+441728 861133

Wetlands, Waterfalls & Wonders Buenos Aires - Rio De Janeiro

This 19 day overland tour journeys from Buenos Aires to Rio De Janeiro through Argentina, Brazil
19 DAYS THROUGH Argentina, Brazil
RATING:
PRICE FROM:
Was: $1,440 USD + 800 KITTY USD
Now: $1,152 (USD) + 800 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
19 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, 4x4, Public bus, Boat, Canoe
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
55%
45%
MEALS:
Breakfasts x 18, Lunches x 7, Dinners x 8
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
ZBR
DEPOSIT:
$350 USD

Highlights

  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

  SHOW MORE HIGHLIGHTS  

Itinerary

Day 1 - Buenos Aires ( 11th 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.

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.

Day 2 - Buenos Aires ( 12th 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

Enjoy a free city tour of Buenos Aires

Free

See a different side to Buenos Aires on a tour of its incredible street art with some of the local artists

USD 20

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

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

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

USD 25

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

USD 52
Day 3 - Yapeyú ( 13th Feb 2019 )

Today we have a full day drive north though the provinces of Entre Rios and Corrientes, aiming 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 - 10 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!).

Day 4 - 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 and a pool.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Day 5 - Foz do Iguaçu, Iguazu Falls ( 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

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

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 6 - Iguazu Falls, Foz do Iguaçu ( 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

Included Activities

2 full days to discover the unbelievable Iguazu Falls

Included in Kitty
Day 7 - 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 8-9 - Bonito ( 18th Feb 2019 to 19th Feb 2019 )

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

BRL 75

Visit the stunning São Miguel Caves near Bonito

BRL 50

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 10-11 - Southern Pantanal ( 20th Feb 2019 to 21st 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 12 - Campo Grande, Southern Pantanal ( 22nd 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 13 - Brotas ( 23rd 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 14 - Brotas ( 24th 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 15-17 - Paraty ( 25th Feb 2019 to 27th Feb 2019 )

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

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

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.

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

BRL 250

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

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

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 18 - 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! This afternoon we will have the opportunity to take an optional visit to a community favela project that Dragoman supports.

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

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

Visit the world famous statue Christ the Redeemer

BRL 74
Day 19 - Rio De Janeiro ( 1st Mar 2019 )

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 - please contact the Dragoman 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.

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

Visit the world famous statue Christ the Redeemer

BRL 74

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

BRL 80

Find out all about Brazil's fascinating history by visiting the National Historical Museum in the centre of Rio de Janeiro

BRL 6

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

Relax and explore the world famous beaches of Rio de Janeiro, including Ipanema, Arpoador, and of course Copacabana

Free

Explore the magnificent Botanical Gardens of Rio de Janeiro, with over 54 hectares and 6500 species of plants and flowers

BRL 8

Visit the iconic Escadaria Selaron, a colourful tiled staircase lovingly created by local resident Jorge Selaron

Free

Explore the stunning natural Atlanic rainforest of Tijuca, the largest urban forest in the world

Free

Take a brilliant free walking tour with an expert local guide around Lapa and Central Rio de Janeiro (or Copacabana and Ipanema on certain days)

Free

DATES & PRICES

This group overland journey has multiple departures.
Please refine your search by selecting your preferred dates of travel.

