Andes & Patagonia Discovery

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  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Dates
  • Dragoman

Highlights
  • Spectacular drive down Route 40 to see Quebrada de las Conchas
  • Explore the highest administrative capital city in the world
  • Boat trip to the Ballestas islands to view wildlife
  • Visit Futaleufu, South America's mecca for white water rafting
  • See the mysterious Nasca lines with a chance of an optional flight
  • Visit Chilean wine region and famous vineyards
  • Take a wine tour in the Malbec capital of the world, Mendoza
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu by local expert
  • Ride beautiful horses in unspoilt location
  • Reach the 'end of the world' at Ushuaia
  • Trek the Classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu
  • Day trip on the surreal Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats
  • Overnight on the remote beach of Puerto Inca
  • Go white water rafting, canyoning or trekking in Banos
  • Trip to the Colca canyon to spot Condors
  • Drive to the Cristo Redentor and pass through stunning Andean mountains
  • Visit the Chilean wine region and famous vineyards
  • Explore the cosmopolitan and stylish city of Santiago
  • Visit Los Glaciares National Park near El Chalten
  • 3 nights to trek in the Cordillera Blanca from Huaraz
  • Explore the Peruvian capital of Lima
  • Wildcamp in the remotest parts of Patagonia
  • Star gaze at Moon Valley at San Pedro de Atacama
  • Overland along the Chilean fjords along the Carretera Austral
  • Visit the Uyuni train graveyard
  • 2 nights to explore the beautiful city of Arequipa
  • Guided tour in the spectacular Torres Del Paine
  • Trek the Classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu Or, take the Wild Andes Trek for a truly unique perspective, Or even the train package with no trekking
  • Relax in the vibrant and cosmopolitan centre of Cuzco
  • 2 night stay at the lakeside town of Bariloche
  • 2 nights in the world's highest capital city, La Paz
  • 3 night stay in a community run eco lodge to explore the Amazon Jungle
  • Walk around the ruins of Quilmes
  • Visit the crater lake of Quilotoa
  • Hike in the Cerro Castillo Reserve to the Laguna
  • Visit vineyards in Cafayete
  • Overland the Chilean and Argentinian Lake District
  • Explore the Chimu Adobe ruins of Chan Chan and the ancient Moche Pyramids
  • Try your hand at surfing or just relax with a cool drink
  • 2 day crossing of the desolate and surreal Altiplano
  • Visit the Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Climb Mt Villarica volcano at Pucon in the Chilean Lake District
  • Explore the historic capital city of Lima
  • Buy an original Panama hat direct from the factory
  • Or, take the Wild Andes Trek for a truly unique perspective
  • Visit the town of Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca
  • Homestay with local Quechua families
  • Stay in the classic colonial city of Cuenca
  • Cross the Magellan strait To Tierra del Fuego
  • Boat trip on Lake Titicaca to the Isla del Sol
  • 2 nights camping on the Pacific beach at Punta Sal
  • Try horse back riding or mountain biking around the stunning landscape
  • 3 night stay in an traditional isolated Argentian estancia with gauchos
  • Or, train package option with no trekking
  • Sacred Valley guided tour
  • Trek the famous W-Walk in Torres Del Paine National Park
Transport
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Boat, Private Bus, Train, Jeep, Local Bus, Ferry
Tour Staff
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
Destinations
  • South America
  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Chile
  • Ecuador
  • Peru
  • Patagonia
Tour Types
  • Adventure
  • Overland
  • Trekking
  • Discovery
  • History
  • Attraction-Based Hike
  • Active
  • Bicycle
  • Wildlife
  • Camping
  • Cultural
  • Eco
  • GAP Year
  • Walking
  • Historical
  • Horse Riding
  • Kayak & Canoe
  • Local Guide
  • Local Living
  • Mountain Hikes
  • Overland truck
  • Sightseeing
  • White water rafting
  • wine tasting
  • Foodie

Location: Quito

<p><strong>Border Information:</strong> if joining in Quito, you will most likely enter Ecuador at Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport (IATA code: UIO).<p>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 Quito 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 Quito.</p><p><strong>A note on altitude</strong>: If you are joining in Quito, we strongly recommend arriving at least 24 hours before the trip begins to allow additional time to acclimatise.</p></p>

Location: Ecuadorian Amazon

<p>Today our journey begins with a drive to a village on the edge of the Amazon basin, near the town of Tena, where we head to our lodge for an incredible 3-night stay.<p>Our lodge is a great example of eco-tourism, built and run by the local community and volunteers, who work to re-forest the reserve land at the lodge with native trees and medicinal plants. The lodge is set in secondary and primary rainsforest, an area at risk of deforestation. </p></p>

Location: Ecuadorian Amazon

<p>Over the next two days we will head into the Amazon jungle, enjoying rainforest treks exploring the nearby waterfalls and caves, and trips down the Napo River in motorised dugout canoes, hopefully spotting plenty of wildlife on the way. We will also see some ancient fossils and petroglyphs, and visit a local Quichua community.</p>

Location: Ecuadorian Amazon

Second full day in the rainforest.

