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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 Santiago

    Border information: if you are joining in Santiago, you will most likely enter Chile at Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (IATA code: SCL). Welcome to Santiago, the cosmopolitan Chilean capital! 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. The following day is a free day to explore the incredible city, soak up the atmosphere of its streets, and discover its amazing culture, art, and music. 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. In Santiago we will stay in a centrally-located hostel.

    Activities(Optional)
    Explore and discover the streets of Santiago - Cost: USD
    Learn more about Santiago and its history on a free walking tour of the centre from a knowledgeable local guide - Cost: USD
    Take in the breathtaking vista of the city skyline backdropped by the mighty Andes, from the viewpoints at Cerro San Cristobal or Cerro San Lucia - Cost: USD
    Discover all of Santiago's sights on a hop-on/hop-off bus around the city - Cost: CLP 21000

  • Day 2 to 3 Mendoza

    Border information: Exit Chile at Paso Cristo Redentor, enter Argentina at Los Libertadores. 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 Argentine wine capital of Mendoza, nestled in the dry flats underneath the shadows of the largest mountains of the Andes. 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. Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 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!). On the following day we will have a free day to explore the incredible region, head out on various adventure activities, or of course take a tasting tour of the incredible wineries in the region. In Mendoza we we stay in a centrally located hostel in dorm accommodation.

    Activities(Optional)
    3 nights in wine producing Mendoza - Cost: ARS 270
    Discover Mendoza's excellent vineyards and white water rivers - Cost: ARS 930
    Go for a horse ride through the arid foothills west of Mendoza - Cost: ARS 800
    Discover Argentina's wine capital and explore the vineyards of the Mendoza and Maipu region, either on an organised tour or by cycling between the bodgeas - Cost: ARS 300
    Take an exhilarating white water rafting trip down the Mendoza River - Cost: ARS 600
    Relax in the beautiful thermal baths in Cacheuta, in the hills above Mendoza - Cost: ARS 100
    Take a mountain biking trip through the dramatic landscapes of the Andean foothills near Mendoza - Cost: ARS 600

  • Day 4 Rio Ceballos

    Today we will have a big drive to Rio Ceballos and our home stay at a traditional Argentina Estancia. Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

  • Day 5 to 6 Rio Ceballos

    Today we will compete our drive to our unique Anglo-Argentine Estancia, where we will stay for 3 nights. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours. During our time at the Estancia, we will head out horseback riding, taste the excellent wines produced by their vineyards, be entertained by a local musician, learn some of the skills of the gauchos, and enjoy a traditional asado (Argentine BBQ). This isa magical experience in a beautiful and atmospheric location, and many people's highlight of the trip! Please note that some of these activities are subject to weather conditions. 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. In the Estancia we will camp with facilities in the grounds near the main house.

    Activities(Included)
    Spend 3 unique days at an Anglo-Argentinian estancia to experience the gaucho way of living

  • Day 7 Tafi Del Valle

    Today we will drive north across the lush flat pampas and start climbing into the drier mountains.  Tonight we will camp in a basic campsite in the town of Tafí del Valle. Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

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