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Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil Discovery

11-Day Tour of Argentina, Uruguay & Brazil

11 Days
3 Countries

Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil

5 Cities

Buenos Aires, Colonia Del Sacramento, Montevideo, Iguassu Falls, Rio de Janeiro

17 Meals

4 Dinner with Wines, 10 Breakfasts, 2 Lunch with Wines, 1 Lunch

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 33
Tour brand Insight Vacations

Insight Vacations

If you typically fly business with extra legroom and appreciate 4 and 5-star hotels and one-of-a-kind experiences, Insight Vacations is a great fit for you. Get all the sights and insights, up close and personal on these premium guided tours and enjoy business class seating on luxury motorcoaches designed just for Insight Vacations, with double the legroom and personal space of a regular touring coach. Engage your curiosity with hand-selected experiences, immerse yourself in local culture with superior dining and stay in style at highly rated hotels. Every tour includes at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. These immersive impact experiences are not only a positive force for change in the destinations you visit, by advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also offer you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community.

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Treat yourself to the finer things in life as you sip Copacabana Beach cocktails in Rio, shop the Tango District antique markets in Buenos Aires and unwind at a spa hotel, overlooking the mists of the Iguazú Falls in Argentina. In the vineyards of Juanicó winery, stop to sample the flavors of Uruguay’s revered wine region. Cross the Rio de la Plata to explore the UNESCO World heritage city of Colonia del Sacramento, before journeying onwards to Iguassu Falls and on to Rio de Janeiro. Follow in the footsteps of your Local Expert for an exclusive guided tour of the Rio Botanical Garden, a precious collection of the world’s oldest trees and exotic orchids. 

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Buenos Aires

Nicknamed the “Paris of South America”, this glamorous destination really does live up to its European counterpart. Neoclassical, Art Nouveau and Art Deco buildings line its streets, attracting equally sophisticated travelers. On arrival, you’ll be transferred to your luxury hotel. Relax and unwind before meeting your Travel Director and fellow guests for a  three-course Welcome Dinner with wine.

La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Alvear Icon Hotel

About the Hotel

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Innovative and modern, the Alvear Icon Hotel features fantastic views of the city. Located on the banks of the Rio de la Plata in Puerto Madero, you'll be just steps away from the iconic sights of Buenos Aires.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Room Service

Style

  • Contemporary
Authentic Dining Welcome Dinner at Alvear Icon Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Welcome Dinner in Buenos Aires

Relax and unwind before meeting your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Dinner and drinks.

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Authentic Dining

Day 2

Explore Buenos Aires

Start your first full day in Buenos Aires with a city tour. Take in the capital's key sights including the Metropolitan Cathedral, Casa Rosada and Plaza de Mayo. Witness a private demonstration and performance by professional tango dancers in El Viejo Almacén, which is one of the oldest Tango venues in Buenos Aires. Here you will be introduced to this passionate dance and upbeat music. Later, enjoy a unique fireside dining experience at El Fogón Asado.

Sightseeing Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Alvear Icon Hotel

About the Hotel

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Innovative and modern, the Alvear Icon Hotel features fantastic views of the city. Located on the banks of the Rio de la Plata in Puerto Madero, you'll be just steps away from the iconic sights of Buenos Aires.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Room Service

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights City Tour Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires City Tour

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Insight Choice Mercado San Telmo Visit Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires San Telmo Market Visit

The San Telmo Market is a melting pot of culinary and cultural experiences showcasing the Porteño culture at its best. On your visit, embrace the c...

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Insight Choice

Insight Experiences Private La Boca Demonstration Buenos Aires, Argentina
Private La Boca Demonstration and Performance in Buenos Aires

Witness a private demonstration and performance by professional tango dancers and musicians at an authentic “conventillo” in La Boca, where you wil...

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Insight Experiences

Authentic Dining Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with fellow guests
Highlight Dinner in Buenos Aires

Enjoy an authentic Asado Porteno (Argentinian barbecue) with local chef, Luis. He will share his own family recipe and how grilling the perfect bee...

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Day 3

On to Colonia del Sacramento

Travel by ferry across the Rio de la Plata, otherwise known as the River Plate. Visit the city of Colonia del Sacramento with its cobbled streets and historic buildings. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this colorful destination was originally founded by the Portuguese in the 1600s. Enjoy lunch with wine at a local olive farm, Viñedos y Olivares del Quintón, known for their characteristic terrain and thermal air, the perfect setting for vineyards and olive groves.  In the afternoon, take a guided walking tour of the protected old city and its 16th century buildings before arriving in Uruguay's capital, Montevideo. 

