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Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina & Uruguay Tour
TOURCODE: BP1
Duration: 20 Days Countries Visited: 4 Activity Level: 2 Tour Style: Cultural
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Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina & Uruguay Tour

Altiplano, Misiones, Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires & Montevideo
20 Days
TOURCODE: BP1

Stark & dramatic southern Bolivia Altiplano; Un-touristed, charming Paraguay; Colonial charms of Uruguay; UNESCO protected Jesuit ruins; Winery tasting & lunch; Stunning and varied natural splendours; thunderous Iguazu Falls; High Andes, coastal scenery, vibrant cities

Tour Overview
Tour Overview
Countries Visited: 4 Activity Level: 2 Tour Style: Cultural

The development of this Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina & Uruguay tour was the initiative of Tour Leader, Casey Miller, and past travellers who wanted to combine the wondrous landscapes and culture of southern Bolivia and the Altiplano, as well as the up-and-coming destinations of Paraguay and Uruguay.

Throw in some time at Iguazu Falls and Buenos Aires, Argentina, and you have a well-rounded, highlight-packed exploration off-the-main-beaten path in this spectacular part of South America.

 


 

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Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to below Prices & Dates table.

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Due to the nature of internal flights that need to be booked and paid for well in advance, this tour requires a $1000 per person deposit. We will require a further pre-payment of $1000 once the our becomes 'guaranteed'.

Optional Single Supplement: $1290 USD (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $1290 if you join our share program and we are unable to pair you.



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Day 1 Arrival in La Paz, Bolivia
Today we arrive in the city of La Paz, one of the world's highest major cities, located at 3686 m (12,090 ft) above sea level. La Paz is situated in a bowl-shaped canyon in the Cordillera Real (Royal Range) of the Andes. As one travels across the Altiplano, the ground suddenly drops away 400 m (1,312 ft) to reveal the city hidden in a bowl in the mountains.

We suggest that you take it easy today in order to acclimatize to the high elevation (if your flight arrives late today, you might consider arriving a day early in order to rest).

Overnight in La Paz.

Included Meal(s): Dinner



Day 2 La Paz: City Tour
La Paz is rightfully famous for its mountain setting; indeed the mountains surrounding La Paz soar to an average of 5500m (18,040 ft) above sea level. The most spectacular views of the city come on a clear evening when one can see the twinkling lights of the city stretching up the hillsides, under the snow-capped triple peak of Mount Illimani at 6402 m (21,000 ft).

Today will explore the Spanish colonial quarter of the city and visit the Archeological Museum of Bolivia. We also experience the colourful markets of La Paz, a great place to observe the colourfully-dressed native Quechua and Aymara-speaking people. The women wear many layers of petticoats covered by a colourful dress, and over their shoulders they sling a multi-coloured striped blanket called a 'phulla' in which they carry their groceries or babies -- or both! On their heads they wear a bowler hat (which always appears to be too small) at a jaunty angle. The British brought the bowler hat to Bolivia when they were building the railway and somehow it became part of the everyday dress of Andean women.

We finish our day with a visit to a great place to buy some of the handicrafts, such as colourful sweaters woven from sheep's wool or from the light-weight, very warm wool of the native Andean animals. We finish at the unusual Mercado de los Brujos, better known as the Witches' Market, where you will see all sorts of potions, herbs and folk remedies used to guard against evil spirits.

Time at leisure to shop, explore, or rest up for the journey ahead! Your Tour Leader can help you plan your afternoon.

Overnight in La Paz.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 3 La Paz: Lake Titicaca & Isla del Sol
An early start today takes us to Copacabana, site of religious pilgrimage, beginning with the Incas. Every year, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims travel from distinct parts of Bolivia and other Latin American countries to take part in religious festivals in Copacabana. Legend says that if the statue is removed Lake Titicaca will rise up and flood the whole Altiplano region.

After a brief visit, we board a catamaran for our exploration of Lake Titicaca and Isla del Sol. This is the most important of the thirty-six islands in the lake. Lake Titicaca, South America's largest lake, straddles the Bolivia-Peru border and is said to be the highest navigable body of water in the world at an altitude of 3810 m (12,497 ft). Lake Titicaca was once much larger than the 8560 sq kilometres (3,305 square mi) it occupies today; indeed the great city of Tiahuanaco was built at the edge of the lake, but today it is more than 25 km (15 mi) from the lake! This reduction in the lake size has had a tremendous effect on the climate of the Altiplano region over the past 1,000 years and has made this cradle of cultures able to support far fewer people today.

Our itinerary continues with a stop at the Inti Wata Cultural Complex, which includes several sections with informative displays on traditional medicine, traditional living, and reed ship building. The complex also includes a unique sailing experience aboard a huge traditional reed vessel for a panoramic visit to the Pilkokaina Inca Palace.

We return to the catamaran for a buffet lunch on board, after which we make our way back to La Paz. Please note that, due to our early start, large lunch, and possible early start tomorrow, we do not include dinner this evening.

