Border information: if you are joining in Buenos Aires, you will most likely enter Argentina at Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport, also known as Ezeiza Airport (IATA code: BUE/EZE).
Welcome to Buenos Aires, the wonderful capital of Argentina! There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.
Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Buenos Aires before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Buenos Aires.
In Buenos Aires we will stay in a centrally-located hotel.
Today will be a free day to explore the incredible city of Buenos Aires, soak up the atmosphere of its streets, and discover its amazing culture, art, and music.
Explore cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, the coolest city in South America
- Cost: ARS 250
Enjoy a free city tour of Buenos Aires
- Cost: USD
See a different side to Buenos Aires on a tour of its incredible street art with some of the local artists
- Cost: USD 20
Head out to a tango show in Buenos Aires' oldest cafe, the Gran Cafe Tortoni - seeing a slice of iconic Argentine culture in an ideal and intimate setting
- Cost: ARS 450
Visit the strangely beautiful cemetery of Recoleta, the final resting place of many ex-presidents and Argentine icons, most famously including the tomb of Eva Peron
- Cost: ARS
Try your hand at the art of tango dancing with a private lesson in Buenos Aires
- Cost: USD 25
Learn all about the cuisine of Argentina on a food tour of Buenos Aires, visiting several incredible local top-class eateries that you won't find in the guidebooks!
- Cost: USD 85
Try some of Argentina's most delicious wines on a top-level wine tasting afternoon in Buenos Aires
- Cost: USD 52
Today we have a full day drive north though the provinces of Entre Rios and Corrientes, aiming to reach the beautiful village of Yapeyú on the banks of the River Uruguay. Yapeyú is very famous amongst Argentines for being the birthplace of their national hero General Jose de San Martin, one of the liberators of South America from Spanish colonial rule.
In Yapeyú we will stay in a municipal campsite.
Estimated Drive Time - 10 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).
Border information: Exit Argentina at Tancredo Neves, enter Brazil at Tancredo Neves.
Today we cross the border into Brazil and drive to the city of Foz do Iguacu.
In Foz do Iguacu we will camp in the grounds of an excellent hostel out of town, with good facilities and a pool.
Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.
Today we will visit the Brazilian side of the phenomenal Iguazu Falls, to get some incredible panoramic vistas of the mighty waterfalls. There is also plenty of time to visit the bird park, take a helicopter ride over the falls, see the incredible Itaipu Dam, or quickly stop into Paraguay to pick up some bargains in the nearcy Ciudad del Este.
Visit the colossal Itaipu Dam, the second largest hydroelectric dam in the world
- Cost: BRL 68
Visit the Parque das Aves bird park near Foz do Iguaçu, a wonderful conservation project which provides an excellent home to over 1000 iconic birds from the region such as toucans, macaws and eagles
- Cost: BRL 36
Take an exhilarating speed boat ride around the base of the falls from the Brazilian side
- Cost: BRL 66
Take an unforgettable 10-minute helicopter flight over the Iguazu Falls, enjoying a bird's eye view of one of the world's most incredible set of waterfalls
- Cost: USD 125
Today we will take a day trip back into Argentina to see the incredible Iguazu Falls from the other side. This is well worth doing as the views are even more spectacular, and you'll be able to look right down into the mighty Garganta del Diablo (the largest waterfall here) from a gantry walkway viewing point). We will have a full day at the Argentine side of the falls, allowing us lots of time to freely explore the site, hike some nature trails, or perhaps take an exhilarating (and very wet) boat ride!
We will return to our base in Foz do Iguacu tonight.
2 full days to discover the unbelievable Iguazu Falls
Today we have a full drive day north to the Brazilian eco-tourism capital of Bonito.
In Bonito we will camp in the grounds of an excellent hostel with a pool and good facilities.
Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours.
We have two full days in Bonito to take part in the plethora of incredible optional activities here. You could go out on a world-class snorkelling trip, explore the nearby caves, or go abseiling down some of the largest waterfalls in the area, amongst many other possibilities!
