The Great South American Journey–Quito to Rio Adventure - Lares Trek 2020

The Great South American Journey–Quito to Rio Adventure - Lares Trek 2020


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Mingle with the locals at a homestay in the Amazon, spot condors at Colca Canyon, go sandboarding in the Huacachina oasis, conquer the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experience traditional life on Lake Titicaca, cross the Salar de Uyuni on a 4x4 excursion, stand in awe at Iguassu Falls.

Sometimes the slow road is the way to go. Hit the road from Quito to Rio with other young travellers and experience pretty much everything you can imagine in between. Hike the Inca Trail and discover the thriving Inca culture, cross the Salt Flats of Bolivia, dance the tango in Buenos Aires, and hit the beach in Brazil. This trip offers up lively cities, stunning scenery, and tons of adventure. 65 days, seven countries, three nights in the Amazon, and one adventure you'll remember forever.

Day 1: Quito
Arrive at any time. Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers over a few drinks at a downtown bar. Say cheers with a local craft beer and get excited for the adventure of a lifetime.
Activity: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.
Activity: Connect with new friends on your first night out in a new destination. Only available on 18-Thirtysomethings tours.
Accommodation: Casa CarpeDM (or similar)

Day 2: Quito/Tena
Travel overland to the jungle city of Tena, located on the edge of the Amazon. From there, transfer by truck to the local community of Pimpilala. Stay in rustic wooden huts in the community of a Quichua family, enjoy the hospitality of these wonderful people, and experience life in the jungle first-hand.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Activity: Learn about local traditional beliefs and customs on this cultural jungle experience in the Ecuadorian Amazon close to Napo River. Stay in rustic wooden huts with a local Quichua family in their small village near the community of Cando. They've introduced countless visitors to local living and a completely different way of doing things — one that may give you a different perspective on life. Take part in a number of amazing activities. Hike through the rainforest, plunge into waterfalls, and learn the uses of tropical plants. Experience local tradition, and learn about Quichua history and culture.
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 3: Tena
Head out on nature walks and learn about uses of traditional plants, their cultural beliefs, and local traditions in the Amazon jungle.
Activity: Learn about local traditional beliefs and customs on this cultural jungle experience in the Ecuadorian Amazon close to Napo River. Stay in rustic wooden huts with a local Quichua family in their small village near the community of Cando. They've introduced countless visitors to local living and a completely different way of doing things — one that may give you a different perspective on life. Take part in a number of amazing activities. Hike through the rainforest, plunge into waterfalls, and learn the uses of tropical plants. Experience local tradition, and learn about Quichua history and culture.
Accommodation: Cabanas Pimpilala (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 4: Tena
In the morning, cycle to the nearby community of Shandia and discover the beauty of the Amazon with a member of the community as your guide. Learn about traditional uses of cacao by watching a chocolate-making demonstration, eat meals made of fresh local ingredients, and stay at the G Adventures-supported community lodge.
Activity: Stay overnight at the Shandia Indigenous lodge located in the Ecuadorian Amazon. With the support of G Adventures and Planeterra, the community has developed new culturally immersive tours led by the village's youth. The community lodge is seen by the community as a way to rescue their Indigenous culture and provide opportunities for the future. Watch a chocolate making demonstration and learn about their cultivation of cacao and their traditional agriculture practices. Meals of local ingredients grown in the village are prepared by women who were provided with culinary training through the project. Leave Shandia community knowing your visit is creating opportunities for a whole new generation of people in this community to improve their lives, and the lives of their children and grandchildren.
Activity: Cycle to the Indigenous Shandia community, a rural village surrounded by rivers and lush Amazonian landscapes. With the support of G Adventures and Planeterra, the community has developed new culturally immersive experiences led by the village's youth. Spend an hour and 45 minutes cycling from Pimpilala village to Shandia stopping along the way to take in the beauty of the Amazon. These cultural tours are seen by the community as a way to rescue their Indigenous culture and provide opportunities for the future. This provides an economic opportunity for youth who traditionally would have left the community to find work. Leave Shandia community knowing your visit is creating opportunities for a new generation in the community and contributing to the preservation of their culture.
Accommodation: Shandia Lodge (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 5: Tena/Baños
Travel to Baños, the perfect setting to get your adrenaline pumping, try out horseback riding, canyoning, hiking, mountain biking, or rafting in the surrounding mountains.
Transport: Hop into the back and ride along to the next destination.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Free Time: Get out and explore Baños and its beautiful surroundings.
Accommodation: Hotel La Floresta (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6: Baños
Enjoy a free day in Baños, opt to check out the swing at the end of the world or soak in nearby hot springs.
Free Time: Get out there and get exploring.
Accommodation: Hotel La Floresta (or similar)

