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Cuzco to Rio De Janeiro

Starts: Cuzco, Peru
Finishes: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Visit: Cuzco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Puno, Copacabana, Isla Del Sol, La Paz, Ojo del Inca, Potosí, Uyuni, Salar De Uyuni , Bolivian Altiplano, San Pedro De Atacama, Salta, Cafayate, Quilmes Ruins, Rio Ceballos, Mendoza, Santiago, Pucón, Bariloche, Argentinian Patagonia, Rio Pinturas, El Chaltén, Argentinian Patagonia, Tierra Del Fuego, Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Torres Del Paine National Park, El Calafate, Argentina Wild Camp, Camarones, Puerto Madryn, Monte Hermoso, Buenos Aires, Yapeyú, Foz do Iguaçu, Iguazu Falls, Foz do Iguaçu, Bonito, Southern Pantanal, Campo Grande, Brotas, Paraty, Rio De Janeiro

Tour Type: Group Tour

Accommodation: Budget

Overview

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Overlanding is the best way to see South America by far! Dragoman have been leading the way in South American overland expeditions since 1990, so take advantage of our years of experience and come with us as we include all the must-see attractions as well as heading to some unique hidden gems, well away from the usual tourist trail. We start this epic journey at the phenomenal city of Cuzco, our base for one of South America's best highlights, the Inca Trails and a visit to the legendary ruined city of Machu Picchu. After Cuzco, we will head south to the serene shores of Lake Titicaca and its sacred Inca island of Isla del Sol, and then move on to the thriving Bolivian city of La Paz. Heading south from La Paz, we visit our local community stay in Livichuco and the famous mining town of Potosí, before arriving in one of the continent's most spectacular natural wonders - the phenomenal salt flats of Salar de Uyuni. From here we will overland across the other-worldly scenery of the Bolivian Altiplano into the incredible Atacama Deserts of Chile, and then cross the Andes into the beautiful arid regions of Argentina and the wonderful town of Salta. We will make our way south through the wine regions and highlands of northwest Argentina before arriving at a very special highlight of this trip - our unique estancia stay for two days of horse riding on an idyllic country ranch. From here we make our way to the spectacular town of Mendoza, under the shadow of the Andes' highest mountains, before finally crossing the Andes again to arrive in the Chilean capital of Santiago. We will continue south from Santiago into the Chilean and Argentinian Lake District to enjoy the wealth of optional activities and beautiful scenery in Pucón and Barlioche. From there we journey to the fabled land of Patagonia, famous for its hauntingly desolate scenery, its huge glaciers near El Calafate, the phenomenal mountain scenery of El Chaltén and Torres del Paine, and the chance to get out trekking, climbing and horse riding! We will see all of Patagonia's highlights, visit the world's southernmost town of Ushuaia, before making our way up the rugged Atlantic coast to the cosmoplitan Argentinan capital of Buenos Aires. From Buenos Aires, the cosmopolitan capital of Argentina, we head north along the classic route to the iconic Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro - there is so much to see through this region, such as the two iconic cities themselves including the latter's incredible Christ the Redeemer statue, the phenomenal paradise of the Emerald Coast, the wildlife-rich wetlands of the Pantanal, and of course the mighty Iguazu Falls! On arrival in Rio de Janeiro, it's time for the greatest party on Earth - the world-famous Rio Carnival! During this week the city bursts to life with music, dancing, street parties, colour, and fun - and Dragoman will get you right into the heart of the action! Join Dragoman for this wonderful and unforgettable trip!

Highlights

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Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 158252
Tour Type: Group Tour
Accommodation: Budget
Transport: User Defined
Guide Language: english

Starts: Cuzco, Peru
Finishes: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 88 days
Physical rating: Hard physical challenge

