Travel South America on an adventure from Quito to Rio de Janeiro

Get set for the ultimate South American odyssey. Covering six countries over 112 amazing days, travel through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile and Brazil on an epic adventure. Experience spectacular scenery, magnificent ruins, fascinating culture and some of the friendliest people on the planet. Start among Ecuador's glorious colonial buildings in Quito, then penetrate deep into the Amazon Jungle before heading south to Peru to follow the footsteps of the Incas. Marvel at the majestic citadel of Machu Picchu, visit the fascinating floating islands on Lake Titicaca, gaze in awe at the cascading waters of Iguazu Falls and survey vast Bolivian salt flats. If it's unspoilt nature you're after then this trip has it covered: majestic glaciers, verdant forests, crystal lakes, soaring mountains and more. This unforgettable trip will leave you enchanted by the breathtaking scenery and friendly people of this remarkable continent.

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Start
Quito, Ecuador
Finish
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Countries
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru
Style
Basix
Theme
Overland
Code
GDODC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22

Why we love this trip

  • Visit Ecuador and admire the ornate buildings of Quito's Old Town

  • Explore South America's lush Amazon jungle

  • Cruise around Peru's Ballestas Islands

  • Experience a Peruvian homestay near the Colca Canyon

  • Reach dizzying heights on the Inca Trail

  • Travel to Bolivia and marvel at Uyuni's vast salt flats

  • Sip on some of Chile's fine wines

  • Go trekking in the Torres del Paine National Park

  • Be awed by the might of the Iguazu Falls

  • Venture through the world's largest wetlands in Brazil

  • Soak up the energy of magnificent Rio de Janeiro

Itinerary

Border Information: if joining in Quito, you will most likely enter Ecuador at
Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport.

There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel -
please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more
details about this important meeting.

In Quito we will stay in a friendly local hotel in the 'New Town'.

Hotel for the night: Fuente de Piedra II
Hotel Fuente de Piedra II
Juan Leon Mera N23-21 y Baquedano
Mariscal Sucre
Quito
Ecuador
Tel - +593 2290 0323

About Quito:
Quito is the capital of Ecuador, nestled in a hollow in the mountains in between
the volcanos Cayambe, Pichincha and Cotopaxi - at 2,850m above sea level, it
is the world's highest official capital city. Founded in 1534 by a group of settlers
led by Sebastián de Benalcázar, the town slowly grew throughout the Spanish
colonial era and after the region's independence from Spain in 1822.

The colonial old town is a maze of steep, cobbled streets with intricately
carved, overhanging balconies, and some of the best examples of Spanish 
colonial art and churches anywhere in the Americas - along with Kraków, Quito
was the first ever World Cultural Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO in 1978.
The modern area of the town is lively and has some fantastic restaurants and
bars. Quito's mix of European and Indian cultures make this a really fascinating
city, and you will come across stalls displaying Indian textiles, colourful wall
hangings, jewellery, pottery and woodcarvings. Quito has some incredible
museums, galleries and parks in the city, and some excellent adventure
activities and mountain treks nearby for those with extra time in the area.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today our journey begins with a drive to the edge of the Amazon basin near the
town of Tena, where we head to our jungle lodge for an incredible 3-night stay.

In the Amazon Jungle we will stay in a comfortable rainforest lodge with meals
included.

Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours

About Ecuadorian Amazon:
The eastern part of Ecuador consists largely of tropical moist broadleaf forests
that cover the lower slopes of the Andes and spill down into the Amazon Basin.
The upland rainforest is strikingly different to that which is found in the lower
basin, and features steep, rugged ridges and cascading streams and waterfalls.
From our lodge near the city of Tena, we will explore these upland forests on
foot and by boat - we'll aim to find various waterfalls, caves and creeks in the
forest, all the while keeping an eye out for the area's elusive wildlife. We'll also
visit a local Quichua community during our stay in the forest lodge.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
( Day 3 to 4 )

Over the next two days we will head into the Amazon jungle, enjoying
rain forest treks exploring the nearby waterfalls and caves, and trips down the
Napo River in motorised dugout canoes, hopefully spotting plenty of wildlife on
the way. We will also see some ancient fossils and petroglyphs, and visit a local
Quichua community. 

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
( Day 3 to 4 )
 
Over the next two days we will head into the Amazon jungle, enjoying
rain forest treks exploring the nearby waterfalls and caves, and trips down the
Napo River in motorised dugout canoes, hopefully spotting plenty of wildlife on
the way. We will also see some ancient fossils and petroglyphs, and visit a local
Quichua community. 
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive back into the highlands of Ecuador, arriving in Rio Verde
near the famous Tungurahua volcano.

In Rio Verde we will stay at a well-equipped campsite with great facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours

About Rio Verde:
A few kilometres from the town of Baños is the small village of Rio Verde,
named after the clear green water of the river that flows through the town. A
number of waterfalls are found along its course, the most spectacular being
The Devil’s Cauldron (‘El Pailon del Diablo’), a 20 minute walk from our
excellent campsite.

Whilst staying here, we will have the opportunity to take part in optional
adventure activities like as horse-riding, canyoning, mountain biking and
rafting, as well as making the short trip into Baños to visit the thermal springs
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
( Day 6 to 7 )

Today we will drive to the remote village of Chugchilán, via the spectacular
highland scenery along the road of the 'Quilotoa Loop'.

In Chugchilán we will stay in a fantastic local hostel where breakfast and dinner
are included, giving you a chance to enjoy traditional Ecuadorian food.

Estimated Drive Time - 7 hours.

About Chugchilán:
Set on the slopes of the Rio Toachi Canyon, the peaceful village of Chugchilán is
our base to explore the stunning green landscapes of central Ecuador. Several
day hikes are available in the area, the most famous being one from the
volcanic Lake Quilotoa back to Chugchilán - this is without doubt one of the
most beautiful day-treks to be found in South America, and takes you through
the canyon and the lush fields of the area.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
( Day 6 to 7 )
 
We will have two full days of free time for a range of activities in Rio Verde,
such as white-water rafting, trekking, canyoning, cycling, and other options.
We will also have the opportuinty to visit the nearby town of Banos and
its popular volcanic thermal springs.

About Baños:
Nestled in the shadow of the fiery Tungurahua volcano is the exquisite town of
Baños. Tungurahua is one of Ecuador's largest active volcanoes, and provides an
incredible backdrop to treks and explorations in the area. There are some
beautiful waterfalls, excellent trekking and mountain biking opportunities, and
some famous volcanic hot springs which give the town its name!
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive to the remote village of Chugchilán, via the spectacular
highland scenery along the road of the 'Quilotoa Loop'.

In Chugchilán we will stay in a fantastic local hostel where breakfast and dinner
are included, giving you a chance to enjoy traditional Ecuadorian food.

Estimated Drive Time - 7 hours.

About Chugchilán:
Set on the slopes of the Rio Toachi Canyon, the peaceful village of Chugchilán is
our base to explore the stunning green landscapes of central Ecuador. Several
day hikes are available in the area, the most famous being one from the
volcanic Lake Quilotoa back to Chugchilán - this is without doubt one of the
most beautiful day-treks to be found in South America, and takes you through
the canyon and the lush fields of the area.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will transfer to the village of Quilotoa to see its stunning crater lake,
and take an included day trek back to Chugchilán through the local villages,
canyons, and beautiful scenery. This walk is widely considered one of the best
day treks in Ecuador!

The mostly-downhill usually takes between 4-6 hours, but please be aware that
there is a section towards the end of the trek with a steep incline which you
will need to be physically fit for - although we thoroughly recommend the trek,
it can be skipped by anyone if they prefer.

About Lake Quilotoa:
Lake Quilotoa is a beautiful volcanic crater lake located at 3,600m above sea
level in the hills between the towns of Zumbahua and Chugchilán. Its emerald
water spans a circle with a diameter of 2kms - Quilotoa is an active volcano,
but the last major eruption was over 850 years ago. It is possible to hike down
from the crater rim to the lakeside. The descent takes 30 minutes and climbing
back up takes about an hour. The lake also lends its name to the Quilotoa Loop,
given to the winding circuit of spectacular dirt roads that connect Lake
Quilotoa to Latacunga and the Pan-American Highway. The roads that lead
away from Latacunga are unpaved, winding and have spectacular views of the
mountains, rivers and verdant landscape. We will head to the town of
Chugchilán on the northern section of the loop and head out on the southern
section of the loop allowing you to see some of the more remote areas of the
central Andes of Ecuador.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive along the remainder of the Quilotoa Loop and then head
south to the beautiful colonial town of Cuenca. We will pass through the
stunning landscape of the Cajas National Park en route.

In Cuenca we will stay in a centrally-located hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 7 hours.

About Cuenca:
Cuenca is Ecuador's third-largest city and its small centre is home to some
beautiful architecture. The city was founded in 1557 and named after the city
of Cuenca in Spain, the birthplace of the Viceroy of Peru at the time.

This small university town is a pleasure to explore, and you'll discover
impressive churches that date back to the 16th and 17th Centuries, attractive
colonial buildings, tranquil plazas and lively markets. The Ecuadorians consider
it the finest city in the country, and many of its buildings are constructed from
marble and decorated with stunning woodwork and ironwork.

Cuenca is also the home of the Panama hat, and you can visit one of the famous
hat factories and watch the skills of the craftsman on your travels here.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have a free day to explore the colonial city of Cuenca. The
town is the birthplace of the famous Panama Hat, and we will have the
opportunity today to visit one of the factories to learn about the manufacturing
process.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: Exit Ecuador at Huaquillas, enter Peru at Tumbes.

Today we will have a long drive day south, crossing the border into northern
Peru.

We will stay at a friendly local campsite just outside of Punta Sal, on a
beautiful and serene beach on the shore of the Pacific Ocean.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.

About Punta Sal:
Situated on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in a long, curved bay, Punta Sal is a
haven of sun and sand. The warm and tranquil waters are a pleasure to swim in
and there's also the opportunity to set out on boat trips along the coast line.
For those who prefer to stay on dry land, horse riding along the beach and salsa
lessons can be arranged, or just kick-back in a hammock and laze the day away,
enjoying the peace and quiet of this beautiful spot.

Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we have a full day to relax on the beach and enjoy some activities in and
around the stunning coastal area of Punta Sal.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have a full day's drive to Huanchaco, near the city of Trujillo. We
will have an included visit to the phenomenal Lord of Sipan museum
in Lambayeque, home of an incredible collection of Chimu-era treasures
(please note that this museum is closed on Mondays, so we will be unable to
visit if your trip passes through on a Monday).

In Huanchaco we will camp in the grounds of a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 10 hours (including approximately 1 hour 30 minutes at
the Lord of Sipan museum).

About Huanchaco:
Huanchaco is a small town on the Peruvian coast that is rapidly acquiring a
reputation for the quality of the surfing off its relaxed beaches. Wandering
along the sea front you will come across the local fishermen's "caballitos de
tortora" - curved reed boats left propped up in groups together on the sand.

Huanchaco is an ideal location from which to explore the numerous
archaeological ruins that surround the nearby city of Trujillo. One of the most
impressive sites is that of the enormous Pre-Colombian complex of Chan Chan,
a vast adobe city constructed as the capital of the Chimú civilisation which
thrived in the area between 900-1470 CE, when they were finally invaded by
the Incas.

Another incredible site is the pyramid-shaped Huaca de la Luna, the impressive
remains of the capital of the Moche civilsation that flourished between 100-800
CE - this site contains some phenomenal abode structures and well-preserved
painted murals of the Moche deity Ai Apaec.

About Lambayeque:
The small Peruvian town of Lambayeque is home to the impressive Museo
Tumbas Reales de Sipán, a world-class museum that showcases the finest
artefacts from the archaeological finds at nearby Sipán.

The ancient city of Sipán was a settlement of the Moche civilisation that
thrived in the area between 50-700 CE. The ruins were discovered in 1987, and
when excavated revealed a set of fantastic and well-preserved royal tombs.
Although some tombs had been plundered, many were found intact and full of
some of the most extraordinary historical treasures ever discovered in the
world!

Amongst the most impressive discoveries made here is the tomb of the famous
‘Lord of the Sipán’, a Moche priest found buried amidst an array of gold, jewels
and fabrics - some phenomenal gold and silver ornamental and ceremonial
artifacts were recovered, which demonstrate the outstanding craftsmanship of
the Moche metalworkers.

Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have an included guided trip to explore the enormous adobe
ruins of Chan Chan and the world-famous Moche archaeological site of Huaca de
la Luna (Pyramid of the Moon).
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have a spectacular drive up the winding roads of the 'Casma
Route' into the Cordillera Blanca section of the high Andes, reaching the
mountain town of Huaraz.

In Huaraz we will stay in a local hostel in either dorm accommodation or
private rooms depending on availability.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

About Huaraz:
Huaraz is situated high up in the Andes, dominated by the highest tropical
mountain range in the world - the Cordillera Blanca. Looming over the town
is Peru's highest peak, the 6,768m mountain of Huascarán.

Huaraz offers great opportunities for trekking, mountain biking, horse riding
and rafting in the spectacular mountains, or even head out ice-climbing on the
Pastoruri Glacier. There are some wonderful nearby historical sites, such as the
ancient ceremonial centre of Chavín de Huántar which dates from 1200-500
BCE, and the Wilcahuaín ruins, once an outpost of the Wari civilisation between
600-900 CE.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
( Day 17 to 18 )

We have two days in the spectacular area of the Cordillera Blanca for
exploration and optional activities such as visiting the incredible pre-Inca ruins
of Chavín de Huantar or trekking and climbing to the nearby lakes and glaciers.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
( Day 17 to 18 )
 
We have two days in the spectacular area of the Cordillera Blanca for
exploration and optional activities such as visiting the incredible pre-Inca ruins
of Chavín de Huantar or trekking and climbing to the nearby lakes and glaciers.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have another full day's drive back to the coast via the 'Paramonga
Route' and then on to the enormous Peruvian capital of Lima.

In Lima we will stay in a comfortable hotel in the city's historical centre.

Estimated Drive Time - 10 hours.

About Lima:
Lima is Peru's buzzing and busy capital city, and the second-largest city in the
Americas behind São Paulo! Despite its colossal size and chaotic areas, if
you explore the capital's streets, parks and plazas you'll discover a real gem of
a city.

Lima was founded by the infamous Conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535 and
was originally the administrative centre for Spain’s Viceroyalty in South
America, making it the continent’s most important city for nearly three
centuries. It became a city of great wealth financed by the massive quantities
of gold and silver that were mined in the area, and became the capital of
independent Peru after its liberation from the Spanish in 1821.

There are many museums in Lima showcasing the finest artefacts from the
country's many ancient civlisations, and you can visit the finely preserved
catacombs at the Church of San Francisco. There are many excellent
restaurants in the city and a thriving nightlife in the lively district of Miraflores.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: if joining in Lima, you will most likely enter Peru at Lima
Jorge Chavez International Airport.

There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel -
please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more
details about this important meeting.

In Lima we will stay in a comfortable hotel in the city's historical centre.

Hotel for the night: Hotel Kamana
Hotel Kamana
Jr. Camaná 547
Lima (Downtown)
Peru
Tel - +51 1426 7204
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have a very early start to leave Lima before the rush hour, and
drive 270kms south to Paracas. There we will board one of the local boats for
an included trip to the Ballestas Islands to view its incredible array of
resident wildlife and birds.

After lunch, we will continue south to arrive at the stunning desert oasis town
of Huacachina, where we have the option to head out for an evening of sand
boarding and dune buggying and the further option to camp out under the
stars in the deserts.

For those that do not wish to participate in the optional camping in the desert,
in Huacachina we will stay in dorm accommodation in the village itself.

Estimated Drive Time - 6 hours, not including the time taken for the trip to the
Ballestas Islands (please note that all drive times given here are approximate
estimates only and are given with the best intentions - however please be
aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions,
weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on
any overland trip!).

About Huacachina:
Huacachina is a sparkling oasis nestled in the deserts near Ica in northern Peru -
an area that is more reminiscent of the Sahara than South America! The picturesque lagoon is surrounded by palm trees and towering sand dunes and
creates a tranquil oasis in the dusty coastal desert. The small town here has
become a popular destination for travellers due to its incredible sand boarding
and dune buggying opportunities.

About Ballestas Islands:
The Ballestas Islands are a series of rock formations in the turbulent waters of
the Pacific just off the coast of Paracas. Sometimes referred to as the "poor
man's Galapagos", the islands have an abundance of wildlife,
including Humboldt penguins, Blackish oystercatchers, cormorants and Peruvian
boobies living alongside vast colonies of sealions, all noisily crowding the
Ballestas coastline and jostling for space. The wildlife is fantastic to see on a
boat trip around the islands.

The startling biodiversity around the Ballestas Islands and the Paracas National
Park is the result of two merging currents in the Pacific - the warm northern
waters of El Niño and the cooler waters of the Humboldt. The climatic
conditions produced by the combination of these two currents create the
perfect environment for a proliferation in the number of plankton and
phytoplankton, the core constituents in the diet of fish.

About Paracas:
Paracas National Park is widely regarded as one of the most important marine
reserves in the world. This coastal and marine national park is located on a
peninsula in the Pacific Ocean and is home to one of the highest concentration
of marine birds in the world as well as providing a vital habitat for sealions and
dolphins.

