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Last Updated: April 11, 2016

The Great South American Journey-Quito to Rio Adventure - SEQR

65 days: Quito to Rio de Janeiro

What's Included

• Amazon Jungle excursion

• Beach time in Mancora, Huanchaco and Ilha Grande • Pachamanca ceremony (Nazca)

• Colca Canyon excursion • Guided tour of Machu Picchu

• Inca Trail hike with a local guide and cook (4 days)

• G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail • Lake Titicaca excursion

• Uyuni Salt Flats excursion

• Entrance and visit to Iguassu Falls (Argentina and Brazil sides) • Internal flights

• All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and G Adventures. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

VALIDITY: Valid for all trips departing January 1st, 2015 and onwards

Itinerary Notes

Departures running between June 11th - July 19th 2016 will be affected by the Olympics in Rio. Due to

accommodation availability in Rio we have adjusted the itinerary to have 1 additional night in Paraty and 0 nights in Rio. The tour will end on arrival in the city centre of Rio around 2pm. Please book onward flights accordingly.

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Itinerary

Inca Trail

Day 1Quito Arrive at any time.

Spend the first day of your trip wandering Ecuador's capital city. Meet the group in the evening at the hotel.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting 1h

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour.

Accommodation

Hotel Eugenia (or similar) Hotel

Day 2Quito/Tena

Travel to the jungle city of Tena and continue by truck to a jungle community.

Travel overland to Tena, located on the edge of the Amazon. From there, transfer for 45 minutes by truck to the local community of Pimpilala that will be our home for 3 nights. Stay with a Quichua family, enjoy the hospitality of these wonderful people, and experience life in the jungle first-hand.

Local bus Quito - Tena6h-7h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Amazon Jungle Homestay Tena

Learn about local traditional beliefs and customs on this amazing homestay in the Ecuadorian Amazon close to Napo River. Stay with a friendly Quichua family near the community of Cando. They've introduced countless visitors to local living and a completely different way of doing things -- one that may give you a different perspective on life.

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Take part in a number of amazing activities. Hike through the rainforest, plunge into waterfalls, and learn the uses of tropical plants. Experience local tradition, and learn about Quichua history and culture.

Accommodation

Cabanas Pimpilala (or similar) Homestay

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner Days 3-4Tena

Spot wildlife on nature walks and learn about local traditions at an overnight homestay.

Amazon Jungle Homestay Tena

Learn about local traditional beliefs and customs on this amazing homestay in the Ecuadorian Amazon close to Napo River. Stay with a friendly Quichua family near the community of Cando. They've introduced countless visitors to local living and a completely different way of doing things -- one that may give you a different perspective on life.

Take part in a number of amazing activities. Hike through the rainforest, plunge into waterfalls, and learn the uses of tropical plants. Experience local tradition, and learn about Quichua history and culture.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner Day 5Tena/Baños

Travel to Baños, an adrenaline junkie's paradise.

Baños is the perfect setting for outdoor pursuits, including horseback riding, canyoning, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and rafting in the surrounding mountains and on the River Patate.

Pickup truck Tena45m

Hop into the back and ride along to the next destination.

Local bus

Tena - Baños3h-4h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Free Time BañosAfternoon

Get out and explore Baños and its beautiful surroundings.

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Optional Activities - Day 5 Hot Springs

Baños

Soak weary muscles in the thermal baths that Baños is famous for. Head to hot springs at the base of Tungurahua Volcano, which means "little hell" in Quichua, or try some of the baths fed by the melt waters of Tungurahua's glaciated flanks. Rise before the sun for an early soak - watching the sun peak over the mountains while relaxing in the warm waters is definitely worth the early start.

Horseback Riding Baños

25USD per person

Hop in the saddle and explore Baños' beautiful countryside by horseback. Check out the unique vegetation in the region, and, perhaps, trot over to Tungurahua Volcano for amazing views.

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Baños

10USD per person

Hop on your bike and explore the amazing scenery surrounding Baños. Pass by mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and changing vegetation - depending on what path you take. Enjoy the cool wind on downhill stretches, but be sure to bring sunblock; the sun can be strong.

Accommodation

Hotel La Floresta (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast Day 6Baños

Opt to soak in the nearby hot springs or get active by hiking, horseback riding, or mountain biking.

Free Time BañosFull Day

Get out there and get exploring.

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Optional Activities - Day 6 Hot Springs

Baños

Soak weary muscles in the thermal baths that Baños is famous for. Head to hot springs at the base of Tungurahua Volcano, which means "little hell" in Quichua, or try some of the baths fed by the melt waters of Tungurahua's glaciated flanks. Rise before the sun for an early soak - watching the sun peak over the mountains while relaxing in the warm waters is definitely worth the early start.

Canyoneering Baños

25USD per person

Take the opportunity to go canyoneering in this prime place for outdoor adventure. Get fitted with gear and go with the group to explore waterfalls, rock formations, and the area's amazing natural beauty, all from a unique (and fun-filled) perspective.

Horseback Riding Baños

25USD per person

Hop in the saddle and explore Baños' beautiful countryside by horseback. Check out the unique vegetation in the region, and, perhaps, trot over to Tungurahua Volcano for amazing views.

Hiking Baños Free

Head to the mountains for some amazing treks; Baños provides the perfect natural setting for outdoor adventure.

Mountain Biking Baños

10USD per person

Hop on your bike and explore the amazing scenery surrounding Baños. Pass by mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and changing vegetation - depending on what path you take. Enjoy the cool wind on downhill stretches, but be sure to bring sunblock; the sun can be strong.

Whitewater Rafting Baños

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Hit the rapids in the adrenaline capital of Ecuador. Choose a river that suits your experience level; there a number with varying ranges of difficulty. Enjoy amazing Andean scenery and a fun-filled ride!

Accommodation

Hotel La Floresta (or similar) Hotel

Day 7Baños/Cuenca Travel to historic Cuenca.

Ecuador's third largest town, Cuenca, retains a pleasant provincial air with its colonial architecture, art galleries, and museums. The surrounding countryside is an outdoor playground. Visit national parks, take walks in the beautiful countryside, and see Ecuador's only Inca ruin site.

Explore the city's sights including cobbled streets, red-tiled roofs, art galleries, flower markets, shady plazas, and museums.

Local bus

Baños - Riobamba2h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Local bus

Riobamba - Cuenca6h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Accommodation

Hotel La Casona (or similar) Hotel

Day 8Cuenca

Enjoy a free day to visit Cajas NP or the Inca ruins of Ingapirca.

Free Time CuencaFull Day

Enjoy free time to explore colonial Cuenca and its surroundings.

