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Atlantic to the Andes Experience
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Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

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 regions 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.

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  • Duration: 25 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: SXRL.A/201957
  • 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
  • Sucre
  • Potosí
  • Uyuni
  • Salar de Uyuni
  • La Paz

Itinerary

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Day 1: Rio de Janeiro

Arrive at any time.

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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

Enjoy a free day in Ilha Grande.

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Day 4: Ilha Grande/Paraty

Continue by bus to the colonial city of Paraty.
Head down the beautiful Costa Verde to the colonial town of Paraty. Spend the afternoon exploring the cobblestone streets and cafés.

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Day 5: Paraty

Enjoy two free days to explore by choosing to go snorkelling or visit a typical fazenda (farm). Opt for a cachaça distillery visit or boat tour of the bay and nearby beaches.

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Day 6: Paraty

Enjoy two free days to explore by choosing to go snorkelling or visit a typical fazenda (farm). Opt for a cachaça distillery visit or boat tour of the bay and nearby beaches.

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Day 7: Paraty/Foz do Iguaçu

Transfer to São Paulo and then fly to the Iguassu Falls area. Explore both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of the falls, with an optional boat ride near the base of the falls.
Drive to Sao Paulo for a flight to the magnificent Foz do Iguaçu, or Iguassu Falls, which border Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina.

In order to see the falls properly you need to view them from both the Brazilian and the Argentine sides. The Brazilian side offers the grand overview, and the Argentine side a closer look.

Sit back and soak in the stunning beauty and raw power that is Iguassu, or take an optional boat tour directly into the spray of the falls.

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Day 8: Foz do Iguaçu

Cross the border to explore the Argentine side of Iguassu. Opt for a boat ride at the base of the falls.
Cross the border to Argentina for a new perspective of the falls. With an extensive series of catwalks and optional boat rides to the base of the falls, there's plenty to do before returning to the Brazilian side for the night.

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Day 9: Foz do Iguaçu/Bonito

Explore the Brazilian side of Iguassu before overnight transport to Bonito.
Visit the Brazilian side of the falls and have a free afternoon to visit the bird park, home to species such as the Hyacinth macaw and toucans. In the afternoon, board overnight transport to travel to Bonito.

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Day 10: Bonito

Enjoy two full days in Bonito with optional activities like snorkelling in the rivers or exploring the nearby caves and waterfalls.
Explore nearby underwater caves and waterfalls, go rafting or snorkelling, or simply spend a lazy day by the river.

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Day 11: Bonito

Enjoy two full days in Bonito with optional activities like snorkelling in the rivers or exploring the nearby caves and waterfalls.
Explore nearby underwater caves and waterfalls, go rafting or snorkelling, or simply spend a lazy day by the river.

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Day 12: Bonito/Pantanal

Journey into the Pantanal, a perfect place to experience the wildlife of Brazil.

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Day 13: Pantanal

Enjoy an excursion into the wetlands of the Pantanal with a local guide. Opportunities to spot wildlife such as monkeys, macaws, giant otters, and caiman abound.

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Day 14: Pantanal/Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Leave the Pantanal and head for the border. Board an overnight train to Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
From the frontier town of Corumbá, Brazil, cross into Bolivia. From here, an overnight train heads to Santa Cruz. Occasionally, this train may be replaced with an overnight bus.

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Day 15: Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Spend some time exploring Santa Cruz.

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Day 16: Santa Cruz de la Sierra/Sucre

Fly to Sucre and explore this beautiful colonial city.
Optional activities include a visit to dinosaur footprints, an old tin baron's mansion, mountain biking, and hiking.

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Day 17: Sucre

Free time to explore the city, the former capital of Bolivia. For more active options opt to go hiking in the surrounding area or mountain biking.

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Day 18: Sucre

Free time to explore the city, the former capital of Bolivia. For more active options opt to go hiking in the surrounding area or mountain biking.

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Day 19: Sucre/Potosí

Travel by bus to Potosí. Spend free time exploring the city.

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Day 20: Potosí/Uyuni

Travel through the Bolivian landscape to the town of Uyuni, the jumping off point for the three day 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats.

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Day 21: Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni

Enjoy a three day 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery.

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Day 22: Salar de Uyuni

Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion. Admire the spectacular scenery while passing red and blue lagoons along the route. Spot wild llamas, alpacas and even flamingos deep within the desert.

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Day 23: Salar de Uyuni/La Paz

Rise early to cover more ground of the unique landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats. Continue to see incredible scenery, including volcanoes, salt lakes and geysers. Travel back to Uyuni to catch an overnight train to La Paz.

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Day 24: La Paz

Enjoy the afternoon in La Paz. Opt for a city tour or to explore the markets and winding streets.

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Day 25: La Paz

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Beach time on Ilha Grande
    • Iguassu Falls visit (Brazil and Argentina)
    • Bonito stay
    • 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 (1 nt), overnight train (2 nts), basic hotels on Salar de Uyuni excursion (2 nts, multi-share), multi-share tented room with hammocks in the Pantanal (2 nts)
    • 18 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
    Transport
    • Public bus, plane, 4x4 vehicle, train, walking, optional hiking
    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