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  • The sun rising over Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Lake Nahuel Huapi in Bariloche, Argentina
  • Colourful buildings in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Cooking up a BBQ, Argentina
  • Exploring the train cemetary in Uyuni, Bolivia
  • Iguazu Falls on the border of Brazil and Argentina
  • Christ the Redeemer looking out over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • The three towers in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
  • A guanaco and her chulengo in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Route:
Lima to Rio de Janeiro
Days:
91
Style: Adventures for 20s and 30s
Code: BXGD2
Price From:
US$4,919.00
+ local payment of US$1,950.00.

Explore authentic South America and discover everything from Inca ruins to cosmopolitan Latino cities. We visit many popular attractions and natural wonders, such as the Lost City of Machu Picchu, the world-renowned Iguazú Falls and the world's largest salt lake. We also take you to some rural, out-of-the-way places to make your experience as ‘real’ as possible. We have the means to show you the adventure of your life and a journey you'll never forget!

What's Included

Excursions

  • Drive through Argentina's wine region
  • Cross the Andes and see Aconcagua
  • Views of Volcano Villarrica
  • 7 Lakes Drive
  • Views of Mount Fitz Roy
  • Torres del Paine National Park
  • Pantanal Wetlands

Accommodation

24 night(s) in hotels, 20 night(s) in hostels, 42 night(s) camping, 1 night(s) in basic, multi-share hostels with limited facilities, 3 night(s) in a hammock

Meals

67 breakfast, 59 lunch, 45 dinner

Staff & Experts

Tucan Travel tour leader

What's Not Included

  • International flights to/from the start/end of your tour and departure taxes  
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items and single rooms.  
  • Optional excursions - Please see the optional excursions on the dossier page for a comprehensive list of optional activities and excursions available on this tour.

Itinerary

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Day 1 to 1 - Arrive Lima

The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre-tour accommodation.

Lima was founded by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535, after he eradicated the Incas and made the city his capital. Now the fifth largest city in Latin America, Lima is home to around one-third of the country’s population.

The Historic centre of Lima is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the city has many fine colonial buildings and some of the best museums in South America including the Gold Museum, Museum of the Inquisition and the Catacombs below the San Francisco Church. Peru's capital has plenty to offer and many of the sights, including the city's two main squares the Plaza de Armas and Plaza San Martin, are within easy walking distance of your hotel.

Lima offers an ample range of restaurants and bars where local as well as international cuisine is served – the city is known as the gastronomic capital of the Americas. A nice spot to head out at night for a meal is Miraflores on the coast.

Optional Excursions

Museum Inquisition – free • Monastery and Catacombs – US$3 guided tour • Plaza San Martin, one of the largest and most impressive squares • Paragliding – US$60

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Day 2 to 2 - Huacachina

Leaving Lima, a short drive south along the Pacific coast brings us to Paracas, where upon arrival we will have the option to go by speedboat to explore the Ballestas Islands, passing the unusual ‘Candelabra', a giant design carved into a desert hill, along the way. On and around these celebrated islands you'll see thousands of sea lions plus many varieties of aquatic birds. Continuing on, we stopover at spectacular Huacachina, a desert oasis surrounded by massive sand-dunes. You’ll have the option to do an overnight excursion into the desert, sleeping under the stars. This also incorporates the chance to take an awesome ride in dune-buggies, an unreal way to spend the afternoon and night. Tonight is a good time for a Pisco sour party!

Approximate Driving Time:Nine hours

Optional Excursions

Ballestas Islands – US$13 • Overnight dune buggy trip – US$60(overnight) • Sand dune buggy ride and sand boarding – US$25

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hostels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Lunch

Day 3 to 3 - Nazca

We continue south along the famous Pan American highway, travelling further inland to Nazca, renowned for the mysterious parallel lines and geometrical figures etched into the desert floor. Here you can take a flight in a light aircraft to see the ‘monkey', ‘hummingbird', ‘condor', ‘spider' and even what appears to be a spaceman. There are many more designs to be seen on this 30-minute flight. To this day no one is entirely sure why they are there.

