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Lima to Buenos Aires: Deserts & Dancing - Lares Trek 2020 (from 2020)

Lima to Buenos Aires: Deserts & Dancing - Lares Trek 2020 (from 2020)

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From 3499 EUR
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Duration
35 days
Starts in
Lima
Ends in
Buenos Aires
Group size
Max 18, avg 14.
Travel type
18-to-Thirtysomethings
South America rewards those willing to explore. Consider this epic adventure: beginning in Lima and ending in Buenos Aires, it's 35-full days of fun. You'll hike the Inca Trail, cross the Salt Flats of Bolivia by 4x4, and feel like a sophisticate sipping wine in Argentina. Along the way, you'll engage with local cultures with a small group of other young travellers to back you up. For those willing to invest their time, this trip offers big returns in adventure.
Itinerary

Lima to Buenos Aires: Deserts & Dancing - Lares Trek 2020 (from 2020)

Day 1 - Lima

Arrive at any time. Get to know your group tonight as you head out to one of the many bars and restaurants in the bohemian neighbourhood of Barranco. Enjoy a local craft beer with your fellow travellers as you get excited for the adventure to come. Arrive at any time. There are no planned activities, so check into the hotel and enjoy the city.

Day 2 - Lima/Huacachina

Travel along Peru's breathtaking coast to the oasis of Huacachina where you can sandboard on the desert dunes while watching the sun go down.

Day 3 - Huacachina/Nazca

Wake up and make the most of your time in Huacachina before your adventure continues on to Nazca. There is time in the morning for an optional excursion to the Ballestas Islands, home to a lively colony of sea lions, pelicans, and other varieties of birds. Later, catch a bus to Nazca. Stop along the way at a Pisco winery and try the country's national drink!

Day 4 - Nazca/Arequipa

Choose to soar over the iconic Nazca Lines today with a pre-bookable flight, or take a tour of the Nazca Desert Cemetery and Potter's Studio. Tonight, catch some z's on an overnight bus to Arequipa.

Day 5 - Arequipa

Welcome to Arequipa! Take the day to explore what is known as the 'white city.' If you're into history and architecture, visit the Santa Catalina Monastery, where you'll get a unique glimpse into a bygone way of life. For spicy food lovers, visiting one of the 'picanterias' is a must. Satisfy your craving with a variety of local regional foods: alpaca, shrimp, pork, lots of soups, and spicy sauces.

Day 6 - Arequipa/Colca Canyon

Enjoy a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley and venture to the impressive Colca Canyon ?? one of the deepest canyons in the world ?? on an overnight excursion. With a little luck, you'll spot some unusual Andean animals such as vicunas, and alpacas. Give your body some much needed relaxation by taking an optional dip in the the hot springs.

Day 7 - Colca Canyon/Arequipa

Get an early start to be on the look out for condors. Travel from Chivay town to a condor viewpoint to get a glimpse of these magnificent birds in the air. On the way back, stop in local villages, and see old terraces. Later, head out for a drink in the Calle Zela area – restaurant, bar, or club, there's something for everyone!

Day 8 - Arequipa/Cusco

Explore Arequipa – take a city tour if you want or check out a monastery or museum. Later, sit back and relax on an overnight bus to Cusco.

Day 9 - Cusco

Explore the city on your own today or choose from a variety of activities that will help you discover the magic of Cusco. You can go horseback riding or whitewater rafting, or choose to take a half-day tour of the city. Or, pre-book the Cusco cooking class if you want to learn to prepare local specialties!

Day 10 - Cusco

Today is another free day to explore all that Cusco has to offer. Go horseback riding, mountain biking, or whitewater rafting. Too wiped out from the trek? Take it easy with a visit to the Inka Museum. Opt to visit and hike the famed Rainbow Mountain, pre-book on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.

Day 11 - Cusco/Ollantaytambo

Head into the Sacred Valley today to visit the G-Adventures supported women's weaving co-op in the Ccaccaccollo community. Learn about weaving, and meet the adorable resident llamas. If you see a knitted item you like, buy it ?? a perfect keepsake from your journey. Stop and sample some craft beer at a brewery on your way to Ollantaytambo.

Day 12 - Ollantaytambo/Cuncani

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to Lares town where your hike begins! Spend the first night in a G Adventures-supported campsite in Cuncani. The Lares Trek is a scenic, less touristic route to hike through the Andes. It is one day shorter than the Inca Trail but higher in elevation. Enjoy G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Lares Trek.

