Quito To Quito Inc. Guianas (31 Weeks) Trans South America

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Run by: Oasis Overland

Reference number: 323

From: £7350.00

A truly epic exploratory overland expedition that takes us full circle through eleven countries all the way around South America! This is a truly unique adventure and the most comprehensive South America expedition available anywhere, that takes in the dense rainforest, dry deserts, high alitplano, pristine coastline and many of Latin America’s most vibrant and dynamic cities. Get into the heart of and up close to South America, experiencing all the flavours, curiosities and contradictions of this incredible continent. Days 1 to 8 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 9 to 18 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.

Peru

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 19 to 26 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 27 to 33 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 34 to 37 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 38 to 45 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 46 to 52 Argentina

Cafayate and Mendoza, - wine growing region visiting wineries by bicycle in the Andes.

Day 53 Santiago - Chile’s capital, a modern, organised city with great food and nightlife.

Day 54 Free Day to explore Santiago.

Days 55 to 61 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 Argentineans and a top ski resort with great hiking trails and nightlife.

Days 62 to 68 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 69 to 76 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 77 to 85 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.

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 86 to 90 Iguazu Falls - optional€tivities include boat trips, helicopter flights and mountain biking - we visit the falls from both the Argentine & Brazilian sides.

Days 91 to 98 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 99 to 105 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

Days 106 to 109 Five nights in Rio over the New Year

Days 110 to 114 Departing Rio we head for the cool mountain retreat of Teresopolis. Free day in Parque Nacional Da Serra Dos Argaos to walk trails to waterfalls and stunning views.

Congonhas - Aleijadinho’s most impressive sculptures reside outside the Basilica do Bom jesus de Matosinhos.

Ouro Preto - a beautiful colonial town with the Minas de Passagem (Gold Mine), opened in 1719.

Days 115 to 121 Explore the coastline of Brazil’s best and least known beaches.

Itaunas, a sleepy fishing village and Parque Estadual de Itaunas, where Sea Turtles may still be hatching.

Caravelas, on the mangrove lined Rio Caravelas. Optional day trip to the nearby reefs in Parque Nacional Marinho de Abrolhos.

Days 122 to 128 Parque Nacional Monte Pascoal. Hike trails and spot the endangered spider monkey, sloths, porcupines, capybara, deer, elusive jaguar an...

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