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  • Locals welcoming you to the floating Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca, Peru
  • The sun shining on Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Colourful buildings in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Exploring the train cemetary in Uyuni, Bolivia
  • Capybaras in the Pantanal, Brazil
  • Iguazu Falls on the border of Brazil and Argentina
  • Christ the Redeemer looking out over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Route:
Lima to Rio de Janeiro
Days:
49
Style: Adventures for 20s and 30s
Code: BXPA1
From:
US$2,609

US$1,826


+ local payment of US$1,020.00.
Countries Visited:

From the pristine peaks of the Andes to the world's most famous beach city, and from one coast to another, this is an epic adventure if ever there was one! We'll take you through the ancient Inca Empire, across the Chaco of northern Argentina, up to the Iguazú Falls and Pantanal wetlands, and then we'll culminate on the coast of Brazil for the world's best party. From the Pacific to the Atlantic, you'll be immersed in the Latino way of life every step of the way.

What's Included

Excursions

  • Stay with a local family on Lake Titicaca
  • Uyuni Salt Flats day trip
  • Drive through Argentina's wine region
  • Iguazú Falls from Brazil & Argentina

Accommodation

19 night(s) in hotels, 11 night(s) in hostels, 17 night(s) camping, 1 night(s) in homestays

Transportation

Overland Truck

Meals

29 breakfast, 28 lunch, 18 dinner

Staff & Experts

Tucan Travel tour leader, Tucan Travel driver

What's Not Included

  • Spending money – budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
  • International flights to/from the start/end of your tour and departure taxes  
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items and single rooms.  
  • Optional excursions - Please see the optional excursions on the Tour Notes for a comprehensive list of optional activities and excursions available on this tour.
  • Sleeping bag & sleeping mat
  • Local payment
  • Airport transfers and pre and post tour accommodation

Group

Group Size: Maximum 34. Average 15-24

Age Range: This tour is for those aged between 18 and 39.

Itinerary

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Day 1 to 1 - Arrive Lima

The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre-tour accommodation.

Lima was founded by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535, after he eradicated the Incas and made the city his capital. Now the fifth largest city in Latin America, Lima is home to around one-third of the country’s population.

The Historic centre of Lima is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the city has many fine colonial buildings and some of the best museums in South America including the Gold Museum, Museum of the Inquisition and the Catacombs below the San Francisco Church. Peru's capital has plenty to offer and many of the sights, including the city's two main squares the Plaza de Armas and Plaza San Martin, are within easy walking distance of your hotel.

Lima offers an ample range of restaurants and bars where local as well as international cuisine is served – the city is known as the gastronomic capital of the Americas. A nice spot to head out at night for a meal is Miraflores on the coast.

Optional Excursions

Museum Inquisition – free • Monastery and Catacombs – US$3 guided tour • Plaza San Martin, one of the largest and most impressive squares • Paragliding – US$60

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Day 2 to 2 - Huacachina

Leaving Lima, a short drive south along the Pacific coast brings us to Paracas, where upon arrival we will have the option to go by speedboat to explore the Ballestas Islands, passing the unusual ‘Candelabra', a giant design carved into a desert hill, along the way. On and around these celebrated islands you'll see thousands of sea lions plus many varieties of aquatic birds. Continuing on, we stopover at spectacular Huacachina, a desert oasis surrounded by massive sand-dunes. You’ll have the option to do an overnight excursion into the desert, sleeping under the stars. This also incorporates the chance to take an awesome ride in dune-buggies, an unreal way to spend the afternoon and night. Tonight is a good time for a Pisco sour party!

Approximate Driving Time:Nine hours

Optional Excursions

Ballestas Islands – US$13 • Overnight dune buggy trip – US$60(overnight) • Sand dune buggy ride and sand boarding – US$25

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hostels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Lunch

Day 3 to 3 - Nazca

We continue south along the famous Pan American highway, travelling further inland to Nazca, renowned for the mysterious parallel lines and geometrical figures etched into the desert floor. Here you can take a flight in a light aircraft to see the ‘monkey', ‘hummingbird', ‘condor', ‘spider' and even what appears to be a spaceman. There are many more designs to be seen on this 30-minute flight. To this day no one is entirely sure why they are there.

