Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro: Falls & Footy – 17 Days, 16 Nights

Get your South American rush with other young travellers unafraid to embrace the new
Buenos Aires, Argentina
17 Days, 16 Nights
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
18–39 years
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
Partially included
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro

What's Included

  • Get up to $90 cash back per person when you book with us
  • 17-day fresh & fast tour through three of South America's best destinations – Argentina, Brazil, & Uruguay
  • 9 nights twin-share simple hotel accommodation, in clean & budget-friendly properties
  • 4 nights multi-share accommodation in hostels
  • 2 nights multi-share accommodation at a working Uruguayan ranch (estancia)
  • 1 night on an overnight bus journey to Iguassu Falls
  • 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, & 2 dinners
  • A mix of transport throughout the tour, including local bus, minivan, taxi, plane, ferry, & walking.
  • Internal flights from Iguassu Falls to São Paulo 
  • Favela experience in Rio de Janeiro
  • Activities while at the estancia in Uruguay
  • Services of a locally-based CEO Chief Experience Officers to guide you through this exciting adventure
  • Departs from the meeting point at Milhouse Avenue Hostal, Av. de Mayo 1245, C1085 CABA, Argentina (meeting location may change, please check your final documents for the confirmed location)

What's Excluded

  • Some meals – allow USD560-730 for meals not included
  • Optional activities

What to Expect

Get your South American rush with other young travellers unafraid to embrace the new. You'll kick off the adventure in sophisticated Buenos Aires before getting back to nature on day hikes at a working Uruguayan ranch. Next, marvel at Iguassu Falls, then hop on a flight to São Paulo on your way to the Brazilian coast — no gruelling bus ride means more time on the beach. Finally, you'll wrap up the party in Rio, where you're free to embrace the carnival atmosphere from your centrally-located Copacabana hostel.


This trip is an 18-to-thirtysomethings style, with fast, fresh, and fun adventures that never slow down, made for young, budget-minded travellers. You'll stay in simple and clean hotels and hostels; use affordable public and private transport, and have the chance to join lots of optional activities to suit your interests and budget. 




Sample the cuisine and culture of Buenos Aires, discover Uruguay's rural beauty, marvel at powerful waterfalls, skip the overnight bus and gain time (and comfort!) with a flight to São Paulo, sip refreshing caipirinhas on the beach, and revel in the energy of Rio de Janeiro. 


Day 1 – Buenos Aires


Arrive at any time. Soak in the energy of the bustling and trendy "Paris of the Americas" before mingling with your fellow travellers, and get excited for the adventures to come with a few drinks at the hostel.


Day 2 – Buenos Aires


Discover why this city is known as the "Paris of the Americas." From the hidden patios of trendy Palermo to bohemian vibes in San Telmo, it is impossible not to fall in love with Buenos Aires.


Today is your last chance to join an optional tour of the incredible city. Take a guided city tour and be introduced to historic sites and districts, including Plaza de Mayo, where Eva Peron's famed balcony presides over the square. Enjoy a La Boca Neighbourhood Visit to soak in the vibrancy of the barrio's brightly coloured buildings and El Caminito, or get the blood pumping with a bike tour with a local Argentine guide. Finally, why not feel that passion of the tango with a Buenos Aires Tango Experience that includes a delicious multi-course meal paired with Argentine wine while taking it all in.


Day 3 – Buenos Aires to Colonia


Hop aboard a ferry and cruise across the Río de la Plata to Colonia, Uruguay. This is the first border crossing of your trip and a great chance to add more ink to your passport.


Wander through the colourful streets of this quaint seaside retreat on an orientation walk before free time to explore (and relax!) at your own speed.


Day 4 – Colonia to Montevideo


Your journey continues in the morning as you travel from Colonia to Montevideo, taking a local bus. 


Then, the afternoon is yours for the taking — so explore as you wish! Rent some wheels and head to the Rambla, a 22km (13.6 miles) long avenue that runs along the water, or channel your inner football (soccer) player in Montevideo's Centenario Stadium. Step inside the Carnival Museum and learn the history behind Montevideo's 40-day celebration filled with costumes, masks, music and more. 


