Bolivia to Rio via Iguazu Falls
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Oct 22, 2012 3:10 PM Last Post By: beerfree
Oct 20, 2012 3:43 PM
I have a question with regards my itinerary. I am travelling from Bolivia to Brazil next May/June. I have a return flight home from Rio booked,so my trip must end there.
As I unfortunately have fairly limited time I am carefully planning the trip (as much as I can, at least) to make the most of the time I have.
I wondered if anyone has any suggestions on the best route from Bolivia, and though Brazil, ending in Rio,
I will probably arrive in Sucre (from Potosi) around the 1st of June and spend a couple of days there, before heading over to Brazil. My research leads me to believe that it would be best to travel through Santa Cruz via a night bus, although it seems the town isn't overly interesting. Would anyone disagree?
On around the 6th June, I shall head over the Brazilian border and into the Pantanal. Would Corumba be the best place to explore the wetlands from? Does anyone know any good tours?
ON around 13th June I would like to arrive at Iguazu, as I have a flight from Foz to Rio booked on 15th June. From there I am thinking of travelling straight on to Paraty or Ilhe Grande for a couple of days before returning to Rio for a few days before my departure flight on 21st June.
I guess the main question I have is how should I travel from Corumba to Iguazu? I think I will only have a couple of days in Pantanal, so I may have time for another stop on route to Iguazu. I've looked at Bonito, but as I have a fear of fish, I dont know if the town has much more to offer me. Is there any other traditional Brazilian town that we may be able to squeeze into the itinerary? I'd consider taking out the Pantanal if there are any other suggestions for travelling from Bolivia to Iguazu.
I am in my late 20s and travelling with my boyfriend. We prefer to travel at fairly fast place and take in as many sights as possible.
If anyone has any comments or tips on how we can improve the itinerary, they would be gratefully received.
Oct 20, 2012 8:01 PM
1Santa Cruz city is not really interesting, but surrounding area is great, if you have few days spare go to Samaipata, you will not regret it.
If you don't fancy seeing "real pantanal" you can as well just do the pampas tour from Rurrenabaque, it's not so different from Pantanal and it cost 1/10 of the price.
Then actually it's fast and easy to get to Iguazu, you just need to take flight from Santa Cruz to Asuncion (cheap for SA standards at around $100) and from there it's only 5 hours by bus.
If you travel trough Corumba I suggest flying to Puerto Suarez rather than taking a bus, it can be very long and uncomfortable journey.
The area in between is called Chiquitania and it's well worth exploring, but it's a but hard without your own car (preferable 4x4)
Oct 21, 2012 12:13 AM
Thanks for your advice. I think I will consider a flight to Puerto Suarez as it is much quicker.
I think I will stick to the Pantanal too. Do you know the quickest way to get from Corumba to Iguazu? Ideally via somewhere interesting, but not Bonito (unless Bonito is worth it without the snorkelling with the fish?)
Oct 21, 2012 8:17 AM
3Honestly I would just book a flight from Gampro Grande via Sao Paulo. There is little interesting on the way
Oct 22, 2012 1:39 AM
4Agreed. Just fly from Campo Grande or Cuiaba (I prefer the lodges from Cuiaba, rather than CG, but it may just be a personal thing) to Sao Paulo/Rio. The advantage of flying to SP, is that you can then go up the coast, stop in Paraty/Angra dos Reis/Ilha grande and then continue on to Rio, so you're not going back on yourself. Plus Sao Paulo has awesome food. :-)
Oct 22, 2012 3:10 PM
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