See the highlights of South America on this 12 day South America Deluxe Vacation
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Then get a taste of Argentina: Enjoy sights, sounds & shopping in Buenos Aires, the "Paris of the Americas" before 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! The contrasts of Brazil become evident as you travel from natural wonders through high-tech farmlands to the industrial megalopolis of São Paulo.
Before you travel to Salvador - the capital of Bahia - get some unforgettable impressions of the marvelous city Rio de Janeiro. Sugar loaf and Corcovado mountain are just a must! And last but not least take your adventure trip to the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest (post-extension).
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- Buenos Aires, Argentina - the Capital of Tango.
- Brazilian and Argentine sides of Iguassu Falls.
- Majestic train journey to the historic port of Antonina.
- Economic Powerhouse São Paulo.
- Marvelous city Rio de Janeiro.
- Salvador, the Soul of Brazil.
- 12 Days/ 11 Nights
- 6 Dinners
- 11 American/Brazilian Buffet Breakfasts
- All Transfers
- Bilingual Tour Direction
4 days/ 3 nights pre-extension to Machu Picchu
the "Lost City of the Incas" in Peru
Day 1 Arrive in Buenos Aires
Fly into the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires. Your guide will meet you at the Buenos Aires International Airport (EZE). Once you've passed through customs and retrieved your bags, your guide and driver will take you into the heart of Buenos Aires, which is famous for its European-style architecture and culture, its tango dancing, and its delicious red wine and beefsteak. Head for the bohemian neighborhood of Sal Telmo and enter the La Ventana Tango Club House, a traditional tango club where live musicians and dancers perform late into the night. Enjoy a full 3-course meal - complete with Argentine wine - while listening to the Gran Orquesta de Juan D' Arienzo and watching the tango dancers perform this incredible dance. Afterwards, the driver will take you to your hotel, the centrally-located 5* Hotel Regal Pacific Buenos Aires.
Day 2 Buenos Aires City Tour This morning, enjoy a delicious breakfast in the hotel. A city tour of Buenos Aires is an absolute must if you want to get an overview of this fascinating capital. Buenos Aires is home to millions of Argentines as well as many immigrants, and the city has a distinctly European feel to it. Many of the stately buildings feature French-style roofs and architecture, such as the Embassy of France. Also visit the Obelisk, located in the middle of the world's widest street, the 9 de Julio Avenue. See the Colon Theater, the financial district, the Plaza de Mayo, the Plaza San Martín, and the famous neighbourhoods of La Boca, San Telmo, Montserrat, Recoleta and Palermo. Lastly, take a walk down by the waterfront in Puerto Madero, admiring the skyline and the cantilever Woman's Bridge. At the end of the tour, your guide will take you back to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 3 Transfer to Puerto Iguazú & Iguazú Falls Tour
Today, depart from the Buenos Aires Domestic Airport (AEP) and fly to Puerto Iguazú, the town on the Argentine side of the Iguazú Falls. The Iguazú Falls are a huge set of waterfalls that run along the northern border of Argentina and the southern border of Brazil. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Iguazu Falls are a natural wonder that will take your breath away.
Upon arrival in Puerto Iguazú, a guide will transfer you to Argentina's Iguazú National Park. This national park is full of sub-tropical forests, flora and fauna, and vista points where you can view the waterfalls from multiple angles. Take the Ecological Train Ride through the forest to the river bank, where you can view the Devil's Throat, the largest of the falls. Watch the water plunge over 72 meters into the river basin below.
Then, transfer over the border to the Brazilian side of the falls. Brazil also has a national park surrounding the waterfalls, and there are boardwalks that stretch out over the water and provide amazing views of the falls. There is also an elevator in the Iguaçú National Park that gives a bird's eye view of the falls.
After touring the waterfalls, transfer to the town of Foz do Iguaçú and check in to the 4* Hotel International Golden Tulip, and enjoy dinner (included).
Day 4 Visit the Iguassu Falls & Free Time
This morning, you can return to the Iguassu Falls for a second day, this time to see the waterfalls in the morning sunshine. You may also want to try an optional tour such as the Macuco Safari and Great Adventure Boat Ride. On the boat ride, get up close (and wet!) to the mist-covered waterfalls. When you're ready, your driver will transfer you back to the town of Foz do Iguaçú, and you can relax at the hotel or explore the town.
Day 5 Transfer to Curitiba in the Atlantic Rainforest After breakfast in the hotel, transfer to the Iguassu airport and fly to Curitiba, located in the heart of the Atlantic Rainforest. Check in to the 4* Hotel Deville Curitiba and enjoy dinner included in your stay.
