Wonders of Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls and Buenos Aires
- 9 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 1,719
FIRST-CLASS | SMALL GROUP: 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.
- 9 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 1,719
Itinerary View Trip Map
Arrival to Rio de Janeiro
Upon arrival in Rio de Janeiro, find your driver at the designated meeting location and settle in for a shared transfer to your hotel. A vibrant city with an incredible beachfront, the rest of your day is at leisure; consider heading out after a quick nap!
Accommodation: Arena Ipanema Hotel (or similar)
Rio de Janeiro
After an early breakfast, set out for a memorable day exploring some of the top highlights of Rio. This five hour tour begins with pick-up in the lobby of your hotel between 7:30am and 8:10am, and then sets out to the city's two most famous landmarks: the Christ the Redeemer Statue and Sugarloaf Mountain. The drive up to the statue, found on top of Corcovado Mountain and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, is short and scenic. Travelling through the Tijuca Forest before opening to incredible views of the city, the entire journey is enjoyable and pays offs with spectacular vistas. Afterwards, head to Sugarloaf Mountain where you will travel to the top by way of two cable cars. The first cable car will bring you to Urca Hill, a vantage point 215 meters (706 feet) above the nearby ocean, from which you'll take in beautiful views of Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niteroi Bridge and Corcovado Mountain. Then it's on to a second cable car which will take you to the summit. Standing at 395 meters (1,295 feet), breathtaking panoramic views of Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress and several beaches of Niteroi take center stage. After riding the cable car back down, you will be returned to your hotel where the afternoon is yours to enjoy.
Rio de Janeiro
Today is free to relax at your hotel, on Ipanema Beach, or explore the streets of this world famous city on your own.
Alternatively, a range of optional group excursions are available at additional cost: 1) Santa Teresa and Lapa Neighbourhoods with Tram Ride and visit to the Selaron Steps (4 hrs), 2) The Museum of Tomorrow, Aquarium Rio & Olympic Boulevard (4 hrs), 3) Rio Nature: The Tijuca Forest and Botanical Garden (4 hrs). For more information on these optional activities, please speak to your Destination Specialist.
Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu Falls
Following breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport alongside fellow travellers. Upon arrival, board a flight with service to Iguassu Falls (flight not included). Once in Iguassu Falls, join your group and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Soon after you will set out on shared tour of the Brazilian side of the falls. The tour begins with a visit to the main Visitor Center of the park, where you can learn about the local ecosystem. From there, hike along the most impressive trail of the park where the you can enjoy incredible views of the waterfalls. After taking in the sights from a nearby belvedere, return to the park’s entrance via a short walk and panoramic elevator. The rest of your afternoon and evening is at leisure, however, you may be interested in joining in on a shared tour of the National Bird Park (additional cost).
Accommodation: Viale Cataratas (or similar)
Settle in for breakfast at your hotel, then travel to the Argentine side of the falls following a brief stop at Customs. You will then cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge over Iguassu River, which separates Argentina and Brazil. Once in Argentina, take a scenic route to the Argentine Iguassu Park and marvel at the breathtaking views of the Argentinean Falls, including the Devil's Throat (the largest of the Argentinean Falls) and the San Martin Falls. On the return journey, you will stop at the "Three Borders" where Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay meet, and also explore the upper circuit to get an close-up view of the Devil's Throat. Available at additional cost, consider joining "the Big Adventure", a rainforest and waterfall adventure enjoyed by truck and boat.
Iguassu Falls to Buenos Aires
After breakfast, join the shared transfer to the airport, stopping at Customs along the way. Upon arrival to the airport, board a flight with service to Buenos Aires (flight not included). Once in Buenos Aires, you and your fellow travellers will be transferred to your hotel in the Argentinian capital.
Accommodation: Carles Hotel (or similar)
Following breakfast at your hotel, set out on a quintessential exploration of fabulous Buenos Aires. This is the perfect tour to discover the charm of Argentina's capital, from the chic districts of Recoleta and Palermo, to historic Plaza de Mayo, and architectural icons such as the Colon Opera House, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the palace of Congress. The tour finishes in old town San Telmo, home of the city's aristocracy until the late 19th century and after visiting vibrant Caminito street in La Boca, the colorful shelter for Italian immigrants by the Riachuelo, and the young thriving restaurant scene at the Puerto Madero waterfront. Enjoy a bit of free time in the city before your evening activity. Famous for its amazing nightlife and for being the land of Carlos Gardel, Buenos Aires is a joy for those seeking top-notch gastronomy and Tango. Tonight, you will enjoy an unforgettable evening capturing the magic of this city while enjoying the best of its varied cuisine. After transferring to a typical early 20th century house, settle in for a performance featuring 15 artists, a tango orchestra, a folk music group, dancers and a singer while enjoying a delicious meal paired with wine and drinks.
|Breakfast and Dinner
Today, enjoy a leisurely day in Buenos Aires and immerse yourself in the city's culture and history. Perhaps you will visit Recoleta Cemetery and visit the grave of Eva Perón, or return to stroll through the streets of San Telmo, a charming neighborhood known for its antiques market and tango shows. A walk along the beautiful parks of Palermo is recommended, as is a visit to the renowned MALBA museum where you can admire the art and culture of South America.
Alternatively, consider joining a shared optional excursion (at additional cost) which include: 1) A Day at the Pampas: Ombu de Areco Ranch with BBQ (9 hrs), 2) San Isidro & Tigre Delta with Navigation (5.5 hrs), 3) Fogon Asado Experience with Wine Pairing (2.5 hrs).
After a final breakfast at your hotel, it is time for a shared transfer to the airport ahead of your international departure.
2023: December 4
2024: January 8; March 4; April 8, 29; May 20; June 3, 24; July 8, 29; August 26; September 30; November 4; December 2
- Shared arrival and departure airport transfers
- 3 nights in first-class accommodations in Rio de Janeiro
- 2 nights in first-class accommodations in Iguassu Falls
- 3 nights in first-class accommodations in Buenos Aires
- Small group tour of Corcovado & Sugarloaf Mountain (max 16 guests)
- Shared transfer from Rio de Janeiro hotel to airport
- Shared transfer from Iguassu Falls airport to hotel
- Small group tour of the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls with Park Entrance (max 16 guests)
- Small group tour of the Argentinean side of Iguassu Falls with Park Entrance (max 16 guests)
- Shared transfer from Iguassu Falls hotel to airport
- Shared transfer from Buenos Aires airport to hotel
- Small group tour of Buenos Aires (max 16 guests)
- Dinner and Tango show in Buenos Aires with transfers
- Breakfast daily (excluding Day 1), 1 dinner
- Travel insurance
- International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
- Visa fees if applicable
- Meals and beverages not mentioned
- Items of a personal nature
This is not a fully escorted tour. Local English guides are used in each different location. Maximum group size is 16.
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.
2 Dec 2024