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Impressions of South America

9 Day South America Tour of Argentina, Brazil

9 Days
2 Countries

Brazil, Argentina

3 Cities

Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires

12 Meals

1 Welcome Reception, 8 Breakfasts, 2 Regional Dinners, 1 Lunch

Comfortable

Mainly 2 and 3 night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar

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From the vibrant shores of Copacabana to the thundering Iguassu Falls, South America waits! Your nine-day South America tour sees you visiting Rio's most exciting places, watching riveted as dancers perform an unforgettable tango in Buenos Aires, and admiring the vibrant colors and wildlife of UNESCO-listed Iguassu National Park.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Rio de Janeiro

Launch your leisurely exploration of South America to the sultry beats of the Bossa Nova and Samba. A local host will take you to your hotel where you’ll enjoy superb ocean views of Copacabana beach and its beautiful people, just minutes from downtown Rio. This evening, we enjoy a festive Welcome Reception with our Travel Director and fellow travelers.

Football at Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Accommodation Windsor Excelsior Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Included Meals Welcome Reception

Day 2

Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing and At Leisure

The rhythm of Rio is yours to explore this morning. Join your Local Specialist to delve into the captivating contrasts of Brazil’s cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city). See the 18th-century Carioca Aqueduct, colonial Candelaria Church, and the home of the Rio Carnival, the Sambodromo. Journey high above Guanabara Bay and summit Sugarloaf Mountain via cable car for a 'pinch me moment' of inspiring bay and city views. Spend the evening at leisure.

Cable Car, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Accommodation Windsor Excelsior Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience View of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sugar Loaf Mountain by Cable car

Journey high above Guanabara Bay first to Urca hill and then the top of Sugarloaf at 1,299 feet above sea level for views of Botafogo cove, Copacab...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Selaron Steps, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Santa Teresa including Selarón Steps

Drive to the charming Santa Teresa hilltop neighborhood. Walk around the winding narrow streets filled with colorful buildings, artists, and a bohe...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences See brazilian dancers at Ginga Tropical Show, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ginga Tropical Show

Ginga Tropical celebrates the diversity and culture of the Northeast, Amazon, Pampas, Bahia and Rio De Janeiro though music and dance. Bohemian cul...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 3

Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing and At Leisure

Hands outstretched, the iconic Christ the Redeemer welcomes you to the hunched outcrop of Corcovado, sharing his impressive panoramic view of a city that loves to celebrate. This afternoon, soak in the shores of Copacabana and Ipanema. Kick back and watch tanned sun-worshippers playing volleyball and sip a caipirinha or two, which you’ll learn to mix this evening, followed by a sizzling barbecue at a local churrascaria Regional Dinner. Bom proveito! 

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Accommodation Windsor Excelsior Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Included Meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
Dive Into Culture Watch how to make Caipirinha in Palace Churrascaria, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Caipirinha Demonstration

At dinner there will be a mixology demonstration where you will learn how to mix a caipirinha, the national cocktail of Brazil.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience View of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Visit Corcovado and the iconic Christ the Redeemer

Climb into the clouds to the top of Corcovado Mountain to visit the iconic Christ the Redeemer. You’ll ride the Corcovado Railway, the first electr...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences
Botanical Garden & Tijuca Forest by Jeep

The 140-hectare Botanical park lies at the foot of the Corcovado Mountain, far below the right arm of the statue of Christ the Redeemer and contain...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 4

Rio de Janeiro – Iguassu Falls

Journey into some of South America’s most beautiful natural landscapes taking a flight from Rio to Iguassu Falls, the UNESCO-listed magnificent falls that straddle the borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Explore the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls, 'Big Waters', in Iguassu National Park with a Local Specialist. Hike to the cascading falls through giant clouds and sprays of water feeling refreshed in the humidity. You’ll learn that while hot and humid, this lush micro-climate supports diverse fauna in its subtropical rainforest of over 2,000 species of vascular plants. Conclude your day crossing the border to Argentina to your hotel.

