Bolivia to Argentina Adventure - 20 Days
Bolivia to Argentina Adventure - 20 Days
Bolivia to Argentina Adventure - 20 Days
Bolivia to Argentina Adventure - 20 Days
Bolivia to Argentina Adventure - 20 Days
Bolivia to Argentina Adventure - 20 Days

Bolivia to Argentina Adventure - 20 Days

Regular price £1,980.00 GBP

Introduction

You won’t go deeper into South America than on this trip! Wander through the Salt Flats, star gaze at San Pedro de Atacama in Chile, and try your hand at wine tasting and adrenaline in Argentina! You’ll be stunned and amazed at the wonders of South America!

Countries visited: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile

Is this trip for you?

  • This is an organised group trip so perfect for solo travellers or a group of friends!
  • Group size from 1 - 16 people
  • Age range from 18-39 year olds
  • Accommodation will be a mix of dorms, hotels, and overnight bus (2 nights)
  • Transport on this tour will be  - Plane, Bus, Overnight bus, 4x4

What's included?

  • Accommodation
  • Transport on tour
  • Some meals - 17 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Local guides
  • Visit to ‘Fish Island’
  • Altiplano tour including Laguna Colorada and Laguna Verde
  • Uyuni Salt Flats tour including San pedro de Atacama

What's not included?

  • Flights - We can help you with this - request a quote
  • Travel Insurance- We can help you with this
  • Visa
  • Some food

Trip Notes

Day 1: La Paz

Bienvenido a Bolivia! Our epic trip is going to start with a welcome meeting this evening at 6pm. There’ll be a note at reception about where the meeting will take place. If you’re going to be late, let the hotel reception know, since we’ll be taking your insurance and next of kin details at this meeting (ensure you have all this info for your tour leader!). 

A side note: 

- La Paz is 3,600m above sea level, so do make sure you take the necessary precautions for altitude sickness. 

- If your flight won’t come into La Paz in time, perhaps you could consider coming in a day early so you’re on time. We’ll be able to help you sort out additional accommodation (availability permitting of course!).

ALTITUDE SICKNESS:

This trip will take you above 2800m, which is usually where people start feeling pretty funky due to the altitude, regardless of age, gender and fitness. 

There are a few pre-existing medical conditions are going to worsen your condition at high altitudes, and could even be hard to treat at altitude. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please do consult your doctor before you leave so you are prepared for any possible issues! 

Optional Activities

  • To 3,600 Metres, and Beyond tour - USD37
  • Coca Museum - BOB12
  • Food With Altitude tour - USD52

Day 2: La Paz

Today we’ll have a free day to explore La Paz, to ease us into our tour. The city is well known for its markets (especially Mercado de Hechiceria, or Witches’ Market, selling potions, incantations, stones and artifacts). See if you can speak to a local about the significance of the market, Bolivians love a good chat! If you fancy, maybe visit the Coca Museum just a short walk away from our hotel. Otherwise, try one of the Optional Activities mentioned above! 

We head onto an overnight bus late afternoon to Sucre (it’ll take 12-13 hours). The buses are quite comfy with recliner seats, but it can be quite cold on board, so make sure you bring warm clothes and layer up! Most buses also have toilets, and the driver makes a couple stops a long the way for us to stretch our legs! 

Optional Activities

  • City Tour & Moon Valley - USD18
  • Chacaltaya & Moon Valley Tour - USD16
  • City Tour - USD18
  • Tiawanaku tour - USD25

Meals Included

Breakfast

Days 3-5 Sucre

Once we arrive into Sucre, we’ll drop off our luggage at the hotel and head out to explore for a bit, maybe walk off the sleepiness of the night bus. This World-Heritage listed capital is a core centre of culture and also of Spanish colonial architecture. A few tips: Museo de la Recoleta for some fabulous views over the city, which also happens to house a great collection of sculptures and paintings. If you’ve got enough time, head to the Plaza de Mayo to take in the friendly atmosphere. 

