Cholitas, Gauchos & Iguazu with Carnival

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  • Dragoman

This 44 day overland tour journeys from La Paz to Rio de Janeiro through Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Brazil

Highlights
  • Visit the Uyuni train graveyard
  • Ride beautiful horses in an unspoilt location across remote Cordillera
  • Boat trips, forest hikes and helicopter rides over Iguazu Falls
  • Discover the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro
  • Explore the beautiful UNESCO town of Paraty
  • 3 night stay in a traditional isolated Argentian estancia with the Gauchos
  • Join us at one of Rio's famous Blocos
  • Sector 11 ticket for the Sambadrome
  • Visit to Corcovado
  • Party the night away at Rio Scenarium
  • Take the cable car for a spectacular view of Salta
  • Visit the Jesuit ruins at San Ignacio de Mini
  • Practice your dance steps in the birthplace of Tango
  • 2 nights to visit vineyards in Cafayate
  • Spectacular drive down Route 40 to see Quebrada de las Conchas
  • Day trip on the surreal Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats
  • 2 day crossing of the desolate and surreal Altiplano
  • 3 nights to enjoy the crystal clear waters and caves around Bonito
  • Visit to Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Boat trip to explore emerald coast islands around Paraty
  • Star gaze in the Moon Valley at San Pedro de Atacama
  • Explore the bars and cafes of Buenos Aires
  • 2 night ranch visit and wildlife safari into the Pantanal
  • Walk around the ruins of Quilmes
Tour Staff
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
Transport
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep, Local Bus, Canoe, Boat, Metro, Private Bus
Destinations
  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • South America
Tour Types
  • Active
  • Adventure
  • Camping
  • Eco
  • Overland
  • Horse Riding
  • Sightseeing
  • Snorkeling
  • Trekking
  • Walking
  • White water rafting
  • Cultural
  • Festivals
  • Foodie
  • History
  • Wildlife

Location: La Paz

<p><strong>Border information:</strong> if you are joining in La Paz, you will most likely enter Bolivia at La Paz El Alto International Airport (IATA code: LPB).<p>Welcome to La Paz, Bolivia's seat of government and the highest administrative capital in the world! 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>Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in La Paz 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 La Paz.</p><p><strong>A note on altitude</strong>: 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></p>

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Location: La Paz

<p>Today we have a free day to enjoy La Paz.</p>

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Location: Potosi

<p>Today we will leave La Paz behind and head to the colonial mining town of Potos&iacute;, the highest town in the world, and once famous for the area's abundance of silver!</p>

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Location: Uyuni

<p>After some free time in Potosi, we will continue our journey to Uyuni, the gateway to the Salar de Uyuni salt flats. <br/><br/>In Uyuni we will stay in a friendly hotel, famous for serving the highest pizzas in the world!</p>

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Location: Uyuni

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

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Location: Altiplano

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

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Location: San Pedro de Atacama

<p>Border information: Exit Bolivia and enter Chile at Ollague<p>After breakfast we will break camp, and drive through the stunning Reserva Nacional Alto Loa on the Chilean part of the Altiplano, stopping off en route for photographs. Afterwards descending down to San Pedro de Atacama.</p><p>Please note: The weather in this region can be unpredictable and has been known to close the road to the border. On these occasions we will take an alternate route across the Altiplano, crossing into either Chile or Argentina at a different border point. Your Tour Leaders will keep you informed of any changes that may be necessary.</p></p>

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Location: San Pedro de Atacama

<p>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&#39;s premier regions for astronomy&nbsp;(please note that this is only possible when there is not a full moon).</p>

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Location: Purmamarca

<p><strong>Border information:</strong> Exit Chile at Paso Jama, enter Argentina at Paso Jama.<p>Today we will have a long drive day to cross the mighty Andes, cross the border into Argentina, and reach the beautiful village of Purmamarca next to the aptly-named 'Hill of Seven Colours'</p></p>

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Location: Salta

<p>Today we will drive to the beautiful colonial city of Salta, where we will have time to freely explore on arrival.</p>

