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  • Stare in awe at Iguassu Falls.
  • Search for wildlife in the Brazilian Pantanal.
  • Spend three days exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats by 4x4.
  • Settle in with the locals at a homestay on Lake Titicaca.
Starting in Rio de Janeiro and ending in Lima, the Southern Cross Westbound - Rio To Lima trip is a guided wildlife trip that takes 39 days. You will be touring through Santa Cruz De La Sierra, Ilha Grande, Cusco and 14 other destinations in Peru, Bolivia and Brazil. Southern Cross Westbound - Rio To Lima is a small group trip which will include accommodation, transport, meals and others. Please check the package includes section for more details.

From the sands of Copacabana to the heights of the Bolivian Andes, this incredible 39-day journey will introduce you to the diverse landscape and people of South America. Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal and the bizarre landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats, and revel in the mists of thundering Iguassu Falls. Gain greater insight into the culture on the region’s public buses and meet locals from the rural towns along the way for an immersive experience that few travellers have. Get off the beaten path and experience Peru, Brazil, and Bolivia — a vibrant cross-section of South America.
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Arrive at any time.
There are no planned activities until the evening welcome meeting.
Accommodation
  • Royalty Rio Hotel (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Meet Your CEO and Group
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards.
Optional Activities
  • Rio Hang Gliding
    Glide like a bird on this exhilarating and inspiring air adventure. Get all the guidance you need to go airborne with your instructor, and take to the skies for an unbeatable experience and amazing views of this incredibly picturesque city. Careful – you may become addicted to the freedom of flying!
  • Rio de Janeiro City Tour
    There’s so much to see and do in this vibrant city pulsing with passion, music and the waves of the sea. Take a city tour and visit some of Rio’s hot spots. Visit the art deco statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain, the colourful Lapa Steps and the Rio Cathedral. Ride a cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and marvel at the magnificent views of the bay, city and beaches beyond.
  • Rio Football Game
    If it's a game day, catch a football match (or some call it soccer). Watch the local cheers for their team and join in the celebrations.
Take a bus and ferry to Ilha Grande. Enjoy free time to explore this picturesque, laid-back island, opt to go on a hike to a nearby swimming hole or explore the many beaches.
From Rio, head south along the Atlantic coast to one of the most picturesque, laid-back islands on the coast, llha Grande. Relax and walk the sandy beaches, or bathe in the warm waters of this island paradise.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Bugio W/Breakfast (or similar)
Transport
  • Local bus
    Duration : 2.5 hr - 3.5 hr
    Distance : 151 km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
  • Ferry
    Duration : 1.5 hr
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
Ilha Grande is a car-free island surrounded by beautiful nature. Opt to go for a hike, swim, or sit at one of the beach bars.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Bugio W/Breakfast (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Swimming
    Dive in and enjoy the beautiful water of this island paradise.
  • Snorkelling Ilha Grande
    Rent a mask and snorkel, pull on some fins and get set to enter the underwater world of colourful tropical fish, shells and all things seaworthy. November through May is Ilha Grande’s best time to snorkel. Hotspots include the Blue Lagoon, Green Lagoon and Abraãzinho Beach. Luxuriate in the warm salt water, look down and, in some cases, see to a depth of 15m (50 ft).
  • Lopez Mendez Hike
    Grab your bathing suit, slip on your walking shoes and take the hike from Abraão to the beautiful beach of Lopez Mendez. Follow a well-marked trail up and down, through forest and past other beaches. Eat Jack fruit picked along the way. Drink water from a natural spring. Listen to howler monkeys. After 2.5-3 hrs, arrive at the stunning Lopez Mendez beach, where the white powder sand squeaks under foot and the rolling green hills provide a stunning contrast to the turquoise water.
  • Ilha Grande Boat Excursion
    From the main village of Vila do Abraão, take a boat tour to some of the best beaches around the island. See tropical fish and cool off in the salt spray of the turquoise waters. Stop to swim and snorkel and pinch yourself for being lucky enough to partake in this tropical piece of paradise. Enjoy the scenery while drinking a caipirinha, Brazil's national drink.
  • Hike to Pico do Papagaio
    Enjoy a guided hike from Abraão to Pico do Papagaio, soaking in the scenery along the way. It will take roughly 4 hours to hike up and about 2 hr to hike back down. The 360 degree views from the top are well worth the effort.
  • Ilha Grande Diving
    Explore one of the world’s largest concentrations of underwater shipwrecks, many lost during pirate battles in the 16th-18th centuries in the waters off Ilha Grande. Dive to see the Pinguino cargo ship as well as the remains of a helicopter near Laja do Mataríz. Discover massive underwater caves, swim with schools of tropical fish and admire the colours of corals and reefs, in the warm salt water where visibility varies from 6-20m (20-66 ft).
Travel up the coast to Paraty and wander the cobblestoned streets of this beautiful colonial town.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Refron du Mar Pousada Paraty (or similar)
Transport
  • Ferry
    Duration : 1.5 hr
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
  • Local bus
    Duration : 2.0 hr
    Distance : 100 km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Enjoy a free day to explore Paraty. Optional activities include a Caipirinha boat trip, kayaking and horseback riding.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Refron du Mar Pousada Paraty (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Cachaça Distillery Visit
    Tour a cachaça distillery where sugarcane juice is used to create the most popular distilled spirit in Brazil. If it tastes familiar, that's because it's the main ingredient in a Caipirinha, the country’s national cocktail. Often called “Brazilian rum,” cachaça is so popular, it’s produced by 40,000 micro-companies across the country. The blend from Paraty is sweet and salty; taste the sea as you sip this local liquid.
  • 4x4 Tour
    Hop in the back of a jeep and hang on for this tropical tour. Enter the Serra da Bocaina National Park, visit waterfalls (great for photos and swimming), and step back in time along the Gold Trail road, constructed by African slaves to transport gold mined inland and transported to Paraty port bound for Portugal.
  • Horseback Riding Paraty
    Throw on some long pants, grab the reins and hop up on a well-trained horse. Trail ride through the Atlantic rainforest in the mountains around Paraty. Cross rivers and follow trails lined with tropical trees. Reach a lookout and see the village and the water below. Stop at a waterfall and jump in! Let the rushing water massage your muscles then hop back on the horses and gallop home.
  • Paraty Boat Tour
  • Kayaking
    See Paraty's from a whole other level—sea level! Check out the spectacular views of the old town and the coastal mountain range and explore otherwise inaccessible mangroves.
  • Trindade Day Trip
    Located about 25km (15.5 mi) away from the town of Paraty is the small beach town of Trindade. Walk along the sandy beach, play in the water and opt to go surfing.
  • Diving Paraty
    Brazil is a diver’s paradise. Its waters include a rich variety of fish, mammals, kelp and coral. Spot brilliantly coloured fish accented against the white sand ocean floor. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, sea turtles and nurse sharks. Paraty boasts at least 10 locations recommended for SCUBA diving. Explore the waters off islands with exotic names – Cocos, Meros, Deserta – and add an unforgettable underwater adventure to your list of most memorable moments.
Continue to enjoy the slow pace of Paraty, a colonial town with fantastic architecture, or opt to take a day trip to Trindade to surf and relax on the beach.
Accommodation
  • Refron du Mar Pousada Paraty (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Paraty Boat Tour
  • 4x4 Tour
    Hop in the back of a jeep and hang on for this tropical tour. Enter the Serra da Bocaina National Park, visit waterfalls (great for photos and swimming), and step back in time along the Gold Trail road, constructed by African slaves to transport gold mined inland and transported to Paraty port bound for Portugal.
  • Diving Paraty
    Brazil is a diver’s paradise. Its waters include a rich variety of fish, mammals, kelp and coral. Spot brilliantly coloured fish accented against the white sand ocean floor. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, sea turtles and nurse sharks. Paraty boasts at least 10 locations recommended for SCUBA diving. Explore the waters off islands with exotic names – Cocos, Meros, Deserta – and add an unforgettable underwater adventure to your list of most memorable moments.
  • Horseback Riding Paraty
    Throw on some long pants, grab the reins and hop up on a well-trained horse. Trail ride through the Atlantic rainforest in the mountains around Paraty. Cross rivers and follow trails lined with tropical trees. Reach a lookout and see the village and the water below. Stop at a waterfall and jump in! Let the rushing water massage your muscles then hop back on the horses and gallop home.
  • Kayaking
    See Paraty's from a whole other level—sea level! Check out the spectacular views of the old town and the coastal mountain range and explore otherwise inaccessible mangroves.
Take a flight to the famous Iguassu Falls. Visit the Brazilian side of the falls to get the best panoramic view. Opt to visit the bird park filled with beautifully coloured local wildlife or enjoy an optional helicopter ride for a birds-eye view of the falls.
Skip the 19 hour journey by land and hop a flight to Iguassu from São Paulo, maximizing your time to enjoy the falls.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Del Rey (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Iguassu Falls (Brazil Side) Guided Tour
    Duration : 3.0 hr - 4.0 hr
    Visit the Brazil side of the falls to get a panoramic view of Iguaçu, one of the world's largest and most impressive waterfalls. In total, there are over 275 individual falls spread out over 3km (2 mi). Find the best spot to take jaw-dropping photos of this UNESCO World Heritage site.
Transport
  • Plane
    Duration : 1.5 hr
    Distance : 1000 km
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
  • Shared Van
    Duration : 5.0 hr - 6.0 hr
    Climb aboard and make friends with your seatmate en route to the next stop.
Optional Activities
  • Iguassu Falls Bird Park Visit
    Grab a camera and get up and close and personal with macaws, parrots, parakeets, and 150 other species of birds. Located on the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls, the bird park is on 12 acres of native subtropical forest. Enter a huge aviary to see the birds free from cages and nets. Check out other exhibits to view butterflies, alligators, and snakes (boas and anacondas).

