Bolivia-Argentina-Chile 21 days | BOLARCH21GROUP

place+ SEE FULL ITINERARY AND VISITSClick to see the full itinerary day by dayhome HOTELS | Accommodation is either in hotel, hostal, shelter, home stay or camping depending on your program.directions_car DAILY TRANSPORTS | Different transport are organized for your trip: Transfer when you arrive and leave, private transport for your visit and programed activities, domestic flight(s) depending on your program. translate GUIDES |English Speaking Guides: private or group tours with different local English speaking guides (no tour leader)restaurant MEALS |For lunch (where included) it will either be a lunch box or a hot meal and for dinner (where included) you will be served a hot meal. Please refer to the program for more precision

place Day 1. La Paz (3663m/12.020ft) ArrivalNo visit today --- homecheck --- |Hotel Naira in La Paz or similar---------- directions_carcheck ---------- |Transfert Airport - Hotel ~45mntranslate ESG ---- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantclear -- |Breakfast included,Lunch, dinner not included

map MAP| Accommodation is either in hotel, hostal, shelter, home stay or camping depending on your program.cloud_download DOWNLOAD ITINERARY | Different transport are organized for your trip: Transfer when you arrive and leave, private transport for your visit and programed activities, 3 days of 4wd drive for Uyuni Salt flat and Lipez, 2 domestic flights La Paz-Uyuni and Sucre-La Paz. Expand or Collapse the itinerary to see the Outline full detailedhelp_outline INFORMATION|English Speaking Guides: private or group tours with different local English speaking guides (no tour leader)

Today you arrive in La Paz. Flying into La Paz is always an experience; if you arrive at night you can admire the lights of the city between the mountains or during the day you might get a view of the Lake Titicaca – the highest navigable lake in the world. Once arrived in the International Airport of El Alto, which is also the highest commercial airport in the world, our team will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. After a short briefing, there are no more activities planned and you can take the time to acclimatize to the altitude and explore La Paz on foot.

place Day 2. La Paz – Copacabana Visit Copacabana Half day --- homecheck --- |Hotel La Cupula or similar ---------- directions_carcheck ---------- |Transport La Paz – Copacabana ~3h30translate ESG ---- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast included, Lunch, dinner not included

We leave the hotel at 07h30 and after approximately 3½ hours we arrive in Copacabana, where we leave our luggage at the hotel. Before lunch we visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana which is a 16th century church that houses the image of the patron saint of Bolivia. The church attracts thousands of local tourists throughout the year and it remains one of the two principal sacred places both for indigenous people and Catholics. After lunch, we have the option to climb to the Calvario from where we have a beautiful view over the lake and the village or climb to Intiwatana or Horca del Inca which is believed to have been an astronomical observatory. If time allows it we can visit both the Calvario and the Horca del Inca and the rest of the day is free to enjoy Copacabana.

place Day 3. Copacabana – Isla del Sol Visit Isla del Sol full day --- homecheck --- |Hotel Palla Khasa or similar ------- directions_cardirections_boatcheck ---------- |Public boat of 30 passengers ~1h30translate ESG ---- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast, lunch included, Dinner not included

After breakfast, we leave by boat to visit the famous Sun Island (Isla del Sol). We visit the Inca Staircase, the Inca Fountain as well as the ruins of the Palacio de Pilkokaina (“place where the birds rest”). This construction is characterised by its walls and doors that are particularly well conserved. We spend the night in an Eco Lodge in Yumani.

place Day 4. Isla del Sol - La PazVisit Isla del Sol half day --- homecheck --- |Hotel Naira or similar ------- directions_cardirections_boatcheck ---------- |Public boat of 30 passengers ~1h30 / Transport Copacabana – La Paz ~3h30translate ESG ---- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast included,Lunch, dinner not included

In the morning, we return to the harbour of Yumani (walking down the Inca Staircase) from where we take a boat back to Copacabana. Upon arrival in Copacabana we have time for lunch before returning to La Paz where the evening is free.

