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 hostel.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Favela Experience, Rio de Janeiro 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
  • 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 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. Additional Notes: Opt to pre-book the "Buenos Aires Bike Tour" or "Buenos Aires Tango Experience" activities on the checkout page ahead of time to include these optionals on your tour.
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) 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. Transport: Local bus (2.50-3.00 hours, 177km)
Day 5 Montevideo (1B) 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.
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 in the life on an Uruguayan ranch, go for a walk in the countryside, learn how to make empanadas, and experience a local barbecue. 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 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. 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 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. 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. Additional Notes: Opt to pre-book the "Paraty Caipirinha Boat Tour" activity on the checkout page ahead of time to include this optional on your tour.
Day 13 Paraty/Ilha Grande (1B) Travel 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 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 (1B) 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. Included Activities: Favela Experience
Day 17 Rio de Janeiro (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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