  • Iguassu Helicopter Ride
Experience Iguassu in Argentina by exploring trails and catwalks. Opt to take a boat tour to view the falls from below.
Explore trails that will bring you directly over the falls of the Devil's Throat—the highest and deepest of the falls. Other trails allow access to the stretch of falls across the forest on the Argentine side. Opt to take an inflatable boat to the base of the thundering falls.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Hotel Del Rey (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Border Crossing (Brazil - Argentina)
    Canadians, Americans and Australians must have a pre-purchased reciprocity fee to enter Argentina.
  • Iguassu Falls Visit
    Spend the whole day on the Argentina side of Iguassu, exploring the paths over the falls or experience the UNESCO World Heritage site from a boat tour.
  • Border Crossing (Argentina - Brazil)
    Duration : 1.5 hr - 3.0 hr
    ARGENTINA'S "RECIPROCITY FEE":
    Effective January 7, 2013 all US, Canadian and Australian citizens are required to pay a reciprocity tax in order to enter Argentina. This reciprocity tax must be paid in advance online with a credit card. Cash at the border or airport is not accepted.

    ONLINE PAYMENT FORM:
    https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes/

    INSTRUCTIONS:
    http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/pdf_varios/reciprocidad/Online_payment_instructions.pdf

    COSTS:
    US citizens: 160USD, valid for 10 years
    Australian citizens: 100USD, valid for 1 year
    Canadian citizens: 75USD for one entry and re-entries from bordering countries within 3 months; OR 150USD for a multiple entry visa valid for 5 years.
Optional Activities
  • Iguassu Falls Boat Tour
    Pregnant women and those with medical conditions should opt out of this activity.
  • Iguassu Falls Bird Park Visit
    Grab a camera and get up and close and personal with macaws, parrots, parakeets, and 150 other species of birds. Located on the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls, the bird park is on 12 acres of native subtropical forest. Enter a huge aviary to see the birds free from cages and nets. Check out other exhibits to view butterflies, alligators, and snakes (boas and anacondas).

