Overland Quito, Feuerland & Rio

Episches Overland-Abenteuer rund um Südamerika

  • Quito - die höchstgelegene Hauptstadt der Welt
  • Abenteuer im üppigen Amazonas Dschungel
  • Wandern auf dem Inca Trail
  • Beeindruckendes Machu Picchu
  • Das gleißende Weiß des Salar de Uyuni
  • Trekking im Torres del Paine Nationalpark
  • Europäisches Flair in Buenos Aires
  • Spüre die Gischt der tosenden Iguazu Wasserfälle
  • Flora und Fauna des brasilianischen Pantanal
  • Traumstrände in Paraty
  • Samba in Rio de Janeiro
  • Überblick
  • Leistungen
  • Reiseverlauf
  • Termine & Preise
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112 Tage Bolivien · Peru · Ecuador · Argentinien · Chile · Brasilien

Archäologische Stätten Strand Wandern Wildnis Camping Kolonialstädte Wildlife ab 7.080 € zzgl. 4.750 $ (ca. 4.310,76 €)
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Begebe dich auf dein Overland Abenteuer durch ganz Südamerika. Deine Reise beginnt in der ecuadorianischen Hauptstadt Quito und erlebe die artenreiche Tier- und Pflanzenwelt des Dschungels. In Peru angekommen, erkundest du Lima und lässt dich von der sagenumwobenen Inka Stätte Machu Picchu verzaubern. Fahre weiter nach Bolivien und entdecke die Highlights dieses besonderen Landes: Titicaca See, Salar de Uyuni und La Paz. Mache dich über die chilenische Hauptstadt Santiago weiter auf gen Süden, wo du den spektakulären Torres del Paine Nationalpark erkunden kannst und Ushuaia, der südlichsten Stadt der Welt, einen Besuch abstattest. Überquere die Grenze nach Argentinien und lasse dich von Buenos Aires, dem "Paris Südamerikas", und den Iguazu Wasserfällen begeistern. Im brasilianischen Paraty steht Entspannung an den Traumstränden auf dem Programm, bevor deine aufregende Reise in der Samba Stadt am Zuckerhut endet. Lasse deine neu gewonnenen Eindrücke an der Copacabana Revue passieren.

1. Tag: Quito
2-4. Tag: Tena / Ecuadorian Amazon
5-7. Tag: Rio Verde / Baños
8-9. Tag: Chugchilan / Quilotoa Lake
10-11. Tag: Cuenca
12-13. Tag: Punta Sal
14-15. Tag: Huanchaco
16-18. Tag: Huaraz
19-20. Tag: Lima
21. Tag: Lima - Ballestas Inseln - Huacachina
22. Tag: Huacachina - Nazca
23. Tag: Nazca - Puerto Inca
24. Tag: Puerto Inca - Arequipa
25. Tag: Arequipa
26. Tag: Arequipa - Chivay
27. Tag: Chivay / Colca Cañon
28. Tag: Chivay - Raqchi
29. Tag: Raqchi - Cuzco
30. Tag: Cuzco
31. Tag: Cuzco - Sacred Valley - Wild Andes Trek
32. Tag: Wild Andes Trek
33. Tag: Wild Andes Trek
34. Tag: Wild Andes Trek - Ollantaytambo
35. Tag: Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu - Cuzco
36. Tag: Cuzco
37. Tag: Cuzco - Puno
38. Tag: Puno - Copacabana - Isla del Sol
39. Tag: Isla del Sol - Copacabana
40. Tag: Copacabana - La Paz
41-42. Tag: La Paz
43. Tag: La Paz - Uyuni
44. Tag: Salar De Uyuni
45. Tag: Bolivian Altiplano
46-47. Tag: San Pedro de Atacama
48-49. Tag: Salta
50-51. Tag: Cafayate
52. Tag: Cafayate - Quilmes Ruins
53-55. Tag: Rio Ceballos
56. Tag: Córdoba
57-58. Tag: Mendoza
59-61. Tag: Santiago
62. Tag: Santiago - San Javier - Buchupureo
63-64. Tag: Pucon
65-66. Tag: Barlioche
67-68. Tag: Futaleufú
69. Tag: Puyuhuapi / Queulat National Park
70-71. Tag: Cerro Castillo National Reserve
72. Tag: Argentinian Patagonia
73-74. Tag: El Calafate
75. Tag: El Calafate - Tierra del Fuego
76-77. Tag: Ushuaia
78. Tag: Ushuaia - Tierra del Fuego
79. Tag: Torres del Paine Nationalpark
80. Tag: Torres del Paine National Park
81. Tag: Torres del Paine National Park
82. Tag: Torres del Paine National Park
83. Tag: Torres del Paine National Park
84. Tag: El Chaltén
85-86. Tag: El Chaltén / Los Glaciares National Park
87. Tag: El Chaltén - Jaramillo
88. Tag: Jaramillo - Camarones
89-90. Tag: Puerto Madryn
91. Tag: Puerto Madryn - Monte Hermoso
92-95. Tag: Buenos Aires
96. Tag: Buenos Aires - Yapeyú
97. Tag: Yapeyú - Foz do Iguaçu
98. Tag: Foz do Iguaçu / Iguazu Falls
99. Tag: Foz do Iguaçu / Iguazu Falls
100. Tag: Foz do Iguaçu - Bonito
101-102. Tag: Bonito
103-104. Tag: Southern Pantanal
105. Tag: Southern Pantanal / Campo Grande
106-107. Tag: Brotas
108-110. Tag: Paraty
111. Tag: Paraty - Rio de Janeiro
112. Tag: Rio de Janeiro

Leistungen enthalten

  • Südamerika Overlandtour gemäß Programm
  • Transporte, Unterkünfte und Mahlzeiten gemäß Programm
  • Ausflüge, Aktivitäten und Besichtigungen gemäß Reiseverlauf
  • 4-tägiger Aufenthalt in einer Ecolodge bei Tena
  • Wanderung Quilotoa - Chugchilan
  • Besichtigung der Moche Pyramiden und der archäologische Stätte von Chan Chan
  • 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
  • El Tatio Geysire
  • Besuch der Quilmes Ruinen
  • Weinverkostung in einem Weingut in San Javier
  • Traditionelles chilenisches BBQ
  • Tagesausflug Perito Moreno Gletscher
  • 4-tägige Wanderung auf dem W-Trek im Torres del Paine Nationalpark
  • 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

6x Mittelklasse-Hotel
3x Standard-Lodge
39x Campingplatz
24x Hostel
27x Standard-Hotel
2x Gastfamilie
7x Wildniscamp
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 Wildniscamping findet ohne sanitäre Einrichtungen statt. Für das Camping wird ein eigener Schlafsack benötigt.

