A Taste of South America

Explore the wonders of South America: urban exploration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina plus two nights at UNESCO World Heritage site Iguazu Falls

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Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of 15-24 likeminded travelers escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures October 2019 – December 2020 Group Size 24 travelers max
Themes History & CultureNature & Wildlife
Activity Level Recreational
What to Expect This moderately-paced, locally hosted tour requires minimal walking and is suitable for most levels of physical fitness.
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Package Includes

  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round-trip flights from Miami including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • All intra-South America flights and ground transportation
  • 8 nights accommodations in superior hotels
  • 10 Meals: 8 buffet breakfasts & 2 dinners
  • Comprehensive touring program including entrance fees
  • Professional English-speaking tour directors and local guides

Optional add-ons

  • Dinner with folklore performance in Iguazu
  • Gaucho experience at an Argentine cattle ranch near Buenos Aires
  • Dinner & tango show in Buenos Aires
  • Excursion to Tigre and the Parana Delta

Why you'll love it

  • Admire the statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World
  • Visit a samba school to learn about dance and Carnival
  • Marvel at Iguazu Falls, one of the most amazing natural wonders of the world
  • Explore Recoleta Cemetery, burial place of Eva Peron
  • Enjoy a private performance of Argentine music and song in Buenos Aires
A Taste of South America itinerary

For those looking for an introductory experience to the colorful culture, incredible sights and unforgettable natural wonders of South America, your search is over! Our new 11-day A Taste of South America small group tour combines the excitement of urban exploration in Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires with the breathtaking experience of witnessing Iguazu Falls from both the Argentinean and Brazilian sides.

Start your adventure with 3 nights in Rio de Janeiro where you will dine at a typical Brazilian churrascaria, ride the cogwheel train up Corcovado Mountain to the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, and take a cable car to the peak of Sugar Loaf Mountain. Then spend a few magical days at Iguazu Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Natural Wonder, and a vivid reminder of the beauty and grandeur that our big, beautiful world has to offer! Explore the falls from both sides, plus the incredible Devil’s Throat, then travel to Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, The "Paris of the South." Here your guide will take you through the colorful plazas and lively neighborhoods, including a stop at the famous Recoleta Cemetery where Eva Peron is buried! 

Don’t miss this very special opportunity to explore the breadth and depth of South America, complete with a fully-guided itinerary, international round-trip flights, transfers, many meals and so much more!

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If you want a few extra days to explore on your own, we may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers, for an additional charge. Ask us about prices and availability when (or after) you reserve. More information Want to extend your trip?

Options & Fees

A Taste of South America
Rooming Selection
Double occupancy included
Single room supplement
Oct 22, 2019 +$599
Jan 28, 2020;  Mar 3, 2020 +$699
All other departures +$649
Optionals
Argentine cattle ranch with barbecue lunch1 +$210
Dinner & Folklore show in Iguazu +$70
Dinner & tango show in Buenos Aires +$115

1. This option requires a minimum of 4 passengers to operate.

Early check-in Rio de Janeiro ON REQUEST1
Early check-in Rio de Janeiro (ON REQUEST)
Early check-in Rio de Janeiro
ON REQUEST
+$75
Rooming Selection
Double occupancy included
Single room supplement +$75

1. Early check-in is subject to availability. We confirm your selection usually between 2 to 3 business days of your reservation.

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Nov 19, 2019;  Jun 16, 2020;  Aug 18, 2020;  Sep 22, 2020;  Oct 20, 2020;  Nov 10, 2020;  Dec 8, 2020 +$37
All other departures +$75
Rooming Selection
Double room included
Single room supplement
Nov 19, 2019;  Jun 16, 2020;  Aug 18, 2020;  Sep 22, 2020;  Oct 20, 2020;  Nov 10, 2020;  Dec 8, 2020 +$37
All other departures +$75

1. Late check-out is subject to availability. We confirm your selection usually between 2 to 3 business days of your reservation.

So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc.

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Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
Miami (MIA) included

This package includes round-trip flights from the city listed above. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Want to fly from another city? Unfortunately, we don't offer flights from other cities, but you can book your own connecting flights.

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA

  • Depart the USA on your overnight flight for Rio de Janeiro via São Paulo

Day 2: Arrive in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Accommodations: 3 nights Arena Leme, Rio de Janeiro, or similar. For November 19 departure: Windsor Leme. Included meals: Dinner.

  • Arrive in Rio de Janeiro
  • Meet your guide and transfer to your hotel for check-in
  • Welcome dinner

Copacabana BeachFull Day Itinerary: This morning, arrive in Rio de Janeiro, the crown jewel of Brazil’s Atlantic shore, designated as World Heritage by UNESCO. Transfer to your hotel located by the beach. Enjoy the rest of the day unwinding at Copacabana Beach or Leme Beach. Later, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at a traditional Brazilian churrascaria.

