Argentina-Bolivia 21 days

 

Day  1.  Buenos Aires Arrival and city tour
Once arrived at Buenos Aires airport our team will pick you up and drive you to the hotel. After a short break we will visit the city.
Buenos Aires is a 4 Million cosmopolitan city and the biggest of Argentina with a nice mix of European and South American culture and architecture.
We will start the visit with the Avenida 9 de Julio, the largest avenue in the world. Will pass by the Teatro Colon and the Plaza de Mayo where we can observe La casa del Gobierno, el Cabildo and the Cathedral.
At the end of the afternoon we visit la Boca area and the street « El Caminito » the artist and bohemian spot in town. Then we will go back to the hotel.

Day  2. Buenos Aires – Salta City Tour
After breakfast, we will be transferred to the airport to take the flight to Salta where we will be brought to the hotel. After lunch, we will discover Salta, in the Spanish colonial style, which is the largest city in northern Argentina with its 500,000 inhabitants. We will visit the city and its historical monuments: the "Plaza 9 de Julio" surrounded by magnificent colonial buildings such as the Cathedral Basilica of Salta, the Historic Town Hall, the High Mountain Museum and the former Government Palace. We will continue our visit by the Church of San Francisco, the Museum of "Cabildo", the Convent of San Bernardo where we can admire the wooden portal carved by the natives of the region. From the top of Coline San Bernardo, we will be able to observe the valley of Lerma and will continue our route towards the monument of the hero "gaucho" Martin Miguel de Güemes and the monument "20 de Febrero". The tour continues towards the area of San Lorenzo with impressive houses and exuberant vegetation. We will end with the visit of the craft market. The rest of the day will be free.

Day  3. Salta – Cachi – Molinos – Cafayate
Early in the morning, we leave to drive to the small village of Cachi. From Salta the road offers a nice landscape composed with forests, canyons « Quebradas », rivers and high mountains. The road goes through « La cuesta del Obispo » and up to 3348 m where we can appreciate a full view on the valley. Then we continue on la « Recta de Tin Tin », ancient road use by the Incas et goes to the national park « Los Cardones » where we can observe the Mountain Cachi 6380 m. Cachi village is located at the bottom of this mountain and we will visit and discover the church classified National Historic Monument. We will be also able to walk around Cachi or visit the Cachi historic museum. Later we will drive on the R.N 40 and visit Colte the handcraft road and the village of Seclantás, Molinos, San Carlos located in the « Quebrada de las Flechas » and its wonderful landscape. We will spend the night in Cafayate famous for its white wine Torrontes.

 Note : 295 km, around 6 hours driving

Day  4. Cafayate – Quebrada de las Conchas – Salta
Today we will discover the impressive and marvelous « Quebrada de las Conchas » where we will enjoy the sight of several geologic phenomenon. We will go back to the hotel in Salta at the end of the afternoon.

Day  5. Salta - Salinas grandes – Purmamarca
Around 08:00, we will go to Purmamarca ("virgin land town" in Aymara) via San Antonio de Cobres and Salinas Grandes. Purmamarca is a village in the Jujuy region, and the most picturesque to see in the "Quebrada Humahuaca". It is surrounded by multicolored mountains called "Cerro de los siete colores" (Mountain with seven colors). The vast "Quebrada de Purmamarca" (canyon of Purmamarca) forms a large valley where flows the Grande de Jujuy river. In the central square of Purmamarca, we can go to the market to discover the artisanal products of the region, we will also visit the main Church which is classified National Monument.

Day 6. Purmamarca - Salta – Iguazu
Free morning. In the early afternoon we will head to Salta airport to join Iguazu.
Our team will welcome you and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day will be free.

