This out-of-the-ordinary tour will take you from Buenos Aires, Argentina through Bolivia to Lima, Peru in an 21-day once in a lifetime adventure!
We will take travelers from the iconic city of Buenos Aires to Salta, where you travel on the famous “Tren a las Nubes”. You will continue the journey through the incredible landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats to La Paz in Bolivia. We then continue to Lake Titicaca where you visit the Sun Island. We cross the border to Peru and travel to Puno where you board the new “Andean Explorer” overnight train to Cusco. You explore the wonder of the world known as Machu Picchu and end your trip in the bustling city of Lima.
This journey brings you to many of the region’s must-see sites, but you’ll also explore some destinations that are frequently omitted from most other mainstream tours, including the Quebrada de Humahuaca, Uyuni and the Lake Titicaca, among others.
Escorted Small Group Tour
June 27 – July 17, 2017 SOLD OUT
November 07 – 27, 2017
Traveler sharing a Double Room USD 5’940.– per person
Single room supplement USD 912.– per person
1st Day, Tuesday: Arrival in Buenos Aires
You arrive with your international flight in Buenos Aires. We welcome you at the Ezeiza International Airport and drive you to the Hotel Rochester Classic. For the rest of the day, you have free time.
2nd Day, Wednesday: Buenos Aires City Tour
Discover the most prestigious neighborhoods and landmarks in Buenos Aires during a city tour. Admire the Obelisk, the symbol of Buenos Aires, and the many open squares of Spanish colonial descent. Enjoy our drive on the widest street in the world containing 22 lanes. We invite you to our welcome dinner watching the “El Querandi” Tango show. You’ll then spend the night at the Hotel Rochester Classic. (B/D)
3rd Day, Thursday: El Tigre River Cruise
You board the boat at Puerto Madero and head to Tigre. The cruise goes along the Costanera Navigation Canal, parallel to the Buenos Aires shoreline, passing the River Plate Stadium and the University of Buenos Aires. Then, we cruise through the canals of the delta, one of the largest in the world. Puerto de Frutos is a lively and popular spot where you’ll have some time to take photos and walk around. We have lunch here. Finally, we head to the Tigre train station, where we will take a train back to the city of Buenos Aires. (B/L)
4th Day, Friday: Buenos Aires – Salta
Transfer to the airport and flight to Salta. Transfer to the Hotel Salta. Salta is a colonial city with lots of history and interesting buildings. Delve into Argentina’s history in Salta. Salta has a fascinating historical center with a famous cathedral and many colonial streets and buildings. You stay overnight at the Hotel Salta. (B/L)
5th Day, Saturday: Tren a las Nubes
Departure with our vehicle from Salta to the small village of Alfarcito. Then the journey continues through the Quebrada de las Cuevas to San Antonio de Cobres. In San Antonio de Cobres, we embark on the Train to the Clouds and travel to the Polvorilla Viaduct. The journey takes an hour to the viaduct, at 4,200 meters (13’780 ft) above sea level. The train stops for 30 minutes at the viaduct that you have time to take pictures and do some souvenir shopping. We have lunch in San Antonio de Cobres. The last stop will be held in Santa Rosa de Tastil before we reach Salta in the evening. (B/L)
6th Day, Sunday: Calchaqui Valley
Discover the natural wonders of the Salta province during this full-day sightseeing and wine tasting day trip from Salta. Trek south of Salta into the Calchaquí Valley. We stop at the Devil’s Throat rock formation before we reach the winemaking town of Cafayate. You’ll tour a winery and taste some local wines before we return to Salta. (B/L)
7th Day, Monday: Salta
You enjoy a free day in Salta. (B)
8th Day, Tuesday: Salta – Quebrada Humahuaca
From Salta, we drive to the Humahuaca Gorge, which will impress you with its steep rock faces. Traders already used the important trade route through the gorge 10,000 years ago. At the village of Purmamarca, you will experience the Jujeño Village Culture. Our trip continues on “Route 9” to Huacalera. Overnight we stay at the Hotel Huacalera (B/L/D)
9th Day, Wednesday: Huacalera – Expreso del Sur to Uyuni
