Impressions of South America

Impressions of South America

Start: Rio De Janeiro Finish: Buenos Aires

Visiting: Rio De Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls (Brazil), Buenos Aires


Duration: 8 Nights

Tour code: LISAPA17

Tour operator: Trafalgar


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Tour Overview

Sashay across South America on this At Leisure jaunt, from the vibrant shores of Ipanema to the thundering Iguassu Falls and sophisticated streets of Eva Peron's Buenos Aires.

Highlights

  • iconDIVE INTO CULTURE Visit a Samba school to see and experience this symbol of Brazil and the important role it plays in Rio's incredible Carnival. Experience the beauty of the Tango and learn about its traditions. (Days 4, 7)
  • iconCONNECT WITH LOCALS Dine at the home of a local family in the bohemian neighbourhood of Palermo Soho with its European-style houses and hip attitude. (Day 8)
  • iconVIEW Devil's Throat Falls
  • iconCITY TOUR in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires
  • iconSEE the Teatro Colon, Copacabana Beach, the Casa Rosada
  • iconVISIT the Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugarloaf Mountain, Corcovado, Iguassu Falls, Recoleta Cemetery
  • iconLOCAL SPECIALIST For sightseeing on both sides of Iguassu Falls and in Buenos Aires. (Days 5, 6, 7)

Itinerary

icon Day 1: Arrive Rio de Janeiro (3 Nights)

Location: Rio De Janeiro

Accommodation: Arena Copacabana

Meals: Welcome Reception

Launch your leisurely exploration of South America to the sultry beats of the Bossa Nova and Samba. A local host will take you to your hotel where you'll enjoy superb oceanviews of Copacabana beach and its beautiful people, just minutes from downtown Rio. This evening, we enjoy a festive Welcome Reception with our Travel Director and fellow travellers.

icon Day 2: Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing and At Leisure

Location: Rio de Janeiro

Meals: Breakfast

The rhythm of Rio is yours to explore this morning. Join your Travel Director to delve into the captivating contrasts of Brazil's cidade maravilhosa (marvellous city). See the 18th century Carioca Aqueduct, colonial Candelaria Church, and the home of the Rio Carnival, the Sambodromo. Journey high above Guanabara Bay and summit Sugarloaf Mountain via cable car for a "pinch me moment" of inspiring bay and city views. Spend the evening at leisure.

icon Day 3: Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing and At Leisure

Meals: Breakfast, Regional Dinner

Hands outstretched, the iconic Christ the Redeemer welcomes you to the hunched outcrop of Corcovado, sharing his impressive panoramic view of a city that loves to celebrate. This afternoon, soak in the shores of Copacabana and Ipanema. Kick back and watch tanned sun-worshippers playing volleyball and sip a caipirinha or two, which you'll learn to mix this evening, followed by a sizzling barbecue at a local churrascaria Regional Dinner. Bom proveito!

icon Day 4: Rio de Janeiro – Iguassu Falls (2 Nights)

Accommodation: Wish Resort Foz do Iguassu

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend your lazy moments in Rio soaking up the laid-back carioca life before you 'Dive into Culture' at a local Samba School to see their preparations for Carnival Week. You'll learn how to sway those hips to the tunes of Mais que nada and The Girl from Ipanema during your visit. From the intoxicating beat of Rio to the thundering roar of Iguassu, we fly to the magnificent falls that straddle the borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. This evening, we'll enjoy dinner together, pondering Rio's party vibe and the inspiring force of nature nearby.

icon Day 5: Iguassu Falls Sightseeing and At Leisure

Location: Iguassu Falls (Brazil)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

The tropical jungle and waterfall landscapes of the UNESCO-listed Iguazú National Park provide sanctuary for rare wildlife, bird and plant species, which share their home with us today as we explore the Brazilian side of the falls with a Local Specialist. We'll walk through the rainforest to the base of the falls before indulging in lunch at a local restaurant against the impressive backdrop of the falls. Spend the afternoon at your resort relaxing or join one of our optional experiences, including a jetboat ride (WAIVER REQUIRED) to the base of the falls or a visit to a tropical bird reserve, home to more than 500 species of birds.

icon Day 6: Iguassu Falls – Buenos Aires (3 Nights)

Accommodation: Alvear Art

Meals: Breakfast

Crossing the Argentinian border, we join our Local Specialist for a walk along the long catwalk suspended above the swirling waters of the Iguassu River. View the chaotic crush of water pouring down Devil's Throat Falls, then board an open-air ecological jungle train for a different perspective of the mighty cascades. Our Iguassu adventure at its end, we'll board a flight to Buenos Aires, South America's most stylish city and home to the melancholic Tango.

icon Day 7: Buenos Aires Sightseeing and At Leisure

Location: Buenos Aires

Meals: Breakfast, Regional Dinner

Our day together is spent on a paseo with a Local Specialist. We'll walk through the wide boulevards of this beautiful capital admiring the spirit of a city whose European and Latin American influences can be seen around every turn. This evening, we linger over a delicious Regional Dinner and 'Dive into Culture' watching the passionate, fiery and precise steps of some of Buenos Aires' most talented Tango dancers.

icon Day 8: Buenos Aires At Leisure

Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest

Get under the skin of Buenos Aires today - a full day to pursue your own interests in the 'Paris of South America'. Delve into the treasures of artisan markets and the patio shops of rustic colonial buildings in San Telmo or enjoy delicious dulce de leche ice-cream at the famous Café Tortoni. Feeling adventurous? Consider an optional trip into the countryside to a traditional estancia (ranch)-a unique opportunity to share a drink with the local gauchos (cowboys) and learn about their lives. Admire their consummate horsemanship during a lively equestrian show before sitting down to a traditional parrillada (barbecue) lunch. Tonight, we 'Connect with Locals', joining a local family in Palermo Soho for a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner of delicious family dishes paired with local wine. Learn the secrets of kneading country bread and see how typical Argentinian crafts are made.

icon Day 9: Depart Buenos Aires

Meals: Breakfast

Our South America adventure comes to an end this morning. Say a fond hasta luego to Buenos Aires and newfound friends, transferring to the airport for your flight home or choose to extend your stay at the InterContinental Buenos Aires.

What's Included

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    An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

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    All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

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    Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

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    Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

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    Optional Experiences and free time

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    Handcrafted Highlights

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    A Trafalgar bonus - all Intra-Air Flights: Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu and Iguassu to Buenos Aires, including porter service at all airports

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    Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

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    VIP entry to many sights

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    5 dinners

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    1 lunch

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    Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

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    All porterage and local charges included

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    Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

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    Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

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    8 breakfasts

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