Sambar rhythms in Rio de Janeiro. Amazing natural forces in Foz de Iguazú. See the wildlife of South America at Yacutinga Lodge. Tango and handsome colonial architecture in Buenos Aires – Pampas with world-class gauchos and meat.
The journey begins to sambar rhythms on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Continue to the mighty Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado and the dazzling white sands of Copacabana Beach.
After a few exciting days in the vibrant metropolis, you travel further inland to the beautiful Iguazu Falls that lie on the border between Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. You can see the waterfalls from both the Argentine and the Brazilian side.
Then continue to Yacutinga Lodge where you can canoe, see the fantastic wildlife and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the lodge in the middle of the jungle. From the jungle, you travel on with flights to South America’s answer to Paris: Buenos Aires. Go to a tango show, experience the city by bike and enjoy the atmosphere of the many cafés in the city.
The trip ends with another contrast – a real gaucho experience on the Pampas plain outside Buenos Aires featured by localbusinessexplorer.
Day 1: Departure from Scandinavia
Departure from Scandinavia to Rio de Janeiro, where you will arrive the next day. One or two stopovers will be added depending on which airline you travel with.
Day 2: Arrival in Rio de Janeiro
Upon arrival in Rio, you will be met and driven to your hotel. You spend three nights in Rio. “God created the world in six days and on the seventh day he relaxed in Rio,” is a saying of the locals in Rio, also known as Carioca. Few cities have such a different environment as Rio. No wonder then that it is sometimes called “Cidade Maravilhosa” (the amazing city). Nearby are stunning white beaches in Copacabana and Ipanema, the deep blue Atlantic Ocean, the bright green Guanabara Bay and the almost blue mountain Sugarloaf Mountain.
Day 3: Bike ride in Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro is South America’s most bike – friendly city with more than 400 kilometers of bike path and today you take a bike tour with your local guide. Among other things, you will see several of Rio’s famous beaches, perhaps taste local specialties (not included but choose and buy what looks attractive), experience the historic part of Rio and end with a visit to the Lapa district. ( F )
Day 4-5: Experiences in Rio
You can spend the next few days just the way you want. Rio is the country’s second largest city, only Sao Paolo is larger. Rio offers a variety of amazing experiences, from Copacabana Beach to Mount Corcovado with the large Christ the Redeemer statue. We can also warmly recommend a dinner at a real Brazilian steakhouse called Brazil in Churrascaria (we can help you with recommendations if you want to visit the city’s best Churrascaria restaurants). ( F ) It is also possible to buy for day trips so that you get the most out of your time in the city:
- City tour to all the classic sights of the city. You will visit the Santa Teresa district, the colorful Selarón stairs and not least the Sugarloaf Mountain and Corcovado.
- When you are in Rio, it is ideal to go on a trip to some of the city’s many favelas. This tour gives you a real food for thought and a more nuanced picture of the city of millions of Rio de Janeiro. You will soon see that these favelas function as “a city within a city”.
Day 6: Rio – Iguazu Falls
You will be picked up at the hotel, driven to the airport and from there you will fly on to Iguazú. When you arrive in Iguazú, you will be picked up again at the airport and then driven to the hotel where you will spend three nights. The next few days will be spent exploring the area around the three borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, which meet at the crossing of the Paraná River and the Iguazú River. But the focus of this part of the journey is the magnificent Cataratas do Iguaçu, the Iguazú Falls. The roaring Iguazu River crosses the state of Paraná in southern Brazil from east to west. A few kilometers before the Iguazú River crosses the Paraná River, it is also part of one of the most beautiful places in the world, the Iguazú Falls. The area is over 2.7 kilometers long and has an average throughput of 1,750 cubic meters per second. The contrasts between the green vegetation, the dark colors of the rocks and the swirling water that falls from a height of around 72 meters are magical! Iguazú has a total of 275 waterfalls and some of them are over 80 meters high, which means that these waterfalls are wider than Victoria Falls and higher than Niagara Falls. It was therefore no surprise when UNESCO in 1986 named the region a World Heritage Site. The waterfalls were originally “discovered” by the Spaniard Alvar Nuñez in 1541. He called them Saltos de Santa María. The name we use today means “big water” in the Guarani language. The waterfalls are protected by two national parks, one in Brazil and one in Argentina. The tours go via paths and footbridges that are adapted to the landscape in the area. It is therefore easy to hike there regardless of age. The guided tours around the facility run several times a day. The best time of year to visit the place is from August to November. During the rainy season from May to July, there is a risk of flooding, which means that it is sometimes not possible to get close to the waterfalls via the walkways.
Day 7-8: Experiences at the Iguazú Falls
To see the waterfalls properly, it is almost a “must” to see them from both the Brazilian and the Argentine side. The Brazilian side gives you a better overview and on the Argentine side you get closer. On the Argentine side, you can even get so close that you can almost reach out and touch the water. If you think it is not close enough, it is also possible to hop on a Zodiac inflatable boat and go right into the heart of the waterfall. During these days you will see the cases from both sides together with a guide.
