Buenos Aires to Rio Unplugged

From $1,800, 17 days, across Argentina, & Brazil Trip code: ARBR

  • Adventure 4 out of 5
  • Relaxation 3 out of 5
  • Culture 5 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Explore the barrios of Buenos Aires
  • Get lost in the backstreets of Colonia
  • Enjoy the laidback charms of Montevideo
  • Experience farm life during a Uruguayan estancia stay
  • See the Iguazu River crash into the Garganta do Diablo
  • Discover Brazil's most beautiful beaches
  • Party with the locals in Rio de Janeiro

Trip Summary

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Hit two of South America's most exciting cities, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro and discover their wild nightlife, friendly residents and cultural charm. On the way, explore bays filled with natural beauty, quaint villages with cobblestone streets and beachside getaways in idyllic surrounds. Be moved by the passion of the people, stand in awe at the might of Iguazu Falls and let your hips sway in time to the samba beat on this epic adventure from Argentina to Brazil.


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What will I be doing?

  • Buenos Aires to Colonia (Days 1 - 2)

  • Montevideo to Estancia Stay (Days 3 - 7)

  • Foz do Iguazu to Paraty (Days 8 - 12)

  • Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro (Days 13 - 17)

Buenos Aires to Colonia: Days 1 - 2

Next Leg

Destination info

Argentina is a South-American country with a great deal to offer. It provides a truly diverse range of attractions for visitors from high culture offered by the country’s museums, architecture and rich traditional art forms, to an energetic spectrum of activities including some of the best water and snow sports to be found in the world. A land of breath-taking beauty and dramatic vistas, Argentina offers the traveller an experience like no other.

  • Location: Argentina

Day 1 Buenos Aires
Discover the barrios (neighbourhoods) of Buenos Aires, such as colourful La Boca or the bohemian San Telmo, with its atmospheric plaza, dusty antique stores and moody cafes.

 

Day 2 Colonia
Take a ferry across the tea-coloured Rio de la Plata to the Uruguayan port town of Colonia. Stroll quirky narrow streets, dine at a riverside restaurant or admire the mix of sandstone architecture.

Montevideo to Estancia Stay: Days 3 - 7

Next Leg

Destination info

Uruguay is dwarfed by its neighbours, Argentina and Brazil yet they all share at least one thing in common and that is their overwhelming love of football! Small but perfectly formed is great way to describe this country with mountainous scenery, fantastic beaches, friendly locals and a wealth of culture; there is plenty to keep you entertained!

  • Location: Uruguay

Day 3 Montevideo
Head to Montevideo, Uruguay's capital. Why not visit the Mercado del Puerto to feast on sizzling plates of barbecued meat and listen to local music?

 

Days 4-7 Estancia Stay
Things are simple down on the estancia (ranch). You may help out with farm chores, herd sheep or work in the garden. At the end of each day, get together and share some hearty Uruguayan home cooking.

Foz do Iguazu to Paraty: Days 8 - 12

Next Leg

Destination info

Argentina is a South-American country with a great deal to offer. It provides a truly diverse range of attractions for visitors from high culture offered by the country’s museums, architecture and rich traditional art forms, to an energetic spectrum of activities including some of the best water and snow sports to be found in the world. A land of breath-taking beauty and dramatic vistas, Argentina offers the traveller an experience like no other.

 

Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, covering almost half of the continent. Brazil benefits from a diverse population and with a culture that revolves around eating, dancing and music. On the whole, the people are energetic and inviting and are sure to make you feel really welcome.

  • Location: Brazil and Argentina

Days 8-9 Foz do Iguazu
Take an optional day trip to explore Iguazu Falls. Cross the overhead bridges for spectacular views from both the Brazilian and Argentinean side of the falls.

 

Days 10-12 Paraty
In your free time, wander the cobblestone streets or explore the beaches, walking trails and waterfalls of the surrounding national parks.

Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro: Days 13 - 17

Destination info

Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, covering almost half of the continent. Brazil benefits from a diverse population and with a culture that revolves around eating, dancing and music. On the whole, the people are energetic and inviting and are sure to make you feel really welcome.

  • Location: Brazil

Days 13-15 Ilha Grande
With a unique blend of tropical beaches and steamy rainforest, Ilha Grande is a stunning place to retreat. On this island getaway, relax with a caipirinha in hand or hike through the forests to discover Praia Lopes Mendes, one of Brazil's most beautiful beaches.

 

Days 16-17 Rio de Janeiro
See some live music in bohemian Santa Teresa, relax in the lush Jardim Botanico or watch the sunset from Ipanema beach with a refreshing agua de coco (coconut water) in hand.

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What's included?

  • All accommodation
  • Some meals
  • Activities and entrance fees as stated in your itinerary
  • Services of tour leader throughout the trip
  • 24 hour emergency support

What's not included?

  • All flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Some meals
  • Airport transfers
  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature including spending money
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Optional activities and excursions

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum age 18 years. These trips can and do attract a variety of ages and customers will be of different nationalities too. It's all about having a passion for travel which is age-less!

 

Accommodation

Simple hotels (11 nts), estancia (3 nts), overnight coach (2 nts)


Accommodation on this trip is on a twin/multishare basis. Please note there may be times when you share a room with passengers travelling on different Intrepid trips than your own.


Some of the accommodation along the way is very basic, staying in local guesthouses and homestays with limited facilities. Some facilities are shared and some accommodation has cold water only. Multishare includes triple and quad rooms or even dorm rooms.

 

Meals

While travelling with us you will experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialties so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat generally not all meals are included in the trip price.


This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though.


Please check the 'meal inclusions' section of these notes for details of meals included.


Allow USD $300 for meals not included. 

 

Tour Operator

This tour is operated by Intrepid Travel.

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

 

 

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Buenos Aires to Rio Unplugged

Lisa Girvan - August 2014

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Fantastic trip, where new friends were made & countries explored!

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I loved every part of my trip from beginning to, sadly, the end! Our tour guide Pedro was fantastic & definitely made the whole trip more factual & enjoyable! Our trip to the ranch is something I will never forget!! I loved every second!!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Insect repellent for Brazil Visit Lopes Mendes beach in Ilha Grande Notify bank that you are travelling abroad - hard to withdraw money especially in Argentina & Uruguay with bank blocking use of card.

Would you travel with our company again?

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Would you recommend us?

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Buenos Aires to Rio Unplugged2014-08-12

Amy Boyle - August 2014

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Saw and did so many amazing things, best fun ever.

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The ranch stay and Paraty.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Check the weather and pack accordingly, learn some of the language, and make the most of every minute- remember you can sleep when you're home!

Would you travel with our company again?

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Would you recommend us?

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Buenos Aires to Rio Unplugged2014-08-12

Julie Dickin - November 2013

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A fab trip... would recommend to anyone!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The ranch stay, the amazing islands in Brazil and of course Rio!!

Would you travel with our company again?

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Would you recommend us?

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Carly Doyle - August 2013

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AMAZING sights, people, atmosphere, places and all-round experience!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Ranch Stay Rio De Janiero Iguassu Falls All of it really!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Bring lots of money! Be careful of card fraud in Brazil! Do both sides of the Iguassu Falls

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Buenos Aires to Rio Unplugged2013-08-02

Sam Ray - September 2012

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One of my favourite trips of all time - a great option for my first South America visit!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The Estancia stay was amazing! The family were so welcoming and the food was out of this world! It was great to experience life as a gaucho! Iguazu Falls is one of the most amazing sights I have ever seen - absolutely out of this world! Ilha Grande was a great place to relax and take in the stunning beaches.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Arrive a few days early and depart a few days after to have more time to explore Buenos Aires and Rio. They are both amazing cities!

Would you travel with our company again?

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Would you recommend us?

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