Overview & Highlights
This adventurous Andean group journey crosses traverses South America’s wilderness landscapes from Argentina through Chile and Bolivia to Peru. Explore the Atacama Desert, travel across the Uyuni salt flats and on to Lake Titicaca, Cusco and Machu Picchu.
- Buenos Aires: guided city tour
- Salta countryside excursion
- San Pedro de Atacama: Moon Valley
- Uyuni Salt Flats: Laguna Colorada and other excursions
- La Paz: city tour
- Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca
- Cusco: guided city tour with Sacsayhuamán
- Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Lima: walking tour
A true wilderness adventure, this journey explores one of the world’s most dramatic and ethereally beautiful mountain ranges: the Andes. Setting off from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, you head northwest to the cultured colonial city of Salta below the foothills of the Andes. Ascend a lonely, precipitous and sinuous cactus-dotted road which crosses the icy range into Chile. Traverse the Atacama desert, the driest on earth, past snow-capped volcanoes and across shimmering salt flats into Bolivia.
Skirting the sapphire waters of Lake Titicaca, you cross the chilly plains of the altiplano before descending into the fertile valleys surrounding the ancient Inca capital of Cusco, visiting traditional adobe villages and open air markets. The climax to this epic journey is the sight of the spectacular Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, crouching on an Andean mountain saddle.
UK clients depart arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the following morning.
At leisure in the capital.
Guided tour of the city’s highlights.
Fly to Salta.
Excursion to nearby canyons and vineyards.
Cross the Andes into Chile and the Atacama Desert.
Excursion to the Moon Valley.
Cross the Salt Flats.
Guided city tour of La Paz
Optional excursions around the capital.
Drive to Lake Titicaca.
Boat trip to the Uros floating reed Islands.
Travel to Cusco by bus.
Cusco city tour with Sacsayhuaman.
Guided excursion to the Sacred Valley; overnight there.
Train to the Lost City of Machu Picchu. Guided tour of the ruins.
Optional re-entry to the ruins. Return to Cusco by train.
Fly to Lima; guided walking tour of the capital.
Depart for your international flight or extension.
UK clients arrive home the following day.
Things to do
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What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
There are two moments that I wish I could return to again and again - watching the sun go down over the jagged rock formations of the Valley of the Moon and walking on the salt flats (the beauty of the place nearly brought a tear to my eye).DK, Dover
This was my second group trip to South America with JLA and it was just as fantastic - seeing the main sites such as Machu Picchu but also less well-known or off the tourist radar such as the inside of an Inca house in Ollytaytambo that added an extra insight to the culture and local way of life.
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Our specialists have been expertly crafting award-winning tailor-made holidays to Latin America for 40 years. We would be delighted to create a truly personalised trip which perfectly matches your wishes and requirements.
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Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.
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