Lima, La Paz & Rio Overland

Altiplano, Wüstenlandschaften und die Weite der argentinischen Pampa

  • Surreale Landschaften im Salar de Uyuni
  • Wunderschöne Kolonialarchitektur in Salta
  • Qualitätsweißweine in Cafayate
  • Spektakuläre Landschaft im Altiplano
  • Bizarre Mondlandschaften im eindrucksvollen Valle de la Luna
  • Gaucho-Leben in der argentinischen Pampa
  • Pulsierendes Großstadtleben in Buenos Aires & Rio de Janeiro
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60 Tage Brasilien · Argentinien · Peru · Bolivien · Chile

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Entdecke die vielen Facetten Südamerikas auf dieser unvergesslichen Rundreise. Auf die Plätze, fertig, los! Diese Overlandtour von Lima nach Rio wird dich begeistern. Genieße die kosmopolitisch coole Atmosphäre von Buenos Aires und wandere entlang eines alten Inka-Trail nach Machu Picchu. Entdecke abwechslungsreiche und sich ständig wechselnde Landschaften während der Fahrt durch die bolivianische Salzwüste, die brasilianischen Wälder, das üppige Pantanal-Feuchtgebiet, die hohen Anden-Berge und zu den tosenden Iguassu-Wasserfällen. Unterwegs triffst du gesellige Einheimische und erfährst mehr über die reiche Geschichte dieser phänomenalen südamerikanischen Nationen. Entdecke alte Hochkulturen und moderne Traditionen, erlebe salzige Hochlandwüsten und feuchte Sumpflandschaften und begib dich auf eine Reise von großen Metropolen in weite, unberührte Natur.

1. Tag: Lima
2. Tag: Lima - Ballestas Inseln - Huacachina
3. Tag: Huacachina - Nazca
4. Tag: Nazca - Puerto Inca
5. Tag: Puerto Inca - Arequipa
6. Tag: Arequipa
7. Tag: Arequipa - Chivay
8. Tag: Chivay / Colca Cañon
9. Tag: Chivay - Raqchi
10. Tag: Raqchi - Cuzco
11. Tag: Cuzco
12. Tag: Cuzco - Sacred Valley - Wild Andes Trek
13. Tag: Wild Andes Trek
14. Tag: Wild Andes Trek
15. Tag: Wild Andes Trek - Ollantaytambo
16. Tag: Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu - Cuzco
17. Tag: Cuzco
18. Tag: Cuzco - Puno
19. Tag: Puno - Copacabana - Isla del Sol
20. Tag: Isla del Sol - Copacabana
21. Tag: Copacabana - La Paz
22-23. Tag: La Paz
24. Tag: La Paz - Potosí
25. Tag: Potosí - Uyuni
26. Tag: Salar de Uyuni
27. Tag: Bolivian Altiplano
28-29. Tag: Bolivian Altiplano - San Pedro de Atacama
30. Tag: San Pedro de Atacama - Purmamarca
31-32. Tag: Salta
33. Tag: Salta - Cabra Corral
34-35. Tag: Cafayate
36. Tag: Cafayate - Quilmes Ruins
37-39. Tag: Rio Ceballos
40-43. Tag: Buenos Aires
44. Tag: Buenos Aires - Yapeyú
45. Tag: Yapeyú - Foz do Iguaçu
46. Tag: Foz do Iguaçu / Iguazu Falls
47. Tag: Foz do Iguaçu / Iguazu Falls
48. Tag: Foz do Iguaçu - Bonito
49-50. Tag: Bonito
51-52. Tag: Southern Pantanal
53. Tag: Southern Pantanal / Campo Grande
54-55. Tag: Brotas
56-58. Tag: Paraty
59. Tag: Rio De Janeiro
60. Tag: Rio De Janeiro

Leistungen enthalten

  • Südamerika Rundreise gemäß Programm
  • Transporte, Unterkünfte und Mahlzeiten gemäß Programm
  • Ausflüge, Aktivitäten und Besichtigungen gemäß Reiseverlauf
  • Bootstour zu den Ballestas Inseln
  • Besuch des Friedhofs in Chauchilla
  • Colca Canyon inkl. Cruz del Condor
  • Besuch der Raqchi Ruinen
  • Geführte Besichtigung des Heiligen Tals und der Ruinen von Ollantaytambo
  • 4-tägige Wanderung auf dem Wild Andes Trek
  • Besuch der Sonneninsel im Titicacasee inklusive Fahrten in öffentlichen Booten
  • Jeeptour Salar de Uyuni
  • Ausflug ins Mondtal
  • Besuch der Quilmes Ruinen
  • 2-tägiger Ausflug in das Pantanal
  • Bootstour Paraty

Leistungen nicht enthalten

  • Nicht genannte Mahlzeiten und Getränke
  • Optionale Ausflüge und Aktivitäten
  • Persönliche Ausgaben, Trinkgelder
  • Local Payment (vor Ort zahlbarer Teil des Reisepreises)

Unterbringung

3x Mittelklasse-Hotel
25x Standard-Hotel
18x Campingplatz
2x Gastfamilie
4x Wildniscamp
5x Hostel
2x Gästefarm
Die Unterbringung erfolgt in Doppel- und/oder Mehrbettzimmern und geräumigen Zwei-Personen-Zelten. Alleinreisende werden mit Mitreisenden gleichen Geschlechts untergebracht. Die Unterbringung im Einzelzimmer/-zelt ist nicht möglich.
Das Wildcamping findet ohne sanitäre Einrichtungen statt. Für das Camping wird ein eigener Schlafsack benötigt.

Verpflegung

26x Frühstück, 26x Mittagessen, 25x Abendessen

Tourbegleitung

2 englischsprachige Crewmitglieder, lokale Führer

Transportarten

Overland-Truck, Jeep, Bahn, Boot

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1. Tag: Lima

There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Lima before the start of your trip - please contact us if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation to have extra time exploring Lima.

In Lima we will stay in a comfortable hotel in the city's historical centre.

About Lima:
Lima is Peru's buzzing and busy capital city, and the second-largest city in the Americas behind São Paulo! Despite its colossal size and chaotic areas, if you explore the capital's streets, parks and plazas you'll discover a real gem of a city.
Lima was founded by the infamous Conquistador Francisco Pizarro in1535and was originally the administrative centre for Spain’s Viceroyalty in South America, making it the continent’s most important city for nearly three centuries. It became a city of great wealth financed by the massive quantities of gold and silver that were mined in the area, and became the capital of independent Peru after its liberation from the Spanish in 1821.
There are many museums in Lima showcasing the finest artefacts from the country's many ancient civlisations, and you can visit the finely preserved catacombs at the Church of San Francisco. There are many excellent restaurants in the city and a thriving nightlife in the lively district of Miraflores.

Optional Activities:
- Visit the Gold Museum & Catacombs of Lima - PEN 33
- Visit the beautiful Baroque cathedral of San Francisco in Lima's historical centre, and explore the morbidly fascinating catacombs underneath - PEN 15
- Visit the excellent Museum of the Nation in Lima, which has numerous exhibits highlighting many of the pre-conquest civilisations and an outstanding photo exhibit on Peru's Internal Conflict of the 1980s and 1990s - Free
- Explore the bohemian areas of Barranco and Miraflores on a cycling tour of Lima - USD 50
- See the incredible 'Magic Water Circuit' in Lima's Parque de la Reserva, an astounding evening display of water, music, light, images, and laser effects across 13 huge water fountains - PEN 4
- Explore the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum in Lima, containing the largest private collection of pre-Colombian art in the world - PEN 30
- Take a cebiche and pisco sour class at one of the top restaurants in Miraflores, a lively district of Lima - USD 40

Unterkunft: Hotel Kamana, Lima (Downtown)

2. Tag: Lima - Ballestas Inseln - Huacachina

Today we will have a very early start to leave Lima before the rush hour, and drive 270kms south to Paracas. There we will board one of the local boats for an included trip to the Ballestas Islands to view its incredible array of resident wildlife and birds.

After lunch, we will continue south to arrive at the stunning desert oasis town of Huacachina, where we have the option to head out for an evening of sand boarding and dune buggying.

About Ballestas Islands:
The Ballestas Islands are a series of rock formations in the turbulent waters of the Pacific just off the coast of Paracas. Sometimes referred to as the "poor man's Galapagos", the islands have an abundance of wildlife, including Humboldt penguins, Blackish oystercatchers, cormorants and Peruvian boobies living alongside vast colonies of sealions, all noisily crowding the Ballestas coastline and jostling for space. The wildlife is fantastic to see on a boat trip around the islands.
The startling biodiversity around the Ballestas Islands and the Paracas National Park is the result of two merging currents in the Pacific -the warm northern waters of El Niño and the cooler waters of the Humboldt. The climatic conditions produced by the combination of these two currents create the perfect environment for a proliferation in the number of plankton and phytoplankton, the core constituents in the diet of fish.

