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Bolivia and Argentina Itinerary

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Bolivia and Argentina Itinerary

Hi,

Here is the first draft my itinerary for a trip to Argentina and Bolivia.

I realise that my start point might easily also be Santiago instead of BA.

Initially, I would like to know how much time is required for the trip - I'm estimating about 22 26 days in total.

Arrive: Buenos Aires / Santiago

Mendoza

Cordoba

Salta

San Pedro de Atacama

Salar de Uyani

Potosi

Livichuco / Sucre

La Paz

Depart: Lima / La Paz

Would I benefit from taking in an estancia stay whilst in Argentina?

Is the citadel of Quilmes worth a visit?

Do I do Livichuco and/or Surce?

Am I overlooking anything inbetween, that might be worth seeing/doing?

Is the cycle down death road something to experience?

I'ver been to both BA and Santiago before and have seen TdeP and the glaciers near el calafate.

Any feedback appreciated.

Also posted in Argentina forum for feedback on that part of the trip.

Thanks.

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1. Re: Bolivia and Argentina Itinerary

Is there any reason to note that none of the top SA destinations are in Bolivia?

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2. Re: Bolivia and Argentina Itinerary

Can anyone help here?

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3. Re: Bolivia and Argentina Itinerary

"Salar de Uyuni" is a SA top! and also the Sun Island at the Titicaca Lake, which is not at the itinerary, we would recommend to stop there to walk around Copacabana and buy some handicrafts, it is just 3 1/2 hours far from La Paz and it can work as a connection between Bolivia and Perú.

About the death road, it is a great experience and not extreme adventure, we highly recommend it.

Livichuco is a small town close to Oruro and not Sucre, if you are interested in local textiles close to Sucre there is:Tarabuco, Jatun Yampara or Maragua.

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4. Re: Bolivia and Argentina Itinerary

You seem to be hopping from city to city (with the exception of the Salar), so, yes, you are missing quite a lot in between. Eg, Tiwanaku, the Andes, Lake Titicaca, etc etc..

Difficult to know how long you need as we dont know what you want to do in each place?

San Pedro is in Chile, by thecway.

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5. Re: Bolivia and Argentina Itinerary

Thanks for the replies. :-)

I've stayed on Armantani Island on Lake Titicaca and visited Isla del Sol as part of this trip.

How early in the year can I go and see the surface covered in water at Salay de Uyuni?

The only reason I am city hopping is because I was looking a GAP Adventure trip itenaries and was using them as the basis for my trip.

I like a variety of things and cities are probably similar in most places. I like a bit of history, culture and activities.

Security is a concern for me so I don't want to be going to places where I could encounter difficulty.

Any help with an itinerary would be gratefully appreciated.

Thanks.

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Here is my initial itinerary from my agent. I would like to add more days to it. Plus maybe get out more into the country as I think most of these areas are well populated:

Day 1: Buenos Aires

Day 2: Travel to Cordoba - city tour

Day 3: Cordoba - Villa Carlos Paz

Day 4: Travel to Mendoza

Day 5: Mendoza - Wine Valley tour

Day 6: Travel to Salta

Day 7: Salta - Quebrada de Humahuaca

Day 8: Travel to San Pedro

Day 9: San Pedro - TATIO GEYSIRS & PURITAMA HOT SPRINGS

Day 10: Travel to Uyuni - HITO CAJON- GREEN LAGOON - RED LAGOON - OJO DE PERDIZ

Day 11: Uyuni - OJO DE PERDIZ - UYUNI SALT FLAT - COLCHANI

Day 12: Travel to La Paz

Day 13: La Paz - City Tour

Day 14: TIAWANAKU

Day 15: Depart

Questions:

- Is there anything on this itinerary that is not worthwhile?

- Is the Death Road cycle far out of the way for this plan?

- I'm missing out central Agrentina - is there anything there to see/do as an intermediate stage between BA and Cordoba?

- Are there any other things worth seeing and doing in Bolivia - the itinerary seems a bit sparse?

- In the above bases is there anything else I could see do for a couple of days as there is quite a bit of location changes. It would be nice to stay somewhere for a few more days instead of being constantly on the move.

- This plan is for 15 days - ideally I would like to be there for about 25 days in order to make the trip worthwhile. what else should I be looking at?

Looking at my itinerary the Cordoba itinerary my TA has outlined is not grabbing me.

Doing something in the Andes interests me. I did see a website last year for an interesting looking ranch (I think in Chile, but I can't find it now).

