RIO TO RIO (The Complete Circuit)

39 WEEKS 4950 + US$4900 KITTY


The complete 36 week circuit of South America. Visit every single country of this amazing continent and experience more adventure, culture and landscapes than you thought possible. Travel from Rio to Rio through Brazil, French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, celebrating our return with Rio Carnival, the biggest party in the World.



DEPART RIO ARRIVE RIO CARNAVAL Trip Code
18 MAY 2014 12 FEBRUARY 2015 RR14

This expedition is over 8 months in total. Everything you can imagine is here and this adventure is the best way to see all aspects of South America. Some days you'll be sweating in the sticky Amazon rain-forests as we forge our path across the jungle on mud tracks and other days will be in the deserts of Peru or Chile. Then you'll find yourself stood high on the ice atop a glacier, in the sand watching turtles laying their eggs on a beach, or watching condors soaring in the morning sun over Inca terraces.


Highlights

Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Amazon Riverboat, Brazil's Beaches, Paramaribo, Angel Falls, Merida, Cartagena, Medellin, Tatacoa Desert, Quito, Amazon Jungle Lodge, Quilotoa Crater, Lake Banos, Kuelap Fortress, Huaraz, Nazca Lines, Colca Canyon, Cusco, Lake Titicaca, La Paz, Uyuni Salt Lake, Bariloche, Rafting Futalefu, Moreno Glacier, Torres del Paine National Park, Tierra del Fuego, Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, The Rivers of Bonito, Parati.


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PROPOSED ITINERARY:

The following itinerary is our proposed route, because of the nature of our travel, and the counties in which we are travelling it may not be possible to visit all of these places. Also we could find other things to do, so this may not be exactly what we end up doing!

We won't attempt to fully describe every place in this section as you'd end up with a book. For more information we suggest you try some guide books. Lonely Planet and Footprint give good descriptions and information.


BEFORE DEPARTURE:

Arrive in Rio with a few days to spare to relax, organise your things and enjoy the marvellous city. Four or five days is enough time. Our truck and crew will already be there to welcome you. The day before we leave there will be a meeting to get to know each other, finalise paperwork and collect kitty money.


WEEK 1

Setting off on our big adventure our first stop is the beautiful Ouro Preto, an important historical colonial city with winding cobbled streets, artistic churches and plazas with buskers. Now we make our way up the coast, looking for beaches and seafood until we reach the Chapada Diamantina National Park for some trekking, waterfalls and wildlife.


WEEK 2

Back on the coast we then arrive at Salvador, Bahia for a taste of dance, drums and food. After Salvador's spinning capoeira and bustle of the plazas we stop for a quiet breather at Praia de Forte and then again at Olinda, with artisans and street performers and some wonderful restaurants.


WEEK 3

More beach action at contrasting Canoa Quebrada and Fortaleza before we move inland to explore the caves of the Ubajara National Park and the impressive rock formations of the Sete Cidades N.P. (National Park) Next we visit the beautiful sand dunes and pools of the Lencois Maranheses N.P. and then on to Sao Luis.With many of it's buildings on the Unesco World Heritage list and top bars with live Reggae, this town keeps everybody entertained.


WEEK 4

From here we go to Belem and organise our riverboat to take us and our truck overnight to Macapa on the mouth of the Amazon. We'll sleep in hammocks (or cabins) as our boat chugs on through the night.


WEEK 5

From Macapa we head into the rainforest towards French Guiana. From here on travel will be much more rugged and unpredictable. With roads blocked by landslides or washed away by heavy rain, we may have to make our own repairs to the road or to bridges to continue. A fortunate couple of days and we should find ourselves at Oiapoque, where we stamp out of Brazil and look for a ferry game enough to carry us across the river and into French Guiana. In French Guaina we make for the capital city, Cayenne for a welcome shower and cold beer. Here we spend a couple of days relaxing and then head out to the Tresor & Kaw nature reserves to see rare water birds and caiman. North of Cayenne,we visit Kourou to take a tour of the Centre Spatial Guyanais, a busy satellite launch centre. If we're lucky we'll be there to see Ariane or one of the other rockets launch into space.


