Quito to Rio via Ushuaia Itinerary

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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    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $7,800
      CAD $8,450
      AUD $8,290
      EUR €5,705
      GBP £4,605
      NZD $9,255
      ZAR R82,935
      CHF FR6,900
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $3,970
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $11,850*
      CAD $12,837*
      AUD $12,767*
      EUR €8,665*
      GBP £7,288*
      NZD $14,046*
      ZAR R126,001*
      CHF FR10,483*
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Iguazu Falls

Colourful buildings in Buenos Aires

El Chalten peaks, Los Glaciares National Park

Perito Moreno Glacier

Salar de Uyuni

Locals playing a game, Argentina

Christ the redemeer, Rio de Janeiro

Tucan, Brazil

Knitting, Ecuador

Lake Titicaca, Peru

Machu Picchu

Day 1 Quito

Travel to Ecuador and wander the cobbled streets and colourful Old Town of Quito. Perhaps stop by one of its many churches such as La Compania de Jesus, whose ornate interior is often said to be the most beautiful in all the Americas.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 2-6 Coca/Amazon Jungle

Enjoy some time exploring the upper Amazon Basin, one of the world's foremost hot spots of biological diversity. Trek deep into the jungle, witness caiman lounging on the shores and fall asleep to the nocturnal stirrings of the forest.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Lodge - 3

Days 7-9 Rio Verde

Camp in the lush Tungurahua Province and explore nearby Banos, famous for its hot springs and mountainous surrounds. In this stunning environment, optional activities abound - from horse riding to mountain biking and even whitewater rafting.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 10-11 Chugchilan/Quilotoa Loop

Witness spectacular views while driving along the winding Quilotoa Loop. Stretch the legs on a guided trek through stunning wilderness, before bunking down at the town of Chugchilan.
ACCOM: Hostel - 2

Days 12-13 Cuenca

Travel to the beautifully preserved colonial city of Cuenca. Perhaps pick up an original version of the Panama hat on a visit to the local factory or just meander about the Old Town, admiring its quaint streets and shady plazas.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1, Hotel - 1

Days 14-16 Punta Sal

Nestled in a long bay on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, Punta Sal is a haven of sun, surf and sand. Why not try your hand at some deep-sea fishing, saddle-up for a horse ride or book in for a salsa lesson.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 17-18 Huanchaco

Visit the Royal Tombs Museum to discover the amazing artefacts from the nearby archaeological site at Sipan. Pitch a tent at Huanchaco, home to the surfing fishermen, and watch these skilfull men bobbing among the waves while balancing on their narrow reed canoes. Spend a full day exploring the ruins of Chan Chan - the largest pre-Colombian city in South America - and stop by the temples of the Sun and the Moon.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 19-20 Lima

Discover the colonial heart of downtown Lima or perhaps head to scenic Miraflores for a walk along the seafront boardwalks.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 21 Paracas/Ballestas Islands

Leave the city behind and travel south along the coast of Peru. Pitch a tent in Paracas, which spans over 335,000 hectares and is one of the world's most important marine reserves. Take a walk along the coastline and spot the vibrant birdlife Paracas is famous for.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 22 Nazca

Spot penguins, sea lions and boobies during a boat tour through the Ballestas Islands. Learn about the mysterious sand images on a Nazca Lines tour and perhaps take an overhead flight to fully appreciate the scale of this puzzling creation.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 23 Puerto Inca

The windswept graves at the Chauchilla Cemetery display the eerie skeletons and mummified bodies of the Nazca people, some of which date from 1,000 AD. Camp overnight near Puerto Inca.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 24-25 Arequipa

Explore the scenic city of Arequipa and perhaps stop by the Museo Santury to view Juanita, the ice princess. The body of this frozen Inca maiden is thought to be more than 500 years old, and was found at a sacrificial site on the summit of Nevado Ampato.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 26-27 Chivay/Colca Canyon

Try to spot the mighty Andean condors as they silently take to the sky thousands of metres above the floor of the breathtaking Colca Canyon.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 28 Raqchi Homestay

Get to know a local family as guests at a homestay in Raqchi. Spend the evening huddled around a crackling fire, sharing a meal, and discovering traditional Peruvian song and dance.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1