Day 7: Baños/Cuenca
Enjoy the scenery on the way to the charming town of Cuenca.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: Hotel La Casona (or similar)

Day 8: Cuenca
Enjoy a free day in beautiful Cuenca. Explore the city's sights including cobbled streets, red-tiled roofs, art galleries, flower markets, shady plazas, and museums or opt to visit nearby Cajas National Park or the Inca ruins of Ingapirca. Later, catch an overnight bus to Mancora.
Free Time: Enjoy free time to explore colonial Cuenca and its surroundings.
Transport: Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.
Activity: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Accommodation: Hotel Las Olas Day Room (or similar)

Day 9: Máncora
Arrive early into the seaside town of Mancora, a village populated by fishermen and surfers from around Peru and the world. Chill out and breathe in the salty air.
Free Time: Chill out in this Peruvian fishing village, head to the beach or give surfing a try.
Accommodation: Hotel Las Olas (or similar)

Day 10: Máncora
Opt to relax on the beach, discover Mancora, go horseback riding, or take a surf lesson.
Free Time: Enjoy a free day to relax or get active.
Accommodation: Hotel Las Olas (or similar)

Day 11: Máncora/Trujillo
Enjoy free time in Mancora before an overnight bus to Trujillo.
Free Time: Get out and enjoy this beachside town.
Transport: Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.

Day 12: Trujillo
Arrive into Trujillo, opt to visit the impressive Chan Chan sandstone archaeological site, get a photo at the yellow colonial church, or head to Huanchaco for more beach time.
Free Time: Get out and explore the city!
Accommodation: Hotel El Frayle (or similar)

Day 13: Trujillo/Lima
Full day in Trujillo before boarding a night bus to Lima.
Free Time: Do as much or as little as you'd like before an overnight bus in the evening.
Transport: Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.

Day 14: Lima
Explore lively Lima, visit Barranco with your CEO to get a taste of bohemian-cool, try ceviche or sip pisco sours after exploring the colourful mansions and palm-studded streets.
Activity: Dubbed Lima's coolest neighbourhood, once full of summer homes for Lima's elite now an area full with art boutiques, trendy bars, converted mansions, and cool vibes.
Free Time: Get out and enjoy a first taste of Lima, the capital of Peru.
Accommodation: Hotel Gemina (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 15: Lima
Enjoy the day exploring the city. Opt to pre-book the Lima Cooking Class and learn how to cook some classic Peruvian dishes using ingredients from the local market.
Free Time: Get out and get exploring!
Accommodation: Hotel Gemina (or similar)

Day 16: Lima/Huacachina
Travel along the coast of Peru to the oasis of Huacachina, sandboard on the desert dunes while watching the sun go down.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Activity: Get your adrenaline pumping in a dune buggy on the desert dunes, ride the ups and downs in these desert mountains. Strap on a board and try out sandboarding, just like it sounds like snowboarding, but on sand. Enjoy the softer landings and the warmer temps. After, head back to the oasis of Huacachina through the stunning dunes and watch the sunset in the distance.
Accommodation: Hotel Curasi (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 17: Huacachina/Nazca
Wake up and enjoy some time in Huacachina before heading to Nazca. Stop along the way at a Pisco winery and taste the country's national spirit. Later, try a Pachamanca-style dinner in Nazca.
Activity: Learn about the wine and pisco production in the area and enjoy a tasting of different varieties, which are all available for purchase.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: San Marcelo Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Dinner

Day 18: Nazca/Arequipa
Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines before an overnight bus to Arequipa.
Free Time: Enjoy some free time during the day.
Transport: Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.

