In Search Of Iguassu–Rio to Buenos Aires

17 days,Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires

Revel in the energy of Rio, wander around colonial Paraty, sip a caipirinha on the beach in southern Brazil, marvel at Iguassu Falls, discover the charm of Uruguay at an estancia, sample the food and wine of Buenos Aires.

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Dance your way through the best of South America's colourful cities. Kick off your adventure in Rio where you're free to explore the carnival atmosphere or soak up rays. You'll enjoy time outdoors and on the beach at Ilha Grande and connect with the land at an estancia stay in Uruguay. Best of all, we'll fly over to Iguassu Falls for more time to explore the immense cascades. With accommodation and transport arranged by a CEO, this trip offers great value and is the perfect way to discover South America's unique vibe.

What's Included

  • Entrance and visit to the Argentine and Brazilian sides of Iguassu Falls
  • Activities while at the estancia in Uruguay
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners. (Allow USD $450-$500 for meals not included.)
  • Public bus, minivan, taxis, ferry, walking
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 18, avg 14.
  • Simple hotels (12 nts, some multi-share), hostel (1 nt), estancia/ranch (2 nts, multi-share), overnight bus (1 nt).
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Reverse Itinerary

This trip also runs in reverse from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro. See In Search Of Iguassu–Buenos Aires to Rio

Day 1Rio de Janeiro

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Rio de Janeiro/Ilha Grande(1B)

Continue by van up the coast. Take a ferry to Ilha Grande. Opt to hike the island's remote beaches or relax on the beach.

Days 3–4Ilha Grande

Free time to hike and explore the island's beaches or take an optional boat tour.

Day 5Ilha Grande/Paraty

Explore colonial Paraty, and opt to chill on the beach or visit a cachaça distillery.

Day 6Paraty

Free day in Paraty to explore, chill on the beach or enjoy optional activities like a boat tour.

Day 7Paraty/Foz do Iguaçu

Skip the bus ride and hop a flight to Iguassu.

Day 8Foz do Iguaçu

Visit the Brazilian side of the Iguassu Falls.

Day 9Foz do Iguaçu/Gualeguaychú

Visit the Argentine side of the falls, and opt to take a boat tour to see the cascading falls from below. Hop on an overnight bus to Uruguay.

Day 10Gualeguaychú/Mercedes(1L, 1D)

Dive into Uruguayan rural life. Get dirty at a working ranch, head for hikes, and indulge in local barbecues and wine.

Day 11Mercedes(1B, 1L, 1D)

Free time to explore the area or help out on the estancia.

Day 12Mercedes/Montevideo(1B)

In Uruguay's capital, opt to visit the carnival museum and grab a snack at the local Port Market.

Day 13Montevideo(1B)

Free day in Montevideo, opt to explore the city, hop on a bike to explore the coast, or take a day-trip to glamorous Punta del Este.

Day 14Montevideo/Colonia del Sacramento(1B)

Travel to the charming colonial city of Colonia Del Sacramento. Experience the relaxed, pleasant Uruguayan culture and stroll down its cobble-stoned streets on an orientation walk.

Day 15Colonia del Sacramento/Buenos Aires

Cross the Río Plata and explore the many attractions of Buenos Aires. Check out a football game, a tango show or the city's famous nightlife.

Day 16Buenos Aires

Free time to explore the many attractions. Check out a football game, a tango show or the city's famous nightlife.

Day 17Buenos Aires

Depart at any time.

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