PERU

Yes, Machu Picchu is incredible. Yes, Lake Titicaca is breathtaking. Yes, you absolutely should visit Peru. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Peru travel plan:

Luxury
1 ✈To Lima (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 🏨Swissôtel Lima (Book >) See all hotels >
Book your transfer from Lima airport here.
2 ✈Lima to Cusco (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 🏨Garden of San Blas (Book >) See all hotels >
Much to see in Lima, but don’t worry – if you don’t get to it all today you have more time at the end of your trip. You’ll be in the historic centre so stroll through Plaza de Armas, checking out the Palacio de Gobierno, San Francisco Monastery, the cathedral and nearby Santo Domingo convent and Desamparados Station. Transfer to the airport for your evening flight. Most visitors to Peru don’t need a tourist visa.
3-4 Enjoy a couple of days seeing the sights in and around Cusco, starting with the beautiful Plaza de Armas. San Pedro Market is a great place to meet locals and buy souvenirs, as is the artisan district of San Blas. On the second day walk (slowly!) up to the impressive Sacsayhuaman ruins and get acquainted with the Incan empire at the Inca Museum. Altitude sickness is a real risk here – take it slow and recognise the symptoms.
5 🚄Cusco to Aguas Calientes (Book >) Dep: 08:25 Arr: 12:11 🏨Hotel Sumaq Machu Picchu (Book >) See all hotels >
The train journey to Aguas Calientes is spectacular – you’ll travel along the Sacred Valley, besides the mighty Urubamba river. Arrive in time for a first visit to the famous Machu Picchu. Being so high up and close to the equator, a high SPF sunscreen is a must.
6 🚄Aguas Calientes Ollantaytambo
🚐Ollantaytambo  to Cusco (Book >)
Dep: 15:20 Arr: 19:05 🏨Garden of San Blas (Book >) See all hotels >
More time today to see Machu Picchu, making sure you walk beyond the site to the Sun Gate and, in the other direction, to the Inca Bridge. Try to get a seat on the left-hand side of the train from Cusco (and on the right back to Cusco).
7 🚄Cusco to Puno (Book >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 23:30 🏨On train (Book >)
Your luxury Peru Rail train (which only departs on Thursdays) will whisk you to ruins and high passes on the way to Puno. The train package includes meals and drinks.
8 🚄Puno to Sarachocha Dep: 06:00 Arr: 19:30 🏨On train
Today you’ll visit Lake Titicaca, including the amazing man-made floating reed islands. The islanders make lovely crafts – perfect souvenirs.
9 🚄Sarachocha to KM93
🚕KM93 to Colca Canyon
Dep: 06:45
Dep: 11:30
Arr: 11:30
Arr:
🏨Hotel Belmond Las Casitas (Book >) See all hotels >
On the way south you’ll stop off at the prehistoric Sumbay Caves. When you arrive at Colca Canyon take a trip to see the condor soaring over this impressive landscape. Didn’t see any condor? Try again tomorrow at 7am from the Cruz Del Condor lookout.
10 🚕Colca Canyon to Arequipa (Book >)
✈Arequipa to Lima (Book >)
Dep: 09:00
Dep: 19:00
Arr: 12:30
Arr: 21:30
🏨Swissôtel Lima (Book >) See all hotels >
Enjoy an afternoon in the lovely city of Arequipa. The Plaza de Armas is perhaps the most impressive you’ll see. Along one flank of the square is the huge cathedral. Smaller, but intricately decorated, the Iglesia de la Compania is also worth a visit, as is the Monasterio de Santa Catalina. If you’ve time visit the Museo Santuarios Andinos to visit the preserved remains of the Ice Lady. “Queso Helado” translates as “Frozen cheese” – but it tastes much better than it sounds and is well worth a try.
11-12 ✈Lima to Home (Book >) Dep:
Evening
Arr: Afternoon
(next day)
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Mid-range
1 ✈To Lima (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 🏨Tierra Viva Miraflores Mendiburu (Book >) See all hotels >
Book your transfer from Lima airport here.
2 ✈Lima to Cusco (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 🏨Garden of San Blas (Book >) See all hotels >
Much to see in Lima, but don’t worry – if you don’t get to it all today you have more time at the end of your trip. You’ll be in the historic centre so stroll through Plaza de Armas, checking out the Palacio de Gobierno, San Francisco Monastery, the cathedral and nearby Santo Domingo convent and Desamparados Station. Transfer to the airport for your evening flight. Most visitors to Peru don’t need a tourist visa.
3-4 Enjoy a couple of days seeing the sights in and around Cusco, starting with the beautiful Plaza de Armas. San Pedro Market is a great place to meet locals and buy souvenirs, as is the artisan district of San Blas. On the second day walk (slowly!) up to the impressive Sacsayhuaman ruins and get acquainted with the Incan empire at the Inca Museum. Altitude sickness is a real risk here – take it slow and recognise the symptoms.
5 🚐Cusco to KM 82 Dep: 05:30 Arr: 08:30 🏨Camping
Book your Inca Trail hike a long time in advance (I recommend Inca Trail Reservations). An early start to commence your walk on which, before long, you’ll be passing breathtaking views of incredible Incan ruins. Being so high up and close to the equator, a high SPF sunscreen is a must.
6-7 Day two of the hike begins with the arduous climb up to Dead Woman’s Pass. The campsite on the other side is both remote and spectacular. Day three starts with another short climb, but then passes ruins and has incredible views across to mountains and forested valleys. The highlight of today is the Wiñay Wayna ruin. Altitude sickness is a real risk here (day two of the Inca Trail is particularly challenging) – take it slow and recognise the symptoms.
8 🚄Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
🚐Ollantaytambo to Cusco
Dep: 15:20 Arr: 19:05 🏨Garden of San Blas (Book >) See all hotels >
Awake before sunrise and finish the Inca Trail hike at the Sun Gate. Summon a but more energy to continue on to the Inca Bridge and then enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. The train journey to Ollantaytambo is a highlight and will be included in your tour. Try to get a seat on the right-hand side of the train from Cusco for the best views.
9 🚄Cusco to Puno (Book >) Dep: 07:30 Arr: 17:50 🏨Hotel Tierra Vivo Puno Plaza (Book >) See all hotels >
Your luxury Peru Rail train (which only departs on three times a week) will whisk you through captivating landscapes on the way to Puno. The train price includes meals and drinks.
10 Today visit Lake Titicaca, including the amazing man-made floating reed islands (arrange your tour in advance). The islanders make lovely crafts – perfect souvenirs.
11 🚌Puno to Chivay (Book >) Dep: 06:30 Arr: 12:15 🏨Casa Andina Standard Colca (Book >) See all hotels >
Today’s journey stops at the lakes of Lagunillas, the national reserve of Aguada Blanca and the 4,900 metre-high Andes Viewpoint. Chivay is in Colca Canyon and when you arrive you can go and look for condor or relax in the La Calera hot springs Didn’t see any condor? Try again tomorrow at 7am from the Cruz Del Condor lookout.
12 🚌Chivay to Arequipa (Book >) Dep: 13:15 Arr: 16:30 🏨Hotel Katari At Plaza De Armas (Book >) See all hotels >
More time to spot condor, go horse riding or enjoy a hike in Colca Canyon before driving on to Arequipa. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
13 🚌Arequipa to Nazca (Book >) Dep: 15:30 Arr: 23:30 🏨Casa Hacienda Nasca Oasis (Book >) See all hotels >
Arequipa’s Plaza de Armas is perhaps the most impressive you’ll see. Along one flank of the square is the huge cathedral. Smaller, but intricately decorated, the Iglesia de la Compania is also worth a visit, as is the Monasterio de Santa Catalina. If you’ve time visit the Museo Santuarios Andinos to visit the preserved remains of the Ice Lady. “Queso Helado” translates as “Frozen cheese” – but it tastes much better than it sounds and is well worth a try.
14 🚌Nazca to Lima (Book >) Dep: 15:40 Arr: 22:21 🏨Tierra Viva Miraflores Mendiburu (Book >) See all hotels >
There’s one main reason you’re here: to see the mysterious Nazca Lines. Reserve your flight here. The flights can cause upset stomachs – take motion sickness tablets if you need.
15-16 ✈Lima to Home (Book >) Dep:
Evening
Arr: Afternoon
(next day)
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Time today to see those sights in Lima that you missed on day 2 (consider adding an extra day)
Budget
1 ✈To Lima (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 🏨Orchid Hostels (Book >) See all hotels >
Book your transfer from Lima airport here.
2 ✈Lima to Cusco (Book >) Dep: Evening Arr: Evening 🏨Cusco Packers Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Much to see in Lima, but don’t worry – if you don’t get to it all today you have more time at the end of your trip. You’ll be in the historic centre so stroll through Plaza de Armas, checking out the Palacio de Gobierno, San Francisco Monastery, the cathedral and nearby Santo Domingo convent and Desamparados Station. Transfer to the airport for your evening flight. Most visitors to Peru don’t need a tourist visa.
3-4 Enjoy a couple of days seeing the sights in and around Cusco, starting with the beautiful Plaza de Armas. San Pedro Market is a great place to meet locals and buy souvenirs, as is the artisan district of San Blas. On the second day walk (slowly!) up to the impressive Sacsayhuaman ruins and get acquainted with the Incan empire at the Inca Museum. Altitude sickness is a real risk here – take it slow and recognise the symptoms.
5 🚐Cusco to KM 82 Dep: 05:30 Arr: 08:30 🏨Camping
Book your Inca Trail hike a long time in advance (I recommend Inca Trail Reservations). An early start to commence your walk on which, before long, you’ll be passing breathtaking views of incredible Incan ruins. Being so high up and close to the equator, a high SPF sunscreen is a must.
6-7 Day two of the hike begins with the arduous climb up to Dead Woman’s Pass. The campsite on the other side is both remote and spectacular. Day three starts with another short climb, but then passes ruins and has incredible views across to mountains and forested valleys. The highlight of today is the Wiñay Wayna ruin. Altitude sickness is a real risk here (day two of the Inca Trail is particularly challenging) – take it slow and recognise the symptoms.
8 🚄Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
🚐Ollantaytambo to Cusco
Dep: 15:20 Arr: 19:05 🏨Cusco Packers Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Awake before sunrise and finish the Inca Trail hike at the Sun Gate. Summon a but more energy to continue on to the Inca Bridge and then enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. The train journey to Ollantaytambo is a highlight and will be included in your tour. Try to get a seat on the right-hand side of the train from Cusco for the best views.
9 🚌Cusco to Puno (Book >) Dep: 08:30 Arr: 15:30 🏨Cozy Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Enjoy the captivating landscapes on the way to Puno. Take a look at these useful Peru bus travel tips.
10 Today visit Lake Titicaca, including the amazing man-made floating reed islands (arrange your tour in advance). The islanders make lovely crafts – perfect souvenirs.
11 🚌Puno to Chivay (Book >) Dep: 06:30 Arr: 12:15 🏨Colca River (Book >) See all hotels >
Today’s journey stops at the lakes of Lagunillas, the national reserve of Aguada Blanca and the 4,900 metre-high Andes Viewpoint. Chivay is in Colca Canyon and when you arrive you can go and look for condor or relax in the La Calera hot springs Didn’t see any condor? Try again tomorrow at 7am from the Cruz Del Condor lookout.
12 🚌Chivay to Arequipa (Book >) Dep: 13:15 Arr: 16:30 🏨Wild Rover Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
More time to spot condor, go horse riding or enjoy a hike in Colca Canyon before driving on to Arequipa. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
13 🚌Arequipa to Nazca (Book >) Dep: 15:30 Arr: 23:30 🏨Nasca Lodge (Book >) See all hotels >
Arequipa’s Plaza de Armas is perhaps the most impressive you’ll see. Along one flank of the square is the huge cathedral. Smaller, but intricately decorated, the Iglesia de la Compania is also worth a visit, as is the Monasterio de Santa Catalina. If you’ve time visit the Museo Santuarios Andinos to visit the preserved remains of the Ice Lady. “Queso Helado” translates as “Frozen cheese” – but it tastes much better than it sounds and is well worth a try.
14 🚌Nazca to Lima (Book >) Dep: 15:40 Arr: 22:21 🏨Pariwana Hostel Lima(Book >) See all hotels >
There’s one main reason you’re here: to see the mysterious Nazca Lines. Reserve your flight here. The flights can cause upset stomachs – take motion sickness tablets if you need.
15-16 ✈Lima to Home (Book >) Dep:
Evening
Arr: Afternoon
(next day)
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Time today to see those sights in Lima that you missed on day 2 (your hostel is located in a different area to day 1).
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BOLIVIA

