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Patagonia & Andes

La Paz - Santiago

21 DAYS THROUGH Argentina, Bolivia (+ 1 more)
RATING:
PRICE FROM:
$1,515 (USD) + 740 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
21 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, 4x4
ACCOM:
25%
75%
MEALS:
Breakfasts x 15, Lunches x 9, Dinners x 8
PHYSICAL:
TRIP CODE:
ZZS
DEPOSIT:
$350 (USD)

Highlights

  2 nights in the world's highest capital city, La Paz

  Browse La Cancha, the largest market in Bolivia

  Descend to picturesque and vervant Cochabamba for 2 nights

  Visit the infamous Cerro Rico mines at Potosi

  Day trip on the surreal Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats

  Visit the Uyuni train graveyard and Salt Hotel

  2 day dirt road crossing of the desolate and surreal Altiplano

  Stay 'Halfway Up The Atmosphere' at Leguna Colorada (4500 metres)

  Visit Leguna Blanca and Leguna Verde and see the flamingos, Vicuna, Alpana and Llamas

  Star gaze at Moon Valley at San Pedro de Atacama

  3 nights to enjoy fine wine and good food in and around Salta

  Spectacular drive down Route 40 to see Quebrada de las Conchas

  Visit vineyards in Cafayete

  Walk around the ruins of Quilmes

  3 night stay in an traditional isolated Argentian estancia with gauchos

  Ride beautiful horses in unspoilt location

  Stopover in the Malbec capital of the world, Mendoza

  Drive the Crsto Redenter pass through stunning Andean mountains

  Explore the cosmopolitan and stylish city of Santiago

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Itinerary

Day 1-2 - Santiago ( 20th Jan 2019 to 21st Jan 2019 )

Border information: if you are joining in Santiago, you will most likely enter Chile at Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (IATA code: SCL).

Welcome to Santiago, the cosmopolitan Chilean capital! 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.

In Santiago we will stay in a centrally-located hostel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

Learn more about Santiago and its history on a free walking tour of the centre from a knowledgeable local guide

Free

Take in the breathtaking vista of the city skyline backdropped by the mighty Andes, from the viewpoints at Cerro San Cristobal or Cerro San Lucia

Free

Discover all of Santiago's sights on a hop-on/hop-off bus around the city

CLP 21000
Day 3-4 - Mendoza ( 22nd Jan 2019 to 23rd Jan 2019 )

Border information: Exit Chile at Paso Cristo Redentor, enter Argentina at Los Libertadores.

Today we will drive over the stunning Cristo Redentor pass in the high Andes, passing Aconcagua (the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere) and heading to the Argentine wine capital of Mendoza, nestled in the dry flats underneath the shadows of the largest mountains of the Andes. Mendoza is the centre of Argentine wine production, and one of the nine 'Wine Capitals of the World' - it is especially famous for its Malbec, grown at some of the highest-altitude vineyards to be found in the world.

Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 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!).

On the following day we will have a free day to explore the incredible region, head out on various adventure activities, or of course take a tour of some of the many wineries in the region.

In Mendoza we we stay in a centrally located hostel in dorm accommodation.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

Go for a horse ride through the arid foothills west of Mendoza

ARS 1400

Explore the vineyards of the Mendoza and Maipu region, either on an organised tour or by cycling between the bodgeas

ARS 950

White water rafting on the Mendoza River

ARS 1000

Relax in the beautiful thermal baths in Cacheuta, in the hills above Mendoza

ARS 450
Day 5 - Córdoba ( 24th Jan 2019 )

Today we have a full days drive to the bustling city of Cordoba, we will have a free morning here tommorw to explore.

Estamiated drive time: 10 hours

In Cordoba we will stay in a centrally located hotel or guesthouse.

Day 6-8 - Estancia ( 25th Jan 2019 to 27th Jan 2019 )

Today we will have a leisurely start to the day, with time to explore Cordoba.  After lunch we will complete our drive to the Estancia.

Estimated Drive Time - 2 hours.

On the following two days we will head out horseback riding. This is a magical experience in a beautiful 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.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

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

Included in Kitty
Day 9 - Tafí Del Valle ( 28th Jan 2019 )

Today we will drive north across the lush flat pampas and start climbing into the drier mountains. 

Tonight we will camp in a basic campsite in the town of Tafí del Valle.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

Day 10-11 - Cafayate, Quilmes Ruins ( 29th Jan 2019 to 30th Jan 2019 )

Today we will have an included visit to the ancient ruins of the indigenous city of Quilmes en route, then arrive in the serene town of Cafayate. 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! 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.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the Quilmes ruins

Included in Kitty
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 12-13 - Salta ( 31st Jan 2019 to 1st Feb 2019 )

Today we will drive through the spectacular rock formations of the Quebrada de las Conchas, and reach the beautiful colonial town of Salta.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

On the following day, 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, or take the famous 'Train to the Clouds' through some of the incredible mountian scenery nearby.

