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49 days  |  Rio de Janeiro to Lima  |  from USD $8,919  |   Guaranteed Departure 

This epic journey begins in the lively city of Rio de Janeiro and covers the amazing Iguazu Falls, the marshlands of Pantanal and the Bolivian altiplano. Marvel at the salt lakes of Uyuni, Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon and the magnificent Amazon Jungle before discovering the fabled Inca city of Machu Picchu.

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Lima to Rio Option

This holiday is also offered in reverse. Start in Lima and end in ritzy Rio!

Day 1

Welcome to Brazil! Upon arrival at Rio Airport you'll be met and transferred to our joining hotel. The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre tour accommodation. A welcome meeting will be held later this evening.
Overnight: Rio de Janeiro

Days 2-5

Rio de Janeiro – Parati – Sao Paulo. We follow the stunning coastline north to the old pirate town of Parati. Explore the nearby beaches and local hippy markets or opt for a full day boat cruise around the bay. We continue to the sprawling metropolis of São Paulo where we can enjoy an optional visit to a snake farm and the Latin American Exhibition Centre, designed by famous architect Oscar Niemeyer.
Overnight: Parati (2), Sao Paulo (2)  |  Breakfast x 4

Days 6-9

Sao Paulo – Curitiba – Foz do Iguacu. Next we arrive at the university town of Curitiba, an attractive and exceptionally well-planned city with many pleasant squares and parks. An overnight bus journey brings us to Foz do Iguaçu, our base for visiting the famous Iguazu Falls. We’ll get to see this impressive waterfall from both the Argentinean and Brazilian side. In Brazil, board a speedboat that takes you right under the falls, whilst on the Argentinean side you’ll find the famous ‘Devil’s Throat’.
Overnight: Curitiba (1), bus (1), Foz do Iguacu (2)  |  Breakfast x 3

Days 10-14
Asuncion, Ponta Pora & Bonito

Foz do Iguacu – Asuncion – Ponta Pora - Bonito. Travelling through fertile land we reach Asuncion, Paraguay’s charming capital. Asunción sits on the banks of the Paraguay River and its duty free zone makes it an ideal shopping destination. We travel across the Paraguay pampas to the border of Brazil and the town of Ponta Pora. Leaving Paraguay behind, we travel to Bonito in the Sierra do Bodoquena Mountains. Enjoy caving and river activities, including snorkelling, or opt for forest walks with amazing mountain scenery.
Overnight: Asuncion (2), Ponta Para (1), Bonito (2)  |  Breakfast x 5

Days 15-21

Bonito – Pantanal – Santa Cruz – Sucre. We next make our way to the fabulous Pantanal, a huge wetland in the centre of South America that is a birdwatcher's paradise and home to a variety of other wildlife.

We cross the frontier into Bolivia where we take an overnight train to Santa Cruz to enjoy some free time sightseeing and overnight. We then fly to the official capital of Bolivia. Sucre retains much of its colonial charm and is famous for its warm and sunny climate. Visit the cathedral and its jewel encrusted painting of Sucre’s patron, the Virgin of Guadalupe, or indulge in a spot of shopping at the bustling Tarabuco market.
Overnight: Pantanal (2), Overnight train (1), Santa Cruz (1), Sucre (3)   |  Breakfast x 6, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 22-29

Sucre – Potosi – Uyuni – La Paz. The UNESCO-listed city of Potosi is home to one of the world’s longest continually operated silver mines. An optional excursion will give you the opportunity to descend down a working mine and witness archaic mining methods that are still practiced today. We continue to the world’s largest salt lake, Salar de Uyuni. Explore the stunning landscapes between the salt lake and Chile’s Atacama Desert by four wheel drive vehicle. The area’s unusual landscape of mountains, active volcanoes, colossal cacti and geysers is like nowhere on earth. Leaving this surreal terrain we head towards La Paz via an overnight bus journey. The highest city in the world, La Paz is built in the basin of a canyon with the snow-capped Mount Illimani in the background. Wander through the vibrant Indian street markets and the fascinating Witches’ Market or visit attractions further afield like the rock formations of Moon Valley or Coroico, the gateway to the Bolivian jungle region.
Overnight: Potosi (2), Uyuni (1), Salar de Uyuni (1), overnight bus (1), La Paz (3)  |  Breakfast x 1

Days 30-32
Lake Titicaca

La Paz – Puno – Lake Titicaca – Puno. Departing La Paz we cross the border into Peru and head to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. In Puno we will learn about the culture of the Uros people with a boat visit to the floating reed islands. We continue to the island of Amantani where we’ll enjoy the hospitality of native Aymara/Quechua families. The next morning we visit Taquile Island where you can buy unique handicrafts at the local cooperative shops.
Overnight: Puno (1), Lake Titicaca (1), Puno (1)  |  Breakfast x 1, Lunch x 1, Dinner x 1

Days 33-36

Puno– Cuzco – Amazon Jungle – Cuzco. Leaving Puno we head to Cuzco passing hot mineral pools, snow capped mountains and traditional Native Indian villages where locals sell their wares. We begin our visit to the mighty Amazon with a flight to the jungle community of Puerto Maldonado. Once settled in our Amazon lodge, we will begin to explore the jungle with plenty of free time to enjoy the rich landscapes diverse flora and fauna. We visit Monkey Island, home to a great variety of monkeys as well as an array of birdlife. We will trek through the rainforest and along the way our guide will point out the many different species of bird and explain the use of plants in local medicine with an optional canoe ride later in the day. Observe the abundant birdlife of the Amazon from our lakeside-viewing platform.

