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Highlights of Argentina, Iguazu Falls + Rio de Janeiro


1RW10B
10 NIGHTS
FROM £2,498
International flights quoted separately
The colourful cultures & vibrant colours of Argentina & Brazil are brough to life on this 3-centre holiday. Visit sophisticated Buenos Aires, where you can visit a guacho ranch to see traditional cowboys in action; watch a passionate Tango show & cruise along the waterways of the Tigre Delta. Finish with a visit to the mighty Iguazu Falls & exciting Rio de Janiero. Accessible transfers & all excursions included.
Wheelchair Accessible Highlights of Argentina Brazil Buenos Aires Iguazu Rio
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Buenos Aires
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Tigre Delta
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Gauchos 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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Gauchos 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 enjoy a 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.
 
Afternoon is at leisure to relax, before you are collected in the evening for a Tango Show. 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 the option of 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.
 
Note: The only part of the boat that can accommodate a wheelchair is at the back, which is open to the elements, so if you do not want to transfer into a seat do bring an umbrella to protect yourself from sun and rain. There is no accessible toilet on the boat.
Day 4
Depart this morning for a full day excursion to El Ombu de Areco Ranch, a traditional "estancia" situated in the fertile pampas grasslands 68 miles (110 km) from the city where you can admire the skills of the traditional Argentinian Gauchos (cowboy).
 
With a distinctive culture that combines their European and Native American heritages, Gauchos play an important role in regional cultural tradition - including folk singing, dancing and equestrian shows of traditional gaucho skills, such as ring races, cuadreras (horse races) and entrevero de tropillas (horse games).
 
On the way we visit San Antonio de Areco, one of the oldest cities of the Argentine countryside, where we visit the historic square, the Church of San Antonio de Padua and the promenade.
 
We continue to Estancia El Ombu de Areco where you will be greeted with empanadas (small traditional pies) and Argentinian wine. Here you can tuck into a traditional asado (barbeque). This is followed by typical folk music and a demonstration of the Gaucho horsemanship, and we return to the hotel around 6 pm.
Day 5
Transfer to Buenos Aires Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Puerto Iguazu Airport and transferred to your hotel near one of the greatest waterfalls in the world, regarded as one of Latin America's most awe-inspiring sights.
 
The mighty Iguazu Falls, whose name means "Great Waters", 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.
 
On arrival enjoy a tour across to the Brazilian side of the falls, with panoramic views of the nearly 2-mile (3 km) cliff edge. We take an elevator down to the base of the waterfalls and stop at different viewing points.
 
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.
 
Note: Not all walkways are accessible, but your guide will do his best to give you incredible views.
Day 6
Today enjoy a half day tour of the Argentinian side of the incredible Iguazu Falls.
 
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.
 
Note: Not all walkways are accessible, but your guide will do his best to give you incredible views.
Day 7
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.
 
Note: a normal sedan vehicle will be used for all your transfers and day tours in Brazil. Your carer will need to lift you into the front seat of the vehicle.
Day 8
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 take the escalator 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.
 
Note: It is essential that your manual wheelchair is a standard size, as larger chairs will not fit into the cog  train.
Day 9
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.
 
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.
 
Afterwards we return by cable car and transfer back to your hotel, with afternoon at leisure.
 
Note: It is essential that your manual wheelchair is a standard size, as larger chairs will not fit into the cable car.
Day 10
At leisure to independently relax at your hotel in beautiful Rio de Janeiro.
 
Note: Your hotel will be accessible, but there is no easy access to Copacabana beach beyond the promenade.
Day 11
Transfer to Rio de Janiero Airport for your flight home.

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