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Release your hedonistic side in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, via spectacular Iguazu Falls

Buenos Aires is South America's liveliest and most cosmopolitan city, and we take in the city’s most memorable moments, including the grand architecture of Plaza de Mayo, Recoleta's iconic cemetery and bubbling La Boca. At Iguazu Falls we witness the grand cataract’s mighty power, and if you chose an exhilarating boat trip to the thunderous base of the cascades. From there it’s off to explore Rio de Janeiro, with its sweeping sands, vibrant nightlife and spectacular setting. We take in Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer, as well as having plenty of free time to soak up Rio’s unique atmosphere.


Start
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Finish
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Countries
Argentina, Brazil
Style
Peregrine
Code
PSBA
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
81 reviews
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Buenos Aires offers an eclectic mix of European, Cosmopolitan and Latin flavours, as well as a booming cultural and nightlife scene. Explore the neighbourhoods of this lively, confident city on a half-day tour with a local guide

  • Watch the intimately fluid movements of a professional tango couple up close. Then try your luck at mastering the techniques and understanding the rhythm of this enthralling music and dance.

  • With two days at Iguazu Falls, you can marvel at this beauty from many different angles. The Argentinean side gets you up close and personal, while the Brazillian side unveils sweeping panoramas

  • Favelas may sit alongside mansions, but in the heaving metropolis of Rio, everyone’s invited to the party. This is your chance to immerse yourself in Brazilian culture, food and music

  • Gaze over the dazzling city, mountains and bay of Rio de Janeiro from the foot of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue

Is this trip right for you?

  • There are several orientation walks and city tours during this trip, so there will be quite a lot of walking. It’s important to always bring plenty of water, wear comfortable walking shoes and ensure you use adequate sun protection. Wearing layers is a good way to tackle the heat.

Itinerary

Welcome to Buenos Aires, the cosmopolitan epicentre of South America. You will be transferred to your hotel upon arrival. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. Perhaps ask your leader for a recommended place to dine this evening.
Accommodation
  • Tango de Mayo Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Please advise us of your flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to departure for the complimentary airport transfer. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).

Some departures of this trip are part of a combination trip. As such, some of your fellow travellers may have started their trip 9 days ago in Santiago on Chile, Argentina & Brazil (PSCAC), or 24 days ago in Lima on Rhythms of South America (PSRSC), or 32 days ago in Quito on South America in Depth (PSSIC).
This morning at 10am, explore the city with a local guide (approximately four hours). Start with Plaza de Mayo and see the Casa Rosada ("Pink house"), then transfer to Recoleta and walk among the tombs and monuments of Recoleta Cemetery – the final resting place of some of the city’s most famous residents. Next, wander the cobbled streets of San Telmo and browse its famous antiques market and art displays. From here you'll take a private vehicle to La Boca and its well-known ‘Caminito’ district, before moving on to the lesser-known side of this colourful neighbourhood to visit an artist's gallery.

