Rio to Quito via Ushuaia Overview

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 $6,831
      CAD $7,402
      AUD $7,258
      EUR €4,995
      GBP £4,032
      NZD $8,100
      ZAR R72,616
      CHF FR6,043
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      USD $4,200
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $11,031*
      CAD $11,952*
      AUD $11,901*
      EUR €8,065*
      GBP £6,814*
      NZD $13,069*
      ZAR R117,278*
      CHF FR9,760*
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Trip Validity

  • 2014-01-01 - 2015-12-31

Travel South America on an adventure from Rio de Janeiro to Quito.

Get set for the ultimate South American odyssey. Covering six countries over 112 amazing days, travel through Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador on this epic adventure. Experience spectacular scenery, magnificent ruins, fascinating culture and some of the friendliest people on the planet. Head south from sun-kissed Rio to amazing Argentina. Sip world-class wines in Chile and marvel at Bolivia's vast salt flats. Follow in the footsteps of the Incas in Peru and discover the irresistible charm of Ecuador. If it's unspoilt nature you're after then this trip has it covered: majestic glaciers, verdant forests, crystal lakes, soaring mountains and more. This unforgettable trip will leave you enchanted by the breathtaking scenery and friendly people of this remarkable continent.

  • Admire Ecuador's ornate buildings in Quito's Old Town
  • Experience a homestay near the Colca Canyon
  • Haggle for a bargain in La Paz's colourful markets
  • Hike through Patagonia's spectacular glacial scenery
  • Make memories on a visit to Iguazu Falls
  • Revel in Brazil's samba rhythms in Rio de Janeiro
  • Spot exotic animals in the remote 'land of fire'
  • Travel to Argentina and fall in love with Buenos Aires

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Finish:

    Quito, Ecuador
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 22
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    All meals when camping
  • Accommodation:

    Bush camp (no facilities) (9 nts), Camping (with facilities) (49 nts), Guesthouse (1 nt), Hacienda (2 nts), Homestay (1 nt), Hostel (8 nts), Hotel (38 nts), Lodge (3 nts)
  • Transport:

    Boat, Ferry, Jeep, Overland vehicle, Train
  • Included activities:

    3 night/3 day Amazon Adventure, Alternative Inca Trail and Quechua Community trek, Ballestas Islands boat trip, Boat trip, Chan Chan Archaeological Site, Chauchilla cemetery, Colca Canyon entrance, Cuzco Visitor Ticket, Hat Factory Tour, Isla del Sol boat trip, Jeep tour of Uyuni Salt Flats, Jesuit Mission ruins and museum, San Ignacio de Mini, Lord of Sipan Museum, Los Glaciares National Park, Paracas National Park, Penguin Colony, Pyramids of Sun and Moon, Quilmes Ruins, Raqchi Artisan Centre and ruins, Sillustani Ruins and Museum w/Guide, Tierra del Fuego National Park, Torres del Paine National Park, Tour of the Sacred Valley, Sacsayhuaman and Ollantaytambo, Trek from Quilotoa to Chugchilan, Two night Pantanal adventure, Uros Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca, Valle de la Luna Excursion, Vineyard Tour, Visit Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls (entrance fee included), Visit Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls (entrance fee included)

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    3260kg pp per trip
  • 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 at the time of booking. If you do not indicate a preference, the Quechua Community Trek 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 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 . 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.

  • Trip price from

    USD $6,831
    CAD $7,402
    AUD $7,258
    EUR €4,995
    GBP £4,032
    NZD $8,100
    ZAR R72,616
    CHF FR6,043
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    USD $11,031*
    CAD $11,952*
    AUD $11,901*
    EUR €8,065*
    GBP £6,814*
    NZD $13,069*
    ZAR R117,278*
    CHF FR9,760*
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    USD $98
    CAD $106
    AUD $106
    EUR €72
    GBP £60
    NZD $116
    ZAR R1,047
    CHF FR87
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Rio to Quito via Ushuaia Summary

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Days 61-62 Salta

With its well-preserved colonial buildings, candle-lit cafes, fine museums and surrounding natural beauty, Salta is one of Argentina's most charming cities.

Days 63-64 San Pedro de Atacama

Gorgeous desert landscapes, atmospheric, whitewashed adobe houses and a lively town centre has made San Pedro de Atacama one of Chile's most popular travel destinations.

Day 65 Bolivian Altiplano

A true wilderness featuring volcanoes, salt pans and colourful lakes, the Bolivian Altiplano stretches out from Lake Titicaca to the borders of Argentina and Chile.

Days 66-68 Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni

Popular due to its proximity to the Salar de Uyuni, the town of Uyuni is small and charming, and feels very remote, especially at the photogenic train cemetery. The world's largest salt flat, the Salar de Uyuni, is a spectacular sight - whether reflecting like a mirror in the wet or cracking during the dry.

