Ecuador

  • Start and finish in Quito, the capital (and the access point for Galapagos cruises)
  • Cross the equator for the first time on the journey
  • Visit Otavalo – a small market town famous for its colourful arts and crafts
  • Experience the Amazon rainforest with a 2/3 night stay in a jungle camp to view the exotic animals and plants
  • Relax in the themal baths of the spa town of Banos, or get the adrenalin flowing and go canyoning
  • Explore Cuenca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and home to the Panama Hat

Peru

  • Chill out by the beach on the Pacific Ocean coast, or try your hand at surfing
  • Explore the largest mud-brick (adobe) city in the world, Chan Chan
  • Wander the streets of Lima enjoying its many plazas, museums and great local seafood
  • Take a boat trip to the Ballestas Islands with their exotic and rare marine wildlife
  • Head off into the desert in a dune buggy for a bit of sandboarding and camp out overnight under the stars
  • Experience the otherworldly Nazca Lines, best viewed from the air
  • Visit the ancient eerie tombs of Chauchilla Cemetery
  • Enjoy the authentic Peruvian nightlife in the “white city” of Arequipa
  • Take the opportunity to view the majestic condors of Colca Canyon
  • Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu (included) – a 4-day hike on the Lares, Classic or Salkantay trail finishing at the magnificent Machu Picchu
  • Visit the floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake, and spend a night with one of the local families

Bolivia

  • La Paz with its colourful witches market and high altitude charm
  • Drive across the wild and barren landscape of the altiplano, a unique and incredible experience
  • Visit Potosi where you have the opportunity to enter a working silver and tin mine still utilising traditional techniques
  • Take a day trip out to the Uyuni Salt flats, the largest in the world
  • Follow in the steps of Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid in Tupiza

Argentina & Chile

  • Drive through the beautiful Humahuaca Canyon and visit Purmamarca
  • Stay in Salta, founded over 400 years ago and a great place for live music, mountain biking, trekking, horse riding and river rafting
  • Get on your bike – and visit the wineries of Cafayate & Mendoza
  • Explore Santiago, Chile’s capital, a modern organised city with great food and nightlife
  • Experience the wonders of Chile’s Lake District and enjoy white water rafting, skiing, horse riding, hikes or take the opportunity to climb the active Villarrica Volcano
  • Explore Bariloche, a popular holiday resort for Argentinians with great hiking trails, world-famous chocolate and funky nightlife
  • Drive on the Carretera Austral, an incredible journey past spiralling volcanoes, glaciers & fjords (weather/season dependent)
  • Visit Los Glaciares National Park, home to the largest glacier in the world where you also have the chance to don crampons and walk on a glacier, or just gaze in wonder at the Perito Mereno glacier
  • Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Torres del Paine National Park where huge granite cliffs dominate the landscape, and you will find some outstanding hiking trails
  • Tierra del Fuego – an island on the southern tip of the continent with spectacular scenery and optional boat trips
  • Visit Ushuaia, the town at the “end of the world”, the most southerly town on earth you are ever likely to travel to
  • Your travels through Chile & Argentina give you plenty of time to explore the Patagonia region with its vast, sparsely populated treeless plateau, unique wildlife, and stunning scenery
  • Spot penguins, sea lions, sea elephants, birds and whales on the Atlantic coast (season dependent)
  • Puerto Madryn, gateway to the Valdes Peninsula with its unique wildlife
  • Buenos Aires, the cosmopolitan capital of Argentina has plenty to enjoy, including museums, polo, football matches, tango dancing and restaurants that serve the best steaks in the world (along with some pretty decent red wine!)
  • Take an optional ferry ride across to Montevideo or Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay for a 1 or 2 day visit (that brings the country count up to 12!)
  • Visit the 400 year old Jesuit mission of San Ignacio
  • Experience the mighty Iguazu Falls by boat, helicopter or on foot, visiting both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides of the Falls

