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La Paz - Rio de Janeiro including Carnival

44 DAYS THROUGH Argentina, Bolivia (+ 2 more countries)
RATING:
PRICE FROM:
Was: $3,920 USD + 1,550 KITTY USD
Now: $3,136 (USD) + 1,550 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
44 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, 4x4, Private bus, Public bus, Boat, Canoe, Metro
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
40%
60%
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
LZAR
DEPOSIT:
$500 USD

Highlights

  Day trip on the surreal Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats

  Star gaze in the Moon Valley at San Pedro de Atacama

  2 night ranch visit and wildlife safari into the Pantanal

  3 nights to enjoy the crystal clear waters and caves around Bonito

  Boat trips, forest hikes and helicopter rides over Iguazu Falls

  Spectacular drive down Route 40 to see Quebrada de las Conchas

  Support from our dedicated team in Rio

  2 day dirt road crossing of the desolate and surreal Altiplano

  3 night stay in a traditional isolated Argentian estancia with the Gauchos

  Ride beautiful horses in an unspoilt location across remote Cordillera

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Itinerary

Day 1 - La Paz ( 22nd Jan 2019 )

Border information: if you are joining in La Paz, you will most likely enter Bolivia at La Paz El Alto International Airport (IATA code: LPB).

Welcome to La Paz, Bolivia’s seat of government and the highest administrative capital in the world! There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in La Paz before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring La Paz.

A note on altitude: If you are joining in La Paz, we strongly recommend arriving at least 24 hours before the trip begins to allow additional time to acclimatise.

In La Paz we will stay in a good hotel in the historical centre.

Day 2 - La Paz ( 23rd Jan 2019 )

Today we have a free day to enjoy La Paz

In La Paz we will stay in a good hotel in the historical centre.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Free time to explore the vibrant city of La Paz

Free

Downhill "gravity assisted" mountain biking from La Paz to Coroico

USD 125

Guided tour to explore Tiahuanacu Inca Ruins

BOB 220

Take a trip out to the mountain resort of Chacaltaya and the other-worldly landscape of the Moon Valley near La Paz

BOB 130

Take a guided tour of the main sights and viewpoints around La Paz

BOB 150

Discover Bolivia's history, art, and culture in some of La Paz's many museums such as the San Francisco Museum and the Museum of Ethnography

BOB 20
Day 3 - Potosí ( 24th Jan 2019 )

Today we will leave La Paz behind and head to the colonial mining town of Potosí, the highest town in the world, and once famous for the area's abundance of silver!

Tomorrow morning will be free to explore Potosí, and there will be a chance to visit the infamous silver mines of Cerro Rico near to the town.

In Potosí we will stay in a friendly local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 530km / 9 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head down into the tunnels of the Potosi silver mine

BOB 110

Visit the the Casa de la Moneda museum in Potosí, to learn all about its colonial past and the silver that once flowed from the area

BOB 60
Day 4 - Uyuni ( 25th Jan 2019 )

Today we will spend the morning in the village community stay of Salinas de Garci Mendoza before continuing our drive to Uyuni, the gateway to the incredible salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni.

In Uyuni we will stay in a friendly hotel, famous for serving the highest pizzas in the world!

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

Day 5 - Salar De Uyuni ( 26th Jan 2019 )

Today we will venture out onto the salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni, spending a full day exploring this phenomenal location by jeep and on foot. En route we will explore the nearby train graveyard and the cactus-filled 'Fish Island', and take all the time we need to get plenty of perspective-bending photographs!

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Take jeeps out onto the dazzling Uyuni Salt Flats

Included in Kitty
Day 6 - Bolivian Altiplano ( 27th Jan 2019 )

Today we will head off across the wilds of the Bolivian altiplano, a surreal and desolate desert landscape that stretches all the way to the Chilean border. We will visit the spectacular coloured lakes of Laguna Colorado and Laguna Verde en route.

