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

Trip Overview

This 28 day overland tour journeys from Buenos Aires to Rio De Janeiro through Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay
28 DAYS THROUGH Argentina, Brazil (+ 1 more countries)
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$3,080 (USD) + 1,000 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
28 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, Private bus, Metro
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
40%
60%
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TRIP CODE:
JBUR
DEPOSIT:
$500 USD

Highlights

  Getaway from it all on the island hideaway of Ilha Grande

  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

  Join the world's biggest party in Rio de Janiero

  Join an optional tour of Sugar Loaf Mountain

  Stand next to Christ the Redeemer statue on an optional excursion

  Sector 11 ticket for the Sambadrome

  Visit to Corcovado

  Visit to Sugarloaf Mountain

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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 )

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

There will be an important meeting at 17:00 or 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.

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',  prior early booking is essential!

If you are arriving early you may like to join a Market Tour or Walking Tour.

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 2pm, and 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

Escape the city for a half day Jungle hike and tour

USD 72

Join us for an up close fruit market tour

USD 30
Day 24 - Rio De Janeiro ( 22nd Feb 2020 )

Today we will visit the most iconic sights of Rio; the immense statue of Christ the Redeemer perching 710m high on Corcovado mountain and the Pão de Açúcar or Sugarloaf Mountain. We will have some time to explore these sights in our own time, you may even choose to take a helicopter ride!.  We will also aim to see some other important landmarks such as the Maracanã stadium, Escadaria Selarón and the Lapa Arches. We will travel by minibus. (NB today's tour is unguided, you will be accompanied by our Dragoman crew).

This evening we will head out to Lapa for a night out in a samba club; Rio Scenarium, one of the City's greatest nightspots - it's an antiques warehouse, music venue, bar and restaurant all housed in a fantastic colonial mansion. There will be live samba music and DJ's on each floor.  We will be hosting a beginners Samba Dance class in the late afternoon, why not sign up and learn some of the basic steps before hitting the town!

Daily Activities

Included Activities

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

Included in Kitty

Rio City Tour with visits to Corcovado and Sugarloaf

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

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

Perfect your Samba moves in a beginners dance class

USD 29
Day 25 - Rio De Janeiro ( 23rd Feb 2020 )

This morning why not glitter up and join us at one of the local 'blocos' or street parties, there will be live music, dancing and plenty of opportunities to get to know Rio and it's people! Blocos are great fun, crowded, hot and lively! The local 'cariocas' will be all dressed up, so make sure you come dressed to impress! 

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 11, close to the action.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Join us at one of Rio's street Bloco's, or street parties to get you into the Carnival spirit.  Don't forget to dress up!

Included in Kitty

The highlight of the week, experience the fantastic Sambadrome from sought after Sector 11 

Included in Kitty
Day 26 - 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!

In the afternoon you may wish to join us for a walking tour of Copacabana and Ipanema beaches.

Tonight we have the chance to re-visit the Sambadrome, this time in Sector 5 in the centre of the parade runway, to see the last 7 of the elite Samba schools parading. You even have 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!

It is important to pre-book these activities early.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

Join the Parade, an experience of a lifetime! 

USD 700

Second visit to the Sambadrome in the amazing Sector 5

USD 180

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.

BRL 25
Day 27 - Rio De Janeiro ( 25th Feb 2020 )

Today you have free time to enjoy the activities, sights and sounds of Rio! Join a bloco, hit the beach or ride the tram to Santa Teresa.  Rio has so much to offer other than it's carnival fesitivities.  We will be organising some fun water based activities such as kayaking and paddle boarding (prior booking is essential)

Tonight you have a free night to hit the town; head downtown and enjoy a Caipirinha under the iconic Lapa arches or join a bloco.

 

 

 

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

Stand up Paddleboarding lesson

USD 43

Escape the city for a half day Jungle hike and tour

USD 72

Explore Brazilian flavours in a half day cooking class

USD 75

Kayaking Trip 

USD 84
Day 28 - Rio De Janeiro ( 26th 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.

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

If you are continuing your overlanding journey with us, there will be an important group meeting at 18:00.

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Departing: 30 Jan 2020
Returning: 26 Feb 2020
Duration: 28 days
Route: Buenos Aires - Rio De Janeiro
$3,080 USD + $1,000 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 21 Feb 2020
Returning: 19 Mar 2020
Duration: 28 days
Route: Rio De Janeiro - Buenos Aires
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Departing: 21 Jan 2021
Returning: 17 Feb 2021
Duration: 28 days
Route: Buenos Aires - Rio De Janeiro
$3,185 USD + $1,000 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 12 Feb 2021
Returning: 11 Mar 2021
Duration: 28 days
Route: Rio De Janeiro - Buenos Aires
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Returning: 24 Mar 2022
Duration: 28 days
Route: Rio De Janeiro - Buenos Aires
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