WEEK 6

Then on to St Laurent du Maroni, where you can visit the chilling prison buildings that processed thousands of convicted French criminals, made famous by the book and film, Papillon. You can also take a canoe out for a spin in the surf. Leaving St Laurent and crossing the Marowijne River we enter Suriname. We drive directly to Paramaribo, one of the strangest, most curious mixes of cultures and foods you'll find anywhere. From here it's possible to take a trip out to nearby Galibi Nature Reserve where leatherback (and other) turtles come to lay eggs from April to August. Continuing west and crossing the Moleson Creek brings us to Guyana and its capital Georgetown. A day or two exploring the strangely constructed buildings, marvelling at the lively patrons of the bars and eating in a new restaurant for every meal and it's time to head back to the jungle.


WEEK 7

After a few days bouncing and slipping down the potholed track south to Lethem we must find some way to cross the Takatu River and return to Brazil. If we're lucky the bridge will be OK to cross, if not, hope the river is low enough to drive through or find a boat to take us across to Bonfim. Then it's north into Venezuela where we enter the Canaima National Park, visiting the brilliant red Jasper Falls, with water cascading over brilliant red rock and the Quebrada Pacheco, hidden in the forest. Stopping at colourful Ciudad Bolivar we can take flights over Angel Falls. We then head north out of Venezuela's Guayana area and head for a night camping at the Cueva del Guacharo.


WEEK 8

A visit to the glitzy grime of Caracas and then we head on to Hernri Pittier National Park to get some salty air and sand between our toes again.


WEEK 9

A little time to relax in sleepy Coro and see the giant sand dunes of Medanos de Coro and onwards to Merida for all kinds of adventure sports or some gentle sightseeing.


WEEK 10

Crossing into Colombia at Cucuta we head down to San Gil, base for hiking, caving, swimming and many other activities. From here we head north to Santa Marta to relax on the Carribean coast. If people are interested in the 6 day hike to the Ciudad Perdida (Teyuna) they can do this while others spend time at the beach.


WEEK 11

A few nights enjoying Cartagena's fine food and sunsets, or visiting the nearby Islands will refresh everyone. Then we can go for a swim in the treacly mud from the Aboletes Volcano and on to Medellin for real fun nightlife..


WEEK 12

Some time in Bogota lets us experience the cafes and cobbled streets of La Candelaria, the flash clubs of the north, the gold museum and a trip out to the monumental salt cathedral of Zipaquira. And then to Tatacoa desert to spend a night under the stars, after which we visit the peaceful Tierradentro - hills with painted burial caves scattered about. Back to town for a couple of nights dancing in Cali, arguably the Salsa capital of Latin America and we head down to the border to cross into Ecuador..


WEEK 13

Our first stop in Ecuador is the bustling town of Otavalo. With its huge textile and crafts market it is wonderful for souvenir or window shopping or just taking photos of the colourful stalls and traders. Arriving in Quito we stop the truck for a week for some time to ourselves. From here we can help you take a trip to the Galapagos Islands, climb mount Cotopaxi, relax or enrol in a Spanish school. We recommend a Spanish language course for a week. This will give you a good grounding in the language you'll be hearing for the next few months and allow you to get more from your meetings with local people. The Simon Bolivar school is a few minutes walk from our hotel and gives good quality, good value one-on-one courses - www.simon-bolivar.com.


