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Atlantic to the Andes Experience

From the sands of Ipanema to the heights of the Bolivian Andes, this incredible 25-day journey will introduce you to the diverse landscape and people of South America. Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal, the bizarre landscape of Uyuni Salt Flats and revel in the mists of thundering Iguassu Falls. Gain greater insight into the culture on the region’s public buses and meet locals from the rural towns along the way for an immersive experience that few travellers get to know. Get off the beaten path and experience Brazil and Bolivia – a vibrant cross-section of South America.

Latin America
  • Duration: 25 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: SXRL/126751
  • Starts: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Finishes: La Paz, Bolivia
You will Visit
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Ilha Grande
  • Paraty
  • Foz do Iguaçu
  • Bonito
  • Pantanal
  • Santa Cruz de la Sierra
  • La Paz
  • Sucre
  • Potosí
  • Uyuni
  • Salar de Uyuni

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Day 1: Rio de Janeiro

Arrive at any time.
There are no planned activities until the evening welcome meeting.

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Day 2: Rio de Janeiro/Ilha Grande

Take a bus and ferry to Ilha Grande. Free time for hikes and walks around the island to explore the beaches.
From Rio, head south along the Atlantic coast to one of the most picturesque, laid-back islands on the coast, llha Grande. Relax and walk the sandy beaches, or bathe in the warm waters of this island paradise.

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Day 3: Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande is a car-free island surrounded by beautiful nature. Opt to go for a hike, swim or sit at one of the beach bars.

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Day 4: Ilha Grande/Paraty

Travel up the coast to Paraty and wander the cobblestoned streets of this colonial beach side town.

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Day 5: Paraty

Enjoy a free day to explore Paraty. Optional activities include a Caipirinha boat trip, kayaking and horseback riding.
With Paraty's stone streets and colonial architecture still standing, the town has some of the best examples of Portuguese colonial architecture in the world. The town is currently on UNESCO's tentative list to gain World Heritage Centre status. To preserve the historical ambience and walkability of the historic centre, only bicycle and pedestrian traffic are allowed in the area.

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Day 6: Paraty

Continue to enjoy the slow pace of Paraty, a colonial town with fantastic architecture, or opt to take a day trip to Trindade to surf and relax on the beach.

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Day 7: Paraty/Foz do Iguaçu

Take a flight to the famous Iguassu Falls. Visit the Brazilian side of the falls to get the best panoramic view. Opt to visit the bird park filled with beautifully coloured local wildlife or enjoy an optional helicopter ride for a birds-eye view of the falls.
Skip the 19 hour journey by land and hop a flight to Iguassu from São Paulo, maximizing your time to enjoy the falls.

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Day 8: Foz do Iguaçu

Experience Iguassu in Argentina by exploring trails and catwalks. Opt to take a boat tour to view the falls from below.
Explore trails that will bring you directly over the falls of the Devil's Throat—the highest and deepest of the falls. Other trails allow access to the stretch of falls across the forest on the Argentine side. Opt to take an inflatable boat to the base of the thundering falls.

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Day 9: Foz do Iguaçu/Bonito

Leave early for a full travel day to Bonito.

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Day 10: Bonito

Spend time in Bonito with optional activities available like snorkelling in the rivers or exploring the nearby caves and waterfalls.

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Day 11: Bonito

Enjoy another free day to explore Bonito.

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Day 12: Bonito/Pantanal

Journey into the Pantanal, a perfect place to experience the wildlife of Brazil. Enjoy a 2-day excursion into the wetlands with a local guide.
Experience the Pantanal, an immense wetland area famed for its profuse wildlife. A 2-day excursion allows visitors to fully appreciate the natural beauty of the area.

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Day 13: Pantanal

Full day of exploring the Pantanal. Try piranha fishing or horseback riding. Opportunities to spot wildlife such as monkeys, macaws, giant otters and caiman.

