Days
7
Price from
$1,900NZD
Map of Best of Argentina and Brazil  including Argentina and Brazil

Half Argentinian, half Brazilian, totally amazing

South America is all about spontaneity, and this trip embraces it – hitting all the biggest attractions in Brazil and Argentina while giving you tonnes of freedom and time to explore on your own. That means you can go out dancing all night or sleep on the beach all day in Rio; chill with a glass of malbec or hit the galleries in Buenos Aires. Or maybe, all of the above.


Start
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Finish
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Destinations
Argentina, Brazil
Code
GSAB
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
12 reviews
Ages
Min 18 , Max 29
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why you'll love this trip

  • Soak up the sophistication of Buenos Aires and explore the funky art deco buildings in its historic city centre

  • Enjoy the differing experiences of the mighty Iguazu Falls from both Argentina and Brazil

  • Rio de Janeiro offers the best combination of city, beach and mountains; famed for vibrant nightlife and rhythmic music

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip involves some long travel days, including an overnight bus. This can be tiresome but offers a real sense of adventure. The buses are well equipped with comfortable reclining seats and on-board toilets. Snacks are provided but we recommend you also bring your own food in case you get hungry.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2019 to 31 December 2019. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018

Buenos Aires embodies all the best parts of Argentina’s unpredictability, offering a friendly and spontaneous vibe and nights out where it feels like anything could happen. Your adventure begins with an orientation walk around the Microcentro district at 1pm. With grand corners, art deco touches and colourful newspaper stands, Microcentro is the hub within the hub. Stroll by historic buildings along the Avenida de Mayo, including the Barbie-pink Casa Rosada (Argentina's government house) and the shapely Palacio Barolo. At 6 pm, attend a group welcome meeting where we'll get your next of kin and insurance information, look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception if you can't figure out where it is. Then, maybe embrace the night and be swept away by the dance of love at an optional tango show.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Buenos Aires - Orientation walk
Optional Activities
  • Buenos Aires - Tango show - ARS1200
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today you are free to explore Buenos Aires. Perhaps walk around the decorative, shed-sized tombs at the La Recoleta Cemeteray. Amoung them is the grave of Eva Peron, an Argentinian icon who rose from poverty to become a celebrated actress, First Lady, activist and champion of women’s rights. Nearby you’ll find what has been described as the world most beautiful bookstore. The aptly named El Ateneo Grand Splendid was once a theatre, and is a beautiful (and free!) place to spend a half-hour wandering with your neck craned back to check out the ceiling. Hungry? Urban Adventure's runs awesome tours centred on the city’s love of food, such as the Malbec Trail of Palermo or the Gourmet Buenos Aires Food tour (contact us for more information). If you need to rest your feet, maybe settle down at one of the many street side cafes to watch the world go by with the locals. In the evening you'll be taking an overnight bus to Foz do Iguazu.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Buenos Aires - Tango, Tango, Tango! Urban Adventure - USD90
  • Buenos Aires - Malbec Trail of Palermo Urban Adventure - USD111
  • Buenos Aires - Gourmet Food Urban Adventure - USD120
  • Buenos Aires - Polo Day - USD170
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Hopefully you got some shut-eye on the bus last night, but if not, crossing the border into the next stop on your South American adventure should get you up. Take a minivan across the border into Brazil and continue onto your hotel in Foz do Iguacu. Depending on traffic, this should take about an hour. A minivan will ferry you into Brazil and continue onto your hotel in Foz do Iguacu. This town is a gateway to the famous Iguazu Falls and you’ll head out to explore these epic natural wonders after check-in. The hundreds of frothy, cascading falls set against lush green make up one of the most impressive sights in South America, if not the world.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Iguazu Falls - Entrance and tour of the Brazilian side of the falls
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Head back into Argentina today to see a different side of the falls. Following a series of boardwalks, it’s possible to get close enough to the thundering waters that you can almost touch them. You’ll definitely be getting wet, so pack a poncho and maybe a towel. At over 2 km long, Iguazu Falls are actually a series of cataracts. There are over 270 falls in total, with some reaching up to 80 metres in height. For a more exhilarating experience, take an optional Zodiac boat ride to the base of the falls and feel the water in your skin! In the afternoon return to Foz do Iguacu, where you’ll spend a second night.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Iguazu Falls - Entrance and tour of the Argentinian side of the falls
Optional Activities
  • Iguazu Falls - Bird Park Entrance fee - BRL45
  • Iguazu Falls Brazil - Helicopter ride - USD130
  • Iguazu Falls - Acquamania Water Park - BRL42
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
An included flight delivers you to Rio de Janeiro, where everything - from the bronzed beach bodies to the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer – feels designed to grab your attention. Get your bearings with an orientation walk from your leader and then you’re free to set off on your own or with some buddies. The Botanical Garden really embodies the spirit of ‘everything is bigger and glitzier in Rio,’ with intricate hedge sculptures and palatial greenhouses you can wander for hours for just BRL15. Or maybe you’d prefer to experience Rio through your tastebuds – in which case ask your leader where to get the best feijoada (very slow cooked bean, sausage and pork stew) in town.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Botanical Gardens - BRL15
  • Rio de Janeiro - Favela Tour Experience Urban Adventure - USD56
  • Sugar loaf cable car - BRL80
  • Maracana soccer game - BRL150
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
There’s just so much to see in Rio that you’ll need another full day of free time to scratch the surface. Those who are inclined to chill and people watch might like to relax on Copacabana or Ipanema beach with the beautiful people. What trip to Rio would be complete without a selfie at the foot of the Christ the Redeemer statue? You can get a tram to the top of Corcovado Mountain to see get your snap of the looming figure as well as check out the best views in the city. Maybe hit a samba club in Lapa the evening, and dance away your sorrow about saying goodbye to this part of the world.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Rio de Janeiro - Corcovado, Christ Statue and Favela Urban Adventure - USD89
  • Rio de Janeiro - Total Rio Tour - Full Day Urban Adventure - USD149
  • Rio de Janeiro - Santa Teresa Discovery Urban Adventure - USD59
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today your South American adventure comes to an end.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

