The Gringo Trail

Overview

Choose this suggested itinerary or customise to create your own unique journey. Tour departs daily to suit your travel plans. Price based on Standard accommodation. Superior or Deluxe also available.

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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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 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

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 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.
 
 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.
 
 Hostal Naira - La Paz
Standard Room
The hostel Naira is a Beautiful colonial Inn located in the heart of downtown of La Paz. With 22 warm, confortable and big rooms, private bathroom, hot water the 24 hours, TV, Phone, stoves and room service. The aditional services included, Laundry Service, Safety Box,Travel Agency and Restaurant. It also has two Sanck Bars and Internet.Few steps of San Francisco Church.
 
 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, 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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