Travel with WMT's Justin Roberts to South America to discover two of the great cities - Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires! We have many exciting experiences planned for this 11-day tour, from the beauty of Igassu National Park to tango dancing in Buenos Ares to the cable car ride up Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro.
SUNDAY, MARCH 8
FLY TO RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
Fly to Rio de Janeiro to begin this South American adventure of two of the great cities!
MONDAY, MARCH 9
RIO DE JANEIRO
The day is yours to explore the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro.
TUESDAY, MARCH 10
RIO DE JANEIRO
This afternoon, meet your Tour Director and fellow traveling companions for a drive along famous Ipanema and Copacabana Beaches to the base of 1,300-foot-high Sugar Loaf Mountain. Ascend by cable car to its summit, where you can savor spectacular vistas of the city. Next, toast the start of a memorable vacation from atop Sugar Loaf Mountain with caipirinhas, a favorite Brazilian cocktail, during a welcome cocktail party.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11
RIO DE JANEIRO
Today, visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer crowning Corcovado Mountain, a rounded peak rising 2,300 feet from the bay below. Take the scenic cog railway ride to its top, where a 360-degree panorama affords sweeping views. Proceed to bustling downtown Rio. View the Sambodromo and visit the cathedral. This afternoon, you may wish to join an optional trip into a local favela to see where 20% of Rio’s population lives. Visits include a community center and a school. This evening, it’s off to a churrascaria for a feast of barbecued meats marinated and roasted over charcoal in true Brazilian style. (B,D)
THURSDAY, MARCH 12
RIO DE JANEIRO
Enjoy a day of leisure or consider an optional trip to historic Petropolis, once the former summer palace of Emperor Dom Pedro II and now a mountain resort. (B)
FRIDAY, MARCH 13
RIO DE JANEIRO—IGUASSU FALLS
A flight from Rio takes you to Iguassu Falls. Experience the clouds of spray, the incessant roar, and the surrounding luxuriant tropical growth that make this an unforgettable natural wonder. Head into Brazil’s Iguassu National Park to enjoy the magnificent panorama of waterfalls from the Brazilian side. Your Local Guide introduces the spectacle of this 2-mile-wide torrential downpour, with some cataracts as high as 250 feet—it’s nothing short of hypnotic! (B, D)
SATURDAY, MARCH 14
Today, journey to the Argentine side of Iguassu Falls, where you will take the ecological jungle train and enjoy a closer perspective on a walking tour of the falls. Meander along the walkways from atop the falls, and enjoy an exhilarating perspective looking over the precipice of the falls as the water plunges to the rocks below. You will also have the chance to walk through the rainforest on the lower falls trails that will bring you up close to some of the smaller falls. Return to the hotel, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)
SUNDAY, MARCH 15
IGUASSU FALLS—BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
Today, fly to Buenos Aires. After arriving, an orientation walk acquaints you with the “Paris of South America” and its wide boulevards and outdoor cafés. (B)
MONDAY, MARCH 16
Your sightseeing starts in La Boca, a colorful district and site of the city’s first port. Take a short walking tour of this unique neighborhood and then on to San Telmo, famous for its late-colonial buildings and a popular gathering spot for artists. At Plaza de Mayo, see La Casa Rosada (the President’s Pink House) and the Metropolitan Cathedral, housing San Martin’s Mausoleum. Drive past the ornate Colon Opera House before reaching Recoleta Cemetery, burial site of Eva Perón. Next, learn how to make a traditional Argentinean dish during your empanada cooking class. After an afternoon at leisure, top off the evening at a famous tango club. Start with a dance lesson, followed by farewell dinner featuring Argentine steaks and other local specialties, and end with a show featuring flawless performances of Latin America’s most sensuous dance—the Tango! (B, D)
TUESDAY, MARCH 17
BUENOS AIRES, EXCURSION TO THE PAMPAS
Today, head into the heart of the pampas (grasslands) and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of rural, country life at a working Argentine Estancia (ranch). After a traditional welcome with empanadas and local beverages, get acquainted with the lifestyle of real gauchos (cowboys) on a horseback ride or carriage ride through the pampas. Later, at lunch, enjoy a colorful feast, complete with world-renowned Argentine beef, salad, desserts, local wine, and live music and dance by the gauchos themselves. Top off the day with a horsemanship show by the gauchos before saying adios to the countryside and heading back to the city. (B, L)
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning prior to our return flight home. (B)
Pricing and details to come soon!
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