Group - Discovery
Jacana: Crossing the continent
(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)
Overview & Highlights
A panoramic group tour from the Andes through the South American heartland to the Atlantic Ocean in Brazil. Includes the Inca heritage of Peru, the icy peaks and plains of Bolivia, remote Paraguay and the epic Iguazú Falls.
An epic journey that traverses this diverse continent from the Pacific to the Atlantic in just under three exhilarating weeks. Landscapes of infinite variety unfold before you; The dramatic peaks of the Andes, and the shimmering lakes and bleak beauty of the altiplano eventually give way to sultry forests and wide, white-sand beaches. The human story is no less captivating; histories are preserved in the magnificent Inca temples and glorious colonial architecture, and the bustling villages and markets offer an insight into contemporary ways of life. The trip begins in Lima and quickly moves onto Cusco, the capital of the Inca empire, and a visit to the awe inspiring ruins of Machu Picchu. Cross the saphire waters of Lake Titicaca into Bolivia, before venturing into little known, atmospheric Paraguay.You continue onto the thundering Iguazú Falls, and the trip finishes in Rio de Janeiro, a spellbinding city in a peerless location, sandwiched between steep forested mountains and the Atlantic.
- Lima: walking tour of colonial centre
- Machu Picchu: guided tour of the ruins
- Sacred Valley: guided tour
- Cusco: guided city tour
- Lake Titicaca: Uros Islands
- Lake Titicaca: boat trip to Sun Island
- La Paz: city tour
- Iguazú: Iguazú Falls (Brazilian and Argentine sides)
- Rio: city tour, Sugarloaf and Corcovado mountain
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Fly to Lima, Peru, arriving the same day.
Overnight at your hotel in Lima.
Fly to Cusco.
Guided tour of Cusco and the surrounding sites.
Full-day excursion to the Sacred Valley, overnight there.
Train to Machu Picchu, guided tour. Overnight in nearby village.
Optional re-entry to the Inca site. Return by train and bus to Cusco.
Day at leisure in Cusco.
Scenic bus ride to Puno.
Visit the Uros Islands and travel to Copacabana, Bolivia.
Boat trip to Sun Island and overland to La Paz.
Guided tour of La Paz and optional visit to Tiwanaku.
Fly to Asuncion, Paraguay.
By road into Argentina and visit the Iguazu Falls.
Visit the Brazilian side of the falls and fly onto Rio de Janeiro.
Guided tour of the city including Sugarloaf Mountain.
Further exploration of Rio including Corcovado Mountain.
Depart for international flight or extension.
UK clients arrive home the following day.
Things to do
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What our clients say
Overall it was a wonderful trip with an exceptional tour leader assisted by excellent local guides and drivers. We left with memories that will last a lifetime.GC, Fortrose
One of the most memorable moments was walking up to Machu Picchu and revealed itself in front of us!!! The places we went to eat at were advised by the tour leader and local guides with really good local dishes and good quality. We were unlikely to have found them otherwise.MN, Wantage
Overall an absolutely fantastic holiday. Arranged at last minute, there is no way that we would have been able to organise something like this on our own. Everything ran smoothly, the group leader was extremely helpful and the group got on very well together, in spite of a large age range. Thanks very much!RB, Kettering
I found the trip most enjoyable and very thoughtfully arranged to maximise our experience - I have no complaints at all about the trip and found it extremely enjoyable. Our Guide was excellent - very friendly and informative and looked after us all very well. Overall an extremely enjoyable holiday.CW, Newcastle
Jam packed itinerary with so many great places and sights in such a short time! Iguacu Falls, Rio, La Paz, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu- it really had it all. We had a great tour guide; informative, knowledgeable and extremely personable, with a wealth of knowledge and a genuine passion for South America. Logistics were seamless- first time travelling to South America, first time travelling solo- highly recommend it!LM, London
The tour was obviously well organised and structured, but it never felt rigid, there was the flexibilty to do your own thing if you wanted to, and enough 'free' time to go off and explore, or just sit and enjoy a coffee. The optional trips were varied and reasonably priced, and refreshingly there was no hard sell or pressure to join these trips. A truly wonderful journey.MD, Stafford
Our expert's view
Laura Rendell-Dunn - Product & Marketing
With her Brazilian mother and Anglo-Peruvian husband, trilingual Laura has an insight into Latin America of rare depth and passion, making her the ideal spokesperson for all the region has to offer.
Jacana is the ideal tour to join for first timers to South America. I led it 18 years ago! Travelling from Peru to Brazil, you'll not only witness awe-inspiring landscapes but also some of the continent's biggest attractions and less known spots such as Paraguay!
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Charlotte Daubeney - Travel Expert
Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.
Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.
Sally Dodge - Travel Expert
A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.
Hannah Donaldson - Travel Expert
Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.
Juliet Ellwood - Travel Expert
After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!
Ben Line - Travel Expert
Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.