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Quito to Rio including Carnival via Uruguay

Quito to Rio including Carnival via Uruguay

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Since the first trip back in 1981, Dragoman has been at the forefront of overland vacations, taking people on unique, off the beaten track adventures in their iconic custom-made orange trucks. Dragoman make it a whole lot easier to get off the tarmac and to take the road less-travelled be it a short trip or an epic journey. It is this ability to go beyond the traditional tourist tails on a life changing overland journey that attracts people from all over the world ranging in age from 18 to 80!. Now as much as we love the highlights of the places we visit, it is often the journey where the real magic happens. Be it the the small village stop in Benin, trying to spot Jaguars in the dense Amazonian jungle of Guyana or staying with the nomadic people of Mongolia. Our balanced itineraries give you the chance to get under the skin of the country and get a true insight into the local culture. Start your overlanding adventure and become part of the family.
Itinerary

Quito to Rio including Carnival via Uruguay

Day 1 Rio De Janeiro

Welcome to Rio Carnival, the biggest party on the planet! There will be an important meeting at 17:00 or 18:00, where you'll have a full briefing on how to make the most of your time in Rio and recieve your tickets, maps, T-Shirt and souvenir booklet - please check the notice board in the reception area for other important information throughout the week.  After the meeting we have a table booked at a nearby buffet restaurant, so you can get to know some of your fellow travellers. Our dedicated Carnival team will be on hand throughout the week for a few hours each day to provide any assistance you may need. There's a whole host of additional optional activities that you may like to take part in, such as 'Join the Parade',  prior early booking is essential! If you are arriving early you may like to join a Market Tour or Walking Tour. In Rio de Janeiro we will stay in a great hotel in the Flamengo district, accommodation is in twin and triple rooms. Our hotel is close to the beach and the metro station.  Our hotel check-in is from 2pm, and staff will be on hand to give you assistance. Border information: if you are joining in Rio de Janeiro, you will most likely enter Brazil at Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport.  
Activities(Optional)
Join your group for a welcome meal  - Cost: BRL 50
Escape the city for a half day Jungle hike and tour - Cost: USD 72
Join us for an up close fruit market tour - Cost: USD 30

Day 2 Rio De Janeiro

Today we will visit the most iconic sights of Rio; the immense statue of Christ the Redeemer perching 710m high on Corcovado mountain and the Pão de Açúcar or Sugarloaf Mountain. We will have some time to explore these sights in our own time, you may even choose to take a helicopter ride!.  We will also aim to see some other important landmarks such as the Maracanã stadium, Escadaria Selarón and the Lapa Arches. We will travel by minibus. (NB today's tour is unguided, you will be accompanied by our Dragoman crew). This evening we will head out to Lapa for a night out in a samba club; Rio Scenarium, one of the City's greatest nightspots - it's an antiques warehouse, music venue, bar and restaurant all housed in a fantastic colonial mansion. There will be live samba music and DJ's on each floor.  We will be hosting a beginners Samba Dance class in the late afternoon, why not sign up and learn some of the basic steps before hitting the town!
Activities(Included)
Spend an evening at the Rio Scenarium with live music & dancing. 
Rio City Tour with visits to Corcovado and Sugarloaf

Activities(Optional)
Perfect your Samba moves in a beginners dance class - Cost: USD 29

Day 3 Rio De Janeiro

This morning why not glitter up and join us at one of the local 'blocos' or street parties, there will be live music, dancing and plenty of opportunities to get to know Rio and it's people! Blocos are great fun, crowded, hot and lively! The local 'cariocas' will be all dressed up, so make sure you come dressed to impress!  In the evening it's time for the main event of the week - the parade in the Sambadrome. The top samba schools parade their fantastic floats and costumes and the party goes on well into the early hours of Monday morning. You'll be situated in Sector 11, close to the action.
Activities(Included)
Join us at one of Rio's street Bloco's, or street parties to get you into the Carnival spirit.  Don't forget to dress up!
The highlight of the week, experience the fantastic Sambadrome from sought after Sector 11 

Day 4 Rio De Janeiro

This morning is free for you to recover from last night in the Sambadrome! It's a great chance to hit the beach, explore the city or simply have a lie in! In the afternoon you may wish to join us for a walking tour of Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. Tonight we have the chance to re-visit the Sambadrome, this time in Sector 5 in the centre of the parade runway, to see the last 7 of the elite Samba schools parading. You even have the option to don a costume and take part in the parade itself, dancing your way down the Sambadrome runway - a once in a lifetime experience! It is important to pre-book these activities early.
Activities(Optional)
Join the Parade, an experience of a lifetime!  - Cost: USD 700
Second visit to the Sambadrome in the amazing Sector 5 - Cost: USD 180
Today's Walking Tour will take you through two of the most famous neigbourhoods; Copacabana and Ipanema and finishing up with a picnic by the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon. - Cost: BRL 25

Day 5 Rio De Janeiro

Today you have free time to enjoy the activities, sights and sounds of Rio! Join a bloco, hit the beach or ride the tram to Santa Teresa.  Rio has so much to offer other than it's carnival fesitivities.  We will be organising some fun water based activities such as kayaking and paddle boarding (prior booking is essential) Tonight you have a free night to hit the town; head downtown and enjoy a Caipirinha under the iconic Lapa arches or join a bloco.      
Activities(Optional)
Stand up Paddleboarding lesson - Cost: USD 43
Escape the city for a half day Jungle hike and tour - Cost: USD 72
Explore Brazilian flavours in a half day cooking class - Cost: USD 75
Kayaking Trip  - Cost: USD 84

Day 6 Rio De Janeiro

Border information: if you are joining in Rio de Janeiro, you will most likely enter Brazil at Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport (IATA code: RIO/GIG). Welcome to the iconic Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro! There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Rio de Janeiro before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Rio de Janeiro. In Rio de Janeiro we will stay in a great hotel in the Flamengo district, close to the beach and the metro station.
Activities(Optional)
Visit the world famous statue Christ the Redeemer - Cost: BRL 74
Take a cable car up Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain) - Cost: BRL 80

Day 7 to 8 Ilha Grande

Today we will leave Rio behind and travel by truck to the stunning island retreat of Ilha Grande.  We will leave our truck behind for a couple of days and take a ferry, so you may wish to pack a small overnight bag.  There are no private cars or banks on the island, so you will need to bring cash along with you and be prepared for a short walk with your bags to the hostel.   We will stay in a comfortable hostel. Estimated drive time - 5 hours.

Day 9 to 10 Paraty

Today our journey begins with a short drive to the colonial town of Paraty on the Emerald Coast of the Atlantic! We will have free time to explore the town, take a historical tour, walk along the stunning scenery of the coastline, head out snorkelling or diving, or simply relax on the idyllic beaches. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours  In Paraty we will stay in a hostel.
Activities(Optional)
Go for a scuba diving trip in the incredible oceans around Paraty - Cost: BRL 250
Boat trip out to islands and beaches - Cost: USD
Try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding by hiring a board from one of the many vendors at the Jabaquara beach in Paraty - Cost: BRL 35
Learn all about the fascinating history of Brazil and the Gold Trail, on an excellent walking tour of the old colonial town of Paraty - Cost: USD 35

Day 11 to 12 Brotas

Today we will drive to the remote town of Brotas in southeastern Brazil. In Brotas we will stay at a campsite with good facilities. Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours. The following morning if time allows we may have an opportunity to go rafting. Afterwards we will continue our journey towards the Pantanal, bush camping en route with no facilities. Estimated Drive Time - 5 hours.
Activities(Optional)
Head out white-water rafting on the fast moving waters of the Jacare River (approxmiately Grade 3-4) - Cost: BRL 150