Includes

    Activities
    • Visit the incredible remains of the Inca temples of Sacsaywaman and the Sacred Valley on a guided tour
    • Take a guided tour of the fantastic Inca temples at Ollantaytambo
    • Options for the treks from Cuzco (please see the bottom of the Trip Notes for more details): Option 1 - Community Trek Hike on unspoiled Inca Trails through the stunning remote Andean scenery away from other tourists and through local communities, on our exclusive Community Inca Trek. If you choose this option you will get a small refund from kitty. Option 2 - Classic Trek Trek the Classic Inca Trail up the Royal Inca Road. Your kitty has been budgeted to accommodate for this option as it is the most costly of the 3 options. Option 3 - MAPI non-trekking option Relax in Cuzco and take the train to Machu Picchu without trekking. If you choose this option you will get a substantial refund from kitty. Important note: You must advise us at the time of booking if you wish to book the Classic Inca Trail or the MAPI non-trekking option, otherwise you will automatically be booked onto our Community Trek.
    • Explore the phenomenal and iconic Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World - take a guided tour and have plenty of time to freely explore before returning to Cuzco
    • Visit the incredible Inca site of Tipón, once an agricultural centre and a park for the Inca elite
    • Take a boat trip to Lake Titicaca's Isla del Sol, and head on a guided walk across the length of the stunning island
    • Take a full day tour out in jeeps to the dazzling Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats - the spectacular, perfectly-flat salt plains that are one of South America's most incredible sights
    • Take the epic journey across the southern Bolivian altiplano - an incredible high-altitude, off-road adventure through a surreal desert landscape, taking in bizarre rock formations, hot springs, and the phenomenal coloured lakes of Laguna Colorada and Laguna Verde
    • Explore the dramatic, other-worldly landscape of the Moon Valley, and take in an incredible sunset from one of its high viewpoints
    • Visit the impressive rock formations of 'El Amphiteatro' and 'La Garganta del Diablo' en route through the primaeval landscape of the Quebrada de las Conchas
    • Explore the atmospheric ruins of the indigenous city of Quilmes in north west Argentina
    • Spend 3 special days at a unique Anglo-Argentine Estancia, to experience the gaucho way of living and see the beautiful countryside by horseback
    • Visit the UNESCO site of Cueva de las Manos, a set of mysterious rock paintings made by hunter-gatherers over 10,000 years ago
    • Head out to the remote corner of Chilean Tierra del Fuego to view the King Penguin colony at Bahia Inutil, the only colony of these type of penguins outside of Antarctica
    • Entrance into the phenomenal Torres del Paine National Park in southern Chile, an area of some of the most outstanding natural beauty, breathtaking mountain vistas, and idyllic trekking opportunities in the world
    • Base package Guided 'base package' to trek part of the famous W-walk - included is the trek to Grey Glacier and the trek to the towers of Torres del Paine. The package includes camping with facilities in Paine Grande, food during the trekking days and the service of an expert English-speaking local guide.
    • See the enormous Perito Moreno Glacier from the most breathtaking and photogenic viewpoints on a guided day tour from El Calafate
    • Visit the huge colony of Magellanic Penguins at the remote area of Cabo Dos Bahias near Camarones on the South Atlantic coast
    • Party all night to the fantastic and eclectic sounds and sights of the Samba parade at Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome
    Tour Staff
    • 2 Dragoman crew plus local guides where necessary
    Accomodation
    • 40% Camping - 60% Hotels