Overnight in La Paz.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch



Day 4 La Paz - Fly to Sucre
This morning we fly to Sucre, the most beautiful city in Bolivia.*

Whether you call it Sucre, La Plata, Charcas, or Ciudad Blanca, the city of Sucre has a rich, varied history and a wealth of historical architecture deserving of its selection as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Sucre shares capital city status with La Paz as the legislative and administrative capital. This is the constitutional capital and home of the Supreme Court; it is also a university city with many cultural attractions. Sucre is also home to a large indigenous population who maintain their traditional clothing and customs and sell their crafts and goods available in the markets.

Upon arrival, we'll tour Sucre, visiting the House of Freedom Historical Museum and the Treasure Museum (Museo del Tesoro), with its displays of precious and semi-precious stones. We also include the the Asur Textile Museum and the outer facades of the churches of San Lazaro and Santo Domingo, the main historical monuments and Bolivar Park.

* Please note that this will likely be a "painfully" early departure owing to the lack of flights (one morning, one late afternoon). Though not ideal, a morning flight serves our purposes/itinerary better than the alternative.

Overnight in Sucre.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 5 Sucre - Parque Cretacico - Potosi
Today we visit a realtively new attraction -- a set of dinosaur tracks (Parque Cretacico), discovered by accident in 1994 in a cement quarry 10 km (6 mi) from the city. The tracks are almost 70-million years old, from the Cretaceous era when a diverse population of dinosaurs were living on and stomping around in, the soft clay shores of a vast ocean inlet which covered large areas of Argentina, coming as far inland as Sucre.

After our visit we continue by road to Potosi (+/- 3 hours), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The discovery of ore in silver-rich Cerro Rico ('rich hill') by Indian, Diego Huallpa, in 1544 prompted the foundation of the city of Potosi on April 10th, 1545 at the foot of the hill. At that time more than eighty-six churches were built and the city's population increased to nearly 200,000, making it one of the largest and wealthiest cities in Latin America and in the world. Potosi sits at an altitude of 4090m (13,500 ft) above sea level, and claims to be the highest city in the world. The area is well-known for its cool weather and sometimes even freezing rain!

On arrival we'll visit the city's principal sites, including San Lorenzo Church, where we will appreciate its beautiful façade. We'll admire the exterior of the Arch of Cobija and see the artisans' market in the colonial area of the city.

We'll also visit the Casa Nacional de la Moneda (National Mint), one of two built to mint the silver coins used by the Spanish Empire. This impressive facility operated until 1953, or lasted for 400 years of continuous coinage. Most of the silver shipped through the Spanish Main came from Potosi. According to official records, 45,000 tons of pure silver were mined from Cerro Rico from 1556 to 1783. In Spanish there is still a saying, valer un potosi, "to be worth a potosi" (that is, "a fortune"). One theory holds that the mint mark of Potosi (the letters "PTSI" superimposed on one another) is the origin of the dollar sign.

Overnight in Potosi.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 6 Potosi - Uyuni: Area Sightseeing
Today's road journey to Uyuni is a scenic one, with panoramic views of the Altiplano. In the envorons of Uyuni we will experience the highest and largest salar (salt lake) in the world (10000 sq km), surrounded by an impressive otherworldly landscape. On the lake's edge, visitors can see the local inhabitants extracting salt using ancient methods. En route we visit the villages of Chaquila and TikaTika.

After a lunch break, we visit the old railway depot in Uyuni, after which we continue to Colchani to see the artisans working on iodized salt. We visit to Incahuasi Island, located in the heart of the salt flat and the biggest of a group of islands that represents an isolated ecosystem. The island is populated with giant cacti species that measure up to 12 meters high (26.25 feet), providing an impressive overview.

Our hotel, located near Colchani village, is a regular facility with rooms, beds, a lobby and a dining room. Only one thing sets this hotel apart -- it's entirely made of salt! (Please don't lick the walls). After dinner you can stroll in the surroundings of the hotel and enjoy the stars in the unpolluted and cloudless skies.

Overnight in Colchani.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner



Day 7 Salar Uyuni Area Sightseeing
Today's 4x4 excursion takes us to the north side of Uyuni Salt Flat, where we take a look the Coquesa Mummies, human archeological remains in a little cave near to Tunupa Volcano. Ceramic, gold and copper artifacts, and articles of clothing have been discovered at some of the sites, indicating the presence of an advanced but little-known culture. Unfortunately, the sites' remoteness has left them vulnerable to amateur treasure hunters who have plundered several items of archaeological value.

After a picnic lunch, we continue to Chiquini, a sub-aquatic cave that pre-dates the formation of the glaciers, caused by volcanic eruptions when the salt lake was still filled with water. Inside you can see silhouettes of magma that solidified when it hit the water.

As our visit coincides with the dry season (April to November), the salt flat surface provides the opportunity to play with photography and the salar's unique perspective.

We return to Colchani.

