51 days,Rio de Janeiro to Lima

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, beach-lounge with the beautiful people of Brazil.

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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

  • Entrance and visit to Iguassu Falls. Uyuni Salt Flats excursion. Lake Titicaca 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. Colca Canyon excursion. Pachamanca ceremony (Nazca). Transportation between destinations and included activities. Internal flights.
  • 30 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners. (Allow USD1065-1400 for meals not included.)
  • Simple hotels (37 nts), overnight buses (4 nts), camping (3 nts), estancia/ranch (2 nts, multi-share), homestay (1 nt), hostel (1 nt), very basic hotels on Uyuni Salt Flats crossing (2 nts, multi-share).
  • Public bus, plane, train, hiking, ferry, 4X4.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, specialist Inca Trail CEO on the hike, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 10.
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Places Visited

Reverse Itinerary

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

Day 1 Rio de Janeiro

Arrive at any time.

Day 2-6 Ilha Grande/Paraty (2B)

Free time for hiking, an optional cachaça distillery visit or a boat tour.

Day 7-9 Iguassu Falls (1B)

Skip a long overnight bus and travel to Sao Paulo, for a flight to Iguassu. Explore both the Argentinean and Brazilian sides of the falls with an optional boat ride near the base of the falls, or visit the nearby bird park. Overnight bus to rural Uruguay.

Day 10-11 Estancia Stay (1B,2L,2D)

Dive into Uruguayan rural life, getting dirty at a working ranch. Head out for some hikes and indulge in local BBQs and wine.

Day 12-14 Montevideo/Colonia (3B)

In Uruguay's capital, visit the carnival museum, and grab a snack at the local Port Market. Explore the cobblestone streets of Colonia, and relax at a streetside cafe.

Day 15-17 Buenos Aires

Cross the Rio Plata, and explore the many attractions. Check out a football game, a tango show, or the famous city's nightlife.

Day 18-19 Salta (1B)

Skip a long bus ride with an included flight. Opt to check out the scenic Quebrada de las Conchas to Cafayate, the High Mountain Arqueological museum, and enjoy local cuisine.

Day 20-21 San Pedro de Atacama (1B)

Opt to visit nearby ruins, go mountain biking, or visit the Valley of the Moon.

Day 22-24 Salt Flats/Uyuni (2B,2L,2D)

Ascend by bus into the mountains and cross into Bolivia. Enjoy a 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 25-29 Potosí/Sucre (5B)

Take an optional excursion to nearby dinosaur tracks, explore the cities, go hiking or mountain biking, or check out a working silver mine. Overnight bus to La Paz.

Day 30-34 La Paz/Puno/Lake Titicaca (4B)

Optional visit to Valley of the Moon or explore the winding streets and lively markets of La Paz. Oxygen bar anyone? Cross into Peru, visit the floating Islands of Uros, and take a guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a local village.

Day 35-43 Cusco/Ollantaytambo/Inca Trail (7B,3L,3D)

Explore Cusco with free time to take an optional city tour, go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking. En route to Ollantaytambo, opt to visit the Sacred Valley with a stop at a Planeterra-supported women's weaving co-op. Take in Inca culture, history, and great views on a 4-day guided Inca Trail hike with a guided visit to Machu Picchu. Planeterra-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail provided. Travel by overnight bus to Arequipa.

Day 44-47 Arequipa/Colca Canyon (2B)

Optional visit of the Catalina Convent, or visit a local hot springs. Spot condors on a guided tour to Colca Canyon. Overnight bus to Nazca.

Day 48-49 Nazca/Paracas (1D)

Optional sandboarding and flight over the Nazca Lines. Stop at a winery en route at the Oasis of Huacachina. Indulge in a traditional Pachamanca meal.

Day 50 Lima

Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Lima for a final night - be sure to try some pisco sours and the ceviche.

Day 51 Lima (1B)

Depart at any time.

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