Day 3: Rio de Janeiro

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Admire the views of Rio de Janeiro from atop the 2,400 ft. high Corcovado Mountain
  • Visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World
  • Learn about Carnival at a samba school

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de JaneiroFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, drive to the Corcovado train station and board the cogwheel train for a 15-minute ride up Corcovado Mountain to the base of the Christ the Redeemer statue. With its outstretched arms visible from everywhere in the city, this 125 ft. art deco statue designed by Polish-French sculptor Paul Landowski is the most recognizable landmark of Rio de Janeiro and is listed among the New 7 Wonders of the World. Marvel at the spectacular 360° panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro!

This afternoon, visit the hangar of the Acadêmicos da Grande Rio samba school. Here you will learn about the history of the Samba, and the elaborate preparations of the floats and costumes for Carnival. Enjoy a delicious lemon caipirinha, Brazil's national cocktail, and take advantage of the opportunity to try on some of the costumes and take memorable pictures!

Day 4: Rio de Janeiro

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Visit Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Tour downtown Rio de Janeiro and see the New Cathedral

Cable car, Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio de JaneiroFull Day Itinerary: Enjoy the morning at leisure. This afternoon, drive along the beach to Praia Vermelha (Red Beach) in the Urca district. From here, board the cable car that ascends the famous Sugarloaf Mountain in two stages. The first stage brings you to the Urca Mountain station, where you can admire the attractive gardens and lookout points, before boarding the second stage to the peak. From the top of this 1,300 ft. crag, you can see the crescent beaches in full view below. After enjoying this amazing vista, return to Praia Vermelha and continue to downtown, crossing the beautiful Flamengo Park. Visit the New Cathedral, with its modern design based on the architectural style of the Mayan pyramids.

Day 5: Rio de Janeiro & Iguazu Falls

Accommodations: 2 nights Mabu Thermas, Foz do Iguaçu, or similar. For January 7 departure: Bourbon Cataratas. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Morning flight from Rio de Janeiro to Iguazu near Brazil’s border with Argentina and Paraguay
  • Admire the magnificent Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian side

Iguazu FallsFull Day Itinerary: Transfer to the airport and board your flight to Foz do Iguaçu, on the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in. In the afternoon, visit the falls. Upon seeing Iguazu, Eleanor Roosevelt exclaimed "Poor Niagara!" You'll soon discover why this UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered one of the greatest natural wonders of the world! Straddling the border of Argentina and Brazil, the Falls consist of 275 inlets and cataracts that cascade down 250 ft. framed by multiple rainbows and mist that rises up to 500 ft. in the air. Iguazu is certainly among the most impressive waterfalls in the world, and is counted among the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Admire these magnificent falls from the Brazilian side, strolling down the platforms that bring you up close. Come prepared to get sprayed!

Optional Excursion: Dinner & Folklore show at Rafain Cataratas, $70 per person In the evening, enjoy a performance of traditional dances of different countries and regions of South America, along with a delicious dinner of local and regional specialties.

Day 6: Iguazu Falls

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Visit the Iguazu Falls from Argentina, including the incredible Devil’s Throat

Iguazu Falls, ArgentinaFull Day Itinerary: This morning, after going though international customs control, cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge between Brazil and Argentina. Once in Argentina, travel through the rain forest to the most spectacular sight at Iguazu: Devil's Throat, a massive U-shaped cataract that measures 270 ft. high, 490 ft. wide and 2300 ft. long. Continue to the upper Argentinean falls, including the San Martin Falls. Return to your hotel in Brazil for an evening at leisure.

Note: Today's tour requires you bring your passport.

Day 7: Iguazu & Buenos Aires

Accommodations: 3 nights Palo Santo Hotel, Vitrum Hotel, or similar. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Flight to Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires

Full Day Itinerary: After a relaxing morning, once again cross over the Iguazu River and continue to Puerto Iguazu Airport to board your flight to Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina. Upon arrival, enjoy the ride along the Rio de la Plata waterfront and across multiple parks en route to your hotel located in the trendy Palermo neighborhood. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

Day 8: Buenos Aires

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • See the sights of Buenos Aires on a city tour
  • Admire the colorful houses in the La Boca neighborhood
  • Visit the Recoleta Cemetery, where Eva Perón is buried
  • Learn about the unique music and song of Argentina during a private performance

Full Day Itinerary: Discover why Buenos Aires is so often referred to as “the Paris of the South.” Each neighborhood has its own distinctive flavor, but everywhere you go, the people are warm, welcoming and happy to see visitors.

La Boca, Buenos AiresYour exploration begins at the Plaza del Mayo, the historic and political center of the city. You'll see the Casa Rosada, the presidential palace from which Juan and Eva Perón spoke to throngs of adoring Argentinians. Continue to the Obelisk landmark on the Avenue 9 de Julio, the widest avenue in the world. Then, stop at the crowded Florida Street, a true shopper's paradise. Pass through the colorful neighborhood of La Boca with its famous colorful painted houses and street tango performers. Admire the French architecture in the exquisite Recoleta neighborhood, including the beautiful Cemetery of La Recoleta, where Eva Perón, affectionately known as Evita, is buried. It is one of many ironies of this complex city that Evita, heroine of the poor, is buried in the most elegant (and expensive) section.