Location: Rio Verde

<p>Today we will drive through the highlands of Ecuador, arriving in Rio Verde near the famous Tungurahua volcano.</p>

Location: Rio Verde

<p>We will have two full days of free time to take part in a&nbsp;range of optional activities in Rio Verde, such as white-water rafting, trekking, canyoning, cycling, and other options. We will also have the opportunity to visit the nearby town of&nbsp;Ba&ntilde;os and its&nbsp;popular volcanic thermal springs.</p>

Location: Rio Verde

Second free day for optional activities.

Location: Chugchilán

<p>Today we will drive to the remote village of Chugchilán, via the spectacular highland scenery along the road of the 'Quilotoa Loop'.<p><br/></p></p>

Location: Chugchilán

<p>Today is a free day to enjoy optional activities such as mountain biking or horseback riding.</p>

Location: Cuenca

<p>Today we will drive along the remainder of the Quilotoa Loop and then head south to the beautiful colonial town of Cuenca. We will pass through the stunning landscape of the Cajas National Park en route.</p>

Location: Cuenca

<p>Today we will have a free day to explore the colonial city of&nbsp;Cuenca. The town&nbsp;is the birthplace of the famous Panama Hat, and we will have the opportunity today to&nbsp;visit one of the factories to learn about the manufacturing process.</p>

Location: Punta Sal

<p><strong>Border information: </strong>Exit Ecuador at Huaquillas, enter Peru at Tumbes.<p>Today we will have a long drive day south, crossing the border into northern Peru.</p></p>

Location: Punta Sal

<p>Today we have a full day&nbsp;to relax on the beach and enjoy some activities in and around the stunning coastal area of Punta Sal.</p>

Location: Huanchaco

<p>Today we will have a full day's drive to Huanchaco, near the city of Trujillo. </p>

Location: Huanchaco

<p>Today we will have an included guided trip to explore the enormous adobe ruins of Chan Chan&nbsp;and the world-famous Moche archaeological site of&nbsp;Huaca de la Luna (Pyramid of the Moon).</p>

Location: Huaraz

<p>Today we will have a spectacular drive up the winding roads of the 'Casma Route' into the Cordillera Blanca section of the high Andes, reaching the mountain town of Huaraz.</p>

Location: Huaraz

<p>We have two days in the spectacular area of the Cordillera Blanca for exploration and optional activities such as visiting the&nbsp;incredible pre-Inca ruins of Chav&iacute;n de Huantar or trekking and climbing to the nearby lakes and&nbsp;glaciers.</p>

Location: Huaraz

<p>Enjoy a second free day in Huaraz</p>

Location: Lima

<p>Today we will have another full day's drive back to the coast via the 'Paramonga Route' and then on to the enormous Peruvian capital of Lima.</p>

Location: Lima

<p><strong>Border information:</strong> if joining in Lima, you will most likely enter Peru at Lima Jorge Chavez International Airport (IATA code: LIM).<p>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 Lima 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 Lima.</p></p>

Location: Huacachina

<p>Today we will have a very early start to leave Lima before the rush hour, and drive 270kms south to Paracas. There we will board one of the local boats for an included trip to the Ballestas Islands to view its incredible array of resident wildlife and birds.<p>After lunch, we will continue south to arrive at the stunning desert oasis town of Huacachina, where we have the option to head out for an evening of sand boarding and dune buggying.</p></p>

Location: Nazca

<p>Today we continue south to the world-famous village of Nazca, the location of the mysterious Nazca Lines. On the drive, we will stop at a viewing platform to get a glimpse of some of these lines. The Nazca Lines are a series of figures, lines, and geometric shapes that were etched into the ground of the desert plateau over a thousand years ago by the ancient Nazca culture, and their purpose is still unknown to this day.<p>In the afternoon, we will have the opportunity to take an optional 30-minute flight over the Nazca Lines in a small aircraft - this is by far the best way of seeing the figures, and we use a local operator with an excellent safety record.</p></p>

