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Wonders of Rio, Iguassu & Buenos Aires

Duration
8 Days
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US$ 1,767

The journey between Rio and Buenos Aires via Iguassu Falls never goes out of style. Blending beaches, cosmopolitan cities and natural wonders, this is one of the ‘must-do’ South America tours.


This 9-day trip between two South American icons goes via Iguassu Falls, one of the most impressive natural sights on this dynamic continent.

You’ll start in Rio de Janeiro, one of the world’s most evocative cities. Start with its most recognisable symbol, Christ the Redeemer. A cog railway takes you to the summit of Corcovado, where you can enjoy great views over Rio. Then descend to discover the city in detail on a city tour. See the Sambodrome, the pyramid-shaped Metropolitan Cathedral, Cinelandia Square, the National Library and National Museum, finally disembarking at Sugar Loaf. Here, two cable cars will take you to the top of the famous peak, rewarding you with views over Guanabara Bay, and Corcovado.

Rio, of course, is a huge city with lots to explore. Or just laze on one of the world’s most famous beaches, Copacabana or Ipanema. For a uniquely local experience, consider a favela tour, exploring some of Rio’s poorest, yet most vibrant communities.

Fly to Iguassu Falls, where up to 450,000 cubic feet of water cascades over the edge every second during the rainy season. Eleanor Roosevelt’s reaction, ‘Poor Niagara!’ is now legendary, but you’ll be able to form your own opinion, exploring the Brazilian side of the Falls on day one, with the option of a helicopter ride to enjoy them from above. On your second day here, cross the border into Argentina, where you’ll experience the natural beauty of the Falls along the Green Trail. It ends with the ultimate Iguassu view, the Devil’s Throat, where several branches of the river converge on a 230 foot drop.

Fly to your last stop, Buenos Aires. Often dubbed ‘the Paris of the South,’ this is one of South America’s most romantic cities. Take a city tour past the National Congress, Plaza de Mayo, and the Cabildo. Pay your respects to the spirit of Eva Peron at Casa Rosada, then explore the colourful La Boca district before roaming Palermo Park, home to the City Zoo and Planetarium, and elegant Recoleta.

Speaking of elegance, no visit to Buenos Aires would be complete without an evening of Tango. Though the famous dance’s origins are unclear, there is no denying its contribution to Argentinian culture, or the country’s contribution to its enduring popularity. Take in the spectacle over dinner, before enjoying a full day exploring the city at your leisure.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,767

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Day 1

Arrive Rio de Janeiro

On arrival into Rio you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Copa Sul Hotel

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    Copa Sul Hotel



    Copa Sul Hotel is an ideal place to stay whether for leisure or business. The hotel is one block away from Copacabana beach. There are 88 rooms distributed throughout 16 floors.

    Copa Sul Hotel is an ideal place to stay whether for leisure or business. The hotel is one block away from Copacabana beach. There are 88 rooms distributed throughout 16 floors.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Rio de Janeiro

Taking a cog railway to the summit it is a short walk through the many stalls selling all incarnations of the statue to arrive at the country's most recognizable site and yet another world icon, the statue of Christ the Redeemer. With stunning views all over Rio it is a photo opportunity not to be missed and never forgotten.

You begin with a drive through downtown Rio, passing by the Sambodrome, the Metropolitan Cathedral, in pyramid form, with internal diameter of 96 meters and height of 80 meters. Visit the traditional Cinelandia Square with the many historical buildings, the Municipal Theatre, the National Library and the National Museum of Fine Arts. Visit the neighbourhood of Urca where one of the world's most recognizable landmarks sit: Sugar Loaf. The journey by cable car is made in two steps. The first cable car takes passengers to Urca Hill which is 215 meters high and from where one can have a beautiful view of Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niteroi Bridge and Corcovado Hill. It is then onto the Sugar Loaf itself where panoramic views of downtown Rio, the city airport, Christ the Redeemer I the distance and Copacabana Beach are all on offer.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Rio de Janeiro

Today is free to relax at your hotel, on Ipanema Beach, take a shopping tour, round of golf (not included in the trip price) or to simply walk the streets of this world famous city.

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Day 4

Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu Falls

On arrival into Iguassu Falls, Brazil, you will be transferred to your hotel where the remainder before enjoying an afternoon tour of the falls.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Viale Cataratas

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    Hotel Viale Cataratas



    Located just 10 km from Iguassu Falls National Park and Airport, this hotel features a gym, a pool and a sauna. Viale Cataratas is ideally located 6 km from Argentina and 11 km from Paraguay and a short walk to the Foz do Iguassu city ...