Experience the high-altitude highlights of Bolivia in this two-week itinerary. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Bolivia travel plan:

Luxury
1 ✈To La Paz (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Stannum Boutique(Book >) See all hotels >
Take a day to relax in your spa hotel and begin to acclimatise to the altitude.
3 Spend the day exploring this fascinating city. Ride the cable cars and visit the Witches Market, Museu Nacional de Arte, the 16 de Julio market and elaborate cathedral. Check when the cable car shuts down for the night – you don’t want to be stuck a long way from where you started.
4 ✈La Paz to Rurrenabaque (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Chalalan Ecolodge (Book >) See all hotels >
Arrange with the ecolodge to collect you from the airport. You’ll then enjoy a long and wildlife-packed boat trip to the accommodation. Whilst not particularly luxurious, this ecolodge is the best around. Take good insect repellant!
5-6 Bird watching, forest hikes, night-time canoe trips…there’s so much to do here and your expert guides will ensure you get the most from your stay. You’ll need to drink a lot of water. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
7 ✈Rurrenabaque to La Paz
✈La Paz to Uyuni
(Book >)
Dep: Evening
Dep: Evening
Arr: Evening
Arr: Evening
🏨Hotel Palacio de Sal (Book >) See all hotels >
Soak in the spa and recover from your journey. It gets really, really cold up here – have some warm clothes to hand.
8-9 Book tours into the spectacular Salar de Uyuni and, if time, pay a visit to Potosi. Accommodation in the Salar isn’t particularly luxurious, but if you’re keen then check out the mid-range itinerary.
10 ✈Uyuni to La Paz (Book >)
🚕La Paz to Copacabana (Book >)
Dep: Morning
Dep: Morning
Arr: Morning
Arr: Afternoon
🏨Hotel Rosario Lago Titicaca (Book >) See all hotels >
Enjoy the view of the lake and have a relaxing evening on the shore. Buses to Copabana are comfortable, if you prefer a cheaper journey
11 Embark on a boat trip to Isla del Sol where you can go on a short hike, see Incan ruins and look out over the lake to distant mountains. Copacabana is close to Puno, Peru, where you can visit floating reed islands.
12 🚕Copacabana to La Paz (Book >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 13:00 🏨Stannum Boutique(Book >) See all hotels >
Visit any sights you missed at the beginning of your trip. Genuine alpaca wool should be cold to the touch.
13-14 ✈La Paz to Home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon (next day) What did you think of this Bolivia itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Ask your hotel to arrange a taxi to the airport.
Mid-range
1 ✈To La Paz (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Hotel Rosario (Book >) See all hotels >
Get your bearings by riding the cable cars.
3 Spend the day exploring this fascinating city. Take a cable car to Valle de la Luna, admire San Francisco Church, visit the Witches Market, Museu Nacional de Arte, and the 16 de Julio market Check when the cable car shuts down for the night – you don’t want to be stuck a long way from where you started.
4 ✈La Paz to Rurrenabaque (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Chalalan Ecolodge (Book >) See all hotels >
Arrange with the ecolodge to collect you from the airport. You’ll then enjoy a long and wildlife-packed boat trip to the accommodation. Take long sleeves and good insect repellant!
5-6 Bird watching, forest hikes, night-time canoe trips…there’s so much to do here and your expert guides will ensure you get the most from your stay. You’ll need to drink a lot of water. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
7 ✈Rurrenabaque to La Paz
✈La Paz to Uyuni
(Book >)
Dep: Morning
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: Morning
Arr: Afternoon
🏨Cristales Joyas de Sal (Book >) See all hotels >
Spend an hour in the Archaeology and Anthropology Museum or take a taxi to the old mining town of Pulacayo. It gets really, really cold up here – have some warm clothes to hand.
8-9 Take a two-night tour into the spectacular Salar de Uyuni. Accommodation in the Salar isn’t particularly luxurious.
10 🚄Uyuni to Oruro (Book >) Dep: 00:05 🏨On board the train
You’ll arrive back into Uyuni in the evening with plenty of time to catch the train. Be sure to buy your train tickets in advance.
11 🚄Uyuni to Oruro
🚌Oruro to La Paz
🚌La Paz to Copacabana
Dep: 09:30
Dep: 13:30
Arr:07:10
Arr: 12:46
Arr: 17:30
🏨 La Cúpula (Book >) See all hotels >
Enjoy the views of the lake from your room. We advise arranging bus travel from Oruro to La Paz on day 2 or 3.
12 Embark on a boat trip to Isla del Sol where you can go on a short hike, see Incan ruins and look out over the lake to distant mountains. Copacabana is close to Puno, Peru, where you can visit floating reed islands.
13 🚌Copacabana to La Paz (Book >) Dep: 13:30 Arr: 17:30 🏨Hotel Rosario (Book >) See all hotels >
Earlier buses are available if there are any sights you missed at the beginning of your trip. Genuine alpaca wool should be cold to the touch.
14-15 ✈La Paz to Home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon (next day) What did you think of this Bolivia itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Ask your hotel to arrange a taxi to the airport.
Budget
1 ✈To La Paz (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Loki Boutique (Book >) See all hotels >
Get your bearings by riding the cable cars.
3 Spend the day exploring this fascinating city. Take a cable car to Valle de la Luna, admire San Francisco Church, visit the Witches Market, Museu Nacional de Arte, and the 16 de Julio market Check when the cable car shuts down for the night – you don’t want to be stuck a long way from where you started.
4 ✈La Paz to Rurrenabaque (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨El Lobo Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Arrange day tours, or if your budget will allow then we recommend overnight tours in the pampas or jungle. Take long sleeves and good insect repellant!
5 You’ll have a whole day to see the huge variety of wildlife here, but consider adding an extra day to go further into the forest. You’ll need to drink a lot of water. Save the environment by using a filter water bottle.
6 ✈Rurrenabaque to La Paz
✈La Paz to Uyuni
(Book >)
Dep: Morning
Dep: Afternoon
Arr: Morning
Arr: Afternoon
🏨Hotel Piedra Blanca (Book >) See all hotels >
Spend an hour in the Archaeology and Anthropology Museum or take a taxi to the old mining town of Pulacayo. It gets really, really cold up here – have some warm clothes to hand.
7-8 Take a two-night tour into the spectacular Salar de Uyuni. Accommodation in the Salar isn’t particularly luxurious.
9 🚌Uyuni to La Paz (Book >) Dep: 20:30 🏨On board the train
You’ll arrive back into Uyuni in the evening with plenty of time to catch the train. Be sure to buy your bus tickets in advance.
10 🚌Uyuni to La Paz
🚌La Paz to Copacabana
(Book >)
Dep: 07:30 Arr:06:30
Arr: 11:30
🏨 La Cúpula (Book >) See all hotels >
Enjoy the views of the lake from your room. Take ear plugs and a sleep mask for the overnight coach.
11 Embark on a boat trip to Isla del Sol where you can go on a short hike, see Incan ruins and look out over the lake to distant mountains. Copacabana is close to Puno, Peru, where you can visit floating reed islands.
12 🚌Copacabana to La Paz
(Book >)
Dep: 13:30 Arr: 17:30 🏨Loki Boutique (Book >) See all hotels >
Earlier buses are available if there are any sights you missed at the beginning of your trip. Genuine alpaca wool should be cold to the touch.
13-14 ✈La Paz to Home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon (next day) What did you think of this Bolivia itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Whilst you can take a minibus from Prado to the airport, taxis are not too expensive – ask your hostel to book.

ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS

An amazing, varied journey through this small country that packs a punch. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Ecuador & Galapagos travel plan:

Luxury
1 ✈To Guayaquil (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Wyndham (Book >) See all hotels >
Book your airport transfer
2 Stroll along the beautiful riverfront promenade “Malecon 2000”, admire the old buildings of Las Peñas Guayaquil is hot and humid – stay hydrated!
3 🚄Guayaquil to Alausí (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨El Molino hotel
Embark on your all-inclusive train journey, starting on a restored steam locomotive. You’ll pass fruit plantations and then board a bus into the Andes. Hotels are included in the price of your Tren Ecuador ticket.
4 🚄Alausí to Riobamba Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 🏨Andaluza hotel
New day, new train! You’ll ride the rails along the famous Devil’s Nose then return to Alausí for a colourful market. Another steam train pulls you to Colta and onwards through verdab=nt fields where you may catch a glimpse of the immense Chimborazo volcano. Wear layers – temperatures can vary greatly, especially when travelling through different altitudes.
5 🚄Riobamba to Latacunga Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 🏨Cienega hotel
Meet the inhabitants of La Moya then experience the beautiful Paramo ecosystem before travelling by train past Cotopaxi volcano. Being so high up and close to the equator, a high SPF sunscreen is a must.
6 🚄Latacunga to Quito Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 🏨Swissotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Today you’ll take a relaxed walk in Cotopaxi National Park before boarding the train to a traditional hacienda. Take a good camera to make the most of the wildlife in the Park.
7-8 Take in the many sights of Quito’s Old Town. Ride on the cable car up Pichincha volcano. Enjoy a day trip to the nearby market in Otavalo. Check that your Quito taxi is officially licensed before shutting the door.
9 ✈Quito to Galapagos (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon 🏨Angermeyer Waterfront Inn (Book >) See all hotels >
Everywhere you go on these islands you’re reminded of how special they are. You’ll see seals, iguana and so much more. Make sure you take eco-friendly sunscreen to help protect reefs and wildlife.
10-13 Embark on a cruise around the islands. Book here > Smaller boats are better for disembarking on islands faster and seeing more wildlife.
14 ✈Galapagos to Mainland (Book >)
Ecuador to Home
Dep: Morning
Evening
Arr: Afternoon
Morning (next day)
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& Galapagos itinerary? Leave your feedback below
You may wish to book an extra night in Quito or Guayaquil.
Mid-range
1 ✈To Quito (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Hotsel Casa Montero (Book >) See all hotels >
Book your airport transfer
2-3 Take in the many sights of Quito’s Old Town. Ride on the cable car up Pichincha volcano. Enjoy a day trip to the nearby market in Otavalo. Check that your Quito taxi is officially licensed before shutting the door.
4 🚌Quito to Tena

🚌Tena to Misahuallí

Dep: 10:30

14:30

Arr: 14:00

15:15

🏨Misahuallí Amazon Lodge (Book >) See all hotels >
Relax and meet the monkeys inhabiting Misahuallí’s square. Sit on the right-hand side of the bus to Tena for the best views.
5 Catch a taxi from the square to the Jatun Sacha reserve. Borrow their harnesses and climb the tower (if you don’t mind heights) and stroll through the pristine forest. Jatun Sacha is run by volunteers and costs $6 to enter. Additional donations are always welcome.
6 🚌Misahuallí to Tena
🚌Tena to Banos
Dep: 09:30

10:30

Arr:

10:15

14:30

🏨La Casa Verde (Book >) See all hotels >
Take a hike into the hills, go white water rafting, bungee jump off a bridge, relax in the thermal waters…you may need an extra day! You’ll need to buy a $1 swimming cap before entering into the public spa – vendors are just outside.
7 🚌Banos to Riobamba

🚌Riobamba to Alausi

Dep:

08:00

10:45

Arr: 10:00

12:55

🏨Noris Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Marvel at the amazing engineering along the Devil’s Nose railway (departs Alausi at 14:30) Bus times can be unreliable in Ecuador, you may want to take an earlier bus from Banos.
8 🚌Alausi to Riobamba

🚌Riobamba to Guayaquil

Dep:

09:50

12:00

Arr:

11:50

17:25

🏨Holiday Inn Guayaquil Airport (Book >) See all hotels >
Take a taxi to the Guayaquil Malecon 2000 Get the hotel to book your taxi and arrange a time for it to take you back.
9 ✈Guayaquil to Galapagos(Book >) Dep: 10:20 Arr: 11:17 🏨Capitan Max B&B

(Book >)

See all hotels >
Once you arrive at Puerto Ayora you’ll have the rest of the afternoon to explore nearby beaches and visit the tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station. You’ll need to pay just under $10 for transport from the airport.
10 Book a tour to Pinzon Island and snorkel with amazing aquatic wildlife. Booking all your ferries and tours with one agency can save money.
11 🛥️Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil Dep: 07:00 Arr: 09:30 🏨Casita de la Playa (Book >) See all hotels >
Hire a bike and explore nearby beaches and tortoise sanctuaries. Get to the top of the Cerro Azul volcano if you’re feeling fit. Take seasickness tables for the ferry and don’t sit on the rear seats – it gets wet!
12 Tour to Los Tuneles and see awesome landscapes and snorkel with even more awesome animals. Wear an eco-friendly sunscreen to protect reef and animals.
13 🛥️Puerto Villamil to Santa Cruz Dep: 14:00 Arr: 16:00 🏨Capitan Max B&B

(Book >)

See all hotels >
More time today to visit the many, varied sights around Puerto Villamil. You may want to take your own snorkelling kit as there are some good spots near the towns to explore.
14 🛥️Santa Cruz to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno  Dep: 07:00 Arr: 09:00 🏨Capitan Max B&B

(Book >)

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Walk along the boardwalks of San Cristobal island, snorkel in the beaches near town, meet the hundreds of seals that flop up to town at night. Go to the main town pier at night and watch the seals play and rays glide.
15 Boat tour to Kicker Rock where you have a good chance of snorkelling with sharks. Makes sure your tour offers at least two opportunities to snorkel at Kicker Rock.
16 ✈Galapagos to Quito (Book >)

✈Quito to Home

Dep: Morning

Evening

Arr: Afternoon

Morning (next day)

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Budget
1 ✈To Quito (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Masaya Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Buses depart every 15 mins to Rio Coca terminal and cost $2.
2-3 Take in the many sights of Quito’s Old Town. Ride on the cable car up Pichincha volcano. Enjoy a day trip to the nearby market in Otavalo. Check that your Quito taxi is officially licensed before shutting the door.
4 🚌Quito to Tena
🚌Tena to Misahuallí
Dep: 10:30
14:30
Arr: 14:00
15:15
🏨Hostal El Paisano (Book >) See all hotels >
Relax and meet the monkeys inhabiting Misahuallí’s square. Sit on the right-hand side of the bus to Tena for the best views.
5 Catch a taxi from the square to the Jatun Sacha reserve. Borrow their harnesses and climb the tower (if you don’t mind heights) and stroll through the pristine forest. Jatun Sacha is run by volunteers and costs $6 to enter. Additional donations are always welcome.
6 🚌Misahuallí to Tena
🚌Tena to Banos
Dep: 09:30
10:30
Arr:
10:15
14:30
🏨Balcon Del Cielo (Book >) See all hotels >
Take a hike into the hills, go white water rafting, bungee jump off a bridge, relax in the thermal waters…you may need an extra day! You’ll need to buy a $1 swimming cap before entering into the public spa – vendors are just outside.
7 🚌Banos to Riobamba
🚌Riobamba to Alausi
Dep:
08:00
10:45
Arr: 10:00
12:55
🏨Community Hostal (Book >) See all hotels >
Marvel at the amazing engineering along the Devil’s Nose railway (departs Alausi at 14:30) Bus times can be unreliable in Ecuador, you may want to take an earlier bus from Banos.
8 🚌Alausi to Riobamba
🚌Riobamba to Guayaquil
Dep:
09:50
12:00
Arr:
11:50
17:25
🏨DreamKapture Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Take a taxi to the Guayaquil Malecon 2000 Ask the hostel to book your taxis.
9 Guayaquil to Galapagos (Book >) Dep: 10:20 Arr: 11:17 🏨La Mirada Del Solitario George
(Book >)
See all hotels >
Once you arrive at Puerto Ayora you’ll have the rest of the afternoon to explore nearby beaches and visit the tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station. You’ll need to pay just under $10 for transport from the airport.
10 Book a tour to Pinzon Island and snorkel with amazing aquatic wildlife. Booking all your ferries and tours with one agency can save money.
11 🛥️Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil Dep: 07:00 Arr: 09:30 🏨Hostal Villamil (Book >) See all hotels >
Hire a bike and explore nearby beaches and tortoise sanctuaries. Get to the top of the Cerro Azul volcano if you’re feeling fit. Take seasickness tables for the ferry and don’t sit on the rear seats – it gets wet!
12 Tour to Los Tuneles and see awesome landscapes and snorkel with even more awesome animals. Wear an eco-friendly sunscreen to protect reef and animals.
13 🛥️Puerto Villamil to Santa Cruz Dep: 14:00 Arr: 16:00 🏨Capitan Max B&B
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More time today to visit the many, varied sights around Puerto Villamil. You may want to take your own snorkelling kit as there are some good spots near the towns to explore.
14 🛥️Santa Cruz to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno Dep: 07:00 Arr: 09:00 🏨Casa De Jeimy
(Book >)
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Walk along the boardwalks of San Cristobal island, snorkel in the beaches near town, meet the hundreds of seals that flop up to town at night. Go to the main town pier at night and watch the seals play and rays glide.
15 Boat tour to Kicker Rock where you have a good chance of snorkelling with sharks. Makes sure your tour offers at least two opportunities to snorkel at Kicker Rock.
16 ✈Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Quito (Book >)
✈Quito to Home
Dep: Morning
Evening
Arr: Afternoon
Morning (next day)
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Salvador, Praia do Forte, Amazon, Rio

