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Altiplano Crossing

Altiplano Crossing

Experience the cultural contrast between this 3 neighbor countries and enjoy the landscapes from the highest capital city in the world (La Paz) to the second most beautiful city in the world (Buenos Aires).


Travel from the colorful indigenous La Paz, to the Bolivian Altiplano, from the amassing beauty of the Uyuni salt flats to the vibrant and cultured Buenos Aires, the home of tango. Experience some of our favorite South American extremes on this trip for the more adventurous traveler, who will never forget this awesome experience!!

 

Overview
Itinerary
Includes
Before you go

Trip Code: BAC
Trip name: Atacama Crossing
Duration: 15 Days /14 nights
Group Size: Min 6 pax - Max 14 pax
Service level: basic
Destination: La Paz - Uyuni Salt Flat – San Pedro de Atacama – Salta - Buenos Aires
South America Tour Operator: Travel Tour Group
Physical Rating: 2
Age requirement: All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
High tourist season: All year round, for July, Holly Week, Christmas and New Year, consult for availability. For more information, please contact our sales department. mauricio@traveltourgroup.com  (Book in advance)
Accommodation: 10 nights simple hotels/Hostels, 2 nights dessert lodge, 2 night buses
Meals: 14x Breakfasts, 2x Lunch, 2x dinner and 2x Snacks
Transportation: Local buses, van, 4x4 and on your own foots.

 

Quick Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive to La Paz

Arrival day, no planned activities, check in at your hotel and explore the city.

 

Day 2 -3: La Paz - Uyuni

Take a tour to Tihuanaco and get to know this incredible Andean culture full of mistery, in the evening take a night bus to Uyuni.

 

Day 4-5-6: Uyuni Salt Flat and Atacama Crossing

Enjoy the highlight of the trip in this 3 days expedition crossing the famous Uyuni Salt Flat through the Altiplano to the Atacama Desert and will get in San Pedro de Atacama on day 6.

 

Day 7-8: San Pedro de Atacama

Free time to explore this border town, in the afternoon will take a tour to the Moon’s Valley and optional activities.

 

Day 9: Salta

After breakfast we will take a bus to cross the border again, but this time to through Paso Jama to Argentina, to the most beautiful northern city of Salta.

 

Day 10: Salta

Early in the morning will take a full day tour to the famous bridge of La Polvorilla, visiting the pre-incas ruins of Tastil, getting the highest path called Abra Blanca and visiting the little town of San Antonio de los Cobres.

 

Day 11 Salta

Today will be free to take very active with a rafting day full of adrenaline along the impressive Juramento River, or a horseback riding in San Lorenzo village, or just simply explore this beautiful city and its museums.

 

Day 12: Night bus

Free morning for explore the city or take optional activities such as a biking tour or visit the famous San Bernardo´s Hill, at noon will take a bus to Buenos Aires.

 

Day 13: Buenos Aires

Today will be a relaxing day to walk around this fascinating city, the “Paris of South America”, wander the pedestrian walkways and see some local dancing in the streets.

 

Day 14 Buenos Aires

In the morning, your included city tour will ensure that you do not miss any of the city’s major attractions such as Teatro Colon, Obelisco, Av. De Mayo, Congreso, Plaza de Mayo, La Boca, San Telmo, Recoleta and Puerto Madero.
In the evening, as an optional, you can take the unforgettable experience with tango lessons and a great Tango Show.

 

Day 15 Departure

Departure time, this trip gets to the end.

 

NOTE: This tour runs in reverse, for more information; please contact our sales department or your local agent.

