The “Argentina & Brazil Highlights” suggested travel itinerary includes the two most talked about cities in South America, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. It also takes you to two of the most beautiful natural places on earth, Iguazu Falls and the Amazon River. These make this suggested itinerary one of our most popular!
Your journey will start in the tango city of Buenos Aires and then continues to the awe inspiring thundering roar of Iguazu Falls which can be viewed from both the Argentinean and Brazilian side. Continuing your holiday to the city that never sleeps, Rio de Janeiro with its famous Copacabana Beach and one of the most photographed statues in the world, the Christ Redeemer. You will finish this journey with a cruise over the mighty Amazon River and through its jungle.
This travel itinerary is the one you do not want to miss if you wish to experience the highlights of Argentina and Brazil.
The below tour is fully flexible with departure dates and can be modified to your personal travel preferences, please contact us for obligation free enquiry.
|Day 1-2||Arrive in the tango city of Buenos Aires, sightseeing tour and tango show|
|Day 3||Travel to the see the powerful & magnificent Iguazu Falls (Argentina)|
|Day 4||Cross the border to Brazil and see the Iguazu Falls from the other side!|
|Day 5-6||Arrive in the city that never sleeps, Rio de Janeiro & enjoy a delightful tour of the city|
|Day 7||Your day to explore Rio!|
|Day 8||Journey to Manaus in preparation for the Amazon River|
|Day 9-11||Amazon Clipper Cruise down the Amazon River|
|Day 12||Depart Manaus for your onward journey / next adventure!|
Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires
Upon your arrival into Buenos Aires you will be transferred from the airport to your hotel. During the short drive you will be able to see the mix of traditional colonial architecture along with a strong European influence. Buenos Aires is laced with great restaurants boasting its renowned prime Argentinean meat with local Mendoza wine, nightclubs, theater, shopping precincts and easy to navigate streets.
When you arrive at your hotel you will have the remainder of the day to explore Buenos Aires. It’s a city that requires you to just walk around for at least one afternoon in order to get a real feel for the Argentinean culture. Of course, there is also the shopping! Argentinians are renowned in the Americas for being incredibly fashionable and edgy with their fashion trends.
Day 2: Sightseeing Buenos Aires and Show
Included in your itinerary is a local half-day city tour. Your city tour is 3.5 hours and you will visit the main points of interest in the city; these sights include the famous Opera House, the Colon Theater and the Obelisk, which is a symbol of Buenos Aires. In the Congress district, you will admire the Legislative Palace, built at the beginning of the 20th century and the Plaza de Mayo (May Square), in the historic heart of Buenos Aires. Around the Plaza de Mayo you will also find the Casa Rosada (Pink House), where the government’s executive branch is housed and the historical Cabildo and the Metropolitan Cathedral, where the remains of General José de San Martín lie. Next is La Boca, a typically Italian migrant neighborhood, with its colorful houses and the famous Caminito walkway, and a museum of Arts in the open air. Afterwards there’s a visit to Palermo, the residential district, with its magnificent houses and huge Botanical Park. The tour will end in the wealthy Recoleta district, famous for its cemetery, nightlife, elegant shops and residences in the northern area of Buenos Aires.
The remainder of the day is at leisure to prepare for your dinner and Tango show later this evening. You will be able to taste Argentine cuisine specialties accompanied by excellent wines and finish the evening enjoying a Tango and folklore show. Argentine Tango is a musical genre with a fantastic social and embracing dance to accompany it. Originating in the 19th century in Buenos Aires, it quickly grew in popularity and spread internationally.
Day 3: Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls (Argentina)
After breakfast you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport to board your flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu falls (flight not included in package price).
Upon your arrival at Iguazu airport you will be transferred to your hotel. After checking in your guide will be waiting for you to take you to Iguazu Falls on the Argentinean side of the border. First stop is a visit to the visitor center inside Iguazu National Park. At the visitor center, you will catch a special purpose train that will take you to the upper path, the lower path and the ferocious devils throat platform. The upper path is 500 meters long and the walk lasts about 45 minutes. You will be viewing the Two Sisters, Bosseti, Adam and Eve, Bernabe Mendez, Mbiguá and San Martín falls .
On the lower path of the falls a guide will walk with you the 1,300 meters of footpath for approximately 1.5 hours. The view is amazing and distinctive and well worth the walk as you will be able to see the falls right in the middle! There is a chance you might get wet!
The last viewing point is the Devils Throat, which surrounds the upper part of the Iguazu River, and you can walk onto the balcony of Devil’s throat for the most spectacular view of all. There are plenty of photo opportunities on this tour and would suggest making sure your video is charged to be able to capture the full impact of this catapulting and thunderous waterfall.
Day 4: Sightseeing Iguazu Falls (Brazilian side)
Yesterday you saw Iguazu falls from the Argentinean side of the border and today you will be able to observe the natural wonders falls from the Brazilian side. Included in this package is a half-day tour which will take you over to the Brazilian border (visa required before departing Australia) for a panoramic view of the falls almost 3 km long and with 270 cascades. It’s a 1000 m (approximately 1 Hour) of easy walking, starting from the Las Cataratas Hotel and finishing in the canyon of the Devil’s Throat. The round trip takes approximately three hours.
After the half day tour you will be taken back to your hotel on the Argentinean side for an afternoon at your leisure.
Optional: There is an opportunity to book an optional Helicopter flight over the falls and visit the Bird Park on the Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls.