Approximate Driving Time:Four hours

Optional Excursions

Scenic flight over Nazca Lines – US$110 + S/25 tax • Planetarium show & lecture – US$20

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 4 to 4 - Puerto Inca

As we head out of Nazca we will visit the bizarre Chauchilla Cemetery where you'll see ancient mummies, some with hair and even skin intact after thousands of years.

Heading back along the coast our journey takes us to Puerto Inca, the Inca's original fishing port, which was only rediscovered in the 1950s. Tonight we camp by the beach just down from the actual ruins.

Approximate Driving Time: Six Hours

Optional Excursions

Chauchilla Cemetery – US$2

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 5 to 7 - Arequipa & Optional Colca Canyon

Arequipa is located 2,380 metres above sea level and dominated by the conical snow-capped El Misti volcano. Although an earthquake in 2001 damaged the cathedral, it has not diminished any of the splendour of this charming square. One of the ‘must see’ attractions here is the vast Santa Catalina Convent (optional), a maze of cobbled streets, cloisters and other decorative buildings, it has only been open to the public since 1970 and it is certainly well worth visiting.

Another popular attraction is the acclaimed ‘Museo Santuarios Andinos’, which highlights well preserved mummies including the famous ‘Ice Princess Juanita’ - a young Inca maiden who was sacrificed some 500 years ago atop the Nevado Ampato volcano. You can enjoy a free day in Arequipa to explore these sights, and more, at your own leisure.

From Arequipa you have the option for an overnight visit to the Colca Canyon. Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, it is the world's second deepest. From the lookout point at Cruz del Condor you can see the river flowing 1,200 metres below and from this vantage point have a good chance of seeing condors as they soar out of the canyon on the hot thermal currents.

If you choose not to travel out to the Colca Canyon you have free time to explore Arequipa.

Approximate Driving Time: Full Day Drive

Optional Excursions

Colca Canyon overnight excursion – US$60 + $22 park entrance • City tour – US$12 • Monastery of Santa Catalina – US$10• Museo Santuarios Andinas, where you can see the frozen Inca ice mummy princess ‘Juanita’ – US$11 • Plaza de Armas and churches – free

Accommodation

3 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

3 Breakfast, 3 Lunch, 3 Dinner

Day 8 to 16 - Cuzco

Cuzco is our base for the next eight days for some really special optional excursions, including the challenging three night/four-day Inca Trail trek and the two night/three day Amazon Jungle excursion both of which must be requested at the time of booking your group tour. We have plenty of time here to squeeze in both of these excursions and much more, or if you prefer, to relax and absorb the great atmosphere in the cultural and friendly city.

As you travel towards Cuzco, the landscape gradually becomes greener as we get closer to the former Inca capital. The word Cuzco means ‘Navel of the Earth' in the Inca language of Quechua. This enchanting city has a mostly indigenous population of around 275,000 and is centred around the Plaza de Armas, which is dominated by the cathedral and La Compañia de Jesus Church. Nowadays, Cuzco is also legendary for its party atmosphere and brilliant nightlife and is jam-packed with narrow streets housing many fine restaurants, bars and shops.

Along with the Inca Trail Trek and Amazon Jungle excursion, some of the optional excursions available include full-day trip through the Sacred Valley of the Incas which visits the Pisac ruins perched on a hill high in the mountains and the famous local market of the same name, in the valley below. This is a great place to buy textiles, pottery and jewellery, not to mention the delicious empanadas (pasties) at the famous bakery. After spending time here, on the Sacred Valley tour, we move down the valley to the temple fortress of Ollantaytambo, with its enormous terraces climbing up the hillside.

Two night/three day Amazon Jungle Excursion: Covering the greatest area of South America, the Amazon Jungle is a must see part of your trip. If you wish to take part in this 2 night excursion, please inform your Adventure Specialist at the time of booking as this excursion has to be arranged in advance.

You will take a quick flight from Cuzco, deep in to the jungle to Puerto Maldonado where you will board a small boat to take you further in to the canopy. Checking in to your jungle hut, it is not long before you are out exploring the trails with a trained guide. Your guide will help you identify some species endemic to the jungle with Peru's Amazon Jungle being home to some of the most diverse wildlife. You will journey out to Monkey Island where monkeys are rescued and rehabilitated, cared for by the jungle lodge.

