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Great South American Journey - Lima to Rio

67 days,Lima to Rio de Janeiro

Spotting condors at Colca Canyon, conquering the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, seeing traditional life on Lake Titicaca, spending 3 days crossing by 4x4 into Chile, exploring the Lake District, being awed by Iguassu Falls.


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This incredible 67-day odyssey spanning six South American countries provides limitless opportunities for adventure, nature and cultural encounters.

What's Included

  • Pachamanca ceremony in Nazca, Colca Canyon excursion, Guided tour of Machu Picchu, 4-day Inca Trail hike with a local guide and cook, Lake Titicaca excursion, Uyuni Salt Flats Excursion (Chile/Bolivia), Entrance and visit to Iguassu Falls.
  • 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners. (Allow USD1065-1400 for meals not included.)
  • Simple hotels (55 nts), bus (7 nts), camping (3 nts), homestay (1 nt). Note: accommodation can be quite basic/multi-share at times.
  • Public bus, train, hiking, ferry, 4X4.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 10.

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Reverse Itinerary

This trip also runs in reverse from Rio de Janeiro to Lima. See Great South American Journey - Rio to Lima

Day 1 Lima

Arrive at any time.

Day 2-4 Pisco/Nazca/Night bus (D)

Travel by bus to Pisco. Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. Stop at a winery en route as well as at the Oasis of Huacachina. Optional Sandboarding. In the evening take part in a traditional Pachamanca meal. Optional flight over the Nazca Lines before the nightbus to Arequipa.

Day 5-8 Arequipa/Colca Canyon/Night bus

Free day in Arequipa. Optional Visit of the Catalina Convent. Guided tour to Colca Canyon to spot condors. Optional visit to local hot springs. Drive back to Arequipa on day 8 before taking the night bus to Cusco.

Day 9-16 Cuzco/Ollantaytambo/Inca Trail (3B,3L,3D)

Free time to explore Cusco or take an optional city tour. Active options include whitewater rafting, horseback riding and mountain biking. Travel to Ollantaytambo through the Sacred Valley. 4-Day, guided Inca Trail hike with visit to Machu Picchu. Optional visit to the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco.

Day 17-19 Puno/Lake Titicaca

Travel by bus to Puno. Visit the floating Islands of Uros and take a guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village. Optional visit to Sillustani burial site.

Day 20-22 La Paz

Travel by bus and cross the border into Bolivia, arriving to La Paz. Optional excursion to the Valley of the Moon or explore the city's winding streets and lively markets.

Day 23 Night bus

Free day in La Paz before boarding an overnight bus to Sucre.

Day 24-25 Sucre

Free time for an optional excursion to nearby dinosaur tracks, explore the city or optional hiking or mountain biking.

Day 26-27 Potosí

Travel by bus to Potosí. Optional tour to a working mine, or explore the city and visit the Casa de la Moneda museum.

Day 28-30 Uyuni/4x4 Desert Crossing Excursion (2B,2L,2D)

Travel to Uyuni by bus. Embark on a three day 4x4 excursion to the Salar de Uyuni and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery.

Day 31-33 San Pedro de Atacama

Cross by 4x4 into Chile and descend by bus to San Pedro de Atacama. Optional excursions to nearby ruins, mountain biking, or a visit to the Valley of the Moon.

Day 34-36 Night bus/La Serena

Travel by overnight bus to La Serena. Enjoy the beach or optional excursions to the Elquí Valley and vinyars or visit a nearby astronomical observatory.

Day 37-39 Santiago

Continue by bus to Santiago. Optional winery visits, city tour or day trips to Valparaíso or Viña del Mar.

Day 40-43 Night bus/Pucón

Overnight bus journey to Pucón. Optional activities include rafting, hiking, hot springs or a climb up the nearby Villarica Volcano.

Day 44-45 Puerto Montt/Puerto Varas

Travel by bus to Puerto Varas. Optional boat tours on the lake, day-trips to Chiloé Island or free time to enjoy the scenery and explore.

Day 46-48 Bariloche

Travel by bus across the Andes to Bariloche, Argentina. Optional activities include biking, rafting or hiking, or free time to explore the city and sample the local artisan chocolate.

Day 49 Night bus

Travel by overnight bus to Buenos Aires.

Day 50-51 Buenos Aires

Free time for individual exploration to visit the many attractions and museums or take an optional city tour. Optional tango show and dinner.

Day 52-57 Colonia/Montevideo/Salto

Cross the Rio de la Plata by ferry to Colonia, Uruguay. Free time to explore the area and relax at a streetside cafe. Continue by bus to Montevideo. Optional city tour, visit the Carnival museum or eat at the Port Market. Travel by bus to Salto. Optional visit to nearby hot springs.

Day 58-65 Iguassu Falls/Paraty/Ilha Grande

Arrive to the Iguassu area by overnight bus. Explore both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of the falls, with and optional boat ride near the base of the falls or visit the nearby bird park. Continue by overnight bus to colonial Paraty. Optional cachaça distillery visit or boat tour of the bay and nearby beaches. Travel by bus and ferry to Ilha Grande. Free time for hikes and walks around the island to explore the beaches or take an optional boat tour.

Day 66 Rio de Janeiro

Travel to Rio de Janeiro by ferry and bus for free time to explore the city using our centrally-located hotel in Copacabana as a base. Optional city tour.

Day 67 Rio de Janeiro

Depart at any time.