The poorest country in South America and landlocked in the high Andes, Bolivia is not for the faint of heart. Among its must-see sights number the "world's most dangerous road," and endless desert salt flats; its capital La Paz is the highest in the world. But for the traveller willing to endure a little discomfort Bolivia is a trip back in time. With the most visible indigenous culture south of Guatemala, coca leaves and bowler-sporting indigena are common sights, while its geography is truly extreme: running from the Amazon jungle to the Andes and from the edge of the Incan empire at Lake Titicaca to the edge of the Atacama desert, there is no easy way around.
Southern Cross (SXMR)
From the Nazca Lines and the heights of Incan archaeology to the beach at Ipanema, this 45-day long tour provides limitless opportunities for adventure. Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal, thundering Iguassu Falls and the bizarre landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats. In the thin air of the Andes, trek the challenging Inca Trail to legendary Machu Picchu—we run our own treks and ensure quality food and equipment, leaving you to focus on your next exhilarating step forward. With local transportation and authentic accommodation, this trip offers an intense blend of included activities and free time to explore on your own. This trip has it all!
Highlights: Spotting condors at Colca Canyon, conquering the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, settling in with the locals at a homestay on Lake Titicaca, exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats and Andean wilderness by 4x4, spotting wildlife in the Brazilian Pantanal, standing in awe of Iguassu Falls.
Andean Discovery (JML)
Take the party to new heights in the rarefied air of the Andes. With other young travellers not afraid to try new things, you'll journey from the enigmatic Nazca Lines to the lost city of Machu Picchu and onward to incredible La Paz. You'll commune with the condors in Colca Canyon and feel like a local while crashing at a small village homestay at Lake Titicaca. Think of this as three weeks of climbing higher, going further and pushing boundaries on the roof of South America.
Highlights: Climbing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, spotting condors at Colca Canyon, feeling like a local at a Lake Titicaca homestay, being able to choose the excursions that interest you, exploring Lima and La Paz.