Wanderers-in-Residence Dan and Audrey share a photo essay of the colourful and stark landscape the Bolivian Salt Flats provide.
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.
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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.
This trip also runs in reverse from La Paz to Rio de Janeiro. See Andes to the Atlantic Experience
Arrive at any time.
Take a bus and ferry to Ilha Grande. Free time for hikes and walks around the island to explore the beaches.
Enjoy a free day in Ilha Grande.
Continue by bus to the colonial city of Paraty.
Enjoy two free days to explore by choosing to go snorkelling or visit a typical fazenda (farm). Opt for a cachaça distillery visit or boat tour of the bay and nearby beaches.
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.
Cross the border to explore the Argentine side of Iguassu. Opt for a boat ride at the base of the falls.
Explore the Brazilian side of Iguassu. Continue by bus to Bonito.
Enjoy two full days in Bonito with optional activities like snorkelling in the crystal-clear rivers or exploring the nearby caves and waterfalls.
Journey into the Pantanal, a perfect place to experience the wildlife of Brazil.
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.
Leave the Pantanal and head for the border. Board an overnight train to Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
Fly to Sucre and explore this beautiful colonial city. Opt to visit the nearby dinosaur tracks.
Spend two days exploring all Sucre has to offer.
Travel by bus to Potosí. Opt to visit a working silver mine or use some free time to explore the city.
Travel through the Bolivian landscape to the town of Uyuni, the jumping off point for the 4-day 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats.
Enjoy a 3-day 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery.
Continue to discover the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion.
Enjoy a final day of exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats before travelling back to travel to Uyuni to catch an overnight train to La Paz.
Enjoy free time in La Paz. Opt for a city tour or to explore the markets and winding streets.
Depart at any time.
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