Historically the peninsula was the home to the Paracas people from 1200 BCE
through to around 200 CE and some remains of their culture can be found in the
area, the most spectacular of which is the enormous candelabra - a giant
etching depicting a cactus inscribed onto a coastal hill overlooking the ocean.
Accommodation
  • Bush camp (no facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ballestas Island - Guided tour
  • Paracas National Park
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we continue south to the world-famous village of Nazca, the location of
the mysterious Nazca Lines. On the drive, we will stop at a viewing platform to
get a glimpse of some of these lines. The Nazca Lines are a series of figures,
lines, and geometric shapes that were etched into the ground of the desert
plateau over a thousand years ago by the ancient Nazca culture, and their
purpose is still unknown to this day.

In the afternoon, we will have the opportunity to take an optional
30-minute flight over the Nazca Lines in a small aircraft - this is by far the best
way of seeing the figures, and we use a local operator with an excellent safety
record.

In Nazca we will camp at a well-equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours.

About Nazca:
Nazca is home to the famous and mysterious Nazca Lines, enormous geometric
designs and petroglyphs inscribed on the ground of the desert on the arid high
plateau between Nazca and Palpa - some of the figures are over 200m across in
size. Many of the lines form stylised depictions of animals, such as monkeys,
spiders and hummingbirds, as well as trees and other designs.

Archaeologists believe the Nazca Lines were created between 500 BCE and 500
CE by the Nazca culture - although scholars are unsure as to their exact
purpose, but they almost certainly has religious significance to the Nazca. The
designs are simply shallow lines made in the ground by removing the reddish
pebbles and uncovering the grey ground beneath.

The Nazca Lines were discovered in 1927 by Peruvian archaeologist Toribio
Mejia Xesspe, and later famously studied by the German archaeologist Maria
Reiche. You can view the lines from a viewing tower or take a flight in a small
plane to see them from above. Close to the town are the sites of the ancient
Nazca city of Cahuachi and the Chauchilla Cemetery, where you can see the
tombs of people of the ancient Nazca civilisation. It is something of an eerie
sight to see the skulls, bones and even hair of the dead, preserved in a
remarkable state thanks to the dry desert air.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning we head south of Nazca, and have an included visit to the nearby
ancient sites of the Chauchilla Cemetery and the Cahuachi Pyramid, thought to
have once been the religious centre of the Nazca civilisation.

In the afternoon we will continue our drive to the coastal resort of Puerto Inca,
where we camp at a well-equiped campsite on the beach.

Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours.

About Puerto Inca:
Puerto Inca is situated on the Peruvian Pacific coast, nd was once the Inca port
that supplied the city of Cuzco with supplies of fish. It is a great place to relax
on the beach, enjoying scenic views of the ocean and a dip in the swimming
pool!
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chauchilla cemetery
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will start our drive inland, and head uphill to the beautiful ‘White
City’ of Arequipa.

In Arequipa we will stay in a good local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 8 hours.

About Arequipa:
Situated on the Peruvian Altiplano, Arequipa sits at almost 3,500m above sea
level and is the second largest city in the country. Set against the stunning
backdrop of the snow-covered volcano El Misti, salt lakes, thermal springs and
high-altitude deserts, the landscape of the area around Arequipa truly unique.
It's possible to arrange mountain-biking and rafting trips in the area as day tours
from the city.

The city itself is very beautiful, full of stunning colonial buildings built out of
the soft white volcanic rock that is found in the area. As a university town,
there is always a lively buzz about the place and there are plenty of good bars
and restaurants to discover.

No trip to Arequipa would be complete without paying a visit to Juanita in
the Museo Santuarios Andinos. Sometimes known as the "Ice Maiden", Juanita is
the mummy of a young Inca girl aged about 11-14 at the time of her death in
approximately 1450 CE - she was discovered near to the summit of Mount
Ampato in 1995 by two climbers, her body frozen and well-preserved in the low
temperatures and high altitude.

Arequipa is also famous for the Santa Catalina Convent, which is almost a city
within a city in the centre of the town. Not only are the buildings of the
convent stunningly beautiful, with brightly painted walls and shady courtyards,
it also has a fascinating history which you can learn about on a guided tour.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have a free day to explore the colonial city of Arequipa, or for
some optional activities in and around the city.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
We will have some more free time to explore Arequipa this morning, before
continuing our drive to the highland town of Chivay after lunch.

In Chivay we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours.

About Chivay:
The rural town of Chivay is the gateway to the magnificent Colca Canyon - one
of the largest canyons in the Americas, which at a maximum depth of 3,270m is
twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the USA.

As well as boasting some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Peru, the
Colca Canyon is famous as being one of the best places in the world to spot the
mighty Andean Condor - this stunning bird is one of the largest in the world
with a wingspan of around 2.5m, and the Colca Canyon provides a perfect
natural habitat for them so it is very common to see them as they swoop
around the canyon walls.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Colca Canyon -Guided tour
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning we will head out on a short drive to some of the best viewpoints
along the spectacular Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the
world! The canyon is famous for its resident condors, and we will spend a good
amount of time at the viewpoints to give ourselves the best chance of spotting
them. We will also visit a couple of local communities on the way back to
Chivay.

We will have a free afternoon to explore Chivay, and possibly take an optional
trip to the nearby hot springs and zip-lining course.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive through the stunning landscapes of the Peruvian highlands
to the small village of Raqchi. Here we will stay at a homestay as guests of the
local villagers in their traditional family homes. The houses are very clean and
have basic facilities. This evening the villagers will invite us to take part in a
traditional Quechua religious ceremony, and we'll have some lively music from
some of the village's musicians.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

About Raqchi:
Raqchi is a small village situated 100kms southeast of Cuzco, famous as being
the site of the only surviving temple of the ancient Inca creator
deity Wiracocha.

It is a special place for us as it is where we have one of the best local homestay
experiences to be found in the world - on our Dragoman trips we stay here as
guests of the local families in their traditional houses, a fantastic way to get a
real insight into how people live here and to learn about their culture and
customs. There is often the chance to participate in some of the ceremonial
and spiritual aspects of village life, and there is always plenty of singing and
dancing as we get to know our new Peruvian families. The village is also well
known for its talented craftsmen and women, and there will be the chance to
buy some of the beautiful hand-made and intricately decorated pottery that is
made here.
Accommodation
  • Homestay (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning we will visit the Inca ruins of the Temple of Wiracocha at Raqchi,
and then see a pottery demonstration at a local artisan centre.

In the afternoon we will drive to the incredible historical city of Cuzco, the
former Inca capital.

In Cuzco we will stay in a good colonial hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 3 hours.

About Cuzco:
The Inca Empire was the largest empire in the pre-Columbian Americas - the
civilisation arose in the early 13th Century CE under the leadership of the first
Inca ruler Manco Capác, founding the city of Cuzco as their capital. The
civilisation thrived in the area until 1438, when the new leader Pachacuti
embarked on a massive campaign of expansion and used military conquest and
peaceful assimilation to incorporate a massive portion of western South
America under his control - at its largest, the Inca Empire stretched all the way
from southern Colombia through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, northwest Argentina,
all the way down to central Chile.

In 1526, the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro first entered Inca territory
from his expedition through Colombia. After quickly determining that it was
evidently a civilisation of great wealth and power, he quickly received royal
permission to conquer the empire - he decisively kidnapped and later executed
the Inca ruler Ayahualpa in 1533 and installed their own puppet ruler, Manco
Inca Yupanqui. The new leader quickly turned on the invaders and briefly took
control of Cuzco for the Incas again, until the Spanish finally pushed them back
permanently from the city. The remnants of the civilisation formed a Neo-Inca
state centred around Vilcabamba in the mountains above Lima until the Spanish
invaded them completely in 1572, ending the last major resistance to their rule
in Peru.

Any adventure tour to Peru naturally centres around the stunning city of Cuzco
- it is world-famous as the gateway to the spectacular ruins of Machu Picchu
and the various Inca trails through the Peruvian highlands. However, the city is
a fantastic destination in its own right, and many of its buildings still retain
some of the original Inca stonework as part of their structure. This unique and
intricate stonework was an ingenious construction method that prevented
damage from earthquakes - examples of their amazing building techniques can
still be seen in and around Cuzco, including the famous 'twelve-sided stone',
now part of the logo of Cuzco's native Cusqueña beer!

A good place to start your explorations is the majestic main plaza, surrounded
by cobbled streets lined with attractive colonial buildings. Head up the hill into
the neighbourhood of San Blas and you will discover another hidden square with
a quiet laid-back feel. All the streets are lined with shops, bars and
restaurants, from small local cafes to five star dining experiences. There are
also some fantastic museums and historical sites in and around the city,
showcasing the wonderful history and culture of the Incas.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Raqchi Artisan Centre and ruins
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
A Note on Altitude: If you are joining in Cuzco, we strongly recommend
arriving at least 24 hours before the trip begins to allow additional time to
acclimatise.

A Note on our Community Trek: From July 2016, we have renamed our
flagship Community Trek, The Wild Andes Trek, we feel this sums it up pretty
well - trekking in the remote, pristine mountains of Peru. The only thing thats
changing is the name - Dragoman's commitment to genuine, responsible tourism
remains at the heart of the trek and the route remains the same, so rest
assured by opting for this trek you are supporting communities and protecting
the environment.

Border information: if you are joining in Cuzco, you will most likely enter Peru
at Cuzco Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (IATA code: CUZ).

There will be an important group meeting at 10:00am at the joining hotel -
please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more
details about this important meeting. There will be a further meeting this
evening for our Wild Andes and Classic Inca Trails, where we will have a full
detailed briefing from our local trekking guides about the next few days!

The rest of today will be free to explore the wonderful city of Cuzco, discover
its many historical gems, or to take part in number of optional activities near
the city.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those
with extra time in Cuzco before the start of your trip with us - please contact
the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to
have extra time exploring Cuzco.

In Cuzco we will stay in a good colonial hotel.

Hotel for the night: Hotel Cahuide
Hotel Cahuide
Calle Saphi No. 845
Cuzco
Peru
Tel - + 51 8422 2771
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
These four days will be spent either trekking in the Andes, on our pioneering
Wild Andes Trek, on the Classic Inca Trek or for those not wishing to hike, free
time to explore and a guided tour of the Sacred Valley on our Train package.

Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek

Leaving Cuzco early in the morning, we visit the ruined temples
of Sacsayhuaman for a fascinating tour of the site. We then head on to
Chinchero, a small Quechua-speaking village in the Sacred Valley. Here we will
see a traditional weaving demonstration that has been unchanged for a
thousand years, and explore their beautiful archaeological ruins. We will drive
to a stunning viewpoint for a picnic lunch, and then visit the Quillarumiyoc
temple (the Temple of the Moon).

We will start our trek from here in the afternoon, heading by foot to Zurite
where we have a picturesque stay in a colonial house. Tonight we will enjoy a
traditional dinner and get a taste of the local village lifestyle.

Approximate walking distance: 8km, Estimated time: 4hrs, Meals provided:
Lunch and Dinner

Option 2 - Classic Inca Trek

This morning we go for a guided tour of the Sacred Valley, followed by a visit to
the market town of Pisac, where we will have lunch. We then head to
Ollantaytambo, where we will explore this impressive archeological site.
Tonight we stay in a comfortable hotel.

There is no trekking today. Meals provided: Lunch, Dinner, Snacks

Option 3 - Train Package

You will leave Cuzco with your fellow passengers who will be trekking the Wild
Andes Trek. You will visit the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, followed by a beautiful
scenic drive over mountains and through valleys, via the ancient city of Pisac
and on to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After lunch you will head back to
Cuzco where you will stay at our nice, centrally located hotel for a further 3
nights.

Meals included: Lunch

Activity Approximate Cost
Visit the incredible remains of the Inca temples
of Sacsayhuaman and the Sacred Valley on a
guided tour Included in Kitty
Take a guided tour of the fantastic Inca temples
at Ollantaytambo Included in Kitty

Options for the treks from Cuzco (please see the
bottom of the Trip Notes for more details):

Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek
Hike on unspoiled Inca Trails through the
stunning remote Andean scenery away from
other tourists, on our exclusive Wild Andes Inca
Trek. If you choose this option you will get a
small refund from kitty.

Option 2 - Classic Trek
Trek the Classic Inca Trail up the Royal Inca
Road. Your kitty has been budgeted to
accommodate for this option as it is the most
costly of the 3 options. Included in Kitty

Option 3 - Train Package (non-trekking option)
Relax in Cuzco and take the train to Machu
Picchu without trekking. If you choose this
option you will get a refund of the cost
difference from kitty.
Important note: You must advise us at the
time of booking if you wish to book the Classic
Inca Trail or the Train Package (non-trekking
option), otherwise you will automatically be
booked onto our Wild Andes Trek.

About Sacred Valley:
The valley of the Urubamba river is more often referred to as "The Sacred
Valley". In the Peruvian highlands close to the Inca capital of Cuzco, the valley
extends from the small market town of Pisac to Ollantaytambo, nestling at the
foot of the Andean mountain ranges that are home to the magical lost Inca city
of Machu Picchu.

Together with Machu Picchu itself, the Sacred Valley was a cradle of the Inca
Empire and the area is littered with archaeological sites including the
magnificent ruins of Pisac with its famous terraced fields, the old temple
complex of Sacsayhuaman and the remarkably well-preserved Inca city of
Ollantaytambo. Together with the temperate climate, lively markets, sleepy
Andean villages and stunning surrounding landsccape, the rich history of the
area makes it a truly bewitching place.

About Inca Trail :
When people talk about "The Inca Trail", they are usually referring to a
particular trekking route that follows an ancient pathway that leads to Machu
Picchu. However there are a huge number of Andean Trails that criss-cross the
Urubamba Valley and surrounding mountain ranges, many of which are
genuinely remote and rarely used by western tourists. On our Dragoman tours
that travel via Cuzco we offer you the choice to trek either the Classic Inca
Trail or our unique alternative, the Wild Andes Trek, which is exclusive to
Dragoman.

The Classic Inca Trail

The Classic Inca Trail route usually starts at Kilometre 82 of the Cuzco-Aguas
Calientes railway, taking in Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman's Pass, 4,200m)
and the ruins of Phuyupatamarca and Wiñay Wayna en route, eventually
arriving at the Sun Gate above Machu Picchu early in the morning after 3 days
of trekking. This route is still extremely popular as it is seen by many as the
original Inca Trail, and it is also probably the best trek to choose if you're really
interested in history and archaeology, because of all the smaller Inca sites it
passes along the way. Unfortunately, due to its own popularity, the Classic Trail
is always very busy, with around 500 people starting the trek every day - due to
there being restrictions on camping areas, the campsites are often very busy
with other trekkers as well. Nevertheless it is still an awesome trek, passing
through some stunning scenery from snow-capped peaks to abundant cloud
forests, and the sense of achievement you'll have when you catch your first
sight of Machu Picchu is something you'll never forget. Please note that the
Classic Trail is always closed for maintainance during the entire month of
February each year.

The Wild Andes Trek

Dragoman's Wild Andes Trek is a unique trekking route where you'll hike through
pristine unspoilt Andean scenery, walking ancient Inca Trails and passing by
local communities. This trek is all about getting away from the overcrowded
thoroughfares of the Classic Inca Trail and getting out into the real Andes - not
to mention being part of a project with provides a genuine, direct benefit to
the host communities we travel through, by supporting education, income
generation and environmental sustainability projects. The trek itself is about
the same as the Classic Inca Trail in terms of length and difficulty, taking three
to three and a half days and ascending to about 4,700m when you cross the
highest pass. The scenery out here is truly magnificent, spectacular mountain
peaks, verdant hillsides dotted by isolated villages and the odd llama and
alpaca, you are unlikely to see another tourist here. Although you won't trek
into Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate as on the Classic Trail, you will arrive to
Machu Picchu well rested after a night in a comfortable hotel and ready to get
the most out of the tour of this magnificent site.

Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (4 nights)
Included Activities
  • Alternative Inca Trail and Quechua Community trek
  • Tour of the Sacred Valley, Sacsayhuaman and Ollantaytambo
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek

Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Cuzco

Today we will have an early start to catch the train to the small town of Aguas
Calientes. From there, we will take a bus up the winding mountainside to the
legendary ruined city of Machu Picchu - one of the world's most iconic
sights! We have a guided tour with our expert local guide and there will be
plenty of free time to explore this magical place.

In the afternoon we will head back to Ollantaytambo and then on to Cuzco,
where we return to our joining hotel at the end of a long but phenomenal day!
Meals provided: Breakfast


Option 2 - Classic Trek

Wiñay Wayna to Machupicchu

Leaving Wiñay Wayna, we descend gradually further through the highland
jungle to our destination - Intupunku (the "Sun Gate") leading into Machu
Picchu. Arriving at daybreak, we catch our first breathtaking view of this
historical wonder. As with the Wild Andes Trek, our local guide will show us the
most important constructions as well as explain the history and the mythology
of this magnificent place. There is also some free time to explore the ruins
further at your own pace or just chill out and watch the hummingbirds or
vizcachua. In the afternoon we head back down to Aguas Calientes and take the
train back to Ollantaytambo and return to Cuzco for a well-deserved rest.

