Altiplano, Patagonia & Uruguay with Carnival

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  • Overview
  • Itinerary
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  • Dragoman

Highlights
  • Explore the bars and cafes of Buenos Aires
  • Join us at one of Rio's famous Blocos
  • Cross the Magellan straight to Tierra del Fuego
  • Stay on a real Uruguayan estancia, learn to ride and hang out with the Gauchos!
  • Overland in the Chilean and Argentinian Lake District
  • Trek the famous W-Walk in Torres Del Paine National Park
  • Enjoy tea in a Welsh tea house
  • Star gaze at Moon Valley at San Pedro de Atacama
  • Catch a boat across the Rio de la Plata to explore Uruguay's colonial cities of Montevideo and Colonia
  • Visit the Uyuni train graveyard
  • Visit Los Glaciares National Park near El Chalten
  • Visit to Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Ride beautiful horses in unspoilt location
  • Take a wine tour in the Malbec capital of the world, Mendoza
  • Spectacular drive down Route 40 to see Quebrada de las Conchas
  • Visit vineyards in Cafayete
  • Explore the cosmopolitan and stylish city of Santiago
  • Go search for jaguar in the southern Pantanal
  • Soak up the sun on the emerald coast at Paraty
  • 3 night stay in an traditional isolated Argentian estancia with gauchos
  • Snorkel the crystal clear waters of the Rio Prata at Brazil's eco-tourism capital, Bonito!
  • Day trip on the surreal Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats
  • 5 night stay in Torres Del Paine National Park
  • Visit to Corcovado
  • 2 night stay at the lakeside town of Bariloche
  • Get away from it all on the island hideaway of Ilha Grande
  • 2 day crossing of the desolate and surreal Altiplano
  • Visit the Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Sector 11 ticket for the Sambadrome
  • Party the night away at Rio Scenarium
  • Walk around the ruins of Quilmes
  • Visit the Chilean wine region and famous vineyards
  • Climb Villarrica Volcano at Pucon in the Chilean Lake District
  • Discover South America's most vibrant cities of Buenos Aires and Rio De Janeiro
  • Reach the 'end of the world' at Ushuaia
  • Experience the marine wildlife of the Valdes Peninsula, Puerto Madryn
  • Wildcamp in the remotest parts of Patagonia
  • 2 nights in the world's highest capital city, La Paz
  • Visit Patagonian Magellanic penguin colony
  • Practice your dance steps in the birthplace of Tango
  • Overland the amazing plains of Patagonia
  • Drive to the Cristo Redentor and pass through stunning Andean mountains
Transport
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep, Local Bus, Ferry, Boat, Metro, Private Bus
Tour Staff
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
Destinations
  • South America
  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Uruguay
  • Patagonia
Tour Types
  • Kayak & Canoe
  • Local Guide
  • Local Living
  • Mountain Hikes
  • Nightlife
  • Scenic Flight
  • Sightseeing
  • Snorkeling
  • Whale Watching
  • White water rafting
  • wine tasting
  • Overland truck
  • Adventure
  • Overland
  • Discovery
  • History
  • Rio carnival
  • Festivals
  • Bicycle
  • Active
  • Wildlife
  • Camping
  • Cultural
  • Diving
  • Eco
  • Food & Culinary
  • Foodie
  • GAP Year
  • Helicopter Ride
  • Trekking
  • Walking
  • Historical
  • Horse Riding

Location: La Paz

<p style="box-sizing: inherit; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1rem; color: rgb(0, 21, 34); font-family: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, &quot;Segoe UI&quot;, Roboto, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Border information:</span>&nbsp;if you are joining&nbsp;in La Paz, you will most likely enter Bolivia at La Paz El Alto International Airport (IATA code: LPB).</p><p style="box-sizing: inherit; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1rem; color: rgb(0, 21, 34); font-family: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, &quot;Segoe UI&quot;, Roboto, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Welcome to&nbsp;La Paz, Bolivia’s seat of government and the highest administrative&nbsp;capital in the world! There will be an important&nbsp;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.</p><p style="box-sizing: inherit; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1rem; color: rgb(0, 21, 34); font-family: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, &quot;Segoe UI&quot;, Roboto, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">A note on altitude</span>: If you are joining in La Paz, we strongly recommend arriving at least 24 hours before the trip begins to allow additional time to acclimatise.</p>

