Itinerary

Day 1 Cuzco

Relax amid the quaint cafes and cobblestone streets of Cuzco and take time to acclimatise to the soaring 3,400m altitude.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 2-5 Classic Inca Trail/Quechua Community Trek/Ollantaytambo

Follow ancient footpaths through the Andes on a four-day alternative Inca trail trek that winds through traditional Quechua communities. Pass soaring mountain peaks, trek amid grazing herds of llamas and camp beside ancient forests. Meet the locals and discover lesser-known Inca pathways before descending into the Sacred Valley to explore the massive Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 4

Days 6-7 Machu Picchu/Cuzco

Rise early to discover the ruins of Machu Picchu bathed in the golden morning light. Spend a memorable day in the 'lost Inca city', perhaps hiking to the Sun Gate or braving the steep climb to the top of Huayna Picchu - the views are breathtaking! For those wishing to unwind post-trek, seek out bustling markets and cosmopolitan Cuzco cafes.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 8 Puno

Spot the ancient funerary towers of Sillustani rising from the windswept antiplano. Spend the night in Puno, located on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 9-10 Lake Titicaca/Copacabana

Sailing across the glassy surface of Lake Titicaca is a memorable experience. Hike around the car-free Island of the Sun and discover its scenic heart. This island is widely believed to be the birthplace of Inca culture - there are plenty of ancient ruins and traditional villages to explore here.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 11-13 La Paz

Arrive in La Paz and set off on foot to explore the myriad of winding streets. La Paz is a colourful, enigmatic city, packed full of markets, restaurants and cultural attractions. Why not stay a few extra days to explore it.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 14-15 Potosi

Soak up the barren yet impressive Andean landscapes en route to Bolivia's colonial mining town of Potosi. An optional tour of a working mine provides a fascinating and somewhat hair-raising insight into life in the region.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 16-17 Salar de Uyuni

Gaze in awe at the seemingly endless expanse of Bolivia's largest salt flats before admiring the remarkable red waters of Laguna Colorada.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Hotel - 1

Day 18 Bolivian Altiplano

Journey towards the Argentine border, camping among spectacular scenery.

Day 19 San Pedro de Atacama

ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 20-22 Salta

Delight in the laidback atmosphere of Argentina's elegant colonial city of Salta. Relax in the main plaza, discover the pumping nightlife or head out of town to Quebrada de Humahuaca, a narrow valley flanked by spectacularly colourful mountains and giant cacti.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1, Hotel - 2

Day 23 Cafayate

Learn about Argentina's wine production on a guided vineyard tour, perhaps taking the opportunity to indulge in some renowned blends.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 24-27 Quilmes

Experience Argentine hospitality while staying on a working cattle ranch. Perhaps explore the Pampas on horseback before savouring the mouth-watering aromas and succulent flavours of a traditional barbecue.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 25 Estancia stay

Experience Argentine hospitality while staying on a working cattle ranch. Perhaps explore the Pampas on horseback before savouring the mouth-watering aromas and succulent flavours of a traditional barbecue.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 28-30 Mendoza

Traverse the high passes of the Andes travelling to Mendoza. Relax in the shade of the trees that line the city's wide avenues, visit local art galleries or chill out with a glass of wine.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Hostel - 2

Days 31-33 Santiago

Celebrate the end of an unforgettable adventure in Chile's cosmopolitan capital, Santiago.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 34 Salto del Laja

Travel down the spine of the Andes, through the heart of Chilean wine country.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 35-36 Pucon

Opt to climb the nearby volcano of Villarrica or relax in the thermal springs around Pucon.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 37 Puerto Montt/Overnight Ferry

Pitch a tent close to the port city of Puerto Montt, in the midst of the Chilean Lake District.

Day 38 Carretera Austral

Travel along the scenic delights of the Carretera Austral highway. Hugged by rugged mountains, Chaiten is a humble fishing village punctuated by the smouldering Corcovado and Michinmahuida volcanoes.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 39-41 Chilean Fjord Coast

Visit Patagonia and camp in the wilds, amid the intense beauty and isolation of one of the world's final frontiers.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 3

Days 42-44 Los Glaciares National Park/El Chalten

Arrive in Los Glaciares National Park. Trek over glaciers, admire stunning views of mountain ranges or take a boat trip on Viedma Lake.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 45-46 Perito Moreno Glacier/El Calafate

Listen to the moan of the advancing glacial ice and watch as huge chunks break off Perito Moreno Glacier and collapse into the channel below.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 47-51 Torres del Paine National Park

Spend four days exploring the rugged Torres del Paine National Park, punctuated by granite cliffs piercing barren plains and home to guanacos and flightless rhea birds.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 5

Day 52 Strait of Magellan

Travel to the end of the world and enter the wilds of Tierra del Fuego.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 53-54 Ushuaia

End this epic South American adventure at the world's southernmost town, Ushuaia, set between the Beagle Channel and looming glacial peaks.
ACCOM: Hostel - 1