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51 days,Rio de Janeiro to Lima
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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.

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

  • Entrance and visit to Iguassu Falls
  • Uyuni Salt Flats excursion
  • 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 (Nazca)
  • Transportation between destinations and included activities
  • Internal flights
  • 30 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners. (Allow USD1065-1400 for meals not included.)
  • Public bus, plane, train, hiking, ferry, 4X4.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, specialist Inca Trail CEO on the hike, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 18, avg 14.
  • Simple hotels (37 nts), overnight buses (4 nts), camping (3 nts), estancia/ranch (2 nts, multi-share), homestay (1 nt), hostel (1 nt), very basic hotels on Uyuni Salt Flats crossing (2 nts, multi-share).

Add to Your Experience

Iguassu Falls Boat Ride

Feel the thunder of Iguassu Falls closer than you’ve ever imagined! Hop aboard a speedboat and prepare for an up close and personal (and very, very wet) encounter with this incredible natural wonder.

Peru Adrenaline Bundle

Experience an adrenaline rush in one of Peru's most vibrant cities, Cusco! Enjoy a full day rating Urubamba River Valley’s white-knuckle rapids or spend a half-day exploring the Andean foothills and Incan ruins on horseback.

Alternative Trips

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Reverse Itinerary

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

Itinerary

Inca Trail

Day 1Rio de Janeiro

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Rio de Janeiro/Ilha Grande(1B)

Continue by van up the coast. Take a ferry to Ilha Grande. Opt to hike the island's remote beaches or relax on the beach.

Days 3–4Ilha Grande

Free time to hike and explore the island's beaches or take an optional boat tour.

Day 5Ilha Grande/Paraty

Explore colonial Paraty, and opt to chill on the beach or visit a cachaça distillery.

Day 6Paraty

Free day in Paraty to explore, chill on the beach or enjoy optional activities like a boat tour.

Day 7Paraty/Foz do Iguaçu

Skip the bus ride and hop a flight to Iguassu.

Day 8Foz do Iguaçu

Visit the Brazilian side of the Iguassu Falls.

Day 9Foz 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.

Day 10Gualeguaychú/Mercedes(1L, 1D)

Dive into Uruguayan rural life. Get dirty at a working ranch, head for hikes, and indulge in local barbecues and wine.

Day 11Mercedes(1B, 1L, 1D)

Free time to explore the area or help out on the estancia.

Day 12Mercedes/Montevideo(1B)

In Uruguay's capital, opt to visit the carnival museum and grab a snack at the local Port Market.

Day 13Montevideo(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 14Montevideo/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.

Day 15Colonia del Sacramento/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.

Day 16Buenos Aires

Free time to explore the many attractions. Check out a football game, a tango show or the city's famous nightlife.

Day 17Buenos Aires

Enjoy a free day to explore beautiful Buenos Aires.

Day 18Buenos Aires/Salta

Skip a long overnight bus ride with an included flight to Salta.

Day 19Salta(1B)

Explore the city and enjoy the local cuisine. Opt to take a trip through the scenic Quebrada de las Conchas to Cafayate, visiting the High Mountain Archaeological Museum.

Day 20Salta/San Pedro de Atacama(1B)

Travel over the border and into Chile.

Day 21San Pedro de Atacama

Opt to visit nearby ruins, go mountain biking, or visit the Valley of the Moon.

Day 22San Pedro de Atacama/Salar de Uyuni

Ascend by bus into the mountains and cross into Bolivia for a 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 23Salar de Uyuni(1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion.

Day 24Salar de Uyuni/Uyuni(1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion.

Day 25Salar de Uyuni/Potosí(1B)

Visit one of the highest cities in the world.

Day 26Potosí(1B)

Get out and explore Potosí. Opt to tour a working mine.

Day 27Potosí/Sucre(1B)

Travel north, and opt to visit nearby dinosaur tracks, explore the city or go hiking or mountain biking.

Day 28Sucre(1B)

Take an optional excursion to nearby dinosaur tracks, or get active by hiking or mountain biking.

Day 29Sucre/La Paz(1B)

Enjoy a free day in Sucre before an overnight bus to La Paz.

