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La Paz and Titicaca to Buenos Aires via Uyuni - 19 Days

Itinerary

La Paz and Titicaca to Buenos Aires via Uyuni - 19 Days

Day 1: La Paz

Arrival to La Paz Airport, transfer your accommodation and check in. Free day to relax and take it easy, maybe explore a little this high city.

Note: La Paz is really high so it is best to do everything slow the first days. Drink a lot of water, eat light, avoid alcohol and don´t rush!

Day 2: Tiwanaku Day Tour

Be ready to be picked up for a full-day tour to Tiwanaku ruins at 08:00. These pre-Columbian ruins surrounded by beautiful nature are located about a one and a half hour ride away from La Paz. The ancient city and culture of Tiwanaku is one of the most important on the American continent. It is believed that they were even more advanced in pottery, astronomy and math than the neighbouring Incas. You will be amazed to learn how this ancient people used to live and what they believed, so different from us nowadays. If you are travelling further north, you will see the Tiwanaku influence in the archaeological sites of Peru. After a visit to the uncovered ruins (there is a lot that is being uncovered, but is not open to the public), the tour returns to La Paz and will leave you at you accommodation at around 16:00.

Day 3: La Paz

Free day in La Paz to visit the old town.

Day 4: Copacabana

After breakfast, check out and make your own way to thee bus station for the bus to Copacabana, a small town at the shores of Lake Titicaca. After a 3-hour ride, you will arrive in town and check in your accommodation. At 14:30, you will go for an easy hike to Kasanani Hill, a beautiful and ancient astronomical observation site built by the Incas to follow the movement of the Sun and the Moon and also to calculate eclipses and follow the change of seasons. 200 m from there, you will find the Intikala Temple, or Stone of the Sun, a series of big seats carved in stone. Then you will visit the Cathedral of the Virgen de Copacabana, that holds inside the image of the Holy Mary, carved by an Inka in 1583. After that, you will reach the summit of the hill so see great views of the Titicaca Lake and surroundings. Back to hotel and dinner.

Day 5: Isla del Sol, Copacabana

At 08:00, you will take a boat to the northern part of Isla del Sol, arriving around 10:30 to the community of Challapampa. You will visit the Gold Museum and then walk for half an hour to the Inca Chincana Ruins, to later reach the Table of Stone. Along the island, many archaeological sites can be seen with one highlight: the Sacred Rock, or the Rock of the Origins, where according to the legend, Manco Capac and Mama Occlo departed to stablish the city of Cusco later on. At mid day, back to the Port to have lunch.

At 14:00, you will board the boat to begin the trip to the south of the island, stopping at Yumani Port to see boats made of "totora" (cattail in english). From the port, you will hike up to the village of Yumani at the southern end of Isla del Sol, passing by a series of Inca ruins and 3 sacred springs of water. Yumani is an Aymara comunity that built its town on top of an Inca site, with streets and walls made of stone. At the summit, you will see the sunset, and then it's back to the hotel and dinner.

Day 6: Isla del Sol - La Paz - Night bus to Uyuni

After breakfast, walk down to the port through another route to pass by the ruins of the palace of Polkokaina and the Temple of the Sun. Back to Copacabana at 11:30 with time to catch the bus to La Paz. The bus to La Paz takes about 3 hours. From La Paz you will take an overnight bus to Uyuni Town.

Day 7: Uyuni-Chuvica<br /> Arrival at Uyuni. Breakfast before the Overland Tour begins. After mid day, departure to the village of Colchani, the entrance of the most beautiful salt flat in the world (as well as the biggest and the highest!). You will board the Jeep 4WD you are going to use until the end of the overland tour, and meet your driver and other staff. They do not speak English and even their Spanish is basic, but are very friendly and helpful. This is the beginning of the real adventure.<br /> <br /> Lunch is at a restaurant built on salt. During the salt flat crossing, you will be amazed by the colours of the "out of this planet" landscape. The driver has to drive slowly, so you will have plenty of time to relax, enjoy and be amazed by this wonder. You will never forget this day. At the end of the day, you will be transferred to a Salt Hostel to spend the night. Salt Hostel means that the walls and some beds are built with salt bricks.<br /> <br /> <b>Note: The itinerary can be changed en route if the driver sees any changes in weather conditons or in the roads, or for any reason they judge the itinerary needs to be different. But the attractions will remain the same.</b>

Day 8: Chuvica - Villamar

After a night by the salt flat, the tour heads towards the desert and the high plateau, also called Puna or Altiplano. In the morning, you will see the canyon of river Anaconda and in the afternoon, you will go past the Siloli Desert, where the wind and sun and a bit of rain carved strange volcanic rock formations. By lunchtime, you will probably be at Laguna Escondida (Hidden Lagoon, also called Laguna Negra). Arrival at the hostel and dinner. The hostels are very basic, but clean, and a part of the Altiplanic experience.

Day 9: Villamar-San Pedro de Atacama

Early departure to be able to dive deeper (or higher!) into the desert and the Puna. The vehicle will drive along deserted landscapes, climbing higher and higher without even noticing it is happening. You will see lagoons with plenty of wildlife (Red and White lagoons), huge white-topped mountains and volcanoes, and altiplanic plains while you talk to your companions and learn about their travels. Lunch is provided near hot springs and after that, the second part of the day takes you to the Sol de Mañana Geysers and finally to Laguna Colorada, where more than 30.000 flamingoes nest every year. Please note that on this day you will reach 4.500 meters above sea level, so take into consideration the many tips to avoid “soroche”. The trip ends in San Pedro de Atacama after crossing the border at Hito Cajon. Check in and free day in San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 10: San Pedro de Atacama

Free day to relax or to visit valle de la Luna

Day 11: San Pedro de Atacama

<b>Geysers del Tatio Excursion:</b><br /> You will be picked up at the hostel between 04:30 - 05:00 depending on season to be able to admire the driest and highest desert in the world. The road will take you between hills and mountains of the tough Andes range until you reach the geothermal site of the Geysers, 1 hour and a half after departure. There you will be able to admire the out of this world Geysers, fumaroles and steaming craters that show the volcanic activity of the region. The Geysers reserve is located at 89 km from San Pedro and 4.230 meters above sea level. So temperature is low in summer (-6 degrees Celcius) and even colder in winter (July-August) (-20 degrees Celcius). It is very important to take warm clothes and plenty of water to help your body adapt to such a high altitude. Breakfast is offered viewing the geothermic field and on the way back there is a short stop at Machuca Village. Back to San Pedro hostel at about mid day.

