The Great South American Journey–Quito To Rio Adventure

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Run by: G Adventures

Reference number: SEQR

From: £4249.15

Sometimes the slow road is the way to go. Hit the road from Quito to Rio with other young travellers and experience pretty much everything you can imagine in between. Hike the Inca Trail and discover the thriving Inca culture, cross the Salt Flats of Bolivia, dance the tango in Buenos Aires, and hit the beach in Brazil. This trip offers up lively cities, stunning scenery, and tons of adventure. 65 days, seven countries, three nights in the Amazon, and one adventure you’ll remember forever.

Day 1 Quito

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Quito/Tena (1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel to the jungle city of Tena and continue by truck to a jungle community.

Days 3-4 Tena

Head out on nature walks and learn about local traditions at an overnight homestay.

Day 5 Tena/BaÑos (1B)

Travel to BaÑos, an adrenaline junkie’s paradise.

Day 6 BaÑos

Opt to soak in the nearby hot springs or get€tive by hiking, horseback riding, or mountain biking.

Day 7 BaÑos/Cuenca

Travel to historic Cuenca.

Day 8 Cuenca

Enjoy a free day to visit Cajas NP or the Inca ruins of Ingapirca.

Day 9 Cuenca/MÁncora

Cross the border into Peru and head to the beach.

Day 10 MÁncora

Opt to relax on the beach, discover Mancora, go horseback riding, or take a surf lesson.

Day 11 MÁncora/Huanchaco

Free time in Mancora. Overnight bus to Huanchaco.

Day 12 Huanchaco

Enjoy more beach time or opt to visit pre-Inca sites or the city of Trujillo.

Day 13 Huanchaco/Lima

Full day in Huanchaco before boarding a night bus to Lima.

Day 14 Lima (1B)

Explore Peru’s capital on an optional city tour, try paragliding, or simply relax. Be sure to try the tasty ceviche and pisco sours.

Day 15 Lima

Enjoy the day exploring the city.

Day 16 Lima/Paracas (1B)

Free morning in Lima before travelling by bus to Paracas.

Day 17 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 18 Nazca/Arequipa

Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines. Overnight bus to Arequipa.

Day 19 Arequipa

Opt to visit the Santa Catalina Convent or a local hot spring.

Day 20 Arequipa/Colca Canyon (1B)

Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley, and opt for a soak in hot springs.

Day 21 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 22 Arequipa/Cusco (1B)

Explore Arequipa and opt to take a city tour. Take an overnight bus to Cusco.

Day 23 Cusco

Free time to explore Cusco. Opt for a city tour or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.

Day 24 Cusco (1B)

Enjoy another free day in Cusco.

Day 25 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 26 Inca Trail (1B, 1L, 1D)

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins.

Day 27 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 28 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 29 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 30 Cusco (1B)

Free day to explore more of Cusco or just relax.

Day 31 Cusco/Puno (1B)

Travel through the high Altiplano region to travel to Puno on Lake Titicaca.

Day 32 Puno/Lago Titicaca (1B, 1D)

Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a local village.

Day 33 Lago Titicaca/Puno (1B, 1L)

Visit the floating islands of Uros. Optional visit to the Sillustani burial site.

Day 34 Puno/La Paz (1B)

Cross over into Bolivia for a night out in the highest city of the trip. Oxygen bar anyone?

Day 35 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 36 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 37 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 38 Sucre (1B)

Enjoy another free day to explore Sucre and surroundings.

Day 39 Sucre/PotosÍ (1B)

Travel south to the one of the world’s highest cities.

Day 40 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 41 PotosÍ/Uyuni (1B)

Travel to Uyuni and get ready for an excursion to the salt flats.

Day 42 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 43 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 44 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 45 San Pedro de Atacama

Opt to go sandboarding or mountain biking, or visit the Valley of the Moon.

Day 46 San Pedro de Atacama/Salta

Cross the border into Argentina.

Day 47 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 48 Salta/Buenos Aires

Skip a long bus journ...

Departures

Departure Date Return Date Availability Price
29/09/2018 02/12/2018 0 £5319.00
06/10/2018 09/12/2018 0 £5129.00
13/10/2018 16/12/2018 0 £5129.00
20/10/2018 23/12/2018 0 £5129.00
27/10/2018 30/12/2018 0 £5129.00
06/11/2018 09/01/2019 0 £4999.00
13/11/2018 16/01/2019 0 £4999.00
24/11/2018 27/01/2019 1 £4999.00
01/12/2018 03/02/2019 0 £4249.15
11/12/2018 13/02/2019 0 £4999.00
02/02/2019 07/04/2019 3 £4249.15
09/02/2019 14/04/2019 0 £4249.15
02/03/2019 05/05/2019 5 £4359.65
09/03/2019 12/05/2019 11 £4359.65
23/03/2019 26/05/2019 11 £4359.65
30/03/2019 02/06/2019 5 £4359.65
06/04/2019 09/06/2019 17 £4359.65
13/04/2019 16/06/2019 13 £4359.65
27/04/2019 30/06/2019 15 £4359.65
04/05/2019 07/07/2019 12 £4521.15
18/05/2019 21/07/2019 18 £4521.15
25/05/2019 28/07/2019 14 £4521.15
08/06/2019 11/08/2019 12 £4521.15
15/06/2019 18/08/2019 16 £4521.15
29/06/2019 01/09/2019 17 £4521.15
02/07/2019 04/09/2019 13 £4521.15
16/07/2019 18/09/2019 12 £4521.15
27/07/2019 29/09/2019 15 £4521.15
03/08/2019 06/10/2019 15 £4521.15
24/08/2019 27/10/2019 16 £4521.15
31/08/2019 03/11/2019 17 £4521.15
07/09/2019 10/11/2019 13 £4521.15
14/09/2019 17/11/2019 15 £4521.15
05/10/2019 08/12/2019 17 £4359.65
19/10/2019 22/12/2019 16 £4359.65
16/11/2019 19/01/2020 18 £4249.15
23/11/2019 26/01/2020 13 £4249.15

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