Itinerary

There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2014 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Rio to Quito via Ushuaia.

Day 1 Rio de Janeiro

Resting in the luminous Guanabara Bay and backed by lush mountains, Rio is a breathtaking city filled with the beat of music and the rhythm of samba. From lush mountains to white beaches, Rio demands attention!
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 2-4 Paraty

Travel to Paraty to indulge in some R and R Brazilian style. Walk through cobblestone streets or explore the beaches, trails and waterfalls of nearby national parks.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 5-6 Brotas

The tiny town of Brotas is a magnet for adventure sports fans and is the ideal place to enjoy canyoning and whitewater rafting.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 7 Campo Grande

Pitch a tent in the fertile Campo Grande region, surrounded by herds of cattle and crops of rice and soy.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 8-10 Pantanal

Set off on an adventure through the wild plains of the Pantanal, the world's largest wetland area. Spot colourful birds in the trees, glimpse sleek predators hunting prey and watch reptiles catching the sun's rays.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1, Hacienda - 2

Days 11-12 Bonito

Get acquainted with Brazil's ecotourism capital where optional activities abound. Hike along spectacular mountain walks, wallow in the cool waters of lakes and springs or snorkel among a rainbow of colourful fish.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 13-15 Iguazu Falls

Jump at the chance to visit the most breathtaking of all Argentina attractions, the mighty Iguazu Falls. Cross narrow walkways and peer over the ledge to watch thousands of litres of water thundering into the Iguazu river. Spectacular views from either the Brazilian or Argentinean side makes a visit to Iguazu truly memorable.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 16 San Ignacio Mini

The intricately carved mission ruins of San Ignacio Mini are an impressive sight.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 17-20 Bush Camp/Buenos Aires

Take a walk around the cosmopolitan city streets of Buenos Aires and perhaps relax in an intimate cafe to sample some of Argentina's world-famous cuisine. Peruse boutiques, admire art in museums and take in the elegant architecture of historic buildings.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Hotel - 3

Day 21 Bush Camp

Survey the vast plains of the Pampas - home to the gauchos, Argentina's proud cowboys.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 22-23 Puerto Madryn

Look out for magnificent aquatic wildlife while exploring the Valdes Peninsula with a local guide.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 24 Camarones

Witness the adorable Magellanic penguins that frequent the Atlantic Coast of Argentina.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 25 Atlantic Bush Camp

Pitch a tent amidst the rugged, tranquil surrounds of the Atlantic Coast and soak up the scenery.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 27-28 El Chalten/Los Glaciares National Park

Enter a world of incredible natural beauty in Los Glaciares National Park. Hike past crystal lakes, imposing mountains and stunning glacial scenery.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 29-30 Perito Moreno Glacier/El Calafate

Gaze in awe as huge chunks of ice plunge into the lake below on a Perito Moreno Glacier tour. This is truly one of the most jaw-dropping of Argentina's attractions.
ACCOM: Hostel - 2

Day 35 Torres del Paine National Park

Trek through pristine wilderness and marvel at the granite cliffs, barren plains, clear lakes and dramatic waterfalls in Torres del Paine National Park.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 36 Magellan Straits

Jump on a ferry and brave the infamous Magellan Strait. This 500 km stretch of water separates the Argentinean mainland from Tierra del Fuego. Keep an eye out for marinelife and sea birds including the mighty albatross.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 37-38 Ushuaia

Cross the border to Chile and explore striking landscapes of windswept plains, virgin forest and swamplands. Look out for condors, buzzard eagles, seals and sea lions, all of which thrive in harsh conditions on the Magellan Straits. Travel on to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 39-41 Magellan Straits/Bush Camp

Catch a ferry across the treacherous Magellan Straits. Be immersed in this amazing landscape while overlanding across the Patagonian steppe.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 3

Day 42 Rio Pinturas

Travel through the rugged, mountainous landscape of inland Patagonia to Rio Pinturas. Pay a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage listed 'Cave of the Hands' and marvel at the well-preserved prehistoric rock art.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 43 Esquel

Travel through the Argentinean lake district before relaxing in easy-going Esquel, the traditional southern terminal of La Trochita. In this chilled out basecamp, admire the epic scenery at the foothills of the surrounding mountains.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 44-46 Bariloche

One of the premier holiday destinations in Argentina, Bariloche boasts a range of adventure activities set in a stunning natural playground. Bariloche is also well-known for its cuisine and chocolates so be sure to work up an appetite.
ACCOM: Hostel - 3

Days 47-49 Pucon

Delight in the beautiful scenery of the Lakes District. Choose to go horse riding, rafting, or hiking - or perhaps treat weary limbs to a dip in the thermal springs.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 50 Salto del Laja

Travel through landscapes rich in agriculture to camp amid spectacular scenery en route to Santiago.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 51-52 Santiago

Tour through wide streets, lush parks and sample some world-renowned Chilean wine in Chile's enthralling capital, Santiago.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 53-54 Mendoza

Kick back in the heart of Argentina's wine country. Make the most of the chilled vibe by sipping wine in bars, relaxing in outdoor cafes or strolling the shaded boulevards of Mendoza.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 55-58 Estancia Stay

Experience Argentina's hospitality while staying on a working cattle ranch. Explore the Pampas on horseback before savouring the mouth-watering aromas and succulent flavours of a traditional barbecue.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 59 Quilmes

Visit the ruins of Quilmes, the ancient home of a tribe that resisted both the Incas and even the Spanish for over 100 years. Walk through the crumbling structures and picture the city as it once was.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 60 Cafayate

