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Northern Expedition Across Chile & Argentina – 16 Days

 Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1 – Arrival in Santiago, airport transfer to your hotel / City Tour in the afternoon
  • Day 2 – Travel from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama
  • Day 3 – Altiplanic Lagoons Tour
  • Day 4 – Tatio Geysers + Moon Valley Tour
  • Day 5 – Uyuni 4×4 Adventure (4 Days /3 Nights)
  • Day 6 – Uyuni 4×4 Adventure
  • Day 7 – Uyuni 4×4 Adventure – Sunrise at the Salt Flats
  • Day 8 – Travel back to San Pedro de Atacama
  • Day 9 – Travel by bus from San Pedro to Purmamaca (Jujuy, Argentina)
  • Day 10 – Full Day Humahuaca Gorge Tour and Serrania de Hornocal Viewpoint
  • Day 11 – Free Day in Salta
  • Day 12 – Travel from Salta to Iguazu Falls
  • Day 13 – Visit the Argentinean Falls
  • Day 14 – Visit the Brazilian Falls and travel to Buenos Aires
  • Day 15 – Buenos Aires City Tour
  • Day 16 – Transfer from your hotel to the airport

Day 1 – Welcome to Santiago & Half Day Panoramic City Tour

Upon your arrival at Santiago airport a transfer will be waiting for you to take you to the hotel.

Half Day Panoramic City Tour

At the appropriate time you will be picked up at your hotel to enjoy a panoramic city tour in Santiago. Visit the central square of the city, Plaza de Armas, Zero Kilometer as well as traditional buildings of the colonial times, such as the Metropolitan Cathedral that combines a neoclassical and Bavarian architectonic styles. Following in this context the civic neighborhood, with the ministerial buildings surrounding the government house, Palacio de la Moneda, a silent witness to the most relevant events in the Chilean republican history.

To finish the historic area, we will visit the old and stately neighborhoods of the old “high society”, an area impregnated with an exquisite variety of architectural styles, brought by mainly European immigrants, in a time of great mining and high-rise families. We will continue with an imposing panoramic view from one of the hills of the city (Cerro Santa Lucia or Metropolitan Park), where we will appreciate part of the mountain ranges that surround the city and then climb to the East, where the great architectural contrast can be seen. A contemporary and thriving city, which shows us its best face with imposing buildings of daring architectural styles that give this great city a stamp of modernity.

What’s Included: Airport transfers, half day afternoon city tour in Santiago, accommodation in Santiago.

Day 2 – Travel from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama

At the appropriate time a transfer will pick you up at your hotel to take you to the airport.

Upon your arrival in Calama airport a transfer will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama (2 hours).

What’s Included: Breakfast, airport transfers, accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 3 – Altiplanic Lagoons Tour

In this expedition we will visit: Toconao (Kunza: Lost Corner) enchants for its simplicity, calm of its people, special climate, beautiful architecture and crafts; We will visit the marginal area of ​​the Salar of Atacama known as Laguna Chaxa located in Soncor Sector, Los National Reserve Flamingos Later we take direction towards the South East (Cordillera de los Andes) to To settle in an Altiplanic Town named Socaire, we visit his Church and we know his farming. Once installed in the Andes, we go approx. at 4200 masl to meet Miscanti and Meñiques Lagoons belonging to the Los National Reserve Flamingos, is characterized by volcanoes and mountainous reliefs such as the Miscanti hill and Meñiques volcano. In addition to flamingos, species such as the Tagua Cornuda, Parinas abound Girls, El Caití, Baird Beach, Chorlo de la Puna, Pato Juarjual and La Guallata. The flora is composed mainly of Llareta and Paja Brava.

Both lagoons are born due to the underground water coming from the thaws.

What’s Included: Breakfast, full day tour to Altiplanic lagoons, accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 4 – Tatio Geysers Tour + Moon Valley

Tatio Geysers Tour (morning tour)

At 5 am you will be picked up at your hotel to start an unforgettable adventure. Make sure to bring a warm jacket, hiking boots or runners, swimming suit, towel, sun glasses, hat and sun protection.

El Tatio (from Kunza “tata-iu”), which means “The Grandfather Who Cries”, is one of the highest Geysers fields in the world (4320 mts asl) . Located in the cordon of the Andes to the NE of San Pedro de Atacama is the largest Geiser group in the southern hemisphere and the third largest in the world, after Yellowstone (USA) and Dolina Giezerow (Russia).