Like most Brazilian cities, Salvador at night is a no-go zone. After our (slightly drunk, distracted by the dashboard TV screen) taxi driver deposited us at the wonderful Bahiacafe hotel at 11pm we were too tired to see the city anyway. We breakfasted the next morning with a view of one of the main squares and the sound of people in the street chatting and children laughing.
A rainbow of pastel-coloured buildings, cobbled streets and ornate churches make up the pretty historic centre of Salvador. With a temperature of no more than 27C and a constant sea breeze this is a pleasant city to stroll around.

Beach-fringed Barra is dotted with centuries-old coastal forts. This is where Amerigo Vespucci landed in 1501 and the neighbourhood feels very wealthy with lofty cliff-top apartment blocks boasting opulent lobbies and views across the stunning Bahia bay.

Three hours north of Salvador lies the touristy Praia do Forte. Like many such places people flock here for a good reason, in this case the perfect powdery beaches backed by gently swaying palm trees. Praia itself is a cute little town with a long pedestrianised street flanked with boutique shops and restaurants.

Praia do Forte beach
Praia do Forte beach

We were staying with Anna’s distant relative who lived in a condo on a huge Iberostar resort. Ken kindly opened his home to us and we enjoyed a glimpse into his life living in a place where only a few live permanently in beautiful apartments, thus affording us with what felt like sole use of the immense pool and wide beach. 

The walk along the endless beaches here is magnificent, although in places you have to be careful not to step on (well marked) turtle nests. We’ve been eating a lot of local food, including plenty of fish, stewed beans, rice and the ever-present ‘farinha’, which translates as ‘flour’ and has the same consistency, but has a subtlety delicious savoury flavour and is made from manioc or cassava.

Bidding farewell to our host we flew with low-cost airline (although they gave us drinks, a snack and films on our iPads) Gol to Fortaleza where we had 35 minutes to transfer to another flight to Manaus – which happened to be on exactly the same aircraft. 

Manaus is big, busy, bright and in the middle of the Amazon. As a city of 3 million, though, you feel as though you could be anywhere. After a night at the Local Hostel (full of young backpackers selfishly making me feel old) we only started seeing the rainforest after an hour’s drive. 

City became towns, which became villages, which became isolated habitations. Fewer and fewer vehicles appeared on the road. After about 220km from Manaus we hurtled along a side road to a huge river – not the Amazon, just a mere tributary. 

A motorised canoe spirited us along the waterway for 30 minutes until we reached the Amazon Eco Adventures lodge. The lodge is a floating platform anchored on the banks of the river and boasting 6 simple (but air-conditioned!) rooms, large decks and a good number of hammocks. 

The water here is warm, brackish and slightly acidic which means few mosquitoes and no piranha. Swimming is blissful. In late afternoon we re-boarded the canoe and the large lake-like part of the river on which the lodge was located grew narrower and narrower until it was a rushing channel of fast water up which we wended between verdant banks.

Toucans, kingfishers and storks flew above us. The current grew stronger and stronger. A few simple wooden houses hove into view besides fruit plantations. And then; the Amazon. At this point on the epic river it was barely possible to see the other side. Large cargo ships – some carrying soya beans – powered along in the distance. You don’t imagine such a large body of water to be moving very much, but the Amazon was carrying water down to the Atlantic at a swift 7-9km an hour. Immense.

Amazon sloth
Amazon sloth

Night fell and the return journey became a caiman hunt, which consisted of hurtling along the water whilst shining a torch along the banks. That tiny glowing dot caught in the beam? That’s a caiman eye. The guides steered the canoe straight at each eye but the creatures kept splashing away. Soon, however, a baby caiman was grabbed and held up for us to see. It’s jaws were wide open and, after a close-up look, it was quickly released so that its stress wasn’t prolonged.

Above us the stars and Milky Way shone brightly. All around us the forest was alive with the sound of nocturnal critters. Into our faces flew clouds of insects but, close to where the lodge floats, that acidic water meant that the insects lessened considerably.

We rose early the next day to enjoy sunrise from the boat. Pink river dolphins appeared with the sun, snorting and giving tantalising glimpses of their dorsal fins before submerging. Unlike grey river dolphins, the pinks don’t leap out the water and so it isn’t easy to spot them.

A stroll through the jungle educated us on the many medicinal plants and trees to be found here. We spied Capuchin monkeys and avoided the dreaded bullet ants – one of the most feared things here due to the terrible pain they inflict, which lasts for up to 24 hours.

Early evening brought with it the opportunity for a spot of piranha fishing. On the way we saw a sloth (a sloth!) clinging on to the top of a tree, it’s long claws wrapped around the trunk. It didn’t take much bait to attract the piranhas. Within minutes their ferocious jaws were clamping onto our hooks and their colourful bellies flashing out of the water. We released them all so that they may sink their teeth into more meat another day.

The lodge has a wooden canoe that can be borrowed and there’s an island across the water which makes for an interesting early-morning circumnavigation. A little later we visited a nearby native’s dwelling and learned about life in the rainforest. 

Returning to the city I had the opportunity to visit somewhere I’d long wanted to see; the Manaus theatre. Built in 1896 in the midst of a rubber-fuelled economic boom, the pink-painted building is a work of architectural art both on the outside and on the inside, which still boasts most of the original features including seating, the massive curtain and numerous paintings. The vast majority of the materials for the theatre were shipped over from Europe. It must have been quite a sight to see after returning from months on a rubber plantation.

Flying to Rio I got to see where the black waters of the Rio Negro met the brown waters of the Amazon. We flew over the forest for almost three hours – it’s easy to see how people (and cities?) can get lost in there forever. 

Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
 

Rio de Janeiro is a buzzy and beautiful city blessed with jagged, tree-clad mountains, blue sea and long sandy beaches. Ipanema and Copacabana are just as you hope they will be; miles of soft sand, big surf and unforgettable views. Our visit to nearby Sugarloaf Mountain began with a hike up to a cable car station (there’s one at street level too if you can’t manage the walk). From there the journey takes 3 minutes and suddenly you’re on top of an 800-metre rock with views that result in endless staring and wondering how one city can contain so much beauty
The view from Sugarloaf is surpassed only by the one from Corcovado, reached by van if you’re on a budget or funicular if you wish to be sedately carried up through the forest. Today was Brazil’s Independence Day which was being celebrated by a Christian group at the feet of the Christ the Redeemer statue. Serenaded by their passionate music we gazed down upon Rio and pointed out Ipanema, Copacabana, the Macarena Stadium etc. Wow, what a view. Amazing, too, to be so close to such a famous edifice

Closer to sea level, the botanical gardens were perfectly serene, with a large variety of trees as well as pleasing water features such as a small lake, numerous burbling streams and a waterfall. We walked from here along the Rodrigo de Freitas lake to Ipanema and Copacabana. This being a public holiday the beaches were full to bursting

Rio is such a happy, friendly city with a huge variety of things to see and do. It is blessed with so much natural beauty and has become a surprising highlight of this trip so far. 

Planning

In the years since we last travelled the world I’ve become an almost obsessive planner, both because I enjoy planning but also because it allows us to spend more time enjoying a destination and less time faffing about. It also helps to save a lot of money. I’ve done a poor job of pasting in the itinerary I have planned for South America but as you can see it’s all very planned out!

My planning formula is the basis for A Plan To Go – it’s been tried and tested in dozens of countries worldwide, now it’s time to see if it works in South America.