Days 29-30 Cuzco

Arrive in the city set high city in the mountains of Peru, Cuzco. Wander through cobblestone streets lined with massive Inca stone walls and Spanish-colonial architecture. Perhaps enjoy a traditional dance performance or sign up for one of the many adventure activities on offer in Cuzco, including quad-biking and whitewater rafting.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 31-34 Classic Inca Trail/Quechua Community Trek/Ollantaytambo

Follow ancient footpaths through the Andes on a four-day alternative Inca trail trek that winds through traditional Quechua communities. Pass soaring mountain peaks, trek amid grazing herds of llamas and camp beside ancient forests. Meet the locals and discover lesser-known Inca pathways before descending into the Sacred Valley to explore the massive Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 4

Days 35-36 Machu Picchu/Cuzco

Rise early to discover the ruins of Machu Picchu bathed in the golden morning light. Spend a memorable day in the 'lost Inca city', perhaps hiking to the Sun Gate for the breathtaking views. For those wishing to unwind post-trek, seek out bustling markets and cosmopolitan Cuzco cafes.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 37 Puno

Spot the ancient funerary towers of Sillustani rising from the windswept antiplano. Spend the night in Puno, located on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 38-39 Lake Titicaca/Copacabana

Sailing across the glassy surface of Lake Titicaca is a memorable experience. Hike around the car-free Island of the Sun and discover its scenic heart. This island is widely believed to be the birthplace of Inca culture - there are plenty of ancient ruins and traditional villages to explore here.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 40-42 La Paz

Arrive in La Paz and set off on foot to explore the myriad of winding streets. La Paz is a colourful, enigmatic city, packed full of markets, restaurants and cultural attractions.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 43-44 Potosi

Soak up the barren but impressive Andean landscapes en route to Bolivia's colonial mining town, Potosi. An optional tour of a working mine provides a fascinating, if somewhat hair-raising, insight into life in the region.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 45-46 Salar de Uyuni

Gaze in awe at the seemingly endless expanse of Bolivia's largest salt flats before admiring the remarkable red waters of Laguna Colorada.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Hotel - 1

Day 47 Bolivian Altiplano

Journey towards the Argentine border, camping among scenery as spectacular as it is sparse.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 48-49 San Pedro de Atacama

Visit the extraordinary Moon Valley, home to stunning sunsets, other-worldly rock formations and awesome stargazing opportunities. Stay in the oasis of San Pedro de Atacama, where low-lying buildings hug narrow streets, surrounded on all sides by the huge dunes and salt-lake lagoons of the world's driest desert.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 50-51 Salta

Settle in to the laidback atmosphere of Salta, Argentina's elegant colonial city. Relax in the main plaza, discover the pumping nightlife, or head out of town to Quebrada de Humahuaca – a narrow valley flanked by spectacularly colourful mountains and giant cacti clusters.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 52 Cafayate

Learn about Argentina's wine production on a guided vineyard tour, perhaps taking the opportunity to sample some renowned regional blends.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 53 Quilmes

Stop by the Quilmes ruins, ancient homes of a tribe that resisted the Incas, and even the Spanish, over the centuries. In its heyday, the city would have housed almost 5,000 people.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 54-56 Estancia stay

Experience Argentine hospitality while staying on a working cattle ranch. Perhaps explore the Pampas on horseback before savouring the mouth-watering aromas and succulent flavours of a traditional barbecue.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 57-59 Mendoza

Traverse the steep peaks and winding passes of the Andes on the road to Mendoza. Visit the city's local art galleries, take to the rapids for some whitewater rafting and – come evening – steam it up in the buzzing local nightlife.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Hostel - 2

Days 60-61 Santiago

Arrive in Chile's cosmopolitan capital, Santiago, and perhaps get a bird's-eye view of the city on a cable car ride up Cerro San Cristobal.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 62 Salto del Laja

Drive through Chile's winelands to Salto de Laja Camp, setting up camp amid spectacular scenery. Perhaps head to the nearby waterfalls.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 63-65 Pucon

Journey to the small town of Pucon and make the most of the beautiful landscapes that this part of the world is famous for. Try hiking, horse riding or rafting during the day, and then relax back at camp by night.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 66-68 Barlioche

