Argentina & Brazil: Buenos Aires, Iguazu & Rio de Janeiro
Experience the vibrant rhythm and diverse landscapes of Argentina and Brazil on an unforgettable holiday.
Begin in Buenos Aires, exploring the eclectic neighbourhoods, immersing in tango culture, and savouring exquisite cuisine. Dive into the captivating history of La Boca, traverse the revitalised Puerto Madero, and indulge in a mesmerising tango show.
Next, venture to the awe-inspiring Iguazu Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander through the lush rainforest, capturing panoramic views of the falls from the Brazilian and Argentinian perspectives. Marvel at the power of nature during the exhilarating Gran Aventura boat ride, creating lasting memories.
In Rio de Janeiro, relax at the iconic Copacabana Beach or explore the bohemian charm of Santa Teresa. Ascend Corcovado Hill to witness the "Wonder of Rio," Christ the Redeemer, and ascend Sugar Loaf Mountain for breathtaking city panoramas. Savour Brazilian flavours at a local churrascaria, serving the finest of meat.
Whether it's the pulsating energy of Buenos Aires, the natural wonders of Iguazu Falls, or the iconic landmarks of Rio de Janeiro, this holiday promises a rich tapestry of cultural immersion and awe-inspiring landscapes in two captivating South American countries.
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Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires
Day 2: City tour of Buenos Aires
Embark on an immersive half-day adventure led by your knowledgeable local guide, unravelling the cultural tapestry of Buenos Aires. Our meticulously crafted itinerary ensures a journey through the city's iconic landmarks, offering a captivating exploration of its history, politics, and vibrant neighbourhoods. From the Plaza de Mayo and the charming cobblestone streets of San Telmo, the renowned tango district, to the lively hues of La Boca, home to the iconic Boca Juniors football stadium.
Continue your exploration into the revitalized historic port area, Puerto Madero, where tradition merges with modernity. Conclude your tour in Recoleta, one of Buenos Aires' most exclusive neighbourhoods. Stroll through its upscale streets, passing sophisticated cafes and restaurants, before exploring the renowned Recoleta Cemetery, the resting place of iconic figures, including Eva Peron.
In the evening, experience a captivating tango show at El Querandi, accompanied by a delectable Argentine dinner, culminating your day in this dynamic city.
Day 3: Free day in Buenos Aires
Embrace a leisurely day of exploration in the city, easily navigable on foot or via public transport. Rediscover locales like La Boca, where vibrant tango dancers captivate, or wander through the enchanting Puerto Madero port district. For culinary enthusiasts, indulge in the renowned 'Don Julio' restaurant, celebrated for serving some of the city's finest steaks. Whether immersing in cultural delights, savouring culinary gems, or enjoying the rhythmic allure of tango, your free day offers a day of discovering the eclectic charm of Buenos Aires.
Day 4: Travel from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls
Transfer to the domestic airport for a short flight to Iguazu Falls, where upon arrival, our team will warmly greet you. The next 2 nights are spent at the Panoramic Grand Hotel, perched atop a hill, offering unrivalled panoramic vistas spanning the meeting point of the Iguazú and Paraná rivers. From this elevated position, revel in breathtaking perspectives of the convergence of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay—a spectacle commemorated at the iconic Three Frontiers Landmark. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty and cultural richness of the region from the comfort of this exceptional vantage point.
Day 5: The Majestic Argentine Falls & Gran Aventura boat trip
Following breakfast, depart from the hotel toward the Iguazú National Park, located approximately 20 km from the city. This distinguished destination holds UNESCO World Heritage Site status and the recent honour of being recognised as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.
Board the eco-friendly train, specially crafted for the park, immersing passengers in the climate and natural surroundings. This unique experience allows a direct engagement with the jungle's scents and sounds. The Upper Trail unfolds, offering a breathtaking panoramic view of the Falls and the Iguazú River Delta. Immerse in native flora, tune in to local bird melodies, and perhaps catch sight of the famed caí monkeys or the lively groups of coatis, known for their familial movements.
Conclude the day with the Gran Aventura, a shared boat ride promising an intimate encounter with the power and beauty of Iguazu Falls. This thrilling excursion ensures varied perspectives of the falls, creating enduring memories of this natural wonder.
Day 6: Brazilian Falls and travel to Rio de Janeiro
Embark on a half-day tour at Brazil National Park featuring a 1,200-metre single walkway. After crossing the "Tancredo Neves" International Bridge into Brazil, a scenic 20 km (12 miles) journey takes you to the Park's Visitors Centre. The walkway treats you to a breathtaking panoramic view of the Argentinian falls from a distance, set against the backdrop of the lush rainforest. Concluding the tour, your guide will accompany you to the airport on the Brazilian side, for your flight to Rio de Janeiro.
Upon your arrival in this Brazilian gem of a city, transfer to the Porto Bay Rio Internacional hotel, perched overlooking the iconic Copacabana Beach. Set against the mountainous backdrop and dazzling shoreline, this hotel offers a superb location for your stay in this vibrant city.
Day 7: Rio de Janeiro Highlights
Embark on a captivating journey through Rio de Janeiro, exploring its renowned landmarks and marvelling at the city's natural beauty from elevated vantage points. Begin with a scenic drive along Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, leading to the base of Corcovado Hill. Board the train ascending 2,300 ft to the summit, where the awe-inspiring Christ the Redeemer statue stands—a "New Wonder of the World." Revel in a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro, aptly named the "Marvelous City."
Following lunch, venture to the iconic ‘Pão de Açúcar’ (Sugar Loaf Mountain), an iconic symbol of Rio. Situated on a peninsula at Guanabara Bay's entrance, its ascent is made in glass cable cars, offering unparalleled views of this vibrant city.
