The Great South American Journey: Quito to Rio Adventure

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  • Booking Type Instant booking
  • duration 65 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 18-39 yrs
  • max group size 18
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-5183
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts Quito, Ecuador
  • Ends Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Mingle with the locals of a small community in the Amazon.
  • Go sandboarding on the dunes of Huacachina.
  • Spot condors at Colca Canyon.
  • Conquer the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu.
  • Experience traditional life on Lake Titicaca.
  • Cross the the world's largest salt flat on a 4x4 excursion.
  • Experience rural life at a working ranch in Uruguay.
  • Stand in awe at Iguassu Falls.
  • Explore bustling Rio de Janeiro on your own time.
  • See a tango show or take part in Buenos Aires' buzzing nightlife.
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The tour "The Great South American Journey: Quito To Rio Adventure" starts from Quito and ends in Rio de Janeiro. This is a wildlife tour that takes 65 days. You will travel through Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, Lake Titicaca and 29 other destinations visiting Brazil, Uruguay and 5 more countries. This is a guided small group tour. The tour includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Sometimes the slow road is the way to go. Hit the road from Quito to Rio with other young travellers and experience pretty much everything you can imagine in between. Hike the Inca Trail and discover the thriving Inca culture, cross the Salt Flats of Bolivia, dance the tango in Buenos Aires, and hit the beach in Brazil. This trip offers up lively cities, stunning scenery, and tons of adventure. 65 days, seven countries, three nights in the Amazon, and one adventure you’ll remember forever.
  • Day 1: Quito
  • Day 2: Quito/Tena
  • Day 3: Tena
  • Day 4: Tena
  • Day 5: Tena/Baños
  • Day 6: Baños
  • Day 7: Baños/Cuenca
  • Day 8: Cuenca
  • Day 9: Máncora
  • Day 10: Máncora
  • Day 11: Máncora/Trujillo
  • Day 12: Trujillo
  • Day 13: Trujillo/Lima
  • Day 14: Lima
  • Day 15: Lima
  • Day 16: Lima/Huacachina
  • Day 17: Huacachina/Nazca
  • Day 18: Nazca/Arequipa
  • Day 19: Arequipa
  • Day 20: Arequipa/Colca Canyon
  • Day 21: Colca Canyon/Arequipa
  • Day 22: Arequipa/Cusco
  • Day 23: Cusco
  • Day 24: Cusco
  • Day 25: Cusco/Ollantaytambo
  • Day 26: Inca Trail
  • Day 27: Inca Trail
  • Day 28: Inca Trail
  • Day 29: Machu Picchu/Cusco
  • Day 30: Cusco
  • Day 31: Cusco/Puno
  • Day 32: Puno/Lake Titicaca
  • Day 33: Lake Titicaca/Puno
  • Day 34: Puno/La Paz
  • Day 35: La Paz
  • Day 36: La Paz/Sucre
  • Day 37: Sucre
  • Day 38: Sucre
  • Day 39: Sucre/Potosí
  • Day 40: Potosí
  • Day 41: Potosí/Uyuni
  • Day 42: Uyuni/Salt Flats and Desert Crossing
  • Day 43: Salt Flats and Desert Crossing
  • Day 44: Salt Flats and Desert Crossing /San Pedro de Atacama
  • Day 45: San Pedro de Atacama
  • Day 46: San Pedro de Atacama/Salta
  • Day 47: Salta
  • Day 48: Salta/Buenos Aires
  • Day 49: Buenos Aires
  • Day 50: Buenos Aires
  • Day 51: Buenos Aires/Colonia
  • Day 52: Colonia/Montevideo
  • Day 53: Montevideo
  • Day 54: Montevideo/Estancia Stay
  • Day 55: Estancia Stay
  • Day 56: Estancia Stay/Iguassu Falls
  • Day 57: Iguassu Falls
  • Day 58: Iguassu Falls
  • Day 59: Iguassu Falls/Paraty
  • Day 60: Paraty
  • Day 61: Paraty/Ilha Grande
  • Day 62: Ilha Grande
  • Day 63: Ilha Grande/Rio de Janeiro
  • Day 64: Rio de Janeiro
  • Day 65: Rio de Janeiro
  • Simple hotels (38 nts, twin-share), hostels (9 nts, multi-share), jungle homestay (2 nts), G Adventures-supported community lodge (1 nt), overnight buses (6 nts), camping (3 nts), homestay (1 nt), G Adventures-supported lodge/basic hotels on Salar de Uyuni excursion (2 nts, multi-share), estancia/ranch (2 nts, multi-share).
  • 43 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners
    Note: Allow USD1495-1945 for meals not included.
