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zAAA Vacations® - Buenos Aires, Iguassu + Rio

9 days

Never more than 16 guests. Guaranteed.

Engaging Discoveries for our World Travelers

  • Discover the highlights of Buenos Aires and then delve into the city’s fascinating history at the Evita Museum and Zanjon de Granados, a unique subterranean architectural site of brick tunnels and cisterns that date back to 1740.
  • Join our expert naturalist to explore both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of Iguassu Falls’ thundering cascades.
  • We’ll take you to the top of both Sugarloaf  Mountain and Mt. Corcovado… Delight in breathtaking views over Rio’s beautiful tableau of city, mountain and sea and marvel at the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer.
  • Get an authentic taste of Brazilian cuisine at a popular churrascaria, loved by locals for its delectable grilled meats and fresh presentation of traditional regional fare.

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Day
1

An Extra Night in Buenos Aires

AAA Complimentary Inclusion: Enjoy a free extra night in Buenos Aires before your tour at the Casasur Hotel.

Day
2

Welcome to Buenos Aires, Argentina

Upon arrival you’ll be escorted to the elegant, city-central Sofitel Buenos Aires Hotel where an upgraded Luxury Room awaits.

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Get to know Buenos Aires

Argentina’s vibrant capital is a rich mosaic of cultures, with Spanish, Italian, German and French influences in the city’s architecture, cuisine and joy-filled attitude of its residents. Join our insightful native-born guide to discover the city he loves and knows so well from Plaza de Mayo to historic neighborhoods like La Boca, the colorful enclave where the Tango was born. Drive through lovely Palermo and see the Recoleta Cemetery where Eva Peron was laid to rest. AAA Engaging Experience: Learn more about Ms. Peron’s fascinating life at the Evita Museum, set inside an historic mansion which she acquired in 1948 as a shelter for women. This evening, we’ll take you to Café de lost Angelitos, one of the best places in town for dinner and an authentic performance of fiery Tango.  Meals B,D

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4

San Telmo

This handsome district of San Telmo is the city’s oldest and features splendid historically significant architecture. Today it also hosts the weekly San Telmo Antique Fair. In addition to more than 250 fine antique vendors, you’ll join local residents who are out to shop and enjoy the impromptu performances of tango and theater that make this one of the city’s liveliest events. AAA Engaging Experience: You’ll also visit the Zanjon de Granados Underground Tunnels. Discovered in 1986, this unique urban architectural site encompasses a network of old brick tunnels and cisterns. Dating back to the mid 1700’s and now meticulously reconstructed and lit, this subterranean complex provides a fascinating look into the earliest days of the city.  Meals B

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Fly to Iguassu Falls

After a leisurely morning, we’ll take you to the airport for your flight to Iguassu where you’ll be met and escorted to the 5-star Belmond Das Cataratas, the only hotel situated inside Brazil’s Iguassu National Park. Meals B

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Mighty Iguassu Falls c

AAA Engaging Experience: Set out with our expert guide this morning for a full-day tour focusing on all the best vantage points on the Argentine side of Iguassu Falls including the famed Devil’s Throat Cataract, where the thundering waters create thousands of rainbows suspended in mid-air.  Meals B

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Iguassu to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

AAA Engaging Experience: This morning’s guided exploration takes you along the well-maintained trails of Brazil’s Iguassu National Park. Thrill to captivating views over the Falls before transferring to the airport for your convenient nonstop flight to Rio de Janeiro. Upon arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the Belmond Copacabana Palace overlooking world-famous Copacabana Beach.  Meals B

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Out and about in delightful Rio

Sightseeing here in Rio begins this morning at the impressive Sambodromo where Brazil’s legendary Samba schools compete during Carnival. You’ll also visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, an impressive contemporary landmark with stained glass windows that soar more than 200 feet from floor to ceiling. AAA Engaging Experience: A thrilling 2-stage cable car takes you up Sugarloaf Mountain for amazing views over the city and its dramatic backdrop of sea, mountain and sky. You’ll also ascend Mt. Corcovado c to behold the inspiring 100-foot tall statue of Christ the Redeemer and enjoy breathtaking 360° views over Rio. AAA Engaging Experience: Savor traditional Brazilian barbecue when we take you to lunch at one of our favorite churrascarias in the city. Meals B,L

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Depart Rio

We’ll take you to the airport this morning for your onward flight.  Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Extend your Journey with our Amazon Cruise

6-Day Post-Tour Extension from $2,799

Our 9-cabin vessel has a shallow draft and unique open-air design to surround you with all the sights and sounds of the Amazon as you explore remote regions where other ships can’t go. We include your flight from Rio to Manaus, transfers, 1-night hotel in Manaus, and a 4-night all-inclusive cruise on the M/Y Tucano with all meals and complete naturalist-guided excursions.