Days 69-70 Potosi

The loveliness of Potosi - one of the highest and more fascinating cities in the world - is mirrored by the harshness of its mines and mining history.

Days 71-72 La Paz

Built in a canyon, the unique and bewtiching city of La Paz is filled with steep, cobbled streets, fascinating markets, evident tradition and captivating sights.

Days 73-74 Copacabana

A lovely little town situated between two hills and looking out over Lake Titicaca, Copacabana has beautiful scenery and coastline, great eateries and a fascinating religious culture.

Day 75 Lake Titicaca/Puno

Puno is a colourful town on the Peruvian shores of Lake Titicaca, expect to see traditionally dressed locals, chaotic markets and, if lucky enough, even dancing in the streets.

Days 76-77 Cuzco

Cuzco is the gateway to Machu Picchu and a city with majestic architecture, impressive ruins, a lively town centre and cultural significance around every cobblestone corner.

Days 78-81 Inca Trail/Quecha Community Trek

Winding around mountains, through valleys and up steep slopes, the iconic Inca Trail is a series of beautiful vistas and challenging hikes all the way to Machu Picchu.

Days 82-83 Machu Picchu/Cuzco

Built sometime in the 15th century and rediscovered in 1911, the staggering ruins of Machu Picchu were thought to be an estate for the Incan emperor, Pachacuti.

Day 84 Raqchi

Traditional houses, customs and handicrafts are a signature part of Raqchi, a small village just outside of Cuzco.

Days 85-86 Chivay/Colca Canyon

Known for its love of karaoke, Chivay is a small town located near the Colca Canyon with an interesting market and some relaxing hot springs close by. Over twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, and with Andean Condors soaring high above, the Colca Canyon commands reverie.

Days 87-88 Arequipa

The beautiful 'White City' of Arequipa is surrounded by volcanoes, is rich in Spanish colonial architecture and abounds with local culture and cuisine.

Day 89 Puerto Inca

Puerto Inca is a tiny, sandy place with an abundance of ruins and beautiful coastal scenery to enjoy.

Day 90 Nazca

Rebuilt completely after a devastating earthquake in 1996, Nazca is home to the mysterious Nazca Lines and a city of colourful houses with a pretty main square.

Day 91 Paracas National Reserve

Home to a large number of birds and wildlife species, Paracas National Reserve helps preserve Peru's marine ecosystem and the cultural heritage of the Paracas people.

Days 92-93 Ballestas Islands/Lima

With birds circling ahead, a dramatic coastline with stone arches and caves, and animals galore lazing on rocks and beaches, the Ballestas Islands are a visual feast. Lima is a large, fascinating hotchpotch of architectural styles, coastal scenes, world cuisines, impressive museums, traditional culture and modern arts and nightlife.

Days 94-95 Huanchaco

Famed for its 'surfing' fishermen, Huanchaco was once a small fishing village but is now a relaxed beach haven for travellers keen on seeing the nearby ruins.

Days 96-98 Punta Sal

Gorgeous secluded beaches, blue skies and a relaxed pace of life are on offer in Punta Sal, a lovely beachside town in the very north of Peru.

Days 99-100 Cuenca

With roots tracing back to 8000BC, Cuenca is a fascinating and beautiful city, and World Heritage-listed due to its wonderfully preserved heritage buildings.

Days 101-102 Chugchilan/Quilotoa Loop

Nestled in amongst the Andes, Chugchilan is a picturesque village with amazing mountain scenery, wonderful hiking trails and is a perfect base to explore the area. The Quilotoa Loop starts in Latacunga and journeys through local villages, stunning mountain vistas, cloud forests and valleys, and to the beautiful Laguna Quilotoa.

Days 103-105 Rio Verde

Rio Verde is a beautiful little town set in a valley with great hiking and close to several lovely waterfalls, including the San Miguels falls.

Day 106 Coca

Official named after the famous explorer, Francisco de Orellana, Coca is the more commonly known name for this Amazon town, which makes a great starting point for jungle adventures.

Days 107-110 Amazon Jungle

The Amazon Rainforest, over 1.7 billion acres in size and spilling over into 8 countries, is a wondrous place with a bounty of plantlife, animals and fascinating communities.

Days 111-112 Quito

Quito is a cultured city with a wonderous Old Town, a dynamic nightlife and atmospheric streets showcasing Ecuadorian life in all its splendour.
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    • GDOEC
    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $6,831
      CAD $7,402
      AUD $7,258
      EUR €4,995
      GBP £4,032
      NZD $8,100
      ZAR R72,616
      CHF FR6,043
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $4,200
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $11,031*
      CAD $11,952*
      AUD $11,901*
      EUR €8,065*
      GBP £6,814*
      NZD $13,069*
      ZAR R117,278*
      CHF FR9,760*
      *
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‡ As our kitty is flexible the indicated amount is indicative only - please click here to view the kitty amount for your departure date.