Rio de Janeiro – Iguassu Falls – Buenos Aires
Rio de Janeiro is one of Latin America’s iconic cities which should be on the wish list of any traveller to South America. It is vibrant, exciting, immensely friendly and great fun. It is also considerably safer than you might think. The Iguassu Falls are always a joy to visit but get very crowded at weekends. Buenos Aires offers gourmet cuisine, fabulous shopping, vibrant nightlife and superb cultural activities from seductive tango to top-notch opera and long sporting traditions from world-class polo to great football.
This signature 9-day journey provides a great little introduction to South America which is ideal for the first time traveller. One of the great things about this itinerary is that it can be done in reverse order if you prefer and offers the flexibility to add on an extension.
Click here for reverse order: Buenos Aires – Iguassu – Rio
Number of Days: 9 Days
Accommodation: Choose premium, upper, mid-range or value hotels according to preference.
Indicative Costs: From £1,199 pp excluding transatlantic flights.
Days 1-4: Rio de Janeiro:
Rio de Janeiro has the most spectacular setting of all South American cities.
If you would like us to arrange other excursions or activities in Rio, such as a helicopter ride over the city, a tour of the Maracana stadium, a visit to a samba school to see rehearsals for carnivals, cooking lessons or a course on Brazilian cocktails please just let us know. During your stay we recommend a visit to the Museum of Tomorrow in the revitalized Docklands area of the city and to the Selaron Steps at Santa Teresa.
Days 4-6: Iguassu Falls:
The Iguassu Falls, on the border between Brazil and Argentina, are one of the great wonders of the natural world. A stay of two nights allows plenty of time to see the falls from both sides.
It is easy enough to arrange additional excursions such as a helicopter flight over the falls or a boat trip locally. We recommend walks in the national park on the Brazilian side or perhaps a visit to the nearby Itapu Dam which produces enough hydroelectricity to power southern Brazil, as well as the whole of Paraguay.
Days 6-9: Buenos Aires:
Buenos Aires is a modern and dynamic metropolis which manages to retain considerable charm and traditions. The endearing Recoleta district has tree-lined boulevards and elegance whilst the refurbished docklands area of Puerto Madero is now a thriving hubbub of restaurants, hotels and bars.
A tango show provides a display of intricate dance, evocative live music and songs known to every Argentine since childhood.
If you would like us to book other activities, such as tango classes, a football tour, cycle rides, our Pope Francis tour or a visit to notable bars and restaurants, please let us know. Other excursions include a day out at an estancia, a boat trip across the Rio de la Plata to Colonia in Uruguay or a visit to the Tigre Delta.
Indicative Costs (excluding transatlantic flights):
Premium: From £2,492 pp
Upper: From £1,654 pp
Mid-Range:From £1,382 pp
Value: From £1,199 pp
Indicative Costs are per person based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room.
Transatlantic flights are not included: we will book your transatlantic flights in economy, premium economy, business or first class according to your preference.
Domestic flights within Latin America are included in economy class. Please contact us to discuss upgrades.
Additional supplements apply for special events such as the Rio Carnivals or Full Moon at Iguassu.
Costs for 2021 are not yet confirmed.
What’s included in the price:
All accommodation and meals as detailed; Local taxes & service charges associated with included accommodation – All transfers & sightseeing as detailed; various activities; ATOL protection; Research, sourcing, design and preparation of your tailor-made holiday itinerary and quote; booking admin and processing; The services of our local ground agent who will coordinate your stay and ensure that everything runs smoothly including access to a local English language 24/7 telephone help line.
What’s not included in the price:
Transatlantic flights; any national park entry fees which have to be paid locally; drinks, gratuities and items of a personal nature; meals and optional excursions not listed as included; personal travel insurance; passport and visa costs (e.g. costs associated with obtaining an American ESTA visa waiver, if flying via USA).
Please contact us for costs for families and parties of 3 or more passengers and for travel in 2021.
Please contact us to discuss extensions in Argentina to the Perito Moreno glacier, Bariloche, Mendoza and the vineyards, the Valdes Peninsula, Salta and the north-west or a stay at an estancia.
Alternatively you might like a trip across the River Plate to Colonia and Montevideo in Uruguay.
Seasons and Climate
Rio de Janeiro, the Iguassu Falls and Buenos Aires are year-round destinations but you should note that the wet season is November to March. The Iguassu Falls will be at their fullest in March-April at the end of the wet season. Rio’s carnival takes place in the wet season (21-25 Feb 2020; 12-16 Feb 2021) with the Champion’s Parade a week later (29 Feb 2020; 20 Feb 2021). The wet season never stops a Carioca from having fun, so don’t let it put you off either.
British nationals travelling on a full, valid British passport do not require a visa for entry to Brazil or Argentina. You should ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of arrival.
It is advisable to check your immunizations for Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid and Hepatitis A. If you have been to Africa within 3 months of arriving in South America you may need to provide proof of vaccination against Yellow Fever.
Costs in Latin America are subject to $/£ exchange rates. At present we are working on current exchange rates of 1.2932 (on 8 Jan 2020) although this may be subject to change.