Buenos Aires to Rio Explorer

Buenos Aires to Rio Explorer
Buenos Aires to Rio Explorer
Buenos Aires to Rio Explorer
Buenos Aires to Rio Explorer
Buenos Aires to Rio Explorer
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  • Intrepid Travel

Hug the eastern coastline of South America on this 17-day city, countryside and island adventure with Lonely Planet and Intrepid. Discover Buenos Aires’ eclectic markets at San Telmo, travel to Rio de Janeiro to soak up all the Brazilian party vibes and experience life on a working estancia in Uruguay. You’ll have a local leader each step of the way to recommend the best beach or coolest bar, plus a small group of likeminded travellers to share your experiences with. Ready, set – let’s fiesta.

Highlights
  • Spend three days at a working estancia (farm) in Uruguay, where you can spend your time getting involved in farm work, learning about gauchos, riding horses or simply relaxing in the sun.
  • Stop in colourful Colonia del Sacramento, where vintage cars line the streets and an old drawbridge leads to the World Heritage-listed Old Quarter.
  • The mighty Iguazu Falls straddles the border between Argentina and Brazil, and you’ll cross the border to see its incredible cascades from both sides.
  • Let loose and samba the night away in Rio de Janeiro – South America’s party capital. Arriving in this bustling metropolis is the perfect way to continue your South American adventure.
  • You’ll have plenty of time to choose your own adventure at Ilha Grande with two full days on the island. So if hiking, boating, kayaking or lazing on a beach is your thing, we’ve got you covered.
Transport
  • Boat , Bus , Ferry , Overnight bus , Private vehicle , Public bus , Taxi , Van
Accommodation
  • Estancia (3 nights), Hotel (10 nights), Overnight bus (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Welcome Meeting
  • Buenos Aires - Orientation walk
  • 3-night stay on a working estancia including meals and activities
  • Iguazu Falls - Entrance & tour of the Brazilian side of the falls
  • Iguazu Falls - Entrance & tour of the Argentinian side of the falls
  • Rio de Janeiro - Orientation Walk
Destinations
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Uruguay
  • South America
  • South America
  • South America
Tour Types
  • Small Group
  • Family-Kids
  • Singles
  • Youth
  • Canoeing-Kayaking
  • Horse Riding
  • Walking
  • Cultural
  • History
  • Wildlife
  • Scenic
  • Active
  • Adventure

Location: Buenos Aires

Bienvenidos. Welcome to Argentina. Your Lonely Planet Experience begins with an orientation walk around Buenos Aires’ Microcentro district at 1 pm. Your leader will be waiting in the lobby of your joining point hotel. Pass by historic buildings along the Avenida de Mayo, including the Casa Rosada (Argentina's government house) and perhaps have a coffee in the traditional Cafe Tortoni. Stroll around the picturesque streets of San Telmo and its antique markets. Attend a group welcome meeting at 6 pm to prepare for the rest of your adventure. <br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Welcome Meeting</description><br/>-<description>Buenos Aires - Leader-led orientation walk</description><br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>DISCONTINUED Buenos Aires - Tango, Tango, Tango! Urban Adventures</description><br/>-<description>Buenos Aires - Malbec Trail of Palermo Urban Adventure</description><br/>-<description>Buenos Aires - Gourmet Buenos Aires Food Urban Adventure</description><br/>-<description>Buenos Aires - Polo day</description>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Colonia del Sacramento

Today cross the Rio de la Plata (River Plate) to Colonia del Sacramento by ferry (approximately 1.5 hours). On arrival, enjoy free time to explore this charming colonial city, known as the oldest in Uruguay. The World Heritage-listed Barrio Historico (Old Quarter) is a great place to start. Stroll down the cobblestone streets and rub shoulders with locals as they sip their yerba mate (tea). Listen to the noisy parakeets in the Plaza Mayor, or comb Colonia’s small museums. For great views over the city, climb to the top of a 19th-century lighthouse that’s still in operation.<br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>Colonia - Lighthouse visit</description>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Tacuarembo

