Altiplano & Gaucho Wanderer

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From Bolivia's high Altiplano to the heart of Argentina's grasslands, this trip takes you through some of South America's most beautiful landscapes. Most stunning of all is the dramatic expanse of the salt plains of Salar de Uyuni and we will cross the Altiplano along remote, seldom travelled routes, criss-crossing wild plateaux studded with volcanoes and lakes full of flamingos; it is truly spectacular. Bolivia was the economic engine of the Spanish empire and nowhere more so than the historic city of Potosi with its giant silver and tin mines and the political centre of La Paz. We descend from the Andes into Chile's Atacama Desert, to visit the atmospheric town of San Pedro before crossing the Andes again and heading into the beautiful arid regions of Argentina and the wonderful colonial city of Salta. Argentina's route 40 is truly spectacular cutting through remote red mountains beset with vine covered valleys. No trip to Argentina is complete without getting under the skin of Gaucho life and we have a unique Estancia stay for two days of horse riding on an idyllic country ranch. To cap it all off we have time to explore the cosmopolitan capital, Buenos Aires.

Highlights
  • 2 nights to visit vineyards in Cafayate
  • Day trip on the surreal Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats
  • Visit the Uyuni train graveyard
  • Take the cable car for a spectacular view of Salta
  • 2 day crossing of the desolate and surreal Altiplano
  • Practice your dance steps in the birthplace of Tango
  • Explore the witches market & the dizzy heights of the world's highest capital city, La Paz
  • 3 night stay in a traditional isolated Argentian estancia with the Gauchos
  • Spectacular drive down Route 40 to see Quebrada de las Conchas
  • Star gaze in the Moon Valley at San Pedro de Atacama
  • Ride beautiful horses in an unspoilt location across remote Cordillera
  • Walk around the ruins of Quilmes
  • Explore the bars and cafes of Buenos Aires
Tour Staff
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
Transport
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep
Destinations
  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Chile
  • South America
Tour Types
  • Cultural
  • Foodie
  • Active
  • Adventure
  • Camping
  • Eco
  • Overland
  • 18-30 somethings
  • 50 plus
  • Couples
  • Singles
  • Horse Riding
  • Sightseeing
  • Trekking
  • Walking
  • History
  • White water rafting

Location: La Paz

<p><strong>Border information:</strong> if you are joining in La Paz, you will most likely enter Bolivia at La Paz El Alto International Airport (IATA code: LPB).<p>Welcome to La Paz, Bolivia's seat of government and the highest administrative capital in the world! There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.</p><p>Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in La Paz before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring La Paz.</p><p><strong>A note on altitude</strong>: If you are joining in La Paz, we strongly recommend arriving at least 24 hours before the trip begins to allow additional time to acclimatise.</p></p>

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Location: La Paz

<p>Today we have a free day to enjoy La Paz.</p>

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Location: Potosi

<p>Today we will leave La Paz behind and head to the colonial mining town of Potos&iacute;, the highest town in the world, and once famous for the area's abundance of silver!</p>

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Location: Uyuni

<p>After some free time in Potosi, we will continue our journey to Uyuni, the gateway to the Salar de Uyuni salt flats. <br/><br/>In Uyuni we will stay in a friendly hotel, famous for serving the highest pizzas in the world!</p>

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Location: Uyuni

<p>Today we will venture out onto the salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni, spending a full day exploring this phenomenal location by jeep and on foot. En route we will explore the nearby train graveyard and the cactus-filled 'Fish Island', and take all the time we need to get plenty of perspective-bending photographs!</p>

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Location: Altiplano

<p>Today we will head off across the wilds of the Altiplano, a surreal and desolate desert landscape that stretches all the way into Chile. We will make plenty of stop for photographs on the way and at the end of the day we aim to cross the border into Chile, making camp soon afterwards.<p> </p></p>

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Location: San Pedro de Atacama

<p>Border information: Exit Bolivia and enter Chile at Ollague<p>After breakfast we will break camp, and drive through the stunning Reserva Nacional Alto Loa on the Chilean part of the Altiplano, stopping off en route for photographs. Afterwards descending down to San Pedro de Atacama.</p><p>Please note: The weather in this region can be unpredictable and has been known to close the road to the border. On these occasions we will take an alternate route across the Altiplano, crossing into either Chile or Argentina at a different border point. Your Tour Leaders will keep you informed of any changes that may be necessary.</p></p>

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Location: San Pedro de Atacama

