Epic Bolivia to Brazil

From La Paz to Rio de Janeiro

Visiting: La Paz, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivian Altiplano, San Pedro de Atacama , San Pedro de Atacama, Salta, Salta , Buenos Aires, Foz do Iguazu, Foz do Iguacu, Rio de Janeiro


Tour Operator: Intrepid Travel

Physical rating: Medium

Special diets catered: Vegetarians

Group size: 1 - 16

Age range: 18-29 years

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

This trip is designed for those with a truly adventurous spirit! Snap trick photos at Bolivia's dream-like Uyuni Salt Flats, chase waterfalls at Iguaza Falls and stroll the streets of Buenos Aires. By the time you arrive at the sandy beaches of Rio, you’ll have experienced the major highlights and many surprises of this vast and wonderful continent.

Highlights

  • iconThe heaving, metropolis of Rio de Janeiro is a great way to end the trip. Party down with the locals and experience a culture at the beating heart of Brazil.
  • iconThe mighty Iguazu Falls straddles the border between Argentina and Brazil, and you’ll be able to see it from both sides.
  • iconEver dreamt of walking on water? Now’s your chance. Kind of. The sprawling salt lakes of Bolivia serve up some seriously mind-bending photo ops.
  • iconGet amongst the weird and wonderful in La Paz, from the strange brews of the witches’ market to the tasty treats of Mercado Lanza.

Itinerary

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icon Day 1: La Paz

Location: La Paz

Accommodation: Hotel

Welcome to La Paz, the quirky Altiplano city of your dreams. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. As La Paz is 3600 metres above sea level, please ensure you take the necessary measurements in regards to altitude sickness (refer to ‘Is This Trip Right For You?’ and ‘Health’ sections for important information).

Optional Activities:
-La Paz - Guided City Tour

icon Day 2: La Paz

Location: La Paz

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Your second day in La Paz is free to explore after a brief guided walk with your leader. The city is renowned for its markets, especially the Mercado de Hechiceria (Witches' Market), which sells potions, incantations, stones and artefacts. Ask a local about their significance – most people are happy to explain. Perhaps visit the Coca Museum, which isn’t too far from your hotel in the Rosario district. You might like to take part in one of our Urban Adventure day trips, such as the Food With Altitude or To 3600 Metres, and Beyond tours. Late in the afternoon, leave La Paz on an overnight bus to Uyuni (approximately 11-12 hours). There are comfortable recliner seats on the bus, but it can be cold on-board so it’s important to bring warm clothing and wear base layers. There’s usually a toilet on the bus and the driver will also make a couple of stops along the way.

Included Activities:
-La Paz - Orientation Walk

Optional Activities:
-La Paz - Chacaltaya & Moon Valley Tour
-La Paz - Tiawanaku tour
-La Paz - City Tour & Moon Valley
-La Paz - Food With Altitude Urban Adventure
-La Paz - To 3,600 Metres, and Beyond Urban Adventure
-La Paz - Visit to the 'Witches Market' - Free
-La Paz - Coca Museum

icon Day 3: Salar de Uyuni

Location: Salar de Uyuni

Accommodation: Dormitory

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Arrive in Uyuni Town. This remote town sits on the edge of the high Altiplano, a wilderness area extending for hundreds of kilometres towards the border with Argentina and Chile. The area is notorious for being extremely cold, so it’s important to pack warm clothing and base layers. Upon arrival to Uyuni (early morning) venture out on a three-day 4WD excursion. Be prepared for a busy few days ahead. The first stop will be at a rusty Train Cemetery before you continue on to Salar de Uyuni – the world’s largest salt flats. While this may be a typical stop for many travellers, it’s also often a highlight. Make the most of your time on the salt flats taking lots of photos and explore Inka Wasi Isla, which is a rocky island covered in cacti and coral-like structures.

Included Activities:
-Uyuni - Salt flats tour
-Salt flats - Visit to 'Fish Island/Inca Wasi'
-Uyuni - Orientation Walk
-Uyuni - Colchani Salt Factory Visit
-Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve - Altiplano tour including Laguna Colorada & Laguna Verde

icon Day 4: Bolivian Altiplano

Location: Bolivian Altiplano

Accommodation: Dormitory

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Today will be spent driving through the spectacular landscape of the Andean (Atacama) Desert, which is sprinkled with volcanoes and lakes. During this drive you’ll reach an altitude of approximately 4900 metres above sea level, so it’s important to revisit the notes on altitude sickness (please see the ‘Is This Trip Right For You?’ and ‘Health’ sections of the trip notes). Stop by the red lake of Laguna Colorada, where you’ll be able to spot wildlife such llamas, flamingos, viscachas and foxes feasting in the nutrient-rich waters.

icon Day 5: San Pedro de Atacama

Location: San Pedro de Atacama

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

This morning stop by the desert’s natural thermal baths for a soak and then head to the Bolivia/Chile border, where the Bolivian part of your trip comes to an end. Pass by geysers, salt flats and snow-capped volcanoes on your way to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile. As a small oasis town, San Pedro is surrounded by extraordinary scenery. Use your free time to wander around, perhaps checking out the quaint Church of San Pedro de Atacama or the town’s central plaza.

icon Day 6: San Pedro de Atacama

Location: San Pedro de Atacama

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Use today to get under the skin of this burgeoning tourist destination. San Pedro’s cafe and restaurant scene has grown considerably over the last couple of years. With a mix of Chilean, French and Italian influences, you’ll be sure to find a great spot for lunch and dinner. Perhaps head out on an optional tour to the Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna) or join an astronomical tour once the stars come out, just chat to your leader for details.

