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The Great South American Journey–Quito to Fortaleza

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How do you possibly sum up an epic 73-day adventure throughout the entire continent of South America? From a unique homestay in the Amazon, to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, glittering Buenos Aires nightlife, the majesty of Iguassu Falls, and the mystery of Nazca, this massive tour is the perfect introduction to a whole (and incredibly exciting) portion of the world. Take this South America journey with a group of similar adventurers to yourself and be reminded why you started travelling in the first place.

What's Included

Amazon Jungle, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, and Uyuni Salt Flats excursions. Beach time in Mancora, Huanchaco, Ilha Grande, and Jericoacoara. Pachamanca ceremony (Nazca). 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. Entrance and visit to Iguassu Falls (Argentina and Brazil sides). Orientation walks in Salvador and Fortaleza. Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Highlights

Mingle with the locals at a homestay in the Amazon, conquer the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experience traditional life on Lake Titicaca, cross the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4×4 excursion, stand in awe at Iguassu Falls, sip caipirinhas on world-renowned Brazilian beaches.

Dossier Disclaimer

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 the operator. 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.

Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Important Notes

1. The rules and regulations controlling the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu are continually changing. Before embarking on your adventure to Peru it is very important that you familiarize yourself with the Inca Trail booking policies and guidelines as described in a document available on our website, at the following URL address:

http://www.gadventures.com/inca-advisory.php

2.Please advise at time of booking if you do not wish to hike the Inca Trail. Instead, you will have 2 nights in Cusco, travel by train for a night in Aguas Calientes, and join the hikers for the tour of Machu Picchu.

3. Portions of the Inca Trail will be closed for general maintenance during the month of February each year. Also, closures may occur at various times throughout the year due to inclement weather or other conditions beyond our control. During these periods, any tour affected will hike the Lares Trek.

4. Please note that this tour is a combination of several G Adventures tours. As such, your group CEO and fellow passengers may change between the individual tour sections.

5. All travellers are required to pay the tax on domestic flights in Peru. Foreign travellers are exempt form this, and proving you are indeed a foreign traveller can be done by providing us with your international ticket number (ITN). Travellers who do not submit international ticket numbers at least 30 days prior to Day 1 of their tour will be required to pay the domestic tax on all included flights.

Group Leader Description

All G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders, a G Adventures representative, or an expedition team. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting- we think it’s the best of both worlds.

Group Size Notes

Max 18, avg 14.

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other’s company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. On truck trips in Africa, aboard the expedition ship Explorer or our Galapagos yachts, while trekking in remote regions etc. food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Transport

Local bus, boat, truck, motorized canoe, train, hiking, plane, 4×4 truck.

Local Flights

All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.

Luggage weight restrictions may apply.

Solo Travellers

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accommodation

Hostels/hotels (55 nts, some multi-share), jungle homestay (3 nts), overnight buses (6 nts), camping (3 nts), homestay (1 nt), basic hotels on Uyuni Salt Flat excursion (2 nts, multi-share), estancia/ranch (2 nts, multi-share).

My Own Room Exceptions

Nights 2-4: Amazon homestay, Nights 11, 13 and 18: overnight buses, Nights 20-21: Colca Canyon, Night 22: overnight bus, Nights 25-27: Inca Trail, Night 32: Lake Titicaca homestay, Night 36: overnight bus, Nights 42-43: Salar de Uyuni, nights 54-55: Estancia, Night 56: overnight bus.

About Accommodation

Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Latin America (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control.

Some accommodation will be in multi-share hostels with 4-6 travellers per room, separated by gender.

Joining Hotel

For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.

Joining Instructions

The Quito International Airport is approximately one hour outside of the city centre where your joining hotel is located. There are a number of routes the driver may take depending on time of day and traffic, however, the route often seems long and indirect. The easiest and cheapest way to get there is by organizing a taxi at the desk within the airport (approximately $30 USD). Private transfers generally cost more as the cars will need to drive from Quito, to the airport, and return. Immediately after the customs and immigration area, as you head to the exits, you will find a taxi stand. We strongly recommend you pay for the car at set rates from the taxi stand and therefore won’t need to worry about sorting out a ride outside the airport facilities, where the situation tends to get more chaotic with many drivers vying for few clients. The taxis outside the airport area do not belong to the Taxi Airport Union and may charge higher fares.

