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From Patagonia to Rio de Janeiro

A tour combining Argentina and Brazil. You will start with the awesome landscapes of Perito Moreno glaciers in Calafate. Then you will explore Buenos Aires and the Iguazu falls. Visit the Sugar Loaf in Rio de Janeiro and end your trip with a relaxing day on the famous beach of Copacabana!

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Buenos Aires - City Tour Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires
  • Day 2: City Tour Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires
  • Day 3: Buenos Aires - El Calafate - Buenos Aires - El Calafate
  • Day 4: El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier - El Calafate
  • Day 5: Navigation - Lago Argentino - El Calafate
  • Day 6: Estancia's activities - Glaciar National Park - El Calafate - Buenos Aires - El Calafate - Buenos Aires
  • Day 7: Buenos Aires - Puerto Iguazu - Buenos Aires - Puerto Iguazu - Iguazu National Park Brazilian side - Puerto Iguazu
  • Day 8: Iguazu National Park, Argentinean side - Puerto Iguazu
  • Day 9: Puerto Iguazu - Rio De Janeiro - Copacabana - Rio De Janeiro
  • Day 10: Rio De Janeiro - Corcovado - Santa Teresa - Sugarloaf Mountain - Rio De Janeiro - Copacabana
  • Day 11: Rio De Janeiro - Historical Center - Favelas - Rio De Janeiro - Copacabana
  • Day 12: Rio De Janeiro - Paraty
  • Day 13: Paraty
  • Day 14: Paraty - Rio De Janeiro - Copacabana - Rio De Janeiro
  • Day 15: Rio De Janeiro

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Day 1: Buenos Aires - City Tour Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires

Welcoming at Ezeiza International Airport and transfer to Buenos Aires in a private vehicle.

Transfer with an English-speaking guide.
Visit Buenos Aires (half day, private tour).

Buenos Aires, a cosmopolitan city with European features, is among the 10 most active cities in the world. City of arts, cultures, theaters, traditions ... The variety satisfies the most demanding visitor.
You visit the 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest in the world, dominated by the obelisk, a symbol of Buenos Aires. You will pass the Colon Theatre, one of the jewels of the Argentine architecture. Then you arrive to the famous or central Plaza de Mayo, next to buildings such as the Casa Rosada or Casa de Gobierno, the Cabildo and the Cathedral.

You end your day with the picturesque neighborhood of La Boca, and specifically the alley El Caminito, the spot for painters, tango dancers and singers.
Return to your hotel after the visit.
An English-speaking guide will acompany you during the city tour.
Night at the Two Hotel ***.
Included : transfer arrival, reception with english-speaking guide, english speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 2: City Tour Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires

Visit Buenos Aires (half day and private tour).
Buenos Aires, a cosmopolitan city with European features, is among the 10 most active cities in the world. City of arts, cultures, theatres, traditions ... The variety satisfies even the most demanding visitor.

Guided tour of Recoleta neighbourhood, characterized by many colonial houses, often old houses of historical figures, currently inhabited by powerful Argentine families. You enter the luxurious Pacifico Shopping Center, characterized by its French architecture of 1889, with vaulted ceilings. This stunning place is one of the favourite places in Argentina.

Later you visit Recoleta Cemetery, where many celebrities, writers and politicians rest. The best known and most revered, even today is the tomb of Evita Peron, the legendary wife of President Peron.

You continue your visit to Palermo neighbourhood, with a stroll in the park Tres de Febrero, inaugurated in 1875, representing the largest green area of the city.
Return to your hotel.

An English-speaking guide will acompany you during the city tour.

Night at the Two Hotel ***.
Included : english speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 3: Buenos Aires - El Calafate

Transfer from the hotel to the Buenos Aires Domestic Airport in a private vehicle
Reception at El Calafate Airport and private transfer to the hotel.
Transfer with an English-speaking guide.


Night at the Los Canelos hotel ***.
Included : transfer departure, transfer arrival, reception with english-speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 4: El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier - El Calafate

At 8 am, transfer with a private vehicle, to go to the Perito Moreno Glacier, 80km away from El Calafate.
This full-day excursion allows you to thoroughly enjoy the exceptional natural surroundings.
You will delight in the panoramic views, afforded by countless foot-bridges of the glacier and its surrounding lenga beech forest.
Return trip to El Calafate at 4:30 pm approximately.

From the port located at Refugio Argentino, you embark on an hour navigation to enjoy the South face of the Glacier that can surpass 70 meters.
Entrance to Los Glaciares National Park for the day included.
Excursion performed by an English-speaking guide.

Night at the Los Canelos hotel ***.
Included : private transport, cruise, entrance fees, english speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 5: Navigation - Lago Argentino - El Calafate

Transfer on pool service from your hotel, you will be picked up around 7:30 am and will undertake the journey of 40 Km to Punta Bandera, where you will embark. Full day sailing, covering the northern arm of Lake Argentino, watching the Spegazzini and Upsala glaciers, entering the bays that they form and sailing through the cord of icebergs located about 20 km from the Upsala glacier.
Return to Punta Bandera and then to El Calafate.
Total time of navigation: 5 hours on boats designed for 250 passengers.

