Map of Best of Argentina & Brazil including Argentina and Brazil

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.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Finish
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Destinations
Argentina, Brazil
Style
Comfort
Theme
Explorer
Code
GPKB
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Buenos Aires offers an eclectic mix of European, Cosmopolitan and Latin flavours, as well as a booming cultural and nightlife scene. Explore the neighbourhoods of this lively, confident city on a full-day tour with a local guide

  • Look for rainbows in the mist of the mighty Iguazu Falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides, and visit a local indigenous community

  • Gaze over the dazzling city, mountains and bay of Rio de Janeiro from the foot of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue

  • Favelas may sit alongside mansions, but in the heaving metropolis of Rio, everyone’s invited to the party. Immerse yourself in Brazilian culture, dance and music

Is this trip right for you?

  • There are several orientation walks and city tours during this trip so there will be quite a lot of walking. It’s important to always bring plenty of water, wear comfortable walking shoes and ensure you use adequate sun protection.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2022.
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Bienvenido! Welcome to Buenos Aires, the ultimate cosmopolitan city, with Latin passion, European elegance, and its own distinctive style. Your adventure begins with an important welcome meeting at 6 pm. Your leader will leave a note at the hotel reception telling you where this important meeting will take place. Argentinians enjoy dining late so there will be plenty of time after the welcome meeting to take up any of your leader’s restaurant suggestions for those wishing to sample Argentina’s world-renowned steak.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
The arrival transfer is only valid if arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through Intrepid. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 14 days prior to travel, as we may not be able to confirm a request made within 14 days of travel.

It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
Today explore Buenos Aires on a full-day tour with a local guide. Starting in Plaza de Mayo, we will visit the Cabildo, the Colonial Town Hall, the metropolitan cathedral and the Presidential Palace. Wander the cobbled streets of San Telmo, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires, then onto La Boca where we will visit the iconic Caminito Street, which gives the neighbourhood its distinctive spirit. We will then continue to the Barracas neighbourhood, which is a charming area off the well-trodden tourist path. We will stop for lunch at a local NGO that has a market selling produce grown less than 30 minutes away by small producers. You will have the opportunity to learn about the history of this project, and the purpose of this cooperative while getting hands on making empanadas or pizzas for lunch, followed by the quintessential Argentinian sweet treat – alfajores. After our lunch, we will continue towards Retiro and Recoleta, where we will learn about the local wealthy families of Argentina, who sought to build a small‐scale Paris in the heart of Buenos Aires. Then we’ll visit the unique Recoleta Cemetery, a true labyrinth of ornate mausoleums. There, we’ll make a stop at the grave of Eva Peron, one of the country’s most recognizable icons. We will also see the Floralis Generica, a huge metal flower located in Palermo. We’ll see French palaces in Palermo Chico and beautiful parks designed by Carlos Thays. After your day of sightseeing, your evening will be free to spend as you wish.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Buenos Aires - Half-day guided tour
Optional Activities
  • Buenos Aires - Polo day - USD185
  • Buenos Aires - Football game (prices from) - USD120
  • Buenos Aires - Tango show ticket prices from - USD60
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Fly to Puerto Iguazu in the northeast corner of Argentina today. The mighty Iguazu Falls straddles the border of Argentina and Brazil, and the group will be visiting the falls from both sides. The falls are over 2km in length and consist of 275 falls in total, some of which stretch up to 80m high. This makes them higher than Niagara Falls and wider than Victoria Falls. Head across to Brazil to admire panoramic views of the waterfalls. Take an optional helicopter flight over the top of the falls for a more panoramic view. Tonight, spend the night in a hotel in Foz do Iguazu (Brazil).
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Iguazu Falls - Tour of the Brazilian side of the falls
Optional Activities
  • Iguazu Falls - Bird park - BRL60
  • Iguazu Falls - Helicopter ride (min 3 people) - BRL430
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s flight is approximately 2 hours.

For visa information purposes:
Day 3 - Visit Brazilian side of the falls, overnight in a hotel in Foz do Iguazu (Brazil).
Day 4 - Visit Argentinean side of the falls, overnight in a hotel in Foz do Iguazu (Brazil).
A visit to the Argentinian side of Iguazu today allows you to get up close to the waterfalls via a series of boardwalks. According to Guarani legend, Iguazu Falls was created when the serpent god M’Boy, enraged by the betrayal of a chieftain’s daughter who was promised to him, split the river in half. For a more exhilarating experience, take an optional Zodiac boat ride to the base of the falls. Visit a Guarani community to meet some of the region’s few remaining indigenous people. Return to our hotel on the Brazilian side of the falls.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Iguazu Falls - Guarani community visit
  • Iguazu Falls - Tour of the Argentinian side of the falls
Optional Activities
  • Iguazu Falls - Zodiac ride up to the falls - USD70
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Take an early morning flight from Foz do Iguacu to Rio. The locals say that 'if God made the world in six days, he devoted the seventh to Rio'. The day is yours to do what you like. For relaxation and people watching, head to the beaches of Copacabana or Ipanema. If the time of year is right, check out a football game or a Carnival rehearsal. As evening approaches, perhaps take the cable car up to Sugarloaf Mountain to watch the sunset before getting sweaty with the locals in the samba clubs of bohemian Lapa.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Rio de Janeiro - Carnival rehearsal (June to Carnival only) from - BRL90
  • Rio de Janeiro - Football game tickets from - USD50
  • Rio de Janeiro - Samba show from - BRL200
  • Rio de Janeiro - Sugarloaf Mountain (entrance fee) - BRL110
  • Rio de Janeiro - Itaipu Dam tour (minimum of 4 travellers) - BRL400
  • Rio de Janeiro - Total Rio Tour Combo 2: Old Town, Sugarloaf & Urca Urban Adventure - USD149
  • Rio de Janeiro - Total Rio Bike Tour: Beaches, Bays & Carioca Sunset Urban Adventure - USD119
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s flight is approximately 2 hours.
It's an early start this morning as we embark on a guided full day tour of Rio. Starting at Corcovado Mountain for sweeping views over Rio from the base of the Christ the Redeemer statue before the crowds arrive. Discover the eclectic architecture, restaurants, and art galleries of the artistic neighbourhood of Santa Teresa. Then continue to the famous Selaron Steps to see artist Jorge Selaron’s gift to the Brazilian people. The evening is free for you to spend as you wish, perhaps ask your leader where they recommend for great caipirinhas and nighttime views.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Rio de Janeiro - City tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today your adventure comes to an end. There are no activities planned for the final day so you’re able to depart the accommodation at any time. If you wish to stay on in Rio please advise at the time of booking and we can arrange additional accommodation and Urban Adventures activities for you.
Optional Activities
  • Rio de Janeiro - Beaches, Views & Bays Bike Tour Urban Adventure - USD59
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

6 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

Plane, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (6 nights)

Included activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Buenos Aires - Half-day guided tour
  • Iguazu Falls - Tour of the Brazilian side of the falls
  • Iguazu Falls - Guarani community visit
  • Iguazu Falls - Tour of the Argentinian side of the falls
  • Rio de Janeiro - City tour

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Important notes

Travellers on Intrepid trips that start on or before 31 December 2022 are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Learn more about Intrepid’s COVID-19 policy.

1. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
3. Full passport details are required at the time of booking in order to purchase flights and entrance tickets. Delays to provide this information may result in booking fees or changes to your itinerary.
4. This trip includes domestic flights as indicated on the trip map. The luggage allowance is 15kg for check in luggage and 7kg for carry on. Argentina is particularly strict on these limits.

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