Overland Quito, Feuerland & Rio

  • Overland durch Südamerika
  • Quito - die höchstgelegene Hauptstadt der Welt
  • Abenteuer im üppigen Amazonas Dschungel
  • Bootstour zu den Ballestas Inseln
  • Übernachtung bei einer einheimischen Gastfamilie beim Colca Canyon
  • Wandern auf dem Inca Trail
  • Beeindruckendes Machu Picchu
  • Schwimmende Schilfinseln der Uros auf dem Titicaca See
  • Das gleißende Weiß des Salar de Uyuni
  • Weinverkostung in Chile
  • 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
  • Zusatzinformationen

112 Tage Bolivien · Peru · Ecuador · Argentinien · Chile · Brasilien

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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: Ecuadorianischer Dschungel
5.-7. Tag: Rio Verde, Banos
8. Tag: Chugchilan
9. Tag: Lake Quilotoa, Chugchilán
10.-11. Tag: Cuenca
12.-13. Tag: Punta Sal
14.-15. Tag: Huanchaco, Lambayeque
16.-18. Tag: Huaraz
19.-20. Tag: Lima
21. Tag: Huacachina, Ballestas Islands, Paracas
22. Tag: Nazca, Huacachina
23. Tag: Puerto Inca, Nazca
24.-25. Tag: Arequipa
26.-27. Tag: Chivay
28. Tag: Raqchi
29.-30. Tag: Cuzco
31.-34. Tag: Heiliges Tal, Inca Trail
35.-36. Tag: Machu Picchu, Cuzco
37. Tag: Puno
38. Tag: Copacabana, Isla Del Sol
39. Tag: Isla Del Sol, Copacabana
40.-42. Tag: La Paz
43. Tag: Ojo del Inca
44. Tag: Potosi
45. Tag: Uyuni
46. Tag: Salar De Uyuni
47. Tag: Bolivianischer Altiplano
48.-49. Tag: San Pedro De Atacama
50.-51. Tag: Salta
52. Tag: Cafayate
53. Tag: Quilmes Ruinen
54.-56. Tag: Rio Ceballos
57.-59. Tag: Mendoza
60.-61. Tag: Santiago
62.-64. Tag: Pucon
65.-67. Tag: Barlioche
68. Tag: Argentinisches Patagonien
69. Tag: Cueva De Las Manos, Rio Pinturas
70. Tag: El Chalten
71.-73. Tag: Los Glaciares Nationalpark/El Chalten
74. Tag: Argentinisches Patagonien
75.-79. Tag: Tierra Del Fuego, Ushuaia
80.-84. Tag: Torres del Paine National Park
85.-86. Tag: El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier
87. Tag: Jaramillo
88. Tag: Camarones
89.-90. Tag: Puerto Madryn
91. Tag: Monte Hermoso
92.-95. Tag: Buenos Aires
96. Tag: Yapeyú
97.-99. Tag: Iguazu Wasserfälle
100.-102. Tag: Bonito
103.-104. Tag: Südliches Pantanal
105. Tag: Südliches Pantanal, Campo Grande
106.-107. Tag: Brotas
108.-110. Tag: Paraty
111.-112. Tag: Rio de Janeiro

Leistungen enthalten

  • Südamerika Rundreise gemäß Programm
  • Transporte, Unterkünfte und Mahlzeiten gemäß Programm
  • Besichtigungen, Ausflüge und Aktivitäten wie im Tourverlauf beschrieben:
    • Geführte Tour auf die Ballestas Inseln
    • Besuch des Nationalparks bei Paracas
    • Chauchilla Friedhof
    • Geführte Tour durch den Colca Canyon
    • Kunstzentrum und Ruinen in Raqchi
    • Alternativer Inca Trail und Quechua Gemeinden Trek
    • Tour durch das Heilige Tal, Sacsayhuaman und Ollantaytambo
    • Geführte Tour durch Machu Picchu
    • Ruinen und Museum in Sillustani
    • Bootstour zu den schwimmenden Inseln der Uros
    • Bootstour zur Isla del Sol
    • W-Trek (ab September 2018)
    • Weingutstour durch Cafayate
    • Ruinen in Quilmes
    • San Ignacio de Mini, Jesuiten Mission und Ruinen
    • Argentinische und brasilianische Seite der Iguazu Wasserfälle
    • Bootstour in Paraty

