Travel from Quito in Ecuador through Peru and Argentina to Rio

Travel from the beauty of Quito to the rollicking city of Rio on this unforgettable South America sojourn through Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Spend 36 days touring the landscapes of Ecuador, exploring the Inca ruins and wild Amazon of Peru, cruising over Lake Titicaca in Puno, travelling to the heights of La Paz, getting your gaucho on in Argentina, embracing the sophistication of Buenos Aires and witnessing the splendour of Iguazu before living it up in unrivalled Rio. For a comfortable and in-depth look at South America, look no further.

Start
Quito, Ecuador
Finish
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Countries
Argentina,
Brazil,
Chile,
Ecuador,
Peru
Themes
Explorer
Code
GGKBC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
2 115kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Enjoy a hacienda stay at the foot of Cotopaxi Volcano
  • Discover the beauty of the Amazon Jungle
  • Marvel at the atmospheric ruins of Machu Picchu
  • Get sky-high in La Paz
  • Go on a wine-tasting tour in beautiful Mendoza
  • Spend the day as a gaucho on an estancia stay
  • Feel the power of the mighty Iguazu Falls
  • Get caught up in the rambunctious nature of Rio

Itinerary

Welcome to Ecuador! Get to know Quito on a leader-led orientation walk. Although small, Quito’s Old Town is filled with historic buildings and boasts more than 30 churches and numerous museums to explore. Stroll down Quito’s oldest street, Calle La Ronda, and experience the city’s best nightspots all in one place.
Spot one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, Cotopaxi - 5,897 m above sea level - on the way to tonight's overnight stay at a local hacienda. Enjoy free time exploring the surrounding Cotopaxi National Park; the country's premier national park outside the Galapagos.
A mecca for international travellers, Banos is situated in a valley of waterfalls and hot springs and is a great base for exploring the great Ecuadorian outdoors. Lush, green hills, warm waters, adventure activities, a relaxed town atmosphere and good food all help to make for a wonderful Banos experience.
Jump aboard lovely old carriages and embark on the spectacular Devil’s Nose train ride, which travels down the Naris del Diablo and back. The city of Cuenca has a distinctive old-world air and is possibly the most attractive city in Ecuador. Home to many 16th- and 17th-century buildings, the city’s history is well preserved, earning Cuenca the honour of being listed as a World Heritage site.
Get acquainted with Lima's historical landmarks and pleasant parks on a guided downtown walking tour. The vibrant suburb of Miraflores, packed with lively bars and atmospheric restaurants, is a great place to wile away evening hours.
Fly to the frontier town of Puerto Maldonado and travel by canoe into the dense Amazon Jungle. Search for macaws, monkeys, peccaries, jabirus and otters on a nature walk through this amazing ecosystem and learn about the medicinal properties and practical uses of various plants from your local guide.
Fly into Cuzco, the epicentre of traditional Peruvian culture. A great town to explore on foot, discover the city's colonial churches and museums or make for the ancient Inca ruins peppering the surrounding hillsides.
Travel through the lushly terraced Sacred Valley, stopping off en route at a local village to gain insight into the lifestyles and customs of Peru's rural population. Head up the ruins of Ollantaytambo for a lesson in Inca urban planning and spectacular views across the landscape.
Travel by train along the Urubamba river to Aguas Calientes.
Rise early for the chance to watch Machu Picchu's imposing structure emerge from the mist in the morning light. Learn about the sight's history on a tour with a local guide, then return to Cuzco for some further time getting to know this charming colonial city.
Resting 3,800 m above sea level, Lake Titicaca is the world's highest navigable lake. Cruise out to the impressive floating villages on the Uros Islands - a truly novel way of remaining beyond the reach of hostile tribes!
Cross into Bolivia and journey on to the country's unofficial capital, La Paz. Spend time wandering the city's narrow streets and laneways savouring Bolivian cuisine, or head for the Museo de Coca for the inside scoop on the world's most controversial plant.
With the picturesque Plaza de Armas, thriving cafe culture, eclectic array of shops, booming arts scene and vibrant nightlife, Santiago is a fun and rewarding capital to explore and makes for an excellent introduction to South America.
Cross over the Andes into Mendoza, Argentina. Learn about local winemaking on a vineyard tour and take the chance to sample some Malbec wine - the region's signature variety. Enjoy laid-back afternoons in the plaza cafes of the beautiful city centre, then when the sun goes down head for the lively bars and clubs of Aristides Villanueva street.
Head out to a traditional Argentine estancia and learn the skills of a gaucho.
Displaying strong European influences, Buenos Aires is a top spot to shop, dine, drink and celebrate life. Stroll the streets of unique barrios such as colonial San Telmo or Recoleta, home to many interesting museums. The eclectic array of boutiques are an excellent destination for fashionistas and the bars and restaurants will satisfy even the most refined culinary cravings.
Discover the jaw-dropping magnitude of Iguazu Falls, where tropical flowers, colourful butterflies and misty rainbows all add to the magic of this spectacular destination. The mighty roar of the falls is deafening - prepare yourself for nature at its most powerful! Admire the falls from either the Brazilian or the Argentinian side or, for those wanting a different perspective, zip out on a zodiac at the base to witness the pounding deluge from but a few feet away.
There is plenty to see and do in flamboyant, rambunctious Rio de Janeiro. Visit Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado and admire amazing panoramas of the city, or head to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain by cable car. For some seriously eye-popping sights, head down to the white sand beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. And what trip to Rio would be complete without a samba boogie? Yes, the only way to truly experience this city is to try to keep up with it.
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Inclusions

Meals
35 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
Transport
Boat, Bus, Minibus, Plane
Accommodation
Farmstay (2 nights), Hacienda (2 nights), Hotel (25 nights), Jungle Lodge (2 nights)
Included activites
  • Catacombs - Lima
  • Coca Museum
  • Compañia de Jesus visit
  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
  • Cuzco Museum Ticket (Boleto Turistico) - Cuzco
  • Equator line museum
  • Full day winery tour including Lunch
  • Full-day city tour including Santa Teresa, Selaron Steps, Christ the Redeemer and Santa Marta favela
  • Guarani community visit
  • Iguazu Falls - Brazil side tour
  • Iguazu Falls Argentina side
  • Ingapirca Ruins Entrance fee
  • Intiñan Museum visit
  • Machu Picchu entrance and Guided Tour
  • Panecillo Hill
  • Tiawanaku archaeological site and museum tour

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Notes

1. The international flight between La Paz and Santiago on day 23 of this itinerary is not included in the price of this trip.
2. Name and passport number are required at time of booking. Delays to provide this information may result in third party booking fees.
3. A Single Supplement is available on this trip, except on Days 27-28 at the estancia stay.
4. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.

This trip is run by our experienced sister company Peregrine Adventures

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Reviews

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South America Sojourn , March 2015

South America Sojourn , March 2015