North of Argentina, Chile & Uyuni Salt Flats - 16 Days
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Tour Argentina, Chile & Bolivia on this true adventure of northern Argentina and her neighbors. This unique trip starts in Buenos Aires and ends in Santiago de Chile (or vice versa), and during 16 days will visit the highlights of northwest Argentina, north of Chile and the spectacular Uyuni Salt Flats, in the south of Bolivia. An unforgettable adventure!
ADDITION RATE INFORMATION
Rates are per person, based on twin share or double occupancy. The tour price is land-only. Flights are not included in the price. National Park entries are not included in the price but paid locally.
Day 1 - 6: Argentina ItinerarySalta, Argentina
Day 01: Buenos Aires - Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred by private service to your hotel, leaving you the remainder of the day to explore the historic neighborhoods and enjoy the cafe culture of Buenos Aires.
Day 02: Buenos Aires Tour - Our City Tour will provide you a great overview of the city and its diverse attractions. Over the course of three hours you will have the chance to visit Retiro, Avenida 9 de Julio, Downtown, Puerto Madero, San Telmo, Recoleta and La Boca.
Day 03: Buenos Aires to Salta - At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight to Salta, private service. Upon arrival in Salta, you will be taken to the hotel, regular service. During your first day in the city, we highly recommend walking around the beautiful colonial area.
Day 04: Salta, Calchaqui Valley Excursion / Cafayate - The Calchaqui Valley is one of the gems of the northwest. After leaving Salta and the Lerma Valley behind, we drive through the beautiful and green Laureles and Escoipe gorges. The scenery slowly changes its shape and color while we climb the majestic Cuesta del Obispo up to its highest point, at 3000 m.a.s.l. Later, we go down to the Enchanted Valley ("Los Cardones" National Park), where we visit a place surrounded by multicolored landscapes and fresh, unpolluted air. Feel the silence and get close to nature in this isolated spot! Afterwards, we visit Cachi, a typical town where the architecture beautifully combines indigenous and Spanish traditions. In the afternoon, we continue our trip to the south visiting the towns of Seclantas, Molinos and Angastaco. We will continue through Las Flechas Gorge until we will arrive at the town of Cafayate, regular service. Overnight in Cafayate.
Day 05: Calchaqui Valley Excursion - To get to know Salta, you should taste its wines. That's why this tour takes you to the heart of the wine production land in Salta, zealously guarded by the stunning Quebrada de las Conchas. After leaving Salta and the Lerma Valley behind, we reach Alemania, an abandoned town that precedes the red mountains of the Conchas Gorge, where the erosion has carved curious forms on the rocks. There we take the opportunity to stop, walk and take wonderful pictures of the Castles, the Amphitheater, the Evil's Gorge and other beautiful places. After that, we drive to Cafayate, where we visit two typical wineries and try the gorgeous Saltenian wines. A gift to delight your senses! In the afternoon, we return to Salta. Regular service.
Day 06: Safari to the Clouds Tour, Salta & Jujuy - Departing in the morning we will travel along the same route as the famous Train to the Clouds, zigzagging on lonely roads between the blue sky and the Puna. On our way, we visit magnificent ruins, scattered houses, small villages and amazing landscapes. Our first destination is the small town of Campo Quijano and later the impressive Quebrada del Toro, where we stop for a coffee break. Soon we leave behind the vegetation and start to be better acquainted with the solitary Puna. In Santa Rosa de Tastil, a pre-Inca city of the XIII century, we do archeological hiking. Later, we reach San Antonio de los Cobres, a small miners' town rich in tradition. Farther ahead, a desert plateau will take us to the surreal landscape of the salt plains, where we stop again to walk around and enjoy the contrasts. In the afternoon, we return through the overwhelming Cuesta de Lipan and arrive at the Seven-color Hill in Purmamarca, a landmark on its own. Overnight in Purmamarca. Regular service.
