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Buenos Aires to Rio Unplugged

From £1635 for 17 days
Trip Overview
Hug the coastline of eastern South America on this amazing unplugged adventure. Discover an array of colourful Argentinean attractions, travel to Rio de Janeiro to soak up 'la vida' Brazil style and experience life on a working estancia in Uruguay. South America will reveal itself as a fun, feisty and flamboyant continent that will leave you giddy and wanting more, more, more!
Essential Info
Starts: Buenos Aires
Ends: Rio de Janeiro
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Discovery
Trip Code: IGGRS
Countries visited: Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay
What's Included

Meals

6 Breakfasts included
3 Lunches included
3 Dinners included

Transport

Overnight bus,local bus,ferry

Accommodation

Hotel (11 nights),Estancia (3 nights),Overnight bus (2 nights)

Trip Highlights
-Soak up the cosmopolitan, European and Latin charms of Buenos Aires and explore the sights of its historic city centre
-Harness your inner gaucho during a three-day stay at a working estancia in Uruguay. Whether it’s getting involved in daily chores around the farm, working with livestock or simply relaxing on the ranch, experience a unique way of life and Uruguayan hospitality at its best
-The mighty Iguazu Falls straddles the border between Argentina and Brazil, and you’ll be able to see it from both sides
-Step back in time in the traffic-free streets of colonial Paraty, where Portugal meets Brazil, jungle meets sea and relaxation meets adventure
-If it weren’t for the ruins of an old prison, you’d never imagine that Ilha Grande has such treacherous history of piracy, disease and criminality. Enjoy two free full days to discover virgin rainforest, crystal lagoons and some of Brazil’s best beaches in this undeveloped island paradise
-The heaving, hedonistic metropolis of Rio de Janeiro is a great way to end the trip. Party down with the locals and experience a culture at the beating heart of Brazil
Dates & Availability
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End date
Direction
Price GBP
Availability
28th December 2016
13th January 2017
Buenos Aires - Rio de Janeiro
£1,905pp 
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Good
4th January 2017
20th January 2017
Buenos Aires - Rio de Janeiro
£1,765pp 
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Good
11th January 2017
27th January 2017
Buenos Aires - Rio de Janeiro
£1,800pp 
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Good
18th January 2017
3rd February 2017
Buenos Aires - Rio de Janeiro
£1,635pp 
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Good
25th January 2017
10th February 2017
Buenos Aires - Rio de Janeiro
£1,835pp 
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Good
8th February 2017
24th February 2017
Buenos Aires - Rio de Janeiro
£1,905pp 
G
 
Limited
22nd February 2017
10th March 2017
Buenos Aires - Rio de Janeiro
£1,790pp 
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Good
3rd March 2017
19th March 2017
Buenos Aires - Rio de Janeiro
£1,790pp 
G
 
Good
8th March 2017
24th March 2017
Buenos Aires - Rio de Janeiro
£1,725pp 
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Good
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Itinerary & Notes
 
Day 1 - Buenos Aires
Bienvenidos. Welcome to Argentina! Your adventure begins with an orientation walk around Buenos Aires’ Microcentro district at 1pm. Your leader will be waiting in the lobby of your joining point hotel. Pass by historic buildings along the Avenida de Mayo, including the Casa Rosada (Argentina's government house) and the impressive Palacio Barolo. In the evening, attend a group welcome meeting at 6pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. We'll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so ensure you bring these details to provide to your leader. If you're going to be late, please inform hotel reception. Head out tonight and be swept away by the dance of love at an optional tango show. There’s a lot to see if you arrive early into the city. Explore the antique markets of San Telmo or browse the museums in the well-to-do neighbourhood of Recoleta. If you’re a foodie or a wine connoisseur, take part in the Malbec Trail of Palermo or Gourmet Buenos Aires Food Urban Adventure day tour. Notes: If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend the welcome meeting. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).

Additional Activities

Buenos Aires - Guided walking tour
Included in Price
Buenos Aires - Tango show
1200 ARS
Buenos Aires - Malbec Trail of Palermo Urban Adventure
100 USD
Buenos Aires - Gourmet Food Urban Adventure
77 USD
Day 2 - Colonia
Today cross the Rio de la Plata (River Plate) to Colonia del Sacramento by ferry (approximately three hours). On arrival, enjoy free time to explore this charming colonial city, which is the oldest in Uruguay. The World Heritage-listed Barrio Historico is a great place to start. Stroll down the cobblestone streets and rub shoulders with locals, as they sip their yerba mate (tea). Listen to the noisy parakeets in the Plaza Mayor, or comb Colonia’s small museums. For great views over the city, climb to the top of a 19th-century lighthouse that’s still in operation.

Additional Activities

Lighthouse visit
16 UYU
Day 3 - Montevideo
Your adventure continues with a three-hour local bus ride to Montevideo. The city is Uruguay's capital and its commercial and cultural centre, but it still retains a laidback atmosphere. On arrival take part in an optional city tour (at your own expense). If you’d prefer to explore on your own, stroll around the Ciudad Vieja (Old City) and visit the Plaza Independencia - home to the eerie underground Artigas Mausoleum. Check out the Gaucho Museum, chill out on a city beach or hang out with artists and musicians at the Mercado del Puerto.

Additional Activities

City tour
25 USD
Day 4 - Estancia Stay
Today make the five-hour journey to Tacuarembo by bus. The bus has reclining seats and you'll be provided with a typical Uruguayan snack, but as the bus doesn’t stop it's also recommended that you bring your own food. From Tacuarembo it takes a further hour by truck and 4WD to the ranch, where you’ll be spending the next three nights.

