Trip reference number: 414
Trip Operator: Oasis Overland
Take in the unique experiences of South America with this comprehensive, highlight-packed tour. From the biodiversity of Colombia to the hedonism of Rio this trip has something for everyone and offers a real taste of all the different facets that South America has to offer. Soak up the vibrancy of the Caribbean coast before venturing into the highland coffee plantations of Colombia. Experience the Amazon Jungle from our Jungle Lodge; trek the Inca Trail to the iconic Macchu Picchu; experience the Witches Market of La Paz; try the tango in Buenos Aires; get close up to the mighty Iguazu Falls; and immerse yourselves in the stunning vastness of the wetlands of the Pantanal, before overloading your senses in Rio! Days 1 to 2 Cartagena
Isle Rosario and Playa Blanca boat trip.
Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage site, wander cobbled alleys of the old city amongst churches, monasteries, plazas and bougainvillea draped balconies and also the trendy area of Bocagrande.
Days 3 to 5 Totumo Mud Volcano for a quick dip!!
Spend the night in Tangana a little beach town near to Tayrona NP (option to stay here instead of the trekking in the national park)
Tayrona National Park, on the Caribbean coast - walk trails to beaches set in deep bays, snorkel and possibly scuba dive, beach camping.
Days 6 to 12 Medellin - a good spot to get a few Salsa or Tango lessons and great nightlife. Option to travel via local bus to the sleepy colonial town of Santa Fe de Antioquia.
Salento - a mountainous region with a cool climate, visit one of the many coffee plantations in the area.
Parque Cocora Valley, a great place to spend a day trekking (optional).
Days 13 to 22 Bogota - trek up the Cerro de Monserrate or wander around the historic centre of La Candelaria, and take in a few cafes and picturesque buildings.
Tatacoa Desert, an arid area of striking eroded cliffs, an excellent area for camping and star gazing.
San Agustin - spend a day either horse riding or exploring the archeological sites with the carved volcano stone figues. Also home to some good walking trails.
Popayan - explore the city’s white washed colonial buildings and churches
Ipiales - visit Santuario De Las Lajas, a neo-Gothic church built on a stone bridge spanning a gorge.
Ecuador, overnight stop in Cotacahi - a great place to walk around lake Cuicatcha.
Quito, the capital.
Days 23 to 30 Ecuador
Depart Quito, the capital & cross the Equator.
Otavalo - a small market town famous for its colourful arts & crafts.
Amazon Jungle - journey to our jungle camp where we spend two or three nights to view the exotic wildlife - our guide will show us examples of medicinal, edible and hallucinogenic plants.
Days 31 to 40 Banos - a spa town where Ecuadorians go to relax in the thermal baths and hike the various mountain trails by foot or horseback plus the opportunity to go canyoning!
Cuenca - UNESCO World Heritage site.
Pacific Ocean coast - Punta Sal/Mancora, chill out by the beach and try your hand at surfing.
Chan Chan & Temple of Sun and Moon - built by the pre-Inca Chimu Kings, the largest mud brick city in the world.
Lima - the capital city with many plazas, museums and great local seafood (Ceviche).
Days 41 to 48 Peru
Ballestas Islands - a boat trip takes us close to the Islands which are bursting with exotic & rare marine wildlife.
Ica Desert & Oasis of Huacachina
Optional Dune Buggies & Sandboarding on the giant dunes out in the desert. BBQ and camp overnight under the stars.
Nazca Lines - huge figures and shapes carved into the stony desert, best viewed from the air.
Chauchilla Cemetery - ancient eerie tombs.
Ascend the Andes mountain range and drive past grazing Llama, Alpaca and Vicuna
Arequipa - a magnificent colonial city with authentic Peruvian nightlife.
Colca Canyon -€companied by a local guide, you have the opportunity to view the majestic condors, which can be seen circling lazily on the thermals rising from the canyon floor.
Days 49 to 55 Traverse mountainous passes of nearly 5000m within sight of€tive volcanoes
Cusco (our base for the next week)
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu - 4 day hike on the Lares, Classic or Salkantay trail.
Machu Picchu - finally on day 4 we reach the famous UNESCO World Heritage site - entrance and guide included.
Days 56 to 59 Puno - Lake Titicaca - the world’s highest navigable lake at 3800 metres.
Floating reed islands - home to the Uros Indians - explore Titicaca by boat & spend a night with one of the local families.
La Paz - highest capital city in the world, visit the colourful witches market!
Days 60 to 67 Drive€ross the High Altiplano
Potosi - option to enter a working silver & tin mine where techniques have remained unchanged for centuries.
Uyuni Salt Lake - take a 1 day excursion out onto the vast salt flats.
Tupiza - follow in the steps of Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid.
Humahuaca Canyon and Purmamarca
Salta - founded over 400 years ago and a great place for live music, mountain biking, mountain trekking, and horse riding.
Days 68 to 74 Cafayate - wine growing region, visiting wineries by bicycle.
Cross the pampas to Alta Gracia on the outskiers of Cordoba.
Travel through cowboy country€ross the vast Pampas grasslands to Buenos Aires.
Day 75 Buenos Aires - free day
Day 76 Uruguay
Optional 2 hr ferry€ross the River Plate for a 1 or 2 day visit to the buzzing capital Montevideo & the quieter town of Colonia.
Days 77 to 82 Buenos Aires - Leaving Buenos Aires we head north towards Brazil
Iguazu Falls - optional€tivities include boat trips, helicopter flights and mountain biking - we visit the falls from both the Argentine & Brazilian sides.
Days 83 to 88 Brazil
Bonito - swim & snorkel in crystal clear river and lakes as well as hike into lush forests to look for monkeys, alligators & anaconda.
Pantanal - organise treks out into the vast wetlands, home to hundreds of species of birds & fish, including Piranha!
Days 89 to 94 Parati - laid back historic coastal village, explore the secluded islands by taking a sailing trip in a traditional schooner.
Rio de Janeiro - where folk are raring to party out of their minds and live purely for the moment - Carnival & New Years Eve celebrations are always chaotic, crowded and great fun 94 Days - South America - Overland Adventures Please note there may be a kitty contribution - please check the website
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