Location: La Paz

Today we will have a free day to make the most of the extrodinary city of La Paz, explore the witches market or take a mountain biking trip down the World's Most Dangerous Road.</span><br><br>

Location: Uyuni

<p>Today we will drive south to Uyuni, the gateway to the incredible salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni.</p>

Location: Uyuni

Today we will&nbsp;venture out onto the salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni, spending a full day exploring this phenomenal location by jeep and on foot.&nbsp;En route we will explore the nearby train graveyard and&nbsp;the cactus-filled 'Fish Island',&nbsp;and take all the time we need to get plenty of&nbsp;perspective-bending photographs!</span>

Location: Altiplano

Today we will head off across the wilds of the Altiplano, a surreal and desolate desert landscape that stretches all the way into Chile. We will make plenty of stop for photographs on the way and at the end of the day we aim to cross the border into Chile, making camp soon afterwards.<p>Tonight we will bush camp in a remote spot with no facilities! </p>

Location: San Pedro de Atacama

After breakfast we will break camp, and drive through the stunning&nbsp;Reserva Nacional Alto Loa on the Chilean part of the Altiplano, stopping off en route for photographs and a lunch stop at the famous El Tatio Geysers, the worlds highest Geyser field at 4300m. Afterwards descending down to San Pedro de Atacama.</span><br><br>Please note:</span>&nbsp;The weather in this region can be unpredictable and has been known to close the road to the border.&nbsp; On these occasions we will take an alternate route across the Altiplano, crossing into either Chile or Argentina at a different border point.&nbsp; Your trip leaders will keep you informed of any changes that may be necessary.</span>

Location: San Pedro de Atacama

Today we will have a free day to explore the incredible highlights of the Atacama desert surrounding San Pedro. In the evening we will take an included trip out to the extraordinary Moon Valley, where we will hopefully see an incredible sunset. At night we will also have the chance to&nbsp;go stargazing, in one of the world's premier regions for astronomy&nbsp;(please note that this is only possible when there is not a full moon).</span>

Location: Salta

Today we will have a long drive day to cross the mighty Andes,&nbsp;cross the border into Argentina, and reach the beautiful town of Salta.</span>

Location: Salta

Today we will have a free day to explore Salta, visit its many museums, or explore the beautiful surrounding hills on foot or&nbsp;by mountain bike. We will also have the chance to take the cable car to the viewpoint on San Bernardo Hill overlooking the town, or take the famous 'Train to the Clouds' through some of the incredible mountian scenery nearby.</span>

Location: Cafayate

Today we will drive through the spectacular rock formations of the Quebrada de las Conchas, and reach the serene town of Cafayate.&nbsp;</span>

Location: Cafayate

Free day to explore Cafayate. This small unassuming town is the centre of one of Argentinas's principal withe producing regions, famous for the quality of its Torrontes and Tannat wines! We will have the opportunity to go to a few of the vineyards nearby to see how the wine is made, and of course to try them!</span>

Location: Recreo

Today we will drive south through spectacular mountains and arrive in the&nbsp;pampas that Argentina is famous for. We will visit the ancient ruins of the indigenous city of Quilmes en route.&nbsp;</span>

Location: Estancia

<p>Today we drive to a unique Anglo-Argentine Estancia, where we will stay for 3 nights. <br/><br/>During our time at the Estancia, we will head out horseback riding. This is a magical experience in a beautiful and many people's highlight of the trip! Please note that some of these activities are subject to weather conditions. <br/><br/>Please also note that there is a strict weight limit of 15 stone (210lbs) or 95kg to partake in the horse riding - if you should weigh more than this, then unfortunately you will not be able to participate in the horseback riding. </p>

Location: Estancia

Full day at the Estancia.