Location: Puerto Inca

<p>This morning we head south of Nazca, and have an included visit to the nearby ancient sites of the Chauchilla Cemetery and the Cahuachi Pyramid, thought to have once been the religious centre of the Nazca civilisation.<p>In the afternoon we will continue our drive to the coastal resort of Puerto Inca.</p></p>

Location: Arequipa

<p>Today we will start our drive inland, and head uphill to the beautiful 'White City' of Arequipa.</p>

Location: Arequipa

<p>Today we will have a free day to&nbsp;explore the colonial city of Arequipa, or for some optional activities in and around the city.</p>

Location: Chivay

<p>We will have some more free time to explore Arequipa this morning, before continuing our drive to the highland town of Chivay after lunch.</p>

Location: Chivay

<p>This morning we will head out on a short drive to some of the best viewpoints along&nbsp;the spectacular Colca Canyon,&nbsp;one of the deepest canyons in the world!&nbsp;The canyon is famous for its resident condors, and we will spend a good amount of&nbsp;time at the viewpoints to give ourselves the best chance of spotting them. We will also visit a couple of local&nbsp;communities on the way back to Chivay.</p><p>We will have a free afternoon to explore Chivay, and possibly take an optional trip to the nearby hot springs.</p>

Location: Raqchi

<p>Today we will drive through the stunning landscapes of the Peruvian highlands to the small village of Raqchi. Here we will stay at a homestay as guests of the local villagers in their traditional family homes. The houses are very clean and have basic facilities. This evening the villagers will invite us to take part in a traditional Quechua religious ceremony, and we'll have some lively music from some of the village's musicians.</p>

Location: Cuzco

<p>This morning we will visit the Inca ruins of the Temple of Wiracocha at Raqchi, and then see a pottery demonstration at a local artisan centre.<p>In the afternoon we will drive to the incredible historical city of Cuzco, the former Inca capital. </p></p>

Location: Cuzco

<p><strong>Border information:</strong> if you are joining in Cuzco, you will most likely enter Peru at Cuzco Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (IATA code: CUZ).<p>There will be an important group meeting at 10:00am at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. There will be a further meeting this evening for our Wild Andes and Classic Inca Trails, where we will have a full detailed briefing from our local trekking guides about the next few days!</p><p>The rest of today will be free to explore the wonderful city of Cuzco, discover its many historical gems, or to take part in number of optional activities near the city.</p><p>Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Cuzco 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 Cuzco.</p><p><strong>A note on altitude</strong>: If you are joining in Cuzco, we strongly recommend arriving at least 24 hours before the trip begins to allow additional time to acclimatise.</p></p>

Location: Inca Trail

<p>These&nbsp;four days will be spent either trekking&nbsp;in the Andes,&nbsp;on our pioneering Wild Andes Trek,&nbsp;on the Classic Inca Trek&nbsp;or for those not wishing to hike, free time to explore and a guided tour of the Sacred Valley on our Train package.</p><p><strong>Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek</strong></p><p>Leaving Cuzco early in the morning, we visit the ruined temples of&nbsp;Sacsayhuaman for a fascinating&nbsp;tour of the site.&nbsp;We then head on to Chinchero, a small Quechua-speaking&nbsp;village in the Sacred Valley.&nbsp;Here we will see a traditional weaving demonstration that has been unchanged for a thousand years,&nbsp;and explore&nbsp;their beautiful&nbsp;archaeological ruins.&nbsp;We will drive to a stunning viewpoint for a&nbsp;picnic lunch, and then visit the&nbsp;Quillarumiyoc temple (the Temple of the Moon).</p><p>We will start our trek from here in the afternoon, heading by foot&nbsp;to Zurite where we&nbsp;have a picturesque stay in a colonial house. Tonight&nbsp;we will enjoy a traditional&nbsp;dinner and get a taste of the local village&nbsp;lifestyle.</p><p>Approximate walking distance: 8km, Estimated time: 4hrs, Meals provided: Lunch and Dinner&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Option 2 - Classic Inca Trek</strong></p><p>This morning we go for a guided tour of the Sacred Valley, followed by a visit to the market town of&nbsp;Pisac, where we will have an included lunch. &nbsp;We then head to Ollantaytambo, where we have free time to explore the impressive&nbsp;archeological site. Tonight&nbsp;we stay in a comfortable hotel. &nbsp;</p><p>Please note that we have the evening to ourselves in Ollantaytambo, our Guide will meet us in the morning. &nbsp;No Meals are included in Ollantaytambo.</p><p>There is no trekking today.&nbsp;Meals provided: Lunch,</p><p><strong>Option 3 - Train Package</strong></p><p>You will leave Cuzco with your fellow passengers who will be trekking the Wild Andes Trek.&nbsp;You will visit the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, followed by a beautiful scenic drive over mountains and through valleys, via the ancient city of Pisac and on to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After lunch you will head back to Cuzco where you will stay at our nice, centrally located hotel for a further 3 nights.</p><p>Meals included: Lunch</p>

