Southern Cross Westbound – Rio to Lima

Resort: Southern Cross Westbound - Rio to Lima
Operator: G Adventures
Destination: Brazil
Price From: £3288.65

Over View

From the sands of Copacabana to the heights of the Bolivian Andes, this incredible 39-day journey will introduce you to the diverse landscape and people of South America. Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal and the bizarre landscape of Salar de Uyuni, and revel in the mists of thundering Iguassu Falls. Gain greater insight into the culture on the regions public buses and meet locals from the rural towns along the way for an immersive experience that few travellers have. Get off the beaten path and experience Peru, Brazil, and Bolivia a vibrant cross-section of South America.

Itineraries

Day 1
Rio de Janeiro

Arrive at any time.

Day 2
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.

Day 3
Rio de JaneiroIlha Grande

Take a bus and ferry to Ilha Grande. Enjoy free time to explore this picturesque, laid-back island, opt to go on a hike to a nearby swimming hole or explore the many beaches.

Day 4
Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande is a car-free island surrounded by beautiful nature. Opt to go for a hike, swim, or sit at one of the beach bars.

Day 5
Ilha GrandeParaty

Travel up the coast to Paraty and wander the cobblestoned streets of this beautiful colonial town.

Day 6
Paraty

Enjoy a free day to explore Paraty. Optional activities include a Caipirinha boat trip, kayaking and horseback riding.

Day 7
Paraty

Continue to enjoy the slow pace of Paraty, a colonial town with fantastic architecture, or opt to take a day trip to Trindade to surf and relax on the beach.

Day 8
ParatyIguau Falls

Take a flight to the famous Iguassu Falls. Skip the 19 hour journey by land and hop a flight to Iguassu from So Paulo.
Visit the Brazilian side of the falls to get the best panoramic view.

Day 9
Iguau Falls

Experience Iguassu in Argentina by exploring trails and catwalks. Opt to take a boat tour to view the falls from below.

Day 10
Iguau FallsBonito

Embark on the long travel journey to Bonito.

Day 11
Bonito

Spend time in Bonito with optional activities available like snorkelling in the rivers or exploring the nearby caves and waterfalls.

Day 12
BonitoPantanal

Journey into the Pantanal, a perfect place to experience the wildlife of Brazil. Enjoy a 2-day excursion into the wetlands with a local guide.

Day 13
Pantanal

Full day of exploring the Pantanal. Try piranha fishing or horseback riding. Opportunities to spot wildlife such as monkeys, macaws, giant otters and caiman.

Day 14
PantanalSanta Cruz de la Sierra

Leave the Pantanal and head for the border. Board an overnight bus to Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

Day 15
Santa Cruz de la SierraSucre

Hop on a flight to Bolivia’s colonial gem, Sucre. Enjoy a few days in the city to recover from the journey from Brazil, opt to go hiking or take it easy.

Day 16
Sucre

Spend a few days exploring all that Sucre has to offer.

Day 17
Sucre

Enjoy free time to explore all that Sucre has to offer.

Day 18
Sucre

Enjoy free time to explore all that Sucre has to offer.

Day 19
SucrePotos

Journey from Sucre to Potos. Spend the afternoon exploring the city.

Day 20
PotosUyuni

Head south to Uyuni, the starting point for the salt flats excursion.

Day 21
UyuniSalt Flats

Enjoy a 3-day 4×4 excursion to the Salar de Uyuni and surrounding desert altiplano, with spectacular scenery.

Day 22
Salt Flats

Continue to discover the Salar de Uyuni on a 4×4 excursion. Last stop for the evening is a G Adventures-supported community lodge in a traditional agricultural village in the heart of a desert oasis.

Day 23
Salt FlatsUyuni

Enjoy a final day of exploring the Salar de Uyuni before boarding an overnight bus back to La Paz .

Day 24
La Paz

Enjoy a free day in the capital, walk along the winding streets, shop in the markets and enjoy the nightlife. For the thrill seekers opt to bike the famous death road.

Day 25
La Paz

Enjoy another free day to explore La Paz. Opt to visit Iglesia de San Francisco, Chacaltaya, the Valley of the Moon or the Witches’ Market.

Day 26
La Paz

Visit the pre-Incan ruins of Tiahuanaco.

Day 27
La PazPuno

Travel by bus through the altiplano, crossing the border to the Peruvian city of Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Day 28
PunoLake Titicaca

Enjoy a guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village.

Day 29
Lake TiticacaPuno

Visit the floating islands of Uros before returning to Puno. Opt to visit the Sillustani burial site.

Day 30
PunoCusco

Hop on the bus for a full day’s drive to Cusco.

Day 31
Cusco

Enjoy a free day to explore the city’s museums and local markets. Choose to pre-book the optional Cusco Cooking Class. Opt for a city tour to see some of the ruins as well.

Day 32
CuscoOllantaytambo

Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women’s weaving co-op before visiting a local pottery making community. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, opt to head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Or, wander around the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar).

Day 33
Inca Trail

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the Inca Trail begins. Ease into the adventure with a straightforward day of hiking the meandering streams, stunning Andean scenery, and ancient Incan ruins.

Day 34
Inca Trail

Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwausca, better known as Dead Womans 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.

Day 35
Inca Trail

Cross two more passes and ruins on today’s trek. 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 the cloud forest on a 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 Wiay Wayna ruins (forever young) located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).

Day 36
Machu PicchuCusco

The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down for a guided tour of the site and enjoy free time to explore until noon as permitted by the tourist ticket. 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.

Day 37
Cusco

Enjoy a free day to explore Cusco or relax. Active options include whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and mountain biking.

Day 38
CuscoLima

Fly to Lima. Opt for a city tour or wander the neighbourhood of Miraflores.

Day 39
Lima

Depart at any time.

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