  • Iguassu Helicopter Ride
Leave early for a full travel day to Bonito.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Muito Bonito (or similar)
Transport
  • Local bus
    Duration : 14.0 hr
    Distance : 768 km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Spend time in Bonito with optional activities available like snorkelling in the rivers or exploring the nearby caves and waterfalls.
Accommodation
  • Muito Bonito (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Bonito Snorkelling
    Bonito is famous for the spectacular snorkelling in the beautiful clear water. Marvel at colourful fish.
  • Gruta Azul
    Check out the unbelievably blue water of this cave that shimmers in the sunlight. While not visible from the cave, the site was recently discovered to have prehistoric mammal bones from over 12,000 years ago at the bottom of the grotto, saber tooth tigers, giant sloths, and armadillos, oh my!
  • Canopy Tour Bonito
    Make your way through a fun tree-top canopy course suspended above the forest. Buckle up your harness, don your helmet, and prepare to launch. Glide along cables suspended high above the forest greenery as you glide past.
  • Balneario Municipal
    Enjoy the turquoise waters at this swimming hole, go for a swim, lounge on the banks, or enjoy a game of beach volleyball at the nearby facilities.
  • Cave Rappelling & Snorkelling
    Harness up and abseil down 70 meters down into a large cave. Once inside, jump in the water (with a wetsuit of course) to get another view of these impressive geological formations from below the surface with a mask and snorkel.
  • Waterfall Tour
    Enjoy a guided hike through lush forest to multiple of Bonito's waterfalls, cool off with a refreshing dip along the way.
Enjoy another free day to explore Bonito.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Muito Bonito (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Bonito Snorkelling
    Bonito is famous for the spectacular snorkelling in the beautiful clear water. Marvel at colourful fish.
  • Canopy Tour Bonito
    Make your way through a fun tree-top canopy course suspended above the forest. Buckle up your harness, don your helmet, and prepare to launch. Glide along cables suspended high above the forest greenery as you glide past.
  • Gruta Azul
    Check out the unbelievably blue water of this cave that shimmers in the sunlight. While not visible from the cave, the site was recently discovered to have prehistoric mammal bones from over 12,000 years ago at the bottom of the grotto, saber tooth tigers, giant sloths, and armadillos, oh my!
  • Balneario Municipal
    Enjoy the turquoise waters at this swimming hole, go for a swim, lounge on the banks, or enjoy a game of beach volleyball at the nearby facilities.
  • Cave Rappelling & Snorkelling
    Harness up and abseil down 70 meters down into a large cave. Once inside, jump in the water (with a wetsuit of course) to get another view of these impressive geological formations from below the surface with a mask and snorkel.
  • Waterfall Tour
    Enjoy a guided hike through lush forest to multiple of Bonito's waterfalls, cool off with a refreshing dip along the way.
Journey into the Pantanal, a perfect place to experience the wildlife of Brazil. Enjoy a 2-day excursion into the wetlands with a local guide.
Experience the Pantanal, an immense wetland area famed for its profuse wildlife. A 2-day excursion allows visitors to fully appreciate the natural beauty of the area.
Meal
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation
  • Hammocks - Pousada Santa Clara (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Pantanal Wildlife Excursion
    The Pantanal, a largely flat, wetland area about half the size of France, is still one of the best places on the continent for observing wildlife. The area is rich in bird life, including beautiful and colourful macaws and Jabiru storks. With luck and appropriate weather you may spot capivara (capybara), howler monkeys, caiman, giant river otters, anacondas, and anteaters.
Transport
  • Shared Van
    Duration : 5.0 hr
    Climb aboard and make friends with your seatmate en route to the next stop.
Full day of exploring the Pantanal. Try piranha fishing or horseback riding. Opportunities to spot wildlife such as monkeys, macaws, giant otters and caiman.
Meal
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation
  • Hammocks - Pousada Santa Clara (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Pantanal Wildlife Excursion
    The Pantanal, a largely flat, wetland area about half the size of France, is still one of the best places on the continent for observing wildlife. The area is rich in bird life, including beautiful and colourful macaws and Jabiru storks. With luck and appropriate weather you may spot capivara (capybara), howler monkeys, caiman, giant river otters, anacondas, and anteaters.
Leave the Pantanal and head for the border. Board an overnight bus to Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
From the frontier town of Corumbá, Brazil, cross into Bolivia. From here, an overnight bus heads to Santa Cruz.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Included Activity
  • Border Crossing (Brazil - Bolivia)
    Duration : 1.0 hr - 6.0 hr
    This border crossing can be very slow, but there are washrooms and money exchange locations on site.
Transport
  • Overnight bus
    Duration : 14.0 hr
    Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.
Hop on a flight and get to the capital city of Bolivia. Wander the streets and visit the famous Witches' Market.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Las Brisas (or similar)
Transport
  • Plane
    Duration : 45.0 hr
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
Optional Activities
  • Witches' Market Visit
    Learn more about the pre-Columbian Aymara beliefs at the Witches' Market. You can witness locals buying products such as dried frogs, potions, and talismans for use in rituals and offerings.
  • Valley of the Moon Tour
  • La Paz City Tour
    Explore the city on a guided tour. Check out stunning cathedrals, impressive museums, and lively markets, learning more about the history of this fascinating city. Look for majestic Mt Illimani in the background.
Spend the morning exploring the city before boarding an afternoon flight to Sucre and explore this beautiful colonial city or opt to go hiking in the surrounding area.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Independencia (or similar)
Transport
  • Plane
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
Optional Activities
  • Mountain Biking
    Take a guided mountain biking trip on the outskirts of Sucre and explore more of this beautiful region.
  • Hiking
    Head out of town, take in some fresh air, and explore this scenic area by foot.
  • Sucre Dinosaur Tracks Excursion
    Get ready to get up close and personal with the prehistoric times: Sucre is home to one of the world's largest collections of dinosaur footprints made some 68 million years ago. Discover more than 5,000 footprints perfectly preserved footprints in the Cal Orck’o cliff just outside the city centre. See the world's longest trail -- 347m (1138 ft) -- left by a baby Tyrannosaurus Rex now affectionately known as 'Johnny Walker'.
  • Sunday Tarabuco Market
    On a Sunday morning, the Tarabuco market offers a glimpse into daily Bolivian life and the diversity of its people. Where indigenous groups from the surrounding area gather on Sundays to sell their goods.
Spend two days exploring all that Sucre has to offer.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Independencia (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Sucre Dinosaur Tracks Excursion
    Get ready to get up close and personal with the prehistoric times: Sucre is home to one of the world's largest collections of dinosaur footprints made some 68 million years ago. Discover more than 5,000 footprints perfectly preserved footprints in the Cal Orck’o cliff just outside the city centre. See the world's longest trail -- 347m (1138 ft) -- left by a baby Tyrannosaurus Rex now affectionately known as 'Johnny Walker'.
  • Mountain Biking
    Take a guided mountain biking trip on the outskirts of Sucre and explore more of this beautiful region.
  • Hiking
    Head out of town, take in some fresh air, and explore this scenic area by foot.
  • Sunday Tarabuco Market
    On a Sunday morning, the Tarabuco market offers a glimpse into daily Bolivian life and the diversity of its people. Where indigenous groups from the surrounding area gather on Sundays to sell their goods.
Spend two days exploring all that Sucre has to offer.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Independencia (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Sucre Dinosaur Tracks Excursion
