Departures: All year
Places visited:Buenos Aires, Iguazu & Rio de Janeiro
- 3 nights of accommodation in Buenos Aires
- 2 nights of accommodation in Iguazu
- 2 nights of accommodation in Rio de Janeiro
- Daily breakfast and local taxes
- 1 Half Day City tour with Tortoni’s Café in Buenos Aires
- 1 Dinner & tango show at Tango Porteño (Complimentary Tango lesson) in Buenos Aires
- 1 Full day tour Luxury Delta & Tigre
- 1 Full day tour Argentine falls
- 1 Half day tour The Great Adventure
- 1 Half day tour Brazilian falls
- 1 Dinner & show at Lapa “Scenarium”
- 1 Half day tour historic Rio & Santa Teresa with lunch at Café Colombo
- 1 Half day tour Corcovado
- Bilingual guides for transfers and tours
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
- International & Domestic flights
- Meals and drinks other than those mentioned
- Tips and personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Entrance to National Parks not included
- Optional tours and experiences
- Any items not mentioned
Day 1: Buenos Aires: Upon arrival to the airport, private transfer to Hub Porteño Hotel.
Hub Porteño is located in the heart of Recoleta, Buenos Aires, the neighborhood characterized by leafy streets and Belle-Époque facades. Its central location offers convenient access to the city’s highlights, only a half block from the sophisticated shopping street Avenida Alvear as well as short walk to Recoleta cemetery. The property underwent an extensive restoration and transformation from a former private mansion to an exclusive urban retreat. While maintaining many original lovely elements and the feeling of a private home, 11 spacious suites, each uniquely designed include antique furniture, priceless Argentine artwork and unique pieces handcrafted by local artisans. The spacious palatial bathrooms boast walk-in showers, double jacuzzi baths, cut glass mirrors and crystal chandeliers. Facilities include fully equipped gym, dry sauna, treatment room.
Day 2: Buenos Aires:
Half day City Tour & Tortoni’s Café
A 3-hour tour of Buenos Aires, the cosmopolitan city where the influence of the numerous immigrants that can be seen everywhere. The tour starts at the historic Plaza de Mayo Square, the décor of many resounding political manifestations with the ‘Casa Rosada’, the pink building at the end of the plaza, which is the seat of power of the Argentine government. Also visit the ‘Cabildo’ (the old City Hall) and the massive Cathedral. Further south, wander the picturesque and colorful port neighborhood of La Boca with its famous little street known as "Caminito". Its architectonic characteristics and customs reflect the influence of the European citizens who came to Argentina in the late 19th century, many Genoese sailors in particular. The visit continues towards the bohemian neighborhood San Telmo, one of the oldest districts in Buenos Aires, and a center of immigrant settlers. Most of the old architecture, the colonial houses and cobbled streets have been preserved. Stop at the traditional café Tortoni for a freshly roasted coffee with a crispy ‘medialuna’ (Argentinian croissant).
After this break, stroll around the hip Waterfront district of Puerto Madero, followed by a visit to Palermo, a neighborhood with elegant residences and the Palermo Woods, the largest green area in the city. Next, visit Recoleta, one of the more affluent neighborhoods in the city. One of Recoleta’s main landmarks is the Recoleta Cemetery, the final resting place of Evita Perón.
Dinner & Show at Tango Porteño (Complimentary tango lesson)
Tango Porteño recovers that spirit crystallized in a unique place. Magically it recreates the best and most transcendental time ever in the history of tango framed within a luxurious building of those days that used to be a movie theater of the Metro Goldwyn Meyer. The old and beloved Metro, just a few steps away from the Obelisk today becomes Tango Porteño, a place blending the most refined environment and pure golden days’ deco with great artists, unbeatable productions, and first class cuisine paying home to the represented time. It could not be otherwise because Tango Porteño is the image of Buenos Aires, the “City of Tango.”
Day 3: Buenos Aires:
Full Day Luxury Delta & Tigre
The lovely municipality of Tigre, just 20 miles from Buenos Aires in the Paraná Delta, was first colonized in the 15th century. Its first settlers 17th century were mainly smugglers taking advantage of the labyrinth of little rivers and islands to hide and enter with their contraband.
The Tigre Delta is the world’s 3rd largest delta (5,405 square miles) heading out onto the
Río de la Plata, one of the widest rivers in the world, a must-see attraction in Argentina and a truly unique experience to cruise the delta on a private yacht and admire this ecological paradise in which human activity takes place in harmony with nature. It’s also a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires.
Captain Pedro Borello* will meet the group at the Puerto Chico Marina onboard “the Mojo”, a 30 foot boutique yacht. This cultural nautical voyage first heads north down the Luján River towards the “Puerto de Frutos del Tigre”, the largest open-air natural shopping center in Argentina: traditional and new concepts in modern design objects; rustic fabrics; wood, wicker and cane objects and furniture; homemade jams and honey; candles; perfumes, leather products; paintings and many other unique art objects. There will be enough time to shop before continuing down the Delta to admire its many attractions, such as famous sail boats, smaller boats used by locals to transport goods and people. View the typical houses on stilts, the Art Museum of Tigre, the house of former President Domingo F. Sarmiento, yacht clubs and new country style islands such as "Isla Santa Monica". Upon the return trip, admire the beautiful skyline of Buenos Aires from the water.* Pedro Borello was born in Buenos Aires and spent all of his life sailing and navigating the Delta, just like his father, who has taught him everything about the local history, legends and yachting in the Tigre Delta.
