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THE GREAT SOUTH AMERICAN JOURNEY - QUITO TO RIO ADVENTURE - 2 (LARES TREK)

65 Days, Quito to Rio De Janeiro
THE GREAT SOUTH AMERICAN JOURNEY - QUITO TO RIO ADVENTURE - 2 (LARES TREK)

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Sometimes the slow road is the way to go. Hit the road from Quito to Rio with other young travellers and experience pretty much everything you can imagine in between. Hik read more...

IS THIS Yolo TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Are young at heart
    • Prefer fast-paced and budget-friendly trips
    • Want to have meaningful encounters with local people
    • Love making new friends
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 64 nights accommodation
  • 36 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Local bus, boat, truck, motorized canoe, train, hiking, plane, 4x4 truck).
  • Internal flight.
  • Amazon Jungle excursion.
  • Beach time in Mancora, Huanchaco and Ilha Grande.
  • Colca Canyon excursion.
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu.
  • Lake Titicaca excursion.
  • Uyuni Salt Flats excursion.
  • Entrance and visit to Iguassu Falls (Argentina and Brazil sides).
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, local guides.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD1550-2015 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Quito
Day 2 Quito/Tena
Day 3 Tena
Day 4 Tena
Day 5 Tena/Banos
Day 6 Banos
Day 7 Banos/Cuenca
Day 8 Cuenca
Day 9 Cuenca/Mancora
Day 10 Mancora
Day 11 Mancora/Huanchaco
Day 12 Huanchaco
Day 13 Huanchaco/ Lima
Day 14 Lima
Day 15 Lima
Day 16 Lima/ Paracas
Day 17 Paracas/Nazca
Day 18 Nazca/Arequipa
Day 19 Arequipa
Day 20 Arequipa/ Chivay
Day 21 Chivay
Day 22 Arequipa/Cusco
Day 23 Cusco
Day 24 Cusco
Day 25 Cusco/Ollantaytambo
Day 26 Ollantaytambo/Cuncani
Day 27 Cuncani/Kuyoc
Day 28 Kuyoc/Aguas Calientes
Day 29 Aguas Calientes/Cusco
Day 30 Cusco
Day 31 Cusco/Puno
Day 32 Puno/Isla Amantani
Day 33 Isla Amantani/ Puno
Day 34 Puno/La Paz
Day 35 La Paz
Day 36 La Paz/Sucre
Day 37 La Paz/Sucre
Day 38 Sucre
Day 39 Sucre/Potosi
Day 40 Potosi
Day 41 Potosi/Uyuni
Day 42 Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni
Day 43 Salar de Uyuni
Day 44 Salar de Uyuni/ San Pedro de Atacama
Day 45 San Pedro de Atacama
Day 46 San Pedro de Atacama/Salta
Day 47 Salta
Day 48 Salta/Buenos Aires
Day 49 Buenos Aires
Day 50 Buenos Aires
Day 51 Buenos Aires/ Colonia del Sacremento
Day 52 Colonia del Sacremento/Montevideo
Day 53 Montevideo
Day 54 Montevideo/Mercedes
Day 55 Mercedes
Day 56 Mercedes/Foz do Iguacu
Day 57 Foz do Iguacu
Day 58 Foz do Iguacu
Day 59 Foz do Iguacu/Paraty
Day 60 Foz do Iguacu/Paraty
Day 61 Paraty/ llha Grande
Day 62 llha Grande
Day 63 llha Grande
Day 64 llha Grande/Rio de Janeiro
Day 65 Depart Rio de Janeiro
Departures
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  • Tue, 28 Nov '17
  • Wed, 31 Jan '18
  • Tue, 06 Feb '18
  • Wed, 11 Apr '18
  • Sat, 17 Feb '18
  • Sun, 22 Apr '18
  • Tue, 27 Feb '18
  • Wed, 02 May '18
  • Tue, 27 Mar '18
  • Wed, 30 May '18
  • Sat, 07 Apr '18
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  • Sat, 14 Apr '18
  • Sun, 17 Jun '18
  • Sat, 12 May '18
  • Sun, 15 Jul '18
  • Tue, 29 May '18
  • Wed, 01 Aug '18
  • Tue, 05 Jun '18
  • Wed, 08 Aug '18
  • Tue, 26 Jun '18
  • Wed, 29 Aug '18
  • Tue, 03 Jul '18
  • Wed, 05 Sep '18
  • Sat, 14 Jul '18
  • Sun, 16 Sep '18
  • Tue, 24 Jul '18
  • Wed, 26 Sep '18
  • Tue, 31 Jul '18
  • Wed, 03 Oct '18
  • Tue, 21 Aug '18
  • Wed, 24 Oct '18
  • Tue, 28 Aug '18
  • Wed, 31 Oct '18
  • Sat, 01 Sep '18
  • Sun, 04 Nov '18
  • Sat, 22 Sep '18
  • Sun, 25 Nov '18
  • Sat, 29 Sep '18
  • Sun, 02 Dec '18
  • Sat, 06 Oct '18
  • Sun, 09 Dec '18
  • Sat, 13 Oct '18
  • Sun, 16 Dec '18
  • Sat, 20 Oct '18
  • Sun, 23 Dec '18
  • Sat, 24 Nov '18
  • Sun, 27 Jan '19
  • Sat, 01 Dec '18
  • Sun, 03 Feb '19
  • Tue, 11 Dec '18
  • Wed, 13 Feb '19
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Quito
  • Tena
  • Banos
  • Cuenca
  • Mancora
  • On Board The Bus
  • Huanchaco
  • Lima
  • Paracas
  • Nazca
  • Arequipa
  • Chivay
  • Cusco
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Cuncani Camp
  • Kuyoc
  • Aguas Calientes
  • Puno
  • Isla Amantani
  • La Paz
  • Sucre
  • Potosi
  • Uyuni
  • Salar De Uyuni
  • San Pedro De Atacama
  • Salta
  • Buenos Aires
  • Colonia Del Sacramen
  • Montevideo
  • Mercedes
  • Foz Do Iguacu
  • Paraty
  • Llha Grande
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  • DAY 1 Arrive Quito

    Arrive at any time.

    Spend the first day of your trip wandering Ecuador's capital city. Meet the group in the evening at the hotel.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Quito/Tena

    Travel to the jungle city of Tena and continue by truck to a jungle community.

    Travel overland to Tena, located on the edge of the Amazon. From there, transfer for 45 minutes by truck to the local community of Pimpilala that will be our home for 3 nights. Stay with a Quichua family, enjoy the hospitality of these wonderful people, and experience life in the jungle first-hand.

    Local bus
    Quito - Tena 6h-7h
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Amazon Jungle Homestay
    Tena
    Learn about local traditional beliefs and customs on this amazing homestay in the Ecuadorian Amazon close to Napo River. Stay with a friendly Quichua family near the community of Cando. They've introduced countless visitors to local living and a completely different way of doing things - one that may give you a different perspective on life.

    Take part in a number of amazing activities. Hike through the rainforest, plunge into waterfalls, and learn the uses of tropical plants. Experience local tradition, and learn about Quichua history and culture. (Dinner,Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 3 Tena

    Spot wildlife on nature walks and learn about local traditions at an overnight homestay.

    Amazon Jungle Homestay
    Tena
    Learn about local traditional beliefs and customs on this amazing homestay in the Ecuadorian Amazon close to Napo River. Stay with a friendly Quichua family near the community of Cando. They've introduced countless visitors to local living and a completely different way of doing things -- one that may give you a different perspective on life.

    Take part in a number of amazing activities. Hike through the rainforest, plunge into waterfalls, and learn the uses of tropical plants.
    Experience local tradition, and learn about Quichua history and culture. (Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 4 Tena

    Spot wildlife on nature walks and learn about local traditions at an overnight homestay.

    Amazon Jungle Homestay
    Tena
    Learn about local traditional beliefs and customs on this amazing homestay in the Ecuadorian Amazon close to Napo River. Stay with a friendly Quichua family near the community of Cando. They've introduced countless visitors to local living and a completely different way of doing things -- one that may give you a different perspective on life.

    Take part in a number of amazing activities. Hike through the rainforest, plunge into waterfalls, and learn the uses of tropical plants.
    Experience local tradition, and learn about Quichua history and culture. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Tena/Banos

    Travel to Banos, an adrenaline junkie's paradise.

    Banos is the perfect setting for outdoor pursuits, including horseback riding, canyoning, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and rafting in the surrounding mountains and on the River Patate.

    Pickup truck
    Tena 45m
    Hop into the back and ride along to the next destination.

    Local bus
    Tena - Banos 3h-4h
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Free Time
    Banos Afternoon
    Get out and explore Banos and its beautiful surroundings.

