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From £2,557 per person for 9 nights (based on 2 adults sharing)*
Explore two of the continent’s most exciting cities and one of the seven natural wonders of the world, on this unforgettable journey through Argentina and Brazil. Top it all off with 3 days relaxation on idyllic Ilha Grande.

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Summary

Argentina & Brazil

On this awesome experience you’ll be visiting two of South America’s most fascinating cities. Buenos Aires, home to the tango and the best steak in the world, is the ‘Paris of South America’; one of the most cultured capitals on the continent. Then there’s Rio, where seaside living is breezy, nobody’s in a hurry, and a stunning backdrop of rainforest, sea and mountains propels it to the top of the list of world’s most photogenic cities. Between Brazil and Argentina, you’ll find one of South America’s most famous sights: the incredible natural wonder of Iguazu Falls, where 270 waterfalls stretch for 1.5 miles along the Iguazu river to form the largest collection of cataracts in the world.

 AWESOME ELEMENTS INCLUDED ON TOUR PRICE:

  • Cycle through the contrasting neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires on an electric bike tour
  • Enjoy dinner whilst watching a Tango show, then have private lessons in both Tango and Samba
  • See the spectacular Iguazu Falls from both sides, plus take an optional helicopter ride above the falls
  • Cruise as close as possible to the majestic San Martin falls
  • Indulge in unlimited steak at one of Rio’s most famous churrascarias, Fogo de Chao
  • Hike and rock climb up Sugarloaf Mountain, before getting a cable-car back down to the city
  • Go on an exhilarating 4x4 adventure to Christ the Redeemer 
Buenos Aires Summary

On this experience through Brazil and Argentina, you’ll tick off the countries’ most iconic sights in just one week. First, there’s the chance to get under the skin of chic Buenos Aires, as you cycle past its grand old landmarks by electric bike and master the tango with the professionals, before watching them in an incredible show. Next, it’s on to Iguazu for an unforgettable adventure on both sides of the falls. 

Together with your private guide, you’ll see them from every angle, including from a high-speed RIB-style boat – where you’ll be guaranteed a good soaking and a huge adrenaline rush – and there’s even the once-in-a-lifetime option to helicopter high above the gushing water. Round off your trip with time in seductive Rio de Janeiro, where we’ll take you hiking up Sugarloaf Mountain as you embrace the city’s natural beauty, and finish by zooming up Corcovado in a 4X4 to get up close to Christ the Redeemer. 


Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande is a tropical paradise sitting just off the coast of Brazil, ringed by pure-white, unspoilt beaches. Most of the island is covered by Atlantic Rainforest, and with only one small town this paradise truly feels like an escape from the world. The dense vegetation, deserted beaches and complete lack of transportation (the island has no cars) make for a completely stress-free and beautifully disconnected experience.

Despite the calm and quiet atmosphere, there's plenty to do here. If you want to relax and catch some sun, there's an abundance of empty beaches to relax on. And if you're looking for something more active, there's many a beautiful walk to take. Why not hike to Pico do Papagaio – the second highest point on the island – from which you'll get a jaw-dropping panoramic view. Or Candido Mendes Prison, an abandoned penitentiary now nestled alone in the midst of the lush jungle.

We provide hotels in a stunning location with breakfast included and private transport from mainland Brazil directly to your hotel. The perfect way to rest and recuperate before you head back home, this 4 day trip has no organised activities, meaning that your time on this beautiful island can be as relaxed or as active as you want it to be. 


Please click the Full Itinerary tab for the full daily itinerary, details of what's included and information about children and solo travellers.


GETTING THERE 

Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £700 per person and take approximately 14 hours outbound, 12 hours inbound depending on exact flight configurations and layover times. 

For this particular experience, the best option is normally to book a multi-stop flight from London - Buenos Aires - Rio - London. 

Experience start point: Buenos Aires (EZE). Arrive any time.

End point: Rio (GIG). The experience finishes in the early afternoon on Day Seven, so we suggest an evening departure.

All tour departures up to 31st December 2018 are part of our Pioneers Club promotion. Click here for more information about the Pioneers Club.