Verpflegung

55x Frühstück, 53x Mittagessen, 54x Abendessen

Tourbegleitung

2 englischsprachige Crewmitglieder, lokale Führer

Transportarten

Overland-Truck, Bahn, Fähre, Boot

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1. Tag: Quito

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 Quito before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Quito.

A note on altitude: If you are joining in Quito, we strongly recommend arriving at least 24 hours before the trip begins to allow additional time to acclimatise.

In Quito we will stay in a friendly local hotel in the 'New Town'.

About Quito:
Quito is the capital of Ecuador, nestled in a hollow in the mountains in between the volcanos Cayambe, Pichincha and Cotopaxi -at 2,850m above sea level, it is the world's highest official capital city. Founded in 1534 by a group of settlers led by Sebastian de Benalcázar, the town slowly grew throughout the Spanish colonial era and after the region's independence from Spain in 1822.
The colonial old town is a maze of steep, cobbled streets with intricately carved, overhanging balconies, and some of the best examples of Spanish colonial art and churches anywhere in the Americas - along with Kraków, Quito was the first ever World Cultural Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO in 1978. The modern area of the town is lively and has some fantastic restaurants and bars. Quito's mix of European and Indian cultures make this a really fascinating city, and you will come across stalls displaying Indian textiles, colourful wall hangings, jewellery, pottery and woodcarvings. Quito has some incredible museums, galleries and parks in the city, and some excellent adventure activities and mountain treks nearby for those with extra time in the area.

Optional Activities:
- Visit one of the countless art galleries in Quito, such as the Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana or the Museo Guayasamín - USD 6
- Take a trip on El Telerifiqo, the world's second highest cable car - USD 8.5
- Visit the Museo Nacional del Banco Central, showcasing the country’s largest collection of Ecuadorian art and housing an impressive gold collection - USD 2

Unterkunft: Hotel Fuente de Piedra, Quito

2-4. Tag: Tena / Ecuadorian Amazon

Today our journey begins with a drive to a village on the edge of the Amazon basin, near the town of Tena, where we head to our lodge for an incredible 3-night stay.

Our lodge is a great example of eco-tourism, built and run by the local community and volunteers, who work to re-forest the reserve land at the lodge with native trees and medicinal plants. The lodge is set in secondary and primary rainsforest, an area at risk of deforestation.

Over the next two days we will head into the Amazon jungle, enjoying rainforest treks exploring the nearby waterfalls and caves, and trips down the Napo River in motorised dugout canoes, hopefully spotting plenty of wildlife on the way. We will also see some ancient fossils and petroglyphs, and visit a local Quichua community.

We will stay in a comfortable ecolodge with meals included.

About Ecuadorian Amazon:
The eastern part of Ecuador consists largely of tropical moist broadleaf forests that cover the lower slopes of the Andes and spill down into the Amazon Basin. The upland rainforest is strikingly different to that which is found in the lower basin, and features steep, rugged ridges and cascading streams and waterfalls.
From our lodge near the city of Tena, we will explore these upland forests on foot and by boat - we'll aim to find various waterfalls, caves and creeks in the forest, all the while keeping an eye out for the area's elusive wildlife. We'll also visit a local Quichua community during our stay in the forest lodge.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Spend 3 nights at our fantastic Ecuadorian ecolodge, taking in many activities such as boat trips on the Napo River, visits to local communities and treks through the jungle to some spectacular waterfalls and bat caves!

Fahrzeit: ca. 5 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Lodge

Verpflegung: 2x Frühstück, 3x Mittagessen, 3x Abendessen

5-7. Tag: Rio Verde / Baños

Today we will drive through the highlands of Ecuador, arriving in Rio Verde near the famous Tungurahua volcano.

We will have two full days of free time to take part in a range of optional activities in Rio Verde, such as white-water rafting, trekking, canyoning, cycling, and other options. We will also have the opportunity to visit the nearby town of Baños and its popular volcanic thermal springs.

In Rio Verde we will stay at a well-equipped campsite with great facilities.

About Rio Verde:
A few kilometres from the town of Baños is the small village of RioVerde, named after the clear green water of the river that flows through the town. A number of waterfalls are found along its course, the most spectacular being The Devil’s Cauldron (‘El Pailon del Diablo’), a 20 minute walk from our excellent campsite.
Whilst staying here, we will have the opportunity to take part in optional adventure activities like as horse-riding, canyoning, mountain biking and rafting, as well as making the short trip into Baños to visit the thermal springs.

About Baños:
Nestled in the shadow of the fiery Tungurahua volcano is the exquisite town of Baños. Tungurahua is one of Ecuador's largest active volcanoes, and provides an incredible backdrop to treks and explorations in the area. There are some beautiful waterfalls, excellent trekking and mountain biking opportunities, and some famous volcanic hot springs which give the town its name!

Optional Activities:
- Explore the beautiful hills surrounding Banos with an abundance of activities on offer - USD 3
- Go on an adrenaline-fuelled half-day rafting expedition on the Rio Pastaza near Banos, one of the best rafting experiences in South America - USD 25
- Head out for an exhilarating half-day canyoning trip through the gorges near Baños - USD 25
- Head out on a horse riding trip through the beautiful volcanic landscapes surrounding Baños - USD 40
- Hire mountain bikes to freely explore the winding trails around Baños - USD 7
- Go out on a half day rock climbing trip to the walls of natural lava rock just outside Baños, which have routes suitable for people of all levels - USD 30
- Take out some quad bikes on a tour around the winding trails near Baños - USD 36
- Take the famous zip-lining course through the Puntzan Canyon near Baños, flying through the forest canopy and past several waterfalls - USD 20
- Explore the stunning gorges, forests, and landscapes of the Baños area by foot, possibly trekking the Machay River trail or visiting the nearby waterfalls of Pailon del Diablo and Machay - Free

Fahrzeit: ca. 4 Std.

Unterkunft: Camping

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

8-9. Tag: Chugchilan / Quilotoa Lake

Today we will drive to the remote village of Chugchilán, via the spectacular highland scenery along the road of the 'Quilotoa Loop'.

Tomorrow we will transfer to the village of Quilotoa to see its stunning crater lake, and take an included day trek back to Chugchilán through the local villages, canyons, and beautiful scenery. This walk is widely considered one of the best day treks in Ecuador!

The mostly-downhill trek usually takes between 4-6 hours, but please be aware that there is a section towards the end of the trek with a steep incline which you will need to be quite physically fit for - although we thoroughly recommend the trek, it can be skipped by anyone if they prefer.