<p>Today we will have a free day to explore the incredible highlights of the Atacama desert surrounding San Pedro. In the evening we will take an included trip out to the extraordinary Moon Valley, where we will hopefully see an incredible sunset. At night we will also have the chance to&nbsp;go stargazing, in one of the world&#39;s premier regions for astronomy&nbsp;(please note that this is only possible when there is not a full moon).</p>

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Location: Purmamarca

<p><strong>Border information:</strong> Exit Chile at Paso Jama, enter Argentina at Paso Jama.<p>Today we will have a long drive day to cross the mighty Andes, cross the border into Argentina, and reach the beautiful village of Purmamarca next to the aptly-named 'Hill of Seven Colours'</p></p>

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Location: Salta

<p>Today we will drive to the beautiful colonial city of Salta, where we will have time to freely explore on arrival.</p>

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Location: Salta

<p>Today we will have a free day to explore the town of Salta, visit its many museums, or explore the beautiful surrounding hills on foot or&nbsp;by mountain bike. We will also have the chance to take the cable car to the viewpoint on San Bernardo Hill overlooking the town, taking in some of the incredible mountian scenery nearby.</p>

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Location: Cabra Corral

<p>Today we will have a short morning drive to a campsite in Cabra Corral, a small village south of Salta where we have the opportunity to go rafting or zip-lining!<p>Tonight we will continue our drive a short distance to wild camp in the stunning mountains nearby, or camp at the rafting base in Cabra Corral if preferred.</p><p><br/></p></p>

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Location: Cafayate

<p>Today we will drive through the spectacular rock formations of the Quebrada de las Conchas, and reach the serene town of Cafayate.<p>This small unassuming town is the centre of one of Argentina's principal wine producing regions, famous for the quality of its Torrentes and Tannat wines! Over the next two days we will have the opportunity to go to a few of the vineyards nearby to see how the wine is made, and of course to try them!</p></p>

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Location: Cafayate

Free day to explore Cafayate. This small unassuming town&nbsp;is the&nbsp;centre of one of Argentina's principal wine producing regions, famous for the quality of its Torrentes and Tannat wines! We will have the opportunity to go to a few of the vineyards nearby to see how the wine is made, and of course to try them!</p>

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Location: Recreo

<p>Today we will drive south over some more spectacular mountains and arrive in the lush flat pampas that Argentina is famous for. We will visit the ancient ruins of the indigenous city of Quilmes en route.</p>

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Location: Estancia Los Potreros

<p>Today we drive to a unique Anglo-Argentine Estancia, where we will stay for 3 nights.<p>During our time at the Estancia, we will head out horseback riding, taste the excellent wines produced by their vineyards, be entertained by a local musician, learn some of the skills of the gauchos, and enjoy a traditional asado (Argentine BBQ). This isa magical experience in a beautiful and atmospheric location, and many people's highlight of the trip!</p><p><em>Please note that some of these activities are subject to weather conditions. Please also note that there is a strict weight limit of 15 stone (210lbs) or 95kg to partake in the horse riding - if you should weigh more than this, then unfortunately you will not be able to participate in the horseback riding.</em></p></p>

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Location: Estancia Los Potreros

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Location: Estancia Los Potreros

Full day at the Estancia.

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Location: Buenos Aires

<p>Today we will have a full day drive to the wonderful city of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina.</p>

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Location: Buenos Aires

<p>Today is a free day to explore the incredible city of Buenos Aires, soak up the atmosphere of its streets, and discover its amazing culture, art, and music.</p>

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Location: Buenos Aires

<p><strong>Border information:</strong> if you are finishing in Buenos Aires, you will most likely exit Argentina at Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport, also known as Ezeiza Airport (IATA code: BUE/EZE).<p>Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Buenos Aires. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact your sales agent if you would like to arrange some extra nights of accommodation here after your trip.</p></p>

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Included
  • Meals:
    - Breakfasts x 20, Lunches x 11, Dinners x 9
  • Spend 3 unique days at an Anglo-Argentinian estancia to experience the Gaucho way of life
  • Transport:
    - Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep
  • Take the epic journey across the Altiplano - an incredible high-altitude adventure through a surreal desert landscape taking in bizarre rock formations and stunning lakes
  • Explore the dramatic landscape of the Moon Valley
  • Visit the impressive rock formations of 'El Amphiteatro' and 'La Garganta del Diablo' en route through the primeval landscape of the Quebrada de las Conchas
  • Visit the Quilmes ruins
  • Accommodation
    -Basic Hotel 5 nights Comfortable Hotel 4 nights Wild Camp 2 nights Multishare Hostel 2 nights Camping 7 nights
  • Take jeeps out onto the dazzling Uyuni Salt Flats

