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Cholitas, Gauchos & Iguazu with Carnival La Paz - Rio De Janeiro

Trip Overview

This 44 day overland tour journeys from La Paz to Rio De Janeiro through Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile
44 DAYS THROUGH Argentina, Bolivia (+ 2 more countries)
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PRICE FROM:
$4,185 (USD) + 1,600 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 ( 14th Jan 2020 )

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 ( 15th Jan 2020 )

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.

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 ( 16th Jan 2020 )

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 ( 17th Jan 2020 )

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 ( 18th Jan 2020 )

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 ( 19th Jan 2020 )

Today we will head off across the wilds of the Altiplano, a surreal and desolate desert landscape that stretches all the way into  Chile. We will make plenty of stop for photographs on the way and at the end of the day we aim to cross the border into Chile, making camp soon afterwards.

Tonight we will bush camp in a remote spot with no facilities! 

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 adventure through a surreal desert landscape, taking in bizarre rock formations and stunning lakes.

Free
Day 7-8 - San Pedro De Atacama ( 20th Jan 2020 to 21st Jan 2020 )

Border information: Exit Bolivia and enter Chile at Ollague

After breakfast we will break camp, and drive through the stunning Reserva Nacional Alto Loa on the Chilean part of the Altiplano, stopping off en route for photographs. Afterwards descending down to San Pedro de Atacama.

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.

Please note: The weather in this region can be unpredictable and has been known to close the road to the border.  On these occasions we will take an alternate route across the Altiplano, crossing into either Chile or Argentina at a different border point.  Your Tour Leaders will keep you informed of any changes that may be necessary.

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 ( 22nd Jan 2020 )

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 ( 23rd Jan 2020 )

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 ( 24th Jan 2020 )

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 ( 25th Jan 2020 )

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 ( 26th Jan 2020 to 27th Jan 2020 )

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 ( 28th Jan 2020 )

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 ( 29th Jan 2020 to 31st Jan 2020 )

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 ( 1st Feb 2020 )

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 ( 2nd Feb 2020 )

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 a 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 ( 3rd Feb 2020 )

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 ( 4th Feb 2020 )

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 a 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 ( 5th Feb 2020 )

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 ( 6th Feb 2020 )

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 ( 7th Feb 2020 )

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 ( 8th Feb 2020 )

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 ( 9th Feb 2020 )

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 ( 10th Feb 2020 to 11th Feb 2020 )

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 ( 12th Feb 2020 to 13th Feb 2020 )

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 ( 14th Feb 2020 )

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 ( 15th Feb 2020 )

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 ( 16th Feb 2020 )

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 270
Day 35-37 - Paraty ( 17th Feb 2020 to 19th Feb 2020 )

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 ( 20th Feb 2020 )

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 ( 21st Feb 2020 )

Welcome to Rio Carnival, the biggest party on the planet!

There will be an important meeting at 18:00, where you'll have a full briefing on how to make the most of your time in Rio and recieve your tickets, maps, T-Shirt and souvenir booklet - please check the notice board in the reception area for other important information throughout the week. 

After the meeting we have a table booked at a nearby buffet restaurant, so you can get to know some of your fellow travellers, this is usually followed by a night out in Lapa to continue the party!

Our dedicated Carnival team will be on hand throughout the week for a few hours each day to provide any assistance you may need.

There's a whole host of additional optional activities that you may like to take part in, such as 'Join the Parade' or visits to Sugar Loaf Mountain, prior booking is essential!

If you are arriving early you may like to join a Food Tour of the Santa Teresa neighbourhood at 11:30am. 

In Rio de Janeiro we will stay in a great hotel in the Flamengo district, accommodation is in twin and triple rooms. Our hotel is close to the beach and the metro station.  Our hotel check-in is from midday, and Dragoman staff will be on hand to give you assistance.

Border information: if you are joining in Rio de Janeiro, you will most likely enter 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.

Join your group for a welcome meal 

BRL 50

Explore the cool neighbourhood of Santa Teresa on a Foody Tour, where you can sample Brazilian snacks & drinks and learn all about the area.

