We arrive into Rio and transfer to our hotel. A welcome meeting will allow us to get to know our CEO and all of the other families who are travelling on this amazing journey with us. Rio is one of the world's most famous cities, and the Cariocas, residents of this beautiful city say that "God made the world in six days, the seventh he devoted to Rio". This is a densely packed metropolis of over 9 million inhabitants, whose economic foundations lie in the cultivation of sugar cane and gold mining.
We have a morning this morning to tour the magnificent sites of Rio. The huge statue of Christ the Redeemer stands high over the city while across the water the Pão de Açúcar or Sugarloaf Mountain juts out into the blue water. We have time to explore the gold sand beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema where the locals stroll along the sand and show off their football skills. In the afternoon, we have the time to learn more about the Brazilian martial art, capoeira. Originally developed by slaves, but disguised as a dance to avoid the attentions of their masters, we will learn the basic techniques of the artform as well as see the experts perform a display for us.
A short, scenic bus ride along the coast takes us to Angra dos Reis. Have a snack before embarking on the ferry to Ilha Grande, home to some of Brazil's most beautiful beaches. Enjoy free time this afternoon to soak up the sun, snorkel, hike and cruise to various beaches, not to mention feasting on fresh seafood and sipping caipirinhas in the plaza in the evenings (adults only!). Approximate Distance: 100 km + 90 minutes by boat Estimated Travel Time: 4 hours and 30 minutes
We have this morning free to relax and enjoy the sun shining over this stunning beach location. if you want to try something more active, there is plenty of opportunity to hike around the jagged headland or wander around the beaches. In the afternoon we take a boat out across the bay where we can see the sun set over Ilha Grande.
After returning to the mainland by ferry, we depart from Angra do Reis back to Rio, where we fly over to the border with Argentina and Paraguay, and the world famous Iguassu Falls. The name Iguassu comes from the Guarani words for 'big water', an apt name as you will see the endless masses of water rush over the falls and tumble to the ground below. This evening, after a visit to the Falls, we can try a delicious Brazilian churrascaria.
We have time to see the mighty Falls from various different angles during the course of our stay here. The different parts of Iguassu in Brazil and Argentina give a chance to appreciate the full scale of these impressive waterfalls, not to mention a great opportunity to get soaked. We visit the Brazilian side of the Falls today. This gives a chance to get up close to the Falls, and the spectacular Garganta del Diablo falls. We visit the bird park here in the afternoon, where we get to meet a riot of coulour as macaws, ibis and many other birds live here.
Crossing into Argentina we get up close and personal to the Falls. Once we are over the border, we take a boat up to the foot of the Falls themselves, giving a much different perspective on the scale of Iguassu. Be prepared though, there is a good chance of getting very wet as you get closer to the spray from the crashing water. We have the rest of the day free to explore Puerto Iguazu now that we are in Argentina.
This morning we fly from Puerto Iguazu to Buenos Aires, Argentina's cosmopolitan capital. Travel through the important civic areas before heading to the colourful and vibrant district of La Boca. This neighbourhood was originally populated by Italian immigrants who painted their houses with bright colours, creating what is now a classic image of Buenos Aires. Other interesting neighbourhoods include bohemian San Telmo and fashionable Recoleta: this stylish area with a French flair is home to Eva Peron's tomb. This evening, after a chance to freshen up, enjoy an outing to an Argentinian meal and show. This is a chance to sample some of the local specialties, including seafood and barbequed delicacies. The energetic show includes traditional songs and dances, highlighted by the sensual tango this city is known for.
We cross into Uruguay for our next stop - a local ranch, known in the region as an Estancia. The ferry departs from the harbour in Buenos Aires, and takes us across to the city of Colonia in Uruguay, our third country on this trip. We spend the next three days at the Estancia getting into rural life. There is a variety of activities available to us while we are here. Learn about the historical roots of the region, participate in the farming, go for a hike or horseback ride, or sit back and sip on the wines (adults only) of the region as you take in local Uruguayan life. We could take a walk along the trails around the estancia, or for something a bit different, visit the cheese factory to see how the local produce is made. It's a great opportunity for the kids to try something a bit different, perhaps a first time trying out fishing. In the evenings while we are here, we will be treated to an asado, the traditional method of cooking meat on the barbecue, and a delicious way to end the day
We return to Buenos Aires today. Transfer first to Colonia, from where we take the ferry back across the River Plate. Once back in Argentina we have more time to explore the city, before we can stop for dinner in one of the city's bustling neighbourhoods.
This morning we have a guided city tour to see Buenos Aires in more depth. The most famous neighbourhood in Buenos Aires is the colourful area of La Boca. Houses are painted in a variety of colours and there is always something happening down in the streets. This is also home to the city and arguably Argentina's most famous football team, Boca Juniors. In the evening we can enjoy one of Argentina's most famous cultural exports, tango. We visit a tango show, where we enjoy dinner and even the chance to try out some steps and learn some moves to take home with you.
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