Rio to Buenos Aires Trip Notes

Rio to Buenos Aires

Last Modified: 05 Apr 2016
Rio to Buenos Aires
Trip code: GDOM
Validity: 01 Jan 2011 to 31 Dec 2018
Get a taste of the infectious rhythm of Brazil and Argentina on this awesome tour from Rio to Buenos Aires. Take in the vast Pantanal wetlands and the spectacular Iguazu Falls, see amazing natural wonders, explore small historic towns and spend time relaxing in comfort near the ocean. From samba to tango, Portuguese to Spanish, and caipirinhas to wine, Brazil and Argentina are both distinct but share a zest for life that is sure to entice, entertain and excite.
Table of Contents
StyleAccommodation NotesEmergency contact
ThemesMeals introductionVisas
Why we love itMealsWhat to take
MapMoney mattersClimate and seasonal information
ItineraryGroup leaderHealth
Itinerary disclaimerJoining pointTravel insurance
Physical ratingJoining point instructionsA couple of rules
Included activitiesAlternate joining pointResponsible Travel
Important notesAlternate joining point descriptionThe Intrepid Foundation
Group sizeAlternate joining point instructionsFeedback
Your fellow travellersFinish point
AccommodationFinishing point instructions
Style
Basix
Themes
Overland
Why we love it
- Experience the rhythm and colour of Rio de Janeiro
- Stroll Paraty's colonial cobblestone streets
- Spot a wealth of wildlife in the Pantanal wetlands
- Learn about the Jesuit Missions at San Ignacio Mini
- Marvel at the mighty Iguazu Falls
- Enjoy the elegance of sophisticated Buenos Aires
Map

