Buenos Aires, Iguazu & Brazil

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  • Dragoman

This 51 day overland tour journeys from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires up to Iguazu Falls and through the Southern Pantanal. Taking in vibrant Rio and some old colonial towns along the way ending in the historic port town of Belem. We take in the mighty Iguazu Falls and head to the wetlands of the Pantanal, one of the world’s most important environmental habitats. We stay on a traditional Brazilian cattle ranch exploring by horse back and further north, we enjoy the eco-tourism and outdoor activity capital of Bonito. We snorkel in crystal clear waters and enjoy one of Brazil’s prettiest coastlines, the Emerald Coast. The trip is perfect for lovers of the outdoors, with plenty of time exploring national parks of outstanding natural beauty; trekking and enjoying the adventure activities on offer.

Highlights
  • Explore and dance the night away in Salvador
  • Visit 'small Lisbon' the beautiful town of Olinda
  • Relax on the pink sand dunes of Canoa Quebrada
  • Wander around the sandy streets of Jericoacoara
  • Overnight 4WD tour of the stunning Lencois Maranhenses NP
  • Enjoy a swim in the lagoons of the National park
  • Practice your dance steps in the birthplace of Tango
  • 3 nights to enjoy the crystal clear waters and caves around Bonito
  • Boat trips, forest hikes and helicopter rides over Iguazu Falls
  • Visit the Jesuit ruins at San Ignacio de Mini
  • Explore the bars and cafes of Buenos Aires
  • Boat trip to explore emerald coast islands around Paraty
  • Explore the beautiful UNESCO town of Paraty
  • 2 night ranch visit and wildlife safari into the Pantanal
  • Discover the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro
  • Head underground into the gold mines of Ouro Preto
  • Guided tour of the futuristic city of Brasilia
  • Wander the streets of fascinating Lencois
  • 2 full days to explore the beautiful Chapada Diamantina National Park
  • Relax on the beach or take some surfing lessons in the eco coastal resort of Itacare
  • Sample the street food of Salvador
  • Hike in the stunning Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park
  • Explore the stunning Lencois Maranhenses NP
Tour Staff
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
Transport
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep, Local Bus, Canoe, Boat, Private Bus
Destinations
  • South America
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
Tour Types
  • Active
  • Adventure
  • Camping
  • Overland
  • Hiking
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Trekking
  • Beaches
  • History
  • Ruins-Archaeology
  • Wildlife

Location: Buenos Aires

<p><strong>Border information:</strong>&nbsp;if you are joining in Buenos Aires, you will most likely enter&nbsp;Argentina at Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport,&nbsp;also known as Ezeiza Airport (IATA code: BUE/EZE).</p><p>Welcome to Buenos Aires, the wonderful capital of Argentina! 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>Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Buenos Aires&nbsp;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 Buenos Aires.</p><p>In Buenos Aires we will stay in a centrally-located hotel.</p>

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Location: Buenos Aires

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

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Location: Yapeyú

<p>Today we have a full day drive north though the provinces of Entre Rios and Corrientes, aiming to reach the beautiful village of 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><br/></p></p>

Accommodation: ,Camp,

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Foz do Iguaçu

<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><br/></p></p>

Accommodation: ,Camp,

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Location: Foz do Iguaçu

<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>

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Location: Foz do Iguaçu

<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&#39;ll be able to look right down into the mighty Garganta del Diablo&nbsp;(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><p>We will return to our base in Foz do Iguacu tonight.</p>

Accommodation: ,Camp,

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Location: Bonito

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

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Location: Bonito

<p>We have two full days in Bonito to take part in the plethora of 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>

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Location: Bonito

Second free day for optional activities in Bonito.

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

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Location: Pantanal

Full day in the Pantanal.

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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 or stay in a local pousada at the end of the day.<p><br/></p></p>

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Location: Brotas

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

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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>

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Location: Paraty

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

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Location: Paraty

Today we will have an included boat trip around the incredible islands and beaches off the coast.

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Location: Paraty

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.

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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! <p>In Rio de Janeiro we will stay in a great hotel in the Flamengo district, close to the beach and the metro station.</p><p><br/></p></p>

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Location: Rio de Janeiro

<p>Welcome to Rio de Janeiro! Today there will be a group meeting day at 18:00hrs, please meet in the hotel reception.<p>The rest of the day is yours to enjoy Rio. If you would like to book additional nights of accommodation to really explore the city, please contact your Sales agent.</p><p><strong>Border information</strong><strong>:</strong> If you are arriving in Rio, enter Brazil at Rio Gale&atilde;o International Airport International (IATA code: GIG) Airport.</p><p><br/></p></p>

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Location: Ouro Preto

<p>Today we will drive to the beautiful old colonial mining town of Ouro Preto.<p>Along the way we will stop at Petropolis, the cool hill-side hideaway for local Cariocas escaping the heat of Rio. We will have 2 hours to explore the Museu Imperial, the former Imperial Palace, wander the town or visit the Palacio de Cristal, the site where the last slaves of Petropolis were released.</p><p><br/></p></p>

