Rio to Quito via Ushuaia Itinerary

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

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      USD $8,120
      CAD $8,800
      AUD $8,630
      EUR €5,940
      GBP £4,795
      NZD $9,635
      ZAR R86,355
      CHF FR7,185
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      USD $4,200
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $12,320*
      CAD $13,350*
      AUD $13,273*
      EUR €9,010*
      GBP £7,577*
      NZD $14,604*
      ZAR R131,016*
      CHF FR10,901*
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Iguazu Falls

Amazon Jungle

Colourful buildings, Argentina

El Chalten peaks

Mother and child, Peru

bolivia salar de uyuni jump

bolivia salt flats big shoes

brazil rio jesus statue

brazil tucan

peru family

peru lake titicaca boat

peru machu picchu view

Day 1 Rio de Janeiro

Basking in the luminous Guanabara Bay with its stunning backdrop of lush mountains, Rio is about as aesthetically pleasing as cities come. Accompanied by a 24-hour soundtrack – samba and bossa nova are just scratching the surface – this is one friend that's always up for a party.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 2-4 Paraty

Following a visit to Morrinho, a favela project supported by The Intrepid Foundation, travel on to idyllic Paraty for some Brazilian-style R&R. Walk the town's charming cobblestone streets, stroll the jungle trails of its national parks, or grab a mask and snorkel and delve into the underwater world.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 5-6 Brotas

The tiny town of Brotas is a haven for adventure sports fans. Take in the pristine natural surrounds on horseback, hit the rapids by kayak, or embark on an underground canyoning expedition.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 7 Campo Grande

Travel through the picturesque landscape of Campo Grande, our base for exploring the Pantanal.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 8-10 Pantanal

Set out on a real life adventure through the wilds of the Pantanal. An area of wetland the size of France, there are few places in the world so suited to wildlife-spotting. Keep an eye out for colourful birds in the trees, reptiles soaking up the sun's rays and sleek predators skulking through the undergrowth.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1, Hacienda - 2

Days 11-12 Bonito

Get acquainted with Brazil's burgeoning ecotourism capital, Bonito. Stroll along verdant jungle trails before plunging into the area's crystal springs for a spot of freshwater snorkeling.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 13-15 Iguazu Falls

Spend a day exploring Argentina's most astounding attraction, Iguazu Falls. Cross narrow walkways to witness thousands of litres of water thunder their way down the Iguazu River. For a chance to see them up close, sign up for one of the speedboat tours.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2, Hostel - 1

Day 16 San Ignacio Mini

The small town of San Ignacio Mini, once a Jesuit mission, makes for a fascinating overnight stopover. Don't forgo the opportunity to explore the well-preserved churches and cemeteries for an insight into the country's missionary past.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 17-20 Bush Camp/Buenos Aires

Step out with your best foot forward in ever-stylish and always-seductive Buenos Aires. Browse the plaza stalls for boutiques, sample rich Argentine fare in classy restaurants, and fiesta the night away at a backstreet bar.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Hotel - 3

Day 21 Bush Camp

Head north along the vast plains of the Pampas - home to the gauchos, Argentina's proud cowboys - for a night of bush-camping on the coast.
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 Camarones, a sleepy town on Argentina's wild Atlantic Coast.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 25 Atlantic Bush Camp

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

Days 26-27 Perito Moreno Glacier/El Calafate

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

Days 28-32 Torres del Paine National Park

Venture into Torres del Paine National Park. Spend the following few days visiting the lakes and glaciers that combine to make this Patagonia's premier wilderness frontier, or take them all in under your own steam on the famous W-walk.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 5

Day 33 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 marine-life and sea birds, including the mighty albatross.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 34-36 Ushuaia

Cross the border to Chile and explore the striking landscapes of windswept plains, virgin forest and swamplands of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 37 Magellan Straits

Look out for condors, buzzard eagles, seals and sea lions, all of which thrive in harsh conditions on the Magellan Straits.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 38-40 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: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 41 Bush Camp

Ferry back across the treacherous Magellan Straits. Be immersed in this amazing landscape while overlanding across the Patagonian Steppe.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

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

Continue on through the Argentinean lake district before relaxing in easy-going Esquel, the traditional southern terminal of La Trochita. Admire the sublime scenery of the region from a basecamp nestled at the foothills of the surrounding mountains.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 44-46 Bariloche

One of the most popular holiday destinations in Argentina, think of Bariloche as the natural playground for adventure activities. It's also a region renowned 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 between 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 laidback epicentre of Argentina's wine country, Mendoza. Get the adrenaline pumping whitewater rafting or mountain biking, or pamper the palate with some regional malbec blends at any of the numerous parkside bars and cafes.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 55-58 Estancia Stay

Experience Argentine hospitality and ranch life first-hand on a working cattle station farm-stay. Explore the Pampas on horseback before savouring the mouth-watering aromas and succulent flavours of a traditional asado barbecue.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 59 Quilmes

Visit the ruins of Quilmes, the ancient city of a tribe that successively staved off both the Incas and the Spanish for centuries. Wander through the haunting crumbling structures for a glimpse of the city as it once would have stood.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 60 Cafayate

Learn about local wine production on a guided tour of some of South America's premier vineyards, taking the opportunity to sample some of the region's renowned drops. Wine aficionados unconfined by convention can also try out the city's red and white wine ice creams.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 61-62 Salta

Delight in the laidback atmosphere and elegant colonial architecture of Salta, one of Argentina's most attractive cities. Pick a perch at one of the plaza cafes for some people-watching, thump along to the pumping local nightlife, or prowl the numerous art galleries and exhibitions.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 63-64 San Pedro de Atacama

Cross the Argentinian border into Chile's desert oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama. Take in the changing colours of the surreal natural landscapes on a sunset excursion to Moon Valley.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 65 Bolivian Altiplano

Make tracks for Uyuni, deep in the barren wilderness of the Bolivian Antiplano. It's some long and rough travel on these days, but the exquisite beauty of Laguna Colorado and Verde along the way more than compensate for it.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 66-68 Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni

Head out on a jeep tour of Bolivia's famed salt plains for some unbelievable views and photo opportunities. During the dry season the flats are an endless expanse of white crystals, while come the rains a thin layer of clear water reflects the sky into one seamless horizon – either way, the whole thing looks like the background of a Dali painting.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 69-70 Potosi

Soak up the stark and subdued tones of the Andean landscapes en route to the winding narrow alleyways and majestic cathedrals of Potosi. For a total change of scene, enter the underworld – literally – for a sobering glimpse into the working conditions of Bolivian silver miners.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 71-72 La Paz

Wander through the charms, amulets and fetishes – at times wonderful, but always weird – of La Paz's Witches' Market. Perhaps take on the world's most dangerous road by mountain bike, or pop into the coca museum for insights into this proverbial plant's history.
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

Days 82-83 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 - 2

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 set out for some deep-sea fishing, explore the scenic coastline 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

Days 101-102 Chugchilan/Quilotoa Loop

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

Days 103-105 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 106 Coca

Gear yourself up for for the amazonian adventures ahead.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 107-110 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: Hotel - 1, 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