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The floating reed islands of the Uros people on the highest navigable lake in the world - Lake Titicaca
Drink like a local in Peru
Puno - a town four kilometres above sea-level
The perfect pisco sour?
Warminwanusca - 'Dead Woman’s Pass' on the Inca Trail
Guinea pig - a Peruvian delicacy
UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic centre of the Peruvian capital Lima
UNESCO World Heritage-listed ancient Inca capital of Cusco
The 'Lost City of the Incas' - UNESCO World Heritage-listed Machu Picchu
Rio de Janeiro
La Paz - the world's highest 'unofficial' capital city
The potions of 'Witches’ Market'
Eat llama in La Paz
Choose your adventure in Bonito
Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titicaca
Spot jaguars in the Pantanal
Honey Island's ecological paradise
UNESCO World Heritage-listed colonial city of Sucre
  • Gisele Bundchen, Ronaldo and Adriana Lima are all Brazilian. After being in Rio you'll be desperate to start the Inca Trek and burn off all those calories.

    (Was South America Coast to Coast Reverse)

    Itinerary

    Day 1-3 - Rio de Janeiro

    Let it all hang out on the beaches in Rio - the only place in the world where budgie smugglers make you look overdressed.

    • Ascend Corcovado Mountain and visit Christ The Redeemer
    • Enjoy plenty of free time to hit the beach, shops, cafes, bars and restaurants and get to grips to local life
    • Perhaps visit the famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches or take in Sugarloaf Mountain

    Day 4 - Atlantic Rainforest

    "Serra Verde Express" would make a cool band name. Until then, it's simply the train that takes us from Curitiba to Marumbi State Park.

    • Board the Serra Verde Express for an incredible ride through the Atlantic Rainforest
    • Trek along the Itupava Colonial Rainforest Trail to Rochedinho Peak and Marumbinistas Waterfall
    • Stay overnight in a jungle lodge
    • Spend time relaxing, swimming or perhaps embark on further exploration of the rainforest

    Day 5-6 - Paranagua - Honey Island

    The Brazilian name is Ilha do Mel but we think Honey Island is much nicer. It's shaped like a whale and has no cars, roads or power lines. Brahma beer and an impromptu game of beach soccer are inevitable.

    • Board a boat in Paranagua to explore some of the island that make up the Superagui National Park
    • Keep eyes peeled for local wildlife
    • Stop at Pescas Island for a lunch prepared by local villagers
    • Take a walking tour around the village with a local site guide and visit Dolphin Bay
    • Perhaps relax with a spot of fishing
    • Spend two nights on the idyllic Honey Island
    • Visit the historical fortress and the Enchanted Grotto
    Breakfast

    Day 7-8 - Honey Island - Iguazu Falls

    Fact: Iguazu Falls are 20m higher than Niagara Falls, with 275 separate waterfalls stretching across a 2.5km semi-circle. Fiction: everyone looks cool in a yellow poncho.

    • Make the most of the last morning on Honey Island
    • Visit the thundering Iguaza Falls
    • Take in panoramic views of the falls from the Argentine and Brazilian sides
    • Set off on an overnight bus ride to Bonito
    Breakfast

    Day 9-10 - Bonito

    Look up: "natural beauty" in the dictionary, and there might be a picture of Bonito. Forests, waterfalls, caves and rivers. Then again, there might just be a picture of Ryan Gosling.

    • Head to Bonito in the Serre da Bodoquena, a nature lover's paradise
    • Relax and soak up the atmosphere of the area
    • Take advantage of some of optional activities such as rappelling, snorkelling, cave exploring, and trekking to waterfalls
    Breakfast

    Day 11-12 - Pantanal

    Fun bits: horse riding through a wildlife reserve, taking a jungle walk and hopefully spotting your first toucan that's not on a box of cereal.

    • Head to a lodge located in the heart of the vast wetlands of the Pantanal
    • Take a trip by boat along the Miranda and Red Rivers
    • Perhaps encounter wildlife including caiman, capybara, jabiru stork, giant otter, toucan, blue macaw and marsh deer
    • Enjoy optional activities such as a horse ride through the wetlands, a forest walk and even piranha fishing
    Breakfast

    Day 13-14 - Corumba - Santa Cruz

    When Santa Cruz was founded in 1561 is was 220km east of where it is now, but that spot was deemed too prone to getting attacked, so they moved it. Things were so much easier back in the day.

    • Explore Santa Cruz' main plaza, huge cathedral and colonial buildings
    • Board the overnight train to Puerto Suarez, located on the border with Argentina
    Breakfast

    Day 15-18 - Sucre - Potosi

    The words 'colonial history' probably don't mean much by now, but trust us, these are two of the prettiest towns you'll ever see.

