The Gringo Trail

Overview

The Gringo Trail with ChimuSalta in Argentina and Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia are the real heart of South America and contain some of the most spectacular scenery in this great continent. Explore this and so much more in what is known by travelers the world over as the Gringo trail: The classic travel route through South America!

Starting in the vibrant city of Buenos Aires, we will take you to the great wonder that is Iguaçu Falls and continue on to the rustic charm of La Paz Bolivia, crossing the magnificent salt flats along the way. From La Paz we will journey along the great Lake Titicaca and end in the capital of the ancient Inca Empire - Cusco, with a trip to Machu Picchu the icing on the cake. Truly and unforgettable adventure and one not to be missed!

TRIP CODE
MCTSGRI
DEPARTURE
Daily
DURATION
20 Days
LOCATIONS
Argentina, Bolivia, Peru

Itinerary

Inclusions & Details

Accommodation Hotels for majority of the tour. Rustic hostels in the Bolivian Salt Flats (no hotels available in this area)
Inclusions

Airport transfers

Accommodation 

Tours in the itinerary

Internal flights

Breakfasts

Other meals specified in the itinerary

Transport

Difficulty Rating 3.4 (Reasonable fitness level required)
Single Surcharge

Standard category from US$1,180

Notes

This tour can also in reverse from Cusco to Buenos Aires. Contact us today for more details.

Due to flooding, the Devil’s walkway is closed for repair and not scheduled to reopen until late 2015.

Price Dependent upon

Season and availability

Sustainability

Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:

1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.

2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America. 

4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.

5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.

Find out more about sustainability in:

Argentina

Argentina

Electricity Generation Currently 41% of energy in within Argentina comes from renewable energy sources (mostly hydropower…

Peru

Peru

Electricity Generation Currently 48% of energy in within Peru come from renewable energy sources (mostly hydropower…

Accommodation & Pricing

PRICING
STANDARD TRIP CODE PRICING FROM
Standard MCTSGRI-STD AUD 7630


The below hotels are our preferred options for the respective tour standards mentioned above. Hotels can easily be changed at the customers request. We also note that in some cases our preferred hotels may be unavailable and in those circumstances we may need to provide an alternative hotel of a similar standard.

ACCOMMODATION
Standard
Casa Andina Classic Mapi - Machu Picchu
Traditional Room
Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu is a friendly and cosy hotel in a strategic location in Aguas Calientes, the nearest access point to the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu. This hotel has 54 new and comfortable rooms in a 5-storey building, where you can relax after your visit to Machu Picchu. The traditional rooms have mountain views and the hotel offers Wi-Fi and has a restaurant with a spectacular view of the Vilcanota River.
 
 Wakapunku Boutique - Cusco
Standard Room
Wakapunku, meaning 'Door to the Sanctuary' in Quechua, is a small 8 room boutique hotel located just two blocks from Cusco's main plaza and only a very short stroll from some of Cusco's top bars and restaurants. This colonial style hotel is a comfortable, tranquil and calm oasis in Cusco providing exceptional service. All rooms have showers and bathrooms with abundant hot water 24 hours a day. They feature comfortable beds and are also equipped with an LED TV, telephone and safety deposit box as well as an iPhone dock. Suite and Balcony Rooms are also available at an additional cost.
 
 Casa Andina Tikarani - Puno
Standard Room
Casa Andina Classic Puno Tikarani is a medium-sized, quiet hotel with several spacious common areas, including a living room with fireplace and a patio. The hotel is in an excellent location close to Puno's restaurant and bar scene. The rooms are spacious and feature private shower, TV and safety deposit box. The hotel also offers Wi-Fi, internet service and laundry service.
 
 Ecololodge La Estancia - Copacabana
Standard Room
Ecolodge La Estancia sits at an amazing spot located on the southern part of the Island of the Sun in Lake Titicaca. It was built to combine typical Andean architecture with modern comforts, always respecting the harmony of the surrounding nature and habitat. The cabins were constructed with adobe brick and thatch roofs, and were set between pre-Inca terraces. Solar energy is used and waste at all levels is recycled.
 
