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On this tour, discover two of South America's greatest cities—Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires—with time in each city to explore and experience the varied restaurants, shops, and optional excursions.Rio de Janeiro is an exciting city known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant atmosphere, Samba shows, gorgeous scenery, and welcoming people. On your guided sightseeing tour of Rio, you'll take the cog railway 2,300 feet up to the summit of Corcovado Mountain to view the infamous Christ the Redeemer statue and to enjoy 360-degree views. You'll also eat at a famous local churrascaria and enjoy a free day to explore on your own. Buenos Aires is known as the "Paris of South America" with its wide boulevards, outdoor cafés, and charming shops. Here, your sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the city's landmarks and Recoleta Cemetery, where Eva Peron is buried. No tour to Buenos Aires would be complete without a Tango show, which is included along with an Argentinean meal. You'll also have a free day to explore Buenos Aires on your own.A highlight of this Brazil and Argentina tour is Iguassu Falls, one of the most spectacular sites in the world! Just imagine the thundering roar of the 275 waterfalls cascading over a precipice almost two miles wide and 250 feet deep! You'll see the brilliant rainbows created by clouds of spray and stand mesmerized on both the Brazilian and Argentine sides of the falls. You'll even take the ecological jungle train through the rainforest on the Argentine side. It's a natural wonder not to be missed!From the vibrant cities to the spectacular scenery, this Brazil and Argentina tour featuring Buenos Aires, Iguassu Falls, and Rio de Janeiro is the perfect vacation for value-minded travelers. It's a vacation of a lifetime!
Destinations & Sightseeing
Sightseeing: In Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, and Buenos Aires. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.Guides:
Local Guides for sightseeing in Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, and Buenos Aires; services of a professional Tour Director.
Scenic Highlights: Corcovado, Brazilian & Argentine sides of Iguassu Falls, La Boca, Recoleta Cemetery, and Tango show.
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
Transportation: Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
Meals & Itinerary
8 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
Day 1 Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Welcome to spectacular Rio de Janeiro, home to white-sand beaches and host of the 2016 Summer Olympics! After arrival, settle into your hotel and meet your Tour Director, who will have pointers for your free time exploration.
Day 2 Rio De Janeiro
Sprawling between majestic granite peaks and the blue South Atlantic, Rio is a city of beauty, wonder, and energy. Guided sightseeing with a Local Guide begins with a drive along Rio’s famed Leblon, Ipanema, and Copacabana Beaches. Take the cog railway 2,300 feet up to the summit of CORCOVADO to view the infamous Christ the Redeemer statue and enjoy 360-degree views of Guanabara Bay and the bustling city below. Your afternoon is free to explore—perhaps join an optional excursion to a nearby favela for a glimpse into the life of these colorful communities that nearly 25% of the people call home. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a welcome dinner at a famous local churrascaria, serving prime meats, seafood, and fish. Following dinner, perhaps opt for a fun outing to see a vibrant Samba show, an extravaganza of costumes, dancers, and the hot beat of the Brazilian Samba rhythm, featuring more than a hundred artists.
Day 3 Rio De Janeiro
A free day in Rio allows you to relax on one of the famous beaches or take an optional excursion to the historic city of Petropolis to see the former summer palace of Emperor Pedro II.
Day 4 Rio De Janeiro–Iguassu Falls
A morning flight takes you to Iguassu Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. Upon arrival, journey to the Brazilian side of the FALLS to see the mammoth series of 275 waterfalls cascading over a precipice almost two miles wide and 250 feet deep. Walk into Devil’s Throat Canyon, where the clouds of mist, thundering roar, and 180-degree rainbows surround you—an unforgettable experience!
Day 5 Iguassu Falls
Cross the border for a visit of the Argentine side of the FALLS. Begin with a short ride on the open-air ECOLOGICAL JUNGLE TRAIN through the rainforest. A series of boardwalks takes you above the falls to see the water crashing down into the Devil’s Throat. Your afternoon is free to explore, or you may opt to visit the Bird Park, home to many species of indigenous birds as well as flora from the area.
Day 6 Iguassu Falls–Buenos Aires, Argentina
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital. After settling into your hotel, an orientation tour familiarizes you with the “Paris of South America” and its wide boulevards, outdoor cafés, and charming shops.
Day 7 Buenos Aires
Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide focuses on the city’s landmarks, including the Colon Opera House and Plaza de Mayo, site of La Casa Rosada (the President’s Pink House) and Metropolitan Cathedral. Also visit La Boca and San Telmo, one of Buenos Aires’ oldest neighborhoods, and RECOLETA CEMETERY, where Eva Peron is buried. End your day with an Argentinean meal, followed by a sensuous TANGO SHOW highlighting the alluring dance that is so popular here.
Day 8 Buenos Aires
Today is free for independent activities, or you can take an optional excursion to visit a local estancia (ranch) to experience the life of the gauchos (cowboys), as well as traditional dance performances and a barbecue lunch.
Day 9 Buenos Aires
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.
Escorting tours for more than 20 years
Years of Experience: 22
“Born and raised in Buenos Aires, I studied English in London, French in Paris, Italian in Siena, and Tourism with the focus on the American market in Rio de Janeiro. I have been a Tour Director for more than 30 years, and enjoy helping guests better understand the customs, cultures, and people. The friendships that are created within each group lead to an energy that revitalizes me, bringing happiness and satisfaction to the end of each tour.”
RIO DE JANEIRO Windsor Plaza Copacabana (F)IGUASSU FALLS Recanto Park (F)BUENOS AIRES Dazzler Maipu (F)
The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).
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Enjoy a lively and colorful extravaganza of wonderful costumes, dancers, and the hot beat of the Brazilian samba rhythm.
Price Range: $$
The Favela Tour reveals the way of life for around 20% of Rio's population. It changes the general idea that favelas are simply no-go areas dominated by criminals only, and opens a new perspective of Rio society.
Price Range: $
Travel to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain by cable car and enjoy the scenic panoramic views of Rio and its beaches.
Price Range: $$
Visit the 'Imperial City of Petropolis' outside of Rio in the Atlantic Rain Forest to visit the summer palace of former Emperor Pedro II of Brazil.
Price Range: $$
The Bird Park near Iguassu Falls offers visitors the opportunity to see indigenous birds up close is their native rain forest environment.
Price Range: $
Visit a working estancia, or farm, in Argentina's pampas, home to the gauchos!
Price Range: $$$$
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