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Andes to the Atlantic Experience

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From the heights of the Bolivian Andes to the sands of Ipanema, this incredible 25-day journey will introduce you to the diverse landscape and people of South America. Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal, the bizarre landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats and revel in the mists of thundering Iguassu Falls. Gain greater insight into the culture on the region’s public buses and meet locals from the rural towns along the way for an immersive experience that few travellers get to know. Get off the beaten path and experience Bolivia and Brazil—a vibrant cross-section of South America.

Is this trip for me?

  • Departs/Ends: La Paz to Rio de Janeiro
  • Travel style: Classic
  • Physical rating: 3
  • Age requirements: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.
  • Trip type: Max 16, avg 12

What you get

  • Accomodation: Hotels (18 nts), overnight bus (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt), G Adventures-supported community lodge/basic hotels on Uyuni/Salt Flats excursion (2 nts, multi-share), tented room with hammocks in the Pantanal (2 nts, multi-share).
  • Transport: Public bus, plane, ferry, train, van, hiking, 4x4 vehicle.
  • Meals: 21 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Team leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.


The international flight to and from start and finish city is not included in the tour price.

Explore the Uyuni Salt Flats on a three-day 4×4 excursion, discover colonial cities and historic cultures in Bolivia, search for wildlife in the Brazilian Pantanal, marvel at the power of Iguassu Falls

Map & Itinerary
Day 1 La Paz
Arrive at anytime.
Day 2 La Paz/Uyuni
Travel by train and bus to the town of Uyuni, home base for salt flat exploration. Meals included: breakfast
Day 3 Uyuni/Salt Flats
Enjoy a three day 4x4 excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery. Meals included: breakfast, dinner
Day 4 Salt Flats
Continue exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion. Admire the spectacular scenery while passing red and blue lagoons along the route. Spot wild llamas, alpacas and even flamingos deep within the desert. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 5 Salt Flats/Uyuni
Rise early to cover more ground of the unique landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats. Continue to see incredible scenery, including volcanoes, salt lakes and geysers. Meals included: breakfast, lunch
Day 6 Uyuni/Potosí
Journey from Uyuni to Potosí and get a view of the mountain Cerro Rico looming over the city. Meals included: breakfast
Day 7 Potosí/Sucre
Continue by bus to Sucre and explore the beautiful colonial city. Meals included: breakfast
Day 8-9 Sucre
Free time to explore the city, the former capital of Bolivia. For more active options opt to go hiking in the surrounding area or mountain biking. Meals included: breakfast
Day 10 Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Fly to Santa Cruz.
Day 11 Santa Cruz de la Sierra/Puerto Suárez
Spend some time exploring Santa Cruz before travelling by overnight train to the Brazilian border. Meals included: breakfast
Day 12 Puerto Suárez/Pantanal
Travel into Brazil and straight to the Pantanal on 2-day excursion into the with a local guide. This is a perfect place to experience the wildlife of Brazil. Meals included: lunch, dinner
Day 13 Pantanal
Enjoy a 2-day excursion into the wetlands of the Pantanal with a local guide. Opportunities to spot wildlife such as monkeys, macaws, giant otters, and caiman abound. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 14 Pantanal/Bonito
Travel to Bonito and spend time here snorkelling in the rivers or exploring nearby caves. Meals included: breakfast
Day 15 Bonito
Enjoy a full day in Bonito with optional activities like snorkelling in the crystal-clear rivers or exploring the nearby caves and waterfalls. Meals included: breakfast
Day 16 Bonito/Iguaçu Falls
Enjoy the day in Bonito before overnight transport to Iguassu Falls. Meals included: breakfast
Day 17 Iguaçu Falls
Spend two full days exploring Iguassu from both the Argentine and Brazilian sides. Opt to visit a nearby bird park.
Day 18 Iguaçu Falls
Cross the border to explore the Argentine side of the falls. Opt for a boat ride at the base of the falls. Meals included: breakfast
Day 19 Iguaçu Falls/Paraty
Fly to São Paulo and continue by van to Paraty. Spend a day and a half discovering this town. Meals included: breakfast
Day 20-21 Paraty
Enjoy free time to explore Paraty. Meals included: breakfast
Day 22 Paraty/Ilha Grande
Continue by van up the coast and take a ferry to Ilha Grande. Meals included: breakfast
Day 23 Ilha Grande
Enjoy a free day in Ilha Grande. Opt to hike the island's remote beaches or enjoy free time to relax and explore. Meals included: breakfast
Day 24 Ilha Grande/Rio de Janeiro
Carry on by ferry and van to Rio de Janeiro. With free time, explore the city on an optional city tour. Meals included: breakfast
Day 25 Rio de Janeiro
Depart at any time. Meals included: breakfast
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