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Discover with your Family the incredible Buenos Aires

Experience the vast wildlife of Ibera Wetlands

Family Exploration at Iguazu Falls

Travel to Rio de Janeiro for the Christ Redeemer Statue

FROM USD 2800 13 Days / 12 Nights
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Buenos Aires, Full Day Estancia – El Ombu de Areco, Ibera Wetlands, Iguazu Falls & Rio

 

BUENOS AIRES, NORTHEASTERN ARGENTINA & RIO DE JANEIRO

Travel in Argentina & Brazil with your family - 13 days

Spend 13 days immersing the entire family in an unforgettable experience that combines culture, adventure, history and nature. This trip includes: incredible activities and destinations like bustling Buenos Aires, the vast and verdant Ibera Wetlands, ever-impressive Iguazu Falls, and jaw-dropping Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Children will also receive our “Argentina Adventure Kit” that will challenge them throughout the tour to engage with locals.Come to experience the family trip of a lifetime!

Day 1 - Argentina Challenge Kit / Palermo lakes district Walking Tour

 

Welcome to Argentina! At your arrival, you’ll receive our Argentina Challenge Adventure Kit. “Great guys! But, what’s that?” It’s the perfect tool to get that immersive and transformative travel experience you’re aiming for. The various kits have been designed with challenge cards to generate engagement between your children, the places they visit, the people they meet, and you! Trust us, this isn’t your typical family vacation. Our goal is to unite the entire family in a fun and informative way while spending quality time together and having lots of fun along the way. To further incentivize the program, simply share photos with us showing them completing each of the challenges, and we will deliver a special gift to your hotel (or mailed to your home) along with our official Argentina Adventurer Badge!

 

Upon arrival in Buenos Aires you will be met at the airport and have a transfer to your hotel. No matter how early you arrive in the morning, your room will be ready for you upon arrival: early check in guaranteed. Time to settle down, relax and get prepared for enjoying a relaxing afternoon visiting the famous Palermo district for about 4 hours. No matter how much research you have done, you will always learn something unexpected when taking a walking tour through one of the cities unique barrios— and we’re not just talking about the official information, but also from the unscripted moments of chitchat with your tour guide. For example, how many dogs can a dog walker walk? Which is the strangest or most colorful graffiti you can spot? How many trees can you count on just one block? Let’s go family of urban explorers…  

 

Why you will love it: it’s a personalized tour so you will be able to explore the city at your own pace, focusing on the personal interests of each member of the family. Take your time to help your kids take that picture they want or stop to buy an ice cream (Argentine ice cream is the best of the best….with all our respect for italians!).

 

Why your kids will love it: “Why there are graffitis everywhere? And why people move their hands like crazy when they talk?” Your kids will be glad to have a new person (besides mom and dad) to calm their curious minds. Our local guide will be more than please to answer their questions in a didactic and friendly way.

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Day 2 - Hunting the spirit of Buenos Aires Tour & Tastes Like Home

 

Today you’ll embark in on a 8 hour-long historic tour through the city’s ornate architecture with a private car at your disposal. We’ll pick you up at your hotel to spot the most important balconies of the city and learn why is the Presidential Palace pink, or  the houses in La Boca so colorful. If you’re a football enthusiastic family you’ll learn which is Argentina’s favorite fútbol (soccer) team. Why soccer is a passion for Argentinians? Well, only an Argentinian can answer to that question. Continue your full cultural immersion learning about our rich history as you speak with locals (known as Porteños) and learn fun facts about our storied past. A delicious lunch will be included. Don’t forget to try our national dish: the milanesa napolitana (you’ll have to google it because it’s so amazing we just can not explain it….). At the end we’ll take you back to your hotel.

