Day 1. Buenos Aires Arrival and city tour
Once arrived at Buenos Aires airport our team will pick you up and drive you to the hotel. After a short break we will visit the city.
Buenos Aires is a 4 Million cosmopolitan city and the biggest of Argentina with a nice mix of European and South American culture and architecture.
We will start the visit with the Avenida 9 de Julio, the largest avenue in the world. Will pass by the Teatro Colon and the Plaza de Mayo where we can observe La casa del Gobierno, el Cabildo and the Cathedral.
At the end of the afternoon we visit la Boca area and the street « El Caminito » the artist and bohemian spot in town. Then we will go back to the hotel.
Day 2. Buenos Aires – Salta City Tour
After breakfast, we will be transferred to the airport to take the flight to Salta where we will be brought to the hotel. After lunch, we will discover Salta, in the Spanish colonial style, which is the largest city in northern Argentina with its 500,000 inhabitants. We will visit the city and its historical monuments: the "Plaza 9 de Julio" surrounded by magnificent colonial buildings such as the Cathedral Basilica of Salta, the Historic Town Hall, the High Mountain Museum and the former Government Palace. We will continue our visit by the Church of San Francisco, the Museum of "Cabildo", the Convent of San Bernardo where we can admire the wooden portal carved by the natives of the region. From the top of Coline San Bernardo, we will be able to observe the valley of Lerma and will continue our route towards the monument of the hero "gaucho" Martin Miguel de Güemes and the monument "20 de Febrero". The tour continues towards the area of San Lorenzo with impressive houses and exuberant vegetation. We will end with the visit of the craft market. The rest of the day will be free.
Day 3. Salta – Cachi – Molinos – Cafayate
Early in the morning, we leave to drive to the small village of Cachi. From Salta the road offers a nice landscape composed with forests, canyons « Quebradas », rivers and high mountains. The road goes through « La cuesta del Obispo » and up to 3348 m where we can appreciate a full view on the valley. Then we continue on la « Recta de Tin Tin », ancient road use by the Incas et goes to the national park « Los Cardones » where we can observe the Mountain Cachi 6380 m. Cachi village is located at the bottom of this mountain and we will visit and discover the church classified National Historic Monument. We will be also able to walk around Cachi or visit the Cachi historic museum. Later we will drive on the R.N 40 and visit Colte the handcraft road and the village of Seclantás, Molinos, San Carlos located in the « Quebrada de las Flechas » and its wonderful landscape. We will spend the night in Cafayate famous for its white wine Torrontes.
Day 4. Cafayate – Quebrada de las Conchas – Salta
Today we will discover the impressive and marvelous « Quebrada de las Conchas » where we will enjoy the sight of several geologic phenomenon. We will go back to the hotel in Salta at the end of the afternoon.
Day 5. Salta - Salinas Grandes – Purmamarca
Around 08:00, we will go to Purmamarca ("virgin land town" in Aymara) via San Antonio de Cobres and Salinas Grandes. Purmamarca is a village in the Jujuy region, and the most picturesque to see in the "Quebrada Humahuaca". It is surrounded by multicolored mountains called "Cerro de los siete colores" (Mountain with seven colors). The vast "Quebrada de Purmamarca" (canyon of Purmamarca) forms a large valley where flows the Grande de Jujuy river. In the central square of Purmamarca, we can go to the market to discover the artisanal products of the region, we will also visit the main Church which is classified National Monument.
Day 6. Purmamarca - Salta – Iguazu
Free morning. In the early afternoon we will head to Salta airport to join Iguazu.
Our team will welcome you and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day will be free.
Day 7. Puerto Iguazu - Jesuit Mission San Ignacio
We will leave early to visit the Jesuit ruins of San Ignacio. We will head south towards Teyú-Cuaré Provincial Park where are the famous ruins that tell the story of the missionaries between the 17th and 18th century. Those of 1632, partially rebuilt, were classified Cultural Patrimony of the Humanity by UNESCO in 1983. In the late afternoon, we will return to Iguazú where the rest of the day will be free.
Day 8. Iguazu Argentinian side
We leave the hotel and be transferred to the airport of Salta to flight to National Park of Foz de Iguazu. Once arrived our team will pick you up to drive to the hotel.
This park was created in 1934 and measure 55.000 hectares. There are 275 falls from 30 to 80 meters high. An ecologic train and 3 stations have been built in purpose to preserve the environment of each tour. The lower tour (1700m) has 8 belvederes on a terrace which allow a direct contact with the vegetation and the waterfalls.
The higher tour (1200m) which cross from the top part of the waterfalls Dos Hermanas, Chico, Ramírez, Bossetti, Adán y Eva, Bernabé Méndez, and finish in Mbigua and got 6 belvederes where we can appreciate the rainbow formed by the San Martin, Escondido, Dos Mosqueteros, Rivadavia and Tres Mosqueteros waterfalls. We continue toward Puerto Canoas 3 kilometers away from the Iguazu river bank where the third terrace start, from there we the best view on the most impressive waterfalls: La garganta del diablo. In the center of the waterfall there is the island of San Martin where we can walk, 650 meters and 172 steps to access the different panoramas views. We will be able to appreciate the different panoramas like this one use in the movie Mission (1986) take precisely from this spot. We will walk also on the green path (600m), and observe the animal and plants. After this nice and impressive visit, we will go back to the hotel where the rest of the days is free.
Day 9. Iguazu Brazilian side
After breakfast we will visit the Iguazu Waterfall Brazilian side. We will discover through the bridge and miradors the Floriano et Teodora da Fonseca waterfalls and finish our visit with the San Martin waterfalls with a complete view on the waterfalls and on San Martin Island. The rest of the day is free.
Day 10. Iguazu
Free day in Iguazu to discover the town by yourself.