Location: Estancia

​Full day at the Estancia.

Location: Cordoba

Today we will have a leisurely start after breakfast to the city of Cordoba, where we will enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city.</span>

Location: Mendoza

<p>Today we will have a very early start for a full day's drive to the stunning town of Mendoza, nestled in the dry flats underneath the shadows of the largest mountains of the Andes.<p>Mendoza is the centre of Argentine wine production, and one of the nine 'Wine Capitals of the World' - it is especially famous for its Malbec, grown at some of the highest-altitude vineyards to be found in the world.</p></p>

Location: Mendoza

Today&nbsp;will be free time&nbsp;to explore the region, head out on various adventure activities, or of course take a tasting tour of the incredible wineries in the region.</span>

Location: Santiago

Today we will drive over the stunning Cristo Redentor pass in the high Andes, passing Aconcagua (the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere) and heading to the Chilean capital of Santiago.</span>

Location: Santiago

Today is a free day to explore the cosmopolitan Chilean capital.

Location: Santiago

Border information: if you are joining in Santiago, you will most likely enter Chile at Santiago Arturo Merino Ben&iacute;tez International Airport (IATA code: SCL).<br/><br/><p>Welcome to Santiago, the cosmopolitan Chilean capital! 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 meeting.</p>

Location: Buchupureo

Today we will leave the bright lights of Santiago behind and head to San Javier to take a wine tour at one of the famous vineyards of the region. After lunch, we will head to the laid back farming village of Buchupureo on the Chilean coast, where we can relax by the beach for a couple of hours.

Location: Pucon

<p>Today we continue our journey to the town of Puc&oacute;n, set on the shores of Lago Villarrica.</p>

Location: Pucon

Today is a free day to enjoy a range of optional activities, such as an expedition to climb the Volcano which looms over Puc&oacute;n, heading out horse riding through the surrounding forests, or an evening visit to the nearby natural hot springs.

Location: Bariloche

Border information: Exit Chile at Mamuil Malal, enter Argentina at Mamuil Malal.<br/><br/><p>Today we journey through the Andes into Argentina and to the picturesque town of Bariloche via the scenic Ruta de los Siete Lagos (Seven Lakes Route).</p>

Location: Bariloche

Today we have a free day to enjoy the beautiful mountain town of Bariloche and the stunning surrounding lakes, mountains and forests. We have options to explore the area by foot, mountain bike, kayak or boat.

Location: Futaleufu

Border Information: Exit Argentina at Rio Futaleuf&uacute;, enter Chile at Rio Futaleuf&uacute;.<br/><br/><p>Today we cross back into Chile and drive to the rafting mecca of Futaleuf&uacute;. From this point we will join the famous Carretera Austral, probably one of the most stunning roads in South America, surrounded by gorgeous mountain and forest scenery. Please note that the road from here to El Chaltén is rough and mostly unpaved meaning that the going is slow.</p>

Location: Futaleufu

Free day for optional activities or just enjoying the scenery.

Location: Puyuhuapi

Today we will leave Futaleuf&uacute; and drive through the Chilean fjords to Queluat National Park. Here we can take a walk to see the incredible hanging Glacier.

Location: Cerro Castillo NR

Today we drive south through the magnificent Chilean&nbsp;scenery to the beautiful area of Cerro Castillo National Reserve.</span><br><br><p style="box-sizing: inherit; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1rem; color: rgb(0, 21, 34); font-family: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, &quot;Segoe UI&quot;, Roboto, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">In Cerro Castillo we will camp in&nbsp;a lovely family-run campsite with basic facilities, where we will enjoy a Chilean BBQ.</p>

Location: Cerro Castillo NR

Today we have a free day to hike to the stunning&nbsp;turquoise waters of Laguna Cerro Castillo or to go horse riding.</span>

