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Bolivia to Brazil Adventure

5 amazing countries over 31 unforgettable days

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4 x 4 driving on the Bolivian Salt Flats

Group Size: Max 22

Trip code: SBLR

Duration: 31 days

5 countries
Transport & accommodation included
Community projects

Thundering waterfalls, Andean Mountains, sugar-white beaches, lush tropical jungle, and party hard nightlife: South America has it all. Spanning five incredible countries, this jam-packed 31-day group tour takes you through its best bits, from Bolivia to Brazil. Explore the cobbled colonial streets of Sucre, head underground in Potosi’s famous silver mines, lose yourself in the dream-like landscape of the Salar de Uyuni, spend the night in a salt bungalow (complete with salt furniture!) in the Santiago de Agencha community, party the night away in Buenos Aires, pinch yourself to check you’re not dreaming at the epic Iguassu Falls, live the beach life in Paraty and Ilha Grande, and round off in Rio de Janeiro, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. What are you waiting for amigos?

Trip highlights

  • Soak up the Salar de Uyuni’s surreal scenery on an unforgettable 3-day 4x4 excursion
  • Make like a gaucho in a Uruguayan estancia with horseback riding, and barbecues under the stars
  • Marvel at the power of Mother Nature with a visit to both the Brazilian and Argentine sides of the jaw-dropping Iguassu Falls
  • Bliss out on golden beaches, and hike through the jungle on Ilha Grande, Brazil (AKA paradise found)
  • Learn capoeira, sample craft beer, and see a drumming demo in one of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas
  • Dance the night away in Buenos Aires’ vibrant tango saloons
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What's included
  • 30 nights’ accommodation
  • 20 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 4 dinners
  • Tour guide
  • All on-trip transport (inc 2 short flights)
  • Welcome meeting
  • 4x4 excursion to the Salar de Uyuni
  • Jukil mountain hike
  • Santiago de Agencha community experience
  • Salt bungalow stay
  • Estancia stay
  • Horseback riding
  • Empanada making class
  • Barbecue dinners
  • Iguassu Falls
  • Rio favela tour
  • Capoeira lesson
  • Craft beer sampling
  • Help with onward travel
  • 24-hour emergency support
What's not included
  • Visas
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Some meals
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional activities
Further trip information

Day 1: La Paz (Bolivia). Buenos dias Bolivia! Arrive in La Paz and make your way from the airport to our starting accommodation through the bustling streets. Get to know the rest of your group this evening at a welcome meeting, then head out for dinner and drinks with your new mates!

Day 2: La Paz to Sucre. Enjoy a free day in the urban jungle of La Paz. Visit the spooky Witches Market, take a tour of the Valley of the Moon, enjoy a biking adventure on Death Road (if you dare!), or take a guided tour of the city. This evening, snuggle down on the night bus to Sucre.

Day 3: Sucre. Arrive in Bolivia’s ‘White City’ today. Take a hike into the countryside, hire a mountain bike, check out the Sunday Tarabuco Market, or visit one of the world’s largest collections of dinosaur footprints. This evening, enjoy a few cervezas with the gang.

Day 4: Sucre. One day in Sucre just isn’t enough, so take another 24-hours to get to know this dazzling city. Visit the Castillo de la Glorieta, marvel at the colonial architecture, hike to Maragua crater, or relax in one of the plazas and watch the world go by.

Day 5: Sucre to Potosi. Hop on a local bus today to the mining city of Potosi. Get out there and explore its impressive churches and ornate architecture before enjoying a night on the town later.

Day 6: Potosi. Enjoy a spot of breakfast before getting to know Potosi a little better. Join our optional excursion to the city’s silver mines where you’ll learn all about the process of extraction, and the working conditions experienced by the miners, as you head deep underground.

Day 7: Potosi to Uyuni. Take the private vehicle to Uyuni, jump off point to the mind-bending Salar de Uyuni. There are plenty of interesting eateries and bars on offer, so tank up ahead of our unforgettable 3-day excursion.

Day 8: Uyuni Salt Flats and community stay. Hop into a 4x4 and head into the blinding white expanse of the world’s largest salt flat. Visit the vividly coloured Laguna Colorada and spend the night in the Santiago de Agencha community where we’ll hike to the top of a sacred mountain, enjoy a communal dinner, and spend the night in a salt-brick bungalow.

Day 9: Uyuni Salt Flats. Continue into the desert today, soaking up the other-worldly scenery, from red and blue lagoons to active volcanoes and unique rock formations. Keep your eyes peeled for wild llamas, alpacas, and flamingos. Your Insta is going to be off the hook after this!

Day 10: Salt Flats to San Pedro de Atacama (Chile). We’ll continue our journey through the unearthly landscape this morning. At the border with Chile, climb aboard a local bus to San Pedro de Atacama. Explore the pretty adobe streets or join our optional tour to the Valley of the Moon.

Day 11: San Pedro de Atacama. Today’s yours to get to know the town. Get your adrenaline pumping with an optional sandboarding session, join a mountain biking expedition, stare up at the desert stars with an observatory tour, or kick back in the San Pedro de Atacama hot springs – bliss!

Day 12: San Pedro de Atacama to Salta (Argentina). Adios Chile – we’re off to Argentina! We’ll be on the road for about 10 hours so sit back, plug in a playlist, and soak up the epic scenery. Arrive in Salta and stretch your travel-weary limbs by dancing the night away at a Peña Folklore show.

Day 13: Salta. Spend the day exploring the gorgeous city(don’t miss the empanadas salteñas!). We’ve got tons of great optional activities on offer, including a trip to the Quebrada de las Conchas, a horseback riding and barbecue experience, and a full day tour of pretty Cafayate.

