Cross the Americas on an overland adventure from Anchorage, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina

As far as ultimate American adventures go, this trip from Anchorage to Ushuaia ticks all the boxes. Spanning the length of the entire spine of the Americas, all the way from Alaska down to the tip of Argentina, this 207-day adventure is nothing short of epic. Starting in Anchorage, Alaska, the tour ventures down through Canada, then the USA, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and finally ends in Ushuaia, Argentina - the world’s southernmost city. Loaded with culture, history, architecture and bountiful nature, this incredible American adventure will leave you breathless. This exciting itinerary may be full of trekking up volcanoes, exploring vibrant cities, kayaking down emerald rivers, snorkelling over reefs and taking part in all manor of outdoor and cultural activities, but there is also a great balance of down time too, with beaches, forests and unspoilt nature to be enjoyed and relaxed in. So if you’re after a life-affirming, awe-inspiring and never-to-be-forgotten adventure, then this epic trip is it.

This trip requires Inca Trail Permits. View permit availability here.


Start
Anchorage, United States
Finish
Ushuaia, Argentina
Countries
Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, United States
Style
Basix
Code
SDOBC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22

Why we love this trip

  • Visit the Athabasca Falls, the most magnificent in the Canadian Rockies

  • Uncover geysers in the USA’s Yellowstone National Park

  • Tour of a tequila distillery in Mexico - ole!

  • Be taken on a guided tour of Guatemalan ancient ruins

  • Bask on Belize’s tropical island of Caye Caulker

  • Venture deep into El Salvador’s El Imposible National Park

  • Bathe in the Caribbean waters of Honduras’s Roatan Island

  • Encounter the volcano at Masaya, Nicaragua

  • Discover the Cloud Forest Reserve of Monteverde in Costa Rica

  • Get acquainted with Panama City

  • Feel the rhythm during a night of live Colombian music

  • Experience the beauty of the Ecuadorian rainforest

  • Spot condors at Peru’s Colca Canyon

  • Call shotgun in a jeep and set off across the salt flats of Bolivia

  • Explore and trek Chile’s rugged Torres del Paine National Park

  • Sip local wine and go whitewater rafting in Argentina

Itinerary

Border information: If you are joining in Anchorage, you will most likely enter the USA at Anchorage Ted Stevens International Airport (IATA code: ANC).

There will be an important group meeting at 10:00am at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

The rest of the day is free to explore Anchorage and its stunning surroundings. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Anchorage before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Anchorage.

In Anchorage we will stay in private rooms in a centrally-located hostel.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Visit some of Anchorage's fantastic museums, such as the Alaskan Native Heritage Centre which showcases the area's indigenous cultures, the world-class Anchorage Museum, and the fascinating Aviation Heritage Museum : USD 15

Explore some of Anchorage's famous parks, which are full of scenery and walking opportunities : Free
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today our journey begins with a short drive to the town of Seward, possibly via a short detour to the Portage Glacier.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

On the following day you will have free time to explore Seward and take part in optional activities such as a boat trip to the nearby Kenai Fjords National Park.

In Seward we will camp at a woodland campsite near the shore.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Head on a 6-hour boat trip in the Kenai Fjords National Park, viewing the abundant wildlife, alpine and tidewater glaciers, rugged fjords and breathtaking scenery : USD 154

Trek along one of the challenging alpine trails in the mountains surrounding Seward : Free

Walk out to the massive Exit Glacier in the Kenai Fjords National Park, one of the largest and most accessible glaciers in Alaska : Free

Kayak out along the rugged Alaskan coastline near Seward : USD 68
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive to Denali National Park, the home of Denali, the highest mountain in North America.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day we will have an included trip into Denali National Park. We will take a shuttle bus through the park to the area of Toklat River, where we will be able to freely explore and enjoy some excellent hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities.

On the following day we will have a free day to further explore the National Park or take part in some of the many optional activities available here.

In Denali National Park we will camp in a well-equipped campsite.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Explore Denali National Park by taking a shuttle bus to the Toklat River, an area with excellent hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Head on an excellent white-water rafting trip on the Nenana River in Denali National Park : USD 100

Head on a 2-hour scenic flight around the glaciers and mountains of Denali National Park, including unparalleled views of Denali, North America's highest mountain : USD 500

Head out for a fun quad-biking trip through Denali National Park : USD 115

Take a mountain biking tour around the trails and old mining roads of Denali National Park, getting wonderful views of the Alaskan wilderness : USD 57
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (3 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we have a short and scenic drive to our lodge along the Denali Highway, located in an area popular with wildlife spotters and fishermen.

Tonight we will stay in rooms at a basic Alaskan lodge - these could be dormitory or private rooms, depending on their availability and our group size.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

On the following day we will head out along the river on motorised canoes to an area deep in the Alaskan wilderness, where we will be able to head out on a trek to a nearby glaicer, explore the surrounding wilderness, and then wild camp for the night.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Head deep into the Alaskan wilderness by motorised canoe for an incredible remote overnight bushcamp
Accommodation
  • Lodge (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will canoe back downstream from our wilderness camp to our lodge to rejoin our overland bus. We will then drive to the historic remote outpost of McCarthy, once a thriving copper mining town and the gateway town to the stunning Wrangell-St Elias National Park.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to explore Wrangell-St Elias National Park and the historic towns of McCarthy and Kennicott. We will have the chance to take part in an abundance of optional activities such as hiking, historic mine tours, scenic flights, glacier walks and ice climbing.

In McCarthy we will camp in a very basic campsite.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Explore the stunning mountains of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park on various trekking routes : USD 80

Take a breathtaking scenic flight around Wrangell-St Elias National Park, its mountains, glaciers and icefalls : USD 120

Head out onto the Root Glacier for a day of ice-trekking and ice-climbing : USD 125

Take a guided tour of the historic mill town of Kennicott, frozen in time from when it was abandoned in 1938 : USD 30

Take a kayaking trip to the base of Kennicott Glacier, taking in the spectacular views of Mt. Blackburn and the Stairway Icefall : USD 95
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have a scenic drive day towards the Canadian border, arriving at the small town of Tok.

In Tok we will stay in a well-equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: Exit the USA at Polar Creek, enter Canada at Little Gold Creek.

Today we will travel along the spectacular 'Top of the World Highway' to cross into Canada at North America's northernmost border. We will drive into the famous Klondike area of Canada's Yukon province and the city of Dawson, once a hive of activity for gold prospectors.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to explore the area and take part in optional activities such as taking a tour of the old gold mines, trekking up the nearby Midnight Dome, or taking in a can-can show at the Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Hall!

In Dawson we will camp in a well-equipped campsite just across the Yukon River from the town.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Enjoy a Klondike-themed cabaret show at Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Hall in Dawson City : CAD 12

Trek up the Midnight Dome near Dawson for fantastic views of the Yukon River and Klondike Valley : Free

Learn all about the fascinating history of the Klondike Gold Rush on a guided tour of some the area's old gold fields : CAD 55
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive to Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon territory. En route we will stop for a tour of one of the incredible original mobile mining rigs near Dawson, Dredge No. 4.

In Whitehorse we will camp at a well-equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

INCLUDED ACTIVTIES
Visit the famous Dredge No. 4, a massive mobile gold-mining rig built in 1912
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive into the province of British Columbia and the small town of Watson Lake. On arrival we will have an included visit to the fascinating Sign Post Forest, and in the evening we have the chance to go on an optional visit to see the show at the fantastic Northern Lights Centre.

In Watson Lake we will camp at a well-equipped campsite.

Estimate Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Visit the famous Signpost Forest near Watson Lake, and perhaps make your own sign to add to the collection!

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Learn all about the incredible Aurora Borealis at one of the spectacular shows at the Northern Lights Centre in Watson Lake : CAD 10
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive south through the beautiful countryside of British Columbia to the town of Stewart.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

On the following day we will have an included day trip over the border to Alaska and the 'ghost town' of Hyder. Here we will visit the Fish Creek Observation Site where we will hopefully spot Alaskan brown grizzlies or black bears fishing for salmon. We will also visit the huge Salmon Glacier before returning to Stewart for the night.

In Stewart we will camp at a well-equipped campsite.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Visit Fish Creek for a chance to see Alaskan Grizzly Bears fishing for salmon (the season is usually from mid-July to early September, but please note that the dates vary every year and sightings can never be guaranteed)

View the colossal Salmon Glacier from Hyder, at the southern tip of Alaska
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive to the town of Hazelton and have an included tour of the historical Ksan Indian Village to learn all about the life and history of the Gitxsan people. After our visit we will continue our drive towards the Rocky Mountains and stay at the area of François Lake.

In François Lake we will camp at a well-equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Visit the Ksan Indian Historical Village in British Columbia to learn all about the history and culture of the Gitxsan people
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will continue our drive into the Canadian Rockies and to the town of Jasper.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day to explore the stunning Jasper National Park or take part in optional activities such as hiking, rafting, biking, or taking the Skytram up the near Whistlers' Mountain.

In Jasper we will camp at a well-equipped campsite.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Take the fantastic Skytram up Whistler's Mountain to take in the spectacular views over Jasper : CAD 40

Hire mountain bikes to explore some of the awesome biking trails around Jasper : CAD 32

Visit Maligne Canyon, one of the most spectacular gorges in the Canadian Rockies : USD 5

Head out hiking in the forests and hills of the Canadian Rockies in Jasper National Park : Free

Explore the wonderful scenery of Jasper on horseback : CAD 80
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we have a scenic drive along the Icefields Parkway to the town of Banff, travelling through both Jasper and Banff National Parks. En route we will have an included visit to the Athabasca Falls and Lake Louise.

In Banff we will stay in dormitory rooms in a centrally-located hostel.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

Please note that depending on the general preference of the group, this day could also be used to have more time in Jasper or anywhere else on this trip - it is essentially a spare day to be used flexibly.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Visit the scenic and colourful Lake Louise near Banff

Visit the Athabasca Falls near Jasper, among the most powerful and breathtaking falls in the Rocky Mountains

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Drive past the mighty Athabasca Glacier, part of the vast Columbia Ice Field between Jasper and Banff : Free
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
If we have not our spare day anywhere else on the trip, then we will have two full days to freely explore the town of Banff, the spectacular National Park, and take part in the myriad of optional activities available here.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Explore the wonderfully-scenic Banff National Park and see its famous lakes and walking trails

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Take the gondola up to the fantastic viewpoint on Sulphur Mountain that looks out over Banff : CAD 40

Relax in the sulphuric hot springs near Banff : CAD 8

Head out on a horse riding trip through the mountains and forests near Banff : CAD 100

Hire mountain bikes in Banff to explore some of the area's numerous biking trails : CAD 20

Head out on an incredible white water rafting experience on the Kananashin or Kicking Horse River near Banff : CAD 100
Accommodation
  • Hostel (3 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: Exit Canada at Chief Mountain, enter USA at Chief Mountain.

Today we will have a full day drive over the US border into the state of Montana and arrive at the eastern side of Glacier National Park, stopping en route at the fascinating Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a cliff that aboriginal people used for hunting for almost 6000 years.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

On the following day we will free time to fully explore the pristine ecosystem of Glacier National Park and take some optional treks or scenic drives up the Going-to-the-Sun Road to Logan Pass and other scenic points.

In Glacier National Park we will camp in a campsite near the spectacular St. Mary's Lake.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Visit the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, used for around 5,500 years by the indigenous peoples of the plains to kill buffalo by driving them off the 11m-high cliff

Explore the spectacular lakes and mountains of Glacier National Park in the state of Montana

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Trek along some of Glacier National Parks magnificent walking trails : Free
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we have a full day drive south into the state of Wyoming and to the famous Yellowstone National Park, home to magnificent landscapes, fantastic treks, and the incredible Old Faithful geyser.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-11 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day to fully explore Yellowstone National Park and take part in optional treks and other activities.

