South America tour, coast to coast

“An incredibly fast paced tour that takes you from the Atlantic to the Pacific via the highlights of Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Rio, Iguazu and the Andes - in under 3 weeks”

Highlights

Rio de Janeiro | Copacabana | Corcovado Mountain | Iguazu Falls | Asuncion, Paraguay | La Paz, Bolivia | Lake Titicaca | Isla del Sol excursion | Puno, Peru | Floating Uros Islands | Cuzco | Sacred Valley | Machu Picchu by train | Lima | Optional: Tiwanaku, Maracanã stadium, white water rafting, horse riding

Description of South America tour, coast to coast

South America is a huge and diverse continent – and this South America coast to coast tour introduces you to its incredible variety of landscapes, cultures and experiences in just three weeks. Travelling from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, you’ll start out on laid-back, white-sand beaches and pass through dense forests before ascending into the Andes, where the bleakness of the Altiplano is breathtaking. The contrast between the tropical coast and the ice-capped Andean peaks is matched only by the contrast in cultures: cosmopolitan Rio, quaint colonial architecture, ancient Inca temples and modern Aymara markets spanning influences from Africa, Europe and the Andes.

This South America coast to coast tour starts in one of the world’s most dramatically situated cities: Rio de Janeiro, which faces onto Atlantic bays with a backdrop of steep, forested mountains. Ramshackle favelas cling to the hillsides; the beautiful people hang out on Copacabana Beach to see and be seen, and Christ the Redeemer surveys it all from on high. From Rio, you’ll fly up to Iguazu Falls, where 275 cataracts crash through the tropical vegetation of the surrounding wildlife-filled national park.

Crossing into the South American time warp that is Paraguay, you’ll visit the nostalgic and tranquil capital, Asuncion, before flying up to La Paz. At 3,500m above sea level (and the airport is even higher…) La Paz is literally breathtaking. Travel across the Andes to Lake Titicaca, which straddles the border between Bolivia and Peru – you’ll explore both sides of the lake, including the charming town of Copacabana, and the floating Uros Islands, made of totora reeds. Cusco is a day’s bus ride away and this ancient city, with its Inca-built stone walls, is the jumping-off point for one of the tour’s highlights: Machu Picchu, which we will reach by train and minibus. Your South America coast to coast tour ends on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, in Lima.

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06 Mar 2017
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Our top tip:
You will be living out of a suitcase - pack light, and for all weather!
Trip type:
Small group tour, 4-20 people.
Activity level:
Moderate.
Accomm:
Standard hotels and guesthouses with private bathrooms, hot water.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available with surcharge.
Included:
Accomm., tour leader, internal flights, transport, transfers, listed activities.
Meals:
Breakfasts only.
Vouchers
Accepted
Holiday type

Small group adventure holiday

This trip is run by a company which specialises in only Central and South America holidays. Typically you will be sharing your experiences with between 4-20 like minded travellers (depending on the trip and how many others are booked on it) and you'll have a group leader with you. Whether you are travelling alone, with your partner or with friends its good value, and a great way to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of privacy. This trip will appeal to travellers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people as well as seeing new places, whilst being led by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic leader.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: South America tour, coast to coast

Environment

One of the major attractions of the tour is the visit to the Iguazú Falls. The falls lie in both Brazil and Argentina. UNESCO, in association with the WWF works to coordinate both the Brazilian and Argentine sides of the National Park, and make sure that all the money raised from entrance fees is properly distributed to the protection and development of the area.

As well as offsetting carbon emissions on all staff travel, we actively encourage our clients to make a donation to our carbon reduction project. Clients are asked to make a voluntary contribution based on the distance travelled and amount of carbon produced which is then invested in projects which alleviate poverty whilst aiming to reduce carbon emissions. Projects have included replacing diesel generators with solar panels in rural schools and public buildings in Panama, planting Maya Nut Trees in Guatemala, and installing fuel efficient stoves in Guatemala.

Community

The trip covers some of the main tourist sites of South America, but additionally we try and visit places more off the beaten track to give an insight into other aspects of this fascinating continent, and provide much needed tourism to countries such as Paraguay that lie off the normal routes.