Day 14: Salta to Buenos Aires. Hop on the short flight to Buenos Aires, where you’ll spend the afternoon exploring. Take a guided bike or walking tour of the city with a local or pay a visit to the famous Teatro Colón. This evening, spice up your life with a passionate tango dinner show.

Days 15 - 16: Buenos Aires. You’ve got another couple of days in beautiful Buenos Aires. Grab a cafe con leche at the legendary Cafe La Biela, catch a match La Bombonera, or take a tour of the colourful La Boca barrio. Save some energy for evening though, the nightlife here is wild!

Day 17: Buenos Aires to Colonia (Uruguay). Get ready to explore your fourth incredible country as we take a ferry across the Rio de la Plata to Colonia del Sacramento. Enjoy an orientation walk before exploring the cobbled streets at your own pace or save your legs and rent a golf cart!

Day 18: Colonia to Montevideo. Hop on a local bus to Montevideo. Take a bike ride along the coast, visit the Estadio Centenario or the Museo del Carnaval, feast at Port Market, and get down with a Candombe drum and dance experience. Tonight, hit the tango saloons for a drink or two.

Day 19: Montevideo. You’ve got another day in magical Montevideo. Bum around on the beach, take a coastal walk along the Rambla, enjoy some parrilla at the Mercado del Puerto, or take a day trip to Punta del Este for casinos, mega-cribs, swanky yachts and gorgeous gardens.

Days 20 – 21: Estancia stay. Leave the city behind and take a private vehicle to a tranquil rural estancia. Make like a true gaucho over the next couple of days with horseback rides, country walks, an empanada making class, and barbecue dinners under the stars.

Day 22: Estancia stay to Iguassu Falls (Argentina). We’re heading back into Argentina today as we cross the border before taking an overnight bus to the incomparable Iguassu Falls. It’s a long drive (16 – 18 hours), but with comfy transport and cracking scenery, it’ll fly by. Don’t forget the snacks!

Days 23 - 24: Iguassu Falls. A vast string of waterfalls, thundering over a vertigo-inducing drop, the falls are an eye-popping, sensory experience. On day 23, opt to visit the Brazilian side of the falls, and check out Itaipú Dam, or the Iguassu Falls Bird Park. On day 24, we’ve got a whole day exploring the Argentine side of the falls– amazing.

Day 25: Igassu Falls to Paraty (Brazil). Take the short flight to São Paulo then head straight for the coast, to gorgeous Paraty. Drop your bags at the hostel and grab a caipirinha or two on the water’s edge.

Day 26: Paraty. Paraty’s your oyster today. Take a boat tour, join a 4x4 tour of the stunning Serra da Bocaina National Park, head underwater with a scuba diving or snorkelling experience, go horse-riding, visit the beach town of Trindade, or sample some ‘Brazilian rum’ at a cachacha distillery.

Day 27: Paraty to Ilha Grande. We’re taking a local bus, followed by a ferry, to paradise on Earth (AKA Ilha Grande). With forest trails, soft white sands and no cars or roads, Ilha Grande has the wow factor in spades. Explore your dreamy new home and spend tonight drinking under the stars.

Day 28: Ilha Grande. Spend today exploring the island, or just kick back on the beach and soak up the sun. Join one of our optional hikes, take a boat trip to some of the best beaches around the islandor go scuba diving. Tonight, watch the sun go down over the ocean with a caipirinha in hand.

Day 29: Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro. We’re not saying we’ve saved the best until last, but with golden beaches, lush tropical parks, and the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio is a pretty special place. Take an optional tour for a taste of the city’s Latin flavours and party it up in Lapa tonight.

Day 30: Rio de Janeiro. Take a tour of a local favela where we’ll watch a drumming demo, try Capoeira, and sample some artisanal craft beers. This afternoon, watch a football match, go hang-gliding, or just chill on the beach and watch the beautiful people go by.

Day 31: Trip end. Time to pack your bag and say your goodbyes after breakfast. Safe travels!

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Arrival information

This trip begins on day 1 in La Paz. Fly into El Alto International Airport (LPB) and make your own way to our starting hotel (details provided on booking). The easiest way to get there is by taxi, which takes around 30 minutes. No activities have been planned today apart from a welcome meeting in the evening, so arrive at a time that suits you. A welcome note will be left for you in the hotel, so you have all the information you need about your meeting time.

Your trip ends on day 31 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There are no activities planned today, so leave any time after breakfast. Your guide can help with your onward travel arrangements and airport transfers. 

Accommodation & meals


30 nights of accommodation are included on this trip. You’ll spend 20 nights in simple hotels (twin-share), 4 nights in hostels (multi-share), 2 nights on overnight buses, 2 nights in a community lodge on the Salar de Uyuni excursion (multi-share), and 2 nights on an estancia/ranch (multi-share).


20 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners are included on this trip. You’ll have to buy the rest of your meals yourself which gives you maximum flexibility. 

Minimum age & eligibility

This trip is designed for travellers aged 18-39.

  • Argentina: British citizens do not need a visa to enter the country for up to 90 days. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.
  • Bolivia: British citizens do not need a visa to enter the country for up to 90 days. Your passport should be valid for 6 months from the date you arrive.
  • Brazil: British citizens do not need a visa to enter the country for up to 90 days. Your passport should be valid for 6 months from the date you arrive.
  • Chile: British citizens do not need a visa to enter the country for up to 90 days. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.
  • Uruguay: British citizens do not need a visa to enter the country for up to 90 days. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.

Please note: Visa rules are subject to change. Please check for the most up to date information before you travel.

Covid safety

This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:

Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.

Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.

Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.

Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.

Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.

Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.

Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.

24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.

It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.