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Road to Rio tour

Road to Rio

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Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic (2*)
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Sip zesty Chilean wines in Santiago
  • Get an adrenaline fix in Pucon
  • Sample handmade chocolates in Bariloche
  • Learn the tango in Buenos Aires
  • Walk along cobblestone streets in Colonia
  • Experience ranch life on a Uruguayan estancia
  • Visit the magnificent Foz do Iguazu
  • Get down to the samba sound in Rio de Janeiro

Short Description

Uncover the many faces of South America on this tour through the heart of the continent. Travelling through Chile, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil you'll soak up modern life in vibrant cities, chill out on remote tropical beaches, hike in stunning wilderness areas and see amazing natural wonders. Try delicious foods, dance to Latin beats and meet welcoming locals from buzzing Santiago, beautiful Buenos Aires and rambunctious Rio de Janeiro. With plenty of free time and a do-it-yourself approach, this adventure is the perfect way to see the very best of these four captivating countries.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
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Itinerary Focus N/A
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic (2*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions N/A
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Travel Theme

High Adventure

Destinations

Brazil Argentina Chile Uruguay

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Itinerary

Day 1-2 Santiago

Take a stroll through the pleasant Plaza de Armas to get a feel for local life in the Chilean capital. Browse the colourful Central Market for handicrafts, visit the Palacio de la Moneda or head out on an optional vineyard tour before boarding the overnight bus journey to Pucon.

Day 3-5 Pucon

Adrenaline junkies and thrillseekers will delight in the bundle of activities on offer in Pucon, Chile's adventure capital. Set out on a hike up the smouldering Volcán Villarrica, or get to mountain biking, whitewater rafting, hiking, climbing, horse riding - whatever gets your blood pumping!

Day 6-7 San Martin de los Andes

Journey over the Andes and into Argentina. Drop by the country's picturesque Lake District for excellent skiing or trekking possibilities, weather permitting.

Day 8-10 Bariloche

Savour the fine dining opportunities, artisan chocolate shops and quaint, chalet-style wooden architecture of Bariloche. With plenty of ski runs open during winter and stunning lakes sure to entice swimmers over summer, you could well be forgiven for thinking you were in Northern Italy.

Day 11-13 Buenos Aires

Fiery Latin passion, European elegance and superb cuisine combine to make Buenos Aires one of the world's most enthralling cities. Nibble on alfajores, wander San Telmo's cobblestone streets, talk football with Portenos in a cafe or get a history lesson at the quirky Museo Evita. The hippest spot in town is Palermo's Plaza Serrano, so why not head out in the evening for a tango with the locals. There are so many things to see and do in Buenos Aires, it's simply a matter of trying to fit them all in.

Day 14 Colonia Del Sacramento

Hop aboard a ferry across the tea-coloured Rio de la Plata to the Uruguayan port town of Colonia. Wander the town's quaint narrow streets, dine at a riverside restaurant and admire the homely mix of sandstone architecture at every twist and turn.

Day 15 Montevideo

Travel on to Uruguay's vibrant beachside capital, Montevideo. Hit the attractive beaches, park your posterior at one of the pretty plaza cafes or feast on sizzling plates of barbecued meats to sizzling sounds of live jazz beats at Mercado del Puerto.

Day 16-19 Estancia Stay

Sample something of the simpler life on a traditional estancia (ranch) homestay. Those prone to pondering a possible career change may like to test their mettle helping out with the daily farm chores, such as sheep herding or tending the garden. Otherwise just sit back on the veranda and chew the fat with your travel companions before being treated to some hearty Uruguayan home cooking.

Day 20-22 Foz do Iguazu

Venture out for a visit to Argentina's most breathtaking attraction, the mighty Iguazu Falls. Cross the wooden walkways to peer over the ledge at thousands of litres of water thundering down the Iguazu River. Wider than Victoria Falls, higher than Niagara Falls and covered in swathes of lush jungle, they're a truly awe-inspring spectacle to behold and explore.

Day 23-24 Paraty

Travel to paradisal Paraty for a spot of Brazilian-style rest and relaxation. Dawdle the wide cobblestone streets or head off along the network of jungle trails in search of waterfalls and wildlife.

Day 25-27 Ilha Grande

With a unique blend of tropical beaches and steamy rainforest, Ilha Grande is one of Brazil's most idyllic island getaways. Relax beachside with a caipirinha in hand, hike through the forests to Praia Lopes Mendes or don a mask and snorkel and enter an underwater wonderland.

Day 28-29 Rio de Janeiro

What better place to end this South American odyssey than in rowdy and rambunctious Rio de Janeiro. Sprawl on the sands of Copacabana, hike up Sugarloaf Mountain for stunning bay views and revel 'til you drop at the local bars and street parties that overwhelm this sensational city.

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Overnight bus (4 nts), Donde German Hotel or similar (3 nts), Estancia (3 nts), Pousada Cachoeira or similar (3 nts), Hotel Two or similar (3 nts), Tango Inn hotel or similar (2 nts), Rukalhue Hotel or similar (2 nts), Pousada Sonho Meu or similar (2 nts), Hotel Cassino or similar (2 nts), Ecohostel or similar (1 nt), Hotel Romi or similar (1 nt), Hotel Los Angeles or similar (1 nt), Hotel Toledo or similar (1 nt)

Guides

All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.

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Style descriptions

Our Basix style trips are designed for travellers who want exceptional value, plenty of free time and having the flexibility to choose where and how their time and money is spent. By working plenty of free time into the itineraries and keeping many of the activities optional, we aim to make travel possible for those on even the most slender of budgets. After all, why pay for an activity or excursion you wouldn’t otherwise be interested in? Or a level of comfort you don’t require? As a wise person probably once said, a bed's just a bed when there's exploring to be done.

Physical Requirements

This trip will raise your heartbeat. Moderate physical activities are included and a good level of fitness is required.

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8 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners

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