In the Bolivian Altiplano we will stay in a basic mountain refuge.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

 

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take the epic journey across the Altiplano - an incredible high-altitude, off-road adventure through a surreal desert landscape, taking in bizarre rock formations, geysirs, and phenomenal coloured lakes.

Free
Day 7-8 - San Pedro De Atacama ( 28th Jan 2019 to 29th Jan 2019 )

Border information: Exit Bolivia at Uyuni, enter Chile at San Pedro de Atacama.

Today we set off early from our altiplano refuge, cross the remainder of the Bolivian Altiplano, and then descend all the way into the Atacama desert.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day to explore the incredible highlights of the Atacama desert surrounding San Pedro. In the evening we will take an included trip out to the extraordinary Moon Valley, where we will hopefully see an incredible sunset. At night we will also have the chance to go stargazing, in one of the world's premier regions for astronomy (please note that this is only possible when there is not a full moon).

In San Pedro de Atacama we will stay in a centrally located hostel.

Special Event Notice: On 2nd July 2019 there will be a Solar Eclipse.  Trip code: ZZB190626B departing La Paz on 26th June 2019, will experience a 77% eclipse during their stunning day drive across the Altiplano towards San Pedro de Atacama.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the dramatic landscape of the Moon Valley

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Observe the night skies at a Chilean observatory

CLP 20000

Experience the incredible El Tatio geysers in the mountains high above the Atacama Desert

CLP 30000

Hire a bike to explore the incredible deserts surrounding San Pedro de Atacama at your own pace

CLP 5000

Discover the incredible deserts of San Pedro on horseback

CLP 13500

Visit the incredible salt plains of the Salar de Atacama, and take a swim in the salty pools of Laguna Cejar

CLP 15000

Take a tour of the stunning Lagunas Altiplánicas, backdropped by the incredible deserts and volcanic scenery of the region

CLP 35000

Relax in the blissful natural volcanic hot springs of Puritama, in the hills above San Pedro

CLP 15000

Discover some of the interesting ancient ruins near San Pedro, and the artifacts found in the area, on an archaeological tour

CLP 25000

Head out for an exciting sand-boarding excursion in the sand dunes of the Atacama Desert

USD 30
Day 9 - Purmamarca ( 30th Jan 2019 )

Border information: Exit Chile at Paso Jama, enter Argentina at Paso Jama.

Today we will have a long drive day to cross the mighty Andes, cross the border into Argentina, and reach the beautiful village of Purmamarca next to the aptly-named 'Hill of Seven Colours'

In Purmamarca we will camp in a local campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.

Day 10 - Salta ( 31st Jan 2019 )

Today we will drive to the beautiful colonial city of Salta, where we will have time to freely explore on arrival.

In Salta we will stay in a local hotel or guesthouse.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Day 11 - Salta ( 1st Feb 2019 )

Today we will have a free day to explore the town of Salta, visit its many museums, or explore the beautiful surrounding hills on foot or by mountain bike. We will also have the chance to take the cable car to the viewpoint on San Bernardo Hill overlooking the town, taking in some of the incredible mountian scenery nearby.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Time to explore the colonial city of Salta and local area

ARS 40

Take the cable car up to the top of San Bernardo Hill, and take in the breathtaking views out over the city of Salta below

ARS 200

Explore the beautiful mountains and forests near Salta on a mountain biking trip

ARS 1300
Day 12 - Salta ( 2nd Feb 2019 )

Today we will have a short morning drive to a campsite in Cabra Corral, a small village south of Salta where we have the opportunity to go rafting or zip-lining!

Tonight we will continue our drive a short distance to wild camp in the stunning mountains nearby, or camp at the rafting base in Cabra Corral if preferred.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Get the adrenaline pumping with some white water rafting in Salta

ARS 950

Fly through the stunning valleys above the Juramento river on an exciting 4-cable zip-lining course

ARS 750
Day 13-14 - Cafayate ( 3rd Feb 2019 to 4th Feb 2019 )

Today we will drive through the spectacular rock formations of the Quebrada de las Conchas, and reach the serene town of Cafayate.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

This small unassuming town is the centre of one of Argentina's principal wine producing regions, famous for the quality of its Torrentes and Tannat wines! Over the next two days we will have the opportunity to go to a few of the vineyards nearby to see how the wine is made, and of course to try them!

