SOUTH AMERICA SAMBA
9 DAYS 2 COUNTRIES 2 CITIES
A discovery across South America’s most influential and intoxicating countries.
SOUTH AMERICA SAMBA
1.ARRIVE RIO DE JANERIO (3 NIGHTS)
Welcome to Rio de Janerio. Get settled in at your hotel and start exploring before meeting your Travel Director this afternoon.
2.RIO DE JANEIRO SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
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: the Statue of 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.
3.RIO DE JANEIRO FREE TIME
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 travelling companions at a local churrascaria where meat is cooked in the churrasco style.
Guanabara Bay Cruise
Spend two hours sailing Guanabara Bay on a schooner. Take in the beautiful views of Rio de Janeiro with Sugarloaf Mountain towering in the distance. Pass the bay’s islands and forts as you sail by picture postcard settings. Total duration is approximately 3 hours.
Adult Price: US$58.00
Santa Teresa Walking Tour
Discover the charm and beauty of Santa Teresa, which originated around a convent during the 16th Century. Once home to upper-class residents, Santa Teresa is now home to many artists with studios, galleries, museums and inviting eateries. Admire the bohemian atmosphere and beautiful architecture. Learn about the history of the area as you make your way around the neighborhood with your guide. Located on a high hill overlooking Rio, you’ll have a perfect view of the city and bay below. Total duration is approximately 3.5 hours. Gratuity Included. (Minimum 6 Guests)
Adult Price: US$44.00
Visit To A Favela
Visit one of Rio de Janeiro’s hillside favelas on this half-day educational tour. See the day-to-day lifestyles of locals who live in Rocinha, one of Rio’s many dense favelas. Along the way, stop at a community school where there is an opportunity to purchase handicrafts made by children. With a local expert guide, you’ll travel inside the favela, interact with locals and gain a new understanding of Brazilian society. Total duration is approximately 4 hours. Gratuity included.
Adult Price: US$38.00
Ginga Tropical Show
Ginga Tropical celibraties the diversity and culture of the Northeast, Amazon, Pampas, Bahia and Rio de Janeiro though music and dance. Bohemian culture, folklore and mystical rituals are represented by the drummers and beautiful dancers dressed with carnival costumes. Total duration is approximately 3 hours. (No Minimum)
Adult Price: US$99.00
Half Day City Tour including Sugar Loaf
Begin your tour in the heart of Rio, where colonial Rio meets modern skyscrapers. See the Paço Imperial palace, the first residence of the Royal Family, Banco do Brasil Cultural Center and the Candelaria Church. Proceed to Presidente Vargas avenue, built to create access from the suburbs to the commercial center of the Capital in the early nineties, passing through the popular market and Tiradentes Square. See the Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, Rio´s aqueduct, Santo Antonio Church, BNDES and Petrobras buildings reaching Lapa, the most popular night life point in Rio. You will have a panoramic views of the Municipal Theater (Teatro Municipal), the National Library and the City Council building – all of them inspired in the European 18th century style. Afterward, drive through Flamenco Park, then ascend Sugar Loaf. This famous mountain is reached by cable car 1,200 feet high, an experience you will never forget. Total duration is approximately 4 hours. Gratuity Included (Minimum of 15 guests to operate)
Adult Price: US$69.00
4.RIO DE JANEIRO – IGUASSU FALLS (2 NIGHTS)
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 and gives rise to the double border of Brazil and Argentina. Settle into your hotel this evening where dinner is served.
5.IGUASSU FALLS AND FREE TIME
This morning, enter the Iguassu National Park on the Brazilian side of the falls. Walk along the paths to the catwalk that leads to the bottom of Devil’s Throat, enjoying magnificent views. The morning is spent at the falls with the afternoon at leisure. Consider several optional experiences for your leisure time: embark on the Macuco Safari for a exhilarating ride to the base of the falls or you may choose to visit Bird Park, home to more than 900 native birds while walking through subtropical forests. For the more adventurous, consider aerial views of the falls, National Park and surrounding jungle from your helicopter flight.
This family owned park is home to more than 900 native birds from 150 species. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour along a well-marked trail through subtropical forests. Enter aviaries to get more of an up close and personal view of the birds. Total duration is approximately 2.5 hours.
Adult Price: US$51.00
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 tumble over basalt cliffs into the Iguassu basin. Here, board a custom-designed inflatable motorboat for a 20-30 minute exhilarating ride to the base of the falls. Total duration is approximately 2 hours. Gratuity Included.
Adult Price: US$142.00
6.IGUASSU FALLS – BUENOS AIRES (3 NIGHTS)
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.
7.BUENOS AIRES SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
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 neighbourhood and the oldest district of Buenos Aires. Visit La Boca, a very colourful 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.
8.BUENOS AIRES FREE TIME
Set out into the city on your own or join several optional excursions available to you. Perhaps learn about the life of the Gauchos. Appreciate the charm of the Argentinean landscape as you travel out of the city to the region known as 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 Arrive in Tigre, a charming seaside town. 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.
Fiesta Gaucha With BBQ Lunch
Enjoy a great day as you head out into the pampas to visit an authentic 3,000 acre (1200 hectare) working estancia (Argentinean ranch) that dates back to the late 19th century. A BBQ will be served family style by Gauchos. Enjoy activities throughout the day including a folklore show, carriage rides and horse demonstrations. Total duration is approximately 7 hours. (For Private Trafalgar Transportation, a Minimum of 15 Guests is Required.)
Adult Price: US$160.00
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 for Buenos Aires residents. The delta features pretty scenery, lovely summer residences, relaxing vibe, yachting and a chance to see another way of Argentine life. Your tour includes a cruise on the delta and if you are visiting on Saturdays, you can stroll through the local outdoor market. Total duration is approximately 4 hours.
Adult Price: US$69.00
9.DEPART BUENOS AIRES