Travel from the bright lights of Buenos Aires to the action of Rio

Get an invigorating taste of South America’s south on a trip that takes you from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro. Let the sounds of samba, jazz and reggae wash over you and get swept up in the infectious energy of the locals. Stroll white-sand beaches in Rio, rummage through antique fairs in Buenos Aires and sample delicious culinary specialties wherever you go. In between these two vibrant cities, become immersed in spectacular wilderness - from the sprawling wetlands of Ibera to the astonishing Iguazu Falls, there’s a trove of natural beauty waiting for you.


Start
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Finish
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Countries
Argentina, Brazil
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Code
GGSW
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Discover Buenos Aires, Argentina's sultry and sensational capital. Tour its best sights, then explore its many corners at your leisure, from the star-studded Recoleta cemetery to the tucked-away milongas (tango halls)

  • Cruise across the lush lagoons of the Ibera Wetlands in search of anacondas, otters, howler monkeys and a vast array of colourful birds

  • Relax on the beautiful beaches of Arraial do Cabo and take a boat cruise to the dazzling Gruta Azul (Blue Cave)

  • With included visits to Iguazu Falls from both the Argentinean and Brazilian sides, you'll get the most out of this jaw-dropping natural wonder

  • Finish in Rio de Janeiro, where you're free to stroll the sands of Copacabana, soar across town on the Sugarloaf Cable Car or delve into the city's festive nightlife

Is this trip right for you?

  • The journey from Carlos Pellegrini to Iguazu (Day 5) is quite long, and can be made longer if the road to Posadas gets wet. You'll see why it's all worth it when you first set eyes on Iguazu Falls!

