Tours South America Tours Brazil, Iguazu & Argentina Delights - Tour Rio to Buenos Aires

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Summary

See the best of Brazil and Argentina over 13 days! Start in Rio de Janeiro, the beating heart of Brazil, and find its best and most iconic sights. Travel along the Brazilian coast to taste pure paradise in pretty Paraty. Set foot in the sensational city of São Paulo and, just when you think things can't get any better, open your eyes to the beauty and power of the Iguazu Falls. Have the quintessential pulse-racing experience as you discover the falls on the borders of Brazil and Argentina. End on a high note with in-depth explorations of Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires.  

Highlights

  • See the top sights of Rio de Janeiro
  • Visit pretty Paraty on the Brazilian coast
  • Explore the globe’s largest waterfalls, the Iguazu Falls
  • Discover Buenos Aires in depth

Start Point

Hotel in Rio de Janeiro | Welcome meeting at 06:00 PM

End Point

Hotel in Buenos Aires | 10:00 AM
DAY 1: Start of tour in Rio de Janeiro

Welcome to bustling Rio! This exciting South America tour begins in one of the most iconic seaside cities in Brazil. Arrive early to explore, or make your way straight to the hotel to meet up with your tour leader and group this evening. Set out with the group to enjoy a welcome dinner at a nearby restaurant tonight. Look forward to a delicious, authentic Churrascaria meal!

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DAY 1: Start of tour in Rio de Janeiro

Welcome to bustling Rio! This exciting South America tour begins in one of the most iconic seaside cities in Brazil. Arrive early to explore, or make your way straight to the hotel to meet up with your tour leader and group this evening. Set out with the group to enjoy a welcome dinner at a nearby restaurant tonight. Look forward to a delicious, authentic Churrascaria meal!

Experiences

Welcome Dinner: Eat local on your first night in Rio de Janeiro! For Brazilians, mealtime is a family event. Your welcome dinner involves a traditional Brazilian barbecue at a local Churrascaria restaurant. As the name states in Portuguese, churrasco involves meat roasted over charcoal, served with a side of grilled vegetables, garnishes, salads and a variety of traditional desserts. In combination with the warm-hearted culture of the locals, it makes for an unforgettable experience.

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DAY 2: Rio de Janeiro City Tour

Meet up with the local guide after breakfast for a full-day tour of Rio! The city is scenic to the core and the coach stands ready to take you along the main avenues, from which pedestrian footpaths will lead you deeper into the magic. Tick off a few bucket list items today - including a visit to the Christ the Redeemer statue on top of Mount Corcovado and a stop at the beautiful, tiled Selarón staircase in the bohemian Lapa neighbourhood! Visit the Metropolitan Cathedral and admire its striking modern architectural style. See even more top sights including the Maracanã Stadium as you drive back to the hotel before tonight’s free evening.

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Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer Statue entry and visit: Visit the most iconic monument of Rio and Brazil - the statue of Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor). Designed by engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, the 125 ft/38m tall Christ the Redeemer statue offers the most breathtaking views from where it stands on top of mount Corcovado, overlooking the city below. Brazil is a religiously diverse nation and considers the arms-open-wide gesture of the statue as one of welcoming and peace.

Visit Lapa and Rio de Janeiro’s tiled staircase: See a different and more quiet side of the cidade maravilhosa (marvellous city), as you meander the streets of the downtown neighbourhood of Lapa. Also see the 125-step Selarón staircase (Escadaria Selarón) made with colourful mosaic tiles and mirrors.

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DAY 3: Rio de Janeiro: Free Day

Make the most of a free day in Rio! Looking to experience the city’s top sights? The Rio+ optional excursion is highly recommended! This exciting excursion will take you up to the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain in a cable car for incredible views of the city. It also includes visits to the famous Kobra graffiti wall, São Cristóvão local fair, Samba City (home of the annual Rio Carnival!) and ends with a sunset on Ipanema beach. Alternatively, explore the city at your own pace and absorb the vibrant culture, history and atmosphere!

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DAY 4: Rio de Janeiro - Paraty

Wave Rio a fond farewell and journey down Brazil’s Costa Verde (Green Coast). Drink in the epic scenery on the drive - oceans, dense jungles and more! Later today, arrive in Paraty, a beautiful colonial port town. Check in at the hotel and take a walking tour of Paraty with a local guide. Marvel at the cobbled streets and stunning architecture, plus enjoy a visit to the historic centre which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight enjoy free time to spend in Paraty as you wish.