Location: Rio Pinturas

Border Information:&nbsp;</span>Exit Chile at Huemules, enter Argentina at&nbsp;Huemules.</span><br><br><p style="box-sizing: inherit; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1rem; color: rgb(0, 21, 34); font-family: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, &quot;Segoe UI&quot;, Roboto, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Today we will cross into Argentina's Patagonia region&nbsp;and continue our journey south along&nbsp;the famous Ruta 40 (Route 40).</p><p style="box-sizing: inherit; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1rem; color: rgb(0, 21, 34); font-family: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, &quot;Segoe UI&quot;, Roboto, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Tonight we will wild camp somewhere in&nbsp;the Rio Pinturas area.</p>

Location: El Calafate

Today we continue our journey south to the town of El Calafate, the gateway to the Perito Moreno Glacier, where we will stay for two nights in this busy Argentinian town.

Location: El Calafate

Today we will head out on an included&nbsp;full day&nbsp;guided visit to view the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most&nbsp;spectacular sights in Patagonia.</span>

Location: Tierra Del Fuego

Border information:</span>&nbsp;</span>Exit Argentina at&nbsp;Integracion Austral, enter Chile at&nbsp;Integracion Austral</span><br><br><p style="box-sizing: inherit; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1rem; color: rgb(0, 21, 34); font-family: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, &quot;Segoe UI&quot;, Roboto, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Continuing south, we head&nbsp;back into Chile to cross the&nbsp;Magellan Straits over to the island of Tierra del Fuego.</p>

Location: Ushuaia

Border information: Exit Chile at San Sebastian, enter Argentina at San Sebastian.<br/><br/><p>Today we cross over to the Argentine side of Tierra del Fuego and drive to the incredible port town of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world!</p>

Location: Ushuaia

We will have a&nbsp;free day in the remote town of Ushuaia, with&nbsp;time for optional activities such as a visit to the hauntingly beautiful&nbsp;Tierra del Fuego National Park, boat trips to see the scenery and wildlife of the Beagle Channel, or heading out&nbsp;horse riding along the coast.</span>

Location: Tierra Del Fuego

Border information:</span>&nbsp;Exit Argentina at San Sebastian, enter Chile at San Sebastian.</span><br><br><p style="box-sizing: inherit; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1rem; color: rgb(0, 21, 34); font-family: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, &quot;Segoe UI&quot;, Roboto, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Today we start heading back north on&nbsp;a full day&nbsp;drive back across the Magellan Straits and up the Chilean side of the mainland.</p>

Location: Torres Del Paine NP

<p>Today we will drive to the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. This is one of the most outstanding areas of natural beauty in the world and a main highlight of the trip for many of our passengers and leaders! We will stop en route in Puerto Natales to stock up on supplies and pick up our local guides and cook who will accompany us during our time in the National Park.<p>Tonight we will camp at Camping Pehoe, a stunning campsite inside the National Park with incredible views of Los Cuernos mountains, which we will refer to as our 'base campsite'.</p></p>

Location: Torres Del Paine NP

<p>Embark on the W-Walk with a local guide. Places at the campsites are limited by the National Park, so we book them in advance of your trip. We will be trekking the W-Walk from West to East, to enjoy the spectacular views.<p>This morning we will wake early and transfer by truck for the morning Catamaran to cross Lago Pehoe. We will then set up camp at Paine Grande, before continuing on our hike towards the lookout for Glacier Grey. The walk returns by the same route.</p></p>

Location: Torres Del Paine NP

Today we depart from our camp at Paine Grande and hike into the stunning French Valley. In the afternoon, we will make our way to Camp Cuernos.<br/><br/><p>The hike is approximately 8 hours</p>

Location: Torres Del Paine NP

<p>Today we have a slightly easier day, we will hike from Camping Cuernos along the edge of Lago Nodenskjold, around Almirante Nieto and stay just outside Valley Ascencio. We will arrive at Camp Central after approximately 5 hours hiking.</p>

Location: Torres Del Paine NP

This is our final day of the W-Walk and the most spectacular. The day begins with a steady climb from our camp site up Rio Asencio. Be prepared for the final hour which is a relatively steep scramble up to the Tarn and Mirrador Las Torres, affording great views of the iconic Towers. <br/><br/><p>Our hike today is approximately 8 hours for the return trip (16km).</p>

Location: El Chalten

Today we will head north to reach the small town of El Chaltén, situated in Los Glaciares National Park and famous for its incredible mountains, glaciers and world-class trekking opportunities.