  Date Where? How? When? Where to stay? Notes How much?
Dep Arr
Thu 30-Aug LHR to Lisbon TAP 363
TAP 22
11:20 14:05 Bahiacafe Arrange airport pickup T
A
£328
£21.54
Lisbon to Salvador 16:45 21:20
Fri 31-Aug Salvador       As above A £21.54
Sat 01-Sep Salvador to Manaus Gol 1808 16:45 21:30 Local Hostel Pay R$98.60 on arrival T
A
£147.80
£12.11
Su-Mo 2-3 Sep Amazon       Jungle lodge Amazon Eco Adventure tours £219.00
Tue 04-Sep Manaus       Local Hostel Pay R$98.60 on arrival A £12.02
Wed 05-Sep Manaus to Rio Gol 2105 15:25 20:25 Villa 25 T
A
£82.16
£17
Th-Fr 6-7 Sep Rio     As above A £34.00
Sat 08-Sep Rio to Jacarei
Jacarei to Ihla Grande
Bus
Boat
06:15
10:00
08:45
10:20
Biergarten Hostel Costa Verde bus A £24.13
Sun 09-Sep Ihla Granda     As above Cancellable. R$399.5 to pay A £24.13
Mon 10-Sep Ihla Grande Angra dos Reis
Angra dos Reis to Paraty
Boat
Bus
10:00 13:00 Pousada Casa do Rio R$ 166,25 to pay T
A
£17.25
Tue 11-Sep Paraty     As above A £17.25
Wed 12-Sep Paraty to Sao Paulo Bus Reunidas Paulista 13:40 19:20 Royal Jardins  R$38 to pay at hotel A £25.23
Thu 13-Sep Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguacu Gol 1172 16:00 17:40 Che Lagarto Hostel T 85.77
£10
Fri 14-Sep Foz do Iguacu to Puerto Iguazu    
Sat 15-Sep Puerto Iguazu
Sun 16-Sep Puerto Iguazu to Cordoba Flybondi 5433 18:05 20:05 Kube Apartments T £42.25
A £24.13
Mon 17-Sep Cordoba       As above  
Tue 18-Sep Cordoba to Mendoza Andesmar 22:15     T £40.00
Wed 19-Sep Mendoza 07:00 Diplomatic Hotel   A £41.44
Th-Sa 20-22 Sep Chacras de Coria Lares de Chacras   A £132.86
Sun 23-Sep Mendoza to San Antonio de Areco Chevallier 16:00   T £41.00
Mon 24-Sep San Antonio de Areco 06:30      
Tue 25-Sep San Antonio de Areco to Buenos Aires Palo Santo Hotel   A £40.85
Wed 26-Sep Buenos Aires As above  
Thu 27-Sep Buenos Aires to Colonia      
Fri 28-Sep Colonia      
Sat 29-Sep Colonia to Montevideo      
Sun 30-Sep Montevideo      
Mon 01-Oct Montevideo to Punta del Este      
Tue 02-Oct Punta del Este      
Wed 03-Oct Buffer
Thu 04-Oct Punta to Montevideo      
Fri 05-Oct Montevideo to Colonia      
Sat 06-Oct Colonia to Buenos Aires      
Sun 07-Oct Buffer
Mon 08-Oct Buenos Aires Retiro to San Martin de los Andes Via Bariloche 16:00 T £63.00
Tu-We 9-17 Oct San Martin de los Andes/Villa La Angostura/Bariloche 12:10
Th-Sa 18-20 Oct Bariloche Charming Luxury Lodge & Private Spa A £103.00
Sun 21-Oct Bariloche to San Antonio Oeste Overnight train 17:00 MUST take this train on Sunday (arrives Monday) T £57.53
Mon 22-Oct San Antonio Oeste to Puerto Madryn 15:10 07:14
18:50
     
Tue 23-Oct Puerto M/Peninsula Valdez      
Wed 24-Oct Peninsula Valdez      
Thu 25-Oct Puerto Madryn to Esquel 20:15      
Fri 26-Oct Esquel 06:30      
Sat 27-Oct Esquel to El Calafate 17:00      
Sun 28-Oct El Calafate 13:00      
Mo-Sa 29 Oct-3 Nov El Calafate      
Sun 04-Nov Buffer
Mon 05-Nov El Calafate to Ushuaia      
Tu-Fr 6-23 Nov Ushuaia/Antarctica     ######
Sat 24-Nov Buffer
Sun 25-Nov Ushuaia to Punta Arenas      
Mon 26-Nov Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales      
Tue 27-Nov Buffer
We-Sa 28 Nov-1 Dec Torres del Paine      
Sun 02-Dec Puerto Natales      
Mon 03-Dec Puerto Natales Check in to ferry 09:00-18:30 T £580.65
Tue 04-Dec Pto Natales to Pto Montt 06:00      
Fri 07-Dec Puerto Montt 08:00
Sat 08-Dec Pto Montt to Castro (Chiloe)        
Sun 09-Dec Buffer
Mon 10-Dec Castro (Chiloe)        
Tue 11-Dec Castro to Pt Montt     Hotel Cabaña del Lago Puerto Varas A £44.34
Pto Montt to Pto Varas
We-Sa 12-15 Dec Pto Varas     As above A £177.36
Sun 16-Dec Pto Varas to Cochamo     Refugio Cochamo http://www.cochamo.com
Mo-We 17-19 Dec Cochamo      
Thu 20-Dec Cochamo to Pto Varas        
Pto Varas to Valdivia
Fri 21-Dec Valdivia        
Sat 22-Dec Valdivia to Pucon       Apart Hotel del Volcán A £44.30
Su-Sa 23-29 Dec Pucon       As above A £313.80
Sun 30-Dec Pucon to Santa Cruz       Hotel Boutique Vendimia    A £43.45
Mon 31-Dec  Santa Cruz       As above   A £43.45
Tue 01-Jan Santa Cruz to Santiago Hotel Plaza San Francisco   A £76
We-Th 2-3 Jan Santiago As above   A
Fri 04-Jan Santiago to Cajon del Maipo Lodge Andino El Ingenio Pay US$261.80 at property A £50
Sat 05-Jan Cajon del Maipo to Algarrobo Cinque Colori Via Casablanca A £110.00
Sun 06-Jan Algarrobo As above
Mon 07-Jan Isla Negra to Valparaiso Hotel Fauna   A £56.23
Tue 08-Jan Valparaiso As above  
Wed 09-Jan Valparaiso to Zapallar Car hire https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/24137328   A £95.25
Thu 10-Jan Zapallar Car As above      
Fri 11-Jan Zapallar to La Serena Car Enjoy Coquimbo   A £167.67
Sa-Su 12-13 Jan La Serena Car As above Cerro Tololo observatory    
Mon 14-Jan La Serena to Calama
Calama to San Pedro De Atacama
JetSmart 11:16
13:00
12:56
14:30
Calam to San Pedro transfer reserved, pay $12000 at desk   £51
Tue 15-Jan Buffer  
Wed 16-Jan San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni Tour      
Th-Fr 17-18 Jan Uyuni    
Sat 19-Jan Uyuni to La Paz Plane 08:40 09:25      
Sun 20-Jan La Paz to Copacabana Bus 08:00 12:00      
Mon 21-Jan Copacabana to Puno Bus 09:00 19:00      
Tue 22-Jan Puno      
Wed 23-Jan Puno to Cuzco      
Th-Fr 24-25 Jan Cuzco      
Sa-Th 26-31 Jan Salkantay Trail      
Fri 01-Feb Buffer
Sat 02-Feb Cuzco to Lima VivaAir 08:05 09:44     £37.69
Sun 03-Feb Lima to Quito      
Mo-Fr 4-8 Feb Quito/Otavalo/Cotapaxi      
Sat 09-Feb Quito to Galapagos      
Su-Fr 10-15 Feb Galapagos      
Sat 16-Feb Galapagos to Guayaquil      
Sun 17-Feb Buffer
Mon 18-Feb Guayaquil to F Lauderdale Spirit 00:59
13:54
05:30
18:21
    294.00
Fort Lauderdale to Barbados £112
Tue 19-Feb Buffer
We-Sa 20-23 Feb Barbados Sugar Cane Club Hotel And Spa     £143.54
Sun 24-Feb Barbados to St Lucia LIAT 17:05 17:45 Stonefield Estate Resort       £226.84
Mo-We 25-27 Feb St Lucia      
Thu 28-Feb Castries Harbour Vista Inn $71.50 payable at property   £56
Fri 01-Mar St Lucia to Dominica Ferry 07:00 11:15 Calibishie Cove     £167.72
Sa-Tu 2-5 Mar Dominica      
Wed 06-Mar Dominica to Guadeloupe Ferry 12:15 14:30 Habitation Grande Anse     £137.86
Sa-Su 7-9 Mar Guadeloupe      
10-Mar      
Mon 11-Mar Guadeloupe to NYC Norwegian D84900 08:20 13:00 The Blakeley   T £145.20
A £119.74
Tu-We 12-13 Mar New York        
Thu 14-Mar NYC to LGW Norwegian DI7016  23:30     £174.90

NORTHERN CHILE

Beaches, vineyards, mountains and fascinating cities – what more could you ask for? Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Northern Chile travel plan:

Luxury
1 ✈To Santiago (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨The Aubrey Book >) See all hotels >
Visit the city’s many museums (Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombiano is our favourite), all the while marvelling at the dramatic Andes in the background.
3 If it’s a clear day head up the Sky Costanera tower, otherwise wander around the Plaza de Armas or visit Villa Grimaldi (free, but donations appreciated) where you can learn about life under Pinochet. You’ll need to buy a (wonderfully-named) Bip! card to travel on the easy-to-use metro.
4 🚗Santiago to Cajon del Maipo (Hire car >) Dep: 09:30 Arr: 10:30 🏨Cascada de las Animas (Book >) See all hotels >
Spend the day hiking, biking, rafting…or simply relaxing in the Andes. Bring cash – there are no ATMs in the valley.
5-6 🚗Cajon del Maipo to Santa Cruz Dep: 10:00 Arr: 12:30 🏨Posada Colchagua (Book >) See all hotels >
Santa Cruz has the perfect setting; rolling grasslands, endless vineyards and Andean foothills. The town itself is picture perfect. Visit the museum, sample some wine and enjoy! Take a vineyard tour from town so that you don’t need to worry about designated drivers.
7-8 🚗Santa Cruz to Valparaiso Dep: 09:00 Arr: 12:00 🏨Hotel Boutique Acontraluz
(Book >)
See all hotels >
Two days to explore the colourful, enigmatic city of Valparaiso. Take the Peral elevator up to bustling Cerro Alegre, stroll along Ruben Dario walk, admire the view on Cerro Concepcion and visit Neruda’s modernist La Sebastiana home. Enjoy exquisite fish dishes in Caleta Portales.
9 🚗Valparaiso to Zapallar Dep: 11:00 Arr: 12:30 🏨Casa Zapallar (Book >) See all hotels >
A beautiful Pacific beach awaits you in Zapallar – the perfect picturesque pit stop on your way north. Book many months in advance if visiting during January or February.
10 🚗Zapallar to La Serena Dep: 09:00 Arr: 13:00 🏨Enjoy Coquimbo (Book >) See all hotels >
Unforgettable drive along the coast to historic La Serena. The Plaza de Armas features buildings such as the cathedral and Museo Histórico Regional. Write to ctio@noao.edu to apply for a permit to El Tololo observatory.
11 Enjoy a final visit to the beach and visit one of the nearby famous observatories. You may wish to extend your trip by heading north to San Pedro de Atacama – a 12hr drive away.
12 🚗Zapallar to Santiago Dep: 11:00 Arr: 16:00 🏨The Aubrey(Book >) See all hotels >
See the sights that you weren’t able to visit on days 2-3. Most museums close on Mondays.
13 ✈Santiago to home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning (next day) What did you think of this Northern Chile itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Book your transfer to the airport.
Mid-range
1 ✈To Santiago (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Hotel Plaza San Francisco Book >) See all hotels >
Visit the city’s many museums (Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombiano is our favourite), all the while marvelling at the dramatic Andes in the background.
3 If it’s a clear day head up the Sky Costanera tower, otherwise wander around the Plaza de Armas or visit Villa Grimaldi (free, but donations appreciated) where you can learn about life under Pinochet. You’ll need to buy a (wonderfully-named) Bip! card to travel on the easy-to-use metro.
4 🚌Santiago (Bellavista) to Cajon del Maipo (Times >) Dep: 09:18 Arr: 11:18 🏨Lodge Andino El Ingenio (Book >) See all hotels >
Spend the day hiking, biking, rafting…or simply relaxing in the Andes. Bring cash – the bus doesn’t accept Bip! and there are no ATMs in the valley.
5-6 🚌Cajon del Maipo to Santiago (Bellavista)
Santiago (Terminal Sur) to Santa Cruz (Book >)
Dep: 08:00

Dep: 11:10

Arr: 10:00

Arr: 14:10

🏨Hotel Boutique Vendimia (Book >) See all hotels >
Santa Cruz has the perfect setting; rolling grasslands, endless vineyards and Andean foothills. The town itself is picture perfect. Visit the museum, sample some wine and enjoy! Take a vineyard tour from town so that you don’t need to worry about designated drivers.
7-8 🚌Santa Cruz to Santiago  (Book >)
🚌Santiago to Valparaiso (Book >)
Dep: 08:10

Dep: 11:55

Arr: 11:30

Arr: 13:45

🏨Hotel Fauna
(Book >)
See all hotels >
Two days to explore the colourful, enigmatic city of Valparaiso. Take the Peral elevator up to bustling Cerro Alegre, stroll along Ruben Dario walk, admire the view on Cerro Concepcion and visit Neruda’s modernist La Sebastiana home. Enjoy exquisite fish dishes in Caleta Portales.
9 🚗Valparaiso  to Zapallar (Hire car >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 12:30 🏨Casa Zapallar (Book >) See all hotels >
A beautiful Pacific beach awaits you in Zapallar – the perfect picturesque pit stop on your way north. Book many months in advance if visiting during January or February.
10 🚗Zapallar to La Serena Dep: 09:00 Arr: 13:00 🏨Primera Hacienda Hotel Boutique (Book >) See all hotels >
Unforgettable drive along the coast to historic La Serena. The Plaza de Armas features buildings such as the cathedral and Museo Histórico Regional. Write to ctio@noao.edu to apply for a permit to El Tololo observatory.
11 Enjoy a final visit to the beach and visit one of the nearby famous observatories. You may wish to extend your trip by heading north to San Pedro de Atacama – a 12hr drive away.
12 🚗Zapallar to Santiago Dep: 11:00 Arr: 16:00 🏨Hotel Plaza San Francisco(Book >) See all hotels >
See the sights that you weren’t able to visit on days 2-3. Most museums close on Mondays.
13 ✈Santiago to home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning (next day) What did you think of this Northern Chile itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Take the bus to the airport.
Budget
1 ✈To Santiago (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Hostal Don Santiago (Book >) See all hotels >
Visit the city’s many museums (Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombiano is our favourite), all the while marvelling at the dramatic Andes in the background.
3 If it’s a clear day head up the Sky Costanera tower, otherwise wander around the Plaza de Armas or visit Villa Grimaldi (free, but donations appreciated) where you can learn about life under Pinochet. You’ll need to buy a (wonderfully-named) Bip! card to travel on the easy-to-use metro.
4 🚌Santiago (Bellavista) to Cajon del Maipo (Times >) Dep: 09:18 Arr: 11:18 🏨Hostal Los Peñones
(Book >)
See all hotels >
Spend the day hiking, biking, rafting…or simply relaxing in the Andes. Bring cash – the bus doesn’t accept Bip! and there are no ATMs in the valley.
5-6 🚌Cajon del Maipo to Santiago (Bellavista)
Santiago (Terminal Sur) to Santa Cruz (Book >)
Dep: 08:00

Dep: 11:10

Arr: 10:00

Arr: 14:10

🏨Casa Suiza (Book >) See all hotels >
Santa Cruz has the perfect setting; rolling grasslands, endless vineyards and Andean foothills. The town itself is picture perfect. Visit the museum, sample some wine and enjoy! Take a vineyard tour from town so that you don’t need to worry about designated drivers.
7-8 🚌Santa Cruz to Santiago (Book >)
🚌Santiago to Valparaiso (Book >)
Dep: 08:10

Dep: 11:55

Arr: 11:30

Arr: 13:45

🏨Nómada Eco Hostel
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Two days to explore the colourful, enigmatic city of Valparaiso. Take the Peral elevator up to bustling Cerro Alegre, stroll along Ruben Dario walk, admire the view on Cerro Concepcion and visit Neruda’s modernist La Sebastiana home. Enjoy exquisite fish dishes in Caleta Portales.
9 🚗Valparaiso to Maitencillo (Hire car >) Dep: 11:00 Arr: 12:10 🏨Hostal Maitencillo Norte (Book >) See all hotels >
A beautiful Pacific beach awaits you in nearby Zapallar – the perfect picturesque pit stop on your way north. Book many months in advance if visiting during January or February.
10 🚗Maitencillo to La Serena Dep: 09:00 Arr: 13:20 🏨Hostal El Árbol Beach
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Unforgettable drive along the coast to historic La Serena. The Plaza de Armas features buildings such as the cathedral and Museo Histórico Regional. Write to ctio@noao.edu to apply for a permit to El Tololo observatory.
11 Enjoy a final visit to the beach and visit one of the nearby famous observatories. You may wish to extend your trip by heading north to San Pedro de Atacama – a 12hr drive away.
12 🚗Zapallar to Santiago Dep: 11:00 Arr: 16:00 🏨Hostal Don Santiago (Book >) See all hotels >
See the sights that you weren’t able to visit on days 2-3. Most museums close on Mondays.
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Take the bus to the airport.

SOUTHERN CHILE

This itinerary covers vast distances and takes in some of the most dramatic scenery Nature has to offer. Pack your hiking boots for world-class trekking. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Southern Chile travel plan:

Luxury
1 ✈To Santiago (Book >)
To Puerto Natales (Book >)
Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Simple Patagonia Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Have a relaxing first day recuperating from jet lag and enjoying the colourful buildings and Mueso Histórico Municipal.
3-6 🚌Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine (Book >) Dep: 07:00 Arr: 09:00 🏨Refugios(Book >) See all hotels >
Embark on the stupendous W trek, staying in remote refugios along the way This website is an excellent resource for planning your trek.
7 🚌Torres del Paine to Puerto Natales (Book >) Dep: 18:30 Arr: 21:15 🏨Ferry(Book >)
Return to Puerto Natales to check in to your ferry. Your ferry ticket allows you to stay on board the night before departure.
8-11 ⛴Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt (Book >) Dep: 06:00 🏨Ferry (Book >)
Four days of sailing through the dramatic Chilean fjords. The naturalist on board will help you to spot marine birds, sea lions, dolphins and maybe even whales. This is just a ferry – do not expect anything in the way of luxurious cruise accommodation!
12 🚌Puerto Montt to Puerto Varas (Book >) Dep: Every 10 mins Arr: 08:00

Arr: 20 mins later

🏨Hotel AWA (Book >) See all hotels >
Puerto Varas is a beautiful town from which to explore the southern lakes. Enjoy the charming Germanic architecture as well as the Museo Antonio Felmer. 08:00 is the expected arrival time for your ferry, although it can be delayed by hours.
13 Take a trip to Playa Hermosa, Isla Loreley and Volcán Osorno Extend your trip with a multi-day hike in the nearby Cochamó valley.
14 🚕Puerto Varas to Puerto Montt airport
✈Puerto Montt to Santiago(Book >)
Dep: Morning

Dep: Morning

Arr: Morning

Arr: Morning

🏨The Aubrey(Book >) See all hotels >
Visit the city’s many museums, all the while marvelling at the dramatic Andes in the background. Extend your trip with a visit to Valparaiso. See our Northern Chile plan.
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Book your transfer to the airport.
Mid-range
1 ✈To Santiago (Book >)
To Puerto Natales (Book >)
Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Weskar Patagonian Lodge (Book >) See all hotels >
Have a relaxing first day recuperating from jet lag and enjoying the colourful buildings and Mueso Histórico Municipal.
3-6 🚌Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine (Book >) Dep: 07:00 Arr: 09:00 🏨Refugios(Book >) See all hotels >
Embark on the stupendous W trek, staying in remote refugios along the way This website is an excellent resource for planning your trek.
7 🚌Torres del Paine to Puerto Natales (Book >) Dep: 18:30 Arr: 21:15 🏨Ferry(Book >)
Return to Puerto Natales to check in to your ferry. Your ferry ticket allows you to stay on board the night before departure.
8-11 Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt (Book >) Dep: 06:00 🏨Ferry (Book >)
Four days of sailing through the dramatic Chilean fjords. The naturalist on board will help you to spot marine birds, sea lions, dolphins and maybe even whales. This is just a ferry – do not expect anything in the way of luxurious cruise accommodation!
12 🚌Puerto Montt to Puerto Varas (Book >) Dep: Every 10 mins Arr: 08:00