 Hotel Naira - La Paz
Standard Room
Quiet and with a friendly atmosphere, Hostal Naira is strategically located in the historic city centre on Sagarnaga Street, within easy access of the San Francisco Church and other main highlights. The 32 rooms feature private bathrooms with 24-hour hot water, heating, Wi-Fi and cable TV. Hotel facilities include a bar and restaurant, patios, hotel safe and a laundry service.
 
 Hotel Tayka del Desierto - Uyuni
Standard Room
Blending into the surrounding landscape, the remote and rustic Tayka del Desierto Hotel is well placed for exploring the surrounding Siloli Desert and lagoons. The hotel is located at 'Ojo de Perdiz', named after a natural spring found nearby that now supplies water to the hotel. The hotel can accommodate 47 guests in basic but comfortable, spacious rooms with private bathrooms. Solar panels generate electricity and hot water in the evenings. Extra blankets and candles are available on request. Perhaps the greatest feature of this accommodation is the uninterrupted view of the natural surroundings.
 
 Hotel Tambo Aymara - Other Bolivia
Standard Room
Clean, Comfortable and one of the best options in town is how our clients have described this hotel. Well located in Uyuni town centre this hacienda style hotel has 24 hour hot water and in room heating.
 
 Hotel Mitru Tupiza - Other Bolivia
Standard Room
With a spectacular view of the red hills from the terrace, the construction of the Hotel combines the rusticity of local materials with creative touches for the comfort of its guests. The environment, infrastructure and personal attention, make Hotel Mitru a lovely place to enjoy the magic of the Tupiza Valley.
 
 Killa Cafayate Hotel - Salta
Standard Room
Located in the heart of Cafayate, the Killa Cafayate Hotel has 15 rooms and suites, all of them with air-conditioning, heating, ceiling-fan, safe-box, shoe-cleaning kit, wireless Internet, sommier bedding, hair-dryer and fully-equipped bathroom with bath-tub. Rooms and suites have view to the hotel gardens, mountains and Cafayate main square. The hotel offers room-service, bar & cafeteria, swimming pool, solarium, car-parking, massage- service, baby-sitter service, doctor on-call service, bikes- renting, fax, wireless Internet and notebook for guests use at the front-office.
 
 Antiguo Convento - Salta
Standard Room
The Hotel del Antiguo Convento is located in the old historic part of Salta, a few minutes away from Plaza 9 de Julio and close to the San Francisco Church and the San Bernardo Convent. The hotel is an old restored house, which offers the combination of colonial style with modern comfortable facilities. The rooms are spacious, rustically decorated and well equipped including heating and air conditioning. Wi-Fi is also available. Other hotel facilities include a swimming pool, beautiful gardens and a colonial patio where a snack bar service can be enjoyed. In 2007, the hotel won the Golden Award for Quality and Business Prestige.
 
 La Cantera Jungle Lodge - Iguasu
Tierra Room
La Cantera Jungle Lodge is situated within the Natural Reserve "Selva Iryapu". This reserve is strategically situated. It is 10 minutes' drive from the city of Puerto Iguazu, 15 minutes' drive from The International Iguazu Airport, and 15 minutes from the Cataratas del Iguazu. The difference of lodging within the Natural Reserve is mainly the real contact with nature, the song of birds, the sound of the leaves moved by the wind, and the mystery of the forest that embraces everything. La Cantera Jungle Lodge was built having in mind the preservation of the setting and thinking that the impact on the place had to be very little. Within the three acres of the property there are trees that are more than 400 years old (Caa Fstola) and others that are protected as they are about to be extinted (Palo Rosa).The Lodge is characterized for being an innovating, exclusive and sophisticated proposal, with the goal of offering first level services and betting for a real approach to each host. It has 24 suits and offers all the amenities that you would need for your comfort, from its beautiful swimming pool to its spa, bar or restaurant.
 
 Dazzler Tower Recoleta - Buenos Aires
Standard Room
The modern 4-star Dazzler Recoleta is located in an old elite area of the city, the district of Recoleta, surrounded by quaint mansions and beautiful wide tree-lined streets with small boutique restaurants offering al fresco dining. The hotel offers a wide variety of services including 24-hour desk, Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, room service, central air-conditioning and heating, business centre, outdoor pool, solarium, sauna and gym. The rooms have double paned soundproof windows and are equipped with Wi-Fi, cable TV, telephone, electronic safe, magnetic card door lock, private bathroom, work desk and chair.

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