Itinerary
Day 1 Rio de Janeiro
Bem-Vindos! Welcome to Brazil.
Border information: if you are joining in Rio de Janeiro, you will most likely enter Brazil at Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport. Welcome to the iconic Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro! There will be an
important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.
In Rio de Janeiro we will stay in a great hotel in the Flamengo district, close to the beach and the metro station.
Hotel for the night: Hotel Argentina
Hotel Argentina
Rua Cruz Lima No. 30
Flamengo
Rio de Janeiro
Brazil
Tel - +55 21 2558 7233
About Rio De Janeiro:
Rio de Janeiro has to be one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world. Pao de Acucar (Sugarloaf Mountain) rises up out of Guanabara Bay, the sandy beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana cut beautiful curves in the shoreline, all under the watchful gaze of Christ the Redeemer. This is a city with something for everyone; beaches, history, shopping, culture, fantastic food and amazing nightlife. For amazing views of this spectacular city, take the cable car up to the top of Sugar Loaf, or "Pao de Acucar" as the
Brazilians call it, ride the train to Corcovado or jump on the tram to the historic hillside neighbourhood of Santa Teresa. If you're interested in learning more about Rio and Brazil, the Historical, Indian and National Museums are all well worth a visit, and even just wandering around the older parts of the city
you'll be able to see some fantastic architecture. Kick back and relax on the beach, enjoy a beer or caipirinha at one of the many pavement cafes and then when evening comes you can party the night away - Rio has some unbelievable bars and clubs, Lapa is always a fun night out and Ipanema is always buzzing
too. If you need a bit of quiet time to recover, take a walk in the Botanical gardens, or escape town for the day on an excursion to the lust forests of nearby Tijuca National Park.
Of course Rio is particularly famous for it's huge annual party - Carnival. The celebration of Mardi Gras 6 weeks before Easter is a great Brazilian tradition - the whole city goes wild for a full 7 days in a whirlwind of music and colour. Samba schools compete with ever more awe-inspiring dance displays and
costumes putting on marathon perfomances in the Sambadrome, street parties are held all over the city and friends and families take to the beach.
Optional Activities
  • Sugar Loaf cable car - BRL53
  • Christ the Redeemer cable car - BRL48
    Accommodation
    Hotel (1 nt)
    Day 2-4 Paraty
    Today our journey begins with a short drive to the colonial town of Paraty on the Emerald Coast of the Atlantic!
    Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours (please note that all drive times given here are approximate estimates only and are given with the best intentions - however please be aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).
    On our first full day in Paraty, we will have an included boat trip around the incredible islands and beaches off the coast.
    On our second day, we will have free time to explore the town, take a historical tour, walk along the stunning scenery of the coastline, head out snorkelling or diving, or simply relax on the idyllic beaches.
    In Paraty we wil camp at a well equipped hostel.
    Activity - Approximate Cost
    Go for a scuba diving trip in the incredible oceans around Paraty - BRL 250
    Take a boat trip out of Paraty, exploring the stunning islands and beaches and swimming in the idyllic warm
    water of the sparkling blue ocean - Included in Kitty
    Explore the ocean, islands, beaches, and mangroves of Atlantic coast in a more serene and tranquil fashion, on a sea kayaking expedition around the bay of Paraty - USD 40
    Learn all about the fascinating history of Brazil and the Gold Trail, on an excellent walking tour of the old
    colonial town of Paraty - USD 35
    Enjoy some of the best and most scenic treks in the country, on the coastal trails, hils, and 'tropical fjords'
    near Paraty - USD 50
    Try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding by hiring a board from one of the many vendors at the Jabaquara
    beach in Paraty - BRL 30
    Relax and unwind with a massage and unbeatable ocean views at the fantastic Shambala spa - BRL 165
    About Paraty:
    The Emerald Coast, or the "Costa Verde" as it is known in Brazil, stretches south from the city of Rio de Janeiro, a thin strip of land sandwhiched between verdant green mountains and the sparkling waters of the Atlantic. Picture-book islands, deserted beaches and picturesque coves with excellent swimming and
    diving make it the perfect place to relax and enjoy a couple of days of R & R. Dotted along the coastline itself are lots of small towns and villages, not to mention the hundreds of tiny islands, best explored on a lazy boat-trip.
    The old Portuguese colonial town of Paraty is perhaps the most attractive spot on the coast. Low white-washed buildings with colourful doors and shutters crowd around the cobbled streets and plaza, full of interesting shops, bars and restaurants. Paraty really comes alive at night, when locals and tourists alike
    sit outside the many street cafes and congregate in the main square. The town also has a couple of beaches and there are plenty of others in the surrounding area - and this is also a good place for diving and snorkelling trips, which can be arranged locally.
    Included Activities
    • Boat trip
      Optional Activities
      • Scuba Diving, Parati - USD95
      • Buggy hire ful day (Parati) - BRL85
      • Mountain Bike hire full day, Parati - BRL13
      • Morrinho Project Tour - USD96
        Accommodation
        Camping (with facilities) (3 nt)
        Day 5 Brotas
        Today we will drive to the remote town of Brotas in southeastern Brazil.
        In Brotas we will stay at a campsite with good facilities.
        Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.
        Optional Activities
        • Half Day Canyoning, Brotas - BRL45
        • Half Day White Water Rafting, Brotas - BRL60
          Accommodation
          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 6 Brotas
          Today we will have a free day to take part in adventure activities such as white water rafting and canyoning, or maybe just to relax by the pool.
          Activity - Approximate Cost
          Head out on a half-day canyoning trip through the gorges of the Jacare River near Brotas - BRL 85
          Float down the Jacare on a fun tubing trip down the River Jacare near Brotas - BRL 45
