Rio to Lima: Machu Picchu & Markets

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Rio de Janeiro to Lima

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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.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Favela Experience, Rio de Janeiro Your G for Good Moment: Jukil Community Experience & Lodge, Santiago de Agencha Your G for Good Moment: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo Your G for Good Moment: Handmade Biodegradable Soap Products Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Discover Moment: Ilha Grande Your Discover Moment: Paraty Your Local Living Moment: Estancia Stay, Colonia La Concordia Your Discover Moment: Buenos Aires Your Discover Moment: Salta Your Discover Moment: San Pedro de Atacama Your Discover Moment: Sucre Your Local Living Moment: Lake Titicaca Homestay, Lake Titicaca Your Discover Moment: Cusco Your Foodie Moment: Sacred Valley Brewery, Ollantaytambo Your Big Night Out Moment: Cusco Your Foodie Moment: Huacachina Winery Visit, Huacachina
  • Entrance and visit to the Argentine side of Iguassu Falls
  • Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats) excursion (3 days)
  • Lake Titicaca excursion
  • Inca Trail hike with a local guide and cook (4 days)
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Colca Canyon excursion
  • Pachamanca-style dinner (Nazca)
  • Sunset sandboarding & dune buggies (Huacachina)
  • Internal flights
  • Transportation between destinations and included activities

Highlights

  • Spot condors at colca canyon
  • Conquer the inca trail on the way to machu picchu
  • Experience traditional life on lake titicaca
  • Cross the salar de uyuni and surrounding desert altiplano
  • Be awed by iguassu falls
  • Sandboard the dunes of huacachina.

Itinerary

Rio de Janeiro Arrive at any time. Head to a “quiosque” along Copacabana beach with your fellow travellers. Get to know the group over some drinks then head out to experience Rio’s famous nightlife.
Rio de Janeiro In the morning, explore the favela with a local resident on a G Adventures-supported tour to watch a drumming demonstration, get a Capoeira lesson, and sample craft beers with a new perspective of the city. Enjoy a free afternoon to discover all that Rio has to offer.
Rio de Janeiro/Ilha Grande Continue by van up the coast and take a ferry to Ilha Grande. Opt to hike the island's remote trails, pick up some snorkel gear or relax on the beach.
Ilha Grande Free time to hike and explore the island's beaches or take an optional boat tour.
Ilha Grande/Paraty Head to colonial Paraty, explore the cobblestone streets and opt to visit a cachaça distillery.
Paraty Free day in Paraty to explore.
Paraty/Iguassu Falls Skip the bus ride and hop on a flight to Iguassu falls.
Iguassu Falls In the morning, visit the Argentine side of the falls, and opt to take a boat tour to see the cascading falls from below.
Iguassu Falls/Estancia Enjoy free time today, opt to visit the Brazilian side of the falls and get an incredible panoramic view. Or, opt to take a helicopter ride over the falls, or visit a bird park. Later, hop on an overnight bus to Uruguay.
Estancia Stay Dive into Uruguayan rural life known in the region as an estancia. Get dirty at a working ranch, enjoy a walk in the countryside, and indulge in local barbecues.
Estancia Stay Free time to explore the area or help out on the estancia.
Estancia Stay/Montevideo In Uruguay's capital, opt to visit the carnival museum and grab a snack at the local Port Market.
Montevideo 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.
Montevideo/Colonia 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.
Colonia/Buenos Aires Cross the Río Plata and explore the many attractions of Buenos Aires. Check out a football game, a tango show or the city's famous nightlife.
Buenos Aires Enjoy a free day to explore the "Paris of the Americas," from the hidden patios of trendy Palermo to bohemian vibes in San Telmo this city has something for everyone.
Buenos Aires Enjoy a free day to explore beautiful Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires/Salta Skip a long bus ride with an included flight to Salta.
Salta Explore the city and enjoy the local cuisine. Opt to take a trip through the scenic Quebrada de las Conchas to Cafayate, or visit the High Mountain Archaeological Museum.
Salta/San Pedro de Atacama Travel over the border and into Chile.
San Pedro de Atacama Opt to try out sandboarding, go mountain biking, or visit the Valley of the Moon.
San Pedro de Atacama/ Salt Flats and Desert Crossing Ascend by bus into the mountains and cross into Bolivia for a three-day 4x4 excursion to the Salar de Uyuni and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery. Today you will be crossing the varied landscape of the desert, stopping off at colourful lagoons along the way.
Salt Flats and Desert Crossing Continue exploring the Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat, on a 4x4 excursion. Admire the spectacular scenery while passing red and blue lagoons along the route. Spot wild llamas, alpacas and even flamingos deep within the desert. Last stop for the evening is a G Adventures-supported community lodge in a traditional agricultural village in the heart of a desert oasis.
Salt Flats and Desert Crossing /Uyuni Rise early to cover more of the unique landscape of the Salar de Uyuni. Continue to see incredible scenery, including volcanoes, and salt lakes.
Uyuni/Potosí Travel north to visit one of the highest cities in the world. On arrival spot the looming mountain of Cerro Rico, a working silver mine.
Potosí Get out and explore Potosí and wander through the streets of the city.
Potosí/Sucre Travel north to the beautiful colonial city of Sucre.
Sucre Free time to explore the beautiful colonial city of Sucre. For more active options opt to go hiking in the surrounding area or mountain biking.
Sucre/La Paz Enjoy a free day in Sucre before an overnight bus to La Paz.
La Paz Enjoy free time to explore the markets and winding streets of this high altitude city.
La Paz 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.
La Paz/Puno Travel by bus through the Altiplano, crossing the border to the Peruvian city of Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
Puno/Lake Titicaca Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village.
Lake Titicaca/Puno Visit the floating islands of Uros. Optional visit to the Sillustani burial site.
Puno/Cusco Travel through the high Altiplano region to Cusco.
Cusco Free time to explore Cusco. Choose to pre-book the Cusco Cooking Class. Opt for a city tour, or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.
Cusco/Ollantaytambo Head into the Sacred Valley, visit the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op in the Ccaccaccollo community. Learn about weaving, meet the resident llamas, and opt to purchase a knitted item if it catches your eye. Stop to sample craft beer on the way to Ollantaytambo for free time to explore.
Inca Trail Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins.
Inca Trail Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.
Inca Trail Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through cloud forest on the gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley. At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).
Machu Picchu/Cusco The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Wake up around 03:30 and walk to the checkpoint. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows. Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.
Cusco 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.
Cusco/Arequipa Enjoy a final free day in Cusco before an overnight bus to Arequipa.
Arequipa Travel from Cusco to Arequipa. Opt to visit the Santa Catalina Convent or soak in local hot springs.
Arequipa/Colca Canyon Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley and opt for a soak in hot springs.
Colca Canyon/Arequipa Continue exploring Colca Canyon with opportunities to view condors, visit local villages, and see the old terraces. Travel back to Arequipa for the evening.
Arequipa/Nazca Explore Arequipa and opt to take a city tour. Take an overnight bus to Nazca.
Nazca Nazca is famous for one of the world's greatest archaeological mysteries, the Nazca Lines. Opt to take flight in a light aircraft for the best view or climb the viewing tower to get a glimpse if that's more your style. Enjoy a Pachamanca-style dinner in the evening.
Nazca/Huacachina Travel further north to the oasis of Huacachina, stop at a Pisco winery on the way. Sandboard on the dunes around the oasis for an unforgettable sunset.
Huacachina/Lima Travel back to Lima for a final night. Be sure to try some ceviche and a pisco sour.
Lima Depart at any time.
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