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
|Style||Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of no more than 16 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||July – December 2022||Group Size||16 travelers max|
|Themes||History & Culture, Nature & Wildlife|
|What to Expect||This moderately-paced, locally hosted tour requires minimal walking and is suitable for most levels of physical fitness. Travel safely and confidently with our new health & safety protocols.|
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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 10-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!
- Round-trip flights from Miami including taxes & fees
- All intra-South America flights and ground transportation
- 8 nights accommodations in superior hotels
- 10 Meals: 8 breakfasts & 2 dinners
- Comprehensive touring program including entrance fees
- Professional English-speaking guides
- Dinner with folklore performance in Iguazu
- Gaucho experience at an Argentine cattle ranch near Buenos Aires
- Dinner & tango show in Buenos Aires
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 an optional excursion to an Argentine cattle ranch.
Itinerary at a Glance
- 1 Depart USA
- 2 Arrive in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- 3 Rio de Janeiro
- 4 Rio de Janeiro
- 5 Rio de Janeiro & Iguazú Falls
- Optional Excursion: Macuco Safari, $71
- Optional Excursion: Dinner & Folklore show at Rafain Cataratas, $80
- 6 Iguazú Falls
- 7 Iguazú & Buenos Aires
- 8 Buenos Aires
- Optional Excursion: Dinner & tango show, $125
- 9 Buenos Aires
- Optional Excursion: Argentine cattle ranch with barbecue lunch, $210
- 10 Departure
Dates & Prices
Dates & Prices
Dates & Prices, with flights
per person, double occupancy*, during sale**,
including Instant Savings and sale discounts**
Departs U.S.: Tue, Dec 7, 2021
Finishes: Thu, Dec 16, 2021
Dec 7 – Dec 16
Departs U.S.: Tue, Jan 18, 2022
Finishes: Thu, Jan 27, 2022
Jan 18 – Jan 27
Departs U.S.: Tue, Feb 1, 2022
Finishes: Thu, Feb 10, 2022
Feb 1 – Feb 10
Departs U.S.: Tue, Feb 22, 2022
Finishes: Thu, Mar 3, 2022
Feb 22 – Mar 3
Departs U.S.: Tue, Mar 22, 2022
Finishes: Thu, Mar 31, 2022
Mar 22 – Mar 31
Departs U.S.: Tue, Apr 26, 2022
Finishes: Thu, May 5, 2022
Apr 26 – May 5
Departs U.S.: Tue, May 24, 2022
Finishes: Thu, Jun 2, 2022
May 24 – Jun 2
Departs U.S.: Tue, Jun 28, 2022
Finishes: Thu, Jul 7, 2022
Jun 28 – Jul 7
Departs U.S.: Tue, Jul 26, 2022
Finishes: Thu, Aug 4, 2022
Book by Thu, Dec 23, 2021 (midnight ET) to get the Instant Savings! Jul 26 – Aug 4
Departs U.S.: Tue, Aug 30, 2022
Finishes: Thu, Sep 8, 2022
Book by Thu, Dec 23, 2021 (midnight ET) to get the Instant Savings! Aug 30 – Sep 8
Departs U.S.: Tue, Oct 18, 2022
Finishes: Thu, Oct 27, 2022
Book by Thu, Dec 23, 2021 (midnight ET) to get the Instant Savings! Oct 18 – Oct 27
Departs U.S.: Tue, Nov 8, 2022
Finishes: Thu, Nov 17, 2022
Book by Thu, Dec 23, 2021 (midnight ET) to get the Instant Savings! Nov 8 – Nov 17
Departs U.S.: Tue, Dec 6, 2022
Finishes: Thu, Dec 15, 2022
Book by Thu, Dec 23, 2021 (midnight ET) to get the Instant Savings! Dec 6 – Dec 15
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 book. More information Want to extend your trip?
