Trip reference number: 9
Trip Operator: Oasis Overland
Take in all that this beautiful part of the world has to offer with a tour that takes you overland€ross some of the planet’s most striking scenery. Starting your trip in Quito, referred to as ‘City of Eternal Spring’, travel through volcanic peaks, along the Amazon Basin and deep into the jungle. Spend time staying in a unique jungle lodge, where you can experience seeing the native wildlife up close before heading into Peru. Here the arid landscape along the northern coast gives way to a vibrant surfing scene, then on towards Lima. From here, our trail will follow the Andes all the way along through ancient Inca sites such as Machu Picchu, onto the vast altiplano of Bolivia and past the striking Salt Flats. Take in the unique cultures of the area before finishing in Santiago, at the foot of the snow topped Andes.
Throughout this tour you will have the opportunity to experience the true cultures of South America with stays in bustling towns as well as cosmopolitan cities. For the daredevils amongst you we also offer sandboarding in the Peruvian dessert as well as more relaxed wine tasting. Whatever takes your fancy, this South American tour has something for everyone. Days 1 to 8 Ecuador
Depart Quito, the capital & cross the Equator.
Otavalo - a small market town famous for its colourful arts & crafts.
Amazon Jungle - journey to our jungle camp where we spend two or three nights to view the exotic wildlife - our guide will show us examples of medicinal, edible and hallucinogenic plants.
Days 9 to 18 Banos - a spa town where Ecuadorians go to relax in the thermal baths and hike the various mountain trails by foot or horseback plus the opportunity to go canyoning!
Cuenca - UNESCO World Heritage site.
Pacific Ocean coast - Punta Sal/Mancora, chill out by the beach and try your hand at surfing.
Chan Chan & Temple of Sun and Moon - built by the pre-Inca Chimu Kings, the largest mud brick city in the world.
Lima - the capital city with many plazas, museums and great local seafood (Ceviche).
Days 19 to 26 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 27 to 33 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 34 to 37 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 38 to 45 Altiplano - drive€ross this wild and barren landscape.
Potosi - the opportunity 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 46 to 52 Argentina
Cafayate and Mendoza, - wine growing region visiting wineries by bicycle in the Andes.
Day 53 Santiago - Chile’s capital, a modern, organised city with great food and nightlife. 53 Days - South America - Overland Adventures Please note there may be a kitty contribution - please check the website
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