25 Dec 2014 - 03 Jan 2015
I cannot say enough great things about this tour. It was a leap of faith for me and I'm so glad I went! Flor was the most amazing tour guide who went above and beyond to make the tour special. The first day was Christmas and she arranged for dinner at a restaurant on the beach in Buzios and on New Years we had a rooftop party at the hotel. Also, she always arranged something fun every night if we wanted to go out.
Some of the highlights: selfie with Christ the Redeemer, Buzios, Favela Tour, Boat Party, churrascaria dinner, partying in Rio, Speedboat ride through Iguassu Falls, Argentine Experience dinner, Polo Day, and more! All the hotels were great locations, Rio and Buzios are right by the beach. The food was so good: coconuts on the beach, acai bowls, the best steak of my life, and empanadas!
The only con to this is that it was pretty expensive, I've done other contiki trips where there was much more included. I did a lot of the optional activities and it adds up. Though, if you are wanting to do more on your own, this is a good tour option. Some days, if you weren't doing optionals, you were given the whole day to explore. Some people in the group did that most of the time. Also, I really wish they would change the tour to start at a different time than 7am. Almost everyone has to arrive the night before and pay for a hotel (tip: it's cheaper if you book on your own). One poor guy looked at the hotel list when he arrived and went straight to Buzios (where you spend the first night). So please remember the first day of the tour starts in Rio!
This tour continues on to Peru afterwards and I was so sad not to be able to continue. I would do this tour again in a heartbeat!
Review written Mar 2015event 0.3