Yes, the Best of Argentina and Brazil is as exciting, flamboyant, and glorious as their beloved football. On this holiday, explore the most iconic sites and cultural highlights that make this match up so popular. It’s a journey from ritzy Buenos Aires to glitzy Rio de Janeiro via the mighty Iguazu Falls, both sides.
Begin in Buenos Aires where its enduring romance and eternal renaissance is elegantly defined by a tantalising tango. Let the ‘Paris of South America’ draw you into a playful wandering of its streets. It’s a fascinating urban adventure through Old-World charm and modern-day flourishes. Discover the allure of its lyrical neighbourhoods. Swagger posh Recoleta, and tiptoe through its eerily beautiful cemetery. Sashay chic Palermo Soho and peruse its artsy laneways. Promenade colourful La Boca and glimpse into its chanting heart, La Bombonera.
Next, go northward to the legendary Iguazú Falls. In Guaraní folklore, the Serpent God, M’Boi, created these big waterfalls in a jealous fit of rage. To separate a pair of lovers, Naipí and Tarobá, he split river. Then Naipí became a rock on the Argentine side and Tarobá became a palm tree on the Brazilian side. Today, M’Boi churns the waters between the rocks and the forest to keep the lovers apart forevermore. Likewise, let Iguazú unleash its power on you. So, get wet from it in a speed boat, high over it in a helicopter, and besotted with its rainbows.
Finally, Rio! Just saying the word is enough to make you shimmy! Brazil’s ‘Marvellous City’ not only awakens all five senses, it also gives you the sense of dance. In Rio de Janeiro, you samba and feel alive. Moreover, with backyard beaches like Copacabana, Arpoador, and Ipanema, you can’t blame the local Carioca for being so laid back. Here families gather for informal meals, kids play football, and young people flirt over caipirinhas. So, it’s easy to relax, but be sure to visit the most Instagram-worthy landmarks in the world. Christ Redeemer, Sugar Loaf and Corcovado are unmissable.
Upon arrival at the Buenos Aires Airport, you will transferred to your hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure.
Depart on a half-day tour of Buenos Aires, known as the “Paris of the Americas” with its strong European influence. A city of grand architecture, beautiful parks, wide avenues and wonderful walks. The tour takes in the most important monuments and sights of the city, including Plaza 25 de Mayo, the Government House (La Casa Rosa) and City Hall, the old neighbourhood of San Telmo, the eclectic neighbourhood of La Boca and the portside district of Puerto Madero. The tour finishes in Recoleta, home to the famous Recoleta Cemetery where Eva Peron is buried. Return to your hotel.
Day at leisure to relax and explore. This evening you will be taken for a Dinner & Tango Show at El Querandi. This 1920’s Art Deco building was a meeting point for artists, writers and students during the 1960s and now houses one of the city’s great ‘tanguerias’. You’ll be treated to a fantastic dinner and then sit back to watch the spectacle of Argentina’s favourite dance. At the end of the show, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Puerto Iguazú; on arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
After breakfast we depart on a full-day tour of the Argentina side of the Iguazú Falls. From the Visitor’s Centre, we take a train on a 15-minute journey up to the ‘Cataratas Station’. We walk along the Upper and Lower trails of the Iguazú National Park to get a closer look of the 275 falls and of the amazing variety of ferns, orchids, begonias, birds and butterflies. Continue by train to ‘Garganta Station’, and from there you will descend 1200 meters to the Devil’s Throat balcony, to share one of the greatest shows on earth. Return by train to the Visitor’s Centre & transfer back to your hotel. Option to add Speedboat to the falls & 4WD truck ride in the jungle
After breakfast we will cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge to explore the Brazilian falls. Walk along the paths inside the park and see the imposing Bozzeti Falls across the border. The path continues to the spectacular lookout over the Garganta del Diablo, or Devils Throat Falls, just 150m away. At the end of the path, you have the option of boarding a panoramic elevator for an even greater view of the surrounding scenery. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel, located in the famous seaside suburb of Copacabana!
Depart on a private full-day tour of Rio de Janeiro with lunch included. The tour begins with a drive along the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon to the station to ride the scenic cog railway to the base of the 125-foot tall statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain. The train ride takes 20 minutes and is a wonderful chance to experience the lush tropical vegetation of the Tijuca Forest. Disembark at the top of Corcovado and marvel at the breathtaking view before descending it by train to head to a churrascaria restaurant for a traditional bbq lunch.
After lunch, continue the tour through downtown passing by Rio’s traditional and historical sites. This afternoon’s highlight will be the cable car ride to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain for a 360-degree view of Rio including the Guanabara Bay & its famous beaches. Continue to downtown Rio and visit the City Palace, Candelaria Church, Saint Sebastian Cathedral, Lapa Arches, Municipal Theatre, National Library, Fine Arts Museum and the Sambadrome, site of Rio’s famous Carnival parade.
Day at leisure to relax and explore. Consider a trip to the beautiful Botanic Gardens, a tour through the surrounding forest and spectacular peak of Pedra de Gavea or a boat trip across Guanabara Bay to the Museum of Modern Art in Niteroi.
Transfer to the airport for your flight or ask us about extending your trip to Pantanal or Salvador.