    Optional Activities
    Horseback Riding

    Banos
    25USD per person
    Hop in the saddle and explore Banos' beautiful countryside by horseback. Check out the unique vegetation in the region, and, perhaps, trot over to Tungurahua Volcano for amazing views.

    Mountain Biking
    Banos
    10USD per person
    Hop on your bike and explore the amazing scenery surrounding Banos. Pass by mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and changing vegetation - depending on what path you take. Enjoy the cool wind on downhill stretches, but be sure to bring sunblock; the sun can be strong.

    Hot Springs
    Banos
    Soak weary muscles in the thermal baths that Banos is famous for. Head to hot springs at the base of Tungurahua Volcano, which means "little hell" in Quichua, or try some of the baths fed by the melt waters of Tungurahua's glaciated flanks. Rise before the sun for an early soak - watching the sun peak over the mountains while relaxing in the warm waters is definitely worth the early start. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Banos

    Opt to soak in the nearby hot springs or get active by hiking, horseback riding, or mountain biking.

    Free Time
    Banos Full Day
    Get out there and get exploring.

    Optional Activities
    Canyoneering

    Banos
    10USD per person
    Take the opportunity to go canyoneering in this prime place for outdoor adventure. Get fitted with gear and go with the group to explore waterfalls, rock formations, and the area's amazing natural beauty, all from a unique (and fun-filled) perspective.

    Hiking
    Banos
    Free
    Head to the mountains for some amazing treks; Banos provides the perfect natural setting for outdoor adventure.

    Mountain Biking
    Banos
    10USD per person
    Hop on your bike and explore the amazing scenery surrounding Banos. Pass by mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and changing vegetation - depending on what path you take. Enjoy the cool wind on downhill stretches, but be sure to bring sunblock; the sun can be strong.

    Hot Springs
    Banos
    Soak weary muscles in the thermal baths that Banos is famous for. Head to hot springs at the base of Tungurahua Volcano, which means "little hell" in Quichua, or try some of the baths fed by the melt waters of Tungurahua's glaciated flanks. Rise before the sun for an early soak - watching the sun peak over the mountains while relaxing in the warm waters is definitely worth the early start.

    Whitewater Rafting
    Banos
    70USD per person
    Hit the rapids in the adrenaline capital of Ecuador. Choose a river that suits your experience level; there a number with varying ranges of difficulty. Enjoy amazing Andean scenery and a fun-filled ride!

    Horseback Riding
    Banos
    25USD per person
    Hop in the saddle and explore Banos' beautiful countryside by horseback. Check out the unique vegetation in the region, and, perhaps, trot over to Tungurahua Volcano for amazing views. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 7 Banos/Cuenca

    Travel to historic Cuenca.

    Ecuador's third largest town, Cuenca, retains a pleasant provincial air with its colonial architecture, art galleries, and museums. The surrounding countryside is an outdoor playground. Visit national parks, take walks in the beautiful countryside, and see Ecuador's only Inca ruin site.

    Explore the city's sights including cobbled streets, red-tiled roofs, art galleries, flower markets, shady plazas, and museums.

    Local bus
    Banos - Riobamba 2h
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Local bus
    Riobamba - Cuenca 6h
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 8 Cuenca

    Enjoy a free day to visit Cajas NP or the Inca ruins of Ingapirca.

    Free Time
    Cuenca Full Day
    Enjoy free time to explore colonial Cuenca and its surroundings.

    Optional Activities
    Ingapirca Ruins Visit

    Cuenca
    Visit the ruins of Ingapirca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is approximately an hour and a half drive north of Cuenca, through some of Ecuador's most beautiful countryside. Although it is a major Inca site, not a lot is known about its history.

    Cajas National Park Visit
    Cajas National Park 3h-6h
    10USD per person
    Head out for an excursion from Cuenca with a visit to Cajas National Park. Tour this natural outdoor playground that combines stunning scenery and wildlife with excellent areas for hiking. The terrain is quite stark, mostly above 4,000m (13,120 ft) in the paramo (grassy highlands), with many clear lakes. Try some of the variety of treks in the park's vast 28,000 ha, and keep an eye out for oncillas, wild llamas, pumas, and a wide variety of birds, including toucans! (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 9 Cuenca/Mancora

    Cross the border into Peru and head to the beach.

    The adventure continues as we travel from Cuenca through the busy border town of Huaquillas and across the Peruvian border into Mancora. We follow the Pan-American Highway south to the seaside town of Mancora, a village populated by fishermen and surfers from around Peru and the world. Enjoy the relaxing beach atmosphere.

    Local bus
    Cuenca - Huaquillas 5h-6h
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Border Crossing (Ecuador - Peru)
    Huaquillas - Aguas Verdes
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

    Local bus
    Aguas Verdes - Mancora 4h-5h
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 10 Mancora

    Opt to relax on the beach, discover Mancora, go horseback riding, or take a surf lesson.

    Free Time
    Mancora Full Day
    Enjoy a free day to relax or get active.

    Optional Activities
    Surfing

    Mancora
    Jump up on a board and catch a wave!

    Horseback Riding
    Mancora
    Ride on a beautiful horse and get a new perspective on this area. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 11 Mancora/Huanchaco

    Free time in Mancora. Overnight bus to Huanchaco.

    Free Time
    Mancora Full Day
    Get out and enjoy this beachside town.

    Overnight bus
    Mancora - Huanchaco
    Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 12 Huanchaco

    Enjoy more beach time or opt to visit pre-Inca sites or the city of Trujillo.

    We continue heading south along the coast to Trujillo, the largest city in northern Peru. It is known for its beautiful colonial structures and nearby attractions of Chan-Chan ruins and the resort town of Huanchaco, where we spend the night.

    Free Time
    Huanchaco
    Get out and enjoy the beach or go further inland for exploration.

    Optional Activities
    Trujillo Visit

    Trujillo
    Walk Trujillo's centre for a taste of colonial Peru. If shoes are your thing, hit the shopping district, where you'll find beautiful hand-made leather shoes to buy, thanks to Trujillo's large local shoemaking industry.

    Chan Chan Ruins Visit
    Trujillo
    Hop in a taxi and travel to the ruins of Chan Chan, the capital of Peru's largest pre-Inca empire, located 5km (3.1 mi) away from the city of Trujillo. Abandoned in the 1470s after the Inca army overran the city, it is now approximately 5,000 acres of eroded adobe. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 13 Huanchaco/ Lima

    Full day in Huanchaco before boarding a night bus to Lima.

    Free Time
    Huanchaco Full Day
    Do as much or as little as you'd like before an overnight bus in the evening.

    Optional Activities
    Trujillo Visit

    Trujillo
    Walk Trujillo's centre for a taste of colonial Peru. If shoes are your thing, hit the shopping district, where you'll find beautiful hand-made leather shoes to buy, thanks to Trujillo's large local shoemaking industry.

    Chan Chan Ruins Visit
    Trujillo
    Hop in a taxi and travel to the ruins of Chan Chan, the capital of Peru's largest pre-Inca empire, located 5km (3.1 mi) away from the city of Trujillo. Abandoned in the 1470s after the Inca army overran the city, it is now approximately 5,000 acres of eroded adobe.
    Overnight bus
    Huanchaco - Lima 8h
    Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 14 Lima

    Explore Peru's capital on an optional city tour, try paragliding, or simply relax. Be sure to try the tasty ceviche and pisco sours.

    To get a feel for colonial Lima, take a cab to the Plaza de Armas and watch the changing of the Palace Guard in the afternoon. Walk around the streets surrounding the Jiron de la Union for great examples of Spanish-colonial architecture and to experience life in a large South American city. There are many fine museums in and around the city, including the Museo Rafael Larco Herrera. An
    optional city tour visits many of the cities highlights.

    Free Time
    Lima Full Day

    Get out and enjoy a first taste of Lima, the capital of Peru.

    Optional Activities
    Lima City Tour
    Lima
    Discover Lima's highlights on this half-day tour.

    Lima Paragliding
    Lima
    Glide over Costa Verde, hover over Lima's city life and see the desert dunes over Pachacamac. Tandem flights are available to those who have never glided. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 15 Lima

    Enjoy the day exploring the city.

    Free Time
    Lima
    Get out and get exploring!

    Optional Activities
    Lima City Tour
    Lima
    Discover Lima's highlights on this half-day tour.

    Lima Paragliding
    Lima
    Glide over Costa Verde, hover over Lima's city life and see the desert dunes over Pachacamac. Tandem flights are available to those who have never glided. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 16 Lima/ Paracas

    Free morning in Lima before travelling by bus to Paracas.

    Savour a pisco sour while staying in Pisco's neighbouring town of Paracas.

    Free Time
    Lima Morning
    There's not a lot of time to explore this morning as the bus to the station picks up around midday.
     

