Best Of South America

10/28/2020 through 09/28/2022
10/28/2020 through 10/01/2022
Intrepid Travel

Best of South America

Take a deep dive into Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil on a 51-day Latin Lonely Planet Experience. With local leaders guiding you to the best neighbourhoods as well as plenty of time to explore independently, you’ll wonder what took you so long to appreciate this corner of the globe. Trek or train to the lost Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, spend a few days on a working estancia in Uruguay, take a 4WD adventure through the Andean desert to the Uyuni salt flats and wind up in all the best cities – Buenos Aires, La Paz and Lima, to name a few. Finish up with beach and party vibes in Brazil – a perfect spot to chill out after your adventure to South America’s hotspots.

Activities

  • Lima – Leader-led walking tour
  • Colca Canyon – Guided tour
  • Cusco – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Sacred Valley – Community visit & lunch
  • Lake Titicaca – Boat tour & Homestay
  • Salt flats – Visit to ‘Fish Island/Inca Wasi’
  • Uyuni – Colchani Salt Factory Visit
  • Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve – Altiplano tour including Laguna Colorada & Laguna Verde
  • Welcome Meeting
  • Buenos Aires – Orientation walk
  • 3-night stay on a working estancia including meals and activities
  • Iguazu Falls – Entrance & tour of the Brazilian side of the falls
  • Iguazu Falls – Entrance & tour of the Argentinian side of the falls
  • Rio de Janeiro – Orientation Walk

Highlights

  • Elegant colonial architecture, political history in spades and the hilly neighbourhoods dotted with terracotta roofs – Sucre might be Bolivia’s most beautiful city.
  • Take an unforgettable 4WD adventure across the Salar de Uyuni – some of the largest salt lakes in the world. Pass cactus islands, train cemeteries and mineral lakes teeming with flamingos.
  • The giant desert inscriptions of the Nazca Lines are one of Peru’s great unsolved mysteries, and so is the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu. You’ll experience both your own way, with a range of options to choose from.
  • Enjoy delicious home-cooking and warm hospitality during your three-day estancia stay, and learn about Uruguay’s gauchos – legendary cowboys – while on the ranch.
  • After seeing its virgin rainforests, blue lagoons and splendid beaches, you’d never imagine that Ilha Grande had such a treacherous pirate history. This is true natural beauty, Brazilian style.

Itinerary

Day 1 Lima
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Day 2 Lima
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Day 3 Paracas
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Day 4 Nazca
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Day 5 Arequipa
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Day 6 Arequipa
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Day 7 Colca Canyon
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Day 8 Arequipa
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Day 9 Arequipa/ Overnight Bus to Cusco
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Day 10 Cusco
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Day 11 Inca Trail, Inca Quarry Trail or Train option
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Day 12 Inca Trail, Inca Quarry Trail or Train option
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Day 13 Inca Trail, Inca Quarry Trail or Train option
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Day 14 Inca Trail, Inca Quarry Trail or Train option and Machu Picchu / Ollantaytambo
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Day 15 Sacred Valley / Cusco
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Day 16 Cusco
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Day 17 Puno/Lake Titicaca
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Day 18 Puno
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Day 19 Puno
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Day 20 La Paz
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Day 21 La Paz
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Day 22 La Paz
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Day 23 Sucre
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Day 24 Sucre
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Day 25 Potosi
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Day 26 Uyuni
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Day 27 Salar de Uyuni
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Day 28 Salar de Uyuni
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Day 29 Uyuni
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Day 30 Uyuni – Tilcara
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Day 31 Tilcara – Buenos Aires
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Day 32-34 Buenos Aires
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Day 35 Buenos Aires
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Day 36 Colonia del Sacramento
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Day 37 Estancia Stay
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Day 38-39 Estancia Stay
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Day 40 Overnight Bus
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Day 41 Foz do Iguazu (Brazilian side)
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Day 42 Iguazu Falls (Argentinian side)
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Day 43 Rio de Janeiro
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Day 44 Rio de Janeiro
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Day 45-46 Paraty
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Day 47 Paraty – Ilha Grande
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Day 48-49 Ilha Grande
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Day 50 Rio de Janeiro
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Day 51 Rio de Janeiro
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