There is also a shuttle available with the bus company Aeroservicios. Aeroservicios charges 8 USD to board a bus which will take you from the new airport to the old airport. The buses are new, comfortable, and often include wifi. From the old airport, a taxi to get to your hotel would generally cost $5 USD depending on the distance and location.

If you have paid in advance for an arrival transfer, a G Adventures representative will be at the airport to meet you. If for any reason you are not met at the airport, please call our local support line at 09 99506000. If you are unable to make contact for whatever reason, please make your way to the joining point hotel via taxi.

Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned for that day other then your welcome meeting in the evening, so you can arrive at any time. Similarly the last day is a departure day during which no activities have been planned.

A G Adventures Representative will organize a short meeting soon after arrival, during which you will meet other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip. A welcome note will be left for you in the hotel so you have all the necessary information regarding the meeting time and your transfer times back to the airport the next day. If you arrive late, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning.

Excess luggage can be stored free of charge at the joining hotel during your tour if desired.

ARGENTINA’S “RECIPROCITY FEE”:
Effective January 7, 2013 all US, Canadian and Australian citizens are required to pay a reciprocity tax in order to enter Argentina. This reciprocity tax must be paid in advance online with a credit card. Cash at the border or airport is not accepted.

ONLINE PAYMENT FORM:
https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes/

INSTRUCTIONS:
http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/pdf_varios/reciprocidad/Online_payment_instructions.pdf

COSTS:
US citizens: 160USD, valid for 10 years
Australian citizens: 100USD, valid for 1 year
Canadian citizens: 75USD for one entry and re-entries from bordering countries within 3 months; OR 150USD for a multiple entry visa valid for 5 years.

Arrival Complications

We don’t expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your CEO (if you are not on a group tour please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier). If you are unable to get in touch with your leader, please refer to our emergency contact details. If you have pre-booked an airport transfer and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.

Emergency Contact

Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call either the G Adventures Local Representative (if one is listed below) or our G Adventures Local Office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.

AIRPORT TRANSFER 
If you have purchased an arrival through G Adventures or if an arrival transfer is included in the cost of your tour, please note that:

Your arrival transfer has been arranged based on flight information provided to us. If you are advised of a flight schedule change within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival time, we will do our best to rearrange your arrival transfer however we cannot guarantee this. If your arrival transfer does not arrive within 30 minutes after you have exited the arrivals area please take a taxi to your start point hotel. 

EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
G Adventures Office Quito, Ecuador
During office hours (Weekdays 9am-6pm Local Time)
From outside Ecuador: +593 2250 6610
From within Ecuador: 022 506 610

After hours Emergency number
From outside Ecuador: +593 999 506 000
From within Ecuador: 0999 506 000

G Adventures Office Lima, Peru.
During office hours (Weekdays, 9-6pm Local Time)
From outside Peru: +51 1 241 1650
From inside Peru: 01 241 1650 or 241 1650 (from payphone within Peru)
After hours Emergency number: +51 99 758 2712.
After house Emergency number from within Peru: 099 758 2712

If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with our 24 hour Sales team, who will happily assist you.

Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100
Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000
Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000
Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618
Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307
Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999

What to Take

Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America however the weather varies greatly. Be prepared for rain and thunder storms in the wet season (from December to March), especially in the Amazon. Temperatures of -10C and lower are frequent around Uyuni and the Altiplano (high plateau). It is best to layer clothes rather than wearing a heavy parka. This allows you to accommodate clothing to varying degrees of temperatures and wet/dry/windy weather conditions. We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry. A large daypack is also essential.

In our continued effort to support the rights of the porters on the Inca Trail, we would like ensure that they never exceed the weight limit for their packs as set out by the Peruvian authorities. Porters are allowed to carry no more than 6kg of personal belongings per hiker (for all other Peru treks the limit is 8kg). That means that including your sleeping bag, toiletries, clothing, etc, you are allowed a total weight of 6kg for the hike which will be carried in a duffle bag provided by our local office. Any additional weight must then be carried by you in your day pack. To help achieve this goal we recommend that you carry travel sized toiletries, that you bring sport sandals that can be worn with socks (which are lighter than running/walking shoes) and that you limit electronics to those that you are willing to carry. Any additional baggage can be left in Cusco, but it is advised that you bring anything of value (eg. money, passport, credit cards, camera, etc) with you on the trek.

