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  • Sample the cuisine and culture of Buenos Aires.
  • Discover Uruguay's rural beauty at a working ranch.
  • Marvel at Iguassu Falls.
  • Skip the overnight bus and gain time (and comfort!) with a flight to São Paulo.
The In Search of Iguassu–Buenos Aires to Rio tour starts in Buenos Aires and ends in Rio de Janeiro. The In Search of Iguassu–Buenos Aires to Rio is an Explorer tour that takes 17 days taking you from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro and through other destinations in South America.

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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Arrive at any time.
Accommodation
  • Milhouse Avenue (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.
Free time to explore the many attractions. Check out a football match, a tango show or the city's famous nightlife.
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.
Accommodation
  • Milhouse Avenue (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Buenos Aires Guided City Tour
    Enjoy a guided tour exploring beautiful, vibrant Buenos Aires. Be introduced to historic sites and districts, including Plaza de Mayo where Eva Peron's famed balcony presides over the square. See La Boca and San Telmo's colourful street life, painted houses, and the famed Recoleta Cemetery.
  • Buenos Aires Bike Tour
  • Buenos Aires Tango Experience
    Let professional dancers enchant you with this passionate dance. Once banned for its sensuality, tango is now an icon of Buenos Aires and a must-see when visiting this vibrant city. Enjoy a delicious multi-course meal paired with Argentine wine while taking it all in.
  • Teatro Colón Tour
    Explore this stunning opera house on a guided tour and find out why it is voted one of the best acoustic venues in the world.
  • La Boca Neighbourhood Visit
    Price variance depends on use of public bus or taxi.
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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Esperanza & Artemisa Spa (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Border Crossing (Argentina - Uruguay)
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
  • Orientation Walk
    Duration : 0.5 hr - 1.0 hr
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Transport
  • Ferry
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
Optional Activities
  • Golf Cart Rental
    4 person or 8 person buggys
Travel from Colonia to Montevideo in the morning. Free afternoon to explore.
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.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Dazzler Hotel Montevideo (or similar)
Transport
  • Local bus
    Duration : 2.5 hr - 3.0 hr
    Distance : 177 km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Optional Activities
  • Cycle the Coast
    Rent some wheels and head to the Rambla. This 22km (13.6 m) long avenue runs along the water and is great for cycling, running and enjoying the views. Head east from Punta Carretas to the city’s scenic suburbs. Bring water and snacks, slather on the sunscreen and enjoy the journey.
  • Estadio Centenario Visit
    Pull on your jersey and don your cleats to channel your inner football (soccer) player in Montevideo’s Centenario Stadium. Built to host the 1930 FIFA World Cup, and to commemorate the country’s first constitution, it continues to host Uruguay’s national team (who maintain a winning record against visiting European players). A parade of pop stars, including Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams, Enrique Iglesias and Luciano Pavarotti have also performed here.
  • Port Market
    Meat. Meat. Meat. Oh, and you’ll also find fruits and vegetables, leather goods, spices and souvenirs. Inaugurated in 1868, the historic Port Market comes alive at mealtimes with the smoky smells of grilled steak, chorizo, pork and chicken. Bring an appetite and savour the sights and tastes of this meeting place in Montevideo. Outside, enjoy the rhythms of the Afro-Uruguayan “candombe” drums and dance along if you dare.
  • Museo del Carnaval
    Step inside the Carnival Museum and learn the history behind Montevideo’s 40-day celebration filled with costumes, masks, music and more. Located near the port market, colourful exhibits trace the evolution of this festival from the 18th Century masters who allowed their slaves one day to celebrate their African culture. Candome music – merging African and Uruguayan drum rhythms – is one result.
  • Viven Museum (Museo Andes 1972)
    Learn more about the fascinating story of the famous plane crash carrying a Uruguayan rugby team and how 16 of the passengers survived for 72 days in extraordinary circumstances.
  • Candombe
    Experience the UNESCO recognized, Candombe. Originating originally from slavery in Uruguay, slaves would gather to perform drum and dance performances, practiced largely today as an apology for times past, this unique performance is worth a watch.
Free time to explore Montevideo.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Dazzler Hotel Montevideo (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Cycle the Coast
    Rent some wheels and head to the Rambla. This 22km (13.6 m) long avenue runs along the water and is great for cycling, running and enjoying the views. Head east from Punta Carretas to the city’s scenic suburbs. Bring water and snacks, slather on the sunscreen and enjoy the journey.
  • Day Trip to Punta del Este
    Take a two hour road trip to Punta del Este, South America’s “Monaco”. Visit upscale neighbourhoods to see colourful homes and gorgeous gardens. Head to Playa Brava, watch surfers and take photos of the famous “Fingers” sculpture which shows a giant hand protruding from the sand. Check out Playa Mansa on the calm side of the peninsula, then visit Casa Pueblo, a Mediterranean-styled villa, museum and art gallery designed by local painter/sculptor Carlos Páez Vilaró.
Travel by day through picturesque settlements and pastures finishing in the last Uruguayan stop—a local ranch, known in the region as an estancia.
Meal
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation
  • Estancia La Sirena (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Estancia Stay
    Leave the city and lights behind in favour of a couple of nights at a working Uruguayan ranch. Get a glimpse into rural life, try your hand at fishing in the nearby river or laze about and go for a swim. After a good night's rest, learn how to milk a cow before making traditional empanadas. Head out on a horseback ride or hike in the countryside. Return to the ranch to taste your empanadas and other local specialities. Get to know your group around a blazing bonfire while sampling the region's famous wines.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 4.0 hr
    Distance : 250 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Get dirty working at the ranch, go for a hike in the countryside, and indulge in local barbecues and wine.
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.
Meal
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation
  • Estancia La Sirena (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Estancia Stay
    Leave the city and lights behind in favour of a couple of nights at a working Uruguayan ranch. Get a glimpse into rural life, try your hand at fishing in the nearby river or laze about and go for a swim. After a good night's rest, learn how to milk a cow before making traditional empanadas. Head out on a horseback ride or hike in the countryside. Return to the ranch to taste your empanadas and other local specialities. Get to know your group around a blazing bonfire while sampling the region's famous wines.
In the morning cross the border into Gualeguaychu in Argentina, then begin the long overnight journey to Iguassu Falls.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Included Activity
  • Border Crossing (Uruguay - Argentina)
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    Canadians, Americans and Australians should have the required reciprocity fees ready.
Transport
  • Overnight bus
    Duration : 16.0 hr - 18.0 hr
    Distance : 868 km
    Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.
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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Cassino (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Border Crossing (Argentina - Brazil)
    Duration : 1.0 hr - 3.0 hr
    ARGENTINA'S "RECIPROCITY FEE":
    Effective January 7, 2013 all US, Canadian and Australian citizens are required to pay a reciprocity tax in order to enter Argentina. This reciprocity tax must be paid in advance online with a credit card. Cash at the border or airport is not accepted.