Approximate walking time: 2hrs, Distance: 4kms, Meals provided: Breakfast,
Snacks

Option 3 - Train Package

After an early breakfast and walk to the train station, your stunning 2 hour
train ride to Aguas Calientes begins. The journey takes you through several
different micro-climates, past Inca terraces, lookout posts, ancient river bank
reinforcements and small towns. You will get a glimpse of different temples
and the beautiful Mount Veronica (5,750m). Passing through 8 tunnels, the train
journey finally comes to an end in the busy pueblo, Aguas Calientes. From here
you take a local bus that winds up the mountainside for about 30 minutes until
you arrive at the entrance to Machu Picchu (2,400m), the awe inspiring 'Lost
City of the Incas'. The guide will take you around the immense, mystical ruins
for about 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes, explaining the rich history of the
ancient site. Afterwards, you will have time to explore on your own before
returning down the mountain to Aguas Calientes.

In the afternoon you will catch a train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
and a private transfer will take you back to your hotel in Cuzco.

Meals provided: Breakfast

Activity Approximate Cost
Explore the phenomenal and iconic Inca ruins of
Machu Picchu, one of the New 7 Wonders of the
World - take a guided tour and have plenty of
free time to explore before returning to Cuzco
Included in Kitty

About Machu Picchu:
Machu Picchu is a world-famous 15th-Century Inca citadel perched 2,430m
above sea level on a mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley. One of the
historical highlights of the world and a phenomenal icon of Peru, the ruins have
been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1983 and was voted on of the New
Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.

Machu Picchu was most likely built as an estate for the Inca
emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472), and is thought to have been built in around
1450 but abandoned after the Spanish conquest in the 1530s. Although the city
remained known about by the local Quechua people, it was undiscovered by the
Spanish during the colonial period and remained unknown to the outside world
until American historian Hiram Bingham discovered it and brought it to
international attention in 1911.

Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca style with intricately-designed drystone
walls built without mortar - it has three primary structures: the Inti
Watana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows. Most of
the outlying buildings have been reconstructed and restored, and the iconic
steep mountain of Huayana Picchu looms over the site. The city consists of
more than 200 buildings, from houses to temples, storage buildings and public
spaces. It's fascinating to be able to gaze down on the city from above and
imagine how it would have looked during the height of the Inca empire.

A visit to Machu Picchu is a major highlight of any adventure tour to Peru.
A genuinely magical place, catching your first glimpse of the Inca city through
the early morning mist is definitely a moment you’ll never forget.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (2 nights)
Included Activities
  • Machu Picchu - Guided tour
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Take part in a Peruvian cooking class in Cuzco,
learning how to make a variety of local dishes USD 79
Take a Spanish class in the beautiful city of
Cuzco (suitable for all levels) PEN 20

Today we will leave Cuzco and head through the highlands of Peru to the town
of Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. We will have an included visit to the
Inca site of Tipón en route.

In Puno we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours (please note that all drive times given here
are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and
does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings,
photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops,
etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the
best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road
conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is
essential on any overland trip!).

Activity Approximate Cost
Visit the incredible Inca site of Tipón, once an
agricultural centre and a park for the Inca elite Included in Kitty

About Puno:
Located on the shores of Lake Titicaca in the south eastern region of Peru is the
small town of Puno. The town is a melting pot of Aymara and Quechuan Indian
cultures and traditional Andean customs are still strongly represented here.
Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world, and a mythical expanse
of deep blue waters dotted with islands, some of which are still home to
communities who have been living in the same way for hundreds of years.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sillustani Ruins and Museum w/Guide
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: Exit Peru at Yunguyo, enter Bolivia at Kasani.

This morning we will cross into Bolivia and head to the lakeside town of
Copacabana, before boarding a boat to the stunning island of Isla del Sol.

In Isla del Sol we will stay in a basic local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours.
About Copacabana:
Copacabana, Bolivia, is quite different from the famous Brazilian beach that
shares its name, but both are wonderful destinations to visit!

It is a picturesque small town on the shores of Lake Titicaca, centred around its
small whitewashed square which is home to a pleasant Moorish-style cathedral.
At sunset there is no better place to be than sat at one of the many simple
local fish restaurants on the shoreline, watching the sun slip down behind the
horizon.

About Isla Del Sol:
Isla del Sol is a serene and peaceful island set in the glittering Lake Titicaca off
the shore of the Bolivian village of Copacabana. The island was famous in Inca
mythology as the supposed birthplace of the sun-god Inti - a legend that is still
told by many of the modern-day Aymara and Quechua peoples of the area.

There small ancient ruins dotted on the island, as well as tiny traditional
villages and beautiful walking routes. You can take a boat trip to the island
and wander through its atmospheric landscape, exploring the island's dry slopes
covered with sweet smelling incense brush, or hike over the ancient pampas
which are still cultivated by the island families.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Uros Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will take an included day trip across Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca, one
of the holiest sites in ancient Inca mythology and supposedly the birthplace of
the Sun God Inti. We will take a 14km walk across the length of the island,
taking in the incredible and serene scenery and soaking up the calm
atmosphere of the island (this walk can be skipped by anybody who does not
want to do it).

We will return to Copacabana for the evening.

In Copacabana we will stay in a basic local hotel.

Activity Approximate Cost
Take a boat trip to Lake Titicaca's Isla del Sol,
and head on a guided walk across the length of
the stunning island Included in Kitty
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Isla del Sol boat trip
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive to the famous city of La Paz, Bolivia’s seat of government
and the highest administrative capital in the world! On arrival we will have
free time to explore the city.

In La Paz we will stay in a good hotel in the historical centre.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

About La Paz:
Bolivia's largest city of La Paz is spectacularly located lying huddled in a canyon
basin, hiding from the harsh conditions of the surrounding altiplano. It is a
fascinating city - the old town and more expensive neighbourhoods at the
bottom of the canyon in the centre, surrounded by sprawling shanty-towns
which extend up the slopes of the bowl, merging into the huge Aymara district
of "El Alto" back on the plains, a suburb of La Paz that has grown to be a city in
its own right.

The city skyline is dominated by the snow-capped peaks of Mount Illimani, a
staggeringly beautiful backdrop that leaves many visitors stunned when then
catch their first glimpse of the city as they descend into the canyon. The old
town is full of markets and winding cobbled streets full of people in traditional
Aymara clothing selling anything and everything you could ever think of,
including dried llama foetuses on sale in the witch's market!

There are plenty of other activities to do in La Paz, including the famous
downhill bike ride through the Yungas on the 'world's most dangerous road'!

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
( Day 41 to 42 )

Border information: if you are joining in La Paz, you will most likely enter
Bolivia at La Paz El Alto International Airport (IATA code: LPB).

Welcome to La Paz, Bolivia’s seat of government and the highest
administrative capital in the world! There will be an important group meeting
at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a
note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

On the following day we will have a free day to explore the city or take part in
optional activities.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those
with extra time in La Paz before the start of your trip with us - please contact
the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to
have extra time exploring La Paz.

In La Paz we will stay in a good hotel in the historical centre.

Hotel for the night: Estrella Andina
Estrella Andina
Avenida Illampu 716
Zona El Rosario
La Paz
Bolivia
Tel - +591 2245 6421

Activity Approximate Cost
Take the spectacular downhill mountain-bike
trip down the infamous 'World's Most Dangerous
Road', a 3,500m descent from the high mountain
plateau near La Paz to the steaming jungles of
Corioco via the dramatic road cut into the cliff
USD 110
Take a guided tour to explore the amazing preInca
ruins of Tiwanaku, once the centre of one
of the most important cultures in South America BOB 180
Take a trip out to the mountain resort of Chacaltaya and the
other-worldly landscape of
the Moon Valley near La Paz BOB 120
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
( Day 41 to 42 )
 
Border information: if you are joining in La Paz, you will most likely enter
Bolivia at La Paz El Alto International Airport (IATA code: LPB).

Welcome to La Paz, Bolivia’s seat of government and the highest
administrative capital in the world! There will be an important group meeting
at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a
note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

On the following day we will have a free day to explore the city or take part in
optional activities.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those
with extra time in La Paz before the start of your trip with us - please contact
the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to
have extra time exploring La Paz.

In La Paz we will stay in a good hotel in the historical centre.

Hotel for the night: Estrella Andina
Estrella Andina
Avenida Illampu 716
Zona El Rosario
La Paz
Bolivia
Tel - +591 2245 6421

Activity Approximate Cost
Take the spectacular downhill mountain-bike
trip down the infamous 'World's Most Dangerous
Road', a 3,500m descent from the high mountain
plateau near La Paz to the steaming jungles of
Corioco via the dramatic road cut into the cliff
USD 110
Take a guided tour to explore the amazing preInca
ruins of Tiwanaku, once the centre of one
of the most important cultures in South America BOB 180
Take a trip out to the mountain resort of
Chacaltaya and the other-worldly landscape of
the Moon Valley near La Paz BOB 120
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Take a guided tour of the main sights and
viewpoints around La Paz BOB 60
Discover Bolivia's history, art, and culture in
some of La Paz's many museums such as the San
Francisco Museum and the Museum of
Ethnography
BOB 20

Today we will leave La Paz and head to Ojo del Inca, the eye of an
extinct volcano and a natural hot spring.

In Ojo del Inca we will camp by the hot springs.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours (please note that all drive times given here
are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and
does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings,
photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops,
etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the
best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road
conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is
essential on any overland trip!).

About Ojo del Inca:
Ojo del Inca (meaning "Eye of the Inca") is an almost perfectly-circular volcanic
lake in the Tarapaya Canyon, which is becoming popular for visitors to the
Potosí region.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will head to the colonial mining town of Potosí, the highest town in
the world, and once famous for the area's abundance of silver! We will have
free time to explore Potosí, and there will be a chance to visit the infamous
silver mines of Cerro Rico near to the town.

In Potosí we will stay in a friendly local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 30 minutes-1 hour.

Activity Approximate Cost
Explore the claustrophobic tunnels of the Cerro
Rico silver mines, an infamous mine orignally
built by the Spanish BOB 110
Visit the the Casa de la Moneda museum in
Potosí, to learn all about its colonial past and
the silver that once flowed from the area BOB 60

About Potosí:
Potosí is a colonial mining town, founded in the 16th Century after the Spanish
discovered huge silver deposits in the nearby Cerro Rico mountain. Situated at
over 4,000m altitude, high up on the Bolivian altiplano, the city can claim to be
one of the highest in the world.

Whilst in Potosí you can arrange to visit a mine that is still being worked, which
offers a challenging and yet fascinating insight into how mining has shaped the
history and culture of this town. Entering a dark maze of tunnels you will
descend to four levels below, down to the work face where miners use
hammers, chisels and dynamite, more reminiscent of the 1800s than the 21st
Century, to dig out the remaining metal. Most of the silver here is long gone -
it's tin the miners are looking for now. If you do choose to head down into the
mines it's become a custom to take the miners gifts of dynamite, fuses and coca
leaves in exchange for their stories of how their working conditions have not
changed in centuries. Life is harsh for all who work here, but the mines have
now all been organised into co-operatives and so at least today the men have a
say in their own future. You should note that visiting these primitive mines is
not for everybody as it is pretty tiring, you will be in enclosed spaces and it can
be dangerous.

Back in the city of Potosí itself, the winding streets are worth a wander. The
town has a bit of an air of fading grandeur, many of it's beautiful colonial
buildings and plazas having seen better days, but it's a fascinating place to
explore nevertheless. You can also visit the "Casa de la Moneda", the old mint,
which is a great place to learn more about Potosí's history and the story of the
mines.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive south to Uyuni, the gateway to the incredible salt flats of
the Salar de Uyuni.

In Uyuni we will stay in a friendly hotel, famous for serving the highest pizzas in
the world!

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

About Uyuni:
Arriving in Uyuni feels a bit like you've reached the end of the road, which in
many ways is true. This remote small town sits on the edge of the high
altiplano, a wilderness that extends for hundreds of kilometres towards the
border with Argentina and Chile - so it's hardly surprising that the town can
have a bit of a wild-west feel about it.

Uyuni is of course best known for being the gateway to the Bolivian salt flats
known as the "Salar de Uyuni". Also nearby is the Train Cemetery, a graveyard
for the carcasses of old steam engines that have been left here to rust - an
other-worldly and eerie sight set in the bright altiplano sunshine against the
background of the distant Salar.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jeep tour of Uyuni Salt Flats
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will venture out onto the salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni, spending a
full day exploring this phenomenal location by jeep and on foot. En route we
will explore the nearby train graveyard and the cactus-filled 'Fish Island', and
take all the time we need to get plenty of perspective-bending photographs!

Activity Approximate Cost
Take a full day tour out in jeeps to the dazzling
Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats - the spectacular,
perfectly-flat salt plains that are one of South
America's most incredible sights Included in Kitty

About Salar De Uyuni:
The Salar de Uyuni is a truly unforgettable sight, and a landscape quite unlike
anything you'll have seen anywhere else in the world! The Salar de Uyuni is a
dazzling dry lake of over 12,000 sq. kms, made of blinding white interlocking
salt crystals. It is the world's largest salt pan, and is bright white expanse that
stretches as far as the eye can see - when there's a little bit of water on the
flats, it reflects the bright blue sky of the altiplano perfectly, acting like a
mirror and making the horizon disappear!
Accommodation
  • Bush camp (no facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will head off across the wilds of the Bolivian altiplano, a surreal
and desolate desert landscape that stretches all the way to the Chilean border.
We will visit the spectacular coloured lakes of Laguna Colorado and Laguna
Verde en route.

In the Bolivian Altiplano we will stay in a basic mountain refuge.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Activity Approximate Cost
Take the epic journey across the southern
Bolivian altiplano - an incredible high-altitude,
off-road adventure through a surreal desert
landscape, taking in bizarre rock formations, hot
springs, and the phenomenal coloured lakes of
Laguna Colorada and Laguna Verde Included in Kitty

About Bolivian Altiplano:
The high Bolivian altiplano stretches hundreds of kilometres from the small
town of Uyuni out across to the borders with Argentina and Chile. This is real
wilderness - there are no roads up here, just a few tracks to follow, and you're
more likely to see a flamingo or llama than another human being!

The only way to cross the altiplano is by travelling in a specialist expedition
vehicle like one of our overland trucks. The crossing is an adventurous one
- travelling across the high-altitude dirt tracks can be challenging and rough,
and the trip from Uyuni to the border normally takes a couple of days - but it's
without a doubt one of the most unforgettable journeys you'll ever make,
as the landscape here is out of this world. Wild and remote, the high altiplano
is made up of barren semi-desert open plains dotted by streams and lakes,
many of which appear vividly coloured due to the mineral deposits in the
water. The lakes are flanked by the impressive volcanic peaks of the high
Bolivian Andes, which are awe-inspiringly beautiful and undoubtedly some of
the most spectacular mountain scenery you'll ever see.

You'll also pass a few remote villages, inhabited by Quechua farmers who try
their best to eke out a living up here from the rough pasture, grazing a few
llamas and alpacas. The altitude here is considerable and it can be very cold
and windy. When travelling here you should be prepared for the cold
temperatures. and it is worth making sure you have a really good quality
sleeping bag.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
( Day 8 to 9 )

Border information: Exit Bolivia at Uyuni, enter Chile at San Pedro de
Atacama.

Today we set off early from our altiplano refuge, cross the remainder of the
Bolivian Altiplano, and then descend all the way into the Atacama desert.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day to explore the incredible
highlights of the Atacama desert surrounding San Pedro. In the evening we will
take an included trip out to the extraordinary Moon Valley, where we will
hopefully see an incredible sunset. At night we will also have the chance to go
stargazing, in one of the world's premier regions for astronomy (please note
that this is only possible when there is not a full moon).

In San Pedro de Atacama we will stay in a centrally located hostel.

Activity Approximate Cost
Explore the dramatic, other-worldly landscape
of the Moon Valley, and take in an incredible
sunset from one of its high viewpoints Included in Kitty
Observe the night skies through the powerful
telescopes of the observatory in the Atacama
Desert near San Pedro, and learn all about the
heavens on a fascinating talk from one of the
astronomers (not available during the week of a
full moon) CLP 20000
Visit the incredible salt plains of the Salar de
Atacama, and take a swim in the salty pools of
Laguna Cejar CLP 2000
Take a tour of the stunning Lagunas Altiplánicas,
backdropped by the incredible deserts and
volcanic scenery of the region CLP 30000
Relax in the blissful natural volcanic hot springs
of Puritama, in the hills above San Pedro CLP 15000

About San Pedro De Atacama:
San Pedro is a small oasis town in the Atacama desert in northern Chile. It's a
quirky little place - low-lying adobe buildings line the narrow streets, leading to
a sleepy tree-lined plaza that's home to a pretty white-washed church and a
fascinating small museum with some interesting mummies and various other
Indian artifacts.

Pleasant though the town is, the real attraction here is the phenomenal
surrounding landscapes and scenery. Perhaps most well known is the unusual
desert landscape of "Moon Valley", just a short distance outside San Pedro,
where other-worldly rock formations, unusual layer-cake landscapes and huge
dunes combine to create some incredible views. The sunsets here can be
amazing, the changing light turning the stone and sand a kaleidoscope of
different colours, so the end of the day is definitely the best time of day to
visit.