Day 6 Tour of the Atlantic Rainforest
Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Curitiba, including a train ride through the Atlantic Rainforest. After an early start, visit the main sights in the city, including Tiradentes Square, the Cathedral, the University, the Theater Guaíra, the Museum of Oscar Niemeyer, the German Woods, the Wire Opera House, the Tanguá Park, the Tingüi Park, and finally the Botanical Garden. Once you've had your fill of this interesting city, travel along the Estrada da Graciosa to Morretes. Have a delicious "barreado" lunch in this pleasant town. In the afternoon, take the train back to Curitiba, passing through the lush tropical vegetation of the Atlantic Rainforest, a subtropical rainforest in southern Brazil. The train has wide windows, drinks and snacks included in your ride.
Day 7 Transfer to São Paulo & São Paulo City Tour
Today's journey begins with a flight from Curitiba airport to the São Paulo International Airport Guarulhos. Then check into the 4* Hotel Estamplaza Paulista São Paulo. After you've settled into the hotel, your guide will take you on a half-day sightseeing tour of São Paulo. Visit the historical district and its landmarks such as Paulista Avenue, the Higienopolis, Pacaembu, the luxurious Jardins district, and Morumbi residential district, the Liberdade Japanese district, Se Cathedral, Patteo do Colegio, São Bento Monastery, the Banespa Tower Martinelli Building (the first skyscraper in São Paulo), the São Paulo Stock Exchange, Banco do Brasil Cultural Center, Anhangabau Valley, the Morumbi Soccer Stadium, the Casa da Fazenda, the Brooklin Novo, and also the Ibirapuera Park.
In the evening, enjoy dinner included at the hotel.The Hotel Estamplaza Paulista is located just two blocks from Paulista Avenue in the center of many attractions in São Paulo.
Day 8 Transfer to Rio de Janeiro
After breakfast in the hotel, transfer to the São Paulo airport to fly to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's most "marvelous" city. Your driver will pick you up and take you to the 4* Hotel Excelsior Copacabana, located on Copacabana Beach facing the ocean. Walk to the Palace and enjoy a Brazilian BBQ dinner, included in your stay. Then spend the rest of the day relaxing on the beach, exploring the city, or enjoying the hotel's amenities, such as the swimming pool, sauna, and fitness center.
Day 9 Rio de Janeiro City Tour
Breakfast in the hotel, and a full day cit tour of Rio de Janeiro's highlights. First start with a tour of Sugarloaf Mountain, a granite peak of 1296 ft (395 m) overlooking the Guanabara Bay. To get to the top, take a cable car to Urca Mountain and then to the summit, where you'll have breathtaking views of the city, the bay, the beaches, and the forests. Then visit the Christ the Redeemer statue, perched atop the Corcovado Mountain, another peak 2340 ft (710 m) above the bay. Take a cogwheel railway trenzinho to the top, and get an upclose view of the Christ the Redeemer statue. This figure is a 38 meter tall Art Deco-style statue that was built in the 1930s, and today is a symbol of the cariocas' (the residents of Rio) faith, friendliness, and openness to all. Lastly, get a guided tour of Rio de Janeiro's most famous beaches.
Day 10 Transfer to Salvador Bahia Breakfast in your Rio de Janeiro hotel, and then transfer to the airport for the flight to Salvador da Bahia, Brazil's original capital. Check in to the 5* Hotel Pestana Bahia, a beautiful oceanfront hotel overlooking the beach. Stroll along the beach, or relax in the hotel's swimming pools, sauna, fitness center, or spa.
Day 11 Salvador City Tour
After breakfast, enjoy a 4 hour Salvador city historical tour. Start in the Pelhourinho, the historic center of downtown Salvador, where you can walk along cobblestone streets, see the Pierre Verger foundation, and visit a photograph exposition about the first Africans brought to Salvador. Then visit the Bahianas Memorial, a tribute to African women of the Bahia region, and the Nossa Sra. Do Rosario Church, which was built by African slaves. Next, visit the Benin House to learn about the slaves that came from Benin to Brazil.
In the evening, enjoy a wonderful Salvador by Night Tour, including a dinner and show. The show includes a folklore dancing show that includes dances such as Candomblé, Maculelê, Samba de Roda, Puxada de Rede, and Capoeira. During the show, enjoy an arrangement of typical Salvadorean foods (beverages not included). Transfer back to the hotel at night.
Day 12 Depart from Salvador After breakfast in the hotel, your guide will greet you and take you to the Salvador airport for your flight home or to your next destination in South America.
5 days/ 4 nights post-extension
to the the famous Ariau Jungle Lodge
at the Amazon Rainforest
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