Impressions of South America - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

10 days

from $4699 pp

Trip available from Jun 2015 to Apr 2016.
"I really liked Iguassu Falls"
Regina , Jun 2014

This leisurely South America trip gives you Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Christ the Redeemer statue and Iguassu Falls by day - and samba fun in Rio and tango in Buenos Aires by night.

It’s Insider moments like… sneaking behind the scenes at elegant Teatro Cólon, built in 1908 for a society that demanded elite opera in Buenos Aires – discover the main stage and explore the backstage. And you learn to mix the perfect caipirinha – Brazil’s citrusy national drink – at a barbecue night at the local churrascaria, giving a real taste of how the locals party with music, tasty barbecued meats and cocktails.

Trip type:
At Leisure
Trip code:

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.


    Bemvindo ao Rio de Janeiro! You will arrive and be met at the airport by a local host and taken to your lovely oceanfront hotel (check in time is 3 p.m.). Enjoy your hotel’s superb location overlooking Copacabana Beach and minutes from downtown Rio.


    Windsor Atlantica

  • 2.


    Enjoy a leisurely morning before joining your Travel Director for an exploration of the cidade maravilhosa (marvellous city) and its many contrasts, from the 18th century aqueduct and colonial Candelaria Church to the 20th century opera house, Sambodromo, and city Cathedral. Ascend Sugarloaf Mountain via cable car for astounding bay and city views followed by a festive Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travelers.


    Full Breakfast,Welcome Reception

  • 3.


    Board a classic cogwheel train for the journey to the summit of majestic Corcovado, site of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. After admiring the panoramic views, head back down the mountain and see the song-inspiring Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. This evening, learn how to mix the perfect caipirinha, a A Local Speciality and Brazil’s national cocktail, and then indulge in a traditional barbecue Regional Meal at a local churrascaria.


    Full Breakfast,Regional Meal

  • 4.


    Enjoy a full day to explore the wonders of Rio on your own. Your Travel Director will be happy to help you plan your day. Take a sailboat cruise along the coast, a helicopter ride over Copacabana or visit a nearby favella (local town). Tonight, there’s an optional outing to see a lively Carnival extravaganza of Samba song and dance.


    Full Breakfast

  • 5.


    Enjoy a morning at leisure to explore on your own. Perhaps a swim in the Atlantic sounds refreshing. This afternoon, visit a Samba school with a A Local Expert and see how the school operates and prepares for Carnival week. See Carnival props and if you desire, join a Samba dance lesson. Then take a fight to magnifcent Iguassu Falls, straddling the border of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Iguassu National Park boasts one of the world’s largest and most impressive waterfalls and is home to many rare and endangered species of fora and fauna. This evening, enjoy a convivial dinner with your travel companions at the hotel.


    Full Breakfast,Dinner


    Iguassu Resort

  • 6.


    Enter Iguassu National Park and spend the morning exploring the Brazilian side of the cascades with A Local Expert, including a scenic walk through the rainforest to the base of the falls. After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant with a view of the falls, return to your resort hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Take advantage of your resort’s amenities or choose from a variety of optional activities,including a jetboat ride to the base of the falls, helicopter sightseeing or a visit to a tropical bird reserve home to more than 500 species of birds.


    Full Breakfast,Lunch

  • 7.


    Cross the border into Argentina and spend some time getting to know the geography of the area at the Visitors Centre. Take a walk along a scenic catwalk to view the thunderous Devil’s Throat Falls and ride the open-air ecological jungle train for a diferent perspective of the mighty cascades. Then fly to Buenos Aires and arrive at your stylish hotel. Argentina’s sizzling capital is renowned for its international designer boutiques, fne dining venues, museums, cultural pursuits, modern theatres and the famous Teatro Colon.


    Full Breakfast


    InterContinental Buenos Aires

  • 8.


