Travel from the bright lights of Buenos Aires to Rio

Get a taste of the rhythms of Argentina and Brazil on this southern adventure journeying from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro, taking in the spectacular Iguazu Falls along the way. From tango to samba, Spanish to Portuguese, and Malbec wine to caipirinhas, these two countries are sure to have you enthralled in their passionate zest for life.

Start
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Finish
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Countries
Argentina,
Brazil
Themes
Explorer
Code
GPKB
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 16
Carbon offset
750kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Tango the night away in Buenos Aires
  • Travel to the mighty Iguazu Falls
  • Experience spectacular views from the foot of Christ the Redeemer
  • Visit Rio and see Brazilian culture and flamboyance at its best

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2015 to 31 May 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 June 2016 - 31 December 2016

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Argentina.
Your adventure begins with a Welcome Meeting at 6pm on Day 1.
Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.
On day 2 our leader will take us on an orientation walk, visiting Plaza de Mayo, Casa Rosada, San Telmo and its antiques market and artists' displays. From here we continue on to La Boca and it's well known "Caminito" before moving on to the lesser known side of this colorful neighborhood. After our walking we have the opportunity to rest our feet and eat an included lunch together. The rest of the afternoon is free to relax and enjoy Buenos Aires at your own pace.


Please note some of your fellow travellers may have started this trip 7 days ago in Santiago (GPKRC)
Fly to Puerto Iguazu in Argentina, our gateway to the mighty Iguazu Falls.

The next two day we will visit both the Argentinian and Brazilian side of the Iguazu falls.

Legend has it that a serpent god intended to marry a beautiful girl called Naipi. She escaped in a canoe with her mortal lover Caroba and in a jealous rage the god chased them, collapsing the river before them so that Naipi plunged over the falls to become a rock, while Caroba became a tree, forever unable to touch his love. A more scientific explanation is that the Rio Iguazu flows over a riverbed of basalt that ends where the lava cooled, leaving the water to fall. The falls were 'discovered' in the modern day by the Spaniard Juan Alvar Nunez, who named them Saltos de Santa Maria. The name we know them by today means 'Great Waters' in the Tupi-Guarani tongue.

At over 2 km (6 miles) long the falls are a series of cataracts. There are 275 falls in all, and with some reaching up to 80 m in height, they are wider than Victoria Falls and higher than Niagara. For two different perspectives of the falls, we see them from the Argentinean and Brazilian sides. The Brazilian side offer grand panoramas while the Argentinean side is equipped with boardwalks that get so close to the thundering waters we are almost able to touch them. For a more adrenaline pumping falls experience, see them from below on a zodiac boat or take a helicopter ride, right over the top.
While in Iguazu our leader will take us on a visit to one of the few remaining Guarani communities - original inhabitants of this region.
Today we fly to Rio de Janeiro.
In Rio we are joined by a local guide for a tour of this marvelous city. Kick off with a birds-eye-view of the city at the base of the Statue of Christ. This enormous white statue keeps constant watch over Rio, offering sweeping 360 degree views of the city’s natural wonders: beaches, lagoons, forests, bays and mountains that seem to rise from the ocean.

Next, it’s time to trade in this tourist icon for something less visited, and step into a favela. Accompanied by our local guide we stroll the narrow alleys, meet some of the locals, learn about local life and dispel some of the myths about these vibrant communities.
The locals like to say that 'God made the world in six days, the seventh he devoted to Rio'. In this heaving metropolis, set against the luminescent green of Guanabara Bay and surrounded by the slopes of Sugarloaf and Corcovado, it's hard not to be caught up in the passion of the city's residents (known as Cariocas).

The French were the first to settle here as they logged wood along the Brazilian coast, but they were soon driven out by the Portuguese, who built a fortified town named Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro and quickly amassed wealth during the gold rush of Minas Gerais. In the 19th century, the Portuguese monarchy fled from the threat of Napoleon in Europe and took up residence in Rio, where they built grand buildings that still stand today.

These days Rio is a fascinating and diverse city best known for its contrasting images of favelas (shanty towns) and the glitz and glamour of Carnaval.
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
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Inclusions

Meals
6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Transport
Plane, Private minibus
Accommodation
Hotel (6 nights)
Included activities
  • Full-day Buenos Aires tour. It includes a visit to La Boca, Centro, San Telmo, Recoleta and lunch
  • Iguazu Falls - Brazil side tour
  • Guarani community visit
  • Iguazu Falls - Argentina side tour
  • Rio de Janeiro city tour inc. Santa Teresa, Selaron Steps, Christ the Redeemer and Santa Marta favela

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Important notes

1. Name and passport number are required at time of booking. Delays to provide this information may result in third party booking fees.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip.
3. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.

Trip notes

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