Other options include the Port Market, where you'll find all kinds of fresh produce, from copious amounts of meat to fruit, vegetables, spices and souvenirs. Bring an appetite and savour the sights and tastes of this meeting place in Montevideo. At the Viven Museum (Museo Andes 1972), you can learn more about the fascinating story of the famous plane crash carrying an Uruguayan rugby team. Finally, you could also choose to experience the UNESCO recognised, Candombe performance. Originating initially from slavery in Uruguay, slaves would gather to perform drum and dance routines, practised largely today as an apology for times past; this unique performance is worth a watch.


Day 5 – Montevideo


Wake up ready to take on another day in Montevideo. If there was something you missed doing yesterday, why not add it to today's itinerary. For something different, take a day trip to glamorous Punta del Este to admire the upscale neighbourhoods and gardens. Of course, if you prefer to relax today, kick back and chill in the park like a local.


Day 6  – Montevideo to Estancia Stay in Mercedes


Today, let the scenery of picturesque settlements and pastures guide you to Mercedes for your last Uruguayan stop at a local ranch known in this region as an estancia.


Day 7 – Estancia Stay


Be an Argentinian Gaucho for the day and immerse yourself in the culture of these traditional Patagonia cowboys. Head out on an easy horseback ride through the beautiful scenery of Bariloche and learn about the area's history from a real live Gaucho. Stop along the way to try Mate, the national beverage of Argentina and some alfajores, a delicious dulce de leche cookie sandwich. Finish it all off with a traditional Patagonian barbeque.


Day 8 – Estancia Stay to Iguassu Falls


Cross the border into Gualeguaychu in Argentina today. Unwind, relax and reflect on your travels as you begin your overnight bus journey to Iguassu Falls. It's a long journey, so bring snacks, water, toilet paper and hand sanitiser.


Day 9 – Iguassu Falls


Welcome to Iguassu Falls, where your next adventure awaits. Choose to visit the Brazil side of the falls to get a panoramic view of Iguassu, one of the world's largest and most impressive waterfalls. In total, there are over 275 individual falls spread out over 3km (2 mi). Find the best spot to take jaw-dropping photos of this UNESCO World Heritage site.


Other options include an Itaipú Dam Visit, the largest hydroelectric power plant in the world. Go behind the scenes to see how water from the Paraná River is converted into electricity to power Paraguay and 25% of Brazil. If you're into birds, then the Iguassu Falls Bird Park is a must-do. Grab a camera and get up and close and personal with macaws, parrots, parakeets, and 150 other species of birds.


Day 10 – Iguassu Falls


Today you can spend the whole day on the Argentinian side of Iguassu, exploring the paths over the falls or experiencing the UNESCO World Heritage site from a boat tour. Tours utilise trails and catwalks adapted to the area's landscape, and walking is easy for all ages; guided tours of the complex are available several times a day.


Day 11 – Iguassu Falls to Paraty


Wheels up! Take a quick flight to São Paulo today, then head straight to the coast. Take some time to explore the colonial town of Paraty, then hit the beach.


Day 12 – Paraty


Do as much or as little as you want today. Go swimming, snorkelling, or explore the islands on a boat tour. Alternatively, simply recharge your batteries by immersing yourself in the laidback vibes of Paraty.


Paraty is a quaint colonial town renowned for its architecture – the pace might be slow, but there's a lot to choose from. Considered one of the world's most important examples of Portuguese colonial architecture by UNESCO, the historic centre is a well-preserved national historic monument. Today, it's closed to vehicles to preserve its laid-back colonial ambience.


Day 13 – Paraty to Ilha Grande


Continue up the coast today and hop aboard a ferry to where your island paradise awaits. Ilha Grande is located off the coast of Rio de Janeiro and is covered in verdant forest and ringed by pristine white-sand beaches. 


