Central & South American Explorer with Carnival

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  • Overview
  • Itinerary
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  • Dragoman

Highlights
  • Overnight in a community project at Suchitoto
  • Explore the cliff top Toltec Ruins of Tulum
  • Tour the Zapotec capital of Monte Alban near Oaxaca
  • Enjoy the charm of the old colonial architecture in Granada
  • Stay in the classic colonial city of Cuenca
  • Explore the Chimu Adobe ruins of Chan Chan and the ancient Moche Pyramids
  • Boat trip on Lake Titicaca to the Isla del Sol
  • Ride beautiful horses in an unspoilt location across remote Cordillera
  • Stay in a community centre in the mountains near Antigua
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu by local expert
  • Or, take the Wild Andes Trek for a truly unique perspective
  • Take the cable car for a spectacular view of Salta
  • Explore the Camino Real, the precursor to the Panama Canal
  • Boat trip to the cloud forests of Monteverde Forest Reserve
  • Explore the historic capital city of Lima
  • 2 night stay in the historic colonial city of Popayan
  • Explore Masaya National Park and its dramatic volcano crater rim
  • 2 nights to explore the beautiful city of Arequipa
  • Guided trek through spectacular Cocora Valley
  • 3 night stay in a community run eco lodge to explore the Amazon Jungle
  • Try horse back riding or mountain biking around the stunning landscape
  • Visit the town of Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca
  • Sector 11 ticket for the Sambadrome
  • Photograph the iconic church bridge of Ipiales
  • Explore the highest administrative capital city in the world
  • 2 day crossing of the desolate and surreal Altiplano
  • Star gaze in the Moon Valley at San Pedro de Atacama
  • Head on a boat trip along the breathtaking Sumidero Canyon
  • Full day coffee experience and plantation tour
  • Try your hand at surfing or just relax with a cool drink
  • 3 nights to enjoy the crystal clear waters and caves around Bonito
  • Visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Antigua
  • Visit the Uyuni train graveyard
  • Explore the beautiful UNESCO town of Paraty
  • Immerse yourself in chaotic Mexico city
  • 3 night stay in a traditional isolated Argentian estancia with the Gauchos
  • Visit the Jesuit ruins at San Ignacio de Mini
  • Journey to San Cristobal des casas, the heart of Mayan culture
  • Trek up Santa Ana volcano in Cerro Verde National Park
  • Sacred Valley guided tour
  • Party the night away at Rio Scenarium
  • Explore the witches market & the dizzy heights of the world's highest capital city, La Paz
  • 2 Nights in the stunning Caribbean beach national park of Tayrona
  • Buy an original Panama hat direct from the factory
  • Boat trip to explore emerald coast islands around Paraty
  • Join us at one of Rio's famous Blocos
  • 2 nights in La Fortuna with optional excursions to the mighty Arenal volcano
  • Guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Copan
  • Visit to Corcovado
  • Spectacular drive down Route 40 to see Quebrada de las Conchas
  • Guided tour of the most spectacular setting of all Mayan ruins, Tikal
  • Guided tour of the magnificent ruins of Palenque
  • Homestay with local Quechua families
  • 2 nights to visit vineyards in Cafayate
  • Or, train package option with no trekking
  • 3 nights to trek in the Cordillera Blanca from Huaraz
  • Walk around the ruins of Quilmes
  • 2 nights in vibrant Cartagena
  • Overnight on the remote beach of Puerto Inca
  • Boat trip to the Ballestas islands to view wildlife
  • Visit the crater lake of Quilotoa
  • Explore the bars and cafes of Buenos Aires
  • 2 nights camping on the Pacific beach at Punta Sal
  • 2 nights to get to grips with the politics of Leon
  • Visit the equator monument en-route to Quito
  • 2 night stay in a forest eco lodge at San Ignacio for optional jungle activities
  • Day trip on the surreal Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats
  • Boat trips, forest hikes and helicopter rides over Iguazu Falls
  • 2 night ranch visit and wildlife safari into the Pantanal
  • Farm tour or canyoning in Somoto, Nicaragua
  • Cross the Panamanian Chiriqui Highlands
  • Discover the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro
  • Explore the region of Salento and visit a coffee finca
  • Trek the Classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu Or, take the Wild Andes Trek for a truly unique perspective, Or even the train package with no trekking
  • Explore the Peruvian capital of Lima
  • Overnight and explore Lake Nicaragua's volcanic island of Ometepe
  • Go white water rafting, canyoning or trekking in Banos
  • Overnight on a working Guatemalan farm
  • See the mysterious Nasca lines with a chance of an optional flight
  • Visit to Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Trek the Classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu
  • Trip to the Colca canyon to spot Condors
  • 3 nights on the Caribbean island of Roatan to swim and relax
  • Boat trip on the Rio Dulce to the Caribbean town of Livingstone
  • 3 nights to explore the infamous streets of Medellin
  • Relax in the vibrant and cosmopolitan centre of Cuzco
  • Guided tour around the famous Chichen Itza
  • 3 nights on Belize island of Caye Caulker
  • Visit the beaches and guided tour of Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Practice your dance steps in the birthplace of Tango
  • Take a boat trip to the remote Mayan ruins at Yaxchilan
Tour Staff
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
Transport
US Style School Bus, Boat, Flight, Taxi, Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep, Private Bus, Train, Local Bus, Canoe, Metro
Destinations
  • Argentina
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • South America
  • Central America
Tour Types
  • Adventure
  • Overland
  • Discovery
  • History
  • Attraction-Based Hike
  • Active
  • Bicycle
  • Wildlife
  • Camping
  • Cultural
  • Diving
  • Dolphin Watching
  • Eco
  • Food & Culinary
  • Foodie
  • GAP Year
  • Helicopter Ride
  • Walking
  • Historical
  • Horse Riding
  • Jeep & 4WD
  • Kayak & Canoe
  • Local Guide
  • Local Living
  • Mountain Hikes
  • Nightlife
  • Overland truck
  • Rio carnival
  • Festivals
  • Sightseeing
  • Snorkeling
  • Walking Tour
  • White water rafting
  • Trekking
  • wine tasting

Location: Mexico City

<p><strong>Border information:</strong> if joining in Mexico City, you will most likely enter Mexico at Mexico City Benito Juárez International Airport (IATA code MEX).<p>There will be an important group meeting at 18:00 at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.</p><p>The rest of the day is free to explore Mexico's incredible capital and to take part in some optional activities. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Mexico City before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Mexico City.</p></p>

Location: Oaxaca

<p>Today we head to the wonderful laid-back colonial town of Oaxaca, famous for its cuisine and indigenous cultures.</p>

Location: Oaxaca

<p>Today we will have an included guided visit of the ruined&nbsp;Zapotec city of&nbsp;Monte Alban, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon we will have free time to further explore the area&#39;s highlights.</p>

Location: San Cristobal de las Casas

<p>Today we have a full day drive to the stunning old colonial town of San Crist&oacute;bal de las Casas, one of Mexico's most beautiful towns. and well known as the heart of the indigenous Tzotzil Maya culture.</p>

Location: San Cristobal de las Casas

<p>Today we will have a free day for exploration and to take part in some optional activities such as taking a tour to the fascinating Maya village of San Juan Chamula, or exploring the nearby Lagunas de Montebello National Park.</p>

