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Enjoy guided sightseeing in each city . Starting in Rio de Janeiro, you will experience the seduction of the beats and rhythms of this unique city. Sprawling between majestic granite peaks and the blue South Atlantic, Rio is a city of beauty, wonder, and energy. Witness Iguassu Falls from both the Brazilian and Argentine sides. You’ll marvel at the 275 waterfalls spanning almost two miles, the thundering roar of the falls, and the 180-degree rainbows that surround you. The Paris of the South, Buenos Aires dances to its own rhythm – and we don’t just mean Tango. This most European of South American cities is yours to explore. Have you ever been to Paraguay or Uruuay? This is a unique opportunity.
Arrival in Rio de Janeiro and transfer to the hotel. After being settled at the hotel, you can have walking tour to the famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches and see for yourself why the beachgoers often applaud the sunset. Overnight in Rio de Janeiro.
Breakfast. This day is planned for sightseeing. You can choose free activities and use it to walk the city on your own. Or you can take our optional full day guided tour. Explore Rio downtown, feel the carnival energy of Sambadrome, visit The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian (which is pyramid-shaped), the legendary Maracana Stadium with 78,838 seats, the colourful Selaron Steps, get to the Christ the Redeemer Statue (Corcovado) and take a fascinating view of the city, before you get another breathtaking panoramic view from Sugar loaf Mountain and learn how it got its name. At the end of the tour you will be transferred back to the hotel just in time to have late afternoon free time for individual activities. Overnight.
Breakfast. Break time from the city and heading to the Angra Dos Reis optional cruise and see some of the world’s most beautiful tropical islands. Engage in the natural beauty of Ilha Grande and surround yourself with nature’s relaxing sound and vision while swimming in different islands. There is also a delicious lunch which will contribute to your delight in this paradise. You will be returned to the hotel in the late evening. Or choose free activities. Overnight.
Breakfast. Free activities. Let’s go to the beach, take a swim and find more about that girl from Ipanema or why Copacabana is one of the world’s greatest beaches. In the afternoon our recommendation is to visit downtown of Rio and also taste special Brazilian coffee in the oldest coffee shop known as Colombo. In the evening you can come with us to an optional walk through Arcos de Lapa, the bohemian part with an entertaining nightlife. You can listen to some bossa nova, samba or jazz, taste a refreshing Caipirinha or take a bite of something spicy before we take you back to the hotel. Overnight.
Breakfast. Checkout. After leaving the hotel you will have some free time in the city before we transfer you to the airport. The plane will take you to Foz do Iguazu (Brazilian side of the falls) and there is a transfer to the hotel. Overnight.
Breakfast. We will take you to the Brazilian side of guazu National Park and you will find yourself surrounded by the compelling nature of South America. Feel the power of one of the world’s largest waterfalls, see the wildlife and find out more about Devil’s Throat. We will transfer you back to the hotel and you will have some free time. There might be option to have a short tour to Ciudad del Este in Paraguay where you can go shopping or walk around the town. Overnight.
Breakfast. Let us see the Iguazu falls from the Argentinian side on this guided tour and learn about the biodiversity of the jungle and the culture and history of the surrounding area. Depending on flight departure, after visiting Iguazu Falls, we will take you back to the hotel in Iguazu and you will have free time to relax and on agreed time we have transfer to the airport in Iguazu Cataratas and take a flight to Buenos Aires. Other option is to get to the airport directly from the Argentinian side of Iguasu Falls. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Buenos Aires.
Breakfast. Welcome to the Argentinian capital and a true cosmopolitan city with the oldest metro system in South America and a big passion for football. There is an organized half-day tour after breakfast. You will see the famous boulevards, July 9 Avenue (the widest avenue in the world), Plaza de Mayo (the city centre), Casa Rosada (the headquarters of the executive branch of the government), the Metropolitan Cathedral , Teatro Colón (one of the best opera houses in the world), Obelisk of Buenos Aires (a national historic monument). You will get to Recoleta, city area with European-inspired architecture and its cemetery (which contains the graves of notable people, including Eva Perón), trendy Palermo area (a rich city district with fancy restaurants and stores and very attractive architecture), La Boca (bohemian quarter, the first port in the city, originally settled by Italian immigrants). After this vibrant tour, you will be taken back to the hotel and you will have some free time. Overnight.
Breakfast. Plan your free activities or join us on the optional Tigre and Parana delta cruise. See the natural beauty of the delta’s rich flora & fauna, gorgeous houses with stunning yards, restaurants and a lot of flowers. Return to the hotel. Relax a little and in the evening you can come with us and feel the chemistry of a tango show and have dinner. Back to the hotel. Overnight.
Breakfast. This is a day of free activities, so find a map, explore the city, enjoy the sun and taste local food (empanadas and churrasco) and make some new friends. Overnight.
Breakfast. Use free activities to relax or come with us to a whole day tour and an hour-long ferry drive to one of the oldest towns in Uruguay, Colonia del Sacramento, charming town completely made in portuguese style. Take a dazzling view of Río de la Plata, hear the stories of the historic district and travel back in time. You will have free time to do all that, before we take you to the hotel. Overnight.
Breakfast. Check out. We will transfer you to the Buenos Aires airport. The flight details will be announced at least 3 weeks before the trip.
Passport and visas
Your passport should be valid for six months after the date of your scheduled return home. Full passport details are required at the time of booking. Delays to provide this information may result in booking fees or changes to your itinerary.
Visa’s are not required for citizens of most countries in America and Western Europe. However, it is the responsibility of the individual traveller. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time. Also remember to check whether a transit visa is required on route to join this trip or on the way home.
Make sure you have Travel Insurance and that you are adequately covered for Cancellation, Curtailment and Medical Insurance prior to your holiday departure. Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. When travelling on a trip, you won’t be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance. If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank’s name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.
Medical and health information
You need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip.
Summer time in the northern countries / from April to October -6 hours’ time difference with the United Kingdom; -1 hour’s difference with New York (EDT) and +2 hours’ time difference with the California (PDT).
Winter time in the northern countries / from November to March -5 hours’ difference with the United Kingdom, no time difference with New York (EDT) and +3 hours’ time difference with California (PDT).
Food and dietary requirements
The ability to experience local food, whether it’s from a street vendor, a home stay, or a restaurant, is a huge part of travelling. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants during your trip.
Snacks and light meals
In general, the market is always a good place to stock up – you can buy food ready to eat on the spot or to take away and prepare – and the range and prices are better than in any shop.
A couple of rules
Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment.
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
We like to call them “Leaders” and not “Guides” because they are essentially your well traveled, experienced friends! While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. Our Leaders main goals are to ensure everyone on the trip is having the best time possible. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. They know the trip locations well, and have great relationships with all our contacts in each destination. Not to mention they are all extremely fun and easy going people who continue to showcase the essence of what makes us Eco Explorer!
Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you’ll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it’s deemed necessary due to safety concerns. While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.
Our holidays are renowned for being friendly, fun experiences, and our small groups frequently include a significant number of single travellers. You’ll feel very welcome amongst people who share a passion for seeing the world on foot and the outdoor life.
Minimum group sizes
As with all group tour operators, we require a minimum number of participants to operate each holiday. Should this number not be reached, the holiday will not be commercially viable and we reserve the right to cancel it. This will be done reluctantly and an offer of a suitable alternative holiday will be provided wherever possible.