In Cafayate we stay at a campsite with good facilities.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Discover the bodegas and stock up on wine in Cafayate

ARS 150

Visit the impressive rock formations of 'El Amphiteatro' and 'La Garganta del Diablo' en route through the primeval landscape of the Quebrada de las Conchas

Free
Day 15 - Recreo, Quilmes Ruins ( 5th Feb 2019 )

Today we will drive south over some more spectacular mountains and arrive in the lush flat pampas that Argentina is famous for. We will visit the ancient ruins of the indigenous city of Quilmes en route. 

Tonight we will aim to wild camp en route or stay in a basic campsite in the town of Recreo.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the Quilmes ruins

Included in Kitty
Day 16-18 - Estancia ( 6th Feb 2019 to 8th Feb 2019 )

Today we drive to a unique Anglo-Argentine Estancia, where we will stay for 3 nights.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

During our time at the Estancia, we will head out horseback riding, taste the excellent wines produced by their vineyards, be entertained by a local musician, learn some of the skills of the gauchos, and enjoy a traditional asado (Argentine BBQ). This isa magical experience in a beautiful and atmospheric location, and many people's highlight of the trip!

Please note that some of these activities are subject to weather conditions. Please also note that there is a strict weight limit of 15 stone (210lbs) or 95kg to partake in the horse riding - if you should weigh more than this, then unfortunately you will not be able to participate in the horseback riding.

In the Estancia we will camp with facilities in the grounds near the main house.

Special Event Notice: On 2nd July 2019 there will be a Total Solar Eclipse.  Trip code: ZZB190616B departing La Paz on 16th June 2019, will experience a 98% eclipse during their stay at our fabulous Estancia!

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Spend 3 unique days at an Anglo-Argentinian estancia to experience the Gaucho way of life

Included in Kitty
Day 19 - Buenos Aires ( 9th Feb 2019 )

Today we will have a full day drive to the wonderful city of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina.

In Buenos Aires we will stay in a centrally-located hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours.

Day 20 - Buenos Aires ( 10th Feb 2019 )

Today is a free day to explore the incredible city of Buenos Aires, soak up the atmosphere of its streets, and discover its amazing culture, art, and music.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, the coolest city in South America

ARS 250

Enjoy a free city tour of Buenos Aires

Free

Head out to an tango show in Buenos Aires' oldest cafe, the Gran Cafe Tortoni - seeing a slice of iconic Argentine culture in an ideal and intimate setting

ARS 450

Visit the strangely beautiful cemetery of Recoleta, the final resting place of many ex-presidents and Argentine icons, most famously including the tomb of Eva Peron

Free

Try your hand at the art of tango dancing with a private lesson in Buenos Aires

USD 25

Freely explore the cosmopolitan Argentina capital of Buenos Aires, or take a free walking tour of the city's highlights

Free

See a different side to Buenos Aires on a tour of its incredible street art with some of the local artists

USD 20

Learn all about the cuisine of Argentina on a food tour of Buenos Aires, visiting several incredible local top-class eateries that you won't find in the guidebooks!

USD 85

Try some of Argentina's most delicious wines on a top-level wine tasting afternoon in Buenos Aires

USD 52
Day 21 - Buenos Aires ( 11th Feb 2019 )

Border information: if you are joining in Buenos Aires, you will most likely enter Argentina at Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport, also known as Ezeiza Airport (IATA code: BUE/EZE).

Welcome to Buenos Aires, the wonderful capital of Argentina! There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Buenos Aires before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Buenos Aires.

In Buenos Aires we will stay in a centrally-located hotel.

