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Altiplano & Gaucho Wanderer

Altiplano & Gaucho Wanderer

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Duration
21
Starts in
Buenos Aires
Ends in
La Paz
Group size
Approx. 22.
Since the first trip back in 1981, Dragoman has been at the forefront of overland vacations, taking people on unique, off the beaten track adventures in their iconic custom-made orange trucks. Dragoman make it a whole lot easier to get off the tarmac and to take the road less-travelled be it a short trip or an epic journey. It is this ability to go beyond the traditional tourist tails on a life changing overland journey that attracts people from all over the world ranging in age from 18 to 80!. Now as much as we love the highlights of the places we visit, it is often the journey where the real magic happens. Be it the the small village stop in Benin, trying to spot Jaguars in the dense Amazonian jungle of Guyana or staying with the nomadic people of Mongolia. Our balanced itineraries give you the chance to get under the skin of the country and get a true insight into the local culture. Start your overlanding adventure and become part of the family.
Itinerary

Altiplano & Gaucho Wanderer

Day 1 Buenos Aires

Border information: if you are joining in Buenos Aires, you will most likely enter Argentina at Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport, also commonly known as Ezeiza Airport (IATA code: BUE/EZE). Welcome to Buenos Aires, the wonderful capital of Argentina! There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Buenos Aires before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Buenos Aires. In Buenos Aires we will stay in a centrally-located hotel.
Activities(Optional)
Explore cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, the coolest city in South America - Cost: ARS 250
Head out to an tango show in Buenos Aires' oldest cafe, the Gran Cafe Tortoni - seeing a slice of iconic Argentine culture in an ideal and intimate setting - Cost: ARS 450
Enjoy a free city tour of Buenos Aires - Cost: USD
Visit the strangely beautiful cemetery of Recoleta, the final resting place of many ex-presidents and Argentine icons, most famously including the tomb of Eva Peron - Cost: ARS
Try your hand at the art of tango dancing with a private lesson in Buenos Aires - Cost: USD 25
Freely explore the cosmopolitan Argentina capital of Buenos Aires, or take a free walking tour of the city's highlights - Cost: ARS
See a different side to Buenos Aires on a tour of its incredible street art with some of the local artists - Cost: USD 20
Learn all about the cuisine of Argentina on a food tour of Buenos Aires, visiting several incredible local top-class eateries that you won't find in the guidebooks! - Cost: USD 85
Try some of Argentina's most delicious wines on a top-level wine tasting afternoon in Buenos Aires - Cost: USD 52

Day 2 Buenos Aires

Today we have a free day to enjoy the sights of Buenos Aires, soak up the atmosphere of its streets, and discover its amazing culture, art, and music.

Day 3 Cordoba

Today we will have a full day drive to the lively university city of Córdoba. In Córdoba we will stay in a hostel close to the city centre. Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Day 4 to 6 Estancia

Today we will have a free morning to explore Córdoba, before driving to a unique Anglo-Argentine Estancia after lunch, where we will stay for 3 nights. Estimated Drive Time - 1-2 hours. During our time at the Estancia, we will head out horseback riding, taste the excellent wines produced by their vineyards, be entertained by a local musician, learn some of the skills of the gauchos, and enjoy a traditional asado (Argentine BBQ). This is a magical experience in a beautiful and atmospheric location, and many people's highlight of the trip! Please note that some of these activities are subject to weather conditions. Please also note that there is a strict weight limit of 15 stone (210lbs) or 95kg to partake in the horse riding - if you should weigh more than this, then unfortunately you will not be able to participate in the horseback riding. At the Estancia we will camp with facilities in the grounds near the main house.
Activities(Included)
Spend 3 unique days at an Anglo-Argentinian estancia to experience the Gaucho way of life

Day 7 Tafi Del Valle

Today we will drive north across the lush flat pampas and start climbing into the drier mountains, stopping near the town of Tafí del Valle, near the ancient ruins of the indigenous city of Quilmes.  Tonight we will camp in a basic campsite near the town of Tafí del Valle. Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.
Activities(Included)
Visit the Quilmes ruins

Day 8 Cafayate

Today we will have an included visit to the Quilmes Ruins en route, then arrive in the serene town of Cafayate. This small, unassuming town is the centre of one of Argentina's principal wine producing regions, famous for the quality of its Torrentes and Tannat wines! We will have the opportunity to go to a few of the vineyards nearby to see how the wine is made, and of course to try them! In Cafayate we stay at a campsite with good facilities. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.
Activities(Optional)
Discover the bodegas and stock up on wine in Cafayate - Cost: ARS 150
Visit the impressive rock formations of 'El Amphiteatro' and 'La Garganta del Diablo' en route through the primeval landscape of the Quebrada de las Conchas - Cost: USD

Day 9 Salta

Today we will drive through the spectacular rock formations of the Quebrada de las Conchas, and reach our campsite in Cabra Corral, a small village south of Salta where we have the opportunity to go rafting or zip-lining! Tonight we will camp at the rafting base in Cabra Corral. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.
Activities(Optional)
Fly through the stunning valleys above the Juramento river on an exciting 4-cable zip-lining course - Cost: ARS 750
Get the adrenaline pumping with some white water rafting in Salta - Cost: ARS 950