Three night/four day Inca Trail Trek: If you have chosen to hike the Inca Trail Trek you will cross spectacular passes and visit more Inca ruins en route to the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu. A local guide will lead this expedition and there will be cooks and porters to carry the main equipment, leaving you with just a small daypack. The trek begins after a short bus journey and the first day is a relatively easy four-and-a-half hour, 13-kilometre walk which will get you limbered up for the highest pass at Warmiwañusca (4,200 metres) that you will reach before lunchtime on the second day (Warmiwañusca translates as “Dead Woman's Pass”). During the second day you will cover approximately nine kilometres in about five to seven hours and after the high pass it's all down hill as the trail winds its way down old Inca stairs to our campsite. On the third day we pass the ruins of Runkurakay, Sayacmarca and Phuyupatamarca, walking approximately 15 kilometres in seven hours. On the last morning, after an overnight stop at Wiñay-Wayna, you will rise early for the final walk to Machu Picchu and greet daybreak over the famous “Sun Gate”. There will then be time to explore on your own or simply take in the magnificence of the place after your guided tour. After an action packed few days, return to Cuzco for the night and celebrate reaching Machu Picchu.

Due to a limited number of people being allowed on the trail a day, permits are limited and can sell out far in advance. If you wish to book the Inca Trail Trek, please provide your Adventure Specialist with your passport details by email as soon as possible so that we can secure your permit. Without your passport details, we are unable to arrange your Inca Trail Trek. Please click here for more information.

Should the Inca Trail Trek be unavailable, you have the option to book the three night/four day Lares Trail Trek to Machu Picchu. For more information click here.

The porters, cooks and guides work incredibly hard on the Inca Trail Trek and the Lares Trail Trek, carrying food needed for the four days, cooking equipment, tents and your personal items. While it is an optional payment, we recommend a tip of 100 Soles per person to be split between your trek guides, porters and chefs at the end of the route.

Alternatively, you can also book the train to Machu Picchu should you not want to hike. This option also needs to be booked before you travel so please let your Adventure Specialist know your preference at the time of booking.

A guided tour of Machu Picchu A guided tour of Machu Picchu is included on all three optional excursions to the site. The Lost City of Machu Picchu was originally completely self-contained, surrounded by agricultural terraces sufficient to feed the population, and watered by natural springs. Located high above the fast flowing Urubamba River, the cloud shrouded ruins have palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms and some 150 houses, all in such a remarkable state of preservation that will simply take your breath away.

The ruins were only uncovered by the outside world in 1911, when American explorer Hiram Bingham found them while looking for another ‘lost city’ called Vilcabamba. Due to their isolation many of the buildings are still relatively intact and you can't help but admire Huayna Picchu or ‘Young Mountain’ (Machu Picchu means ‘Old Mountain’), which towers above the ruins. After spending most of the day at Machu Picchu you have the chance to soak your tired muscles in the hot springs at Aguas Calientes or meander through the markets before returning to Cuzco by train.

Optional Excursions

Two night/three day Amazon Jungle excursion – US$669 or equivalent in your currency (must be booked in advance) • Three night/four day Inca Trail Trek or three night/four day Lares Valley trek – US$829 • Train to Machu Picchu overnight excursion – US$429 (these activities must be booked in advance, please check prices with a member of our team) • Boleto Completo, valid for 2 days and includes entrance to all Inca ruin sites in Sacred Valley and Cuzco.– US$40 or 130 soles • Boleto Partial, includes just sites around Cuzco – 70 soles • Massages – US$25/hr • City tour – US$30 + 70 soles entry if Completo has not been purchased • Chocolate making course – US$22

Accommodation

9 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 17 to 17 - Puno

Leaving Cuzco, we drive along roads bordered by herds of llamas, alpacas and vicuñas before reaching the Altiplano (high plain). Our journey takes us past hot mineral pools, snow-capped mountains, through villages where the indigenous locals sell food, fur hats and alpaca sweaters. And over the La Raya Pass at 4,321 metres before arriving at the Sillustani ruins, a pre-Incan burial ground on the shores of Lake Umayo. Here you will have the option to visit these ancient burial towers. Our final destination for today is Puno on the edge of Lake Titicaca and the opportunity to try fresh fish from the lake in one of the many restaurants.