Location: San Cristobal de las Casas

<p>Today we will have an included boat trip down the phenomenal Sumidero Canyon, viewing its colossal cliffs from the base and searching for the resident wildlife.</p>

Location: Frontera Corozal

<p>Today we will have a full day drive to the remote town of Frontera Corozal, on the Guatemalan border. En route, we may have time for an optional stop at the stunning waterfalls of Agua Azul.</p>

Location: Palenque

<p>Today we will have an included guided visit to the remote ancient Mayan city of Yaxchilán, which is only accessible via a boat trip down the river. After our visit we will drive to the village of Palenque.</p>

Location: Palenque

<p>Today we will have an included&nbsp;guided visit to the incredible Mayan ruins of Palenque, which rise out of the&nbsp;thick jungle surrounding them.&nbsp;In the afternoon we will have free time to go on a jungle tour, visit the on site museum, or travel to the nearby waterfall of Misol Ha.</p>

Location: Merida

<p>Today we will drive to the beautiful and artistic colonial town of Mérida, the capital of the Yucatan state.</p>

Location: Tulum

<p>Today we will have an early start to drive to the world-famous Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World - we have an included guided tour around this spectacular site before continuing our drive to the stunning coastal village of Tulum.</p>

Location: Tulum

<p>This morning we visit the Tulum ruins, one of the last cities built by the Maya and one of the best preserved coastal Maya sites. We will have a free afternoon to explore the beaches or take part in some optional activities.</p>

Location: Caye Caulker

<p><strong>Border information: </strong>Exit Mexico at Subteniente L&oacute;pez, enter Belize at Santa Elena.<p>Today we will travel south across the border to Belize City, where we board a speed boat to the island paradise of Caye Caulker.</p><p>Please note that in Belize we will travel on local transport, as it is not permitted to use a foreign vehicle in Belize.</p></p>

Location: Caye Caulker

<p>We will have two full days to explore and enjoy the many optional activities available here, such as snorkelling, diving or taking a scenic flight over the phenomenal Great Blue Hole.</p>

Location: Caye Caulker

<p>Relax and enjoy the beach or head out on an activity on our second day on Caye Caulker.</p>

Location: San Ignacio

<p>Today we will head back to the mainland and rejoin our overland bus in Belize City. We then have a short drive to the village of San Ignacio, home to Belize's best archaeological sites and adventure activities!</p>

Location: San Ignacio

<p>We will have two full days to take part in the many optional activities available in San Ignacio, including trekking, caving, biking, and exploring the excellent Mayan ruins in the area.</p>

Location: San Ignacio

<p>Today we enjoy a second free day for activities in and around San Ignacio.</p>

Location: Tikal

<p><strong>Border information:</strong> Exit Belize at Benque Viejo del Carmen, enter Guatemala at Melchor de Mencos.<p>Today we will have a short drive across the Guatemalan border to the phenomenal Mayan ruins of Tikal, where we have an included guided tour.</p></p>

Location: Poptun

<p>Today we have a short drive to the small town of Popt&uacute;n, stopping in the colonial town of Flores en route. We will arrive at our fantastic eco-lodge near Popt&uacute;n and have a free afternoon.</p>

Location: Poptun

<p>Today we will have free time to take part in the many optional activities offered at our eco lodge.</p>

Location: Rio Dulce

<p>Today we will have a short drive to Rio Dulce in Guatemala's beautiful central region. On arrival we will have a free afternoon to take part in some optional activities.</p>

Location: Rio Dulce

<p>Today we will have an included boat trip to the village of Livingston on the Caribbean coast, before returning to Rio Dulce. </p>

Location: San Andres Itzapa

<p>Today we will drive day to San Andres Itzapa, a small village located in the mountains around Antigua. We will spend one night at the community centre of Manos Amigas, run by the Italian NGO 'Mani Amiche' in support of local women who have been abandoned and abused, and who are staying in the centre with their children.<p>In San Andres Itzapa we will stay in dormitories at the community centre (please note that there is no option to upgrade to private accommodation here).</p><p> </p></p>

Location: Panajachel

<p>Today we will spend the morning at the Manos Amigas project before heading off on a short drive to Panajachel, situated on the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlan.</p>

Location: Panajachel

<p>Today we will have free time to enjoy some optional activities such as a boat on the lake out to some of the small local villages along the shoreline. If possible, we will include a visit to the famous Chichicastenango Market during these days, depending on the weekday. <em>Please note that the market is only open on Thursdays and Sundays so you may not be able to visit during your trip.</em></p>

Location: Antigua

<p>Today we will have a short drive to the magnificent city of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated 60 kms from Guatemala City.<p>The rest of the day is free to explore the beautiful colonial city and its dramatic surroundings.</p></p>

Location: Antigua

<p><strong>Border information:</strong> if joining in Antigua, you will most likely enter Guatemala at Guatemala City La Aurora International Airport (IATA code: GUA).<p>There will be an important group meeting at 18:00 at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.</p><p>The rest of the day is free to explore the beautiful colonial city and its dramatic surroundings, and to take part in some optional activities. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Antigua before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Antigua.</p><p><br/></p></p>

Location: Cerro Verde NP

<p>Today we will cross the border into El Salvador and drive to the stunning Cerro Verde National Park, where we will be surrounded by awe-inspiring volcanoes and countryside. In the morning we will have will take a guided trek up the nearby Santa Ana volcano (approximately 4 hours).<p><strong>Border information: </strong>Exit Guatemala at Ciudad Pedro de Alvarado, enter El Salvador at La Hachadura.</p><p><br/></p></p>

Location: Suchitoto

<p>After our trek up the volcano, we will take a short drive to the beautiful town of Suchitoto, where we will have a free afternoon to explore the town, with its cobbled streets and whitewashed houses, and to learn about the incredible work of the community centre in which we stay.<p>In Suchitoto we will stay in dormitory rooms at the Centro Arte Para La Paz community centre, which runs many programs for the local communities to build cultural identity, unity, teaching skills, self-sufficiency, environmental equality and a culture of peace.</p><p><br/></p></p>

Location: Suchitoto

<p>Today we will have a day to explore Suchitoto, have a guided walking tour of the town, head out on a sunset boat trip or take a day trip to San Salvador.</p>

Location: Copan

<p><strong>Border information:</strong> Exit El Salvador at Anguiat&uacute;, enter Guatemala at Anguiat&uacute;. Exit Guatemala at El Florido, enter Honduras at El Florido.<p>Today we will have a full day drive to return to Guatemala and then onwards to Honduras, arriving at the small village of Copán.</p></p>

Location: Copan

<p>Today we will have an included guided visit to the spectacular Mayan ruins of Copán, followed by a free afternoon to explore some of the other highlights in the area.</p>

Location: Roatan

<p>Today we will take a short drive to the town of San Pedro Sula and board a short local flight to Roatán, the largest of the famous tropical Bay Islands. On arrival we will transfer to the area of the West End Bay, where we base ourselves for our stay. <p><br/></p></p>

Location: Roatan

<p>Today we will enjoy some free time to take part in the wealth of optional activities available on Roatán, and of course to relax and swim on the stunning Caribbean beaches here!</p>

Location: Roatan

Relax on the beach or head out on some activities

Location: Lake Yojoa

<p>Today we will start early to transfer back to Roatán's airport and catch our flight back to the mainland, rejoining our overland bus! We will then continue our journey east through Honduras to the beautiful countryside of Lake Yojoa.</p>

