Days
14
Price from
$2,460NZD

Half Argentinian, half Brazilian, but a whole lot of amazing

Buenos Aires to Rio = a pretty freaking great trip. Try the world’s best steak in Buenos Aires, explore the cobbled streets of Colonia, marvel at Iguazu falls from two angles, experience paradise in Parady, snorkel, hike and sip cocktails in Ilha Grande and finish off in party-town Rio. TOLD YOU IT WAS GREAT.

Some say the tango came about when gauchos wore their smelly chaps into nightclubs. If they asked a girl to dance she held her head back to avoid the stench, with her right hand down near his pocket to let him know she expected payment for her... ahem... hospitality.


Start
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Finish
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Countries
Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay
Code
GSBR
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
12 reviews
Ages
Min 18 , Max 29
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Soak up the sofistication of Buenos Aires and explore the sights of its historic city centre

  • Enjoy the differing experiences of the mighty Iguazu Falls from both Argentina and Brazil

  • Step back in time in the traffic-free streets of colonial Paraty, where Portugal meets Brazil, jungle meets sea and relaxation meets adventure

  • Rio de Janeiro offers the best combination of city, beach and mountains; famed for vibrant nightlife and rhythmic music

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2016 - 31 December 2016

Bienvenidos. Welcome to Argentina. Your adventure begins with an orientation walk around Buenos Aires’ Microcentro district at 1pm. Your leader will be waiting in the lobby of your joining point hotel. Pass by historic buildings along the Avenida de Mayo, including the Casa Rosada (Argentina's government house) and the impressive Palacio Barolo. In the evening, attend a group welcome meeting at 6pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. We'll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so ensure you bring these details to provide to your leader. If you're going to be late, please inform hotel reception. Head out tonight and be swept away by the dance of love at an optional tango show.
Included Activities
  • Buenos Aires - Guided walking tour
Optional Activities
  • Buenos Aires - Tango show - ARS1200
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend the welcome meeting. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Today cross the Rio de la Plata (River Plate) for the day to Colonia del Sacramento by ferry (approximately three hours). On arrival, enjoy free time to explore this charming colonial city, which is the oldest in Uruguay. The World Heritage-listed Barrio Historico is a great place to start. Stroll down the cobblestone streets and rub shoulders with locals, as they sip their yerba mate (tea). Listen to the noisy parakeets in the Plaza Mayor, or comb Colonia’s small museums. For great views over the city, climb to the top of a 19th-century lighthouse that’s still in operation.
Included Activities
  • Colonia - Orientation walk
Optional Activities
  • Lighthouse visit - UYU16
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is a free day in Buenos Aires. Join the tourists and walk among the tombs at the La Recoleta Cemetery, the final resting place of Eva Peron. There are also some great museums to check out in the Recoleta district. Visit the neighbourhood of La Boca, home to the colourful Caminito artists’ street and world-renowned soccer team, Boca Juniors. Perhaps take part in an Urban Adventure centred on the city’s love of food, such as the Malbec Trail of Palermo or the Gourmet Buenos Aires Food tour (contact us for more information). If you need to rest your feet, settle down at one of the many street side cafes to watch the world go by with the locals. In the evening you'll be taking an overnight bus to Foz do Iguazu.
Optional Activities
  • Buenos Aires - Tango, Tango, Tango! Urban Adventure - USD50
  • Buenos Aires - Malbec Trail of Palermo Urban Adventure - USD100
  • Buenos Aires - Gourmet Food Urban Adventure - USD77
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
As soon as you arrive at Puerto Iguazu bus station this morning, take a minivan across the border into Brazil and continue onto your hotel in Foz do Iguacu. Depending on traffic, this should take about an hour. Close to the borders with Argentina and Paraguay, Foz do Iguacu is Brazil's gateway to the famous Iguazu Falls. Enjoy plenty of time over the next few days to visit the falls from both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Travel back into Argentina today to visit the falls. Following a series of boardwalks, it’s possible to get so enough to the thundering waters that you can almost touch them. At over 2 kilometres long, Iguazu Falls are actually a series of cataracts. There are over 270 falls in total, with some reaching up to 80 metres in height. For unforgettable views, take an optional helicopter flight over the falls (at your own expense). In the afternoon return to Foz do Iguacu, where you’ll spend a second night. Depending on time, you can also visit the local bird park or the AcquaMania Water Park while you’re here.
Included Activities
  • Iguazu Falls - Entrance and tour of the Argentinian side of the falls
Optional Activities
  • Great Adventure - BRL158
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today visit Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian side. From here, panoramic views of the falls can be enjoyed. After the visit, begin the 24-hour journey to Paraty. The first leg of the trip is a 16-hour overnight bus journey from Foz do Iguacu to Sao Paulo. The bus is reasonably comfortable, with seats that recline to a more relaxed position than in a plane. These buses also usually have a toilet on board.