Overnight in Colchani.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner



Day 8 Uyuni - Fly to Santa Cruz
Today we transfer to Uyuni's airport for our flight to Santa Cruz de la Sierra in order to connect with tomorrow's flight to Asuncion. Since we'll likely find ourselves with some time in Santa Cruz, we'll peel some layers and do some sightseeing upon arrival.

Located in the eastern part of Bolivia and sitting just over 400 meters above sea level, Santa Cruz enjoys year-round warm temperatures thanks to a semi- tropical savanna climate. Rich in oil and natural gas, forest products, and agriculture, the city enjoys a dynamic economy and alone generates over 35% of Bolivia's GDP.

We'll visit the historic center of the city where we can appreciate the Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo, the Prefectural Palace, as well as the colonial architecture of the Bolivian east. We'll visit the Regional History Museum, with displays of local customs and the Chiquitana cultures.

Overnight in Santa Cruz.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 9 Santa Cruz, Bolivia - Fly to Asuncion, Paraguay
This morning we fly to Asuncion -- welcome to Paraguay! Depending on our flight schedule we may fit in some sightseeing in Santa Cruz this morning or accomplish some Asuncion sightseeing upon arrival.

Asuncion was founded on August 15, 1537 -- the Feast of the Assumption, or Asuncion in Spanish. Take a step back and you'll see traces of the city that was once the colonial capital of southern South America. Asuncion is one of the oldest cities in South America and the longest continually inhabited area in the Rio de la Plata Basin; for this reason that it is known as "Mother of Cities." It was from here that the colonial expeditions departed to found other
cities, including the second foundation of Buenos Aires and of other important cities.

Overnight in Asuncion.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 10 Asuncion: City Tour
Today we explore one of South America's oldest capitals. The city still displays a definite colonial aspect with colourful patios and red tiled roofs. From the river's east bank, the city spans out into gentle hills that look like large rectangular blocks overlooking the bay; beautiful flowering trees, native fauna, and lush gardens are spread throughout the city.

We start with a look inside the Casa de Independencia. Built in 1772, the building housed the secret meetings that led to the 1811 declaration of independence from Spain. Our tour will take in the Barro Museum; this creative oasis houses a world class collection of indigenous folk art. We stop at the Government Palace before visiting the Pantheon of National Heroes, pausing to reflect on the extremely turbulent history of this country. We will also stop at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Asuncion and the Teatro Municipal.

Balance of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Asuncion.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 11 Asuncion - Ruta Jesuitica - Encarnacion
Today we'll head southeast to discover the marvellous ruins of the Jesuit Reductions, Christian settlements established to convert, teach, and protect the native Guarani communities. These intricate and still impressive buildings are little visited but evocative of the extraordinary era in Spanish colonial times when the Guarani were taught architecture, music, and craftwork. They are usually visited by following the newly devised "Ruta Jesuita".

Ruins of Jesuit missions are today spread out across Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil, and Bolivia. The Spanish and Portuguese empires adopted a strategy of gathering native populations into communities called "Indian Reductions". The objectives of the reductions (missions) were to organize and exploit the labour of the native indigenous inhabitants while also imparting Christianity and European culture. The Jesuits attempted to create a theocratic "state within a state" in which the native peoples in the reductions, guided by the Jesuits, would remain autonomous and isolated from Spanish colonists and Spanish rule. A major factor attracting the natives to the reductions was the protection they afforded from enslavement and the forced labour of encomiendas.

En route we'll pass through San Cosme and San Damian, where we will visit the Jesuit ruins and see the church and school that are still in use.

Overnight in Encarnacion.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 12 Encarnacion - Jesus of Tavarangue - Trinidad, Paraguay - Posadas, Argentina
When the Jesuits were expelled from the Spanish realm in 1767, the reductions slowly died out, becoming victims of slave raids or being absorbed into European society. Some of the reductions have continued to be inhabited as towns while most have been abandoned and remain only as ruins. At the height of the reductions in the 18th century were around 40 different communities that were home to more than 150,000 Indians, most of whom were Guaraní, Tupi, Chiquitos, and members of diverse ethnic groups in the Llanos de Moxos.

Today we explore several of the Jesuit Missions in the Paraná and Itapúa areas of Paraguay, including the ruins of La Santísima Trinidad. Rarely does one find a UNESCO World Heritage Site with so few visitors, but that's only part of the attraction. A walk around the atmospheric red-brick hilltop ruins allows you to absorb a sense of what once made these 17th and 18th century colonies so powerful that the Spanish crown had them abolished. The Jesuit ruins of Trinidad, the best-preserved in the country, are testament to an earlier age when the Jesuits commanded considerable power in these parts.

We also visit the Mission of Jesús de Tavarangue, built in 1609 and part of the Jesuit and Guarani communities for 150 years. The ruins feature impressive brickwork, baroque details, and extensive proportions that hint at the former architectural glory of these missions.

Later today we cross into Argentina for our overnight in Posadas.

Overnight in Posadas.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 13 Posada - Apostoles - Leandro N Alem
Today we continue Apostoles -- also known as the 'City of Flowers' -- located on a plateau scored by innumerable streams that then form the characteristic falls of the Misiones region. Apostoles is the home of the Juan Szychowski Yerba Mate History Museum, and one of the largest yerba factory farms in the province, "La Cachuera", which makes the brand Yerba Amanda.

