Andean tailor made holiday, Buenos Aires to the Atacama desert

“An eleven day, tailor made trip through Argentina, Bolivia and Chile, with one internal flight, and also using some public transport. See some of South America's greatest landscapes. ”

Highlights

Argentina: Buenos Aires | Salta | Purmamarca village | Humahuaca Gorge Bolivia: Train to Uyuni | Salar de Uyuni | Tunupa volcano | Eduardo Avaroa reserve and hot springs Chile: San Pedro de Atacama | Atacama Desert

Description of Andean tailor made holiday, Buenos Aires to the Atacama desert

This Andean tailor made holiday starts in Buenos Aires in Argentina and ends in the contrasting city of San Pedro de Atacama and its eponymous desert. In between you will see the Andes which stretch from the northern tip of South America down to Patagonia. Be prepared for totally heart stopping landscapes on this holiday, which include the surreal salt flats of Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, the bubbling volcanic terrain of Eduardo Avaroa Reserve and, of course, the great Atacama Desert.

On this holiday we recommend using public transport where possible, such as the train to Salar de Uyuni. You will also take one internal flight in Argentina at the start of the trip between Buenos Aires up to the north of the country to Salta. This northern region of Argentina has lots of rural villages to visit as well as the world famous Humahuaca Gorge.

This is a tailor made itinerary so we can tweak it to suit your timeframe and interests, so do chat with us about all your options.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Andean tailor made holiday, Buenos Aires to the Atacama desert

Environment

During this trip, we use local transport where possible to reduce our carbon footprint. Examples of this are taking the local bus on Day 5 to then take the train to Uyuni.

On Day 8, we visit Laguna Colorada, which has been declared a RAMSAR wetland site. This is an internationally important site for birdlife and the entrance fees that we include in our trip costs play an important role in the conservation of this site.

In the Atacama Desert, we explore by 4-wheel drive vehicle and are careful to stick to the designated tracks where they exist, so that we do not upset the fragile ecosystem that exists here. Our travellers are fully briefed on how to behave in this unique environment so as not to degrade it for future visitors.

To ensure that our groups have minimal impact upon the environment we work with our local team to ensure that all guides and drivers receive extensive training on sustainability policies, from not dropping litter (which unfortunately is commonplace here) to ensuring that natural habitats are respected when trekking or exploring the countryside. We also work with hotels and accommodation providers to offer guidelines on how best to have a low impact upon the environment, from water and electricity conservation to responsible methods of waste disposal.

In our UK office we recycle extensively, from paper and envelopes to ink cartridges, plastic bottles and food packaging, with dedicated recycling bins. We minimise our use of electricity by turning off appliances and using energy efficient lightbulbs, and our toilets use reduced water cisterns to minimise our use of water

Community

We only ever use local tour leaders and guides on our trips; not only does this mean that travellers get local insights that they might not get from a westerner, but it means that the communities we travel through benefit directly from the presence of tourism. When visiting smaller villages, we encourage our travellers to purchase local products from handicraft markets, for small-scale vendors to gain income from tourism.

This doesn't mean one guide from start to finish, but guides from the various places visited on the itinerary, ensuring that it really does filter down to that micro-level.

In all of our pre-departure notes we include extensive information about how to travel sensitively and travellers are given guidelines on local culture and customs.

We encourage our travellers to stop at small villages along the way to gain further insights into local culture. These are carefully selected to ensure that our presence is welcome, rather than obtrusive, and we discuss with local elders how best to show our appreciation in terms of appropriate donations.

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