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In Search of Iguassu–Buenos Aires to Rio
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Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

Get your South American rush with other young travellers not afraid to embrace the new. You'll kick off the adventure in sophisticated Buenos Aires before getting back to nature on day hikes at a working Uruguayan ranch. Marvel at Iguassu Falls, then hop on a flight to São Paulo on your way to the Brazilian coast – no gruelling bus ride means more time on the beach. We'll wrap up in the party in Rio, where you're free to embrace the carnival atmosphere from our centrally located Copacabana hotel.

Latin America
  • Duration: 17 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Hiking, Iguazu, Local Culture & Cuisine, Sightseeing, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: JBR.A/201655
  • Starts: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Finishes: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
You will Visit
  • Buenos Aires
  • Colonia del Sacramento
  • Montevideo
  • Mercedes
  • Foz do Iguaçu
  • Paraty
  • Ilha Grande
  • Rio de Janeiro

Itinerary

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Day 1: Buenos Aires

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: Buenos Aires

Free time to explore the many attractions. Check out a football match, a tango show or the city's famous nightlife.
Known as the ‘Paris of the Americas,' Buenos Aires is a vibrant city full of life. Visit the districts of La Boca, Recoleta, and San Telmo or catch a tango show at one of the many famous tanguerías. Wander the pedestrian walkways and see some dancing in the streets. Whatever you do, Buenos Aires is sure to leave lasting memories.

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Day 3: Buenos Aires/Colonia

Cross the Río de la Plata by ferry to Colonia, Uruguay. Explore on an orientation walk, then enjoy free time to explore the area and relax at a streetside café.

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Day 4: Colonia/Montevideo

Travel from Colonia to Montevideo in the morning. Free afternoon to explore.
Spend free time in Montevideo exploring the city and Mercado del Puerto, having a picnic in the park or visiting Estadio Centenario where the first World Cup was played in 1930. Cycle around the coast or head to the beach.

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Day 5: Montevideo

Free time to explore Montevideo.

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Day 6: Montevideo/Estancia Stay

Travel by day through picturesque settlements and pastures finishing in the last Uruguayan stop—a local ranch, known in the region as an estancia.


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Day 7: Estancia Stay

Get dirty working at the ranch, go for a hike in the countryside, and indulge in local barbecues and wine.
Spend a day at the estancia getting into rural life. Learn about the historical roots of the region, lend a hand on the farm, go for a walk, make empanadas or sit back and sip on the wines of the region as you take in local Uruguayan life.

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Day 8: Estancia Stay/Iguassu Falls

In the morning cross the border into Gualeguaychu in Argentina, then begin the long overnight journey to Iguassu Falls.

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Day 9: Iguassu Falls

Explore the Brazilian side of the falls with free time in the afternoon. Opt to take a helicopter ride over the falls, visit a bird park or see the Itaipu Dam.
After a night of travel, our visit to Brazil begins with the magnificent Foz do Iguaçu, or Iguassu falls, bordering Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina.

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Day 10: Iguassu Falls

Today enjoy a full day excursion to the Argentinian side of the falls. Wander along the walk paths that connect different view points of the falls. Opt to take a boat tour to see the cascading falls from below.

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Day 11: Foz do Iguaçu/Paraty

Skip an overnight bus ride and fly to São Paulo, heading straight to the coast. Explore colonial Paraty, then hit the beach.
Skipping the long bus ride, we fly to Sao Paulo and head straight to Paraty, a quaint colonial town on the coast renowned for its architecture.

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Day 12: Paraty

Free time to explore Paraty's beaches, a national park and surroundings. Opt to visit a cachaça distillery or take a boat tour to nearby islands.
Paraty is a quaint colonial town renowned for its architecture—the pace might be slow but there's a lot to choose from. Considered one of the world's most important examples of Portuguese colonial architecture by UNESCO, the historic centre is a well-preserved national historic monument, and today has been closed to vehicles to preserve its laid-back colonial ambiance. Optional caipirinha boat trip, regular boat trips, kayak tours, horseback riding and jeep tours.

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Day 13: Paraty/Ilha Grande

Continue by van up the coast, and take a ferry to Ilha Grande.
Tavel to the port in Angra dos Reis and catch a boat over to Ilha Grande not far from the coast.

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Day 14: Ilha Grande

Free time to explore the beaches of Ilha Grande. Opt to hike the remote trails, take a boat trip around the island, play in the waves or go snorkelling.

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Day 15: Ilha Grande

Free time to explore the beaches of Ilha Grande. Opt to hike the remote trails, take a boat trip around the island, play in the waves or go snorkelling.

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Day 16: Ilha Grande/Rio de Janeiro

Travel to Rio de Janeiro, and explore the city using a centrally located hostel in Copacabana as a base.
Leaving the port after returning from Ilha Grande, a dramatic road then takes us north along the coast through superb scenery before rounding the cliffs at Vidigal. Get a first glimpse of one of the most memorable cities in the world, Brazil's ocean-side jewel, Río de Janeiro.

Enjoy any free time by taking an optional city tour or exploring the wonders that this city has to offer from the centrally located hostel in Copacabana.

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Day 17: Rio de Janeiro

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Local Living: Estancia Stay, Colonia La Concordia
    • Activities while at the estancia in Uruguay
    • Entrance and visit to both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of Iguassu Falls
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (12 nts, some multi-share), hostel (1 nt), estancia/ranch (2 nts, multi-share), overnight bus (1 nt)
    • 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Local bus, minivan, taxi, plane, ferry, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Sample the cuisine and culture of Buenos Aires
  • Discover Uruguay's rural beauty at a working ranch
  • Marvel at Iguassu Falls
  • Skip the overnight bus and gain time (and comfort!) with a flight to São Paulo
  • Sip caipirinhas on the beach
  • Revel in the energy of Rio de Janeiro.


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Julie W Posted on: 

Overall I enjoyed the trip. The group was great & everyone got along well. Having a tour where most people were around the same age was excellent.

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Bilal A Posted on: 

The overall tour was amazing,everything went perfect for me. From the timing of everything to the tour leader being a good laugh.

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Judy M Posted on: 

The trip was amazing! The people in our group and our tour leader really made it an unforgettable experience. Ilha Grande was the trip highlight!

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Louisa L Posted on: 

I had a really good time. The people in the group were lovely and on the whole I enjoyed the activities in the places we went.

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Stephen H Posted on: 

The trip was extremely well organised, the only real problems were with the weather!

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Renate W Posted on: 

It was a nice trip, saw beatiful things, cities and nature. I will tell more in the more detailed section

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Hardeek D Posted on: 

Overall the tour was very enjoyable. The tour leader was great and Brazil was the best place I've visited. Good value.

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Tom K Posted on: 

This was a truly amazing trip. I expected Iguassu to be the highlight but there was so many more fantastic places. We had a great time.

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Frank E Posted on: 

Iguazu Waterfalls and Isla Grande --> very nice!

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Niels A Posted on: 

I had a great trip from Buenos Aires to Rio, but the highlight was Iguassu Falls.

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