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Paraty walking tour: Follow a local guide around Paraty and discover why Paraty was so affluent during the gold, coffee and cachaça periods. This gorgeous colonial town is situated in the perfect spot for spectacular views of the surrounding Atlantic ocean and jungle. The historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasts beautifully preserved architecture, cobblestone roads and churches. Cars were banned from the historic core, so you can expect quiet surroundings with welcoming locals.

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DAY 5: Paraty: Free Day

Take the day to explore Paraty at your leisure. The town forms part of the Serra da Bocaina National Park so there is plenty of natural beauty simply waiting to be explored! Think beaches, islands and waterfalls. The historical town also boasts plenty of lovely buildings and historical attractions. Keen on an organised outing? Join the Jeep Tour in Paraty optional excursion for an exciting 4x4 jeep tour through the surrounding rainforest plus a visit to a local cachaça distillery where the group will get to taste cachaça and learn all about its history!

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DAY 6: Paraty - São Paulo

Leave Paraty behind and venture to the megacity of São Paulo. The buzzing financial hub of Brazil is truly a sight to see and experience! Follow in the footsteps of a local guide to learn more about the city on a guided tour. Stop at the famous Mercadão (a sprawling food market) with free time for lunch - be sure to try something local! Tonight is free to spend at your leisure. Experience São Paulo’s nightlife or relax at the hotel after a full day of exploration.

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São Paulo City Tour and Mercadão visit: São Paulo is quite simply enormous. It’s the biggest city in Latin America and the Southern hemisphere. Upon arrival, set out with a local expert to find out more about the history and economy of the city and see the points of interest. Then, stop at the Mercadão, a famous food market, with free time for lunch. This municipal market is the perfect spot if you want to see and taste all kinds of South American foods - from north to south. Look out for the famous Mortadella sandwich, codfish and prawn pastries, and cashew fruit.

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DAY 7: São Paulo - flight to Foz do Iguaçu - Iguazu Falls Brazilian side

Up and at 'em - travel to Guarulhos Airport to catch a flight to the Brazilian city of Foz do Iguaçu. Upon arrival, head straight for the world-famous Iguazu Falls (also known as Iguazú Falls) in Iguaçu National Park. It's the largest waterfall system in the world, and a breathtaking sight to behold! Follow pathways all the way to the mist-shrouded foot of the falls. Head back to the hotel after the tour and get ready for a delicious Brazilian barbecue dinner.

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Visit the Iguazu Falls in Iguaçu National Park: Foz do Iguaçu is located on the triple borders of Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina. Depending on the rainfall, there could be between 150 and 300 waterfalls at the time of your visit. This experience gives you a chance to enter the national park and explore. The Iguazu Falls are one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and it’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Entry is included.

Brazilian barbecue dinner: Eat local on your first night in Iguazu! Dinner this evening involves a traditional Brazilian barbecue at a local Churrascaria restaurant. The experience involves different types of meat roasted over charcoal, served with all-you-can-eat sides of vegetables, salad and traditional desserts.

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DAY 8: Foz do Iguaçu: Free Day

Adventure awaits today with exciting optional excursions on offer during this free day in Foz do Iguaçu! Today’s top optional activity offers a guided tour to the Argentinean side of the Iguazu Falls. Peruse the various walkways and trails or take a ride on the gas-powered train in the park. Please note that if weather conditions are unfavourable, this optional activity will be moved to another day. Back in Brazil, choose to join the Rafain show and dinner optional for an evening of fun and delicious food! Delight in a traditional churrascaria meal along with an incredible display of South American music and dance!

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DAY 9: Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil): Free Day

Enjoy another day of exploration around Foz do Iguaçu. Why not visit the amazing local bird park (150+ species!) or take a helicopter ride over the falls? Alternatively, take the opportunity to visit a different country - Paraguay! Travel via the International Bridge of Friendship and cross the Paraná River to enter Ciudad del Este. Shop at local markets, see the Monday waterfalls and visit the Itaipú Dam. This evening, join the “Victor’s House” optional excursion to experience a festive night of Brazilian hospitality complete with all-you-can-eat BBQ, drinks, music and dancing!

