Central & South America 360

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Duration: 97 days

Trip code: CASA

This epic journey leads you through the heart of Central and South America, taking in awe-inspiring Mayan ruins and spectacular landscapes. You’ll soak up festive atmospheres in bustling Latin cities and stretch out on glorious golden beaches with nothing but blue sea ahead. Plus, you’ll enjoy unique cultural activities and community homestays, giving you anunrivalled insight into the daily lives of local people. Starting in Mexico, the road winds through eleven countries, each with their own distinct flavour. You’ll see a gorgeous coral reef off the coast of Belize, live music on the streets of Granada, and the impressive volcanoes on Ometepe Island. Then you’ll plunge south to stay with local communities in the Amazon Rainforest, trek the Inca Trail, and party the night away in Rio de Janeiro. 

Trip highlights

  • Discover eleven magical countries in Central and South America
  • Get to know local people with homestays at Lake Nicaragua, Lake Atitlán, and in the Amazon Rainforest
  • Enjoy an incredible 4 day hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – a once in a lifetime experience!
  • Feel the power of the Iguassu Falls, the mighty waterfalls that separate Brazil and Argentina
  • Battle of the beaches! Discover beautiful coastlines in Mexico, Peru and Brazil. Soak up that sun! 
Further trip information

Bringing together our fantastic Central American Journey and South America Journey, this combo adventure is the ultimate introduction to the unique spirit and surroundings of this incredible part of the world. With unique homestays and cultural experiences you’ll enjoy a fantastic insight into local lives and customs. You’ll also be travelling with a group of like-minded adventurers on each stage of the trip, so you’ll meet awesome new people while soaking up gorgeous landscapes and enchanting cultural wonders. Let the adventure begin!

STAGE 1: CENTRAL AMERICAN JOURNEY

Please note: The following is the 2017 itinerary. If you are travelling after 1st January 2018, you will follow a slightly different route. Please see the end of this itinerary for more details

Day 1: MEXICO. Playa del Carmen. Arrive at any time. 6pm welcome meeting.

Day 2: Playa del Carmen. Free beach time or optional activities: Visit the Mayan ruins at Tulúm or dive on Cozumel Island.

Day 3-5: BELIZE. Caye Caulker. Relax on the coast or opt to snorkel or dive with stingrays at Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

Day 6-7: San Ignacio. Free time with optional activities; See the sacred Mayan cave of ActunTunichilMuknal, explore the Mountain Pine Ridge area or visit the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.

Day 8: GUATEMALA. Flores/Tikal. Take a guided tour of the ruins of Tikal and discover Flores.

Day 9-10: Río Dulce. All sorts of optional activities are on offer in this relaxed lakeside location.

Day 11-12: Antigua. Enjoy an orientation guided walk in Antigua then explore the local area and vibrant city.

Day 13-14: Panajachel/Lake Atitlán homestay (1D). Go on boat rides and experience a traditional homestay on the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlán with its breathtaking backdrop.

Day 15 & 16: Antigua. Make the most of this lively city. Have fun and practice your fancy footwork at an included group salsa dancing lesson.

Day 17-18: HONDURAS. Copán. See the stunning Mayan ruins at Copán or relax in hot springs.

Day 19-21: Roatan. Relax on the idyllic island of Roatan. Enjoy free time to snorkel, swim, scuba dive or laze on the beautiful beaches.

Day 22: NICARAGUA. Granada. Fly to Managua and then travel to the vibrant city of Granada.

Day 23-24: Granada. Orientation walk with your guide in colonial Granada. Optional activities include a trip to Masaya Volcano, or exploring the isletas of Lake Nicaragua.

Day 25-26: Ometepe (1B,2D). Go off the beaten track on the unique island of Ometepe on Lake Nicaragua. Get to know the locals at a 2-night homestay experience.

Day 27-28: COSTA RICA. Monteverde (1B). Visit the gorgeous cloud forest reserve and opt to zipline through the jungle canopy or take a tour of a coffee plantation.

Day 29-30: La Fortuna. Enjoy adventure activities in the shadow of Arenal Volcano or soak in hot springs.

Day 31: San José. Hang out for one final night with your newfound friends in Costa Rica’s capital city.

Day 32: San José. Your epic Central American Journey ends today in San José. Depart at any time.

2018 Departures

If you are travelling after 1st January 2018, you will follow a slightly different itinerary. In San Ignacio on day 6, you will visit a community project that helps underprivileged women learn new skills and earn money. You will try your hand at pottery and enjoy a lunch of local food. On day 11, the salsa lesson will be an optional activity (extra cost of USD5-12).