 

Highlights of the Trip

Buenos Aires, the Paris of South America
Salta and the beautiful surrounding scenery
San Pedro de Atacama
Uyuni Salt Flat
La Paz, the highest capital city in the world

 

TRAVEL ALTERNATIVES IN ARGENTINA

  • Iguassu Express
    Buenos Aires Express
    Calafate Express
    Patagonia Express
    Patagonia Highlights
    Untamed North
  • Unforgettable North
  • El Chalten Express

Itinerary

ALTIPLANO CROSSING
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us, (remember we are in South America). Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit traveling, with All Territories can be unpredictable. The dossier is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered.
Please contact us for more information if needed.
info@allterritories.com


DETAILED ITINERARY:

Day 1 Arrive to La Paz
Arrival day, no planned activities, check in at your hotel and explore the many fine museums or wander the streets, filled with colorful markets and indigenous costumes.
La Paz, the highest de facto capital in the world, is a city that amazes visitors. Houses cling to the hills, defying gravity and the cholitas (native women) with their colorful, typical clothing enliven the city. La Paz is surrounded by forested hills and crowned by the majestic Mount Illimani (6,400 m) A diversity of trails and attractions awaits you.

Day 2  La Paz
Today we take a tour to Tiwanaku located at an altitude of 3.845 meters above sea level and 71 kilometers away from La Paz city.
The Tiwanaku culture as to chronology refers, would be placed between 1.500 B.C in its beginnings and 1.200 A.C its extinction. The Tiwanakota culture shows three periods in the evolution of the culture, which are: Village, Urban and Imperial or Expansive.
According the air photographs available, it is determined that Tiwanaku city reached a length of 2,8 kilometers and a maximum width of 1,6 kilometers. This planimetry determined an area of 420 hectares.
In the evening after the tour will take an overnight bus to Uyuni.

Day 3 Uyuni
In the morning we arrive at the litte town of Uyuni, from where we embark on a 3 day desert crossing into this awesome scenery. A surreal landscape waits between the Salar de Uyuni and the Bolivian Desert. Travel by 4WD through piercing blue skies and blinding white salt flats. Here we will have time to buy some stuff for our expedition.

Day 4 Uyuni/San Juan
Embark on a journey through one of the most isolated and dramatic geographical regions in South America through the impressive Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flats.

Day 5 San Juan/Laguna Colorada
Oddly shaped cacti grow along the Colorada Lagoon attracting brilliant pink flamingoes at this bird refuge around Bolivia’s salt flats. The splendid panoramic desert vistas are accented by distant volcanoes.

Day 6 Laguna Colorada /San Pedro de Atacama
Take an early morning transfer to Sol de la Mañana where the dramatic geology of spewing geysers, smoky fumaroles and ponds of boiling mud are on display. Visit the emerald green Laguna Verde and observe rare wildlife. From there to Hito Cajones, the Bolivian border and then start going down almost 3000 metres from the high Bolivian altiplano, we arrive at the edge of the Atacama Desert, and to the small desert oasis of San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 7-8 San Pedro de Atacama
There are plenty of optional excursions here, like biking, exploring nearby ruins, horseback riding, and a tour of the Valley of the Moon.

Day 9 Salta
In the morning at 10 AM we take a local bus to picturesque Salta, in the North of Argentina home to delicious Empanadas Salteñas.

Day 10 Salta
Early in the morning take in the incredible scenery and many coloured mountains on your trip to the famous bridge of La Polvorilla, visiting the pre-incas ruins of Tastil, getting the highest path called Abra Blanca and visiting the little town of San Antonio de los Cobres. 

Day 11 Salta
Today after breakfast, as an optiona, take part in this rafting along the impressive Juramento River. Uncontrollable emotions, an excellent barbecue and a personal attention will make this trip something to remember, or a hosrseback riding in San Lorenzo.

Day 12 Night bus
Free morning for explore the city and visit its museums or take optional activities such as a biking tour or visit the famous San Bernardo´s Hill, at noon will take a bus to Buenos Aires. 

Day 13 Buenos Aires
Will arrive in BA during the morning, so today will be a relaxing day to walk around this fascinating city, the “Paris of South America”, wander the pedestrian walkways and see some local dancing in the streets. 

Day 14 Buenos Aires
After breakfast you will take a city tour around this most European of Latin American cities. The grandiose architecture, wide boulevards and numerous restaurants and cafes of its busy centre give it a cosmopolitan air. As the principal port of a nation whose wealth was based on agricultural exports, the city experienced massive immigration and consistent growth. The huge metropolitan area is now home to over 13 million people (40% of the country´s entire population!) and a disproportionate amount of wealth and power. You’ll visit the districts of San Telmo, La Boca, Recoleta and of course the Plaza Mayo in central Buenos Aires. And for the last finale, as an optional, it is well worth taking in a Tango Lesson and a Tango show; the sheer machismo and passion of this dance cannot be beaten, especially not in its home city.