Day 7-9: Chile ItineraryAtacama, Chile
Day 07: Salta to San Pedro de Atacama (bus departure on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays) - At the appropriate time after breakfast, you will be transferred to the bus terminal, regular service. Bus departure crossing the Andes thorough the "Paso de Jama" (one of the highest international passes in the world) to San Pedro de Atacama. The trip takes about 12 hours, during which you enjoy stunning Altiplano scenery. Upon arrival at the bus station you will make your way to your hotel on your own.
Day 08: San Pedro de Atacama, Moon Valley Tour - Morning at leisure. In the evening, enjoy a half-day excursion to Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) where for thousands of years the wind has carved strange, desolate shapes creating a dramatic lunar landscape of eroded hills, surrounding a crust-like valley floor. You can combine the tour with an optional mountain bike excursion.
Day 09: San Pedro de Atacama, Tatio Geysers Tour & Machuca - At about 4am, you will leave the hotel on a half-day excursion to the amazing Geysers del Tatio, located at an altitude of 4300m, making them be the highest geyser field in the world. You will have breakfast while enjoying the unique spectacle of fumaroles during sunrise. Take extra clothes because the temperature is below 0º. Before leaving, you can take a bath in the natural pools of spring water (so bring a bathing suit). Return in the afternoon.
Day 10 - 12: Bolivian ItineraryUyuni Salt Flat, Bolivia
Day 10: 4WD Adventure to Uyuni - Today, you will leave San Pedro de Atacama for a 4-day/3-night trip to Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia across the Andes. You will visit the National Reserve "Eduardo Acaroa", Laguna Blanca, Laguna Verde, thermal waters, Geysers del Sol and Laguna Colorada. Overnight in the middle of the Bolivian Puna in a Mountain Hut in shared rooms. Meals included ~ Lunch & Dinner.
Day 11: 4WD Trip to Uyuni - After breakfast you will leave early in the morning to get to the Uyuni Salt Flat in an adventure through spectacular landscapes. Overnight in a Mountain Hut in shared rooms. Meals included ~ Lunch & Dinner.
Day 12: 4WD Trip to Uyuni. Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama - After breakfast you will visit the Salar de Uyuni, the largest Salt Flat in the World. You will cross it in 4WD reaching Pescado Island where you'll have lunch. In the afternoon, you will start the return to San Pedro de Atacama. Overnight in a Mountain Hut in shared rooms. Meals included ~ Lunch & Dinner.
Day 13 - 16: End Of The Trip ItinerarySantiago, Chile
Day 13: San Pedro de Atacama - After breakfast, your trip continues and you will be arriving in San Pedro de Atacama at around 13.00 hs. Upon arrival, accommodation.
Day 14: San Pedro de Atacama/Calama/Santiago de Chile - Breakfast. At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to Calama's airport to take your flight to Santiago de Chile, regular service. Upon arrival in Santiago de Chile, you will be taken to the hotel, private service.
Day 15: Santiago de Chile Tour - After breakfast, you will depart on a half-day private city tour which will provide you a general view of the city and its attractions. You'll visit beautiful Forest Park, the Bella Vista district, the art centre of Santiago and the San Cristobal Hill, a beautiful park located at the foot of the Andes range. At the top of the hill stands the monument to the Virgin Inmaculada Concepción. From here we'll get panoramic views of the city of Santiago. Continuing our way along this mountain range, we arrive at the new urban area of La Piramide. You'll visit the highlight districts of Santa María de Manquehue, Lo Curro and La Dehesa. As we drive along the canyon of the Mapocho River, the village of Arrayán may be seen on the hillsides and we are surrounded by a beautiful landscape and snow-capped peaks until arriving at Las Condes district, an excellent shopping centre for handicrafts and fine clothes. Return to the hotel in the afternoon.
Day 16: Santiago de Chile - Breakfast. At the appropriate time in the morning, you will have a private transfer to the airport to take the return flight back home.
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