Day 22 - Buenos Aires ( 12th Feb 2019 )

Today will be a free day to explore the incredible city of Buenos Aires, soak up the atmosphere of its streets, and discover its amazing culture, art, and music.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, the coolest city in South America

ARS 250

Enjoy a free city tour of Buenos Aires

Free

See a different side to Buenos Aires on a tour of its incredible street art with some of the local artists

USD 20

Head out to an tango show in Buenos Aires' oldest cafe, the Gran Cafe Tortoni - seeing a slice of iconic Argentine culture in an ideal and intimate setting

ARS 450

Visit the strangely beautiful cemetery of Recoleta, the final resting place of many ex-presidents and Argentine icons, most famously including the tomb of Eva Peron

Free

Try your hand at the art of tango dancing with a private lesson in Buenos Aires

USD 25

Learn all about the cuisine of Argentina on a food tour of Buenos Aires, visiting several incredible local top-class eateries that you won't find in the guidebooks!

USD 85

Try some of Argentina's most delicious wines on a top-level wine tasting afternoon in Buenos Aires

USD 52
Day 23 - Yapeyú ( 13th Feb 2019 )

Today we have a full day drive north though the provinces of Entre Rios and Corrientes, aiming to reach the beautiful village of Yapeyú on the banks of the River Uruguay. Yapeyú is very famous amongst Argentines for being the birthplace of their national hero General Jose de San Martin, one of the liberators of South America from Spanish colonial rule.

In Yapeyú we will stay in a municipal campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 10 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Day 24 - Foz do Iguaçu ( 14th Feb 2019 )

Border information: Exit Argentina at Tancredo Neves, enter Brazil at Tancredo Neves.

Today we cross the border into Brazil and drive to the city of Foz do Iguacu.

In Foz do Iguacu we will camp in the grounds of an excellent hostel out of town, with good facilities and a pool.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Day 25 - Foz do Iguaçu, Iguazu Falls ( 15th Feb 2019 )

Today we will visit the Brazilian side of the phenomenal Iguazu Falls, to get some incredible panoramic vistas of the mighty waterfalls. There is also plenty of time to visit the bird park, take a helicopter ride over the falls, see the incredible Itaipu Dam, or quickly stop into Paraguay to pick up some bargains in the nearcy Ciudad del Este.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the colossal Itaipu Dam, the second largest hydroelectric dam in the world

BRL 68

Visit the Parque das Aves bird park near Foz do Iguaçu, a wonderful conservation project which provides an excellent home to over 1000 iconic birds from the region such as toucans, macaws and eagles

BRL 36

Take an exhilarating speed boat ride around the base of the falls from the Brazilian side

BRL 66

Take an unforgettable 10-minute helicopter flight over the Iguazu Falls, enjoying a bird's eye view of one of the world's most incredible set of waterfalls

USD 125
Day 26 - Iguazu Falls, Foz do Iguaçu ( 16th Feb 2019 )

Today we will take a day trip back into Argentina to see the incredible Iguazu Falls from the other side. This is well worth doing as the views are even more spectacular, and you'll be able to look right down into the mighty Garganta del Diablo (the largest waterfall here) from a gantry walkway viewing point). We will have a full day at the Argentine side of the falls, allowing us lots of time to freely explore the site, hike some nature trails, or perhaps take an exhilarating (and very wet) boat ride!

We will return to our base in Foz do Iguacu tonight.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

2 full days to discover the unbelievable Iguazu Falls

Included in Kitty
Day 27 - Bonito ( 17th Feb 2019 )

Today we have a full drive day north to the Brazilian eco-tourism capital of Bonito.

In Bonito we will camp in the grounds of an excellent hostel with a pool and good facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours.

Day 28-29 - Bonito ( 18th Feb 2019 to 19th Feb 2019 )

We have two full days in Bonito to take part in the plethora of incredible optional activities here. You could go out on a world-class snorkelling trip, explore the nearby caves, or go abseiling down some of the largest waterfalls in the area, amongst many other possibilities!

