Wonders of the New World9 days & 8 nights, Escorted Discovery Group
Escorted Discovery Group
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Buenos Aires, Iguazu & Rio De Janeiro
Offering an outstanding introduction to Argentina and Brazil, this journey combines the elegance of Buenos Aires with exotic and flamboyant Rio de Janeiro. The tour also visits the awe-inspiring waterfalls of Iguazu - shrouded in their own mist, they thunder amid tropical jungle and stretch for miles along the border.
Day 1Arrive Buenos Aires
You will be met and taken to your hotel.Brick Hotel Buenos Aires - 3 Nights
Day 2Buenos Aires
Explore the elegant and cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires. Firstly you visit the 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest in the world, passing the famous Colon Opera house and the Obelisk commemorating the founding of the city in 1536 and continue to the Plaza de Mayo and the buildings surrounding it which include the Government House, Metropolitan Cathedral and Town Hall. Then you visit La Boca, a typically Italian district, where you visit the 'Caminito' street. The tour continues to Buenos Aires port area towards Palermo Chico residential district and Palermo Park and ends in the elegant district of Recoleta where you visit the Recoleta Cemetery where Eva Peron was buried.Brick Hotel Buenos Aires (B)
Day 3Buenos Aires
Day at leisure or take an optional excursion, such as a visit to an estancia in the Pampas or an evening tango show with dinner at Esquina Carlos Gardel or similar. Should you wish to book any optional excursions locally, please enquire with our local agent on arrival in Buenos Aires.Brick Hotel Buenos Aires (B)
Day 4To Iguazu / Iguacu
You will be collected at your hotel and taken to the airport, to board the flight to Iguazu.
Upon arrival, embark on a tour of the Brazilian side of the falls. The Parque Nacional Foz do Iguacu in Brazil was founded in 1939 and offers the best views of the full scale of the Iguacu Falls, in addition to protecting a vast array of wildlife. You will be met at the airport and transferred across the border to the Brazilian side. Here, walk along a paved walkway, which leads from beside the Hotel Das Cataratas through sub-tropical forest for 1 mile until it reaches the bottom of the Floriana falls. Along the way there are excellent views over to the Argentinian side of the falls. At Floriana either a lift or a path will lead you to the top of the falls from where there are further stunning views.
Following your visit, transfer to your hotel on the Argentinian side of the falls.
- Please note that the Iguacu/Iguazu National Park fees are not included and are payable locally.
- Please dress in light clothing and have sun protection to hand. Waterproofs are recommended for some parts of the walkway.
- Please ensure you have your passport ready for the border crossings between Argentina and Brazil.
Day at leisure to explore the Argentinian side of the falls.Sheraton Iguazu Resort & Spa (B)
Day 6To Rio de Janeiro
You will be collected at your hotel and taken to the airport to board the flight to Rio de Janeiro.Windsor Excelsior Hotel / Miramar Hotel by Windsor - 3 Nights (B)
Upon arrival, you will be met and taken to your hotel in Rio de Janeiro.
Day 7Rio de Janeiro
You will set off this morning on a panoramic tour of Rio's main beaches including Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon. Stop at a typical beach juice bar to taste fresh tropical juices and get a glimpse into the carioca's (local residents') way of life. You will then continue to the cable car station on Praia Vermelha. From here a succession of two cable cars will take you to the 1300-foot summit of the world famous Sugar Loaf Mountain. The view from the glass enclosed cars and the two summits is magnificent. You look out on to the city's sweeping coastline with its tall buildings curling around forested mountains and bays, the statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Hill and, on the horizon, the imposing Niteroi bridge.Windsor Excelsior Hotel / Miramar Hotel by Windsor (B)
After lunch (payable locally) you will take a beautifully scenic drive past Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon to the foot of Corcovado Hill. The summit is reached from Rua Cosme Velho, via a cog railway, which at the time of its inauguration in 1884 was hailed as a great achievement of engineering. The hunch-backed Corcovado Hill is famous for the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer, which stands arms stretched on the mountain's summit. The view from here is as stunning as that from Sugar Loaf, but it takes in different perspectives. You will see the beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, the exclusive Jockey Club racecourse, the mountains rising in the background and the spectacular Niteroi Bridge in the distance. The tour will take approximately eight hours.
Day 8Rio de Janeiro
Day at leisure or optional excursions, including a visit to the Tijuca rainforest, the botanical gardens, Rio's old center or a tour of Rio's social projects. Should you wish to book any optional excursions locally, please enquire with our local agent.Windsor Excelsior Hotel / Miramar Hotel by Windsor (B)
Day 9Depart Rio De Janeiro
Day at leisure.