Today is a long travel day. Take a comfortable local bus from Colonia to Montevideo (approximately 2.5 hours). From Montevideo it's a further 5-hour journey to Tacuarembo by bus. The bus has reclining seats and you'll be provided with a typical Uruguayan snack, but as the bus doesn’t stop it's also recommended that you bring some extra snacks at your own expense. From Tacuarembo, take a 1-hour truck and 4WD journey to the ranch, where you can get to know your hosts. <br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>3-night stay on a working estancia including meals and activities</description>

Accommodation: ,Estancia

Meals: ,Breakfast,Dinner,

Location: Tacuarembo

Spend a few days experiencing life on a working Uruguayan farm. Although you’re welcome to relax and explore your surroundings at your leisure, you can also get involved wirh day-to-day jobs around the ranch. As a working farm, the digs aren’t fancy, but the incredible surroundings and hospitality are something special. Enjoy three home-cooked meals a day and the chance to ride horses, in true gaucho (cowboy) style. <br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>Estancia - Horse riding - Free</description><br/>-<description>Estancia - Horse riding - Free</description>

Accommodation: ,Estancia

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Tacuarembo

In the afternoon, bid farewell to your hosts and cross the border to Concordia in Argentina. Board a 12-hour overnight bus to Puerto Iguazu.

Accommodation: ,Overnight Bus

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Foz do Iguaçu

As soon as you arrive at Puerto Iguazu bus station this morning, take a minivan across the border into Brazil and head straight to the national park to witness the majestic Foz do Iguacu/Iguazu Falls. After some time spent admiring this force of nature, head to your hotel in Foz do Iguacu. Enjoy free time for the rest of the day.<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Iguazu Falls - Tour of the Brazilian side of the falls</description><br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>Iguazu Falls - Helicopter ride</description><br/>-<description>Iguazu Falls - Bird Park entrance</description><br/>-<description>Iguazu Falls - Acquamania Water Park</description>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Iguazu Falls

Return to Argentina today to see Iguazu Falls from a different angle. Following a series of boardwalks, it’s possible to get so close to the thundering waters that you can almost touch them. At over two-kilometres long, Iguazu Falls are made up of over 270 separate cascades, with some reaching up to 80 metres in height. For a more exhilarating experience, take an optional Zodiac boat ride to the base of the falls! In the afternoon return to your accommodation in Foz do Iguacu in Brazil.<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Iguazu Falls - Tour of the Argentinian side of the falls</description><br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>Iguazu Falls - Zodiac ride up to the falls</description>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Rio de Janeiro

Take an included flight to Rio de Janeiro. Settle into your hotel room then head out with your leader for an orientation walk. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore at your own pace. Maybe head to Copacabana or Ipanema Beach or, if the time of year is right, check out a soccer game at the famous Maracana Stadium. You might like to take the tramcar up to the hillside neighbourhood of Santa Teresa or head up Corcovado Mountain, where you’ll find sweeping views over Rio from the foot of the Christ the Redeemer statue.<br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>Rio de Janeiro - Santa Teresa Discovery Urban Adventure</description><br/>-<description>Rio de Janeiro - Total Rio Tour Combo 2: Old Town, Sugarloaf &amp; Urca Urban Adventure</description><br/>-<description>Rio de Janeiro - Sugarloaf Mountain cable car</description><br/>-<description>Rio de Janeiro - Total Rio Tour Combo 1: Santa Teresa, Corcovado, Christ &amp; Copacobana</description><br/>-<description>Rio de Janeiro - Maracana football game (schedule dependent)</description><br/>-<description>DISCONTINUED Rio de Janeiro - Favela feelings Urban Adventure</description><br/>-<description>Rio de Janeiro - Botanical Gardens</description><br/>-<description>Rio de Janeiro - Santa Teresa tramcar</description>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Rio de Janeiro

With another free day in Rio, you’re free to explore at your own pace. You’ll be leaving for the coast tomorrow, so make sure you try to hit both Ipanema and Copacabana beaches today. Your group leader will also be taking another orientation walk today around 1 pm for new travellers joining you for the next stage of your adventure. It is recommended you go, if only to meet up with your new crew!<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Rio de Janeiro - Orientation Walk</description>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Paraty