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Optional Activities - Day 8 Ingapirca Ruins Visit Cuenca

Visit the ruins of Ingapirca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is approximately an hour and a half drive north of Cuenca, through some of Ecuador's most beautiful countryside. Although it is a major Inca site, not a lot is known about its history.

Cajas National Park Visit Cajas National Park 10USD per person

Head out for an excursion from Cuenca with a visit to Cajas National Park. Tour this natural outdoor playground that combines stunning scenery and wildlife with excellent areas for hiking. The terrain is quite stark, mostly above 4,000m (13,120 ft) in the páramo (grassy highlands), with many clear lakes. Try some of the variety of treks in the park's vast 28,000 ha, and keep an eye out for oncillas, wild llamas, pumas, and a wide variety of birds, including toucans!

Accommodation

Hotel La Casona (or similar) Hotel

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Cross the border into Peru and head to the beach.

The adventure continues as we travel from Cuenca through the busy border town of Huaquillas and across the Peruvian border into Mancora. We follow the Pan-American Highway south to the seaside town of Mancora, a village populated by fishermen and surfers from around Peru and the world. Enjoy the relaxing beach atmosphere.

Local bus

Cuenca - Huaquillas5h-6h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Border Crossing (Ecuador - Peru) Huaquillas - Aguas Verdes

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

Local bus

Aguas Verdes - Máncora4h-5h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Accommodation

Hotel Las Olas (or similar) Hotel

Day 10Máncora

Opt to relax on the beach, discover Mancora, go horseback riding, or take a surf lesson.

Free Time MáncoraFull Day

Enjoy a free day to relax or get active.

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Optional Activities - Day 10 Surfing

Máncora

Jump up on a board and catch a wave!

Horseback Riding Máncora

Ride on a beautiful horse and get a new perspective on this area.

Accommodation

Hotel Las Olas (or similar) Hotel

Day 11Máncora/Huanchaco

Free time in Mancora. Overnight bus to Huanchaco.

Free Time MáncoraFull Day

Get out and enjoy this beachside town.

Overnight bus Máncora - Huanchaco

Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.

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Enjoy more beach time or opt to visit pre-Inca sites or the city of Trujillo.

We continue heading south along the coast to Trujillo, the largest city in northern Peru. It is known for its beautiful colonial structures and nearby attractions of Chan-Chan ruins and the resort town of Huanchaco, where we spend the night.

Free Time Huanchaco

Get out and enjoy the beach or go further inland for exploration.

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Optional Activities - Day 12 Trujillo Visit

Trujillo

Walk Trujillo's centre for a taste of colonial Peru. If shoes are your thing, hit the shopping district, where you'll find beautiful hand-made leather shoes to buy, thanks to Trujillo's large local shoemaking industry.

Chan Chan Ruins Visit Trujillo

Hop in a taxi and travel to the ruins of Chan Chan, the capital of Peru's largest pre-Inca empire, located 5km (3.1 mi) away from the city of Trujillo. Abandoned in the 1470s after the Inca army overran the city, it is now approximately 5,000 acres of eroded adobe.

Accommodation

Hotel Huankarute (or similar) Hotel

Day 13Huanchaco/Lima

Full day in Huanchaco before boarding a night bus to Lima.

Free Time

HuanchacoFull Day

Do as much or as little as you'd like before an overnight bus in the evening.

Overnight bus Huanchaco - Lima8h

Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.

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Optional Activities - Day 13 Trujillo Visit

Trujillo

Walk Trujillo's centre for a taste of colonial Peru. If shoes are your thing, hit the shopping district, where you'll find beautiful hand-made leather shoes to buy, thanks to Trujillo's large local shoemaking industry.

Chan Chan Ruins Visit Trujillo

Hop in a taxi and travel to the ruins of Chan Chan, the capital of Peru's largest pre-Inca empire, located 5km (3.1 mi) away from the city of Trujillo. Abandoned in the 1470s after the Inca army overran the city, it is now approximately 5,000 acres of eroded adobe.

Day 14Lima

Explore Peru's capital on an optional city tour, try paragliding, or simply relax. Be sure to try the tasty ceviche and pisco sours.

To get a feel for colonial Lima, take a cab to the Plaza de Armas and watch the changing of the Palace Guard in the afternoon. Walk around the streets surrounding the Jirón de la Unión for great examples of Spanish-colonial architecture and to experience life in a large South American city. There are many fine museums in and around the city, including the Museo Rafael Larco Herrera. An

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optional city tour visits many of the cities highlights.

Free Time LimaFull Day

Get out and enjoy a first taste of Lima, the capital of Peru.

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Optional Activities - Day 14 Lima City Tour

Lima

Discover Lima's highlights on this half-day tour.

Lima Paragliding Lima

Glide over Costa Verde, hover over Lima's city life and see the desert dunes over Pachacamac. Tandem flights are available to those who have never glided.

Accommodation

Hotel Gemina (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast Day 15Lima

Enjoy the day exploring the city.

Free Time Lima

Get out and get exploring!

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Optional Activities - Day 15 Lima City Tour

Lima

Discover Lima's highlights on this half-day tour.

Lima Paragliding Lima

Glide over Costa Verde, hover over Lima's city life and see the desert dunes over Pachacamac. Tandem flights are available to those who have never glided.

Accommodation

Hotel Gemina (or similar) Hotel

Day 16Lima/Paracas

Free morning in Lima before travelling by bus to Paracas.

Savour a pisco sour while staying in Pisco's neighbouring town of Paracas.

Free Time LimaMorning

There's not a lot of time to explore this morning as the bus to the station picks up around midday.

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Lima - Pisco4h250km

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Minibus

Pisco - Paracas30m

It's bigger than a van, smaller than a bus, and just the right size for adventure.

Accommodation

Hotel Refugio del Pirata (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast Day 17Paracas/Nazca

Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. En route, stop at a winery and at the oasis of Huacachina.

There is time in the morning for an optional excursion to the popular Ballestas Islands, which provide an excellent chance to view a lively sea lion colony, pelicans, penguins, and other varieties of birdlife.

Back on land, catch a bus south to Nazca. On the way, pass by the pleasant colonial town of Ica.

Ica enjoys a dry, sunny climate year-round and is known for its huge sand dunes. Located around the nearby oasis of Huacachina, the dunes are perfect as subjects for photographs and for a favourite local past time: sandboarding. Apart from the dunes, Ica is famous for its wines and there are several wineries and distilleries in the area.

Private Vehicle

Paracas - Nazca4h175km

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Huacachina Winery Visit Huacachina

Learn about the wine and pisco production in the area and enjoy a tasting of different varieties, which are all available for purchase.

