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Buenos Aires, waterfalls and Rio de Janeiro

Highlights of this tour:

Buenos Aires, tango show, Iguazu Falls, Rio de Janeiro, Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Botanical Gardens, samba show.

This package holiday includes the following:

  • Flights from the UK to Buenos Aires, with transfer(s) en route
  • Flights from Rio de Janeiro to the UK, with transfer(s) en route
  • 1 domestic flight in Argentina: From Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu
  • 1 domestic flight in Brazil: From Foz do Iguaçu to Rio de Janeiro
  • Transfers from and to airports (in small, international groups)
  • 11 nights’ accommodation in good hotels incl. breakfast
  • 2 x dinner (days 4, 10)
  • Individual tour, however, all excursions are in small international groups with local English speaking guides
  • Telephone hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your trip
  • ATOL certificate included
  • Departure guarantee – the tour will take place regardless of the number of participants
  • Daily departures

The following package of excursions are included:

  • Half-day tour of Buenos Aires, including Recoleta churchyard
  • Impressive tango show, including Argentine dinner
  • Excursion to Iguazu, the biggest waterfalls in the world – visiting both Argentine and Brazilian sides
  • Full-day excursion in Rio, taking in the Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugar Loaf mountain
  • Brazilian evening with samba music and dancing
  • Admission tickets to the attractions mentioned

Single room supplement: £615
Discounts are available for groups of 6 or more people

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This trip will introduce you to breath-taking countryside, delightful towns and cities, and people bubbling over with joie de vivre – as well as enchanting tango and salsa beats … Your voyage of discovery begins in Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina and home to the tango, before continuing on to Puerto Iguazu, where you will have the chance to experience the biggest waterfalls in the world from both the Argentine and the Brazilian side. The area is home to a remarkable variety of flora and fauna, including charming coati and colourful toucans. Your journey ends in Rio de Janeiro – also known as the most beautiful city in the world – which is the undisputed home of the samba. Here, you will visit Corcovado mountain topped by the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer, and the almost equally famous Sugarloaf Mountain, from whose peak there is a magnificent, panoramic view out over Rio and the surrounding area. Before heading back home, you will have time to explore the wonders of Rio, soaking up its unique ambience, visiting the famous ‘favelas’, relaxing on the beautiful beaches, and perhaps enjoying a sailing trip on the seemingly endless waters of Guanabara Bay.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Flight to Argentina

Departure day, where you will fly to Buenos Aires with connecting flights along the way.

Day 2: Arrival in Buenos Aires

We will be met in the airport arrival hall by a driver who will accompany us to our hotel in the centre of Buenos Aires. The city is known as South America’s answer to Paris on account of its broad boulevards, charming quarters and magnificent buildings. The atmosphere here is magnificent, with charming café lifestyle, the pulsating beat of the metropolis and melancholy tango culture. We will be spending four nights in this wonderful city, so there will be plenty of time to visit the different areas and soak up the ambience.

Overnight stay: Hotel Merit San Telmo

Day 3: Tour of Buenos Aires

This morning, we will be collected at our hotel and then whisked away on a traditional tour of the highlights of Buenos Aires: La Boca – the old workers’ quarter, where the buildings are painted in a variety of bright colours; San Telmo – the oldest part of the city and now the artists’ domain; 9 de Julio Avenida – the broadest boulevard in the world, with its famous Obelisco monument; Puerto Madero – the new harbour area, liberally sprinkled with chic cafés and restaurants; Corrientes Avenida – the entertainment area, packed with theatres and cinemas; Teatro Colón – the beautiful opera house; and Recoleta – the famous churchyard, which is the resting place of Eva Perón, better known as Evita.

Overnight stay: Hotel Merit San Telmo

Day 4: Tango show in Buenos Aires

The day itself is yours to do with as you wish, so you can explore the city for yourselves.

In the evening, we will have the chance to experience an unforgettable tango show. After a traditional Argentine dinner, the show begins with melancholy tango rhythms and then proceeds to present fantastic singers and musicians, along with the marvellous tango dancers. It is a magnificent show of the very highest quality.

Overnight stay: Hotel Merit San Telmo

Day 5: Buenos Aires

The day is yours to do with as you wish, so you have plenty of time to explore the delights of Buenos Aires for yourself.

Overnight stay: Hotel Merit San Telmo

However, there are several Buenos Aires tours to choose from:

Day 6: Puerto Iguazu

It is now time to leave Buenos Aires behind and set off for Puerto Iguazu, which is located close to the borders with Paraguay and Brazil. Ahead of us lie visits to nature delights such as waterfalls and rainforest. Puerto Iguazu itself is around 20 km from the waterfalls, but we will be staying at a small lodge in the rainforest approx. 6–7 km outside the town.

Overnight stay: Hotel La Cantera

Day 7: Iguazu Falls from the Argentine side

The Iguazu Falls are the biggest in the world and consist of 272 falls of various sizes along a 2.7 km stretch of the Iguazu river. Many of the waterfalls merge together, sending water crashing down over the cliffs, which form the shape of a horseshoe and tower up to a height of 85 metres. Although perhaps not as famous as Niagara Falls in North America the Iguazu Falls are both bigger and more impressive. The volume of water flowing through Niagara is an impressive 2.8 million litres per second, but this is dwarfed by the flow at Iguazu, which reaches a staggering 6.5 million litres per second. It is said that when she saw Iguazu for the first time, former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt blurted: “Niagara is just a dripping tap …” Iguazu is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Today, we will be visiting the Argentine side, where we can cross walkways to the most impressive section of the falls, to look down into Garganta del Diablo (the Devil’s Throat). We continue our wonderful tour of the waterfalls along paths and bridges. The rainforest around the falls is home to a unique range of flora and fauna, including orchids, all kinds of birds and giant lizards.