place Day 5. La Paz - S. P. de QuemezVisit Uyuni Salt flat full day --- homecheck --- |Hotel Tayka de Piedra or similar ------- directions_carflightcheck ---------- |Flight La Paz-Uyuni ~45min / Transfer hotel - airport / Private 4WD vehicle translate ESG ---- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

In the morning, you are transferred from your hotel (La Paz centre) to the airport in El Alto for your flight to Uyuni. During the short flight, you can observe the Altiplano and if the weather permits you’ll have a great view of the different lakes and salt flats of the region. You are picked up from the airport and after a short stop in Uyuni we start our tour. The first visit will be the locomotive cemetery, the result of an abandoned project to build a big network of trains out of Uyuni. From here we continue to Colchani which is a small village situated on the edge of the Salar and who’s inhabitants live from salt exploitation. In Colchani we discover how salt is processed manually and we visit the small salt boutique. We now enter the famous Salar de Uyuni; the biggest salt desert in the world with acreage of 10.582km²/4.086mi2. One of the particularities of the Uyuni Salt Flat is that it contains a reserve of 9 million tonnes of Lithium which represents 40% of world production. We head to the Island Incahuasi, a geological formation that is a remnant of petrified coral and is covered with giant cactus that can get up to 12m/39.37ft high. From the top of the island we have a wonderful 360° view of the Salar de Uyuni. After lunch our journey continues in the direction of San Pedro de Quemez situated at the doors of the Lipez desert. We arrive at San Pedro de Quemez around 16h00 and the evening is free.

place Day 6. S.P de Quemez - Ojo de PerdizVisit Lipez desert full day --- homecheck --- |Hotel Tayka del Desierto or similar ---------- directions_carcheck ---------- |Private 4WD vehicletranslate ESG ---- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast, lunch an dinner included

We continue our tour of south Bolivia and from San Pedro de Quemez we pass the Uyuni – Ollague railway, which is the property of the FCA (Empresa Ferroviaria Andina), before crossing the Salar de Chiguana. We observe the still active volcano Ollague and even from far we can see its fumarole. We follow the famous Jewel Route which is composed of the Lagunas Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiar Khota, Honda and Ramadita. We arrive at Ojo del Perdiz in the Siloli Desert where we spend the night.

place Day 7. Ojo de Perdiz - UyuniVisit Uyuni Salt flat full day --- homecheck --- |Hotel Jardines or similar ---------- directions_carcheck ---------- |Private 4WD vehicletranslate ESG ---- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast, lunch included,Dinner not included

We leave the Laguna Colorada to go even deeper into the Reserva Nacional de la Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa. We visit the boiling geysers of Sol de Mañana which is an impressive geothermal field with pits of boiling mud and strong smells of sulphur. Our tour continues in the direction of the thermal bath of Polques, a natural source of hot water where we can go for a swim. We continue through the South Lipez and we observe the “Damas del Desierto” which are enormous rocks planted in this barren landscape and carved by wind and weather over the years. We also cross the Dali Desert, which was named in reverence to the Catalan artist because of the resemblance of the landscape with the unreal yet natural colours, to the masters’ work. We continue to the Laguna Verde and Blanca at the foot of the Licancahur, one of the most southern points in Bolivia. The Laguna Verde gets its green colour from the high concentration of lead, arsenic sulphur and calcium. From the Laguna Verde we start our drive back north. We pass by the small village Villamar which seems lost in the middle of the gigantic Lipez desert before passing by the biggest mining project in Bolivian history at San Cristóbal. We arrive around 18h00 in Uyuni where we spend the night.

place Day 8. Uyuni - TupizaVisit Lipez desert full day --- homecheck --- |Hotel Mitru or similar ---------- directions_carcheck ---------- |Transport Uyuni - Tupiza ~4h30translate ESG ---- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast included,Lunch, dinner not included

After breakfast we will drive to the colorful valley of Tupiza. It will take around 6h00 to reach Tupiza will cross the Cordillera de las Chichas and on the road, we will stop for lunch. Once in Tupiza the rest of the day will be free.