          Head out white-water rafting on the fast moving waters of the Jacare River (approxmiately Grade 3-4) - BRL 90
          Accommodation
          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 7 Campo Grande
          Today we will start driving west towards the Southern Pantanal, and wild camp towards the end of the day somewhere close to the city of Campo Grande.
          Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.
          Accommodation
          Bush camp (no facilities) (1 nt)
          Day 8-9 Pantanal
          Today we have an early start to meet our guide in Campo Grande, and then drive on to Brazil's amazing Southern Pantanal region, where we have a visit a local eco-tourism ranch (or 'fazenda').
          Estimated Drive Time - 5 hours.
          We will spend 2 nights here and have a comprehensive package of included activities such as exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside on horseback, trips down the wildlife-abundant rivers in boats and canoes, and safaris on the ranch's trucks and on foot where we hope to spot capybaras, caimans, and (if
          we are very lucky) jaguars and ocelots. Our stay here is an incredible highlight!
          In the Southern Pantanal we will stay in dorm accommodation in a well equipped lodge with all the meals and activities included.
          Activity - Approximate Cost
          Take an unforgettable 2-night fully-inclusive package from our eco-lodge in the Southern Pantanal, where we will go out on jeep safaris, canoe expeditions, boat rides, horse back trails, and enjoy a BBQ night with local music and dancing - Included in Kitty
          About Southern Pantanal:
          The Pantanal is a vast wetland that covers much of inland central and southern Brazil, teeming with birds and wildlife from toucan to caiman, capybara, ocelot and even Jaguar. Originally this was a predominantly agricultural area, dotted with cattle ranches known locally as "Fazenda". Today the cattle ranchers live side by side with the anaconda and Jaguar, having realised the importance of their home as a unique habitat for wildlife, with many of the Fazendas opening up for eco-tourism and offering safaris and tours of the area.
          The wildlife here is staggering and there is probably no-where else in South America where you'd be able to see as many indigenous species. Over 250 different birds have been recorded here, including parakeets, macaws, kingfishers, ibis, storks, kites and hawks, hummingbirds and more - and there are also prolific numbers of jacare, anacondas, iguanas, two species of anteaters, ocelot, jaguars, cougars, giant river otters and thousands of pamba and march deer. One of the easier animals to spot is the capybara, a giant
          guinea pig type rodent that grows up to 60 kg. and lives in large herds in the swamps.
          Included Activities
          • Two night Pantanal adventure
            Accommodation
            Hacienda (2 nt)
            Day 10 Southern Pantanal, Bonito
            After our morning activities and one final lunch in our beautiful ranch, it is time to leave the Pantanal and drive to the Brazilian eco-tourism capital of Bonito.
            In Bonito we will camp in the grounds of an excellent hostel with a pool and good facilities.
            Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.
            About Bonito:
            The area around the small town of Bonito really is unique. It’s main attractions are its crystal clear rivers, springs and caves, not to mention the abundant wildlif, which includes monkeys, alligators, anaconda, over 30 varieties of fish and tremendous birdlife. Unsurprisingly, the town is often described as the "eco-tourism capital of Brazil".
            There are endless activities on offer, from spectacular walks through the
            surrounding hills and forest, to caving, horse-riding, abseiling, and snorkeling. Many of the best attractions are on private land and the area is being very carefully managed in order as to protect the wildlife and habitats found here.
            Accommodation
            Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
            Day 11-12 Bonito
            We have two full days in Bonito to take part in the plethora of incredible optional activities here. You could go out on a world-class snorkelling trip, explore the nearby caves, or go abseiling down some of the largest waterfalls in the area, amongst many other possibilities!
            Activity - Approximate Cost
            Take an incredible snorkelling trip through the crystal clear waters of the Rio da Prata, getting a phenomenal
            view of the fish and aquatic plants underwater - BRL 278
            Head out on an exhilarating rafting, tubing, or kayaking expedition down the Rio Formoso - BRL 135
            Visit the ethereal and other-worldly Blue Lake Cave near Bonito, an underground lake with an incredibly
            vivid shade of blue - BRL 95
            Relax and meet the locals in the beautiful outdoor municipal swimming areas of Bonito - BRL 30
            Abseil down the Boca da Onca waterfall (meaning 'Jaguar's Mouth), the largest waterfall in the state of
            Mato Grosso do Sul - BRL 460
            Visit the phenomenal Buraco das Araras, one of the world's largest sink-holes and a natural aviary of macaws and toucans - BRL 46
            Hire a mountain bike in Bonito to freely explore the incredible countryside of Mato Grosso do Sul - USD 20
            Visit the stunning Sao Miguel Caves near Bonito - BRL 36
            Go on a stunning sunset horse ride around the beautiful countryside around Bonito - BRL 80
            Take a trek through the stunning areas surrounding Bonito, visiting some of the beautiful nearby waterfalls - BRL 50
            Head on an unforgettable trip to Abismo Anhumas, an incredible day out where you abseil through a fissure into a collosal underground cavern, and snorkel in the lake at the bottom - BRL 673
            Optional Activities
            • Prata River Snorkelling, Bonito - BRL125
            • Rafting - USD15
            • Sucuri River - Snorkelling - BRL90
            • Horminio Waterfall - USD1
            • Guided trip to Blue Lake Cave - BRL56
              Accommodation
              Hotel (2 nt)
              Day 13 Foz do Iguaçu
              Today we have a full drive day south to the city of Foz do Iguacu.
              In Foz do Iguacu we will camp in the grounds of an excellent hostel out of town, with good facilities and a pool.