 

In the afternoon, feel like an Argentinean for one night and experience a shared meal with a local family in their own home. Discover an authentic way to enjoy the most typical Argentine food: learn how to cook mini empanadas, eat asado, alfajores and, of course, try our delicious wine. You ‘ll prepare a typical Argentine sauce, chimichurri, and alfajorcitos with caramel and coconut, a typical Argentina delight. The table is served when the person in charge of the grill announces a comer, and we will all sit down together as we do every Sunday. Be part of the family, know their history, our culture and exchange traditions and stories in this enchanting one and only experience.

 

 

Why you will love it: having a car to wander the city will make it easier and safer to visit the main attractions. You won’t have to hassle about the logistics. At night you’ll be hosted by locals for a dinner and you may get to know other travelers who may have kids too. It will be a convivial and cultural immersive evening.

 

 

Why your kids will love it: they will see new and amazing places, monuments and get to see people dancing tango in the streets! Plus, they will learn how to cook mini empanadas, another favorite Argentinian delicatessen.

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Day 3 - Argentina’s rural culture: Estancia “El Ombú de Areco”

 

Argentina is worlwide famous for its football players but also for the vastnees of its green- tinted fields best known as La Pampa. That endless land at the edge of the horizon is still home to the descendants of first gauchos (Argentine cowboys) who care and work the land as their ancestors taught them to. There are still some estancias (ranchs) that preserve the gauchos traditions, located at picturesque towns within Buenos Aires’ province. One of the most alluring is San Antonio de Areco town where gaucho traditions are still palpable everywhere and lies El Ombú de Areco,   a colonial style working ranchbuilt in 1880 . Today you will visit this time-honoredtown  before heading to the ranch. Learn about the gaucho culture and traditions, strolling around the beautiful old streets, museums and ancient pulperías at San Antonio de Areco town before heading to the El Ombú. Once there, enjoy a typical asado (barbecue) before a detox horseback riding in the nature or a relaxing bike ride. For the bons vivants, there is a peaceful swimming pool (only available in summer) and many relaxation areas to take la siesta (a nap). 

 

 

Why all of you will love this countryday: when the city starts fading into the endless field, occasionally spotted by millenary trees and grazing cows, adults and kids will be astonished alike. That’s why we, Argentine fellows, love roadtripping. That’s the power of La Pampa. Walking through the old town at San Antonio de Areco will be like taking a time machine to old colonial days. The comforting facilities of El Ombú will provide adults with some quality relaxing time while your kids enjoy unscheduled exploration of the area before taking one of the activities available. You’ll be in contact with locals and their traditions: hear the enchanting sound of the guitarra criolla (creole guitar) and be witness of the tight bond between a gaucho and his horse in an spectacle called Doma India (a non violent horse training).

 

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Day 4 - From Buenos Aires to Iberá Wetlands

 

Today we’ll drive you to the airport to take your flight to our Mesopotamia, a land of wild animals, jungle, wetlands, a complete different landscape.

 

Esteros del Iberá is more of a once-in-a-lifetime experience than a tour. Is the perfect place for families who want to experience ecotourism,  explore an off-the-beaten-path destination in Argentina and be truly in contact with nature and local fauna. The Esteros are the second-largest wetlands in the world after Pantanal in Brazil and one of the biggest fresh water reservoirs in the continent. At your arrival we’ll take you to Estancia El Socorro (Ranch El Socorro),  the perfect base to explore the area and enjoy a typical gaucho environment. This is much more a family house than a hotel so you will have the chance to try homemade food and learn about inhabitants’ customs. Once in the estancia you will have the afternoon to explore the beautiful secluded countryside.    

 

While you stay at the ranch all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are included and are home made and freshly prepared

 

 

Why all of you will love Esteros de Iberá: this is still an off-the-turisty-path destination in Argentina and a delight for any family seeking to have an immersive experience. From landscapes, flora and wildlife to its inhabitants traditions, everything will make you step out of your comfort zone. Yet, you’ll have all the comfort you need at the estancia, which was acquired by the conservation philanthropist Douglas Tompkins to create the Argentina’s largest nature park based on it rewilding program- Many extirpated wildlife are coming back home since then! Discover with your kids the funny snout of a giant anteater or the elegant movement of a pampa deer.