Approximate Driving Time:Four hours

Optional Excursions

Scenic flight over Nazca Lines – US$110 + S/25 tax • Planetarium show & lecture – US$20

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 4 to 4 - Puerto Inca

As we head out of Nazca we will visit the bizarre Chauchilla Cemetery where you'll see ancient mummies, some with hair and even skin intact after thousands of years.

Heading back along the coast our journey takes us to Puerto Inca, the Inca's original fishing port, which was only rediscovered in the 1950s. Tonight we camp by the beach just down from the actual ruins.

Approximate Driving Time: Six Hours

Optional Excursions

Chauchilla Cemetery – US$2

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 5 to 7 - Arequipa & optional Colca Canyon

Arequipa is located 2,380 metres above sea level and dominated by the conical snow-capped El Misti volcano. Although an earthquake in 2001 damaged the cathedral, it has not diminished any of the splendour of this charming square. One of the ‘must see’ attractions here is the vast Santa Catalina Convent (optional), a maze of cobbled streets, cloisters and other decorative buildings, it has only been open to the public since 1970 and it is certainly well worth visiting.

Another popular attraction is the acclaimed ‘Museo Santuarios Andinos’, which highlights well preserved mummies including the famous ‘Ice Princess Juanita’ - a young Inca maiden who was sacrificed some 500 years ago atop the Nevado Ampato volcano. You can enjoy a free day in Arequipa to explore these sights, and more, at your own leisure.

From Arequipa you have the option for an overnight visit to the Colca Canyon. Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, it is the world's second deepest. From the lookout point at Cruz del Condor you can see the river flowing 1,200 metres below and from this vantage point have a good chance of seeing condors as they soar out of the canyon on the hot thermal currents.

If you choose not to travel out to the Colca Canyon you have free time to explore Arequipa.

Approximate Driving Time: Full Day Drive

Optional Excursions

Colca Canyon overnight excursion – US$60 + $22 park entrance • City tour – US$12 • Monastery of Santa Catalina – US$10• Museo Santuarios Andinas, where you can see the frozen Inca ice mummy princess ‘Juanita’ – US$11 • Plaza de Armas and churches – free

Accommodation

3 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

3 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 8 to 16 - Cuzco

Cuzco is our base for the next eight days for some really special optional excursions, including the challenging three night/four-day Inca Trail trek and the two night/three day Amazon Jungle excursion both of which must be requested at the time of booking your group tour. We have plenty of time here to squeeze in both of these excursions and much more, or if you prefer, to relax and absorb the great atmosphere in the cultural and friendly city.

As you travel towards Cuzco, the landscape gradually becomes greener as we get closer to the former Inca capital. The word Cuzco means ‘Navel of the Earth' in the Inca language of Quechua. This enchanting city has a mostly indigenous population of around 275,000 and is centred around the Plaza de Armas, which is dominated by the cathedral and La Compañia de Jesus Church. Nowadays, Cuzco is also legendary for its party atmosphere and brilliant nightlife and is jam-packed with narrow streets housing many fine restaurants, bars and shops.

Along with the Inca Trail Trek and Amazon Jungle excursion, some of the optional excursions available include full-day trip through the Sacred Valley of the Incas which visits the Pisac ruins perched on a hill high in the mountains and the famous local market of the same name, in the valley below. This is a great place to buy textiles, pottery and jewellery, not to mention the delicious empanadas (pasties) at the famous bakery. After spending time here, on the Sacred Valley tour, we move down the valley to the temple fortress of Ollantaytambo, with its enormous terraces climbing up the hillside.

Optional Excursions

Two night/three day Amazon Jungle excursion – US$669 or equivalent in your currency (must be booked in advance) • Three night/four day Inca Trail Trek or three night/four day Lares Valley trek – US$829 • Train to Machu Picchu overnight excursion – US$429 (these activities must be booked in advance, please check prices with a member of our team) • Boleto Completo, valid for 2 days and includes entrance to all Inca ruin sites in Sacred Valley and Cuzco.– US$40 or 130 soles • Boleto Partial, includes just sites around Cuzco – 70 soles • Massages – US$25/hr • City tour – US$30 + 70 soles entry if Completo has not been purchased • Chocolate making course - US$22

Accommodation

9 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 17 to 19 - Puno & Optional Lake Titicaca

Optional Excursions

Lake Titicaca & Uros Islands overnight excursion – US$45 + lunch US$8

Accommodation

3 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Lunch

Day 20 to 22 - La Paz

La Paz is built in the basin of a spectacular ancient crater caused by a meteorite, with the snow-capped Illimani in the background. At an altitude of 3,660 metres, the city is said to host the highest football stadium in the world.

