Rio to Buenos Aires holiday

“This 19-day overland adventure takes you between two of South America’s most compelling cities in a purpose built truck, winding between natural and cultural wonders.”


Buenos Aires | Yapeyú | Iguazú Falls |Itaipu Dam | Bonito | Southern Pantanal | Brotas | Paraty | Rio de Janeiro

Description of Rio to Buenos Aires holiday

From the sophisticated tango clubs of Buenos Aires to the wilderness of the Pantanal wetlands, this thrilling overland tour takes in the best of Argentina and Brazil with plenty of flexibility factored in for passengers to pursue their own interests – whether that’s tango or toucans. Ease yourself into South America in Buenos Aires, a heavily European-influenced city packed with street art, food tours and wine tasting classes. Continuing north into Brazil, wild camping on the way, you’ll reach the mighty Iguazú Falls – which you’ll explore on foot and by boat, from the Brazilian and Argentinean sides, making the most of this spectacular natural wonder.

More eco adventures are to be had in Bonito – Brazil’s beautiful ecotourism capital, with caves, swimming holes and river snorkelling, and in the Southern Pantanal, where river cruises take you past caiman, capybaras and – if you’re very lucky – jaguars. Head back to the coast and the gorgeous colonial town of Paraty, long a favourite with artists and bohemians, and a great departure point for the Atlantic coast – which can be explored on paddle boards, sea kayaks, hiking trails and scuba diving tours. The grand finale is Rio de Janeiro, with infinite possibilities for exploration – food, nightlife, samba shows, Sugarloaf Mountain and favela tours all optional activities with a central hotel as your base.

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Holiday type

Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are travelling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travellers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travellers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is one of our Basix trips, designed specifically for budget travellers who still want the security of group travel without lots of added inclusions. These trips don't have many included activities and meals are rarely included in the price, giving you the opportunity to search out local restaurants and sample regional specialities to your heart's content. The amount of free time in these itineraries means that the Basix trips often appeal to younger travellers looking to explore independently and tailor the trip to your own interests. You often won't spend too many days in any one place and you'll pack lots of different locations into your holiday.

As you might expect, accommodation on a Basix trip will be fairly basic! We'll stay in 1-2 star accommodation, often including homestays and there may be nights where the group stays somewhere multi-share / in a dormitory-style. Most accommodation however will be twin share; with solo travellers automatically roomed with a fellow group member of the same sex, this means that there are no single supplements on Basix trips.

On camping trips you will be expected to help out around the camp; putting up and taking down your own tent, helping with meals and other camp duties. We often find the nights where we are without a few creature comforts are those that are most amazing; wild bush camping in Serengeti anyone?! We'll use local transport where ever possible which is a great way of seeing the country and meeting locals as we travel.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your holiday package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Rio to Buenos Aires holiday

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


We just can't get enough of the Amazon, not only as a jaw-dropping travel destination but also as a global treasure and this trip will help to ensure that the incredibly Amazon Rainforest is here for us to enjoy for generations to come! Our Amazon Fund will help support on the ground projects by the foundation's long time partners Greenpeace and WWF. By booking your Latin American adventure with us you're helping us work towards a sustainable future for the Amazon.

This trip gives you plenty of opportunities to get to know the culture and vibrant history of Latin America. There are numerous chances for local interaction as we cover so much ground using all means of public transport. You’ll be surprised how much you can learn from a friendly local who strikes up a conversation during your journey.

Your leader and the occasional local guide will be able to direct you to many local eateries throughout the trip, helping you discover real local fare at real local prices (and probably helping you learn some Spanish at the same time). All travellers are encouraged to explore with the group and on their own, learn a few words of the language and interact with the locals as much as possible.

Local guides are employed to help explain as much as possible about the cultural differences and the historically significant places that we visit. This also allows us to appreciate the importance of preserving and respecting these sites and to help us minimise the impact of our visits.

There are plenty of opportunities to support local merchants in the markets and stalls that we pass along the way. We can purchase traditional handicrafts from local artisans and learn more about the importance of preserving these crafts.

2 Reviews of Rio to Buenos Aires holiday

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 03 Dec 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

We particularly enjoyed the ranch stay and the Iguazu falls. Buenos Aires was also a fantastic city.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

If you don’t know any Spanish or Portuguese, make sure you take a phrase book. Also, a small point but you tend to get your feet wet and so some decent walking sandal footwear that dries out quickly is a lot better than trainers. Take a travel pillow and MP3 player for the coach journeys too. A boat ride into Iguazu falls itself is fantastic, as is seeing a Tango Show in BA and going to a Samba club in Rio.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Pretty much.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Brilliant - 9.5 out of 10!

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Hiking for the day in Illha Grande and two dogs coming with us, walking for hours around Paraty, best pedicure ever in Salto.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Do more research, take more warm clothes as you can always buy t shirts, but try and buy a fleece!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes I do, as most money spent was to individuals rather than large companies, where we ate and slept etc.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Amazing, one of the best ever.

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