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Atlantic to the Andes Experience
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Until Jan 18 From Feb 18

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 regions 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.

Latin America
  • Duration: 25 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: SXRL.B/201958
  • Starts: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Finishes: La Paz, Bolivia
You will Visit
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Ilha Grande
  • Paraty
  • Foz do Iguaçu
  • Bonito
  • Pantanal
  • Santa Cruz de la Sierra
  • La Paz
  • Sucre
  • Potosí
  • Uyuni
  • Salar de Uyuni

Itinerary

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Day 1: Rio de Janeiro

Arrive at any time.
There are no planned activities until the evening welcome meeting.

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Day 2: Rio de Janeiro/Ilha Grande

Take a bus and ferry to Ilha Grande. Free time for hikes and walks around the island to explore the beaches.
From Rio, head south along the Atlantic coast to one of the most picturesque, laid-back islands on the coast, llha Grande. Relax and walk the sandy beaches, or bathe in the warm waters of this island paradise.

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Day 3: Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande is a car-free island surrounded by beautiful nature. Opt to go for a hike, swim or sit at one of the beach bars.

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Day 4: Ilha Grande/Paraty

Travel up the coast to Paraty and wander the cobblestoned streets of this colonial beach side town.

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Day 5: Paraty

Enjoy a free day to explore Paraty. Optional activities include a Caipirinha boat trip, kayaking and horseback riding.
With Paraty's stone streets and colonial architecture still standing, the town has some of the best examples of Portuguese colonial architecture in the world. The town is currently on UNESCO's tentative list to gain World Heritage Centre status. To preserve the historical ambience and walkability of the historic centre, only bicycle and pedestrian traffic are allowed in the area.

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Day 6: Paraty

Continue to enjoy the slow pace of Paraty, a colonial town with fantastic architecture, or opt to take a day trip to Trindade to surf and relax on the beach.

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Day 7: Paraty/Foz do Iguaçu

Take a flight to the famous Iguassu Falls. Visit the Brazilian side of the falls to get the best panoramic view. Opt to visit the bird park filled with beautifully coloured local wildlife or enjoy an optional helicopter ride for a birds-eye view of the falls.
Skip the 19 hour journey by land and hop a flight to Iguassu from São Paulo, maximizing your time to enjoy the falls.

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Day 8: Foz do Iguaçu

Experience Iguassu in Argentina by exploring trails and catwalks. Opt to take a boat tour to view the falls from below.
Explore trails that will bring you directly over the falls of the Devil's Throat—the highest and deepest of the falls. Other trails allow access to the stretch of falls across the forest on the Argentine side. Opt to take an inflatable boat to the base of the thundering falls.

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Day 9: Foz do Iguaçu/Bonito

Leave early for a full travel day to Bonito.

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Day 10: Bonito

Spend time in Bonito with optional activities available like snorkelling in the rivers or exploring the nearby caves and waterfalls.

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Day 11: Bonito

Enjoy another free day to explore Bonito.

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Day 12: Bonito/Pantanal

Journey into the Pantanal, a perfect place to experience the wildlife of Brazil. Enjoy a 2-day excursion into the wetlands with a local guide.
Experience the Pantanal, an immense wetland area famed for its profuse wildlife. A 2-day excursion allows visitors to fully appreciate the natural beauty of the area.

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Day 13: Pantanal

Full day of exploring the Pantanal. Try piranha fishing or horseback riding. Opportunities to spot wildlife such as monkeys, macaws, giant otters and caiman.

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Day 14: Pantanal/Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Leave the Pantanal and head for the border. Board an overnight bus to Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
From the frontier town of Corumbá, Brazil, cross into Bolivia. From here, an overnight bus heads to Santa Cruz.

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Day 15: Santa Cruz de la Sierra/La Paz

Hop on a flight and get to the capital city of Bolivia. Wander the streets and visit the famous Witches' Market.

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Day 16: La Paz/Sucre

Spend the morning exploring the city before boarding an afternoon flight to Sucre and explore this beautiful colonial city or opt to go hiking in the surrounding area.

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Day 17: Sucre

Spend two days exploring all that Sucre has to offer.

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Day 18: Sucre

Spend two days exploring all that Sucre has to offer.

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Day 19: Sucre/Potosí

Journey from Sucre to Potosí. Spend the afternoon exploring the city.

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Day 20: Potosí/Uyuni

Head south to Uyuni, the starting point for the salt flats excursion.

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Day 21: Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni

Enjoy a 3-day 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano, with spectacular scenery. Last stop for the evening is a G Adventures-supported community lodge in a traditional agricultural village in the heart of a desert oasis.
Travel through the Bolivian landscape to the town of Uyuni. Despite its isolation and challenging climate (cold and blustery most of the year), the town of Uyuni has earned the nickname of Hija Predilecta de Bolivia (Bolivia's Favourite Daughter).

It is also the starting point for our 2-night excursion through the spectacular Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats) in 4x4 vehicles.

Settle in to your G Adventures-supported community salt-brick bungalow, complete with salt floors and furniture, after a guided walking tour up to the sacred Jukil mountaintop for sweeping valley views and a dinner of local ingredients prepared by ladies from the community.

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Day 22: Salar de Uyuni

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

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Day 23: Salar de Uyuni/Uyuni

Enjoy a final day of exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats before boarding an overnight bus back to La Paz .

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Day 24: La Paz

Enjoy a free day in the capital, walk along the winding streets, shop in the markets and enjoy the nightlife. For the thrill seekers opt to bike the famous "death road".
Spend the day exploring and shopping in the many markets of the city -- it is an especially good place to buy textiles and leatherwork. Visit the Witches' Market or take one of the several optional excursions available.

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Day 25: La Paz

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: Jukil Community Experience & Lodge, Santiago de Agencha
    • Iguassu Falls visit (Brazil and Argentina)
    • 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
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (17 nts), overnight bus (3 nts), basic hotels on Salar de Uyuni excursion (2 nts, multi-share), multi-share tented room with hammocks in the Pantanal (2 nts)
    • 20 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
    Transport
    • Public bus, plane, 4x4 vehicle, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • 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


Reviews (10)
Helen B Posted on: 

A fantastic trip, made even better by our excellent guide who made the whole trip a delight.

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Catherine J Posted on: 

A fantastic tour - saw so many amazing places. The highlights for me were the Pantanel in Brazil and the Salt Flats in Bolivia. Bolivia is a country with so many beautiful landscapes. A place you would never think to go.

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caroline m Posted on: 

brilliant fun. very good carnival. melaine was fantastic throughout very approachable and enthuastatic

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Nicola S Posted on: 

Bolivia and Brazil are very different countries and this trip shows the best of them both. I had a great time on this trip as there was so much to see and do. Thanks Nicola

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Esther K Posted on: 

Overall OK. Enjoyed Igasu Falls and the Uyuni areas most.

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susan D Posted on: 

For people that don't usually travel in a group we found this to be a great experience. Having a Latin American guide added real insight.

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clare r Posted on: 

I loved it. was great well organised and lots of fun

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Helen B Posted on: 

The trip was amazing from start to finish, however i think i would have enjoyed it more if we started in Boliva and finished in Brazil as Boliva was alot colder and hared going and Brazil was very chilled out and relaxing.

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Lisa Z Posted on: 

This was so much more than I expected. Melanee was amazing and because of her knowledge and thorough care I was able to enjoy this trip to the maximum. Every place we went was a highlight and I wish we could have had her right through to Lima.

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Reidun K Posted on: 

Our tour guide was excellent, she did everything she could to make sure we had a great trip.

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