Summary of The Day: The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre tour accommodation. On arrival please ask at the reception for information on when the pre departure meeting will be held.
La Paz makes for a striking cityscape, with bare-brick houses and tall skyscrapers seemingly built on top of each other in front of a dramatic mountainous landscape in the background. Our hotel is very centrally located, close to the city's colorful indigenous street markets including the fascinating and suitably named witches market where women wearing flared skirts sell strange paraphernalia said to ward off evil spirits. The main square, Plaza Murillo, is also within walking distance and the Presidential Palace. La Paz is possibly the best place to experience a traditional pena show of Andean music and dance.
There are also many optional excursions available. You might like to visit the Moon Valley and Coroico.
- Meeting location: Hotel Sagarnaga, Calle Sagarnaga no. 326-328, Zona Rosario, La Paz. Please double-check your voucher for necessary details regarding accommodations of the days following. All hotels provided are of a 3 star standard.
- Hotel Sagarnaga or similar
Summary of The Day: From La Paz we will fly to Uyuni.
Summary of The Day: Today we will visit the largest salt flat in the world, the brilliant white vast Salar de Uyuni, which covers some 10,500 square kilometers and estimated to contain 10 billion tons of salt. A 4WD excursion takes us to a hotel made entirely of salt and then surrounds you with a world of white and blue. Fish Island (which is seasonal dependent) provides stunning views of the salt flat which prove quite otherworldly, as giant cacti and wandering llama punctuate the scene and provide perfect photo opportunities. The fantastic contrast of the brilliant blue sky (weather permitting of course) and the pure white of the salt flats will take your breath away.
Summary of The Day: We return to Uyuni for one more night.
- Occasionally in the rainy season the salt flats become overly flooded and we may have to alter the itinerary if the salt flats are not safe to traverse. In addition, the local transport timetable on this route changes frequently and this sometimes necessitates a small change to the itinerary. Your tour leader will advise as early as possible if this is likely to happen on your tour.
Summary of The Day: Travelling along scenic passes by public bus we come to the mining town of Potoi. The city was established by the Spanish in 1545 soon after the discovery of a rich vein of silver in a nearby hill, the Cerro Rico. It soon became the world's largest silver producer. In Spanish there is still a saying ‘valer un potosi’ (to be worth a fortune).
You have the option to visit the mines, stopping first at the miners market to buy gifts such as coca leaves, dynamite and cigarettes. We'll pass several of the shrines they have made to el Tio, who they hope will protect them while they are working in what they believe is the devil's territory. If you'd like to learn more of the historic silver industry you can take a tour of the Casa de Moneda, a museum exhibiting coins, artwork, mummies and many other interesting artifacts from Potosi's history.
Summary of The Day: A short journey along new roads brings us to Sucre, the official capital of Bolivia, where all buildings are painted white. Founded in 1538 it still has much of its colonial charm intact. The city is also famous for its warm and sunny climate. Don't miss a visit to the cathedral where you can see the jewel encrusted painting of Sucre's patron - the Virgin of Guadalupe. You have the option to visit the bustling Tarabuco market. Try some of the cooked meals in the food market if you want to sample some of the locally grown hot chilies!
Summary of The Day: We will continue our exploration of Sucre.
Summary of The Day: From Sucre we fly to Santa Cruz where we rest up for the night and enjoy some time for sightseeing, before boarding an overnight train to the Pantanal.
Santa Cruz is Bolivia's most populous city, and produces over a third of the country's gross domestic product. Alongside being a modern business center, Santa Cruz has managed to preserve much of its local traditions, culture and cuisine, and there are many interesting cultural institutions to visit, ranging from the Noel Kempff Mercado Natural History Museum to the Museum of Contemporary Art. The city's main square, Plaza 24 de Septiembre, is surrounded by attractive colonial-style buildings and is a nice place to enjoy a coffee and relax.
Summary of The Day: We will continue our exploration of Santa Cruz.
Santa Cruz - Pantanal
Summary of The Day: We take an overnight train to the Bolivian border town of Puerto Suarez before travelling by road for a short trip over the border to the Brazilian town of Corumba, a port city on the Rio Paraguay and the southern gateway to the Pantanal. We immediately transfer to the 4WD's that will take us in to the Pantanal Wetlands.