I'd like to travel in:
Filter results by:
Start
Finish
Days
Route
Tour Price
Availability
Trip Notes
Departing: 11 Feb 2019
Returning: 1 Mar 2019
Duration: 19 days
Route: Buenos Aires - Rio De Janeiro
$1,152 USD + $800 Kitty (USD)
Was $1440.00 - Save $288
DEPARTURE GUARANTEED
Deposit: Full Payment
limited
Departing: 6 Mar 2019
Returning: 24 Mar 2019
Duration: 19 days
Route: Rio De Janeiro - Buenos Aires
$1,152 USD + $800 Kitty (USD)
Was $1440.00 - Save $288
DEPARTURE GUARANTEED
Deposit: Full Payment
limited
Departing: 12 Jun 2019
Returning: 30 Jun 2019
Duration: 19 days
Route: Buenos Aires - Rio De Janeiro
$1,152 USD + $800 Kitty (USD)
Was $1440.00 - Save $288
DEPARTURE GUARANTEED
Deposit: $350 USD
limited
Departing: 16 Jul 2019
Returning: 3 Aug 2019
Duration: 19 days
Route: Buenos Aires - Rio De Janeiro
$1,152 USD + $800 Kitty (USD)
Was $1440.00 - Save $288
DEPARTURE GUARANTEED
Deposit: $350 USD
limited
Departing: 17 Sep 2019
Returning: 5 Oct 2019
Duration: 19 days
Route: Buenos Aires - Rio De Janeiro
$1,152 USD + $800 Kitty (USD)
Was $1440.00 - Save $288
DEPARTURE GUARANTEED
Deposit: $350 USD
limited
Departing: 7 Oct 2019
Returning: 25 Oct 2019
Duration: 19 days
Route: Rio De Janeiro - Buenos Aires
$1,152 USD + $800 Kitty (USD)
Was $1440.00 - Save $288
Deposit: $350 USD
available
Departing: 8 Jan 2020
Returning: 26 Jan 2020
Duration: 19 days
Route: Buenos Aires - Rio De Janeiro
$1,455 USD + $800 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
available
Departing: 2 Feb 2020
Returning: 20 Feb 2020
Duration: 19 days
Route: Rio De Janeiro - Buenos Aires
$1,455 USD + $800 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
available
Departing: 3 Feb 2020
Returning: 21 Feb 2020
Duration: 19 days
Route: Buenos Aires - Rio De Janeiro
$1,515 USD + $800 Kitty (USD)
DEPARTURE GUARANTEED
Deposit: $350 USD
available
Departing: 26 Feb 2020
Returning: 15 Mar 2020
Duration: 19 days
Route: Rio De Janeiro - Buenos Aires
$1,515 USD + $800 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
available
Departing: 14 Jul 2020
Returning: 1 Aug 2020
Duration: 19 days
Route: Buenos Aires - Rio De Janeiro
$1,455 USD + $800 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
available
Departing: 27 Jul 2020
Returning: 14 Aug 2020
Duration: 19 days
Route: Buenos Aires - Rio De Janeiro
$1,455 USD + $800 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
available
Departing: 31 Aug 2020
Returning: 18 Sep 2020
Duration: 19 days
Route: Buenos Aires - Rio De Janeiro
$1,455 USD + $800 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
available
Departing: 5 Nov 2020
Returning: 23 Nov 2020
Duration: 19 days
Route: Buenos Aires - Rio De Janeiro
$1,455 USD + $800 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
available
Departing: 27 Nov 2020
Returning: 15 Dec 2020
Duration: 19 days
Route: Rio De Janeiro - Buenos Aires
$1,455 USD + $800 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
available
Departing: 25 Jan 2021
Returning: 12 Feb 2021
Duration: 19 days
Route: Buenos Aires - Rio De Janeiro
$1,545 USD + $800 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
available
Departing: 17 Feb 2021
Returning: 7 Mar 2021
Duration: 19 days
Route: Rio De Janeiro - Buenos Aires
$1,470 USD + $800 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
available
Departing: 1 Apr 2021
Returning: 19 Apr 2021
Duration: 19 days
Route: Buenos Aires - Rio De Janeiro
$1,470 USD + $800 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
available
Departing: 21 Apr 2021
Returning: 9 May 2021
Duration: 19 days
Route: Rio De Janeiro - Buenos Aires
$1,470 USD + $800 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
available
Departing: 22 Jun 2021
Returning: 10 Jul 2021
Duration: 19 days
Route: Buenos Aires - Rio De Janeiro
$1,470 USD + $800 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
available
Departing: 13 Jul 2021
Returning: 31 Jul 2021
Duration: 19 days
Route: Buenos Aires - Rio De Janeiro
$1,470 USD + $800 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
available
* Sale price is for a limited time only and is subject to change at any time.

