Amazing South America

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Prepare for the ultimate South American adventure packed full of cosmopolitan capitals and breathtaking beauty on this journey from captivating Quito to vibrant Rio de Janeiro. Travel through Ecuadorâs volcanic landscapes, the lush Amazon rainforest, Peruâs desert coast, the vast landscapes of Bolivia and the wilds of Brazil. Hike the Inca Trail, get to know the locals at a homestay on Lake Titicaca, sleep out on the eerie Uyuni salt flats, spot rare wildlife in the Panatanal and stare in awe at the mighty Iguazu Falls. With plenty of free time and a do-it-yourself approach, this adventure is the perfect trip through the highlights of South America.

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Quito

Surrounded by volcanoes, Quito is an impressive sight.

Days 3-4 Amazon Jungle

Encounter exotic flora and fauna on an adventure into the heart of the Amazon. Walk through the jungle, swim beneath crystal clear waterfalls and visit a Quichua family to learn about life in this fascinating region.

Days 5-7 Banos

Enjoy the volcanic landscapes on foot, by bike, by horse or from the warm waters of Banos' famous hot springs.

Days 8-9 Cuenca

Stroll the narrow cobblestone streets of this World Heritage-listed city and chill out in a shady plaza. Take the opportunity to visit El Cajas National Park, with its cloud forest, rocky lunar landscapes and more than 200 lakes.

Days 10-13 Mancora/Huanchaco

Cross the border into Peru. In chilled Mancora, try surfing or simply relax at the beach eating a Peruvian ceviche. Explore historical Trujillo and see the 'surfing' fisherman in Huanchacho.

Days 14-15 Lima

Discover the heart of Spanish colonial America in Peru's 'City of Kings'. Walk along the shoreline at Miraflores and visit the Monastery of San Francisco to see the distinctly Peruvian canvas of the Last Supper - complete with disciples dining on guinea pig.

Day 16 Pisco

Head down the coast to Pisco and sample Peru's national drink, the Pisco sour.

Days 17-18 Nazca

Take an optional visit to the Ballestas Islands then visit the Huacachina Oasis where you can try sandboarding. Continue onto the Nazca desert to explore one of the world's most mysterious archaeological sites.

Days 19-22 Arequipa/Colca Canyon

Travel to Arequipa, resting at the foot of El Misti Volcano. From here, travel to Chivay to explore Colca Canyon and spot Andean condors, the world's largest birds.

Days 23-24 Cuzco/Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo

Discover the heart and soul of Peru in colonial Cuzco. Browse San Pedro market then travel through the Sacred Valley, visiting a local community before spending the night in Ollantaytambo.

Days 25-28 Inca Trail/Machu Picchu/Cuzco

Trek the spectacular Inca Trail along high plateaus, past ancient ruins and through lush cloud forests: the view of Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate is a great sight at the end of this challenging trek.

Day 29 Cuzco

Chill out during a wander of Cuzco's cobblestone streets or enjoy some of the many adventure sports on offer.

Days 30-32 Puno/Lake Titicaca

Travel to Puno, on the shores of the world's highest navigable lake. Visit the Uros floating islands, make new friends during an unforgettable homestay and pick up some unique souvenirs on Taquile Island, where knitting is strictly a male domain.

Day 33 Copacabana

Cross the border into Bolivia. With luck, witness the spectacle of locals taking their confetti-covered cars and trucks to be blessed at the Copacabana Church.

Days 34-38 La Paz

Take an orientation walking tour of this bustling city and browse the weird and wonderful stalls at the Witches' Market.

Days 39-41 Salar de Uyuni

Explore the surreal landscapes, multicoloured lakes, smoldering volcanoes and cacti-studded islands of Salar de Uyuni.

Days 42-43 Potosi

For a truly eye-opening experience, why not descend deep into the mines of Cerro Rico to learn about life in one of the tin mines?

Days 44-45 Sucre

Admire the wealth of whitewashed architecture in colonial Sucre or ride the 'dino bus' to Cal Orcko to see 60 million-year-old dinosaur tracks.

Days 46-47 Santa Cruz

Head to Bolivia's lowlands and discover Santa Cruz, the country's agricultural capital. The markets here sell everything from coca leaf and armadillo meat to love potions and talismans.

Days 48-49 Pantanal

Cross the border into Brazil and surround yourself with the abundant wildlife of the Pantanal, the world's largest wetland.

Days 50-52 Bonito

Find a piece of aquatic paradise among the natural swimming holes teeming with fish and caves dripping with amazing stalactite formations.

Days 53-54 Foz do Iguazu

With two free days, take an optional visit to admire the thundering Iguazu Falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides.

Days 55-56 Paraty

While away your free time in this World Heritage-listed town by exploring the beaches, walking trails and waterfalls of the surrounding national parks.

Days 57-59 IIha Grande

Kick back on the white sand shores of Ilha Grande and maybe take a walk along the forested trails to find Brazil's best beach.

Days 60-61 Rio de Janeiro

Filled with colour, music and the sounds of samba, Rio de Janeiro is a captivating end to this odyssey. Party in Lapa, see sunset from Sugarloaf or seek out a jazz bar to celebrate the end of the adventure over an icy caipirinha.

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