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Lima to Rio De Janeiro

45 Days

Transport: Public bus, plane, ferry, train, private van, boat, hiking, 4x4 vehicle.

Run by G Adventures

From the Nazca Lines and the heights of Incan archaeology to the beach at Ipanema, this 45-day long tour provides limitless opportunities for adventure. Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal, thundering Iguassu Falls, and the bizarre landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats. In the thin air of the Andes, trek the challenging Inca Trail to legendary Machu Picchu. With local transportation and authentic accommodation, this one's got it all!

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Classic

All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 4 - Demanding

Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


What's Included

  • G Adventures for Good: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo
  • G Adventures for Good: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay
  • Hands-On: Huacachina Winery Visit, Huacachina
  • Local Living: Lake Titicaca Homestay, Lago Titicaca
  • Nazca desert cemetery and potter's studio guided tour
  • Arequipa stay
  • Colca Canyon guided tour
  • Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour
  • Inca Trail guided hike with cooks and porters (4 days)
  • Machu Picchu guided tour
  • Floating islands of Uros visit
  • Lake Titicaca guided tour
  • 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats (3 days)
  • Pantanal wildlife excursion (2 days)
  • Iguassu Falls visit (Brazil and Argentina)
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Day 1 Lima

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Lima/Paracas

Enjoy a free morning in Lima before travelling by bus to Paracas.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 Paracas/Nazca

Opt to visit the Ballestas Islands, an excellent chance to view a lively sea lion colony, pelicans, penguins, and other varieties of bird life, before travelling to Nazca. En route, stop at a winery and at the oasis of Huacachina.

Exclusive Inclusions: Hands-On Huacachina Winery Visit


Day 4 Nazca/Arequipa

Take a guided tour of the Nazca desert cemetery and potter's studio. Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines before the overnight bus to Arequipa.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 Arequipa

Enjoy a free day in Arequipa, the "white city". Opt for a city tour or visit to the Santa Catalina Monastery.


Day 6 Arequipa/Colca Canyon

Travel to Chivay, a village near Colca Canyon, for an optional dip in the thermal baths. Continue on to nearby Colca Canyon for the day.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 Colca Canyon/Arequipa

Enjoy time at the canyon in the early morning before heading back to Arequipa for the night.

Meals included: Breakfast


Day 8 Arequipa/Cusco

Fly to Cusco. Opt for a city tour or to explore the city's markets, museums, and plazas.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 Cusco/Ollantaytambo

Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before exploring the Pisac ruins. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. Finish the day exploring the Ollantaytambo ruins with a local guide.

Exclusive Inclusions:

G Adventures for Good Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit|G Adventures for Good Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch


Day 10 Inca Trail

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the Inca Trail begins. Ease into things with a straight forward day of hiking, the meandering streams, stunning Andean scenery, and ancient Incan ruins will give you plenty to look at.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 11 Inca Trail

Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 12 Inca Trail

Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through cloud forest on the gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley.

At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 13 Machu Picchu/Cusco

The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore until noon as permitted by the tourist ticket. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows.

Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.

Meals included: Breakfast


Days 14–16 Cusco

Enjoy free time to explore Cusco or relax. Active options include whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Nature lovers can book an optional adventure to go to the Amazon Jungle for a 3-day/2-night excursion.

Exclusive Inclusions: Carte Blanche

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 17 Cusco/Puno

Travel day by bus from Cusco to Puno. Spend some time on arrival wandering the small city.

Meals included: Breakfast


Day 18 Puno/Lago Titicaca

Enjoy a guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village.

Exclusive Inclusions: Local Living Lake Titicaca Homestay

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner


Day 19 Lago Titicaca/Puno

Visit the floating islands of Uros before returning to Puno. Opt to visit the Sillustani burial site.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 20 Puno/La Paz

Travel by bus and cross the border into Bolivia, arriving in La Paz.

Meals included: Breakfast


Day 21 La Paz

Use another free day to explore La Paz. Opt to visit Iglesia de San Francisco, Chacaltaya, the Valley of the Moon, or the Witches' Market.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 22 La Paz/Uyuni

Travel by train and bus to the town of Uyuni, home base for salt flat exploration.

Meals included: Breakfast


Day 23 Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni

Enjoy a three day 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner


Day 24 Salar de Uyuni

Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion. Admire the spectacular scenery while passing red and blue lagoons along the route. Spot wild llamas, alpacas and even flamingos deep within the desert.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 25 Salar de Uyuni/Uyuni

Rise early to cover more ground of the unique landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats. Continue to see incredible scenery, including volcanoes, salt lakes and geysers.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch


Day 26 Uyuni/Potosí

Journey from Uyuni to Potosí and get a view of the mountain Cerro Rico looming over the city.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 27 Potosí/Sucre

Continue by bus to Sucre and explore the beautiful colonial city.

Meals included: Breakfast


Days 28–29 Sucre

Free time to explore the city, the former capital of Bolivia. For more active options opt to go hiking in the surrounding area or mountain biking.

Exclusive Inclusions: Carte Blanche

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 30 Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Fly to Santa Cruz.


Day 31 Santa Cruz de la Sierra/Puerto Suárez

Spend some time exploring Santa Cruz before travelling by overnight train to the Brazilian border.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 32 Puerto Suárez/Pantanal

Travel into Brazil and straight to the Pantanal on 2-day excursion into the with a local guide. This is a perfect place to experience the wildlife of Brazil.

Meals included: Lunch | Dinner


Day 33 Pantanal

Enjoy a 2-day excursion into the wetlands of the Pantanal with a local guide. Opportunities to spot wildlife such as monkeys, macaws, giant otters, and caiman abound.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 34 Pantanal/Bonito

Travel to Bonito and spend time here snorkelling in the rivers or exploring nearby caves.

Meals included: Breakfast


Day 35 Bonito

Enjoy a full day in Bonito with optional activities like snorkelling in the crystal-clear rivers or exploring the nearby caves and waterfalls.

Exclusive Inclusions: Carte Blanche

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 36 Bonito/Foz do Iguaçu

Enjoy the day in Bonito before overnight transport to Iguassu Falls.

Exclusive Inclusions: Carte Blanche

Meals included: Breakfast


Day 37 Foz do Iguaçu

Spend two full days exploring Iguassu from both the Argentine and Brazilian sides. Opt to visit a nearby bird park.

Day 38 Foz do Iguaçu

Cross the border to explore the Argentine side of the falls. Opt for a boat ride at the base of the falls.

Meals included: Breakfast


Day 39 Foz do Iguaçu/Paraty

Fly to São Paulo and continue by van to Paraty. Spend a day and a half discovering this town.

Meals included: Breakfast

Days 40–41 Paraty

Enjoy free time to explore Paraty. Opt to visit the cachaça distilleries or take a boat into the bay to explore the nearby islands and beaches.

Exclusive Inclusions: Carte Blanche

Meals included: Breakfast


Day 42 Paraty/Ilha Grande

Continue by van up the coast and take a ferry to Ilha Grande.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 43 Ilha Grande

Enjoy a free day in Ilha Grande. Opt to hike the island's remote beaches or enjoy free time to relax and explore.

Exclusive Inclusions: Carte Blanche

Meals included: Breakfast


Day 44 Ilha Grande/Rio de Janeiro

Carry on by ferry and van to Rio de Janeiro. With free time, explore the city on an optional city tour.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 45 Rio de Janeiro

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast


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