From the sands of Copacabana to the heights of the Bolivian Andes, this incredible 39-day journey will introduce you to the diverse landscape and people of South America. Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal and the bizarre landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats, and revel in the mists of thundering Iguassu Falls. Gain greater insight into the culture on the region’s public buses and meet locals from the rural towns along the way for an immersive experience that few travellers have. Get off the beaten path and experience Peru, Brazil, and Bolivia — a vibrant cross-section of South America.
Day 1 Rio de Janeiro
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Rio de Janeiro/Ilha Grande (1B)
Take a bus and ferry to Ilha Grande. Enjoy free time to explore this picturesque, laid-back island, opt to go on a hike to a nearby swimming hole or explore the many beaches.
Day 3 Ilha Grande (1B)
Ilha Grande is a car-free island surrounded by beautiful nature. Opt to go for a hike, swim, or sit at one of the beach bars.
Day 4 Ilha Grande/Paraty (1B)
Travel up the coast to Paraty and wander the cobblestoned streets of this beautiful colonial town.
Day 5 Paraty (1B)
Enjoy a free day to explore Paraty. Optional€tivities include a Caipirinha boat trip, kayaking and horseback riding.
Day 6 Paraty
Continue to enjoy the slow pace of Paraty, a colonial town with fantastic architecture, or opt to take a day trip to Trindade to surf and relax on the beach.
Day 7 Paraty/IguaÇu Falls
Take a flight to the famous Iguassu Falls. Visit the Brazilian side of the falls to get the best panoramic view. Opt to visit the bird park filled with beautifully coloured local wildlife or enjoy an optional helicopter ride for a birds-eye view of the falls.
Day 8 IguaÇu Falls (1B)
Experience Iguassu in Argentina by exploring trails and catwalks. Opt to take a boat tour to view the falls from below.
Day 9 IguaÇu Falls/Bonito (1B)
Leave early for a full travel day to Bonito.
Day 10 Bonito
Spend time in Bonito with optional€tivities available like snorkelling in the rivers or exploring the nearby caves and waterfalls.
Day 11 Bonito (1B)
Enjoy another free day to explore Bonito.
Day 12 Bonito/Pantanal (1B, 1L, 1D)
Journey into the Pantanal, a perfect place to experience the wildlife of Brazil. Enjoy a 2-day excursion into the wetlands with a local guide.
Day 13 Pantanal (1B, 1L, 1D)
Full day of exploring the Pantanal. Try piranha fishing or horseback riding. Opportunities to spot wildlife such as monkeys, macaws, giant otters and caiman.
Day 14 Pantanal/Santa Cruz de la Sierra (1B)
Leave the Pantanal and head for the border. Board an overnight bus to Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
Day 15 Santa Cruz de la Sierra/La Paz
Hop on a flight and get to the capital city of Bolivia. Wander the streets and visit the famous Witches’ Market.
Day 16 La Paz/Sucre (1B)
Spend the morning exploring the city before boarding an afternoon flight to Sucre and explore this beautiful colonial city or opt to go hiking in the surrounding area.
Days 17-18 Sucre
Spend two days exploring all that Sucre has to offer.
Day 19 Sucre/PotosÍ (1B)
Journey from Sucre to PotosÍ. Spend the afternoon exploring the city.
Day 20 PotosÍ/Uyuni (1B)
Head south to Uyuni, the starting point for the salt flats excursion.
Day 21 Uyuni/Salt Flats and Desert Crossing (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy a 3-day 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano, with spectacular scenery. Today you will be crossing the varied landscape of the desert, enjoy incredible scenery, including volcanoes and colourful lagoons.
Day 22 Salt Flats and Desert Crossing (1B, 1L, 1D)
Continue to discover the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion. Admire the spectacular scenery while passing red and blue lagoons and interesting rock formations 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 23 Salt Flats and Desert Crossing/Uyuni (1B, 1L)
Enjoy a final day of exploring the unique landscapes before boarding an overnight bus back to La Paz. Today you will be heading into the Uyuni Salt Flats. Our groups like to get creative with photography, as the endless white of the salt flats creates some great depth illusions that are fun to play with in photos.
Day 24 La Paz
Enjoy a free day in the capital, walk along the winding streets, shop in the markets and enjoy the nightlife.
Day 25 La Paz (1B)
Enjoy another free day to explore La Paz. Opt to visit Iglesia de San Francisco, Chacaltaya, the Valley of the Moon or the Witches’ Market.
Day 26 La Paz (1B)
Visit the pre-Incan ruins of Tiahuanaco.
Day 27 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 28 Puno/Lake Titicaca (1B, 1D)
Enjoy a guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village.
Day 29 Lake Titicaca/Puno (1B, 1L)
Visit the floating islands of Uros before returning to Puno. Opt to visit the Sillustani burial site.
Day 30 Puno/Cusco (1B)
Hop on the bus for a full day’s drive to Cusco.
Day 31 Cusco (1B)
Enjoy a free day to explore the city’s museums and local markets. Choose to pre-book the optional Cusco Cooking Class. Opt for a city tour to see some of the ruins as well.
Day 32 Cusco/Ollantaytambo (1B, 1L)
Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women’s weaving co-op before visiting a local pottery making community. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, opt to head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Or, wander around the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar).
Day 33 Inca Trail (1B, 1L, 1D)
Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the Inca Trail begins. Ease into the adventure with a straightforward day of hiking the meandering streams, stunning Andean scenery, and ancient Incan ruins.
Day 34 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 35 Inca Trail (1B, 1L, 1D)
Cross two more passes and ruins on today’s trek. 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 the cloud forest on a 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 36 Machu Picchu/Cusco (1B)
The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down for a guided tour of the site and enjoy fr...
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