On day 36 we depart this jungle haven and make our way back to Cuzco where you have time to explore this fascinating ancient capital.
Overnight: Cuzco (1), Amazon Jungle (2), Cuzco (1)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 37-42

Inca Trail Trek or free time in Cuzco. For those who have chosen to hike the Inca Trail Trek, we begin a once in a lifetime journey on the ancient trail of the Incas. During your hike you will cross spectacular passes and visit more Inca ruins en-route to Machu Picchu. Enjoy free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own. Later you will have the chance to soak your tired muscles in the hot springs at Aguas Calientes before returning to Cuzco by train. If you are not participating in the trek then you will visit Machu Picchu by train and have plenty of free time to enjoy the activities available in and around Cuzco.
Overnight: Cuzco (1), Inca Trail (3), Cuzco (2)  |  Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3

Days 43-45

Cuzco – Arequipa – Colca Canyon – Arequipa. After a short flight we have time to explore the beautiful colonial city of Arequipa with stunning architecture, cobbled streets and inviting local cafes. Next we visit the nearby Colca Canyon, considered to be one of the deepest in the world, where we’ll walk along the canyon’s edge spotting soaring giant condors and enjoy a relaxing soak in neighbouring hot springs.
Overnight: Arequipa (1), Colca Canyon (1), bus (1)

Days 46-48

Arequipa – Nazca – Pisco. We travel to Nazca where an optional flight will give the best views of the strange lines and geometrical figures etched into the desert floor. Visit the underground aqueducts, gold mines and ceramic shops, and the extraordinary Chauchilla Cemetery where you can see the ancient mummies which still have skin and hair intact. Travelling deep into the desert we have the chance to try sand boarding before crossing the Atlantic coast to the town of Pisco. From here we explore the Ballestas Islands, teeming with wildlife, by boat.

We arrive at our final destination, Lima, where you can spend a day visiting the city’s fine museums, the vibrant markets or the catacombs of San Francisco Church.
Overnight: Nazca (1), Pisco (1), Lima (1)

Day 49

Our amazing cross continent holiday comes to an end today. Spend the day relaxing or hunting for souvenirs before taking your flight home.

Inca Trail , Lares Trek or Machhu Pichhu by Train

If you have always dreamed of trekking the Inca Trail you will need to book your trip in advance (4 months is ideal) as the number of Inca Trail permits is limited to 500 per day. Booking early gives us the best opportunity for securing one of these permits.

When booking your tour with us we'll need your full name as it appears in your passport, date of birth, nationality and passport number. With this information we can then apply for a permit.

If the Inca Trail is unavailable, you can opt to hike the Lares Trek. With its breathtaking passes, glacial lakes and hot springs, this less crowded option, which also ends with a full day’s visit to Machu Picchu, is thought to be equally if not more spectacular than the Inca Trail. Alternatively you could also choose to spend your time in Cuzco and take a day trip to Machu Pichhu by train.

Trip Highlights

Rio de Janeiro - the party capital of the world
Parati - an old pirate town by the sea
Asuncion - charming capital straddling the Paraguay River
Pantanal National Park - see Piranha
UNESCO-listed Potosi - silver mining town
La Paz - a colonial city. Vist the Presidential Palace or the Witches Market
Amazon Jungle - guided tour of the rainforest, trekking and Monkey Island
Machu Picchu ruins
The Nazca Lines
Sao Paulo - free time. Opt to visit the snake farm!
Iguazu Falls - viewed from both Brazil and Argentina and the Devil's Throat
Bonito - in the Sierra do Bodoquena mountains. Go caving, boating, outdoor pursuits
Sucre - official capital of Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni - salt flats and unusual geography and Fish Island
Lake Titicaca & Puno - floating reed islands, Uros islanders and Amantani island, Taquile Island
Cuzco - Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac ruins, the temple of Ollantaytambo and local markets
Colca Canyon and Arequipa
Lima - free time to explore the capital's vibrant markets and spanish colonial museums

Included

Airport arrival transfer on day 1.
40 nights hotels, hostels and guesthouses, 2 overnight buses, 2 overnight trains, 3 nights camping, 1 overnight homestay.
Excursion to Pantanal National Park
Guided tour of Sacred Valley and Pisac ruins
Escorted by a tour leader and specialist local guides at some sites
Economy class flights from Santa Cruz - Sucre, Cuzco - Puerto Maldonado, Puerto Maldonado - Cuzco and Cuzco - Arequipa
25 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
Excursions to Iguazu Falls – Argentina, Iguazu Falls – Brazil, Pantanal, Salar de Uyuni, Lake Titicaca, Amazon Jungle, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail Trek, Machu Picchu, Colca Canyon, Huacachina Oasis and Ballestas Islands
3 day Inca Trail hike with local guide and touring of Machu Picchu
Boat trips in the Amazon and on Lake Titicaca. Guided tours of Amantani and Taquile Islands.
Relevant transport by public bus, train, boat, 4X4 and taxi.

