Lands of Silver & Gold
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 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
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 StayAn 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.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
- 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 IguazuIguazu 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 - ParatyYou 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 GrandeDrink 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 JanieroNothing 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
What to Know
An experienced local leader in Argentina and Brazil, and there will be the services of local guides at some sites. All transportation, accommodation, sightseeing and meals as indicated.
- 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.
Trip Dates and Prices
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Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments
At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.
Lands of Silver & Gold
Candice - Australia, 19 Jan, 2014
This trip was great if you want a taste of Argentina and Brazil. The Argentine guide was very helpful at directing us to fun night spots and great places to eat. Iguazu Falls was well planned and definitely a highlight. We arrived in Brazil on Christmas Eve and had a new tour guide. He was very nice and was great at helping us order food and organising laundry etc but he didn't have a lot of knowledge about local bars/ clubs or good restaurants. We ended up doing more in Rio de Janeiro after the tour had actually finished. Christ the Redeemer is worth the trip and we also did a tour of the favela. All great! The accommodation was great. All hotels were really close to the beach or tourist attractions. The accommodation in the rainforest and on Ilha do Mel was gorgeous and so cute. All family run so you really feel like you're experiencing the culture.
Lands of Silver & Gold
Adriarne - Australia, 11 Mar, 2012
My guides were absolutely amazing. They were so knowledgable about their country and also so passionate. They took us to many great locations and also gave us great advice on other things to do while in each place.
I thoroughly enjoyed my trip from Buenos Aires to Rio.
I have traveled with other companies including Intrepid and Kamuka, but i really enjoy the use of local guides - as they are a lot more passionate and knowledgeable about their country.