Buenos Aires to Rio: Waterfalls, Wetlands & Wildlife
Trip Commences: Buenos Aires | Finishes: Rio | 18 day itinerary | From £895pp + Local payment from $595
From the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires, allegedly serving the best steaks in the world and some excellent red wines to accompany it, to the vibrancy of Rio, this South America overland adventure packs a lot into eighteen days! The tropical rainforests and majesty of Iguazu Falls, with hiking and mountain biking opportunities give way to the crystal clear waters of Bonito, with it’s excellent snorkelling. The wildlife rich Pantanal, the largest wetland in the world, is a photographer’s dream, with options to experience it on horseback, by boat, on foot, or from the comfort of a hammock! The unspoilt village of Parati gives us some relaxing turquoise-sea respite before we soak up the vivacity of Rio!
Day 1 - 6: Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls
We depart Buenos Aires and start making our way north towards Brazil. Continuing through Argentina, we visit the region between Argentina and Paraguay that is home to many Jesuit Missions built in the 16th century to convert the Guarany Indians. We visit the ruins of San Ignacio before crossing the border into Brazil, where we also cross from Spanish to Portuguese, and it is time to get our tongues around a new linguistic challenge! The Iguazu Falls form the natural border between Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil, higher than Niagara and wider than Victoria Falls they are an awe-inspiring place to spend the next three days before we continue on with travel to Brazil. The lush tropical forest surrounding the falls has many walking trails leading to smaller hidden falls, ideal to refresh from the steaming heat and abounding with parrots, toucans, woodpeckers and colourful plants. Here you can also undertake a number of optional activities such as rafting, helicopter flights and mountain bike riding.
Day 7 - 12: Iguazu Falls to Pantanal
Next stop is Bonito where we can swim and snorkel in some of the clearest rivers and lakes in the world. Spectacular walks in the mountainous forests may reveal wildlife that includes monkeys, alligators and anaconda. We begin our travel to Brazil in earnest as we journey on to the Pantanal region where we organise treks and horserides out into the vast wetlands which is home to over 600 species of birds and 350 kinds of fish, piranha being common, as well as an abundance of reptiles and animals. Try your hand at Piranha fishing too!
Day 13 - 17: Pantanal to Parati
We now head to the coastal village of Parati. This unspoilt and picturesque town has remained fundamentally unaltered for three centuries. Cars have been banned from its cobbled streets that run down to the seashore, instead mountain bikes are used and are a good way to get around. Another great way to explore the secluded islands of this pristine coastline is taking a sailing trip in one of the traditional schooners.
Day 18: Parati to Rio
Our final drive takes us to the hedonistic playground of Rio de Janeiro, where the folk are raring to party out of their minds and live purely for the moment. Your adventure finishes on arrival into Rio. The Carnival and New Years Eve celebrations are always chaotic, crowded and fun and a must during any stint of travel to Brazil! We have Carnival and New Year packages available if you would like to join us for the celebrations.
This 15 day tour starts at £895 + local payment from $595 per person and includes…
- Accommodation – approx. 67% camping & 33% simple hostels/hotels
- Pantanal – includes accommodation, meals & activities
- Iguazu Falls – entrance to Argentina side
- Meals – approx. 50%
- All Transport on Oasis Expedition Truck
- Camping and Cooking equipment
- Services of Oasis Crew
- Optional Excursions as listed in the Pre-Departure Information
- Airport Taxes & Transfers
- Travel Insurance
- Meals – approx. 50%
We’ve teamed up with Oasis Overland to bring you this incredible overland trip from Buenos Aires to Rio. For more info and to enquire, please follow the link below.