Rio to Quito via Ushuaia Overview

Visit South America and travel through Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. Follow the Inca trail and visit Machu Picchu and explore the Amazon Jungle.

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    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $8,120
      CAD $8,800
      AUD $8,630
      EUR €5,940
      GBP £4,795
      NZD $9,635
      ZAR R86,355
      CHF FR7,185
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $3,980
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $12,090*
      CAD $13,100*
      AUD $13,018*
      EUR €8,842*
      GBP £7,425*
      NZD $14,332*
      ZAR R128,571*
      CHF FR10,698*
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  • 2014-01-01 - 2015-12-31

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

Get set for the ultimate South American odyssey. Covering six countries over 112 amazing days, travel through Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador on this epic adventure. Experience spectacular scenery, magnificent ruins, fascinating culture and some of the friendliest people on the planet. Head south from sun-kissed Rio to amazing Argentina. Sip world-class wines in Chile and marvel at Bolivia's vast salt flats. Follow in the footsteps of the Incas in Peru and discover the irresistible charm of Ecuador. 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.

  • Admire Ecuador's ornate buildings in Quito's Old Town
  • Follow Peru's ancient Inca Trail
  • Haggle for a bargain in La Paz's colourful markets
  • Hike through Patagonia's spectacular glacial scenery
  • Make memories on a visit to Iguazu Falls
  • Revel in Brazil's samba rhythms in Rio de Janeiro
  • Spot wildlife in the Pantanal wetlands
  • Travel through Argentina's wine region of Mendoza

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Finish:

    Quito, Ecuador
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 22
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    All meals when camping
  • Accommodation:

    Bush camp (no facilities) (9 nts), Camping (with facilities) (49 nts), Guesthouse (1 nt), Hacienda (2 nts), Homestay (1 nt), Hostel (8 nts), Hotel (38 nts), Lodge (3 nts)
  • Transport:

    Boat, Ferry, Jeep, Overland vehicle, Train
  • Included activities:

    3 night/3 day Amazon Adventure, Alternative Inca Trail and Quechua Community trek, Ballestas Islands boat trip, Boat trip, Chan Chan Archaeological Site, Chauchilla cemetery, Colca Canyon entrance + IGV, Cuzco Visitor Ticket, Hat Factory Tour, Isla del Sol boat trip, Jeep tour of Uyuni Salt Flats, Jesuit Mission ruins and museum, San Ignacio de Mini, Lord of Sipan Museum, Los Glaciares National Park, Paracas National Park, Penguin Colony, Pyramids of Sun and Moon, Quilmes Ruins, Raqchi Artisan Centre and ruins, Sillustani Ruins and Museum w/Guide, Tierra del Fuego National Park, Torres del Paine National Park, Tour of the Sacred Valley, Sacsayhuaman and Ollantaytambo, Trek from Quilotoa to Chugchilan, Two night Pantanal adventure, Uros Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca, Valle de la Luna Excursion, Vineyard Tour, Visit Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls (entrance fee included), Visit Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls (entrance fee included)

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    3260kg pp per trip
  • 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 at the time of booking. If you do not indicate a preference, the Quechua Community Trek 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 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 . 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.

  • Trip price from

    USD $8,120
    CAD $8,800
    AUD $8,630
    EUR €5,940
    GBP £4,795
    NZD $9,635
    ZAR R86,355
    CHF FR7,185
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    USD $12,090*
    CAD $13,100*
    AUD $13,018*
    EUR €8,842*
    GBP £7,425*
    NZD $14,332*
    ZAR R128,571*
    CHF FR10,698*
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    USD $107
    CAD $116
    AUD $116
    EUR €78
    GBP £66
    NZD $127
    ZAR R1,147
    CHF FR95
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Rio to Quito via Ushuaia Summary

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Day 1 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.

Days 2-4 Paraty

Step back in time in gorgeous Paraty, where Portuguese colonial buildings, cobblestone streets and horse and cart are set against a verdant backdrop of misty hills.

Days 5-6 Brotas

A tiny place that has a big name for eco-tourism, Brotas offers hiking, kayaking, rafting and other sports in a pristine jungle environment.

Day 7 Campo Grande

Surrounded by picturesque farming country, Campo Grande is a large, multicultural city which is the main gateway to the Pantanal.

Days 8-10 Pantanal

The Pantanal is the largest wetlands in the world and is home to thousands of species of animals and plants, and its 210,00 sq km spreads through Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia.

Days 11-12 Bonito

Beautiful by name, beautiful by nature, Bonito is a small town set amongst a gorgeous landscape of emerald jungle and glassy, blue rivers simply teeming with life.

