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Argentina & Brazil Highlights

(From March 2021)

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The one that explores South America's dazzling duo in 10 days of adventures, adrenaline & sun-seeking

Travel Style

Discoverer

Take your time and explore in-detail each destination on this trip. Find out more

  • Duration

    10 days

  • Places

    3 places

  • Meals

    10 Breakfast, 3 Dinner

  • Transport Style

    Coach, Mini-Van, Plane

  • Group Size

    Max 30 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

  • International Flights

    Included

Buenos Aires, Iguassu Falls, Rio de Janeiro

Argentina & Brazil Highlights (From March 2021)

10 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Watch a sultry Tango show, learn to do it yourself, then reward yourself with an Argentine feast in Buenos Aires
  • Get a city sightseeing tour of the cultural capital of Buenos Aires
  • Included flight to Iguassu
  • Visit Iguassu National Park (Parque Nacional do Iguaçu - Brazilian side)
  • Try a delicious Churrascaria (Brazilian BBQ) in Iguassu
  • See the Devil's Throat, the underwater cave formation of Iguassu falls
  • Visit Iguassu National Park (Parque Nacional Iguazú - Argentinian side)
  • Included flight to Rio de Janeiro
  • City orientation tour of Rio
  • Climb up to the heavens of Corcovado and gawp at Christ the Redeemer, Rio

8 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Catch a boat across to Colonia, Uruguay from Buenos Aires for the day
  • Experience an Argentinian feast with a private dining experience in Buenos Aires
  • Have a go at the traditional game of polo followed by lunch in the Argentinian countryside
  • Helicopter flight over Iguassu Falls to get the full aerial view
  • Jet boat ride under Iguassu Falls
  • Take a cable car ride up the famous Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio
  • Try some delicious Brazilian BBQ in Rio
  • Take a cruise along the arcing Guanabara Bay and enjoy caiprinhas and music, Rio

Where I'll Stay?

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • 9 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    4 nights in Hostel, 5 nights in Hotel

    We always provide comfortable accommodation in a relaxed atmosphere - think comfy hotels and bright communal areas for you and your new squad to relax and socialise.

About this trip

Do catamarans over azure waters, lush white beaches, the rush of Iguassu falls & buzz of Rio sound appealing to you? Mix this with cosmopolitan Buenos Aires & you’ve got the perfect combo of adventure, discovery & sun-seeking in 10 mesmerising days through Argentina and Brazil, with an optional day trip to Uruguay thrown into the mix.

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  • Only $200 deposit to book

    Reserve your space now with a deposit, pay the rest 45 days before departure

  • Pay over time, interest free

    Can't pay in full? We've got you covered with our Part Pay Program

  • No booking fee, no change fees

    Change your travel dates or even your trip for free

  • Financing available with UpLift

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 4 4 nights

    Buenos Aires

  2. 2 2 nights

    Iguassu Falls

  3. 3 3 nights

    Rio de Janeiro

DAY 1 - Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

South America’s most cosmopolitan city will spread out before us like a treasure box waiting to be opened as we descend on Buenos Aires. But tonight, you'll meet your fellow travellers, before heading to a tango show. Have a go yourself, enjoy the first of the Argentine food you're sure to love, and then watch the pros show you how it's done.

Stay

Viajero Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Watch a sultry Tango show, learn to do it yourself, then reward yourself with an Argentine feast in Buenos Aires

DAY 2 - Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

Today you've got the opportunity to take a day trip to a whole different country: Uruguay! If you're down, we'll head to the historic city of Colonia by boat, where you'll explore the cute cobbled streets and dreamy pastel coloured houses with a locally guided tour. Take some time to grab lunch, and the best part? Your transport here is golf buggies - seriously. If you'd prefer to stay the other side of the border, Buenos Aires is yours to explore today, your way.

Stay

Viajero Hostel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Catch a boat across to Colonia, Uruguay from Buenos Aires for the day

DAY 3 - Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

Now's your opportunity to get the full Porteno (locals from Buenos Aires) experience.  This morning why not go check out the colorful La Boca neighbourhood? Then, as the balmy afternoon draws in, get involved in an optional Argentine Food Experience. The best way to get amongst the culture is the food, and this meal won't disappoint. 

Stay

Viajero Hostel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Get a city sightseeing tour of the cultural capital of Buenos Aires

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Experience an Argentinian feast with a private dining experience in Buenos Aires

DAY 4 - Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

Now that you know Buenos Aires like a Porteño the day is yours to explore! Join in a day at the Polo where you'll learn about the traditional Argentine game, learn how to play and even partake in a game of your own. If you're more comfortable out on the water, opt to experience the Tigre Delta for the day on a relaxing boat ride, or if you want to stay on dry land enjoy a short bike ride around the surrounding areas. No matter what you choose, we'll all dive into a delicious regional lunch. Weather permitting you can even swim and kayak. In love with the city life of Buenos Aires? Then spend some time exploring the museums and/or the shops in Palermo.  There truly is something for everyone.

Stay

Viajero Hostel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Have a go at the traditional game of polo, followed by lunch in the Argentinian countryside

DAY 5 - Buenos Aires to Iguassu Falls

Buenos Aires

Rise and shine Latin adventurers. It's been an amazing four days in Argentina, but we’ve got an included flight to catch – Brazil bound…

Iguassu Falls

Landing in Puerto Iguazu we'll hop over the border and dig our toes into Brazilian soil for the first time, clapping eyes on yet another astounding natural wonder. Listen out for all those oohhs and aahhs. A collection of 275 individual waterfalls, Iguassu Falls sprawls both Brazil and Argentina, with both sides offering up stunning UNESCO World Heritage parks and views. Today though, is all about the Brazilian side, and what better way to see the falls from every angle than with an optional helicopter ride, taking the term ‘birds eye view’ to a whole new level. Go on – treat yo’ self! For those keeping feet on the ground, take your time exploring the Parque Nacional do Iguaçu, then tonight we'll pencil in some group hangs over caipirinhas to debrief yet another action packed day.