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DAY 10: Foz do Iguaçu - flight to Buenos Aires

Rise and shine, it’s time to travel to the next country - Argentina! Head to Puerto Iguazú airport to catch a flight to Buenos Aires. This vibrant city holds countless attractions! Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Then, follow in the slipstream of a local guide on a city tour. Discover the famous Buenos Aires Obelisk, encounter the Plaza de Mayo, visit the colourful La Boca, and explore the cobblestoned foundational San Telmo and the Recoleta cemetery. Plus, so much more! Dinner is included tonight at a restaurant near the hotel.

Experiences

Buenos Aires City Tour: Buenos Aires is a city with the vibrancy of New York and the spirit of Paris at the pace of Latin America. This full-day tour will take you through the city’s best-known streets, show you the most popular sights and give you a taste of the real Buenos Aires. Iconic sights covered on tour include Avenida 9 de Julio (9 July Avenue), Plaza de Mayo, the Obelisk of Buenos Aires, the La Boca and San Telmo Neighbourhoods, and the famous Recoleta cemetery.

Buenos Aires Dinner: Enjoy your first meal in Argentina! The cuisine here has been heavily influenced by waves of European migration over the last century and often includes dishes with Spanish, Italian and German roots. Grilled meats, pastas, empanadas and sweet desserts are widely offered. How about a glass of Argentinian wine to complement your first meal in the country?

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DAY 11: Buenos Aires: Free Day

Ready, set, explore! Set out on your own and soak up the rich history and culture of Buenos Aires. Alternatively, add another country to your tour with an optional day trip to Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay. Visit the UNESCO-listed historic city centre and its 19th-century lighthouse. You could even climb to the top of the lighthouse for panoramic views of the city! It’s sure to be a beautiful day out. This evening, there is an optional dinner and a tango show on offer. Discover the beauty of this distinctly Argentinian dance and enjoy delicious local cuisine!

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DAY 12: Buenos Aires: Free Day

Enjoy a free day in Buenos Aires! Take your pick of a bunch of things to do in the bustling Argentinian capital. Seek out must-sees like the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. How about a tango lesson or cooking experience? Or simply stroll through the streets at your leisure. Alternatively, add another country to your tour with an optional day trip to Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay. It’s sure to be a beautiful day out! Tonight is the final night of the tour. To celebrate an incredible time in South America, join the group for a lovely dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

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DAY 13: End of tour in Buenos Aires

After spending your final night in Buenos Aires, and 13 days of South American adventures, the tour comes to an end at breakfast this morning. If you wish to take a transfer to Ministro Pistarini International Airport or Aeroparque Airport, you can book it with Expat Explore, simply contact the Customer Service team. Don't forget to exchange contact details with your new found friends before you head home. Have a safe onward journey!

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What's Included

Accommodation

  • 12 nights in 2, 3 & 4* hotel accommodation in twin rooms with private bathrooms
  • Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room (subject to availability)

Meals

  • 12 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners
    *Vegetarian options available for all meals on request

Transport

  • Modern air conditioned coach
  • 2 internal flights

Tour Leader

  • Fully guided tour with experienced tour leader
  • Tour leader will accompany group throughout and manage all logistical details

12 Experiences!

  • Taste typical Brazilian food at a local Churrascaria restaurant
  • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue
  • See the colourful Seláron staircase in the Lapa neighbourhood
  • Take a walking tour of Paraty
  • Enjoy a city tour of São Paulo & visit the Mercadão market
  • Visit the Iguazu Falls in Iguaçu National Park
  • Take part in a traditional Brazilian barbecue
  • Enjoy dinner in Buenos Aires
  • Walk along Plaza de Mayo and discover why the Presidential palace is called “Casa Rosada” (The pink house)
  • Be amazed by the architecture and history in The Recoleta Cemetery
  • Visit Buenos Aires’ first port, La Boca, with its iconic “Caminito”
  • See “La Bombonera”, house of Boca Juniors one of Argentina’s most important football stadiums

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Hotels are chosen closer to departure date. We do use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here.

Rio de Janeiro

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Rio+

Discover the best sights that Rio de Janeiro has to offer with your tour leader! First up is a visit to the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain. Take the cable car and marvel at the spectacular views of Rio from the top. Then, see the Kobra graffiti wall, one of the world’s largest pieces of street art! Next, enjoy an authentic local experience at a market that most tourists never get to see. This is a great place to grab lunch as the São Cristóvão local fair specialises in northeastern Brazilian cuisine. Later, visit Samba City - the site of the famous Rio Carnival! End the day by watching the sunset at Ipanema beach. This tour includes entrance to Sugarloaf Mountain, São Cristóvão fair, a Carnival Experience tour and transport between venues.

