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16 days  |  Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro  |  from USD $2,979  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Live the Latino spirit on this amazing journey from the dynamic city of Buenos Aires to exotic Rio de Janeiro. In between visit the spectacular Iguazu Falls, Sao Paulo and Uruguay’s melting pot capital.

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Road from Rio

This holiday is also offered in reverse. Start with a Samba in Rio and end with a Tango in Buenos Aires!

Day 1

Welcome to Argentina and the start of your adventure! Upon arrival into Buenos Aires you will be met and transferred to our joining hotel. Known as the ‘Paris of South America’, Buenos Aires is a beautiful city full of lovely green parks, plazas and wide boulevards and an exciting night life. This evening our group welcome meeting takes place.
Overnight: Buenos Aires

Days 2-5

Buenos Aires - Colonia de Sacramento – Montevideo – Salto - Posadas. Today we leave Buenos Aires and head to Uruguay. The charming riverside Colonia de Sacramento in the southwest of the country is our first destination and the UNESCO listed barrio historico, or old city, is the perfect place to explore the numerous museums and churches.

On day 3 we head to the capital of Uruguay, the time-warped city of Montevideo. With its 1930s buildings and cars, the city offers plenty of interesting architectural styles, historic houses and museums. For shopaholics, the outdoor and indoor markets are perfect for shopping whilst the port and seaside are a treasure trove of steak and seafood restaurants. After one night here we continue on to the beautifully presented town of Salto where you can soak in the local hot springs or visit the aqua park. On day 5 we take an overnight bus to the port city of Posadas.
Overnight: Colonia de Sacramento (1), Montevideo (1), Salto (1), overnight bus (1)  |  Breakfast x 3

Days 6-7
Frontier towns, Cattle Ranches

Posadas - San Ignacio - Foz de Iguazu. On arrival in Posadas we continue by bus to the Jesuit ruins at San Ignacio Mini, some of the best kept Jesuit ruins in the area. Built in 1696, these UNESCO listed ruins document how the Jesuits lived when they came here to convert the Guarani Indians to Catholicism, and were famously featured in the film ‘The Mission’. We spend one night here before departing for Brazil. Positioned on the confluence of the Parana and Iguazu rivers, the town is only 18 kilometres away from the renowned Iguazu Falls. The afternoon will be spent at the authentic working ranch of Estancia Las Mercedes where we will be welcomed with light snacks and tales of the ranch’s history told by our hosts. Later, enjoy a traditional Argentine barbecue of local produce and spend the remainder of the day exploring the ranch, relaxing by the pool or opt to take a horse ride or canoe excursion before arriving into Foz de Iguazu.
Overnight: San Igancio Mini (1), Foz do Iguazu (1)  |  Breakfast x 1, Lunch x 1

Days 8-10

Foz do Iguazu - Curitba. Now in Brazil and Foz de Iguazu, our base for visiting the famous Iguazu Falls. Considered one of the most magnificent waterfalls in the world, Iguazu Falls has 275 cataracts in a 3km long U shape and we’ll get to see this impressive waterfall from both the Argentinian and Brazilian side for amazing perspectives. In Brazil, board a speedboat that takes you right under the falls, soaking you from head to foot, whilst on the Argentinian side you’ll find the famous ‘Devil’s Throat’ where fourteen falls drop with such force that there is always a massive cloud of spray overhead. On day 9 we take an overnight bus to the university town of Curitba, an attractive and exceptionally well-planned city with many pleasant squares and parks.
Overnight: Foz do Iguazu (1), Overnight bus (1), Curitba (1)  |  Breakfast x 2

Days 11-15

Curitba - Sao Paulo - Parati - Rio. Continuing to the sprawling metropolis of Sao Paulo we can enjoy an optional visit to a snake farm and the Latin American Exhibition Centre, designed by famous architect Oscar Niemeyer. Wind up the day with some sushi in the Japanese quarter. Surprisingly, São Paulo has the largest population of Japanese outside of Japan.

After two nights in Sao Paulo we follow the stunning coastline north to colonial Parati. This old pirate town has streets made of stone slabs designed to let the tide wash over and clean them. Explore the nearby beaches and local hippy markets or opt for a full day boat cruise around the bay where you can spend time swimming or simply relaxing on the deck whilst enjoying a fresh seafood lunch.

