Itinerary

Days 1-2 Ushuaia/Tierra del Fuego

Start this truly epic adventure in Ushuaia, the southernmost town in the world, and enjoy a guided tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 3 Strait of Magellan

Retrace Charles Darwin's footsteps on a ferry crossing to the Magellan Straits.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 4-8 Torres del Paine National Park

Explore the rugged beauty of Torres del Paine National Park in detail - a definite highlight of South America.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 5

Days 9-10 El Calafate/Perito Moreno Glacier

Journey through incredible scenery to El Calafate, where a guided tour of the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier is a real treat.
ACCOM: Hostel - 2

Days 11-13 El Chalten/Los Glaciaries National Park

Get active in Los Glaciares National Park. Embark on a hike for breathtaking views of Monte Fitzroy and Cerro Torre, or hear ice crunch underfoot on a glacier trek.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 14-16 Carretera Austral

Vast creaking blue glaciers, towering mountains and glassy lakes dominate the horizon on the journey along the Chilean Fjord Coast. Camp in the Patagonian wilds amid the rugged beauty and isolation of one of the world's final frontiers.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 3

Day 17 Chaiten

Hugged by Chile's rugged mountains, Chaiten is a humble fishing village surrounded by the smouldering peaks of the Corcovado and Michinmahuida volcanoes.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 18 Puerto Montt

Pitch a tent close to the port city of Puerto Montt in the midst of the Chilean Lake District.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 19-20 Pucon

Discover the wealth of adventure activities on offer in this volcanic town with its deep blue lakes flanked by snow-capped peaks. Opt to climb the nearby volcano of Villarrica or relax in the thermal springs around Pucon.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 21 Saltos del Laja

Travel north along the spine of the Andes, through the heart of Chilean wine country.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 22-23 Santiago

Arrive in Santiago and enjoy exploring the lively streets and getting to know the local culture.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 24-25 Mendoza

Go mountain-biking or wine-tasting in picturesque Mendoza; just don't do them both at the same time.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 26-29 Estancia Stay

Hang out with the gauchos on a traditional Argentinean cattle ranch.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 30 Quilmes

Wander among the remarkable, maze-like Quilmes ruins.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 31 Cafayate

Wine connoisseurs (or winos, if you will) will rejoice at this opportunity to sample some of Argentina's finest wine at one of its vineyards.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 32-33 Salta

Get familiar with the Spanish colonial city of Salta, with its beautiful main plaza, pumping nightlife and adventure-filled Quebrada de Humahuaca, a narrow valley flanked by spectacularly colourful mountains and giant cacti.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 34-35 San Pedro de Atacama

Journey towards the Chilean border, and stay in the Moon Valley in the hopes of catching one of its stunning sunsets.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 36 Bolivian Altiplano

Explore Bolivia's high Altiplano, taking in Laguna Colorado and Laguna Verde along the way.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 37-39 Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni

Head out to the salt flats and take a bunch of those perspective-bending photographs. It'd be rude not to.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 40-41 Potosi

Get to know Potosi, a lively city with a turbulent past where there's the chance to go on an optional tour of a working mine.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 42-43 La Paz

The highest capital city in the world, La Paz is a colourful, enigmatic city, packed full of markets, restaurants and cultural attractions.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 44-45 Copacabana

Discover the delightful town of Copacabana and embark on an all-day trip to the intriguing Isla del Sol.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 46 Lake Titicaca/Puno

Cross into Peru and uncover the floating reed islands of Uros on Lake Titicaca. Spend the night in the cultural border town of Puno.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 47-48 Cuzco

Spot the ancient funerary towers of Sillustani rising from the windswept antiplano. Then travel to Cuzco - the gateway to the Inca - where there are plenty of cultural and adventure activities on offer.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 49-52 Inca Trail/Quecha Community Trek

Begin an epic Andean trek through Peruvian mountains and jungles, stopping to explore archaeological ruins en route to one of the New Seven Wonders of the World - Machu Picchu.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3, Hotel - 1

Day 53 Machu Picchu/Cuzco

Rise early to discover the ruins of Machu Picchu bathed in the golden morning light. Get an up-close look at awe-inspiring Machu Picchu on a guided tour, before catching a train back to Cusco.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 54 Cuzco

Walk beside Inca-built walls while winding through the steep streets of Cusco, rich in archaeological sites and cultural gems.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 55 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 56-57 Chivay/Colca Canyon

Opt-in to bathe in Chivay's thermal springs and visit the remarkable Colca Canyon for a bit of condor spotting.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 58-59 Arequipa

Marvel at the grand colonial buildings in the 'white city' of Arequipa.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 60 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 61 Nazca

Learn about Peru's mysterious Nazca Lines.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 62 Paracas National Reserve

Visit Paracas National Park, an area rich in wildlife. Take a walk along the coastline and spot the vibrant birdlife Paracas is famous for.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 63-64 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 65-66 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 67-69 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 70-71 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 72 Riobamba

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

Days 73-74 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 75-77 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 78 Coca

Prepare for the jungle adventure ahead in Coca.

