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Patagonia & Andes between La Paz and Santiago

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  • La Paz
  • Potosí
  • Uyuni
  • Salar de Uyuni
  • Bolivian Altiplano
  • San Pedro de Atacama
  • Salta
  • Cafayate
  • Quilmes Ruins
  • Rio Ceballos
  • Mendoza
  • Santiago
  • Livichuco
  • Cochabamba

From the high Altiplano to the heart of Argentina's grasslands, this trip takes you through some of South America's most beautiful landscapes.Beginning in Bolivia's capital La Paz, you'll enjoy an overnight homestay at the local community of Livichuco in the Bolivian Andes and a visit to the famous mining town of Potosi, before heading across the high plateau to the dramatic expanse of the salt plains of Salar de Uyuni.From here we cross the wilderness of the high Altiplano before descending into Chile's Atacama Desert. You'll visit San Pedro de Atacama before crossing the Andes into the beautiful arid regions of Argentina and the wonderful town of Salta.We will make our way south through the wine of northwest Argentina before arriving at our unique estancia stay for two days of horse riding on an idyllic country ranch.From here we make our way to Mendoza, Argentina's wine capital. We then finally crossing the Andes again to arrive in the Chilean capital of Santiago.

  • Day 1 to 2 La Paz

    Border information: if you are joining in La Paz, you will most likely enter Bolivia at La Paz El Alto International Airport (IATA code: LPB). 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. On the following day we will have a free day to explore the city or take part in optional activities. 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. A note on altitude: 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. In La Paz we will stay in a good hotel in the historical centre.

    Activities(Optional)
    Downhill "gravity assisted" mountain biking from La Paz to Coroico - Cost: USD 110
    Guided tour to explore Tiahuanacu Inca Ruins - Cost: BOB 220
    Take a trip out to the mountain resort of Chacaltaya and the other-worldly landscape of the Moon Valley near La Paz - Cost: BOB 130
    Take a guided tour of the main sights and viewpoints around La Paz - Cost: BOB 150
    Discover Bolivia's history, art, and culture in some of La Paz's many museums such as the San Francisco Museum and the Museum of Ethnography - Cost: BOB 20

  • Day 3 to 4 Potosi

    Today we will head to the colonial mining town of Potosí, the highest town in the world, and once famous for the area's abundance of silver! We will have free time to explore Potosí, and there will be a chance to visit the infamous silver mines of Cerro Rico near to the town or enjoy a city Tour. In Potosí we will stay in a friendly local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 525km / 9hrs Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

  • Day 5 Uyuni

    Today we will drive south to Uyuni, the gateway to the incredible salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni. In Uyuni we will stay in a friendly hotel, famous for serving the highest pizzas in the world! Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

  • Day 6 Salar De Uyuni

    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!

    Activities(Included)
    Take jeeps out onto the dazzling Uyuni Salt Flats

  • Day 7 Bolivian Altiplano

    Today we will head off across the wilds of the Bolivian altiplano, a surreal and desolate desert landscape that stretches all the way to the Chilean border. We will visit the spectacular coloured lakes of Laguna Colorado and Laguna Verde en route. In the Bolivian Altiplano we will stay in a basic mountain refuge. Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

    Activities(Included)
    Take the epic journey across the southern Bolivian altiplano - an incredible high-altitude, off-road adventure through a surreal desert landscape, taking in bizarre rock formations, hot springs, and the phenomenal coloured lakes of Laguna Colorada and Laguna Verde

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Transport

Overland expedition vehicle

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