              Estimated Drive Time - 12 hours.
              About Foz do Iguaçu:
              Foz do Iguaçu is named after the impressive waterfalls located close to the town forming the border with nearby Argentina and Paraguay. Foz is on the Brazilian side and is much larger than nearby Puerto Iguazu. Visiting the Iguacu falls is a must from here, even though you can visit the Argentinian side as
              well. The Brazilian park features a number of cleverly constructed walkways that allow you to get right out over the water up close to the falls themselves - and you will often be able to see fantastic rainbows forming as the sun catches the spray. If you want the ultimate waterfall experience, you can also organise
              helicopter flights here, where you'll be taken out right over the horseshoe of the falls, giving you a spectacular view of this natural wonder from a totally different perspective.
              As well as the magnificent waterfalls, there's also a great bird park in Foz, where you can see many of Brazil's native species, including Toucans and Macaws. You can also visit the incredible Itaipu Dam, a vast concrete edifice that spans the Rio Parana and has been described as one of the 7 wonders of
              the modern world.
              Included Activities
              • Visit Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls (entrance fee included)
              • Visit Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls (entrance fee included)
                Optional Activities
                • Bird Park - BRL28
                • Helicopter Ride, Iguazu Falls - USD110
                • Helicopter Ride - USD110
                • Boat and 4WD adventure, Iquazu Falls - ARS300
                • Boat Trip, Iguazu Falls - ARS180
                • Itaipu Dam tour, Iguazu Falls - BRL25
                  Accommodation
                  Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                  Day 14 Iguazu Falls
                  Today we will visit the Brazilian side of the phenomenal Iguazu Falls, to get some incredible panoramic vistas of the mighty waterfalls. There is also plenty of time to visit the bird park, take a helicopter ride over the falls, see the incredible Itaipu Dam, or quickly stop into Paraguay to pick up some bargains in the nearcy Ciudad del Este.
                  Activity - Approximate Cost
                  See the mighty Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian side, enjoying the incredble panorama of waterfalls and exploring the beauty of the area
                  - Included in Kitty
                  Take an exhilarating speed boat ride around the base of the falls from the Brazilian side - BRL 66
                  Take an unforgettable 10-minute helicopter flight over the Iguazu Falls, enjoying a bird's eye view of one of the world's most incredible set of waterfalls
                  - USD 125
                  Visit the colossal Itaipu Dam, the second largest hydroelectric dam in the world - BRL 68
                  Take a short trip into Paraguay to experience the chaos of Ciudad del Este and pick up a bargain or two! - Free
                  Visit the Parque das Aves bird park near Foz do Iguacu, a wonderful conservation project which provides an excellent home to over 1000 iconic birds from the region such as toucans, macaws and eagles
                  - BRL 34
                  About Iguazu Falls:
                  There is a mile long walk along the edge of the fall beginning at the Three Sisters and ending at the Devil’s Throat. Millions of gallons of water pour or cascade down escarpments forming spectacular mist “curtains” and many rainbows. In the surrounding dense tropical jungle there are many varieties of brightly coloured butterflies and birds. If we have time we can take a closer look at these birds in the Foz Tropicana Bird Park.
                  Accommodation
                  Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                  Day 15 Iguazu Falls
                  Today we will take a day trip back into Argentina to see the incredible Iguazu Falls from the other side. This is well worth doing as the views are even more spectacular, and you'll be able to look right down into the mighty Garganta del Diablo (the largest waterfall here) from a gantry walkway viewing point). We will have a full day at the Argentine side of the falls, allowing us lots of time to freely explore the site, hike some nature trails, or perhaps take an exhilarating (and very wet) boat ride!
                  We will return to our base in Foz do Iguacu tonight.
                  Activity - Approximate Cost
                  Visit the phenomenal Iguazu Falls from the Argentine side, where you can get the closest views of Garganta del Diablo and explore the web of nature trails around the area's forests and waterfalls - Included in Kitty
                  Head on an adrenaline-fuelled speedboat trip to the base of the falls on the Argentine side - be prepared to get very wet! - ARS 220
                  Accommodation
                  Hostel (1 nt)
                  Day 16 Yapeyu
                  Border information: Exit Brazil at Tancredo Neves, enter Argentina at Tancredo Neves.
                  Today we cross the border into Argentina, and aim to reach the beautiful village of Yapeyu on the banks of the River Uruguay. Yapeyu is very famous amongst Argentines for being the birthplace of their national hero General Jose de San Martin, one of the liberators of South America from Spanish colonial rule.
                  In Yapeyu we will stay in a municipal campsite.
                  Activity - Approximate Cost
                  Take a guided tour around the fascinating ruins of the old Jesuit mission of San Ignacio de Mini - Included in Kitty
                  Visit the remains of the house of Jose de San Martin, one of the main liberators of South America and the
                  Argentine national hero - Free
                  Included Activities
                  • Jesuit Mission ruins and museum, San Ignacio de Mini
                    Accommodation
                    Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
                    Day 17 Buenos Aires
                    Today we have a full day drive north though the provinces of Corrientes and Entre Rios to Buenos Aires, the wonderful capital of Argentina!
                    In Buenos Aires we will stay in a centrally-located hotel.
                    Estimated Drive Time - 12 hours.
                    About Buenos Aires:
                    At the mouth of the River Plate lies Buenos Aires, the cosmopolitan capital of Argentina. It's a buzzing, energetic city that often feels more European than Latin American, so much so that it's often referred to as "the Paris of the South". Not surprising when you consider how much the city has been influenced by immigration, with it's large Italian and Spanish communities.
                    There is a huge amount to do see and do here and a good place to start is with a city tour, which will help you get your bearings and see all the main sights. You can take in a lot on foot, as the wide streets are very pedestrian friendly and the underground metro system is cheap and easy to navigate. The
                    neighbourhoods of San Telmo, Recoleta and Palermo are certainly all worth exploring, San Telmo for it's olde worlde charm, antique shops and Sunday street market, Palermo for it's unique quirky shops and restaurants and Recoleta is the "Mayfair" of Buenos Aires and home to the La Recoleta cemetry,
                    Eva "Evita" Peron's final resting place. The waterfront area known as La Boca is also worth a look, this slightly down-at-heel neighbourhood is Buenos Aires' most colourful barrio, the ramshackle buildings painted in a rainbow of different bright colours.
                    In the evenings, you are also spoilt for choice. Buenos Aires has a vibrant nightlife, with a huge number of bars and night clubs to choose from. Restaurants here vary from cheap and cheerful to world class and it's a great place to get stuck into some of Argentina's finest steak and red wine. Of course this is also the home of Tango, and there are many evening Tango shows you can buy tickets for, or if you want a more "real" Tango experience you can check the local papers for details of where tango "milongas" are being held.
                    This is where the locals go to tango, with dances held in school halls, meeting rooms and even warehouses. You might also like to visit the Teatro Colon, one of the world's greatest opera houses - even if you don't go to watch a show, it's usually possible to take a guided tour of the building during the day.
                    Everywhere you go you'll be surrounded by some fantastic architecture. The Plaza de Mayo is perhaps the most historically interesting - as this is the ste of the Cabillo (original town hall), Casa Rosada (the Presidential Palace) and the cathedral where the body of General San Martin lies. Finally, if you get the chance, try and get hold of tickets for an Argentinean football match while you're here, even if you're not usually a sports fan, the electric atmosphere of a local match is definitely something you'll never forget - tickets are usually available from local tourist agencies - and if you've still got time to spare, why not take the hydrofoil across the water to Uruguay for a day.
                    Accommodation
                    Bush camp (no facilities) (1 nt)
                    Day 18 Buenos Aires
                    Today will be a free day to explore the incredible city, soak up the atmosphere of its streets, and discover its amazing culture, art, and music.
                    Activity - Approximate Cost
                    Discover the beautiful Teatro Colon on a tour around the theatre, or see one of its free afternoon performances (when available) - ARS 150
                    Try some of Argentina's most delicious wines on a toplevel wine tasting afternoon in Buenos Aires - USD 52
                    Learn all about the cuisine of Argentina on a food tour of Buenos Aires, visiting several incredible local top-class eateries that you won't find in the guidebooks! - USD 85
                    See a different side to Buenos Aires on a tour of its incredible street art with some of the local artists - USD 20
                    Explore the beautiful area of Palermo Viejo, see the incredible modern sculpture of Floralis Generica, and
                    head out to the area's bars and restaurants at night - Free
                    Explore the cosmopolitan Argentina capital of Buenos Aires, and take a free tour of the city's highlights - Free
                    Try your hand at the art of tango dancing with a private lesson in Buenos Aires - USD 25
                    Head out to an exciting football game at La Bombanero, Diego Maradona's former home ground (when matches are scheduled) - ARS 300
                    Visit the strangely beautiful cemetery of Recoleta, the final resting place of many ex-presidents and Argentine icons, most famously including the tomb of Eva Peron - Free
                    Head out to an tango show in Buenos Aires' oldest cafe, the Gran Cafe Tortoni - seeing a slice of iconic Argentine culture in an ideal and intimate setting - ARS 240
                    Take the ferry over the river to Uruguay, and explore the serene colonial town of Colonia del Sacramento for
                    the afternoon before returning - USD 45
                    Discover the beautiful back streets, antique shops, and thrift markets of the bohemian district of San Telmo - Free
                    Take the passenger ferry over to the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo for a night (if time allows) - USD 140
                    Optional Activities
                    • Recoleta - Free
                    • Gran Cafe Tortoni Show - ARS270
                    • Football Ticket - USD150
                    • Tango Show - ARS230
                    • Visit Montevideo (Uruguay), Buenos Aires - USD140
                    • Visit Colonia (Uruguay), Buenos Aires - USD80
                    • Teatro Colon - ARS110
                    • City Tour, Buenos Aires - USD10
                      Accommodation
                      Hotel (1 nt)
                      Day 19 Buenos Aires
                      Border information: if you are leaving in Buenos Aires, you will most likely exit Argentina at Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport (also known as Ezeiza Airport).
                      Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Buenos Aires, and a free day to explore the city or take part in optional activities. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight.
                      Explore the fascinating streets of La Boca, home of the La Bombonera football stadium and the colouful artists' street of Caminito - Free
                      Itinerary disclaimer
                      ITINERARY CHANGES Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff. We are here to help you! Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