Location: Somoto

<p>Today we will cross the border into Nicaragua, we will the head to the Somoto Canyon and stay in cabins near a village community.</p>

Location: Leon

<p>This morning we will enjoy our canyon tour and then drive to the university town of Le&oacute;n.</p>

Location: Leon

<p>Today we will have free time to explore the town's wonderful colonial architecture or to take part in the many optional activities available here.</p>

Location: Granada

<p>Today we will take a short drive to Nicaragua's oldest city of Granada, a beautiful town which oozes with colonial charm! En route we will have an included visit to the traditional markets in the small town of Masaya, and witness the incredible active caldera of the nearby Masaya volcano (if its volcanic activity isn't too high).</p>

Location: Granada

<p>Today we will have free time to explore the historic streets of Granada's old town, or take part in some of the myriad of optional activities that are available here. </p>

Location: Isla de Ometepe

<p>This morning we drive to the small town of San Jorge on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, Central America's largest lake. Here we will board a ferry to the stunning volcanic island of Ometepe, where we base ourselves in the port village of Moyogalpa and enjoy free time to explore on arrival.</p>

Location: Isla de Ometepe

<p>Today we will have free time to explore and take part in optional activities such as the challenging trek to the summit of the Concepci&oacute;n volcano that dominates the island, or seeing some of the mysterious ancient petroglyphs that are dotted through the landscape.</p>

Location: La Fortuna

<p><strong>Border information:</strong> Exit Nicaragua at Penas Blancas, enter Costa Rica at Penas Blancas.<p>Today we will take an early morning ferry back to San Jorge and drive to La Fortuna in Costa Rica, a stunning town under the shadow of the mighty Arenal volcano. </p><p><br/></p></p>

Location: La Fortuna

<p>Today we will have a free day to take optional treks through the incredible surrounding volcanic landscapes or forest canopies, or get involved in many different adventure activities such as zip-lining, white-water rafting, and canyoning. La Fortuna is also famous for its outstanding hot springs, which we will have the opportunity to visit.</p>

Location: Monteverde

<p>Today we will leave our overland vehicle behind and transfer by taxi and boat into the dense cloud forests and coffee plantations of Monteverde, a stunning area offering an incredible diversity of flora and fauna.</p>

Location: Monteverde

<p>Today we will have an included walk on the trails of the Monteverde Cloud Forest National Reserve, followed by a free afternoon to visit some of the town's highlights or enjoy some adventurous activities such as canyoning or horse riding.</p>

Location: Manuel Antonio NP

<p>Today we will continue by taxi to the small town of Tilaran, where we will rejoin our overland vehicle and drive to the spectacular beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific coast.</p>

Location: Manuel Antonio NP

<p>Today we will have an included walk through some of the beautiful trails within park, learning all about its flora and fauna and immersing ourselves in the idyllic landscape. We will have free time in the afternoon to take part in some optional activities or relax on the wonderful beaches.</p>

Location: Boquete

<p><strong>Border information:</strong> Exit Costa Rica at Paso Canoas, enter Panama at Paso Canoas.<p>Today we will drive across the Panama border into the Chiriqui highlands, arriving at the town of Boquete.</p></p>

Location: Boquete

<p>On Today we will have a free day to take part in some of the many optional outdoor activities which the town is famous for, including the opportunity to take the strenuous trek to the 3,478m summit of Volcán Bar&uacute;, the highest point in Panama.</p>

Location: Camino Real

<p>Today we will continue to Chagres National Park and explore the Grandfather of the Panama Canal: the Camino Real, a cobble stoned road from the Caribbean to the Pacific through the rain forests of Panama, established as the transport route of gold and silver by Spanish conquistadors in the 16th Century. The Camino Real was rediscovered only recently, and we will visit and stay overnight at a community, which worked together with researcher Christian Strassnig to identify the original route of the Camino Real in the jungle.<p>At Alajuela Lake we take a dugout boat to observe remains of the Camino Real at the lakeshore, then we arrive at the community and we are warmly welcomed by the people who are inspired with perspective of sustainable development through community tourism. We have a typical Panamanian lunch and see then a presentation of authentic Panamanian folklore. In the morning we will undertake a hike on the Camino Real, see the original cobblestone and be fascinated by stories of the mule trains, gold and pirates.</p></p>

Location: Panama City

<p>After early morning coffee we can go for an optional bird-watching hike on a trail with plenty of tropical birds (free with local guides). At our return to the community we have a hearty breakfast. We will then take a hike on the trail. Afterwards it is time to say good-bye and we return by boat to our overland bus.<p>We will then drive to the Miraflores Visitor Centre at the world-famous Panama Canal, learning about its incredible role in shaping trade and world politics in the 20th century. After our included visit we will complete the drive to the capital, Panama City.</p></p>

Location: Cartagena

<p>Today there will be a flight from Panama City to Cartagena which will have been booked for you.<p>Upon arrival in Cartagena you will be taken to the joining hotel for the next leg of the trip.</p></p>

Location: Cartagena

<p><strong>Border Information:</strong> if joining in Cartagena, you will most likely enter Colombia at Cartagena Rafael N&uacute;&ntilde;ez International Airport (IATA code: CTG).<p>There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.</p><p>Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Cartagena before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Cartagena.</p><p>If you are continuing on from Panama, then your leader will have assisted you with airport transfers for your included flight to arrive in time for the joining meeting.</p></p>

Location: Cartagena

<p>Today we will have a full day in the beautiful coastal colonial city of Cartagena.</p><p>In the morning we will have an included walking tour of the city, and then the afternoon will be free to explore the city further, enjoy the many optional activities on offer, or simply relax on the beach.</p>

Location: Tayrona NP

<p>Today we have a short drive to the stunning Tayrona National Park.<p>In Tayrona we will sleep in Hammocks, no food is provided, but there are restaurants and cafes nearby by. There is an hour walk from where we park our truck to our campsite. </p></p>

Location: Tayrona NP

<p>Today we have an included walk in the National Park. </p>

Location: Lorica

<p>This morning we will walk back to our truck and leave Tayrona National park. We will head south for the pretty colonial town of Santa Cruz de Lorica on the Sinu River.<p>We will have a free day to relax and discover the historic centre, learn about the traditional Vueltiao hat or head to the coast and soak up the sun in San Bernardo del Viento.</p></p>

Location: Lorica

<p>We will have a free day to relax and discover the historic centre, learn about the traditional Vueltiao hat or head to the coast and soak up the sun in San Bernardo del Viento.</p>

Location: Medellin

<p>Today we have a full days drive to vibrant city of Medellin. the following morning we will have a guided walking tour of the city. We then have plenty of time to relax or take park in some of activities available here.<p><br/></p><p> </p></p>

Location: Medellin

<p>This morning we have an included half-day city tour of Medellin using our overlanding truck. </p>

Location: Medellin

Free day to explore Medellin.

