Buenos Aires to Rio Express - 9 days
Travel from Buenos Aires - the Paris of South America, to Rio de Janeiro - the party capital, exploring the picturesque town of Colonia in Uruguay, spectacular Igauzu Falls and the colonial coastal town of Paraty en route. Experience the delights of Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil in just 9 days, giving you time to extend your stay and lounge on Rio's sun-soaked beaches after the tour has ended.
Buenos Aires & Colonia
From Buenos Aires airport you'll be transferred to our hotel. The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre tour accommodation. The beautiful city of Buenos Aires is known as the "Paris of South America" due to its lovely green parks, plazas and wide boulevards. Argentina’s capital city is a great destination for culture lovers, with the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes boasting an impressive collection including original works by Monet, Renoir and Cézanne. You can also learn about the national heroine ‘Evita’ at the Museo Eva Perón.
On the first evening there is the option to watch a tango show. The next day we will take a day trip to Colonia. Based in Uruguay it's a short ferry ride away from Buenos Aires. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it's postcard perfect with picturesque streets and a delightful riverfront view which entice visitors all year long.
Overnight: Buenos Aires | Breakfast x 1
Buenos Aires - Iguazu Falls. We fly over fertile farmlands to the Brazilian town of Foz do Iguaçu, our base for visiting the famous Iguazú Falls - the most magnificent waterfalls in the world. Unlike most other waterfalls that have just one or two cataracts, at Iguazú Falls there are 275 cataracts in a magnificent 3km long U shape that we will visit from both the Brazil and Argentinean sides.
Visiting the Argentine side of the falls you can board a speed boat which will take you under the falls soaking you from head to toe, an optional adventure you'll never forget! On the Argentine side you'll also find the famous "Devil's Throat" where fourteen falls drop with such force that there is always a massive cloud of spray overhead. Visiting the Brazilian side of the falls will give you a completely different perspective from the Argentine side. On the Brazilian side you can see the falls by walking through the rainforest and along catwalks above and below the rushing water. You can also visit the world's largest hydroelectric dam at Itaipu (optional) where you can learn more about the ecological issues faced during the dam's construction. There is also a very interesting bird park nearby, perfect for that must-have photo with a toucan!
Overnight: Iguazu Falls (Brazil) | Breakfast x 2
Iguazu Falls - Paraty. On day 6 we fly to colonial Paraty, an old pirate town with streets made of stone slabs designed to let the tide wash over and clean them. During our time in this beautiful coastal town you can opt to go on a full day boat cruise around the bay with plenty of time for swimming in the turquoise waters, sun-bathing on the decks and eating a fresh seafood lunch washed down by a few cold beers. Other popular pastimes here are exploring the nearby beaches and perusing the local shops.
Overnight: Paraty | Breakfast x 1
Paraty - Rio. Today we travel on to Rio de Janeiro, our final destination. Rio has many things to see and do. A highlight for many would be to experience the majestic gaze of Christ the Redeemer at the top of Corcovado, the breath-taking panoramic views from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, and the vibrant coloured tiles of the Selarón staircase. You can walk from the top of the staircase up to the quiet hill-top neighbourhood of Santa Teresa, with many quaint cafés and shops lining the cobblestone streets. In the city centre, you can stroll around Rio's old colonial buildings and wander around the skyscrapers of the financial district. Alternatively, you may like to visit the Botanical Gardens, one of the world-famous beaches of Copacabana or Ipanema, or the beautiful Rodrigues de Freitas Lagoon. In the evening, why not enjoy a samba show and get a true insight into what makes Carnival so special.
Overnight: Rio De Janeiro | Breakfast
Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
Prices & Dates
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.Read More
Depart from Rio
This tour runs in reverse from Rio to Buenos Aires. Please refer to the Trip Notes below for details. 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.Read More