Company : Oasis Overland
Activities: Adventure Holidays / Patagonia Tours / Tours
Countries: Argentina / Bolivia / Brazil / Chile / Colombia / Ecuador / Peru / Venezuela
Duration: 6 months to 1 year
Approx Costs: 3000+ to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)
A truly epic overland expedition that takes us full circle around South America.
A truly epic overland expedition that takes us full circle around South America.
Over 29 weeks experience the vast contrasts between the empty Bolivian altiplano, and the packed cities of Rio, Buenos Aires and Bogota; the windswept beauty of Patagonia, and the Amazon rainforest, crammed with life; and almost European feel of Santiago and Buenos Aires, and the ancient indigenous cultures of the High Andes. This expedition gets you deep into the heart of, and up close to South America, allowing you to experience all of its flavours, curiosities and contradictions.
Days 1 to 6
Starting our South America tour in Quito we cross the Equator on our way to the town of Otavalo famous for its colourful craft market. Heading east on narrow, tortuous roads to the steamy edge of the Amazon basin and our gateway into the Amazon jungle. Here accompanied by experienced guides, we explore on foot this exotic environment.
Days 7 to 12
Further south, perched high in the mountains of Ecuador, lies the outdoors mecca of Banos. This spa town, where Ecuadorians go to relax in the thermal baths is ideal to hike or mountain bike the various trails to one of the surrounding waterfalls or the impressive nearby rocky canyon, is a favourite amongst those who have undertaken South America travel. We hit the road again and drive south along the spine of the Andes towards Peru visiting Cuenca on the way.
Days 13 to 18
A days drive on the Pan-American highway brings us to the border with Peru. You will notice an amazing transition in one day, from the good farming country of highland Ecuador, through sub-tropical forest and immense banana plantations, to dry barren desert in Peru. We are rewarded with a couple of days chilling by the beach. Our next stops on our South America travel experience are the Chan Chan ruins, imperial citadel of the pre-Inca Chimu kings which the Incas later conquered. It claims to be the largest mud brick city in the world. Continuing with the Andes close to our left and the sea on our right, the capital city of Lima will be our next stop on the Andes & Amazon South America tour.Here you'll encounter both abundant wealth and grinding poverty, modern skyscrapers next to some of the finest museums and historical monuments in Latin America.
Days 19 to 25
Departing Lima our next stop is the Ballestas Islands in the Paracas National Reserve. By boat we visit the rare and exotic sea birds and mammals that inhabit these islands. An hours drive inland in the heart of the Ica Desert is Peru's main wine centre. Here, if time allows, we will visit a local winery and try Peru's national drink, Pisco. Next stop is the Oasis of Huacachina. A palm fringed lake surrounded by impressive sand dunes, you can relax on the beach, go for a swim & then if its an adrenaline rush you have the option to head out on a custom made dune buggy & roar across the desert sands to the top of enormous dunes & then sand board down them - imagine snowboarding but on sand instead! Then, after an unforgettable desert sunset, we sit around the campfire while our guides cook up a storm, followed by a night sleeping out under the stars. In the morning we make our way to one of the world's great archaeological mysteries The Nazca Lines. These huge figures and shapes, carved into the desert floor are best viewed from the air - South America travel is not complete until you have seen these unbelievable ancient mysteries.
Still heading south we visit Chauchilla Cemetery with its well-preserved mummies, on our way to Puerto Inca, at this ancient Inca harbour we camp at the beach and enjoy our last night at sea level before beginning our climb back into the towering Andes. The next two nights are spent in Arequipa at 2325m, giving us time to acclimatise, and enjoy this beautiful colonial city with its impressive El Misti Volcano in the background. Arequipa is also the gateway to one of the deepest canyons in the world. Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, Colca Canyon is an awesome sight. Here, if you get up early, Condors can be seen circling lazily on the thermals rising from the canyon floor.
