Overlanding is the best way to see South America by far! Dragoman have been leading the way in South American overland expeditions since 1990, so take advantage of our years of experience and come with us as we include all the must-see attractions as well as heading to some unique hidden gems, well away from the usual tourist trail. This incredible trip starts in the iconic Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, home to the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. Our journey begins by heading down the coast and to the atmospheric colonial town of Paraty, famed for its magical tropical islands and world-class diving. We'll then head inland to our amazing package of activities in the wildlife-packed wetlands of the southern Pantanal, before we continue on to the eco-tourism and outdoor activity capital of Brazil - the wonderful town of Bonito. Here we have the chance to take many optional activities such as snorkelling through the crystal-clear waters of the surrounding rivers. Finally we head south to one of South America's most impressive highlights - the mighty Iguazu Falls - and you'll get to see these colossal waterfalls from both sides of the border. This is a fantastic holiday-length adventure including the carnival and some amazing exploration of southern Brazil - join us on this truly unforgettable Brazilian trip!
Border information: if you are joining in Rio de Janeiro, you will most likely enter Brazil at Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport (IATA code: RIO/GIG)
Welcome to the iconic Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro! There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.
Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Rio de Janeiro before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Rio de Janeiro.
In Rio de Janeiro we will stay in a great hotel in the Flamengo district, close to the beach and the metro station.
Today will be a free day to explore the marvellous city of Rio de Janeiro and take part in some optional activities.
Today our journey begins with a short drive to the colonial town of Paraty on the Emerald Coast of the Atlantic!
Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).
On our first full day in Paraty, we will have an included boat trip around the incredible islands and beaches off the coast.
On our second day, we will have free time to explore the town, take a historical tour, walk along the stunning scenery of the coastline, head out snorkelling or diving, or simply relax on the idyllic beaches.
In Paraty we wil camp at a well equipped campsite.
Today we will drive to the remote town of Brotas in southeastern Brazil.
In Brotas we will stay at a campsite with good facilities.
Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.
Today we will start driving west towards the Southern Pantanal, and wild camp towards the end of the day somewhere close to the city of Campo Grande.
Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.
Today we have an early start to meet our guide in Campo Grande, and then drive on to Brazil's amazing Southern Pantanal region, where we have a visit a local eco-tourism ranch (or 'fazenda').
Estimated Drive Time - 5 hours.
We will spend 2 nights here and have a comprehensive package of included activities such as exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside on horseback, trips down the wildlife-abundant rivers in boats and canoes, and safaris on the ranch's trucks and on foot where we hope to spot capybaras, caimans, and (if we are very lucky) jaguars and ocelots. Our stay here is an incredible highlight!
In the Southern Pantanal we will stay in dorm accommodation in a well equipped lodge with all the meals and activities included.
After our morning activities and one final lunch in our beautiful ranch, it is time to leave the Pantanal and drive to the Brazilian eco-tourism capital of Bonito.
Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.
We have two full days in Bonito to take part in the plethora of incredible optional activities here. You could go out on a world-class snorkelling trip, explore the nearby caves, or go abseiling down some of the largest waterfalls in the area, amongst many other possibilities!
In Bonito we will camp in the grounds of an excellent hostel with a pool and good facilities.
Today we have a full drive day south to the city of Foz do Iguaçu.
In Foz do Iguaçu we will camp in the grounds of an excellent hostel out of town, with good facilities and a pool.
Estimated Drive Time - 10-12 hours.
Today we will visit the Brazilian side of the phenomenal Iguazu Falls, to get some incredible panoramic vistas of the mighty waterfalls. There is also plenty of time to visit the bird park, take a helicopter ride over the falls, see the incredible Itaipu Dam, or quickly stop into Paraguay to pick up some bargains in the nearby Ciudad del Este.
On the following day we will take a day trip into Argentina to see the incredible Iguazu Falls from the other side. This is well worth doing as the views are even more spectacular, and you'll be able to look right down into the mighty Garganta del Diablo (the largest waterfall here) from a gantry walkway viewing point). We will have a full day at the Argentine side of the falls, allowing us lots of time to freely explore the site, hike some nature trails, or perhaps take an exhilarating (and very wet) boat ride!
We will return to our base in Foz do Iguaçu tonight.
Border information: if you are finishing in Foz do Iguaçu, you will most likely exit Brazil at Foz do Iguaçu Cataratas International Airport (IATA code: IGU).
Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Foz do Iguaçu. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.
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Trip Name: Rio de Janeiro to Foz do IguaA§u - 2017 departures - non carnival
Duration: 16 Days
From Price: 1224
Trip Code: 157974
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