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South American Explorer tour

South American Explorer

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Travel Style: Array Full on
Physical Level: All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic (2*)
83 days
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Travel to the heart of the Amazon
  • Reach dizzying heights on the Inca Trail
  • Navigate Peru and Bolivia's high waters across Lake Titicaca
  • Visit Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni
  • Unwind in Argentina's Lake District
  • Visit Argentina and tango in Buenos Aires
  • Be awed by the mighty Iguazu Falls
  • Party in Brazil's vibrant Rio de Janeiro

Short Description

Get ready for the ultimate South American adventure on this journey from the Andean heights of Ecuador through Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay until finally arriving in the vibrancy of Brazil. Explore the Amazon Jungle, trek the Inca Trail, take a 4x4 through the Salar de Uyuni, enjoy a hacienda homestay and visit Foz do Iguacu, the gateway to the mighty Iguazu Falls. Discover the rhythm of the samba, salsa and tango, get off the beaten track, visit diverse and amazing natural wonders and collect a lifetime of memories on this truly epic adventure. With plenty of free time and a do-it-yourself approach, this is the perfect way to discover South America.

Style Small group tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic (2*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Attractions & Cities Visited

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No single supplement
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Itinerary

Day 1-2 Quito

Kick off this Latin American adventure exploring the Old Town’s cobblestone streets or head to a funky bar in Quito's modern New Town.

Day 3-5 Amazon Jungle

Learn the secrets of the Amazon rainforest and the medicinal uses of plants on a local-guided tour of the jungle.

Day 6-8 Banos

With two free days in Banos, you might want to watch sunrise from the thermal springs or experience an adrenaline rush high in the Ecuadorian Andes - whitewater rafting, anyone? Banos has long been a favourite place to travel in Ecuador and it's not hard to see why.

Day 9-10 Cuenca

Wander cobblestone streets and admire the red-tiled roofs, flower markets and plazas of Cuenca, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 11-12 Zorritos

Cross the border into Peru and spend a free day relaxing on Zorritos beach, surfing or taking an optional boat tour through the mangrove swamps.

Day 13 Chiclayo

Visit the colorful local market of Chiclayo or perhaps visit the Sipan museum, a very informative piece on what's been called the most important recent achaeological discovery in Peru.

Day 14-15 Trujillo

Explore the historical city of Trujillo and the nearby ancient Chimu capital of Chan Chan.

Day 16 Lima

Wander the well-preserved historical centre of Peru's capital, Lima.

Day 17 Paracas

Head to the Plaza de Armas for some tasty local cuisine or a Pisco sour - Peru's national drink made from a type of brandy.

Day 18 Nazca

Opt to visit the Ballestas Islands, a famed wildlife haven, before heading to the Nazca lines to discover ancient mummies and mysterious colossal etchings.

Day 19-22 Arequipa

Journey to Arequipa and see why it's nicknamed the 'White City'.

Day 23 Arequipa/ Overnight bus to Cusco

Enjoy a free day in Arequipa before taking an overnight bus to Cusco.

Day 24 Cusco

Founded by the Incas then taken by the Spaniards, Cuzco is the South American continent's oldest continuously inhabited city. Get a feel for this city, arguably one of the most attractive in Peru, on a guided orientation walk through its winding lane ways. In spare time, perhaps learn the tale of history's most controversial plant at the Coca Museum or amble out to the Inca ruins dotting the city's fringes.

Day 25 Sacred Valley

Explore the terraced Sacred Valley filled with Inca ruins, colourful markets and scenic villages.

Day 26-29 Inca Trail

Walk through dense cloud forests and past ancient ruins on an awe-inspiring Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu.

Day 30 Cuzco

Relax in a cafe back in Cuzco or hit the mountain tracks on a daring bike ride.

Day 31-33 Puno

Stop in at Puno, the folklore capital of Peru. Take a boat tour of Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake, and experience local life at a homestay.

