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Altiplano & Gaucho Wanderer La Paz - Buenos Aires

Trip Overview

From Bolivia’s high Altiplano to the heart of Argentina’s grasslands, this trip takes you through some of South America’s most beautiful landscapes. Most stunning of all is the dramatic expanse of the salt plains of Salar de Uyuni and we will cross the Altiplano along remote, seldom travelled routes, criss-crossing wild plateaux studded with volcanoes and lakes full of flamingos; it is truly spectacular.

Bolivia was the economic engine of the Spanish empire and nowhere more so than the historic city of Potosi with its giant silver and tin mines and the political centre of La Paz. We descend from the Andes into Chile’s Atacama Desert, to visit the atmospheric town of San Pedro before crossing the Andes again and heading into the beautiful arid regions of Argentina and the wonderful colonial city of Salta. Argentina’s route 40 is truly spectacular cutting through remote red mountains beset with vine covered valleys.

No trip to Argentina is complete without getting under the skin of Gaucho life and we have a unique Estancia stay for two days of horse riding on an idyllic country ranch. To cap it all off we have time to explore the cosmopolitan capital, Buenos Aires.

21 DAYS THROUGH Argentina, Bolivia (+ 1 more countries)
RATING:
of 29 reviews
PRICE FROM:
$1,615 (USD) + 800 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
21 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, 4x4
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
30%
70%
MEALS:
Breakfasts x 18, Lunches x 11, Dinners x 11
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
ZZB
DEPOSIT:
$350 USD

Highlights

  Explore the witches market & the dizzy heights of the world's highest capital city, La Paz

  Day trip on the surreal Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats

  Visit the Uyuni train graveyard

  2 day crossing of the desolate and surreal Altiplano

  Star gaze in the Moon Valley at San Pedro de Atacama

  Take the cable car for a spectacular view of Salta

  Spectacular drive down Route 40 to see Quebrada de las Conchas

  2 nights to visit vineyards in Cafayate

  Walk around the ruins of Quilmes

  3 night stay in a traditional isolated Argentian estancia with the Gauchos

  Ride beautiful horses in an unspoilt location across remote Cordillera

  Practice your dance steps in the birthplace of Tango

  Explore the bars and cafes of Buenos Aires

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Off the beaten track adventure, through remote wilderness; a mix of high altitude Andean crossings, with Argentinean local life. Plenty of urban exploration (Salta, Buenos Aires, Mendoza) and time to explore magnificent scenery. Horse riding and easy walks, not physically challenging.

Itinerary

Day 1 - La Paz ( 23rd May 2019 )

Border information: if you are joining in La Paz, you will most likely enter Bolivia at La Paz El Alto International Airport (IATA code: LPB).

Welcome to La Paz, Bolivia’s seat of government and the highest administrative capital in the world! There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in La Paz before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring La Paz.

A note on altitude: If you are joining in La Paz, we strongly recommend arriving at least 24 hours before the trip begins to allow additional time to acclimatise.

In La Paz we will stay in a good hotel in the historical centre.

Day 2 - La Paz ( 24th May 2019 )

Today we have a free day to enjoy La Paz

In La Paz we will stay in a good hotel in the historical centre.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Downhill "gravity assisted" mountain biking from La Paz to Coroico

USD 125

Guided tour to explore Tiahuanacu Inca Ruins

BOB 220

Take a trip out to the mountain resort of Chacaltaya and the other-worldly landscape of the Moon Valley near La Paz

BOB 130

Take a guided tour of the main sights and viewpoints around La Paz

BOB 150

Discover Bolivia's history, art, and culture in some of La Paz's many museums such as the San Francisco Museum and the Museum of Ethnography

BOB 20
Day 3 - Potosí ( 25th May 2019 )

Today we will leave La Paz behind and head to the colonial mining town of Potosí, the highest town in the world, and once famous for the area's abundance of silver!

In Potosí we will stay in a friendly local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 530km / 9 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head down into the tunnels of the Potosi silver mine

BOB 110

Visit the the Casa de la Moneda museum in Potosí, to learn all about its colonial past and the silver that once flowed from the area

BOB 60
Day 4 - Uyuni ( 26th May 2019 )

After some free time in Potosi, we will continue our journey to Uyuni, the gateway to the Salar de Uyuni salt flats.