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|A Taste of South America|
|Jan 18, 2022; Feb 1, 2022; Feb 22, 2022; Mar 22, 2022; Apr 26, 2022; May 24, 2022; Jun 28, 2022; Jul 26, 2022; Aug 30, 2022; Oct 18, 2022; Nov 8, 2022; Dec 6, 2022||$749|
|All other dates||$699|
|Early check-in Rio de Janeiro (ON REQUEST)1|
|Dec 7, 2021||unavailable|
|All other dates||$75|
|Dec 7, 2021||unavailable|
|All other dates||$150|
|Late check-out Buenos Aires (ON REQUEST)2|
|Dinner & Folklore show in Iguazu||$80|
|Dinner & tango show in Buenos Aires||$125|
|Argentine cattle ranch with barbecue lunch3||$210|
1. Early check-in is subject to availability.
2. Late check-out is subject to availability.
3. Requires a minimum of four 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
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.
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 or similar DinnerFull 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
- 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 or similar BreakfastFull 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!
After riding the cogwheel train back down to the base of Corcovado, visit the hangar of the Acadêmicos da Grande Rio samba school. Here you will learn about the history of the Samba, and get a look behind the scenes of the elaborate planning that goes into a Carnival parade, from selecting a theme to building the floats and crafting the costumes, to recording the music and rehearsing the performance. 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
- Visit Sugarloaf Mountain
- Tour downtown Rio de Janeiro and see the New Cathedral
Arena Leme Hotel or similar BreakfastFull Day Itinerary
Enjoy the morning at leisure. Early this afternoon, drive 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 & Iguazú 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
Bourbon Cataratas do Iguaçu Resort or similar BreakfastFull Day Itinerary
Transfer to the airport and board your flight to Foz do Iguaçu, on the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls. Upon arrival, head to Iguaçu National Park. Upon seeing Iguazu Falls, 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! Continue to your hotel for check-in, and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.Optional Excursion: Macuco Safari, $71
Get up close and personal with Iguazu Falls on this optional adventure. Hop on electric vehicles for a ride through the dense rainforest paths. Then, descend via a funicular to a platform on the Iguazu River to board your speedboat. You will have the choice of boarding the "dry" boat or the "wet" boat. Both of these boats will take you upstream through the rapids to get a closer look at some of the more than two hundred drops that are part of Iguazu Falls. If you chose the wet boat, be prepared to get splashed! Bring your swimwear or a change of clothing.Optional Excursion: Dinner & Folklore show at Rafain Cataratas, $80
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 Iguazú Falls
- Visit the Iguazú Falls from Argentina, including the incredible Devil’s Throat
Bourbon Cataratas do Iguaçu Resort or similar BreakfastFull 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.
Today's tour requires you bring your passport.
Day 7 Iguazú & Buenos Aires
- Flight to Argentina’s capital, Buenos AiresFull Day Itinerary
After a relaxing morning, once again cross over the Iguazú River and continue to Puerto Iguazú 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 performanceFull 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.
Begin your exploration by admiring 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 this most elegant (and expensive) cemetery. Drive past the Obelisk landmark on the Avenue 9 de Julio, the widest avenue in the world, on your way to the lively neighborhood of La Boca with its famous colorful painted houses and street tango performers. Next, visit 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, as well as the ornate Metropolitan Cathedral, where Pope Francis I served as cardinal. Later, stop by the crowded Florida Street, a true shopper's paradise. 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. Listen closely as the music reflects the traditional rhythms and songs unique to each region of the country. Stop for coffee and croissants at a historic café before making your way back to the hotel.Optional Excursion: Dinner & tango show, $125
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 dinnerFull Day ItineraryOptional 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
- Explore the archaeological site of El Zanjón de Granados
- Transfer to the airport for your return flight, arriving in the USA tomorrow morning
BreakfastFull Day Itinerary
This afternoon, learn about Buenos Aires' earliest settlements during a guided tour of El Zanjón de Granados, a mansion that is almost 200 years old and located above underground tunnels that made up the first water system of the colonial city.
Bid farewell to Buenos Aires as you transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight, arriving in the USA tomorrow 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the unlikely event that a particular hotel is not available, a similar or better hotel may be substituted.
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