USD 28
Day 40 - Rio De Janeiro ( 22nd Feb 2020 )

This morning we have an orientation walk with our local guides to get to know the area, we usually pass by one of the local 'bloccos' or street parties, so you can stay and join the party or return to the hotel if you prefer. 

If you do go to a blocco, 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!

For those foodies among you, why not take a half day cookery class, and learn how to make some typical Brazilian cuisine!

In the evening we have the option to head out for a night of Samba, join us for a beginners Samba dance class, followed by an evening in one of Rio's amazing Samba Clubs! This is a great way to get to know your fellow Carnival goers, and practice some basic samba steps ready for tomorrow nights Sambadrome! Booking is essential!

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Carnival Orientation walk

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

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

Watch a football match at the legendary Maracana Stadium

TBC

Explore Brazilian flavours in a half day cooking class

USD 70

Perfect your Samba moves in a beginners Dance Class, followed by a visit to a Samba club, where you can dance the night away

USD 90
Day 41 - Rio De Janeiro ( 23rd Feb 2020 )

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

Early this morning, we have an optional guided tour to Corcovado. The statue of Christ the Redeemer is one of the most iconic sights of Rio de Janeiro,  if the weather is clear there is a fantastic view over the rest of the city.  If you have opted for this tour you will be picked up at the hotel by your guide, we will take a minibus to the foot of the mountain and then 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. 

In the evening it's time for the main event of the week - the parade in the Sambadrome. Don't forget to dress up, the more sequins, feathers and hats the better! 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 the costumes as some dancers will throw them up in to the stand. 

You will travel to the Sambadrome by Metro (tickets included), accompanied by our team who will also be with you inside the Sambadrome. We recommend that you travel home with others, we will have some pre-arranged times so that you can leave in a group, there are lots of taxis right outside the Sambadrome and we suggest that you use one of these to travel home (your weary feet will appreciate it!)

There is also 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

Join a guided walking tour through the charming colonial streets of downtown Rio and Lapa, check out the famous Selaron Steps and Lapa's aquaduct.

USD 20
Day 42 - Rio De Janeiro ( 24th Feb 2020 )

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. We will also be offering the chance to go on a walking tour if you'd like to join in.

In the afternoon we have 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 your guide and travel by minibus to the mountain. We will take the cable car up to the top,  where you can enjoy 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 final group 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, near the judges area. 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 in one of the Alas - a once in a lifetime experience! You will travel between the hotel and the Sambadrome by Metro (tickets included) with a 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

Join the Parade, an experience of a lifetime! 

USD 820

Second visit to the Sambadrome in the amazing Sector 5

USD 225

Today's Walking Tour will take you through two of the most famous neigbourhoods; Copacabana and Ipanema and finishing up with a picnic by the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon.

USD 20
Day 43 - Rio De Janeiro ( 25th Feb 2020 )

We have an exciting opportunity today to escape the chaos of the city on a Jungle tour, where you will learn about the history and geography of Rio & travel into the Tijuca National Park, one of the largest urban rainforests in the world. You will hike the area, visit waterfalls and maybe spot some wildlife! Pre-booking essential!

Otherwise 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. 

In the evening, as our final night of the Carnival package, we will be heading to the incredible Rio Scenarium, for a night of dancing and live music at 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. 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.

Escape the city for a half day Jungle hike and tour

USD 105

Spend an evening at the Rio Scenarium with live music & dancing. 

BRL 65
Day 44 - Rio De Janeiro ( 26th Feb 2020 )

The Carnival package finishes after breakfast today. Our hotel check-out is at 12 noon.

If you are joining one of our Overland Tours, there will be an important Pre-Departure meeting this evening at 18:00.

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

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Departing: 14 Jan 2020
Returning: 26 Feb 2020
Duration: 44 days
Route: La Paz - Rio De Janeiro
$4,185 USD + $1,600 Kitty (USD)
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Deposit: $500 USD
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Departing: 5 Jan 2021
Returning: 17 Feb 2021
Duration: 44 days
Route: La Paz - Rio De Janeiro
$4,230 USD + $1,600 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $500 USD
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