The city has colourful indigenous street markets including the ‘witches market' where women in flared skirts sell, amongst other things, dead cats and llama foetuses which are placed under new buildings in a bid to keep evil spirits away. The main square, Plaza Murillo, is where many years ago a president of the republic was lynched from a lamppost. La Paz is one of the best places to see a traditional peña show of Andean music and dance where local musicians play their time-honoured instruments such as zampoñas (pipes) and charangos (ukulele).

There are plenty of excursions available in La Paz. Check out the Moon Valley with its strange rock formations shaped by the weather. Another fantastic excursion is to Coroico, the gateway to the Bolivian jungle region and a great place to see sub-tropical vegetation and plants. En-route you will cross a 5,000 metre high pass before descending to 1,300 metres on narrow mountain roads bordered by sheer drops. The excursion to Coroico can also be done by mountain bike, as it is downhill nearly all the way and very exhilarating, but beware, colloquially known as ‘Death Road’, it is not at all for the fainthearted and great care must be taken!

Optional Excursions

Red Caps walking tours – free (tips appreciated) • Death Road Mountain Biking – US$124

Accommodation

3 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 23 to 24 - Potosí

We now travel across the Altiplano to Potosí, the highest city of its size on Earth at 4,070 metres, with a population of 110,000 people. The history of Potosí, its fame and splendour, as well as its tragedy and horror, is closely linked to silver. The city was founded in 1545 soon after the discovery of silver in a nearby hill, the Cerro Rico (or Rich Hill). The veins proved to be so prolific that they quickly became known as the world’s richest source of the precious metal. Silver from Potosí underwrote the Spanish economy, particularly its monarchy's extravagance, for over two centuries. Millions of indigenous people, and later, African slaves, were made to work in the mines where conditions were so appalling and dangerous that miners died in horrific numbers, either in accidents or from silicosis pneumonia. During the three centuries of colonial rule, it is estimated that eight million Africans and locals died in the Potosí mines. Reminders of the grand colonial city are still evident in the narrow streets, formal balconied mansions and ornate churches. We offer you the opportunity to visit one of the mines (optional) where you will learn from first-hand experience some of the hardship that miners still suffer. You soon realise that the mines are worked today in much the same way as they were under Spanish rule.

Approximate Driving Time: Full Day Drive

Optional Excursions

Silver mine tour – US$15 • City tour – US$13 • Hot springs – US$15

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 25 to 26 - Sucre

Continuing through Bolivia, we make our way to Sucre, the official capital of Bolivia even though the governing of the country actually takes place in La Paz. Sucre is a small attractive city where, by law, all the buildings are painted white. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to its well-conserved downtown with buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries. Nestled at the foot of the twin hills of Churuquella and Sika Sika, Sucre is the gateway to numerous small villages that date from the colonial era.

Approximate Driving Time: Three Hours Drive

Optional Excursions

Mountain biking – US$25-36 • Hiking – US$31-42 • Horse riding – US$42 • Museos Universitarios

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hostels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Lunch

Day 27 to 27 - Uyuní

Tonight we relax in the town of Uyuni . Tomorrow you have the option to stay overnight on the Uyuni Salt Flats. For those who choose not to visit you can enjoy free time in Uyuni.

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Lunch

Day 28 to 28 - Uyuní Salt Flats (optional excursion)

The next morning we have the option to visit what is claimed to be the largest salt flat in the world, the brilliant white vast Salar de Uyuní, which covers some 10,500 square kilometres and estimated to contain 10 billion tons of salt. A 4WD excursion takes us to a hotel made entirely of salt and then surrounds you with a world of white and blue. Fish Island (which is seasonal dependent) provides stunning views of the salt flat which prove quite otherworldly, as giant cacti and wandering llama punctuate the scene and provide perfect photo opportunities. The fantastic contrast of the brilliant blue sky (weather permitting of course) and the pure white of the salt flats will take your breath away. We stay the night in a hotel by the salt flats

Please Note: Occasionally in the rainy season the salt flats become overly flooded and we may have to alter the itinerary if the salt flats are not safe to traverse. In addition, the local transport timetable on this route changes frequently and this sometimes necessitates a small change to the itinerary. Your tour leader will advise as early as possible if this is likely to happen on your tour.