Cross the border into Argentina and kick back in the resort town of Bariloche. For a dose of adventure try mountain biking or horse riding. Feeling a little indulgent? Then why not relax in a cafe and sample the decadent chocolate delicacies for which this town is renowned.
ACCOM: Hostel - 3

Day 69 Esquel

Relax in easy-going Esquel, the traditional southern terminal of La Trochita. Admire the epic scenery at the foothills of the surrounding mountains from the chilled out basecamp.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 70-71 Rio Pinturas/Cueva de las Manos

Travel to Rio Pinturas for a night of camping and then explore the vast cave network of Cueva de las Manos. Literally translating to 'Cave of Hands', the rock walls feature hundreds of well-preserved hand-paintings believed to date back 9,000 years.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 72-74 Los Glaciares National Park/El Chalten

Enter the sublime winter landscapes of El Chalten. Hike past vast crystal lakes amid stunning glacial scenery.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 75 Magellan Straits

Sail through the treacherous Magellan Straits and experience the inhospitable winds and currents that the frontier explorers braved to pass between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 76-78 Tierra del Fuego/Ushuaia

Travel to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, then venture into windswept Tierra del Fuego to see a diverse array of wildlife, from colonies of seals to majestic condors taking wing.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 79 Magellan Straits

Traverse the Magellan Straits and head back to Chile to arrive in the remote Punta Delgada. Spend the night in a bush camp, stargazing under clear South American skies.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 80-84 Torres del Paine National Park

Trek through pristine wilderness and marvel at the park's granite cliffs, barren plains, clear lakes and dramatic waterfalls.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 5

Days 85-86 Perito Moreno Glacier/El Calafate

Be amazed by the blue beauty of the breathtaking Perito Moreno Glacier. Watch as chunks of ice break off and fall into the lake below.
ACCOM: Hostel - 2

Days 87-88 Bush Camp/Camarones

Head out on a guided tour of the Magellan penguin colony, before setting up camp in the quaint coastal town of Camarones.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 89-90 Puerto Madryn/Valdez Peninsula

Keep watch for a wide range of aquatic creatures while exploring the Valdes Peninsula with a local guide. Whales, penguins and sea lions all call this area home as do a host of land animals and birds.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 91 Bush Camp

Enjoy vistas of desolate coastal plains en route to Monte Hermoso.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 92-95 Buenos Aires

Delight in the rich culture of Buenos Aires. Wander grand boulevards, admire the city's splendid buildings or enjoy its heaving night-life.
ACCOM: Hotel - 4

Day 96 Concordia

Drive towards the western shore of the Uruguayan River and settle in for a night under the stars at a bush camp on the border town of Concordia.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 97 San Ignacio Mini

Journey on for another night's camping at the Jesuit mission town of San Ignacio Mini. There'll be time to explore the town's ruins and cemetery to learn something of its history.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 98-100 Iguazu Falls

The series of cataracts comprising the mighty Iguazu Falls, are a breathtaking spectacle to behold. To gain a full appreciation of their size and power, take in the cascades from both the Argentine and Brazilian banks. Or, for the ultimate vantage point, splash out on a helicopter ride over the top.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 101-103 Bonito

The ecotourism capital of Brazil awaits at Bonito, where the list of optional activities include hiking scenic forest trails and snorkelling among colourful river fish. For even more exhilarating adventures, why not try caving, horse riding, abseiling or white-water rafting.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 104-106 Pantanal

The Panatanal wetlands are the largest in the world – and one of the most incredible places to spot some truly exotic wildlife. Keep on the lookout for macaws, giant otters, anteaters and caiman.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Hacienda - 2

Day 107 Brotas

The tiny town of Brotas serves as Brazil's very own adventure sports hub. Why not explore the region's staggering natural wonders, canyoning, white-water rafting, or on a horseback ride.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 108-110 Paraty

Sitting between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Paraty is one of the world's best preserved Portuguese colonial towns. While away the hours here on a walk along its beautiful secluded beaches, island hopping by boat or scuba diving the depths of its crystal clear waters.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 111-112 Rio de Janeiro

Be prepared for the frivolities of a city that needs very little of an introduction – rollicking Rio. Brazil's former capital is a staggering city that thumps, grooves and grinds around the clock. Get your booty shaking to samba, your body baking on its famous sands, or head up to Christ the Redeemer for a lordly view of earthy splendour.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1