it's 35-full days of fun. You'll hike the Inca Trail, cross the Salt Flats of Bolivia by 4x4, and feel like a sophisticate sipping wine in Argentina. Along the way, you'll engage with local cultures with a small group of other young travellers to back you up. For those willing to invest their time, this trip offers big returns—in adventure.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo Your G for Good Moment: Handmade Biodegradable Soap Products Your G for Good Moment: Jukil Community Experience & Lodge, Santiago de Agencha Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Foodie Moment: Huacachina Winery Visit, Huacachina Your Discover Moment: Cusco Your Foodie Moment: Sacred Valley Brewery, Ollantaytambo Your Big Night Out Moment: Cusco Your Local Living Moment: Lake Titicaca Homestay, Lake Titicaca Your Discover Moment: Sucre Your Discover Moment: Salta
  • Sunset sandboarding & dune buggies (Huacachina)
  • Pachamanca-style dinner (Nazca)
  • Colca Canyon excursion
  • Inca Trail hike with a local guide and cook (4 days)
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Lake Titicaca excursion
  • Salar de Uyuni and surrounding area excursion (3 days)
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Sandboard the desert dunes of huacachina
  • Spot condors at colca canyon
  • Conquer the inca trail on the way to machu picchu
  • Experience traditional life on lake titicaca
  • Cross the salar de uyuni
  • The world's largest salt flat
  • On a 4x4 excursion
  • Stay overnight at a g adventures-supported community lodge

Itinerary

Lima Arrive at any time. Get to know your group tonight as you head out to one of the many bars and restaurants in the bohemian neighbourhood of Barranco. Enjoy a local craft beer with your fellow travellers as you get excited for the adventure to come.
Lima/Huacachina Travel along the coast of Peru to the oasis of Huacachina, sandboard on the desert dunes while watching the sun go down.
Huacachina/Nazca Wake up and enjoy some time in Huacachina before heading to Nazca. Stop along the way at a Pisco winery and taste the country's national spirit. Later, try a Pachamanca-style dinner in Nazca.
Nazca/Arequipa Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines before an overnight bus to Arequipa.
Arequipa Opt to explore the Arequipa on a city tour or soak in a local hot spring.
Arequipa/Colca Canyon Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley, and opt for a soak in hot springs.
Colca Canyon/Arequipa Set out looking for the majestic soaring condors over Colca Canyon. Head back to Arequipa to enjoy the city in the evening.
Arequipa/Cusco Explore Arequipa and opt to take a city tour. Take an overnight bus to Cusco.
Cusco Free time to explore Cusco. Choose to pre-book the optional Cusco Cooking Class. Opt for a city tour or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.
Cusco Enjoy another free day in Cusco. Choose to pre-book the Cusco Cooking Class.
Cusco/Ollantaytambo Head into the Sacred Valley, visit the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op in the Ccaccaccollo community. Learn about weaving, meet the resident llamas, and opt to purchase a knitted item if it catches your eye. Stop to sample craft beer on the way to Ollantaytambo for free time to explore.
Inca Trail Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins.
Inca Trail Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.
Inca Trail Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through cloud forest on the gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley. At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).
Machu Picchu/Cusco The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Wake up around 03:30 and walk to the checkpoint. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows. Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.
Cusco Free day to explore more of Cusco or just relax.
Cusco/Puno Travel through the high Altiplano region to travel to Puno on Lake Titicaca.
Puno/Lake Titicaca Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a local village.
Lake Titicaca/Puno Visit the floating islands of Uros. Optional visit to the Sillustani burial site.
Puno/La Paz Cross over into Bolivia for a night out in the highest city of the trip. Oxygen bar anyone?
La Paz Free day in La Paz. Opt to visit Iglesia de San Francisco, the Valley of the Moon, the Witches' Market, or the nearby Tiahuanaco Ruins.
La Paz/Sucre Enjoy a free day to explore the vibrant markets and winding streets of the city before boarding a night bus to Sucre.
Sucre Free time to explore the beautiful colonial city of Sucre. For more active options opt to go hiking in the surrounding area or mountain biking.
Sucre Enjoy another free day to explore Sucre and surroundings.
Sucre/Potosí Travel south to the one of the world's highest cities.
Potosí Get out and explore Potosí, learn about the history of the city while wandering the streets. Stop at the market and interact with the locals.
Potosí/Uyuni Travel to Uyuni and get ready for an excursion to the Salar de Uyuni.
Uyuni/Salt Flats and Desert Crossing Enjoy a three-day 4x4 excursion to the Salar de Uyuni and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery. Today you will be heading into the Salar de Uyuni. Our 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. Last stop for the evening is a G Adventures-supported community lodge in a traditional agricultural village in the heart of a desert oasis.
Salt Flats and Desert Crossing Explore the desert altiplano on a 4x4 excursion. Admire the spectacular scenery while passing red and blue lagoons and interesting rock formations along the route. Spot wild llamas, alpacas and even flamingos deep within the desert.
Salt Flats and Desert Crossing /San Pedro de Atacama Rise early to cover more ground of the unique landscape of the Salar de Uyuni. Continue to see incredible scenery, including volcanoes, and salt lakes. Travel to the border and descend by bus to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. It's a long but scenic drive.
San Pedro de Atacama Opt to go sandboarding or mountain biking, or visit the Valley of the Moon.
San Pedro de Atacama/Salta Cross the border into Argentina.
Salta Explore the city and enjoy the local cuisine. Opt to take a trip through the scenic Quebrada de las Conchas to Cafayate, or visit the High Mountain Archaeological Museum.
Salta/Buenos Aires Skip a long bus journey with a quick flight to Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires Depart at any time.
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