Classic: Atlantic to the Andes Experience (SXRL)
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10
Meals Included: 18 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
Accommodations: Hotels (17 nts), night bus (1 nt), train (2 nts), basic hotels on Salar de Uyuni excursion (multi-share) (2 nts), multi-share tented room with hammocks (2 nts).
Stand in awe of Iguassu Falls, search for wildlife in the Brazilian Pantanal, encounter colonial cities and historic cultures in Bolivia, explore the Uyuni salt flats by 4x4
From the sands of Ipanema to the heights of the Bolivian Andes, this incredible 25-day journey will introduce you to the diverse landscape and people of South America. Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal, the bizarre landscape of Uyuni Salt Flats and revel in the mists of thundering Iguassu Falls. Gain greater insight into the culture on the region's public buses and meet locals from the rural towns along the way for an immersive experience that few travellers get to know. Get off the beaten path and experience Brazil and Bolivia - a vibrant cross-section of South America.
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- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 6/30/2018
- 25 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Rio de Janeiro||Day 1 Rio de Janeiro|
Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Ilha Grande||Day 2 Rio de Janeiro/Ilha Grande (1B)|
From Rio, head south along the Atlantic coast to one of the most picturesque, laid-back islands on the coast, llha Grande. Relax and walk the sandy beaches, or bathe in the warm waters of this island paradise. Transport: Local bus (3.50 hour(s), 87km) Ferry
|Day 3||Ilha Grande||Day 3 Ilha Grande (1B)|
Enjoy a free day in Ilha Grande.
|Day 4||Paraty||Day 4 Ilha Grande/Paraty (1B)|
Head down the beautiful Costa Verde to the colonial town of Paraty. Spend the afternoon exploring the cobblestone streets and cafEs. Transport: Ferry (1.50 hour(s)) Local bus (2.00 hour(s), 100km)
|Days 5-6||Paraty||Days 5-6 Paraty|
Enjoy two free days to explore by choosing to go snorkelling or visit a typical fazenda (farm). Opt for a cachaCa distillery visit or boat tour of the bay and nearby beaches.
|Day 7||Foz do Iguacu||Day 7 Paraty/Foz do Iguacu|
Drive to Sao Paulo for a flight to the magnificent Foz do Iguacu, or Iguassu Falls, which border Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. In order to see the falls properly you need to view them from both the Brazilian and the Argentine sides. The Brazilian side offers the grand overview, and the Argentine side a closer look. Sit back and soak in the stunning beauty and raw power that is Iguassu, or take an optional boat tour directly into the spray of the falls. Transport: Shared van (4.50-5.00 hours) Plane (1.75 hour(s))
|Day 8||Foz do Iguacu||Day 8 Foz do Iguacu (1B)|
Cross the border to Argentina for a new perspective of the falls. With an extensive series of catwalks and optional boat rides to the base of the falls, theres plenty to do before returning to the Brazilian side for the night. Additional Notes: If you have booked the Iguassu Falls Boat Ride Theme Pack, you will do it today on the Argentine side of the falls. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Brazil - Argentina) Iguassu Falls Visit Border Crossing (Argentina - Brazil)
|Day 9||Bonito||Day 9 Foz do Iguacu/Bonito (1B)|
Visit the Brazilian side of the falls and have a free afternoon to visit the bird park, home to species such as the Hyacinth macaw and toucans. In the afternoon, board overnight transport to travel to Bonito. Included Activities: Iguassu Falls (Brazil Side) Guided Tour Transport: Overnight bus (14.00 hour(s))
|Days 10-11||Bonito||Days 10-11 Bonito|
Explore nearby underwater caves and waterfalls, go rafting or snorkelling, or simply spend a lazy day by the river.
|Day 12||Pantanal||Day 12 Bonito/Pantanal (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Journey into the Pantanal, a perfect place to experience the wildlife of Brazil. Additional Notes: Please note, while on the rustic excursion in the Pantanal the nights will be spent in hammocks. Transport: At the entrance of the Pantanal, change to a truck that can better handle the terrain for the trip to the lodge. Shared van (5.00 hour(s))
|Days 13-14||Pantanal||Days 13-14 Pantanal|
Enjoy an excursion into the wetlands of the Pantanal with a local guide. Opportunities to spot wildlife such as monkeys, macaws, giant otters, and caiman abound. Included Activities: Pantanal Wildlife Excursion
|Day 14||Santa Cruz de la Sierra||Day 14 Pantanal/Santa Cruz de la Sierra (1B)|
From the frontier town of CorumbA, Brazil, cross into Bolivia. From here, an overnight train heads to Santa Cruz. Occasionally, this train may be replaced with an overnight bus. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Brazil - Bolivia) Transport: Overnight bus (14.00 hour(s))
|Day 15||Santa Cruz de la Sierra||Day 15 Santa Cruz de la Sierra|
Spend some time exploring Santa Cruz.
|Day 16||Sucre||Day 16 Santa Cruz de la Sierra/Sucre|
Optional activities include a visit to dinosaur footprints, an old tin baron's mansion, mountain biking, and hiking. Transport: Plane (0.50 hour(s))
|Days 17-18||Sucre||Days 17-18 Sucre|
Free time to explore the city, the former capital of Bolivia. For more active options opt to go hiking in the surrounding area or mountain biking.
|Day 19||Potosi||Day 19 Sucre/Potosi (1B)|
Travel by bus to Potosi. Spend free time exploring the city. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 185km)
|Day 20||Uyuni||Day 20 Potosi/Uyuni (1B)|
Travel through the Bolivian landscape to the town of Uyuni, the jumping off point for the three day 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats. Additional Notes: During the rainy season the locations visited may change due to some routes being covered by water. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 230km)
|Day 21||Salar de Uyuni||Day 21 Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni (1B, 1D)|
Enjoy a three day 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery. Additional Notes: We offer unique accommodation in the Uyuni Salt Flats. Instead of very basic refuges and homestays most operators use, we have upgraded to simple hotels that are equipped with solar panels to provide electricity and hot water. Rooms are multi-share and each have a private bathroom. Meals are made from local ingredients, most of which are grown on-site. Included Activities: Salt Flats Excursion
|Day 22||Salar de Uyuni||Day 22 Salar de Uyuni (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion. Admire the spectacular scenery while passing red and blue lagoons along the route. Spot wild llamas, alpacas and even flamingos deep within the desert. Included Activities: Salt Flats Excursion
|Day 23||La Paz||Day 23 Salar de Uyuni/La Paz (1B, 1L)|
Rise early to cover more ground of the unique landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats. Continue to see incredible scenery, including volcanoes, salt lakes and geysers. Travel back to Uyuni to catch an overnight train to La Paz. Included Activities: Salt Flats Excursion Transport: Stretch out and get some well-earned rest en route to the next stop. Due to scheduling the train may be replaced with an overnight bus. Overnight train (airplane seats) (7.00-8.00 hours)
|Day 24||La Paz||Day 24 La Paz|
Enjoy the afternoon in La Paz. Opt for a city tour or to explore the markets and winding streets. Transport: Local bus (4.00-5.00 hours)
|Day 25||La Paz||Day 25 La Paz (1B)|
Depart at any time.
Local Flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
Dossier Disclaimer:The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.
VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.
Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.