WEEK 14

Setting off from Quito we head towards the Amazon basin, stopping for the night at the luxurious Papallacta thermal pools, high in the humid cloud forest. Driving down into steamy rainforest we arrive the next day at El Coca. At this rough jungle oil town we suddenly see how much things have changed from Quito. From Coca we take a river boat ride down the Rio Napo, a tributary of the Amazon, to our jungle lodge. We stay in full board cabins with private bathrooms and hammocks. Our local guide will take us hiking, canoeing, fishing, birdwatching and more, the whole time giving commentaries and explanations about what we find. After this we drive on through the jungle to the riverside town of Tena, a welcoming, laid-back town. Here we can eat dinner in the riverside restaurants, visit the wildlife centre and spend a day rafting and exploring.


WEEK 15

Arriving next at the town of Banos, very close to the very active Tungurahua volcano. It is often busy with Ecuadorean holidaymakers and we have time to visit the hot pools, horseride, relax and watch the local craft of sweet making. There's also the chance to try canyoning if you fancy a little adrenaline buzz, or a day mountain biking down the Rio Pastaza valley. After Banos we move on to spend a good day hiking to view the amazing volcanic Quilotoa crater lake. A short drive then brings us to Chimborazo, with time to hike up and back to the Chimborazo refuge at an altitude of 5000m. Leaving Chimborazo we have time to stop and enjoy the amazing rooftop views from the train on the Devil's Nose train ride, then continue to arrive in Cuenca. The third largest city in Ecuador is home to beautiful colonial squares, markets and the Panama Hat!


WEEK 16

After a day here we head down from the highlands, through steamy banana plantations and cross into Peru. Immediately the landscape changes from lush forest to dusty desert coastline. We stop to camp for a couple of days on the idyllic, deserted beach of Punta Sal. Relaxing, swimming and a BBQ are a must here. And you can take a horse ride through the surf, or wander in to the sleepy beach town of Mancora for some shopping. After the beach we head back up into the Andean cloudforest to Chachapoyas. Here we can sip coffee overlooking the town from rooftop cafes and go out to visit Kuelap, the huge ruined citadel of the Chachapoyas people.


WEEK 17

After this we return to the desert coast, stopping at the Chaparri Reserve. This is one of the few places where it's possible to see active conservation of the rare Spectacled Bear. On the coast we'll stop to explore the surf at lively, scruffy Pacasmayo, a world renowned surf beach. Next we continue on via the Sipan Museum in Lambayeque to the seaside village of Huanchaco, which will be our base for visiting the ancient remains of the mud city of Chan Chan and the fascinating Huaca de la Luna with its bloody history of sacrifices and burials.


WEEK 18

Now we head high into to Andes to Huaraz, nestled between the Codilleras Blanca and Negra at an altitude of 4000m. We'll take two days to gradually make the climb, helping us to acclimatise to the altitude more easily. From Huaraz we can take day trips out to nearby towns, lakes and glaciers, or take a guide for a few days serious hiking. From Huaraz it's a day's drive straight back down to sea level and Lima, Peru's capital city. After our short stay in the metropolis we continue south along the coast, stopping for a wild beach camp on the Paracas National Reserve. The next day we can take a boat trip to visit the varied fauna inhabiting the Ballestas Islands, part of the reserve.


WEEK 19

From here we head to Huacachina, just outside Ica, to see the huge sand dunes and maybe try sandboarding or a sunset dune buggy ride before spending the night by the hostel pool. A short drive then brings us to the desert town of Nasca where we can take a light aircraft ride for a spectacular view of the mysterious Nasca lines. Stopping along the way for a look at the strangely skeletal Chauchilla Cemetery we then arrive for a quiet stay at the ancient Inca port, Puerto Inca. Here you can explore the many ancient Inca coastal paths and burial chambers or just relax by the pool. Puerto Inca is our last view of the sea for some time as now we begin our ascent into the Andes and reach Arequipa. Second largest city in Peru, Arequipa has many facets. With quiet monasteries, museums of ancient frozen mummies, wonderful food and rocking nightlife, it's a great place to experience modern Peruvian life and culture as well as acclimatise ready for our next journey higher into the mountains. Some people might prefer to leave Arequipa early for some extra trekking and make their own way to meet the truck at Chivay. Others head out from here to climb the nearby 5800m high Mount Misti.