Day 13 to 14 Southern Pantanal

Today we have an early start to meet our guide in Campo Grande, and then drive on to Brazil's amazing Southern Pantanal region, where we have a visit a local eco-tourism ranch (or 'fazenda'). Estimated Drive Time - 5 hours. We will spend 2 nights here and have a comprehensive package of included activities such as exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside on horseback, trips down the wildlife-abundant rivers in boats and canoes, and safaris on the ranch's trucks and on foot where we hope to spot capybaras, caimans, and (if we are very lucky) jaguars and ocelots. Our stay here is an incredible highlight! In the Southern Pantanal we will stay in dorm accommodation in a well equipped lodge with all the meals and activities included.
Activities(Included)
2 night wildlife safari into the Pantanal

Day 15 to 16 Bonito

After our morning activities and one final lunch in our beautiful ranch, it is time to leave the Pantanal and drive to the Brazilian eco-tourism capital of Bonito. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours. We have a full day in Bonito to take part in some incredible optional activities. You could go out on a world-class snorkelling trip, explore the nearby caves, or go abseiling down some of the largest waterfalls in the area, amongst many other possibilities! In Bonito we will camp in the grounds of an excellent hostel with a pool and good facilities.
Activities(Optional)
Caving, rafting and snorkeling in the waters of Bonito - Cost: BRL 30
Take an incredible snorkelling trip through the crystal clear waters of the Rio da Prata, getting a phenomenal view of the fish and aquatic plants underwater - Cost: BRL 278
Visit the ethereal and other-worldly Blue Lake Cave near Bonito, an underground lake with an incredibly vivid shade of blue - Cost: BRL 95
Take a trek through the stunning areas surrounding Bonito, visiting some of the beautiful nearby waterfalls - Cost: BRL 50
Go on a stunning sunset horse ride around the beautiful countryside around Bonito - Cost: BRL 80
Hire a mountain bike in Bonito to freely explore the incredible countryside of Mato Grosso do Sul - Cost: USD 20

Day 17 to 18 Foz do Iguacu

Today we have a full drive day south to the city of Foz do Iguaçu. Estimated Drive Time - 10-12 hours. The following day we will visit the Brazilian side of the phenomenal Iguazu Falls, to get some incredible panoramic vistas of the mighty waterfalls. There is also time for optional activities such as taking a helicopter ride over the falls, visiting the incredible Itaipu Dam, or to quickly stop into Paraguay to pick up some bargains in the nearby Ciudad del Este. In Foz do Iguaçu we will camp in the grounds of an excellent hostel out of town, with good facilities.
Activities(Included)
2 full days to discover the unbelievable Iguazu Falls

Activities(Optional)
Take an exhilarating speed boat ride around the base of the falls from the Brazilian side - Cost: BRL 66
Head on an adrenaline-fuelled speedboat trip to the base of the falls on the Argentine side - be prepared to get very wet! - Cost: ARS 450
Take an unforgettable 10-minute helicopter flight over the Iguazu Falls, enjoying a bird's eye view of one of the world's most incredible set of waterfalls - Cost: USD 125
Visit the colossal Itaipu Dam, the second largest hydroelectric dam in the world - Cost: BRL 68
Take a short trip into Paraguay to experience the chaos of Ciudad del Este and pick up a bargain or two (price listed is for a return trip in a taxi) - Cost: BRL 140

Day 19 Iguazu Falls

Today we will take a day trip into Argentina to see the incredible Iguazu Falls from the other side. This is well worth doing as the views are even more spectacular, and you'll be able to look right down into the mighty Garganta del Diablo (the largest waterfall here) from a gantry walkway viewing point. We will have a full day at the Argentine side of the falls, allowing us lots of time to freely explore the site, hike some nature trails, or perhaps take an exhilarating (and very wet) boat ride! We will either return to our base in Foz do Iguaçu or stay in Puerto Iguazu in Argentina.

Day 20 Yapeyu

Border information: exit Brazil at Tancredo Neves, enter Argentina at Tancredo Neves. Today we will leave Iguazu and head to the Argentine town of Yapeyú. This small town was the birthplace of General José de San Martín, one of the principal leaders of several South American countries' struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire.  In Yapeyú we will stay in a basic campsite on the shores of Rio Uruguay, or alternatively bushcamp further along the route. Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours 

Day 21 to 23 Tacuarembo

Border information: exit Argentina at Salto Grande, enter Uruguay at Salto Grande. Today we cross into Uruguay and head to the Tacuarembó area - the traditional gaucho land of Uruguay. We will spend 3 nights in an authentic estancia to learn about the gaucho way of living. We will have a chance to learn how to prepare typical food from the area (and of course taste it!) and also enjoy some traditional music. In Tacuarembó we will camp in the grounds of an estancia. Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.
Activities(Included)
Enjoy an incredible 3-night stay at a traditional Uruguayan farm to gain a fascinating insight into the lives of the gauchos, take part in a cooking demonstration, and go to an evening of traditional local music

Day 24 Montevideo

Today we will head south to the Uruguayan capital Montevideo.  The following day will be free to explore Montevideo. The city has a mix of historical buildings and modern architechture and a main feature of the city is the Rambla (waterfront promenade) where locals frequently go for a stroll to drink their mate. Mate is the traditional South American caffeine-rich infused drink sipped through a straw, particularly popular in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Brazil and Chile. In Montevideo we will stay in a comfortable hotel.  Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.
Activities(Optional)
Freely explore the pleasant Uruguayan capital of Montevideo, its markets, colonial buildings, old city, and vast promenade along the coast - Cost: USD
Learn all about Uruguayan history and culture at some of Montevideo's many museums, such as the National Historical Museum, the Gaucho Museum, and the Museum of the Andes - Cost: UYU
Get a deeper understanding of Montevideo on a free walking tour of the city from an enthusiastic local guide - Cost: UYU

Day 25 Colonia

This morning we head to Colonia del Sacramento, one of the oldest and most picturesque towns in Uruguay and a Unesco World Heritage site. The afternoon is free to explore the charming narrow cobbled streets of the Barrio Histórico and the pretty riverfront.  In Colonia we will stay in a lovely hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.
Activities(Optional)
Discover the delightful UNESCO-listed colonial town of Colonia del Sacramento by freely exploring its cobbled streets, old buildings, and small museums - Cost: UYU

Day 26 to 27 Buenos Aires

Today we will hop on the ferry across to the vibrant city of Buenos Aires.  The truck will drive around by road and rejoin us later in the day.  Day 22 is a free day to explore the city and discover its amazing culture, art, and music. In Buenos Aires we will stay in a centrally located hotel, breakfast is included.
Activities(Optional)
Explore cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, the coolest city in South America - Cost: ARS 250
Practice your dance steps in the birthplace of Tango - Cost: ARS
Enjoy a free city tour of Buenos Aires - Cost: USD
Head out to a tango show in Buenos Aires' oldest cafe, the Gran Cafe Tortoni - seeing a slice of iconic Argentine culture in an ideal and intimate setting - Cost: ARS 450
Visit the strangely beautiful cemetery of Recoleta, the final resting place of many ex-presidents and Argentine icons, most famously including the tomb of Eva Peron - Cost: ARS
Learn all about the cuisine of Argentina on a food tour of Buenos Aires, visiting several incredible local top-class eateries that you won't find in the guidebooks! - Cost: USD 85
Try some of Argentina's most delicious wines on a top-level wine tasting afternoon in Buenos Aires - Cost: USD 52

Day 28 Buenos Aires

Border information: if you are finishing in Buenos Aires, you will most likely exit Argentina at Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport, also known as Ezeiza Airport (IATA code: BUE/EZE). Welcome to the cosmopolitan Argentine capital of Buenos Aires! There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Buenos Aires before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Buenos Aires. In Buenos Aires we will stay in a centrally located hotel.
Activities(Optional)
Try some of Argentina's most delicious wines on a top-level wine tasting afternoon in Buenos Aires - Cost: USD 52

Day 29 Buenos Aires

Today is a free day to explore the incredible city of Buenos Aires, soak up the atmosphere of its streets, and discover its amazing culture, art, and music.
Activities(Optional)
Head out to a tango show in Buenos Aires' oldest cafe, the Gran Cafe Tortoni - seeing a slice of iconic Argentine culture in an ideal and intimate setting - Cost: ARS 450
Visit the strangely beautiful cemetery of Recoleta, the final resting place of many ex-presidents and Argentine icons, most famously including the tomb of Eva Peron - Cost: ARS

Day 30 Monte Hermoso

Today we begin our journey from Buenos Aires will a full day drive across the pampas and grasslands of the province. Tonight we will wild camp en route, possibly in the coastal village of Monte Hermoso. Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Day 31 Puerto Madryn

Today we continue our journey south with a full day drive to the coastal town of Puerto Madryn. In Puerto Madryn we will camp in a basic campsite. Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.

