The Scenic Route - Lima to Buenos Aires

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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 Pucon, 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.

What's Included

Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour with visit to a G Adventures-supported women’s weaving project (full-day). Lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village. Train to Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu guided tour. Floating islands of Uros visit. Lake Titicaca guided tour. 4×4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats (3-day), tour of Valley of the Moon in San Pedro de Atacama. Visit to a winery and wine tasting. 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.

Highlights

Get awestruck at Machu Picchu, explore the markets in Bolivia, cross the Uyuni Salt Flats and mountain wilderness by 4×4, hit the coast and explore Valparaiso, raft and hike in Pucon, act like a gaucho in the countryside of Argentina, eat and drink in Buenos Aires

Itinerary Disclaimer

Group Leader Description

All G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders, a G Adventures representative, or an expedition team. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting- we think it’s the best of both worlds.

Group Size Notes

Max 16, avg 12

Transport

Plane, train, boat, public bus, 4×4 vehicles, hiking

Local Flights

All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.

Solo Travellers

Accommodation

Hotels/guesthouses (26 nts), overnight bus (1 nt), very basic hostels on Uyuni Salt Flats excursion (2 nts, multi-share)

My Own Room Exceptions

Nights 16-17: Salar de Uyuni. Night 23: Overnight bus

About Accommodation

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.

Joining Hotel

Joining Instructions

Jorge Chavez International Airport in Callao Lima, is approximately a 45-minute drive from the Miraflores district, where our joining hotel is located. The easiest way to get there is via taxi. Immediately after the customs and immigration area, as you head to the exits, you will find an official taxi stand. You can pay for the car at set rates (approximately $27 USD) and won’t need to worry about sorting out a ride outside the airport facilities, where the situation tends to get more chaotic. There are exchange facilities in the Arrivals area open 24 hours.

If you have paid in advance for an arrival transfer, someone will be at the airport to meet you. Upon leaving the baggage claim area you will see a large open area with sign boards all around. Look for a G Adventures sign board with your name. As there are many people and signs in this area it may be difficult for you to spot the sign immediately. Please take your time in doing so and if at that stage you do not see a G Adventures sign board with your name go to the customer service area to wait. In the event that your driver does not arrive within 20 minutes please ask the information desk to arrange an official taxi for you which should cost approximately $27 USD and this money will be reimbursed by your CEO or G Adventures representative.

FINDING YOUR TRANSFER – As you walk out of the airport there will be many drivers holding signs with agency or passenger names as well as taxi drivers asking you if you require their services. These are NOT our drivers and you should not accept their services. Please wait for our designated transfer person with a G Adventures sign board.

Arrival Complications

Emergency Contact

Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call either the G Adventures Local Representative (if one is listed below) or our G Adventures Local Office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.

AIRPORT TRANSFER
If you have purchased an arrival through G Adventures or if an arrival transfer is included in the cost of your tour, please note that:

Your arrival transfer has been arranged based on flight information provided to us. If you are advised of a flight schedule change within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival time, we will do our best to rearrange your arrival transfer however we cannot guarantee this. If your arrival transfer does not arrive within 30 minutes after you have exited the arrivals area please take a taxi to your start point hotel.

EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
G Adventures Office Lima, Peru.
During office hours (Weekdays, 9-6pm Local Time): +51 1 241 1650 or 01 241 1650 (from mobile within Peru) or 241 1650 (from payphone within Peru)
After hours Emergency number: +51 99 758 2712,

If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with our 24 hour Sales team, who will happily assist you.

Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100
Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000
Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000
Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618
Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307
Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999

What to Take

Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, however this is not always the case, and you may need warm clothes depending on the time of year you travel. We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry. A good size daypack is also essential.

