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Rio, Iguassu Falls & Buenos Aires

10 days
Take in all the highlights of Brazil and Argentina, from spicy and seductive Rio de Janeiro to elegant and refined Buenos Aires. Between these two cultural hot spots, you’ll experience the ultimate in outdoor adventure, with the chance to admire the formidable Iguassu waterscape from every angle.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 20 travelers

Tour Pace: You will walk for about 2.5 hours daily across uneven terrain, including paved roads, cobblestone streets and slippery walkways, with some hills.

Let us handle the details

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Brazil today.

Rio de Janeiro 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Rio de Janeiro & guided sightseeing tour

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Brazil!  Today, enjoy a cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain, then get to know Rio de Janeiro on a guided tour. 

• Halfway up the mountain, stop to take in scenic vistas of the Rio Yacht Club and Botafogo Bay

• Continue to the top of the mountain, soaking in panoramic views of the city, beaches and Atlantic ocean 

• Return to Rio to admire the city’s colonial architecture, including Carioca and Marchal Floriano Square, and visit the Metropolitan Cathedral

Day 3: Corcovado

Included meals: Breakfast

Head to the top of Corcovado Mountain for a guided tour of the iconic peak.

• Hop aboard the cogwheel train, taking in the rainforest landscape of Tijuca National Park as you ride up the mountain 

• See the iconic Christ the Redeemer, a colossal Art Deco statue atop the summit

• Pass Rio’s white-sand beaches, including Ipanema and Copacabana 

Afterward, enjoy a free afternoon and evening in the “Majestic City.”

Iguassu Falls 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Flight to Iguassu Falls

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Say goodbye to Rio and fly to the Argentine border, site of the thundering Iguassu Falls.

Day 5: Iguassu Falls

Included meals: Breakfast

One of South America’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders, Iguassu Falls is like no other place in the New World. 

• Drive through Iguassu National Park, a subtropical paradise 

• Walk through forested footpaths on the Brazilian side of the falls for panoramic views of the waters

• Cross Tancredo Neves Bridge into Argentina and view Devil’s Throat, the most famous section of the falls

Buenos Aires 3 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Flight to Buenos Aires

Included meals: Breakfast

Fly to Buenos Aires, and spend the afternoon getting to know the Argentine capital at your leisure. Enjoy a free evening in Buenos Aires or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Tango Show & Dinner $125pp* Details

Relax and enjoy the show as accomplished tangueros perform their national dance. Accompanied by live music, the elegant dancers will transport you to a bygone era. You’ll also enjoy a dinner featuring regional specialties and Argentine wine.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $135)

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires

Included meals: Breakfast

Embark on a guided tour of the city where tango was born.

• Head to Plaza de Mayo to see the Casa Rosada, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Cabildo

• Pass through the historic neighborhood of San Telmo before exploring the colorful streets of La Boca

• Drive along 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest street in the world, to Palermo and its beautiful parks

• Visit the aristocratic Recoleta neighborhood and the grave of Eva Perón

Day 8: Free day in Buenos Aires

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the day exploring Buenos Aires on your own or add an excursion.

Later, celebrate your trip with your group at a farewell dinner.

Optional Excursion - Estancia Visit: Argentine Barbecue & Gaucho Show $155pp* Details

Head to Argentina’s countryside for a day at a traditional estancia, or ranch, where you’ll get to know the culture of the Pampas. You’ll be welcomed with empanadas, a local specialty, and Argentine wine, then have a chance to visit the estancia’s museum and church. Go for a horseback ride around the property or opt to hop in a small horse-drawn carriage, called a sulky. Later, enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch along with entertainment. Experience the folklore of the region through music, dance and horse-riding show as gauchos (traditional ranch hands) show off their skills in the center of the ring, or sortija.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $165)

Day 9: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend one final day exploring the city on your own. This evening, transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home.

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 10: Arrival at home

Arrive home after your overnight flight.

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  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Passport & visa

In order to enter Brazil and Argentina, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the reentry date. Additionally, U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa in advance in order to enter Brazil. You may choose to obtain your individual visa by applying directly to the Brazilian consulate or by using a visa provider, such as our partner company, VisaCentral. In accordance with Argentine law, a reciprocity fee must be paid prior to your departure. For U.S. citizens the charge is $160 USD per person and for Canadian citizens $75 USD per person. To prepay your reciprocity fee, please visit the Argentine National Immigration Directorate online. If you’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please be respectful and avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during when visiting churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Argentina or Brazil. Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and travel requirements.

