Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro including the Iguassu Falls!
Tango, Samba & Waterfalls
Special Deluxe Version
10 days / 9 Nights
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Igussu Falls - Rio de Janeiro
- Buenos Aires, Argentina - the Capital of Tango
- Brazilian and Argentine sides of Iguassu Falls
- Historic Port of Antonina
- Majestic Train Ride through the Atlantic Rainforest over the Serra do Mar
- Economic Powerhouse São Paulo
- Rio de Janeiro incl. 2 sightseeings
- 10 Days/9 Nights
- 5 Dinners
- 9 American/Brazilian Buffet Breakfasts
- All Transfers** & Flights
Experience this tour for a taste of Argentina, and to discover what Brazil is all about. Enjoy sights, sounds & shopping in Buenos Aires, the "Paris of the Americas". We show you both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of the majestic Iguassu Falls.
Take an unforgettable railway journey over the jutting Atlantic Rainforest Mountains, and view a mix of landscapes through southern Brazil on this special introduction into a fascinating land! The contrasts of Brazil become evident as you travel from natural wonders through high-tech farmlands to the industrial megalopolis of São Paulo.
Day 1 - Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Once you land in the Buenos Aires International Airport (EZE), one of our professional, English-speaking travel guides will greet you and transfer you to downtown Buenos Aires. The capital of Argentina is a vibrant metropolis situated on the Rio de la Plata, across the shore from Uruguay. Buenos Aires is known for its tango dancing, delicious steak dinner and Malbec wine, and colorful houses of La Boca, energetic football fans in the Boca Juniors stadium, and more.
Begin your stay in Argentina with a tango show and dinner at the famous Tango House "Esquina Carlos Gardel," located on the corner of Carlos Gardel Street and Calle Anchorena. At this tango house, you can relax and enjoy a delicious 3 course dinner while watching a live music and tango dancing show.
Afterwards, you'll be transferred to the luxurious 5* Hotel Regal Pacific Hotel and spend the rest of the evening at your leisure.
Day 2 - Buenos Aires City Tour
After breakfast at your Buenos Aires hotel, head out on the town to discover this fascinating city. Your tour guide will take you on a 4 hour Buenos Aires city tour, first seeing the Obelisk, a huge pillar situated in the center of the world's widest avenue, 9 de Julio Ave. Also visit the Colon Theater, the Embassy of France, the financial district, and different plazas such as historical Plaza de Mayo, the elegant Plaza San Martín. Also go to each of the popular neighborhoods such as La Boca, San Telmo, Montserrat, Recoleta, Palermo, and Puerto Madero. On Sundays, stroll through the antique markets of San Telmo, or enjoy a walk down the waterfront of Puerto Madero, which faces the iconic Woman's Bridge, a cantilever bridge that is supposed to resemble a woman dancing the tango.
After the city tour, relax in the hotel or grab a bit to eat at a sidewalk cafe. Then in the afternoon, enjoy a Tigre Delta & North Zone Tour, an optional 4 hour tour to the El Tigre District in the Parana River Delta. The river delta is a calm, tranquil place where you can escape from the busyness of the city and enjoy the natural beauty of the Parana River. There are several islands in this delta, and the isleños live there in elegant mansions and residences, with canals in between the houses. Next, visit the elegant residential neighborhoods, San Isidro, and the Presidential Residence, La Quinta de Olivos, on the way back into the city.
Return to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 3 - Arrive in Puerto Iguazu & Iguassu Falls Tours
Have breakfast in your Buenos Aires hotel, and then transfer to the Buenos Aires Domestic Airport (AEP) for your flight to Puerto Iguazu (IGR), the airport nearest to the Iguassu Falls.
Your tour guide will take you to the Iguazú National Park to explore the falls. These waterfalls are some of the largest in the world - the Iguassu Falls includes 275 waterfalls that cascade 70 meters over a huge crack in the earth. Surrounding these waterfalls are two national parks, one on the Argentine side of the waterfalls, and the other on the Brazilian side. On the Argentine side, the Iguazú National Park is a beautiful sub-tropical preserve that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inside the park is an Ecological Train that whisks visitors through the park, from the entrance to the shores of the river. Along the way, there are walking paths and plenty of opportunities to view flora and fauna. At the edge of the river, you can view the waterfalls from several different angles, including a magnificent view of the Devil's Throat, the main waterfall.
After exploring the Argentine side of the falls, transfer across the border on the Cataratas Highway to the Brazilian side, where you can explore Brazil's Iguaçú National Park. From this side, you can follow walkways that reach out over the water and allow you to view the waterfalls from 360 degree panoramas. There's also an elevator that gives you a bird's eye view of the falls.
In the late afternoon, transfer to the town of Foz do Iguassu, on the Brazil side of the falls, and check in to the 4* Hotel International Golden Tulip. Relax in the hotel swimming pool, and enjoy a gourmet dinner in the roof-top restaurant (included).
