Buenos Aires, Iguazú Falls & Río

Plan your adventure

  • Start your journey in Buenos Aires the capital of Argentina, where culture, art and gastronomy are ever-present.
  • Meet Iguazú Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world and take a boat trip!
  • Visit Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and feel the welcoming spirit of the city where people dance samba all year-round, and visit the colossal Christ the Redeemer.
  • Best time to travel: All year round

In this 9-day trip fly from Buenos Aires to Iguazú Falls and explore the rainforest on both the Argentine and Brazilian sides. End your travel adventure in Rio de Janeiro, the most popular city in the heavenly country of Brazil.

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to your tour to Argentina and Brazil
Buenos Aires

  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel - Day at leisure

 

  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel – Day at leisure

Upon arrival, we will drive you to the city and you’ll have the rest of the day to enjoy Buenos Aires at your own pace. Buenos Aires is a marvelous, energetic, cosmopolitan city, full of color and different styles of architecture. 

The capital of Argentina, and described as the Paris of South America, Buenos Aires proudly embraces its title, and also shows off plenty of its own culture! Argentinians are usually eager to host visitors; if you walk the streets with a map, someone will surely stop and ask if you need directions…that’s just our spirit! 

 

Say Hueque Tips

Our recommendations for your first day in Buenos Aires:

  • Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, che! (“che” means “guy” in Argentina). For this first day, feel free to wander the cobblestone streets lined with outdoor cafes, enjoy the mouthwatering aroma of world-famous Argentine beef sizzling on an open parrilla (barbeque), and browse the local antique and artisan markets that offer plenty of bargain shopping.
Day 1

Day 2

Buenos Aires city tour & tango show

  • Half-day city tour through Buenos Aires
  • Dinner and tango show

 

  • Half-day city tour through Buenos Aires

In the morning we will pick you up from your hotel to enjoy our 5-hour Buenos Aires city tour—you will be swept away by the highlights of our beloved Buenos Aires! Over the course of a half-day you will have the chance to visit the historical and political center of the city; Plaza de Mayo and the Pink House (the presidential house).

Next, we’ll move on to San Telmo, with its cobblestone streets and the oldest residential neighborhood, and then to La Boca where Buenos Aires turns colorful and tango is ever-present. Come walk Caminito street and dance with the locals. The next stop is the chic and aristocratic Recoleta, where the big palaces remind us why Buenos Aires is called the “Paris of the South”.

 

  • Dinner and tango show 

In the evening we’ll pick you up from your hotel to take you to a mystical place where you’ll discover one of our most ancient traditions. Tango is more than our national dance… tango is our immigrant origins, the talent of our local artists, the sensuality of Argentine women and our way to deal with a broken heart; dancing our way through tragic, and yet eternal, love stories.

Tonight you will enjoy a 3-hour professional display of tango and music with a group of local artists onstage immersed in an elegant and alluring place. The manners, ambience, clothes and dance steps which tango-lovers used to practice 100 years ago will come to life again and you will travel back in time for a night.

This spectacular tango show in Buenos Aires will be accompanied by delicious Argentine and international cuisine. Dinner is all-inclusive, beverages included so you can lose yourself in the ethereal taste of Malbec wine. At the end of the evening, around midnight, you will be driven back to your hotel, fully in love with the bohemian spirit of our incredible city.

 

Say Hueque Tips

  • What you need to know about tango culture in Buenos Aires

Tango is, all in all, a cultural experience that’s deeply rooted in Argentine hearts. Where do regular people go dancing tango? There is an immense number of dance halls or milongas in Buenos Aires. Some of our favorites are La Viruta -beginners friendly- and Salon Canning -with more advanced clientele- in Palermo neighborhood. Tango has evolved a big deal in the past years, and now there are also LGBT milongas that encourage a most inclusive practice. 

Day 2

Day 3

Start your trip to Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil
Puerto Iguazu

  • Transfer from your hotel to Buenos Aires airport
  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Puerto Iguazú - Day at leisure

 

  • Transfer from your hotel to the airport

This is the end of your Buenos Aires trip, but the beginning of your tour to the Iguazu Falls in Argentina and Brazil! At the appropriate time, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the airport to take your flight.

 

  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Puerto Iguazu – Day at leisure

Upon arrival, we will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel in Puerto Iguazu. The small border town of Puerto Iguazu is the gateway to visit the impressive Iguazú Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage site, making it a must-see destination for any traveler visiting Argentina. 

