Lima To Rio (12.5 Weeks) Snow & Ski Adventure

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Run by: Oasis Overland

Reference number: 421

From: £3395.00

For those of you who enjoy a challenge, join us for an overland expedition which takes you to some of the most remote places you will ever be privileged to visit, from Peru all the way to Brazil. This no-frills journey is not for the fainthearted and will see you travelling over tough terrains, tackling back to basics camping and cooking in extreme conditions. Along the way you will discover the true South America, taking in the striking landscapes and meeting people who you would not otherwise encounter.Visit Patagonia at its most pristine and quiet time. Road passage and camping are sure to be challenging at this time of year, but our reward will be snowshoeing, skiing and trekking in some of the worlds most beautiful scenery. 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

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 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.

Bolivia

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.

Argentina

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 42 If you are travelling on the trip that travels through Patagonia from July to September please be aware it will get very cold at times with temperatures well below zero, and you can expect snowfall.  Please be prepared for cold conditions, with thermal clothing and the correct sleeping bag. On our July to September trips in Patagonia, this section of the trip is subject to change en route. Please see detailed itinerary for further details.

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

Argentina

Bariloche - popular holiday destination for Argentinians and a top ski resort with great hiking trails and nightlife.

Days 43 to 57 Patagonia – endless grasslands leading to stupendous mountains and glaciers

Los Glaciares National Park - the largest glacier in the world and an option to take a guided glacier hike on one!

Perito 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 - adviseable to be booked in advance

Day 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.

Days 59 to 66 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).

Day 67 We follow the coast to Buenos Aires.

Days 68 to 69 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.

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 70 to 75 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 76 to 81 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 82 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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