Overview & Highlights
Here the accent is on the vast wilderness territories of the Brazilian Pantanal wetlands and Amazonia. Also included are the immense Iguazú Falls, which straddle the two countries, and the captivating cities of Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.
- Guided tour of Buenos Aires
- Guided visit to the Brazilian side of Iguazú Falls
- Guided activities at Pantanal lodge
- Guided activities at Amazon jungle lodge
- Guided excursion to Corcovado mountain and Santa Teresa
This holiday concentrates on the twin wildernesses of Brazil, the Pantanal wetlands and the Amazon basin, but gives you time at the end in the lively city of Rio de Janeiro. Brazil has an incredible diversity of landscapes and flora and fauna, from tropical rainforests to vast wetlands, and one of the world's most impressive waterfalls. Here, we take you to all of them.
However, the holiday begins in Argentina: Buenos Aires, the soi-disant Paris of Latin America, before continuing north to the Iguazú Falls, the immense, roaring cataracts which straddle the frontier of the two countries.
The vast Pantanal wetlands are a paradise for nature lovers, especially for wildlife observation. Unlike the areas of high jungle, the Pantanal is an open area of swampy grasslands, leaving some of the highest concentration of fauna in the continent exposed to view. Stay at one of our favourite eco lodges: there are plenty of excursions by boat, trail and on horse-back.
For many the seemingly impenetrable wilderness of the Amazon, sprawling across half of South America's vast territory, conjures an unrivalled sense of adventure which taps into some of their very earliest images of the exotic. Here you can make childhood dreams a reality, with a stay of several days at a jungle lodge not far from the city of Manaus but surrounded by the wilds of the rainforest.
Arrive in Buenos Aires. Transfer to hotel in the chic Recoleta district.
Explore Buenos Aires with a guide
At leisure in the Argentine capital.
Fly to Puerto Iguazú; transfer to Brazil via the Argentinian side of the Iguazú Falls
Guided tour of the Brazilian side of Iguazú Falls.
Fly to Cuiabá in the Brazilian Pantanal wetlands. Transfer to lodge. Activities from the lodge.
Fly to Manaus in Amazonia. Transfer to city centre hotel.
Transfer to your jungle lodge, Amazon Village.
Activities from the lodge.
Fly to Rio de Janeiro. Transfer to hotel in Copacabana.
Excursion to Corcovado mountain and Tijuca forest.
At leisure in Rio; optional excursions.
Transfer to airport.
Things to do
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Argentina / Buenos Aires
Loi Suites Recoleta
Brazil / Iguazu Falls – Brazilian side
Wish Foz do Iguaçu
Brazil / The Pantanal
Pousada do Rio Mutum
Brazil / The Brazilian Amazon / The Amazon
Amazon Village Lodge
Brazil / Rio de Janeiro
Porto Bay Rio de Janeiro
Brazil / The Brazilian Amazon / The Amazon
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
Seeing the people on the Uros islands demonstrate how they cook, the amazing Iguassu Falls, seeing a toucan close up (at Iguassu), all the different Inca sites, seeing the traditional dress and witches market in La Paz, the herbal drinks being explained in Asuncion, sunset on sugarloaf mountain and chilling out on Ilha grande.PW, Leatherhead
We were extremely satisfied with our Sandpiper Journey which provided us with a broad view of the Countries visited and the cultures, history, wild life etc. All in all, a great experience and a wonderful holiday.PH, Farnham
This tour packed in an amazing amount in such a large country. You might have liked longer at some sites, but that could have been very exhausting!NH, Grimsby
Amazing itinerary. Great group that bonded well and the best tour leader. All the places made it a memorable holiday. Machu Picchu, the train from Puno to Cusco and the flight of the condors added even more.DP, Hinckley
Everyday was exhilarating and exciting. Guatemala was so colourful - the scenery, the markets, the food, the traditional dress, the flowers and birdlife. Delicious coffee! The itinerary enabled me to take in spectacular views of volcanoes, such as in Antigua and Lake Atitlan, of the Mayan ruins at Tikal and Yaxha.JH, Weybridge
Crossing the first border from Panama to Costa Rica felt like being part of a film set as we trudged across an ancient bridge. Also in Ometepe we were swimming in the fresh water lake when a group of horses came cantering onto the beach and into the water for a drunk and swim!LR, Carteton
The holiday was all we expected and when asked we would recommend it to friends with reservation.EC, Taunton
An excellent holiday that certainly lived up to expectations. Very happy to have travelled again with JLA, after our first trip with you from Brazil to Peru, with an extension to Ecuador (just 26 years ago!) Thanks again.DA, York
Eagle was an epic trip within all of its parameters; geographic, cultural, historic and culinary. I would not hesitate to recommend it.RB, Henley-on-Thames
Overall, the whole JLA experience has been first class. Would have no hesitation in recommending JLA to friends and family.MH, Leighton Buzzard
Amazing enjoyed every minute i don't usually do group tours and rather travel independently but journey Latin America has changed my mind.SJ, Jersey
Easter Island extension should be recommended to all. it was magical. The moai were amazing. Torres del Paine was also awe inspiring.JD, Buxton
Excellent as with the trip we did with you to Mexico last year. We have been to many countries in Latin America but only this trip and Mexico with JLA. I wish we had discovered JLA before.