Arr: 20 mins later

🏨Hotel Cabaña del Lago (Book >) See all hotels >
Puerto Varas is a beautiful town from which to explore the southern lakes. Enjoy the charming Germanic architecture as well as the Museo Antonio Felmer. 08:00 is the expected arrival time for your ferry, although it can be delayed by hours.
13 Take a trip to Playa Hermosa, Isla Loreley and Volcán Osorno Extend your trip with a multi-day hike in the nearby Cochamó valley.
14 🚌Puerto Varas to Puerto Montt airport
✈Puerto Montt to Santiago(Book >)
Dep: Morning

Dep: Morning

Arr: Morning

Arr: Morning

🏨Hotel Plaza San Francisco(Book >) See all hotels >
Visit the city’s many museums, all the while marvelling at the dramatic Andes in the background. Extend your trip with a visit to Valparaiso. See our Northern Chile plan.
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Book your transfer to the airport.
Budget
1 ✈To Santiago (Book >)
To Puerto Natales (Book >)
Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Hotel Patagonico(Book >) See all hotels >
Have a relaxing first day recuperating from jet lag and enjoying the colourful buildings and Mueso Histórico Municipal.
3-6 🚌Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine (Book >) Dep: 07:00 Arr: 09:00 🏨Refugios(Book >) See all hotels >
Embark on the stupendous W trek, camping beside remote refugios along the way This website is an excellent resource for planning your trek.
7 🚌Torres del Paine to Puerto Natales (Book >) Dep: 18:30 Arr: 21:15 🏨Ferry(Book >)
Return to Puerto Natales to check in to your ferry. Your ferry ticket allows you to stay on board the night before departure.
8-11 Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt (Book >) Dep: 06:00 🏨Ferry (Book >)
Four days of sailing through the dramatic Chilean fjords. The naturalist on board will help you to spot marine birds, sea lions, dolphins and maybe even whales. This is just a ferry – do not expect anything in the way of luxurious cruise accommodation!
12 🚌Puerto Montt to Puerto Varas (Book >) Dep: Every 10 mins Arr: 08:00

Arr: 20 mins later

🏨Mamahostels (Book >) See all hotels >
Puerto Varas is a beautiful town from which to explore the southern lakes. Enjoy the charming Germanic architecture as well as the Museo Antonio Felmer. 08:00 is the expected arrival time for your ferry, although it can be delayed by hours.
13 Take a trip to Playa Hermosa, Isla Loreley and Volcán Osorno Extend your trip with a multi-day hike in the nearby Cochamó valley.
14 🚌Puerto Varas to Puerto Montt airport
✈Puerto Montt to Santiago(Book >)
Dep: Morning

Dep: Morning

Arr: Morning

Arr: Morning

🏨Don Santiago(Book >) See all hotels >
Visit the city’s many museums, all the while marvelling at the dramatic Andes in the background. Extend your trip with a visit to Valparaiso. See our Northern Chile plan.
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Book your transfer to the airport.

ARGENTINA

Two weeks of incredible sights, natural wonders, vineyards, beautiful cities, mountains, lakes and more. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Argentina travel plan:

Luxury
1 ✈To Buenos Aires (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Alvear Palace (Book >) See all hotels >
Have a relaxing first day recuperating from jet lag. We suggest you find a cool café in Palermo and enjoy a delicious medialuna.
3 Visit Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, grab lunch at Mercado del Progreso and admire the city architecture on a walking tour. Extend your trip with a couple of days in Montevideo, a short ferry ride away.
4 ✈Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Hotel Costa del Sol (Book >) See all hotels >
Get up and close to the individual falls in Parque National Iguazu. Entrance to the park is $600,00 pesos.
5 The Brazilian side of the falls offers the best panoramic views – once over the border take a bus or taxi to the park entrance and explore the trails. You must get off the bus to get your Brazilian stamp and entry card. Buses are frequent and so you won’t wait long for the next.
6 ✈Puerto Iguazu to Mendoza(Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Cavas Wine Lodge(Book >) See all hotels >
Welcome to wine country! It’s easy to get about by bicycle. Visit this site for some great vineyard visiting tips.
7-8 Another couple of days to indulge in some wine tasting (or relax in your hotels own vineyards) Mendoza is famous for its spas – perfect after all that cycling.
9 ✈Mendoza to Bariloche (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Charming Luxury Lodge & Private Spa(Book >) See all hotels >
Spend the rest of the day soaking up the stunning scenery or indulging in one of the many chocolate shops. The hills here are very steep so bring good shoes.
10-11 Hike, bike, take to the lakes or add on a couple of days and do as much of the above as you have the energy for. Buy hiking maps at Cultura Book Shop or the cabin at the corner of Villegas & Moreno Streets.
12 ✈Bariloche to Buenos Aires (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Alvear Palace (Book >) See all hotels >
More time to enjoy this superb city, the heart of which can all be explored on foot. If you want to extend your trip then the Perito Moreno glacier is a 12-hr bus journey from Bariloche.
13 Into steak? Then you’ll love eating at one of the many parrillas.
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Book your transfer to the airport.
Mid-range
1 ✈To Buenos Aires (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Carles Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Have a relaxing first day recuperating from jet lag. We suggest you find a cool café in Palermo and enjoy a delicious medialuna.
3 Visit Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, grab lunch at Mercado del Progreso and admire the city architecture on a walking tour. Extend your trip with a couple of days in Montevideo, a short ferry ride away.
4 ✈Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Grand Crucero (Book >) See all hotels >
Get up and close to the individual falls in Parque National Iguazu. Entrance to the park is $600 pesos.
5 The Brazilian side of the falls offers the best panoramic views – once over the border take a bus or taxi to the park entrance and explore the trails. You must get off the bus to get your Brazilian stamp and entry card. Buses are frequent and so you won’t wait long for the next.
6 ✈Puerto Iguazu to Mendoza(Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Cavas Wine Lodge(Book >) See all hotels >
Welcome to wine country! It’s easy to get about by bicycle. Visit this site for some great vineyard visiting tips.
7-8 Another couple of days to indulge in some wine tasting (or relax in your hotels own vineyards) Mendoza is famous for its spas – perfect after all that cycling.
9 ✈Mendoza to Bariloche (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Peninsula Petit Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Spend the rest of the day soaking up the stunning scenery or indulging in one of the many chocolate shops. The hills here are very steep so bring good shoes.
10-11 Hike, bike, take to the lakes or add on a couple of days and do as much of the above as you have the energy for. Buy hiking maps at Cultura Book Shop or the cabin at the corner of Villegas & Moreno Streets.
12 ✈Bariloche to Buenos Aires (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Carles Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
More time to enjoy this superb city, the heart of which can all be explored on foot. If you want to extend your trip then the Perito Moreno glacier is a 12-hr bus journey from Bariloche.
13 Into steak? Then you’ll love eating at one of the many parrillas.
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Book your transfer to the airport.
Budget
1 ✈To Buenos Aires (Book >) Dep: Evening 🏨 In flight!
2 Arr: Morning 🏨Elefante Rosa Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Have a relaxing first day recuperating from jet lag. We suggest you find a cool café in Palermo and enjoy a delicious medialuna.
3 Visit Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, grab lunch at Mercado del Progreso and admire the city architecture on a walking tour. Extend your trip with a couple of days in Montevideo, a short ferry ride away.
4 ✈Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon 🏨Hostel Bambu (Book >) See all hotels >
Get up and close to the individual falls in Parque National Iguazu. Entrance to the park is $600,00 pesos.
5 The Brazilian side of the falls offers the best panoramic views – once over the border take a bus or taxi to the park entrance and explore the trails. You must get off the bus to get your Brazilian stamp and entry card. Buses are frequent and so you won’t wait long for the next.
6 ✈Puerto Iguazu to Mendoza(Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Chill Inn(Book >) See all hotels >
Welcome to wine country! It’s easy to get about by bicycle. Visit this site for some great vineyard visiting tips.
7-8 Another couple of days to indulge in some wine tasting (or relax in your hotels own vineyards) Mendoza is famous for its spas – perfect after all that cycling.
9 ✈Mendoza to Bariloche (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Hostel 41 Below (Book >) See all hotels >
Spend the rest of the day soaking up the stunning scenery or indulging in one of the many chocolate shops. The hills here are very steep so bring good shoes.
10-11 Hike, bike, take to the lakes or add on a couple of days and do as much of the above as you have the energy for. Buy hiking maps at Cultura Book Shop or the cabin at the corner of Villegas & Moreno Streets.
12 ✈Bariloche to Buenos Aires (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Morning 🏨Elefante Rosa Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
More time to enjoy this superb city, the heart of which can all be explored on foot. If you want to extend your trip then the Perito Moreno glacier is a 12-hr bus journey from Bariloche.
13 Into steak? Then you’ll love eating at one of the many parrillas.
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Bus line 394 goes from the city centre to the airport.

