Argentina / Bolivia / Chile

Argentina, Bolivia, Chile Tour

14 days | 13 nights
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Tour Description

This private tour of Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile is for the landscape lover, the experienced traveler who is looking to visit exclusively the most beautiful parts of South America.

Surreal landscapes, dreamy valleys, desolated high-plains colorful lakes, and lunar rock formations are the main features between the northern borders of Chile and Argentina and the southern border of Bolivia.

Start with Northern Argentina, the landscape changes as you go through the Quebrada de Humahuaca, Purmamarca, and the Hill of Seven Colors.

In Bolivia, drive through the stunning and desertic region of Lipez and stop at the Laguna Colorada, the Laguna Verde, the Salvador Dali desert, El Arbol de Piedra, the Tunupa volcano, the town of Tupiza and of course the spectacular salt flats of Uyuni.

In the Atacama Desert in Chile and the blissful Moon Valley, the Atacama salt flat, the Los Flamencos National Reserve, the colorful Miscanti and Meñiques lagoons, and the powerful geysers of El Tatio.

There is more to this trip than breathtaking landscapes. With a visit of the cosmopolitan Santiago de Chile, the bohemian colorful port of Valparaiso, the laid-back atmosphere of picture-perfect Salta, and of course the Paris of the South, Buenos Aires. What is sure is that somewhere along the way, you will fall in love with South America!

Destinations

Multi-Country

Trip at a glance

Visits

ARGENTINA: Buenos Aires, Salta, Purmamarca, Hill of Seven Colors, Quebrada de Humahuaca

BOLIVIA: South and North Lipez, Green Lagoon, Red Lagoon, Dali Desert, Siloli Desert, San Pedro de Quemez, Uyuni Salt Flat, Incahuasi Island, Tunupa Volcano, Train Cemetery, Tupiza

CHILE: San Pedro de Atacama, Moon Valley, Atacama Desert, Chaxa lagoon, Los Flamencos National Reserve, Miscanti and Meñiques Lagoons, El Tatio Geysers, Santiago, Valparaiso, Viña del Mar

Trip details

Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVAL IN BUENOS AIRES, TANGO SHOW

Afternoon

Arrival at the Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires.

Meet and greet with your private English-speaking guide.

Transfer to your hotel in the city centre (45 min).

Evening

At about 8 pm, transfer to a traditional Tango House where you will spend the evening (10 min).

Dinner at an old tango institution in the capital followed by a 1h30 tango-show.

At about 11 pm, transfer to your hotel (10 min).

Overnight at your hotel in Buenos Aires. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 2 BUENOS AIRES CITY TOUR, FLIGHT TO SALTA

Morning

Discover the historical center on a guided walking tour that will take you through the emblematic Plaza de Mayo and stop for pictures in front of la Casa Rosada, the pink Presidential Palace.

Drive to San Telmo, the city's oldest neighborhood. With its many busy cafes, tango parlors, and antique shops lining the cobblestone colonial streets, it  is a neighborhood much loved by local artists and dancers.

Take time to tango around the colorful 'El Caminito' street museum, once home to Italian immigrants.

Stroll around Puerto Madero, a pioneer project for the rehabilitation of the city's old docks.

Afternoon

Transfer to the Domestic Airport (30min).

Direct flight to Salta (1 hour 40min).

Meet and greet with your private English-speaking guide.

Transfer to your hotel (15 min). 

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in Salta. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 3 SALTA CITY TOUR

Morning

Visit the city's main square and the museums and churches close by. Marvel at the beautiful colonial architecture of the city: The Cabildo (an ancient symbol of local power), the imposing Cathedral, the Church of San Francisco, the Convent of San Bernardo, and the Cerro San Bernardo. In the afternoon you will visit the quaint village of San Lorenzo located only 5 miles into the countryside.

Visit the "Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana, MAAM": this museum was created after the incredible discovery of the children of Llullaillaco. These Inca children died in a religious ritual and were found perfectly preserved by the cold at the top of the volcano Llullaillaco in 1999. 150 objects that were included in their burial were also found. Research has shown that they lived there over 500 years ago, during the height of the Inca Empire before the arrival of the Spanish.

