Bolivia to Brazil: Highlands & Coastlines

18-to-Thirtysomethings, La Paz to Rio de Janeiro

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Breathe in the Inca spirit of La Paz and dance in the tango palaces of Buenos Aires on this two-week adventure. Connecting the Andes to the Atlantic, you'll journey across the surreal landscapes of the Atacama Desert and the Salar de Uyuni. Feel like a sophisticate as you sip wine in Buenos Aires and pull back the curtain on the centre of the continent. Best of all, you'll do it in the company of other fun, young travellers. Don't choose between inspiring wilderness and urban sophistication – do it all.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Jukil Community Experience & Lodge, Santiago de Agencha Your G for Good Moment: Favela Experience, Rio de Janeiro Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Discover Moment: Sucre Your Discover Moment: Salta Your Discover Moment: Buenos Aires Your Local Living Moment: Estancia Stay, Colonia La Concordia Your Discover Moment: Paraty Your Discover Moment: Ilha Grande Your Discover Moment: Rio de Janeiro
  • 4x4 excursion to the Salar de Uyuni and surrounding area (3 days)
  • Activities while at the estancia in Uruguay
  • Entrance and visit to the Argentine sides of Iguassu Falls
  • Transportation between destinations and included activities
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Discover colonial cities and historic cultures
  • Cross the salar de uyuni and surrounding desert altiplano on a 4x4 excursion
  • Witness the stunning scenery and unique culture of northern argentina
  • Discover uruguay's rural beauty at a working ranch
  • Marvel at iguassu falls
  • Sip caipirinhas on the beach
  • Revel in the energy of rio de janeiro.

Itinerary

La Paz Arrive at any time. Catch your breath before heading over to an English pub next to the hostel for a few cold ones with your fellow travellers. Get to know each other as you prepare for the adventure of a lifetime.
La Paz/Sucre Enjoy a free day to explore the vibrant markets and winding streets of the city before boarding a night bus to Sucre.
Sucre Free time to explore the beautiful colonial city of Sucre. For more active options opt to go hiking in the surrounding area or mountain biking.
Sucre Enjoy another free day to explore Sucre and surroundings.
Sucre/Potosí Travel south to the one of the world's highest cities.
Potosí Get out and explore Potosí, learn about the history of the city while wandering the streets. Stop at the market and interact with the locals.
Potosí/Uyuni Travel to Uyuni and get ready for an excursion to the Salar de Uyuni.
Uyuni/Salt Flats and Desert Crossing Enjoy a three-day 4x4 excursion to the Salar de Uyuni and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery. Today you will be heading into the Salar de Uyuni. Our groups like to get creative with photography, as the endless white of the salt flats creates some great depth illusions that are fun to play with in photos. Last stop for the evening is a G Adventures-supported community lodge in a traditional agricultural village in the heart of a desert oasis.
Salt Flats and Desert Crossing Explore the desert altiplano on a 4x4 excursion. Admire the spectacular scenery while passing red and blue lagoons and interesting rock formations along the route. Spot wild llamas, alpacas and even flamingos deep within the desert.
Salt Flats and Desert Crossing /San Pedro de Atacama Rise early to cover more ground of the unique landscape of the Salar de Uyuni. Continue to see incredible scenery, including volcanoes, and salt lakes. Travel to the border and descend by bus to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. It's a long but scenic drive.
San Pedro de Atacama Opt to go sandboarding or mountain biking, or visit the Valley of the Moon.
San Pedro de Atacama/Salta Cross the border into Argentina.
Salta Explore the city and enjoy the local cuisine. Opt to take a trip through the scenic Quebrada de las Conchas to Cafayate, or visit the High Mountain Archaeological Museum.
Salta/Buenos Aires Skip a long bus journey with a quick flight to Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires Enjoy a free day to explore beautiful Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires Explore the "Paris of the Americas," from the hidden patios of trendy Palermo to bohemian vibes in San Telmo this city has something for everyone.
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.
Colonia/Montevideo Travel from Colonia to Montevideo in the morning. Explore Montevideo in the afternoon; opt to grab a snack at the Port Market, wander around the colourful old town, or visit Estadio Centenario where the first World Cup was played.
Montevideo Enjoy another day to get to know Montevideo. Opt to take a day trip to glamorous Punta del Este or chill in the park like a local.
Montevideo/Estancia Stay Travel by day through picturesque settlements and pastures finishing in the last Uruguayan stop—a local ranch, known in the region as an estancia.
Estancia Stay Spend a day in the life on an Uruguayan ranch, go for a walk in the countryside, learn how to make empanadas, and experience a local barbecue.
Estancia Stay/Iguassu Falls In the morning cross the border into Gualeguaychu in Argentina, then begin the long overnight journey to Iguassu Falls.
Iguassu Falls In the afternoon 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.
Iguassu Falls Today enjoy a full day excursion to the Argentine side of the falls. Wander along the walk paths that connect different viewpoints of the falls. Opt to take a boat tour to see the cascading falls from below.
Iguaçu Falls/Paraty Skip an overnight bus ride and fly to São Paulo, heading straight to the coast. Explore colonial Paraty, then hit the beach.
Paraty Free time to explore Paraty's beaches, a national park and surroundings. Opt to visit a cachaça distillery or take a boat tour to nearby islands.
Paraty/Ilha Grande Continue by van up the coast, and take a ferry to Ilha Grande.
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.
Ilha Grande/Rio de Janeiro Travel to Rio de Janeiro. Take a city tour to experience sights like Rio's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, or take a leisurely stroll along Copacabana beach as the waves lap at your feet.
Rio de Janeiro In the morning, 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. Enjoy a free afternoon to discover all that Rio has to offer.
Rio de Janeiro Depart at any time.
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