Trip reference number: 53
Trip Operator: Oasis Overland
A true expedition by nature of its long duration and some of the remote places we visit. You must expect a degree of hardship, some long drives on rough roads, camping and cooking in extremes of climate...but in the process you will discover the real South America and meet people you would never otherwise encounter. PLUS join in the largest party in the world at Rio’s Carnival or New Years Eve celebrations. Days 1 to 6 Brazil
Rio de Janeiro - where folk are always up for a party and live purely for the moment - Carnival & New Years Eve celebrations are always chaotic, crowded and great fun
Parati - laid back historic coastal village, explore the secluded islands by taking a sailing trip in a traditional schooner.
Days 7 to 12 Brazil
Pantanal - organise treks out into the vast wetlands, home to hundreds of species of birds & fish, including Piranha!
Bonito - swim & snorkel in crystal clear river and lakes as well as hike into lush forests to look for monkeys, alligators & anaconda.
Days 13 to 18 Iguazu Falls - optional€tivities include boat trips, helicopter flights and mountain biking - we visit the falls from both the Argentine & Brazilian sides.
Buenos Aires - great food, wine, nightlife and learn to tango!
Days 19 to 20 Buenos Aires - a smart cosmopolitan city with plenty to do; museums, horse racing, football matches, shopping, tango dancing & restaurants that serve the best steaks in the world.
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 21 to 30 Puerto Madryn - this Welsh settlement is the gateway to Valdes Peninsula, where Penguins, Sea Lions, Birds & Whales can be seen - Orcas have been known to beach themselves here to catch Sea Lions (season dependent).
Atlantic Marine sanctuaries - spot penguins, sea lions, sea elephants, birds & whales (season dependent).
Patagonia - vast, sparsely populated treeless plateau.
Ushuaia - most southerly town on earth you are ever likely to travel to.
Tierra del Fuego - an island on the southern tip of the continent - spectacular scenery and seagoing boat trips.
Days 31 to 45 Option to complete the W-Trek - must be booked in advance
Torres del Paine National Park - another area of outstanding beauty where huge granite cliffs dominate the landscape.
Moreno Glacier - take a boat ride up close to this almost 200ft high glacier.
Los Glaciares National Park - the largest glacier in the world and an option to take a guided glacier hike on one!
Carretera Austral - (Open Jan & Feb) - incredible drive past spiralling volcanoes, glaciers & fjords.
Days 46 to 51 Bariloche - popular holiday destination for Argentineans and a top ski resort with great hiking trails and nightlife.
Andes mountain range
Villarrica Volcano - there is the option to climb this€tive volcano
Pucon - Chile’s Lake District, our base for the next few days, from where it is possible to organise white water rafting, skiing, horse riding and hikes.
Day 52 Free Day to explore Santiago.
Days 53 to 60 Argentina
Cafayate and Mendoza, - wine growing region visiting wineries by bicycle in the Andes.
Days 61 to 68 Argentina
Salta - founded over 400 years ago and a great place for live music, mountain biking, mountain trekking, and horse riding.
Humahuaca Canyon and Purmamarca
Tupiza - follow in the steps of Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid.
Uyuni Salt Lake - take a 1 day excursion out onto the vast salt flats.
Potosi - the opportunity to enter a working silver & tin mine where techniques have remained unchanged for centuries.
Altiplano - drive€ross this wild and barren landscape.
Days 69 to 71 La Paz - highest capital city in the world, visit the colourful witches market!
Floating reed islands - home to the Uros Indians - explore Titicaca by boat & spend a night with one of the local families.
Puno - Lake Titicaca - the world’s highest navigable lake at 3800 metres.
Days 72 to 78 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 Salcantay trail.
Machu Picchu - finally on day 4 we reach the famous UNESCO World Heritage site - entrance and guide included.
Traverse mountainous passes of nearly 5000 metres within sight of€tive volcanoes
Days 79 to 87 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.
Arequipa - a magnificent colonial city with authentic Peruvian nightlife.
Ascend the Andes mountain range and drive past grazing Llama, Alpaca and Vicuna
Chauchilla Cemetery - ancient eerie tombs.
Nazca Lines - huge figures and shapes carved into the stony desert, best viewed from the air.
Optional Dune Buggies & Sandboarding on the giant dunes out in the desert. BBQ and camp overnight under the stars.
Ica Desert & Oasis of Huacachina.
Ballestas Islands - a boat trip takes us close to the Islands which are bursting with exotic & rare marine wildlife.
Lima - the capital city with many plazas and museums and great local seafood (Ceviche).
Days 88 to 96 Chan Chan & Temple of Sun and Moon - built by the pre-Inca Chimu Kings, the largest mud brick city in the world.
Pacific Ocean coast - Punta Sal/Mancora, chill out by the beach or perhaps have a go at surfing the waves.
Cuenca - UNESCO World Heritage site.
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!
Days 97 to 105 Rio Napo - gateway into the steamy Amazon Jungle - by motorised canoe we€cess 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.
Otavalo - a small market town famous for its colourful arts & crafts.
Crossing the Equator we arrive into Quito, the capital. 15 Weeks - South America - Overland Adventures Please note there may be a kitty contribution - please check the website
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