Location: El Chalten

We will have two free days to enjoy the stunning Los Glaciares National Park and the incredible scenery of the nearby Mt. Fitz Roy. There are lots of trekking and walking opportunities here, as well as boat trips, horse riding, and many other fantastic options.

Location: El Chalten

Second free day for optional activities and exploration.

Location: Jaramillo Petrified Forest

Today we will have a full day&nbsp;drive across the plains of Patagonia towards the South Atlantic coast.&nbsp;</span>

Location: Camarones

Today we continue our drive&nbsp;north up the Atlantic coast&nbsp;to the small town of Camarones.&nbsp;</span>

Location: Puerto Madryn

This morning we have an included&nbsp;visit to the incredible remote colony of Magellanic Penguins in Cabo Dos Bahias (Cape&nbsp;Two Bays), close to the town of Camarones. After seeing the phenomenal sight of thousands of penguins nesting on the shore, we will continue our drive north&nbsp;to the coastal town of&nbsp;Puerto Madryn.</span>

Location: Puerto Madryn

Today we will have&nbsp;a free day for optional activities in and&nbsp;around Puerto Madryn. There is the opportunity to take a tour to the Valdes Peninsular to see its&nbsp;desolate scenery and abundant&nbsp;marine life, head out on a boat trip in search of dolphins and whales, or&nbsp;perhaps go for afternoon tea in a Welsh tea house in the nearby towns of&nbsp;Gaiman or Trelew.</span>

Location: Bahia Blanca

Today we have a full day's drive heading north towards Buenos Aires. We will see a definite change in the landscape today as the vegetation becomes more and more lush and green as we come out of the Patagonia region and into the pampas of Buenos Aires.</span>

Location: Buenos Aires

Another full day&nbsp;drive will take us across the beautiful grasslands of Buenos Aires province and to the cosmoplitan Argentine capital itself.</span>

Location: Buenos Aires

Today is&nbsp;a free day to explore the incredible city of Buenos Aires, soak up the&nbsp;atmosphere of its streets, and discover its amazing culture, art, and music.</span>

Location: Buenos Aires

<p><strong>Border information:</strong> if you are joining in Buenos Aires, you will most likely enter Argentina at Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport, also known as Ezeiza Airport (IATA code: BUE/EZE).<p>Welcome to Buenos Aires, the wonderful capital of Argentina! 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.</p></p>

Location: Buenos Aires

<p>Today will be a free day to explore the incredible city of Buenos Aires, soak up the atmosphere of its streets, and discover its amazing culture, art, and music.</p>

Location: Colonia del Sacramento

<p>This morning we will hop on a ferry to Uruguay and 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 Hist&oacute;rico and the pretty riverfront. <p>Our truck will relocate by road and catch us up in the afternoon.</p><p> </p></p>

Location: Montevideo

<p>Today we will head north to the Uruguayan capital Montevideo. We will have the afternoon to explore Montevideo. The city has a mix of historical buildings and modern architecture 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.</p>

Location: Tacuarembo

<p>Today we will head to the Tacuaremb&oacute; area - the traditional gaucho land of Uruguay. We will spend 2 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.</p>

Location: Tacuarembo

Full day at the estancia.