    ONLINE PAYMENT FORM:
    https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes/

    INSTRUCTIONS:
    http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/pdf_varios/reciprocidad/Online_payment_instructions.pdf

    COSTS:
    US citizens: 160USD, valid for 10 years
    Australian citizens: 100USD, valid for 1 year
    Canadian citizens: 75USD for one entry and re-entries from bordering countries within 3 months; OR 150USD for a multiple entry visa valid for 5 years.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 1.0 hr - 1.5 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Optional Activities
  • Iguassu Falls Bird Park Visit
    Grab a camera and get up and close and personal with macaws, parrots, parakeets, and 150 other species of birds. Located on the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls, the bird park is on 12 acres of native subtropical forest. Enter a huge aviary to see the birds free from cages and nets. Check out other exhibits to view butterflies, alligators, and snakes (boas and anacondas).

  • Itaipú Dam Visit
    Prepare to be wowed by this impressive feat of engineering. Voted by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the modern Wonders of World, the Itaipú Dam is the largest hydroelectric power plant in the world. Go behind the scenes to see how water from the Paraná River is converted into electricity to power Paraguay and 25% of Brazil.
  • Iguassu Falls (Brazil Side) Guided Tour
    Visit the Brazil side of the falls to get a panoramic view of Iguaçu, one of the world's largest and most impressive waterfalls. In total, there are over 275 individual falls spread out over 3km (2 mi). Find the best spot to take jaw-dropping photos of this UNESCO World Heritage site.
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.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Hotel Cassino (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Border Crossing (Brazil - Argentina)
    Duration : 1.5 hr - 2.0 hr
    Canadians, Americans and Australians must have a pre-purchased reciprocity fee to enter Argentina.
  • Iguassu Falls Visit
    Spend the whole day on the Argentina side of Iguassu, exploring the paths over the falls or experience the UNESCO World Heritage site from a boat tour.
  • Border Crossing (Argentina - Brazil)
    Duration : 1.5 hr - 2.0 hr
    ARGENTINA'S "RECIPROCITY FEE":
    Effective January 7, 2013 all US, Canadian and Australian citizens are required to pay a reciprocity tax in order to enter Argentina. This reciprocity tax must be paid in advance online with a credit card. Cash at the border or airport is not accepted.

