Buenos Aires to Lima Adventure

35 days,Buenos Aires to Lima

Spot condors at Colca Canyon, conquer the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experience traditional life on Lake Titicaca, cross the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano on a 4x4

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South America rewards those willing to explore. Consider this epic adventure: beginning in Buenos Aires and ending in Lima, it's 35 full days of fun. You'll hike the Inca Trail, cross the Salt Flats of Bolivia by 4x4, and feel like a sophisticate sipping wine in Argentina. Along the way, you'll engage with local cultures with a small group of other young travellers to back you up. For those willing to invest their time, this trip offers big returns—in adventure.

What's Included

  • Uyuni Salt Flats excursion. Lake Titicaca excursion. Guided tour of Machu Picchu. 4-day Inca Trail hike with a local guide, porters and cook. Planeterra-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail. Colca Canyon excursion. Pachamanca ceremony (Nazca). Transportation between destinations and included activities. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 23 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners. (Allow USD1065-1400 for meals not included.)
  • Simple hotels (25 nts, some multi-share), overnight buses (3 nts), basic hotel on Salt Flats excursion (2 nts, multi-share), homestay (1 nt), camping (3 nts).
  • Public bus, train, plane, hiking, ferry, 4X4.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 10.
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Places Visited

Reverse Itinerary

This trip also runs in reverse from Lima to Buenos Aires. See Lima to Buenos Aires Adventure

Day 1 Buenos Aires

Arriva at any time.

Day 2-3 Salta (1B)

Skip a long overnight bus ride with an included flight. Check out the scenic Quebrada de las Conchas to Cafayate and enjoy local cuisine.

Day 4-5 San Pedro de Atacama (1B)

Opt to visit nearby ruins, go mountain biking, or visit the Valley of the Moon.

Day 6-8 Salt Flats/Uyuni (2B,2L,2D)

Ascend by bus into the mountains and cross into Bolivia. 3-day 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery. Stay in simple hotels upgraded with solar panels to provide electricity and hot water.

Day 9-13 Potosí/Sucre (5B)

Opt to take an excursion to nearby dinosaur tracks, explore the cities, go hiking or mountain biking, or check out a working silver mine. Overnight bus to La Paz.

Day 14-15 La Paz (1B)

Optional visit to the Valley of the Moon, or explore winding streets and lively markets of La Paz.

Day 16-18 Puno/Lake Titacaca (3B,1L,1D)

Visit the floating Islands of Uros, and take a guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a local village.

Day 19-27 Cusco/Ollantaytambo/Inca Trail (7B,3L,3D)

Free time to explore Cusco. Take an optional city tour, or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking. Learn about the Sacred Valley en route to Ollantaytambo. Opt to take a Sacred Valley tour and visit a Planeterra-supported women's weaving co-op. Take in Inca culture, history, and great views on a 4-day guided Inca Trail hike with visit to Machu Picchu. Use Planeterra-supported handmade biodegradable soap products on the Inca Trail. Travel by overnight bus to Arequipa.

Day 28-31 Arequipa/Colca Canyon (2B)

Optional visit of the Catalina Convent, or visit a local hot springs. Spot condors on a guided tour to Colca Canyon. Overnight bus to Nazca.

Day 32-33 Nazca/Paracas (1D)

Optional sandboarding and flight over the Nazca Lines. Stop at a winery en route at the Oasis of Huacachina. Indulge in a traditional Pachamanca meal.

Day 34 Lima

Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Lima for a final night—try some pisco sours and ceviche.

Day 35 Lima (1B)

Depart at any time.

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