Rio, Iguassu Falls & Buenos Aires

10 days Multi-country
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.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 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

Expert Tour Director

      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 $115pp* 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: $125)

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 $145pp* 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: $155)

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.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      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 $115pp* 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: $125)

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 $145pp* 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: $155)

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.

How's the weather?

  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Iguassu, Brazil
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & visa requirements

  • This tour visits Brazil, Argentina and Peru. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • In order to enter Brazil, U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa in advance for an additional cost. You may choose to apply directly to the Brazilian consulate or use a visa provider, such as our partner company, VisaCentral
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens to enter Argentina on this tour. However, in accordance with Argentine law, Canadian citizens must pay a reciprocity fee equivalent to $72USD/CAD per person prior to departure. To prepay your reciprocity fee, please visit the Argentine National Immigration Directorate online. U.S. citizens are exempt from paying a reciprocity fee, as it was revoked by the President of Argentina on August 23, 2016.
  • Upon arrival in Peru, you will receive an Andean Immigration card that you will need to present when visiting Machu Picchu.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 3 hours daily across uneven terrain, including paved roads, cobblestone streets and slippery walkways, with some hills at high altitudes.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of boats and trains.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Rio de Janeiro and depart from Lima. A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • Flights from Rio to Iguassu Falls, Iguassu Falls to Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires to Lima, Lima to Cuzco and then back to Lima are included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes round-trip flights between Lima and Iquitos, in the northern Amazon).
  • Round-trip train rides between Aguas Calientes and Cuzco are also included in the price of your tour.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. 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 baggage 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 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 keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.
  • You will need a small overnight bag (such as your carry-on bag) for your stay in Machu Picchu, as most luggage will need to be stored in Cuzco.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. Comfortable, casual clothing and a sturdy pair of walking shoes are a must for sightseeing.  
  • A lightweight jacket is recommended, as the temperatures will change with the elevation throughout your tour. 
  • A sun hat, sunglasses and rain gear will help you stay comfortable in all types of weather. You may also wish to pack a swimsuit.
  • Long pants, long-sleeved shirts and insect repellent are essential for daily activities in the Amazon on the tour extension. 
  • Binoculars are handy for a closer look at local wildlife and scenery.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.

Health

  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov. 
  • Local governments may require proof of a yellow fever vaccination (often referred to as a yellow card) or a statement of medical exemption from the vaccine. This is only required of travelers arriving from a country with a risk of yellow fever virus transmission (Please note: This does not include the U.S. or Canada). Visit cdc.gov/yellowfever for more information.
  • Take proper care with sun exposure, as the sun can be especially strong in some of the regions on this tour.
  • Drink bottled water only. Refrain from ingesting tap water, including when brushing your teeth.
  • Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they’re cooked or washed in clean water and peeled.
  • Please be aware that you will be traveling at altitudes as high as 12,000 feet above sea level. These high altitudes can sometimes cause difficulties for travelers who have heart problems or respiratory ailments. If you suffer from any of these conditions, please speak to your healthcare provider regarding any potential health risks.
  • Even healthy travelers may sometimes experience altitude sickness, a temporary condition featuring symptoms of headache, fatigue, nausea and light-headedness. Until your body acclimates to the higher altitudes, we suggest that you stay hydrated and limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • The cuisine of Brazil varies from region to region. Some staples like beans, coconut, dende oil, codfish and shrimp, can be found throughout. The caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail, is made with cachaça (a clear spirit distilled from sugar cane, like rum) mixed with sugar, mint and lime.
  • In Argentina, 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.
  • Peruvian cuisine reflects both the country’s indigenous cultures as well as European colonial and Pacific Rim influences. Staples include grains such as quinoa, maize and rice, as well as beans, potatoes and meat. Ceviche, traditionally raw sea bass marinated with lime and chilies, is a national dish. Adventurous eaters may want to try cuy, or roasted guinea pig that’s cooked over an open fire. You can also raise a toast with Peru’s famous pisco, the delicious (and sour) white-grape brandy. 

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Brazil operates on 127-220 volts and uses Types C or N plugs with two round pins or three round pins, respectively.
  • Argentina operates on 220 volts and uses Types C or I plugs with two round pins or three flat pins, respectively.
  • Peru operates on 220 volts and uses Types A or C plugs with two flat pins or two round pins, respectively.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.  
  • The strength of the air conditioning in some South American hotels may not be as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. In more remote locations, internet access may be limited and is not guaranteed.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

  • Argentina is three hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and two hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). Argentina currently does not observe Daylight Saving Time, though the country decides on a year-by-year basis.
  • Brazil spans four time zones and does not observe Daylight Saving Time. Rio de Janeiro is 3 hours behind GMT and two hours ahead of EST.
  • Peru is five hours behind GMT, the same as EST. Peru does not observe Daylight Saving Time.
  • From March through November, when it’s noon in New York City, it’s 2pm in Rio and Buenos Aires and noon in Lima. From April through October, when it’s noon in New York City, it’s 1pm in Rio and Buenos Aires and 11am in Lima.