Day 19: Arequipa
Opt to explore the Arequipa on a city tour or soak in a local hot spring.
Free Time: Make the most of your time here.
Accommodation: Hotel Arequipa Inn (or similar)

Day 20: Arequipa/Colca Canyon
Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley, and opt for a soak in hot springs.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Spot condors on this guided tour, and keep your eyes peeled for other unusual animals. Look for three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuña, which are all typical of Peru.
Accommodation: Casa de Lucila (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 21: Colca Canyon/Arequipa
Set out looking for the majestic soaring condors over Colca Canyon. Head back to Arequipa to enjoy the city in the evening.
Activity: Spot condors on this guided tour, and keep your eyes peeled for other unusual animals. Look for three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuña, which are all typical of Peru.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Hotel Arequipa Inn (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 22: Arequipa/Cusco
Explore Arequipa and opt to take a city tour. Take an overnight bus to Cusco.
Free Time: Get out and explore more of this beautiful colonial city.
Transport: Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 23: Cusco
Free time to explore Cusco. Choose to pre-book the optional Cusco Cooking Class. Opt for a city tour or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.
Free Time: Make the most of your time in Cusco.
Accommodation: Milhouse Hostel Cusco (or similar)

Day 24: Cusco
Enjoy another free day in Cusco. Choose to pre-book the Cusco Cooking Class.
Free Time: Make the most of your time in Cusco.
Accommodation: Milhouse Hostel Cusco (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 25: Cusco/Ollantaytambo
Head into the Sacred Valley, visit the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op in the Ccaccaccollo community. Learn about weaving, meet the resident llamas, and opt to purchase a knitted item if it catches your eye. Stop to sample craft beer on the way to Ollantaytambo for free time to explore.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Visit the Ccaccaccollo community centre which G Adventures travellers' donations helped create in 2005, thereby enabling local women to sell traditional textiles to travellers. See local weaving and dyeing techniques used to create garments and souvenirs, and learn how the Planeterra weaving co-operative has impacted the community and those who visit it. This includes the purchase of alpacas to provide a steady supply of wool, looms, and sewing machines as well as several training courses on production, sales and small business management.
Activity: Delight your tastebuds and sample high-quality beer with the breathtaking Sacred Valley as a backdrop. This craft brewery uses local ingredients to make award-winning brews and gives back to the surrounding communities. What's not to like?
Accommodation: Las Orquideas Ollantaytambo (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 26: Ollantaytambo/Cuncani
Depart Ollantaytambo by van to Lares town where the hike begins. Spend the first night at a G Adventures-supported campsite in Cuncani.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Start early and drive (3 hrs) to Lares town where the hike will start with a leisurely pace through the valley of Cuncani. Hike 4km (2.5 mi) to Chancachaca then stop for lunch. Be sure to rest and rehydrate because the altitude here is around 3480m (11,417 ft). Continue trekking along rocky mountain paths 4.7km (3 mi) to the isolated village of Cuncani. Camp here for the night at 3872m (12,703 ft) at the G Adventures-supported community run campsite.
Activity: Enjoy G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products, for use on our treks. This G Adventures for Good project empowered local Cusqueña women to start their own business in order to reduce the environmental impact of treks in the region. Planeterra provided $10,000 of seed funding for two young entrepreneurs to register their biodegradable products in order to sell them to the tourism industry. "Esencia Andina" is now a successful business that produces biodegradable soaps, detergents, and natural products for travellers, guides, porters, and cooks on our treks.
Accommodation: Cuncani Camp Site (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch (Lunch in Chancachaca.) Dinner