We visit the museum before continuing to the Jesuit ruins of Santa Maria La Mayor, founded in 1626. By 1744 it held a population of 993; it was abandoned after the Jesuits were expelled from the Spanish colonies in 1767. The ruins have been grown over by vegetation; not as well-preserved as others on our program, but charming and picturesque in their advanced state of ruin.

We end our day in Leandro N. Alem, named after an Argentine politician, a founder and leader of the Radical Civic Union.

Overnight in Leandro N. Alem.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 14 Leandro N Alem - Jesuit Missions - Puerto Iguazu
This (likely early) morning we depart by road for Iguazu Falls.

As we prepare to leave the Misiones behind, one can reflect on their impact and the ideals they represented. Indeed Pope Francis, in 2015, praised the Jesuit reductions as an almost utopian social and economic experiment, saying that they were "one of the most important experiences of evangelization and social organization in history. There the Gospel was the soul and the life of communities which did not know hunger, unemployment, illiteracy or oppression. This historical experience shows us that, today too, a more humane society is possible."

And since it's one the way, we'll include our last ruined mission! The San Ignacio Mini Mission, located in the San Ignacio Valley, is one of the best-preserved. The mission was founded in 1632, and features brilliant baroque architectural details. These ruins, like many of the others, were virtually forgotten and abandoned for many decades, lost in the dense vegetation, until uncovered in 1897. It wasn't until an expedition in 1903, restoration projects in the 1940s, the Robert Deniro movie 'The Mission,' and the inclusion of the missions on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in the 1980s, did the missions gain world recognition.

We can also stop at Wanda, famous for its mines of semi-precious stones such as agate, amethyst, topaz, jasper and different types of quartz. There are several mining companies that remove the stones and also cut, polish, and produce different types of products, from ornaments to jewelry. Mining companies have guided tours in which tourists can appreciate the different sectors of the mines, workshops and showrooms (hopefully we'll be able to experience this). The town of Wanda was founded mostly by Polish settlers; indeed it was named after a Polish princess.

We finish our day in the vicinity of Iguazu Falls, located at the confluence of the River Iguazu and the deep flowing Parana. This place is known as the "Hito de las Tres Fronteras" because at this point Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay converge.

Overnight in Iguazu.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 15 Iguazu Falls
This morning we have a guided tour of the falls on the Argentine side.

Here we are at the confluence of the River Iguazu and the deep flowing Parana. This place is known as the "Hito de las Tres Fronteras" because at this point Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay converge. The national park here is home to more than 21,000 plant species and 400 bird species. The waterfalls disgorge 1700 cubic m (1,853 cubic yards) of water per second from a height of 70m (230 feet) in 275 different falls, most of which are in Argentina. On the frontier with Brazil there is a gully -- La Garganta del Diablo (The Devil's Throat), which is 150m (490 feet) wide and 700m (2,290 feet) long.

The afternoon is yours to revisit the paths along the upper and lower parts of the falls and the path that goes along the river from the observation point of the Bosetti Falls to the quay. The plunging falls throw a fine drizzle up to 30m (98 feet) into the air, weaving countless rainbows in the sun (be sure to take rain-proof clothing). The United Nations has declared Iguazu Falls a protected area of worldwide importance.

You can also take an optional boat ride to the base of the falls (extra cost), or the local bus to Iguazu Town where you can explore and observe where Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay come together. Your Tour Leader can help you plan your afternoon.

Overnight at Iguazu Falls.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 16 Iguazu - Fly to Buenos Aires
This morning we'll fly to Buenos Aires and begin our sightseeing in Buenos Aires after our check-in.

Nearly 40% of the country's 33 million citizens live in Gran Buenos Aires (Greater Buenos Aires), which at first makes the city almost as imposing as New York or London. However, after a brief orientation, you will find that the compact city centre is accessible and easily explored on foot, by bus, taxi and underground. In the early part of the 20th century, Argentina was one of the richest countries in the world. The grand public buildings of Buenos Aires reflect this opulent era. The city is known as the "Paris of South America" because of its wide boulevards and European-style architecture.

This afternoon have a walking visit of the San Telmo market. This is one of the oldest barrios (neighbourhoods) of Buenos Aires and also one of the best-preserved areas of the constantly changing Argentine metropolis, characterized with a number of colonial buildings. Cafes, tango parlors, and antique shops line up the cobblestone (adoquines) streets, which are filled with artists and dancers. This is a colourful introduction to this lively city.

Overnight in Buenos Aires.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 17 Buenos Aires: Walking Tour
Today we see the sights of this cosmopolitan city. In the early part of the 20th century, Argentina was one of the richest countries in the world. The grand public buildings of Buenos Aires reflect this opulent era. The city is known as the "Paris of South America" because of its wide boulevards and European-style architecture. Buenos Aires was founded for the second time in 1580 by Juan de Garay, just north of Mendoza's encampment. In accordance with Spanish law, he laid out the large Plaza del Fuerte (Fortress Plaza). It acquired its present name of Plaza de Mayo after the month of revolution in 1810. Our tour focuses on the major public buildings.