Not Included

International flights to/from our tour start/end points and visas
Items of a personal nature and additional meals

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies to travellers who would like the comfort of their own room (on all or many of the tour nights) and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

This tour visits Rio during carnival time. A supplement has been added to reflect the increased hotel costs.
Rio Carnival Departure
This tour is in Rio in time for the 2016 Olympics.  A supplement has been added to reflect the increased hotel costs during this peak time.
Olympics
2015
Price/Person
Single Supp.
10% off
USD $8919
USD $719
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USD $719
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USD $719
2016
Price/Person
Single Supp.
10% off
This tour visits Rio during carnival time. A supplement has been added to reflect the increased hotel costs.
USD $9064
USD $719
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This tour is in Rio in time for the 2016 Olympics.  A supplement has been added to reflect the increased hotel costs during this peak time.
USD $8919
USD $719
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USD $719
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USD $719
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USD $719
2017
Price/Person
Single Supp.
This tour visits Rio during carnival time. A supplement has been added to reflect the increased hotel costs.
USD $8919
USD $719

When booking a trip that includes the Inca Trail, this section of the holiday can not be confirmed until an Inca Trail Permit is obtained. It is essential at time of booking that you provide us with your full name as it appears in your passport, date of birth, nationality and passport number. Once the permits go on sale for your Inca trek date, we will confirm within 72 hours. After your permit has been obtained we cannot make any changes to it what so ever. If amendments are required you would need to pay for the cost of a new permit.

Booking your holiday more than 3 months in advance greatly increases your chances of obtaining one on the 500 Inca Travel permits allocated per day.

If the Inca Trail is not available you will then be given options of hiking the Lares trek or visiting Machu Picchu by train.

DEPOSIT: Please note that you will need to pay our standard tour deposit plus a non-refundable Machu Picchu deposit. This is not an extra payment and will be deducted from your final tour payment. Please refer to our Booking Conditions for details.

South American Salsa Ex Lima Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies to travellers who would like the comfort of their own room (on all or many of the tour nights) and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

This tour visits Rio during carnival time. A supplement has been added to reflect the increased hotel costs.
Rio Carnival Departure
This tour is in Rio in time for the 2016 Olympics.  A supplement has been added to reflect the increased hotel costs during this peak time.
Olympics
2015
Price/Person
Single Supp.
10% off
USD $8869
USD $719
10% off
USD $8869
USD $719
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USD $719
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USD $719
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USD $719
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USD $8869
USD $719
10% off
USD $8869
USD $719
10% off
This tour visits Rio during carnival time. A supplement has been added to reflect the increased hotel costs.
USD $9014
USD $719
2016
Price/Person
Single Supp.
10% off
USD $8869
USD $719
10% off
USD $8869
USD $719
10% off
USD $8869
USD $719
10% off
This tour is in Rio in time for the 2016 Olympics.  A supplement has been added to reflect the increased hotel costs during this peak time.
USD $8869
USD $719
10% off
USD $8869
USD $719
10% off
USD $8869
USD $719
10% off
USD $8869
USD $719
2017
Price/Person
Single Supp.
10% off
This tour visits Rio during carnival time. A supplement has been added to reflect the increased hotel costs.
USD $8869
USD $719
 
USD $8869
USD $719

This trip also runs in reverse from Lima to Rio. Please refer to the Trip Notes below for details.

When booking a trip that includes the Inca Trail, this section of the holiday can not be confirmed until an Inca Trail Permit is obtained. It is essential at time of booking that you provide us with your full name as it appears in your passport, date of birth, nationality and passport number. Once the permits go on sale for your Inca trek date, we will confirm within 72 hours. After your permit has been obtained we cannot make any changes to it what so ever. If amendments are required you would need to pay for the cost of a new permit.

Booking your holiday more than 3 months in advance greatly increases your chances of obtaining one on the 500 Inca Travel permits allocated per day.

If the Inca Trail is not available you will then be given options of hiking the Lares trek or visiting Machu Picchu by train.

DEPOSIT: Please note that you will need to pay our standard tour deposit plus a non-refundable Machu Picchu deposit. This is not an extra payment and will be deducted from your final tour payment. Please refer to our Booking Conditions for details.

Tour Details
Starts
Rio de Janeiro
Ends
Lima
Departs
Year round
Hotel Rating
Simple accommodation
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 25, Lunch: 8, Dinner: 8
Tour Bolt-ons
Enhance your trip with these amazing added extras and bolt-ons
Rio Carnival Bolt on
USD $1,169 / 5 days
Extra Tour Info
The Inca Trail
Information on obtaining your Inca Trail permit
Style of Group Travel
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