Rio to Santiago overland tour, 51 days

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18 Feb 2021
£1950
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03 Mar 2022
£1950
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Overland

If you’re looking for adventure, an opportunity to travel with like-minded travellers and to get off the beaten track then this type of trip is for you! We will sometimes be covering long distances over a period of a few days but will then most often be camped up for a few days with opportunities for adventure activities, visiting local communities, time in a town or city to chill out or wildlife viewing experiences. The roads are sometimes bumpy and you need to expect the unexpected! This type of travel is through regions where things can change and experiences are more important than luxury – borders sometimes close and there may not always be hot water in the showers! You will generally be camping out under the stars, sometimes out in the bush, but generally more on campsites. (Our South America and Central Asia trips also use small locally-run hostels and guest houses). The trips are fully participative so you will be involved shopping for food in local markets, cooking for your group (on a rota system), collecting water and setting up camp. If you’re not confident about doing any of these things beforehand, don’t worry our crew are there to help you and you’ll be good at it by the time you finish!

You will be travelling on one of our own purpose built overlanding vehicles with up to 24 travellers, many of whom will be travelling on their own. It is a great way for solo travellers to travel. We have lost count of the number of travellers who have met their future spouse on one of our trips! Our vehicles are fully equipped with tents and cooking equipment and are designed for great all-round viewing and a sociable seating plan. You will be accompanied on your trip by a Driver and Tour Leader and, depending on your trip, we often use local guides at sites of specific interest for more detailed information.

This type of travel will provide you with a plethora of memories and stories to tell, new-found travelling companions and friends and a well-exercised spirit of adventure!

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
On this trip we stay at small, locally run campsites or hostels and buy our food locally, thereby directly supporting local communities. We use local companies to run all our excursions. They, in turn, employ local drivers and guides-supporting the local economy. Camping, in itself, helps to conserve natural resources. There is no option to leave the lights, heating or aircon on!

In terms of water consumption our trucks carry a large supply of treated drinking water. We encourage our clients to bring reusable water bottles on their trip with them and to refill these from our truck water supply. Thus, eliminating the need to buy bottled water. We also offer a discount scheme for our clients to purchase water filtration bottles. This means that they can obtain drinking water when they are away from the truck too.

Before the trip commences clients are sent detailed pre-departure information which includes advice on responsible travel. This information is re-emphasised by the tour leader at the start of the trip-clients, for example, are advised about respecting local customs, conservation of natural habitats and wildlife, litter disposal etc.

The numbers of clients we take on this tour are limited, to a maximum of twenty-four, thus reducing the environmental and cultural impact of a large group.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

On this trip we stay at small, locally run campsites or hostels and buy our food locally, thereby directly supporting local communities. We use local companies to run all our excursions. They, in turn, employ local drivers and guides-supporting the local economy. For example, in Torres del Paine the campsite that we stay at offers fishing and horse riding trips run by members of the local community. In Chile, the white water rafting option is run by a local family. We have been supporting their business over a number of years. In Argentina, our local 'guides' come under a different guise - how about learning to Tango with a local expert, or for the less nimble on their feet, get swept away just watching one of the passionate Tango shows?

We encourage our travelers to eat out at local restaurants, cafes and with local street food sellers. Our crew usually have a range of places to recommend based on their vast research!!

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