Days 79-81 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 82-83 Quito

Enjoy the wonderfully historic city of Quito. Ecuador's capital. With museums, cafes, bars and a picturesque Old Town, there's plenty to do in this celebrated city.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 84 Otavalo

Cross the equator before browsing through the array of bright textiles and colourful crafts available at the famous markets of Otavalo.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 85 Ipiales

Cross into Columbia to the town of Ipiales. Visit the mind-blowing Santuario La Lajas, a neo-Gothic cathedral built on the outskirts of the town.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 86 Popayan

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

Days 87-88 Cali

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

Days 89-91 Manizales

Head to Manizales for a three-night stay at a hacienda.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 92-94 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 95-96 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 97-98 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 99-101 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 102 Panama City

Check out the famous Panama Canal and discover Panama City's old and new sections, both with more culture than you can shake a stick at.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 103 Santa Clara

Paddle in the Pacific Ocean at Santa Clara beach, enjoying a night under the stars in Panama.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 104-105 Chiriqui

Get an adrenaline fix in Panama's 'wonderland', Chiriqui - famed for its rafting, hiking and Volcan Baru, the highest point in the country.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Days 106-107 Manuel Antonio National Park

Leave Panama and cross into enchanting Costa Rica. Stay in the luscious Manuel Antonio National Park and embark on jungle walks.
ACCOM: Cabin - 2

Day 108 San Jose

Visit San Jose, Costa Rica's capital city, and have stacks of time to wander the streets and experience local life.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 109-110 Monteverde

Come to grips with the mind-boggling range of flora and fauna in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 111-112 La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano National Park

Witness the majestic lava flow of Arenal Volcano glowing in the night, and be tempted by an optional visit to the thermal pools.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 113-114 Ometepe Island

Get used to the pace of island life on magical Ometepe Island, home to two imposing volcanoes and a host of diverse ecosystems.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 115 Granada

Be wooed by the colonial charms of Granada, Nicaragua's oldest city.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 116 Masaya National Park

Whether visiting the market or exploring the volcano, there's plenty to do in this stunning national park.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 1

Day 117 Leon

Explore the fascinating university town of Leon. With its colonial architecture clashing with graffiti and political emblems, this is a real culture hotspot.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 118 Lake Yojoa

Pass into Honduras and camp by the tranquil waters of Lake Yojoa.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 119-121 Roatan Island

Kick back in a posada on this Caribbean Island paradise. Laze on the beach, swim in turquoise waters, or chat to locals in one of the many bars and restaurants.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 3

Days 122-123 Copan

Weave through the astonishing Mayan ruins of Copan.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 124 Suchitoto

Stroll the cobblestone streets of Suchitoto and observe the abundance of gorgeous whitewashed houses.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 125 Cerro Verde National Park

Absorb intoxicating views of the surrounding volcanic countryside from the grounds of Cerro Verde National Park.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 1

Days 126-127 El Imposible National Park

Glimpse diverse flora and fauna in El Imposible National Park, keeping an eye out for pumas, tigrillos and black-crested eagles.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 128-129 Antigua

Cross the border into Guatemala and stay in the gorgeous colonial city of Antigua.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 130-132 Panajachel/Lake Atitlan/Chichicastenango

Unwind on the shores of picturesque Lake Atitlan, and visit villages around the lake on an optional boat ride. Visit renowned and colourful Chichicastenango market and drop some pennies on local goods and produce.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 133 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 134 Livingston

Drive to Rio Dulce then board a boat and meander down the river, through dense jungle, to Livingston, located on the Caribbean coast.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 135-136 Poptun

Stay on a working farm and experience a piece of local life in this small Guatemalan town.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 137 Tikal

Discover the incredible Mayan ruins of Tikal, hiding among jungle vines.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 138-139 San Ignacio

Travel into Belize to San Ignacio, which is a beautiful town that offers plenty of optional adventure activities, including canoeing and mountain-biking.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 140-142 Caye Caulker

Travel to Belize City then board a boat to Caye Caulker. Relax in the sun and frolic on the beach on this Caribbean island - this slice of paradise is one of Belize's most beautiful places.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 143-144 Tulum

Sleep under the stars on a remote beach on the Caribbean coastline. Fill the days with relaxing and swimming, and have enough time left over to visit the cliff-top Maya-Toltec ruins at Tulum.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 145 Chichen Itza

A guided tour of Chichen Itza - one of the most spectacular Mayan sites in the area - will reveal the history of this UNESCO World Heritage site.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 146 Merida

Soak up the colonial, artistic vibe of Merida, the capital of the Yucatan state, and make the most of the ample nightlife.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 147-148 Palenque

There are lovely waterfalls to be viewed in Palenque, but even they pale in comparison to the sheer wow-factor of the famed ruined city.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 149 Yaxchilan

