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Desert Tour

Argentina , Chile   |  20 Nights

Exceptional Experiences

- Understand and appreciate South America's geographical diversity

- Venture from the most humid parts of the continent to the most dry 

- Walk on top of a glacier four times the size of Manhattan 

- Look out on miles of untouched land as you explore the salt flats

- Stay at hotels made of salt located in the Uyuni Desert

- Enjoy the night sky in the world’s best stargazing spot 

 

 

South America is well known for its varied geography. Within the bordering countries of Argentina, Bolivia and Chile, you have your pick of multiple rainforests, mountain ranges, glacial waters and vast deserts. 

This tour has been put together to give you a taste of these natural sights while also spending time in the two of the continent’s most important cities. Bookended by visits to Buenos Aires and Santiago, the journey will expose you to some of the world’s most stunning landscapes and scenic wonders. 

Whether it be the trekking around monstrous glaciers in El Calafate, exploring the salt flats of Salta, facing Iguazu’s largest waterfall head-on or discovering the geyser fields of Atacama Desert, prepare yourself to be put to the test physically, covering enormous ground over the course of just three-weeks. You’ll also have the chance to visit some iconic desserts town including Tilcara, Humahuaca, Purmamarca and Uyuni in Bolivia’s southwest. 

Expect to see a little bit of everything and be struck by the massive variety on offer in these three amazing countries.

 

Day 1 - Buenos Aires : Arrival in Buenos Aires and Tango show
Day 2 - Buenos Aires: City tour
Day 3 - El Calafate : Arrival in El Calafate
Day 4 - El Calafate: Minitrekking on Perito Moreno
Day 5 - El Calafate: Ice River Navigation
Day 6 - Puerto Iguazu: Arrive in Puerto Iguazu
Day 7 - Puerto Iguazú: Brazilian side of the falls
Day 8 - Puerto Iguazú: Argentine side of the falls
Day 9 - Salta: Arrive in Salta
Day 10 - Tilcara: Quebrada de Humahuaca and 4x4ing
Day 11 - Purmamarca: Salinas Grandes salt flats
Day 12 - Purmamarca: Free day
Day 13 - San Pedro de Atacama: Arrive in San Pedro de Atacama
Day 14 - San Pedro de Atacama: Laguna and Salar
Day 15 - San Pedro de Atacama: Geyser del Tatio and Valle de la Luna
Day 16 - Uyuni: Expedition to Uyuni (day 1)
Day 17 - Uyuni : Expedition to Uyuni (day 2)
Day 18 - Villamar: Expedition to Uyuni (day 3)
Day 19 - Santiago : Arrive to Santiago
Day 20 - Santiago : Winery tour
Day 21 - Santiago : Departure

 

Day by day

Day 1 - Buenos Aires

Welcome to the Argentine capital! You’ll be picked up from the airport and provided with private transport to your hotel. In the evening, you’ll be transported to a professional tango show with a delicious three course meal of authentic Argentine food! The combination of tango and good food is very enjoyable. Afterwards, you’ll be taken back to your hotel.

Day 2 - Buenos Aires

You’ll be picked up from your hotel and head off on a Responsible City Tour of Buenos Aires. This will allow you to experience the best of the city and its main attractions including architecture, churches, famous neighborhoods, eateries, cafes and historical points. As well as checking out the main tourist points and learning the history, this tour is designed to give you an insight into Buenos Aires’ unique cultural and societal identity, and the day-to-day life of the local people. After the tour has finished, the afternoon is yours to explore some more or head back to your hotel.

Day 3 - El Calafate

Eat breakfast and then check out, before heading to the airport for your flight to El Calafate. Once you've arrived, you'll be taken to the hotel.

Day 4 - El Calafate

Get ready for an amazing experience today! You'll head to “Los Glaciares” National Park (entrance fee included) to discover the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier. Transport to the glacier and entrance to the park is included. After a short boat ride in the glacial waters, you'll head on a two hour circuit that introduces you a fascinating icy landscape you won’t soon forget: small lagoons, gullies, crevasses and plenty of ice formations with incredible blue colors. After the trek walk, a relaxing stroll through the forest will bring you back to the main shelter.

Day 5 - El Calafate

Today you'll get to know more of the region's glaciers. Sailing through the North Arm of the Argentino Lake to reach the Upsala Canal, you’ll discover find a spectacular Icebergs Barrier. From there you will have a panoramic view of the Upsala Glacier, which is quite magnificent. Afterwards you will navigate through the Spegazzini Canal, where you will observe the Seco Glacier and Spegazzini Glacier, the highest in the National Park.

