18-to-Thirtysomethings: The Great South American Journey Quito to Rio Adventure (SEQR)
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Service Level: Basic
Physical Demands Rating: 4 - You might encounter a few high-altitude hikes or other more strenuous activities. Pro tip: Put down that pastry, buster.
Group Size: Max 18, avg 14.
Meals Included: 39 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners
Accommodations: Simple hotels (46 nts, some multi-share), jungle homestay (3 nts), overnight buses (6 nts), camping (3 nts), homestay (1 nt), basic hotel on Uyuni Salt Flat excursion (2 nts, multi-share), estancia/ranch (2 nts, multi-share), hostel (1 nt).
Mingle with the locals at a homestay in the Amazon, spot condors at Colca Canyon, conquer the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experience traditional life on Lake Titicaca, cross the Uyuni Salt Flats 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.
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- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 12/31/2020
- 65 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Quito||Day 1 Quito|
Spend the first day of your trip wandering Ecuador's capital city. Meet the group in the evening at the hotel. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Tena||Day 2 Quito/Tena (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Travel overland to Tena, located on the edge of the Amazon. From there, transfer for 45 minutes by truck to the local community of Pimpilala that will be our home for three nights. Stay with a Quichua family, enjoy the hospitality of these wonderful people, and experience life in the jungle first-hand. Included Activities: Amazon Jungle Experience Transport: Local bus (6.00-7.00 hours)
|Days 3-4||Tena||Days 3-4 Tena|
Head out on nature walks and learn about local traditions at an overnight homestay. Included Activities: Amazon Jungle Experience
|Day 5||Banos||Day 5 Tena/Banos (1B)|
Banos is the perfect setting for outdoor pursuits, including horseback riding, canyoning, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and rafting in the surrounding mountains and on the River Patate. Transport: Pickup truck (0.75 hour(s)) Local bus (3.00-4.00 hours)
|Day 6||Banos||Day 6 Banos|
Opt to soak in the nearby hot springs or get active by hiking, horseback riding, or mountain biking.
|Day 7||Cuenca||Day 7 Banos/Cuenca|
Ecuadors third largest town, Cuenca, retains a pleasant provincial air with its colonial architecture, art galleries, and museums. The surrounding countryside is an outdoor playground. Visit national parks, take walks in the beautiful countryside, and see Ecuador's only Inca ruin site. Explore the city's sights including cobbled streets, red-tiled roofs, art galleries, flower markets, shady plazas, and museums. Transport: Local bus (2.00 hour(s)) Local bus (6.00 hour(s))
|Day 8||Cuenca||Day 8 Cuenca|
Enjoy a free day to visit Cajas NP or the Inca ruins of Ingapirca.
|Day 9||Mancora||Day 9 Cuenca/Mancora|
The adventure continues as we travel from Cuenca through the busy border town of Huaquillas and across the Peruvian border into Mancora. We follow the Pan-American Highway south to the seaside town of Mancora, a village populated by fishermen and surfers from around Peru and the world. Enjoy the relaxing beach atmosphere. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Ecuador - Peru) Transport: Local bus (5.00-6.00 hours) Local bus (4.00-5.00 hours)
|Day 10||Mancora||Day 10 Mancora|
Opt to relax on the beach, discover Mancora, go horseback riding, or take a surf lesson.
|Day 11||Huanchaco||Day 11 Mancora/Huanchaco|
Free time in Mancora. Overnight bus to Huanchaco. Transport: Overnight bus
|Day 12||Huanchaco||Day 12 Huanchaco|
We continue heading south along the coast to Trujillo, the largest city in northern Peru. It is known for its beautiful colonial structures and nearby attractions of Chan-Chan ruins and the resort town of Huanchaco, where we spend the night.
