Quito to Rio via Ushuaia Overview

Visit South America and travel through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile and Brazil. Follow the Inca trail, visit Machu Picchu and explore the Amazon Jungle.

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      USD $6,588
      CAD $6,727
      AUD $6,867
      EUR €5,017
      GBP £4,108
      NZD $8,140
      ZAR R62,496
      CHF FR5,886
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      USD $4,000
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      USD $10,588*
      CAD $11,060*
      AUD $11,289*
      EUR €7,941*
      GBP £6,758*
      NZD $12,873*
      ZAR R105,031*
      CHF FR9,425*
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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Quito to Rio via Ushuaia.

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Trip Validity

  • 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31

Travel South America on an adventure from Quito to Rio de Janeiro

Get set for the ultimate South American odyssey. Covering six countries over 112 amazing days, travel through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile and Brazil on an epic adventure. Experience spectacular scenery, magnificent ruins, fascinating culture and some of the friendliest people on the planet. Start among Ecuador's glorious colonial buildings in Quito, then penetrate deep into the Amazon Jungle before heading south to Peru to follow the footsteps of the Incas. Marvel at the majestic citadel of Machu Picchu, visit the fascinating floating islands on Lake Titicaca, gaze in awe at the cascading waters of Iguazu Falls and survey vast Bolivian salt flats. If it's unspoilt nature you're after then this trip has it covered: majestic glaciers, verdant forests, crystal lakes, soaring mountains and more. This unforgettable trip will leave you enchanted by the breathtaking scenery and friendly people of this remarkable continent.

  • Cruise around Peru's Ballestas Islands
  • Explore South America's lush Amazon jungle
  • Go trekking in the Torres del Paine National Park
  • Reach dizzying heights on the Inca Trail
  • Soak up the energy of magnificent Rio de Janeiro
  • Travel to Bolivia and marvel at Uyuni's vast salt flats
  • Venture through the world's largest wetlands in Brazil
  • Visit Ecuador and admire the ornate buildings of Quito's Old Town

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Quito, Ecuador
  • Finish:

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 22
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    All meals when camping
  • Accommodation:

    Bush camp (no facilities) (9 nts), Camping (with facilities) (51 nts), Guesthouse (1 nt), Hacienda (2 nts), Homestay (1 nt), Hostel (9 nts), Hotel (35 nts), Lodge (3 nts)
  • Transport:

    Boat, Ferry, Overland vehicle, Train
  • Included activities:

    3 night/3 day Amazon Adventure, Alternative Inca Trail and Quechua Community trek, Ballestas Island tour, Boat trip, Chan Chan Archaeological Site, Chauchilla cemetery, Colca Canyon entrance + IGV, Cueva de las Manos, Isla del Sol boat trip, Jeep tour of Uyuni Salt Flats, Jesuit Mission ruins and museum, San Ignacio de Mini, Lord of Sipan Museum, Los Glaciares National Park, Paracas National Park, Penguin Colony, Pyramids of Sun and Moon, Quilmes Ruins, Raqchi Artisan Centre and ruins, Sillustani Ruins and Museum w/Guide, Tierra del Fuego National Park, Torres del Paine National Park, Tour of the Sacred Valley, Sacsayhuaman and Ollantaytambo, Trek from Quilotoa to Chugchilan, Uros Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca, Valdez Peninsula, Vineyard Tour, Visit Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls (entrance fee included), Visit Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls (entrance fee included), Visit to Banos

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    3232kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.

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    USD $6,588
    CAD $6,727
    AUD $6,867
    EUR €5,017
    GBP £4,108
    NZD $8,140
    ZAR R62,496
    CHF FR5,886
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    USD $10,588*
    CAD $11,060*
    AUD $11,289*
    EUR €7,941*
    GBP £6,758*
    NZD $12,873*
    ZAR R105,031*
    CHF FR9,425*
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    USD $94
    CAD $98
    AUD $100
    EUR €70
    GBP £60
    NZD $114
    ZAR R937
    CHF FR84
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Quito to Rio via Ushuaia Summary

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Day 60 Santiago

Set within a circle of snow-capped mountains, Santiago is vibrant, artistic and gourmet - and the gateway to adventures in the snow, sea or desert.

Day 61 Santiago

Set within a circle of snow-capped mountains, Santiago is vibrant, artistic and gourmet - and the gateway to adventures in the snow, sea or desert.

Day 62 Salto del Laja

With four beautiful waterfalls cascading from the river Laja, Salto del Laja is a celebrated summer holiday destination surrounded by forests and greenery.

Days 63-65 Pucon

With the spectacular Villarrica volcano bubbling away in the background, captivating Pucon is an adventure lover's paradise with outdoor activities galore in a gorgeous natural setting.

