In Search of Iguassu–Buenos Aires to Rio

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Get your South American rush with other young travellers unafraid to embrace the new. You'll kick off the adventure in sophisticated Buenos Aires before getting back to nature on day hikes at a working Uruguayan ranch. Marvel at Iguassu Falls, then hop on a flight to São Paulo on your way to the Brazilian coast — no gruelling bus ride means more time on the beach. We'll wrap up in the party in Rio, where you're free to embrace the carnival atmosphere from our centrally-located Copacabana hotel.

What’s included

  • G Adventures for Good: Favela Experience, Rio de Janeiro Carte Blanche: Buenos Aires Local Living: Estancia Stay, Colonia La Concordia Carte Blanche: Paraty Carte Blanche: Ilha Grande
  • Activities while at the estancia in Uruguay
  • Entrance and visit to the Argentine side of Iguassu Falls
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Sample the cuisine and culture of buenos aires
  • Discover uruguay's rural beauty at a working ranch
  • Marvel at iguassu falls
  • Skip the overnight bus and gain time (and comfort!) with a flight to são paulo
  • Sip caipirinhas on the beach
  • Revel in the energy of rio de janeiro.

Itinerary

Day 1 Buenos Aires Arrive at any time. Additional Notes: Booking pre- or post-trip accommodation is highly recommended to fully experience the cities and take advantage of the optional activities available. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Buenos Aires Known as the ‘Paris of the Americas,’ Buenos Aires is a vibrant city full of life. Visit the districts of La Boca, Recoleta, and San Telmo or catch a tango show at one of the many famous tanguerías. Wander the pedestrian walkways and see some dancing in the streets. Whatever you do, Buenos Aires is sure to leave lasting memories.
Day 3 Buenos Aires/Colonia Cross the Río de la Plata by ferry to Colonia, Uruguay. Explore on an orientation walk, then enjoy free time to explore the area and relax at a streetside café. Additional Notes: In high season, accommodation may be multi-share. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Argentina - Uruguay) Orientation Walk Transport: Ferry (1.00 hour(s))
Day 4 Colonia/Montevideo (1B) Spend free time in Montevideo exploring the city and Mercado del Puerto, having a picnic in the park or visiting Estadio Centenario where the first World Cup was played in 1930. Cycle around the coast or head to the beach. Transport: Local bus (2.50-3.00 hours, 177km)
Day 5 Montevideo (1B) Free time to explore Montevideo.
Day 6 Montevideo/Estancia Stay (1B, 1L, 1D) Travel by day through picturesque settlements and pastures finishing in the last Uruguayan stop—a local ranch, known in the region as an estancia. Included Activities: Estancia Stay Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)
Day 7 Estancia Stay (1B, 1L, 1D) Spend a day at the estancia getting into rural life. Learn about the historical roots of the region, lend a hand on the farm, go for a walk, make empanadas or sit back and sip on the wines of the region as you take in local Uruguayan life. Included Activities: Estancia Stay
Day 8 Estancia Stay/Iguassu Falls (1B) In the morning cross the border into Gualeguaychu in Argentina, then begin the long overnight journey to Iguassu Falls. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Uruguay - Argentina) Transport: Overnight bus (16.00-18.00 hours, 868km)
Day 9 Iguassu Falls In the morning opt to visit the Brazilian side of the falls and get an incredible panoramic view. Opt to take a helicopter ride over the falls, visit a bird park or see the Itaipu Dam. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Argentina - Brazil) Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours)
Day 10 Iguassu Falls (1B) Today enjoy a full day excursion to the Argentinian side of the falls. Wander along the walk paths that connect different view points of the falls. Opt to take a boat tour to see the cascading falls from below. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Brazil - Argentina) Iguassu Falls Visit Border Crossing (Argentina - Brazil)
Day 11 Foz do Iguaçu/Paraty Skipping the long bus ride, we fly to Sao Paulo and head straight to Paraty, a quaint colonial town on the coast renowned for its architecture. Additional Notes: In high season, accommodation in Paraty may be multi-share. Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s)) Shared van (5.00-6.00 hours)
Day 12 Paraty (1B) Paraty is a quaint colonial town renowned for its architecture—the pace might be slow but there's a lot to choose from. Considered one of the world's most important examples of Portuguese colonial architecture by UNESCO, the historic centre is a well-preserved national historic monument, and today has been closed to vehicles to preserve its laid-back colonial ambiance. Opt to take a boat tour of the bay, go on a kayak tour, or a jeep tour.
Day 13 Paraty/Ilha Grande (1B) Tavel to the port in Angra dos Reis and catch a boat over to Ilha Grande not far from the coast. Additional Notes: In high season, accommodation in Ilha Grande may be multi-share. Transport: Local bus (2.00 hour(s), 100km) Ferry (1.50 hour(s))
Days 14-15 Ilha Grande Free time to explore the beaches of Ilha Grande. Opt to hike the remote trails, take a boat trip around the island, play in the waves or go snorkelling.
Day 15 Ilha Grande/Rio de Janeiro Leaving the port after returning from Ilha Grande, a dramatic road then takes us north along the coast through superb scenery before rounding the cliffs at Vidigal. Get a first glimpse of one of the most memorable cities in the world, Brazil’s ocean-side jewel, Río de Janeiro. Enjoy any free time by taking an optional city tour or exploring the wonders that this city has to offer from the centrally located hostel in Copacabana. Transport: Ferry (1.50 hour(s)) Local van (3.00-3.50 hours)
Day 16 Rio de Janeiro Enjoy a free morning to discover all that Rio has to offer. In the afternoon, explore the favela with a local resident on a G Adventures-supported tour to watch a drumming demonstration, get a Capoeira lesson, and sample craft beers with a new perspective of the city. Included Activities: Favela Experience
Day 17 Rio de Janeiro (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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