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In Search of Iguassu–Buenos Aires to Rio

Sandwiched between vibrant Buenos Aires and Rio are some of Latin America’s gems. Get your tango moves honed in Buenos Aires before cruising into Uruguay’s cool capital Montevideo, passing colonial towns and thermal baths into the interior and on up to the mighty Iguassu Falls. Hopping over to Brazil you’ll stop off at tropical islands where you can soak up the sunshine, snorkel, surf and sip caipirinhas. At the end of In Search of Iguassu you’ll arrive into Rio de Janeiro where white beaches and samba rhythms await. Discover the best that Brazil and Argentina has to offer on this fantastic adventure!

Latin America

Duration: 17 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, History Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 126942
Starts: Buenos Aires, Argentina Finishes: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
You will visit
  • Buenos Aires
  • Rio de Janeiro

Itinerary

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Day 1: Buenos Aires

Arrive at any time.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Buenos Aires

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 del Sacramento

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.

Additional Notes:
In high season, accommodation may be multi-share.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Argentina - Uruguay)
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Ferry (1.00 hour(s))

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Day 4: Colonia del Sacramento/Montevideo

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.

Transport:
Local bus (2.50-3.00 hours, 177km)

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Day 5: Montevideo (1B)

Free time to explore Montevideo.

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Day 6: Montevideo/Mercedes (1B, 1L, 1D)

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

Included Activities:
Estancia Stay

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)

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Day 7: Mercedes (1B, 1L, 1D)

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 bread or sit back and sip on the wines of the region as you take in local Uruguayan life.

Included Activities:
Estancia Stay

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Day 8: Mercedes/Foz do Iguaçu (1B)

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

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Uruguay - Argentina)

Transport:
Overnight bus (15.00 hour(s), 868km)

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Day 9: Foz do Iguaçu

After a night of travel, our visit to Brazil begins with the magnificent Foz do Iguaçu, or Iguassu falls, bordering Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Argentina - Brazil)
Iguassu Falls Guided Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)

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Day 10: Foz do Iguaçu

Full day excursion to the Argentinian side of the falls. Opt to take a boat tour to see the cascading falls from below.

Additional Notes:
If you have booked the Iguassu Falls Boat Ride Theme Pack, today's the day! Your CEO will give you the details about timing and what to bring.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Brazil - Argentina)
Iguassu Falls Visit
Border Crossing (Argentina - Brazil)

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Day 11: Foz do Iguaçu/Paraty

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.

Additional Notes:
In high season, accommodation in Paraty may be multi-share.

Transport:
Plane (1.50 hour(s), 1000km)
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 314km)

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Day 12: Paraty (1B)

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 (1B)

Tavel to the port in Angra dos Reis and catch a boat over to Ilha Grande not far from the coast.

Additional Notes:
In high season, accommodation in Ilha Grande may be multi-share.

Transport:
Local bus (1.50-2.00 hours)
Ferry (1.50 hour(s))

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Day 14: Ilha Grande

Free time to explore the beaches of Ilha Grande. Opt to hike Pico do Papagaio or Lopez Mendez, 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

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.


Additional Notes:
The hostel has private rooms with private bathrooms for travellers, but its common areas are shared with other guests of the hostel.

Transport:
Ferry (1.50 hour(s))
Local van (3.00-3.50 hours)

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Day 17: Rio de Janeiro (1B)

Depart at any time.

Additional Notes:
Some departures running in the summer of 2016 will be affected by the Olympics in Rio. Please see the itinerary note on the overview page for specific dates. Due to accommodation availability in Rio we have adjusted the itinerary to have 1 additional night in Paraty and 0 nights in Rio. The tour will end on arrival in the city centre of Rio around 2pm. Please book onward flights accordingly.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Activities while at the estancia (Uruguay)
    • Entrance and visit to both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of Iguassu Falls
    • 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)
    Meals Included
    • 7 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 So Paulo
  • Sip caipirinhas on the beach
  • Revel in the energy of Rio de Janiero.


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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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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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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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Bilal A. Posted on: 

Had an excellent time, great to experience the culture of such a passionate continent.

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Kalpesh L. Posted on: 

We had a great trip and overall it was full of city life, nature, culture, travel, relaxation and fun.

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Jane R. Posted on: 

Good trip that shows many highlights from Buenos Aires to Rio.

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Paul R. Posted on: 

Amazing trip. really good tour guide. Great advice, lots to do, eat and drink.

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Paul K. Posted on: 

The tour was excellent. Many thanks to Garth for all his hard work and being flexible and accommodating as tour leader.

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Natalie G. Posted on: 

The trip was very varied and enjoyable, the highlight of course was Rio.

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Alexandra H. Posted on: 

The tour itself was really good. We went to a lot of the places i wanted to see.

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Charles C. Posted on: 

Great experience, hands down the best experience I've ever had in my life. Everyone in the group was really nice, really good combination of people.

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Mattias N. Posted on: 

It was good. But in hindsight I should probably have choose a shorter tour. I have come to realize that tours like this is not way I prefer to travel. But if you do this is a good trip.

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Keith C. Posted on: 

The trip was amazing and well worth the money, time and effort. The tour leader made the experience, as he was knowledgeable, and always ready have a good time.

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Nathan H. Posted on: 

Fantastic trip, fantastic group! loved being in a small group at a more relaxed pace. Everything we did was worthwhile! I would definitely do another one. Earnie was the perfect tour guide (the flight from iguasu falls to sao paulo should be a perminent thing)

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Jordy H. Posted on: 

The tour was good. Good group. excellent tour leader.

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Aaron W. Posted on: 

The trip was a life changing experience. It was filled with culture, beautiful sights, and good times! It was my first G Adventures tour, and it was amazing. Thanks for everything

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Elspeth C. Posted on: 

Trip was AMAZING. Well organized, plenty to do and safe. Great way to travel

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Charlotte J. Posted on: 

great trip great guide lots of options well organized (transport, connections, etc) Only complaint ... the food is too good ;-)

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Megan B. Posted on: 

I loved South America, but the best benefit of the G Adventures trip was that our group was filled with lovely, interesting people, whom I loved traveling with and with whom I will keep in touch.

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Darren S. Posted on: 

Good value trip that takes in a lot. Excellent guide who was fun, punctual and very helpful.

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Sophie B. Posted on: 

It was a great trip. Nice mixture of cities, beaches and the highlight of course was Iguassu. The quality of accommodation and transport was good.

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Sarah N. Posted on: 

The tour was amazing. Really loved Iguassu Falls and Ihla Grande - just a shame we didn't see some more sunshine there!

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