In Yellowstone National Park we will camp at a campsite in the Madison area of the park.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Explore the highlights of the famous Yellowstone National Park, including its hiking trails and the iconic geyser of Old Faithful
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive south through the stunning Grand Teton National Park and take a stop at the spectacular Jenny Lake, where we'll have some free time to explore the lake and possibly take a short boat trip. We will then continue to the beautiful town of Jackson Hole.

In Jackson Hole we will camp at a campsite surrounded by mountains and on the banks of a small river.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Drive through the stunning Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, stopping at the picturesque Jenny Lake

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Take a short trek or boat ride at Jenny Lake in the heart of Grand Teton National Park : USD 15
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive to Utah's state capital of Salt Lake City, where we will have time for quick free exploration of the city centre and its famous Temple Square. We will then head to the nearby Antelope Island State Park, known for its abundant population of American bison and pronghorns.

In Antelope Island we will camp at a basic campsite with few facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Explore the rugged Antelope Island State Park and go in search of American Bison and Longhorns
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have a full day drive to the town of Moab, perfectly located next to the rugged wildernesses of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

We will spend the next two days exploring and trekking in Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, and taking part in some optional activities in and around Moab.

In Moab we will camp in a well equipped campsite.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Explore the phenomenal 'Islands in the Sky' region of Canyonlands National Park and walk on some of it's stunning trails

Explore the other-worldly landscapes of Arches National Park and see the iconic Delicate Arch at sunset

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Hire mountain bikes to explore the canyons around Moab : USD 40

Head on an amazing rafting trip to Fisher's Tower near Moab : USD 65

Visit the Moab Museum and the Museum of Western Film and Heritage : USD 5
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (3 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive to the incredible Monument Valley, the iconic landscape symbolic of the American West. On arrival we will head out on an included jeep tour of the Monument Valley Tribal Park, seeing the stunning rock formations up close and learning about the local Navajo culture.

In Monument Valley we will spend the night in a traditional Navajo ‘Hogan’ (an igloo-shaped dwelling of wood and earth where 6-8 people sleep together on the ground in a circle.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Spend a night sleeping in a traditional Navajo hogan and take a jeep tour of the spectacular Monument Valley

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Visit the ancient Navajo National Monument in Arizona : Free
Accommodation
  • Hogan (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will continue our drive to the beautiful town of Page near the stunning Lake Powell.

In Page we will camp in a well-equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Visit the ancient Navajo National Monument in Arizona

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Visit the iconic Antelope Canyon on a trip from the town of Page : USD 32
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive to the wonderful Kodachrome Basin State Park, where we will have free time on arrival to explore the beautiful landscape.

In Kodachrome Basin State Park we will camp in a scenic campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive to the incredible Bryce Canyon National Park, where we will have a few hours here to take some optional treks to its hoodoos (odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion). Following this, we will take a very scenic drive to the stunning Zion National Park.

In Zion National Park we will camp at a well-equipped campsite just outside the park.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Visit the spectacular canyons and rock formations of Zion National Park
Included in Kitty

Visit the beautiful and scenic Bryce Canyon National Park and the nearby Kodachrome Basin State Park

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Go on a horse riding trip through the magnificent Zion National Park : USD 90

Head out on some scenic trekking routes in Zion National Park : Free
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning we will have free time to explore, trek or take scenic drives through the spectacular deserts and rock formations on Zion National Park. In the afternoon we will drive to the bustling and energetic city of Las Vegas.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to fully explore the fascinating city of Las Vegas and enjoy its world-famous all-night entertainment options, including its casinos and shows!

In Las Vegas we will stay in a local hotel.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Explore the incredible casinos and resorts of Las Vegas : Free

Take a dazzling helicopter flight over Las Vegas at night : USD 124

Visit the collosal Hoover Dam near Las Vegas, one of the most important architectural projects of the 1930s : USD 30

Visit some of the fascinating museums and exhibitions in Las Vegas, such as the Titanic Exhibit, Madame Tussauds, and the Mob Museum : USD 30

Head out on an exhilarating ATV quad biking tour of the deserts surrounding Las Vegas : USD 150

Kayak down the Colorado River to the scenic Black Canyon : USD 160

Go on a fantastic horse riding trip through the rock formations and deserts around Las Vegas : USD 130
Accommodation
  • Hotel (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will continue south into the state of Arizona and to one of the most spectacular highlights of the USA - the world-famous Grand Canyon. On arrival we will head up to one of the stunning viewpoints over the Grand Canyon for sunset.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to explore the Grand Canyon area and take optional treks and scenic helicopter flights over the canyon. The entrance to the Grand Canyon is included on the trip, but as there are many options once inside the National Park the day will be free to explore in your own way.

At the Grand Canyon we will camp at a well-equipped campsite in the Grand Canyon Village.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Visit some of the spectacular viewpoints over the world-famous Grand Canyon and the Colorado river

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Take an unforgettable scenic helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon : USD 300

Head out on one of the incredible trekking trails around the Grand Canyon : Free
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we start to drive south through Arizona to the area near Phoenix.

In the Phoenix area we will most likely stay in a rustic campsite to the north of the city, where we may have the opportunity to take some short horse rides.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive south to the border town of Nogales.

In Nogales we will camp in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: Exit USA at Nogales, enter Mexico at Nogales.

Today we will cross the border into Mexico, and over the next two days we will drive south along the Pacific coast, staying close to the towns of Guaymas and Mazatlan en route.

In Guaymas and Mazatlan we will camp in well-equipped campsites.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-11 hours each day.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive to the surfing town of Sayulita on Pacific coast and enjoy some free time on arrival.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to explore the Playa Los Muertos beach and possibly try your hand at surfing!

In Sayulita we will camp in the grounds of a beach guesthouse.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Try your hand at surfing at the relaxed coastal town of Sayulita : USD 20
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive to the town of Tequila, where we will have time for an optional visit to the town's famous distilleries (either today or on the following morning).

In Tequila we will stay in a basic hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Take a guided tour of the famous Jose Cuervo tequila distillery : MXN 180
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we drive to the town of Angahuan. This village is inhabited by the Purepecha people, who have been indigenous to the area since one thousand years before the Spanish invasion. Angahuan is the gateway to the Paricutín volcano, the only volcano in the world to have been born in modern times.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to explore the village of Angahuan or to go for optional walks around the area of the Paricutín volcano. The creation of the volcano in 1943 buried two nearby villages, and it's still possible to see the spire of the cathedral of San Juan Parangaricutiro sticking up from the lava field.

In Angahuan we will camp at a campsite near to the volcano.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Trek up the Paricutín volcano in Angahuan, the only volcano in the world to be spawned during modern times : USD 35

Explore the area of the Paricutín volcano on horseback : MXN 700
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have a full day drive to the massive and chaotic Mexican capital of Mexico City.

In Mexico City we will stay in a good hotel in the central district of Bellas Artes.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: if joining in Mexico City, you will most likely enter Mexico at Mexico City Benito Juárez International Airport (IATA code MEX).

There will be an important group meeting at 10:00am at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

The rest of the day is free to explore Mexico's incredible capital and to take part in some optional activities. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Mexico City before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Mexico City.

In Mexico City we will stay in a good hotel in the central district of Bellas Artes.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
See Mexico City's famous traditional mariachi bands in the evening around Garibaldi Square : MXN 30

Freely explore the colossal Chapultepec Park, one of the world's largest urban green spaces and a cultural hotspot where you can often see the pole-swinging 'Volador' dancers : Free

Visit some of Mexico City's most important museums and galleries, such as the old house of the iconic artist Frida Kahlo, the former home of revolutionary Leon Trotsky, and the Museo Dolores Olmedo art gallery : MXN 75

Explore the vast system of waterways and flower gardens at Xochimilco, possibly including a visit to the creepy Isla de las Muñecas (Island of the Dolls) : Free

Freely explore the huge area of the Zocalo in Mexico City's centre, along with its famous Metropolitan Cathedral and the Temple Mayor (the last remains of the old Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan) : MXN 59

Explore the magnificent ancient Mesoamerican ruins of Teotihuacan near Mexico City : MXN 59

Visit the beautiful Palacio de Bellas Artes and see it's immense murals by world-famous Mexican artists such as Diego Riviera : MXN 50
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we head to the wonderful laid-back colonial town of Oaxaca, famous for its cuisine and indigenous cultures.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

On the following day we will have an included guided visit of the ruined Zapotec city of Monte Alban, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon we will have free time to further explore the area's highlights.

In Oaxaca we will stay in a good hotel.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Take a guided tour around the ruined Zapotec capital of Monte Alban near Oaxaca

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Visit the splendid Baroque Dominican church of Santo Domingo in Oaxaca's colonial centre : MXN 50

See the incredible Tree of Tule, which with a circumference of 42 metres hs the widest trunk in the world : Free

Visit the remarkably well-preserved Zapotec ruins of Mitla near to Oaxaca : MXN 64

Learn all about the history and cultures of Oaxaca at the incredible Museum of Cultures, one of the best regional museums in Mexico : MXN 64
Accommodation
  • Hotel (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we have a full day drive to the stunning old colonial town of San Cristóbal de las Casas, one of Mexico's most beautiful towns. and well known as the heart of the indigenous Tzotzil Maya culture.

Estimated Drive Time - 12-14 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day for exploration and to take part in some optional activities such as taking a tour to the fascinating Maya village of San Juan Chamula, or exploring the nearby Lagunas de Montebello National Park.

On the next day we will have an included boat trip down the phenomenal Sumidero Canyon, viewing its colossal cliffs from the base and searching for the resident wildlife.

In San Cristóbal de las Casas we will stay in a good hotel in the centre.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Head on a boat trip along the breathtaking Sumidero Canyon

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Visit the atmospheric Tzotzil Mayan villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan : MXN 200

Head out on a mountain biking tour through the cloud forests and highlands surrounding San Cristóbal de las Casas : MXN 380

Learn all about the traditional medicines of the Mayan people at the award-winning Mayan Medicine Museum : MXN 20

Take a day trip to explore the idyllic national park of Lagunas de Montebello, home to pine forests, Mayan ruins, and many beautiful lakes : MXN 250

See the incredbile showcase of handwoven fabrics from throughout Central America at the Mayan World Textiles Centre : MXN 52

Explore the wonderful botanical gardens of Orchideas Moxviquil, and discover its collection of over 400 species of native plants and orchids : MXN 30
Accommodation
  • Hotel (3 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have a full day drive to the remote town of Frontera Corozal, on the Guatemalan border. En route, we may have time for an optional stop at the stunning waterfalls of Agua Azul.

In Frontera Corozal we will camp in the grounds of a hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have an included guided visit to the remote ancient Mayan city of Yaxchilán, which is only accessible via a boat trip down the river. After our visit we will drive to the village of Palenque.

In Palenque we will camp in the grounds of a hotel located within the national park.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Take a boat trip out for a guided tour of the stunning and remote Mayan ruins at Yaxchilán
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have an included guided visit to the incredible Mayan ruins of Palenque, which rise out of the thick jungle surrounding them. In the afternoon we will have free time to go on a jungle tour, visit the on site museum, or travel to the nearby waterfall of Misol Ha.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Take a fascinating guided tour around the magnificent ruined city of Palenque deep in the Mexican jungle, including time to freely explore the excellent on-site museum
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive to the beautiful and artistic colonial town of Mérida, the capital of the Yucatan state.

In Mérida we wil stay in a colonial hotel in the heart of the city.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have an early start to drive to the world-famous Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World - we have an included guided tour around this spectacular site before continuing our drive to the stunning coastal village of Tulum.

