Trip reference number: 406
Trip Operator: Oasis Overland
From the full on, vibrancy of Rio to the historic, edgy, foody city of Lima this trip packs in a bunch of South American highlights and€tivities. In Brazil after the laid back beaches of Parati, the biodiversity of the Pantanal to the power of Iguazu Falls. In Argentina, we take in the cosmopolitan city of Rio, the passion of ’the Tango’, the gaucho grasslands, Jesuit missions and€res of vineyards! Bolivia allows us to visit the perspective altering Salt Flats of Uyuni , the disturbing silver mine at Potosi before we enter Peru and trek to Machu Picchu. Lake Titicaca, the world’s deepest canyon, the mysterious Nazca lines and the Ballestas Islands. Days 1 to 6 Brazil
Rio de Janeiro - where folk are always up for a party and live purely for the moment - Carnival & New Years Eve celebrations are always chaotic, crowded and great fun
Parati - laid back historic coastal village, explore the secluded islands by taking a sailing trip in a traditional schooner.
Days 7 to 12 Brazil
Pantanal - organise treks out into the vast wetlands, home to hundreds of species of birds & fish, including Piranha!
Bonito - swim & snorkel in crystal clear river and lakes as well as hike into lush forests to look for monkeys, alligators & anaconda.
Days 13 to 18 Iguazu Falls - optional€tivities include boat trips, helicopter flights and mountain biking - we visit the falls from both the Argentine & Brazilian sides.
Buenos Aires - great food, wine, nightlife and learn to tango!
Day 19 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 20 to 27 Buenos Aires - museums, horse racing, football matches, shopping, tango dancing & restaurants that serve the best steaks in the world.
Travel through the pampas to Alta Gracia on the outskirts of Cordoba.
We cross the Sierras de Cordoba to the village of Cafayate.
Cafayate - wine growing region, visiting wineries by bicycle.
Days 28 to 35 Salta - founded over 400 years ago and a great place for live music, mountain biking, mountain trekking, and horse riding.
Humahuaca Canyon and Purmamarca
Tupiza - follow in the steps of Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid.
Uyuni Salt Lake - take a 1 day excursion out onto the vast salt flats.
Potosi - option to enter a working silver & tin mine where techniques have remained unchanged for centuries.
Drive€ross the High Altiplano to La Paz.
Days 36 to 38 La Paz - highest capital city in the world, visit the colourful witches market!
Floating reed islands - home to the Uros Indians - explore Titicaca by boat & spend a night with one of the local families.
Puno - Lake Titicaca - the world’s highest navigable lake at 3800 metres.
Days 39 to 45 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 Salcantay trail.
Machu Picchu - finally on day 4 we reach the famous UNESCO World Heritage site - entrance and guide included.
Traverse mountainous passes of nearly 5000 metres within sight of€tive volcanoes
Days 46 to 54 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.
Arequipa - a magnificent colonial city with authentic Peruvian nightlife.
Ascend the Andes mountain range and drive past grazing Llama, Alpaca and Vicuna
Chauchilla Cemetery - ancient eerie tombs.
Nazca Lines - huge figures and shapes carved into the stony desert, best viewed from the air.
Optional Dune Buggies & Sandboarding on the giant dunes out in the desert. BBQ and camp overnight under the stars.
Ica Desert & Oasis of Huacachina.
Ballestas Islands - a boat trip takes us close to the Islands which are bursting with exotic & rare marine wildlife.
Lima - the capital city with many plazas and museums and great local seafood (Ceviche). 54 Days - South America - Overland Adventures Please note there may be a kitty contribution - please check the website
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