Day 13 - Cuncani/Kuyoc

Wake up and get an early start today to hike from the foothills of Sicllaccasa Mountain to its high pass (4,750m/15,583 ft), providing scenic views of lagoons and the snow-capped Chicon Mountain. Celebrate after reaching the highest point by making an offering of coca leaves to the Andean gods. After the morning hike, stop to rest and take in the amazing view. Continue hiking downhill to our second campsite near the stream for the night.

Day 14 - Kuyoc/Aguas Calientes

Enjoy the last few hours of hiking before travelling by van to Ollantaytambo and train to Aguas Calientes to enjoy a good night's rest at your hotel.

Day 15 - Aguas Calientes/Cusco

Enjoy a guided visit to Machu Picchu. Later, travel back to Cusco. Tonight, dance the night away at a popular night club.

Day 16 - Cusco

Today is another free day to explore all that Cusco has to offer. Go horseback riding, mountain biking, or whitewater rafting. Too wiped out from the trek? Take it easy with a visit to the Inka Museum.

Day 17 - Cusco/Puno

Sit back, relax, and soak in the impressive views as you travel by bus through the Altiplano on your way to Puno on Lake Titicaca.

Day 18 - Puno/Lake Titicaca

This morning, you will board a boat on Lake Titicaca and head to Taquile Island. Opt to have lunch in a local restaurant and shop in the afternoon at the local weaving cooperatives. Later, cruise to another village for an overnight homestay to live like a local on the shores of the lake. Learn more about rural life in the Peruvian highlands and create unforgettable memories with the family and fellow travellers.

Day 19 - Lake Titicaca/Puno

Say goodbye to your homestay family and stop at the Uros Islands on your way back to Puno. If you want, you can check out the spectacular chullpas (funerary towers) of Sillustani, a pre-Inca archaeological site. Or kayak on Lake Titicaca.

Day 20 - Puno/La Paz

Today, enjoy a full-day drive around the picturesque lake and through the Altiplano to La Paz. Cross over into Bolivia and catch your breath before a night out in the highest city of the trip. Check out the area of Sopocachi for cool bohemian vibes.

Day 21 - La Paz

If you didn't have time yesterday to do everything you wanted in La Paz ?? no worries! Today is another day to explore the city as you wish. If you're an adrenaline junkie, make sure to experience the Death Road Biking Adventure.

Day 22 - La Paz/Sucre

Get to know La Paz with a free day to wander through the city's winding streets and vibrant markets before boarding a night bus to Sucre.

Day 23 - Sucre

Discover the beauty of Sucre, known as Bolivia's "White City" at your own pace with a free day to explore. Set in a valley surrounded by mountains, you can choose to go hiking or mountain biking to admire this city from a different point of view.

Day 24 - Sucre

One day in Sucre isn't enough, so take another free day to explore! Try optional activities such as hiking, mountain biking, a visit to the Textile Cooperative, or get up close and personal with real dinosaur tracks.

Day 25 - Sucre/Potosi

Venture south to Potosi, the highest city of its size in the world. Staying in the Bolivian highlands, we travel south to the city of Potosi. The highest city of its size in the world, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has had a tumultuous history as a silver mining centre during colonial times.

Day 26 - Potosi

Wake up, get out, and explore Potosi. Meander the streets, stop at the market and meet some locals!

Day 27 - Potosi/Uyuni

It's off to Uyuni today. Breathe in the beautiful scenery while relaxing in a private vehicle. Take it easy today because your next adventure is right around the corner!

Day 28 - Uyuni/Salt Flats and Desert Crossing

Embark on a three-day 4x4 excursion to the Salar de Uyuni. Get your camera ready because the endless white of the salt flats creates the perfect backdrop for mindbending photo ops. Take a guided walking tour to the top of the sacred Jukil mountaintop for sweeping valley views and a dinner prepared with local ingredients by local ladies. Settle in to your G Adventures-supported community salt-brick bungalow ?? complete with salt floors and salt furniture.

Day 29 - Salt Flats and Desert Crossing

Continue crossing the desert today, admiring the scenery while passing red and blue lagoons and intriguing rock formations along the route. Keep an eye out and you might spot wild llamas, alpacas, and even flamingos deep within the desert.