Day 32 Puerto Madryn

Today we will have a free day for optional activities in and around Puerto Madryn. There is the opportunity to take a tour to the Valdes Peninsular to see its desolate scenery and abundant marine life, head out on a boat trip in search of dolphins and whales, or perhaps go for afternoon tea in a Welsh tea house in the nearby towns of Gaiman or Trelew.
Activities(Optional)
Guided visit to the Valdes Peninsula to meet the elephant seals and sealions - Cost: USD 63
Set off on a boat trip from Puerto Madryn, in search of playful Commerson's dolphins (all year) or Dusky dolphins (December to March) and Southern Right whales (May to December)! - Cost: USD 47

Day 33 Camarones

Today we will drive south along the coast and have an included visit to the incredible remote colony of Magellanic Penguins in Cabo Dos Bahias (Cape Two Bays), close to the town of Camarones. After seeing the phenomenal sight of thousands of penguins nesting on the shore, we will head to the nearby small town of Camarones. In Camarones we will camp in a basic campsite. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.
Activities(Optional)
Visit the penguin colony at Camarones - Cost: ARS 185

Day 34 Jaramillo

From Camarones we set off on an all day drive following the South Atlantic coast.  Tonight we will camp in a basic campsite. Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

Day 35 El Calafate

Today we leave the coast behind and head west across the country to the town of El Calafate, the gateway to the Perito Moreno Glacier. In El Calafate we stay in dorm beds in a lovely hostel. Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.

Day 36 El Calafate

Today we will head out on an included full day guided visit to view the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most spectacular sights in Patagonia.
Activities(Included)
Guided full day trip to the Perito Moreno Glacier

Activities(Optional)
Boat trip beneath the Perito Moreno Glacier - Cost: ARS 800
Learn all about glaciers at the fantastic modern Glaciarium Museum in El Calafate, and visit its cool ice bar in the basement! - Cost: ARS 300

Day 37 Torres Del Paine National Park

Border information: Exit Argentina at Cerro Castillo and enter Chile at Cerro Castillo. Today we will drive to the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. This is one of the most outstanding areas of natural beauty in the world and the main highlight of the trip for many of our passengers and leaders! We will stop en route in Puerto Natales to stock up on supplies and pick up our local guides and cook who will accompany us during our time in the National Park. Tonight we will camp at Camping Pehoe, a stunning campsite inside the National Park with incredible views of Los Cuernos mountains, which we will refer to as our 'base campsite'. Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.
Activities(Included)
4 days to explore and trek the rugged Torres del Paine National Park

Day 38 Torres Del Paine National Park

From September 2018, the full W-Walk will be included as part of your trip Kitty. Embark on the full W-Walk with a local guide. Places at the campsites are limited by the National Park, so we book them in advance of your trip.  We will be trekking the W-Walk from West to East, to enjoy the spectacular views. This morning we will wake early and transfer by truck for the morning Catamaran, to cross Lago Pehoe.  We will then set up camp at Paine Grande, before continuing on our hike towards Glacier Grey.   You can choose to hike to the first look out to enjoy views of the Glacier (approx 4hrs round trip) or to continue to the second look (approx 8hrs round trip)!! Both walks return by the same route.

Day 39 Torres Del Paine National Park

Today we depart from our camp at Paine Grande and hike into the stunning French Valley. In the afternoon, we will make our way to Camp Cuernos. The hike is approximately 8 hours.

Day 40 Torres Del Paine National Park

Today we have a slightly easier day, we will hike from Camping Cuernos along the edge of Lago Nodenskjold, around Almirante Nieto and stay just outside Valley Ascencio.  We will arrive an Camp Central after approximately 5 hours hiking.

Day 41 Torres Del Paine National Park

This is our final day of the W-Walk and the most spectacular.   The day begins with a steady climb from our camp site up Rio Asencio. Be prepared for the final hour which is a relatively steep scramble up to the Tarn and Mirrador Las Torres, affording great views of the iconic Towers.  We will transfer back to Camping Pehoe, our base camp at the end of the day. Our hike today is approximately 8 hours for the return trip (16km). .  

Day 42 Tierra Del Fuego

Today we have an early start to leave Torres del Paine and head south to cross the Magellan Straits onto the island of Tierra del Fuego. Tonight we will wild bush camp somewhere in the desolate wilds of the Chilean side of Tierra del Fuego. Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

Day 43 Ushuaia

Border information: Exit Chile at San Sebastian, enter Argentina at San Sebastian Today we cross over to the Argentine side of Tierra del Fuego and drive to the incredible port town of Ushuaia, the southernmost town in the world! In Ushuaia we stay in dorm beds in a friendly local hostel. Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours. 
Activities(Optional)
Beagle channel boat trips - Cost: ARS 1200
Explore Tierra del Fuego National Park on a day tour from Ushuaia - Cost: ARS 1450
Take a day trip to Lago Escondido, the Hidden Lake - Cost: ARS 1600
Head out to the impressive Martial Glacier near Ushuaia, taking in the beautiful scenery of the Darwin Mountains and the Beagle Channel - Cost: USD 110

Day 44 Ushuaia

We will have a free day in the remote town of Ushuaia, with plenty of time for optional activities such as a visit to the hauntingly beautiful Tierra del Fuego National Park, boat trips to see the scenery and wildlife of the Beagle Channel, or heading out horse riding along the coast.

Day 45 Tierra Del Fuego

Border information: Exit Argentina at San Sebastian, enter Chile at San Sebastian. Today we start heading back north and back onto the Chilean side of Tierra del Fuego. Here we will visit the small King Penguin colony that have recently set up home at the remote Bahia Inutil (Useless Bay). Tonight we will wild camp near Bahia Inutil. Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Day 46 Argentinian Patagonia

Border information: Exit Chile at Integracion Austral, enter Argentina at Integracion Austral. Today we continue our journey north, crossing the Magellan Strait back to the mainland and then heading across the Argentine border. Tonight we will wild camp  Estimated Drive Time - 8 hours.

Day 47 El Chalten

Today we will continue north, overlanding across the Patagonian steppe and to the tiny town of El Chaltén, situated in Los Glaciares National Park and famous for its incredible mountains, glaciers and world-class trekking opportunities. In El Chaltén we stay in dorm beds in a hostel.  Estimated Drive Time - 3 hours.

Day 48 El Chalten

We will have a day to enjoy the stunning Los Glaciares National Park and the incredible scenery of the nearby Mt. Fitz Roy. There are lots of trekking and walking opportunities here, as well as boat trips, ice climbing on the Viedma Glacier, horse riding, and many other fantastic options.
Activities(Optional)
Horse riding and trekking around El Chalten - Cost: ARS 1600
Enjoy a spectacular kayaking trip down the Río de las Vueltas, taking in some incredible views of the surrounding mountains - Cost: USD 125
Head on a rock-climbing course in the magnificent landscapes surrounding El Chaltén - Cost: USD 90

Day 49 Rio Pinturas

Today we start heading north again with a full day drive along the famous Ruta 40 (Route 40).  We will arrive in the Rio Pinturas area. Tonight we will wild camp  Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.    