You will also follow a slightly different route that takes in a whole new country! The route for days 19-23 will run as follows:

Day 19: Copán/Suchitoto. Hop across the border into El Salvador and discover the picturesque town of Suchitoto.

Day 20: Suchitoto/ Playa El Tunco. Enjoy a free morning in Suchitoto before exploring the gorgeous coastline of Playa El Tunco.

Day 21: Playa El Tunco. Make the most of a free day on the beach. Soak up the sun, wander the nearby fish market, visit the Tamanique waterfalls and chill out with your travelling mates.

Day 22: Playa El Tunco/León. An early start as you leave El Salvador behind and cross into Nicaragua by boat. Enjoy an orientation walk around León, where you will spend the night.

Day 23: León/Granada. Journey on to Granada and enjoy a night out with the group.

The rest of the route runs as per the 2017 itinerary. For more information, please contact a travel advisor.

Please note: We try to run both sections of this trip as close together as possible, however this is not always possible so there may be some independent travel time between both parts of the trip. Please contact us for advice on where to stay or activities you could do during this independent time.

STAGE 2: SOUTH AMERICA JOURNEY

Day 1: ECUADOR. Quito. Arrive at any time.

Day 2-4: Amazon Jungle Homestay (3B,3L,3D).  Travel to Tena, then into the jungle to meet a local community for an Amazon homestay. 

Day 5-8: Baños/Cuenca.  Optional activities such as hot springs, hiking, horse riding or mountain biking.  Explore Cuenca, Cajas National Park or the Inca ruins at Ingapirca.

Day 9-13: PERU. Mancora/Huanchaco. Optional activities in Mancora such as surfing or horse riding. In Huanchaco, optional activities include visiting pre-Inca sites, visit toTrujillo, or beach visits. Overnight bus on Day 13 to Lima.

Day 14-18: Lima/Paracas/Nazca (1D).  Lima.  Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. Winery visit at the Oasis of Huacachina. Traditional Pachamanca meal. Optional sandboarding and flight over the Nazca Lines. Overnight bus to Arequipa on Day 18.

Day 19-22: Arequipa/Colca Canyon. Optional visits; Catalina Convent or hot spring. Guided tour to Colca Canyon. Day 22, overnight bus to Cuzco.

Day 23-30: Cuzco/Ollantaytambo/Inca Trail (3B,3L,3D).  Free time or optional city tour of Cuzco. Optional whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking. 4-day guided Inca Trail hike with visit to Machu Picchu.

Please note: Due to sustainable tourism regulations on the Inca Trail there is a cap on the number of people allowed to walk the trail on any one day. This may mean that on certain dates the trek permits have sold out and you will not be able to trek the Inca Trail. In this unlikely event you will take an alternate route to Machu Picchu. Speak to us for more information. 

Day 31-33: Puno/Lake Titicaca (1B,1L,1D). Visit Uros floating islands.  Guided tour of Lake Titicaca. Village homestay.

Day 34-36: BOLIVIA. La Paz. Free time in city. Optional trip to the Valley of the Moon. Overnight bus on Day 36 to Sucre.

Day 37-40: Sucre/Potosí.  Optional dinosaur track excursion. City exploration. Optional hiking or mountain biking. Optional visit to a working silver mine.

Day 41-43: Uyuni/Salt Flats (2B,2L,2D). 3-day 4x4 trip to the Uyuni Salt Flats.

Day 44-47: CHILE. San Pedro de Atacama/Salta. Optional ruin visit, mountain biking, or visit to the Valley of the Moon from San Pedro. In Salta, optional visit to scenic Quebrada de las Conchas/Cafayate or the High Mountain Archaeological museum.

Day 48-50: ARGENTINA. Buenos Aires. Fly to Buenos Aires. City exploration. 

Day 51-56: Colonia/Montevideo/Estancia ranch stay (2B,2L,2D). Free time to explore Colonia and Montevideo in Uruguay. Then head to a rural working ranch, hike or horseback ride and enjoy a local barbeque with wine from the region. Overnight bus to Iguassu Falls on Day 56.

Day 57-63: Iguassu Falls/Paraty/Ilha Grande. Explore Iguassu Falls from both Brazil and Argentina, take an optional boat ride or visit the bird park. Fly to Paraty and enjoy the coast, then take a boat to the idyllic Ilha Grande for some relaxation time. 

Day 64-65: Rio de Janeiro.  Explore the city from your base in Copacabana.  Depart Rio on day 65 when your epic tour of South America ends. 

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