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Uruguay, Pantanal & the Falls Buenos Aires - Rio De Janeiro

Trip Overview

This 23 day overland tour journeys from Buenos Aires to Rio De Janeiro through Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay
23 DAYS THROUGH Argentina, Brazil (+ 1 more countries)
PRICE FROM:
$1,820 (USD) + 1,000 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
23 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
40%
60%
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
ZFB
DEPOSIT:
$350 USD

Highlights

  Discover South America's most vibrant cities of Buenos Aires and Rio De Janeiro

  Soak up the sun on the emerald coast at Paraty.

  Getaway from it all on the island hideaway of Ilha Grande

  Stay on a real Uruguayan estancia, learn to ride and hang out with the Gauchos!

  Catch a boat across the Rio de la Plata to explore Uruguay's colonial cities of Montevideo and Colonia

  Go search for jaguar in the southern Pantanal

  Snorkel the crystal clear waters of the Rio Prata at Brazil's eco-tourism capital, Bonito!

  Get soaked white water rafting at Brotas

  SHOW MORE HIGHLIGHTS  

Itinerary

Day 1 - Buenos Aires ( 30th Jan 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.

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

Day 2 - Buenos Aires ( 31st Jan 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

Practice your dance steps in the birthplace of Tango

Free

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
Day 3 - Colonia ( 1st Feb 2020 )

This morning we will hop on a ferry to Uruguay and head to Colonia del Sacramento, one of the oldest and most picturesque towns in Uruguay and a Unesco World Heritage site. The afternoon is free to explore the charming narrow cobbled streets of the Barrio Histórico and the pretty riverfront. 

Our truck will relocate by road and catch us up in the afternoon.

In Colonia we will stay in a lovely hotel.

 

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

Discover the delightful UNESCO-listed colonial town of Colonia del Sacramento by freely exploring its cobbled streets, old buildings, and small museums

Free
Day 4 - Montevideo ( 2nd Feb 2020 )

Today we will head north to the Uruguayan capital Montevideo.  We will have the afternoon to explore Montevideo. The city has a mix of historical buildings and modern architecture and a main feature of the city is the Rambla (waterfront promenade) where locals frequently go for a stroll to drink their mate. Mate is the traditional South American caffeine-rich infused drink sipped through a straw, particularly popular in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Brazil and Chile.

Estimated Drive Time - 2 hours.

 

In Montevideo we will stay in a comfortable hotel. 

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

Freely explore the pleasant Uruguayan capital of Montevideo, its markets, colonial buildings, old city, and vast promenade along the coast

Free

Learn all about Uruguayan history and culture at some of Montevideo's many museums, such as the National Historical Museum, the Gaucho Museum, and the Museum of the Andes

Free

Get a deeper understanding of Montevideo on a free walking tour of the city from an enthusiastic local guide

Free
Day 5-6 - Tacuarembó ( 3rd Feb 2020 to 4th Feb 2020 )

Today we will head to the Tacuarembó area - the traditional gaucho land of Uruguay. We will spend 2 nights in an authentic estancia to learn about the gaucho way of living. We will have a chance to learn how to prepare typical food from the area (and of course taste it!) and also enjoy some traditional music.

In Tacuarembó we will camp in the grounds of an estancia.

Estimated Drive Time - 7 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Enjoy an incredible 3-night stay at a traditional Uruguayan farm to gain a fascinating insight into the lives of the gauchos, take part in a cooking demonstration, and go to an evening of traditional local music

Included in Kitty
Day 7 - Yapeyú ( 5th Feb 2020 )

Today we have a half day drive north though the provinces of Entre Rios and Corrientes, aiming to reach 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 - 7 hours

Day 8 - 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.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Day 9 - Iguazu Falls, Foz do Iguaçu ( 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

Included Activities

2 full days to discover the unbelievable Iguazu Falls

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

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

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

BRL 66

Head on an adrenaline-fuelled speedboat trip to the base of the falls on the Argentine side - be prepared to get very wet!

ARS 450

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 10 - Foz do Iguaçu, Iguazu Falls ( 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

Optional Activities

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

Take a short trip into Paraguay to experience the chaos of Ciudad del Este and pick up a bargain or two (price listed is for a return trip in a taxi)

BRL 140

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

BRL 68

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 11 - 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 12 - Bonito ( 10th Feb 2020 )

We have a full day in Bonito to take part in some of the 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.

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

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

BRL 95

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

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

BRL 50

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

BRL 80

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

USD 20
Day 13-14 - Southern Pantanal ( 11th Feb 2020 to 12th 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 15 - Southern Pantanal, Campo Grande ( 13th 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 16 - Brotas ( 14th 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 17 - Brotas ( 15th 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 18-19 - Paraty, Paraty ( 16th Feb 2020 to 17th Feb 2020 )

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

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

In Paraty we will stay at a hostel.

Daily Activities

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

Boat trip out to islands and beaches

Free

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 20-21 - Ilha Grande ( 18th Feb 2020 to 19th Feb 2020 )

Today we will travel a little further up the coast to the stunning island retreat of Ilha Grande.  We will leave our truck behind for a couple of days and take a ferry, so you may wish to pack a small overnight bag.  There are no private cars or banks on the island, so you will need to bring cash along with you and be prepared for a short walk with your bags to the hostel.  

We will stay in a comfortable hostel.

Estimated drive time - 5 hours.

Day 22 - 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 and home to the most famous Carnival celebrations in Latin America!

Estimated drive: 5hrs

In Rio we stay in a comfortable hotel in the lovely Flamenco neighbourhood.

Day 23 - Rio De Janeiro ( 21st Feb 2020 )

Border information: if you are leaving in Rio de Janeiro, you will most likely exit Brazil at Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport (IATA code: RIO/GIG).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Rio de Janeiro. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight, unless you are staying on for our Rio Carnival package! Please note that due to Carnival we will be unable to book ordinary post-tour accomodation on this date.

 

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

Take a tour to discover Niteroi, the city over the bridge

BRL 20

Take a cable car up Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain)

BRL 80

Visit the world famous statue Christ the Redeemer

BRL 74

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Departing: 30 Jan 2020
Returning: 21 Feb 2020
Duration: 23 days
Route: Buenos Aires - Rio De Janeiro
$1,820 USD + $1,000 Kitty (USD)
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Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 26 Feb 2020
Returning: 19 Mar 2020
Duration: 23 days
Route: Rio De Janeiro - Buenos Aires
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Departing: 21 Jan 2021
Returning: 12 Feb 2021
Duration: 23 days
Route: Buenos Aires - Rio De Janeiro
$1,835 USD + $1,000 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 17 Feb 2021
Returning: 11 Mar 2021
Duration: 23 days
Route: Rio De Janeiro - Buenos Aires
$1,835 USD + $1,000 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 3 Feb 2022
Returning: 25 Feb 2022
Duration: 23 days
Route: Buenos Aires - Rio De Janeiro
$1,905 USD + $1,000 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 2 Mar 2022
Returning: 24 Mar 2022
Duration: 23 days
Route: Rio De Janeiro - Buenos Aires
$1,905 USD + $1,000 Kitty (USD)
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