You will be collected at your hotel and taken to the airport.(B)
Generally, road travel in Latin America is reasonably good, however conditions vary greatly between the modern capital cities and the more remote areas. When traveling off the beaten track, roads are frequently narrow, bumpy, pot-holed and have stretches which are not paved, or which are under reconstruction. In Costa Rica, northern Chile and Bolivia particularly, conditions are very dusty and / or bumpy, and the road journeys tend to be quite strenuous. Road conditions change throughout the year and heavy rain and extreme weather patterns can affect journey times. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour: on escorted groups, transport will usually be in the form of a European-style coach or, for smaller groups, may be by mini-bus. On individual journeys, transport will generally be by sedan car. In destinations where conditions require it, off road driving will be in 4 x 4 vehicles.
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Many countries within Latin America have their own air pass and, wherever possible, our tours will be constructed with the appropriate air pass, which will minimize the costs of the internal flight. Please note that the majority of air passes have restrictions; therefore if you require an itinerary with full flexibility, please contact your tour consultant who will advise the additional cost to provide you with a more flexible ticket. Please also note that in certain cases we may not be able to book internal flights under an airpass. In this event a supplement may be payable.
Because of increased air traffic, government restrictions and/or changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. These delays can cause problems with your holiday arrangements, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. If this should occur, everything possible will be done to minimize the inconvenience. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances and we strongly advise that you are insured against such eventualities.
Flight Amendments: Flights on these tours are in general quoted separately and use special airfare. These have certain conditions, which normally restrict changes of date, route and airline. Any such change made after a ticket has been issued will normally necessitate the purchase of a new ticket at the passenger’s expense.
Airport Departure Taxes: Most cities in Latin America levy a departure tax for passengers departing on international flights, which have to be paid in local currency or the equivalent in US dollars. Other cities within a country may also levy a small charge for departures on domestic flights. Occasionally, taxes may be included on your ticket and we will advise you accordingly. Since there is no standard charge between countries, and taxes are subject to change, it is not possible to list the taxes in this brochure. We will advise you of the current charge with your final documents, and our local agents will confirm the amount payable on arrival. Please ensure you keep enough local currency or US dollars to cover these taxes.
During some itineraries, it may be necessary to depart for excursions or transfers to the airport very early in the morning, sometimes before dawn. This is normally either due to the flight schedules within Latin America, or in order for us to maximize the opportunities for sightseeing during your tour. A number of flights to Latin America arrive / depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Latin America. In the larger cities, the hotels we use are fully modernized and have excellent facilities, unless you choose to opt for the more colonial style property, where facilities may be limited. In some smaller cities and more remote areas, we try to offer the best hotels available. However, these may be quite simple - sometimes small colonial-style properties, in which rooms may vary in size - and often have relatively basic facilities. Please note, all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake or falls view, deluxe or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in / out time is normally 3:00 pm, but this does vary between hotels.
Jungle Lodges & Remote Areas: Accommodation in some wildlife lodges in the Amazon rainforest, are not comparable to the better properties found in parts of Africa and Asia. Accommodation is often reached via narrow and unpaved roads, or by boat, and can be a long way from other civilization. Even when you travel off the beaten track with Cox & Kings, you can be sure that your accommodation is the best available; however sometimes the best hotel may be the only hotel, which may be very modest. In these cases, we feel that the inconvenience of such accommodation is outweighed by the experience of staying in these more remote areas.
Capital: Buenos Aires
Official Language(s): Spanish
Visa or Fees: No Visa required. A $140 reciprocity fee is due upon arrival to the Ezezia International Airport in Buenos Aires. This fee is paid once and is valid for the life of the passport.
Argentina is a land of stunning natural beauty, from the wild windswept fjords of Tierra del Fuego to the high plateau landscapes of the north. As well as lively cities and fantastic food and wine, Argentina offers two of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders in Iguazú Falls and the Perito Moreno Glacier.
What To See
The energetic capital of Buenos Aires is a fantastic place to wander around and soak up the atmosphere, catch an impromptu tango session, enjoy superb steaks in some of its many fine restaurants and sample the lively nightlife.
The plains of Patagonia can be divided into coastal Patagonia and inland Patagonia. In Inland Patagonia, at the foot of the Andes, lies Los Glacieres National Park with the Perito Moreno Glacier, an inspiring sight. Coastal Patagonia’s Peninsula Valdes offers excellent wildlife viewing, including the world’s largest penguin colony at Punta Tombo Reserve, and opportunities to see southern right whales, sea lions, elephant seals, guanacos and maras (Patagonian hares).
Further north around the town of Bariloche, lies the Lake District, a region of beautiful forests, lakes and mountains and a great place for outdoor activities.
The wine-producing town of Mendoza is a stylish city which enjoys a stunning location in the foothills of the Andes. It is possible to visit a number of the city’s world-class vineyards.
When To Go
Argentina’s seasons are reversed from the northern hemisphere’s. The best times to visit Buenos Aires are in spring and autumn. Mendoza and the Lake District are spectacular in autumn, when the leaves on the trees turn red and brown. For Patagonia, the best time to go is during the summer months (winter in US), as many services are unavailable in the winter.