The Scenic Route - Lima to Buenos Aires

The Scenic Route - Lima to Buenos Aires


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Experience the wonder of Machu Picchu, explore the markets in Bolivia, cross the Uyuni Salt Flats and mountain wilderness by 4x4, hit the coast and explore Valparaiso, opt to raft and hike in Pucón, act like a gaucho in the countryside of Argentina, eat and drink in Buenos Aires

Day 1 Lima
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Additional Notes: If you booked the Lima Cooking Class it does not include extra time in Lima and we highly recommend booking pre-trip accommodation. You will be picked up from your hotel at approx 10:00 (10:30 from Aug-Dec) and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. You will return back to your hotel around 13:00. Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Latin America (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Lima/Cusco (1B)
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Cusco. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring this fascinating city, and getting used to the altitude. Additional Notes: Please note: if you pre-book the Cusco Cooking Class you will be picked up from your hotel at approx 12:30 and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. Return back to your hotel around 16:00. Transport: Plane (1.00-1.50 hours)

Day 3 Cusco (1B)
Opt to visit and hike the famed Rainbow Mountain, pre-book on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.

Day 4 Cusco/Ollantaytambo (1B, 1L)
Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op. Meet the women and learn about traditional weaving and dyeing used in the Ccaccaccollo community. Opt to pick up some handmade souvenirs and textiles directly from the women who made them. Have lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant. Learn about the G Adventures for Good project and eat a delicious buffet-style lunch. Proceeds of this meal go directly back to the remote community. Included Activities: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit Cuyo Chico Pottery Making Demonstration Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley Transport: Private Vehicle (1.75 hour(s), 94km)

Day 5 Ollantaytambo/Aguas Calientes (1B)
Board a morning train that winds through the spectacular Sacred Valley to the end of the line: the village of Aguas Calientes, a frontier town nestled in the hills beneath Machu Picchu. Take advantage of the opportunity to visit the butterfly house, botanical gardens or hot springs. Opt for a day hike to Mandor Gardens to see orchids and a waterfall, enjoying the lush, green scenery en route. Additional Notes: Those who have pre-purchased the "1-day Inca Trail" hiking option will disembark the train at km 104 to begin the trek. Transport: Train (1.50 hour(s))

Day 6 Aguas Calientes/Cusco (1B)
Rise early to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu with your guide. Enjoy a guided visit of the ruins followed by free time to explore. When ready, head back down by bus to Aguas to meet up with the rest of the group and take a train back to Cusco. Included Activities: Machu Picchu Guided Tour Transport: Local bus (0.25 hour(s)) Train (2.00-3.00 hours, 118km) Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 95km)

Day 7 Cusco (1B)
Use a free day to explore more of Cusco or relax.

Day 8 Cusco/Puno (1B)
Travel through the high Altiplano region from Cusco to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Titicaca is also the largest lake in the world above 3800m, and the views from both Amantaní and Taquile Islands are stunning. The trip takes the better part of the day, with stark, beautiful scenery en route. Transport: Local bus (7.50 hour(s), 389km)

Day 9 Puno (1B)
Head out by boat across Lake Titicaca. Visit the community on the Taquile Islands and enjoy a local lunch with spectacular views. Visit the floating islands of Uros before returning to Puno. Opt to visit to Sillustani burial site. Included Activities: Day Trip to Lake Titicaca

Day 10 Puno/La Paz (1B)
Enjoy the full-day drive around the lake and through the altiplano to La Paz. Bolivia is filled with spectacular views of the countryside. La Paz is at nearly 4000m (13,120ft) above sea level, so be prepared for cool evenings and mornings. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Peru - Bolivia) Transport: Local bus (2.50 hour(s)) Local bus (3.00 hour(s))

Day 11 La Paz (1B)
Explore the city's many fine museums or its historic structures, like the Iglesia de San Francisco. The city is also renowned for its many markets, including the Mercado de Hechicería (Witches' Market). With streets lined with market stalls and vendors, the pace on the street and the vibrant atmosphere is an incredible experience. To the south of the city is the Valley of the Moon, with crater-like formations made of sand. Thrill seekers can pre book a Death Road mountain biking adventure.

Day 12 La Paz/Sucre (1B)
Optional activities include mountain biking, hiking, and searching for dinosaur footprints. Transport: Plane (1.00 hour(s))

Day 13 Sucre (1B)
Free time to explore the city, the former capital of Bolivia. For more active options opt to go hiking in the surrounding area or mountain biking.

