Travel South America on an adventure from Quito to Rio de Janeiro
Get set for the ultimate South American odyssey. Covering six countries over 112 amazing days, travel through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile and Brazil on an epic adventure. Experience spectacular scenery, magnificent ruins, fascinating culture and some of the friendliest people on the planet. Start among Ecuador's glorious colonial buildings in Quito, then penetrate deep into the Amazon Jungle before heading south to Peru to follow the footsteps of the Incas. Marvel at the majestic citadel of Machu Picchu, visit the fascinating floating islands on Lake Titicaca, gaze in awe at the cascading waters of Iguazu Falls and survey vast Bolivian salt flats. 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.
This trip requires Inca Trail Permits. View permit availability here.
Visit Ecuador and admire the ornate buildings of Quito's Old Town
Explore South America's lush Amazon jungle
Cruise around Peru's Ballestas Islands
Experience a Peruvian homestay near the Colca Canyon
Reach dizzying heights on the Inca Trail
Travel to Bolivia and marvel at Uyuni's vast salt flats
Sip on some of Chile's fine wines
Go trekking in the Torres del Paine National Park
Be awed by the might of the Iguazu Falls
Venture through the world's largest wetlands in Brazil
Soak up the energy of magnificent Rio de Janeiro
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. At the time of booking you need to choose whether you wish to hike the Classic Inca Trail or Dragoman’s Wild Andes Trek (https://www.intrepidtravel.com/au/wild-andes-trek). If you do not indicate a preference, Wild Andes 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 Wild Andes 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 Wild Andes 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.
4. Please note that if you wish to book the optional W-walk extension available in Torres del Paine, we will need your full passport details at the time of booking.
On June 30th Peruvian authorities released a new list of regulations for visiting Machu Picchu, which came into effect from July 1st. The main points impacting our visits are:
1. There is now a time limit to visit the citadel. Morning visitors must exit the site by 12pm and afternoon visitors by 4.30pm
2. Visitors must complete a designated circuit, in one direction only. Exiting and re-entering the site is not permitted and, upon completion, visitor must exit the site. There is no allowance for personal exploration of the site any longer.
Overall we support these changes as they help preserve this invaluable archaeological site. While this somehow restricts the amount of time we are now allowed to spend in Machu Picchu, we’ll do all possible to maximise your time there and make sure you have the best possible experience.
Our Quito to Rio via Ushuaia trips score an average of 4 out of 5 based on 1 review in the last year.
Anyone who cannot tolerate cigarette smoke may want to limit the length of their trip. Also plan on spending more money on meals when camping may be upgraded to hotels, costs for optional activities will probably be higher, and transportation may not be included for activities.
Review submitted 14 Feb 2016