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Argentina & Brazil Premium: Explore Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls & Rio de Janeiro all in one trip

Days: 9 | From: $X,XXX/per person

  • Includes accommodations at first class hotels that reflect the best of local culture
  • Includes excursions and tours with superb private guides

A compact and just plain fun itinerary of some of the continent's top highlights. One of the world's great cities in Buenos Aires, the world's most powerful waterfall at Iguazu, and the mesmerizing culture and rhythms of Rio de Janeiro.

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At a glance

  • Buenos Aires
    3 nights: one of the world's great metropolises, to the rhythm of the tango
  • Iguazu Falls
    2 nights: the biggest, most powerful waterfall in the world
  • Rio de Janeiro
    3 nights: a city like no other, tropical, cosmopolitan, and mesmerizing

  • All itineraries are fully customizable. We will send you a personalized variation that reflects your interests and travel dates at no extra cost. Call to discuss your travel plans with one of our Specialists who know this region firsthand.

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Sample itinerary

Day 1:

Welcome to Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires - city view through window

Arrive to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s colorful capital, where your private guide will take you to your boutique hotel in the fashionable Palermo district. This is one of the best areas of town for walking around, with charming boutiques and top restaurants.

Accommodations: Legado Mitico, 3 nights

Legado Mitico is the premier boutique hotel located in the center of the fashionable Palermo Soho district, with many cafes, restaurants, and shops right outside the door. Situated on a tree-lined street, the hotel celebrates Argentina’s cultural heritage by decorating its rooms in honor of famous people from the country’s past. With a refined ambiance, the hotel offers a comfortable library, outdoor deck, and inviting common areas.

Alternative lodging options: Alvear Palace, Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt, and others
Day 2:

Get to Know Vibrant Buenos Aires

Argentina - Buenos Aires - Man play street music

Explore Buenos Aires with your private guide, a bilingual local who will take you through the city’s unique neighborhoods. Discover the charms of Palermo, the Recoleta, the Teatro Colon, the Plaza de Mayo, San Telmo, and La Boca. With your private guide, you have the flexibility to explore at your own pace and make detours and stops along the way.

After your tour, spend the rest of the day exploring on your own and trying out the city’s excellent restaurants – we’ll provide a list of our top recommendations!

Accommodations: Legado Mitico, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 3:

Relax and Explore the City

Argentina - Buenos Aires - Street view of chapel

Delve deeper into the city’s offerings with your private guide. Today’s tour will broaden your Buenos Aires experience by including activities that cater to your interests. Examples of such activities include a Jewish Heritage Tour, an architecture tour, a visit to the Boca Juniors Stadium, a tango class, and a culinary or wine tour.

Later in the evening, sit back and watch one of Buenos Aires lively tango shows to experience the music and culture that Buenos Aires is most known for.

We can also arrange privately guided day excursions to nearby sites, such as the town of Colonia, Uruguay (a well preserved 17th century Portuguese colonial town that is a UNESCO World Heritage site), or to one of the traditional estancias of San Antonio de Areco, about 1.5 hours from Buenos Aires.

Accommodations: Legado Mitico, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 4:

The Natural Wonder of Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls

Fly north to Iguazu, home to the magnificent Iguazu Falls, where your private guide will welcome you to the country and take you to your hotel. You will have the unique privilege of being able to see the falls at close range after the park closes as it is the only one located within the Iguazu National Park on the Brazilian side.

Accommodations: Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, 2 nights

The only hotel within Brazil's Iguassu National Park and just a two-minute walk to the Iguassu Falls, this hacienda-style property is a unique and exceptional way to experience this area. Tastefully remodeled by Belmond Hotels (formerly Orient Express), it is the most refined hotel in the vicinity, and in the evening it gives exclusive access to the falls after the park closes and all other visitors have to leave. The hotel has 193 rooms, including 16 suites, and offers two restaurants, a bar, pool, gym, tennis courts, and full-service spa.

*Includes: Breakfast

Alternative lodging options: Awasi Iguazu , for a luxury in-depth experience, Meliá Iguazu Resort & Spa , for those who prefer to stay on the Argentine side
Day 5:

Iguazu Falls: Another Perspective

Iguazu Falls - Grass on river rocks

Enjoy a trip to the Argentine side of the falls, where your private guide will take you along trails that showcase the scale and grandeur of this magnificent natural site. There are also options for hiking and other excursions, such as zodiac boat tours.

Accommodations: Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 6:

Fly to Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro Mountain View

Fly out of the jungle to Rio, a coastal metropolis, where your private guide will take you to your hotel on Copacabana Beach. This is one of the best locations in the city; many of Rio’s best restaurants, boutiques, and cafes are located here and in neighboring Ipanema and Leblon.

Accommodations: Belmond Copacabana Palace, 3 nights

The Copacabana Palace opened its doors in 1923 and continues to be the grande dame of Rio hotels. The hotel's illustrious history is apparent from the minute you walk in the door and see the photos of the countless celebrities and political leaders that have stayed there. The hotel overlooks Copacabana Beach, and its grounds and facilities are exceptionally elegant. Operated by Belmond (formerly Orient Express), the service is impeccable.

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 7:

Christ Statue and Historic Santa Teresa

Brazil - Rio de Janeiro - Cristo Rendentor

Get to know beautiful Rio with your private local guide. Head to the top of Corcovado Mountain to the iconic Cristo Redentor statue, where you can take in one of the best views in the world. Afterward, visit the Tijuca Forest National Park, the largest urban forest in the world. Drive through the historic Santa Teresa neighborhood, filled with mansions dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and see Rio’s bustling downtown.

Accommodations: Belmond Copacabana Palace, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 8:

Time to Relax and Explore Rio; Cable Ride up Sugar Loaf Mountain

Brazil - Rio de Janeiro - Suguarloaf Mountain

After a relaxed morning on your own, head up Sugar Loaf Mountain on a cable car for privileged views of Guanabara Bay, Corcovado, Rio-Niteroi Bridge, Santa Cruz Fortress, and the glittering scenery of Rio.

Accommodations: Belmond Copacabana Palace, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 9:

Depart for Home or Your Next Destination

Today you will say goodbye to your local guide and head to the airport for your flight home or to your next destination.

*Includes: Breakfast

More Photos From This Trip

Buenos Aires - National Congress buildingBuenos Aires - Colored BuildingsBuenos Aires - Teatro ColonIguazu Falls Closeup with RainbowHotel das Cataratas Aerial ViewSunset behind mountains in Rio de Janeiro with water reflectionAerial view of famous Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, BrazilCopacabana Palace Pool

Popular Ways to Customize This Itinerary

  • Add a few extra nights in Buenos Aires. We can arrange a variety of activities, including city tours, culinary excursions, visits to historical sites, and active options such as hiking, biking, boating, and horseback riding.

  • Take in a samba show in Rio; we’ll arrange an evening at one of our local favorites, an intimate and authentic venue.

  • Hike with your private guide up Tijuca Peak, the highest peak in Rio, for rewarding views of the city and coastline.

  • Enjoy a private tour of Rio’s street art, learning about the history and politics of this unique art form.

  • Visit the Itaipu Hydroelectic Dam, one of the world’s largest operating hydroelectric facilities, at Iguazu.

Reviews From This Trip

5 stars

  • This was an incredible trip. Quick-but a great view of an incredible couple of countries.
    Marissa Shadburn
  • This was a wonderful trip.
    Michael Reichgott
  • It was seamless. The guides were amazing and the hotels topnotch. The room choice in each hotel was terrific.
    Sara Loyster

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