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Location: Ouro Preto

<p>Today we will enjoy a half day guided tour of Ouro Preto, well known for its colonial architecture and the first Brazilian town to be considered a UNESCO world heritage site. In the afternoon enjoy some free time to explore the town, visit the museum or some of the stunning baroque churches. There are some fantastic cafes and restaurants in Ouro Preto. Don't forget your camera today - Ouro Preto is one of the most picturesque towns on our itinerary!<p><br/></p><p> </p></p>

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Location: Três Marias

<p>We have a full day drive through the Brazilian countryside. We will find a nice spot and camp for the night near Tres Marias.<p><br/></p></p>

Accommodation: ,Camp,

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Location: Brasília

<p>Today we arrive in the futuristic capital of Brasilia. In the morning we will enjoy a guided tour of this fascinating city, which was designed and built to be the Brazilian Government's headquarters in 1960. The city is designed to resemble a plane, and is a UNESCO heritage site, housing some incredible, futuristic style Cathedrals and Monuments.<p><br/></p></p>

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Location: Alto Paraíso de Goiás

<p>After our morning tour of the city, we will drive to the chilled out town of Alto Paraiso, which will be our base for exploring the Chapada dos Veadeiros. Alto Paraiso is crossed by Parallel 14 (in the same way as Machu Picchu) and is at the centre of some fantastic stories of space ships and aliens! <p><br/></p><p> </p></p>

Accommodation: ,Camp,

Meals: ,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Alto Paraíso de Goiás

<p>Today we can explore the National Park. The Chapada dos Veadeiros is one of Brazil's hidden gems, one of the oldest and most beautiful tropical ecosystems in South America and home to incredible waterfalls, rock formations, caves and grottoes. <p>This morning we will have an included visit to the Vale da Lua or the Valley of the Moon, so called due to the rock formations giving it an appearance similar to the moon.</p><p>This area is perfect for hiking, horse and bike riding and of course swimming in natural pools and soaking up the parks atmosphere. It is said that due to the high amount of quartz in the ground, that this Chapada is glows from space!</p></p>

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Location: Barreiras

<p>Over the next two days we will travel overland across the central Brazilian countryside. </p>

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Location: Lençóis

<p>Overlanding through Central Brazil to Lencois.</p>

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Location: Lençóis

<p>We will spend 2 full days in Lencois, the gateway to Chapada da Diamantina National Park. A former diamond-mining town in Bahia. Lencois's friendly inhabitants, great restaurants, cobbled streets and brightly coloured buildings make it a great town to explore. </p>

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Location: Lençóis

<p>Go hiking, kayaking, riding, explore the town, or simply kick back and relax!</p>

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Location: Itacaré

<p>We head to the coast today, to the beautiful beach town of Itacare, with its stunning Atlantic rainforest, laid back eco-friendly cafes and bars, and the opportunity to surf, relax and explore. </p>

Accommodation: ,Camp,

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Location: Itacaré

<p>Time to relax and enjoy some beach time!<p><br/></p></p>

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Location: Itacaré

<p>Today we have a free day to explore the area, enjoy the beach, take part in some of the many adventure activities available here, or visit the stunning Peninsula de Marau, stopping off at Praia Taipus de Fora and Lagoa Azul.<p><br/></p></p>

Accommodation: ,Camp,

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Location: Salvador

<p>Today we drive to the beautiful town of Salvador da Bahia. Salvador is a vibrant and exciting place to visit, with its bright colonial architecture, tasty street food scene, great music and impressive Capoeira, there's plenty to keep us busy for 2 days.<p><br/></p></p>

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Location: Salvador

<p>Free time to explore the energetic and vibrant city of Salvador, known around the world for its Carnaval festivities. Salvador is home to over 300 churches, the historic centre is recognised by UNESCO and full of interesting architecture, brightly coloured buildings and cobblestone streets. It's an excellent place to witness the African culture in music and dance and enjoy some delicious street food.</p>

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Location: Salvador

<p>Welcome to Salvador! Today there is an important group meeting at 18:00hrs, please meet at the Hotel reception. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy Salvador.<p><p><strong>Border information</strong>: If you are starting in Salvador, enter Brazil at Deputado Lu&iacute;s Eduardo Magalh&atilde;es International Airport (<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Air_Transport_Association_airport_code">IATA</a> code: SSA)</p><p><br/></p></p></p>

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Location: Aracaju

<p>Today we head north up the coast of Bahia, into the state of Sergipe. Along the way we will make a stop at the Projeto Tamar - a research station involved in the protection of Brazil's fives species of turtle, which spans 1000km and 9 of Brazil's states. The best time to visit is September to March when the spawning occurs.<p>Afterwards we will continue our journey north to Aracaju, where we can chill out in one of the town's seafront eateries, listen to some traditional forro music and enjoy the fresh crabs that the town is known for. </p><p><br/></p></p>

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Location: Olinda

<p>We have a full day drive to the stunning colonial gem of Olinda, considered one of Brazil's most important historic sites. <p><p><br/></p></p></p>

