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Buenos Aires, Salta, San Pedro de Atacama, Uyuni & Purmamarca
This is a one of a kind journey highlighted by travelling through the Atacama desert to the Bolivian salt flat of Uyuni. The journey includes a short stay in the city of Buenos Aires for a tour of its key attractions and to see the most vibrant tango show. In addition, travel to Salta and Purmamarca to see the colorful rocky formations of the Humahuaca gorge. Llamas are also waiting for you!
- International & Domestic flights
- Daily breakfast, all transfers, tours with bilingual guides, and local taxes
- 2 nights accommodation in double room in Buenos Aires
- 1 half-day Classic City tour in Buenos Aires
- 1 Dinner Tango Show at Rojo Tango in Buenos Aires
- 2 nights accommodation in double room in Salta
- 1 half-day City tour in Salta
- 2 nights accommodation in double room in Atacama
- 1 full-day tour Atacama Salt Lake & Altiplanic Lagoons & Socaire in San Pedro de Atacama
- 1 night accommodation in double room in Uyuni
- 1 full-day Hito Cajón (border), Villamar & Colchani tour in Uyuni
- 1 full-day Uyuni Salt Flat tour in Uyuni
- 2 nights accommodation in double room in Purmamarca
- 1 full-day Purmamarca & Llamas Trek in Purmamarca
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
- Meals and drinks other than those mentioned
- Tips and personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Optional tours and experiences
- Any items not mentioned
5 star hotels FROM: US$ 5,467*
Buenos Aires: Alvear Art Hotel
Salta: Design Suites Salta Hotel
Torres del Paine: Explora Atacama Hotel
Uyuni: Palacio de la Sal Hotel
Pumamarca: Manantial del Silencio Hotel
4 Star Hotels: From US$ 4,093*
Buenos Aires: Esplendo Plaza Francia
Salta: Design Suites Salta Hotel
San Pedro de Atacama:- Cumbres Atacama Hotel
Uyini: Luna Salada Hotel
Purmamarca: La Comarca Hotel
*Price per person in US$, based on std. room in 4– and 5-star accommodations, subject to availability and may change without notice. Airfare included. Please read terms and conditions. Insurance is highly recommended. This is an exclusive promotion through Borello Travel & Tours.
Day 01: Buenos Aires
Upon arrival, private transfer to the Selected Hotel.
Day 02: Buenos Aires
Half day classic city tour
Enjoy a three-hour sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires, a cosmopolitan city that reflects the rich heritage of the numerous immigrants that shaped Argentina’s capital. The tour starts at the historic Plaza de Mayo square, flanked by the Government House, better as the "Pink House”; the Cabildo (the old City Hall) and the Cathedral. Further south, visit the picturesque port neighborhood of La Boca with its colorful street Caminito, a pedestrian street filled with art stalls and performing artists; its unique architecture---painted in a rainbow of colors, and traditions that the influence of the European immigrants, especially Genovese sailors, who settled along these shores at the end of the 19th century. The tour continues towards San Telmo, one of the oldest and most charming neighborhoods in Buenos Aires, which has preserved most of its architectural heritage and boasts lovely cobblestone streets lined with colonial townhouses, cafes and antique shops. Next on the tour is the upscale waterfront district of Puerto Madero and Palermo neighborhood with its elegant residences set among large grassy parks. The tour concludes in Recoleta, Buenos Aires’ most sophisticated and high-end neighborhood.
Dinner & Show Rojo Tango – (Faena Hotel & Universe)
PM departure from the hotel to Rojo Tango. Sit back and enjoy one of the best dinners and tango shows in the city, Rojo Tango at the Faena Hotel + Universe. Rojo Tango takes the audience through the history of tango, with all of its love, passion, madness and glamour. Return to hotel.
Day 03: Buenos Aires - Salta
At appropriate time, private transfer to the airport for your flight to Salta. From Salta airport, private transfer to the Selected Hotel.
Day 04: Salta
Half day Salta City tour
Departure from the hotel for a panoramic sightseeing tour of picturesque Salta. Known as 'Salta, the beautiful', the city boasts a scenic location in the lovely Lerma Valley. Salta features the best-preserved colonial heritage in all of Argentina, with lovely one-story houses with traditional balconies adorned with ornate colonial-style railing. The heart of the city is 9 de Julio Square, which is framed by some of the most important buildings in the city, as well as the main hotels and many bars and restaurants. The tour includes a visit to the city’s most precious colonial gems, such as the Church and Monastery of San Francisco, rebuilt in the 18th century; the 'Cabildo and Historic Museum of the Northwest' (old seat of the vice-royalty government and later the seat of the provincial government); the San Bernardo Monastery, dating back to the late 16th century; the main gate carved in carob wood is considered a jewel of local colonial art; and the Italian-style Main Church, built in the 20th century and the final resting place of the mortal remains of the hero of the Independence Wars, General Martín Miguel de Güemes. The tour then continues to the city’s outskirts, up to San Bernardo Hill where the Monument to General Martín Miguel de Güemes stands. The viewpoint offers great views of the city and the Lerma Valley. It concludes at the colorful Craft Market with it variety of wares produced by local artisans; pottery, baskets, knitted 'barracan' fabrics, tapestries, ponchos and musical instruments.
