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.

This trip requires an Inca Trail Permit. To view permit availability click here.

Quito, Ecuador
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1 Max 16
Carbon offset
1 270kg pp per trip


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


Surrounded by volcanoes, Quito is an impressive sight.
Encounter exotic flora and fauna on an adventure into the heart of the Amazon. Walk through the jungle, swim beneath crystal clear waterfalls and visit a Quichua family to learn about life in this fascinating region.
Enjoy the volcanic landscapes on foot, by bike, by horse or from the warm waters of Banos' famous hot springs.
Stroll the narrow cobblestone streets of this World Heritage listed city and chill out in a shady plaza. Take the opportunity to visit El Cajas National Park with its cloud forest, rocky lunar landscapes and more than 200 lakes.
Cross the border into Peru. In chilled Mancora, try surfing or simply relax on the beach eating a Peruvian ceviche.
Witness the famed 'surfing' fishermen of Huanchaco. Explore historical Trujillo and visit the fascinating archaeological site of Huaca del Sol y la Luna.
Discover the heart of Spanish colonial America in Peru's 'City of Kings'. Walk along the shoreline at Miraflores and visit the Monastery of San Francisco to see the distinctly Peruvian canvas of the Last Supper - complete with disciples dining on guinea pig.
Head down the coast to Pisco and sample Peru's national drink, the Pisco sour.
Take an optional visit to the Ballestas Islands then visit the Huacachina Oasis where you can try sandboarding. Continue onto the Nazca desert to explore one of the world's most mysterious archaeological sites.
Journey to Arequipa and see why it's nicknamed the 'White City'.
Head deep into the Andes to witness the Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest canyons.
Get acquainted with the intriguing blend of Inca and Spanish cultures and discover some of Cuzco's lesser-known sights on a guided walking tour.
Explore the terraced Sacred Valley filled with Inca ruins, colourful markets and scenic villages.
Trek the spectacular Inca Trail along high plateaus, past ancient ruins and through lush cloud forests; the view of Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate is a great sight at the end of this challenging trek
Chill out during a wander of Cuzco's cobblestone streets or enjoy some of the many adventure sports on offer.
Travel to Puno, on the shores of the world's highest navigable lake. Visit the Uros floating islands, make new friends during an unforgettable homestay and pick up some unique souvenirs on Taquile Island, where knitting is strictly a male domain.
Cross the border into Bolivia. With luck, witness the spectacle of locals taking their confetti-covered cars and trucks to be blessed at the Copacabana Church.
Take an orientation walking tour of La Paz and browse the weird and wonderful stalls at the Witches' Market.
Explore the surreal landscapes, multicoloured lakes, smouldering volcanoes and cacti-studded islands of Salar de Uyuni.
Visit Potosi and for a truly eye-opening experience, why not descend deep into the mines of Cerro Rico to learn about life in one of the tin mines.
Admire the wealth of whitewashed architecture in colonial Sucre or ride the 'dino bus' to Cal Orcko to see 60 million-year-old dinosaur tracks.
Travel to Bolivia's lowlands and discover Santa Cruz, the country's agricultural capital. The markets here sell everything from coca leaf and armadillo meat to love potions and talismans.
Cross the border into Brazil and surround yourself with the abundant wildlife of the Pantanal, the world's largest wetland.
Find a piece of aquatic paradise among the natural swimming holes teeming with fish and caves dripping with amazing stalactite formations.
With two free days, take an optional visit to admire the thundering Iguazu Falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides.
While away your free time in this World Heritage listed town by exploring the beaches, walking trails and waterfalls of the surrounding national parks.
Kick back on the white sand shores of Ilha Grande and maybe take a walk along the forested trails to find Brazil's best beach.
Filled with colour, music and the sounds of samba, Rio de Janeiro is a captivating end to this odyssey. Party in Lapa, see sunset from Sugarloaf or seek out a jazz bar to celebrate the end of the adventure over an icy caipirinha.
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10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
4x4, Boat, Bus, Canoe, Ferry, Overnight bus, Overnight seated train, Plane, Van
Camping (with basic facilities) (5 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hostel (5 nights), Hotel (42 nights), Jungle Lodge (2 nights), Overnight bus (3 nights), Overnight seated train (2 nights)
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)


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This trip requires an Inca Trail Permit. To view permit availability click here.

For information about altitude sickness click here

Important 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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