Optional Excursions

Full day Salar de Uyuni overnight tour – approx US$55

Accommodation

1 night(s) in basic, multi-share hostels with limited facilities. No single room upgrade available.

Day 29 to 29 - Uyuní

Those who chose to explore the Salt Flats will now return the town of Uyuni where we can compare our photos!

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Day 30 to 30 - Tupiza

Winding our way along the dusty roads of Bolivia, which are some of the most rugged in South America, we head towards the Argentine border amidst the vividly coloured rock formations and giant cacti. We arrive at Tupiza where we will take respite from the arid surrounds and dusty road. Legend has it that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid met their end at the hands of the Bolivian army near Tupiza, concluding their notorious string of bank raids.

Approximate Driving Time: Full Day Drive

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hostels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Lunch

Day 31 to 33 - Salta

We arrive in the striking city of Salta in the Lerma Valley at the foothills of the Andes, established in 1582. Salta has many old colonial buildings, a cathedral with ancient statues of the Cristo del Milagro (Miracle of Christ) and the Virgin Mary, which were brought over from Spain in 1592. A variety of excursions await you here including rafting, horse riding and mountain biking.

Approximate Driving Time: Full Day Drive

Included Excursions

Drive through Argentina's wine region

Optional Excursions

Full day rafting – US$65 • Horse riding at ranch with BBQ lunch – US$70

Accommodation

3 night(s) in hostels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

3 Breakfast

Day 34 to 34 - Cafayate

Just outside of Salta, the rugged landscape gives way to lush farmlands where you may catch a glimpse of traditional subsistence farmers at work. Stunning multi-coloured sedimentary rock formations offer beautiful photo opportunities near Cafayate. For an adrenaline rush you can hire mountain bikes for a couple of hours of thrilling descents or take a quad bike tour to explore less challenging terrain. For a more peaceful excursion you can stretch your legs on a trek, taking in beautiful local flora and fauna, as well as an impressive series of cascadas (waterfalls).

Approximate Driving Time: Four Hour Drive

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 35 to 35 - Catamarca

We continue our way to San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca, more commonly known as Catamarca. The city offers both natural and cultural attractions and offers many activities such as hiking, mountain-bike rides and horse riding. We have a night here before we hit the road again.

Approximate Driving Time: Six Hour Drive

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 36 to 37 - Cordoba

Cordoba is a busy modern industrial city near the geographical centre of Argentina in the foothills of the Sierras Chicas mountains. Established in 1573, Córdoba boasts the country's oldest university and a young, dynamic student population. During the day you can visit an array of richly decorated churches, including Argentina's oldest cathedral and the Manzana Jesuitica (Jesuit Block) which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Approximate Driving Time: Six Hour Drive

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hostels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 38 to 40 - Mendoza

Now we hit the wine producing heartland of Argentina making our way past the vast vineyards to Mendoza.

Mendoza is the location where General José de San Martín organised the army with which he liberated Chile and Peru from Spanish rule in 1818. Unfortunately, few historic buildings remain after an earthquake devastated the city in 1861. However, the city was rebuilt with broader tree-lined streets and beautiful large green plazas, irrigated by a network of 500 kilometres of water channels, fuelling Mendoza's reputation as an oasis of the region. There are great photo opportunities from the top of the hill “Cerro de la Gloria” at Parque San Martín, where you can also visit the local zoo. Beyond the city limits you'll have the chance to get wet and wild on a white water rafting excursion, or try out your rope skills on a rappelling option. For a more chilled experience you could hire bikes and take the ‘Ruta de los Vinos' (wine route), visiting ancient cellars and tasting excellent local wines at your leisure.

