South America tour, coast to coast

“An incredibly fast paced tour that takes you from the Atlantic to the Pacific via the highlights of Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Rio, Iguazu and the Andes - in under 3 weeks”

Highlights

Rio de Janeiro | Copacabana | Corcovado Mountain | Iguazu Falls | Asuncion, Paraguay | La Paz, Bolivia | Lake Titicaca | Isla del Sol excursion | Puno, Peru | Floating Uros Islands | Cuzco | Sacred Valley | Machu Picchu by train | Lima | Optional: Tiwanaku, Maracanã stadium, white water rafting, horse riding

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24 Oct 2018
£ 3098
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23 Jan 2019
£ 3233
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06 Mar 2019
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12 Jun 2019
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17 Jul 2019
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Our top tip:
You will be living out of a suitcase - pack light, and for all weather!
Trip type:
Small group tour, 4-20 people.
Activity level:
Moderate.
Accomm:
Standard hotels and guesthouses with private bathrooms, hot water.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Single rooms available with surcharge.
Included:
Accomm., tour leader, internal flights, transport, transfers, listed activities.
Meals:
Breakfasts only.
Vouchers
Accepted
Vacation type

Small group adventure vacation

This trip is run by a company which specialises in only Central and South America vacations. Typically you will be sharing your experiences with between 4-20 like minded travelers (depending on the trip and how many others are booked on it) and you'll have a group leader with you. Whether you are traveling alone, with your partner or with friends its good value, and a great way to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of privacy. This trip will appeal to travelers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people as well as seeing new places, whilst being led by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic leader.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: South America tour, coast to coast

Environment

One of the major attractions of the tour is the visit to the Iguazú Falls. The falls lie in both Brazil and Argentina. UNESCO, in association with the WWF works to coordinate both the Brazilian and Argentine sides of the National Park, and make sure that all the money raised from entrance fees is properly distributed to the protection and development of the area.

As well as offsetting carbon emissions on all staff travel, we actively encourage our clients to make a donation to our carbon reduction project. Clients are asked to make a voluntary contribution based on the distance travelled and amount of carbon produced which is then invested in projects which alleviate poverty whilst aiming to reduce carbon emissions. Projects have included replacing diesel generators with solar panels in rural schools and public buildings in Panama, planting Maya Nut Trees in Guatemala, and installing fuel efficient stoves in Guatemala.

Community

The trip covers some of the main tourist sites of South America, but additionally we try and visit places more off the beaten track to give an insight into other aspects of this fascinating continent, and provide much needed tourism to countries such as Paraguay that lie off the normal routes.

The tour visits indigenous markets, such as in La Paz and the Sacred Valley, where local ‘Campesinos’ bring their goods to market. Here the local populations benefit greatly from the much needed economic boost that tourism brings to their towns. Local arts and crafts can be purchased, putting money back into the communities.

On this tour we work with small privately owned ground agents who live in the area, have established RT policies in place, and employ local guides and staff. A number of journeys on this tour use public transport, the hotels are small, individual properties often run by the owners and their families, we eat in local restaurants serving locally grown produce – our style of travel ensures that as many local people as possible benefit by our being there. This tour runs with a maximum of 16 people which helps to minimise the impact on delicate environments.

9 Reviews of South America tour, coast to coast

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Reviewed on 05 Jul 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


There were many, each day seem to surpass the previous - I loved walking along the Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, and visiting the Sugar loaf and Corcovado Mountains, the Iguassu falls were incredible, floating above the crowded chaotic streets of La Paz in the cable cars,was almost surreal, I really
enjoyed the magnificent Lake Titicaca and the walk on Sun Island, I was amazed at the Uros reed islands, but the best for me was climbing the last steps of the Inca Trail, passing through the Sun Gate and seeing Machu Picchu for the first time bellow me bathed in the afternoon sunshine, that was truly memorable.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


An old traveler's tip: take half the clothing and twice the money
The weather wasn't as cold as I had anticipated and tipping and drinks cost more than I had budgeted for.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes it definitely benefited the locals, hard to say whether it reduced environment impact or not or supported conservation

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


This was a well planned and well conducted trip, the hotels were were all good or very good and all in close proximity to the local attractions, bars and
restaurants; our guide was excellent, as were the local guides. It was fast paced and at times tiring but oh so well worth it.
I have travelled quite extensively over the years, as a couple, in small and in larger groups and I would rate this trip as one of the best ever.