Uyuni is really the only definite thing I wish to see - possibly along with Death Road. Everything else is up for grabs and I would like to spend some time out in smaller places too.

how can I modify this to get a better experience?

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7. Re: Bolivia and Argentina Itinerary

Can anyone please help?

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8. Re: Bolivia and Argentina Itinerary

Okay, now got a detailed itinerary. I would appreciate some feedback on it. Thanks.

DAY 1: BUENOS AIRES:

Arrival

Overnight at Monserrat Apart Hotel

DAY 2: BUENOS AIRES/CÓRDOBA

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DAY 3: CÓRDOBA

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DAY 4: CÓRDOBA/MENDOZA

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DAY 5: MENDOZA

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DAY 6: MENDOZA/SALTA

Flight to Salta

Overnight at Del Vino Boutique Salta Hotel.

DAY 7: SALTA Quebrada de Humahuaca Excursion

This is a trip along the Gorge that was declared World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO because of the colorful landscapes and cultures that make up this one-of-the-kind destination.

The tour will actually begin in the Purmamarca Village where you will be able to look closely at the well-known Seven Colors Hill, the town Church and the Craft Market located around

the square. Then the vehicle will head northwards up to Tilcara town, where there will be a stop so as to visit the old Pucara (Fortress in Quechua language) and the Archeological

museum before arriving in Huacalera; that place exhibits a wonderful landscape in a hill named “the skirt of the Colla woma” due to the shape it has. The next point is Uquia, with its

church located just before the town of Humahuaca and hre, you will get off the vehicle so as to visit the monument to the Native Indian made by the artist Soto Avendaño. After lunch

and heading back to the south, it will be possible to admire the hill nicknamed “the Paintor´s Palette” just on the side of the town Maimara. There will be stop in the city of San Salvador

de Jujuy in order to visit the Cathedral which exhibits an amazing piece functioning as a pulpit and that was made by the sculpture Lola Mora. You will return to Salta along the old

road by a cliff and framed by exuberant subtropical vegetation until the arrival in the city of Salta. Overnight at Del Vino Boutique Salta Hotel.

DAY 8: SALTA/SAN PEDRO

Bus from Salta ti San Pedro de Atacama.

Overnight at Altiplánico Hotel.

Day 09 San Pedro de Atacama

TATIO GEYSIRS & PURITAMA HOT SPRINGS (9HRS)

Departing around 4:30 am (departure time depend of the time of the year), from the hotel to the Geysers del Tatio located at 98kms from San Pedro and at 4.300 mts.

We arrive at the geysers around 7:00am. Enjoy a picnic style breakfast and a guided stroll through this geothermal field to see the geysers and pools of boiling water and mud.

The area takes on an almost surreal look at sunrise. Once the sun has risen and the thermal activity is calmed somewhat, we move to the area of the hot springs for a rejuvenating

soak in 40°C water before beginning the return trip towards San Pedro. On the way back we visit the Puritama Hot Springs and the opportunity to enjoy these warms waters that

emanate from beneath the rocks and surrounding vegetation. Puritama was developed by Hotel Explora and has been equipped with change rooms, toilets and sauna. After time

to enjoy the facilities offered by Puritama we return to San Pedro de Atacama. Recommendations: comfortable shoes, sun glasses, sun screen, mineral water, warm clothes, cap,

clothes according to the weather in the altitude. **Entrance fees and box breakfast included

Overnight at Altiplánico Hotel.

Day 10 San Pedro de Atacama

Transfer from the selected hotel to Hito Cajón (Bolivian Border).

Uyuni

DAY 1: HITO CAJON- GREEN LAGOON - RED LAGOON - OJO DE PERDIZ Depart from Hito Cajon (border between Chile and Bolivia) and enter to the National Reserve of Andean

Fauna Eduardo Avaroa and visit the Green Lagoon, an impressive aquatic mirror that resembles a giant emerald with a particular brightness in the mornings and afternoons;

its color is due to the high magnesium content in the water. In the proximities of this lagoon is the Licancahur Volcano (5,868 m). Continue to Sol de Mañana (Morning Sun) a

place where it is possible to appreciate fumes, geysers and volcanic holes. This landscape remains us the origins of the earth. The next stop will be the Red Lagoon, populated

by 3 species of flamencos (among them the famous James) this lagoon is very impressive because of its red color, that is due to the fine sediment accumulation of the same

color on the surface, as well as the pigmentation of a certain type of seaweed. Box lunch. Continue the journey crossing the Siloli desert where passengers will be able to

appreciate an interesting rock formation well-known as Stone Tree, and observe the llamas, vicuñas and particular rodent denominated viscacha. Arrive to Ojo de Perdiz.

