Amazing South America Itinerary

Visit South America and travel through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil. Follow the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and see the Nazca Lines, Pantanal Wetlands and Iguazu Falls.

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Days 1-2 Quito

Surrounded by volcanoes, Quito is an impressive sight.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 3-4 Amazon Jungle

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.
ACCOM: Jungle Lodge - 2

Days 5-7 Banos

Enjoy the volcanic landscapes on foot, by bike, by horse or from the warm waters of Banos' famous hot springs.
ACCOM: Hostel - 3

Days 8-9 Cuenca

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 10-11 Mancora

Cross the border into Peru. In chilled Mancora, try surfing or simply relax on the beach eating a Peruvian ceviche.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight bus - 1

Days 12-13 Huanchaco

Witness the famed 'surfing' fishermen of Huanchaco. Explore historical Trujillo and visit the fascinating archaeological site of Huaca del Sol y la Luna.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 14-15 Lima

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 16 Pisco

Head down the coast to Pisco and sample Peru's national drink, the Pisco sour.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 17 Nazca

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 18-19 Arequipa

Journey to Arequipa and see why it's nicknamed the 'White City'.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 20-21 Colca Canyon/Arequipa

Head deep into the Andes to witness the Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest canyons.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 22-23 Arequipa/Cuzco

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 24 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo

Explore the terraced Sacred Valley filled with Inca ruins, colourful markets and scenic villages.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 25-28 Inca Trail/Machu Picchu/Cuzco

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
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 3, Hotel - 1

Day 29 Cuzco

Chill out during a wander of Cuzco's cobblestone streets or enjoy some of the many adventure sports on offer.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 30-32 Puno/Lake Titicaca

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.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1, Hotel - 2

Day 33 Copacabana

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 34-38 La Paz

Take an orientation walking tour of La Paz and browse the weird and wonderful stalls at the Witches' Market.
ACCOM: Hotel - 4, Overnight seated train - 1

Days 39-41 Salar de Uyuni

Explore the surreal landscapes, multicoloured lakes, smouldering volcanoes and cacti-studded islands of Salar de Uyuni.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 42-43 Potosi

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.
ACCOM: Hostel - 2

Days 44-45 Sucre

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 46-47 Santa Cruz

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight seated train - 1

Days 48-49 Pantanal

Cross the border into Brazil and surround yourself with the abundant wildlife of the Pantanal, the world's largest wetland.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 2

Days 50-52 Bonito

Find a piece of aquatic paradise among the natural swimming holes teeming with fish and caves dripping with amazing stalactite formations.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Overnight bus - 1

Days 53-54 Foz do Iguazu

With two free days, take an optional visit to admire the thundering Iguazu Falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight bus - 1

Days 55-56 Paraty

While away your free time in this World Heritage listed town by exploring the beaches, walking trails and waterfalls of the surrounding national parks.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 57-59 IIha Grande

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 60-61 Rio de Janeiro

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1