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Updated: Apr 23, 2023

Copacabana beach, Christ the redeemer, Iguazu falls, tango shows and an overdose of steak and red wine

Rio de Janeiro

Day 1:

  • 8pm - arrive in Rio and get an Uber from the airport to your hotel in Copacabana, if your budget will allow - Copacabana Palace

  • 9:30pm - have dinner at Churrascaria Palace

Day 2:

  • 10am - get your bearings and take a walk from Copacabana beach to Ipanema

  • 12pm - take a taxi to visit Selaron steps

  • 1:30pm - explore Tijuaca national park

  • 5pm - join a sunset tour to climb two brothers peak

  • 8pm - have dinner at Mee restaurant at Copacabana palace

  • 8pm - catch a Samba show

Day 3:

  • 9am - join a Favela tour

  • 1pm - leave your bags at Ipanema Inn until check in and use their complimentary bikes to cycle around Lagoa Rodrigo

  • 5pm - take a taxi and head up to Sugarloaf mountain for sunset

  • 8:30pm - back in Ipanema, have dinner at Zara bistro

Day 4:

  • 9am - have a scrumptious breakfast at Quiteria Cafe at Ipanema Inn

  • 10:30am - join a free walking tour to learn about the history of Rio de Janeiro

  • 1:30pm - catch an Uber and the train up to see Christ the Redeemer

  • 3pm - join Sail in Rio for a sunset boat tour

  • 8pm - take an Uber to Fogo de Chao for a Brazilian BBQ

Buenos Aires

Day 5:

  • 10am - fly from Rio de Janerio to Buenos Aires (3.5 hours)

  • 2:30pm - catch an Uber to your hotel in San Telmo

  • 3pm - explore San Telmo market and have a beer and some empanadas at El Hornero

  • 5pm - visit Plaza de Mayo and Casa Rosada (the president’s house)

  • 8:30pm - enjoy a 3 course dinner and a tango show at Cafe de Los Angelitos

Day 6:

  • 10am-5pm - join Biking Buenos Aires for a cycling tour around the city

  • 7:30pm - head to Don Julio for a delicious Argentinian steak

Iguaza Falls - Brazil

Day 7:

  • 10am - fly to Puerto do Iguazu

  • 12:30pm - either catch a private transfer (550 reals) or catch public transport (3 buses each way - 120 reals) to Foz do Iguazu

  • 1:30pm - take the shuttle to Hotel Das Cataratas, Belmond

  • 2pm - explore the hotel and leave your bags at reception until you can check in

  • 2:30pm - take the super short walk down to the beautiful view of Iguazu falls

  • 3pm - continue down the trail to the Devil’s Throat but remember your raincoat

  • 4pm - settle into your room at the Belmond hotel

  • 6pm - have an aperitif in the bar at Hotel Das Cataratas

  • 8pm - enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants at Hotel Das Cataratas

Day 8:

  • 9am - devour the delicious breakfast at Hotel Das Cataratas

  • 9:45am - visit Parque Das Aves and marvel at all of the tropical birds (make sure to get to the mid section of the park by 10:30am to catch the Macaw feeding)

  • 12pm - stop for lunch at Parque Das Aves restaurant

  • 1pm - walk back to entrance of the park and catch the shuttle back to the hotel

  • 2pm - use the gym and pool facilities and have a relaxing afternoon

  • 6pm - take an Uber to Marco Das 3 frontiers and see Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay all in one place

  • 7:30pm - grab a Caipriniha and stay for the entertainment

  • 8:30pm - take an Uber to 677 Craft Beer bar and sample the variety of beers of offer and vinyl music

Iguazu Falls - Argentina

Day 9:

  • 10am - take the shuttle to the entrance of the park and walk over to the visitors centre

  • 10:45am - flag down a taxi and arrange this to take you to and from the Argentinian side of Iguazu falls (remember your passport and agree the fee in advance. We paid 300 Reals as a benchmark)

  • 11:45am - arrive at Puerto do Iguazu, purchase your tickets and enter the park

  • 12pm - explore all of the trails on offer in particular the Devil’s Throat and upper and lower trails

  • 4pm - take your taxi back over the border to Brazil

  • 5pm - arrive back at Hotel Das Cataratas and head down to the falls for sunset. Take advantage of the privilege of staying at Hotel Das Cataratas and enjoy having the falls all to yourself after 5pm

  • 8pm - catch dinner at one of the other restaurants at Hotel Das Cataratas

São Paulo

Day 10:

  • 10am - catch a flight from Foz do Iguazu to São Paulo

  • 11:30am - check into your hotel in Itaim Bibi and unpack

  • 12:30pm - explore São Paulo and get your bearings

  • 3pm - join a free walking tour to learn about the history of the city

  • 7pm - visit Boteca Sao Bento for a pre-dinner Caipriniha

  • 8pm - have dinner at Le Bou

Day 11:

  • 10am - take a walk and explore Avenida Paulista

  • 12:30pm - continue onto Ibirapuera Park. Rent a bike and cycle around

  • 3pm - relax in your hotel and use the facilities

  • 8pm - dinner at Modern Mamma Osteria

Day 12:

  • Fly home from São Paulo


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