    Local bus
    Lima - Pisco 4h 250km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Minibus
    Pisco - Paracas 30m
    It's bigger than a van, smaller than a bus, and just the right size for adventure. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 17 Paracas/Nazca

    Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca.

    There is time in the morning for an optional excursion to the popular Ballestas Islands, which provide an excellent chance to view a lively sea lion colony, pelicans, penguins, and other varieties of birdlife.

    Optional Activities
    Ballestas Islands Excursion

    Las Ballestas
    Visit this group of islands off the Peruvian coast, an excellent place to go wildlife watching. Spot sea lion colonies, Humbodlt penguins, and a variety of bird life.

    En route, stop at a winery and at the Oasis of Huacachina.

    Back on land, catch a bus south to Nazca. On the way, pass by the pleasant colonial town of Ica.

    Ica enjoys a dry, sunny climate year-round and is known for its huge sand dunes. Located around the nearby oasis of Huacachina, the dunes are perfect as subjects for photographs and for a favourite local past time: sandboarding. Apart from the dunes, Ica is famous for its wines and there are several wineries and distilleries in the area.

    Private Vehicle
    Paracas - Nazca 4h 175km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Huacachina Winery Visit-
    Huacachina
    Learn about the wine and pisco production in the area and enjoy a tasting of different varieties, which are all available for purchase.

    Optional Activities
    Sandboarding in Ica

    Ica 45m-1h
    40PEN per person
    Drive into the dunes in a sand buggy, making four stops along the way. Take some photos of the magnificent scenery before trying your hand at sandboarding down dunes of different sizes. (Dinner)

  • DAY 18 Nazca/Arequipa

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

    Free Time
    Nazca Full Day
    Enjoy some free time during the day.

    Optional Activities
    Flight over Nazca Lines

    Nazca
    105USD per person
    Take to the skies for the best view of the enigmatic Nazca Lines, a series of patterns and pictures etched in the ground, crisscrossing a wide area of flat desert. Marvel at the lines measuring up to 10km (6 mi) in length, yet, remaining perfectly straight. See depictions of birds, insects, and animals only recognizable from the air. Decide for yourself the origin of the lines - who drew the lines, and why, remains a mystery. Current beliefs suggest that they may be part of complex agricultural calendar.

    Nazca Desert Cemetery and Potter's Studio Guided Tour
    Nazca
    80PEN per person
    See remains of the Nazca culture during an included tour of the ancient Pre-Inca desert cemetery site of Chauchilla. Spot 1500-year-old mummies, bones, and pottery on the desert floor. The entire desert area was also once home to the ancient Paracas and the Nazca cultures, which preceded the Incas by more than half a millennium. Stop for a visit at an artisan's workshop, where modern masters create Nazca style pottery.
     

    Overnight bus
    Nazca - Arequipa 8h-9h 570km
    Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 19 Arequipa

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

    Those with an interest in history and architecture may opt to visit the Convent of Santa Catalina, which offers a brief respite from the outside world and a unique view into a bygone way of life. Other optional excursions include rafting and mountaineering.

    For spicy food lovers, checking out one of the "Picanterias" is a must. Arequipa has a variety of regional food: alpaca, shrimp, pork, lots of soups, and spicy sauces.

    Free Time
    Arequipa Full Day
    Make the most of your time here.

    Optional Activities
    Santa Catalina Monastery Visit

    Arequipa
    Visit this 16th-century monastery (over 20,000 sq m) for its beautiful architecture built in the Mudejar style. Travel back in time wandering its small streets lined with colourful walls, and take some time to learn about its captivating history.

    Arequipa City Tour
    Arequipa
    Head out and see the sights, exploring all you can of "the white city."
    Overnight bus
    Nazca - Arequipa 8h-9h 570km
    Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 20 Arequipa/ Chivay

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

    Enjoy an overnight excursion to the impressive Colca Canyon - one of the deepest canyons in the world. Stop in fascinating villages and at "miradors" (scenic lookouts), where, with a little luck, visitors can see Andean condors soaring over the majestic Andes. Other unusual animals that can be spotted in the Andean landscape include three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama and vicuna.

    Private Vehicle
    Arequipa - Colca Canyon 4h30m-5h 165km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Colca Canyon Guided Tour
    Colca Canyon 2-2.5
    Spot condors on this guided tour, and keep your eyes peeled for other unusual animals. Look for three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuna, which are all typical of Peru.

    Optional Activities
    Hot Springs

    Chivay
    Soak your weary bones in steaming hot water pouring from the earth and relax. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 21 Chivay

    Set out looking for the majestic soaring condors.

    Get an early start to go on the lookout for flying condors. Travel from Chivay town to a condor viewpoint to admire these magnificent birds in the air. On the way back, stop by some local villages and viewpoints to see old terraces and sections of Colca Canyon, the deepest canyon in the world.

    Colca Canyon Guided Tour
    Colca Canyon
    Spot condors on this guided tour, and keep your eyes peeled for other unusual animals. Look for three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuna, which are all typical of Peru.

    Optional Activities
    Hot Springs

    Chivay
    Soak your weary bones in steaming hot water pouring from the earth and relax. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 22 Arequipa/Cusco

    In the morning head back to Arequipa and enjoy a free day. Overnight bus to Cusco.

    Free Time
    Arequipa Full Day
    Get out and explore more of this beautiful colonial city.

    Optional Activities
    Santa Catalina Monastery Visit

    Arequipa
    Visit this 16th-century monastery (over 20,000 sq m) for its beautiful architecture built in the Mudejar style. Travel back in time wandering its small streets lined with colourful walls, and take some time to learn about its captivating history.

    Arequipa City Tour
    Arequipa
    Head out and see the sights, exploring all you can of "the white city."

    Private Van
    Colca Canyon - Arequipa 4h30m-5h 165km
    Stretch out, unwind, and check your messages aboard our private, wi-fi-equipped ride.

    Overnight bus
    Arequipa - Cusco 10h
    Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 23 Cusco

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

    Free Time
    Cusco Full Day
    Make the most of your time in Cusco.

    Optional Activities
    Whitewater Rafting Urubamba

    Urubamba
    Rise for an early morning pick up and drive to Chuquicahuana for a safety briefing. Enjoy a full day of rafting on the Upper Vilcanota River (about 2.5 hrs on the water). Be thrilled by fast rapids that are a constant Class III and IV for around 11km (9 mi), and don't forget to take in the gorgeous scenery. Rehash all the excitement afterward over a riverside picnic lunch.

    Horseback Riding
    Cusco
    Hop in the saddle and explore Cusco's archaeological sites by horseback on a 3.5 hr tour - no previous experience needed. Dress for the weather, and bring sunblock and a hat, just in case.

    Mountain Biking
    Cusco
    Take to two wheels and head out into the hills around Cusco for some nature-meets-adrenaline fun. Try a trip to the Sacred Valley, perhaps, visiting an Inca ruin along the way.

    La Merced Visit
    Cusco
    Enjoy a visit to this historic church and convent, first built in 1536 and rebuilt in 1675 (it was destroyed in the 1650 earthquake). Take in the wonderful architecture here, including Baroque Renaissance cloisters and beautiful wood carvings. There's also an ornate monstrance on display; made of gold and covered with gemstones, it's a must see.

    Cusco Cathedral Visit
    Cusco
    Enjoy a visit to this beautiful cathedral; its construction began in 1559 and continued for another hundred years. Be sure to check out its excellent collection of colonial art, and the vault containing the remains of the famous Inca historian, Garcilaso de la Vega.

    La Compania Visit
    Cusco
    Enjoy a visit to this beautiful church famous for its architecture and considered one of the best examples of colonial Baroque style in the Americas. Admire its stone facade and beautiful wood and gold leaf altar.

    San Francisco Visit
    Cusco
    This charming colonial era church is named after Viceroy Francisco de Toledo, who built it in 1572. The church, like many around it, was damaged in the earthquake of 1650 and had to be restored. Admire the beautiful stone masonry here.

    Coricancha and Santo Domingo Visit
    Cusco
    Explore magnificent Corincancha, once the Incan Empire's richest temple and the main ruin site within the city of Cusco. This ruin forms the foundation of the colonial church of Santo Domingo and provides a fantastic glimpse into ancient history as well as a cross section of religion and architecture.

    Archaeological Museum Visit
    Cusco
    Get ready to explore the artifacts from the Inca Empire, including mummies, jewelry, skulls, and ceramics at this wonderful museum. Photos are not allowed here, so make sure to take pictures in your mind.

    Cusco City Tour
    Cusco
    Enjoy a half-day tour of Cusco's main sights. Walk around the Plaza de Armas (main square) and explore this city steeped in one of the world's most alluring and ancient cultures. Visit Qenqo, Koricancha, the Cathedral, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay, and the archaeological site of Sacsaywaman.