Day  7. Iguazu Argentinian side
We leave the hotel and be transferred to the airport of Salta to flight to National Park of Foz de Iguazu. Once arrived our team will pick you up to drive to the hotel.
This park was created in 1934 and measure 55.000 hectares. There are 275 falls from 30 to 80 meters high. An ecologic train and 3 stations have been built in purpose to preserve the environment of each tour. The lower tour (1700m) has 8 belvederes on a terrace which allow a direct contact with the vegetation and the waterfalls.
The higher tour (1200m) which cross from the top part of the waterfalls Dos Hermanas, Chico, Ramírez, Bossetti, Adán y Eva, Bernabé Méndez, and finish in Mbigua and got 6 belvederes where we can appreciate the rainbow formed by the San Martin, Escondido, Dos Mosqueteros, Rivadavia and Tres Mosqueteros waterfalls. We continue toward Puerto Canoas 3 kilometers away from the Iguazu river bank where the third terrace start, from there we the best view on the most impressive waterfalls: La garganta del diablo. In the center of the waterfall there is the island of San Martin where we can walk, 650 meters and 172 steps to access the different panoramas views. We will be able to appreciate the different panoramas like this one use in the movie Mission (1986) take precisely from this spot. We will walk also on the green path (600m), and observe the animal and plants. After this nice and impressive visit, we will go back to the hotel where the rest of the days is free.

Day  8. Iguazu Brazilian side
After breakfast we will visit the Iguazu Waterfall Brazilian side. We will discover through the bridge and miradors the Floriano et Teodora da Fonseca waterfalls and finish our visit with the San Martin waterfalls with a complete view on the waterfalls and on San Martin Island. The rest of the day is free.

Day  9. Iguazu – Salta – Purmamarca – Humahuaca
In the morning we will leave the hotel and be transferred to the airport of Iguazu and flight to Salta. Once arrived at Salta airport our team will pick you up and drive you to Humahuaca. The rest of the days will be free.

Day  10. Humahuaca – La Quiaca/Villazon – Tupiza
We will continue our route to the north of Argentina to reach the border Argentino-Bolivian La Quiaca / Villazón. After the administrative formalities of immigration and customs control, we will enter Bolivia and continue to Tupiza.

Day  11. Tupiza
This city, with an average temperature of 18 to 32 degrees, is located in southern Chichas. This oasis named the pearl of Bolivia is full of impressive scenery. The valley of Tupiza shelters a kind people, "los chicheños". Colorful landscapes with reddish earth and ocher tones, cacti decorating the space and rocks carved by water. After breakfast we will go to our triathlon tour to discover the surroundings of Tupiza and these colorful valleys by bike, on foot and on horseback. During our trek we can admire the cactus and Queñuas forests, and the spectacular surrounding mountains. We'll follow the footsteps of the famous butch bandits Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid. We will have lunch while admiring the landscapes to continue our course and we will go towards San Miguel, Salo, the Apacheta del camino de herradura, Huaca Huañusca until the hostal.

Day  12. Tupiza – San Pablo de Lípez
After breakfast we will leave early to San Pablo de Lípez. We will visit the "Quebrada De Palala" with spectacular formations of red rocks, then we will visit "El Sillar" or "Valle de la Luna" with craters and eroded earth formations reminiscent of the moon's landscapes. Then we will continue to different mining areas and we will pass through the village of Nazarenito, which lives mainly from the exploitation of gold. We will also pass through Chilcobija, considered the deepest antimony mine in the world, Cerrillos, Polulos and Río San Pablo before arriving at the abandoned village of San Antonio de Lípez. We will arrive in San Pablo de Lípez in the middle of the afternoon and we will have the rest of the day free.

Day  13. San Pablo de Lípez – Laguna verde
Head west towards the wonders of southern Lípez. Visit the ancient village of San Antonio de Lípez, better known as the ghost village, abandoned for reasons we do not know, then we will go down to the lagoon Morejón. We continue our way to the village of Quetena, Kollpa Laguna to enter the National Wildlife Reserve Eduardo Avaroa by the Salar de Challviri where we will stop to take a bath at the thermal baths of Polques. After this swim at 4200 we continue heading south towards the desert of Dali, reverence to the Catalan artist for the unreal and natural colors of this fantastic landscape that we will remember the colorful touch of the master. Then we will continue our trip to Laguna Verde and Blanca at the foot of Licancahur, where we can stop to take some pictures. Laguna Verde owes its green color to its high concentration of lead carbonate, sulfur arsenic and calcium. Thank you for not bathing! From Laguna Verde we will go to Laguna Verde refuge.

