A true expedition by nature of its long duration and some of the remote places we visit. You must expect a degree of hardship, some long drives on rough roads, camping and cooking in extremes of climate...but in the process you will discover the real South America and meet people you would never otherwise encounter. PLUS join in the largest party in the world at Rio’s Carnival or New Years Eve celebrations. Days 1 to 8 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 9 to 15 Traverse mountainous passes of nearly 5000m within sight of€tive volcanoes
Cuzco (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 16 to 19 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 20 to 27 Altiplano - drive€ross this wild and barren landscape.
Potosi - the opportunity 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 28 to 34 Argentina
Cafayate and Mendoza, - wine growing region visiting wineries by bicycle in the Andes.
Day 35 Santiago - Chile’s capital, a modern, organised city with great food and nightlife.
Day 36 Free Day to explore Santiago.
Days 37 to 43 Chile
Pucon - Chile’s Lake District, our base for the next few days, from where it is possible to organise white water rafting, skiing, horse riding and hikes.
Villarrica Volcano - there is the option to climb this€tive volcano.
Andes mountain range
Bariloche - popular holiday destination for Argentineans and a top ski resort with great hiking trails and nightlife.
Days 44 to 50 Carretera Austral - (Open Jan & Feb) - incredible drive past spiralling volcanoes, glaciers & fjords.
Los Glaciares National Park - the largest glacier in the world and an option to take a guided glacier hike on one!
Moreno Glacier - take a boat ride up close to this almost 200ft high glacier.
Torres del Paine National Park - another area of outstanding beauty where huge granite cliffs dominate the landscape.
Option to complete the W-Trek - must be booked in advance
Days 51 to 58 Tierra del Fuego - an island on the southern tip of the continent - spectacular scenery and seagoing boat trips.
Ushuaia - most southerly town on earth you are ever likely to travel to.
Patagonia - vast, sparsely populated treeless plateau.
Atlantic Marine sanctuaries - spot penguins, sea lions, sea elephants, birds & whales (season dependent).
Puerto Madryn - this Welsh settlement is the gateway to Valdes Peninsula, where Penguins, Sea Lions, Birds & Whales can be seen - Orcas have been known to beach themselves here to catch Sea Lions (season dependent).
On our new exploratory departure, leaving Lima in July and Santiago in August, this section of the trip is subject to change en route. Please see detailed itinerary for further details.
Days 59 to 67 Buenos Aires - a smart cosmopolitan city with plenty to do; museums, horse racing, football matches, shopping, tango dancing & restaurants that serve the best steaks in the world.
San Ignacio - 400yr old Jesuit Missions.
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 68 to 72 Iguazu Falls - optional€tivities include boat trips, helicopter flights and mountain biking - we visit the falls from both the Argentine & Brazilian sides.
Days 73 to 80 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 81 to 87 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 12.5 Weeks - South America - Overland Adventures Please note there may be a kitty contribution - please check the website
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