Day 30 - Salt Flats and Desert Crossing /San Pedro de Atacama

Get a head start on your day by rising early to cover more ground on your journey through the unique landscape of the Salar de Uyuni. Soak in the views of unimaginable scenery including volcanoes and salt lakes. Travel to the border then kick back and relax on your descent by bus to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Day 31 - San Pedro de Atacama

Today is full of possibilities. Explore San Pedro de Atacama on a mountain bike, cruise down the dunes on a sandboard, or chill out in the hot springs. Or visit the Valley of the Moon, an area on Earth that resembles the moon's surface. (How cool is that?)

Day 32 - San Pedro de Atacama/Salta

Say "Adios!" to Chile because you're heading to Argentina today. Relax on the bus en route to Salta, home to empanadas saltenas??and no visit to the town is complete without trying them! Unwind at the hotel or liven it up with a visit to a Pena Folklore show to dance the night away and sip delicious Argentine red wine.

Day 33 - Salta

Tantalize your tastebuds with the local cuisine today as you explore freely. Choose to saddle up and admire the scenery on horseback. Or, if you'd prefer, take a visit to the town of Cafayate to roam vineyards and sample some of the white wine produced at insanely high altitudes.

Day 34 - Salta/Buenos Aires

Skip the long bus journey with a quick flight to Buenos Aires. Spend the afternoon exploring the city. Cruise around on a bike with a local or dine on a traditional Argentine meal while experiencing the art of the tango.

Day 35 - Buenos Aires

Depart at any time. Consider booking post-tour accommodation to further explore fascinating Buenos Aires.
Summary

What’s included?

Accommodation

Simple hotels (21 nts), hostels (5 nts, multi-share), overnight buses (3 nts), camping (2 nts), homestay (1 nt), G Adventures-supported community lodge/basic hotels on Salar de Uyuni excursion (2 nts, multi-share).

Local transport

Public bus, train, hiking, plane, 4WD truck.

Meals

Meals Included: 26 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
Meals Budget: Allow USD725-945 for meals not included.

Please be aware

Lima
- Lima Cooking Class (4hrs) (79USD per person)
- Lima Biking Culinary Tour - Bike & Bite (75USD per person)
- Magic Circuit of Water and Tapas Night (68USD per person)
- Barranco Bohemian Neighbourhood Tour (45USD per person)
- Lima City Tour (65-85USD per person)

Pachacamac
- Pachacamac and Paso Horse Show (98USD per person)

Nazca
- Nazca Desert Cemetery and Potter's Studio Guided Tour (80PEN per person)
- Flight over Nazca Lines

Arequipa
- Juanita Museum (60PEN per person)
- Arequipa City Tour
- Santa Catalina Monastery Visit (60PEN per person)
- Arequipa City and Area Panoramic Bus Tour (20USD per person)

Chivay
- Hot Springs (15PEN per person)

Cusco
- La Merced Visit
- Cusco City Tour (45PEN per person)
- Inka Museum (10PEN per person)
- Cusco Tourist Ticket (130PEN per person)
- Cusco Cooking Class
- Rainbow Mountain Hike - Full-day Trip

Urubamba
- **Whitewater Rafting Urubamba (165PEN per person)

Puno
- Sillustani Burial Towers Entrance (45PEN per person)

Lake Titicaca
- Lake Titicaca Kayaking

La Paz
- Valley of the Moon Tour (150BOB per person)
- Witches' Market Visit
- La Paz City Tour (90BOB per person)
- Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
- Death Road Biking Adventure

Sucre
- Hiking
- Mountain Biking
- Sunday Tarabuco Market (40BOB per person)
- Sucre Dinosaur Tracks Excursion

Potosí
- Silver Mine Tour (150BOB per person)

San Pedro de Atacama
- Valley of the Moon Visit (15000CLP per person)
- Sandboarding (17000CLP per person)
- Mountain Biking (1500-5000CLP per person)
- Observatory Tour (20000CLP per person)
- San Pedro de Atacama Hot Springs (10000CLP per person)

Salta
- Peña Folklore Show (400ARS per person)
- Quebrada de las Conchas
- Horseback Riding and BBQ (4000ARS per person)
- Cafayate Full Day Tour (1250ARS per person)
- Museum of High Altitude Archeology (200ARS per person)

Buenos Aires
- Teatro Colón Tour (800ARS per person)
- Buenos Aires Bike Tour
- Tango Dinner Show
- Buenos Aires Guided City Tour
- La Boca Neighbourhood Visit (300-400ARS per group)

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