In Tulum we will camp in a basic campsite near to the Mayan ruins.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Visit the spectacular Chichen Itza Mayan ruins on a guided tour, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World centred around the world-famous pyramid of El Castillo

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Take a swim in the stunning natural cenote of Ik Kil near the ruins of Chichen Itza : USD 6
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning we visit the Tulum ruins, one of the last cities built by the Maya and one of the best preserved coastal Maya sites. We will have a free afternoon to explore the beaches or take part in some optional activities.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Explore the phenomenal clifftop Maya-Toltec ruins at Tulum, wonderfully located right on the Caribbean coast

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Go on a scuba diving trip through the ocean reefs near Tulum, or to some of the area's natural cenotes : USD 100

Hire snorkel gear on the beautiful beaches of Tulum : USD 10

Head out to explore some of the incredible cenotes (natural water-filled sinkholes) near Tulum : MXN 100
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: Exit Mexico at Subteniente López, enter Belize at Santa Elena.

Today we will travel south across the border to Belize City, where we board a speed boat to the island paradise of Caye Caulker.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

We will have two full days of free time to explore and enjoy the many optional activities available here, such as snorkelling, diving or taking a scenic flight over the phenomenal Great Blue Hole.

In Caye Caulker we will stay in a local hotel.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Take a scenic flight over the phenomenal natural Great Blue Hole off Caye Caulker : USD 200

Head out to the stunning coral reefs off Caye Caulker on a snorkelling trip : USD 35

Head out on a fantastic scuba diving trip through the colossal coral reefs off the Caribbean island of Caye Caulker (there are many different options and sites available) : USD 100

Hire sea kayaks to explore the deserted mangroves of Caye Caulker's North Island : USD 20

Go on a half-day fishing trip in the idyllic blue ocean near Caye Caulker : USD 250
Accommodation
  • Hotel (3 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will head back to the mainland and rejoin the Dragoman Bus in Belize City. We then have a short drive to the village of San Ignacio, home to Belize's best archaeological sites and adventure activities!

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

We will have two full days to take part in the many optional activities available in San Ignacio, including trekking, caving, biking, and exploring the excellent Mayan ruins in the area.

In San Ignacio we will stay in a forest eco-lodge.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Head on a horse riding trip around San Ignacio to the beautiful Barton Creek cave : USD 55

Visit the Actun Tunichil Mukwal Cave, a Mayan archaeological site that includes ceramics, stoneware, and skeletal remains such as the famous 'Crystal Maiden' : USD 85

Take a full day tour to the remote ruins of the ancient Mayan capital of Caracol, once twice the size of the modern Belize City : USD 110

Visit the stunning ruins of Cahal Pech, atop a hill overlooking the southern outskirts of San Ignacio : BZD 30

Explore the ancient ruins of Xunantunich, Belize's most-visited Mayan site and home to the mighty El Castillo pyramid : BZD 10

Learn about local herbs and plants on a medicinal jungle trail en route to a release program for Green Iguanas near San Ignacio : BZD 12
Accommodation
  • Lodge (3 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: Exit Belize at Benque Viejo del Carmen, enter Guatemala at Melchor de Mencos.

Today we will have a short drive across the Guatemalan border to the phenomenal Mayan ruins of Tikal, where we have an included guided tour.

In Tikal we will camp at a basic campsite close to the ruins.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Enjoy a guided tour of the phenomenal Mayan ruins of Tikal, one of the greatest ancient sites in the world
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we have a short drive to the small town of Poptún, stopping in the colonial town of Flores en route. We will arrive at our fantastic eco-lodge near Poptún and have a free afternoon.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to take part in the many optional activities offered at our eco lodge.

In Poptún we will stay in an eco-lodge in a working Guatemalan ranch.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Stay at a wonderful eco-lodge on a working Guatemalan farm near Poptún

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Trek out to the incredible River Cave near Poptún, walking through the stunning Guatemalan rural landscape and exploring the underground rivers by candlelight : GTQ 115

Head out horse riding through the forests and farmlands near Poptún : GTQ 100

Take a day tour out to the nearby Mayan ruins of Ixcun, the comprehensive museum of Dolores and the beautiful waterfall of Mopan : GTQ 150
Accommodation
  • Lodge (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have a short drive to Rio Dulce in Guatemala's beautiful central region. On arrival we will have a free afternoon to take part in some optional activities.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

On the following day we will have an included boat trip to the village of Livingston on the Caribbean coast, before returning to Rio Dulce.

In Rio Dulce we will stay in an eco-lodge.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Enjoy a beautiful boat ride down the Rio Dulce to the Caribbean town of Livingston

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Take a kayak out to explore the beautiful waters around Rio Dulce at sunrise : GTQ 100

Explore deep into the Guatemalan rainforest on foot and trek on the canopy bridges near Rio Dulce : GTQ 125
Accommodation
  • Lodge (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive day to San Andres Itzapa, a small village located in the mountains around Antigua. We will spend one night at the community centre of Manos Amigas, run by the Italian NGO 'Mani Amiche' in support of local women who have been abandoned and abused, and who are staying in the centre with their children.

In San Andres Itzapa we will stay in dormitories at the community centre (please note that there is no option to upgrade to private accommodation here).

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Spend a night at the Manos Amigas community project, a centre which has been set up to support local women and their children
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will spend the morning at the Manos Amigas project before heading off on a short drive to Panajachel, situated on the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlan.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to enjoy some optional activities such as a boat on the lake out to some of the small local villages along the shoreline. If possible, we will include a visit to the famous Chichicastenango Market during these days, depending on the weekday. Please note that the market is only open on Thursdays and Sundays so you may not be able to visit during your trip.

In Panajachel we will stay in a nice local hotel.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Visit the bewildering Mayan markets at Chichicastenango, taking in the incredible sights, smells, and atmosphere (provided it is running while we are in the area)

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Head out on a boat trip to visit the traditional Mayan villages dotted along the coast of Lake Atitlan : USD 30

Take a tour through the spectacular highlands surrounding Lake Atitlan and Panajanchel, visiting picturesque villages and hot springs : USD 45
Accommodation
  • Hotel (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have a short drive to the magnificent city of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated 60 kms from Guatemala City.

The rest of the day is free to explore the beautiful colonial city and its dramatic surroundings.

In Antigua we will stay in a delightful colonial hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Take a trek up to the famous active volcano of Pacaya near Antigua : USD 59

Visit the old Jesuit church of Santo Domingo, an iconic building in Antigua and home to six fascinating museums : GTQ 40

Learn all about the culture and history of Antigua at some of its museums, such as the Museum of Ancient Books and the Museum of Colonial Art : GTQ 30

Visit a traditional coffee plantation in the cool hills surrounding Antigua : GTQ 200

Participate in a local handicrafts workshop in a village near Quito, learning traditional weaving, cooking, or woodworking skills : GTQ 200
Accommodation
  • Hotel (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: Exit Guatemala at Ciudad Pedro de Alvarado, enter El Salvador at La Hachadura.

Today we will drive across the border into El Salvador and head to the Pacific coast and the small fishing village of Los Cobanos. On arrival we will enjoy some free time in this charming town well off the tourist trail.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

On the following day we will have a free day to relax on the coast and take part in optional activities such as boating trips through the mangroves and walks along the beach in search of nesting turtles!

In Los Cobanos we will stay in a hotel on the beach.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Take a walking tour around the stunning mangroves near Los Cobanos, in search of wildlife : USD 10

Observe the traditional methods of fishing in the mangroves of Los Cobanos, on the Pacific coast : USD 45
Accommodation
  • Hotel (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive to the stunning Cerro Verde National Park, where we will be surrounded by awe-inspiring volcanoes and countryside. On arrival we will have the opportunity to take an optional guided trek up the nearby Santa Ana volcano (approximately 4 hours).

In Cerro Verde National Park we will camp with basic facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

INCLDUED ACTIVITIES
Visit the spectacular volcanic landscape of Cerro Verde National Park, one of El Salvador's gems

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Trek up to the summit of Santa Ana, El Salvador's highest volcano in the heart of Cerro Verde National Park : Free
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will take a short drive to the beautiful town of Suchitoto, where we will have a free afternoon to explore the town with its cobbled streets and whitewashed houses, and to learn about the incredible work of the Dragoman-supported community centre in which we stay.

In Suchitoto we will stay in dormitory rooms at the Centro Arte Para La Paz community centre, which runs many programs for the local communities to build cultural identity, unity, teaching skills, self-sufficiency, environmental equality and a culture of peace.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Spend the night at the wonderful community centre of Centro Arte Para La Paz in Suchitoto, which runs many workshops and projects for the locals in the area
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: Exit El Salvador at Anguiatú, enter Guatemala at Anguiatú. Exit Guatemala at El Florido, enter Honduras at El Florido.

Today we will have a full day drive to return to Guatemala and then onwards to Honduras, arriving at the small village of Copán.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

On the following day we will have an included guided visit to the spectacular Mayan ruins of Copán, followed by a free afternoon to explore some of the other highlights in the area.

In Copán we will stay in a local hotel.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent ancient Mayan ruins of Copán
Included in Kitty

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Visit the Macaw Mountain Bird Sanctuary in Copán, home to many rescued birds such as macaws, toucans and kingfishers : HNL 200

Visit the beautiful old Mayan stone carvings of Los Sapos, with fantastic views over the town of Copán : HNL 30

Visit the Copán Butterfly Gardens, a serene garden bursting with tropical plants and dozens of moths and butterflies flitting about! : HNL 115
Accommodation
  • Hotel (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will take a short drive to the town of San Pedro Sula and board a short local flight to Roatán, the largest of the famous tropical Bay Islands. On arrival we will transfer to the area of the West End Bay, where we base ourselves for our stay.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

On the following 2 days we will enjoy lots of free time to take part in the wealth of optional activities available on Roatán, and of course to relax and swim on the stunning Caribbean beaches here!

In Roatán we will stay in a local hotel near the beach.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Head out scuba diving to the beautiful coral reefs off the coast of Roatán : USD 50

Rent sea kayaks to explore the magnificent Caribbean waters surrounding Roatán island : Free

Go on a spectacular snorkelling trip around the highlights of Roatán, such as the Blue Channel and St. Anthony's Key : USD 30

Head out on a guided tour of Roatán, seeing some of the most beautiful spots on the island and learning all about its history : USD 65

Go out horse riding across the stunning island of Roatán, through its wonderful eco-system of cacti, palms and orchids : USD 40
Accommodation
  • Hotel (3 nights)
Included Activities
  • Honduras airport tax
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will start early to transfer back to Roatán's airport and catch our flight back to the mainland, rejoining the Dragoman Bus! We will then continue our journey east through Honduras to the beautiful countryside of Lake Yojoa

In Lake Yojoa we will camp for the night in the grounds of a lodge and brewery.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Honduras airport tax
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: Exit Honduras at Las Manos, enter Nicaragua at Las Manos.

Today we will have a a full day's drive across the border into Nicaragua and to the university town of León.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-11 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to explore the town's wonderful colonial architecture or to take part in the many optional activities available here.

In León we will stay in a centrally-located hotel.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Visit León's many museums and galleries, such as the world-class Ortiz-Gurdián art museum, the Gallery of Heros and Martyrs, and the Museum of Legends and Traditions : NIO 20

Enjoy a fun and unique trip out to 'sand board' down the ash slopes of the Cerro Negro volcano : USD 30

Trek up the impressive active Telica volcano near León (please note that this is a fairly strenuous trek and you will need to be in good physical shape to participate - the trek usually takes about 6-7 hours) : USD 50

Head to the fantastic modern visitor centre at the world-famous Flor de Caña rum factory : USD 35

Visit the ancient ruins of León Viejo, the original settlement built by the Spanish before the town was moved in 1610 : USD 35

Head out on a horse riding trip in the stunning countryside near León, including views of the impossibly-circular crater of El Hoyo volcano and the beautiful Asososca lagoon : USD 40
Accommodation
  • Hotel (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will take a short drive to Nicaraguas's oldest city of Granada, a beautiful town which oozes with colonial charm! En route we will have an included visit to the traditional markets in the small town of Masaya, and witness the incredible active caldera of the nearby Masaya volcano (if its volcanic activity isn't too high).