Checklist

-Documents
-Passport
-Insurance info
-Flight info
-Cash, credit and debit cards
-Vouchers and pre-departure information
-Required visas or vaccination certificates

-Sleeping bag (also available for hire)
-Weather-appropriate clothing
-Windproof/waterproof jacket
-Rain poncho
-Warm clothing
-Fleece jacket or warm layer
-Long trousers
-Hiking pants/track pants
-Shorts/skirts
-Shirts/T-shirts
-Hiking long sleeve shirt
-Loose-fitting, light coloured long-sleeved shirts
-Loose-fitting, light coloured hiking pants

-Thermal underwear
-Socks
-Knee-high socks
-Warm gloves
-Warm hat
-Small towel and swim wear
-Waterproof hiking boots
-Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes
-Sturdy walking shoes
-Flip flops/sandals

-Sun hat/bandana
-Sunblock
-Sunglasses
-Headlamp
-Money belt
-Toiletries
-Watch and alarm clock
-First-aid kit
-Rehydration powder
-Insect Repellent
-Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen)

-Day pack
-Camera with extra memory cards and batteries
-Personal Entertainment
-Binoculars
-Waterproof backpack cover
-Insect Repellent
-Moneybelt
-Pocketknife
-Antibacterial wipes/gel
-Reusable water bottle
-Ear plugs
-Plastic bags
-Walking poles (Optional, must be rubber-tipped)

Hiking equipment is available to rent locally if desired (prices subject to change):

-Walking pole 15 soles each (30 per pair)
-Sleeping bag 45 soles
-Air mattress 45 soles

Laundry

Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.

Visas

All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THE CORRECT TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION.

ARGENTINA’S “RECIPROCITY FEE”:
Effective January 7, 2013 all US, Canadian and Australian citizens are required to pay a reciprocity tax in order to enter Argentina. This reciprocity tax must be paid in advance online with a credit card. Cash at the border or airport is not accepted.

ONLINE PAYMENT FORM:
https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes/

INSTRUCTIONS:
http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/pdf_varios/reciprocidad/Online_payment_instructions.pdf

COSTS:
US citizens: 160USD, valid for 10 years
Australian citizens: 100USD, valid for 1 year
Canadian citizens: 92USD for one entry and re-entries from bordering countries within 3 months

Spending Money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

Money Exchange

The currency in Brazil is the Brazilian Real (BRL), in Uruguay the Uruguayan Peso (UYU), in Argentina the Argentine Peso (ARS), in Chile the Chilean Peso (CLP), in Bolivia the Boliviano (BOB), in Peru the Nuevo Sol (PEN), and in Ecuador the US Dollar (USD).

Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances. Visa cards are the most widely accepted cards. While ATMs are widely available, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work in Latin America. Check with your bank.

You should be aware that to purchase products or services on a credit card a fee of 5%-10% usually applies.

Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money, a combination of US dollar cash and cards is best. Please bear in mind that cost of living in the southern cone countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile) is much higher than the rest of South America, and in the case of Argentina, more comparable with Europe. Always take more rather than less, as you don’t want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds.

We do not recommend bringing travellers cheques as they are very difficult to change in country.

CURRENCY EXCHANGE TIP: Please be advised that slightly torn notes, notes that have been heavily marked or are faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than 100USD (or equivalent).

As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com

Emergency Fund

Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an ‘emergency’ fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

Departure Tax

USD $36

Tipping

It is customary in Latin America to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is an expected – though not compulsory – component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $5-10 USD per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.

Regarding the Inca Trail, if at the end of your trek you felt your trekking guide and support team did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline, we suggest each hiker contributes the following to a collective pool. We suggest a tipping amount of $40 per person for the Inca Trail and $35 per person for the Lares Trek.

Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $20-25 USD per person, per week can be used.

Optional Activities

Quito:
Quito City Tour
This tour of Quito is perfect for seeing fascinating panoramas, churches, and historical architecture of Quito. Learn about colonial art, culture, legends, and traditions.
Quito was designated by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage Site. The trip takes about 3.5 hours including the visit to the lookout point of El Panecillo where you will find one of the best views of Quito.
Trip includes English speaking guide/driver and private transportation)
- Entrance fees for the churches and Panecillo are not included in the price and are approx $ 9 USD p/p.
- Price for 1 person : $ 50 USD – Price for 2+ persons : $40 USD

City Tour + Equator Line
(Combination of City tour and Middle of the World Tour)
After the scenic city tour of Quito (described above) we go to the Equator line museum . Here we visit the Inti Ñan local museum where you can see different experiments to prove that you are at the Centre of the Earth. On the 00°00’00” line at the museum, you will have the opportunity to interact with demonstrations of phenomena that occur in nature, and which can be tested on our magnetic equatorial line.