There are a whole host of other activities on offer here, from star-gazing and
visit the Atacama salt flats, to horse-riding and mountain-biking in the
surrounding countryside. The town itself is also a pleasant place just to kickback
and relax, with some good bars and restaurants thanks to the developing
tourist-trade.

Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
( Day 8 to 9 )
 
Border information: Exit Bolivia at Uyuni, enter Chile at San Pedro de
Atacama.

Today we set off early from our altiplano refuge, cross the remainder of the
Bolivian Altiplano, and then descend all the way into the Atacama desert.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day to explore the incredible
highlights of the Atacama desert surrounding San Pedro. In the evening we will
take an included trip out to the extraordinary Moon Valley, where we will
hopefully see an incredible sunset. At night we will also have the chance to go
stargazing, in one of the world's premier regions for astronomy (please note
that this is only possible when there is not a full moon).

In San Pedro de Atacama we will stay in a centrally located hostel.

Activity Approximate Cost
Explore the dramatic, other-worldly landscape
of the Moon Valley, and take in an incredible
sunset from one of its high viewpoints Included in Kitty
Observe the night skies through the powerful
telescopes of the observatory in the Atacama
Desert near San Pedro, and learn all about the
heavens on a fascinating talk from one of the
astronomers (not available during the week of a
full moon) CLP 20000
Visit the incredible salt plains of the Salar de
Atacama, and take a swim in the salty pools of
Laguna Cejar CLP 2000
Take a tour of the stunning Lagunas Altiplánicas,
backdropped by the incredible deserts and
volcanic scenery of the region CLP 30000
Relax in the blissful natural volcanic hot springs
of Puritama, in the hills above San Pedro CLP 15000

About San Pedro De Atacama:
San Pedro is a small oasis town in the Atacama desert in northern Chile. It's a
quirky little place - low-lying adobe buildings line the narrow streets, leading to
a sleepy tree-lined plaza that's home to a pretty white-washed church and a
fascinating small museum with some interesting mummies and various other
Indian artifacts.

Pleasant though the town is, the real attraction here is the phenomenal
surrounding landscapes and scenery. Perhaps most well known is the unusual
desert landscape of "Moon Valley", just a short distance outside San Pedro,
where other-worldly rock formations, unusual layer-cake landscapes and huge
dunes combine to create some incredible views. The sunsets here can be
amazing, the changing light turning the stone and sand a kaleidoscope of
different colours, so the end of the day is definitely the best time of day to
visit.

There are a whole host of other activities on offer here, from star-gazing and
visit the Atacama salt flats, to horse-riding and mountain-biking in the
surrounding countryside. The town itself is also a pleasant place just to kickback
and relax, with some good bars and restaurants thanks to the developing
tourist-trade.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: Exit Chile at Paso Jama, enter Argentina at Paso Jama.

Today we will have a long drive day to cross the mighty Andes, cross the border
into Argentina, and reach the beautiful town of Salta.

In Salta we will stay in a local hotel or guesthouse.

Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours.

About Salta:
Salta is an attractive town in the north west of Argentina. Nicknamed "Salta la
Linda" (or "Salta the Beautiful"), the city is well known as being a stunning town
in a beautiful area. Home to some fantastic colonial architecture, the old town
centres around the main plaza which is lined with cafes and restaurants, a
great place to independently explore and soak up the serene Argentine
atmosphere.

To get a better view of the city and surrounding area you can take a cable-car
from Parque San Martín up to the Cerro San Bernardo viewpoint overlooking the
city, and the many churches and the cathedral are also worth a visit. Salta is
also home to some fantastic museums, making it a good place to learn a bit
more about Argentinian history and culture.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have a free day to explore the town of Salta, visit its many
museums, or explore the beautiful surrounding hills on foot or by mountain
bike. We will also have the chance to take the cable car to the viewpoint on
San Bernardo Hill overlooking the town, or take the famous 'Train to the Clouds'
through some of the incredible mountian scenery nearby.

Activity Approximate Cost
Take the cable car up to the top of San
Bernardo Hill, and take in the breathtaking
views out over the city of Salta below ARS 110
Explore the beautiful mountains and forests
near Salta on a mountain biking trip ARS 690
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive through the spectacular rock formations of the Quebrada
de las Conchas, and reach the serene town of Cafayate. This small unassuming
town is the centre of one of Argentina's principal wine producing regions,
famous for the quality of its Torrentes and Tannat wines! We will have the
opportunity to go to a few of the vineyards nearby to see how the wine is
made, and of course to try them!

In Cafayate we stay at a campsite with good facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours.

Activity Approximate Cost
Explore the vineyards of Cafayate and discover
the area's delicious wines and bodgeas on a
wine-tasting excursion ARS 50
Visit the impressive rock formations of 'El
Amphiteatro' and 'La Garganta del Diablo' en
route through the primeval landscape of the
Quebrada de las Conchas Included in Kitty

About Cafayate:
Cafayate is a small town in north west Argentina, and is world-famous for its
wine production. The surrounding vineyards produce some of the best quality
wine in South America - Cafayate is particularly renowned for its Torrontes, a
distinctive and crisp white wine that is typically Argentinian and similar in style
to a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

Cafayate itself is small and has a sleepy laid-back feel, although it can become
busy during Argentinian holiday periods. Many of the local bodegas offer
tastings and tours of their wine cellars which can be easily organised while you
are here. Also worth seeking out is the local ice-cream parlour, which together
with the more usual flavours also offers red and white wine ice-cream!
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Vineyard Tour
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive south over some more spectacular mountains and arrive in
the lush flat pampas that Argentina is famous for. We will visit the ancient ruins
of the indigenous city of Quilmes en route.

Tonight we will aim to wild camp en route.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.

Activity Approximate Cost
Explore the atmospheric ruins of the indigenous
city of Quilmes in north west Argentina Included in Kitty

About Quilmes Ruins:
The ruins of the city of Quilmes are located on a remote hillside in the
Tucumán province in north west Argentina. The people of Quilmes were an
indigenous tribe who inhabited this area as far back as 850 CE, fiercely resisting
attempted Inca invasions in the 15th and 16th Centuries and even holding out
against the Spanish for over 100 years before finally succumbing to a siege led
by the colonial powers in 1667. After the siege, the Spanish took the area over
and deported the few surviving indigenous people to a 'reservation' close to
Buenos Aires. The 2000 remaining Quilmes Indians were forced to make this
1500km journey on foot, causing many to die along the way.

The ruins of the city are the largest and most important pre-Columbian site in
Argentina - at its height the city would have housed nearly 5000 people,
however today there are only a handful of Quilmes' descendants left in
Tucumán.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Quilmes Ruins
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
( Day 54 to 56 )

Today we drive to a unique Anglo-Argentine Estancia, where we will stay for 3
nights.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

During our time at the Estancia, we will head out horseback riding, taste the
excellent wines produced by their vineyards, be entertained by a local
musician, learn some of the skills of the gauchos, and enjoy a traditional asado
(Argentine BBQ). This isa magical experience in a beautiful and atmospheric
location, and many people's highlight of the trip!

Please note that some of these activities are subject to weather
conditions. Please also note that there is a strict weight limit of 15 stone
(210lbs) or 95kg to partake in the horse riding - if you should weigh more than
this, then unfortunately you will not be able to participate in the horseback
riding.

In the Estancia we will camp with facilities in the grounds near the main house.

Activity Approximate Cost
Spend 3 special days at a unique AngloArgentine
Estancia, to experience the gaucho
way of living and see the beautiful countryside
by horseback Included in Kitty

About Rio Ceballos:
To the east of the Andes in the centre of Argentina is the country's second
major city, Córdoba. Rising just to the west of the city are the beautiful rolling
hills of the Sierra de Córdoba, where we spend three nights at a unique AngloArgentinian
estancia.

The estancia has been in the same family for four generations, and is a working
cattle ranch farming the prized Argentinian Aberdeen Angus cattle. Here we
will sample the traditional hospitality of the Anglo-Argentinian ranching
community, with fantastic food straight from the farm. An asado (Argentinian
BBQ) will be enjoyed on one of our nights here, as well as an evening of
traditional music, a chance to try lassoing and fantastic wine tasting featuring
some of the local produce. Daily horse riding excursions will also be arranged to
ride through the hills on the fabulous horses and even completely
inexperienced riders will feel like gauchos in a short time.

Please note that these activities are subject to weather conditions. Please also
note that there is a strict weight limit for all riders of 15 stone (210 lbs, 95 kg)
to ensure the horses' well-being. If you are heavier than this weight you will
unfortunately be unable to ride.

Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
( Day 54 to 56 )

Today we drive to a unique Anglo-Argentine Estancia, where we will stay for 3
nights.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

During our time at the Estancia, we will head out horseback riding, taste the
excellent wines produced by their vineyards, be entertained by a local
musician, learn some of the skills of the gauchos, and enjoy a traditional asado
(Argentine BBQ). This isa magical experience in a beautiful and atmospheric
location, and many people's highlight of the trip!

Please note that some of these activities are subject to weather
conditions. Please also note that there is a strict weight limit of 15 stone
(210lbs) or 95kg to partake in the horse riding - if you should weigh more than
this, then unfortunately you will not be able to participate in the horseback
riding.

In the Estancia we will camp with facilities in the grounds near the main house.

Activity Approximate Cost
Spend 3 special days at a unique AngloArgentine
Estancia, to experience the gaucho
way of living and see the beautiful countryside
by horseback Included in Kitty

About Rio Ceballos:
To the east of the Andes in the centre of Argentina is the country's second
major city, Córdoba. Rising just to the west of the city are the beautiful rolling
hills of the Sierra de Córdoba, where we spend three nights at a unique AngloArgentinian
estancia.

The estancia has been in the same family for four generations, and is a working
cattle ranch farming the prized Argentinian Aberdeen Angus cattle. Here we
will sample the traditional hospitality of the Anglo-Argentinian ranching
community, with fantastic food straight from the farm. An asado (Argentinian
BBQ) will be enjoyed on one of our nights here, as well as an evening of
traditional music, a chance to try lassoing and fantastic wine tasting featuring
some of the local produce. Daily horse riding excursions will also be arranged to
ride through the hills on the fabulous horses and even completely
inexperienced riders will feel like gauchos in a short time.

Please note that these activities are subject to weather conditions. Please also
note that there is a strict weight limit for all riders of 15 stone (210 lbs, 95 kg)
to ensure the horses' well-being. If you are heavier than this weight you will
unfortunately be unable to ride.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
( Day 54 to 56 )

Today we drive to a unique Anglo-Argentine Estancia, where we will stay for 3
nights.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

During our time at the Estancia, we will head out horseback riding, taste the
excellent wines produced by their vineyards, be entertained by a local
musician, learn some of the skills of the gauchos, and enjoy a traditional asado
(Argentine BBQ). This isa magical experience in a beautiful and atmospheric
location, and many people's highlight of the trip!

Please note that some of these activities are subject to weather
conditions. Please also note that there is a strict weight limit of 15 stone
(210lbs) or 95kg to partake in the horse riding - if you should weigh more than
this, then unfortunately you will not be able to participate in the horseback
riding.

In the Estancia we will camp with facilities in the grounds near the main house.

Activity Approximate Cost
Spend 3 special days at a unique AngloArgentine
Estancia, to experience the gaucho
way of living and see the beautiful countryside
by horseback Included in Kitty

About Rio Ceballos:
To the east of the Andes in the centre of Argentina is the country's second
major city, Córdoba. Rising just to the west of the city are the beautiful rolling
hills of the Sierra de Córdoba, where we spend three nights at a unique AngloArgentinian
estancia.

The estancia has been in the same family for four generations, and is a working
cattle ranch farming the prized Argentinian Aberdeen Angus cattle. Here we
will sample the traditional hospitality of the Anglo-Argentinian ranching
community, with fantastic food straight from the farm. An asado (Argentinian
BBQ) will be enjoyed on one of our nights here, as well as an evening of
traditional music, a chance to try lassoing and fantastic wine tasting featuring
some of the local produce. Daily horse riding excursions will also be arranged to
ride through the hills on the fabulous horses and even completely
inexperienced riders will feel like gauchos in a short time.

Please note that these activities are subject to weather conditions. Please also
note that there is a strict weight limit for all riders of 15 stone (210 lbs, 95 kg)
to ensure the horses' well-being. If you are heavier than this weight you will
unfortunately be unable to ride.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
( Day 57 to 59 )

Today we will have a very early start for a full day's drive to the stunning town
of Mendoza, nestled in the dry flats underneath the shadows of the largest
mountains of the Andes. Mendoza is the centre of Argentine wine production,
and one of the nine 'Wine Capitals of the World' - it is especially famous for its
Malbec, grown at some of the highest-altitude vineyards to be found in the
world.

Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours.

The following two days will be free time to explore the incredible region, head
out on various adventure activities, or of course take a tasting tour of the
incredible wineries in the region.

In Mendoza we we stay in a centrally located hostel in dorm accommodation.

Activity Approximate Cost
Head out on a trek through the incredible
valleys surrounding Mendoza ARS 270
Enjoy a day out rock climbing in the stunning
landscapes near Mendoza ARS 930
Go for a horse ride through the arid foothills
west of Mendoza ARS 800
Discover Argentina's wine capital and explore
the vineyards of the Mendoza and Maipu region,
either on an organised tour or by cycling
between the bodgeas ARS 300
Take an exhilarating white water rafting trip
down the Mendoza River ARS 600
Relax in the beautiful thermal baths in
Cacheuta, in the hills above Mendoza ARS 100
Take a mountain biking trip through the
dramatic landscapes of the Andean foothills
near Mendoza ARS 600

About Mendoza:
Mendoza is a vibrant city full of pleasant leafy boulevards and atmospheric
plazas where the locals catch up over coffee in the many street cafes and bars.
A university town and an important economic centre, the city has a bustling
cosmopolitan feel and has some great restaurants, lively nightlife, interesting
museums and galleries, and great shopping. On summer weekends, open-air
concerts and markets often take place in the beautiful plazas.

Mendoza and the adjacent town of Maipú are perhaps most famous for
their wine. Whilst Mendoza is located in the dry deserts just underneath the
Andes, extensive artificial irrigation has made it possible to grow grapes and
olives here, both of which benefit from the long, hot, sunny summers - the
region produces around two-thirds of Argentina's wine, and is especially
renowned for its Malbec, Temperanillo and Sauvignon Blanc varieties. The wine
made here is world class, and tours of local vineyards and wineries are easily
arranged.

Mendoza is also used by many adventurers as a base from which to explore the
colossal mountains in the area. The highest mountain in the Americas, Mt.
Aconcagua (with a summit 6,962m above sea level), is in the high Andes just to
the west of the city making the city a big draw for mountaineers, and skiing is
popular in the winter months.
Accommodation
  • Bush camp (no facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
( Day 57 to 59 )

Today we will have a very early start for a full day's drive to the stunning town
of Mendoza, nestled in the dry flats underneath the shadows of the largest
mountains of the Andes. Mendoza is the centre of Argentine wine production,
and one of the nine 'Wine Capitals of the World' - it is especially famous for its
Malbec, grown at some of the highest-altitude vineyards to be found in the
world.

Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours.

The following two days will be free time to explore the incredible region, head
out on various adventure activities, or of course take a tasting tour of the
incredible wineries in the region.

In Mendoza we we stay in a centrally located hostel in dorm accommodation.

Activity Approximate Cost
Head out on a trek through the incredible
valleys surrounding Mendoza ARS 270
Enjoy a day out rock climbing in the stunning
landscapes near Mendoza ARS 930
Go for a horse ride through the arid foothills
west of Mendoza ARS 800
Discover Argentina's wine capital and explore
the vineyards of the Mendoza and Maipu region,
either on an organised tour or by cycling
between the bodgeas ARS 300
Take an exhilarating white water rafting trip
down the Mendoza River ARS 600
Relax in the beautiful thermal baths in
Cacheuta, in the hills above Mendoza ARS 100
Take a mountain biking trip through the
dramatic landscapes of the Andean foothills
near Mendoza ARS 600

About Mendoza:
Mendoza is a vibrant city full of pleasant leafy boulevards and atmospheric
plazas where the locals catch up over coffee in the many street cafes and bars.
A university town and an important economic centre, the city has a bustling
cosmopolitan feel and has some great restaurants, lively nightlife, interesting
museums and galleries, and great shopping. On summer weekends, open-air
concerts and markets often take place in the beautiful plazas.

Mendoza and the adjacent town of Maipú are perhaps most famous for
their wine. Whilst Mendoza is located in the dry deserts just underneath the
Andes, extensive artificial irrigation has made it possible to grow grapes and
olives here, both of which benefit from the long, hot, sunny summers - the
region produces around two-thirds of Argentina's wine, and is especially
renowned for its Malbec, Temperanillo and Sauvignon Blanc varieties. The wine
made here is world class, and tours of local vineyards and wineries are easily
arranged.

Mendoza is also used by many adventurers as a base from which to explore the
colossal mountains in the area. The highest mountain in the Americas, Mt.
Aconcagua (with a summit 6,962m above sea level), is in the high Andes just to
the west of the city making the city a big draw for mountaineers, and skiing is
popular in the winter months.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
( Day 57 to 59 )

Today we will have a very early start for a full day's drive to the stunning town
of Mendoza, nestled in the dry flats underneath the shadows of the largest
mountains of the Andes. Mendoza is the centre of Argentine wine production,
and one of the nine 'Wine Capitals of the World' - it is especially famous for its
Malbec, grown at some of the highest-altitude vineyards to be found in the
world.

Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours.

The following two days will be free time to explore the incredible region, head
out on various adventure activities, or of course take a tasting tour of the
incredible wineries in the region.

In Mendoza we we stay in a centrally located hostel in dorm accommodation.

Activity Approximate Cost
Head out on a trek through the incredible
valleys surrounding Mendoza ARS 270
Enjoy a day out rock climbing in the stunning
landscapes near Mendoza ARS 930
Go for a horse ride through the arid foothills
west of Mendoza ARS 800
Discover Argentina's wine capital and explore
the vineyards of the Mendoza and Maipu region,
either on an organised tour or by cycling
between the bodgeas ARS 300
Take an exhilarating white water rafting trip
down the Mendoza River ARS 600
Relax in the beautiful thermal baths in
Cacheuta, in the hills above Mendoza ARS 100
Take a mountain biking trip through the
dramatic landscapes of the Andean foothills
near Mendoza ARS 600

About Mendoza:
Mendoza is a vibrant city full of pleasant leafy boulevards and atmospheric
plazas where the locals catch up over coffee in the many street cafes and bars.
A university town and an important economic centre, the city has a bustling
cosmopolitan feel and has some great restaurants, lively nightlife, interesting
museums and galleries, and great shopping. On summer weekends, open-air
concerts and markets often take place in the beautiful plazas.

Mendoza and the adjacent town of Maipú are perhaps most famous for
their wine. Whilst Mendoza is located in the dry deserts just underneath the
Andes, extensive artificial irrigation has made it possible to grow grapes and
olives here, both of which benefit from the long, hot, sunny summers - the
region produces around two-thirds of Argentina's wine, and is especially
renowned for its Malbec, Temperanillo and Sauvignon Blanc varieties. The wine
made here is world class, and tours of local vineyards and wineries are easily
arranged.

Mendoza is also used by many adventurers as a base from which to explore the
colossal mountains in the area. The highest mountain in the Americas, Mt.
Aconcagua (with a summit 6,962m above sea level), is in the high Andes just to
the west of the city making the city a big draw for mountaineers, and skiing is
popular in the winter months.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: Exit Argentina at Los Libertadores, enter Chile at Paso
Cristo Redentor.

Today we will drive over the stunning Cristo Redentor pass in the high Andes,
passing Aconcagua (the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere) and
heading to the Chilean capital of Santiago.

In Santiago we will stay in a centrally located hostel.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.

About Santiago:
Chile's capital, Santiago, is a large, modern city with a very European
atmosphere. In the centre of the city, wide tree-lined boulevards lead to
pleasant plazas and leafy parks, and on a clear day the snow-capped peaks of
the Andes provide a magnificent backdrop to the Santiago skyline.

Much of the centre is pedestrianised, which together with the wide streets and
efficient metro system make Santiago an easy city to explore on foot. There are
plenty of interesting museums where you can learn more about Chilean history
and culture, from the City of Santiago Museum which chronicles the city’s
history, to the Natural History Museum and Museum of Pre-Colombian Art. The city's many wonderful parks are also worth a visit, particularly O'Higgins and San
Cristóbal which offers great views of the city from Cerro San Lucia.

As you would expect from a capital city of this size, Santiago is full of busy bars
and restaurants and has some lively nightlife to offer. For cheap eats full of
local flavour, head to the Mercado Central which is packed full of food stalls
and simple cafes and restaurants. For a real treat, you might want to head out
to one of the more upmarket neighbourhoods like Bellavista or Providencia,
home to some really world-class restaurants and great bars. Barrio Brasil is also
worth a look; this old neighbourhood attracts an arty and bohemian crowd and
there are often interesting events going on here.

If you have the time, there's also plenty to do in the area surrounding the city.
Santiago is right in the middle of Chile's wine producing region, so it is
relatively straightforward to arrange full day or half day tours out to the local
wineries. You may also be interested in visiting the seaside town of Valparaíso,
which can be visited as a day trip from Santiago.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: if you are joining in Santiago, you will most likely enter
Chile at Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (IATA code: SCL).

Welcome to Santiago, the cosmopolitan Chilean capital! There will be an
important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the
hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this
important meeting.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those
with extra time in Santiago before the start of your trip with us - please
contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with
us to have extra time exploring Santiago.

In Santiago we will stay in a centrally-located hostel.

Hotel for the night: Happy House Hostel
Happy House Hostel
Moneda 1829
Santiago
Chile
Tel - +56 2 2688 4849

Activity Approximate Cost
Freely explore the streets and plazas of
Santiago, visit some of its fascinating
museums, and discover its incredible culture,
music, and art Free
Learn more about Santiago and its history on a
free walking tour of the centre from a
knowledgeable local guide Free
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Take in the breathtaking vista of the city skyline
backdropped by the mighty Andes, from the
viewpoints at Cerro San Cristobal or Cerro San
Lucia Free
Discover all of Santiago's sights on a hop-on/
hop-off bus around the city CLP 21000

Today we leave Santiago for a full day drive south to the beautiful Lake District
of Chile and the lakeside town of Pucón.

In Pucón we will stay in dorm beds in a friendly local hostel.

Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours (please note that all drive times given here
are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and
does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings,
photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops,
etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the
best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road
conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is
essential on any overland trip!).

About Pucón:
Southern Chile's lake district boasts some lake and mountain scenery
comparable with what the Swiss Alps or New Zealand have to offer! Beautiful
deep blue lakes are flanked by majestic forest-clad mountains with snowy
peaks to provide picture-postcard views and a perfect spot for walking and
camping.

The attractive small town of Pucón is located at the heart of the Chilean lakes,
a great place to stop for a few days so you can explore the area and get
involved in some of the many adventure activities on offer here. At certain
times of year it's even possible to do a day climb of the nearby Villarrica
volcano - a challenging trek, but one that anyone who is reasonably fit should
be able to manage - and you're rewarded with some fantastic views of the
surrounding area from the summit. The whole area is great for trekking and
there are plenty of options to do some fantastic self-guided walks.

Alternatively Pucón offers great horse riding, white-water rafting and
mountain-biking opportunities. For those who would prefer to relax, there are
also some great thermal springs nearby - the natural pools at Pozones have a
beautiful setting and are a great place to go and soak your weary limbs in the
evening!
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
( Day 63 to 64 )

We will have two free days in Pucón to enjoy a range of optional activities,
including a sunrise expedition to climb the Villarica volcano which looms over
Pucón, heading out horse riding through the surrounding forests, or an evening
visit to the nearby natural hot springs.

Activity Approximate Cost
Trek up to the summit of the snowcapped
volcano Villarica to witness the incredible
sunrise views over Pucón and the Chilean Lake
District CLP 50000
Take part in a fantastic canyoning expedition
through the gorges of the Chilean Lake District
near Pucón CLP 20000
Head on an exciting white-water rafting trip on
the rapids of the Trancura River near Pucón USD 45
Explore the spectacular Lake District near Pucón
by mountain bike CLP 8000
Learn all about Pucón and the history of its
people on a free walking tour of the town Free
Explore the stunning views and hiking trails of
the nearby Huerquehue National Park CLP 22000
Relax in the soothing waters of the Pozones
natural hot springs CLP 10000
Discover the beautiful lakes and forests of Pucón
on a horse riding trip CLP 20000
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
( Day 63 to 64 )

We will have two free days in Pucón to enjoy a range of optional activities,
including a sunrise expedition to climb the Villarica volcano which looms over
Pucón, heading out horse riding through the surrounding forests, or an evening
visit to the nearby natural hot springs.

Activity Approximate Cost
Trek up to the summit of the snowcapped
volcano Villarica to witness the incredible
sunrise views over Pucón and the Chilean Lake
District CLP 50000
Take part in a fantastic canyoning expedition
through the gorges of the Chilean Lake District
near Pucón CLP 20000
Head on an exciting white-water rafting trip on
the rapids of the Trancura River near Pucón USD 45
Explore the spectacular Lake District near Pucón
by mountain bike CLP 8000
Learn all about Pucón and the history of its
people on a free walking tour of the town Free
Explore the stunning views and hiking trails of
the nearby Huerquehue National Park CLP 22000
Relax in the soothing waters of the Pozones
natural hot springs CLP 10000
Discover the beautiful lakes and forests of Pucón
on a horse riding trip CLP 20000
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: Exit Chile at Mamuil Malal, enter Argentina at Mamuil
Malal.

Today we cross the Andes into Argentina and continue our journey to the
picturesque town of Bariloche via the scenic Ruta de los Siete Lagos (Seven
Lakes Route).

In Bariloche we stay in dorm beds in a friendly family-run hostel outside of
town.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

About Bariloche:
The Argentinian resort town of Bariloche has a picture-perfect setting on the
shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake, flanked by the peaks of the surrounding Andean
mountains. The scenery here is truly stunning, so it's a magical place to explore
and take in all the amazing views.

In winter, the town is a popular centre for skiing and in summer the focus shifts
to walking, mountain-biking, horse-riding and kayaking and canoeing on the
lakes - and if all that sounds too much like hard work, you can sit back and
enjoy the view on a leisurely boat trip across to Victoria Island.

Bariloche itself is also an interesting place to wander around. The town is
famous for its handmade chocolates, and there are some really spectacular
displays in the local chocolate shops. Because of it's popularity with
Argentinians as well as international tourists, the town has a lively bar and
restaurant scene with some great places to choose from. This is a particularly
good place to sample some world-class Argentinian steak, and wild boar and
Patagonian lamb is also worth a try here too!

Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
( Day 66 to 67 )

We will have two free days to enjoy the beautiful mountain town of Bariloche
and the stunning surrounding lakes, mountains and forests. We have the options
to explore the area by foot, mountain bike, kayak, boat, or even a historic
steam train!

Activity Approximate Cost
Take a stunning journey on the historic steam
train between Bariloche and Perito Moreno Los
Juncos, taking in the amazing scenery of the
Patagonian steppe USD 50
Explore the beautiful scenery of Bariloche by
horseback on a riding trip through the area ARS 450
Discover the incredible scenery of the Nauhel
Huapi Lake and the Victoria Islands on a boat
trip from Bariloche ARS 150
Hire mountain bikes to explore the forests and
hills surrounding Lake Nauhel Huapi and
Bariloche ARS 180
Visit the interesting Fenoglio Chocolate Museum
in Bariloche, and learn all about the town's
tradition of chocolate making ARS 50
Explore the nearby Lago Gutierrez and take in
its amazing views from the water on a half-day
tandem kayaking trip ARS 200
Freely explore the best viewpoints around
Bariloche and some of the locals' favourite
spots, such as the summit of Cerro Campanario,
the beautiful beach of Playa Bonita, and the
delightful waterfalls of Los Duendes Free
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
( Day 66 to 67 )

We will have two free days to enjoy the beautiful mountain town of Bariloche
and the stunning surrounding lakes, mountains and forests. We have the options
to explore the area by foot, mountain bike, kayak, boat, or even a historic
steam train!

Activity Approximate Cost
Take a stunning journey on the historic steam
train between Bariloche and Perito Moreno Los
Juncos, taking in the amazing scenery of the
Patagonian steppe USD 50
Explore the beautiful scenery of Bariloche by
horseback on a riding trip through the area ARS 450
Discover the incredible scenery of the Nauhel
Huapi Lake and the Victoria Islands on a boat
trip from Bariloche ARS 150
Hire mountain bikes to explore the forests and
hills surrounding Lake Nauhel Huapi and
Bariloche ARS 180
Visit the interesting Fenoglio Chocolate Museum
in Bariloche, and learn all about the town's
tradition of chocolate making ARS 50
Explore the nearby Lago Gutierrez and take in
its amazing views from the water on a half-day
tandem kayaking trip ARS 200
Freely explore the best viewpoints around
Bariloche and some of the locals' favourite
spots, such as the summit of Cerro Campanario,
the beautiful beach of Playa Bonita, and the
delightful waterfalls of Los Duendes Free
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we embark on a full day drive south towards the Patagonia region on the
legendary Ruta 40 (Route 40).

Tonight we will wild camp in the Rio Mayo area.

Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours.

About Argentinian Patagonia:
Patagonia is the name of the region in the far south of South America, the
southernmost stretch of the Andes and the surrounding plains and plateaus. The
area is split down the middle by the Andes, with Chilean Patagonia on the west,
and Argentinian Patagonia on the east. Renowned for its desolate landscapes,
unrelenting winds and magnificent lake, mountain and glacial scenery, the
name Patagonia comes from the word "Patagon", used by the explorer Magellan
to describe the local people who he believed to be giants. Today historians
believe that the Patagons were actually Teheulches, with an average height of
about 1.8m as opposed to the average height of a Spaniard at the time
of 1.55m!

Argentinian Patagonia includes the spectacular national parks of Los Glaciares,
Nahuel Huapi and Tierra del Fuego, home to the Perito Moreno Glacier, the
Argentinian Lake District and the Fitz Roy range.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we continue our drive south to the Rio Pinturas area, where we have an
included visit to the mysterious Neolithic cave-art site of Cueva de las Manos
(Cave of the Hands), some of the most well-preserved ancient art in the world
and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Tonight we will wild camp near the Cueva de las Manos.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Activity Approximate Cost
Visit the UNESCO site of Cueva de las Manos, a
set of mysterious rock paintings made by
hunter-gatherers over 10,000 years ago Included in Kitty

About Cueva De Las Manos:
The UNESCO World Heritage site of Cueva de las Manos lies in an isolated and
remote spot in the valley of Rio Pinturas. The cave takes its name from the
hundreds of paintings of hands made by indigenous inhabitants some
13,000-9,000 years ago - possibly by the ancestors of the Tehuelche people.

The images of hands are 'negative-painted, meaning that they put their hand on
the rock face and sprayed the paint around the outline by blowing it through a
bone pipe. As well as the hand impressions, there are also depictions of human
beings, guanacos, rheas and other animals, as well as geometric shapes,
zigzags, and representations of the sun, moon and hunting scenes.

Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive into the heart of the Patagonia region and reach the tiny town of El Chaltén, situated in Los Glaciares National Park and famous for its incredible mountains, glaciers and world-class trekking opportunities.

In El Chaltén we stay in dorm beds in a hostel.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

About El Chaltén:
El Chaltén is small remote Patagonian town nestled under the shadow of the iconic Mt. Fitz Roy. The town itself has an interesting origin - the area was disputed between Argentina and Chile for a number of years, so the Argentinians thought they would settle the argument by hastily building the town of El Chaltén in 1985 to claim the territory! The name of Chaltén comes from the Tehuelche word for 'smoky mountain', so called as the early morning clouds gathering around Fitz Roy look remarkably like volcanic smoke. However, the town has grown immensely in recent years and decades, becoming a major centre for adventure tourism in Argentina. It is a fantastic base from which to explore the northern sections of the incredible Los Glaciares National Park, and is home to many adventure tour operators offering outdoor activities in the area. 
Accommodation
  • Bush camp (no facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
( Day 11 to 13 )

We will have three free days to enjoy the stunning Los Glaciares National Park and the incredible scenery of the nearby Mt. Fitz Roy. There are lots of trekking and walking opportunities here, as well as boat trips, ice climbing on the Viedma Glacier, horse riding, and many other fantastic options. 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

Head out horse riding around the phenomenal scenery of El Chaltén : ARS 600

Freely explore and trek around the walking trails of Los Glaciares National Park, taking in the marvellous vistas of the Fitz Roy mountain range : Free 

Take a boat out onto the stunning Viedma Lake, and get up close to the Viedma Glacier to see its impressive facade (with options to do some ice trekking on the glacier!)  :ARS 1870

Enjoy an exhilarating day of ice trekking and climbing on the Cerro Torre Glacier, dramatically located at the base of the impossibly-steep spire of Cerro Torre : USD 74

Visit the majestic Lago del Desierto, a remote and serene lake surrounded by stunning forests and mountains : ARS 500 

About Los Glaciares National Park:
Los Glaciares National Park is the largest protected area in Argentina, covering a huge area of Argentinian Patagonia along the southern tail of the Andes range. The National Park is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in all of South America. This is classic picture book Patagonia, and wherever you turn you're surrounded by wide open skies, magnificent mountains, incredible glaciers, glistening lakes and thick verdant forest. By far the best way to explore is to get out on foot - there are plenty of well-established trails through the mountains and forests of the National Park that are easy to explore independently with a map, so you can plan many treks around the area from around two hours to an entire challenging day out. As well as the phenomenal needle-like Cerro Torre, the iconic mountain of Fitz Roy looms over our base of El Chaltén, an impossibly-picturesque and steep mountain (which is also the logo for the 'Patagonia' clothing brand!) which can be viewed from many angles on treks in the area. Other activities can include boat trips and ice climbing on the incredible Videma Glacier, a visit to the serene Lago del Desierto, and horse-riding excursions through the incredible landscapes. 
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
( Day11 to 13 )

We will have three free days to enjoy the stunning Los Glaciares National Park and the incredible scenery of the nearby Mt. Fitz Roy. There are lots of trekking and walking opportunities here, as well as boat trips, ice climbing on the Viedma Glacier, horse riding, and many other fantastic options.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

