Summary of The Day: The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre tour accommodation. On arrival please ask at the reception for information on when the pre departure meeting will be held.
Built in a steep valley that protects the city from the harsh elements of the Altiplano, just about every building in La Paz is built on a hill. You will have just one day to explore this bustling city, so we recommend taking a Red Caps walking tour to see as much of the city as possible in the time available to you. Our hotel is very centrally located and is just around the corner from the city's colorful indigenous street markets including the fascinating and suitably named Witches Market' where local women in traditional Cholita dress sell items said to ward off evil spirits. The main square, Plaza Murillo, is also within walking distance. The square still retains its colonial buildings including the Presidential Palace. La Paz is possibly the best place to experience a traditional pena show of Andean music and dance to local bands playing time-honored instruments such as zamponas (pipes) and charangos (the ukulele).
- Meeting location: Hotel Sagarnaga, Calle Sagarnaga no. 326-328, Zona Rosario. Please double-check your voucher for necessary details regarding accommodations of the days following. All hotels provided are of a 3 star standard.
- Hotel Sagarnaga or similar
Summary of The Day: We fly from La Paz to Uyuni, in the South West corner of Bolivia. If it is a clear day, you will be able to see the huge expanse of the Altiplano as you fly over the landlocked country, perhaps seeing the Andes slowly flattening out to become the Amazonian basin, which spreads to the far East of the country, to the border with Brazil.
- Occasionally in the rainy season the salt flats become overly flooded and we may have to alter the itinerary if the salt flats are not safe to traverse. Your tour leader will advise as early as possible if this is likely to happen on your tour.
Summary of The Day: We embark on an exhilarating three day 4WD tour to explore the Salar de Uyuni and the striking landscapes that surround it. First on the agenda is a visit to the Train Cemetery, where you can see the remains of 19th and early 20th century steam locomotives - a good place for artistic photographs. We will then come to Colchani, the main plant for the iodinization of salt and the best place to observe the methods of salt extraction from the salar. Here ovens are used to dry the salt, which is then formed into cakes. From here we drive onto the Salt Flats themselves.
The largest salt flat in the world, the brilliant white vast Salar de Uyuni, which covers some 10,500 square kilometers and is estimated to contain 10 billion tons of salt, looks like something from a surrealist painting and its seemingly infinite horizons will amaze you. The highlight of the day is Fish Island (seasonal dependent), as known as Isla Incahuasi. Located in the center of the Salar, 100 kilometers from Uyuni, this hilly outpost is covered in giant cacti amid a flat, white sea of hexagonal salt tiles. The island is so named because it has the shape of a fish. The otherworldly views from Fish Island will take your breath away, with the brilliant blue sky (weather permitting of course) contrasting with the pure white of the salt flats.
Summary of The Day: We continue south on our epic 4WD expedition, into some of the most remote areas of the Bolivian Altiplano. You will see a variety of dramatic landscapes including smoking volcanoes, barren deserts and gravity-defying rock formations carved by the wind.
In this incredibly empty landscape you'll most likely feel the furthest from civilization you've ever been. You will visit the Laguna Colorada, which offers some truly breathtaking scenery, with several varieties of flamingos gathering in the shallow waters of the beautiful crimson lagoon.
San Pedro de Atacama
Summary of The Day: We visit the volcanic zone Sol de Manana (Morning Sun) at 4,850 meters above sea level. Here you'll discover a geyser basin with bubbling mud pots, hellish fumaroles and a thick aroma of sulfur fumes. Inside a small crater we will observe boiling lava and we will also stop at hot springs where you can bathe. Crossing a 5,000 meter pass we come to the beautiful Laguna Verde, which is shadowed by the cone of the Licancabur Volcano. Continuing on we will cross into Chile and come to San Pedro de Atacama in the world's driest desert. The area is famous for the salt-covered lunar landscapes, geysers, salt flats and hot springs of the Valley of the Moon, which we will explore by 4WD. There is an excellent archaeological museum at San Pedro de Atacama, housing a selection of ancient artifacts.
San Pedro de Atacama
Summary of The Day: San Pedro de Atacama is a picturesque small town that looks like it has come straight from the scene of a Western with its single-story buildings, white-washed walls and dusty roads. Due to its remote location and dry climate, the Atacama desert offers some of the clearest skies in the world and as such is used by international space agencies to monitor the skies. If you are lucky enough to have clear nights during your stay in San Pedro de Atacama, the starscape will most likely be the best you'll ever see.
Summary of The Day: We fly to the sprawling metropolis of Santiago. If it is a clear day, you will have astounding views of the capital and the surrounding mountains as you come in to land. You will have three days to explore this cosmopolitan city at your own pace.
Santiago is well-known for its fresh markets such as the famous La Vega Central Market, and the Mercado Central, one of the best seafood markets in the world. You can see the changing of the guard most days outside the impressive Palacio de La Moneda, the seat of the President of Chile.