Excludes

    Activities
    • Take an excellent free walking tour around Cuzco with a local guide, getting a fascinating insight into the history of the city and the life of the locals (Price: USD )
    • Freely explore the site of Koricancha and Santo Domingo neat the city centre, a jarring juxtaposition of a Spanish colonial cathedral built on top of the walls of an ancient Inca Sun temple (Price: PEN 10)
    • Take an incredible trip out on various mountain bike routes in the highlands surrounding Cuzco (Price: USD 125)
    • Visit some of the fascinating museums in Cuzco, including the Textiles Museum, the Chocolate Museum, the Casa Concha, and the Museo Inka (Price: PEN 20)
    • Head out for an exhilarating white-water rafting trip on the Urubamba River near Cuzco (Price: USD 45)
    • Take part in a Peruvian cooking class in Cuzco, learning how to make a variety of local dishes (Price: USD 79)
    • Take a Spanish class in the beautiful city of Cuzco (suitable for all levels) (Price: PEN 20)
    • Take the spectacular downhill mountain-bike trip down the infamous 'World's Most Dangerous Road', a 3,500m descent from the high mountain plateau near La Paz to the steaming jungles of Corioco via the dramatic road cut into the cliff (Price: USD 110)
    • Take a guided tour to explore the amazing pre-Inca ruins of Tiwanaku, once the centre of one of the most important cultures in South America (Price: BOB 180)
    • Take a trip out to the mountain resort of Chacaltaya and the other-worldly landscape of the Moon Valley near La Paz (Price: BOB 120)
    • Take a guided tour of the main sights and viewpoints around La Paz (Price: BOB 60)
    • Discover Bolivia's history, art, and culture in some of La Paz's many museums such as the San Francisco Museum and the Museum of Ethnography (Price: BOB 20)
    • Explore the claustrophobic tunnels of the Cerro Rico silver mines, an infamous mine orignally built by the Spanish (Price: BOB 110)
    • Visit the the Casa de la Moneda museum in Potosí, to learn all about its colonial past and the silver that once flowed from the area (Price: BOB 60)
    • Observe the night skies through the powerful telescopes of the observatory in the Atacama Desert near San Pedro, and learn all about the heavens on a fascinating talk from one of the astronomers (Price: CLP 20000)
    • Visit the incredible salt plains of the Salar de Atacama, and take a swim in the salty pools of Laguna Cejar (Price: CLP 2000)
    • Take a tour of the stunning Lagunas Altiplánicas, backdropped by the incredible deserts and volcanic scenery of the region (Price: CLP 30000)
    • Relax in the blissful natural volcanic hot springs of Puritama, in the hills above San Pedro (Price: CLP 15000)
    • Take the cable car up to the top of San Bernardo Hill, and take in the breathtaking views out over the city of Salta below (Price: ARS 110)
    • Explore the beautiful mountains and forests near Salta on a mountain biking trip (Price: ARS 690)
    • Explore the vineyards of Cafayate and discover the area's delicious wines and bodgeas on a wine-tasting excursion (Price: ARS 50)
    • Head out on a trek through the incredible valleys surrounding Mendoza (Price: ARS 270)
    • Enjoy a day out rock climbing in the stunning landscapes near Mendoza (Price: ARS 930)
    • Go for a horse ride through the arid foothills west of Mendoza (Price: ARS 800)
    • Discover Argentina's wine capital and explore the vineyards of the Mendoza and Maipu region, either on an organised tour or by cycling between the bodgeas (Price: ARS 300)
    • Take an exhilarating white water rafting trip down the Mendoza River (Price: ARS 600)
    • Relax in the beautiful thermal baths in Cacheuta, in the hills above Mendoza (Price: ARS 100)
    • Take a mountain biking trip through the dramatic landscapes of the Andean foothills near Mendoza (Price: ARS 600)
    • Discover all of Santiago's sights on a hop-on/hop-off bus around the city (Price: CLP 21000)
    • Take in the breathtaking vista of the city skyline backdropped by the mighty Andes, from the viewpoints at Cerro San Cristobal or Cerro San Lucia (Price: USD )
    • Learn more about Santiago and its history on a free walking tour of the centre from a knowledgeable local guide (Price: USD )
    • Trek up to the summit of the snowcapped volcano Villarica to witness the incredible sunrise views over Pucón and the Chilean Lake District (Price: CLP 50000)
    • Discover the beautiful lakes and forests of Pucón on a horse riding trip (Price: CLP 20000)
    • Relax in the soothing waters of the Pozones natural hot springs (Price: CLP 10000)
    • Explore the stunning views and hiking trails of the nearby Huerquehue National Park (Price: CLP 22000)
    • Learn all about Pucón and the history of its people on a free walking tour of the town (Price: CLP )
    • Explore the spectacular Lake District near Pucón by mountain bike (Price: CLP 8000)
    • Head on an exciting white-water rafting trip on the rapids of the Trancura River near Pucón (Price: USD 45)
    • Take part in a fantastic canyoning expedition through the gorges of the Chilean Lake District near Pucón (Price: CLP 20000)
    • Explore the beautiful scenery of Bariloche by horseback on a riding trip through the area (Price: ARS 450)
    • Take a stunning journey on the historic steam train between Bariloche and Perito Moreno Los Juncos, taking in the amazing scenery of the Patagonian steppe (Price: USD 50)
    • Freely explore the best viewpoints around Bariloche and some of the locals' favourite spots, such as the summit of Cerro Campanario, the beautiful beach of Playa Bonita, and the delightful waterfalls of Los Duendes (Price: ARS )
    • Explore the nearby Lago Gutierrez and take in its amazing views from the water on a half-day tandem kayaking trip (Price: ARS 200)
    • Visit the interesting Fenoglio Chocolate Museum in Bariloche, and learn all about the town's tradition of chocolate making (Price: ARS 50)
    • Hire mountain bikes to explore the forests and hills surrounding Lake Nauhel Huapi and Bariloche (Price: ARS 180)
    • Discover the incredible scenery of the Nauhel Huapi Lake and the Victoria Islands on a boat trip from Bariloche (Price: ARS 150)
    • Head out horse riding around the phenomenal scenery of El Chaltén (Price: ARS 600)
    • Freely explore and trek around the walking trails of Los Glaciares National Park, taking in the marvellous vistas of the Fitz Roy mountain range (Price: ARS )
    • Take a boat out onto the stunning Viedma Lake, and get up close to the Viedma Glacier to see its impressive facade (with options to do some ice trekking on the glacier!) (Price: ARS 1870)
    • Enjoy an exhilarating day of ice trekking and climbing on the Cerro Torre Glacier, dramatically located at the base of the impossibly-steep spire of Cerro Torre (Price: USD 74)
    • Visit the majestic Lago del Desierto, a remote and serene lake surrounded by stunning forests and mountains (Price: ARS 500)
    • Take a boat trip out on the famous Beagle Channel to view the native sea lions and birds (Price: ARS 650)
    • Explore the haunting beauty of Tierra del Fuego National Park and wander its atmospheric walking trails on a day tour from Ushuaia (Price: ARS 500)
    • Head out to the impressive Martial Glacier near Ushuaia, taking in the beautiful scenery of the Darwin Mountains and the Beagle Channel (Price: USD 25)
    • Learn all about Tierra del Fuego's history and nature at the 'Museum of the End of the World' in Ushuaia (Price: ARS 90)