Iguassu Falls, Brazil
Accommodation Hotel Mercure, Argentina
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Iguassu Falls, Brazil
Visit the UNESCO-listed Iguassu National Park

Join a Local Specialist who will guide your exploration of the Brazilian side of the falls in this massive park spanning the border between Argenti...

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Iconic Experience

Day 5

Iguassu National Park Argentinian side with local specialist

Get a different perspective of grandeur on the Argentinian side of the falls at the Devil's throat. Your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience finds you paying a visit to the Guarani community of Fortín M'bororé who open their doors to reveal the secrets of the jungle, their natural medicine, culture, songs, dances, crafts, philosophy and beliefs. Discover with the Guarani the "Spirit of the Trees", a walk where you learn to walk through the interior of the Jungle guided by aboriginal experts. This afternoon, join an optional experience on Gran Aventura boat tour or an Argentinean experience learning about Argentine culture, tasting local dishes in a five-course dinner, sampling four Argentinean wines and mingling with travelers from around the world.

View of Iguassu Falls, Argentina
Accommodation Hotel Mercure, Argentina
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience View of Iguassu Falls, Argentina
Explore Iguassu National Park on the Argentinian side

Join a local specialist for a walk along the long catwalk suspended above the swirling waters of the Iguassu River. View the chaotic crush of water...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Visit of the Guarani Community, Iguassu National Park, Argentina
Visit of the Guarani Community

Visiting the ancestral Guarani community for an immersive MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Join the Guarani for a jungle walk, first greeted by an a...

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Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Optional Experiences Parrot and Iguassu Falls, Argentina
Journey through a Bird Park

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER at this family-owned park that is home to more than 900 native birds from 150 species. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour along a ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy BBQ dinner and show at Churrascaria Rafain, Iguassu Falls, Brazil
Dinner and Show at Churrascaria Rafain

Journey through South America Culture with a folkloric performance of Samba, Tango and Paraguayan music while enjoying a traditional Brazilian barbecue dinner.

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences View of Iguassu Falls
Explore Macuco Safari

Begin this adventure in open-air wagons as you work your way through lush sub-tropical forests. Then hike down the canyon where the Macuco Falls tu...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Gran Aventura
Gran Aventura

Departing from the Operative Center or from the Visitors’ Center, we shall enter the jungle by the Yacaratiá trail in trucks specially designed for...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences The Argentine Experience
The Argentine Experience

Learn about Argentine culture, taste fantastic local dishes, drink exceptional wine, and mingle with fellow travelers from around the world, in a f...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 6

Iguassu Falls – Buenos Aires

Take a flight from Iguassu Falls to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. Check into your hotel located in the heart of the cultural center at the historic Plaza San Martin and, with the rest of the day free, perhaps take a stroll around this upscale part of the city. This evening dive into culture watching the passionate fiery and precise steps of some of Buenos Aires most talented tango dancers. Here at El Viejo Almacen in the neighborhood of San Telmo, you’re in the most classic house of tango putting on shows since 1969 and preserving the architecture and atmosphere of Tango culture.

Couple dancing the Tango, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Accommodation Alvear Art Hotel, Buenos Aires
Included Meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
Dive Into Culture Couple dancing the Tango, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Beautiful Dance of Tango

Experience the beauty of the Tango and learn about its traditions.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Day 7

Buenos Aires Sightseeing and at Leisure

Take in the sights of Buenos Aires on a City Tour to the pink palace, cathedral and La Boca neighborhood. The rest of the day is free for you to relax and explore this exciting city on your own or join one of our tempting optionals. Head to the northern outskirts of Buenos Aires to the lush countryside of the Tigre Delta, a popular weekend getaway of scenery, summer residences, yachting and a chance to see another way of Argentine life. Or venture on a wine tasting trip to “El Querandi,” a big house located in the historical district and considered a living testimony of the city originally founded as a bar in 1920.