Currency

  • You will use the Brazilian real in Brazil, the Argentine peso in Argentina and the Peruvian sol in Peru.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. 
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for excursions. 
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

How's the weather?

  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Iguassu, Brazil
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & visa requirements

  • This tour visits Brazil, Argentina and Peru. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • In order to enter Brazil, U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa in advance for an additional cost. You may choose to apply directly to the Brazilian consulate or use a visa provider, such as our partner company, VisaCentral
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens to enter Argentina on this tour. However, in accordance with Argentine law, Canadian citizens must pay a reciprocity fee equivalent to $72USD/CAD per person prior to departure. To prepay your reciprocity fee, please visit the Argentine National Immigration Directorate online. U.S. citizens are exempt from paying a reciprocity fee, as it was revoked by the President of Argentina on August 23, 2016.
  • Upon arrival in Peru, you will receive an Andean Immigration card that you will need to present when visiting Machu Picchu.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 3 hours daily across uneven terrain, including paved roads, cobblestone streets and slippery walkways, with some hills at high altitudes.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of boats and trains.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Rio de Janeiro and depart from Lima. A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • Flights from Rio to Iguassu Falls, Iguassu Falls to Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires to Lima, Lima to Cuzco and then back to Lima are included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes round-trip flights between Lima and Iquitos, in the northern Amazon).
  • Round-trip train rides between Aguas Calientes and Cuzco are also included in the price of your tour.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. 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 baggage 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 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 keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.
  • You will need a small overnight bag (such as your carry-on bag) for your stay in Machu Picchu, as most luggage will need to be stored in Cuzco.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. Comfortable, casual clothing and a sturdy pair of walking shoes are a must for sightseeing.  
  • A lightweight jacket is recommended, as the temperatures will change with the elevation throughout your tour. 
  • A sun hat, sunglasses and rain gear will help you stay comfortable in all types of weather. You may also wish to pack a swimsuit.
  • Long pants, long-sleeved shirts and insect repellent are essential for daily activities in the Amazon on the tour extension. 
  • Binoculars are handy for a closer look at local wildlife and scenery.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.

Health

  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov. 
  • Local governments may require proof of a yellow fever vaccination (often referred to as a yellow card) or a statement of medical exemption from the vaccine. This is only required of travelers arriving from a country with a risk of yellow fever virus transmission (Please note: This does not include the U.S. or Canada). Visit cdc.gov/yellowfever for more information.
  • Take proper care with sun exposure, as the sun can be especially strong in some of the regions on this tour.
  • Drink bottled water only. Refrain from ingesting tap water, including when brushing your teeth.
  • Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they’re cooked or washed in clean water and peeled.
  • Please be aware that you will be traveling at altitudes as high as 12,000 feet above sea level. These high altitudes can sometimes cause difficulties for travelers who have heart problems or respiratory ailments. If you suffer from any of these conditions, please speak to your healthcare provider regarding any potential health risks.
  • Even healthy travelers may sometimes experience altitude sickness, a temporary condition featuring symptoms of headache, fatigue, nausea and light-headedness. Until your body acclimates to the higher altitudes, we suggest that you stay hydrated and limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • The cuisine of Brazil varies from region to region. Some staples like beans, coconut, dende oil, codfish and shrimp, can be found throughout. The caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail, is made with cachaça (a clear spirit distilled from sugar cane, like rum) mixed with sugar, mint and lime.
  • In Argentina, 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.
  • Peruvian cuisine reflects both the country’s indigenous cultures as well as European colonial and Pacific Rim influences. Staples include grains such as quinoa, maize and rice, as well as beans, potatoes and meat. Ceviche, traditionally raw sea bass marinated with lime and chilies, is a national dish. Adventurous eaters may want to try cuy, or roasted guinea pig that’s cooked over an open fire. You can also raise a toast with Peru’s famous pisco, the delicious (and sour) white-grape brandy. 

