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Andes to the Atlantic Experience

Standing in awe of Iguassu Falls, searching for wildlife in the Brazilian Pantanal, encountering colonial cities and historic cultures in Bolivia, exploring the Uyuni salt flats by 4x4.
Activity: Cultural travel
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 25 days
Price: From £1749 Meals included Accommodation included
Trip details
From the sands of Ipanema to the heights of the Bolivian Andes, 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 Brazil and Bolivia —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 USD550-650 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, plane, 4x4 vehicle, train, walking, optional hiking.
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 10

Day 1 Rio de Janeiro
Arrive at any time.
Days 2-5 Ilha Grande/Paraty
Bus and ferry to Ilha Grande. Free time for hikes and walks around the island to explore the beaches. Continue by bus to the colonial city of Paraty. Optional cachaça distillery visit or boat tour of the bay and nearby beaches.
Days 6-11 Iguassu Falls (Brazil)/Bonito
Travel by overnight bus to the Iguassu Falls area. Explore both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides of the falls, with an optional boat ride near the base of the falls. Continue by bus to Bonito for optional activities like snorkelling in the crystal clear rivers or exploring the nearby caves and waterfalls.
Days 12-15 Pantanal/Corumbá/Santa Cruz (2B,2L,2D)
Two-day excursion into the wetlands of the Pantanal with a local guide. Opportunities to spot wildlife such as monkeys, macaws, giant otters and caiman. Continue by overnight train into Bolivia to Santa Cruz.
Days 16-18 Sucre
Fly to Sucre. Optional visit to the nearby dinosaur tracks, or explore the beautiful colonial city.
Day 19 Potosí
Travel by bus to Potosí. Optional excursion to a working silver mine or free time to explore the city.
Days 20-23 Uyuni/Salt Lakes Excursion (2B,3L,2D)
Bus trip to Uyuni. Three-day 4x4 excursion to the Salar de Uyuni and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery.
Day 24 La Paz
Travel by bus and train to La Paz. Optional city tour and free time to explore the markets and winding streets.
Day 25 La Paz
Depart at any time.

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