Days 66-68 Barlioche

A city of immense natural beauty known for its great chocolate, Bariloche is fabulous for sports lovers and food connoisseurs in all its picturesque seasons.

Day 69 Esquel

The Old Patagonia Express and the Esquel meteorite are the claims to fame for Esquel, a small town surrounded by gorgeous mountain scenery.

Days 70-71 Rio Pinturas/Cueva de las Manos

Running through the sunburnt Pinturas River Canyon, Rio Pinturas runs through Patagonia and is home to the Cueva de las Manos, a cave filled with pictures of prehistoric hands and animals.

Days 72-74 Los Glaciares National Park/El Chalten

The small village of El Chalten, nestled between picturesque mountains within Glacier National Park, is mainly a campsite for visitors, albeit a spectacular one. Los Glaciares National Park is resplendent with its 47 glaciers, soaring mountains perfect for climbing, inviting grassy plains and lakes of the deepest blue.

Day 75 Magellan Straits

Unpredictable currents and winds, combined with the narrowness of the passage, has made the Straits of Magellan a beautiful yet precarious route for many ships over the centuries.

Days 76-78 Tierra del Fuego/Ushuaia

A picturesque town at the end of the world, Ushuaia is the launching pad for many Antarctica trips and is also excellent for hiking and mountain-based activities.

Day 79 Magellan Straits

Around 570 km long, the Straits of Magellan became part of Chile in 1843 and was once the main ship route from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.

Days 80-84 Torres del Paine National Park

Located in the wilds of Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park is one of the world's most beautiful landscapes with glaciers, lakes and dramatic mountain peaks.

Days 85-86 Perito Moreno Glacier/El Calafate

Surrounded by snowy-mountain peaks and endless grass plains, El Calafate is famed for its proximity to the Perito Moreno Glacier. One of the few advancing glaciers in the world, Perito Moreno Glacier is a glorious, electric-blue mass of ice that occasionally breaks dramatically into Lago Argentino. Originally a place for wool traders to gather, El Calafate has grown into a charming town with lots of restaurants and outdoor activities on offer.

Days 87-88 Bush Camp/Camarones

A nature lover's paradise with amazing penguin colonies and an abundance of animal species and marine life, sleepy Camarones is a lovely place to relax oceanside .

Days 89-90 Puerto Madryn/Valdez Peninsula

Puerto Madryn is a popular beachfront city with Welsh roots and is close to the Valdez Peninsula, a protected wildlife sanctuary.

Day 91 Bush Camp

Travel up the coast of Argentina, enjoying sea views and the small towns that are dotted along the way. Camp overnight.

Days 92-95 Buenos Aires

Cosmopolitan, cultured and chic, Buenos Aires has European sensibilities with a fiery Latin heart. Discover colonial architecture, funky neighbourhoods, exceptional cuisine and a thriving nightlife.

Day 96 Concordia

Sitting on the Uruguay River opposite the Uruguayan city of Salto, Concordia is Argentina's centre of citrus growing and a peaceful place to relax waterside.

Day 97 San Ignacio Mini

Founded in 1632 and now well-preserved ruins, San Ignacio Mini is an old Jesuit mission that was destroyed in 1817 and rediscovered amongst the jungle the late 1800s.

Days 98-100 Iguazu Falls

An Argentinian town close to the breathtaking Iguazu Falls, Puerto Iguazu is a relaxed, friendly place to rest after a day enjoying the splendour of the falls.

Days 101-103 Bonito

Beautiful by name, beautiful by nature, Bonito is a small town set amongst a gorgeous landscape of emerald jungle and glassy, blue rivers simply teeming with life.

Days 104-106 Pantanal

The Pantanal is the largest wetlands in the world and is home to thousands of species of animals and plants, and its 210,00 sq km spreads through Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia.

Day 107 Brotas

A tiny place that has a big name for eco-tourism, Brotas offers hiking, kayaking, rafting and other sports in a pristine jungle environment.

Days 108-110 Paraty

Step back in time in gorgeous Paraty, where Portuguese colonial buildings, cobblestone streets and horse and cart are set against a verdant backdrop of misty hills.

Days 111-112 Rio de Janeiro

Bigger than life and beautiful to boot, Rio de Janeiro sits resplendent among mountains, rainforest and sea, and emits an energy that is irresistible to everyone who visits.
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    • GDODC
    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $6,588
      CAD $6,727
      AUD $6,867
      EUR €5,017
      GBP £4,108
      NZD $8,140
      ZAR R62,496
      CHF FR5,886
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $4,000
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $10,588*
      CAD $11,060*
      AUD $11,289*
      EUR €7,941*
      GBP £6,758*
      NZD $12,873*
      ZAR R105,031*
      CHF FR9,425*
      *
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‡ As our kitty is flexible the indicated amount is indicative only - please click here to view the kitty amount for your departure date.