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 Janiero.
Get your South American rush with other young travellers not afraid 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 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 hotel.
- Activities while at the estancia (Uruguay). Entrance and visit to both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of Iguassu Falls. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
- 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners. (Allow USD480-520 for meals not included.)
- Simple hotels (12 nts, some multi-share), hostel (1 nt), estancia/ranch (2 nts, multi-share), overnight bus (1 nt).
- Local bus, minivan, taxi, plane, ferry, walking.
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
- Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12.
This trip also runs in reverse from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires. See In Search Of Iguassu—Rio to Buenos Aires
Day 1 Buenos Aires
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Buenos Aires
Free time to explore the many attractions. Check out a football match, a tango show or the city's famous nightlife.
Day 3-5 Colonia/Montevideo (1B)
Cross the Río de la Plata by ferry to Colonia, Uruguay. Free time to explore the area and relax at a streetside café. In the country's capital, visit the Carnival Museum and grab a snack at the Port Market.
Day 6-8 Estancia Stay (3B,2L,2D)
Leave the city and lights behind in favour of the Uruguayan rural life. Get dirty at a working ranch, go for a hike in the countryside, and indulge in local barbecues and wine. Overnight bus to Iguassu Falls.
Day 9-10 Iguassu Falls
Explore both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of the falls, and take an optional boat ride near the base of the falls.
Day 11-12 Paraty (1B)
Skip an overnight bus ride and fly to São Paulo, heading straight to the coast. Explore colonial Paraty, then hit the beach. Opt to visit a cachaça distillery visit or a take boat tour of the bay.
Day 13-15 Ilha Grande (1B)
Free time to hike and explore the island's beaches, or take an optional boat tour.
Day 16 Rio de Janeiro
Explore the city using a centrally located hotel in Copacabana as a base.
Day 17 Rio de Janeiro (1B)
Depart at any time.
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