Colonia Del Sacramento, Uruguay
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Hotel Costanero MGallery

About the Hotel

Montevideo, Uruguay

Centrally-located in Montevideo, Costanero Montevideo is a boutique hotel designed for memorable experiences, with uniquely designed sea-view rooms perfect for relaxing.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Spa with pool

Style

  • Boutique
Top Rated Highlights City Visit Colonia Del Sacramento, Uruguay
Colonia Del Sacramento City Visit

Visit the city of Colonia del Sacramento, with its charming cobbled streets and historic buildings. Now a UNESCO World heritage site, this colorful...

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Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Pouring extra virgin olive oil into a glass bowl
Olive Oil Farm Tour and Lunch

Visit a local olive oil farm in the countryside of Colonia Del Sacramento and enjoy a tour of their facilities with a local expert before sitting d...

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Authentic Dining

Day 4

Visit Juanicó Winery

Explore Montevideo on a city tour. Just north of Montevideo sits Juanicó winery, one of the leading wineries of the country. You’ll be welcomed with a tour of the vineyards, state-of-the-art facilities, and the wine cellar built in 1840. After learning how the past and present blend to create wines that receive gold medals and international recognition, sit down to a leisurely lunch. A sip of one of their Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Sauvignon Gris or flagship full-bodied red will leave you with a new appreciation for Uruguayan wines.

Juanico Winery, Juanico, Uruguay
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Hotel Costanero MGallery

About the Hotel

Montevideo, Uruguay

Centrally-located in Montevideo, Costanero Montevideo is a boutique hotel designed for memorable experiences, with uniquely designed sea-view rooms perfect for relaxing.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Spa with pool

Style

  • Boutique
Insight Experiences Juanico Winery, Juanico, Uruguay
Visit Juanicó Winery

Sip and savor the wines of Juanicó winery, a 1000-acre vineyard that has been harvesting grapes since 1835. On your tour, learn about the privilege...

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Insight Experiences

Day 5

Return to Buenos Aires

Enjoy a leisurely morning before your transfer to the ferry escorting you back to Buenos Aires. The afternoon is yours to customize with Insight Choice. Take in the city from the water on a boat tour displaying the city’s fascinating neighborhoods. Or, tour the bustling San Telmo Market’s many stalls of local goods from fragrant coffee and spices to rare antiques. With another evening in this vibrant city, seize the opportunity to watch a tango performance or ask your Travel Director where to enjoy a relaxing dinner of the region's famous steak. 

Return to Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Alvear Icon Hotel

About the Hotel

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Innovative and modern, the Alvear Icon Hotel features fantastic views of the city. Located on the banks of the Rio de la Plata in Puerto Madero, you'll be just steps away from the iconic sights of Buenos Aires.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Room Service

Style

  • Contemporary
Insight Choice
Buenos Aires Postcards Navigation Boat Tour

Experience Buenos Aires from the water on a 30-minute boat tour from Puerto Madero viewing some of the city’s most important districts. Characteriz...

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Insight Choice

Insight Choice Mercado San Telmo Visit Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires San Telmo Market Visit

The San Telmo Market is a melting pot of culinary and cultural experiences showcasing the Porteño culture at its best. On your visit, embrace the c...

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Insight Choice

Day 6

Buenos Aires to Iguassu Falls

With over 270 waterfalls, rare flora and fauna, and lush rainforest, your destination really is as impressive as the photos suggest. Meaning “big water” in the Guaraní language, the stunning falls land in both Argentina and Brazil. Stay on the Argentinian side of the National Park for two nights, at the luxurious Gran Melia hotel. With two outdoor pools, a modern spa and a stylish interior, you’ll be able to relax and rejuvenate in a fitting manner. Have a night at leisure as you take in your beautiful surroundings.

Overlooking Iguazu Waterfall, Iguassu National Park​, Argentina
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Gran Meliá, Iguazú National Park

About the Hotel

Iguassu Falls, Argentina

Located within the National Park in Argentina, the hotel is surrounded by unspoiled nature, making for an unforgettable experience. All rooms have balconies with views of the jungle, as well as access to a complete wellness area with a spa, fitness center, sauna and pool.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Gym
  • Spa

Style

  • Resort

Day 7

Sightseeing at Iguassu Falls

Take in breathtaking views of the jungle and falls, before heading out with a Local Expert to explore the Argentinian side of the park. Take an optional Gran Aventura boat ride to Devil’s Throat, the largest and perhaps most famous water cascade in the park. This u-shaped waterfall contains 14 falls in total and is more than 262 feet (80 meters) high. Your dinner will be served at The Argentine Experience where you'll learn how to prepare your own wine based cocktail, and your own empanadas. Afterwords, savor an Argentinian picada and sample mate and Alfajores, Argentina's famous national sweet. To enhance your dining experience, your dishes will be complemented by Argentinian wines.

