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51 days,Lima to Rio de Janeiro
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Spot condors at Colca Canyon, conquer the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experience traditional life on Lake Titicaca, cross the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano, be awed by Iguassu Falls.

If you have the time and can’t decide between Peru and Brazil, then see them both—and pretty much everything in between—on this 51-day extravaganza. Trek the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, cross the Bolivian Salt Flats, sip wine in Argentina and hit the beach in Brazil. You’ll get plenty of energetic culture, the great outdoors, and the company of other young travellers to keep you moving. There’s time later to slow down, take the long road and have an adventure while you can.

What's Included

  • Pachamanca ceremony (Nazca). Colca Canyon excursion. Guided tour of Machu Picchu. 4-day Inca Trail hike with a local guide and cook. Planeterra-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail. Lake Titicaca excursion. Uyuni Salt Flats excursion. Entrance and visit to Iguassu Falls. Transportation between destinations and included activities. Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners. (Allow USD1065-1400 for meals not included.)
  • Simple hotels (37 nts, some multi-share), overnight buses (4 nts), camping (3 nts), homestay (1 nt), hostel (1 nt), basic hotels on Uyuni Salt Flat excursion (2 nts, multi-share), estancia/ranch (2 nts, multi-share)
  • Public bus, train, hiking, plane, 4x4 truck, ferry.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12.
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Reverse Itinerary

This trip also runs in reverse from Rio de Janeiro to Lima. See Rio to Lima Adventure

Day 1 Lima

Arrive at any time.

Day 2-4 Paracas/Nazca (1D)

Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. Stop at a winery en route at the Oasis of Huacachina. Indulge in a traditional Pachamanca meal. Optional sandboarding and flight over the Nazca Lines before an overnight bus to Arequipa.

Day 5-8 Arequipa/Colca Canyon

Wander the streets of the white city, then spot condors on a guided overnight visit to Colca Canyon. Overnight bus to Cusco.

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

Free time to explore Cusco on an optional city tour, or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking. Learn about the Sacred Valley en route to Ollantaytambo. Take in Inca culture, history, and great views on a 4-day guided Inca Trail hike with a visit to Machu Picchu.

Day 17-19 Puno/Lake Titicaca (1B,1L,1D)

Visit the floating Islands of Uros and take a guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a local village.

Day 20-22 La Paz

Explore this high altitude city. Opt to visit the Valley of the Moon or explore the city's winding streets and lively markets. Overnight bus to Sucre.

Day 23-26 Sucre/Potosi

Opt to take an excursion to nearby dinosaur tracks, go hiking, mountain biking, or check out a working silver mine.

Day 27-29 Uyuni/Salt Flats (2B,2L,2D)

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.

Day 30-33 San Pedro de Atacama/Salta

Opt to visit nearby ruins, go mountain biking, or visit the Valley of the Moon from San Pedro. In Salta, opt to check out the scenic Quebrada de las Conchas to Cafayate, the High Mountain Arqueological Museum, and enjoy local cuisine.

Day 34-36 Buenos Aires

Avoid a long bus journey with a quick flight to Buenos Aires. Explore the city by foot, check out a football game, see a tango show, or indulge in the city's famous nightlife.

Day 37-42 Colonia/Montevideo/Estancia Stay (2B,2L,2D)

Free time to explore to get a flavour of Uruguay. Leave the city and lights behind in favour of the Uruguayan rural life and get dirty at a working ranch (estancia). Go for hikes and indulge in a barbeque with local wine. Overnight bus to Iguassu Falls.

Day 43-49 Iguassu Falls/Paraty/Ilha Grande

Explore both the Argentinean and Brazilian sides of the falls with an optional boat ride near its base. Fly to the coast and opt to go hiking, relax on the beach, take a boat trip, or try the local libations.

Day 50 Rio de Janeiro

Explore the city from a centrally located hotel in Copacabana.

Day 51 Rio de Janeiro

Depart at any time.

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