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Andes to the Atlantic Experience

Spend 3 days exploring the salt flats of Uyuni and high mountain wilderness by 4x4, Discover colonial cities and historic cultures in Bolivia, Search for wildlife in the Brazilian Pantanal, Be awed by Iguassu Falls.
Activity: Cultural travel
Location: La Paz, Bolivia
Duration: 25 days
Price: From £1749 Meals included Accommodation included
Trip details
From the heights of the Bolivian Andes to the sands of Ipanema, this incredible 25-day journey will introduce you to the diverse landscape and people of South America. Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal, the bizarre landscape of Salar de Uyuni and revel in the mists of thundering Iguassu Falls. Gain greater insight into the culture on the regions public buses and meet locals from the rural towns along the way for an immersive experience that few travellers get to know. Get off the beaten path and experience Bolivia and Brazil—a vibrant cross-section of South America.

What's Included

3-day 4WD excursion to the Salar de Uyuni, 2-day wildlife excursion to the Pantanal, Visit to Iguassu Falls.
4 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners. (Allow USD430-565 for meals not included.)
Hotels (16 nts), Night Bus (3 nts), Train (1 nt), Very basic hostels on Salar de Uyuni excursion (multi-share) (2 nts), Multi-share tented room with hammocks (2 nts).
Public bus, Local flight, 4x4 vehicle, Train when possible, Walking, Optional hiking.
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 10

Day 1 La Paz
Arrive at any time.
Day 2-5 Uyuni / Salt Lakes Excursion (2B,3L,2D)
Travel by train and bus to the town of Uyuni. Three day 4x4 excursion to the Salar de Uyuni and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery.
Day 6 Potosí
Bus journey from Uyuni to Potosí. Optional excursion to a working silver mine or free time to explore the city.
Day 7-9 Sucre
Continue by bus to Sucre. Optional visit to the nearby dinosaur tracks, or explore the beautiful colonial city.
Day 10-11 Santa Cruz / Puerto Suarez
Fly to Santa Cruz. Travel by overnight train to the Brazilian border at Puerto Suarez.
Day 12-13 Corumbá / Pantanal (2B,2L,2D)
2-day excursion into the wetlands of the Pantanal with a local guide. Opportunities to spot wildlife such as monkeys, macaws, giant otters and caiman.
Day 14-18 Bonito / Iguassu Falls
Travel by van to Bonito. Optional snorkelling excursions in the crystal clear rivers. Continue by overnight bus to Iguazu Falls, for 2 full days of exploration from both the Argentine and Brazilian sides. Optional boat ride at the base of the falls or visit a nearby bird park.
Day 19-24 Paraty/ Ilha Grande/ Rio de Janeiro
Overnight bus to Sao Paulo and continue to Paraty. Optional cachaça distillery visits of take a boat excursion in the bay to some of the nearby islands and beaches. Continue by bus up the coast and take a ferry to Ilha Grande. Optional hikes and beach time. Carry on by ferry and public bus to Rio de Janeiro for free time to explore the city using our centrally-located hotel in Copacabana as a base. Optional city tour.
Day 25 Rio de Janeiro
Depart at any time.

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