Day 30La Paz

Enjoy free time to explore the markets and winding streets of this high altitude city.

Day 31La 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 32La Paz/Puno(1B)

Travel by bus through the Altiplano, crossing the border to the Peruvian city of Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Day 33Puno/Isla Amantani(1B, 1D)

Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village.

Day 34Isla Amantani/Puno(1B)

Visit the floating islands of Uros. Optional visit to the Sillustani burial site.

Day 35Puno/Cusco(1B)

Travel through the high Altiplano region to Cusco.

Day 36Cusco(1B)

Free time to explore Cusco. Opt for a city tour, or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.

Day 37Cusco/Ollantaytambo(1B)

En route to Ollantaytambo, opt to take a Sacred Valley tour and visit a Planeterra-supported women's weaving co-op.

Day 38Ollantaytambo/Wayllabamba Camp(1B, 1L, 1D)

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins.

Day 39Wayllabamba Camp/Paqaymayo Camp(1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Day 40Paqaymayo Camp/Wiñaywayna(1B, 1L, 1D)

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 1.5 hrs further along, near the Wiñay Wayna ruins (Forever Young) located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).

Day 41Wiñaywayna/Cusco(1B)

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 the CEO and any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.

Day 42Cusco(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 43Cusco/Arequipa(1B)

Enjoy a final free day in Cusco before an overnight bus to Arequipa.

Day 44Arequipa

Travel from Cusco to Arequipa. Opt to visit the Catalina Convent or soak in local hot springs.

Day 45Arequipa/Chivay(1B)

Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley and opt for a soak in hot springs.

Day 46Chivay(1B)

Continue exploring Colca Canyon with opportunities to view condors, visit local villages, and see the old terraces. Free afternoon to unwind in the hot springs.

Day 47Chivay/Nazca(1B)

Drive to Arequipa and enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight bus to Nazca.

Day 48Nazca(1D)

Optional flight over the Nazca Lines.

Day 49Nazca/Paracas(1B)

Transfer to Paracas with a stop at a winery and at the Oasis of Huacachina.

Day 50Paracas/Lima(1B)

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.

Day 51Lima(1B)

Depart at any time.

Lares Trek

Day 1Rio de Janeiro

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Rio de Janeiro/Ilha Grande(1B)

Continue by van up the coast. Take a ferry to Ilha Grande. Opt to hike the island's remote beaches or relax on the beach.

Days 3–4Ilha Grande

Free time to hike and explore the island's beaches or take an optional boat tour.

Day 5Ilha Grande/Paraty

Explore colonial Paraty, and opt to chill on the beach or visit a cachaça distillery.

Day 6Paraty

Free day in Paraty to explore, chill on the beach or enjoy optional activities like a boat tour.

Day 7Paraty/Foz do Iguaçu

Skip the bus ride and hop a flight to Iguassu.

Day 8Foz do Iguaçu

Visit the Brazilian side of the Iguassu Falls.

Day 9Foz 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.

Day 10Gualeguaychú/Mercedes(1L, 1D)

Dive into Uruguayan rural life. Get dirty at a working ranch, head for hikes, and indulge in local barbecues and wine.

Day 11Mercedes(1B, 1L, 1D)

Free time to explore the area or help out on the estancia.

Day 12Mercedes/Montevideo(1B)

In Uruguay's capital, opt to visit the carnival museum and grab a snack at the local Port Market.

Day 13Montevideo(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 14Montevideo/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.

Day 15Colonia del Sacramento/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.

Day 16Buenos Aires

Free time to explore the many attractions. Check out a football game, a tango show or the city's famous nightlife.

Day 17Buenos Aires

Enjoy a free day to explore beautiful Buenos Aires.

Day 18Buenos Aires/Salta

Skip a long overnight bus ride with an included flight to Salta.

Day 19Salta(1B)

Explore the city and enjoy the local cuisine. Opt to take a trip through the scenic Quebrada de las Conchas to Cafayate, visiting the High Mountain Archaeological Museum.

Day 20Salta/San Pedro de Atacama(1B)

Travel over the border and into Chile.