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Full Itinerary

Itinerary

Argentina & Brazil

Day One: Welcome to Buenos Aires

Upon arrival at the airport, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel in Buenos Aires, the sprawling, captivating capital of Argentina. The rest of the day is yours to settle in: you can soak up the city’s atmosphere at many cafes vending strong coffee and medialuna (Argentinian croissants), or treat yourself to the world’s best steak – the neighbourhood of Recoleta is littered with parillas serving up perfect cuts.

Overnight in Buenos Aires 

Classic - Merit San Telmo 

Premium - Kenton Palace 

Deluxe - Melia Buenos Aires

Meals included: None

Puerto Madero


Day Two: Electric Dreams

After breakfast, your guide will take you to join a special exploration of the city – by electric bike. On this five-hour group adventure, you’ll start in the leafy, monument-packed barrio of Recoleta, cycling onwards to the grand park of Plaza San Martin, to hear about the history of the city. Following dedicated bike paths, you’ll enter frenetic downtown and head towards the Plaza de Mayo, where Evita Peron made her famous speech. You’ll learn more about the culture and customs of this city before cycling on to the colourful, working class neighbourhood of La Boca, where street performers dance the tango, lively bars line the streets, and the world’s most famous football team, Boca Juniors, has its home. Then you’ll head back to Recoleta, to visit its enchanting cemetery full of delicately carved mini mausoleums. En route, you’ll stop in the sleek waterside barrio of Puerto Maderas, forged from revitalised docks on the Rio de la Plata riverbank. The guide will provide cycling helmets, water and a healthy snack. In the evening, you’ll get to experience a different form of exercise, as you head for a tango show and dinner in the bohemian barrio of San Telmo. You’ll be picked up at your hotel for a group transfer to La Ventana Barrio del Tango, a converted conventillo (tenement block) that now puts on evening spectacles showcasing the beauty of the tango – complete with 32 artists, two orchestras, a folk music group and a plethora of singers and dancers. Over the course of the evening, you’ll also have the chance to learn the tango yourself during a lesson, before sitting down to a three-course dinner and enjoying the entertainment. You’ll then be transferred back to your hotel for the night.

Overnight in Buenos Aires 

Classic - Merit San Telmo 

Premium - Kenton Palace 

Deluxe - Melia Buenos Aires

Meals included: Breakfast; dinner

Plaza de Mayo


Day Three: First View of Iguazu

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport by private car, ready for your onward flight to Iguazu. After checking in to your hotel and a little time to freshen up, you’ll head to the Brazilian side of the falls with your private guide. Seeing the world’s largest waterfall system for the first time is a truly incredible sight: there are 270 waterfalls here, stretching across 1.5 miles and thundering downwards with all-encompassing force. After making your way to the protected rainforest of the Iguazu Park, you’ll take an elevator to wander beside them on a 1,000m-long footbridge. There’s also the opportunity to see them from the highest viewpoint in the park, Salto Floreano, which you must take another elevator to reach. For an even more spectacular view, there’s the optional chance to take a helicopter ride above the falls – a ten-minute flight that’s a once in a lifetime way to see one of the world’s natural wonders, witnessing the immense scale of the water from a truly privileged position. For costs and to book, please see the Extras tab.* Later, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel in Iguazu for the night.

*As the helicopter trip requires a minimum of three people, groups may be combined. 

Overnight in Iguazu 

Classic - Jardin de Iguazu 

Premium - Grand Crucero Iguazu 

Deluxe - Loi Suites Iguazu

Meals included: Breakfast

Iguazu Helicopter


Day Four: Water World

Today you’ll get up close and personal with the falls, traversing footbridges that spider web beside the Argentinian side of the water. On the lower circuit, you’ll get to the base of the falls, from where you’ll feel their mist and immerse yourself in their thunder. After that, you’ll explore the upper circuit, with its breathtaking views over the top. Finally, you’ll reach the balcony overlooking the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat) to witness a jaw-dropping fall of more than 80m. Now that you’ve seen the falls, it’s time to traverse their river rapids, on an exciting adventure. You’ll join a group to drive by truck through the wild, butterfly and bird packed vegetation of the national park, before boarding a RIB-style boat from the peaceful backwater of San Martin island. But hold on tight, because after visiting the Tres Mosqueteros and Garganta del Diablo, you’ll sail as close as safely possible to the San Martin fall – the largest that can be approached by boat and almost guaranteed to get you soaked. Then it’s back to the hotel to recover.