Catedral Metropolitana, built on the sight of the original colonial church was not completed until 1827. Not only is it considered a major religious landmark, but also a historic site of great importance. Here lies the tomb of Jose de San Martin, the man who (along with Simon Bolivar) liberated South America from Spanish rule in the early 1800's. The Plaza de Mayo is also home to Museo del Cabildo, the Presidential Palace (Casa Rosada), and the National Congress (Palacio del Congreso).

We also visit the Recoleta Cemetery where Buenos Aires' richest citizens are buried in magnificent marble tombs elaborately decorated with statues. The most internationally-famous person buried here is "Evita" Peron. While in BA, we will also visit La Boca neighbourhood, so named for its position at "the mouth" of the Riachuelo, and its role as the port of call for thousands of immigrants from Italy, Spain, and other European countries. Those settlers struggled, starved, hoped, and celebrated in this rough-and-tumble barrio. Today, one of the most photogenic and colourful parts of Buenos Aires, La Boca is the domain of the working class, bohemian artists, rabid soccer fans, and tango artists.

Ask your Tour Leader about the possibility of seeing an optional Tango Show this evening (in order to leave this option open, we don't include dinner this evening).

Overnight in Buenos Aires.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast



Day 18 Buenos Aires, Argentina - Montevideo, Uruguay
Today we transfer to the port and connect with our fast ferry to Montevideo (+/- 3 hours) -- have your passports handy!

Uruguay is the smallest country we visit on our tour -- slightly smaller than the US state of Washington. It is surrounded by the two giants, Brazil and Argentina, and is blessed with a long Atlantic shoreline. Home to just over 3.4 million inhabitants, Uruguay is an important agricultural country and its human population is vastly outnumbered by cattle, sheep and horses.

On arrival we'll have a break for lunch and then embark on a tour of Montevideo; the main points of interest are the Old City, Constitution Square, Cathedral, Colonial Town Hall, Solis Theatre, Independence Square, at the center of which stands a monument dedicated to national hero, Jose Gervasio Artigas and his Mausoleum. Facing the square the Government House (Museum of the Presidents). The main commercial street, 18 de Julio, is lined with shops, cafes and office buildings. We stop for a photo at the Congress Building, the pride of Uruguay. It was constructed between 1908 and 1925 with 52 kinds of local marble and 12 types of wood. We drive past Prado neighbourhood, one of the oldest parks in the city, which hosts the famous sculpture La Diligencia (The Stage Coach), and ther monument to the last Charruas Indians.

Next is Batlle y Ordonez Park, the Obelisk, La Carreta (Covered Wagon) monument, and the Soccer Stadium. We'll stop at Plaza Virgilio and a monument dedicated to the Fallen Soldiers of the Navy, from which we have an excellent view of the city. Our return route takes us along the coast and beaches.

Overnight in Montevideo.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 19 Montevideo & Vineyard Tour
Today we will head out of the city and visit the charming Pueblo Eden. En route we'll stop at Lote 8 Olive Oil Boutique Plant, where we will visit their production facilities followed by a tasting of their olive oil with a selection of cheeses. Lote 8 is located in Eden Valley, a spot of rugged beauty, strategically-located at the foot of Dos Hermanos Hill. Its numerous natural streams with very good water, make for perfect conditions for olive trees.

We then visit the rocky outcrops of Pueblo Eden. Several things call the attention of visitors, not only the cleanliness of the streets, the nicely kept houses and gardens, and the simple but beautiful main plaza and church, but the amazing 360 degrees views to the fields and hills that surround Pueblo Eden.

Here we taste the wines of Viña Eden Winery, including a chardonnay, a typical Tannat Reserva, and the Cerro Negro wine. Here we'll also enjoy a nice lunch with three different wine pairings -- a very relaxing way to end our adventure!

We return to Montevideo in the afternoon; this evening we have our farewell dinner.

Overnight in Montevideo.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner



Day 20 Departure
Departure from Montevideo.*

BUEN VIAJE!

* Past travellers have enjoyed adding an extra night in order to enjoy this laid-back, walkable town, an excellent place to relax a bit before your long journey home. For those who may not want it to end, it is possible to extend your trip to include our flagship tour of southern and central Argentina/Chile (tours codes AR1, CL2). This would involve a couple extra days either here in Montevideo or Buenos Aires and a return ferry transfer in order to make the connection.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

 


 

Trip Info
Trip Info

 

Inclusions
Breakfast daily, several lunches, and most dinners (hotels & local restaurants).

All transport (including internal flights), accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters.

Domestic flights via local scheduled carriers as per the itinerary. Airport transfers for land & air customers.


Exclusions
International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, one dinner, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international (if applicable), visa fees/departure taxes, any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs, visas (Paraguay), and shopping.

