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Patagonia & Andes

La Paz - Santiago

21 DAYS THROUGH Argentina, Bolivia, Chile
PRICE FROM:
$1,485 (USD) + 810 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
21 days
TRANSPORT:

Overland expedition vehicle, 4x4

ACCOM:
25% Camping
75% Hotels
MEALS:

Breakfasts x 15, Lunches x 9, Dinners x 8

PHYSICAL:
TRIP CODE:
ZZS
DEPOSIT:
$350 (USD)

Itinerary

Day 1 - Santiago ( 21st Feb 2018 )

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.

Day 2-3 - Mendoza ( 22nd Feb 2018 to 23rd Feb 2018 )

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.

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

ARS 950

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

ARS 450

Take a mountain biking trip through the dramatic landscapes of the Andean foothills near Mendoza

ARS 1000
Day 4-6 - Estancia ( 24th Feb 2018 to 26th Feb 2018 )

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

Estimated Drive Time - 11 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 7 - Tafí Del Valle ( 27th Feb 2018 )

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 8 - Quilmes Ruins, Cafayate ( 28th Feb 2018 )

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
Day 9-10 - Salta ( 1st Mar 2018 to 2nd Mar 2018 )

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.

Get the adrenaline pumping with some white water rafting in Salta

ARS 580

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

ARS 1300

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

ARS 600
Day 11-12 - San Pedro De Atacama ( 3rd Mar 2018 to 4th Mar 2018 )

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.

Observe the night skies at a Chilean observatory

CLP 20000

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

CLP 5000

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

CLP 15000
Day 13 - Bolivian Altiplano ( 5th Mar 2018 )

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 14 - Uyuni ( 6th Mar 2018 )

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 15 - Salar De Uyuni ( 7th Mar 2018 )

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 16 - Potosí ( 8th Mar 2018 )

Today we will leave Uyuni 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!

The afternoon will be free to explore Potosí, and there will be a chance to visit the infamous silver mines of Cerro Rico near to the town.

In Potosí we will stay in a friendly local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

 

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 17-18 - Cochabamba ( 9th Mar 2018 to 10th Mar 2018 )

Today we head down to easy going Cochabamba, where we will have a full day to enjoy the city; visit Christo de la Concordia (Bolivia's answer to the Christ the Redeemer statue of Brazil, check out La Cancha, the largest market of Bolivia or head out into the fantastic national park for hiking or climbing opportunities.

Approximate Drive time -  10hrs 

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

Head out into the National Park for various outdoor activities and nature trails

USD 50-100

Visit Bolivia's largest open air market, La Cancha

Free

Spend the day visiting the sights of Cochabamba, Museuo Arqueologico 20B$, Palacio Portales 15B$ and enjoy the views of Cristo de la Concordia - the immense Christ statue that stands atop Cerro San Pedro. 

BOB 35
Day 19-20 - La Paz ( 11th Mar 2018 to 12th Mar 2018 )

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.

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

USD 110

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 ( 13th Mar 2018 )

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

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
Kevin the estancia owner was great.
Christine S - 4th June 2015
Everything from planning to the running and execution of the trip was handled superbly by everyone who was involved with my trip.
Nicholas W - 4th June 2015
Both Sinead and Oli did fanatastic jobs in, at times, trying circumstances. Sinead's organisational skills were really good ensuring that all passengers were happy. Oli was excellent, he was constantly checking the truck for safety and general maintenance. He was always in good cheer and made himself available to passengers to answer any questions.
Jennifer C - 4th June 2015
Sinead was an excellent leader, I never once felt like she wasn't in control and felt trust in her leading the trip almost immediately after meeting her. She proved herself on quite a few occasions to be resourceful and cool under changing and sometimes difficult circumstances. She did well to research upcoming places on the tour and kept us well informed, especially as it was her first time on the trip. She was very friendly, always put us first, was great fun to hang out with and an all round awesome person. Oli the co-Driver on the trip is my brother so you may think my review is biased! But having known my brother for 30 years I can say he has done an most excellent job - he is a very skilled driver which was demonstrated in the very very narrow streets of Potosi.
Nicholas W - 4th June 2015
Both the leader and co-driver were great, organised and very helpful.
Jonathan P - 4th June 2015
All guides good.
Kenneth S - 4th June 2015
I had the pleasure of having Jaco, Noel and Kate as my crew. They were all exceptional people to travel with and made my trip that much nicer for knowing them. I've travelled with Noel before which was one of the main reasons I booked this trip so I could travel with him again. I've already made plans to catch up with Noel and Kate on future dragoman trips. I am now lucky enough to have 3 new lifelong friends.
Sarah A - 4th June 2015
Tig was my co driver on this leg and she was fantastic, a real joy.
Paul L - 4th June 2015