Overnight in Iguazu 

Classic - Jardin de Iguazu 

Premium - Grand Crucero Iguazu 

Deluxe - Loi Suites Iguazu

Meals included: Breakfast

Iguazu Footbridge


Day Five: Onwards to Rio

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your onward flight to Rio, Brazil’s ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’ and one of the most enchanting cities in the world. After checking in to your hotel, you’ll have some free time. Perhaps wander the white sands of one of its famous beaches or grab a coffee and browse the shops in chic Leblon. Because it can be hard to see the other side of this mega-metropolis, we can also arrange an optional visit to Rio’s lesser-visited sights, starting above the Olympic Complex where the 2016 games were held. You’ll then make for two of Rio’s most beautiful beaches. A world away from its urban stretches of sand, Prainha and Grumari are wild white sweeps, hemmed by boulders and forested cliffs and situated in a protected national park. From Prainha, you’ll take an easy walk along a trail to a viewpoint offering fantastic views back to the west of the city. Then you’ll head back towards Rio along the coast, stopping off at beaches en route, before visiting the CBF Museum, a paean to football and especially the Brazilian national team. See trophies, signed shirts and many impressive audio-visual displays, before returning to your hotel. For costs, please see the Extras tab. Come evening, you’ll experience something else that Rio is famed for, as you enjoy a meal in one of the city’s renowned churrascarias (meat barbecue restaurants). Fogo de Chao is among the best in town, with the added bonus of fantastic views over the sea and Sugarloaf mountain. Once seated you’ll be given a green card and a red card: turn over the green one for non-stop, perfectly cooked cuts of meat; then turn over the red one when you’ve had enough. (The meal also includes salad, dessert and coffee. Drinks are not included.) You’ll then be taken back to your hotel for the night.

Overnight in Rio 

Classic - Hotel Mirasol Copacabana 

Premium - Hotel Porto Bay  

Deluxe - Hilton Hotel Copacabana

Meals included: Breakfast; dinner

Rio Panorama


Day Six: Climbing and Carnival Costumes

Your morning is free to relax and prepare for an afternoon hike up Sugarloaf. Perhaps savour the laid-back Brazilian way of life in Copacabana, where your hotel is situated. Stroll along the wide, swirling pavement of the beach promenade, trimmed in palm trees, or head to neighbouring Ipanema – still hip decades after the famous song put it on the map. Take an early lunch, because at 1pm you’ll set off for Sugarloaf. Hiking for two and a half hours to the top along clear trails, you’ll need to complete a very short climb (8m) as part of the journey: this is considered an ideal intro to climbing for beginners and easy for those with experience (all safety equipment is included). You’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of this superbly-situated city, across Copacabana Beach, the seaside neighbourhood of Urca, Guanabara Bay and the iconic Christ The Redeemer statue. Take photos and savour the vistas, then catch the cable car down to neighbouring Urca Hill, before taking the trail back to the bottom (if you descend after 7pm, you’ll take the cable car all the way on your descent). Back at the hotel, it’s a quick change before your head out to dinner at the beautifully decorated Charbon Rouge restaurant, which serves Brazilian and international dishes. After dinner, you’ll be whisked off to the Leblon Theatre, home of the Ginga Tropical Show. See if you’d make the grade, with a samba class, then sit down to savour the evening’s Technicolor entertainment – a stunning spectacle packed with drummers, carnival dancers, capoeira and the strains of the samba band. You’ll then return to your hotel.

Overnight in Rio 

Classic - Hotel Mirasol Copacabana 

Premium - Hotel Porto Bay  

Deluxe - Hilton Hotel Copacabana

Meals included: Breakfast; dinner

Copacabana Beach


Day Seven: Drive of your Life

Buckle up this morning – you’re off on a 4X4 adventure to the statue of Christ The Redeemer. Head from your hotel towards Corcovado mountain, transferring to an eco-van at Paineiras for the trip to Christ The Redeemer. This incredible Art Deco statue, rising 30 metres above the mountain, is one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. You’ll have time to take photos and savour the atmosphere, before being taken back to your Jeep to tour the surrounding Tijuca Forest, where jungly paths and waterfalls hide an array of exotic plants and animals. 

