Explore the Amazon Jungle, Hike the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, view the stunning Iguazu Falls and spend time in the party Capital of the World, Rio de Janeiro.
Trip price is split into two components: £2645 plus US$1510 local payment (paid direct to your Tour Leader when you join the trip).
This is trip packed with South American highlights – Explore the Amazon Jungle, Hike the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, view the stunning Iguazu Falls and spend time in the party Capital of the World, Rio de Janeiro. Experience the vastness of the Bolivian Salt Flats, visit vineyards by bicycle in Argentina and take in a Tango Show in the metropolitan city of Buenos Aires.
Please note that our itineraries are not set in stone and can be subject to change.
Days 1 to 8
Depart Quito, the capital & cross the Equator.
Otavalo – a small market town famous for its colourful arts & crafts.
Amazon Jungle – journey to our jungle camp where we spend two or three nights to view the exotic wildlife – our guide will show us examples of medicinal, edible and hallucinogenic plants.
Days 9 to 18
Banos – a spa town where Ecuadorians go to relax in the thermal baths and hike the various mountain trails by foot or horseback plus the opportunity to go canyoning!
Cuenca – UNESCO World Heritage site.
Pacific Ocean coast – Punta Sal/Mancora, chill out by the beach and try your hand at surfing.
Chan Chan & Temple of Sun and Moon – built by the pre-Inca Chimu Kings, the largest mud brick city in the world.
Lima – the capital city with many plazas, museums and great local seafood (Ceviche).
Days 19 to 26
Ballestas Islands – a boat trip takes us close to the Islands which are bursting with exotic & rare marine wildlife.
Ica Desert & Oasis of Huacachina
Optional Dune Buggies & Sandboarding on the giant dunes out in the desert. BBQ and camp overnight under the stars.
Nazca Lines – huge figures and shapes carved into the stony desert, best viewed from the air.
Chauchilla Cemetery – ancient eerie tombs.
Ascend the Andes mountain range and drive past grazing Llama, Alpaca and Vicuna
Arequipa – a magnificent colonial city with authentic Peruvian nightlife.
Colca Canyon – accompanied by a local guide, you have the opportunity to view the majestic condors, which can be seen circling lazily on the thermals rising from the canyon floor.
Days 27 to 33
Traverse mountainous passes of nearly 5000m within sight of active volcanoes
Cuzco (our base for the next week)
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu – 4 day hike on the Lares, Classic or Salkantay trail.
Machu Picchu – finally on day 4 we reach the famous UNESCO World Heritage site – entrance and guide included.
Days 34 to 37
Puno – Lake Titicaca – the world’s highest navigable lake at 3800 metres.
Floating reed islands – home to the Uros Indians – explore Titicaca by boat & spend a night with one of the local families.
La Paz – highest capital city in the world, visit the colourful witches market!
Days 38 to 45
Drive across the High Altiplano
Potosi – option to enter a working silver & tin mine where techniques have remained unchanged for centuries.
Uyuni Salt Lake – take a 1 day excursion out onto the vast salt flats.
Tupiza – follow in the steps of Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid.
Humahuaca Canyon and Purmamarca
Salta – founded over 400 years ago and a great place for live music, mountain biking, mountain trekking, and horse riding.
Days 46 to 52
Cafayate – wine growing region, visiting wineries by bicycle.
Cross the pampas to Alta Gracia on the outskiers of Cordoba.
Travel through cowboy country across the vast Pampas grasslands to Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires – free day
Days 54 to 55
Buenos Aires – a smart cosmopolitan city with plenty to do; museums, horse racing, football matches, shopping, tango dancing & restaurants that serve the best steaks in the world.
Optional 2 hr ferry across the River Plate for a 1 or 2 day visit to the buzzing capital Montevideo & the quieter town of Colonia.
Days 56 to 60
Travel to the magnificent Iguazu Falls
Optional activities include boat trips, helicopter flights and mountain biking
We cross the border to Brazil to allow us to visit the falls from both the Argentine & Brazilian sides.
Days 61 to 66
Bonito – swim & snorkel in crystal clear river and lakes as well as hike into lush forests to look for monkeys, alligators & anaconda.
Pantanal – organise treks out into the vast wetlands, home to hundreds of species of birds & fish, including Piranha!
Days 67 to 72
Parati – laid back historic coastal village, explore the secluded islands by taking a sailing trip in a traditional schooner.
Rio de Janeiro – where folk are raring to party out of their minds and live purely for the moment – Carnival & New Years Eve celebrations are always chaotic, crowded and great fun
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