                      We must emphasise that the routes, activities and places visited described in these trip notes are intentions and are meant as a rough guide only. We intend following the route detailed but exact night stops cannot be guaranteed. It sometimes happens that we decide to make a change to our basic planned itinerary. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, road or bureaucratic conditions may demand it. Or it may be because we find a better, more interesting route. While actually en route, unexpected hospitality, a local festival or a great place to chill out can determine our exact route and itinerary on any given trip. Overnight stops and driving distances each day may vary to best suit the needs of the group.

                      OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
                      Physical rating

                      In these parts of the world you'll need to be healthy enough to cope with extremes of climate; from hot deserts through to the cold of high mountain areas.

                      Overland travelling can be demanding - long, rough travel days and dusty conditions can be challenging to some. You'll need to be fit enough to help every day with the camp chores (cooking, washing up, general camp set up) as well as putting up, and taking down your own tent. There are some long driving days and some early morning starts. The step-up into the overland vehicle, while not overly high, can become tiring. You need to judge if you are physically fit enough to haul yourself up and down the step at least 8-10 times a day.
                      Included activities
                      Boat trip
                      Two night Pantanal adventure
                      Visit Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls (entrance fee included)
                      Visit Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls (entrance fee included)
                      Jesuit Mission ruins and museum, San Ignacio de Mini
                      Important notes
                      1. This trip is run by our experienced overland partner Dragoman.
                      2. Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.

                      Group size
                      Maximum of 22 travellers per group.
                      Your fellow travellers
                      GROUP TRAVEL
                      As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.

                      SINGLE TRAVELLERS:
                      Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.
                      Accommodation
                      Bush camp (no facilities) (2nt), Camping (with facilities) (9nt), Hacienda (2nt), Hostel (1nt), Hotel (4nt)
                      The type and variety of accommodation is determined by conditions on each of our routes. Each route is different - on some we use a mixture of campsites and wild camps; on others we also use hostels or hotels. Where it's not practical to camp (ie: in towns and cities), we use hostel or hotel accommodation and eat out in local restaurants. The frequency and regularity of hostel and hotel stops depends on the route and area.

                      Campsites will range from rather basic to those with excellent facilities, including swimming pools, restaurants and bars. In some cases it may also be possible to upgrade locally to bungalows, lodges or even tree-houses. One of the highlights of overlanding is that in more remote areas we will wild camp. This allows us to get far away from the tourist crowds to some beautiful, secluded spots. On some of our trips we are able to stay in villages or local homestays, which allows us to get close to indigenous populations and ensures our money stays within local communities.

                      Please note that camping is participatory, which means you will be expected to set-up and pack down your own tent.
                      Meals introduction
                      While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.

                      On an overland journey you are more than just a passenger - you're part of the crew. You are expected to pitch in to set up camp, shop for food, cook and generally help out. As part of your trip you will be assigned a truck job which could be collecting water and firewood, sweeping out the truck, loading the back locker, etc. You will be divided into smaller units of 3-4 people and take it in turns to cook for the whole group according to a rota system. When it is your turn to cook you will have to plan the meal, shop for the ingredients in local markets or supermarkets and then prepare the meal for the whole group. The secret to cooking for 20+ people in a basic camping kitchen is to keep it simple!

                      If you have any dietary requirements please tell us at the time of booking and also remind your crew at your welcome meeting. An example of a typical camp breakfast might be toast with spreads, fruit and cereal as well as tea and coffee. When time allows it will also be possible to serve something hot such as eggs or pancakes. Lunch is almost always a sandwich heaped high with healthy salad and assorted fillings, with fruit to follow. Dinner might be a BBQ, risotto or pasta dish and there is always the chance to try some local cooking. Generally our passengers find the more they put into a trip, the more they benefit from it.

                      All meals while camping are included.
                      Meals
                      No meals included
                      Money matters
                      On this trip it's compulsory to contribute to a kitty. The kitty is an on-ground payment put into a central fund and overseen by travellers and the crew. It helps fund accommodation, camp meals and all included activities. Kitty amounts are subject to change to reflect local price increases.This Kitty price indicated on the trip notes below is indicative only. Please refer to the 'Check availability' page on the website for the up-to-date amount 48 hours prior to your trip commencement.

                      Your kitty will be collected when you arrive for your trip, either on day 1 or, if on a combination trip, in stages throughout your trip.

                      You may pay your kitty in a mixture of US Dollars cash and the rest in local currency (amount and type of currency to be agreed by the leader at the start of the trip). Most of our travellers chose to bring a cash passport with them for withdrawing local currency (you can visit www.cashpassport.com for further information on these). This is a very secure way of carrying your money whilst travelling. You treat them exactly like an ATM card and draw out local currency from an ATM to give to your leader within each country.

                      If you do choose to pay part in local currency your trip leader will confirm the current exchange rates with you so you will know exactly how much to hand over.

                      Travellers cheques have become increasingly difficult to change around the world with passengers and our leaders experiencing huge frustration and numerous hours spent trying to find a bank which will change travellers cheques. For this reason we no longer accept them on our trips.

                      Kitty does not cover food while staying in hotels and hostels.

                      KITTY CHANGES:
                      We constantly monitor local price changes and exchange rate fluctuations that could affect kitty expenses. Final kitty contributions are likely to be different from those quoted in the brochure or at the time of booking so you must check the final amount just before departure.