BRAZIL

The best bits of Brazil with every details you need. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget. Here’s your Brazil travel plan:

Luxury
1 ✈To Salvador (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 🏨Aram Yami Hotel  (Book >) See all hotels >
Book your airport transfer
2 Take the Elevador Lacerda to Ladeira da Praça and explore the Old Town. The Mercado Modelo arts and crafts market closes early on Sundays.
3 ✈Salvador to Manaus(Book >) Dep: 16:45 Arr: 21:30 🏨Villa Amazônia (Book >) See all hotels >
Find a praia (beach) which suits you and relax before heading to the airport. Praia do Porto da Barra is safe for swimming.
4-5 ⛴️Manaus to Amazon (Book >) Dep: 08:30 🏨Jungle lodge (Book >) See all hotels >
Book a 3-day tour into the depths of the Amazon. Because of the PH levels in the Rio Negro there are far fewer mosquitoes along this river.
6 ⛴️Amazon to Manaus Arr: 17:00 🏨Villa Amazônia (Book >) See all hotels >
Final day in the jungle. The lodge is 3hrs by road then 45 mins by boat. Book a taxi to the airport with your hostel.
7 ✈Manaus to Rio (Book >) Dep: 15:25 Arr: 20:25 🏨Belmond Copacabana Palace  (Book >) See all hotels >
Marvel at the jungle city of Manaus. Be sure to visit the grand opera house. A taxi from the airport should cost about R$55.
8-9 Take the cog train up to the Christ the Redeemer statue, ride the cable cars up Sugarloaf Mountain, enjoy the nightlife in Lapa, explore the colonial buildings in nearby neighbourhoods and, of course, experience the beach in front of your hotel. Sit on the right-hand side of the Corcovado Mountain cog train for the best views.
10-11 🚌Rio to Angra dos Reis
⛴️Angra dos Reis to Ilha Grande(Book >)
Dep: 06:15

Dep: 10:00

Arr: 09:15

Arr: 10:50

🏨Sagu Mini Resort (Book >) See all hotels >
Vila do Abraão beach is often crowded and so grab some water and head off on one of the many hiking trails to somewhere more secluded. Vehicles are prohibited on the island.
12-13 ⛴️Ilha Grande to Angra dos Reis
🚌Angra dos Reis to Paraty (Book >)
Dep: 10:00 Arr: 13:00 🏨Casa Turqesa (Book >) See all hotels >
Enjoy the beaches along the nearby Ponta do Juatinga peninsula. Take a break from the sun and visit the town’s churches (Santa Rita has a fascinating Museum of Sacred Art).
14 🚌Paraty to Sao Paulo  (Book >) Dep: 13:40 Arr: 19:20 🏨Hotel Fasano(Book >) See all hotels >
More time this morning to enjoy this colonial town or the beautiful beaches nearby. Take Metro L1 from Sao Paulo Tiete bus station to Metro Paraiso, change to L2 for Trianon-Masp.
15 ✈Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguazu (Book >) Dep: 16:10 Arr: 17:40 🏨Belmond Hotel das Cataratas (Book >) See all hotels >
Visit Sao Paulo’s Paulista Avenua and, if time, the MASP art museum. A taxi from the airport should cost about R$55.
16 Take a bus or taxi to the park entrance and explore the trails. The Cascadas Trail will take you to the falls. Add an extra day if you wish to see the falls from the Argentinian side.
17 ✈Foz do Iguazu to Home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening What did you think of this Brazil itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Book your transfer to the airport.
Mid-range
1 ✈To Salvador (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 🏨Mar Brasil Hotel (Book >) See all hotels >
Book your airport transfer
2 Take the Elevador Lacerda to Ladeira da Praça and explore the Old Town. The Mercado Modelo arts and crafts market closes early on Sundays.
3 ✈Salvador to Manaus (Book >) Dep: 16:45 Arr: 21:30 🏨Hotel Intercity (Book >) See all hotels >
Find a praia (beach) which suits you and relax before heading to the airport. Praia do Porto da Barra is safe for swimming.
4-5 ⛴️Manaus to Amazon (Book >) Dep: 08:30 🏨Jungle lodge (Book >) See all hotels >
Book a 3-day tour into the depths of the Amazon. Because of the PH levels in the Rio Negro there are far fewer mosquitoes along this river.
6 ⛴️Amazon to Manaus Arr: 17:00 🏨Hotel Intercity (Book >) See all hotels >
Final day in the jungle. The lodge is 3hrs by road then 45 mins by boat. Book a taxi to the airport with your hostel.
7 ✈Manaus to Rio (Book >) Dep: 15:25 Arr: 20:25 🏨Ipanema Inn (Book >) See all hotels >
Marvel at the jungle city of Manaus. Be sure to visit the grand opera house. A taxi from the airport should cost about R$55.
8-9 Take the cog train up to the Christ the Redeemer statue, ride the cable cars up Sugarloaf Mountain, enjoy the nightlife in Lapa, explore the colonial buildings in your neighbourhood and, of course, hit the beaches. Sit on the right-hand side of the Corcovado Mountain cog train for the best views.
10-11 🚌Rio to Angra dos Reis
⛴️Angra dos Reis to Ilha Grande(Book >)
Dep: 06:15

Dep: 10:00

Arr: 09:15

Arr: 10:50

🏨Pousada Portal do Sol
(Book >)
See all hotels >
Vila do Abraão beach is often crowded and so grab some water and head off on one of the many hiking trails to somewhere more secluded. Vehicles are prohibited on the island.
12-13 ⛴️Ilha Grande to Angra dos Reis
🚌Angra dos Reis to Paraty (Book >)
Dep: 10:00 Arr: 13:00 🏨Pousada do Ouro (Book >) See all hotels >
Enjoy the beaches along the nearby Ponta do Juatinga peninsula. Take a break from the sun and visit the town’s churches (Santa Rita has a fascinating Museum of Sacred Art).
14 🚌Paraty to Sao Paulo (Book >) Dep: 13:40 Arr: 19:20 🏨Royal Jardins (Book >) See all hotels >
More time this morning to enjoy this colonial town or the beautiful beaches nearby. Take Metro L1 from Sao Paulo Tiete bus station to Metro Paraiso, change to L2 for Trianon-Masp.
15 ✈Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguazu (Book >) Dep: 16:10 Arr: 17:40 🏨Che Lagarto Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Visit Sao Paulo’s Paulista Avenua and, if time, the MASP art museum. A taxi from the airport should cost about R$55.
16 Take a bus or taxi to the park entrance and explore the trails. The Cascadas Trail will take you to the falls. Add an extra day if you wish to see the falls from the Argentinian side.
17 ✈Foz do Iguazu to Home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening What did you think of this Brazil itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Book your transfer to the airport.
Budget
1 ✈To Salvador (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening 🏨Bahiacafe (Book >) See all hotels >
Book your airport transfer
2 Take the Elevador Lacerda to Ladeira da Praça and explore the Old Town. The Mercado Modelo arts and crafts market closes early on Sundays.
3 ✈Salvador to Manaus (Book >) Dep: 16:45 Arr: 21:30 🏨Local Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Find a praia (beach) which suits you and relax before heading to the airport. Praia do Porto da Barra is safe for swimming.
4-5 ⛴️Manaus to Amazon (Book >) Dep: 08:30 🏨Jungle lodge (Book >) See all hotels >
Book a 3-day tour into the depths of the Amazon. Because of the PH levels in the Rio Negro there are far fewer mosquitoes along this river.
6 ⛴️Amazon to Manaus Arr: 17:00 🏨Local Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Final day in the jungle. The lodge is 3hrs by road then 45 mins by boat. Book a taxi to the airport with your hostel.
7 ✈Manaus to Rio (Book >) Dep: 15:25 Arr: 20:25 🏨Villa 25 (Book >) See all hotels >
Marvel at the jungle city of Manaus. Be sure to visit the grand opera house. A taxi from the airport should cost about R$55.
8-9 Take the cog train up to the Christ the Redeemer statue, ride the cable cars up Sugarloaf Mountain, enjoy the nightlife in Lapa, explore the colonial buildings in your neighbourhood and, of course, hit the beaches. Sit on the right-hand side of the Corcovado Mountain cog train for the best views.
10-11 🚌Rio to Angra dos Reis
⛴️Angra dos Reis to Ilha Grande(Book >)
Dep: 06:15

Dep: 10:00

Arr: 09:15

Arr: 10:50

🏨Biergarten Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Vila do Abraão beach is often crowded and so grab some water and head off on one of the many hiking trails to somewhere more secluded. Vehicles are prohibited on the island.
12-13 ⛴️Ilha Grande to Angra dos Reis
🚌Angra dos Reis to Paraty (Book >)
Dep: 10:00 Arr: 13:00 🏨Pousada Casa do Rio (Book >) See all hotels >
Enjoy the beaches along the nearby Ponta do Juatinga peninsula. Take a break from the sun and visit the town’s churches (Santa Rita has a fascinating Museum of Sacred Art).
14 🚌Paraty to Sao Paulo (Book >) Dep: 13:40 Arr: 19:20 🏨Sao Paulo Lodge (Book >) See all hotels >
More time this morning to enjoy this colonial town or the beautiful beaches nearby. Take Metro L1 from Sao Paulo Tiete bus station to Metro Paraiso, change to L2 for Trianon-Masp.
15 ✈Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguazu (Book >) Dep: 16:10 Arr: 17:40 🏨Che Lagarto Hostel (Book >) See all hotels >
Visit Sao Paulo’s Paulista Avenua and, if time, the MASP art museum. Take bus 120 into the city.
16 Take a bus or taxi to the park entrance and explore the trails. The Cascadas Trail will take you to the falls. Add an extra day if you wish to see the falls from the Argentinian side.
17 ✈Foz do Iguazu to Home (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Evening What did you think of this Brazil itinerary? Leave your feedback below
Bus to the airport takes about 30 mins.