Enjoy a wild and wonderful tour of Argentina and Brazil

Get a taste of the infectious rhythm of Argentina and Brazil on this overland tour from Buenos Aires to Manaus, taking in the spectacular Iguazu Falls, the vast Pantanal wetlands and the futuristic capital city of Brazil along the way. Enjoy an incredible Amazon tour from Manaus, visit historic cities, natural wonders and kick back on Brazil's north coast. From tango to samba, Spanish to Portuguese and wine to caipirinhas, Argentina and Brazil are distinct - but share a zest for life that is sure to have you enthralled.

Start
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Finish
Manaus, Brazil
Countries
Argentina,
Brazil
Themes
Overland
Code
GDOUC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Explore trendy Palermo in Buenos Aires
  • Marvel at the mighty Foz do Iguazu
  • Take an unforgettable Amazon River tour
  • Spot native animals in the Amazon rainforest
  • Explore the vast Pantanal wetlands
  • Walk along Paraty's colonial streets
  • Experience the rhythm and colour of Rio de Janeiro
  • Travel along the beautiful coast of Brazil
  • Tour the ruins of San Ignacio Mini
  • Snorkel with colourful fish at Bonito
  • Enjoy classic South American cuisine and hospitality
  • Walk the cobbled streets of Salvador

Itinerary

Spend the day exploring the history-rich, cosmopolitan capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires.
Spend the night camping in Concordia, by the Uruguayan River, and fall asleep to the sweet citrus scents of the national citrus capital.
The intricately carved ruins of San Ignacio Mini are an impressive sight.
The mighty falls of Iguazu are a breathtaking spectacle not to be missed. Explore the Iguazu Falls from both the Argentinean and Brazilian banks and marvel at the magical, misty rainbows that surround the splendour.
The ecotourism capital of Brazil awaits at Bonito, where the list of optional activities include hiking scenic forest trails and snorkelling among colourful river fish. For even more exhilarating adventures, why not try caving, horseriding, abseiling or whitewater rafting.
The Panatanal wetlands are the largest in the world and one of the most incredible places to visit in Brazil. Truly exotic wildlife inhabits these haunts so keep eyes peeled!
The tiny town of Brotas is Brazil's very own adventure sports hub. Dabble in a touch of canyoning or prepare to get splashed with some whitewater rafting.
While away the hours with a walk along Brazil's beautiful secluded beaches at Paraty. Island hop on a local boat ride or explore the depths of the crystal clear waters on a scuba diving excursion.
Get ready for the ride that is Rio de Janeiro! Brazil's former capital is a breathtaking city and the thumping heart of this pulsating country. Get moving to the rhythm of the samba and say hello to the small hours in this city that never sleeps.
A three-day break in the itinerary leaves you with plenty of free time to explore the bustling streets of Rio de Janeiro before the South American adventure continues.
Rejoin an Intrepid group and prepare to continue your South American adventure before spending a last night living it up in Rio.
Visit the the peaceful town of Petropolis, a welcoming mix of colonial architecture and lush greenery, en route to a night under the stars in Teresopolis.
Journey to the colonial town of Ouro Preto. Stroll the tangle of narrow streets and see churches featuring the work of Aleijadinho - Brazil's most famous sculptor.
Travel through the ever-changing landscape of Brazil's countryside and set up camp in remote woodlands.
Take a city tour of Brasilia - the futuristic, Oscar Niemeyer designed capital which is a feat of modern design and architectural ingenuity. Don't miss the chance to visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, shaped in a crown of thorns with angels suspended from the ceiling or perhaps head up to the television tower to take in views of Brasilia.
Drive to Chapada dos Veadeiros for exploration and adventure in this magnificent national park, famous for its large quantities of quartz crystal in the soil. Stop to admire the many spectacular waterfalls flowing into the River Preto.
Travel through a divine stretch of countryside on the way to the quaint town of Cavalcante to visit the Kalunga community.
Explore the largest cave system in South America with a guided tour at Terra Ronca. Cross into the state of Bahia and camp in the wilderness.
Discover the unique landscape, flora and fauna of Chapada Diamantina National Park on a guided expedition. Take the chance to go trekking through the beautiful landscape inside the park.
Arrive in Brazil's original capital city and discover cobbled streets and colourful buildings. Historic Salvador is world-renowned for mouth-watering food, lively music and for hosting flamboyant festivals.
Travel north to enjoy the spectacular vistas of the rugged Brazilian coast, stopping to pitch a tent along the way.
Soak up the culture and history of Olinda, home to many artists and musicians.
See some of Brazil's most impressive man-made wonders near Cabaceiras. Monolith Atinga is the largest archaeological monument in the country and is inscribed with beautiful prehistoric petroglyphs. The nearby Lajedo of Pai Mateus contains 70 huge boulders, scattered across a rocky elevation that was once inhabited by early tribes.
Walk in the footsteps of prehistoric creatures in the Vale dos Dinossauros and explore the caves and rock formations of inland Brazil.
Travel to the serene seaside town of Canoa Quebrada, where a host of water-based activities will keep the adventurous traveller entertained.
Close to the equator, Jericoacoara is a stunning beach paradise that boasts a tropical climate year-round. Thanks to restrictions in development, Jericoacoara has avoided the choking beach culture of areas with a higher tourist concentration. Instead, it has embraced a natural beauty that is demonstrated by numerous hiking trails that wind through spotless sand dunes, leading to turquoise waters.
Journey through the gateway to the Parnaiba Delta and experience the unique system created by the waterways.
Discover the rolling white sand dunes of Lencois Marahenses National Park by boat and 4x4. Keep cameras at the ready as the freshwater lagoons and thick mangroves combine with spotless, deserted beaches to create some of the most stunning landscapes on the continent.
Home to Brazilian reggae culture, fascinating historical sights and an energetic restaurant culture, Sao Luis is one of the liveliest places to visit in Brazil.
Jump on a ferry and head across the bay to Alcantara. The near deserted town has become a national monument due to its convoluted history of invasions from the French, Dutch and Portuguese. See the physical evidence of tumultuous events as you wander through the colonial architecture.
Travel to Belem on the north coast of Brazil, considered a gateway to the Amazon River. Known as the 'city of the mango trees', Belem is home to many buzzing markets including the quayside Ver-o-Peso.
Travel down jungle rivers on a five day ferry journey through the mighty Amazon. Spot exotic wildlife, marvel at the wild landscape on both sides and simply be captivated by the Amazon's remote, seductive vibe.
Travel to the busy town of Manaus and bid a fond 'adeus' to bold and beautiful Brazil.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
4x4, Boat, Ferry, Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (5 nights), Camping (with facilities) (27 nights), Hacienda (2 nights), Hammock (5 nights), Hostel (5 nights), Hotel (12 nights)
Included activites
  • 4WD Tour
  • 5 day boat journey
  • Boat trip
  • Full day guided tour - Brasilia
  • Guided tour
  • Guided Tour
  • Guided tour of cave system
  • Inga Monolith
  • Jesuit Mission ruins and museum, San Ignacio de Mini
  • Lajedo de Pai Mateus
  • Parnaiba Delta boat tour
  • Tamar Turtle Conservation Project
  • Visit Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls (entrance fee included)
  • Visit Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls (entrance fee included)
  • Visit to Kalunga community
  • Visit to Petropolis
  • Visit to the Vale dos Dinossaurus

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