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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
  • 30 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners. (Allow USD1065-1400 for meals not included.)
  • 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 18, avg 14.
  • 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)

Add to Your Experience

Peru Adrenaline Bundle

Experience an adrenaline rush in one of Peru's most vibrant cities, Cusco! Enjoy a full day rating Urubamba River Valley’s white-knuckle rapids or spend a half-day exploring the Andean foothills and Incan ruins on horseback.

Iguassu Falls Boat Ride

Feel the thunder of Iguassu Falls closer than you’ve ever imagined! Hop aboard a speedboat and prepare for an up close and personal (and very, very wet) encounter with this incredible natural wonder.

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Reverse Itinerary

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

Itinerary

Inca Trail

Day 1Lima

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Lima/Paracas(1B)

Free morning in Lima before travelling by bus to Paracas.

Day 3Paracas/Nazca(1B, 1D)

Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. En route, stop at a winery and at the Oasis of Huacachina.

Day 4Nazca/Arequipa(1B)

Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines. Overnight bus to Arequipa.

Day 5Arequipa

Opt to visit the Catalina Convent or a local hot spring.

Day 6Arequipa/Chivay(1B)

Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley, and opt for a soak in hot springs.

Day 7Chivay/Arequipa(1B)

Set out looking for the majestic soaring condors. Return to Arequipa.

Day 8Arequipa/Cusco(1B)

Free day in Arequipa. Overnight bus to Cusco.

Day 9Cusco

Free time to explore Cusco. Opt for a city tour or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.

Day 10Cusco(1B)

Enjoy another free day in Cusco.

Day 11Cusco/Ollantaytambo(1B)

Learn about the Sacred Valley en route to Ollantaytambo. Opt to take a Sacred Valley tour with a visit to a Planeterra-supported women's weaving co-op.

Day 12Ollantaytambo/Wayllabamba Camp(1B, 1L, 1D)

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins.

Day 13Wayllabamba Camp/Paqaymayo Camp(1B, 1L, 1D)

Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.

Day 14Paqaymayo Camp/Wiñaywayna(1B, 1L, 1D)

Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through cloud forest on the gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley.

At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "Town Above the Clouds." Camp here or go 1.5 hrs further along, near the Wiñay Wayna ruins (Forever Young) located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).

Day 15Wiñaywayna/Cusco(1B)

The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Wake up around 03:30 and walk to the checkpoint. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows.

Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet the CEO and any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.

Day 16Cusco(1B)

Free day to explore more of Cusco or just relax.

Day 17Cusco/Puno(1B)

Travel through the high Altiplano region to travel to Puno on Lake Titicaca.

Day 18Puno/Isla Amantani(1B, 1D)

Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a local village.

Day 19Isla Amantani/Puno(1B, 1L)

Visit the floating islands of Uros. Optional visit to the Sillustani burial site.

Day 20Puno/La Paz(1B)

Cross over into Bolivia for a night out in the highest city of the trip. Oxygen bar anyone?

Day 21La Paz

Free day to explore La Paz.

Day 22La Paz/Sucre(1B)

Enjoy a free day before boarding a night bus to Sucre.

Day 23Sucre

Take an optional excursion to the nearby dinosaur tracks, or get active by hiking or mountain biking.

Day 24Sucre(1B)

Enjoy another free day to explore Sucre and surroundings.

Day 25Sucre/Potosí(1B)

Travel south to the one of the world's highest cities.

Day 26Potosí(1B)

Get out and explore Potosí. Opt to tour a working mine.

Day 27Potosí/Uyuni(1B)

Travel to Uyuni and get ready for an excursion to the salt flats.

Day 28Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni(1B, 1L, 1D)

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 29Salar de Uyuni(1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion.

Day 30Salar de Uyuni/San Pedro de Atacama(1B)

Cross by 4x4 into Chile and descend by bus to San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 31San Pedro de Atacama

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

Day 32San Pedro de Atacama/Salta

Cross the border into Argentina.

Day 33Salta(1B)

Explore the city and enjoy the local cuisine. Opt to take a trip through the scenic Quebrada de las Conchas to Cafayate, visiting the High Mountain Arqueological Museum.

Day 34Salta/Buenos Aires

Skip a long bus journey with a quick flight to Buenos Aires. Take an optional city tour, and enjoy free time to explore the many attractions. In the evening, consider hitting a tango show, then sample the city's famous nightlife.

Day 35Buenos Aires

Enjoy a free day to explore beautiful Buenos Aires.

Day 36Buenos Aires

Free time to explore the many attractions. Check out a football match, a tango show or the city's famous nightlife.

Day 37Buenos Aires/Colonia del Sacramento

Cross the Río de la Plata by ferry to Colonia, Uruguay. Explore on an orientation walk, then enjoy free time to explore the area and relax at a streetside café.