La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Accommodation Alvear Art Hotel, Buenos Aires
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience See Casa Rosada and more on a Buenos Aires City Tour, Argentina
Buenos Aires City Tour

Embark on a Buenos Aires City Tour with a Local Specialist. Walk through the wide boulevards of this beautiful capital admiring the spirit of a cit...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Wine Tasting at El Querandi Vineyard, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Wine Tasting

Leave your hotel and drive to “El Querandi”, a big house located in the historical district and considered a living testimony of the city. It was o...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Boat Travelling Down Canal in Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Journey to Tigre Delta

Head to the northern outskirts of Buenos Aires to the lush countryside of the Tigre Delta on this outing. This area is a popular weekend getaway fo...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

Buenos Aires at Leisure

Leave Buenos Aires to San Antonio de Areco, the heart of the gaucho traditions in the pampas region, for a tour along its quaint streets lined with silversmiths. Take part in a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience visiting a local project of the Local Association for disabled people who are keeping up the tradition of making the alpargatas shoes. Appreciate more artisans paying a visit to a local artist's studio observing how masterpieces are created. Cap off your day with a Be My Guest Experience, complete with sizzling asado steak, at a family-owned gaucho ranch where your watch cowboys show off the horsemanship accompanied by music and dance.

Walking Traditional Estancia, Argentina
Accommodation Alvear Art Hotel, Buenos Aires
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Dive Into Culture Visit San Antonio De Areco, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Visit San Antonio de Areco

Uncover San Antonio de Areco, the heart of the “gaucho” traditions in the “pampas” region. Walk around the small village’s cobblestoned streets app...

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Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Local Association for Disabled People in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Visit a project of the Local Association for Disabled People

Visit a workshop where people with special abilities manufacture in an artisanal way the traditional shoe of the gauchos: "alpargatas", still used ...

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Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Dive Into Culture Visit a Gaucho Painter Atelier in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Visit a Gaucho Painter Atelier

Visit a gaucho painter’s studio to view his works, appreciate the diverse subjects of his paintings, learn the history of the gaucho town followed ...

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Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Be My Guest Gaucho Ranch Experience
Gaucho Ranch Experience with a Local Family

Visit a family-run gaucho ranch for an energizing event of food, drink, music, dance and horseback riding demonstrations. Kick off with a lunch of ...

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Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Optional Experiences Boat Travelling Down Canal in Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Journey to Tigre Delta

Head to the northern outskirts of Buenos Aires to the lush countryside of the Tigre Delta on this outing. This area is a popular weekend getaway fo...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Mare grazing in Estancia pasture, Argentina​
Day at El Ombu de Areco Ranch

Leave Buenos Aires and drive 110km (69mi) to San Antonio de Areco, the heart of the gaucho traditions. Arrive at El Ombu de Areco, a traditional, 3...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Depart Buenos Aires

Our South America adventure comes to an end this morning. Say a fond hasta luego to Buenos Aires and newfound friends, transferring to the airport for your flight home or choose to extend your stay.

Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Included Meals Breakfast

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Iconic Experience
Sugar Loaf Mountain by Cable car

Journey high above Guanabara Bay first to Urca hill and then the top of Sugarloaf at 1,299 feet above sea level for views of Botafogo cove, Copacab...

See More
Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Caipirinha Demonstration

At dinner there will be a mixology demonstration where you will learn how to mix a caipirinha, the national cocktail of Brazil.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Corcovado and the iconic Christ the Redeemer

Climb into the clouds to the top of Corcovado Mountain to visit the iconic Christ the Redeemer. You’ll ride the Corcovado Railway, the first electr...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit the UNESCO-listed Iguassu National Park

Join a Local Specialist who will guide your exploration of the Brazilian side of the falls in this massive park spanning the border between Argenti...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Explore Iguassu National Park on the Argentinian side

Join a local specialist for a walk along the long catwalk suspended above the swirling waters of the Iguassu River. View the chaotic crush of water...

