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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

Overview

$2699Tour + Flights 10days
price per person, double occupancy,* based on Apr 14, 2020 departure from MIA
$300 Instant Savings. Expires Dec 12, 2019.*   All prices reflect savings.
Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of no more than 24 likeminded travelers (and often much fewer), 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 April – 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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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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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

  • Ascend Corcovado Mountain via cog railway to the most recognizable landmark of Rio de Janeiro, the 125 ft. Christ the Redeemer statue.
  • Try on elaborate Carnival costumes and learn about the history of Samba at the Acadêmicos da Grande Rio samba school.
  • Ride a cable car to the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain, a 1,300 ft. crag offering stunning views of the crescent beaches below.
  • Marvel at Iguazu Falls, the largest waterfall system in the world, which forms a natural boundary between Brazil and Argentina.
  • Walk through the charming neighborhood of La Boca, famous for its colorful houses and street tango performers.
  • Visit the beautiful Recoleta Cemetery, the elegant (and expensive) burial location of Eva Peron, heroine of the poor.
  • Attend a private performance that showcases the musical traditions unique to each region of Argentina.
  • Explore Buenos Aires independently or join optional excursions to an Argentine cattle ranch and Tigre.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Dates & Prices

Departure Dates & Prices

Instant Savings: Get $300 off if you book by Dec. 12, 2019!
Departures & Prices, with flights
per person, double occupancy*
2019 DEPARTURES
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Departs: Tue, Nov 19, 2019
Returns: Thu, Nov 28, 2019
Nov 19 – Nov 28
$3099 Departed
2020 DEPARTURES
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Price
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Departs: Tue, Jan 7, 2020
Returns: Thu, Jan 16, 2020
Jan 7 – Jan 16
$3299 Closed
Departs: Tue, Jan 28, 2020
Returns: Thu, Feb 6, 2020
Jan 28 – Feb 6
$2999 Closed
Departs: Tue, Mar 3, 2020
Returns: Thu, Mar 12, 2020
Mar 3 – Mar 12
$2999 Closed
Departs: Tue, Apr 14, 2020
Returns: Thu, Apr 23, 2020
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Apr 14 – Apr 23
$2999 –$300 $2699 Select
Departs: Tue, May 12, 2020
Returns: Thu, May 21, 2020
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May 12 – May 21
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Departs: Tue, Dec 8, 2020
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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
Jan 28, 2020;  Mar 3, 2020 +$699
All other departures +$649
Early check-in Rio de Janeiro (ON REQUEST)1
Double Occupancy +$75
Single Occupancy +$150
Late check-out Buenos Aires (ON REQUEST)2
Double Occupancy
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
Single Occupancy
Nov 19, 2019 +$37
Jun 16, 2020;  Aug 18, 2020;  Sep 22, 2020;  Oct 20, 2020;  Nov 10, 2020;  Dec 8, 2020 +$74
All other departures +$150
Optionals
Argentine cattle ranch with barbecue lunch3 +$210
Dinner & Folklore show in Iguazu +$70
Dinner & tango show in Buenos Aires +$115

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

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

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

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. Why are single rooms more?

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.

Detailed 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

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

Arena Leme Hotel, Windsor Leme or similar Dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Copacabana Beach

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.

Note: Windsor Leme will be used for the Nov 19, 2019 departure.

Day 3 Rio de Janeiro

  • 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

Arena Leme Hotel, Windsor Leme or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro

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!

Note: Windsor Leme will be used for the Nov 19, 2019 departure.

Day 4 Rio de Janeiro

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

Arena Leme Hotel, Windsor Leme or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Cable car, Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro

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.

Note: Windsor Leme will be used for the Nov 19, 2019 departure.

Day 5 Rio de Janeiro & Iguazu Falls

  • 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

Mabu Thermas Grand Resort, Bourbon Cataratas do Iguaçu Resort or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Iguazu Falls

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!

Note: Bourbon Cataratas do Iguaçu Resort will be used for the Jan 7, 2020 departure.

Optional Excursion: Dinner & Folklore show at Rafain Cataratas, +$70

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

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

Mabu Thermas Grand Resort, Bourbon Cataratas do Iguaçu Resort or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Iguazu Falls, Argentina

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.

Today's tour requires you bring your passport.

Note: Bourbon Cataratas do Iguaçu Resort will be used for the Jan 7, 2020 departure.

Day 7 Iguazu & Buenos Aires

  • Flight to Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires

Palo Santo Hotel, Vitrum Hotel or similar Breakfast

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

  • 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

Palo Santo Hotel, Vitrum Hotel or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
La Boca, Buenos Aires

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.

Your 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, visit the crowded Florida Street, a true shopper's paradise. Stop for coffee at a historic café before making your way to the lively 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

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

  • 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

Palo Santo Hotel, Vitrum Hotel or similar Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Buenos Aires at dusk

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

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

  • 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
  • Your journey ends as you touch down in the USA tomorrow morning

Breakfast

Optional Excursion: Tigre & Parana Delta (purchased locally), +$95
La Marina Rowing Club, Tigre photo by longhorndave

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.

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
First Class

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
First Class

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
First Class

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
First Class

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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