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Uruguay, Pantanal & the Falls Rio De Janeiro - Buenos Aires

Trip Overview

This 23 day overland tour journeys from Rio De Janeiro to Buenos Aires through Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay
23 DAYS THROUGH Argentina, Brazil (+ 1 more countries)
RATING:
of 2 reviews
PRICE FROM:
$1,820 (USD) + 990 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
23 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
40%
60%
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
ZFB
DEPOSIT:
$350 USD

Highlights

  Discover South America's most vibrant cities of Buenos Aires and Rio De Janeiro

  Soak up the sun on the emerald coast at Paraty.

  Getaway from it all on the island hideaway of Ilha Grande

  Stay on a real Uruguayan estancia, learn to ride and hang out with the Gauchos!

  Catch a boat across the Rio de la Plata to explore Uruguay's colonial cities of Montevideo and Colonia

  Go search for jaguar in the southern Pantanal

  Snorkel the crystal clear waters of the Rio Prata at Brazil's eco-tourism capital, Bonito!

  Get soaked white water rafting at Brotas

  SHOW MORE HIGHLIGHTS  

Itinerary

Day 1 - Rio De Janeiro ( 26th Feb 2020 )

Border information: if you are joining in Rio de Janeiro, you will most likely enter Brazil at Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport (IATA code: RIO/GIG).

Welcome to the iconic Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro! There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Rio de Janeiro before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Rio de Janeiro.

In Rio de Janeiro we will stay in a great hotel in the Flamengo district, close to the beach and the metro station.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the world famous statue Christ the Redeemer

BRL 74

Take a cable car up Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain)

BRL 80
Day 2-3 - Ilha Grande ( 27th Feb 2020 to 28th Feb 2020 )

Today we will leave Rio behind and travel by truck to the stunning island retreat of Ilha Grande.  We will leave our truck behind for a couple of days and take a ferry, so you may wish to pack a small overnight bag.  There are no private cars or banks on the island, so you will need to bring cash along with you and be prepared for a short walk with your bags to the hostel.  

We will stay in a comfortable hostel.

Estimated drive time - 5 hours.

Day 4-5 - Paraty ( 29th Feb 2020 to 1st Mar 2020 )

Today our journey begins with a short drive to the colonial town of Paraty on the Emerald Coast of the Atlantic!

We will have free time to explore the town, take a historical tour, walk along the stunning scenery of the coastline, head out snorkelling or diving, or simply relax on the idyllic beaches.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours 

In Paraty we will stay in a hostel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Go for a scuba diving trip in the incredible oceans around Paraty

BRL 250

Boat trip out to islands and beaches

Free

Try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding by hiring a board from one of the many vendors at the Jabaquara beach in Paraty

BRL 35

Learn all about the fascinating history of Brazil and the Gold Trail, on an excellent walking tour of the old colonial town of Paraty

USD 35
Day 6-7 - Brotas ( 2nd Mar 2020 to 3rd Mar 2020 )

Today we will drive to the remote town of Brotas in southeastern Brazil.

In Brotas we will stay at a campsite with good facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

The following morning if time allows we may have an opportunity to go rafting. Afterwards we will continue our journey towards the Pantanal, bush camping en route with no facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 5 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head out white-water rafting on the fast moving waters of the Jacare River (approxmiately Grade 3-4)

BRL 150
Day 8-9 - Southern Pantanal ( 4th Mar 2020 to 5th Mar 2020 )

Today we have an early start to meet our guide in Campo Grande, and then drive on to Brazil's amazing Southern Pantanal region, where we have a visit a local eco-tourism ranch (or 'fazenda').

Estimated Drive Time - 5 hours.

We will spend 2 nights here and have a comprehensive package of included activities such as exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside on horseback, trips down the wildlife-abundant rivers in boats and canoes, and safaris on the ranch's trucks and on foot where we hope to spot capybaras, caimans, and (if we are very lucky) jaguars and ocelots. Our stay here is an incredible highlight!