    Embark with a Local Expert on a guided tour of the passionate city where the tango was born. See the Casa Rosada, Metropolitan Cathedral and other government buildings; the colourful neighbourhood of La Boca; San Telmo and lovely Palermo, home to fashionable cafes and verdant parks. See the Teatro Colon, a landmark in Buenos Aires and a A Unique Insight. Take a backstage tour of the Opera House, including the main function rooms and the main stage. Lastly, visit the Recoleta Cemetery, where Argentina’s former first lady, Eva Peron (Evita), is buried. This evening, do as the locals do and linger over a Regional Meal and a chance for an authentic taste of world renowned Argentinian beef! Cap of the evening watching the best tango dancers in Buenos Aires perform, and experience the passion and power of the traditional tango – the most representative and beloved music in Argentina.


    Full Breakfast,Regional Meal

  • 9.


    Relish a morning and afternoon at leisure to pursue your own interests in the “Paris of South America.” The possibilities are endless. Delve into one of the country’s fnest museums at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, set in a lovely park in the Recoleta neighbourhood. Follow in the footsteps of Argentina’s most revered writer, Jorge Luis Borges, as you browse the many bookstores of Buenos Aires and sip a cofee at the famed Cafe Tortoni. If you’d like to experience a diferent side of Argentina, choose an optional trip into the countryside to a traditional estancia (ranch); share a drink with the local gauchos (cowboys), learn about their lives and marvel at their consummate horsemanship during a lively equestrian show before sitting down to a sumptuous traditional parrillada (barbecue) lunch. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for an exclusive A Be My Guest Farewell Dinner experience in Palermo Soho. You will be welcomed by a local family and long-time residents of this now-trendy neighbourhood. Be delighted, as they wine and dine you with homemade family recipes in the kitchen. Discover the secrets of kneading country bread. Watch as your hosts demonstrate the art of typical Argentinian crafts. Spending time with this family will be an experience you won’t soon forget.


    Full Breakfast,Be My Guest

  • 10.


    Say hasta luego to Argentina today and transfer to the airport for your fight home. For your convenience, your rooms are reserved until 5 p.m. Or you may choose to extend your stay in Buenos Aires.


    Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    Experience dinner at the home of a local family in the Palermo Soho neighbourhood.
  • Local Expert

    For included sightseeing in Iguassu and Buenos Aires.
  • Local Speciality

    Learn how to mix the perfect Caipirinha.
    Watch Brazilian gemstones transformed into beautiful jewellery.
  • Unique Insight

    Learn about the Teatro Colon Opera House, a landmark in Buenos Aires since its construction in 1908.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Buenos Aires

    Immerse yourself in the culture and passion of the “Paris of South America;” explore the city's main sights; stroll through the famous Recoleta Cemetery; enjoy a captivating tango show.
  • Iguassu Falls

    Embark on guided tours of the massive falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinean side; ride the Ecological Jungle Train.
  • Rio de Janeiro

    Discover the city's main sights; enjoy a cogwheel train ride through Tijuca Forest and up Corcovado Mountain to see the famous Christ the Redeemer statue.


  • 4 evening meals:

    including 2 Regional Meals, buffet dinner and Be My Guest Farewell Dinner
  • 9 full breakfasts

  • 1 lunch

Travel Highlights

  • A Trafalgar bonus – guaranteed late hotel check-out until 5 p.m. in Buenos Aires on Day 10
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • 9 nights First Class accommodation
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • A Trafalgar bonus – all Intra-Air Flights: Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu and Iguassu to Buenos Aires, including porter service at all airports
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences


Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.



    Adult Price: $146.00 No visit to Rio de Janeiro is complete without experiencing the glamour and rhythm of a colorful samba show. Begin your evening with a delicious Brazilian BBQ dinner (drinks not included). Feel the spirit of Rio’s world-famous Carnival as you’re treated to a lively extravaganza of Samba song-and-dance. You’ll be caught up in the excitement of this cultural journey as you watch a light show and a stage full of beautiful dancers. This exciting mix of percussion and samba dance builds to a grand finale with a Carnival parade on stage. Total duration of this outing is five hours. Not available on Sundays.

    Adult Price: $140.00 Enjoy a few hours of hands-on fun as you learn to prepare traditional Brazilian recipes. Your instructor will guide you through the cooking process and afterward dine on your sumptuous creation. Whether you are a novice or cooking enthusiast, the outing promises to be fun and entertaining. Total duration is 4 ½ hours and there is a minimum of four participants to operate. Not available on Sundays.