Reviewed on 09 Jan 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Difficult to say. We saw some amazing places and scenery. We enjoyed the idiosyncrasies of South America -just everything really.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Go for it!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Our spending must have helped local people - not sure about the rest.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent even with the disappointment of not getting to Buenos Aries.

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


La Paz was very exotic and unexpected but its hard to compare the wonder of Iguazu Falls with Machu Picchu or Rio.


2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


You need to be interested in a whistle stop - taster - of many different
hotels/cities/landscapes - dont have time to just chill out really.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Not especially but a little bit.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?



Reviewed on 02 Sep 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


So many parts, Rio, Iguacu falls, Machu Picchu, Amazon

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Just do it and the Andean Explorer

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, many locals benefited including guides, drivers and especially the local Infierno community and environment in the Amazon

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Brilliant, amazing and so informative and well organised by our guide Etienne

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


For me it was a life long goal to see Machu Picchu, which no picture or video can replace the memories logged in my head of the sheer size and awe of this place. But also whilst traveling through other countries, the beautiful landscapes just amaze you.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Make sure you take some US dollars with you (at a good rate preferably) :)
Be prepared for a couple of boring bits but it is a long way.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Didn’t really get that vibe, some suspect things along the way but I'm sure tourism is paying its way in many of the economies

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


An obvious high for me at the end (matchu Picchu) but overall some exciting cultural countries, with spectacular views along the way.

Reviewed on 11 Apr 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Every day was a wonderful experience during our stay in Brazil and Ecuador but I guess the Galapagos will be the most memorable. We felt very privileged to be there and our guide and crew on Anahi (Journey 1) were excellent.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared to live out of a suitcase and enjoy traveling. Not for people who just like to sit on a beach all day. If you like exploring and want to learn about different countries then this vacation gives you more than you can imagine.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It certainly made us more aware of the work people are doing in conservation and hopefully benefited local people. There still seems a lot to do in making local people more aware of ways in which they can take more care of their environment particularly on the more populated Galapagos Islands.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We have travelled to many countries all over the world and enjoyed finding out about different countries and cultures but this vacation tops the lot not just for the experience but for the help and guidance received from the tour operator. Sophie, their bespoke specialist, was superb in tailoring this package for us. All flights and transfers were first class (even though we flew economy). All hotels were excellent and conveniently located. Would definitely recommend for anyone considering a trip to Latin America.



Reviewed on 13 Feb 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


There were so many! - Rio, Cusco, Iguacu falls, Machu Picchu, the rainforest, etc. Overall a brilliant cross section of South American sights and culture.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


None, really! The operator provided quite accurate tour information.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


I am not quite sure how local people benefited other than by enlightening us in their culture and selling us their wares.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Great.

Reviewed on 12 Dec 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Rio, Iguzu Falls, Bolivia, Machu Pichhu.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Beware high altitude sickness.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Did not notice and positive or negative impact.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent.

Reviewed on 05 Feb 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


This is a tough one to answer. We started with the Iguazu Falls and were worried that we had hit the highlight of our trip in the first two days. Not so...many more amazing sights awaited us; the Peruvian jungle, the Uyuni salt flats, walking the Inca trail from the top of the Pisac ruins down to the town of Piza, and the list goes on.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Go with a reputable agency. We arrived in Cusco just as the area was being ravaged by rains and flood waters. Although we could not visit Machu Pichu our tour guide and the local operator arranged alternate areas to visit. When we were speaking to some tourists traveling with other companies they reported that they were essentially abandoned, told they might as well go home. Not so with our operator.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes in as much as a tourist can judge how the benefits trickle down. Certainly local guides, drivers etc were used at each stop.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Our vacation met our expectations and we had a wonderful time. Now we'll recoup and plan the next one. We have booked several tours through the responsible travel website and have been pleased each time. Thank you

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