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South America Highlights

From £5000 for 44 days
Trip Overview
There’s times when it’s appropriate to dip a toe in, and there’s times when it’s best to dive in head first. Get ready to jump straight into the action on this Lonely Planet Experience from Lima to Rio, with plenty of time for independent exploring and taking things at your own pace. This trip takes in the very best of the centre of South America – from trekking the Inca Trail to Macchu Pichu to partying in Rio de Janiero. Visit Iguaza Falls, stroll the barrios of Buenos Aires, snap pictures at the incredible Uyuni Salt Flats, look out over the Nazca Lines and explore the histories and cultures of this incredible part of the world at a pace that allows you to do as much as you want. 
Essential Info
Starts: Lima
Ends: Rio de Janeiro
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Discovery
Trip Code: IGGBZC
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Peru, Uruguay
What's Included

Meals

38 Breakfasts included
10 Lunches included
10 Dinners included

Transport

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

Accommodation

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

Trip Highlights

•   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

•   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

•   Harness your inner gaucho during a three-day stay at a working estancia in Uruguay. Whether it’s getting involved in daily chores around the farm, working with livestock or simply relaxing on the ranch, experience a unique way of life and Uruguayan hospitality at its best

•   The mighty Iguazu Falls straddles the border between Argentina and Brazil, and you’ll be able to see it from both sides

•   The heaving, hedonistic metropolis of Rio de Janeiro is a great way to end the trip. Party down with the locals and experience a culture at the beating heart of Brazil

Dates & Availability
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Departing: 8th May 2021
Returning: 20th Jun 2021
£5,555pp
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Departing: 19th Jun 2021
Returning: 1st Aug 2021
£5,555pp
£5,000pp
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Departing: 17th Jul 2021
Returning: 29th Aug 2021
£5,775pp
£5,198pp
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Departing: 7th Aug 2021
Returning: 19th Sep 2021
£5,775pp
£5,198pp
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Departing: 28th Aug 2021
Returning: 10th Oct 2021
£5,775pp
£5,198pp
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Departing: 18th Sep 2021
Returning: 31st Oct 2021
£5,775pp
£5,198pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 2nd Oct 2021
Returning: 14th Nov 2021
£5,555pp
£5,000pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 13th Nov 2021
Returning: 26th Dec 2021
£5,555pp
£5,000pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 1st Jan 2022
Returning: 13th Feb 2022
£6,285pp
£5,656pp
Availability: Good
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Itinerary & Notes
Bievenidos! Welcome to Peru's coastal capital. Your Lonely Planet Experience begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm where you'll meet your group leader and fellow travellers. With no activities planned until then, why not take a walk around the vibrant Miraflores area. Alternatively, stroll along to Parque del Amor (Love Park) for a great view of Lima's beaches. After your important briefing, get to know each other better over dinner. Whether you dine with the group or sample the city's renowned food scene on your own, don't miss Peru's national dish: ceviche. If you're not a fan of seafood, there are plenty of other excellent options on offer – be sure to ask your local leader of their favourite dishes. If you arrive early, perhaps take a walk around the vibrant Miraflores area. Alternatively, stroll along to Parque del Amor (Love Park) for a great view of Lima's beaches.
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