Day 38Colonia del Sacramento/Montevideo

Travel from Colonia to Montevideo in the morning. Free afternoon to explore.

Day 39Montevideo(1B)

Free time to explore Montevideo.

Day 40Montevideo/Mercedes(1L, 1D)

Leave the city and lights behind in favour of the Uruguayan rural life.

Day 41Mercedes(1B, 1L, 1D)

Get dirty working at the ranch, go for a hike in the countryside, and indulge in local barbecues and wine.

Day 42Mercedes/Foz do Iguaçu(1B)

In the morning cross the border into Gualeguaychu in Argentina, then begin the long overnight journey to Iguassu Falls.

Day 43Foz do Iguaçu

Explore the Brazilian side of the falls with free time in the afternoon. Opt to take a helicopter ride over the falls, visit a bird park or see the Itaipu Dam.

Day 44Foz do Iguaçu

Full day excursion to the Argentina side of the falls. Opt to take a boat tour to see the cascading falls from below.

Day 45Foz do Iguaçu/Paraty

Skip an overnight bus ride and fly to São Paulo, heading straight to the coast. Explore colonial Paraty, then hit the beach.

Day 46Paraty

Free time to explore Paraty's beaches, a national park and surroundings. Opt to visit a cachaça distillery or a take boat tour of the bay.

Day 47Paraty/Ilha Grande(1B)

Continue by van up the coast, and take a ferry to Ilha Grande.

Days 48–49Ilha Grande

Free time to explore the beaches of Ilha Grande. Opt to hike Pico do Papagaio or Lopez Mendez, take a boat trip around the island, play in the waves or go snorkelling.

Day 50Ilha Grande/Rio de Janeiro

Travel to Rio de Janerio, and explore the city using a centrally located hostel in Copacabana as a base.

Day 51Rio de Janeiro

Depart at any time.

Cusco Stay

Day 1Lima

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Lima/Paracas(1B)

Free morning in Lima before travelling by bus to Paracas.

Day 3Paracas/Nazca(1B, 1D)

Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. En route, stop at a winery and at the Oasis of Huacachina.

Day 4Nazca/Arequipa(1B)

Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines. Overnight bus to Arequipa.

Day 5Arequipa

Opt to visit the Catalina Convent or a local hot spring.

Day 6Arequipa/Chivay(1B)

Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley, and opt for a soak in hot springs.

Day 7Chivay/Arequipa(1B)

Set out looking for the majestic soaring condors. Return to Arequipa.

Day 8Arequipa/Cusco(1B)

Free day in Arequipa. Overnight bus to Cusco.

Day 9Cusco

Free time to explore Cusco. Opt for a city tour or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.

Day 10Cusco(1B)

Enjoy another free day in Cusco.

Day 11Cusco/Ollantaytambo(1B)

Learn about the Sacred Valley en route to Ollantaytambo. Opt to take a Sacred Valley tour with a visit to a Planeterra-supported women's weaving co-op.

Day 12Ollantaytambo/Cusco(1B)

Return to the Sacred Valley with the CEO to visit the sites of the Maras Salt Mines and Moray. Spend the evening in Cusco.

Day 13Cusco(1B)

Enjoy an included tour of the archaeological sites around Cusco, including Saqsaywaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay.

Day 14Cusco/Aguas Calientes(1B)

Travel by van to Ollantaytambo to catch the scenic train to Aguas Calientes.

Day 15Aguas Calientes/Cusco(1B)

Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco in the evening.

Day 16Cusco(1B)

Free day to explore more of Cusco or just relax.

Day 17Cusco/Puno(1B)

Travel through the high Altiplano region to travel to Puno on Lake Titicaca.

Day 18Puno/Isla Amantani(1B, 1D)

Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a local village.

Day 19Isla Amantani/Puno(1B, 1L)

Visit the floating islands of Uros. Optional visit to the Sillustani burial site.

Day 20Puno/La Paz(1B)

Cross over into Bolivia for a night out in the highest city of the trip. Oxygen bar anyone?

Day 21La Paz

Free day to explore La Paz.

Day 22La Paz/Sucre(1B)

Enjoy a free day before boarding a night bus to Sucre.

Day 23Sucre

Take an optional excursion to the nearby dinosaur tracks, or get active by hiking or mountain biking.

Day 24Sucre(1B)

Enjoy another free day to explore Sucre and surroundings.

Day 25Sucre/Potosí(1B)

Travel south to the one of the world's highest cities.

Day 26Potosí(1B)

Get out and explore Potosí. Opt to tour a working mine.

Day 27Potosí/Uyuni(1B)

Travel to Uyuni and get ready for an excursion to the salt flats.