|Day 13||Lima||Day 13 Huanchaco/Lima|
Full day in Huanchaco before boarding a night bus to Lima. Transport: Overnight bus (8.00 hour(s))
|Day 14||Lima||Day 14 Lima (1B)|
To get a feel for colonial Lima, take a cab to the Plaza de Armas and watch the changing of the Palace Guard in the afternoon. Walk around the streets surrounding the JirOn de la UniOn for great examples of Spanish-colonial architecture and to experience life in a large South American city. There are many fine museums in and around the city, including the Museo Rafael Larco Herrera. An optional city tour visits many of the cities highlights.
|Day 15||Lima||Day 15 Lima|
Enjoy the day exploring the city.
|Day 16||Paracas||Day 16 Lima/Paracas (1B)|
Savour a pisco sour while staying in Piscos neighbouring town of Paracas. Transport: Local bus (4.00 hour(s), 250km) Minibus (0.50 hour(s))
|Day 17||Nazca||Day 17 Paracas/Nazca (1D)|
There is time in the morning for an optional excursion to the popular Ballestas Islands, which provide an excellent chance to view a lively sea lion colony, pelicans, penguins, and other varieties of birdlife. Back on land, catch a bus south to Nazca. On the way, pass by the pleasant colonial town of Ica. Ica enjoys a dry, sunny climate year-round and is known for its huge sand dunes. Located around the nearby oasis of Huacachina, the dunes are perfect as subjects for photographs and for a favourite local past time: sandboarding. Apart from the dunes, Ica is famous for its wines and there are several wineries and distilleries in the area. Included Activities: Huacachina Winery Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 175km)
|Day 18||Arequipa||Day 18 Nazca/Arequipa|
Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines. Overnight bus to Arequipa. Transport: Overnight bus (8.00-9.00 hours, 570km)
|Day 19||Arequipa||Day 19 Arequipa|
Those with an interest in history and architecture may opt to visit the Convent of Santa Catalina, which offers a brief respite from the outside world and a unique view into a bygone way of life. Other optional excursions include rafting and mountaineering. For spicy food lovers, checking out one of the "PicanterIas" is a must. Arequipa has a variety of regional food: alpaca, shrimp, pork, lots of soups, and spicy sauces.
|Day 20||Colca Canyon||Day 20 Arequipa/Colca Canyon (1B)|
Enjoy an overnight excursion to the impressive Colca Canyon - one of the deepest canyons in the world. Stop in fascinating villages and at "miradors" (scenic lookouts), where, with a little luck, visitors can see Andean condors soaring over the majestic Andes. Other unusual animals that can be spotted in the Andean landscape include three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama and vicuNa. Included Activities: Colca Canyon Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50-5.00 hours, 165km)
|Day 21||Arequipa||Day 21 Colca Canyon/Arequipa (1B)|
Get an early start to go on the lookout for flying condors. Travel from Chivay town to a condor viewpoint to admire these magnificent birds in the air. On the way back, stop by some local villages and viewpoints to see old terraces and sections of Colca Canyon, the deepest canyon in the world. Included Activities: Colca Canyon Guided Tour
|Day 22||Cusco||Day 22 Arequipa/Cusco (1B)|
In the morning head back to Arequipa and enjoy a free day. Overnight bus to Cusco. Transport: Private Van with Wi-fi (4.50-5.00 hours, 165km) Overnight bus (10.00 hour(s))
|Day 23||Cusco||Day 23 Cusco|
Free time to explore Cusco. Opt for a city tour or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.
|Day 24||Cusco||Day 24 Cusco (1B)|
Enjoy another free day in Cusco.
