Sandwiched between vibrant Buenos Aires and Rio are some of Latin America’s gems. Get your tango moves honed in Buenos Aires before cruising into Uruguay’s cool capital Montevideo, passing colonial towns and thermal baths into the interior and on up to the mighty Iguassu Falls. Hopping over to Brazil you’ll stop off at tropical islands where you can soak up the sunshine, snorkel, surf and sip caipirinhas. At the end of In Search of Iguassu you’ll arrive into Rio de Janeiro where white beaches and samba rhythms await. Discover the best that Brazil and Argentina has to offer on this fantastic adventure!
Arrive at any time.
Booking pre- or post-trip accommodation is highly recommended to fully experience the cities and take advantage of the optional activities available.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
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.
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.
In high season, accommodation may be multi-share.
Border Crossing (Argentina - Uruguay)
Ferry (1.00 hour(s))
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)
Free time to explore Montevideo.
Travel by day through picturesque settlements and pastures finishing in the last Uruguayan stop—a local ranch, known in the region as an estancia.
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)
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 empanadas or sit back and sip on the wines of the region as you take in local Uruguayan life.
In the morning cross the border into Gualeguaychu in Argentina, then begin the long overnight journey to Iguassu Falls.
Border Crossing (Uruguay - Argentina)
Overnight bus (16.00-18.00 hours, 868km)
After a night of travel, our visit to Brazil begins with the magnificent Foz do Iguaçu, or Iguassu falls, bordering Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina.
Border Crossing (Argentina - Brazil)
Iguassu Falls (Brazil Side) Guided Tour
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Today enjoy a full day excursion to the Argentinian side of the falls. Wander along the walk paths that connect different view points of the falls. Opt to take a boat tour to see the cascading falls from below.
Border Crossing (Brazil - Argentina)
Iguassu Falls Visit
Border Crossing (Argentina - Brazil)
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.
In high season, accommodation in Paraty may be multi-share.
Plane (1.50 hour(s), 1000km)
Shared van (5.00-6.00 hours, 314km)
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.
Tavel to the port in Angra dos Reis and catch a boat over to Ilha Grande not far from the coast.
In high season, accommodation in Ilha Grande may be multi-share.
Local bus (1.50-2.00 hours)
Ferry (1.50 hour(s))
Free time to explore the beaches of Ilha Grande. Opt to hike the remote trails, take a boat trip around the island, play in the waves or go snorkelling.
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.
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)
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I had a great trip from Buenos Aires to Rio, but the highlight was Iguassu Falls.Overall Rating
The trip was amazing! The people in our group and our tour leader really made it an unforgettable experience. Ilha Grande was the trip highlight!Overall Rating
Overall the tour was very enjoyable. The tour leader was great and Brazil was the best place I've visited. Good value.Overall Rating
This was a truly amazing trip. I expected Iguassu to be the highlight but there was so many more fantastic places. We had a great time.Overall Rating
Iguazu Waterfalls and Isla Grande --> very nice!Overall Rating
Had an excellent time, great to experience the culture of such a passionate continent.Overall Rating
We had a great trip and overall it was full of city life, nature, culture, travel, relaxation and fun.Overall Rating
Good trip that shows many highlights from Buenos Aires to Rio.Overall Rating
Amazing trip. really good tour guide. Great advice, lots to do, eat and drink.Overall Rating
The tour was excellent. Many thanks to Garth for all his hard work and being flexible and accommodating as tour leader.Overall Rating
The trip was very varied and enjoyable, the highlight of course was Rio.Overall Rating
The tour itself was really good. We went to a lot of the places i wanted to see.Overall Rating
Great experience, hands down the best experience I've ever had in my life. Everyone in the group was really nice, really good combination of people.Overall Rating
It was good. But in hindsight I should probably have choose a shorter tour. I have come to realize that tours like this is not way I prefer to travel. But if you do this is a good trip.Overall Rating
The trip was amazing and well worth the money, time and effort. The tour leader made the experience, as he was knowledgeable, and always ready have a good time.Overall Rating
Fantastic trip, fantastic group! loved being in a small group at a more relaxed pace. Everything we did was worthwhile! I would definitely do another one. Earnie was the perfect tour guide (the flight from iguasu falls to sao paulo should be a perminent thing)Overall Rating
The tour was good. Good group. excellent tour leader.Overall Rating
The trip was a life changing experience. It was filled with culture, beautiful sights, and good times! It was my first G Adventures tour, and it was amazing. Thanks for everythingOverall Rating
Trip was AMAZING. Well organized, plenty to do and safe. Great way to travelOverall Rating
great trip great guide lots of options well organized (transport, connections, etc) Only complaint ... the food is too good ;-)Overall Rating
I loved South America, but the best benefit of the G Adventures trip was that our group was filled with lovely, interesting people, whom I loved traveling with and with whom I will keep in touch.Overall Rating
Good value trip that takes in a lot. Excellent guide who was fun, punctual and very helpful.Overall Rating
It was a great trip. Nice mixture of cities, beaches and the highlight of course was Iguassu. The quality of accommodation and transport was good.Overall Rating
The tour was amazing. Really loved Iguassu Falls and Ihla Grande - just a shame we didn't see some more sunshine there!Overall Rating
Trip Name: In Search of Iguassu–Buenos Aires to Rio
Duration: 17 Days
From Price: 2399
Trip Code: 126942
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