Location: Manizales

<p>Today we will head into the heart of the coffee region to stay at a Hacienda near the town of Manizales. </p>

Location: Salento

<p>Today we will continue our journey south to the small town of Salento, the gateway to the spectacular Valle de Cocora. <p>Salento will be our base to take a guided trek through the Cocora Valley to see the Quindio wax palm trees, the largest palms in the world and the national tree of Colombia and also to do a coffee plantation tour.</p></p>

Location: Salento

<p>Today we will take a guided trek through the Cocora Valley to see the Quindio wax palm trees, the largest palms in the world and the national tree of Colombia.</p>

Location: Salento

<p>Today we have time to explore the coffee plantation and learn about coffee.</p>

Location: Popayan

<p>Today we will drive to the beautiful town and former colonial capital of Popayán.<p>On the following day we will have a free day to explore Popayán or take part in some excellent treks or other optional activities in the surrounding area.</p></p>

Location: Popayan

Today we will have a free day to explore&nbsp;Popay&aacute;n or take part in some excellent treks or other optional activities in the surrounding area.

Location: Ipiales

<p>Today we will have a full day drive to the border town of Ipiales.</p>

Location: Otavalo

<p>We will leave Colombia behind today and cross the border into Ecuador, we will have time for an included visit to the beautiful Santurio de las Lajas, before heading to Otavalo.<p><strong>Border information:</strong> Exit Colombia at Ipiales, enter Ecuador at Ipiales.</p></p>

Location: Quito

<p>We will head south for the final leg of our journey to the bustling captial, Quito. En route into the city we will have an included visit to Mitad del Mundo, the monument that marks the Equator.</p>

Location: Quito

<p><strong>Border Information:</strong> if joining in Quito, you will most likely enter Ecuador at Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport (IATA code: UIO).<p>There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.</p><p>Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Quito before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Quito.</p><p><strong>A note on altitude</strong>: If you are joining in Quito, we strongly recommend arriving at least 24 hours before the trip begins to allow additional time to acclimatise.</p></p>

Location: Ecuadorian Amazon

<p>Today our journey begins with a drive to a village on the edge of the Amazon basin, near the town of Tena, where we head to our lodge for an incredible 3-night stay.<p>Our lodge is a great example of eco-tourism, built and run by the local community and volunteers, who work to re-forest the reserve land at the lodge with native trees and medicinal plants. The lodge is set in secondary and primary rainsforest, an area at risk of deforestation. </p></p>

Location: Ecuadorian Amazon

<p>Over the next two days we will head into the Amazon jungle, enjoying rainforest treks exploring the nearby waterfalls and caves, and trips down the Napo River in motorised dugout canoes, hopefully spotting plenty of wildlife on the way. We will also see some ancient fossils and petroglyphs, and visit a local Quichua community.</p>

Location: Ecuadorian Amazon

Second full day in the rainforest.

Location: Rio Verde

<p>Today we will drive through the highlands of Ecuador, arriving in Rio Verde near the famous Tungurahua volcano.</p>

Location: Rio Verde

<p>We will have two full days of free time to take part in a&nbsp;range of optional activities in Rio Verde, such as white-water rafting, trekking, canyoning, cycling, and other options. We will also have the opportunity to visit the nearby town of&nbsp;Ba&ntilde;os and its&nbsp;popular volcanic thermal springs.</p>

Location: Rio Verde

Second free day for optional activities.

Location: Chugchilán

<p>Today we will drive to the remote village of Chugchilán, via the spectacular highland scenery along the road of the 'Quilotoa Loop'.<p><br/></p></p>

Location: Chugchilán

<p>Today is a free day to enjoy optional activities such as mountain biking or horseback riding.</p>

Location: Cuenca

<p>Today we will drive along the remainder of the Quilotoa Loop and then head south to the beautiful colonial town of Cuenca. We will pass through the stunning landscape of the Cajas National Park en route.</p>

Location: Cuenca

<p>Today we will have a free day to explore the colonial city of&nbsp;Cuenca. The town&nbsp;is the birthplace of the famous Panama Hat, and we will have the opportunity today to&nbsp;visit one of the factories to learn about the manufacturing process.</p>

Location: Punta Sal

<p><strong>Border information: </strong>Exit Ecuador at Huaquillas, enter Peru at Tumbes.<p>Today we will have a long drive day south, crossing the border into northern Peru.</p></p>

Location: Punta Sal

<p>Today we have a full day&nbsp;to relax on the beach and enjoy some activities in and around the stunning coastal area of Punta Sal.</p>

Location: Huanchaco

<p>Today we will have a full day's drive to Huanchaco, near the city of Trujillo. </p>

Location: Huanchaco

<p>Today we will have an included guided trip to explore the enormous adobe ruins of Chan Chan&nbsp;and the world-famous Moche archaeological site of&nbsp;Huaca de la Luna (Pyramid of the Moon).</p>

Location: Huaraz

<p>Today we will have a spectacular drive up the winding roads of the 'Casma Route' into the Cordillera Blanca section of the high Andes, reaching the mountain town of Huaraz.</p>

Location: Huaraz

<p>We have two days in the spectacular area of the Cordillera Blanca for exploration and optional activities such as visiting the&nbsp;incredible pre-Inca ruins of Chav&iacute;n de Huantar or trekking and climbing to the nearby lakes and&nbsp;glaciers.</p>

Location: Huaraz

<p>Enjoy a second free day in Huaraz</p>

Location: Lima

<p>Today we will have another full day's drive back to the coast via the 'Paramonga Route' and then on to the enormous Peruvian capital of Lima.</p>

Location: Lima

<p><strong>Border information:</strong> if joining in Lima, you will most likely enter Peru at Lima Jorge Chavez International Airport (IATA code: LIM).<p>There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.</p><p>Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Lima before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Lima.</p></p>

Location: Huacachina

<p>Today we will have a very early start to leave Lima before the rush hour, and drive 270kms south to Paracas. There we will board one of the local boats for an included trip to the Ballestas Islands to view its incredible array of resident wildlife and birds.<p>After lunch, we will continue south to arrive at the stunning desert oasis town of Huacachina, where we have the option to head out for an evening of sand boarding and dune buggying.</p></p>

Location: Nazca

<p>Today we continue south to the world-famous village of Nazca, the location of the mysterious Nazca Lines. On the drive, we will stop at a viewing platform to get a glimpse of some of these lines. The Nazca Lines are a series of figures, lines, and geometric shapes that were etched into the ground of the desert plateau over a thousand years ago by the ancient Nazca culture, and their purpose is still unknown to this day.<p>In the afternoon, we will have the opportunity to take an optional 30-minute flight over the Nazca Lines in a small aircraft - this is by far the best way of seeing the figures, and we use a local operator with an excellent safety record.</p></p>

Location: Puerto Inca

<p>This morning we head south of Nazca, and have an included visit to the nearby ancient sites of the Chauchilla Cemetery and the Cahuachi Pyramid, thought to have once been the religious centre of the Nazca civilisation.<p>In the afternoon we will continue our drive to the coastal resort of Puerto Inca.</p></p>

Location: Arequipa

<p>Today we will start our drive inland, and head uphill to the beautiful 'White City' of Arequipa.</p>

Location: Arequipa

<p>Today we will have a free day to&nbsp;explore the colonial city of Arequipa, or for some optional activities in and around the city.</p>

Location: Chivay

<p>We will have some more free time to explore Arequipa this morning, before continuing our drive to the highland town of Chivay after lunch.</p>

Location: Chivay

<p>This morning we will head out on a short drive to some of the best viewpoints along&nbsp;the spectacular Colca Canyon,&nbsp;one of the deepest canyons in the world!&nbsp;The canyon is famous for its resident condors, and we will spend a good amount of&nbsp;time at the viewpoints to give ourselves the best chance of spotting them. We will also visit a couple of local&nbsp;communities on the way back to Chivay.</p><p>We will have a free afternoon to explore Chivay, and possibly take an optional trip to the nearby hot springs.</p>