After your adventure, you’ll be transferred to Conceicao de Jacarei or Angra dos Reis for your boat to Ilha Grande (average journey time 4 hours dependent on traffic). 

Overnight on Ilha Grande 

Classic, Premium - Sagu Mini Resort 

Deluxe - Atlantica Logde

Meals included: Breakfast

Christ the Redeemer


Days Eight & Nine: Time to Relax

The next two days will be at your leisure. You could take a boat trip to Paradise Islands; a collection of islands in the bay of Ilha Grande, visit the famous Lopes Medes beach, accessible by boat and a 20-minute walk through the jungle, or hike to Vila de Dois Rios, a small village with a wild unspoilt beach. You could swim, go diving, enjoy some delicious seafood or just lie on one of the island's sugar-white beaches under the sun, its completely up to you. 

Overnight on Ilha Grande

Meals Included: Breakfast


Day Ten

After a final morning in paradise, you'll head back to the port for your boat back to Rio, then on to the airport in a private transfer for your flight back to the UK. 


Overall meals included: 9 Breakfasts; 3 dinners


Accommodation

Sagu Mini Resort

Pics 

Atlantico Resort

Pics



You will get a choice of hotel options for the duration of your experience:

Classic ★★★

Classic hotels provide mid-range accommodation (minimum three-star rated), with comfortable rooms and private facilities. We’ve selected these hotels based on positive client feedback.

Premium ★★★★

Premium hotels are typically upper mid range (usually four star), with more amenities than our classic choices. They all have comfortable rooms with private facilities and have received good client feedback.

Deluxe ★★★★★

Deluxe hotels are luxury hotels with excellent facilities and service, usually categorised as 4.5 or 5 star. Clients rate them extremely highly.

When booking an experience, please remember that the hotel category you select is for the whole tour. Please note that the actual hotel selection will be driven by availability at time of booking.


What's included:

  • Private English-speaking guides unless stated otherwise
  • Private transfers and internal flights unless stated otherwise
  • Meals as listed
  • Mandatory taxes and service fees
  • Entrance tickets and permits unless stated otherwise

What's not included:

  • International flights to/from the start/end point of our experiences
  • Optional extras listed
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel and restaurant staff
  • Any visa, customs, airport taxes or similar charges before or after the tour
  • We cannot guarantee the included hotel breakfast for early departures
  • Drinks during meals unless stated otherwise
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry

What to pack:

  • Camera
  • Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen
  • Hiking shoes and trainers


For Home Office travel advice to these countries, read more here for Argentina and here for Brazil.


GETTING THERE 

Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £700 per person and take approximately 14 hours outbound, 12 hours inbound depending on exact flight configurations and layover times. 

For this particular experience, the best option is normally to book a multi-stop flight from London - Buenos Aires - Rio - London. 

Experience start point: Buenos Aires (EZE). Arrive any time.

End point: Rio (GIG). The experience finishes in the early afternoon on Day Seven, and we suggest an evening departure.

All tour departures up to 31st December 2018 are part of our Pioneers Club promotion. Click here for more information about the Pioneers Club.

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Helicopter Flight over Iguazu Falls

For an even more spectacular view, take a helicopter ride above the falls – a ten-minute flight that’s a once in a lifetime way to see one of the world’s natural wonders, witnessing the immense scale of the water from a truly privileged position.

Rio's Beach & Olympic Complex Tour

Start above the Olympic Complex where the 2016 games were held and then you’ll head to two of Rio’s most beautiful beaches: Prainha and Grumari. From Prainha, you’ll take an easy walk along a trail to a viewpoint offering fantastic views back to the west of the city. Then you’ll head back towards Rio along the coast, stopping off at beaches en route, before visiting the CBF Museum, a paean to football and especially the Brazilian national team.

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