    Get ready to get up close and personal with the prehistoric times: Sucre is home to one of the world's largest collections of dinosaur footprints made some 68 million years ago. Discover more than 5,000 footprints perfectly preserved footprints in the Cal Orck’o cliff just outside the city centre. See the world's longest trail -- 347m (1138 ft) -- left by a baby Tyrannosaurus Rex now affectionately known as 'Johnny Walker'.
  • Mountain Biking
    Take a guided mountain biking trip on the outskirts of Sucre and explore more of this beautiful region.
  • Hiking
    Head out of town, take in some fresh air, and explore this scenic area by foot.
  • Sunday Tarabuco Market
    On a Sunday morning, the Tarabuco market offers a glimpse into daily Bolivian life and the diversity of its people. Where indigenous groups from the surrounding area gather on Sundays to sell their goods.
Journey from Sucre to Potosí. Spend the afternoon exploring the city.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Hotel Gran Libertador (or similar)
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 3.0 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Optional Activities
  • Silver Mine Tour
    Take the opportunity to visit a working silver mine and learn more about the process of extraction and working conditions faced by as much as half of the people who live and mine in Potosí. Bring a bandana and wear protective gear (boots, helmet and headlamp) as you head deep into the bowels of Cerro Rico (Rich Hill).
  • Casa de la Moneda
    Learn about the first global currency at this renowned National Mint museum.
Head south to Uyuni, the starting point for the salt flats excursion.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Hotel Samay Wasi (or similar)
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 4.0 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Enjoy a 3-day 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano, with spectacular scenery. Today you will be crossing the varied landscape of the desert, enjoy incredible scenery, including volcanoes and colourful lagoons.
Travel through the Bolivian landscape to the town of Uyuni. Despite its isolation and challenging climate (cold and blustery most of the year), the town of Uyuni has earned the nickname of Hija Predilecta de Bolivia (Bolivia’s Favourite Daughter).
Meal
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation
  • Jukil Lodge (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Salt Flats and Desert Crossing Excursion
    Spend three days in the stunning landscape between the Salar de Uyuni and the Atacama Desert in Chile. Enter a world unlike anything else as we drive across the salt flats; the piercing blue sky contrasts against the blinding white of the flat salt beds. Take memorable photos of the unusual landscape complete with mountains and active volcanoes. Visit the red lagoon of Laguna Colorada and enjoy the uniqueness of this region.
Transport
  • 4x4
    Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.
Continue to discover the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion. Admire the spectacular scenery while passing red and blue lagoons and interesting rock formations along the route. Spot wild llamas, alpacas and even flamingos deep within the desert. Last stop for the evening is a G Adventures-supported community lodge in a traditional agricultural village in the heart of a desert oasis.
Settle in to your G Adventures-supported community salt-brick bungalow, complete with salt floors and furniture, after a guided walking tour up to the sacred Jukil mountaintop for sweeping valley views and a dinner of local ingredients prepared by ladies from the community.
Meal
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Included Activities
  • Salt Flats and Desert Crossing Excursion
    Spend three days in the stunning landscape between the Salar de Uyuni and the Atacama Desert in Chile. Enter a world unlike anything else as we drive across the salt flats; the piercing blue sky contrasts against the blinding white of the flat salt beds. Take memorable photos of the unusual landscape complete with mountains and active volcanoes. Visit the red lagoon of Laguna Colorada and enjoy the uniqueness of this region.
  • Jukil Community Experience & Lodge
    Visit the Santiago de Agencha community, located two hours across the salt flats from Uyuni, a rural village surrounded by towering cacti and part of a small desert oasis. The community-owned salt lodge was renovated and expanded through a major project in 2016 funded by G Adventures’ foundation, Planeterra. With many of the village’s younger residences fleeing for economic opportunities, this lodge is seen by the community as a way to rescue their indigenous culture and provide opportunities for the future. Learn about their traditional agricultural practices, including their specialization in quinoa production, and take a guided walk with a community member to the sacred Jukil mountaintop for a beautiful view of the village below and the salt flats beyond. Meals of local ingredients grown in the village are prepared by ladies who were provided culinary training through the project. Leave Jukil Community Lodge knowing your visit is creating opportunities for a whole new generation of people in this community to improve their lives, and the lives of their children and grandchildren.
Enjoy a final day of exploring the unique landscapes before boarding an overnight bus back to La Paz. Today you will be heading into the Uyuni Salt Flats. Our groups like to get creative with photography, as the endless white of the salt flats creates some great depth illusions that are fun to play with in photos.
Meal
  • Breakfast and Lunch
Included Activity
  • Salt Flats and Desert Crossing Excursion
    Spend three days in the stunning landscape between the Salar de Uyuni and the Atacama Desert in Chile. Enter a world unlike anything else as we drive across the salt flats; the piercing blue sky contrasts against the blinding white of the flat salt beds. Take memorable photos of the unusual landscape complete with mountains and active volcanoes. Visit the red lagoon of Laguna Colorada and enjoy the uniqueness of this region.
Transport
  • Local bus
    Duration : 8.0 hr
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Enjoy a free day in the capital, walk along the winding streets, shop in the markets and enjoy the nightlife.
Spend the day exploring and shopping in the many markets of the city -- it is an especially good place to buy textiles and leatherwork. Visit the Witches' Market or take one of the several optional excursions available.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Las Brisas (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Witches' Market Visit
    Learn more about the pre-Columbian Aymara beliefs at the Witches' Market. You can witness locals buying products such as dried frogs, potions, and talismans for use in rituals and offerings.
  • Chacaltaya Visit
    Chacaltaya (Aymara for 'cold road') is a mountain in the Cordillera Real, part of the beautiful Bolivian Andes.
  • Valley of the Moon Tour
  • La Paz City Tour
    Explore the city on a guided tour. Check out stunning cathedrals, impressive museums, and lively markets, learning more about the history of this fascinating city. Look for majestic Mt Illimani in the background.
  • Death Road Biking Adventure
Enjoy another free day to explore La Paz. Opt to visit Iglesia de San Francisco, Chacaltaya, the Valley of the Moon or the Witches' Market.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Hotel Las Brisas (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Valley of the Moon Tour
  • Witches' Market Visit
    Learn more about the pre-Columbian Aymara beliefs at the Witches' Market. You can witness locals buying products such as dried frogs, potions, and talismans for use in rituals and offerings.
  • Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
    You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour.
  • Death Road Biking Adventure
Visit the pre-Incan ruins of Tiahuanaco.
Little is known about the Tiahuanaco people who constructed the great ceremonial centre on the southern shore of Lake Titicaca over 1000 years ago. Spend most of the day visiting these mysterious ruins—a cradle of Incan civilization—before returning to La Paz.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Hotel Las Brisas (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Tiahuanaco Ruins Visit
    Duration : 2.0 hr
    Enjoy a visit to this spectacular pre-Colombian archaeological site. It was the capital of an empire that extended into Peru and Chile from 300 to 1000 AD. Check out the fantastic buildings, architecture, sculptures and carvings firsthand and get a taste of an era long gone.
Transport
  • Local bus
    Duration : 2.0 hr
    Distance : 70 km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Travel by bus through the altiplano, crossing the border to the Peruvian city of Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
Peru is made up of three main geographical areas: the Andes, the Amazon, and the desert coastal area.

