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

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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Was: $2,900 USD + 1,000 KITTY USD
Now: $2,320 (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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LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
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

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Buenos Aires ( 7th 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.

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

Day 2 - Buenos Aires ( 8th 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

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 ( 9th Feb 2019 )

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 ( 10th Feb 2019 )

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 ( 11th Feb 2019 to 12th Feb 2019 )

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 ( 13th Feb 2019 )

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 ( 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.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Day 9 - Iguazu Falls, Foz do Iguaçu ( 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

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 ( 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

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 ( 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 12 - Bonito ( 18th Feb 2019 )

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 ( 19th Feb 2019 to 20th 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 15 - Southern Pantanal, Campo Grande ( 21st 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 16 - Brotas ( 22nd 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 17 - Brotas ( 23rd 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 270
Day 18-19 - Paraty, Paraty ( 24th Feb 2019 to 25th Feb 2019 )

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 ( 26th Feb 2019 to 27th Feb 2019 )

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 ( 28th Feb 2019 )

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 ( 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 24 - 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 25 - 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 26 - 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 27 - 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 28 - 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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