South America Sojourn Overview

Spend over five weeks travelling through the delights of South America – from the elegant capital of Ecuador, through the iconic Inca sites of Peru, into the heart of Bolivia, via the beauty of Argentina to the rollicking city of Rio.

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      USD $10,255
      CAD $10,580
      AUD $10,375
      EUR €7,140
      GBP £5,995
      NZD $11,555
      ZAR R103,850
      CHF FR8,640
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Trip Validity

  • 2015-01-01 - 2015-12-31

Travel from Quito in Ecuador through Peru and Argentina to Rio

Travel from the beauty of Quito to the rollicking city of Rio on this unforgettable South America sojourn through Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Spend 36 days touring the landscapes of Ecuador, exploring the Inca ruins and wild Amazon of Peru, cruising over Lake Titicaca in Puno, travelling to the heights of La Paz, getting your gaucho on in Argentina, embracing the sophistication of Buenos Aires and witnessing the splendour of Iguazu before living it up in unrivalled Rio. For a comfortable and in-depth look at South America, look no further.

  • Enjoy a hacienda stay at the foot of Cotopaxi Volcano
  • Discover the beauty of the Amazon Jungle
  • Marvel at the atmospheric ruins of Machu Picchu
  • Get sky-high in La Paz
  • Go on a wine-tasting tour in beautiful Mendoza
  • Spend the day as a gaucho on an estancia stay
  • Feel the power of the mighty Iguazu Falls
  • Get caught up in the rambunctious nature of Rio

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Quito, Ecuador
  • Finish:

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 16
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    35 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Farmstay (2 nts), Hacienda (2 nts), Hotel (29 nts), Jungle Lodge (2 nts)
  • Transport:

    Boat, Bus, Minibus, Plane
  • Included activities:

    Catacombs - Lima, Coca Museum, Compañia de Jesus visit, Cuzco Museum Ticket (Boleto Turistico) - Cuzco, Equator line museum, Full day winery tour including Lunch, Full-day city tour including Santa Teresa, Selaron Steps, Christ the Redeemer and Santa Marta favela, Guarani community visit, Iguazu Falls - Brazil side tour, Iguazu Falls Argentina side, Ingapirca Ruins Entrance fee, Intiñan Museum visit, Machu Picchu entrance and Guided Tour, Panecillo Hill, Tiawanaku archaeological site and museum tour

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    2115kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    The international flight between La Paz and Santiago on day 23 of this itinerary is not included in the price of this trip.

  • Total price from

    USD $10,255
    CAD $10,580
    AUD $10,375
    EUR €7,140
    GBP £5,995
    NZD $11,555
    ZAR R103,850
    CHF FR8,640
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  • Per day from:

    USD $284
    CAD $293
    AUD $288
    EUR €198
    GBP £166
    NZD $320
    ZAR R2,884
    CHF FR240
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About Argentina , Brazil , Chile , Ecuador , Peru

South America Sojourn Summary

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Day 1 Quito

Welcome to Ecuador! Get to know Quito on a leader-led orientation walk. Although small, Quito’s Old Town is filled with historic buildings and boasts more than 30 churches and numerous museums to explore. Stroll down Quito’s oldest street, Calle La Ronda, and experience the city’s best nightspots all in one place.

Days 2-3 Cotopaxi

Spot one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, Cotopaxi - 5,897 m above sea level - on the way to tonight's overnight stay at a local hacienda. Enjoy free time exploring the surrounding Cotopaxi National Park; the country's premier national park outside the Galapagos.

Days 4-5 Banos

A mecca for international travellers, Banos is situated in a valley of waterfalls and hot springs and is a great base for exploring the great Ecuadorian outdoors. Lush, green hills, warm waters, adventure activities, a relaxed town atmosphere and good food all help to make for a wonderful Banos experience.

Days 6-7 Cuenca

Jump aboard lovely old carriages and embark on the spectacular Devil’s Nose train ride, which travels down the Naris del Diablo and back. The city of Cuenca has a distinctive old-world air and is possibly the most attractive city in Ecuador. Home to many 16th- and 17th-century buildings, the city’s history is well preserved, earning Cuenca the honour of being listed as a World Heritage site.

Days 8-10 Tumbes/Cuenca/Fly to Lima

Get acquainted with Lima's historical landmarks and pleasant parks on a guided downtown walking tour. The vibrant suburb of Miraflores, packed with lively bars and atmospheric restaurants, is a great place to wile away evening hours.

Days 11-12 Amazon Jungle

Located on the Tambopata River near Puerto Maldonado, our eco-friendly lodge is the perfect base for expeditions into the jungle and encounters with the magnificent fauna and flora.

Days 13-14 Cuzco

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

Day 15 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo

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

Day 16 Aguas Calientes

Today we travel by train along the Urubamba river to Aguas Calientes. Sitting at the base of Machu Picchu in a picturesque valley, Aguas Calientes takes its name from the numerous hot springs that are dotted throughout the area.

Days 17-18 Machu Picchu/Cuzco

Rise early for the chance to watch Machu Picchu's imposing structure emerge from the mist in the morning light. Learn about the sight's history on a tour with a local guide, then return to Cuzco for some further time getting to know this charming colonial city.

Days 19-20 Puno/Lake Titicaca

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

Days 21-22 La Paz

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

Days 23-24 Santiago

With the picturesque Plaza de Armas, thriving cafe culture, eclectic array of shops, booming arts scene and vibrant nightlife, Santiago is a fun and rewarding capital to explore and makes for an excellent introduction to South America.

Days 25-26 Mendoza

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

Days 27-28 Buenos Aires Estancia Stay

Head out to a traditional Argentine estancia and learn the skills of a gaucho.

Days 29-31 Buenos Aires

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

Days 32-33 Iguazu Falls

An Argentinian town close to the breathtaking Iguazu Falls, Puerto Iguazu is a relaxed, friendly place to rest after a day enjoying the splendour of the falls.

Days 34-36 Rio de Janeiro

Bigger than life and beautiful to boot, Rio de Janeiro sits resplendent among mountains, rainforest and sea, and emits an energy that is irresistible to everyone who visits.
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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $10,255
      CAD $10,580
      AUD $10,375
      EUR €7,140
      GBP £5,995
      NZD $11,555
      ZAR R103,850
      CHF FR8,640
      *
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