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

Imagine an entire month (30 days, to be exact) to explore the very best highlights and cultures of Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. Visit the ancient site of Machu Picchu, learn from locals at Lake Titicaca, drive across the white desert in Bolivia, get active in Pucón, and experience life at a genuine gaucho ranch in Bariloche. Don't just see a part of South America; cover a massive and adventurous portion of it over a month that'll change your life.

Day 1: Lima
Arrive at any time.
Activity: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards.
Accommodation: Hotel Britania Miraflores (or similar)

Day 2: Lima/Cusco
Hop a flight to Cusco. Enjoy a free day for shopping and exploring the city. Choose to pre-book an optional Cusco Cooking Class. Opt for a city tour.
Transport: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
Free Time: Spend the day shopping and exploring the city.
Accommodation: El Puma Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 3: Cusco
Spend a full day enjoying optional activities in the area.
Free Time: Don't waste a minute— head out an explore.
Accommodation: El Puma Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 4: Cusco/Ollantaytambo
Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before visiting a local pottery making community. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, opt to head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Or, wander around the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar).
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Visit the Ccaccaccollo community centre which G Adventures travellers' donations helped create in 2005, thereby enabling local women to sell traditional textiles to travellers. See local weaving and dyeing techniques used to create garments and souvenirs, and learn how the Planeterra weaving co-operative has impacted the community and those who visit it. This includes the purchase of alpacas to provide a steady supply of wool, looms, and sewing machines as well as several training courses on production, sales and small business management.
Activity: In the rural village of Cuyo Chico in the Sacred Valley, a group of families joined together to create a small business based on their traditional adobe ceramic crafts. Using clay from their surroundings, they mold bowls, plates, and all manner of decorations. Learn about the ceramics process as well as the traditional adobe brick-making that forms the basis of houses throughout the valley, all while taking in a spectacular view of the Pisac Ruins. After the demonstration, peruse the items for sale directly from the artisans in their shop.
Activity: Contribute to sustainable tourism in Huchuy Qosqo, a small village of 65 families in the Sacred Valley, by eating at the Parwa Community Restaurant. Learn how the resident-run restaurant was kickstarted by G Adventures and the Multilateral Investment Fund, to become a successful farm-to-table program that boosts the local economy and several spin-off microenterprises.
Accommodation: Casa de Mama Valle (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch (Enjoy a buffet-style lunch at the Parwa Community Restaurant in the Sacred Valley.)

Day 5: Ollantaytambo/Aguas Calientes
Catch the scenic train to Aguas Calientes. Opt to visit the local hot springs or shop in the local market. Those who have pre-booked and purchased the '1-day Inca Trail' hike will disembark the train at km 104 and trek to the Sun Gate for the first glimpse of Machu Picchu before re-joining the group at Aguas Calientes for the night.
Transport: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: Kantu Inn (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6: Aguas Calientes/Cusco
Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco in the evening.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Activity: Rise and shine - the best time to see the Lost City of the Incas is in the early morning light. Follow the local guide to Machu Picchu to learn about its history at a leisurely pace. Gain local insight into the Inti Mach'ay cave, Inti Watana, the Temple of the Water, the Temple of the Condor, and the Room of the Three Windows. Take time to sit and feel the energy of this 15th-century site, now both a UNESCO World Heritage site and voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World (in a worldwide Internet poll).
Transport: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: El Puma Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7: Cusco
Use a free day to explore more of Cusco or relax.
Free Time: Don't waste a minute—get out and explore the landscape on horseback, mountain bike, or explore some of the city's landmarks.
Accommodation: El Puma Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 8: Cusco/Puno
Travel day by bus from Cusco to Puno. Spend some time on arrival wandering the small city.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: Hotel Italia (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 9: Puno
Enjoy a guided tour of Lake Titicaca including a visit to Uros and Taquile islands.
Activity: Head out for a day on beautiful Lake Titicaca. Travel to Taquile Island to visit the community and check out the spectacular views. Do some shopping at the local weaving cooperatives and learn about the Taquileños, known for their fine handwoven textiles and clothing. Continue on to the floating islands of Uros. Learn about the totora reeds that grow in the shallows of Lake Titicaca used to make everything from the islands themselves to the boats the islanders use for transportation (if constructed well, they last up to six months). Find out from locals how the islands are constructed; as the layers closest to the water start to rot, they are replaced with fresh reeds on top.
Accommodation: Hotel Italia (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 10: Puno/La Paz
Travel by bus and cross the border into Bolivia, arriving in La Paz.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Activity: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: Hotel Las Brisas (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 11: La Paz
Enjoy a free day in La Paz. Opt to visit the Witches' Market, the city's museums or the Valley of the Moon.
Free Time: The day is yours— make the most of it.
Accommodation: Hotel Las Brisas (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 12: La Paz/Sucre
Fly to Sucre and explore this beautiful colonial city.
Transport: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
Free Time: Don't waste a minute, head out and explore.
Accommodation: Independencia (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 13: Sucre
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.
Free Time: Explore the landscape on foot or two wheels.
Accommodation: Independencia (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 14: Sucre/Potosí
Travel by bus to Potosí and get a view of the mountain Cerro Rico looming over the city.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Free Time: Spend free time learning about local mining production or wandering the city and soaking in the cultural atmosphere.
Accommodation: Hotel Gran Libertador (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 15: Potosí/Uyuni
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.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: Hotel Samay Wasi (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 16: Uyuni/Salt Flats
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.
Activity: Spend three days in the stunning landscape between the Salar de Uyuni and the Atacama Desert in Chile. Enter a world unlike anything else as we drive across the salt flats; the piercing blue sky contrasts against the blinding white of the flat salt beds. Take memorable photos of the unusual landscape complete with mountains and active volcanoes. Visit the red lagoon of Laguna Colorada and enjoy the uniqueness of this region.
Activity: Visit the Santiago de Agencha community, located two hours across the salt flats from Uyuni, a rural village surrounded by towering cacti and part of a small desert oasis. The community-owned salt lodge was renovated and expanded through a major project in 2016 funded by G Adventures' foundation, Planeterra. With many of the village's younger residences fleeing for economic opportunities, this lodge is seen by the community as a way to rescue their indigenous culture and provide opportunities for the future. Learn about their traditional agricultural practices, including their specialization in quinoa production, and take a guided walk with a community member to the sacred Jukil mountaintop for a beautiful view of the village below and the salt flats beyond. Meals of local ingredients grown in the village are prepared by ladies who were provided culinary training through the project. Leave Jukil Community Lodge knowing your visit is creating opportunities for a whole new generation of people in this community to improve their lives, and the lives of their children and grandchildren.
Accommodation: Jukil Lodge (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 17: Salt Flats
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.
Activity: Spend three days in the stunning landscape between the Salar de Uyuni and the Atacama Desert in Chile. Enter a world unlike anything else as we drive across the salt flats; the piercing blue sky contrasts against the blinding white of the flat salt beds. Take memorable photos of the unusual landscape complete with mountains and active volcanoes. Visit the red lagoon of Laguna Colorada and enjoy the uniqueness of this region.
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 18: Salt Flats/San Pedro de Atacama
Rise early to cover more ground of the unique landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats. Continue to see incredible scenery, including volcanoes, salt lakes and geysers. Travel to the border and descend by bus to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. It's a long but scenic drive.
Transport: Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.
Activity: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: Hostal Puritama (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 19: San Pedro de Atacama
Enjoy an Included excursion to the Valley of the Moon. In San Pedro, opt to go sandboarding or mountain biking.
Activity: The sunset brings out a variety of colours over this majestic valley that experts say is the area on Earth that most closely resembles moon's surface. Explore the incredible formations created by wind and rain over millennia in this unique location between the Andes mountains and one of the world's driest deserts.
Accommodation: Hostal Puritama (or similar)