Learn more about the musical traditions of Argentina at a private performance featuring singers and musicians who will take you on a journey through the landscapes of Argentina reflected in the traditional rhythms and songs unique to each region of the country.

Optional Excursion: Dinner & tango show, $115 per person This evening, enjoy dinner and an exciting performance of the tango, Argentina's passionate national dance. The performance will take you along on a journey through the development and evolution of the tango from its inception in the 19th-century suburbs of Buenos Aires through its golden age in the 1930s and 40s and its newer developments in the 1970s and 80s.

Day 9: Buenos Aires

Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Enjoy the day on your own. Or, choose an optional excursion to learn about the life of the gauchos on the Pampas!
  • Join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner

Buenos Aires at duskFull Day Itinerary: Enjoy the day at leisure to explore Buenos Aires independently.  Alternatively, join an optional excursions to the Argentine Pampas! Afterward, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner.

Optional Excursion: Argentine cattle ranch with barbecue lunch, $210 per person Travel outside the city for a full day excursion to the Argentine Pampas. Visit a traditional estancia (ranch), where you'll discover the life of the Argentine cowboys known as gauchos. You'll be met with welcoming wine and empanadas. After a sumptuous asado barbecue lunch, you will enjoy a colorful folklore show of traditional Argentine dance and song, all in traditional dress, as well as an exciting demonstration of gaucho horsemanship. (Private transportation will be provided to/from the estancia, accompanied by an English-speaking guide. The activities at the ranch are shared).

Note: This optional excursion must be pre-purchased and requires a minimum of 4 passengers to operate.

Day 10: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Spend the last morning at leisure exploring Buenos Aires on your own
  • Or, join an exciting optional excursion to Tigre and the Parana Delta
  • Late afternoon transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight to the USA

 La Marina Rowing Club, Tigre photo by longhorndave Optional Excursion: Tigre & Parana Delta, $95 per person (purchased locally only) This morning, head to the northern part of Buenos Aires. On the way, pass through beautiful gardens and enjoy a panoramic view of the Rio de la Plata. Catch a glimpse of the River Plate Stadium and Buenos Aires University. The first stop will be at San Isidro, where some of Argentina’s wealthiest families reside. Visit the elegant and well-preserved historic quarters, including the neo-Gothic San Isidro Labrador Cathedral, built between 1895 and 1898. Continue to the town of Tigre, on the Parana Delta, the rowing capital of Argentina. After free time for lunch, enjoy a catamaran ride on the Parana Delta, navigating through a maze of rivers and islands, before returning to Buenos Aires.

Day 11: Arrive USA

  • Arrive in the USA early this morning

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS/PRECAUTIONS: A Yellow-fever certificate of vaccination is not required for entry into Brazil, however due to the presence of yellow fever throughout much of Brazil it is highly recommended to obtain a yellow fever vaccine at least 10 days prior to travel. Remember to bring mosquito repellent and lots of sunscreen.

Hotels

Arena Leme Hotel

Arena Leme Hotel

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Facing the beach in one of Rio’s most relaxing neighborhoods, the Arena Leme Hotel is a great place to unwind, and to enjoy the trendy Leme waterfront. 

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Bourbon Cataratas do Iguaçu Resort

Bourbon Cataratas do Iguaçu Resort

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Conveniently located 13 miles from Iguazu Falls, 6 miles from Foz do Iguaçu Airport, and just 4 miles from the tri-border marker with Argentina and Paraguay, the Bourbon Cataratas offers a great base to explore the UNESCO World Heritage site that is Iguazu Falls and relax on a 605-acre property surrounded by lush tropical gardens. 

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Mabu Thermas Grand Resort

Mabu Thermas Grand Resort

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Located near Iguaçu National Park, and drawing hot springs from the Guarani Aquifer -one of the world’s largest underground freshwater reservoirs- the Mabu Thermas Grand Resort is the perfect place to relax, and to jumpstart your exploration of one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature: Iguazu Falls.

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Palo Santo Hotel

Palo Santo Hotel

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With over 800 plants covering the walls and balconies, and a 60-ft fountain flowing from the top floor to the lobby, the Palo Santo Hotel is the first urban green hotel in Latin America. Located in the trendy and fashionable Palermo Hollywood neighborhood of Buenos Aires, where many young emerging chefs have set up their signature restaurants, Palo Santo’s location is perfect access to a variety of cuisine at the many modern trendy bars and restaurants that surround it. The Palermo Hollywood neighborhood is also home to several art galleries showcasing works from contemporary Argentinean painters.

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Vitrum Hotel

Vitrum Hotel

First Class

Located in the trendy neighborhood of Palermo Hollywood, the Vitrum Hotel offers an ideal location to enjoy this culturally rich section of Buenos Aires. The area around the hotel is teeming with bars and restaurants, bookstores and art galleries, theaters and dance studios.

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Windsor Leme

Windsor Leme

First Class

Facing the beach near the north end of world-famous Copacabana, the Windsor Leme Hotel is in a wonderful location to enjoy a relaxing stay in Rio de Janeiro.

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