Afternoon

Free afternoon to enjoy the city.

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in Salta.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 4 QUEBRADA DE HUMAHUACA: PAINTER'S PALETTE, TILCARA, TROPIC OF CAPRICORN

Morning

Take a trip through the Quebrada de Humahuaca (3 hours 30 min) which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2003. The Quebrada de Humahuaca is an arid area with stunning landscapes where colors and cultural wealth abound. This is a site where many pre-Columbian and colonial vestiges have stood the test of time.

Start your tour in the small town of Purmamarca to marvel at the Hill of Seven Colors, the Church, and the Artisan Market on the plaza. Pass by the Posta de Hornillos, the antique post office, and continue to the town of Tilcara to visit Pucará, a pre-Inca fortress nearby (entrance fee not included). Continue to Huacalera, where you will cross the Tropic of Capricorn and where there are great views of the colorful hill of Pollera de la Colla.

Afternoon

Visit the Church of Uquía that hosts paintings of the Arcabuceros Angels (important vestige in the area from the Cuzqueña school). Arrival to Humahuaca with its important Cathedral and the Monument to Independence (El Indio) by the sculptor Soto Avendaño. Return after lunch to observe from the route Paleta del Pintor that frames the town of Maimara.

Transfer to your hotel in Purmamarca. 

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in Purmamarca.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 5 TRANSFER TO BOLIVIA, TUPIZA

Morning

At the indicated time, transfer to the bus terminal for your trip to La Quiaca (3 hours 30 min).

Afternoon

Welcoming at the Villazon border by our Bolivian team. Followed by border procedures.

Departure to the village of Tupiza in a private vehicle (1 hour).

In the afternoon, you will visit the town's surroundings where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were believed to have died in the late 1900s.

Many stunning features like the Canyon of the Duende, the Toroyoj river, the Quebrada de Palmira, and the Valley of the Machos make it an incredible place to photograph.

Evening

Free evening in Tupiza.

Overnight at your hotel in Tupiza.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 6 ATOCHA, TRAIN CEMENTERY

Morning

Depart for Uyuni and follow the tracks of the 2014 Dakar Rally that took place in South America with several stages in Bolivia.

Passing by strikingly red hills you will get to the town of Atocha where you will have a well-deserved lunch with typical Andean flavors.

Drive to the town of Uyuni, northwest of Tupiza (4 hours 30 min).

Afternoon

Discover Uyuni’s train cemetery where several old abandoned locomotives and train cars conjure up a very unique landscape of desolation.

Transfer to your hotel in Uyuni.

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in Uyuni.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Lunch included
  • Dinner included

Day 7 UYUNI SALT FLATS, INCAHUASI ISLAND

Morning

Transfer to the small town of Colchani (15 min).

Learn about the Colchani salt cooperative and how it extracts and processes 25,000 tonnes of Uyuni salt every year (20 min).

Free time to tour the souvenir market (30 min).

Your 4x4 tour will take you to the Uyuni Salt Flats, the world's largest salt flats covering 4,086 square miles (10,582 square km) with several stops for photo opportunities along the way.

Afternoon

Drive on the Salt Flats on your way to Incahuasi Island also known as the Isla del Pescado (Fish Island).

Enjoy some free time to climb to the top of the hill and explore this strange mound covered in cactuses.

Note: Incahuasi Island may not be accessible during the wet season.

Drive across the Salt Flats on your way to the Tunupa volcano.

Drive to San Pedro de Quemes (2 hour 45 min).

Evening

Overnight at your hotel in San Pedro de Quemes. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Picnic lunch
  • Dinner included

Day 8 SAN PEDRO DE QUEMES VILLAGE, NORTH LIPEZ, PASS OF THE LION

Morning

Visit the Pueblo Quemado (Burned village). This village bears historical significance – In 1879 during the Pacific War with Chile, the Chilean military invaded Bolivia and burned all of the houses and structures in the village, coercing the survivors to flee to neighboring regions.
Depart for the Chiguana Salt Flats – Situated at 3650 meters above sea level, this deposit of salt sits near the border with Chile and is characterized by the volcanic mountain range that is visible in the distance, as well as the train tracks that run through this salt flat that connect it to the larger salt flat in Uyuni.
Visit the Mirador de Ollague: enjoy a phenomenal view of the Ollague Volcano which stands at 5868 meters above sea level. This lookout offers visitors a stunning view of the immense volcano and a seemingly face-to-face interaction with this colossal wonder of nature in the midst of the large expanse of the Lipez region.

