Rio to Lima Adventure

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  • Duration
    51
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  • Service
    Basic
  • Difficulty
    Easy
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Highlights

Spot condors at Colca Canyon, conquer the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experience traditional life on Lake Titicaca, cross the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano, be awed by Iguassu Falls, beach-lounge with the beautiful people of Brazil.

Tour description provided by G Adventures

If you have the time and can’t decide between Peru and Brazil, then see them both – and pretty much everything in between – on this 51-day extravaganza. Trek the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, cross the Bolivian Salt Flats, sip wine in Argentina, and hit the beach in Brazil. You’ll get plenty of energetic culture, the great outdoors, and the company of other young travellers to keep you moving. There’s time later to slow down, take the long road, and have an adventure while you can.

Itinerary

Day 1 Rio de Janeiro
Enjoy your free time by taking an optional city tour or exploring the wonders that this city has to offer from the centrally located hostel in Copacabana. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Rio de Janeiro/Ilha Grande (1B)
Head south along the Atlantic coast to the port of Angra dos Reis, and onward by ferry to Ilha Grande, with 100 beaches for you to choose from! Known for its beauty, the island offers other activities for visitors: surfing, hikes, diving, biking and snorkeling. Transport: Local bus (2.50-3.50 hours, 151km) Ferry (1.50 hour(s))
Days 3-4 Ilha Grande
Free time to hike and explore the island's beaches or take an optional boat tour.
Day 5 Ilha Grande/Paraty
Explore colonial Paraty, and opt to chill on the beach or visit a cachaça distillery. Transport: Ferry (1.50 hour(s)) Local bus (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 6 Paraty (1B)
Free day in Paraty to explore, chill on the beach or take an optional boat tour to nearby islands.
Day 7 Paraty/Foz do Iguaçu
Skip the 19-hour journey by land and fly to Foz do Iguacu. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 314km) Plane (1.50 hour(s), 1000km)
Day 8 Foz do Iguaçu
Visit the Brazilian side of the Iguassu Falls. Included Activities: Iguassu Falls Guided Tour
Day 9 Foz do Iguaçu/Gualeguaychú
Visit the Argentine side of the falls, and opt to take a boat tour to see the cascading falls from below. Hop on an overnight bus to Uruguay. Additional Notes: If you have booked the Iguassu Falls Boat Ride Theme Pack, today's the day! Your CEO will give you the details about timing and what to bring. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Brazil - Argentina) Iguassu Falls Visit Transport: Overnight bus (15.00 hour(s), 1100km)
Day 10 Gualeguaychú/Mercedes (1L, 1D)
We cross into Uruguay for our first stop - a local ranch, known in the region as an estancia. We spend a day at the estancia getting into rural life. Learn about the historical roots of the region, participate in some of the farming activities, go for a walk, or sit back and sip on the wines of the region as you take in the local Uruguayan life. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Uruguay - Argentina) Estancia Stay Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)
Day 11 Mercedes (1B, 1L, 1D)
Free time to explore the area or help out on the estancia. Included Activities: Estancia Stay
Day 12 Mercedes/Montevideo (1B)
Explore Uruguay's capital, Montevideo—the country's largest city. Transport: Local bus (4.00 hour(s), 250km)
Day 13 Montevideo (1B)
Free day in Montevideo, opt to explore the city, hop on a bike to explore the coast, or take a day-trip to glamorous Punta del Este.
Day 14 Montevideo/Colonia del Sacramento (1B)
Travel to the charming colonial city of Colonia Del Sacramento. Experience the relaxed, pleasant Uruguayan culture and stroll down its cobble-stoned streets on an orientation walk. Additional Notes: Accommodation in Colonia may be multi-share during high season. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Local bus (2.50-3.00 hours, 177km)
Day 15 Colonia del Sacramento/Buenos Aires
Cross the Rio de la Plata by ferry to reach Buenos Aires. There is much to do in this vibrant metropolis, with plenty of museums, theatres, and historical areas. Buenos Aires is full of life. Be sure to check out the districts of La Boca, Recoleta and San Telmo—or catch a tango show at one of the many famous tanguerías or tango houses. Wander the pedestrian walkways and see some dancing in the streets. When you are done exploring, settle your weary feet and enjoy a drink in one of the many sidewalk cafés and restaurants. Buenos Aires is also your chance to try the succulent bifé and parrilladas, so dig in and enjoy! Included Activities: Border Crossing (Uruguay - Argentina) Transport: Ferry (1.00 hour(s))
Day 16 Buenos Aires
Get out and explore. Consider visiting the districts of La Boca, Recoleta, and San Telmo or catch a tango show at one of the many famous tanguerías. Wander the pedestrian walkways and see some dancing in the streets.
Day 17 Buenos Aires
