Argentina & Brazil Explorer
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Some of the highlights included are:
- Dance the tango in Buenos Aires
- Stay at an estancia, a traditional Argentinean ranch
- Spot howler monkeys and otters in the Ibera wetlands
- Marvel at the mighty Iguazu Falls
- People-watch at Copacabana and Ipanema beaches
- Enjoy the lively music scene in Rio de Janeiro
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- Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
- Accommodation: Hotel (4 nights), Overnight bus (1 night), Ranchstay (2 nights)
- Transport: Boat, Bus, Minibus, Plane
- Activities: Guarani community visit, Ibera Wetlands boat tour and wildlife walk, Iguazu Falls - Argentina side tour, Iguazu Falls - Brazilian side tour, Orientation Tour - Buenos Aires, Wildlife watching walk
Need to know
- Group size: Min 1, Max 12
- Ages: Min 15
Buenos Aires must be the ultimate cosmopolitan city. With Latin passion, European elegance and a distinctive style all of its own, this is a city that will steal your heart. The Portenos (local residents) are justifiably proud of their city which is comprised of distinct neighbourhoods, each with its own style. If you arrive early, why not visit San Telmo and its weekend antiques market and artists' displays, La Boca home to the world-class football team Boca Juniors, Recoleta with its ornate and grand cemetery or Casa Rosada (Pink House) among other attractions? On the afternoon of our last day in Buenos Aires, we take a comfortable overnight bus to to the Ibera Wetland region in the north of Argentina.
We spend the next two days in the Ibera Wetlands where opportunities for wildlife watching abound. The wetlands cover an area the size of Belgium, so there’s plenty to explore. Roam the marshes, lagoons and grasslands, and keep an eye out for a rich array of wildlife; howler monkeys, capibaras, alligators, marsh deer, wolves and hundreds of species of birds all call the wetlands home.
Today is a long travel day. We start off with a 4x4 transfer to the city of Posada, from where we take a comfortable local bus to Puerto Iguazu. During our time in Iguazu we will visit the Argentinian and Brazilian side of the falls. At over 2 km long, Iguazu Falls are actually a series of cataracts. There are over 270 falls in all, and with some reaching up to 80m in height, they are wider than Victoria Falls and higher than Niagara. Iguazu means 'Great Waters' in the Tupi-Guarani tongue. The Brazilian park features a number of cleverly constructed walkways that allow you to get right out over the water up close to the falls themselves. You will often be able to see fantastic rainbows forming as the sun catches the spray. If you want the ultimate waterfall experience, you can also organise a helicopter flight.
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
Today we fly from Iguazu to Rio de Janeiro. The locals like to say that 'God made the world in six days, the seventh he devoted to Rio'. In this heaving metropolis, set against the luminescent green of Guanabara Bay and surrounded by the slopes of Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado, it's hard not to be caught up in the Cariocas' (residents) passion. Rio is deservedly famous for its live music scene, which encompasses myriad styles such as samba, jazz, bossa nova, hip hop, reggae, rock and many other fusions of regional styles. The neighbourhood of Lapa offers great dance halls where you can join locals in some serious dancing - or just soak up the vibe. For some seriously eye-popping people watching, head to the white sand beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema - skimpy bathing suits optional.