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.)
  • Public bus, plane, ferry, train, van, hiking, 4x4 vehicle.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
  • 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).
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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 1La Paz

Arrive at any time.

Day 2La Paz/Uyuni(1B)

Travel by train and bus to the town of Uyuni, home base for salt flat exploration.

Day 3Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni(1B, 1D)

Enjoy a 3-day 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery.

Day 4Salar de Uyuni(1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue to discover the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion.

Day 5Salar de Uyuni/Uyuni(1B, 1L)

Enjoy a final day of exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats before travelling the town of Uyuni for the night.

Day 6Uyuni/Potosí(1B)

Journey from Uyuni to Potosí. Opt to visit a working silver mine or explore the city.

Day 7Potosí/Sucre(1B)

Continue by bus to Sucre. Explore this beautiful colonial city or visit the nearby dinosaur tracks.

Days 8–9Sucre(1B)

Spend two days exploring all Sucre has to offer.

Day 10Sucre/Santa Cruz de la Sierra(1B)

Fly to Santa Cruz.

Day 11Santa Cruz de la Sierra/Puerto Suárez(1B)

Spend some time exploring Santa Cruz. Travel by overnight train to the Brazilian border at Puerto Suarez.

Day 12Puerto Suárez/Pantanal(1L, 1D)

Travel into Brazil and straight to the Pantanal on 2-day excursion into the with a local guide. This is a perfect place to experience the wildlife of Brazil.

Day 13Pantanal(1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a 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 abound.

Day 14Pantanal/Bonito(1B)

Travel by van to Bonito. Spend time here snorkelling in the crystal-clear rivers or exploring nearby caves.

Day 15Bonito(1B)

Enjoy a full day in Bonito with optional activities like snorkelling in the crystal-clear rivers or exploring the nearby caves and waterfalls.

Day 16Bonito/Foz do Iguaçu(1B)

Enjoy the day in Bonito before an overnight bus to Iguassu Falls.

Day 17Foz do Iguaçu

Spend two full days exploring Iguassu from both the Argentine and Brazilian sides. Opt to visit a nearby bird park.

Day 18Foz do Iguaçu(1B)

Cross the border to explore the Argentine side of the falls. Opt for a boat ride at the base of the falls.

Day 19Foz do Iguaçu/Paraty(1B)

Fly to São Paulo and continue by van to Paraty. Spend a day and a half discovering this town.

Day 20Paraty(1B)

Enjoy a free day to explore Paraty. Opt to visit the cachaça distilleries or take a boat into the bay to explore the nearby islands and beaches.

Day 21Paraty/Ilha Grande(1B)

Continue by van up the coast and take a ferry to Ilha Grande.

Day 22Ilha Grande(1B)

Enjoy a free day in Ilha Grande. Opt to hike the island's remote beaches or enjoy free time to relax and explore.

Day 23Paraty/Rio de Janeiro(1B)

Carry on by ferry and van to Rio de Janeiro. With free time, explore the city on an optional city tour.

Day 24Rio de Janeiro(1B)

Discover this lively city using the centrally located hotel in Copacabana as a base.

Day 25Rio de Janeiro(1B)

Depart at any time.

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Featured blog posts

Exploring Bolivia’s Salt Flats and Beyond

April 10, 2015, 2 a.m.

Wanderers-in-Residence Dan and Audrey share a photo essay of the colourful and stark landscape the Bolivian Salt Flats provide.