A home-made empanada lunch at a local social project is included today. After lunch, get ready to be captivated by Argentina’s most famous dance; the Tango. In a private space a professional Tango couple will explain the dance’s origin and history, as well as demonstrating the intimately fluid movements for you. You will then be invited to join an hour long beginner’s class to learn some of the basic techniques and understand the rhythm.
Accommodation
  • Tango de Mayo Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Buenos Aires - Half-day guided tour
  • Buenos Aires - Tango demonstration by professional dancers
  • Buenos Aires - Tango dance lesson
Optional Activities
  • Buenos Aires - Football game (ticket price depends on the game) - USD120
  • Buenos Aires - Tango show (ticket price depends on the location and inclusions) - USD120
  • Buenos Aires - Malbec Trail of Palermo Urban Adventure - USD111
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Today, in the morning or late morning, fly to Puerto Iguazu in Argentina (2 hours), gateway to the mighty Iguazu Falls. Spend the next two days exploring the falls in depth, seeing them from both the Argentinean and Brazilian sides. The falls are two kilometres in length, and are made up of 275 waterfalls in total, some of which stretch up to 80 metres high. This makes them both higher than Niagara and wider than Victoria Falls. The Brazilian side of the falls offers great panoramic views of them. For birds-eye views of the falls, you can take an optional helicopter flight over the top of them.
Accommodation
  • Hotel El Pueblito or Similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Iguazu Falls - Entrance and tour of the Brazilian side of the falls
Optional Activities
  • Bird Park - BRL40
  • Helicopter ride (min 3 people) - BRL430
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
For visa information purposes: You will be visiting the Brazilian side of the falls on Day 3 and returning to the Argentinean side to spend the night. You visit the Argentinean side of the falls on Day 4. Then on day 5 you cross back to the Brazilian side in order to take a domestic flight to Rio de Jainero.
Make an early start, 7:30am, to visit the Argentinean side of the falls today, which has boardwalks allowing you to get up close and personal with these towering rapids. Choose to get an even more exhilarating look at Iguazu with an optional zodiac boat ride below the falls. Later, about 3pm accompanied by your leader, have the opportunity to meet one of the few remaining original inhabitants of the region, the Guarani. Return to the hotel at approximately 5pm.
Accommodation
  • Hotel El Pueblito or Similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Iguazu Falls - Entrance and tour of the Argentinian side of the falls
  • Iguazu - Guarani community visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today cross the border into Brazil and take a flight (two hours) from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro. Witness the intense green of Guanabara Bay and the beauty of the surrounding slopes of the Corcovado and Sugarloaf that make Rio such a majestic place. Take in the ever-present Portugese influence here, which is especially apparent in the opulent buildings constructed when the Portuguese monarchy fled Europe under the threat of Napolean and took up residence here. Be struck by the contrast between this extravagance and the destitute poverty of the favelas. The white sands of Cobacapana and Ipanema beaches offer an equally interesting snapshot of local life. For some world-renowned live music, Lapa is the place to go and join the locals for some serious dancing.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Arena Copacabana or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today, around 9am, you'll be taken on a full-day guided tour that spans some of Rio's most iconic sights. Head up to Santa Teresa, a beautiful artistic neighbourhood situated on a hill overlooking the city. While walking the cobbled streets you'll discover eclectic architecture, art galleries and restaurants before stopping by the famous Selaron Stairs. Continue on to Corcovado for an eagle-view of the city from the base of Christ the Reedemer. One of the new Seven Wonders of the World, this enormous white statue stands over Rio, offering sweeping 360-degree views of the city’s natural wonders. Next, it’s time to experience a different side of the city, with a visit to the Santa Marta favela. Accompanied by your local guide, you'll head through narrow alleys, learn about local life and meet some of the people who make up this vibrant community. The tour will conclude at a local house in the favela at approximately 2pm, where you will taste the most authentic food the city can offer! Our local host Sallete will welcome you into her home with a readiness to answer questions, a smile and of course a caipirinha; the national cocktail made with cachaça, sugar & lime. Lunch will be a typical dish called Feijoada, a stew of black beans, kale and pork. Expect to be finished around 4pm. 
Accommodation
  • Hotel Arena Copacabana or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Rio de Janeiro - Guided tour including Santa Teresa and Selaron Steps
  • Rio de Janeiro - Christ the Redeemer entrance
  • Rio de Janeiro - Santa Marta Favela tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Your trip comes to an end after breakfast this morning.
Optional Activities
  • Rio de Janeiro - Total Rio Bike Tour - Urban adventure - USD59
  • Rio de Janeiro - Sugar loaf cable car - BRL76
  • Rio de Janeiro - Football game (ticket price depends on the game) - USD30
  • Rio de Janeiro - Carnaval rehearsal (only available from June to Carnaval) - BRL80
  • Rio de Janeiro - Samba show - BRL200
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

6 breakfasts, 2 lunches

Transport

Private vehicle, Plane, Boat

Accommodation

Hotel (6 nights)

Included Activities

  • Buenos Aires - Half-day guided tour
  • Buenos Aires - Tango demonstration by professional dancers
  • Buenos Aires - Tango dance lesson
  • Iguazu Falls - Entrance and tour of the Brazilian side of the falls
  • Iguazu Falls - Entrance and tour of the Argentinian side of the falls
  • Iguazu - Guarani community visit
  • Rio de Janeiro - Guided tour including Santa Teresa and Selaron Steps
  • Rio de Janeiro - Christ the Redeemer entrance
  • Rio de Janeiro - Santa Marta Favela tour

Reviews

Our Argentina & Brazil trips score an average of 4.52 out of 5 based on 81 reviews in the last year.

Argentina & Brazil , April 2017

Angela Roberts

Argentina & Brazil , April 2017

Angela Roberts

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Important notes

PASSPORT DETAILS:
The airlines require your full name as per passport & passport number to issue tickets. Please provide this information at time of booking.

ARRIVAL TRANSFER:
An airport arrival transfer is included. Please advise your arrival flight details at least 14 days prior to departure.

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS:
This trip includes a domestic flight. Argentina is particularly strict on excess baggage and usually enforces a maximum allowance of 15Kg for check in luggage.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
A single supplement is available on this trip.

CHILE VISA:
If you are entering Chile at Santiago International Airport as a tourist, some nationalities are required to pay a reciprocity fee (Australians US$117). The fee does not apply to travellers arriving at other airports or entering the country via land borders.

ARGENTINA VISA:
The Argentine government charges a reciprocity tax which applies to Canadian and Australian citizens. The fee must be paid online prior to travel and a receipt for this payment must be produced at every border crossing into Argentina.

BRAZILIAN VISA:
Please note you may require a Brazilian Visa for this trip. Processing can take around 2-5 weeks at the discretion of the embassy or consulate. Please speak with your travel agent well in advance for further advice.

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