Argentina Holidays - Holidays to Argentina - don't miss a tango show

Argentina & Brazil: Buenos Aires + Iguazu Falls + Rio


ARA10B
10 NIGHTS
FROM £1,495
International flights quoted separately
Combine the highlights of Argentina and Brazil on this 3-centre holiday that combines sophisticated Buenos Aires - where you can visit an Estancia Ranch to see gauchos in action, enjoy a Tango show and cruise along the waterways of the Tigre Delta - with the mighty Iguazu Falls and exciting Rio de Janiero. All transfers included.
Argentina and Brazil Iguazu Falls Buenos Aires Rio Holiday Vacation
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Buenos Aires
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Tigre Delta
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Gaucho Ranch
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Tango Show
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Iguazu Falls
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Rio de Janiero
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Corcovado
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Christ Redeemer
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Sugarloaf
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Copacabana
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Buenos Aires
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Tigre Delta
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Gaucho Ranch
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Tango Show
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Iguazu Falls
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Rio de Janiero
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Corcovado
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Christ Redeemer
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Sugarloaf
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Copacabana
Day 1
You will be met at Buenos Aires Airport and transferred to your hotel in this exciting city, situated on the estuary of the Río de la Plata (or "River of Silver").
 
Check in and relax in this capital of Argentina, known for its wonderful architecture, tango dancing and rich culture, including the highest concentration of theaters in the world.
Day 2
This morning we suggest an optional half day tour of Buenos Aires, a cosmopolitan city influenced by the many immigrants who helped form it and offering beautiful architecture, history and culture.
 
Our tour starts at the Plaza de Mayo, the historical, political and cultural centre of the city. Here you can see the Pink House (Presidential Palace), the Pyramid de Mayo and Metropolitan Cathedral. We continue down Avenida de Mayo, with its wide avenues and spacious green areas, past the Obelisk to the neighborhood of San Telmo, one of the oldest in the city with cobbled streets and colonial houses. Every Sunday an antiques fair takes place here around the Plaza Dorrego. The vibrant area is the centre for most of the tango parlors, restaurants and bars of the city.
 
Going further south, we visit the Italian port neighborhood of La Boca, with its colourful houses in Caminito Street and many “cantinas” (small restaurants). Also the trendy modern neighborhood of Puerto Madero, where the old piers have been converted into upmarket offices, apartments and restaurants with views of the Rio de la Plata. We visit the residential neighborhood of Palermo with its elegant mansions surrounded by spacious parks, before arrivinge in glamorous Recoleta, where there is the option to visit the famous cemetery where Eva Peron is buried, with its rich architecture (pay locally). Next to the cemetery is the church of Our Lady of Pilar, the Recolete Cultural Centre (originally a convent) and the Palais de Glace exhibition centre.
 
In the evening we suggest an optional Tango Show, including the opportunity to participate in a short Tango lesson. Born in the brothels of the city amongst a racial mix of Gauchos, Italian, Spanish and African immigrants, this dance and its music originated as a combination of Cuban and Spanish rhythms, with some polka and African beat. Enjoy the show and included dinner, including mouth-watering Argentinian beef and Malbec wine.
Day 3
Today enjoy a half day excursion to Tigre on the Parana Delta, situated 18 miles (30 km) north of Buenos Aires.
 
Leaving the city, we drive along the Rio de la Plata until we reach San Isidro, with its magnificent neo-gothic cathedral. We continue to Tigre, named after the jaguars that once roamed free here. At Tigre Pier we embarck on a 1-hour boat ride on this vast delta that is unique because its waters flow into another river, rather than into the sea, forming thousands of small islands covered with subtropical forests. Originally a haven for smugglers, today it is a place of recreation for the citizens of Buenos Aires where you can see yachting and rowing clubs, older mansions and modern wooden houses raised on stilts to avoid the flooding.
 
We disembark in Tigre before returning to Buenos Aires, with afternoon at leisure.
Day 4
This morning we suggest an optional full day excursion to Santa Susana Ranch to admire the skills of the Argentinian Gauchos (cowboys) who live in these fertile pampas grasslands about 2-hours from the city.
 
With a distinctive culture that combines their European and Native American heritages, Gauchos play an important role in regional cultural tradition - including folk songs, dancing and equestrian shows of traditional gaucho skills, such as ring races, cuadreras (horse races) and entrevero de tropillas (horse games).
 
Named in honour of the wife of the original owner, this 1,200 hectare ranch focuses mainly on agriculture, with some cattle raising and horse breeding. On arrival you will be offered delicious empanadas (traditional meat pies) and Argentian wine. You will also have the opportunity of riding a horse carriage, or enjoying a walk on horseback, before tucking into a traditional asado (barbeque). This will be followed by a tango demonstration, folk dancing and an exhibition of Gaucho horsemanship, with roping and ring races.
 