Important health tips

In order for you to stay healthy throughout your South American tour, we recommend the following:    

  • Drink bottled water. Refrain from drinking tap water, including when brushing teeth.
  • Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they are cooked or washed in clean water and peeled.
  • Bring a small first-aid kit, including antacids, anti-diarrhea medication and any prescription medications.

Cuisine

The cuisine of Brazil, since it is the largest country in South America, varies from region to region. Some staples, like beans, coconut, dende oil, codfish and shrimp, can be found throughout. Another favorite throughout the country is the caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail, made with cachaça (distilled from sugar cane, like rum), sugar and lime.

The cuisine of Argentina, on the other hand, is distinctive in South America because it’s closer in style and flavor to Italian, Spanish, French and other European cuisines rather than the other Latin American cuisines. Also, since Argentina is one of South America’s major food producers, mainly in meat, corn, soybean and dairy products, its cuisine is comprised largely of European dishes with Argentine flair. Italian pastas and pizzas, German Schnitzels and British scones and tea sandwiches are as common as the indigenous fare. Perhaps the most common dish is the asado, a series of salt-rubbed meats, ribs and chorizo sausages cooked over a fire pit on metal grills and crosses. For dessert, try dulce de leche, a sweet honey-and-milk paste in pastries.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in Rio de Janeiro and depart from Buenos Aires. Flights from Rio to Iguassu Falls and from Iguassu Falls to Buenos Aires are also included in your trip cost. All other transportation is by private motor coach. Buenos Aires is a large city set up on a grid, much like New York City. While most of the city is pedestrian-friendly, you can always hop on the metro or bus to get around town. Rio de Janeiro is a large, busy city and while walking is possible in most areas, you may want to explore on your own by public transportation. Local buses are the best way to travel around town.

Electricity

Argentina uses 220 volts. Brazil uses 110 volts. An adapter is necessary.

Time zones

Argentina and Brazil are both one hour ahead of New York from October to April, and are the same time as New York from April to October.

Currency

Brazilian real and the Argentine peso are the currencies you will use on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take a combination of bank/ATM cards and credit cards, as needed. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 12/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MI

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Awesome South America trip.

Wow, I had a great trip going to South America for the first time, but probably not my last! From start to finish I had a wonderful time, our weather from beginning to end was perfect and hot each day! The things we did with the group, the nice meals in each city, meeting great folks who have been to a lot of other countries made for a great time! All three tour directors for each city did a really great show telling us first hand about the cultures, cities and whatever fun event we were about to go explore and take pictures at. I totally enjoyed myself! Rio was awesome to be right on Copacabana Beach with the strip right in from of you was way fun and exciting. More days should be offered besides two. I came a couple days early to experience Rio and I am glad I did, great city! Foz do Iguacu was amazing to see in person, they call it one of the 7 Wonders of the World and it really is, the falls was incredible to witness in person! Buenos Aires was awesome, a lot to see and do. Our hotel location was awesome for bars, restaurants, lots of shopping just another winner here. The shower at the NH was great everyday, wow-lol. A nice place to stay while on the tour. I look forward to another future trip with GoAheadTours! My last two have been great, thanks!

 

Hi Kevin! We’re very happy to hear you loved your trip! We agree that Rio is amazing, and you can never have enough time there. Thank you for taking the time to write a review, and we can’t wait to welcome you on another tour soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | December 31, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/11/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: WI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent Tour

I was thrilled with this tour. It involved more preparation and expense due to the visa and reciprocity fee but this trip is worth every penny. Loved it. Also appreciated the patience of the Go Ahead staff as they helped me get through the planning process.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/27/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AZ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best trip ever!

This was an amazing trip. Everything was well organized and our tour guides took care of us. Felt like we were part of a family and I was able to connect with others individuals on our trip. Made new friends from Texas and California. Thank- you for the memories!!!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/27/2015

Number of Past Tours: 11

From: IN

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The Falls Was a Dream

This was a good tour with great sites - highlights of Rio, Buenos Aires, and, best of all, Iguassu Falls. Hotels and food were good. Itinerary had many different types of activities. The only lengthy walk ( for those who might want to know) was at Iguassu Falls in Brazil where we had to walk approximately two miles from the bus lot to the Falls over bridges that spanned the multiple rivers that pour into the Falls. However, there were places to stop and rest. On the Argentinian side, there is a good sidewalk to walk on for viewing the Falls, which go on and on. That, too, was somewhat long, but the Falls were so magnificent, I was busy looking and soaking it all in. Yes, take a raincoat with you as the mist rises in the air and blows all over. Great fun! The only damper on the tour was that we never left anywhere on time. We always left at least 30 minutes later than the time announced. That added up to quite a few hours. Also, unlike in Europe, the tour director did not post times and activities in writing in the hotel lobby. If the director could iron out those problems, the tour would be even better.

