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Journey from Buenos Aires to Lima

21 Days | Escorted Small Group Expedition | Maximum 18 Guests
The Journey from Buenos Aires to Lima is an out-of-the-common tour that will take you from Buenos Aires, Argentina through Bolivia to Lima, Peru in a 21-day once in a lifetime adventure!We will take travelers from the iconic city of Buenos Aires to Tucuman from where we visit the Cafayate Valley, the second most important wine region in Argentina after Mendoza. From Cafayate we travel to Salta where you travel on the famous “Tren a las Nubes” into the high, snow capped Andes. We continue the journey through the incredible landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats to La Paz in Bolivia. Then we continue into Peru to the Lake Titicaca and the wonder of the world known as Machu Picchu and beyond.The Journey from Buenos Aires to Lima brings you to many of the region’s must-see sites, but you’ll also explore some tourist destinations that are frequently omitted from most other mainstream tours, including  El Tigre near Buenos Aires, Cafayate, and a journey on the Wara Wara Express in southern Bolivia, among others.

Tour Highlights

  • Travel on a suburban train from El Tigre to the monumental Retiro Railway Station in Buenos Aires and then travel on South America’s oldest Metro Train back into the city.
  • Enjoy a train ride on the famous “Tren a las Nubes” between San Antonio de los Cobres and the Polvorilla Viaduct at over 4200 m above sea level.
  • Experience a train journey in southern Bolivia traveling aboard the Wara Wara Express from Villazon to Uyuni.
  • We spend time at the famous Railway cemetery in the outskirts of Uyuni where you see oxidized steam locomotives from a bygone era in a spectacular setting.
  • Travel by Train during 11 hours from Puno to Cusco, crossing the fascinating Peruvian High Andes.
  • Enjoy the amazing train ride from the Cusco San Pedro Station to Aguas Calientes, doing the famous Zigzag’s inside the city of Cusco.
  • You have dinner on board the famous Hiram Bingham Train from Machu Picchu to Porroy.
Journey from Buenos Aires to Lima

Dates & Rates

  • September 06- 26, 2020 $6'998.-- per person

Inclusions

Air transportation within Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru; all excursions in the company of an English speaking expedition leader and local guides; all accommodations in excellent upper middle-class hotels; some meals; all entrance fees; arrival and departure transfers in Buenos Aires and Lima; one piece of luggage of up to 15kg.

Exclusions

Airfare from your home city to Buenos Aires and from Lima to your home city; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, soft and alcoholic beverages and other incidentals; and email/Internet/fax/telephone charges.

Itinerary Journey from Buenos Aires to Lima

Considering the character of this trip, there may be ongoing improvements to this itinerary. Unless otherwise specified, daily excursion options are included in the cost of the trip. We do our maximum to comply to the scheduled tour program, but due to the travel style and regions we visit, we may deviate the journey slightly to take full advantage of the train schedules, encounters with the destination and its people, and culture.

Day 1: Arrival in Buenos Aires - Argentina

You arrive with your International flight in Buenos Aires. Transfer to your Hotel.
Arrival in Buenos Aires

Day 2: City Tour in Buenos Aires

Discover the most important neighborhoods and landmarks in Buenos Aires during a half a day city tour. In the evening, we celebrate our welcome dinner at a famous Tango show. You will spend the night at your hotel in Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires

Day 3: Cruise from Buenos Aires to the Tigre Delta

You board the boat at Puerto Madero and head to Tigre. The cruise goes along the Costanera Navigation Canal. Then, we cruise through the canals of the delta, one of the largest in the world. We have lunch in a restaurant situated on the shores of one of the canals. Finally, we head to the Tigre train station, where we will take a train back to the city of Buenos Aires.

Day 4: Buenos Aires - Tucuman - Cafayate

Transfer to the airport in Buenos Aires and flight to Tucuman in Northwestern Argentina. We continue the journey through the Calaqui Valley to Colalao del Valle. We do a short stop in Tafi del Valle.  We reach Cafayate in the afternoon where we stay overnight.
Tafi del Valle near Cafayate

Day 5: Wineries in the Cafayate Valley

We do a walk inside a viñard under the guidance of a local wine specialist. Discover the famous Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Tannat grapes. We have a wine degustation in one of the best-known wineries of the valley, just outside of Cafayate. Lunch we have in a typical house in the middle of a viñard, within walking distance of our hotel. The rest of the afternoon you have free time. Overnight we stay at our Hotel in Cafayate.