 

Say Hueque tips

Our recommended activities to spend your day in Puerto Iguazú:

  • You can visit “Hito tres fronteras”, a viewpoint west of the town center that stands high above the turbulent reddish-brown junction of the Iguazú and Paraná rivers, which also form the Triple Frontera, or Triple Border between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. There is also a craft market!
  • Or you may visit Güirá Oga (the house of birds in native Guaraní language), the sanctuary for animals hurt by illegal hunting and trapping.
  • If you feel really adventurous, take a bike tour through the rainforest with an specialized guide, and discover the flora and fauna, the sounds of the jungle, the trail of little native mammals and the traditions of the Guaranies.

 

Day 3

Day 4

Iguazú Falls, Argentinian side

  • Tour to Iguazú Falls National Park, Argentinian side

 

  • Wander Iguazú Falls National Park and meet The Devil’s Throat

Today our driver and bilingual guide will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the National Park, on the Argentinian side. Enjoy a 7-hour tour wandering through the rainforest!

The falls are surrounded by a humid subtropical forest where the exuberant vegetation is home to many different animals and birds. Our guide will help you spot some of them: antbirds, toucans, manakins, parrots, coatis, just to name a few of the most common birds. Lower and upper walkways weave in and around falls permitting up close and personal experiences with this magnificent spectacle of nature. 

The Argentinian side of the falls is filled with a myriad of paths and walkways and stairways which allow you to have an experience from many different perspectives. You will have the chance to meet “The Devil’s throat”: the largest of the falls and for many the most spellbinding. To get to the “Devil’s throat” you take the ecological train and then walk out along boardwalks. After walking and taking pictures of animals and plants, you will have some free time to eat lunch in this amazing environment. At the end of the experience, we will drive you back to your hotel.

 

Say Hueque Tips

  • Would you love to have a “Great Adventure”?

The “Great Adventure” (gran aventura) is an optional tour you can add on this day. You will take an open-air jeep through the rainforest and then a zodiac open airboat ride up the river to the base of the falls (there is a 100% chance that you will get soaking wet on this boat trip, so be sure to take some extra clothes!).

Day 4

Day 5

Iguazú Falls, Brazilian Side

  • Half-day tour to Iguazú Falls, Brazilian side

 

  •  Visit the Brazilian side of Iguazú National Park

After breakfast, enjoy a 4-hour excursion to the Brazilian side of Iguazú Falls. While Argentina has 80% of the falls on its side, Brazil has the best panoramic view. On the Argentine side you will have the sensation of being right inside the falls, but only by visiting the Brazilian side will you fully appreciate the immensity of Iguazú Falls.

Take your time to stroll the different walkways and feel the spray of water in your face. Take the boardwalk over the Salto Santa María; it feels like walking on the water. Get closer to the “Devil’s Throat” and experience the power of the falls! Although you’ll be looking into Argentina, your feet will be on the ground in Brazil! Where does Argentina start and Brazil ends? Well, it’s time to walk the line.

Back from the footbridge, you’ll have some free time to use the restrooms, visit the gift shop and take a special elevator to an especially high viewpoint. At the end of the tour, we’ll drive you back to your hotel.

 

Say Hueque Tips

  • What should I bring to the Iguazú Falls Brazilian tour?

For the tour to the Brazilian side of the Iguazú Falls, don’t forget your passport! You will be crossing the border. If you are required to have a visa to enter Brazil, take it with you during the excursion. A good repellent and sun-blocking is always a must when you visit the rainforest. 

 

Day 5

Day 6

Travel from Iguazú Falls to Rio de Janeiro

  • Transfer from your hotel to Foz de Iguaçu airport (Brazil)
  • Transfer from Rio de Janeiro airport to your hotel - Day at leisure

 

  • Transfer from your hotel to Foz de Iguaçu airport (Brazil)

Time to leave the jungle and fly to one of the most exotic destinations in South America. At the set time, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and drive you to Foz de Iguaçu airport to take your flight to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. 

 

  • Transfer from Rio de Janeiro airport to your hotel – Day at leisure

Upon arrival at Rio’s airport, we’ll be waiting to drive you to your hotel. Enjoy your leisure time today exploring this vibrant city — you have just arrived in one of the powerhouses of South America!

Many people think of Brazil as merely an amazing paradise beach… and they are not entirely wrong. But, this mysterious and passionate corner of the globe is much more than just a pristine sandy utopia…

Rio de Janeiro (‘River of January’ in Portuguese), which was classified as a Cultural Landscape by UNESCO, is a metropolitan gem tucked between the mountains and the sea. Rio is best known for its Bossanova (sultry Brazilian music genre), mouth-watering feijoada (a traditional bean and pork stew), refreshing caipirinhas (classic Brazilian cocktail), and the beaming smiles of its people.

 

Say Hueque Tips

  • What to do in Rio de Janeiro?