    Adult Price: $70.00 Spend two hours sailing on Guanabara Bay in a schooner. Take in the beautiful views of Rio de Janeiro with Sugar Loaf Mountain towering in the distance. Pass the bay's islands and forts as you cruise by a picture postcard setting. Total duration of this outing is three hours and transfers are included to/from the wharf.

    Adult Price: $55.00 Discover the charm and beauty of Santa Teresa, which originated around a convent during the 16th Century, as you wander by foot through the winding, narrow cobblestone streets. Once home to upper-class residents, Santa Teresa is now home to many artists with studios, galleries, museums and inviting eateries. Admire the bohemian atmosphere and beautiful architecture. Learn about the history of the area as you make your way around the neighborhood with your guide. Located on a high hill overlooking Rio, you'll have a perfect view of the city and bay below. Total durations is about 3 ½ hours. Minimum of 6 guests required to operate.

    Adult Price: $38.00 Visit one of Rio de Janeiro's hillside favelas on this half-day educational tour. See the day-to-day lifestyles of locals who live in Rocinha, one of Rio’s many dense favelas. Along the way stop at a community school and there is an opportunity to purchase handicrafts made by the children. With a local expert guide, you’ll travel inside the favela, interact with locals and gain a new understanding of Brazilian society.

    Adult Price: $120.00 What could be better than a sightseeing tour of Rio de Janeiro from the air? Soar high over Rio with sweeping and unforgettable views of Sugar Loaf Mountain rising from Guanabara Bay. Take in spectacular views of Copacabana Beach, Copacabana fortress and Ipanema Beach. Total flight time is 6-7 minutes. Minimum of three guests required to operate.

Iguassu Falls


    Adult Price: $43.00 This family owned park is home to more than 900 native birds from 150 species. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour along a well-marked trail through subtropical forests. Enter aviaries to get more of an up close and personal view of the birds. The walk through the park takes about an hour and total duration of this outing with transfers is two hrs.

    Adult Price: $125.00 Begin this adventure in open-air wagons with unhindered views as you work your way through lush sub-tropical forests. Then hike down the canyon where the Macuco Falls tumble over basalt cliffs into the Iguassu basin. Here, board a custom designed inflatable motorboat for a 20-30 minute exhilarating ride to the base of the falls. Total duration of this outing is about two hours.

    Adult Price: $163.00 Take a 10 minute flight high over Iguassu Falls and witness one of Mother Nature’s greatest achievements. Minimum of 3 participants to operate.

Buenos Aires


    Adult Price: $150.00 Enjoy a great day as you head out into the pampas to visit an authentic 3,000 acre (1200 hectare) estancia (Argentinean Ranch) that dates back to the late 19th century. A BBQ will be served with a variety of meats and salads. After lunch, watch a folklore show complete with music and dance. Also, sit back, relax and watch typical activities of an estancia including a wonderful horse demonstration. Duration of this outing is approximately 7 hours. (Min. 10 guests)

    Adult Price: $78.00 Immerse yourself into the world of tango with a renowned maestro. Your lesson can be specially designed to suit your level of expertise from no experience to advanced. Your group lesson will be in the San Telmo neighborhood (Tango's birthplace) in a unique residence that features an eclectic architectural style and filled with art nouveau crafts and paintings. Total duration of the lesson is 90 minutes and dependent on at least five participants in the lesson. Transfers to/from the lessons are additional. (Your Travel Director can arrange a taxi). (Min. 5 guests)

    Adult Price: $90.00 Head to the northern outskirts of Buenos Aires to the lush countryside of the Tigre Delta on this outing. This area is a popular weekend getaway for Buenos Aires residents. The delta features pretty scenery, lovely summer residences, relaxing vibe, yachting and a chance to see another way of Argentine life. Your tour includes a cruise on the delta and if you are visiting on Saturdays, you can stroll through the local outdoor market. Total duration is about 4 hours. (Min. 10 guests)
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