      (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 24 Cusco

    Enjoy another free day in Cusco.

    Free Time
    Cusco
    Make the most of your time in Cusco.

    Optional Activities
    Whitewater Rafting Urubamba

    Urubamba
    Rise for an early morning pick up and drive to Chuquicahuana for a safety briefing. Enjoy a full day of rafting on the Upper Vilcanota River (about 2.5 hrs on the water). Be thrilled by fast rapids that are a constant Class III and IV for around 11km (9 mi), and don't forget to take in the gorgeous scenery. Rehash all the excitement afterward over a riverside picnic lunch.

    San Francisco Visit
    Cusco
    This charming colonial era church is named after Viceroy Francisco de Toledo, who built it in 1572. The church, like many around it, was damaged in the earthquake of 1650 and had to be restored. Admire the beautiful stone masonry here.

    Cusco City Tour
    Cusco
    Enjoy a half-day tour of Cusco's main sights. Walk around the Plaza de Armas (main square) and explore this city steeped in one of the world's most alluring and ancient cultures. Visit Qenqo, Koricancha, the Cathedral, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay, and the archaeological site of Sacsaywaman.

    Mountain Biking
    Cusco
    Take to two wheels and head out into the hills around Cusco for some nature-meets-adrenaline fun. Try a trip to the Sacred Valley, perhaps, visiting an Inca ruin along the way.

    Archaeological Museum Visit
    Cusco
    Get ready to explore the artifacts from the Inca Empire, including mummies, jewelry, skulls, and ceramics at this wonderful museum. Photos are not allowed here, so make sure to take pictures in your mind.

    Coricancha and Santo Domingo Visit
    Cusco
    Explore magnificent Corincancha, once the Incan Empire's richest temple and the main ruin site within the city of Cusco. This ruin forms the foundation of the colonial church of Santo Domingo and provides a fantastic glimpse into ancient history as well as a cross section of religion and architecture.

    Cusco Cathedral Visit
    Cusco
    Enjoy a visit to this beautiful cathedral; its construction began in 1559 and continued for another hundred years. Be sure to check out its excellent collection of colonial art, and the vault containing the remains of the famous Inca historian, Garcilaso de la Vega.

    Horseback Riding
    Cusco
    Hop in the saddle and explore Cusco's archaeological sites by horseback on a 3.5 hr tour - no previous experience needed. Dress for the weather, and bring sunblock and a hat, just in case.

    La Merced Visit
    Cusco
    Enjoy a visit to this historic church and convent, first built in 1536 and rebuilt in 1675 (it was destroyed in the 1650 earthquake). Take in the wonderful architecture here, including Baroque Renaissance cloisters and beautiful wood carvings. There's also an ornate monstrance on display; made of gold and covered with gemstones, it's a must see.

    La Compania Visit
    Cusco
    Enjoy a visit to this beautiful church famous for its architecture and considered one of the best examples of colonial Baroque style in the Americas. Admire its stone facade and beautiful wood and gold leaf altar. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 25 Cusco/Ollantaytambo

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

    Ollantaytambo is a major Inca ruin site and a first taste of what lies ahead. For those craving more before they head out on the Trail, opt to take a Sacred Valley tour which includes not only Ollantaytambo and the ruin site of Pisac, but also a visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op.

    Private Vehicle
    Cusco - Ollantaytambo 2h30m 95km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Optional Activities
    Sacred Valley Tour

    Ollantaytambo
    Opt to add a Sacred Valley tour, which includes a visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op, the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan market (market days only), and the large ruin site of Ollantaytambo that lies adjacent to the town of the same name.

    Ccaccaccollo Community and Planeterra-Sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op visit
    Calca
    Visit the Ccaccaccollo community centre which G Adventures travellers' donations helped create through Planeterra Foundation in 2005, thereby enabling local women to sell traditional textiles to travellers. See local weaving and dyeing techniques used to create garments and souvenirs, and learn how the Planeterra weaving co-operative has impacted the community and those who visit it. This includes the purchase of alpacas to provide a steady supply of wool, looms, and sewing machines as well as several training courses on production, sales and small business management.

    Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour
    Ollantaytambo
    Tour the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo with a local guide. Take a step back in time at this Inca archaeological site; it still shows signs of its former glory, including agricultural terraces, a Temple Hill, and storehouses. Learn how the area, overlooking the Urubamba River Valley, was an important stronghold during warfare between the Spanish and Incas. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 26 Ollantaytambo/Cuncani

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

    The Lares Trek is a scenic, less touristic route to hike through the Andes. It is one day shorter than the Inca Trail but higher in elevation. Enjoy G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Lares Trek.

    The locations and distances may change on this hike, as camping will be done in different places depending on pace, ability, and weather. The first night will always be spent at the G Adventures-supported, community-owned and managed campsite in an indigenous village previously bypassed by the tourism industry. In most cases, the CEO will hike the Lares Trek with the group.

    Private Vehicle
    Ollantaytambo - Lares 3h-3h30m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Lares Trek (Lares-Cuncani)
    Lares - Cuncani 4h30m 9km
    Start early and drive (3 hrs) to Lares town where the hike will start with a leisurely pace through the valley of Cuncani. Hike 4km (2.5 mi) to Chancachaca then stop for lunch. Be sure to rest and rehydrate because the altitude here is around 3480m (11,417 ft).

    Continue trekking along rocky mountain paths 4.7km (3 mi) to the isolated village of Cuncani. Camp here for the night at 3872m (12,703 ft). This community run campsite is supported by the IDB/MIF and Planeterra Foundation. (Dinner,Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 27 Cuncani/Kuyoc

    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.

    Lares Trek (Cuncani - Kuyoc)
    Cuncani - Kuyoc 9h 17km
    Hike from the foothills of Sicllaccasa Mountain 12.2km (7.6 mi) to its high pass at 4750m (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.

    Hike downhill another 2.2km (1.3 mi) to QuencaPata, for lunch and to take in the amazing view.

    Continue hiking downhill another 2.6km (1.6 mi) to our second campsite near a stream. Sleep tonight at about 4,114m (13,497 ft) elevation. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 28 Kuyoc/Aguas Calientes

    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.

    Lares Trek (Kuyoc - Punta Carretera)
    Kuyoc - Punta Carretera 3h30m 10-11km
    Follow the trail to see typical Andean flora and fauna, llamas and alpacas. Descend through the valley of Pumahuanca and meet friendly local Quechua people and explore some Inca storehouses along the way. Trek 3-4 hrs to reach the town of Pumahuanca. Enjoy lunch then hop a van to Ollantaytambo. Continue by train to Aguas Calientes.

    Private Vehicle
    Punta Carretera - Ollantaytambo 30m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Train
    Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes 1h30m
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 29 Aguas Calientes/Cusco

    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. Rise early to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu with your guide. Enjoy a guided visit to the ruins followed by free time to explore. Opt to walk up to the Sun Gate or Inca Bridge.

    When ready, head back down by bus to Aguas Calientes to meet up with the rest of the group. Take the scenic train back to Ollantaytambo to meet the van for the ride back to Cusco.

    Local bus
    Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu 30m
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Machu Picchu Guided Tour
    Machu Picchu 1h30m-2h
    Rise and shine - the best time to see the Lost City of the Incas is in the early morning light. Follow the local guide to Machu Picchu to learn about its history at a leisurely pace. Gain local insight into the Inti Mach'ay cave, Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Water, the Temple of the Condor, and the Room of the Three Windows. Take time to sit and feel the energy of this 15th-century site, now both a UNESCO World Heritage site and voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World (in a worldwide Internet poll).

    Local bus
    Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes 30m
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Train
    Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo 1h30m
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Private Vehicle
    Ollantaytambo - Cusco 2h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Optional Activities
    Inca Bridge Visit

    Machu Picchu
    Use any leftover energy from your Machu Picchu hike to visit the Inca Bridge site nearby (thought by some to be a secret back entrance to Machu Picchu). Trek up to the bridge that's cleaving to a 579m (1,900 ft) cliff, and soak in amazing views of cloud forest along the way. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 30 Cusco

    Free day to explore more of Cusco or just relax.

    Free Time
    Cusco Full Day
    Get out there and see it all - or just chill out to your heart's content.

    Optional Activities
    Horseback Riding

    Cusco
    Hop in the saddle and explore Cusco's archaeological sites by horseback on a 3.5 hr tour - no previous experience needed. Dress for the weather, and bring sunblock and a hat, just in case.

    Mountain Biking
    Cusco
    Take to two wheels and head out into the hills around Cusco for some nature-meets-adrenaline fun. Try a trip to the Sacred Valley, perhaps, visiting an Inca ruin along the way.

