Kicking off in Santiago take a 3 week epic journey through Chile, Argentina and Bolivia. Discover Argentina's beautiful winelands, stay on an Argentine gaucho ranch, marvel at the vast expanse of the Atacama desert and the spectacular Uyuni salt flats before finishing in lofty La Paz.
Welcome to Chile! Make your own way to our centrally located joining hostel. Tonight at 6pm we have an important group meeting where you will get the chance to meet others in your group and the crew. Day 2 is free to explore this fascinating city and partake in the optional activities available.
Santiago - Mendoza (Argentina). Heading into Argentina on day 3 we pass Aconcagua (highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere) and across the Cristo Redentor pass up in the high Andes as we head to Mendoza, Argentina's wine capital. Day 4 is free for us to explore the region at leisure. Our accommodation in Mendoza is a centrally located hostel.
Mendoza - Cordoba. This morning we have an early start and after breakfast continue our drive to the lively university city of Cordoba, located at the heart of the Argentinian sierras. This evening is free to explore and soak up Cordoba's vibrant atmosphere or enjoy its excellent nightlife.
Location: Gaucho Ranch
Cordoba - Estancia. We drive to a unique Anglo-Argentine Estancia, or cattle ranch on day 6, where we stay for the next three nights at a camp near the main house. This Estancia is a working ranch farming prized Argentinian Aberdeen Angus cattle and has been in the same family for four generations. <br/><br/> Here we experience the traditional hospitality of the ranching community and enjoy an Argentine BBQ called an <i>asado</i> on one of our nights here. We also enjoy an evening of traditional music, a wine tasting of local produce and the chance to learn how to lasso. What's more, there are daily horseback riding excursions into the surrounding hills that'll make you feel like a true gaucho in no time.
Location: Tafi del Valle
Estancia - Tafi del Valle. Today we will drive north across the lush flat pampas and start climbing into the drier mountains and onto Tafi del Valle, nestled in the valleys of the Sierra del Aconquija. We'll set up camp in a basic campsite for the night.
Tafi del Valle - Cafayate. Today we will have an included visit to the ancient ruins of the indigenous city of Quilmes en route, then arrive in the serene town of Cafayate. 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! 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! In Cafayate we stay at a campsite with good facilities.
Cafayate - Salta. Departing Cafayate we drive through the incredible rock formations of the Quebrada de las Conchas en route to Salta on day 12. Day 13 is at leisure to explore Salta. Salta has a number of interesting museums and stunning surrounding hills which are great to explore by bike or on foot. You could always take a cable car to the San Bernardo Hill viewpoint or the famous Train to the Clouds for some impressive mountain scenery.
Location: San Pedro de Atacama
Salta - San Pedro de Atacama (Chile). It is a long drive day across the mighty Andes as we depart Argentina at the Paso Jamo border and cross into Chile on day 14 towards our destination for the evening - San Pedro de Atacama.
Location: The Altiplano
San Pedro de Atacama - Altiplano. In the morning we depart our hostel and continue our journey to the desert oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama. We make our first stop for plenty of photographs and enjoy lunch at the famous El Tatio Geysers, which are the world’s highest at an elevation of 4,300 metres. Our afternoon finds us driving through the stunning Reserva Nacional Alto Loa before reaching our destination for the evening. Tonight's camp is a remote bush camp with no facilities.
Location: Uyuni / Salar De Uyuni Region
Altiplano - Uyuni. Today we drive south to Uyuni, the gateway to the incredible salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni. We spend the night in a friendly hotel, famous for serving the highest pizzas in the world!
Location: Uyuni / Salar De Uyuni Region
Today we spend a full day exploring the incredible landscape of the Salar de Uyuni by jeep and on foot. Stretching for 12,000 square kilometres, the blinding white crystals of the salt flats reflect the sky perfectly, making the horizon disappear. We visit the nearby train graveyard and the cactus-filled 'Fish Island' en route, with plenty of time throughout the day to get some perspective-bending photographs.
Location: La Paz
Uyuni - La Paz. Today we will leave Cochabamba and drive north to La Paz, Bolivia’s seat of government and the highest administrative capital in the world. Day 20 is at leisure in La Paz. Why not explore the famous witches market, take an optional excursion to visit the Tiahuanacu Inca Ruins or go mountain biking on the 'World's Most Dangerous Road'. See Trip Notes for more information on optional activities on offer in La Paz.
Location: La Paz
Our incredible journey comes to an end in La Paz this morning. If you would like to extend your stay in Santiago we can arrange post tour accommodation upon request.
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