 

 

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Day 5 - Your family experience at Iberá Wetlands I

 

After a homemade breakfast you will go out to explore the area. Take a boat trip to see alligators and capybaras and do flora and fauna sightseeing. The natural reserve is hometown to some exotic species declared Provincial Natural Monument and some impressive aquatic vegetation. Tell everyone to take their camera / Iphone / Sketchbook … you have work to do.

 

 

Say Hueque Tips

 

Why all this fuzz about Iberá? We have at least 10 reasons why.. we wrotte them down in our blog:  “10 thing you didn’t know about Iberá Wretlands”

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Day 6 - Your family experience at Iberá Wetlands II

 

Second day in paradise. Did you get that photo of that cute capybara? If not, you will have a second chance today. You can take another boat tour and keep on exploring the deep Iberá or try something new. This is your chance to feel like a cowboy in the wild! Take a horse ride along the Iberá marshes and feel like a real argentine gaucho.  

 

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Day 7 - Wetlands adventure come to an end. It’s time for the Iguazú Falls

 

 Say goodbye to the awe-inspiring sunrise of Iberá and get ready to continue your journey. We will drive you to your hotel at Puerto Iguazú, a small border town and gateway to visit the impressive Iguazú Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

 

Answer the call of vacations and take your time to relax at your hotel. If you’re eager to explore, you can visit the “Hito tres fronteras”, a viewpoint west of the town center that stands high above the turbulent reddish-brown junction of the Iguazú and Paraná rivers, which also form the Triple Frontera, or Triple Border between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Or visit the Güirá Oga (the house of birds in native Guaraní language), the sanctuary for animals hurt by illegal hunting and trapping.

 

 

Say Hueque tips

 

Check out our recommendations on where to eat dinner in Puerto Iguazú. Try two local river fish dishes: the Pacu (related to the piranha, though completely harmless) and the Surubi. Take a look at our Iguazú Falls travel guide for more practical tips.  

 

     

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Day 8 - Iguazú Falls National Park (Argentine Side) & Ecological Navigation

 

“Ladies, gentlemen and little gentlemens, the moment everyone was waiting for…”After breakfast we’ll drive you on a 6-8 hour-long adventure to the Argentine side of the Iguazú Falls where you will enjoy intimate views of this unforgettable section of the Iguazú River.

 

The falls are surrounded by a humid subtropical forest where the exuberant vegetation is home to many different animals and birds. An experienced guide will help you to spot toucans, coatis (raccoon-like animals, butterflies, and more) and will guide you through the park to avoid crowds and get to the most awe-inspiring views. There is no man, woman or child that can hide their amazement at Iguazú’s 1.5 million liters of water cascading from heights of 80 meters!

 

During the day you will walk through the lower and upper walkways that allow visitors to get up close and personal with this magnificent spectacle of nature. To get to the most impressive views, you will hop aboard a picturesque ecological train that will transport you for 3 kilometers to the Devil’s Throat the largest of the falls and for many the most spellbinding.

 

During the visit to the National Park you will also experience a boat tip in the upper Iguazú River, lead by experienced locals. It’s a calm and quiet journey that covers the different islands during 3 kilometers, providing a great opportunity to see and experience even more of this impressive ecosystem. The departure is from Throat Station and the service is provided only in Spanish. At the end of this exciting tour we’ll take you back to your hotel.

 

Why you will love it: you’ll get to see one of the new Seven Wonders assisted by a local expert. For most people being in front of the falls is a very touchy experience…Also the walkways are stroller-friendly.

 

Why your kids will love it: they will wander around myriad of paths and stairways surrounded by dense vegetation, they will have fun spotting coatis (which are everywhere) and get to a boat to explore the área. There are more than 200 waterfalls to discover in the park so welcome to endless fun.