Not Included
  • International Travel
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  • Tipping and Gratuities
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Airport transfers aren’t included, but we can arrange this for you.
All entrance fees are covered for anything that is listed on the trip notes as included in the tour.
Visa's will need to be arranged separately but any supporting documents you need to obtain these can be arranged by us.
International flights are not included in the trip price, but we can arrange these for you.
We can arrange any pre or post night accommodation
We don't have the option for single supplements on Dragoman tours
You will just need to bring your own sleeping bags and sleeping mats for this trip. We will provide all the other camping equipment.
The maximum group size is 21

Nicolas B

Amazing trip guys, great leader and driver.




Judith E

Overall great trip, great leaders and great organization from their part!




Matthew W

The route, guides and drivers were all great!




Matthew W

Guides were generally informative and helpful.




Kendra S

Nick and Neill were fantastic through the whole trip!




GUDRUN V

The drivers were great!




Nicolas B

Both guys were absolutely fantastic, I had such a great time and the transmitted a such a relaxed vibe, even though they had to work so much to solve the many problems we found on the road. Great guys really.




Judith E

Excellent job from both crew, always had our interests in mind, very approachable, fun.




Matthew W

Neill was fantastic throughout the whole trip, especially when faced with several problems with strikes and blockages. We were even lucky enough to enter the Salt Flats when most other tourists could not.




G C

I couldn't fault these two on this leg of the trip whatsoever. They came up against some pretty challenging situations along the way (dealing with roadblocks, etc.) which they handled immensely well, going above and beyond their duties to ensure that the we got where we needed to be. Really impressive work.




Francois B

The camping equipment is solid and quite easy to assemble. The truck is very convenient and has almost everything it needs to provide a good experience. A lot of little details were taken care of.




Francois B

These guys do a good job!




Catherine O

Very good tour - one of the best companies I have used.




Catherine O

But both Julie and Rob were more than excellent. They were always friendly and helpful, and immensely kind to even the most trying of passengers. Both of them were superb and made a fab team.




Karolina K

Our leaders were excellent, I can't imagine how anybody could perform better.




Daniel H

Julie and Rob were amazing, both went well beyond the requirements to make the trip memorable.




Karolina K

One of the best trips in my life!




Isla H

The estancia was amazing, these people got me riding a horse without needing oxygen, and gave us a lot of wine and gave me memories fuzzy or not that I'll cherish and the same could be said for the whole tour. I had a blast and that was largely to do with the organisational skills of Tom and Bob. That I just had to show up and it was all done for me, which on this type of tour is what I was looking for.




Christine H

All of the guides had good English and they communicate the local traditions well.




Maria v

Local guides performances were perfect.




Madelaine O

Estanica staff were great!




Michael B

Both crew were hard working, helpful, always there for you, and very friendly.




Roger P

Great guides - especially Victor and Roberta in the Panatal. They knew all the birds and animals and were enthusiastic in sharing their knowledge.




Michael H

The whole trip was excellent, I took part in both the Lima to Cuzco leg and again from Cafayate to Buenos Aires, and there were incredible opportunities during both legs. Personal highlights would be Machu Picchu, Arequipa, and the Estancia stay in Argentina.




Michael H

My experience with Dragoman was a genuine pleasure throughout the trip.




Janine S

I loved the time at the estancia and the lunch st the winery at Cafayate




Laura M

First group travel experience after years of travelling solo and/or with friends. A Great experience where you learn alot about yourself and make new relationships easily.




Laura M

Easy company, well organised and very memorable experiences auch as Uyuni salt flats, San Pedro desert, Estancia.




Robert G

Crew were excellent hosts and we were well looked after on the trip




Malcolm M

Loved the humour, camaraderie and team effort as well as the stunning sights we saw



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Start:La Paz
Finish:Buenos Aires
Group size:6 - 22
Suitable for: 18 plus
Accommodation:Basic Hotel 5 nights. Comfortable Hotel 4 nights. Wild Camp 2 nights. Multishare Hostel 2 nights. Camping 7 nights
Physical rating:Low
Meals:Breakfasts x 20, Lunches x 11, Dinner x 9
Diets:Vegetarians, Please contact Dragoman with any specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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