Buenos Aires to Rio Adventure
Visit the top highlights of these exciting countries
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Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10
Trip code: JBR
Duration: 17 days
If you want to experience the ideal combination of buzzing cities, rural South American life, downtime on beautiful beaches and idyllic islands and a visit to one of the world’s most breathtaking natural wonders – the incredible Iguassu Falls – then this 17-day trip of a lifetime offers it all! Starting off in the cosmopolitan cool of colonial Buenos Aires, you’ll explore Uruguay, stay on a traditional Uruguayan ranch for a slice of rural life, witness the magnificence of the mighty Iguassu Falls from both Brazil and Argentina, enjoy an optional boat ride around the amazing Falls, laze in the coastal town of Paraty with its beautiful bay and beaches, relax on the unspoilt paradise island of Ilha Grande, and then embrace your carnival spirit in the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. This is a South American adventure you won’t want to miss!
- Soak up the buzz of beautiful Buenos Aires
- See one of the world’s natural wonders – the inspirational Iguassu Falls!
- Enjoy the rural way of life on a Uruguan estancia/ranch
- Relax in the laid-back coastal town of Paraty with its beautiful bay and spot wildlife on the unspoilt island of Ilha Grande
- Party in carnival city as you end this epic tour in lively Rio de Janeiro!
Day 1: Buenos Aires. Touch down in Argentina and make your way across to your city accommodation. Meet the rest of your group at a welcome meeting.
Day 2: Buenos Aires. Free time to explore this buzzing city. Optional activities include a guided city tour and a tango experience.
Please note: All optional activities on the trip are at extra cost.
Day 3: Buenos Aires/Colonia. Cross the Rio de la Plata by ferry to Colonia, Uruguay. Get your bearings with an orientation walk and then explore.
Day 4-5: Colonia/Montevideo. Discover Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo. Enjoy free time to explore. Optional activities include cycling the coast, or visiting the bustling port market. Breakfasts included.
Day 6: Montevideo/Estancia Stay. Journey through the countryside to an authentic Uruguayan ranch. Sit round the campfire with your group and drink local wine. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 7: Estancia. Learn about life on the ranch. Learn to milk a cow and whip up some traditional empanadas. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 8: Estancia/Iguassu Falls. Leave the ranch behind and begin the long journey across the border into Argentina and on to Iguassu Falls. Breakfast included.
Day 9-10: Iguassu Falls. Explore the Argentine side of these incredible falls. – a true natural wonder of the world. Optional boat ride along the Iguassu River (extra cost).
Day 11-12: Iguassu Falls/Paraty. Fly to Sao Paulo then travel along the coast to Paraty. Free time to soak up the sun on the beach. Optional cachaça distillery visit or boat tour of the bay. Alternatively, you can simply spend your time sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling in this gorgeous area. Breakfast included on day 12.
Day 13-14: Paraty/Ilha Grande. Take a ferry across to Ilha Grande. Free time to explore this unspoilt island, relax on the beach, or take an optional boat tour. Breakfast included on day 13.
Day 15: Ilha Grande/Rio de Janeiro. Head to lively Rio to soak up the party vibe in this amazing city.
Day 16: Rio de Janeiro. Free time to explore Rio from your Copacabana base.
Day 17: Rio de Janeiro. Your tour ends today in Rio! Stick around for more independent travel adventures or head to the airport. Breakfast included.
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You should arrange your flights into Ministro Pistarini International Airport in Buenos Aires (commonly referred to as Ezeiza airport). The airport is 22 miles out of the city, about a 40 minute taxi ride away. A taxi to the city centre costs approximately USD45 and can be arranged from the official taxi counter inside the Arrivals area.
There is also a bus company that can take you to your hotel in the centre of Buenos Aires. Manuel Tienda Leon is the most well-known company and travel costs about USD17. Their counter is at the customs exit
Please note, we can also arrange an airport transfer for you when you arrive. Please contact a Travel Advisor for more information.
All accommodation is included on the tour – a total of 16 nights. Accommodation is single sex multi-share rooms.
10 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners are included, during your ranch stay. Please allow USD565-735 for meals not included.
The minimum age to join this trip is 18. This trip is designed for travellers aged 18-39.
All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements.
Physical Rating: Average. Some activities on this trip will require a moderate level of fitness.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.