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Rio to Lima: Machu Picchu & Markets

Rio to Lima: Machu Picchu & Markets
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51 Days

Highlights

Spot condors at Colca Canyon, conquer the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experience traditional life on Lake Titicaca, cross the Salar de Uyuni and surrounding desert altiplano, be awed by Iguassu Falls, sandboard the dunes of Huacachina.

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If you have the time and can’t decide between Peru and Brazil, then see them both – and pretty much everything in between – on this 51-day extravaganza. Trek the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, cross the Bolivian Salt Flats, sip wine in Argentina, and hit the beach in Brazil. You’ll get plenty of energetic culture, the great outdoors, and the company of other young travellers to keep you moving. There’s time later to slow down, take the long road, and have an adventure while you can.
Rio to Lima: Machu Picchu & Markets
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Rio de Janeiro
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Lima

Itinerary

  • Arrive at any time. Head to a “quiosque” along Copacabana beach with your fellow travellers. Get to know the group over some drinks then head out to experience Rio’s famous nightlife.
  • Wake up and explore a 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. The afternoon is yours to discover why Rio is called Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City).
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Continue up the coast today and hop aboard a ferry to where your island paradise awaits.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • The day is yours to explore Ilha Grande. Break a sweat hiking remote trails to experience jaw-dropping views, or choose to relax on a boat tour through turquoise waters to some of the island's most beautiful beaches to swim and snorkel.
  • You're off to Paraty today. Take some time to wander the cobblestone streets of this colonial hidden gem and check out a local cachaça distillery!
  • Do as much or as little as you want today. Go swimming, snorkelling, or explore the islands on a boat tour. Or, simply recharge your batteries by immersing yourself in the laidback vibes of Paraty.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Skip a long bus ride and hop on a flight to Iguassu Falls.
  • Enjoy a full day excursion to the breathtaking Argentine side of the falls with your fellow travellers. Don't forget to take pictures as you wander along paths to experience the falls from each exhilarating vantage point. You can also take a boat tour to see the cascading falls from below.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Today is full of possibilities with a free day to explore. Choose to visit the Brazilian side of the falls and experience unforgettable panoramic views. Reach new heights with the option to take a helicopter ride over the falls, or check out a bird park. Later, it's time to relax on an overnight bus to Uruguay.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Dive into Uruguayan rural life known in the region as an estancia. Get dirty at a working ranch, enjoy a walk in the countryside, and indulge in local barbecues.
    Meals: LUNCH, DINNER
  • Live like a local today as you experience life on an Uruguayan ranch or explore the surrounding area.
    Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
  • Your journey continues in the morning as you travel to Montevideo. The afternoon is yours for the taking — so explore as you wish! You can wander through the colorful streets of old town searching for street art or visit an iconic soccer stadium that was host to the first World Cup. Hungry? Bring your appetite to Port Market where you will find an endless bounty of delicious meats. (And fruits and veggies, too.)
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Wake up ready to take on another day in Uruguay's capital. Hop on a bike and cruise down the Rambla, soaking up sun and gorgeous views from this coastline avenue. Take a day trip to glamorous Punta del Este to admire the upscale neighbourhoods and gardens. Or if you prefer to relax today, kick back and chill in the park like a local.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Venture to the charming city of Colonia del Sacramento. Immerse yourself in the laidback Uruguayan lifestyle by strolling down cobble-stoned streets on a brief orientation walk.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Hop aboard a ferry and cruise across the Río de la Plata to Buenos Aires, Argentina. This city is full of life and you'll want to experience as much of it as you can. Explore the districts of La Boca, Recoleta, and San Telmo — or catch a tango show then grab drinks in one of the many sidewalk cafes with your fellow travellers.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Didn't have time to do everything yesterday? No worries — today's a new day for you to choose your own adventure.
  • Enjoy a free day to explore beautiful Buenos Aires.
  • Skip a long bus ride and board a plane for a quick flight to Salta. Unwind at the hotel or liven it up with a visit to a Peña Folklore show to dance the night away and sip delicious Argentine red wine. Remember, no visit to Salta is complete without trying the local specialty — empanadas salteñas.
