Best of South America

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  • Booking Type Instant Booking
  • duration 51 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 15+ years old
  • max group size 16
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  • Starts Lima, Peru
  • Ends Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tour with Flexible Booking Policy
  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Elegant colonial architecture, political history in spades and the hilly neighbourhoods dotted with terracotta roofs – Sucre might be Bolivia’s most beautiful city.
  • Take an unforgettable 4WD adventure across the Salar de Uyuni – some of the largest salt lakes in the world. Pass cactus islands, train cemeteries and mineral lakes teeming with flamingos.
  • The giant desert inscriptions of the Nazca Lines are one of Peru's great unsolved mysteries, and so is the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu. You’ll experience both your own way, with a range of options to choose from.
  • Enjoy delicious homecooking and warm hospitality during your threeday estancia stay, and learn about Uruguay’s gauchos – legendary cowboys – while on the ranch.
Start in Lima and end in Rio de Janeiro, the tour Best Of South America is a guided explorer trip that takes 51 days. You will visit Ilha Grande, Potosi, Arequipa and 24 other destinations in 6 different countries. Best Of South America is a small group tour which will include accommodation, transport, meals and others. See below for further details.

Take a deep dive into Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil on a 51-day Latin Lonely Planet Experience. With local leaders guiding you to the best neighbourhoods as well as plenty of time to explore independently, you’ll wonder what took you so long to appreciate this corner of the globe. Trek or train to the lost Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, spend a few days on a working estancia in Uruguay, take a 4WD adventure through the Andean desert to the Uyuni salt flats and wind up in all the best cities – Buenos Aires, La Paz and Lima, to name a few. Finish up with beach and party vibes in Brazil – a perfect spot to chill out after your adventure to South America’s hotspots.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS ABOUT INTREPID TRAVEL
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 103 reviews
Subhash's review for another Intrepid Travel tour
5 - Excellent
  • Subhash
  • From Britain
  • On Sep 28 2019
“First solo trip for me, but the tour group staff (and guests for that matter) were excellent - the travelling times whilst long, were well worth it - our Intrepid guide Tshepo and driver Cosmas made the trip effortless with good organisation, clear communication and always timely starts/finishes - the information provided at each location, picture opportunities given, fun activities, good food and basically everything else, made this my favourite trip to date - will defo be doing another Africa tour with Intrepid.”
Cindy's review for another Intrepid Travel tour
4 - Very Good
  • Cindy
  • From USA
  • On Nov 23 2018
“Morocco encompasses give you a great introduction to the Morocco country. You will learn and experience the wonder of Morocco have to offer. What made our tour geat is we have good tour guide Samir. He is native Morrocan and make the tour fun and provide authentic experience with the local. He will give you tips, infomaton, and safety recommendation when we our on our own to see city during our tour. I recommend this tour to see and experience Morocco.”
Victoria's review for another Intrepid Travel tour
5 - Excellent
  • Victoria
  • From USA
  • On Feb 12 2021
“Excellent”
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Lima
  • Day 2: Lima
  • Day 3: Paracas
  • Day 4: Nazca
  • Day 5: Arequipa/Colca Canyon
  • Day 6: Arequipa
  • Day 7: Colca Canyon
  • Day 8: Arequipa
  • Day 9: Arequipa/ Overnight bus to Cusco
  • Day 10: Cusco
  • Day 11: Inca Trail, Inca Quarry Trail or Train option
  • Day 12: Inca Trail, Inca Quarry Trail or Train option
  • Day 13: Inca Trail, Inca Quarry Trail or Train option
  • Day 14: Inca Trail, Inca Quarry Trail or Train option and Machu Picchu / Ollantaytambo
  • Day 15: Sacred Valley / Cusco
  • Day 16: Cusco
  • Day 17: Puno/Lake Titicaca
  • Day 18: Puno
  • Day 19: Puno
  • Day 20: La Paz
  • Day 21-22: La Paz
  • Day 23: Sucre
  • Day 24: Sucre
  • Day 25: Potosi
  • Day 26: Uyuni
  • Day 27: Salar de Uyuni
  • Day 28: Bolivian Altiplano
  • Day 29: San Pedro de Atacama
  • Day 30: Salta
  • Day 31: Salta
  • Day 32: Buenos Aires
  • Day 33-35: Buenos Aires
  • Day 36: Colonia
  • Day 37: Estancia Stay
  • Day 38-40: Estancia Stay
  • Day 41: Foz do Iguazu ( Brazilian side)
  • Day 42: Iguazu Falls (Argentinian side)
  • Day 43-44: Rio de Janeiro
  • Day 45-46: Paraty
  • Day 47: Ilha Grande
  • Day 48-49: Ilha Grande
  • Day 50: Rio de Janeiro
  • Day 51: Rio de Janeiro
  • Day 48-49: Ilha Grande
  • Day 50: Rio de Janeiro
  • Day 51: Rio de Janeiro
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Dormitory (2 nights), Estancia (3 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (38 nights), Overnight bus (3 nights)
Meals
  • 41 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners
Transport
  • 4x4 , Boat , Bus , Coach , Ferry , Minibus , Overnight bus , Plane , Private vehicle , Public bus , Taxi , Van
Guide
  • An expert tour leader
Included Activities