Day 10 to 11 Salta

Today we will have a short drive to the beautiful town of Salta, with a free afternoon to explore upon arrival. Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours. On the following day, we will have a free day to explore the town of Salta, visit its many museums, or explore the beautiful surrounding hills on foot or by mountain bike. We will also have the chance to take the cable car to the viewpoint on San Bernardo Hill overlooking the town, or take the famous 'Train to the Clouds' through some of the incredible mountain scenery nearby. In Salta we will stay in a local hotel or guesthouse.
Activities(Optional)
Time to explore the colonial city of Salta and local area - Cost: ARS 40
Take the cable car up to the top of San Bernardo Hill, and take in the breathtaking views out over the city of Salta below - Cost: ARS 200
Explore the beautiful mountains and forests near Salta on a mountain biking trip - Cost: ARS 1300

Day 12 Purmamarca

Today we will have some more free time in Salta before heading up to the small village of Purmamarca, at the base of the aptly-named 'Hill of the Seven Colours' In Purmamarca we will camp at a local campsite. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Day 13 to 14 San Pedro De Atacama

Border information: Exit Argentina at Paso Jama, enter Chile at Paso Jama. Today we will have a long drive day to cross the mighty Andes, cross the border into Chile, and then descend all the way into the Atacama desert. Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours. On the following day we will have a free day to explore the incredible highlights of the Atacama desert surrounding San Pedro. In the evening we will take an included trip out to the extraordinary Moon Valley, where we will hopefully see an incredible sunset. At night we will also have the chance to go stargazing, in one of the world's premier regions for astronomy (please note that this is only possible when there is not a full moon). In San Pedro de Atacama we will stay in a centrally located hostel.
Activities(Included)
Explore the dramatic landscape of the Moon Valley

Activities(Optional)
Observe the night skies at a Chilean observatory - Cost: CLP 20000
Experience the incredible El Tatio geysers in the mountains high above the Atacama Desert - Cost: CLP 30000
Hire a bike to explore the incredible deserts surrounding San Pedro de Atacama at your own pace - Cost: CLP 5000
Discover the incredible deserts of San Pedro on horseback - Cost: CLP 13500
Visit the incredible salt plains of the Salar de Atacama, and take a swim in the salty pools of Laguna Cejar - Cost: CLP 15000
Head out for an exciting sand-boarding excursion in the sand dunes of the Atacama Desert - Cost: USD 30
Discover some of the interesting ancient ruins near San Pedro, and the artifacts found in the area, on an archaeological tour - Cost: CLP 25000
Relax in the blissful natural volcanic hot springs of Puritama, in the hills above San Pedro - Cost: CLP 15000
Take a tour of the stunning Lagunas Altiplánicas, backdropped by the incredible deserts and volcanic scenery of the region - Cost: CLP 35000

Day 15 Bolivian Altiplano

Border information: Exit Chile at San Pedro de Atacama, enter Bolivia at Portezuelo del Cajón. Today we will climb back up into the deserts and cross the Bolivian border into the wilds of the Bolivian altiplano, a surreal and desolate desert landscape that stretches all the way to the town of Uyuni. We will visit the spectacular coloured lakes of Laguna Colorado and Laguna Verde en route. In the Bolivian Altiplano we will stay in a basic mountain refuge. Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.
Activities(Included)
Take the epic journey across the Altiplano - an incredible high-altitude, off-road adventure through a surreal desert landscape, taking in bizarre rock formations, geysirs, and phenomenal coloured lakes.

Day 16 Uyuni

Today we will have an early start to complete our epic crossing of the Bolivian altiplano, and reach the town of Uyuni, the gateway to the incredible salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni. In Uyuni we will stay in a friendly hotel, famous for serving the highest pizzas in the world! Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Day 17 Salar De Uyuni

Today we will venture out onto the salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni, spending a full day exploring this phenomenal location by jeep and on foot. En route we will explore the nearby train graveyard and the cactus-filled 'Fish Island', and take all the time we need to get plenty of perspective-bending photographs!
Activities(Included)
Take jeeps out onto the dazzling Uyuni Salt Flats

Day 18 Potosi

Today we will head to the colonial mining town of Potosí, the highest town in the world, and once famous for the area's abundance of silver! This afternoon there will be a chance to visit the infamous silver mines of Cerro Rico near to the town. In Potosí we will stay in a friendly local hotel. Estimated Drive time - 4hrs

Day 19 to 20 La Paz

Today we will drive north to La Paz, Bolivia’s seat of government and the highest administrative capital in the world! Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours. On the following day we will have a free day to independently explore the fascinating city and take part in some optional activities. In La Paz we will stay in a good hotel in the historical centre.
Activities(Optional)
Free time to explore the vibrant city of La Paz - Cost: USD
Downhill "gravity assisted" mountain biking from La Paz to Coroico - Cost: USD 125
Guided tour to explore Tiahuanacu Inca Ruins - Cost: BOB 220
Take a trip out to the mountain resort of Chacaltaya and the other-worldly landscape of the Moon Valley near La Paz - Cost: BOB 130
Take a guided tour of the main sights and viewpoints around La Paz - Cost: BOB 150
Discover Bolivia's history, art, and culture in some of La Paz's many museums such as the San Francisco Museum and the Museum of Ethnography - Cost: BOB 20

Day 21 La Paz

Border information: if you are finishing in La Paz, you will most likely exit Bolivia at La Paz El Alto International Airport (IATA code: LPB). Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in La Paz. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.
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Altiplano & Gaucho Wanderer

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