|Day 25||Ollantaytambo||Day 25 Cusco/Ollantaytambo (1B)|
Ollantaytambo is a major Inca ruin site and a first taste of what lies ahead. For those craving more before they head out on the Trail, opt to take a Sacred Valley tour which includes not only Ollantaytambo and the ruin site of Pisac, but also a visit to a G Adventures-supported womens weaving co-op. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 95km)
|Day 26||Inca Trail||Day 26 Inca Trail (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Trek through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata. Additional Notes: A crew of local porters, cooks, and guides will take care of all the details for the duration of the hike. Porters carry the majority of the gear so you'll only need to carry a small daypack with water, rain gear, snacks, a camera, etc. Included Activities: Inca Trail Hike Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
|Day 27||Inca Trail||Day 27 Inca Trail (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Start early to climb the long steep path to WarmiwaNusca, 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. Included Activities: Inca Trail Hike
|Day 28||Inca Trail||Day 28 Inca Trail (1B, 1L, 1D)|
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 WiNay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft). Included Activities: Inca Trail Hike
|Day 29||Cusco||Day 29 Machu Picchu/Cusco (1B)|
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. Included Activities: Inca Trail Hike Machu Picchu Guided Tour Big Night Out Transport: Train (1.50 hour(s), 118km) Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
|Day 30||Cusco||Day 30 Cusco (1B)|
Free day to explore more of Cusco or just relax.
|Day 31||Puno||Day 31 Cusco/Puno (1B)|
Travel through the high Altiplano region to travel to Puno on Lake Titicaca. Transport: Local bus (7.50 hour(s), 390km)
|Day 32||Lago Titicaca||Day 32 Puno/Lago Titicaca (1B, 1D)|
Head out by boat across Lake Titicaca. Visit the community on Taquile Island and enjoy a local lunch with spectacular views. After, cruise to another village for an overnight homestay on the shores of the lake (the homestay location can vary based on community availability). This experience provides an opportunity to learn more about rural life in the Peruvian highlands and to participate in local traditions. Eat with the family, learn some Quecha and Spanish language skills, try on traditional costumes, and help out with daily chores around the village. Included Activities: Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 1 Lake Titicaca Homestay
|Day 33||Puno||Day 33 Lago Titicaca/Puno (1B, 1L)|
Leave the homestay families late morning, and visit the Uros Islands on the way back to Puno. A popular optional activity in Puno is a visit to the spectacular chullpas (funerary towers) of Sillustani, a pre-Inca archaeological site only a short drive away. Included Activities: Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 2
|Day 34||La Paz||Day 34 Puno/La Paz (1B)|
Enjoy a full-day drive around the lake and through the Altiplano to La Paz. Bolivia is filled with spectacular views of the countryside. La Paz sits nearly 4,000m (13,120 ft) above sea level, so be prepared for cool evenings and mornings. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Peru - Bolivia) Transport: Local bus (2.50 hour(s), 300km) Local bus (3.00 hour(s))
|Day 35||La Paz||Day 35 La Paz (1B)|
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.
|Day 36||Sucre||Day 36 La Paz/Sucre (1B)|
Enjoy a free day to explore the vibrant markets and winding streets of the city before boarding a night bus to Sucre. Transport: Overnight bus (14.00 hour(s), 416km)
|Day 37||Sucre||Day 37 Sucre|
Travel south to Sucre. Tackle the city as there is a lot to offer during the two days here. Optional activities include a visit to an old tin baron's mansion, mountain biking, and hiking.
|Day 38||Sucre||Day 38 Sucre (1B)|
Enjoy another free day to explore Sucre and surroundings.
|Day 39||Potosi||Day 39 Sucre/Potosi (1B)|
Staying in the Bolivian highlands, we travel south to the city of Potosi. The highest city of its size in the world, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has had a tumultuous history as a silver mining centre during colonial times. Transport: Local bus (2.50 hour(s))
|Day 40||Potosi||Day 40 Potosi (1B)|
Get out and explore Potosi, learn about the history of the city while wandering the streets. Stop at the market and interact with the locals.
