Itinerary

Day 1 Cuzco

A fascinating fusion of Inca and Spanish culture, Cuzco is truly the heart and soul of Peru. Explore the many Baroque churches or visit the city's impressive Inca ruins, including the famous 12-sided Stone and the ruins of Qorikancha.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 2-5 Inca Trail/Quecha Community Trek

Embark on an unforgettable Andean trek. Follow the steps of the ancient Incas through breathtaking scenery and past remote Quechua villages.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3, Hotel - 1

Day 6 Machu Picchu/Cuzco

Explore the crumbling ruins of Machu Picchu, the 'Lost City of the Incas'. Find a quiet spot near the Sun Gate to sit back and soak up the magical atmosphere before making the return journey back to Cuzco.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 7 Cuzco

Journey to Cuzco and wander through cobblestone streets lined with massive Inca stone walls and Spanish-colonial architecture. Perhaps sign up for one of the many adventure activities on offer here including horse riding and whitewater rafting.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 8 Raqchi

Get to know a local family as guests at a homestay in Raqchi. Spend the evening together sharing a meal and discovering traditional song and dance.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1

Days 9-10 Chivay/Colca Canyon

Try to spot the mighty Andean condors as they silently take to the sky thousands of metres above the floor of the breathtaking Colca Canyon.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 11-12 Arequipa

Explore the scenic city of Arequipa and perhaps stop by the Museo Santury to view Juanita, the ice princess. The body of this frozen Inca maiden is thought to be more than 500 years-old and was found at a sacrificial site on the summit of Nevado Ampato.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 13 Puerto Inca

Visit the chilling Chauchilla Cemetery en route to Puerto Inca. The windswept graves display the eerie skeletons and mummified bodies of the Nazca people, some of which date from 1,000 AD.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 14 Nazca

Learn about Peru's mysterious Nazca Lines and perhaps take a scenic flight to fully appreciate the scale of this puzzling creation.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 15 Paracas National Reserve

Pitch a tent in Paracas, which spans over 335,000 hectares and is home to one of the world's most important marine reserves. Take a walk along the coastline and spot the vibrant birdlife this region is famous for.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 16-17 Ballestas Islands/Lima

Spot penguins, sea lions and boobies during a boat ride through the Ballestas Islands. Get acquainted with Peru's modern capital, Lima - there's plenty to see in this vibrant metropolis.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 18-19 Huanchaco

Pitch a tent at seaside Huanchaco, home to the surfing fishermen. Walk along the shoreline and watch these skilful fishermen among the waves, balancing on their narrow reed canoes. Perhaps even give this method a try to discover how difficult it really is! Spend a full day exploring the ruins of Chan Chan, the largest pre-Columbian city in South America. Visit the Temples of the Sun and the Moon, huge crumbling pyramids built from an estimated 140 million adobe bricks.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 20-22 Punta Sal

Seaside activities abound in Punta Sal, a haven of sun, surf and sand. Perhaps enjoy deep-sea fishing, explore the scenic shoreline by boat or simply kick back on the beach with a good book.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 23-24 Cuenca

Farewell Peru and discover the production secrets of Ecuador's iconic Panama hat during a factory tour. Head out shopping for one of these hats or maybe ramble through Cuenca's scenic streets and shady plazas.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1, Hotel - 1

Day 25 Riobamba

Be treated to more stunning scenery on the journey towards Riobamba.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 26-27 Chugchilan/Quilotoa Loop

Enjoy spectacular views while driving along the winding Quilotoa Loop. Stretch legs on a guided trek and stay overnight in an eco-lodge nestled on the slopes of the Rio Toachi Canyon.
ACCOM: Hostel - 2

Days 28-30 Rio Verde

Pitch a tent in the lush, mountainous Tungurahua Province. Explore nearby Banos, Ecuador's famous adventure playground. Maybe soak in the town's hot springs filled with therapeutic waters or choose from one of many optional activities - from horse riding to mountain biking and even whitewater rafting.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 31 Coca

Prepare for the jungle adventure ahead in Coca.

