Add a twist and spice up your holiday by attending one of South America's exhuberant festivals while you're away. Famed as the biggest, most colourful and best choreographed street carnival in the world, the legendary Rio Carnival is a time to sing, dance, party and have fun whilst immersing yourself in true Brazilian spirit. Our 5 day Rio Carnival Bolt-on is offered to travellers who are undertaking a group tour with us that starts or ends in Rio De Janeiro close to carnival time. See bolt-on details below. Or for those who just want to attend the carnival, without group tour arrangements we offer our Go to Rio Carnival - 5 day stand alone package.
Alternatively for something a little more unusual, combine a classic tour of Peru with Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun, which is the most important festival in Cuzco and the second largest festival in South America. Dating back to the 15th century this colourful festival is held at the end of June at the winter solstice. The festival celebrates the start of the Andean New Year, when crowds gather to dance and celebrate. Inti Raymi begins outside the Santo Domingo Church where the current Sapa Inca will call for a blessing from the Sun and is then carried aboard a golden throne in a procession, joined by high priests, officials of the court and nobles, all dressed in brightly coloured ceremonial robes, blessing the people.
Join us at the Rio Carnival this year with our Rio Carnival bolt-on. The bolt-on includes 4 nights hotel with breakfast daily in Rio and a ticket to the famous Sambadrome parade on Sunday evening. The most extravagant parades take place on the Sunday and Monday night of the carnival whilst outside of the parade ground, free street pageants and block parties revel from dusk till dawn. A variety of themed carnival balls are also on offer.
Etched into the desert landscape on the coast of Peru, the strange and mysterious Nazca Lines are one of Peru’s star attractions. The Nazca lines and shapes include a monkey, hummingbird, condor, spider and even a spaceman. You’ll also visit some of the world’s highest sand dunes at Huacachina Oasis, the ancient mummies of Chauchilla Cemetery and experience the celebrated wildlife-rich Ballestas Islands. The Ballestas Islands are teeming with over 150 species of bird life (including penguins, cormorants, boobies and pelicans), thousands of sea lions and boast some amazing rock formations. Although it is not possible to set foot on the islands, you’ll experience the magnificent sight and sounds of the thousands of sea lions and birds and maybe even spot seals and dolphins playing around the boat.
Beginning in the highest capital city in the world, La Paz, we journey into the Salar de Uyuni, one of the most stunning beautiful places in Bolivia. The salar is an otherworldly vista of endless white salt flats stretching far into the distant horizon. Claimed to be the largest salt flat in the world, the vast and brilliant area covers some 10,500 square kilometres and is estimated to contain 10 billion tons of salt, reaching a depth of 10 metres at its centre.