About Huacachina:
Huacachina is a sparkling oasis nestled in the deserts near Ica in northern Peru - an area that is more reminiscent of the Sahara than South America! The picturesque lagoon is surrounded by palm trees and towering sand dunes and creates a tranquil oasis in the dusty coastal desert. The small town here has become a popular destination for travellers due to its incredible sand boarding and dune buggying opportunities.

Optional Activities:
- Dune buggying or boarding in the spectacular sand dunes of Peru Desert - USD 20

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Boat trip to see the seals & seabirds on the Ballestas Islands

Fahrzeit: ca. 6 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

3. Tag: Huacachina - Nazca

Today we continue south to the world-famous village of Nazca, the location of the mysterious Nazca Lines. On the drive, we will stop at a viewing platform to get a glimpse of some of these lines. The Nazca Lines are a series of figures, lines, and geometric shapes that were etched into the ground of the desert plateau over a thousand years ago by the ancient Nazca culture, and their purpose is still unknown to this day.

In the afternoon, we will have the opportunity to take an optional 30-minute flight over the Nazca Lines in a small aircraft - this is by far the best way of seeing the figures, and we use a local operator with an excellent safety record.

In Nazca we will stay in a basic hotel.

About Nazca:
Nazca is home to the famous and mysterious Nazca Lines, enormous geometric designs and petroglyphs inscribed on the ground of the desert on the arid high plateau between Nazca and Palpa - some of the figures are over 200m across in size. Many of the lines form stylised depictions of animals, such as monkeys, spiders and hummingbirds, as well as trees and other designs. Archaeologists believe the Nazca Lines were created between 500 BCE and 500 CE by the Nazca culture - although scholars are unsure as to their exact purpose, but they almost certainly has religious significance to the Nazca. The designs are simply shallow lines made in the ground by removing the reddish pebbles and uncovering the grey ground beneath.
The Nazca Lines were discovered in 1927 by Peruvian archaeologist Toribio Mejia Xesspe, and later famously studied by the German archaeologist Maria Reiche. You can view the lines from a viewing tower or take a flight in a small plane to see them from above. Close to the town are the sites of the ancient Nazca city of Cahuachi and the Chauchilla Cemetery, where you can see the tombs of people of the ancient Nazca civilisation. It is something of an eerie sight to see the skulls, bones and even hair of the dead, preserved in a remarkable state thanks to the dry desert air.

Optional Activities:
- Visit to the Nazca Lines - PEN 3
- Fly over the Nazca lines - USD 130

Fahrzeit: ca. 4 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

4. Tag: Nazca - Puerto Inca

This morning we head south of Nazca, and have an included visit to the nearby ancient sites of the Chauchilla Cemetery and the Cahuachi Pyramid, thought to have once been the religious centre of the Nazca civilisation.

In the afternoon we will continue our drive to the coastal resort of Puerto Inca, where we camp at a well-equipped campsite on the beach.

About Puerto Inca:
Puerto Inca is situated on the Peruvian Pacific coast, and was once the Inca port that supplied the city of Cuzco with supplies of fish. It is a great place to relax on the beach, enjoying scenic views of the ocean and a dip in the swimming pool!

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Visit the incredible ancient Nazca sites of the Chauchilla Cemetery and the nearby Cahuachi Pyramid

Fahrzeit: ca. 5 Std.

Unterkunft: Camping

Verpflegung: 1x Mittagessen, 1x Abendessen

5. Tag: Puerto Inca - Arequipa

Today we will start our drive inland, and head uphill to the beautiful ‘White City’ of Arequipa.

In Arequipa we will stay in a good local hotel.

About Arequipa:
Situated on the Peruvian Altiplano, Arequipa sits at almost 3,500m above sea level and is the second largest city in the country. Set against the stunning backdrop of the snow-covered volcano El Misti, salt lakes, thermal springs and high-altitude deserts, the landscape of the area around Arequipa truly unique. It's possible to arrange mountain-biking and rafting trips in the area as day tours from the city.
The city itself is very beautiful, full of stunning colonial buildings built out of the soft white volcanic rock that is found in the area. As a university town, there is always a lively buzz about the place and there are plenty of good bars and restaurants to discover.
No trip to Arequipa would be complete without paying a visit to Juanita in the Museo Santuarios Andinos. Sometimes known as the "Ice Maiden", Juanita is the mummy of a young Inca girl aged about 11-14at the time of her death in approximately 1450 CE - she was discovered near to the summit of Mount Ampato in 1995 by two climbers, her bodyfrozen and well-preserved in the low temperatures and high altitude.
Arequipa is also famous for the Santa Catalina Convent, which is almost a city within a city in the centre of the town. Not only are the buildings of the convent stunningly beautiful, with brightly painted walls and shady courtyards, it also has a fascinating history which you can learn about on a guided tour.

Fahrzeit: ca. 9 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

6. Tag: Arequipa

Today we will have a free day to explore the colonial city of Arequipa, or for some optional activities in and around the city.

Optional Activities:
- Guided tour of Arequipa's Santa Catalina convent - PEN 40
- Head out for an exciting morning of white-water rafting on the Chili River near Arequipa - USD 35
- Take a 'Reality Tour' of Arequipa, a walking tour with an alternative focus on the daily lives of the local people and contemporary issues facing modern Peru - PEN 140 - 45
- Take a fascinating cooking class in Arequipa, learning how to create some iconic Peruvian cuisine and taking a tour of the nearby food markets - PEN 150

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

7. Tag: Arequipa - Chivay

We will have some more free time to explore Arequipa this morning, before continuing our drive to the highland town of Chivay after lunch.

In Chivay we will stay in a local hotel.

About Chivay:
The rural town of Chivay is the gateway to the magnificent Colca Canyon - one of the largest canyons in the Americas, which at a maximum depth of 3,270m is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the USA.
As well as boasting some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Peru, the Colca Canyon is famous as being one of the best places in the world to spot the mighty Andean Condor - this stunning bird is one of the largest in the world with a wingspan of around 2.5m, and the Colca Canyon provides a perfect natural habitat for them so it is very common to see them as they swoop around the canyon walls.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
2 night stay and guided trip to see Colca Canyon and condors

Fahrzeit: ca. 5 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

8. Tag: Chivay / Colca Cañon

This morning we will head out on a short drive to some of the best viewpoints along the spectacular Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world! The canyon is famous for its resident condors, and we will spend a good amount of time at the viewpoints to give ourselves the best chance of spotting them. We will also visit a couple of local communities on the way back to Chivay.

We will have a free afternoon to explore Chivay, and possibly take an optional trip to the nearby hot springs.

Optional Activities:
- Visit the thermal springs in Chivay - PEN 15

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

9. Tag: Chivay - Raqchi

Today we will drive through the stunning landscapes of the Peruvian highlands to the small village of Raqchi. Here we will stay at a homestay as guests of the local villagers in their traditional family homes. The houses are very clean and have basic facilities. This evening the villagers will invite us to take part in a traditional Quechua religious ceremony, and we'll have some lively music from some of the village's musicians.

About Raqchi:
Raqchi is a small village situated 100kms southeast of Cuzco, famous as being the site of the only surviving temple of the ancient Inca creator deity Wiracocha.
It is a special place for us as it is where we have one of the best local homestay experiences to be found in the world - on our trips we stay here as guests of the local families in their traditional houses, a fantastic way to get a real insight into how people live here and to learn about their culture and customs. There is often the chance to participate in some of the ceremonial and spiritual aspects of village life, and there is always plenty of singing and dancing as we get to know our new Peruvian families. The village is also well known for its talented craftsmen and women, and there will be the chance to buy some of the beautiful hand-made and intricately decorated pottery that is made here.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Quechua Indian homestay and community crafts project

Fahrzeit: ca. 9 Std.

Unterkunft: Gastfamilie

10. Tag: Raqchi - Cuzco

This morning we will visit the Inca ruins of the Temple of Wiracocha at Raqchi, and then see a pottery demonstration at a local artisan centre.
In the afternoon we will drive to the incredible historical city of Cuzco, the former Inca capital.

In Cuzco we will stay in a good colonial hotel.