Day 27: Cuncani/Kuyoc
Start early to hike from the foothills of Sicllaccasa Mountain to its high pass (4,750m/15,583 ft), providing scenic views of lagoons and the snow-capped Chicon Mountain. Celebrate after reaching the highest point by making an offering of coca leaves to the Andean gods. After the morning hike, stop to rest and take in the amazing view. Continue hiking downhill to our second campsite near the stream for the night.
Activity: Hike from the foothills of Sicllaccasa Mountain 12.2km (7.6 mi) to its high pass at 4750m (15,583 ft), providing scenic views of lagoons and the snow-capped Chicon Mountain. Celebrate after reaching the highest point by making an offering of coca leaves to the Andean gods. Hike downhill another 2.2km (1.3 mi) to QuencaPata, for lunch and to take in the amazing view. Continue hiking downhill another 2.6km (1.6 mi) to our second campsite near a stream. Sleep tonight at about 4,114m (13,497 ft) elevation.
Accommodation: Suttoq Pacchaq Camp Site (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 28: Kuyoc/Aguas Calientes
Enjoy the last few hours of hiking before travelling by van to Ollantaytambo and train to Aguas Calientes to enjoy a good night's rest at your hotel.
Activity: Follow the trail to see typical Andean flora and fauna, llamas and alpacas. Descend through the valley of Pumahuanca and meet friendly local Quechua people and explore some Inca storehouses along the way. Trek 3-4 hrs to reach the town of Pumahuanca. Enjoy lunch then hop a van to Ollantaytambo. Continue by train to Aguas Calientes.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Transport: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: Kantu Inn (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 29: Aguas Calientes/Cusco
Enjoy a guided visit to Machu Picchu at sunrise. Use some free time to explore the ruins on your own. Later, travel back to Cusco.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Activity: Rise and shine - the best time to see the Lost City of the Incas is in the early morning light. Follow the local guide to Machu Picchu to learn about its history at a leisurely pace. Gain local insight into the Inti Mach'ay cave, Inti Watana, the Temple of the Water, the Temple of the Condor, and the Room of the Three Windows. Take time to sit and feel the energy of this 15th-century site, now both a UNESCO World Heritage site and voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World (in a worldwide Internet poll).
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Transport: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Whether it's a pub crawl, drink specials or a bonfire on the beach, celebrate late into the night with your new best friends.
Accommodation: Milhouse Hostel Cusco (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 30: Cusco
Free day to explore more of Cusco or just relax.
Free Time: Get out there and see it all - or just chill out to your heart's content.
Accommodation: Milhouse Hostel Cusco (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 31: Cusco/Puno
Travel through the high Altiplano region to travel to Puno on Lake Titicaca.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: Hostal Helena´s House (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 32: Puno/Lake Titicaca
Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a local village.
Activity: Board a boat on Lake Titicaca and head to Taquile Island for a delicious Peruvian lunch at a restaurant followed by some shopping at the local weaving cooperatives. (Taquileños are known for their fine handwoven textiles and clothing, men are taught how to knit around age five and they create the majority of the textiles.) After, enjoy an overnight stay with a host family and a chance to learn about life on the islands.
Activity: Accommodation on the islands may be multi-share.
Accommodation: Amantani Homestay (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner

Day 33: Lake Titicaca/Puno
Visit the floating islands of Uros. Optional visit to the Sillustani burial site.
Activity: Spend the morning with the homestay families, then depart after lunch. Visit the floating islands of Uros on the way back, and learn about the unique lifestyle of the locals. Meet residents and learn how they built the islands with totora reeds, which are also used to make their homes, boats, crafts (and are also edible!).
Free Time: Make the most of one last afternoon in Puno.
Accommodation: Hostal Helena´s House (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 34: Puno/La Paz
Cross over into Bolivia for a night out in the highest city of the trip. Oxygen bar anyone?
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Activity: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: Hotel Las Brisas (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 35: La Paz
Free day in La Paz. Opt to visit Iglesia de San Francisco, the Valley of the Moon, the Witches' Market, or the nearby Tiahuanaco Ruins.
Accommodation: Hotel Las Brisas (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 36: La Paz/Sucre
Enjoy a free day to explore the vibrant markets and winding streets of the city before boarding a night bus to Sucre.
Free Time: Get out and explore this high altitude city.
Transport: Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 37: Sucre
Free time to explore the beautiful colonial city of Sucre. For more active options opt to go hiking in the surrounding area or mountain biking.
Free Time: Get out and explore beautiful tranquil Sucre.
Accommodation: Independencia (or similar)