Days 32-34 Amazon Jungle

The lush jungle of the upper Amazon Basin is one of the world's most biologically diverse regions. Set off on treks heading deep into the heart of the Amazon jungle. Visit freshwater pools inhabited by caimans and canoe down twisting rivers to meet hospitable locals.
ACCOM: Lodge - 3

Days 35-36 Quito

Wander the quaint cobbled streets of Quito, Ecuador's capital and enjoy over a meal in one of the many great restaurants or explore some of the attractions dotted throughout this breathtaking city - from cathedrals and churches, to lookouts and plazas.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 37 Otavalo

Farewell Ecuador and travel across the border into Colombia. Browse through the array of bright textiles and colourful crafts available at the famous markets of Otavalo.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 38 Ipiales

Explore the town of Ipiales. Perhaps take time to visit the area's prime attraction, Santuario de Las Lajas - believed to be the site of many miracles and apparitions. Set dramatically amid impressive mountain scenery, Las Lajas is a hidden highlight of Colombia.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 39 Popayan

Discover the old town of Popayan and take a day trip to admire the spectacular volcanic landscapes of the Purace National Park.

Days 40-41 Cali

Visit Cali, a culturally diverse town, famous for its lively nightlife.
ACCOM: Hostel - 2

Days 42-44 Manizales

Head to Manizales for a three-night stay at a hacienda. Tour a coffee plantation and admire scenic mountain vistas on a trip to Los Nevados National Park.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 45-47 Guatapé

Stay by the lake at the quaint town of Guatape. Bargain at the stalls on the board walk and climb El Penon de Guatape, the famous granite monolith that give stunning views of the natural surrounds.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 48-49 Medellin

Travel to Medellin and explore the streets of this city, which has played a pivotal role in recent Colombian history. In free time, why not take a day trip to Santa Fe de Antioquia to admire its colonial architecture.
ACCOM: Hostel - 2

Days 50-51 Covenas/San Bernardo Islands

Travel to Covenas on the Morrosquillo gulf and visit the ten islands of San Bernado. A myriad of wildlife species traverse the varying landscapes of stunning beaches, marshes and mangroves.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 52-54 Cartagena

Wander around beautiful Cartagena on a guided city tour. Discover Cartagena's old town, an exceptionally well preserved area full of cobblestone laneways, charming buildings and busy cafes. Experience the therapeutic effects of a mud bath on an optional visit to a bubbling mud volcano.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 55 Panama City

Explore Panama City's colourful neighbourhoods and soak up the this vibrant region's atmosphere.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 56 Santa Clara

Staying in Santa Clara is the ideal opportunity to relax, swim in the lovely Pacific Ocean and camp by the beach.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 57-58 Chiriqui

Panama’s ‘wonderland’, Chiriqui, offers activities like rafting, hiking and volcano walks, as well as pristine beaches and lush tropical forests.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Days 59-60 Manuel Antonio National Park

Sleep in cabins set within the jungle in Manuel Antonio National Park, embarking on jungle walks, relaxing on palm-lined beaches or swimming in cerulean waters.
ACCOM: Cabin - 2

Day 61 San Jose

Pay a visit to the capital of Costa Rica, San Jose, and get to know its intriguing neighbourhoods, vibrant markets and lively nightlife.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 62-63 Monteverde

Stay within the rainforest at Costa Rica’s Monteverde, and perhaps witness some of the diverse local flora and fauna during a visit to the Cloud Forest Reserve.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 64-65 La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano National Park

See Arenal Volcano’s glowing lava flow at night, and marvel at this beautiful area's majesty during the day.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 66-67 Ometepe Island

Cross Lake Nicaragua, Central America’s largest lake, to Isla Ometepe, where two volcanoes, lush vegetation and a wide range of wildlife await.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 68 Granada

Explore the oldest city of the ‘new world’, Granada, which is rich in colonial history and a beautiful place to visit.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 69 Masaya National Park

Experience the wondrous crater and lava flows belonging to the active volcano in the heart of the Masaya National Park.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 1

Day 70 Leon

Head to the university town of Leon, peppered with derelict buildings and walls adorned with political murals and graffiti.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 71 Lake Yojoa