Approximate Driving Time:Full Day Drive

Included Excursions

Cross the Andes and see Aconcagua

Optional Excursions

White water rafting – from US$40 • Wine/bodega tours • Wine & bike tour – US$70 • Paragliding – US$90 • Parque San Martin – free

Accommodation

3 night(s) in hostels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

3 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 41 to 43 - Santiago

Pedro de Valdivia established Santiago in 1541 but, except for Santa Lucia hill where the original fortress was constructed, not much remains of its original glory. The hill offers good views of the city below, but for even better photo opportunities take a funicular railway to the top of San Cristobal where the Statue of the Virgin overlooks the capital and the distant Andes. At the viewing area there are wine-tasting facilities and a couple of brilliantly located swimming pools. In the Plaza Constitucion at the Palacio de la Moneda you can see the changing of the guard or you can take an optional excursion to the port of Valparaiso and the resort of Viña del Mar. Santiago is a very clean modern city with fountains, parks and buildings and of course, excellent nightlife.

Approximate Driving Time: Full Day Drive

Optional Excursions

Santiago city tour – US$25 • Vineyard tours approximately – US$50

Accommodation

3 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

3 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 44 to 46 - Pucón

Heading south through vast vineyards, farmlands and pine-forests we come to Salto del Laja, where we stop for a photo of the waterfalls that drop 47 metres onto the rocks below. We continue to the Lake District of Chile and the picturesque town of Pucón, a small resort on Lake Villarrica below the perfect cone-shaped Villarrica volcano. The whole area is surrounded by lakes, mountains, forests, rivers and waterfalls and we have two free days to take advantage of the activities on offer such as volcano treks, white water rafting, horse riding, mountain biking and water sports.

Approximate Driving Time: Full Day Drive

Included Excursions

Views of Volcano Villarrica,7 Lakes Drive

Optional Excursions

Volcano climb – CH$ 10.000 • Horse riding – from CH$45.000 • Rafting – from CH$25.000 • Trekking Huerquehue - CH$45 000

Accommodation

3 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

3 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 47 to 49 - Bariloche

Crossing the Andes and heading down into Argentina we make our way through stunning scenery of the Argentine Lake District passing Lago Espejo (Mirror Lake). Further south we reach the resort town of San Carlos de Bariloche on the shores of Lake Nahuel Haupi. This town is a famous winter ski resort, but it also has plenty to offer during other seasons. Built by Swiss and German immigrants in the alpine style, here you will find Swiss-style chalets, numerous chocolate shops and St. Bernard dogs with brandy barrels around their necks. There are excellent optional opportunities to take in the breathtaking views from the cable car, also the chance for some hiking or cycling.

Approximate Driving Time: Full Day Drive

Optional Excursions

Museo de la Patagonia – US$2.50 donation • Cerro Catedral ski lifts – from US$20 • Mountain bike hire – US$12 • Circuito Chico, a 60km circuit of nearby attractions which can be completed by local bus

Accommodation

3 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

3 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 50 to 50 - En route

Leaving San Carlos de Bariloche we enter Patagonia, a dry windswept expanse stretching to the southern tip of the continent; there are some long drives on this sector but some spectacular scenery at the end of most days. We will stop en route depending on travel times, and camp for the evening.

Approximate Driving Time: Full Day Drive

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 51 to 52 - El Chaltén

We continue to El Chaltén with the picturesque Los Glaciares National Park nearby where you can enjoy some of Argentina's most scenic hiking. The park is at the foot of the Fitzroy Massif which has spectacular jagged snow-capped peaks. Depending on your budget, you can take a day’s trek to - and on - the wonderful Viedma Glacier - reputedly the best ice-trekking in the country. Or walk to the Capri Lagoon or a variety of other free walks available in this stunning national park.

Approximate Driving Time: Full Day Drive

Included Excursions

Views of Mount Fitz Roy

Optional Excursions

Glacier boat ride – US$50 • 2hr Glacier boat trip and glacier walk – US$150

Accommodation

2 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 53 to 54 - El Calafate

A short drive from El Chaltén takes us to the pleasant town of El Calafate, on the north-eastern edge of Lake Argentino. This is our base for visiting the Moreno Glacier, 80 kilometres away. The glacier is one of the few in the world that is still advancing. It is continuously moving at a rate of 1.5 metres per day and when you get close enough to the face you can hear cracking and creaking and see large lumps of ice crash into the lake below. With a height of around 60 metres, a width of five kilometres at its face and made up of various hues of blue, white and grey, it is an awesome sight.