Location: Inca Trail

<p><strong>Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek</strong></p><p><strong>Zurite to Amaruwatana</strong></p><p>After a hearty breakfast we leave Zurite and head towards Amaruwatana camp. The walk will take us through Qenteqentiyoc (the Hummingbird Temple), where we will visit and admire this Inca archaeological&nbsp;site.&nbsp;We will then follow&nbsp;the ancient path all the way to the top of our first pass at 4,400m, where we will have a dramatic view of both the&nbsp;Vilcabamba and Vilcanota&nbsp;mountain ranges.&nbsp;From here we start walking down on the way to our first camp in the Sambor Valley where we will spend the night camping.</p><p>Approximate walking time: 8hrs,&nbsp;Distance: 13kms,&nbsp;Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner</p><p><strong>Option 2 - Classic Inca Trek</strong></p><p><strong>Ollantaytambo to Wayllabamba</strong></p><p>After breakfast, we catch a bus to Piscaycuscho and the start of the Classic Inca Trek - the railroad KM82 marker (at 2,700m altitude). Here we&nbsp;are joined by our&nbsp;crew of local porters and&nbsp;cooks. We will cross the bridge over the River Urubamba&nbsp;and following a trail along the left-hand shore of the river,&nbsp;enjoying stunning views of the snow-capped Mount Veronica (5,830m) and the Incan archaeological remains at Llactapata. Continuing through lush farmland and woodland, we gradually climb for approximately 5 hours to our first campsite at Wayllabamba (3,000m).</p><p>Approximate trekking time: 5-6hrs, Distance: 12kms,&nbsp;Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks</p><p><strong>Option 3 - Train Package</strong></p><p>Today is a free day&nbsp;to&nbsp;enjoy Cuzco, with its museums, churches, incredible colonial architecture,&nbsp;beautiful restaurants and a vast array of shops, selling textiles and&nbsp;handicrafts.</p>

Location: Inca Trail

<p><strong>Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek</strong></p><p><strong>Amaruwatana to Ancascocha</strong></p><p>We have an early start this morning, trekking for approximately 2 hours to reach the top of our second pass at 4,700m. From here we have fantastic views of the rock formations below us, and if we&#39;re lucky we may spot Andean ibises, caracaras, eagles or foxes up here!</p><p>After descending for approximatley&nbsp;2 hours, we arrive at a stunning&nbsp;highland valley with a glacial river&nbsp;named Kenqo Mayu (meaning &quot;Zig-zag River&quot;)&nbsp;flowing down it - which makes an idyllic stop for lunch!</p><p>After lunch we will continue trekking downhill&nbsp;following the ancient trail, which leads&nbsp;us to our campsite in the&nbsp;Ancascocha area.</p><p>Approximate trekking time: 6-7hrs, Distance: 10kms,&nbsp;Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner</p><p><strong>Option 2 - Classic Trek</strong></p><p><strong>Wayllabamba to Pacaymayo</strong></p><p>This is the most challenging day of the trek as we ascend a long steep path (approximately 4 hours) through Andean cloud forest and highland puna&nbsp;to reach the highest point of our trek, Warmiwa&ntilde;usca (meaning &quot;Dead Woman&#39;s Pass&quot;)&nbsp;at a height of 4,200m.&nbsp;During our ascent, we can appreciate the wide variety of plant, flower and bird species supported by this unique eco-climate.&nbsp;On reaching the pass, our challenge is rewarded by an astonishing panoramic view of the Vilcanota and Vilcabamba mountain ranges.&nbsp;From here we descend for 2 hours into the Pacaymayo Valley (3,650m altitude) and to our second campsite.</p><p>Approximate trekking time: 6-7hrs, Distance: 11kms,&nbsp;Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks</p><p><strong>Option 3 - Train Package</strong><br />Today is a free day for you to enjoy Cuzco, with its museums, churches, incredible colonial architecture, beautiful restaurants and a vast array of shops selling textiles and handicrafts.</p>