Location: Yapeyu

<p>Today we have a half day drive north though the provinces of Entre Rios and Corrientes, aiming to reach Yapey&uacute; on the banks of the River Uruguay. Yapey&uacute; is very famous amongst Argentines for being the birthplace of their national hero General Jose de San Martin, one of the liberators of South America from Spanish colonial rule.</p>

Location: Foz do Iguacu

<p><strong>Border information: </strong>Exit Argentina at Tancredo Neves, enter Brazil at Tancredo Neves.<p>Today we cross the border into Brazil and drive to the city of Foz do Iguacu.</p></p>

Location: Foz do Iguacu

<p>Today we will visit the Brazilian side of the phenomenal&nbsp;Iguazu Falls, to get some incredible&nbsp;panoramic vistas of the mighty waterfalls. There is also plenty of time to visit the bird park, take a helicopter ride over the falls, see the incredible Itaipu Dam, or quickly stop into Paraguay to pick up some bargains in the nearcy Ciudad del Este.</p>

Location: Foz do Iguacu

<p>Today we will take a day trip back 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!</p>

Location: Bonito

<p>Today we have a full drive day north to the Brazilian eco-tourism capital of Bonito.</p>

Location: Bonito

<p>We have a full day in Bonito to take part in some of the incredible optional activities here. 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!</p>

Location: Pantanal

<p>Today we have a short drive to Brazil's amazing Southern Pantanal region, where we have a visit a local eco-tourism ranch (or 'fazenda').<p>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!</p></p>

Location: Pantanal

Full day in the Pantanal.

Location: Campo Grande

<p>After our morning activities and one final lunch in our beautiful ranch, it is time to leave the Pantanal. We will start driving east towards Sao Paulo state, and wild camp towards the end of the day.</p>

Location: Brotas

<p>Today we will drive to the remote town of Brotas in southeastern Brazil.</p>

Location: Brotas

<p>Today is free to take part in&nbsp;optional&nbsp;adventure activities such as white water rafting or canyoning, or to simply&nbsp;relax&nbsp;by the pool!</p>

Location: Paraty

<p>Today we have a full day drive to the colonial town of Paraty on the Emerald Coast of the Atlantic!</p>

Location: Paraty

<p>Today 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.</p>

Location: Ilha Grande

<p>Today we will travel a little further up the coast 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. </p>

Location: Ilha Grande

<p>Free day to enjoy the island.</p>

Location: Rio de Janeiro

<p>This morning we will drive to the incredible Rio de Janeiro, one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world and home to the most famous Carnival celebrations in Latin America!</p>

Location: Rio de Janeiro

<p>Welcome to Rio Carnival, the biggest party on the planet!<br/><br/><p>There will be an important meeting at 17:00 or 18:00, where you'll have a full briefing on how to make the most of your time in Rio and receive your tickets, maps, T-Shirt and souvenir booklet - please check the notice board in the reception area for other important information throughout the week.</p><p>After the meeting we have a table booked at a nearby buffet restaurant, so you can get to know some of your fellow travellers.</p><p>Our dedicated Carnival team will be on hand throughout the week for a few hours each day to provide any assistance you may need.</p><p>There's a whole host of additional optional activities that you may like to take part in, such as 'Join the Parade', prior early booking is essential!</p><p>If you are arriving early you may like to join a Market Tour or Jungle Tour.</p><p>In Rio de Janeiro we will stay in a great hotel in the Flamengo district, accommodation is in twin or double rooms. Our hotel is close to the beach and the metro station. Our hotel check-in is from 2pm, and staff will be on hand to give you assistance.</p><p>Border information: if you are joining in Rio de Janeiro, you will most likely enter Brazil at Rio de Janeiro Gale&atilde;o International Airport.</p><p> </p></p>

Location: Rio de Janeiro

<p>Today we will visit the most iconic sights of Rio; the immense statue of Christ the Redeemer standing at 710m on Corcovado mountain and the P&atilde;o de A&#231;&uacute;car (Sugarloaf Mountain). We will have some time to explore these sights in our own time, you may even choose to take a helicopter ride!. We will also aim to see some other important landmarks such as the Maracan&atilde; stadium, Escadaria Selar&oacute;n and the Lapa Arches. We will travel by minibus. (NB today's tour is unguided but you will be accompanied by our crew).<br/><br/><p>This evening we will head out to Lapa for a night out in a samba club; Rio Scenarium, one of the City's greatest nightspots - it's an antiques warehouse, music venue, bar and restaurant all housed in a fantastic colonial mansion. There will be live samba music and DJ's on each floor. We will be hosting a beginners Samba Dance class in the late afternoon, why not sign up and learn some of the basic steps before hitting the town!</p></p>