Brazil

  • Swim and snorkel in the crystal clear rivers and lakes of Bonito, or take a hike into the lush forests on the look out for monkeys, caiman and anaconda
  • Explore the Pantanal, the world’s largest wetlands, with organised treks and boat trips in search of birds and fish, including piranha
  • Enjoy Christmas in Bonito or the Pantanal
  • Relax in Parati, a laid back historical coastal village where you can also take a traditional schooner boat trip out to explore the secluded islands
  • Rio de Janeiro – enjoy New Years’ celebrations in this city that really knows how to party! With 5 nights here you have plenty of time to explore the many sights of this vibrant city, maybe see it from above on a hang glider, take a tour of the favelas, or see and be seen on Copacabana or Ipanema beach.
  • Terespolis – this cool mountain retreat is a world away from the Rio party scene. Take a hike in the Parque Nacional Da Serra Dos Argaos to enjoy waterfalls and stunning views
  • Visit Ouro Preto, a colonial town with beautiful churches and cobbled streets
  • Explore the coastline of Brazil’s best and least known beaches including Itaunas and Carvelas where you can also take an optional day trip out to the reefs at Parque Nacional Marinho de Abrolhos
  • Hike the trails of Parque Nacional Monte Pascoal in search of monkeys, sloths and other unique creatures
  • Enjoy the beach at Porto Seguro, also home to colourful old buildings, museums and sweeping views from the Old Town
  • Take a ferry across Brazil’s largest bay, Baia de Todos os Santos
  • Wander around the Cidada Alta (upper city) and Baixa (lower city) of Salvador de Bahia and take in the music, cuisine and religion of the area
  • Watch locals practicing the dance fighting known as Capoeira
  • Visit Lencois, an old diamond mining town with cobbled streets and brightly painted 19th Century buildings, and take optional trips out to the waterfalls, caves and plateaus of the surrounding area
  • Explore the town and relax in the nearby small waterfalls and natural pools of Navidade
  • Visit Taquarucu, a cozy eco tourism mecca with guided trips to the areas waterfalls, caves and pools
  • Wildlife spotting in Estaudal do Jalapao and Ilha do Bananal
  • Drive through the unforgiving Amazon, camping in the wilds or at small villages
  • Visit Belem’s Teatro da Paz or wander around the Estacao das Docas area, full of arty shops and eateries
  • Enjoy an overnight riverboat cruise from Belem to Macapa across the mighty Amazon delta.
  • Visit the restaurants, fish market, shops and even the beautiful opera house (Teatro Amazonas) in Manaus
  • Pass through the Waimiri Indian Reserve area
  • Spend a day in the vast grounds of Parque Anaua in Boa Vista or take a day trip out on the Rio Branco to Serra Grande and go hiking

French Guiana

  • Explore the colonial architecture and fantastic street food of Cayenne, French Guiana’s capital
  • Take a tour of the European Spaceport in Kourou
  • Visit the nesting site for 4 of the world’s most famous turtle species
  • Visit the former penal town of St Laurent du Maroni

Suriname

  • Sit back and relax in the cooling winds at the waterfront in Paramaribo, Suriname’s capital
  • Explore the historic inner city of Paramaribo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Join a river cruise to hopefully spot rare freshwater dolphins

Guyana

  • Explore the only English-speaking country in South America!
  • Take an optional overnight excursion to visit Kaieteur Falls, the world’s highest single drop waterfall at 221m
  • Travel through the dense Amazon rainforest
  • Spend a night at a comfortable jungle lodge with a high canopy walkway which is a great place to view the rainforest

Venezuela

  • Explore the town of Santa Elena
  • Optional climb (5 days) or Mt Roraima (2,810m), the flat topped “tepuis” that inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Lost World”. There are also shorter hikes, rafting or paragliding available
  • La Gran Sabana (Great Savanna) where an endless sky extends over a wide open grassland
  • Wander the historic centre and along the waterfront of the Rio Orinoco in Ciudad Bolivar
  • Take a trip into the Parque Nacional Canaima to visit the famous Angel Falls, various trips available to suit all budgets
  • Cross the Orinoco River and continue north to the Caribbean Coast
  • Enjoy a beautiful drive into Parque Nacional Henri Pittier then relax in hammocks or hike the trails in search of the local Criollo (chocolate)
  • Get the adrenalin flowing in Merida, Venezuela’s mountainous adventure capital with opportunities for trekking, paragliding, canopy tours, zip-lining, canyoning and white water rafting
  • Optional 2, 3 and 4 day trips into the immense Los Llanos savanna wetlands to see caiman, capybara (the world’s largest rodent), anaconda, anteaters, tapirs and the elusive jaguar, amongst other wildlife
  • San Cristobal, known as the “Friendly City”

Colombia

  • Take the opportunity to go paragliding in Bucaramanga
  • Walk trails to beaches set in deep bays, snorkel or maybe scuba dive in the beautiful Tayrona National Park on the Caribbean Coast
  • Medellin, a good spot to get a few salsa or tango lessons and a great nightlife.
  • Visit one of the many coffee plantations in the Manizales area, a mountainous region with a cool climate
  • Visit the Parque los Nevados with the option to go hiking, or to hang out in funky bars in the evening
  • Bogota, Colombia’s capital, offers plenty to including trekking up to the Cerro de Monserrate or wandering around the historic centre of La Candelaria with its cafes and picturesque buildings
  • Travel through the Tatacoa Desert, an arid area of striking eroded cliffs, an excellent area for camping and star gazing
  • Visit Parque Purace, the only place to see condors in Colombia and also home to some good walking trails. Climb Volcan Purace or take hikes to a sulphur mine and Termales de San Juan, a spectacular hot spring
  • Visit the stunning Santuario de las Lajas, a neo-Gothic church built on a stone bridge spanning a gorge

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