Do catamarans, beaches, the rush of Iguassu & buzz of Rio sound like you? Mix this with cosmopolitan Buenos Aires & you’ve got the perfect combo of adventure, discovery & sun-seeking in 10 epic days through Argentina & Brazil.
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Welcome to Argentina. Known as the Country of Seven Continents, the diversity of landscapes here is super cool. You’ll find rainforest, plains and deltas, red sand desert, the southern Lakes District of Patagonia including Ushuaia the world’s most southern city. You’ll also find the Andes and Aconcagua (the western hemisphere’s highest peak) let’s not forget Iguassu Falls.
We’ll arrive in the capital city, Buenos Aires, known as South America’s most cosmopolitan city and paradise for the urbanite. As a refuge for many Europeans after the Second World War, its diversity is reflected in its people, an awesome melting pot of Spanish, Italian, German, Slavic and Syrian descent.
On the first day we will dive into the heart of the city with a half-day city bike tour. We’ll visit the city’s historic center, San Telmo, the renowned neighborhoods like the colourful La Boca, including Maradona’s Statue at Boca Juniors stadium, Caminito and other renowned neighborhoods and areas such as Puerto Madero with it’s trendy shops and cafes.
Buenos Aires is perfect for unleashing the culture vulture within! It is the birthplace of Tango and there is a love of music, art, dance and of course football! The Argentines also love to dine and no visit to the capital would be complete without trying their world-renowned beef and of course, their delicious red wine.
- Visit the neighbourhoods of San Telmo, La Boca & Puerto Madero
- Tango lesson, show & dinner
Your second day in BA is a day to enjoy the city your way. We’ll give you some ideas of how to spend it, doing stuff like watching a Polo game and then experiencing it for yourself, or get into the Argentinian cuisine with a lesson on how to cook different types of local favourites. The best part is you get to eat them when you're done!
If hanging in town is what you’re after, there are loads of options. Check with your Tour Manager what is going on in town, there might be a football (soccer) game on, maybe rub elbows with the city’s elite while drinking champagne at a polo match or try your luck at the racetrack. For those interested in hitting the shops there is fantastic shopping in the boutiques and galleries that line La Florida, one of two pedestrian streets in the city centre. You could also visit the historic Gran Café Tortoni where you can ask for a ‘café con leche’ (Spanish for coffee with milk). Tonight, head out and find a local night spot to get a taste of Argentina’s famous beef, or try some of the homemade pizza and pasta that is the pride of the Italian population found in BA (Buenos Aires). Whatever you choose remember to save a little bit of energy for another night out on the town.
- Argentinan culinary experience To Be Confirmed
- Polo Experience Approx. cost: 1,598 ARS
Today we depart Argentina to stay on the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls. Iguassu Falls lies along the border of Argentina and Brazil, with awesome views from both sides, and you’ll experience them both! From the airport in Puerto Iguazu we’ll cross the border into Brazil and head to the Foz do Iguacu. You could get things started with a different perspective of the falls on an optional helicopter flight, providing you with awesome panoramic views and photo ops.
Although the parks on both sides are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, there is often debate about who has the better side of the Falls. We’ll leave it up to you, but it’s widely believed that that the view from the Brazilian side is second to none. Take in all 275 individual waterfalls that make up the falls and get an up-close view of the Devil’s Throat (the largest of the 275 falls).
Later, make an optional stop at a bird sanctuary on the way back to town, where you can get up close to some of the Amazon’s famous residents like the toucan, Hyacinth Macaw and other tropical species living in their natural habitat.
This evening we’ll check into our hotel and enjoy the Brazilian national drink, a caipirinha.
- Visit Iguassu National Park (Parque Nacional do Iguaçu - Brazilian side)
- Helicopter flight over the falls Approx. cost: 230 BRL
Get ready for an awesome day at Iguassu. First up, we’ll cross back into Argentina and visit their side of the falls. You could feel the spray of the falls on a speed boat ride, or if you feel like a wander, there’s a short hike to the edge of the Devil’s Throat. We have all day, so you can do it all if you want to.
Later, we’ll say farewell Argentina and it’s back to Brazil for another night of wining, dining and dancing. Tonight join us for a rooftop BBQ and chill night in Iguassu.
- Visit Iguassu National Park (Parque Nacional Iguazú - Argentinian side)
- See the Devils Throat
- Taste delicious Brazillian BBQ
- Speed boat ride to the falls $350 BRL
It’s time to take it down a notch today as we start the next part of our journey in beachside Buzios. We’ll catch a flight to Rio de Janiero where we’ll transfer to this famous beachside resort town. Located on a peninsula and surrounded by more than 20 different beaches from small coves with white sand, to endless stretches of gold this is the perfect place for a little bit of R&R.
Later on head out for a tasty local meal. Buzios is the perfect place to try some delicious seafood that is on offered all along Brazil’s coast. Don’t forget, it’s a place to dress to impress, so maybe glam up & get ready for a night on the town.
If you’re keen, you can rise early and catch a gorgeous sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean. For those that prefer to sleep in, don’t worry, today’s another day to relax, chill and do what you want. Head down to the beach and try surfing, get a bit of a workout with an ocean swim or simply read a book while working on your tan with a cocktail in hand.
Tonight, you could take a stroll through town and check out all of the shops, restaurants and bars here, before settling on one to spend your last night in town.
- Learn to surf lesson $145 BRL
Hello, Rio! Say farewell to the beach as we head to the city for our last 2 days on tour. Home to the world’s largest Carnival celebration, the famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, the Brazilian bikini and of course some of the world’s best football (soccer) players, Rio goes off!
First up, we will head to Rio’s old Cathedral, one of the city’s most important historical buildings before visiting the Lapa district and its 150 year-old aqueduct, the Arches of Lapa and Passeio Publico, the first public park in the city.
After the orientation tour of the city, we’ll check–in to our hotel with time to rest up before a night out on the town. From evening football games, to bars, clubs and Favela parties, Rio’s nightlife will not disappoint. Just ask your Tour Manager for some cool places to head.
- City tour of the Catedral, Lapa Steps & Paseo Publica
This morning we'll visit the Christ the Redeemer statue located atop ‘Corcovado’ and recently designated as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Not only will you be amazed by the sheer size of the monument, but also by the incredible view of Rio in its entirety.
Next up is Sugarloaf Mountain. Climb 1299ft (396m) in glass-paneled cable cars to the summit for more astounding views of the city and its beaches. The trip is broken in two and if you take a break after the first car on Morro de Acucar you might meet some of the mountain’s naughtier residents, tiny monkeys who will be more than happy to steal your food.
This afternoon join us for a Favela tour to get a deeper understanding of how many of the city’s inhabitants live. You can visit the markets and shops throughout the city or just relax on the beach and watch the Cariocas, (residents of Rio), do what they do best, play football and practice Capoeira a martial art mixed with dance from the northeast of the country. You could also learn some tricks yourself if you’re keen.
- Visit Christ the Redeemer statue
- Hang gliding Approx. cost from: 315 BRL
- Favela party Approx. cost: 65 BRL
- Carretao Brazilian Rodizio Dinner BRL$68.00
Today is yours to explore this amazing city. Try hang gliding, hang on the beach and this afternoon chill on a boat cruise around Rio's famous harbour. Tonight, end the trip as we head out for a meal & our last night out in this amazing city!
- Boat cruise with caipirinhas, sun & music
- Visit Christ the Redeemer statue
- Hang gliding Approx. cost from: 315 BRL
Don’t forget to swap addresses with your mates and Tour Manager, as our South American adventure ends this morning after breakfast.
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