Day 50 to 51 Carretera Austral

Border information: Exit Argentina at Ingeniero Pallavecini, enter Chile at Puerto Ingeniero Ibáñez. Today we will drive across the border into the magnificent scenery of the Chilean Carretera Austral, probably one of the most stunning areas in South America. We will arrive in the beautiful mountains of the Cerro Castillo National Reserve. In Cerro Castillo we will camp in a lovely family-run campsite with basic facilities. Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 hours.  
Activities(Included)
Hike to the stunning Laguna Cerro Castillo 

Day 52 Puyuhuapi and Queulat National Park

Today we drive through the Chilean fjords to Queluat National Park, where we can take a short walk in the enchanted forest to see the spectacular Hanging Glacier. Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours. In Queulat National Park we will camp at a basic campsite.

Day 53 to 54 Futaleufu

Today we continue to the rafting mecca of Futaleufú, a frontier town on the northern end of the Carreterra Austral, bordering Argentina. The Rio Futaleufú is one of the premier white water rafting rivers in the world, but the town is also a great spot for mountain biking, trekking and canyoning. In Futaleufú we stay in a local campsite. Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.
Activities(Optional)
Head out for an exhilarating rafting or kayaking trip on the Grade 5 white water rapids near Futaleufú (if time allows). - Cost: CLP 65000

Day 55 Bariloche

Today we continue our journey to the picturesque town of Bariloche in Argentina's Lake District. We will see a definite change in the landscape today as the vegetation becomes more and more lush and green as we come out of the Patagonia region and into the forests of the Lake District. In Bariloche we stay in dorm beds in a friendly family-run hostel outside of town. Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Day 56 Bariloche

We will have a free day to enjoy the beautiful mountain town of Bariloche and the stunning surrounding lakes, mountains and forests. We have the options to explore the area by foot, mountain bike, kayak or boat.
Activities(Optional)
Explore the best viewpoints around Bariloche and some of the locals' favourite spots, such as the summit of Cerro Campanario, the beautiful beach of Playa Bonita, and the delightful waterfalls of Los Duendes - Cost: ARS
Discover the incredible scenery of the Nauhel Huapi Lake and the Victoria Islands on a boat trip from Bariloche - Cost: ARS 2100
Hire mountain bikes to explore the forests and hills surrounding Lake Nauhel Huapi and Bariloche - Cost: ARS 420

Day 57 Pucon

Border information: Exit Argentina at Mamuil Malal, enter Chile at Mamuil Malal. Today we cross the Andes into Chile and continue our journey to the stunning town of Pucón via the scenic Ruta de los Siete Lagos (Seven Lakes Route). In Pucón we will stay in dorm beds in a friendly local hostel. Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.  

Day 58 Pucon

We will have a free day in Pucón to enjoy a range of optional activities, including a sunrise expedition to climb the Villarica volcano which looms over Pucón, heading out horse riding through the surrounding forests, or an evening visit to the nearby natural hot springs.
Activities(Optional)
Trek up the snowcapped volcano Mt Villarica - Cost: CLP 95000
Relax in the soothing waters of the Pozones natural hot springs - Cost: CLP 10000
Explore the stunning views and hiking trails of the nearby Huerquehue National Park - Cost: CLP 7000

Day 59 Buchupureo

Today we will leave the Chilean Lake District behind and head for the coast to the laid back, farming village of Buchupureo, where we can relax by the beach. We will stay in a campsite with facilities, close to the beach. Estimated drive time: 6-7hours

Day 60 Santiago

Today we have a leisurely breakfast, before heading into the wine region where we will make a stop at a vineyard for a wine tour and tasting.  In the afternoon we continue our journey to the cosmopolitan Chilean capital of Santiago.  In Santiago we will stay in a centrally-located hostel. Estimated Drive Time - 6 hours.
Activities(Included)
Whet your palette during winetasting at a vineyard in San Javier

Day 61 to 62 Santiago

Border information: if you are joining in Santiago, you will most likely enter Chile at Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (IATA code: SCL). Welcome to Santiago, the cosmopolitan Chilean capital! There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. In Santiago we will stay in a centrally-located hostel.
Activities(Optional)
Learn more about Santiago and its history on a free walking tour of the centre from a knowledgeable local guide - Cost: USD
Take in the breathtaking vista of the city skyline backdropped by the mighty Andes, from the viewpoints at Cerro San Cristobal or Cerro San Lucia - Cost: USD
Discover all of Santiago's sights on a hop-on/hop-off bus around the city - Cost: CLP 21000

Day 63 to 64 Mendoza

Border information: Exit Chile at Paso Cristo Redentor, enter Argentina at Los Libertadores. Today we will drive over the stunning Cristo Redentor pass in the high Andes, passing Aconcagua (the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere) and heading to the Argentine wine capital of Mendoza, nestled in the dry flats underneath the shadows of the largest mountains of the Andes. Mendoza is the centre of Argentine wine production, and one of the nine 'Wine Capitals of the World' - it is especially famous for its Malbec, grown at some of the highest-altitude vineyards to be found in the world. Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!). On the following day we will have a free day to explore the incredible region, head out on various adventure activities, or of course take a tour of some of the many wineries in the region. In Mendoza we we stay in a centrally located hostel in dorm accommodation.
Activities(Optional)
Go for a horse ride through the arid foothills west of Mendoza - Cost: ARS 1400
Explore the vineyards of the Mendoza and Maipu region, either on an organised tour or by cycling between the bodegas - Cost: ARS 950
White water rafting on the Mendoza River - Cost: ARS 1000
Relax in the beautiful thermal baths in Cacheuta, in the hills above Mendoza - Cost: ARS 450

Day 65 Cordoba

Today we have a full days drive to the bustling city of Cordoba, we will have a free morning here tommorw to explore. Estamiated drive time: 10 hours In Cordoba we will stay in a centrally located hotel or guesthouse.

Day 66 to 68 Estancia

Today we will have a leisurely start to the day, with time to explore Cordoba.  After lunch we will complete our drive to the Estancia. Estimated Drive Time - 2 hours. On the following two days we will head out horseback riding. This is a magical experience in a beautiful location, and many people's highlight of the trip! Please note that some of these activities are subject to weather conditions. Please also note that there is a strict weight limit of 15 stone (210lbs) or 95kg to partake in the horse riding - if you should weigh more than this, then unfortunately you will not be able to participate in the horseback riding. In the Estancia we will camp with facilities in the grounds near the main house.
Activities(Included)
Spend 3 unique days at an Anglo-Argentinian estancia to experience the Gaucho way of life

Day 69 Tafi Del Valle

Today we will drive north across the lush flat pampas and start climbing into the drier mountains.  Tonight we will camp in a basic campsite in the town of Tafí del Valle. Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

Day 70 to 71 Cafayate

Today we will have an included visit to the ancient ruins of the indigenous city of Quilmes en route, then arrive in the serene town of Cafayate. This small unassuming town is the centre of one of Argentina's principal wine producing regions, famous for the quality of its Torrentes and Tannat wines! We will have the opportunity to go to a few of the vineyards nearby to see how the wine is made, and of course to try them! In Cafayate we stay at a campsite with good facilities. Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.
Activities(Included)
Visit the Quilmes ruins

Activities(Optional)
Discover the bodegas and stock up on wine in Cafayate - Cost: ARS 150
Visit the impressive rock formations of 'El Amphiteatro' and 'La Garganta del Diablo' en route through the primeval landscape of the Quebrada de las Conchas - Cost: USD