Head out horse riding around the phenomenal scenery of El Chaltén : ARS 600

Freely explore and trek around the walking trails of Los Glaciares National Park, taking in the marvellous vistas of the Fitz Roy mountain range : Free 

Take a boat out onto the stunning Viedma Lake, and get up close to the Viedma Glacier to see its impressive facade (with options to do some ice trekking on the glacier!) : ARS 1870

Enjoy an exhilarating day of ice trekking and climbing on the Cerro Torre Glacier, dramatically located at the base of the impossibly-steep spire of Cerro Torre : USD 74

Visit the majestic Lago del Desierto, a remote and serene lake surrounded by stunning forests and mountains : ARS 500 

About Los Glaciares National Park:
Los Glaciares National Park is the largest protected area in Argentina, covering a huge area of Argentinian Patagonia along the southern tail of the Andes range. The National Park is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in all of South America. This is classic picture book Patagonia, and wherever you turn you're surrounded by wide open skies, magnificent mountains, incredible glaciers, glistening lakes and thick verdant forest. By far the best way to explore is to get out on foot - there are plenty of well-established trails through the mountains and forests of the National Park that are easy to explore independently with a map, so you can plan many treks around the area from around two hours to an entire challenging day out. As well as the phenomenal needle-like Cerro Torre, the iconic mountain of Fitz Roy looms over our base of El Chaltén, an impossibly-picturesque and steep mountain (which is also the logo for the 'Patagonia' clothing brand!) which can be viewed from many angles on treks in the area. Other activities can include boat trips and ice climbing on the incredible Videma Glacier, a visit to the serene Lago del Desierto, and horse-riding excursions through the incredible landscapes. 
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
( Day 11 to 13 ) 

We will have three free days to enjoy the stunning Los Glaciares National Park and the incredible scenery of the nearby Mt. Fitz Roy. There are lots of trekking and walking opportunities here, as well as boat trips, ice climbing on the Viedma Glacier, horse riding, and many other fantastic options.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

Head out horse riding around the phenomenal scenery of El Chaltén : ARS 600

Freely explore and trek around the walking trails of Los Glaciares National Park, taking in the marvellous vistas of the Fitz Roy mountain range : Free

Take a boat out onto the stunning Viedma Lake, and get up close to the Viedma Glacier to see its impressive facade (with options to do some ice trekking on the glacier!) : ARS 1870

Enjoy an exhilarating day of ice trekking and climbing on the Cerro Torre Glacier, dramatically located at the base of the impossibly-steep spire of Cerro Torre : USD 74

Visit the majestic Lago del Desierto, a remote and serene lake surrounded by stunning forests and mountains : ARS 500  

About Los Glaciares National Park:
Los Glaciares National Park is the largest protected area in Argentina, covering a huge area of Argentinian Patagonia along the southern tail of the Andes range. The National Park is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in all of South America. This is classic picture book Patagonia, and wherever you turn you're surrounded by wide open skies, magnificent mountains, incredible glaciers, glistening lakes and thick verdant forest. By far the best way to explore is to get out on foot - there are plenty of well-established trails through the mountains and forests of the National Park that are easy to explore independently with a map, so you can plan many treks around the area from around two hours to an entire challenging day out. As well as the phenomenal needle-like Cerro Torre, the iconic mountain of Fitz Roy looms over our base of El Chaltén, an impossibly-picturesque and steep mountain (which is also the logo for the 'Patagonia' clothing brand!) which can be viewed from many angles on treks in the area. Other activities can include boat trips and ice climbing on the incredible Videma Glacier, a visit to the serene Lago del Desierto, and horse-riding excursions through the incredible landscapes.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will leave El Chaltén and head south, over landing across the Patagonian steppe and heading to wards the southern island of Tierra del Fuego.

Tonight we will wild camp at a stunning ancient crater called Laguna Azul (Blue Lagoon).

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours. 
Accommodation
  • Bush camp (no facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: Exit Argentina at Integracion Austral, enter Chile at Integracion Austral

Continuing south, we head back into Chile to cross the Magellan Straits over to the island of Tierra del Fuego. Here we will visit the small King Penguin colony that have recently set up home at the remote Bahia Inutil (Useless Bay).

Tonight we will wild camp near Bahia Inutil.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours. 

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 

Head out to the remote corner of Chilean Tierra del Fuego to view the King Penguin colony at Bahia Inutil, the only colony of these type of penguins outside of Antarctica : Included in Kitty

About Tierra Del Fuego:
Tierra del Fuego (meaning "Land of Fire") is a large island separated from mainland South America by the Magellan Strait. The island gets its name from the fires of the Selknam tribe that originally lived here, which Magellan and his sailors observed from their boats on their first travels through the area - unfortunately the Selknam and Yaghan tribes that originally inhabited the island are all but extinct after conflict with European settlers that arrived in the 19th Century. The island is split in half with a straight north-south line between Argentina and Chile, with the Argentinian half containing the island's largest settlement, Ushuaia. The island of Tierra del Fuego is Patagonia at its most remote and desolate, with a landscape of windswept plains, forests and swamplands, home to rheas, condors, buzzard eagles, seals and sea lions, all of which thrive in these conditions. On the Chilean half of the island lies Inútil Bay, a remote bay that is home to the only colony of King Penguins that exists outside of Antarctica! 
Accommodation
  • Bush camp (no facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: Exit Chile at San Sebastian, enter Argentina at San Sebastian.

Today we cross over to the Argentine side of Tierra del Fuego and drive to the incredible port town of Ushuaia, the southernmost town in the world!

In Ushuaia we stay in dorm beds in a friendly local hostel.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours. 

About Ushuaia:
Ushuaia is a port town that lies at the south of Tierra del Fuego on the Argentinian side - it is often known as "the city at the end of the world", as it is the world's most southern city (the Chilean town of Puerto Williams is slightly further south but is much smaller than Ushuaia). Ushuaia itself is low lying and unassuming, centred around one main street and a waterfront that overlooks the Beagle Channel. Originally Ushuaia was little more than a remote outpost, first colonised by a British-funded mission in the late 1800s and subsequently used by the Argentinian government as a penal colony. What was once a small sleepy town has grown rapidly in recent years, much of which is due to tourist development and particularly to the increasing number of Antarctica trips calling to port here. There's plenty to do in Ushuaia and the surrounding area. The town itself is home to an interesting museum where you can learn more about the history of Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego and the indigenous people who originally lived here. The surrounding scenery is also impressive, so it's worth getting out on a boat-trip into the Beagle Channel, which will give you some great views of town with the Martial mountain range in the background. You can also explore Tierra del Fuego National Park, another beautiful spot with some spectacular lake and mountain scenery. 
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
( Day 17 to 18 )

We will have two free days in the wonderful remote town of Ushuaia, with plenty of time for optional activities such as a visit to the hauntingly beautiful Tierra del Fuego National Park, boat trips to see the scenery and wildlife of the Beagle Channel, or heading out horse riding along the coast. 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

Take a boat trip out on the famous Beagle Channel to view the native sea lions and birds : ARS 650

Explore the haunting beauty of Tierra del Fuego National Park and wander its atmospheric walking trails on a day tour from Ushuaia : ARS 500

Head out to the impressive Martial Glacier near Ushuaia, taking in the beautiful scenery of the Darwin Mountains and the Beagle Channel : USD 25

Delve into Ushuaia's past and learn about its maritime tradition and former prison colony at the Maritime Museum : ARS 150

Learn all about Tierra del Fuego's history and nature at the 'Museum of the End of the World' in Ushuaia : ARS 90

Enjoy an active day out in Tierra del Fuego National Park with a 7-kilometre trek to the scenic Lago Roca followed by a canoing trip down the Lapataia River : ARS 1500

Discover the beautiful scenery of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel on a horse riding trip to the nearby Susana's Mountain viewpoint : ARS 1100

Explore the excellent trails around the hills and forests of Ushuaia by hiring a mountain bike : ARS 150

Take a journey along the Rio Pipo on the 'Train to the End of the World', once built by prisoners at Ushuaia's old penal colony : USD 30 
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
( Day 17 to 18)

We will have two free days in the wonderful remote town of Ushuaia, with plenty of time for optional activities such as a visit to the hauntingly beautiful Tierra del Fuego National Park, boat trips to see the scenery and wildlife of the Beagle Channel, or heading out horse riding along the coast. 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

Take a boat trip out on the famous Beagle Channel to view the native sea lions and birds : ARS 650

Explore the haunting beauty of Tierra del Fuego National Park and wander its atmospheric walking trails on a day tour from Ushuaia : ARS 500

Head out to the impressive Martial Glacier near Ushuaia, taking in the beautiful scenery of the Darwin Mountains and the Beagle Channel : USD 25

Delve into Ushuaia's past and learn about its maritime tradition and former prison colony at the Maritime Museum : ARS 150

Learn all about Tierra del Fuego's history and nature at the 'Museum of the End of the World' in Ushuaia : ARS 90

Enjoy an active day out in Tierra del Fuego National Park with a 7-kilometre trek to the scenic Lago Roca followed by a canoing trip down the Lapataia River : ARS 1500

Discover the beautiful scenery of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel on a horse riding trip to the nearby Susana's Mountain viewpoint : ARS 1100

Explore the excellent trails around the hills and forests of Ushuaia by hiring a mountain bike : ARS 150

Take a journey along the Rio Pipo on the 'Train to the End of the World', once built by prisoners at Ushuaia's old penal colony : USD 30
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: Exit Argentina at San Sebastian, enter Chile at San Sebastian. 

Today we start heading back north on a full day drive back across the Magellan Straits and up the Chilean side of the mainland.

Tonight we will wild camp close to the Magellan Strait.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours. 
Accommodation
  • Bush camp (no facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive to the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. This is one of the most outstanding areas of natural beauty in the world and the main highlight of the trip for many of our passengers and leaders! We will stop en route in Puerto Natales to stock up on supplies and pick up our local guides and cook who will accompany us during our time in the National Park.

Tonight we will camp at Las Torres Campsite, a stunning campsite inside the National Park with incredible views of the eastern side of the main mountain ranges which we will refer to as our 'base campsite'.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours. 

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 

Entrance into the phenomenal Torres del Paine National Park in southern Chile, an area of some of the most outstanding natural beauty, breathtaking mountain vistas, and idyllic trekking opportunities in the world : Included in Kitty

About Torres Del Paine National Park:
Torres del Paine National Park contains what is undoubtedly some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world. Rising up high above the Patagonian steppe are the three impressive granite towers that give the park its name, surrounded by high plateaus and towering mountain peaks, the most famous of which are Los Cuernos and Paine Grande. The park is a magical natural wonderland full of deep lakes, sparkling glaciers and cascading waterfalls, and it is also an important habitat for a wide variety of wildlife including guanos, pumas, flamingos and condors. The best way to explore the National Park is definitely to get out on foot - the region is criss-crossed by a good network of trails, making it possible for you to see all the main sights either by doing a series of day hikes or embarking on a multi-day walk such as the famous W-walk, stopping off at the park's Refugios or camping along the way. Horse riding and kayaking can also be arranged locally, and boats and catamarans offer trips across Lago Grey and Lago Pehoé in season. 
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Dragoman offers two options for your time in Torres Del Paine National Park:

- Option 1 - Base Package - included on all trips our trips as standard is a guided trek on our first day to the stunning three peaks viewpoint, followed by three free days to enjoy the National Park and take part in optional activities.

- Option 2 - Full W-Walk - optional upgrade to embark on the full W-Walk with a local guide. Places at the campsites are limited by the National Park, so it is important to pre-book this option with your sales agent before your trip as it is not possible to book on arrival.

Today we will all have an included guided trek from our base campsite to the breathtaking viewpoint of the famous three peaks which give the National Park its name. After taking in this incredible view, we will trek back to our base campsite for the night.

Approximate walking distance: 20 km, estimated time: 8 hrs. 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

W-walk extension

The extension package is to include the entire of the famous W-walk in Torres del Paine - included are two extra nights camping on the trail with facilities, food for the duration of the trek, and the service of an expert English speaking local guide : GBP 160  
Please note that this package must be pre booked in advance through your sales agent. Please book as early as possible to ensure availability and avoid disappointment! For further information on the W-walk please refer to the detailed trip notes.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

Base package

Guided 'base package' to trek part of the famous W-walk - included is the trek to the towers of Torres del Paine with an expert local guide, and accommodation, food and a cook at Las Torres Campsite : Included in Kitty.



Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Base package group: Today is a free day for those that have not booked the optional W-walk extension package. There are many short walks and other fantastic optional activities available near our base campsite, or alternatively it's a great day simply relax and enjoy the spectacular views from the campsite.

W-walk extension group: If you have chosen the optional W-walk extension, you will leave our base campsite today to continue your guided trek along the edge of Lago Nordenskjöld to Los Cuernos Campsite where you will camp for the night. Approximate walking distance: 11 km, estimated time: 5 hrs. 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

Take in the stunning views of Torres del Paine on a horse riding trip through the National Park : CLP 30000

Head out on a fantastic boat trip on the Grey Lake to get up close to the colossal Grey Glacier : CLP 55000 

Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Base package group: Today is another free day for optional activities for those that have not booked the optional W-walk extension package.

W-walk extension group: If you have chosen the optional W-walk extension, you will leave Los Cuernos and trek up the French Valley with your local guide. From here you will continue trekking to Paine Grande Campsite where you will camp for the night. Approximate walking distance: 27 km, estimated duration: 11 hrs. 

Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is our last full day in this beautiful National Park.

Base package group: Today is another free day for those that have not booked the optional W-walk extension package.

W-walk extension group: If you have chosen the optional W-walk extension, today will be the last day of the W-walk. You will trek with your local guide along the edge of Lago Grey to an excellent viewpoint over the spectacular Grey Glacier. You will then trek back to Paine Grande and board the catamaran across the Lago Pehoé, where you'll be met by our Dragoman truck and driven back to our base campsite for the night. Approximate walking distance: 22 km, estimated duration: 8 hrs. 

Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: Exit Chile at Cerro Castillo, enter Argentina at Cerro Castillo.

Today we re-enter Argentina for the final time and drive to El Calafate, the gateway to the Perito Moreno Glacier.

In El Calafate we stay in dorm beds in a lovely hostel.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

About El Calafate:
El Calafate is a small town on the southern shore of Lago Argentino in Patagonia. Originally a sheep station and trading outpost, today the town has developed a bustling atmosphere and an ever-growing tourist trade. Interestingly the town takes its name from the Calafate berry, and locals claim that if you eat one of these and make a wish, you are guaranteed to return to Patagonia. Most people base themselves here to visit the nearby Perito Moreno Glacier, located a short distance away at the southern reaches of the Los Glaciares National Park - the glacier is one of the most famous and spectacular glaciers to be seen anywhere in the world. The Perito Moreno Glacier is approximately 30kms long from where it spills out of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field, and 5kms wide at its terminus, where it has a ice face that is on average 170m high (with about 70m of which is above the surface of the lake). Visitors can view the glacier from an incredible viewpoint only a few hundred metres away from its face, where if you're lucky you'll see some of the ice face carve off into the lake under the pressure of all the ice behind it! It is also possible to take a boat trip to get extremely close, or embark on a challenging ice-climbing expedition on the glacier itself. 
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will head out on an included full day guided visit to view the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most spectacular sights in Patagonia. 

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 

See the enormous Perito Moreno Glacier from the most breathtaking and photogenic viewpoints on a guided day tour from El Calafate : Included in Kitty

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

Get even closer to the impressive glacier of Perito Moreno with a boat trip in front of its mighty face : ARS 200

Learn all about glaciers at the fantastic modern Glaciarium Museum in El Calafate, and visit its cool ice bar in the basement! : ARS 200

Explore the Perito Moreno glacier on an incredible full day expedition, trekking through the forests and onto the glacier itself using crampons (please note that this is an alternative to the regular tour as there will not be enough time for both - however you will stop at the main viewpoint on your way back to El Calafate at the end of the excursion) : ARS 1200 

Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will have a full day drive across the plains of Patagonia to wards the South Atlantic coast.

Tonight we will camp in a basic campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours. 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

See the incredible fossilled conifer trees of the Jaramillo Petrified Forest, the remnants of a 40-million year old forest naturally preserved in stone (if time and road conditions allow) : Free 

About Jaramillo:
The desolate cold plains of Patagonia surrounding the tiny town of Jaramillo are a world away from how this area was in the Jurassic era (around 150 million years ago) - believe it or not, at that time the landscape was covered with dense evergreen coniferous forests. This changed at the start of the Cretaceous era when volcanic eruptions and the birth of the Andes coincided to reduce the amount of rain and cover much of the forestry with ash and lava, petrifying large amounts of the forest. This ecological legacy has been left behind in Jaramillo, with many examples of fossilised trees and cones lying strewn about the landscape. 
Accommodation
  • Bush camp (no facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we continue our drive north up the Atlantic coast to the small town of Camarones. If time and conditions allow we might visit the Jaramillo Petrified Forest en route.

In Camarones we will camp in a basic campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours. 