Day 28Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni(1B, 1L, 1D)

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 29Salar de Uyuni(1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion.

Day 30Salar de Uyuni/San Pedro de Atacama(1B)

Cross by 4x4 into Chile and descend by bus to San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 31San Pedro de Atacama

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

Day 32San Pedro de Atacama/Salta

Cross the border into Argentina.

Day 33Salta(1B)

Explore the city and enjoy the local cuisine. Opt to take a trip through the scenic Quebrada de las Conchas to Cafayate, visiting the High Mountain Arqueological Museum.

Day 34Salta/Buenos Aires

Skip a long bus journey with a quick flight to Buenos Aires. Take an optional city tour, and enjoy free time to explore the many attractions. In the evening, consider hitting a tango show, then sample the city's famous nightlife.

Day 35Buenos Aires

Enjoy a free day to explore beautiful Buenos Aires.

Day 36Buenos Aires

Free time to explore the many attractions. Check out a football match, a tango show or the city's famous nightlife.

Day 37Buenos Aires/Colonia del Sacramento

Cross the Río de la Plata by ferry to Colonia, Uruguay. Explore on an orientation walk, then enjoy free time to explore the area and relax at a streetside café.

Day 38Colonia del Sacramento/Montevideo

Travel from Colonia to Montevideo in the morning. Free afternoon to explore.

Day 39Montevideo(1B)

Free time to explore Montevideo.

Day 40Montevideo/Mercedes(1L, 1D)

Leave the city and lights behind in favour of the Uruguayan rural life.

Day 41Mercedes(1B, 1L, 1D)

Get dirty working at the ranch, go for a hike in the countryside, and indulge in local barbecues and wine.

Day 42Mercedes/Foz do Iguaçu(1B)

In the morning cross the border into Gualeguaychu in Argentina, then begin the long overnight journey to Iguassu Falls.

Day 43Foz do Iguaçu

Explore the Brazilian side of the falls with free time in the afternoon. Opt to take a helicopter ride over the falls, visit a bird park or see the Itaipu Dam.

Day 44Foz do Iguaçu

Full day excursion to the Argentina side of the falls. Opt to take a boat tour to see the cascading falls from below.

Day 45Foz do Iguaçu/Paraty

Skip an overnight bus ride and fly to São Paulo, heading straight to the coast. Explore colonial Paraty, then hit the beach.

Day 46Paraty

Free time to explore Paraty's beaches, a national park and surroundings. Opt to visit a cachaça distillery or a take boat tour of the bay.

Day 47Paraty/Ilha Grande(1B)

Continue by van up the coast, and take a ferry to Ilha Grande.

Days 48–49Ilha Grande

Free time to explore the beaches of Ilha Grande. Opt to hike Pico do Papagaio or Lopez Mendez, take a boat trip around the island, play in the waves or go snorkelling.

Day 50Ilha Grande/Rio de Janeiro

Travel to Rio de Janerio, and explore the city using a centrally located hostel in Copacabana as a base.

Day 51Rio de Janeiro

Depart at any time.

Lares Trek

Day 1Lima

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Lima/Paracas(1B)

Free morning in Lima before travelling by bus to Paracas.

Day 3Paracas/Nazca(1B, 1D)

Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. En route, stop at a winery and at the Oasis of Huacachina.

Day 4Nazca/Arequipa(1B)

Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines. Overnight bus to Arequipa.

Day 5Arequipa

Opt to visit the Catalina Convent or a local hot spring.

Day 6Arequipa/Chivay(1B)

Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley, and opt for a soak in hot springs.

Day 7Chivay/Arequipa(1B)

Set out looking for the majestic soaring condors. Return to Arequipa.

Day 8Arequipa/Cusco(1B)

Free day in Arequipa. Overnight bus to Cusco.

Day 9Cusco

Free time to explore Cusco. Opt for a city tour or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.

Day 10Cusco(1B)

Enjoy another free day in Cusco.

Day 11Cusco/Ollantaytambo(1B)

Learn about the Sacred Valley en route to Ollantaytambo. Opt to take a Sacred Valley tour with a visit to a Planeterra-supported women's weaving co-op.

Day 12Ollantaytambo/Cuncani(1B, 1L, 1D)

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to Lares town where the hike begins. Spend the first night at a Planeterra-supported campsite in Cuncani.

Day 13Cuncani/Kuyoc(1B, 1L, 1D)

Start early to hike from the foothills of Sicllaccasa Mountain to its high pass (4,750m/15,583 ft), providing scenic views of lagoons and the snow-capped Chicon Mountain. Celebrate after reaching the highest point by making an offering of coca leaves to the Andean gods. After the morning hike, stop to rest and take in the amazing view. Continue hiking downhill to our second campsite near the stream for the night.