Day 05: Salta – San Pedro de Atacama
At appropriate time, private transfer to the Selected Hotel.
Day 06: San Pedro de Atacama
Full day Atacama Salt Lake & Altiplanic Lagoons & Socaire tour
Departure from the hotel (8 am) on our overland drive to the Atacama Salt Flat, the largest in Chile, to visit Los Flamencos National Reserve and Lake Chaxa, sites where you can see different species of flamingos. You will also visit two other lakes: Miscanti and Miñique, located high in the mountains at 4000 meters. The setting’s loveliness will take your breath away, above all, the deep blue color of the water, fed by meltdown from the two volcanoes with the same names. Also distinctive here are coiron plants, a species of grass that is woven into handicrafts and used by the horned coot to build its nest. You will lunch in the town of Socaire. Next stop is Toconao, whose distinguishing landmark is the St Lucas Church, which sports a small bell tower made of rather exotic building materials: adobe and cactus wood. Also visit a craftsman’s workshop and a nearby handicraft fair where you can purchase alpaca wool garments and cactus-based handicrafts. You return to your hoteol in San Pedro de Atacama at around 3 pm. Lastly, you will return to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.
Day 07: San Pedro de Atacama – Colchani
Full day Hito Cajón (border), Villamar & Colchani tour
You’ll remember this as a long day of extraordinary natural wonders as we follow the highland road across the largest alt flat in Chile and drive into Bolivia, crossing the border at Hito Cajon and entering the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve, a nature wonderland of volcanoes, hot springs, geysers, lakes, mountains and three indigenous species of flamingo. On our itinerary arethe incredibly green waters of Green Lagoon sitting beneath Licancabur Volcano; the highest desert-land of the Pampas de Dali, populated by llamas and alpacas, with condors circling overhead; Chalviri Lagoon and the hot spring pool of Termas de Polques; the geyser field of Sol de Manana. Next comes the Red Lagoon, a protected area sheltering the nesting ground of more than 30,000 Andean flamingos. Then drive through Valles de las Rocas, photographic valleys of bizarre eroded rock formations to reach the dusty village of Alota, and passing a string of picturesque villages such as Culpina K with colorful little houses and San Cristobal with a lovely 350-year-old church. Ahead are the shores of the great salt flats, an all-white vista of a glistening sea of salt called Salar de Uyuni. (Picnic lunch and dinner included).
Day 08: Uyuni - Villazon
Full day Uyuni Salt Flat tour & Night train to Villazon
Our tour starts in Colchani to learn about harvesting salt and making salt bricks, produced traditionally, family by family, in a cluster of adobe house workshops. Then start driving across this sea of salt---25 times the size of the Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah or 10,000 sq. km (11,106 sq. mi) to Isla Incahuasi, an island studded with giant cacti, more than 6,000 of them, with the tallest growing to 47 feet; the trail to the top is worth taking for the views are spectacular. Continue north to view the mummies of Coquesa in the foothills of Tunupa Volcano, then to Uyuni town for taking the overnight train to Villazón (02:50 – 12:05). Breakfast, lunch (picnic) and dinner included. Note: Guests have day use of Los Jardines de Uyuni Hotel.
Day 09: Villazon – La Quiaca – Purmamarca
Transfer from Villazon train station to La Quiaca (Argentine border) and later drive to Purmamarca through the fascinating Humahuaca gorge. Dinner and overnight in Purmamarca at the Selected Hotel.
Day 10: Purmamarca
Full Day Purmamarca & Llamas trek
Depart from the hotel and travel along Highway 9 to one of the beautiful area’s most striking natural landmarks: Cerro de los Siete Colores ('Seven Colored Hill’), which frames the adobe church constructed in 1648 in the main square. Take time for a stroll around the town’s main square where local vendors show off their wares, such as wood-carvings, hand-woven carpets and a wide assortment of medicinal and aromatic herbs. The tour continues to Tilcara from whose fortress the Omaguaca Indians once defended their land from the Incas and later the Spanish. The town’s historic museum contains the burial urns of mummies, as well as ancient jewelry, artifacts and utensils from the Indian civilization. We will actually make a special tour around town, in the company of a private guide and llamas as your companions. For thousands of years, humans tamed the llama to carry things, for, while llamas are not for riding, they will accompany you for and carry the picnic supplies: a great selection of fresh local foods and chilled wine. The walk is both easy and enjoyable.
Day 11: Purmamarca – Salta
At appropriate time, transfer to the airport.
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Tour descriptions and approximate times are for informational purposes only. Some places described may be substituted and/or approximate times may be subject to change, due to unexpected circumstances or weather conditions.