Day 38: Sucre
Enjoy another free day to explore Sucre and surroundings.
Free Time: Get out and explore beautiful tranquil Sucre.
Accommodation: Independencia (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 39: Sucre/Potosí
Travel south to the one of the world's highest cities.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: Hotel Gran Libertador (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 40: Potosí
Get out and explore Potosí, learn about the history of the city while wandering the streets. Stop at the market and interact with the locals.
Free Time: Get out there and explore.
Accommodation: Hotel Gran Libertador (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 41: Potosí/Uyuni
Travel to Uyuni and get ready for an excursion to the Salar de Uyuni.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Hotel Samay Wasi (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 42: Uyuni/Salt Flats and Desert Crossing
Enjoy a three-day 4x4 excursion to the Salar de Uyuni and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery. Today you will be heading into the Salar de Uyuni. Our groups like to get creative with photography, as the endless white of the salt flats creates some great depth illusions that are fun to play with in photos. Last stop for the evening is a G Adventures-supported community lodge in a traditional agricultural village in the heart of a desert oasis.
Transport: Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.
Activity: Spend three days in the stunning landscape between the Salar de Uyuni and the Atacama Desert in Chile. Enter a world unlike anything else as we drive across the salt flats; the piercing blue sky contrasts against the blinding white of the flat salt beds. Take memorable photos of the unusual landscape complete with mountains and active volcanoes. Visit the coloured lagoon of Laguna Colorada and enjoy the uniqueness of this region.
Activity: Visit the Santiago de Agencha community, located two hours across the salt flats from Uyuni, a rural village surrounded by towering cacti and part of a small desert oasis. The community-owned salt lodge was renovated and expanded through a major project in 2016 funded by G Adventures' foundation, Planeterra. With many of the village's younger residences fleeing for economic opportunities, this lodge is seen by the community as a way to rescue their indigenous culture and provide opportunities for the future. Learn about their traditional agricultural practices, including their specialization in quinoa production, and take a guided walk with a community member to the sacred Jukil mountaintop for a beautiful view of the village below and the salt flats beyond. Meals of local ingredients grown in the village are prepared by ladies who were provided culinary training through the project. Leave Jukil Community Lodge knowing your visit is creating opportunities for a whole new generation of people in this community to improve their lives, and the lives of their children and grandchildren.
Accommodation: Jukil Lodge (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner

Day 43: Salt Flats and Desert Crossing
Explore the desert altiplano on a 4x4 excursion. Admire the spectacular scenery while passing red and blue lagoons and interesting rock formations along the route. Spot wild llamas, alpacas and even flamingos deep within the desert.
Activity: Spend three days in the stunning landscape between the Salar de Uyuni and the Atacama Desert in Chile. Enter a world unlike anything else as we drive across the salt flats; the piercing blue sky contrasts against the blinding white of the flat salt beds. Take memorable photos of the unusual landscape complete with mountains and active volcanoes. Visit the coloured lagoon of Laguna Colorada and enjoy the uniqueness of this region.
Accommodation: Quetana (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 44: Salt Flats and Desert Crossing /San Pedro de Atacama
Rise early to cover more ground of the unique landscape of the Salar de Uyuni. Continue to see incredible scenery, including volcanoes, and salt lakes. Travel to the border and descend by bus to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. It's a long but scenic drive.
Transport: Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.
Activity: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: Hostal Puritama (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 45: San Pedro de Atacama
Opt to go sandboarding or mountain biking, or visit the Valley of the Moon.
Free Time: Get out and explore the area.
Accommodation: Hostal Puritama (or similar)

Day 46: San Pedro de Atacama/Salta
Cross the border into Argentina.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Activity: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Accommodation: La Candelaria Hotel (or similar)

Day 47: Salta
Explore the city and enjoy the local cuisine. Opt to take a trip through the scenic Quebrada de las Conchas to Cafayate, or visit the High Mountain Archaeological Museum.
Free Time: Get out and explore scenic Salta and surrounds.
Accommodation: La Candelaria Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 48: Salta/Buenos Aires
Skip a long bus journey with a quick flight to Buenos Aires.
Transport: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
Free Time: Get out and explore beautiful Buenos Aires.
Accommodation: Millhouse Hipo (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 49: Buenos Aires
Enjoy a free day to explore beautiful Buenos Aires.
Free Time: Get out and explore!
Accommodation: Millhouse Hipo (or similar)

Day 50: Buenos Aires
Explore the "Paris of the Americas," from the hidden patios of trendy Palermo to bohemian vibes in San Telmo this city has something for everyone.
Free Time: Get out and explore Argentina's beautiful capital city.
Accommodation: Millhouse Hipo (or similar)

Day 51: Buenos Aires/Colonia
Cross the Río de la Plata by ferry to Colonia, Uruguay. Explore on an orientation walk, then enjoy free time to explore the area and relax at a streetside café.
Transport: Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
Activity: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Activity: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Free Time: Get out and explore quaint Colonia.
Accommodation: Hotel Esperanza & Artemisa Spa (or similar)