Day 14Kuyoc/Aguas Calientes(1B, 1L)

Enjoy the last few hours of hiking before travelling by van to Ollantaytambo and train to Aguas Calientes. Spend some time relaxing in town or visiting the nearby hot springs.

Day 15Aguas Calientes/Cusco(1B)

Enjoy a guided visit to Machu Picchu at sunrise. Use some free time to explore the ruins on your own. Later, travel back to Cusco.

Day 16Cusco(1B)

Free day to explore more of Cusco or just relax.

Day 17Cusco/Puno(1B)

Travel through the high Altiplano region to travel to Puno on Lake Titicaca.

Day 18Puno/Isla Amantani(1B, 1D)

Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a local village.

Day 19Isla Amantani/Puno(1B, 1L)

Visit the floating islands of Uros. Optional visit to the Sillustani burial site.

Day 20Puno/La Paz(1B)

Cross over into Bolivia for a night out in the highest city of the trip. Oxygen bar anyone?

Day 21La Paz

Free day to explore La Paz.

Day 22La Paz/Sucre(1B)

Enjoy a free day before boarding a night bus to Sucre.

Day 23Sucre

Take an optional excursion to the nearby dinosaur tracks, or get active by hiking or mountain biking.

Day 24Sucre(1B)

Enjoy another free day to explore Sucre and surroundings.

Day 25Sucre/Potosí(1B)

Travel south to the one of the world's highest cities.

Day 26Potosí(1B)

Get out and explore Potosí. Opt to tour a working mine.

Day 27Potosí/Uyuni(1B)

Travel to Uyuni and get ready for an excursion to the salt flats.

Day 28Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni(1B, 1L, 1D)

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 29Salar de Uyuni(1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion.

Day 30Salar de Uyuni/San Pedro de Atacama(1B)

Cross by 4x4 into Chile and descend by bus to San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 31San Pedro de Atacama

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

Day 32San Pedro de Atacama/Salta

Cross the border into Argentina.

Day 33Salta(1B)

Explore the city and enjoy the local cuisine. Opt to take a trip through the scenic Quebrada de las Conchas to Cafayate, visiting the High Mountain Arqueological Museum.

Day 34Salta/Buenos Aires

Skip a long bus journey with a quick flight to Buenos Aires. Take an optional city tour, and enjoy free time to explore the many attractions. In the evening, consider hitting a tango show, then sample the city's famous nightlife.

Day 35Buenos Aires

Enjoy a free day to explore beautiful Buenos Aires.

Day 36Buenos Aires

Free time to explore the many attractions. Check out a football match, a tango show or the city's famous nightlife.

Day 37Buenos Aires/Colonia del Sacramento

Cross the Río de la Plata by ferry to Colonia, Uruguay. Explore on an orientation walk, then enjoy free time to explore the area and relax at a streetside café.

Day 38Colonia del Sacramento/Montevideo

Travel from Colonia to Montevideo in the morning. Free afternoon to explore.

Day 39Montevideo(1B)

Free time to explore Montevideo.

Day 40Montevideo/Mercedes(1L, 1D)

Leave the city and lights behind in favour of the Uruguayan rural life.

Day 41Mercedes(1B, 1L, 1D)

Get dirty working at the ranch, go for a hike in the countryside, and indulge in local barbecues and wine.

Day 42Mercedes/Foz do Iguaçu(1B)

In the morning cross the border into Gualeguaychu in Argentina, then begin the long overnight journey to Iguassu Falls.

Day 43Foz do Iguaçu

Explore the Brazilian side of the falls with free time in the afternoon. Opt to take a helicopter ride over the falls, visit a bird park or see the Itaipu Dam.

Day 44Foz do Iguaçu

Full day excursion to the Argentina side of the falls. Opt to take a boat tour to see the cascading falls from below.

Day 45Foz do Iguaçu/Paraty

Skip an overnight bus ride and fly to São Paulo, heading straight to the coast. Explore colonial Paraty, then hit the beach.

Day 46Paraty

Free time to explore Paraty's beaches, a national park and surroundings. Opt to visit a cachaça distillery or a take boat tour of the bay.

Day 47Paraty/Ilha Grande(1B)

Continue by van up the coast, and take a ferry to Ilha Grande.

Days 48–49Ilha Grande

Free time to explore the beaches of Ilha Grande. Opt to hike Pico do Papagaio or Lopez Mendez, take a boat trip around the island, play in the waves or go snorkelling.

Day 50Ilha Grande/Rio de Janeiro

Travel to Rio de Janerio, and explore the city using a centrally located hostel in Copacabana as a base.

Day 51Rio de Janeiro

Depart at any time.

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