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Description

Experience Level: Intermediate
WHEN:
Looking to travel between Dec 2008 and Feb 2009.

WHERE:
South America
Ideally --> Ecuador to Brazil ending in Rio/Salvador.
Doing a "U" shape trip around the bottom.
* I am trying to do as much as possible in this region in one go *

HOW:
Prefer via group trips provided by companies such as:
* http://www.kumuka.com/ (e.g http://www.kumuka.com/TourPage.aspx?tourid=SA27)
* http://intrepidtravel.com/ (e.g http://intrepidtravel.com/trips/GRJ or http://intrepidtravel.com/trips/GRI)
* http://www.theadventuretraveller.com/
* http://www.peregrineadventures.com.au/

Or parts of smaller ones they do - prefer to larger ones than lots of smaller ones.
e.g intrpid GRK intrpid GRD kumuka SA29

It is OK if I have to wait a few days in a town to join another tour. Just let me know all reasonable options.

Trip MUST include the following (as part of tour or separate):
* The Itaipu Dam - http://wonderclub.com/AllWorldWonders.html
* Iguaçú Falls - link as above
* Inca City of Machu Picchu - link as above
* Mt Aconcagua (Argentina) (Very strong preference that I climb this before doing anything else!!) - http://www.7summits-club.com/index.php3?id=6
* Worlds most dangerous road - http://www.gravitybolivia.com/view?page=12
* Salar de Uyuni (salt flats)

Would be nice to see but not essential:
Anything on the lonely planet blue list.
* Ilha de santa catarina (Brazil) - www.lonelyplanet.com/bluelist
* Any other places of notability.

WHAT I NEED:

Dates of travel and rough guide on feasibility of doing all of these items in the dates provided.
Basically; linking everything I want to do together in a time & cost effective form.
Include a rough guide of cost for each item inc. airfares/connecting flights.
It is likely I will ask after to have an itinary put together but not necessary at this stage as i am just in early stages of planning.

ABOUT ME:
24yr old Male in QLD Australia.
I like thrills/adventure; I am fit and will backpack.etc

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