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Day 14: Pantanal/Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Leave the Pantanal and head for the border. Board an overnight bus to Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
From the frontier town of Corumbá, Brazil, cross into Bolivia. From here, an overnight bus heads to Santa Cruz.

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Day 15: Santa Cruz de la Sierra/La Paz

Hop on a flight and get to the capital city of Bolivia. Wander the streets and visit the famous Witches' Market.

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Day 16: La Paz/Sucre

Spend the morning exploring the city before boarding an afternoon flight to Sucre and explore this beautiful colonial city or opt to go hiking in the surrounding area.

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Day 17: Sucre

Spend two days exploring all that Sucre has to offer.

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Day 18: Sucre

Spend two days exploring all that Sucre has to offer.

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Day 19: Sucre/Potosí

Journey from Sucre to Potosí. Spend the afternoon exploring the city.

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Day 20: Potosí/Uyuni

Head south to Uyuni, the starting point for the salt flats excursion.

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Day 21: Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni

Enjoy a 3-day 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano, with spectacular scenery. Last stop for the evening is a G Adventures-supported community lodge in a traditional agricultural village in the heart of a desert oasis.
Travel through the Bolivian landscape to the town of Uyuni. Despite its isolation and challenging climate (cold and blustery most of the year), the town of Uyuni has earned the nickname of Hija Predilecta de Bolivia (Bolivia's Favourite Daughter).

It is also the starting point for our 2-night excursion through the spectacular Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats) in 4x4 vehicles.

Settle in to your G Adventures-supported community salt-brick bungalow, complete with salt floors and furniture, after a guided walking tour up to the sacred Jukil mountaintop for sweeping valley views and a dinner of local ingredients prepared by ladies from the community.

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Day 22: Salar de Uyuni

Continue to discover the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion.

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Day 23: Salar de Uyuni/Uyuni

Enjoy a final day of exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats before boarding an overnight bus back to La Paz .

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Day 24: La Paz

Enjoy a free day in the capital, walk along the winding streets, shop in the markets and enjoy the nightlife. For the thrill seekers opt to bike the famous "death road".
Spend the day exploring and shopping in the many markets of the city -- it is an especially good place to buy textiles and leatherwork. Visit the Witches' Market or take one of the several optional excursions available.

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Day 25: La Paz

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: Jukil Community Experience & Lodge, Santiago de Agencha
    • Iguassu Falls visit (Brazil and Argentina)
    • Pantanal wildlife excursion (2 days)
    • 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats (3 days)
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (17 nts), overnight bus (3 nts), basic hotels on Salar de Uyuni excursion (2 nts, multi-share), multi-share tented room with hammocks in the Pantanal (2 nts)
    • 20 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
    Transport
    • Public bus, plane, 4x4 vehicle, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Stand in awe of Iguassu Falls
  • Search for wildlife in the Brazilian Pantanal
  • Encounter colonial cities and historic cultures in Bolivia
  • Explore the Uyuni salt flats by 4x4


Reviews (31)
Monika V. Posted on: 

It was the greatest holiday I've ever had! We visited lots of beautiful places (such as Iguacu, Pantanal and Ihla Grande as my favourites), we had a great and funny tour leader and we stayed in really nice hotels.

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Matthew W. Posted on: 

I really enjoyed the trip from Bolivia to Brazil. I was pleasantly surprised by how much there was to see in Bolivia, particularly the trip onto the salt flats, and I enjoyed the limited number of tourists there as compared to Peru in the first half of the trip. Overall I had a great time.

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Agnes S. Posted on: 

It was an unforgettable experience, the most amazing trip I ever had. The biggest surprise was Bolivia with all its hidden natural beauty. The thing which made the whole trip very relaxing was that everything went well as it was planned - thanks to the hard work of our tourguide (and a bit to our luck). Gart did a terrific job, he was always there when we needed anything and made sure everybody was having a good time. He organized various group activities (e.g. games, dinners) in the evening which was definitely outside of his duties. - Agnes S Canadian

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Harry W. Posted on: 

This was an excellent trip, which gave us a very good impression of how people live in these two countries. Additionally I´ve seen very beautiful landscapes and I´ve met interesting people.

