51 days,Rio de Janeiro to Lima

Spotting condors at Colca Canyon, conquering the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experiencing traditional life on Lake Titicaca, crossing the Salar de Uyuni and surrounding desert altiplano on a 4x4 excursion, being awed by Iguassu Falls, playing with the beautiful people in Rio, doing it all with other fun, young travellers.


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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 50-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 cultures, 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

  • Entrance and visit to Iguassu Falls. Uyuni Salt Flats excursion (Chile/Bolivia), Lake Titicaca excursion. Guided tour of Machu Picchu. 4-day Inca Trail hike with a local guide and cook. Planeterra-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail. Colca Canyon excursion. Pachamanca ceremony in Nazca. Internal flights.
  • 7 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners. (Allow USD1065-1400 for meals not included.)
  • Simple hotel (37 nts), overnight bus (4 nts), camping (3 nts), estancia/ranch (2 nts, multi-share), homestay (1 nt), hostel (1 nt), basic hotel on Salar de Uyuni crossing (2 nts, multi-share).
  • Public bus, plane, train, hiking, ferry, 4X4.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 10.
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Places Visited

Reverse Itinerary

This trip also runs in reverse from Lima to Rio de Janeiro. See Lima to Rio Adventure

Day 1 Rio de Janeiro

Arrive at any time.

Day 2-6 Ilha Grande/Paraty

Free time for hikes and walks, optional cachaça distillery visits or a boat tours.

Day 7-9 Iguassu Falls

Skipping the long bus ride, bus to Sao Paulo and fly from there to Iguassu. Explore both the Argentinean and Brazilian sides of the falls with an optional boat ride near the base of the falls, or visit the nearby bird park. Overnight bus on day 9.

Day 10-11 Estancia Stay (1B,2L,2D)

Dive into Uruguayan rural life, getting dirty at a working ranch. Head out for some hikes and indulge in local BBQs and wine.

Day 12-14 Montevideo/Colonia (1B)

In the country's capital, visit the Carnival museum, and grab a Chivito at the Port Market. Explore the cobblestone streets of Colonia and relax at a streetside cafe.

Day 15-17 Buenos Aires

Cross the Rio Plata and explore the many attractions. Check out a football game, a tango show, or the famous city nightlife.

Day 18-19 Salta

Skip the long bus ride with an included flight. Check out the scenic Quebrada de las Conchas to Cafayate, the High Mountain Arqueological museum, and enjoy local cuisine.

Day 20-21 San Pedro de Atacama

Optional excursions to nearby ruins, mountain biking, or a visit to the Valley of the Moon.

Day 22-24 Salt Flats/Uyuni (2B,3L,2D)

Ascend by bus into the mountains and cross into Bolivia. 3-day 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery. Stay in simple hotels upgraded with solar panels to provide electricity and hot water.

Day 25-29 Potosí/Sucre

Take optional and excursion to nearby dinosaur tracks, explore the cities, head hiking or mountain biking, check out a working silver mine. Overnight bus to La Paz on day 29.

Day 30-34 La Paz/Puno/Lake Titicaca

Optional visit to Valley of the Moon or explore winding streets and lively markets of La Paz. Oxygen bar anyone? Visit the floating Islands of Uros and take a guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village.

Day 35-43 Cuzco/Ollantaytambo/Inca Trail (3B,3L,3D)

Free time to explore Cusco or take an optional city tour, head out whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking. En route to Ollantaytambo, opt to take a Sacred Valley tour and visit a Planeterra-supported women's weaving co-op. Take in Inca culture, history, and great views on a 4-day guided Inca Trail hike with visit to Machu Picchu. Planeterra-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail. Travel by overnight bus to Arequipa on day 43.

Day 44-47 Arequipa/Colca Canyon

Optional visit of the Catalina Convent, or head to a local hot springs. Spot condors on a guided tour to Colca Canyon. Overnight bus to Nazca on day 47.

Day 48-49 Nazca/Paracas (1D)

Optional sandboarding and flight over the Nazca Lines. Stop at a winery en route at the Oasis of Huacachina. Indulge in a traditional Pachamanca meal.

Day 50 Lima

Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Lima for a final night - try some pisco sours and ceviche.

Day 51 Lima

Depart at any time.

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