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to explore the historic streets of Granada's old town, or take part in some of the myriad of optional activities that are available here.

In Granada we will stay in a centrally-located hostel, which has a mixture of private and dormitory rooms.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Visit the dramatic crater rim of the active Masaya volcano between León and Granada

Visit the traditional markets in Masaya village, famous for its local handicrafts

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Visit the incredible San Francisco Convent and Museum in Granada, the oldest building in Central America dating from 1585 : USD 2

Trek up the beautiful dormant volcano of Mombacho near to Granada, exploring its rugged terrain and dwarf forests : USD 55

Learn about the cultivation of cocoa and its manufacture into chocolate at the Choco Museo in Granada : Free

Take a boat or kayak trip around the beautiful Isletas de Granada, in search of the local birdlife and the magnificent views of the surrounding volcanoes : USD 25

See a fascinating workshop in the village of San Juan de Oriente, demonstrating various local pottery-making techniques : Free
Accommodation
  • Hostel (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning we drive to the small town of San Jorge on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, Central America's largest lake. Here we will board a ferry to the stunning volcanic island of Ometepe, where we base ourselves in the port village of Moyogalpa and enjoy free time to explore on arrival.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to explore and take part in optional activities such as the challenging trek to the summit of the Concepción volcano that dominates the island, or seeing some of the mysterious ancient petroglyphs that are dotted through the landscape.

On Ometepe we will stay in a small local hotel.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Trek to the summit of the iconic Concepción volcano that dominates over the island of Ometepe (please note that this is a very strenuous trek that will only be possible for those with a high level of fitness and in good shape - the trek is over 1000m of ascent and descent on rugged terrain, and will take between 9-12 hours). : USD 40

Trek up to the stunning San Ramón waterfall in the forests near Madera volcano : USD 40

Learn about the fascinating history and geology of the island at the Ometepe Museum in Altagracia village : USD 3

Freely explore the mysterious pre-Columbian petroglyphs scattered around the island Ometepe : Free

Visit the mystical and serene emerald-green lagoon of Charco Verde : NIO 20
Accommodation
  • Hotel (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: Exit Nicaragua at Peñas Blancas, enter Costa Rica at Peñas Blancas.

Today we will take an early morning ferry back to San Jorge and drive to La Fortuna in Costa Rica, a stunning town under the shadow of the mighty Arenal volcano.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day to take optional treks through the incredible surrounding volcanic landscapes or forest canopies, or get involved in many different adventure activities such as zip-lining, white-water rafting, and canyoning. La Fortuna is also famous for its outstanding hot springs, which we will have the opportunity to visit.

In La Fortuna we will stay in excellent cabanas outside of town.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Take a fantastic white-water rafting trip on the Balsa or Sarapiqui rivers near La Fortuna, some of the best rafting areas in Costa Rica : USD 69

Head out for an evening at the spectacular volcanic hot springs complex of Baldi near La Fortuna : USD 34

Explore the breathtaking forests and volcanic landscapes of La Fortuna on several mountain biking trails in the area : USD 75

Take a intense canyoning trip into the rugged gorges of the jungles near Arenal, including several waterfall abseils : USD 100

Learn all about the intricacies of Costa Rican cuisine on a cooking class in La Fortuna : USD 45

Learn all about the plants, animals, traditions and agriculture of Costa Rica on a visit to the El Bosque Eco-Farm near La Fortuna : USD 45

Explore the stunning countryside and lush forests of the Arenal region by foot, where there many excellent guided trekking options : USD 55

Explore the magnificent countryside and waterfalls around the Arenal volcano by horseback : USD 65
Accommodation
  • Cabins (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will leave our overland vehicle behind and transfer by taxi and boat into the dense cloud forests and coffee plantations of Monteverde, a stunning area offering an incredible diversity of flora and fauna.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

On the following day we will have an included guided walk on the trails of the Monteverde Cloud Forest National Reserve, followed by a free afternoon to visit some of the town's highlights or enjoy some adventurous activities such as canyoning or horse riding.

In Monteverde we will stay in a local hotel.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Take a guided trek to explore the stunning forest trails of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, learning all about the fascinating and beautiful ecosystem there

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Fly above the cloud forests and valleys of Monteverde on an exhilarating zip-lining course : USD 50

Explore the incredible cloud forests of Monteverde at the tree-top level on a 3km canopy bridge circuit : USD 30

Learn all about the cultivation and processing of the world-renowned coffee of Costa Rica at one of the many incredible coffee plantations near Monteverde : USD 35

Head out to the cloud forests of the Santamarias Reserve to explore the area by night, when much of the elusive local wildlife comes out : USD 23

Visit the fantastic Butterfly Gardens of Monteverde, and learn all about the abundant bug-life of Costa Rica's cloud forests : USD 10

Learn about Costa Rica's spectacular amphibians at the Monteverde Frog Pond : USD 13

Explore the magnificent Monteverde Orchid Gardens, home to over 400 species of orchids found in the region : USD 10
Accommodation
  • Hotel (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will continue by taxi to the small town of Tilarán, where we will rejoin our overland vehicle and drive to the spectacular beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific coast.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

On the following day we will have an included guided walk through some of the beautiful trails within park, learning all about its flora and fauna and immersing ourselves in the idyllic landscape. We will have free time in the afternoon to take part in some optional activities or relax on the wonderful beaches.

In Manuel Antonio we will stay in a hostel near the beach, with a mixture of private rooms and dormitories.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Take a guided walk through the stunning trails of Manuel Antonio National Park, finishing at the world-class tropical beaches where you can swim and relax

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Explore the ocean on a catamaran sailing trip, heading out in search of dolphins, tropical fish and turtles and witnessing an unforgettable offshore sunset : USD 40

Explore the mangroves of Manuel Antonio by boat or by kayak, in search of rainbow boas, crocodiles and various water birds : USD 20

Head on an exhilarating guided jet ski trip on the Pacific Ocean near Manuel Antonio : USD 40

Go on an incredible white-water rafting trip on the Naranjo and Savegre rivers near Manuel Antonio National Park : USD 40

Take a paddle-boarding lesson to explore the secluded beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park : USD 20

Join a scuba diving trip to explore the reefs and underwater volcanic rock formations in the oceans near Manuel Antonio : USD 50

Try your hand at surfing on a short lesson in Manuel Antonio National Park : USD 10
Accommodation
  • Hostel (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: Exit Costa Rica at Paso Canoas, enter Panama at Paso Canoas.

Today we will drive across the Panama border into the Chiriqui highlands, arriving at the town of Boquete.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day to take part in some of the many optional outdoor activities which the town is famous for, including the opportunity to take the strenuous trek to the 3,478m summit of Volcán Barú, the highest point in Panama.

In Boquete we will stay in a local hostel, with a mixture of private rooms and dormitories.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Head out on a tour of some of the fascinating coffee plantations around the Chiriqui Highlands near Boquete : USD 30

Head out on an exhilarating white-water rafting expedition on the Chiriqui Viejo river near Boquete, one of the world's best rafting areas with 35 world-class runs to choose from : USD 65

Trek up to the summit of Volcán Barú, at 3,478m the highest point in Panama - please note this is a strenuous trek and usually takes approximately 8-12 hours, so you will need to be in decent physical condition to participate : USD 80

Take a dip in the excellent Caldera hot springs near Boquete : USD 3

Head out on a quad bike tour of the mountains, forests and coffee plantations near Boquete (driver's licence required) : USD 55

Go on a half-day rock climbing trip to the basalt cliffs near Boquete, one of Panama's best climbing destinations : USD 45

Take a fascinating bird-watching trip into the Chiriqui Highlands, one of the most abundant areas of birdlife in the Americas : USD 50

Enjoy a fantastic short canyoning trip through the gorges of Gualaca near Boquete : USD 25

Trek the famous Quetzal Trail through the cloud forests of the Chiriqui Highlands, or trek to various waterfalls in the rainforest : USD 35

Explore the spectacular Caldera Highlands around Boquete on horseback, riding through rainforests and local farms and coffee plantations : USD 35

Head on an excellent 12-line zip-lining course through the cloud forests near Boquete : USD 65
Accommodation
  • Hostel (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive to the small coastal town of Santa Clara on our way towards Panama City.

In Santa Clara we will camp in the grounds of a guesthouse, about 10 minutes' walk from the beach.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive to the Miraflores Visitor Centre at the world-famous Panama Canal, learning all about its controversial history and incredible role in shaping trade and world politics in the 20th century. After our included visit we will complete the drive to the capital, Panama City.

In Panama City we will stay in a local hotel in the Bella Vista district.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Visit the world-famous Panama Canal at the Miraflores Visitors' Centre, and learn all about the fascinating history of this controversial structure

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Visit Panama City's Museum of Contemporary Art, one of the best collections of works by local artists in Panama : USD 5

Visit the phenomenal Biodiversity Museum in Panama City, a striking and iconic building containing a wonderful celebration of the flora and fauna of Panama : USD 22

See the Panama Canal Museum in the city centre, featuring excellent exhibits about the famous waterway : USD 5
Accommodation
  • Hotel (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border Information: if joining in Cartagena, you will most likely enter Colombia at Cartagena Rafael Núñez International Airport (IATA code: CTG).

There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Cartagena before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Cartagena.

In Cartagena we stay in a comfortable hotel just outside the historical centre.

If you are continuing on from Panama, then your leader will have assisted you with airport transfers for your included flight to arrive in time for the joining meeting.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have a full day in the beautiful coastal colonial city of Cartagena.

In the morning we will have an included walking tour of the city, and then the afternoon will be free to explore the city further, enjoy the many optional activities on offer, or simply relax on the beach.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Freely explore the fascinating colonial city of Cartagena or learn all about its incredible history on a guided walking tour

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Discover the brutal history of the Spanish Inquisition at their former headquarters in Cartagena, the Palace of the Inquistion : COP 15000

Learn all about Cartagena's naval tradition and history at the Naval Museum of the Caribbean : COP 15000

Visit the historic coastal Spanish fortress of Castillo San Felipe : COP 17000
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we have a short drive to Tayrona, one of the most popular national parks in Colombia. Leaving our main luggage stored on the truck, we take a day-pack/night-bag and go on a moderate walk in to the park to where we will stay. Mules to carry your luggage can be hired at an extra cost.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

The following day is a free day to explore this stunning coastal park. We have the opportunity to trek to El Pueblito, a pre-Hispanic settlement of the Tayrona people, do some snorkelling, or just relax on the beautiful beaches.

In Tayrona National Park we will stay in rented hammocks. The hammocks are equipped with mosquito nets but please note that the nets are not treated with Permethrin or similar pesticides.

There is also an option to bring tents if you prefer to stay in a tent rather than a hammock, but please note that mules will have to ber hired to carry your tent, at an extra cost.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Relax and unwind on the stunning unspoilt beaches of Colombia's Tayrona National Park : Free

Discover some of Tayrona's abundant species of fish and aquatic plants by snorkeling in the calmer areas of the ocean along the coast : Free

Freely explore some of Tayrona National Park's scenic walking trails, including a hike to the mysterious ancient ruins of Pueblito hidden in the jungles high above the coastline : Free
Accommodation
  • Hammocks (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have an early morning start to walk back to the National Park entrance, rejoin our truck, and drive to the peaceful and rarely-visited colonial town of Mompós, where we will stay 2 nights.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

The following day we will go on an included short boat trip down Rio Magdalena to observe the riverside life and do some wildlife spotting. There will also be plenty of free time to explore this historical colonial town, the first town in Colombia to declare independence from Spain, wander the beautiful streets and soak up the atmosphere of the architecture.