    ONLINE PAYMENT FORM:
    https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes/

    INSTRUCTIONS:
    http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/pdf_varios/reciprocidad/Online_payment_instructions.pdf

    COSTS:
    US citizens: 160USD, valid for 10 years
    Australian citizens: 100USD, valid for 1 year
    Canadian citizens: 75USD for one entry and re-entries from bordering countries within 3 months; OR 150USD for a multiple entry visa valid for 5 years.
Optional Activities
  • Iguassu Falls Boat Tour
    Pregnant women and those with medical conditions should opt out of this activity.
Skip an overnight bus ride and fly to São Paulo, heading straight to the coast. Explore colonial Paraty, then hit the beach.
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.
Accommodation
  • Geko Hostel (or similar)
Transport
  • Plane
    Duration : 1.5 hr
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
  • Shared van
    Duration : 5.0 hr - 6.0 hr
    Climb aboard and make friends with your seatmate en route to the next stop.
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.
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.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Geko Hostel (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Swimming
    Grab your bathing suit and towel, sturdy walking shoes and lots of sunscreen (the sun is intense here) and head to one of the many beaches and fishing villages found in quiet bays near Paraty. Most are accessible by local bus or taxi or boat shuttle.
  • Cachaça Distillery Visit
    Tour a cachaça distillery where sugarcane juice is used to create the most popular distilled spirit in Brazil. If it tastes familiar, that's because it's the main ingredient in a Caipirinha, the country’s national cocktail. Often called “Brazilian rum,” cachaça is so popular, it’s produced by 40,000 micro-companies across the country. The blend from Paraty is sweet and salty; taste the sea as you sip this local liquid.
  • Paraty Bay Boat Tour
  • Snorkelling
    Book a special boat trip or simply rent a mask and fins and float in the waters near Paraty. Ask your CEO for the best snorkel sites. Ilha Comprida is known locally as “nature’s aquarium”; the waters are filled with fish. Other spots include Trinidade and Sao Gonçalo. Bring an underwater camera if you’ve got one. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to document the aquatic life teeming in these clear turquoise waters.
  • Diving Paraty
    Brazil is a diver’s paradise. Its waters include a rich variety of fish, mammals, kelp and coral. Spot brilliantly coloured fish accented against the white sand ocean floor. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, sea turtles and nurse sharks. Paraty boasts at least 10 locations recommended for SCUBA diving. Explore the waters off islands with exotic names – Cocos, Meros, Deserta – and add an unforgettable underwater adventure to your list of most memorable moments.
  • Horseback Riding Paraty
    Throw on some long pants, grab the reins and hop up on a well-trained horse. Trail ride through the Atlantic rainforest in the mountains around Paraty. Cross rivers and follow trails lined with tropical trees. Reach a lookout and see the village and the water below. Stop at a waterfall and jump in! Let the rushing water massage your muscles then hop back on the horses and gallop home.
  • 4x4 Tour
    Hop in the back of a jeep and hang on for this tropical tour. Enter the Serra da Bocaina National Park, visit waterfalls (great for photos and swimming), and step back in time along the Gold Trail road, constructed by African slaves to transport gold mined inland and transported to Paraty port bound for Portugal.
  • Paraty Boat Tour
  • Trindade Day Trip
    Located about 25km (15.5 mi) away from the town of Paraty is the small beach town of Trindade. Walk along the sandy beach, play in the water and opt to go surfing.
Continue by van up the coast, and take a ferry to Ilha Grande.
Tavel to the port in Angra dos Reis and catch a boat over to Ilha Grande not far from the coast.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Pousada Bugio (or similar)
Transport
  • Local bus
    Duration : 2.0 hr
    Distance : 100 km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
  • Ferry
    Duration : 1.5 hr
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
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.
Accommodation
  • Pousada Bugio (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Hike to Pico do Papagaio
    Enjoy a guided hike from Abraão to Pico do Papagaio, soaking in the scenery along the way. It will take roughly 4 hours to hike up and about 2 hr to hike back down. The 360 degree views from the top are well worth the effort.
  • Lopez Mendez Hike
    Grab your bathing suit, slip on your walking shoes and take the hike from Abraão to the beautiful beach of Lopez Mendez. Follow a well-marked trail up and down, through forest and past other beaches. Eat Jack fruit picked along the way. Drink water from a natural spring. Listen to howler monkeys. After 2.5-3 hrs, arrive at the stunning Lopez Mendez beach, where the white powder sand squeaks under foot and the rolling green hills provide a stunning contrast to the turquoise water.
  • Ilha Grande Boat Excursion