WEEK 20

Leaving Arequipa we head to Chivay, a small town high in the mountains with picturesque hot springs. Here shops sell the traditional local dress of finely embroidered hats and waistcoats. From Chivay we head out to hopefully see condors flying in the 3000m deep Colca Canyon. Driving along the canyon affords incredible views of the terraced land and river below. After seeing the canyon we reach Puno on the shore of lake Titicaca. Puno is home to the huge restored steam ship, the Yavari and has some wonderful restaurants and bars with a fun atmosphere. Lake Titicaca is dotted with islands, many are inhabited and we have the chance to sail out and visit some of these islands. spending the night on Amantani Island with local families is a chance to learn about local life and customs. From here we travel deeper into the Andes to the heartland of the Incas and arrive at Cusco. This busy historical town will become our base for the next week or so, giving everyone time to explore all the things the town can offer.


WEEK 21

This whole week is for us to spend in Cusco, giving us plenty of time to fully enjoy all there is to do without a big rush. For hikers there are treks all around the beautiful mountains, many arriving at historical sites such as Macchu Picchu and the recently discovered Choquequirao (you'll need 5 days to visit this site, with horses carrying your provisions and equipment).If you're not wanting to walk too far then day trips to the many historical Inca sites and towns are fun. Cusco is home to some good language schools and you might decide to spend a few days learning more Spanish, with the opportunity of some volunteer work in schools or other projects. Horse riding, rafting, motorbike tours and more are here. And then there's the shopping from plush jewellery stores to bustling local markets. The choice of local crafts and produce is huge.


WEEK 22

Leaving Cusco we head back to Lake Titicaca, but this time we cross to the Bolivian shores and visit Copacobana. This picturesque town is home to the Bolivian Navy and from here you can investigate the Isla del Sol, legendary birthplace of the Incas. Crossing Lake Titicaca by rickety wooden ferry we next get to La Paz, Bolivia's capital city (or could Sucre be the capital... nobody is sure, not even the Bolivians). A couple of days here leave you reeling, the altitude, steep hills and general chaos take it out of you, but it's all worth it, as exploring this city always brings surprises. Then we head into the Bolivian countryside and visit Potosi, home of the Cerro Rico silver mine and the highest city on earth. A visit to the mine helps you understand the history, conditions and myths of the place and leaves one feeling very lucky. You also get the chance to ignite your own dynamite stick to experience what the miners work with every day.


WEEK 23

After a day or two in Sucre we head south into Butch and Sundance territory to Tupiza. This dusty old town has a definite wild west feel to it and is a great place to get out into the countryside, whether on foot or by bike or on horseback the stunning valleys nearby must be seen. After a challenging drive along a (hopefully) dry riverbed into the wilderness is the surreal frontier town of Uyuni, which is home to a steam train graveyard and one of the best pizza restaurants in South America.


WEEK 24

We can take a day trip in jeeps out to see the immense blinding white salt lake, the Salar de Uyuni. Then we bravely pick our way across rocks and goat tracks through the inhospitable, empty Bolivian Altiplano towards Chile. This journey is tough for both vehicle and passengers and we must be prepared for a rough journey. But the benefits of travelling across a lunar landscape with stops at geysers and hot springs along the way make it worth all the trouble. After the isolation and harsh rockyness of our altiplano crossing, the descent from 5000m down into Chile's San Pedro de Atacama is glorious. The contrast between Bolivia and the far more European Chile is strong. It's most satisfying to sit and drink tasty cold Chilean beer beside the fire in one of the many open-roofed bars after the tough journey across from Bolivia. While here you experience the stifling heat and aridity of the Atacama desert, especially obvious when we take a sunset trip out to the Valley of the Moon. Horses and bicycles are for hire and there are trips out to more hot pools and salt lakes. We may even take a drive out to the massive Tintaya copper mine. Our first taste of Chile is a short hot one as we then head back over the Andes to Argentina, arriving in Tilcara then moving on for a stay in Salta.