If you want to do something out of this world, head to Cal Orko to see some 60-million-year-old dinosaur footprints. Sucre also has an amazing foodie culture, so do make sure you give the empanadas here a shot. 

Optional Activities

  • Casa de la Moneda- BOB50
  • Casa de la Libertad - BOB25
  • Dinosaur footprints at Cal Orcko - USD7

Meals Included

Breakfast (x2)

Day 6: Potosi

This morning, we grab a local bus for 3-4 hours to Potosi. This is a colonial mining city sitting at the base of Cerro Rico, a mountain that is full of silver ore. We’ll have a tour and a bit of a history of Cerro Rico, but we strongly advise you not to actually enter the mines (for safety reasons). With a bit of time, you should also consider visiting the Santa Teresa Convent Museum to see some amazing things on display inside the convent’s original walls. 

A side note: We advice against doing a Potosi Mine Tour in which you actually enter the mine. Should you decide to go despite our warnings, you will be doing so at your own risk. Our tour leaders are prohibited from organizing this activity for you for the afore-mentioned safety concerns. 

Optional Activities

  • Convento y Museo de Santa Teresa - BOB21

Meals Included

Breakfast

Day 7: Uyuni Town

We say bye-bye to Potosi today and head to Uyuni (about 5-7 hours). This town sits on the edge of the Altiplano, which is a wilderness area that extends across into Argentina and Chile (so, like, hundreds of kilometres far). This area is infamous for being super cold, so please bring warm clothes for this!! Tonight, we stay in a basic hotel in Uyuni Town. We’ll be heading out to the desert for the next few days so make sure that you make the most of the hot showers! 

Meals Included

Breakfast

Day 8: Salar de Uyuni

This morning we leave Uyuni and head out for a 4WD excursion! It’s going to be an exciting few days ahead, so be mentally prepared! We first stop at a Train Cemetery, and then continue on towards Salar de Uyuni, the famed salt flats. It might be a bit busy with other travellers, but it’s of course the highlight of the trip! Try and take as many photos as possible, taking advantage of the flatness for the perspectives!! See how many FB cover photos you can conjure up! There’s also a rocky island covered in cacti and coral-like structures.

A side note: Between December to March, the salt lake can be flooded. If it is, we will adapt the itinerary to accommodate this. 

Included Activities

  • Visit to 'Fish Island'
  • Uyuni Salt Flats tour including San pedro de Atacama
  • Altiplano tour including Laguna Colorada and Laguna Verde

Meals Included

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Andean Desert

We’re going to be taking in some spectacular landscape of the Atacama Desert today by driving through the volcanoes and lakes. We’ll be reaching up to 4,900m above sea level today, so make sure you remember all the precautions you've prepared for this tirp! We’re going to stop by the Laguna Colorada, where we are able to spot wildlife such as llamas, flamingos, vischachas and foxes, all feasting on the nutrient-rich waters of the red lake. 

A side note: Accommodation here in the desert will be basic. Showers will likely be unreliable and cold, especially in winter when the pipes freeze. Electricity is generated by solar panels, so we won’t be able to charge electronic devices. In rainy season, we might have to amend the itinerary depending on the road conditions/accessibility. 

Meals Included

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: San Pedro de Atacama

This morning, we head to thermal baths in the desert for a bit of a soak. We’ll then head to the Bolivia/Chile border. We’ll say goodbye to Bolivia, and pass through some geysers, salt flats, and snow-capped volcanoes to hit the famous oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama in Chile. Use some free time to walk around. Check out the Church of San Pedro de Atacama, or try the Museo Gustavo le Paige (this is an archeological museum), or the town’s central plaza. 

Meals Included

Breakfast

Day 11: San Pedro de Atacama

Today, really get into the foodie culture that San Pedro is nurturing. With it becoming a popular tourist destination, the town is using its Chilean, French and Italian influences to grow the restaurant and café scene. We would recommend heading out to the Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna), or join an astronomical tour when the stars come out (this is genuinely one of the best places in the world to stargaze!) 

