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Atlantic to the Andes Experience
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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 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: Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 126751
Starts: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Finishes: La Paz, Bolivia
You will visit
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • La Paz

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Day 1: Rio de Janeiro

Arrive at any time.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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

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.

Transport:
Local bus (3.50 hour(s), 87km)
Ferry

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Day 3: Ilha Grande (1B)

Enjoy a free day in Ilha Grande.

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Day 4: Ilha Grande/Paraty (1B)

Head down the beautiful Costa Verde to the colonial town of Paraty. Spend the afternoon exploring the cobblestone streets and cafés.

Transport:
Ferry (1.50 hour(s))
Local bus (2.00 hour(s), 100km)

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Day 5: 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.

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Day 7: Paraty/Foz do Iguaçu (1B)

Drive to Sao Paulo for a flight to the magnificent Foz do Iguaçu, or Iguassu Falls, which border Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina.

In order to see the falls properly you need to view them from both the Brazilian and the Argentine sides. The Brazilian side offers the grand overview, and the Argentine side a closer look.

Sit back and soak in the stunning beauty and raw power that is Iguassu, or take an optional boat tour directly into the spray of the falls.

Transport:
Shared van (4.50-5.00 hours)
Plane (1.75 hour(s))

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Day 8: Foz do Iguaçu (1B)

Cross the border to Argentina for a new perspective of the falls. With an extensive series of catwalks and optional boat rides to the base of the falls, there's plenty to do before returning to the Brazilian side for the night.

Additional Notes:
If you have booked the Iguassu Falls Boat Ride Theme Pack, you will do it today on the Argentine side of the falls.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Brazil - Argentina)
Iguassu Falls Visit
Border Crossing (Argentina - Brazil)

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Day 9: Foz do Iguaçu/Bonito (1B)

Visit the Brazilian side of the falls and have a free afternoon to visit the bird park, home to species such as the Hyacinth macaw and toucans. In the afternoon, board an overnight bus to travel to Bonito.

Included Activities:
Iguassu Falls Guided Tour

Transport:
Overnight bus (14.00 hour(s))

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Day 10: Bonito

Explore nearby underwater caves and waterfalls, go rafting or snorkelling, or simply spend a lazy day by the river.

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Day 12: Bonito/Pantanal (1B)

Journey into the Pantanal, a perfect place to experience the wildlife of Brazil.

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At the entrance of the Pantanal, change to a truck that can better handle the terrain for the trip to the lodge.
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))

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Day 13: Pantanal

Enjoy an excursion into the wetlands of the Pantanal with a local guide. Opportunities to spot wildlife such as monkeys, macaws, giant otters, and caiman abound.



Included Activities:
Pantanal Wildlife Excursion

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Day 14: Pantanal/Santa Cruz de la Sierra (1B)

From the frontier town of Corumbá, Brazil, cross into Bolivia. From here, an overnight train heads to Santa Cruz. Occasionally, this train may be replaced with an overnight bus.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Brazil - Bolivia)

Transport:
Overnight bus (14.00 hour(s))

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Day 15: Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Spend some time exploring Santa Cruz.

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Day 16: Santa Cruz de la Sierra/Sucre

Optional activities include a visit to dinosaur footprints, an old tin baron's mansion, mountain biking, and hiking.

Transport:
Plane (0.50 hour(s))

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Day 17: Sucre

Spend two days exploring all Sucre has to offer.

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Day 19: Sucre/Potosí (1B)

Travel by bus to Potosí. Spend free time exploring the city.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 185km)

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Day 20: Potosí/Uyuni (1B)

Travel through the Bolivian landscape to the town of Uyuni, the jumping off point for the three day 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats.

Additional Notes:
During the rainy season the locations visited may change due to some routes being covered by water.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 230km)

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Day 21: Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni (1B, 1L, 1D)

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

Additional Notes:
We offer unique accommodation in the Uyuni Salt Flats. Instead of very basic refuges and homestays most operators use, we have upgraded to simple hotels that are equipped with solar panels to provide electricity and hot water. Rooms are multi-share and each have a private bathroom. Meals are made from local ingredients, most of which are grown on-site.

Included Activities:
Salt Flats Excursion

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Day 22: Salar de Uyuni (1B, 1L, 1D)

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

Included Activities:
Salt Flats Excursion

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Day 23: Salar de Uyuni/La Paz (1B, 1L)

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.

