In Search of Iguassu–Buenos Aires to Rio
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.
Your tour to Buenos Aires includes:
- 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.
- Meals Included
- 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
- Simple hotels (12 nts, some multi-share), hostel (1 nt), estancia/ranch (2 nts, multi-share), overnight bus (1 nt).
- Group Size Notes
- Max 18, avg 14.
- Local bus, minivan, taxi, plane, ferry, walking.
Day 1 Buenos Aires
Arrive at any time.
Booking pre- or post-trip accommodation is highly recommended to fully experience the cities and take advantage of the optional activities available.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
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.
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.
In high season, accommodation may be multi-share.
Border Crossing (Argentina - Uruguay)
Ferry (1.00 hour(s))
Day 4 Colonia/Montevideo (1B)
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.
Local bus (2.50-3.00 hours, 177km)
Day 5 Montevideo (1B)
Free time to explore Montevideo.
Day 6 Montevideo/Estancia Stay (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel by day through picturesque settlements and pastures finishing in the last Uruguayan stop—a local ranch, known in the region as an estancia.
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)
Day 7 Estancia Stay (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 empanadas or sit back and sip on the wines of the region as you take in local Uruguayan life.
Day 8 Estancia Stay/Iguassu Falls (1B)
In the morning cross the border into Gualeguaychu in Argentina, then begin the long overnight journey to Iguassu Falls.
Border Crossing (Uruguay - Argentina)
Overnight bus (16.00-18.00 hours, 868km)
Day 9 Iguassu Falls
After a night of travel, our visit to Brazil begins with the magnificent Foz do Iguaçu, or Iguassu falls, bordering Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina.
Border Crossing (Argentina - Brazil)
Iguassu Falls (Brazil Side) Guided Tour
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 10 Iguassu Falls (1B)
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.
Border Crossing (Brazil - Argentina)
Iguassu Falls Visit
Border Crossing (Argentina - Brazil)
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.
In high season, accommodation in Paraty may be multi-share.
Plane (1.50 hour(s), 1000km)
Shared van (5.00-6.00 hours, 314km)
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.
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.
In high season, accommodation in Ilha Grande may be multi-share.
Local bus (1.50-2.00 hours)
Ferry (1.50 hour(s))
Days 14-15 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.
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.
The hostel has private rooms with private bathrooms for travellers, but its common areas are shared with other guests of the hostel.
Ferry (1.50 hour(s))
Local van (3.00-3.50 hours)
Day 17 Rio de Janeiro (1B)
Depart at any time.
Other important information
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- Meal Budget
- Local Flights
- All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
- Eating is a big part of traveling. G Adventures understands the importance of breakfast to start your day, we strive to include a basic breakfast wherever possible. A typical breakfast may include toast, coffee and tea, however this may vary depending on the city. Should breakfast not be included, your CEO can suggest some local options. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. While trekking in remote regions etc. food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. Note: Food is generally considered to be more expensive in Argentina and Brazil than in most other South American Countries.
- Solo Travellers
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