In the morning, we cross the border from Argentina to Bolivia. At the Bolivian border town of Villazon, we go to a private home where we leave the luggage until the train departs. We have lunch with our friends. When time permits, we visit on foot the central market in Villazon. After lunch, we transfer to the railway station and board the “Expreso del Sur” to Uyuni. We have dinner aboard the train. The train reaches Uyuni at 12:30 AM. A local guide welcomes us at the railway station and brings us to the Hotel Palacio de Sal, where we spend the rest of the night. (B/L/D)
10th Day, Thursday: Uyuni
We visit the train cemetery in Uyuni. Explore various oxidized steam engines and wagons on this spectacular site surrounded by a unique scenery. In Colchani, we visit an artisanal salt processing plant and witness traditional salt extraction methods. At the Incahuasi Island (known as Fisher Island) in the middle of the world’s largest salt flat, you see amazing giant cactus. Lunch will be served midst of the salt flat. Overnight we’ll stay at the Hotel Palacio de Sal. (B/L/D)
11th Day, Friday: Uyuni – La Paz
Departure to Coquesa village, where we watch the mommies. Afterward, we go to a viewpoint on the foothills of Tunupa Volcano where you have breathtaking views over the region. We drive over the salt flat to the Uyuni where we have an early dinner. Then we take the evening flight to La Paz. In La Paz, we stay at the Hotel Europa. (B, L, D)
12th Day, Saturday: La Paz
We do a tour of this fascinating city. Discover the indigenous Cosmo-vision and their mystical rituals at the Witches Market. The San Francisco Church, the historic district around the main square and the “Plaza Murillo” with the Legislative and the Government Palace are other sights of interest that we visit. Enjoy breathtaking views of La Paz from the Killi Killi viewpoint. We’ll return to the hotel in the afternoon. (B/L)
13th Day, Sunday: La Paz
You have a free day and stay overnight at the Hotel Europa in La Paz. (B)
14th Day, Monday: Copacabana – Sun Island
From La Paz, we travel to Copacabana, a small town on the Bolivian side of the Lake Titicaca. From Copacabana, we cruise to the Sun Island where we have an Aptapi, a typical lunch. In the afternoon, we visit the ruins of the Pilkokaina Inca temple before we return to Copacabana. We stay at the Hotel Rosario del Lago. (B/D)
15th Day, Tuesday: Copacabana – Puno
From Copacabana, we reach the Peruvian Border after a short drive. From the border to Puno is it another 3 hour drive. At our arrival in Puno we have lunch. The rest of the day you have free time. We stay overnight at the Hotel Jose Antonio in the outskirts of Puno. (B/L)
16th Day, Wednesday: “New Andean Explorer” Train to Cusco
At midday, we head to the Puno Railway station and board the “Andean Explorer Train” that brings us to Cusco. This fascinating journey goes through a scenic high Andean countryside. We have lunch aboard the train. We visit La Raya where the train reaches its highest point at 4.321 meters (15177 ft.) above sea level. We have dinner aboard the train. In Cusipata the train stays overnight. (B/L/D) (Single room accommodation on the train is not available)
17th Day, Thursday: Cusco
We have breakfast on the train before it reaches Cusco at 7:35 AM . The driver awaits us at the railway station and brings us to the Hotel Jose Antonio. We do a city tour of Cusco in the morning. One of the highlights is the Santo Domingo Convent, which is built over an ancient Inca Palace. Outside of Cusco, we visit the Inca military fortress Sacsayhuaman. Later, we have a look at the Inca ruins of Qenko, Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay. In the afternoon you have free time. Overnight you stay at the hotel Jose Antonio in Cusco. (B)
18th Day, Friday: Sacred Valley of the Incas
“Awana Kancha” is your first stop on your way to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Observe the typical Andean animals “Guanacos“, “Llamas” “Alpacas” and “Vicuñas”. At the colorful market in Pisac, you can buy souvenirs for friends and family at home. You have lunch in a local restaurant. Characterized by narrow streets and street canals, Ollantaytambo is the oldest continuously occupied settlement in the Americas. In the late afternoon, you board the Explorer Train and travel to Machu Picchu where we check-in to the Hotel Casa Andina. (B, L)
19th Day, Saturday: Machu Picchu