Visit Lake Yojoa, where an overnight lakeside camp is the ideal opportunity to take in the surroundings.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 72-74 Roatan Island

Relax in the blissful, crystal-clear waters of Roatan Island, home to gorgeous beaches, intriguing mangroves and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, second in size only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 3

Days 75-76 Copan

Get up close to the ancient ruins of Copan, one of Honduras’s most striking Mayan sites.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 77 Suchitoto

Wander the cobbled, colourful streets of Suchitoto, which are lined with beautiful whitewashed houses.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 78 Cerro Verde National Park

Experience amazing views of surrounding volcanoes and countryside in Cerro Verde National Park.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 1

Days 79-80 El Imposible National Park

Discover the verdant forest and biological diversity of stunning El Imposible National Park, complete with pumas, tigrillos and black crested eagles.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 81-82 Antigua

Discover the cobbled streets of Antigua and perhaps head out of the city to climb up Pacaya, the area’s active volcano.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 83-85 Panajachel/Lake Atitlan/Chichicastenango

Soak up the atmosphere in Panajachel, situated on the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlan. Perhaps embark on an optional boat trip around the lake that takes in the surrounding villages.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 86 San Andres Itzapa

Perhaps visit the Totonicapan market before travelling to San Andres Itzapa where we stay at a community centre helping victims of domestic abuse.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1

Day 87 Livingston

Travel along the Rio Dulce by boat and arrive in Livingston. Soak up the unique Caribbean character of the town and mingle with locals.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 88-89 Poptun

Spend a couple of nights on a working farm, and perhaps get an adrenaline fix while river-caving.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 90 Tikal

Be awestruck by the Mayan ruins of Tikal, with its temples hiding among the tropical jungle.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 91-92 San Ignacio

Head to Belize’s adventure activity centre – San Ignacio, a great spot to undertake some canoeing and mountain-biking.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 93-95 Caye Caulker

Spend a few hours in Belize City before catching a boat to Caye Caulker. Relaxing to the maximum is compulsory on this idyllic Caribbean island.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 96-97 Tulum

Arrive in Mexico for two nights of blissful camping on a remote beach near Xpuha. On the second day, venture into the clifftop Maya-Toltec ruins of Tulum.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 98 Chichen Itza

A short drive to Chichen Itza reveals one of the most spectacular Mayan sites in Central America, where the daily light and sound show is sure to impress.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 99 Merida

The state capital of Yucatan, Merida boasts thriving markets (the ideal place to purchase a hammock!) and a bustling nightlife.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 100-101 Palenque

Encounter the waterfalls of Agua Azul and Misol-Ha en route to Palenque. The incredible ruined Mayan city rising from the jungle is truly something to behold.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 102 Yaxchilan

Pay a visit to the Mayan Ruins of Yaxchilan before hopping aboard a boat to see the impressive murals at Bonampak.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 103-105 San Cristobal De Las Casas

Be amazed by the Sumidero Canyon on a boat tour, and soak up the alternative vibe of San Cristobal de las Casas.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 106-107 Oaxaca

There’s plenty of time to sample the divine food of Oaxaca, one of Mexico’s prettiest colonial cities, before taking a fascinating guided tour of the Zapotec ruins of Monte Alban.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Days 108-109 Mexico

Explore the towering pyramids of Teotihuacan and perhaps hit Mexico City’s vibrant night-life.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 110 Patzcuaro

Relax amid the lovely scenery and colonial charm of Patzcuaro, located in the hills of Michoacan.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 111-112 Angahuan

Be dwarfed by towering Paricutin volcano. Perhaps get a great view of the surrounding volcanic landscape on a volcano hike.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 113 Tequila

Taste the local tipple at Tequila, with the smell of blue agave – from which tequila is distilled – hanging thick in the air.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 114-115 Sayulita

Visit the surfing town of Sayulita, and enjoy the relaxed pace of beach life. Why not try surfing – the Sayulita breaks are perfect for beginners.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 116 Los Mochis

Take in views of Mexico’s Pacific Coast while travelling to the Sinaloan town of Los Mochis.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 117 Tombstone

Say ‘howdy’ to the USA. Experience a real wild western frontier at Tombstone, where the romantic notions of cowboys has been kept alive by daily re-enactments of gunfights.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 118-119 Grand Canyon National Park

Head to the Grand Canyon and be staggered by one of the USA’s natural highlights. There’s free time here for optional treks and flights, as well as a trip to the Colorado River.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 120-121 Las Vegas

Get raucous in Vegas, where there are countless opportunities to flirt with Lady Luck, gorge on all-you-can-eat buffets and party all night long.