Day 72 to 73 Salta

Today we will drive through the spectacular rock formations of the Quebrada de las Conchas, and reach the beautiful colonial town of Salta. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours. On the following day, we will have a free day to explore the town of Salta, visit its many museums, or explore the beautiful surrounding hills on foot or by mountain bike. We will also have the chance to take the cable car to the viewpoint on San Bernardo Hill overlooking the town, or take the famous 'Train to the Clouds' through some of the incredible mountian scenery nearby. In Salta we will stay in a local hotel or guesthouse.
Activities(Included)
Visit the impressive rock formations of 'El Amphiteatro' and 'La Garganta del Diablo' en route through the primeval landscape of the Quebrada de las Conchas

Activities(Optional)
Take the cable car up to the top of San Bernardo Hill, and take in the breathtaking views out over the city of Salta below - Cost: ARS 200
Explore the beautiful mountains and forests near Salta on a mountain biking trip - Cost: ARS 1300

Day 74 to 75 San Pedro De Atacama

Border information: Exit Argentina at Paso Jama, enter Chile at Paso Jama. Today we will have a drive day to cross the mighty Andes, cross the border into Chile, and then descend all the way into the Atacama desert. Estimated Drive Time - 12 hours. On the following day we will have a free day to explore the incredible highlights of the Atacama desert surrounding San Pedro. In the evening we will take an included trip out to the extraordinary Moon Valley, where we will hopefully see an incredible sunset. At night we will also have the chance to go stargazing, in one of the world's premier regions for astronomy (please note that this is only possible when there is not a full moon). In San Pedro de Atacama we will stay in a centrally located hostel.
Activities(Included)
Explore the dramatic landscape of the Moon Valley
Experience the incredible El Tatio geysers in the mountains high above the Atacama Desert

Activities(Optional)
Hire a bike to explore the incredible deserts surrounding San Pedro de Atacama at your own pace - Cost: CLP 5000
Head out for an exciting sand-boarding excursion in the sand dunes of the Atacama Desert - Cost: USD 30
Discover some of the interesting ancient ruins near San Pedro, and the artifacts found in the area, on an archaeological tour - Cost: CLP 25000

Day 76 Bolivian Altiplano

We will depart San Pedro de Atacama early today to drive to the world's highest Geyser field, at 4300m above sea level, the El Tatio Geysers are an impressive sight first thing in the morning.  After time to explore, we will continue our journey into the Reserva Nacional Alto Loa, we will have plenty of opportunities for photographs along the way on this scenic drive. Tonight we will bush camp in a beautiful, remote spot close to the Bolivian Border. Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours. Please note: The weather in this region can be unpredictable and has been known to close the road to the border.  On these occasions we will take an alternate route across the Altiplano, crossing into either Chile or Argentina at a different border point.  Your Tour Leaders will keep you informed of any changes that may be necessary.
Activities(Included)
Take the epic journey across the Altiplano - an incredible high-altitude adventure through a surreal desert landscape, taking in bizarre rock formations and stunning lakes.

Day 77 Uyuni

Border information: Exit Chile and enter Bolivia at Ollague After breakfast we will break camp and cross the border into Bolivia.  We will take our time to enjoy the views on the way to the town of Uyuni, the gateway to the incredible salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni. In Uyuni we will stay in a friendly hotel, famous for serving the highest pizzas in the world! Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Day 78 Salar De Uyuni

Today we will venture out onto the salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni, spending a full day exploring this phenomenal location by jeep and on foot. En route we will explore the nearby train graveyard and the cactus-filled 'Fish Island', and take all the time we need to get plenty of perspective-bending photographs!
Activities(Included)
Take jeeps out onto the dazzling Uyuni Salt Flats

Day 79 to 80 La Paz

Today we will leave Cochabamba and drive north to La Paz, Bolivia’s seat of government and the highest administrative capital in the world! Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours. On the following day we have a free day to explore the city or take part in optional activities. In La Paz we will stay in a good hotel in the historical centre.
Activities(Optional)
Take a guided tour of the main sights and viewpoints around La Paz - Cost: BOB 150
Downhill "gravity assisted" mountain biking from La Paz to Coroico - Cost: USD 125
Guided tour to explore Tiahuanacu Inca Ruins - Cost: BOB 220
Take a trip out to the mountain resort of Chacaltaya and the other-worldly landscape of the Moon Valley near La Paz - Cost: BOB 130
Discover Bolivia's history, art, and culture in some of La Paz's many museums such as the San Francisco Museum and the Museum of Ethnography - Cost: BOB 20

Day 81 La Paz

Border information: if you are joining in La Paz, you will most likely enter Bolivia at La Paz El Alto International Airport (IATA code: LPB). Welcome to La Paz, Bolivia’s seat of government and the highest administrative capital in the world! There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in La Paz before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring La Paz. A note on altitude: If you are joining in La Paz, we strongly recommend arriving at least 24 hours before the trip begins to allow additional time to acclimatise. In La Paz we will stay in a good hotel in the historical centre.
Activities(Optional)
Downhill "gravity assisted" mountain biking from La Paz to Coroico - Cost: USD 125
Guided tour to explore Tiahuanacu Inca Ruins - Cost: BOB 220
Take a trip out to the mountain resort of Chacaltaya and the other-worldly landscape of the Moon Valley near La Paz - Cost: BOB 130
Take a guided tour of the main sights and viewpoints around La Paz - Cost: BOB 150

Day 82 La Paz

Today we will head to the beautiful town of Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titicaca, where we will have some time to explore. In Copacabana we will stay in a basic local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Day 83 Isla Del Sol

Today we will take an included day trip to Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca, one of the holiest sites in ancient Inca mythology and supposedly the birthplace of the Sun God Inti. We will take a 14km walk across the length of the island with a local guide, taking in the incredible and serene scenery and soaking up the calm atmosphere of the island (this walk can be skipped by anybody who does not want to do it). In Isla del Sol we will stay in a basic local hotel.
Activities(Included)
Take a boat to Lake Titicaca's Isla del Sol

Day 84 Puno

Border information: exit Bolivia at Kasani, enter Peru at Yunguyo. Today we will take a boat back to Copacabana, and then cross the border into Peru and head to the lakeside town of Puno.  In Puno we will stay in a local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.
Activities(Optional)
Boat trip to the floating islands on Lake Titicaca - Cost: USD

Day 85 Puno

Today we will leave Puno and head through the highlands of Peru to the former Inca capital of Cuzco.  In Cuzco we will stay in a good colonial hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.
Activities(Optional)
White-water rafting and mountain biking in the Cuzco region - Cost: USD 69
Take part in a Peruvian cooking class in Cuzco, learning how to make a variety of local dishes - Cost: USD 79
Take a Spanish class in the beautiful city of Cuzco (suitable for all levels) - Cost: PEN 20

Day 86 Cuzco

Border information: if you are joining in Cuzco, you will most likely enter Peru at Cuzco Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (IATA code: CUZ). There will be an important group meeting at 10:00am at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. There will be a further meeting this evening for our Wild Andes and Classic Inca Trails, where we will have a full detailed briefing from our local trekking guides about the next few days! The rest of today will be free to explore the wonderful city of Cuzco, discover its many historical gems, or to take part in number of optional activities near the city. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Cuzco before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Cuzco. A note on altitude: if you are joining in Cuzco, we strongly recommend arriving at least 24 hours before the trip begins to allow additional time to acclimatise. In Cuzco we will stay in a comfortable Hotel close to the historic centre.

