This is a guide to the itinerary for this overland tour from Rio de Janeiro to Lima, the nature of trans-continental journeys means that things can, and will change, it is all part of the adventure!
DAYS 1 – 17: BRAZIL
Your trip begins in Rio after the chaotic, crowded, crazy celebrations of Carnival or New Year’s Eve. Your tour includes one night in Rio so it is well worth arriving in a few days early to join in the celebrations and to see some of this vibrant and fascinating city. Packages are available for these celebrations, please Contact Us for more information and prices.
On the first day of your overland tour you will drive south along the coast to the coastal village of Parati. This unspoilt and picturesque town has remained fundamentally unaltered for three centuries. Cars have been banned from its cobbled streets that run down to the seashore, instead mountain bikes are used and are a good way to get around. Another great way to explore the secluded islands of this pristine coastline is taking a sailing trip in one of the traditional schooners.
You then travel onto the Pantanal region where you can participate in treks and horserides out into the vast wetlands which is home to over 600 species of birds and 350 kinds of fish, piranha being common, as well as an abundance of reptiles (such as caiman) and capyibaras, the world’s largest rodent. There is also the chance to catch and eat some piranha too!
Next stop is Bonito where you can swim and snorkel in some of the clearest rivers and lakes in the world. Spectacular walks in the mountainous forests may reveal wildlife that includes monkeys, alligators & anaconda.
You will then travel to the incredible Iguazu Falls which form the natural border between Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. Higher than Niagara and wider than Victoria Falls, they are an awe-inspiring place to spend the next three days. The lush tropical forest surrounding the falls has many walking trails leading to smaller hidden falls, ideal to refresh from the steaming heat and abounding with parrots, toucans, woodpeckers and colourful plants. Here you can also undertake a number of optional activities such as whitewater rafting, helicopter flights and mountain bike riding.