Day 52: Colonia/Montevideo
Travel from Colonia to Montevideo in the morning. Explore Montevideo in the afternoon; opt to grab a snack at the Port Market, wander around the colourful old town, or visit Estadio Centenario where the first World Cup was played.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Free Time: Explore Montevideo, spend the afternoon cruising along the coast on a bike, visiting the iconic soccer stadium, or search for street art in the old town.
Accommodation: Dazzler Hotel Montevideo (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 53: Montevideo
Enjoy another day to get to know Montevideo. Opt to take a day trip to glamorous Punta del Este or chill in the park like a local.
Free Time: Take as much time as you'd like to explore Montevideo.
Accommodation: Dazzler Hotel Montevideo (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 54: Montevideo/Estancia Stay
Travel by day through picturesque settlements and pastures finishing in the last Uruguayan stop—a local ranch, known in the region as an estancia.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Leave the city life behind for a couple of nights on a working Uruguayan ranch. Get a glimpse into rural life, try your hand at fishing in the nearby river or laze about and go for a swim. After a good night's rest, learn how to milk a cow before making empanadas. Head out on a horseback ride or go for a walk in the countryside. Return to the ranch to taste your empanadas and try other local specialties before getting to know your group around a blazing bonfire.
Accommodation: Estancia La Sirena (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 55: Estancia Stay
Spend a day in the life on an Uruguayan ranch, go for a walk in the countryside, learn how to make empanadas, and experience a local barbecue.
Free Time: Participate in as much or as little as you'd like at the estancia. Dive in and help out or put your feet up.
Activity: Leave the city life behind for a couple of nights on a working Uruguayan ranch. Get a glimpse into rural life, try your hand at fishing in the nearby river or laze about and go for a swim. After a good night's rest, learn how to milk a cow before making empanadas. Head out on a horseback ride or go for a walk in the countryside. Return to the ranch to taste your empanadas and try other local specialties before getting to know your group around a blazing bonfire.
Accommodation: Estancia La Sirena (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 56: Estancia Stay/Iguassu Falls
In the morning cross the border into Gualeguaychu in Argentina, then begin the long overnight journey to Iguassu Falls.
Activity: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Transport: Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 57: Iguassu Falls
In the afternoon opt to visit the Brazilian side of the falls and get an incredible panoramic view. Opt to take a helicopter ride over the falls, visit a bird park or see the Itaipu Dam.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Free Time: Get out and explore the area!
Accommodation: Hotel Cassino (or similar)

Day 58: Iguassu Falls
Today enjoy a full day excursion to the Argentine side of the falls. Wander along the walk paths that connect different viewpoints of the falls. Opt to take a boat tour to see the cascading falls from below.
Activity: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Activity: Spend the whole day on the Argentine side of Iguassu, exploring the paths over the falls or experience the UNESCO World Heritage site from a boat tour. Tours utilize trails and catwalks adapted to the landscape of the area, and walking is easy for all ages; guided tours of the complex are available several times a day.
Activity: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Accommodation: Hotel Cassino (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 59: Iguaçu Falls/Paraty
Skip an overnight bus ride and fly to São Paulo, heading straight to the coast. Explore colonial Paraty, then hit the beach.
Transport: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
Transport: Climb aboard and make friends with your seatmate en route to the next stop.
Accommodation: Geko Hostel (or similar)

Day 60: Paraty
Free time to explore Paraty's beaches, a national park and surroundings. Opt to visit a cachaça distillery or take a boat tour to nearby islands.
Free Time: You made it to the beach! Enjoy it by exploring the area or blissing out by the water.
Accommodation: Geko Hostel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 61: Paraty/Ilha Grande
Continue by van up the coast, and take a ferry to Ilha Grande.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Transport: Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
Free Time: You made it to an island paradise! Go explore it.
Accommodation: Pousada Bugio (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 62: Ilha Grande
Free time to explore the beaches of Ilha Grande. Opt to hike the remote trails, take a boat trip around the island, play in the waves or go snorkelling.
Free Time: You made it to an island paradise! Go explore it.
Accommodation: Pousada Bugio (or similar)

Day 63: Ilha Grande/Rio de Janeiro
Travel to Rio de Janeiro. Take a city tour to experience sights like Rio's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, or take a leisurely stroll along Copacabana beach as the waves lap at your feet.
Transport: Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
Transport: Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: CabanaCopa Hostel (or similar)

