Tailor-made trip to Argentina, Chile and Bolivia. The Northern Roads

Duration

17 days

Airports

Arrival & Departure: Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport

Transportation

Car, airplane

Join us on a tailor-made trip across the north of Argentina, Chile and Bolivia. Our exclusive itinerary provides a one-of-a-kind panorama of the Altiplano, Quebrada, and Salares, as well as the people who have lived there for generations and their ancient culture. 

The appropriate combination of excursions and walks, as well as the careful selection of sites that we visit, allows us to see the spectacular landscapes of northern Argentina, Uyuni in Bolivia, and Atacama in Chile; but it also brings us closer to ancient ways of life, traveling the same trails as the Kollas first and the Incas later, admiring cultivation sights of the high valleys and animal grazing in streams.

This is a stunning tour, brimming with color and magnificence, that winds through the warm welcome of the locals.

There are no technical or physical difficulties on this trip to Argentina, Chile and Bolivia; all that is required is a willingness to walk an average of 4 to 5 hours each day on trekking tours.

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    Your stops

    DAY

    1

    Athens - Buenos Aires

    DAY

    2

    Buenos Aires - Salta

    DAY

    3

    Salta - Cachi

    DAY

    4

    Cachi - Cafayate

    DAY

    5

    Cafayate - Salta

    DAY

    6

    Salta - Vuelta A Las Alturas - Purmamarca

    DAY

    7

    Purmamarca - Quebrada De Humahuaca - Purmamarca

    DAY

    8

    Purmamarca - San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

    DAY

    9

    San Pedro de Atacama - Valley of the Moon - San Pedro de Atacama

    DAY

    10

    San Pedro - Salar de Atacama and Altiplanic Lagoons - San Pedro de Atacama

    DAY

    11

    San Pedro de Atacama - Geysers del Tatio - San Pedro de Atacama

    DAY

    12

    San Pedro de Atacama - Bolivia (Colored Lagoons)

    DAY

    13

    Potosí - Coquesa

    DAY

    14

    Coquesa - Isla Sajchilla - Colchani

    DAY

    15

    Colchani - Uyuni - Tupiza - Villazón (Limit Bolivia with Argentina) - San Salvador De Jujuy - Buenos Aires

    DAY

    16

    Buenos Aires - Athens

    DAY

    17

    Buenos Aires - Athens

    DAY 1

    Athens - Buenos Aires

    Departure from Athens and subsequent connection to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival at the airport, transfer to your hotel.

    Accommodation: Buenos Aires

    DAY 2

    Buenos Aires - Salta

    Arrival at the international airport and private transfer to the domestic airport to board the flight to Salt. Upon arrival at Salta International Airport, private transfer to the hotel.

    In the afternoon, we will visit the city’s historic center, the main square, the Cabildo, the Cathedral, the Church of San Francisco, and the Convent of San Bernardo.

    Accommodation: Salta

    DAY 3

    Salta - Cachi

    After breakfast, at the indicated time we will join a regular tour via the Calchaquí Valleys. Arrival at Cachi, one of Salta’s most picturesque towns.  The Cabecera de los Valles Calchaquíes, dazzles with the beauty of its landscape, dominated by the summit of the Nevado and its colonial architecture. The church, one of the oldest in the region, began construction in the 16th century. Rows of small houses, with adobe walls and lanterns, complete the postcard scenery.

    Accommodation: Cachi

    DAY 4

    Cachi - Cafayate

    We will depart at the agreed time and travel south via Route 40, passing through Molinos, Angastaco, and the Quebrada de Las Flechas. When we arrive in Cafayate, we will move to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at our leisure.

    Accommodation: Calfayate

    DAY 5

    Cafayate - Salta

    Cafayate, in the province of Salta, is known for its great wine industry and is one of the most significant places in the Calchaquí Valleys. Because of its Calchaqui, Spanish and Creole heritage, this city has a style that combines colonial and late-nineteenth-century baroque.