Day 6 - Puerto Iguazu

Transport is organized to take you to the airport in El Calafate to take the flight to Puerto Iguazu! Once you arrive you'll be taken to your hotel.

Day 7 - Puerto Iguazú

Today you'll cross to border to visit the Iguaçu National Park on the Brazilian side of the falls. Here you’ll have your choice of various catwalks and panoramic points from which you’ll be able take in magnificent views of the entirety of the falls. After a few hours of exploration, you’ll have some free time before returning to the hotel in Puerto Iguazú.

Day 8 - Puerto Iguazú

You'll enter the Iguazú National Park for a tour of the Argentinean side of the falls. It’s here there you’ll discover the immensity of these waterfalls as you walk across secure catwalks and paths that lie next to, below and over the top of the falls. You’ll even have the opportunity to experience Iguazu Falls from the river in a small boat and even move through one of the waterfalls as the water descends from above. A guide will teach you more about the forest and its unique flora and fauna. Following this, it’s back to the hotel.

Day 9 - Salta

Transport is organised to take you to the airport to take the flight to Salta, in Argentina's north west. You’ll arrive in Salta and be privately transferred to your hotel. Take the afternoon to get to know this picturesque city - the MAAM Museum and San Bernardo Hill should certainly be on your list!

Day 10 - Tilcara

Enjoy your breakfast and check out of the hotel in Salta before heading for a full day at Quebrada de Humahuaca, where you’ll have the the chance to explore the town of Humahuaca and explore Hornocal Hills on a guided 4x4 tour!

Day 11 - Purmamarca

Have an early breakfast and checkout before heading to the ‘Salinas Grandes’ salt flats for a full day excursion. Stretching miles into the distance, seeing the salt flats is quite an experience and make for some amazing photography opportunities. Later, you’ll have the chance to explore Barrancas on another private 4x4 tour! You’ll be dropped off in Purmamarca where accomodation is organized.

Day 12 - Purmamarca

Take a free day to relax and enjoy the town. Then again, if you’re up for a little adventure, the 3km walk to the Hills of Seven Colors is well worth your time - the walk there itself is also very scenic.

Day 13 - San Pedro de Atacama

You’ll have breakfast and checkout in the morning and travel to San Pedro to Atacama, a journey over the border into Chile by private transfer. Once you’ve arrived, take the time to relax and prepare yourself for a active few days in one of the world’s most fascinating deserts!

Day 14 - San Pedro de Atacama

We hope you’ve had plenty of rest, because you’ll be picked up early in the morning for a private tour. You’ll see the high plateau lakes and Atacama Salt Flats, the towns of Toconao and Socaire, the Chaxa lagoon (known for its population of flamingos), as well as the lagoons of Miñiques and Miscanti.

Day 15 - San Pedro de Atacama

You have two half day tours ahead of you! The first is of the Tatio Geysers, a geothermal field sitting at an altitude of 4300 meters. Here you’ll enjoy breakfast while looking out on the the gassy, steamy field, with pools of water at extremely high temperatures. The afternoon tour will be to the Valley of the Moon, a lookout point that provides breathtaking panoramic views of the mountains, salt fields and the Cordillera de los Andes. Get ready for some great photo opportunities as the sun sets.

Day 16 - Uyuni

Today you begin a 3-day expedition through the Uyuni desert! You'll check out of the hotel in San Pedro de Atacama and take a minibus north east and over the Bolivian border. Today's journey will include stops at the lagoons Laguna Blanca, Laguna Verde and Laguna Colorada, the Dali Desert and nearby hot springs, as well as the Geiser Sol de Mañana and Árbol de Piedra.

Day 17 - Uyuni

After breakfast you will visit the lagoons of altiplanicas including Honda, Chiarkota and others. The days activities also involve visiting a viewpoint of Ollague Vulcano, the salt flats of Chiguana and Uyuni (at sunset!) and Incahuasi Island

Day 18 - Villamar

After breakfast, you’ll visit the town of Colchani and also Uyuni, which has the rather famous Trains’ Cemetery, a graveyard for old locomotives. You’ll finish the day in the town of Villamar.

Day 19 - Santiago

You'll check out of your hotel in Vilamar and be transported to the border and eventually to the Calama airport to take your flight to Santiago. You'll land, head to the hotel and relax!

Day 20 - Santiago

You’ll head on a winery tour to Viña Santa Rita, a fascinating trip that will give you a good taste of the finest Chilean wine - you’ll also see the Chilean Culture heritage. Some 45 minutes away from the city of Santiago, the region is made up of beautiful natural scenery that makes the visit all the more enjoyable.