Enjoy spectacular views of the countryside on a full day of travel from La Paz, around Lake Titicaca, and on to Puno.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Hotel Italia (or similar)
    From Pino Park (the main park) take Oquendo Street, walk 1 block and then make a left onto Teodoro Valcarcel for another half a block.
Included Activity
  • Border Crossing (Bolivia - Peru)
    Duration : 0.5 hr
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Transport
  • Local bus
    Duration : 2.5 hr
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
  • Local bus
    Duration : 3.5 hr
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Enjoy a guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village.
Head out by boat across Lake Titicaca. Visit the community on the Taquile Islands and stop at a restaurant and enjoy a local lunch with spectacular views.

After, cruise to the another village (this can vary based on community availability) for an overnight homestay on the shores of the lake. This experience provides an opportunity to learn more about rural life in the Peruvian highlands and to participate in local traditions. Eat with the family, pick up some Quecha and Spanish language skills, try on traditional costumes, and help out with daily chores around the village.
Meal
  • Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation
  • Amantani Homestay (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 1
    Board a boat on Lake Titicaca and head to Taquile Island for a delicious Peruvian lunch at a restaurant followed by some shopping at the local weaving cooperatives. (Taquileños are known for their fine handwoven textiles and clothing, men are taught how to knit around age five and they create the majority of the textiles.) After, enjoy an overnight stay with a host family and a chance to learn about life on the islands.

  • Lake Titicaca Homestay
    Split into smaller groups and get a taste of local life firsthand as we move into family homes for the night. Play soccer with the children, enjoy some dancing, watch dinner being made, learn about regional cuisine, and dress up in local clothes for an unforgettable evening with the whole village, enjoying traditional music and dancing. Lend a hand the next morning, and help out with chores like feeding animals, harvesting local produce, or bringing back buckets of water from the well.
Visit the floating islands of Uros before returning to Puno. Opt to visit the Sillustani burial site.
Leave the homestay families late in the morning and visit the Uros Islands on the way back to Puno. A popular optional activity in Puno is a visit to the spectacular chullpas (funerary towers) of Sillustani, a pre-Inca archaeological site only a short drive away.

Opt to pre-book the Lake Titicaca Kayaking on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.
Meal
  • Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation
  • Hotel Italia (or similar)
    From Pino Park (the main park) take Oquendo Street, walk 1 block and then make a left onto Teodoro Valcarcel for another half a block.
Included Activities
  • Uros Floating Islands Visit
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    Take a tour of these unique islands. Learn about the buoyant totora reeds that grow in the shallows of Lake Titicaca used to make everything from the islands themselves to the boats the islanders use for transportation (if constructed well, they last up to six months ). Find out from locals how the islands are constructed; as the layers closest to the water start to rot, they are replaced with fresh reeds on top.
  • Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 2
    Spend the morning with the homestay families, then depart after lunch. Visit the floating islands of Uros on the way back, and learn about the unique lifestyle of the locals. Meet residents and learn how they built the islands with totora reeds, which are also used to make their homes, boats, crafts (and are also edible!).
Optional Activities
  • Sillustani Burial Towers Entrance
    1/2-day excursion. Can be done in the morning and the afternoon. Done on a pooled service unless booked as a large group. Transport time from Puno to the ruins is 45 minutes (one way). Guided time about 1 hr. No type of experience needed. Take warm clothing and a jacket or a fleece, hat and sunglasses. Sun screen (sun block) very important.
  • Lake Titicaca Kayaking
    Take to the waters of the highest navigable body of water in the world, Lake Titicaca, and paddle out to Laquina Island. Get a glimpse into local island life before heading back across the lake to Puno.
Hop on the bus for a full day's drive to Cusco.
The bus trip from Puno to Cusco takes the better part of the day, with stark, beautiful scenery en route as you travel through the high Altiplano region. Check out a bit of Cusco, find a spot for dinner, or get prepared to head into the Sacred Valley.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Cusco Pardo Hotel (or similar)
    From Main Square head Southeast and take Avenida sol, then turn right onto Regional street.
Transport
  • Local bus
    Duration : 7.0 hr - 8.0 hr
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Enjoy a free day to explore the city's museums and local markets. Choose to pre-book the optional Cusco Cooking Class. Opt for a city tour to see some of the ruins as well.
While most ruins are just outside of the city, the main ruin within is that of the Coricancha, once the Inca Empire's richest temple. It forms the base of the colonial church of Santo Domingo. There are several good museums in Cusco, including the Archaeological Museum, which also houses a small art museum, the Regional History Museum, and the Religious Art Museum.