In Mompós we stay in a lovely local hotel.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Explore the area of Mompós by boat, on a beautiful short trip out on the Magdelena River
Accommodation
  • Hotel (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive south to San Gil, the outdoor capital of Colombia and a mecca for extreme-sports enthusiasts! Tonight we will enjoy a vegetarian Indian buffet from the campsite's in-house restaurant.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-11 hours.

The following two days will be free to enjoy some of the myriad of adrenaline activities on offer in the area, or to spend some time relaxing on the farm.

In San Gil we camp in a coffee and cattle farm outside town.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Explore the beautiful scenery around San Gil on one of the area's many walking trails, perhaps to the colonial town of Barichala or on the old road to Guane village : Free

Discover the scenery of the San Gil region on a horse riding trip through the surrounding hills : USD 40

Head out on an exhilarating white water rafting trip - the area has options for all levels, from beginner-level rapids on the nearby River Fonce, through the awe-inspiring canyon scenery on the fast rapids of the River Chicamocha, or the crazy Grade 5 rapids of the River Suarez! : COP 50000

Explore the incredible underground caves of Cueva del Indio or Cueva de Vaca underneath the area of San Gil on a fully-equipped caving tour : USD 20

Get your adrenline flowing on a downhill mountain-biking ride through the spectacular scenery of the down the nearby Suarez Valley or the Chicamocha Canyon : USD 90

Head out to the natural swimming and diving pools of Pescaderito, an area very popular with San Gil's locals and visitors : Free

Freely explore the atmospheric old town of Barilacha, and discover its cobblestone streets, whitewashed buildings, and red-tiled roofs that look almost as new as the day they were created some 300 years ago : Free

Take a pleasant stroll and a swim in San Gil's Parque El Gallineral, getting lost amongst the magical forests of trees covered in wispy climbing shrubs : COP 6000

Take a short trek to the base of the Juan Curi waterfall, a dramatic 180m-high cascade where you can swim in the natural pool beneath or even abseil down part of the cliff! : COP 7000
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (3 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have a full day's drive to the vibrant city of Medellín, where we will spend 3 nights.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-11 hours.

On our first full day in Medellín we will have a guided walking tour of the city, and our second day will be free time to independently explore the town, its parks, churches, and museums.

In Medellín we will stay in dormitory accommodation in a centrally-located hostel, allowing you to enjoy the exciting nightlife of the city.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Head out on a fascinating walking tour of Medellín and learn all about it's tumultuous past

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Head out of Medellín to explore the nearby charming old town of Santa Fe de Antioquia, and visit its old churches and tamarind markets : COP 3000

Take the pioneering Metroline cable car up to Santo Domingo, to see a very different area of the city and the revitalising effect the Metroline has had on the communities there : COP 1750

Visit the colossal Catedral Metropolitana in the city centre, built using over a million bricks between 1875 and 1931 : Free

See Medellín's perfect blend of art, culture, and history by visiting the Plaza Botero and the nearby Museo de Antioquia and the Rafael Uribe Palacio de la Cultura : COP 10000

Relax and unwind on a stroll though the Medellín's gorgeous Botanical Gardens, and discover some of its 1000 different floral species on display : COP 2500

Explore the beautiful model Antioquian village of Pueblito Paisa and the interesting sculpture park at Nutibara Hill : Free

Explore the Museum of the University of Antioquia, and marvel at its collectino of visual arts, anthropological exhibits, and over 20,000 pieces of pre-Colombian ceramics : Free

Head out and discover some of Medellín's vibrant and unusual nightlife at the Dulce Jesus Mio club : COP 10000

See some of Colombia's finest contemporary art at the Museo de Arte Moderno (NAMM), including the complete work of the local painter Débora Arango : COP 5000

Discover the story of Colombia's most infamous drug kingpin and the wealthiest criminal in history, Pablo Escobar, on a tour of his old haunts : COP 60000

Visit the planetarium and public science exhibits at the Parque de los Deseos : Free
Accommodation
  • Hostel (3 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will continue our journey south to the small town of Salento, the gateway to the spectacular Valle de Cocora.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

On the following day we will head out in the morning for an included visit to a coffee plantation to learn all about the cultivation and producing of Colombian coffee! After a local lunch, we will take an included guided trek through the Cocora Valley to see the Quindio wax palm trees, the largest palms in the world and the national tree of Colombia.

In Salento we will camp in a well-equipped campsite, 15 minutes drive out of town.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Head out on a half-day guided trek through the spectacular Cocora Valley, and see the incredible 50m-tall Quindio wax palms, the tallest plam trees in the world!

Explore a working Colombian coffee plantation near Salento and learn all about its cultivation and production
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive to the beautiful town and former colonial capital of Popayán.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day to explore Popayán or take part in some excellent treks or other optional activities in the surrounding area.

In Popayán we stay in dormitory accommodation in a local hostel.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Freely explore the serene old colonial capital of Popayán, and soak up the charming atmosphere amongst its white-washed houses and rolling green hills : Free

Relax in the volcanic thermal springs near the village of Coconuco, dramatically set in a steep-sided valley : COP 55000

Trek to the 4,650m summit of the towering Puracé volcano near Popayán : COP 85000
Accommodation
  • Hostel (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have a full day drive to the border town of Ipiales.

In Ipiales we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: Exit Colombia at Ipiales, enter Ecuador at Ipiales.

Today we will have an early start to visit the famous Santuario de las Lajas church outside of Ipiales. We will then head south and cross the border into Ecuador and drive to the bustling captial, Quito. En route into the city we will have an included visit to Mitad del Mundo, the monument that marks the Equator.

In Quito we will stay in a friendly local hotel in the 'New Town'.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 hours.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Visit the jaw-dropping church of Santuario de las Lajas on the outskirts of Ipiales, built on a bridge spanning a 45m-deep river gorge

Visit the monument to mark the Equator at Mitad del Mundo
Accommodation
  • Hotel (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today our journey begins with a drive to the edge of the Amazon basin near the town of Tena, where we head to our jungle lodge for an incredible 3-night stay.

In the Amazon Jungle we will stay in a comfortable rainforest lodge with meals included.

Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Over the next two days we will head into the Amazon jungle, enjoying rainforest treks exploring the nearby waterfalls and caves, and trips down the Napo River in motorised dugout canoes, hopefully spotting plenty of wildlife on the way. We will also see some ancient fossils and petroglyphs, and visit a local Quichua community.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive back into the highlands of Ecuador, arriving in Rio Verde near the famous Tungurahua volcano.

In Rio Verde we will stay at a well-equipped campsite with great facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
We will have two full days of free time for a range of activities in Rio Verde, such as white-water rafting, trekking, canyoning, cycling, and other options. We will also have the opportuinty to visit the nearby town of Banos and its popular volcanic thermal springs.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive to the remote village of Chugchilán, via the spectacular highland scenery along the road of the 'Quilotoa Loop'.

In Chugchilán we will stay in a fantastic local hostel where breakfast and dinner are included, giving you a chance to enjoy traditional Ecuadorian food.

Estimated Drive Time - 7 hours.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will transfer to the village of Quilotoa to see its stunning crater lake, and take an included day trek back to Chugchilán through the local villages, canyons, and beautiful scenery. This walk is widely considered one of the best day treks in Ecuador!

The mostly-downhill usually takes between 4-6 hours, but please be aware that there is a section towards the end of the trek with a steep incline which you will need to be physically fit for - although we thoroughly recommend the trek, it can be skipped by anyone if they prefer.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive along the remainder of the Quilotoa Loop and then head south to the beautiful colonial town of Cuenca. We will pass through the stunning landscape of the Cajas National Park en route.

In Cuenca we will stay in a centrally-located hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 7 hours.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have a free day to explore the colonial city of Cuenca. The town is the birthplace of the famous Panama Hat, and we will have the opportunity today to visit one of the factories to learn about the manufacturing process.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: Exit Ecuador at Huaquillas, enter Peru at Tumbes.

Today we will have a long drive day south, crossing the border into northern Peru.

We will stay at a friendly local campsite just outside of Punta Sal, on a beautiful and serene beach on the shore of the Pacific Ocean.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we have a full day to relax on the beach and enjoy some activities in and around the stunning coastal area of Punta Sal.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have a full day's drive to Huanchaco, near the city of Trujillo. We will have an included visit to the phenomenal Lord of Sipan museum in Lambayeque, home of an incredible collection of Chimu-era treasures (please note that this museum is closed on Mondays, so we will be unable to visit if your trip passes through on a Monday).

In Huanchaco we will camp in the grounds of a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 10 hours (including approximately 1 hour 30 minutes at the Lord of Sipan museum).
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have an included guided trip to explore the enormous adobe ruins of Chan Chan and the world-famous Moche archaeological site of Huaca de la Luna (Pyramid of the Moon).
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have a spectacular drive up the winding roads of the 'Casma Route' into the Cordillera Blanca section of the high Andes, reaching the mountain town of Huaraz.

In Huaraz we will stay in a local hostel in either dorm accommodation or private rooms depending on availability.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
We have two days in the spectacular area of the Cordillera Blanca for exploration and optional activities such as visiting the incredible pre-Inca ruins of Chavín de Huantar or trekking and climbing to the nearby lakes and glaciers.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have another full day's drive back to the coast via the 'Paramonga Route' and then on to the enormous Peruvian capital of Lima.

In Lima we will stay in a comfortable hotel in the city's historical centre.

Estimated Drive Time - 10 hours.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: if joining in Lima, you will most likely enter Peru at Lima Jorge Chavez International Airport.

There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

In Lima we will stay in a comfortable hotel in the city's historical centre.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have a very early start to leave Lima before the rush hour, and drive 270kms south to Paracas. There we will board one of the local boats for an included trip to the Ballestas Islands to view its incredible array of resident wildlife and birds.

After lunch, we will continue south to arrive at the stunning desert oasis town of Huacachina, where we have the option to head out for an evening of sand boarding and dune buggying and the further option to camp out under the stars in the deserts.

For those that do not wish to participate in the optional camping in the desert, in Huacachina we will stay in dorm accommodation in the village itself.

Estimated Drive Time - 6 hours, not including the time taken for the trip to the Ballestas Islands (please note that all drive times given here are approximate estimates only and are given with the best intentions - however please be aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ballestas Island - Guided tour
  • Paracas National Park
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we continue south to the world-famous village of Nazca, the location of the mysterious Nazca Lines. On the drive, we will stop at a viewing platform to get a glimpse of some of these lines. The Nazca Lines are a series of figures, lines, and geometric shapes that were etched into the ground of the desert plateau over a thousand years ago by the ancient Nazca culture, and their purpose is still unknown to this day.

In the afternoon, we will have the opportunity to take an optional 30-minute flight over the Nazca Lines in a small aircraft - this is by far the best way of seeing the figures, and we use a local operator with an excellent safety record.

In Nazca we will camp at a well-equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning we head south of Nazca, and have an included visit to the nearby ancient sites of the Chauchilla Cemetery and the Cahuachi Pyramid, thought to have once been the religious centre of the Nazca civilisation.

In the afternoon we will continue our drive to the coastal resort of Puerto Inca, where we camp at a well-equipped campsite on the beach.

Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chauchilla cemetery
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will start our drive inland, and head uphill to the beautiful ‘White City’ of Arequipa.

In Arequipa we will stay in a good local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 8 hours.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have a free day to explore the colonial city of Arequipa, or for some optional activities in and around the city.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
We will have some more free time to explore Arequipa this morning, before continuing our drive to the highland town of Chivay after lunch.

In Chivay we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Colca Canyon - Entrance fee
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning we will head out on a short drive to some of the best viewpoints along the spectacular Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world! The canyon is famous for its resident condors, and we will spend a good amount of time at the viewpoints to give ourselves the best chance of spotting them. We will also visit a couple of local communities on the way back to Chivay.