Day 4 - Free Day at the Iguassu Falls
After breakfast in the hotel, head back to the Brazil side of the falls to explore this natural wonder more in-depth. You might want to take the Macuco Safari & Falls Boat Ride, an optional off-road safari tour through the Iguaçu National Park in 4x4 off-road Jeeps. Your tour guide will tell you about the different species of sub-tropical plants and trees, including orchids and heart-of-palm. You may also spot animals such as toucans, butterflies, parrots, and monkeys. After the 3 km Jeep ride, take a 600 meter walking path to the picturesque Macuco Falls, nestled in a forested canyon. Then continue on the path to the banks of the Iguaçu River and board a boat to get up close to the Iguacu Falls. Cruise upriver into the Iguassu canyon, and prepare to get wet! The boat will maneuver into the mist and you'll have unforgettable views of the waterfalls.
Transfer back to the hotel in Foz do Iguassu and spend the rest of the day as you wish.
Day 5 - Atlantic Rainforest Tour to Curitiba
Eat an early breakfast in the hotel, and then depart on an intercity coach for a scenic 9-hour ride through the Atlantic Rainforest to Curitiba. The landscape in this region of southern Brazil is replete with rolling hills, farmlands, and virgin subtropical forests with Araucaria trees. Upon arrival in the city of Curitiba, check into the 4* Hotel Pestana Curitiba.
Day 6 - Atlantic Rainforest Train Ride & Sightseeing Tour
Breakfast in the hotel, and then a full-day sightseeing tour of Curitiba and the Atlantic Rainforest. Visit the city of Curitiba, and then take a scenic drive through the Atlantic Rainforest to Graciosa Road. Have a "barreado" lunch on the waterfront in the town of Morretes, founded in 1714 when it was an important mate tea plantation. Visit the São Benedito church, the historical plaza, municipal market, Itiberê River, the Nossa Senhora do Rocio sanctuary, and the popular Art and Archaeological Museum dated 1755. Afterwards, transfer to the train station to board the train back to Curitiba. The route crosses through beautiful scenery such as rivers, waterfalls, tropical plants, flora and fauna. Ride over bridges that span precipices and gorges until reaching Curitiba. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 7 - Arrival in São Paulo
Have breakfast in the hotel, and then transfer to the coach station for the journey to São Paulo, Brazil's leading city of economics, technology, and trade. Once in São Paulo, check in to the 5* Hotel Pestana São Paulo. This beautiful hotel is located on Paulista Avenue near the Ibarapuera Park, near the city's major commercial and shopping district. Spend the rest of the day as you wish, perhaps relaxing at the hotel's lobby bar, swimming pool, sauna, fitness center, or spa. Or explore the bustling city of downtown São Paulo.
Day 8 - São Paulo City Tour
Have breakfast at the Hotel Pestana, and then enjoy a 4 hour São Paulo city tour. São Paulo is the world's second largest city, and the most powerful city of industry in Latin America. Visit the Butantã Institute, the world-famous research lab specializing in anti-venom research. View the 4000 poisonous snakes held at this research institute. Then continue to the downtown district to see the paulistas at work. Sightseeing includes the Contemporary Art Museum, Basilica and the Teatro Municipal.
In the afternoon, transfer to the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro, located on the golden beaches of Guanabara Bay. The transfer takes about 6 hours. Upon arrival in the "Marvelous City," check in to the 5* Hotel Pestana Rio Atlantica, which holds a privileged position on the Avenida Atlântica and has a stunning view over the Copacabana Beach. Head for the beach or enjoy the hotel's swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, spa, and fitness center.
Spend the rest of the day at your leisure in the beautiful Rio de Janeiro.
Day 9 - Rio de Janeiro City Tour - Sugarloaf Mountain
Enjoy a delicious breakfast in your Rio de Janeiro hotel, and then begin your Rio de Janeiro city tour. The 4 hour Sugarloaf Mountain and Historical Rio de Janeiro city tour includes a trip to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, a granite peak 1296 ft (395 m) above the beautiful Guanabara Bay. Take the cable car ride to the summit, where you can see spectacular views of the bay, the beaches, and the city. Then continue the tour of Rio de Janeiro's history. Learn how Portugal's prince scandalously broke all family ties and declared himself Emperor of Brazil. Finish with a Brazilian-style barbeque dinner at the Copacabana Palace.
Day 10 - Rio de Janeiro City Tour - Corcovado Mountain
Spend another day exploring Rio de Janeiro, this time taking the trenzinho (cogwheel railway) to the top of Corcovado Mountain, another beautiful peak of 2340 ft (710 m), overlooking the bay. Corcovado is most famous for its Christ the Redeemer statue, a 38 meter tall statue with arms outstretched, greeting all to the Marvelous City. The statue was built in 1931 by the President Getúlio Vargas and cardinal Dom Sebastião Leme. Afterwards, take a guided tour of Rio de Janeiro's world-famous beaches.
Afterwards, check out of the hotel and transfer to the Rio de Janeiro International Airport (GIG) for your flight home or to your next South America travel destination.
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