Day 9-10: Relaxation and wildlife at Yacutinga Lodge
From Iguazú, the journey continues to Yacutinga Lodge, which is approximately 75 kilometers away. The lodge is located in the rainforest and has very beautiful furnishings that contribute to a cozy and relaxed atmosphere. The next day you go on a journey of discovery in the rainforest. A number of different activities are included in the visit, including a canoe trip and a hiking trip through the rainforest. During the tours you will see monkeys and many of the bird species that live in the nature reserve up close. A nature or bird expert accompanies all activities so you get to learn all about the unique plant and animal life. At the lodge you can take a refreshing dip in the pool, enjoy a cold beer at the bar and look out over the rainforest from the top of a lookout tower. It is a real natural paradise! ( F , L , M )
Day 11: Yacutinga Lodge to Buenos Aires
After breakfast, take a taxi on your own to the airport and fly to Buenos Aires. Once in Buenos Aires, you get to the hotel on your own. You spend two nights in Buenos Aires ( F )
Day 12: Foodie tour in Buenos Aires
Your local guide will meet you at lunchtime and together you will spend a few hours exploring Buenos Aires’ culinary scene and visiting local restaurants and fast food restaurants. ( F) Everyone loves Buenos Aires and rightly so. Here the cafés are visited by coffee-drinking bohemians, the streets are teeming with loud football fans and the dance floors are filled with passionate tango dancers. Argentines are both a relaxed and temperamental people and at the same time they are formal and relaxed. Buenos Aires is also a dynamic city. You can easily retreat and reflect on the day’s experiences at one of the countless cozy cafés in the city or visit one of the many green areas. In the artistic district of San Telmo, part of the charm of the colonial era is preserved in the cobbled streets and the low buildings. Here you can buy unique souvenirs at the Sunday market from various art and antique stalls. The city consists of many different districts that can be discovered separately, so set aside plenty of time to go on exploration trips. In the center is the pedestrian street Florida which has many trendy shops. In the evenings, the street becomes full of life. Street vendors try to sell their wares by spreading them on carpets on the street and you can also see and hear many street musicians playing music. You can also visit the modernized port area of Puerto Madero where the renovated warehouses now house modern restaurants. San Telmo’s narrow cobbled streets are especially interesting on Sundays when the antique market takes over almost the entire district and people dance tango and play music. La Boca is a major tourist magnet with its colorful houses. The colors used are remnants of paints used to paint ships. This is also where the famous football stadium La Bombonera is located. It is the home arena for Diego Maradona’s old club, Boca Juniors, and is an arena that can offer exciting football matches. Check out the tournament schedule and take a tour of the stadium. South American football is a real experience. Retiro and Recoleta are also modern neighborhoods with many beautiful houses. The large cemetery where Eva Peron is buried is also here. We can highly recommend a bike ride around the city. It is a good way to get an overview of the city and the guide can tell you about the city and its history along the way. Going to see a tango show is also a must in Buenos Aires. Tango was invented towards the end of the 19th century and is a mixture of different rhythms that were danced in poor neighborhoods. From the beginning, the tango was banned due to its sensual style, but today it is not only a large part of Buenos Aires’ musical history but also an important symbol for the whole country. Enjoy a special “porteña” music evening at one of the city’s excellent tango venues where traditional songs and dances are performed. Find your own place or let us help you.
Day 13: Buenos Aires to the Pampas
On the large, flat Pampas plain that covers most of central Argentina, there are livestock farms as far as the eye can see. Here you can meet a gaucho, an Argentine cowboy who drives the large herds of cattle from place to place. Argentina is known worldwide for its high quality beef production. The free-range cattle become juicy, tender meat that you can enjoy in many Argentine restaurants. The Pampas Plain is just a few hours’ drive from Buenos Aires. On this day you take a bus from Buenos Aires to the small town of San Antonio de Areco. Here you are picked up and driven to a real “estancia”, a traditional farm where you can stay overnight. The rest of the day is spent on the farm. This stay includes full board and participation in a number of activities. You can e.g. accompany a gaucho on horseback as he sets out to look after the cattle. (M )
Day 14: The Pampas Plain back to Buenos Aires
You get a ride to the bus and go back to Buenos Aires the same way you came. You stay two nights in the same hotel where you stayed before. ( F )
Day 15: On a voyage of discovery in Buenos Aires
The whole day can be spent exploring Buenos Aires.
Day 16: Departure from Buenos Aires
It’s time to say goodbye to Argentina and travel home. You can also choose to extend the trip by e.g. go on to Patagonia or maybe go to see the playful penguins on the Valdés Peninsula. Talk to your travel consultant for more information on the possibilities of extending the trip.
Day 17: Arrival in Scandinavia
Fourteen nights in a hotel / lodge.