Atlantic to the Andes Experience

Atlantic to the Andes Experience


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Explore the favela with a local resident, Stand in awe of Iguassu Falls, search for wildlife in the Brazilian Pantanal, encounter colonial cities and historic cultures in Bolivia, explore the Salar de Uyuni by 4x4

Dense rainforests, the towering peaks of the Andes, the seemingly endless and reflective salt flats — when we say the range of scenery on this 25-day tour is dizzying we're not embellishing. Begin in Rio de Janeiro and head west where Iguassu Falls and an array of active activities you can do on your own during free time. Discover the wildlife of the Pantanal wetlands and climb aboard some local buses to see how to get from point A to B South American style. It's not just where you stop that matters, it's how many life-changing moments you'll have along the way.

Day 1: Rio de Janeiro
Arrive at any time.
Activity: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards.
Accommodation: Royalty Rio Hotel (or similar)

Day 2: Rio de Janeiro
In the morning, explore the favela with a local resident on a G Adventures-supported tour to watch a drumming demonstration, get a Capoeira lesson, and sample craft beers with a new perspective of the city. Enjoy a free afternoon to discover all that Rio has to offer.
Activity: Explore dynamic communities and support social enterprises on a tour led by residents of the Vidigal favela. Participate in a Capoeira session, visit an innovative community green space, sample artisanal beer made in the favela, and purchase unique handicrafts. With support from G Adventures, entrepreneurial organizations and members of the community are connected with people, ideas, and resources from around the world to grow their businesses.
Free Time: Enjoy the vibrant city.
Accommodation: Royalty Rio Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 3: Rio de Janeiro/Ilha Grande
Take a bus and ferry to Ilha Grande. Enjoy free time to explore this picturesque, laid-back island, opt to go on a hike to a nearby swimming hole or explore the many beaches.
Free Time: Explore this piece of paradise any way you wish.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Transport: Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
Accommodation: Bugio Wbr/eakfast (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 4: Ilha Grande
Ilha Grande is a car-free island surrounded by beautiful nature. Opt to go for a hike, swim, or sit at one of the beach bars.
Free Time: Get out and make the most of your time here.
Accommodation: Bugio Wbr/eakfast (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 5: Ilha Grande/Paraty
Travel up the coast to Paraty and wander the cobblestoned streets of this beautiful colonial town.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Transport: Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
Free Time: Get out and explore.
Accommodation: Refron du Mar Pousada Paraty (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6: Paraty
Enjoy a free day to explore Paraty. Optional activities include a Caipirinha boat trip, kayaking and horseback riding.
Free Time: Don't waste a minute—get exploring!
Accommodation: Refron du Mar Pousada Paraty (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7: Paraty
Continue to enjoy the slow pace of Paraty, a colonial town with fantastic architecture, or opt to take a day trip to Trindade to surf and relax on the beach.
Free Time: Get out and enjoy the beach life.
Accommodation: Refron du Mar Pousada Paraty (or similar)

Day 8: Paraty/Iguaçu Falls
Take a flight to the famous Iguassu Falls. Skip the 19 hour journey by land and hop a flight to Iguassu from São Paulo.
Transport: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
Transport: Climb aboard and make friends with your seatmate en route to the next stop.
Accommodation: Hotel Del Rey (or similar)

Day 9: Iguaçu Falls
Experience Iguassu in Argentina by exploring trails and catwalks. Opt to take a boat tour to view the falls from below.
Activity: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Activity: Spend the whole day on the Argentine side of Iguassu, exploring the paths over the falls or experience the UNESCO World Heritage site from a boat tour. Tours utilize trails and catwalks adapted to the landscape of the area, and walking is easy for all ages; guided tours of the complex are available several times a day.
Activity: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Accommodation: Hotel Del Rey (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 10: Iguaçu Falls/Bonito
In the morning, visit the Brazilian side of the falls to get the best panoramic view. Later, embark on the long travel journey to Bonito.
Activity: Visit the Brazil side of the falls to get a panoramic view of Iguaçu, one of the world's largest and most impressive waterfalls. In total, there are over 275 individual falls spread out over 3km (2 mi). Find the best spot to take jaw-dropping photos of this UNESCO World Heritage site.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Accommodation: Muito Bonito (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 11: Bonito
Spend time in Bonito with optional activities available like snorkelling in the rivers or exploring the nearby caves and waterfalls.
Free Time: Explore the depths of the underwater caves or take a dip in a nearby waterfall.
Accommodation: Muito Bonito (or similar)