    From the main village of Vila do Abraão, take a boat tour to some of the best beaches around the island. See tropical fish and cool off in the salt spray of the turquoise waters. Stop to swim and snorkel and pinch yourself for being lucky enough to partake in this tropical piece of paradise. Enjoy the scenery while drinking a caipirinha, Brazil's national drink.
  • Swimming
    Dive in and enjoy the beautiful water of this island paradise.
  • Snorkelling Ilha Grande
    Rent a mask and snorkel, pull on some fins and get set to enter the underwater world of colourful tropical fish, shells and all things seaworthy. November through May is Ilha Grande’s best time to snorkel. Hotspots include the Blue Lagoon, Green Lagoon and Abraãzinho Beach. Luxuriate in the warm salt water, look down and, in some cases, see to a depth of 15m (50 ft).
  • Ilha Grande Diving
    Explore one of the world’s largest concentrations of underwater shipwrecks, many lost during pirate battles in the 16th-18th centuries in the waters off Ilha Grande. Dive to see the Pinguino cargo ship as well as the remains of a helicopter near Laja do Mataríz. Discover massive underwater caves, swim with schools of tropical fish and admire the colours of corals and reefs, in the warm salt water where visibility varies from 6-20m (20-66 ft).
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.
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.
Accommodation
  • CabanaCopa Hostel (or similar)
    Make friends in the bar, chill in the TV lounge, or soak up the sun on the patio. Only a few blocks from the famous Copacabana Beach and walking distance to the metro, everything you want from a hostel in Rio is right here. Accommodations at this location are multi-share.
Included Activity
  • Favela Experience
    Duration : 3.0 hr - 3.5 hr
    Explore dynamic communities and support social enterprises on a tour led by residents of the Vidigal favela. Participate in a Capoeira session, visit an innovative community green space, sample artisanal beer made in the favela, and purchase unique handicrafts. With support from G Adventures, entrepreneurial organizations and members of the community are connected with people, ideas, and resources from around the world to grow their businesses.
Transport
  • Ferry
    Duration : 1.5 hr
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
  • Local van
    Duration : 3.0 hr - 3.5 hr
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.
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.
Accommodation
  • CabanaCopa Hostel (or similar)
    Make friends in the bar, chill in the TV lounge, or soak up the sun on the patio. Only a few blocks from the famous Copacabana Beach and walking distance to the metro, everything you want from a hostel in Rio is right here. Accommodations at this location are multi-share.
Optional Activities
  • Rio de Janeiro City Tour
    There’s so much to see and do in this vibrant city pulsing with passion, music and the waves of the sea. Take a city tour and visit some of Rio’s hot spots. Visit the art deco statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain, the colourful Lapa Steps and the Rio Cathedral. Ride a cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and marvel at the magnificent views of the bay, city and beaches beyond.
  • Rio Football Game
    If it's a game day, catch a football match (or some call it soccer). Watch the local cheers for their team and join in the celebrations.
Depart at any time.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Included Activity
  • Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
Optional Activities
  • Rio Hang Gliding
    Glide like a bird on this exhilarating and inspiring air adventure. Get all the guidance you need to go airborne with your instructor, and take to the skies for an unbeatable experience and amazing views of this incredibly picturesque city. Careful – you may become addicted to the freedom of flying!
  • Rio Football Game
    If it's a game day, catch a football match (or some call it soccer). Watch the local cheers for their team and join in the celebrations.
what’s included
Accommodation
  • Simple hotels (9 nts, twin-share), hostels (4 nts, multi-share), estancia/ranch (2 nts, multi-share), overnight bus (1 nt).
Meals
  • 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
    Note: Allow USD560-730 for meals not included.
Transport
  • Local bus, minivan, taxi, plane, ferry, walking.
Staff & experts
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Included activities
  • 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
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to Buenos Aires and from Rio de Janeiro are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this In Search of Iguassu–Buenos Aires to Rio tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 17 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 18 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Buenos Aires, Argentina/ Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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A deposit of 250 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 61 days before departure. For any departures within 27 August 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The In Search of Iguassu–Buenos Aires to Rio tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this In Search of Iguassu–Buenos Aires to Rio tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

