Atacama Crossing, Buenos Aires to La Paz

“Let your hair down on a two week small group tour from Buenos Aires to La Paz that will take 18-39yr old travellers to new heights amongst the salt flats and colonial sights of South America.”

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Buenos Aires | Salta | San Pedro de Atacama | Salar de Uyuni | Uyuni | Potosí | Sucre | La Paz | Optional activities include: sandboarding, mountain biking, and trips to the Valley of the Moon |

Description of Atacama Crossing, Buenos Aires to La Paz

Join a small group of fun-loving 18-39yr olds as you embark on a two week tour that takes you overland from Salta in Argentina to La Paz in Bolivia via Chile’s awesomely arid Atacama Desert.

This is your chance to check out some of South America’s most exciting landscapes with the Andes Mountains and the Uyuni Salt Flats just a couple of the surreal scenes that you’ll experience over the course of two weeks on tour.

From sand boarding and mountain biking in San Pedro de Atacama to wildlife spotting from a 4WD in the Salar de Uyuni, this trip from Buenos Aires to La Paz is action-packed. Plus there's loads of free time to explore in cities like Sucre to ensure you experience South America from a variety of interesting angles.

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Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Atacama Crossing, Buenos Aires to La Paz

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

We ensure minimal social and environmental impact in the places we visit by travelling in small groups (max 12), using local transportation and staying in locally-owned accommodation.

This tour offers travellers the opportunity to visit one of the projects that we support through our non-profit organization, the Planeterra Foundation, developed as a way to give back to the people and places that we visit on our tours. In Sucre you may visit a home for over 50 orphaned children where you will be able to spend time with the children and learn about the programs they offer. Children are provided with food, shelter, education, healthcare and workshops that develop workmanship skills.

On this tour we visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city of Potosi was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of its tragic history in the mining of silver during the time of Spanish colonization. The historic city of Sucre , also a UNESCO World Heritage site was the first capital of Bolivia, founded by the Spanish in the first half of the 16th century.

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