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Caving, rafting and snorkeling in the waters of Bonito

BRL 30

Abseil down the Boca da Onça waterfall (meaning 'Jaguar's Mouth'), the largest waterfall in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul

BRL 499

Visit the phenomenal Buraco das Araras, one of the world's largest sink-holes and a natural aviary of macaws and toucans

BRL 75

Visit the stunning São Miguel Caves near Bonito

BRL 50

Hire a mountain bike in Bonito to freely explore the incredible countryside of Mato Grosso do Sul

USD 20

Go on a stunning sunset horse ride around the beautiful countryside around Bonito

BRL 80

Take a trek through the stunning areas surrounding Bonito, visiting some of the beautiful nearby waterfalls

BRL 50

Head on an unforgettable trip to Abismo Anhumas, an incredible day out where you abseil through a fissure into a collosal underground cavern, and snorkel in the lake at the bottom

BRL 760

Visit the ethereal and other-worldly Blue Lake Cave near Bonito, an underground lake with an incredibly vivid shade of blue

BRL 95

Take an incredible snorkelling trip through the crystal clear waters of the Rio da Prata, getting a phenomenal view of the fish and aquatic plants underwater

BRL 278

2 full days to enjoy Bonito, Brazil's ecotourism capital

BRL 135
Day 30-31 - Southern Pantanal ( 20th Feb 2019 to 21st Feb 2019 )

Today we have a short drive to Brazil's amazing Southern Pantanal region, where we have a visit a local eco-tourism ranch (or 'fazenda').

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

We will spend 2 nights here and have a comprehensive package of included activities such as exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside on horseback, trips down the wildlife-abundant rivers in boats and canoes, and safaris on the ranch's trucks and on foot where we hope to spot capybaras, caimans, and (if we are very lucky) jaguars and ocelots. Our stay here is an incredible highlight!

In the Southern Pantanal we will stay in dorm accommodation in a well equipped lodge with all the meals and activities included.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

2 night wildlife safari into the Pantanal

Included in Kitty
Day 32 - Campo Grande, Southern Pantanal ( 22nd Feb 2019 )

After our morning activities and one final lunch in our beautiful ranch, it is time to leave the Pantanal. We will start driving east towards Sao Paulo state, and wild camp towards the end of the day.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours.

Day 33 - Brotas ( 23rd Feb 2019 )

Today we will drive to the remote town of Brotas in southeastern Brazil.

In Brotas we will stay at a campsite with good facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.

Day 34 - Brotas ( 24th Feb 2019 )

Today is free to take part in optional adventure activities such as white water rafting or canyoning, or to simply relax by the pool!

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head out white-water rafting on the fast moving waters of the Jacare River (approxmiately Grade 3-4)

BRL 150

Float down the Jacare on a fun tubing trip down the River Jacare near Brotas

BRL 100

Head out on a half-day canyoning trip through the gorges of the Jacare River near Brotas

BRL 250
Day 35-37 - Paraty ( 25th Feb 2019 to 27th Feb 2019 )

Today we have a full day drive to the colonial town of Paraty on the Emerald Coast of the Atlantic!

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

On our first full day in Paraty, we will have an included boat trip around the incredible islands and beaches off the coast. 

On our second day, we will have free time to explore the town, take a historical tour, walk along the stunning scenery of the coastline, head out snorkelling or diving, or simply relax on the idyllic beaches.

In Paraty we wil camp at a well equipped campsite.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Boat Trip Out To Islands And Beaches

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Go for a scuba diving trip in the incredible oceans around Paraty

BRL 250

Explore the ocean, islands, beaches, and mangroves of Atlantic coast in a more serene and tranquil fashion, on a sea kayaking expedition around the bay of Paraty

USD 40

Learn all about the fascinating history of Brazil and the Gold Trail, on an excellent walking tour of the old colonial town of Paraty

USD 35

Try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding by hiring a board from one of the many vendors at the Jabaquara beach in Paraty

BRL 35
Day 38 - Rio De Janeiro ( 28th Feb 2019 )

This morning we will drive to the incredible Rio de Janeiro, one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world! This afternoon we will have the opportunity to take an optional visit to a community favela project that Dragoman supports.

