Argentina, Uruguay & Brazil holiday
Description of Argentina, Uruguay & Brazil holiday
This Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil holiday is a great value introduction to three of South America’s fascinating countries. This 10 day trip skirts the eastern coast of the continent, with time to enjoy two iconic cities – Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro – and a fascinating three night stay on a working estancia in the heart of Uruguay. You’ll also see one of South America’s natural wonders, the Iguazu Falls, exploring it from both the Argentinian and the Brazilian sides.
In Beunos Aires, an orientation walk will help you get your bearings, before soaking up the city’s mix of European and Latin influences. From here, it’s time to make like a gaucho on a working estancia in rural Uruguay. You can help out as little or as much as you like here, getting stuck in with daily farm work, working with livestock and riding horses, or simply relaxing and enjoying the very special Uruguayan hospitality. The next treat in store is the chance to explore the spectacular Igauzu Falls from both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides, before finishing this trip in unforgettable, charismatic Rio de Janeiro, where a huge range of optional activities that will help you discover this exciting metropolis.
You’ll travel by plane, local bus, ferry and an overnight bus, with a group of no more than 16 people.
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PlanetTravelling in a small group enables us to stay in locally-owned and run hotels. We work closely with our accommodation providers to minimise the overuse of linen and towels. Many hotels we stay in display signs asking travellers to reuse their towels and to take short showers to minimise water wastage. Equally, our leaders encourage travellers to turn off electrical appliances like lights and air-conditioning whilst not in their rooms.
Throughout this trip we use local transport for all mid and long-distance journeys including a ferry across the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires to Colonia. Travelling on local transport and avoiding flights not only helps to keep the cost of this trip down, but also reduces the use of fuel and the emissions they generate.
Two common environmental issues faced on this trip are littering and single use plastics. All our tour leaders are passionate about responsible travel and are also trained to help travellers identify and implement sustainable practices. These include disposing of rubbish properly, refilling water bottles, and avoiding the use of plastic bags and other disposable plastic goods.
PeopleThis trip has a maximum group size of 16, which allows us to minimise our impact on the places we visit. Over tourism is an issue we’re acutely aware of and we are taking measures to counteract it. For example, in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, our leaders take travellers on city orientation walks to explore the main highlights as well as lesser known corners that would be impossible to experience on mass flag-following style tours.
A small group size also allows us to stay on a real working ranch in Uruguay for three days, where travellers are able to experience first-hand daily chores like milking cows, rounding cattle and vaccinating animals.
In addition, we have a foundation that was set up to empower travellers to have a positive impact on the communities they visit. Our foundation now supports over 50 local, grassroots projects around the world. Over the past 15 years, the foundation has distributed over AU $5 million to projects tackling areas such as sustainable development, human rights, child protection, environmental conservation, wildlife protection, education and healthcare.