Days 26 to 32
We now have to face one of the most arduous and punishing dirt roads on the tour, although we soon arrive at Cuzco. Widely considered to be the most interesting city for South America travel, Cuzco is surrounded by the Sacred Valley of the Incas and offers a wide range of activities to explore the region. We will base ourselves here for 6 days giving us enough time for the Inca Trail trip, which is regarded by many to be the highlight of their South America tour. When permits are still available, we will organise the Classic Trail trek, but great alternative treks can be arranged when the Classic is not available or by your choice (must be pre-arranged at time of booking). These alternatives mean that you still get to visit Machu Picchu. Tours to Machu Picchu are absolutely unbelievable; a trip to this City in the Clouds is an ancient and awe-inspiring part of our South America travel tour. Besides seeing Machu Picchu, you're able to enjoy the architectural uniqueness of Cuzco and explore some of the colourful surrounding markets. Please note that for all those visiting Machu Picchu there is now the option to buy a ticket to go up the summit next to Machu Picchu, Huanapichu. Tickets for this must be requested at the time of your booking with us, and payment made in advance in the UK. Please see the section 'Volunteer Projects and trip Add-Ons' from the 'Overland Trips' tab on our homepage for more details. You will have the option to add the tickets to go up Huanapicchu when you make your booking online, be sure to add them if you would like them.
Days 33 to 37
Bordering Peru and Bolivia at 3800m lies Lake Titicaca, the home of the Uros Indians who have made their dwellings on floating reed islands. By boat we visit the floating islands during the day and then we go that one step beyond the average tourist and spend the night with one of the Indian families on the lesser known islands Isla Amantani or Taquile. Spending some time during South America travel in these local communities will provide a unique opportunity to learn more about the traditional lifestyle of the Andean people and their customs. From here it is a days drive to the capital of Bolivia - La Paz. This is a great place to visit a 'pena' club, dedicated to Andean folk music, and perhaps buy some souvenirs in one of the authentic markets such as the witches market.
Days 38 to 43
Leaving La Paz we enter real Bolivia, where the Aymara and Quechua Indians scrape a living from their small plots of land in the harsh climate and paved roads are virtually non-existent. A days drive brings us to Potosi. At over 4000m it is the highest city of its size in the world and 400 years ago it was the largest city in all the Americas. Vast amounts of silver were extracted from Potosi and shipped to Spain in years gone by. The adventurous who have undertaken South American travel will appreciate the opportunity to go down one of these mines where mining techniques have remained unchanged for centuries. Visiting the ancient mint or having a tour around the Casa Nacional de Moneda (National Money House) also provides a good look into Potosi's and Bolivia's past. Leaving the bleak Altiplano we arrive at the shimmering white Salt Flats of Uyuni.
Days 44 to 47
It is possible to venture out into the salt lakes for a 1 day excursion. With no roads and only vague tracks to follow it makes for an unforgettable experience. Our descent through the Andean passes is spectacular as we cross into Argentina towards the colonial city of Salta where we have a couple of free days.
Days 48 to 53
After Salta, we head south winding around lakes and weaving through baked cliffs until we reach Cafayate, the first wine region of Argentina. Famous for its white wines, you can explore some of the wineries on foot or by bicycle. Continuing south we join the route 40, the longest route in Argentina, to Mendoza, the biggest wine region in Argentina. Here you can indulge in more wine and good steak! From here we head for Chile as we cross the Andes past the Inca Bridge and San Martin's pass and into the modern capital, Santiago.
We have a free day to explore Santiago, with famous Chilean Steak houses, Casillero del Diablo winery, Skiing available in the winter, you will find it easy to pass the days away.
Days 55 to 60
Leaving Santiago, we pass small villages and deep blue lakes with mountains towering above us as we wind through Chile's Lake District. Pucon, an outdoors centre in its own right, will be our base for the next few days from where it is possible to organise whitewater rafting, water sports, horse riding and one day hikes up nearby Villarrica Volcano. Ascending the Andes via some spectacular mountain passes we arrive in Bariloche, Argentina. This very popular holiday destination for Argentineans is the top ski resort on the continent and also has several hiking trails and a great nightlife.
Days 61 to 68
Heading further down through Argentina into the deep south on a good dirt road we enter the vast wilderness of Patagonia. The perpetual wind makes it difficult for trees and plants to grow, so for a while we are faced with endless grassland. However our long drive will soon be rewarded with the stupendous views that Los Glaciares NP provides - it also has the largest glacier in the world and here we have the option to take a boat ride up close to Moreno Glacier, almost 200 ft high. Torres del Paine NP is another area of outstanding beauty where huge granite cliffs dominate the landscape. A good way to explore the area is either hiking or by horseback.