Day  14. Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina "Eduardo Avaroa" – Damas del desierto – Dali desert– Geyser de Sol de Mañana – Polques Thermal Spring– Laguna Colorada – Ojo de Perdíz
We will continue our journey by borrowing the tracks of South Lipez, on our way we will observe the "Ladies of the Desert" important rock of several tons cut by the winds and placed in this desert landscape of South Lipez, then we will cross the desert of Dali, reverence to the Catalan artist for the unreal and natural colors of this fantastic landscape that will remind us of the colorful touch of the master. We will go from art to geology by visiting the seething geysers of Sol de Mañana, an impressive geothermal field of the region, mud wells boiling with accentuated sulfur smells. Our visit continues towards the thermal bath of Polques, swimming pool of natural hot water in which we will be able to bathe, if one wishes it. We will visit the Laguna Colorada, which owes its name to its reddish color caused by microscopic crustaceans, the main nutrient of flamingos, which owes its pink color. Due to climate change and the strong evaporation of the Altiplánico basin, the water level of the lagoons in the region is rapidly decreasing, which year after year limits the Flemish population. We will visit the tree of Peter (thank you not to try to climb the tree) planted in the desert of Siloli and finally after this busy day we will end at the northern end of it for a well deserved rest.

Day  15. Ojo de Perdíz/Huallajara – Ruta de las Joyas Alto Andinas (Lag. Colorada – Lagunas Ramaditas, Honda, Chiar Khota, Hedionda, Cañapa) – Désert de Siloli – Volcan Ollagüe – Salar de Chiguana – San Pedro de Quemez
Our way up North Cape continues. We will cross the famous jewel route composed of Ramaditas Lagoon, Honda, Chiar Khota, Hedionda and Cañapa before crossing the Salar de Chiguana and past the railroad Uyuni - Ollagüe owned by the FCA (Empresa Ferroviaria Andina). We will follow the railway to arrive in the middle of the afternoon to San Pedro de Quemez, the first Bolivian village burned by the Chilean army during the Pacific War, where we spend the night. The rest of the day will be free.

Day 16. San Pedro de Quemez/Puerto Chuvica – Salar de Uyuni – Tahua
We will leave the small village of San Pedro de Quemez and we will have the opportunity to visit the "Cueva de las Galaxias" strange phenomenon of fossilized algae, which reminds us that the ocean was present in this area and as far as Oruro. In the cave next door we can see the Chullpas, Inca funerary remains that fills this cave size consistent. Then we will go up to the watchtower where we will enjoy a breathtaking view of the desert and also observe the fossilized corals that once had to be part of an impressive barrier reef if you bother to look around. After this amazing visit we will continue and we will enter the famous Salar of Uyuni the largest salt desert in the world with an area of 10582km². This salar has the particularity of containing a reserve of 9 million tons of Lithium 40% of world production. We will drive to Incahuasi Island which by mistake is better known as Fisherman's Island. This geological formation which is a petrified coral remains is covered with giant cactus that are up to 12m tall. From the highest point of the island we will have a breathtaking 360 ° view of the Salar of Uyuni. After lunch and a stroll on the island we will head north of the salar towards the salt hotel in Tahua or the refuge in Coquesa where the rest of the day will be free.

Day  17. Tahua – Tunupa – Uyuni 
After breakfast we visit the archaeological centre of the Chullpares (graves) of Coquesa and its surroundings. We then continue to climb the Tunupa all the way to the viewpoint (you have the option to go by car) from where we have a panoramic view of the Salar de Uyuni. On the way down we pass the “Bofedales” (altitude wetlands) in order to see the rose flamingos and we return to Uyuni. We arrive in Uyuni in the afternoon and the rest of the day is free.

Day  18. Uyuni - Potosi – Visit of the Mines (Cerro Rico)* - Sucre
We leave for Potosi early in the morning and upon arrival we start with a visit to the miner’s market. Custom says it brings good luck to buy Coca leaves, cigarettes, alcohol or even dynamite as presents for the miners who will receive us at their workplace. Once we have finished our purchases we visit one of the mines in the Cerro Rico mountain. The mines here are quite different from western mines, some of them are very old – dug out by hand by the slaves of the Inca Empire and later by African slaves during the Spanish occupation - and very narrow and short (not for claustrophobics). Our visit of the Cerro Rico starts by the “Tio” (uncle) who is the protector of the mines and to whom the miners on many occasions make offerings in order to be protected from bad spells. We visit the 1st level of the mine and have the possibility to descend up to 3 levels below – 500 or 600 m into the depths of the Cerro Rico. After this impressive visit, we return to the hotel to pick up our bags and drive to Sucre. Once installed in the hotel in Sucre the rest of the evening is free.
*The mines are closed on Sundays so if today is a Sunday we will go for a tour of the city instead.

