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Jacana: Crossing the continent

19 days from £3,233pp

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South America cross-continent tour

19 days from £3,233pp

Group Journey

This is an epic journey which traverses this diverse continent from the Atlantic to the Pacific in just under 3 exhilarating weeks. Landscapes of infinite variety unfold before you; wide, white-sand beaches and sultry forests give way to the shimmering lakes and bleak wilderness of the altiplano, fringed by the ice-jacketed peaks of the high Andes. The human history is no less captivating; narratives are preserved in the magnificent Inca temples and baroque colonial architecture, whilst the indigenous villages and a multitude of open-air and covered markets offer an insight into a more contemporary way of life. 

The trip begins in Rio de Janeiro, a spellbinding city in a peerless location, sandwiched between steep forested mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, and continues to the thundering Iguazú Falls. From here you journey into the backwater that is Paraguay before venturing into Bolivia to cross the sapphire waters of Lake Titicaca. At last you reach Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire, and a visit to the awe inspiring ruins of Machu Picchu, before heading back to sea level on the Pacific side at Lima, the former imperial City of Kings.

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Holiday itinerary

UK clients depart arriving Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the same day.

Day 1

Overnight at your hotel in Copacabana.

Day 2

City tour and Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Day 3

Visit to Corcovado Mountain

Day 4

Fly to the Iguazú Falls; guided tour of the Brazilian Falls

Day 5

Iguazú Falls; guided tour of the Argentine side

Day 6

Drive to Asunción, capital of Paraguay.

Day 7

Fly to La Paz, capital of Bolivia (3-4hrs with stop).

Day 8-9

City tour and optional visit to Tiwanaku.

Day 10

By road across the altiplano to Lake Titicaca. Excursion on the lake.

Day 11

By road into Peru and on to Puno. Visit to Uros Islands.

Day 12

Scenic bus ride to Cusco.

Day 13

Guided tour of the city and archaeological sites nearby

Day 14

Optional excursions

Day 15

Full-day excursion to the Sacred Valley, overnight there.

Day 16

Train to Machu Picchu, guided tour. Overnight in nearby village

Day 17

Optional re-entry to the Inca site. Return by train and bus to Cusco.

Day 18

Fly to Lima.

Day 19

Depart for international flight or extension.

UK clients arrive home the following day.

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What our experts say

Our signature South America escorted group journey, crossing the continent from coast to coast in three weeks. Very popular as a first-time trip to the continent, the diversity of landscapes and culture on the Jacana Journey has been capturing the imagination of adventurous travellers for almost 30 years.

Alex Walker

Alexandra Walker

Travel Consultants

Included in this holiday

Corcovado Rio de Janeiro Brazil
Places visited

La Paz people
Things to do

Hotel Rosario


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97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.

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97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.

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