This trip takes about 5 hours in total and includes English speaking guide/driver and private transportation )
- Entrances fees for City Tour : $ 6 USD (Churches)
- Equator line fees : $ 6 USD (Museums)
- Price for 1 person : $ 60 USD – Price for 2+ persons : $45 USD

The Middle of the world
Driving 25 Kms. (16 miles) north of Quito, marks the exact Middle of the World, latitude 0º. Here you can stand with a foot on each hemisphere. We will visit the Inti ñan site museum (pathway of the sun) which show the diversity of Ecuador’s native groups .

On the 00°00’00” line at the museum, you will have the opportunity to interact with demonstrations of phenomena that occur in nature, and which can be tested on our magnetic equatorial line.

Later we head up to Pululahua crater view point , which is one of the two inhabited volcanic caldera in the world. Trip includes English speaking guide/driver and private transportation)
- Entrance fees for the Museums are not included in the price and are approx $9 USD p/p.
- Price for 1 person : $ 50 USD – Price for 2+ persons : $40 USD

Otavalo Market
The Otavalo market is considered one the biggest and best native markets in South America. Here you can find an extremely wide variety of handicrafts made in Ecuador. We head north along the Pan-American highway for 2.5 hours. On the way we visit the village of Calderon to see the bread figures and Cayambe to taste the typical ‘biscochos’ (local biscuits). After you have explored the Otavalo market, we go to the leather market at Cotacachi or Peguche the weaving town . The busiest Market Day is Saturday with the most vendors, but the market is open daily.
This trip takes about 8 hours and can depart everyday at 08h00 am (trip includes English speaking guide/driver and private transportation )
- Price for 1 person : $ 100 USD – Price for 2+ persons : $70 USD

Mindo Cloud Forest – Full Day
Drive northwest for about 2 hours, enjoy the dramatic change of vegetation as we go down the andes to the cloudforest. Mindo is a tiny town set amidst some of the most beautiful and peaceful countryside in the entire country. It is a centre for both nature and adventure activities.
Go walking through the cloud forest and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the different waterfalls, take time to ride up the cable car with amazing views.
Time for lunch in a local restaurant (not included) and visit a butterfly farm where you will be able to see an array of colorful humming birds for which Mindo is renowned.
In the afternoon there is also the option of an organic chocolate tour which includes a demonstration of the chocolate-making process and of course tasting too!
This trip takes about 9 hours and can depart everyday at 07h00 am (trip includes English speaking guide/driver and private transportation )

Allow : $10 USD for lunch and $ 20 USD for entrance fees.
- Price for 1 person : $ 100 USD – Price for 2+ persons : $70 USD

Cotopaxi Volcano
A spectacular 2-hour drive in private transport takes us to Cotopaxi Volcano National Park , the highest active volcano in the world (5897 m) . We visit a museum in the park and hike around a lagoon at the bottom of the volcano to learn about the flora and fauna found at this altitude. We then continue by car up the volcano to the parking lot, at over 4500m. Then we walk approximately 1.5hrs to the refuge at 4800m, and after a short break, continue to the glacier (if the weather holds out). We head back to the Pan-American highway to have lunch somewhere near Latacunga, or buy a box lunch on the way to have more time in the park. Return to Quito in the afternoon.

This trip takes about 8 hours and can depart everyday at 07h00 am (trip includes guide/driver in english and private transportation )
- Price for 1 person : $ 100 USD – Price for 2+ persons : $70 USD
- Does not include Cotopaxi Park Entrance fee $40 USD per group ( Park fee cost can be split between travellers)

PAPALLACTA HOT SPRINGS

Two hours drive to the east are the Termas de Papallacta. They are located on the Cinnamon trail, (65km from Quito) which is the same route that Francisco de Orellana took in 1542 when he crossed the Andean mountain range in search of spices and gold, and discovered the Amazon River.

Things to do:

a) Hot springs pools with different temperatures and sizes with views of the Antisana volcano 5750m.
b) Trekking up the river
 on marked path
c) Horseback rides
 – extra cost
d) Relax in the new spa recently inaugurated (spa services not Included in entrance fee cost.)

Important Note:
- Lunch not included however restaurant available onsite offering typical Ecuadorian meals with some international options.
- Return to Quito in the afternoon.