Location: Inca Trail

<p><strong>Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek</strong></p><p><strong>Ancascocha to Ollantaytambo</strong></p><p>Today we will descend the narrow&nbsp;Silque Canyon, allowing us to&nbsp;observe its tall granite walls which are&nbsp;populated by a large variety of orchids and bromeliads, filling the environment with magnificent colours when they bloom. After crossing many little bridges&nbsp;we will reach the&nbsp;Camicancha area,&nbsp;where we stop at a magnificent&nbsp;volcanic&nbsp;viewpoint looking towards the snow-capped Mt. Veronica.</p><p>From here&nbsp;it is only a short trek to Chilca, where our&nbsp;trail ends.&nbsp;We&#39;ll be picked up by our vehicle and head to&nbsp;Ollantaytambo, taking a well-earned shower and rest at our hotel.</p><p>In the afternoon we will have an included guided tour around the incredible archaeological site of Ollantaytambo and its world-famous&nbsp;Temple of the Sun.&nbsp;Please note that we have the evening to ourselves in Ollantaytambo, our Guide will meet us in the morning.&nbsp;No Meals are included in Ollantaytambo.</p><p>Approximate trekking time: 5hrs, Distance: 12kms, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch</p><p><strong>Option 2 - Classic Inca Trek</strong></p><p><strong>Pacaymayo to Wi&ntilde;ay Wayna</strong></p><p>Today we follow ancient stone paths and steps to ascend the well-preserved Inca remains of Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, and Phuyupatamarca (the &quot;Town above the Clouds&quot;)&nbsp;where we can appreciate the Incas&rsquo; complex architectural style and reverence of natural geography and beauty.&nbsp;Heading down the&nbsp;Andean slope, we reach our final night&#39;s camp by the Wi&ntilde;ay Wayna (meaning &quot;Forever Young&quot;)&nbsp;ruins, with panoramic views of the valley below.</p><p>Approximate walking time: 8hrs, Distance: 16kms,&nbsp;Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks</p><p><strong>Option 3 - Train Package</strong></p><p>After being picked up from your hotel in the morning you will be driven to the fortress city of Ollantaytambo and our hotel for the night, the Tunupa Lodge. Here you will rejoin the Wild Andes Trekkers and your tour leader who will be arriving from their trek this afternoon.</p>

Location: Cuzco

<p><strong>Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek</strong></p><p><strong>Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Cuzco</strong></p><p>Today we will have&nbsp;an early start to&nbsp;catch the train to the small town of Aguas Calientes. From there, we will take a bus up the winding mountainside to the legendary ruined city of&nbsp;Machu Picchu - one of the world's most iconic sights!&nbsp;We&nbsp;have a guided tour with our expert local guide and there will be plenty of free time to&nbsp;explore this magical place.&nbsp;</p><p>In the afternoon we will head back to Ollantaytambo and then on to Cuzco, where we return to our joining hotel at the end of a long but phenomenal day!</p><p>Meals provided: Breakfast</p><p><strong>Option 2 - Classic Trek</strong></p><p><strong>Wiñ</strong><strong>ay Wayna to Machupicchu</strong></p><p>Leaving Wiñay Wayna, we descend gradually further through the highland jungle to our destination -&nbsp;Intupunku (the "Sun Gate") leading into Machu Picchu. Arriving at daybreak, we catch our first breathtaking view of this historical wonder. As with the Wild Andes Trek, our local guide will show us the most important constructions as well as explain the history and the mythology of this magnificent place. There is also some free time to explore the ruins further at your own pace or just chill out and watch the hummingbirds or vizcachua. In the afternoon we head back down to Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Ollantaytambo and return to Cuzco for a well-deserved rest.</p><p>Approximate walking time: 2hrs, Distance: 4kms,&nbsp;Meals provided: Breakfast, Snacks</p><p><strong>Option 3 - Train Package</strong></p><p>After an early breakfast and walk to the train station, your stunning 2 hour train ride to Aguas Calientes begins. The journey takes you through several different micro-climates, past Inca terraces, lookout posts, ancient river bank reinforcements and small towns. You will get a glimpse of different temples and the beautiful Mount Veronica (5,750m). Passing through 8 tunnels, the train journey finally comes to an end in the busy pueblo, Aguas Calientes. From here you take a local bus that winds up the mountainside for about 30 minutes until you arrive at the entrance to Machu Picchu (2,400m), the awe inspiring 'Lost City of the Incas'. The guide will take you around the immense, mystical ruins for about 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes, explaining the rich history of the ancient site. Afterwards, you will have time to explore on your own before returning down the mountain to Aguas Calientes.</p><p>In the afternoon you will catch a train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and a private transfer will take you back to your hotel in Cuzco.</p><p>Meals provided: Breakfast</p>

