South American Explorer Overview

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      USD $8,795
      CAD $8,925
      AUD $9,270
      EUR €6,450
      GBP £5,545
      NZD $10,990
      ZAR R84,380
      CHF FR7,950
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      PEN 0 Chan Chan Archaeological Site
      USD $30 City Tour, Quito (Optional)
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      CAD $8,925
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      EUR €6,450
      GBP £5,545
      NZD $10,990
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Trip Validity

  • 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31

Explore South America on a tour from Quito to Rio de Janeiro.

Travel to South America and get ready for the ultimate adventure on this journey from the Andean heights of Ecuador through Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay until finally arriving in the vibrancy of Brazil. Explore the Amazon Jungle, trek the Inca Trail, take a 4x4 through the Salar de Uyuni, enjoy a hacienda homestay and visit Foz do Iguazu, the gateway to the mighty Iguazu Falls. Discover the rhythm of the samba, salsa and tango, get off the beaten track, visit diverse and amazing natural wonders and collect a lifetime of memories on this truly epic adventure. With plenty of free time and a do-it-yourself approach, this is the perfect way to discover South America.

  • Be awed by the mighty Iguazu Falls
  • Enjoy Peru's fresh seafood in Lima
  • Join surfers and fisherman on the beaches of Mancora
  • Party in Brazil's vibrant Rio de Janeiro
  • Reach dizzying heights on the Inca Trail
  • Unwind in Argentina's Lake District
  • Unwrap the enigma of the Nazca Lines
  • Visit Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Quito, Ecuador
  • Finish:

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 16
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    25 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Hacienda (3 nts), Hostel (13 nts), Hotel (43 nts), Jungle Lodge (3 nts)
  • Transport:

    Bus, Ferry, Overnight bus
  • Included activities:

    4 or 3 days trek and Machu Picchu guided tour, Buenos Aires - Leader led walking tour, Colca Canyon, Colca Canyon entrance, Lake Titicaca boat tour & homestay, Leader-led walking tour

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    1765kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    Inca Trail permits are sold on request basis only. Once deposit is paid and passport details provided, Intrepid will endeavour to secure a permit for you. If Inca Trail permits are unavailable by the time you book, you can opt to hike the Inca Quarry Trail instead. The Inca Trail closes in February to allow cleaning and restoration works. If the trek portion of your trip starts in February you will be automatically booked to hike the Inca Quarry Trail. Should you choose not to hike at all, please let us know in writing at the time of booking so alternative arrangements can be made. Without this prior warning, local fees may apply. Important information regarding new regulations and booking procedures for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Brochure change - In 2014, the section between Iguazu and Sao Paulo will be travelled by bus, as opposed to plane as mistakenly showing in 2014 Intrepid South America brochure.

  • Trip price from

    USD $8,795
    CAD $8,925
    AUD $9,270
    EUR €6,450
    GBP £5,545
    NZD $10,990
    ZAR R84,380
    CHF FR7,950
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    Extras

    PEN 0 Chan Chan Archaeological Site
    USD $30 City Tour, Quito (Optional)
    Price information
  • Total price from

    USD $8,795
    CAD $8,925
    AUD $9,270
    EUR €6,450
    GBP £5,545
    NZD $10,990
    ZAR R84,380
    CHF FR7,950
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  • Per day from:

    USD $105
    CAD $107
    AUD $111
    EUR €77
    GBP £66
    NZD $132
    ZAR R1,016
    CHF FR95
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About Argentina , Bolivia , Brazil , Chile , Ecuador , Peru , Uruguay

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Days 1-2 Quito

Quito is a cultured city with a wonderous Old Town, a dynamic nightlife and atmospheric streets showcasing Ecuadorian life in all its splendour.

Days 3-5 Amazon Jungle

The two rivers of Tena and Pano meet in Tena, a small, lively city and a gateway to the amazing Amazon Jungle.

Days 6-8 Banos

Green hills, warm waters, adventure activities, a chilled town atmosphere and good food are all found in Banos, a town popular with locals and travellers.

Days 9-10 Cuenca

With roots tracing back to 8000BC, Cuenca is a fascinating and beautiful city, and World Heritage-listed due to its wonderfully preserved heritage buildings.

Days 11-12 Zorritos

Long stretches of beach and great seafood make the fishing town of Zorrito a popular destination for locals in northern Peru.

Day 13 Chiclayo

Spend a day in Chiclayo, one of Peru's fastest growing modern cities. Perhaps pay a visit to the archaeological site of Sipan.

Days 14-15 Trujillo

Trujillo is an ideal location from which to explore the numerous archaeological ruins, such as the enormous pre-Columbian complex of Chan Chan, a vast adobe city constructed by the emperor of the Chimu people, as well as the world famous Moche pyramids the Huaca del Sol and Huaca de la Luna.

Day 16 Lima

Lima is a large, fascinating hotchpotch of architectural styles, coastal scenes, world cuisines, impressive museums, traditional culture and modern arts and nightlife.

