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Andes to Rio

  • Code #SAL
  • 28 Days
Duration
28 Days
/27 Nights
Availability
Jul,2017-Mar,2019
Group Size
Max 34
Departure City: 
La Paz
Ends in: 
Rio de Janeiro
Accommodation
Budget Lodging & Camping
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Trip Overview

From the dizzying heights of La Paz to the world's most famous beach city of Rio, this South American adventure will blow you away! Stand on top of the world's largest salt flats, travel through the windswept Altiplano, cross Argentina's wine country, spend 4 nights in buzzing Buenos Aires, witness the incredible Iguazu Falls from both sides of the border, and relax on some of the most beautiful Brazilian beaches. Hit all the highlights and experience Latino life every step of the way, with a wonderful array of optional activities for you to choose from. It doesn't get better than this!

Included Highlights 
  • Experience three Latin American countries - Bolivia, Argentina & Brazil
  • Take an epic 4WD excursion on the world's largest salt flat
  • Witness incredible Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian and Argentinian side
  • Shop for trinkets at the `Witches Market' in La Paz
  • Drive through scenic Argentinian wine country
  • 4 nights to delve into buzzing Buenos Aires
  • Swim in the clear rivers and caves of Bonito
  • Hit Rio's golden beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema
Treknical Details

Interests

Beaches
Cities
Large Group

Accommodation & Transportation

Group Size
Max 34
Camping
12 Nights
Budget Lodging
10 Nights
Hotel
5 Nights

Food & Meals

  • 21 breakfasts, 17 lunches & 12 dinners

Other Inclusions

  • Services of a professional bilingual tour leader
  • Private overland vehicle transportation
  • All camping equipment (except sleeping bag)

Essential Information

  • This trip has a local payment of US$650 to be paid to your tour leader on day 1.
  • Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote (UK only).

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Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops, highlights, and included experiences, and lots of optional activities to choose from. With stops at some of your tour leader's favourite places and occasional changes to the itinerary no two Trek trips are the same, so get ready for one awesome adventure.

Tonight it's time to meet your tour leader, driver and fellow Trekkers, but why not arrive early to see the sights, or add some extra hotel nights before the start of your tour to really explore all the city has to offer. La Paz is a city like no other! Nestled in an ancient crater left by a meteorite, with the snow-capped Illimani mountain providing a dramatic backdrop. As you acclimatise to an altitude of 12,000 ft., take it easy when you walk around or you might find yourself getting a little breathless! You'll be staying near to the colourful street markets so be sure to check out the `witches market' where local women sell the weird and the wonderful, or to get a taste of the local traditions, seek out a peña show of Andean music to hear local bands play their traditional instruments such as zampoñas and charangos (pipes and ukuleles).

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Meals paid locally

Optional Activities

Coroico "Death Road" mountain biking US$124
Red Cap city walking tours US$3 + tip
Moon Valley private tour US$20-40

Travel to the town of Uyuni, where you'll stay overnight before a full day included excursion to the largest salt flat in the world - the Salar de Uyuni. It's an awesome sight, stretching over an amazing 12,000 sq km. The contrast of blinding pure white salt against a brilliant blue sky is stunning (weather permitting of course!). Head out onto the vast salt flats in 4WD vehicles, stopping off at Fish Island (season dependent) where there are fantastic views of the surrounding lake. Giant cacti provide those classic photo opportunities and travellers have been known to get extremely creative with their quirky perspective shots out here, so have fun!

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Breakfast (x1) and lunch (x1) included

Optional Activities

Uyuni - Train Museum US$FREE

Head to the city of Potosi, the highest city of its size on earth, with a history closely linked to silver. Incredibly this was once the largest and wealthiest city in the Americas, and you'll see reminders of the grand colonial city it used to be in ornate churches and balconied mansions. Potosi became famous in the late 1500s as the world's richest source of silver and helped bankroll the Spanish empire for centuries. Unfortunately, behind the shiny surface of wealth there were huge amounts of tragedy. Learn about the forced labour of indigenous people and African slaves. A shocking eight million miners are estimated to have died here. It's well worth visiting one of the mines to learn first-hand about the daily lives of today's miners.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Meals paid locally

Optional Activities

City tour US$16
Hot springs US$15
Silver mine tour US$16

Some of the best roads in the continent are now found in Bolivia but the journey winding along dusty roads towards the Argentine border is all part of your road trip adventure! You'll pass through landscapes with brilliantly coloured rock formations and giant cacti. 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.

Accommodation

Hostel included

Meals

Lunch included

While some border crossings in Latin America can be easy, this is a notoriously difficult one, so sit back and relax as it might take a few hours! Cross the border into Argentina and take a drive through wine country towards the beautiful city of Salta, in the Lerma Valley at the foothills of the Andes. One thing you'll notice instantly is the cathedral and old colonial buildings, and you could simply spend your time wandering the city and people watching. If you want to ramp up the adventure, there are awesome activities available here like rafting, horse riding or mountain biking. One thing's for sure, you're going to fall in love with Salta.