Marvel at the awe-inspiring Mayan ruins at Yaxchilan and the impressive murals at Bonampak.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 150-152 San Cristobal De Las Casas

Admire brightly painted buildings while traipsing through the cobbled streets of charismatic San Cristobal de las Casas, and cruise along the stunning Sumidero Canyon.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 153-154 Oaxaca

Wander the streets of this lovely, laidback colonial city, before heading off to explore the Zapotec remains at Monte Alban.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Days 155-156 Mexico

One of the world's busiest and most populated cities, Mexico City is a wealth of culture and history. Explore museums, ruins and art galleries by day, and buzzing restaurants and bars by night.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 157 Patzcuaro

Make the most of the relaxing atmosphere of the small colonial town of Patzcuaro.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 158-159 Angahuan

Visit the gateway to the Paricutin volcano, and perhaps choose to do an optional climb or trek around the volcano.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 160 Tequila

A guided tour of the Jose Cuerva tequila distillery presents the ideal opportunity to get absolutely educated on this ancient tipple.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 161-162 Sayulita

Visit the surfing town of Sayulita, where surfing is optional, but enjoying the chilled-out beach life is not!
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 163 Los Mochis

Make tracks to the coastal town of Los Mochis and perhaps rejuvenate with a last Mexican feast.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 164 Tombstone

Say 'adios' to Mexico and Central America and 'hello' to the USA. Spend the night in the wild-west town of Tombstone, a place steeped in history.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 165-166 Grand Canyon National Park

Stand in awe at the mind-blowing Grand Canyon, where there is time a plenty for optional treks and flights.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 167-168 Las Vegas

Switch gear in the bright and raucous city of Las Vegas. Enjoy casinos, star-studded shows and people-watching galore in 'Sin City'.

Day 169 Zion National Park

Stop at Hoover Dam then head into Zion National Park. This remarkable park is a playground for adventurous types. Why not go river-tubing, canyoning, or hiking.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 170 Bryce Canyon National Park

Visit Bryce Canyon and camp overnight in a lovely spot in Kodachrome Basin State Park.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 171 Lake Powell

Head to Lake Powell in Arizona, which is a haven for water sports or great for just relaxing in one of the many sandstone coves.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 172 Monument Valley

Journey through the surreal landscapes of Monument Valley, a United States icon and the film set for countless movies.
ACCOM: Hogan - 1

Days 173-175 Moab/Arches National Park/Canyonlands National Park

Discover bizarre rock formations, contrasting colours and countless canyons in Moab's two famous national parks - Arches and Canyonlands.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 176 Salt Lake City

Get educated on the origins of the Mormon culture while staying in Salt Lake City.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 177-178 Jackson Hole/Grand Teton National Park

Staying in nearby Jackson means Grand Teton National Park is well within reach, and presents the ideal spot for hiking and checking out a rodeo.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 179-181 Yellowstone National Park/Gardiner

Experience the power of Old Faithful and other geysers while staying near Yellowstone National Park.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 182-183 Glacier National Park

Go hiking in spectacular Glacier National Park, and pay a visit to Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 184-186 Banff National Park

Be entranced by the intense blue of Banff National Park's Lake Louise, bordered by green pines that grow right up to the shoreline and gunmetal grey mountains striped with snow.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 3

Days 187-188 Jasper National Park

Camp in breathtaking Jasper, and behold the nearby Athabasca Falls - a magnificent sight.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 189 Hazelton

Leave the Rocky Mountains behind and stay near Hazelton, making a visit to the 'Ksan Indian Village.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 190-191 Hyder

Discover Misty Fjords National Park and keep an eye out for bears roaming among the amazing scenery.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 192 Cotton Lake

Cross back into Canada and camp by lovely Cotton Lake.

Day 193 Whitehorse

Head to the capital of the Yukon Territory, Whitehorse, and perhaps enjoy the warmth of the Takhini Hot Springs.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 194-195 Dawson

Journey into Canada's Klondike region and spend some time in Dawson, a city that offers an abundance of real out-west experiences!
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 196 Tok

A scenic drive winds up in Tok, a major centre for dog-sledding.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 197-198 McCarthy/Wrangell-St Elias National Park

Visit the largest national park in the USA and perhaps choose to hike, go on a glacier walk, and ice-climb.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 199-200 Maclaren

Enjoy plenty of time to revel in the heavenly Alaskan wilderness.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Lodge - 1

Days 201-203 Denali National Park

Try to spot grizzlies, bull moose and an array of other amazing wildlife in the sublime surrounds of Denali National Park. Camp in the shadow of impressive Mount McKinley.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Days 204-205 Seward/Kenai Fjords National Park

Savour the sound of cracking ice at stunning Portage Glacier.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 206-207 Anchorage

End this epic adventure in Anchorage, Alaska's gateway to the state's vast wilderness.
ACCOM: Hostel - 1