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Altiplanic Deserts Of Argentina, Chile & Bolivia
15 Days

ITINERARY

15 Days: Buenos Aires, Salta, Cafayate, Purmamarca, Atacama, MalkuCueva & Colchani

Tour Overview:
Start your tour in Buenos Aires, one of South America’s most alluring cities and the capital of Argentina. Take a tango lesson and appreciate Argentina’s cobbled streets, historic buildings and stunning gorges and national parks. Visit Argentina’s world-famous Atacama Desert and its salt flats (Salinas Grandes) before departing for Bolivia’s Uyuni Salt Flat, the largest in the world. From lagoons to geysers, you will be enchanted by incredible nature throughout your 15-day tour.

Day 1 – Buenos Aires

Arrival at the airport and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, we make a panoramic tour of the city, visiting the most relevant places. In the evening, we attend a dinner show where we take a tango lesson, learn the basic steps of this rhythm, and then enjoy the magnetism of tango. (D)


Day 2 – Buenos Aires / Salta

Transfer to the airport to board the scheduled flight to Salta. Arrival, reception and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon, the city awaits us. We will explore it by foot, walking along its cobbled streets, churches, colonial buildings and visiting the High Mountain Archaeology Museum (MAAM). (B)
Max. Altitude: 1.152 MASL (3.779 ft.)
(Note: The Town Hall and the MAAM close on Mondays. San Miguel Market closes on Sundays)


Day 3 – Salta / Cafayate

Departure from Salta to Calchaquí Valleys, passing by the Obispo Slope, Recta del Tin Tin, Los Cardones National Park, Cachi and De Las Flechas Gorge, to finally arrive at Cafayate. (B)
Travel time: 12 hours
Max. Altitude: 3.400 MASL (10.984 ft.)


Day 4 – Cafayate / Salta

In the morning, we visit the town and after lunch, we head back to Salta visiting the Cafayate Gorge. (B)
Travel time: 7 hours
Max. Altitude: 1.660 MASL (6.167 ft.)
(Note: The Vine and Wine Museum closes on Mondays)


Day 5 – Salta / Purmamarca

Early departure travelling through Del Toro Gorge. Later, we get to know the small town of San Antonio de los Cobres. After lunch (not included), we continue across the Puna up to Salinas Grandes Salt Flat, in the Province of Jujuy, and then we start descending through De Lipán Slope, a winding mountain road, to Purmamarca. (B)
Travel time: 10 hours
Max. Altitude: 4.170 MASL (13.681 ft.)


Day 6 – Purmamarca / Atacama

In the morning, departure towards San Pedro de Atacama, passing by Paso de Jama border crossing. Arrival at this oasis in the middle of the dessert.(B)
Travel time: 7 hours
Max. Altitude: 4.400 MASL (14.436 ft.)
(Please, ask about the frequency of the bus Purmamarca – S.P. de Atacama)


Day 7 – Atacama

Departure to the Altiplanic Lagoons, one of the seven sectors that embrace Los Flamencos National Reserve, along with Chaxa Lagoon in Atacama Salt Flat. During the tour, we visit the Miscanti, and Miñiques Lagoons and the town of Toconao. (B)
Travel time: 7-8 hours
Max. Altitude: 4.220 MASL (13.845 ft.)


Day 8 – Atacama

Early departure to El Tatio Geysers, the highest geothermal field in the world where we observe the steam and fumaroles produced by the high temperatures of its craters. During the afternoon we enjoy the sunset in De La Luna Valley. (B)
Travel time: 9 hours
Max. Altitude: 4.320 MASL (14.173 ft.)


Day 9 – Atacama / Malku

Departure to Hito Cajón, the border with Bolivia. On the way to Malku Cueva, we visit landscapes such as Verde Lagoon, Dali Valley with the thermal springs of Chaviri, De la Mañana Geysers and Colorado Lagoon, where we appreciate James flamingos. (BLD)
Travel time: 8 hours
Max. Altitude: 4.400 MASL (14.435 ft.)
(Note: The access to Colores Lagoon and De la Mañana Geysers in Bolivia can be affected due to weather conditions)


Day 10 – Malku / Colchani

In the afternoon, we visit a valley of stones and then continue to Uyuni passing by the towns of Culpina and San Cristóbal. During the trip and before we continue to Colchani, we visit the Cemetery of Trains to finally arrive at Colchani where we stay at a salt hotel. (BLD)
Travel time: 8 hours
Max. Altitude 3.843 MASL (12.608 ft.)