Location: Cuzco

<p>Today is a free day to relax after the treks, further explore the historical city of Cuzco, and take part in some&nbsp;optional activities around the city.</p>

Location: Puno

<p>Today we will leave Cuzco and head through the highlands of Peru to the town of Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. </p>

Location: Isla del Sol

<p><strong>Border information:</strong> Exit Peru at Yunguyo, enter Bolivia at Kasani.<p>This morning we will cross into Bolivia and head to the lakeside town of Copacabana, before boarding a boat to the stunning island of Isla del Sol.</p></p>

Location: Copacabana

<p>Today we will take an included day trip across Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca, one of the holiest sites in ancient Inca mythology and supposedly the birthplace of the Sun God Inti. We will take a 14km walk across the length of the island, taking in the incredible and serene scenery and soaking up the calm atmosphere of the island (this walk can be skipped by anybody who does not want to do it). <p>We will return to Copacabana for the evening.</p><br/><br/></p>

Location: La Paz

<p>Today we will drive to the famous city of La Paz, Bolivia's seat of government and the highest administrative capital in the world! </p>

Location: La Paz

<p style="box-sizing: inherit; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1rem; color: rgb(0, 21, 34); font-family: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, &quot;Segoe UI&quot;, Roboto, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Border information:</span>&nbsp;if you are joining&nbsp;in La Paz, you will most likely enter Bolivia at La Paz El Alto International Airport (IATA code: LPB).</p><p style="box-sizing: inherit; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1rem; color: rgb(0, 21, 34); font-family: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, &quot;Segoe UI&quot;, Roboto, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Welcome to&nbsp;La Paz, Bolivia’s seat of government and the highest administrative&nbsp;capital in the world! There will be an important&nbsp;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 style="box-sizing: inherit; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1rem; color: rgb(0, 21, 34); font-family: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, &quot;Segoe UI&quot;, Roboto, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">A note on altitude</span>: 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>

Location: La Paz

Today we will have a free day to make the most of the extrodinary city of La Paz, explore the witches market or take a mountain biking trip down the World's Most Dangerous Road.</span><br><br>

Location: Uyuni

<p>Today we will drive south to Uyuni, the gateway to the incredible salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni.</p>

Location: Uyuni

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

Location: Altiplano

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>Tonight we will bush camp in a remote spot with no facilities! </p>

Location: San Pedro de Atacama

After breakfast we will break camp, and drive through the stunning&nbsp;Reserva Nacional Alto Loa on the Chilean part of the Altiplano, stopping off en route for photographs and a lunch stop at the famous El Tatio Geysers, the worlds highest Geyser field at 4300m. Afterwards descending down to San Pedro de Atacama.</span><br><br>Please note:</span>&nbsp;The weather in this region can be unpredictable and has been known to close the road to the border.&nbsp; On these occasions we will take an alternate route across the Altiplano, crossing into either Chile or Argentina at a different border point.&nbsp; Your trip leaders will keep you informed of any changes that may be necessary.</span>

Location: San Pedro de Atacama

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's premier regions for astronomy&nbsp;(please note that this is only possible when there is not a full moon).</span>

Location: Salta

Today we will have a long drive day to cross the mighty Andes,&nbsp;cross the border into Argentina, and reach the beautiful town of Salta.</span>

Location: Salta

Today we will have a free day to explore 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, or take the famous 'Train to the Clouds' through some of the incredible mountian scenery nearby.</span>

Location: Cafayate

Today we will drive through the spectacular rock formations of the Quebrada de las Conchas, and reach the serene town of Cafayate.&nbsp;</span>

Location: Cafayate

Free day to explore Cafayate. This small unassuming town is the centre of one of Argentinas's principal withe producing regions, famous for the quality of its Torrontes 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!</span>

Location: Recreo

Today we will drive south through spectacular mountains and arrive in the&nbsp;pampas that Argentina is famous for. We will visit the ancient ruins of the indigenous city of Quilmes en route.&nbsp;</span>

Location: Estancia

<p>Today we drive to a unique Anglo-Argentine Estancia, where we will stay for 3 nights. <br/><br/>During our time at the Estancia, we will head out horseback riding. This is a magical experience in a beautiful and many people's highlight of the trip! Please note that some of these activities are subject to weather conditions. <br/><br/>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. </p>

Location: Estancia

Full day at the Estancia.

