South America Sojourn Itinerary

Spend over five weeks travelling through the delights of South America – from the elegant capital of Ecuador, through the iconic Inca sites of Peru, into the heart of Bolivia, via the beauty of Argentina to the rollicking city of Rio.

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      USD $10,255
      CAD $10,580
      AUD $10,375
      EUR €7,140
      GBP £5,995
      NZD $11,555
      ZAR R103,850
      CHF FR8,640
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colourful buildings in Lima

women in front  of Machu Picchu

local woman makes food in Puno, Peru

Rio de Janeiro bay view

iguazu Falls aerial shot

Day 1 Quito

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.

Days 2-3 Cotopaxi

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.
ACCOM: Hacienda - 2

Days 4-5 Banos

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 6-7 Cuenca

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 8-10 Tumbes/Cuenca/Fly to Lima

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 11-12 Amazon Jungle

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.
ACCOM: Jungle Lodge - 2

Days 13-14 Cuzco

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 15 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 16 Aguas Calientes

Travel by train along the Urubamba river to Aguas Calientes.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 17-18 Machu Picchu/Cuzco

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 19-20 Puno/Lake Titicaca

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!
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 21-22 La Paz

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 23-24 Santiago

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 25-26 Mendoza

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 27-28 Buenos Aires Estancia Stay

Head out to a traditional Argentine estancia and learn the skills of a gaucho.
ACCOM: Farmstay - 2

Days 29-31 Buenos Aires

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 32-33 Iguazu Falls

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 34-36 Rio de Janeiro

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2