Privacy Notice: We use technologies on our website for personalizing content, advertising, providing social media features, and analyzing our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. By continuing to use this website, you consent to our use of this technology. You can control this through your Privacy Options.

Accept

Southern Cross Westbound - Rio to Lima

39 days, Rio de Janeiro to Lima

We have multiple itineraries for this trip.Please select one for correct pricing and itinerary.
!

Sorry! There are no remaining departures for "Southern Cross Westbound - Rio to Lima" (SZRM),but here are some similar trips.

From the sands of Copacabana to the heights of the Bolivian Andes, this incredible 39-day journey will introduce you to the diverse landscape and people of South America. Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal and the bizarre landscape of Salar de Uyuni, and revel in the mists of thundering Iguassu Falls. Gain greater insight into the culture on the region’s public buses and meet locals from the rural towns along the way for an immersive experience that few travellers have. Get off the beaten path and experience Peru, Brazil, and Bolivia — a vibrant cross-section of South America.

39 days

Rio de Janeiro to Lima

Sold Out

There are no departure dates currently available for the rest of this season. Some tours only run during parts of the year.

Trip Code: SZRM

Need a flight? We can help.

Call us to book your flights! We'll find you the best option!

From the sands of Copacabana to the heights of the Bolivian Andes, this incredible 39-day journey will introduce you to the diverse landscape and people of South America. Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal and the bizarre landscape of Salar de Uyuni, and revel in the mists of thundering Iguassu Falls. Gain greater insight into the culture on the region’s public buses and meet locals from the rural towns along the way for an immersive experience that few travellers have. Get off the beaten path and experience Peru, Brazil, and Bolivia — a vibrant cross-section of South America.

Award Winning Inca Trail Program

Named Best Inca Trail Tour Operator by the Regional Direction of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Cusco (RDFTTC) in Peru. Your purchase of this tour helps employ over 560 local guides, porters, cooks, drivers, and office staff — connecting local communities to the global tourism chain. Learn more.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Classic

All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 4 - Demanding

Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visa Requirements

39 days

Rio de Janeiro to Lima

Sold Out

There are no departure dates currently available for the rest of this season. Some tours only run during parts of the year.

Trip Code: SZRM

Need a flight? We can help.

Call us to book your flights! We'll find you the best option!

Creating ripples that change lives

The Ripple Score is an honest evaluation of how often we use local businesses and services to create each tour. With this score you can see the percentage of our local expenses that stay in the communities you visit. Learn more

Ripple Score

99

Itinerary

Day 1Rio de Janeiro

Arrive at any time.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Welcome Moment Meet Your CEO and Group

Day 2Rio de Janeiro

In the morning, explore the favela with a local resident on a G Adventures-supported tour to watch a drumming demonstration, get a Capoeira lesson, and sample craft beers with a new perspective of the city. Enjoy a free afternoon to discover all that Rio has to offer.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment Favela Experience

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3Rio de Janeiro/Ilha Grande

Take a bus and ferry to Ilha Grande. Enjoy free time to explore this picturesque, laid-back island, opt to go on a hike to a nearby swimming hole or explore the many beaches.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 4Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande is a car-free island surrounded by beautiful nature. Opt to go for a hike, swim, or sit at one of the beach bars.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5Ilha Grande/Paraty

Travel up the coast to Paraty and wander the cobblestoned streets of this beautiful colonial town.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6Paraty

Enjoy a free day to explore Paraty. Optional activities include a Caipirinha boat trip, kayaking and horseback riding.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7Paraty

Continue to enjoy the slow pace of Paraty, a colonial town with fantastic architecture, or opt to take a day trip to Trindade to surf and relax on the beach.

Day 8Paraty/Iguaçu Falls

Take a flight to the famous Iguassu Falls. Skip the 19 hour journey by land and hop a flight to Iguassu from São Paulo.
Visit the Brazilian side of the falls to get the best panoramic view.

Day 9Iguaçu Falls

Experience Iguassu in Argentina by exploring trails and catwalks. Opt to take a boat tour to view the falls from below.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 10Iguaçu Falls/Bonito

Embark on the long travel journey to Bonito.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 11Bonito

Spend time in Bonito with optional activities available like snorkelling in the rivers or exploring the nearby caves and waterfalls.

Day 12Bonito/Pantanal

Journey into the Pantanal, a perfect place to experience the wildlife of Brazil. Enjoy a 2-day excursion into the wetlands with a local guide.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 13Pantanal

Full day of exploring the Pantanal. Try piranha fishing or horseback riding. Opportunities to spot wildlife such as monkeys, macaws, giant otters and caiman.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 14Pantanal/Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Leave the Pantanal and head for the border. Board an overnight bus to Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 15Santa Cruz de la Sierra/Sucre

Hop on a flight to Bolivia's colonial gem, Sucre. Enjoy a few days in the city to recover from the journey from Brazil, opt to go hiking or take it easy.

