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Argentina & Brazil

Two largest countries in South America united - Trip for singles

Book From   € 1,599,-
GROUP SIZE: 6-24 | 14 DAYS

Argentina & Brazil

Here you can find the day-to-day description for Argentina & Brazil

Any extensions for this tour can be found at the bottom of this page.

Highlights

There's plenty to do in this beautiful region. Select below or on the map opposite, the highlight you want to read more information about. Read through carefully and then go directly to the tour description.
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Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

The centre of Buenos Aires consist of very different quarters.

Posadas

Encarnacion

Iguazu Falls

Campo Grande

Pantanal

Pantanal

The Pantanal is a huge, almost flat area that has been created by a millions of years old inland lake. The area is home to the highest concentration of wild animals of all of America.

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is beautifully situated at the sea, between bays and snow-white beaches and tropical hills. Enjoy the speedy lifestyle of this metropolis!

Day to Day description

Transport Route Overnight stay
1 Buenos Aires Buenos Aires
2 Buenos Aires Buenos Aires
3 Public transport Buenos Aires - Posadas Night bus to Posadas
4 Bus Posadas – Encarnacion (Paraguay) Encarnacion
5 Bus Encarnacion - Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil) Foz do Iguaçu
6 Foz do Iguaçu Foz do Iguaçu
7 Public transport Foz do Iguaçu - Campo Grande (Pantanal) Night bus to Campo Grande
8 Bus Campo Grande - Pantanal Pantanal
9 Pantanal Pantanal
10 Pantanal Pantanal
11 Bus, Plane Pantanal - Campo Grande - Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro
12 Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro
13 Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro
14 Rio de Janeiro End of tour

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Day 1: Buenos Aires

Welcome to Argentina!

Your tour starts in Buenos Aires, where you can check in to your room upon arrival at your hotel. Your group will also arrive today, the exact time depending on their flight schedule. Please check with the hotel staff should you wish to contact the tour leader, or if you would like any information and they will be pleased to help.

Buenos Aires is a city rich in culture, with interesting museums and beautiful buildings. Plaza de Mayo is seen as the focal point of the city and the pride of Buenos Aires and the famous Colon Theatre Opera House is just a few blocks away. Visit the charming barrio of San Telmo where Plaza Dorrego in the heart of this neighbourhood is the place for jazz, flamenco and tango music. Every Saturday tango will be performed right on the street and the cheerful Sunday market in Feria de San Telmo is an experience in itself.

Day 2: Buenos Aires

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During an optional city tour by bike you can easily visit most sights. Take a look at one of the main cemeteries, La Recoleta. The best known is the mausoleum of Eva Peron. Drink a delicious cup of coffee at the Cafe Tortoni, dating from 1858, a unique meeting place for artists and writers. 

La Boca is a colourful, vibrant quarter of BA. It is an area predominantly of workers and artists and full of brightly painted houses. It is also home to La Bombonera - the stadium of La Boca Juniors soccer team and the mighty Diego Maradona.

Day 3: Buenos Aires - Posadas

Another day to spend in Buenos Aires before you leave by public bus to Paraguay. You'll leave in the afternoon/early evening and travel in a comfortable bus where the spacious seating can recline almost 180 degrees.

Your luggage will be checked in and stowed in the luggage compartment underneath the bus. Dinner and a light breakfast is served on board and you will be provided with a pillow and blanket (it is recommended to bring a jacket or sweater onto the bus for the nighttime because of the air- conditioning). The bus journey is approximately 12 hours.

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Day 4: Posadas – Encarnacion (Paraguay)

Upon arrival in Posadas, on the Argentinean border, we will travel in about one hour to its little sister Encarnacion, on the other side of the border in Paraguay. Encarnacion is a city that thrives on trade with Argentina. Argentines can now buy tax-free computers, DVDs and many other products. The walk to the Plaza de Armas gives a nice insight into the Paraguayan local life.

After a refreshing shower and a cup of coffee you can visit two famous Jesuit mission towns in the afternoon: Jesus and Trinidad. Both places are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Day 5: Encarnacion - Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil)

Your drive today will bring you to Foz do Iguacu in Brazil. The world's most impressive waterfalls are located in a luxuriant green national park. You can visit both the Argentine and Brazilian side of the waterfalls, transportation to the falls is provided by us (entrance fee not included).

Day 6: Foz do Iguaçu

The famous falls are created by water from the Iguaçu River, crashing down into a 3 km wide amphitheatre below, 275 falls in total. A UNESCO’s World Heritage site, this natural wonder can easily compete with the Niagara Falls and forms the border between Argentina and Brazil. You will reach the waterfall over a winding footbridge, so be prepared to get wet! Alternatively you could take a helicopter flight over the falls or a speedboat ride along the foot of the falls.

Day 7: Foz do Iguaçu - Campo Grande (Pantanal)

Today you can spend the whole day at the falls. There is so much to experience in and around Foz do Iguaçu, including a visit to ‘Itaipu Dam’ one of the largest flood-control dams in the World. For full details of this and may other activities please speak to your tour leader.

In the evening, you depart in a comfortable night bus to Campo Grande, where you arrive the following morning.

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Day 8: Campo Grande - Pantanal

After arriving in Campo Grande we will drive for around 5 hours by private bus to the Pantanal. The fazenda (with pool) where we will spend the next couple of days is just a few hours drive from the city, deep in the Pantanal. The stay includes an excursion program with English speaking local guides. The meal contribution in the Pantanal is about 25 Real per person per lunch and dinner.

