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Patagonia & Andes

La Paz - Santiago

21 DAYS THROUGH Argentina, Bolivia, Chile
PRICE:
$1,430 (USD) + 800 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
21 days
ACCOM:
25% Camping
75% Hotels
MEALS:

Breakfasts x 15, Lunches x 9, Dinners x 8

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

Itinerary

Day 1-2 - La Paz ( 30th Nov 2017 to 1st Dec 2017 )

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.

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

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.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

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

USD 110
Optional

Guided tour to explore Tiahuanacu Inca Ruins

BOB 220
Optional

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

BOB 130
Optional

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

BOB 150
Optional

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 3-4 - Potosí ( 2nd Dec 2017 to 3rd Dec 2017 )

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

We will have free time to explore Potosí, and there will be a chance to visit the infamous silver mines of Cerro Rico near to the town or enjoy a city Tour.

In Potosí we will stay in a friendly local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 525km / 9hrs

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 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!).

Day 5 - Uyuni ( 4th Dec 2017 )

Today we will drive south to 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 - 4-5 hours.

Day 6 - Salar De Uyuni ( 5th Dec 2017 )

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!

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Take jeeps out onto the dazzling Uyuni Salt Flats

Included in Kitty
Day 7 - Bolivian Altiplano ( 6th Dec 2017 )

Today we will head off across the wilds of the Bolivian altiplano, a surreal and desolate desert landscape that stretches all the way to the Chilean border. 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.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

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 8-9 - San Pedro De Atacama ( 7th Dec 2017 to 8th Dec 2017 )

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

Today we set off early from our altiplano refuge, cross the remainder of the Bolivian Altiplano, and then descend all the way into the Atacama desert.

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.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Explore the dramatic landscape of the Moon Valley

Included in Kitty
Optional

Observe the night skies at a Chilean observatory

CLP 20000
Optional

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

CLP 15000
Optional

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

CLP 35000
Optional

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

CLP 15000
Day 10 - Salta ( 9th Dec 2017 )

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 town of Salta.

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

Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours.

Day 11 - Salta ( 10th Dec 2017 )

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

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

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 150
Optional

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

ARS 1200
Day 12 - Cafayate ( 11th Dec 2017 )

Today we will drive through the spectacular rock formations of the Quebrada de las Conchas, and reach 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 - 3-5 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Discover the bodegas and stock up on wine in Cafayate

ARS 100
Included

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
Day 13 - Quilmes Ruins, Recreo ( 12th Dec 2017 )

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.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Visit the Quilmes ruins

Included in Kitty
Day 14-16 - Rio Ceballos ( 13th Dec 2017 to 15th Dec 2017 )

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

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 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.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Spend 3 unique days at an Anglo-Argentinian estancia to experience the gaucho way of living

Included in Kitty
Day 17-19 - Mendoza ( 16th Dec 2017 to 18th Dec 2017 )

Today we will have a very early start for a full day's drive to the stunning town 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.

The following two days will be free time to explore the incredible region, head out on various adventure activities, or of course take a tasting tour of the incredible wineries in the region.

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

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

3 nights in wine producing Mendoza

ARS 270
Optional

Discover Mendoza's excellent vineyards and white water rivers

ARS 930
Optional

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

ARS 800
Optional

Discover Argentina's wine capital and explore the vineyards of the Mendoza and Maipu region, either on an organised tour or by cycling between the bodgeas

ARS 300
Optional

Take an exhilarating white water rafting trip down the Mendoza River

ARS 600
Optional

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

ARS 100
Optional

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

ARS 600
Day 20 - Santiago ( 19th Dec 2017 )

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

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 Chilean capital of Santiago.

In Santiago we will stay in a centrally located hostel. 

Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.

Day 21 - Santiago ( 20th Dec 2017 )

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

Today is a free day to explore the cosmopolitan Chilean capital.

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Santiago. 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.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

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

Free
Optional

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
Optional

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

CLP 21000

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Departing: 30 Nov 2017
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WHAT OUR PASSENGERS SAY

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
Both crew very approachable and helpful, and good fun!
Kate E - 4th June 2015
Jules and Nick are great. They have, for me, the right mix between being there because you booked a guided tour, and leaving you enough leisure time.
Wibke H - 4th June 2015
Jacopo has amazing organisational, communication and attention to detail - Noel is just a legend, he's an excellent driver and friend, has been very helpful as well and all of us enjoyed his company and learned to enjoy AC/DC after a while :)
Amardeep Kaur Sandhu H - 4th June 2015
Jaco was full of enthusiasm, great at communication and he worked really hard to make sure we made the most of every opportunity - Noel was awesome and really good company.
Alison W - 4th June 2015
The vehicle was amazing! Fully equiped and easy to set everything up!
Loes v - 4th June 2015