In Uyuni we will stay in a friendly hotel, famous for serving the highest pizzas in the world!

Estimated Drive Time - 5 hours.

Day 5 - Salar De Uyuni ( 27th May 2019 )

Today we will venture out onto the salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni, spending a full day exploring this phenomenal location by jeep and on foot. En route we will explore the nearby train graveyard and the cactus-filled 'Fish Island', and take all the time we need to get plenty of perspective-bending photographs!

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Take jeeps out onto the dazzling Uyuni Salt Flats

Included in Kitty
Day 6 - Bolivian Altiplano ( 28th May 2019 )

Today we will head off across the wilds of the Altiplano, a surreal and desolate desert landscape that stretches all the way into  Chile. We will make plenty of stop for photographs on the way and at the end of the day we aim to cross the border into Chile, making camp soon afterwards.

Tonight we will bush camp in a remote spot with no facilities! 

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

 

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take the epic journey across the Altiplano - an incredible high-altitude adventure through a surreal desert landscape, taking in bizarre rock formations and stunning lakes.

Free
Day 7-8 - San Pedro De Atacama ( 29th May 2019 to 30th May 2019 )

Border information: Exit Bolivia and enter Chile at Ollague

After breakfast we will break camp, and drive through the stunning Reserva Nacional Alto Loa on the Chilean part of the Altiplano, stopping off en route for photographs. Afterwards descending down to San Pedro de Atacama.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day to explore the incredible highlights of the Atacama desert surrounding San Pedro. In the evening we will take an included trip out to the extraordinary Moon Valley, where we will hopefully see an incredible sunset. At night we will also have the chance to go stargazing, in one of the world's premier regions for astronomy (please note that this is only possible when there is not a full moon).

In San Pedro de Atacama we will stay in a centrally located hostel.

Please note: The weather in this region can be unpredictable and has been known to close the road to the border.  On these occasions we will take an alternate route across the Altiplano, crossing into either Chile or Argentina at a different border point.  Your Tour Leaders will keep you informed of any changes that may be necessary.

Special Event Notice: On 2nd July 2019 there will be a Solar Eclipse.  Trip code: ZZB190626B departing La Paz on 26th June 2019, will experience a 77% eclipse during their stunning day drive across the Altiplano towards San Pedro de Atacama.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the dramatic landscape of the Moon Valley

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Observe the night skies at a Chilean observatory

CLP 20000

Experience the incredible El Tatio geysers in the mountains high above the Atacama Desert

CLP 30000

Hire a bike to explore the incredible deserts surrounding San Pedro de Atacama at your own pace

CLP 5000

Discover the incredible deserts of San Pedro on horseback

CLP 13500

Visit the incredible salt plains of the Salar de Atacama, and take a swim in the salty pools of Laguna Cejar

CLP 15000

Take a tour of the stunning Lagunas Altiplánicas, backdropped by the incredible deserts and volcanic scenery of the region

CLP 35000

Relax in the blissful natural volcanic hot springs of Puritama, in the hills above San Pedro

CLP 15000

Discover some of the interesting ancient ruins near San Pedro, and the artifacts found in the area, on an archaeological tour

CLP 25000

Head out for an exciting sand-boarding excursion in the sand dunes of the Atacama Desert

USD 30
Day 9 - Purmamarca ( 31st May 2019 )

Border information: Exit Chile at Paso Jama, enter Argentina at Paso Jama.

Today we will have a long drive day to cross the mighty Andes, cross the border into Argentina, and reach the beautiful village of Purmamarca next to the aptly-named 'Hill of Seven Colours'

In Purmamarca we will camp in a local campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.

Day 10 - Salta ( 1st Jun 2019 )

Today we will drive to the beautiful colonial city of Salta, where we will have time to freely explore on arrival.