Cafayate Valley Winery

Day 6: Cafayate - Salta

We leave Cafayate in the morning following the Rio Las Conchas towards Salta. We check into our hotel in Salta after lunch. In the afternoon, we will do a short tour of Salta and visit the San Bernardo hill from where you have an amzing view over the city.
Devils Throat

Day 7: Train to the Clouds

We drive with our vehicle from Salta to the small town of San Antonio de los Cobres. In San Antonio de los Cobres, we embark in the Train to the Clouds and travel to the Polvorilla Viaduct at 4,200 meters (13’780 ft) above sea level. We have lunch in San Antonio de los Cobres before we return to Salta in the evening.
Tren a las Nubes at the Polvorilla Viaduct

Day 8: Quebrada de Humahuaca

North of Salta lies the Quebrada de Humahuaca, an UNESCO listed valley. The valley is characterized by steep rock faces that change colors constantly depending the hour of the day and from where you look at them. Traders already used the important trade route through the gorge 10,000 years ago. Authentic dusty indigenous villages are spread along the route north. We stay overnight in Purmamarca.
Red Mountains near Purmamarca

Day 9: Border Crossing to Bolivia and journey to Uyuni

Early morning, we continue the route no 9 to the north to reach the Bolivian border. In Villazon, we board the “Wara Wara Express” to Uyuni. The train reaches Uyuni early morning. A local guide welcomes us at the railway station and brings us to the Hotel where we spend the rest of the night.
Wara Wara Express at the Villazon Station

Day 10: Uyuni Salt Flat

Explore various oxidized steam locomotives 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 in the middle of the world’s largest salt flat, you see amazing giant cactus. Overnight we stay at a salt hotel.
Visiting the Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia

Day 11: Uyuni - La Paz

In the morning, we drive to a place where you can watch salt excavation. We visit a viewpoint above Coquesa Village from where you have fantastic views over the salt flat. Lunch is a Picnic on the central square in Coquesa. We take the evening flight to La Paz where we stay overnight.
Uyuni Salt Flat from Coquesa Village

Day 12: City Tour in La Paz

We do a city tour in this fascinating city. Discover the indigenous Cosmovision and their mystical rituals at the Witches Market. The San Francisco Church, the historical 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 stay overnight in La Paz.
View of La Paz from the Killi Killi viewpoint

Day 13: Day at Leisure in La Paz

You have a free day in La Paz.
Teleferico in El Alto

Day 14: Lake Titicaca & 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 cruise along the Sun Island to visit the ruins of the Pilkokaina Inca temple before we return to Copacabana where we stay overnight.
Sun Island at the Lake Titicaca

Day 15: Copacabana - Puno

In the morning you have free time in Copacabana. You can participate in a tour where we visit the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Copacabana. We have lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon, we cross the nearby border to Peru and after a 2 hours drive, we reach the city of Puno. The rest of the day you have free time. We stay overnight in the outskirts of Puno.

Fiesta in Copacabana Bolivia

Day 16: Perurail Titicaca Train

Early morning, we head to the Puno Railway station and board the “Titicaca Train” that brings us to Cusco. This fascinating journey goes through a scenic high Andean countryside. The train travels the 390 km (242 Mi) to Cusco in about 11 hours. In La Raya, the train reaches its highest point at 4.321 meters (15177 ft.) above sea level. The downhill train ride to Cusco goes through endless pastures and calls at remote villages, reaching Cusco in the evening. We stay overnight in Cusco.
Perurail Titicaca Train

Day 17: Sacred Valley of the Incas

We visit the picturesque small town of Pisaq. Walk on cobblestoned streets and watch artisans doing their daily chores. We have lunch and in the afternoon we visit the agricultural site site of Moray and the salt pools in Maras. We return to Cusco where we stay overnight.
Agricultural Site of Maras

Day 18:Train from Cusco to Machu Picchu

We travel with the Incarail First Class Train from Cusco San Pedro Station to Aguas Calientes. We have lunch on the train. An expert guide will show us Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. In the afternoon, we return to Aguas Caliente to board the Hiram Bingham Train to Porroy (Cusco). We enjoy a gala dinner during the train journey. We stay overnight in Cusco.
Hiram Bingham Train

Day 19: City Tour in Cusco and visit of the surrounding Inca Ruins

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. We stay overnight in Cusco.
San Sebastian Church Cusco Peru

Day 20: City Tour in Lima

We transfer to the airport in Cusco to board the flight to Lima.  Enjoy an interesting city tour of Lima’s colonial past. We invite you to our “Farewell Lunch” in one of Lima’s famous restaurants. We spend the night in Lima.
Plaza de Armas in Lima

Day 21: Departure

At the agreed time, transfer to the Airport and flight to your home country.
Latam Airplane starting from Lima
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