Lima to Buenos Aires Adventure

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35 days,Lima to Buenos Aires
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Spot condors at Colca Canyon, conquer the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experience traditional life on Lake Titicaca, cross the Salar de Uyuni on a 4x4 excursion

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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.

What's Included

  • 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)
  • Transportation between destinations and included activities
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners. (Allow USD1065-1400 for meals not included.)
  • Public bus, train, hiking, plane, 4WD truck.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO), specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 18, avg 14.
  • Simple hotels (25 nts, some multi-share), overnight buses (3 nts), camping (3 nts), homestay (1 nt), basic hotels on Salt Flats excursion (2 nts, multi-share).
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Places Visited

Reverse Itinerary

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

Inca Trail

Day 1Lima

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Lima/Paracas(1B)

Free morning in Lima before travelling by bus to Paracas.

Day 3Paracas/Nazca(1B, 1D)

Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. En route, stop at a winery and at the Oasis of Huacachina.

Day 4Nazca/Arequipa(1B)

Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines. Overnight bus to Arequipa.

Day 5Arequipa

Opt to visit the Catalina Convent or a local hot spring.

Day 6Arequipa/Chivay(1B)

Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley, and opt for a soak in hot springs.

Day 7Chivay/Arequipa(1B)

Set out looking for the majestic soaring condors. Return to Arequipa.

Day 8Arequipa/Cusco(1B)

Free day in Arequipa. Overnight bus to Cusco.

Day 9Cusco

Free time to explore Cusco. Opt for a city tour or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.

Day 10Cusco(1B)

Enjoy another free day in Cusco.

Day 11Cusco/Ollantaytambo(1B)

Learn about the Sacred Valley en route to Ollantaytambo. Opt to take a Sacred Valley tour with a visit to a Planeterra-supported women's weaving co-op.

Day 12Ollantaytambo/Wayllabamba Camp(1B, 1L, 1D)

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins.

Day 13Wayllabamba Camp/Paqaymayo Camp(1B, 1L, 1D)

Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.

Day 14Paqaymayo Camp/Wiñaywayna(1B, 1L, 1D)

Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through cloud forest on the gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley.

At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "Town Above the Clouds." Camp here or go 1.5 hrs further along, near the Wiñay Wayna ruins (Forever Young) located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).

Day 15Wiñaywayna/Cusco(1B)

The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Wake up around 03:30 and walk to the checkpoint. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows.

Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet the CEO and any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.

Day 16Cusco(1B)

Free day to explore more of Cusco or just relax.

Day 17Cusco/Puno(1B)

Travel through the high Altiplano region to travel to Puno on Lake Titicaca.

Day 18Puno/Isla Amantani(1B, 1D)

Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a local village.

Day 19Isla Amantani/Puno(1B, 1L)

Visit the floating islands of Uros. Optional visit to the Sillustani burial site.

Day 20Puno/La Paz(1B)

Cross over into Bolivia for a night out in the highest city of the trip. Oxygen bar anyone?

Day 21La Paz(1B)

Free time to continue exploring La Paz.

Day 22La Paz/Sucre(1B)

Enjoy a free day before boarding a night bus to Sucre.

Day 23Sucre

Take an optional excursion to the nearby dinosaur tracks, or get active by hiking or mountain biking.

Day 24Sucre(1B)

Enjoy another free day to explore Sucre and surroundings.

Day 25Sucre/Potosí(1B)

Travel south to the one of the world's highest cities.

Day 26Potosí(1B)

Get out and explore Potosí. Opt to tour a working mine.

Day 27Potosí/Uyuni(1B)

Travel to Uyuni and get ready for an excursion to the salt flats.

Day 28Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni(1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a 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 29Salar de Uyuni(1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion.

Day 30Salar de Uyuni/San Pedro de Atacama(1B)

Cross by 4x4 into Chile and descend by bus to San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 31San Pedro de Atacama

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

Day 32San Pedro de Atacama/Salta

Cross the border into Argentina.

Day 33Salta(1B)

Explore the city and enjoy the local cuisine. Opt to take a trip through the scenic Quebrada de las Conchas to Cafayate, visiting the High Mountain Arqueological Museum.