                      The official currency of Brazil is the Real (BRL).

                      The official currency in Argentina is the Argentine Peso (ARS).

                      With ATMs being widely available in major towns and cities, credit and debit cards are the best way to access money in Latin America (note though that charges are made for each transaction). Please check with your bank before departure that your card is accepted in the countries you are travelling to. Also ensure your bank is aware of your travel plans as - suspecting fraud - they may cancel your cards after the first few international transactions.

                      Be aware that your withdrawing limit may vary from country to country (regardless of your withdrawing limit in your home country) and it can be as low as the equivalent to USD100 per day.

                      It's also advisable to carry some cash in small denominations bills, for those times when ATMs may not be available. US dollars is the most readily changeable currency.

                      VERY IMPORTANT:
                      USD100 bills with serial number CB or BE and any other USD bills that are old, torn, written or stamped on will not be accepted by local banks.

                      SPENDING MONEY
                      When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need. Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier. You'll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that's this document).

                      PRICES IN CHILE & BRAZIL:
                      Chile and Brazil are amongst the most expensive countries in South America. While in other countries you can expect to have a main meal for US$5-10 and take part of an optional activity for US$15-20, Brazil and Chile's prices are closer to what you would expect to pay in Western countries. You'll need to budget accordingly.

                      If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations.

                      The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:

                      Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.

                      Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest USD2-USD4 per passenger per day.

                      Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We suggest USD1-USD2 per day for drivers.

                      Your Tour Leader: You may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline USD2-USD4 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

                      In total, we recommend you budget approx USD5-USD10 per day of your trip to cover tipping.

                      Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. Our suggestion is based on past traveller feedback but you may choose to spend more or less.

                      EMERGENCY FUNDS
                      Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (e.g. a natural disaster, civil unrest, strike action or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
                      Group leader
                      On all of our Dragoman-operated Overlanding trips you will be accompanied by two Western crew members who are responsible for the group and the overall organisation of the trip.

                      While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad knowledge of the places visited and to offer suggestions of things to do and see. Dragoman trips use local guides who may stay with us for just a few hours or will actually travel with us for some or all of the journey. In these cases they become a third crew member and are able to offer their local knowledge as well as a real insight into the lives of the local people. Our crew are chosen for their leadership skills, and most importantly have a passion for the region and its people.

                      We endeavour to provide the services of an experienced leader and crew; however, situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders

                      On any Overland trip, there are a number of tasks that need to be done. Our overland trip leaders will organise the group into smaller groups of two or three who will take turns in the daily shopping and cooking, vehicle cleaning, disposing of rubbish, etc. There are also a number of other jobs that need doing e.g. collecting water and firewood, luggage loading, supervising the kitty and food stores, which may be assigned to particular people or on a rota system according to group size, make-up, and so on. You must come prepared to 'pull your weight' and share in these duties; you will become very unpopular with other group members if they have to do your share. The more you put into a trip, the more you'll benefit.
                      Joining point
                      Argentina Hotel
                      Rua Cruz Lima, No 30.
                      Flamengo
                      Rio de Janeiro
                      BRAZIL
                      Phone: +55 21 2558 7233
                      Joining point instructions
                      Airport Santos Dumont is located 15 km north of Rio. The easiest way to your hotel is by taxi. You will find the most common yellow and blue taxis seating outside the international arrival area. While these taxis are metered, make sure you negotiate an estimated rate which should be around US$60.

                      Alternatively, you can catch the Real Auto Bus from outside the arrival floor of terminal 1 or the ground floor of terminal 2. This bus costs around US$3 and it can take up to an hour to reach Copacabana. As it runs along Copacabana beach, ask the driver to drop you off at the nearest stop to your hotel.
                      Alternate joining point
                      For trips departing on the following dates, use this joining point.
                      01 Mar 2017 (GDOM170301)
                      Paysandu Hotel Rio De Janeiro
                      Rua Paissandu 23
                      Flamengo
                      Rio de Janeiro
                      BRAZIL
                      Alternate joining point description
                      Alternate joining point instructions
                      Airport Santos Dumont is located 15 km north of Rio. The easiest way to your hotel is by taxi. You will find the most common yellow and blue taxis seating outside the international arrival area. While these taxis are metered, make sure you negotiate and estimated rate which should be around US$45.

                      Alternatively, you can catch the Real Auto Bus from outside the arrival floor of terminal 1 or the ground floor of terminal 2. This bus costs around US$3 and it can take up to an hour to reach Copacabana. As it runs along Copacabana beach, ask the driver to drop you off at the nearest stop to your hotel.
                      Finish point
                      Hotel Splendid
                      Rivadavia 950
                      Buenos Aires
                      ARGENTINA
                      Phone: +54 11 4345 2800
                      Finishing point instructions
                      If you have pre-booked a departure transfer, please inform your leader and they will notify you of your departure transfer time.