About Cuzco:
The Inca Empire was the largest empire in the pre-Columbian Americas-the civilisation arose in the early 13th Century CE under the leadership of the first Inca ruler Manco Capác, founding the city of Cuzco as their capital. The civilisation thrived in the area until 1438, when the new leader Pachacuti embarked on a massive campaign of expansion and used military conquest and peaceful assimilation to incorporate a massive portion of western South America under his control - at its largest, the Inca Empire stretched all the way from southern Colombia through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, northwest Argentina, all the way down to central Chile.
In 1526, the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro first entered Inca territory from his expedition through Colombia. After quickly determining that it was evidently a civilisation of great wealth and power, he quickly received royal permission to conquer the empire - he decisively kidnapped and later executed the Inca ruler Ayahualpa in 1533 and installed their own puppet ruler, Manco Inca Yupanqui. The new leader quickly turned on the invaders and briefly took control of Cuzco for the Incas again, until the Spanish finally pushed them back permanently from the city. The remnants of the civilisation formed a Neo-Inca state centred around Vilcabamba in the mountains above Lima until the Spanish invaded them completely in 1572, ending the last major resistance to their rule in Peru.
Any adventure tour to Peru naturally centres around the stunning city of Cuzco - it is world-famous as the gateway to the spectacular ruins of Machu Picchu and the various Inca trails through the Peruvian highlands. However, the city is a fantastic destination in its own right, and many of its buildings still retain some of the original Inca stonework as part of their structure. This unique and intricate stonework was an ingenious construction method that prevented damage from earthquakes - examples of their amazing building techniques can still be seen in and around Cuzco, including the famous 'twelve-sided stone', now part of the logo of Cuzco's native Cusqueña beer!
A good place to start your explorations is the majestic main plaza, surrounded by cobbled streets lined with attractive colonial buildings. Head up the hill into the neighbourhood of San Blas and you will discover another hidden square with a quiet laid-back feel. All the streets are lined with shops, bars and restaurants, from small local cafes to five star dining experiences. There are also some fantastic museums and historical sites in and around the city, showcasing the wonderful history and culture of the Incas.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Guided visit to the Raqchi ruins

Fahrzeit: ca. 4 Std.

Unterkunft: Hostal Saphi, Cusco

11. Tag: Cuzco

There will be an important group meeting this evening for our Wild Andes and Classic Inca Trails, where we will have a full detailed briefing from our local trekking guides about the next few days!

The rest of today will be free to explore the wonderful city of Cuzco, discover its many historical gems, or to take part in number of optional activities near the city.

Optional Activities:
- Take part in a Peruvian cooking class in Cuzco, learning how to make a variety of local dishes - USD 79
- Take a Spanish class in the beautiful city of Cuzco (suitable for all levels) - PEN 20

Unterkunft: Hostal Saphi, Cusco

12. Tag: Cuzco - Sacred Valley - Wild Andes Trek

These four days will be spent either trekking in the Andes, on our pioneering Wild Andes Trek. For those not wishing to hike, there is free time to explore Cusco and a guided tour of the Sacred Valley on our Train package.

Leaving Cuzco early in the morning, we visit the ruined temples of Sacsayhuaman for a fascinating tour of the site. We then head on to Chinchero, a small Quechua-speaking village in the Sacred Valley. Here we will see a traditional weaving demonstration that has been unchanged for a thousand years, and explore their beautiful archaeological ruins. We wcill drive to a stunning viewpoint for a picnic lunch, and then visit the Quillarumiyoc temple (the Temple of the Moon).
We will start our trek from here in the afternoon, heading by foot to Zurite where we have a picturesque stay in a colonial house. Tonight we will enjoy a traditional dinner and get a taste of the local village lifestyle.

About Sacred Valley:
The valley of the Urubamba river is more often referred to as "The Sacred Valley". In the Peruvian highlands close to the Inca capital of Cuzco, the valley extends from the small market town of Pisac to Ollantaytambo, nestling at the foot of the Andean mountain ranges that are home to the magical lost Inca city of Machu Picchu.Together with Machu Picchu itself, the Sacred Valley was a cradle of the Inca Empire and the area is littered with archaeological sites including the magnificent ruins of Pisac with its famous terraced fields, the old temple complex of Sacsayhuaman and the remarkably well-preserved Inca city of Ollantaytambo. Together with the temperate climate, lively markets, sleepy Andean villages and stunning surrounding landsccape, the rich history of the area makes it a truly bewitching place.

About Inca Trail or The difference between the Classic and the Wild Andes Trail:
When people talk about 'The Inca Trail', they are usually referring to a particular trekking route which follows an ancient pathway that leads to Machu Picchu. However there are a huge number of Andean Trails that criss-cross the Urubamba Valley and surrounding mountain ranges, many of which are genuinely remote and rarely used by western tourists. On the Overland tours that travel via Cuzco you can choose to trek either the Classic Inca Trail or an unique alternative, the Wild Andes Trek, which is exclusive to these tours.

The Wild Andes Trek
The Wild Andes Trek is a unique trekking route where you'll hike through pristine unspoilt Andean scenery, walking ancient Inca Trails and passing by local communities. This trek is all about getting away from the overcrowded thoroughfares of the Classic Inca Trail and getting out into the real Andes - not to mention being part of a project with provides a genuine, direct benefit to the host communities we travel through, by supporting education, income generation and environmental sustainability projects. The trek itself is about the same as the Classic Inca Trail in terms of length and difficulty, taking three to three and a half days and ascending to about 4,700m when you cross the highest pass. The scenery out here is truly magnificent, spectacular mountain peaks, verdant hillsides dotted by isolated villages and the odd llama and alpaca, you are unlikely to see another tourist here. Although you won't trek into Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate as on the Classic Trail, you will arrive to Machu Picchu well rested after a night in a comfortable hotel and ready to get the most out of the tour of this magnificent site.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
- Visit the incredible remains of the Inca temples of Sacsayhuaman and the Sacred Valley on a guided tour
- Hike unspoilt Inca Trails in remote stunning Andes scenery away from tourist treks on our exclusive Wild Andes trail

Unterkunft: Gastfamilie

Verpflegung: 1x Mittagessen, 1x Abendessen

13. Tag: Wild Andes Trek

Zurite to Amaruwatana
After a hearty breakfast we leave Zurite and head towards Amaruwatana camp. The walk will take us through Qenteqentiyoc (the Hummingbird Temple), where we will visit and admire this Inca archaeological site. We will then follow the ancient path all the way to the top of our first pass at 4,400m, where we will have a dramatic view of both the Vilcabamba and Vilcanota mountain ranges. From here we start walking down on the way to our first camp in the Sambor Valley where we will spend the night camping.

Gehzeit: ca. 8 Std.
Wanderstrecke: ca. 13 km

Unterkunft: Camping

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück, 1x Mittagessen, 1x Abendessen

14. Tag: Wild Andes Trek

Amaruwatana to Ancascocha
We have an early start this morning, trekking for approximately 2 hours to reach the top of our second pass at 4,700m. From here we have fantastic views of the rock formations below us, and if we're lucky we may spot Andean ibises, caracaras, eagles or foxes up here!
After descending for approximatley 2 hours, we arrive at a stunning highland valley with a glacial river named Kenqo Mayu (meaning "Zig-zag River") flowing down it - which makes an idyllic stop for lunch!
After lunch we will continue trekking downhill following the ancient trail, which leads us to our campsite in the Ancascocha area.

Gehzeit: ca. 7 Std.
Wanderstrecke: ca. 10 km

Unterkunft: Camping

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück, 1x Mittagessen, 1x Abendessen

15. Tag: Wild Andes Trek - Ollantaytambo

Ancascocha to Ollantaytambo
Today we will descend the narrow Silque Canyon, allowing us to observe its tall granite walls which are populated by a large variety of orchids and bromeliads, filling the environment with magnificent colours when they bloom. After crossing many little bridges we will reach the Camicancha area, where we stop at a magnificent volcanic viewpoint looking towards the snow-capped Mt. Veronica.
From here it is only a short trek to Chilca, where our trail ends. We'll be picked up by our vehicle and head to Ollantaytambo, taking a well-earned shower and rest at our hotel.
In the afternoon we will have an included guided tour around the incredible archaeological site of Ollantaytambo and its world-famous Temple of the Sun. Please note that we have the evening to ourselves in Ollantaytambo, our Guide will meet us in the morning.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Take a guided tour of the fantastic Inca temples at Ollantaytambo

Gehzeit: ca. 5 Std.
Wanderstrecke: ca. 12 km

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück, 1x Mittagessen

16. Tag: Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu - Cuzco

Today we will have an early start to catch the train to the small town of Aguas Calientes. From there, we will take a bus up the winding mountainside to the legendary ruined city of Machu Picchu - one of the world's most iconic sights! We have a guided tour with our expert local guide and there will be plenty of free time to explore this magical place.
In the afternoon we will head back to Ollantaytambo and then on to Cuzco, where we return to our joining hotel at the end of a long but phenomenal day!

