Brazil & Argentina on a Shoestring
10 days from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro
Duration10 days

Experience the treasures of Argentina and Brazil in this jam-packed trip. From tango in Buenos Aires to sun and surf in Rio, explore two of the continent’s most vibrant capitals. Marvel at the majesty of Iguassu Falls and let its power engulf you. Our CEOs will take you to the highlights on a shoestring and then let you loose so you can do what you want. You’ll stick to public buses, which not only keeps costs down but give you a chance to really meet the locals.

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  • Duration: 10 days
    Service level: Basic
  • Starts in: Buenos Aires
    Physical Grading: Light
  • Ends in: Rio de Janeiro
    Ages: 18+
Brazil & Argentina on a Shoestring - Tour Map


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Day 1: Buenos Aires

Start place: Buenos Aires

Known as the ‘Paris of the Americas', Buenos Aires is a vibrant city full of life. Visit the districts of La Boca, Recoleta, and San Telmo or catch a tango show at one of the many famous tanguerías. Wander the pedestrian walkways and see some dancing in the streets. Whatever you do, Buenos Aires is sure to leave lasting memories.
Arrive at any time. Booking pre- or post-trip accommodation is highly recommended to allow time for activities and to fully experience this vibrant city.

End place: Buenos Aires

Day 2: Buenos Aires

Start place: Buenos Aires

Explore the cosmopolitan city before hopping on an overnight bus. Opt to pre book a city bike tour and get a local's eye view of your surroundings!

End place: Puerto Iguazu

Day 3: Iguassu Falls

Start place: Foz do Iguacu

Enjoy a free day to relax after the long journey or opt to explore the Brazilian side of the falls.

End place: Foz do Iguacu

Day 4: Iguassu Falls

Start place: Foz do Iguacu

Full day excursion to the Argentina side of the falls. Opt to take a boat tour to see the cascading falls from below. If you have booked the Iguassu Falls Boat Ride Theme Pack, today's the day! Your CEO will give you details about timing and what to bring.

End place: Foz do Iguacu

Day 5: Iguassu Falls

Start place: Foz do Iguacu

Enjoy a free half-day to further explore the area and then board an overnight bus to Paraty with a transfer in São Paulo.

End place: Sao Paulo

Day 6: Paraty

Start place: Sao Paulo

Enjoy time here exploring the cobblestone streets, taking an optional sailing trip or walking along one of the many fabulous beaches in the area. Other options include historical "fazenda" tours and cachaça distillery visits (local drink) as well as plenty of great souvenir shopping!
Head to the coast for an optional schooner tour of the bay. Enjoy the beach life, and try the local beverages at a regional distillery.

End place: Paraty

Day 7-8: Paraty

Start place: Paraty

Enjoy the beach life, and spend the day exploring the sand and sea.

End place: Paraty

Meals: B
Day 9: Paraty/Rio de Janeiro

Start place: Paraty

Travel north along the coast through superb scenery before rounding the cliffs at Vidigal. Get a first glimpse of one of the most memorable cities in the world, Brazil’s oceanside jewel, Río de Janeiro. Enjoy any free time by taking an optional city tour or exploring the wonders that this city has to offer from the centrally-located hostel in Copacabana.
Travel to Rio and enjoy free time to explore the city using a centrally located hostel in Copacabana as a base. Sun, beach, and nightlife await. Opt to visit Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain. The hostel has private rooms with private bathrooms for travellers, but please note the common areas are shared with other guests of the hostel.

End place: Rio de Janeiro

Meals: B
Day 10: Rio de Janeiro

Start place: Rio de Janeiro

If you are interested in exploring the city and its nearby attractions, it is recommended you book additional post-trip accommodation nights.
Depart at any time.

End place: Rio de Janeiro

Meals: B



  • Your Discover Moment: Buenos Aires Your Discover Moment: Paraty
  • Entrance and visit to the Argentine side of Iguassu Falls
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Transport

    Local bus, Minivan, Taxi, Walking
  • Accommodation

    Simple hotels (5 nts, some multi-share), Hostels (2 nts), Overnight buses (2 nts)

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