    There, we will have free time in the morning to visit a local winery.

    After lunch, we will return to Salta through the Quebrada de las Conchas, where the curious formations eroded by wind and water will be the major attraction, along with the dunes, the toad, the bishop, the devil’s throat, the castles and the amphitheater, among others. We will finally arrive in Salta.

    Accommodation: Salta

    DAY 6

    Salta - Vuelta a Las Alturas - Purmamarca

    In the morning, we will begin a full-day ‘semi-private’ tour to ‘Vuelta a las Alturas’ by 4×4 vehicle.

    The tour begins from the hotel where we will travel a trail adjacent to the rails of the iconic Train to the Clouds (Tren a las Nubes), from where you can observe the mountain bridges and zigzags required for the train to gain height. During this voyage, we will stop in Santa Rosa de Tastil, a little village where the ruins of the territory’s largest pre-Columbian metropolis have been designated as a National Historic Monument. Then we’ll make our way to San Antonio de los Cobres for lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll continue north on Route 40 until we reach Salinas Grandes, which is located on the border between Salta and Jujuy. Then we will continue our descent through the Cuesta de Lipán, a spot where you may observe condors and arrive at the charming village of Purmamarca, which is encircled by the famed Cerro de la Plata.

    Accommodation: Purmamaca

    DAY 7

    Purmamarca - Quebrada de Humahuaca - Purmamarca

    After breakfast we will start with a semi-private 4×4 tour through La Quebrada de Humahuaca, a World Heritage Site where the beauty and hues of the hills mingle with the various civilizations that occupy this area. When we tour the communities of Humahuaca, we will have the opportunity to engage in social interaction as well as learn about their ancient culture. We shall see its famous Cathedral as well as the Monument to Independence (El Indio) by artist Soto Avendao. We may also go to the Church of Uqua, which has the paintings of the Arcabuceros Angels (an important relic of the Cuzquena school).

    We’ll proceed to Huacalera, a pass near the Tropic of Capricorn from where you can view the hues of La Pollera de la Colla. We’ll go to Tilcara and then back to Purmamarca.

    Accommodation: Purmamaca

    Accommodation: Ushuaia

    DAY 8

    Purmamarca - San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

    We will depart Purmamarca on the standard line bus to San Pedro de Atacama – timetables vary depending on the day and the company (duration about 8 hours).

    Arrival at the San Pedro terminal, followed by a transfer to the hotel.

    Accommodation: San Pedro de Atacama

    DAY 9

    San Pedro de Atacama - Valley of the Moon - San Pedro de Atacama

    Free morning. In the afternoon, we will take a regular bus to the Valley of the Moon (Valle de la Luna), which is approximately 10 kilometers from San Pedro de Atacama and where we will embark on an adventure. The valley, a natural reserve and part of the Los Flamencos National Reserve, is a region with wonderful shapes and hues, where we may wander and see a geological display with sculptural formations akin to the lunar surface.

    Return to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. Arrival time around 20: 00h.

    Accommodation: San Pedro de Atacama

    DAY 10

    San Pedro - Salar de Atacama and Altiplanic Lagoons - San Pedro de Atacama

    After breakfast at the hotel, we will leave at the agreed time towards the Salar de Atacama and Altiplanic Lagoons, in regular service. We will next go to the Altiplanic Lakes of Miñiques and Miscanti, which are located 138 kilometers from San Pedro de Atacama and at an elevation of 4,300 meters. We will begin the tour by following the road to Toconao, a straight path across the plain with views of the magnificent Licancabur volcano, and during which we will be able to examine numerous types of trees endemic to the area, such as tamarugo and chaar. On the 38th km, we’ll arrive at Toconao, where we’ll pay a quick visit to the main plaza and church, as well as the town’s homes made of volcanic stone (Liparita). Following our visit, we will return to San Pedro de Atacama.

