Itinerary

Day 1 Mexico

Spend time exploring the sights and sounds of intriguing Mexico City. Perhaps check out the pyramids of Teotihuacan or get out among the city’s vibrant nightlife.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 2-3 Oaxaca

Enjoy staying at a traditional posada. Take a look around the resplendent colonial city of Oaxaca before taking a guided tour around the Zapotec Ruins.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Days 4-6 San Cristobal De Las Casas

Stay in a family run hotel and enjoy a boat trip down the Sumidero Canyon during a stay in the lovely San Cristobel de las Casas.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 7 Yaxchilan

Pay a visit to the Mayan ruins of Yaxchilan before hopping aboard a boat to see the impressive murals of Bonampak.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 8-9 Palenque

Encounter the waterfalls of Agua Azul and Misol-Ha en route to Palenque, where the sight of this incredible, ruined city rising from the jungle is truly something to behold.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 10 Merida

As the state capital of Yucatan, Merida boasts thriving markets and a bustling nightlife.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 11 Chichen Itza

A short drive to Chichen Itza reveals one of the most spectacular Mayan sites in Central America, where the daily light and sound show is sure to impress.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 12-13 Tulum

Reach the Caribbean Coast for some blissful camping on a remote beach near Xpu Ha. Then, venture to the alluring clifftop ruins of Maya-Toltec.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 14-16 Caye Caulker

Wave goodbye to Mexico as a boat trip moves on to Caye Caulker in Belize. Relaxing to the max is compulsory on this idyllic Caribbean island.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 17-18 San Ignacio

Head to the Belize mainland, where there’s time to have a nosey around Belize City before moving on to San Ignacio – a beautiful town with lots of outdoor activities to enjoy or a place to simply relax.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 19 Tikal

Drive across to Guatemala and be dumbstruck by the Mayan ruins of Tikal, with its temples hiding among the tropical jungle.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 20-21 Poptun

Get to know what local life is like in Guatemala while spending time on a working farm in Poptun.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 22 Livingston

Soak up the unique Caribbean feel of the town and enjoy a splash in the local hot pools.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 23 San Andres Itzapa

Jump aboard another boat and travel along the Rio Dulce to arrive in San Andres Itzapa where we spend the night at a community project assisting victims of domestic violence.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1

Days 25-26 Panajachel/Lake Atitlan/Chichicastenango

Soak up the atmosphere of Panajachel, which is situated on the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlan. Perhaps embark on an optional boat trip around the lake that takes in the surrounding villages. The following day, visit Chichicastenango and its fantastic, multi-coloured market.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 27-28 Antigua

Appreciate the last couple of days in Guatemala by delving into the charms and wonder of Antigua.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 29-30 El Imposible National Park

Discover the verdant forest and biological diversity of stunning El Imposible National Park, complete with pumas, tigrillos and black crested eagles.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 31 Cerro Verde National Park

Experience amazing views of surrounding volcanoes and countryside in Cerro Verde National Park.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 1

Day 32 Suchitoto

Wander the colourful streets of Suchitoto, which are lined cobblestone roads that lead to beautiful whitewashed houses.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 33-34 Copan

Get up close to the ancient ruins of Copan, one of Honduras’s most striking Mayan sites.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 35-37 Roatan Island

Relax in the blissful, crystal-clear waters of Roatan Island, home to gorgeous beaches, intriguing mangroves and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, second in size only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 3

Day 38 Lake Yojoa

Visit Lake Yojoa, where an overnight lakeside camp is the ideal opportunity to take in the surroundings.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 39 Leon

Enter Nicaragua and head to the university town of Leon, peppered with derelict buildings and walls adorned with political murals and graffiti.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 40 Masaya National Park

Experience the wondrous crater and lava flows belonging to the active volcano in the heart of the Masaya National Park.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 1

Day 41 Granada

Explore the oldest city of the ‘new world’, Granada, which is rich in colonial history and a beautiful place to visit.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 42-43 Ometepe Island

Cross Lake Nicaragua, Central America’s largest lake, to Isla Ometepe, where two volcanoes, lush vegetation and a wide range of wildlife await.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 44-45 La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano National Park

See Arenal Volcano’s glowing lava flow at night, and marvel at this beautiful area's majesty during the day.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 46-47 Monteverde

Stay within the rainforest at Costa Rica’s Monteverde, and perhaps witness some of the diverse local flora and fauna during a visit to the Cloud Forest Reserve.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 48 San Jose

Pay a visit to the capital of Costa Rica, San Jose, and get to know its intriguing neighbourhoods, vibrant markets and lively nightlife.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 49-50 Manuel Antonio National Park

Sleep in cabins set within the jungle in Manuel Antonio National Park, embarking on jungle walks, relaxing on palm-lined beaches or swimming in cerulean waters.
ACCOM: Cabin - 2

Days 51-52 Chiriqui

Panama’s ‘wonderland’, Chiriqui, which offers activities like rafting, hiking and volcano walks, as well as pristine beaches and lush tropical forests.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Day 53 Santa Clara

An ideal opportunity to relax, swim in the lovely Pacific Ocean and camp by the beach before heading to Panama City.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 54-55 Panama City

Visit the Panama Canal with enough time left to explore the city’s colourful neighbourhoods and soak up the last of the Central American atmosphere.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 56-57 Cartagena