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Optional Activities - Day 17 Ballestas Islands Excursion Las Ballestas

Visit this group of islands off the Peruvian coast, an excellent place to go wildlife watching. Spot sea lion colonies, Humboldt penguins, and a variety of bird life.

Sandboarding in Ica Ica

40PEN per person

Drive into the dunes in a sand buggy, making four stops along the way. Take some photos of the magnificent scenery before trying your hand at sandboarding down dunes of different sizes.

Accommodation

San Marcelo Hotel (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Dinner Day 18Nazca/Arequipa

Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines. Overnight bus to Arequipa.

Free Time NazcaFull Day

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Enjoy some free time during the day.

Overnight bus

Nazca - Arequipa8h-9h570km

Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.

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Optional Activities - Day 18 Flight over Nazca Lines Nazca

105USD per person

Take to the skies for the best view of the enigmatic Nazca Lines, a series of patterns and pictures etched in the ground, crisscrossing a wide area of flat desert. Marvel at the lines measuring up to 10km (6 mi) in length, yet, remaining perfectly straight. See depictions of birds, insects, and animals only recognizable from the air. Decide for yourself the origin of the lines - who drew the lines, and why, remains a mystery. Current beliefs suggest that they may be part of complex agricultural calendar.

Nazca Desert Cemetery and Potter's Studio Guided Tour Nazca

80PEN per person

See remains of the Nazca culture during an included tour of the ancient Pre-Inca desert cemetery site of Chauchilla. Spot

1500-year-old mummies, bones, and pottery on the desert floor. The entire desert area was also once home to the ancient Paracas and the Nazca cultures, which preceded the Incas by more than half a millennium. Stop for a visit at an artisan's workshop, where modern masters create Nazca style pottery.

Day 19Arequipa

Opt to visit the Santa Catalina Convent or a local hot spring.

Those with an interest in history and architecture may opt to visit the Convent of Santa Catalina, which offers 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.

Free Time ArequipaFull Day

Make the most of your time here.

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Optional Activities - Day 19 Santa Catalina Monastery Visit Arequipa

60PEN per person

Visit this 16th-century monastery (over 20,000 sq m) for its beautiful architecture built in the Mudéjar style. Travel back in time wandering its small streets lined with colourful walls, and take some time to learn about its captivating history.

Arequipa City Tour Arequipa

Head out and see the sights, exploring all you can of "the white city."

Accommodation

Hotel Arequipa Inn (or similar) Hostel

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

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, visitors can see Andean condors soaring over the majestic Andes. Other unusual animals that can be spotted in the Andean landscape include three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama and vicuña.

Private Vehicle

Arequipa - Colca Canyon4h30m-5h165km

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Colca Canyon Guided Tour Colca Canyon2-2.5

Spot condors on this guided tour, and keep your eyes peeled for other unusual animals. Look for three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuña, which are all typical of Peru.

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Optional Activities - Day 20 Hot Springs

Chivay

Soak your weary bones in steaming hot water pouring from the earth and relax.

Meals included: Breakfast Day 21Chivay

Set out looking for the majestic soaring condors.

Get an early start to go on the lookout for flying condors. 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.

Colca Canyon Guided Tour Colca Canyon

Spot condors on this guided tour, and keep your eyes peeled for other unusual animals. Look for three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuña, which are all typical of Peru.

Meals included: Breakfast Day 22Arequipa/Cusco

In the morning head back to Arequipa and enjoy a free day. Overnight bus to Cusco.

Private Van

Colca Canyon - Arequipa4h30m-5h165km

Stretch out, unwind, and check your messages aboard our private, wi-fi-equipped ride.

Free Time ArequipaFull Day

Get out and explore more of this beautiful colonial city.

Overnight bus Arequipa - Cusco10h

Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.

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Optional Activities - Day 22 Santa Catalina Monastery Visit

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Arequipa

60PEN per person

Visit this 16th-century monastery (over 20,000 sq m) for its beautiful architecture built in the Mudéjar style. Travel back in time wandering its small streets lined with colourful walls, and take some time to learn about its captivating history.

Arequipa City Tour Arequipa

Head out and see the sights, exploring all you can of "the white city."

Meals included: Breakfast Day 23Cusco

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

Free Time CuscoFull Day

Make the most of your time in Cusco.

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Optional Activities - Day 23 Whitewater Rafting Urubamba Urubamba

Rise for an early morning pick up and drive to Chuquicahuana for a safety briefing. Enjoy a full day of rafting on the Upper Vilcanota River (about 2.5 hrs on the water). Be thrilled by fast rapids that are a constant Class III and IV for around 11km (9 mi), and don't forget to take in the gorgeous scenery. Rehash all the excitement afterward over a riverside picnic lunch.

Horseback Riding Cusco

Hop in the saddle and explore Cusco's archaeological sites by horseback on a 3.5 hr tour - no previous experience needed. Dress for the weather, and bring sunblock and a hat, just in case.

Mountain Biking Cusco

Take to two wheels and head out into the hills around Cusco for some nature-meets-adrenaline fun. Try a trip to the Sacred Valley, perhaps, visiting an Inca ruin along the way.

La Merced Visit Cusco

Enjoy a visit to this historic church and convent, first built in 1536 and rebuilt in 1675 (it was destroyed in the 1650 earthquake). Take in the wonderful architecture here, including Baroque Renaissance cloisters and beautiful wood carvings. There's also an ornate monstrance on display; made of gold and covered with gemstones, it's a must see.

Cusco Cathedral Visit Cusco

Enjoy a visit to this beautiful cathedral; its construction began in 1559 and continued for another hundred years. Be sure to check out its excellent collection of colonial art, and the vault containing the remains of the famous Inca historian, Garcilaso de la Vega.

La Compañía Visit Cusco

Enjoy a visit to this beautiful church famous for its architecture and considered one of the best examples of colonial Baroque style in the Americas. Admire its stone facade and beautiful wood and gold leaf altar.

San Francisco Visit Cusco

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This charming colonial era church is named after Viceroy Francisco de Toledo, who built it in 1572. The church, like many around it, was damaged in the earthquake of 1650 and had to be restored. Admire the beautiful stone masonry here.

Coricancha and Santo Domingo Visit Cusco

Explore magnificent Corincancha, once the Incan Empire's richest temple and the main ruin site within the city of Cusco. This ruin forms the foundation of the colonial church of Santo Domingo and provides a fantastic glimpse into ancient history as well as a cross section of religion and architecture.

Archaeological Museum Visit Cusco

Get ready to explore the artifacts from the Inca Empire, including mummies, jewelry, skulls, and ceramics.

