Road to Rio Itinerary

Uncover the many faces of South America on a tour through Chile, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. Cities, beaches and waterfalls - this trip has it all.

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      USD $3,245
      CAD $3,455
      AUD $3,590
      EUR €2,495
      GBP £2,150
      NZD $4,255
      ZAR R29,845
      CHF FR3,080
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Colourful Argentinian village

Smiling friendly locals

Local Argentinian men playing chess

Days 1-2 Santiago

Take a stroll through the pleasant Plaza de Armas to get a feel for local life in the Chilean capital. Browse the colourful Central Market for handicrafts, visit the Palacio de la Moneda or head out on an optional vineyard tour before boarding an overnight bus to Pucon.
ACCOM: Hostel - 1, Overnight bus - 1

Days 3-5 Pucon

Adrenaline junkies and thrillseekers will delight in the bundle of activities on offer in Pucon, Chile's adventure capital. Set out on a hike up the smouldering Volcán Villarrica, or get to mountain biking, whitewater rafting, hiking, climbing, horse riding - whatever gets your blood pumping!
ACCOM: Hostel - 3

Days 6-7 San Martin de los Andes

Journey over the Andes and into Argentina. Drop by the country's picturesque Lake District for excellent skiing or trekking possibilities, weather permitting.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 8-10 Bariloche

Savour the fine dining opportunities, artisan chocolate shops and quaint, chalet-style wooden architecture of Bariloche. With plenty of ski runs open during winter and stunning lakes sure to entice swimmers over summer, there is never a bad time to visit this beautiful region of Argentina.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Overnight bus - 1

Days 11-13 Buenos Aires

Fiery Latin passion, European elegance and superb cuisine combine to make Buenos Aires one of the world's most enthralling cities. Nibble on alfajores, wander San Telmo's cobblestone streets, talk football with Portenos in a cafe or get a history lesson at the quirky Museo Evita. The hippest spot in town is Palermo's Plaza Serrano, so why not head out in the evening for a tango with the locals. There are so many things to see and do in Buenos Aires, it's simply a matter of trying to fit them all in.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 14 Colonia

Hop aboard a ferry across the tea-coloured Rio de la Plata to the Uruguayan port town of Colonia. Wander the town's quaint narrow streets, dine at a riverside restaurant and admire the homely mix of sandstone architecture at every twist and turn.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 15 Montevideo

Travel on to Uruguay's vibrant beachside capital, Montevideo. Hit the attractive beaches, park up at one of the pretty plaza cafes or feast on sizzling plates of barbecued meats to the groovin' sounds of live jazz beats at Mercado del Puerto.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 16-19 Estancia Stay

Sample something of the simpler life on a traditional estancia (ranch) homestay. Those prone to pondering a possible career change may like to test their mettle helping out with the daily farm chores, such as sheep herding or tending the garden. Otherwise just sit back on the veranda and chew the fat with your travel companions before being treated to some hearty Uruguayan home cooking.
ACCOM: Hacienda - 3, Overnight bus - 1

Days 20-22 Foz do Iguazu

Venture out for a visit to Argentina's most breathtaking attraction, the Iguazu Falls. Cross the wooden walkways to peer over the edge at thousands of litres of water thundering down the Iguazu River. Wider than Victoria Falls, higher than Niagara and covered in swathes of lush jungle, they're a truly awe-inspring spectacle to behold and explore.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Overnight bus - 1

Days 23-24 Paraty

Travel to paradisal Paraty for a spot of Brazilian-style rest and relaxation. Dawdle the wide cobblestone streets or head off along the network of jungle trails in search of waterfalls and wildlife.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 25-27 Ilha Grande

With a unique blend of tropical beaches and steamy rainforest, Ilha Grande is one of Brazil's most idyllic island getaways. Relax beachside with a caipirinha in hand, hike through the forests to Praia Lopes Mendes or don a mask and snorkel and enter an underwater wonderland.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 28-29 Rio de Janeiro

What better place to end this South American odyssey than in rowdy and rambunctious Rio de Janeiro. Sprawl on the sands of Copacabana, hike up Sugarloaf Mountain for stunning bay views and revel 'til you drop at the local bars and street parties that overwhelm this sensational city.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1