Meals Included

Breakfast

Day 12: Salta

We’ll travel for quite a while today (about 12 hours) as we head to Salta, Argentina. This beautiful town is rich in history as well as colonial architecture. Couple that with the friendly locals and the surrounding natural beauty, and you’ve got a great stay on your hands. If there’s a bit of free time once we arrive, so we should spend some time getting to know the area- Plaza 9 de Julio is a great place to stat with its gardens, fountains, and historic buildings! 

Optional Activities

  • Gondola to Cerro San Bernardo - ARS32
  • Archaeological Museum - ARS32

Meals Included

Breakfast

Days 13-14 Salta

We spend two days exploring Salta at a steady, chilled out pace. If you want to get your adrenaline going, though, you can hike up Cerro San Bernardo, the mountain that looms over Salta. Or, take a gondola (cable car) to the top of the mountain if 1,070 steps don’t take your fancy. The view from the top is magnificent, regardless of how you get there! There are lots of adventure activities here, so do take advantage of the rafting, bungee jumping, and horse riding! Note that these activities are not included in the tour, so will have to come at your own expense. 

Just strolling the streets of this quaint little town is amazing as it is, but you could also pop into a few of the museums that Salta has to offer. Or maybe you should take a paddleboat out onto the lake! In the early evening on our last day here, we’ll get onto an overnight bus to Mendoza (it’ll take 18 hours…). The bus will be quite comfy with reclining seats and a toilet on board!

Meals Included

Breakfast x2

Days 15-17: Mendoza

We arrive around noon on Day 15, and spend the next few days smack bang in the middle of Argentinian wine country, Mendoza. Take it easy the first day so we can get our bearings… let’s start with Plaza Independencia. The city centre is gorgeous and very well planned- you’ll see lots of green: trees, squares, and parks galore! They do observe the traditional siesta here from 1pm-4pm, just so you know not to try going shopping during this time! As Argentina’s biggest and most well known grape growing region, it’s probably a good idea to go on a wine tour! This region makes 70% of the country’s wine, the Malbec being the signature variety of the region. If you prefer a good thrill to a glass of wine, you should try zip lining above Mendoza’s lakes, following a bunch of canopy wires. There’s quite a few good city and mountain tours available as well if you prefer to keep your feet planted on the ground. In the evenings, the restaurants, bars, and pubs along the Avenida Aristides Vilanueva come to life and everyone can be found enjoying the country air here! 

Optional Activities

  • Mountain Tour - ARS210
  • Winery tour - ARS105
  • City Tour - ARS63
  • Canopy - ARS152

Meals Included

Breakfast x2 

Day 18: Buenos Aires

Today we fly over to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital. As soon as we get here, it might be smart to hit the streets to explore this beautiful city. The streets of San Telmo are filled with antiques markets, and then you should see the presidential palace of the Casa Rosada on the Plaza de Mayo. This evening, take in a tango show, watch a football match, or have a famous Argentinian steak with a glass of Malbec! 

Meals Included

Breakfast

Day 19: Buenos Aires

Over the next two days, take your time and take in as much of the city as possible: head to La Recoleta Cemetery, the final resting place of Eva Peron. There are some great museums to check out in this neighborhood, too. Make sure you go to the neighbourhood of La Boca, where you’ll find the famous colourful houses of Buenos Aires. This is also home to the world-famous football team the Boca Juniors!

If you’re a foodie at heart, take our Gourmet Buenos Aires tour, or if you prefer wine, make sure you take part in the Malbec Trail of Palermo! 

Optional Activities

  • Gourmet Buenos Aires Food Urban Adventure - USD77
  • Malbec Trail of Palermo Urban Adventure - USD100
  • Tango show - ARS1200

Included Activities

  • Orientation Tour - Buenos Aires

Meals Included

Breakfast

Day 20: Buenos Aires

Our tour sadly comes to an end today, so we say goodbye to our group mates and leave at any time. 

Meals Included

Breakfast