    Day 15

    • Enjoy a guided tour of many of Potosi's highlights
    • Spend time making your own discoveries during a free afternoon
    • Why not visit the cooperative mines indulge in a thermal bath

    Days 16-18

    • Journey through the temperate valleys of Chuquisacra to Sucre
    • Take a guided tour of the old part of town, and see the Recoleta Church and Monastery, the chapel of the Virgin of Guadalupe and the cathedral and museum of La Casa de la Libertad
    • Spend an entire free day exploring Sucre under your own steam
    Breakfast

    Day 19-20 - La Paz

    The view as you come into La Paz is pretty unbelievable. Check out the markets and cafes, watch your step on cobblestone streets and enjoy the sight of many tiny women wearing tiny bowler hats.

    • Enjoy free time in La Paz to wander around the cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways that are features of this Andean city
    • Perhaps explore the colourful markets, including the famous 'Witches Market', or simply relax in one of the many cafes
    Breakfast

    Day 21-23 - Puno - Lake Titicaca

    When you're on the shores of Lake Titicaca, you're actually higher than Western Europe's highest mountain, so take a chill pill and don't overdo it - altitude sickness is a bastard.

    Day 21

    • Catch a bus to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca
    • Drive through magnificent mountains and local scenery

    Day 22

    • Take a boat across Lake Titicaca to the Uros' floating reed islands
    • Enjoy a homestay on Amantani Island

    Day 23

    • Indulge in a breakfast with your host family
    • Board an afternoon boat back to Puno
    Breakfast

    Day 24 - Cusco

    Cusco, Cuzco, it's all the same to us. More than just the final stop on the way to the Inca Trail, this is a charmer of a town. Try the chuta bread, it's huge.

    • Acclimatise in Cusco in preparation for the Inca trek
    • Take a walking tour of central Cusco
    • Explore Cusco and see the local sights - including Sacsayhuaman, Quenca and Tambo Machay - during free time
    Breakfast

    Day 25-30 - Inca Trail Trek - Cusco

    Your porters will be stuffing you full of sugary drinks, lollies and fruit faster than you can say "I'm starting to feel slightly grumpy and low on energy".

    Day 25

    • Gaze upon massive Inca fortifications in Ollantaytambo 
    • Begin the Inca trek
    • Hike past the ancient hilltop fort of Huillca Raccay and the archaeological site of Llactapata
    • Stunning views of snow-capped Veronica Peak
    • Camp near the village of Wayllabamba

    Day 26

    • The most difficult part of the trek - Dead Woman’s Pass
    • Panoramas of the Vilcanota and Vilcabama mountain ranges, and ruins in the valley below
    • Camp with a view over the cloud forest

    Day 27

    • Climb up to the ruins of Runkuracay
    • Continue up the Inca staircase 
    • Spectacular views of Pumasillo and the entire Vilcabamba range
    • Enter the beautiful cloud forest

    Day 28

    • The final, and most spectacular, leg of the trek to Machu Picchu 
    • Arrive at Inti Punku, the Gateway of the Sun
    • Experience a panoramic view of Machu Picchu at sunrise
    • Explore Machu Picchu on a guided tour
    • Return to Cusco by train

    Day 29

    • Relax and unwind or spend free time exploring Cusco's many markets, museums, eateries and local sights

    Day 31-33 - Lima

    Culture vultures, check out Museo de la Nacion and Museo Rafael Larco Harrera. Then all of you get down on the Barranco Quarter for some Creole food and dancing.

    • Enjoy free time to explore the capital of Peru
    • View the architecture, visit museums, drop some coins in the shops and markets, or grab a refreshment in a bar, restaurant or cafe
    Breakfast
  • What's Included

    • An experienced local tour guide in Brazil, Bolivia and Peru, and there will be the services of local site guides at some sites. All transportation, accommodation, sightseeing and meals as indicated.

    Not Included

    • International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, entrance to Sugarloaf, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
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Boat, Bus, Plane, Private van, Taxi
1 night Overnight train, 4 nights Overnight bus, 21 nights Budget/tourist class hotels, 1 night Island homestay, 5 nights Multi-share accommodation
Rio de Janeiro
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What to know

Home stay accommodation on Lake Titicaca is in simple local houses.

A reasonable level of fitness is beneficial for this holiday and you should be in good health. The trek along the Itupava Colonial Trail in Brazil is not particularly difficult however; you will be required to carry sufficient clothing and personal effects for three days until returning to Curitiba. A good level of fitness and pre-trip training is essential for the Inca Trek. You will trek on hilly terrain or mountainous terrain at altitudes of up to 4200 metres, for up to 7 hours per day.

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