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 

Visit the huge colony of Magellanic Penguins at the remote area of Cabo Dos Bahias near Camarones on the South Atlantic coast : Included in Kitty 

About Camarones:
Situated at the northern part of the vast San Jorge Gulf on the South Atlantic coast of Patagonia, Bahía Camarones and Cabo Dos Bahías are both important nesting sites for large colonies of Magellanic Penguins. Camarones is home to around 25,000 of the penguins that nest here on the windy, remote and rocky coast. Between September and April, the penguins come to these sites to incubate their eggs and prepare their offspring for migration - each couple stand in front of their nests protecting the eggs from birds and other predators, and occasionally one adult goes to the sea for food. There are some fantastic walkways set up near some of the colonies, so that visitors can get very close to the penguins without disturbing them. 
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning we have an included visit to the incredible remote colony of Magellanic Penguins in Cabo Dos Bahias (Cape Two Bays), close to the town of Camarones. After seeing the phenomenal sight of thousands of penguins nesting on the shore, we will continue our drive north to the coastal town of Puerto Madryn.

In Puerto Madryn we will camp in a basic campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

About Puerto Madryn:
Puerto Madryn is a port town on the South Atlantic coast of Argentina. The original settlers here were Welsh, founding the port and colonising the Chubut River valley - these original settlers came here in 1865 as they felt like their Welsh customs and traditions were being eroded back at home and that they should emigrate to better preserve them. Some of the smaller communities are still very proud of their Welsh heritage and retain many of the original immigrants' traditions, and some small towns such as Gaiman and Trelew you can even go for a Welsh afternoon tea in one of the local tea houses. A distinct Patagonian dialect of the Welsh language has been spoken in the region for over four generations, but although it is now quite rare and you are unlikely to hear anyone speaking it, there are three bilingual Welsh-Spanishs schools in Patagonia, and it is thought that 5,000-10,000 people speak Welsh as a first language and a further 25,000 as a second language. Puerto Madryn is most famous as the gateway to the Valdés Peninsula, a beautiful rocky outcrop known for its incredible wildlife - if you visit here, you will be able to see guanacos, armadillos and Magellanic penguins close-up, and seals and saloons from afar. If you're lucky you may spot an orca or a Southern Right whale in the waters surrounding the peninsular. 
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Cameronsill have a free day for optional activities in and around Puerto Madryn. There is the opportunity to take a tour to the Valdes Peninsular to see its desolate scenery and abundant marine life, head out on a boat trip in search of dolphins and whales, or perhaps go for afternoon tea in a Welsh tea house in the nearby towns of Gaiman or Trelew. 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

Make a trip to the desolate Peninsular Valdes near Puerto Madryn, a UNESCO World Heritage site full of elephant seals and sea lions in their natural habitat : ARS 800

Set off on a boat trip on to the Atlantic Ocean from Puerto Madryn or Rawson, in search of playful Commerson's or Dusky dolphins and Southern Right whales! : ARS 400

Visit the fascinating modern marine interpretation centre of EcoCentro Mar Patagonia, and learn all about the unique ecosystems of the Patagonian sea : ARS 125

Explore the incredible shipwrecks and rocky reefs under the water on a scuba diving trip in the Golfo Nuevo off the shore of Puerto Madryn : USD 150

Freely explore the intriguing Welsh village of Gaiman near Trelew, visit one of its iconic tea houses, and see the famous junk-art installations of the Desafio Park : Free

Visit the outstanding Museum of Paleontology in the near Welsh town of Trelew, and see the impressive ancient remains of the the dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures found in the area : ARS 95

Discover the incredible colony of sea lions at Punta Loma, near to Puerto Madryn : ARS 100 
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we have a full day's drive heading north to wards Buenos Aires. We will see a definite change in the landscape today as the vegetation becomes more and more lush and green as we come out of the Patagonia region and into the pampas of Buenos Aires. 

Tonight we will wild camp en route, possibly in the coastal village of Monte Hermoso. 

Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours. 

Accommodation
  • Bush camp (no facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Another full day drive will take us across the beautiful grasslands of Buenos Aires province and to the cosmopolitan Argentine capital itself.

In Buenos Aires we will stay in a centrally located hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.

About Buenos Aires:
At the mouth of the River Plate estuary (where the Uruguay and Paraná rivers flow out into the Atlantic Ocean) lies the fabulous city of Buenos Aires, the cosmopolitan capital of Argentina. It's a buzzing, energetic city that often feels more European than Latin American, so much so that it's often referred to as "the Paris of the South". There is a huge amount to do see and do here, and it's a fantastic city to explore on foot and using the extensive metro system. Some areas to check out include San Telmo, a bohemian district full of charm, antique shops, street markets, and some excellent bars; Palermo, with its fantastic restaurants and nightlife; and Recoleta, the "Mayfair" of Buenos Aires and home to the La Recoleta cemetery, Eva "Evita" Perón's final resting place. The waterfront area known as La Boca is also worth exploring, a very photogenic district with its ramshackle buildings being painted in a rainbow of different bright colours. Everywhere you go you'll be surrounded by some fantastic architecture. The Plaza de Mayo is perhaps the most historically interesting, as this is the site of the Cabillo (original town hall), Casa Rosada (the Presidential Palace) and the cathedral where the body of General San Martín lies. In the evenings, you are spoilt for choice - Buenos Aires has a vibrant nightlife, with a huge number of bars and night clubs to choose from. Restaurants here vary from cheap and cheerful to world class, and it's a great place to get stuck into some of Argentina's finest steak and red wine. Of course this is also the home of Tango, and there are many evening Tango shows you can buy tickets for or even take a dancing class yourself! 
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is a free day to explore the incredible city of Buenos Aires, soak up the atmosphere of its streets, and discover its amazing culture, art, and music. 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

Take the ferry over the river to Uruguay, and explore the serene colonial town of Colonia del Sacramento for the afternoon before returning : USD 45

Head out to an tango show in Buenos Aires' oldest cafe, the Gran Cafe Tortoni - seeing a slice of iconic Argentine culture in an ideal and intimate setting : ARS 240 

Visit the strangely beautiful cemetery of Recoleta, the final resting place of many ex presidents and Argentine icons, most famously including the tomb of Eva Peronn: Free

Try your hand at the art of tango dancing with a private lesson in Buenos Aires : USD 25

Freely explore the cosmopolitan Argentina capital of Buenos Aires, or take a free walking tour of the city's highlights : Free

See a different side to Buenos Aires on a tour of its incredible street art with some of the local artists : USD 20

Learn all about the cuisine of Argentina on a food tour of Buenos Aires, visiting several incredible local top-class eateries that you won't find in the guidebooks! : USD 85

Try some of Argentina's most delicious wines on a top-level wine tasting afternoon in Buenos Aires : USD 52 
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: if you are joining in Buenos Aires, you will most likely enter Argentina at Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport, also known as Ezeiza Airport (IATA code: BUE/EZE).

Welcome to Buenos Aires, the wonderful capital of Argentina! There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Buenos Aires before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Buenos Aires.

In Buenos Aires we will stay in a centrally-located hotel.

Hotel for the night: Hotel Splendid
Hotel Splendid
Avenida Rivadavia 950
Buenos Aires
Argentina
Tel - +54 11 4345 2800 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

Discover the beautiful Teatro Colon on a tour around the theatre, or see one of its free afternoon performances (when available) : ARS 150

Take the ferry over the river to Uruguay, and explore the serene colonial town of Colonia del Sacramento for the afternoon before returning : USD 45 

Head out to an tango show in Buenos Aires' oldest cafe, the Gran Cafe Tortoni - seeing a slice of iconic Argentine culture in an ideal and intimate setting : ARS 320

Visit the strangely beautiful cemetery of Recoleta, the final resting place of many ex presidents and Argentine icons, most famously including the tomb of Eva Peron : Free

Try your hand at the art of tango dancing with a private lesson in Buenos Aires : USD 25

See a different side to Buenos Aires on a tour of its incredible street art with some of the local artists : USD 20

Learn all about the cuisine of Argentina on a food tour of Buenos Aires, visiting several incredible local top-class eateries that you won't find in the guidebooks! : USD 85

Try some of Argentina's most delicious wines on a top-level wine tasting afternoon in Buenos Aires : USD 52 

About Buenos Aires:
At the mouth of the River Plate estuary (where the Uruguay and Paraná rivers flow out into the Atlantic Ocean) lies the fabulous city of Buenos Aires, the cosmopolitan capital of Argentina. It's a buzzing, energetic city that often feels more European than Latin American, so much so that it's often referred to as "the Paris of the South". There is a huge amount to do see and do here, and it's a fantastic city to explore on foot and using the extensive metro system. Some areas to check out include San Telmo, a bohemian district full of charm, antique shops, street markets, and some excellent bars; Palermo, with its fantastic restaurants and nightlife; and Recoleta, the "Mayfair" of Buenos Aires and home to the La Recoleta cemetery, Eva "Evita" Perón's final resting place. The waterfront area known as La Boca is also worth exploring, a very photogenic district with its ramshackle buildings being painted in a rainbow of different bright colours. Everywhere you go you'll be surrounded by some fantastic architecture. The Plaza de Mayo is perhaps the most historically interesting, as this is the site of the Cabillo (original town hall), Casa Rosada (the Presidential Palace) and the cathedral where the body of General San Martín lies. In the evenings, you are spoilt for choice - Buenos Aires has a vibrant nightlife, with a huge number of bars and night clubs to choose from. Restaurants here vary from cheap and cheerful to world class, and it's a great place to get stuck into some of Argentina's finest steak and red wine. Of course this is also the home of Tango, and there are many evening Tango shows you can buy tickets for or even take a dancing class yourself! 

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today will be a free day to explore the incredible city of Buenos Aires, soak up the atmosphere of its streets, and discover its amazing culture, art, and music. 
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we have a full day drive north though the provinces of Entre Rios and Corrientes, aiming to reach the beautiful village of Yapeyú on the banks of the River Uruguay. Yapeyú is very famous amongst Argentines for being the birthplace of their national hero General Jose de San Martin, one of the liberators of South America from Spanish colonial rule.

In Yapeyú we will stay in a municipal campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!). 
Accommodation
  • Bush camp (no facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: Exit Argentina at Tancredo Neves, enter Brazil at Tancredo Neves.

Today we cross the border into Brazil and drive to the city of Foz do Iguacu.

In Foz do Iguacu we will camp in the grounds of an excellent hostel out of town, with good facilities and a pool.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

About Foz do Iguaçu:
Foz do Iguaçu (meaning "Mouth of the Iguazu River") is the Brazilian town nestled against the double-border with Argentina and Paraguay. The town is of course most famous as the base for exploring the incredible Iguazu Falls, and the Brazilian side of the waterfalls offers visitors a very different perspective - there are a number of cleverly constructed walkways that allow you to get right out over the water up close to some of the falls themselves, and you will often be able to see fantastic rainbows forming as the sun catches the spray. For the ultimate waterfall viewing experience, you can also organize helicopter flights from the Brazilian side, where you'll be taken out right over the falls to give you a breathtaking view of this natural wonder from a totally different perspective. There is also a fan static bird park in Foz, where you can see many of Brazil's native species including toucans and macaws. You can also visit the incredible Itaipu Dam, the world's second-largest dam (after the Three Gorges Dam in China) that stretches across the River Parana between Brazil and Paraguay, and a marvel of modern engineering. 
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jesuit Mission ruins and museum, San Ignacio de Mini
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will visit the Brazilian side of the phenomenal Iguazu Falls, to get some incredible panoramic vistas of the mighty waterfalls. There is also plenty of time to visit the bird park, take a helicopter ride over the falls, see the incredible Itaipu Dam, or quickly stop into Paraguay to pick up some bargains in the nearby Ciudad del Este. 

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 

See the mighty Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian side, enjoying the incredible panorama of waterfalls and exploring the beauty of the area : Included in Kitty 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

Visit the colossal Itaipu Dam, the second largest hydroelectric dam in the world : BRL 68

Visit the Parque das Aves bird park near Foz do Iguaçu, a wonderful conservation project which provides an excellent home to over 1000 iconic birds from the region such as toucans, macaws and eagles : BRL 36 

Take an exhilarating speed boat ride around the base of the falls from the Brazilian side : BRL 66

Take an unforgettable 10-minute helicopter flight over the Iguazu Falls, enjoying a bird's eye view of one of the world's most incredible set of waterfalls : USD 125 

About Iguazu Falls:
The Iguazu Falls, located on the Iguazu River between Argentina and Brazil, is the world's largest waterfall system and one of the most spectacular natural sights in the world! The name "Iguazu" originates from the native Guarani words "y" (meaning "big") and "uasu" (meaning "water") - the Guarani legend says that the falls were created when a deity wanted to a beautiful mortal woman, but when she tried to escape away from him in a canoe with another man the deity sliced the river in two, condemning the water and the lovers to fall for eternity. Visitors can see the Iguazu Falls from both sides of the border - on the Argentinian side there are miles of trails and walkways through the forests and the many waterfalls along the southern banks, culminating in a kilometre-long walkway to the phenomenal "Garganta del Diablo (meaning "Devil's Throat"), the largest and most powerful section of the waterfall system. Millions of gallons of water thunder down violently to the bottom of the huge ravine, forming the most incredible display of power, rainbows, and spray! In the surrounding dense tropical jungle there are many varieties of brightly coloured butterflies and birds, and you can take an exhilarating motorboat ride up close to some of the waterfalls (if you don't mind getting soaked!). 
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Visit Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls (entrance fee included)
  • Visit Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls (entrance fee included)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will take a day trip back into Argentina to see the incredible Iguazu Falls from the other side. This is well worth doing as the views are even more spectacular, and you'll be able to look right down into the mighty Garganta del Diablo (the largest waterfall here) from a gantry walkway viewing point). We will have a full day at the Argentine side of the falls, allowing us lots of time to freely explore the site, hike some nature trails, or perhaps take an exhilarating (and very wet) boat ride!

We will return to our base in Foz do Iguacu tonight.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

Head on an adrenaline-fuelled speedboat trip to the base of the falls on the Argentine side - be prepared to get very wet! : ARS 350

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 

Visit the phenomenal Iguazu Falls from the Argentine side, where you can get the closest views of Garganta del Diablo and explore the web of nature trails around the area's forests and waterfalls : Included in Kitty
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we have a full drive day north to the Brazilian eco-tourism capital of Bonito.

In Bonito we will camp in the grounds of an excellent hostel with a pool and good facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours.

About Bonito:
The small town of Bonito in the southern Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul is perfectly located in a beautiful and unique area. The area's main attractions are the crystal clear rivers, springs and the stunning caves, not to mention the abundant wildlife, which includes monkeys, alligators, anacondas, over 30 varieties of fish and tremendous bird life. Unsurprisingly, the town is often described as the "eco-tourism capital of Brazil". There are endless activities on offer, from spectacular walks through the surrounding hills and forests, to caving, horse-riding, abseiling, and snorkeling. Many of the best attractions are on private land and the area is being very carefully managed in order to protect the wildlife and habitats found here
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
( Day 8 to 9 )

We have two full days in Bonito to take part in the plethora of incredible optional activities here. You could go out on a world-class snorkeling trip, explore the nearby caves, or go abseiling down some of the largest waterfalls in the area, amongst many other possibilities! 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

Relax and meet the locals in the beautiful outdoor municipal swimming areas of Bonito : BRL 30 

Abseil down the Boca da Onça waterfall (meaning 'Jaguar's Mouth'), the largest waterfall in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul : BRL 460

Visit the phenomenal Buraco das Araras, one of the world's largest sink-holes and a natural aviary of macaws and toucans : BRL 46

Visit the stunning São Miguel Caves near Bonito : BRL 36

Hire a mountain bike in Bonito to freely explore the incredible countryside of Mato Grosso do Sul : USD 20

Go on a stunning sunset horse ride around the beautiful countryside around Bonito : BRL 80

Take a trek through the stunning areas surrounding Bonito, visiting some of the beautiful nearby waterfalls : BRL 50

Head on an unforgettable trip to Abismo Anhumas, an incredible day out where you abseil through a fissure into a collosal underground cavern, and snorkel in the lake at the bottom : BRL 760

Visit the ethereal and other-worldly Blue Lake Cave near Bonito, an underground lake with an incredibly vivid shade of blue : BRL 95

Take an incredible snorkeling trip through the crystal clear waters of the Rio da Prata, getting a phenomenal view of the fish and aquatic plants underwater : BRL 278

Head out on an exhilarating rafting, tubing, or kayaking expedition down the Rio Formoso : BRL 135
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
( Day 8 to 9 )
 
We have two full days in Bonito to take part in the plethora of incredible optional activities here. You could go out on a world-class snorkeling trip, explore the nearby caves, or go abseiling down some of the largest waterfalls in the area, amongst many other possibilities! 
 