Optional Activities:
-Sandboarding
-San Pedro de Atacama - Bike Rental
-San Pedro de Atacama - Astronomic Tour
-San Pedro de Atacama - Moon Valley

icon Day 7: Salta

Location: Salta

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Today will be a long day of travel (approximately 12 hours), as you leave San Pedro and head for Salta, Argentina. Salta's rich history, colonial architecture, friendly locals and surrounding natural attractions make it one Argentina's main attractions.

icon Day 8: Salta

Location: Salta

Accommodation: Overnight Bus

Meals: breaksfast

Today is a free day to explore Salta and its attractions. If you’re after something active, hike up the 1070 steps to the summit of Cerro San Bernardo; the mountain that looms over Salta. You can take a gondola (cable car) to the top if you’d prefer. Either way, the view from the top is magnificent.

Included Activities:
-Salta - Orientation walk

Optional Activities:
-Salta - Cerro San Bernardo Chairlift
-Salta - Archaeological Museum

icon Day 9: Salta

Location: Salta

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

After a free morning in Salta, take an included flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires. On arrival, perhaps explore the cobblestone streets of San Telmo and browse its antiques markets, then continue to the Plaza de Mayo to see the presidential palace of the Casa Rosada. In the evening, you might like to enjoy a tango show, a football match or a steak and glass of Malbec in one of the city’s fashionable restaurants.

icon Day 10-11: Buenos Aires

Location: Buenos Aires

Accommodation: Hotel

The next two days are free to explore Buenos Aires. Join the tourists and walk among the tombs at the La Recoleta Cemetery, the final resting place of Eva Peron. There are also some great museums to check out in the Recoleta district. Visit the neighbourhood of La Boca, home to the colourful Caminito artists’ street and world-renowned soccer team, Boca Juniors. Perhaps take part in an Urban Adventure centred on the city’s love of food, such as the Malbec Trail of Palermo or the Gourmet Buenos Aires Food tour (contact us for more information). If you need to rest your feet, settle down at one of the many street side cafes to watch the world go by with the locals.

Optional Activities:
-Buenos Aires - Gourmet Buenos Aires Food Urban Adventure
-DISCONTINUED Buenos Aires - Tango, Tango, Tango! Urban Adventures
-Buenos Aires - Malbec Trail of Palermo Urban Adventure
-Buenos Aires - Polo day

icon Day 12: Buenos Aires

Location: Buenos Aires

Accommodation: Hotel

Bienvenidos. Welcome to Argentina. Your adventure begins with an orientation walk around Buenos Aires’ Microcentro district at 1 pm. Your leader will be waiting in the lobby of your joining point hotel. Pass by historic buildings along the Avenida de Mayo, including the Casa Rosada (Argentina's government house) and the Obelisk.. In the evening, attend a group welcome meeting at 6 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. We'll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so ensure you bring these details to provide to your leader. If you're going to be late, please inform hotel reception. Head out tonight and be swept away by the dance of love at an optional tango show.

Included Activities:
-Buenos Aires - Leader-led orientation walk

icon Day 13: Buenos Aires

Location: Buenos Aires

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Today is a free day in Buenos Aires. Join the tourists and walk among the mausoleums at the La Recoleta Cemetery, the final resting place of Eva Peron. There are also some great museums to check out in the Recoleta district. Visit the neighbourhood of La Boca, home to the colourful Caminito artists’ street and world-renowned soccer team, Boca Juniors. Perhaps take part in an Urban Adventure centred on the city’s love of food, such as the Malbec Trail of Palermo or the Gourmet Buenos Aires Food tour (contact us for more information). If you need to rest your feet, settle down at one of the many street side cafes to watch the world go by with the locals. In the evening you'll be taking an overnight bus to Foz do Iguazu.

Optional Activities:
-Buenos Aires - Malbec Trail of Palermo Urban Adventure
-Buenos Aires - Gourmet Buenos Aires Food Urban Adventure
-Buenos Aires - Polo day

icon Day 14: Foz do Iguazu

Location: Foz do Iguazu

Accommodation: Hotel

As soon as you arrive at Puerto Iguazu bus station this morning, take a minivan across the border into Brazil and continue onto your hotel in Foz do Iguacu. Depending on traffic, this should take about an hour. Close to the borders with Argentina and Paraguay, Foz do Iguacu is Brazil's gateway to the famous Iguazu Falls. Uppon arrival If hotel rooms are ready you will be able to check in before heading out to explore the Brazilian side of the falls. Soon after take a short transfer to the falls. From here, panoramic views can be enjoyed. For unforgettable views, take an optional helicopter flight over the falls (at your own expense). Depending on time, you can also visit the local bird park while you’re here.

