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Visit South America and travel through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil

Visit South America and travel through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil. Prepare for the ultimate adventure packed full of cosmopolitan capitals and breathtaking beauty on this journey from captivating Quito to vibrant Rio de Janeiro. Travel through Ecuador’s volcanic landscapes, the lush Amazon rainforest, Peru’s desert coast, the vast landscapes of Bolivia and the wilds of Brazil. Hike the Inca Trail, get to know the locals at a homestay on Lake Titicaca, sleep out on the eerie Uyuni salt flats, spot rare wildlife in the Pantanal and stare in awe at the mighty Iguazu Falls. With plenty of free time and a do-it-yourself approach, this adventure is the perfect trip through the highlights of South America.

  • Admire the serene whitewashed city of Sucre
  • Adventure into Brazil's Pantanal Wetlands
  • Dance the samba in Rio de Janeiro
  • Hike the historic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Relax on the shores of Ilha Grande
  • Spot toucans flying over Iguazu Falls
  • Unravel the mystery of Peru's ancient Nazca Lines
  • Wander Ecuador's colonial streets in Quito

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Quito, Ecuador
  • Finish:

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 16
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Camping (with basic facilities) (5 nts), Homestay (1 nt), Hostel (5 nts), Hotel (42 nts), Jungle Lodge (2 nts), Overnight bus (3 nts), Overnight seated train (2 nts)
  • Transport:

    4x4, Boat, Bus, Canoe, Ferry, Overnight bus, Overnight seated train, Plane, Van
  • Included activities:

    4-day Inca Trail trek and Machu Picchu guided tour, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca boat tour & homestay, Leader-led walking tour, Sacred Valley and local community visit, Uyuni Salt Flats 3d/2n (shared tour)

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    1270kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    Inca Trail permits are sold on request basis only. Once deposit is paid and passport details provided, Intrepid will endeavour to secure a permit for you. If Inca Trail permits are unavailable by the time you book, you can opt to hike the Inca Quarry Trail instead. The 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 Inca Quarry Trail. 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. Important information regarding new regulations and booking procedures for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

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Days 1-2 Quito

Quito is a cultured city with a wonderous Old Town, a dynamic nightlife and atmospheric streets showcasing Ecuadorian life in all its splendour.

Days 3-4 Amazon Jungle

The two rivers of Tena and Pano meet in Tena, a small, lively city and a gateway to the amazing Amazon Jungle.

Days 5-7 Banos

Green hills, warm waters, adventure activities, a chilled town atmosphere and good food are all found in Banos, a town popular with locals and travellers.

Days 8-9 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 10-11 Mancora

Long stretches of beach, great seafood, excellent cafes and a vibrant nightlife make Mancora a very popular beachside resort in northern Peru.

Days 12-13 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 14-15 Lima

Lima is a large, fascinating hotchpotch of architectural styles, coastal scenes, world cuisines, impressive museums, traditional culture and modern arts and nightlife.

Day 16 Pisco

While Pisco may have lent its name to Peru's most famous drink, this seaside city is also known for being the gateway to the Ballestas Islands.

Day 17 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.

Days 18-19 Arequipa

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

Days 20-21 Colca Canyon/Arequipa

Head deep into the Andes to witness the Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest canyons.

Days 22-23 Arequipa/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.

Day 24 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo

The Sacred Valley was once the heartland of the Inca Empire and now contains picturesque villages and impressive archeological sites. The town of Ollantaytambo has been built over an ancient Inca town, which is a magnificent example of Inca urban planning. This is one of the few places where the Incas defeated the Spanish.

Days 25-28 Inca Trail/Machu Picchu/Cuzco

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. 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. 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.

Day 29 Cuzco

Cuzco is South America’s oldest inhabited city, and a whirl of colour, culture, smiles and activity.

Days 30-32 Puno/Lake Titicaca

Puno is a colourful town on the Peruvian shores of Lake Titicaca, expect to see traditionally dressed locals, chaotic markets and, if lucky enough, even dancing in the streets. Crossing the border of Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and has some fascinating islands and hefty-sized frogs living within its waters. Known as the folklore capital of Peru, Puno often has colourful celebrations and is a great place to find goods made of alpaca wool.

Day 33 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.

Days 34-38 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 39-41 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 42-43 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 44-45 Sucre

The delightful city of Sucre impresses visitors with its historic charm, indigenous roots and calm atmosphere, and is the perfect place to ease into the Bolivian way of life.

Days 46-47 Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is Bolivia's largest city, but has the same relaxed Bolivian feel as the rest of the country. Enjoy its tropical climate and great arts scene.

Days 48-49 Pantanal

The Pantanal is the largest wetlands in the world and is home to thousands of species of animals and plants, and its 210,00 sq km spreads through Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia.

Days 50-52 Bonito

Beautiful by name, beautiful by nature, Bonito is a small town set amongst a gorgeous landscape of emerald jungle and glassy, blue rivers simply teeming with life.

Days 53-54 Foz do Iguazu

Foz do Iguazu is a largish city famed for being at the doorstep - along with Argentina and Paraguay - of the incredible Iguazu Falls.

Days 55-56 Paraty

Step back in time in gorgeous Paraty, where Portuguese colonial buildings, cobblestone streets and horse and cart are set against a verdant backdrop of misty hills.

Days 57-59 IIha Grande

Relax among the spoils of paradise on Ilha Grande, a gorgeous tropical island that has little development, no cars and pristine rainforest and beaches.

Days 60-61 Rio de Janeiro

Bigger than life and beautiful to boot, Rio de Janeiro sits resplendent among mountains, rainforest and sea, and emits an energy that is irresistible to everyone who visits.
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