In Search of Iguassu–Buenos Aires to Rio
17 days from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro
From $ 2749
Duration17 days

Get your South American rush with other young travellers unafraid to embrace the new. You'll kick off the adventure in sophisticated Buenos Aires before getting back to nature on day hikes at a working Uruguayan ranch. Marvel at Iguassu Falls, then hop on a flight to São Paulo on your way to the Brazilian coast — no gruelling bus ride means more time on the beach. We'll wrap up in the party in Rio, where you're free to embrace the carnival atmosphere from our centrally-located Copacabana hostel.

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  • Duration: 17 days
    Service level: Basic
  • Starts in: Buenos Aires
    Physical Grading: Average
  • Ends in: Rio de Janeiro
    Ages: 12+
In Search of Iguassu–Buenos Aires to Rio - Tour Map

Itinerary

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Day 1: Buenos Aires

Start place: Buenos Aires

Arrive at any time. Booking pre- or post-trip accommodation is highly recommended to fully experience the cities and take advantage of the optional activities available.

End place: Buenos Aires

Day 2: 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.
Free time to explore the many attractions. Check out a football match, a tango show or the city's famous nightlife.

End place: Buenos Aires

Day 3: Buenos Aires/Colonia

Start place: Buenos Aires

Cross the Río de la Plata by ferry to Colonia, Uruguay. Explore on an orientation walk, then enjoy free time to explore the area and relax at a streetside café. In high season, accommodation may be multi-share.

End place: Colonia del Sacramento

Day 4: Colonia/Montevideo

Start place: Colonia del Sacramento

Spend free time in Montevideo exploring the city and Mercado del Puerto, having a picnic in the park or visiting Estadio Centenario where the first World Cup was played in 1930. Cycle around the coast or head to the beach.
Travel from Colonia to Montevideo in the morning. Free afternoon to explore.

End place: Montevideo

Meals: B
Day 5: Montevideo

Start place: Montevideo

Free time to explore Montevideo.

End place: Montevideo

Meals: B
Day 6: Montevideo/Estancia Stay

Start place: Montevideo

Travel by day through picturesque settlements and pastures finishing in the last Uruguayan stop—a local ranch, known in the region as an estancia.

End place: Mercedes

Meals: B, L, D
Day 7: Estancia Stay

Start place: Mercedes

Spend a day at the estancia getting into rural life. Learn about the historical roots of the region, lend a hand on the farm, go for a walk, make empanadas or sit back and sip on the wines of the region as you take in local Uruguayan life.
Get dirty working at the ranch, go for a hike in the countryside, and indulge in local barbecues and wine.

End place: Mercedes

Meals: B, L, D
Day 8: Estancia Stay/Iguassu Falls

Start place: Mercedes

In the morning cross the border into Gualeguaychu in Argentina, then begin the long overnight journey to Iguassu Falls.

End place: Foz do Iguacu

Meals: B
Day 9: Iguassu Falls

Start place: Foz do Iguacu

In the morning opt to visit the Brazilian side of the falls and get an incredible panoramic view. Opt to take a helicopter ride over the falls, visit a bird park or see the Itaipu Dam.

End place: Foz do Iguacu

Day 10: Iguassu Falls

Start place: Foz do Iguacu

Today enjoy a full day excursion to the Argentinian side of the falls. Wander along the walk paths that connect different view points of the falls. Opt to take a boat tour to see the cascading falls from below.

End place: Foz do Iguacu

Meals: B
Day 11: Foz do Iguaçu/Paraty

Start place: Foz do Iguacu

Skipping the long bus ride, we fly to Sao Paulo and head straight to Paraty, a quaint colonial town on the coast renowned for its architecture.
Skip an overnight bus ride and fly to São Paulo, heading straight to the coast. Explore colonial Paraty, then hit the beach. In high season, accommodation in Paraty may be multi-share.

End place: Paraty

Day 12: Paraty

Start place: Paraty

Paraty is a quaint colonial town renowned for its architecture—the pace might be slow but there's a lot to choose from. Considered one of the world's most important examples of Portuguese colonial architecture by UNESCO, the historic centre is a well-preserved national historic monument, and today has been closed to vehicles to preserve its laid-back colonial ambiance. Opt to take a boat tour of the bay, go on a kayak tour, or a jeep tour.
Free time to explore Paraty's beaches, a national park and surroundings. Opt to visit a cachaça distillery or take a boat tour to nearby islands.

End place: Paraty

Meals: B
Day 13: Paraty/Ilha Grande

Start place: Paraty

Tavel to the port in Angra dos Reis and catch a boat over to Ilha Grande not far from the coast.
Continue by van up the coast, and take a ferry to Ilha Grande. In high season, accommodation in Ilha Grande may be multi-share.

End place: Ilha Grande

Meals: B
Day 14: Ilha Grande

Start place: Ilha Grande

Free time to explore the beaches of Ilha Grande. Opt to hike the remote trails, take a boat trip around the island, play in the waves or go snorkelling.

End place: Ilha Grande

Day 15: Ilha Grande/Rio de Janeiro

Start place: Ilha Grande

Leaving the port after returning from Ilha Grande, a dramatic road then takes us 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 ocean-side jewel, Río de Janeiro.

Enjoy any free time by exploring the wonders that this city has to offer from the centrally located hostel in Copacabana.
Travel to Rio de Janeiro. In the afternoon, explore the favela with a local resident on a G Adventures-supported tour to watch a drumming demonstration, get a Capoeira lesson, and sample craft beers with a new perspective of the city.

End place: Rio de Janeiro

Day 16: Rio de Janeiro

Start place: Rio de Janeiro

Enjoy a free day to discover all that Rio has to offer. Take a city tour to experience sights like Rio's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, or take a leisurely stroll along Copacabana beach as the waves lap at your feet.

End place: Rio de Janeiro

Day 17: Rio de Janeiro

Start place: Rio de Janeiro

Depart at any time.

End place: Rio de Janeiro

Meals: B

Inclusions

Included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Favela Experience, Rio de Janeiro Your Discover Moment: Buenos Aires Your Local Living Moment: Estancia Stay, Colonia La Concordia Your Discover Moment: Paraty Your Discover Moment: Ilha Grande Your Discover Moment: Rio de Janeiro
  • Activities while at the estancia in Uruguay
  • Entrance and visit to the Argentine side of Iguassu Falls
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Transport

    Local bus, Minivan, Taxi, Plane, Ferry, Walking
  • Accommodation

    Simple hotels (9 nts, twin-share), Hostels (4 nts, multi-share), Estancia/ranch (2 nts, multi-share), Overnight bus (1 nt)
  • Meals

    9 breakfasts,
    2 lunches,
    2 dinners

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