Leistungen nicht enthalten

  • Internationale Flüge (gerne über uns buchbar)
  • Nicht genannte Mahlzeiten und Getränke
  • Optionale Ausflüge und Aktivitäten
  • Reiseversicherungen
  • Persönliche Ausgaben, Trinkgelder
  • Flughafentransfer
  • Vor- und Nachübernachtungen zur Tour

Unterbringung

37x Hostel
36x Camping
27x Standard-Hotel
7x Buschcamping (ohne sanitäre Anlagen)
3x Lodge
1x Homestay bei Gastfamilie

Die Unterbringung erfolgt in Doppel-/Mehrbettzimmern und Zwei-Personen-Zelten. Alleinreisende werden mit Mitreisenden gleichen Geschlechts untergebracht. Die Unterbringung im Einzelzimmer/-zelt ist nicht möglich. Für das Camping wird ein eigener Schlafsack benötigt.

Verpflegung


Alle Mahlzeiten während des Campings inklusive.

Plane zusätzliches Budget für nicht enthaltene Mahlzeiten ein.

Tourbegleitung

Englischsprachiger, einheimischer Reiseleiter und Fahrer

Hinter jeder Reise steht ein großartiger Reiseleiter. Der Enthusiasmus und das fast unschlagbare Wissen unserer einheimischen und englischsprachigen Reiseleiter werden deine Reise unvergesslich machen. Mit Rat und Tat stehen sie den Reisenden zur Seite. Vom Anfang bis zum Ende der Tour sind sie vor Ort für die Gruppe da, wissen nicht nur, in welchen Restaurants man gut isst und wo die besten Shops zu finden sind, sondern zeigen den Reisenden mit Kompetenz und voller Begeisterung ihre Heimat.

Transportarten

Overland-Truck, Bahn, Fähre, Boot

Zusätzliche Übernachtungen

Bitte kontaktiere uns - wir beraten dich gerne!

Flughafentransfer

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Optionale Ausflüge / Zusatzleistungen

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Day 1: 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.

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.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2: Ecuadorian Amazon
Today our journey begins with a drive to the edge of the Amazon basin near the town of Tena, where we head to our jungle lodge for an incredible 3-night stay. In the Amazon Jungle we will stay in a comfortable rainforest lodge 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.

Accommodation: Lodge

Day 3-4: Ecuadorian Amazon
Over the next two days we will head into the Amazon jungle, enjoying rain forest 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.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night), Lodge (1 night)

Day 5: Rio Verde
Today we will drive back into the highlands of Ecuador, arriving in Rio Verde near the famous Tungurahua volcano. 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 Rio Verde, named after the clear green water of the river that flows through the town.

Accommodation: Lodge

Day 6: Rio Verde, Baños
Today we will drive to the remote village of Chugchilán, via the spectacular highland scenery along the road of the 'Quilotoa Loop'. In Chugchilán we will stay in a fantastic local hostel where breakfast and dinne 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.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 7: Rio Verde, Baños
We will have two full days of free time for a range of activities in Rio Verde, such as white-water rafting, trekking, canyoning, cycling, and other options. We will also have the opportuinty to visit the nearby town of Banos and its popular volcanic 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.

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Day 8: Chugchilan
Today we will drive to the remote village of Chugchilán, via the spectacular highland scenery along the road of the 'Quilotoa Loop'. 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.

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Day 9: Lake Quilotoa, Chugchilán
Today 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 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 physically fit for - although we thoroughly recommend the trek, it can be skipped by anyone if they prefer.

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.

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Day 10-11: 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.

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. Cuenca is also the home of the Panama hat.

Accommodation: Hostel (2 nights)

Day 12-13: Punta Sal
Border information: Exit Ecuador at Huaquillas, enter Peru at Tumbes. Today we will have a long drive day south, crossing the border into northern Peru. 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. 