Afternoon

Depart for the Jewels of the Andes – this region receives its name for the precious and mesmerizing lagoons dispersed throughout the terrain. Collectively ranging from 4000 and 4200 meters above sea level, these lagoons offer visitors a series of serene and dreamy landscapes that truly bring you into a different, remote, and peaceful relationship with Bolivia. Named Cañapa, Hedionda, and Chiarkhota Lagoons, these serene waters will provide a unique excursion through the beautiful and unfathomable wonders of nature.
Enjoy a picnic lunch during your excursion in the region.
Road to the Paseo del Leon (Pass of the Lion) – an ocher and beige canyon where geological formations shelter Yarita, a lime green flowering plant that is dispersed across this terrain.
Departure for your hotel located near the Siloli Desert.

Evening

Overnight at your hotel in the Siloli Desert.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Picnic lunch
  • Dinner included

Day 9 SILOLI DESERT, EDUARDO ABAROA RESERVE: RED LAGOON, DALI DESERT, GREEN LAGOON, TRANSFER TO CHILE

Morning

Depart for the Siloli Desert. Situated at 4,000 meters above sea level, this barren desert accompanied by its strong icy winds propounds a beautiful emptiness with amazing geological structures. Among these is the Stone Tree, which built from volcanic sedimentary formations and shaped by aggressive erosion, is a highlight of the desert because of its fascinating and mysterious inception.
Drive to the infamous Red Lagoon – located at an altitude of 4,278 meters above sea level, this lagoon has a unique semblance to a luminescent ruby due to the presence of red algae that feeds the 30,000 flamingos sheltered here.
Visit Sol de Mañana (Sun of Tomorrow) – Situated at about 4,850 meters above sea level, this site has an abundance of volcanic activity which includes geysers and fumaroles, a result from a gap in the planet’s crust which causes sulfurous gases to rise.
Depart onto the outer region of the Salar of Chalviri where you will be able to visit the thermal waters of Polkes. These waters offer visitors a unique opportunity to immerse their bodies in these curative waters at more than 4,000 meters above sea level.

Afternoon

After enjoying the stunning aesthetic of thermal waters and geysers, embark on a journey to the Salvador Dali Desert. This desert sits at 4,660 meters above sea level within the Valley of Dali. Because of this desert’s various red shades throughout its landscape, it has been named Salvador Dali Desert after the famous Spanish painter.
Departure to the Green Lagoon. This lagoon is situated at about 4,350 meters above sea level with a surface of 17 km².
Departure to Hito Cajon border where you will be greeted by our Chilean team, followed by custom and immigration formalities to cross the Bolivia/Chile border.

Meet your English-Speaking guide and transfer to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama (45 min).

Evening

Overnight at the hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Lunch included

Day 10 ATACAMA SALT FLATS, CHAXA LAGOON, LOS FLAMENCOS NATIONAL RESERVE: MISCANTI AND MEÑIQUES LAGOONS

Morning

Departure to the largest salt flat in Chile and the driest place on Earth, the Atacama Dessert.

Stop at the Chaxa Lagoon (1 hour).

This area is occupied by three different species of flamingos: The Andean flamingo, the Chilean flamingo, and the James's flamingo.

Free time to walk around the lagoon and see those magnificent pink birds in action (1 hour).

Drive through Los Flamencos National Reserve across the altiplano to the splendid Miscanti and Meñiques lagoons at 13,780 feet (4200 metres) above sea level.

Stop at a local restaurant for lunch before heading back towards San Pedro de Atacama.

Afternoon

Enjoy some free time to walk around Toconao, a charming village where houses were built with volcanic rock, and pop in one of the few craft shops to hunt for local treasures (30 min).