Approximate Driving Time: Four Hours

Optional Excursions

Boat trip to the Perito Moreno Glacier - ARS180 • Regional Museum of El Calafate – free • Boat trip on Lago Argentino – US$15 • Reserva Municipal Laguna Nimez, bird sanctuary – small entry fee • Perito Moreno Glacier Tour – US$42 + US$26 national park entry fee

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hostels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 55 to 59 - Torres del Paine National Park

On to the incredible Torres del Paine National Park, named after the massive granite towers that rise above the earth. The scenery is amazing with snow-capped peaks, glaciers, beautiful lakes and valleys. Some of the varied and amazing creatures you might spot include Andean condors, guanacos (a relative of the llama) and rhea (a type of emu) to name but a few. We have plenty of opportunities to trek the many trails in the park. Some of the walks are quite demanding, and at a high altitude, but there are a good range of options for all grades of walkers. You can do a full day 14km trek with incredible views of the famous ‘towers’. This can be demanding with the final section walking in scree, however it is well worth it. You can also take a catamaran trip across Lago Pehoe for a full view of the Grey Glacier or a more sedate three hour scenic boat trip (dependant on boat availability).For the longer treks such as the “Towers” walk, a reasonable level of fitness is required and passengers must be prepared for all weather conditions.

Approximate Driving Time: Seven Hours

Included Excursions

Torres del Paine National Park

Optional Excursions

Horse riding – US$40 • Kayaking (either between icebergs or down one of the major rivers) – US$100 • Grey Glacier Boat Ride – US$100 • Catamaran ride in Torres del Paine NP (return trip) – CLP24000

Accommodation

5 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

4 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 60 to 60 - En route

Leaving Torres del Paine behind we continue through the incredible Patagonian landscape, stopping en route to camp for the evening before we cross the Straits of Magellan by ferry to the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire).

Approximate Driving Time: Full Day Drive

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 61 to 63 - Ushuaia

We cross the border back into Argentina and carry on to Ushuaia, the world's most southerly town with a population of about 42,000. Here you can take an excursion on the Beagle Channel to visit the Isla de los Lobos (Sea Lion Island) where you will see colonies of sea lions and aquatic birds and, with a bit of luck, maybe a whale. You also have the option to visit the Tierra del Fuego National Park where there are various trails along the coast and the surrounding snow covered peaks. The park is also home to a large population of beaver (introduced by the Canadians), the world's most southerly train and it is also where the exhaustive Pan-American Highway ends at the Lapataia bay, 17,848 kilometres from its start in Alaska.

Approximate Driving Time: Full Day Drive

Optional Excursions

Beagle Channel Cruise – US$60 • Tierra del Fuego National Park entry – US$17 • Scenic flight from – US$36-86 • End of the world train – US$35 + US$15 park entry • Museum at the End of the World – US$4 • Maritime Museum & Ushuaia Prison – US$8

Accommodation

3 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

3 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 64 to 65 - En route

Heading north we cover great distances as we head for Puerto Madryn. We spend two nights camping en route depending on travel times.

Approximate Driving Time: Full Day Drive

Accommodation

2 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 66 to 67 - Puerto Madryn

As we continue on we eventually come to the Welsh community of Puerto Madryn, where in 1865 1,500 Welsh immigrants arrived from the Clipper Mimosa and named the natural port ‘Port Madryn’ then settled and founded the town.

From here we can visit the nearby Valdés Peninsula. The Valdés peninsula is renowned for its wildlife and you will hopefully see penguins, sea lions, elephant seals, armadillos, guanacos, rheas, southern right whales, killer whales, Patagonian hares and a great variety of seabirds.

Approximate Driving Time: Full Day Drive

Optional Excursions

Valdés Peninsula National Park – entry US$15 / group guide US$100 • Whale watching – US$70

Accommodation

2 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 68 to 68 - En route

After crossing the Colorado River, we leave Patagonia and drive across the windswept ‘pampas’ where cattle graze and enormous fields of sunflowers sway in the wind (the oil from which is a large export for Argentina). Again, travel times will determine where we camp for the night.