Day  19. Sucre City Tour – La Paz
After breakfast, we visit Sucre, the constitutional capital of Bolivia also called the White City. This gem of Baroque art and the Renaissance is the most European city in Bolivia and probably one of the most beautiful in Latin America. Founded in 1538 by order of Pizarro, Sucre was destined to become the residence and the centre of the Spanish bourgeoisie. From an architectural point of view, Sucre has remained like a postcard of the 19th century which is of course part of its charm. Apart from its beauty and atmosphere of the 18th & 19th centuries, Sucre is also the historic capital of Bolivia. We visit the various museums, the Convento de Santa Clara as well as the Casa de la Libertad, which saw the signing of the Declaration of Independence August 6, 1825 (all visits may vary depending on the day because the museums are closed on Sundays and public holidays). In the afternoon, we are transferred to the airport in Sucre for the flight back to La Paz. Upon arrival in La Paz we are transferred to the hotel and the evening is free.

Day 20. La Paz - City Tour
The morning is free and after lunch, we go for a visit of La Paz. Our first stop is the Plaza Murillo (km 0), where we can see the Presidential Palace, the Parliament and the Cathedral. We visit the colonial street Calle Jaén and the old part of the town from where we continue to the famous church San Francisco which was built by the indigenous people. From here we visit the popular commercial zone of La Paz with its coloured markets and we walk up the Calle Sagarnaga – the main shopping street for typical clothes and handicrafts. From here we also visit the Calle de las Brujas (the Witches street) and our tour ends with a visit to the Indian market San Pedro. The rest of the evening is free to enjoy the last evening in the highest capital in the world.

Day 21. La Paz Departure
According to your time of departure* you are transferred from the hotel to the airport. For international flights, it is recommended to arrive at the airport 3 hours before scheduled departure. End of our services.

Important: Itinerary can change because of weather or social conditions and some sights are not always accessible – Lipiko Tours cannot be held responsible for any changes in itinerary and sights not visited as a result.  

 

 

 

General information:
Highlights: Buenos Aires, Salta, Cafayate, Purmamarca, Iguazu Waterfalls,, Humahuaca, Tupiza, Laguna Verde, Laguna Colorada, South Lipez, Salar de Uyuni, Potosi, Sucre, La Paz.

Support Team: English speaking tour leader for the entire tour for groups of 4 people or more. For smaller groups it is possible to book this tour without a tour leader. Instead you would have guided visits with a local guide in chosen language. Please contact us directly to receive a personalized quote.

Departure guaranteed: Group Tour: from 4 people. Individual Tour: from 2 people 

Accommodation: 21 nights in hotel.

Porterage: Your luggage will be transported either by plane, car, boat, and bus. You will have to carry the personal belongings (camera, water, etc.) which you need during the day. 

Service: For group above 4 people you will be accompanied by a tour leader in the chosen language. His role is to make sure that everything goes smoothly during the tour and that each individual and the group as a whole are safe. Don’t hesitate to ask him if you are unsure of anything and, very important, to follow his advice. 

Included in the price: 
- Water, air and land transfers as indicated in the program 
- Accommodation in hotel/hostel in double rooms, Ecolodge, shelter, home stay, camping, bus and plane as indicated in the program.
- Meals as mentioned in the program 
- The assistance of specialized local English speaking guides, their fees and expenses 
- The assistance of our local teams; driver(s) and logistics department (24/7) 
- Visits as outlined in the program 

Not included in the price:
 
- Entrance fees to sites visited, national parks and museums as indicated in the program (allow for approx. 1500 Argentine Peso (Argentian national currency) per person – in Brazil (allow for approx. 150 Brazilian Real (Brazilian national currency) per person – this is an estimate and actual prices may vary) 
- Meals not mentioned, drinks, tips, individual equipment, everything not mentioned in “included in the price” and all personal expenses 
- Individual obligatory personal travel insurance (this could be included with your credit card – please check with your credit card provider) 
- The supplement for a single room: 390 USD (subject to availability, must be reserved and paid upon reservation). Attention; no single room available for the nights with accommodation in shelter, home stay and camping. 
- Possible visa expenses
- International flights

 

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