Drive back to San Pedro de Atacama (30 min).

End of the afternoon at leisure.

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Lunch included

Day 11 EL TATIO GEYSERS, MOON VALLEY

Morning

Remember to wear warm clothes, it can be extremely cold in the morning!

Early departure (approx. 5 am) to drive to El Tatio geyser field (1 hour 30 min) where the steam from the geysers is only visible in the morning.

This is the largest geyser field in the Southern Hemisphere, as well as the highest (14.170 ft - 4320m) and the third-largest in the world.

This 12-square-mile geothermic field boasts over 60 active geysers, boiling water fountains, fumaroles, hot springs, mud pools, and mud volcanoes that put on an impressive show every day of the year (2 hours).

Drive back towards San Pedro de Atacama (1 hour 30 min).

Afternoon

In the late afternoon, your private English-speaking guide will take you to the Moon Valley (30 min).

Discover this amazing desert landscape and marvel at the incredible rock patterns coated in a thin layer of salt. These unique natural formations came out of a lake gone-long and were slowly shaped by centuries of wind and water erosion.

The amazing sunset will encompass the end of your visit in warm tones that cannot be experienced anywhere else.

Transfer back to San Pedro de Atacama. 

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.

MEALS
  • Outdoor breakfast next to the geysers

Day 12 FLIGHT TO SANTIAGO, CITY TOUR

Morning

Transfer to the Calama airport (1 hour 30 min).

Direct flight to Santiago (2 hours).

Arrival at the Santiago airport, pick-up and transfer to your hotel in downtown Santiago to drop off your luggage, with your private guide and driver (20 min).

Discover Chile's capital and largest city, the cultural and political centre of the country: Santiago de Chile.

Learn about Chile's past at historically significant sites such as the Constitution Square located next to the Moneda Palace.

Set foot on other key squares in the city, such as the Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins Square, and the Plaza de Armas (Main Square).

Stop at the Central Market: a busy, colorful and traditional fish and food market.

Afternoon

Drive along Balmaceda Park and the Mapocho river to the old train station. An Eiffel-inspired building, Estación Mapochol is now a cultural center.

Drive up San Cristobal Hill (2280 ft - 690 m) for breathtaking views over the entire city.

At the end of the day, drive back to your hotel (30 min).

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in Santiago.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 13 VALPARAISO, VIÑA DEL MAR

Morning

Drive northwest (75 miles - 120 km) to the coastal cities of Viña del Mar and Valparaiso.

Relax in Viña del Mar, a picture-perfect seaside resort also known as the Garden City.

Transfer to Valparaiso (20 min). Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2003, Valparaiso is Chile’s busiest port on its central coast.

Afternoon

Ride one of the funicular tramways up the city's steep hill for extensive views of the port and beyond.

Take a leisurely stroll on one of the 45 hills to experience Valpo's street art and its bohemian and poetic atmosphere.

Drive back to Santiago (1 hour 40 min).

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in Santiago.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 14 DEPARTURE

Transfer to Santiago's airport for you to catch your international flight out of Chile.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Services

What's included

Accommodation

Nights
13 nights in 3* premium hotels

Meals

Bed & Breakfast plan
13 breakfasts + 4 lunches (including several box lunches) + 3 dinners

Transportation

4x4
Premium 4x4 for excursions from day 6 to 9
Car
Private car and driver for all visits except Tango Show (shared transfers)

Orientation

Guide
Private English-speaking guide for all visits and excursions

Entrance Fees

All entrance fees to mentioned sites

What's not included

  • Domestic Flights:
    • Buenos Aires to Salta
    • Calama to Santiago de Chile
  • Buenos Aires Tourist Tax Fee (charged by the hotel)
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra Meals
  • Drinks
  • Tips

Dates and Prices

Arrival date

Important notes

People with heart conditions are strongly advised to seek medical advice before booking. 

This tour includes many visits at sites above 10,000 ft (3000 m). To avoid altitude sickness, we strongly advise against any strong physical effort or any alcohol consumption in high-altitude places. 

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