Che it like you mean it
Bolivia, Argentina and Chile – a trip straight through the guts of South America. Forage through La Paz’s wack market stalls, journey into the underground in Potosi and zoom across Uyuni’s salt plains and Chile’s Atacama Desert by 4WD. Then nestle back with a glass of malbec in Mendoza.
Unlucky in love? Out for revenge? Need a cure for hayfever? Get your coca leaves read, buy a spell or pick up a dried llama fetus (ideal for sacrificing) at the witches market in La Paz.
Day 1-2 - La Paz
In La Paz you can buy potions from a Witches' Market or go to a museum and learn all about the infamous Coca plant (among other things). Latin America will knock your socks off from day one.
- Arrive La Paz
- Go on an orientation walk with your tour leader
- Enjoy free time to relax or explore the cobblestone streets, narrow alleyways and markets of La Paz
- Board an overnight bus to Sucre on Day 2 (approx 12-13 hours), take warm clothes for the bus ride
Day 3-4 - SucreLeave La Paz for Sucre, known as Bolivia's most beautiful city. There are real-life dinosaur footprints at nearby Cal Orck'o too, so you should probably check them out at some point.Perhaps head to Recoleta, an old convent on top of the hill with a great viewSpend some time in Plaza 25 de MayoMaybe visit the 60 million-year-old dinosaur footprints at Cal Orcko
Day 5-6 - PotosiIn Potosi you can take a trip into one of Bolivia's old tin mines. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but those who squeeze through the tunnels will surely be in for an unforgettable (see: dark, dirty and scary) experience.Travel by local bus to Potosi (approx 3-4 hours)Perhaps tour the tin mines and meet the miners - this can be distressing, the conditions are poor and smallAlternatively spend time exploring colonial art and architecture in the town
Day 7-9 - Uyuni- Salar de UyuniEverybody knows that too much salt is bad for you. The Uyuni salt flats, however, aren't bad for you. Jump into some 4WD vehicles and spend three days taking in the multicoloured lakes, wildlife and islands of Salar de Uyuni.Travel by local bus to Uyuni (between 5 and 7 hours)Day 1Explore the salt lake (between December and March the lake can be flooded, the itinerary will be adapted accordingly)Day 2
Drive through amazing landscapes, stopping at Laguna Colorado, a rich red lakeDay 3
Awake early and continue drivingThis trip can be tough going with long travel days in 4WDs on dusty tracks, freezing temperatures, basic toilet facilities and multishare accommodation - it is also amazing and well worth the challengeBreakfast
Day 10 - San Pedro de AtacamaSan Pedro de Atacama isn't the kind of town you'll forget in a hurry. Surrounded by the kind of scenery that makes you happy to be alive, it's a good place to have a look at some Indian artifacts. It's also renowed for being a stargazing hotspot, which is nice.The 4x4 adventure through the Salt Flat region ends in San Pedro de Atacama - Chile, a small town in the Atacama desertExplore tree lined streets, the sleepy plaza, and the fascinating museum with mummies and other Indian artefactsBreakfast
Day 11-14 - SaltaTake a 12-hour bus ride (yeah, we're sorry) to Salta. Showcasing some of the finest pre-Columbian and colonial history, Salta's a damn fine place to spend a couple of days. Go bungee jumping or horse riding, if you fancy it, or just spend your time wandering the streets of 'Salta the Pretty'.Drive on to Salta, Argentina (approx 12 hrs)Explore the colonial architecture and central square, Plaza 9 de Julio - home to the Cabildo, Cathedral and Casa del Gobierno (Government House)Perhaps hike to the top of Cerro San Bernardo, there are 1070 steps in total, for the less active, there's also a gondola - this is a great place to watch the sunsetChoose from a number of optional adventure activities including rafting, bungee jumping and horse ridingMaybe take a paddle boat on the lake, visit the museums or walk the streetsOn Day 14, travel by overnight bus to Mendoza (approx 18 hours)
Day 15-17 - MendozaTour some of Mendoza's wineries and learn about the region's wine making history. If you can remember any of the history when you wake up the following morning, there's a chance you didn't sample enough wine.Spend a day touring the wineries, especially Malbec the region's signature varietyExplore Mendoza itself, there are a number of parks, squares and parks, visit San Martin St with Plaza IndependenciaPerhaps visit the Mercado Central (Central Market) and try local treats - empanadas (meat pastries), cheese, ham, marinated olives and local winesAv. Aristides Villanueva is the place to be at night, try Fernet with Coke - a bitter alcoholic cocktail
Day 18-20 - Santiago
What to Know
Gecko's tour leader, local guides, transport, sightseeing, meals and entrance fees as indicated.
- International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, entrance to Sugarloaf, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
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