Gap Year Off The Beaten Track

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Gap Year Off The Beaten Track

from £4,579
Duration: from 39 days
Countries: Argentina, Brazil, Peru
Fly from London to South America - see the Iguazu Falls - trek to Machu Picchu (Salkanty Trek) - party stop in Lima - return back to London.

Gap Year Off The Beaten Track

From the sands of Ipanema to the heights of the Bolivian Andes, this incredible 39-day journey will introduce you to the diverse landscape and people of South America. Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal and the bizarre landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats, and revel in the mists of thundering Iguassu Falls. Gain greater insight into the culture on the region’s public buses and meet locals from the rural towns along the way for an immersive experience that few travellers get to know. Get off the beaten path and experience Peru, Brazil and Bolivia —a vibrant cross-section of South America.

Day 1 Rio de Janeiro

Arrive at any time.

Days 2-6 Ilha Grande/Paraty

Transfer to Ilha Grande by van and ferry. Free time for hikes and walks around the island to explore the beaches. Continue by van to the colonial city of Paraty. Optional cachaça distillery visit or boat tour of the bay and nearby beaches.

Days 7-11 Iguassu Falls/Bonito

Transfer to São Paulo and then fly to the Iguassu Falls area. Explore both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of the falls with an optional boat ride near the base of the falls. Continue by overnight bus to Bonito for optional activities like snorkelling in the crystal-clear rivers or exploring the nearby caves and waterfalls.

Days 12-15 Pantanal/Corumbá/Santa Cruz

2-day excursion into the wetlands of the Pantanal with a local guide. Opportunities to spot wildlife such as monkeys, macaws, giant otters and caiman. Continue by overnight train into Bolivia to Santa Cruz.

Days 16-18 Sucre

Fly to Sucre. Optional visit to the nearby dinosaur tracks, or explore the beautiful colonial city.

Day 19 Potosí

Travel by bus to Potosí. Optional excursion to a working silver mine or free time to explore the city.

Days 20-23 Uyuni/Salt Flats Excursion

3-day 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery. Stay in simple hotels upgraded with solar panels to provide electricity and hot water. On Day 23, travel to La Paz by overnight train.

Days 24-25 La Paz

Arrive in La Paz. Optional city tour and free time to explore the markets and winding streets.

Day 26 La Paz/Tiahuanaco

Included visit of the pre-Incan ruins of Tiahuanaco.

Day 27 Puno

Travel by bus through the altiplano, crossing the border to the Peruvian city of Puno on the shore of Lake Titicaca.

Days 28-29 Lake Titicaca/Taquile Island

Visit the floating islands of Uros. Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village. Optional visit to Sillustani burial site.

Days 30-31 Cusco

Travel to Cusco. The next day is free to enjoy the city's museums and local markets. Optional city tour.

Day 32 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo

Full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins along with a visit to a Planeterra weaving project in a local community. Enjoy lunch at the Planeterra-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village. Shopping opportunities at a local market.

Days 33-36 Inca Trail/Machu Picchu

4-day guided Inca Trail hike with visit to Machu Picchu. Optional visit to the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco.

Day 37 Cusco

Free day to explore Cusco or relax. Active options include whitewater rafting, horseback riding and mountain biking.

Day 38 Lima

Fly to Lima. Optional city tour or free time to explore.

Day 39 Lima

Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking pre- and post-accommodation to fully experience these lively cities.

It’s an early morning rise before you head to Machu Picchu, where you’ll take in the awe-inspiring views of the sunrise behind the ‘Lost City of the Incas’. Your local guide will help you understand the history of the area before heading back to Cuzco for the evening.

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Price details:

from £4,579


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Return economy airfares into Brazil and out of Peru.

41 days Economy travel insurance.

39 Day Tour of South America, including the following:

Beach time on Ilha Grande.
Iguassu Falls visit (Brazil and Argentina).
Bonito stay.
Pantanal wildlife excursion (2-day).
4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats (3-day).
Floating islands of Uros visit.
Lake Titicaca guided tour.
Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour with visit to a Planeterra-supported women’s weaving project (full-day).
Lunch at the Planeterra-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village.
Inca Trail guided hike with cooks and porters (4-day).
Planeterra-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail.
Machu Picchu guided tour.
Internal flights.
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Public bus, plane, 4x4 vehicle, train, walking, hiking.
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike, local guides.
Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12


London >> Rio de Janeiro >> Ilha Grande/Paraty >> Iguassu Falls/Bonito >> Pantanal/Corumbá/Santa Cruz >> Sucre >> Potosí >> Uyuni/Salt Flats Excursion >> La Paz >> La Paz/Tiahuanaco >> Puno >> Lake Titicaca/Taquile Island >> Cusco >> Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo >> Inca Trail/Machu Picchu >> Cusco >> Lima >> London


Hotels (26 nts), overnight buses (2 nts), overnight trains (2 nts), camping (3 nts), homestay (1 nt), basic hotels on Uyuni Salt Flats excursion (2 nts, multi-share), tented room with hammocks in the Pantanal (2 nts, multi-share).


35 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 8 dinners. (Allow USD550-650 for meals not included.)

Additional Information:

Prices are per person based on twin share.
Visa’s not included.
Please enquire to fly from any UK-based airport.

About StudentUniverse

StudentUniverse has been supplying the best flight, hotel and tours deals to students around the world for years now and we’re delighted to be the preferred travel partner of and to make your travel experience even more amazing.

We have a great team of travel gurus that understand what a gap year is all about just waiting to help you, and since we are part of the Flight Centre Travel Group we are able to offer the best flights, gap year packages, hostels, tours, volunteer placements and insurance - the works. This is not your average travel agency, it’s the ultimate backpacker travel agency.

If you’d like to get in touch to chat about your travels, even if you’re in the preliminary stages and you’d just like some advice, give us a call on 0333 333 9923 or submit an enquiry to StudentUniverse – we’d love to hear from you.

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Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

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Peruvian child

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