Location: Raqchi

<p>Today we will drive through the stunning landscapes of the Peruvian highlands to the small village of Raqchi. Here we will stay at a homestay as guests of the local villagers in their traditional family homes. The houses are very clean and have basic facilities. This evening the villagers will invite us to take part in a traditional Quechua religious ceremony, and we'll have some lively music from some of the village's musicians.</p>

Location: Cuzco

<p>This morning we will visit the Inca ruins of the Temple of Wiracocha at Raqchi, and then see a pottery demonstration at a local artisan centre.<p>In the afternoon we will drive to the incredible historical city of Cuzco, the former Inca capital. </p></p>

Location: Cuzco

<p><strong>Border information:</strong> if you are joining in Cuzco, you will most likely enter Peru at Cuzco Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (IATA code: CUZ).<p>There will be an important group meeting at 10:00am at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. There will be a further meeting this evening for our Wild Andes and Classic Inca Trails, where we will have a full detailed briefing from our local trekking guides about the next few days!</p><p>The rest of today will be free to explore the wonderful city of Cuzco, discover its many historical gems, or to take part in number of optional activities near the city.</p><p>Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Cuzco before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Cuzco.</p><p><strong>A note on altitude</strong>: If you are joining in Cuzco, we strongly recommend arriving at least 24 hours before the trip begins to allow additional time to acclimatise.</p></p>

Location: Inca Trail

<p>These&nbsp;four days will be spent either trekking&nbsp;in the Andes,&nbsp;on our pioneering Wild Andes Trek,&nbsp;on the Classic Inca Trek&nbsp;or for those not wishing to hike, free time to explore and a guided tour of the Sacred Valley on our Train package.</p><p><strong>Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek</strong></p><p>Leaving Cuzco early in the morning, we visit the ruined temples of&nbsp;Sacsayhuaman for a fascinating&nbsp;tour of the site.&nbsp;We then head on to Chinchero, a small Quechua-speaking&nbsp;village in the Sacred Valley.&nbsp;Here we will see a traditional weaving demonstration that has been unchanged for a thousand years,&nbsp;and explore&nbsp;their beautiful&nbsp;archaeological ruins.&nbsp;We will drive to a stunning viewpoint for a&nbsp;picnic lunch, and then visit the&nbsp;Quillarumiyoc temple (the Temple of the Moon).</p><p>We will start our trek from here in the afternoon, heading by foot&nbsp;to Zurite where we&nbsp;have a picturesque stay in a colonial house. Tonight&nbsp;we will enjoy a traditional&nbsp;dinner and get a taste of the local village&nbsp;lifestyle.</p><p>Approximate walking distance: 8km, Estimated time: 4hrs, Meals provided: Lunch and Dinner&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Option 2 - Classic Inca Trek</strong></p><p>This morning we go for a guided tour of the Sacred Valley, followed by a visit to the market town of&nbsp;Pisac, where we will have an included lunch. &nbsp;We then head to Ollantaytambo, where we have free time to explore the impressive&nbsp;archeological site. Tonight&nbsp;we stay in a comfortable hotel. &nbsp;</p><p>Please note that we have the evening to ourselves in Ollantaytambo, our Guide will meet us in the morning. &nbsp;No Meals are included in Ollantaytambo.</p><p>There is no trekking today.&nbsp;Meals provided: Lunch,</p><p><strong>Option 3 - Train Package</strong></p><p>You will leave Cuzco with your fellow passengers who will be trekking the Wild Andes Trek.&nbsp;You will visit the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, followed by a beautiful scenic drive over mountains and through valleys, via the ancient city of Pisac and on to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After lunch you will head back to Cuzco where you will stay at our nice, centrally located hotel for a further 3 nights.</p><p>Meals included: Lunch</p>

Location: Inca Trail

<p><strong>Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek</strong></p><p><strong>Zurite to Amaruwatana</strong></p><p>After a hearty breakfast we leave Zurite and head towards Amaruwatana camp. The walk will take us through Qenteqentiyoc (the Hummingbird Temple), where we will visit and admire this Inca archaeological&nbsp;site.&nbsp;We will then follow&nbsp;the ancient path all the way to the top of our first pass at 4,400m, where we will have a dramatic view of both the&nbsp;Vilcabamba and Vilcanota&nbsp;mountain ranges.&nbsp;From here we start walking down on the way to our first camp in the Sambor Valley where we will spend the night camping.</p><p>Approximate walking time: 8hrs,&nbsp;Distance: 13kms,&nbsp;Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner</p><p><strong>Option 2 - Classic Inca Trek</strong></p><p><strong>Ollantaytambo to Wayllabamba</strong></p><p>After breakfast, we catch a bus to Piscaycuscho and the start of the Classic Inca Trek - the railroad KM82 marker (at 2,700m altitude). Here we&nbsp;are joined by our&nbsp;crew of local porters and&nbsp;cooks. We will cross the bridge over the River Urubamba&nbsp;and following a trail along the left-hand shore of the river,&nbsp;enjoying stunning views of the snow-capped Mount Veronica (5,830m) and the Incan archaeological remains at Llactapata. Continuing through lush farmland and woodland, we gradually climb for approximately 5 hours to our first campsite at Wayllabamba (3,000m).</p><p>Approximate trekking time: 5-6hrs, Distance: 12kms,&nbsp;Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks</p><p><strong>Option 3 - Train Package</strong></p><p>Today is a free day&nbsp;to&nbsp;enjoy Cuzco, with its museums, churches, incredible colonial architecture,&nbsp;beautiful restaurants and a vast array of shops, selling textiles and&nbsp;handicrafts.</p>

Location: Inca Trail

<p><strong>Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek</strong></p><p><strong>Amaruwatana to Ancascocha</strong></p><p>We have an early start this morning, trekking for approximately 2 hours to reach the top of our second pass at 4,700m. From here we have fantastic views of the rock formations below us, and if we&#39;re lucky we may spot Andean ibises, caracaras, eagles or foxes up here!</p><p>After descending for approximatley&nbsp;2 hours, we arrive at a stunning&nbsp;highland valley with a glacial river&nbsp;named Kenqo Mayu (meaning &quot;Zig-zag River&quot;)&nbsp;flowing down it - which makes an idyllic stop for lunch!</p><p>After lunch we will continue trekking downhill&nbsp;following the ancient trail, which leads&nbsp;us to our campsite in the&nbsp;Ancascocha area.</p><p>Approximate trekking time: 6-7hrs, Distance: 10kms,&nbsp;Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner</p><p><strong>Option 2 - Classic Trek</strong></p><p><strong>Wayllabamba to Pacaymayo</strong></p><p>This is the most challenging day of the trek as we ascend a long steep path (approximately 4 hours) through Andean cloud forest and highland puna&nbsp;to reach the highest point of our trek, Warmiwa&ntilde;usca (meaning &quot;Dead Woman&#39;s Pass&quot;)&nbsp;at a height of 4,200m.&nbsp;During our ascent, we can appreciate the wide variety of plant, flower and bird species supported by this unique eco-climate.&nbsp;On reaching the pass, our challenge is rewarded by an astonishing panoramic view of the Vilcanota and Vilcabamba mountain ranges.&nbsp;From here we descend for 2 hours into the Pacaymayo Valley (3,650m altitude) and to our second campsite.</p><p>Approximate trekking time: 6-7hrs, Distance: 11kms,&nbsp;Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks</p><p><strong>Option 3 - Train Package</strong><br />Today is a free day for you to enjoy Cuzco, with its museums, churches, incredible colonial architecture, beautiful restaurants and a vast array of shops selling textiles and handicrafts.</p>