Day 15 Departure
The trip get to the end but good opportunity to check out our Tailor made trip section for more adventures with us!

Trip Code:  BAC
Trip name: Altiplano Crossing
Duration: 15 Days/14 nights
La Paz - Uyuni Salt Flat – San Pedro de Atacama – Salta - Buenos Aires
Group Size:  Min 6 pax - Max 14 pax

Included
10 night’s accommodation in simple hotels and desert lodges
2 night’s desert lodge
2 night buses
Tour leader throughout
Local guides in English for every tour
Tour to Tiwuanaku
Uyuni Salt Flat crossing
Tour to Moon’s Valley
Tour to La Polvorilla
City tour in BA
Meals while crossing the salt flat

Not Inlcuded
Pre & post tour accommodation
International, domestic flights and departure tax
Travel Insurance
Tips, baggage portage and other extras not specified.
Transfer In – Out
Entrances to National Parks and Natural reserves
Optional tours
Meals not specified

Important Notes: 
1) Shorter/longer stays, hotel upgrades and extra trips all possible.
Please contact our sales department for more information or check out our Taylor Made section. sales@allterritories.com
2) Visas: You may be required to obtain a travel visa to visit Bolivia, Chile and Argentina; also all countries require a valid passport (with minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THE CORRECT TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION.
3) This tour runs in reverse, for more information, please contact our sales department.

Accommodation:  Simple hotels, hostels, desert lodge.

Joining Hotel
The hotel used in La Paz and Buenos Aires will be detailed in your voucher. Please, refer to your travel voucher for your specific hotel.

Joining Instructions 
El Alto International Airport is a spectacular drive from the centre of La Paz, where our joining hotel is located. The easiest way to get there is via taxi. You can pay for the car at set rates (approximately $8 USD), from an official uniformed taxi driver. The trip takes approximately 30 minutes and is very scenic. The money exchange desk is open 9am to 7 pm.
If you are arriving from abroad and have paid in advance for an arrival transfer, an All Territories representative will meet you at the airport. If no one is there, take a public taxi to the hotel and we will reimburse you. If you have not paid for an arrival transfer, the best way to get into town is by public taxi. If your taxi driver does not speak English and you do not speak Spanish, simply show driver the hotel address to simplify communications.
Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned, so you may arrive at any time. Similarly the last day is a departure day during which no activities are planned.
Your Tour Leader/local operator/ representative will contact you at the hotel on Day 1 and make sure you are settled comfortably. If you arrive late, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet. Your Your Tour Leader/local operator/ representative will organize a short meeting soon after arrival, during which you will meet other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip.

Arrival Complications 
We do not expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you can not commence your trip as scheduled, please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your trip leader/local operator or to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier. If you are unable to get in touch with your leader/local operator, please refer to our emergency contact details. If you have pre-booked an airport transfer and have not made contact with our local operator/representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point Hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.

Emergency Contact
If you need emergency assistance, you can contact us locally at the following phone number:
Cell. + 54 92604393359
Should you need to contact All Territories during a situation of extremely serious need, someone from our Operations staff will answer a mobile line at any time. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so we may return your call and assist you as soon as possible
Phone: +54 9260 4000968
Cell. + 54 92604393359

Checklist of what to take

      * Passport (with photocopies)
      * Travel insurance (with photocopies)
      * Airline tickets (with photocopies)
      * USD cash
      * Credit and debit cards
      * Vouchers and dossier
      * Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
      * Camera and film
      * Binoculars
      * Cover for backpacks
      * Fair sized daypack
      * Wool hat, mitts or gloves (preferably water proof)
      * Sleeping bag (this can also be hired locally for approximately
        USD7/day-these are high quality and warm)
      * Strong plastic bags to help keep gear dry
      * Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen)
      * Fleece top
      * Windproof/waterproof jacket
      * 5 shirts/t-shirts
      * Sun hat
      * 1 pair of shorts
      * 2 pairs of long trousers
      * 2 pair hiking pants/track pants
      * Hiking boots/ sturdy walking shoes
      * Sport sandals
      * Sun block
      * Sunglasses
      * Toiletries (biodegradable)
      * Watch or alarm clock
      * Water bottle
      * Pocket knife
      * Small flashlight
      * First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids,     
         anti-histamine, tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-
         hydration powder, and extra prescription drugs you may be 
         taking).

