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Pato Andino Journey: Panorama of the Andes

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Pato Andino Journey

One of the most comprehensive group tours of South America for 2014, this holiday travels from Argentina, through Chile and Bolivia to Peru. Starting in Buenos Aires, visit the Atacama desert, travel across the Uyuni salt flats and on to Lake Titicaca, Cusco and Machu Picchu on this 3 week escorted tour of South America.

Summary of nights: Buenos Aires 2, Salta 2, San Pedro de Atacama 2, Uyuni salt flats 3, La Paz 3, Puno 2, Cusco 2, Sacred Valley 1, Machu Picchu 1, Cusco 1, Lima 1.

  • Dramatic journey between two fascinating capitals, Buenos Aires and Lima.
  • Salta - cultured city in the less-visited but delightful Andean foothills.
  • High pass over the Andes and through surreal, lofty landscapes to the Atacama desert.
  • Expedition across the desert and Uyuni salt flats to luminous lagoons and astonishing scenery of remote southern Bolivia.
  • Architecture and history of the Inca heartland in Cusco, the Sacred Valley, the lost city of Machu Picchu.

Holiday Itinerary

UK clients depart on overnight flight arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina, early morning on day 1.
Day 1 Sun. Explore Buenos Aires, two nights in the capital.
Day 2 Guided tour of the city.
Days 3,4 Fly to Salta, explore the nearby region.
Day 5 Cross over the Andes into Chile, and the Atacama Desert.
Day 6 Visit the Moon Valley, outside of San Pedro de Atacama.
Days 7-9 Cross into Bolivia and across the Uyuni salt flats.
Day 10 Travel by private vehicle to La Paz.
Days 11,12 Explore La Paz.
Day 13 Drive to Lake Titicaca.
Day 14 Visit the floating Uros Islands and optional trip to the pre-Inca site of Sillustani.
Day 15 Drive to Cusco.
Day 16 City tour of Cusco, including the site of Sacsayhuaman.
Day 17 Full day excursion into the Sacred Valley, overnight in the valley.
Day 18 Train to Machu Picchu, overnight in nearby village.
Day 19 Optional re-entry to the site, afternoon return to Cusco.
Day 20 Fly to Lima.
Day 21 Depart for international flight or extension.
UK clients arrive home the following day, Sun.

Trip Profile

Transport: 2 flights (longest 2 hrs), 2 train journeys (2 + 3½ hrs each), 7 road journeys (longest 10 hrs including stops).
Accommodation: Small and friendly simple hotels, with private bathroom. In the Uyuni salt flats area, basic dormitory accommodation with shared facilities.
Meals: Breakfast daily, full board days 7 and 8. Lunch day 9.
Included excursions: Buenos Aires guided tour; Salta countryside; Moon valley at San Pedro de Atacama; Laguna Colorada and excursion on the Uyuni desert crossing; La Paz walking tour; Uros islands on Lake Titicaca; Cusco city tour including Sacsayhuamán; Sacred Valley of the Incas; Machu Picchu; Lima walking tour.
Group size: Min 4, max 16. Led by Journey Latin America tour leader.

A few days spare?

Extend your trip by adding on a few days at the beginning or end of your tour on a tailormade, private basis. Click here to see our most popular extensions to the Pato Andino Journey or contact one of our consultants for more inspiring ideas.

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The mind-boggling landscape of the crossing into the Uyuni salt flat, Bolivia
The mind-boggling landscape of the crossing into the Uyuni salt flat, Bolivia

Machu Picchu is as mystical as it is magical, straddling a ridge high above the Urubamba canyon.
Machu Picchu is as mystical as it is magical, straddling a ridge high above the Urubamba canyon.

The Moon Valley in the Atacama Desert.
The Moon Valley in the Atacama Desert.

View more imagesSunset in the Atacama Desert.Colourful colonial centre in La Paz.A Peruvian woman in traditional dress at Lake Titicaca.The central Plaza de Armas in Cusco.We pass through the fertile Sacred Valley en route to Machu Picchu.Colourful masks at a traditional Peruvian festival.


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