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Uruguay, Pantanal & the Falls

Uruguay, Pantanal & the Falls

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What's included?
From 2570 EUR
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What's included?
Duration
23 days
Starts in
Rio de Janeiro
Ends in
Buenos Aires
Group size
26
There are two main features on this trip: the astounding Iguazú Falls on the Argentine-Brazilian border, with its chain of 275 waterfalls nearly 3km long and up to 82m high, and at which Eleanor Roosevelt is reported to have said "Poor Niagara!" when she visited; and Brazil's Southern Pantanal, which harbours the highest concentration of wildlife in South America. Here you can see giant river otters, jaguars, caiman, parrots, toucans, howler monkeys, and plenty more.Throw in a 2-night stay in a traditional Uruguayan estancia where we'll learn about the gaucho way of living, learning how to prepare typical local food, and you have the makings of a great outdoors adventure.Then we have two of South America's most iconic cities in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, as well as the Uruguayan capital Montevideo and Brazil's eco-tourism and adventure capital Bonito.
  • Discover South America's most vibrant cities of Buenos Aires and Rio De Janeiro
  • Soak up the sun on the emerald coast at Paraty
  • Get away from it all on the island hideaway of Ilha Grande
  • Stay on a real Uruguayan estancia, learn to ride and hang out with the Gauchos!
  • Catch a boat across the Rio de la Plata to explore Uruguay's colonial cities of Montevideo and Colonia
  • Go search for jaguar in the southern Pantanal
  • Snorkel the crystal clear waters of the Rio Prata at Brazil's eco-tourism capital, Bonito!
  • An excellent journey through some of the natural hotspots of Uruguay and southern Brazil. Although you'll be camping some of the time, this is a fairly easy trip that isn't physically challenging unless you choose to take part in the various optional activities available. A few long drive days of 7+ hours.


    Itinerary

    Uruguay, Pantanal & the Falls

    Day 1 Rio de Janeiro

    Border information: if you are joining in Rio de Janeiro, you will most likely enter Brazil at Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport (IATA code: RIO/GIG).Welcome to the iconic Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro! 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.

    Day 2 Ilha Grande

    Today we will leave Rio behind and travel by truck to the stunning island retreat of Ilha Grande. We will leave our truck behind for a couple of days and take a ferry, so you may wish to pack a small overnight bag. There are no private cars or banks on the island, so you will need to bring cash along with you and be prepared for a short walk with your bags to the hostel.

    Day 3 Ilha Grande

    Free day to enjoy the island.

    Day 4 Paraty

    Today our journey begins with a short drive to the colonial town of Paraty on the Emerald Coast of the Atlantic!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.

    Day 5 Paraty

    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.

    Day 6 Brotas

    Today we will drive to the remote town of Brotas in southeastern Brazil.

    Day 7 Brotas

    Today is free to take part in optional adventure activities such as white water rafting or canyoning, or to simply relax by the pool!

    Day 8 Campo Grande

    Today we have a long drive day as we start our journey towards the Pantanal.

    Day 9 Pantanal

    Today we have an early start to meet our guide in Campo Grande, and then drive on to Brazil's amazing Southern Pantanal region, where we have a visit a local eco-tourism ranch (or 'fazenda').We will spend 2 nights here and have a comprehensive 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!

    Day 10 Pantanal

    Full day in the Pantanal.

    Day 11 Bonito

    After our morning activities and one final lunch in our beautiful ranch, it is time to leave the Pantanal and drive to the Brazilian eco-tourism capital of Bonito.

    Day 12 Bonito

    We have a full day in Bonito to take part in some incredible optional activities. 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!

    Day 13 Foz do Iguacu

    Today we have a full drive day south to the city of Foz do Iguaçu.

    Day 14 Foz do Iguacu

    Today we will visit the Brazilian side of the phenomenal Iguazu Falls, to get some incredible panoramic vistas of the mighty waterfalls. There is also time for optional activities such as taking a helicopter ride over the falls, visiting the incredible Itaipu Dam, or to quickly stop into Paraguay to pick up some bargains in the nearby Ciudad del Este.

    Day 15 Foz do Iguacu

    Today we will take a day trip 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'll be able to look right down into the mighty Garganta del Diablo (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!

    Day 16 Yapeyu

    Today we will leave Iguazu and head to the Argentine town of Yapeyú. This small town was the birthplace of General Jose de San Martín, one of the principal leaders of several South American countries' struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire.

    Day 17 Tacuarembo

    Border information: exit Argentina at Salto Grande, enter Uruguay at Salto Grande.Today we cross into Uruguay and head to the Tacuarembó area - the traditional gaucho land of Uruguay. We will spend 3 nights in an authentic estancia to learn about the gaucho way of living. We will have a chance to learn how to prepare typical food from the area (and of course taste it!) and also enjoy some traditional music.

    Day 18 Tacuarembo

    Full day at the estancia.

    Day 19 Montevideo

    Today we will head south to the Uruguayan capital Montevideo. The following day will be free to explore Montevideo. The city has a mix of historical buildings and modern architechture and a main feature of the city is the Rambla (waterfront promenade) where locals frequently go for a stroll to drink their mate. Mate is the traditional South American caffeine-rich infused drink sipped through a straw, particularly popular in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Brazil and Chile.

    Day 20 Colonia del Sacramento

    This morning we head to Colonia del Sacramento, one of the oldest and most picturesque towns in Uruguay and a Unesco World Heritage site. The afternoon is free to explore the charming narrow cobbled streets of the Barrio Histórico and the pretty riverfront.

    Day 21 Buenos Aires

    Today we will hop on the ferry across to the vibrant city of Buenos Aires. The truck will drive around by road and rejoin us later in the day.

    Day 22 Buenos Aires

    Today is a free day to explore the city and discover its amazing culture, art, and music.

    Day 23 Buenos Aires

    Today is the final day our the trip and there is no accommodation is provided tonight. Please contact our Sales Team if you wish to book additional nights in Buenos Aires, or continue the journey to Santiago and beyond.Border Information: If you are flying out of Argentina today, the International Airport is Ezeiza International Airport (EZE)
    Summary

    What’s included?

    Activities

    Spend 2 nights in the Pantanal, the world's largest tropical wetland area, exploring the flora and fauna with local guides

    Discover the unbelievable Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian side

    Spend the day exploring the amazing Iguazu Falls from the Argentinian side

    Enjoy a 2-night stay at a traditional Uruguayan farm to gain a fascinating insight into the lives of gauchos

    Accommodation

    Comfortable Hotel 6 nights
    Multishare Hostel 6 nights
    Camping 7 nights
    Basic Hotel 1 night

    Local transport

    Overland Expedition Vehicle, Ferry

    Meals

    Breakfasts x 17, Lunches x 11, Dinner x 11

    Uruguay, Pantanal & the Falls

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