Day 14 Sucre/Potosí (1B)
Travel by bus to Potosí and get a view of the mountain Cerro Rico looming over the city. Transport: Local bus (2.50 hour(s))

Day 15 Potosí/Uyuni (1B)
Travel through the Bolivian landscape to the town of Uyuni, the jumping off point for the three day 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats. Additional Notes: During the rainy season the locations visited may change due to some routes being covered by water. Transport: Local bus (7.00 hour(s), 230km)

Day 16 Uyuni/Salt Flats (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy a three-day 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery. Last stop for the evening is a G Adventures-supported community lodge in a traditional agricultural village in the heart of a desert oasis. Included Activities: Salt Flats Excursion Jukil Community Experience & Lodge

Day 17 Salt Flats (1B, 1L, 1D)
Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion. Admire the spectacular scenery while passing red and blue lagoons along the route. Spot wild llamas, alpacas and even flamingos deep within the desert. Included Activities: Salt Flats Excursion

Day 18 Salt Flats/San Pedro de Atacama (1B, 1L)
From the high Bolivian altiplano descend almost 2000m to the edge of the Atacama Desert, arriving at the small desert oasis of San Pedro de Atacama, just across the Chilean border. Said to be one of the driest places on the planet, this little town is an oasis in an otherwise barren, dry landscape. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Bolivia - Chile) Transport: 4x4 (1.00 hour(s)) Local bus (1.50-2.50 hours)

Day 19 San Pedro de Atacama
Enjoy an included excursion to the Valley of the Moon to learn about and appreciate the beautiful uniqueness of the landscape. There are plenty of optional excursions in San Pedro de Atacama, including biking, exploring nearby ruins, and horseback riding. Despite its size, San Pedro offers some great restaurants as well as numerous handicrafts and artisan stores for those looking for souvenirs. Included Activities: Valley of the Moon Visit

Day 20 San Pedro de Atacama/Santiago
From the nearby city of Calama, fly to Santiago, the capital of Chile. The city is surrounded by mountains, and there are both internationally recognized vineyards and Andean ski resorts within a couple of hours from the city centre. Explore the city's many museums and parks and visit the vibrant neighbourhood of Bellavista with its handicrafts, trendy cafés, and San Cristobal Hill with its views of the city and the surrounding area. Transport: Local van (3.00 hour(s)) Plane (5.00 hour(s))

Day 21 Santiago (1B)
With a free day in Santiago, opt to visit nearby wineries.

Day 22 Santiago (1B)
Enjoy an included city tour of Santiago and in the afternoon take some time to go shopping, sit in a cafe or hike to the lookout of Cerro Santa Lucia. Included Activities: Santiago City Tour

Day 23 Santiago/Valparaiso (1B)
In the morning head to the Casablanca Valley, stopping at a winery to indulge in a wine tasting. Then depart for the colourful seaside town of Valparaiso. Enjoy the street art and snap a few pictures of the bright buildings that line the hills. Wander the streets of the city, before heading back to Santiago. In the evening, board an overnight bus to Pucon. Included Activities: Santiago Region Winery Tour Day trip to Valparaiso Transport: Local bus (2.50 hour(s), 128km) Overnight bus (8.00 hour(s))

Days 24-25 Pucón
Enjoy free time in Pucon, try whitewater rafting or explore the area by foot.

Day 25 Pucón (1B)
Enjoy another free day to take part in the many activities on offer in Pucón. Opt to hike Villarica volcano (it's active!) or soak in the nearby natural thermal pools.

Day 26 Pucón/San Carlos de Bariloche (1B)
Cross the Andes to Argentina. Travel by local bus to San Martin and transfer the rest of the way to Bariloche stopping for photos in the Seven Lake district. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Chile - Argentina) Transport: Local bus (6.00 hour(s)) Transfer to Bariloche, enjoy the scenery and a couple of photo ops in the Seven Lakes District. Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

Day 27 San Carlos de Bariloche (1B, 1L)
Transfer to a Gaucho Ranch just outside of Bariloche. Enjoy a barbecue for lunch and take to the saddle with a Gaucho by your side. Included Activities: Bariloche Gaucho Experience

Day 28 San Carlos de Bariloche (1B)
Enjoy the beautiful area of the Seven Lakes district. Take a hike in the countryside or wander the town, known for its shops and in particular, artisan chocolate.

Day 29 San Carlos de Bariloche/Buenos Aires (1B)
Fly north to the buzzing metropolis that is Buenos Aires, it is a vibrant city full of life. Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s), 1640km)

Day 30 Buenos Aires (1B)
Book extra accommodation in Buenos Aires to have more time to explore the city.

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Inclusions

Inclusions
Your G for Good Moment: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo Your G for Good Moment: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay Your G for Good Moment: Jukil Community Experience & Lodge, Santiago de Agencha Your Discover Moment: Cusco Your Discover Moment: Sucre Your Foodie Moment: Santiago Region Winery Tour, Santiago Your Discover Moment: Pucón. Sacred Valley guided tour. Pottery making demonstration. Train to Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu guided tour. Floating islands of Uros visit. Lake Titicaca guided tour. 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats (3 days), tour of Valley of the Moon (San Pedro de Atacama). City tour of Santiago. Driving tour through the Seven Lakes district. Estancia visit and barbecue lunch (full-day). Local flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Meals Included
26 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport
Plane, train, boat, public bus, 4x4 vehicles

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Accommodations

Hotels/guesthouses (26 nts), overnight bus (1 nt), G Adventures-supported lodge/basic hotels on Uyuni Salt Flats excursion (2 nts, multi-share).

Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Latin America (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control.

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.


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