Lands of Silver & Gold
||Rio de Janeiro
Buenos Aires to Rio = a pretty freaking great trip. Try the world’s best steak in Buenos Aires, explore the cobbled streets of Colonia, chill at the beach in Montevideo, stay in an Estancia, 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.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Buenos Aires
Vegetarians, look away. Everyone else, your first order of business is to find the nearest parrilla (steak house) and order a big, plump, juicy piece of the world's best steak.
- We start with pre-departure meeting at 1pm followed by an orientation walk around Buenos Aires. Your leader will take you on an orientation walk around Microcentro area passing by the iconic Plaza de Mayo and possibly San Telmo
Day 2: Colonia
Meals included: 1 breakfast
Get on a ferry and head across Rio de la Plata to the Uruguayan port town of Colonia. It's got narrow streets, riverside restaurants and loads of sandstone architecture. What more could you possibly ask for?
- Perhaps visit the World Heritage-listed Barrio Historico, situated on a peninsula
- Spend free time strolling down cobblestone streets and watch locals continually sipping from their cup of mate (tea)
- Visit the Plaza Mayor and poke around the local museums
Day 3: Montevideo
Montevideo killed the radio star. It's true. Head to the beach and do your best impression of a beach bum, or eat loads of barbequed meat while listening to a live Jazz band at Mercado del Puerto. Yes, it's as good as it sounds.
- Perhaps visit Ciudad Vieja, where most of teh historical buildings are located
- The Plaza Independencia and eerie underground Mausolea Atigas mausoleum are worth a visit
- Spend free time chilling on the beach or wandering around Mercade del Puerto where artists and musicians hang out on Sundays
Day 4-7: Estancia Stay
Meals included: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
An estancia homestay is basically a nicely bottled-up gaucho experience. Help out with daily farm chores, kick back on the veranda and indulge in some mind-blowing Uruguayan home cooking.
- Travel to Tacuarembo by bus (approx 5 hrs)
- Traval another hour by truck and 4WD to the ranch
- The estancia is simple, accomodation is dorm style, and there's only hot water and electricty for a few hours a day
- Experience a working farm, perhaps involve yourself in the daily jobs
- Travel to Concordia, Argentina in the afternoon of Day 7, then take a 12 hour overnight bust to Puerto Iguazu
Day 8-10: Foz do Iguazu
Iguazu is made up of 275 individual falls. Don't try and count them, just trust us (or Google it). Wider than Victoria Falls and higher than Niagara Falls, these are basically the best out of all the falls.
- Arrive in Puerto Iguazu, take a minibus to the hotel in Foz do Iguazu (Brazil) (approx 1 hour)
- Perhaps take a helicopter ride over the spectacular falls
- On our last day in Iguazu, we start a 24hr journey to Paraty. The first leg of this journey is from Foz do Iguazu to Sao Paulo (16hr approx).This overnight bus is quite comfortable. You can expect the seat to recline to a more comfortable position than you would expect on a plane. These buses normally have a toilet.In Sao Paulo we may need to wait a couple of hours at the bus station until our next bus to Paraty departs (approx. a 6hr trip)
Day 11-12: Paraty
You can basically spend the next couple of days relaxing in this Brazilian paradise or exploring some jungle trails and looking for waterfalls and wildlife. Got it? Good.
- Paraty is World Heritage listed, and one of the best preserved Portuguese colonial towns
Day 13-15: Ilha Grande
Drink caipirinha's, hike through forests or snorkel through the underwater world. You should Google a picture of Ilha Grande right now. It'll make you cry.
- Head by local bus and ferry to our island getaway on Ilha Grande (approx 5 hrs).
- Go on a boat tour of Ilha Grande Bay including the Blue lagoon, stop for fresh seafood, snorkelling and swim
Day 16-17: Rio de Janiero
Nothing conquers the end-of-trip blues quite like finishing up in Rio. If there's one place in the world you can embrace your inner party animal, it's here. Walk it all off with a hike up Sugarloaf Mountain and let the views of the bay soothe your weary soul. You won't ever want to leave.
- Take a boat to the small port of Mangaratiba (approx 2 hrs), then board a minivan to Rio (approx 2 hrs)
- Enjoy a free day
- Trip ends of day 17, there are no activities planned for this day
Nuts and Bolts
An experienced local tour guide in Argentina and Brazil, and there will be the services of local guides at some sites. All transportation, accommodation, sightseeing and meals as indicated.
Summary of accommodation, transport & meals
- Overnight bus
- Public bus
- 11 nights Hotel
- 3 nights Estancia (ranch house)
- 2 nights Overnight coach
- 5 breakfasts
- 3 lunches
- 3 dinners
International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, entrance to Sugarloaf, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
- Buenos Aires - Bike Tour
US$30 (4 hours)
- Buenos Aires - Soccer Game (seasonal)
- Colonial Tour, Rio de Janeiro
- Iguassu Falls (Brazil) -Flight
- Rio de Janeiro - Christ the Redeemer
Sugar Loaf US$25
Public Holiday Inconveniences
Please be prepared for the inconvenience of sights such as museums and churches being closed to tourists on public holidays (ie. Christmas Day and New Years Day). Throughout Latin America, most museums also tend to be closed on Mondays.
Local contact numbers:
PEAK South America
+ 55 21 96940-9208
Or +51 99605 5559 or +51 97009 4823
About this Information
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
7 April 2014
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