Southern Cross Westbound - Rio To Lima

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Run by: G Adventures

Reference number: SZRM

From: £3229.15

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. Free time for hikes and walks around the island to explore the 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 colonial beach side 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/Foz do IguaÇu

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 Foz do IguaÇu (1B)

Experience Iguassu in Argentina by exploring trails and catwalks. Opt to take a boat tour to view the falls from below.

Day 9 Foz do IguaÇu/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 (1B, 1D)

Enjoy a 3-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 22 Salt Flats (1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue to discover the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion.

Day 23 Salt Flats/Uyuni (1B, 1L)

Enjoy a final day of exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats before boarding an overnight bus back to La Paz .

Day 24 La Paz (1B)

Enjoy a free day in the capital, walk along the winding streets, shop in the markets and enjoy the nightlife. For the thrill seekers opt to bike the famous "death road".

Day 25 La Paz

Arrive at any time.

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/Lago Titicaca (1B, 1D)

Enjoy a guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village.

Day 29 Lago 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. 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 free time to explore until noon as permitted by the tourist ticket. 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 37 Cusco (1B)

Enjoy a free day to explore Cusco or relax.€tive options include whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and mountain biking.

Day 38 Cusco/Lima (1B)

Fly to Lima. Opt for a city tour or wander the neighbourhood of Miraflores.

Day 39 Lima (1B)

Depart at any time.

Departures

Departure Date Return Date Availability Price
05/10/2018 12/11/2018 0 £3869.00
19/10/2018 26/11/2018 0 £3869.00
26/10/2018 03/12/2018 0 £3869.00
09/11/2018 17/12/2018 8 £3229.15
16/11/2018 24/12/2018 0 £3799.00
30/11/2018 07/01/2019 0 £3799.00
14/12/2018 21/01/2019 0 £3869.00
28/12/2018 04/02/2019 0 £3869.00
04/01/2019 11/02/2019 0 £3339.65
01/02/2019 11/03/2019 4 £3339.65
08/02/2019 18/03/2019 4 £3339.65
15/03/2019 22/04/2019 0 £3339.65
22/03/2019 29/04/2019 10 £3339.65
29/03/2019 06/05/2019 10 £3339.65
26/04/2019 03/06/2019 10 £3339.65
17/05/2019 24/06/2019 14 £3339.65
31/05/2019 08/07/2019 14 £3339.65
14/06/2019 22/07/2019 13 £3339.65
28/06/2019 05/08/2019 14 £3339.65
12/07/2019 19/08/2019 10 £3339.65
26/07/2019 02/09/2019 14 £3339.65
02/08/2019 09/09/2019 14 £3339.65
16/08/2019 23/09/2019 16 £3339.65
23/08/2019 30/09/2019 16 £3339.65
13/09/2019 21/10/2019 14 £3288.65
20/09/2019 28/10/2019 14 £3288.65
04/10/2019 11/11/2019 15 £3288.65
18/10/2019 25/11/2019 15 £3288.65
25/10/2019 02/12/2019 16 £3288.65
22/11/2019 30/12/2019 16 £3229.15
06/12/2019 13/01/2020 14 £3288.65

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