    Whitewater Rafting Urubamba
    Urubamba
    Rise for an early morning pick up and drive to Chuquicahuana for a safety briefing. Enjoy a full day of rafting on the Upper Vilcanota River (about 2.5 hrs on the water). Be thrilled by fast rapids that are a constant Class III and IV for around 11km (9 mi), and don't forget to take in the gorgeous scenery. Rehash all the excitement afterward over a riverside picnic lunch. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 31 Cusco/Puno

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

    Local bus
    Cusco - Puno 7h30m 390km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 32 Puno/Isla Amantani

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

    Head out by boat across Lake Titicaca. Visit the community on Taquile Island and enjoy a local lunch with spectacular views.

    After, cruise to another village for an overnight homestay on the shores of the lake (the homestay location can vary based on community availability). This experience provides an opportunity to learn more about rural life in the Peruvian highlands and to participate in local traditions. Eat with the family, learn some Quecha and Spanish language skills, try on traditional costumes, and help out with daily chores around the village.

    Boat
    Puno - Isla Amantani 3h
    Climb aboard and get your float on.

    Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 1
    Lago Titicaca
    Board a boat on Lake Titicaca and head to Taquile Island for a delicious Peruvian lunch at a restaurant followed by some shopping at the local weaving cooperatives. (Taquilenos are known for their fine handwoven textiles and clothing, men are taught how to knit around age five and they create the majority of the textiles.) After, visit Amantani for an overnight stay with a host family and a chance to learn about life on the island.

    Lake Titicaca Homestay
    Lago Titicaca
    Accommodation on the islands may be multi-share. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 33 Isla Amantani/ Puno

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

    Leave the homestay families late morning, and visit the Uros Islands on the way back to Puno. A popular optional activity in Puno is a visit to the spectacular chullpas (funerary towers) of Sillustani, a pre-Inca archaeological site only a short drive away.

    Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 2
    Lago Titicaca
    Spend the morning with the homestay families on Amantani, then depart after lunch. Visit the floating islands of Uros on the way back, and learn about the unique lifestyle of the locals. Meet residents and learn how they built the islands with totora reeds, which are also used to make their homes, boats, crafts (and are also edible!).

    Free Time
    Puno Afternoon
    Make the most of one last afternoon in Puno.

    Optional Activities
    Sillustani Burial Towers Tour

    Puno
    Take a guided tour of the Sillustani burial towers known as "chullpas." Be awed by these fantastic ruins located outside Puno - their remarkable towers stretch up to 12m (39 ft) in height. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 34 Puno/La Paz

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

    Enjoy a full-day drive around the lake and through the Altiplano to La Paz. Bolivia is filled with spectacular views of the countryside. La Paz sits nearly 4,000m (13,120 ft) above sea level, so be prepared for cool evenings and mornings.

    Local bus
    Puno - Yunguyo 2h30m 300km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Border Crossing (Peru - Bolivia)
    Desaguadero
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

    Local bus
    Copacabana - La Paz 3h
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 35 La Paz

    Free day in La Paz. Opt to visit Iglesia de San Francisco, the Valley of the Moon, the Witches' Market, or the nearby Tiahuanaco Ruins.

    Optional Activities
    Valley of the Moon Tour

    La Paz
    Enjoy a tour of the Valley of the Moon and observe the bizarre lunar landscape.

    Witches' Market Visit
    La Paz
    Learn more about the pre-Columbian Aymara beliefs at the Witches' Market. You can witness locals buying products such as dried frogs, potions, and talismans for use in rituals and offerings.

    Tiahuanaco Ruins Visit
    Tiahuanaco
    Enjoy a visit to this spectacular pre-Colombian archaeological site. It was the capital of an empire that extended into Peru and Chile from 300 to 1000 AD. Check out the fantastic buildings, architecture, sculptures and carvings firsthand and get a taste of an era long
    gone.

    Chacaltaya Visit
    Chacaltaya
    Chacaltaya (Aymara for 'cold road') is a mountain in the Cordillera Real, part of the beautiful Bolivian Andes.

    Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
    You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 36 La Paz/Sucre

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

    Free Time
    La Paz Full Day
    Get out and explore this high altitude city.

    Optional Activities
    Valley of the Moon Tour

    La Paz
    Enjoy a tour of the Valley of the Moon and observe the bizarre lunar landscape.

    Chacaltaya Visit
    Chacaltaya
    Chacaltaya (Aymara for 'cold road') is a mountain in the Cordillera Real, part of the beautiful Bolivian Andes.
     

    Overnight bus
    La Paz - Sucre 14h 416km
    Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 37 La Paz/Sucre

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

    Free Time
    Sucre
    Get out and explore beautiful tranquil Sucre.

    Optional Activities
    Hiking

    Sucre
    Head out of town, take in some fresh air, and explore this scenic area by foot.

    Dinosaur Tracks Excursion
    Sucre
    Get ready to get up close and personal with the prehistoric times: Sucre is home to one of the world's largest collections of dinosaur footprints made some 68 million years ago. Discover more than 5,000 footprints perfectly preserved footprints in the Cal Orck'o cliff just outside the city centre. See the world's longest trail -- 347m (1138 ft) -- left by a baby Tyrannosaurus Rex now affectionately known as 'Johnny Walker'.

    Textile Cooperative Visit
    Sucre
    Visit a local textile cooperative to learn about the age-old tradition of backstrap weaving. Weavers pass down designs from one generation to the next, creating placemats, wall hangings, blankets, and ponchos that feature intricate images of llamas, jaguars, and serpents from the indigenous mythology.

    Mountain Biking
    Sucre
    Strap on a helmet and get ready for some hardcore cycling through the mountains around Sucre. Bring water, snacks and a repair kit for your tires. Embrace the challenge of steep hills and altitude, then enjoy the views! (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 38 Sucre

    Enjoy another free day to explore Sucre and surroundings.

    Free Time
    Sucre Full Day
    Get out and explore beautiful tranquil Sucre.

    Optional Activities
    Dinosaur Tracks Excursion

    Sucre
    Get ready to get up close and personal with the prehistoric times: Sucre is home to one of the world's largest collections of dinosaur footprints made some 68 million years ago. Discover more than 5,000 footprints perfectly preserved footprints in the Cal Orck'o cliff just outside the city centre. See the world's longest trail -- 347m (1138 ft) -- left by a baby Tyrannosaurus Rex now affectionately known as 'Johnny Walker'.

    Textile Cooperative Visit
    Sucre
    Visit a local textile cooperative to learn about the age-old tradition of backstrap weaving. Weavers pass down designs from one generation to the next, creating placemats, wall hangings, blankets, and ponchos that feature intricate images of llamas, jaguars, and serpents from the indigenous mythology.

    Hiking
    Sucre
    Head out of town, take in some fresh air, and explore this scenic area by foot.

    Mountain Biking
    Sucre
    Strap on a helmet and get ready for some hardcore cycling through the mountains around Sucre. Bring water, snacks and a repair kit for your tires. Embrace the challenge of steep hills and altitude, then enjoy the views! (Breakfast)

  • DAY 39 Sucre/Potosi

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

    Staying in the Bolivian highlands, we travel south to the city of Potosi. The highest city of its size in the world, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has had a tumultuous history as a silver mining centre during colonial times.

    Local bus
    Sucre - Potosi 2h30m
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 40 Potosi

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

    Free Time
    Potosi
    Get out there and explore.

    Optional Activities
    Silver Mine Tour

    Potosi
    Take the opportunity to visit a working silver mine and learn more about the process of extraction and dangerous working conditions faced by as much as half of the people who live and mine in Potosi. Bring a bandana and wear protective gear (boots, helmet and headlamp) as you head deep into the bowels of Cerro Rico (Rich Hill"). (Breakfast)

  • DAY 41 Potosi/Uyuni

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

    Private Vehicle
    Potosi - Uyuni 4h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 42 Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni

    Enjoy a three-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's Favourite Daughter). It is also the starting point for our 3-night excursion through the spectacular Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats) in 4x4 vehicles.

    Spend three days in the stunning landscapes between the Salar de Uyuni and the Atacama Desert in Chile. Our groups like to get creative with photography, as the endless white of the salt flats creates some great depth illusions that are fun to play with in photos. The tour takes us through the impressive large red lagoon of Laguna Colorada and the striking blue-green Laguna Verde at 5,000m (16,404 ft).

    Note: During the rainy season, the locations visited may change due to some routes being covered by water.
    We offer unique accommodation on the Uyuni Salt Flats. Instead of very basic refuges and homestays most operators use, we have upgraded to simple hotels that are equipped with solar panels to provide electricity and hot water. Rooms are multi-share and each has a private bathroom. Meals are made from local ingredients, most of which are grown on-site.

