Buenos Aires to La Paz: Salt Flats & Sand Dunes

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Overview

Breathe in the mountain air of La Paz and dance in the tango milongas of Buenos Aires on a two-week adventure. Connecting the Atlantic to the Andes, you'll journey across the surreal landscapes of the Atacama Desert and the Salar de Uyuni. Feel like a sophisticate as you sip wine in Buenos Aires and pull back the curtain on the centre of the continent. Best of all, you'll do it in the company of other fun, young travellers. Don't choose between inspiring wilderness and urban sophistication – do it all.

Itinerary

Day 1: Buenos Aires

Arrive at any time. Soak in the energy of the bustling and trendy "Paris of the Americas" before mingling with your fellow travellers, and get excited for the adventures to come with a few drinks at the hostel.

Day 2: Buenos Aires/Salta

Skip a long bus ride and board a plane for a quick flight to Salta. Unwind at the hotel or liven it up with a visit to a Peña Folklore show to dance the night away and sip delicious Argentine red wine. Remember, no visit to Salta is complete without trying the local specialty — empanadas salteñas.

Day 3: 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.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 4: Salta/San Pedro de Atacama

Say "Adios!" to Argentina, because you're off to Chile today to a little town on the edge of the Atacama desert, the driest place on earth.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 5: San Pedro de Atacama

You will be amazed at everything you can do today. Explore San Pedro de Atacama on a mountain bike, cruise down the dunes on a sandboard, or chill out in the hot springs with your friends and fellow travel squad. Or visit the Valley of the Moon, an area on Earth that resembles the moon's surface. (How cool is that?)

Day 6: San Pedro de Atacama/ Salt Flats and Desert Crossing

Ascend by bus into the mountains and cross into Bolivia for a three-day 4x4 excursion to the Salar de Uyuni and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery. Today you will be crossing the varied landscape of the desert, stopping off at colourful lagoons along the way.

Includes: Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: 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. Arrive at your home for the night — a G Adventures-supported community lodge in the heart of a desert oasis.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Salt Flats and Desert Crossing /Uyuni

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.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 9: Uyuni/Potosí

Travel north to visit one of the highest cities in the world. On arrival spot the looming mountain of Cerro Rico, a working silver mine.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 10: Potosí

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

Includes: Breakfast

Day 11: Potosí/Sucre

Venture north to the beautiful colonial city of Sucre.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 12: 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.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 13: Sucre/La Paz

One day in Sucre isn't enough, so take another free day to explore before winding down on an overnight bus to La Paz.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 14: La Paz

Hope you got some rest on the bus because the vibrant city of La Paz awaits. After getting settled, head out to experience this high altitude city. Take a tour of the Valley of the Moon, check out the Witches' Market, or visit the nearby Tiahuanaco Ruins.

Day 15: La Paz

Depart at any time.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 1: Buenos Aires

Arrive at any time.

Day 2: Buenos Aires/Salta

Skip a long bus ride with an included flight to Salta.

Day 3: Salta

Explore the city and enjoy the local cuisine. Opt to take a trip through the scenic Quebrada de las Conchas to Cafayate, or visit the High Mountain Archaeological Museum.

Enjoy free time to explore the area. The scenic Quebrada de las Conchas and Cafayate, famed for its wine and vineyards, are recommended stops. The multi-coloured valleys in the foothills region of the Andes are sure to be a highlight.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 4: Salta/San Pedro de Atacama

Travel over the border and into Chile.

In the morning, take a bus further north to the dry desert regions of Argentina and Chile. Stop in the little town of San Pedro de Atacama, on the edge of the Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 5: San Pedro de Atacama

Opt to try out sandboarding, go mountain biking, or visit the Valley of the Moon.

Day 6: San Pedro de Atacama/ Salt Flats and Desert Crossing

Ascend by bus into the mountains and cross into Bolivia for a three-day 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert Altiplano with spectacular scenery. Stay in simple hotels upgraded with solar panels to provide electricity and hot water.

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.

Includes: Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Salt Flats and Desert Crossing

Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion. Admire the spectacular scenery while passing red and blue lagoons along the route. Spot wild llamas, alpacas and even flamingos deep within the desert.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Salt Flats and Desert Crossing /Uyuni

Rise early to cover more of the unique landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats. Continue to see incredible scenery, including volcanoes, and salt lakes.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 9: Uyuni/Potosí

Travel north to visit one of the highest cities in the world. On arrival spot the looming mountain of Cerro Rico, a working silver mine.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 10: Potosí

Get out and explore Potosí and wander through the streets of the city.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 11: Potosí/Sucre

Travel north to the beautiful colonial city of Sucre.

Travel north to Sucre. Tackle the city as there is a lot to offer during our two days here. Optional activities include a visit to an old tin baron’s mansion and a textile cooperative, mountain biking, and hiking.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 12: Sucre

Free time to explore the beautiful colonial city of Sucre. For more active options opt to go hiking in the surrounding area or mountain biking.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 13: Sucre/La Paz

Enjoy a free day in Sucre before an overnight bus to La Paz.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 14: La Paz

Enjoy free time to explore the markets and winding streets of this high altitude city.

Wake up from the overnight bus ride, get settled, and have the day to check out the city of La Paz.

Optional activities in La Paz include a pre booked Death Road biking adventure, museum visits, a tour of the Valley of the Moon, or a visit to the world’s highest ski resort, Chacaltaya (5600m/18,368 ft).

Day 15: La Paz

Depart at any time.

Includes: Breakfast

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