Accommodation: Guesthouse (1 night), Hotel (1 night)

Day 14: Huanchaco, Lambayeque
Today we will have a full day's drive to Huanchaco, near the city of Trujillo. We will have an included visit to the phenomenal Lord of Sipan museum in Lambayeque, home of an incredible collection of Chimu-era treasures (please note that this museum is closed on Mondays, so we will be unable to visit if your trip passes through on a Monday). 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.

About Lambayeque: The small Peruvian town of Lambayeque is home to the impressive Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipán, a world-class museum that showcases the finest artefacts from the archaeological finds at nearby Sipán. The ancient city of Sipán was a settlement of the Moche civilisation that thrived in the area between 50-700 CE.

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Day 15: Huanchaco
Today 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).

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Day 16-18: Huaraz
On day 16 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. In Huaraz we will stay in a local hostel in either dorm accommodation or private rooms depending on availability. We have the next 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.

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, horse ridingand rafting in the spectacular mountains, or even head out ice-climbing on the Pastoruri Glacier.
 
Accommodation: Camping (with facilities) (3 nights)

Day 19-20: 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.

About Lima: Lima is Peru's buzzing and busy capital city, and the second-largest city in the Americas behind São Paulo! Despite its colossal size and chaotic areas, if you explore the capital's streets, parks and plazas you'll discover a real gem of a city.

Accommodation: Hotel (2 nights)

Day 21: Huacachina, Ballestas Islands, Paracas
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 and the further option to camp out under the stars in the deserts. For those that do not wish to participate in the optional camping in the desert, in Huacachina we will stay in dorm accommodation in the village itself.

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.

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.

About Paracas: Paracas National Park is widely regarded as one of the most important marine reserves in the world. This coastal and marine national park is located on a peninsula in the Pacific Ocean and is home to one of the highest concentration of marine birds in the world as well as providing a vital habitat for sealions and dolphins.

Included Activities:
- Ballestas Island - Guided tour
- Paracas National Park

Accommodation: Bush camp

Day 22: Nazca, Huacachina
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 camp at a well-equipped campsite.

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.

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Day 23: Puerto Inca, Nazca
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-equiped campsite on the beach.

About Puerto Inca: Puerto Inca is situated on the Peruvian Pacific coast, nd 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!

Included Activities:
- Chauchilla cemetery

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Day 24-25: Arequipa
Today we will start our drive inland, and head uphill to the beautiful ‘White City’ of Arequipa.

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.

Accommodation: Hotel (2 nights)

Day 26-27: 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. The next day 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!

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.

Included Activities:
- Colca Canyon - Guided tour

Accommodation: Hotel (2 nights)

Day 28: 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.

Accommodation: Homestay

Day 29: 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.

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.

Included Activities:
- Raqchi Artisan Centre and ruins

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 30: Cuzco
A Note on Altitude: If you are joining in Cuzco, we strongly recommend arriving at least 24 hours before the trip begins to allow additional time to acclimatise.

Accommodation: Hotel

Days 31-34: Sacred Valley, Inca Trail
These four days will be spent either trekking in the Andes, on our pioneering Wild Andes Trek, on the Classic Inca Trek or for those not wishing to hike, free time to explore and a guided tour of the Sacred Valley on our Train package.

Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek
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 will 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.
Approximate walking distance: 8km, Estimated time: 4hrs, Meals provided: Lunch and Dinner

Option 2 - Classic Inca Trek
This morning we go for a guided tour of the Sacred Valley, followed by a visit to the market town of Pisac, where we will have lunch. We then head to Ollantaytambo, where we will explore this impressive archeological site. Tonight we stay in a comfortable hotel.
There is no trekking today. Meals provided: Lunch, Dinner, Snacks

Option 3 - Train Package
You will leave Cuzco with your fellow passengers who will be trekking the Wild Andes Trek. You will visit the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, followed by a beautiful scenic drive over mountains and through valleys, via the ancient city of Pisac and on to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After lunch you will head back to Cuzco where you will stay at our nice, centrally located hotel for a further 3 nights.
Meals included: Lunch

Options for the treks from Cuzco (please see the bottom of the Trip Notes for more details):
Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek
Hike on unspoiled Inca Trails through the stunning remote Andean scenery away from other tourists, on our exclusive Wild Andes Inca Trek. If you choose this option you will get a small refund from kitty.