Day 12: Salta

Check out, go to the bus station to take the bus to Salta. After a long and very interesting ride, you will arrive in Salta in the afternoon. Find your own way to the hostel. Check in and free evening.

Day 13: Salta

<b>Cafayate and Villages Day Tour</b><br /> We are leaving from Salta to the South, taking the route 68, passing through little towns like Cerrillos, La Merced, El Carril, Cnel. Moldes, La Viña (agricultural area which main production is tobacco). We are visiting the village of Alemanía, and from there we are entering to Cafayate Gorge, where we´ll see in the mountains the erosion of millions of years, created by wind and water (Devil´s Throat, Amphitheater, The Monk, The Castles, Parrot´s House, The Windows and The Toad). After visiting these places, we are arriving to the town of Cafayate to visit a winery and to taste the specialty of the region, torrontés wine. After walking through the town, we are coming back to Salta through the same gorge, which will offer us a different landscape in our way back to the city.<br /> <br /> Departure time: 07:30-07:50 (there can be variations depending on location of accommodation)<br /> Duration: 10 hours<br /> Frequency: Daily departures. Blackout 25 dec and 1 jan.<br /> Transport: Mini-Bus (19 or 24 pax

Day 14: Salta

Breakfast and free day to relax, walk around this beautiful colonial city and try to go to a “peña” at night. There are many available optional day trips.

Day 15: Overnight Travel

Breakfast and check out. In the afternon, find your own way to the bus station to take the night bus to Buenos Aires.

Day 16: Buenos Aires

Arrival in Buenos Aires and find your own way to your accommodation. Check in and free day.

Day 17: Buenos Aires

Breakfast, and then at 09:00, it's time for the City Tour. Discover the beauty and wonders of Buenos Aires, see the National Congress, The Metropolitan Cathedral next to the Government House in May Square area. Visit the Colon Theater, one of the most important opera houses in Latin America and San Telmo, traditional neighborhood where Tango performances can be seen in many bars and restaurants. Stop at La Boca colorful neighborhood, which was seat of immigrants - mainly Italians - and now home of some artists. Enjoy Palermo, an area that combines its architecture and history with entertainment and amusement in its green spaces. Finally, La Recoleta, an exclusive and elegant neighborhood where the famous cemetery is found.<br /> <br /> <b>Alternative at no extra cost: Buenos Aires Bike Tour. If you want a more active tour to discover the corners of Buenos Aires with a small group and pedal your way along the city streets, the bike tour is your choice.</b><br /> <br /> The afternoon is free for you to explore.

Day 18: Buenos Aires

Free day to explore the streets of Buenos Aires, maybe going to Tigre in the outskirts.<br /> <br /> In the late evening: <b>Madero Tango Show and Dinner</b><br /> The Executive Dinner Show at Madero Tango offers the possibility of enjoying the Best Tango Show tasting the famous Bife de Chorizo Argentino. Seating is diagonally to the stage, there are several options for the 3-course dinner as well as drinks (included).

Day 19: Buenos Aires - End of itinerary

Check out. Transfer to Ezeiza International airport. This is the end of the adventure!

What's Included

Arrival transfer in La Paz<br /> Departure transfer to EZE Airport<br /> 3 nights hostel accommodation in La Paz with daily breakfast<br /> 1 night hostel accommodation in Copacabana<br /> 1 night hostel accommodation in Isla del Sol<br /> 3 nights accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama<br /> 3 nights accommodation in Salta, including daily breakfast<br /> 2 nights accommodation while on Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama Overland tour<br /> 3 nights accommodation in Buenos Aires<br /> 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts and 1 lunch during activities in Copacabana and Isla del Sol<br /> Tiwanaku Ruins day tour<br /> Regular bus between La Paz and Copacabana<br /> Night bus from La Paz to Uyuni<br /> Transportation from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama<br /> Bus from San Pedro to Salta<br /> Bus from Salta to Buenos Aires<br /> 1 afternoon, 1 full day and 1 morning guided activities during trip to Copacabana and Isla del Sol<br /> Entrance fees to the sites in Copacabana and Isla del Sol<br /> Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama Overland tour, including 3 breakfasts and lunches, 2 dinners, and Spanish speaking guide/driver<br /> Geisers del Tatio Excursion<br /> Cafayate Full Day Excursion<br /> Buenos Aires City Tour OR Buenos Aires Bike Tour<br /> Tango Show with Dinner, Drinks and transfers

Summary

What’s included?

Extra expenses at the destination
National park fees in San Pedro and in Uyuni Overland (Avaroa National Park) and entrance fee to Tiwanaco site to be paid locally and in local currency

Accommodation

The hostel options are a dorm with shared facilities, or a private (single/double) room with ensuite facilities. Please note that towels are not included when staying in the hostel dorm. Two nights of accommodation are on overnight bus.

Local transport

Airport/bus station pick-up in La Paz and airport drop-off at EZE are included.

Meals

14 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners are included. Tango Show with Dinner and Drinks in Buenos Aires is also included.

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