Inca Empire

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This epic journey takes in the sights and delights of South America, covering four countries with distinct cultures, customs and landscapes. Travel Overland from Quito to Santiago, enjoying highlights such as an Amazon Jungle adventure and the challenging Inca Trail trek. Get off the beaten track with visits to an outdoor sports mecca in Ecuador, the rural villages of Peru, an underground mine in Bolivia and the wine capital of Argentina. Cap it all off with stops in vibrant cities and several chances to relax by idyllic beaches - this cross-continent adventure really does have it all.

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Quito

Discover the charm of the Old Town's colonial centre.

Days 3-4 Amazon Jungle

Explore the Amazon and learn about the unique way of life in the jungle while walking with a knowledgeable local guide.

Days 5-7 Banos

Try mountain biking, rafting or soak in the thermal springs.

Days 8-9 Cuenca

Admire the colonial architecture and colourful flower markets in Cuenca.

Days 14-15 Lima

Try out the nightlife in the neighbourhood of Barranco or head to the coast for a seafood meal.

Day 16 Pisco

Relax in the central plaza or take an optional trip to the Ballestas Islands to admire the wealth of wildlife.

Days 17-18 Nazca

Perhaps take to the skies on a scenic flight to admire the Nazca Lines.

Day 33 Copacabana

Feast on fresh trout at one of the town's atmospheric restaurants.

Days 34-37 La Paz

Wander through the Witches' Market, admiring piles of herbs and bottles of potions.

Days 38-39 Sucre

Admire the whitewashed architecture in this scenic capital.

Days 40-41 Potosi

Visit a working mine and perhaps take a tour deep underground.

Days 10-11 Mancora

Chill-out on some of Peru's best beaches.

Days 12-13 Huanchaco

Travel through the Sechura Desert, see the surfing fishermen of Huanchaco and explore the historical city of Trujillo.

Days 19-22 Arequipa/Chivay/Colca Canyon

From colonial Arequipa, head out to the impressive Colca Canyon.

Days 23-24 Cuzco/Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo

Enjoy a wander through Cuzco's bustling San Pedro market before exploring the ruins scattered throughout the Sacred Valley.

Days 25-28 Inca Trail/Machu Picchu/Cuzco

Camp out on this challenging hike to Machu Picchu.

Day 29 Cuzco

Relax in a cafe or hit the mountain tracks on a daring bike ride.

Days 30-32 Lake Titicaca/Puno

Discover folklore and cruise the lake.

Days 42-45 Salar de Uyuni

The volcanoes and salt plains are sure to impress.

Days 46-59 Salta

Delve into the pre-Columbian and colonial history of one of Argentina's most splendid cities.

Days 50-52 Mendoza

Wander through the picturesque vineyards of Mendoza and partake in some of the wine this region is famous for, Malbec.

Days 53-55 Santiago

Parks, museums, shops, markets and a hectic party scene await in Santiago.

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