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Location: Olinda

<p><p>Explore the beautiful town of Olinda, once known as 'small Lisbon' and the richest town in Brazil. Enjoy wandering the cobblestone streets, check out some of the exquisite churches and definitely make time for lunch at Alto da Se to enjoy the views!</p></p>

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Location: Pipa Beach

<p>Continue the journey to the cool seaside town of Praia da Pipa.</p>

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Location: Canoa Quebrada

<p>Today we have a drive day to the pink sands of the Canoa Quebrada beaches.<p><br/></p></p>

Accommodation: ,Camp,

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Canoa Quebrada

<p>Huge pinkish sand dunes dominate the area of Canoa Quebrada, it's a fantastic spot to kick back and relax after a week of overlanding, or for the more energetic; try your hand at kite surfing, take an evening horseback ride along the beach, head out on a beach buggy. There's a laid back small town to explore too.<p><br/></p></p>

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Location: Jericoacoara

<p>An all day drive brings us to the laid back beach town of Jericoacoara, or 'Jeri' as it's affectionately known. Access to Jericoacoara is only by 4x4 through unpaved tracks through the dunes, making it a wonderfully hard to reach place. <p><br/></p></p>

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Location: Jericoacoara

<p>Jericoacoara is a magical place to spend some time; wander the sandy lanes, enjoy the sunset with a caipirinha on the dunes whilst the locals practise their Capoeira, head out on a quad bike adventure to remote lagoons where you can take a dip, laze in a hammock and enjoy a seafood lunch. Jeri is also one of the prime spots for surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing! <p><br/></p></p>

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Location: Barreirinhas

<p>Today we drive to the town of Barreirinhas, the gateway to the Lencois Maranhenses National Park.</p>

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Location: Barreirinhas

<p>Today we adventure into the Lencois Maranhenses National Park begins. <br/><br/><p>Seen from the sky, the meeting point of the Rio Parnaiba and the Atlantic Ocean looks like a giant puzzle, made up of 85 tiny islands. </p><p><br/></p></p>

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Location: Barreirinhas

<p>Today we will head out to the protected area of Pequeneos Lencois, along the way, we will visit a small fishing village, take a short walk &amp; enjoy views of the dunes and the Preguicas River.<p><br/></p></p>

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Location: São Luís

<p>This morning we will continue our journey to the beautiful UNESCO town of Sao Luis.<p><br/></p></p>

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Location: São Luís

<p>Today we can enjoy the UNESCO world heritage site of Sao Luis, the only city of Brazil to be founded by the French. The city is full is interesting museums and the historic centre houses beautiful, pastel coloured colonial mansions. You can take a boat trip to the more laid back town of Alcantara, you may spot the Scarlet Guara birds on your way.<p><br/></p></p>

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Location: Belém

<p><p>Our final drive day brings us to Belem where the mighty Amazon River meets the Atlantic. </p></p>

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Location: Belém

<p><p>Today is yours to enjoy the port town of Belem, one of the first Portuguese settlements. Explore the historic centre which houses various museums and cathedrals and be sure to visit the Ver-o-Paso Market, considered the largest in South America, with its stalls scattered with Amazonian fish, baskets of Acai, herbs and crafts.</p></p>

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Location: Belém

<p>Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Belem. Please note that there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact your Sales agent if you would like to book additional nights in the hotel.<p>If you are continuing your trip to Boa Vista, we will depart early this morning on a passenger boat to Macapa.</p><p><strong>Border information:</strong> If you are leaving in Belem, you will most likely exit Brazil at Val de Cans-J&uacute;lio Cezar Ribeiro International Airport (<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Air_Transport_Association_airport_code">IATA</a>: BEL)</p></p>

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Included
  • Meals
    -Breakfasts x 76, Lunches x 38, Dinners x 36
  • Accommodation
    -Comfortable Hotel 18 nights. Camping 17 nights. Basic Hotel 8 nights. Multishare Hostel 6 nights
  • Discover the unbelievable Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian side
  • Spend the day exploring the amazing Iguazu Falls from the Argentinian side
  • Spend 2 nights in the Pantanal, the world's largest tropical wetland area, exploring the flora and fauna with local guides
  • Boat trip out to islands and beaches
  • Explore unique colonial Ouro Preto and its architectural heritage on a city tour
  • See the unique city plan and architecture of Brasilia on a guided tour
  • Explore the beautiful rock formations of Vale da Lua
  • Head into the beautiful Chapada Diamantina National Park
  • Visit the Tamar Turtle Conservation Project
  • Guided visit to the stunning Lençóis Maranhenses National Park
  • Transport
    -Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep, Local Bus, Canoe, Boat, Private Bus

Not Included
  • Tipping and Gratuities
    -
  • International Travel
    -

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Start:Buenos Aires
Finish:Belem
Group size:1 - 22
Suitable for: 18 plus
Accommodation:Comfortable Hotel 18 nights. Camping 17 nights. Basic Hotel 8 nights. Multishare Hostel 6 nights
Physical rating:Medium
Meals:Breakfasts x 76, Lunches x 38, Dinners x 36
Diets:Vegetarians, Please contact Dragoman with any specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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