Cusco City Tour Cusco

Enjoy a half-day tour of Cusco's main sights. Walk around the Plaza de Armas (main square) and explore this city steeped in one of the world's most alluring and ancient cultures. Visit Qenqo, Koricancha, the Cathedral, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay, and the archaeological site of Sacsaywaman.

Accommodation

Cusco Plaza I (or similar) Hotel

Day 24Cusco

Enjoy another free day in Cusco.

Free Time Cusco

Make the most of your time in Cusco.

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Optional Activities - Day 24 Whitewater Rafting Urubamba Urubamba

Rise for an early morning pick up and drive to Chuquicahuana for a safety briefing. Enjoy a full day of rafting on the Upper Vilcanota River (about 2.5 hrs on the water). Be thrilled by fast rapids that are a constant Class III and IV for around 11km (9 mi), and don't forget to take in the gorgeous scenery. Rehash all the excitement afterward over a riverside picnic lunch.

San Francisco Visit Cusco

This charming colonial era church is named after Viceroy Francisco de Toledo, who built it in 1572. The church, like many around it, was damaged in the earthquake of 1650 and had to be restored. Admire the beautiful stone masonry here.

Cusco City Tour Cusco

Enjoy a half-day tour of Cusco's main sights. Walk around the Plaza de Armas (main square) and explore this city steeped in one of the world's most alluring and ancient cultures. Visit Qenqo, Koricancha, the Cathedral, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay, and the archaeological site of Sacsaywaman.

Mountain Biking Cusco

Take to two wheels and head out into the hills around Cusco for some nature-meets-adrenaline fun. Try a trip to the Sacred Valley, perhaps, visiting an Inca ruin along the way.

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Cusco

Get ready to explore the artifacts from the Inca Empire, including mummies, jewelry, skulls, and ceramics.

Coricancha and Santo Domingo Visit Cusco

Explore magnificent Corincancha, once the Incan Empire's richest temple and the main ruin site within the city of Cusco. This ruin forms the foundation of the colonial church of Santo Domingo and provides a fantastic glimpse into ancient history as well as a cross section of religion and architecture.

Cusco Cathedral Visit Cusco

Enjoy a visit to this beautiful cathedral; its construction began in 1559 and continued for another hundred years. Be sure to check out its excellent collection of colonial art, and the vault containing the remains of the famous Inca historian, Garcilaso de la Vega.

Horseback Riding Cusco

Hop in the saddle and explore Cusco's archaeological sites by horseback on a 3.5 hr tour - no previous experience needed. Dress for the weather, and bring sunblock and a hat, just in case.

La Merced Visit Cusco

Enjoy a visit to this historic church and convent, first built in 1536 and rebuilt in 1675 (it was destroyed in the 1650 earthquake). Take in the wonderful architecture here, including Baroque Renaissance cloisters and beautiful wood carvings. There's also an ornate monstrance on display; made of gold and covered with gemstones, it's a must see.

La Compañía Visit Cusco

Enjoy a visit to this beautiful church famous for its architecture and considered one of the best examples of colonial Baroque style in the Americas. Admire its stone facade and beautiful wood and gold leaf altar.

Accommodation

Cusco Plaza I (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast Day 25Cusco/Ollantaytambo

Learn about the Sacred Valley en route to Ollantaytambo. Opt to take a Sacred Valley tour with a visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op.

Ollantaytambo is a major Inca ruin site and a 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.

Private Vehicle

Cusco - Ollantaytambo2h30m95km

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

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Optional Activities - Day 25 Sacred Valley Tour

Ollantaytambo

Opt to add a Sacred Valley tour, which includes a visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op, the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan market (market days only), and the large ruin site of Ollantaytambo that lies adjacent to the town of the same name.

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G Adventures-supported Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit Ccaccaccollo

Visit the Ccaccaccollo community centre which G Adventures travellers' donations helped create in 2005, thereby enabling local women to sell traditional textiles to travellers. See local weaving and dyeing techniques used to create garments and souvenirs, and learn how the Planeterra weaving co-operative has impacted the community and those who visit it. This includes the purchase of alpacas to provide a steady supply of wool, looms, and sewing machines as well as several training courses on production, sales and small business management.

Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour Ollantaytambo

Tour the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo with a local guide. Take a step back in time at this Inca archaeological site; it still shows signs of its former glory, including agricultural terraces, a Temple Hill, and storehouses. Learn how the area, overlooking the Urubamba River Valley, was an important stronghold during warfare between the Spanish and Incas.

Accommodation

Las Orquideas Ollantaytambo (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 26Ollantaytambo/Wayllabamba Camp

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

Trek through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata.

A crew of local porters, cooks, and guides will take care of all the details for the duration of the hike. Porters carry the majority of the gear so you'll only need to carry a small daypack with water, rain gear, snacks, a camera, etc.

Private Vehicle

Ollantaytambo - Inca Trail45m

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Hike Inca Trail

Inca Trail KM 82 - Wayllabamba Camp5h-6h 11km

Get your blood pumping on this first day of hiking the Inca trail. The trekking is fairly easy and serves as good training for the next few days. Pass rambling rivers and a small village, and enjoy scenic mountain views; it's just a taste of what's to come.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner Day 27Wayllabamba Camp/Paqaymayo Camp

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.

Hike Inca Trail

Wayllabamba Camp - Paqaymayo Camp6h-7h 12km

Trek over progressively spectacular and steeper terrain on your way to Warmiwañusca (aka Dead Woman's Pass), the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769ft). Be prepared to face strong Andean weather (blazing sun or cold winds) around the pass. Take the hike slow, and drink lots of water along the way - amazing views are waiting as a reward. Enjoy some ample time to rest and relax after reaching the camp; most campers arrive around early afternoon.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner Day 28Paqaymayo Camp/Wiñaywayna

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

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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).

Hike Inca Trail

Paqaymayo Camp - Wiñaywayna9h 16km

Cross two passes and more ruins along the Inca Trail on the last full day of hiking. Traverse Runquraway at 3,950m (13,113 ft), and then reach the second pass at 3,700m (12,136 ft). Spot the gorgeous Cordillera Vilcabamba and the Urubamba Valley in the distance on a clear day. Camp at either the Phuyupatamarca ruins or the Wiñay Wayna ruins.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner Day 29Wiñaywayna/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.

Hike Inca Trail

Wiñaywayna - Machu Picchu1h30m 4km

Wake around 03:30 to reach the Sun Gate as early as possible. Head to the checkpoint and join the lineup to wait for the gate to open. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu (fingers crossed for a clear day). Hike down to Machu Picchu (about 45 mins) for a 1.5 hr guided tour of the site, and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge (a 15-min walk one way) for no additional charge, if time allows.