Paraguay requires a visa, currently US$160 upon arrival (you do nothing in advance). Canadians do not need a visa for Bolivia but USA passport holders will need to pay US160 on arrival. You need only show your passport on arrival in Uruguay, and Argentina. The above is subject to change without notice.


Seasonality and Weather
This tour is offered twice a year, in "spring" (October), with warm-hot days on the coast and at lower elevations and comfortably warm days/cold nights at higher levels. Lower elevations will be much warmer with some serious heat in some places and moderate and dry conditions in coastal regions.

The above said, we visit a large area on this trip and the conditions we encounter will be quite varied -- from cool and dry higher regions of the Andes (subject to sudden showers), to lush forests and semi-tropical inland and coastal regions. Overall, however, this is one of the best times to visit these destinations, before the height of summer when it can be hot, crowded, and expensive in some locales.


Transport and Travel Conditions
Ground transport by numerous private air-conditioned motor coaches, 24-36 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size') and location. Though we will have some full bus days, roads are generally in good condition (except in Bolivia) and a little winding on some stretches. In Bolivia, some of our excursions will be via multiple 4x4 vehicles.

We feature numerous optional walking opportunities and walking tours on uneven surfaces. This tour is not strenuous in terms of physical activities, but in order to fully enjoy and experience the sites visited, you must be prepared for considerable walking with hilly terrain and stairs, at a leisurely pace. We have full days of travel and activities, some early starts, and rough road journeys.

One important consideration is the time spent at high altitude in Bolivia during the first week of the tour. We will be above 3100m/10,000 and, in some locations, above 3600m/12,000 ft; travellers with pre-existing medical conditions should consult their physician. We also visit some very remote locations with limited access to healthcare. As such, all travellers will be required to complete a medical "self-assessment" form in order to affirm their suitability. To preview this form, please click on the "Resources" tab at the top of this page.

Hotels generally provide baggage handling, but you must still be independent with your luggage, especially at airports.

We also have a couple of internal flights via domestic carriers, which can in itself be fatiguing (you will have to be able to manage your luggage). This is definitely a full itinerary with plenty of moving around!

Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.


Accommodation
Well-located, air-conditioned/heated, upper-range hotels and inns (3-5 star)* used throughout. All hotels have en suite toilet and bath, though some may have shower only (ie no tub). Porter service is usually available (see 'inclusions') though you should be independent with your luggage, especially at airports. Single rooms are limited in number and likely smaller than twins.

Due to the fact that most hotels in the region do not offer single accommodation rates, the MANDATORY SINGLE SUPPLEMENT (if you sign up to share and we fail to pair you) is 100% of the optional single supplement.

* Please click on "Map & Hotels" tab for more information. Note that some of our preferred hotels in Bolivia rate themselves 5-star based on a local rating system; internationally, they might be considered more of a 4-star.


Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, local guides at several locations, multiple drivers.


Group Size
Maximum 18 plus Tour Leader

 


 

Map & Hotels
Map & Hotels

Regions visited: South America
Countries visited: Bolivia; Paraguay; Argentina and Uruguay


*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.


The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.


Hotel Presidente
3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation
Location: La Paz
Country: Bolivia

This modern hotel is a 4-minute walk from the Basilica of San Francisco and an 8-minute walk from El Mercado de las Brujas, a popular witch doctor market. The relaxed
... with warm decor and traditional furnishings also have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars.
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Samary Hotel Boutique
5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation
Location: Sucre
Country: Bolivia

Housed in a traditional low-rise residence with an interior courtyard, this quaint, relaxed hotel is a 6-minute walk from Sucre Cathedral, 15 minutes on foot from the greenery of Parque
... Unfussy rooms have dark wood furnishings, vibrant accents and balconies, and feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus safes and minifridges.
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Hostal Colonial Potosi
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Potosi
Country: Bolivia

Unpretentious quarters in a casual Spanish Colonial downtown hotel featuring an internal courtyard.
Cortez Hotel
5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation
Location: Santa Cruz De La Sierra
Country: Bolivia

In a modern building with a glass and wood atrium, this polished hotel lies 2 km from both the Zoológico Municipal Noel Kempff Mercado zoo and from Catedral de Santa
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Dazzler Asuncion
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Asuncion
Country: Paraguay

Along an avenue lined with shops, this modern hotel is next to the World Trade Center Asunción, a 14-minute walk from pottery and art exhibits at the Museo del Barro,
... 9 km from Silvio Pettirossi International Airport.
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Awa Hotel Resort
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Encarnacion
Country: Paraguay

Along the Paraná River, this laid-back hotel is on a 17-hectare property off National Route 1. Relaxed, colorful rooms with balconies feature flat-screens, high-speed Internet and minifridges, plus coffeemakers.
Ha Urbano Posadas
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Posadas
Country: Argentina

Set a 3-minute walk from the central square, Plaza San Martin, this upscale hotel in a modern, high-concept building is also an 8-minute walk from the art of Museo Municipal
... Bellas Artes Lucas Braulio Areco.
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Yvy Hotel de Selva
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Iguazu Falls
Country: Argentina