Wander around beautiful Cartagena on a guided city tour. Discover Cartagena's old town, an exceptionally well preserved area full of cobblestone laneways, charming buildings and busy cafes. Experience the therapeutic effects of a mud bath on an optional visit to a bubbling mud volcano.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 58-59 Covenas/San Bernardo Islands

Head to the Morrosquillo Gulf and camp on the beaches of Covenas. Tour the free beaches of San Bernado Islands and lookout for the diverse range of wildlife from bright pink flamingos to multi-coloured crabs.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 60-61 Medellin

Travel to Columbia’s second largest city and get involved in the vibrant nightlife of Medellin. Perhaps take a day trip to the local markets and open central courtyard of Santa Fe de Antioquia.
ACCOM: Hostel - 2

Days 62-64 Guatapé

Stay lakeside, surrounded by the rolling countryside of Guatapé. Browse stalls on the board walk or climb the El Penon de Guatape, a 650 foot tall granite monolith that provides magnificent views over the water.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 65-66 Manizales

Head to Manizales for a three-night stay at a hacienda. Tour a coffee plantation and admire scenic mountain vistas on a trip to Los Nevados National Park.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 67 Los Nevados National Park

Explore the savage but beautiful landscape of Los Nevados National Park, home to a unique combination of wildlife and vegetation as well as a wild, contrasting landscape.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 68-69 Cali

Party the night away as you bar hop through Cali or relax in the bohemian cafes of the city’s San Antonio neighbourhood. Why not step out and take an optional salsa class.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 70 Popayan

Discover the old town of Popayan and take a day trip to admire the spectacular volcanic landscapes of the Purace National Park.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 71 Ipiales

Drive to the Ecuadorian border and explore the town of Ipiales. Perhaps take time to visit the area's prime attraction, Santuario de Las Lajas - believed to be the site of many miracles and apparitions. Set dramatically amid impressive mountain scenery, Las Lajas is a hidden highlight of Colombia.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 72 Otavalo

Farewell Colombia and travel across the border into Ecuador. Browse through the array of bright textiles and colourful crafts available at the famous markets of Otavalo.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 73-74 Quito

Enjoy free time in captivating Quito, Ecuador's enthralling capital. Visit ornate churches in the Old Town for a dose of architecture and history. Sample local cuisine in one of the many cafes that line the cobblestone streets.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 75-77 Amazon Jungle

Enjoy the warm climate of the upper Amazon Basin, one of the world's most biologically diverse regions. Trek deep into the jungle, visit pools inhabited by caimans, have a chance to meet shaman and fall asleep to the sounds of the jungle.
ACCOM: Lodge - 3

Days 78-80 Rio Verde

Camp in the lush Tungurahua Province and explore nearby Banos, famous for its hot springs and mountainous surrounds. In this lush environment, optional activities abound - from horse riding to mountain biking and even whitewater rafting.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 81-82 Chugchilan/Quilotoa Loop

Witness spectacular views while driving along the winding Quilotoa Loop. Stretch legs on a guided trek and overnight in an eco-lodge nestled on the slopes of the Rio Toachi Canyon.
ACCOM: Hostel - 2

Day 83 Riobamba

Be treated to more stunning scenery on the journey towards Riobamba.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 84 Cuenca

Learn the history of the iconic Panama hat during an insightful factory tour. Pick up a hat at the local market or explore Cuenca's scenic streets and shady plazas.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1

Days 85-86 Punta Sal

Nestled in a long bay on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, Punta Sal is a haven for sun, surf and sand. Head out deep-sea fishing or explore the shoreline aboard a boat. For those looking for something more active, horse riding and salsa lessons are also available.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 87-88 Huanchaco

Visit the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipan to discover the finest artefacts from the nearby archaeological finds at Sipan. Pitch a tent at Huanchaco, home to the surfing fishermen, and watch these skilful men bobbing among the waves while balancing on their narrow reed canoes. Spend a full day exploring the ruins of Chan Chan - the largest pre-Columbian city in South America - and stop by the temples of the Sun and the Moon.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 89-91 Huaraz

Get ready for an action-packed stop! There's the option to go mountain biking, trekking to glassy Llanganuco Lagoon or even climbing over the Pastoruri Glacier. Nestled high in the Andes, Huaraz is dominated by the highest tropical mountain range in the world, the Cordillera Blanca, and by Peru's highest peak, Huascaran.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 3

Days 92-93 Lima

Discover the colonial heart of downtown Lima or perhaps head to scenic Miraflores for a walk along the seafront boardwalks.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 94 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.

Day 95 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 96 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 97-98 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 99-100 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 101 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 102-103 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 104-107 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 108-109 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 110 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 111-112 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 113-115 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

Days 116-117 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 118-119 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 120 Bolivian Altiplano

Journey towards the Argentine border, camping among spectacular scenery.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 121-122 San Pedro de Atacama

Visit the extraordinary Moon Valley, home of stunning sunsets and awesome stargazing opportunities. Stay in the oasis of San Pedro, where low-lying buildings hug narrow streets, surrounded by the huge dunes and other-worldly rock formations of the Atacama desert.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 123-124 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: Hotel - 2

Day 125 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 126-129 Quilmes

Stop by the Quilmes ruins, ancient home to a tribe that resisted the Incas and even the Spanish over the centuries. In its prime, the city would have housed nearly 5000 people.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 127 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 130-132 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 133-134 Santiago

Celebrate the end of an unforgettable adventure in Chile's cosmopolitan capital, Santiago.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1