- This tour provides transport service only. Your driver will drop you off at the Hot Springs and wait for you when you are ready to leave.

- Full day tour
Tour Price: $100 USD – 1 Person
$50 USD per person for 2+ travellers
$7 USD Entrance fee per person

Baños:
Bike rental $5
Hoseback riding $25
Whitewater rafting $30
Bridge jumping $15
Canyoning $35
Bungee jumping $15
Salsa Lesson $5

Cuenca:
City tour $25
Cajas National Park $25 -$50
Ingapirca ruins $30

Mancora:
Surf lessons $18/hour

Lima:
These tours can be booked locally through our Lima office. Please call (1) 719-8866 to reserve your tour and to find out about other available options. All prices are in USD.

Lima City Tour $39 (Minimum 2): Tour colonial and contemporary Lima. – Approx 3 Hrs

San Francisco Church and catacombs $1.80
Museum of the Nation $3.6
Museum of the Inquisition FREE
Tour colonial and contemporary Lima. – Approx 3 Hrs

Pachacamac $35
Visit the Lost Inca Citadel of Lima. – Approx 3 Hrs

Larco Museum $55
This museum contains the best quality gold and silver collection. – Approx 3 Hrs

Culinary Tour $55
Visit a local market. Learn how to make Ceviche and Pisco Sours like the experts. – Approx 3 Hrs

Ballestas Islands with Huacachina From $180
Enjoy wildlife and history, have lunch in a winery and visit the Huacachina Oasis. – Full day

City Contrasts $25
Visit the other face of Lima, the shanty towns or Pueblos Jovenes. – Approx 3 Hrs

Lima at Night $55
Visit the Magic Circuit of Water, walk through the centre of Lima and savour an included dinner. – Approx 3 Hrs

Palomina Islands $55
Visit the port area of Lima. Spot wildlife and swim with the sea lions. – Approx 5 Hrs (minimum 2)

Pisco:
Ballestas Island tour $12.5

Nazca:
Flight over the Nazca Lines $90-$100, depending on the airline available.

Arequipa:
Santa Catalina Museum $10.5 entrance
Juanita Museum $5.4

Cusco:
Boleto Turistico (tourist ticket) $25-46
City tour $15-20
Sacred Valley $20
Horseback riding around ruins (with guide) $40
Horseback riding around ruins (without guide) $15
Whitewater rafting $55
Mountain biking $55
Inka Museum $3.5 entrance

Puno:
Sillustani archaeological site $12

La Paz:
Chacaltaya tour $18
City tour $20
City Tour and Moon Valley $25
Mountain biking $60-100
Tiwanaku ruins $17.5
Tiwanaky museum entrance $13
Museum of Pre-Colombian Precious Metals $1 entrance for ticket to four museums
Casa de Don Pedro Domingo Murillo enterance included in ticket above

Sucre:
Dinosaur Footprints tour $5
Hiking $25-35
Mountain biking $18-35

Potosí:
Silver Mine Tour $21
Casa de la Moneda $3

San Pedro de Atacama:
Tour Moon Valley $20- 25 USD
Mountain biking $20-25 USD

La Serena:
Pisco Distillery tour/Elqui Valley $25-30

Santiago:
Pisco distillery tour $6
Winery tour $8-$10

Pucon:
Snowboarding $45
Mountain Bike rental $2-$8
Volcano Climb $50-$70
Rafting $30-$60
Thermal Baths $10-12
Horseback riding $30

Puerto Montt:
Chiloe transport $10

Bariloche:
Tronador excursion $25
Lake Circuit $10-$15
Snowboarding $45
Chairlift tickets $10
Paragliding $80
Bicycle rental $5/hour

Buenos Aires:
Tango Show $45-$60
Coastal train $10
Teatro Colón $5
City Tour $12-15

Colonia:
Scooter rental $5
Ranch excursion $40

Salto:
Water park entrance $3-5
Spa treatments $20+

Montevideo:
City Tour $15

Iguassu Falls:
Bird park $14
Jungle & Falls excursion $40
Boat ride, various tours $20 -$50
Helicopter flight over falls $100

Rio de Janeiro:
Corcovado $20
Sugar loaf $20
Football game $10-$25
Samba show $50+
City tour Rio de Janeiro $60
Favela Tour Rio $30

All prices are per person in US dollars amounts (unless stated otherwise), and are subject to change as services are provided by third party operators. Please note that many optional activities will need to be paid in cash.

