Buenos aires to Rio de Janeiro
I'm visiting Argentina (Buenos Aires) by the end of the year for five weeks, and I would like to know how can I reach Rio in a road-trip-like trip, since I won't have a huge budget to buy flight tickets and I've heard that Brazil (especially Rio) is very expensive. I would love to pass through the Iguazú Falls as well. Has anyone done this kind of trip? How long can it be? Could you guys help me? The other option I have is going south to patagonia and Perito Moreno, but I have always dreamed going to Brazil. What would you recommend...
At some times of year, flights from IGU (Foz do Iguacu Brazilian airport) to Rio (GIG) are about the same as the bus fare (about R$200 for a long boring trip). Check GOL and TAM.
Dorm beds in most Rio hostels run about R$35-40, including breakfast. You can eat cheap on the street, and also use the "por kilo" (by weight) lunch places. Some of the sights are a bit expensive (Corcovado and Sugarloaf, both about R$40 entry) but worth it. The beach is, of course, free, if you don't drink, eat or rent chairs and umbrellas. Cover charge at Lapa live samba clubs (a must) is about R$20 (+ drinks).
If I have any more information I could send it to you. It would be nice if both of us could help each other, in the end we are in the same page!
Best regards from Colombia!
All that said, Rio is really amazing and definitely worth it.
I´m a local from BA and I run a small guest house for foreigners. Many of them have same plan and it deppend of the offfers I can know in every moment I reccomend to fly or to take a bus. Of a mix...
Bus trip form BA to Iguazu falls takes 19 hours, but the buses are very comfortable. They do the trip at nigth, stop to dinner, have seat-bed, bathroom, and in this way you save one night hostel. Price is about 100 u$s.
Then, you can cross to the brasilian national park of the falls (they don´t ask visa till there) and... from there you can take a local flight (cheaper than internatiopnal flight) to Rio.
Well.. also there are other possibilities, i. e. via Uruguay, etc.
If you also are looking for accommodation in BA, a guest house like mine is ideal, because a helpful landlord can help you to plan your trip and of course to know the non-touristic places of this amazing and safe city of 13 million people with all its culture, events, funny places, etc
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