Included Activities
  • Iguazu Falls - Entrance and tour of the Brazilian side of the falls
Optional Activities
  • Iguazu Falls - Acquamania Water Park - BRL42
  • Iguazu Falls Brazil - Helicopter ride - USD116
  • Iguazu Falls - Bird Park - USD26
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
On arrival into Sao Paulo today, you may need to wait a couple of hours at the bus station until your next bus to Paraty departs. This second bus ride takes approximately six hours. World Heritage-listed Paraty is one of the world's best-preserved Portuguese colonial towns, and the ideal place to unwind after your long journey.
Included Activities
  • Paraty - Orientation walk
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Enjoy a free day to explore Paraty. Admire the architecture as you wander along the town’s cobbled, pedestrian-only streets, which become partly covered in seawater at high tide. You might prefer to explore the rainforest trails in the surrounding national park, which is rich in wildlife and waterfalls. Perhaps take a boat trip on the island-studded bay for scenic views along the coast or join an excursion to the nearby village of Trindade, which boasts some of Brazil’s best beaches.
Optional Activities
  • Paraty - Boat trip - BRL40
  • Paraty - Trindade excursion - BRL9
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today, travel by local bus and ferry to the island getaway of Ilha Grande (approximately five hours). This island paradise of pristine beaches and rainforest has been largely untouched by development. There are no private cars or banks on the island, so make sure you bring cash with you. Previously a pirate's lair, a leper colony and a prison for violent criminals, the island has a fascinating history to uncover. The ruins of the prison can still be seen today.
Included Activities
  • Ilha Grande - Orientation walk
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Enjoy two full free days to explore Ilha Grande. Wander along rainforest trails to beautiful and remote beaches; Lopes Mendes and Aventureiro Beach are among the most scenic. Take an optional boat trip out to the Blue Lagoon, beach hopping through Ilha Grande Bay along the way. There are plenty of opportunities to stop for fresh seafood, and to swim and snorkel in the clear water. In the evening relax with a caipirinha at a restaurant or bar in Vila do Abraao, which is the island’s main town.
Optional Activities
  • Ilha Grande - Boat trip to the Blue Lagoon - BRL70
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Enjoy more free time in Ilha Grande
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Board a boat to the small port of Mangaratiba today, and from here take a minivan to Rio de Janeiro. The total journey should take about three-and-a-half hours. The day is yours to explore. People-watch on Copacabana or Ipanema beach, take a tour of a favela or, if the time of year is right, check out a soccer game at the famous Maracana Stadium. You might like to take the tramcar up to the hillside neighbourhood of Santa Teresa or head up Corcovado Mountain, where you’ll find sweeping views over Rio from the foot of the Christ the Redeemer statue. Taking part in one of our Urban Adventure day tours, such as the Total Rio Tour, the Santa Teresa Discovery or the Corcovado, Christ Statue and Favela tour are also great ways to see this exciting city. As evening approaches, perhaps take the cable car up to Sugarloaf Mountain to watch the sunset before partying in the samba clubs of Lapa.
Optional Activities
  • Botanical Gardens - BRL6
  • Sugar loaf cable car - BRL65
  • Maracana soccer game - BRL150
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Enjoy a full free day in Rio de Janerio
Optional Activities
  • Rio de Janeiro - Corcovado, Christ Statue and Favela Urban Adventure - USD99
  • Rio de Janeiro - Total Rio Tour - Full Day Urban Adventure - USD156
  • Rio de Janeiro - Santa Teresa Discovery Urban Adventure - USD67
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today your South American adventure comes to an end. There are no activities planned and you’re able to depart the accommodation at any time.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

4 breakfasts

Transport

Bus, Overnight bus, Ferry

Accommodation

Hotel (11 nights), Overnight bus (2 nights)

Included Activities

  • Buenos Aires - Guided walking tour
  • Colonia - Orientation walk
  • Iguazu Falls - Entrance and tour of the Argentinian side of the falls
  • Iguazu Falls - Entrance and tour of the Brazilian side of the falls
  • Paraty - Orientation walk
  • Ilha Grande - Orientation walk

Reviews

Our Buenos Aires to Rio Journey trips score an average of 4.75 out of 5 based on 12 reviews in the last year.

Buenos Aires to Rio Journey, November 2016

Zane Fookes

Buenos Aires to Rio Journey, September 2016

Matthew Sayer

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Important notes

START TIME:
This trip starts with an Orientation Walk at 1pm. If you are unable to find a suitable flight it is possible to book additional nights at the joining accommodation.

FINISH TIME:
There are no activities on the final day & you are free to depart anytime.

BRAZILIAN VISA:
Please note you may require a Brazilian Visa for this trip. Processing can take around 2-5 weeks at the discretion of the embassy or consulate. Please speak with your travel agent well in advance for further advice.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip however excludes nights 3 & 6 (Overnight bus) where you will be in shared accommodation.

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