Day 34Salta/Buenos Aires

Skip a long bus journey with a quick flight to Buenos Aires. Take an optional city tour, and enjoy free time to explore the many attractions. In the evening, consider hitting a tango show, then sample the city's famous nightlife.

Day 35Buenos Aires

Depart at any time.

Cusco Stay

Day 1Lima

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Lima/Paracas(1B)

Free morning in Lima before travelling by bus to Paracas.

Day 3Paracas/Nazca(1B, 1D)

Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. En route, stop at a winery and at the Oasis of Huacachina.

Day 4Nazca/Arequipa(1B)

Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines. Overnight bus to Arequipa.

Day 5Arequipa

Opt to visit the Catalina Convent or a local hot spring.

Day 6Arequipa/Chivay(1B)

Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley, and opt for a soak in hot springs.

Day 7Chivay/Arequipa(1B)

Set out looking for the majestic soaring condors. Return to Arequipa.

Day 8Arequipa/Cusco(1B)

Free day in Arequipa. Overnight bus to Cusco.

Day 9Cusco

Free time to explore Cusco. Opt for a city tour or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.

Day 10Cusco(1B)

Enjoy another free day in Cusco.

Day 11Cusco/Ollantaytambo(1B)

Learn about the Sacred Valley en route to Ollantaytambo. Opt to take a Sacred Valley tour with a visit to a Planeterra-supported women's weaving co-op.

Day 12Ollantaytambo/Cusco(1B)

Return to the Sacred Valley with the CEO to visit the sites of the Maras Salt Mines and Moray. Spend the evening in Cusco.

Day 13Cusco(1B)

Enjoy an included tour of the archaeological sites around Cusco, including Saqsaywaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay.

Day 14Cusco/Aguas Calientes(1B)

Travel by van to Ollantaytambo to catch the scenic train to Aguas Calientes.

Day 15Aguas Calientes/Cusco(1B)

Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco in the evening.

Day 16Cusco(1B)

Free day to explore more of Cusco or just relax.

Day 17Cusco/Puno(1B)

Travel through the high Altiplano region to travel to Puno on Lake Titicaca.

Day 18Puno/Isla Amantani(1B, 1D)

Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a local village.

Day 19Isla Amantani/Puno(1B, 1L)

Visit the floating islands of Uros. Optional visit to the Sillustani burial site.

Day 20Puno/La Paz(1B)

Cross over into Bolivia for a night out in the highest city of the trip. Oxygen bar anyone?

Day 21La Paz(1B)

Free time to explore La Paz.

Day 22La Paz/Sucre(1B)

Enjoy a free day before boarding a night bus to Sucre.

Day 23Sucre

Take an optional excursion to the nearby dinosaur tracks, or get active by hiking or mountain biking.

Day 24Sucre(1B)

Enjoy another free day to explore Sucre and surroundings.

Day 25Sucre/Potosí(1B)

Travel south to the one of the world's highest cities.

Day 26Potosí(1B)

Get out and explore Potosí. Opt to tour a working mine.

Day 27Potosí/Uyuni(1B)

Travel to Uyuni and get ready for an excursion to the salt flats.

Day 28Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni(1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a 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 29Salar de Uyuni(1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion.

Day 30Salar de Uyuni/San Pedro de Atacama(1B)

Cross by 4x4 into Chile and descend by bus to San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 31San Pedro de Atacama

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

Day 32San Pedro de Atacama/Salta

Cross the border into Argentina.

Day 33Salta(1B)

Explore the city and enjoy the local cuisine. Opt to take a trip through the scenic Quebrada de las Conchas to Cafayate, visiting the High Mountain Arqueological Museum.

Day 34Salta/Buenos Aires

Skip a long bus journey with a quick flight to Buenos Aires. Take an optional city tour, and enjoy free time to explore the many attractions. In the evening, consider hitting a tango show, then sample the city's famous nightlife.

Day 35Buenos Aires

Depart at any time.

Lares Trek

Day 1Lima

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Lima/Paracas(1B)

Free morning in Lima before travelling by bus to Paracas.

