The route from Buenos Aires to Lima is one of the world's most famous hippy trails and is essential to any globetrotter's bucket list. On the other hand, the journey across South America offers a wide range of cultural and natural attractions. Although this long-distance trip requires substantial planning in some areas, it remains a classic expedition with an original sense of adventure.
Last September, we traveled the journey with a group of travel enthusiasts from Australia and the United States. Despite some restrictions due to COVID, the trip was an outstanding experience for everybody.
The Wara Wara Express between Villazon and Uyuni has not been re-established since the COVID pandemic. We traveled the nearly 300km scenic journey onboard comfortable Landcruisers during daylight because there was no train. The rest of the trip went as planned, with a fantastic time on the Uyuni Salt Flat.
La Paz was great, as we visited the renowned contemporary ceramic artist Mario Sarabia, visited the famous Witches Market, and took many cable car rides.
On Lake Titicaca, we had excellent climatic conditions with calm waters so that everybody enjoyed the short cruise to the Sun Island, where we had our typical lunch with great views of the Bolivian Titicaca coastline, which is the most scenic of the whole Lake Titicaca.
The advantage of traveling in 2022 is that there are still fewer people traveling than in post-COVID times, and the usually bustling areas in Peru of Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu were much less busy than usual.
The Lake Titicaca train journey between Puno and Cusco was as fantastic as it always was. The 10 hours on the train have passed in a rush.
Having Machu Picchu as the last highlight of our trip was amazing. We went there with two guides, one for the physically active and photography-focused members of our group and one for the members who wanted to learn more about the place.
Destinations are just one component of our journeys; the journey itself is just as important. This is particularly true when we return to Cusco from Machu Picchu on the Hiram Bingham train. Because there were fewer passengers on this train than usual, the journey was particularly memorable.
Our visit to Lima concluded with the customary farewell meal at the Larco Museum and a tour of the city afterward. We finished our trip with a visit to the Pisco Museum.
More people must travel in September 2023 to offer a second departure in June. Beginning in 2024, we plan to organize 2 - 3 tour departures of this fascinating journey.