This trip is packed with South American highlight: hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu nestled high in the Peruvian Andes, visit the floating reed islands on Lake Titicaca and spend the night with a local family, try to take in the mind-blowing Bolivian Salt Flats, take a wine tour by bicycle in northern Argentina, cross the Pampas to cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, where you can enjoy world-renonwned steaks and see a tango show, before heading north to the astonishing Iguazu Falls before finishing in Rio - enjoy the party as it gets ready for the 2016 Summer Olympics! 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 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 28 to 34 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 35 Buenos Aires - free day
Days 36 to 37 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.
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 38 to 42 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 43 to 48 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 49 to 54 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 54 Days - South America - Overland Adventures Please note there may be a kitty contribution - please check the website
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