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Location: Salta

<p>Today we will have a free day to explore the town of 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, taking in some of the incredible mountian scenery nearby.</p>

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Location: Cabra Corral

<p>Today we will have a short morning drive to a campsite in Cabra Corral, a small village south of Salta where we have the opportunity to go rafting or zip-lining!<p>Tonight we will continue our drive a short distance to wild camp in the stunning mountains nearby, or camp at the rafting base in Cabra Corral if preferred.</p><p><br/></p></p>

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Location: Cafayate

<p>Today we will drive through the spectacular rock formations of the Quebrada de las Conchas, and reach the serene town of Cafayate.<p>This small unassuming town is the centre of one of Argentina's principal wine producing regions, famous for the quality of its Torrentes and Tannat wines! Over the next two days 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!</p></p>

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Location: Cafayate

Free day to explore Cafayate. This small unassuming town&nbsp;is the&nbsp;centre of one of Argentina's principal wine producing regions, famous for the quality of its Torrentes 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!</p>

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Location: Recreo

<p>Today we will drive south over some more spectacular mountains and arrive in the lush flat pampas that Argentina is famous for. We will visit the ancient ruins of the indigenous city of Quilmes en route.</p>

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Location: Estancia Vieja

<p>Today we drive to a unique Anglo-Argentine Estancia, where we will stay for 3 nights.<p>During our time at the Estancia, we will head out horseback riding, taste the excellent wines produced by their vineyards, be entertained by a local musician, learn some of the skills of the gauchos, and enjoy a traditional asado (Argentine BBQ). This isa magical experience in a beautiful and atmospheric location, and many people's highlight of the trip!</p><p><em>Please note that some of these activities are subject to weather conditions. 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.</em></p></p>

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Location: Estancia Vieja

Full day at the Estancia.

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Location: Estancia Vieja

Full day at the Estancia.

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Location: Buenos Aires

<p>Today we will have a full day drive to the wonderful city of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina.</p>

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Location: Buenos Aires

<p>Today is 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>

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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>

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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>

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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>

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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 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>

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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>

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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>

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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>

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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>

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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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Included
  • Visit the world famous Christ the Redeemer statue & Sugar Loaf mountain on a City Tour
  • Spend the day exploring the amazing Iguazu Falls from the Argentinian side
  • Spend the night in Rio Scenarium, one of the best nightclubs in the city
  • Experience the close up view of the fantastic Samba parade from Sector 11 of the Sambadrome
  • Spend 3 unique days at an Anglo-Argentinian estancia to experience the Gaucho way of life
  • Visit the Quilmes ruins
  • Visit the impressive rock formations of 'El Amphiteatro' and 'La Garganta del Diablo' en route through the primeval landscape of the Quebrada de las Conchas
  • Take the epic journey across the Altiplano - an incredible high-altitude adventure through a surreal desert landscape taking in bizarre rock formations and stunning lakes
  • 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
  • Accommodation
    -Basic Hotel 6 nights. Comfortable Hotel 14 nights. Wild Camp 2 nights. Multishare Hostel 5 nights. Camping 16 nights
  • Take jeeps out onto the dazzling Uyuni Salt Flats
  • Explore the dramatic landscape of the Moon Valley
  • Transport
    -Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep, Local Bus, Canoe, Boat, Metro, Private Bus
  • Discover the unbelievable Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian side
  • Meals
    -Breakfasts x 37, Lunches x 22, Dinners x 20

Not Included
  • Tipping and Gratuities
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  • International Travel
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18-Jan-2022
43 Nights
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Start:La Paz
Finish:Rio de Janeiro
Group size:1 - 22
Suitable for: 18 plus
Accommodation:Basic Hotel 6 nights. Comfortable Hotel 14 nights. Wild Camp 2 nights. Multishare Hostel 5 nights. Camping 16 nights
Physical rating:Low
Meals:Breakfasts x 78, Lunches x 44, Dinners x 40
Diets:Vegetarians, Please contact Dragoman with any specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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