Day 122 Zion National Park

Head for the river-tubing, canyoning and hiking wonderland of Zion National Park, stopping en route to check out the might of Hoover Dam.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 123 Bryce Canyon National Park

Appreciate the hoodoos at Bryce Canyon before camping in a wonderful spot at Kodachrome Basin State Park.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 124 Lake Powell

Learn about ancient Navajo traditions at the Navajo National Monument, before heading into Arizona bound for the stunning rock cliffs and blue waters of Lake Powell.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 125 Monument Valley

Arrive in iconic Monument Valley, the film set for countless movies, and visit the stunning Gooseneck State Reserve and rock formation of Mexican Hat.
ACCOM: Hogan - 1

Days 126-128 Moab/Arches National Park/Canyonlands National Park

Gaze in awe at the spectacular spires, craters and canyons of Moab’s Arches and Canyonlands national parks.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 129 Salt Lake City

Learn about Mormon origins and enjoy free time to explore the home of Mormon culture and the most populated city in Utah.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 130-131 Jackson Hole/Grand Teton National Park

Marvel at the spiny, chiselled mountain range of Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. Perhaps explore the park’s incredible terrain on an optional hike, before continuing on to Jackson Hole.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 132-134 Yellowstone National Park/Gardiner

Explore Yellowstone National Park and its famous geysers while keeping eyes peeled for moose, bison, elk and grizzly and black bears.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 135-136 Glacier National Park

Stop off at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump and learn the history of this Blackfoot site en route to Glacier National Park, where there are heaps of awesome treks to choose from.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 137-139 Banff National Park

With soaring mountains, wild pine forests, gushing snow-fed rivers and turquoise lakes, Banff is truly a feast for the eyes. Why not survey the landscape from above by taking the Gondola up nearby Sulphur Mountain.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 3

Days 140-141 Jasper National Park

Head into the Canadian Rockies and make camp amid the amazing scenery of Jasper. Behold the might and power of breathtaking Athabasca Falls on an optional day trip.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 142 Hazelton

Visit the ‘Ksan Indian Village in Hazelton, British Columbia. View original totem poles and find out about Indian history at the museum.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 143-144 Hyder

Cross back into the USA and set up camp at Hyder. Try to spot grizzlies on a tour of Misty Fjords National Park.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 145 Cotton Lake

Back in Canada’s British Columbia, perhaps hire canoes and glide out onto the waters of Cotton Lake.

Day 146 Whitehorse

Explore Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon Territory, and let cares slip away with a soak in the nearby hot springs.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 147-148 Dawson

Enter Dawson, once a hub of activity for gold prospectors, and visit Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Casino for a real out-west experience!
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 149 Tok

Travel amid spectacular scenery along the ‘Top of the World Highway’, and arrive in the small town of Tok - a major centre for dog-sledding.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 150-151 McCarthy/Wrangell-St Elias National Park

Explore the vast wilderness of Wrangell-St Elias National Park – the largest national park in the USA.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 152-153 Maclaren

Camp under the stars in the remote Alaskan wilderness.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Lodge - 1

Days 154-156 Denali National Park

Go grizzly bear spotting on a guided tour of Denali National Park, and perhaps embark on a scenic flight over Mount McKinley.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 157-158 Seward/Kenai Fjords National Park

Explore this breathtaking area and view the remarkable Portage Glacier from up close.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 159-160 Anchorage

Enjoy free time to explore Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, and reflect on the epic adventure.
ACCOM: Hostel - 1