Accommodation

Hostel included

Meals

Lunch (x1) included

Optional Activities

Full day rafting trip US$65
Horse riding at ranch with BBQ US$70

Take a memorable drive to Cafayate, past the canyons and richly coloured, twisted rock formations carved by the Rio de las Conchas. Cafayate is famous for aromatic dry and sweet white wines, so grab a glass at one of the local bodegas for a taste. If you're feeling more active, find a trail then visit the cascadas (waterfalls) to cool off from the heat.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

Breakfast (x1), lunch (x2) and dinner (x2) included

You've probably come to realise that South America is massive and there's a lot of ground to cover, so be thankful you have your Trek buddies to keep you company. Today is a long drive day so make sure you've got a good book, a pack of playing cards and some tunes lined up on your iPod and you'll be sweet!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Cordoba's centre is full of charming churches, plazas, museums and colonial buildings, with traditional Jesuit heritage sites sitting side by side with a buzzing nightlife, due to a huge student population. Cordoba is another Argentinian city known for its wine so treat yourself to a glass of vino, or round up your fellow Trekkers and join a tasting at a local winery. Head out of the city if you like the sound of a full day visiting an estancia (ranch), with a traditional lunch, folk music and the chance to just relax in the grounds or enjoy a leisurely cycle ride. This is the life!

Accommodation

Hostel included

Meals

Breakfast (x2) and lunch (x1) included

Optional Activities

Estancia 'Dia de Campo' with lunch & music US$85-120
Local Winery & traditional meat house tour US$38-60

Aires is a stunning city and often a Trekker's favourite, and with four nights here there'll be loads of time to explore the different neighbourhoods. There are lots of options on offer and your hostel is right in the middle of it all, within walking distance of many of the city's highlights and transport links. There really isn't any excuse for you not to get out and explore! Across the Plaza de Mayo you'll find the Cabildo (old town hall), Palacio Municipal (City Hall) and cathedral, or stop by the balcony of the Casa Rosada (Pink Palace or presidential palace) made famous by Eva Peron and where Madonna sang `Don't Cry for me Argentina' in the film Evita. See the famous Recoleta Cemetery, almost like an enclosed city of its own, where Eva Peron and many other rich and famous Argentines are buried. Be sure to visit La Boca for its colourful buildings and culture, and the nearby bohemian area of San Telmo for the fascinating antique market held every Sunday. It's worth checking out a foot-stomping tango show when you're in town or a football game to see true Argentinian passion! You'll definitely want to visit an asado (BBQ) for one of the best steaks you're ever likely to eat! Then when the sun goes down you'll find that Buenos Aires' nightlife will keep you out until the small hours.

Accommodation

Hostel included

Meals

Breakfast (x4) and lunch (x1) included

Optional Activities

City tour US$20
Tango show & dinner US$90
Explore artistic neighbourhoods $FREE
Football match with transfers & guide US$80
Hop on/hop off bus US$20
Tigre Delta day trip US$22

Take in the scenery or catch a few zzz's after a big night in Buenos Aires as you have a long drive today.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

To truly appreciate how epic the Iguazu Falls are, you have to witness them from both the Argentinian and Brazilian side, so naturally we've included both! Get your first view with a stroll through rainforests and along boardwalks directly above the falls, and gaze down at the famous Garganta del Diablo (`Devil's Throat'), where fourteen waterfalls drop with such force that there's always a massive cloud of spray overhead. For a totally different perspective, take a zodiac boat ride up the river and under the falls. Tonight, visit some of the town's bars and clubs close to your hostel. Eco Tourism Tax: the Argentinian government has introduced an Eco Tourism Tax of ARG20pp (approx. US$2) to be paid on arrival when visiting the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls.

Accommodation

Hostel included

Meals

Breakfast and lunch included

Optional Activities

Jungle 4WD and boat trip US$12-60
Light and sound show US$17

Cross the border to the little Brazilian town of Foz do Iguacu (Iguazu Falls), where 275 separate waterfalls cascade over a 2.5 km wide cliff face. Visiting the falls from the Brazilian side gives you amazing panoramic views of the waterfalls on the Argentine side too. For a bird's-eye view over the entire falls, you can opt for a stunning scenic helicopter ride. For something a little different, there's an excellent bird park nearby and you can visit the world's largest hydroelectric dam at Itaipu and learn about the environmental planning behind the project.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

