Wetlands, Waterfalls & Wonders

Buenos Aires - Rio de Janeiro

19 days through Argentina, Brazil
FROM: $2380 USD
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep, Local Bus, Canoe, Boat
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
Comfortable Hotel 5 nights
Camping 9 nights
Basic Hotel 1 night
Multishare Hostel 3 nights
Breakfasts x 14, Lunches x 11, Dinners x 11
$260 USD per person
Foreign Travel Advice

This trip connects two of South America's most iconic but startlingly different cities, Buenos Aires, the cosmopolitan capital of Argentina and the world's party capital Rio de Janeiro. It travels across the north of Argentina to another icon, the mighty Iguazu Falls. Entering Brazil, we head to one of the world's most important environmental habitats, the wetlands of the Pantanal. Here we stay on a traditional Brazilian cattle ranch, exploring by horseback with the "Pantaneiros". Further north we continue on to the eco-tourism and outdoor activity capital of Bonito where you have the chance to go snorkelling through the crystal-clear waters of the surrounding rivers. South of Rio is one of Brazil's prettiest coastlines, the Emerald Coast where we stay in the UNESCO world heritage colonial town of Paraty, to enjoy its relaxed and laid back atmosphere - a real contrast to the vibrance and glamour of Rio.

Practice your dance steps in the birthplace of Tango
Explore the bars and cafes of Buenos Aires
Visit the Jesuit ruins at San Ignacio de Mini
Boat trips, forest hikes and helicopter rides over Iguazu Falls
3 nights to enjoy the crystal clear waters and caves around Bonito
2 night ranch visit and wildlife safari into the Pantanal
Boat trip to explore emerald coast islands around Paraty
Explore the beautiful UNESCO town of Paraty
Discover the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro

An easy lifestyle, fun journey, with plenty of good food, fun activities (boating, horse riding), wildlife and wilderness. Nothing too challenging, mixing hostels, small hotels with camping.

Discover the unbelievable Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian side

Spend the day exploring the amazing Iguazu Falls from the Argentinian side

Spend 2 nights in the Pantanal, the world's largest tropical wetland area, exploring the flora and fauna with local guides

Boat trip out to islands and beaches

Day 1 - Buenos Aires

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.

Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel

Day 2 - Buenos Aires
Day 3 - Yapeyu
Day 4 - Foz do Iguacu
Day 5 - Foz do Iguacu
Day 6 - Foz do Iguacu
Day 7 - Bonito
Day 8 - Bonito
Day 9 - Bonito
Day 10 - Pantanal
Day 11 - Pantanal
Day 12 - Campo Grande
Day 13 - Brotas
Day 14 - Brotas
Day 15 - Paraty
Day 16 - Paraty
Day 17 - Paraty
Day 18 - Rio de Janeiro
Day 19 - Rio de Janeiro - End Date

Anni H

The Iguazu waterfalls was a highlight but all the places we visited were interesting and we enjoyed them

Christine H

Pantanal guide (Victor) was really good, very keen and great knowledge of birds and animals. Roberta (daughter of owner) was also very informative.

Roger P

This was Richard's and Tig's first trips and they both did very well. They were being mentored by Rob who is excellent. He informs himself, anticipates people's needs, communicates more than daily, and effectively consults and engages with clients. He made a point of checking how everyone was daily too.

Michel V

Tig and Rich were knowledgeable and helpful. Very easy to get along with and fun to hang out with.

Christine G

Victor was very good and knows a lot about the Pantanal.

Aaron B

Jan and Jaime were amazing, the best leader and driver we could have asked for.

Akeema P

Overall it was a really good trip with an amazing driver and tour guides, it was a trip of a lifetime

Marie P

Great trip!

Duncan R

Very positive experience. Well organised.

Marija K

I liked the variety of places, going from nature, to small towns and big cities.

Bruce M

Uli in the Pantanal was an excellent source of information.

Lee-Anne N

Excellent as always!!

Elaine B

Great adventure and an opportunity to go to those places less well visited. An amazing way to travel and meet like minded adventurers

Carla B

Route was great because it would be hard to do on my own

Jason H

The crew made a great team and always went the extra mile to make sure everything ran smoothly and everyone got the most out of their experience. Best tour I have ever done.

Anthony P

Buenos Aires and Iguassu Falls were highlights. Good mix of camping and hostel/hotels.

Patrick B

I felt it was well organised trip - kept us updated constantly on the up coming towns we were visiting with food , trip options and recommendations a plenty. The areas we visited were varied and complimented the tour well.

Catherine P

The most amazing, action packed adventure.

Mary M

Great fun

Pamela M

Uli was our guide for the Pantanal. He was very knowledgeable, helpful and good company.

John H

Tom and Bob were great. Overall, I'd rate both as "excellent" and would feel safe going anywhere anytime with Bob driving the truck.

Meg R

The truck is a fun way to travel and is a great way to meet people as it attracts so much attention

Sauda T

The guide at the Pantanal was excellent.

John B

I love sitting up high for long trips - allows me to avoid motion sickness and you can easily see stuff en route.

Hannah F

Both Nick and Neil were great. Such easy-going and fun guys who coped well with different personalities. Best leaders I've had in 4 overland trips.

Eefje S

Great vehicle (better than the competition!).

Jonathan G

The guide in the Southern Pantanal was excellent, really knowledgeable and he had a common sense approach when we had to change things due to weather.


The trip ran so smoothly on account of the crew's hard work and excellent leadership.

Ben E

All of the crew were very helpful and worked well.


The guide for the Pantanal was very knowledgeable and helpful. The ranch guides were also fantastic.


Jaime was amazing, I had a few special dietary requirementsand he always make sure I was taken care of.

Michael R

Pantanal guide, Uli, was excellent.

Marcus I

Lynsey and Seb where the best crew I've ever had.

Marion Z

Professional, responsible, supportive crew - Jaime has a natural ability to always be cheerful, understanding and extremely well organised. Jan give everyone sound reassurance that everything is in check and that nothing is beyond his capabilities. Together they make a great team and make travelling with them a relaxing, stress free experience. Then of course we had Rob for a few days - Rob has the personality that embraces everyone and makes everyone feel that they are special and worthy of individual time and attention whilst being professional, knowledgable and caring.


Uli in the Pantanal was excellent.

Lee B

The truck was comfortable and equipment was great. Tents were easy to assemble.

Helen W

Awesome crew!

Anne M

The Rio local guides were highly organised and diligent.