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Buenos Aires, Iguazu & Rio

A bucket-lister's dream sojourn to Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, Rio de Janeiro & the Amazon.

Overview

Get a taste of the cities, nature and scenery of Argentina and Brazil on this tour from Buenos Aires to the spectacular Iguazu Falls, and beyond to Rio de Janeiro and a cruise through the Amazon rainforest. All of the featured excursions, activities, and accommodations can be tailored in accordance with your personal wishes.

Buenos Aires

Your Brazil and Argentina tour begins in Argentina’s vibrant capital, Buenos Aires, a city that combines faded European grandeur with Latin passion. Be sure to head down 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue in the world, passing the majestic ‘Teatro Colón’ opera house, the magnificent ‘Obelisco’, and ‘Casa Rosada’, the pink-colored government mansion with the iconic balcony from which Eva Perón famously addressed the throngs of impassioned supporters packed into Plaza de Mayo.

Visit local barrios such as La Boca, the graceful neighborhood of Palermo; and the Recoleta district. In the evening, enjoy a unique dining experience that cleverly blends exquisite food and wine, local culture, and social integration.

Iguazu Falls

Your next two days will be spent marvelling at the mighty Iguazú Falls. Brazil can lay claim to about 20 percent of the falls, and Argentina to the other 80 percent. This means that you get a bigger picture view of the falls from the Brazilian side, looking towards Argentina, but in Argentina you get closer to the falls and there is a larger area to explore.

If you’re having the Iguazu Falls Brazil vs Argentina debate, both sides are incredible, and on this trip, you will get to explore both sides by foot with the option of additional excursions by boat and jeep. Hear the falls resonating through the rainforest and revel in the spectacle.

Rio City Tour

Your tour of Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu and Buenos Aires continues in Rio de Janeiro, where you ride the historic train up to the 2329-foot peak of Corcovado mountain for a close-up experience of the colossal statue of Christ the Redeemer. Be blown away by the incredible view. Take the exciting cable car ride to the famous Sugarloaf Mountain, which towers over the beautiful Guanabara Bay.

Explore Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world and admire the gorgeous Tijuca Waterfall Cascatinha. Visit the Metropolitan Cathedral and the world-famous Selaron Steps. Enjoy a short tour of the traditional Cinelândia Square and its historical buildings; relax and people-watch on both Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach.

Manaus

Tour the historic jungle city of Manaus and learn about its rise and fall during the rubber boom era. Visit the Amazonas Theater, which is lauded as one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world. See the Largo de São Sebastião, one of the city’s main squares, the Provincial Palace and the State of Amazonas Art Gallery. Explore the Municipal Market, the colonial architecture of the city, the floating port area of Manaus, and the Rio Negro Palace.

Your Amazon cruise

As the climax to your tour, you’ll step aboard the Motor Yacht Tucano for an unforgettable cruise that will take you up the Rio Negro and into the Anavilhanas archipelago, which is one of the world’s largest river island systems. Experience daytime and evening launch excursions through dense flooded forest along the river’s edge, listen out for howler monkeys and keep your eyes peeled for squirrel monkeys and some extraordinarily beautiful birds.

Look for nocturnal creatures including the caiman, arboreal porcupines, sloths and night birds such as the great potoo. Walk through the rainforest looking for tracks and maybe even some sightings of some of the Amazon’s great mammals. Explore areas rarely visited by anyone else. You’ll even get to witness the extraordinary sight of the two-toned confluence of two massive Amazon tributaries, where the dark waters of the Negro River meet the muddy waters of the Solimões River to form the mighty Amazon.

Itinerary & Prices

13 Day - Buenos Aires, Iguazu & Rio
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Welcome to Argentina!

Welcome to Argentina! For most travelers, Buenos Aires is the entry point to Argentina… and what an entrance it is: this vibrant city feels almost European! Its cosmopolitan population of Italian, Spanish, French, and many other nationalities, combined with stunning architecture, cultural activities, and attractive neighborhoods with small shops, cafés, and international restaurants, make the atmosphere relaxed and welcoming.

