Stand in awe of Iguassu Falls, search for wildlife in the Brazilian Pantanal, encounter colonial cities and historic cultures in Bolivia, explore the Uyuni salt flats by 4x4.
From the sands of Ipanema to the heights of the Bolivian Andes, 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 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 Brazil and Bolivia —a vibrant cross-section of South America.
- Rio de Janeiro stay. Beach time on Ilha Grande. Iguassu Falls visit (Brazil & Argentina). Bonito stay. Pantanal wildlife excursion (2 days). 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats (3 days). Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
- 21 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners. (Allow USD550-650 for meals not included.)
- Hotels (17 nts), night bus (1 nt), train (2 nts), basic hotels on Salar de Uyuni excursion (multi-share) (2 nts), multi-share tented room with hammocks (2 nts).
- Public bus, plane, 4x4 vehicle, train, walking, optional hiking.
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
- Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 10
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This trip also runs in reverse from La Paz to Rio de Janeiro. See Andes to the Atlantic Experience
Day 1 Rio de Janeiro
Arrive at any time.
Days 2-6 Ilha Grande/Paraty (3B)
Bus and ferry to Ilha Grande. Free time for hikes and walks around the island to explore the beaches. Continue by bus to the colonial city of Paraty. Optional cachaça distillery visit or boat tour of the bay and nearby beaches.
Days 7-11 Iguassu Falls/Bonito (5B)
Transfer to São Paulo and then fly to the Iguassu Falls area. Explore both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of the falls, with an optional boat ride near the base of the falls. Continue by bus to Bonito for optional activities like snorkelling in the crystal clear rivers or exploring the nearby caves and waterfalls.
Days 12-15 Pantanal/Corumbá/Santa Cruz (4B,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. Continue by overnight train into Bolivia to Santa Cruz.
Days 16-18 Sucre (2B)
Fly to Sucre. Optional visit to the nearby dinosaur tracks, or explore the beautiful colonial city.
Day 19 Potosí (1B)
Travel by bus to Potosí. Optional excursion to a working silver mine or free time to explore the city.
Days 20-23 Uyuni/Salt Flats Excursion (4B,3L,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. On Day 23 travel to La Paz by overnight train.
Day 24 La Paz (1B)
Arrive in La Paz. Optional city tour and free time to explore the markets and winding streets.
Day 25 La Paz (1B)
Depart at any time.
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