Day 21 - Santiago

This epic tour has come to an end! We trust you've enjoyed it. Say your goodbyes and head to the airport by private transfer to take your flight home.

 

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Hotel
Duration: 20 Nights
USD 5000

Price per person, on a double basis, in intermediate category and in American dollars.

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Including & Not

Including

- All accommodation with breakfast. Hotel quality will vary according to your chosen package: 

Buenos Aires - 2 nights

El Calafate - 3 nights
 
Puerto Iguazu - 3
 
Salta - 1 night
 
Tilcara - 1 night
 
Purmamarca - 2 nights 
 
San Pedro de Atacama - 3 nights
 
Uyuni - 3 nights program (1 at Tayka, 2 at Palacio de Sal)

 

- All transportation as mentioned in the itinerary. This is with a group unless stated otherwise

- All tours and excursions mentioned

- Entrance fees to national parks in Argentina 

 

Not Including

 - Flights are not included in the quote, however can be quoted if necessary

- Lunches and dinners are not included, unless mentioned in the itinerary

- Entrance to national parks in Bolivia and Chile

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Accommodation Categories

Basic: Rooms include the minimum needed to have a nice stay - a bed and a private bathroom. They are basic but nice and clean. All the tours included in the experiences are group tours.
Comfort: Accommodation normally takes place in 3* or 3* plus hotels. Rooms have some charm and most of them include TV. Some tours are private or semi private.
Superior: Hotels are local boutique 4* or 5*. They have a local appeal and they are an experience on themselves. Tours and transfers can be for groups, private or semi private according to what mentioned in the included services section.

Methods of Payment

Cash, wire transfer or credit card payments through paypal are accepted. There is a 5,4% surcharge for credit card payments through paypal.

Price Conditions

Cancellation
In the event that the customer needs to cancel a reservation made, the amount paid shall be returned after discounting the cancellation expenses, if any. Any cancellation should be sent by written form to the following e-mail address: info@andatravel.com.ar. Any cancellation receipt and confirmation shall be sent by the same way. The expenses shall depend on the advance time by which the cancellation will be requested:
Within 15 days before the service, a 20% penalty of the total amount of the service.
5 to 15 days before the service, a 40% penalty of the total amount of the service.
Less than 5 days before the service: a 60% penalty of the total amount of the service.
Less than 2 days before the service: a 100% penalty of the total amount of the service.
Hours and trips
1. All passengers are obliged to respect all the established hours. All consequences related to its breach shall be at their own expenses.
2. In the event of regular tours, there shall be a 5-minute tolerance for the pick up, after this time, the pick-up itinerary shall be completed. In this case, the passengers shall have to go by their own means to the starting point of the tour.
3. Should the passenger not show up at the pick-up place and at the time mentioned in this document, this shall be considered as cancelled at the last minute (no show) and the total amount of the service shall be charged.
Changes 1. During our trips, different public and private sites shall be visited, the same are booked according to the scheduling, day and choice of the passengers. Access to them is subject to the decision of the authorities at the moment of the visit.
2. Once the booking has been confirmed, ANDA shall not be liable for any change or cancellation made on the passanger's own decision including flight delays of the air company, or any other transportation means.
3. ANDA reserves the right to make partial or total changes of days and/or services composing the tour due to unforseeable circumstances or in case of force majeure, before or during the implementation thereof.
4. ANDA shall have the right to cancel any tour in the event of any of the circumstances provided by Art. 24 of the Decree nr. 2182/72
5. Should the trip last more than the established terms due to fortuitous causes beyond the control of the Company or by force majeure, the expenses incurred shall be paid by the passenger.
The transport is included only in cases specifically mentioned in the corresponding item. The transport services shall be provided by the contracted transport companies. Vehicle transportation shall only be provided for the requested amount of people and/or the specific group.
Personal belongings
1. Any customer's baggage and other personal belongings are not covered by the contract journey. As for all the personal objects, these should always be kept with themselves, irrespective of the part of the vehicle where they are stored. They are carried on behalf and on the customer's risk, being the Operator not liable for any loss, theft or damage that should be incurred during the travel for any reason, including any handling during hotel/airport transfers or viceversa, if any.
2. This document does not include any traveller's possibility nor right to complain to the transport companies or their insurances companies, being the application and compliance of the trasnport companies' terms as well as the ticket the only binding agreement between the above-mentioned companies and the passenger.

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