 

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Day 9 - Iguazú Falls (Brazilian Side) / Foz De Iguaçu / Rio De Janeiro

 

Today we’ll pick you up at your hotel to take you in a 2-3 hour-long visit to the Brazilian side of the falls (Don´t forget your passport!). While big tour buses don’t make any stops other than the Park, you will be able to visit Parque Das Aves, an amazing bird park, with species from all over Brazil. Here you’ll be able to walk amongst flying toucans, see butterflies of all sizes and colors and discover birds you’ve never seen before.

 

 

From here you can walk to the Iguazú National Park on the Brazilian side. While Argentina has 80% of the falls on its side, Brazil has the best panoramic view. You’ll be thrilled by the landscape, but this is also a great opportunity to learn about the region’s geography: rivers, waterfalls, jungles, and more! Take the boardwalk over the Salto Santa María, it feels like walking on the water.  Although you’ll be looking into Argentina, your feet will be on the ground in Brazil! Where does Argentina start and Brazil end? Well, it’s time to figure it out…At the end we’ll take you back to your hotel before drive you to the airport to take your flight to Rio de Janeiro.

 

Your Argentinean trip is over! Time to fly to carioca land to the rhythm of samba…People from Rio de Janeiro is called carioca, and there is exactly where you are heading to. You will fly from  Foz de Iguaçu airport and upon arrival at Rio you will be driven to your hotel. The rest of the day you can relax by the beach or explore the lively city. We tell you all in our Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide

 

Why you will love your visit to the Brazilian side of Iguazú Falls: this is a relaxing excursión, shorter than the previous one at the Argentine side. You’ll get to see a bit of Brazil which is always an exotic and colorful destination.

 

Why your kids will love it: well, they will loved to see all those exotic birds at Parque Das Aves. They’ll be amazed to discover from afar where they’ve been the previous day and the immensity of Iguazú Falls.

 

Remember: US citizens, Canadians, Japanese and Australian need a visa to visit the Brazilian side of Iguazú Falls.

                       

 

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Day 10 - Expedition to Corcovado with Botanical Garden

 

After breakfast, we’ll pick you up to to start this 6 hour-long trip. At Cosme Velho’s neighborhood, you will embark an entertaining ride aboard the Cog train, which winds its way through the Tijuca Forest (the largest urban forest in the world) up to the main attraction, Christ the Redeemer (or Cristo Redentor). Once you reached the top, you will enjoy extraordinary 360-degree views overlooking Rio de Janeiro, the perfect opportunity to capture some amazing family photos!

 

  

After this, we will continue the expedition on a panoramic tour towards the Botanical Garden. Dating back to Brazil’s colonial period, the Botanical Garden offers a delightful walk among bromeliads, orchids, violets and more than 6,500 other floral varieties. Some of them are the verge of extinction, but are preserved by the research center’s team, who oversees the maintenance of the 54 hectares of natural, artistic and historical beauty. Can your children identify any flowers from back home? The tour will continue to São Conrado area with a brief stop at Pepino Beach from where you can spot beachgoers and hang gliders above before we take you back to your hotel.

 

Why you will love it: you’ll get to see the iconic places of Rio accompanied by a top local experte who will help your family unearth the secrets of this exciting city.

 

 

Why your kids will live it: once you get to the top of the Cristo Redentor challenge them to identify significant sites such as Sugar Loaf, Guanabara Bay, the beaches of Rio’s Southern Zone and the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon. At the Botanical Garden dear them to draw or sketch their favorite flowers!

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Day 11 - Rio De Janeiro: Sugar Loaf Mountain

 

Today you will discover the other side of Rio de Janeiro—Nicknamed Cidade Maravilhosa or “Marvelous City”). We’ll pick you up at your hotel to start a 4 hour-long city tour through downtown Rio, passing by cultural icons such as the Sambadrome and the Metropolitan Cathedral.

