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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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Explore South America on a tour from Quito to Rio de Janeiro.

Travel to South America and get ready for the ultimate adventure on this journey from the Andean heights of Ecuador, through Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay, and ending in the vibrancy of Brazil. Explore the Amazon Jungle, trek the Inca Trail, take a 4x4 through Salar de Uyuni, enjoy a hacienda homestay and visit Foz do Iguazu, the gateway to the mighty Iguazu Falls. Discover the beats of the samba, salsa and tango, get off the beaten track, visit diverse and amazing natural wonders and collect a lifetime of memories on this truly epic adventure. With plenty of free time and a do-it-yourself approach, this is the perfect way to discover South America.

  • Enjoy Peru's fresh seafood in Lima
  • Party in Brazil's vibrant Rio de Janeiro
  • Reach dizzying heights on the Inca Trail
  • Travel to the heart of the Amazon
  • Unwind in Argentina's Lake District
  • Unwrap the enigma of the Nazca Lines
  • Visit Argentina and tango in Buenos Aires
  • Visit Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Quito, Ecuador
  • Finish:

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 16
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    25 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nts), Dormitory (2 nts), Hacienda (3 nts), Homestay (1 nt), Hostel (11 nts), Hotel (52 nts), Jungle Lodge (2 nts), Overnight bus (7 nts)
  • Transport:

    4x4, Boat, Bus, Canoe, Ferry, Overnight bus, Van
  • 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)

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    1646kg pp per trip
  • 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 Days 68 onwards, as original itinerary Previous Itinerary: Days 53-56 Santiago Days 57-58 Pucon Days 59-61 Ancud Days 62-64 Bariloche Days 65-67 Buenos Aires

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Days 70-73 Estancia Stay

Experience life on a working estancia in the heart of Uruguay's farming country. Things are simple down on the ranch but you're guaranteed a warm Uruguayan welcome from our hosts.

Days 74-76 Foz do Iguazu

Foz do Iguazu is a largish city famed for being at the doorstep - along with Argentina and Paraguay - of the incredible Iguazu Falls.

Days 77-78 Paraty

Step back in time in gorgeous Paraty, where Portuguese colonial buildings, cobblestone streets and horse and cart are set against a verdant backdrop of misty hills.

Days 79-81 Ilha Grande

Relax among the spoils of paradise on Ilha Grande, a gorgeous tropical island that has little development, no cars and pristine rainforest and beaches.

Days 82-83 Rio de Janeiro

Bigger than life and beautiful to boot, Rio de Janeiro sits resplendent among mountains, rainforest and sea, and emits an energy that is irresistible to everyone who visits.
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