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 
 
Relax and meet the locals in the beautiful outdoor municipal swimming areas of Bonito : BRL 30 
 
Abseil down the Boca da Onça waterfall (meaning 'Jaguar's Mouth'), the largest waterfall in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul : BRL 460 
 
Visit the phenomenal Buraco das Araras, one of the world's largest sink-holes and a natural aviary of macaws and toucans : BRL 46 
 
Visit the stunning São Miguel Caves near Bonito : BRL 36 
 
Hire a mountain bike in Bonito to freely explore the incredible countryside of Mato Grosso do Sul : USD 20
 
Go on a stunning sunset horse ride around the beautiful countryside around Bonito : BRL 80 
 
Take a trek through the stunning areas surrounding Bonito, visiting some of the beautiful nearby waterfalls : BRL 50 
 
Head on an unforgettable trip to Abismo Anhumas, an incredible day out where you abseil through a fissure into a collosal underground cavern, and snorkel in the lake at the bottom : BRL 760 
 
Visit the ethereal and other-worldly Blue Lake Cave near Bonito, an underground lake with an incredibly vivid shade of blue : BRL 95 
 
Take an incredible snorkeling trip through the crystal clear waters of the Rio da Prata, getting a phenomenal view of the fish and aquatic plants underwater : BRL 278
 
Head out on an exhilarating rafting, tubing, or kayaking expedition down the Rio Formoso : BRL 135
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
( Day 10 to 11 )

Today we have a short drive to Brazil's amazing Southern Pantanal region, where we have a visit a local eco-tourism ranch (or 'fazenda').

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours. 

We will spend 2 nights here and have a comprehensive package of included activities such as exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside on horseback, trips down the wildlife-abundant rivers in boats and canoes, and safaris on the ranch's trucks and on foot where we hope to spot capybaras, caimans, and (if we are very lucky) jaguars and ocelots. Our stay here is an incredible highlight!

In the Southern Pantanal we will stay in dorm accommodation in a well equipped lodge with all the meals and activities included. 

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 

Activity Approximate Cost Take an unforgettable 2-night fully inclusive package from our eco-lodge in the Southern Pantanal, where we will go out on jeep safaris, canoe expeditions, boat rides, horse back trails, and enjoy a BBQ night with local music and dancing : Included in Kitty

About Southern Pantanal:
The Pantanal is a vast wetland that covers much of inland central and southern Brazil - it is formed of a huge gently-sloping depression surrounded by rolling highlands, so the water from thousands of small rivers runs off from the highlands to collect in the basin before draining out into the Paraguay River. The Pantanal was a predominantly agricultural area, dotted with cattle ranches known locally as "Fazenda" - having realised the importance of their home as a unique habitat for wildlife, many of the Fazendas have opened up for eco-tourism in recent years and offer safaris and tours of the area. The wildlife here is staggering, and there is probably nowhere else in South America where you'll be able to see as many indigenous species. There are over 250 different species of birds that have been recorded here, including parakeets, macaws, owls, kingfishers, ibis, storks, kites and hawks, hummingbirds and more, and there are prolific numbers of caiman, anacondas, iguanas, two species of anteaters, ocelots, jaguars, tapirs, giant river otters and thousands of marsh deer. One of the easier animals to spot is the capybara, a giant guinea-pig-type rodent that grows up to 60 kgs and lives in large herds in the swamps. 
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
( Day 10 to 11 )
 
Today we have a short drive to Brazil's amazing Southern Pantanal region, where we have a visit a local eco-tourism ranch (or 'fazenda'). 
 
Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours. 
 
We will spend 2 nights here and have a comprehensive package of included activities such as exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside on horseback, trips down the wildlife-abundant rivers in boats and canoes, and safaris on the ranch's trucks and on foot where we hope to spot capybaras, caimans, and (if we are very lucky) jaguars and ocelots. Our stay here is an incredible highlight!
 
In the Southern Pantanal we will stay in dorm accommodation in a well equipped lodge with all the meals and activities included. 
 
INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 
 
Activity Approximate Cost Take an unforgettable 2-night fully inclusive package from our eco-lodge in the Southern Pantanal, where we will go out on jeep safaris, canoe expeditions, boat rides, horse back trails, and enjoy a BBQ night with local music and dancing : Included in Kitty
 
About Southern Pantanal:
The Pantanal is a vast wetland that covers much of inland central and southern Brazil - it is formed of a huge gently-sloping depression surrounded by rolling highlands, so the water from thousands of small rivers runs off from the highlands to collect in the basin before draining out into the Paraguay River. The Pantanal was a predominantly agricultural area, dotted with cattle ranches known locally as "Fazenda" - having realised the importance of their home as a unique habitat for wildlife, many of the Fazendas have opened up for eco-tourism in recent years and offer safaris and tours of the area. The wildlife here is staggering, and there is probably nowhere else in South America where you'll be able to see as many indigenous species. There are over 250 different species of birds that have been recorded here, including parakeets, macaws, owls, kingfishers, ibis, storks, kites and hawks, hummingbirds and more, and there are prolific numbers of caiman, anacondas, iguanas, two species of anteaters, ocelots, jaguars, tapirs, giant river otters and thousands of marsh deer. One of the easier animals to spot is the capybara, a giant guinea-pig-type rodent that grows up to 60 kgs and lives in large herds in the swamps. 
Accommodation
  • Hacienda (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
After our morning activities and one final lunch in our beautiful ranch, it is time to leave the Pantanal. We will start driving east to wards Sao Paulo state, and wild camp to wards the end of the day.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours. 
Accommodation
  • Hacienda (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive to the remote town of Brotas in southeastern Brazil.

In Brotas we will stay at a campsite with good facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours. 
Accommodation
  • Bush camp (no facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is free to take part in optional adventure activities such as white water rafting or canyoning, or to simply relax by the pool! 
 
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 
 
Head out white-water rafting on the fast moving waters of the Jacare River (approximately Grade 3-4) : BRL 125 
 
Float down the Jacare on a fun tubing trip down the River Jacare near Brotas : BRL 90 
 
Head out on a half-day canyoning trip through the gorges of the Jacare River near Brotas : BRL 185 
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
( Day 15 to 17 )

Today we have a full day drive to the colonial town of Paraty on the Emerald Coast of the Atlantic!

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

On our first full day in Paraty, we will have an included boat trip around the incredible islands and beaches off the coast.

On our second day, we will have free time to explore the town, take a historical tour, walk along the stunning scenery of the coastline, head out snorkeling or diving, or simply relax on the idyllic beaches.

In Paraty we Will camp at a hostel. 

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 

Take a boat trip out of Paraty, exploring the stunning islands and beaches and swimming in the idyllic warm water of the sparkling blue ocean : Included in Kitty 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

Go for a scuba diving trip in the incredible oceans around Paraty : BRL 250

Relax and unwind with a massage and unbeatable ocean views at the fantastic Shambala spa : BRL 165

Explore the ocean, islands, beaches, and mangroves of Atlantic coast in a more serene and tranquil fashion, on a sea kayaking expedition around the bay of Paraty : USD 40 

Learn all about the fascinating history of Brazil and the Gold Trail, on an excellent walking tour of the old colonial town of Paraty : USD 35

Enjoy some of the best and most scenic treks in the country, on the coastal trails, hails, and 'tropical fjords' near Paraty : USD 50

Try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding by hiring a board from one of the many vendors at the Jabaquara beach in Paraty : BRL 30 

About Paraty:
Stretching west from the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro is the spectacular Brazilian Emerald Coast, a dazzlingly-beautiful strip of land sandwiched between the verdant green hills and the sparkling waters of the Atlantic. Tropical islands, deserted beaches and picturesque coves with excellent swimming and diving make it the perfect place to relax and enjoy some optional boat trips and other activities. The old Portuguese colonial town of Paraty, founded in 1597 CE and once a very important port during the Portuguese gold rush of the 17th and 18th Centuries, is perhaps the most attractive spot on the coast. Low white-washed buildings with colourful doors and shutters crowd around the cobbled streets and plaza, full of interesting shops, bars and restaurants. Paraty really comes alive at night, when locals and tourists alike sit outside the many street cafes and congregate in the main square. The town also has a couple of beaches and there are plenty of others in the surrounding area - and this is also a good place for boat and snorkeling trips, which can be arranged locally. 
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Boat trip
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
( Day 15 to 17 )
 
Today we have a full day drive to the colonial town of Paraty on the Emerald Coast of the Atlantic!
 
Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours. 
 
On our first full day in Paraty, we will have an included boat trip around the incredible islands and beaches off the coast. 
 
On our second day, we will have free time to explore the town, take a historical tour, walk along the stunning scenery of the coastline, head out snorkeling or diving, or simply relax on the idyllic beaches. 
 
In Paraty we Will camp at a hostel. 
 
INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 
 
Take a boat trip out of Paraty, exploring the stunning islands and beaches and swimming in the idyllic warm water of the sparkling blue ocean : Included in Kitty 
 
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 
 
Go for a scuba diving trip in the incredible oceans around Paraty : BRL 250
 
Relax and unwind with a massage and unbeatable ocean views at the fantastic Shambala spa : BRL 165
 
Explore the ocean, islands, beaches, and mangroves of Atlantic coast in a more serene and tranquil fashion, on a sea kayaking expedition around the bay of Paraty : USD 40 
 
Learn all about the fascinating history of Brazil and the Gold Trail, on an excellent walking tour of the old colonial town of Paraty : USD 35 
 
Enjoy some of the best and most scenic treks in the country, on the coastal trails, hails, and 'tropical fjords' near Paraty : USD 50 
 
Try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding by hiring a board from one of the many vendors at the Jabaquara beach in Paraty : BRL 30 
 
About Paraty: 
Stretching west from the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro is the spectacular Brazilian Emerald Coast, a dazzlingly-beautiful strip of land sandwiched between the verdant green hills and the sparkling waters of the Atlantic. Tropical islands, deserted beaches and picturesque coves with excellent swimming and diving make it the perfect place to relax and enjoy some optional boat trips and other activities. The old Portuguese colonial town of Paraty, founded in 1597 CE and once a very important port during the Portuguese gold rush of the 17th and 18th Centuries, is perhaps the most attractive spot on the coast. Low white-washed buildings with colourful doors and shutters crowd around the cobbled streets and plaza, full of interesting shops, bars and restaurants. Paraty really comes alive at night, when locals and tourists alike sit outside the many street cafes and congregate in the main square. The town also has a couple of beaches and there are plenty of others in the surrounding area - and this is also a good place for boat and snorkeling trips, which can be arranged locally. 
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
( Day 15 to 17 )
 
Today we have a full day drive to the colonial town of Paraty on the Emerald Coast of the Atlantic!
 
Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours. 
 
On our first full day in Paraty, we will have an included boat trip around the incredible islands and beaches off the coast. 
 
On our second day, we will have free time to explore the town, take a historical tour, walk along the stunning scenery of the coastline, head out snorkeling or diving, or simply relax on the idyllic beaches. 
 
In Paraty we Will camp at a hostel. 
 
INCLUDED ACTIVITIES 
 
Take a boat trip out of Paraty, exploring the stunning islands and beaches and swimming in the idyllic warm water of the sparkling blue ocean : Included in Kitty 
 
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 
 
Go for a scuba diving trip in the incredible oceans around Paraty : BRL 250
 
Relax and unwind with a massage and unbeatable ocean views at the fantastic Shambala spa : BRL 165
 
Explore the ocean, islands, beaches, and mangroves of Atlantic coast in a more serene and tranquil fashion, on a sea kayaking expedition around the bay of Paraty : USD 40 
 
Learn all about the fascinating history of Brazil and the Gold Trail, on an excellent walking tour of the old colonial town of Paraty : USD 35 
 
Enjoy some of the best and most scenic treks in the country, on the coastal trails, hails, and 'tropical fjords' near Paraty : USD 50 
 
Try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding by hiring a board from one of the many vendors at the Jabaquara beach in Paraty : BRL 30 
 
About Paraty: 
Stretching west from the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro is the spectacular Brazilian Emerald Coast, a dazzlingly-beautiful strip of land sandwiched between the verdant green hills and the sparkling waters of the Atlantic. Tropical islands, deserted beaches and picturesque coves with excellent swimming and diving make it the perfect place to relax and enjoy some optional boat trips and other activities. The old Portuguese colonial town of Paraty, founded in 1597 CE and once a very important port during the Portuguese gold rush of the 17th and 18th Centuries, is perhaps the most attractive spot on the coast. Low white-washed buildings with colourful doors and shutters crowd around the cobbled streets and plaza, full of interesting shops, bars and restaurants. Paraty really comes alive at night, when locals and tourists alike sit outside the many street cafes and congregate in the main square. The town also has a couple of beaches and there are plenty of others in the surrounding area - and this is also a good place for boat and snorkeling trips, which can be arranged locally. 
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning we will drive to the incredible Rio de Janeiro, one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world! This afternoon we will have the opportunity to take an optional visit to a community favela project that Dragoman supports.

In Rio de Janeiro we will stay in a great hotel in the Flamengo district, close to the beach and the metro station.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

Visit one of Rio de Janeiro's famous favelas and the Project Morrinho, a Dragomansupported community project and art installation run by the youth of the area : GBP 52 

About Rio De Janeiro:
Rio de Janeiro has to be one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world. The stunning Pão de Açucar (Sugarloaf) Mountain rises up out of Guanabara Bay and the sandy beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana cut beautiful curves in the shoreline, all under the watchful gaze of the iconic Art Deco statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. This is a city with something for everyone - beaches, history, shopping, culture, fantastic food and amazing nightlife. For amazing views of this spectacular city, take the cable car up to the top of Pão de Açucar, ride the train to Corcovado or jump on the tram to the historic hillside neighbourhood of Santa Teresa. If you're interested in learning more about Rio and Brazil, there are several fascinating museums in the city and you'll see some fantastic architecture by wandering around the older parts of the city. Kick back and relax on the famous urban beaches, enjoy a beer or caipirinha at one of the many street-side cafes and then when evening comes you can party the night away - Rio has some unbelievable bars and clubs in the buzzing areas of Lapa and Ipanema. If you need a bit of quiet time to recover, take a walk in the city's wonderful botanical gardens, or escape the city for the day on an excursion to the lush forests of nearby Tijuca National Park. Rio is particularly famous for its huge annual party - the incredible Rio Carnival. The celebration of Mardi Gras (6 weeks before Easter) is a great Brazilian tradition - the whole city goes wild for a full 7 days in a whirlwind of music and colour. Samba schools compete with ever more awe-inspiring dance displays, floats and costumes, putting on marathon performances in the Sambadrome, and street parties are held all over the city. 
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Border information: if you are leaving in Rio de Janeiro, you will most likely exit Brazil at Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport (IATA code: RIO/ GIG).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Rio de Janeiro. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below. 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 

Make a pilgrimage to the iconic Maracanã stadium, the heart of Brazilian football, and take a guided tour from one of the enthusiastic staff : BRL 20

Visit the amazing statue of Christ the Redeemer on the top of the Corcovado mountain, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and a world-famous icon of Brazil - taking in the breathtaking views of Rio de Janeiro and the bay below : BRL 62

Get some of the most phenomenal views of Rio de Janeiro by taking a cable car up the Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain) : BRL 62

Find out all about Brazil's fascinating history by visiting the National Historical Museum in the centre of Rio de Janeiro : BRL 6 

Visit the Museu da República, and learn all about the turbulent recent history of Brazil and the story of the creation of the republic in 1889 : BRL 6

Relax and explore the world famous beaches of Rio de Janeiro, including Ipanema, Arpoador, and of course Copacabana : Free

Explore the magnificent Botanical Gardens of Rio de Janeiro, with over 54 hectares and 6500 species of plants and flowers : BRL 8

Visit the iconic Escadaria Selaron, a colourful tiled staircase lovingly created by local resident Jorge Selaron : Free

Explore the stunning natural Atlanic rain forest of Tijuca, the largest urban forest in the world : Free

Take a brilliant free walking tour with an expert local guide around Lapa and Central Rio de Janeiro (or Copacabana and Ipanema on certain days) : Free
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

No meals are included on this tour

Transport

Boat, Ferry, Overland vehicle, Train

Accommodation

Bush camping (7 nights), Camping (36 Nights), Homestay (1), Hostel (37 nights), Hotel (27 nights), Lodge (3 nights)

Included activities

  • Ballestas Island - Guided tour
  • Paracas National Park
  • Chauchilla cemetery
  • Colca Canyon -Guided tour
  • Raqchi Artisan Centre and ruins
  • Alternative Inca Trail and Quechua Community trek
  • Tour of the Sacred Valley, Sacsayhuaman and Ollantaytambo
  • Machu Picchu - Guided tour
  • Sillustani Ruins and Museum w/Guide
  • Uros Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca
  • Isla del Sol boat trip
  • Jeep tour of Uyuni Salt Flats
  • Vineyard Tour
  • Quilmes Ruins
  • Jesuit Mission ruins and museum, San Ignacio de Mini
  • Visit Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls (entrance fee included)
  • Visit Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls (entrance fee included)
  • Boat trip

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Important notes

1. This trip is run by our experienced overland partner Dragoman.
2. Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.
3. You need to choose whether you wish to hike the Classic Inca Trail or the Quechua Community Trek (http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/inca-advisory/community_trek_peru.pdf) at the time of booking. If you do not indicate a preference, the Quechua Community Trek (http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/inca-advisory/community_trek_peru.pdf) will be confirmed automatically.

Classic Inca Trail permits are sold on a request basis only. Once deposit is paid and passport details provided, Intrepid will endeavour to secure a permit for you. If Classic Inca Trail permits are unavailable by the time you book, you will be booked on the Quechua Community Trek (http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/inca-advisory/community_trek_peru.pdf) instead.

The Classic 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 Quechua Community Trek (http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/inca-advisory/community_trek_peru.pdf).

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.

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Quito to Rio via Ushuaia, October 2015

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