Andes to the Atlantic Experience

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25 days,La Paz to Rio de Janeiro

Explore the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 3-day 4x4 excursion, discover colonial cities and historic cultures in Bolivia, search for wildlife in the Brazilian Pantanal, marvel at the power of Iguassu Falls

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From the heights of the Bolivian Andes to the sands of Ipanema, this incredible 25-day journey will introduce you to the diverse landscape and people of South America. Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal, the bizarre landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats and revel in the mists of thundering Iguassu Falls. Gain greater insight into the culture on the region’s public buses and meet locals from the rural towns along the way for an immersive experience that few travellers get to know. Get off the beaten path and experience Bolivia and Brazil—a vibrant cross-section of South America.

What's Included

  • 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats (3-day). Pantanal wildlife excursion (2-day). Bonito stay. Iguassu Falls visit (Brazil & Argentina). Beach time on Ilha Grande. Rio de Janeiro stay. Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 21 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners. (Allow USD430-565 for meals not included.)
  • Hotels (18 nts), overnight bus (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt), basic hotels on Uyuni Salt Flats excursion (2 nts, multi-share), tented room with hammocks in the Pantanal (2 nts, multi-share).
  • Public bus, plane, ferry, train, van, hiking, 4x4 vehicle.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
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Places Visited

Reverse Itinerary

This trip also runs in reverse from Rio de Janeiro to La Paz. See Atlantic to the Andes Experience

Day 1 La Paz

Arrive at any time.

Days 2-5 Uyuni/Salt Flats Excursion (4B,2L,2D)

3-day 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery. Stay in simple hotels upgraded with solar panels to provide electricity and hot water.

Day 6 Potosí (1B)

Bus journey from Uyuni to Potosí. Optional excursion to a working silver mine or free time to explore the city.

Days 7-9 Sucre (3B)

Continue by bus to Sucre. Optional visit to the nearby dinosaur tracks or explore the beautiful colonial city.

Days 10-11 Santa Cruz/Puerto Suarez (2B)

Fly to Santa Cruz. Travel by overnight train to the Brazilian border at Puerto Suarez.

Days 12-13 Corumbá/Pantanal (1B,2L,2D)

2-day excursion into the wetlands of the Pantanal with a local guide. Opportunities to spot wildlife such as monkeys, macaws, giant otters and caiman.

Days 14-18 Bonito/Iguassu Falls (5B)

Travel by van to Bonito. Optional snorkelling excursions in the crystal-clear rivers. Continue by overnight bus to Iguassu Falls for two full days of exploration from both the Argentine and Brazilian sides. Optional boat ride at the base of the falls or visit to a nearby bird park.

Days 19-24 Paraty/Ilha Grande/Rio de Janeiro (4B)

Fly to São Paulo and continue by van to Paraty. Optional cachaça distillery visits or take a boat excursion in the bay to some of the nearby islands and beaches. Continue by van up the coast and take a ferry to Ilha Grande. Optional hikes and beach time. Carry on by ferry and van for free time to explore the city using our centrally located hotel in Copacabana as a base. Optional city tour.

Day 25 Rio de Janeiro (1B)

Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.

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