Day 1. Rio de Janeiro arrival
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 2. Rio de Janeiro, Corcovado, Pan de Azúcar
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 Pan de Azucar 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 3. Center of Rio and favelas
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 4. 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 5. Rio de Janeiro – 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 6. 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 7. Ilha Grande – Conceiçao – Paraty
After breakfast we will enjoy the last moment on Ilha Grande before heading to the port and continue to Paraty.
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.
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 8. Paraty – Sao Paolo
Today we leave Paraty to drive to Sao Paolo the Megapole of Brazil.
São Paulo is among the world's most populous cities in the world, with a lot of cultural institutions and very interesting architectural tradition from neo-Gothic cathedral to modernist curvy building and also colonial-style church left by th jesuit missioner whom create the city in 1554.
Day 9. Sao Paolo
After breakfast we Will visit the metropole of Sao Paolo the biggest city in Brazil and the fifth in the World with 20 millions of people.
Many sites and museums can be visited, among which: Ibirapuera Park, the Japanese district, the cathedral, Páteo do Colegio, the São Bento convent, the Municipal theater, Terraço Italia, the Luz station, the museum of Sacred Art, a painting collection, Avenida Paulista, the Gardens, the governor’s palace, the Casa da Fazenda, the Foundation Oscar Americano, the Morumbi stadium, the museum do Ipiranga and the Institut Butanta.
Entry pass to museums and sites not included.
Day 10. Sao Paolo – Iguazu
Free morning. In the early afternoon we will head to Sao Paolo airport to join Iguazu.
Our team will welcome you and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day will be free.
Day 11. 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 12. 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 13. Iguazu – 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 14. 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.
Note : 295 km, around 6 hours driving
Day 15. 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 16. 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 17. Purmamarca – Salta
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 18. Salta – Buenos Aires – Colonia (Uruguay)
In the morning we will leave the hotel and be transferred to the airport of Salta and flight to Buenos Aires. Once arrived at Buenos Airesairport our team will pick you up and drive you to the hotel. After a short break we will travel to Uruguay in the afternoon.
Our team will take you to the port to take the boat Elaida Isabel which leaves for Colonia in Uruguay. A cold lunch will be served. After lunch, we will take a tour of the Historic part of Montevideo, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We will discover the "Basilia del Santísimo Sacramento" (the Basilica of the Sacrament) built in stone by the Portuguese in 1808, the "Plaza 1811" and the "Plaza Mayor", the "Calle de los Suspiros" (the street of sighs), the "Bastion of San Pedro", the "Portón de Campo" (the portal of the city), the "Polvorín", the "Faro" and the "Real de San Carlos". The tour lasts about ten hours. You will then be transferred to the hotel. The rest of the evening is free.
Day 19. y 20. Buenos Aires – San Antonio de Areco – Buenos Aires
After breakfast we will leave to discover the Guacho life style in the village of San Antonio de Areco. We will visit the Estancias, the Guiraldes museum and the Goldfevrerie Draghi, we will be able to appreciate the traditional Gaucho equestrian goldsmith. We will spend one night in San Antonio de Areco and return to Buenos Aireson day 14 in the late afternoon.
Day 21. Buenos Aires 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