Option 2 - Classic Trek
Trek the Classic Inca Trail up the Royal Inca Road. Your kitty has been budgeted to accommodate for this option as it is the most costly of the 3 options. Included in Kitty

Option 3 - Train Package (non-trekking option)
Relax in Cuzco and take the train to Machu Picchu without trekking. If you choose this option you will get a refund of the cost difference from kitty. Important note: You must advise us at the time of booking if you wish to book the Classic Inca Trail or the Train Package (non-trekking option), otherwise you will automatically be booked onto our Wild Andes Trek.

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.

About Inca Trail: When people talk about "The Inca Trail", they are usually referring to a particular trekking route that 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 our tours that travel via Cuzco we offer you the choice to trek either the Classic Inca Trail or our unique alternative, the Wild Andes Trek, which is exclusive.

The Classic Inca Trail: The Classic Inca Trail route usually starts at Kilometre 82 of the Cuzco-Aguas Calientes railway, taking in Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman's Pass, 4,200m) and the ruins of Phuyupatamarca and Wiñay Wayna en route, eventually arriving at the Sun Gate above Machu Picchu early in the morning after 3 days of trekking. Due to maintenance closed every Febuary each year.

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 the sustainability in the region.

Included Activities:
- Alternative Inca Trail and Quechua Community trek
- Tour of the Sacred Valley, Sacsayhuaman and Ollantaytambo

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities) (4 nights)

Days 35-36: Machu Picchu, Cuzco
Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek
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!
Meals provided: Breakfast

Option 2 - Classic Trek
Wiñay Wayna to Machu Picchu
Leaving Wiñay Wayna, we descend gradually further through the highland jungle to our destination - Intupunku (the "Sun Gate") leading into Machu Picchu. Arriving at daybreak, we catch our first breathtaking view of this historical wonder. As with the Wild Andes Trek, our local guide will show us the most important constructions as well as explain the history and the mythology of this magnificent place. There is also some free time to explore the ruins further at your own pace or just chill out and watch the hummingbirds or vizcachua. In the afternoon we head back down to Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Ollantaytambo and return to Cuzco for a well-deserved rest.
Approximate walking time: 2hrs, Distance: 4kms, Meals provided: Breakfast, Snacks

Option 3 - Train Package
After an early breakfast and walk to the train station, your stunning 2 hour train ride to Aguas Calientes begins. The journey takes you through several different micro-climates, past Inca terraces, lookout posts, ancient river bank reinforcements and small towns. You will get a glimpse of different temples and the beautiful Mount Veronica (5,750m). Passing through 8 tunnels, the train journey finally comes to an end in the busy pueblo, Aguas Calientes. From here you take a local bus that winds up the mountainside for about 30 minutes until you arrive at the entrance to Machu Picchu (2,400m), the awe inspiring 'Lost City of the Incas'. The guide will take you around the immense, mystical ruins for about 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes, explaining the rich history of the ancient site. Afterwards, you will have time to explore on your own before returning down the mountain to Aguas Calientes. In the afternoon you will catch a train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and a private transfer will take you back to your hotel in Cuzco. Meals provided: Breakfast

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 1983 and 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.

Included Activities:
- Machu Picchu - Guided tour

Accommodation: Hotel (2 nights)

Day 37: Puno, Cuzco
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. Today we will leave Cuzco and head through the highlands of Peru to the town of Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. We will have an included visit to the Inca site of Tipón en route.

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.

Included Activities:
- Sillustani Ruins and Museum w/Guide

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 38: Copacabana, Isla Del Sol
Border information: Exit Peru at Yunguyo, enter Bolivia at Kasani. 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.

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.

About Isla Del Sol: Isla del Sol is a serene and peaceful island set in the glittering Lake Titicaca 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.