Additional Activities

3-night stay on a working estancia including meals and activities
Included in Price
Day 5 - 7 - Estancia Stay/Overnight Bus
Spend a few days experiencing the real deal of a working Uruguayan farm. Although you’re welcome to laze around and explore your surroundings, you can also fully involve yourself in day-to-day jobs around the ranch. These jobs change with the day and the season, but may include herding sheep and cows, branding cattle or injecting lambs against worms. Don't expect luxury: things are simple down on the ranch. Accommodation is dormitory-style, hot water and electricity are only available for a couple of hours a day and chores start at 7.30 am. What you will get in return is a warm Uruguayan welcome from your hosts, some of the best home-cooked food you’ve ever tasted and the chance to experience true farm life. On the afternoon of your seventh day, travel to Concordia in Argentina. From here take a 12-hour overnight bus to Puerto Iguazu. The bus has reclining seats and toilets and movies will be shown to keep you entertained. A simple dinner is also provided on board.
Day 8 - Foz do Iguacu
As soon as you arrive at Puerto Iguazu bus station this morning, take a minivan across the border into Brazil and continue onto your hotel in Foz do Iguacu. Depending on traffic, this should take about an hour. Close to the borders with Argentina and Paraguay, Foz do Iguacu is Brazil's gateway to the famous Iguazu Falls. Enjoy plenty of time over the next few days to visit the falls from both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides.

Additional Activities

Iguazu Falls - Entrance and tour of the Brazilian side of the falls
Included in Price
Day 9 - Iguazu Falls - Argentinean Side
Travel back into Argentina today to visit the falls. Following a series of boardwalks, it’s possible to get so enough to the thundering waters that you can almost touch them. At over 2 km long, Iguazu Falls are actually a series of cataracts. There are over 270 falls in total, with some reaching up to 80 metres in height. For unforgettable views, take an optional helicopter flight over the falls (at your own expense). In the afternoon return to Foz do Iguacu, where you’ll spend a second night. Depending on time, you can also visit the local bird park or the AcquaMania Water Park while you’re here.

Additional Activities

Iguazu Falls - Entrance and tour of the Argentinian side of the falls
Included in Price
Day 10 - Iguazu Falls - Brazilian Side/Overnight Bus
Today visit Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian side. From here, panoramic views of the falls can be enjoyed. After the visit, begin the 24-hour journey to Paraty. The first leg of the trip is a 16-hour overnight bus journey from Foz do Iguacu to Sao Paulo. The bus is reasonably comfortable, with seats that recline to a more relaxed position than in a plane. These buses also usually have a toilet on board.
Day 11 - Paraty
On arrival into Sao Paulo today, you may need to wait a couple of hours at the bus station until your next bus to Paraty departs. This second bus ride takes approximately six hours. World Heritage-listed Paraty is one of the world's best-preserved Portuguese colonial towns, and the ideal place to unwind after your long journey.
Day 12 - Paraty
Enjoy a free day to explore Paraty. Admire the architecture as you wander along the town’s cobbled, pedestrian-only streets, which become partly covered in seawater at high tide. You might prefer to explore the rainforest trails in the surrounding national park, which is rich in wildlife and waterfalls. Perhaps take a boat trip on the island-studded bay for scenic views along the coast or join an excursion to the nearby village of Trindade, which boasts some of Brazil’s best beaches.

Additional Activities

Paraty - Boat trip
40 BRL
Paraty - Trindade excursion
9 BRL
Day 13 - Ilha Grande
Today, travel by local bus and ferry to the island getaway of Ilha Grande (approximately five hours). This island paradise of pristine beaches and rainforest has been largely untouched by development. There are no private cars or banks on the island, so make sure you bring cash with you. Previously a pirate's lair, a leper colony and a prison for violent criminals, the island has a fascinating history to uncover. The ruins of the prison can still be seen today.
Day 14 - 15 - Ilha Grande
Enjoy two full free days to explore Ilha Grande. Wander along rainforest trails to beautiful and remote beaches; Lopes Mendes and Aventureiro Beach are among the most scenic. Take an optional boat trip out to the Blue Lagoon, beach hopping through Ilha Grande Bay along the way. There are plenty of opportunities to stop for fresh seafood, and to swim and snorkel in the clear water. In the evening relax with a caipirinha at a restaurant or bar in Vila do Abraao, which is the island’s main town.

Additional Activities

Ilha Grande - Boat trip to the Blue Lagoon
70 BRL
Day 16 - Rio de Janeiro
Board a boat to the small port of Mangaratiba today, and from here take a minivan to Rio de Janeiro. The total journey should take about three-and-a-half hours. The day is yours to explore. People-watch on Copacabana or Ipanema beach, take a tour of a favela or, if the time of year is right, check out a soccer game at the famous Maracana Stadium. You might like to take the tramcar up to the hillside neighbourhood of Santa Teresa or head up Corcovado Mountain, where you’ll find sweeping views over Rio from the foot of the Christ the Redeemer statue. Taking part in one of our Urban Adventure day tours, such as the Total Rio Tour, the Santa Teresa Discovery or the Corcovado, Christ Statue and Favela tour are also great ways to see this exciting city. As evening approaches, perhaps take the cable car up to Sugarloaf Mountain to watch the sunset before partying in the samba clubs of Lapa.

Additional Activities

Sugar loaf cable car
65 BRL
Rio de Janeiro - Favela tour
84 BRL
Botanical Gardens
6 BRL
Santa Teresa tramcar
1 BRL
Maracana soccer game
150 BRL
Rio de Janeiro - Corcovado, Christ Statue and Favela Urban Adventure
99 USD
Rio de Janeiro - Santa Teresa Discovery Urban Adventure
67 USD
Rio de Janeiro - Total Rio Tour - Full Day Urban Adventure
156 USD
Day 17 - Rio de Janeiro
Today your South American adventure comes to an end. There are no activities planned and you’re able to depart the accommodation at any time.
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