    4x4
    Uyuni - Salar de Uyuni
    Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.

    Salt Flats Excursion
    Salar de Uyuni
    Spend three days in the stunning landscape between the Salar de Uyuni and the Atacama Desert in Chile. Enter a world unlike anything else as we drive across the salt flats; the piercing blue sky contrasts against the blinding white of the flat salt beds. Take memorable photos of the unusual landscape complete with mountains, active volcanoes, geysers, and boiling mud pools. Visit the red lagoon of Laguna Colorada and enjoy the uniqueness of this region. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 43 Salar de Uyuni

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

    Salt Flats Excursion
    Salar de Uyuni
    Spend three days in the stunning landscape between the Salar de Uyuni and the Atacama Desert in Chile. Enter a world unlike anything else as we drive across the salt flats; the piercing blue sky contrasts against the blinding white of the flat salt beds. Take memorable photos of the unusual landscape complete with mountains, active volcanoes, geysers, and boiling mud pools. Visit the red lagoon of Laguna Colorada and enjoy the uniqueness of this region. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 44 Salar de Uyuni/ San Pedro de Atacama

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

    After continuing through the Uyuni Salt Flats in the morning, hop on a bus further south to the dry desert regions of Argentina and Chile, where we stop in the little town of San Pedro de Atacama, on the edge of the Atacama desert--the driest place on earth.

    4x4
    Salar de Uyuni - Estacion Avaroa 1h
    Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.

    Border Crossing (Bolivia - Chile)
    Estacion Avaroa - Ollague
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

    Local bus
    Ollague - San Pedro de Atacama1h30m-2h30m
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Optional Activities
    Valley of the Moon Visit

    San Pedro de Atacama
    10000CLP per person
    The sunset brings out a variety of colours over this majestic valley that experts say is the area on Earth that most closely resembles moon's surface. Explore the incredible formations created by wind and rain over millennia in this unique location between the Andes mountains and one of the world's driest deserts. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 45 San Pedro de Atacama

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

    There are plenty of optional excursions here -- biking, exploring nearby ruins, horseback riding, and touring the Valley of the Moon.

    Free Time
    San Pedro de Atacama
    Get out and explore the area.

    Optional Activities
    Mountain Biking

    San Pedro de Atacama1h-8h
    1500-5000CLP per person
    Work up a sweat while exploring this scenic destination on the seat of a mountain bike.

    Horseback Riding
    San Pedro de Atacama
    Saddle up and head out on horseback for a new perspective on this scenic destination.

    Sandboarding
    San Pedro de Atacama
    17000CLP per person
    Hit the dunes and experience the rush of surfing down.

    Valley of the Moon Visit
    San Pedro de Atacama
    10000CLP per person
    The sunset brings out a variety of colours over this majestic valley that experts say is the area on Earth that most closely resembles moon's surface. Explore the incredible formations created by wind and rain over millennia in this unique location between the Andes mountains and one of the world's driest deserts. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 46 San Pedro de Atacama/Salta

    Cross the border into Argentina.

    We make our way to Salta, situated in the Lerma Valley of northern Argentina. Salta is home to empanadas saltenas - the delicious local specialty, and no visit to the town will be complete without giving them a try.

    Local bus
    San Pedro de Atacama - Salta 10h
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Border Crossing (Chile - Argentina)
    San Pedro de Atacama - Salina de Jama
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 47 Salta

    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.

    Free Time
    Salta Full Day
    Get out and explore scenic Salta and surrounds.

    Optional Activities
    Quebrada de las Conchas

    Salta
    Wind your way through valleys to the impressive layered red rock walls of the Quebrada de las Conchas, carved into high walls over time by the Las Conchas River. This is a spectacular sight, so be sure to take a few photos.

    Cafayate Full Day Tour
    Salta
    300ARS per person
    Travel along beautiful valleys and stop by the Quebrada de las Conchas, a beautiful red rock gorge with unique shapes eroded into its walls by wind and water. Continue on to the town of Cafayate, home to several vineyards and wineries that produce the torrontes grape. Be sure to sample some of this white wine that is produced at remarkably high altitudes. Salud!

    High Mountain Arqueological Museum
    Salta
    Free
    The High Mountain Arqueological Museum offers a peek into Inca culture in the Andes, with a focus on child sacrifices. The mummified remains of one such sacrifice is on display in the museum. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 48 Salta/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.

    When you are done exploring, settle your weary feet and enjoy a drink in one of the many sidewalk cafes and restaurants and begin to understand the contemplative Argentine way of life. Try the succulent bife and parrilladas!

    Plane
    Salta - Buenos Aires 5h
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Free Time
    Buenos Aires Afternoon
    Get out and explore beautiful Buenos Aires.

    Optional Activities
    Tango Dinner Show

    Buenos Aires
    650ARS per person
    Discover the passion of tango. Watch the pros step and slide around the dance floor while you dine on a traditional Argentine dinner. Get lost in the music, savour the sensuality, and see why this traditional dance continues to ignite the senses of locals and visitors alike.

    Buenos Aires Guided City Tour
    Buenos Aires
    Enjoy a guided tour exploring beautiful, vibrant Buenos Aires. Be introduced to historic sites and districts, including Plaza de Mayo where Eva Peron's famed balcony presides over the square. See La Boca and San Telmo's colourful street life, painted houses, and the famed Recoleta Cemetery. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 49 Buenos Aires

    Enjoy a free day to explore beautiful Buenos Aires.

    Get out and explore. Consider visiting the districts of La Boca, Recoleta, and San Telmo or catch a tango show at one of the many famous tanguerias. Wander the pedestrian walkways and see some dancing in the streets.

    Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.

    Free Time
    Buenos Aires
    Get out and explore!

    Optional Activities
    Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos

    You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour.

    Buenos Aires Guided City Tour
    Buenos Aires
    Enjoy a guided tour exploring beautiful, vibrant Buenos Aires. Be introduced to historic sites and districts, including Plaza de Mayo where Eva Peron's famed balcony presides over the square. See La Boca and San Telmo's colourful street life, painted houses, and the famed Recoleta Cemetery.

    Tango Dinner Show
    Buenos Aires
    650ARS per person
    Discover the passion of tango. Watch the pros step and slide around the dance floor while you dine on a traditional Argentine dinner. Get lost in the music, savour the sensuality, and see why this traditional dance continues to ignite the senses of locals and visitors alike. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 50 Buenos Aires

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

    Known as the 'Paris of the Americas,' Buenos Aires is a vibrant city full of life. Visit the districts of La Boca, Recoleta, and San Telmo or catch a tango show at one of the many famous tanguerias. Wander the pedestrian walkways and see some dancing in the streets. Whatever you do, Buenos Aires is sure to leave lasting memories.

    Free Time
    Buenos Aires Full Day
    Get out and explore Argentina's beautiful capital city.

    Optional Activities
    Buenos Aires Guided City Tour

    Buenos Aires
    Enjoy a guided tour exploring beautiful, vibrant Buenos Aires. Be introduced to historic sites and districts, including Plaza de Mayo where Eva Peron's famed balcony presides over the square. See La Boca and San Telmo's colourful street life, painted houses, and the famed Recoleta Cemetery. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 51 Buenos Aires/ Colonia del Sacremento

    Cross the Rio 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 cafe.

    In high season, accommodation may be multi-share.

    Ferry
    Buenos Aires - Colonia del Sacramento 1h
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

    Border Crossing (Argentina - Uruguay)
    Buenos Aires - Colonia La Concordia
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

    Orientation Walk
    30m-1h
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

    Free Time
    Colonia del Sacramento
    Get out and explore quaint Colonia. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 52 Colonia del Sacremento/Montevideo

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

    Spend free time in Montevideo exploring the city and Mercado del Puerto, having a picnic in the park or visiting Estadio Centenario where the first World Cup was played in 1930. Cycle around the coast or head to the beach.

    Local bus
    Colonia del Sacramento - Montevideo 2h30m-3h 177km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Free Time
    Montevideo Afternoon
    Enjoy some free time to explore Montevideo and the surrounding area. Spend the afternoon cruising along the coast on a bike or visiting a key landmark for soccer lovers.

    Optional Activities
    Cycle the Coast

    Montevideo
    550UYU per person
    Rent some wheels and head to the Rambla. This 22km (13.6 m) long avenue runs along the water and is great for cycling, running and enjoying the views. Head east from Punta Carretas to the city's scenic suburbs. Bring water and snacks, slather on the sunscreen and enjoy the journey.