Included Activities:
- Uros Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 39: 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.

Included Activities:
- Isla del Sol boat trip

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 40-42: 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! On arrival we will have free time to explore the city.

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.

Accommodation: Hotel (3 nights)

Day 43: Ojo del Inca
Take a guided tour of the main sights and viewpoints around La Paz BOB 60.
Discover Bolivia's history, art, and culture in some of La Paz's many museums BOB 20.
Today we will leave La Paz and head to Ojo del Inca, the eye of an extinct volcano and a natural hot spring. In Ojo del Inca we will camp by the hot springs.

About Ojo del Inca: Ojo del Inca (meaning "Eye of the Inca") is an almost perfectly-circular volcanic lake in the Tarapaya Canyon, which is becoming popular for visitors to the Potosí region.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 44: Potosi
Today we will head to the colonial mining town of Potosí, the highest town in the world, and once famous for the area's abundance of silver! We will have free time to explore Potosí, and there will be a chance to visit the infamous silver mines of Cerro Rico near to the town.

About Potosí: Potosí is a colonial mining town, founded in the 16th Century after the Spanish discovered huge silver deposits in the nearby Cerro Rico mountain. Situated at over 4,000m altitude, high up on the Bolivian altiplano, the city can claim to be one of the highest in the world. Whilst in Potosí you can arrange to visit a mine that is still being worked, which offers a challenging and yet fascinating insight into how mining has shaped the history and culture of this town.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 45: 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!

About Uyuni: Uyuni sits on the edge of the high altiplano, a wilderness that extends for hundreds of kilometres towards the border with Argentina and Chile.

Included Activities:
- Jeep tour of Uyuni Salt Flats

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 46: 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.

Accommodation: Bush camp (no facilities)

Day 47: Bolivian Altiplano
Today we will head off across the wilds of the Bolivian altiplano, a surreal and desolate desert landscape that stretches all the way to the Chilean border. We will visit the spectacular coloured lakes of Laguna Colorado and Laguna Verde en route.

About Bolivian Altiplano:: The high Bolivian altiplano stretches hundreds of kilometres from the small town of Uyuni out across to 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.

Note: It can be very cold and windy so you´ll need a good sleeping bag.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 48-49: San Pedro De Atacama
Border information: Exit Bolivia at Uyuni, enter Chile at San Pedro de Atacama. Today we set off early from our altiplano refuge, cross the remainder of the Bolivian Altiplano, and then descend all the way into the Atacama desert.

On the following day we will have a free day to explore the incredible highlights of the Atacama desert surrounding San Pedro. 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).

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.

Accommodation: Hostel (2 nights)

Day 50-51: Salta
Border information: Exit Chile at Paso Jama, enter Argentina at Paso Jama. 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.

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.

Accommodation: Hotel (2 nights)

Day 52: 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!

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.

Included Activities:
- Vineyard Tour

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Day 53: Quilmes Ruins, Recreo
Today we will drive south over some more spectacular mountains and arrive in the lush flat pampas that Argentina is famous for. We will visit the ancient ruins of the indigenous city of Quilmes 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.

Included Activities:
- Quilmes Ruins

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Day 54-56: 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, taste the excellent wines produced by their vineyards, be entertained by a local musician, learn some of the skills of the gauchos, and enjoy a traditional asado (Argentine BBQ). This isa magical experience in a beautiful and atmospheric location, and many people's highlight of the trip!
Please note that some of these activities are subject to weather conditions. Please also note that there is a strict weight limit of 15 stone (210lbs) or 95kg to partake in the horse riding - if you should weigh more than this, then unfortunately you will not be able to participate in the horseback riding.

About Rio Ceballos: To the east of the Andes in the centre of Argentina is the country's second 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, with fantastic food straight from the farm. An asado (Argentinian BBQ) will be enjoyed on one of our nights here.

Included Activities:
- 3 special days at a unique Anglo Argentine Estancia

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Day 57-59: 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 two days will be free time to explore the incredible region, head out on various adventure activities, or of course take a tasting tour of the incredible wineries in the region.

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.