Summary of The Day: We enter the Pantanal National Park for sightseeing and a range of activities in this fantastic region. The area is a huge wetland in the center of South America and is truly a birdwatchers paradise, but the ecosystem is home to at least 3,500 species of plants, 650 species of birds, 400 species of fish, around 100 species of mammals, and 80 species of reptiles, with an estimated 10 million caimans alone. Giant river otters, anacondas, iguanas, jaguars, ocelots, cougars, crocodiles, marsh deer, armadillos, giant and lesser anteaters, black howler monkeys and zebu bulls are all known to inhabit the region.
We stay in the Miranda Province. Where three different ecosystems meet, the area surrounding the lodge contains many natural water springs. On nature walks, boat rides and 4WD excursions out in to the Pantanal, you might have the chance to see large land mammals like the maned wolf, giant anteater, pampas deer, white-lipped peccary, tapir, puma and more.
After arrival and check in we take a walk through the open land, marshy areas or dense forest, great for wildlife and bird watching before dinner.
Summary of The Day: You will spend the day exploring the Pantanal by safari, on foot and by boat to get the best overview of the different ecosystems the Pantanal has to offer. On our final day in the park, we will go fishing for our lunch or take another walk through the surrounding area.
- This is an example itinerary of your time in the Pantanal. The exact itinerary will be tailored by the English-speaking local guides depending on the arrival/departure time, time of year and weather forecast.
Rio de Janeiro
Summary of The Day: Next, we will travel to the fantastic Rio de Janeiro. A highlight for many would be to experience the majestic gaze of Christ the Redeemer at the top of Corcovado, the breath-taking panoramic views from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, and the vibrant colored tiles of the Selarón staircase. You can walk from the top of the staircase up to the quiet hill-top neighborhood of Santa Teresa, with many quaint cafes and shops lining the cobblestone streets.
In the city center, you can stroll around Rio's old colonial buildings and wander around the skyscrapers of the financial district. Alternatively, you may like to visit the Botanical Gardens, one of the world-famous beaches of Copacabana or Ipanema, or the beautiful Rodrigues de Freitas Lagoon. If you are in Rio de Janeiro around February/March, get ready for the world's biggest party, the Rio Carnival.
Rio de Janeiro
Summary of The Day: We will continue our exploration of Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro
Summary of The Day: We continue the exploration of Rio de Janeiro.
Summary of The Day: Following the stunning coastline north we come to colonial Paraty, an old pirate town with streets made of stone slabs.
You have an option to go on a full day boat cruise around the bay with plenty of time for swimming in the turquoise waters, sun-baking on the decks and eating a fresh seafood lunch washed down by a few cold beers. Other popular pastimes here are exploring the nearby beaches and perusing the local shops.
Summary of The Day: Our exploration of Paraty continues.
Foz do Iguazu
Summary of The Day: We fly over fertile farmlands to the Brazilian town of Foz do Iguazu, our base for visiting the famous Iguazu Falls - the most magnificent waterfalls in the world. Unlike most other waterfalls that have just one or two cataracts, at Iguazu Falls there are 275 cataracts in a magnificent 3 kilometer long U shape that we will visit from both the Brazil and Argentinean sides.
Foz do Iguacu
Summary of The Day: Visiting the Argentine side of the falls you can board a speed boat which will take you under the falls soaking you from head to toe, an optional adventure you'll never forget! On the Argentine side you'll also find the famous Devil's Throat where fourteen falls drop with such force that there is always a massive cloud of spray overhead.
Foz do Iguazu
Summary of The Day: today we will visit the Brazilian side of the falls, giving you a whole new perspective of it. Here you can see the falls by walking through the rainforest and along catwalks above and below the rushing water. You can also visit the world's largest hydroelectric dam at Itaipu (optional) where you can learn about the construction of this amazing structure and its role in the region. There is also a very interesting bird park nearby, perfect for that must-have photo!
Summary of The Day: We fly to the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, known as the Paris of South America due to its lovely green parks, plazas and wide boulevards. You will have three days to explore the quirky neighborhoods and artistic markets of the city, where European and Latin American influences have mixed together to create a city like no other. Stroll down Avenida 9 de Julio, the widest avenue in the world, spotting the Obelisk of Buenos Aires, which was built to commemorate the fourth centenary of the city, and the impressive Teatro Colon, one of the world's best opera houses. You can also visit the famous Casa Rosada, Argentina’s presidential palace, from where Juan and Eva Peron famously addressed the crowds gathered on Plaza de Mayo in 1945.