See More
Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Visit of the Guarani Community

Visiting the ancestral Guarani community for an immersive MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Join the Guarani for a jungle walk, first greeted by an a...

See More
Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
The Beautiful Dance of Tango

Experience the beauty of the Tango and learn about its traditions.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Buenos Aires City Tour

Embark on a Buenos Aires City Tour with a Local Specialist. Walk through the wide boulevards of this beautiful capital admiring the spirit of a cit...

See More
Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Visit San Antonio de Areco

Uncover San Antonio de Areco, the heart of the “gaucho” traditions in the “pampas” region. Walk around the small village’s cobblestoned streets app...

See More
Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Visit a project of the Local Association for Disabled People

Visit a workshop where people with special abilities manufacture in an artisanal way the traditional shoe of the gauchos: "alpargatas", still used ...

See More
Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Visit a Gaucho Painter Atelier

Visit a gaucho painter’s studio to view his works, appreciate the diverse subjects of his paintings, learn the history of the gaucho town followed ...

See More
Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Gaucho Ranch Experience with a Local Family

Visit a family-run gaucho ranch for an energizing event of food, drink, music, dance and horseback riding demonstrations. Kick off with a lunch of ...

See More
Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
A Trafalgar bonus all Intra-Air Flights: Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu and Iguassu to Buenos Aires, including porter service at all airports
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and the Brazilian and Argentinean side of Iguassu Falls with a Local Specialist 
Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugarloaf Mountain, Corcovado Mountain, Iguassu Falls and San Antonio de Areco, the heart of the “gaucho” traditions 
See Copacabana Beach and enjoy a Tango and Dinner Show

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Santa Teresa including Selarón Steps

Drive to the charming Santa Teresa hilltop neighborhood. Walk around the winding narrow streets filled with colorful buildings, artists, and a bohe...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Ginga Tropical Show

Ginga Tropical celebrates the diversity and culture of the Northeast, Amazon, Pampas, Bahia and Rio De Janeiro though music and dance. Bohemian cul...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Botanical Garden & Tijuca Forest by Jeep

The 140-hectare Botanical park lies at the foot of the Corcovado Mountain, far below the right arm of the statue of Christ the Redeemer and contain...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Journey through a Bird Park

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER at this family-owned park that is home to more than 900 native birds from 150 species. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour along a ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner and Show at Churrascaria Rafain

Journey through South America Culture with a folkloric performance of Samba, Tango and Paraguayan music while enjoying a traditional Brazilian barbecue dinner.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Explore Macuco Safari

Begin this adventure in open-air wagons as you work your way through lush sub-tropical forests. Then hike down the canyon where the Macuco Falls tu...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Gran Aventura

Departing from the Operative Center or from the Visitors’ Center, we shall enter the jungle by the Yacaratiá trail in trucks specially designed for...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
The Argentine Experience

Learn about Argentine culture, taste fantastic local dishes, drink exceptional wine, and mingle with fellow travelers from around the world, in a f...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Wine Tasting

Leave your hotel and drive to “El Querandi”, a big house located in the historical district and considered a living testimony of the city. It was o...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Journey to Tigre Delta

Head to the northern outskirts of Buenos Aires to the lush countryside of the Tigre Delta on this outing. This area is a popular weekend getaway fo...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Journey to Tigre Delta

Head to the northern outskirts of Buenos Aires to the lush countryside of the Tigre Delta on this outing. This area is a popular weekend getaway fo...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Day at El Ombu de Areco Ranch

Leave Buenos Aires and drive 110km (69mi) to San Antonio de Areco, the heart of the gaucho traditions. Arrive at El Ombu de Areco, a traditional, 3...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Argentina & Brazil