About Machu Picchu:
Machu Picchu is a world-famous 15th-Century Inca citadel perched 2,430m above sea level on a mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley. One of the historical highlights of the world and a phenomenal icon of Peru, the ruins have been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1983and was voted on of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.
Machu Picchu was most likely built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472), and is thought to have been built in around 1450 but abandoned after the Spanish conquest in the 1530s. Although the city remained known about by the local Quechua people, it was undiscovered by the Spanish during the colonial period and remained unknown to the outside world until American historian Hiram Bingham discovered it and brought it to international attention in 1911.
Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca style with intricately-designed dry-stone walls built without mortar- it has three primary structures: the Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows. Most of the outlying buildings have been reconstructed and restored, and the iconic steep mountain of Huayana Picchu looms over the site. The city consists of more than 200 buildings, from houses to temples, storage buildings and public spaces. It's fascinating to be able to gaze down on the city from above and imagine how it would have looked during the height of the Inca empire.
A visit to Machu Picchu is a major highlight of any adventure tour to Peru. A genuinely magical place, catching your first glimpse of the Inca city through the early morning mist is definitely a moment you’ll never forget.

Unterkunft: Hostal Saphi, Cusco

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

17. Tag: Cuzco

Today is a free day to relax after the trek, further explore the historical city of Cuzco, and take part in some optional activities around the city.

Unterkunft: Hostal Saphi, Cusco

18. Tag: Cuzco - Puno

Today we will leave Cuzco and head through the highlands of Peru to the town of Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

In Puno we will stay in a local hotel.

About Puno:
Located on the shores of Lake Titicaca in the south eastern region of Peru is the small town of Puno. The town is a melting pot of Aymara and Quechuan Indian cultures and traditional Andean customs are still strongly represented here. Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world, and a mythical expanse of deep blue waters dotted with islands, some of which are still home to communities who have been living in the same way for hundreds of years.

Fahrzeit: ca. 7 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

19. Tag: Puno - Copacabana - Isla del Sol

This morning we will cross into Bolivia and head to the lakeside town of Copacabana, before boarding a boat to the stunning island of Isla del Sol.

In Isla del Sol we will stay in a basic local hotel.

About Copacabana:
Copacabana, Bolivia, is quite different from the famous Brazilian beach that shares its name, but both are wonderful destinations to visit! It is a picturesque small town on the shores of Lake Titicaca, centred around its small white washed square which is home to a pleasant Moorish-style cathedral. At sunset there is no better place to be than sat at one of the many simple local fish restaurants on the shoreline, watching the sun slip down behind the horizon.

About Isla Del Sol:
Isla del Sol is a serene and peaceful island set in the glittering LakeTiticaca off the shore of the Bolivian village of Copacabana.The island was famous in Inca mythology as the supposed birthplace of the sun-god Inti - a legend that is still told by many of the modern-day Aymara and Quechua peoples of the area.
There are small ancient ruins dotted on the island, as well as tiny traditional villages and beautiful walking routes. You can take a boattrip to the island and wander through its atmospheric landscape, exploring the island's dry slopes covered with sweet smelling incense brush, or hike over the ancient pampas which are stillcultivated by the island families.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Take a boat to Lake Titicaca's Isla del Sol

Fahrzeit: ca. 5 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

20. Tag: Isla del Sol - Copacabana

Today we will take an included day trip across Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca, one of the holiest sites in ancient Inca mythology and supposedly the birthplace of the Sun God Inti. We will take a 14km walk across the length of the island, taking in the incredible and serene scenery and soaking up the calm atmosphere of the island (this walk can be skipped by anybody who does not want to do it).
We will return to Copacabana for the evening.

In Copacabana we will stay in a basic local hotel.

Wanderstrecke: ca. 14 km

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

21. Tag: Copacabana - La Paz

Today we will drive to the famous city of La Paz, Bolivia’s seat of government and the highest administrative capital in the world!

In La Paz we will stay in a good hotel in the historical centre.

About La Paz:
Bolivia's largest city of La Paz is spectacularly located lying huddled in a canyon basin, hiding from the harsh conditions of the surrounding altiplano. It is a fascinating city - the old town and more expensive neighbourhoods at the bottom of the canyon in the centre, surrounded by sprawling shanty-towns which extend up the slopes of the bowl, merging into the huge Aymara district of"El Alto" back on the plains, a suburb of La Paz that has grown to be a city in its own right.
The city skyline is dominated by the snow-capped peaks of Mount Illimani, a staggeringly beautiful backdrop that leaves many visitors stunned when then catch their first glimpse of the city as they descend into the canyon. The old town is full of markets and winding cobbled streets full of people in traditional Aymara clothing selling anything and everything you could ever think of, including dried llama foetuses onsale in the witch's market!
There are plenty of other activities to do in La Paz, including the famous downhill bike ride through the Yungas on the 'world's most dangerous road'!

Optional Activities:
- Take a guided tour of the main sights and viewpoints around La Paz - BOB 150

Fahrzeit: ca. 5 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

22-23. Tag: La Paz

We have two free days to enjoy La Paz.

In La Paz we will stay in a good hotel in the historical centre.

Optional Activities:
- Downhill "gravity assisted" mountain biking from La Paz to Coroico - USD 125
- Guided tour to explore Tiahuanacu Inca Ruins - BOB 220
- Take a trip out to the mountain resort of Chacaltaya and the other-worldly landscape of the Moon Valley near La Paz - BOB 130
- Discover Bolivia's history, art, and culture in some of La Paz's many museums such as the San Francisco Museum and the Museum of Ethnography - BOB 20

Unterkunft: Estrella Andina, La Paz

24. Tag: La Paz - Potosí

Today we will leave La Paz behind and head to the colonial mining town of Potosí, the highest town in the world, and once famous for the area's abundance of silver!

In Potosí we will stay in a friendly local hotel.

About Potosí:
Potosí is a colonial mining town, founded in the 16th Century after the Spanish discovered huge silver deposits in the nearby Cerro Rico mountain. Situated at over 4,000m altitude, high up on the Bolivian altiplano, the city can claim to be one of the highest in the world.
Whilst in Potosí you can arrange to visit a mine that is still being worked, which offers a challenging and yet fascinating insight into how mining has shaped the history and culture of this town. Entering a darkmaze of tunnels you will descend to four levels below, down to the work face where miners use hammers, chisels and dynamite, more reminiscent of the 1800s than the 21st Century, to dig out there maining metal. Most of the silver here is long gone - it's tin the miners are looking for now. If you do choose to head down into the mines it's become a custom to take the miners gifts of dynamite, fuses and coca leaves in exchange for their stories of how their working conditions have not changed in centuries. Life is harsh for all who work here, but the mines have now all been organised into co-operatives and so at least today the men have a say in their own future. You should note that visiting these primitive mines is not for everybody asit is pretty tiring, you will be in enclosed spaces and it can bedangerous.

Optional Activities:
- Head down into the tunnels of the Potosi silver mine - BOB 110
- Visit the the Casa de la Moneda museum in Potosí, to learn all about its colonial past and the silver that once flowed from the area - BOB 60

Fahrzeit: ca. 9 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

25. Tag: Potosí - Uyuni

After some free time in Potosi, we will continue our journey to Uyuni, the gateway to the Salar de Uyuni salt flats.

In Uyuni we will stay in a friendly hotel, famous for serving the highest pizzas in the world!

About Uyuni:
Arriving in Uyuni feels a bit like you've reached the end of the road, which in many ways is true. This remote small town sits on the edge of the high altiplano, a wilderness that extends for hundreds of kilometres to wards the border with Argentina and Chile - so it's hardly surprising that the town can have a bit of a wild-west feel about it.
Uyuni is of course best known for being the gateway to the Bolivian salt flats known as the "Salar de Uyuni". Also nearby is the Train Cemetery, a graveyard for the carcasses of old steam engines that have been left here to rust - an other-worldly and eerie sight set in the bright altiplano sunshine against the background of the distant Salar.

Fahrzeit: ca. 5 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

26. Tag: Salar de Uyuni

Today we will venture out onto the salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni, spending a full day exploring this phenomenal location by jeep and on foot. En route we will explore the nearby train graveyard and the cactus-filled 'Fish Island', and take all the time we need to get plenty of perspective-bending photographs!

About Salar De Uyuni:
The Salar de Uyuni is a truly unforgettable sight, and a landscape quite unlike anything you'll have seen anywhere else in the world! The Salar de Uyuni is a dazzling dry lake of over 12,000 sq. kms, made of blinding white interlocking salt crystals. It is the world's largest salt pan, and is bright white expanse that stretches as far as the eye can see - when there's a little bit of water on the flats, it reflects the bright blue sky of the altiplano perfectly, acting like a mirror and making the horizon disappear!

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Take jeeps out onto the dazzling Uyuni Salt Flats

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

27. Tag: Bolivian Altiplano

Today we will head off across the wilds of the Altiplano, a surreal and desolate desert landscape that stretches all the way into Chile. We will make plenty of stop for photographs on the way and at the end of the day we aim to cross the border into Chile, making camp soon afterwards.

Tonight we will bush camp in a remote spot with no facilities!