  • Local bus, boat, truck, motorized canoe, train, hiking, plane, 4x4 truck.
  • CEO (Chief Experience Officer), specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike, local guides.
Included activities
  • Your G for Good Moment: Shandia Biking & Community Experience, Shandia
  • Your G for Good Moment: Shandia Community Lodge, Shandia
  • Your G for Good Moment: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo
  • Your G for Good Moment: Handmade Biodegradable Soap Products
  • Your G for Good Moment: Jukil Community Experience & Lodge, Santiago de Agencha
  • Your G for Good Moment: Favela Experience, Rio de Janeiro
  • Your Welcome Moment: Welcome Moment - Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends
  • Your Local Living Moment: Amazon Jungle Experience, Tena
  • Your Discover Moment: Baños
  • Your Discover Moment: Lima
  • Your Foodie Moment: Huacachina Winery Visit, Huacachina
  • Your Discover Moment: Cusco
  • Your Foodie Moment: Sacred Valley Brewery, Ollantaytambo
  • Your Big Night Out Moment: Cusco
  • Your Local Living Moment: Lake Titicaca Homestay, Lake Titicaca
  • Your Discover Moment: Sucre
  • Your Discover Moment: Salta
  • Your Discover Moment: Buenos Aires
  • Your Discover Moment: Paraty
  • Your Discover Moment: Ilha Grande
  • Your Discover Moment: Rio de Janeiro
  • Amazon Jungle excursion to a local community
  • Beach time in Mancora
  • Sunset sandboarding & dune buggies (Huacachina)
  • Pachamanca-style dinner (Nazca)
  • Colca Canyon excursion
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Inca Trail hike with a local guide and cook (4 days)
  • Lake Titicaca excursion
  • Salar de Uyuni excursion
  • Entrance and visit to the Argentine side of the Iguassu Falls
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Any international flights to Quito 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 The Great South American Journey: Quito to Rio Adventure tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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  • On Jun 21 2021
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

No additional cancellation fees apply for this The Great South American Journey: Quito to Rio Adventure tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 27 April 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 27 April 2024, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

The Great South American Journey: Quito to Rio Adventure 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 The Great South American Journey: Quito to Rio Adventure 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 traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

Age Requirement

You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on this tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Does this trip suit me?
  • 1. Physical Grading : 4 - Demanding Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers.
  • 2. Trip Type : Small Group Group trips average 12 travellers per departure, depending on the adventure. The maximum is usually no more than 16, but some can be smaller or bigger, depending on the trip. Check individual trips for details.
  • 3. Service Level : Basic Simple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.
  • 4. Travel Style : 18-to-Thirtysomethings Fast, fresh, and fun adventures that never slow down, made for young, budget-minded travellers.
  • 5. Merchandising : Award Winning Inca Trail Program Named Best Inca Trail Tour Operator by the Regional Direction of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Cusco (RDFTTC) in Peru. Your purchase of this tour helps employ over 560 local guides, porters, cooks, drivers, and office staff — connecting local communities to the global tourism chain.
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 protocols have been adhered to.
  • Elevated hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected.
  • This tour requires you to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days before your departure day or have a negative PCR test within 96 hours before your departure day.
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