South America Highlights

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  • Booking Type Instant Booking
  • duration 44 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
  • Whether you trek the classic Inca Trail, the Inca Quarry Trail or take the scenic train route, the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu are a majestic destination, no matter how you get there.
  • The floating islands of Uros on Lake Titicaca are a marvel of concept, construction and history. Take a boat tour on the lake and spend the night with a local family in a traditional island community.
  • Salar de Uyuni's desert landscapes are so unique they’re almost extraterrestrial. Embark on a threeday adventure via 4WD passing cactus islands, train cemeteries and mineral lakes teeming with flamingos.
  • Harness your inner gaucho during a threeday stay at a working estancia in Uruguay. Whether it’s getting involved in daily farm chores, working with livestock or simply relaxing, experience a unique way of life and Uruguayan hospitality at its best.
The South America Highlights trip starts from Lima and ends in Rio de Janeiro. The South America Highlights trip is an explorer tour that takes 44 days. You will travel through Lima, Cusco, Rio de Janeiro and 22 other destinations visiting Bolivia, Argentina and 3 more countries. This is a guided small group tour. The trip includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

There’s times when it’s appropriate to dip a toe in, and there’s times when it’s best to dive in head first. Get ready to jump straight into the action on this Lonely Planet Experience from Lima to Rio, with plenty of time for independent exploring and taking things at your own pace. This trip takes in the very best of the centre of South America – from trekking the Inca Trail to Macchu Pichu to partying in Rio de Janiero. Visit Iguaza Falls, stroll the barrios of Buenos Aires, snap pictures at the incredible Uyuni Salt Flats, look out over the Nazca Lines and explore the histories and cultures of this incredible part of the world at a pace that allows you to do as much as you want. 
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“Really enjoyed this tour. Itinerary was great. Pace was right, and our tour leader was amazing. Will definitely come back to Spain and Portugal again. Touring Morocco was great too, and very different from travelling in Europe. Had I done this tour as a single traveller it would have costed me a lot more, so got value for money as well. Will soon book my next trip. Recommended.”
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: Rio de Janeiro
  • Day 44: Rio de Janeiro
  • Day 43: Rio de Janeiro
  • Day 44: Rio de Janeiro
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Dormitory (2 nights), Estancia (3 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (31 nights), Overnight bus (3 nights)
Meals
  • 38 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners
Transport
  • 4x4 , Bus , Coach , Ferry , Minibus , Overnight bus , Plane , 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
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 South America Highlights tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this South America Highlights 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

South America Highlights 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 South America Highlights 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 multi-share 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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