Accommodation: Bush camp (no facilities) (1 night), Hostel (2 nights)

Day 60-61: Santiago
Border information: Exit Argentina at Los Libertadores, enter Chile at Paso Cristo Redentor. 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.

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. There are plenty of interesting museums.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night), Hostel (1 night)

Day 62: Pucon
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.
Discover all of Santiago's sights on a hop-on/hop-off bus around the city CLP 21000
Today we leave Santiago for a full day drive south to the beautiful Lake District of Chile and the lakeside town of Pucón.

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.

Accommodation: Hostel

Day 63-64: Pucon
We will have two free days in Pucón to enjoy a range of optional activities, including a sunrise expedition to climb the Villarica volcano which looms over Pucón, heading out horse riding through the surrounding forests, or an evening visit to the nearby natural hot springs.

Accommodation: Hostel (2 nights)

Day 65-67: Barlioche
Border information: Exit Chile at Mamuil Malal, enter Argentina at Mamuil Malal. 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).

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.

Accommodation: Hostel (3 nights)

Day 68: Argentinian Patagonia
Today we embark on a full day drive south towards the Patagonia region on the legendary Ruta 40 (Route 40).

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.

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Day 69: Cueva De Las Manos, Rio Pinturas
Today we continue our drive south to the Rio Pinturas area, where we have an included visit to the mysterious Neolithic cave-art site of Cueva de las Manos (Cave of the Hands), some of the most well-preserved ancient art in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

About Cueva De Las Manos: The UNESCO World Heritage site of Cueva de las Manos lies in an isolated and remote spot in the valley of Rio Pinturas. The cave takes its name from the hundreds of paintings of hands made by indigenous inhabitants some 13,000-9,000 years ago - possibly by the ancestors of the Tehuelche people.

Included Activities:
- Visit the UNESCO site of Cueva de las Manos

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Day 70: El Chalten
Today we will drive into the heart of the Patagonia region and 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.

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'.

Accommodation: Bush camp (no facilities)

Day 71-73: Los Glaciares National Park/El Chalten
We will have three 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.

Accommodation: Hostel (3 nights)

Day 74: Argentinian Patagonia
Today we will leave El Chaltén and head south, over landing across the Patagonian steppe and heading to wards the southern island of Tierra del Fuego.

Accommodation: Bush camp (no facilities)

Day 75: Tierra Del Fuego
Continuing south, we head back into Chile to cross the Magellan Straits over to the island of Tierra del Fuego. Here we will visit the small King Penguin colony that have recently set up home at the remote Bahia Inutil (Useless Bay).

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 after conflict with European settlers that arrived in the 19th Century.

Included Activities:
- King Penguin colony at Bahia Inutil

Accomodation: Bush camp (no facilities)

Day 76: Ushuaia
Border information: Exit Chile at San Sebastian, enter Argentina at San Sebastian. 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!

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.

Accommodation: Hostel

Day 77-78: Tierra Del Fuego, Ushuaia
We will have two free days in the wonderful remote town of Ushuaia, with plenty of 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.

Accommodation: Hostel (2 nights)

Day 79: Tierra Del Fuego
Border information: Exit Argentina at San Sebastian, enter Chile at San Sebastian. Today we start heading back north on a full day drive back across the Magellan Straits and up the Chilean side of the mainland.

Accommodation: Bush camp (no facilities)

Day 80: Torres del Paine National Park
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.

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.

Included Activities:
- Entrance Torres del Paine National Park

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Day 81: Torres Del Paine National Park
We offer two options for your time in Torres Del Paine National Park:
- Base Package - Camping at Lago Pehoe, full board and a guided trek on our final day to the stunning three peaks viewpoint is included on all Dragoman Patagonia packages.
- Full W-Walk - Optional upgrade to embark on the 4-day W-Walk with a local guide. Places at the campsites are limited by the National Park, so it is important to pre-book this option with your sales agent at least 60 days before your trip as it is not possible to book on arrival.
Today is a free day for our passengers on the base package.

