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South America Samba

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Tour Pace: Active
Rio De Janeiro
Tour Style: Value
9 Days from $1,462 per person

A discovery across South America's most influential and intoxicating countries, the icons of Argentina and Brazil like Sugarloaf Mountain, the Christ the Redeemer statue and Iguassu Falls by day.

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  1. Welcome to Rio de Janerio. Get settled in at your hotel and start exploring before meeting your Travel Director this afternoon.
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  2. Begin the day with a visit to the Cosme Velho district where you will board a cogwheel train. Wind your way through the Tijuca Forest to the top of Corcovado Mountain. Have a closer look at the tropical forest's lush vegetation and enjoy panoramic views of the city. Disembark at the top of Corcovado Mountain where you will stand next to one of the Seven Modern World Wonders: Christ the Redeemer. From here, you have unparalleled views of the "Marvellous City." After, drive along some of the most famous beaches in the world—Copacabana and Ipanema. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city at leisure.
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  3. Today, enjoy and explore. Perhaps board a helicopter and soar high over Rio or visit one of Rio's hillside favelas, interacting with locals and gaining a new understanding of Brazilian society. Maybe discover the charm and beauty of Santa Teresa, which originated around a convent during the 16th Century and is home to artists, galleries, museums and eateries, or relax on the beach. This evening, join your fellow traveling companions at a local churrascaria where meat is cooked in the churrasco style.
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  4. Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu Falls. Located where the Iguassu River empties its waters into the Parana River, the falls form the world's widest waterfalls. Settle into your hotel this evening where dinner is served.
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  5. This morning, enter Iguassu National Park on the Brazilian side of the falls. Walk the catwalk that leads to the bottom of Devil's Throat, enjoying magnificent views. Your afternoon is at leisure. Consider several optional experiences for your leisure time: embark on the Macuco Safari for an exhilarating ride to the base of the falls or visit Bird Park, home to more than 900 native birds while walking through subtropical forests.
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  6. Depart from your hotel with a quick customs stop. Cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge, the border between Argentina and Brazil. Once in Argentina, take a scenic drive up to the Argentinian Iguassu National Park. Visit the Argentinean Falls and visitor's center, then proceed to the river cascades and falls aboard the Ecological Jungle Train to the most impressive observation point, Devil's Throat. This afternoon, fly to Buenos Aires.
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    hotel:De las Americas
  7. Today, see the famous 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue in the world and pass by the beautiful Colon Theater, the cultural pride of Buenos Aires. Arrive at the main square, Plaza de Mayo, which is surrounded by the Government House and the first City Hall. Stop at the Metropolitan Cathedral before continuing on through San Telmo, a historical neighborhood and the oldest district of Buenos Aires. Visit La Boca, a very colorful area of painted houses. Continue to Recoleta Cemetery, home to the grave of Eva Duarte, "Evita." This evening, enjoy dinner and a Tango show in historic Buenos Aires where the golden age of Tango shines once again. Experience the great Argentinean passion with a live orchestra and classic Tango dancers.
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  8. Set out into the city or join several optional excursions. Perhaps learn about the life of the Gauchos where you'll appreciate the charm of the Argentinean landscape as you travel to the Pampas. Round out your day in the countryside with a barbecue lunch, Argentinean wines, folk music, traditional dances and Gaucho games. Or consider an optional trip to Tigre and Delta Rio de la Plata, the aristocratic northern district of San Isidro. Enjoy a boat excursion around some of the stunning islands of this delta. Your Travel Director will be more than happy to help you plan your day.
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  9. Hasta que nos encontremos de nuevo —until we meet again. Say goodbye to your Travel Director and new friends or extend your stay in Buenos Aires.
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All prices are per person twin-share. Single rooms available at a supplement.

Single Supplement from: $450
Please note that Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay tips to Travel Director and Driver $87 per person.

Intra-Air: Prices include economy airfare and related charges between Rio de Janeiro - Iguassu Falls and Iguassu Falls - Buenos Aires, and require the purchase of round trip flights on LATAM between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities. If flying with another airline between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher.

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Meal Summary

8 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners, .

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore iconic sights such as Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches, Christ the Redeemer and the stunning Tijuca Forest on your cogwheel train
  • Step out onto catwalks along the world's widest cascading waterfalls and be awed by Devil's Throat before boarding your jungle train through the tropical Iguassu National Park
  • Discover Recoleta Cemetery, the Plaza de Mayo and 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue in the world before being whisked away to your dinner and Tango show, where you travel back to the glory days of this colorful city

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Brazil and Argentina must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. Travelers visiting Brazil will also need an entry visa.  We will send you application forms to complete to obtain your visa prior to departure. Visa costs and entry requirements can change at any time. Please visit travel.state.gov to learn more.

  • The currency in Brazil is the real and in Argentina is the peso. It’s generally a good idea to carry some cash on you while you travel; however, you will be able to pay with your debit or credit card in many places and will likely find a better exchange rate once you’ve arrived in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Brazil and Argentina. It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine. Brazilian cuisine varies by region but the country’s most popular dish by far is feijoada, a rich stew of black beans and several cuts of meat that is typically served with rice, sautéed greens and orange slices. Brazil’s national cocktail is the caipirihna, made with cachaça, lime, and sugar cane.

    Argentine cuisine is known for its traditional asado (Argentine barbecue) and many beef-oriented dishes. Empanadas filled with meat and cheese make a delicious meal or snack with a glass of local malbec.  For an inexpensive lunch, try a choripan sandwich made with chorizo. Pizza and pasta dishes are also popular and reflect the influence of Italian immigrants on the country’s cuisine. For something sweet, try any dessert served with creamy dulce de leche.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Sturdy walking shoes are important. Insect repellant and sunscreen may come in handy, as well as a light jacket and reusable water bottle. A more formal outfit will serve you if you plan on dining out in nicer restaurants.  Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • When dining out at restaurants on your trip it is appropriate to leave up to 10 percent gratuity.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend the equivalent of $4 per person/per day for your driver and $6 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is the equivalent of 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions. 

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