Spotting condors at Colca Canyon, conquering the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experiencing traditional life on Lake Titicaca, crossing the Salar de Uyuni on a 4x4 excursion
South America rewards those willing to explore. Consider this epic adventure: beginning in Lima and ending in Buenos Aires, 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.
- Pachamanca ceremony in Nazca. Colca Canyon excursion. Guided tour of Machu Picchu. 4-day Inca Trail hike with a local guide and cook. Planeterra-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail. Lake Titicaca excursion. Uyuni Salt Flats excursion (Chile/Bolivia). Internal flight.
- 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners. (Allow USD1065-1400 for meals not included.)
- Simple hotels (25 nts, some multi-share), night bus (3 nts), camping (3 nts), homestay (1 nt), basic hotels on Salt Flats excursion (2 nts, multi-share).
- Public bus, train, hiking, plane, 4WD truck.
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides.
- Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12.
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This trip also runs in reverse from Buenos Aires to Lima. See Buenos Aires to Lima Adventure
Day 1 Lima
Arrive at any time.
Day 2-4 Paracas/Nazca (1D)
Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. Stop at a winery en route at the Oasis of Huacachina. Indulge in a traditional Pachamanca meal. Optional sandboarding and flight over the Nazca Lines before the night bus on day 4 to Arequipa.
Day 5-8 Arequipa/Colca Canyon
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 Cusco on day 8.
Day 9-16 Cuzco/Ollantaytambo/Inca Trail (3B,3L,3D)
Free time to explore Cusco or take an optional city tour, head out 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.
Day 17-19 Puno/Lake Titicaca (1B,1L,1D)
Visit the floating Islands of Uros and take a guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village. Optional visit to Sillustani burial site.
Day 20-22 La Paz
Optional excursion to the Valley of the Moon or explore the city's winding streets and lively markets. Oxygen bar anyone? Overnight bus on day 22 to Sucre.
Day 23-24 Sucre
Take optional and excursion to nearby dinosaur tracks, explore the city or optional hiking or mountain biking.
Day 25-26 Potosí
Optional tour to a working silver mine, explore the city, visit the Casa de la Moneda museum.
Day 27-29 Uyuni/Salt Flats (2B,2L,2D)
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 30-31 San Pedro de Atacama
Cross by 4x4 into Chile and descend by bus to San Pedro de Atacama. Optional excursions to nearby ruins, mountain biking, or a visit to the Valley of the Moon.
Day 32-33 Salta
Optional activities include a trip through the scenic Quebrada de las Conchas to Cafayate, the High Mountain Arqueological museum, exploring the city and surroundings and enjoying the local cuisine.
Day 34 Buenos Aires
Avoid the long bus journey with a quick flight to Buenos Aires. Optional city tour, free time to explore the many attractions and museums, and even a tango show.
Day 35 Buenos Aires
Depart at any time.
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