  • Lima - Leader-led walking tour
  • Colca Canyon - Guided tour
  • Cusco - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Sacred Valley - Community visit & lunch
  • Lake Titicaca - Boat tour & Homestay
  • Salt flats - Visit to 'Fish Island/Inca Wasi'
  • Uyuni - Colchani Salt Factory Visit
  • Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve - Altiplano tour including Laguna Colorada & Laguna Verde
  • Welcome Meeting
  • Buenos Aires - Leader-led orientation walk
  • 3-night stay on a working estancia including meals and activities
  • Iguazu Falls - Tour of the Brazilian side of the falls
  • Iguazu Falls - Tour of the Argentinian side of the falls
  • Rio de Janeiro - Orientation Walk
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Any international flights to Lima and from Rio de Janeiro are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Best of South America tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes
CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Best of South America tour. You can cancel the tour up to 24 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 23 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 10 May 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 10 May 2021, a deposit of 400 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 23 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Best of South America tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Best of South America tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Is this trip right for you:
  • There are some long travel days and five overnight bus journeys on this trip. Although the buses feature comfortable reclining seats, they are not beds. There’s also usually a toilet on board, and some of the buses make toilet stops. These trips can be tiresome, but an adventure trip around South America wouldn’t be complete without an overnight bus journey.
  • You’ll be staying in some very basic group accommodation with shared facilities, especially along the Inca Trail and on Lake Titicaca (where there are drop toilets and no showers). This is all part of the adventure of being among nature.
  • There will be a lot of hiking and walking on this trip (especially on the Inca Trail which can be quite challenging), so this requires a moderate level of fitness. There are a few different trail options to suit your interests and physical capabilities. Please bring durable footwear suitable to hiking. See the ‘What to Take’ section of the Essential Trip Information for more details.
  • We’ll be experiencing a mix of hot and cold climates, so pack accordingly and bring layers.
  • Due to the high altitude of many of places we visit, the air is thinner and some people can suffer altitude sickness. Some people aren’t affected at all, but if you are, be sure to drink plenty of water and don’t push yourself too hard. If possible, arrive into Quito a few days early to allow yourself time to acclimatise. The sun is also unusually strong and it’s easy to get burnt, especially when out on the water in Lake Titicaca. It’s important to wear sunscreen and other sun protection, and always drink plenty of water. Please see the important ‘Health’ section of the Essential Trip Information for more details.
  • Please note that our leaders are not able to organise a trip to the ‘Death Road’ to Coroico for you, due to safety concerns. Injuries are common along the road and there have been a number of fatal accidents. Our leaders are also unable to organise tours to the Potosi Mines for safety reasons.
  • Making your way across the Andean Desert and salt flats isn’t exactly luxurious. There will be long travel days spent in 4WDs on dusty and bumpy tracks. Temperatures in the area can be very cold, especially at night, so bring warm clothes with you. Meals are simple, toilet facilities are basic, showers can be cold and the multi-share accommodation is dormitory-style. This is all part of the adventure. Without a doubt, this amazing experience will be one of the highlights of your trip to South America.
  • Bolivia is the least developed and most challenging country you’ll travel around during this trip. Facilities are basic and food might be simpler than what you’re used to. Transportation between different locations can be slow and isn’t as easy as it might be in developed countries. Yet this is all part of the ‘off-the-beaten-track’ charm and adventure that makes Bolivia such a great place to visit.
  • While at the estancia in Uruguay, you can choose to participate in the day-to day-activities of the farm as much or as little as you like. If you do choose to get involved, prepare for some early morning starts and to get your hands dirty when working directly with animals. The accommodation is multishare and meals are served family style. Please inform your booking agent if you have any dietary requirements.
COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene global standardised protocols have been adopted.
  • Departures will be limited to an average group size of 10 travellers to ensure COVID-19 safety for all travellers.
  • Hygiene protocols have been adopted on this tour. Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing, physical distancing is highly encouraged, and frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected.
  • Distancing measures have been implemented to safeguard against COVID-19.
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