In Chugchilán we will stay in a fantastic local hostel where breakfast and dinner are included, giving you a chance to enjoy traditional Ecuadorian food.

About Chugchilán:
Set on the slopes of the Rio Toachi Canyon, the peaceful village of Chugchilán is our base to explore the stunning green landscapes of central Ecuador. Several day hikes are available in the area, the most famous being one from the volcanic Lake Quilotoa back to Chugchilán-this is without doubt one of the most beautiful day-treks to be found in South America, and takes you through the canyon and the lush fields of the area.

About Lake Quilotoa:
Lake Quilotoa is a beautiful volcanic crater lake located at 3,600m above sea level in the hills between the towns of Zumbahua and Chugchilán. Its emerald water spans a circle with a diameter of 2kms - Quilotoa is an active volcano, but the last major eruption was over 850 years ago. It is possible to hike down from the crater rim to the lakeside. The descent takes 30 minutes and climbing back up takes about an hour.
The lake also lends its name to the Quilotoa Loop, given to the winding circuit of spectacular dirt roads that connect Lake Quilotoa to Latacunga and the Pan-American Highway. The roads that lead away from Latacunga are unpaved, winding and have spectacular views of the mountains, rivers and verdant landscape.
We will head to the town of Chugchilán on the northern section of the loop and head out on the southern section of the loop allowing you to see some of the more remote areas of the central Andes of Ecuador.

Gehzeit: ca. 6 Std.
Fahrzeit: ca. 8 Std.

Unterkunft: Hostel

Verpflegung: 2x Frühstück, 2x Abendessen

10-11. Tag: Cuenca

Today we will drive along the remainder of the Quilotoa Loop and then head south to the beautiful colonial town of Cuenca. We will pass through the stunning landscape of the Cajas National Park en route.

Tomorrow we will have a free day to explore the colonial city of Cuenca. The town is the birthplace of the famous Panama Hat, and we will have the opportunity today to visit one of the factories to learn about the manufacturing process.

In Cuenca we will stay in a centrally-located hotel.

About Cuenca:
Cuenca is Ecuador's third-largest city and its small centre is home to some beautiful architecture. The city was founded in 1557 and named after the city of Cuenca in Spain, the birthplace of the Viceroy of Peru at the time.
This small university town is a pleasure to explore, and you'll discover impressive churches that date back to the 16th and 17th Centuries, attractive colonial buildings, tranquil plazas and lively markets. The Ecuadorians consider it the finest city in the country, and many of its buildings are constructed from marble and decorated with stunning woodwork and ironwork.
Cuenca is also the home of the Panama hat, and you can visit one of the famous hat factories and watch the skills of the craftsman on your travels here.

Optional Activities:
- Visit one of the many factories that produce the ever-stylish Panama Hats, Cuenca's most famous export! - Free
- Take a day trip out of Cuenca to visit the site of the Ingapirca ruins, the largest known Inca ruins in Ecuador - USD 25
- Visit the Museo Pumapungo in Cuenca, featuring an impressive range of artistic, historical, cultural, and ethnological exhibits, and most famously housing a collection of shrunken heads from the Shuar civilisation - Free
- Visit some of the volcanic thermal baths near to the colonial town of Cuenca - USD 6

Fahrzeit: ca. 8 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

12-13. Tag: Punta Sal

Today we will have a long drive day south, crossing the border into northern Peru.

Tomorrow we have a full day to relax on the beach and enjoy some activities in and around the stunning coastal area of Punta Sal.

We will stay at a friendly local campsite just outside of Punta Sal, on a beautiful and serene beach on the shore of the Pacific Ocean.

About Punta Sal:
Situated on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in a long, curved bay, Punta Sal is a haven of sun and sand. The warm and tranquil waters are a pleasure to swim in and there's also the opportunity to set out on boat trips along the coast line. For those who prefer to stay on dry land, horse riding along the beach and salsa lessons can be arranged, or justkick-back in a hammock and laze the day away, enjoying the peace and quiet of this beautiful spot.

Optional Activities:
- Try your hand at surfing in the ideal waters of the Pacific Ocean near Punta Sal or Mancora - USD 20
- Rent a mountain bike to explore the coast of Punta Sal and the beautiful nearby areas of Canoas and Plateritos - USD 20
- Explore the coastlines of Punta Sal by foot, or head out trekking through the nearby hills and farms of Canoas - Free
- Take a beginner's belly-dancing class with our hosts at the beaches of Punta Sal - USD 10
- Take a yoga session at our beach campsite in Punta Sal - USD 10

Fahrzeit: ca. 11 Std.

Unterkunft: Camping

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück, 2x Mittagessen, 2x Abendessen

14-15. Tag: Huanchaco

Today we will have a full day's drive to Huanchaco, near the city of Trujillo.

Tomorrow we will have an included guided trip to explore the enormous adobe ruins of Chan Chan and the world-famous Moche archaeological site of Huaca de la Luna (Pyramid of the Moon).

In Huanchaco we will camp in the grounds of a local hotel.

About Huanchaco:
Huanchaco is a small town on the Peruvian coast that is rapidly acquiring a reputation for the quality of the surfing off its relaxed beaches. Wandering along the sea front you will come across the local fishermen's "caballitos de tortora" - curved reed boats left propped up in groups together on the sand.
Huanchaco is an ideal location from which to explore the numerous archaeological ruins that surround the nearby city of Trujillo. One of the most impressive sites is that of the enormous Pre-Colombian complex of Chan Chan, a vast adobe city constructed as the capital of the Chimú civilisation which thrived in the area between 900-1470 CE, when they were finally invaded by the Incas.
Another incredible site is the pyramid-shaped Huaca de la Luna, the impressive remains of the capital of the Moche civilsation that flourished between 100-800 CE - this site contains some phenomenal abode structures and well-preserved painted murals of the Moche deity Ai Apaec.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Guided tour of Moche Pyramids and the Chimu city of Chan Chan

Fahrzeit: ca. 10 Std.

Unterkunft: Camping

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

16-18. Tag: Huaraz

Today we will have a spectacular drive up the winding roads of the 'Casma Route' into the Cordillera Blanca section of the high Andes, reaching the mountain town of Huaraz.

We have two days in the spectacular area of the Cordillera Blanca for exploration and optional activities such as visiting the incredible pre-Inca ruins of Chavín de Huantar or trekking and climbing to the nearby lakes and glaciers.

In Huaraz we will stay in a local hostel in either dorm accommodation or private rooms, depending on availability.