Entrance to Los Glaciares National Park included.
Transfer in pool service

Night at the Los Canelos hotel ***.
Included : cruise, entrance fees, shared transport, room & breakfast

Day 6: Estancia's activities - Glaciar National Park - El Calafate - Buenos Aires


Pick-up at your hotel at 8:30 a.m. to go to the Estancia Nibepo Aike.

The Estancia was founded by a Yugoslavian pioneer named Don Santiago Peso, who settled on this land at the beginning of the twentieth century. Nestled in the very midst of the Los Glaciares National Park, the estancia lives off cattle farming, both bovine and ovine.
During your visit, you will learn more about the estancia’s farming activities as you will see the traditional sheering demonstration and other daily activities. You will have the opportunity to participate in a traditional asado for lunch.

Day in pool service with local English-speaking guide.

Pool transfer included to Estancia Nibepo Aike, located some 55 km from El Calafate and 30 km from the Perito Moreno Glacier.
Transfer with a private vehicle from El Calafate to the Airport.
Welcoming at Buenos Aires domestic airport. and transfer to the hotel in a private vehicle.
Night at the Two Hotel ***.
Included : lunch (no drinks), local english-speaking guide , transfer arrival, transfer departure, room & breakfast

Day 7: Buenos Aires - Puerto Iguazu - Iguazu National Park Brazilian side - Puerto Iguazu

Transfer from the hotel to the Buenos Aires Domestic Airport in a private vehicle
Transport from Puerto Iguazu's airport to your hotel in a private vehicle.

Transfer with an English-speaking guide.


Departure to the Brazilian side of the waterfalls.

The 1,200 meters circuit takes the visitor along footbridges and viewing decks to admire the minor Floriano and Teodoro Da Fonseca falls and finally, the Santa María falls, from where the panorama onto Island San Martín and the entirety of the falls is absolutely breath-taking.

Note: from mid-October to mid-February, Brazil is one hour ahead of Argentina (daylight saving time).


Entrance to Iguazú National Park (Brazil) included


Night at the Posada la Sorgente ***.
Included : transfer departure, english speaking guide, transfer arrival, entrance fees, room & breakfast

Day 8: Iguazu National Park, Argentinean side - Puerto Iguazu


Departure to the Iguazú National Park, 18 km from the city centre. Walk along the lower and upper footbridges in the Devil’s Gorge. The Iguazu falls in the Misiones province are always beyond the expectation and the imagination of the visitors. They are formed by a 70 meters drop in the elevation of the Iguazu River with 275 falls.

You can admire falls such as Bosetti, Mbigua and San Martin. We will continue with the lower circuit to observe the Dos Hermanas falls and the San Martin Island.

In the afternoon, the tour goes to the "Garganta del Diablo" circuit with a viewing point in front of the superb and powerful fall, over 150 meters long and 80 meters high. This impressive wonder is surrounded with a thick mist which is one of the biggest attractions of the National Park. The park does not only feature this stunning landscape but also an intense wildlife and flora.

Note: Please remember to take light waterproof clothing along.


Entrance to Iguazú National Park (Argentina) included


Night at the Posada la Sorgente ***.
Included : entrance fees, room & breakfast

Day 9: Puerto Iguazu - Foz do Iguaçu

Transfer from the hotel to Foz de Iguazu's Airport in a private vehicle
Included : transfer departure

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Day 3: Buenos Aires - El Calafate

Domestic flight Buenos Aires - Calafate.
Included : domestic flight

Day 6: El Calafate - Buenos Aires

Domestic flight Calafate - Buenos Aires.
Included : domestic flight

Day 7: Buenos Aires - Puerto Iguazu

Domestic flight Buenos Aires - Iguazu.
Included : domestic flight, airport tax

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Day 9:

Domestic flight Foz d'Iguaçu - Rio de Janeiro (flight time and number to be confirmed).
Included : domestic flight, airport tax

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Day 9: Rio De Janeiro - Copacabana

Airport pick up (time and flight number to be confirmed) and transfer to the hotel.

Night at the Royal Rio hotel (breakfast included). Standard room.
Included : english speaking guide, reception with english-speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 10: Rio De Janeiro - Corcovado - Santa Teresa - Sugarloaf Mountain - Rio De Janeiro - Copacabana

At 09:00am start a city tour with your english speaking guide, firstly going up to the Corcovado (el. 700 m.a.s.l.), worldly known symbol of Rio. Once up there, take the time to appreciate the unique and amazing panoramic view of the "cidade maravilhosa" (wonderful city).