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Brazil operates on 127-220 volts and uses Types C or N plugs with two round pins or three round pins, respectively.
  • Argentina operates on 220 volts and uses Types C or I plugs with two round pins or three flat pins, respectively.
  • Peru operates on 220 volts and uses Types A or C plugs with two flat pins or two round pins, respectively.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.  
  • The strength of the air conditioning in some South American hotels may not be as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. In more remote locations, internet access may be limited and is not guaranteed.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

  • Argentina is three hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and two hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). Argentina currently does not observe Daylight Saving Time, though the country decides on a year-by-year basis.
  • Brazil spans four time zones and does not observe Daylight Saving Time. Rio de Janeiro is 3 hours behind GMT and two hours ahead of EST.
  • Peru is five hours behind GMT, the same as EST. Peru does not observe Daylight Saving Time.
  • From March through November, when it’s noon in New York City, it’s 2pm in Rio and Buenos Aires and noon in Lima. From April through October, when it’s noon in New York City, it’s 1pm in Rio and Buenos Aires and 11am in Lima.

Currency

  • You will use the Brazilian real in Brazil, the Argentine peso in Argentina and the Peruvian sol in Peru.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. 
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for excursions. 
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

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Tour Date: 10/15/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Jorge Rocks

Great all around experience. Did not like the interminable Tango show and the meat at the ranch was terrible.

 

Dear Karen, We’re glad you had a great time on tour! We regret to learn that the tango show and one of your meals did not meet your expectations, and we will be sure to communicate your comments to our Operations team for further evaluation. Thank you for taking the time to share your valuable feedback. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 15, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/11/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing once in a lifetime experience

I had the most amazing time on the Rio, Iguassu Falls, Buemos Aires Tour. This tour was a great mix of different experiences in beautiful places. My eyes could hardly believe the great beauty I was seeing along the way. I really appreciated our Tour Guide, Jorge, and all the extra effort he put in to ensure our comfort in these new places. I especially appreciated seeing the falls from both sides, as each offered a diverse experience I will never forget. I look at my pictures now in awe that I was there. I loved the energy of Buenos Aires and the Tango Show was an especially unforgettable night. The accommodations on this trip were of very high quality for the price. I appreciated the time Jorge took on our last day when the other travelers moved onto their tour extensions. He made the most of the time the the few of us remaining had by showing us the local flea market and taking us to an authentic local restaurant. I am thankful for this experience and I look forward to my next Go Ahead Tour.

 

Hi Lauri! We love to hear that you had an amazing time on tour. You’re right that this tour contains a variety of spectacular landscapes and cultures. We’re pleased to learn that your Tour Director put in extra effort for your group. We will be sure to pass that feedback along to his supervisor. We can understand how you were drawn to Buenos Aires and enjoyed the Tango Show. What an incredible destination! Thank you for your great review, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next tour.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 30, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/2/2016

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

We just returned from the tour on April 10th.This is our 4th tour with Go Ahead . Our flight to RIo was delayed by 12hrs. Since there were 7 of us on the flight , Go Ahead arranged for us to see everything we missed the day before and had rearranged the welcome dinner as well. Emiliano the tour director was wonderful . We had our aunt and uncle travelling with us and he was always so caring and made sure they were alright everywhere. He also went out of his way to arrange any other sightseeing anyone wanted. The falls were amazing ,truly incredible . He also arranged for a helicopter tour of the falls and we were able to visit the Bird Park at Igassu falls. The resort at Igassu falls was very nice. Buenos Aires is a very beautiful city and our hotel was located within walking distance to main attractions. The tango dance show was worth seeing as well. We did not go to the ranch but everyone said it was an amazing experience. We did the Tigre Delta cruise which Emiliano arranged for us and it was worth doing. On the last day since we had a free day he took us to the flea market and spent the day with us showing us everything. Thank you Go Ahead for another great tour. Emiliano thank you !

 

Hello! Welcome home, and thank you for your review! We’re so glad you enjoyed your tour and that we were able to make up for the flight delay you experienced. It’s great to know you felt cared for by your Tour Director and that he went out of his way for your group. The helicopter ride over the falls sounds incredible – what an experience! We’re happy you were able to have it. Buenos Aires is indeed a beautiful city, and we’re pleased to learn that you found your hotel to be well-located. We completely agree that the tango show is worth seeing, and we’re so glad you opted to check it out. Spending the last day at the flea market sounds like a great way to wrap up your amazing adventure, and we’re happy your Tour Director could arrange that for you. Thank you for choosing Go Ahead, and we hope to welcome you back on tour soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 18, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 3/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: GA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Ways to make it better

I would like to suggest a few things that would really make it better. 1)you need to provide ear phones if you are behind the guide you can't hear anything he is talking about.Everyone can't be in front and it is very frustrating.2)Charge us for tipping and let the guide take care of it, I know you tell us how much and ect but we never remember or have the right change.Dr. Pitts

 

Hi James! Thank you for your review. We value your feedback on both headphones and tipping very much and will be sure to communicate it to our team internally. Regarding tipping, we choose to leave this up to travelers because it’s an optional and personal expenditure. That said, we regret the frustration it may have caused you and we will be sure to reevaluate it. Again, thank you for your feedback, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 21, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 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

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/19/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

"The Best of the Best Tour Director!!!"