Catch the bus outside the Machu Picchu gate after your visit for a 25-min downhill ride to Aguas Calientes. Eat and relax before the train ride back to Cusco this evening.

Machu Picchu Guided Tour Machu Picchu1h30m-2h

Rise and shine - the best time to see the Lost City of the Incas is in the early morning light. Follow the local guide to Machu Picchu to learn about its history at a leisurely pace. Gain local insight into the Inti Mach'ay cave, Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Water, the Temple of the Condor, and the Room of the Three Windows. Take time to sit and feel the energy of this 15th-century site, now both a UNESCO World Heritage site and voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World (in a worldwide Internet poll).

Train

Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo1h30m118km Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.

Private Vehicle

Ollantaytambo - Cusco2h

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

Cusco Plaza I (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast Day 30Cusco

Free day to explore more of Cusco or just relax.

Free Time CuscoFull Day

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Get out there and see it all - or just chill out to your heart's content.

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Optional Activities - Day 30 Horseback Riding

Cusco

Hop in the saddle and explore Cusco's archaeological sites by horseback on a 3.5 hr tour - no previous experience needed. Dress for the weather, and bring sunblock and a hat, just in case.

Mountain Biking Cusco

Take to two wheels and head out into the hills around Cusco for some nature-meets-adrenaline fun. Try a trip to the Sacred Valley, perhaps, visiting an Inca ruin along the way.

Whitewater Rafting Urubamba Urubamba

Rise for an early morning pick up and drive to Chuquicahuana for a safety briefing. Enjoy a full day of rafting on the Upper Vilcanota River (about 2.5 hrs on the water). Be thrilled by fast rapids that are a constant Class III and IV for around 11km (9 mi), and don't forget to take in the gorgeous scenery. Rehash all the excitement afterward over a riverside picnic lunch.

Accommodation

Cusco Plaza I (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast Day 31Cusco/Puno

Travel through the high Altiplano region to travel to Puno on Lake Titicaca.

Local bus

Cusco - Puno7h30m390km

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Accommodation

Hostal Helena Inn (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast Day 32Puno/Lago Titicaca

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

Head out by boat across Lake Titicaca. Visit the community on Taquile Island and enjoy a local lunch with spectacular views.

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.

Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 1 Lago Titicaca

Board a boat on Lake Titicaca and head to Taquile Island for a delicious Peruvian lunch at a restaurant followed by some shopping at the local weaving cooperatives. (Taquileños are known for their fine handwoven textiles and clothing, men are taught how to knit around age five and they create the majority of the textiles.) After, enjoy an overnight stay with a host family and a chance to learn about life on the islands.

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Lago Titicaca

Accommodation on the islands may be multi-share.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner Day 33Lago Titicaca/Puno

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

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.

Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 2 Lago Titicaca

Spend the morning with the homestay families, then depart after lunch. Visit the floating islands of Uros on the way back, and learn about the unique lifestyle of the locals. Meet residents and learn how they built the islands with totora reeds, which are also used to make their homes, boats, crafts (and are also edible!).

Free Time PunoAfternoon

Make the most of one last afternoon in Puno.

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Optional Activities - Day 33 Sillustani Burial Towers Tour Puno

Take a guided tour of the Sillustani burial towers known as "chullpas." Be awed by these fantastic ruins located outside Puno - their remarkable towers stretch up to 12m (39 ft) in height.

Accommodation

Hostal Helena Inn (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch Day 34Puno/La Paz

Cross over into Bolivia for a night out in the highest city of the trip. Oxygen bar anyone?

Enjoy a full-day drive around the lake and through the Altiplano to La Paz. Bolivia is filled with spectacular views of the countryside. La Paz sits nearly 4,000m (13,120 ft) above sea level, so be prepared for cool evenings and mornings.

Local bus

Puno - Yunguyo2h30m300km

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Border Crossing (Peru - Bolivia) Desaguadero

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

Local bus

Copacabana - La Paz3h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Accommodation

Hotel Las Brisas (or similar) Hotel

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Day 35La 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.

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Optional Activities - Day 35 Valley of the Moon Tour La Paz

Enjoy a tour of the Valley of the Moon and observe the bizarre lunar landscape.

Witches' Market Visit La Paz

Learn more about the pre-Columbian Aymara beliefs at the Witches' Market. You can witness locals buying products such as dried frogs, potions, and talismans for use in rituals and offerings.

Tiahuanaco Ruins Visit Tiahuanaco

Enjoy a visit to this spectacular pre-Colombian archaeological site. It was the capital of an empire that extended into Peru and Chile from 300 to 1000 AD. Check out the fantastic buildings, architecture, sculptures and carvings firsthand and get a taste of an era long gone.

Chacaltaya Visit Chacaltaya

Chacaltaya (Aymara for 'cold road') is a mountain in the Cordillera Real, part of the beautiful Bolivian Andes.

Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos

You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour.

Accommodation

Hotel Las Brisas (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast Day 36La Paz/Sucre

Enjoy a free day to explore the vibrant markets and winding streets of the city before boarding a night bus to Sucre.

Free Time La PazFull Day

Get out and explore this high altitude city.

Overnight bus

La Paz - Sucre14h416km

Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.

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Optional Activities - Day 36 Valley of the Moon Tour La Paz

Enjoy a tour of the Valley of the Moon and observe the bizarre lunar landscape.

Chacaltaya Visit Chacaltaya

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Chacaltaya (Aymara for 'cold road') is a mountain in the Cordillera Real, part of the beautiful Bolivian Andes.

Meals included: Breakfast Day 37Sucre

Free time to explore the city, the former capital of Bolivia. For more active options opt to go hiking in the surrounding area or mountain biking.

Travel south to Sucre. Tackle the city as there is a lot to offer during the two days here. Optional activities include a visit to an old tin baron's mansion and a textile cooperative, mountain biking, and hiking.

Free Time Sucre

Get out and explore beautiful tranquil Sucre.

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Optional Activities - Day 37 Textile Cooperative Visit Sucre

Visit a local textile cooperative to learn about the age-old tradition of backstrap weaving. Weavers pass down designs from one generation to the next, creating placemats, wall hangings, blankets, and ponchos that feature intricate images of llamas, jaguars, and serpents from the indigenous mythology.

Hiking Sucre

Head out of town, take in some fresh air, and explore this scenic area by foot.

Mountain Biking Sucre

Strap on a helmet and get ready for some hardcore cycling through the mountains around Sucre. Bring water, snacks and a repair kit for your tires. Embrace the challenge of steep hills and altitude, then enjoy the views!