Then way back down via Santa Teresa, which used to be one of the wealthiest residential neighborhoods of Rio, when the town was the capital of Brazil and all the principal institutions were located there. Surrounded by the agglomeration, the neighborhood has lost its former character, and the wealth of the area has moved to the Southwest of Rio, to Barra da Tijuca. Santa Teresa now shelters a diverse population in the bohemian quarter of the modern Rio. Walk through this area to get a taste of its quaint and old atmosphere. During the trip to Lapa, visit the colored stairs or "Escadaria do Convento da Santa Teresa", decorated by Jorge Selarón.

Later, take the cable cart to the summit of the Sugarloaf (el. 400 m.a.s.l.), another symbol of Rio which marks the entrance of the Guanabara Bay. Return to the hotel at 05:00pm.

Option: Helicopter flight of a few minutes from the mirador of Dona Marta (check with us)

Night at the Royal Rio hotel (breakfast included). Standard room.
Included : english speaking guide, private transport, entrance fees, room & breakfast

Day 11: Rio De Janeiro - Historical Center - Favelas - Rio De Janeiro - Copacabana

At 09:00am you will meet your english-speaking guide for a private visit of Rio’s city center, from a colossal avenue framed by imposing glass buildings to quaint, small streets and their little affordable shops. Many styles, one spirit, is the best definition to describe the architectural cocktail of the center, where past and modernism coexist in harmony. Among the possible visits (to be coordinated with the guide depending on opening times, your centers of interest, or eventual manifestations organized that day): Imperial Municipal (replicate of the Opera Garnier in France), foundation Banco do Brasil, casa da França (old custom house), national History museum, largo da Carioca, convento Santo Antônio, metropolitan cathedral, plaza Tiradentes... Return to the hotel at 01:00pm.
Note: For the visit of the center, avoid Sundays, Mondays and bank holidays.
Departure from the hotel at 14:00pm in a minibus (group service, 4 to 9 person max). A specialized guide will take you on an "off-the-beaten-track" visit: the favelas. This visit of a few hours in a different reality of Rio, will give you a more real and complete view of the life in Carioca than the images of violence poverty which usually shown by the medias lacking of originality.
At the heart of these popular and "lawless" suburbs (the favelas are originally illegal land occupations), Brazilians organize themselves and live in a dignified and solitary manner.
Note: an association founded by people originally from the favelas organizes the visits to the favelas (apart from sunday afternoon). This association donates a significant part of their income to the inhabitants of the area by financing development or social projects.
Night at the Royal Rio hotel (breakfast included). Standard room.
Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, private transport, local english-speaking guide , shared transport, room & breakfast

Day 12: Rio De Janeiro - Paraty


Departure from the hotel for a journey to Paraty with your local driver in private car with air conditioning. 4 ½-hour drive on a sealed road along the Green Coast, a vegetation corridor between ocean and mountains.

Night at the pousada da Marquesa (breakfast included). Luxury room.
Included : private transport, room & breakfast

Day 13: Paraty

At 09:00am, the captain will drive you to the pier to board a private craft, a fishing boat adapted for the tour (benches and cushions, cooler…). Day in the Bay of Paraty, traveling from an island to another and a beach to another. Stops planned on different sites suitable for swimming or snorkeling among hundreds of fishes (mask and snorkel included): ilha Comprida, saco da Velha, praia Vermelha... Return to Paraty around 04:00pm / 05:00pm.

Option: English-speaking guide.


Night at the pousada da Marquesa (breakfast included). Luxury room.
Included : local guide, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 14: Paraty - Rio De Janeiro - Copacabana


Leave from hotel at the time you want (to advise) to go to Rio de Janeiro in a private vehicle with air conditioning.


Night at the Royal Rio hotel (breakfast included). Standard room.
Included : private transport, room & breakfast

Day 15: Rio De Janeiro


Transfer to the airport 3 hours prior to departure. Flight from Rio de Janeiro (time and number to be confirmed).

Included : transfer departure

Two Hotel   Buenos Aires

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

A new concept in hotels in its class. Functional, modern and low cost, TWO is designed for travelers who intend to visit the city of Buenos Aires without spending large sums of money on accommodation but, having the essential amenities to make your stay a memorable moment.

Hosteria Los Canelos   El Calafate

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Los Canelos Lodge occupies a cozy house overlooking the valley and Lake Argentino in El Calafate, 200 meters from Calafate stream. It offers breakfast and rooms with flat-screen TV, restaurant and solarium. The rooms at Los Canelos walls are decorated with brick and have large windows overlooking the valley, a private bathroom and a work desk.

Posada la Sorgente   Puerto Iguazu

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Hotel Posada La Sorgente, Confort in the middle of nature ... The shocking power of the Iguazu Falls, the intensity and freshness of the jungle and the eternal rainbow crown matchless beauty of the landscape ... A unique setting where nature pours its benefits and offers unforgettable images that invites emotion.

Hotel Royal Rio   Rio De Janeiro

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Pousada da Marquesa   Paraty

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

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