The perfect place to try all these Brazilian classics is the bohemian Lapa neighborhood which sits at the edge of the historical downtown hub. Enjoy the day mingling with locals in this incredible part of the city — stop by the Aqueduto da Carioca to take a picture with its magnificent white arches, and visit the Escalera de Selaron (Selaron’s stairway), a 215-step stairway decorated with tiles from all around the world. Find the beautiful images and messages hidden throughout its multicolored steps! Discover even more ideas on how to spend your time in the city in our Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide.

Day 6

Day 7

Corcovado & Tijuca forest by jeep
Rio de Janeiro

  • Full-day visit to Corcovado, Tijuca forest and Santa Teresa

 

  • Discover Corcovado, Tijuca Forest and Santa Teresa

Today you will travel to the spellbinding Corcovado Hill, home to the famous Christ the Redeemer statue, which has achieved celebrity status around the world through each postcard sent by visitors from Rio!

After breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your hotel in a jeep and take you on a 4-hour tour of Corcovado Hill, the rocky, 2329-foot guardian of Guanabara Bay. We’ll pass by Cosme Velho neighborhood, one of the most elegant places in Rio, and take the red cog train up to Corcovado Hill, crossing the dense vegetation of Tijuca forest. 

From here you’ll start having your first taste of incredible views of the bay and the city! At the end of the rail track, the granitic giant awaits. Christ the Redeemer stands on the top of Corcovado Hill with arms wide open, praying for the wellbeing of Rio de Janeiro.

From this privileged spot, you will also see Sugarloaf mountain (another classic destination for travelers), the beautiful Southern beaches, and the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, whose waters support a gigantic floating Christmas tree during the holiday season.

At the end of this day trip, you’ll return in the cog train through the forest and back down the mountain. On our way back to your hotel, we’ll stop to discover the traditional Santa Teresa district, with its artisanal galleries and historic bondinho (an old-school trolley car).

Day 7

Day 8

Visit Sugar Loaf
Rio de Janeiro

  • Half-day Sugar Loaf tour

 

  • Half-day Sugar Loaf tour – Discovering the other side of Rio

Today you will discover the other side of Rio de Janeiro, nicknamed Cidade Maravilhosa or “Marvelous City”. We’ll pick you up from your hotel to start a 4-hour city tour through downtown Rio, passing by cultural icons such as the Sambadrome and the Metropolitan Cathedral.

Get to know the traditional Cinelândia Square with its historical buildings, the Municipal Theater, the National Library and the National Museum of Fine Arts. After traveling through the verdant Flamengo Park (Aterro do Flamengo), we’ll take you to the neighborhood of Urca, which is home to Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar). The only way to the top is by taking a cable car!

The first cable car transports passengers up Urca Hill, which is more than 700 feet high and overlooks Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niterói bridge and Corcovado Hill. From this point, you’ll take a second cable car to the very top, reaching a height of approximately 1,300 feet above sea level. At the end of the tour, we’ll drive you back to your hotel.

Day 8

Day 9

The end of your tour to Argentina and Brazil

  • Transfer from your hotel to Rio de Janeiro airport

 

  • Transfer from your hotel to Rio de Janeiro airport

Time to say obrigado (thanks) for all these precious travel memories! Today we’ll pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the airport, where you’ll take your flight to your next destination. Read more about our South American tour packages and keep on traveling.

 

Day 9

Prices per person

INN & B&B

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USD 1602

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Confort

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USD 1791

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Superior

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USD 2136

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  • Prices in US Dollars.
  • Valid until April 2022 (ask for prices in Christmas and New Year).
  • Prices are per person, based on 2 people in double occupancy. Single rates are available on request.
  • Flights are not included in the price, but can be arranged on request.
  • We care deeply about our planet, as we know you do. When you book with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100% offset. We are working to create more sustainable, responsible and meaningful ways of exploring South America.

INCLUDED

  • 2-night accommodation in a hotel (Buenos Aires), 3-night accommodation a hotel (Iguazú Falls) & 3-night accommodation in a hotel (Rio de Janeiro)
  • Transfers and tours mentioned in the itinerary
  • Daily breakfast
  • Bilingual guide (English/Spanish)

NOT INCLUDED

  • International or domestic flights or buses
  • National Parks entrance fee
  • Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quote please follow this link: World Nomads
  • Visa to enter Brazil: US, Canadian, Japanese and Australian citizens don’t require a visa to enter Brazil. For other nationalities please check requirements with the consulate of your country.
  • Iguazú Eco Fee: this is a mandatory tax that you have to pay once you get to your hotel in Iguazú. It’s about $5 USD per guest, per night, and it varies according to your hotel category. Only cash is accepted.   

FLIGHTS NEEDED
FOR THIS ITINERARY

Buenos Aires - Iguazú Falls - Rio de Janerio, Brazil

Flights in South America cost approximately $100 to $250 USD per segment (destination). We offer special rates on flights for this tailor-made itinerary.

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