Best of Argentina and Brazil

17 days from £1,410 (was £1,659)

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the capital cities of Brazil and Argentina!
  • Stay in an authentic South American ‘estancia’
  • See the iconic Iguassu Falls
  • Top up your tan on the beaches of Ilha Grande
  • Enjoy free time to explore fascinating locations

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!

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Trip Info

Day 1: Arrival

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. It’ll be a fantastic opportunity to meet the people you’ll be sharing this experience with and ask any questions you may have about life in South America! 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 hotel!

Day 2: Breathtaking Buenos Aires

You’ll have free time today to explore Buenos Aires! If there’s a football match on, head over to experience the energetic buzz of Buenos Aires’ dedicated fans! Head to 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!

This evening, head to a fun-filled ‘milonga’, where Argentinean tango dancing meets hedonistic night life. Find some traditional local food with your group for dinner tonight, and share a few drinks as the sun goes down on a memorable night in Buenos Aires!

Day 3: Journey to Colonia del Sacramento

You’ll be heading over to Uruguay this morning! You’ll make a 1 hour ferry journey and cross the border into Uruguay, crossing another destination off that bucket list! Once you’re in Colonia del Sacramento you’ll go on a brief orientation walk with your guide where you’ll be familiarised with the local area. After your 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

You’ll board a local bus this morning to make the 2 hour journey to Montevideo today and once you’ve arrived you’ll have a free afternoon! Sports lovers might want to head over to Estadio Centenario – home of the very first World Cup! You may want to get to grips with Montevideo’s gorgeous scenery and hire a bike to cycle along the coast. Whatever you want to do, your guide can help you to make arrangements and ensure you have a fun-filled afternoon in Montevideo!

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!

Day 6: Montevideo to Mercedes

You’ll be heading over to experience rustic Uruguay today. You’ll travel by style in a private vehicle this morning! The journey should take around 4 hours passing panoramic pastures, so be sure to make the most of the scenery! (Please note that if the group has 7 or more passengers a private van will be used, and if there are 1-6 passengers the group will first board a public bus and continue by private van.) You’ll be staying in a traditional estancia (working ranch) for a truly authentic introduction to life in Mercedes!

Day 7: Mesmerising Mercedes

You’ll spend today at the estancia getting to grips with rural living! You’ll get to 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!

Day 8: Mercedes to Iguassu Falls

You’ll cross the border into Gualeguaychu, Argentina this morning for another stamp in your passport! You’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!

Day 9: Hello Iguassu Falls!

You’ll journey to the captivating Iguassu Falls today, experiencing them from the Brazil side where you’ll get stunning panoramic views! There are 275 different falls to experience so be sure to take some snapshots and take in the mind-blowing scenery. Following your tour you’ll have some free time to explore. You may want to head to Parque das Aves where you’ll be able to get up close and personal with the bird population. This evening, head out for some delicious foodie fare at a local authentic restaurant!

Day 10: Iguassu Falls

Today you’ll take a full day trip to the Argentinian side of the falls! You’ll cross the border into Argentina and spend the day discovering the paths near the stunning falls. You can opt to experience the falls in style on a boat tour! Walking is also a perfect way to soak up this intriguing location, you’ll go on a guided tour and get a unique view of the falls! Following your day at the falls you’ll head back to your hotel to relax after your amazing excursion.

Day 11: Iguassu Falls to Paraty

You’ll board an early flight to Sao Paulo this morning! The journey is approximately 1 and a half hours, giving you more time to get to know Paraty once you arrive! You’ll have an early start today as our flight will usually depart at around 6am. Once we’ve touched down in Sao Paulo you’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! You’ll check into your guest house once you’ve arrived to relax after the journey.

Day 12: Discover Paraty

You’ll have a free day in Paraty today, and 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. Thrill seekers can snorkel or dive in the beautiful waters, find a hiking trail or explore the surrounding rainforest on horseback! 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 you’ll board a bus to make the scenic journey further along the coast, and you’ll then take a ferry to Ilha Grande! Ilha Grande features tranquil beaches and picturesque bays – the perfect place to relax! You’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.

Day 14 – 15: Tailor Make your Ilha Grande!

These days are for you to tailor make your own Ilha Grande experience! 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, and for avid explorers there’s an optional guided hike to Pico that features beautiful panoramas from the top! You can also take a boat tour, stopping to swim and snorkel, or rent a bike and explore the town. The options are endless and Ilha Grande has a wealth of activities on offer! Please note that the activities you choose to participate in during this part of your trip are optional and you will be solely responsible for all resultant costs.

Day 16: Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro

You’ll travel to Rio today to experience the bold city buzz after your relaxing Ilha Grande stay! You’ll first take an hour and a half ferry journey from Ilha Grande to Angra dos Reis before boarding a local van to make the 3 hour drive to Rio! When you arrive it’s up to you what you do, and the options in Rio are inexhaustible! 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 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!

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Whats 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 for 12 nights of your trip, and some will be on a multi share basis. You’ll stay in a hotel for one night, and you’ll be staying in a traditional estancia for 2 nights of your trip, on a shared basis. On one night you’ll be on an overnight bus. You may choose to book the ‘My Own Room’ option for this trip which will incur an additional charge. If you do opt to have your own room you’ll receive a single room for all nights excluding the estancia stay and the overnight bus. If you’re interested in booking your own room, please contact us.

Food is not included during your stay, giving you the chance 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.

Below are some traditional dishes to try during your experience:

Brazil

  • Barreado - meats and spices cooked in a clay pot for 24 hours and served with banana and farofa
  • Carangueijada - cooked crab, whole
  • Caruru - food brought from Africa to Brazil, made with ladies fingers (okra), onions, shrimp, peppers and oil
  • Cozido - stew with potatoes, carrots and vegetables
  • Doorado - freshwater fish
  • Feijoada - national dish of meat stew with rice and a bowl of beans
  • Xinxim de Galinha - chicken flavoured with garlic, salt and lemon

Argentina

  • Asado: meaty barbecued fare found across the country!
  • Chimichurri: a zesty green salsa that accompanies steak and vegetables
  • Dulce de Leche: A thick caramel featured in some of Argentina’s best puds!
  • Empanadas: a small pasty like snack stuffed with either sweet or savoury delicacies

Uruguay

  • Choripan: grilled chorizo sausage
  • Milenesa: delicious breaded and fried chicken or beef
  • Pancho: a Uruguayan hot dog!
  • Torta Frita: a round cake eaten with dulce de leche

Breakfast tends to be light and usually consists of breads and jam with coffee. Lunch is usually the main meal of the day, with most shops and offices closing for a couple of hours whilst everyone sits down to a large meal. Dinner is late as a consequence and it is common to see people eating in restaurants until midnight.

Drinks

Brazil is renowned for its strong coffee such as cafezinho, which is a small cup of sweetened coffee, often complimentary after meals in restaurants.

The most popular alcoholic beverage is cachaca, which is an extremely potent sugar-cane liquor. In Leblon you can find the Academia de Cachaca, there are tours of distillers in Minas Gerais and a Cachaca Museum.

Capeta is another common alcoholic beverage consisting of Cachaca, condensed milk, cinnamon and guarana powder.

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Flights

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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