Buenos Aires to Rio & Northern Brazil

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Buenos Aires to Fortaleza

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For 25 days, check out the best highlights of Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil with a group of new friends. Roam the gorgeous streets of Buenos Aires, visit a traditional ranch in Uruguay, gape at massive Iguassu Falls, hike across the car-free island of Ilha Grande, soak up some culture in Salvador, and bliss out on the picture-perfect beaches of Jericoacoara. Nature, beaches, cities, nightlife, food, and friends: this one's got it all.

What’s included

  • Local Living: Estancia Stay, Colonia La Concordia
  • Activities while at the estancia (Uruguay)
  • Entrance and visit to both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of Iguassu Falls
  • Orientation walks in Salvador and Fortaleza
  • Internal flights
  • 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
  • Sip caipirinhas on the beach
  • Revel in the energy of rio de janiero
  • Get your samba on in salvador
  • Chill out beachside in jericoacoara.

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 del Sacramento 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 del Sacramento/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/Mercedes (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 Mercedes/Foz do Iguaçu (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 Foz do Iguaçu After a night of travel, our visit to Brazil begins with the magnificent Foz do Iguaçu, or Iguassu falls, bordering Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Argentina - Brazil) Iguassu Falls (Brazil Side) Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours)
Day 10 Foz do Iguaçu (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 16 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. Additional Notes: The hostel has private rooms with private bathrooms for travellers, but its common areas are shared with other guests of the hostel. Transport: Ferry (1.50 hour(s)) Local van (3.00-3.50 hours)
Day 17 Rio de Janeiro Enjoy a free day to soak up the vibrant energy of Rio de Janeiro.
Day 18 Rio de Janeiro/Salvador (1B) Fly up the coast to the capital of Bahia and enjoy an orientation walk around the Pelourinho or old city centre complete with brightly painted colonial buildings. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Plane (5.00 hour(s))
Day 19 Salvador Enjoy free time to explore town. Hit the beach, take a capoeira lesson, or learn how to samba.
Day 20 Salvador/Fortaleza Cover the long distance with another flight to the vibrant city of Fortaleza. Enjoy an orientation walk upon arrival. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Plane (3.00 hour(s))
Day 21 Fortaleza/Jericoacoara Spend the day travelling further north past beaches and sand dunes to reach Jericoacoara, a tranquil slice of beachside paradise. Transport: Local bus (8.00 hour(s))
Day 22 Jericoacoara Affectionately known as 'Jeri' to locals, Jericoacoara is a small fishing village where the streets are made of sand. Surrounded by sand dunes, and stunning coastline there are plenty of activities to choose from during the day. At night, the town lights up with its many restaurants and fun nightlife.
Day 23 Jericoacoara Explore the small town, take a stroll along the endless beach and watch windsurfers ride the waves. Opt to take a surf lesson, rent a stand up paddle board or soak up the sun.
Day 24 Jericoacoara/Fortaleza Transfer back to Fortaleza and after leaving behind the chill town of Jeri enjoy the hustle and nightlife of the city. Transport: Local bus (8.00 hour(s))
Day 25 Fortaleza Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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