The Gringo Trail


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The Gringo Trail with Chimu

Your journey starts in Buenos Aires. After a few days here, say goodbye to the big city as you fly to Iguazu Falls. After a quick onward flight, you will begin the Gringo Trail which starts in Salta with a few days to explore the city and its surrounding area. From Salta, continue to Uyuni, but not before a couple of pitstops in La Quiaca and Tupiza. In Uyuni, experience the famed Salt Flats. Then it’ll be off to La Paz before heading to Peru, beginning in Puno then to Cusco for your trip to the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu.

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20 Days
Argentina, Bolivia, Peru


Inclusions & Details

Accommodation Hotels and rustic hostels in the Bolivian Salt Flats
Airport transfers
Internal flights
Accommodation with breakfast
Tours as detailed in itinerary 
Other meals where stated 
Tips, personal expenses
International flights


Difficulty Rating 3.4 (Reasonable fitness level required)
Single Surcharge

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Chimu Adventures is passionate and dedicated to sustainbility measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

We ensure that we have as little negative impact on the wildlife as possible and minimise disturbances. We also encourage the education and visitation of protection and conservation services, specifically associated with the area. We follow strict guidelines when visiting Machu Pichu as a World Heritage Site, pronounced by UNESCO, and want to facilitate your enjoyment whilst conserving its beauty and wonder. You will also find that we visit many other national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks of which we encourage you to explore yet advise you to remain culturally aware and sensitive, specifically in relation to sacred and religious locations. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in pre-departure information and en-route by guides and staff.

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.


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Accommodation & Pricing

Standard MCTSGRI-STD AUD 8955

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.

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 Classic Puno Tikarani - Puno
Standard Room
Casa Andina Standard 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.
 Ecolodge 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 Rosario La Paz - La Paz
Standard Room
The colonial Hotel Rosario is nestled within the heart of La Paz, within easy access of all of the city's main attractions. The hotel's decor has been inspired by the Aymara culture with Andean art and architecture reflected in the design of the rooms, patios and gardens. The rooms are decorated with Andean and local Bolivian handicrafts and feature heating, Wi-Fi and cable TV. The hotel's reasonably priced Terradentro Illampu restaurant serves excellent Bolivian cuisine accompanied by Bolivian wines.
 Hotel Palacio de Sal - Uyuni
Standard Room
Featuring a bar and a regional restaurant, Palacio de Sal has free Wi-Fi and buffet breakfast in Potosí. Colchani town is a 15-minute drive away and Uyuni airport is 16 miles from the hotel. The hotel is fully built from salt bricks and features furniture designed with salt bricks as well. The rooms in Palacio de Sal have private bathrooms. The restaurant has a regional menu with a wide variety of salty dishes like llama meat, lamb, and chicken.
 Hotel Mitru Tupiza - Tupiza
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.
 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.
 Hotel Asturias Cafayate - Cafayate
Standard Room
Asturias is in a large country house surrounded by Argentinean-style gardens in downtown Cafayate. It offers an outdoor pool and attractive rooms with ornamental decor and free Wi-Fi. The spacious rooms at Asturias have tasteful hardwood floors and elegant queen beds with llama wool blankets. All are equipped with cable TV, and feature showroom hand-woven carpets. A breakfast buffet with fruit salad, cold cuts and fresh bread rolls is served daily. Guests can dine at the on-site restaurant, or select from a variety of nearby culinary options.
 Design Suites Calafate - El Calafate
Standard Room
Design Suites Hotels is a place that shines with taste, elegance and charm - with a particular feature that can be felt, but never perceived. It is s place that remains typical of the location and becomes a true home, with personality and privacy. The hotel is characterized by colours and features which, combined with style and in a natural way, create a unique and distinct atmosphere. Nothing happens by chance, every detail is conceived to amaze its guests and to guarantee an unforgettable stay. Located in the upper area of the Nimes peninsula, the rooms offer the greatest panoramic view of the Lago Argentino possible. *Please note that this service is not available from May to September due to weather restrictions. Contact us for more information.
 La Cantera Jungle Lodge - Iguasu
Tierra Room
La Cantera Jungle Lodge is situated within the Natural Reserve "Selva Iryapu". This reserve is strategically situated, 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 sounds of birds and the leaves moved by the wind, and the mystery of the forest that embraces everything. La Cantera Jungle Lodge was built with the aim of preserving the setting and minimising the impact on the area. Within the property's three acres there are trees that are more than 400 years old (Caa Fstola) and others that are protected as they are in danger of becoming extinct (Palo Rosa).The Lodge is characterized for being an innovative, exclusive and sophisticated property with the goal of offering first class services to all of its guests. It has 24 suites and offers all the amenities that you need for a comfortable stay, from a beautiful swimming pool to a spa, bar and restaurant.
 Hotel Own Recoleta - Buenos Aires
Junior Room
Hotel Own Recoleta is set in the heart of Retiro, a quiet neighbourhood but situated in a key area of the city. With a refined atmosphere and surrounded by an elegant Frenchified architecture, just a step away from Recoleta, it is a residential area with neighbourhood cadence and a vibrant commercial life, which brings together the finest shops, shopping centres, art galleries, antiques’ shops, restaurants, cafés and bars. Retiro is one of the most vibrant areas of the city marking a pulse day and night.

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