Day 87 Sacred Valley

These four days will be spent either trekking in the Andes, on our pioneering Wild Andes Trek, on the Classic Inca Trek or for those not wishing to hike, free time to explore and a guided tour of the Sacred Valley on our Train package. Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek Leaving Cuzco early in the morning, we visit the ruined temples of Sacsayhuaman for a fascinating tour of the site. We then head on to Chinchero, a small Quechua-speaking village in the Sacred Valley. Here we will see a traditional weaving demonstration that has been unchanged for a thousand years, and explore their beautiful archaeological ruins. We will drive to a stunning viewpoint for a picnic lunch, and then visit the Quillarumiyoc temple (the Temple of the Moon). We will start our trek from here in the afternoon, heading by foot to Zurite where we have a picturesque stay in a colonial house. Tonight we will enjoy a traditional dinner and get a taste of the local village lifestyle. Approximate walking distance: 8km, Estimated time: 4hrs, Meals provided: Lunch and Dinner  Option 2 - Classic Inca Trek This morning we go for a guided tour of the Sacred Valley, followed by a visit to the market town of Pisac, where we will have a lunch.  We then head to Ollantaytambo, where we have free time to explore the impressive archeological site. Tonight we stay in a comfortable hotel.   Please note that we have the evening to ourselves in Ollantaytambo, our Guide will meet us in the morning. No Meals are included in Ollantaytambo. There is no trekking today. Option 3 - Train Package You will leave Cuzco with your fellow passengers who will be trekking the Wild Andes Trek. You will visit the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, followed by a beautiful scenic drive over mountains and through valleys, via the ancient city of Pisac and on to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After lunch you will head back to Cuzco where you will stay at our nice, centrally located hotel for a further 3 nights. Meals included: Lunch
Activities(Included)
Visit the incredible remains of the Inca temples of Sacsayhuaman and the Sacred Valley on a guided tour
Take a guided tour of the fantastic Inca temples at Ollantaytambo
TREKKING OPTIONS Option 1 Trek the Classic Inca Trail up the Royal Inca Road.  Option 2 Hike unspoilt Inca Trails in remote stunning Andes scenery away from tourist treks on our exclusive Wild Andes trail.  Option 3 Take a Sacred Valley Tour, visit Ollantaytambo and take the train to Machu Picchu without trekking.  PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST ADVISE AT TIME OF BOOKING IF YOU WISH TO BOOK THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL OR THE NON TREKKING OPTION, OTHERWISE YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE PUT ON OUR WILD ANDES TREK. 

Day 88 Inca Trail

Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek Zurite to Amaruwatana After a hearty breakfast we leave Zurite and head towards Amaruwatana camp. The walk will take us through Qenteqentiyoc (the Hummingbird Temple), where we will visit and admire this Inca archaeological site. We will then follow the ancient path all the way to the top of our first pass at 4,400m, where we will have a dramatic view of both the Vilcabamba and Vilcanota mountain ranges. From here we start walking down on the way to our first camp in the Sambor Valley where we will spend the night camping. Approximate walking time: 8hrs, Distance: 13kms, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Option 2 - Classic Inca Trek Ollantaytambo to Wayllabamba After breakfast, we catch a bus to Piscaycuscho and the start of the Classic Inca Trek - the railroad KM82 marker (at 2,700m altitude). Here we are joined by our crew of local porters and cooks. We will cross the bridge over the River Urubamba and following a trail along the left-hand shore of the river, enjoying stunning views of the snow-capped Mount Veronica (5,830m) and the Incan archaeological remains at Llactapata. Continuing through lush farmland and woodland, we gradually climb for approximately 5 hours to our first campsite at Wayllabamba (3,000m). Approximate trekking time: 5-6hrs, Distance: 12kms, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks Option 3 - Train Package Today is a free day to enjoy Cuzco, with its museums, churches, incredible colonial architecture, beautiful restaurants and a vast array of shops, selling textiles and handicrafts.

Day 89 Inca Trail

Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek Amaruwatana to Ancascocha We have an early start this morning, trekking for approximately 2 hours to reach the top of our second pass at 4,700m. From here we have fantastic views of the rock formations below us, and if we're lucky we may spot Andean ibises, caracaras, eagles or foxes up here! After descending for approximatley 2 hours, we arrive at a stunning highland valley with a glacial river named Kenqo Mayu (meaning "Zig-zag River") flowing down it - which makes an idyllic stop for lunch! After lunch we will continue trekking downhill following the ancient trail, which leads us to our campsite in the Ancascocha area. Approximate trekking time: 6-7hrs, Distance: 10kms, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Option 2 - Classic Trek Wayllabamba to Pacaymayo This is the most challenging day of the trek as we ascend a long steep path (approximately 4 hours) through Andean cloud forest and highland puna to reach the highest point of our trek, Warmiwañusca (meaning "Dead Woman's Pass") at a height of 4,200m. During our ascent, we can appreciate the wide variety of plant, flower and bird species supported by this unique eco-climate. On reaching the pass, our challenge is rewarded by an astonishing panoramic view of the Vilcanota and Vilcabamba mountain ranges. From here we descend for 2 hours into the Pacaymayo Valley (3,650m altitude) and to our second campsite. Approximate trekking time: 6-7hrs, Distance: 11kms, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks Option 3 - Train Package Today is a free day for you to enjoy Cuzco, with its museums, churches, incredible colonial architecture, beautiful restaurants and a vast array of shops selling textiles and handicrafts.

Day 90 Inca Trail

Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek Ancascocha to Ollantaytambo Today we will descend the narrow Silque Canyon, allowing us to observe its tall granite walls which are populated by a large variety of orchids and bromeliads, filling the environment with magnificent colours when they bloom. After crossing many little bridges we will reach the Camicancha area, where we stop at a magnificent volcanic viewpoint looking towards the snow-capped Mt. Veronica. From here it is only a short trek to Chilca, where our trail ends. We'll be picked up by our vehicle and head to Ollantaytambo, taking a well-earned shower and rest at our hotel. In the afternoon we will have an included guided tour around the incredible archaeological site of Ollantaytambo and its world-famous Temple of the Sun.  Please note that we have the evening to ourselves in Ollantaytambo, our Guide will meet us in the morning. No Meals are included in Ollantaytambo. Option 2 - Classic Inca Trek Pacaymayo to Wiñay Wayna Today we follow ancient stone paths and steps to ascend the well-preserved Inca remains of Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, and Phuyupatamarca (the "Town above the Clouds") where we can appreciate the Incas’ complex architectural style and reverence of natural geography and beauty. Heading down the Andean slope, we reach our final night's camp by the Wiñay Wayna (meaning "Forever Young") ruins, with panoramic views of the valley below. Approximate walking time: 8hrs, Distance: 16kms, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks Option 3 - Train Package After being picked up from your hotel in the morning you will be driven to the fortress city of Ollantaytambo and our hotel for the night, the Tunupa Lodge. Here you will rejoin the Wild Andes Trekkers and your tour leader who will be arriving from their trek this afternoon.