Day 20: San Pedro de Atacama/Santiago
Drive to Calama and fly to Santiago, a vibrant capital city.
Transport: Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.
Transport: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
Accommodation: Hotel Riviera (or similar)

Day 21: Santiago
With a free day in Santiago, opt to visit nearby wineries.
Free Time: Explore the city or head further afield.
Accommodation: Hotel Riviera (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 22: Santiago
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.
Activity: Spend the day visiting different neighbourhoods of Santiago, stop at the Museo de la Memoria and learn about the history of Chile. Visit the Central Market and enjoy a traditional Chilean snack before heading to a local bar to try Terremoto (Earthquake) a local drink made with pineapple ice cream, white wine and pisco.
Free Time: Get out and explore!
Accommodation: Hotel Riviera (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 23: Santiago/Valparaiso
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.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Activity: Visit nearby wineries in the area of Santiago. There are plenty of famous wineries or smaller family-run places to stop by. Learn about the process, tour the vineyards and of course, take a sample or two.
Activity: Take a day trip to the beautiful port town of Valparaiso and wander by the rows of colourful houses. The Historic Quarter is on UNESCO's World Heritage List, explore the examples of 19th century Latin architecture built into the hillside.
Transport: Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 24: Pucón
Enjoy free time in Pucon, try whitewater rafting or explore the area by foot.
Free Time: Enjoy all the adrenaline activities that Pucon has to offer.
Accommodation: Hostal Mahuida (or similar)

Day 25: Pucón
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.
Free Time: Enjoy free time to explore this adventure hub!
Accommodation: Hostal Mahuida (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 26: Pucón/San Carlos de Bariloche
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.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Activity: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Transport: Transfer to Bariloche, enjoy the scenery and a couple of photo ops in the Seven Lakes District.
Accommodation: Soft Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 27: San Carlos de Bariloche
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.
Activity: Be an Argentinian Gaucho for the day and immerse yourself in the culture of these traditional Patagonia cowboys. Head out on an easy horseback ride through the beautiful scenery of Bariloche and learn about the area's history from a real live Gaucho. Stop along the way to try Mate, the national beverage of Argentina and some alfajores, a delicious dulce de leche cookie sandwich. Finish it all off with a traditional Patagonian barbeque.
Accommodation: Soft Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 28: San Carlos de Bariloche
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.
Free Time: Take advantage of all the things Bariloche has to offer.
Accommodation: Soft Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 29: San Carlos de Bariloche/Buenos Aires
Fly to Buenos Aires.
Transport: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
Accommodation: Hotel Regente (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 30: Buenos Aires
Depart at any time.
Meal(s): Breakfast

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Inclusions

Meals Included
26 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners

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

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.

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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).

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