South America rewards those willing to explore. Consider this epic adventure: beginning in Lima and ending in Buenos Aires, it’s 35-full days of fun. You’ll hike the Inca Trail, cross the Salt Flats of Bolivia by 4x4, and feel like a sophisticate sipping wine in Argentina. Along the way, you’ll engage with local cultures with a small group of other young travellers to back you up. For those willing to invest their time, this trip offers big returns—in adventure.
Day 1 Lima
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Lima/Paracas (1B)
Free morning in Lima before travelling by bus to Paracas.
Day 3 Paracas/Nazca (1D)
Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. En route, stop at a winery and at the oasis of Huacachina.
Day 4 Nazca/Arequipa
Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines. Overnight bus to Arequipa.
Day 5 Arequipa
Opt to visit the Santa Catalina Convent or a local hot spring.
Day 6 Arequipa/Colca Canyon (1B)
Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley, and opt for a soak in hot springs.
Day 7 Chivay/Arequipa (1B)
Set out looking for the majestic soaring condors over Colca Canyon. Head back to Arequipa to enjoy the city in the evening.
Day 8 Arequipa/Cusco (1B)
Explore Arequipa and opt to take a city tour. Take an overnight bus to Cusco.
Day 9 Cusco
Free time to explore Cusco. Opt for a city tour or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.
Day 10 Cusco (1B)
Enjoy another free day in Cusco.
Day 11 Cusco/Ollantaytambo (1B)
Learn about the Sacred Valley en route to Ollantaytambo. Opt to take a Sacred Valley tour with a visit to a G Adventures-supported women’s weaving co-op.
Day 12 Inca Trail (1B, 1L, 1D)
Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins.
Day 13 Inca Trail (1B, 1L, 1D)
Start early to climb the long steep path to WarmiwaÑusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.
Day 14 Inca Trail (1B, 1L, 1D)
Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through cloud forest on the gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley.
At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the WiÑay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).
Day 15 Machu Picchu/Cusco (1B)
The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Wake up around 03:30 and walk to the checkpoint. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows.
Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.
Day 16 Cusco (1B)
Free day to explore more of Cusco or just relax.
Day 17 Cusco/Puno (1B)
Travel through the high Altiplano region to travel to Puno on Lake Titicaca.
Day 18 Puno/Lago Titicaca (1B, 1D)
Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a local village.
Day 19 Lago Titicaca/Puno (1B, 1L)
Visit the floating islands of Uros. Optional visit to the Sillustani burial site.
Day 20 Puno/La Paz (1B)
Cross over into Bolivia for a night out in the highest city of the trip. Oxygen bar anyone?
Day 21 La Paz (1B)
Free day in La Paz. Opt to visit Iglesia de San Francisco, the Valley of the Moon, the Witches’ Market, or the nearby Tiahuanaco Ruins.
Day 22 La Paz/Sucre (1B)
Enjoy a free day to explore the vibrant markets and winding streets of the city before boarding a night bus to Sucre.
Day 23 Sucre
Free time to explore the city, the former capital of Bolivia. For more€tive options opt to go hiking in the surrounding area or mountain biking.
Day 24 Sucre (1B)
Enjoy another free day to explore Sucre and surroundings.
Day 25 Sucre/PotosÍ (1B)
Travel south to the one of the world’s highest cities.
Day 26 PotosÍ (1B)
Get out and explore PotosÍ, learn about the history of the city while wandering the streets. Stop at the market and interact with the locals.
Day 27 PotosÍ/Uyuni (1B)
Travel to Uyuni and get ready for an excursion to the salt flats.
Day 28 Uyuni/Salt Flats (1B, 1D)
Enjoy a three-day 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery. Last stop for the evening is a G Adventures-supported community lodge in a traditional agricultural village in the heart of a desert oasis.
Day 29 Salt Flats (1B, 1L, 1D)
Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion. Admire the spectacular scenery while passing red and blue lagoons along the route. Spot wild llamas, alpacas and even flamingos deep within the desert.
Day 30 Salt Flats/San Pedro de Atacama (1B, 1L)
Rise early to cover more ground of the unique landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats. Continue to see incredible scenery, including volcanoes, salt lakes and geysers. Travel to the border and descend by bus to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. It’s a long but scenic drive.
Day 31 San Pedro de Atacama
Opt to go sandboarding or mountain biking, or visit the Valley of the Moon.
Day 32 San Pedro de Atacama/Salta
Cross the border into Argentina.
Day 33 Salta (1B)
Explore the city and enjoy the local cuisine. Opt to take a trip through the scenic Quebrada de las Conchas to Cafayate, or visit the High Mountain Archaeological Museum.
Day 34 Salta/Buenos Aires
Skip a long bus journey with a quick flight to Buenos Aires. Take an optional city tour, and enjoy free time to explore the many attractions. In the evening, consider hitting a tango show, then sample the city’s famous nightlife.
Day 35 Buenos Aires
Depart at any time.
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