    Estadio Centenario Visit
    Montevideo
    150UYU per person
    Pull on your jersey and don your cleats to channel your inner football (soccer) player in Montevideo's Centenario Stadium. Built to host the 1930 FIFA World Cup, and to commemorate the country's first constitution, it continues to host Uruguay's national team (who maintain a winning record against visiting European players). A parade of pop stars, including Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams, Enrique Iglesias and Luciano Pavarotti have also performed here. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 53 Montevideo

    Free time to explore Montevideo.

    Free Time
    Montevideo Full Day
    Take as much time as you'd like to explore. Take a day trip to Punta del Este or enjoy Montevideo and have a delicious picnic in the park.

    Optional Activities
    Estadio Centenario Visit

    Montevideo
    150UYU per person
    Pull on your jersey and don your cleats to channel your inner football (soccer) player in Montevideo's Centenario Stadium. Built to host the 1930 FIFA World Cup, and to commemorate the country's first constitution, it continues to host Uruguay's national team (who maintain a winning record against visiting European players). A parade of pop stars, including Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams, Enrique Iglesias and Luciano Pavarotti have also performed here.

    Cycle the Coast
    Montevideo
    550UYU per person
    Rent some wheels and head to the Rambla. This 22km (13.6 m) long avenue runs along the water and is great for cycling, running and enjoying the views. Head east from Punta Carretas to the city's scenic suburbs. Bring water and snacks, slather on the sunscreen and enjoy the journey.

    Day Trip to Punta del Este
    Punta del Este
    Take a two hour road trip to Punta del Este, South America's "Monaco". Visit upscale neighbourhoods to see colourful homes and gorgeous gardens. Head to Playa Brava, watch surfers and take photos of the famous "Fingers" sculpture which shows a giant hand protruding from the sand. Check out Playa Mansa on the calm side of the peninsula, then visit Casa Pueblo, a Mediterranean-styled villa, museum and art gallery designed by local painter/sculptor Carlos Paez Vilaro. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 54 Montevideo/Mercedes

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

    Today travel by day through picturesque settlements and pastures finishing in the last Uruguayan stop--a local ranch, known in the region as an estancia.

    Private Vehicle
    Montevideo - Mercedes 4h 250km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride. Please note: Private van is used if the group travelling has 7 or more passengers. If group contains 1-6 passengers group will take a public bus from Montevideo to Mercedes (3 hours) then continue in a private van (less than an hour).

    Estancia Stay
    Colonia La Concordia
    Leave the city and lights behind in favour of the Uruguayan rural life. Get dusty at a working ranch, go for a horseback ride or hike in the countryside, and indulge in local barbecues and wine. (Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 55 Mercedes

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

    Spend a day at the estancia getting into rural life. Learn about the historical roots of the region, lend a hand on the farm, go for a walk, make bread or sit back and sip on the wines of the region as you take in local Uruguayan life.

    Free Time
    Mercedes Full Day
    Participate in as much or as little as you'd like at the estancia. Dive in and help out or put your feet up.

    Estancia Stay
    Colonia La Concordia
    Leave the city and lights behind in favour of the Uruguayan rural life. Get dusty at a working ranch, go for a horseback ride or hike in the countryside, and indulge in local barbecues and wine. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

  • DAY 56 Mercedes/Foz do Iguacu

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

    Border Crossing (Uruguay - Argentina)
    Fray Bentos - Gualeguaychu 1h
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

    Overnight bus
    Mercedes - Puerto Iguazu 15h 868km
    Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.
    Get ready for a long journey. Bring snacks, water, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 57 Foz do Iguacu

    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.

    After a night of travel, our visit to Brazil begins with the magnificent Foz do Iguacu, or Iguassu falls, bordering Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina.

    Private Vehicle
    Puerto Iguazu - Foz do Iguacu 1h30m-2h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Border Crossing (Argentina - Brazil)
    Puerto Iguazu - Foz do Iguacu 1h-3h
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

    Iguassu Falls Guided Tour
    Foz do Iguacu 3h-4h
    Visit the Brazil side of the falls to get a panoramic view of Iguassu, one of the world's largest and most impressive waterfalls. In total, there are over 275 individual falls spread out over 3km (2 mi). Find the best spot to take jaw-dropping photos of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Free Time
    Foz do Iguacu Afternoon
    Get out and explore the area!

    Optional Activities
    Iguassu Falls Bird Park Visit

    Foz do Iguacu
    60BRL per person
    Grab a camera and get up and close and personal with macaws, parrots, parakeets, and 150 other species of birds. Located on the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls, the bird park is on 12 acres of native subtropical forest. Enter a huge aviary to see the birds free from cages and nets. Check out other exhibits to view butterflies, alligators, and snakes (boas and anacondas).

    Itaipu Dam Visit
    Foz do Iguacu 3h-4h
    52BRL per person
    Prepare to be wowed by this impressive feat of engineering. Voted by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the modern Wonders of World, the Itaipu Dam is the largest hydroelectric power plant in the world. Go behind the scenes to see how water from the Parana River is converted into electricity to power Paraguay and 25% of Brazil. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 58 Foz do Iguacu

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

    If you have booked the Iguassu Falls Boat Ride Theme Pack, today's the day! Your CEO will give you the details about timing and what to bring.

    Border Crossing (Brazil - Argentina)
    Foz do Iguacu - Puerto Iguazu 1h30m-2h
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

    Iguassu Falls Visit
    Puerto Iguazu Full Day
    Spend the whole day on the Argentina side of Iguassu, exploring the paths over the falls or experience the UNESCO World Heritage site from a boat tour. Tours utilize trails and catwalks adapted to the landscape of the area, and walking is easy for all ages; guided tours of the complex are available several times a day.

    Border Crossing (Argentina - Brazil)
    Puerto Iguazu - Foz do Iguacu 1h30m-2h
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

    Optional Activities
    Iguassu Falls Boat Tour

    Puerto Iguazu 1h-2h
    520ARS per person
    Enter the jungle from the "Sendero Yacaratia" and enjoy the panoramic view. Board motorboats that pass through the Lower Canyon of the Iguassu River, and continue onto the falls. After enjoying the view from San Martin Island, sail to "Tres Mosqueteros" to the "Devil's Throat." Sail along the shore before and enjoy the splendour of the San Martin waterfall, a wonderful and unforgettable experience. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 59 Foz do Iguacu/Paraty

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

    Skipping the long bus ride, we fly to Sao Paulo and head straight to Paraty, a quaint colonial town on the coast renowned for its architecture.

    In high season, accommodation in Paraty may be multi-share.

    Plane
    Foz do Iguacu - Sao Paulo 1h30m 4:00 Morning 1000km
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Start early to make the most of the day and arrive to Paraty with time to explore. Start time can be from 4 to 4.30am as our flight is usually 6am, this can change.

    Private Vehicle
    Sao Paulo - Paraty 5h-6h 314km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.
    This drive can sometimes cause motion sickness. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 60 Foz do Iguacu/Paraty

    Free time to explore Paraty's beaches, a national park and surroundings. Opt to visit a cachaca distillery or take a boat tour to nearby islands.'

    Paraty is a quaint colonial town renowned for its architecture--the pace might be slow but there's a lot to choose from. Considered one of the world's most important examples of Portuguese colonial architecture by UNESCO, the historic centre is a well-preserved national historic monument, and today has been closed to vehicles to preserve its laid-back colonial ambiance. Optional caipirinha boat trip, regular boat trips, kayak tours, horseback riding and jeep tours.

    Free Time
    Paraty Full Day
    You made it to the beach! Enjoy it by exploring the area or blissing out by the water.

    Optional Activities
    Swimming

    Paraty
    Free
    Grab your bathing suit and towel, sturdy walking shoes and lots of sunscreen (the sun is intense here) and head to one of the many beaches and fishing villages found in quiet bays near Paraty. Most are accessible by local bus or taxi or boat shuttle.

    Cachaca Distillery Visit
    Paraty
    90BRL per person
    Tour a cachaca distillery where sugarcane juice is used to create the most popular distilled spirit in Brazil. If it tastes familiar, that's because it's the main ingredient in a Caipirinha, the country's national cocktail. Often called "Brazilian rum," cachaca is so popular, it's produced by 40,000 micro-companies across the country. The blend from Paraty is sweet and salty; taste the sea as you sip this local liquid.

    Paraty Bay Boat Tour
    Paraty
    Explore some of Paraty's 65 islands and hundreds of beaches on a schooner tour.

    Snorkelling
    Paraty
    Book a special boat trip or simply rent a mask and fins and float in the waters near Paraty. Ask your CEO for the best snorkel sites. Ilha Comprida is known locally as "nature's aquarium"; the waters are filled with fish. Other spots include Trinidade and Sao Goncalo. Bring an underwater camera if you've got one. You don't want to miss this opportunity to document the aquatic life teeming in these clear turquoise waters.

