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Day 2: Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina. Buenos Aires, Argentina's capital, is often called "Paris of the South." The city is a great mix of European heritage and Latin spirit, evident in the architecture, culture and lifestyle. Drive through Avenida 9 de Julio, the world's widest avenue, to your downtown hotel. Later, your guide will hold a welcome briefing to get you ready to explore Buenos Aires. De Las Americas Hotel. Breakfast provided.
Highly recommended is a full day optional excursion to the Argentine Pampas, where you'll visit an Estancia (ranch) and enjoy a Gaucho Fiesta, complete with a gaucho riding, folklore show and a sumptuous barbecue lunch. You will also have an opportunity to attend a tango show, South America's passionate dance, enjoy a lavish steak dinner, visit some of the shops lining the renowned Florida Street, offering bargains galore, or relax in one of the many outdoor cafes and parks. Breakfast provided.
Day 6: Buenos Aires/Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Today, fly to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, often described as one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the world. En route to your hotel, enjoy an orientation drive along the city's famous beaches. Your first class hotel overlooks world-renowned Copacabana Beach and is within short walking distance of vibrant Ipanema. After check-in, your local host will arrange a welcome briefing. South American Copacabana Hotel Breakfast provided.
Several full and half-day excursions will be offered, including an excursion to Sugar Loaf Mountain and a tour via cog railway through the rain forest up Corcovado Mountain, a high peak crowned by the landmark statue of Christ the Redeemer. Additional optional excursions include the mountain resort of Petropolis and a jeep tour of the botanical Gardens. Plenty of leisure time to explore on your own, enjoy delicious local cuisine and shop for authentic gemstones. Highly recommended is an optional fun evening outing for a dinner at a traditional churrascaria, where you'll feast on unlimited marinated meats barbecued Brazilian style, followed by a samba show displaying dazzling colorful costumes. Breakfast provided.
Day 10: Arrive USA. Your overnight flight from Rio arrives in the USA this morning.
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