Day 91 Cuzco

Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Cuzco Today we will have an early start to catch the train to the small town of Aguas Calientes. From there, we will take a bus up the winding mountainside to the legendary ruined city of Machu Picchu - one of the world's most iconic sights! We have a guided tour with our expert local guide and there will be plenty of free time to explore this magical place.  In the afternoon we will head back to Ollantaytambo and then on to Cuzco, where we return to our joining hotel at the end of a long but phenomenal day! Meals provided: Breakfast Option 2 - Classic Trek Wiñay Wayna to Machupicchu Leaving Wiñay Wayna, we descend gradually further through the highland jungle to our destination - Intupunku (the "Sun Gate") leading into Machu Picchu. Arriving at daybreak, we catch our first breathtaking view of this historical wonder. As with the Wild Andes Trek, our local guide will show us the most important constructions as well as explain the history and the mythology of this magnificent place. There is also some free time to explore the ruins further at your own pace or just chill out and watch the hummingbirds or vizcachua. In the afternoon we head back down to Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Ollantaytambo and return to Cuzco for a well-deserved rest. Approximate walking time: 2hrs, Distance: 4kms, Meals provided: Breakfast, Snacks Option 3 - Train Package After an early breakfast and walk to the train station, your stunning 2 hour train ride to Aguas Calientes begins. The journey takes you through several different micro-climates, past Inca terraces, lookout posts, ancient river bank reinforcements and small towns. You will get a glimpse of different temples and the beautiful Mount Veronica (5,750m). Passing through 8 tunnels, the train journey finally comes to an end in the busy pueblo, Aguas Calientes. From here you take a local bus that winds up the mountainside for about 30 minutes until you arrive at the entrance to Machu Picchu (2,400m), the awe inspiring 'Lost City of the Incas'. The guide will take you around the immense, mystical ruins for about 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes, explaining the rich history of the ancient site. Afterwards, you will have time to explore on your own before returning down the mountain to Aguas Calientes. In the afternoon you will catch a train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and a private transfer will take you back to your hotel in Cuzco. Meals provided: Breakfast

Day 92 Cuzco

Today is a free day to relax after the treks, further explore the historical city of Cuzco, and take part in some optional activities around the city.
Activities(Optional)
Take part in a Peruvian cooking class in Cuzco, learning how to make a variety of local dishes - Cost: USD 79
Take a Spanish class in the beautiful city of Cuzco (suitable for all levels) - Cost: PEN 20

Day 93 Raqchi

Today we will drive south to the small village of Raqchi. Here we will stay at a homestay as guests of the local villagers in their traditional family homes. The houses are very clean and have basic facilities. This afternoon we will visit the Inca ruins of the Temple of Wiracocha at Raqchi, and then see a pottery demonstration at a local artisan centre. This evening the villagers will invite us to take part in a traditional Quechua religious ceremony, and we'll have some lively music from some of the village's musicians. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).
Activities(Included)
Quechua Indian homestay and community crafts project
Guided visit to the Raqchi ruins

Day 94 Chivay

Today we will drive through the stunning landscapes of the Peruvian highlands to the small town of Chivay, where we can have an optional trip to the nearby hot springs in the evening. In Chivay we will stay in a local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.
Activities(Optional)
Visit the thermal springs in Chivay - Cost: PEN 15

Day 95 Arequipa

This morning we will head out on a short drive to some of the best viewpoints along the spectacular Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world! The canyon is famous for its resident condors, and we will spend a good amount of time at the viewpoints to give ourselves the best chance of spotting them. We will also visit a couple of local communities on the way back to Chivay. After lunch in Chivay, we will drive to the beautiful ‘White City’ of Arequipa. In Arequipa we will stay in a good local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.
Activities(Included)
2 night stay and guided trip to see Colca Canyon and condors

Day 96 to 97 Arequipa

For the next two days we will enjoy free time to independently explore the colonial city of Arequipa, or to take part in some optional activities in and around the city.
Activities(Optional)
Guided tour of Arequipa's Santa Catalina convent - Cost: PEN 40
Head out for an exciting morning of white-water rafting on the Chili River near Arequipa - Cost: USD 35
Take a 'Reality Tour' of Arequipa, a walking tour with an alternative focus on the daily lives of the local people and contemporary issues facing modern Peru - Cost: PEN 140 - 45
Take a fascinating cooking class in Arequipa, learning how to create some iconic Peruvian cuisine and taking a tour of the nearby food markets - Cost: PEN 150

Day 98 Puerto Inca

Today we will continue our drive and head all the way downhill to the Pacific coastal resort of Puerto Inca, where we camp at a well-equiped campsite on the beach. Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Day 99 Nazca

This morning we head north to the world-famous village of Nazca, the location of the mysterious Nazca Lines. We will have an included visit to the nearby ancient sites of the Chauchilla Cemetery and the Cahuachi Pyramid, thought to have once been the religious centre of the Nazca civilisation. In the afternoon, we will have the opportunity to take an optional 30-minute flight over the Nazca Lines in a small aircraft - this is by far the best way of seeing the figures, and we use a local operator with an excellent safety record. The Nazca Lines are a series of figures, lines, and geometric shapes that were etched into the ground of the desert plateau over a thousand years ago by the ancient Nazca culture, and their purpose is still unknown to this day. In Nazca we will stay in a basic hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.
Activities(Included)
Visit the incredible ancient Nazca sites of the Chauchilla Cemetery and the nearby Cahuachi Pyramid

Activities(Optional)
Visit to the Nazca Lines - Cost: PEN 3
Fly over the Nazca lines - Cost: USD 130

Day 100 Huacachina

Today we continue north, stopping at a viewing platform to get a glimpse of some of the Nazca Lines.  We will arrive at the stunning desert oasis town of Huacachina, where we have the option to head out for an evening of sand boarding and dune buggying. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.
Activities(Optional)
Dune buggying or boarding in the spectacular sand dunes of Peru Desert - Cost: USD 20

Day 101 Lima

Today we will drive the short distance to Paracas and board one of the local boats for an included trip to the Ballestas Islands to view its incredible array of resident wildlife and birds. After lunch, we will continue north to arrive at the chaotic Peruvian capital of Lima. In Lima we will stay in a comfortable hotel in the city's historical centre. Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.
Activities(Included)
Boat trip to see the seals & seabirds on the Ballestas Islands

Day 102 Lima

Border information: if joining in Lima, you will most likely enter Peru at Lima Jorge Chávez International Airport (IATA code: LIM). There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Lima before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Lima. In Lima we will stay in a comfortable hotel in the city's historical centre.
Activities(Optional)
Visit the Gold Museum & Catacombs of Lima - Cost: PEN 33
Visit the beautiful Baroque cathedral of San Francisco in Lima's historical centre, and explore the morbidly fascinating catacombs underneath - Cost: PEN 15
Explore the bohemian areas of Barranco and Miraflores on a cycling tour of Lima - Cost: USD 50
Visit the excellent Museum of the Nation in Lima, which has numerous exhibits highlighting many of the pre-conquest civilisations and an outstanding photo exhibit on Peru's Internal Conflict of the 1980s and 1990s - Cost: PEN Free
See the incredible 'Magic Water Circuit' in Lima's Parque de la Reserva, an astounding evening display of water, music, light, images, and laser effects across 13 huge water fountains - Cost: PEN 4
Explore the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum in Lima, containing the largest private collection of pre-Colombian art in the world - Cost: PEN 30
Take a cebiche and pisco sour class at one of the top restaurants in Miraflores, a lively district of Lima - Cost: USD 40

Day 103 Huaraz

Today we will have a spectacular drive up the winding roads of the 'Paramonga Route' into the Cordillera Blanca section of the high Andes, reaching the mountain town of Huaraz. In Huaraz we will stay in a local hostel in either dorm accommodation or private rooms depending on availability. Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Day 104 to 105 Huaraz

We have two days in the spectacular area of the Cordillera Blanca for exploration and optional activities such as visiting the incredible pre-Inca ruins of Chavín de Huántar or trekking and climbing to the nearby lakes and glaciers.
Activities(Optional)
Explore the incredible ancient ruins of Chavín de Huantar, the religious centre for the Chavín culture which flourished in the area from 1200BCE-500BCE - Cost: PEN 100
Explore the remarkably well-presevered three-story mausoleum of Wilcahuaín near to Huaraz, built by the Wari civilisation that ruled the area between 600-900CE  - Cost: PEN 15
Learn all about the area's incredible pre-Inca civilisations at the Museo Regional de Ancash - Cost: PEN 15
Take a horse riding trip from Huaraz to the incredible viewpoints of the Cordillera Blanca - Cost: USD 27
Enjoy a half-day rock climbing excursion followed by a rejuvenating dip in the nearby thermal springs - Cost: USD 30
Go canyoning in the waterfalls and gorges of the Huaraz region - Cost: USD 28
Go downhill mountain biking through the stunning mountains of the Cordillera Blanca near Huaraz - Cost: USD 55
Trek out to the phenomenal turquoise glacier lake of Laguna 69 in the shadow of Huascaran, Peru's highest mountain - Cost: USD 45

Day 106 Huanchaco

Today we will have a full day's drive down the stunning 'Casma Route' to the Pacific coast and on to Huanchaco, near the city of Trujillo. In Huanchaco we will camp in the grounds of a local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

Day 107 Huanchaco

Today we will have an included guided trip to explore the enormous adobe ruins of Chan Chan and the world-famous Moche archaeological site of Huaca de la Luna (Pyramid of the Moon).
Activities(Included)
Guided tour of Moche Pyramids and the Chimu city of Chan Chan

Day 108 Lambayeque

Today we will have a full day's drive along the coast of northern Peru.  We will stay at a friendly local campsite just outside of Punta Sal, on a beautiful and serene beach on the shore of the Pacific Ocean. Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours. 