We will have a free afternoon to explore Chivay, and possibly take an optional trip to the nearby hot springs and zip-lining course.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive through the stunning landscapes of the Peruvian highlands to the small village of Raqchi. Here we will stay at a homestay as guests of the local villagers in their traditional family homes. The houses are very clean and have basic facilities. This evening the villagers will invite us to take part in a traditional Quechua religious ceremony, and we'll have some lively music from some of the village's musicians.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.
Accommodation
  • Homestay (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning we will visit the Inca ruins of the Temple of Wiracocha at Raqchi, and then see a pottery demonstration at a local artisan centre.

In the afternoon we will drive to the incredible historical city of Cuzco, the former Inca capital.

In Cuzco we will stay in a good colonial hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 3 hours.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Raqchi Artisan Centre and ruins
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
A Note on Altitude: If you are joining in Cuzco, we strongly recommend arriving at least 24 hours before the trip begins to allow additional time to acclimatise.

A Note on our Community Trek: From July 2016, we have renamed our flagship Community Trek, The Wild Andes Trek, we feel this sums it up pretty well - trekking in the remote, pristine mountains of Peru. The only thing thats changing is the name - Dragoman's commitment to genuine, responsible tourism remains at the heart of the trek and the route remains the same, so rest assured by opting for this trek you are supporting communities and protecting the environment.

Border information: if you are joining in Cuzco, you will most likely enter Peru at Cuzco Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (IATA code: CUZ).

There will be an important group meeting at 10:00am at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. There will be a further meeting this evening for our Community and Classic Inca Trails, where we will have a full detailed briefing from our local trekking guides about the next few days!

The rest of today will be free to explore the wonderful city of Cuzco, discover its many historical gems, or to take part in number of optional activities near the city.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Cuzco before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Cuzco.

In Cuzco we will stay in a good colonial hotel.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
These four days will be spent either trekking in the Andes, on our pioneering Wild Andes Trek, on the Classic Inca Trek or for those not wishing to hike, free time to explore and a guided tour of the Sacred Valley on our Train package.

Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek

Leaving Cuzco early in the morning, we visit the ruined temples of Sacsayhuaman for a fascinating tour of the site. We then head on to Chinchero, a small Quechua-speaking village in the Sacred Valley. Here we will see a traditional weaving demonstration that has been unchanged for a thousand years, and explore their beautiful archaeological ruins. We will drive to a stunning viewpoint for a picnic lunch, and then visit the Quillarumiyoc temple (the Temple of the Moon).

We will start our trek from here in the afternoon, heading by foot to Zurite where we have a picturesque stay in a colonial house. Tonight we will enjoy a traditional dinner and get a taste of the local village lifestyle.

Approximate walking distance: 8km, Estimated time: 4hrs, Meals provided: Lunch and Dinner

Option 2 - Classic Inca Trek

This morning we go for a guided tour of the Sacred Valley, followed by a visit to the market town of Pisac, where we will have lunch. We then head to Ollantaytambo, where we will explore this impressive archaeological site. Tonight we stay in a comfortable hotel.

There is no trekking today. Meals provided: Lunch, Dinner, Snacks

Option 3 - Train Package

You will leave Cuzco with your fellow passengers who will be trekking the Wild Andes Trek. You will visit the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, followed by a beautiful scenic drive over mountains and through valleys, via the ancient city of Pisac and on to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After lunch you will head back to Cuzco where you will stay at our nice, centrally located hotel for a further 3 nights. These hotel nights will be booked for you by your Tour Leader.

Meals Included: Lunch

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Visit the incredible remains of the Inca temples of Sacsayhuaman and the Sacred Valley on a guided tour

Take a guided tour of the fantastic Inca temples at Ollantaytambo

Options for the treks from Cuzco (please see the bottom of the Trip Notes for more details):
Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek
Hike on unspoiled Inca Trails through the stunning remote Andean scenery away from other tourists, on our exclusive Wild Andes Inca Trek. If you choose this option you will get a small refund from kitty.

Option 2 - Classic Trek
Trek the Classic Inca Trail up the Royal Inca Road. Your kitty has been budgeted to accommodate for this option as it is the most costly of the 3 options.

Option 3 - Train Package (non-trekking option)
Relax in Cuzco and take the train to Machu Picchu without trekking. If you choose this option you will get a substantial refund from kitty.

Important note: You must advise us at the time of booking if you wish to book the Classic Inca Trail or the Train Package (non-trekking option), otherwise you will automatically be booked onto our Community Trek.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Alternative Inca Trail and Quechua Community trek
  • Tour of the Sacred Valley, Sacsayhuaman and Ollantaytambo
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek

Zurite to Amaruwatana

After a hearty breakfast we leave Zurite and head towards Amaruwatana camp. The walk will take us through Qenteqentiyoc (the Hummingbird Temple), where we will visit and admire this archaeological Inca site. We will then follow the ancient path all the way to the top of our first pass at 4,400 metres, where we will have a dramatic view of both the Vilcabamba and Vilcanota mountain ranges. From here we start walking down on the way to our first camp in the Sambor Valley where we will spend the night camping.

Approximate trekking time: 8hrs, Distance: 13km, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Option 2 - Classic Inca Trek

Ollantaytambo to Wayllabamba

After breakfast, we catch a bus to the Railroad 82km marker, the start of the Classic Inca Trek, here we are joined by our crew of local porters and cooks. We will cross the bridge over the River Urubamba and following a trail along the left-hand shore of the river, we enjoy stunning views of the snow-capped Mount Veronica (5830m.) and the Inca archeological remains at Llactapata. Continuing through lush farmland and woodlands, we gradually climb for approximately 5 hours to our first campsite at Wayllabamba (3000m./9840ft.)

Approximate trekking time: 5-6hrs, Distance: 12km, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks

Option 3 - Train Package

Today is a free day for you to enjoy Cusco, with its museums, churches, incredible colonial architecture, beautiful restaurants and a vast array of shops, selling textiles and handicrafts.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek

Amaruwatana to Ancascocha

We have an early start this morning, trekking for approx. 2 hours to reach the top of our second pass at 4,700 metres. From here we have fantastic views of the rock formations below us, and if we're lucky we may spot Andean ibises, caracaras, eagles or foxes up here!

After descending for approx. 2 hours, we arrive at a stunning highland valley with a glacial river named Kenqo Mayu (Zig-zag River) flowing down it - which makes an idyllic stop for lunch!

After lunch we will continue trekking downhill following the ancient trail, which leads us to our campsite in the Ancascocha area.

Approximate trekking time: 6-7hrs, Distance: 10km, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Option 2 - Classic Trek

Wayllabamba to Pacaymayo

This is the most challenging of the trek as we ascend a long steep path (approx 4 hrs) to reach the highest point of our trek, Warmiwañusca, or Dead Woman's Pass, at a height of 4,200 m (13,779 ft), before descending to the Pacaymayo Valley (3,650 m above sea level - 2 hrs downhill). Depending upon local conditions, you might camp here today, or may need to continue further up and down. We might cross the first and second passes on this day. From the second pass, Runkuracay (3,980 m above sea level - 90 min uphill) we can enjoy views of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba before descending to the ruins of Sayacmarca (2 hours downhill). From here it is only a few more minutes to the Chaquicocha campsite (3,620 m above sea level).

Approximate trekking time: 6-7hrs, Distance: 11km, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks

Option 3 - Train Package
Today is a free day for you to enjoy Cuzco, with it's museums, churches, incredible colonial architecture, beautiful restaurants and a vast array of shops selling textiles and handicrafts.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek

Ancascocha to Ollantaytambo

Today we will descend the narrow Silque Canyon, allowing us to observe the tall granite walls on its sides which are populated by a large variety of orchids and bromeliads, filling the environment with magnificent colours when they bloom. After crossing many little bridges we will reach the Camicancha area, where we stop at a magnificent volcanic viewpoint looking towards the smow-capped Mt. Veronica.

From here, it is only a short trek to Chilca, where out trail ends. We'll be picked up by our vehicle and head to Ollantaytambo, taking a well-earned shower and rest at our hotel.

In the afternoon we will have an included guided tour around the incredible archaeological site of Ollantaytambo and its world-famous Temple of the Sun.

Approximate trekking time: 5hrs, Distance: 12km, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Option 2 - Classic Inca Trek

Pacaymayo to Winay Wayna

Today we continue over the third pass and soon reach the beautiful ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the 'Town above the Clouds' (3,850 m above sea level – 90 min uphill). Start descending real Inca Steps (2 hrs) to reach our final night's camp by the Wiñay Wayna, or 'Forever Young' ruins (2,750 m above sea level), with panoramic views of the valley below.

Approximate walking time: 8 hours, Distance: 16km, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks

Option 3 - Train Package

After being picked up from your hotel in the morning you will be driven to the fortress city of Ollantaytambo and our hotel for the night, the Tunupa Lodge. Here you will rejoin the Community Inca Trekkers and your tour leader who will be arriving from their trek this afternoon.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek

Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Cuzco

Today we will have an early start to catch the train to the small town of Aguas Calientes. From there, we will take a bus up the winding mountainside to the legendary ruined city of Machu Picchu - one of the world's most iconic sights! We have a guided tour with our expert local guide and plenty of time to freely explore this magical place.

In the afternoon we will head back to Ollantaytambo and then on to Cuzco, where we return to our joining hotel at the end of a long but phenomenal day!

Meals provided: Breakfast

Option 2 - Classic Trek

Winay Wayna to Machupicchu

Today we wake early for a short final hike to Machu Picchu, we climb the steps to the Sun Gate to watch the ruins emerge from the mist below. As with the community trek our guide will show us the most important constructions as well as explain the history and the mythology of this magnificent place. There is some free time to explore the ruins further at your own pace or maybe if you haven't experienced enough steps and trekking, why not visit the Inca Bridge. Or you can just chill out and watch the hummingbirds or vizcachua. In the afternoon we head back down to Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Ollantaytambo and return to Cuzco for a well-deserved rest.

Approximate walking time: 2 hours, Distance: 4km, Meals provided: Breakfast, Snacks

Option 3 - Train Package

After an early breakfast and walk to the train station, your stunning 2 hour train ride to Aguas Calientes begins. The journey takes you through several different micro-climates, past Inca terraces, lookout posts, ancient river bank reinforcements and small towns. You will get a glimpse of different temples and the beautiful Mount Veronica (5,750m). Passing through 8 tunnels, the train journey finally comes to an end in the busy pueblo, Aguas Calientes. From here you take a local bus that winds up the mountainside for about 30 minutes until you arrive at the entrance to Machu Picchu (2,400m), the awe inspiring 'Lost City of the Incas'. The guide will take you around the immense, mystical ruins for about 2 to 2 ½ hours, explaining the rich history of the ancient site. Afterwards, you will have time to explore on your own before returning down the mountain to Aguas Calientes.

In the afternoon you will catch a train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and a private transfer will take you back to your hotel in Cuzco.

Meals provided: Breakfast

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Explore the phenomenal and iconic Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World - take a guided tour and have plenty of time to freely explore before returning to Cuzco
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Machu Picchu guided tour
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is a free day to relax after the treks, further explore the historical city of Cuzco, and take part in some optional activities around the city.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Take an excellent free walking tour around Cuzco with a local guide, getting a fascinating insight into the history of the city and the life of the locals : Free

Freely explore the site of Koricancha and Santo Domingo neat the city centre, a jarring juxtaposition of a Spanish colonial cathedral built on top of the walls of an ancient Inca Sun temple : PEN 10

Take an incredible trip out on various mountain bike routes in the highlands surrounding Cuzco : USD 125

Visit some of the fascinating museums in Cuzco, including the Textiles Museum, the Chocolate Museum, the Casa Concha, and the Museo Inka : PEN 20

Head out for an exhilarating white-water rafting trip on the Urubamba River near Cuzco : USD 45

Take part in a Peruvian cooking class in Cuzco, learning how to make a variety of local dishes : USD 79

Take a Spanish class in the beautiful city of Cuzco (suitable for all levels) : PEN 20
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will leave Cuzco and head through the highlands of Peru to the town of Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. We will have an included visit to the Inca site of Tipón en route.