 

Get to know the traditional Cinelândia Square with historical buildings, the Municipal Theater, the National Library and the National Museum of Fine Arts. After traveling through verdant Flamengo Park (Aterro do Flamengo), you will be taken to the neighborhood of Urca, which is home to Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar). Little ones are in for a special treat, as the only way to the top is by taking a cable car.

 

The first cable car transports passengers up Urca Hill, which is more than 700 feet high and overlooks Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niterói bridge and Corcovado Hill. From this point, a second cable car will be taken up to the very top, reaching a height of approximately 1,300 feet. At the end, we’ll take you back at your hotel.

 

Why all of you will love it: the uninterrupted views of Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz Fortress, and the beaches of Niterói will be amazing spectacles for children and adults alike!challenge your children to remember one fun fact about each of the landmarks you pass and ask your guide questions along the way.

 

 

 

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Day 12 - Your free day at Rio De Janeiro

 

It’s no secret that Brazil is worldwide know for their beaches —The beach itself is a synonim of vacations!  It’s also the opportunity to spend quality inexpensive family time, tasting exotic flavour juices or eating and eating breaded shrimps while your kids engage some serious digging and castle making at the sandy shore. The most undaoubted famous beaches are Copacabana and Ipanema. While the first has the largest concentration of turist (from here you get the “iconic photo” of Rio), the latter is where locals go to sunbath and swing in the tranquil waters. Key fact: at Ipanema beach, apart from there are lifeguards, which make it a family top choice.

 

Another option for this day is going to a Ginga Tropical show to learn about the worlwide famous Barzilian carnival. Take your first Samba lesson, your kids will have tons of fun. It will be a true cultural immersion for the whole family.                                       

 

 

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Day 13 - Adeus Rio De Janeiro!

 

Time to say obrigado (thanks) for all these precious family memories! Today we’ll pick you up to drive you to the airport where you’ll take your flight back home.

 

 

Boa viagem!

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Included

3 night accomodation in a hotel (Buenos Aires), 3 night accomodation in  Estancia Rincón del Socorro (Iberá), 2 night accomodation in a hotel (Iguazú Falls) & 4 night accomodation in a hotel (Rio de Janeiro)

Transfers and tours mentioned in the itinerary

Meals according to itinerary: lunch and dinner (day 2, 4, 5, 6), lunch (day 3)

Daily breakfast

Bilingual guide (English/Spanish)

Argentina Challenge Adventure Kit

 

 

Not Included

International or domestic flights

National Park Entrance fees

Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quote please follow this link: World Nomads

Visa to enter Brazil: US, Canadian, Japanese and Australian citizens require a visa to enter Brazil (for other nationalities please check requirements). Visa must be obtained online and prior to travel. The processing time of the eVisa is usually 5 business days.

 

Accommodation & Prices

BUENOS AIRES, NORTHEASTERN ARGENTINA & RIO DE JANEIRO


*Prices in US Dollars.
*Valid until April 2019 (Not valid in Christmas, New Year and Carnival).


Flights needed for this itinerary

Buenos Aires - Posadas - Iguazu Falls - Rio de Janeiro

Flights in South America cost approximately $100 to $250 USD per segment (destination).
We offer special rates on flights for this tailor-made itinerary.

Included

3 night accomodation in a hotel (Buenos Aires), 3 night accomodation in  Estancia Rincón del Socorro (Iberá), 2 night accomodation in a hotel (Iguazú Falls) & 4 night accomodation in a hotel (Rio de Janeiro)

Transfers and tours mentioned in the itinerary

Meals according to itinerary: lunch and dinner (day 2, 4, 5, 6), lunch (day 3)

Daily breakfast

Bilingual guide (English/Spanish)

Argentina Challenge Adventure Kit

 

 

Not Included

International or domestic flights

National Park Entrance fees

Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quote please follow this link: World Nomads

Visa to enter Brazil: US, Canadian, Japanese and Australian citizens require a visa to enter Brazil (for other nationalities please check requirements). Visa must be obtained online and prior to travel. The processing time of the eVisa is usually 5 business days.

 

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