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Bookend a visit to the world's largest waterfall system with two vibrant cities on this seven-day adventure. Explore Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls on a tour that shows off big highlights without sacrificing local connections. Contrast gazing over Rio de Janeiro from the foot of Christ the Redeemer with lunch in a local acroecology cooperative NGO that's challenging how we look at food production and social development. Finish days feeling the power of Iguazu Falls by relaxing with a cocktail in the verdant gardens of your boutique hotel. Spend a morning wandering the grand Plaza de Mayo followed by an evening watching a private tango performance. See the best of Brazil and Argentina from a local perspective.
Day 1: Rio de Janeiro
Ola! Welcome to Rio! Enjoy a complimentary transfer from the airport to this evening’s accommodation. Your adventure truly begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. If you have the time, you’re free to explore on your own before the meeting, but don’t feel too rushed – there will be a full-day tour of the city tomorrow to acquaint you with it.
Day 2: Rio de Janeiro
Embark on a full-day guided tour of Rio. Visit Santa Teresa, a beautiful artistic neighbourhood situated on a hill overlooking the city. Continue to scenic Corcovado and witness the grand open-armed Christ the Redeemer statue that surveys the city. Give your feet a break during a lunch stop at an incredible NGO called Gastromotiva, where creative dishes are made with donated produce and the cooks are marginalised members of the community given free culinary training. 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 a 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 area’s Afro-Caribbean heritage.
Day 3: Iguazu Falls
This morning fly to Puerto Iguazu in Argentina (2 hours), gateway to the mighty Iguazu Falls. Travel to the Brazilian side of the falls to get a panoramic perspective on this immense wonder of nature. The falls are two-kilometres-long and are made up of 275 waterfalls in total, some of which stretch up to 80-metres-high. This makes them both higher than Niagara Falls and wider than Victoria Falls. This evening return to Argentina and your whitewashed accommodation and perhaps relax with a cocktail in the gardens.
Day 4: Iguazu Falls
Rise and shine at 7.30 am to visit the Argentinean side of the falls. Walk along the boardwalks built into the hard rock on top of the falls, which allow you to feel the power (and water spray) of these immense falls. You can choose to get another exhilarating perspective on Iguazu Falls with an optional zodiac boat ride below. At approximately 3 pm, you can choose to accompany your leader on a visit to a nearby Guarani community or return to the hotel. If you do choose to partake in this optional excursion, you will return to the hotel at approximately 5 pm.
Day 5: Buenos Aires
Board a flight to Buenos Aires and arrive in the afternoon. The rest of your day is free for you to explore this vibrant city at your leisure. Tomorrow brings with it a guided tour of essential local sights, so perhaps spend today discovering at a more relaxed pace. You could ask your leader where to find a fine glass of malbec and picada (Argentinian tapas), or maybe pay a visit to the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires (MALBA).
Day 6: Buenos Aires
Enjoy a morning exploring some of Buenos Aires’ most iconic sites with your guide. First stop is the Plaza de Mayo to visit the original town hall, as well as the presidential palace known as the Pink House. Walk around La Boca and its ‘Caminito’ district, before moving on to the lesser-known Barracas neighbourhood and stop in at a local NGO to learn about their agroecological model of food production and community collaboration. Help prepare a meal – much of the ingredients for which are grown in the co-op’s own gardens – and then dine on the results, including alfajores for dessert. Walk off lunch by strolling through Recoleta Cemetery, a labyrinth of ornate mausoleums. After a stop at the grave of Eva Peron, head to Palermo to see beautiful parks and the unique Floralis Generica – a huge metal flower. Later, be captivated by Argentina’s most famous dance: the Tango. A professional Tango couple will explain the dance’s origin and history, as well as demonstrate 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 find your own rhythm.
Day 7: Buenos Aires
Your jaunt through Brazil and Argentina comes to an end today. There are no scheduled activities and you may depart the accommodation before check-out time.
- Rio de Janeiro - Total Rio Tour Combo 1: Santa Teresa, Corcovado, Christ & Copacabana
- Iguazu Falls - Entrance & tour of the Brazilian side of the falls
- Iguazu Falls - Entrance & tour of the Argentinian side of the falls
- Iguazu Falls - Guarani community visit
- Buenos Aires - Tango demonstration by professional dancers
- Buenos Aires - Tango dance lesson
- Buenos Aires - Full-day guided tour
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2 Lunch(es) Included
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