Checklist

-Documents
-Passport
-Insurance info
-Flight info
-Cash, credit and debit cards
-Vouchers and pre-departure information
-Required visas or vaccination certificates

-Sleeping bag (also available for hire)
-Weather-appropriate clothing
-Windproof/waterproof jacket
-Warm clothing
-Fleece jacket or warm layer
-Long trousers
-Hiking pants/track pants
-Shorts/skirts
-Shirts/T-shirts
-Hiking long sleeve shirt
-Thermal underwear
-Socks
-Warm gloves
-Warm hat
-Small towel and swim wear
-Hiking boots/Sturdy walking shoes
-Flip flops/sandals

-Sun hat/Bandana
-Sunblock
-Sunglasses
-Headlamp
-Money belt
-Toiletries
-Watch and alarm clock
-First-aid kit
-Rehydration powder
-Insect Repellent
-Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen)

-Day pack
-Camera with extra memory cards and batteries
-Personal Entertainment
-Binoculars
-Waterproof backpack cover
-Insect Repellent
-Moneybelt
-Pocketknife
-Antibacterial wipes/gel
-Reusable water bottle
-Ear plugs
-Plastic bags
-Walking poles (Optional, must be rubber-tipped)

Hiking equipment is available to rent locally if desired (prices subject to change):

-Walking pole 15 soles each (30 per pair)
-Sleeping bag 45 soles
-Air mattress 45 soles

Laundry

Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.

Visas

All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THE CORRECT TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION.

ARGENTINA’S “RECIPROCITY FEE”:
Effective January 7, 2013 all US, Canadian and Australian citizens are required to pay a reciprocity tax in order to enter Argentina. This reciprocity tax must be paid in advance online with a credit card. Cash at the border or airport is not accepted.

ONLINE PAYMENT FORM:
https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes/

INSTRUCTIONS:
http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/pdf_varios/reciprocidad/Online_payment_instructions.pdf

COSTS:
US citizens: 160USD, valid for 10 years
Australian citizens: 100USD, valid for 1 year
Canadian citizens: 92USD for one entry and re-entries from bordering countries within 3 months

This trip crosses the border between Argentina and Brazil on Day 2 of this tour. The border name is Paso Iguazu and borders the cities of Puerto Iguazu and Foz do Iguazu.

Spending Money

Money Exchange

Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances. Visa cards are the most widely accepted cards. While ATMs are widely available, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work in Latin America. Check with your bank.

You should be aware that to purchase products or services on a credit card a fee of 5%-10% usually applies.

Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money, a combination of US dollar cash and cards is best. Please bear in mind that cost of living in the southern cone countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile) is much higher than the rest of South America, and more comparable with Europe. Always take more rather than less, as you don’t want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds.

We do not recommend bringing travellers cheques as they are very difficult to change in country.

CURRENCY EXCHANGE TIP: Please be advised that slightly torn notes, notes that have been heavily marked or are faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than 100USD (or equivalent).

As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com

Emergency Fund

Tipping

It is customary in Latin America to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is an expected – though not compulsory – component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $5-10 USD per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.

Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $20-25 USD per person, per week can be used.

Safety and Security

Trip Specific Safety

Please note: You should be especially careful when wandering about Buenos Aires on your own, particularly at night. Tourists are easy prey for individual pickpockets or groups of two or more people working as a team on the streets. Pay particular attention to anyone who ‘accidentally’ spills anything on your clothes or belongings (mustard, etc.) and then apologizes and offers to help clean up. They will clean you out instead! Be safe and leave your passport, credit cards, travellers cheques and cash funds you won’t be using immediately in the hotel’s safety deposit box. Most locals are honest and genuinely helpful and friendly, but be safe and enjoy the city!

Medical Form

A Couple of Rules

Travel Insurance

Planeterra-The G Adventures Foundation

Feedback

Newsletter

Travel Forum - The Watering Hole

Max Pax

16

Group Leader

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides

Meal Budget

Allow USD875-1140 for meals not included.

Meals Included

27 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

PRODUCT_LINE: SPLB, ID: 23667


Itinerary

  1. Day 1 Lima

    There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

    Additional Notes:
    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

  2. 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.

    Transport:
    Plane (1.00-1.50 hours)

  3. Day 3 Cusco (1B)

    Spend a full day enjoying optional activities in the area.

  4. 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.

    Take a guided tour of the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan market (on market days only), and a small indigenous village of Huchuy Qosco.

    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.

    Continue on to the town of Ollantaytambo. Take a guided tour of the large ruin site adjacent to the town. Ollayntaytambo is the first taste of what lies ahead in Machu Picchu.

