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Wetlands & waterfalls with Carnival Rio De Janeiro - Buenos Aires

Trip Overview

This 24 day overland tour journeys from Rio De Janeiro to Buenos Aires through Argentina, Brazil
24 DAYS THROUGH Argentina, Brazil
RATING:
of 4 reviews
PRICE FROM:
$2,790 (USD) + 800 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
24 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, 4x4, Private bus, Public bus, Boat, Canoe, Metro
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
55%
45%
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
JBAR
DEPOSIT:
$350 USD

Highlights

  Explore the beautiful UNESCO town of Paraty

  Boat trips, forest hikes and helicopter rides over Iguazu Falls

  Join the world's biggest party in Rio

  Visit the Jesuit ruins at San Ignacio de Mini

  2 night ranch visit and wildlife safari into the Pantanal

  Boat trip to explore emerald coast islands around Paraty

  Discover the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro

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

  Practice your dance steps in the birthplace of Tango

  Explore the bars and cafes of Buenos Aires

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Itinerary

Day 1 - 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 2 - 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. 

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Rio City Tour with visits to Corcovado and Sugarloaf

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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 3 - 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!

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

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Day 4 - 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 5 - 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 6 - Rio De Janeiro ( 26th Feb 2020 )

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

Welcome to the iconic Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro! 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 Rio de Janeiro 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 Rio de Janeiro.

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

Day 7-9 - Paraty ( 27th Feb 2020 to 29th Feb 2020 )

Today our journey begins with a short drive to the colonial town of Paraty on the Emerald Coast of the Atlantic!

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 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!).

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 will stay in dorm rooms in a well equipped hostel.

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.

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

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

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

BRL 250

Enjoy some of the best and most scenic treks in the country, on the coastal trails, hils, and 'tropical fjords' near Paraty

USD 50

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 10 - Brotas ( 1st Mar 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 - 9-10 hours.

Day 11 - Brotas ( 2nd Mar 2020 )

Today we will have a free day to take part in adventure activities such as white water rafting and canyoning, or maybe just to 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 12 - Campo Grande ( 3rd Mar 2020 )

Today we will start driving west towards the Southern Pantanal, and wild camp towards the end of the day somewhere close to the city of Campo Grande.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.

Day 13-14 - Southern Pantanal ( 4th Mar 2020 to 5th Mar 2020 )

Today we have an early start to meet our guide in Campo Grande, and then drive on to Brazil's amazing Southern Pantanal region, where we have a visit a local eco-tourism ranch (or 'fazenda').

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 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

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Day 15 - Southern Pantanal, Bonito ( 6th Mar 2020 )

After our morning activities and one final lunch in our beautiful ranch, it is time to leave the Pantanal and drive 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 - 3-4 hours.

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 stunning São Miguel Caves near Bonito

BRL 50

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

BRL 75

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
Day 16-17 - Bonito ( 7th Mar 2020 to 8th Mar 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 stunning São Miguel Caves near Bonito

BRL 50

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

BRL 75

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 18 - Foz do Iguaçu ( 9th Mar 2020 )

Today we have a full drive day south 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 - 11-12 hours.

Day 19 - Iguazu Falls, Foz do Iguaçu ( 10th Mar 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
Day 20 - Iguazu Falls, Foz do Iguaçu ( 11th Mar 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
Optional Activities

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

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
Day 21 - Yapeyú ( 12th Mar 2020 )

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

Today we cross the border into Argentina, and aim 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 - 6-7 hours.

Day 22 - Buenos Aires ( 13th Mar 2020 )

Today we have a full day drive north though the provinces of Corrientes and Entre Rios to Buenos Aires, the wonderful capital of Argentina!

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

Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours.

Day 23 - Buenos Aires ( 14th Mar 2020 )

Today will be a free day to explore the incredible city, 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

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

USD 52

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

USD 25

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

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

Enjoy a free city tour of Buenos Aires

Free
Day 24 - Buenos Aires ( 15th Mar 2020 )

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

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Buenos Aires. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

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Departing: 3 Feb 2020
Returning: 26 Feb 2020
Duration: 24 days
Route: Buenos Aires - Rio De Janeiro
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Departing: 21 Feb 2020
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Duration: 24 days
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Departing: 25 Jan 2021
Returning: 17 Feb 2021
Duration: 24 days
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Returning: 7 Mar 2021
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REVIEWS FROM OUR PASSENGERS

Brilliant trip, very well organised crew
Lucia J
I thoroughly enjoyed my trip with Dragoman. The whole concept of overlanding is great, I loved camping and doing the cooking and each having jobs. We also had great guides. The Pantanal was a highlight. I also enjoyed Paraty, Bonito and Iguazu. The campsite in Yapeyú was also beautiful.
Elizabeth H
Overall, I had the most wonderful experience (completely life changing). Really the only negative feedback is about how rooms were allocated in hostels/hotels. So often, couples would receive their own private room (often with private bathroom) or placed with one other couple. Meanwhile, the single female travellers often ended up in large dorm rooms.
Rebekah G
Carnival was amazing especially the parade. Paraty was also great including the boat party.
Benjamin B