Landscape, Iguazú Falls, Argentina​
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Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Gran Meliá, Iguazú National Park

About the Hotel

Iguassu Falls, Argentina

Located within the National Park in Argentina, the hotel is surrounded by unspoiled nature, making for an unforgettable experience. All rooms have balconies with views of the jungle, as well as access to a complete wellness area with a spa, fitness center, sauna and pool.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Gym
  • Spa

Style

  • Resort
Top Rated Highlights Visit Iguazu Falls Argentina
Iguassu Falls Argentinian Side Visit

Take in breathtaking views of the jungle and falls, before heading out with a Local Expert to explore the Argentinian side of the park.

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Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Flavours At Iguazu Falls Argentina
Argentinian Flavors at Iguassu Falls

Your Highlight Dinner will be served at The Argentine Experience where you'll learn how to prepare your own wine-based cocktail, and your own empan...

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Authentic Dining

Day 8

The Brazilian Side

Wake up inside the National Park and enjoy breakfast with a tropical view at your hotel. Today you’ll take a guided visit to the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls. While the walk around the Brazilian side is shorter, it's no less impressive. The falls are further away which allows you take in all of them at once with a unique vantage point. Your Local Expert will show you panoramic views of San Martin Island, before you head to the airport for your flight to Rio. Move on to the capital of samba and the home of iconic Copacabana Beach, famous for its stretch of golden sand. Located by Copacabana Beach, your hotel is the perfect place to relax. Take a dip in the rooftop pool, sit back and watch the sunset, or explore the bars and restaurants on your doorstep.

Aerial view of Arpoador in Rio de Janeiro​, Brazil
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Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana

About the Hotel

Copacabana, Brazil

Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana is a luxurious waterfront hotel, with inspiration drawn from the city's 1950s culture. This hotel is surrounded by magnificent views ranging from the Sugar Loaf Mountain to the popular Copacabana Beach. Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana offers you with impeccable services, and is situated steps away from many cultural attractions.

Hotel Amenities

  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Restaurant

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Iguassu Falls, Brazil
Iguassu Falls Brazilian Side Guided Visit

Today you’ll take a guided visit to the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls. While the walk is on the shorter side, it's no less impressive, allowing y...

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Day 9

Explore Rio de Janeiro

This morning, visit a local produce market and sample some of Brazil's unique fruits. Afterwards, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience with a local botanist for a special guided visit to Rio’s Botanical Garden, a preservation site for a rare collection of bromeliads and orchids (seasonal exhibit), as well as old trees and exotic plants. Made up of museums, research and cultural centers, the park showcases over 6500 different species of plants, both local and foreign. Enjoy lunch sipping on a classic caipirinha cocktail at Casa Camolese, a contemporary restaurant situated next to the garden. Conclude your day with a cable car ride up to Sugarloaf Mountain.

Old yellow tram, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana

About the Hotel

Copacabana, Brazil

Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana is a luxurious waterfront hotel, with inspiration drawn from the city's 1950s culture. This hotel is surrounded by magnificent views ranging from the Sugar Loaf Mountain to the popular Copacabana Beach. Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana offers you with impeccable services, and is situated steps away from many cultural attractions.

Hotel Amenities

  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Restaurant

Style

  • Contemporary
Make Travel Matter Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden Tour with a Local Botanist

Join a local botanist for an exclusive guided visit to Rio’s Botanical Garden, a research and preservation site for a rare collection of bromeliads...

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Authentic Dining Relaxing Lunch In Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Relaxing Lunch in Rio de Janeiro

Enjoy a lunch with a classic Caipirinha cocktail at Casa Camolese, a contemporary restaurant situated next to the botanical garden.

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Authentic Dining

Top Rated Highlights Landscape, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Visit Sugarloaf Mountain

Conclude the day with a cable car ride up to Sugarloaf Mountain for panoramic views of the Guanabara Bay and Rio's mountainous coastline.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 10

Leisure time in Rio de Janeiro

In the morning, board a cogwheel train through the Tijuca Forest to the top of Corcovado Mountain, home to the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. After descent, enjoy a scenic drive past some of the most beautiful beaches in Rio before arriving at your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Spend the afternoon soaking up the sun on Copacabana Beach or ask your Travel Director for the best spot to grab a Brazilian coffee. In the evening, commemorate your holiday as you join your new friends for a memorable dinner at a traditional Brazilian barbecue, known as a churrascaria, offering views of Sugarloaf Mountain.