About Huaraz:
Huaraz is situated high up in the Andes, dominated by the highest tropical mountain range in the world - the Cordillera Blanca. Looming over the town is Peru's highest peak, the 6,768m mountain of Huascarán.
Huaraz offers great opportunities for trekking, mountain biking, horseriding and rafting in the spectacular mountains, or even head out ice-climbing on the Pastoruri Glacier. There are some wonderful near by historical sites, such as the ancient ceremonial centre of Chavín de Huántar which dates from 1200-500 BCE, and the Wilcahuaín ruins, once an outpost of the Wari civilisation between 600-900 CE.

Optional Activities:
- Explore the incredible ancient ruins of Chavín de Huantar, the religious centre for the Chavín culture which flourished in the area from 1200BCE-500BCE - PEN 100
- Explore the remarkably well-presevered three-story mausoleum of Wilcahuaín near to Huaraz, built by the Wari civilisation that ruled the area between 600-900CE - PEN 15
- Learn all about the area's incredible pre-Inca civilisations at the Museo Regional de Ancash - PEN 15
- Take a horse riding trip from Huaraz to the incredible viewpoints of the Cordillera Blanca - USD 27
- Enjoy a half-day rock climbing excursion followed by a rejuvenating dip in the nearby thermal springs - USD 30
- Go canyoning in the waterfalls and gorges of the Huaraz region - USD 28
- Go downhill mountain biking through the stunning mountains of the Cordillera Blanca near Huaraz - USD 55
- Trek out to the phenomenal turquoise glacier lake of Laguna 69 in the shadow of Huascaran, Peru's highest mountain - USD 45

Fahrzeit: ca. 9 Std.

Unterkunft: Hostel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

19-20. Tag: Lima

Today we will have another full day's drive back to the coast via the 'Paramonga Route' and then on to the enormous Peruvian capital of Lima.

Tomorrow we will have a free day to explore the city.

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'lldiscover a real gem of a city.
Lima was founded by the infamous Conquistador Francisco Pizarro in1535 and 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

Fahrzeit: ca. 11 Std.

Unterkunft: Hotel Kamana, Lima (Downtown)

21. 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

22. 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

23. 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

24. 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

25. 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

26. 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

27. 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

28. 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

29. 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

30. 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

31. 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

Gehzeit: ca. 4 Std.
Wanderstrecke: ca. 8 km

Unterkunft: Gastfamilie

Verpflegung: 1x Mittagessen, 1x Abendessen

32. 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

33. 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

34. 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

35. 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

36. 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

37. 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

38. 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

39. 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

40. 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: Estrella Andina, La Paz

41-42. Tag: La Paz

We have two free days to enjoy the extrodinary city of La Paz, explore the witches market or take a mountain biking trip down the World's Most Dangerous Road.

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

43. Tag: La Paz - Uyuni

Today we will drive south to Uyuni, the gateway to the incredible salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni.

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

Fahrzeit: ca. 9 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

44. 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

45. 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

46-47. Tag: 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
- 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

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
- Explore the dramatic landscape of the Moon Valley
- Experience the incredible El Tatio geysers in the mountains high above the Atacama Desert

Fahrzeit: ca. 8 Std.

Unterkunft: Hostel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

48-49. Tag: Salta

Today we will have a long drive day to cross the mighty Andes, cross the border into Argentina, and reach the beautiful town of Salta.

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

On day 12 we will have a free day to explore 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, or take the famous 'Train to the Clouds' through some of the incredible mountian scenery nearby.

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. 12 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

50-51. 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: 1x Frühstück, 2x Mittagessen, 2x Abendessen

52. 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. 10 Std.

Unterkunft: Wildniscamp

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

53-55. 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

56. Tag: Córdoba

Today we will have a leisurely start after breakfast to the city of Cordoba, where we will enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city.

About Córdoba:
Córdoba is Argentina's second largest city, located at the heart of the Argentinian sierras. It's a lively university city and an important economic and commercial centre, which makes for a vibrant busy atmosphere and some excellent nightlife.

Fahrzeit: ca. 3 Std.

Unterkunft: Hostel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

57-58. Tag: Mendoza

Today we will have a very early start for a full day's drive to the stunning town of Mendoza, nestled in the dry flats underneath the shadows of the largest mountains of the Andes. Mendoza is the centre of Argentine wine production, and one of the nine 'Wine Capitals of the World' - it is especially famous for its Malbec, grown at some of the highest-altitude vineyards to be found in the world.

The following day will be free time to explore the region, head out on various adventure activities, or of course take a tasting tour of the incredible wineries in the region.

In Mendoza we stay in a centrally located hostel in dorm accommodation.

About Mendoza:
Mendoza is a vibrant city full of pleasant leafy boulevards and atmospheric plazas where the locals catch up over coffee in the many street cafes and bars. A university town and an important economic centre, the city has a bustling cosmopolitan feel and has some great restaurants, lively nightlife, interesting museums and galleries, and great shopping. On summer weekends, open-air concerts and markets often take place in the beautiful plazas.
Mendoza and the adjacent town of Maipú are perhaps most famous for their wine. Whilst Mendoza is located in the dry deserts just underneath the Andes, extensive artificial irrigation has ;made it possible to grow grapes and olives here, both of which benefit from the long, hot, sunny summers - the region produces around two-thirds of Argentina's wine, and is especially renowned for its Malbec, Temperanillo and Sauvignon Blanc varieties. The wine made here is world class, and tours of local vineyards and wineries are easily arranged.
Mendoza is also used by many adventurers as a base from which to explore the colossal mountains in the area. The highest mountain in the Americas, Mt. Aconcagua (with a summit 6,962m above sea level), is in the high Andes just to the west of the city making the city a big draw for mountaineers, and skiing is popular in the winter months.

Optional Activities:
- Go for a horse ride through the arid foothills west of Mendoza - ARS 1400
- Explore the vineyards of the Mendoza and Maipu region, either on an organised tour or by cycling between the bodegas - ARS 950
- White water rafting on the Mendoza River - ARS 1000
- Relax in the beautiful thermal baths in Cacheuta, in the hills above Mendoza - ARS 450

Fahrzeit: ca. 9 Std.

Unterkunft: Hostel

59-61. Tag: Santiago

Today we will drive over the stunning Cristo Redentor pass in the high Andes, passing Aconcagua (the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere) and heading to the Chilean capital of Santiago.

In Santiago we will stay in a centrally located hostel.