Day 34-37 Puno/La Paz

Travel to Bolivia's eclectic capital La Paz. Browse the Witches' Market for everything from woolly hats and alpaca gloves to potions and incantations to cure any ailment. Celebrate the end of the Peru and Ecuador Adventure with a night on the tiles.

Day 38-40 Sucre

Travel from La Paz to Sucre and peruse a bejewelled painting at the Museo de la Catedral, compare footprints with those of a dinosaur at Cal Orck'o or head to Recoleta, an old convent at the top of a hill from where you will be able to see why Sucre is regarded as Bolivia's most beautiful city.

Day 41 Potosi

Learn about the bleak past of what was once the world's richest city.

Day 42-44 Uyuni

Discover the gleaming salt flats, cactus-studded islands, multicoloured lakes and abundant wildlife of the surreal Salar de Uyuni.

Day 45-46 San Pedro de Atacama

Leave behind the mesmerising salt flats of Uyuni and make tracks to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile. Located in the Atacama Desert, this oasis town has low-lying adobe buildings lining narrow streets. It's a charming town, to say the least, and a great place see mummies and various Indian artefacts.

Day 47-49 Salta

Cross the border between Bolivia and Argentina and delve into the pre-Columbian and colonial history of one of Argentina's most splendid towns, Salta. Need a thrill? Optional bungee jumping and horseriding can be easily arranged. After a few days here, you'll have no doubt why the Argentineans affectionately call this city 'Salta the Pretty'.

Day 50-52 Mendoza

Visit bountiful, sun-kissed vineyards and lock lips with some Malbec - Mendoza's premier wine. Winter travellers will delight in the nearby ski resorts, though Mendoza is a treat all year round. To give a little back, choose to visit Brazos Abiertos, a community project that supports local underprivileged children and mothers.

Day 53-56 Santiago

Travel across the spectacular Andes and arrive in the bustling capital of Chile, Santiago. At the centre is the Plaza de Armas, home to the cathedral. For a serene look at Chilean life, visit Barrio Bella Vista - a cluster of cafes and galleries affectionately referred to as the 'Paris Quarter'. It is here that the Bolivia and Argentina exploration comes to an end.

Day 57-59 Pucon

Adrenaline junkies and thrillseekers will delight in the bundle of activities on offer in Pucon, Chile's adventure capital. Set out on a hike up the smouldering Volcán Villarrica, or get to mountain biking, whitewater rafting, hiking, climbing, horse riding - whatever gets your blood pumping!

Day 60-61 San Martin de los Andes

Journey over the Andes and into Argentina. Drop by the country's picturesque Lake District for excellent skiing or trekking possibilities, weather permitting.

Day 62-64 Bariloche

Savour the fine dining opportunities, artisan chocolate shops and quaint, chalet-style wooden architecture of Bariloche. With plenty of ski runs open during winter and stunning lakes sure to entice swimmers over summer, you could well be forgiven for thinking you were in Northern Italy.

Day 65-67 Buenos Aires

Fiery Latin passion, European elegance and superb cuisine combine to make Buenos Aires one of the world's most enthralling cities. Nibble on alfajores, wander San Telmo's cobblestone streets, talk football with Portenos in a cafe or get a history lesson at the quirky Museo Evita. The hippest spot in town is Palermo's Plaza Serrano, so why not head out in the evening for a tango with the locals. There are so many things to see and do in Buenos Aires, it's simply a matter of trying to fit them all in.

Day 68 Colonia

Hop aboard a ferry across the tea-coloured Rio de la Plata to the Uruguayan port town of Colonia. Wander the town's quaint narrow streets, dine at a riverside restaurant and admire the homely mix of sandstone architecture at every twist and turn.

Day 69 Montevideo

Travel on to Uruguay's vibrant beach-side capital, Montevideo. Hit the attractive beaches, park your posterior at one of the pretty plaza cafes, or feast on sizzling plates of barbecued meats to sizzling sounds of live jazz beats at Mercado del Puerto.