Day 11. Iguazu – Rio de Janeiro
Once arrived at Rio de Janeiro airport our team will pick you up and drive you to the hotel. The rest of the day will be free.
Day 12. Rio de Janeiro, Corcovado, Pan de Azucar
After lunch we will leave to visit the city and start by the climb to the emblematic Corcovado promontory overlooking Rio de Janeiro with the statue of Jesus Christ. We will go up in cars the 700 meters of altitude to join the site.
From the top we can enjoy the breathtaking view of Rio. Then we will go down again through the District of Santa Teresa and we will discover this Historic Quarter on foot
In the afternoon we will take the cable car to reach the Sugar Loaf summit overlooking Guanabara Bay.
We will return to the hotel around 5.30pm and the rest of the day will be free
Corcovado starters and sugarloaf included.
Meal not included.
Overnight at the hotel.
Option: fly a few minutes by helicopter from the mirador of Dona Marta.
Day 13. Rio / Las Favelas & Center
We will leave for a group tour accompanied by a specialist guide for this very special tour of the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. We will be able to discover the true life of the Carioca living in these marginal districts where the Brazilians organize themselves as well as possible. After this exceptional visit we will visit the other Rio and its city center.
Several visits are possible (consult your guide according to the opening hours, your interests, the different events organized today): National Museum of Fine Arts (Tuesday to Sunday), Imperial Palace (from Tuesday to Sunday), Church of Our Lady of Candelaria (Monday to Friday + Sunday morning), Teatro Municipal (replica of the Opera Garnier), Banco do Brasil Foundation, Casa da França (old customs), National Historical Museum, Largo da Carioca , convento Santo Antônio, metropolitan cathedral, Tiradentes square.
We will return to the hotel around 18:00 and the rest of the day will be free.
Note: For the visit of the center, avoid Sundays, Mondays, and holidays.
Day 14. Rio - Guanabara Bay – Botanic Garden
Today we will sail in Guanabara Bay, We will first go to the port to embark.
A peaceful visit on the water awaits us and we will be able to appreciate the landscape constitute of Sugar Loaf, the fort of the bay, forts of Niteroi, bridge Presidente Costa e Silva, the island of the governor, downtown ...
Later in the afternoon we will visit the Botanical Garden of the city. Spread over 141 hectares, this park has many specimens of Brazilian and world flora. We will have a few hours to enjoy the places.
We will return to the hotel at the end of the afternoon.
Note: light catering service on board the boat (fruits, water ...).
Day 15. Rio
Free day in Rio de Janeiro to discover the town by yourself
Day 16. Rio de Janeiro – Paraty
We will leave Rio de Janeiro by private vehicle to reach the green coast and precisely Paraty which is at 4:15 by road.
After settling in the hotel the rest of the day will be free to discover the city.
You will be able to discover its churches and alleys its museum and in the surroundings its superb beaches.
Meal not included. Night in pousada.
Option: guided tour of Paraty with a French speaking guide.
Day 17. Paraty– Ilha Grande
We will take the road to go to the port of Angra dos Reis to take the boat and sail to Abraao on Ilha Grande. Upon arrival at the port we will transfer to the Pousada or the rest of the day will be free.
Day 18. Trek to Lopes Mendes beach
After breakfast we will leave for a hike and reach the beach of Lopez Mendes at the other end of the island. A few hours will be needed to reach this white sand beach. We will enjoy a moment on this beautiful beach before returning to our Pousada.
Meal not included (possibilities of restoration on the way). Night in pousada.
Day 19. Ilha Grande – Conceiçao - Rio de Janeiro
After breakfast we will enjoy the last moment on Ilha Grande before heading to the port and return to Rio
We will arrive at the Port of Conceição de Jacarei. (regular line about 40 min crossing - unaccompanied - ticket included) Our team will wait for you to accompany you to your hotel.
Day 20. Rio de Janeiro
Free day in Rio de Janeiro to discover the town by yourself.
Day 21. Rio de Janeiro departure
According to your time of departure* you are transferred from the hotel to the airport. For international flights, it is recommended to arrive at the airport 3 hours before scheduled departure. End of our services.
Important: Itinerary can change because of weather or social conditions and some sights are not always accessible – Lipiko Tours cannot be held responsible for any changes in itinerary and sights not visited as a result.
Porterage: Your luggage will be transported either by plane, car, boat, and bus. You will have to carry the personal belongings (camera, water, etc.) which you need during the day.
Service: For group above 4 people you will be accompanied by a tour leader in the chosen language. His role is to make sure that everything goes smoothly during the tour and that each individual and the group as a whole are safe. Don’t hesitate to ask him if you are unsure of anything and, very important, to follow his advice.
Included in the price:
- Water, air and land transfers as indicated in the program
- Accommodation in hotel/hostel in double rooms, Ecolodge, shelter, home stay, camping, bus and plane as indicated in the program.
- Meals as mentioned in the program
- The assistance of specialized local English speaking guides, their fees and expenses
- The assistance of our local teams; driver(s) and logistics department (24/7)
- Visits as outlined in the program
Not included in the price:
- Entrance fees to sites visited, national parks and museums as indicated in the program (allow for approx. 1500 Argentine Peso (Argentian national currency) per person – in Brazil (allow for approx. 150 Brazilian Real (Brazilian national currency) per person – this is an estimate and actual prices may vary)
- Meals not mentioned, drinks, tips, individual equipment, everything not mentioned in “included in the price” and all personal expenses
- Individual obligatory personal travel insurance (this could be included with your credit card – please check with your credit card provider)
- The supplement for a single room: 390 USD (subject to availability, must be reserved and paid upon reservation). Attention; no single room available for the nights with accommodation in shelter, home stay and camping.
- Possible visa expenses
- International flights