Day 21San Pedro de Atacama

Opt to visit nearby ruins, go mountain biking, or visit the Valley of the Moon.

Day 22San Pedro de Atacama/Salar de Uyuni

Ascend by bus into the mountains and cross into Bolivia for a 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 23Salar de Uyuni(1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion.

Day 24Salar de Uyuni/Uyuni(1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion.

Day 25Salar de Uyuni/Potosí(1B)

Visit one of the highest cities in the world.

Day 26Potosí(1B)

Get out and explore Potosí. Opt to tour a working mine.

Day 27Potosí/Sucre(1B)

Travel north, and opt to visit nearby dinosaur tracks, explore the city or go hiking or mountain biking.

Day 28Sucre(1B)

Take an optional excursion to nearby dinosaur tracks, or get active by hiking or mountain biking.

Day 29Sucre/La Paz(1B)

Enjoy a free day in Sucre before an overnight bus to La Paz.

Day 30La Paz

Enjoy free time to explore the markets and winding streets of this high altitude city.

Day 31La 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 32La Paz/Puno(1B)

Travel by bus through the Altiplano, crossing the border to the Peruvian city of Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Day 33Puno/Isla Amantani(1B, 1D)

Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village.

Day 34Isla Amantani/Puno(1B)

Visit the floating islands of Uros. Optional visit to the Sillustani burial site.

Day 35Puno/Cusco(1B)

Travel through the high Altiplano region to Cusco.

Day 36Cusco(1B)

Free time to explore Cusco. Opt for a city tour, or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.

Day 37Cusco/Ollantaytambo(1B)

En route to Ollantaytambo, opt to take a Sacred Valley tour and visit a Planeterra-supported women's weaving co-op.

Day 38Ollantaytambo/Cuncani(1B, 1L, 1D)

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to Lares town where the hike begins. Spend the first night at a Planeterra-supported campsite in Cuncani.

Day 39Cuncani/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.

Day 40Kuyoc/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.

Day 41Aguas Calientes/Cusco(1B)

Enjoy a guided visit to Machu Picchu at sunrise. Use some free time to explore the ruins on your own. Later, travel back to Cusco.

Day 42Cusco(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 43Cusco/Arequipa(1B)

Enjoy a final free day in Cusco before an overnight bus to Arequipa.

Day 44Arequipa

Travel from Cusco to Arequipa. Opt to visit the Catalina Convent or soak in local hot springs.

Day 45Arequipa/Chivay(1B)

Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley and opt for a soak in hot springs.

Day 46Chivay(1B)

Continue exploring Colca Canyon with opportunities to view condors, visit local villages, and see the old terraces. Free afternoon to unwind in the hot springs.

Day 47Chivay/Nazca(1B)

Drive to Arequipa and enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight bus to Nazca.

Day 48Nazca(1D)

Optional flight over the Nazca Lines.

Day 49Nazca/Paracas(1B)

Transfer to Paracas with a stop at a winery and at the Oasis of Huacachina.

Day 50Paracas/Lima(1B)

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.

Day 51Lima(1B)

Depart at any time.

Cusco Stay

Day 1Rio de Janeiro

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Rio de Janeiro/Ilha Grande(1B)

Continue by van up the coast. Take a ferry to Ilha Grande. Opt to hike the island's remote beaches or relax on the beach.

Days 3–4Ilha Grande

Free time to hike and explore the island's beaches or take an optional boat tour.

Day 5Ilha Grande/Paraty

Explore colonial Paraty, and opt to chill on the beach or visit a cachaça distillery.

Day 6Paraty

Free day in Paraty to explore, chill on the beach or enjoy optional activities like a boat tour.

Day 7Paraty/Foz do Iguaçu

Skip the bus ride and hop a flight to Iguassu.

Day 8Foz do Iguaçu

Visit the Brazilian side of the Iguassu Falls.

Day 9Foz 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.

Day 10Gualeguaychú/Mercedes(1L, 1D)

Dive into Uruguayan rural life. Get dirty at a working ranch, head for hikes, and indulge in local barbecues and wine.