Accommodation

Independencia (or similar) Hotel

Day 38Sucre

Enjoy another free day to explore Sucre and surroundings.

Free Time SucreFull Day

Get out and explore beautiful tranquil Sucre.

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Optional Activities - Day 38 Textile Cooperative Visit Sucre

Visit a local textile cooperative to learn about the age-old tradition of backstrap weaving. Weavers pass down designs from one generation to the next, creating placemats, wall hangings, blankets, and ponchos that feature intricate images of llamas, jaguars, and serpents from the indigenous mythology.

Hiking Sucre

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Mountain Biking Sucre

Strap on a helmet and get ready for some hardcore cycling through the mountains around Sucre. Bring water, snacks and a repair kit for your tires. Embrace the challenge of steep hills and altitude, then enjoy the views!

Accommodation

Independencia (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast Day 39Sucre/Potosí

Travel south to the one of the world's highest cities.

Staying in the Bolivian highlands, we travel south to the city of Potosí. The highest city of its size in the world, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has had a tumultuous history as a silver mining centre during colonial times.

Local bus

Sucre - Potosí2h30m

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Accommodation

Hotel Gran Libertador (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast Day 40Potosí

Get out and explore Potosí, learn about the history of the city while wandering the streets. Stop at the market and interact with the locals.

Free Time Potosí

Get out there and explore.

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Optional Activities - Day 40 Silver Mine Tour

Potosí

Take the opportunity to visit a working silver mine and learn more about the process of extraction and dangerous working conditions faced by as much as half of the people who live and mine in Potosí. Bring a bandana and wear protective gear (boots, helmet and headlamp) as you head deep into the bowels of Cerro Rico (Rich Hill").

Accommodation

Hotel Gran Libertador (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast Day 41Potosí/Uyuni

Travel to Uyuni and get ready for an excursion to the salt flats.

Private Vehicle Potosí - Uyuni4h

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

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Hotel Samay Wasi (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast Day 42Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni

Enjoy a three-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.

Travel through the Bolivian landscape to the town of Uyuni. Despite its isolation and challenging climate (cold and blustery most of the year), the town of Uyuni has earned the nickname of Hija Predilecta de Bolivia (Bolivia's Favourite Daughter). It is also the starting point for our 3-night excursion through the spectacular Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats) in 4x4 vehicles.

Spend three days in the stunning landscapes between the Salar de Uyuni and the Atacama Desert in Chile. Our 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.

The tour takes us through the impressive large red lagoon of Laguna Colorada and the striking blue-green Laguna Verde at 5,000m (16,404 ft).

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.

4x4

Uyuni - Salar de Uyuni

Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.

Salt Flats Excursion Salar de Uyuni

Spend three days in the stunning landscape between the Salar de Uyuni and the Atacama Desert in Chile. Enter a world unlike anything else as we drive across the salt flats; the piercing blue sky contrasts against the blinding white of the flat salt beds. Take memorable photos of the unusual landscape complete with mountains, active volcanoes, geysers, and boiling mud pools. Visit the red lagoon of Laguna Colorada and enjoy the uniqueness of this region.

Accommodation

Tambo Coquesa (or similar) Eco-Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner Day 43Salar de Uyuni

Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats 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.

Salt Flats Excursion Salar de Uyuni

Spend three days in the stunning landscape between the Salar de Uyuni and the Atacama Desert in Chile. Enter a world unlike anything else as we drive across the salt flats; the piercing blue sky contrasts against the blinding white of the flat salt beds. Take memorable photos of the unusual landscape complete with mountains, active volcanoes, geysers, and boiling mud pools. Visit the red lagoon of Laguna Colorada and enjoy the uniqueness of this region.

Accommodation

Los Flamencos (or similar) Eco-Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner Day 44Salar de Uyuni/San Pedro de Atacama

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Rise early to cover more ground of the unique landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats. Continue to see incredible scenery, including volcanoes, salt lakes and geysers. Travel to the border and descend by bus to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. It's a long but scenic drive.

After continuing through the Uyuni Salt Flats in the morning, hop on a bus further south to the dry desert regions of Argentina and Chile, where we stop in the little town of San Pedro de Atacama, on the edge of the Atacama desert--the driest place on earth.

4x4

Salar de Uyuni - Estación Avaroa1h

Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.

Border Crossing (Bolivia - Chile) Estación Avaroa - Ollagüe

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

Local bus

Ollagüe - San Pedro de Atacama1h30m-2h30m Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

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Optional Activities - Day 44 Valley of the Moon Visit San Pedro de Atacama 10000CLP per person

The sunset brings out a variety of colours over this majestic valley that experts say is the area on Earth that most closely resembles moon's surface. Explore the incredible formations created by wind and rain over millennia in this unique location between the Andes mountains and one of the world's driest deserts.

Accommodation

Hostal Puritama (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast Day 45San Pedro de Atacama

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

There are plenty of optional excursions here -- biking, exploring nearby ruins, horseback riding, and touring the Valley of the Moon.

Free Time

San Pedro de Atacama Get out and explore the area.

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Optional Activities - Day 45 Mountain Biking

San Pedro de Atacama 1500-5000CLP per person

Work up a sweat while exploring this scenic destination on the seat of a mountain bike.

Horseback Riding San Pedro de Atacama

Saddle up and head out on horseback for a new perspective on this scenic destination.

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San Pedro de Atacama 10000CLP per person

The sunset brings out a variety of colours over this majestic valley that experts say is the area on Earth that most closely resembles moon's surface. Explore the incredible formations created by wind and rain over millennia in this unique location between the Andes mountains and one of the world's driest deserts.

Sandboarding San Pedro de Atacama 17000CLP per person

Hit the dunes and experience the rush of surfing down.

Accommodation

Hostal Puritama (or similar) Hotel

Day 46San Pedro de Atacama/Salta Cross the border into Argentina.

We make our way to Salta, situated in the Lerma Valley of northern Argentina. Salta is home to empanadas salteñas - the delicious local specialty, and no visit to the town will be complete without giving them a try.

Local bus

San Pedro de Atacama - Salta10h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Border Crossing (Chile - Argentina) San Pedro de Atacama - Salina de Jama

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

Accommodation

La Candelaria Hotel (or similar) Hotel

Day 47Salta

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 Arqueological Museum.

Free Time SaltaFull Day

Get out and explore scenic Salta and surrounds.

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Optional Activities - Day 47 Quebrada de las Conchas Salta

Wind your way through valleys to the impressive layered red rock walls of the Quebrada de las Conchas, carved into high walls over time by the Las Conchas River. This is a spectacular sight, so be sure to take a few photos.