Meal Budget
Daily allowance USD30 for meals not included. For additional expenses, please contact our sales department for more information.
sales@allterritories.com

Emergency Fund
Please, make sure you have access to at least an additional USD200 (or equivalent) as an emergency fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster) need a change to our planned tour. This is a rare occurrence! But you never know…


Optional activities
La Paz
Chacaltaya tour
City tour
Mountain biking
Museum of Precious Pre-Colombian Metals entrance $3 for ticket to four museums
Casa de Don Pedro Domingo Murillo entrance included in ticket above
Coca museum

San Pedro de Atacama
Geisers El Tatio
Archeological tour

Salta
Bike City Tour
Mountain bike full day
Trekking full day
Horse riding
Rafting full day
4x4 day tour
Pena Folklorica
Fourtrax
San Bernardo Hill
Tour to the Clouds

Buenos Aires
Coastal train
Teatro Colón
El Tigre boat trip


A Couple of Rules
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts you at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for All Territories travelers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader/local operator has the right to expel any member of the group/tour if drugs are found in their possession or they use prostitutes.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When traveling on a trip with us, you will not be permitted to join the tour until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your leader or local operator, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
All Territories is a Travel Assurance provider, and in case you are interested in get our proposal, please contact us to the following email: tailormade@allterrirtories.com

Responsible Travel
All Territories has been responsible to offering low-impact tours that benefit travelers and host alike. We work with local communities, businesses and individuals to develop sustainable tourism opportunities that help local economies while minimizing negative environmental and cultural impacts.

Keeping in Touch
If you need to be contacted while traveling or if someone wishes to contact you in an emergency while you are on one of our trips we recommend that they contact your local booking agent, or refer to our Emergency Contact.

AVAILABILITY & PRICES
This trip is available all year round. For more information, please contact our sales department.
sales@allterritories.com



Departures 2020-2021
Bs As        La Paz                La Paz     Bs As
04 May    18 May                19 May    03 Jun
08 Jun    22 Jun                23 Jun    07 Jul
10 Jul        24 Jul                    25 Jul      08 Ago
10 Ago    24 Ago                25 Ago    08 Sep
12 Sep    26 Sep                28 Sep    12 Oct
17 Oct        31 Oct                    01 Nov    15 Nov
16 Nov    30 Nov                01 Dec    15 Dic
18 Dec    01 Jan                02 Jan    16 Jan
18 Jan    02 Feb                05 Feb    20 Feb
22 Feb    08 Mar                09 Mar    23 Mar
27 Mar    10 Abr                    12 Abr        26 Abr




Cost per person with tour leader USD1850
Local Payment USD400

Local payment
Most of our adventure trips involve a local payment.
This amount is the final payment for your tour. Paying locally facilitates the flow of funds into countries that we travel through and also helps to reduce the overall price of the tour,  allowing us to keep our tours at a competitive price, passing our costs savings on to you.

*Rates can be modified without notice and upon availability at the moment of the booking*

Included - Not included


Included
10 night’s accommodation in simple hotels and desert lodges
2 night’s desert lodge
2 night buses
Tour leader throughout
Local guides in English for every tour
Tour to Tiwuanaku
Uyuni Salt Flat crossing
Tour to Moon’s Valley
Tour to La Polvorilla
City tour in BA
Meals while crossing the salt flat

Not Inlcuded
Pre & post tour accommodation
International, domestic flights and departure tax
Travel Insurance
Tips, baggage portage and other extras not specified.
Transfer In – Out
Entrances to National Parks and Natural reserves
Optional tours
Meals not specified

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