In Rio de Janeiro we will stay in a great hotel in the Flamengo district, close to the beach and the metro station.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the world famous statue Christ the Redeemer

BRL 74
Day 39 - Rio De Janeiro ( 1st Mar 2019 )

The first day of Rio Carnival is free time as everyone will be arriving at various times throughout the day to start the package. Our hotel check-in is from midday, and Dragoman staff will be on hand to give you assistance.

There will be a joining meeting in the late afternoon - please check the notice board in the lobby/reception area for the exact times for your meeting. 

After the meeting we have a table booked at a nearby buffet restaurant if you would like to join your leader and group for a meal.

In Rio de Janeiro we will stay in a great hotel in the Flamengo district, accommodation is in shared rooms in twins, triples and quadruple rooms.  Our hotel is close to the beach and the metro station.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Join your group for a welcome meal 

BRL 50
Day 40 - Rio De Janeiro ( 2nd Mar 2019 )

This morning we will go for an orientation walk with our local guide to get to know the local area and orientate ourselves.  Afterwards you will have free time, perhaps head to one of the local 'bloccos' or street parties. If you do go to a blocco, just remember that they are hot and crowded so be prepared for a squeeze! the locals cariocas will be all dressed up, so don't forget to dress to impress!

In the evening there is an option to join us for a night of dancing and live music at the Rio Scenarium, one of the best nightspots in Rio - it's like an antiques warehouse, music venue, bar and restaurant all housed in one amazing colonial mansion. Often it's best to eat beforehand, as during carnival the food service can be slow! It's 65BRL entrance, plus your food and drinks.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Carnival Orientation walk

Free
Day 41 - Rio De Janeiro ( 3rd Mar 2019 )

Today is a free day for you to explore Rio until this evening, when we will head to the Sambadrome!

Early this morning, we will be running an optional guided tour to Corcovado - please pre-book with your agent if you'd like to join us. We will head to Corcovado and its world-famous statue of Christ the Redeemer for a half-day guided tour. The statue of Christ the Redeemer is one of the most iconic sights of Rio de Janeiro, and if the weather is clear there is also a fantastic view over the rest of the city including Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain). If you have opted for this tour you will be picked up at the hotel by an English speaking guide and travel in an air conditioned bus. We normally charter a private tram to the top of Corcovado mountain which means that we are the first ones to arrive and have the statue to ourselves for a short time - a fantastic privilege at any time of year but particularly during the busy carnival time. We will aim for the same arrangements this year but please note that there is no guarantee that we will be able to secure a private tram.

In the evening it's time for the main event of the week - the parade in the Sambadrome. The top samba schools parade their fantastic floats and costumes and the party goes on well into the early hours of Monday morning. You'll be situated in sector 13, the most lively of the sectors where local Cariocas are supporting their favourite Samba schools by singing and dancing. The sector is at the very end of the runway and you have the chance of collecting parts of the costumes as some dancers will throw them up in to the stand. You will travel between the hotel and the Sambadrome by Metro (tickets included), accompanied by English speaking guides who will also be with you inside the Sambadrome. As people wish to leave at different times, there will be pre-determined times when you will be able to go back to the hotel with a guide. 

Please note that sector 13 is set back a bit from the actual runway so does not offer the best close up views of the parade - if you should wish, there is the option to upgrade to sector 11 for a much closer view of the parade, which is highly recommended if you're interested in photography and would like the best pictures of the costumes and floats. The same guide and travel arrangements as for sector 13 will apply. Please book with your agent if you'd like to upgrade.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Party all night to the fantastic sights & sounds of the Sambadrome in Sector 13

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the world famous Christ the Redeemer statue on an early morning semi-private tour

USD 90

Upgrade to Sector 11 - recommended to get some fantastic close up photos of the Samba parade!

USD 185
Day 42 - Rio De Janeiro ( 4th Mar 2019 )

This morning is free for you to recover from last night in the Sambadrome! It's a great chance to hit the beach, explore the city or simply have a lie in.