Caving, rafting and snorkeling in the waters of Bonito
- Cost: BRL 30
Abseil down the Boca da Onça waterfall (meaning 'Jaguar's Mouth'), the largest waterfall in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul
- Cost: BRL 499
Visit the phenomenal Buraco das Araras, one of the world's largest sink-holes and a natural aviary of macaws and toucans
- Cost: BRL 75
Visit the stunning São Miguel Caves near Bonito
- Cost: BRL 50
Hire a mountain bike in Bonito to freely explore the incredible countryside of Mato Grosso do Sul
- Cost: USD 20
Go on a stunning sunset horse ride around the beautiful countryside around Bonito
- Cost: BRL 80
Take a trek through the stunning areas surrounding Bonito, visiting some of the beautiful nearby waterfalls
- Cost: BRL 50
Head on an unforgettable trip to Abismo Anhumas, an incredible day out where you abseil through a fissure into a collosal underground cavern, and snorkel in the lake at the bottom
- Cost: BRL 760
Visit the ethereal and other-worldly Blue Lake Cave near Bonito, an underground lake with an incredibly vivid shade of blue
- Cost: BRL 95
Take an incredible snorkelling trip through the crystal clear waters of the Rio da Prata, getting a phenomenal view of the fish and aquatic plants underwater
- Cost: BRL 278
2 full days to enjoy Bonito, Brazil's ecotourism capital
- Cost: BRL 135
Today we have a short drive to Brazil's amazing Southern Pantanal region, where we have a visit a local eco-tourism ranch (or 'fazenda').
Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.
We will spend 2 nights here and have a comprehensive package of included activities such as exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside on horseback, trips down the wildlife-abundant rivers in boats and canoes, and safaris on the ranch's trucks and on foot where we hope to spot capybaras, caimans, and (if we are very lucky) jaguars and ocelots. Our stay here is an incredible highlight!
In the Southern Pantanal we will stay in dorm accommodation in a well equipped lodge with all the meals and activities included.
2 night wildlife safari into the Pantanal
After our morning activities and one final lunch in our beautiful ranch, it is time to leave the Pantanal. We will start driving east towards Sao Paulo state, and wild camp towards the end of the day.
Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours.
Today we will drive to the remote town of Brotas in southeastern Brazil.
In Brotas we will stay at a campsite with good facilities.
Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.
Today is free to take part in optional adventure activities such as white water rafting or canyoning, or to simply relax by the pool!
Head out white-water rafting on the fast moving waters of the Jacare River (approxmiately Grade 3-4)
- Cost: BRL 150
Float down the Jacare on a fun tubing trip down the River Jacare near Brotas
- Cost: BRL 100
Head out on a half-day canyoning trip through the gorges of the Jacare River near Brotas
- Cost: BRL 270
Today we have a full day drive to the colonial town of Paraty on the Emerald Coast of the Atlantic!
Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.
On our first full day in Paraty, we will have an included boat trip around the incredible islands and beaches off the coast.
On our second day, we will have free time to explore the town, take a historical tour, walk along the stunning scenery of the coastline, head out snorkelling or diving, or simply relax on the idyllic beaches.
In Paraty we will stay in dorm rooms in a well equipped hostel.
Boat trip out to islands and beaches
Go for a scuba diving trip in the incredible oceans around Paraty
- Cost: BRL 250
Explore the ocean, islands, beaches, and mangroves of Atlantic coast in a more serene and tranquil fashion, on a sea kayaking expedition around the bay of Paraty
- Cost: USD 40
Learn all about the fascinating history of Brazil and the Gold Trail, on an excellent walking tour of the old colonial town of Paraty
- Cost: USD 35
Try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding by hiring a board from one of the many vendors at the Jabaquara beach in Paraty
- Cost: BRL 35
This morning we will drive to the incredible Rio de Janeiro, one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world! This afternoon we will have the opportunity to take an optionalvisit to a community favela project that we support.
In Rio de Janeiro we will stay in a great hotel in the Flamengo district, close to the beach and the metro station.
Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.
Visit the world famous statue Christ the Redeemer
- Cost: BRL 74
Welcome to Rio Carnival, the biggest party on the planet!
There will be an important meeting at 17:00 or 18:00, where you'll have a full briefing on how to make the most of your time in Rio and recieve your tickets, maps, T-Shirt and souvenir booklet - please check the notice board in the reception area for other important information throughout the week.
After the meeting we have a table booked at a nearby buffet restaurant, so you can get to know some of your fellow travellers.