    Located just 10 km from Iguassu Falls National Park and Airport, this hotel features a gym, a pool and a sauna. Viale Cataratas is ideally located 6 km from Argentina and 11 km from Paraguay and a short walk to the Foz do Iguassu city centre.

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    • Swimming Pool
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 5

Iguassu Falls

Taller than Niagara Falls, twice as wide with 275 cascades spread in a horseshoe shape over nearly two miles of the Iguassu River, Iguassu Falls are the result of a volcanic eruption which left yet another large crack in the earth. During the rainy season of November - March, the rate of flow of water going over the falls may reach 450,000 cubic feet (12,750-metres cubed) per second.

These matter of fact details do nothing to describe the grandeur of the falls, the tremendous amount of water (an average of 553 cubic feet per second) thundering down 269 feet, the tropical location and the sheer beauty that led Eleanor Roosevelt to say, "Poor Niagara." Four times the width of Niagara Falls, Iguassu Falls are divided by various islands into separate waterfalls.

Today is spent on the Brazilian side of the falls. The optional Macuco Safari and or the helicopter ride above the falls - available ONLY on the Brazilian side of the falls - are highly recommended (not included in the trip price).

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Day 6

Iguassu Falls to Buenos Aires

After breakfast, you cross into Argentina (VISA REQUIRED) and head to the tour begins at the Visitor Center where you board the train at the Central Station, some 400 metres away from the main gate. The train travels along Sendero Verde (Green Trail) finishing at Garganta del Diablo (Devil's Throat) Station, the starting point of your journey. You will walk via the catwalks out and over the river, finally reaching Devil's Throat, the apex of the mighty Iguassu Falls.

It is a 70-metre-deep point where several branches of the Iguazu river converge, causing a violent but spectacular sight.

You will return to the station and re board the train to the Visitor Centre, and then to the start of the Upper Trail Walk. The Upper Circuit is a half-hour walk along a 1200- metre trail, with a low degree of difficulty and no stairs, which takes you deep into the jungle and over the precipice of the many falls on the Argentinean side.

Later in the day you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires (not included in trip price).

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Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Two Hotel Buenos Aires

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    Two Hotel Buenos Aires



    Located in San Telmo, Two Hotel is a short walk to many points of interest. Nearby you can find theatres, cafes, plazas, bars and restaurants that make the hotel's location a sought after choice for those visiting Buenos Aires.

    Located in San Telmo, Two Hotel is a short walk to many points of interest. Nearby you can find theatres, cafes, plazas, bars and restaurants that make the hotel's location a sought after choice for those visiting Buenos Aires.

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    • Business Centre
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Parking

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Day 7

Buenos Aires

Enjoy the highlights of the city such as the impressive National Congress, Plaza de Mayo, Casa Rosada, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Spanish colonial period city hall, the Cabildo. You will see the famous Colon Theatre one of the best Opera Houses around the world. Next, tour the traditional and historic San Telmo neighborhood. After that, stop at La Boca neighborhood, first settlement for the Italian immigrants, where you will enjoy the colorful architecture.

Continue your tour, passing by Puerto Madero on the way to Palermo the largest residential neighborhood of the city in which you are going to enjoy the Palermo Parks, City Zoo and the Planetarium. Finally, go to Recoleta, the most elegant neighborhood of the city with its famous cemetery, boutiques, gourmet restaurants and side walk cafes.

Tango (the dance with the stop Baille Con Carte) is one of the most fascinating of all dances. Originating in Spain or Morocco, the Tango was introduced to the New World by the Spanish settlers, eventually coming back to Spain with Black and Creole influences. Enjoy this spectacle with a tasty dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8

Depart Buenos Aires

Based on your return flight time, today is free to explore the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires before being transferred to the airport for your onward journey.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Sep 18
2018: Jan 22; Mar 12; May 14; Jul 16; Sep 17 *
* 2018 departures operate as an 8 day itinerary. Please inquire for details

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Transfers in shared services
  • Accommodation in Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls Brazil side and Buenos Aires
  • Rio city tour, tour of Iguassu Falls Brazil and Argentina, Buenos Aires city tour and tango show and dinner
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

OTHER INFORMATION:

Maximum group size is 20.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire. Visas are required for travel to Brazil and Argentina. Please speak to your travel agent or local consulate for the latest requirements.

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12 Mar 2018
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