Note: the ranch is closed on Mondays.
Day 5
Today we recommend a full day excursion to Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay.
 
Transfer to the the Hydrofoil Terminal and take the high speed ferry across the Rio de La Plata to Colonia, a picturesque town that was formerly a Portuguese colony and is now a Unesco World Heritage site.
 
You will be met on arrival by your guide, who will show you around the narrow cobbled streets of the Historic Quarter, situated on a small peninsula that juts out into the river. From above the town, the 19th-century lighthouse offers sweeping views over the river. Nearby is the Portón de Campo - the reconstructed 1745 city gate, with remnants of the old city walls.
 
Return to Buenos Aires on the 4.30 pm ferry, where you will be met and transferred back to your hotel.
Day 6
Transfer to Buenos Aires Airport for your onward flight.
Day 7
Transfer to Aeroparque Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Puerto Iguazu Airport and transferred to your hotel located near one of the greatest waterfalls in the world, regarded as one of Latin America's most awe-inspiring sights.
 
The mighty Iguazu Falls straddles the border between Argentina and Brazil, although almost 80% of the falls are on the Argentinian side. It is situated in a huge tropical rainforest that has been declared a World Heritage site, with countless flora and fauna species.
 
Check into your hotel and relax in this amazing tropical rainforest.
Day 8
Today enjoy a half day tour of the Argentinian side of the incredible Iguazu Falls, whose name means "Great Waters".
 
Comprising approximately 275 separate cascades, the falls form a curtain of foaming water that crashes over a vast granite amphitheatre and into the jungle below. Resembling a reversed letter "J", most of the Iguazu River plunges down through an area known as The Devil’s Throat, with the rest spreading out over a wide shelf that splits into hundreds of different waterfalls.
 
There are a series of walkways that lead above, below and behind the falls, with breath-taking views. You can also hope to see monkeys, toucans, parakeets and other wildlife in the rainforest.
 
The volume of water flowing over the falls varies greatly by season, depending on the rainfall. The heaviest rains are from December to February, when the flow of water is at its greatest, but many trails are closed then due to the rains. The shoulder seasons of March/April and August/September are generally regarded as the best time to visit, but the falls are a spectacular sight at any time of year.
Day 9
Transfer across the border to Foz do Iguacu Airport in Brazil for your onward flight.

You will be met at Rio de Janiero Airport and transferred to your hotel in this iconic city - famous for its magnificent setting and enormous statue of Christ the Redeemer looking down from Corcovado Mountain - one of the seven wonders of the modern world.
 
Check into your hotel in the city that is renowned for its fabulous samba and bossa nova dancing, exciting carnivals and music festivals. Rio is also home to the magnificent beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon and Barra da Tijuca.
Day 10
Today enjoy a half day tour to one of the world’s most famous landmarks.
 
We start by boarding the cog train from Cosme Velho Station to Corcovado Mountain. Enjoy the steep 20-minutes train journey through the dense Atlantic rainforest of Tijuca, with wonderful views of the lush tropical vegetation, and scenic landscapes of the city and its beaches below. Disembark and climb the steps or take the escalators to the base of the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer - one of the 7 wonders of the modern world - and enjoy its spectacular 360 degree panoramas.
 
Afterwards we descend by cog train and drive back along Rio's world class beaches of Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana, before returning to your hotel with afternoon at leisure.
 
Day 11
Today enjoy a half day tour of the exciting city of Rio de Janiero.
 
We visit the vast Sambodrome exhibition space, where the famous Rio Carnival is held, and view the huge Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, built in the form of an ancient Mayan pyramid. We see Cinelândia Square with its historical buildings, including the Municipal Theater, the National Library and Museum of Fine Arts, and the enormous Maracana, one of the largest football stadiums in the world and the venue for the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics. We also visit the colourful Seleron Steps.
 
Afterwards our tour continues as we drive past Flamengo Park, the largest public park in Rio, to one of the most famous symbols of the city - Sugarloaf Mountain. Here we travel all the way to the top, in two cable cars. The first cable car takes us to Urca Hill, a vantage point with beautiful views of Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niterói Bridge and Corcovado Mountain. The second cable car takes us all the way to the top, with wonderful views of Copacabana beach, Santa Cruz fortress and the beaches of Niterói.
 
We return by cable car and transfer back to your hotel, with afternoon at leisure.
Day 12
Transfer to Rio de Janiero Airport for your flight home.

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