Approximate Driving Time:Nine Hours

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Lunch

Day 18 to 18 - Lake Titicaca

From Puno we have an included overnight excursion to the islands of Amantaní and Taquile. On Amantaní we arrange home-stay accommodation with local Quechua families and you will have the chance to eat with the family, perhaps enjoy a party and dancing and maybe play football with the local children. The next morning you'll visit Taquile Island where the people live in simple adobe huts. You will also visit the astounding floating reed islands in the Bay of Puno, to see the first-hand the indigenous Uros’ way of life and ride in a traditional reed boat. Continuing back to Puno, you'll arrive in time to visit the colourful markets. That night back in Puno, you can try some of the local dishes; guinea pig, llama or some of the trout or kingfish from the lake and maybe check out some of the nightlife.

Included Excursions

Stay with a local family on Lake Titicaca

Accommodation

1 night(s) in homestays. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 19 to 19 - Puno

After spending the morning on the lake, we return back to Puno for the night

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast

Day 20 to 22 - La Paz

La Paz is built in the basin of a spectacular ancient crater caused by a meteorite, with the snow-capped Illimani in the background. At an altitude of 3,660 metres, the city is said to host the highest football stadium in the world.

The city has colourful indigenous street markets including the ‘witches market' where women in flared skirts sell, amongst other things, dead cats and llama foetuses which are placed under new buildings in a bid to keep evil spirits away. The main square, Plaza Murillo, is where many years ago a president of the republic was lynched from a lamppost. La Paz is one of the best places to see a traditional peña show of Andean music and dance where local musicians play their time-honoured instruments such as zampoñas (pipes) and charangos (ukulele).

There are plenty of excursions available in La Paz. Check out the Moon Valley with its strange rock formations shaped by the weather. Another fantastic excursion is to Coroico, the gateway to the Bolivian jungle region and a great place to see sub-tropical vegetation and plants. En-route you will cross a 5,000 metre high pass before descending to 1,300 metres on narrow mountain roads bordered by sheer drops. The excursion to Coroico can also be done by mountain bike, as it is downhill nearly all the way and very exhilarating, but beware, colloquially known as ‘Death Road’, it is not at all for the fainthearted and great care must be taken!

Please note: On arrival in Bolivia you will be required to pay an entry fee of US$10.

Approximate Driving Time: Full Day Drive

Optional Excursions

Red Caps walking tours – free (tips appreciated) • Death Road Mountain Biking – US$124

Accommodation

3 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 23 to 24 - Uyuni

Travelling on we head to the desolate town of Uyuní in the south of Bolivia, to visit what is claimed to be the largest salt flat in the world, the brilliantly white and vast Salar de Uyuní. We will stay two nights here and you can enjoy an included excursion onto the salar in four-wheel-drive vehicles. Explore places such as Fish Island, where there are great views of the surrounding lake and giant cacti. The fantastic contrast of the brilliant blue sky (weather permitting of course) and the pure white of the salt flats is surreal. This area proves to be a very popular place for some creative photo opportunities.

Approximate Driving Time: Nine Hour Drive

Included Excursions

Uyuni Salt Flats day trip

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 25 to 25 - Potosí

We now travel to Potosí, the highest city of its size on Earth at 4,070 metres, with a population of 110,000 people. The history of Potosí, its fame and splendour, as well as its tragedy and horror, is closely linked to silver. The city was founded in 1545 soon after the discovery of silver in a nearby hill, the Cerro Rico (or Rich Hill). The veins proved to be so prolific that they quickly became known as the world’s richest source of the precious metal. Silver from Potosí underwrote the Spanish economy, particularly its monarchy's extravagance, for over two centuries. Millions of indigenous people, and later, African slaves, were made to work in the mines where conditions were so appalling and dangerous that miners died in horrific numbers, either in accidents or from silicosis pneumonia. During the three centuries of colonial rule, it is estimated that eight million Africans and locals died in the Potosí mines. Reminders of the grand colonial city are still evident in the narrow streets, formal balconied mansions and ornate churches. We offer you the opportunity to visit one of the mines (optional) where you will learn from first-hand experience some of the hardship that miners still suffer. You soon realise that the mines are worked today in much the same way as they were under Spanish rule.

