South American Explorer Itinerary

Visit South America and travel through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Brazil. Visit Machu Picchu, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and much more.

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Days 1-2 Quito

Visit Ecuador's capital Quito and wander through the atmospheric Old Town.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 3-4 Amazon Jungle

Accompanied by a local guide, travel into the Amazon's green heart, one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world. Retire to a rustic lodge and fall asleep to the sounds of the jungle.
ACCOM: Jungle Lodge - 2

Days 5-7 Banos

Visit Banos and soak in steaming therapeutic thermal springs - or, better yet, take a dip just in time for sunrise.
ACCOM: Hostel - 3

Days 8-9 Cuenca

Visit the colourful flower markets and peruse the colonial architecture of Cuenca.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 10-11 Mancora

Travel to Peru and enjoy free time to get to know the culture in Mancora. Why not follow Hemingway's route along the beach.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight bus - 1

Days 12-13 Huanchaco

Travel through the Sechura Desert, see the surfing fishermen of Huanchaco and explore the historical city of Trujillo.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 14-15 Lima

Visit Lima and try ceviche, Peru's seafood specialty. Perhaps also sample Pisco, the local tipple of choice.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 16 Pisco

Travel to Pisco and spot flamingos on an optional boat tour to the Paracas National Reserve.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 17 Nazca

Have an eerie desert adventure with visits to an ancient cemetery and the Nazca Lines.
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 through Inca ruins, cloud forests and up ancient staircases on the way to Machu Picchu.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 3, Hotel - 1

Day 29 Cuzco

Visit Cuzco and relax in a cafe or hit the mountain tracks on a daring bike ride.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 30-32 Puno/Lake Titicaca

Enjoy an island homestay on the turquoise waters of Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1, Hotel - 2

Day 33 Copacabana

Enjoy free time in enchanting Copacabana. See the mudejar (Moorish-style) cathedral houses and the saintly La Virgen Morena Del Lago (the Dark Virgin of the Lake), a statue carved by a direct descendant of the last Inca Emperor. Reputed to have worked many miracles, this spiritual relic is the essence of the town's Inca and Spanish heritage.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 34-37 La Paz

Visit La Paz and shop for trinkets at the Witches' Market or pick up some handmade alpaca wool socks at the Artesania Sorata.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3, Overnight bus - 1

Days 38-39 Sucre

Visit Bolivia's whitewashed capital to admire the spectacular interior of the Iglesia de la Merced.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 40-41 Potosi

The adventurous might choose to take a mine tour in Potosi.
ACCOM: Hostel - 2

Days 42-45 Salar de Uyuni

Visit Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni and discover a surreal landscape filled with volcanoes and multicoloured lakes.
ACCOM: Dormitory - 2, Hotel - 2

Days 46-49 Salta

Cross the border into Argentina. Spend time in Salta's shady plaza and don't miss visiting its ornate central cathedral.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3, Overnight bus - 1

Days 50-52 Mendoza

Visit Mendoza and try some Malbec wine against a backdrop of mountains.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 53-56 Santiago

Get a breathtaking view of Santiago from Cerro San Cristobal and sample world famous wines from this region.
ACCOM: Hostel - 3, Overnight bus - 1

Days 57-59 Pucon

Enjoy adventure sports galore at Pucon, beneath the gaze of the snow-capped Villarrica Volcano.
ACCOM: Hostel - 3

Days 60-61 San Martin de los Andes

ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 62-64 Bariloche

Stroll along the lake or head further afield to the forests of Bariloche.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Overnight bus - 1

Days 65-67 Buenos Aires

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!
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 68 Colonia

Stroll through the picturesque narrow streets of Colonia.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 69 Montevideo

Visit Uruguay's capital Montevideo and explore the Old City to glimpse its colonial past.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 70-73 Estancia Stay

Experience country living at an estancia. Lend a hand around the ranch and feast on hearty home-cooked meals.
ACCOM: Hacienda - 3, Overnight bus - 1

Days 74-76 Foz do Iguazu

Take an optional visit to Iguazu Falls and be blown away by its 270 waterfalls!
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight bus - 1

Days 77-78 Paraty

Swim in Brazil's Bay of Paraty or watch the tide rise among the cobblestone streets of this charming colonial town.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 79-81 Ilha Grande

It's pure relaxation on this tropical island getaway, home to arguably Brazil's best beach.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 82-83 Rio de Janeiro

Dance to a samba beat in Lapa or sip a caipirinha on one of Rio de Janeiro's sun-drenched beaches. Celebrate the end of the adventure overlooking this beautiful city from atop Corcovado.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1