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Southern Cross & Amazon

 
45 days,Rio de Janeiro to Lima
SJRM

Be awed by Iguassu Falls, Search for wildlife in the Brazilian Pantanal, Spend 3 days exploring the salt flats of Uyuni and high mountain wilderness by 4x4, Experience traditional life on Lake Titicaca, Search for wildlife in the Amazon Jungle, Conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Spot condors at Colca Canyon.

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Experience two coasts, three countries and the best of South America on an epic adventure through the heart of the continent. This 45-day long tour provides limitless opportunities for adventure—from the streets of Rio to Lake Titicaca, you’ll encounter history, culture and local interaction. Explore the continent's diverse wilderness: the Pantanal, the Salar de Uyuni, Iguassu Falls and the Amazon—and hike the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. With local transportation and authentic accommodation, this trip offers an intense blend of included activities and free time to explore on your own and is a must-do for any traveller looking to experience South America at the grassroots level.

What's Included

  • Day tour Nazca Cemetery and potter's workshop, Guided tour of Colca Canyon (overnight), Guided tour of the Sacred Valley, Four day hike on the Inca Trail with local guide, cook and porters, Guided tour of Machu Picchu, Amazon Jungle Excursion (2 nights), Guided tour of Taquile and Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca, Three day 4 wheel drive excursion to the Salar de Uyuni, Two day wildlife excursion to the Pantanal, Visit to Iguassu Falls.
  • 11 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 11 Dinners. (Allow USD570-750 for meals not included.)
  • Hotels (30 nts), Night buses (3 nts), Train (1 nt), Camping (3 nts), Jungle lodge (2 nts), Homestay (1 nt), Very basic hostels on Salar de Uyuni excursion (multi-share) (2 nts), Multi-share tented room with hammocks in the Pantanal (2 nts).
  • Public bus, Local flight, Train, Boat, Canoe, Hiking, 4WD truck.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout (except in the jungle and on the Inca Trail), 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 Southern Cross & Amazon

Day 1 Arrive Rio de Janeiro

Arrive at any time.

Day 2-5 Ilha Grande / Paraty

Bus and ferry to Ilha Grande. Free time for hikes and walks around the island to explore the beaches. Continue by bus to colonial city of Paraty. Optional cachaça distillery visit or boat tour of the bay and nearby beaches.

Day 6-11 Iguassu Falls / Bonito

Travel by overnight bus to the Iguassu Falls area. Explore both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of the falls, with and optional boat ride near the base of the falls. Continue by bus to Bonito for optional activities like snorkelling in the crystal clear rivers or exploring the nearby caves and waterfalls.

Day 12-15 Pantanal / Corumbá/Santa Cruz (2B, 2L, 2D)

2-day excursion into the wetlands of the Pantanal with a local guide. Opportunities to spot wildlife such as monkeys, macaws, giant otters and caiman. Continue by overnight train into Bolivia to Santa Cruz.

Day 16-18 Sucre

Fly to Sucre. Optional visit to the nearby dinosaur tracks, or explore the beautiful colonial city.

Day 19 Potosí

Travel by bus to Potosí. Optional excursion to a working silver mine or free time to explore the city.

Day 20-23 Uyuni / Salt Lakes Excursion (3B, 3L, 3D)

Bus trip to Uyuni. Three day 4x4 excursion to the Salar de Uyuni and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery.

Day 24-25 La Paz

Travel by bus and train to La Paz. Optional city tour and free time to explore the markets and winding streets.

Day 26-28 Puno / Lake Titicaca (B, L, D)

Travel by bus through the altiplano, crossing the border, to the Peruvian city of Puno on the shore of Lake Titicaca. For the next 2 days, Visit to the floating Islands of Uros and guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a Homestay in a small village. Optional visit to Sillustani burial site.

Day 29-32 Cuzco / Amazon Jungle (2B,2L,2D)

Travel to Cusco. Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by fast motorized canoe to the comfortable 'G Lodge Amazon,' which boasts sustainable operational initiatives like solar panels, a recycling program and rechargeable flashlights. Guided excursions by expert naturalists to spot wildlife and learn more about the jungle. Included rubber boots while at the lodge. Fly back to Cusco in the morning of day 32. The afternoon is free to explore Cusco. Optional City Tour.

Day 33 Ollantaytambo

Full day tour of the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo, including a visit to a local community and various inca ruins.

Day 34-37 Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (3B,3L,3D)

4-day guided Inca Trail hike with visit to Machu Picchu. Optional visit to the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco.

Day 38 Arequipa

Fly to Arequipa. Free afternoon to explore. Optional Visit of the Catalina Convent.

Day 39-41 Colca Canyon / Arequipa

Guided tour to Colca Canyon to spot condors. Optional visit to local hot springs. Drive back to Arequipa to take a night bus to Nasca.

Day 42-43 Nazca / Pisco

Guided tour of Nazca desert cemetery and potters studio. Optional flight over the Nazca Lines. Travel to Pisco, on route stop at a winery to discover our Pisco, the national drink is made, and at the Oasis of Huacachina. Optional Sandboarding.

Day 44 Lima

Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Lima.

Day 45 Depart Lima

Depart at any time.