18-to-Thirtysomethings: Buenos Aires to Lima Adventure (SABM)
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Basic
Physical Demands Rating: 4 - You might encounter a few high-altitude hikes or other more strenuous activities. Pro tip: Put down that pastry, buster.
Group Size: Max 18, avg 14.
Meals Included: 26 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
Accommodations: Simple hotels (25 nts, some multi-share), overnight buses (3 nts), basic hotel on Salt Flats excursion (2 nts, multi-share), homestay (1 nt), camping (3 nts).
Spot condors at Colca Canyon, conquer the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experience traditional life on Lake Titicaca, cross the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano on a 4x4
South America rewards those willing to explore. Consider this epic adventure: beginning in Buenos Aires and ending in Lima, its 35 full days of fun. Youll hike the Inca Trail, cross the Salt Flats of Bolivia by 4x4, and feel like a sophisticate sipping wine in Argentina. Along the way, youll 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.
- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 3/31/2018
- 35 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Buenos Aires||Day 1 Buenos Aires|
Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Salta||Day 2 Buenos Aires/Salta|
Salta, situated in the Lerma Valley of northern Argentina, is home to empanadas salteNas - 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 "PeNa" folklore shows. Transport: Plane (2.00 hour(s))
|Day 3||Salta||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||San Pedro de Atacama||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||Day 5 San Pedro de Atacama|
Opt to try out sandboarding, go mountain biking, or visit the Valley of the Moon.
|Day 6||Salar de Uyuni||Day 6 San Pedro de Atacama/Salar de Uyuni (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||Salar de Uyuni||Day 7 Salar de Uyuni (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||Uyuni||Day 8 Salar de Uyuni/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||Potosi||Day 9 Salar de Uyuni/Potosi (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 hour(s))
|Day 10||Potosi||Day 10 Potosi (1B)|
Get out and explore Potosi and wander through the streets of the city.
|Day 11||Sucre||Day 11 Potosi/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||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||La Paz||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||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||Day 15 La Paz (1B)|
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.
|Day 16||Puno||Day 16 La Paz/Puno (1B)|
The drive around Lake Titicaca and through the Altiplano from La Paz to Peru is impressive. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Bolivia - Peru) Transport: Local bus (2.50 hour(s)) Local bus (3.50 hour(s))
|Day 17||Lago Titicaca||Day 17 Puno/Lago Titicaca (1B, 1D)|
In the morning, board a boat on Lake Titicaca. Head to Taquile Island for lunch in a local restaurant and the chance for some shopping in the local weaving cooperatives. After, cruise to another village for an overnight homestay on the shores of the lake (the homestay location can vary based on community availability). This experience provides an opportunity to learn more about rural life in the Peruvian highlands and to participate in local traditions. Eat with the family, learn some Quecha and Spanish language skills, try on traditional costumes, and help out with daily chores around the village. Additional Notes: Split into smaller groups for the night and split into family homes to experience their style of living firsthand. Included Activities: Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 1 Lake Titicaca Homestay Transport: Boat (3.00 hour(s))
|Day 18||Puno||Day 18 Lago Titicaca/Puno (1B)|
Leave the homestay families late morning, and visit the Uros Islands on the way back to Puno. A popular optional activity in Puno is a visit to the spectacular chullpas (funerary towers) of Sillustani, a pre-Inca archaeological site only a short drive away. Included Activities: Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 2
|Day 19||Cusco||Day 19 Puno/Cusco (1B)|
Travel through the high Altiplano region to Cusco. Transport: Local bus (7.00 hour(s), 389km)
|Day 20||Cusco||Day 20 Cusco (1B)|
Free time to explore Cusco. Opt for a city tour, or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.
