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Lima to Rio Adventure

  • 51 Day(s)
  • Trip Code : GASPMR

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Day 1 Lima

Arrive at any time.

Arrive at any time. There are no planned activities on this day, so check into our hotel and enjoy the city. **Please note: if you have pre-booked the Peru Adrenaline Bundle your CEO will inform you upon arrival when you will see each activity throughout your tour, dates subject to change: full day rafting (Day 10 - Cuzco) and half-day horseback riding (Day 16 - Cuzco). For more information on the shows see the Optional Activities section. *Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Latin America (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control. Founded by Francisco Pizarro, on the Day of the Three Kings (Epiphany) in 1535, Lima is known as the City of Kings. It is Peru-

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.

Pisco is an oasis in a barren land and an important port town. It derives its name from the white grape brandy produced in the region. If you haven-

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 w

Cusco attracts thousands of travellers who come to experience an age-old culture and to delve into its tragic and noble past. It is the perfect base for optional explorations of the city and area as well as a range of outdoor activities. We spend the next few days relaxing and exploring this fascinating city, while taking time to acclimatize to the higher altitude before our trek. Cusco is the hub of the South American travel network. The city attracts thousands of travellers who come not just to visit a unique destination but also to experience an age-old culture very different from their 20th century way of life; one could easily spend a week just in and around the area. Cusco is the continent-

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.

Today we travel through the high Altiplano region to get from Cusco to Puno, on Lake Titicaca. There is an overnight excursion to the Islands on Lake Titicaca. This includes a visit to the Uros floating islands, and an overnight stay with a family on Taquile or Amantani Island. We return to Puno in the late afternoon. Located 3830 m (12562 ft) above sea level, Puno-

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.

The drive around Lake Titicaca and through the altiplano to La Paz, Bolivia is impressive. Founded by Alonso de Mendoza in 1548, La Ciudad de Nuestra Señora de La Paz (the City of Our Lady of Peace) is a great place to explore on foot. Although Sucre is the official capital, La Paz is the Bolivian centre of commerce, finance and industry, and the de facto capital. This is a busy modern city, with its centre at the base of a canyon 5 km (3 miles) wide, with sprawling impromptu housing all the way up the surrounding hillsides. The city is at nearly 4000 m (13,120 ft) above sea level, so visitors should be prepared for cool evenings and mornings. Explore the city-

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.

Often referred to as Bolivia-

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.

Travel through the Bolivian landscape to the town of Uyuni. Despite its isolation and challenging climate (cold and blustery most of the year), the town of Uyuni has earned the nickname of Hija Predilecta de Bolivia (Bolivia-

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.

Descending almost 3000 metres from the high Bolivian altiplano, we arrive at the edge of the Atacama Desert, and to the small desert oasis of San Pedro de Atacama. There are plenty of optional excursions here, like biking, exploring nearby ruins, horseback riding, and a tour of the Valley of the Moon. Accommodation for these nights may be multishare.

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.

We make our way to Salta, situated in the Lerma Valley of northern Argentina. Salta is home to Empanadas Salteñas - the delicious local specialty, and no visit to the town will be complete without giving them a try. In the evening experience the local celebration at one of the "Peña" folklore shows. On day 33 you will have some free time to explore the area. The scenic Quebrada de las Conchas, and Cafayate, famed for it´s wine and vineyards, are recommended stops. The multi-coloured valleys in the region of the foothills of the Andes are sure to be a highlight.

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.

We skip the long journey to the coast, and fly to Buenos Aires, the Paris of the Americas. The capital city of Argentina, Buenos Aires is the ultimate cosmopolitan city. Travellers find that it has more in common with the cities of Europe than the rest of South America. Nearly 40 per cent of Argentina's 33 million citizens live in Greater Buenos Aires, and the Porteños are justifiably proud of their home. The city is comprised of a number of distinct neighbourhoods, some of which have become top tourist draws. For many, the highlight of their time in the capital is a visit to San Telmo for the weekend antiques market and street artistís displays. La Boca was originally settled by the successive waves of immigrants that contribute to the capital's unique character. Its brightly coloured walls and buildings draw Porteños and tourists alike, and it is here that the world-class football team, Boca Juniors, plies its trade. A Sunday afternoon match at the fabled Bombonera is not to be missed. Posh Recoleta, with its cafes, museums and cemetery, is a pleasant place to spend an afternoon. During colonial days Buenos Aires was the seat of the Viceroy of La Plata. Almost completely rebuilt since the turn of the century, the heart of the city is the Plaza de Mayo, with the historic Cabildo (Town Hall), where the Independence movement was first planned, the Casa Rosada (Government Palace) and the Cathedral where San Martín, the father of Argentine independence, is buried. When you are done exploring, settle your weary feet and enjoy a drink in one of the many sidewalk cafes and restaurants and you will begin to understand the contemplative Argentine way of life. Try the succulent bife and parrilladas! Please note: You should be especially careful when wandering about the capital city on your own, particularly at night. Tourists are easy prey for individual pickpockets or groups of two or more people working as a team on the streets. Pay particular attention to anyone who 'accidentally' spills anything on your clothes or belongings (mustard, etc.) and then apologizes and offers to help clean up. They will clean you out instead! Be safe and leave your passport, credit cards, travellers cheques and cash funds you won't be using immediately in the hotel's safety deposit box. Most Porteños are honest and genuinely helpful and friendly, but be safe and enjoy the city!

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.

Cross the Rio de la Plata by ferry to reach the shores of Uruguay. Explore Colonia-

Day 50 Rio de Janeiro

Explore the city from a centrally located hotel in Copacabana.

Our visit to Brazil begins with the magnificent Foz do Iguaçu, or Iguassu falls, bordering Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. In order to see the falls properly you need to view them from both the Brazilian and the Argentine side. The Brazilian side offers the grand overview, and the Argentine side, a closer look. The best time of the year to see them is from August to November, as from May to July you may not be able to approach the swollen waters on the catwalks. Experience an exhilarating optional boat tour at the falls or simply marvel at nature-

Day 51 Rio de Janeiro

Depart at any time.

Leaving the port after returning from Ilha Grande, a dramatic road then takes us down and north along the coast through superb scenery before rounding the cliffs at Vidigal, where we get our first glimpse of one of the most memorable cities in the world Brazil-

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  • Argentina > Bolivia > Brazil > Chile > Uruguay > Peru

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  • Trip Style: Small Group Adventures, 18-35s
  • Comfort Level: Basic
  • Physical Demands: You might encounter a few high-altitude hikes or other more strenuous activities. Pro tip: Put down that pastry, buster.

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 include...

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