Other interesting places to visit are the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, an impressive fine art gallery housed in a colossal neo-classical building, and the Cementerio General, a huge cemetery with large mausoleums including that of the former president Salvador Allende Gossens. Also worth a visit is the Plaza de Armas, the centerpiece of the city, which is bordered on one side by the impressive Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago, completed in the 19th century.
Summary of The Day: For the best views of the city, take a funicular railway or hike to the top of San Cristobal, where the Statue of the Virgin overlooks the capital and the distant Andes. Here you can taste some of Chile's best wines and find some beautifully situated swimming pools.
You may wish to take an optional excursion to the Chilean coast, about two hours’ drive from Santiago. You can wander around the creative port city of Valparaiso, which has a lively tradition of imaginative street art and painted murals, or you can relax in the upmarket beach resort of Vina del Mar, trying exquisite seafood in stylish restaurants that look out onto the Pacific Ocean.
Summary of The Day: Today we will continue our exploration of Santiago.
Summary of The Day: We take a plane across the border into Mendoza, the epicenter of Argentina's wine country. You may catch sight of Chile's ski resorts from the window.
Mendoza is where General Jose de San Martin organised the army with which he liberated Chile and Peru from Spanish rule in 1818. There are great views from the top of Cerro de la Gloria at Parque San Martin, where you can also visit the local zoo.
Summary of The Day: Situated on the foothills of the Andes, the city is a great base for some optional outdoor activities, such as white-water rafting, rappelling and horseback riding. But of course no trip to Mendoza would be complete without touring the surrounding vineyards. You can hire bikes and cycle the Ruta de los Vinos (wine route), visiting both ancient cellars and working wineries - tasting some of the world's best Malbecs en route.
Summary of The Day: We continue the exploration of Mendoza.
Summary of The Day: We fly to the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, known as the Paris of South America due to its lovely green parks, plazas and wide boulevards. You will have three days to explore the quirky neighborhoods and artistic markets of the city, where European and Latin American influences have mixed together to create a city like no other. Stroll down Avenida 9 de Julio, the widest avenue in the world, spotting the Obelisk of Buenos Aires, which was built to commemorate the fourth centenary of the city, and the impressive Teatro Colon, one of the world's best opera houses. You can also visit the famous Casa Rosada, Argentina’s presidential palace, from where Juan and Eva Peron famously addressed the crowds gathered on Plaza de Mayo in 1945.
Argentina’s capital city is a great destination for culture lovers, with the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes boasting an impressive collection including original works by Monet, Renoir and Cezanne. You can also learn about the national heroine ‘Evita’ at the Museo Eva Peron.
Summary of The Day: Buenos Aires has a variety of craft markets, and if you stroll through them at the weekends you may come across live bands, barbecues, make-shift bars and practicing tango dancers for a truly atmospheric Latin-American experience. San Telmo is the best market for antiques, while the market at Recoleta has great hand-made craft items. The nearby Recoleta Cemetery is also worth a visit - it has beautiful marble tombs and Eva Peron’s family tomb can be found here. No visit to Buenos Aires would be complete without a stroll around the upmarket boutiques and cafes of the Palermo district, and the contrasting bohemian barrio of La Boca, where poor inhabitants of the area used left-over paint from the nearby shipyards to paint their humble houses made of scrap metal in bright, block colors.
The city is also world-renowned for its incredible nightlife, with many nightclubs, bars, restaurants and cinemas open all night. For a great evening, you could see an authentic tango show in the city where the dance originated, and you can’t leave Buenos Aires without trying some of the best steaks in the world!
Summary of The Day: We will continue the exploration of Buenos Aires.
Foz do Iguazu
Summary of The Day: We fly over fertile farmlands to the Brazilian town of Foz do Iguazu, our base for visiting the famous Iguazu Falls - the most magnificent waterfalls in the world. Unlike most other waterfalls that have just one or two cataracts, at Iguazu Falls there are 275 cataracts in a magnificent 3 kilometer long U shape that we will visit from both the Brazil and Argentinean sides.
Visiting the Argentine side of the falls you can board a speed boat which will take you under the falls soaking you from head to toe, an optional adventure you'll never forget! On the Argentine side you'll also find the famous Devil's Throat where fourteen falls drop with such force that there is always a massive cloud of spray overhead.
Foz do Iguazu
Summary of The Day: Today we will visit the Brazilian side of the falls, giving you a whole new perspective of it. Here you can see the falls by walking through the rainforest and along catwalks above and below the rushing water. You can also visit the world's largest hydroelectric dam at Itaipu (optional) where you can learn about the construction of this amazing structure and its role in the region. There is also a very interesting bird park nearby, perfect for that must-have photo!