Huayna Picchu: Whilst we appreciate that this hike may be may be promoted by others, at this time we cannot verify that this hike meets G Adventures minimum safety standards. For this reason, we do not include the Huayna Picchu hike in any of our itineraries, and our CEO’s and support staff are prohibited from providing advice or assistance with booking this activity.

Health

Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that quite often we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. When selecting your trip please carefully read the brochure and itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please refer to the Physical and Culture Shock ratings for trip specific information. G Adventures reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our CEO they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.

Please note your Adventure travels to high altitude. This is medically defined as anything over 8,000 feet (2,440 meters). Most people can travel to 8,000 feet with minimal effects. However, everyone reacts to altitude differently and altitude sickness can on set with some people irrespective of fitness and age. For details on how to best prepare and what to do in the unlikely event you are effected on your Adventure, please consult your physician.

Safety and Security

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers’ cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home – you won’t need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your CEO has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your CEO will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.

Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.

Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).

Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk.

We take all prudent measures in relation to your safety. For ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling, please visit:


www.gadventures.com/travel-resources/safety/

Medical Form

Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility’ is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day’s activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information.

The medical questionnaire can be found online at:

www.gadventures.com/medical-form
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A Couple of Rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

Planeterra-The G Adventures Foundation

Through our commitment to responsible tourism we have developed the Planeterra Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people and communities around the world through support of international charities, local organizations and community projects in the places that we visit on our tours. G Adventures matches all individual donations and pays all administration costs, which means that 100% of each donation is doubled and goes directly to support our projects. For more information about Planeterra and the projects we support, or to make a donation, please visit www.planeterra.org

Planeterra Dollar-A-Day Program
Our Dollar-A-Day Program provides travellers with the opportunity to help us give back to the people and places visited on our tours by donating one dollar per day for the duration of their tour. 100% of these proceeds will go directly to support our G Adventures for Good projects.

To participate in this program please indicate at the time of booking that you would like to participate in G Adventures’ Dollar-A-Day program, either by clicking the check box online, or by advising your G Adventures specialist or travel agent. (Note: Donation will be charged in the currency of your booking)

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Max Pax

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Group Leader

Chief Experience Officer (CEO), specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike, local guides.

Meal Budget

Allow USD1905-2480 for meals not included.

Meals Included

39 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners

PRODUCT_LINE: SEQF, ID: 23668

Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.


Itinerary

  1. Day 1 Quito

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

    Included Activities:
    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

  2. Day 2 Quito/Tena (1B, 1L, 1D)

    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.

    Included Activities:
    Amazon Jungle Homestay

    Transport:
    Local bus (6.00-7.00 hours)

  3. Days 3-4 Tena

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

    Included Activities:
    Amazon Jungle Homestay

  4. Day 5 Tena/Baños (1B)

    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.

    Transport:
    Pickup truck (0.75 hour(s))
    Local bus (3.00-4.00 hours)

  5. Day 6 Baños

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

  6. Day 7 Baños/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.

    Transport:
    Local bus (2.00 hour(s))
    Local bus (6.00 hour(s))

  7. Day 8 Cuenca

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

  8. Day 9 Cuenca/Máncora

    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.

    Included Activities:
    Border Crossing (Ecuador – Peru)

    Transport:
    Local bus (5.00-6.00 hours)
    Local bus (4.00-5.00 hours)

  9. Day 10 Máncora

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

  10. Day 11 Máncora/Huanchaco

    Free time in Mancora. Overnight bus to Huanchaco.

    Transport:
    Overnight bus

  11. Day 12 Huanchaco

    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.

  12. Day 13 Huanchaco/Lima

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

    Transport:
    Overnight bus (8.00 hour(s))

  13. Day 14 Lima (1B)

    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 optional city tour visits many of the cities highlights.

  14. Day 15 Lima

    Enjoy the day exploring the city.

  15. Day 16 Lima/Paracas (1B)

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

    Transport:
    Local bus (4.00 hour(s), 250km)
    Minibus (0.50 hour(s))

  16. Day 17 Paracas/Nazca (1D)

    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.

    Included Activities:
    Huacachina Winery Visit

    Transport:
    Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 175km)

  17. Day 18 Nazca/Arequipa

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

    Transport:
    Overnight bus (8.00-9.00 hours, 570km)

  18. Day 19 Arequipa

    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.

  19. Day 20 Arequipa/Chivay (1B)

    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.