  • Official Languages across Argentina & Brazil: Spanish is the official language of Argentina and Portuguese is the official language of Brazil.
  • Currency used in Argentina & Brazil: The currency of Argentina is the Argentine Peso ($) and the currency of Brazil is the Brazilian Real (R$)
  • Capital cities: Buenos Aires (Argentina), and Brasília (Brazil)/li>
  • Time Zone(s) in Argentina & Brazil: The main time zone used in most of Argentina, including Buenos Aires, is Argentina Standard Time (ART). Some regions, such as the provinces in the west, observe Argentina Daylight Time (ARST). The time zones in Brazil are Brasília Standard Time (BRT) in the central region, Amazon Standard Time (AMT) in the western region, Fernando de Noronha Standard Time (FNT) in the Atlantic archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, and Brasília Summer Time (BRST) when daylight saving time is observed.

 

Argentina & Brazil passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Argentina or Brazil.
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Argentina has a diverse range of climates due to its vast size and varying geography. In the north, regions like the Gran Chaco experience a tropical climate with hot and humid summers and mild winters. The central Pampas region has a temperate climate with hot summers and cool winters. Patagonia, in the south, has a cold and arid climate with strong winds and cool summers. The Andes Mountains influence the climate in western Argentina, creating alpine conditions with cooler temperatures and more precipitation. The coastal areas, including Buenos Aires, have a maritime climate with mild winters, moderate summers, and rainfall spread throughout the year.

Brazil has a diverse range of climates due to its vast size and geographical features. The northern region, including the Amazon Rainforest, has a tropical climate with high temperatures, high humidity, and abundant rainfall throughout the year. The northeastern coast has a tropical climate as well, characterized by warm temperatures and a distinct rainy season. The central regions have a more temperate climate, with hot summers and mild winters. The southern parts of Brazil experience a subtropical climate, with mild to cool winters and warm summers. The Pantanal region in western Brazil has a wetland climate with distinct wet and dry seasons, experiencing heavy rains during the wet season and hotter, drier conditions in the dry season.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Clothing:

  • Comfortable hiking shoes or boots: Suitable for walking and light hikes. You should also consider bringing sandals or flip-flops for lounging or beach days.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: To ensure you're ready for any situation, it's wise to pack adaptable, layered clothing. We advise you to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall. 
  • Modest attire: In some religious sites, modest clothing is required, so we suggest carrying a shawl or scarf to cover your shoulders or legs when necessary.
  • Rain Gear: It's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

As an American citizen traveling to Argentina and Brazil, here's what you need to know about electricity, adapters, hair dryers, and air conditioning:

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while in Argentina, the standard voltage is 220V, and the frequency is 50Hz. In Brazil, the standard voltage is also 220V, and the frequency is 60Hz.

  • In Argentina, the outlets commonly used are Type C and Type I. Type C outlets have two round pins, while Type I outlets have two flat pins in a V-shape and an additional grounding pin.
  • In Brazil, the outlets used are mainly Type C, Type N, and Type I. Type N outlets are similar to Type C but have an extra grounding pin.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in Argentina and Brazil. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

Adapters and Converters

  • If you plan to bring American appliances you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220 from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the power outlets.

  • It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

  • To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Many hotels in Argentina and Brazil, especially those catering to international travelers, provide hair dryers in their rooms for guests to use. These hair dryers are usually compatible with the local voltage and plug types, so you won't typically need to worry about bringing your own unless you have specific preferences or requirements.

If you have a high-powered or specialized hair dryer that you prefer to use, or if you're staying in accommodations that might not provide hair dryers, you can bring a travel hair dryer that's designed to work with various voltage levels and plug types. This way, you'll ensure that you can use your hair dryer regardless of the specific electrical setup in the hotel.

Remember also to pack any necessary travel adapters or voltage converters if your hair dryer is not compatible with the local voltage and plug type. It's always better to be prepared to ensure a comfortable and hassle-free experience during your trip.

