Buenos Aires to Rio & Northern Brazil

For 25 days, check out the best highlights of Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil with a group of new friends. Roam the gorgeous streets of Buenos Aires, visit a traditional ranch in Uruguay, gape at massive Iguassu Falls, hike across the car-free island of Ilha Grande, soak up some culture in Salvador, and bliss out on the picture-perfect beaches of Jericoacoara. Nature, beaches, cities, nightlife, food, and friends: this one's got it all.

Latin America

Duration: 25 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, History Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 154277
Starts: Buenos Aires, Argentina Finishes: Fortaleza, Brazil
You will visit
  • Buenos Aires
  • Fortaleza



Day 1: Buenos Aires

Arrive at any time.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


Day 2: Buenos Aires

Known as the ‘Paris of the Americas,' Buenos Aires is a vibrant city full of life. Visit the districts of La Boca, Recoleta, and San Telmo or catch a tango show at one of the many famous tanguerías. Wander the pedestrian walkways and see some dancing in the streets. Whatever you do, Buenos Aires is sure to leave lasting memories.


Day 3: Buenos Aires/Colonia del Sacramento

Cross the Río de la Plata by ferry to Colonia, Uruguay. Explore on an orientation walk, then enjoy free time to explore the area and relax at a streetside café.

Additional Notes:
In high season, accommodation may be multi-share.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Argentina - Uruguay)
Orientation Walk

Ferry (1.00 hour(s))


Day 4: Colonia del Sacramento/Montevideo

Spend free time in Montevideo exploring the city and Mercado del Puerto, having a picnic in the park or visiting Estadio Centenario where the first World Cup was played in 1930. Cycle around the coast or head to the beach.

Local bus (2.50-3.00 hours, 177km)


Day 5: Montevideo (1B)

Free time to explore Montevideo.


Day 6: Montevideo/Mercedes (1B, 1L, 1D)

Today travel by day through picturesque settlements and pastures finishing in the last Uruguayan stop—a local ranch, known in the region as an estancia.

Included Activities:
Estancia Stay

Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)


Day 7: Mercedes (1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend a day at the estancia getting into rural life. Learn about the historical roots of the region, lend a hand on the farm, go for a walk, make bread or sit back and sip on the wines of the region as you take in local Uruguayan life.

Included Activities:
Estancia Stay


Day 8: Mercedes/Foz do Iguaçu (1B)

In the morning cross the border into Gualeguaychu in Argentina, then begin the long overnight journey to Iguassu Falls.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Uruguay - Argentina)

Overnight bus (15.00 hour(s), 868km)


Day 9: Foz do Iguaçu

After a night of travel, our visit to Brazil begins with the magnificent Foz do Iguaçu, or Iguassu falls, bordering Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina.

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

Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)


Day 10: Foz do Iguaçu

Full day excursion to the Argentinian side of the falls. Opt to take a boat tour to see the cascading falls from below.

Additional Notes:
If you have booked the Iguassu Falls Boat Ride Theme Pack, today's the day! Your CEO will give you the details about timing and what to bring.

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


Day 11: Foz do Iguaçu/Paraty

Skipping the long bus ride, we fly to Sao Paulo and head straight to Paraty, a quaint colonial town on the coast renowned for its architecture.

Additional Notes:
In high season, accommodation in Paraty may be multi-share.

Plane (1.50 hour(s), 1000km)
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 314km)


Day 12: Paraty (1B)

Paraty is a quaint colonial town renowned for its architecture—the pace might be slow but there's a lot to choose from. Considered one of the world's most important examples of Portuguese colonial architecture by UNESCO, the historic centre is a well-preserved national historic monument, and today has been closed to vehicles to preserve its laid-back colonial ambiance. Optional caipirinha boat trip, regular boat trips, kayak tours, horseback riding and jeep tours.


Day 13: Paraty/Ilha Grande (1B)

Tavel to the port in Angra dos Reis and catch a boat over to Ilha Grande not far from the coast.

Additional Notes:
In high season, accommodation in Ilha Grande may be multi-share.

Local bus (1.50-2.00 hours)
Ferry (1.50 hour(s))


Day 14: Ilha Grande

Free time to explore the beaches of Ilha Grande. Opt to hike Pico do Papagaio or Lopez Mendez, take a boat trip around the island, play in the waves or go snorkelling.


Day 16: Ilha Grande/Rio de Janeiro

Leaving the port after returning from Ilha Grande, a dramatic road then takes us north along the coast through superb scenery before rounding the cliffs at Vidigal. Get a first glimpse of one of the most memorable cities in the world, Brazil's ocean-side jewel, Río de Janeiro.

Enjoy any free time by taking an optional city tour or exploring the wonders that this city has to offer from the centrally located hostel in Copacabana.

Additional Notes:
The hostel has private rooms with private bathrooms for travellers, but its common areas are shared with other guests of the hostel.

Ferry (1.50 hour(s))
Local van (3.00-3.50 hours)


Day 17: Rio de Janeiro

Enjoy a free day to soak up the vibrant energy of Rio de Janeiro.


Day 18: Rio de Janeiro/Salvador (1B)

Fly up the coast to the capital of Bahia and enjoy an orientation walk around the Pelourinho or old city centre complete with brightly painted colonial buildings.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Plane (5.00 hour(s))


Day 19: Salvador

Enjoy free time to explore town. Hit the beach, take a capoeira lesson, or learn how to samba.


Day 20: Salvador/Fortaleza

Continue up the coast by plane to vibrant Fortaleza. Enjoy an orientation walk upon arrival.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Plane (3.00 hour(s))


Day 21: Fortaleza/Jericoacoara

Spend the day travelling further north past beaches and sand dunes to reach Jericoacoara, a tranquil slice of beachside paradise.

Local bus (8.00 hour(s))


Day 22: Jericoacoara

Affectionately known as 'Jeri' to locals, Jericoacoara is a small fishing village where the streets are made of sand. Surrounded by sand dunes, and stunning coastline there are plenty of activities to choose from during the day. At night, the town lights up with its many restaurants and fun nightlife.


Day 23: Jericoacoara/Fortaleza

Enjoy another free day before hopping on an overnight bus back to Fortaleza.

Overnight bus (8.00 hour(s))


Day 24: Fortaleza

Take the day to explore Fortaleza. Peruse seaside shops, take a boat cruise, or chill on an urban beach. Enjoy an optional final evening out with the group.


Day 25: Fortaleza

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

    • Activities while at the estancia (Uruguay)
    • Entrance and visit to both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of Iguassu Falls
    • Orientation walks in Salvador and Fortaleza
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Simple hotels/hostels (20 nts, some multi-share), estancia/ranch (2 nts, multi-share), overnight bus (2 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
    • Local bus, minivan, taxi, plane, ferry, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Sample the cuisine and culture of Buenos Aires
  • Discover Uruguay's rural beauty at a working ranch
  • Marvel at Iguassu Falls
  • Sip caipirinhas on the beach
  • Revel in the energy of Rio de Janiero
  • Get your samba on in Salvador
  • Chill out beachside in Jericoacoara.