Connecting two of South America’s most iconic cities, this 19-day overland adventure journeys from Buenos Aires to visit the mighty Iguazu Falls, the Pantanal wetlands and the UNESCO-listed town of Paraty on the Emerald Coast, before ending in sensational Rio de Janeiro.
Welcome to Argentina and its wonderful capital Buenos Aires! Tonight we have an important group meeting at 6pm in the joining hotel to meet your tour leader and fellow travellers.
Day 2 is free to explore this incredible city and all it has to offer. Buenos Aires is packed with amazing culture, arts and music, so perhaps take one of our optional activities to make the most of your time here. You could learn to tango with a private lesson, sample Argentina’s famous Merlot on a wine tasting afternoon or take a street art tour with some of the local artists.
Overnight: Buenos Aires (2) | Breakfast x 1
Buenos Aires - Yapeyu. Today we journey north on a full-day drive through the Entre Rios and Corrientes provinces. We arrive in Yapeyu, a beautiful village set on the banks of the River Uruguay, where we camp for the night. This village is famous in Argentina as the birthplace of General Jose de San Martin, a national hero who helped liberate South America from Spanish colonial rule.
Overnight: Yapeyu | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Yapeyu - Foz do Iguacu. This morning we cross the border at Tancredo Neves into Brazil, where we continue our drive to Foz do Iguacu. Meaning ‘Mouth of the Iguazu River’, this town is famous as the base for exploring the incredible Iguazu Falls.
On day 5 we visit the Brazilian side of the magnificent Iguazu Falls, which is the largest waterfall system in the world. Here we have plenty of time for optional activities, such as a visit to the Parque das Aves bird park, an exhilarating speed boat ride around the base of the falls or an unforgettable 10-minute helicopter flight over this spectacular natural feature.
Overnight: Foz do Iguacu (2) | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Today we take a trip back into Argentina to spend a full day at this side of the incredible Iguazu Falls. From the Argentinian side, the views are even more spectacular and you can look right down the largest waterfall, known as the Devil’s Throat, from a gantry walkway viewing point. We have plenty of time here to explore, perhaps hiking some of the nature trails or taking an exhilarating, and very wet, boat ride.
Overnight: Foz do Iguacu | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Foz do Iguacu - Bonito. Today we have a full day's drive north to Bonito, the eco-tourism capital of Brazil. Enjoy the camaraderie aboard our overland truck, playing games with your fellow travellers and soaking up the views along the way.
We spend days 8 and 9 in Bonito to take advantage of the range of incredible optional activities here. You can visit the other-worldly Blue Lake Cave, enjoy world-class snorkelling in the waters of Rio da Prata or abseil down the Boca da Onca waterfall, to name just a few of the activities on offer.
Overnight: Bonito (3) | Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3
Bonito - Pantanal. Today we have a short drive to the amazing southern Pantanal region of Brazil and enjoy a visit to a local eco-tourism ranch or 'fazenda'. The Pantanal is the largest wetland in the world and home to a staggering number of species, including wildlife such as caiman, anacondas, anteaters, jaguars, capybaras and much more.
We spend two nights in the Pantanal enjoying a range of included activities from our lodge. These include canoe and boat trips down the wildlife-rich rivers, horseback rides through the beautiful scenery and safaris on trucks and on foot where we hope to spot some of this wetland’s incredible indigenous wildlife.
Overnight: Pantanal (2) | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Pantanal - Campo Grande. Following our morning activities and a final lunch in the Pantanal, we start driving east towards Sao Paulo state. We wild camp towards the end of the day, offering a truly off the beaten track experience as we're far from the tourist crowds in our remote setting.
Overnight: Campo Grande | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Campo Grande - Brotas. Today we drive to Brotas, a remote town in southeastern Brazil known for being an adventure tourism destination.
Day 14 is free to either relax by the pool or take part in the optional adventure activities on offer here. Maybe go white-water rafting on the fast-moving waters of the Jacare River or enjoy a half-day canyoning trip through the nearby gorges.
Overnight: Brotas (2) | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Brotas - Paraty. This morning we embark on a full-day drive to Paraty, an old Portuguese colonial town set on the dazzling Emerald Coast of the Atlantic, where we spend three nights.
On day 16, we enjoy an included boat trip around the incredible beaches and islands off the coast of Paraty. Day 17 is then free to explore at your leisure or perhaps take a historical walking tour. There are plenty more optional activities on offer including scuba diving, sea kayaking and standup paddle boarding.
Overnight: Paraty (3) | Breakfast x 1, Lunch x 1
Paraty - Rio de Janeiro. This morning we drive to the incredible city of Rio de Janeiro. Situated under the watchful gaze of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio boasts one of the most beautiful settings in the world surrounded by lush mountains and golden beaches. This afternoon we then have the opportunity to take an optional visit to a community favela project.
Day 19 marks the end of our adventure through Argentina and Brazil! If you'd like to extend your time in this sensational city, please contact our reservations team who will be happy to arrange post-tour accommodation.
Breakfast x 1
Is This Trip Right For Me?
Overlanding is not a style of travel that will suit everyone so please carefully read the Trip Notes before selecting this tour and be realistic about your ability and desire to join such a trip. If you’re the adventurous type who’d rather spend a night roughing it in a rainforest than luxuriating in a boutique hotel, then overlanding is for you. You just need the right attitude, an open mind, and a desire to participate fully in the trip.
Overland travelling can be demanding and challenging. On your trip you’ll travel in a purpose-built expedition vehicle on an off-the-beaten-track adventure along rugged roads, sometimes across vast distances. You will find the drive times noted on the Trip Notes.
On an overland journey you are more than just a passenger, these are full participation trips and everyone gets involved pitches in! You will also be expected to erect your own tent and help with camp chores including cooking meals for the group on a rota basis. Like all great adventures, the more you put in the more you'll get out!
The type, variety and standard of accommodation can vary greatly from very basic rooms without electricity or running water to comfortable hotels with good facilities. Generally in hotels most rooms will be twin-share, but some may be triple/quad-share. Hostels are nearly always multi-share and may be mixed sex.
The campsites we use range from basic to those with excellent facilities, including swimming pools, restaurants and a bar. On some occasions we wild camp with no facilities, which means there are no toilets - just the vast expanse of the great outdoors and a shovel!
Our overland journeys are designed to offer freedom, and many of our routes have a large degree of flexibility rather than a strict hour-by-hour or even day-by-day itinerary. We intend to follow the planned route but exact night stops and inclusions cannot be guaranteed and it sometimes happens that we decide to make a change to our planned itinerary.
How Challenging Is This Trip?
'Brazil & Argentina Adventure' is an easy-paced overland journey, with plenty of good food, fun activities (boating, horse riding), wildlife and wilderness. Nothing too challenging, mixing simple hotels with multi-share hostels and camping. Your itinerary may include leisurely day walks, bike rides, and other activities that are not too strenuous. You will be camping some of the time but the pace of the trip is fairly relaxed and the facilities and road conditions are generally of a good standard.
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Local payment - $850pp, paid in USD
Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.
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