Approximate Driving Time: Full Day Drive

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 69 to 72 - Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a beautiful city with lovely green parks, plazas and wide boulevards. Our hostel is an excellent location, within walking distance to many of the city's highlights and close to transport links to the rest of the city. The balcony of the presidential palace the Casa Rosada (Pink Palace) is where Eva Perón made many of her speeches and is also the place where Madonna sang, “Don't cry for me Argentina” in the film Evita. Across the Plaza de Mayo you will also find the Cabildo (the old town hall) the Palacio Municipal (City Hall) and the cathedral. Every Thursday afternoon in this plaza the "Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo" march in remembrance of their family members who disappeared in the 1970s when the country was under military rule. There are many excellent restaurants in the Puerto Madera area and it is well worth a visit to the port of La Boca for its colourful buildings and cultural history. In nearby San Telmo, the bohemian area, there is a fascinating antique market every Sunday. The Recoleta Cemetery, almost like an enclosed city of its own, is where Eva Peron and many other rich and famous Argentines are buried - well worth a visit. The reputation of Buenos Aires' nightlife is not overstated as there are many nightclubs, bars, restaurants and cinemas open until all hours. For a great evening out, you may want to see a tango show in the city where the dance originated, and you shouldn't leave Buenos Aires before trying one of the best steaks you’ll find in the world!

Approximate Driving Time: Six Hours

Optional Excursions

Tango show & dinner – US$90 • Hop on/hop off bus – US$20 • Explore La Boca and San Telmo artistic neighbourhoods – free • Various historic plazas & squares – free • Tigre Delta day trip, exploring the elegant neighbourhood by train and catamaran – US$22 • Football match including transfers and guide – from US$80 • Buenos Aires city tour – US$20

Accommodation

4 night(s) in hostels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

4 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 73 to 73 - En route

Heading towards Salta we stop for lunch at San Ignacio Miní where we will find some of the best kept Jesuit ruins in the region. You will have the chance to visit the site. Founded in 1632, San Ignacio Miní was one of the many missions settled by the Jesuits in the Americas during the Spanish colonial period. San Ignacio Miní is one of the five Jesuit missions of the Guaranis that were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. The ruins are one of the best preserved among the several built in a territory today belonging to Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, and one of the most visited due to its accessibility.

Optional Excursions

Jesuit Ruins – US$17 • Light and sound show – US$17

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 74 to 75 - Puerto Iguazú

Continuing on we arrive in Puerto Iguazú. Here we visit the falls from the Argentinian side where you can walk through rainforest and along catwalks directly above the falls and you will also find the famous Garganta del Diablo, Spanish for "Devil's Throat", where fourteen waterfalls drop with such force that there is always a massive cloud of spray overhead. If you feel like cooling down, take a zodiac boat ride up the river and under the falls – a fun way to get a different perspective of these impressive falls. Tonight, visit some of the town's bars and clubs close to our hostel.

Eco Tourism Tax: From 27th March 2016, the Argentinian government has introduced an Eco Tourism Tax which means a fee of ARG20pp (approx US$2) has to be paid on arrival if they are visiting the Argentinean side of the Falls.

Approximate Driving Time: Eight Hour Drive

Optional Excursions

Iguazú Falls National Park entry – US$25 • Jungle 4WD and boat trips – US$12-60

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hostels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 76 to 77 - Foz do Iguaçu

We reach the little Brazilian town of Foz do Iguaçu (Iguazu Falls), where some 275 separate waterfalls cascade over a two-and-a-half-kilometre-wide cliff face. We first visit the stunning falls from the Brazilian side which offers panoramic views of the numerous waterfalls on the Argentine side.

For a bird's eye view over the entire falls you can take an optional scenic helicopter ride. There is also an excellent bird park nearby and you can visit the world's largest hydroelectric dam at Itaipu where videos show the environmental planning behind the dam project. If you’re keeping a keen eye on your country tally you can pop into neighbouring Paraguay by public bus (you don't even have to get your passport stamped) for a bit of shopping in Ciudad del Esté.