About Bolivian Altiplano:
The high Altiplano stretches hundreds of kilometres from the small town of Uyuni out across the borders with Argentina and Chile. This is real wilderness -there are no roads up here, just a few tracks to follow, and you're more likely to see a flamingo or llama than another human being!
The only way to cross the altiplano is by travelling in a specialist expedition vehicle like one of our overland trucks. The crossing is an adventurous one - travelling across the high-altitude dirt tracks can be challenging and rough, and the trip from Uyuni to San Pedro De Atamcama normally takes a couple of days - but it's without a doubt one of the most unforgettable journeys you'll ever make, as the landscape here is out of this world. Wild and remote, the high altiplano is made up of barren semi-desert open plains dotted by streams and lakes, many of which appear vividly coloured due to the mineral deposits in the water. The lakes are flanked by the impressive volcanic peaks of the high Bolivian Andes, which are awe-inspiringly beautiful and undoubtedly some of the most spectacular mountain scenery you'll ever see.
You'll also pass a few remote villages, inhabited by Quechua farmers who try their best to eke out a living up here from the rough pasture grazing a few llamas and alpacas. The altitude here is considerable and it can be very cold and windy. When travelling here you should be prepared for the cold temperatures, and it is worth making sure you have a really good quality sleeping bag.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Take the epic journey across the Altiplano - an incredible high-altitude adventure through a surreal desert landscape, taking in bizarre rock formations and stunning lakes.

Fahrzeit: ca. 8 Std.

Unterkunft: Wildniscamp

Verpflegung: 1x Mittagessen, 1x Abendessen

28-29. Tag: Bolivian Altiplano - San Pedro de Atacama

After breakfast we will break camp, and drive through the stunning Reserva Nacional Alto Loa on the Chilean part of the Altiplano, stopping off en route for photographs and a lunch stop at the famous El Tatio Geysers, the worlds highest Geyser field at 4300m. Afterwards descending down to San Pedro de Atacama.

On the following day we will have a free day to explore the incredible highlights of the Atacama desert surrounding San Pedro. In the evening we will take an included trip out to the extraordinary Moon Valley, where we will hopefully see an incredible sunset. At night we will also have the chance to go stargazing, in one of the world's premier regions for astronomy (please note that this is only possible when there is not a full moon).

In San Pedro de Atacama we will stay in a centrally located hostel.

Please note: The weather in this region can be unpredictable and has been known to close the road to the border. On these occasions we will take an alternate route across the Altiplano, crossing into either Chile or Argentina at a different border point. Your Tour Leaders will keep you informed of any changes that may be necessary.

About San Pedro De Atacama:
San Pedro is a small oasis town in the Atacama desert in northern Chile. It's a quirky little place - low-lying adobe buildings line the narrow streets, leading to a sleepy tree-lined plaza that's home to a pretty white-washed church and a fascinating small museum with some interesting mummies and various other Indian artifacts.
Pleasant though the town is, the real attraction here is the phenomenal surrounding landscapes and scenery. Perhaps most well known is the unusual desert landscape of "Moon Valley", just a short distance outside San Pedro, where other-worldly rock formations, unusual layer-cake landscapes and huge dunes combine to create some incredible views. The sunsets here can be amazing, the changing light turning the stone and sand a kaleidoscope of different colours, so the end of the day is definitely the best time of day to visit.
There are a whole host of other activities on offer here, from star-gazing and visit the Atacama salt flats, to horse-riding and mountain-biking in the surrounding countryside. The town itself is also a pleasant place just to kick-back and relax, with some good bars and restaurants thanks to the developing tourist-trade.

Optional Activities:
- Observe the night skies at a Chilean observatory - CLP 20000
- Experience the incredible El Tatio geysers in the mountains high above the Atacama Desert - CLP 30000
- Hire a bike to explore the incredible deserts surrounding San Pedro de Atacama at your own pace - CLP 5000
- Discover the incredible deserts of San Pedro on horseback - CLP 13500
- Visit the incredible salt plains of the Salar de Atacama, and take a swim in the salty pools of Laguna Cejar - CLP 15000
- Take a tour of the stunning Lagunas Altiplánicas, backdropped by the incredible deserts and volcanic scenery of the region - CLP 35000
- Relax in the blissful natural volcanic hot springs of Puritama, in the hills above San Pedro - CLP 15000
- Discover some of the interesting ancient ruins near San Pedro, and the artifacts found in the area, on an archaeological tour - CLP 25000
- Head out for an exciting sand-boarding excursion in the sand dunes of the Atacama Desert - USD 30

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Explore the dramatic landscape of the Moon Valley

Fahrzeit: ca. 8 Std.

Unterkunft: Hostel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

30. Tag: San Pedro de Atacama - Purmamarca

Today we will have a long drive day to cross the mighty Andes, cross the border into Argentina, and reach the beautiful village of Purmamarca next to the aptly-named 'Hill of Seven Colours'

In Purmamarca we will camp in a local campsite.

About Purmamarca:
The tiny and atmospheric town of Purmamarca is stunningly located in the Quebrada de Purmamarca valley in the far northwest of Argentina at the base of the Andes. It is a beautiful desert village which is nestled in the spectacular valley opposite the Cerro de los Siete Colores (Hill of the Seven Colours), a colourful rainbow-coloured mountainface.

Fahrzeit: ca. 10 Std.

Unterkunft: Camping

Verpflegung: 1x Mittagessen, 1x Abendessen

31-32. Tag: Salta

Today we will drive to the beautiful colonial city of Salta, where we will have time to freely explore on arrival.

Tomorrow we will have a free day to explore the town of Salta, visit its many museums, or explore the beautiful surrounding hills on foot or by mountain bike. We will also have the chance to take the cable car to the viewpoint on San Bernardo Hill overlooking the town, taking in some of the incredible mountian scenery nearby.

In Salta we will stay in a local hotel or guesthouse.

About Salta:
Salta is an attractive town in the north west of Argentina. Nicknamed "Salta la Linda" (or "Salta the Beautiful"), the city is well known as being a stunning town in a beautiful area. Home to some fantastic colonial architecture, the old town centres around the main plaza which is lined with cafes and restaurants, a great place to independently explore and soak up the serene Argentine atmosphere.
To get a better view of the city and surrounding area you can take a cable-car from Parque San Martín up to the Cerro San Bernardo viewpoint overlooking the city, and the many churches and the cathedral are also worth a visit. Salta is also home to some fantastic museums, making it a good place to learn a bit more about Argentinian history and culture.

Optional Activities:
- Take the cable car up to the top of San Bernardo Hill, and take in the breathtaking views out over the city of Salta below - ARS 200
- Explore the beautiful mountains and forests near Salta on a mountain biking trip - ARS 1300

Fahrzeit: ca. 4 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

33. Tag: Salta - Cabra Corral

Today we will have a short morning drive to a campsite in Cabra Corral, a small village south of Salta where we have the opportunity to go rafting or zip-lining!

Tonight we will continue our drive a short distance to wild camp in the stunning mountains nearby, or camp at the rafting base in Cabra Corral if preferred.

Optional Activities:
- Get the adrenaline pumping with some white water rafting in Salta - ARS 950
- Fly through the stunning valleys above the Juramento river on an exciting 4-cable zip-lining course - ARS 750

Fahrzeit: ca. 3 Std.

Unterkunft: Wildniscamp

Verpflegung: 1x Mittagessen, 1x Abendessen

34-35. Tag: Cafayate

Today we will drive through the spectacular rock formations of the Quebrada de las Conchas, and reach the serene town of Cafayate. This small unassuming town is the centre of one of Argentina's principal wine producing regions, famous for the quality of its Torrentes and Tannat wines! We will have the opportunity to go to a few of the vineyards nearby to see how the wine is made, and of course to try them!

In Cafayate we stay at a campsite with good facilities.

About Cafayate:
Cafayate is a small town in north west Argentina, and is world-famous for its wine production. The surrounding vineyards produce some of the best quality wine in South America - Cafayate is particularly renowned for its Torrontes, a distinctive and crisp white wine that is typically Argentinian and similar in style to a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.
Cafayate itself is small and has a sleepy laid-back feel, although it can become busy during Argentinian holiday periods. Many of the local bodegas offer tastings and tours of their wine cellars which can be easily organised while you are here. Also worth seeking out is the local ice-cream parlour, which together with the more usual flavours also offers red and white wine ice-cream!

Optional Activities:
- Discover the bodegas and stock up on wine in Cafayate - ARS 150

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Visit the impressive rock formations of 'El Amphiteatro' and 'La Garganta del Diablo' en route through the primeval landscape of the Quebrada de las Conchas

Fahrzeit: ca. 5 Std.

Unterkunft: Camping

Verpflegung: 2x Frühstück, 2x Mittagessen, 2x Abendessen

36. Tag: Cafayate - Quilmes Ruins

Today we will drive south through spectacular mountains and arrive in the pampas that Argentina is famous for. We will visit the ancient ruins of the indigenous city of Quilmes en route.