Rio de Janeiro
Summary of The Day: Fantastic Rio de Janeiro has many things to see and do. A highlight for many would be to experience the majestic gaze of Christ the Redeemer at the top of Corcovado, the breath-taking panoramic views from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, and the vibrant colored tiles of the Selaron staircase. You can walk from the top of the staircase up to the quiet hill-top neighborhood of Santa Teresa, with many quaint cafes and shops lining the cobblestone streets. In the city center, you can stroll around Rio's old colonial buildings and wander around the skyscrapers of the financial district. Alternatively, you may like to visit the Botanical Gardens, one of the world-famous beaches of Copacabana or Ipanema, or the beautiful Rodrigues de Freitas Lagoon. If you are in Rio de Janeiro around February/March, get ready for the world's biggest party, the Rio Carnival.
Rio de Janeiro
Summary of The Day: Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
Standard Price/Person By Occupancy
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Holiday Price/Person By Occupancy
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* You must be at least 18 years old to join the tour.|
* Single Occupancy price applies when one people stays in one standard hotel room.
* Double Occupancy price applies when two people stay in one standard hotel room.
- Drive on the Salar de Uyuni salt flats
- Entry to Laguna Colorada National Park
- Guided tour of the Valley of the Moon
- Argentinian Winery
- Entry to Iguazu Falls in Brazil
- Entry to Iguazu Falls in Argentina
- 18 nights in hotels
- 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
- Travel by 6 flights, 4WD
- English-speaking local guide(s)
- Airfare and the cost of other transportation between your home and departure city
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance
- Airport transfers and pre and post-tour accommodations
- Personal expenses
- Optional excursions (prices and availability subject to change): - The World's Most Dangerous Road Mountain Biking: USD 107.00/person
- Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes: USD 1.00/person
- Museo Historico Nacional: USD 1.00/person
- Teatro Municipal, with daily shows ranging from opera, ballet, orchestras and concerts: from USD 3.00-12.00/person
- Maipo region winery tours: USD 18.00-50.00/person
- White water rafting: from USD 40.00/person
- Wine & bike tour: USD 70.00/person
- Paragliding: USD 90.00/person
- Tango show & dinner: USD 90.00/person
- Buenos Aires Hop on/hop off bus: USD 20.00/person
- Helicopter ride over the Falls: USD 120.00/person
- Bird Park: USD 14.00/person
- Rafain dinner and dance show: USD 50.00/person
- Itaipu Dam, including transport, presentation film and tour around the engineering marvel: USD 25.00/person
- Jungle 4WD and boat trips: USD 12.00-60.00/person
- Full day Rio de Janeiro city tour: USD 75.00/person
- Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf) cable car: USD 30.00/person
- Maracana Stadium tour: USD 7.00-35.00/person
- Favela half day tour: USD 35.00/person
- Hang-gliding: USD 240.00/person
- Cancellation Policy:
- 27 Days Prior to Departure Date - 100% of Reservation Cost
- 28-59 Days Prior to Departure Date - 50% of Reservation Cost
- 60 or More Days Prior to Departure Date - 10% of Reservation Cost
- This is an Adventure Tour, we see a destination from the locals' perspective using a variety of transport and staying in small locally owned accommodation. There is a maximum of 16 travelers with an average group size of 8-12.
- When arriving at El Alto International Airport in La Paz we suggest that you change some money into the local currency at the exchange office (“Cambio”) in the main terminal building. The local currency is the boliviano. Change enough money to see you through the first few days of your trip - particularly if it is a weekend. Please note you can only change cash (not traveler’s cheques) at the Cambio in the airport. There are also ATMs at the airport.
- If you have booked an airport arrival transfer, please look out for someone with a sign which has your name, local operator name, or both after exiting the customs hall. If you are likely to be delayed by more than two hours, please contact the emergency number at least six hours before arrival. If we are advised in time, we will make every effort to reschedule your transfer and your driver will be asked to wait for two hours after your new expected arrival time. However, if we are not made aware of any change, the driver will only wait for two hours after the original scheduled arrival time and after this point it will be up to you to arrange transport to your hotel at your own expense.
- The detailed and day by day itineraries above are provided in good faith and it is our intention to adhere to the published route. Changes may be made before or during your tour for operational or safety reasons or to incorporate improvements. Impromptu changes may also occur whilst you are travelling as a result of one-off circumstances such as an excursion being closed on a particular day, weather conditions or transport. Delays are rare but occur occasionally and for this reason and the reasons above this itinerary should be considered as a guide only. Published transport times are approximations and may vary depending on local conditions.
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- You are required to purchase comprehensive travel insurance before travelling with us and provide details of your insurance to your tour leader at the beginning of your tour.
- Please make sure you know exactly what you are covered for, remembering there are many adventure activities available during the tour which may not be covered by basic insurance. Make sure that your travel insurance covers general medical expenses, hospitalizations and medical evacuations. Also ensure that you are covered for travel at high altitudes if necessary for your tour.
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