Overnight stay: Hotel La Cantera

Day 8: Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian side – Rio de Janeiro

Before heading off to Rio de Janeiro, we have time to visit the Brazilian side of the waterfalls. We cross the bridge that links the Argentine town of Puerto Iguazu and the Brazilian town of Foz do Iguazu. Following a mandatory customs check, we continue on our way into the national park. Most of the waterfalls are on the Argentine side, but the view is best from the Brazilian side, as it provides many different angles from which to view the falls. For example, there is a lift up to a viewing platform that provides a fantastic perspective on the Devil’s Throat – enshrouded in the mist from the falls themselves. On the paths, we also have a good chance of spotting the small ring-tailed coati, inquisitively following in our footsteps.

We then travel to the airport in Foz do Iguazu where you catch your flight to Rio de Janeiro. On arrival in Rio, you will be met by a driver who will accompany you to your hotel close to the famous Copacabana beach. The city is set in a fantastic location by the mountains that line the Atlantic coast.

The rest of the day is yours to do with as you wish: go swimming in the blue waters of the Atlantic, for example, or stroll along the beautiful promenade by the famous sandy beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.

Overnight stay: Hotel Copacabana Mar

Day 9: Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Botanical Gardens

Today is devoted to a full-day excursion by Jeep to introduce you to the delights of Rio de Janeiro.

The first stop after you have been picked up from your hotel is at Corcovado mountain in the middle of Tijuca National Park – home to the largest urban forest in the world. At the top of this mountain (710 metres above sea level) stands the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer, which is said to watch over Rio. Since its construction, the statue has gradually become the hallmark of the city, and has been named one of the seven new wonders of the world. From the top of the mountain, there are magnificent views out over Tijuca National Park, Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, Guanabara Bay, the city of Niteroi, the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon and Maracaña metro station – one of the biggest metro stations in the world. Having admired these impressive sights, you will return by Jeep to the foot of the mountain, where lunch will be served.

It is then time to head off to the 396-metre-high mountain called Pão de Açúcar – which means ‘Sugar Loaf’ – another of the city’s high points, in every respect … A cable car will take you to the top of Urca Mountain, where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the coast and the nearby small islands. From Urca, another cable car will carry you the rest of the way to Sugar Loaf Mountain, which presents a magical panoramic view of the golden beaches and the stunning location that have earned the flourishing metropolis of Rio de Janeiro the nickname of ‘the most beautiful city in the world’.

The last item on the day’s itinerary is a visit to the Botanical Gardens, which were founded in 1808 by Dom João, King of Portugal. The gardens contain more than 6,000 different plants and trees, including 900 species of palm and 600 types of orchid. They are also home to a host of birds, many of which have grown used to the presence of people and are therefore easier to spot here than in their natural habitat. The gardens feature a fine network of paths and charming areas with fountains, which are popular places to meet and relax for the ‘Cariocas’ – as residents of Rio are known. The visitors’ centre here screens a film that presents the history of the gardens; it also has a gift shop that sells arts and crafts items, as well as souvenirs such as shirts made of bamboo, and bowls made of banana fibre and decorated with pre-Colombian designs.

Overnight stay: Hotel Copacabana Mar

Day 10: Sambashow

The day is yours to do with as you wish, but the evening is reserved for a colourful samba show with music and dancing. Before the show, we will enjoy a traditional Brazilian BBQ dinner, and during the show itself we will witness the fantastic costumes and accessories used in the world-famous carnival that is held in Rio every year.

Overnight stay: Hotel Copacabana Mar

Days 11-12: Rio de Janeiro

No excursions planned, so the days are yours to do with as you wish. For example, you can choose to relax on the beautiful beaches, explore the city for yourselves, or go on additional excursions.

Overnight stay: Hotel Copacabana Mar

We recommend that you book these tours from home so that you can be sure that they will actually take place on the days stated.

There are several Rio tours to choose from:

Day 13: Return flight

In the afternoon, we will be collected at the hotel and driven out to the international airport in Rio de Janeiro for the tour home. You will fly to the UK with connecting flights along the way.

Day 14: Return tour

Return flight to the UK.

Highlights of this tour:

Buenos Aires, tango show, Iguazu Falls, Rio de Janeiro, Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Botanical Gardens, samba show.

This package holiday includes the following:

  • Flights from the UK to Buenos Aires, with transfer(s) en route
  • Flights from Rio de Janeiro to the UK, with transfer(s) en route
  • 1 domestic flight in Argentina: From Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu
  • 1 domestic flight in Brazil: From Foz do Iguaçu to Rio de Janeiro
  • Transfers from and to airports (in small, international groups)
  • 11 nights’ accommodation in good hotels incl. breakfast
  • 2 x dinner (days 4, 10)
  • Individual tour, however, all excursions are in small international groups with local English speaking guides
  • Telephone hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your trip
  • ATOL certificate included
  • Departure guarantee – the tour will take place regardless of the number of participants
  • Daily departures

The following package of excursions are included:

  • Half-day tour of Buenos Aires, including Recoleta churchyard
  • Impressive tango show, including Argentine dinner
  • Excursion to Iguazu, the biggest waterfalls in the world – visiting both Argentine and Brazilian sides
  • Full-day excursion in Rio, taking in the Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugar Loaf mountain
  • Brazilian evening with samba music and dancing
  • Admission tickets to the attractions mentioned

Single room supplement: £615
Discounts are available for groups of 6 or more people
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