Breakfast (x2), lunch (x1) and dinner (x2) included

Optional Activities

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

You hit the road making your way north through the very heart of the continent towards Bonito. It's a long drive and you'll stop for one night en route to break up the journey. Sit back and enjoy those views!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Dive in to the aquatic playground of Bonito, known for the blue hues of its incredibly clear rivers and cave lakes. Walk through lush rainforest to beautiful waterfalls or why not swim or snorkel with the fishes.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

Breakfast (x2), lunch (x2) and dinner (x2) included

Optional Activities

Balneario do Sol swimming hole US$15
Full day Rio da Prata snorkelling tour with lunch US$75
Mimosa waterfalls tour with lunch US$38

Roll through Brazilian countryside as you make your way across Brazil towards Parati.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Parati was once a major port for the export of gold and coffee and is a beautifully preserved Portuguese colonial town, known for its historic centre of cobblestone streets, its backdrop of steep jungled mountains and coastline of secluded beaches. Choose to relax on a sailing schooner cruise around the bays, walk the gold trail or venture into the rainforest for an awesome hike!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

Breakfast (x2), lunch (x2) and dinner (x2) included

Optional Activities

Boat cruise US$40

You've arrived in Rio de Janeiro, one of the most beautiful cities in the world! In Portuguese colonial times Rio was the Brazilian capital and the main port for exporting gold and diamonds, and it's still sparkling today! Rio has so much to offer with famous landmarks including Sugarloaf Mountain and the famous `Cristo Redentor' (Christ the Redeemer) statue both offering great views over the city. You can't visit Rio without hitting the golden sandy beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon, for the perfect end to what's been the adventure of a lifetime.

Your tour finishes after breakfast on day 28 and you are free to fly out at any time today.

Please note: If your tour ends in Rio in time for Rio Carnival or New Year and you wish to stay on in the city after your tour, there is a minimum 4 night stay and you can book one of our extension packages.

Accommodation

1 night hotel included

Meals

Breakfast (x2) included
We offer a range of travel essentials with everything from additional hotel nights, travel insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place.

There is a local payment of US$650 which you will need to pay to your tour leader on the first day of your trip.

Our tours depart and finish at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.

 

LA PAZ - HOTEL SAGARNAGA

Calle Sagarnaga no. 326 - 328, Zona Rosario, La Paz

Located right in the heart of La PaZ within walking distance of downtown, this classic style hotel offers comfortable room with cable TV and free continental breakfast. The hotel also offers a restaurant and 24 hour front desk and tour desk service.

 

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £18 | US$23 | Eur21 | AU$34 | NZ$37
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

Airport transfers in La Paz can either by booked in advance with TrekAmerica or arranged locally on arrival.

Transfers booked in advance cost approximately US$30 per person. Please contact us for more information.

To arrange upon arrival, you will find a 24-hour taxi rank outside the airport. Look out for the metered white taxis waiting in a line outside the terminal. The cost of a taxi to our hotel will be approximately 50-80 bolivianos ($7-10). Taxi drivers do have a tendency to switch their lights off at night (to save the battery!) so if they do this, insist that they switch the lights back on. To get to the hotel, the taxis will have to drive through the sprawling city of El Alto, which can be an interesting experience. Make sure you lock the taxi doors, as theft can be a problem in La Paz and El Alto. The drive into the city however has spectacular views.

Our tours depart and finish at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.

 

RIO DE JANEIRO - HOTEL REGINA

R. Ferreira Viana 291, Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro FJ 22210-040, Brazil

With a great location in the Flamengo district, this classic style hotel offers flat screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and minibar in addition to an international restaurant, gym and sauna.

 

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £78 | US$98 | Eur93 | AU$146 | NZ$161
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

Airport transfers in Rio de Janeiro can either by booked in advance with TrekAmerica or arranged locally on arrival.

Transfers booked in advance cost approximately US$60 per person. Please contact us for more information.

To arrange upon arrival, taxis are available and we recommend you use the pre-pay taxi counters inside the terminal situated just outside the customs hall. You need to pay at the counter and will be given a voucher which you can present to the driver (do not pay the driver directly). It takes approximately 45 minutes to get to the city centre depending on traffic and a taxi will cost approximately US$20.

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At TrekAmerica we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday. That's why we recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. TrekAmerica can offer you comprehensive travel insurance which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed we do.

If you do not take our policy, you must ensure that the policy you do take offers an equivalent level of protection and covers you for the activities involved - be aware that some policies do not include, or restrict, coverage for this type of travel. ​

See our insurance page or download our insurance tips pdf for more information.

There are loads of exciting optional activities available for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. A list of optional activities and approximate costs are shown at the end of each day by day itinerary descriptions above.

Your tour leader will arrange your chosen activities during the tour so no need to pre-book. You'll also pay for these locally so ensure you budget for the bucket list items!

As local weather conditions and seasonality can change not all optional activities may be available on your trip and prices can be subject to change.

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