Days 69 to 78
We continue south towards the wild and hauntingly beautiful land at worlds end, the island of Tierra del Fuego. We cross by ferry and visit the most southerly town in the world Ushuaia, from where we can view the green waters of the Beagle Channel and the snow clad peaks beyond. We now cross to the Atlantic coast of Patagonia and visit one of the marine sanctuaries. Penguins, Sea Lions, Elephant Seals, Sea Birds and sometimes Whales can be seen. Following the excellent paved roads north along the coast we pass through some quite affluent towns. One, Puerto Madryn, was the landing place over a century ago for the first group of Welsh settlers that subsequently colonised and now farm the surrounding area. We traverse the vast Pampas grasslands, South America's cowboy country, where gun-toting gauchos on horseback look after vast herds of cattle.
Days 79 to 86
Travel to Argentina is not complete without a visit to the countries capital, and so we follow the coast to Buenos Aires. A few days in this smart cosmopolitan city and you could be forgiven for thinking you were back in Europe. There is plenty to do, museums, horse racing, football matches, shopping, tango dancing for the confident, restaurants that serve the best steak in the world, and many plazas with cafes to sit and observe Argentinean life go by. From here you will also have the opportunity to travel across the Rio Plata by ferry to Montevideo & Colonia de Sacramento to visit Uruguay.
Days 87 to 92
Continuing through Argentina we visit the region between Argentina and Paraguay that is home to many Jesuit Missions built in the 16th century to convert the Guarany Indians. We visit the ruins of San Ignacio before crossing the border into Brazil, where we also cross from Spanish to Portuguese, and it is time to get our tongues around a new linguistic challenge! The Iguazu Falls form the natural border between Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil, higher than Niagara and wider than Victoria Falls they are an awe-inspiring place to spend the next three days before we continue on with travel to Brazil. The lush tropical forest surrounding the falls has many walking trails leading to smaller hidden falls, ideal to refresh from the steaming heat and abounding with parrots, toucans, woodpeckers and colourful plants. Here you can also undertake a number of optional activities such as rafting, helicopter flights and mountain bike riding.
Days 93 to 100
Next stop is Bonito where we can swim and snorkel in some of the clearest rivers and lakes in the world. Spectacular walks in the mountainous forests may reveal wildlife that includes monkeys, alligators and anaconda. We begin our travel to Brazil in earnest as we journey on to the Pantanal region where we organise treks and horserides out into the vast wetlands which is home to over 600 species of birds and 350 kinds of fish, piranha being common, as well as an abundance of reptiles and animals. Try your hand at Piranha fishing too!
Days 101 to 105
We now head to the coastal village of Parati. This unspoilt and picturesque town has remained fundamentally unaltered for three centuries. Cars have been banned from its cobbled streets that run down to the seashore, instead mountain bikes are used and are a good way to get around. Another great way to explore the secluded islands of this pristine coastline is taking a sailing trip in one of the traditional schooners. Our final drive takes us to the hedonistic playground of Rio de Janeiro, where the folk are raring to party out of their minds and live purely for the moment. The Carnival and New Years Eve celebrations are always chaotic, crowded and fun and a must during any stint of travel to Brazil!
Days 106 to 111
You now have 6 days (7 nights) in Rio to enjoy the party atmosphere and visit the many attractions the city has to offer. Perhaps you will have a go at hand gliding over the incredible views that Rio has to offer, take a tour into the favelas or spend your days lazing away on Copocabana beach! No trip to Rio for Carnival would be complete without a night at the Sambadrome (you can purchase your ticket with us when booking this trip).There is so much to see and do in this vibrant city, you will need a holiday from your holiday!
Days 112 to 116
We leave the stunning views of Rio and the carnival vibe behind and head north to the mountain retreat of Teresopolis. The road winds up the hillside through jungle, with dramatic peaks towering overhead. We have a free day where we can visit the Parque Nacional Da Serra Dos Argaos and walk trails to waterfalls, with stunning views of obscurely shaped mountain tops. Continuing north we make a short stop in Congonhas to see 12 lifelike Old Testament figures sculpted from soapstone, which stand proudly outside the Basilica do Bom Jesus de Matosinhos. Our journey takes us to quite possibly the most significant and beautiful colonial town of the area, Ouro Preto. Even vehicles are not able to navigate the narrow and winding cobbled streets. The biggest attraction is the Minas de Passagem (Gold Mine) - antique cable cars take you underground in to the mine which was originally opened in 1719.