Included Activities:
-Iguazu Falls - Tour of the Brazilian side of the falls

Optional Activities:
-Iguazu Falls - Helicopter ride
-Iguazu Falls - Bird Park entrance

icon Day 15: Foz do Iguacu

Location: Foz do Iguacu

Accommodation: Hotel

Travel back into Argentina today to visit the falls. Following a series of boardwalks, it’s possible to get so enough to the thundering waters that you can almost touch them. At over 2 kilometres long, Iguazu Falls are actually a series of cataracts (not the kind your grandpa has). There are over 270 falls in total, with some reaching up to 80 metres in height. For a more exhilarating experience, take an optional Zodiac boat ride to the base of the falls and feel the water in your skin! In the afternoon return to Foz do Iguacu, where you’ll spend a second night.

Included Activities:
-Iguazu Falls - Tour of the Argentinian side of the falls

Optional Activities:
-Iguazu Falls - Guarani community visit
-Iguazu Falls - Zodiac ride up to the falls

icon Day 16: Rio de Janeiro

Location: Rio de Janeiro

Accommodation: Hotel

Today you'll take an included flight to Rio de Janeiro. Upon arrival your leader will take you on an orientation walk so you can get acquainted with this vibrant city.

Optional Activities:
-Rio de Janeiro - Botanical Gardens
-Rio de Janeiro - Sugarloaf Mountain (entrance fee)

icon Day 17: Rio de Janeiro

Location: Rio de Janeiro

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Today is a free day in Rio. People-watch on Copacabana or Ipanema beach, take a tour of the city, or if the time of year is right, check out a soccer game at the famous Maracana Stadium. You might like to take the tramcar up to the hillside neighbourhood of Santa Teresa or head up Corcovado Mountain, where you’ll find sweeping views over Rio from the foot of the Christ the Redeemer statue. Taking part in one of our Urban Adventure day tours, such as the Total Rio Tour, the Santa Teresa Discovery or the Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer Statue tour are also great ways to see this exciting city. As evening approaches, perhaps take the cable car up to Sugarloaf Mountain to watch the sunset before partying in the samba clubs of Lapa. ILHA GRANDE OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Please note from October 2018 onward this activity will only run on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. If you wish to do this activity and your tour does not finish on one of these days you may need to book additional accommodation to allow for this activity. Pick up time for this activity is between 6am and 7:30am and does not return to Rio until approximately 8:30pm.

Optional Activities:
-Rio de Janeiro - Total Rio Tour Combo 1: Santa Teresa, Corcovado, Christ & Copacobana
-Rio de Janeiro - Santa Teresa Discovery Urban Adventure
-Rio de Janeiro - Football game tickets from
-Rio de Janeiro - Christ the Redeemer lookout
-Rio de Janeiro - Beaches, Views & Bays Bike Tour Urban Adventure
-Carnaval Experience (transfer not included)
-Ilha Grande - Day trip

icon Day 18: Rio de Janeiro

Location: Rio de Janeiro

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Today your South American adventure comes to an end. There are no activities planned and you’re able to depart the accommodation at any time following check-out.

Optional Activities:
-Rio de Janeiro - Carnival rehearsal (June to Carnival only)

What's Included

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    Accommodation

    Dormitory (2 nights), Hotel (13) nights), Overnight bus (2 nights)

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    Meals

    13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

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    Uyuni - Salt flats tour

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    Iguazu Falls - Tour of the Argentinian side of the falls

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    Salta - Orientation walk

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    Iguazu Falls - Entrance & tour of the Argentinian side of the falls

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    Buenos Aires - Leader-led orientation walk

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    Iguazu Falls - Entrance & tour of the Brazilian side of the falls

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    Salt flats - Visit to 'Fish Island/Inca Wasi'

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    Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve - Altiplano tour including Laguna Colorada & Laguna Verde

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    Iguazu Falls - Tour of the Brazilian side of the falls

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    Buenos Aires - Orientation walk

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    La Paz - Orientation Walk

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    Uyuni - Colchani Salt Factory Visit

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    Uyuni - Orientation Walk

Included Activities

  • La Paz - Orientation Walk
  • Uyuni - Salt flats tour
  • Salt flats - Visit to 'Fish Island/Inca Wasi'
  • Uyuni - Orientation Walk
  • Uyuni - Colchani Salt Factory Visit
  • Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve - Altiplano tour including Laguna Colorada & Laguna Verde
  • Salta - Orientation walk
  • Buenos Aires - Orientation walk
  • Iguazu Falls - Entrance & tour of the Brazilian side of the falls
  • Iguazu Falls - Entrance & tour of the Argentinian side of the falls

Transport

  • 4x4 , Bus , Overnight bus , Plane , Taxi , Van

Accommodation

  • Dormitory (2 nights), Hotel (13) nights), Overnight bus (2 nights)
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