Best of Argentina and Brazil

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Colonial streets of Buenos Aires

Culture, beauty and charm in stunning South America!

Culture, beauty and charm in stunning South America!

Streets Uruguay
Leafy suburbs in Argentina
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Stunning views at Iguassu

Trip Highlights

  • Explore 3 stunning South American countries: Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil
  • Wander the colourful city streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Experience local culture at an authentic South American ‘estancia’ in Uruguay
  • Marvel at the iconic Iguassu Falls - from both sides of the Brazilian/Argentinian border!
  • Discover the unspoilt island landscapes of Ilha Grande
  • Immerse yourself in the unique buzz of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Trip Summary

Get ready to experience the soul of South America! This trip will take you from breathtaking Buenos Aires to riveting Rio, and you’ll be soaking up the spirit of many more exotic destinations along the way! You’ll get to visit the iconic Iguassu Falls and have plenty of free times to explore the stunning towns of Montevideo and Mercedes, as well as the serene Ilha Grande. From the high octane hub of South American cities to the rustic charm of Mercedes’ rural ‘estancias’, you’ll be getting an eye opening overview of South America’s diversity.

You’ll get to see the ‘real’ side of South America, visiting quaint Colonia and picturesque Paraty, and this trip also features a relaxing beachside stop in Ilha Grande that’ll give you a taste of paradise! Get stuck in and get to know spirited South America!

Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!

Trip Info

Day 1: Arrive into Buenos Aires

Today you’ll arrive into Buenos Aires ready for your adventure to begin! You can arrive at any time, just ensure that you’re in time to attend the Welcome Meeting early this evening. Your tour guide will brief you on the details of your trip during the meeting, and afterwards you can kick back and relax in your comfortable accommodation!

Day 2: Breathtaking Buenos Aires

You’ll have free time today to explore beautiful Buenos Aires! If there’s a football match on, head over to the local stadium to experience the energetic buzz of Buenos Aires’ dedicated fans! You could also visit the Malba museum to see works by iconic artists, or simply head to a green space to picnic in style and soak up the Buenos Aires atmosphere!

Other optional activities include a city bicycle tour and a Tango experience.

Please note: All optional activities on this trip are at extra cost. Please download the trip notes for more detailed information.

Day 3: Journey to Colonia

This morning, we’ll make a 1-hour ferry journey and cross the border into Uruguay. Once we’re in Colonia, we’ll go on a brief orientation walk and familiarize ourselves with the local area. After the walk, there’ll be free time to explore quaint Colonia and take in its picturesque charm. Visit one of Colonia’s many museums for a peek of Uruguay’s history, or simply stroll through the pretty streets and get amongst the locals for a relaxed afternoon.

Day 4: Colonia to Montevideo

We’ll board a local bus this morning to make the 3-hour journey to Montevideo. Once we’ve arrived, the afternoon is free to explore! Sports lovers might want to head over to Estadio Centenario – home of the very first World Cup! Alternatively, you may want to get to grips with Montevideo’s gorgeous scenery and hire a bike to cycle along the coast. Other optional activities include visiting the port market, or checking out the Museo del Carnaval. Breakfast included.

Day 5: Explore Montevideo

You have a full free day to explore Uruguay’s capital today! You’ll find a hub of activity in the Old Town, where cafes and restaurants meet beautiful architecture, and lovely markets where you can grab some souvenirs! Seek out a lively bar and experience ‘Candombe’, an uplifting music and dance experience that sees bands of musicians fill venues with soulful sounds! Breakfast included.

Day 6: Estancia Stay

Today, we’ll experience rustic Uruguay. We’ll be staying in a traditional estancia (working ranch) for a truly authentic introduction to rural life. Settle into your accommodation, wander the local area and gather around a campfire while sampling some delicious local wines. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included today.

Please note: If the group has 7 or more passengers a private van will be used. If there are 1-6 passengers the group will first board a public bus and continue by private van.

Day 7: Life on the Estancia

We’ll spend today at the estancia getting to grips with rural living! You’ll learn about the region’s intriguing history, help out at the ranch, or take a horseback ride through the countryside! Today is designed with you in mind, so you can get stuck in a much as you like or kick back to relax and recharge. The region has some great wines, so perhaps have a drink with your group and take advantage of the delicious local barbecues! Breakfast, lunch and dinner included today.

Day 8: Iguassu Falls 

We’ll cross the border into Gualeguaychu, Argentina this morning for another stamp in your passport! We’ll then be boarding the overnight bus to Iguassu Falls. The journey should take between 16 and 18 hours, so bring some snacks and water and get settled in – your next dream destination awaits! Breakfast included.

Day 9: Hello Iguassu Falls!

We’ll journey to the captivating Iguassu Falls today, experiencing them from the Brazil side where you’ll enjoy stunning panoramic views! There are 275 different falls to experience so be sure to take some snapshots and take in the mind-blowing scenery. You’ll then have some free time to explore. Optional activities include visiting Parque das Aves, where you’ll be able to get up close and personal with the resident bird population, or checking out the Itaipú Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric power plant.

