and Argentina # 3
8 Days / 7 Nights
Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls and Buenos Aires
1 - Arrival in Rio de Janeiro
Upon arrival at the airport a host will meet and assist you in transferring
to the hotel and in registering. The Rio natives or carioca will make
you feel welcome through their uncanny good humor and contagious happiness.
They boast Rio de Janeiro to be, "The most beautiful city of the world"
as it hosts a turquoise sea, stunning lagoons, awesome mountains and gorgeous
Dinner and Samba Show at Plataforma 1 - Rio's nightlife
offers something for everyone and can be compared to any other major city's
nightlife in the world. Enjoy a welcome dinner at a typical churrascaria,
followed by the allegoric Samba Show of Brazilian music and folklore at
the famous "Plataforma 1". (AB).
Day 2 - Sugar Loaf Mountain and Downtown Rio
Start your morning with a tour of Sugar Loaf Mountain in Guanabara Bay.
Ascend the mountain by cable car for breathtaking panoramic views. Next,
proceed to downtown Rio. In season (October-February) take the optional
"Carnival Behind the Scenes" tour to meet the artists of the Carnival
and to get a special preview of work in progress on the carnival floats
and costumes. The rest of the year the optional tour will feature the
"Secrets of Old Rio", a walking tour through the historic avenues, squares
and back streets of Rio. The balance of the day is free. (AB).
Day 3 - Excursion to Corcovado and Tijuca Forest
The mountain drive to Corcovado (2,400 ft. elevation) is a succession
of superb view sites from heavily forested heights of Tijuca - Chinese
View (1,300 ft.) and Emperor's Table (1,500 ft.) are particularly sublime.
The exhilarating ascent culminates at Rio's highest peak, the Corcovado
(Hunchback) with its majestic 125 ft. high statue of Christ the Redeemer
looking out over the entire city. There is a stiff climb (225 steps -
3 flights of stairs) from the lower level to the statue base and viewing
platform, so comfortable shoes should be worn. Return is via the Tijuca
Rain Forest, with its brilliant tropical flowers and lush foliage, and
to nearby Tawnay waterfalls, passing Niemeyer palisades on return. (AB).
Day 4 - Flight to Iguassu
Transfer from hotel to the airport for departure. Flight to Iguassu.
Upon arrival transfer to hotel. (AB)
Iguassu Falls: The most spectacular falls in the world. The Iguazu
river throws an average of 1700 cubic meters of water per second down
275 falls spread in a half moon shape 2.7 kilometers (4.32 miles) wide
and 70m (210 feet) high. Most of the falls are located on the Argentinean
side, but in order to get a good view the visitor must cross over to the
Brazilian side for at least a few hours. You will have a close look at
the flora and fauna while walking through the Argentinean catwalks in
between the falls at the lower level or upper level. Here you will discover
the amazing varieties of ferns, begonias, orchids, birds, and butterflies.
In order to get to the main attraction, Devil's Throat, you will be transferred
to Puerto Canoas. From there you will approach Devil's Throat by boat,
allowing you to enjoy the refreshing spray from the falls.
Day 5 - Guided tour of the Brazilian and Argentinean side of the Iguazu
As the Das Cataratas Hotel is conveniently located inside the Iguassu
National Park property, you will embark on a guided walking tour of the
falls, considered to be one of the wonders of the world. Here you will
see the waters of the Paraná River plunge in 32 separate falls over a
200-foot precipice two and a half miles wide. These colossal waterfalls
make the Niagara look miniscule. For those staying at a different hotel,
transfers to and from the falls are included.
Guided excursion of the Argentinean side of Iguazu Falls - After enjoying
the Brazilian side of the Falls, another perspective of the beauty of
Iguazu can be gained from the Argentinean side of the Falls. They are
located inside Iguazu National Park, one of the first protected natural
areas in South America, declared Natural Patrimony of Humankind by Unesco.
We will walk through the Inferior and Superior paths admiring the breathtaking
275 cascades, which spread across a gulf of nearly 2 miles and pour past
lush tropical vines as they crash into the waters below. After the walk
we will drive to Puerto Canoas and take a boat ride to the Devil's throat
observation deck to enjoy the most impressive view of the very heart of
the falls. (AB)
Optional Nautical Adventure Boat Excursion - Boat
excursion to the Argentinean and Brazilian side of the Falls, to admire
the falls from the bottom. Take a short walk down from the Inferior Path
to board your speed boat to San Martin Island. You will have a view of
the Brazilian side of the falls, and you will navigate along the island
shore for a view of the Argentinean side of the falls.
Day 6 - Flight to Buenos Aires
Transfer to airport. Flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival at the
airport a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel and
in registering. Buenos Aires is the most elegant and cosmopolitan city
of South America. One is fascinated by the atmosphere and the individual
personality of each of its neighborhoods.
Buenos Aires City Tour - In this tour of Argentina's cultural and
political capital, you will get a sampling glimpse of the diverse districts
that make up this grand city. Visit the colorful "Boca" district and the
elegant North Quarter and Palermo Park. See the government's "Casa Rosada"
- pink house, the Colon Theater, May Square and drive down the famous
9th of July Avenue. (AB)
Evening Tango Show and Dinner.
Day 7 - Estancia excursion and Fiesta Gaucha
This is the ideal opportunity to sample a bit of traditional Argentine
country life. Depart from the pier towards Cardales, only 90 km from downtown
Buenos Aires, to visit Santa Susana Estancia. Its 1200 hectares are devoted
mainly to agriculture and cattle breeding. A couple of years ago the Estancia
began holding gaucho parties for visitors. Upon arrival a welcome drink
with empanadas (meat pies) will be served at the Pulpería. Later, feast
on a typical Argentine barbecue accompanied by Argentine wine. As you
finish your lunch, enjoy a show with folk and tango music and dances.
Afterwards, see a cuadreras and ring races where gauchos exhibit their
skills as horsemen. Late in the afternoon, a snack consisting of home
made pastries and yerba mate will be served. Horses and carriages are
available for rides. (AB,L)
Day 8 - Buenos Aires
Enjoy a free day in Buenos Aires to do as you please. Evening transfer
from hotel to the airport for departure. (AB)
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