Location: Inca Trail

<p><strong>Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek</strong></p><p><strong>Ancascocha to Ollantaytambo</strong></p><p>Today we will descend the narrow&nbsp;Silque Canyon, allowing us to&nbsp;observe its tall granite walls which are&nbsp;populated by a large variety of orchids and bromeliads, filling the environment with magnificent colours when they bloom. After crossing many little bridges&nbsp;we will reach the&nbsp;Camicancha area,&nbsp;where we stop at a magnificent&nbsp;volcanic&nbsp;viewpoint looking towards the snow-capped Mt. Veronica.</p><p>From here&nbsp;it is only a short trek to Chilca, where our&nbsp;trail ends.&nbsp;We&#39;ll be picked up by our vehicle and head to&nbsp;Ollantaytambo, taking a well-earned shower and rest at our hotel.</p><p>In the afternoon we will have an included guided tour around the incredible archaeological site of Ollantaytambo and its world-famous&nbsp;Temple of the Sun.&nbsp;Please note that we have the evening to ourselves in Ollantaytambo, our Guide will meet us in the morning.&nbsp;No Meals are included in Ollantaytambo.</p><p>Approximate trekking time: 5hrs, Distance: 12kms, Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch</p><p><strong>Option 2 - Classic Inca Trek</strong></p><p><strong>Pacaymayo to Wi&ntilde;ay Wayna</strong></p><p>Today we follow ancient stone paths and steps to ascend the well-preserved Inca remains of Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, and Phuyupatamarca (the &quot;Town above the Clouds&quot;)&nbsp;where we can appreciate the Incas&rsquo; complex architectural style and reverence of natural geography and beauty.&nbsp;Heading down the&nbsp;Andean slope, we reach our final night&#39;s camp by the Wi&ntilde;ay Wayna (meaning &quot;Forever Young&quot;)&nbsp;ruins, with panoramic views of the valley below.</p><p>Approximate walking time: 8hrs, Distance: 16kms,&nbsp;Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks</p><p><strong>Option 3 - Train Package</strong></p><p>After being picked up from your hotel in the morning you will be driven to the fortress city of Ollantaytambo and our hotel for the night, the Tunupa Lodge. Here you will rejoin the Wild Andes Trekkers and your tour leader who will be arriving from their trek this afternoon.</p>

Location: Cuzco

<p><strong>Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek</strong></p><p><strong>Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Cuzco</strong></p><p>Today we will have&nbsp;an early start to&nbsp;catch the train to the small town of Aguas Calientes. From there, we will take a bus up the winding mountainside to the legendary ruined city of&nbsp;Machu Picchu - one of the world's most iconic sights!&nbsp;We&nbsp;have a guided tour with our expert local guide and there will be plenty of free time to&nbsp;explore this magical place.&nbsp;</p><p>In the afternoon we will head back to Ollantaytambo and then on to Cuzco, where we return to our joining hotel at the end of a long but phenomenal day!</p><p>Meals provided: Breakfast</p><p><strong>Option 2 - Classic Trek</strong></p><p><strong>Wiñ</strong><strong>ay Wayna to Machupicchu</strong></p><p>Leaving Wiñay Wayna, we descend gradually further through the highland jungle to our destination -&nbsp;Intupunku (the "Sun Gate") leading into Machu Picchu. Arriving at daybreak, we catch our first breathtaking view of this historical wonder. As with the Wild Andes Trek, our local guide will show us the most important constructions as well as explain the history and the mythology of this magnificent place. There is also some free time to explore the ruins further at your own pace or just chill out and watch the hummingbirds or vizcachua. In the afternoon we head back down to Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Ollantaytambo and return to Cuzco for a well-deserved rest.</p><p>Approximate walking time: 2hrs, Distance: 4kms,&nbsp;Meals provided: Breakfast, Snacks</p><p><strong>Option 3 - Train Package</strong></p><p>After an early breakfast and walk to the train station, your stunning 2 hour train ride to Aguas Calientes begins. The journey takes you through several different micro-climates, past Inca terraces, lookout posts, ancient river bank reinforcements and small towns. You will get a glimpse of different temples and the beautiful Mount Veronica (5,750m). Passing through 8 tunnels, the train journey finally comes to an end in the busy pueblo, Aguas Calientes. From here you take a local bus that winds up the mountainside for about 30 minutes until you arrive at the entrance to Machu Picchu (2,400m), the awe inspiring 'Lost City of the Incas'. The guide will take you around the immense, mystical ruins for about 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes, explaining the rich history of the ancient site. Afterwards, you will have time to explore on your own before returning down the mountain to Aguas Calientes.</p><p>In the afternoon you will catch a train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and a private transfer will take you back to your hotel in Cuzco.</p><p>Meals provided: Breakfast</p>

Location: Cuzco

<p>Today is a free day to relax after the treks, further explore the historical city of Cuzco, and take part in some&nbsp;optional activities around the city.</p>

Location: Puno

<p>Today we will leave Cuzco and head through the highlands of Peru to the town of Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. </p>

Location: Isla del Sol

<p><strong>Border information:</strong> Exit Peru at Yunguyo, enter Bolivia at Kasani.<p>This morning we will cross into Bolivia and head to the lakeside town of Copacabana, before boarding a boat to the stunning island of Isla del Sol.</p></p>

Location: Copacabana

<p>Today we will take an included day trip across Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca, one of the holiest sites in ancient Inca mythology and supposedly the birthplace of the Sun God Inti. We will take a 14km walk across the length of the island, taking in the incredible and serene scenery and soaking up the calm atmosphere of the island (this walk can be skipped by anybody who does not want to do it). <p>We will return to Copacabana for the evening.</p><br/><br/></p>

Location: La Paz

<p>Today we will drive to the famous city of La Paz, Bolivia's seat of government and the highest administrative capital in the world! </p>

Location: La Paz

<p><strong>Border information:</strong> if you are joining in La Paz, you will most likely enter Bolivia at La Paz El Alto International Airport (IATA code: LPB).<p>Welcome to La Paz, Bolivia's seat of government and the highest administrative capital in the world! There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.</p><p>Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in La Paz before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring La Paz.</p><p><strong>A note on altitude</strong>: If you are joining in La Paz, we strongly recommend arriving at least 24 hours before the trip begins to allow additional time to acclimatise.</p></p>

Location: La Paz

<p>Today we have a free day to enjoy La Paz.</p>

Location: Potosi

<p>Today we will leave La Paz behind and head to the colonial mining town of Potos&iacute;, the highest town in the world, and once famous for the area's abundance of silver!</p>

Location: Uyuni

<p>After some free time in Potosi, we will continue our journey to Uyuni, the gateway to the Salar de Uyuni salt flats. <br/><br/>In Uyuni we will stay in a friendly hotel, famous for serving the highest pizzas in the world!</p>

Location: Uyuni

<p>Today we will venture out onto the salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni, spending a full day exploring this phenomenal location by jeep and on foot. En route we will explore the nearby train graveyard and the cactus-filled 'Fish Island', and take all the time we need to get plenty of perspective-bending photographs!</p>

