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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      GBP £2,500
      EUR €3,100
      AUD $4,500
      CAD $4,590
      USD $4,235
      CHF FR3,745
      ZAR R45,025
      NZD $5,025
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      USD $2,700
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      GBP £4,288*
      EUR €5,073*
      AUD $7,484*
      CAD $7,515*
      USD $6,935*
      CHF FR6,134*
      ZAR R73,736*
      NZD $8,219*
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Day 1 Lima

Get acquainted with Lima, Peru's modern capital. There's plenty to see in this bustling city, from colonial mansions to vibrant plazas, fine museums and ornate churches.
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

Try to spot the mighty Andean condors as they silently take to the sky thousands of metres above the floor of the breathtaking Colca Canyon.
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 for the breathtaking views. For those wishing to unwind post-trek, seek out bustling markets and cosmopolitan Cuzco cafes.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 18 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 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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 24 Livichuco

Explore the small Andean village of Livichuco, a remote Bolivian retreat that few tourists get to experience. Be welcomed into the Aymara community and get introduced to their Qaqachaqa culture and cuisine.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1

Days 25-26 Potosi

The mining of Potosi's mineral wealth is said to have kept Spain running for 300 years. Delve into the country's nether regions on an optional tour of the mines in action and witness the harsh conditions that workers still toil under. Above ground, the city is a charming assortment of ornate churches, airy plazas and circuitous alleyways.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 27-28 Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni

Arrive in Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat, and fall witness to some astonishing horizons. All sense of scale, depth and perspective are rendered into oblivion by the endless expanse of chalky white crystals or the thin surface waters that reflect the heavens.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 29 Bolivian Altiplano

Journey across the Bolivian altiplano, past spectacular red water lakes and steaming volcanoes. Travel here can be rough going, but you'll be travelling through the heart and soul of Bolivia.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 30-31 San Pedro de Atacama

Cross into the stark and barren plateaus of northern Chile. Head out on a sunset excursion to Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) of San Pedro de Atacama to see the other-worldly rock formations shedding their daytime hues.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 32-34 Salta

Skip back across the border, this time into Argentina. Wander the elegant laneways of Salta and perhaps take the cable car to the top of Cerro San Bernardo – the surrounding mountain panoramas are simply superb.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1, Hotel - 2

Day 35 Cafayte

Nestled in a picturesque valley of the Andean foothills, Cafayate makes a welcoming retreat. Learn about local wine production on an optional vineyard tour through the surrounding countryside. And if you think it's too hot for drinking wine, why not try your favourite drop as an ice cream – a town specialty.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 36 Quilmes

Drive through the beautiful Argentine landscape to the Tucuman province. Camp overnight near the Quilmes ruins – an ancient city whose inhabitants were able to withstand Spanish advances for more than a century.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 37-39 Estancia Stay

Pitch a tent on a working cattle farm and experience traditional Argentine hospitality and ranch life first-hand. Enjoy a famous asado barbecue, best washed down with some local reds. Head out on horseback on an exploration of the vast pampas, or maybe stop by a local school to meet the kids.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 40 Cordoba

Travel to Cordoba and admire what's widely regarded as the finest colonial architecture in Argentina. Enjoy getting lost amid the scenic streets, vibrant cafe scene and eclectic galleries of this intoxicating university city.
ACCOM: Hostel - 1

Days 41-43 Buenos Aires

From sophisticated tango classes to raucous football games, it's impossible not to be seduced by the passion and spirit of Argentina's sultry capital. Venture out on a shopping spree in the funky Palermo Soho neighbourhood during the day and party 'til the wee hours among Argentina's hippest of hip bars.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 44 Concordia

Drive towards the western shore of the Uruguayan River and settle in for a night under the stars at a bush camp on the border town of Concordia.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 45 San Ignacio Mini

Journey on for another night's camping at the Jesuit mission town of San Ignacio Mini. There'll be time to explore the town's ruins and cemetery to learn something of its history.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 46-48 Iguazu Falls

The series of cataracts comprising the mighty Iguazu Falls, are a breathtaking spectacle to behold. To gain a full appreciation of their size and power, take in the cascades from both the Argentine and Brazilian banks. Or, for the ultimate vantage point, splash out on a helicopter ride over the top.
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 white-water 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 spot some truly exotic wildlife. Keep on the lookout for macaws, giant otters, anteaters and caiman.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Hacienda - 2

Day 55 Brotas

The tiny town of Brotas serves as Brazil's very own adventure sports hub. Why not explore the region's staggering natural wonders, canyoning, white-water rafting, or on a horseback ride.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 56-58 Paraty

Sitting between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Paraty is one of the world's best preserved Portuguese colonial towns. While away the hours here on a walk along its beautiful secluded beaches, island hopping by boat or scuba diving the depths of its crystal clear waters.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 59-60 Rio de Janeiro

Be prepared for the frivolities of a city that needs very little of an introduction – rollicking Rio. Brazil's former capital is a staggering city that thumps, grooves and grinds around the clock. Get your booty shaking to samba, your body baking on its famous sands, or head up to Christ the Redeemer for a lordly view of earthy splendour.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1