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

Daily Activities

Included Activities

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

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

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

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 14-15 - San Pedro De Atacama ( 2nd Feb 2019 to 3rd Feb 2019 )

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

Today we will have a drive day to cross the mighty Andes, cross the border into Chile, and then descend all the way into the Atacama desert.

Estimated Drive Time - 12 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.

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.

Experience the incredible El Tatio geysers at sunrise 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
Day 16 - Bolivian Altiplano ( 4th Feb 2019 )

Border information: Exit Chile at San Pedro de Atacama, enter Bolivia at Uyuni.

Today we will drive up to an altitude of 5020m (at our highest point) and cross the Bolivian border into the wilds of the Bolivian altiplano, a surreal and desolate desert landscape that stretches all the way to the town of Uyuni. We will visit the spectacular coloured lakes of Laguna Colorado and Laguna Verde en route.

In the Bolivian Altiplano we will stay in a basic mountain refuge.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Take the epic journey across the southern Bolivian altiplano - an incredible high-altitude, off-road adventure through a surreal desert landscape, taking in bizarre rock formations, hot springs, and the phenomenal coloured lakes of Laguna Colorada and Laguna Verde

Included in Kitty
Day 17 - Uyuni ( 5th Feb 2019 )

Today we will have an early start to complete our epic crossing of the Bolivian altiplano, and reach the town of Uyuni, the gateway to the incredible salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni.

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

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Day 18 - Salar De Uyuni ( 6th Feb 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 19-20 - La Paz ( 7th Feb 2019 to 8th Feb 2019 )

Today we will leave Cochabamba and drive north to La Paz, Bolivia’s seat of government and the highest administrative capital in the world!

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

On the following day we have a free day to explore the city or take part in optional activities.

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.

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

BOB 150

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

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 21 - La Paz ( 9th Feb 2019 )

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

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in La Paz. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

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WHAT OUR PASSENGERS SAY

The travel experience with Dragoman was fantastic - a great route, a fantastic group and two excellent leaders. I absolutely loved the stay in the Estancia, the salt flats and the moon valley.
Mariana R - 15th June 2018
Overall a really good route, seeing great scenery.
Michael C - 1st June 2018
Most of the Argentina route was my favourite part. Driving through the mountains.
Michael C - 1st June 2018
There are so many highlights in the tour and the tourguides are very good and helpful.
Markus F - 1st June 2018
I had the most amazing time!
Katie D - 22nd May 2018
We absolutely loved the whole trip, from exciting schedules to friendly crew was amazing!
Christopher R - 15th April 2018
Very interesting and amazing experience! Enjoyed most the Estancia, San Pedro de Atacama, Altiplano, Salt flats and La Paz
Andrea M - 15th April 2018
The Estancia was beautiful and the horse riding, BBQ and wine tasting were amazing. Great way for the whole group to bond and to have some time to relax.
Christopher R - 15th April 2018
Overall the trip from La Paz to Santiago was very good and met my personal aspirations fully.( mountains and remoteness of Bolivia and N Chile).
Peter S - 15th February 2018
This was an awsome trip so much to see and the crew were fantastic .
Kirsty M - 22nd January 2018
Absolutely loved it, every single aspect of the trip was perfect
Catarina C - 8th January 2018
Organised, structured, everything was on time. Great teamwork on part of the guides as well.
EUNICE T - 8th January 2018
Enjoyed driving through the most remote parts of countries otherwise inaccessible, eg. the Bolivian altiplano, the winding downhill roads of Chile and Argentina
EUNICE T - 8th January 2018
We've seen a lot, the group was great the guides were amazing. But less active then I expected.
Hanneke M - 12th October 2017
The guides for the Machu Picchu community trek were most excellent. Piero especially was fantastic as a guide and made the whole trip even more enjoyable with his knowledge, skill, friendliness and problem solving. The other crew on the community trek (wranglers and cooks) were also fantastic. Incredibly hard working and professional with a smile.
Nicholas W - 4th June 2015
The leaders were great!
Els v - 4th June 2015
Sinead was amazing! Always happy, always friendly, always helpull. You just have to love her! She and Oli took very good care of us.
Loes v - 4th June 2015
All the local guides were excellent.
Jonathan P - 4th June 2015
Bolivian altiplano guide, Braulio, was informative and friendly.
Louise P - 4th June 2015
The truck was more comfortable than I expected and the tents were very good.
Sandra J - 4th June 2015
The local guide from Uyuni to Bolivian border had a great knowledge about the places.
Ana M - 4th June 2015