WHAT OUR PASSENGERS SAY

The Iguazu waterfalls was a highlight but all the places we visited were interesting and we enjoyed them
Anni H
Great adventure and an opportunity to go to those places less well visited. An amazing way to travel and meet like minded adventurers
Elaine B
Good vibe with group. Well managed by Drago staff
Carla B
I liked the variety of places, going from nature, to small towns and big cities.
Marija K
Excellent as always!!
Lee-Anne N
Overall it was a really good trip with an amazing driver and tour guides, it was a trip of a lifetime
Akeema P
Great trip!
Marie P
Very positive experience. Well organised.
Duncan R
Jaime was amazing, I had a few special dietary requirementsand he always make sure I was taken care of.
ANGELA S
Victor was very good and knows a lot about the Pantanal.
Christine G
Rob is an outgoing fun individual who puts the requirements of the clients first. He is friendly and helpful.
Christine H
The guide at the Pantanal was excellent.
Sauda T
Pantanal guide, Uli, was excellent.
Michael R
Pantanal guide (Victor) was really good, very keen and great knowledge of birds and animals. Roberta (daughter of owner) was also very informative.
Christine H
The truck was comfortable and equipment was great. Tents were easy to assemble.
Lee B
Can not speak highly enough of Jamie. Nothing was a problem for him was very helpful and accommodating. Jan was also fantastic and ever there to help. Having Rob on the truck for the final 5 days was also great, he is a true gent and definitely enhanced the experience.
NICHOLAS B
The Rio local guides were highly organised and diligent.
Anne M
The guide for the Pantanal was very knowledgeable and helpful. The ranch guides were also fantastic.
NICHOLAS B
All of the crew were very helpful and worked well.
Ben E
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.
Roger P
Local guides were very good.
Ben E
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.
Marion Z
Pantanal - local guide was fantastic, made the trip one of my favourite places to visit. Andrew - Welsh Patagonian guide, all I can say is that we were priveleged to have such a special person on our truck, he was truly awesome, an experience I will never forget.
Marion Z
Jan and Jaime were amazing, the best leader and driver we could have asked for.
Aaron B
Guides on the Pantanal portion were very knowledgeable and informative.
Michel V
Tour leaders were great. Jan, Jaime and Andy always willing to help. We were blessed with an awesome group of travellers.
Lee B
Jaime was so helpful and always has everyone's best interest at heart. Fun and easy going person that makes everyone feel welcome and special. Jaime always ensured the group was informed to the best of his ability with the knowledge he had. Super nice guy! Andy was a different style to Jaime. Very relaxed but always pleasant. Jan was easy going always joined in and had a laugh with the group.
Lee B
Our Pantanal guide was super knowledgeable and so warm and friendly.
Lee B
Local guides were almost always excellent.
Aaron B
Great leaders and great group of people.
Hannah F
Guide in the Pantanal was great - really knowledgeable.
Hannah F
Awesome crew!
Helen W
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.
Hannah F
The trip ran so smoothly on account of the crew's hard work and excellent leadership.
G C
I love sitting up high for long trips - allows me to avoid motion sickness and you can easily see stuff en route.
John B
Very informative and knowledgable guides.
John B
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.
Jonathan G
The truck is a fun way to travel and is a great way to meet people as it attracts so much attention
Meg R
The truck is a fun way to travel and is a great way to meet people as it attracts so much attention.
Meg R
Great vehicle (better than the competition!).
Eefje S
Uli in the Pantanal was very knowledgable, but still had a good feeling of the style of the trip and was great fun. He also made an extra effort, for example when he joined us in a supermarket, to help ordering things in Portugese.
Eefje S
Julie and Rob were both great. They made a big effort to connect everyone in the group. They also helped me out a few times with finding extra optional activities for me. Even on long drive days they were able to keep everybody enthusiastic. I don't think I could note anything they could have done better/differently. They had a good balance of being present when needed, creating a good vibe and leaving people to do their own stuff. Their enthusiasm of travelling, life and having fun rubbed off on everyone.
Eefje S
Tig and Rich were knowledgeable and helpful. Very easy to get along with and fun to hang out with.
Michel V
Tom and Bob were great. Overall, I'd rate both as "excellent" and would feel safe going anywhere anytime with Bob driving the truck.
John H
Uli was our guide in the Southern Pantanal. He was FANTASTIC - very knowledgable, easy-going, just a very nice guy doing something that he obviously loves.
John H
Uli in the Pantanal was excellent.
FEDERICA A
Uli was our guide for the Pantanal. He was very knowledgeable, helpful and good company.
Pamela M
Could not have asked for more professional helpful leader and driver. They where always very helpful and extremely knowledgable. These two outstanding humans made this the best overland trip i have ever done.
Marcus I
Uli in the Pantanal was an excellent source of information.
Bruce M
Lynsey and Seb where the best crew I've ever had.
Marcus I