  • The overnight bus ride from Buenos Aires to the Ibera Wetlands (Day 5) is also lengthy. The beauty of this journey, however, is that the bus is nice and comfortable, which should allow for plenty of sleep.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Bienvenido! Welcome to Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires is the ultimate cosmopolitan city, with Latin passion, European elegance and its own distinctive style. Your adventure begins with an important welcome meeting at 6 pm. Your leader will leave a note at the hotel reception telling you where the meeting will take place. If you arrive early, why not visit San Telmo and its weekend antiques market and artists' displays – it's a great chance to acquaint yourself with some portenos (local residents). Alternatively, visit La Boca (home to the world-class football team Boca Juniors), Recoleta (the grand cemetery) or perhaps Casa Rosada (the Pink House).
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Buenos Aires - Coastal train - USD10
  • Buenos Aires - Tango show (ticket price depends on the location and inclusions) - USD120
  • Buenos Aires - Tigre - USD60
  • Buenos Aires - Football game (ticket price depends on the game) - USD120
  • Buenos Aires - Malbec Trail of Palermo Urban Adventure - USD100
  • Buenos Aires - Gourmet Food Urban Adventure - USD77
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Enjoy some breakfast, then embark on an orientation walk through this fantastic city. You'll be introduced to some of Buenos Aires' major sights – the likes of the Colon Theatre, the Obelisc and Plaza de Mayo. Along the way, learn a little more about Argentina's independence from Spain. In the late afternoon, take a comfortable overnight bus to the Ibera Wetlands region in the north of Argentina (approximately 9 hours). These wetlands are the second-largest in the world, trumped only by the Pantanal in Brazil.
Accommodation
  • Overnight bus (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Buenos Aires - Guided walking tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Arrive in Mercedes and transfer to the small town of Carlos Pellegrini, your base for exploring the Ibera Wetlands. Roam the marshes and lush grasslands, seeing how many of its animals you can spot. Spanning more than 15,000 square kilometres, the Ibera wetlands are roughly the size of Belgium, which gives you an idea of how much there is to explore. The biodiversity in incredible, and the swamps, lakes and lagoons are home to such creatures as otters, alligators, deer, wolves and black howler monkeys, to name a few. Keep a look out for those oddly noble-looking creatures, the capibaras. These cousins of guinea pigs are the largest rodents in the world.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Take a boat cruise across the wetlands in search of more of its myriad wildlife and birdlife. There will also be plenty of time to explore on foot. You might see any number of obscure species – maybe caiman or swamp deer, perhaps even an armadillo, or a flock of rhea (like a South American equivalent of an emu). Anacondas, though very hard to spot at certain times of the year, are also known to inhabit these wetlands. Keep an eye to the sky as you're bound to catch a glimpse of some of the 350 resident bird species, from the sharp-tailed tyrant to the gorgeous and garish yellow robin.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ibera Wetlands - Boat tour and wildlife walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Enjoy some breakfast and prepare for a long travel day. Start with a 4WD transfer to the city of Posada (approximately 3 hours). From there, take a comfortable local bus to Puerto Iguazu (approximately 5 hours). As soon as you arrive at Puerto Iguazu bus station, you will take a minivan across the border into Brazil and continue to your hotel in Foz do Iguacu (approximately 1 hour, depending on traffic at the Argentina–Brazil border).
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Here at Iguazu, you'll visit the mighty waterfalls from both the Argentinian side and the Brazilian side. At over two kilometres long, Iguazu Falls are actually a series of cataracts. There are over 270 falls in total, and with some reaching as high as 80 metres they are higher than Niagara Falls (and wider than Victoria Falls). From the Argentinean side it’s possible to follow a series of boardwalks to get up close to the thundering cascades – so close you can almost touch them. Later, visit a Guarani community for the rare opportunity to meet some of the region’s few remaining indigenous people. You might like to take a helicopter ride over the falls while you're here. This optional excursion gives you spectacular views of the falls and the lush green parklands that surround it.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Iguazu Falls - Entrance and tour of the Argentinian side of the falls
  • Iguazu - Guarani community visit
Optional Activities
  • Iguazu Falls - Great Adventure (boat ride and jungle trip) - ARS400
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Enjoy the magnificent panoramas on the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls. Seeing the falls from this side has its perks, such as a view of San Martin Island which you don't quite get from the Argentinean side. Afterwards you will take an afternoon flight to Rio de Janeiro (approximately 2 hours). From Rio you will be driven in a private van (approximately 2.5 hours) to Arraial do Cabo. Arraial do Cabo is a quaint fishermen town surrounded by gleaming white sand dunes, and the beaches here are truly excellent. Their crystal-clear waters make for some of the best snorkelling in the region.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Iguazu Falls - Entrance and tour of the Brazilian side of the falls
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Embark on a half-day boat tour that takes in a variety of beaches. While each spot has its charms – some are best for surfing, some for snorkelling, others for relaxing – all are exquisite. Prainha is arguably the most photogenic beach in the country – this is the one you can see as you approach town. Your boat cruise will stop in at the incredible Blue Cave, a rock formation in the middle of the sea where a combination of the sun and deep clear water creates an intense colour. When the tide is low, you can enter the cave by boat, through an opening that's about 3 metres wide.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Boat tour to Gruta Azul
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Enjoy a free day to explore the many different beaches in the area. Perhaps head to Foguete Beach, known for its good waves and fine sands. This popular spot, located near the city itself, hosts many a surfing competition. For somewhere more laid-back, check out the Beach of the Angels, which has calm waters and the odd trawler and yacht passing on the horizon. Alternatively, head for the beautiful landscapes of Sudoeste Beach which is shallow and great for strolling along.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Day trip to Buzios by local bus - BRL4
  • Hike to Prainha do Pontal do Atalaia - Free
  • Hike to Forno beach - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel by local bus to Rio de Janeiro, the festive heart of Brazil (approximately 2.5 hours). Settle into your hotel and enjoy some free time. Rio is a fascinating and diverse city, best known for its contrasting images of favelas (shanty towns) and the glitz and glamour of Carnaval. With your free time, you can choose from many optional activities. Perhaps head to a football game, take a cable car ride between Praia Vermelha and the Sugarloaf Mountain for incredible views over town, or explore the favelas with a local guide. Be sure to check out the Christ the Redeemer statue while you're here. For further options, chat to your leader. 
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Rio de Janeiro - Carnaval rehearsal (only available from June to Carnaval) - BRL80
  • Rio de Janeiro - Football game (ticket price depends on the game) - USD30
  • Rio de Janeiro - Samba show - BRL200
  • Rio de Janeiro - Sugar loaf cable car - BRL44
  • Rio de Janeiro - Favela tour - BRL84
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are free to depart the accommodation at any time.
Optional Activities
  • Rio de Janeiro - Santa Teresa Discovery Urban Adventure - USD67
  • Rio de Janeiro - Total Rio Tour - Full Day Urban Adventure - USD156
  • Rio de Janeiro - Corcovado, Christ Statue and Favela Urban Adventure - USD99
  • Rio de Janeiro - Favela Tour Experience Urban Adventure - USD56
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Plane, overnight bus, local bus, private minibus, boat

Accommodation

Hotel (9 nights), Overnight bus (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Buenos Aires - Guided walking tour
  • Ibera Wetlands - Boat tour and wildlife walk
  • Iguazu Falls - Entrance and tour of the Argentinian side of the falls
  • Iguazu - Guarani community visit
  • Iguazu Falls - Entrance and tour of the Brazilian side of the falls
  • Boat tour to Gruta Azul

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Important notes

PASSPORT:
Full passport details required in order to purchase domestic flights.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip however excludes nights 3 & 4 (Ibera wetlands) where you will be in shared accommodation.

BRAZILIAN VISA:
Please note you may require a Brazilian Visa for this trip. Processing can take around 2-5 weeks at the discretion of the embassy or consulate. Please speak with your travel agent well in advance for further advice.

ARGENTINA VISA:
The Argentine government charges a reciprocity tax which applies to Canadian and Australian citizens. The fee must be paid online prior to travel and a receipt for this payment must be produced at every border crossing into Argentina.

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