Day 16Sucre

Spend a few days exploring all that Sucre has to offer.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Days 17–18Sucre

Enjoy free time to explore all that Sucre has to offer.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 19Sucre/Potosí

Journey from Sucre to Potosí. Spend the afternoon exploring the city.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 20Potosí/Uyuni

Head south to Uyuni, the starting point for the salt flats excursion.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 21Uyuni/Salt Flats

Enjoy a 3-day 4x4 excursion to the Salar de Uyuni and surrounding desert altiplano, with spectacular scenery.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment Jukil Community Experience & Lodge

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 22Salt Flats

Continue to discover the Salar de Uyuni on a 4x4 excursion. Last stop for the evening is a G Adventures-supported community lodge in a traditional agricultural village in the heart of a desert oasis.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment Jukil Community Experience & Lodge

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 23Salt Flats/Uyuni

Enjoy a final day of exploring the Salar de Uyuni before boarding an overnight bus back to La Paz .

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 24La Paz

Enjoy a free day in the capital, walk along the winding streets, shop in the markets and enjoy the nightlife. For the thrill seekers opt to bike the famous "death road".

Day 25La Paz

Enjoy another free day to explore La Paz. Opt to visit Iglesia de San Francisco, Chacaltaya, the Valley of the Moon or the Witches' Market.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 26La Paz

Visit the pre-Incan ruins of Tiahuanaco.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 27La Paz/Puno

Travel by bus through the altiplano, crossing the border to the Peruvian city of Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 28Puno/Lake Titicaca

Enjoy a guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Local Living Moment Lake Titicaca Homestay

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 29Lake Titicaca/Puno

Visit the floating islands of Uros before returning to Puno. Opt to visit the Sillustani burial site.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 30Puno/Cusco

Hop on the bus for a full day's drive to Cusco.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 31Cusco

Enjoy a free day to explore the city's museums and local markets. Choose to pre-book the optional Cusco Cooking Class. Opt for a city tour to see some of the ruins as well.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 32Cusco/Ollantaytambo

Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before visiting a local pottery making community. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, opt to head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Or, wander around the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar).

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit| Your G for Good Moment Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 33Inca Trail

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the Inca Trail begins. Ease into the adventure with a straightforward day of hiking the meandering streams, stunning Andean scenery, and ancient Incan ruins.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment Handmade Biodegradable Soap Products

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 34Inca Trail

Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 35Inca Trail

Cross two more passes and ruins on today's trek. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through the cloud forest on a gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley. At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 36Machu Picchu/Cusco

The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down for a guided tour of the ruins, before your train back to Cusco.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 37Cusco

Enjoy a free day to explore Cusco or relax. Active options include whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and mountain biking.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 38Cusco/Lima

Fly to Lima. Opt for a city tour or wander the neighbourhood of Miraflores.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 39Lima

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast
View full itinerary

What's Included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Favela Experience, Rio de Janeiro
  • Your G for Good Moment: Jukil Community Experience & Lodge, Santiago de Agencha
  • Your G for Good Moment: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo
  • Your G for Good Moment: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay
  • Your G for Good Moment: Handmade Biodegradable Soap Products
  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Your Discover Moment: Ilha Grande
  • Your Discover Moment: Paraty
  • Your Discover Moment: Bonito
  • Your Discover Moment: Sucre
  • Your Local Living Moment: Lake Titicaca Homestay, Lake Titicaca
  • Your Discover Moment: Cusco
  • Iguassu Falls visit (Brazil and Argentina)
  • Pantanal wildlife excursion (2 days)
  • 4x4 excursion to Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats) (3 days)
  • Floating islands of Uros visit
  • Lake Titicaca guided tour
  • Sacred Valley guided tour
  • Pottery making demonstration
  • Ollantaytambo storehouse ruins and hike
  • Inca Trail guided hike with cooks and porters (4 days)
  • Machu Picchu guided tour
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (26 nts), overnight buses (4 nts), camping (3 nts), homestay (1 nt), basic hotels on Salar de Uyuni excursion (2 nts, multi-share), tented room with hammocks in the Pantanal (2 nts, multi-share).

Meals

33 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 8 dinners
Allow USD1145-1490 for meals not included.

Transportation

Public bus, plane, 4x4 vehicle, train, walking, hiking.

Staff & experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike, local guides.

Departures

There are no departure dates currently available for the rest of this season. Some tours only run during parts of the year.

Please Contact Us to inquire about dates for next season, or to discuss other tour options.

Southern Cross Westbound - Rio to Lima

| 39 days - Rio de Janeiro to Lima - Sold Out