Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Best of Argentina & Brazil tour
Buenos Aires Iguazu Falls Best of Argentina & Brazil Trip

Best of Argentina & Brazil

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
7 days
From: $ 2,790 $ 399 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Buenos Aires offers an eclectic mix of European, Cosmopolitan and Latin flavours, as well as a booming cultural and nightlife scene. Explore the neighbourhoods of this lively, confident city on a full-day tour with a local guide
  • Look for rainbows in the mist of the mighty Iguazu Falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides, and visit a local indigenous community
  • Gaze over the dazzling city, mountains and bay of Rio de Janeiro from the foot of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue
  • Favelas may sit alongside mansions, but in the heaving metropolis of Rio, everyone’s invited to the party. Immerse yourself in Brazilian culture, dance and music

Short Description

Get a taste of the rhythms of Argentina and Brazil on this southern adventure journeying from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro, taking in the spectacular Iguazu Falls along the way. From tango to samba, Spanish to Portuguese, and Malbec wine to caipirinhas, these two countries are sure to have you enthralled in their passionate zest for life.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions N/A
Start City Buenos Aires
End City Rio de Janeiro

Destinations

Brazil Argentina

Attractions & Cities Visited

Buenos Aires Iguazu Falls

Activities & Interests

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Itinerary

Day 1 Buenos Aires

Bienvenido! Welcome to Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires is the ultimate cosmopolitan city, with Latin passion, European elegance, and its own distinctive style. Your adventure begins with an important welcome meeting at 6 pm. Your leader will leave a note at the hotel reception telling you where this important meeting will take place. If you arrive early, why not visit San Telmo and its weekend antiques market and artists' displays – it's a great chance to acquaint yourself with some portenos (local residents). Alternatively, visit Recoleta (the grand cemetery) or perhaps Casa Rosada (the Pink House).

Day 2 Buenos Aires

Today explore Buenos Aires on a full-day tour with a local guide. Starting in Plaza de Mayo, we will visit the Cabildo, the Colonial Ton Hall, The metropolitan cathedral and the Presidential Palace. Wander the cobbled streets of San Telmo, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires, then onto La Boca where we will visit the iconic Caminito Street, which gives the neighbourhood its distinctive spirit. We will then continue on to the Barracas neighbourhood, which is a charming area off the well-trodden tourist path. We will stop for lunch at a local NGO that has a market selling produce grown less than 30 minutes away by small producers. You will have the opportunity to learn about the history of this project, and the purpose of this cooperative and enjoy a homemade lunch made with agroecological products here, whilst also being able to participate in the preparation of some food! Lunch consists of empanadas or pizzas + alfajores for desert + nonalcoholic drinks. You will also be invited to try the local mate tea! After our lunch, we will continue towards Retiro and Recoleta, where we will learn about the local wealthy families of Argentina, who sought to build a small‐scale Paris in the heart of Buenos Aires. Then we’ll visit the unique Recoleta Cemetery, a true labyrinth of ornate mausoleums. There, we’ll make a stop at the grave of Eva Peron, one of the country’s most recognizable icons. We will also see the Floralis Generica, a huge metal flower located in Palermo. We’ll see French palaces in Palermo Chico and beautiful parks designed by Carlos Thays. After your day of sightseeing, get ready to be captivated by Argentina’s most famous dance; the Tango. In a private space, a professional Tango couple will explain the dance’s origin and history, as well as demonstrating the intimately fluid movements for you. You will then be invited to join an hour-long beginner’s class to learn some of the basic techniques and understand the rhythm.

Day 3 Iguazu Falls (Brazilian side)

Fly to Puerto Iguazu in the northeast corner of Argentina today. The mighty Iguazu Falls straddles the border of Argentina and Brazil, and the group will be visiting the falls from both sides. The falls are over 2 km in length and consist of 275 falls in total, some of which stretch up to 80 metres high. This makes them higher than Niagara Falls and wider than Victoria Falls. Head across to Brazil to admire panoramic views of the waterfalls. Take an optional helicopter flight over the top of the falls for a more panoramic view. Tonight, spend the night in a hotel in Foz do Iguazu (Brazil)

Day 4 Iguazu Falls (Argentinian side)

A visit to the Argentinian side of Iguazu today allows you to get up close to the waterfalls via a series of boardwalks. According to Guarani legend, Iguazu Falls was created when the serpent god M’Boy, enraged by the betrayal of a chieftain’s daughter who was promised to him, split the river in half. For a more exhilarating experience, take an optional Zodiac boat ride to the base of the falls. Visit a Guarani community to meet some of the region’s few remaining indigenous people. Return to our hotel on the Brazilian side of the falls.

Day 5 Rio de Janeiro

Take an early morning flight from Foz do Iguacu to Rio. The locals say that 'if God made the world in six days, he devoted the seventh to Rio'. The day is yours to do what you like. For relaxation and people watching, head to the beaches of Copacabana or Ipanema. If the time of year is right, check out a football game or a Carnival rehearsal. As evening approaches, perhaps take the cable car up to Sugarloaf Mountain to watch the sunset before getting sweaty with the locals in the samba clubs of bohemian Lapa.