    Included Activities:
    Colca Canyon Guided Tour

    Transport:
    Private Vehicle (4.50-5.00 hours, 165km)

  20. Day 21 Chivay (1B)

    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.

    Included Activities:
    Colca Canyon Guided Tour

  21. Day 22 Arequipa/Cusco (1B)

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

    Transport:
    Private Van (4.50-5.00 hours, 165km)
    Overnight bus (10.00 hour(s))

  22. Day 23 Cusco

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

  23. Day 24 Cusco (1B)

    Enjoy another free day in Cusco.

  24. Day 25 Cusco/Ollantaytambo (1B)

    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.

    Transport:
    Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 95km)

  25. Day 26 Ollantaytambo/Wayllabamba Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)

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

    Additional Notes:
    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.

    Included Activities:
    Hike Inca Trail

    Transport:
    Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))

  26. Day 27 Wayllabamba Camp/Paqaymayo Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)

    Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.

    Included Activities:
    Hike Inca Trail

  27. Day 28 Paqaymayo Camp/Wiñaywayna (1B, 1L, 1D)

    Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through cloud forest on the gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley.

    At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the “town above the clouds.” Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins (“forever young”) located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).

    Included Activities:
    Hike Inca Trail

  28. Day 29 Wiñaywayna/Cusco (1B)

    The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Wake up around 03:30 and walk to the checkpoint. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows.

    Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.

    Included Activities:
    Hike Inca Trail
    Machu Picchu Guided Tour

    Transport:
    Train (1.50 hour(s), 118km)
    Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

  29. Day 30 Cusco (1B)

    Free day to explore more of Cusco or just relax.

  30. Day 31 Cusco/Puno (1B)

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

    Transport:
    Local bus (7.50 hour(s), 390km)

  31. Day 32 Puno/Isla Amantani (1B, 1D)

    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.

    Included Activities:
    Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 1
    Lake Titicaca Homestay

    Transport:
    Boat (3.00 hour(s))

  32. Day 33 Isla Amantani/Puno (1B, 1L)

    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.

    Included Activities:
    Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 2

  33. Day 34 Puno/La Paz (1B)

    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.

    Included Activities:
    Border Crossing (Peru – Bolivia)

    Transport:
    Local bus (2.50 hour(s), 300km)
    Local bus (3.00 hour(s))

  34. Day 35 La Paz (1B)

    Free day in La Paz. Opt to visit Iglesia de San Francisco, the Valley of the Moon, the Witches’ Market, or the nearby Tiahuanaco Ruins.

  35. Day 36 La Paz/Sucre (1B)

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

    Transport:
    Overnight bus (14.00 hour(s), 416km)

  36. Day 37 Sucre

    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.

  37. Day 38 Sucre (1B)

    Enjoy another free day to explore Sucre and surroundings.

  38. Day 39 Sucre/Potosí (1B)

    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.

    Transport:
    Local bus (2.50 hour(s))

  39. Day 40 Potosí (1B)

    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.

  40. Day 41 Potosí/Uyuni (1B)

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

    Transport:
    Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

  41. Day 42 Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni (1B, 1L, 1D)

    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 4×4 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).

    Additional Notes:
    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.

    Included Activities:
    Salt Flats Excursion

    Transport:
    4×4

  42. Day 43 Salar de Uyuni (1B, 1L, 1D)

    Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4×4 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.

    Included Activities:
    Salt Flats Excursion

  43. Day 44 Salar de Uyuni/San Pedro de Atacama (1B)

    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.

    Included Activities:
    Border Crossing (Bolivia – Chile)

    Transport:
    4×4 (1.00 hour(s))
    Local bus (1.50-2.50 hours)

  44. Day 45 San Pedro de Atacama

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

  45. Day 46 San Pedro de Atacama/Salta

    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.

    Included Activities:
    Border Crossing (Chile – Argentina)

    Transport:
    Local bus (10.00 hour(s))

  46. Day 47 Salta (1B)

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

  47. Day 48 Salta/Buenos Aires

    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!

    Transport:
    Plane (5.00 hour(s))

  48. Day 49 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.

    Additional Notes:
    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.

  49. Day 50 Buenos Aires

    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.

  50. Day 51 Buenos Aires/Colonia del Sacramento

    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.

    Additional Notes:
    In high season, accommodation may be multi-share.

    Included Activities:
    Border Crossing (Argentina – Uruguay)
    Orientation Walk

    Transport:
    Ferry (1.00 hour(s))

  51. Day 52 Colonia del Sacramento/Montevideo (1B)

    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.