The tour visits indigenous markets, such as in La Paz and the Sacred Valley, where local ‘Campesinos’ bring their goods to market. Here the local populations benefit greatly from the much needed economic boost that tourism brings to their towns. Local arts and crafts can be purchased, putting money back into the communities.

On this tour we work with small privately owned ground agents who live in the area, have established RT policies in place, and employ local guides and staff. A number of journeys on this tour use public transport, the hotels are small, individual properties often run by the owners and their families, we eat in local restaurants serving locally grown produce – our style of travel ensures that as many local people as possible benefit by our being there. This tour runs with a maximum of 16 people which helps to minimise the impact on delicate environments.

Reviews of South America tour, coast to coast

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 02 Sep 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


So many parts, Rio, Iguacu falls, Machu Picchu, Amazon

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Just do it and the Andean Explorer

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, many locals benefited including guides, drivers and especially the local Infierno community and environment in the Amazon

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Brilliant, amazing and so informative and well organised by our guide Etienne

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


For me it was a life long goal to see Machu Picchu, which no picture or video can replace the memories logged in my head of the sheer size and awe of this place. But also whilst travelling through other countries, the beautiful landscapes just amaze you.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make sure you take some US dollars with you (at a good rate preferably) :)
Be prepared for a couple of boring bits but it is a long way.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Didn’t really get that vibe, some suspect things along the way but I'm sure tourism is paying its way in many of the economies

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


An obvious high for me at the end (matchu Picchu) but overall some exciting cultural countries, with spectacular views along the way.

Reviewed on 11 Apr 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Every day was a wonderful experience during our stay in Brazil and Ecuador but I guess the Galapagos will be the most memorable. We felt very privileged to be there and our guide and crew on Anahi (Journey 1) were excellent.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared to live out of a suitcase and enjoy travelling. Not for people who just like to sit on a beach all day. If you like exploring and want to learn about different countries then this holiday gives you more than you can imagine.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It certainly made us more aware of the work people are doing in conservation and hopefully benefited local people. There still seems a lot to do in making local people more aware of ways in which they can take more care of their environment particularly on the more populated Galapagos Islands.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We have travelled to many countries all over the world and enjoyed finding out about different countries and cultures but this holiday tops the lot not just for the experience but for the help and guidance received from the tour operator. Sophie, their bespoke specialist, was superb in tailoring this package for us. All flights and transfers were first class (even though we flew economy). All hotels were excellent and conveniently located. Would definitely recommend for anyone considering a trip to Latin America.


Reviewed on 13 Feb 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


There were so many! - Rio, Cusco, Iguacu falls, Machu Picchu, the rainforest, etc. Overall a brilliant cross section of South American sights and culture.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


None, really! The operator provided quite accurate tour information.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


I am not quite sure how local people benefited other than by enlightening us in their culture and selling us their wares.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Great.

Reviewed on 12 Dec 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Rio, Iguzu Falls, Bolivia, Machu Pichhu.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Beware high altitude sickness.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Did not notice and positive or negative impact.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent.

Reviewed on 05 Feb 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


This is a tough one to answer. We started with the Iguazu Falls and were worried that we had hit the highlight of our trip in the first two days. Not so...many more amazing sights awaited us; the Peruvian jungle, the Uyuni salt flats, walking the Inca trail from the top of the Pisac ruins down to the town of Piza, and the list goes on.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go with a reputable agency. We arrived in Cusco just as the area was being ravaged by rains and flood waters. Although we could not visit Machu Pichu our tour guide and the local operator arranged alternate areas to visit. When we were speaking to some tourists travelling with other companies they reported that they were essentially abandoned, told they might as well go home. Not so with our operator.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes in as much as a tourist can judge how the benefits trickle down. Certainly local guides, drivers etc were used at each stop.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Our holiday met our expectations and we had a wonderful time. Now we'll recoup and plan the next one. We have booked several tours through the responsible travel website and have been pleased each time. Thank you

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