3 breakfasts

Transport

Bus, Overnight bus, Taxi

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights), Overnight bus (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Buenos Aires - Orientation walk
  • Iguazu Falls - Entrance and tour of the Brazilian side of the falls
  • Iguazu Falls - Entrance and tour of the Argentinian side of the falls

Reviews

Our Best of Argentina and Brazil trips score an average of 4.67 out of 5 based on 12 reviews in the last year.

Best of Argentina and Brazil , August 2018

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Best of Argentina and Brazil , August 2018

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Important notes

START TIME:
This trip starts with an Orientation Walk at 1pm. If you are unable to find a suitable flight it is possible to book additional nights at the joining accommodation.

FINISH TIME:
There are no activities on the final day & you are free to depart anytime.

BRAZILIAN VISA:
Please note you may require a Brazilian Visa for this trip. Processing can take around 2-5 weeks at the discretion of the embassy or consulate. Please speak with your travel agent well in advance for further advice.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip however excludes night 2 (Overnight bus) where you will be in shared accommodation.

PASSPORT DETAILS REQUIRED
Full passport details are required at the time of booking in order to purchase Entrance fees to certain sites. Additionally on certain trips it's needed to book bus, train or flight tickets. Delays to provide this information may result in booking fees or changes to your itinerary.

On June 30th Peruvian authorities released a new list of regulations for visiting Machu Picchu, which came into effect from July 1st

The main points impacting our visits are:

1. Tickets are now only valid only for one entry, that means that passengers cannot leave the site and re-enter as we have in the past.
2. Once the passengers begin on a chosen circuit (there are 3 different ones) they cannot walk backwards and once they finish the circuit they must leave the site. They cannot explore afterwards.
3. The two allotted times to visit are 6am-12pm/ 12-4.30pm
4. It will be mandatory to have a guide (Machu Picchu guide, not our Leaders) to visit the site. However, this rule can’t be applied as there are not enough official guides to cover the large amount of people visiting so authorities are being flexible.

These new regulations are affecting how much time our passengers can spend in Machu Picchu, in the past, after a 1-2.5 hour tour passengers could stay longer to explore the site unguided, this is not possible anymore.

Our only alternative is to make passengers explore the upper part of Machu Picchu (Sun gate and Inka Bridge) before their guided tour starts (so about 2 hours before meeting the guide). Your Tour Leader will provide more information on what the group options are at the Welcome meeting.

Essential trip information

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