W-Walk Group - We will transfer by truck to take the morning Catamaran across the lake to Paine Grande. We will then begin our first trek with our local guide along the edge of Lago Grey to an excellent viewpoint over the spectacular Grey Glacier. We will then trek back to Paine Grande where we will camp overnight. Approximate walking distance: 22 km, estimated duration: 8 hrs. (alternatively, you may turn around at an earlier view point, making the trek today 4hrs).

Activity Approximate Cost W-walk extension: The extension package includes the full W-walk, with three nights camping on the W-Walk trail within the Torres del Paine National Park, with facilities, food and the service of an expert English-speaking local guide. Please note that this package must be prebooked at least 60 days in advance through your sales agent.

From September 2018 onward the W-Hike will be included in the price of the kitty and this itinerary will run as follows:
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 at approximately, 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.

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Day 82: Torres Del Paine National Park
Base package group: Today is a free day on our Base Package. There are many short walks and other fantastic optional activities. Alternatively it's a great day to simply relax and enjoy the spectacular views from the campsite. W-walk group: Today we will depart Camp Paine Grande and hike into the French Valley, in the afternoon we will continue onto Camp Cuernos. The hike is approximately 6 hours.

From September 2018 onward the W-Hike will be included in the price of the kitty and this itinerary will run as follows:
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.

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Day 83: Torres Del Paine National Park
Base package group: Today is free for optional activities. W-walk group: Today we will leave Camp Cuernos and hike along Lake Nordenskjold, around Almirante Nieto and stay just outside Valley Ascencio. We will hike for approximately 5 hours today.

From September 2018 onward the W-Hike will be included in the price of the kitty and this itinerary will run as follows:
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.

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Day 84: Torres Del Paine National Park
Today the base and W-Walk groups will come together and we will all trek to the breathtaking viewpoint of the famous three peaks, which give the National Park its name. After taking in the view, we will trek back to Las Torres camp site and transfer in the truck to Camping Pehoe. Approximate walking distance: 24 km, estimated time: 8 hrs.

From September 2018 onward the W-Hike will be included in the price of the kitty and this itinerary will run as follows: 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 transfer back to Camping Pehoe, our base camp at the end of the day. Our hike today is approximately 8 hours for the return trip (20km).

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Day 85: El Calafate / Perito Moreno Glacier
Border information: Exit Chile at Cerro Castillo, enter Argentina at Cerro Castillo. Today we re-enter Argentina for the final time and drive to El Calafate, the gateway to the Perito Moreno Glacier.

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.

Accommodation: Hostel

Day 86: El Calafate / Perito Moreno Glacier
Today 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.

Included Activities:
- See the enormous Perito Moreno Glacier from the most breathtaking and photogenic viewpoints on a guided day tour from El Calafate

Accommodation: Hostel

Day 87: Jaramillo
Today we will have a full day drive across the plains of Patagonia to wards the South Atlantic coast.

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 coniferous forests. This changed at the start of the Cretaceous era when volcanic eruptions and the birth of the Andes coincided.

Accommodation: Bush camp (no facilities)

Day 88: Camarones
Today we continue our drive north up the Atlantic coast to the small town of Camarones. If time and conditions allow we might visit the Jaramillo Petrified Forest en route.

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.

Included Activities:
- Colony of Magellanic Penguins at the remote area of Cabo Dos Bahias

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Day 89: 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.

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.

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Day 90: Puerto Madryn
Cameronsill 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.

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities)

Day 91: Monte Hermoso
Today we have a full day's drive heading north to wards 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.

Accommodation: Bush camp (no facilities)

Day 92-95: Buenos Aires
Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.
Free day to explore the incredible city of Buenos Aires, soak up the atmosphere of its streets, and discover its amazing culture, art, and music.

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 cemetery, 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 Cabillo (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!

Accommodation: Hotel (4 nights)

Day 96: 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.

Accomodation: Bush camp (no facilities)

Day 97-99: Foz do Iguaçu
Border information: Exit Argentina at Tancredo Neves, enter Brazil at Tancredo Neves. Today we cross the border into Brazil and drive to the city of Foz do Iguacu.

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.