Location: Altiplano

<p>Today we will head off across the wilds of the Altiplano, a surreal and desolate desert landscape that stretches all the way into Chile. We will make plenty of stop for photographs on the way and at the end of the day we aim to cross the border into Chile, making camp soon afterwards.<p> </p></p>

Location: San Pedro de Atacama

<p>Border information: Exit Bolivia and enter Chile at Ollague<p>After breakfast we will break camp, and drive through the stunning Reserva Nacional Alto Loa on the Chilean part of the Altiplano, stopping off en route for photographs. Afterwards descending down to San Pedro de Atacama.</p><p>Please note: The weather in this region can be unpredictable and has been known to close the road to the border. On these occasions we will take an alternate route across the Altiplano, crossing into either Chile or Argentina at a different border point. Your Tour Leaders will keep you informed of any changes that may be necessary.</p></p>

Location: San Pedro de Atacama

<p>Today we will have a free day to explore the incredible highlights of the Atacama desert surrounding San Pedro. In the evening we will take an included trip out to the extraordinary Moon Valley, where we will hopefully see an incredible sunset. At night we will also have the chance to&nbsp;go stargazing, in one of the world&#39;s premier regions for astronomy&nbsp;(please note that this is only possible when there is not a full moon).</p>

Location: Purmamarca

<p><strong>Border information:</strong> Exit Chile at Paso Jama, enter Argentina at Paso Jama.<p>Today we will have a long drive day to cross the mighty Andes, cross the border into Argentina, and reach the beautiful village of Purmamarca next to the aptly-named 'Hill of Seven Colours'</p></p>

Location: Salta

<p>Today we will drive to the beautiful colonial city of Salta, where we will have time to freely explore on arrival.</p>

Location: Salta

<p>Today we will have a free day to explore the town of Salta, visit its many museums, or explore the beautiful surrounding hills on foot or&nbsp;by mountain bike. We will also have the chance to take the cable car to the viewpoint on San Bernardo Hill overlooking the town, taking in some of the incredible mountian scenery nearby.</p>

Location: En route

<p>Today we will have a short morning drive to a campsite in Cabra Corral, a small village south of Salta where we have the opportunity to go rafting or zip-lining!<p>Tonight we will continue our drive a short distance to wild camp in the stunning mountains nearby, or camp at the rafting base in Cabra Corral if preferred.</p><p><br/></p></p>

Location: Cafayate

<p>Today we will drive through the spectacular rock formations of the Quebrada de las Conchas, and reach the serene town of Cafayate.<p>This small unassuming town is the centre of one of Argentina's principal wine producing regions, famous for the quality of its Torrentes and Tannat wines! Over the next two days we will have the opportunity to go to a few of the vineyards nearby to see how the wine is made, and of course to try them!</p></p>

Location: Cafayate

Free day to explore Cafayate. This small unassuming town&nbsp;is the&nbsp;centre of one of Argentina's principal wine producing regions, famous for the quality of its Torrentes and Tannat wines! We will have the opportunity to go to a few of the vineyards nearby to see how the wine is made, and of course to try them!</p>

Location: Recreo

<p>Today we will drive south over some more spectacular mountains and arrive in the lush flat pampas that Argentina is famous for. We will visit the ancient ruins of the indigenous city of Quilmes en route.</p>

Location: Estancia

<p>Today we drive to a unique Anglo-Argentine Estancia, where we will stay for 3 nights.<p>During our time at the Estancia, we will head out horseback riding, taste the excellent wines produced by their vineyards, be entertained by a local musician, learn some of the skills of the gauchos, and enjoy a traditional asado (Argentine BBQ). This isa magical experience in a beautiful and atmospheric location, and many people's highlight of the trip!</p><p><em>Please note that some of these activities are subject to weather conditions. Please also note that there is a strict weight limit of 15 stone (210lbs) or 95kg to partake in the horse riding - if you should weigh more than this, then unfortunately you will not be able to participate in the horseback riding.</em></p></p>

Location: Estancia

Full day at the Estancia.

Location: Estancia

Full day at the Estancia.

Location: Buenos Aires

<p>Today we will have a full day drive to the wonderful city of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina.</p>

Location: Buenos Aires

<p>Today is a free day to explore the incredible city of Buenos Aires, soak up the atmosphere of its streets, and discover its amazing culture, art, and music.</p>

Location: Buenos Aires

<p><strong>Border information:</strong>&nbsp;if you are joining in Buenos Aires, you will most likely enter&nbsp;Argentina at Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport,&nbsp;also known as Ezeiza Airport (IATA code: BUE/EZE).</p><p>Welcome to Buenos Aires, the wonderful capital of Argentina! There will be an important&nbsp;group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.</p><p>Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Buenos Aires&nbsp;before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Buenos Aires.</p><p>In Buenos Aires we will stay in a centrally-located hotel.</p>

Location: Buenos Aires

<p>Today will be a free day to explore the incredible city of Buenos Aires,&nbsp;soak up the&nbsp;atmosphere of its streets, and discover its amazing culture, art, and music.</p>

Location: Yapeyu

<p>Today we have a full day drive north though the provinces of Entre Rios and Corrientes, aiming to reach the beautiful village of Yapey&uacute; on the banks of the River Uruguay. Yapey&uacute; is very famous amongst Argentines for being the birthplace of their national hero General Jose de San Martin, one of the liberators of South America from Spanish colonial rule.<p><br/></p></p>

Location: Foz do Iguacu

<p><strong>Border information: </strong>Exit Argentina at Tancredo Neves, enter Brazil at Tancredo Neves.<p>Today we cross the border into Brazil and drive to the city of Foz do Iguacu.</p><p><br/></p></p>

Location: Foz do Iguacu

<p>Today we will visit the Brazilian side of the phenomenal&nbsp;Iguazu Falls, to get some incredible&nbsp;panoramic vistas of the mighty waterfalls. There is also plenty of time to visit the bird park, take a helicopter ride over the falls, see the incredible Itaipu Dam, or quickly stop into Paraguay to pick up some bargains in the nearcy Ciudad del Este.</p>

Location: Foz do Iguacu

<p>Today we will take a day trip back into Argentina to see the incredible Iguazu Falls from the other side. This is well worth doing as the views are even more spectacular, and you&#39;ll be able to look right down into the mighty Garganta del Diablo&nbsp;(the largest waterfall here) from a gantry walkway viewing point). We will have a full day at the Argentine side of the falls, allowing us lots of time to freely explore the site, hike some nature trails, or perhaps take an exhilarating (and very wet) boat ride!</p><p>We will return to our base in Foz do Iguacu tonight.</p>

Location: Bonito

<p>Today we have a full drive day north to the Brazilian eco-tourism capital of Bonito.<p><br/></p></p>

Location: Bonito

<p>We have two full days in Bonito to take part in the plethora of incredible optional activities here. You could go out on a world-class snorkelling trip, explore the nearby caves, or go abseiling down some of the largest waterfalls in the area, amongst many other possibilities!</p>

Location: Bonito

Second free day for optional activities in Bonito.