    Included Activities:
    Ccaccaccollo Community and Planeterra-Sponsored Women’s Weaving Co-op visit
    Pisac Ruins Guided Tour
    Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley
    Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour

    Transport:
    Private Vehicle (95km)

  5. 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), 43km)

  6. 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 (0.50 hour(s))
    Train (1.50-2.00 hours, 118km)
    Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

  7. Day 7 Cusco (1B)

    Use a free day to explore more of Cusco or relax.

  8. 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)

  9. 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

  10. 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))

  11. 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.

  12. Day 12 La Paz/Sucre (1B)

    Optional activities include a visit to dinosaur footprints, an old tin baron’s mansion, a textile cooperative, mountain biking, and hiking.

    Transport:
    Plane (2.25 hour(s))

  13. Day 13 Sucre (1B)

    Spend the day exploring all Sucre has to offer.

  14. Day 14 Sucre/Potosí (1B)

    Travel by bus to Potosí. Opt to visit a working silver mine or use some free time to explore the city.

    Transport:
    Local bus (4.00 hour(s), 185km)

  15. Day 15 Potosí/Uyuni (1B)

    Travel through the Bolivian landscape to the town of Uyuni, the jumping off point for the three day 4×4 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)

  16. Day 16 Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni (1B, 1D)

    Enjoy a 3-day 4×4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery.

    Additional Notes:
    We offer unique accommodation in the Uyuni Salt Flats. Instead of very basic refuges and homestays most operators use, we have upgraded to simple hotels that are equipped with solar panels to provide electricity and hot water. Rooms are multi-share and each have a private bathroom. Meals are made from local ingredients, most of which are grown on-site.

    Included Activities:
    Salt Flats Excursion

  17. Day 17 Salar de Uyuni (1B, 1L, 1D)

    Continue to discover the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4×4 excursion.

    Included Activities:
    Salt Flats Excursion

  18. Day 18 Salar de Uyuni/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:
    4×4 (5.00 hour(s))
    Local bus (5.50-6.00 hours)

  19. 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

  20. Day 20 San Pedro de Atacama/Santiago

    From the nearby city of Calama, fly to Santiago, the capital of Chile. Spend two nights here to fully appreciate all the city and its surroundings have to offer.

    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))

  21. Day 21 Santiago (1B)

    With a free day in Santiago, opt to visit nearby wineries.

  22. Day 22 Santiago (1B)

    In the morning 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 or relax on the beach. Later on stop at a winery and indulge in a wine tasting.

    Included Activities:
    Day trip to Valparaiso
    Winery Visit

    Transport:
    Local bus (2.50 hour(s), 128km)

  23. Day 23 Santiago (1B)

    Spend the day visiting different neighbourhoods of Santiago, stop at the Museo de la Memoria and learn about the history of Chile. Finish the tour at the Central Market and enjoy a famous Chilean empanada.

    Transport:
    Local bus (8.00 hour(s))

  24. Days 24-25 Pucón

    Enjoy the free time in Pucon to either hike Villarica, raft or explore the area by foot.

  25. Day 26 Pucón/San Carlos de Bariloche (1B)

    Cross the Andes to Argentina. Stop for photo opportunities on a driving tour through the Seven Lake district. Enjoy a free evening in this beautiful waterfront town of Bariloche.

    Included Activities:
    Border Crossing (Chile – Argentina)

  26. Day 27 San Carlos de Bariloche (1B, 1L)

    Transfer to a Gaucho Ranch just outside of Bariloche. Enjoy an asado for lunch and take to the saddle with a Gaucho by your side.

  27. Day 28 San Carlos de Bariloche (1B)

    Enjoy the beautiful area of the Seven Lakes district. Take a hike in the countryside or visit the town, known for its shops and in particular, artisan chocolate.

  28. 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.

    When you are done exploring, settle your weary feet and enjoy a drink in one of the many sidewalk cafes and restaurants and you will begin to understand the contemplative Argentine way of life. Since Buenos Aires will be your last chance to try the succulent beef, chicken and chorizo parrilladas, dig in and enjoy!

    Transport:
    Plane (1.50 hour(s), 1640km)

  29. Day 30 Buenos Aires (1B)

    Book extra accommodation in Buenos Aires to have more time to explore the city.

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