Day 3Paracas/Nazca(1B, 1D)

Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. En route, stop at a winery and at the Oasis of Huacachina.

Day 4Nazca/Arequipa(1B)

Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines. Overnight bus to Arequipa.

Day 5Arequipa

Opt to visit the Catalina Convent or a local hot spring.

Day 6Arequipa/Chivay(1B)

Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley, and opt for a soak in hot springs.

Day 7Chivay/Arequipa(1B)

Set out looking for the majestic soaring condors. Return to Arequipa.

Day 8Arequipa/Cusco(1B)

Free day in Arequipa. Overnight bus to Cusco.

Day 9Cusco

Free time to explore Cusco. Opt for a city tour or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.

Day 10Cusco(1B)

Enjoy another free day in Cusco.

Day 11Cusco/Ollantaytambo(1B)

Learn about the Sacred Valley en route to Ollantaytambo. Opt to take a Sacred Valley tour with a visit to a Planeterra-supported women's weaving co-op.

Day 12Ollantaytambo/Cuncani(1B, 1L, 1D)

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to Lares town where the hike begins. Spend the first night at a Planeterra-supported campsite in Cuncani.

Day 13Cuncani/Kuyoc(1B, 1L, 1D)

Start early to hike from the foothills of Sicllaccasa Mountain to its high pass (4,750m/15,583 ft), providing scenic views of lagoons and the snow-capped Chicon Mountain. Celebrate after reaching the highest point by making an offering of coca leaves to the Andean gods. After the morning hike, stop to rest and take in the amazing view. Continue hiking downhill to our second campsite near the stream for the night.

Day 14Kuyoc/Aguas Calientes(1B, 1L)

Enjoy the last few hours of hiking before travelling by van to Ollantaytambo and train to Aguas Calientes. Spend some time relaxing in town or visiting the nearby hot springs.

Day 15Aguas Calientes/Cusco(1B)

Enjoy a guided visit to Machu Picchu at sunrise. Use some free time to explore the ruins on your own. Later, travel back with the group to Cusco.

Day 16Cusco(1B)

Free day to explore more of Cusco or just relax.

Day 17Cusco/Puno(1B)

Travel through the high Altiplano region to travel to Puno on Lake Titicaca.

Day 18Puno/Isla Amantani(1B, 1D)

Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a local village.

Day 19Isla Amantani/Puno(1B, 1L)

Visit the floating islands of Uros. Optional visit to the Sillustani burial site.

Day 20Puno/La Paz(1B)

Cross over into Bolivia for a night out in the highest city of the trip. Oxygen bar anyone?

Day 21La Paz(1B)

Free time to continue exploring La Paz.

Day 22La Paz/Sucre(1B)

Enjoy a free day before boarding a night bus to Sucre.

Day 23Sucre

Take an optional excursion to the nearby dinosaur tracks, or get active by hiking or mountain biking.

Day 24Sucre(1B)

Enjoy another free day to explore Sucre and surroundings.

Day 25Sucre/Potosí(1B)

Travel south to the one of the world's highest cities.

Day 26Potosí(1B)

Get out and explore Potosí. Opt to tour a working mine.

Day 27Potosí/Uyuni(1B)

Travel to Uyuni and get ready for an excursion to the salt flats.

Day 28Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni(1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a 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 29Salar de Uyuni(1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion.

Day 30Salar de Uyuni/San Pedro de Atacama(1B)

Cross by 4x4 into Chile and descend by bus to San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 31San Pedro de Atacama

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

Day 32San Pedro de Atacama/Salta

Cross the border into Argentina.

Day 33Salta(1B)

Explore the city and enjoy the local cuisine. Opt to take a trip through the scenic Quebrada de las Conchas to Cafayate, visiting the High Mountain Arqueological Museum.

Day 34Salta/Buenos Aires

Skip a long bus journey with a quick flight to Buenos Aires. Take an optional city tour, and enjoy free time to explore the many attractions. In the evening, consider hitting a tango show, then sample the city's famous nightlife.

Day 35Buenos Aires

Depart at any time.

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