Little House on the Cerrado - Reverse

Tasting Chile's wine
Rio de Janeiro
Honey Island's ecological paradise
The Serra Verde Express
UNESCO World Heritage-listed Iguaçu Falls
Santiago from San Cristobal Hill
Christ the Redeemer
The 'Devil’s Throat' of Iguazu
Che's house in Cordoba
Argentina's capital Buenos Aires
Colourful La Boca
Mendoza's wineries
Recoleta Cemetery and Eva Peron’s tomb
  • Live out your Motoercycle Diaries fantasy (minus the hot actor and the motorcycle). Whether you've read the story or seen the movie (we don't judge) there's no doubt Che Guevara's story has inspired many a Latin America adventure.

    (Was Santiago to Rio Reverse)


    Day 1-3 - Rio de Janeiro

    You think Rio is loud, colourful, crazy and fun now? Wait until 2014 World cup and 2016 Summer Olympics fever takes over.

    • Ascend Corcovado Mountain and visit Christ The Redeemer
    • Enjoy plenty of free time to hit the beach, shops, cafes, bars and restaurants and get to grips to local life
    • Perhaps visit the famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches or take in Sugarloaf Mountain

    Day 4 - Atlantic Rainforest

    Ride the Serra Verde Express to Marumbi station and trek to our rainforest lodge for the night.

    • Board the Serra Verde Express for an incredible ride through the Atlantic Rainforest
    • Trek along the Itupava Colonial Rainforest Trail to Rochedinho Peak and Marumbinistas Waterfall
    • Stay overnight in a jungle lodge
    • Spend time relaxing, swimming or perhaps embark on further exploration of the rainforest

    Day 5-7 - Paranagua - Honey Island

    In Morretes we enjoy the charm of this small historical town before heading to Paranagua where we explore the islands that make up the Superagui National Park.

    • Board a boat in Paranagua to explore some of the island that make up the Superagui National Park
    • Keep eyes peeled for local wildlife
    • Stop at Pescas Island for a lunch prepared by local villagers
    • Take a walking tour around the village with a local site guide and visit Dolphin Bay
    • Perhaps relax with a spot of fishing
    • Spend two nights on the idyllic Honey Island
    • Visit the historical fortress and the Enchanted Grotto

    Day 8-9 - Iguazu Falls

    Hear the falls before you see them. Little tip: wear waterproof clothes because you'll get drenched by the mist.

    • Visit the thundering Iguaza Falls
    • Take in panoramic views of the falls from the Argentine and Brazilian sides
    • Set off on an overnight bus ride to Buenos Aires

    Day 10-12 - Buenos Aires

    Five reasons you'll love BA - tango, football, food, fashion and crazy nightlife. Another overnight bus ride to Puerto Iguazu. You should Google "card games" and "what to do on long bus rides" before this trip.

    • Take a walking tour of this awesome city
    • Spend free time making discoveries on your own during a two-night stay
    • Why not try tango or head to an Argentinean football match (March - December)
    • Board an overnight bus to Cordoba

    Day 13-14 - Cordoba- overnight bus

    Go for a wander. Stop by Che Guevara's old house and the Jesuit monastery in the afternoon.

    Day 13

    • Arrive early in Cordoba and take a walking tour of the city
    • Take a local bus to the town of Alta Gracia, with the option to visit Che Guevara's house and the Jesuit monastery

    Day 14

    • Enjoy free time exploring Cordoba as you please
    • Perhaps visit more of the Jesuit sites or some of the local chapels

    Day 15-16 - Mendoza

    Wine, glorious wine. We'll take you around the local wineries where you can sniff, smell, swill and spit to your heart's content. Sleep it off on the overnight bus to Santiago on day 16.

    Day 15

    • Set off on a walking tour of Mendoza
    • Look out over the city from the Cerro de la Gloria
    • Take an afternoon tour of some of the significant local wineries 

    Day 16

    • Join optional activities such as trekking, horseback riding of excursion to Uspallata or Cruz del Paramillo
    •  Board a regular overnight bus to Santiago

    Day 17 - Mendoza - Santiago

    Take a scenic bus ride past Mt Aconcagua (6960m) to the wine growing region of Mendoza. This might be a good time to revisit "Grape Lady Falls" on YouTube for the hundredth time.

    • Scenic bus ride through the mountains

    Day 18-19 - Santiago

    Use your free time wisely. Try some local wine and indulge in a terremoto in Santiago's drinking den, La Piojera. Terremoto means 'Earthquake', and you might feel a little shaky after the mix of sweet-wine and pineapple ice-cream served in a one litre glass.

    • Take a walking tour of Santiago
    • Spend a free afternoon exploring on your own
  • What's Included

    • Gecko's tour guide, local site guides, arrival transfer, transport, sightseeing, meals and entrance fees as indicated.

    Not Included

    • 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.
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5 nights Overnight bus, 11 nights Budget/tourist class hotels, 2 nights Multi-share accommodation
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