Approximate Driving Time: Five Hour Drive

Optional Excursions

Silver mine tour – US$15 • City tour – US$13 • Hot springs – US$15

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Day 26 to 26 - Tupiza

Winding our way along the dusty roads of Bolivia, which are some of the most rugged in South America, we head towards the Argentine border amidst the vividly coloured rock formations and giant cacti. We arrive at Tupiza where we will take respite from the arid surrounds and dusty road. Legend has it that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid met their end at the hands of the Bolivian army near Tupiza, concluding their notorious string of bank raids.

Approximate Driving Time: Five Hour Drive

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hostels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Lunch

Day 27 to 28 - Salta

Crossing into Argentina we drive past scenic vineyards. We arrive in the striking city of Salta in the Lerma Valley at the foothills of the Andes, established in 1582. Salta has many old colonial buildings, a cathedral with ancient statues of the Cristo del Milagro (Miracle of Christ) and the Virgin Mary, which were brought over from Spain in 1592. A variety of excursions await you here including rafting, horse riding and mountain biking.

Approximate Driving Time: Full Day Drive

Included Excursions

Drive through Argentina's wine region

Optional Excursions

Full day rafting – US$65 • Horse riding at ranch with BBQ lunch – US$70

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hostels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Lunch

Day 29 to 30 - Cafayate

Leaving Salta we drive past lush farmlands where you may catch a glimpse of traditional subsistence farmers at work. We travel to Cafayate where the stunning multi-coloured sedimentary rock formations offer beautiful photo opportunities. For an adrenaline rush you can hire mountain bikes for a couple of hours of thrilling descents or take a quad bike tour to explore less challenging terrain. For a more peaceful excursion you can stretch your legs on a trek, taking in beautiful local flora and fauna, as well as an impressive series of cascadas (waterfalls).

Approximate Driving Time: Four Hour Drive

Accommodation

2 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner

Day 31 to 31 - En route (Catamarca)

We continue our way to San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca, more commonly known as Catamarca. We have a night camping near here before we hit the road again.

Approximate Driving Time: Six Hour Drive

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 32 to 33 - Cordoba

Cordoba is a busy modern industrial city near the geographical centre of Argentina in the foothills of the Sierras Chicas mountains. Established in 1573, Córdoba boasts the country's oldest university and a young, dynamic student population. During the day you can visit an array of richly decorated churches, including Argentina's oldest cathedral and the Manzana Jesuitica (Jesuit Block) which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

From Cordoba we have the chance to visit a traditional estancia, home to real-life cowboys.

Approximate Driving Time: Six Hour Drive

Optional Excursions

Estancia excursion – From US$65

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hostels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 34 to 37 - Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a beautiful city with lovely green parks, plazas and wide boulevards. Our hostel is an excellent location, within walking distance to many of the city's highlights and close to transport links to the rest of the city. The balcony of the presidential palace the Casa Rosada (Pink Palace) is where Eva Perón made many of her speeches and is also the place where Madonna sang, “Don't cry for me Argentina” in the film Evita. Across the Plaza de Mayo you will also find the Cabildo (the old town hall) the Palacio Municipal (City Hall) and the cathedral. Every Thursday afternoon in this plaza the "Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo" march in remembrance of their family members who disappeared in the 1970s when the country was under military rule. There are many excellent restaurants in the Puerto Madera area and it is well worth a visit to the port of La Boca for its colourful buildings and cultural history. In nearby San Telmo, the bohemian area, there is a fascinating antique market every Sunday. The Recoleta Cemetery, almost like an enclosed city of its own, is where Eva Peron and many other rich and famous Argentines are buried - well worth a visit. The reputation of Buenos Aires' nightlife is not overstated as there are many nightclubs, bars, restaurants and cinemas open until all hours. For a great evening out, you may want to see a tango show in the city where the dance originated, and you shouldn't leave Buenos Aires before trying one of the best steaks you’ll find in the world!

Why not get another country under your belt and catch a ferry over to Uruguay for a day trip to the fascinating town Colonia del Sacramento. Visit the historical old quarter-a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site

Optional Excursions

Tango show & dinner – US$90 • Hop on/hop off bus – US$20 • Explore La Boca and San Telmo artistic neighbourhoods – free • Various historic plazas & squares – free • Tigre Delta day trip, exploring the elegant neighbourhood by train and catamaran – US$22 • Football match including transfers and guide – from US$80 • Buenos Aires city tour – US$20

Accommodation

4 night(s) in hostels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

4 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 38 to 38 - En route

We have a long drive day as we head to Puerto Iguazú, our gateway for the mighty Iguazú Falls.