Upon arrival, our local representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. After settling into your accommodation in the trendy neighborhood of Palermo, the rest of your afternoon and evening is free for you to spend at your leisure. We recommend exploring the area near your hotel where you’ll be able to soak up the atmosphere of this thrilling city stopping off at one of the nearby boutique cafés or lively wine bars. Having found somewhere for dinner and experienced one of South America’s top restaurant scenes, explore Buenos Aires’ nightlife at one of the local wine bars in Palermo, add an exclusive wine tasting to your itinerary or, take a leisurely stroll back to your hotel.

Tip: Porteños eat dinner late; usually restaurants will open their doors around 20:00.

Meals (x)

Buenos Aires Sunset Fountain Arrival
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Buenos Aires
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1 / 13

Highlights of Buenos Aires

After breakfast, you are collected from your hotel for your city tour of Buenos Aires, discovering the history and modern life of this world-renowned city.

The tour provides an in-depth introduction to its architecture, the culture of its people, its anecdotes and secrets. Put simply, Buenos Aires is exceptional, dynamic, sophisticated, and overwhelming. An exquisite combination of a European atmosphere and the charm of Latin American cities. You will begin at the famous Plaza de Mayo, before venturing out to the old tango districts of Buenos Aires: Monserrat, San Telmo, and La Boca. You will then move on to the busiest areas – Puerto Madero, Retiro, and Plaza San Martin – and then, districts with wonderful green spaces and old residences: Palermo and Recoleta.

In the evening, you will enjoy a completely unique dining experience that cleverly blends exquisite food and wine, local culture, and social integration. Individuals, couples, families, and groups from all over the world are mixed around two 14 person banquet tables, which are led and entertained by two guides, and our friendly international team. Empanada making, juicy fillet steaks, boutique wines, alfajor making, and sharing ‘mate’ between new friends. There is no better place to be!

Meals (B, D)

Buenos Aires City Tour San Telmo Market
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Buenos Aires
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2 / 13

Arrive to Iguazu & Visit the Argentinean Falls

After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu!

Upon arrival, you will begin your exclusive tour of the Argentinean side of Iguazu Falls. You’ll head towards the Iguazu National Park where you’ll climb aboard a small train at the entrance of the National Park – your first stop will be the ominously named Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo) which stands at over 262ft, making it the biggest waterfall of Iguazu! Having soaked up the enormity of the Devil’s Throat, your guide will take you along the wooden walkways and trails of both the upper and lower circuit. With over 270 separate waterfalls and the copious verdant jungle of Iguazu, exploring this Natural World Wonder of the World is one of the most unforgettable experiences.

The various trails that take you above and around the waterfalls are built a few feet above the jungle floor. These raised platforms not only protect the natural habitat of the jungle wildlife but will also take you to secluded viewpoints offering unimaginable views across the whole National Park. If you’re looking for a bit of adventure while visiting Iguazu, we highly recommend booking the optional (not included) Great Adventure boat tour that takes you right under the rainbows and mist of Iguazu’s waterfalls. Make sure to pack a change of clothes or swimwear and a watertight bag for your valuables because you will get wet!

After a full day exploring Argentina’s side of Iguazu Falls, you’ll head back to the visitors’ center and from there, your transfer will take you to your hotel in Iguazu where the rest of your evening is free to spend at your leisure.

Meals (B)

Going to Iguazu Falls Brazil Side
Location
Buenos Aires to Iguazu
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3 / 13

The Brazilian Falls

After breakfast, you´ll head out again to discover the Natural Wonder of the World, Iguazu Falls. Today you’ll have a private guided tour of the Brazilian side.

Situated inside the Iguazu National Park, the Iguazu Waterfalls enthrall visitors from all over the world. This huge series of waterfalls plunge through a gorge onto the Iguazu River. They are more than 3 kilometers wide and 80 meters high! Wider than the Victoria Falls, higher than the Niagara Falls, and more beautiful than either. The falls create a never-ending spray of water and keep the sky decorated with rainbows. Walking by a 1.2-km trail, you will be treated to an amazing panoramic view of the over 275 waterfalls and the frontal view of Garganta del Diablo (or Devil’s Throat), which is the most powerful and spectacular waterfall of them all, at over 80 meters tall.

After the day at the falls, you can relax in your hotel and enjoy the evening at your leisure.

