Lima to Rio Itinerary

Go Overland from Lima to Rio with Intrepid Travel. Uncover hidden treasures from Peru to Brazil via Bolivia and Argentina.

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    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $3,654
      CAD $3,730
      AUD $3,807
      EUR €2,781
      GBP £2,277
      NZD $4,513
      ZAR R34,636
      CHF FR3,262
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $2,600
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $6,374*
      CAD $6,677*
      AUD $6,813*
      EUR €4,769*
      GBP £4,079*
      NZD $7,731*
      ZAR R63,560*
      CHF FR5,669*
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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Lima to Rio.








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Day 1 Lima

Arrive in Lima early to discover the wealth of culture in Peru's historic capital. Gain an insight into colonial history at the fascinating Museo de la Inquisicion or head to beachside Miraflores to sample some epicurean delights.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 2 Paracas/Ballestas Islands

Leave the city behind and travel south along the coast of Peru. Pitch a tent in Paracas, which spans over 335,000 hectares and is one of the world's most important marine reserves. Take a walk along the coastline and spot the vibrant birdlife Paracas is famous for.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 3 Nazca

Spot penguins, sea lions and boobies during a boat tour through the Ballestas Islands. Learn about the mysterious sand images on a Nazca Lines tour and perhaps take an overhead flight to fully appreciate the scale of this puzzling creation.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 4 Puerto Inca

The windswept graves at the Chauchilla Cemetery display the eerie skeletons and mummified bodies of the Nazca people, some of which date from 1,000 AD. Camp overnight near Puerto Inca.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 5-6 Arequipa

Explore the scenic city of Arequipa and perhaps stop by the Museo Santury to view Juanita, the ice princess. The body of this frozen Inca maiden is thought to be more than 500 years old, and was found at a sacrificial site on the summit of Nevado Ampato.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 7-8 Chivay/Colca Canyon

Rejuvenate in thermal springs before visiting the Colca Canyon. Try and spot an Andean condor, the world's largest flying bird.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 9 Raqchi Homestay

Get to know a local family as guests at a homestay in Raqchi. Spend the evening huddled around a crackling fire, sharing a meal, and discovering traditional Peruvian song and dance.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1

Days 10-11 Cuzco

Arrive in the city set high city in the mountains of Peru, Cuzco. Wander through cobblestone streets lined with massive Inca stone walls and Spanish-colonial architecture. Perhaps enjoy a traditional dance performance or sign up for one of the many adventure activities on offer in Cuzco, including quad-biking and whitewater rafting.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 12-15 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 16-17 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 to take in the stunning views. For those wishing to unwind post-trek, seek out bustling markets and cosmopolitan Cuzco cafes.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 18 Puno

Cruise Lake Titicaca and see the 'floating islands' of the Uros people. Marvel at the Sillustani funerary towers and spend the night in the township of Puno.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 19-20 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 21-23 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

Day 24 Livichuco

Explore the small Andean village of Livichuco, a remote Bolivian retreat that few tourists are lucky enough to experience. Be welcomed into the Aymara community and receive an introduction to their Qaqachaqa culture.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1

Days 25-26 Potosi

Explore the tin mining city of Potosi and perhaps take an optional tour through a working mine.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 27-28 Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni

Visit Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat, for an astonishing adventure. During the dry season the salar forms a blinding blanket of white; however, when wet it acts as a giant mirror, reflecting the sky and surrounding volcanoes. Continue across the Bolivian altiplano past red lakes and steaming volcanoes.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 29 Bolivian Altiplano

Cross the spectacular Bolivian altiplano, past red lakes and steaming volcanoes. Characterised by adventurous routes through challenging terrain, get set for an unforgettable experience.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 30-31 San Pedro de Atacama

Depart Bolivia and travel across the border into Chile, camping at one of the world's best places for stargazing. By day, visit the surreal lunar landscape of Valle de la Luna.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 32-34 Salta

Skip across the border again, this time into Argentina. Wander the elegant streets of Salta city and perhaps take the cable car to the top of Cerro San Bernardo - the view of the surrounding mountains is spectacular.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1, Hotel - 2

Day 35 Cafayte

Nestled in a picturesque valley in the Andean foothills, Cafayate is a welcomed retreat. Learn about local wine production during an optional vineyard tour and take a walk through the surrounding countryside.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 36 Quilmes

Drive through the beautiful Argentinean landscape to the Tucuman province. Camp near the ancient Quilmes Ruins.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 37-39 Estancia Stay

Pitch a tent on a working cattle farm and experience traditional Argentine hospitality. Enjoy a famous asado barbecue washed down with some local red wines. Why not spend time exploring the vast pampas on horseback or maybe stop by a local school to meet the kids.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 40 Cordoba

Travel to Cordoba and admire the finest colonial architecture in Argentina. Enjoy losing time along the scenic streets of this vibrant university city.
ACCOM: Hostel - 1

Days 41-43 Buenos Aires

From tango classes to football games, it's impossible to resist the passion and spirit of Argentina's capital. Attractions are many and varied, from a visit to Recoleta Cemetery to see Eva Peron's tombstone or a shopping spree in the funky Palermo Soho neighbourhood.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 44 Concordia

Drive towards the western shore of the Uruguayan River and bush camp at the border town of Concordia.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 45 San Ignacio Mini

Discover the impressive sight of San Ignacio Mini's intricately carved ruins.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 46-48 Iguazu Falls

Explore both the Argentinean and Brazilian sides of Iguazu falls, admiring their jaw-dropping magnitude and panoramic splendour. Riverside boardwalks, misty rainbows and colourful butterflies all add to the magic of this famous natural wonder.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 49-51 Bonito

The ecotourism capital of Brazil awaits at Bonito, where the list of optional activities include hiking scenic forest trails and snorkelling among colourful river fish. For even more exhilarating adventures, why not try caving, horse riding, abseiling or whitewater rafting.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 52-54 Pantanal

The Panatanal wetlands are the largest in the world and one of the most incredible places to visit in Brazil. Truly exotic wildlife inhabits these haunts so keep on the lookout.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Hacienda - 2

Day 55 Brotas

The tiny town of Brotas is Brazil's very own adventure sports hub. Dabble in a touch of canyoning or prepare to get splashed with some whitewater rafting.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 56-58 Paraty

While away the hours with a walk along Brazil's beautiful secluded beaches at Paraty. Island hop on a local boat ride or explore the depths of the crystal clear waters on a scuba diving excursion.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 59-60 Rio de Janeiro

Get ready for the ride that is Rio de Janeiro. Brazil's former capital is a breathtaking city and the thumping heart of this pulsating country. Get moving to the rhythm of the samba and say hello to the small hours in this city that never sleeps.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1