Location: Pantanal

<p>Today we have a short drive to Brazil's amazing Southern Pantanal region, where we have a visit a local eco-tourism ranch (or 'fazenda').<p>We will spend 2 nights here and have a fantastic package of included activities such as exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside on horseback, trips down the wildlife-abundant rivers in boats and canoes, and safaris on the ranch's trucks and on foot where we hope to spot capybaras, caimans, and (if we are very lucky) jaguars and ocelots. Our stay here is an incredible highlight!</p><p>In the Southern Pantanal we will stay in dorm accommodation in a well equipped lodge with all the meals and activities included.</p></p>

Location: Pantanal

Full day in the Pantanal.

Location: Campo Grande

<p>After our morning activities and one final lunch in our beautiful ranch, it is time to leave the Pantanal. We will start driving east towards Sao Paulo state, and wild camp or stay in a local pousada at the end of the day.<p><br/></p></p>

Location: Brotas

<p>Today we will drive to the remote town of Brotas in southeastern Brazil.<p><br/></p></p>

Location: Brotas

<p>Today is free to take part in&nbsp;optional&nbsp;adventure activities such as white water rafting or canyoning, or to simply&nbsp;relax&nbsp;by the pool!</p>

Location: Paraty

<p>Today we have a full day drive to the colonial town of Paraty on the Emerald Coast of the Atlantic!<p><br/></p></p>

Location: Paraty

Today we will have an included boat trip around the incredible islands and beaches off the coast.

Location: Paraty

Today we will have free time to explore the town, take a historical tour, walk along the stunning scenery of the coastline, head out snorkelling or diving, or simply relax on the idyllic beaches.

Location: Rio de Janeiro

<p>This morning we will drive to the incredible Rio de Janeiro, one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world! <p>In Rio de Janeiro we will stay in a great hotel in the Flamengo district, close to the beach and the metro station.</p><p><br/></p></p>

Location: Rio de Janeiro

<p>Welcome to Rio Carnival, the biggest party on the planet!<br/><br/><p>There will be an important meeting at 17:00 or 18:00, where you'll have a full briefing on how to make the most of your time in Rio and receive your tickets, maps, T-Shirt and souvenir booklet - please check the notice board in the reception area for other important information throughout the week.</p><p>After the meeting we have a table booked at a nearby buffet restaurant, so you can get to know some of your fellow travellers.</p><p>Our dedicated Carnival team will be on hand throughout the week for a few hours each day to provide any assistance you may need.</p><p>There's a whole host of additional optional activities that you may like to take part in, such as 'Join the Parade', prior early booking is essential!</p><p>If you are arriving early you may like to join a Market Tour or Jungle Tour.</p><p>In Rio de Janeiro we will stay in a great hotel in the Flamengo district, accommodation is in twin or double rooms. Our hotel is close to the beach and the metro station. Our hotel check-in is from 2pm, and staff will be on hand to give you assistance.</p><p>Border information: if you are joining in Rio de Janeiro, you will most likely enter Brazil at Rio de Janeiro Gale&atilde;o International Airport.</p><p> </p></p>

Location: Rio de Janeiro

<p>Today we will visit the most iconic sights of Rio; the immense statue of Christ the Redeemer standing at 710m on Corcovado mountain and the P&atilde;o de A&#231;&uacute;car (Sugarloaf Mountain). We will have some time to explore these sights in our own time, you may even choose to take a helicopter ride!. We will also aim to see some other important landmarks such as the Maracan&atilde; stadium, Escadaria Selar&oacute;n and the Lapa Arches. We will travel by minibus. (NB today's tour is unguided but you will be accompanied by our crew).<br/><br/><p>This evening we will head out to Lapa for a night out in a samba club; Rio Scenarium, one of the City's greatest nightspots - it's an antiques warehouse, music venue, bar and restaurant all housed in a fantastic colonial mansion. There will be live samba music and DJ's on each floor. We will be hosting a beginners Samba Dance class in the late afternoon, why not sign up and learn some of the basic steps before hitting the town!</p></p>

Location: Rio de Janeiro

<p>This morning why not glitter up and join us at one of the local 'blocos' or street parties, there will be live music, dancing and plenty of opportunities to get to know Rio and it's people! Blocos are great fun, crowded, hot and lively! The local 'cariocas' will be all dressed up, so make sure you come dressed to impress! <br/><br/><p>In the evening it's time for the main event of the week - the parade in the Sambadrome. The top samba schools parade their fantastic floats and costumes and the party goes on well into the early hours of Monday morning. You'll be situated in Sector 11, close to the action.</p></p>

Location: Rio de Janeiro

<p>This morning is free for you to recover from last night in the Sambadrome! It's a great chance to hit the beach, explore the city or simply have a lie in!<p>In the afternoon you may wish to join us for a walking tour of Copacabana and Ipanema beaches.</p><p>Tonight we have the chance to re-visit the Sambadrome, this time in Sector 5 in the centre of the parade runway, to see the last 7 of the elite Samba schools parading. You even have the option to don a costume and take part in the parade itself, dancing your way down the Sambadrome runway - a once in a lifetime experience!</p><p>It is important to pre-book these activities early.</p></p>

Location: Rio de Janeiro

<p>Today you have free time to enjoy the activities, sights and sounds of Rio! Join a bloco, hit the beach or ride the tram to Santa Teresa. Rio has so much to offer other than it's carnival fesitivities. We will be organising some fun water based activities such as kayaking and paddle boarding (prior booking is essential).<br/><br/><p>Tonight you have a free night to hit the town; head downtown and enjoy a Caipirinha under the iconic Lapa arches or join a bloco.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p></p>

Location: Rio de Janeiro

<p>Border information: if you are leaving in Rio de Janeiro, you will most likely exit Brazil at Rio de Janeiro Gale&atilde;o International Airport.<br/><br/><p>The Carnival package finishes after breakfast today. Our hotel check-out is at 12pm.</p><p>If you would like to extend your visit, why not speak to your Sales representative about joining one of our overland trucks to Buenos Aires or Salvador and beyond?!</p></p>

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Touring with Dragoman

Dragoman has a proud history, of nearly 40 years of pioneering overland adventures in their fleet of iconic, orange trucks. They aim to get you completely off the beaten track and really under the skin of the places that they visit, taking the road less travelled, mixing with the locals, learning about their culture, and ensuring that every part of the journey counts towards an amazing adventure.

Dragoman’s life changing overland adventures, visit over 55 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Many trips are a convenient 14-21 days, offering a great snapshot of a region getting you off the tourist trail on a perspective-changing journey.

These short trips can also be combined to create epic journeys lasting several months be it along the fabled Silk Route, a trans-Africa expedition from Cape Town to Cairo, or travel the entire length of the Americas from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. Or journey from Mongolia down through China, and South East Asia – or in India you can circle the continent. These are incredible journeys that will change your life!

Group sizes are limited to 22, creating a personal experience with the most popular tours having frequent departures so you can easily find a date to suit you. They guarantee more trip departures than comparable operators and strive to offer value with more inclusions, so you don't have to pay extra on the road.

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Start:Mexico City
Finish:Rio de Janeiro
Group size:0 - 22
Suitable for: 18 plus
Accommodation:Comfortable Hotel 57 nights. Camping 38 nights. Basic Hotel 27 nights. Multishare Hostel 24 nights. Hammocks 2 nights. Guesthouse 2 nights. Homestay 1 night. Wild Camp 5 nights
Physical rating:High
Meals:Breakfasts x 212, Lunches x 122, Dinners x 110
Diets:Vegetarians, Please contact Dragoman with any specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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