WEEK 25

A few nights stay in Salta will refresh everyone. With its beautiful square, comfortable bars and some of the best steak restaurants in the world, Salta is a great base for some rafting, horse riding or a ride on the famous Train to the Clouds. The town has a strong culture of music and dance and it is here where most people begin their love affair with Argentinian Tango. Leaving Salta we head down the Quebrada de Cafayate, seeing the impressive rock formations and arriving in the town of Cafayate itself. Here we can visit some of Argentina's famous vineyards and do a walking tour of some of the smaller bodegas - buying from the variety of quality wines on offer here is most satisfying -after a little tasting, of course. Cafayate's plaza comes to life in the evening with open-air restaurants, wandering donkeys and the colonial buildings creating a festive rural atmosphere. A couple of days driving then brings us to Cordoba where we can relax in the warm city before heading out to stay at an Argentinian ranch, or estancia.


WEEK 26

A day horse riding about the estancia with the famous gauchos followed by a tasty parilla and wine is a great day. Our next stop is the city of Mendoza, sitting at the foot of the Andes. The province of Mendoza produces most of Argentina's wine and a vineyard tour here is a must. The town boasts some fine restaurants and has a lively and sophisticated bar and club scene. Leaving Mendoza we head directly up into the Andes, passing the Aconagua volcano, highest peak in the Americas at 6959m, and visiting the strange mineral formation known as Puente del Inka. A rapid descent from the mountain pass brings us into Santiago, Chile's modern and comfortable capital city.


WEEK 27

Heading south from Santiago we can compare Chile's vineyards with the ones we recently saw in Argentina and then arrive in the adventure sport mecca of Pucon. From here we can go rafting, canyoning, horse and mountainbike riding, skydiving and most exciting of all climb the live, smoking Vilarrica volcano. With breathtaking views of the lakes and forests below the climb up to the snowy,smoking peak is an enjoyable challenge. And the descent from the volcano's summit is possibly more fun than the walk up...


WEEK 28

Crossing back into Argentina we follow the beautiful 'Seven Lakes Drive' through the lush Argentinian lake district and arrive in San Carlos de Bariloche. Sat on the shores of Lake Nahuel Nuapi, this picturesque ski resort has some pleasant summer hiking and has many fine chocolate makers. Back into Chile we begin our drive along the Carretera Austral, arriving in Futalefu for some incredible grade 5 rafting on the Rio Futalefu. Continuing along the carretera we wind our way along forested fjords and stop for a visit to the Ventisquero Colgante, or Hanging Glacier.


WEEK 29

Crossing to Argentina we are now in Patagonia proper, and visit El Chalten, a fast growing hiking centre and base camp for climbers waiting to ascend the technical Mt Fitzroy. From here we can try ice climbing and trekking. A short drive then brings us to El Calafate and from here we take a day trip to visit the amazing Moreno Glacier.


WEEK 30

Now we visit the huge Chilean national park of Torres del Paine, many serious hikers' dream destination. We'll stay here long enough to complete the famous 'W' walk, do some intrepid horse riding, visit glaciers, ride the many rivers on a zodiac and just maybe be lucky enough to see one of the park's wild puma. People preferring to stay indoors can hole up in the nearby town of Puerto Natales and take day trips out to the park. On the way back we can visit the interesting Cave of the Milodon, a prehistoric creature whose remains were discovered there in the 1800's.


WEEK 31

Heading further south we follow the shores of the Magellan Straits and take a sea ferry across to Tierra del Fuego and arrive in the world's most southerly town, Ushuaia. This town really does have an 'end of the world' feel to it with wind battered buildings and long summer twilight evenings. There is plenty to do here with wildlife cruises on the Beagle Channel, exploring the Tierra del Fuego national park and many historic buildings and museums. Ushuaia is the port from which ships leave for trips to Antarctica and the Falkland Islands. People wanting to make the 10 day trip to Antarctica can easily do so and catch us in Buenos Aires with enough time to see the city. Now our journey north begins,and crossing back to mainland South America we visit the small Atlantic port town of Puerto Deseado. We can take a boat trip to view wild animals in the Rio Deseado nature reserve, or just relax and imagine the tough isolation of Patagonian life in this windswept outpost.