The maximum expression of these fumaroles begins between 06:00 and 07:00 hrs. Approx. With temperatures reaching 85 ° C. On our return it is possible to observe wildlife like vicunas, llamas, rheas, vizcachas, etc. While in the Flora the giant Cacti, llaretas, stand out, coirón, etc. In addition, we will visit the small ancestral town of Machuca its few inhabitants they are mainly engaged in grazing and cheese production, very close to the place is the Laguna Salada where families of flamingos, ducks and seagulls live with an imposing landscape of beauty.

Around 12:30 you will be back in San Pedro de Atacama. You can go back to the hotel or stay in the city center to have lunch until the time for the Moon Valley Tour in the afternoon.

Moon Valley Tour (afternoon tour)

It is a desert landscape, a geomorphological wonder. Our ancestors called it Las Salinas today known worldwide as Valle de la Luna, surrounded by a set of landscapes of incomparable beauty and that resemble a fragment of the lunar landscape to which it owes its name. In 1982 was declared a Nature Sanctuary and is part of the Los Flamencos National Reserve in this place you can observe a geological show of great interest especially at dawn and sunset.

During your visit you can contemplate: Quebrada de Ckari, the famous natural formation known for our ancestors like The Three Watchers today called The Three Marys, Dune Major; majestic body of sand and viewpoints like; Quebrada Honda where the famous is located Coyote Stone.

What’s Included: Breakfast, morning half day tour to Tatio Geysers, afternoon half day tour to Moon Valley, accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 5 – Uyuni 4×4 Adventure (3 Days /2 Nights)

Today you will start the 3 day adventure in the stunning landscapes between the Salar de Uyuni and the Atacama Desert (Chile). It is a fantastic and different experience from anything you might have seen before.

You will be going into the Bolivian salt flats, with the contrasting blue sky against the background of the mountains, volcanoes and geysers.

You will be pick up from your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama, to make chilean migration at customs, then we start driving to Hito Cajon (Chile and Bolivia border). After entering into Bolivian territory we will enjoy breakfast. Now the adventure begins! We will visit the White Lagoon, Green Lagoon, located at the base of Licancabur Volcano. We will continue driving north until reaching Salvador Dali Desert. Polques Hot Springs will be our next stop, with Geysers of Morning Sun, at 5000 meters. Then, we will reach the spectacular Red Lagoon where you can appreciate thousands of flamingos.

We will spend a unique night at a hotel of the Community Mallku Villa Mar (3500 MAMSL).

What’s Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation in Villa Mar.

Day 6 – Uyuni 4×4 Adventure overnight at Salt Hotel

After breakfast we will continue the adventure to visit authentic cave paintings in the Valley of the Rocks, where you can see formations like Los City Italy, World Cup, Camel, and many more! The Black Lagoon will be our next stop were you will see lots of wildlife like Tawas altiplánica or geese, or Catal Lagoon (Laguna Misteriosa), Canyon Catal.  After lunch we will visit Agua Dulce Waterfall Viewpoint, a valley inhabited by many highland communities. These communities are engaged in raising Andean animals such as llamas and alpacas. Our day will end with the arrival at the community of Villa Candelaria Salt Hotel.

What’s Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation in Villa Candelaria.

Day 7 – Uyuni 4×4 Adventure – Sunrise at the Salt Flats

Early in the morning (around 5 am) we will continue our adventure to Incahuasi Island and enjoy the sunrise at Uyuni Salt Flat. Today we will visit a completely built of salt blocks (Hotel Playa Blanca), Salt Flat Eyes, Salt Montoneras Hotel, until reaching the Community of Colchani where we will learn about the traditional process of salt consumed throughout Bolivia. After lunc our last stop of the day will be the Train Cemetery, arriving Uyuni in the afternoon. We will continue to Villa Mar to spend the night.

What’s Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, accommodation in Villa Mar.

Day 8 – Back to San Pedro de Atacama

Once again, early in the morning (around 5 am) we will start heading back to San Pedro de Atacama. We will have breakfast at Laguna Blanca Shelter and then continue our way to visit Hito Cajón. After passing by Bolivia and Chile immigration offices, we will arrive into San Pedro de Atacama around noon.

What’s Included: breakfast, accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 9 – Travel by bus from San Pedro to Purmamaca (Jujuy, Argentina)

What’s Included: breakfast, accommodation in Purmamarca.

Day 10 – Full Day Humahuaca Gorge Tour and Serrania de Hornocal Viewpoint

After enjoying breakfast surrunded by Purmamarca’s colorful mountains, be ready to enjoy the charming towns along Huamhuaca Gorge (Tilcara with Pucara ruins and Humahuaca) and full experience the local culture. You will then continue to visit one of the most beatiful formations of the area, Serrania de Hornoal. This unique geological formation scenary off the beaten track display an stuning range of colors in streaked “v” shapes, creating a memorable visual effect perfect to take great pictures!