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Karen F. Posted on: 

I thought the trip was awesome and very well run. I had a great time. My trip through South America has definitely been a highlight so far in my travels. It was very well organised and our tour leader was excellent.

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Ross G. Posted on: 

I had a wicked time! The group were great as were the destinations.

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Emma T. Posted on: 

Absolutely amazing...brilliant scenery, great organisation, felt safe all the time, and had so much fun. Absolutely excellent!

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Charles W. Posted on: 

An excellent and fun way to visit the countries across South America without all the required hassle, organising, and time needed to do it yourself.

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Catherine D. Posted on: 

Exciting trip with multi cultural aspects and very different landscapes.

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Ingrid P. Posted on: 

I liked the variety in the program - Everything was included; desert/salt Pans/national park and beaches.

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Helen B Posted on: 

A fantastic trip, made even better by our excellent guide who made the whole trip a delight.

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Catherine J Posted on: 

A fantastic tour - saw so many amazing places. The highlights for me were the Pantanel in Brazil and the Salt Flats in Bolivia. Bolivia is a country with so many beautiful landscapes. A place you would never think to go.

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caroline m Posted on: 

brillant fun. very good carnival. melaine was fantastic throughout very approachable and enthuastatic

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Nicola S Posted on: 

Bolivia and Brazil are very different countries and this trip shows the best of them both. I had a great time on this trip as there was so much to see and do. Thanks Nicola

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Esther K Posted on: 

Overall OK. Enjoyed Igasu Falls and the Uyuni areas most.

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susan D Posted on: 

For people that don't usually travel in a group we found this to be a great experience. Having a Latin American guide added real insight.

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clare r Posted on: 

I loved it. was great well organised and lots of fun

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Lisa Z Posted on: 

This was so much more than I expected. Melanee was amazing and because of her knowledge and thorough care I was able to enjoy this trip to the maximum. Every place we went was a highlight and I wish we could have had her right through to Lima.

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Reidun K Posted on: 

Our tour guide was excellent, she did everything she could to make sure we had a great trip.

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Joanna M Posted on: 

GREAT TRIP, LOVED IT ALL. HIGH POINTS INCLUDED ILHA GRANDE, THE FALLS AND SUCRE.

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Dustin L Posted on: 

I had a great time. Angel Gomez made it a fun and enjoyable trip.

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Keri T Posted on: 

Fantastic trip & very well organised. I would definitely consider travelling with G Adventures again in the future.

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Claire C Posted on: 

My overall impression of the trip was that it was an excellent trip! Far exceeded my expectations.

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Kristian T Posted on: 

Our tour guide was exellent, she did everything she could to make sure we had a great trip

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Dafydd D Posted on: 

Had a great time! Would have prefered to eat in more local restaurants (although i appreciate this is not always possible).

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Anna Louise T Posted on: 

The trip was fantastic and exceeded my expectations. With two great guides,Vanessa and Lula, showing us around we saw the best that Brazil and Bolivia had to offer.

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Katharine Y Posted on: 

What a fantastic trip, we really saw the best of Brazil and Bolivia in a way that would of been hard to organise ourselves. Stunning countries, beautiful people...we miss it already!!

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Robyn K Posted on: 

The tour was so much fun, I especially liked the Bolivia part of the tour as there was just too much driving in Brazil, even though the places we visited were beautiful, particularly Iguazu Falls.

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Julia D Posted on: 

This is one of the best things I've done in my life. The trip was awesome! We had a great guide, the accommodation held much higher standards than I expected and transportation went smoothly.

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Yasamin A Posted on: 

Overall the tour was very enjoyable and good in the diversity of the places we visited. Varying from the tourist spots to deep in the pantanal.

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Hollie S Posted on: 

A fantastic combination of cultures, scenery, climate and interaction with like minded people. I came away feeling inspired and had booked my next trip before I finished this one!

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