The Perfect Itinerary for First-Time Travelers

Written by Peter Lauffer
April 30, 2020
Have you managed to block off three weeks in your calendar for a dream vacation to South America, but you don’t know how to start planning? Perfect—you've come to the right place! Take a look at our "Buenos Aires to Lima, High Andes & Machu Picchu."

Many consider South America to be a destination for the advanced traveler because the sub-continent struggles still to overcome a negative image when compared to locations such as Australia or Southeast Asia. When you hear “South America,” you may associate it immediately with the international drug trade, corruption, and robberies, among other negatives. But South America is no more dangerous than any other area of the world, and it offers an excellent exotic travel alternative to Australia, New Zealand, or the Southeast Asian region.

Lake Titicaca Train near Juliaca
Lake Titicaca Train near Juliaca

If you decide to take your vacation on our "Buenos Aires to Lima: High Andes & Machu Picchu" tour, you’ll be spoiled for choices: Bustling cities, fabulous scenery, and thrilling train rides. The tour covers everything an adventurer's heart desires. You’ll discover huge contrasts during the tour, which travels whenever possible by train. The available train journeys are primarily found in Bolivia and Peru, because north of Argentina there are not many passenger trains currently running.

Hiram Bingham Train from Machu Picchu to Cusco
Hiram Bingham Train from Machu Picchu to Cusco

On this leg of the tour, we ride quite comfortably (and take a private vehicle whenever there is no train). But comfort coexists in this case with thrilling adventure, as we travel through rugged northern Argentina, across the Altiplano to Lake Titicaca and on to Cusco and historic Machu Picchu.

The hotel accommodations we use are stylish upper-middle-class hotels and provide ample opportunity to rest up for each new day’s adventures.

Lake Titicaca from above Copacabana, Bolivia
Lake Titicaca from above Copacabana/Bolivia

This journey is full of contrasts. You’ll be introduced to Argentinian wine in Cafayate, observe salt extraction at the world's largest salt flat in Uyuni, learn about the Andean cosmovision of the indigenous population in La Paz, and, of course, discover the wonders of the Incan Empire in Cusco and Machu Picchu.

The tour offers the perfect mix of travel, adventure, and learning. Contact us for further information.

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