With an expert guide, we explore Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. Take your time to explore Machu Picchu at your leisure after the guided tour. We eat lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge. We then return to Ollantaytambo with the Explorer train and continue from there by bus to Cusco. Overnight we stay at the Hotel Jose Antonio in Cusco. (B, L)
20th Day, Sunday: Cusco – Lima
We transfer to the airport in Cusco to board the flight to Lima, then transfer to the Hotel Jose Antonio in Lima’s Miraflores district. Enjoy an interesting city tour of Lima’s colonial past. Discover the Plaza San Martin and the Plaza Mayor with the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Cathedral. We drive through the modern district of San Isidro and Miraflores on our way back to the hotel. During the city tour, we invite you to our farewell lunch at the Larco Museum. You’ll spend the night at the Hotel Jose Antonio Exclusive. (B/L)
21st Day, Monday: Departure
Morning at leisure. At the agreed time, our driver transfers you to the international airport in time to board the flight back to your home country. (B)
(B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
BUENOS AIRES: The Hotel Rochester Classic is an excellent 3* Hotel located in the shopping district of “La Florida” in Buenos Aires. The hotel offers all the amenities you expect from such a hotel. The hotel has a gym, bar, a vanguard lobby and comfortable guest rooms. Many shops and restaurants are nearby.
SALTA: The Hotel Salta is located in Salta’s city center in a corner of the Plaza 9 de Julio. Many restaurants, museums, and other tourist attractions can be reached on foot. The hotel offers an excellent Breakfast, free Wifi and a beautiful garden with a small open air swimming pool where you can relax after a busy day visiting Salta.
HUACALERA: The Hotel Huacalera is a historical hotel in the middle of the famous “Qebrada de Humahuaca”. All rooms have a modern design that contrasts with the old building. The hotel is the perfect accommodation choice after a visit of the Quebrada de Humahuaca on our journey to Bolivia.
UYUNI SALT FLAT: The Hotel Palacio de Sal is a rustic, fantastic hotel on the shores of the Uyuni Salt Flat. The nearby village of Colchani and the proximity of the salt flat add a special touch to this magical place, you will never forget. The Hotel has comfortable double rooms, all with private showers and toilets and an excellent restaurant.
LA PAZ: The Hotel Europa is one of the best hotels in La Paz. It is located on a side street from El Prado, La Paz’s main boulevard. The modern hotel has free Wifi, an excellent rooftop bar and a few very good restaurants and bars nearby. The rooms are comfortable, some with spectacular views over the city.
COPACABANA: From the Hotel Rosario del Lago you have excellent views over the Lake Titicaca. The Hotel is a short walk away from the busy center of Copacabana. The hotel has free WIFI, an excellent restaurant and comfortable guest rooms with all the amenties you expect from such a place.
LAKE TITICACA: From the Hotel Jose Antonio you have breathtaking views over the Lake Titicaca. The hotel is located a few miles south of Puno, near the shores of this lake. Besides the views, the hotel has an excellent restaurant and a small souvenir shop. There are no restaurants and shops nearby.
CUSCO: The Hotel Jose Antonio is near the Wanchaq Railway Station in a commercial part of Cusco. A walk to the historical center of Cusco takes about 10 minutes. The hotel has an excellent buffet breakfast. The hotel offers free WIFI and has a quiet patio where you can have a drink and relax. There are a variety of shops and restaurants nearby the hotel.
MACHU PICCHU: From the Hotel San Antonio Classic in Aguas Calientes is it a short walk to the buses to Machu Picchu. Restaurants and shops are in easy walking distance. The hotel is not far from the railway station, that makes it easy to leave the luggage at the hotel and pick it up at our return before we take the train to Cusco.
LIMA: The Hotel San Agustin Exclusive is located in Lima’s Miraflores district. Many street coffees, restaurants and shops are in walking distance of the hotel. The Barranco from where you have spectacular view over the Pacific Ocean is a few blocks away. The hotel is an excellent base to explore the fascinating city of Lima.