|Day 41||Uyuni||Day 41 Potosi/Uyuni (1B)|
Travel to Uyuni and get ready for an excursion to the salt flats. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 42||Salar de Uyuni||Day 42 Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni (1B, 1D)|
Travel through the Bolivian landscape to the town of Uyuni. Despite its isolation and challenging climate (cold and blustery most of the year), the town of Uyuni has earned the nickname of Hija Predilecta de Bolivia (Bolivia's Favourite Daughter). It is also the starting point for our 3-night excursion through the spectacular Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats) in 4x4 vehicles. Spend three days in the stunning landscapes between the Salar de Uyuni and the Atacama Desert in Chile. 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. The tour takes us through the impressive large red lagoon of Laguna Colorada and the striking blue-green Laguna Verde at 5,000m (16,404 ft). Settle in to your G Adventures-supported community salt-brick bungalow, complete with salt floors and furniture, after a guided walking tour up to the sacred Jukil mountaintop for sweeping valley views and a dinner of local ingredients prepared by ladies from the community. Additional Notes: Note: During the rainy season, the locations visited may change due to some routes being covered by water. We offer unique accommodation on the Uyuni Salt Flats. Instead of very basic refuges and homestays most operators use, we have upgraded to simple hotels that are equipped with solar panels to provide electricity and hot water. Rooms are multi-share and each has a private bathroom. Meals are made from local ingredients, most of which are grown on-site. Included Activities: Salt Flats Excursion Jukil Community Experience & Lodge Transport: 4x4
|Day 43||Salar de Uyuni||Day 43 Salar de Uyuni (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion. Admire the spectacular scenery while passing red and blue lagoons along the route. Spot wild llamas, alpacas and even flamingos deep within the desert. Included Activities: Salt Flats Excursion
|Day 44||San Pedro de Atacama||Day 44 Salar de Uyuni/San Pedro de Atacama (1B, 1L)|
After continuing through the Uyuni Salt Flats in the morning, hop on a bus further south to the dry desert regions of Argentina and Chile, where we stop in the little town of San Pedro de Atacama, on the edge of the Atacama desert-the driest place on earth. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Bolivia - Chile) Transport: 4x4 (1.00 hour(s)) Local bus (1.50-2.50 hours)
|Day 45||San Pedro de Atacama||Day 45 San Pedro de Atacama|
There are plenty of optional excursions here -- biking, exploring nearby ruins, horseback riding, and touring the Valley of the Moon.
|Day 46||Salta||Day 46 San Pedro de Atacama/Salta|
We make our way to Salta, situated in the Lerma Valley of northern Argentina. Salta is home to empanadas salteNas - the delicious local specialty, and no visit to the town will be complete without giving them a try. In the evening, opt to experience a local celebration at one of the "PeNa" folklore shows. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Chile - Argentina) Transport: Local bus (10.00 hour(s))
|Day 47||Salta||Day 47 Salta (1B)|
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.
|Day 48||Buenos Aires||Day 48 Salta/Buenos Aires|
When you are done exploring, settle your weary feet and enjoy a drink in one of the many sidewalk cafes and restaurants and begin to understand the contemplative Argentine way of life. Try the succulent bife and parrilladas! Transport: Plane (2.00 hour(s))
|Day 49||Buenos Aires||Day 49 Buenos Aires|
Get out and explore. Consider visiting the districts of La Boca, Recoleta, and San Telmo or catch a tango show at one of the many famous tanguerIas. Wander the pedestrian walkways and see some dancing in the streets. Additional Notes: Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.
|Day 50||Buenos Aires||Day 50 Buenos Aires|
Known as the `Paris of the Americas,' Buenos Aires is a vibrant city full of life. Visit the districts of La Boca, Recoleta, and San Telmo or catch a tango show at one of the many famous tanguerIas. Wander the pedestrian walkways and see some dancing in the streets. Whatever you do, Buenos Aires is sure to leave lasting memories.
