Argentina, Chile, Bolivia & Peru adventure holiday
Includes: • Tour leader • Internal flights • Transfers in Latin America on tour dates • Transport and accommodation • Meals and excursions as per tour profile
Description of Argentina, Chile, Bolivia & Peru adventure holiday
On this Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru adventure holiday you’ll take in some of the best landscapes that the South American continent has to offer, including the dramatic Andes mountain range. Your trip kicks off in dynamic Buenos Aires, where you’ll take a guided city tour before making your way north to Salta, a beautiful Spanish colonial city which sits at the base of the Andes. From here you’ll follow a cactus lined road up over the mountains and into Chile, where you’ll explore the Atacama Desert before heading into Bolivia.
Once in Bolivia you’ll cross the otherworldly Uyuni Salt Flats, explore La Paz, the highest capital city in the world, and take a scenic road trip to view the bright blue waters of Lake Titicaca. The climax to this diverse and adventurous journey is a visit to Peru’s Sacred Valley, where you’ll explore the many villages and archaeological sites before taking a dramatic train journey up to the iconic ruins of Machu Picchu.
Your companions on this journey will be a small group of likeminded travellers as well as expert local guides.
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1 Reviews of Argentina, Chile, Bolivia & Peru adventure holiday
Reviewed on 02 Sep 2019 by Fran Vickery
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
I think the most memorable part of the holiday was doing the mini Inca trail after learning just how much of an impact the Incas made in Peru being able to walk along the original tracks they used and build by hand was truly amazing!
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Be prepared that some days are very long, early mornings and sometimes there are quite a few flights in one day. It’s a jam packed itinerary but so so so worth it!
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
I think going on holiday in 3rd world country/countries always makes a big impact and benefits the local people. Bring in tourists, making you appreciate just how lucky we are and how lucky we have our lives. It’s also good for young children in countries like Brazil, Bolivia and Peru to see other people away from there local families etc. Also supporting conservations like the Inca trail, national parks like Iguaçu falls.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
I can’t fault this trip at all! From start to finish it was truly amazing! It will go down as one of my best holidays of all time. Everything was sorted from being picked up at the airport, taxis, coaches, hotels, transfers. It was a breath of fresh air not having to worry. Me and my sister felt safe all the time, our tour guide was just incredible with his knowledge and stories about each country. It was just epic! I can’t recommend this company and holiday more!
PlanetThis wilderness holiday takes you off the beaten track to visit out-of-the-way communities and landscapes where you can engage with local people and observe their way of life. We use a public bus service for the trans-Andean route from Salta to San Pedro de Atacama and use small-scale local suppliers in both towns to provide well-informed guides from the region familiar with their home territory.
We use public transport and low carbon methods of transport where possible - for example the public bus used from Salta to San Pedro.
The specific routes the drivers take over the salt flats are strictly adhered to. Once on the salt pans, you can see the darkened tracks of the vehicles which traverse them. If the jeeps were to take a random route, this would mar the scenery considerably and disturb the beauty of the area. They also adhere to strict speed limits despite having a free open space in front of them, so as to avoid accidents and more erosion.
We partner with local accommodation providers who have incorporated sustainability practices into their business. The hotel in San Pedro for example is built using traditional methods (adobe) in keeping with the town. The hotels on Salt Flats are small locally run traditional properties and the accommodation in Rosario conserves energy through small steps such as making sure lights are turned off when rooms are not in use, as well as larger investments such as the 40 solar panels imported from Brazil which are responsible for much of their energy needs.
PeopleDuring the crossing of the high altitude plains and salt flats in Bolivia the group stay with local family-run guesthouses in small villages which rely on the passing of the jeeps taking this route as their main source of income. Through repeated business they have been able to develop and improve the accommodation so as to provide the best possible service with the little resources they have. The route we take specifically allows for this, there are other routes where travellers stay in very isolated locations, meaning the staff often have to travel far by foot to accommodate their guests.
We take all of our rubbish with us to dispose in the town in Uyuni at the end of the salt flats expedition.
Where possible, such as on the Uros Islands of Lake Titicaca and in La Paz, we encourage you to make purchases from local craftsmen dependent on these sales for their day to day living. Our hotels in San Pedro, the salt flats, lake Titicaca and La Paz are all locally owned and managed, with energy saving features such as solar panels, double-glazing and recycling facilities.