Cafayate Full Day Tour Salta

300ARS per person

Travel along beautiful valleys and stop by the Quebrada de las Conchas, a beautiful red rock gorge with unique shapes eroded into its walls by wind and water. Continue on to the town of Cafayate, home to several vineyards and wineries that produce the torrontes grape. Be sure to sample some of this white wine that is produced at remarkably high altitudes. Salud!

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Museum of High Altitude Archeology Salta

Free

The Museum of High Altitude Archeology offers a peek into Inca culture in the Andes, with a focus on child sacrifices. The mummified remains of one such sacrifice is on display in the museum.

Accommodation

La Candelaria Hotel (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast Day 48Salta/Buenos Aires

Skip a long bus journey with a quick flight to Buenos Aires. Take an optional city tour, and enjoy free time to explore the many attractions. In the evening, consider hitting a tango show, then sample the city's famous nightlife.

When you are done exploring, settle your weary feet and enjoy a drink in one of the many sidewalk cafes and restaurants and begin to understand the contemplative Argentine way of life. Try the succulent bife and parrilladas!

Plane

Salta - Buenos Aires5h

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

Free Time

Buenos AiresAfternoon

Get out and explore beautiful Buenos Aires.

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Optional Activities - Day 48 Tango Dinner Show Buenos Aires 650ARS per person

Discover the passion of tango. Watch the pros step and slide around the dance floor while you dine on a traditional Argentine dinner. Get lost in the music, savour the sensuality, and see why this traditional dance continues to ignite the senses of locals and visitors alike.

Buenos Aires Guided City Tour Buenos Aires

Enjoy a guided tour exploring beautiful, vibrant Buenos Aires. Be introduced to historic sites and districts, including Plaza de Mayo where Eva Peron's famed balcony presides over the square. See La Boca and San Telmo's colourful street life, painted houses, and the famed Recoleta Cemetery.

Accommodation

Hotel Carsson (or similar) Hotel

Day 49Buenos Aires

Enjoy a free day to explore beautiful 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.

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.

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Free Time Buenos Aires Get out and explore!

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Optional Activities - Day 49 Buenos Aires Guided City Tour Buenos Aires

Enjoy a guided tour exploring beautiful, vibrant Buenos Aires. Be introduced to historic sites and districts, including Plaza de Mayo where Eva Peron's famed balcony presides over the square. See La Boca and San Telmo's colourful street life, painted houses, and the famed Recoleta Cemetery.

Tango Dinner Show Buenos Aires 650ARS per person

Discover the passion of tango. Watch the pros step and slide around the dance floor while you dine on a traditional Argentine dinner. Get lost in the music, savour the sensuality, and see why this traditional dance continues to ignite the senses of locals and visitors alike.

Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos

You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour.

Accommodation

Hotel Carsson (or similar) Hotel

Day 50Buenos Aires

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

Known as the 'Paris of the Americas,' Buenos Aires is a vibrant city full of life. Visit 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. Whatever you do, Buenos Aires is sure to leave lasting memories.

Free Time

Buenos AiresFull Day

Get out and explore Argentina's beautiful capital city.

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Optional Activities - Day 50 Buenos Aires Guided City Tour Buenos Aires

Enjoy a guided tour exploring beautiful, vibrant Buenos Aires. Be introduced to historic sites and districts, including Plaza de Mayo where Eva Peron's famed balcony presides over the square. See La Boca and San Telmo's colourful street life, painted houses, and the famed Recoleta Cemetery.

Accommodation

Hotel Carsson (or similar) Hotel

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Cross the Río de la Plata by ferry to Colonia, Uruguay. Explore on an orientation walk, then enjoy free time to explore the area and relax at a streetside café.

In high season, accommodation may be multi-share.

Ferry

Buenos Aires - Colonia del Sacramento1h

Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

Border Crossing (Argentina - Uruguay) Buenos Aires - Colonia La Concordia

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

Orientation Walk 30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Free Time

Colonia del Sacramento

Get out and explore quaint Colonia.

Accommodation

Hotel Esperanza & Artemisa Spa (or similar) Hotel

Day 52Colonia del Sacramento/Montevideo

Travel from Colonia to Montevideo in the morning. Free afternoon to explore.

Spend free time in Montevideo exploring the city and Mercado del Puerto, having a picnic in the park or visiting Estadio Centenario where the first World Cup was played in 1930. Cycle around the coast or head to the beach.

Local bus

Colonia del Sacramento - Montevideo2h30m-3h177km Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Free Time

MontevideoAfternoon

Enjoy some free time to explore Montevideo and the surrounding area. Spend the afternoon cruising along the coast on a bike or visiting a key landmark for soccer lovers.

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Optional Activities - Day 52 Cycle the Coast

Montevideo 550UYU per person

Rent some wheels and head to the Rambla. This 22km (13.6 m) long avenue runs along the water and is great for cycling, running and enjoying the views. Head east from Punta Carretas to the city's scenic suburbs. Bring water and snacks, slather on the sunscreen and enjoy the journey.

Estadio Centenario Visit Montevideo

150UYU per person

Pull on your jersey and don your cleats to channel your inner football (soccer) player in Montevideo's Centenario Stadium. Built to host the 1930 FIFA World Cup, and to commemorate the country's first constitution, it continues to host Uruguay's national team

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(who maintain a winning record against visiting European players). A parade of pop stars, including Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams, Enrique Iglesias and Luciano Pavarotti have also performed here.

Accommodation

Dazzler Hotel Montevideo (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast Day 53Montevideo

Free time to explore Montevideo.

Free Time

MontevideoFull Day

Take as much time as you'd like to explore. Take a day trip to Punta del Este or enjoy Montevideo and have a delicious picnic in the park.

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Optional Activities - Day 53 Estadio Centenario Visit Montevideo

150UYU per person

Pull on your jersey and don your cleats to channel your inner football (soccer) player in Montevideo's Centenario Stadium. Built to host the 1930 FIFA World Cup, and to commemorate the country's first constitution, it continues to host Uruguay's national team (who maintain a winning record against visiting European players). A parade of pop stars, including Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams, Enrique Iglesias and Luciano Pavarotti have also performed here.

Cycle the Coast Montevideo 550UYU per person

Rent some wheels and head to the Rambla. This 22km (13.6 m) long avenue runs along the water and is great for cycling, running and enjoying the views. Head east from Punta Carretas to the city's scenic suburbs. Bring water and snacks, slather on the sunscreen and enjoy the journey.

