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SEQR - The Great South American Journey Quito to Rio Adventure

Sometimes the slow road is the way to go. Hit the road from Quito to Rio with other young travellers and experience pretty much everything you can imagine in between. Hike the Inca Trail and discover the thriving Inca culture, cross the Salt Flats of Bolivia, dance the tango in Buenos Aires, and hit the beach in Brazil. This trip offers up lively cities, stunning scenery, and tons of adventure. 65 days, seven countries, three nights in the Amazon, and one adventure you'll remember forever.


Your G for Good Moment: Shandia Community Lodge, Shandia Your G for Good Moment: Shandia Biking & Community Experience, Shandia Your G for Good Moment: Jukil Community Experience & Lodge, Santiago de Agencha Your G for Good Moment: Favela Experience, Rio de Janeiro Your Local Living Moment: Amazon Jungle Experience, Tena Your Discover Moment: Ba os Your Discover Moment: Lima Your Foodie Moment: Huacachina Winery Visit, Huacachina Your Discover Moment: Cusco Your Big Night Out Moment: Cusco Your Local Living Moment: Lake Titicaca Homestay, Lago Titicaca Your Discover Moment: Sucre Your Discover Moment: Salta Your Discover Moment: Buenos Aires Your Local Living Moment: Estancia Stay, Colonia La Concordia Your Discover Moment: Paraty Your Discover Moment: Ilha Grande Your Discover Moment: Rio de Janeiro
Amazon Jungle excursion to a local community
Beach time in Mancora and Huanchaco
Pachamanca ceremony (Nazca)
Colca Canyon excursion
Guided tour of Machu Picchu
Inca Trail hike with a local guide and cook (4 days)
Lake Titicaca excursion
Uyuni Salt Flats excursion
Entrance and visit to the Argentine side of the Iguassu Falls
Internal flights
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Tour Provider G Adventures
Number of Days
Price From
AUD $8,599
Start Location
Quito, Ecuador
End Location
Rio de Janeiro, Ecuador
Age Range
18 to 39
Group Size
1 to 16
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Fast and Fun
Physical Rating
Moderate to Challenging
Tour departure dates
02 Feb 201907 Apr 2019Fully BookedAUD $8,599 
09 Feb 201914 Apr 2019Fully BookedAUD $8,599 
02 Mar 201905 May 20191AUD $8,819
09 Mar 201912 May 2019Fully BookedAUD $8,599 
23 Mar 201926 May 20191AUD $8,819
30 Mar 201902 Jun 2019Fully BookedAUD $8,599 
06 Apr 201909 Jun 20195AUD $8,819
13 Apr 201916 Jun 201911AUD $8,819
27 Apr 201930 Jun 201910AUD $8,819
04 May 201907 Jul 2019Fully BookedAUD $8,599 
18 May 201921 Jul 20194AUD $9,149
25 May 201928 Jul 20192AUD $9,149
08 Jun 201911 Aug 20197AUD $9,149
15 Jun 201918 Aug 20192AUD $9,149
29 Jun 201901 Sep 2019Fully BookedAUD $8,599 
02 Jul 201904 Sep 20195AUD $9,149
16 Jul 201918 Sep 20199AUD $9,149
27 Jul 201929 Sep 20197AUD $9,149
03 Aug 201906 Oct 20196AUD $9,149
24 Aug 201927 Oct 201912AUD $9,149
31 Aug 201903 Nov 2019Fully BookedAUD $8,599 
07 Sep 201910 Nov 201910AUD $9,149
14 Sep 201917 Nov 20198AUD $9,149
05 Oct 201908 Dec 20199AUD $8,819
19 Oct 201922 Dec 201911AUD $8,819
16 Nov 201919 Jan 202012AUD $8,599
23 Nov 201926 Jan 20209AUD $8,599
Day 1 - Quito
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 - Quito/Tena
Travel overland to the jungle city of Tena, located on the edge of the Amazon. From there, transfer by truck to the local community of Pimpilala. Stay in rustic wooden huts in the community of a Quichua family, enjoy the hospitality of these wonderful people, and experience life in the jungle first-hand.
Day 3 - Tena
Head out on nature walks and learn about uses of traditional plants, their cultural beliefs, and local traditions in the Amazon jungle.