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 39 to 39 - Puerto Iguazú

Continuing on we arrive in Puerto Iguazú. Tonight, visit some of the town's bars and clubs close to our hostel before visiting the falls tomorrow.

Approximate Driving Time: Six Hour Drive

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hostels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 40 to 41 - Foz do Iguaçu

We reach the little Brazilian town of Foz do Iguaçu (Iguazu Falls), where some 275 separate waterfalls cascade over a two-and-a-half-kilometre-wide cliff face. We first visit the stunning falls from the Brazilian side which offers panoramic views of the numerous waterfalls on the Argentine side.

For a bird's eye view over the entire falls you can take an optional scenic helicopter ride. There is also an excellent bird park nearby and you can visit the world's largest hydroelectric dam at Itaipu where videos show the environmental planning behind the dam project. If you’re keeping a keen eye on your country tally you can pop into neighbouring Paraguay by public bus (you don't even have to get your passport stamped) for a bit of shopping in Ciudad del Esté.

Approximate Driving Time:Two Hours

Included Excursions

Iguazú Falls from Brazil & Argentina

Optional Excursions

Helicopter ride – US$120 • Bird Park – US$14 • Rafain Show – US$50 • Itaipu Dam – US$25

Accommodation

2 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner

Day 42 to 42 - En route

We hit the road making our way north in the interior of the continent towards Bonito. It is a long drive and we will stop for one night en route to break up the journey.

Approximate Driving Time: Full Day Drive

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 43 to 44 - Bonito

Bonito is located in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul and is renowned for the unbelievable blue of its rivers and cave lakes. The waters are filtered through the enormous quantity of limestone in the ground and the impurities are deposited at the bottom of the river bed making the rivers appear some of the clearest in the world.

We have time here to take in some great optional activities which include cave and river snorkelling, rainforest walks and wildlife spotting.

Approximate Driving Time:Full Day Drive

Optional Excursions

Rio da Prata snorkelling (7 hours) – US$75 includes lunch and guide • Mimosa waterfalls tour – US$38 includes buffet lunch • Balneario do Sol, local swimming hole and games – US$15 includes transport and entry

Accommodation

2 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner

Day 45 to 45 - En route

We continue our trip making our way towards the Costa Verde. During the drive you will get some idea of the size of Brazil as it will take two days driving before we hit the coast. We will camp en route to break up the journey with travel times determining the locations.

Approximate Driving Time: Full Day Drive

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 46 to 47 - Parati

Getting to the Costa Verde we arrive at Parati which is a preserved Portuguese colonial town (1500-1822). The town is renowned for its historic town centre, the coast and mountains in the region. Parati was also a major port for the exportation of gold and coffee during the 17th and 19th centuries respectively and recommended excursions include a sailing schooner cruise around the bays, rainforest treks and walking the gold trail.

Approximate Driving Time: Four to eight hours depending on the day before

Optional Excursions

Parati boat cruise – US$40

Accommodation

2 night(s) camping. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner

Day 48 to 48 - Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, or more commonly known as Rio, is the second largest city in Brazil and arguably one of the most beautiful cities of the world. In the late 17th century the Portuguese found gold and diamonds in the nearby state of Minas Gerais and thus Rio became the main port for exporting the new found wealth. During the colonial Portuguese period of 1763-1815, Rio was the capital of Brazil.

The city has so much to offer from its natural sites to its famous landmarks including Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain) and Corcovado with its famous ‘Cristo Redentor’ (Christ the Redeemer statue) - both of which offer great views over the city. You of course have to visit the famous beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon. And of course, if you are in Rio around February/March time, get ready for the world's biggest party, the Rio Carnival!

Please note that the four nights during Rio Carnival are not included in the tour price and it is essential to pre-book accommodation if you wish to stay on for the Carnival. Please see our brochure or the ‘Useful Information’ section of our website for important booking info and prices.