Day 8: Free day in Rio de Janeiro
Spend time on the iconic Copacabana Beach or venture into the heart of the city. Consider immersing yourself in the charm of Santa Teresa, a picturesque bohemian neighbourhood adorned with colonial buildings and cobblestone streets cascading down a hillside, offering a unique perspective of the city. For a delightful lunch experience, we recommend Aprazível Restaurant, where Brazilian flavours come alive with vibrancy and taste. From the terrace, savour your meal while admiring stunning views that extend over the city and its beautiful beaches—a perfect blend of culinary delight and panoramic beauty in the heart of Rio de Janeiro.
Day 9: Depart Rio de Janeiro
Maximise your remaining time in the enchanting Rio de Janeiro before departing from your hotel for your return flight. If you're open to extending your journey, consider indulging in the tranquillity of a beach resort nestled on the lush Green Coast—a short drive from the city. Embrace the serene beauty and relaxation offered by this coastal escape, providing a perfect extension to your Rio experience. Whether it's unwinding on pristine beaches or exploring the natural wonders of the Green Coast, a seamless blend of leisure and exploration awaits those seeking to extend the magic beyond Rio de Janeiro.
Day 10: Arrive home!
Duration: 8 nights
Location: Argentina Holidays, South and Central America Holidays
From £3,250 pp based on two people sharing, excluding international flights.
The trip includes all accommodations, and activities specified above. Rooms and meals are as follows:
- 3 nights at CasaSur Palermo - Executive Room, breakfast included.
- 2 nights at Panoramic Grand – Classic Room, all meals included.
- 3 nights at Porto Bay Rio Internacional - Superior Room, breakfast included.
- All transfers, domestic flights, private guides and fees where stated as included.
This trip excludes:
- Single Supplements.
- International flights to Argentina/from Brazil
- Meals not mentioned as included.
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When to go
Discover the best time to visit Argentina with our helpful guide.
The nation basks in sun-drenched days and balmy temperatures. This is prime time to explore Patagonia's pristine beauty, hike through national parks, and encounter awe-inspiring glaciers. Mar del Plata's coastal allure beckons with inviting beaches. The Andes thrill adventure seekers with hiking, mountain biking, and climbing. Urban centers like Buenos Aires offer bustling districts, outdoor dining, and cultural events. Argentina in January is brimming with energy and endless possibilities.
February brings warmth and sunshine to Argentina. The grape harvest fills Mendoza and Salta's air with the scent of ripening fruit.
March brings a delightful ambiance to Argentina with warm temperatures and abundant sunshine. It's an excellent time to explore the renowned wine regions of Mendoza and Salta as the grape harvest takes place, filling the air with the intoxicating aroma of ripening fruit. The northern provinces showcase autumn's beauty with stunning landscapes, while Iguazú Falls captivate with enhanced water levels, creating a truly unforgettable experience. Argentina in March offers a perfect blend of outdoor adventures and natural wonders to explore.
April graces Argentina with comfortable temperatures and a gentle transition into autumn. The vibrant capital, Buenos Aires, is perfect for leisurely strolls through enchanting neighborhoods and exploring its rich cultural scene. Northwestern provinces like Salta and Jujuy come alive with a tapestry of changing colours, ideal for savouring renowned wine regions and vineyard tours. Patagonia's cooling weather sets the stage for outdoor activities amidst a breathtaking display of reds, oranges, and golds.
May offer pleasant temperatures as autumn arrives. Buenos Aires reveals enchanting neighborhoods and cultural treasures. Northwestern provinces burst into a tapestry of colors—ideal for exploring renowned wine regions. Patagonia's cooling temperatures set the stage for picturesque hikes amidst reds, oranges, and golds.
Winter descends in June, enticing snow sports enthusiasts to Andean ski resorts like Bariloche and Las Leñas. Patagonia transforms into a winter wonderland for exhilarating hikes. In Buenos Aires, indoor experiences like museums and tango shows thrive.
In July, Argentina embraces a chilly atmosphere as winter takes hold. Cooler temperatures make it a prime time for winter activities. Ski resorts in the Andes, like Bariloche and Las Leñas, attract snow sports enthusiasts. Patagonia transforms into a captivating winter wonderland, inviting visitors to exhilarating winter hikes amidst snowy landscapes. Buenos Aires offers indoor experiences with cultural events, museums, and tango shows.
August and September maintain winter in the south, offering skiing and whale migration views. Spring blooms in parks and gardens in Buenos Aires.
September brings a transitional charm to Argentina's weather as the country emerges from winter. As spring takes hold, temperatures begin to rise, and the landscapes start to awaken with new life. Buenos Aires and other urban centers offer a pleasant atmosphere for outdoor strolls and cultural excursions. Wildlife enthusiasts can witness the impressive southern right whale migration along the Atlantic coast.
October brings vibrant landscapes and pleasant temperatures. Vineyards awaken, and Buenos Aires hosts outdoor events. Northern provinces showcase blooming flowers and picturesque villages. Patagonia's milder climate suits outdoor activities.
In November, Argentina experiences delightful weather as spring reaches its full bloom. The country enjoys pleasant temperatures and an array of vibrant landscapes. From the bustling streets of Buenos Aires to the picturesque villages in the northern provinces, the atmosphere is inviting for outdoor exploration. Vineyards come alive as new growth graces the wine regions, while Patagonia's milder climate makes it an ideal time for outdoor activities and hikes. Argentina in November offers a harmonious blend of comfortable weather and captivating natural beauty.
Christmas spirit envelops Buenos Aires. Colorfully adorned streets host joyful celebrations. Patagonia shines in full summer splendor. From Andean peaks to pristine lakes, outdoor activities abound. Beaches and wild Patagonia offer unique family holiday experiences.
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