Approximate Driving Time:Two Hours

Optional Excursions

Helicopter ride – US$120 • Bird Park – US$14 • National Park entry – US$20 • Rafain Show – US$50 • Itaipu Dam – US$25

Accommodation

2 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 78 to 78 - En route

We hit the road making our way north in the interior of the continent towards Bonito. It is a long drive and we will stop for one night en route to break up the journey.

Approximate Driving Time: Full Day Drive

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 79 to 81 - Bonito

Bonito is located in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul and is renowned for the unbelievable blue of its rivers and cave lakes. The waters are filtered through the enormous quantity of limestone in the ground and the impurities are deposited at the bottom of the river bed making the rivers appear some of the clearest in the world.

We have time here to take in some great optional activities which include cave and river snorkelling, rainforest walks and wildlife spotting.

Approximate Driving Time:Four hours

Optional Excursions

Rio da Prata snorkelling (7 hours) – US$75 includes lunch and guide • Mimosa waterfalls tour – US$38 includes buffet lunch • Balneario do Sol, local swimming hole and games – US$15 includes transport and entry

Accommodation

3 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

3 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 82 to 84 - Pantanal

Our next stop is the Pantanal Wildlife Reserve, a massive wetland. One of the unusual things about the Pantanal is that there are also many farms in the area and the animals from these farms live quite comfortably with the other wildlife in the region. Wild animals include birds, capybara, howler monkeys, pumas, jaguars, ocelots, coatis, yellow anacondas, marsh deer, caiman, tapir and many more. The Pantanal is excellent for wildlife watching as the region is more open and flat than a jungle setting.

Each excursion in to the Pantanal will vary slightly but you will have the chance to explore the vast region, searching for the elusive jaguar and anteater, camping on the wetlands. From walking tours to horseback riding, your days will be spent enjoying the scenery while nights are spent around the camp-fire with a beer in hand. Other, shorter excursions into the Pantanal can also be arranged with your tour leader.

Included Excursions

Pantanal Wetlands

Accommodation

3 night(s) in a hammock. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

3 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 85 to 86 - En route

We continue our trip making our way towards the Costa Verde. During the drive you will get some idea of the size of Brazil as it will take two days driving before we hit the coast. We will camp en route to break up the journey with travel times determining the locations.

Approximate Driving Time: Full Day Drive

Accommodation

2 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 87 to 89 - Parati

Getting to the Costa Verde we arrive at Parati which is a preserved Portuguese colonial town (1500-1822). The town is renowned for its historic town centre, the coast and mountains in the region. Parati was also a major port for the exportation of gold and coffee during the 17th and 19th centuries respectively and recommended excursions include a sailing schooner cruise around the bays, rainforest treks and walking the gold trail.

Approximate Driving Time: Four to eight hours depending on the day before

Optional Excursions

Parati boat cruise – US$40 • Visit to Trinidade National Park – free • Visit to Cachoeira do Tobogã, a massive natural waterslide - $10 per taxi

Accommodation

3 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

3 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 90 to 90 - Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, or more commonly known as Rio, is the second largest city in Brazil and arguably one of the most beautiful cities of the world. In the late 17th century the Portuguese found gold and diamonds in the nearby state of Minas Gerais and thus Rio became the main port for exporting the new found wealth. During the colonial Portuguese period of 1763-1815, Rio was the capital of Brazil.

The city has so much to offer from its natural sites to its famous landmarks including Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain) and Corcovado with its famous ‘Cristo Redentor’ (Christ the Redeemer statue) - both of which offer great views over the city. You of course have to visit the famous beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon. And of course, if you are in Rio around February/March time, get ready for the world's biggest party, the Rio Carnival!

Please note that the four nights during Rio Carnival are not included in the tour price and it is essential to pre-book accommodation if you wish to stay on for the Carnival. Please see our brochure or the ‘Useful Information’ section of our website for important booking info and prices.

Approximate Driving Time: Six Hour Drive

Optional Excursions

Full day Rio de Janeiro city tour – US$47 • Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf) cable car – US$12 • Beaches – free • Maracana Stadium tour – US$7-35 • Favela half day tour – US$25 • Hang-gliding – US$145

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast

Day 91 to 91 - Depart Rio de Janeiro

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

Meals

1 Breakfast

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