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.
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.
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.
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.