Day 6 Rio de Janeiro

It's an early start this morning, as we embark on a full-day guided tour of Rio. Starting at Corcovado Mountain for sweeping views over Rio from the base of the Christ the Redeemer statue before the crowds arrive. Discover the eclectic architecture, restaurants, and art galleries of the artistic neighbourhood of Santa Teresa. Then continue on to by the famous Selaron Steps to see artist Jorge Selaron’s gift to the Brazilian people.  We finish the day with a walking tour of the Port area. This area, a little more off the beaten track, has been recognized for its cultural and historical importance as it was the main Port for the slave trade in Brazil. We will be joined by a local guide from the Pretos Novos institute,  which aims to preserve the cultural heritage found in the Port area. On the walk, learn about the story of how the African slaves arrived in Brazil, the horrific conditions they endured on the journey over, how they were sold, and, eventually,  how they resisted and became free. Their story is intrinsically connected with the history of samba and Brazilian culture. 

Day 7 Rio de Janeiro

Today your adventure comes to an end. There are no activities planned for the final day so you’re able to depart the accommodation at any time. If you wish to stay on in Rio please advise at the time of booking and we can arrange additional accommodation and Urban Adventure activities for you.

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Jan-02-2021Jan-08-2021$ 3,045Yes12 spots left Reserve
Mar-13-2021Mar-19-2021$ 2,900Yes12 spots left Reserve
Mar-27-2021Apr-02-2021$ 2,900Yes9 spots left Reserve
Apr-24-2021Apr-30-2021$ 2,900Yes12 spots left Reserve
May-22-2021May-28-2021$ 2,790Yes9 spots left Reserve
Jun-05-2021Jun-11-2021$ 2,875Yes8 spots left Reserve
Jul-10-2021Jul-16-2021$ 2,790Yes11 spots left Reserve
Jul-31-2021Aug-06-2021$ 2,790Yes10 spots left Reserve
Aug-21-2021Aug-27-2021$ 2,790Yes12 spots left Reserve
Sep-11-2021Sep-17-2021$ 2,790Yes12 spots left Reserve
Oct-02-2021Oct-08-2021$ 2,900Yes11 spots left Reserve
Oct-23-2021Oct-29-2021$ 2,900Yes12 spots left Reserve
Nov-20-2021Nov-26-2021$ 3,015Yes12 spots left Reserve
Dec-18-2021Dec-24-2021$ 3,015Yes12 spots left Reserve
Jan-01-2022Jan-07-2022$ 2,930No12 spots left Reserve
Jan-08-2022Jan-14-2022$ 2,930No11 spots left Reserve
Jan-15-2022Jan-21-2022$ 2,930No12 spots left Reserve
Jan-29-2022Feb-04-2022$ 2,930No12 spots left Reserve
Feb-12-2022Feb-18-2022$ 2,930No12 spots left Reserve
Mar-05-2022Mar-11-2022$ 2,930No12 spots left Reserve
Mar-12-2022Mar-18-2022$ 2,930No12 spots left Reserve
Mar-26-2022Apr-01-2022$ 2,930No12 spots left Reserve
Apr-23-2022Apr-29-2022$ 2,930No12 spots left Reserve
May-21-2022May-27-2022$ 2,930No12 spots left Reserve
Jun-04-2022Jun-10-2022$ 2,930No12 spots left Reserve
Jul-09-2022Jul-15-2022$ 2,930No12 spots left Reserve
Jul-30-2022Aug-05-2022$ 2,930No12 spots left Reserve
Aug-20-2022Aug-26-2022$ 2,790No12 spots left Reserve
Sep-10-2022Sep-16-2022$ 2,790No12 spots left Reserve
Oct-01-2022Oct-07-2022$ 2,790No12 spots left Reserve
Oct-22-2022Oct-28-2022$ 2,790No12 spots left Reserve
Nov-19-2022Nov-25-2022$ 2,790No12 spots left Reserve
Dec-17-2022Dec-23-2022$ 2,790No12 spots left Reserve
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Best of Argentina & Brazil

Felt the tour was a bit short.

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Felt the tour was a bit short. Probably more pricey compared to another similar tour I have done with another company in South America.

good trip, enjoyable_x000D_
good and helpful tour leader

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good trip, enjoyable_x000D_
good and helpful tour leader (Pedro)_x000D_
everything was very organised except when our flight from Iquazu to Rio was cancelled and there was no information given prior leaving to the airport (we wake up at 330am, but need to wait at the airport for 6 hours for the next flight)
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enjoyable_x000D_
good tour leader _x000D_
met new friends_x000D_
unique experience

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enjoyable_x000D_
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unique experience

I gave this score because I thoroughly

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I gave this score because I thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

Overall a good experience but it was

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Overall a good experience but it was a short tour so can't pesticide extensive feedback.

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Guide availability, even before the commencement of tour.

Details

Group Size

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 12

Accomodations

Hotel (6 nights)

Guides

All group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.

Additional Information

Finish point

  • Americas Copacabana Hotel
  • Rua Barata Ribeiro 550
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • RJ, 22040-001
  • BRAZIL
  • Phone: 55 2134459666

Alternate Finish point

  • For trips departing on the following dates, use this finish point.
  • 02 Jan 2021 (GPKB210102), 30 Jan 2021 (GPKB210130), 13 Mar 2021 (GPKB210313), 27 Mar 2021 (GPKB210327), 24 Apr 2021 (GPKB210424), 22 May 2021 (GPKB210522), 05 Jun 2021 (GPKB210605), 10 Jul 2021 (GPKB210710), 31 Jul 2021 (GPKB210731), 21 Aug 2021 (GPKB210821), 11 Sep 2021 (GPKB210911), 02 Oct 2021 (GPKB211002), 23 Oct 2021 (GPKB211023), 20 Nov 2021 (GPKB211120), 18 Dec 2021 (GPKB211218)
  • Americas Hotel
  • Rua Barata Riberio, 550
  • Copacabana
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • BRAZIL

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