Visit South America and tour Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile.

See the best of South America as you tour Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile on an adventure from Quito to Buenos Aires. Travel through landscapes as diverse as the lush Amazon Jungle, the sandy beaches of Peru, the vast altiplano and soaring Andean mountains, and mix with locals off-the-beaten-track. Throw in a host of happening Latin cities, famous South American nightlife and highlights such as the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu, and you've got one unforgettable Overland journey.

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

Start
Quito, Ecuador
Finish
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Countries
Argentina,
Bolivia,
Chile,
Ecuador,
Peru
Themes
Explorer
Code
GGRHC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
1 321kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Visit Ecuador and explore the Old Town in Quito
  • See lush South American rainforest in the Amazon Jungle
  • Unravel the riddle of the Nazca Lines
  • Hike Peru's Colca Canyon
  • Trek the Inca Trail
  • Discover Bolivia's salt plains at Salar de Uyuni
  • Soak up Chile's cosmopolitan vibe in Santiago
  • Try to spot penguins near Ancud
  • Visit Argentina and tango in Buenos Aires

Itinerary

Visit Ecuador and explore the two sides of picturesque Quito - the charming Old Town and the elegant New Town.
Discover the abundant plant and animal life within the steamy Amazon Jungle.
There are plenty of opportunities to get active in Banos, famous for its therapeutic thermal springs.
Shop for a Panama hat along Cuenca's cobblestone streets.
Make friends with the fisherman and surfers of seaside Mancora.
Travel through the Sechura Desert and onto the resort town of Huanchaco. Enjoy a day trip to nearby Trujillo and take the chance to visit the mud city of Chan Chan.
Wander the well-preserved historical centre of Peru's capital, Lima.
Discover Peru's famous Pisco sours in Pisco.
Have an eerie desert adventure with visits to an ancient cemetery and the Nazca Lines.
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.
Machu Picchu is the ultimate goal of this challenging trek along the Inca Trail.
Relax in a street side cafe in Cuzco or hit the mountain tracks on a daring bike ride.
Visit the floating Uros islands then learn about life on the world's highest navigable lake during a homestay on Lake Titicaca.
Feast on fresh trout at one of Copacabana's atmospheric restaurants.
Wander through the steep streets of La Paz and colourful markets of this city perched on the top of the world.
Get to know the whitewashed architecture of Bolivia's attractive capital Sucre.
Explore this old silver mining town - above or below ground.
Bright blue skies meet the blinding Bolivian salt plain of Salar de Uyuni.
Wander the elegant streets of Salta and perhaps take the cable car to the top of the Cerro San Bernardo - the view of the surrounding mountains is spectacular.
Wander through the picturesque vineyards of Mendoza and sample the wine this Argentinean region is famous for, Malbec.
Stroll the elegant boulevards and leafy plazas of Chile's cosmopolitan Santiago.
Why not try fly fishing, whitewater rafting or one of the many activities on offer in Pucon.
The forests surrounding Bariloche are known for their excellent hiking and walking trails.
Between its Latin passion, European elegance and superb cuisine, Buenos Aires is a joy to explore. Nibble on alfajores, wander San Telmo's cobblestone streets, talk football with Portenos in a cafe or get a history lesson at the quirky Museo Evita. The hippest spot in town is Palermo's Plaza Serrano so head out in the evenings to tango with the locals. There are so many awesome things to do in Buenos Aires, it's simply a matter of trying to fit them all in!
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Inclusions

Meals
20 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
Transport
4x4, Boat, Bus, Canoe, Ferry, Overnight bus, Van
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Dormitory (2 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hostel (11 nights), Hotel (42 nights), Jungle Lodge (2 nights), Overnight bus (5 nights)
Included activities
  • 4-day Inca Trail trek and Machu Picchu guided tour
  • Buenos Aires - Leader led walking 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.

29 May 2012. Based on previous travellers and leaders feedback, the itinerary of this trip has changed from what it is advertised in the Intrepid Latin America 2012 brochure. We trust this amended itinerary will only enhance travellers experience of this region.

New Itinerary:

Days 1-52 As per original itinerary
Days 53-56 Santiago
Days 57-59 Pucon
Days 60-61 San Martin de los Andes (Arg)
Days 62-64 Bariloche
Days 65-67 Buenos Aires

Previous Itinerary:

Days 53-56 Santiago
Days 57-58 Pucon
Days 59-61 Ancud
Days 62-64 Bariloche
Days 65-67 Buenos Aires

Trip notes

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