Day 70-73 Estancia Stay

Sample something of the simpler life on a traditional estancia (ranch) homestay. Those prone to pondering a possible career change may like to test their mettle helping out with the daily farm chores, such as sheep herding or tending the garden. Otherwise just sit back on the veranda and chew the fat with your travel companions before being treated to some hearty Uruguayan home cooking.

Day 74-76 Foz do Iguazu

Venture out for a visit to Argentina's most breathtaking attraction, the mighty Iguazu Falls. Cross the wooden walkways to peer over the ledge at thousands of litres of water thundering down the Iguazu River. Wider than Victoria Falls, higher than Niagara Falls and covered in swathes of lush jungle, they're a truly awe-inspring spectacle to behold and explore.

Day 77-78 Paraty

Travel to paradisal Paraty for a spot of Brazilian-style rest and relaxation. Dawdle the wide cobblestone streets or head off along the network of jungle trails in search of waterfalls and wildlife.

Day 79-81 Ilha Grande

With a unique blend of tropical beaches and steamy rainforest, Ilha Grande is one of Brazil's most idyllic island getaways. Relax beachside with a caipirinha in hand, hike through the forests to Praia Lopes Mendes or don a mask and snorkel and enter an underwater wonderland.

Day 82-83 Rio de Janeiro

What better place to end this South American odyssey than in rowdy and rambunctious Rio de Janeiro. Sprawl on the sands of Copacabana, hike up Sugarloaf Mountain for stunning bay views and revel 'til you drop at the local bars and street parties that overwhelm this sensational city.

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Flight & Transport Inclusions

Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport Overnight bus, Bus, 4x4, Ferry, Canoe

Group Size

Intimate Group - 12 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Maximum of 16 travellers per group.

Solo Notes

Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.

Accommodations

Overnight bus (4 nts), Donde German Hotel or similar (3 nts), Overnight Bus (3 nts), Sucre Hotel or similar (3 nts), Estancia (3 nts), Pousada Cachoeira or similar (3 nts), Hotel Two or similar (3 nts), Hotel Los Andes or similar (3 nts), Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nts), Urbana Class Hotel or similar (3 nts), Hotel Leonards or similar (3 nts), Villa Santa Clara Hostel or similar (3 nts), Shiripuno Community Lodge or similar (3 nts), Tango Inn hotel or similar (2 nts), Rukalhue Hotel or similar (2 nts), Hotel Nuestro Sueño or similar (2 nts), Hotel Don Raul or similar (2 nts), Pousada Sonho Meu or similar (2 nts), Hotel Cassino or similar (2 nts), Hotel Sagarnaga or similar (2 nts), Hotel Balsa Inn or similar (2 nts), La Castellana Hotel or similar (2 nts), Casa Grillo Hostel or similar (2 nts), San Francisco Hotel or similar (2 nts), Ecohostel or similar (1 nt), La Casona Hotel or similar (1 nt), Hotel Romi or similar (1 nt), Hotel Los Angeles or similar (1 nt), Hotel Toledo or similar (1 nt), Homestay (1 nt), Hotel Camiluz or similar (1 nt), Hotel Zarcillo or similar (1 nt), Hotel Colca Inn or similar (1 nt), Hotel Munay Tika or similar (1 nt), Hotel The Place or similar (1 nt), Eras Hotel or similar (1 nt), Recreo Hotel or similar (1 nt)

Guides

All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.

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Style descriptions

Our Basix style trips are designed for travellers who want exceptional value, plenty of free time and having the flexibility to choose where and how their time and money is spent. By working plenty of free time into the itineraries and keeping many of the activities optional, we aim to make travel possible for those on even the most slender of budgets. After all, why pay for an activity or excursion you wouldn’t otherwise be interested in? Or a level of comfort you don’t require? As a wise person probably once said, a bed's just a bed when there's exploring to be done.

Physical Requirements

This trip will raise your heartbeat. Moderate physical activities are included and a good level of fitness is required.

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Meals Included

Meals introduction

While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.

Meals

25 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 10 Dinners

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