Buenos Aires to Rio small group vacation

Youíll see the Iguazu falls from two countries on this overland adventure, feasting on steak in Buenos Aires, living on an Estancia in Uruguay & revelling in Rio along the way...
Buenos Aires Colonia Estancia Stay  Iguazu Falls Paraty Ilha Grande Rio de Janeiro
US $3395US $2716ToUS $3740US $3670excluding flights
17 Days
Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay
Small group
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Single supplement $715.
Up to US $740 off selected dates.
Late availability on these dates: 05 Jan, 12 Jan, 23 Feb, 01 Mar
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Description of Buenos Aires to Rio small group vacation


Price information

US $3395US $2716ToUS $3740US $3670excluding flights
Single supplement $715.
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South America overland
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Vacation information

Small group budget tour, ideal for solos or couples:
This is one of our budget trips, designed specifically for travelers who still want the security of group travel without lots of added inclusions. These trips don't have many included activities & 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 these trips often appeal to younger travelers 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 vacation.
Our top tip:
Learn some Spanish before you go - it will come in handy, especially at the Estancia.
Trip type:
Small Group
Activity level:
3 nights Estancia, 11 nights hotel, 2 nights overnight bus
Welcome; solo supplement may apply
All transport, all accommodation, included activities
6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners


1 Reviews of Buenos Aires to Rio small group vacation

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2018 by

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

Spending some relaxing down-time at the Ranch was wonderful. Iguacu was impressive and very accessible esp from the Arg side. Ilha Grande was peaceful and idyllic - best seafood here!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Go with the flow - there are some long travel days, transport arrangements don't always join up perfectly so you will need to be patient. Listen to your tour guide and tell them if you have concerns, they can't help if they don't know. Go and talk with the locals, buy local, take the local trips and tip the guides. Take a good water bottle and have all the jabs before you set off, use lots of repellant - then relax and enjoy! Pack your fav snacks from the UK.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes very much supported the locals - local guides, taken to local bars and shops.
Brazil has a way to go re plastics but we can all try to use less.

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

Fab, was quite busy but very varied range of experiences, loved the Ranch and had a super birthday there, the beaches at Ilha Grande are stunning and Rio is well just Rio - and safe enough if you follow the advice and just chill out! Make sure you have a freshly-made Caipirinha on Copacabana beach, not expensive but just perfect on a hot day, and lots of places that will make you one! Made some great new friends from distant parts of the world. Luma, our guide, was superb and coped very well with lots of "issues" - always with a lovely smile!

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.


As a global operator, we take our role in the tourism industry very seriously. We recognise the impact that tourism has on local communities and the environment, and we plan and operate all our tours with this front of our minds. We believe that every tour operator must be responsible in the way they conduct their business, to ensure the welfare of all people and the conservation of the environment.

We are committed to operating in a responsible manner, incorporating the principles of sustainable development in the way we provide our travelers with real life experiences. These values are more than just words on a page; they are ingrained in our culture and the daily operations of every office and every trip. In addition, we expect our staff and travelers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel - respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.

We believe that responsible travel is about the attitude you take with you and the choices you make when traveling - to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment.

As company our responsibilities donít stop when our tours end. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 10 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002, from health care, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and in environmental and wildlife protection. Donations come from our travelers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.

A project supported in Brazil is the Roupa Suja Project (UMPMRS) which aims to improve the lives of the families living in the Favela in the Roupa Suja neighbourhood through education.


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. Youíll 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. All travelers 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.

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