Location: Estancia

​Full day at the Estancia.

Location: Cordoba

Today we will have a leisurely start after breakfast to the city of Cordoba, where we will enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city.</span>

Location: Mendoza

<p>Today we will have a very early start for a full day's drive to the stunning town of Mendoza, nestled in the dry flats underneath the shadows of the largest mountains of the Andes.<p>Mendoza is the centre of Argentine wine production, and one of the nine 'Wine Capitals of the World' - it is especially famous for its Malbec, grown at some of the highest-altitude vineyards to be found in the world.</p></p>

Location: Mendoza

Today&nbsp;will be free time&nbsp;to explore the region, head out on various adventure activities, or of course take a tasting tour of the incredible wineries in the region.</span>

Location: Santiago

Today we will drive over the stunning Cristo Redentor pass in the high Andes, passing Aconcagua (the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere) and heading to the Chilean capital of Santiago.</span>

Location: Santiago

Today is a free day to explore the cosmopolitan Chilean capital.

Location: Santiago

<p>Welcome to Santiago, the cosmopolitan Chilean capital! There will be a 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>Important note from September 2018 departures: The full W-Walk is now included in this tour. If you wish to remain at our base camp, please inform us at time of booking so that we can arrange your meals and guides.</p><p>Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Santiago 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 Santiago.</p><p>In Santiago we will stay in a centrally-located hostel.</p><p><strong>Border information:</strong> if you are joining in Santiago, you will most likely enter Chile at Santiago Arturo Merino Ben&iacute;tez International Airport (IATA code: SCL).</p></p>

Location: Buchupureo

<p>Today we will leave the bright lights of Santiago behind and head to San Javier, to take a wine tour at one of the famous vineyards of the region. After lunch, we will head to the laid back farming village of Buchupureo, on the Chilean coast, where we can relax by the beach for a couple of hours.</p>

Location: Pucon

<p>This morning we will continue our drive into the Chilean Lake District to the town of Pucon.<p>Tomorrow we will have a free day in Puc&oacute;n to enjoy a range of optional activities, such as a sunrise expedition to climb the Villarica volcano which looms over Puc&oacute;n, heading out horse riding through the surrounding forests, or an evening visit to the nearby natural hot springs.</p></p>

Location: Pucon

<p>Free day for optional activities.</p>

Location: Bariloche

<p><strong>Border information: </strong>Exit Chile at Mamuil Malal, enter Argentina at Mamuil Malal.<p>Today we cross the Andes into Argentina and continue our journey to the picturesque town of Bariloche via the scenic Ruta de los Siete Lagos (Seven Lakes Route).</p></p>

Location: Bariloche

<p>Today will be a&nbsp;free day&nbsp;to enjoy the&nbsp;beautiful mountain town of Bariloche and the stunning surrounding lakes, mountains and forests. We have the options to explore the area by foot,&nbsp;mountain bike, kayak or&nbsp;boat.</p>

Location: Futaleufu

<p><strong>Border Information: </strong>Exit Argentina at Rio Futaleuf&uacute;, enter Chile at Rio Futaleuf&uacute;.<p>Today we cross back into Chile and drive to the rafting mecca of Futaleuf&uacute;. From this point we will join the famous Carretera Austral, probably one of the most stunning roads in South America, surrounded in gorgeous mountain and forest scenery. Please note that the road from here to El Chaltén is rough and mostly unpaved meaning that the going is slow.</p></p>

Location: Puyuhuapi

<p>Today we will leave Futaleuf&uacute; and drive through the Chilean fjords to Queluat National Park. If time allows there is an optional walk to see the incredible hanging Glacier.</p>

Location: Cerro Castillo NR

<p>Today we drive south through the magnificent Chilean scenery to the beautiful area of Cerro Castillo National Reserve.<p>In Cerro Castillo we will camp in a lovely family-run campsite with basic facilities, where we will enjoy a Chilean BBQ.</p></p>

Location: Cerro Castillo NR

<p>Today we have a free day to hike to the stunning turquoise waters of Laguna Cerro Castillo or to go horse riding.</p>

