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South America Explorer

From £4465 for 42 days
Trip Overview

Catching the best of a whole continent is a hard task, but with this 43-day Lonely Planet Experience powered by Intrepid, you’ll get the chance to hit all of South America’s hotspots without the hassle of organising all the logistics yourself. Instead, marvel at the lost Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, Andean condors flying high over the Colca Canyon, floating communities on Lake Titicaca and the puzzling lines of Nazca. From Quito through Lima, Cusco, La Paz and to Buenos Aires, get to know a Latin way of life in more detail, with a local leader joining you to point out the best barrios and beverages you can find at each stop.

Essential Info
Starts: Quito
Ends: Buenos Aires
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Discovery
Trip Code: IGGBPC
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru
What's Included


38 Breakfasts included
9 Lunches included
8 Dinners included


4x4,Bus,Coach,Minibus,Overnight bus,Plane,Taxi,Van


Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights),Dormitory (2 nights),Homestay (1 night),Hotel (31 nights),Jungle Lodge (2 nights),Overnight bus (2 nights)

Trip Highlights

•   Hike through the Amazon rainforest and sample fruit, chocolate and if you’re brave enough, tree worms in a local indigenous farming community

•   Whether you trek the classic Inca Trail, the Inca Quarry Trail or take the scenic train route, the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu are a majestic destination, no matter how you get there

•   Through a vast Andean valley lies the Colca Canyon, home to the mighty Andean condor. See these magnificent beasts go about their morning routines at sunrise

•   The floating islands of Uros on Lake Titicaca are a marvel of concept, construction and history. Take a boat tour on the lake and spend the night with a local family in a traditional island community

•   The landscapes of Salar de Uyuni are so unique they’re almost extra-terrestrial. Embark on a three-day adventure via 4WD across the rocky Atacama Desert and the largest salt lakes in the world - passing cactus islands, train cemeteries and mineral lakes teeming with flamingos

•   Soak up the cosmopolitan, European and Latin charms of Buenos Aires and explore the sights of its historic city centre

Dates & Availability
Start date
End date
Departing: 5th Dec 2020
Returning: 15th Jan 2021
Availability: Good
Itinerary & Notes
Bienvenidos! Welcome to Quito, Ecuador. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2 pm. After the important meeting, join your leader on a walking tour of the historic centre of Quito. Stroll through Plaza Grande (main square) and by the Archbishop's Palace. From here, walk about 800 metres uphill to reach the Basilica del Voto Nacional. Time permitting, you may wish to spend more time exploring this church and its views from the top towers. Finally, walk to La Ronda Street and pass by La Compania de Jesus and San Francisco churches. At the end of the walk, your leader will recommend a local restaurant on La Ronda Street for an optional group dinner.
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