Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires: Waterfalls & White Sands

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Dance your way through the best of South America's colourful cities. Kick off your adventure in Rio where you're free to explore the party atmosphere or soak up rays. You'll enjoy time outdoors and on the beach at Ilha Grande and connect with the land at an estancia stay in Uruguay. Best of all, we'll fly over to Iguassu Falls for more time to explore the immense cascades. With accommodation and transport arranged by a CEO, this trip offers great value and is the perfect way to discover South America's unique vibe.


Day 1: Rio de Janeiro

Arrive at any time. Head to a “quiosque” along Copacabana beach with your fellow travellers. Get to know the group over some drinks then head out to experience Rio’s famous nightlife.

Enjoy your free time by taking an optional city tour or exploring the wonders that this city has to offer from the centrally located hostel in Copacabana.

Day 2: Rio de Janeiro

Wake up and explore a 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. The afternoon is yours to discover why Rio is called Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City).

Includes: Breakfast

Day 3: Rio de Janeiro/Ilha Grande

Continue up the coast today and hop aboard a ferry to where your island paradise awaits.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 4: Ilha Grande

The day is yours to explore Ilha Grande. Break a sweat hiking remote trails to experience jaw-dropping views, or choose to relax on a boat tour through turquoise waters to some of the island's most beautiful beaches to swim and snorkel.

Day 5: Ilha Grande/Paraty

You're off to Paraty today. Take some time to wander the cobblestone streets of this colonial hidden gem and check out a local cachaça distillery!

Day 6: Paraty

Do as much or as little as you want today. Go swimming, snorkelling, or explore the islands on a boat tour. Or, simply recharge your batteries by immersing yourself in the laidback vibes of Paraty.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 7: Paraty/Iguassu Falls

Skip a long bus ride and hop on a flight to Iguassu Falls.

Day 8: Iguassu Falls

Enjoy a full day excursion to the breathtaking Argentine side of the falls with your fellow travellers. Don't forget to take pictures as you wander along paths to experience the falls from each exhilarating vantage point. You can also take a boat tour to see the cascading falls from below.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 9: Iguassu Falls/Estancia

Today is full of possibilities with a free day to explore. Choose to visit the Brazilian side of the falls and experience unforgettable panoramic views. Reach new heights with the option to take a helicopter ride over the falls, or check out a bird park. Later, it's time to relax on an overnight bus to Uruguay.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 10: Estancia Stay

Dive into Uruguayan rural life known in the region as an estancia. Get dirty at a working ranch, enjoy a walk in the countryside, and indulge in local barbecues.

Includes: Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Estancia Stay

Live like a local today as you experience life on an Uruguayan ranch or explore the surrounding area.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Estancia Stay/Montevideo

Your journey continues in the morning as you travel to Montevideo. The afternoon is yours for the taking — so explore as you wish! You can wander through the colorful streets of old town searching for street art or visit an iconic soccer stadium that was host to the first World Cup. Hungry? Bring your appetite to Port Market where you will find an endless bounty of delicious meats. (And fruits and veggies, too.)

Includes: Breakfast

Day 13: Montevideo

Wake up ready to take on another day in Uruguay's capital. Hop on a bike and cruise down the Rambla, soaking up sun and gorgeous views from this coastline avenue. Take a day trip to glamorous Punta del Este to admire the upscale neighbourhoods and gardens. Or if you prefer to relax today, kick back and chill in the park like a local.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 14: Montevideo/Colonia

Venture to the charming city of Colonia del Sacramento. Immerse yourself in the laidback Uruguayan lifestyle by strolling down cobble-stoned streets on a brief orientation walk.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 15: Colonia/Buenos Aires

Hop aboard a ferry and cruise across the Río de la Plata to Buenos Aires, Argentina. This city is full of life and you'll want to experience as much of it as you can. Explore the districts of La Boca, Recoleta, and San Telmo — or catch a tango show then grab drinks in one of the many sidewalk cafes with your fellow travellers.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 16: Buenos Aires

Didn't have time to do everything yesterday? No worries — today's a new day for you to choose your own adventure.

Day 17: Buenos Aires

Depart at any time.

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