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9

Fly from Rio to Manaus

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your included flight to Manaus where you’ll be met and escorted to the Park Suites Hotel. Settle into to your Deluxe Room and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure in this lively river port.  Meals B

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Embark the Motor Yacht Tucano

After a leisurely start to your day, embark the M/Y Tucano in late afternoon and begin your Amazon odyssey gliding up the Rio Negro. Late afternoon finds your vessel navigating the vast Anavilhanas Archipelago. As conditions permit, you might go for an excursion into the dense forests alive with squirrel monkeys and howler monkeys. This is also a great chance to see many brightly colored Amazon birds. Return to ship for hors d’oeuvres on the Observation Deck as the
sun dips behind the dense foliage. After dinner, set out in the Tucano’s launches to search for nocturnal creatures like the caiman. Meals B,D

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Deeper into the Amazon

Join our naturalists this morning to explore the jungles of the Anavilhanas Archipelago. Here you’ll find the Igapó, an unusual flooded eco-system of dense forests rising from the waters of the Rio Negro. Later, a hike through a high Amazon forest reveals a very different environment, home to its own unique flora and fauna. As weather and water-level conditions permit, you will embark on up to four guided excursions today, maybe even a night safari. Meals B,L,D

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Forest communities of the Amazon

Awaken to another remote rainforest area accessible only to shallow-draft vessels like the Tucano. Explore by launch and then set out on a guided forest walk. After lunch, go ashore to visit a small Amazon village and learn about the traditions that help these families survive in the remote interior. During the night, the Tucano weighs anchor and navigates downstream to the Xiborena Peninsula that divides the Rio Negro and Amazon River. Meals B,L,D

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Lago Janauari Park and the Meeting of the Waters

As conditions permit, explore by launch through the dense forests of Lago Janauari Ecological Park. Venturing through narrow channels overhung with trees and vines, you’ll have a chance to espy monkeys, sloths and the occasional collared anteater. After lunch, the Tucano navigates along the Encontra das Aguas, where the brown waters of the Amazon and the darker waters of the Rio Negro flow side by side for miles without mixing. Pink and grey river dolphins are often seen cavorting along this stark line of contrasting currents. Meals B,L,D

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Disembarkation, Manaus tour and departure

Step off ship in Manaus for a city tour, including the ornate Amazon Theater, and then transfer to the airport. Meals B

Explore the best of Peru before your trip...

6-Day Pre-Tour Extension from $3,299

Enhance your travels through South America with our Private Tour to the Land of the Inca. We include your international air from Lima to Buenos Aires, a choice of fine hotels in Lima, Cuzco and Machu Picchu, 7 meals, all on-tour transportation with 2 internal flights in Peru, and extensive private sightseeing including an overnight visit to Machu Picchu.

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Day
1

Welcome to Lima!

Upon arrival in the Peruvian capital, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to your choice of hotel: The outstanding Casa Andina Private Collection Hotel or the Hilton, a brand new hotel in the heart of Lima’s vibrant Miraflores district.

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Discover Lima

Enjoy a leisurely morning and then set out this afternoon with your personal guide for a private tour of Lima’s highlights, beginning with the splendid Colonial architecture of Plaza Mayor and the historic city center. Then tour the extensive pre-Columbian collection of the renowned Larco Herrera Museum before returning to the oxygentated rooms at the boutique Aranwa Cuzco or the historica Palacio del Inka, Luxury Colelction. Meals B

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Fly to Cuzco

This morning, you’ll be chauffeured to the airport for your flight to Cuzco, where you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to your choice of hotel, the Novotel or the JW Marriott. After time to relax and acclimate to the altitude, your privately guided afternoon tour includes the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun. Continue by private car into the mountains outside of town to visit the Incan site of Sacsayhuaman, known for its impressive masonry and great views over the city. At the Almudena Cemetery and bustling San Pedro Market, your personal guide will offer unique insight into all that you encounter, including ancient Andean traditions which still endure in the daily lives of Cuzco’s residents. Meals B

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Through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

Your in-depth visit to Machu Picchu begins from Cuzco aboard the Vistadome Train. Travel through the captivating landscapes of the Sacred Valley, a region of timeless villages, terraced fields and snow-capped Andean peaks. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, continue by motorcoach up the winding road to Machu Picchu and explore this ancient citadel as your expert guide illuminates the history and culture of the once-great Inca Empire. Return to town for a peaceful overnight at your choice of hotel, the outstanding Sumaq Hotel or the Inkaterra El Pueblo, a charming deluxe resort nestled in an Andean cloud forest along the banks of the Urubamba River. Meals B,L,D

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Machu Picchu and back to Cuzco

Behold the grandeur and majesty of Machu Picchu as the sun breaks across the mountain peaks to cast its first golden rays upon the ancient stones of this fabled Lost City. We’ve included your transportation and a second entry ticket so you can experience Machu Picchu at sunrise at your own pace…. in the quiet morning light before the day visitors arrive! But please exercise caution as morning dew can make the stones and paths of Machu Picchu slippery. An afternoon train returns you to Cuzco where you’ll be escorted back to the hotel of your choice, the Aranwa Cuzco or Palacio del Inka, Luxury Collection. Meals B

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Back to Lima… And onward to Argentina

After breakfast, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your return flight to Lima. We’ve also included your onward international flight to Argentina! Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to your choice of hotel for the start of your Three Jewels Private Tour.  Meals B

Private Tour Add-Ons

Mendoza

Enhance your trip to South America with this Colonial-era town nestled against the foothills of the Andes. Choose from our city-center hotels, enjoy a private tour of Mendoza’s historic highlights, and visit two of the region’s esteemed wineries for a sampling of Argentina’s finest wines!

Salta ~ The Beautiful Northwest

Experience the captivating diversity of Argentina’s remote northern province, a land of lovely vineyards, handsome Colonial towns and rugged desert landscapes. We include a choice of fine hotels, a full-day excursion to Cafayate with lunch and wine tasting, and a private city tour of Salta’s Colonial landmarks.

El Calafate

Discover the immense Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina’s magnificent Los Glaciares National Park! We include 2 nights in charming El Calafate on Lake Argentino and a full day excursion into the National Park to behold this incredible 3-mile wide glacier as it descends in a moving wall of ice toward the pristine waters of the Lake.

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Passport and Brazil visa are required for US Citizens. A $160 prepaid tax is required for Argentina.

Family + Friends

Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
  • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
  • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
  • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
  • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!