 

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your recent trip to Iguassu Falls and Buenos Aires. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the Falls, it sounds like that was a real highlight of the trip! We are always looking for ways to improve our tours, and give our travelers the best possible experience. For that reason, we want to thank you for your constructive criticism regarding the punctuality of your Tour Director, and your fellow travelers. We will be reviewing these comments internally, and will work to ensure that future groups have a more seamless experience. Thank you again for your review, and we hope that you choose to travel with us again in the future!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 14, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/8/2015

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: FL

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent Tour

I've toured many times, usually with Go Ahead, and our tour director in Iguassu Falls named Rod was possibly the best I've ever had. Try to get his services if you can.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/21/2015

Number of Past Tours: 13

From: WI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Iguassu Falls a must-see!

This tour was one of our favorites with Go Ahead! Our tour director, Louis, was great. Rio was very nice, and our hotel's location was perfect - overlooking Copacabana Beach. We also loved Buenos Aires - another very nice hotel, good location, and lots to see. But the highlight of the trip was Iguassu Falls. We had a picture-perfect day, and enjoyed every minute of it. The trip is designed to maximize the rainbows over the falls, with the Brazilian side in the morning, and the Argentinian side in the afternoon. It is beautiful - has to be one of the wonders of the world! The resort at the falls was the perfect place to relax after a hectic day of sightseeing.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/4/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: IA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Beaches!

This trip is a perfect way for someone to experience some of the best sights in South America! Throughout the entire tour, our Tour Director (Santiago), made sure every detail was covered and any potential issues addressed. I suggest booking this trip and then flying into Rio a couple days ahead of time to soak up all the sun and warm, sandy beaches! Rio is a city alive with excitement...Iguaçu Falls will take your breath away...and Buenos Aires will dazzle with its architecture and friendly people. Another great Go Ahead experience!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 10/28/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NH

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

It was over too soon!

We certainly were aware that this tour was a relatively short one but had no idea how fast the time would go in each city. I would have loved another day in each place to go to see sights on our own that didn't involve the whole group. The biggest complaint I have is that this tour was combined with the Grand Tour of South America which was running at the same time. There was no communication from GoAhead tours that this would be happening and that our tour group size would be over 30 and not the 15 that we had been told was the usual, and the preferred, size. However, the tour guide was able to move us around fairly well and he got us where we needed to be. The accomodations were very good and well situated in the cities. The overall experience was just about what we expected. We saw most of the major tourist sights and it left us with a desire to return to Buenos Aires someday.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 9/5/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: FL

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Higher expectations

Overall, I would not say that the tour was bad but there were some things that I hope they will take the feedback and make changes accordingly. I have traveled with go ahead previously and am used to having excellent tour guides that make the trip such a pleasant and memorable experience. I felt that this tour guide, Santiago, was not as knowledgable and did little to suggest places or provide us with the information we needed. On the first day, after an overnight 9 hour flight we were met at the airport and went to the hotel only to drop off our bags in the lobby and then start day one of the itinerary to sugar loaf mountain. We all seemed exhausted. Even if they had given us just a few hours to relax and shower before going out would have made a big difference. I am used to having much nicer hotels on these tours. I found the hotels in rio and buenos aires to be in good locations but the quality of the hotel did not seem to be of good value for the money I paid. The falls were the highlight of this trip. They were what I was most looking forward to and they did not disappoint. However, I would have liked more time at the falls. We arrived to igazu early, around noon, but instead of having any planned activity or being able to go to the falls we all just spent the day in the hotel. This was a small city so there was nothing we could go to explore. I feel like that day I lost a lot of my money for the tour to just sit in my hotel. I could do that any other time and I was there to see the falls. The next day we went to both the brazil and Argentina side of the falls and it felt like a lot packed into one day. And finally, I would have liked more time/options when we stop somewhere to eat. For example both in the falls and in la boca, we were given an hour to eat, shop, and use the restroom before we needed to meet back and this really only gives you enough time to eat what I consider gas station food. Again, I still had some fun and the falls were amazing but being that I have travelled with go ahead previously, I had much higher expectations for this trip.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/8/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour Director

I really enjoyed this tour. The Tour Director was knowledgeable, personable and very accommodating. The local guides also were excellent. The most memorable moments involved the Iguassu Falls, complete with rainbows. Nature is awesome.

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