WEEK 32

Some long drives through the vast flatness of Patagonia brings us to Puerto Madryn. From here we go out to see the wildlife of the Valdes Peninsular, can take a speedboat trip in search of dolphins or do a little scuba diving. Next stop is Buenos Aires, Argentina's stylish, historic, exciting capital. No stay here is long enough as everyone falls in love with this city. Tango, football, shopping, music, fine dining and the best nightclubs on the continent are here and there are beautiful historic buildings on every corner. One of the most fun is Cafe Tortoni, head downstairs for an intimate tango show before a night on the town. La Boca's vividly coloured buildings are beautiful in the morning sun, then it's a short walk to the stadium to see the famous Boca Juniors play. If they're at home, you must experience Argentinian football at it's most fevered!


WEEK 33

From Buenos Aires we cross the Rio Uruguay into Uruguay and our first stop is Colonia. Then we stop at Montevideo and visit Punta del Este before crossing back into Argentina to visit the Carlos Pelegrini wetland reserve at Lago Ibera. This area is home to a large variety of bird species, feisty caiman, and a colony of howler monkeys. A boat trip around the wetlands at dawn or dusk is always rewarding as the reserve is overflowing with wildlife just meters away from you.


WEEK 34

We now head north into Paraguay, rarely visited home of the Guarani people. First we stop for some relaxation in Trinidad, in the southern Itapua province. From here we can head out to see ruined monasteries left behind by Jesuit missionaries and visit a 'mate' factory to see how the popular bitter tea-like drink is grown and prepared. Our campsite also has horses for riding about the ranch or you can just relax in the sun by the pool. From here we continue north to the country's capital Asuncion, a steamy colonial capital with a feeling different to any other South American city. The central plaza is great for relaxing with a cold drink and watching the locals. After here we head towards Brazil, stopping for a shop in the strange Paraguayan border trading town of Ciudad del Este. We enter Brazil at Foz do Iguacu, and here we can see the breathtaking Iguazu Falls and the nearby bird park has some incredible birds and butterflies to see. Many people take a helicopter ride above the falls for a view of the whole area, which crosses from Brazil into Argentina .We can also drive out to see the massive Itaipu dam in nearby Paraguay which until recently was the largest dam in the world, providing hydro power to most of Paraguay and much of Brazil.


WEEK 35

Bonito is our next stop in Brazil, with clear rivers for snorkelling, caves, forest trails, waterfalls and adventure sports. Heading to the lush coast we reach Parati, a small but vibrant and charming colonial town. Here you can relax in the old centre enjoying the music and great food, take a yacht cruise to visit the nearby beaches, try scuba diving or marvel at the Capoeira performers in the plaza.


WEEK 36

A couple of days in Paraty will just whet your appetite for the giant celebration of Carnaval in Rio. One of the biggest parties on Earth, Carnaval is days of fun and dancing and the whole city takes part. We can go to see the spectacular samba school parades at the famous Sambodrome, join in with the street processions, relax with a coconut milk on the beaches or just sit and watch the whole city partying. Don't forget the other sights of Rio, too: The Sugar Loaf mountain at sunset, Christ the Redeemer and more...


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WHAT'S INCLUDED?

In order to keep the initial trip cost low we leave most activities as optional. This gives you the flexibility to choose and only pay for exactly what you do.