    • Discover the beautiful scenery of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel on a horse riding trip to the nearby Susana's Mountain viewpoint (Price: ARS 1100)
    • Enjoy an active day out in Tierra del Fuego National Park with a 7-kilometre trek to the scenic Lago Roca followed by a canoeing trip down the Lapataia River (Price: ARS 1500)
    • Explore the excellent trails around the hills and forests of Ushuaia by hiring a mountain bike (Price: ARS 150)
    • Take a journey along the Rio Pipo on the 'Train to the End of the World', once built by prisoners at Ushuaia's old penal colony (Price: USD 30)
    • Delve into Ushuaia's past and learn about its maritime tradition and former prison colony at the Maritime Museum (Price: ARS 150)
    • W-walk extension The extension package is to include the entire of the famous W-walk in Torres del Paine - included are two extra nights camping on the trail with facilities, food for the duration of the trek ,and the service of an expert English-speaking local guide.  Please note that this package must be pre-booked in advance through your sales agent. Please book as early as possible to ensure availability and avoid disappointment! For further information on the W-walk please refer to the detailed trip notes. (Price: GBP 140)
    • Take in the stunning views of Torres del Paine on a horse riding trip through the National Park (Price: CLP 30000)
    • Head out on a fantastic boat trip on the Grey Lake to get up close to the colossal Grey Glacier (Price: CLP 55000)
    • Get even closer to the impressive glacier of Perito Moreno with a boat trip in front of its mighty face (Price: ARS 200)
    • Learn all about glaciers at the fantastic modern Glaciarium Museum in El Calafate, and visit its cool ice bar in the basement! (Price: ARS 200)
    • Explore the Perito Moreno glacier on an incredible full day expedition, trekking through the forests and onto the glacier itself using crampons (please note that this is an alternative to the regular tour as there will not be enough time for both - however you will stop at the main viewpoint on your way back to El Calafate at the end of the excursion) (Price: ARS 1200)
    • See the incredible fossilised conifer trees of the Jaramillo Petrified Forest, the remnants of a 40-million year old forest naturally preserved in stone (if time and road conditions allow) (Price: ARS )
    • Make a trip to the desolate Peninsular Valdes near Puerto Madryn, a UNESCO World Heritage site full of elephant seals and sea lions in their natural habitat (Price: ARS 800)
    • Set off on a boat trip on to the Atlantic Ocean from Puerto Madryn or Rawson, in search of playful Commerson's or Dusky dolphins and Southern Right whales! (Price: ARS 400)
    • Visit the fascinating modern marine interpretation centre of EcoCentro Mar Patagonia, and learn all about the unique ecosystems of the Patagonian sea (Price: ARS 125)
    • Explore the incredible shipwrecks and rocky reefs under the water on a scuba diving trip in the Golfo Nuevo off the shore of Puerto Madryn (Price: USD 150)
    • Discover the incredible colony of sea lions at Punta Loma, near to Puerto Madryn (Price: ARS 100)
    • Visit the outstanding Museum of Paleontology in the near Welsh town of Trelew, and see the impressive ancient remains of the the dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures found in the area (Price: ARS 95)
    • Freely explore the intriguing Welsh village of Gaiman near Trelew, visit one of its iconic tea houses, and see the famous junk-art installations of the Desafio Park (Price: ARS )
    • Take the ferry over the river to Uruguay, and explore the serene colonial town of Colonia del Sacramento for the afternoon before returning (Price: USD 45)
    • Discover the beautiful Teatro Colon on a tour around the theatre, or see one of its free afternoon performances (when available) (Price: ARS 150)
    • Try some of Argentina's most delicious wines on a top-level wine tasting afternoon in Buenos Aires (Price: USD 52)
    • Head out to an tango show in Buenos Aires' oldest cafe, the Gran Cafe Tortoni - seeing a slice of iconic Argentine culture in an ideal and intimate setting (Price: ARS 240)
    • Visit the strangely beautiful cemetery of Recoleta, the final resting place of many ex-presidents and Argentine icons, most famously including the tomb of Eva Peron (Price: ARS )
    • Try your hand at the art of tango dancing with a private lesson in Buenos Aires (Price: USD 25)
    • Freely explore the cosmopolitan Argentina capital of Buenos Aires, or take a free walking tour of the city's highlights (Price: ARS )
    • See a different side to Buenos Aires on a tour of its incredible street art with some of the local artists (Price: USD 20)
    • Learn all about the cuisine of Argentina on a food tour of Buenos Aires, visiting several incredible local top-class eateries that you won't find in the guidebooks! (Price: USD 85)
    • Join your group and your guide for a welcome meal in Rio de Janeiro (Price: BRL 50)
    • Visit one of Rio de Janeiro's famous favelas and the Project Morrinho, a Dragoman-supported community project and art installation run by the youth of the area (Price: GBP 58)
    • Make a pilgrimage to the iconic Maracanã stadium, and watch a fast-paced match in the heart of Brazilian football (Price: GBP TBC)
    • Take a half-day tour the amazing statue of Christ the Redeemer on the top of the Corcovado mountain, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and a world-famous icon of Brazil - taking in the breathaking views of Rio de Janeiro and the bay below (Price: GBP 65)
    • Get closer to the incredible action in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome with a ticket to Sector 11 - recommended to get some fantastic close up photos of the Samba parade! (Price: GBP 150)
    • Take a second visit to the Sambadrome, and get a closer view of the action in Sector 5 (Price: GBP 240)
    • Join in and be part of the Sambadrome Parade, an absolutely unforgettable experience of a lifetime! (Price: GBP 500)
    • Get some of the most phenomenal views of Rio de Janeiro on a half-day guided tour up to the Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain) (Price: GBP 70)
    • Get dressed up in your most extravagant outfit and head out to the Gay Ball, the most colourful and exhuberant ball at the Carnival! (Price: GBP 76)
    • Explore the stunning natural Atlanic rainforest of Tijuca, the largest urban forest in the world (Price: BRL )
    • Visit the iconic Escadaria Selaron, a colourful tiled staircase lovingly created by local resident Jorge Selaron (Price: BRL )
    • Explore the magnificent Botanical Gardens of Rio de Janeiro, with over 54 hectares and 6500 species of plants and flowers (Price: BRL 8)
    • Relax and explore the world famous beaches of Rio de Janeiro, including Ipanema, Arpoador, and of course Copacabana (Price: BRL )
    • Visit the Museu da República, and learn all about the turbulent recent history of Brazil and the story of the creation of the republic in 1889 (Price: BRL 6)
    • Visit Rio de Janeiro's Modern Art Museum, showcasing some incredible local and international art exhibitions, and an incredible building in its own right (Price: BRL 12)
    • Find out all about Brazil's fascinating history by visiting the National Historical Museum in the centre of Rio de Janeiro (Price: BRL 6)