Opt to visit and hike the famed Rainbow Mountain, pre-book on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Cusco Pardo Hotel (or similar)
    From Main Square head Southeast and take Avenida sol, then turn right onto Regional street.
Optional Activities
  • Whitewater Rafting Urubamba
  • Cusco Tourist Ticket
    This ticket allows admission at 16 sights of the city of Cusco including many popular museums and cathedrals, the ticket also provides entrance to Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park, and sights in the South Valley of Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
  • Cusco City Tour
    Tour runs from 2:00PM. All of it is done by car, with walks around the visited ruins. Clothing depends on the weather, sunblock and a hat are recommended.
  • Inka Museum
    Get ready to explore the artifacts from the Inca Empire, including mummies, jewelry, skulls, and ceramics at this museum of archaeology.
  • Rainbow Mountain Hike - Full-day Trip
  • Cusco Cooking Class
Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before visiting a local pottery making community. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, opt to head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Or, wander around the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar).
Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op. Meet the women and learn about traditional weaving and dyeing. Opt to pick up some handmade souvenirs and textiles directly from the women who made them.

Have lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant. Learn about the G Adventures for Good project and eat a delicious buffet-style lunch. Proceeds of this meal go directly back to the remote community.
Meal
  • Breakfast and Lunch
Included Activities
  • Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    Visit the Ccaccaccollo community centre which G Adventures travellers' donations helped create through Planeterra Foundation in 2005, thereby enabling local women to sell traditional textiles to travellers.
  • Cuyo Chico Pottery Making Demonstration
    Visit a community located at the base of the Pisac ruins that specializes in pottery. Interact with the locals while they give a demonstration and later pick up a craft from their shop.
  • Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley
    Duration : 0.75 hr
    Contribute to sustainable tourism in Huchuy Qosqo, a small village of 65 families in the Sacred Valley, by eating at the Parwa Community Restaurant. Learn how the resident-run restaurant was kickstarted by G Adventures and the Multilateral Investment Fund, to become a successful farm-to-table program that boosts the local economy and several spin-off microenterprises.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 1.75 hr
    Distance : 94 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Optional Activities
  • Ollantaytambo Storehouse Ruins and Hike
    Get your blood flowing on a steep hike up to the Pinkuylluna Incan storehouses. Perched on the hill, these ruins provide excellent views of the Sacred Valley and the Ollantaytambo ruins below.
Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the Inca Trail begins. Ease into the adventure with a straightforward day of hiking the meandering streams, stunning Andean scenery, and ancient Incan ruins.
Trek through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata.
Meal
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation
  • Casa de Mama Valle (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Inca Trail Hike
    Duration : 5.0 hr - 6.0 hr
    Distance : 11 km
    Get your blood pumping on this first day of hiking the Inca trail. The trekking is fairly easy and serves as good training for the next few days. Pass rambling rivers and a small village, and enjoy scenic mountain views; it’s just a taste of what’s to come.
  • Handmade Biodegradable Soap Products
    Enjoy G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products, for use on our treks. This G Adventures for Good project empowered local Cusqueña women to start their own business in order to reduce the environmental impact of treks in the region. Planeterra provided $10,000 of seed funding for two young entrepreneurs to register their biodegradable products in order to sell them to the tourism industry. "Esencia Andina" is now a successful business that produces biodegradable soaps, detergents, and natural products for travellers, guides, porters, and cooks on our treks.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 0.75 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.
Meal
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Included Activity
  • Inca Trail Hike
    Duration : 6.0 hr - 7.0 hr
    Distance : 12 km
    Trek over progressively spectacular and steeper terrain on your way to Warmiwañusca (aka Dead Woman’s Pass), the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769ft). Be prepared to face strong Andean weather (blazing sun or cold winds) around the pass. Take the hike slow, and drink lots of water along the way – amazing views are waiting as a reward. Enjoy some ample time to rest and relax after reaching the camp; most campers arrive around early afternoon.
Cross two more passes and ruins on today's trek. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through the cloud forest on a gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley. At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).
Meal
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Included Activity
  • Inca Trail Hike
    Duration : 9.0 hr
    Distance : 16 km
    Cross two passes and more ruins along the Inca Trail on the last full day of hiking. Traverse Runquraway at 3,950m (13,113 ft), and then reach the second pass at 3,700m (12,136 ft). Spot the gorgeous Cordillera Vilcabamba and the Urubamba Valley in the distance on a clear day. Camp at either the Phuyupatamarca ruins or the Wiñay Wayna ruins.
The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down for a guided tour of the site and enjoy free time to explore until noon as permitted by the tourist ticket. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows. Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Cusco Pardo Hotel (or similar)
    From Main Square head Southeast and take Avenida sol, then turn right onto Regional street.
Included Activities
  • Inca Trail Hike
    Duration : 2.0 hr - 3.0 hr
    Distance : 6 km
    Wake around 03:30 to reach the Sun Gate as early as possible. Head to the checkpoint and join the lineup to wait for the gate to open. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu (fingers crossed for a clear day). Hike down to Machu Picchu (about 45 mins) for a 1.5 hr guided tour of the site, and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge (a 15-min walk one way) for no additional charge, if time allows.