Day Trip to Punta del Este Punta del Este

Take a two hour road trip to Punta del Este, South America's "Monaco". Visit upscale neighbourhoods to see colourful homes and gorgeous gardens. Head to Playa Brava, watch surfers and take photos of the famous "Fingers" sculpture which shows a giant hand protruding from the sand. Check out Playa Mansa on the calm side of the peninsula, then visit Casa Pueblo, a Mediterranean-styled villa, museum and art gallery designed by local painter/sculptor Carlos Páez Vilaró.

Accommodation

Dazzler Hotel Montevideo (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast Day 54Montevideo/Mercedes

Leave the city and lights behind in favour of the Uruguayan rural life.

Today travel by day through picturesque settlements and pastures finishing in the last Uruguayan stop--a local ranch, known in the region as an estancia.

Private Vehicle

Montevidéo - Mercedes4h250km

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Please note: Private van is used if the group travelling has 7 or more passengers. If group contains 1-6 passengers group will take a public bus from Montevideo to Mercedes (3 hours) then continue in a private van (less than an hour).

Estancia Stay Colonia La Concordia

Leave the city and lights behind in favour of the Uruguayan rural life. Get dusty at a working ranch, go for a horseback ride or hike in the countryside, and indulge in local barbecues and wine.

Accommodation

Estancia La Sirena (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner Day 55Mercedes

Get dirty working at the ranch, go for a hike in the countryside, and indulge in local barbecues and wine.

Spend a day at the estancia getting into rural life. Learn about the historical roots of the region, lend a hand on the farm, go for a walk, make bread or sit back and sip on the wines of the region as you take in local Uruguayan life.

Free Time MercedesFull Day

Participate in as much or as little as you'd like at the estancia. Dive in and help out or put your feet up.

Estancia Stay Colonia La Concordia

Leave the city and lights behind in favour of the Uruguayan rural life. Get dusty at a working ranch, go for a horseback ride or hike in the countryside, and indulge in local barbecues and wine.

Accommodation

Estancia La Sirena (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner Day 56Mercedes/Foz do Iguaçu

In the morning cross the border into Gualeguaychu in Argentina, then begin the long overnight journey to Iguassu Falls.

Border Crossing (Uruguay - Argentina) Fray Bentos - Gualeguaychú1h

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Overnight bus

Mercedes - Puerto Iguazú16h-18h868km

Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.

Get ready for a long journey. Bring snacks, water, toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

Meals included: Breakfast Day 57Foz do Iguaçu

Explore the Brazilian side of the falls with free time in the afternoon. Opt to take a helicopter ride over the falls, visit a bird park or see the Itaipu Dam.

After a night of travel, our visit to Brazil begins with the magnificent Foz do Iguaçu, or Iguassu falls, bordering Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina.

Private Vehicle

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Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Border Crossing (Argentina - Brazil) Puerto Iguazú - Foz do Iguaçu1h-3h

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Iguassu Falls Guided Tour Foz do Iguaçu3h-4h

Visit the Brazil side of the falls to get a panoramic view of Iguassu, one of the world's largest and most impressive waterfalls. In total, there are over 275 individual falls spread out over 3km (2 mi). Find the best spot to take jaw-dropping photos of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Free Time

Foz do IguaçuAfternoon Get out and explore the area!

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Optional Activities - Day 57 Iguassu Falls Bird Park Visit Foz do Iguaçu

60BRL per person

Grab a camera and get up and close and personal with macaws, parrots, parakeets, and 150 other species of birds. Located on the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls, the bird park is on 12 acres of native subtropical forest. Enter a huge aviary to see the birds free from cages and nets. Check out other exhibits to view butterflies, alligators, and snakes (boas and anacondas).

Itaipú Dam Visit Foz do Iguaçu 52BRL per person

Prepare to be wowed by this impressive feat of engineering. Voted by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the modern Wonders of World, the Itaipú Dam is the largest hydroelectric power plant in the world. Go behind the scenes to see how water from the Paraná River is converted into electricity to power Paraguay and 25% of Brazil.

Accommodation

Hotel Cassino (or similar) Hotel

Day 58Foz do Iguaçu

Full day excursion to the Argentinian side of the falls. Opt to take a boat tour to see the cascading falls from below.

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.

Border Crossing (Brazil - Argentina) Foz do Iguaçu - Puerto Iguazú1h30m-2h

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Iguassu Falls Visit Puerto IguazúFull Day

Spend the whole day on the Argentina side of Iguassu, exploring the paths over the falls or experience the UNESCO World Heritage site from a boat tour. Tours utilize trails and catwalks adapted to the landscape of the area, and walking is easy for all ages; guided tours of the complex are available several times a day.

Border Crossing (Argentina - Brazil) Puerto Iguazú - Foz do Iguaçu1h30m-2h

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Optional Activities - Day 58 Iguassu Falls Boat Tour Puerto Iguazú

520ARS per person

Enter the jungle from the "Sendero Yacaratía" and enjoy the panoramic view. Board motorboats that pass through the Lower Canyon of the Iguassu River, and continue onto the falls. After enjoying the view from San Martin Island, sail to "Tres Mosqueteros" to the "Devil's Throat." Sail along the shore before and enjoy the splendour of the San Martin waterfall, a wonderful and unforgettable experience.

Accommodation

Hotel Cassino (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast Day 59Foz do Iguaçu/Paraty

Skip an overnight bus ride and fly to São Paulo, heading straight to the coast. Explore colonial Paraty, then hit the beach.

Skipping the long bus ride, we fly to Sao Paulo and head straight to Paraty, a quaint colonial town on the coast renowned for its architecture.

In high season, accommodation in Paraty may be multi-share.

Plane

Foz do Iguaçu - São Paulo1h30m4:00Morning1000km

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

Start early to make the most of the day and arrive to Paraty with time to explore. Start time can be from 4 to 4.30am as our flight is usually 6am, this can change.

Private Vehicle

São Paulo - Paraty5h-6h314km

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

This drive can sometimes cause motion sickness.

Accommodation

Pousada Marendaz (or similar) Guesthouse

Day 60Paraty

Free time to explore Paraty's beaches, a national park and surroundings. Opt to visit a cachaça distillery or take a boat tour to nearby islands.

Paraty is a quaint colonial town renowned for its architecture--the pace might be slow but there's a lot to choose from. Considered one of the world's most important examples of Portuguese colonial architecture by UNESCO, the historic centre is a well-preserved national historic monument, and today has been closed to vehicles to preserve its laid-back colonial ambiance. Optional caipirinha boat trip, regular boat trips, kayak tours, horseback riding and jeep tours.

Free Time ParatyFull Day

You made it to the beach! Enjoy it by exploring the area or blissing out by the water.

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