Day 11Mercedes(1B, 1L, 1D)

Free time to explore the area or help out on the estancia.

Day 12Mercedes/Montevideo(1B)

In Uruguay's capital, opt to visit the carnival museum and grab a snack at the local Port Market.

Day 13Montevideo(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 14Montevideo/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.

Day 15Colonia del Sacramento/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.

Day 16Buenos Aires

Free time to explore the many attractions. Check out a football game, a tango show or the city's famous nightlife.

Day 17Buenos Aires

Enjoy a free day to explore beautiful Buenos Aires.

Day 18Buenos Aires/Salta

Skip a long overnight bus ride with an included flight to Salta.

Day 19Salta(1B)

Explore the city and enjoy the local cuisine. Opt to take a trip through the scenic Quebrada de las Conchas to Cafayate, visiting the High Mountain Archaeological Museum.

Day 20Salta/San Pedro de Atacama(1B)

Travel over the border and into Chile.

Day 21San Pedro de Atacama

Opt to visit nearby ruins, go mountain biking, or visit the Valley of the Moon.

Day 22San Pedro de Atacama/Salar de Uyuni

Ascend by bus into the mountains and cross into Bolivia for a 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 23Salar de Uyuni(1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion.

Day 24Salar de Uyuni/Uyuni(1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion.

Day 25Salar de Uyuni/Potosí(1B)

Visit one of the highest cities in the world.

Day 26Potosí(1B)

Get out and explore Potosí. Opt to tour a working mine.

Day 27Potosí/Sucre(1B)

Travel north, and opt to visit nearby dinosaur tracks, explore the city or go hiking or mountain biking.

Day 28Sucre(1B)

Take an optional excursion to nearby dinosaur tracks, or get active by hiking or mountain biking.

Day 29Sucre/La Paz(1B)

Enjoy a free day in Sucre before an overnight bus to La Paz.

Day 30La Paz

Enjoy free time to explore the markets and winding streets of this high altitude city.

Day 31La 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 32La Paz/Puno(1B)

Travel by bus through the Altiplano, crossing the border to the Peruvian city of Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Day 33Puno/Isla Amantani(1B, 1D)

Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village.

Day 34Isla Amantani/Puno(1B)

Visit the floating islands of Uros. Optional visit to the Sillustani burial site.

Day 35Puno/Cusco(1B)

Travel through the high Altiplano region to Cusco.

Day 36Cusco(1B)

Free time to explore Cusco. Opt for a city tour, or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.

Day 37Cusco/Ollantaytambo(1B)

En route to Ollantaytambo, opt to take a Sacred Valley tour and visit a Planeterra-supported women's weaving co-op.

Day 38Ollantaytambo/Cusco(1B)

Return to the Sacred Valley with the CEO to visit the sites of the Maras Salt Mines and Moray. Spend the evening in Cusco.

Day 39Cusco(1B)

Enjoy an included tour of the archaeological sites around Cusco, including Saqsaywaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay.

Day 40Cusco/Aguas Calientes(1B)

Travel by van to Ollantaytambo to catch the scenic train to Aguas Calientes.

Day 41Aguas Calientes/Cusco(1B)

Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco in the evening.

Day 42Cusco(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 43Cusco/Arequipa(1B)

Enjoy a final free day in Cusco before an overnight bus to Arequipa.

Day 44Arequipa

Travel from Cusco to Arequipa. Opt to visit the Catalina Convent or soak in local hot springs.

Day 45Arequipa/Chivay(1B)

Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley and opt for a soak in hot springs.

Day 46Chivay(1B)

Continue exploring Colca Canyon with opportunities to view condors, visit local villages, and see the old terraces. Free afternoon to unwind in the hot springs.

Day 47Chivay/Nazca(1B)

Drive to Arequipa and enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight bus to Nazca.

Day 48Nazca(1D)

Optional flight over the Nazca Lines.

Day 49Nazca/Paracas(1B)

Transfer to Paracas with a stop at a winery and at the Oasis of Huacachina.

Day 50Paracas/Lima(1B)

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.

Day 51Lima(1B)

Depart at any time.

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