Meals (B)

Boat Trip into Devils throat Iguazu Falls
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Iguazu
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4 / 13

Arrival in Rio de Janeiro

At the designated time you’ll be taken to Foz do Iguaçu airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro!

Landing in Rio, our local representative will be waiting for you at the airport to greet and take you to your hotel. Once you’ve settled into your accommodation, the rest of the day is free to explore some of our favorite local spots. Stroll along the long boulevards next to the beaches of Ipanema, Leblon, and of course Copacabana. Along the way, you’ll find plenty of huts selling delicious freshly squeezed juices and coconuts which will refresh you as you soak up the breathtaking cityscape.

Relax and perhaps watch the sunset at the beach before going for dinner at one of the restaurants along the promenade. We recommend trying one of Brazil’s most famous and traditional dishes, feijoada carioca (stew of beans with beef and pork served with white rice and farofa) washed down with a refreshing caipirinha cocktail or a local beer – Brahma and Skol are our favorites! Following dinner, you can go back to your hotel to relax or go to one of the local samba bars to dance the night away!

Meals (B)

Rio De Janeiro Beach
Location
Iguazu to Rio
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5 / 13

Getting to know Rio

This half-day private tour will take you to the Tijuca National Park, the world’s largest urban forest. Arriving at the top of Corcovado Mountain you’ll visit the world-famous statue of Christ the Redeemer. In 2007, the statue was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, and standing at the base of the 124 ft. tall statue, you’ll be treated to some truly amazing views over the city. Enjoy eye-catching views of the forest below and where Rio de Janeiro’s mountains dive into the clear blue water.

After visiting the statue and the Tijuca National Park, you’ll head back to your hotel passing by the golden beaches of Ipanema and Leblon.

Meals (B)

Day Tour including Tijuca Forest
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Rio
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6 / 13

Sugar Loaf & City Tour

To understand the history of Brazil there is nothing better than taking a tour of the old city center of Rio. You’ll visit the impressive Cinelandia Square which was built in honor of the second president of Brazil, Floriano Peixoto, and features important buildings such as the Rio Opera House, the National Library, and the Fine Arts Museum. Continuing your tour through the historic center, you’ll also visit Rio’s Chamber of Deputies, the former Imperial Palace, and the ornate Candelaria Church.

Having explored the city from the street level, you will head towards Sugarloaf Mountain where you’ll take the cable car to its summit. Ascending the famous natural landmark of Sugarloaf Mountain you’ll be able to enjoy stunning 360-degree views across the sprawling city below, Guanabara Bay, Copacabana Beach, and up to Christ the Redeemer statue.

You will also get to learn how to make and taste the most famous and traditional Brazilian drink – a caipirinha !! The perfect end to a perfect day.

Meals (B)

Sugar Loaf and Cable Cars
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Rio
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7 / 13

Arriving to Manaus

After breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel at the scheduled time, and transferred to the airport for your onward flight to Manaus. 

Today will be an entirely new change of environment as you get closer to the Amazon Jungle! Take the time to unwind in Manaus, breathing in the clear air you can explore the city at your leisure! Make sure you get an early night as your cruise adventure starts tomorrow!

Meals (B)

Manaus Opera House Brazilian Amazon
Location
Rio to Manaus
Day
8 / 13

Tucano Amazon Cruise

AM: This day we embark on the Motor Yacht Tucano in Manaus, Brazil. We depart on the Rio Negro and as the vessel glides upstream we will have our first talk about Amazon environments. By late afternoon we enter one of the world’s largest river island systems, the Anavilhanas Archipelago. The boat will weave along a winding channel with rainforest on both sides in a riot of brilliant vegetation.

PM: Weather permitting, we will go for a launch excursion in the gnarled and dense flooded forest along the river’s edge. We may see some Squirrel Monkeys and we may hear the other-worldly growls of Howler Monkeys echoing through the primitive rainforest. The Amazon has one of the greatest collections of birds in the world and we are sure to see some of these brightly colored jewels perched in the treetops.