    Catch the bus outside the Machu Picchu gate after your visit for a 25-min downhill ride to Aguas Calientes. Eat and relax before the train ride back to Cusco this evening.
  • Machu Picchu Guided Tour
    Duration : 1.5 hr - 2.0 hr
    Rise and shine – the best time to see the Lost City of the Incas is in the early morning light. Follow the local guide to Machu Picchu to learn about its history at a leisurely pace. Gain local insight into the Inti Mach’ay cave, Inti Watana, the Temple of the Water, the Temple of the Condor, and the Room of the Three Windows. Take time to sit and feel the energy of this 15th-century site, now both a UNESCO World Heritage site and voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World (in a worldwide Internet poll).
Transport
  • Train
    Duration : 2.0 hr - 3.0 hr
    Distance : 118 km
    Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 2.0 hr - 2.5 hr
    Distance : 95 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Optional Activities
  • Inca Bridge Visit
    Use any leftover energy from your Machu Picchu hike to visit the Inca Bridge site nearby (thought by some to be a secret back entrance to Machu Picchu). Trek up to the bridge that's cleaving to a 579m (1,900 ft) cliff, and soak in amazing views of cloud forest along the way.
Enjoy a free day to explore Cusco or relax. Active options include whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and mountain biking.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Cusco Pardo Hotel (or similar)
    From Main Square head Southeast and take Avenida sol, then turn right onto Regional street.
Optional Activities
  • Whitewater Rafting Urubamba
  • Inka Museum
    Get ready to explore the artifacts from the Inca Empire, including mummies, jewelry, skulls, and ceramics at this museum of archaeology.
  • Cusco Tourist Ticket
    This ticket allows admission at 16 sights of the city of Cusco including many popular museums and cathedrals, the ticket also provides entrance to Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park, and sights in the South Valley of Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
  • Cusco City Tour
    Tour runs from 2:00PM. All of it is done by car, with walks around the visited ruins. Clothing depends on the weather, sunblock and a hat are recommended.
Fly to Lima. Opt for a city tour or wander the neighbourhood of Miraflores.
Take a short flight to the coast and the capital city of Lima. This vibrant city has a fantastic main square, tons of shopping, and incredible eating. Opt to join the group for one final evening out.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Hotel Britania Miraflores (or similar)
    On Jose Pardo av turn right onto Independencia street, then cross Dos de Mayo street. The hotel is located right on the corner of the street, one block away from Double Tree - Hilton.
Transport
  • Plane
    Duration : 1.5 hr - 2.0 hr
    Distance : 572 km
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
Optional Activities
  • Lima City Tour
  • Magic Circuit of Water and Tapas Night
    Experience nightlife in downtown Lima with the spectacular "Magic Water Circuit" (Circuito Mágico del Agua) show complete with lights, music and dozens of fountains. Enjoy some tapas and take in the sights with a pisco sour in hand. The perfect night out!

    This activity is supported by the G Values Fund – a funding initiative that provides low-interest loans to CEOs who wish to start businesses that enhance the experience of our travellers. Best Bite Peru is run by former CEO Ruben Diaz. Contact Ruben (Best Bite Peru) at +51972584092 for further information.
Depart at any time.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Optional Activities
  • Magic Circuit of Water and Tapas Night
    Experience nightlife in downtown Lima with the spectacular "Magic Water Circuit" (Circuito Mágico del Agua) show complete with lights, music and dozens of fountains. Enjoy some tapas and take in the sights with a pisco sour in hand. The perfect night out!

    This activity is supported by the G Values Fund – a funding initiative that provides low-interest loans to CEOs who wish to start businesses that enhance the experience of our travellers. Best Bite Peru is run by former CEO Ruben Diaz. Contact Ruben (Best Bite Peru) at +51972584092 for further information.
  • Pachacamac and Paso Horse Show
what’s included
Accommodation
  • Hotels (26 nts), overnight buses (4 nts), camping (3 nts), homestay (1 nt), basic hotels on Uyuni Salt Flats excursion (2 nts, multi-share), tented room with hammocks in the Pantanal (2 nts, multi-share).
Meals
  • 33 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 8 dinners
    Note: Allow USD1145-1490 for meals not included.
Transport
  • Public bus, plane, 4x4 vehicle, train, walking, hiking.
Staff & experts
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike, local guides.
Included activities
  • Your G for Good Moment: Jukil Community Experience & Lodge, Santiago de Agencha
  • Your G for Good Moment: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo
  • Your G for Good Moment: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay
  • Your G for Good Moment: Handmade Biodegradable Soap Products
  • Your Discover Moment: Ilha Grande
  • Your Discover Moment: Paraty
  • Your Discover Moment: Bonito
  • Your Discover Moment: Sucre
  • Your Local Living Moment: Lake Titicaca Homestay, Lake Titicaca
  • Your Discover Moment: Cusco
  • Iguassu Falls visit (Brazil and Argentina)
  • Pantanal wildlife excursion (2 days)
  • 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats (3 days)
  • Floating islands of Uros visit
  • Lake Titicaca guided tour
  • Sacred Valley guided tour
  • Pottery making demonstration
  • Ollantaytambo storehouse ruins and hike
  • Inca Trail guided hike with cooks and porters (4 days)
  • Machu Picchu guided tour
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to Rio de Janeiro and from Lima are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Southern Cross Westbound - Rio to Lima tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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Payment

A deposit of 350 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 61 days before departure. For any departures within 23 October 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Southern Cross Westbound - Rio to Lima 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 Southern Cross Westbound - Rio to Lima 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.

Other Practical Information
  • 1. Travel Style : ClassicAll of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.
  • 2. Service Level : StandardComfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.
  • 3. Physical Grading : 4 - DemandingSome high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers.
  • 4. Trip Type : Small GroupGroup 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.
CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Southern Cross Westbound - Rio to Lima 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.
Trip Details
  • Accommodation

    Hotels (26 nts), overnight buses (4 nts), camping (3 nts), homestay (1 nt), basic hotels on Uyuni Salt Flats excursion (2 nts, multi-share), tented room with hammocks in the Pantanal (2 nts, multi-share).