Day 4: Buenos Aires - Iguazu: At appropriate time, private transfer to the airport to take the flight to Iguazu.
Upon arrival, private transfer to Belmond Das Cataratas Hotel.
Full Day Argentine Falls
Visit the Argentinean side of the Iguazu Falls, located inside Iguazu National Park, one of the first protected nature areas in South America and a UNESCO Heritage Site. At the Visitor's Center board an open train for the 15-minute ride to the Cataratas Station. From here, follow a pleasant easy walking path through the forest that will lead to numerous lookouts along the upper and lower trail for a close-up look of numerous of the 275 waterfalls that drop from a height of 70 m/200 ft. Also take time to admire the lush rainforest, packed with an amazing variety of ferns, orchids, begonias, birds and butterflies. Then board the train to continue to Garganta Station. Follow the 1200 m/4000 ft walkway to the Devil's Throat lookout; be prepared to get wet and watch the impressive thunderous churning water below. Return by train to the Visitor's Center. Drop-off at the hotel (Entrance to the National Park not included)
The Great adventure
This circuit offers an exciting adventure inside the Argentinean National Park, near the Iguassu Falls area. Travel in specially conditioned 4WD vehicles guided by expert bilingual local guides and explore the exuberant and well preserved ecosystem of the region. A short walk through the forest leads to the Iguazú River; board a zodiac boat for a 30-minute trilling boat tour that provides a close-up look of the San Martín and Bozzetti Falls.
Tour length: 1hr.
Note: The Great Adventure is a one-hour activity that takes part inside the Argentinian National Park and does not include transfers. Unless guests are staying at the Sheraton Hotel, this tour must be booked on the same day as the Argentine Falls tour.
Day 5: Iguazu:
Half day Brazilian falls
Travel across the Juan D. Peron and Tancredo Neves Bridge that connects the cities of Puerto Iguazu (Argentina) and Foz do Iguacu (Brazil) to Foz de Iguaçu National Park, one of the largest nature reserves in Brazil. Take a leisurely stroll along the paved walking path on the Brazilian side of the falls for panoramic views of San Martin Island and the imposing Bozzeti, Two Sisters, San Martin and the Three Musketeers waterfalls, located on the other side of the border. The path leads to the viewing platform with an astonishing view of Devil's Throat, just 150 m/450 yards away. Permanent rainbows above the falls add an aura of magic and beauty to this wonderful landscape. The path ends near Floriano Fall, where there is a small gift shop. Take the panoramic elevator or long stairway back to the upper walking path for transfer back to the hotel. (Entrance to the National Park not included)
(US Citizen must process a visa to enter to Brazil)
Day 6: Iguazu - Rio de Janeiro: At appropriate time, private transfer to the airport to take the flight to Rio de Janeiro.
Upon arrival, private transfer to Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel.
Lapa by night (dinner and Show) Rio Scenarium
Visit Rio’s trendy downtown neighborhood of Lapa and spend the evening listening to samba music at Rio Scenarium. An eclectic mixture of antique shop and live music venue, this charming bar is housed in a beautifully restored heritage building packed with whimsical furniture and antiques. Rio Scenarium is one of the most popular nightlife destinations and offers great live Brazilian music any day of the week.
Day 7: Rio de Janeiro:
Half day tour of historic Rio and Santa Teresa with lunch at Café Colombo
A walk around downtown Rio offers a great opportunity to get a taste of Brazil's history, culture and traditions. The oldest part of Rio de Janeiro boasts many beautiful buildings from Brazil's colonial and gold rush era, including the São Bento Monastery and the Imperial Palace. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Viennese style 19th century Café Colombo. After lunch explore the charming hillside neighborhood of Santa Teresa accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide. Once home to upper-class residents, Santa Teresa is now an artistic hotspot. Admire the beautiful architecture and take in the fabulous views of the city and bay below. Also visit the Carmelite convent and the famous Selarón Staircase, a colorful tile mosaic created by Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón.
Half day Corcovado tour
Rio de Janeiro is a city blessed with beautiful views, impressive mountains and lush Atlantic rainforest. The highlight of this tour is a visit to Rio de Janeiro’s iconic monument, the statue of Christ the Redeemer, on top of Corcovado Mountain (2,300 feet above sea level). Drive through the residential neighborhood of Laranjeiras and quaint Cosme Velho, lined with lovely 19th century mansions, to the Corcovado train station. Board a cogwheel train for a 15-minute ride through the Tijuca Forest National Park-the largest urban forest in the world with more than 8,000 acres of Atlantic rainforest in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. At the hilltop enjoy 360º views of the city of Rio de Janeiro. The return itinerary leads through the Rebouças Tunnel and along the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, a heart-shaped body of water lined with luxury apartment buildings and gracious mansions, set against the backdrop of the Tijuca Forest.
Day 8: Rio de Janeiro: At appropriate time, private transfer to the airport.
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Tour descriptions and approximate times are for informational purposes only. Some places described may be substituted and/or approximate times may be subject to change, due to unexpected circumstances or weather conditions.