Spend 16 days discovering the northern deserts of Chile and Argentina, exploring the other-worldly salt flats of Bolivia, and wandering the streets of two of South America’s most exciting cities―Santiago and Buenos Aires.
From vibrant and metropolitan Buenos Aires, to the barren and breathtaking Uyuni Salt Flats, make the most of your South American adventure. Experience the best of Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia on this action-packed 16-day tour. Watch sunset over the salt and clay landscape of Chile’s Atacama Desert–the driest place on Earth. Dance to folk music at a traditional peña in the Northern Argentina highlands. Take in the sights and sounds of the bustling cities of Santiago and Buenos Aires. Take full advantage of your 2 weeks in South America with this sweeping, 3-country tour.
Day 1 – Begin your 2 Weeks in South America Tour
Your guide will pick you up at the airport and bring you to your hotel in Buenos Aires, your 2 weeks in South American begin.
You’ll have time to explore this distinctly European city with cobblestone streets, ornate architecture, and outdoor cafes. Wander the streets of the colorful San Telmo and Recoleta neighborhoods and learn about the unique history and culture of the city. Visit artisan markets, enjoy local barbecue, explore museums and more.
Day 2 – Tour Buenos Aires & Experience Tango
Rise early in the morning for a guided tour of the city, including stops at its most-visited neighborhoods. Spot colorful street art in bohemian San Telmo, see the famous House of Government or “Pink House” in the historical downtown area, take photos of the brightly-painted buildings and modern art in La Boca, and discover the lavish mansions of Recoleta.
Then, your guide will introduce you to an essential Argentine experience — a tango show! Enjoy Argentine cuisine and watch tango at one of the top spots for local dance.
Day 3 – Travel to Salta
Today, you’ll head to the airport for your flight to Salta. Nestled in the mountains of Northern Argentina, Salta is a popular destination for its Andean culture and Spanish-style colonial architecture. After you’ve dropped off your bags at the hotel, enjoy a lively “peña” complete with great food and live folk music, enjoy a coffee at one of the city center’s many cafe’s, or dig into local Inca history at the Archeological Museum.
Day 4 – Visit Humahuaca
Today, you’ll set out on a tour of the region’s outstanding geographic and cultural features, beginning with Humahuaca Gorge, a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site abundant with over 10,000 years of human history dating back to pre-historic hunter gatherers. On your excursion, you’ll see the vibrant purple and orange hues of Seven Colors Mountain, and experience the awesome geographic forms of The Painted Palette mountainside. In the afternoon, you’ll arrive at Humahuaca, where you can climb the Heroes of the Independence Monument, an outstanding sculpture series that honors Northern Argentina’s army in the 1810 War of Independence. On the way back to Salta, you’ll visit several small historic towns for a deeper look at the region’s the history, culture, and natural beauty.
Day 5 – Enjoy a Malbec in Calchaqui
Today you’ll set out on an overnight excursion into the Calchaqui Valley. Drive north through the shifting landscape as lush green gorges are replaced by isolated, grassy mountain tops that crest at nearly 10,000 feet (3000 meters). Enjoy the vibrant, colorful landscapes of Los Cardones National Park and visit historic Cachi, where adobe structures combine with white Spanish churches as living testaments to the region’s history. Travel south again to picturesque Cafayate where you can enjoy a glass of locally sourced Malbec from one of Cafayate’s many small wineries, and watch the sun set over deep red rock formations on the horizon. You’ll spend night in Cafayate.
Day 6 – Explore Calchaqui
Today you’ll take a bus tour along the famous route 68 highway to get a closer look at the region’s impressive geographic features. Carved by nature over millions of years, each hill is endowed with it’s own unique form, and you’ll get the opportunity to get off the bus and explore some of these features up close. Devil’s Throat, the Obelisk, and the Castles are just a few of the natural formations you’ll check out throughout the day.
