Altiplano & Gaucho Explorer

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5.0 Based on 39 Reviews
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  • Horseback riding
  • Sailing, yachting and motor boating
  • Adventure
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  • duration 21 days
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 25
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts La Paz, Bolivia
  • Ends Santiago, Chile
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • 2 nights in the world's highest capital city, La Paz
  • Day trip on the surreal Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats
  • Visit the Uyuni train graveyard
  • 2 day crossing of the desolate and surreal Altiplano
Starting in La Paz and ending in Santiago, the Altiplano & Gaucho Explorer trip is a guided overland journeys tour that takes 21 days. You will be touring through La Paz, Anglo-Argentine Estancia, Santiago and 8 other destinations in Bolivia, Argentina and Chile. Altiplano & Gaucho Explorer is a group trip which will include accommodation, transport, meals and others. Please check the package includes section for more details.

This is a journey across the roof of the Andes, from the high Altiplano to the heart of Argentina's grasslands. It crosses the spectacular passes of the Andes three times along remote seldom travelled routes with spectacular volcanoes and high lakes studded with flamingos.

This is overlanding at its best and you will travel from the high plateau to the depths of the Atacama, the driest desert on Earth and the desert settlement of San Pedro, before heading to the west of the Andes and the grasslands of Argentina.

It contrasts the historic cities of La Paz and Salta with the cosmopolitan centres of Mendoza and Santiago, capital of Chile. It offers a wonderful insight into the life and culture of the Argentinean Gauchos as we spend a couple of days exploring the cordilleras with gauchos on their horses at a working Estancia.

5 - Excellent
Based on 39 reviews
  • Elzbieta T
  • On Feb 15 2019
5 - Excellent
“Stayed in places off the beaten track, like the bush camp in abandoned town and the Estancia”
  • Holly W
  • On Jan 22 2019
5 - Excellent
“The Estancia was the best part of the trip, so relaxing and fun”
  • Gary H
  • On Nov 22 2018
5 - Excellent
“Excellent trip, varied & good itinerary, lead my excellent tour leaders.”
  • Nicole H
  • On Nov 22 2018
5 - Excellent
“The tour was amazing, I loved the truck and have made some amazing friends.”
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  • Day 1: La Paz
  • Day 2: La Paz
  • Day 3: Uyuni
  • Day 4: Uyuni
  • Day 5: Altiplano
  • Day 6: San Pedro de Atacama
  • Day 7: San Pedro de Atacama
  • Day 8: Salta
  • Day 9: Salta
  • Day 10: Cafayate
  • Day 11: Cafayate
  • Day 12: Recreo
  • Day 13: Estancia
  • Day 14: Estancia
  • Day 15: Estancia
  • Day 16: Cordoba
  • Day 17: Mendoza
  • Day 18: Mendoza
  • Day 19: Santiago
  • Day 20: Santiago
  • Day 21: Santiago
  • Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep
  • Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
  • Basic Hotel 8 nights
  • Wild Camp 2 nights
  • Multishare Hostel 5 nights
  • Camping 5 nights
  • 20 Breakfasts
  • 8 Lunches
  • 7 Dinner
  • Any international flights to La Paz and from Santiago are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Altiplano & Gaucho Explorer tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Altiplano & Gaucho Explorer tour. You can cancel the tour up to 61 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 60 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 11 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 11 August 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 60 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Altiplano & Gaucho Explorer tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Altiplano & Gaucho Explorer tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Local Payment The local payment is a group fund, paid separately from the trip price on the first day of the tour. It covers everything that the group does together on the ground. This is primarily hotel accommodation and campsite fees, meals whilst camping (but not while eating in restaurants), and included activities and puts money directly back to the local community. The local payment, or kitty system, is unique to overlanding tours and provides maximum flexibility and best value on the road - you can see exactly what is being paid for, you get everything at cost price, it keeps costs competitive by leveraging group expenses and saves on administrative costs. The fund is run by the tour guide, and any excess left over at the end is returned equally to the group. Local prices are estimated in USD when we print the brochure then reviewed monthly as local costs and exchange rates vary throughout the year. It's therefore important once you book your trip to check the website regularly and just before departure for any changes to the amount.

If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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