|Day 21||Ollantaytambo||Day 21 Cusco/Ollantaytambo (1B)|
Ollantaytambo is a major Inca ruin site and your first taste of what lies ahead. For those craving more before they head out on the Trail, opt to take a Sacred Valley tour which includes not only Ollantaytambo and the ruin site of Pisac, but also a visit to a G Adventures-supported womens weaving co-op. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 95km)
|Day 22||Inca Trail||Day 22 Inca Trail (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Trek through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata. Additional Notes: A crew of local porters, cooks, and guides will take care of all the details for the duration of the hike. Porters carry the majority of the gear so you'll only need to carry a small daypack with water, rain gear, snacks, a camera, etc. Included Activities: Inca Trail Hike Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
|Day 23||Inca Trail||Day 23 Inca Trail (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Start early to climb the long steep path to WarmiwaNusca, 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. Included Activities: Inca Trail Hike
|Day 24||Inca Trail||Day 24 Inca Trail (1B, 1L, 1D)|
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 WiNay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft). Included Activities: Inca Trail Hike
|Day 25||Cusco||Day 25 Machu Picchu/Cusco (1B)|
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. Included Activities: Inca Trail Hike Machu Picchu Guided Tour Big Night Out Transport: Train (1.50 hour(s), 118km) Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
|Day 26||Cusco||Day 26 Cusco (1B)|
Free day to explore Cusco or relax after the trek. If you are ready for more adventure, opt to go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.
|Day 27||Arequipa||Day 27 Cusco/Arequipa (1B)|
Enjoy a final free day in Cusco before an overnight bus to Arequipa. Transport: Overnight bus (10.00 hour(s), 520km)
|Day 28||Arequipa||Day 28 Arequipa|
Those with an interest in history and architecture may take an optional visit to the Convent of Santa Catalina, offering a brief respite from the outside world and a unique view into a bygone way of life. Other optional excursions include rafting and mountaineering. For spicy food lovers, checking out one of the "PicanterIas" is a must. Arequipa has a variety of regional food: alpaca, shrimp, pork, lots of soups, and spicy sauces.
|Day 29||Colca Canyon||Day 29 Arequipa/Colca Canyon (1B)|
Enjoy an overnight excursion to the impressive Colca Canyon - one of the deepest canyons in the world. Stop in fascinating villages and at "miradors" (scenic lookouts), where, with a little luck, spot Andean condors soaring over the majestic Andes. Other unusual animals that may be spotted in the Andean landscape include three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuNa. Included Activities: Colca Canyon Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50-5.00 hours, 165km)
|Day 30||Arequipa||Day 30 Colca Canyon/Arequipa (1B)|
Get an early start to be on the look out for the condors flying. Travel from Chivay town to a condor viewpoint to admire these magnificent birds in the air. On the way back, stop by some local villages and viewpoints to see old terraces and sections of Colca Canyon, the deepest canyon in the world. Take a lunch break and return to Arequipa in the afternoon. Included Activities: Colca Canyon Guided Tour
|Day 31||Nazca||Day 31 Chivay/Nazca (1B)|
Drive to Arequipa and enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight bus to Nazca. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s)) Overnight bus (9.00 hour(s), 560km)
|Day 32||Nazca||Day 32 Nazca (1D)|
Travel north to one of the worlds greatest archaeological mysteries, the Nazca Lines. Very little can be seen from the ground. The best view is from a light aircraft, which can easily be arranged.
|Day 33||Paracas||Day 33 Nazca/Paracas|
Leave Nazca and stop at the Huacachina Oasis for some optional sandboarding. Continue to visit an artisanal winery to sample some local pisco and wine. Paracas is located one hour further. Included Activities: Huacachina Oasis visit Huacachina Winery Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 140km) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 70km)
|Day 34||Lima||Day 34 Paracas/Lima|
Opt to visit the Ballestas Islands in the morning before travelling to Lima for a final night. Be sure to try some ceviche and a Pisco Sour. Transport: Local bus (4.00 hour(s), 250km) Minibus (0.50 hour(s))
|Day 35||Lima||Day 35 Lima (1B)|
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: N/A
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