Trip reference number: 176
Trip Operator: Oasis Overland
Get a real taste of what South America has to offer with this adventure packed tour. Begin your journey by trekking the epic Inca trail, where you will discover the ancient Machu Picchu ruins high up in the Peruvian Andes. Then spend time exploring the floating reed islands at Lake Titicaca before staying the night with a local Uros Indian family.
Continue this adventure overland trip with a visit to the ethereal Bolivian Salt Flats and a wine tour that takes you cycling through northern Argentina. Stop over at Buenos Aires where you can enjoy one of their famous steaks and tango shows. Complete this tour in the bustling, cosmopolitan party city of Rio de Janeiro! Days 1 to 8 Peru
Ballestas Islands - a boat trip takes us close to the Islands which are bursting with exotic & rare marine wildlife.
Ica Desert & Oasis of Huacachina
Optional Dune Buggies & Sandboarding on the giant dunes out in the desert. BBQ and camp overnight under the stars.
Nazca Lines - huge figures and shapes carved into the stony desert, best viewed from the air.
Chauchilla Cemetery - ancient eerie tombs.
Ascend the Andes mountain range and drive past grazing Llama, Alpaca and Vicuna
Arequipa - a magnificent colonial city with authentic Peruvian nightlife.
Colca Canyon -€companied by a local guide, you have the opportunity to view the majestic condors, which can be seen circling lazily on the thermals rising from the canyon floor.
Days 9 to 15 Traverse mountainous passes of nearly 5000m within sight of€tive volcanoes
Cusco (our base for the next week)
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu - 4 day hike on the Lares, Classic or Salkantay trail.
Machu Picchu - finally on day 4 we reach the famous UNESCO World Heritage site - entrance and guide included.
Days 16 to 19 Puno - Lake Titicaca - the world’s highest navigable lake at 3800 metres.
Floating reed islands - home to the Uros Indians - explore Titicaca by boat & spend a night with one of the local families.
La Paz - highest capital city in the world, visit the colourful witches market!
Days 20 to 27 Drive€ross the High Altiplano
Potosi - option to enter a working silver & tin mine where techniques have remained unchanged for centuries.
Uyuni Salt Lake - take a 1 day excursion out onto the vast salt flats.
Tupiza - follow in the steps of Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid.
Humahuaca Canyon and Purmamarca
Salta - founded over 400 years ago and a great place for live music, mountain biking, mountain trekking, and horse riding.
Days 28 to 34 Cafayate - wine growing region, visiting wineries by bicycle.
Cross the pampas to Alta Gracia on the outskiers of Cordoba.
Travel through cowboy country€ross the vast Pampas grasslands to Buenos Aires.
Day 35 Buenos Aires - free day
Day 36 Uruguay
Optional 2 hr ferry€ross the River Plate for a 1 or 2 day visit to the buzzing capital Montevideo & the quieter town of Colonia.
Days 37 to 42 Buenos Aires - Leaving Buenos Aires we head north towards Brazil
Iguazu Falls - optional€tivities include boat trips, helicopter flights and mountain biking - we visit the falls from both the Argentine & Brazilian sides.
Days 43 to 48 Brazil
Bonito - swim & snorkel in crystal clear river and lakes as well as hike into lush forests to look for monkeys, alligators & anaconda.
Pantanal - organise treks out into the vast wetlands, home to hundreds of species of birds & fish, including Piranha!
Days 49 to 54 Parati - laid back historic coastal village, explore the secluded islands by taking a sailing trip in a traditional schooner.
Rio de Janeiro - where folk are raring to party out of their minds and live purely for the moment - Carnival & New Years Eve celebrations are always chaotic, crowded and great fun 54 Days - South America - Overland Adventures Please note there may be a kitty contribution - please check the website
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