    Accommodation: San Pedro de Atacama

    DAY 11

    San Pedro de Atacama - Geysers del Tatio - San Pedro de Atacama

    At 04:30 a.m. we will go on a normal service trip to Geysers del Tatio, located 97 kilometers from San Pedro and at an elevation of 4,300 meters. We will arrive approximately at 06:45. It is vital to remember that the temperature is below 0 degrees Celsius. We will have breakfast and then begin our trip through the geothermal area, where we will be able to see the enormous columns of steam (Geysers), fumaroles, hundreds of pools of boiling water, and towering peaks, in short, a stunning picture of nature at sunrise.

    Returning to San Pedro around lunchtime, we will visit the Poblado de Machuca, a historic ancestral village with typical dwellings.

    The rest of the day is free to explore San Pedro at your leisure.

    Accommodation: San Pedro de Atacama

    DAY 12

    San Pedro de Atacama - Bolivia (Colored Lagoons)

    After breakfast, private ride from the hotel in San Pedro de Atacama to Hito Cajón, near the border with Bolivia, at the agreed-upon time (from San Pedro de Atacama 1 hour trip). At the border, we will meet our driver-guide who will conduct the private trip to Bolivia.

    In Bolivia, our first visit will be to Eduardo Abaroa National Park and the Laguna Verde, at the foot of the Licancabur volcano, Salvador Dalí Desert (Dali Valley), Chalviri lagoon and the Polques Hot Springs, the geothermal area of Sol de Mañana, Laguna Colorada (4,278m MSL) with over 30,000 flamingos, stone trees, lagoons.

    When we arrive at Los Flamencos, we will check into our hotel and then have a walk along the lagoon’s shoreline, where we will be able to see three different types of flamingos just 3 meters away.

    Accommodation: Potosí, Bolivia

    DAY 13

    Potosí - Coquesa

    After breakfast, we leave the hotel at 8:00 a.m. for a visit to the Caapa lagoon, a viewpoint of the Ollagüe volcano. We continue with a visit to the San Juan village and the Quinua Museum. We will approach the white deserts in the afternoon, stopping at Incahuasi Island for a 45-minute stroll to the location of a huge cactus up to 8 meters tall. We proceed to Coquesa, at the foot of the Tunupa volcano, where we may watch the sunset while sipping a delicious coca welcome drink (mate de coca).

    Accommodation: Coquesa

    DAY 14

    Coquesa - Isla Sajchilla - Colchani

    After breakfast, we continue our tour to the Coquesa mummies, the Chantani museum, and the stone forms. Then we’ll go to the Chiquini caverns and take a 20-minute stroll to Sajchilla Island, an unexplored location. Then we’ll go to the first salt hotel, which is now a museum, and admire the salt pyramids. We will also visit the town of Colchani, where we will be able to witness the production of salt in its rustic and artisanal form. Finally, we will return from the salt palace to the hotel.

    Accommodation: Colchani

    DAY 15

    Colchani - Uyuni - Tupiza - Villazón (Limit Bolivia with Argentina) - San Salvador De Jujuy - Buenos Aires

    After breakfast, at 8 a.m., we’ll head south, stopping at the Uyuni Train Cemetery. We will continue our journey over the altiplanic mountain ranges until we reach the town of Tupiza, and then we will go for about two hours to the border with Argentina. We will cross the border into Argentina at Villazón and then change cars in La Quiaca to continue our journey to San Salvador de Jujuy. Once there, we’ll catch our flight to Buenos Aires. Arrival at Buenos Aires International Airport and private transfer to the hotel.

    Accommodation: Buenos Aires

    Argentina, Αργεντινή

    DAY 16

    Buenos Aires - Athens

    Breakfast at the hotel and a last chance to enjoy Buenos Aires. At the agreed time transfer to the airport to take the return flight.

    Night on board

    DAY 17

    Athens

    Arrival at Athens International Airport and transfer to your place of origin.

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