Argentina’s capital city is a great destination for culture lovers, with the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes boasting an impressive collection including original works by Monet, Renoir and Cezanne. You can also learn about the national heroine ‘Evita’ at the Museo Eva Peron.
Summary of The Day: Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
Standard Price/Person By Occupancy
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* You must be at least 18 years old to join the tour.|
* Single Occupancy price applies when one people stays in one standard hotel room.
* Double Occupancy price applies when two people stay in one standard hotel room.
- Drive on the Salar de Uyuni salt flats
- Two full days in the Pantanal packed with activities
- Entry to Iguazu Falls in Argentina
- Entry to Iguazu Falls in Brazil
- 20 nights in hotels, 1 night on overnight trains
- 17 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
- Travel by Public Bus, 5 flight(s), 4WD, Overnight Train, Private Vehicle
- English-speaking local guide(s)
- Airfare and the cost of other transportation between your home and departure city
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance
- Airport transfers and pre and post-tour accommodations
- Personal expenses
- Optional excursions (prices and availability subject to change): - Death Road Mountain Biking: USD 110.00/person
- Extended city tour to El Alto: USD 25.00/person
- Bolivian cooking class: USD 28.00/person
- Silver mine tour: USD 15.00/person
- Potosi City tour: USD 13.00/person
- Hot springs: USD 11.00/person
- Mountain biking: USD 25.00-36.00/person
- Hiking: USD 31.00-42.00/person
- Horse riding: USD 42.00/person
- Wildlife tour: USD 45.00/person
- Horseriding: BR$80/person
- Full day Rio de Janeiro city tour: USD 75.00/person
- Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf) cable car: USD 30.00/person
- Maracana Stadium tour: USD 7.00-35.00/person
- Favela half day tour: USD 35.00/person
- Hang-gliding: USD 240.00/person
- Paraty boat cruise: USD 40.00/person
- Visit to Cachoeira do Toboga: 10.00/person per taxi
- Helicopter ride over the Falls: USD 120.00/person
- Bird Park: USD 14.00/person
- Rafain dinner and dance show: USD 50.00/person
- Itaipu Dam: USD 25.00/person
- Jungle 4WD and boat trips: USD 12.00-60.00/person
- Tango show & dinner: USD 90.00/person
- Buenos Aires Hop on/hop off bus: USD 20.00/person
- Cancellation Policy:
- 27 Days Prior to Departure Date - 100% of Reservation Cost
- 28-59 Days Prior to Departure Date - 50% of Reservation Cost
- 60 or More Days Prior to Departure Date - 10% of Reservation Cost
- This is an Adventure Tour, we see a destination from the locals' perspective using a variety of transport and staying in small locally owned accommodation. There is a maximum of 16 travelers with an average group size of 8-12.
- Detailed itineraries are provided in good faith and it is our intention to adhere to the published route. Changes may be made before or during your tour for operational or safety reasons. Impromptu changes may also occur whilst you are traveling as a result of one-off circumstances such as an excursion being closed on a particular day, weather conditions or transport. Delays are rare but occur occasionally and for this reason and the reasons above this itinerary should be considered as a guide only. Published transport times are approximate and may vary depending on local conditions.
- When arriving at El Alto International Airport in La Paz we suggest that you change some money into the local currency at the exchange office (“Cambio”) in the main terminal building. The local currency is the boliviano. Change enough money to see you through the first few days of your trip – particularly if it is a weekend. Please note you can only change cash (not traveler’s cheques) at the Cambio in the airport. There are also ATMs at the airport.
- If you have booked an airport arrival transfer, please look out for someone with a sign which has your name, local operator name, or both after exiting the customs hall. If you are likely to be delayed by more than two hours, please contact the emergency number at least six hours before arrival. If we are advised in time, we will make every effort to reschedule your transfer and your driver will be asked to wait for two hours after your new expected arrival time. However, if we are not made aware of any change, the driver will only wait for two hours after the original scheduled arrival time and after this point it will be up to you to arrange transport to your hotel at your own expense.
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