Connecting two of South America’s most iconic cities, this 19-day overland adventure journeys from Buenos Aires to visit the mighty Iguazu Falls, the Pantanal wetlands and the UNESCO-listed town of Paraty on the Emerald Coast, before ending in sensational Rio de Janeiro.
Location: Buenos Aires
Welcome to Argentina and its wonderful capital Buenos Aires! Tonight we have an important group meeting at 6pm in the joining hotel to meet your tour leader and fellow travellers. <br/><br/> Day 2 is free to explore this incredible city and all it has to offer. Buenos Aires is packed with amazing culture, arts and music, so perhaps take one of our optional activities to make the most of your time here. You could learn to tango with a private lesson, sample Argentina’s famous Merlot on a wine tasting afternoon or take a street art tour with some of the local artists.
Buenos Aires - Yapeyu. Today we journey north on a full-day drive through the Entre Rios and Corrientes provinces. We arrive in Yapeyu, a beautiful village set on the banks of the River Uruguay, where we camp for the night. This village is famous in Argentina as the birthplace of General Jose de San Martin, a national hero who helped liberate South America from Spanish colonial rule.
Location: Iguazu Falls (Brazil)
Yapeyu - Foz do Iguacu. This morning we cross the border at Tancredo Neves into Brazil, where we continue our drive to Foz do Iguacu. Meaning ‘Mouth of the Iguazu River’, this town is famous as the base for exploring the incredible Iguazu Falls. <br/><br/> On day 5 we visit the Brazilian side of the magnificent Iguazu Falls, which is the largest waterfall system in the world. Here we have plenty of time for optional activities, such as a visit to the Parque das Aves bird park, an exhilarating speed boat ride around the base of the falls or an unforgettable 10-minute helicopter flight over this spectacular natural feature.
Location: Iguazu Falls (Argentina)
Today we take a trip back into Argentina to spend a full day at this side of the incredible Iguazu Falls. From the Argentinian side, the views are even more spectacular and you can look right down the largest waterfall, known as the Devil’s Throat, from a gantry walkway viewing point. We have plenty of time here to explore, perhaps hiking some of the nature trails or taking an exhilarating, and very wet, boat ride.
Foz do Iguacu - Bonito. Today we have a full day's drive north to Bonito, the eco-tourism capital of Brazil. Enjoy the camaraderie aboard our overland truck, playing games with your fellow travellers and soaking up the views along the way. <br/><br/> We spend days 8 and 9 in Bonito to take advantage of the range of incredible optional activities here. You can visit the other-worldly Blue Lake Cave, enjoy world-class snorkelling in the waters of Rio da Prata or abseil down the Boca da Onca waterfall, to name just a few of the activities on offer.
Bonito - Pantanal. Today we have a short drive to the amazing southern Pantanal region of Brazil and enjoy a visit to a local eco-tourism ranch or 'fazenda'. The Pantanal is the largest wetland in the world and home to a staggering number of species, including wildlife such as caiman, anacondas, anteaters, jaguars, capybaras and much more. <br/><br/> We spend two nights in the Pantanal enjoying a range of included activities from our lodge. These include canoe and boat trips down the wildlife-rich rivers, horseback rides through the beautiful scenery and safaris on trucks and on foot where we hope to spot some of this wetland’s incredible indigenous wildlife.
Location: Wild Camping
Pantanal - Campo Grande. Following our morning activities and a final lunch in the Pantanal, we start driving east towards Sao Paulo state. We wild camp towards the end of the day, offering a truly off the beaten track experience as we're far from the tourist crowds in our remote setting.
Campo Grande - Brotas. Today we drive to Brotas, a remote town in southeastern Brazil known for being an adventure tourism destination. <br/><br/> Day 14 is free to either relax by the pool or take part in the optional adventure activities on offer here. Maybe go white-water rafting on the fast-moving waters of the Jacare River or enjoy a half-day canyoning trip through the nearby gorges.
Brotas - Paraty. This morning we embark on a full-day drive to Paraty, an old Portuguese colonial town set on the dazzling Emerald Coast of the Atlantic, where we spend three nights. <br/><br/> On day 16, we enjoy an included boat trip around the incredible beaches and islands off the coast of Paraty. Day 17 is then free to explore at your leisure or perhaps take a historical walking tour. There are plenty more optional activities on offer including scuba diving, sea kayaking and standup paddle boarding.
Location: Rio De Janeiro
Paraty - Rio de Janeiro. This morning we drive to the incredible city of Rio de Janeiro. Situated under the watchful gaze of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio boasts one of the most beautiful settings in the world surrounded by lush mountains and golden beaches. This afternoon we then have the opportunity to take an optional visit to a community favela project. <br/><br/> Day 19 marks the end of our adventure through Argentina and Brazil! If you'd like to extend your time in this sensational city, please contact our reservations team who will be happy to arrange post-tour accommodation.
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