About Santiago:
Chile's capital, Santiago, is a large, modern city with a very European atmosphere. In the centre of the city, wide tree-lined boulevards lead to pleasant plazas and leafy parks, and on a clear day the snow-capped peaks of the Andes provide a magnificent backdrop to the Santiago skyline.
Much of the centre is pedestrianised, which together with the wide streets and efficient metro system make Santiago an easy city to explore on foot. There are plenty of interesting museums where you can learn more about Chilean history and culture, from the City of Santiago Museum which chronicles the city’s history, to the Natural History Museum and Museum of Pre-Colombian Art. The city's many wonderful parks are also worth a visit, particularly O'Higgins and San Cristóbal which offers great views of the city from Cerro San Lucia.
As you would expect from a capital city of this size, Santiago is full of busy bars and restaurants and has some lively nightlife to offer. For cheap eats full of local flavour, head to the Mercado Central which is packed full of food stalls and simple cafes and restaurants. For a real treat, you might want to head out to one of the more upmarket neighbourhoods like Bellavista or Providencia, home to some really world-class restaurants and great bars. Barrio Brasil is also worth a look; this old neighbourhood attracts an arty and bohemian crowd and there are often interesting events going on here.
If you have the time, there's also plenty to do in the area surrounding the city. Santiago is right in the middle of Chile's wine producing region, so it is relatively straightforward to arrange full day or half day tours out to the local wineries. You may also be interested in visiting the seaside town of Valparaíso, which can be visited as a day trip from Santiago.

Optional Activities:
- Learn more about Santiago and its history on a free walking tour of the centre from a knowledgeable local guide - Free
- Take in the breathtaking vista of the city skyline backdropped by the mighty Andes, from the viewpoints at Cerro San Cristobal or Cerro San Lucia - Free
- Discover all of Santiago's sights on a hop-on/hop-off bus around the city - CLP 21000

Fahrzeit: ca. 11 Std.

Unterkunft: Happy House Hostel

62. Tag: Santiago - San Javier - Buchupureo

Today we will leave the bright lights of Santiago behind and head to San Javier to take a wine tour at one of the famous vineyards of the region. After lunch, we will head to the laid back farming village of Buchupure, on the Chilean coast, where we can relax by the beach for a couple of hours.

Tonight we will camp in a well equipped campsite.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Whet your palette during winetasting at a vineyard in San Javier

Fahrzeit: ca. 7 Std.

Unterkunft: Camping

Verpflegung: 1x Mittagessen, 1x Abendessen

63-64. Tag: Pucon

Today we continue our journey to the outdoor activities centre of Pucón, set on the shores of Lago Villarrica. Here we will have a free day to enjoy a range of optional activities, such as an expedition to climb the Volcano which looms over Pucón, heading out horse riding through the surrounding forests, or an evening visit to the nearby natural hot springs.

In Pucon we will stay in comfortable hostel.

About Pucón:
Southern Chile's lake district boasts some lake and mountain scenery comparable with what the Swiss Alps or New Zealand have to offer! Beautiful deep blue lakes are flanked by majestic forest-clad mountains with snowy peaks to provide picture-postcard views and a perfect spot for walking and camping.
The attractive small town of Pucón is located at the heart of the Chilean lakes, a great place to stop for a few days so you can explore the area and get involved in some of the many adventure activities on offer here. At certain times of year it's even possible to do a day climb of the nearby Villarrica volcano - a challenging trek, but one that anyone who is reasonably fit should be able to manage - and you're rewarded with some fantastic views of the surrounding area from the summit. The whole area is great for trekking and there are plenty of options to do some fantastic self-guided walks.
Alternatively Pucón offers great horse riding, white-water rafting and mountain-biking opportunities. For those who would prefer to relax, there are also some great thermal springs nearby - the natural pools at Pozones are located in a beautiful setting and are a great place to go and soak your weary limbs in the evening!

Optional Activities:
- Trek up the snowcapped volcano Mt Villarica - CLP 95000
- Horseriding, white-water rafting or hikes around Pucon - CLP 35000
- Head on an exciting white-water rafting trip on the rapids of the Trancura River near Pucón - CLP 25000

Fahrzeit: ca. 6 Std.

Unterkunft: Hostel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

65-66. Tag: Barlioche

Today we cross the Andes into Argentina and continue our journey to the picturesque town of Bariloche via the scenic Ruta de los Siete Lagos (Seven Lakes Route).

Tomorrow we have a free day to enjoy the beautiful mountain town of Bariloche and the stunning surrounding lakes, mountains and forests. We have the options to explore the area by foot, mountain bike, kayak or boat.

In Bariloche we stay in a comfortable hostel

About Bariloche:
The Argentinian resort town of Bariloche has a picture-perfect setting on the shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake, flanked by the peaks of the surrounding Andean mountains. The scenery here is truly stunning, so it's a magical place to explore and take in all the amazing views.
In winter, the town is a popular centre for skiing and in summer the focus shifts to walking, mountain-biking, horse-riding and kayaking and canoeing on the lakes - and if all that sounds too much like hard work, you can sit back and enjoy the view on a leisurely boat trip across to Victoria Island.
Bariloche itself is also an interesting place to wander around. The town is famous for its handmade chocolates, and there are some really spectacular displays in the local chocolate shops. Because of its popularity with Argentinians as well as international tourists, the town has a lively bar and restaurant scene with some great places to choose from. This is a particularly good place to sample some world-class Argentinian steak, and wild boar and Patagonian lamb is also worth a try here too!

Optional Activities:
- Visit the interesting Fenoglio Chocolate Museum in Bariloche, and learn all about the town's tradition of chocolate making - ARS 50
- Hire mountain bikes to explore the forests and hills surrounding Lake Nauhel Huapi and Bariloche - ARS 420
- Discover the incredible scenery of the Nauhel Huapi Lake and the Victoria Islands on a boat trip from Bariloche - ARS 2100

Fahrzeit: ca. 9 Std.

Unterkunft: Hostel

67-68. Tag: Futaleufú

Today we cross back into Chile and drive to the rafting mecca of Futaleufú. From this point we will join the famous Carretera Austral, probably one of the most stunning roads in South America, surrounded in gorgeous mountain and forest scenery. Please note that the road from here to El Chaltén is rough and mostly unpaved meaning that the going is slow.

In Futaleufú we stay in a local campsite.

About Futaleufú:
Futaleufú is a serene frontier town in the northern part of Chilean Patagonia - its name comes from the swirling river that passes by the town, which means "Big River" in the Mapuche language. The town is becoming increasingly popular with travellers through Patagonia due to its wonderful scenery and outdoor activities in the area.

Optional Activities
- Head out for an exhilarating rafting or kayaking trip on the Grade 5 white water rapids near Futaleufú (if time allows) - CLP 65000

Fahrzeit: ca. 6 Std.

Unterkunft: Camping

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück, 2x Mittagessen, 2x Abendessen

69. Tag: Puyuhuapi / Queulat National Park

Today we will leave Futaleufú and drive through the Chilean fjords to Queluat National Park. If time allows there is an optional walk to see the incredible hanging Glacier.