Day 109 Punta Sal

Today we have a full day to relax on the beach and enjoy some activities in and around the stunning coastal area of Punta Sal.
Activities(Optional)
Try your hand at surfing in the ideal waters of the Pacific Ocean near Punta Sal or Mancora - Cost: USD 20
Rent a mountain bike to explore the coast of Punta Sal and the beautiful nearby areas of Canoas and Plateritos - Cost: USD 20
Explore the coastlines of Punta Sal by foot, or head out trekking through the nearby hills and farms of Canoas - Cost: USD
Take a beginner's belly-dancing class with our hosts at the beaches of Punta Sal - Cost: USD 10
Take a yoga session at our beach campsite in Punta Sal - Cost: USD 10

Day 110 Cuenca

Border information: Exit Peru at Tumbes, enter Ecuador at Huaquillas. Today we will have a long drive day north, crossing the border into southern Ecuador and arriving at the beautiful colonial town of Cuenca. In Cuenca we will stay in a centrally-located hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.

Day 111 Cuenca

Today we will have a free day to explore the colonial city of Cuenca. The town is the birthplace of the famous Panama Hat, and we will have the opportunity today to visit one of the factories to learn about the manufacturing process.
Activities(Optional)
Visit some of the volcanic thermal baths near to the colonial town of Cuenca - Cost: USD 6
Visit the Museo Pumapungo in Cuenca, featuring an impressive range of artistic, historical, cultural, and ethnological exhibits, and most famously housing a collection of shrunken heads from the Shuar civilisation - Cost: USD
Take a day trip out of Cuenca to visit the site of the Ingapirca ruins, the largest known Inca ruins in Ecuador - Cost: USD 25
Visit one of the many factories that produce the ever-stylish Panama Hats, Cuenca's most famous export! - Cost: USD

Day 112 Chugchilan

Today we will drive to the remote village of Chugchilán, via the stunning landscape of the Cajas National Park en route and the spectacular highland scenery along the road of the 'Quilotoa Loop'. In Chugchilán we will stay in a fantastic local hostel where breakfast and dinner are included, giving you a chance to enjoy traditional Ecuadorian food. Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Day 113 Chugchilan

Today we will transfer to the village of Quilotoa to see its stunning crater lake, and take an included day trek back to Chugchilán through the local villages, canyons, and beautiful scenery. This walk is widely considered one of the best day treks in Ecuador!  The mostly-downhill usually takes between 4-6 hours, but please be aware that there is a section towards the end of the trek with a steep incline which you will need to be quite physically fit for - although we thoroughly recommend the trek, it can be skipped by anyone if they prefer.
Activities(Included)
Trek from Quilotoa to Chugchilan

Day 114 Rio Verde

Today we will drive along the remainder of the Quilotoa Loop and head north to the village of Rio Verde near the famous Tungurahua volcano. In Rio Verde we will stay at a well-equipped campsite with great facilities. Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Day 115 to 116 Banos

We will have two full days of free time for a range of activities in Rio Verde, such as white-water rafting, trekking, canyoning, cycling, and other options. We will also have the opportuinty to visit the nearby town of Baños and its popular volcanic thermal springs.
Activities(Optional)
Explore the beautiful hills surrounding Banos with an abundance of activities on offer - Cost: USD 3
Explore the stunning gorges, forests, and landscapes of the Baños area by foot, possibly trekking the Machay River trail or visiting the nearby waterfalls of Pailon del Diablo and Machay - Cost: USD
Take the famous zip-lining course through the Puntzan Canyon near Baños, flying through the forest canopy and past several waterfalls - Cost: USD 20
Go out on a half day rock climbing trip to the walls of natural lava rock just outside Banos, which have routes suitable for people of all levels - Cost: USD 30
Take out some quad bikes on a tour around the winding trails near Baños - Cost: USD 36
Hire mountain bikes to freely explore the winding trails around Banos - Cost: USD 7
Head out on a horse riding trip through the beautiful volcanic landscapes surrounding Baños - Cost: USD 40
Head out for an exhilarating half-day canyoning trip through the gorges near Baños - Cost: USD 25
Go on an adrenaline-fuelled half-day rafting expedition on the Rio Pastaza near Banos, one of the best rafting experiences in South America - Cost: USD 25

Day 117 Ecuadorian Amazon

Today our journey begins with a drive to a village on the edge of the Amazon basin, near the town of Tena, where we head to our lodge for an incredible 3-night stay. Our lodge is a great example of eco-tourism, built and run by the local community and volunteers, who work to re-forest the reserve land at the lodge with native trees and medicinal plants. The lodge is set in secondary and primary rainsforest, an area at risk of deforestation.  We will stay in a comfortable ecolodge with meals included. In the Ecuadorian Amazon we will stay in a comfortable rainforest lodge with meals included. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Day 118 to 119 Ecuadorian Amazon

Over the next two days we will head into the Amazon jungle, enjoying rainforest treks exploring the nearby waterfalls and caves, and trips down the Napo River in motorised dugout canoes, hopefully spotting plenty of wildlife on the way. We will also see some ancient fossils and petroglyphs, and visit a local Quichua community. 
Activities(Included)
Spend 3 nights at our fantastic Ecuadorian ecolodge, taking in many activities such as boat trips on the Napo River, visits to local communities and treks through the jungle to some spectacular waterfalls and bat caves!

Day 120 Quito

Today we will drive back up into the highlands and arrive at the Ecuadorian capital, Quito. In Quito we will stay in a friendly local hotel in the 'New Town'. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.
Activities(Optional)
Visit the Museo Nacional del Banco Central, showcasing the country's largest collection of Ecuadorian art and housing an impressive gold collection - Cost: USD 2

Day 121 Quito

Border Information: if finishing in Quito, you will most likely exit Ecuador at Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport (IATA code: UIO). Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Quito. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.
Activities(Optional)
Visit one of the countless art galleries in Quito, such as the Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana or the Museo Guayasamin - Cost: USD 6
Visit the equator at Mitad del Mundo - Cost: USD 3
Take a trip on El Telerifiqo, the world's second highest cable car - Cost: USD 8.5
Visit the Museo De La Ciudad - Cost: USD 3
Take a walk around Quito's incredible Botanical Gardens, which showcases all of Ecuador's various ecosystems and their flora - Cost: USD 3.5
Visit the Museo Mindalae, the extremely original project showcasing Ecuador's rich cultural diversity - Cost: USD 3
Visit the Museo Nacional del Banco Central, showcasing the country's largest collection of Ecuadorian art and housing an impressive gold collection - Cost: USD 2
Enjoy the fantastic view over Quito's Old Town from the statue of the Virgin Mary on top of the nearby Cerro Panecillo - Cost: USD
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