Quito to Rio

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Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of South America on this incredible adventure from Quito to Rio de Janeiro. Trek along ancient Inca paths to the magnificent ruins of Machu Picchu, experience life aboard the amazing floating islands of Lake Titicaca and enjoy the pulsating energy of cosmopolitan Buenos Aires. Discover diverse landscapes and breathtaking scenery as you venture deep into the lush Amazon Jungle, traverse soaring Andean mountains, survey vast Bolivian salt flats, marvel at thunderous waterfalls and explore verdant Brazilian forests. Along the way, meet friendly locals and discover the rich cultural heritage of this utterly bewitching continent.

Itinerary

Day 1 Quito

Surrounded by soaring mountains, Quito boasts some astonishing views. Absorb the scenic panorama from Parque Itchimbia or make the hair-raising climb into the gothic towers of the Basilica del Voto Nacional.

Days 2-4 Amazon Jungle

Trek through abundant vegetation and discover the rich biodiversity of this remarkable region.

Days 5-7 Rio Verde

Relish the area's year-round temperate weather and perhaps saddle-up for some horse riding or hit the whitewater rapids in a raft.

Days 8-9 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 10-11 Cuenca

Witness the creation of the legendary Panama hat at a local factory before exploring this beautiful city at leisure.

Days 12-13 Punta Sal

Laze on pristine beaches or perhaps enjoy some deep-sea fishing.

Days 14-15 Huanchaco

Gaze at extraordinary archaeological finds at the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipan en route to Huanchaco, home to the remarkable surfing fisherman. Peruse the ancient ruins of Chan Chan and the incredible Temples of the Sun and Moon.

Days 16-18 Huaraz

Dominated by the highest tropical mountain range in the world, Huaraz offers a range of optional activities including mountain biking, trekking and even ice climbing.

Days 19-20 Lima

Descend into the eerie catacombs below the Monasterio de San Francisco or admire the exquisitely carved balconies lining the Plaza de Armas. Head to San Isidro or Miraflores for a taste of contemporary Peruvian life.

Day 21 Paracas National Reserve

Spend a night among the spectacular scenery of one of the most important marine reserves in the world.

Day 22 Ballestas Islands/Nazca

Cruise around the Ballestas Islands to spot some of the area's weird wildlife and head to Nazca to gaze at the mysterious line formations etched into the ground.

Day 23 Puerto Inca

See the remarkably well-preserved human remains at Chauchilla Cemetery. Spend the night in Puerto Inca.

Days 24-25 Arequipa

Admire the charming white-stone buildings surrounding the stately Plaza de Armas or visit some of the city's beautiful colonial churches.

Days 26-27 Chivay/Colca Canyon

Why not rejuvinate in the local thermal springs before visiting the spectacular Colca Canyon?

Day 28 Raqchi Homestay

Meet some locals on a family homestay and spend the evening relaxing around a fire.

Days 29-30 Cuzco

Start the day with a visit to an artisan centre to learn about traditional crafts. Fall in love with Cuzco, Peru's most enchanting city. Uncover its ancient heritage at the famous 12-sided stone and ruins of Qorikancha or visit the awe-inspiring cathedral.

Days 31-34 Quechua Community Trek/Classic Inca Trail

Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas on this Quechua Community trek through dramatic Andean landscapes. Soak up the spectacular scenery and meet some locals before descending into the Sacred Valley. Alternatively take the classic Inca Trail trek and hike to Machu Picchu.

Days 35-36 Machu Picchu/Cuzco

The first glimpse of Machu Picchu is truly breathtaking. Discover the fascinating history of this remarkable lost city on a guided tour, then explore the citadel at leisure. Back in Cuzco, soak up the relaxed atmosphere or enjoy some of the optional adventures activities on offer.

Day 37 Puno

Rising dramatically from the desolate desert landscape, the amazing Sillustani funerary towers are testament to the engineering abilities of the area's pre-Incan civilisation. Spend the night in Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Days 38-39 Copacabana

Navigate the extensive waters of Lake Titicaca and visit the phenomenal floating islands before heading to picturesque Copacabana.

Days 40-42 La Paz

Enter Bolivia's cultural capital, the perfect place to pick up some alpaca wool products.

Days 43-44 Potosi

Explore this once-wealthy mining town and perhaps take an optional tour through a working mine - an experience definitely not for the claustrophobic.

Days 45-47 Salar de Uyuni

Marvel at the harsh landscape of the world's largest salt flat before visiting the fiery-red Laguna Colorado.

Days 48-49 San Pedro de Atacama

Cross the border into Chile and camp at one of the world's best places for stargazing. By day, visit the surreal lunar landscape of Valle de la Luna.

Days 50-52 Salta

Admire the elegant colonial architecture of Salta or head out of town to Quebrada de Humahuaca, a narrow mountain valley flanked by spectacularly colourful mountains and giant cacti.

Days 53 Cafayate

Learn about local wine production on a vineyard tour, perhaps taking the opportunity to quaff some of the renowned blends.

Days 54-57 Estancia Stay

Sample a famous Argentine barbecue and take the chance to explore the vast Pampas on horseback.

Days 58-59 Cordoba

Wander scenic streets and admire the city's many beautiful churches.

Days 60-61 Buenos Aires

Get swept up in the infectious passion of Argentina's elegant capital. Wander charming streets of San Telmo or discover the city's famous nightlife.

Days 63-64 San Ignacio de Mini

Admire the beautiful carved ornamentation of these Jesuit ruins.

Days 65-67 Iguazu Falls

Discover the awesome power and mighty roar of this spectacular natural wonder.

Days 68-70 Bonito

Crystal-clear rivers and incredible caves combine to make a natural paradise.

Days 71-73 Pantanal

Renowned for its staggering biodiversity, the Pantanal is a vast wetland teeming with birdlife, caiman and rare mammals.

Day 74 Brotas

Relish the sublime natural beauty of this isolated area. Home to an abundance of flora and fauna, this remarkable region is considered crucial to the maintenance of global biodiversity.

Days 76-78 Paraty

Nuzzled by verdant green mountains and emerald waters, the Costa Verde offers some spectacular scenery. The deserted beaches are great for swimming and diving or perhaps enjoy a boat trip out to a small island.

Day 79 Rio de Janeiro

Celebrate an amazing South American adventure dancing the night away in Brazil's party capital.

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