Tonight we will camp in a basic campsite with facilities.

About Puyuhuapi and Queulat National Park:
Puyuhuapi is a small village in Chilean Patagonia along the Carretera Austral, and is the gateway to the Queulat National Park. The National Park is dominated by the Patagonian Andes, and it covers a large section of the Puyuhuapi Volcanic Group south of Lake Risopatrón. There are two small ice fields in the National Park with glaciers of up to 12kms long, including the centrepiece Queulat Hanging Glacier, which spills out over the edge of a cliff and has a waterfall of melt-waterpouring from its base. The park is also full of temperate rainforest comprising mainly of Coihue and Tepa trees, and has a large variety of birds such as the Magellanic woodpecker.

About Carretera Austral:
The Carretera Austral (meaning Southern Highway) is a fantastic route that passes between Puerto Montt and Coyhaique, through vast tracts of untouched wilderness, past soaring snow-capped mountains, glaciers, glass-green fjords and staggering, beautiful valleys. This is Chile at its best and is a perfect area to explore by overland vehicle, driving through magnificent scenery in this area of outstanding natural beauty.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Visit the stunning Queulat National Park, and take a trek through the 'Enchanted Forest' to view the magnificent Hanging Glacier

Fahrzeit: ca. 6 Std.

Unterkunft: Camping

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

70-71. Tag: Cerro Castillo National Reserve

Today we drive south through the magnificent Chilean scenery to the beautiful area of Cerro Castillo National Reserve.

Tomorrow we have a free day to hike to the stunning turquoise waters of Laguna Cerro Castillo or to go horse riding.

In Cerro Castillo we will camp in a lovely family-run campsite with basic facilities, where we will enjoy a Chilean BBQ.

About Cerro Castillo National Reserve:
The Cerro Castillo National Reserveis a nature reserve near the southern section of the Carretera Austral, famous for its rugged landscapes centred around the photogenic rocky mountain of Cerro Castillo. There are abundant Lenga tree forests and several mammals in the area such as South Andean deer and guanacos, and birds including Austral parakeets and Andean condors.

Optional Activities:
- Explore the beautiful mountain scenery of Cerro Castillo on a horse riding trip - CLP 16000

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Enjoy a traditional Chilean BBQ

Fahrzeit: ca. 7 Std.

Unterkunft: Camping

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

72. Tag: Argentinian Patagonia

Today we will cross into Argentina's Patagonia region and continue our journey south along the famous Ruta 40 (Route 40).

Tonight we will wild camp somewhere in the Rio Pinturas area.

About Argentinian Patagonia:
Patagonia is the name of the region in the far south of South America, the southernmost stretch of the Andes and the surrounding plains and plateaus. The area is split down the middle by the Andes, with Chilean Patagonia on the west, and Argentinian Patagonia on the east. Renowned for its desolate landscapes, unrelenting winds and magnificent lake, mountain and glacial scenery, the name Patagonia comes from the word "Patagon", used by the explorer Magellan to describe the local people who he believed to be giants. Today historians believe that the Patagons were actually Teheulches, with an average height of about 1.8m as opposed to the average height of a Spaniard at the time of 1.55m!
Argentinian Patagonia includes the spectacular national parks of Los Glaciares, Nahuel Huapi and Tierra del Fuego, home to the Perito Moreno Glacier, the Argentinian Lake District and the Fitz Roy range.

Fahrzeit: ca. 9 Std.

Unterkunft: Wildniscamp

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

73-74. Tag: El Calafate

Today we continue our journey south to the town of El Calafate, the gateway to the Perito Moreno Glacier, where we will stay for two nights in this busy Argentina town.

Tomorrow we will head out on an included full day guided visit to view the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most spectacular sights in Patagonia.

In El Calafate we stay in dorm beds in a lovely hostel.

About El Calafate:
El Calafate is a small town on the southern shore of Lago Argentino in Patagonia. Originally a sheep station and trading outpost, today the town has developed a bustling atmosphere and an ever-growing tourist trade. Interestingly the town takes its name from the Calafate berry, and locals claim that if you eat one of these and make a wish, you are guaranteed to return to Patagonia.
Most people base themselves here to visit the nearby Perito Moreno Glacier, located a short distance away at the southern reaches oft heLos Glaciares National Park - the glacier is one of the most famous and spectacular glaciers to be seen anywhere in the world. The Perito Moreno Glacier is approximately 30kms long from where it spills out of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field, and 5kms wide at its terminus, where it has a iceface that is on average 170m high (with about 70m of which is above the surface of the lake). Visitors can view the glacier from an incredible viewpoint only a few hundred metres away from itsface, where if you're lucky you'll see some of the ice face carve off into the lake under the pressure of all the ice behind it! It is also possible totake a boat trip to get extremely close, or embark on a challenging ice-climbing expedition on the glacier itself.

Optional Activities:
- Boat trip beneath the Perito Moreno Glacier - ARS 800
- Learn all about glaciers at the fantastic modern Glaciarium Museum in El Calafate, and visit its cool ice bar in the basement! - ARS 300

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Guided full day trip to the Perito Moreno Glacier

Fahrzeit: ca. 11 Std.

Unterkunft: Hostel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

75. Tag: El Calafate - Tierra del Fuego

Continuing south, we head back into Chile to cross the Magellan Straits over to the island of Tierra del Fuego.

Tonight we will wild camp near Bahia Inutil.

About Tierra Del Fuego:
Tierra del Fuego (meaning "Land of Fire") is a large island separated from mainland South America by the Magellan Strait. The island gets its name from the fires of the Selknam tribe that originally lived here, which Magellan and his sailors observed from their boats on their first travels through the area - unfortunately the Selknam and Yaghan tribes that originally inhabited the island are all but extinct due to illnesses brought in by European settlers that arrived in the 19th Century. The island is split in half with a straight north south line between Argentina and Chile, with the Argentinian half containing the island's largest settlement, Ushuaia.
The island of Tierra del Fuego is Patagonia at its most remote and desolate, with a landscape of windswept plains, forests and swamplands, home to rheas, condors, buzzard eagles, seals and sea lions, all of which thrive in these conditions. On the Chilean half of the island lies Inútil Bay, a remote bay that is home to the only colony of King Penguins that exists outside of Antarctica!

Fahrzeit: ca. 6 Std.

Unterkunft: Wildniscamp

Verpflegung: 1x Mittagessen, 1x Abendessen

76-77. Tag: Ushuaia

Today we cross over to the Argentine side of Tierra del Fuego and drive to the incredible port town of Ushuaia, the southernmost town in the world!