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  • 1. Travel Style : 18-to-ThirtysomethingsFast, fresh, and fun adventures that never slow down, made for young, budget-minded travellers.
  • 2. Service Level : BasicSimple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.
  • 3. Physical Grading : 3 - AverageSome tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.
  • 4. Trip Type : Small GroupGroup trips average 12 travellers per departure, depending on the adventure. The maximum is usually no more than 16, but some can be smaller or bigger, depending on the trip. Check individual trips for details.
CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this In Search of Iguassu–Buenos Aires to Rio tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.
Trip Details
  • Accommodation

    Simple hotels (9 nts, twin-share), hostels (4 nts, multi-share), estancia/ranch (2 nts, multi-share), overnight bus (1 nt).

  • Checklist

    Documents:
    • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
    • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
    • Passport (required) (With photocopies)
    • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
    • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)

    Essentials:
    • Binoculars (optional)
    • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
    • Cash, credit and debit cards
    • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
    • Ear plugs
    • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
    • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
    • Fleece top/sweater
    • Footwear
    • Hat
    • Locks for bags
    • Long pants/jeans
    • Moneybelt
    • Outlet adapter
    • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
    • Reusable water bottle
    • Shirts/t-shirts
    • Sleepwear
    • Small travel towel
    • Sunglasses
    • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
    • Watch and alarm clock
    • Waterproof backpack cover
    • Windproof rain jacket

    Warm Weather:
    • Sandals/flip-flops
    • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
    • Sun hat/bandana
    • Swimwear

  • Group_leader

    Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

  • Group_size_notes

    Max 18, avg 14.

  • Highlights

    Sample the cuisine and culture of Buenos Aires, discover Uruguay's rural beauty at a working ranch, marvel at Iguassu Falls, skip the overnight bus and gain time (and comfort!) with a flight to São Paulo, sip caipirinhas on the beach, revel in the energy of Rio de Janeiro.

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    Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.

  • Introduction

    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.

  • Meal_budget

    Allow USD560-730 for meals not included.

  • Meals_included

    10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

  • Minimum_age

    Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

  • Start_finish

    Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro

  • Transport

    Local bus, minivan, taxi, plane, ferry, walking.

  • Whats_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.

  • Optional_activities

    Buenos Aires
    - Buenos Aires Guided City Tour
    - Buenos Aires Bike Tour
    - Buenos Aires Tango Experience
    - La Boca Neighbourhood Visit (20-100ARS per person)

    Colonia La Concordia
    - Golf Cart Rental (18USD per person)

    Montevideo
    - Cycle the Coast (550UYU per person)
    - Estadio Centenario Visit (150UYU per person)
    - Museo del Carnaval (100UYU per person)
    - Port Market
    - Viven Museum (Museo Andes 1972)
    - Candombe

    Punta del Este
    - Day Trip to Punta del Este (1400UYU per person)

    Foz do Iguaçu
    - Itaipú Dam Visit (100BRL per person)
    - Iguassu Falls Bird Park Visit (60BRL per person)
    - Iguassu Falls (Brazil Side) Guided Tour

    Puerto Iguazú
    - Iguassu Falls Boat Tour (70USD per person)

    Paraty
    - Swimming (Free)
    - Paraty Bay Boat Tour
    - 4x4 Tour (100BRL per person)
    - Horseback Riding Paraty (120-150BRL per person)
    - Diving Paraty
    - Snorkelling
    - Cachaça Distillery Visit (90BRL per person)
    - Paraty Boat Tour (100BRL per person)

    Trindade
    - Trindade Day Trip (5BRL per person)

    Ilha Grande
    - Lopez Mendez Hike
    - Swimming (Free)
    - Hike to Pico do Papagaio (130BRL per person)
    - Ilha Grande Boat Excursion (120BRL per person)
    - Snorkelling Ilha Grande
    - Ilha Grande Diving

    Rio de Janeiro
    - Rio de Janeiro City Tour (240BRL per person)
    - Rio Football Game (150-200BRL per person)
    - Rio Hang Gliding (750BRL per person)

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