South America Traverse Overview
See the best of South America on this comfort trip from Lima to Rio. From the allure of the Amazon and the wonders of Machu Picchu to the delights of Mendoza and the might of Iguazu, this journey will no doubt be a trip of a lifetime.
- 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
From Lima to Rio, traverse the beauty, charm and fun of South America
If you have a little more time up your sleeve and are looking for an in-depth journey through South America that doesn't skimp on any creature comforts, then this may well be the trip for you. Travelling from Lima to Rio through the sights and delights of Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil, see jungle depths, ancient ruins, mountain ranges, high-altitude wineries, sprawling plains, towering waterfalls and electric cities all wrapped up in a cultural experience like no other.
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Lima is a large, fascinating hotchpotch of architectural styles, coastal scenes, world cuisines, impressive museums, traditional culture and modern arts and nightlife.
Located on the Tambopata River near Puerto Maldonado, our eco-friendly lodge is the perfect base for expeditions into the jungle and encounters with the magnificent fauna and flora.
Cuzco is the gateway to Machu Picchu and a city with majestic architecture, impressive ruins, a lively town centre and cultural significance around every cobblestone corner.
The Sacred Valley was once the heartland of the Inca Empire and now contains picturesque villages and impressive archeological sites. Located in the Urubamba Valley, the city of Ollantaytambo is an incredible archeological site and the starting point of the classic Inca Trail trek.
Today we travel by train along the Urubamba river to Aguas Calientes. Sitting at the base of Machu Picchu in a picturesque valley, Aguas Calientes takes its name from the numerous hot springs that are dotted throughout the area.
Wake early to see the sun rise over Machu Picchu - a sight that will stay in the memory for a very long time. Be guided through these well-preserved ruins, marvelling at the ingenuity of the builders and the beauty of the spot they chose. After a fascinating morning, return to Cuzco and spend the next day exploring the city further and enjoying its great cafes and night-life.
Puno is a colourful town on the Peruvian shores of Lake Titicaca, expect to see traditionally dressed locals, chaotic markets and, if lucky enough, even dancing in the streets. Crossing the border of Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and has some fascinating islands and hefty-sized frogs living within its waters.
Built in a canyon, the unique and bewtiching city of La Paz is filled with steep, cobbled streets, fascinating markets, evident tradition and captivating sights.
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.
Famed for its wine and raft of adventure activities, Mendoza is a lovely city to get lost in with its wide streets, excellent eateries and gorgeous plazas.
Fly from Mendoza to Buenos Aires then take a drive to an estancia on the outskirts of the city. Contribute to the daily chores to learn about life on an estancia or simply relax and breathe in the fresh country air.
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.
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.
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.
South America Traverse Reviews
Our South America Traverse trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 1 reviews in the last year.
South America Traverse, April 2014
Jan Harry Roelfsema
Overall we had a great trip and enjoyed every minute of it. Especially the variety of the trip elements appealed to us (jungle, Inca culture and architecture, meet local people, bus and boat tours, big cities and nature, etc). Another contributing success factor was the competence of our tour leader. Especially Diana is the best tour leader we ever had. She is very passionate and professional, both in content and leadership. She organised everything very well, resulting in a smoothly running trip. Above all she took care of the well-being of each individual of the group (e.g. when some people showed some issues with the altitude). A job well done!
Review submitted 05 Jun 2014
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