Get out and explore. Consider visiting the districts of La Boca, Recoleta, and San Telmo or catch a tango show at one of the many famous tanguerías. Wander the pedestrian walkways and see some dancing in the streets. Additional Notes: Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.
Day 18 Buenos Aires/Salta
Head to Salta, choosing a flight over a long bus ride. Salta, situated in the Lerma Valley of northern Argentina, is home to Empanadas Salteñas - a delicious local specialty. No visit to the town will be complete without giving them a try. In the evening, experience a local celebration at one of the "Peña" folklore shows. Transport: Plane (5.00 hour(s))
Day 19 Salta (1B)
Enjoy free time to explore the area. The scenic Quebrada de las Conchas and Cafayate, famed for its wine and vineyards, are recommended stops. The multi-coloured valleys in the foothills region of the Andes are sure to be a highlight.
Day 20 Salta/San Pedro de Atacama (1B)
In the morning, take a bus further north to the dry desert regions of Argentina and Chile. Stop in the little town of San Pedro de Atacama, on the edge of the Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Argentina - Chile) Transport: Local bus (10.00-11.00 hours)
Day 21 San Pedro de Atacama
Opt to visit nearby ruins, go mountain biking, or visit the Valley of the Moon.
Day 22 San Pedro de Atacama/Salar de Uyuni
Groups like to get creative with photography, as the endless white of the salt flats creates some great depth illusions that are fun to play with in photos. Additional Notes: Note: During the rainy season the locations visited may change due to some routes being covered by water. We offer unique accommodation on the Uyuni Salt Flats. Instead of very basic refuges and homestays most operators use, we have upgraded to simple hotels that are equipped with solar panels to provide electricity and hot water. Rooms are multi-share and each has a private bathroom. Meals are made from local ingredients, most of which are grown on-site. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Chile - Bolivia) Salt Flats Excursion Transport: Local bus (1.50-2.50 hours) 4x4 (1.00 hour(s))
Day 23 Salar de Uyuni (1B, 1L, 1D)
Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion. Included Activities: Salt Flats Excursion
Day 24 Salar de Uyuni/Uyuni (1B, 1L, 1D)
Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion. Included Activities: Salt Flats Excursion
Day 25 Salar de Uyuni/Potosí (1B)
Visit one of the highest cities in the world. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 26 Potosí (1B)
Get out and explore Potosí. Opt to tour a working mine.
Day 27 Potosí/Sucre (1B)
Travel north to Sucre. Tackle the city as there is a lot to offer during our two days here. Optional activities include a visit to dinosaur footprints, a visit to an old tin baron’s mansion and a textile cooperative, mountain biking, and hiking. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s))
Day 28 Sucre (1B)
Take an optional excursion to nearby dinosaur tracks, or get active by hiking or mountain biking.
Day 29 Sucre/La Paz (1B)
Enjoy a free day in Sucre before an overnight bus to La Paz. Transport: Overnight bus (12.00 hour(s))
Day 30 La Paz
Wake up from the overnight bus ride, get settled, and have the day to check out the city of La Paz. Optional activities in La Paz include museum visits, a tour of the Valley of the Moon, or a visit to the world’s highest ski resort, Chacaltaya (5600m/18,368 ft).
Day 31 La Paz (1B)
Free day in La Paz. Opt to visit Iglesia de San Francisco, the Valley of the Moon, the Witches' Market, or the nearby Tiahuanaco Ruins.
Day 32 La Paz/Puno (1B)
The drive around Lake Titicaca and through the Altiplano from La Paz to Peru is impressive. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Bolivia - Peru) Transport: Local bus (2.50 hour(s)) Local bus (3.50 hour(s))
Day 33 Puno/Isla Amantani (1B, 1D)
In the morning, board a boat on Lake Titicaca. Head to Taquile Island for lunch in a local restaurant and the chance for some shopping in the local weaving cooperatives. After, cruise to another village for an overnight homestay on the shores of the lake (the homestay location can vary based on community availability). This experience provides an opportunity to learn more about rural life in the Peruvian highlands and to participate in local traditions. Eat with the family, learn some Quecha and Spanish language skills, try on traditional costumes, and help out with daily chores around the village. Additional Notes: Split into smaller groups for the night and split into family homes to experience their style of living firsthand. Included Activities: Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 1 Lake Titicaca Homestay Transport: Boat (3.00 hour(s))
Day 34 Isla Amantani/Puno (1B)
Leave the homestay families late morning, and visit the Uros Islands on the way back to Puno. A popular optional activity in Puno is a visit to the spectacular chullpas (funerary towers) of Sillustani, a pre-Inca archaeological site only a short drive away. Included Activities: Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 2
Day 35 Puno/Cusco (1B)
Travel through the high Altiplano region to Cusco. Transport: Local bus (7.00 hour(s), 389km)
Day 36 Cusco (1B)
Free time to explore Cusco. Opt for a city tour, or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.
Day 37 Cusco/Ollantaytambo (1B)