Tomorrow we will have a free day in the remote town of Ushuaia, with time for optional activities such as a visit to the hauntingly beautiful Tierra del Fuego National Park, boat trips to see the scenery and wildlife of the Beagle Channel, or heading out horse riding along the coast.

In Ushuaia we stay in dorm beds in a friendly local hostel.

About Ushuaia:
Ushuaia is a port town that lies at the south of Tierra del Fuego on the Argentinian side - it is often known as "the city at the end of the world", as it is the world's most southern city (the Chilean town of Puerto Williams is slightly further south but is much smaller than Ushuaia). Ushuaia itself is low-lying and unassuming, centred around one main street and a waterfront that overlooks the Beagle Channel.
Originally Ushuaia was little more than a remote outpost, first colonised by a British-funded mission in the late 1800s and subsequently used by the Argentinian government as a penal colony. What was once a small sleepy town has grown rapidly in recent years, much of which is due to tourist development and particularly to the increasing number of Antarctica trips calling to port here.
There's plenty to do in Ushuaia and the surrounding area. The town itself is home to an interesting museum where you can learn more about the history of Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego and the indigenous people who originally lived here. The surrounding scenery is also impressive, so it's worth getting out on a boattrip into the Beagle Channel, which will give you some great views of town with the Martial mountain range in the background. You can also explore Tierra del Fuego National Park, another beautiful spot with some spectacular lake and mountain scenery.

Optional Activities:
- Take a day trip to Lago Escondido, the Hidden Lake - ARS 1600
- Head out to the impressive Martial Glacier near Ushuaia, taking in the beautiful scenery of the Darwin Mountains and the Beagle Channel - USD 110
- Explore Tierra del Fuego National Park on a day tour from Ushuaia - ARS 1450

Fahrzeit: ca. 8 Std.

Unterkunft: Hostel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

78. Tag: Ushuaia - Tierra del Fuego

Today we start heading back north on a full day drive back across the Magellan Straits and up the Chilean side of the mainland.

Tonight we will wild camp close to the Magellan Strait.

Fahrzeit: ca. 9 Std.

Unterkunft: Wildniscamp

Verpflegung: 1x Mittagessen, 1x Abendessen

79. Tag: Torres del Paine Nationalpark

Today we will drive to the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. This is one of the most outstanding areas of natural beauty in the world and the main highlight of the trip for many of our passengers and leaders! We will stop en route in Puerto Natales to stock up on supplies and pick up our local guides and cook who will accompany us during our time in the National Park.

Tonight we will camp at Camping Pehoe, a stunning campsite inside the National Park with incredible views of Los Cuernos mountains, which we will refer to as our 'base campsite'.

About Torres Del Paine National Park:
Torres del Paine National Park contains what is undoubtedly some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world. Rising up high above the Patagonian steppe are the three impressive granite towers that give the park its name, surrounded by high plateaus and towering mountain peaks, the most famous of which are Los Cuernos and Paine Grande. The park is a magical natural wonderland full of deep lakes, sparkling glaciers and cascading waterfalls, and it is also an important habitat for a wide variety of wildlife including guanacos, pumas, flamingos and condors.
The best way to explore the National Park is definitely to get out on foot - the region is criss-crossed by a good network of trails, making it possible for you to see all the main sights either by doing a series of day hikes or embarking on a multi-day walk such as the famous W-walk, stopping off at the park's refugios or camping along the way. Horse riding and kayaking can also be arranged locally, and boats and catamarans offer trips across Lago Grey and Lago Pehoé in season.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
4 days to explore and trek the rugged Torres del Paine National Park

Fahrzeit: ca. 7 Std.

Unterkunft: Camping

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

80. Tag: Torres del Paine National Park

Embark on the full W-Walk with a local guide. Places at the campsites are limited by the National Park, so we book them in advance of your trip. We will be trekking the W-Walk from West to East, to enjoy the spectacular views.

This morning we will wake early and transfer by truck for the morning Catamaran, to cross Lago Pehoe. We will then set up camp at Paine Grande, before continuing on our hike towards Glacier Grey.

You can choose to hike to the first look out to enjoy views of the Glacier (approx 4hrs round trip) or to continue to the second look (approx 8hrs round trip)!! Both walks return by the same route.

Gehzeit: ca. 4 Std.

Unterkunft: Camping

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

81. Tag: Torres del Paine National Park

Today we depart from our camp at Paine Grande and hike into the stunning French Valley. In the afternoon, we will make our way to Camp Cuernos.

The hike is approximately 8 hours.

Gehzeit: ca. 8 Std.

Unterkunft: Camping

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

82. Tag: Torres del Paine National Park

Today we have a slightly easier day, we will hike from Camping Cuernos along the edge of Lago Nodenskjold, around Almirante Nieto and stay just outside Valley Ascencio.

We will arrive an Camp Central after approximately 5 hours hiking.

Gehzeit: ca. 5 Std.

Unterkunft: Camping

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

83. Tag: Torres del Paine National Park

This is our final day of the W-Walk and the most spectacular. The day begins with a steady climb from our camp site up Rio Asencio. Be prepared for the final hour which is a relatively steep scramble up to the Tarn and Mirrador Las Torres, affording great views of the iconic Towers.

We will spend the night again at Camping Torres.

Our hike today is approximately 8 hours for the return trip (16km).

Gehzeit: ca. 8 Std.

Unterkunft: Camping

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

84. Tag: El Chaltén

Today we will head north to reach the tiny town of El Chaltén, situated in Los Glaciares National Park and famous for its incredible mountains, glaciers and world-class trekking opportunities.

In El Chaltén we stay in dorm beds in a hostel.

About El Chaltén:
El Chaltén is small remote Patagonian town nestled under the shadow of the iconic Mt. Fitz Roy. The town itself has an interesting origin - the area was disputed between Argentina and Chile for a number of years, so the Argentinians thought they would settle the argument by hastily building the town of El Chaltén in 1985 to claim the territory!
The name of Chaltén comes from the Tehuelche word for 'smoky mountain', so called as the early morning clouds gathering around Fitz Roy look remarkably like volcanic smoke.
It is a fantastic base from which to explore the northern sections of the incredible Los Glaciares National Park, and is home to many adventure tour operators offering outdoor activities in the area.

Fahrzeit: ca. 10 Std.

Unterkunft: Hostel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

85-86. Tag: El Chaltén / Los Glaciares National Park

We will have two free days to enjoy the stunning Los Glaciares National Park and the incredible scenery of the nearby Mt. Fitz Roy. There are lots of trekking and walking opportunities here, as well as boat trips, ice climbing on the Viedma Glacier, horse riding, and many other fantastic options.