Included Activities:
Salt Flats Excursion

Transport:
Stretch out and get some well-earned rest en route to the next stop. Due to scheduling the train may be replaced with an overnight bus.
Overnight train (airplane seats) (7.00-8.00 hours)

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Day 24: La Paz

Enjoy the afternoon in La Paz. Opt for a city tour or to explore the markets and winding streets.

Transport:
Local bus (4.00-5.00 hours)

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Day 25: La Paz (1B)

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Rio de Janeiro stay
    • Beach time on Ilha Grande
    • Iguassu Falls visit (Brazil & Argentina)
    • Bonito stay
    • Pantanal wildlife excursion (2-day)
    • 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats (3-day)
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (17 nts), night bus (1 nt), train (2 nts), basic hotels on Salar de Uyuni excursion (multi-share) (2 nts), multi-share tented room with hammocks (2 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 21 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Public bus, plane, 4x4 vehicle, train, walking, optional hiking
    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 (31)
Monika V. Posted on: 

It was the greatest holiday I've ever had! We visited lots of beautiful places (such as Iguacu, Pantanal and Ihla Grande as my favourites), we had a great and funny tour leader and we stayed in really nice hotels.

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Matthew W. Posted on: 

I really enjoyed the trip from Bolivia to Brazil. I was pleasantly surprised by how much there was to see in Bolivia, particularly the trip onto the salt flats, and I enjoyed the limited number of tourists there as compared to Peru in the first half of the trip. Overall I had a great time.

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Agnes S. Posted on: 

It was an unforgettable experience, the most amazing trip I ever had. The biggest surprise was Bolivia with all its hidden natural beauty. The thing which made the whole trip very relaxing was that everything went well as it was planned - thanks to the hard work of our tourguide (and a bit to our luck). Gart did a terrific job, he was always there when we needed anything and made sure everybody was having a good time. He organized various group activities (e.g. games, dinners) in the evening which was definitely outside of his duties. - Agnes S Canadian

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Harry W. Posted on: 

This was an excellent trip, which gave us a very good impression of how people live in these two countries. Additionally I´ve seen very beautiful landscapes and I´ve met interesting people.

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Karen F. Posted on: 

I thought the trip was awesome and very well run. I had a great time. My trip through South America has definitely been a highlight so far in my travels. It was very well organised and our tour leader was excellent.

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Ross G. Posted on: 

I had a wicked time! The group were great as were the destinations.

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Emma T. Posted on: 

Absolutely amazing...brilliant scenery, great organisation, felt safe all the time, and had so much fun. Absolutely excellent!

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Charles W. Posted on: 

An excellent and fun way to visit the countries across South America without all the required hassle, organising, and time needed to do it yourself.

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Catherine D. Posted on: 

Exciting trip with multi cultural aspects and very different landscapes.

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Ingrid P. Posted on: 

I liked the variety in the program - Everything was included; desert/salt Pans/national park and beaches.

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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: 

brillant 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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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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Joanna M Posted on: 

GREAT TRIP, LOVED IT ALL. HIGH POINTS INCLUDED ILHA GRANDE, THE FALLS AND SUCRE.

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Dustin L Posted on: 

I had a great time. Angel Gomez made it a fun and enjoyable trip.

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Keri T Posted on: 

Fantastic trip & very well organised. I would definitely consider travelling with G Adventures again in the future.

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Claire C Posted on: 

My overall impression of the trip was that it was an excellent trip! Far exceeded my expectations.

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Kristian T Posted on: 

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

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Dafydd D Posted on: 

Had a great time! Would have prefered to eat in more local restaurants (although i appreciate this is not always possible).

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Anna Louise T Posted on: 

The trip was fantastic and exceeded my expectations. With two great guides,Vanessa and Lula, showing us around we saw the best that Brazil and Bolivia had to offer.

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Katharine Y Posted on: 

What a fantastic trip, we really saw the best of Brazil and Bolivia in a way that would of been hard to organise ourselves. Stunning countries, beautiful people...we miss it already!!

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Robyn K Posted on: 

The tour was so much fun, I especially liked the Bolivia part of the tour as there was just too much driving in Brazil, even though the places we visited were beautiful, particularly Iguazu Falls.

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Julia D Posted on: 

This is one of the best things I've done in my life. The trip was awesome! We had a great guide, the accommodation held much higher standards than I expected and transportation went smoothly.

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Yasamin A Posted on: 

Overall the tour was very enjoyable and good in the diversity of the places we visited. Varying from the tourist spots to deep in the pantanal.

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Hollie S Posted on: 

A fantastic combination of cultures, scenery, climate and interaction with like minded people. I came away feeling inspired and had booked my next trip before I finished this one!

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