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Journey from Bolivia to Brazil
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Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

Breathe in the Inca spirit of La Paz and dance in the tango palaces of Buenos Aires on this two-week adventure. Connecting the Andes to the Atlantic, you'll journey across the surreal landscapes of the Atacama Desert and the Uyuni Salt Flats. Feel like a sophisticate as you sip wine in Buenos Aires and pull back the curtain on the centre of the continent. Best of all, you'll do it in the company of other fun, young travellers. Don't choose between inspiring wilderness and urban sophistication – do it all.

Latin America
  • Duration: 31 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: SBLR.B/207902
  • Starts: La Paz, Bolivia
  • Finishes: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
You will Visit
  • La Paz
  • Sucre
  • Potosí
  • Uyuni
  • Salar de Uyuni
  • San Pedro de Atacama
  • Salta
  • Buenos Aires
  • Colonia del Sacramento
  • Montevideo
  • Mercedes
  • Foz do Iguaçu
  • Paraty
  • Ilha Grande
  • Rio de Janeiro

Itinerary

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Day 1: La Paz

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: La Paz/Sucre

Enjoy a free day to explore the vibrant markets and winding streets of the city before boarding a night bus to Sucre.

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Day 3: Sucre

Free time to explore the city, the former capital of Bolivia. For more active options opt to go hiking in the surrounding area or mountain biking.
Travel south to Sucre. Tackle the city as there is a lot to offer during the two days here. Optional activities include a visit to an old tin baron's mansion, mountain biking, and hiking.

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Day 4: Sucre

Enjoy another free day to explore Sucre and surroundings.

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Day 5: Sucre/Potosí

Travel south to the one of the world's highest cities.
Staying in the Bolivian highlands, we travel south to the city of Potosí. The highest city of its size in the world, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has had a tumultuous history as a silver mining centre during colonial times.

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Day 6: Potosí

Get out and explore Potosí, learn about the history of the city while wandering the streets. Stop at the market and interact with the locals.

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Day 7: Potosí/Uyuni

Travel to Uyuni and get ready for an excursion to the salt flats.

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Day 8: Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni

Enjoy a three-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 3-night excursion through the spectacular Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats) in 4x4 vehicles.

Spend three days in the stunning landscapes between the Salar de Uyuni and the Atacama Desert in Chile. Our groups like to get creative with photography, as the endless white of the salt flats creates some great depth illusions that are fun to play with in photos.

The tour takes us through the impressive large red lagoon of Laguna Colorada and the striking blue-green Laguna Verde at 5,000m (16,404 ft).

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 9: Salar de Uyuni

Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion. Admire the spectacular scenery while passing red and blue lagoons along the route. Spot wild llamas, alpacas and even flamingos deep within the desert.

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Day 10: Salar de Uyuni/San Pedro de Atacama

Rise early to cover more ground of the unique landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats. Continue to see incredible scenery, including volcanoes, salt lakes and geysers. Travel to the border and descend by bus to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. It's a long but scenic drive.
After continuing through the Uyuni Salt Flats in the morning, hop on a bus further south to the dry desert regions of Argentina and Chile, where we stop in the little town of San Pedro de Atacama, on the edge of the Atacama desert—the driest place on earth.

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Day 11: San Pedro de Atacama

Opt to go sandboarding or mountain biking, or visit the Valley of the Moon.
There are plenty of optional excursions here -- biking, exploring nearby ruins, horseback riding, and touring the Valley of the Moon.

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Day 12: San Pedro de Atacama/Salta

Cross the border into Argentina.
We make our way to Salta, situated in the Lerma Valley of northern Argentina. Salta is home to empanadas salteñas - the delicious local specialty, and no visit to the town will be complete without giving them a try. In the evening, opt to experience a local celebration at one of the "Peña" folklore shows.

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Day 13: Salta

Explore the city and enjoy the local cuisine. Opt to take a trip through the scenic Quebrada de las Conchas to Cafayate, or visit the High Mountain Archaeological Museum.

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Day 14: Salta/Buenos Aires

Skip a long bus journey with a quick flight to Buenos Aires. Take an optional city tour, and enjoy free time to explore the many attractions. In the evening, consider hitting a tango show, then sample the city's famous nightlife.
When you are done exploring, settle your weary feet and enjoy a drink in one of the many sidewalk cafes and restaurants and begin to understand the contemplative Argentine way of life. Try the succulent bife and parrilladas!

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Day 15: Buenos Aires

Enjoy a free day to explore beautiful Buenos Aires.
Get out and explore. Consider visiting 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.

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Day 16: Buenos Aires

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

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Day 17: Buenos Aires/Colonia

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.

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Day 18: Colonia/Montevideo

Travel from Colonia to Montevideo in the morning. Free afternoon to explore.
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.

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Day 19: Montevideo

Free time to explore Montevideo.

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Day 20: Montevideo/Estancia Stay

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


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Day 21: Estancia Stay

Get dirty working at the ranch, go for a hike in the countryside, and indulge in local barbecues and wine.
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.

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Day 22: Estancia Stay/Iguassu Falls

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

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Day 23: Iguassu Falls

In the morning opt to visit the Brazilian side of the falls and get an incredible panoramic view. Opt to take a helicopter ride over the falls, visit a bird park or see the Itaipu Dam.

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Day 24: Iguassu Falls

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.

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Day 25: Foz do Iguaçu/Paraty

Skip an overnight bus ride and fly to São Paulo, heading straight to the coast. Explore colonial Paraty, then hit the beach.
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.

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Day 26: Paraty

Free time to explore Paraty's beaches, a national park and surroundings. Opt to visit a cachaça distillery or take a boat tour to nearby islands.
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.

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Day 27: Paraty/Ilha Grande

Continue by van up the coast, and take a ferry to Ilha Grande.
Tavel to the port in Angra dos Reis and catch a boat over to Ilha Grande not far from the coast.

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Day 28: Ilha Grande

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.

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Day 29: Ilha Grande/Rio de Janeiro

Travel to Rio de Janeiro, and explore the city using a centrally located hostel in Copacabana as a base.
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.

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Day 30: Rio de Janeiro

Rio has so much to offer, take advantage of the day and opt to take a city tour. Visit the Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain and enjoy the incredible views of the city. Sip on a Caipirinha drink and relax on Copacabana beach.

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Day 31: Rio de Janeiro

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: Jukil Community Experience & Lodge, Santiago de Agencha Local Living: Estancia Stay, Colonia La Concordia
    • 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding area (3 days)
    • Activities while at the estancia in Uruguay
    • Entrance and visit to the Argentine sides of Iguassu Falls
    • Transportation between destinations and included activities
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (23 nts), overnight bus (2 nts), basic hotel/G Adventures-supported community lodge on Uyuni Salt Flats excursion (2 nts, multi-share), hostel (1 nt), estancia/ranch (2 nts, multi-share)
    • 18 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
    Transport
    • Local bus, plane, 4x4 truck, minivan, taxi, plane, ferry
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Discover colonial cities and historic cultures
  • Cross the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano on a 4x4 excursion
  • Witness the stunning scenery and unique culture of northern Argentina
  • 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 Janeiro.