  • Checklist

    Available for Rent:
    • Camping mattress/sleep mat (45 soles)
    • Sleeping bag (45 soles)
    • Walking poles (15 soles each (30 per pair))

    Cold Weather:
    • Long-sleeved shirts or sweater
    • Scarf
    • Warm gloves
    • Warm hat
    • Warm layers

    Documents:
    • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
    • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
    • Passport (required) (With photocopies)
    • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
    • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)

    Essentials:
    • Binoculars (optional)
    • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
    • Cash, credit and debit cards
    • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
    • Ear plugs
    • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
    • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
    • Fleece top/sweater
    • Footwear
    • Hat
    • Locks for bags
    • Long pants/jeans
    • Moneybelt
    • Outlet adapter
    • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
    • Reusable water bottle
    • Shirts/t-shirts
    • Sleepwear
    • Small travel towel
    • Sunglasses
    • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
    • Watch and alarm clock
    • Waterproof backpack cover
    • Windproof rain jacket

    Inca Trail:
    • Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended)
    • Pack liners to waterproof bags
    • Rain gear
    • Sleeping bag (Also available for rent)
    • Thermal base layer
    • Travel pillow
    • Walking poles, rubber-tipped (Also available for rent)
    • Waterproof hiking boots

    Warm Weather:
    • Sandals/flip-flops
    • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
    • Sun hat/bandana
    • Swimwear

    Note: The best clothing for trekking is either wool or synthetic materials in layers, as this is quick-drying and can keep heat in better. We suggest a base-layer, then a mid-layer such as a light fleece jacket or similar, then a windproof and waterproof layer.

  • Group_leader

    Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike, local guides.

  • Group_size_notes

    Max 16, avg 12

  • Highlights

    Stare in awe at Iguassu Falls, search for wildlife in the Brazilian Pantanal, spend three days exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats by 4x4, settle in with the locals at a homestay on Lake Titicaca, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

  • International_flights

    Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.

  • Introduction

    From the sands of Copacabana to the heights of the Bolivian Andes, this incredible 39-day journey will introduce you to the diverse landscape and people of South America. Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal and the bizarre landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats, and revel in the mists of thundering Iguassu Falls. Gain greater insight into the culture on the region’s public buses and meet locals from the rural towns along the way for an immersive experience that few travellers have. Get off the beaten path and experience Peru, Brazil, and Bolivia — a vibrant cross-section of South America.

  • Meal_budget

    Allow USD1145-1490 for meals not included.

  • Meals_included

    33 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 8 dinners

  • Minimum_age

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

  • Packing_note

    The best clothing for trekking is either wool or synthetic materials in layers, as this is quick-drying and can keep heat in better. We suggest a base-layer, then a mid-layer such as a light fleece jacket or similar, then a windproof and waterproof layer.

  • Start_finish

    Rio de Janeiro to Lima

  • Transport

    Public bus, plane, 4x4 vehicle, train, walking, hiking.

  • Whats_included

    Your G for Good Moment: Jukil Community Experience & Lodge, Santiago de Agencha
    Your G for Good Moment: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo
    Your G for Good Moment: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay
    Your G for Good Moment: Handmade Biodegradable Soap Products
    Your Discover Moment: Ilha Grande
    Your Discover Moment: Paraty
    Your Discover Moment: Bonito
    Your Discover Moment: Sucre
    Your Local Living Moment: Lake Titicaca Homestay, Lake Titicaca
    Your Discover Moment: Cusco. Iguassu Falls visit (Brazil and Argentina). Pantanal wildlife excursion (2 days). 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats (3 days). Floating islands of Uros visit. Lake Titicaca guided tour. Sacred Valley guided tour. Pottery making demonstration. Ollantaytambo storehouse ruins and hike. Inca Trail guided hike with cooks and porters (4 days). Machu Picchu guided tour. Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

  • Optional_activities

    Rio de Janeiro
    - Rio Hang Gliding (750BRL per person)
    - Rio Football Game (150-200BRL per person)
    - Rio de Janeiro City Tour (240BRL per person)

    Ilha Grande
    - Ilha Grande Boat Excursion (120BRL per person)
    - Swimming (Free)
    - Snorkelling Ilha Grande
    - Lopez Mendez Hike
    - Hike to Pico do Papagaio (130BRL per person)
    - Ilha Grande Diving

    Paraty
    - Kayaking (90BRL per person)
    - Paraty Boat Tour (100BRL per person)
    - 4x4 Tour (100BRL per person)
    - Horseback Riding Paraty (120-150BRL per person)
    - Diving Paraty
    - Cachaça Distillery Visit (90BRL per person)

    Trindade
    - Trindade Day Trip (5BRL per person)

    Iguaçu Falls
    - Iguassu Falls Bird Park Visit (60BRL per person)
    - Iguassu Helicopter Ride (460BRL per person)

    Puerto Iguazú
    - Iguassu Falls Boat Tour (70USD per person)

    Bonito
    - Bonito Snorkelling (236-280BRL per person)
    - Waterfall Tour (210BRL per person)
    - Canopy Tour Bonito (160BRL per person)
    - Balneario Municipal (60BRL per person)
    - Cave Rappelling & Snorkelling (700BRL per person)
    - Gruta Azul (100BRL per person)

    La Paz
    - Witches' Market Visit
    - Valley of the Moon Tour (150BOB per person)
    - La Paz City Tour (90BOB per person)
    - Death Road Biking Adventure
    - Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos

    Sucre
    - Sunday Tarabuco Market (40BOB per person)
    - Mountain Biking
    - Hiking
    - Sucre Dinosaur Tracks Excursion

    Potosí
    - Silver Mine Tour (150BOB per person)
    - Casa de la Moneda (40BOB per person)

    Chacaltaya
    - Chacaltaya Visit

    Lake Titicaca
    - Lake Titicaca Kayaking

    Puno
    - Sillustani Burial Towers Entrance (45PEN per person)

    Urubamba
    - Whitewater Rafting Urubamba (165PEN per person)

    Cusco
    - Cusco Tourist Ticket (130PEN per person)
    - Inka Museum (10PEN per person)
    - Cusco City Tour (45PEN per person)
    - Cusco Cooking Class
    - Rainbow Mountain Hike - Full-day Trip

    Ollantaytambo
    - Ollantaytambo Storehouse Ruins and Hike

    Machu Picchu
    - Inca Bridge Visit (Free)

    Lima
    - Lima City Tour (65-85USD per person)
    - Magic Circuit of Water and Tapas Night (68USD per person)

    Pachacamac
    - Pachacamac and Paso Horse Show (98USD per person)

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