Day 10: Iguassu Falls

Today, we’ll take a full day trip to the Argentinian side of the falls! We’ll cross the border into Argentina and spend the day discovering the paths near the stunning falls. You can even opt to experience the falls in style on a boat tour (extra cost). Following our day at the falls we’ll head back to the hotel to relax after our amazing excursion. Breakfast included.

Day 11: Iguassu Falls to Paraty

We’ll board an early flight to Sao Paulo this morning! The journey is approximately 1 and a half hours, giving us more time to get to know Paraty once we arrive! Once we’ve touched down in Sao Paulo, we’ll board a private vehicle to make the journey to Paraty (approximately 6 hours). Paraty is a beautiful coastal town famed for its pristine colonial architecture, and you’ll love its relaxed charm! We’ll check into our guest house once we’ve arrived to relax after the journey.

Day 12: Discover Paraty

Despite its relaxed vibe, Paraty is the perfect base for adventure! If you’d like a relaxed day, explore the quaint streets or top up your tan on the beach. Strolling through Paraty is like stepping back into Brazil’s history, and the town has been completely pedestrianised in order to preserve its laid-back lifestyle. Alternatively, get involved with snorkeling or horse-riding! Paraty offers something for everyone, and your guide will be on hand to advise you on the best activities to get involved with!

Day 13: Paraty to Ilha Grande

This morning we’ll board a bus to make the scenic journey further along the coast, and then take a ferry to Ilha Grande! Ilha Grande features tranquil beaches and picturesque bays – the perfect place to relax! We’ll be calling Ilha Grande home for the next few nights, so use the afternoon to explore this idyllic island and get settled into your comfortable guest house. Breakfast included today.

Day 14: Beautiful Ilha Grande!

Enjoy a full free day to make the most of this gorgeous island. There’s a lot to get stuck into, so ask your guide for some recommendations and get involved with whatever suits you! You can choose to hike through some scenic trails or rent a bike to explore the town. Other optional activities snorkeling in the shallows around the island or diving around beautiful coral reefs.

Day 15: Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro

We’ll travel to Rio today to experience the bold city buzz after our relaxing Ilha Grande stay! When we arrive, it’s up to you what you do. Head to a beach for a game of volleyball, rent a bike and cycle through Rio’s lush rainforest or head over to see Rio’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. This evening, experience the music of Rio at a live music hall and get to know the party spirit that makes Rio so enticing!

Day 16: Explore Rio

Enjoy a full day to discover all that Rio has to offer. Why not take a city tour and take in Rio’s top highlights, including the multi-coloured Lapa Steps and the mighty Sugarloaf Mountain? Alternatively, catch a football game with the locals.

Day 17: Farewell

You can depart at any time today, and if you’re travelling onwards your guide will be happy to help you to make arrangements. Leave riveting Rio with a smile on your face – it’s been a whirlwind of adventure and we’re sure South America will pull you back soon! Breakfast included today.

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What's Included

  • Accommodation
  • Some meals
  • All in country transport as per itinerary
  • Internal flight from Foz do Iguacu to Paraty
  • Orientation Walk in Colonia del Sacramento
  • Authentic estancia stay
  • Ranch activities during estancia stay
  • Guided tour of Iguassu Falls
  • Assistance of guide
  • 24/7 and emergency in-country support

What's Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Most meals
  • Visa costs
  • Vaccination costs
  • Personal expenditure and any optional activities
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance

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Accommodation & Meals

You’ll be staying in simple but comfortable hotels and hostels for 13 nights of your trip, accommodation will be a mix of twin and multi-share accommodation. You’ll be staying in a traditional estancia for 2 nights of your trip, on a multi-share basis. On one night you’ll be on an overnight bus.

It is possible to upgrade to a private room for some nights of your trip, subject to an additional fee. Please contact us for more information and prices. 

9 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners are included in your trip. We recommend budgetting USD565-735 for meals that are not included. Where meals are not included, this is a great opportunity to get out and sample some of the best local cuisine. You’ll find some key elements in the food your enjoy during your stay:

  • Arroz (white rice
  • Feijao (black beans)
  • Farinha (flour)

These are usually eaten with red meat, chicken or fish.

The food tends to vary from region to region, depending on the influences present in a region, so for example in the North there is an Indian influence. Within the Amazon, the staple tends to be fish, whereas in the South it is meat.

 

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Flights

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Arrival Information

You’ll need to arrive into Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) which is more commonly referred to as ‘Ezeiza’ on your programme start date. There is an early evening Welcome Meeting scheduled on your programme start date, so you should plan to arrive in time for this so that you’ll be able to meet your fellow travellers and ask any questions you may have about the trip. You can opt to pay for an airport meet and greet and transfer to the hotel, or you can make your own way there on the trip start date in time for our welcome meeting.  This trip ends in Rio on the final day of the tour, there are no activities scheduled on your programme end date, so you are free to depart at any time to stay on and explore Rio for a little longer. Rio’s airport is Rio de Janerio Galeao International Airport (GIG).

To arrange your flights, please contact our fantastic dedicated flights team on 01892 277 037 who will are ready to help you find the best deal of the day for your time away.

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Eligibility & FAQ's

The minimum age for this trip is 18, while the maximum age is 35.

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