Days 117 to 123
We explore the coastline, home of some of Brazil's best and least known beaches and far less populated with tourists than the resorts of Recife and Rio. We will either stay in locally owned Pousadas (guesthouses) or camp under the stars, as we pass through Linhares to Itaunas. Time can be spent exploring this sleepy fishing village or wandering the dune trails and relaxing on the beach. If we are lucky, in Parque Estadual de Itaunas, we may catch the end of the Sea Turtle hatching season. Caravelas is our next destination, on the mangrove lined Rio Caravelas. We have the option to take a day trip to the nearby reefs in Parque Nacional Marinho de Abrolhos, where there is the chance to swim with sea turtles. Alternatively the day can be spent on the beach or wandering along the riverfront.
Days 124 to 130
Venturing further north, we pass by some of the more remote beaches, where we may either camp or stay in local Pousadas. If time allows, we may also stop off in Parque Nacional Monte Pascoal which is controlled by the local Pataxo (pa-ta-sho) Indians. Here we can walk the trails to try to spot the endangered spider monkey, sloths, porcupines, capybara, deer, elusive jaguar and numerous species of bird. Porto Seguro is our next stop and is the region where Portuguese sailors first landed in the New World over 500 years ago, and where you can still see relics from those early settlement days. A steep climb up to Cidade Historica will be rewarded with sweeping views, colourful old buildings and museums. Porto Seguro is also known for its nightlife and 'beach action!'
We then take the ferry across Brazil's largest bay, Baia de Todos os Santos, and arrive in the Afro-Brazilian city of Salvador. Around 40% of all African slaves transported to the new world, came to Salvador and this has left a very particular vibe - tropical, soulful and intoxicating, that is unique to this corner of Brazil. The centre is separated by a steep bluff, in to the Cidade Alta (Upper City) and Baixa (Lower City) and access is gained in the beautifully restored art-deco elevator - Elevado Lacerda. We have a few days to wander and take in the music, cuisine and religion of the region. You can also stop off in the Praca da Se and watch locals practicing the dance fighting known as Capoeira.
Days 131 to 136
Heading west, we come to the quaint town of Lencois. With its cobbled streets and brightly painted 19th Century buildings, it's the prettiest of the old diamond mining towns. The mighty Fumaca waterfalls, various caves and idyllic rivers and panoramic plateaus set the stage for some fantastic adventures. Or maybe just wander the streets, grab a coffee, take in the local life and enjoy some of the excellent cuisine. After a night quite possibly spent under the stars, we continue into the interior where roads start to become more arduous, and we make a stop in Navidade, in the green and wooded valley of Serra Geral. More cobbled streets and prettily painted, tile roofed 18th and 19th Century houses await and we have a day to explore the town and possibly relax in nearby small waterfalls and refreshing natural bathing pools.
Days 137 to 140
Following highway north we reach the confusing layout of Palmas. The Tocantins state capital was only constructed in 1989 and has a sort of 'planned weirdness' about its streets. We move on to the cozy town of Taquarucu, some 30kms South East of Palmas, where we spend the next few days. The local tourism boards have worked together to try to create Taquarucu as an eco tourism mecca. In the area there are some 80 waterfalls, caves and pools, which we'll have time to explore. For those that want to go wildlife spotting, several optional tours are available to the nearby parks of Estadual do Jalapao and Ilha do Bananal. In the latter, there is a good chance to see dolphins, caiman, giant river turtles and lots of bird life. Although difficult and unpredictable, we may also catch a glimpse of a Tapir or Jaguar!
Days 141 to 145
Now starts the long drive to Belem through the rainforest and we are mindful of the engineering achievements that were overcome in the 60's in the unforgiving Amazon in creating this road. After 2 nights camping either next to remote jungle Postos (service stations) or in the wilds with no facilities, we arrive in Belem. Depending on the departure of our riverboat trip to Manaus, we aim to spend a couple of days here, which has remained an active port, shipping out some 800,000 tons of cargo every year! No trip to Belem is complete without taking a stroll around the Estacao das Docas area where you can pop in to arty shops, walk down the waterfront promenade or take lunch with great views of Belem's port town roots. Teatro da Paz is also one of the finest buildings in the city and guided tours are available.
