South America Traverse Overview

See the best of South America on this comfort trip from Lima to Rio. From the allure of the Amazon and the wonders of Machu Picchu to the delights of Mendoza and the might of Iguazu, this journey will no doubt be a trip of a lifetime.

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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later South America Traverse.

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Trip Validity

  • 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31

From Lima to Rio, traverse the beauty, charm and fun of South America

If you have a little more time up your sleeve and are looking for an in-depth journey through South America that doesn't skimp on any creature comforts, then this may well be the trip for you. Travelling from Lima to Rio through the sights and delights of Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil, see jungle depths, ancient ruins, mountain ranges, high-altitude wineries, sprawling plains, towering waterfalls and electric cities all wrapped up in a cultural experience like no other.

  • Stay in an eco lodge in the heart of the Amazon
  • Discover the legends behind Machu Picchu
  • Sip fine wines in Mendoza
  • Discover the eclectic neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires
  • See Iguazu Falls from all angles
  • Get among the rhythm of Rio

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Lima, Peru
  • Finish:

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 16
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    25 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Farmstay (2 nts), Homestay (1 nt), Hotel (21 nts), Jungle Lodge (2 nts)
  • Transport:

    Boat, Bus, Canoe, Minibus, Plane
  • Included activities:

    3 Night Traditional Estancia Stay, 3d/2n Amazon Jungle stay, Archaeological Museum, Catacumbas, Coca Museum, Corcovado/Christ Redeemer visit, Cuzco Museum Ticket (Boleto Turistico) - Cuzco, Guarani community visit, Iguazu Falls - Argentina side tour, Iguazu Falls - Brazilian side visit, Lake Titicaca boat tour & homestay, Leader-led walking tour, Mendoza - Winery tour, Museum of the Inquisition visit, Orientation Tour - Buenos Aires, Tiwanaku archaeological site

  • Notes:

    The international flight between La Paz and Santiago on day 14 of this itinerary is not included in the price of this trip.

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Day 1 Lima

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

Days 2-3 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 4-5 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 6 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 7 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 8-9 Machu Picchu/Cuzco

Wake early to see the sun rise over Machu Picchu - a sight that will stay in the memory for a very long time. Be guided through these well-preserved ruins, marvelling at the ingenuity of the builders and the beauty of the spot they chose. After a fascinating morning, return to Cuzco and spend the next day exploring the city further and enjoying its great cafes and night-life.

Days 10-12 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.

Day 13 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 14-15 Santiago

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

Days 16-17 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 18-19 Buenos Aires estancia stay

Fly from Mendoza to Buenos Aires then take a drive to an estancia on the outskirts of the city. Contribute to the daily chores to learn about life on an estancia or simply relax and breathe in the fresh country air.

Days 20-22 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 23-24 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 25-27 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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