Day 64: Rio de Janeiro
In the morning, explore the favela with a local resident on a G Adventures-supported tour to watch a drumming demonstration, get a Capoeira lesson, and sample craft beers with a new perspective of the city. Enjoy a free afternoon to discover all that Rio has to offer.
Free Time: Spend the day exploring this vibrant city. Take a guided tour, catch a local football game, or relax on one of Rio's world famous beaches.
Activity: Explore dynamic communities and support social enterprises on a tour led by residents of the Vidigal favela. Participate in a Capoeira session, visit an innovative community green space, sample artisanal beer made in the favela, and purchase unique handicrafts. With support from G Adventures, entrepreneurial organizations and members of the community are connected with people, ideas, and resources from around the world to grow their businesses.
Accommodation: CabanaCopa Hostel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 65: Rio de Janeiro
Depart at any time.
Activity: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Please Note: This tour is only applicable for 18 to 30 year olds.

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Inclusions

Meals Included
41 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners

Transport
Local bus, boat, truck, motorized canoe, train, hiking, plane, 4x4 truck.

Inclusions
Your G for Good Moment: Shandia Community Lodge, Shandia Your G for Good Moment: Shandia Biking & Community Experience, Shandia Your G for Good Moment: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo Your G for Good Moment: Handmade Biodegradable Soap Products Your G for Good Moment: Jukil Community Experience & Lodge, Santiago de Agencha Your G for Good Moment: Favela Experience, Rio de Janeiro Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Local Living Moment: Amazon Jungle Experience, Tena Your Discover Moment: Baños Your Discover Moment: Lima Your Foodie Moment: Huacachina Winery Visit, Huacachina Your Discover Moment: Cusco Your Foodie Moment: Sacred Valley Brewery, Ollantaytambo Your Big Night Out Moment: Cusco Your Local Living Moment: Lake Titicaca Homestay, Lake Titicaca Your Discover Moment: Sucre Your Discover Moment: Salta Your Discover Moment: Buenos Aires Your Local Living Moment: Estancia Stay, Colonia La Concordia Your Discover Moment: Paraty Your Discover Moment: Ilha Grande Your Discover Moment: Rio de Janeiro. Amazon Jungle excursion. Beach time in Mancora and Ilha Grande. Sunset sandboarding & dune buggies (Huacachina). Pachamanca-style dinner (Nazca). Colca Canyon excursion. Guided tour of Machu Picchu. Inca Trail hike with a local guide and cook (4 days). Lake Titicaca excursion. Salar de Uyuni excursion. Entrance and visit to Argentine side of Iguassu Falls. Transportation between destinations and included activities. Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Accommodations

Simple hotels (39 nts, twin-share), hostels (9 nts, multi-share), jungle homestay (2 nts), G Adventures-supported community lodge (1 nt), overnight buses (6 nts), camping (2 nts), homestay (1 nt), basic hotel on Salar de Uyuni excursion (2 nts, multi-share), estancia/ranch (2 nts, multi-share).

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

G Adventures Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4
Accommodations
3.6
Itinerary
4
Professional Staff
4.3
Repeat with Operator
4
Value for Money
3.9

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It was a great tour and are guides were very knowledgeable.

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Very satisfied with tour, enjoyed it very much.

I liked the variety of activities and the chance to opt out without undue pressure. I met some really fun people on this tour.

Everyone connected with the tour went above and beyond. The tour was more than I ever dreamt!

Our CEO Solofo for this trip is fantastic. He is patient and very nice. He went extra ways to help me and other members. I really enjoy this trip because of him! He is an excellent CEO. I definitely will recommend to other friends about him. Pls let him know that we really enjoy his introduction. He is also very informative and knowledgeable. In a word, he is excellent!

Great trip at a reasonable price.

Awesome trip in a great country. Our CEO was professional and fun!!!

G adventures offers hands down some of the best tour packages out there!

The Japan vacation was better than I expected!!!! It was an active "moving" trip, which I truly enjoyed. I've done "coach tours" where you sit on the bus and they take you -- this experience was "hands on" riding the buses, trains and running through the streets -- it was amazing !!!!! We got the full feel of Japan and the people. This trip is not for the weak or slow pace crowd - you drag your luggage through the streets, up and down stairs --- it was truly exciting and exhilarating. G adventures has a fan for life. The instructions and assistance was outstanding -- Great job - Steve (AffordableTours.com) was outstanding !

Amazing adventure. Thank you for the advice and preparation.


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