Days 146 to 152
Riverboat to Manaus. Please note that riverboats run to no particular schedule, are subject to delays, and generally sail when full. We therefore may have more or less time in either Belem or Manaus. Rivers are roads in Amazonia and we board our riverboat early to grab a spot to hang our hammocks (you will need to purchase a hammock enroute). A crowded deck with hammocks hanging from every post and rail will be our home for the next few days as we cruise up the Amazon River. In places we won't even be able to see either bank, the river is so wide! Life will be very basic with shared facilities and simple food, quite often consisting of beans and rice! We'll have plenty of time to practice our Portuguese and get to know the locals over a few beers on the upper deck while watching the forest drift by. Soon after we pass the meeting of the waters, where the black Rio Negro joins the Amazon River, our 1500km boat journey comes to an end in Manaus.
Celebrate the end of our epic boat journey by visiting the restaurants, shops and sights in Manaus, including the Teatro Amazonas (Opera House) and the local fish market. We say goodbye to some of our fellow travellers who may be leaving in Manaus.
Days 154 to 159
After exploring Manaus we will have the opportunity to visit the Amazon. This optional activity will allow you to go into the jungle in the hope of spotting dolphins, macaws, sloth, caiman or the harder to spot manatee, anaconda or jaguar. We leave Manaus and journey north, passing through the Waimiri Indian reserve area. Some of the jungle roads can be very poor dirt roads so expect a very bumpy ride at times and maybe getting stuck occasionally. We will camp the night, most likely away from any facilities, before arriving in Boa Vista the next day. From here we can spend a day in the vast grounds of Parque Anaua, or take a day trip out on the Rio Branco to Serra Grande and go hiking. The refurbished waterfront (Orla Taumanan) is also a great place to grab a Caipirinha (local cocktail made from sugar cane spirit) and relax.
Today we cross the border in to Venezuela through the only land border from Brazil, to Santa Elena, which will be our home for the next couple of nights. Those of us that are feeling energetic can choose to climb Mt. Roraima (2810mtrs), the flat topped Tepuis that inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyles 'The Lost World' and where Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana meet. The walk can take 5 days or so and hikers would make their own way to Ciudad Bolivar on a bus to catch up with the group. Other shorter walks are available, as well as white water rafting and paragliding for those needing an adrenaline rush! Continuing our Brazil and Venezuela overland adventure we head north in to La Gran Sabana (Great Savannah) where an endless sky extends over a wide open grassland. Waterfalls appear along our route, falling majestically from the Tepuis and we will have time to stop and explore. It may be possible to hire a local guide to take us in a canoe to the base of some of the falls, where we can swim in the pools.
Days 160 to 165
After 2 nights camping rough in La Gran Sabana, we will appreciate a few home comforts of a proper campsite, as we pull in to Ciudad Bolivar. We spend the next 3 or 4 days here. The city itself has a rich history and an interesting day can be spent wandering the colonial quarter of Casco Historico (Historic Centre) and along the waterfront of the Rio Orinoco. However, the main reason to stop off in Ciudad Bolivar is to visit the beautiful Parque Nacional Canaima and the famous Angel Falls - the highest waterfall in the world at almost 1km high. Various trips are available to suit different budgets, and we have time for those wanting to, to take optional excursions including: flying over the Falls, visiting Canaima or taking a boat trip (if the water levels are high enough).
Days 166 to 171
Crossing the Orinoco River, we continue north-west, camping along the way, to the Caribbean Coast where we visit some of the best beaches in Venezuela and take the stunning drive into Parque Nacional Henri Pittier. For the next couple of days we have the option of enjoying the secluded sandy beaches, soaking up the sun or heading off on some of the coastal trails in search of the local Criollo - a virtually bitter free delicate tasting chocolate! You may also be able to hire a guide and hike up in to the cloud forest on one of the trails. Driving south west and camping where we can, we make our way towards the wetland area of the Llanos. With luck we'll have time for a quick stop off in the spiritual centre of Guanare, which attracts almost half a million visitors each year.
Days 172 to 177
We base ourselves for the next few days in Venezuela's snowy peak lined adventure capital, Merida. There are excellent opportunities to hike and trek the mountain trails linking the many remote villages surrounding Merida, as well as paragliding, canopy tours, zip-lining, canyoning and white water rafting. Merida is also home to some of the best nightlife in Venezuela, as well as having a wide selection of well priced restaurants. Merida is also the gateway to Los Llanos, the immense savannah wetland that is home to a jaw dropping diversity of bird and animal life. We hope to see caiman, capybara (the world's largest rodent), anaconda, anteaters, tapirs and possibly a jaguar, amongst other wildlife. Optional 2, 3 and 4 day trips leave Merida on a regular basis.