Day 4 - Tena
In the morning, cycle to the nearby community of Shandia and discover the beauty of the Amazon with a member of the community as your guide. Learn about traditional uses of cacao by watching a chocolate-making demonstration, eat meals made of fresh local ingredients, and stay at the G Adventures-supported community lodge.
Day 5 - Tena/Ba os
Travel to Ba os, the perfect setting to get your adrenaline pumping, try out horseback riding, canyoning, hiking, mountain biking, or rafting in the surrounding mountains.
Day 6 - Ba os
Enjoy a free day in Ba os, opt to check out the swing at the end of the world, soak in nearby hot springs, or, check out ziplining.
Day 7 - Ba os/Cuenca
Enjoy the scenery on the way to the charming town of Cuenca.
Day 8 - Cuenca
Enjoy a free day in beautiful Cuenca. Explore the city's sights including cobbled streets, red-tiled roofs, art galleries, flower markets, shady plazas, and museums or opt to visit nearby Cajas National Park or the Inca ruins of Ingapirca. Later, catch an overnight but to Mancora.
Day 9 - M ncora
Arrive early into the seaside town of Mancora, a village populated by fishermen and surfers from around Peru and the world. Chill out and breathe in the salty air.
Day 10 - M ncora
Opt to relax on the beach, discover Mancora, go horseback riding, or take a surf lesson.
Day 11 - M ncora/Huanchaco
Free time in Mancora. Overnight bus to Huanchaco.
Day 54 - Montevideo/Estancia Stay
Travel by day through picturesque settlements and pastures finishing in the last Uruguayan stop a local ranch, known in the region as an estancia.
Day 55 - Estancia Stay
Get dirty working at the ranch, go for a hike in the countryside, and indulge in local barbecues and wine.
Day 56 - Estancia Stay/Iguassu Falls
In the morning cross the border into Gualeguaychu in Argentina, then begin the long overnight journey to Iguassu Falls.
Day 57 - Iguassu Falls
In the morning opt to visit the Brazilian side of the falls and get an incredible panoramic view. Opt to take a helicopter ride over the falls, visit a bird park or see the Itaipu Dam.
Day 58 - Iguassu Falls
Today enjoy a full day excursion to the Argentinian side of the falls. Wander along the walk paths that connect different view points of the falls. Opt to take a boat tour to see the cascading falls from below.
Day 12 - Huanchaco
Enjoy more beach time or opt to visit pre-Inca sites or the city of Trujillo.
Day 16 - Lima/Paracas
Free morning in Lima before travelling by bus to Paracas.
Day 15 - Lima
Enjoy the day exploring the city. Opt to pre-book the Lima Cooking Class and learn how to cook some classic Peruvian dishes using ingredients from the local market.
Day 14 - Lima
Explore Peru's capital on an optional city tour, try paragliding, or simply relax. Be sure to try the tasty ceviche and pisco sours.
Day 13 - Huanchaco/Lima
Full day in Huanchaco before boarding a night bus to Lima.
Day 53 - Montevideo
Free time to explore Montevideo.
Day 59 - Foz do Igua u/Paraty
Skip an overnight bus ride and fly to S o Paulo, heading straight to the coast. Explore colonial Paraty, then hit the beach.
Day 52 - Colonia/Montevideo
Travel from Colonia to Montevideo in the morning. Free afternoon to explore.
Day 17 - Paracas/Nazca
Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. En route, stop at a winery and at the oasis of Huacachina.
Day 23 - Cusco
Free time to explore Cusco. Choose to pre-book the optional Cusco Cooking Class. Opt for a city tour or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.
Day 22 - Arequipa/Cusco
Explore Arequipa and opt to take a city tour. Take an overnight bus to Cusco.
Day 21 - Chivay/Arequipa
Set out looking for the majestic soaring condors over Colca Canyon. Head back to Arequipa to enjoy the city in the evening.
Day 20 - Arequipa/Colca Canyon
Take a full-day tour of the spectacular Colca Valley, and opt for a soak in hot springs.
Day 19 - Arequipa
Opt to visit the Santa Catalina Convent or a local hot spring.
Day 18 - Nazca/Arequipa
Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines. Overnight bus to Arequipa.
Day 60 - Paraty
Free time to explore Paraty's beaches, a national park and surroundings. Opt to visit a cacha a distillery or take a boat tour to nearby islands.
Day 51 - Buenos Aires/Colonia
Cross the R o de la Plata by ferry to Colonia, Uruguay. Explore on an orientation walk, then enjoy free time to explore the area and relax at a streetside caf .