Accommodation at Hotel Tayka Del Desierto.

Day 11 Uyuni

DAY 2: OJO DE PERDIZ - UYUNI SALT FLAT - COLCHANI

Breakfast. Depart towards Uyuni Salt Flat and Incahuasi Island, this island is located in the heart of the salt flat and is the greatest of a group of islands that represents an

isolated ecosystem. The island is populated with a cacti species that measures up to 12 meters high (26, 25 feet), providing an impressive overview.

Arrival to Uyuni. Transfer to the salt hotel.

During the rainy season, from November to March, the salt flat could be flooded - in that case passengers will visit the train cemetery, the Colchani village where it is

possible to observe the extracting salt process by hand. Visit the salt eyes, impressive for its geology and cross the salt flat as much as possible to enjoy a beautiful landscape.

The entire salt flat is completely cover with water and it becomes in a white giant mirror where the sky is reflected perfectly and everything seems to be floating in the air.

This scenery is a paradise for photography lovers because of the effects that can be achieved.

Box lunch is served in the middle of the salt flat. It is advisable to wear sandals to enjoy the warm water of the salt.

Accommodation at Hotel Luna Salada

Day 12 Uyuni

DAY 3: COLCHANI-UYUNI

19.00 Bus from Uyuni to Potosi.

Potosí 00:00 Transfer from the bus station to your hotel.

Overnight at Colonial Hostel.

Day 13 Potosí

CITY TOUR IN POTOSI AND CASA DE LA MONEDA (HALF DAY):

You will visit the most important and interesting places of the city, which was declared UNIVERSAL HERITAGE OF MANKIND by UNESCO. You will visit San Lorenzo Church where

you will appreciate its beautiful façade, Casa de la Moneda Museum, the exterior of the Tower of Company, the exterior of the Arch of Cobija and the artisans market in the

colonial area of the city.

Overnight at Colonial Hostel.

Day 14 Potosí

17:00 Bus to Potosi to Sucre. Shared Service.

Sucre 20:00 Transfer from the bus station to your hotel.

Overnight at Villa Antigua Hotel.

Day 15 Sucre

CITY TOUR IN SUCRE AND JATUN YAMPARA (FULL DAY):

Visit to the House of Freedom Historical Museum or the Textile Asur Museum, the Convent of La Recoleta Museum and its viewpoint, the Convent of San Felipe Nery, Bolivar Park

and the main historical monuments. Lunch in a restaurant. The excursion continues visiting Jatun Yampara Community one of the most ancient cultures of the continent. You will

observe the process of making ceramics and textiles. Then you will visit the community's Museum of Native Clothing, and appreciate their archeology, agriculture and their

Medicinal Herbs exposition. You will observe the native constructions and their customs. You will participate in a typical offering to Mother Earth. Return to Sucre.

Overnight at Villa Antigua Hotel.

Day 16 Sucre

Bus to Santa Cruz

Overnight at Los Tajibos Hotel.

Day 17 Santa Cruz

F/D SAMAIPATA RUINS

Sightseeing: The most important example of stone architecture in the American Continent. The Samaipata Fort is located 120 Km. west of Santa Cruz. We will visit the Cuevas

waterfalls on the way and then ascent to the archaeological region of the millennial haven of the Bolivian East and one of the most important in America: the Archaeological

Complex and Ceremonial Temple "The Fort" that was inhabited by diverse pre-Columbus cultures, such as the Amazon and the Inca civilizations. After lunch in a local restaurant,

we will visit the town, the church and the archeological museum. Service Includes: Private transport, bilingual guide, lunch, refreshment, admission fees.

Overnight at Los Tajibos Hotel.

Day 18 Santa Cruz

Flight to La Paz

Overnight at Europa Hotel.

Day 19 La Paz

CITY TOUR AND THE MOON VALLEY (3 HOURS):

You will be picked up from the hotel to visit the famous Witches Market and the San Francisco Colonial Church. The tour will continue to Plaza Murillo where the Cathedral,

the Government Palace and the National Congress buildings are located. Then, you will visit the famous colonial Jaen Street where you will see interesting museums, followed

by a visit to a replica of the semi-subterranean temple of Tiwanaku’s Culture. To change scenery the tour will continue to the residential areas of Obrajes, Calacoto and La Florida.

