SOUTHERN CROSS ♦ 45 DAYS
LIMA → RIO DE JANEIRO
G Adventures Classsic Small Group Tour fr £3649 per person exc. flights
Service Level: Standard
From the Nazca Lines and the heights of Incan archeology to the beach at Ipanema, this 45-day long tour provides limitless opportunities for adventure. Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal, thundering Iguassu Falls and the bizarre landscape of the Salar de Uyuni. In the thin air of the Andes, trek the challenging Inca Trail to legendary Machu Picchu—we run our own treks and ensure quality food and equipment, leaving you to focus on your next exhilarating step forward. With local transportation and authentic accommodation, this trip offers an intense blend of included activities and free time to explore on your own. This trip has it all!
Day 1 Lima
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Pisco
Explore Lima before catching a bus to Pisco, renowned for its local drink, the Pisco Sour. Enjoy Peruvian food and drink.
Days 3-4 Nazca
Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. Guided tour of Nazca desert cemetery and potters studio. Optional flight over the Nazca Lines before the nightbus to Arequipa.
Days 5-7 Arequipa/Chivay/Colca Canyon
Free day in Arequipa. Optional Visit of the Catalina Convent. Guided tour to Colca Canyon to spot condors. Optional visit to local hot springs. And drive back to Arequipa on Day 7.
Day 8 Cuzco
Fly to Cuzco. Free afternoon to explore.
Day 9 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo
Full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins along with a visit to a Planeterra weaving project in a local community. Shopping opportunities at a local market.
Days 10-13 Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (3B,3L,3D)
4-day guided Inca Trail hike with visit to Machu Picchu. Optional visit to the Inca Bridge before returning to Cuzco.
Days 14-16 Cuzco
Free time to explore Cuzco or relax. Active options include whitewater rafting, horseback riding and mountain biking.
Day 17 Puno
Travel day by bus from Cuzco to Puno.
Days 18-19 Lake Titicaca (1B,1L,1D)
Visit to the floating Islands of Uros and guided tour of Taquile island on Lake Titicaca. Optional visit to Sillustani burial site.
Days 20-21 La Paz
Travel by bus and cross the border into Bolivia, arriving to La Paz. Optional excursion to the Valley of the Moon or explore the city's winding streets and lively markets.
Day 22 Uyuni
Travel by train and bus to the town of Uyuni.
Days 23-25 Uyuni/Salt Lakes Excursion (2B,3L,2D)
3-day 4x4 excursion to the Salar de Uyuni and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery.
Day 26 Potosí
Bus journey from Uyuni to Potosí. Optional excursion to a working silver mine or free time to explore the city.
Days 27-29 Sucre
Continue by bus to Sucre. Optional visit to the nearby dinosaur tracks, or explore the beautiful colonial city.
Days 30-31 Santa Cruz/Puerto Suarez
Fly to Santa Cruz. Travel by overnight train to the Brazilian border at Puerto Suarez.
Days 32-33 Corumbá / Pantanal (2B,2L,2D)
2-day excursion into the wetlands of the Pantanal with a local guide. Opportunities to spot wildlife such as monkeys, macaws, giant otters and caiman.
Days 34-38 Bonito / Iguassu Falls
Travel by van to Bonito. Optional snorkelling excursions in the crystal clear rivers. Continue by overnight bus to Iguassu Falls, for two full days of exploration from both the Argentine and Brazilian sides. Optional boat ride at the base of the falls or visit a nearby bird park.
Days 39-44 Paraty/Ilha Grande/Rio de Janeiro
Overnight bus to Sao Paulo and continue to Paraty. Optional cachaça distillery visits of take a boat excursion in the bay to some of the nearby islands and beaches. Continue by bus up the coast and take a ferry to Ilha Grande. Optional hikes and beach time. Carry on by ferry and public bus for free time to explore the city using our centrally-located hotel in Copacabana as a base. Optional city tour.
Day 45 Rio de Janeiro
Depart at any time.
- Day tour Nazca Cemetery and potter's workshop, Guided tour of Colca Canyon and surroundings (overnight), Guided tour of the Sacred Valley, 4-day hike on the Inca Trail with local guide, cook and porters, Guided tour of Machu Picchu, Guided tour of Taquile and Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca, 3-day 4WD drive excursion to the Salar de Uyuni, 2-day wildlife excursion to the Pantanal, Visit to Iguassu Falls.
- 8 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 8 Dinners. (Allow USD570-750 for meals not included.)
- Hotels (32 nts), night buses (3 nts), train (1 nt), camping (3 nts), homestay (1 nt), very basic hostels on Salar de Uyuni excursion (multi-share) (2 nts), multi-share tented room with hammocks in the Pantanal (2 nts).
- Public bus, plane, ferry, train, boat, hiking, 4WD truck.
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout (except on the Inca Trail), local guides.
- Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 12
Departures available throughout 2014.
Please call for latest dates and availability.
Trip Code: SXMR