place Day 9. Tupiza Visit Tupiza full day --- homecheck --- |Hotel Mitru or similar ---------- directions_carcheck ---------- |Private 4x4 vehicle for the visit translate ESG ---- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast included,Lunch, dinner not included

The valley of Tupiza is very colourful with reddish ochre bland earth. We will find also a very friendly community « los chicheños ». Today we will have 5 kinds of activity of your choice to propose:
Discovery by foot: we’ll walk few kilometres around Tupiza
Horseback riding: a small expedition Tupiceña style around 15 kilometres.
4wd tour: discover the surrounding a drive a bit further and see a little bit more
Mountain biking: the sporty way to discover Tupiza and have a rush of adrenaline
Butch Cassidy and Sundance road: follow the last road of the bandit toward Huaca Huañusca.

place Day 10. Tupiza - HumahuacaVisit Humahuaca half day --- homecheck --- |Hotel in Humahuaca ---------- directions_carcheck ---------- |Transport Tupiza - Villazon ~1h30 / Transport La Quiaca - Humahuaca ~2h30translate ESG ---- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast included,Lunch, dinner not included

We leave Tupiza to reach the Argentian border Villazón/La Quiaca. After the migration and custom control, we will drive toward Humahuaca. Once in Humahuaca we will drive to the nice colorful mountain surrounding Humahuaca and appreciate de landscape.

 

place Day 11. Humahuaca - SaltaVisit Salta region half day --- homecheck --- |Hotel in Salta ---------- directions_carcheck ---------- |Private transport for the visitstranslate ESG ---- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast included,Lunch, dinner not included

After breakfast we will drive through Tilcara and discover the salt flat of « Salinas Grandes » the biggest salt flat in the West of Argentina. We continue our trip and pass by San Antonio de los Cobres before reaching the nice valley of Salta.

place Day 12. Option1: Valle Calchaquies / Option2: IguazuCity tour on foot half day --- homecheck --- |Option1: Hotel in Cafayate / Option2: Hotel in Iguazu ------- directions_carflightcheck ---------- |Option 1 and 2 :Private transport for the visits / Option 2: Transfer Hotel – Airport / Transfer Airport - Hotel / Flight Salta–Iguazu 1h45 translate ESG ---- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast included,Lunch, dinner not included


Option 1 first day: 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 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.
Option 2 first day: Salta – Iguazu
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 kilometres 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 centre 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.

place Day 13. Option 1: Valle Calchaquies / Option 2: IguazuNo Visit today --- homecheck --- |Option 1 : Hotel in Salta / Option 2 : Hotel in Iguazu ---------- directions_carcheck ---------- |Private transport for the visits translate ESG ---- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast included, Lunch dinner not included

Option 1 second day: Cafayate – Quebrada de las Conchas - Salta
Today we will discover the impressive and marvellous « 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.
Option 2 second day: 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.

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.

place Day 14. Salta – Bariloche / Iguazu – BarilocheNo Visit today --- homecheck --- |Hotelin Bariloche ------- directions_carflightcheck ---------- |Transfer Hotel – Airport - Hotel / Option 1:Flight Salta – Bariloche 1h55 / Option : Flight Iguazu – Bariloche 1h55 translate ESG ---- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast included,Lunch dinner not included

Option 1 third day: Salta – Buenos Aires - Bariloche
In the morning we will leave the hotel and be transferred to the airport of Salta and flight to Bariloche. Once arrived at Bariloche airport our team will pick you up and drive you to the hotel. After a short break we will visit the city.
Option 2 third days: Iguazu – Bariloche
In the morning we will leave the hotel and be transferred to the airport of Iguazu and flight to Bariloche. Once arrived at Bariloche airport our team will pick you up and drive you to the hotel. After a short break we will visit the city.

