Wildlife & Nature
Argentina & Brazil - Family holiday
Encounter vibrant Brazilian culture in Rio and jaw dropping natural wonders at the majestic Iguacu Falls. Excitement awaits on the trails and beaches of Ilha Grande on Rio's emerald coast and riding the world famous cable car at Sugar Loaf mountain is just another highlight on this fun packed family holiday.
Fly to Buenos Aires. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6:00pm on Day 2.
Buenos Aires must be the ultimate cosmopolitan city. With Latin passion, European elegance and a distinctive style all of its own, this is a city that will steal your heart. The Portenos (the local residents) are justifiably proud of BA, which is comprised of distinct neighbourhoods, each with their own style.
Visit San Telmo for its weekend antiques market and artists displays. La Boca, settled by waves of immigrants who built brightly painted buildings, is home to the world-class Boca Juniors football team. Recoleta is the place to browse museums with Buenos Aires' well-to-do. There are many sights in the heart of the city with churches, cathedrals and historic buildings aplenty.
When you've finished exploring, settle down at one of the many streetside cafes and prepare yourself for a night of tango at one of the many milongas.
Hotel Moreno (2nts) (B)
At over 2 km long, Iguazu Falls are actually a series of cataracts. There are over 270 falls in all, and with some reaching up to 80m in height, they are wider than Victoria Falls and higher than Niagara. Legend has it that a serpent god intended to marry a beautiful girl called Naipi. She escaped in a canoe with her mortal lover Caroba and in a jealous rage the god chased them, collapsing the river before them so that Naipi plunged over the falls to become a rock, while Caroba became a tree, forever unable to touch his love. A more scientific explanation is that the Rio Iguazu flows over a riverbed of basalt that ends where the lava cooled, leaving the water to fall. The falls were 'discovered' in the modern day by the Spaniard Juan Alvar Nunez who named them Saltos de Santa Maria. The name we know them by today means 'Great Waters' in the Tupi-Guarani tongue.
Bordering Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, these spectacular falls are a great sight to see.
Saint George Hotel (2nts) - Swimming Pool - (B)
Ihla Grande is an island untouched by development, a paradise of tropical beaches and virgin rainforest. The island has a fascinating history, as it was variously a pirate's lair, a leper colony and a prison for violent criminals. The oppressive ruins of the prison can still be visited.
Trails through the forest lead to beautiful and remote beaches, like the Praia de Lopes Mendes, reputedly Brazil's most attractive beach. Spend time contemplating the sandy beaches with a caipirinha in hand or snorkelling and swimming in the beautiful warm waters.
Guesthouse Pousada Caicara (3nts) - Beach (Bx3 Lx1)
Rio de Janeiro
The locals like to say that 'God made the world in six days, the seventh he devoted to Rio'. In this heaving metropolis, set against the luminescent green of Guanabara Bay and surrounded by the slopes of Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado, it's hard not to be caught up in the Cariocas' (residents) passion.
The French were the first to settle here as they logged wood along the Brazilian coast, but they were soon driven out by the Portuguese, who built a fortified town, naming it Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro and quickly amassed wealth in the gold rush of Minas Gerais. In the 19th century, the Portuguese monarchy fled from the threat of Napoleon in Europe to Rio where they built grand buildings, still in existence today. These days Rio is known best for its contrasting images of favelas (shanty towns) and the glitz and glamour of Carnaval.
Rio is deservedly famous for its live music scene, which encompasses myriad styles such as samba, jazz, bossa nova, hip hop, reggae, rock and many other fusions of regional styles. The neighbourhood of Lapa offers great dance halls where you can join locals in doing some serious dancing - or just soak up the vibe.
For some seriously eye-popping people watching, head down to the white sand beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema - skimpy bathing suits optional.
Hotel Mirador (1nt) - Swimming Pool (B)
Your trip ends in Rio de Janeiro. Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home.
The thunderous falls of Iguacu are rightly renowned as among the most impressive on earth. You will be able to see at close quarters the mighty torrents as they tumble downwards. This incredible sight is the perfect way to end your time on your Brazilian family holiday.
This beautiful island is largely undeveloped and is perfect for relaxed exploration. Among the craggy peaks and heavy vegetation are some of the best beaches in Brazil. Of these, you'll hike to the unmissable Lopes Mendes, an unbelievable and undeveloped part of the island.
Rio de Janeiro
The most beautiful city in the world boasts many attractions. You'll visit Sugar Loaf Mountain and ride the famous cable car to the top for great views of the city. There will also be an exciting stop at the Cidade do Samba where where you can get involved with Rio Carnival all year round on your family holiday - find out about the costumes, the floats, the dancing and the music.
Our Argentina and Brazil Family Holiday trip is just one of our many Americas Family tours. To find out more visit our Americas holidays page.