In the immediate vicinity of the fazenda live many species. Caimans, monkeys, capibaras, parrots, toucans, piranhas and anacondas are just some examples of the rich wildlife of the Pantanal. With a little luck you'll see giant otters and maybe even an 'ipeki', also called the kangaroo among birds, because he rears his young in a cavity under the wings. And of course, fishing for piranha's is something not to be missed.

Over the next few days you will have ample time to explore the surrounding area (accompanied by an English speaking guide).

Day 9: Pantanal

The largest wetland area in the world beats like a giant heart in the middle of South America. Much of the year heavy rains wash nutrients into a basin that is larger than Uruguay. The Pantanal acts like a big sponge that absorbs and retains water, and ensures that no downstream flooding occurs.

Anteaters, jaguars, armadillos
and the non-flying rhea's retreat into the pieces dry land. Fish leave the rivers to feed on the flooded grasslands. They are in turn food for thousands of storks and herons. Huge flocks of migrating birds, sometimes all the way from Canada come join the Brazilian ducks. If it stops raining and rivers retire to their beds, the water, stripped of sediment, flows slowly from the Pantanal basin.

Depending on the water level you can go in small groups on foot, horseback, by canoe and/or by motorboat.

Day 10: Pantanal

The annual rhythms of the Pantanal can be broken if the big developers proceed with the Hidrovia project, which aims to dredge the Paraguay-Parana river for industrial shipping. This would be a severe blow to the progress made ​​recently and the protection efforts of the farmers. It would mean that the efforts made in reducing poaching would be rendered void.

The ocelots and jaguars, which almost disappeared from the landscape, are growing in number again. More importantly however, many Brazilians are now committed to the preservation of the Pantanal. So there is hope. Perhaps enough to give the caiman reason to smile!

Day 11: Pantanal - Campo Grande - Rio de Janeiro

You will take a domestic flight from Campo Grande to the exciting city of  Rio de Janeiro. Founded by the French in the 16th century and shortly after taken over by the Portuguese, Rio developed into a city of world stature and for over 30 years was the destination for Hollywood stars and international high society, attracted by the luxury casinos and nightclubs.

This dazzling coastal city is home to over ten million people and blessed with beautiful broad beaches such as the world renowned Copacabana. The inhabitants of Rio’s ‘cariocas’ are friendly, love music, nightlife and, like most Brazilians, football.


Day 12: Rio de Janeiro

Time to get busy exploring this lively city! An optional city tour will include a cable car ride to the world famous Pão de Açucar (‘Sugar Loaf Mountain’) situated in the Bay of Guanabara. You will also visit the Corcovado hill, with the famous figure of Christ, ‘Christo Redendor’ for breathtaking views over the city and bay. Discover the historic city centre and marvel at the Teatro Municipal, the ancient monastery of Santo Antonio and the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes.

For football fans a visit to Maracanã soccer stadium, where Pele scored his 1000th goal, is a must. Visit on a Saturday to sit with hard-core fans and feel the electric atmosphere or for a quieter visit, the stadium is also open weekdays.

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Day 13: Rio de Janeiro

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If you would like to see the "other face" of the city then a tour through one of the slums is a very interesting excursion. Rio de Janeiro is well-known for its 'favelas', the poor neighbourhoods and slums which are all homemade, often illegal and built upon the rocky slopes. It is thought that there are more than 400 favelas in which approximately 1.5 million people are living. Some favelas are equipped with all basic facilities, but often, the inhabitants will live in terrible conditions. During your favela tour you will visit a local school, to which a portion of your excursion cost will be donated.

Day 14: Rio de Janeiro

The last day of your tour. You can use your hotel room in Rio de Janeiro until check out time (most times at 12.00 hrs noon). We wish you a comfortable journey home and are sure you will take with you some wonderful memories of Argentina and Brazil.

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When booking your tour, please check to see whether you need any post-tour nights, bearing in mind that accommodation for the night of the final day of the tour (day 14) is not included.

Please note: For groups up to and including 5 participants there are some adjustments concerning the tour leader and the transfers. There will not be a tour leader guiding you in Buenos Aires; you will be guided by an English speaking station guide on the first day, who will help you with all of the possibilities in Buenos Aires. From Encarnacion to Foz do Iguacu you will travel with a comfortable public transport bus. From Foz do Iguacu onwards the tour will be headed by your private tour leader.

When there are at least 6 participants who have booked this tour, there will be one tour leader guiding you throughout the whole tour, transfers will be privately for you and the other participants of this tour.

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The trip beginning 1 February 2018 takes in the famous Rio Carnival. Please see our news section, at the foot of the tab Dates & Prices.

Extend your trip

  • Buenos Aires extension

    You can choose to extend your trip (request when booking) with a longer stay in Buenos Aires.

    This 3-day extension, can be booked before the commencement of your trip. An airport transfer and the 2 hotel nights (in a centrally located hotel) are both included in the package.

    Please indicate whilst booking whether you want to extend your trip. You can do this by ticking the corresponding box on the booking form.

    The price of the 3-day extension in Buenos Aires: 115 euros per person based on double occupancy.
    An extension on the basis of a single room is 215 euros.
    During the Christmas/New Year’s periods, the extension and price is on request.


     
  • Rio extension

    You can choose to extend your trip (request when booking) with a longer stay in Rio de Janeiro.

    This 3-day extension can be booked after the conclusion of your trip. A transfer to the airport and the 2 hotel nights (in a centrally located hotel) are both included in the package.

    Please indicate whilst booking whether you want to extend your trip. You can do this by ticking the corresponding box on the booking form.

    The price of the 3-day extension in Rio: 145 euros per person based on double occupancy.
    An extension on the basis of a single room is 245 euros.
    During the Christmas/New Year’s periods, the extension and price is on request. During Carnival (13-18 February), this extension can not be booked.

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