Return to Salta in the afternoon.

On your last night, we recommend going to a traditional peña and enjoy tasteful local dishes whit truly local folklore singers.

What’s Included: Breakfast, full day tour to Humahuaca Gorge and Serrania de Hornocal, accommodation in Salta.

Day 11 – Free Day in Salta

Today you will have a free day to explore the city at your own peace.

What’s Included: Breakfast, accommodation in Salta.

Day 12 – Travel from Salta to Iguazu Falls

At the appropiate time a transfer will pick you up at the hotel to take you Salta’s airport.

Upor your arrival to Iguazu airport, you will be transfered to your hotel.

What’s Included: Breakfast, airport transfers.

Day 13 – Visit the Argentinean Falls

Be ready to take out one of the New Seven Natural Wonders out of your bucket list today! Get your comfy walking shoes and have a good breakfast to explore the different panoramic balconies of the Argentinean Falls. A ride on the Eco train will take you closer to the Devil’s Throught. Be amazed by nature’s unrelenting force, you probably would never thought how water could be so majestic!
Bring your swimming suit or extra clothes if you are willing to take the optional Great Adventure Navigation, admire the impressive waterfalls up close and prepare to end up soaked!

What’s Included: Breakfast, full day tour, accommodation in Puerto Iguazu.
Optional: Great Adventure Navigation.

Day 14 – Visit the Brazilian Falls and travel to Buenos Aires

Be ready for a new stamp in your passport, today you will cross the border with Brazil to complete your visit to the falls from a different perspective. Enjoy a 3 hours tour to stroll the different walkways while feeling like you are inside the waterfall by the mist on your skin.
After the tour you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Buenos Aires.

Upor your arrival in Buenos Aires you will be transferred to your hotel.

What’s Included: Breakfast, half day tour, airport transfer.

Day 15 – Buenos Aires City Tour

After breakfast get ready to discover Argentina’s charming capital city by traveling by bus and subway like a real Porteño! Meet the heart of the city in the Obelisco, on 9 de Julio Avenue and immerse yourself in the political history of the country by walking around Plaza de Mayo. Recoleta Cementery and Teatro Colon are some of the gems you can find by exploring this south American city with European style. Visit San Telmo Markets and colorful Caminito in La Boca to encounter yourself with local’s passionate heart for tango and football.
You will be able to customize your itinerary according to your interests.

What’s Included: Breakfast, half day city tour by public transport, accommodation in Buenos Aires.
Optional: Replace the city tour in public transport for a private vehicle or explore the city in a skooter!

Day 16 – Good Bye Buenos Aires!

At the appropriate time your transfer will pick you up at the hotel to go to the international airport and return home or continue your adventure!

What’s Included: Breakfast, airport transfer.
Optional: Half Day Tigre Tour in the morning.

This trip is customizable according to your preferences.
The starting price is per person based on travel for a minimum of two travelers staying in standard accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates. Single supplement available on request.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 1 Night of accommodation in Santiago
  • 4 Nights of accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama
  • 3 Nights of accommodation during the 4×4 Adventure to Uyuni
  • 1 Night of accommodation in Purmamarca
  • 2 Nights of accommodation in Salta
  • 2 Nights of accommodation in Puerto Iguazú
  • 2 Nights of accommodation in Buenos Aires
  • Breakfast
  • Full Board during the 4×4 Adventure to Uyuni
  • Airport transportation
  • Full Day tour to Atacama Salt Flats and Altiplanic Lagoons
  • Half Day morning tour to Tatyo Geysers
  • Half Day afternoon to tou Moon Valley
  • Bus from San Pedro de Atacama to Salta
  • Full Day Humahuaca Gorge Tour and Serrania de Hornocal Viewpoint
  • Argentinean Falls Full Day Tour
  • Brazilan Falls Half Day Tour
  • Buenos Aires Half Day Private City Tour by Public Transport
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24×7 support during your trip.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • International and Domestic Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Optional activities suggested on the itinerary
  • Meals unless specified
  • Entry tickets to National Parks
  • Local Taxes

Important information
Know before you go

  • An identity card is needed in the form of an ID. If not a citizen of Argentina, a passport with a Brazilian Visa is needed according to International Agreements currently enforced
  • It is the passengers’ responsibility to determine if a Visa is needed and to obtain it
  • This is a shared tour that takes place in groups of up to 20 people. Travel by car, van, or bus, depending on group size

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