Spotting condors at Colca Canyon, conquering the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experiencing traditional life on Lake Titicaca, crossing 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.
- 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 in Nazca. Internal flight.
- 25 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners. (Allow USD1065-1400 for meals not included.)
- Simple hotels (25 nts), overnight bus (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, local guides.
- Small group experience; Max 16, avg 10.
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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 (2B)
Skip the long bus ride with an included flight. Check out the scenic Quebrada de las Conchas to Cafayate, the High Mountain Arqueological museum, and enjoy local cuisine.
Day 4-5 San Pedro de Atacama
Opt to visit nearby ruins, go mountain biking, or visit the Valley of the Moon.
Day 6-8 Salt Flats/Uyuni (3B,3L,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)
Take optional and excursion to nearby dinosaur tracks, explore the cities, head hiking or mountain biking, check out a working silver mine. Overnight bus on Day 13.
Day 14-15 La Paz (2B)
Optional visit to Valley of the Moon or explore winding streets and lively markets of La Paz. Oxygen bar anyone?
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 small village.
Day 19-27 Cuzco/Ollantaytambo/Inca Trail (7B,3L,3D)
Free time to explore Cusco. Take an optional city tour, 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 Planeterra-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail. Travel by overnight bus to Arequipa on day 27.
Day 28-31 Arequipa/Colca Canyon (2B)
Optional visit of the Catalina Convent, or head to a local hot springs. Spot condors on a guided tour to Colca Canyon. Overnight bus to Nazca on Day 31.
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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