This contemporary, stone-built hotel, set inside Iryapú Jungle Reserve, features bright rooms and suites offer free WiFi, flat-screen TVs and minibars, as well as en suite bathrooms. There's a wine
... in a cozy cellar, and an outdoor pool with a bar, plus a hot tub and guest laundry. Massage treatments are available.
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Scala Hotel Buenos Aires
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Buenos Aires
Country: Argentina

This elegant hotel in a neoclassical townhouse is a 1-minute walk from Independencia metro station and 2 km from both Teatro Colon opera house and presidential palace Casa Rosada. Polished
... with classic, conservative decor feature flat-screen TVs, free WiFi and minibars.
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Four Points by Sheraton
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Montevideo
Country: Uruguay

Near shops and restaurants in the downtown area, this modern hotel is 1 km from Plaza Independencia, the city's main square, and 2 km from the monumental Teatro Solis. The
... decorated rooms come with free Wi-Fi and flat-screens, plus safes, minibars and city views.
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Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I make a reservation? How and when do I pay?
The easiest way to make a reservation is to contact us by telephone. You can also book online through our website. A non-refundable $1000 deposit is payable at the time of booking; if a reservation is made within 60 days, full payment is required. Some trips require a larger deposit. If international airline bookings require a non-refundable payment in order to secure space or the lowest available fare, we will require an increase in deposit equal to the cost of the ticket(s). Early enrolment is always encouraged as group size is limited and some trips require greater preparation time. Once we have received your deposit, we will confirm your space and send you a confirmation package containing your trip itinerary, any visa/travel permit related documents, invoice, clothing and equipment recommendations, general information on your destination(s), and forms for you to complete, sign and return to us. Your air e-tickets (if applicable), final hotel list, final trip itinerary, and instructions on how to join your tour, will be sent approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure.
I am a single who prefers my own room. What is a single supplement?
All of our tours have a single supplement for those who want to be guaranteed their own room at each location. This supplement is a reflection of the fact that most hotels around the world do not discount the regular twin-share rate for a room by 50% for only one person occupying a room. Most hotels will give a break on the price, but usually in the range of 25-30% of the twin-share rate. This difference, multiplied by each night, amounts to the single supplement. The conventional amount can also vary from country to country and some destinations are more expensive than others for single occupancy. In order to be "single friendly," the supplements we apply are not a profit centre for us and we do our best to keep them as reasonable as possible. On most tours we limit the number of singles available, not to be punitive, but rather because many hotels allow for only a limited number of singles; some smaller hotels at remote locations also have a limited number of single rooms available. Please note that most single rooms around the world are smaller than twin-share rooms and will likely have only one bed.
What about cancellations, refunds, and transfers?
Should you need to cancel your trip, you must notify us in writing, by letter, e-mail, or by fax immediately. Deposits are non-refundable, though if you cancel more than 90 days prior to tour departure date, the deposit is transferable to any other tour taken within 12 months of the original tour start date, minus a per person transfer fee (some tours have a 100% nonrefundable/ nontransferable deposit; you will be informed of this at the time of booking). Less than 90 days prior to departure, all monies paid are 100% non-refundable, nontransferable. Name changes are not permitted. Insurable risks may be covered under trip cancellation insurance policies, if purchased. We will not grant partial refunds for any unused trip arrangements—voluntarily missed meals, sightseeing, transport, etc—after the trip has commenced, or any refunds to trip members who do not complete any portion of the itinerary for whatever reason. All air tickets are non-refundable and valid only for the flight(s) indicated. We may cancel departures if forced to do so by circumstances such as war, civil or political unrest or what is commonly referred to as force majeure. In these instances we will refund all passengers in full if cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to tour start date. If cancellation occurs within the 60 day period, we will offer to postpone your trip to another departure of the same tour code within 12 months of the original tour start date; or, if circumstances do not permit, an alternative will be offered at that time. We will not be responsible for costs associated with re-issuance or extension of visas, airline change fees, or for any compensation. We strongly recommend that all travellers purchase trip cancellation insurance, either through Adventures Abroad or elsewhere, as this may provide coverage under such circumstances. If we cancel your tour due to insufficient enrolment, we will endeavour to find an alternative tour for you. If this is not acceptable, all monies paid will be refunded in full and will constitute full settlement. We will not be responsible for any expenses incurred, such as visas, vaccinations, independently purchase airfare, or any compensation. Notice of cancellation due to insufficient enrolment in any program will be given approximately 60 days prior to departure.
Do you have a shared accommodation program?
Yes! If you are single traveller and are willing to share, we will do our best to pair you with a same-gender roommate. On most of our tours, if we fail to pair you, we will absorb the single supplement fee and you will default to a single room at no extra charge. At some destinations, however, where single rooms are not significantly discounted, or not at all, we may apply a "mandatory" single in the event that we cannot find you a share partner. This is usually 50% of the usual supplement, but can be as much as 100%. If applicable, this proviso will be noted on each tour page on this website, on your invoice, and in our tour date/price book (available for download under "Resources").

