Overland South America
Accommodation: 55% Camping / 45% Hotels
Transport: Overland expedition vehicle, 4x4, Public bus, Boat, Canoe
39 DAYS THROUGH ARGENTINA, BOLIVIA, BRAZIL & CHILE
Physical Rating: 4/5. These are physical tours; you may well be travelling at high altitudes, across deserts or through cold and windy or hot and steamy areas.
Day 1 - La Paz
Welcome to La Paz, Bolivia’s seat of government and the highest administrative capital in the world! 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.
A note on altitude: If you are joining in La Paz, we strongly recommend arriving at least 24 hours before the trip begins to allow additional time to acclimatise.
In La Paz we will stay in a good hotel in the historical centre.
Day 2 - La Paz
Today we have a free day to enjoy La Paz
In La Paz we will stay in a good hotel in the historical centre.
Day 3 - Potosí
Today we will leave La Paz behind and head to the colonial mining town of Potosí, the highest town in the world, and once famous for the area's abundance of silver!
Tomorrow morning will be free to explore Potosí, and there will be a chance to visit the infamous silver mines of Cerro Rico near to the town.
In Potosí we will stay in a friendly local hotel.
Included: Visit a local archaeological site and museum run by some of the local community, to gain an understanding into the customs and ways of life of the ancient Tiwanaku culture
Day 4 - Uyuni
Today we will spend the morning in the village community stay of Salinas de Garci Mendoza before continuing our drive to Uyuni, the gateway to the incredible salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni.
In Uyuni we will stay in a friendly hotel, famous for serving the highest pizzas in the world!
Day 5 - Salar De Uyuni
Today we will venture out onto the salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni, spending a full day exploring this phenomenal location by jeep and on foot. En route we will explore the nearby train graveyard and the cactus-filled 'Fish Island', and take all the time we need to get plenty of perspective-bending photographs!
Included: Take jeeps out onto the dazzling Uyuni Salt Flats
Day 6 - Bolivian Altiplano
Today we will head off across the wilds of the Bolivian altiplano, a surreal and desolate desert landscape that stretches all the way to the Chilean border. We will visit the spectacular coloured lakes of Laguna Colorado and Laguna Verde en route.
In the Bolivian Altiplano we will stay in a basic mountain refuge.
Take the epic journey across the southern Bolivian altiplano - an incredible high-altitude, off-road adventure through a surreal desert landscape, taking in bizarre rock formations, hot springs, and the phenomenal coloured lakes of Laguna Colorada and Laguna Verde
Day 7-8 - San Pedro De Atacama
Border information: Exit Bolivia at Uyuni, enter Chile at San Pedro de Atacama.
Today we set off early from our altiplano refuge, cross the remainder of the Bolivian Altiplano, and then descend all the way into the Atacama desert.
On the following day we will have a free day to explore the incredible highlights of the Atacama desert surrounding San Pedro. In the evening we will take an included trip out to the extraordinary Moon Valley, where we will hopefully see an incredible sunset. At night we will also have the chance to go stargazing, in one of the world's premier regions for astronomy (please note that this is only possible when there is not a full moon).
Included: Explore the dramatic landscape of the Moon Valley
Day 9 - Purmamarca
Border information: Exit Chile at Paso Jama, enter Argentina at Paso Jama.
Today we will have a long drive day to cross the mighty Andes, cross the border into Argentina, and reach the beautiful village of Purmamarca next to the aptly-named 'Hill of Seven Colours'
In Purmamarca we will camp in a local campsite.
Day 10 - Salta
Today we will drive to the beautiful colonial city of Salta, where we will have time to freely explore on arrival.
In Salta we will stay in a local hotel or guesthouse.
Day 11 - Salta
Today we will have a free day to explore the town of Salta, visit its many museums, or explore the beautiful surrounding hills on foot or by mountain bike. We will also have the chance to take the cable car to the viewpoint on San Bernardo Hill overlooking the town, taking in some of the incredible mountian scenery nearby.
Day 12 - Salta
Today we will have a short morning drive to a campsite in Cabra Corral, a small village south of Salta where we have the opportunity to go rafting or zip-lining!
Tonight we will continue our drive a short distance to wild camp in the stunning mountains nearby, or camp at the rafting base in Cabra Corral if preferred.
Day 13-14 - Cafayate
Today we will drive through the spectacular rock formations of the Quebrada de las Conchas, and reach the serene town of Cafayate.
This small unassuming town is the centre of one of Argentina's principal wine producing regions, famous for the quality of its Torrentes and Tannat wines! Over the next two days we will have the opportunity to go to a few of the vineyards nearby to see how the wine is made, and of course to try them!
Day 15 - Recreo, Quilmes Ruins
Today we will drive south over some more spectacular mountains and arrive in the lush flat pampas that Argentina is famous for. We will visit the ancient ruins of the indigenous city of Quilmes en route.
Tonight we will aim to wild camp en route or stay in a basic campsite in the town of Recreo.
Included: Visit the Quilmes ruins
Day 16-18 - Rio Ceballos
Today we drive to a unique Anglo-Argentine Estancia, where we will stay for 3 nights.
During our time at the Estancia, we will head out horseback riding, taste the excellent wines produced by their vineyards, be entertained by a local musician, learn some of the skills of the gauchos, and enjoy a traditional asado (Argentine BBQ). This isa magical experience in a beautiful and atmospheric location, and many people's highlight of the trip!
In the Estancia we will camp with facilities in the grounds near the main house.
Included: Spend 3 unique days at an Anglo-Argentinian estancia to experience the gaucho way of living
Day 19 - Buenos Aires
Today we will have a full day drive to the wonderful city of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina.
In Buenos Aires we will stay in a centrally-located hotel.
Day 20 - Buenos Aires
Today is 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.
Day 21 - Buenos Aires
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.
Day 22 - Buenos Aires
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.
Day 23 - Yapeyú
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.
Day 24 - Foz do Iguaçu.
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.
Day 25 - Foz do Iguaçu, Iguazu Falls
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.
Day 26 - Iguazu Falls, Foz do Iguaçu
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!
Included: 2 full days to discover the unbelievable Iguazu Falls
Day 27 - Bonito
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.
Day 28-29 - Bonito
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!
Day 30-31 - Southern Pantanal
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').
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!
Included: 2 night wildlife safari into the Pantanal
Day 32 - Campo Grande, Southern 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.
Day 33 - Brotas
Today we will drive to the remote town of Brotas in southeastern Brazil.
In Brotas we will stay at a campsite with good facilities.
Day 34 - Brotas
Today is free to take part in optional adventure activities such as white water rafting or canyoning, or to simply relax by the pool!
Day 35-37 - Paraty
Today we have a full day drive to the colonial town of Paraty on the Emerald Coast of the Atlantic!
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.
Included: Boat Trip Out To Islands And Beaches
Day 38 - Rio De Janeiro
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 optional visit to a community favela project that Dragoman supports.
In Rio de Janeiro we will stay in a great hotel in the Flamengo district, close to the beach and the metro station.
Day 39 - Rio De Janeiro
Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Rio de Janeiro. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact our team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.