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Set off on an unforgettable journey from Bolivia to Ecuador, travelling through diverse Andean landscapes and discovering the fascinating culture of this remarkable region. Trek along ancient Inca paths, survey the vast Colca Canyon, gaze at the remarkable Nazca Lines and delight in the dazzling buildings of Arequipa. Discover the colonial charm of Cuenca and Lima before penetrating deep into the lush jungles of the Amazon and absorbing panoramic views of Quito. Experience sublime wonder at the ruins of Machu Picchu, discover life on the floating islands of Lake Titicaca and admire colourful traditional costumes in Bolivia. This unforgettable 41-day Overland Adventure is the ultimate way to discover the rich history, friendly people and vibrant culture of this unique corner of the globe.


Day 1 La Paz

The adventure starts in Bolivia's cultural capital. This atmospheric city is well-worth exploring so why not spend a few days here before the trip starts and visit the sights? Be sure to take a wander through the Witches' Market.

Days 2-3 Copacabana

Cruise to the famous floating islands of Lake Titicaca then head to picturesque Copacabana. Visit the delightful Moorish-style cathedral or admire a sunset at a lakeside restaurant.

Day 4 Puno

Admire the colourful local women in layered dresses and bowler hats.

Days 5-6 Cuzco

Explore South America's oldest continuously inhabited city. Admire the many Baroque churches or discover the city's Inca heritage by visiting the 12-sided stone or the Qorikancha ruins.

Days 11-12 Machu Picchu/Cuzco

Revel in the breathtaking views of this ancient wonder. Discover the site's secrets on a guided tour then explore the citadel at leisure. Back in Cuzco, unwind from trekking in one of the city's great bars or spend some time learning about the region's indigenous culture at the Centre for Traditional Textiles.

Day 13 Raqchi Homestay

Experience some Peruvian hospitality on an overnight homestay with some of Intrepid's long-term friends.

Days 14-15 Chivay/Colca Canyon

Witness the graceful flight of the Andean condor as it swoops and soars above the dramatic Colca Canyon.

Days 16-17 Arequipa

Delight in the distinctive white buildings that dazzle in the sun or perhaps visit the local museum to see the frozen body of a sacrificed Inca maiden.

Day 18 Puerto Inca

Glimpse into the past at the fascinating Chauchilla Cemetery, which houses some remarkably well-preserved ancient human remains. Camp overnight near Puerto Inca.

Day 19 Nazca

Marvel at the mysterious and ancient Nazca Lines. Opt to take to the skies for an unforgettable view of the area.

Day 20 Paracas National Park

Visit an ancient necropolis, then savour grand views of the ocean from a cliff-top lookout.

Days 23-25 Huaraz

Located high in the Andes, Huaraz has a range of optional activities available. Get active with some mountain biking or perhaps take a day trip to the Pastoruri Glacier.

Days 26-27 Huanchaco

Visit the fascinating Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum and see famous mummies found buried amidst an array of gold, jewels and fabrics. In Huanchaco admire the skill of the surfing fisherman, balancing on canoes made of reeds.

Days 28-29 Punta Sal

Seaside activities abound in this haven of sun, surf and sand. Perhaps enjoy deep-sea fishing, go horse riding or explore the scenic shoreline by boat.

Days 30-31 Cuenca

Let yourself be enchanted by this delightful city. Take a stroll along cobblestone streets admiring the red-tiled roofs, flower markets and shady plazas that have earned Cuenca the honour of being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Days 7-10 Quechua Community Trek/Classic Inca Trail

Set off on the trek of a lifetime. Hike across high plateaus, pass incredible ruins and visit local Quechua communities before descending into the Sacred Valley. There is also the option to do an alternative trek on the classic Inca Trail.

Days 21-22 Ballestas Islands/Lima

Cruise around the Ballestas Islands and spot some of the wildlife that thrives in the area. Continue on to Lima and discover an incredible mix of Latin and Spanish influences. Descend into the catacombs under the Monastery of San Francisco or head to lively Miraflores for some shopping and a quick drink.

Days 32-33 Chugchilan/Quilotoa Loop

Enjoy spectacular views while driving along the winding Quilotoa Loop. Stretch legs on a guided trek and overnight in an eco-lodge nestled on the slopes of the Rio Toachi Canyon.

Days 34-36 Rio Verde

Make the most of the year-round temperate climate by enjoying some optional outdoor activities.

Days 37-39 Amazon Jungle

The lush verdant jungle of the upper Amazon Basin is one of the world's most biologically diverse regions. Set off on treks heading deep into the heart of the jungle, visit freshwater pools inhabited by long-legged caimans and canoe down twisting rivers to meet hospitable locals.

Days 40-41 Quito

Dwarfed by the majestic Volcan Pichincha, the vibrant city of Quito is one of South America's treasures. Stroll through the historic Old Town to see grand colonial buildings or try some delicious local specialities in a pena.

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