It was a wonderful experience which I wouldnt have missed for the world. The organisation was first class, all the staff in all the hotels friendly and helpful.CL, Newport
This is the third year that we have travelled with JLA and each time it was very well organised from start to finish. We have had three brilliant trips.JH, Radstock
I would recommend this trip to anyone who has an interest in magnificent scenery and wonderful wildlife experiences.CT, Antrim
"I have many great memories, but for me going to sleep and then waking up to the sounds of the rain forest both at Rock View Lodge and Atta Rainforest Lodge was magical. Also, taking a shower under a starlit sky at Atta was wonderful! A continuous joy was the friendliness of all the local people we encountered on our journey. They seemed to be genuinely pleased that we had chosen to visit their countries."JB, London
"The trip lived up to my expectations. It's a great opportunity to follow a less travelled path through three completely different, but fascinating countries - Guyana, Suriname and Guyane (French Guiana) - and to experience beautiful scenery, remote locations and vibrant cities (especially Georgetown, which I loved). Well done JLA for organising this tour".
Another very interesting and well organised Journey Latin America trip.HM, Nuneaton
Though I've travelled a fair bit in Central and South America, this was a very different experience and so was memorable throughout for that difference. Other trips have focused on Mayan and Incan civilisations, on Spanish Colonial cities and towns and this trip was much more about the scenery and wildlife. The cities were vibrant and very European in feel without much evidence of colonialism. The skies were huge, the scenery spectacular, and the wildlife a joy.CG, Hexham
An extremely memorable trip, well organised, with knowledgeable and passionate guides. I'm so lucky to have had this great experience and not to have had the worry of organising it!JB, Bristol
Journey Latin America provided us with what we wanted and it seemed to be a sentiment shared by the group as several of us had looked at other organisations and had found them unsatisfactory.EU, London
A really interesting, varied and contrasting tour encapsulating the spirit and culture of the region. Excellent value and made even more enjoyable by a fantastic tour guide.RG, Bishopton
An excellent holiday which met our wish to revisit some parts of Brazil and explore new areas; Pantanal was a real discovery and better for seeing wildlife than Manaus.PMR, Blandford Forum
For me, the Uros Reed Islands. I loved it. The Islands, the boat trip, the people. Incredible. Loved seeing the condors. Loved Cusco and Areequipa. Loved the cable cars. Loved Lake Titicaca. Loved the Sacred Valley. Loved Ollantaytambo.CS, Winscombe
What a fabulous trip - we were very well looked after all the way and our guide was wonderful - we could not praise him more highly. He made sure we had enough money wherever we went, changing money when needed, showing us the best places to get a taste of whichever town, city, or countryside we were visiting, giving us agreat introduction to local culture and customs, ensuring our safety always. The places we visited were amazing - and very different from one another , so the tour together gave us a real insight into the diversity exisiting in the areas we touched. The tour was action packed, but necessary to see so much in so short a time - a truly wonderful introduction to a part of Chile and a taste of Argentina.CW, Ilkley
BM, Milton Keynes
Overall an excellent trip with many wonderful memories, lived up to all expectations.
It is an itinerary which covers different environments and allows interaction with the wonderful Colombian people plus time to see what is in each place.BD, Hartlepool
The Iguacu Falls were spectacular and most likely the most impressive Falls I will ever see. We were absolutely spellbound by the magnitude, scale and layout. Obviously, Machu Picchu takes your breath away. Nature and man-made wonders at their best!PK, Ashton-Under-Lyne
The trip surpassed our expectations and I have already recommended Journey Latin America to friends and even to people I talked to on a bus in Machu Picchu, one of whom was from the U.S.A.
The entire trip was very varied. Travelling through the lake lands of Bolivia was great in 4x4s. The clarity of the skies in San Pedro Chile and time to relax. Cusco and the Inca sites at Ollyantytambo, Pisco and Machu Picchu. The Drive from Hydro-Elektrica to Cusco along mountain tracks in a mini bus with sheer drops of several hundred metres to the valley. The Martin Chambi Photo exhibition in Cusco. Lima was surprisingly attractive...but there were many many aspects that were great and I could write pages.LRA, London
Seeing the Condors taking flight first thing in the morning in the most stunning setting is a memory that will live with me forever. Looking down from the Sun Gate and seeing the full extent of the magical setting of Macchu Picchu was awe-inspiring.CD, Corbridge
The trip of a lifetime. It was a great privilege to be able to visit somewhere as unique as The Galapagos.
There are two things that we most appreciate about the tours organised by JLA, one is the restricted size of the groups and the other is the quality of the leaders.AF, Alderley Edge
Tailor made holiday
Our specialists have been expertly crafting award-winning tailor-made holidays to Latin America for 40 years. We would be delighted to create a truly personalised trip which perfectly matches your wishes and requirements.
Ben Line - Travel Expert
Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.
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Real Latin America Experts
Sophie Barber - Travel Expert
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.
Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert
Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.
Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Expert
Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.
Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.
Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert
Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
Evie Oswald - Travel Expert
It's hard to believe that Evie has had time to cram so much in to her life so far. Having lived as a child in the Americas and Europe she found herself immediately attracted to Latin America.