Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro tour, 9 days

“A nine day, tailor made trip of much of the glorious South American heritage in and between Buenos Aires and Rio de Janiero. With a trip to Iguazu Falls, and other guided tours. Staying in locally owned hotels. ”

Highlights

Argentina: Buenos Aires | River cruise on Tigre Delta | Iguazu Falls, Argentina side Brazil: Iguazu Falls, Brazil side | Rio de Janeiro and guided tour

Description of Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro tour, 9 days

This Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro holiday is a tailor made trip which brings you to both of these magnificent cities, starting in the Argentinian capital and then working your way north, via domestic flights, to the border with Brazil. The border is also one of the highlights of the holiday because the spectacular Iguazu Falls forms one of the most fantastic frontiers ever, and you can see it from both country’s too, as each proffers a very different experience.

Take guided tours in both Buenos Aires, otherwise known as ‘Paris of the South’ as well as Rio de Janeiro, where this holiday ends in style. This is a tailor made trip and so we can tweak the itinerary to suit your interests, time frame and budget. We work with small, locally owned hotels and guesthouses and also with activity providers to make sure you have a trip that is authentic and culturally immersive, as well as a lot of fun.

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Departure information

This set itinerary tour has daily departures throughout the year (no minimum group size)
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As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
We really work hard to keep all our operations green! All our worldwide offices currently run on 90% green energy (we are working towards 100%) from hydro electric, wind to solar power. Being web based, we are close to becoming a paperless environment, brochure prints are at a minimum (and printed on a requirement basis) and all pre departure information is emailed. We use energy saving bulbs in our work centres, and recycle all our waste.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Our trips source as much as possible from the local community. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local produce is available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in. All operations for this tour are done by locally owned companies, a fact we pride ourselves on. Hotels used are all locally owned and we try to choose where possible hotels which hold the same values and understand their responsibilities to the local environment as we do. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. We source them due to their unique contact with the local communities we visit, as well as their knowledge of the lakes, fauna and flora you will pass on route. This will give you an insight into the history of this fascinating region. In our pre departure information pack, and throughout the orientation on site, we help you to minimise your carbon footprint on your tour, and help protect the diverse environments which we visit on this tour. This information includes simple advice on waste disposal.

By booking your tour with us, you will be making a real impact on the community you are visiting. We can also assist you if you wish to visit community projects in order to get a lot more out of your trip. Most importantly a percentage of the funds generated from your tour (10%) will go back to our charities and assist us support the next generation and the environment they live in.

We currently work with 3 different charities, giving us a broad spectrum and diversifying where our funds go. We work with Project Peru in the UK who run an orphanage in Zapallal in the shanty town outskirts of Lima, ANIA in Peru which is a high profile Peruvian NGO which works with children and helps to teach them about their local environment and how to manage it affectively, and GVI Foundation in Australia which works on several development projects in Latin America and around the world. We help these charities by fundraising treks, through donations as a company and through our clients and also through many of our customers who volunteer their time and expertise. These charities are close to our core of supporting the environment and children in needs.

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4 Reviews of Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro tour, 9 days

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Reviewed on 09 Feb 2020 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Loved seeing both cities, and both sides of Iguazu Falls, which are spectacular, but our most memorable part was definitely the boat ride into the falls on the
Argentina side! This was offered to us as an add-on when our driver dropped us off at our Argentina Iguazu lodging facility. So glad we did, it was a blast!
Seeing the falls from both countries really offers different views and perspectives, and both are worth seeing, but only the Argentina side offers the boat ride
into two waterfalls, including the San Martin very powerful one!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Chimu had arranged all the transportation between airports and hotels, which was very convenient. They also booked the city tours and hotels. You aren't
with the same group of people throughout the trip, or with a single guide that accompanies you along the way. That's ok though, you get to meet various local
guides and you get to meet different people each day on the various tours, which is interesting. You don't develop deep friendships as you would in a group
tour where you're all together for a week or two at a time, but you're still often sharing tours with like-minded travelers.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Well, I'm assuming the local people benefited from the tourism business as many locals were employed as guides, hotel staff, drivers, etc. Taking a small van
for tours over individual cars or a large bus was probably better on gas and produced less pollution. Not sure about conservation on this trip. Prior to this, we'd
been in Antarctica and Patagonia and it was definitely stressed there, and woven into many aspects of the experience.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This was a carefree and convenient way to see two major cities and the beautiful Iguazu Falls. No worries about booking flights for the middle of the trip,
arranging transportation and tours, or booking hotels. It was a load off our minds to have that all done for us. My only recommendation is to to seek a better
hotel in Buenos Aires. The Deco was pretty tired and in need of some thorough remodeling/redecorating. The other lodging in Iguazu and Rio were great.
One more suggestion is to make sure that after your stay on one side of the falls, that you go to the other side with your luggage, and go on from there so you
don't have to go back and forth across the border to retrieve luggage before flying out the second day. If you have time to kill in the Brazil side while waiting
for a flight, I highly suggest The Bird Park. There are large lockers there for luggage and it's a beautiful park full of many Amazon species of birds and
butterflies. We appreciate the hotel receptionist and local guides for that recommendation. Rio was a blast too. We had no issues with crime on the beach,
but were watchful. It's a beautiful city to see from the tops of the mountains and the sand of the beach.

Reviewed on 09 Oct 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


All of it! Buenos Aires is a beautiful city. La Boca was very colourful and interesting. The Argentinian side of the Falls is spectacular. Absolutely loved Rio. The highlight would have to be seeing Christ the Redeemer.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Bring a mac/umbrella for your visit to the Falls as you could get wet.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


By visiting these countries and spending money we are benefiting local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This was an excellent holiday, very well organised and planned. Excellent support and service throughout the trip.

Reviewed on 08 Nov 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The whole trip will be memorable. I best liked my hotel accommodation in Paratty and Iquazu falls were amazing - its worth doing both sides visit.
Language in Brazil is Portuguese very little spoken English. Across to Argentina
everybody speaks English plus Spanish/ Portuguese.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


To watch out in Rio de Janeiro on the beaches - dont wear any jewellery or cash or anything valuable !! Using the public transport is also very good and easy across Brazil make sure you have small change for the bus fare. In Iquazu Argentina all payments for tours are required in cash no cards accepted, USD dollar is in favour but in the shops/restaurants cards are OK.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Not sure.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I have had a great time and will be looking to visit South America again.

Reviewed on 04 Jan 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Iguazu was definitely one of the most exciting parts, although it was amazing in general.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


It would have been nice to know when taking the Grand boat trip at the Iguazu Falls that you're going to be wet all over. Nobody told us and we didn't have any changing clothes or at least swim suits with us. So the rest of the tour we had to proceed in wet clothes which made it a little awkard.
Also if you go to Paraty: prepare yourself for mosquitos!!!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It really was amazing, thank you very much!!!!

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