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.

place Day 15. Bariloche Leisure DayNo visits today --- homecheck --- |Hotel in Bariloche ---------- directions_walkcheck ---------- |No transport todaytranslate ESG ---- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast included ,Lunch dinner not included

Today we will have a leisure day in Bariloche to relax and enjoy the lake and its wonderful landscape.

place Day 16. Bariloche - Puerto Varas Visit Puerto Varas half day --- homecheck --- |Hotel in Puerto Varas ------- directions_busdirections_boatcheck ---------- |Andean lake crossing bus and boat / Departure at 8h00 from Bariloche arrival at 20h00 to Puerto Varas (Chile) / Transfer Puerto Varas - Hotel translate ESG ---- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast included,Lunch dinner not included

Departure at 8h00 by bus from the Bariloche Office to Puerto Pañuelo, passing by Lake Nahuel Huapi. On the way, you'll be amazed by the beautiful Swiss-style architecture the beautiful gardens and flowers color the landscapes all the way to Puerto Pañuelo. Then we'll sail from Puerto Pañuelo to Puerto Blest aboard the Gran Victoria, navigating across Lake Nahuel Huapi. You'll observe the grandeur of the landscapes, the green tones of the forests, the birds that fly close and you'll learn more about the destination's fascinating history. When we arrive to Puerto Blest. We travel by bus along River Frías to Puerto Alegre, and then continue the sailing trip across Lake Frías, aboard the Victoria del Sur. Along this stretch of the lake, we'll experience beautiful views of Cerro Tronador. After a short sail, we'll arrive to Puerto Frías where we will complete the necessary steps at the border. We'll continue by bus to Peulla with beautiful views of the Andes Mountains. We will stop at Peulla for lunch, an ecological lodge and a paradise for nature lovers. After lunch we will sail to Petrohué, navigating across Lake Todos los Santos. If the weather permits, different and breathtaking views of the Osorno and Puntiagudo volcanoes and Cerro Tronador can be seen. Before continuing to Puerto Varas, passing by Lake Llanquihue. Impressive views of Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes dominate the landscape. Arrival to Puerto Varas at 20h00.

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.

place Day 17. Puerto Varas - CastroNo Visit today --- homecheck --- |Hotel in Castro ------- directions_cardirections_boatcheck ---------- |Transport Puerto Varas – Castro ~3h00 / Ferry Pargua - Chacao ~35mn translate ESG ---- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast included,Lunch dinner not included

We will leave at 8:30 to reach the city of Puerto Mont and then we will continue to take the ferry and sail to the island of Grande Chiloé. After 30 minutes of navigation we will arrive at Ancud. Then we will drive to Castro located south. On our way we can visit the Puñihuil reserve to observe the Humboldt penguins (present from late October to late March). The rest of the day will be free.

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.

place Day 18. Castro - ChiloéNo Visit today --- homecheck --- |Hotel in Castro --------- directions_car check ---------- |Private transport for the visitstranslate ESG ---- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast included,Lunch dinner not included

At 09:00. We will go to the west coast of the island where we can enjoy the Chiloé National Park. After our walk we will drive to Chonchi village of the island where we can have lunch. We will return to Castro in the afternoon.

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.

place Day 19. Castro - SantiagoVisit Castro half day --- homecheck --- |Hotel in Santiago ---- directions_cardirections_boatflightcheck ---------- |Ferry Chacao – Pargua ~35mn / Transport Castro – Puerto Montt ~3h00 / Puerto Montt – Santiago ~1h35 translate ESG ---- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast included,Lunch dinner not included

We will take advantage of this last day on the island to discover Castro and the houses on stilts which are the peculiarity of this city but also the churches classified by Unesco. At the end of the day we will take the ferry back to Puerto Montt from where we will fly to Santiago.

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.

place Day 20. Santiago Leisure DayNo Visit today --- homecheck --- |Hotel in Santiago ---------- directions_walkcheck ---------- |Transfer Hotel-Airporttranslate ESG ---- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast included,Lunch dinner not included

There are no activities planned for today and you have time to explore Santiago on your own.

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.

place Day 21. Santiago DepartureNo Visit today --- homecheck --- |Departure ---------- directions_carcheck ---------- |Transfer Hotel-Airporttranslate ESG ---- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast is included at the hotel depending on your time of departure. If you must leave the hotel before breakfast is served at the hotel (normally at 07h00) breakfast is not included

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.

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.

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