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 ravine, forming the most incredible display of power, rainbows, and spray!

Included Activities:
- Jesuit Mission ruins and museum
San Ignacio de Mini
- Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian side
- Iguazu Falls from the Argentine side

Accomodation: Camping (with facilities) (3 nights)

Day 100-102: Bonito
Today we have a full drive day north to the Brazilian eco-tourism capital of Bonito.

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.
We have time in Bonito to take part in the plethora of incredible optional activities here.

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities) (3 nights)

Day 103-104: 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').

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.

Included Activities:
- 2-night fully inclusive package from our eco-lodge in the Southern Pantanal

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities), Hacienda (1 night)

Day 105: 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 to wards Sao Paulo state, and wild camp to wards the end of the day.

Accommodation: Hacienda

Day 106-107: Brotas
Today we will drive to the remote town of Brotas in southeastern Brazil.

Accommodation: Bush camp (no facilities) , Camping (with facilities)

Day 108-110: 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 snorkeling or diving, or simply relax on the idyllic beaches.

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. 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.

Included Activities:
- Boat trip

Accommodation: Camping (with facilities) (3 nights)

Day 111-112: 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 optional visit to a supported community favela project. On day 112, it is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Rio de Janeiro. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight.

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.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
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Trip Kitty
Bitte beachte, dass der angezeigte Tourpreis ein Trip Kitty beinhaltet. Dieser Betrag ist vor Ort von jedem Teilnehmer in die Gemeinschaftskasse einzubezahlen, die von der Crew und der Gruppe gemeinsam verwaltet wird. Davon werden Campingplatzgebühren, die Mahlzeiten während des Campings und einige der eingeschlossenen Aktivitäten bezahlt. Der Betrag wird entweder am ersten Tag der Reise oder - wenn es sich um eine längere Reise handelt - phasenweise während der Tour eingesammelt. Das Trip Kitty ist Bestandteil des Gesamtreisepreises und muss vor Ort in bar entrichtet werden.

Mithilfe
Bei dieser Overlandtour bist du nicht nur Zuschauer, sondern aktives Mitglied der Gruppe. Alle Teilnehmer packen bei den täglich anfallenden Aufgaben mit an. Dazu gehören beispielsweise die Unterstützung bei der Zubereitung der Mahlzeiten, Einkaufen, Geschirrspülen oder der Auf- und Abbau der Zelte. Jeder in der Gruppe beteiligt sich und man wechselt sich täglich mit den Aufgaben ab. Der Spaß steht dabei im Vordergrund!

Tourstil
Echtes Abenteuer zum super Preis für budgetbewusste Reisende! Ohne Extras, die du nicht haben möchtest! Einfache Unterkünfte und viel Zeit für individuelle bzw. optionale Aktivitäten. Dieser Reisestil ist gerade unter jüngeren Reisenden sehr beliebt. Bereise die entlegensten Orte dieser Welt sicher und unbeschwert in einer kleinen Gruppe und mit einem erfahrenen, einheimischen Guide. Das Reiseprogramm lässt viel Raum zur eigenen Gestaltung. So hast du unterwegs die Möglichkeit, dir aus zahlreichen optionalen Aktivitäten je nach Interessen, Reisebudget und Schwierigkeitsgrad dein persönliches Programm zusammenstellen. Wer auf sein Budget achten muss, sich in einer einfachen Unterkunft wohlfühlt und auf Extras verzichten kann, ist mit diesem Tourstil bestens beraten. Weniger Inklusivleistungen, dafür mehr Zeit für eigene Interessen - und das zu einem unschlagbar günstigen Preis.
Als Transportmittel werden überwiegend öffentliche Verkehrsmittel, wie Regional- und Überlandbusse genutzt. Das schont nicht nur die Umwelt, sondern garantiert auch jede Menge Spaß und Kontakt mit den Einheimischen. Übernachtet wird in einfachen, sauberen Unterkünften wie Bed & Breakfast, Bungalows oder auch mal Hostels, auf vielen Touren auch bei einer Gastfamilie – eine Erfahrung, die unsere Reisenden besonderes schätzen.

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