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Our tour director Mariana E. went way beyond what her duties were to accommodate everyone in our group. The food was great and the Hotel accommodations were nice and very clean. The highlight of the tours for me was Christ the Redeemer and Stone Mountain Tour. I celebrated a birthday and anniversary while on vacation and Mariana went out of her way to make it special even though she did not have to. She purchased a cake and champagne for me to make my birthday very memorable. “Mariana E.i” is the best. So to me that was the highlight of my trip.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 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.

1 / 1

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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.

1 / 1

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/8/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Rio, Iguassu Falls & Buenos Aires

Overall the trip was great, only not enough time to spend in each place to enjoy the area in its entirety. No time to spend on the beach in Rio.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 6/8/2013

Number of Past Tours: 8

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour

This was my eighth tour w/GAT and obviously, I enjoy their arrangements/tours. However, I felt rushed w/little free time. It was a 10-day tour w/four days of travel, which left only six days. The cost was too high for the amount of time spent in each place. The Falls should have been visited on different days. The optional cruise was over price in Argentina. This is the first time our flight home was a late one @ 10:30 pm. This day could have been better organized by GAT's. However, our tour guide was accommodating and great! I salute Luis!!!!!

1 / 5

1 / 5

1 / 5

Tour Date: 3/9/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Scary and mismanaged tour

Hotel at Rio De Janeiro was dangerous with no exit from floor 4. I was so scared - even the hotel staff did not know where the steps were. When I told the tour director he was more keen on defending his position rather than doing something about it or even pretending to do something. The guide was more interested in tips and pleasing people than actually telling us about Rio The guide at Iguassu was good but he tried tried to milk us of money for transportation fee and gave us wrong information about the helicopter tour Did nothing for the 3 days in Buenos Aires - we instead should have been given one more day in Rio - there is nothing to see there. Was lured to take a tour of Colonia de Sacremento where the bus was so dirty one could hardly see anything out the windows and the tour guide did not know a word of English. Most people on the tour also said that this was their worst tour. Would never take GoAhead tour again

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 3/9/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: VA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Rio, Iguazu, Buenos Aires

Rio and Iguazu Falls were more than I expected. The hotel in Rio had the best breakfasts, but also had elevators that either diddn't work properly, or didn't work at all. Some of us got trapped in the basement with no elevators or stairs going anywhere. Biggest dissapointment? Buenos Aires!!! We were rushed, rushed through places that I was most interested to see, just 40 minutes in La Boca were just not enough! Three of our group members were robbed in Buenos Aires, one of them inside the Cathedral!!! We did not have enough choices for extra excursions, the trip to Uruguay was too expensive, and as I heard from people who went, it wasn't worth it. Apparently the local guide spoke only in Spanish during the tour, and our tour guide had to translate in English...a lot was lost in translation. We should've had an option to go to Bariloche, or even Montevideo would've been more interesting. The NH Lancaster hotel in Buenos Aires was in a good location, but there was so much trash around it, even broken glass bottles, it was depressing. The last two days we were left in the hotel with not much to do. I took a cab on Saturday and went to visit El Teatro Colon by myself, after that I did some shopping around Florida street. Next day, Sunday I went to mass at 11;00, after that there was not much I (and five others) could do because the check out was at 5. Those two final days were mostly wasted. To top all that, we were picked up to go to the airport around 6:30, we had checked out at 5, so there was more time wasted. Our flight was supossed to leave at 9;45, but we took off at 12;30!!! At this point all of us just wanted to get in the plane and come back home. The trip was expensive, it looked to me that GAT overbooked trips and they were overlapping, maybe that was the reason why we were sooooooo rushed in Buenos Aires. The tour guides were OK, but they looked exhausted.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 1/26/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Iguassu Falls

The falls vista was a spectacular awe-inspiring site. It is truely one of the 7 natural wonders of the natural world. We had excellent views from boardwalks at the top of the falls from the Argentine side. Being next to devils throat let us be part of the roaring thunder. On the Brazilian side we were below the falls and soaked up all the spray and rainbows. On this side the entire falls could be seen and it is a huge area. Sugar Loaf in Rio which involved a gondola ride gave us beautiful vistas of the city and its beaches. The same could be said of the train ride to Christ of the Andes. Unfortunately, looking closle at the city was not the same. So appreciate Rio from a distance. Buenos Aires did not give us any spectacular views, but was a cleaner city. Not to be missed is the cemetry at Recoleta (a lot of history) and the opera house was a work of art. Getting around in taxies was easily accomplished.

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