    Transport:
    Local bus (2.50-3.00 hours, 177km)

  52. Day 53 Montevideo (1B)

    Free time to explore Montevideo.

  53. Day 54 Montevideo/Mercedes (1B, 1L, 1D)

    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.

    Included Activities:
    Estancia Stay

    Transport:
    Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)

  54. Day 55 Mercedes (1B, 1L, 1D)

    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.

    Included Activities:
    Estancia Stay

  55. Day 56 Mercedes/Foz do Iguaçu (1B)

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

    Included Activities:
    Border Crossing (Uruguay – Argentina)

    Transport:
    Overnight bus (16.00-18.00 hours, 868km)

  56. Day 57 Foz do Iguaçu

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

    Included Activities:
    Border Crossing (Argentina – Brazil)
    Iguassu Falls Guided Tour

    Transport:
    Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)

  57. Day 58 Foz do Iguaçu (1B)

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

    Additional Notes:
    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.

    Included Activities:
    Border Crossing (Brazil – Argentina)
    Iguassu Falls Visit
    Border Crossing (Argentina – Brazil)

  58. Day 59 Foz do Iguaçu/Paraty

    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.

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

    Transport:
    Plane (1.50 hour(s), 1000km)
    Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 314km)

  59. Day 60 Paraty (1B)

    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.

  60. Day 61 Paraty/Ilha Grande (1B)

    Tavel to the port in Angra dos Reis and catch a boat over to Ilha Grande not far from the coast.

    Additional Notes:
    In high season, accommodation in Ilha Grande may be multi-share.

    Transport:
    Local bus (1.50-2.00 hours)
    Ferry (1.50 hour(s))

  61. Days 62-63 Ilha Grande

    Free time to explore the beaches of Ilha Grande. Opt to hike the remote trails, take a boat trip around the island, play in the waves or go snorkelling.

  62. Day 64 Ilha Grande/Rio de Janeiro

    Leaving the port after returning from Ilha Grande, a dramatic road then takes us north along the coast through superb scenery before rounding the cliffs at Vidigal. Get a first glimpse of one of the most memorable cities in the world, Brazil’s ocean-side jewel, Río de Janeiro.

    Enjoy any free time by taking an optional city tour or exploring the wonders that this city has to offer from the centrally located hostel in Copacabana.

    Additional Notes:
    The hostel has private rooms with private bathrooms for travellers, but its common areas are shared with other guests of the hostel.

    Transport:
    Ferry (1.50 hour(s))
    Local van (3.00-3.50 hours)

  63. Day 65 Rio de Janeiro

    Enjoy a free day to soak up the vibrant energy of Rio de Janeiro.

  64. Day 66 Rio de Janeiro/Salvador (1B)

    Fly up the coast to the capital of Bahia and enjoy an orientation walk around the Pelourinho or old city centre complete with brightly painted colonial buildings.

    Included Activities:
    Orientation Walk

    Transport:
    Plane (5.00 hour(s))

  65. Day 67 Salvador

    Enjoy free time to explore town. Hit the beach, take a capoeira lesson, or learn how to samba.

  66. Day 68 Salvador/Fortaleza

    Cover the long distance with another flight to the vibrant city of Fortaleza. Enjoy an orientation walk upon arrival.

    Included Activities:
    Orientation Walk

    Transport:
    Plane (3.00 hour(s))

  67. Day 69 Fortaleza/Jericoacoara

    Spend the day travelling further north past beaches and sand dunes to reach Jericoacoara, a tranquil slice of beachside paradise.

    Transport:
    Local bus (8.00 hour(s))

  68. Day 70 Jericoacoara

    Affectionately known as ‘Jeri’ to locals, Jericoacoara is a small fishing village where the streets are made of sand. Surrounded by sand dunes, and stunning coastline there are plenty of activities to choose from during the day. At night, the town lights up with its many restaurants and fun nightlife.

  69. Day 71 Jericoacoara

    Explore the small town, take a stroll along the endless beach and watch windsurfers ride the waves. Opt to take a surf lesson, rent a stand up paddle board or soak up the sun.

  70. Day 72 Jericoacoara/Fortaleza

    Transfer back to Fortaleza and after leaving behind the chill town of Jeri enjoy the hustle and nightlife of the city.

    Transport:
    Local bus (8.00 hour(s))

  71. Day 73 Fortaleza

    Depart at any time.

    Included Activities:
    Departure Day

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