We spend two nights in Parati before heading to the fantastic Rio de Janeiro. Explore this colourful Brazilian city by taking a cable car up Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado, the famous statue of Christ, for great city views or head to the legendary beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.
Overnight: Sao Paulo (2), Parati (2), Rio de Janeiro (1)  |  Breakfast x 5

Day 16

Today our exciting adventure comes to an end or you can opt to extend your stay.

If you are planning to be in Rio de Janeiro around February/March you'll need to get ready for the world's biggest party, the Rio Carnival. See our Rio Carnival Bolt-on for more info.
Breakfast

Trip Highlights

Buenos Aires - the Paris of South America
Montevideo - a seaside old city
Posadas and the Jesuit ruins of San Ignacio Mini
Estancia Las Mercedes - a working cattle ranch
Curitiba - a university city
Rio de Janeiro - the party capital of the world
Colonia de Sacrimento - UNESCO listed old city
Salto - hot springs and aqua park
Puerto Iguazu - frontier town
Iguazu Falls - viewed from both Brazil and Argentina and the Devil's Throat
Sao Paulo - free time. Opt to visit the snake farm!

Included

8 Breakfasts, 1 lunch
Excursions to Iguazu Falls – Argentina, Iguazu Falls – Brazil
Escorted by a tour leader and specialist local guides at some sites.
Entrance fees to all included excursions
13 nights in hotels, hostels and guesthouses, 2 overnight bus journeys
Tour of an Argentine cattle ranch & visit to San Ignacio Ruins
Transportation by local public bus, boat and Taxi
Airport arrival transfer on day 1.

Not Included

International flights to/from our tour start/end points and visas
Items of a personal nature and additional meals

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies to travellers who would like the comfort of their own room (on all or many of the tour nights) and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

This tour visits Rio during carnival time. A supplement has been added to reflect the increased hotel costs.
Rio Carnival Departure
This tour is in Rio in time for the 2016 Olympics.  A supplement has been added to reflect the increased hotel costs during this peak time.
Olympics
2015
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Single Supp.
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2016
Price/Person
Single Supp.
10% off
USD $2979
USD $469
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This tour visits Rio during carnival time. A supplement has been added to reflect the increased hotel costs.
USD $3124
USD $469
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USD $469
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This tour is in Rio in time for the 2016 Olympics.  A supplement has been added to reflect the increased hotel costs during this peak time.
USD $2979
USD $469
10% off
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USD $2979
USD $469

Road from Rio Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies to travellers who would like the comfort of their own room (on all or many of the tour nights) and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

This tour visits Rio during carnival time. A supplement has been added to reflect the increased hotel costs.
Rio Carnival Departure
This tour is in Rio in time for the 2016 Olympics.  A supplement has been added to reflect the increased hotel costs during this peak time.
Olympics
2015
Price/Person
Single Supp.
10% off
USD $2929
USD $469
10% off
USD $2929
USD $469
10% off
USD $2929
USD $469
10% off
USD $2929
USD $469
10% off
USD $2929
USD $469
10% off
USD $2929
USD $469
10% off
USD $2929
USD $469
10% off
USD $2929
USD $469
10% off
USD $2929
USD $469
10% off
USD $2929
USD $469
2016
Price/Person
Single Supp.
10% off
This tour visits Rio during carnival time. A supplement has been added to reflect the increased hotel costs.
USD $3074
USD $469
10% off
USD $2929
USD $469
10% off
USD $2929
USD $469
10% off
USD $2929
USD $469
10% off
USD $2929
USD $469
10% off
This tour is in Rio in time for the 2016 Olympics.  A supplement has been added to reflect the increased hotel costs during this peak time.
USD $2929
USD $469
10% off
USD $2929
USD $469
10% off
USD $2929
USD $469
10% off
USD $2929
USD $469
10% off
USD $2929
USD $469
Tour Details
Starts
Buenos Aires
Ends
Rio de Janeiro
Departs
Year round
Hotel Rating
Simple accommodation
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 12, Lunch: 1
Tour Bolt-ons
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Rio Carnival Bolt on
USD $1,169 / 5 days
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