Price

Price person (sharing double) $6,940 ($79/day)

Deposit:

10% per person for bookings made 55 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 55 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Flexible

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

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Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru Cuzco, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Puno, Copacabana, Isla Del Sol, La Paz, Ojo Del Inca, Potosã­, Uyuni, Salar De Uyuni, Bolivian Altiplano, San Pedro De Atacama, Salta, Cafayate, Quilmes Ruins, Rio Ceballos, Mendoza, Santiago, Pucã³n, Bariloche, Argentinian Patagonia, Rio Pinturas, Cueva De Las Manos, El Chaltã©N, Los Glaciares National Park, Tierra Del Fuego, Ushuaia, Torres Del Paine National Park, El Calafate, Argentina Wild Camp, Camarones, Puerto Madryn, Monte Hermoso, Buenos Aires, Yapeyãº, Foz Do Iguaã§U, Iguazu Falls, Bonito, Southern Pantanal, Campo Grande, Brotas, Paraty, Rio De Janeiro

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Dragoman

Dragoman has a proud history, standing at the forefront of the overlanding industry since the company's formation in 1981. Our first overlanding expedition to Nairobi and back set off in the summer of 1982, with our first trips to Asia following in 1984. In 1989, Dragoman launched operations in South America, and in 1994 (now with 13 trucks) we expanded out to Central America.

2001 Dragoman took over the assets of Encounter Overland, and we have been proud overlanding partners with Intrepid since 2008. Dragoman became the owners of Imaginative Traveller in 2011, the same year that our first truck arrived in South East Asia. Finally, in 2013 we entered North America, and were the first ever overlanding company to visit Burma.

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