Ollantaytambo is a major Inca ruin site and your first taste of what lies ahead. For those craving more before they head out on the Trail, opt to take a Sacred Valley tour which includes not only Ollantaytambo and the ruin site of Pisac, but also a visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 95km)
Day 38 Ollantaytambo/Cuncani (1B, 1L, 1D)
The Lares Trek is a scenic, less touristic route to hike through the Andes. It is one day shorter than the Inca Trail but higher in elevation. Enjoy G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Lares Trek. Additional Notes: The locations and distances may change on this hike, as camping will be done in different places depending on pace, ability, and weather. The first night will always be spent at the G Adventures-supported, community-owned and managed campsite in an indigenous village previously bypassed by the tourism industry. In most cases, the CEO will hike the Lares Trek with the group. Included Activities: Lares Trek (Lares-Cuncani) Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-3.50 hours)
Day 39 Cuncani/Kuyoc (1B, 1L, 1D)
Start early to hike from the foothills of Sicllaccasa Mountain to its high pass (4,750m/15,583 ft), providing scenic views of lagoons and the snow-capped Chicon Mountain. Celebrate after reaching the highest point by making an offering of coca leaves to the Andean gods. After the morning hike, stop to rest and take in the amazing view. Continue hiking downhill to our second campsite near the stream for the night. Included Activities: Lares Trek (Cuncani - Kuyoc)
Day 40 Kuyoc/Aguas Calientes (1B, 1L)
Enjoy the last few hours of hiking before travelling by van to Ollantaytambo and train to Aguas Calientes. Spend some time relaxing in town or visiting the nearby hot springs. Included Activities: Lares Trek (Kuyoc - Punta Carretera) Transport: Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s)) Train (1.50 hour(s))
Day 41 Aguas Calientes/Cusco (1B)
Rise early to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu with your guide. Enjoy a guided visit to the ruins followed by free time to explore. Opt to walk up to the Sun Gate or Inca Bridge. When ready, head back down by bus to Aguas Calientes to meet up with the rest of the group. Take the scenic train back to Ollantaytambo to meet the van for the ride back to Cusco. Included Activities: Machu Picchu Guided Tour Transport: Local bus (0.50 hour(s)) Local bus (0.50 hour(s)) Train (1.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 42 Cusco (1B)
Free day to explore Cusco or relax after the trek. If you are ready for more adventure, opt to go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.
Day 43 Cusco/Arequipa (1B)
Enjoy a final free day in Cusco before an overnight bus to Arequipa. Transport: Overnight bus (10.00 hour(s), 520km)
Day 44 Arequipa
Those with an interest in history and architecture may take an optional visit to the Convent of Santa Catalina, offering a brief respite from the outside world and a unique view into a bygone way of life. Other optional excursions include rafting and mountaineering. For spicy food lovers, checking out one of the “Picanterías” is a must. Arequipa has a variety of regional food: alpaca, shrimp, pork, lots of soups, and spicy sauces.
Day 45 Arequipa/Chivay (1B)
Enjoy an overnight excursion to the impressive Colca Canyon - one of the deepest canyons in the world. Stop in fascinating villages and at “miradors” (scenic lookouts), where, with a little luck, spot Andean condors soaring over the majestic Andes. Other unusual animals that may be spotted in the Andean landscape include three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuña. Included Activities: Colca Canyon Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50-5.00 hours, 165km)
Day 46 Chivay (1B)
Get an early start to be on the look out for the condors flying. Travel from Chivay town to a condor viewpoint to admire these magnificent birds in the air. On the way back, stop by some local villages and viewpoints to see old terraces and sections of Colca Canyon, the deepest canyon in the world. Take a lunch break and return to Arequipa in the afternoon. Included Activities: Colca Canyon Guided Tour
Day 47 Chivay/Nazca (1B)
Drive to Arequipa and enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight bus to Nazca. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s)) Overnight bus (9.00 hour(s), 560km)
Day 48 Nazca (1D)
Travel north to one of the world's greatest archaeological mysteries, the Nazca Lines. Very little can be seen from the ground. The best view is from a light aircraft, which can easily be arranged.
Day 49 Nazca/Paracas
Leave Nazca and stop at the Huacachina Oasis for some optional sandboarding. Continue to visit an artisanal winery to sample some local pisco and wine. Paracas is located one hour further. Included Activities: Huacachina Oasis visit Huacachina Winery Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 140km) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 70km)
Day 50 Paracas/Lima
Opt to visit the Ballestas Islands in the morning before travelling to Lima for a final night. Be sure to try some ceviche and a Pisco Sour. Transport: Local bus (4.00 hour(s), 250km) Minibus (0.50 hour(s))
Day 51 Lima (1B)
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day