The Scenic Route – Lima to Buenos Aires

Resort: The Scenic Route - Lima to Buenos Aires
Operator: G Adventures
Destination: Peru
Price From: £3356.65

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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 Pucn, 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.

Itineraries

Day 1
Lima

Arrive at any time.

Day 2
LimaCusco

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.

Day 3
Cusco

Spend a full day enjoying optional activities in the area.

Day 4
CuscoOllantaytambo

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).

Day 5
OllantaytamboAguas 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.

Day 6
Aguas CalientesCusco

Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco in the evening.

Day 7
Cusco

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

Day 8
CuscoPuno

Travel day by bus from Cusco to Puno. Spend some time on arrival wandering the small city.

Day 9
Puno

Enjoy a guided tour of Lake Titicaca including a visit to Uros and Taquile islands.

Day 10
PunoLa Paz

Travel by bus and cross the border into Bolivia, arriving in La Paz.

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.

Day 12
La PazSucre

Fly to Sucre and explore this beautiful colonial city.

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.

Day 14
SucrePotos

Travel by bus to Potos and get a view of the mountain Cerro Rico looming over the city.

Day 15
PotosUyuni

Travel through the Bolivian landscape to the town of Uyuni, the jumping off point for the three day 4×4 excursion to the Salar de Uyuni.

Day 16
UyuniSalt Flats and Desert Crossing

Enjoy a three-day 4×4 excursion to the Salar de Uyuni and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery. Today you will be heading into the Salar de Uyuni. Our groups like to get creative with photography, as the endless white of the salt flats creates some great depth illusions that are fun to play with in photos. Last stop for the evening is a G Adventures-supported community lodge in a traditional agricultural village in the heart of a desert oasis.

Day 17
Salt Flats and Desert Crossing

Explore the desert altiplano on a 4×4 excursion. Admire the spectacular scenery while passing red and blue lagoons and interesting rock formations along the route. Spot wild llamas, alpacas and even flamingos deep within the desert.

Day 18
Salt Flats and Desert CrossingSan Pedro de Atacama

Rise early to cover more ground of the unique landscape of the Salar de Uyuni. 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.

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.

Day 20
San Pedro de AtacamaSantiago

Drive to Calama and fly to Santiago, a vibrant capital city.

Day 21
Santiago

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

Day 22
SantiagoValparaso

Explore some of Santiago’s neighbourhoods on a city tour, visit the Museum of Memory and try some local specialties. After, transfer to the seaside town of Valparaiso where brightly coloured houses perch on the hills.

Day 23
ValparaisoSantiago

Enjoy a free morning in Valparaiso to soak it all in. Later, head to the Casablanca Valley, stop at a winery to indulge in a wine tasting. After, head back to Santiago with free time before boarding an overnight bus to Pucon.

Day 24
Pucn

Enjoy free time in Pucon, try whitewater rafting or explore the area by foot.

Day 25
Pucn

Enjoy another free day to take part in the many activities on offer in Pucn. Opt to hike Villarica volcano (it’s active!) or soak in the nearby natural thermal pools.

Day 26
PucnSan 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.

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.

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.

Day 29
San Carlos de BarilocheBuenos Aires

Fly to Buenos Aires.

Day 30
Buenos Aires

Depart at any time.

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