 

What People are Saying
Elaine D.
Coupeville, WA - US
Torres del Paine and our local tour guide were great. Also, I really was amazed at our guide's knowledge while visiting Perito Moreno glacier. Seeing it calve was fantastic. The hotels were all very good. Our tour leader was very easygoing but always aware and on top of things. His great sense of humor helps to diffuse any bumps in relations. Truly value his experience and great natural way with people. I would recommend this company and tour to anyone!
Michael N.
St Albert, AB - CA
We tried to plan a trip to Italy for several years and this tour exceeded our expectations. We never felt rushed yet we covered a lot of the major sites and museums and still had time to do a few of our own things Our tour guide Andrew was amazing and we would highly recommend him and this tour. November turned out to be a wonderful time to go because, although it did rain and was cloudy,the museums and many sites were not crowded at all. Our local guide at the Uffuzi gallery in Florence was amazed that there were so few people. He told us that he had never been in the gallery that holds the Michelangelo painting by himself.. ever! Italy is an amazing country to visit and this tour covers the highlights with a fantastic guide, delicious food and charming hotels, all arranged for you.
Alan A.
St Agatha, ON - CA
An insightful trip into a major cultural event, Day of the Dead. As well you visit significant archeological sites and churches. If you have any interest in Mexican culture, beyond beaches and tequila, this is the trip for you. You will gain so much knowledge of the history and struggles of the Mexican people. I can't recommend this trip enough.
Eleanora M.
Kingston, ON - CA
Having a narrow and perhaps stereotypical view, influenced by the media. I was blown away by what I experienced:Turkey is a beautiful country with modern, safe cities,dramatic scenery, spectacular mosques and palaces, amazing well-preserved ruins of Greek and Roman antiquity. A melting pot of Muslim, European, Greek, Roman cultures, fabulous food and warm friendly people... so many World heritage sites I would encourage others to visit Turkey.
Arleen C.
Sagamore Hills, OH - US
I had been searching for several years for a tour that included Paraguay and was delighted to find this one. The mission visits were excellent, in terms of both the sites and the explanations. The Pipore Yerba Mate tour was terrific and I loved our guide there. Iguazu Falls was spectacular and again, we had a very good guide. Our trip to Purmamarca was surprising and very good. The buses and vans were very good. The hydrofoil trip was good also. All the dinners were wonderful, with excellent food and in lovely locations. The hotels were very good. Overall it was an excellent tour, with many interesting destinations.
Erle J.
Gloucester, ON - CA
A good tour with lots of interesting sites and spectacular scenery. I really learned a lot about these 3 countries and Latin America. I most enjoyed the Jesuit Missions, Iguazu Falls, and the Safari to the Clouds. All the hotels were very good. Meals on the tour were very good. I really liked our tour leader ordering appetizers to be shared which allowed me to try more local foods. Local Guides were either very good or excellent.
Merle H.
Glenview, IL - US
We loved the whole trip and the surprises of touring in between trains. Also some of the little towns for lunch were a delight. The food on this trip was exceptionally great. All the meal choices and ordering off the menu was perfect. Our tour leader ordered tapas for us and a few planned meals were great too. If we hadn't walked as much as we did, we would have gained weight. The best thing was that all the hotels were centrally located and we could walk easily to highlight places and good restaurants. Perfect. You did an outstanding job selecting these hotels. Loved the train (and dashing for two of them). Had never done train travel before and the stations and facilities were mind blowing. First class seats were really nice. Love your guides and quality of local guides. Love AA.
Linda R.
Thunder Bay, ON - CA
We enjoyed the scenic west coast of Ireland the most. In particular, Killarney, Dingle peninsula, Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands. Also the Giant's Causeway. The local guides in Dublin, Londonderry and Belfast were very good. We had a small van for our small group and it worked out very well. The meals were tasty and substantial. There was generally a good variety of selections. A very good tour.
Vera G.
Victoria, BC - CA
I loved the Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula and Aran Islands. Belfast, Dublin and Killarney were the best cities. The hotels were good and well located. Hotel staff were excellent and rooms were clean and comfortable. Another great Adventures Abroad trip! You never disappoint!
Steven H.
Vancouver, BC - CA
By-and-large the sights, locales, neighbourhoods, etc were extremely interesting. The bus was great! A good size for the group size. It gave us a good sense of a 'home-on-the-road'. I didn't know what to expect for meals and was very pleased with what was presented. Our tour leader, Subash's, knowledge of 'everything Indian', the customs, sights, culture, etc was inexhaustible. He was the perfect person to introduce us to the culture, people, sights and history of India. His insights into the Hindu philosophy were deep, informative and colourful. I consider myself luck to have had him as our guide (almost a mentor). I felt that the quality of the hotels were very good and more often than not, higher than expected. The uniqueness of the two 'Orchard' settings and the desert 'camp' tents were quite fun and very comfortable. Overall: Highly Enjoyable, Very Well Managed, Well thought out Itinerary, Excellent Tour Guide.
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