Buenos Aires to Rio via Iguazu Falls holiday
Description of Buenos Aires to Rio via Iguazu Falls holiday
Feel the rhythms of Argentina and Brazil on this seven-day adventure journeying from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro, taking in the spectacular Iguazu Falls along the way. From tango to samba, Spanish to Portuguese, Malbec wine to caipirinhas, these two countries are sure to have you gripped.
Buenos Aires offers an eclectic mix of European, Cosmopolitan and Latin flavours, as well as a booming cultural and nightlife scene. Explore the neighbourhoods of this lively, confident city on a tour with a local guide and there’s the option to watch a football match or Tango show, too. Then look for rainbows in the mist of the mighty Iguazu Falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides, and visit a local indigenous community. End your journey in Rio, gazing over the city, mountains and bay of Rio de Janeiro from the foot of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. Here, favelas may sit alongside mansions, but in the heaving metropolis of Rio, everyone’s invited to the party. Immerse yourself in Brazilian culture, dance and music. As the sun goes down, take the cable car up to Sugarloaf Mountain to watch the sunset before getting sweaty with the locals in the samba clubs.
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PeopleOn this tour you will visit the town of Paraty. This is one of the world's best preserved Portuguese colonial towns and is now World Heritage listed. Here you will get to support the local community by staying in a locally run hotel, you will get the opportunity to learn about the town’s trade of sugar cane liquor and its history in the world of slavery. Another experience of Brazilian community on this tour is through the optional tour of the Favelas in Rio de Janero. These stark contrasting communities of shanty towns are the real Rio ,you can wander through the community, meeting the people who live and work in the poorest areas of this vibrant city.
We take care to use local transport throughout, and stay in small, locally owned hotels and guesthouses. We source produce locally throughout the trip, eat at local restaurants and encourage our travellers to purchase souvenirs from local artisans and recruit our on the ground team from the local community. This not only gives a fantastic insight into the country and a snap shot of day to day life, but it also puts valuable financial resources back into the local economy, creating jobs and supporting local businesses.
A project supported in Brazil is the Roupa Suja Project (UMPMRS) which aims to improve the lives of the families living in the Favela in the Roupa Suja neighbourhood through education.