Trip reference number: 317
Trip Operator: Oasis Overland
Join us for a once in a lifetime overland tour experience travelling€ross South America, as we journey along the path less travelled. Starting along the stunning beaches and vast interior of Brazil, we will journey along the Caribbean coast through French Guiana, Suriname and Guyana. Forging a trail through some of the most untouched rainforest in Latin America, discover some of the continent’s best kept secrets, including unique landscapes and the tropical wildlife native to Venezuela. Take in the sights of Colombia and several other vibrant and vivacious cities along the way as we pass over the equator into Ecuador. Giving you a true taste of this incredible part of the world, it is a trip you will never forget.Want to see what it’s like? CHECK OUT this video! Days 1 to 5 Departing Rio we head for the cool mountain retreat of Teresopolis. Free day in Parque Nacional Da Serra Dos Argaos to walk trails to waterfalls and stunning views.
Congonhas - Aleijadinho’s most impressive sculptures reside outside the Basilica do Bom jesus de Matosinhos.
Ouro Preto - a beautiful colonial town with the Minas de Passagem (Gold Mine), opened in 1719.
Days 6 to 12 Explore the coastline of Brazil’s best and least known beaches.
Itaunas, a sleepy fishing village and Parque Estadual de Itaunas, where Sea Turtles may still be hatching.
Caravelas, on the mangrove lined Rio Caravelas. Optional day trip to the nearby reefs in Parque Nacional Marinho de Abrolhos.
Days 13 to 19 Parque Nacional Monte Pascoal. Hike trails and spot the endangered spider monkey, sloths, porcupines, capybara, deer, elusive jaguar and numerous species of bird.
Porto Seguro - colourful old buildings, museums and sweeping views from Cidade Historica . Also known for its nightlife and ’beach€tion!’
Ferry€ross Brazil’s largest bay, Baia de Todos os Santos.
Salvador - wander around Cidade Alta (Upper City) and Baixa (Lower City) and take in the music, cuisine and religion of the area.
Praca da Se - watch locals practicing the dance fighting known as Capoeira.
Days 20 to 29 Lencois - an old diamond mining town with cobbled streets and brightly painted 19th Century buildings.
Optional trips Fumaca waterfalls, various caves & hikes, idyllic rivers and panoramic plateaus.
Navidade - explore the town and relax in the nearby small waterfalls and refreshing natural pools.
Taquarucu, a cozy eco tourism mecca, guided trips to waterfalls, caves and pools of the area.
Wildlife spotting in the nearby parks of Estadual do Jalapao and Ilha do Bananal. Spot dolphins, caiman, giant river turtles and lots of bird life. We may also catch a glimpse of a Tapir or Jaguar!
Days 30 to 33 Drive north through the Brazilian interior to Belem on the Atlantic coast.
Belem - Visit the Teatro da Paz or wander around the Estacao das Docas area, full of arty shops and eateries.
Day 34 A free day in Belem
Days 35 to 37 Boat north€ross the Amazon Delta to Macapo
Drive along unpredictable jungle roads to French Guyana
Days 38 to 43 French Guiana
Cayenne - colonical capital of French Guiana
Kourou European Space Station - optional tour
Optional trip to Devil’s Island
Caribbean beach and Turtles (very early for the season, but we are ever hopeful for a sighting!)
Former prison Transportation Camp, famous for Papillon
Days 44 to 46 Suriname
Follow the coast west to the former Dutch colony of Suriname
Free time in Paramaribo, the capital
Optional plantation tours and river cruises to spot freshwater dolpins
Days 47 to 55 Guyana
Georgetown, the former British colonial capital
Optional overnight excursion to Kaieteur Falls in the Guyanese Amazon, the world’s highest single-drop waterfall
Drive south through primary Amazon rainforest
Overnight stay in a Jungle Lodge
Exploratory drives and bush camping through primary rainforest in search of jaguars!
Days 56 to 57 Brazil
Drive to Boa Vista and continue south to Manaus on the banks of the mighty Amazon river
Day 58 Manaus - Visit the restaurants, shops and sights including the Teatro Amazonas (Opera House) and the local fish market.
Days 59 to 66 Leave Manaus and head north passing through the Waimiri Indian Reserve area.
Boa Vista - spend a day in the vast grounds of Parque Anaua, or take a day trip out on the Rio Branco to Serra Grande and go hiking.
2 nights in Santa Elena.
Optional climb (5 days) of Mt. Roraima (2810mtrs) - the flat topped Tepuis that inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyles ’The Lost World’. Shorter hikes, white water rafting or paragliding are also options!
La Gran Sabana (Great Savannah) - an endless sky extends over a wide open grassland.
Days 67 to 75 Ciudad Bolivar - Casco Historico - wander the historic centre and along the waterfront of the Rio Orinoco.
Optional excursions into Parque Nacional Canaima and the famous Angel Falls.
Cross the Orinoco River and continue north to the Caribbean Coast.
Beautiful drive in to Parque Nacional Henri Pittier. Hang hammocks from palm trees and hike the trails in search of the local Criollo (chocolate).
Days 76 to 82 Optional excursions into the immense Los Llanos savannah wetlands to see caiman, capybara (the world’s largest rodent), anaconda, anteaters, tapirs and possibly a jaguar, amongst other wildlife.
Merida, Venezuela’s mountainous ’adventure capital’, opportunities to hike and trek in the mountains trails as well as paragliding, canopy tours, zip-lining, canyoning and white water rafting.
Great nightlife as well as bars, cafes and restaurants.
Optional overnight stay on the edge of Catatubmo Lightning Lake
Days 83 to 92 Drive north to Cabimas, on the edge of Lake Maracaibo
Cross into Colombia to Taganga
Tayrona National Park, on the Caribbean coast - walk trails to beaches set in deep bays, snorkel and possibly scuba dive, beach camping
Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage site, wander cobbled alleys of the old city amongst churches, monasteries, plazas and bougainvillea draped balconies and also the trendy area of Bocagrande.
Days 93 to 100 Medellin - a good spot to get a few Salsa or Tango lessons and great nightlife. Option to travel via local bus to the sleepy colonial town of Santa Fe de Antioquia.
Manizales - a mountainous region with a cool climate, visit one of the many coffee plantations in the area.
Parque Los Nevados, a great place to spend a day trekking (optional) and hang out at some funky bars in the evening.
Bogota - trek up the Cerro de Monserrate or wander around the historic centre of La Candelaria, and take in a few cafes and picturesque buildings.
Days 101 to 108 Tatacoa Desert, an arid area of striking eroded cliffs, an excellent area for camping and star gazing.
Parque Purace - the only place to see Condors in Colombia, also home to some good walking trails.
Climb Volcan Purace or hikes to a Sulphur Mine and Termales de San Juan - a spectacular hot spring.
Ipiales - visit Santuario De Las Lajas, a neo-Gothic church built on a stone bridge spanning a gorge.
Ecuador, overnight stop in Otavalo - a great place to stock up on Andean handicrafts such as jewellery, woollen goods, blankets and bags.
Quito, the capital, and our trip ends here on arrival.
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