In Puno we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Visit the incredible Inca site of Tipón, once an agricultural centre and a park for the Inca elite
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sillustani Ruins and Museum w/Guide
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: Exit Peru at Yunguyo, enter Bolivia at Kasani.

This morning we will cross into Bolivia and head to the lakeside town of Copacabana, before boarding a boat to the stunning island of Isla del Sol.

In Isla del Sol we will stay in a basic local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Uros Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will take an included day trip across Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca, one of the holiest sites in ancient Inca mythology and supposedly the birthplace of the Sun God Inti. We will take a 14km walk across the length of the island, taking in the incredible and serene scenery and soaking up the calm atmosphere of the island (this walk can be skipped by anybody who does not want to do it).

We will return to Copacabana for the evening.

In Copacabana we will stay in a basic local hotel.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Take a boat trip to Lake Titicaca's Isla del Sol, and head on a guided walk across the length of the stunning island
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Isla del Sol boat trip
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive to the famous city of La Paz, Bolivia’s seat of government and the highest administrative capital in the world! On arrival we will have free time to explore the city.

In La Paz we will stay in a good hotel in the historical centre.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: if you are joining in La Paz, you will most likely enter Bolivia at La Paz El Alto International Airport (IATA code: LPB).

Welcome to La Paz, Bolivia’s seat of government and the highest administrative capital in the world! There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

On the following day we will have a free day to explore the city or take part in optional activities.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in La Paz before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring La Paz.

In La Paz we will stay in a good hotel in the historical centre.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Take the spectacular downhill mountain-bike trip down the infamous 'World's Most Dangerous Road', a 3,500m descent from the high mountain plateau near La Paz to the steaming jungles of Corioco via the dramatic road cut into the cliff : USD 110

Take a guided tour to explore the amazing pre-Inca ruins of Tiwanaku, once the centre of one of the most important cultures in South America : BOB 180

Take a trip out to the mountain resort of Chacaltaya and the other-worldly landscape of the Moon Valley near La Paz : BOB 120

Take a guided tour of the main sights and viewpoints around La Paz : BOB 60

Discover Bolivia's history, art, and culture in some of La Paz's many museums such as the San Francisco Museum and the Museum of Ethnography : BOB 20
Accommodation
  • Hotel (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will leave La Paz and head to Ojo del Inca, the eye of an extinct volcano and a natural hot spring.

In Ojo del Inca we will camp by the hot springs.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will head to the colonial mining town of Potosí, the highest town in the world, and once famous for the area's abundance of silver! We will have free time to explore Potosí, and there will be a chance to visit the infamous silver mines of Cerro Rico near to the town.

In Potosí we will stay in a friendly local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 30 minutes-1 hour.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Explore the claustrophobic tunnels of the Cerro Rico silver mines, an infamous mine orignally built by the Spanish : BOB 110

Visit the the Casa de la Moneda museum in Potosí, to learn all about its colonial past and the silver that once flowed from the area : BOB 60
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive south to Uyuni, the gateway to the incredible salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni.

In Uyuni we will stay in a friendly hotel, famous for serving the highest pizzas in the world!

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jeep tour of Uyuni Salt Flats
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will venture out onto the salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni, spending a full day exploring this phenomenal location by jeep and on foot. En route we will explore the nearby train graveyard and the cactus-filled 'Fish Island', and take all the time we need to get plenty of perspective-bending photographs!

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Take a full day tour out in jeeps to the dazzling Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats - the spectacular, perfectly-flat salt plains that are one of South America's most incredible sights
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will head off across the wilds of the Bolivian altiplano, a surreal and desolate desert landscape that stretches all the way to the Chilean border. We will visit the spectacular coloured lakes of Laguna Colorado and Laguna Verde en route.

In the Bolivian Altiplano we will stay in a basic mountain refuge.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Take the epic journey across the southern Bolivian altiplano - an incredible high-altitude, off-road adventure through a surreal desert landscape, taking in bizarre rock formations, hot springs, and the phenomenal coloured lakes of Laguna Colorada and Laguna Verde
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: Exit Bolivia at Uyuni, enter Chile at San Pedro de Atacama.

Today we set off early from our altiplano refuge, cross the remainder of the Bolivian Altiplano, and then descend all the way into the Atacama desert.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day to explore the incredible highlights of the Atacama desert surrounding San Pedro. In the evening we will take an included trip out to the extraordinary Moon Valley, where we will hopefully see an incredible sunset. At night we will also have the chance to go stargazing, in one of the world's premier regions for astronomy (please note that this is only possible when there is not a full moon).

In San Pedro de Atacama we will stay in a centrally located hostel.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Explore the dramatic, other-worldly landscape of the Moon Valley, and take in an incredible sunset from one of its high viewpoints

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Observe the night skies through the powerful telescopes of the observatory in the Atacama Desert near San Pedro, and learn all about the heavens on a fascinating talk from one of the astronomers (not available during the week of a full moon) : CLP 20000

Visit the incredible salt plains of the Salar de Atacama, and take a swim in the salty pools of Laguna Cejar : CLP 2000

Take a tour of the stunning Lagunas Altiplánicas, backdropped by the incredible deserts and volcanic scenery of the region : CLP 30000

Relax in the blissful natural volcanic hot springs of Puritama, in the hills above San Pedro : CLP 15000
Accommodation
  • Hostel (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: Exit Chile at Paso Jama, enter Argentina at Paso Jama.

Today we will have a long drive day to cross the mighty Andes, cross the border into Argentina, and reach the beautiful town of Salta.

In Salta we will stay in a local hotel or guesthouse.

Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have a free day to explore the town of Salta, visit its many museums, or explore the beautiful surrounding hills on foot or by mountain bike. We will also have the chance to take the cable car to the viewpoint on San Bernardo Hill overlooking the town, or take the famous 'Train to the Clouds' through some of the incredible mountian scenery nearby.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Take the cable car up to the top of San Bernardo Hill, and take in the breathtaking views out over the city of Salta below : ARS 110

Explore the beautiful mountains and forests near Salta on a mountain biking trip : ARS 690
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive through the spectacular rock formations of the Quebrada de las Conchas, and reach the serene town of Cafayate. This small unassuming town is the centre of one of Argentina's principal wine producing regions, famous for the quality of its Torrentes and Tannat wines! We will have the opportunity to go to a few of the vineyards nearby to see how the wine is made, and of course to try them!

In Cafayate we stay at a campsite with good facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Visit the impressive rock formations of 'El Amphiteatro' and 'La Garganta del Diablo' en route through the primeval landscape of the Quebrada de las Conchas

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Explore the vineyards of Cafayate and discover the area's delicious wines and bodegas on a wine-tasting excursion : ARS 50
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Vineyard Tour
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive south over some more spectacular mountains and arrive in the lush flat pampas that Argentina is famous for. We will visit the ancient ruins of the indigenous city of Quilmes en route.

Tonight we will aim to wild camp en route.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Explore the atmospheric ruins of the indigenous city of Quilmes in north west Argentina
Accommodation
  • Bush camping (no facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Quilmes Ruins
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we drive to a unique Anglo-Argentine Estancia, where we will stay for 3 nights.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

During our time at the Estancia, we will head out horseback riding, taste the excellent wines produced by their vineyards, be entertained by a local musician, learn some of the skills of the gauchos, and enjoy a traditional asado (Argentine BBQ). This isa magical experience in a beautiful and atmospheric location, and many people's highlight of the trip!

Please note that some of these activities are subject to weather conditions. Please also note that there is a strict weight limit of 15 stone (210lbs) or 95kg to partake in the horse riding - if you should weigh more than this, then unfortunately you will not be able to participate in the horseback riding.

In the Estancia we will camp with facilities in the grounds near the main house.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Spend 3 special days at a unique Anglo-Argentine Estancia, to experience the gaucho way of living and see the beautiful countryside by horseback
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (3 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have a very early start for a full day's drive to the stunning town of Mendoza, nestled in the dry flats underneath the shadows of the largest mountains of the Andes. Mendoza is the centre of Argentine wine production, and one of the nine 'Wine Capitals of the World' - it is especially famous for its Malbec, grown at some of the highest-altitude vineyards to be found in the world.

Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours.

The following two days will be free time to explore the incredible region, head out on various adventure activities, or of course take a tasting tour of the incredible wineries in the region.

In Mendoza we we stay in a centrally located hostel in dorm accommodation.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Head out on a trek through the incredible valleys surrounding Mendoza : ARS 270

Enjoy a day out rock climbing in the stunning landscapes near Mendoza : ARS 930

Go for a horse ride through the arid foothills west of Mendoza : ARS 800

Discover Argentina's wine capital and explore the vineyards of the Mendoza and Maipu region, either on an organised tour or by cycling between the bodegas : ARS 300

Take an exhilarating white water rafting trip down the Mendoza River : ARS 600

Relax in the beautiful thermal baths in Cacheuta, in the hills above Mendoza : ARS 100

Take a mountain biking trip through the dramatic landscapes of the Andean foothills near Mendoza : ARS 600
Accommodation
  • Hostel (3 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: Exit Argentina at Los Libertadores, enter Chile at Paso Cristo Redentor.

Today we will drive over the stunning Cristo Redentor pass in the high Andes, passing Aconcagua (the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere) and heading to the Chilean capital of Santiago.

In Santiago we will stay in a centrally located hostel.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: if you are joining in Santiago, you will most likely enter Chile at Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (IATA code: SCL).

Welcome to Santiago, the cosmopolitan Chilean capital! There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Santiago before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Santiago.

In Santiago we will stay in a centrally-located hostel.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Freely explore the streets and plazas of Santiago, visit some of its fascinating museums, and discover its incredible culture, music, and art : Free

Learn more about Santiago and its history on a free walking tour of the centre from a knowledgeable local guide : Free

Take in the breathtaking vista of the city skyline backdropped by the mighty Andes, from the viewpoints at Cerro San Cristobal or Cerro San Lucia : Free

Discover all of Santiago's sights on a hop-on/hop-off bus around the city : CLP 21000
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we leave Santiago for a full day drive south to the beautiful Lake District of Chile and the lakeside town of Pucón.

In Pucón we will stay in dorm beds in a friendly local hostel.

Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
We will have two free days in Pucón to enjoy a range of optional activities, including a sunrise expedition to climb the Villarica volcano which looms over Pucón, heading out horse riding through the surrounding forests, or an evening visit to the nearby natural hot springs.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Trek up to the summit of the snowcapped volcano Villarica to witness the incredible sunrise views over Pucón and the Chilean Lake District : CLP 50000

Discover the beautiful lakes and forests of Pucón on a horse riding trip : CLP 20000

Relax in the soothing waters of the Pozones natural hot springs : CLP 10000

Explore the stunning views and hiking trails of the nearby Huerquehue National Park : CLP 22000

Learn all about Pucón and the history of its people on a free walking tour of the town : Free

Explore the spectacular Lake District near Pucón by mountain bike : CLP 8000

Head on an exciting white-water rafting trip on the rapids of the Trancura River near Pucón : USD 45

Take part in a fantastic canyoning expedition through the gorges of the Chilean Lake District near Pucón : CLP 20000
Accommodation
  • Hostel (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: Exit Chile at Mamuil Malal, enter Argentina at Mamuil Malal.

Today we cross the Andes into Argentina and continue our journey to the picturesque town of Bariloche via the scenic Ruta de los Siete Lagos (Seven Lakes Route).

In Bariloche we stay in dorm beds in a friendly family-run hostel outside of town.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today will be a free day to enjoy the beautiful mountain town of Bariloche and the stunning surrounding lakes, mountains and forests. We have the options to explore the area by foot, mountain bike, kayak, boat, or even a historic steam train!