                      If you are making your own way to the airport the hotel will be able to help book you an airport shuttle or taxi. Please ask at reception.
                      Emergency contact
                      Dragoman have a dedicated 24 hour telephone number which should only be used once you have left home and in the event of a real emergency. Should you need to call the number, we will do what we can to help but please bear in mind that real progress or action may not be possible until normal office hours.

                      If your flight is delayed or cancelled, please let us know and then make your way to the joining hotel as instructed in these trip notes. If you cannot get through leave a message and a contact number as these will be regularly checked and the crew informed if necessary.

                      Emergency Number: +44 (0) 7985106564

                      For further contact details please use the following page:

                      For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

                      While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

                      We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

                      You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

                      Dragoman: +44 (0) 1728 86222
                      Visas
                      Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

                      BRAZIL TOURIST VISA
                      Australia: Yes - in advance
                      Belgium: Not required
                      Canada: Yes - in advance
                      Germany: Not required
                      Ireland: Not required
                      Netherlands: Not required
                      New Zealand: Not required
                      South Africa: Not required
                      Switzerland: Not required
                      United Kingdom: Not required
                      United States: Yes - in advance

                      ARGENTINA TOURIST VISA
                      Australia: Not required
                      Belgium: Not required
                      Canada: Not required
                      Germany: Not required
                      Ireland: Not required
                      Netherlands: Not required
                      New Zealand: Not required
                      South Africa: Not required
                      Switzerland: Not required
                      United Kingdom: Not required
                      United States: Not required

                      ARGENTINA RECIPROCITY TAX:
                      The Argentine government charges a reciprocity tax which applies to Canadian, US and Australian citizens. The amounts are as follows:
                      Australians - US$100 (multiple entry for up to 1 year from date of issue)
                      Canadians - US$92 (multiple entry for up to 5 years from date of issue)
                      Americans - US$160 (multiple entry for up to 10 years from date of issue)

                      This fee can only be paid on line through the following website:
                      https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes/

                      For instructions on how to process this payment, please visit:
                      http://cnyor.mrecic.gov.ar/userfiles/Online_payment_instructions_0.pdf

                      A receipt for this payment must be produced at every border crossing into Argentina.

                      Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information with the appropriate consular.
                      What to take
                      What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage, although you won't be required to walk long distances with it (max 30 minutes).

                      Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

                      Below we have listed the essentials for this trip:

                      http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/trips/packinglist.pdf

                      CAMPING EQUIPMENT:
                      Sleeping Bag - Check the expected climate en route. Nights in desert and mountain regions can be very cold in winter months. One that zips down all one side is useful for warm nights and a sleeping bag liner for cold nights.
                      Mattress or compressed foam - Compressed foams are the lightest, most convenient but probably the least comfortable. Self inflating mattresses are convenient, comfortable, light and small when rolled up; they are more expensive and do puncture so bring a suitable repair kit.

                      WATER BOTTLE:
                      Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion ends up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please consider water purification techniques such as iodine or micropur and use the water dispensers which are provided at some of our accommodation. When unable to avoid bottled water it is better to buy the largest available and distribute into your smaller bottle for the day.
                      Climate and seasonal information
                      RIO CARNIVAL DEPARTURES:
                      Please note that for trips starting in Rio straight after Carnaval will not visit the Morrinho Project. Trips coinciding with Carnival may also have more than one truck operating this route at the same time. Groups will be separated as much as possible to allow for the small group experience, however there may be times where more than one group will be in an area or at an activity at one time.
                      Health
                      All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

                      You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.

                      WHO REPORTS:
                      The World Health Organisation has countries in Latin America registered as zones affected by hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, rabies and malaria.

                      DENGUE FEVER:
                      Dengue Fever is common in Latin America and can occur throughout the year. Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Brazil and parts of Mexico are currently suffering from a serious outbreak. This virus is transmitted by mosquitoes. There is no vaccination against it, but there are preventative measures that you can take such as wearing long clothing, using repellent and being indoors particularly around dusk and dawn.

                      YELLOW FEVER:
                      A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home.

                      It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.
                      Travel insurance
                      Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

                      When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

                      If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

                      http://www.intrepidtravel.com/insurance.php
                      A couple of rules
                      Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader or local representative has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
                      Responsible Travel
                      We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller.

                      http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller

                      Latin Americans can be very conscious of appearance so try to be casual but conservative in your dress. Outside of beach areas halter tops and very short shorts should not be worn. When visiting churches or religious sites shoulders and knees should be covered.

                      The Intrepid Foundation
                      Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.

                      The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$1,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year, excluding emergency appeals). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:

                      http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/

                      Feedback
                      After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers.

                      http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback