If you have the time and can’t decide between Peru and Brazil, then see them both – and pretty much everything in between – on this 51-day extravaganza. Trek the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, cross the Bolivian Salt Flats, sip wine in Argentina, and hit the beach in Brazil. You’ll get plenty of energetic culture, the great outdoors, and the company of other young travellers to keep you moving. There’s time later to slow down, take the long road, and have an adventure while you can.
Day 1 Rio de Janeiro
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Rio de Janeiro (1B)
In the morning, explore the favela with a local resident on a G Adventures-supported tour to watch a drumming demonstration, get a Capoeira lesson, and sample craft beers with a new perspective of the city. Enjoy a free afternoon to discover all that Rio has to offer.
Day 3 Rio de Janeiro/Ilha Grande (1B)
Continue by van up the coast and take a ferry to Ilha Grande. Opt to hike the island’s remote trails, pick up some snorkel gear or relax on the beach.
Days 4-5 Ilha Grande
Free time to hike and explore the island’s beaches or take an optional boat tour.
Day 5 Ilha Grande/Paraty
Explore colonial Paraty, and opt to chill on the beach or visit a cachaÇa distillery.
Day 6 Paraty (1B)
Free day in Paraty to explore, chill on the beach or take an optional boat tour to nearby islands.
Day 7 Paraty/Iguassu Falls
Skip the bus ride and hop a flight to Iguassu.
Day 8 Iguassu Falls (1B)
In the morning, visit the Argentine side of the falls, and opt to take a boat tour to see the cascading falls from below.
Day 9 Iguassu Falls/GualeguaychÚ (1B)
Enjoy free time today, opt to visit the Brazilian side of the falls and get an incredible panoramic view. Or, opt to take a helicopter ride over the falls, or visit a bird park. Later, hop on an overnight bus to Uruguay.
Day 10 Estancia Stay (1L, 1D)
Dive into Uruguayan rural life. Get dirty at a working ranch, head for hikes, and indulge in local barbecues and wine.
Day 11 Estancia Stay (1B, 1L, 1D)
Free time to explore the area or help out on the estancia.
Day 12 Estancia Stay/Montevideo (1B)
In Uruguay’s capital, opt to visit the carnival museum and grab a snack at the local Port Market.
Day 13 Montevideo (1B)
Free day in Montevideo, opt to explore the city, hop on a bike to explore the coast, or take a day-trip to glamorous Punta del Este.
Day 14 Montevideo/Colonia (1B)
Travel to the charming colonial city of Colonia Del Sacramento. Experience the relaxed, pleasant Uruguayan culture and stroll down its cobble-stoned streets on an orientation walk.
Day 15 Colonia/Buenos Aires (1B)
Cross the RÍo Plata and explore the many attractions of Buenos Aires. Check out a football game, a tango show or the city’s famous nightlife.
Day 16 Buenos Aires
Free time to explore the many attractions. Check out a football game, a tango show or the city’s famous nightlife.
Day 17 Buenos Aires
Enjoy a free day to explore beautiful Buenos Aires.
Day 18 Buenos Aires/Salta
Skip a long bus ride with an included flight to Salta.
Day 19 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 20 Salta/San Pedro de Atacama (1B)
Travel over the border and into Chile.
Day 21 San Pedro de Atacama
Opt to try out sandboarding, go mountain biking, or visit the Valley of the Moon.
Day 22 San Pedro de Atacama/Salt Flats (1L, 1D)
Ascend by bus into the mountains and cross into Bolivia for a three-day 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert Altiplano with spectacular scenery.
Day 23 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. 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 24 Salt Flats/Uyuni (1B)
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.
Day 25 Salt Flats/PotosÍ (1B)
Travel north to visit one of the highest cities in the world. On arrival spot the looming mountain of Cerro Rico, a working silver mine.
Day 26 PotosÍ (1B)
Get out and explore PotosÍ and wander through the streets of the city.
Day 27 PotosÍ/Sucre (1B)
Travel north to the beautiful colonial city of Sucre.
Day 28 Sucre (1B)
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 29 Sucre/La Paz (1B)
Enjoy a free day in Sucre before an overnight bus to La Paz.
Day 30 La Paz
Enjoy free time to explore the markets and winding streets of this high altitude city.
Day 31 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 32 La Paz/Puno (1B)
Travel by bus through the Altiplano, crossing the border to the Peruvian city of Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
Day 33 Puno/Lago Titicaca (1B, 1D)
Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village.
Day 34 Lago Titicaca/Puno (1B)
Visit the floating islands of Uros. Optional visit to the Sillustani burial site.
Day 35 Puno/Cusco (1B)
Travel through the high Altiplano region to Cusco.
Day 36 Cusco (1B)
Free time to explore Cusco. Choose to pre-book the Cusco Cooking Class. Opt for a city tour, or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.
Day 37 Cusco/Ollantaytambo (1B)
En route to Ollantaytambo, opt to take a Sacred Valley tour and visit a G Adventures-supported women’s weaving co-op.
Day 38 Inca Trail (1B, 1L, 1D)
Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins.
Day 39 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 40 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 41 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...
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