Day 11 – Colchani

Today we dedicate the day to explore Uyuni Salt Flat, the largest in the world. During the tour, we will visit a salt processing plant, the Incahuasi Island where we can observe the giant Cactus, and the mummies of the Pucara de Ayque. Lunch will be served at the Great Salt Flat. (BLD)
Travel time: 7 hours
Max. Altitude: 3.600 MASL (11.811 ft.)
(Note: During the rainy season (from December to March) the salt flat is flooded and for that reason, we do not visit the Incahuasi Island neither the Pucara de Ayque)


Day 12 – Colchani / Purmamarca

Very early in the morning, departure towards Tupiza to arrive at La Quiaca and once we do the migrations procedures, we continue through the Humahuaca Gorge, a Cultural and Natural Heritage of Humanity. On the way, we will make a detour to admire the Hornocal, also known as Cerro de los CatorceColores (Fourteen Colours Hill). A long day but with landscapes that gratify. (BL)
Travel time: 12 hours
Max. Altitude: 4.220 MASL (13.845 ft.)


Day 13 – Purmamarca / Salta

We explore the Humahuaca Gorge, Humanity’s Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. (B)
Travel time: 9/10 hours
Max. Altitude: 3.000 MASL (9.843 ft.)


Day 14 – Salta / Buenos Aires

Transfer to the airport to board the flight to Buenos Aires. Meet and greet in the airport and transfer to the hotel.(B)


Day 15 – Buenos Aires

Morning at leisure. At due time, transfer to the airport. (B)


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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2021
First Class Join-in Tour
Dates Dbl Sgl
Jan 12 - Jan 26 5300 5995
Feb 23 - Mar 09 5300 5995
Mar 16 - Mar 30 5300 5995
Apr 13 - Apr 27 5300 5995
May 18 - Jun 01 5300 5995
Jun 15 - Jun 29 5300 5995
Jul 13 - Jul 27 5300 5995
Aug 17 - Aug 31 5300 5995
Sep 14 - Sep 28 5300 5995
Oct 12 - Oct 26 5300 5995
Nov 09 - Nov 23 5300 5995
Dec 08 - Dec 22 5300 5995
2021
Deluxe Join-in Tour
Dates Dbl Sgl
Jan 12 - Jan 26 5520 6360
Feb 23 - Mar 09 5520 6360
Mar 16 - Mar 30 5520 6360
Apr 13 - Apr 27 5520 6360
May 18 - Jun 01 5520 6360
Jun 15 - Jun 29 5520 6360
Jul 13 - Jul 27 5520 6360
Aug 17 - Aug 31 5520 6360
Sep 14 - Sep 28 5520 6360
Oct 12 - Oct 26 5520 6360
Nov 09 - Nov 23 5520 6360
Dec 08 - Dec 22 5520 6360
Note - Internal airfare not included. Please contact us for current applicable pricing.
* Minimum 2 passengers
* It is possible to depart on this program on any day as a Private Tour. Please check for the price.
* Single travelling alone price is available upon request.
* Supplements may apply for special events and holidays.
* The accommodation will be provided in the below hotel or similar in case the priority hotel is unable to accommodate the booking.
ACCOMMODATION / HOTELS:
FIRST CLASS
DESTINATION HOTEL ROOM
BUENOS AIRES KENTON BUENOS AIRES CLASSIC
SALTA DEL VINO HOTEL SUPERIOR
CAFAYATE HOTEL LOS SAUCES STANDARD
PURMAMARCA CASA DE ADOBE VISTA ROOM
ATACAMA HOSTERIA SAN PEDRO STANDARD
MALKU CUEVA JARDINES DE MALKU STANDARD
COLCHANI PALACIO DE LA SAL STANDARD
DELUXE
DESTINATION HOTEL ROOM
BUENOS AIRES GRAND BRIZO BUENOS AIRES SUPERIOR
SALTA BRIZO SALTA SUPERIOR
CAFAYATE VIÑAS DE CAFAYATE MOUNTAIN VIEW
PURMAMARCA LA COMARCA STANDARD
ATACAMA ALTIPLANICO STANDARD
MALKU CUEVA JARDINES DE MALKU STANDARD
COLCHANI PALACIO DE LA SAL STANDARD

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions:

  • All transfers as per itinerary
  • Accommodation: 14 nights
  • Buenos Aires (2) -Salta (3) -Cafayate (1) -Purmamaca (2) – Atacama (3) -Malku (1) –Colchani(2)
  • Tours:
  • Buenos Aires: City tour – Dinner tango show
  • Salta: Walking tour, MAAM included – De Las Flechas, De Cafayate, Del Toro Gorges
  • Jujuy: Humahuaca Gorge
  • Atacama: Altiplanic Lagoons – Atacama Salt Flat – El Tatio Geysers – De La Luna Valley
  • Uyuni: Colores Lagoons – De La Mañana Geysers – Uyuni Salt Flat
  • Meals: 14 breakfasts – 4 lunches – 4 dinners
  • Needed tickets to the Parks, Reserves and museums

To keep in mind:
During the rainy season (from December to March), the itinerary could be modified.
Due to the altitude, atmospheric pressure and reduction of oxygen of the Puna, we recommend that people with respiratory, cardiac or pressure diseases, take special care.

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