|Day 51||Colonia||Day 51 Buenos Aires/Colonia|
Cross the RIo 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 cafE. Additional Notes: In high season, accommodation may be multi-share. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Argentina - Uruguay) Orientation Walk Transport: Ferry (1.00 hour(s))
|Day 52||Montevideo||Day 52 Colonia/Montevideo (1B)|
Spend free time in Montevideo exploring the city and Mercado del Puerto, having a picnic in the park or visiting Estadio Centenario where the first World Cup was played in 1930. Cycle around the coast or head to the beach. Transport: Local bus (2.50-3.00 hours, 177km)
|Day 53||Montevideo||Day 53 Montevideo (1B)|
Free time to explore Montevideo.
|Day 54||Estancia Stay||Day 54 Montevideo/Estancia Stay (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Travel by day through picturesque settlements and pastures finishing in the last Uruguayan stop-a local ranch, known in the region as an estancia. Included Activities: Estancia Stay Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)
|Day 55||Estancia Stay||Day 55 Estancia Stay (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Spend a day at the estancia getting into rural life. Learn about the historical roots of the region, lend a hand on the farm, go for a walk, make empanadas or sit back and sip on the wines of the region as you take in local Uruguayan life. Included Activities: Estancia Stay
|Day 56||Iguassu Falls||Day 56 Estancia Stay/Iguassu Falls (1B)|
In the morning cross the border into Gualeguaychu in Argentina, then begin the long overnight journey to Iguassu Falls. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Uruguay - Argentina) Transport: Overnight bus (16.00-18.00 hours, 868km)
|Day 57||Iguassu Falls||Day 57 Iguassu Falls|
After a night of travel, our visit to Brazil begins with the magnificent Foz do Iguacu, or Iguassu falls, bordering Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Argentina - Brazil) Iguassu Falls (Brazil Side) Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
|Day 58||Iguassu Falls||Day 58 Iguassu Falls (1B)|
Today enjoy a full day excursion to the Argentinian side of the falls. Wander along the walk paths that connect different view points of the falls. Opt to take a boat tour to see the cascading falls from below. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Brazil - Argentina) Iguassu Falls Visit Border Crossing (Argentina - Brazil)
|Day 59||Paraty||Day 59 Foz do Iguacu/Paraty|
Skipping the long bus ride, we fly to Sao Paulo and head straight to Paraty, a quaint colonial town on the coast renowned for its architecture. Additional Notes: In high season, accommodation in Paraty may be multi-share. Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s), 1000km) Shared van (5.00-6.00 hours, 314km)
|Day 60||Paraty||Day 60 Paraty (1B)|
Paraty is a quaint colonial town renowned for its architecture-the pace might be slow but theres a lot to choose from. Considered one of the worlds most important examples of Portuguese colonial architecture by UNESCO, the historic centre is a well-preserved national historic monument, and today has been closed to vehicles to preserve its laid-back colonial ambiance. Optional caipirinha boat trip, regular boat trips, kayak tours, horseback riding and jeep tours.
|Day 61||Ilha Grande||Day 61 Paraty/Ilha Grande (1B)|
Tavel to the port in Angra dos Reis and catch a boat over to Ilha Grande not far from the coast. Additional Notes: In high season, accommodation in Ilha Grande may be multi-share. Transport: Local bus (1.50-2.00 hours) Ferry (1.50 hour(s))
|Days 62-63||Ilha Grande||Days 62-63 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.
|Day 64||Rio de Janeiro||Day 64 Ilha Grande/Rio de Janeiro|
Leaving the port after returning from Ilha Grande, a dramatic road then takes us north along the coast through superb scenery before rounding the cliffs at Vidigal. Get a first glimpse of one of the most memorable cities in the world, Brazil's ocean-side jewel, RIo de Janeiro. Enjoy any free time by taking an optional city tour or exploring the wonders that this city has to offer from the centrally located hostel in Copacabana. Additional Notes: The hostel has private rooms with private bathrooms for travellers, but its common areas are shared with other guests of the hostel. Transport: Ferry (1.50 hour(s)) Local van (3.00-3.50 hours)
|Day 65||Rio de Janeiro||Day 65 Rio de Janeiro (1B)|
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: N/A
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