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Quito to Rio Overview
- 2012-01-01 - 2013-12-31
Enjoy a South American adventure tour from Ecuador to Brazil.
Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of South America on this incredible adventure tour from Quito to Rio de Janeiro. Trek along ancient Inca paths to the magnificent ruins of Machu Picchu, experience life aboard the amazing floating islands of Lake Titicaca and enjoy the pulsating energy of cosmopolitan Buenos Aires. Discover diverse landscapes and breathtaking scenery as you venture deep into the lush Amazon Jungle, traverse soaring Andean mountains, survey vast Bolivian salt flats, marvel at thunderous waterfalls and explore verdant Brazilian forests. Along the way, meet friendly locals and discover the rich cultural heritage of this utterly bewitching continent.
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Surrounded by soaring mountains, Quito boasts some astonishing views. Absorb the scenic panorama from Parque Itchimbia or make the hair-raising climb into the gothic towers of the Basilica del Voto Nacional.
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.
Relish the Rio Verde's year-round temperate weather and perhaps saddle-up for some horse riding or hit the whitewater rapids in a raft.
Enjoy 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.
Be treated to more stunning scenery on the journey towards Riobamba.
Witness the creation of a legendary Panama hat at a local factory before exploring this beautiful city at leisure.
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.
Gaze at extraordinary archaeological finds at the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipan en route to Huanchaco, home to the remarkable surfing fisherman. Peruse the ancient ruins of Chan Chan and the incredible Temples of the Sun and Moon.
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.
Descend into the eerie catacombs below the Monasterio de San Francisco or admire the exquisitely carved balconies lining the Plaza de Armas. Head to San Isidro or Miraflores for a taste of contemporary Peruvian life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why not rejuvinate in the local thermal springs before visiting the spectacular Colca Canyon.
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.
Start the day with a visit to an artisan centre to learn about traditional crafts. Fall in love with Cuzco, Peru's most enchanting city. Uncover its ancient heritage at the famous 12-sided stone and ruins of Qorikancha or visit the awe-inspiring cathedral.
Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas on this Quechua Community trek through dramatic Andean landscapes. Soak up the spectacular scenery and meet some locals before descending into the Sacred Valley. Alternatively, take the classic Inca Trail trek and hike to Machu Picchu.
The first glimpse of Machu Picchu is truly breathtaking. Discover the fascinating history of this remarkable lost city on a guided tour. Explore the citadel at leisure. Back in Cuzco, soak up the relaxed atmosphere or enjoy some of the optional adventures activities on offer.
Rising dramatically from the desolate desert landscape, the amazing Sillustani funerary towers are testament to the engineering abilities of the area's pre-Incan civilisation. Spend the night in Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
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.
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.
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.
Explore the tin mining city of Potosi and perhaps take an optional tour through a working mine.
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.
Cross the spectacular Bolivian altiplano, past red lakes and steaming volcanoes. Characterised by adventurous routes through challenging terrain, get set for an unforgettable experience.
Travel across the border into Chile and camp at one of the world's best places for stargazing. By day, visit the surreal lunar landscape of Valle de la Luna.
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.
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.
Drive through the beautiful Argentinean landscape to the Tucuman province. Camp near the ancient Quilmes Ruins.
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Inca Trail permits are now sold out. However, you can opt to hike the Inca Quarry Trail - with spectacular and diverse sceneries this trek is an exceptional alternative to the very busy Inca Trail. Alternatively, travel by train through the picturesque Urubamba Valley to Aguas Calientes. Both options include a visit to Machu Picchu! Please contact us to arrange the one that suits you best!