In Salta we will stay in a local hotel or guesthouse.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Day 11 - Salta ( 2nd Jun 2019 )

Today we will have a free day to explore the town of Salta, visit its many museums, or explore the beautiful surrounding hills on foot or by mountain bike. We will also have the chance to take the cable car to the viewpoint on San Bernardo Hill overlooking the town, taking in some of the incredible mountian scenery nearby.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Time to explore the colonial city of Salta and local area

ARS 40

Take the cable car up to the top of San Bernardo Hill, and take in the breathtaking views out over the city of Salta below

ARS 200

Explore the beautiful mountains and forests near Salta on a mountain biking trip

ARS 1300
Day 12 - Salta ( 3rd Jun 2019 )

Today we will have a short morning drive to a campsite in Cabra Corral, a small village south of Salta where we have the opportunity to go rafting or zip-lining!

Tonight we will continue our drive a short distance to wild camp in the stunning mountains nearby, or camp at the rafting base in Cabra Corral if preferred.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Get the adrenaline pumping with some white water rafting in Salta

ARS 950

Fly through the stunning valleys above the Juramento river on an exciting 4-cable zip-lining course

ARS 750
Day 13-14 - Cafayate ( 4th Jun 2019 to 5th Jun 2019 )

Today we will drive through the spectacular rock formations of the Quebrada de las Conchas, and reach the serene town of Cafayate.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

This small unassuming town is the centre of one of Argentina's principal wine producing regions, famous for the quality of its Torrentes and Tannat wines! Over the next two days we will have the opportunity to go to a few of the vineyards nearby to see how the wine is made, and of course to try them!

In Cafayate we stay at a campsite with good facilities.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Discover the bodegas and stock up on wine in Cafayate

ARS 150

Visit the impressive rock formations of 'El Amphiteatro' and 'La Garganta del Diablo' en route through the primeval landscape of the Quebrada de las Conchas

Free
Day 15 - Recreo, Quilmes Ruins ( 6th Jun 2019 )

Today we will drive south over some more spectacular mountains and arrive in the lush flat pampas that Argentina is famous for. We will visit the ancient ruins of the indigenous city of Quilmes en route. 

Tonight we will aim to wild camp en route or stay in a basic campsite in the town of Recreo.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the Quilmes ruins

Included in Kitty
Day 16-18 - Estancia ( 7th Jun 2019 to 9th Jun 2019 )

Today we drive to a unique Anglo-Argentine Estancia, where we will stay for 3 nights.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

During our time at the Estancia, we will head out horseback riding, taste the excellent wines produced by their vineyards, be entertained by a local musician, learn some of the skills of the gauchos, and enjoy a traditional asado (Argentine BBQ). This isa magical experience in a beautiful and atmospheric location, and many people's highlight of the trip!

Please note that some of these activities are subject to weather conditions. Please also note that there is a strict weight limit of 15 stone (210lbs) or 95kg to partake in the horse riding - if you should weigh more than this, then unfortunately you will not be able to participate in the horseback riding.

In the Estancia we will camp with facilities in the grounds near the main house.

Special Event Notice: On 2nd July 2019 there will be a Total Solar Eclipse.  Trip code: ZZB190616B departing La Paz on 16th June 2019, will experience a 98% eclipse during their stay at our fabulous Estancia!

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Spend 3 unique days at an Anglo-Argentinian estancia to experience the Gaucho way of life

Included in Kitty
Day 19 - Buenos Aires ( 10th Jun 2019 )

Today we will have a full day drive to the wonderful city of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina.

In Buenos Aires we will stay in a centrally-located hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours.

Day 20 - Buenos Aires ( 11th Jun 2019 )

Today is a free day to explore the incredible city of Buenos Aires, soak up the atmosphere of its streets, and discover its amazing culture, art, and music.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, the coolest city in South America

ARS 250

Enjoy a free city tour of Buenos Aires

Free

Head out to a tango show in Buenos Aires' oldest cafe, the Gran Cafe Tortoni - seeing a slice of iconic Argentine culture in an ideal and intimate setting

ARS 450

Visit the strangely beautiful cemetery of Recoleta, the final resting place of many ex-presidents and Argentine icons, most famously including the tomb of Eva Peron

Free

Try your hand at the art of tango dancing with a private lesson in Buenos Aires

USD 25

Freely explore the cosmopolitan Argentina capital of Buenos Aires, or take a free walking tour of the city's highlights

Free

See a different side to Buenos Aires on a tour of its incredible street art with some of the local artists

USD 20

Learn all about the cuisine of Argentina on a food tour of Buenos Aires, visiting several incredible local top-class eateries that you won't find in the guidebooks!