Included in the TRIP COST are:

  • All travel in the truck and use of truck equipment (eg kitchen)
  • Services of trip leader
  • Truck costs - Diesel, repairs, road tolls, permits, etc

Included in the KITTY are:

  • Basic accommodation costs ie: camping or basic shared rooms in hotels/hostels
  • Most meals when camping and lunches on driving days
  • Ferry ticket cost as a passenger when travelling with the truck
  • Chapada Diamantina National Park
  • Entry to Ubajara and Sete Cidades National Parks
  • Hammock space on the Belem-Macapa riverboat
  • Entrance to the Tierradentro reserve
  • Amazon jungle lodge stay, El Coca
  • Kuelap fortress entry
  • Chaparri Wildlife Reserve entry
  • Chan Chan city ruins entry
  • Temple of the Moon, Trujillo entry
  • Wildlife speedboat trip, Ballestas Islands
  • Paracas National Reserve entrance
  • Colca Canyon entrance, Chivay
  • Uros Islands boat visit and Amantani Island family stay
  • Laguna Colorada Reserve entry
  • Estancia visit, Cordoba
  • Ventisquero Colgante (hanging glacier) national Park entrance
  • Torres del Paine NP entry
  • Valdes Peninsular entry
  • Parati yacht cruise day trip
  • Guides for group visits

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Any visas you might need
  • Your personal travel insurance
  • Your own spending money
  • Any medicines and vaccinations
  • Most meals when not camping (i.e. restaurant meals)
  • Costs of optional activities and visits
  • Any flights or other transport

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OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Here is a list of some of the extra things to do along the way. This list isn't exhaustive, and the prices are the equivalent cost in US dollars last time we were there, so they may change. But this list is still a useful guide for you to use when budgeting for your spending money.


Brazil  
Entry to Historic buildings and churches Ouro Preto free
Cable car down into the caves of Ubajara 2
4x4 trip to Lagoa Azul, P.N. Lencois Maranheses 20

Guyanas  
Tour of Space Centre, Kourou free
Tour of Camp de la Transportation prison, St Laurent 8
Main meal in Paramaribo 5
Excursion to Galibi Reserve 120

Venezuela  
Day trip flying to Angel Falls and back 300
Watching the birds flying out of Cueva del Guacharo free
Merida cable car round trip day 30
Paragliding Merida 75
Mountain bike rental per day, Merida 15

Columbia  
Rafting San Gil 20-100
Waterfall abseiling 25
Paragliding Chichamocha canyon 100
Horse riding per day 20
Swimming in San Gil's rivers free
Ciudad Perdida 6 day hike 300
Meal in a pleasant restaurant, Cartagena 8
Entrance to art museum 8
Entrance to Cartagena's cathedrals and forts free-5
Showers & lockers Volcan de Lodo, Arboletes 2
Stargazing in the Tatacoa desert free
Taxi ride in Bogota (depending on traffic) 3

Ecuador  
Thermal baths Papallacta 6
White water rafting, Tena 55
Wildlife park, Tena 6
Climbing Mount Cotopaxi 2500
Cotopaxi basecamp walk free
Quilatoa crater walk free
Canyoning, Banos 40
Horseriding, Banos 15
Devil's Nose train ride 18
Cuenca panama hat factory visit free
Airport taxi 10
Normal taxi ride (10 mins) 3

Peru  
Punta Sal beach horseriding 10
Huaraz - day trip to glacier 15
Huacachina dune buggy ride 12
Nasca lines flight 50
Arequipa climb mount Misti 250
Juanita mummy museum Arequipa 18
Chivay thermal pools 3
Cusco tourist ticket 20
Taxi ride 10 mins 2

Bolivia  
Isla del Sol day trip, Copacobana 9
Valle de la Luna trip, La Paz 10
Downhill mountainbiking, La Paz 70
Cerro Rico mine tour, Potosi 15
National Mint tour, Potosi free
Mountainbiking, Sucre 20
Dinosaur Valley, Sucre 7
Hiking, Tupiza free
Jeep/Horse/Bike combo day, Tupiza 25
Salt Lake day trip, Uyuni 20
Train graveyard, Uyuni free
Taxi ride 2