Day 7 – Travel to Chile, San Pedro de Atacama
In the morning, you’ll transfer to the bus terminal for day-long journey across the Chilean border and into the Atacama desert–the world’s dryest desert. On the drive, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the other-worldly scenery of this nearly waterless world. In the evening, you’ll arrive San Pedro de Atacama, a small and bustling adobe town with lots of restaurants and shopping, and a perfect home base as you explore the Atacama.
Day 8 – See Sunset in Moon Valley
You’re officially half way through your 2 Weeks in South America tour. Spend the morning relaxing in your hotel or exploring San Pedro as you’d like.
In the afternoon, you’ll head out on an excursion into the barren salt and clay landscape known as Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley). Here, in one of the world’s most hostile landscapes, you’ll find yourself in awe of the subtle delicacy and mighty power of nature. End the day witnessing the sun paint Moon Valley as it sets over the distant horizon.
Day 9 – Watch Sunrise at Tatio Geysers
Leave your hotel very early (04:00 am) for a full day excursion into the world’s highest geyser field. Fueled by nearby volcanic chains, the geysers spit steam and boiling water high into the air. Bring along a bathing suit, because after a quick breakfast, you’ll have the oppornity to take a dip in the steamy, naturally occurring hot springs nearby. Upon your return, keep a look out for local flora and fauna, such as llamas and alpacas that graze alongside the mountain roads. You’ll return to San Pedro just in time for lunch.
Day 10 – Tour the Uyuni Salt Flats
Embark on an 3 day excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats in northern Bolivia. You’ll depart from your hotel early in the morning and cross the Bolivian border where you’ll transfer to 4 wheel-drive Jeeps to traverse the remote, high-altitude terrain. Today, you’ll visit the Bolivian high plain, which averages a height of nearly 15,000 feet (4,500 meters). Experience the vibrant aquamarine lakes that reflect towering Licancabur Volcano and continue to Dali Desert, characterized by barren landscapes that evoke the surrealist dreamscapes of Salvador Dalí. Experience the Sol de Mañana geyers, and Laguna Colorada, an important nesting site for over 30,000 flamingos!
Day 11 – Take a 4WD Adventure in Siloli Desert
Today, you’ll venture into Siloli Desert. Here, you’ll see beautiful rock formations formed by millions of years of wind erosion. You’ll continue to the high plain lagoons and end the day at the Chiguana salt flats near San Juan. You’ll spend the night in shared rooms at the Salt Hotel, a small rustic lodge constructed entirely from the region’s most abundant resource!
Day 12 – Say Goodbye to Bolivia
In the morning, you’ll tour the Uyuni Salt Flats, Colchani, and Uyuni City on an awesome 4-wheel drive adventure before saying goodbye to Bolivia. You’ll spend the night in VillaMar, a small border village.
Day 13 – Return to San Pedro de Atacama
Today, you’ll continue your journey back to San Pedro de Atacama. You should reach your destination around noon, and will have the afternoon to relax and enjoy the day.
Day 14 – Explore Santiago de Chile
You’ve officially traveled for 2 weeks in South America, and your travels are quickly coming to a close! You’ll begin the day with a transfer to your final stop: Santiago de Chile. Upon arrival, enjoy Chile’s energetic capital, set against the backdrop of snow-capped Andes, with 360-degree panoramic view. Santiago is considered Latin America’s safest city, and is home to over ⅓ of Chile’s population. After dropping off your bags at the hotel, hit up a cafe for wifi and a freshly brewed latte, chow down on pizza, shawarma, or tacos at the city’s many restaurants, or order Italian gelato to-go as you stroll through Plaza Baquedano.
Day 15 – Tour Santiago Best Sites
After breakfast, enjoy a private half day tour of the city. Highlights include the Bella Vista district, Santiago’s arts and culture hub, and San Cristobal Hill where you’ll get an unbeatable view of Santiago from the city’s highest point. Later on, you’ll drive along the Mapocho River Canyon for a better look at the snow-capped Andes and the area’s natural beauty. End the day in the Las Condes district, where you’ll find souvenir shops and high-end boutiques. You’ll have the afternoon to yourself.
Day 16 – End your 2 Weeks in South America Tour
Today you will take a private transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
Your 2 weeks in South America tour includes:
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