From both the Argentinian and Brazilian side of the Falls there are opportunities to go on exciting Safari Boat trips and get even closer to these majestic Falls (be prepared to get wet).
Day 5: Iguazu to Rio De Janeiro
After breakfast and another glance at the falls (if you are staying in the park) you will then be transferred to the airport to board your flight from Iguazu Falls to Rio De Janeiro (flight not included in package price).
From the moment you touch down in Rio you will be eager to explore this unique and exhilarating city. On your arrival you will be transferred through this city to the stunning and bustling Copacabana beach where your hotel awaits you.
Rio is the second largest city in Brazil and with that title comes the whole package. You will be able to visit Christ the Redeemer, take a stroll along Copacabana beach or take a cable car ride to the Sugar Loaf Mountain.
Day 6: Sightseeing Rio de Janeiro
Today Rio de Janeiro will display to you why it is the most visited city in the southern hemisphere. The tour package starts with your guide meeting you early in the morning to beat the morning traffic for the train ride up to Corcovado Mountain to see one of the most photographed and iconic statues in the world, Christ the Redeemer. This statue is a symbol of Christianity and is considered the second largest art statue in the world with its 38 meter height and is located at the peak of the 700-metre Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park. From the peak’s platform the panoramic view on a sunny day includes downtown Rio, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Copacabana beach.
After visiting Corcovado mountain your guide will suggest a few places for you to have lunch and give you enough time to enjoy some Brazilian cuisine. After lunch the tour will take you through the city to soak up the vibrant Brazilian culture. Your next destination will be Sugar Loaf Mountain. This is a peak situated at the mouth of Guanabara Bay on a peninsula that sticks out into the Atlantic Ocean. Rising 396 meters above the harbour, the only way to get to this mountain is by a glass-paneled Cable car capable that runs along a 1400-metre route between the peaks of Pão de Açúcar and Cara de Cão. On top of Sugar Loaf Mountain you will can enjoy a fantastic panoramic view of this extravagant city. Overnight Rio de Janeiro.
Day 7: Full day Rio de Janeiro
Today you have the whole day to explore Rio De Janeiro on your own. There are plenty of activities and sightseeing to be done to keep you occupied, but why don’t you spend your last day in Rio by relaxing on one of the most famous beaches in the world – Copacabana beach!
Day 8: From Rio de Janeiro to Amazon
After Breakfast it is time to say goodbye to Rio and continue your journey to Manaus. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the Amazon. (The flight from Rio to Manaus is not included in the package price and is quoted separately).
When you arrive into Manaus a transfer will take you to your hotel where you will stay for 1 night. We have included 1 night either side of your Amazon jungle trip in Manaus as flights can sometimes be delayed and because of the amazing history of the town.
Day 9: Amazon Clipper cruise
This morning you board the Amazon Clipper and depart towards the Amazon River. While you enjoy a welcome drink, you will be briefed on the routes and facilities. After a snack, there will be lectures which will provide you with a better understanding of the ecology of the Amazon. Before dinner, there will be time to enjoy a Caipirinha, Brazil’s national drink, while watching the sunset. After dinner, you will be searching the streams and ponds for crocodiles and alligators with the help of spotlights. Sometimes night-hawks, snakes, sloths and frogs are spotted.
Day 10: Amazon Clipper cruise
You’ll wake up at Lake Janauacá and begin a canoe excursion along the waterways and lakes full of amazing aquatic plants, keeping your eyes open for birds and pink dolphins. You will return for breakfast, and then have a walk in the forest to visit the residents of the lake, who make a living off growing manioc, fruit trees, rubber, chestnuts and fishing. The piranha fishing in the evening is not just for those who love fishing – it’s also possible to see large flocks of beautiful birds such as Herons. After dinner we’ll explore the forest in our canoes to observe nocturnal animals and admire the millions of stars, including the “Southern Cross” – the smallest of the modern constellations.
Day 11: Amazon Clipper cruise
One last bird watching excursion in which you will see the Vitória Regia, the giant water lilies, in the January Ecological Park. We’ll explore the mysterious flooded forest by canoe or by trails, observing the nature of the trees and the water. While we have breakfast, the boat will begin its navigation towards the “Meeting of the Waters” – a unique spectacle where the muddy waters of the Amazon and the dark waters of the Rio Negro flow side by side without mixing for several miles. Making the trip back, we’ll pass by Manaus, observing the floating docks, the market, the old customs house, and the Opera dome, arriving around 11:30 at the Pier of the Tropical Hotel.
When you arrive back to Manaus you will be transferred to your hotel where you spent the last night of this journey.
Day 12: Depart Manaus
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport.
- Arrival & departure transfers Buenos Aires
- 2 nights accommodation Buenos Aires
- Half day Buenos Aires city tour
- Buenos Aires Dinner and Tango show including private transfers to/from hotel
- Arrival & Departure transfer Iguazzu falls
- 2 nights accommodation Iguazu Falls
- Half day Argentina Falls and Devils throat tour
- Half day Brazilian Falls side tour
- Arrival & Departure transfer Rio de Janeiro
- 3 nights accommodation Rio de Janeiro
- Full day Corcovado & Sugar Loaf tour
- Arrival & Departure transfer Manaus
- 2 nights accommodation Manaus
- 2 nights accommodation Amazon cruising on-board the Delfin with all meals
- Breakfast daily
- International and internal flights
- Visa fees
- Meals and drinks
- Tips to the drivers, guides & porters
- Items of personal nature
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