Location: Rio de Janeiro

<p>This morning why not glitter up and join us at one of the local 'blocos' or street parties, there will be live music, dancing and plenty of opportunities to get to know Rio and it's people! Blocos are great fun, crowded, hot and lively! The local 'cariocas' will be all dressed up, so make sure you come dressed to impress! <br/><br/><p>In the evening it's time for the main event of the week - the parade in the Sambadrome. The top samba schools parade their fantastic floats and costumes and the party goes on well into the early hours of Monday morning. You'll be situated in Sector 11, close to the action.</p></p>

Location: Rio de Janeiro

<p>This morning is free for you to recover from last night in the Sambadrome! It's a great chance to hit the beach, explore the city or simply have a lie in!<p>In the afternoon you may wish to join us for a walking tour of Copacabana and Ipanema beaches.</p><p>Tonight we have the chance to re-visit the Sambadrome, this time in Sector 5 in the centre of the parade runway, to see the last 7 of the elite Samba schools parading. You even have the option to don a costume and take part in the parade itself, dancing your way down the Sambadrome runway - a once in a lifetime experience!</p><p>It is important to pre-book these activities early.</p></p>

Location: Rio de Janeiro

<p>Today you have free time to enjoy the activities, sights and sounds of Rio! Join a bloco, hit the beach or ride the tram to Santa Teresa. Rio has so much to offer other than it's carnival fesitivities. We will be organising some fun water based activities such as kayaking and paddle boarding (prior booking is essential).<br/><br/><p>Tonight you have a free night to hit the town; head downtown and enjoy a Caipirinha under the iconic Lapa arches or join a bloco.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p></p>

Location: Rio de Janeiro

<p>Border information: if you are leaving in Rio de Janeiro, you will most likely exit Brazil at Rio de Janeiro Gale&atilde;o International Airport.<br/><br/><p>The Carnival package finishes after breakfast today. Our hotel check-out is at 12pm.</p><p>If you would like to extend your visit, why not speak to your Sales representative about joining one of our overland trucks to Buenos Aires or Salvador and beyond?!</p></p>

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Touring with Dragoman

Dragoman has a proud history, of nearly 40 years of pioneering overland adventures in their fleet of iconic, orange trucks. They aim to get you completely off the beaten track and really under the skin of the places that they visit, taking the road less travelled, mixing with the locals, learning about their culture, and ensuring that every part of the journey counts towards an amazing adventure.

Dragoman’s life changing overland adventures, visit over 55 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Many trips are a convenient 14-21 days, offering a great snapshot of a region getting you off the tourist trail on a perspective-changing journey.

These short trips can also be combined to create epic journeys lasting several months be it along the fabled Silk Route, a trans-Africa expedition from Cape Town to Cairo, or travel the entire length of the Americas from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. Or journey from Mongolia down through China, and South East Asia – or in India you can circle the continent. These are incredible journeys that will change your life!

Group sizes are limited to 22, creating a personal experience with the most popular tours having frequent departures so you can easily find a date to suit you. They guarantee more trip departures than comparable operators and strive to offer value with more inclusions, so you don't have to pay extra on the road.

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Start:La Paz
Finish:Rio de Janeiro
Group size:0 - 22
Suitable for: 18 plus
Accommodation:Basic Hotel 10 nights. Wild Camp 5 nights. Multishare Hostel 22 nights. Camping 29 nights. Comfortable Hotel 14 nights
Physical rating:High
Meals:Breakfasts x 128, Lunches x 74, Dinners x 72
Diets:Vegetarians, Please contact Dragoman with any specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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