Approximate Driving Time: Six Hour Drive

Optional Excursions

Full day Rio de Janeiro city tour – US$47 • Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf) cable car – US$12 • Beaches – free • Maracana Stadium tour – US$7-35 • Favela half day tour – US$25 • Hang-gliding – US$145

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast

Day 49 to 49 - Depart Rio de Janeiro

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

Meals

1 Breakfast

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1 Space Left! Guaranteed departure. May Madness Sale - 30% Discount
On Sale US$2,609
US$1,826
+ local payment of US$1,020
Special Notes
1 Space Left! Guaranteed departure. May Madness Sale - 30% Discount
Fri 08 Sep
Thu 26 Oct
Guaranteed
Special Notes
Guaranteed departure. May Madness Sale - 30% Discount
On Sale
US$2,609
US$1,826
+ local payment of US$1,020
Book
Fri 08 Sep
Thu 26 Oct
Special Notes
Guaranteed departure. May Madness Sale - 30% Discount
On Sale US$2,609
US$1,826
+ local payment of US$1,020
Special Notes
Guaranteed departure. May Madness Sale - 30% Discount
Sat 11 Nov
Fri 29 Dec
Guaranteed
Special Notes
Guaranteed departure. May Madness Sale - 30% Discount
On Sale
US$2,609
US$1,826
+ local payment of US$1,020
Book
Sat 11 Nov
Fri 29 Dec
Special Notes
Guaranteed departure. May Madness Sale - 30% Discount
On Sale US$2,609
US$1,826
+ local payment of US$1,020
Special Notes
Guaranteed departure. May Madness Sale - 30% Discount
Sat 23 Dec
Fri 09 Feb
Guaranteed
Special Notes
Guaranteed departure. Meets Rio Carnival. May Madness Sale - 30% Discount
On Sale
US$2,869
US$2,008
+ local payment of US$1,020
Book
Sat 23 Dec
Fri 09 Feb
Special Notes
Guaranteed departure. Meets Rio Carnival. May Madness Sale - 30% Discount
On Sale US$2,869
US$2,008
+ local payment of US$1,020
Special Notes
Guaranteed departure. Meets Rio Carnival. May Madness Sale - 30% Discount

2018

Fri 23 Feb
Thu 12 Apr
Available
Special Notes
May Madness Sale - 30% Discount
On Sale
US$2,869
US$2,008
+ local payment of US$1,020
Book
Fri 23 Feb
Thu 12 Apr
Special Notes
May Madness Sale - 30% Discount
On Sale US$2,869
US$2,008
+ local payment of US$1,020
Special Notes
May Madness Sale - 30% Discount
Sat 21 Apr
Fri 08 Jun
Available
Special Notes
May Madness Sale - 30% Discount
On Sale
US$2,729
US$1,910
+ local payment of US$1,020
Book
Sat 21 Apr
Fri 08 Jun
Special Notes
May Madness Sale - 30% Discount
On Sale US$2,729
US$1,910
+ local payment of US$1,020
Special Notes
May Madness Sale - 30% Discount
Fri 01 Jun
Thu 19 Jul
Available
Special Notes
May Madness Sale - 30% Discount
On Sale
US$2,729
US$1,910
+ local payment of US$1,020
Book
Fri 01 Jun
Thu 19 Jul
Special Notes
May Madness Sale - 30% Discount
On Sale US$2,729
US$1,910
+ local payment of US$1,020
Special Notes
May Madness Sale - 30% Discount
Fri 03 Aug
Thu 20 Sep
Available
Special Notes
May Madness Sale - 30% Discount
On Sale
US$2,729
US$1,910
+ local payment of US$1,020
Book
Fri 03 Aug
Thu 20 Sep
Special Notes
May Madness Sale - 30% Discount
On Sale US$2,729
US$1,910
+ local payment of US$1,020
Special Notes
May Madness Sale - 30% Discount
Fri 28 Sep
Thu 15 Nov
Available
Special Notes
May Madness Sale - 30% Discount
On Sale
US$2,729
US$1,910
+ local payment of US$1,020
Book
Fri 28 Sep
Thu 15 Nov
Special Notes
May Madness Sale - 30% Discount
On Sale US$2,729
US$1,910
+ local payment of US$1,020
Special Notes
May Madness Sale - 30% Discount
Sun 11 Nov
Sat 29 Dec
Available
Special Notes
May Madness Sale - 30% Discount
On Sale
US$2,729
US$1,910
+ local payment of US$1,020
Book
Sun 11 Nov
Sat 29 Dec
Special Notes
May Madness Sale - 30% Discount
On Sale US$2,729
US$1,910
+ local payment of US$1,020
Special Notes
May Madness Sale - 30% Discount

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