Location: Argentinian Patagonia

<p><strong>Border Information: </strong>Exit Chile at Huemules, enter Argentina at Huemules.<p>Today we will cross into Argentina's Patagonia region and continue our journey south along the famous Ruta 40 (Route 40).</p></p>

Location: El Chalten

<p>Today we will drive into the heart of the Patagonia region and reach the tiny town of El Chaltén, situated in Los Glaciares National Park and famous for its incredible mountains, glaciers and world-class trekking opportunities.</p>

Location: El Chalten

<p>Enjoy the stunning Los Glaciares National Park and the incredible scenery of the nearby Mt.&nbsp;Fitz Roy. There are lots of trekking opportunities here, as well as boat trips, horse riding, and mountain biking</p>

Location: El Calafate

<p>Today we have a short drive to El Calafate, the gateway to the Perito Moreno Glacier.</p>

Location: El Calafate

<p>Today we will head out on an included&nbsp;full day&nbsp;guided visit to view the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most&nbsp;spectacular sights in Patagonia.</p>

Location: Torres Del Paine NP

<p><strong>Border information:</strong> Exit Argentina and enter Chile at Cerro Castillo.<p>Today we will drive to the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. This is one of the most outstanding areas of natural beauty in the world and the main highlight of the trip for many of our passengers and leaders! </p><p>Tonight we will camp at Camping Pehoe, a stunning campsite inside the National Park with incredible views of Los Cuernos mountains, which we will refer to as our 'base campsite'.</p></p>

Location: Torres Del Paine NP

<p>From September 2018, the full W-Walk will be included as part of your trip Kitty.<p>Embark on the full W-Walk with a local guide. Places at the campsites are limited by the National Park, so we book them in advance of your trip. We will be trekking the W-Walk from West to East, to enjoy the spectacular views.</p><p>This morning we will wake early and transfer by truck for the morning Catamaran to cross Lago Pehoe. We will then set up camp at Paine Grande, before continuing on our hike towards the look out for Glacier Grey. The walk returns by the same route.</p></p>

Location: Torres Del Paine NP

<p>Today we depart from our camp at Paine Grande and hike into the stunning French Valley. In the afternoon, we will make our way to Camp Cuernos.</p><p>The hike is approximately 8&nbsp;hours.</p>

Location: Torres Del Paine NP

<p>Today we have a slightly easier day, we will hike from Camping Cuernos along the edge of Lago Nodenskjold, around Almirante Nieto and stay just outside Valley Ascencio. We will arrive at Camp Central after approximately 5 hours hiking.</p>

Location: Torres Del Paine NP

<p>This is our final day of the W-Walk and the most spectacular. The day begins with a steady climb from our camp site up Rio Asencio. Be prepared for the final hour which is a relatively steep scramble up to the Tarn and Mirrador Las Torres, with great views of the iconic Towers. <p>Our hike today is approximately 8 hours for the return trip (20km). We will then spend a second night at Camp Central. </p></p>

Location: Tierra Del Fuego

<p>Today we will have a full drive day, heading south to cross the Magellan Straits over to the island of Tierra del Fuego.<p>Tonight we will wild camp somewhere on the Chilean side of Tierra del Fuego.</p></p>

Location: Ushuaia

<p><strong>Border information:</strong> Exit Chile at San Sebastian, enter Argentina at San Sebastian<p>Today we cross over to the Argentine side of Tierra del Fuego and drive to the incredible port town of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world!</p><p>In Ushuaia we stay in a hotel out of town close to the National park, there are regular shuttles into the town.</p></p>

Location: Ushuaia

<p><strong>Border information:</strong> if you are finishing in Ushuaia, you will most likely exit Argentina at Ushuaia Malvinas Argentinas International Airport (IATA code: USH).<p>Today is a free day in the wonderful remote town of Ushuaia, with options such as a visit to the hauntingly beautiful Tierra del Fuego National Park, boat trips to see the scenery and wildlife of the Beagle Channel, or heading out horse riding along the coast for those with more time here.</p><p>Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Ushuaia. 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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Start:Quito
Finish:Ushuaia
Group size:0 - 22
Suitable for: 18 plus
Accommodation:Comfortable Hotel 13 nights. Basic Hotel 18 nights. Camping 23 nights. Guesthouse 2 nights. Multishare Hostel 18 nights. Homestay 1 night. Wild Camp 7 nights
Physical rating:High
Meals:Breakfasts x 150, Lunches x 90, Dinners x 76
Diets:Vegetarians, Please contact Dragoman with any specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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