Our dedicated Carnival team will be on hand throughout the week for a few hours each day to provide any assistance you may need.
There's a whole host of additional optional activities that you may like to take part in, such as 'Join the Parade', prior early booking is essential!
If you are arriving early you may like to join a Market Tour or Walking Tour.
In Rio de Janeiro we will stay in a great hotel in the Flamengo district, accommodation is in twin and triple rooms. Our hotel is close to the beach and the metro station. Our hotel check-in is from 2pm, and staff will be on hand to give you assistance.
Border information: if you are joining in Rio de Janeiro, you will most likely enter Brazil at Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport.
Join your group for a welcome meal
- Cost: BRL 50
Escape the city for a half day Jungle hike and tour
- Cost: USD 72
Join us for an up close fruit market tour
- Cost: USD 30
Today we will visit the most iconic sights of Rio; the immense statue of Christ the Redeemer perching 710m high on Corcovado mountain and the Pão de Açúcar or Sugarloaf Mountain. We will have some time to explore these sights in our own time, you may even choose to take a helicopter ride!. We will also aim to see some other important landmarks such as the Maracanã stadium, Escadaria Selarón and the Lapa Arches. We will travel by minibus. (NB today's tour is unguided, you will be accompanied by our Dragoman crew).
This evening we will head out to Lapa for a night out in a samba club; Rio Scenarium, one of the City's greatest nightspots - it's an antiques warehouse, music venue, bar and restaurant all housed in a fantastic colonial mansion. There will be live samba music and DJ's on each floor. We will be hosting a beginners Samba Dance class in the late afternoon, why not sign up and learn some of the basic steps before hitting the town!
Spend an evening at the Rio Scenarium with live music & dancing.
Rio City Tour with visits to Corcovado and Sugarloaf
Perfect your Samba moves in a beginners dance class
- Cost: USD 29
This morning why not glitter up and join us at one of the local 'blocos' or street parties, there will be live music, dancing and plenty of opportunities to get to know Rio and it's people! Blocos are great fun, crowded, hot and lively! The local 'cariocas' will be all dressed up, so make sure you come dressed to impress!
In the evening it's time for the main event of the week - the parade in the Sambadrome. The top samba schools parade their fantastic floats and costumes and the party goes on well into the early hours of Monday morning. You'll be situated in Sector 11, close to the action.
Join us at one of Rio's street Bloco's, or street parties to get you into the Carnival spirit. Don't forget to dress up!
The highlight of the week, experience the fantastic Sambadrome from sought after Sector 11
This morning is free for you to recover from last night in the Sambadrome! It's a great chance to hit the beach, explore the city or simply have a lie in!
In the afternoon you may wish to join us for a walking tour of Copacabana and Ipanema beaches.
Tonight we have the chance to re-visit the Sambadrome, this time in Sector 5 in the centre of the parade runway, to see the last 7 of the elite Samba schools parading. You even have the option to don a costume and take part in the parade itself, dancing your way down the Sambadrome runway - a once in a lifetime experience!
It is important to pre-book these activities early.
Join the Parade, an experience of a lifetime!
- Cost: USD 700
Second visit to the Sambadrome in the amazing Sector 5
- Cost: USD 180
Today's Walking Tour will take you through two of the most famous neigbourhoods; Copacabana and Ipanema and finishing up with a picnic by the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon.
- Cost: BRL 25
Today you have free time to enjoy the activities, sights and sounds of Rio! Join a bloco, hit the beach or ride the tram to Santa Teresa. Rio has so much to offer other than it's carnival fesitivities. We will be organising some fun water based activities such as kayaking and paddle boarding (prior booking is essential)
Tonight you have a free night to hit the town; head downtown and enjoy a Caipirinha under the iconic Lapa arches or join a bloco.
Stand up Paddleboarding lesson
- Cost: USD 43
Escape the city for a half day Jungle hike and tour
- Cost: USD 72
Explore Brazilian flavours in a half day cooking class
- Cost: USD 75
- Cost: USD 84
??Border information: if you are leaving in Rio de Janeiro, you will most likely exit Brazil at Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport.
The Carnival package finishes after breakfast today. Our hotel check-out is at 12pm.
If you are continuing your overlanding journey with us, there will be an important group meeting at 18:00.