Ipanema and Bossa Nova Tour, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
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Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana

About the Hotel

Copacabana, Brazil

Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana is a luxurious waterfront hotel, with inspiration drawn from the city's 1950s culture. This hotel is surrounded by magnificent views ranging from the Sugar Loaf Mountain to the popular Copacabana Beach. Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana offers you with impeccable services, and is situated steps away from many cultural attractions.

Hotel Amenities

  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Restaurant

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Christ The Redeemer Visit In Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro Christ the Redeemer Visit

In the morning, take a tour of Tijuca Forest National Park, where you’ll find Mount Corcovado, home to the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Guest enjoying a Complementary Beverage
Celebration Dinner in Rio de Janeiro

In the evening, commemorate your holiday as you join your new friends for a memorable Celebration Dinner at a traditional Brazilian churrascaria wi...

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Day 11

Depart Rio de Janeiro

It’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travelers as your trip comes to an end. Take our organised transfer to Rio de Janeiro's Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport.

Depart Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
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Buenos Aires City Tour

Start your first full day in Buenos Aires with a city tour of Argentina's cosmopolitan capital. Take in the gorgeous local sights, including the Pa...

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Insight Choice
Buenos Aires San Telmo Market Visit

The San Telmo Market is a melting pot of culinary and cultural experiences showcasing the Porteño culture at its best. On your visit, embrace the c...

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Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Private La Boca Demonstration and Performance in Buenos Aires

Witness a private demonstration and performance by professional tango dancers and musicians at an authentic “conventillo” in La Boca, where you wil...

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Top Rated Highlights
Colonia Del Sacramento City Visit

Visit the city of Colonia del Sacramento, with its charming cobbled streets and historic buildings. Now a UNESCO World heritage site, this colorful...

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Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Visit Juanicó Winery

Sip and savor the wines of Juanicó winery, a 1000-acre vineyard that has been harvesting grapes since 1835. On your tour, learn about the privilege...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Buenos Aires Postcards Navigation Boat Tour

Experience Buenos Aires from the water on a 30-minute boat tour from Puerto Madero viewing some of the city’s most important districts. Characteriz...

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Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Buenos Aires San Telmo Market Visit

The San Telmo Market is a melting pot of culinary and cultural experiences showcasing the Porteño culture at its best. On your visit, embrace the c...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Iguassu Falls Argentinian Side Visit

Take in breathtaking views of the jungle and falls, before heading out with a Local Expert to explore the Argentinian side of the park.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Iguassu Falls Brazilian Side Guided Visit

Today you’ll take a guided visit to the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls. While the walk is on the shorter side, it's no less impressive, allowing y...

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Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden Tour with a Local Botanist

Join a local botanist for an exclusive guided visit to Rio’s Botanical Garden, a research and preservation site for a rare collection of bromeliads...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Sugarloaf Mountain

Conclude the day with a cable car ride up to Sugarloaf Mountain for panoramic views of the Guanabara Bay and Rio's mountainous coastline.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Rio de Janeiro Christ the Redeemer Visit

In the morning, take a tour of Tijuca Forest National Park, where you’ll find Mount Corcovado, home to the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue.

Included in Trip

About this trip

From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.
Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas. 
Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.

Authentic Dining

4 Dinner with Wines, 10 Breakfasts, 2 Lunch with Wines, 1 Lunch

Welcome Dinner in Buenos Aires

Relax and unwind before meeting your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Dinner and drinks.

Highlight Dinner in Buenos Aires

Enjoy an authentic Asado Porteno (Argentinian barbecue) with local chef, Luis. He will share his own family recipe and how grilling the perfect beef has become a family ritual and local tradition.

Olive Oil Farm Tour and Lunch

Visit a local olive oil farm in the countryside of Colonia Del Sacramento and enjoy a tour of their facilities with a local expert before sitting down for a farm to table lunch paired with local wines.

Argentinian Flavors at Iguassu Falls

Your Highlight Dinner will be served at The Argentine Experience where you'll learn how to prepare your own wine-based cocktail, and your own empanadas. Afterword, savor an Argentinian picada and sample mate and Alfajores, Argentina's famous national sweet. To enhance your dining experience, your dishes will be complemented by Argentinian wine pairings.

Relaxing Lunch in Rio de Janeiro

Enjoy a lunch with a classic Caipirinha cocktail at Casa Camolese, a contemporary restaurant situated next to the botanical garden.

Celebration Dinner in Rio de Janeiro

In the evening, commemorate your holiday as you join your new friends for a memorable Celebration Dinner at a traditional Brazilian churrascaria with beautiful views of the Sugarloaf Mountain.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Hotel Costanero MGallery
Gran Meliá, Iguazú National Park
Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana

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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