Days 13-15 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.

Day 16 San Ignacio Mini

Founded in 1632 and now well-preserved ruins, San Ignacio Mini is an old Jesuit mission that was destroyed in 1817 and rediscovered amongst the jungle the late 1800s.

Days 17-20 Bush Camp/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.

Day 21 Bush Camp

Travel up the coast of Argentina, enjoying sea views and the small towns that are dotted along the way. Camp overnight.

Days 22-23 Puerto Madryn

Puerto Madryn is a popular beachfront city with Welsh roots and is close to the Valdez Peninsula, a protected wildlife sanctuary.

Day 24 Camarones

A nature lover's paradise with amazing penguin colonies and an abundance of animal species and marine life, sleepy Camarones is a lovely place to relax oceanside .

Day 25 Atlantic Bush Camp

See ocean vistas, quirky towns and an array of animals while travelling and camping along Argentina's Atlantic Coast.

Days 26-27 Perito Moreno Glacier/El Calafate

One of the few advancing glaciers in the world, Perito Moreno Glacier is a glorious, electric-blue mass of ice that occasionally breaks dramatically into Lago Argentino. Los Glaciares National Park is resplendent with its 47 glaciers, soaring mountains perfect for climbing, inviting grassy plains and lakes of the deepest blue.

Days 28-32 Torres del Paine National Park

Venture into Torres del Paine National Park. Spend the following few days visiting the lakes and glaciers that combine to make this Patagonia's premier wilderness frontier, or take them all in under your own steam on the famous W-walk.

Day 33 Magellan Straits

Unpredictable currents and winds, combined with the narrowness of the passage, has made the Straits of Magellan a beautiful yet precarious route for many ships over the centuries.

Days 34-36 Ushuaia

A picturesque town at the end of the world, Ushuaia is the launching pad for many Antarctica trips and is also excellent for hiking and mountain-based activities.

Day 37 Magellan Straits

Look out for condors, buzzard eagles, seals and sea lions, all of which thrive in harsh conditions on the Magellan Straits.

Days 38-40 El Chalten/Los Glaciares National Park

The small village of El Chalten, nestled between picturesque mountains within Glacier National Park, is mainly a campsite for visitors, albeit a spectacular one. Los Glaciares National Park is resplendent with its 47 glaciers, soaring mountains perfect for climbing, inviting grassy plains and lakes of the deepest blue.

Day 41 Bush Camp

Ferry back across the treacherous Magellan Straits. Be immersed in this amazing landscape while overlanding across the Patagonian Steppe.

Day 42 Rio Pinturas

Running through the sunburnt Pinturas River Canyon, Rio Pinturas runs through Patagonia and is home to the Cueva de las Manos, a cave filled with pictures of prehistoric hands and animals.

Day 43 Esquel

The Old Patagonia Express and the Esquel meteorite are the claims to fame for Esquel, a small town surrounded by gorgeous mountain scenery.

Days 44-46 Bariloche

A city of immense natural beauty known for its great chocolate, Bariloche is fabulous for sports lovers and food connoisseurs in all its picturesque seasons.

Days 47-49 Pucon

With the spectacular Villarrica volcano bubbling away in the background, captivating Pucon is an adventure lover's paradise with outdoor activities galore in a gorgeous natural setting.

Day 50 Salto del Laja

With four beautiful waterfalls cascading from the river Laja, Salto del Laja is a celebrated summer holiday destination surrounded by forests and greenery.

Days 51-52 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 53-54 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 55-58 Estancia Stay

Set in the picturesque landscape around Rio Ceballos, this traditional Argentine estancia offers the opportunity to live like a gaucho with horse-riding, hiking and sampling an asado (barbecue).

Day 59 Quilmes

The ruined citadel of the Quilmes - a local people displaced in the 17th century by the Spanish - is a fascinating site located in Argentina's Calchaqui Valley.

Day 60 Cafayate

Vineyards, wineries and artisans dominate the picturesque town of Cafayate and its surrounds, the perfect place to sample some world-class wine, food and scenery.
    • 112
    • GDOEC
    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $8,120
      CAD $8,800
      AUD $8,630
      EUR €5,940
      GBP £4,795
      NZD $9,635
      ZAR R86,355
      CHF FR7,185
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $3,980
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $12,090*
      CAD $13,100*
      AUD $13,018*
      EUR €8,842*
      GBP £7,425*
      NZD $14,332*
      ZAR R128,571*
      CHF FR10,698*
      *
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‡ As our kitty is flexible the indicated amount is indicative only - please click here to view the kitty amount for your departure date.