If you are unsure about the electrical compatibility or amenities provided by a specific hotel, you can see if they provide this information on their site or contact them directly before your trip to inquire about the availability of hair dryers and other electrical considerations for international travelers. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but cannot find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is used in Argentina and Brazil, especially during the hot and dry summer months. Given the warm climate in these regions, air conditioning is essential for maintaining comfortable indoor temperatures. Restaurants, shopping malls, museums, and other public spaces typically have air conditioning to provide relief from the heat. 
  • While air conditioning is crucial during the summer, the need for it might decrease during the cooler months. Some places may not use air conditioning during the winter or cooler evenings.
  • Keep in mind that local customs and practices might influence the use of air conditioning. In more traditional or older buildings, air conditioning might not be as prevalent as in modern structures.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold, and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

Traveling on a guided tour can be an exciting and enriching experience. However, it's essential to prioritize your health and safety while exploring new territories. Staying informed, prepared, and cautious will go a long way in ensuring a safe and enjoyable travel experience. Always stay in touch with your Travel Director and always follow their recommendations.

Here are some health advice and recommendations for travelers:

Visit the Doctor: Before embarking on your trip, schedule a visit with a medicine specialist or your healthcare provider. They can provide personalized health advice based on your medical history, current health status, and the specific countries you'll be visiting.

Travel Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, evacuations, and trip cancellations.

First Aid Kit: Carry a basic kit with essential items like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, antidiarrheal medication, and any prescribed medications.  

Stay Hydrated: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day, and rest in air-conditioned or shaded areas.

Respect Local Customs: Respect local customs and dress codes, especially in conservative areas. Dress modestly, particularly when visiting religious sites.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack an adequate supply of your prescription medications and carry them in their original packaging, along with a copy of your prescription. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these. 

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of $1.00-$2.00 USD per person/half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/day is listed in your travel documents.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, March 4, 2016
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The hotels were superior; they were always clean, service was excellent; location was perfect; and breakfasts were unbelievable,especially at Windsor Atlantica. At the Intercontinental in B Aires, we were allowed to check out at 5 p.m. instead of 12 noon since our departing flight was not until 9:15 p.m. Outstanding service!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're so pleased that you enjoyed the Impressions of South America. Iguassu is a beautiful area and one of the highlights of this trip. Thank you for taking the time to share your comments and memories. Grand European Travel
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Vacation
The inclusion of Iguassu Falls in this trip was a wonderful surprise! We were not aware of these impressive falls; they are as impressive as Niagara Falls if not more so. We had a great trip!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, March 20, 2015
Service
The tour director and local guides were awesome. Trafalgar partnership good. Wish that all gratuities were paid upfront
Response from Grand European Travel:
There are so many wonderful things to see in South America. I'm glad you had a chance to enjoy it with our amazing travel directors and local guides. We will be sure to share your comments with all of them! Thank you for taking the time to write. Dee-Grand European Travel
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Vacation
Again local guides and director Thelma were great. All went out of their way to make sure our experience was fabulous. Local guides: Paul in Amazon, Nuxa and Maria Julio. Many wonderful memories!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, November 21, 2014
Service
All of our relationships with GET have been wonderful. They are so helpful and personable. They let you know that they really care about you!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for the kind words. All of us at Grand European Travel strive to take care of each and every one of our travelers. The South American vacation has become a popular destination. We are so happy you enjoyed your trip. David - Grand European Travel
Monday, November 24, 2014
Vacation
A very worthwhile and informative trip. Our Trafalgar tour guide was wonderful, as were other local guides. We enjoyed the trip very much!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, October 12, 2014
Service
Excellent service and well coordinated
Vacation
It was fantastic and had great time. Tour director was very knowledgeable and kept every event on time
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, August 30, 2014
Service
Would have like to be able to purchase business class sats for the long flights.
Vacation
Was a delightful trip. Excellent tour guide. Rio hotel was in a gret location as was thenBuenos aires. The resort at Iguasssa was beautiful and relaxing. Side trips in rio were limited and In Buenos Aires the time at La Boca could have been extended, although we did go back on Sunday as we had a late flight.
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