In the Southern Pantanal we will stay in dorm accommodation in a well equipped lodge with all the meals and activities included.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

2 night wildlife safari into the Pantanal

Included in Kitty
Day 10-11 - Bonito ( 6th Mar 2020 to 7th Mar 2020 )

After our morning activities and one final lunch in our beautiful ranch, it is time to leave the Pantanal and drive to the Brazilian eco-tourism capital of Bonito.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

We have a full day in Bonito to take part in some incredible optional activities. You could go out on a world-class snorkelling trip, explore the nearby caves, or go abseiling down some of the largest waterfalls in the area, amongst many other possibilities!

In Bonito we will camp in the grounds of an excellent hostel with a pool and good facilities.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Caving, rafting and snorkeling in the waters of Bonito

BRL 30

Take an incredible snorkelling trip through the crystal clear waters of the Rio da Prata, getting a phenomenal view of the fish and aquatic plants underwater

BRL 278

Visit the ethereal and other-worldly Blue Lake Cave near Bonito, an underground lake with an incredibly vivid shade of blue

BRL 95

Take a trek through the stunning areas surrounding Bonito, visiting some of the beautiful nearby waterfalls

BRL 50

Go on a stunning sunset horse ride around the beautiful countryside around Bonito

BRL 80

Hire a mountain bike in Bonito to freely explore the incredible countryside of Mato Grosso do Sul

USD 20
Day 12-13 - Foz do Iguaçu, Iguazu Falls ( 8th Mar 2020 to 9th Mar 2020 )

Today we have a full drive day south to the city of Foz do Iguaçu.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-12 hours.

The following day we will visit the Brazilian side of the phenomenal Iguazu Falls, to get some incredible panoramic vistas of the mighty waterfalls. There is also time for optional activities such as taking a helicopter ride over the falls, visiting the incredible Itaipu Dam, or to quickly stop into Paraguay to pick up some bargains in the nearby Ciudad del Este.

In Foz do Iguaçu we will camp in the grounds of an excellent hostel out of town, with good facilities.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

2 full days to discover the unbelievable Iguazu Falls

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take an exhilarating speed boat ride around the base of the falls from the Brazilian side

BRL 66

Head on an adrenaline-fuelled speedboat trip to the base of the falls on the Argentine side - be prepared to get very wet!

ARS 450

Take an unforgettable 10-minute helicopter flight over the Iguazu Falls, enjoying a bird's eye view of one of the world's most incredible set of waterfalls

USD 125

Visit the colossal Itaipu Dam, the second largest hydroelectric dam in the world

BRL 68

Take a short trip into Paraguay to experience the chaos of Ciudad del Este and pick up a bargain or two (price listed is for a return trip in a taxi)

BRL 140
Day 14 - Iguazu Falls, Foz do Iguaçu ( 10th Mar 2020 )

Today we will take a day trip into Argentina to see the incredible Iguazu Falls from the other side. This is well worth doing as the views are even more spectacular, and you'll be able to look right down into the mighty Garganta del Diablo (the largest waterfall here) from a gantry walkway viewing point. We will have a full day at the Argentine side of the falls, allowing us lots of time to freely explore the site, hike some nature trails, or perhaps take an exhilarating (and very wet) boat ride!

We will either return to our base in Foz do Iguaçu or stay in Puerto Iguazu in Argentina.

Day 15 - Yapeyú ( 11th Mar 2020 )

Border information: exit Brazil at Tancredo Neves, enter Argentina at Tancredo Neves.

Today we will leave Iguazu and head to the Argentine town of Yapeyú. This small town was the birthplace of General José de San Martín, one of the principal leaders of several South American countries' struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire. 

In Yapeyú we will stay in a basic campsite on the shores of Rio Uruguay, or alternatively bushcamp further along the route.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours 

Day 16-18 - Tacuarembó ( 12th Mar 2020 to 14th Mar 2020 )

Border information: exit Argentina at Salto Grande, enter Uruguay at Salto Grande.

Today we cross into Uruguay and head to the Tacuarembó area - the traditional gaucho land of Uruguay. We will spend 3 nights in an authentic estancia to learn about the gaucho way of living. We will have a chance to learn how to prepare typical food from the area (and of course taste it!) and also enjoy some traditional music.