Day 17 Pisco

While Pisco may have lent its name to Peru's most famous drink, this seaside city is also known for being the gateway to the Ballestas Islands.

Day 18 Nazca

Rebuilt completely after a devastating earthquake in 1996, Nazca is home to the mysterious Nazca Lines and a city of colourful houses with a pretty main square.

Days 19-22 Arequipa/Colca Canyon

The beautiful 'White City' of Arequipa is surrounded by volcanoes, is rich in Spanish colonial architecture and abounds with local culture and cuisine.

Days 23-24 Cuzco

Cuzco is the gateway to Machu Picchu and a city with majestic architecture, impressive ruins, a lively town centre and cultural significance around every cobblestone corner.

Day 25 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo

The Sacred Valley was once the heartland of the Inca Empire and now contains picturesque villages and impressive archeological sites. Located in the Urubamba Valley, the city of Ollantaytambo is an incredible archeological site and the starting point of the classic Inca Trail trek.

Days 26-29 Inca trail

Winding around mountains, through valleys and up steep slopes, the iconic Inca Trail is a series of beautiful vistas and challenging hikes all the way to Machu Picchu. Built sometime in the 15th century and rediscovered in 1911, the staggering ruins of Machu Picchu were thought to be an estate for the Incan emperor, Pachacuti.

Day 30 Cuzco

A World Heritage site set among red-green hills with ruins scattered close by, Cuzco is impressive in every way - be it history, culture, nightlife or architecture.

Days 31-33 Puno/Lake Titicaca

Puno is a colourful town on the Peruvian shores of Lake Titicaca, expect to see traditionally dressed locals, chaotic markets and, if lucky enough, even dancing in the streets. Crossing the border of Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and has some fascinating islands and hefty-sized frogs living within its waters.

Days 34-37 La Paz

Built in a canyon, the unique and bewtiching city of La Paz is filled with steep, cobbled streets, fascinating markets, evident tradition and captivating sights.

Days 38-39 Sucre

The delightful city of Sucre impresses visitors with its historic charm, indigenous roots and calm atmosphere, and is the perfect place to ease into the Bolivian way of life.

Days 40-41 Potosi

The loveliness of Potosi - one of the highest and more fascinating cities in the world - is mirrored by the harshness of its mines and mining history.

Days 42-44 Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni

Popular due to its proximity to the Salar de Uyuni, the town of Uyuni is small and charming, and feels very remote, especially at the photogenic train cemetery. The world's largest salt flat, the Salar de Uyuni, is a spectacular sight - whether reflecting like a mirror in the wet or cracking during the dry.

Days 45-46 San Pedro de Atacama

Gorgeous desert landscapes, atmospheric, whitewashed adobe houses and a lively town centre has made San Pedro de Atacama one of Chile's most popular travel destinations.

Days 47-49 Salta

With its well-preserved colonial buildings, candle-lit cafes, fine museums and surrounding natural beauty, Salta is one of Argentina's most charming cities.

Days 50-52 Mendoza

Famed for its wine and raft of adventure activities, Mendoza is a lovely city to get lost in with its wide streets, excellent eateries and gorgeous plazas.

Days 53-56 Santiago

Set within a circle of snow-capped mountains, Santiago is vibrant, artistic and gourmet - and the gateway to adventures in the snow, sea or desert.

Days 57-59 Pucon

With the spectacular Villarrica volcano bubbling away in the background, captivating Pucon is an adventure lover's paradise with outdoor activities galore in a gorgeous natural setting.

Days 60-61 San Martin de los Andes

Nested on the shores of Lake Lacar and surrounded by the majestic Lanin National Park, San Martin de los Andes is one of Argentina's most picturesque towns.

Days 62-64 Bariloche

A city of immense natural beauty known for its great chocolate, Bariloche is fabulous for sports lovers and food connoisseurs in all its picturesque seasons.

Days 65-67 Buenos Aires

Cosmopolitan, cultured and chic, Buenos Aires has European sensibilities with a fiery Latin heart. Discover colonial architecture, funky neighbourhoods, exceptional cuisine and a thriving nightlife.

Day 68 Colonia

Facing Buenos Aires across the Rio de la Plata, Colonia del Sacramento has a beautiful Old City with cobblestone streets, charming buildings and a wonderful nightlife.

Day 69 Montevideo

Spread out along the Bay of Montevideo, Uruguay's capital has an eclectic array of architecture, good beaches and a rich cultural heritage.
    • 83
    • GGRIC
    • 4.00 out of 5
    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $8,795
      CAD $8,925
      AUD $9,270
      EUR €6,450
      GBP £5,545
      NZD $10,990
      ZAR R84,380
      CHF FR7,950
    • Extras tool tip
      PEN 0 Chan Chan Archaeological Site
      USD $30 City Tour, Quito (Optional)
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $8,795
      CAD $8,925
      AUD $9,270
      EUR €6,450
      GBP £5,545
      NZD $10,990
      ZAR R84,380
      CHF FR7,950
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