Days 178 to 181
Our last night in Venezuela is spent in San Cristobal, also known as the Friendly City, before we make an early start and drive the final 40kms to the Colombian border of Cucuta. Depending on border formalities, we may well decide to stay the night in Cucuta and head out of the mountains to Bucaramanga the following day. 'Buca', as the locals like to call it, is an amazing spot to try your hand at Paragliding.
Days 182 to 185
We press on northbound to Santa Marta, quite possibly sleeping under canvas in the wilds. Some of South America's loveliest coastline lies east of Santa Marta in Tayrona National Park. We spend 3 nights exploring trails to beaches set in deep bays, shaded by coconut palms. We have the option to snorkel and possibly scuba dive in some of the bays. Lack of roads means that we will probably have to hike with our gear to our camping spot!
Days 186 to 190
A highlight of any trip to Colombia is undoubtedly Cartagena. With its colonial past and Unesco World Heritage status, the old city is an ideal place to just wander the maze of cobbled alleys amongst churches, monasteries, plazas and bougainvillea draped balconies. Las Murallas, the thick walls built around the old city to protect it from pirates, are wonderfully preserved and make for an interesting walk, before stopping off in one of the hidden patio cafes. We spend 3 nights here to get a flavour of both the old city and also the trendy area of Bocagrande. We then head south in search of a quiet beach to spend our last night's camping on Caribbean shores before arriving in the lively city of Medellin. Here is a good spot to get a few Salsa or Tango lessons in before trying out your moves in the many discos and clubs. For those wanting a little culture there are several art galleries and museums worth visiting or also an option to travel via local bus to the sleepy colonial town of Santa Fe de Antioquia.
Days 191 to 195
Continuing south, our Colombian overland adventure takes us in to the mountains to the pleasantly cool climate of Manizales. Here, deep in the heart of the coffee growing area, we have the option to visit one of the numerous coffee farms. Parque Los Nevados, with peaks topping 5000mtrs, is also a great place to spend a day trekking, before checking out some of the town's funky bars in the evening. Bogota is our next stop and we have 2 or 3 nights to see the different sides of this once notorious capital city. Having had the accreditation in the 80's and 90's of being one of the world's most dangerous cities, things have really turned around for Bogota. The city is cradled by Andean Peaks and great views can be seen from a trek up the Cerro de Monserrate. Pop in to the cobbled historic centre, La Candelaria, and as well as taking in a few cafes and picturesque buildings, enjoy the age old tradition of adding cheese to your hot chocolate!
Days 196 to 199
We now travel through the Tatacoa Desert, an arid area of striking eroded cliffs surrounded by distant peaks of over 5000mtrs. The result is a quite unique ecosystem, and due to the dry, clear conditions, the area is an excellent star gazing spot and we will try to camp here to appreciate the view. Turning west through stunning mountain scenery towards the Pan American Highway, and after a gruelling drive, we eventually take an unpaved road into Parque Purace. The park is the only place to see Condors in Colombia, and it is also home to some good walking trails. The adventurous can scale Volcan Purace (4750mtrs), but there are a few other less strenuous hikes to the Sulphur Mine and Termales de San Juan - a spectacular hot spring.
Days 200 to 201
Further west is the beautiful colonial city of Popayan. Nicknamed the white city, some would say only Cartagena surpasses Popayan's colonial structures. We shall make a small stop to admire the chalk white facades and stock up on supplies, before following the Andes south towards Pasto. Santuario De Las Lajas - a neo-Gothic church built on a stone bridge spanning a gorge - is the main point of interest in our last stop in Colombia, Ipiales. We may choose to camp the night in either Pasto or Ipiales, or possibly continue on to the border with Ecuador.
Days 202 to 203
Half a day's drive away, in Ecuador, is the small town of Otavalo and we make an overnight stop. Here is a great place to stock up on last minute Andean handicrafts such as jewellery, woollen goods, blankets and bags. The next morning we make our way to our final destination, Quito, where the trip ends on arrival. Quito is the gateway to the Galapagos Islands and a playground for hikers and mountain bike fans, and it's certainly worth taking an extra couple of days to explore the city and surrounding areas.
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