Chile  
Desert Horseriding, San Pedro 25
Swimming Pool (v.nice in baking desert!) 4
Mountainbike hire, San Pedro 12
Copper Mine Visit free
Villarica Volcano climb, Pucon 75
Rafting Pucon (grade 3) 40
Jetski hire per hour 40
Villarica Park Entrance, Pucon 15
Thermal pools entrance, Pucon 8
Skydiving, Pucon 150
Rafting, Futalefu (grade 4&5) 100
Horseriding, Futalefu, half day 20
Walk to view hanging glacier, Puyuguapi free
Horseriding, 3 hour Torres del Paine 25
Zodiac Ride 70
Refugio B&B along hiking trails (book in advance) 20
Hiking, Torres del Paine free
Taxi ride 6

Argentina  
Rafting, Salta 75
Cafayate Gorge free
Vinyard visit, Cafayate free
Quilmes ruins 7
Vineyard tour, Mendoza 5
Cable car to revolving restaurant, Bariloche 8
Mountainbike hire 10
Summer luge,Bariloche 5
Glacier walking, El Chalten 40
Ice climbing, El Chalten 80
Hiking, El Chalten free
Moreno Glacier day trip, El Calafate 30
Beagle Channel boat trip, Ushuaia 15
Tierra del Fuego Nat Park Entry 10
Trip to Antarctica! 3000
Dolphin speedboat ride, Puerto Madryn 25
Tango show, Buenos Aires 10
Ticket to see Boca Juniors play 10
Wildlife sunset boat ride, Lago Ibera 6
Day trip to Iguazu falls (Arg. Side) 12
Speedboat trip under waterfalls 10
Taxi ride 5

Paraguay/Uruguay  
Day trip to Mate factory and Missions, Trinidad 10
Taxi ride 2

Brazil  
Entry to Iguazu falls, Brazil side 13
Helicopter ride over falls 70
Entry to bird park, Foz 8
Entry to public pool, Bonito 6
Day trip snorkelling in Bonito's rivers 40
Scuba dive, Parati 55
Sambodrome carnival ticket, Rio 35
Entry to Maracana stadium 5
Paragliding/hang gliding over Rio 80
Cable Car to Sugar Loaf mountain 13
Train to Corcovado (Christ the redeemer) 13
Taxi ride Rio 7
Airport taxi 20

ALTERNATIVE ROUTES

Due to the unpredictable political and environmental conditions in many of the countries we visit it may be necessary to alter the route taken by the trip. In such case we will arrange an alternative route as best possible and cover costs to relocate the truck if necessary, but passengers will be liable for any personal travel costs incurred when away from the truck.


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petrified forest
petrified forest
the altiplano
the altiplano
llamas
llamas
not all roads are tarmac
not all roads are tarmac
uros island boat
uros island boat
ollantaytambo
ollantaytambo
cricket
cricket
lake pehoe
lake pehoe
rafting action
rafting action
huacachina
huacachina
carnaval crowd
carnaval crowd
heidi rocks
heidi rocks
helicopter view
helicopter view
pole dancers
pole dancers
hatching bug
hatching bug
villarica slide
villarica slide
taking a break from sandmatting
taking a break from sandmatting
ushuaia tugboat
ushuaia tugboat
inka trail
inka trail
tena waterfall
tena waterfall
blankets for sale
blankets for sale
dali rocks
dali rocks
bridge swing
bridge swing
truck ride paraguay
truck ride paraguay
san gregorio sunset
san gregorio sunset
salar de uyuni
salar de uyuni
big tarantula
big tarantula
bubbling mud
bubbling mud
cusco cathedral
cusco cathedral
bolivian valley
bolivian valley
sandboarding
sandboarding
penguins
penguins
roadside stalls
roadside stalls
tree tower ecuador
tree tower ecuador
complete with dynamite
complete with dynamite