USD 85

Try some of Argentina's most delicious wines on a top-level wine tasting afternoon in Buenos Aires

USD 52
Day 21 - Buenos Aires ( 12th Jun 2019 )

Border information: if you are finishing in Buenos Aires, you will most likely exit Argentina at Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport, also known as Ezeiza Airport (IATA code: BUE/EZE).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Buenos Aires. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team if you would like to arrange some extra nights of accommodation here after your trip.

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Departing: 23 May 2019
Returning: 12 Jun 2019
Duration: 21 days
Route: La Paz - Buenos Aires
$1,615 USD + $800 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 16 Jun 2019
Returning: 6 Jul 2019
Duration: 21 days
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This trip will experience the 98% Solar eclipse at our Estancia
Departing: 26 Jun 2019
Returning: 16 Jul 2019
Duration: 21 days
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This trip will experience a 78% Solar eclipse on the Altiplano en route to San Pedro de Atamcama
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Duration: 21 days
Route: La Paz - Buenos Aires
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REVIEWS FROM OUR PASSENGERS

Crew were excellent hosts and we were well looked after on the trip
Robert G
First group travel experience after years of travelling solo and/or with friends. A Great experience where you learn alot about yourself and make new relationships easily.
Laura M
Easy company, well organised and very memorable experiences auch as Uyuni salt flats, San Pedro desert, Estancia.
Laura M
I loved the time at the estancia and the lunch st the winery at Cafayate
Janine S
The whole trip was excellent, I took part in both the Lima to Cuzco leg and again from Cafayate to Buenos Aires, and there were incredible opportunities during both legs. Personal highlights would be Machu Picchu, Arequipa, and the Estancia stay in Argentina.
Michael H
My experience with Dragoman was a genuine pleasure throughout the trip.
Michael H
Amazing trip guys, great leader and driver.
Nicolas B
Overall great trip, great leaders and great organization from their part!
Judith E
The route, guides and drivers were all great!
Matthew W
Guides were generally informative and helpful.
Matthew W
Nick and Neill were fantastic through the whole trip!
Kendra S
The drivers were great!
GUDRUN V
Both guys were absolutely fantastic, I had such a great time and the transmitted a such a relaxed vibe, even though they had to work so much to solve the many problems we found on the road. Great guys really.
Nicolas B
Excellent job from both crew, always had our interests in mind, very approachable, fun.
Judith E
Neill was fantastic throughout the whole trip, especially when faced with several problems with strikes and blockages. We were even lucky enough to enter the Salt Flats when most other tourists could not.
Matthew W
I couldn't fault these two on this leg of the trip whatsoever. They came up against some pretty challenging situations along the way (dealing with roadblocks, etc.) which they handled immensely well, going above and beyond their duties to ensure that the we got where we needed to be. Really impressive work.
G C
The camping equipment is solid and quite easy to assemble. The truck is very convenient and has almost everything it needs to provide a good experience. A lot of little details were taken care of.
Francois B
These guys do a good job!
Francois B
Very good tour - one of the best companies I have used.
Catherine O
But both Julie and Rob were more than excellent. They were always friendly and helpful, and immensely kind to even the most trying of passengers. Both of them were superb and made a fab team.
Catherine O
Our leaders were excellent, I can't imagine how anybody could perform better.
Karolina K
Julie and Rob were amazing, both went well beyond the requirements to make the trip memorable.
Daniel H
One of the best trips in my life!
Karolina K
The estancia was amazing, these people got me riding a horse without needing oxygen, and gave us a lot of wine and gave me memories fuzzy or not that I'll cherish and the same could be said for the whole tour. I had a blast and that was largely to do with the organisational skills of Tom and Bob. That I just had to show up and it was all done for me, which on this type of tour is what I was looking for.
Isla H
All of the guides had good English and they communicate the local traditions well.
Christine H
Local guides performances were perfect.
Maria v
Estanica staff were great!
Madelaine O
Both crew were hard working, helpful, always there for you, and very friendly.
Michael B
Great guides - especially Victor and Roberta in the Panatal. They knew all the birds and animals and were enthusiastic in sharing their knowledge.
Roger P