Day 14 – Ilha Grande


The day is yours to explore Ilha Grande. Grab your bathing suit, slip on your walking shoes and take the hike from Abraão to the beautiful beach of Lopes Mendes. Another great hiking option is a guided tour from Abraão to Pico do Papagaio, soaking in the scenery along the way.


If you prefer to hit the water, there are plenty of choices. Simply take a dip at one of the many beaches. Rent a mask and snorkel, pull on some fins and get set to enter the underwater world of colourful tropical fish, shells and all things seaworthy. You could also go diving and explore one of the world's largest concentrations of sunken shipwrecks; many lost during pirate battles in the 16th-18th centuries in the waters off Ilha Grande. Finally, from the main village of Vila do Abraão, take a boat tour to some of the best beaches around the island. See tropical fish and cool off in the salt spray of the turquoise waters.


Day 15 – Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro


Say goodbye to island life and head north along a dramatic coastal road with sweeping views. Round the cliffs at Vidigal to catch the first glimpse of your next destination and one of the most memorable cities in the world — Rio de Janeiro.


Take a city tour to experience the sights of Rio, like the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, or take a stroll along Copacabana beach.


Day 16 – Rio de Janeiro


In the morning, explore dynamic communities and support social enterprises on a tour led by residents of the Vidigal favela. Participate in a Capoeira session, visit an innovative community green space, sample artisanal beer made in the favela, and purchase unique handicrafts. With support from the Operator, entrepreneurial organisations and members of the community are connected with people, ideas, and resources from around the world to grow their businesses.


Enjoy a free afternoon to discover all that Rio has to offer. If it's a game day, catch a football match (or some call it soccer). Watch the local cheers for their team and join in the celebrations.


Day 17 – Rio de Janeiro


Now that your incredible tour is over, it's time to say farewell to new friends and continue your journey onwards or make your way back home. You're able to depart at any time. 


Where we Visit:

  • Buenos Aires
  • Colonia
  • Montevideo
  • Estancia Stay in Mercedes
  • Iguassu Falls
  • Paraty
  • Ilha Grande
  • Rio de Janeiro

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
  • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
  • Passport (required) (With photocopies)
  • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
  • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)


  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
  • Cash, credit and debit cards
  • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
  • Ear plugs
  • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
  • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
  • Fleece top/sweater
  • Footwear
  • Hat
  • Locks for bags
  • Long pants/jeans
  • Moneybelt
  • Outlet adapter
  • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Shirts/t-shirts
  • Sleepwear
  • Small travel towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
  • Watch and alarm clock
  • Waterproof backpack cover
  • Windproof rain jacket

Health & Safety:

  • Face masks (required)
  • Hand sanitiser (required)
  • Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.)
  • Rubber gloves

Warm Weather:

  • Sandals/flip-flops
  • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
  • Sun hat/bandana
  • Swimwear
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Terms & Conditions:

  • Minimum age of 18 years for this trip
  • While it is The Operator's intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary, and on occasion, it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations
  • Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate in this trip. You will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details
  • All guests must complete & sign a waiver of liability

Cancellation Policy:

You may cancel your booking by notifying the Tour Operator. Cancellation fees, if any, will be determined with reference to the date on which notice of cancellation is received by the Tour Operator and are expressed as a percentage of the total price paid for the cancelled Tour, product or service (excluding any insurance products).
Cancellation of a Tour:

  • Cancellation received 60 days or more before departure of first product or service in relevant booking: Lifetime Deposit will be held by the Tour Operator in accordance with these Terms, the remainder of the payments made to the Tour Operator in respect of the cancelled product will be refunded
  • Cancellation received 30-59 days before departure of first product or service in relevant booking: Lifetime Deposit will be held by the Tour Operator in accordance with these Terms, an amount equal to 50% of the remainder of the payments made to the Tour Operator in respect of the cancelled Tour will be refunded
  • Cancellation less than 30 days before departure of first product or service in relevant booking: Lifetime Deposit will be held by the Tour Operator in accordance with these Terms, and no further refund will be payable

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