Day 61 - Paraty/Ilha Grande
Continue by van up the coast, and take a ferry to Ilha Grande.
Day 24 - Cusco
Enjoy another free day in Cusco. Choose to pre-book the Cusco Cooking Class.
Day 63 - Ilha Grande/Rio de Janeiro
Travel to Rio de Janeiro. In the afternoon, explore the favela with a local resident on a G Adventures-supported tour to watch a drumming demonstration, get a Capira lesson, and sample craft beers with a new perspective of the city.
Day 32 - Puno/Lago Titicaca
Guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a local village.
Day 31 - Cusco/Puno
Travel through the high Altiplano region to travel to Puno on Lake Titicaca.
Day 30 - Cusco
Free day to explore more of Cusco or just relax.
Day 29 - Machu Picchu/Cusco
The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Wake up around 03:30 and walk to the checkpoint. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows. Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.
Day 28 - Inca Trail
Cross two more passes and ruins along the way. 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 cloud forest on the 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 Wi ay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).
Day 27 - Inca Trail
Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwa usca, 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.
Day 26 - Inca Trail
Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the hike begins.
Day 25 - Cusco/Ollantaytambo
Learn about the Sacred Valley en route to Ollantaytambo. Opt to take a Sacred Valley tour with a visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op.
Day 50 - Buenos Aires
Free time to explore the many attractions. Check out a football match, a tango show or the city's famous nightlife.
Day 62 - Ilha Grande
Free time to explore the beaches of Ilha Grande. Opt to hike the remote trails, take a boat trip around the island, play in the waves or go snorkelling.
Day 49 - Buenos Aires
Enjoy a free day to explore beautiful Buenos Aires.
Day 33 - Lago Titicaca/Puno
Visit the floating islands of Uros. Optional visit to the Sillustani burial site.
Day 39 - Sucre/Potos
Travel south to the one of the world's highest cities.
Day 46 - San Pedro de Atacama/Salta
Cross the border into Argentina.
Day 45 - San Pedro de Atacama
Opt to go sandboarding or mountain biking, or visit the Valley of the Moon.
Day 44 - Salt Flats/San Pedro de Atacama
Rise early to cover more ground of the unique landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats. Continue to see incredible scenery, including volcans, salt lakes and geysers. Travel to the border and descend by bus to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. It's a long but scenic drive.
Day 43 - Salt Flats
Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion. Admire the spectacular scenery while passing red and blue lagoons along the route. Spot wild llamas, alpacas and even flamingos deep within the desert.
Day 42 - Uyuni/Salt Flats
Enjoy a three-day 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery. Last stop for the evening is a G Adventures-supported community lodge in a traditional agricultural village in the heart of a desert oasis.
Day 41 - Potos /Uyuni
Travel to Uyuni and get ready for an excursion to the salt flats.
Day 40 - Potos
Get out and explore Potos , learn about the history of the city while wandering the streets. Stop at the market and interact with the locals.
Day 64 - Rio de Janeiro
Enjoy a free day to discover all that Rio has to offer. Take a city tour to experience sights like Rio's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, or take a leisurely stroll along Copacabana beach as the waves lap at your feet.
Day 38 - Sucre
Enjoy another free day to explore Sucre and surroundings.
Day 37 - Sucre
Free time to explore the city, the former capital of Bolivia. For more active options opt to go hiking in the surrounding area or mountain biking.
Day 36 - La Paz/Sucre
Enjoy a free day to explore the vibrant markets and winding streets of the city before boarding a night bus to Sucre.
Day 35 - La Paz
Free day in La Paz. Opt to visit Iglesia de San Francisco, the Valley of the Moon, the Witches' Market, or the nearby Tiahuanaco Ruins.
Day 34 - Puno/La Paz
Cross over into Bolivia for a night out in the highest city of the trip. Oxygen bar anyone?
Day 47 - Salta
Explore the city and enjoy the local cuisine. Opt to take a trip through the scenic Quebrada de las Conchas to Cafayate, or visit the High Mountain Archaeological Museum.
Day 48 - Salta/Buenos Aires
Skip a long bus journey with a quick flight to Buenos Aires. Take an optional city tour, and enjoy free time to explore the many attractions. In the evening, consider hitting a tango show, then sample the city's famous nightlife.
Day 65 - Rio de Janeiro
Depart at any time.