In Tacuarembó we will camp in the grounds of an estancia.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Enjoy an incredible 3-night stay at a traditional Uruguayan farm to gain a fascinating insight into the lives of the gauchos, take part in a cooking demonstration, and go to an evening of traditional local music

Included in Kitty
Day 19 - Montevideo ( 15th Mar 2020 )

Today we will head south to the Uruguayan capital Montevideo.  The following day will be free to explore Montevideo. The city has a mix of historical buildings and modern architechture and a main feature of the city is the Rambla (waterfront promenade) where locals frequently go for a stroll to drink their mate. Mate is the traditional South American caffeine-rich infused drink sipped through a straw, particularly popular in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Brazil and Chile.

In Montevideo we will stay in a comfortable hotel. 

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Freely explore the pleasant Uruguayan capital of Montevideo, its markets, colonial buildings, old city, and vast promenade along the coast

Free

Learn all about Uruguayan history and culture at some of Montevideo's many museums, such as the National Historical Museum, the Gaucho Museum, and the Museum of the Andes

Free

Get a deeper understanding of Montevideo on a free walking tour of the city from an enthusiastic local guide

Free
Day 20 - Colonia ( 16th Mar 2020 )

This morning we head to Colonia del Sacramento, one of the oldest and most picturesque towns in Uruguay and a Unesco World Heritage site. The afternoon is free to explore the charming narrow cobbled streets of the Barrio Histórico and the pretty riverfront. 

In Colonia we will stay in a lovely hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Discover the delightful UNESCO-listed colonial town of Colonia del Sacramento by freely exploring its cobbled streets, old buildings, and small museums

Free
Day 21-22 - Buenos Aires ( 17th Mar 2020 to 18th Mar 2020 )

Today we will hop on the ferry across to the vibrant city of Buenos Aires.  The truck will drive around by road and rejoin us later in the day. 

Day 22 is a free day to explore the city and discover its amazing culture, art, and music.

In Buenos Aires we will stay in a centrally located hotel, breakfast is included.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, the coolest city in South America

ARS 250

Practice your dance steps in the birthplace of Tango

Free

Enjoy a free city tour of Buenos Aires

Free

Head out to a tango show in Buenos Aires' oldest cafe, the Gran Cafe Tortoni - seeing a slice of iconic Argentine culture in an ideal and intimate setting

ARS 450

Visit the strangely beautiful cemetery of Recoleta, the final resting place of many ex-presidents and Argentine icons, most famously including the tomb of Eva Peron

Free

Learn all about the cuisine of Argentina on a food tour of Buenos Aires, visiting several incredible local top-class eateries that you won't find in the guidebooks!

USD 85

Try some of Argentina's most delicious wines on a top-level wine tasting afternoon in Buenos Aires

USD 52
Day 23 - Buenos Aires ( 19th Mar 2020 )

Today is the final day our the trip and there is no accommodation is provided tonight.   Please contact our Sales Team if you wish to book additional nights in Buenos Aires, or continue the journey to Santiago and beyond.

Border Information: If you are flying out of Argentina today, the International Airport is Ezeiza International Airport (EZE)

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Departing: 30 Jan 2020
Returning: 21 Feb 2020
Duration: 23 days
Route: Buenos Aires - Rio De Janeiro
$1,820 USD + $1,000 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 26 Feb 2020
Returning: 19 Mar 2020
Duration: 23 days
Route: Rio De Janeiro - Buenos Aires
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Departing: 21 Jan 2021
Returning: 12 Feb 2021
Duration: 23 days
Route: Buenos Aires - Rio De Janeiro
$1,835 USD + $1,000 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 17 Feb 2021
Returning: 11 Mar 2021
Duration: 23 days
Route: Rio De Janeiro - Buenos Aires
$1,835 USD + $990 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 3 Feb 2022
Returning: 25 Feb 2022
Duration: 23 days
Route: Buenos Aires - Rio De Janeiro
$1,905 USD + $1,000 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 2 Mar 2022
Returning: 24 Mar 2022
Duration: 23 days
Route: Rio De Janeiro - Buenos Aires
$1,905 USD + $990 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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REVIEWS FROM OUR PASSENGERS

My second Dragoman trip and once again I had a fantastic time
Nicola W
Impossible to give a highlight. The whole trip was packed with one highlight to the next.
Nicola W