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Explore the beautiful scenery of Bariloche by horseback on a riding trip through the area : ARS 450

Discover the incredible scenery of the Nauhel Huapi Lake and the Victoria Islands on a boat trip from Bariloche : ARS 150

Hire mountain bikes to explore the forests and hills surrounding Lake Nauhel Huapi and Bariloche : ARS 180

Visit the interesting Fenoglio Chocolate Museum in Bariloche, and learn all about the town's tradition of chocolate making : ARS 50

Explore the nearby Lago Gutierrez and take in its amazing views from the water on a half-day tandem kayaking trip : ARS 200

Freely explore the best viewpoints around Bariloche and some of the locals' favourite spots, such as the summit of Cerro Campanario, the beautiful beach of Playa Bonita, and the delightful waterfalls of Los Duendes : Free

Take a stunning journey on the historic steam train between Bariloche and Perito Moreno Los Juncos, taking in the amazing scenery of the Patagonian steppe : USD 50
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border Information: Exit Argentina at Rio Futaleufú, enter Chile at Rio Futaleufú.

Today we cross back into Chile and drive to the rafting mecca of Futaleufú. From this point we will join the famous Carretera Austral, probably one of the most stunning roads in South America, surrounded in gorgeous mountain and forest scenery. Please note that the road from here to El Chaltén is rough and mostly unpaved meaning that the going is slow.

In Futaleufú we stay in a local campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will leave Futaleufú and drive through the Chilean fjords to Queluat National Park. If time allows there is an optional walk to see the incredible hanging Colgante Glacier.

Tonight we will camp at a basic campsite near Puyuhuapi.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Visit the stunning Queulat National Park, and take a trek through the 'Enchanted Forest' to view the magnificent Colgante Hanging Glacier
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is another drive day south through the magnificent Chilean scenery to the beautiful area of Cerro Castillo National Reserve.

In Cerro Castillo we will camp in a lovely family-run campsite with basic facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border Information: Exit Chile at Huemules, enter Argentina at Huemules.

Today we will cross into Argentina's Patagonia region and continue our journey south along the famous Ruta 40 (Route 40).

Tonight we will wild camp somewhere in the Rio Pinturas area.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.
Accommodation
  • Bush camp (no facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive into the heart of the Patagonia region and reach the tiny town of El Chaltén, situated in Los Glaciares National Park and famous for its incredible mountains, glaciers and world-class trekking opportunities.

In El Chaltén we stay in dorm beds in a hostel.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
We will have three free days to enjoy the stunning Los Glaciares National Park and the incredible scenery of the nearby Mt. Fitz Roy. There are lots of trekking and walking opportunities here, as well as boat trips, ice climbing on the Viedma Glacier, horse riding, and many other fantastic options.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Head out horse riding around the phenomenal scenery of El Chaltén : ARS 600

Freely explore and trek around the walking trails of Los Glaciares National Park, taking in the marvellous vistas of the Fitz Roy mountain range : Free

Take a boat out onto the stunning Viedma Lake, and get up close to the Viedma Glacier to see its impressive facade (with options to do some ice trekking on the glacier!) : ARS 1870

Enjoy an exhilarating day of ice trekking and climbing on the Cerro Torre Glacier, dramatically located at the base of the impossibly-steep spire of Cerro Torre : USD 74

Visit the majestic Lago del Desierto, a remote and serene lake surrounded by stunning forests and mountains : ARS 500
Accommodation
  • Hostel (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we have a short drive to El Calafate, the gateway to the Perito Moreno Glacier.

In El Calafate we stay in dorm beds in a lovely hostel.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will head out on an included full day guided visit to view the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most spectacular sights in Patagonia.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
See the enormous Perito Moreno Glacier from the most breathtaking and photogenic viewpoints on a guided day tour from El Calafate

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Get even closer to the impressive glacier of Perito Moreno with a boat trip in front of its mighty face : ARS 200

Learn all about glaciers at the fantastic modern Glaciarium Museum in El Calafate, and visit its cool ice bar in the basement! : ARS 200

Explore the Perito Moreno glacier on an incredible full day expedition, trekking through the forests and onto the glacier itself using crampons (please note that this is an alternative to the regular tour as there will not be enough time for both - however you will stop at the main viewpoint on your way back to El Calafate at the end of the excursion) : ARS 1200
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: Exit Argentina at Cerro Castillo and enter Chile at Cerro Castillo.

Today we will drive to the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. This is one of the most outstanding areas of natural beauty in the world and the main highlight of the trip for many of our passengers and leaders! We will stop en route in Puerto Natales to stock up on supplies and pick up our local guides and cook who will accompany us during our time in the National Park.

Tonight we will camp at Las Torres Campsite, a stunning campsite inside the National Park with incredible views of the eastern side of the main mountain ranges which we will refer to as our 'base campsite'.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Entrance into the phenomenal Torres del Paine National Park in southern Chile, an area of some of the most outstanding natural beauty, breathtaking mountain vistas, and idyllic trekking opportunities in the world
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
There are two options for your time in Torres Del Paine National Park:

- Option 1 - Base Package - included on all trips our trips as standard is a guided trek on our first day to the stunning three peaks viewpoint, followed by three free days to enjoy the National Park and take part in optional activities.

- Option 2 - Full W-Walk - optional upgrade to embark on the full W-Walk with a local guide. Places at the campsites are limited by the National Park, so it is important to pre-book this option with your sales agent before your trip as it is not possible to book on arrival.

Today we will all have an included guided trek from our base campsite to the breathtaking viewpoint of the famous three peaks which give the National Park its name. After taking in this incredible view, we will trek back to our base campsite for the night.

Approximate walking distance: 20 km, estimated time: 8 hrs.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Base package
Guided 'base package' to trek part of the famous W-walk - included is the trek to the towers of Torres del Paine with an expert local guide, and accommodation, food and a cook at Las Torres Campsite.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
W-walk extension
The extension package is to include the entire of the famous W-walk in Torres del Paine - included are two extra nights camping on the trail with facilities, food for the duration of the trek, and the service of an expert English-speaking local guide.

Please note that this package must be pre-booked in advance through your sales agent. Please book as early as possible to ensure availability and avoid disappointment! For further information on the W-walk please refer to the detailed trip notes.

GBP 160
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Base package group: Today is a free day for those that have not booked the optional W-walk extension package. There are many short walks and other fantastic optional activities available near our base campsite, or alternatively it's a great day simply relax and enjoy the spectacular views from the campsite.

W-walk extension group: If you have chosen the optional W-walk extension, you will leave our base campsite today to continue your guided trek along the edge of Lago Nordenskjöld to Los Cuernos Campsite where you will camp for the night. Approximate walking distance: 11 km, estimated time: 5 hrs.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Take in the stunning views of Torres del Paine on a horse riding trip through the National Park : CLP 30000

Head out on a fantastic boat trip on the Grey Lake to get up close to the colossal Grey Glacier : CLP 55000
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Base package group: Today is another free day for optional activities for those that have not booked the optional W-walk extension package.

W-walk extension group: If you have chosen the optional W-walk extension, you will leave Los Cuernos and trek up the French Valley with your local guide. From here you will continue trekking to Paine Grande Campsite where you will camp for the night. Approximate walking distance: 27 km, estimated duration: 11 hrs.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is our last full day in this beautiful National Park.

Base package group: Today is another free day for those that have not booked the optional W-walk extension package.

W-walk extension group: If you have chosen the optional W-walk extension, today will be the last day of the W-walk. You will trek with your local guide along the edge of Lago Grey to an excellent viewpoint over the spectacular Grey Glacier. You will then trek back to Paine Grande and board the catamaran across the Lago Pehoé, where you'll be met by our Dragoman truck and driven back to our base campsite for the night. Approximate walking distance: 22 km, estimated duration: 8 hrs.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have a full day drive south to cross the Magellan Straits over to the island of Tierra del Fuego.

Tonight we will wild camp somewhere on the Chilean side of Tierra del Fuego.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.
Accommodation
  • Bush camp (no facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: Exit Chile at San Sebastian, enter Argentina at San Sebastian

Today we cross over to the Argentine side of Tierra del Fuego and drive to the incredible port town of Ushuaia, the southernmost town in the world!

In Ushuaia we stay in dorm beds in a friendly local hostel.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: if you are finishing in Ushuaia, you will most likely exit Argentina at Ushuaia Malvinas Argentinas International Airport (IATA code: USH).

Today is a free day in the wonderful remote town of Ushuaia, with options such as a visit to the hauntingly beautiful Tierra del Fuego National Park, boat trips to see the scenery and wildlife of the Beagle Channel, or heading out horse riding along the coast for those with more time here.

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Ushuaia. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales Team if you would like to arrange some extra nights of accommodation here after your trip.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Take a boat trip out on the famous Beagle Channel to view the native sea lions and birds : ARS 650

Explore the haunting beauty of Tierra del Fuego National Park and wander its atmospheric walking trails on a day tour from Ushuaia : ARS 500

Head out to the impressive Martial Glacier near Ushuaia, taking in the beautiful scenery of the Darwin Mountains and the Beagle Channel : USD 25

Delve into Ushuaia's past and learn about its maritime tradition and former prison colony at the Maritime Museum : ARS 150

Take a journey along the Rio Pipo on the 'Train to the End of the World', once built by prisoners at Ushuaia's old penal colony : USD 30

Explore the excellent trails around the hills and forests of Ushuaia by hiring a mountain bike : ARS 150

Discover the beautiful scenery of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel on a horse riding trip to the nearby Susana's Mountain viewpoint : ARS 1100

Enjoy an active day out in Tierra del Fuego National Park with a 7-kilometre trek to the scenic Lago Roca followed by a canoeing trip down the Lapataia River : ARS 1500

Learn all about Tierra del Fuego's history and nature at the 'Museum of the End of the World' in Ushuaia : ARS 90
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

No meals are included on this tour

Transport

Overland expedition vehicle, US style school bus, 4x4, Private bus, Local bus, Boat, Ferry, Flight, Train

Accommodation

Camping ( 93 nights ), hotel / hostel / lodge / cabin ( 113 nights )

Included activities

  • Honduras airport tax
  • Ballestas Island - Guided tour
  • Paracas National Park
  • Chauchilla cemetery
  • Colca Canyon - Entrance fee
  • Raqchi Artisan Centre and ruins
  • Alternative Inca Trail and Quechua Community trek
  • Tour of the Sacred Valley, Sacsayhuaman and Ollantaytambo
  • Machu Picchu guided tour
  • Sillustani Ruins and Museum w/Guide
  • Uros Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca
  • Isla del Sol boat trip
  • Jeep tour of Uyuni Salt Flats
  • Vineyard Tour
  • Quilmes Ruins

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Important notes

1. This trip is run by our experienced overland partner Dragoman.
2. 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.
3. You need to choose whether you wish to hike the Classic Inca Trail or the Quechua Community Trek (http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/inca-advisory/community_trek_peru.pdf) at the time of booking. If you do not indicate a preference, the Quechua Community Trek (http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/inca-advisory/community_trek_peru.pdf) will be confirmed automatically.

Classic Inca Trail permits are sold on a request basis only. Once deposit is paid and passport details provided, Intrepid will endeavour to secure a permit for you. If Classic Inca Trail permits are unavailable by the time you book, you will be booked on the Quechua Community Trek (http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/inca-advisory/community_trek_peru.pdf) instead.

The Classic Inca Trail closes in February to allow cleaning and restoration works. If the trek portion of your trip starts in February you will be automatically booked to hike the Quechua Community Trek (http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/inca-advisory/community_trek_peru.pdf).

Should you choose not to hike at all, please let us know in writing at the time of booking so alternative arrangements can be made. Without this prior warning, local fees may apply.

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