Journey from Bolivia to Brazil
31 days from La Paz to Rio de Janeiro
From $ 4899
Duration31 days

Breathe in the Inca spirit of La Paz and dance in the tango palaces of Buenos Aires on this two-week adventure. Connecting the Andes to the Atlantic, you'll journey across the surreal landscapes of the Atacama Desert and the Uyuni Salt Flats. Feel like a sophisticate as you sip wine in Buenos Aires and pull back the curtain on the centre of the continent. Best of all, you'll do it in the company of other fun, young travellers. Don't choose between inspiring wilderness and urban sophistication – do it all.

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  • Duration: 31 days
    Service level: Basic
  • Starts in: La Paz
    Physical Grading: Light
  • Ends in: Rio de Janeiro
    Ages: 18+
Journey from Bolivia to Brazil - Tour Map

Itinerary

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Day 1: La Paz

Start place: La Paz

Arrive at any time.

End place: La Paz

Day 2: La Paz/Sucre

Start place: La Paz

Enjoy a free day to explore the vibrant markets and winding streets of the city before boarding a night bus to Sucre.

End place: Sucre

Meals: B
Day 3: Sucre

Start place: Sucre

Travel south to Sucre. Tackle the city as there is a lot to offer during the two days here. Optional activities include a visit to an old tin baron’s mansion, mountain biking, and hiking.
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.

End place: Sucre

Day 4: Sucre

Start place: Sucre

Enjoy another free day to explore Sucre and surroundings.

End place: Sucre

Meals: B
Day 5: Sucre/Potosí

Start place: Sucre

Staying in the Bolivian highlands, we travel south to the city of Potosí. The highest city of its size in the world, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has had a tumultuous history as a silver mining centre during colonial times.
Travel south to the one of the world's highest cities.
Meals: B
Day 6: Potosí
Get out and explore Potosí, learn about the history of the city while wandering the streets. Stop at the market and interact with the locals.
Meals: B
Day 7: Potosí/Uyuni
Travel to Uyuni and get ready for an excursion to the salt flats.

End place: Uyuni

Meals: B
Day 8: Uyuni/Salt Flats

Start place: Uyuni

Travel through the Bolivian landscape to the town of Uyuni. Despite its isolation and challenging climate (cold and blustery most of the year), the town of Uyuni has earned the nickname of Hija Predilecta de Bolivia (Bolivia’s Favourite Daughter). It is also the starting point for our 3-night excursion through the spectacular Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats) in 4x4 vehicles.

Spend three days in the stunning landscapes between the Salar de Uyuni and the Atacama Desert in Chile. Our groups like to get creative with photography, as the endless white of the salt flats creates some great depth illusions that are fun to play with in photos.

The tour takes us through the impressive large red lagoon of Laguna Colorada and the striking blue-green Laguna Verde at 5,000m (16,404 ft).

Settle in to your G Adventures-supported community salt-brick bungalow, complete with salt floors and furniture, after a guided walking tour up to the sacred Jukil mountaintop for sweeping valley views and a dinner of local ingredients prepared by ladies from the community.
Enjoy a three-day 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery. Last stop for the evening is a G Adventures-supported community lodge in a traditional agricultural village in the heart of a desert oasis. Note: During the rainy season, the locations visited may change due to some routes being covered by water.
We offer unique accommodation on 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 has a private bathroom. Meals are made from local ingredients, most of which are grown on-site.
Meals: B, D
Day 9: Salt Flats
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.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 10: Salt Flats/San Pedro de Atacama
After continuing through the Uyuni Salt Flats in the morning, hop on a bus further south to the dry desert regions of Argentina and Chile, where we stop in the little town of San Pedro de Atacama, on the edge of the Atacama desert—the driest place on earth.
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 to the border and descend by bus to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. It's a long but scenic drive.

End place: San Pedro de Atacama

Meals: B, L
Day 11: San Pedro de Atacama

Start place: San Pedro de Atacama

There are plenty of optional excursions here -- biking, exploring nearby ruins, horseback riding, and touring the Valley of the Moon.
Opt to go sandboarding or mountain biking, or visit the Valley of the Moon.

End place: San Pedro de Atacama

Day 12: San Pedro de Atacama/Salta

Start place: San Pedro de Atacama

We make our way to Salta, situated in the Lerma Valley of northern Argentina. Salta is home to empanadas salteñas - the delicious local specialty, and no visit to the town will be complete without giving them a try. In the evening, opt to experience a local celebration at one of the "Peña" folklore shows.
Cross the border into Argentina.

End place: Salta

Day 13: Salta

Start place: Salta

Explore the city and enjoy the local cuisine. Opt to take a trip through the scenic Quebrada de las Conchas to Cafayate, or visit the High Mountain Archaeological Museum.

End place: Salta

Meals: B
Day 14: Salta/Buenos Aires

Start place: Salta

When you are done exploring, settle your weary feet and enjoy a drink in one of the many sidewalk cafes and restaurants and begin to understand the contemplative Argentine way of life. Try the succulent bife and parrilladas!
Skip a long bus journey with a quick flight to Buenos Aires. Take an optional city tour, and enjoy free time to explore the many attractions. In the evening, consider hitting a tango show, then sample the city's famous nightlife.

End place: Buenos Aires

Day 15: Buenos Aires

Start place: Buenos Aires

Get out and explore. Consider visiting 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.
Enjoy a free day to explore beautiful Buenos Aires. Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.

End place: Buenos Aires

Day 16: 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 17: 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 18: 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 19: Montevideo

Start place: Montevideo

Free time to explore Montevideo.

End place: Montevideo

Meals: B
Day 20: 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 21: 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 22: 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 23: 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 24: 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 25: 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 26: 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 27: 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 28: 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 29: 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 30: 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 31: 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: Jukil Community Experience & Lodge, Santiago de Agencha Your G for Good Moment: Favela Experience, Rio de Janeiro Your Discover Moment: Sucre Your Discover Moment: Salta 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
  • 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding area (3 days)
  • Activities while at the estancia in Uruguay
  • Entrance and visit to the Argentine sides of Iguassu Falls
  • Transportation between destinations and included activities
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Transport

    Local bus, Plane, 4x4 truck, Minivan, Taxi, Plane, Ferry
  • Accommodation

    Simple hotels (20 nts, twin-share), Hostels (4 nts, multi-share), Overnight bus (2 nts), Basic hotel/G Adventures-supported community lodge on Uyuni Salt Flats excursion (2 nts, multi-share), Estancia/ranch (2 nts, multi-share)
  • Meals

    18 breakfasts,
    4 lunches,
    4 dinners

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