We return to the M/Y Tucano for hors d’oeuvres on the observation deck and a toast to the rainforest sunset. Following dinner, we will embark on our launches in search of nocturnal creatures such as the Caiman, the Amazon’s crocodilians. We may also see one of the large night birds such as a Great Potoo, with its bulging eyes and large mouth, adapted to swallow the huge Mariposa Moths.

Meals: (B, L, D)

Embarking Tucano Amazon Cruise
Location
Tucano Amazon Cruise
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9 / 13

Anavilhanas

AM: Shortly after sunrise this morning we explore the Anavilhanas Archipelago, a reserve that includes the world’s largest system of river islands and also areas of tall dense rainforest. Here we will see the strange environment called the igapó, the black water flooded forest, where dense forests grow right out of the dark water of the Rio Negro. Mid-morning we return to the vessel for a hearty Brazilian breakfast. After some time to relax, weather permitting, we will disembark in mid-morning and dividing into very small groups we will go for a walk in the type of rainforest known as the terra firma. Here we have a good chance to see the markings, if not the animals themselves, of some of the Amazon’s great mammals like peccaries (wild pigs) or even a jaguar.

PM: Around mid-day, we return to the vessel for lunch and a siesta. In the afternoon we will go for an excursion in our launches along the edges of the dense forest and listen to the sunset chorus of birds, howler monkeys, and frogs. Weather permitting, tonight we will have an excursion to spot caiman (the Amazon’s crocodiles) and other nocturnal creatures. We very often see arboreal porcupines or sloths scrambling high in the limbs.

Meals: (B, L, D)

Anavilhanas National Park Brazil
Location
Tucano Amazon Cruise
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10 / 13

Rio Negro

AM: Today we will voyage to the west side of the Rio Negro and continue to scout in our launches and walk in the forest. We will explore, according to the weather and water depth, areas rarely visited by anyone else.

PM: Tonight the M/Y Tucano goes downstream, and river depth permitting, will enter an east bank affluent of the Rio Negro and explore on deep into the rainforest on this small river. After our nocturnal exploration of the rainforest in our launches we return to the Tucano for “Caipirinha Night” and perhaps try a bit of samba on the top deck.

Meals: (B, L, D)

Sunset over the Amazon Tucano Cruise
Location
Tucano Amazon Cruise
Day
11 / 13

Rio Negro & Manaus

AM: We begin the day with a dawn excursion hunting for wakening wildlife followed by a full Brazilian breakfast. We will then go one last time into the forest.

PM: In the mid-afternoon, we will begin to journey downstream to arrive late in the day at the “Encontro das Aguas” – a stark several-mile-long line where two of the world’s largest rivers, the Amazon and the Rio Negro, join in a turbulent maelstrom. Here the dark water of the Negro runs beside the opaque brown water of the Amazon.

At sunset, the M/Y Tucano will once again turn her bows upstream on the Rio Negro and journey to our overnight anchorage north of the City of Manaus. As we pass in front of Manaus, we will marvel at the scale of one of the world’s largest and most vibrant port cities over a thousand miles from the sea. Tonight we will have a farewell dinner and prepare for an early departure in the morning.

Meals: (B, L, D)

Brazilian Footballers Manaus
Location
Tucano Amazon Cruise
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12 / 13

Disembarkation & Return Home

AM: Early this morning, after a hearty breakfast, all guests disembark from the M/Y Tucano.

Travelers will be transferred to the Manaus city center and will disembark at the Millennium Hotel or Hotel Villa Amazonia. For those passengers that do not have a hotel arranged for the end of the cruise, we recommend that they disembark from the transfer bus at the Millennium Hotel.

Meals: (B)

Disembark Tucano and Return Home
Location
Tucano Amazon Cruise to Rio
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13 / 13
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Accommodations

Cruises & Lodges

Tucano on the river

Tucano

A boutique boat pioneering sustainable exploration of the remote Central Amazon Conservation Complex.
16 Guests
8 Cabins
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Hotel Options

4 Star

Windsor California

Rio de Janeiro
5 Star

Wish Foz Golf Resort

Iguazu Falls
4 Star

Own Grand Palermo Soho

Buenos Aires
5 Star

Belmond Copacabana Palace

Rio de Janeiro
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5 Star

Belmond das Cataratas

Iguazu Falls
5 Star

Legado Mitico

Buenos Aires