Optional Excursions

Unless marked as “Pre-Book”, all optional excursions can be booked on tour and paid for in cash (in the stated currency) to your tour leader.
Prices and availability are subject to change

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Additional Information

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Mae Verified Buyer 2023-10-28
Lovely experience
The experience was so much fun. Got to experience the world renowned Foz da Iguacu. I never thought i would make it to Argentina. An amazing, amazing experience capped with the Argentinian Tango on our last night. Just a suggestion, maybe you can include another tour in Argentina and Chile that includes the Torre del Paine, Calafate and Bariloche.
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Chloe Verified Buyer 2023-10-28
Once in a lifetime dream trip!
Truly amazing! It has been my dream to travel to South America and after many cancelled plans due to covid, it completely exceeded my expectations. Every day of the tour was packed full of once in a lifetime activities. I've travelled to a few countries now and this was definitely my best trip so far. Our tour leader Zema did an excellent job at showing us an authentic insight into Brazilian and Argentinian culture. He was not only a good tour guide but also became a good friend. The activities were great, the food was great and the drinks were great. I would also like to give a shout out to Antonio and his family. He was a great tour guide and the dinner at his family house was one of the highlights of my trip (and most of us said this was also the best food we had in Brazil too!). Making our own caipirinhas and dancing was the perfect way to end the Brazilian part of our journey. We had quite a diverse group with many different interests and needs, and Zema did a brilliant job of ke
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CK Verified Buyer 2023-10-27
Amazing Iguazu Falls Experience
Overall satisfying. Leisurely pace and the tour to Iguazu Falls plus the optional Iguazu Falls experiences on the Argentinian side were wonderful. However, some of the hotels (Mirador in Rio and Imperial in Buenos Aires are something to be desired). The dinner at the family compound was excellent and very enjoyable.
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Joan Verified Buyer 2023-05-11
Expat Explore South America
I traveled solo and enjoyed sharing with other females from UK, and Greece as we were 3 we rotated the single room. The tour guide was very helpful. Whatever information needed he was able to give, a true veteran of information. Zema also went above and beyond finding restaurants and helpful information for shopping, etc.
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Sylvie Charest Verified Buyer 2023-05-05
Well organized!
The guide adapted our trip dealing with last minute changes.. We lived a great experience without the chaos of planning everything! No time to be bored! The guide was always receptive to people's needs. Beautiful trip! I recommend it! Thanks Zema, we had a good time! Sylvie and Donald

Why this tour?

Take in the beauty of a Brazil, Iguazu & Argentina Delights tour, ideal for any traveller looking to enjoy a fun-filled holiday packed with adventure, exquisite natural beauty, and wonder. Witness Brazil’s enchanting natural landscapes and see the legendary Iguazu Falls, and treat your tastebuds to a collection of Argentinian cuisine.

Begin with a trip to Rio de Janeiro, exploring the most famous tourist attraction - Christ the Redeemer. Enjoy dinner at a local barbeque restaurant where you can expect a feast of authentic Brazilian foods bursting with flavour. Indulge in local dishes like feijoada, coxinhas and more. You can also see the best of the city with a guided city walking tour. Experience the best of Brazil and Argentina as you take in the rich history found in the bigger cities, and the vibrant culture found in the small local villages. Choose from unforgettable adventures, including a 4x4 Jeep tour, a ride in a helicopter over Iguaçu National Park, and even a dinner and tango show. 

We’ll glimpse some of the top things to do and the best places to see in and around Paraguay. Take a scenic trip to visit the bird park, enjoy a helicopter ride over the city, or join an optional insightful local-guided Paraguay tour. Just before you head off to Buenos Aires, view the Argentinian side of Iguassu Falls. Your Buenos Aires vacation includes riveting city tours, spectacular sightseeing, and delicious local meals.

If you want a travel experience with guided tours and great package prices then our Brazil to Argentina group travel deals are ideal, as they are created with you in mind. December to March is the best time to visit Latin America, so book this once in a lifetime tour right now with an affordable deposit.