Journey from Buenos Aires to Lima
June 09 – 29 & Sept 08 – 28, 2019 | 21 Days | Escorted Small Group Journey | Max. 15 Guests | Price from USD 6’587.–
This out-of-the-ordinary tour 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 famous wine region of Cafayate. You travel on the iconic “Tren a las Nubes” and continue the journey through the incredible landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats to La Paz in Bolivia. We then continue into Peru to Lake Titicaca and the wonder of the world known as Machu Picchu and beyond. This journey 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 Cafayate, the Quebrada de Humahuaca, Uyuni and Lake Titicaca, among others.
- Breathtaking Train Journeys in Argentina, Bolivia and Peru
- Discover the iconic cities of Buenos Aires, La Paz and Lima
- You will take part in a out of the common Wine tasting and creation session in the Cafayate Valley. Don’t worry, it is not only wines, you enjoy also an amazing scenery on the journey to Salta.
- Live unforgettable moments at the Uyuni Salt Flat, in our opinion one of the major Nature Wonders of the Andes. A special treat is also the Salt Hotel where we spend the night.
- We explore the Lake Titicaca from the Bolivian Side which is much less visited and more authentic than the Peruvian Side. We take a boat to the Sun Island from where the Incas started their expansion.
- Exploring the city of Cusco and its surrounding ruins which are as fascinating as the city itself. The capital city of the Incas is one of the most emblematic sites in South America.
- We travel through the Sacred Valley of the Incas visiting Pisac, Moray, Salinas and Ollantaytambo before we explore Machu Picchu.
Considering the character of our trips, there may be ongoing improvements to this itinerary. Below you find the day-by-day itinerary for the tour Trains & Coffee in Ecuador, Colombia, and Panama. 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 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.
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 the Tango show of “El Querandi”. You will spend the night at your hotel in Buenos Aires.(B/D)
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 of 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. After a short panoramic city tour in Tucuman, we continue the journey through the Calaqui Valley to Colalao del Valle. In the afternoon we reach Cafayate where we stay overnight.
Day 5: Discover the fantastic Wines comming from the Cafayate Valley
We do a walk inside a viñard und guidance of a wine specialist from Cafayate. Discover the famous Merlots, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat grapes. Before lunch, we have a wine degustation where you we create your own wines in small groups.
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.
Day 7: Train to the Clouds
Departure with our vehicle from Salta to the small town of San Antonio de Cobres. In San Antonio de 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 Cobres before we return to Salta in the evening.
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.
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.
(**) This train is not running at the moment due to railroad damage. Should the railroad still be interrupted at our travel date, we will do the journey from Villazon to Uyuni in a private vehicle.
Day 10: Uyuni Salt Flat
.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 in the middle of the world’s largest salt flat, you see amazing giant cactus. Overnight we stay at a Salthotel.
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.
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
Day 13: Day at Leisure in La Paz
You have a free day in La Paz.
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 sty overnight.
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 3 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.
Day 16: Perurail Titicaca Train
Early morning, we head to the Puno Railway station and board the “Perurail Titicaca Train” that brings us to Cusco. This fascinating journey goes through a scenic high Andean countryside. The train travels the 281 km (175 Mi) to Cusco in about 10 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.
Day 17: 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.
Day 18: 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 at the hotel where we spend the night. In the afternoon, we visit Ollantaytambo before we return to Urubamba where we stay overnight.
Day 19: Perurail Sacred Valley Train to Machu Picchu
We travel with the Perurail Sacred Valley Train from Urubamba to Aguas Calientes. An expert guide will show us Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. In the afternoon, we return to Aguas Caliente from where we travel by train to Urubamba where we stay overnight.
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.
Day 21: Departure
At the agreed time, transfer to the Airport and flight to your home country.