About Los Glaciares National Park:
Los Glaciares National Park is the largest protected area in Argentina, covering a huge area of Argentinian Patagonia along the southern tail of the Andes range. The National Park is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in all of South America. This is classic picture-book Patagonia, and wherever you turn you're surrounded by wide open skies, magnificent mountains, incredible glaciers, glistening lakes and thick verdant forest.
By far the best way to explore is to get out on foot - there are plenty of well-established trails through the mountains and forests of the National Park that are easy to explore independently with a map, so you can plan many treks around the area from around two hours to an entire challenging day out. As well as the phenomenal needle-like Cerro Torre, the iconic mountain of Fitz Roy looms over our base of El Chaltén, an impossibly-picturesque and steep mountain (which is also the logo for the 'Patagonia' clothing brand!) which can be viewed from many angles on treks in the area.
Other activities can include boat trips and ice climbing on the incredibleV idema Glacier, a visit to the serene Lago del Desierto, and horse-riding excursions through the incredible landscapes.

Optional Activities:
- Horse riding and trekking around El Chalten - ARS 1600
- Freely explore and trek around the walking trails of Los Glaciares National Park, taking in the marvellous vistas of the Fitz Roy mountain range - Free
- Enjoy a spectacular kayaking trip down the Río de las Vueltas, taking in some incredible views of the surrounding mountains - USD 125
- Head on a rock-climbing course in the magnificent landscapes surrounding El Chaltén - USD 90

Unterkunft: Hostel

87. Tag: El Chaltén - Jaramillo

Today we will have a full day drive across the plains of Patagonia towards the South Atlantic coast.

Tonight we will camp in a basic campsite.

About Jaramillo:
The desolate cold plains of Patagonia surrounding the tiny town of Jaramillo are a world away from how this area was in the Jurassic era (around 150 million years ago) - believe it or not, at that time the landscape was covered with dense evergreen confierous forests. This changed at the start of the Cretaceous era when volcanic eruptions and the birth of the Andes coincided to reduce the amount of rain and cover much of the forestry with ash and lava, petrifying large amounts of the forest. This ecological legacy has been left behind in Jaramillo, with many examples of fossilised trees and cones lying strewn about the landscape.

Fahrzeit: ca. 12 Std.

Unterkunft: Camping

Verpflegung: 1x Mittagessen, 1x Abendessen

88. Tag: Jaramillo - Camarones

Today we continue our drive north up the Atlantic coast to the small town of Camarones.

In Camarones we will camp in a basic campsite.

About Camarones:
Situated at the northern part of the vast San Jorge Gulf on the South Atlantic coast of Patagonia, Bahía Camarones and Cabo Dos Bahías are both important nesting sites for large colonies of Magellanic Penguins.
Camarones is home to around 25,000 of the penguins that nest here on the windy, remote and rocky coast. Between September and April, the penguins come to these sites to incubate their eggs and prepare their offspring for migration - each couple stand in front of their nests protecting the eggs frombirds and other predators, and occasionally one adult goes to the sea for food. There are some fantastic walkways set up near some of the colonies, so that visitors can get very close to the penguins without disturbing them.

Optional Activities:
- Visit the penguin colony at Camarones - ARS 185

Fahrzeit: ca. 9 Std.

Unterkunft: Camping

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

89-90. Tag: Puerto Madryn

This morning we have an included visit to the incredible remote colony of Magellanic Penguins in Cabo Dos Bahias (Cape Two Bays), close to the town of Camarones. After seeing the phenomenal sight of thousands of penguins nesting on the shore, we will continue our drive north to the coastal town of Puerto Madryn.

Tomorrow we will have a free day for optional activities in and around Puerto Madryn. There is the opportunity to take a tour to the Valdes Peninsular to see its desolate scenery and abundant marine life, head out on a boat trip in search of dolphins and whales, or perhaps go for afternoon tea in a Welsh tea house in the nearby towns of Gaiman or Trelew.

In Puerto Madryn we will camp in a basic campsite.

About Puerto Madryn:
Puerto Madryn is a port town on the South Atlantic coast of Argentina. The original settlers here were Welsh, founding the port and colonising the Chubut River valley - these original settlers came here in 1865 as they felt like their Welsh customs and traditions were being eroded back at home and that they should emigrate to better preserve them. Some of the smaller communities are still very proud of their Welsh heritage and retain many of the original immigrants' traditions, and some small towns such as Gaiman and Trelew you can even go for a Welsh afternoon tea in one of the local tea houses. A distinct Patagonian dialect of the Welsh language has been spoken in the region for over four generations, but although it is now quite rare and you are unlikely to hear anyone speaking it, there are three bilingual Welsh-Spanishs schools in Patagonia, and it is thought that 5,000-10,000 people speak Welsh as a first language and a further 25,000 as a second language.
Puerto Madryn is most famous as the gateway to the Valdés Peninsula, a beautiful rocky outcrop known for its incredible wildlife - if you visit here, you will be able to see guanacos, armadillos and Magellanic penguins close-up, and seals and sealions from afar. If you're lucky you may spot an orca or a Southern Right whale in the waters surrounding the peninsular.

Optional Activities:
- Guided visit to the Valdes Peninsula to meet the elephant seals and sealions - USD 63
- Set off on a boat trip from Puerto Madryn, in search of playful Commerson's dolphins (all year) or Dusky dolphins (December to March) and Southern Right whales (May to December)! - USD 47

Fahrzeit: ca. 5 Std.

Unterkunft: Camping

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

91. Tag: Puerto Madryn - Monte Hermoso

Today we have a full day's drive heading north towards Buenos Aires. We will see a definite change in the landscape today as the vegetation becomes more and more lush and green as we come out of the Patagonia region and into the pampas of Buenos Aires.

Tonight we will wild camp en route, possibly in the coastal village of Monte Hermoso.

Fahrzeit: ca. 12 Std.

Unterkunft: Wildniscamp

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

92-95. Tag: Buenos Aires

Another full day drive will take us across the beautiful grasslands of Buenos Aires province and to the cosmoplitan Argentine capital itself.

We will have three free days to explore the incredible city of Buenos Aires, 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, with its 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's a 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
- Freely explore the cosmopolitan Argentina capital of Buenos Aires, or take a free walking tour of the city's highlights - 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. 11 Std.

Unterkunft: Hotel Mundial, Buenos Aires

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

96. 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

97. 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

98. 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

99. 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

100. 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

101-102. 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

103-104. 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

105. 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

106-107. 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

108-110. 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

111. Tag: Paraty - 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

112. 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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