Altiplano & Gaucho Wanderer

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  • duration 21 days
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 23
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts La Paz, Bolivia
  • Ends Buenos Aires, Argentina
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Explore the witches market & the dizzy heights of 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
The Altiplano & Gaucho Wanderer tour starts from La Paz and ends in Buenos Aires. The Altiplano & Gaucho Wanderer tour is an overland journeys tour that takes 21 days. You will travel through Recreo, San Pedro De Atacama, Salar De Uyuni and 9 other destinations visiting Chile, Argentina and 2 more countries. This is a guided group tour. The tour includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

From Bolivia's high Altiplano to the heart of Argentina's grasslands, this trip takes you through some of South America's most beautiful landscapes. Most stunning of all is the dramatic expanse of the salt plains of Salar de Uyuni and we will cross the Altiplano along remote, seldom travelled routes, criss-crossing wild plateaux studded with volcanoes and lakes full of flamingos; it is truly spectacular.

Bolivia was the economic engine of the Spanish empire and nowhere more so than the historic city of Potosi with its giant silver and tin mines and the political centre of La Paz. We descend from the Andes into Chile's Atacama Desert, to visit the atmospheric town of San Pedro before crossing the Andes again and heading into the beautiful arid regions of Argentina and the wonderful colonial city of Salta. Argentina's route 40 is truly spectacular cutting through remote red mountains beset with vine covered valleys.

No trip to Argentina is complete without getting under the skin of Gaucho life and we have a unique Estancia stay for two days of horse riding on an idyllic country ranch. To cap it all off we have time to explore the cosmopolitan capital, Buenos Aires.

4.5 - Excellent
Based on 23 reviews
5 - Excellent
  • Malcolm M
  • On Mar 22 2019
“Loved the humour, camaraderie and team effort as well as the stunning sights we saw”
5 - Excellent
  • Robert G
  • On Apr 15 2018
“Crew were excellent hosts and we were well looked after on the trip”
5 - Excellent
  • Laura M
  • On Dec 01 2017
“First group travel experience after years of travelling solo and/or with friends. A Great experience where you learn alot about yourself and make new relationships easily.”
Very Good
4 - Very Good
  • Janine S
  • On Nov 07 2017
“I loved the time at the estancia and the lunch st the winery at Cafayate”
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  • Day 1: La Paz
  • Day 2: La Paz
  • Day 3: Potosi
  • Day 4: Uyuni
  • Day 5: Uyuni
  • Day 6: Altiplano
  • Day 7: San Pedro de Atacama
  • Day 8: San Pedro de Atacama
  • Day 9: Purmamarca
  • Day 10: Salta
  • Day 11: Salta
  • Day 12: En route
  • Day 13: Cafayate
  • Day 14: Cafayate
  • Day 15: Recreo
  • Day 16: Estancia
  • Day 17: Estancia
  • Day 18: Estancia
  • Day 19: Buenos Aires
  • Day 20: Buenos Aires
  • Day 21: Buenos Aires
  • Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep
  • Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
  • Basic Hotel 5 nights
  • Comfortable Hotel 4 nights
  • Wild Camp 2 nights
  • Multishare Hostel 2 nights
  • Camping 7 nights
  • 20 Breakfasts
  • 11 Lunches
  • 9 Dinner
  • Any international flights to La Paz and from Buenos Aires 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 Wanderer tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Altiplano & Gaucho Wanderer 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 05 July 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 05 July 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 Wanderer 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 Wanderer 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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