Learn about local wine production on a guided vineyard tour, perhaps taking the opportunity to indulge in some renowned blends.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 61-62 Salta

Delight in the laidback atmosphere of this elegant colonial city. Relax in Salta's main plaza, discover the pumping nightlife or admire art in galleries.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 63-64 San Pedro de Atacama

Journey towards the Chilean border, camping among spectacular scenery.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 65 Bolivian Altiplano

Head for Uyuni, passing by Laguna Colorado and Verde along the way. Stay on the Bolivian Antiplano, deep in the wilderness, where you are more likely to see a llama or a flamingo than another human being.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 66-68 Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni

Gaze in awe at the seemingly endless expanse of Bolivia's largest salt flats before admiring the remarkable red waters of Laguna Colorada.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 69-70 Potosi

Soak up the barren yet impressive Andean landscape en route to this colonial mining town where there's the chance to go on an optional tour of a working mine.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 71-72 La Paz

Celebrate an amazing journey in one of South America's most fascinating cities. Browse the city's many bustling markets or simply sit in a cafe and watch the world go by.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 73-74 Copacabana

Discover Copacabana, a picturesque town situated on the shores of Lake Titicaca with an amazing Moorish style cathedral. Hike over the car-free Island of the Sun and discover its scenic heart. Widely believed to be the birthplace of Inca culture, there are plenty of ruins to explore.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 75 Lake Titicaca/Puno

Meet the locals of the floating, man-made Uros islands on Lake Titicaca.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 76-77 Cuzco

Spot the ancient funerary towers of Sillustani rising from the windswept antiplano. Then travel to Cuzco where there are plenty of adventure activities on offer.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 78-81 Inca Trail/Quecha Community Trek

Embark on an unforgettable Andean trek. Follow the steps of the ancient Incas through breathtaking scenery and past remote Quechua villages.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3, Hotel - 1

Day 82 Machu Picchu/Cuzco

Explore the crumbling ruins of Machu Picchu, the 'Lost City of the Incas'. Find a quiet spot near the Sun Gate to sit back and soak up the magical atmosphere before making the return journey back to Cuzco.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 83 Cuzco

Journey to Cuzco and wander through cobblestone streets lined with massive Inca stone walls and Spanish-colonial architecture. Perhaps sign up for one of the many adventure activities on offer here including horse riding and whitewater rafting.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 84 Raqchi

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

Days 85-86 Chivay/Colca Canyon

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

Days 87-88 Arequipa

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

Day 89 Puerto Inca

Visit the chilling Chauchilla Cemetery en route to Puerto Inca. The windswept graves display the eerie skeletons and mummified bodies of the Nazca people, some of which date from 1,000 AD.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 90 Nazca

Learn about Peru's mysterious Nazca Lines and perhaps take a scenic flight to fully appreciate the scale of this puzzling creation.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 91 Paracas National Reserve

Pitch a tent in Paracas, which spans over 335,000 hectares and is home to one of the world's most important marine reserves. Take a walk along the coastline and spot the vibrant birdlife this region is famous for.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 92-93 Ballestas Islands/Lima

Spot penguins, sea lions and boobies during a boat ride through the Ballestas Islands. Get acquainted with Peru's modern capital, Lima - there's plenty to see in this vibrant metropolis.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 94-95 Huanchaco

Pitch a tent at seaside Huanchaco, home to the surfing fishermen. Walk along the shoreline and watch these skilful fishermen among the waves, balancing on their narrow reed canoes. Perhaps even give this method a try to discover how difficult it really is! Spend a full day exploring the ruins of Chan Chan, the largest pre-Columbian city in South America. Visit the Temples of the Sun and the Moon, huge crumbling pyramids built from an estimated 140 million adobe bricks.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 96-98 Punta Sal

Seaside activities abound in Punta Sal, a haven of sun, surf and sand. Perhaps enjoy deep-sea fishing, explore the scenic shoreline by boat or simply kick back on the beach with a good book.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 99-100 Cuenca

Farewell Peru and discover the production secrets of Ecuador's iconic Panama hat during a factory tour. Head out shopping for one of these hats or maybe ramble through Cuenca's scenic streets and shady plazas.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1, Hotel - 1

Day 101 Riobamba

Be treated to more stunning scenery on the journey towards Riobamba.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 102-103 Chugchilan/Quilotoa Loop

Enjoy spectacular views while driving along the winding Quilotoa Loop. Stretch legs on a guided trek and stay overnight in an eco-lodge nestled on the slopes of the Rio Toachi Canyon.
ACCOM: Hostel - 2

Days 104-106 Rio Verde

Pitch a tent in the lush, mountainous Tungurahua Province. Explore nearby Banos, Ecuador's famous adventure playground. Maybe soak in the town's hot springs filled with therapeutic waters or choose from one of many optional activities - from horse riding to mountain biking and even whitewater rafting.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 107 Coca

Prepare for the jungle adventure ahead in Coca.

Days 108-110 Amazon Jungle

The lush jungle of the upper Amazon Basin is one of the world's most biologically diverse regions. Set off on treks heading deep into the heart of the Amazon jungle. Visit freshwater pools inhabited by caimans and canoe down twisting rivers to meet hospitable locals.
ACCOM: Lodge - 3

Days 111-112 Quito

The trip comes to an end amid the quaint cobbled streets of Quito, Ecuador's capital. Celebrate the journey over a meal in one of the many great restaurants or explore some of the attractions dotted throughout this breathtaking city - from cathedrals and churches, to lookouts and plazas.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1