The tour will end with a visit to the unique Moon Valley, where you will have the opportunity to walk around, and visit a ceramic workshop where you will see a demonstration of

the pottery's art.

Overnight at Europa Hotel.

Day 20 La Paz

TIAWANAKU (8 HOURS):

At proper time you will visit Tiwanaku Ruins located at 72 Km. from La Paz, capital of the civilization of the 700 B.C. , during that great time, the Capital of Tiwanaku was the largest

in the world and considered “The Cradle of American Civilization”. This pre-Inca ruins started endless archeological debates and the oldest radiocarbon test shows a result of 1,580 B.C.

Visiting the Temple of Kalasasaya (Sun), the Puerta del Sol, Semi-subterranean Temple (Earth), the Pyramid of Akapana, Puma Punku Temple and finally the museum where an

impressive collection of objects and instruments observed ancient civilizations.

Overnight at Europa Hotel.

Day 21 La Paz

F/D ROYAL MOUNTAIN RANGE

Depart to visit Chacaltaya Hill (5345 m.), at one hour from downtown La Paz. At an altitude of over 5000 m. On a clear day Chacaltaya offers a breathtaking view of the high plateau,

neighboring peaks and Titikaka Lake. Then we head for Zongo, on the way we pass several lagoons, all of them at the foot of the spectacular Huayna Potosi Mountain. We will visit

an ancient Aymaran cemetery where local miners were laid to rest. We will enjoy the landscape of the ice covered summits and waterfalls, until arriving to the platform with

sensational views all around. Service Includes: Private transport, box lunch, water, bilingual guide and admission fee.

Overnight at Europa Hotel.

Day 22 La Paz

TITICACA CATAMARAN DAY CRUISE LA PAZ - LA PAZ

Early land transfer to Copacabana’s Sanctuary, after breakfast we board the Catamaran Cruise Ship, sailing to the Sun Island, birthplace of the Inca Empire.

In this legendary island is visited the Garden, Stairs and Fountain of the Inca, then the itinerary includes a visit to the Inti Wata Cultural Complex, the largest private tourist attraction

of Bolivia, including the underground museum of Ekako, the traditional medicine and the Titicaca Reed Shipbuilders display centers, the Pachamama agricultural Inca terraces, a

handicraft center, the Intica’s lounge and at the Manco Kapac look out of the largest Andean camelids.

Also, the Inti Wata Complex of Sun Island includes a unique sailing experience aboard a huge Titicaca traditional vessel for a panoramic visit to the Pilkokaina Inca Palace.

Afterwards board the Catamaran Cruise Ship to Chúa Harbor while enjoying a lunch buffet, land transfer to La Paz.

Overnight at Europa Hotel.

Day 23 La Paz

YUNGAS-COROICO (DAY 1):

You will be picked up from the hotel to visit the subtropical area of Yungas. From the highest point of the journey known as “La Cumbre” (4650 m.s.n.m.) you will observe some

snow-caped peaks and a twisting road. You will continue the trip descending gradually towards the subtropical area surrounded by changing vegetation. Along the way you can

observe giant ferns, American bamboo and several species of local orchids. After a 50 Km. journey, at the end of the paved road, the scenery becomes more interesting: hulking

rocks, waterfalls and ever greener vegetation, getting around an area of fruit trees, coca plantations, coffee plantations and a variety of butterflies species. You will arrive to

Coroico approximately at 11:30, straight to the hotel, where you will get your room and have lunch. In the afternoon, you will go for a walk around Coroico town, a small tourist

village characterized by the presence of descendants of Africans. Later, you will go towards the “Calvario”, a viewpoint where you will enjoy magnificent views of the town and

also of the Yungas region.

Dinner and overnight stay in a rustic top tourist class hotel.

Day 24 La Paz

YUNGAS - COROICO (DAY 02):

After breakfast departure to the Waterfalls area for a walk amidst the lush nature and warm weather; visit to coca plantations, coffee and fruit trees.

Overnight at Europa Hotel.

Day 25 La Paz

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Hmmm, not much traffic in this forum by the looks of it...!

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10. Re: Bolivia and Argentina Itinerary

Post on loney planet then you will get more responses. I have a similar itinerary for three weeks in late November. I might do that in a reverse order.