Tonight we will aim to wild camp en route.

About Quilmes Ruins:
The ruins of the city of Quilmes are located on a remote hillside in the Tucumán province in north west Argentina. The people of Quilmes were an indigenous tribe who inhabited this area as far back as 850 CE, fiercely resisting attempted Inca invasions in the 15th and 16th Centuries and even holding out against the Spanish for over 100 years before finally succumbing to a siege led by the colonial powers in 1667. After the siege, the Spanish took the area over and deported the few surviving indigenous people to a 'reservation' close to Buenos Aires. The 2000 remaining Quilmes Indians were forced to make this 1500km journey on foot, causing many to die along the way.
The ruins of the city are the largest and most important pre-Columbian site in Argentina - at its height the city would have housed nearly 5000 people, however today there are only a handful of Quilmes' descendants left in Tucumán.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Visit the Quilmes ruins

Fahrzeit: ca. 8 Std.

Unterkunft: Wildniscamp

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück, 1x Mittagessen, 1x Abendessen

37-39. Tag: Rio Ceballos

Today we drive to a unique Anglo-Argentine Estancia, where we will stay for 3 nights.

During our time at the Estancia, we will head out horseback riding. This is a magical experience in a beautiful and many people's highlight of the trip!

In the Estancia we will camp with facilities in the grounds near the main house.

About the Estancia:
To the east of the Andes in the centre of Argentina is the country'ssecond major city, Córdoba. Rising just to the west of the city are the beautiful rolling hills of the Sierra de Córdoba, where we spend three nights at a unique Anglo-Argentinian Estancia. The Estancia has been in the same family for four generations, and is a working cattle ranch farming the prized Argentinian Aberdeen Angus cattle. Here we will sample the traditional hospitality of the Anglo-Argentinian ranching community. An asado (Argentinian BBQ) will been joyed on one of our nights here, as well as an evening of traditional music, a chance to try lassoing and wine tasting featuring some of the local produce. Daily horse riding excursions will also be arranged to ride through the hills on the fabulous horses and even completely inexperienced riders will feel like gauchos in a short time.
Please note that these activities are subject to weather conditions. Please also note that there is a strict weight limit for all riders of 15stone (210 lbs,95 kg) to ensure the horses' well-being. If you are heavier than this weight you will unfortunately be unable to ride.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Spend 3 unique days at an Anglo-Argentinian estancia to experience the Gaucho way of life

Fahrzeit: ca. 5 Std.

Unterkunft: Camping

Verpflegung: 3x Frühstück, 3x Mittagessen, 3x Abendessen

40-43. Tag: Buenos Aires

Today we have a full day drive north though the provinces of Corrientes and Entre Rios to Buenos Aires, the wonderful capital of Argentina!

We will have three free days to explore the incredible city, soak up the atmosphere of its streets, and discover its amazing culture, art, and music.

In Buenos Aires we will stay in a centrally-located hotel.

About Buenos Aires:
At the mouth of the River Plate estuary (where the Uruguay and Paraná rivers flow out into the Atlantic Ocean) lies the fabulous city of Buenos Aires, the cosmopolitan capital of Argentina. It's a buzzing, energetic city that often feels more European than Latin American, so much so that it's often referred to as "the Paris of the South".
There is a huge amount to do see and do here, and it's a fantastic city to explore on foot and using the extensive metro system. Some areas to check out include San Telmo, a bohemian district full of charm, antique shops, street markets, and some excellent bars; Palermo, withits fantastic restaurants and nightlife; and Recoleta, the "Mayfair" of Buenos Aires and home to the La Recoleta cemetry, Eva "Evita" Perón's final resting place. The waterfront area known as La Boca is also worth exploring, a very photogenic district with its ramshackle buildings being painted in a rainbow of different bright colours.
Everywhere you go you'll be surrounded by some fantastic architecture. The Plaza de Mayo is perhaps the most historically interesting, as this is the site of the Cabildo (original town hall), Casa Rosada (the Presidential Palace) and the cathedral where the body of General San Martín lies.
In the evenings, you are spoilt for choice - Buenos Aires has a vibrant nightlife, with a huge number of bars and night clubs to choose from. Restaurants here vary from cheap and cheerful to world class, and it'sa great place to get stuck into some of Argentina's finest steak and red wine. Of course this is also the home of Tango, and there are many evening Tango shows you can buy tickets for or even take a dancing class yourself!

Optional activities:
- Enjoy a free city tour of Buenos Aires - Free
- See a different side to Buenos Aires on a tour of its incredible street art with some of the local artists - USD 20
- Head out to a tango show in Buenos Aires' oldest cafe, the Gran Cafe Tortoni - seeing a slice of iconic Argentine culture in an ideal and intimate setting - ARS 450
- Visit the strangely beautiful cemetery of Recoleta, the final resting place of many ex-presidents and Argentine icons, most famously including the tomb of Eva Peron - Free
- Try your hand at the art of tango dancing with a private lesson in Buenos Aires - USD 25
- Learn all about the cuisine of Argentina on a food tour of Buenos Aires, visiting several incredible local top-class eateries that you won't find in the guidebooks! - USD 85
- Try some of Argentina's most delicious wines on a top-level wine tasting afternoon in Buenos Aires - USD 52

Fahrzeit: ca. 12 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

44. Tag: Buenos Aires - Yapeyú

Today we have a full day drive north though the provinces of Entre Rios and Corrientes, aiming to reach the beautiful village of Yapeyú on the banks of the River Uruguay. Yapeyú is very famous amongst Argentines for being the birthplace of their national hero General Jose de San Martin, one of the liberators of South America from Spanish colonial rule.

In Yapeyú we will stay in a municipal campsite.

Fahrzeit: ca. 10 Std.

Unterkunft: Camping

Verpflegung: 1x Mittagessen, 1x Abendessen

45. Tag: Yapeyú - Foz do Iguaçu

Today we cross the border into Brazil and drive to the city of Foz do Iguacu.

In Foz do Iguacu we will camp in the grounds of an excellent hostel out of town, with good facilities and a pool.

About Foz do Iguaçu:
Foz do Iguaçu (meaning "Mouth of the Iguazu River") is the Brazilian town nestled against the double-border with Argentina and Paraguay. The town is of course most famous as the base for exploring the incredible Iguazu Falls, and the Brazilian side of the waterfalls offers visitors a very different perspective - there are a number of cleverly constructed walkways that allow you to get right out over the water up close to some of the falls themselves, and you will often be able to see fantastic rainbows forming as the sun catches the spray.
For the ultimate waterfall viewing experience, you can also organize helicopter flights from the Brazilian side, where you'll be taken out right over the falls to give you a breathtaking view of this natural wonder from a totally different perspective. There is also a fan static bird park in Foz, where you can see many of Brazil's native species including toucans and macaws.
You can also visit the incredible Itaipu Dam, the world's second-largest dam (after the Three Gorges Dam in China) that stretches across the River Parana between Brazil and Paraguay, and a marvel of modern engineering.

Fahrzeit: ca. 8 Std.

Unterkunft: Camping

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück, 1x Mittagessen, 1x Abendessen

46. Tag: Foz do Iguaçu / Iguazu Falls

Today we will visit the Brazilian side of the phenomenal Iguazu Falls, to get some incredible panoramic vistas of the mighty waterfalls. There is also plenty of time to visit the bird park, take a helicopter ride over the falls, see the incredible Itaipu Dam, or quickly stop into Paraguay to pick up some bargains in the nearcy Ciudad del Este.

About Iguazu Falls:
The Iguazu Falls, located on the Iguazu River between Argentina and Brazil, is the world's largest waterfall system and one of the most spectacular natural sights in the world!
The name "Iguazu" originates from the native Guarani words "y" (meaning "big") and "uasu" (meaning "water") - the Guarani legend says that the falls were created when a deity wanted to a beautiful mortal woman, but when she tried to escape away from him in a canoe with another man the deity sliced the river in two, condemning the water and the lovers to fall for eternity.
Visitors can see the Iguazu Falls from both sides of the border - on the Argentinian side there are miles of trails and walkways through the forests and the many waterfalls along the southern banks, culminating in a kilometre-long walkway to the phenomenal "Garganta del Diablo (meaning "Devil's Throat"), the largest and most powerful section of the waterfall system. Millions of gallons of water thunder down violently to the bottom of the huge ravie, forming the most incredible display of power, rainbows, and spray! In the surrounding dense tropical jungle there are many varieties of brightly coloured butterflies and birds, and you can take an exhilarating motorboat ride up close to some of the waterfalls (if you don't mind getting soaked!).

