Sex, dancing and partying: it seems the Brazilians have made a science of all that is fun in life. The world champions of hedonism were no doubt aided by a lush land and steamy climate, but still there is something different about Brazilians. For one, they are the most diverse country in Latin America, not to mention the continent's only former Portuguese colony. One of the largest countries in the world, Brazil certainly has plenty to see-the Amazon and Iguazu falls come to mind-but more than anything it's the Brazilian passion for life, epitomised in Rio's Carnival celebrations, that will make you fall in love and want to return again.
Get your South American rush with other young travellers not afraid to embrace the new. You'll kick off the adventure in sophisticated Buenos Aires before getting your heart pounding on horseback rides and day hikes at a working Uruguayan ranch. Marvel at Iguassu Falls, then hop a flight to Sao 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 hotel.
Highlights: Sampling the cuisine and culture of Buenos Aires, discovering Uruguay's rural beauty at a working ranch, marvelling at Iguassu Falls, skipping the bus and gaining time (and comfort!) with a flight to Sao Paulo, sipping caipirinhas on the beach, revelling in Rio de Janiero.
Southern Cross (SXMR)
From the Nazca Lines and the heights of Incan archaeology to the beach at Ipanema, this 45-day long tour provides limitless opportunities for adventure. Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal, thundering Iguassu Falls and the bizarre landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats. In the thin air of the Andes, trek the challenging Inca Trail to legendary Machu Picchu—we run our own treks and ensure quality food and equipment, leaving you to focus on your next exhilarating step forward. With local transportation and authentic accommodation, this trip offers an intense blend of included activities and free time to explore on your own. This trip has it all!
Highlights: Spotting condors at Colca Canyon, conquering the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, settling in with the locals at a homestay on Lake Titicaca, exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats and Andean wilderness by 4x4, spotting wildlife in the Brazilian Pantanal, standing in awe of Iguassu Falls.
Southern Highlights (SBR)
If time’s a little tight and you want to sample the region’s natural wonders without sacrificing some of South America’s most vibrant cities, there’s no better way to explore Argentina and Brazil. Savour the samba in Rio one night while exploring subtropical rainforest the next. From tango in the streets of Buenos Aires to the tangle of rainforest surrounding Iguassu Falls, this 8-day itinerary offers the perfect combination of natural beauty and cosmopolitan culture.
Highlights: Enjoying dinner with a local family, feeling sophisticated in Buenos Aires, being awed by Iguassu Falls, sipping a caipirinha on the beach in Southern Brazil.