In the afternoon we have the chance to go on an optional guided visit to Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain), rising almost 400 metres above the harbour. If you have opted for this tour you will be picked up at the hotel by an English speaking guide and travel in an air conditioned bus. We will take the cable car up to the top, from where there's a chance of seeing the wonderful vistas over the city and Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. If the weather is clear you will also be able to see Christ the Redeemer looking down at the city from the top of Corcovado mountain. 

In the evening we have the chance to re-visit the Sambadrome to see the last 6 of the elite Samba schools parading. The seats tonight are in Sector 5, situated at the start of the runway and offering close up views of the parade. You will travel between the hotel and the Sambadrome by Metro (tickets included) with an English speaking guide.

There is also the option to don a costume and take part in the parade itself, dancing your way down the Sambadrome runway - a once in a lifetime experience! You will travel between the hotel and the Sambadrome by Metro (tickets included) with an English speaking guide who will also accompany you during the parade.

Please note you will need to pre-book these activities in advance with your agent or direct with Dragoman

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Half day guided tour of Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain)

USD 90

Second visit to the Sambadrome in the amazing Sector 5

USD 225

Join the Parade, an experience of a lifetime! 

USD 820
Day 43 - Rio De Janeiro ( 5th Mar 2019 )

Today is free day for you to explore the city and an opportunity to have a walk along the beaches, maybe a swim or maybe just a long lie in! The famous sweep of Copacabana Beach is probably the most talked about length of sand on the planet. It is a fantastic location with Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain) at one end whilst far in the distance you see further peaks covered in Atlantic rainforest. There are plenty of small cafes serving drinks and snacks along the beachside pavement, when you are ready for a break from the sand. In this stunning location even the pavements are beautiful, with white and black tiles forming waves and patterns. Late evening there's the option to attend the famous gay ball!

We have one final optional activity, a visit to a Community project within one of the Favellas, which usually takes places on a Tuesday afternoon, though the day is yet to be confirmed for 2018.  Morrinho is the name used by the youth of the Pereira da Silva favela for their scale model of a favela made basically with bricks. The Morrinho began in 1998, when Nelcirlan (14 years old at that time) starting building the Morrinho, together with his brother Maycon. Today, the Morrinho model occupies an area of 300 square metres in the community Pereira da Silva and has a wealth of details such as funk clubs, police, drugs sales points, alleys, staircases, small bars etc. The model is now being used to generate money by the NGO Morrinho, a charity that provides professional qualifications to the residents of the Pereirão Community through workshops including audiovisual production, art-education, Brazilian culture, and youth and citizenship. The charity is also involved in utilising the project as a film set, which has raised awareness of how harsh life is for shanty town dwellers. The trip includes a donation of 50 BRL to the charity.

 

Day 44 - Rio De Janeiro ( 6th Mar 2019 )

The Carnival package finishes after breakfast today. Our hotel check-out is at 12 noon, and you can depart at any time or spend the day exploring further or relaxing.

If you are joining one of our Overland Tours, there will be an important Pre-Departure meeting this evening.

Border information: if you are leaving in Rio de Janeiro, you will most likely exit Brazil at Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore the stunning natural Atlanic rainforest of Tijuca, the largest urban forest in the world

Free

Visit the iconic Escadaria Selaron, a colourful tiled staircase lovingly created by local resident Jorge Selaron

Free

Explore the magnificent Botanical Gardens of Rio de Janeiro, with over 54 hectares and 6500 species of plants and flowers

BRL 8

Relax and explore the world famous beaches of Rio de Janeiro, including Ipanema, Arpoador, and of course Copacabana

Free

Visit the Museu da República, and learn all about the turbulent recent history of Brazil and the story of the creation of the republic in 1889

BRL 6

Visit Rio de Janeiro's Modern Art Museum, showcasing some incredible local and international art exhibitions, and an incredible building in its own right

BRL 12

Find out all about Brazil's fascinating history by visiting the National Historical Museum in the centre of Rio de Janeiro

BRL 6

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