Stay

Hotel del Rey (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included flight to Iguassu

  • Visit Iguassu National Park

  • Try a delicious Churrascaria (Brazilian BBQ) in Iguassu

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Helicopter flight over Iguassu Falls to get the full aerial view

DAY 6 - Iguassu Falls

Iguassu Falls

Iguassu we’re not done with you yet! Yesterday was all about the Brazilian side, but today we’re hopping back over to Argentina to see what the deal is from this side of the falls. We’ll take a hike to the very edge of Devil’s Throat, the highest of the 275 falls, and for those keen there’s even the option to take to the water with a speed boat ride through the spray of the falls. Refreshing? Oh you could say that…With a full day spent here, take your time exploring, trying to figure out the age old debate – which side wears it better? Tonight, dinners packing a serious punch – we’ll be treating you to an authentic Brazilian BBQ dinner. Say hello to the meat sweats…

Stay

Hotel del Rey (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Devil's Throat, the underwater cave formation of Iguassu falls

  • Visit Iguassu National Park ARG side

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Jet boat ride under Iguassu Falls

DAY 7 - Iguassu Falls to Rio De Janeiro

Iguassu Falls

Catch you later Iguassu – Rio, we’re coming in hot…

Rio de Janeiro

If Rio knows one thing, it’s how to p-a-r-t-y, so having fun in this life loving city is already a given. But first things first – let’s get acquainted with our surroundings a little better. After a quick orientation tour, the afternoon is then yours to explore as you please, though given our hotel's beachfront location, we reckon you'll only have one thing on your mind.

Stay

Hotel Atlantis Copacabana (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included flight to Rio de Janeiro

  • City orientation tour of Rio

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a cable car ride up the famous Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio

  • Try some delicious Brazilian BBQ in Rio

DAY 8 - Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Today check out the city from above, hang gliding to see Rio in all its scenic glory. Then this afternoon is all yours, and it sounds like Copacabana Beach is calling your name. Or if a game's in town watch the masters of football do it like no one else can, while you soak in the crazy atmosphere that goes alongside the national sport.

Stay

Hotel Atlantis Copacabana (or similar)

DAY 9 - Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Excuse us while we cry into our caipirinhas - today is our last full day on trip. But before the emotions run too high, let's make sure we see it out with a bang, Rio style. First up is a visit to Christ the Redeemer, a New Wonder of the World. Standing at an impressive 30m high (98ft), this religious monument casts an almighty shadow over the city below, and will be a moment you won't be forgetting anytime soon. This afternoon, how does a boat cruise sound? Featuring cocktails, tunes and good times, it'd be rude not to.

Stay

Hotel Atlantis Copacabana (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Climb up to the heavens of Corcovado and gawp at Christ the Redeemer, Rio

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a cruise along the arcing Guanabara Bay and enjoy caiprinhas and music, Rio

DAY 10 - Depart Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

This morning, this adventure of epic proportion will be coming to an end. Hug it out with the new friends you now class as family, and damn right you're already on those reunion tour plans. Europe next summer, anyone?

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain Latin America trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain countries on your
trip. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas that are required prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a trip. Visa and other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/ departure taxes, customs and quarantine regulations) do change regularly.
Your passport must have at least six months’ validity remaining when you arrive. Local immigration authorities may deny entry and deport people who do not meet this requirement, even if they only intend to stay for a short period. Important to consider:

• Visas can take up to six weeks and a fee is normally charged.
• Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part of your trip and will result in
you incurring considerable expense and inconvenience.
• It is better for you to apply for all visas before you leave home.
• It is very important that the entry and exit dates are correct on the visa.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our Latin America trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max. weight of 20kg (44lbs). As with our other regions, luggage is restricted to only one reasonably sized backpack/suitcase plus one carry-on bag, and luggage policies are strictly enforced on our trips. Due to the large number of flights on Contiki Latin America trips, your luggage needs to meet the size and weight restrictions imposed by airlines. These limits are imposed by the airlines, not by Contiki. Check out www.lan.com for more.

On some of our trips, it is necessary to use an overnight bag on the occasional nights when it’s not possible to unload your bags from the coach (like our Peru Jungle Lodge & at Machu Picchu). It’s a good idea to bring an overnight bag, or hand luggage that’s big enough to double up as an overnighter when needed.

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Our team in Latin America are all genuine Latin locals, and they can’t wait to show you their backyard. Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

There are loads of great things to spend your money on while you’re in Latin America – from a day trip to a beautiful coastal town, to a special dinner or an outfit that you just can’t resist... So how much money should you bring?

Remember your trip already includes plenty of things such as breakfast every day, many meals, lots of sightseeing, guided tours & activities & much more


Before you travel, it’s a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Contiki’s Latin America accommodation is almost all hotels on a twin-share basis. You will stay in centrally located 3-star hotels & resorts that have been chosen for their particular character, charm, location & style. They’re all very comfortable & have some great amenities, like WiFi and en-suite bathrooms.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation's family of brands. From our Me To We volunteering trip in Ecuador to the shark saver initiative in the Galapagos, our projects in Latin America are all about giving something back. Find out more at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.