Day 12: Bonito/Pantanal
Journey into the Pantanal, a perfect place to experience the wildlife of Brazil. Enjoy a 2-day excursion into the wetlands with a local guide.
Transport: Climb aboard and make friends with your seatmate en route to the next stop.
Activity: The Pantanal, a largely flat, wetland area about half the size of France, is still one of the best places on the continent for observing wildlife. The area is rich in bird life, including beautiful and colourful macaws and Jabiru storks. With luck and appropriate weather you may spot capivara (capybara), howler monkeys, caiman, giant river otters, anacondas, and anteaters.
Accommodation: Hammocks - Pousada Santa Clara (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 13: Pantanal
Full day of exploring the Pantanal. Try piranha fishing or horseback riding. Opportunities to spot wildlife such as monkeys, macaws, giant otters and caiman.
Activity: The Pantanal, a largely flat, wetland area about half the size of France, is still one of the best places on the continent for observing wildlife. The area is rich in bird life, including beautiful and colourful macaws and Jabiru storks. With luck and appropriate weather you may spot capivara (capybara), howler monkeys, caiman, giant river otters, anacondas, and anteaters.
Accommodation: Hammocks - Pousada Santa Clara (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 14: Pantanal/Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Leave the Pantanal and head for the border. Board an overnight bus to Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
Activity: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Transport: Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 15: Santa Cruz de la Sierra/La Paz
Hop on a flight to Bolivia's colonial gem, Sucre. Enjoy a few days in the city to recover from the journey from Brazil, opt to go hiking or take it easy.
Free Time: Do as much or as little as you'd like!
Transport: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

Day 16: Sucre
Spend a few days exploring all that Sucre has to offer.
Free Time: Do as much or as little as you'd like!
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 17: Sucre
Enjoy free time to explore all that Sucre has to offer.
Free Time: With tons to see and do in the "White City", get going.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 18: Sucre
Enjoy free time to explore all that Sucre has to offer.
Free Time: With tons to see and do in the "White City", get going.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 19: Sucre/Potosí
Journey from Sucre to Potosí. Spend the afternoon exploring the city.
Free Time: Explore the markets and the city, or opt to visit a silver mine.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 20: Potosí/Uyuni
Head south to Uyuni, the starting point for the salt flats excursion.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 21: Uyuni/Salt Flats
Enjoy a 3-day 4x4 excursion to the Salar de Uyuni and surrounding desert altiplano, with spectacular scenery. Last stop for the evening is a G Adventures-supported community lodge in a traditional agricultural village in the heart of a desert oasis.
Transport: Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.
Activity: Spend three days in the stunning landscape between the Salar de Uyuni and the Atacama Desert in Chile. Enter a world unlike anything else as we drive across the salt flats; the piercing blue sky contrasts against the blinding white of the flat salt beds. Take memorable photos of the unusual landscape complete with mountains and active volcanoes. Visit the red lagoon of Laguna Colorada and enjoy the uniqueness of this region.
Activity: Visit the Santiago de Agencha community, located two hours across the salt flats from Uyuni, a rural village surrounded by towering cacti and part of a small desert oasis. The community-owned salt lodge was renovated and expanded through a major project in 2016 funded by G Adventures' foundation, Planeterra. With many of the village's younger residences fleeing for economic opportunities, this lodge is seen by the community as a way to rescue their indigenous culture and provide opportunities for the future. Learn about their traditional agricultural practices, including their specialization in quinoa production, and take a guided walk with a community member to the sacred Jukil mountaintop for a beautiful view of the village below and the salt flats beyond. Meals of local ingredients grown in the village are prepared by ladies who were provided culinary training through the project. Leave Jukil Community Lodge knowing your visit is creating opportunities for a whole new generation of people in this community to improve their lives, and the lives of their children and grandchildren.
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 22: Salt Flats
Continue to discover the Salar de Uyuni on a 4x4 excursion.
Activity: Spend three days in the stunning landscape between the Salar de Uyuni and the Atacama Desert in Chile. Enter a world unlike anything else as we drive across the salt flats; the piercing blue sky contrasts against the blinding white of the flat salt beds. Take memorable photos of the unusual landscape complete with mountains and active volcanoes. Visit the red lagoon of Laguna Colorada and enjoy the uniqueness of this region.
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 23: Salt Flats/Uyuni
Enjoy a final day of exploring the Salar de Uyuni before boarding an overnight bus back to La Paz .
Activity: Spend three days in the stunning landscape between the Salar de Uyuni and the Atacama Desert in Chile. Enter a world unlike anything else as we drive across the salt flats; the piercing blue sky contrasts against the blinding white of the flat salt beds. Take memorable photos of the unusual landscape complete with mountains and active volcanoes. Visit the red lagoon of Laguna Colorada and enjoy the uniqueness of this region.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 24: La Paz
Enjoy a free day in the capital, walk along the winding streets, shop in the markets and enjoy the nightlife. For the thrill seekers opt to bike the famous "death road".
Free Time: Get out and explore the markets and ruins of this fantastic city.

Day 25: La Paz
Depart at any time.
Meal(s): Breakfast

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Inclusions

Meals Included
19 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport
Public bus, plane, 4x4 vehicle, walking.

Inclusions
Your G for Good Moment: Favela Experience, Rio de Janeiro Your G for Good Moment: Jukil Community Experience & Lodge, Santiago de Agencha Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Ilha Grande Your Discover Moment: Paraty Your Discover Moment: Bonito Your Discover Moment: Sucre. Iguassu Falls visit (Brazil and Argentina). Pantanal wildlife excursion (2 days). 4x4 excursion to Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats) (3 days). Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Accommodations

Hotels (17 nts), overnight bus (3 nts), basic hotels on Salar de Uyuni excursion (2 nts, multi-share), multi-share tented room with hammocks in the Pantanal (2 nts).

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