This morning, take a local bus from Rio to Paraty (approximately 4 hours). The remainder of today and rest of tomorrow are yours to explore Paraty. Admire the architecture as you wander along the town’s cobbled, pedestrian-only streets, which become partly covered in seawater at high tide. You might prefer to explore the rainforest trails in the surrounding national park, which is rich in wildlife and waterfalls. Otherwise, a boat trip on the island-studded bay for scenic views along the coast could be on the cards, or join an excursion to the nearby village of Trindade, which boasts some of Brazil’s best beaches. The best thing is you get to decide.<br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>Paraty - Boat trip</description><br/>-<description>Paraty - Trindade excursion</description>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Paraty, Ilha Grande

Today, jump on a shared transfer to Angra followed by a ferry to the island getaway of Ilha Grande, taking approximately 5 hours, in total. This paradise of pristine beaches and rainforest has been largely untouched by development. Previously a pirate's lair, a leper colony and a prison for violent criminals, the island has a fascinating history to uncover. The ruins of the prison can still be seen today. Once you’ve arrived and got your bearings, head to the beach – it’s calling your name.

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Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Ilha Grande

Rise and shine in paradise, ready to enjoy two full free days exploring Ilha Grande. Wander along rainforest trails to beautiful and remote beaches – Lopes Mendes and Aventureiro Beach are two of the best. You could book yourself in on an optional boat trip out to the Blue Lagoon, beach-hopping through Ilha Grande Bay along the way. There are plenty of opportunities to stop for fresh seafood, and to swim and snorkel in the clear water. Or just plonk yourself on the beach with a good book and laze the day away. In the evening, why not meet up with some of your travel pals and relax with a caipirinha at a restaurant or bar in Vila do Abraao – the island’s main town. <br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>Ilha Grande - Boat trip to the Blue Lagoon</description>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Rio de Janeiro

Bid farewell to this slice of heaven as you board a boat to the small port of Mangaratiba today, and from here, take a minivan back to Rio de Janeiro. The total journey should take about 3.5 hours, so you should be back in Rio in the early to mid-afternoon. The rest of the day is free to explore the city or simply hit up Copacabana and relax. Tonight, get together with your travel crew for a night of food, drinks and some samba – speak to your local leader who’ll have some great recommendations for what to do tonight.<br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>Rio de Janeiro - Sugarloaf Mountain cable car</description><br/>-<description>Rio de Janeiro - Botanical Gardens</description><br/>-<description>Rio de Janeiro - Santa Teresa tramcar</description><br/>-<description>Rio de Janeiro - Maracana football game (schedule dependent)</description><br/>-<description>Rio de Janeiro - Santa Teresa Discovery Urban Adventure</description><br/>-<description>Rio de Janeiro - Total Rio Tour Combo 1: Santa Teresa, Corcovado, Christ &amp; Copacobana</description>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Rio de Janeiro

With no activities planned for today, you are free to leave the accommodation at any time, provided you comply with the hotel’s internal check-out policies. That doesn’t mean your adventure has to come to an end! If you would like to continue soaking up the sun in Rio, we’ll be happy to book additional accommodation (subject to availability).

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Meals: ,Breakfast,

Included
  • Rio de Janeiro - Orientation Walk
  • Buenos Aires - Orientation walk
  • Welcome Meeting
  • 3-night stay on a working estancia including meals and activities
  • Iguazu Falls - Entrance & tour of the Brazilian side of the falls
  • Iguazu Falls - Entrance & tour of the Argentinian side of the falls
  • Buenos Aires - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Iguazu Falls - Tour of the Brazilian side of the falls
  • Iguazu Falls - Tour of the Argentinian side of the falls
  • Meals
    -11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Accommodation
    -Estancia (3 nights), Hotel (10 nights), Overnight bus (1 night)
  • Transport
    -Boat, Bus, Ferry, Overnight bus, Private vehicle, Public bus, Taxi, Van

Not Included
  • Tipping and Gratuities
    -
  • International Travel
    -

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Start:Buenos Aires
Finish:Rio de Janeiro
Group size:1 - 16
Suitable for: 15-99 years
Accommodation:Estancia (3 nights), Hotel (10 nights), Overnight bus (1 night)
Physical rating:Low
Meals:11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
Diets:Vegetarians
Tour operated in: English
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