Optional Activities:
- Visit the colossal Itaipu Dam, the second largest hydroelectric dam in the world - BRL 68
- Visit the Parque das Aves bird park near Foz do Iguaçu, a wonderful conservation project which provides an excellent home to over 1000 iconic birds from the region such as toucans, macaws and eagles - BRL 36
- Take an exhilarating speed boat ride around the base of the falls from the Brazilian side - BRL 66
- Take an unforgettable 10-minute helicopter flight over the Iguazu Falls, enjoying a bird's eye view of one of the world's most incredible set of waterfalls - USD 125

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
2 full days to discover the unbelievable Iguazu Falls

Unterkunft: Camping

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück, 1x Mittagessen, 1x Abendessen

47. Tag: Foz do Iguaçu / Iguazu Falls

Today we will take a day trip back into Argentina to see the incredible Iguazu Falls from the other side. This is well worth doing as the views are even more spectacular, and you'll be able to look right down into the mighty Garganta del Diablo (the largest waterfall here) from a gantry walkway viewing point). We will have a full day at the Argentine side of the falls, allowing us lots of time to freely explore the site, hike some nature trails, or perhaps take an exhilarating (and very wet) boat ride!

We will return to our base in Foz do Iguacu tonight.

Optional Activities:
- Head on an adrenaline-fuelled speedboat trip to the base of the falls on the Argentine side - be prepared to get very wet! - ARS 350

Unterkunft: Camping

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück, 1x Mittagessen, 1x Abendessen

48. Tag: Foz do Iguaçu - Bonito

Today we have a full drive day north to the Brazilian eco-tourism capital of Bonito.

In Bonito we will camp in the grounds of an excellent hostel with a pool and good facilities.

About Bonito:
The small town of Bonito in the southern Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul is perfectly located in a beautiful and unique area. The area's main attractions are the crystal clear rivers, springs and the stunning caves, not to mention the abundant wildlife, which includes monkeys, alligators, anacondas, over 30 varieties of fish and tremendous bird life.
Unsurprisingly, the town is often described as the "eco-tourism capital of Brazil". There are endless activities on offer, from spectacular walks through the surrounding hills and forests, to caving, horse-riding, abseiling, and snorkeling. Many of the best attractions are on private land and the area is being very carefully managed in order to protect the wildlife and habitats found here.

Fahrzeit: ca. 12 Std.

Unterkunft: Camping

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück, 1x Mittagessen, 1x Abendessen

49-50. Tag: Bonito

We have two full days in Bonito to take part in the plethora of incredible optional activities here. You could go out on a world-class snorkelling trip, explore the nearby caves, or go abseiling down some of the largest waterfalls in the area, amongst many other possibilities!

Optional Activities:
- Caving, rafting and snorkeling in the waters of Bonito - BRL 30
- Abseil down the Boca da Onça waterfall (meaning 'Jaguar's Mouth'), the largest waterfall in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul - BRL 499
- Visit the phenomenal Buraco das Araras, one of the world's largest sink-holes and a natural aviary of macaws and toucans - BRL 75
- Visit the stunning São Miguel Caves near Bonito - BRL 50
- Hire a mountain bike in Bonito to freely explore the incredible countryside of Mato Grosso do Sul - USD 20
- Go on a stunning sunset horse ride around the beautiful countryside around Bonito - BRL 80
- Take a trek through the stunning areas surrounding Bonito, visiting some of the beautiful nearby waterfalls - BRL 50
- Head on an unforgettable trip to Abismo Anhumas, an incredible day out where you abseil through a fissure into a collosal underground cavern, and snorkel in the lake at the bottom - BRL 760
- Visit the ethereal and other-worldly Blue Lake Cave near Bonito, an underground lake with an incredibly vivid shade of blue - BRL 95
- Take an incredible snorkeling trip through the crystal clear waters of the Rio da Prata, getting a phenomenal view of the fish and aquatic plants underwater - BRL 278
- Head out on an exhilarating rafting, tubing, or kayaking expedition down the Rio Formoso - BRL 135

Unterkunft: Camping

Verpflegung: 2x Frühstück, 2x Mittagessen, 2x Abendessen

51-52. Tag: Southern Pantanal

Today we have a short drive to Brazil's amazing Southern Pantanal region, where we have a visit a local eco-tourism ranch (or 'fazenda').

We will spend 2 nights here and have a comprehensive package of included activities such as exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside on horseback, trips down the wildlife-abundant rivers in boats and canoes, and safaris on the ranch's trucks and on foot where we hope to spot capybaras, caimans, and (if we are very lucky) jaguars and ocelots. Our stay here is an incredible highlight!

In the Southern Pantanal we will stay in dorm accommodation in a well equipped lodge with all the meals and activities included.

About Southern Pantanal:
The Pantanal is a vast wetland that covers much of inland central and southern Brazil - it is formed of a huge gently-sloping depression surrounded by rolling highlands, so the water from thousands of small rivers runs off from the highlands to collect in the basin before draining out into the Paraguay River. The Pantanal was a predominantly agricultural area, dotted with cattle ranches known locally as "Fazenda" - having realised the importance of their home as a unique habitat for wildlife, many of the Fazendas have opened up for eco-tourism in recent years and offer safaris and tours of the area.
The wildlife here is staggering, and there is probably nowhere else in South America where you'll be able to see as many indigenous species. There are over 250 different species of birds that have been recorded here, including parakeets, macaws, owls, kingfishers, ibis, storks, kites and hawks, hummingbirds and more, and there are prolific numbers of caiman, anacondas, iguanas, two species of anteaters, ocelots, jaguars, tapirs, giant river otters and thousands of marsh deer. One of the easier animals to spot is the capybara, a giant guinea-pig-type rodent that grows up to 60 kgs and lives in large herds in the swamps.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
2 night wildlife safari into the Pantanal

Fahrzeit: ca. 4 Std.

Unterkunft: Gästefarm

Verpflegung: 2x Frühstück, 2x Mittagessen, 2x Abendessen

53. Tag: Southern Pantanal / Campo Grande

After our morning activities and one final lunch in our beautiful ranch, it is time to leave the Pantanal. We will start driving east towards Sao Paulo state, and wild camp towards the end of the day.

Fahrzeit: ca. 7 Std.

Unterkunft: Wildniscamp

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück, 1x Mittagessen, 1x Abendessen

54-55. Tag: Brotas

Today we will drive to the remote town of Brotas in southeastern Brazil.

Tomorrow is free to take part in optional adventure activities such as white water rafting or canyoning, or to simply relax by the pool!

In Brotas we will stay at a campsite with good facilities.

Optional Activities:
- Head out white-water rafting on the fast moving waters of the Jacare River (approximately Grade 3-4) - BRL 150
- Float down the Jacare on a fun tubing trip down the River Jacare near Brotas - BRL 100
- Head out on a half-day canyoning trip through the gorges of the Jacare River near Brotas BRL 270

Fahrzeit: ca. 10 Std.

Unterkunft: Camping

Verpflegung: 2x Frühstück, 2x Mittagessen, 2x Abendessen

56-58. Tag: Paraty

Today we have a full day drive to the colonial town of Paraty on the Emerald Coast of the Atlantic!

On our first full day in Paraty, we will have an included boat trip around the incredible islands and beaches off the coast.

On our second day, we will have free time to explore the town, take a historical tour, walk along the stunning scenery of the coastline, head out snorkelling or diving, or simply relax on the idyllic beaches.

In Paraty we will stay in dorm rooms in a well equipped hostel.

About Paraty:
Stretching west from the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro is the spectacular Brazilian Emerald Coast, a dazzlingly-beautiful strip of land sandwiched between the verdant green hills and the sparkling waters of the Atlantic. Tropical islands, deserted beaches and picturesque coves with excellent swimming and diving make it the perfect place to relax and enjoy some optional boat trips and other activities.
The old Portuguese colonial town of Paraty, founded in 1597 CE and once a very important port during the Portuguese gold rush of the 17th and 18th Centuries, is perhaps the most attractive spot on the coast. Low white-washed buildings with colourful doors and shutters crowd around the cobbled streets and plaza, full of interesting shops, bars and restaurants.
Paraty really comes alive at night, when locals and tourists alike sit outside the many street cafes and congregate in the main square. The town also has a couple of beaches and there are plenty of others in the surrounding area - and this is also a good place for boat and snorkeling trips, which can be arranged locally.

Optional Activities:
- Go for a scuba diving trip in the incredible oceans around Paraty - BRL 250
- Explore the ocean, islands, beaches, and mangroves of Atlantic coast in a more serene and tranquil fashion, on a sea kayaking expedition around the bay of Paraty - USD 40
- Learn all about the fascinating history of Brazil and the Gold Trail, on an excellent walking tour of the old colonial town of Paraty - USD 35
- Try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding by hiring a board from one of the many vendors at the Jabaquara beach in Paraty - BRL 35

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Boat trip out to islands and beaches

Fahrzeit: ca. 10 Std.