    Diving
    Paraty
    Brazil is a diver's paradise. Its waters include a rich variety of fish, mammals, kelp and coral. Spot brilliantly coloured fish accented against the white sand ocean floor. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, sea turtles and nurse sharks. Paraty boasts at least 10 locations recommended for SCUBA diving. Explore the waters off islands with exotic names - Cocos, Meros, Deserta - and add an unforgettable underwater adventure to your list of most memorable moments.

    Hiking
    Paraty
    Choose from one of many options to explore the trails around Paraty. Step back in time along the Gold Trail (Caminho do Ouro), built by African slaves in the 18th Century, and imagine the difficulty of carrying gold from Brazil's interior to Paraty's port and then Portugal. Opt for other hikes (2-3 hrs) through Atlantic rainforest and ending at gorgeous beaches and fishing villages. Remember to bring lots of water!

    Horseback Riding
    Paraty 3h-6h
    120-150BRL per person
    Throw on some long pants, grab the reins and hop up on a well-trained horse. Trail ride through the Atlantic rainforest in the mountains around Paraty. Cross rivers and follow trails lined with tropical trees. Reach a lookout and see the village and the water below. Stop at a waterfall and jump in! Let the rushing water massage your muscles then hop back on the horses and gallop home.

    4x4 Tour
    Paraty 6h-7h30m
    90BRL per person
    Hop in the back of a jeep and hang on for this tropical tour. Enter the Serra da Bocaina National Park, visit waterfalls (great for photos and swimming), and step back in time along the Gold Trail road, constructed by African slaves to transport gold mined inland and transported to Paraty port bound for Portugal.

    Caipirinha Boat Tour
    Paraty
    80BRL per person
    Cruise Paraty Bay with a Caipirinha cocktail in one hand and your camera in the other. Brazil's national cocktail, made from muddled lime, sugar and locally distilled Cachaca, provides a perfect accompaniment to this marine adventure. Leave the cobblestone streets behind and watch the sun dance on the turquoise waters. Stop to snorkel at secluded beaches. Explore the many islands and escape. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 61 Paraty/ llha Grande

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

    Travel to the port in Angra dos Reis and catch a boat over to Ilha Grande not far from the coast. In high season, accommodation in Ihla Grande may be multi-share.

    Local bus
    Paraty - Angra dos Reis 1h30m-2h
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    This drive can sometimes cause motion sickness.

    Ferry
    Angra dos Reis - Ilha Grande 1h30m
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

    Free Time
    Ilha Grande Afternoon
    You made it to an island paradise! Go explore it. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 62 llha 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.

    Free Time
    Ilha Grande Full Day
    You made it to an island paradise! Go explore it.

    Optional Activities
    Snorkelling

    Ilha Grande
    Rent a mask and snorkel, pull on some fins and get set to enter the underwater world of colourful tropical fish, shells and all things seaworthy. November through May is Ilha Grande's best time to snorkel. Hotspots include the Blue Lagoon, Green Lagoon and Abraazinho Beach. Luxuriate in the warm salt water, look down and, in some cases, see to a depth of 15m (50 ft).

    Hike to Pico do Papagaio
    Ilha Grande 6h-7h
    60BRL per person
    Enjoy a guided hike from Abraao to Pico do Papagaio, soaking in the scenery along the way. It will take roughly 4 hours to hike up and about 2 hr to hike back down. The 360 degree views from the top are well worth the effort.

    Lopez Mendez Hike
    Ilha Grande 2h30m-4h
    Grab your bathing suit, slip on your walking shoes and take the hike from Abraao to the beautiful beach of Lopez Mendez. Follow a well-marked trail up and down, through forest and past other beaches. Eat Jack fruit picked along the way. Drink water from a natural spring. Listen to howler monkeys. After 2.5-3 hrs, arrive at the stunning Lopez Mendez beach, where the white powder sand squeaks under foot and the rolling green hills provide a stunning contrast to the turquoise water.

    Ilha Grande Boat Excursion
    Ilha Grande 4h-5h
    40BRL per person
    From the main village of Vila do Abraao, take a boat tour to some of the best beaches around the island. See tropical fish and cool off in the salt spray of the turquoise waters. Stop to swim and snorkel and pinch yourself for being lucky enough to partake in this tropical piece of paradise. Enjoy the scenery while drinking a caipirinha, Brazil's national drink.

    Swimming
    Ilha Grande
    Free
    Dive in and enjoy the beautiful water of this island paradise. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 63 llha 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.

    Free Time
    Ilha Grande Full Day
    You made it to an island paradise! Go explore it.

    Optional Activities
    Snorkelling

    Ilha Grande
    Rent a mask and snorkel, pull on some fins and get set to enter the underwater world of colourful tropical fish, shells and all things seaworthy. November through May is Ilha Grande's best time to snorkel. Hotspots include the Blue Lagoon, Green Lagoon and Abraazinho Beach. Luxuriate in the warm salt water, look down and, in some cases, see to a depth of 15m (50 ft).

    Hike to Pico do Papagaio
    Ilha Grande 6h-7h
    60BRL per person
    Enjoy a guided hike from Abraao to Pico do Papagaio, soaking in the scenery along the way. It will take roughly 4 hours to hike up and about 2 hr to hike back down. The 360 degree views from the top are well worth the effort.

    Lopez Mendez Hike
    Ilha Grande 2h30m-4h
    Grab your bathing suit, slip on your walking shoes and take the hike from Abraao to the beautiful beach of Lopez Mendez. Follow a well-marked trail up and down, through forest and past other beaches. Eat Jack fruit picked along the way. Drink water from a natural spring. Listen to howler monkeys. After 2.5-3 hrs, arrive at the stunning Lopez Mendez beach, where the white powder sand squeaks under foot and the rolling green hills provide a stunning contrast to the turquoise water.

    Ilha Grande Boat Excursion
    Ilha Grande 4h-5h
    40BRL per person
    From the main village of Vila do Abraao, take a boat tour to some of the best beaches around the island. See tropical fish and cool off in the salt spray of the turquoise waters. Stop to swim and snorkel and pinch yourself for being lucky enough to partake in this tropical piece of paradise. Enjoy the scenery while drinking a caipirinha, Brazil's national drink.

    Swimming
    Ilha Grande
    Free
    Dive in and enjoy the beautiful water of this island paradise. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 64 llha Grande/Rio de Janeiro

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

    Leaving the port after returning from Ilha Grande, a dramatic road then takes us north along the coast through superb scenery before rounding the cliffs at Vidigal. Get a first glimpse of one of the most memorable cities in the world, Brazil's ocean-side jewel, Rio de Janeiro.

    Enjoy any free time by taking an optional city tour or exploring the wonders that this city has to offer from the centrally located hostel in Copacabana.

    The hostel has private rooms with private bathrooms for travellers, but its common areas are shared with other guests of the hostel.

    Ferry
    Ilha Grande - Angra dos Reis 1h30m
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

    Local van
    Angra dos Reis - Rio de Janeiro 3h-3h30m
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 65 Depart Rio de Janeiro

    Depart at any time.

    Some departures running in the summer of 2016 will be affected by the Olympics in Rio. Please see the itinerary note on the overview page for specific dates. Due to accommodation availability in Rio we have adjusted the itinerary to have 1 additional night in Paraty and 0 nights in Rio. The tour will end on arrival in the city centre of Rio around 2pm. Please book onward flights accordingly.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

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  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD1550-2015 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 18 passengers, at an average there are 14 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. The rules and regulations controlling the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu are continually changing. Before embarking on your adventure to Peru it is very important that you familiarize yourself with the Inca Trail booking policies and guidelines as described in a document available on our website, at the following URL address:

  10. http://www.gadventures.com/inca-advisory.php- Advise Cox & Kings link here.

  11. Please advise at time of booking if you do not wish to hike the Inca Trail. Instead, you will have 2 nights in Cusco, travel by train for a night in Aguas Calientes, and join the hikers for the tour of Machu Picchu.

  12. Portions of the Inca Trail will be closed for general maintenance during the month of February each year. Also, closures may occur at various times throughout the year due to inclement weather or other conditions beyond our control. During these periods, any tour affected will hike the Lares Trek.

  13. Please note that this tour is a combination of several G Adventures tours. As such, your group CEO, fellow passengers, or vehicle may change between the individual tour sections.

  14. Please note that this trip is a combination of multiple G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and/or particular vehicles operating your tour may change between tour segments. You may also expect some group members to join or leave the tour, between tour segments.

  15. Looking to add to your experience? Check out our Theme Packs! Specially designed for travellers with unique interests, theme packs are optional add-ons to your G adventures trip that make your adventure more you-centric. Theme Packs must be booked prior to departure, please see details in our optional activities field and ask you sales CEO.

  16. In our continued effort to support the rights of the porters on the Inca Trail, we


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