South America Explorer

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  • duration 42 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 15+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Quito, Ecuador
  • Ends Buenos Aires , Argentina
  • Discover the heart of Ecuador’s Amazon as you take a boat to a community lodge deep in the rainforest. Your welcoming hosts will introduce you to their way of life as you get a true insight into local living.
  • Get out and about on a city tour of Lima, visiting Miraflores and downtown, and join the Peruvian nightlife in the neighbourhood of Barranco, perhaps sipping cervezas with your newfound travel pals.
  • 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 floating islands of Uros on Lake Titicaca are a marvel of concept, construction and history. Head on a boat tour on the lake and spend the night with a local family in a traditional island community.
Start in Quito and end in Buenos Aires, the South America Explorer trip is a guided explorer trip that takes 42 days. You will visit Uyuni, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca and 21 other destinations in 5 different countries. South America Explorer is a small group trip which will include accommodation, transport, meals and others. See below for further details.

Catching the best of a whole continent is a hard task, but with this 43-day Lonely Planet Experience powered by Intrepid, you’ll get the chance to hit all of South America’s hotspots without the hassle of organising all the logistics yourself. Instead, marvel at the lost Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, Andean condors flying high over the Colca Canyon, floating communities on Lake Titicaca and the puzzling lines of Nazca. From Quito through Lima, Cusco, La Paz and to Buenos Aires, get to know a Latin way of life in more detail, with a local leader joining you to point out the best barrios and beverages you can find at each stop.
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  • Day 1: Quito
  • Day 2: Suchipakari Lodge (Amazon Jungle)
  • Day 3: Suchipakari Lodge (Amazon Jungle)
  • Day 4: Banos
  • Day 5: Banos
  • Day 6: Cuenca
  • Day 7: Cuenca
  • Day 8: Lima
  • Day 9: Lima
  • Day 10: Paracas
  • Day 11: Nazca
  • Day 12: Arequipa/Colca Canyon
  • Day 13: Arequipa
  • Day 14: Colca Canyon
  • Day 15: Arequipa
  • Day 16: Arequipa/ Overnight bus to Cusco
  • Day 17: Cusco
  • Day 18: Inca Trail, Inca Quarry Trail or Train option
  • Day 19: Inca Trail, Inca Quarry Trail or Train option
  • Day 20: Inca Trail, Inca Quarry Trail or Train option
  • Day 21: Inca Trail, Inca Quarry Trail or Train option and Machu Picchu / Ollantaytambo
  • Day 22: Sacred Valley / Cusco
  • Day 23: Cusco
  • Day 24: Puno/Lake Titicaca
  • Day 25: Puno
  • Day 26: Puno
  • Day 27: La Paz
  • Day 28-29: La Paz
  • Day 30: Sucre
  • Day 31: Sucre
  • Day 32: Potosi
  • Day 33: Uyuni
  • Day 34: Salar de Uyuni
  • Day 35: Bolivian Altiplano
  • Day 36: San Pedro de Atacama
  • Day 37: Salta
  • Day 38: Salta
  • Day 39: Buenos Aires
  • Day 40-41: Buenos Aires
  • Day 42: Buenos Aires
  • Day 42: Buenos Aires
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  • Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Dormitory (2 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (31 nights), Jungle Lodge (2 nights), Overnight bus (2 nights)
  • 38 Breakfast, 9 Lunch, 8 Dinner
  • 4x4 , Bus , Coach , Minibus , Overnight bus , Plane , Taxi , Van
Included Activities
  • Quito - Leader Led Orientation Walk
  • Cuenca - Leader Led Orientation walk
  • Lima - Leader-led walking tour
  • Colca Canyon - Guided tour
  • Cusco - 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
  • Any international flights to Quito and from Buenos Aires 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 Explorer tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this South America Explorer tour. You can cancel the tour up to 58 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 57 days of departure.


A deposit of 400 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 57 days before departure. For any departures within 21 April 2020 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

South America Explorer 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.


For this South America Explorer 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.

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