  • Tantalize your tastebuds with the local cuisine today as you explore freely. Choose to saddle up and admire the scenery on horseback. Or, if you'd prefer, take a visit to the town of Cafayate to roam vineyards and sample some of the white wine produced at insanely high altitudes.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Say "Adios!" to Argentina, because you're off to Chile today to a little town on the edge of the Atacama desert, the driest place on earth.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • You will be amazed at everything you can do today. Explore San Pedro de Atacama on a mountain bike, cruise down the dunes on a sandboard, or chill out in the hot springs with your friends and fellow travel squad. Or visit the Valley of the Moon, an area on Earth that resembles the moon's surface. (How cool is that?)
  • Ascend by bus into the mountains and cross into Bolivia for a three-day 4x4 excursion to the Salar de Uyuni and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery. Today you will be crossing the varied landscape of the desert, stopping off at colourful lagoons along the way.
    Meals: LUNCH, DINNER
  • Continue crossing the desert today, admiring the scenery while passing red and blue lagoons and intriguing rock formations along the route. Keep an eye out and you might spot wild llamas, alpacas, and even flamingos deep within the desert. Arrive at your home for the night — a G Adventures-supported community lodge in the heart of a desert oasis.
    Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
  • Get a head start on your day by rising early to cover more ground on your journey through the unique landscape of the Salar de Uyuni. Soak in the views of unimaginable scenery including volcanoes and salt lakes.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Travel north to visit one of the highest cities in the world. On arrival spot the looming mountain of Cerro Rico, a working silver mine.
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  • Wake up, get out, and explore Potosí. Meander the streets, stop at the market and meet some locals!
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  • Travel north to the beautiful colonial city of Sucre.
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  • Discover the beauty of Sucre, known as Bolivia's "White City" at your own pace with a free day to explore. Set in a valley surrounded by mountains, you can choose to go hiking or mountain biking to admire this city from a different point of view.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • One day in Sucre isn't enough, so take another free day to explore before winding down on an overnight bus to La Paz.
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  • Hope you got some rest on the bus because the vibrant city of La Paz awaits. After getting settled, head out to experience this high altitude city. Take a tour of the Valley of the Moon, check out the Witches' Market, or visit the nearby Tiahuanaco Ruins.
  • 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.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Travel by bus through the Altiplano, crossing the border to the Peruvian city of Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village.
    Meals: BREAKFAST, DINNER
  • Visit the floating islands of Uros. Optional visit to the Sillustani burial site.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Travel through the high Altiplano region to Cusco.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Free time to explore Cusco. Choose to pre-book the Cusco Cooking Class. Opt for a city tour, or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • 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.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins.
    Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
  • Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.
    Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
  • Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through cloud forest on the gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley. At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).
    Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
  • The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Wake up around 03:30 and walk to the checkpoint. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows. Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Free day to explore Cusco or relax after the trek. If you are ready for more adventure, opt to go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Enjoy a final free day in Cusco before an overnight bus to Arequipa.
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  • Travel from Cusco to Arequipa. Opt to visit the Santa Catalina Convent or soak in local hot springs.
  • Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley and opt for a soak in hot springs.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Continue exploring Colca Canyon with opportunities to view condors, visit local villages, and see the old terraces. Travel back to Arequipa for the evening.
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  • Explore Arequipa and opt to take a city tour. Take an overnight bus to Nazca.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Nazca is famous for one of the world's greatest archaeological mysteries, the Nazca Lines. Opt to take flight in a light aircraft for the best view or climb the viewing tower to get a glimpse if that's more your style. Enjoy a Pachamanca-style dinner in the evening.
    Meals: DINNER
  • Travel further north to the oasis of Huacachina, stop at a Pisco winery on the way. Sandboard on the dunes around the oasis for an unforgettable sunset.
  • Travel back to Lima for a final night. Be sure to try some ceviche and a pisco sour.
  • Depart at any time.
    Meals: BREAKFAST