Unterkunft: Hostel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

59. Tag: Rio De Janeiro

This morning we will drive to the incredible Rio de Janeiro, one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world! This afternoon we will have the opportunity to take an optionalvisit to a community favela project that we support.

In Rio de Janeiro we will stay in a great hotel in the Flamengo district, close to the beach and the metro station.

About Rio De Janeiro:
Rio de Janeiro has to be one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world. The stunning Pão de Açucar (Sugarloaf) Mountain rises up out of Guanabara Bay and the sandy beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana cut beautiful curves in the shoreline, all under the watchful gaze of the iconic Art Deco statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
This is a city with something for everyone - beaches, history, shopping, culture, fantastic food and amazing nightlife. For amazing views of this spectacular city, take the cable car up to the top of Pão de Açucar, ride the train to Corcovado or jump on the tram to the historic hillside neighbourhood of Santa Teresa. If you're interested in learning more about Rio and Brazil, there are several fascinating museums in the city and you'll see some fantastic architecture by wandering around the older parts of the city.
Kick back and relax on the famous urban beaches, enjoy a beer or caipirinha at one of the many street-side cafes and then when evening comes you can party the night away - Rio has some unbelievable bars and clubs in the buzzing areas of Lapa and Ipanema. If you need a bit of quiet time to recover, take a walk in the city's wonderful botanical gardens, or escape the city for the day on an excursion to the lush forests of nearby Tijuca National Park.
Rio is particularly famous for its huge annual party - the incredible Rio Carnival. The celebration of Mardi Gras (6 weeks before Easter) is a great Brazilian tradition - the whole city goes wild for a full 7 days in a whirlwind of music and colour. Samba schools compete with ever more awe-inspiring dance displays, floats and costumes, putting on marathon performances in the Sambadrome, and street parties are held all over the city.

Fahrzeit: ca. 5 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

60. Tag: Rio De Janeiro

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Rio de Janeiro.

Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact us if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

Optional Activities:
- Take a tour to discover Niteroi, the city over the bridge - BRL 20
- Visit the world famous statue Christ the Redeemer - BRL 74
- Take a cable car up Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain) - BRL 80
- Find out all about Brazil's fascinating history by visiting the National Historical Museum in the centre of Rio de Janeiro - BRL 6
- Visit the Museu da República, and learn all about the turbulent recent history of Brazil and the story of the creation of the republic in 1889 - BRL 6
- Relax and explore the world famous beaches of Rio de Janeiro, including Ipanema, Arpoador, and of course Copacabana - Free
- Explore the magnificent Botanical Gardens of Rio de Janeiro, with over 54 hectares and 6500 species of plants and flowers - BRL 8
- Visit the iconic Escadaria Selaron, a colourful tiled staircase lovingly created by local resident Jorge Selaron - Free
- Explore the stunning natural Atlanic rainforest of Tijuca, the largest urban forest in the world - Free
- Take a brilliant free walking tour with an expert local guide around Lapa and Central Rio de Janeiro (or Copacabana and Ipanema on certain days) - Free

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Hinweis
Falls du nicht wandern möchtest, besteht auch die Möglichkeit länger Zeit in Cusco zu verbringen und mit dem Zug nach Aguas Calientes, dem Dorf unterhalb von Machu Picchu zu reisen und die Ruinen gemeinsam mit der Gruppe zu besichtigen. Gerne senden wir dir weitere Informationen zu.

Bitte beachte, dass der Inca Trail streng limitiert ist und Plätze oft weit im Voraus ausgebucht sind. Er wird jedes Jahr im Februar für Säuberungs- und Instandhaltungsmaßnahmen geschlossen. Sollte der Trekkingteil Deiner Tour in diesen Zeitraum fallen, wanderst du stattdessen auf dem Wild Andes Trek.

Kombireise
Diese Tour setzt sich aus verschiedenen Tourabschnitten zusammen, daher kann sich die Gruppenzusammensetzung und Reiseleitung während der Tour ändern.

Local Payment
Bitte beachte, dass bei der Tour vor Ort ein Local Payment fällig wird. Dieser Betrag ist vor Ort von jedem Teilnehmer in die Gemeinschaftskasse einzubezahlen, von der beispielsweise Unterbringung, Gebühren für Campingplätze, einige Mahlzeiten und einige der eingeschlossenen Aktivitäten gezahlt werden. Es wird entweder am ersten Tag der Reise oder - wenn es sich um eine Kombination von Reisen handelt - phasenweise während der Tour eingesammelt. Das Local Payment ist Bestandteil des Gesamtreisepreises und muss vor Ort in bar entrichtet werden. Alternativ zur Barzahlung vor Ort gibt es auch die Möglichkeit diesen bis vier Wochen vor Reisebeginn vorab zu zahlen. Bitte kontaktiere uns für weitere Details.

Tourstil - Overlandtour
Bei einer Overlandtour geht es darum die klassischen Routen zu verlassen. Entlang der Nebenstraßen das echte Land zu erleben, zu hören, zu riechen, zu schmecken. Unterm Sternenhimmel zu campen und der Stille der Nacht lauschen, aber sich auch im komfortablem Hotel mit einer heißen Dusche zu verwöhnen. Durch die Wildnis zu fahren und versteckte Highlights zu entdecken, ebenso wie die klassischen Sehenswürdigkeiten zu besuchen. Und ja, manchmal auch auf Pisten ordentlich durchgeschüttelt zu werden oder lange Fahrttage hinter sich zu bringen, um dann aber wieder eine Pause einlegen zu können.
Und natürlich auch darum die großartige Erfahrung mit Gleichgesinnten zu teilen, denn deine Mitreisenden gehören ebenso zum Abenteuer dazu, wie die Orte zu denen ihr reist.

Einige Highlights sind in den Touren immer inkludiert, sie bieten dir aber viel Freiraum für eigene Erkundungen. So hast du unterwegs die Möglichkeit, dir aus zahlreichen optionalen Aktivitäten je nach Interessen, Reisebudget, Aktivitäts- und Schwierigkeitsgrad dein persönliches Programm zusammen zu stellen.

Diese Flexibilität macht sich natürlich auch in der Route selbst bemerkbar. Du möchtest lieber länger oder in umgekehrter Richtung unterwegs sein? Bitte kontaktiere uns, wir helfen dir gern bei deiner Reisewahl.

Mithilfe
Auf einer Overlandtour bist du mehr als nur ein Passagier - du bist Teil des Teams! Jede/r auf der Reise wird benötigt, um beim Aufbau des Lagers, beim Aufschlagen der Zelte, beim Einkaufen von Lebensmitteln und beim Kochen zu helfen. Weitere Aufgaben der Gruppe sind z. B. das Sammeln von Wasser und Brennholz, das Be- und Entladen von Gepäck und das Sauberhalten des Lastwagens. Alle packen mit an und werden Teil des Abenteuers anstatt nur passive Zuschauer zu bleiben.

Die Overland-Trucks
Für die außergewöhnlichen Reisen sind natürlich besondere Fahrzeuge notwendig. Hier kommen robuste, langlebige Mercedes-Benz-Lkw zum Einsatz, die zu maßgeschneiderten Overland-Trucks umgebaut wurden. Während du Platz nimmst in komfortablen Reisebus-Sitzen, ist gleichzeitig alles für ein autarkes Wildcamping an Bord.
Jeder Truck mit seiner markanten orange-weiße Markierung ist ein Unikat. Da sie alle etwas unterschiedlich sind, unterscheidet sich die Ausstattung leicht von Lkw zu Lkw. Meist ist aber folgendes an Bord:

  • Integriertes Fahrerhaus
  • Bequeme Reisebus-Sitze - nach vorne gerichtet, abgesehen von vier nach hinten gerichteten Sitzen an zwei Tischen
  • Seitenmarkise für Sonnen- / Regenschutz
  • Schließfächer fürs Gepäck
  • Trinkwassertank mit einem Fassungsvermögen von ca. 350 Litern sowie 60-80-Liter-Kanistern
  • Große Kraftstofftanks für weite Reisen
  • Tontechnik mit MP3-Player-Anschluss
  • 12V Ladestationen (nur einige Trucks)
  • Versteckter Safe für Geld und Pässe
  • Integrierter Kühlschrank
  • Große Lagerräume für Lebensmittel, Kochutensilien, Expeditionsgeräte usw.
  • Bücherregal / kleine Bibliothek
  • Kartentafel

Standardausstattung für jeden Truck:

  • Zelte mit integrierten Moskitonetzen
  • Notfallausrüstung
  • Campinghocker und Tische
  • Kochutensilien, Gas und Essgeschirr
  • Camping Lichter
  • Verschiedene Werkzeuge und Ersatzteile
  • Sandmatten (falls der Truck mal steckenbleibt)

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