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Three Jewels: Buenos Aires + Iguassu + Rio (2020 Itinerary)

8 days

Never more than 16 guests OR Travel Privately

Our Distinctive A+R Style

+ Discover the historic landmarks of Buenos Aires with a unique twist, as our engaging guide relates the sites you’ll see to the colorful life of Evita!
+ Mingle with residents at the lively San Telmo Antique Fair in Buenos Aires; there are plenty of vendors and lively performances of Tango.
+ Explore both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of Iguassu Falls… With our expert naturalist guide, you’ll hit all the best vantage points.
+ Ascend Mt. Corcovado to behold the inspiring statue of Christ the Redeemer and enjoy the 360º views over Rio!
+ Stay inside Iguassu National Park at our luxury Belmond hotel… You’ll have exclusive access to the Park at anytime – even when the gates are closed to other visitors!

Visit 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites 

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On arrival in the Argentine capital, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the Alvear Palace Hotel. Situated in La Recoleta, one of the city’s most exclusive, districts, our luxury hotel promises exceptional service and elegant rooms decorated in Empire and Louis XV style. This evening, enjoy dinner and the Tango show at La Ventana, a venue famed for the passion and skill of its dancers and musicians.  Meals D

The Argentine capital is a rich mosaic of Spanish, Italian, German and French influences - in its cuisine, architecture and the spirit of its residents. With our expert guide, you'll explore this delightful city including the elegant Plaza de Mayo; it’s the oldest public square in town and has been the scene of many significant and historic events. You’ll also see City Hall, an impressive Colonial-era landmark, and tour the Metropolitan Cathedral with its grand interior and lavish Rococo-style altar. Adding a unique twist to this morning's city tour, your guide will offer fascinating insight, relating each of these landmarks to the colorful life of Eva Peron. In the afternoon, you’ll delve into the city’s vibrant arts scene in the leafy and upscale Palermo district – filled with colorful murals and vibrant street art. End your day mingling with city residents at La Covacha. With its unusually sculpted and painted façade, this is one of the most popular and oft-photographed café bars in the city.  Meals B

Begin your sightseeing in La Boca, the colorful and historic neighborhood where the Tango was born. It’s situated along the waterfront and retains a strong European ambiance thanks to the area’s early settlers, many of whom came from the Italian city of Genoa. The homes and buildings are colorfully painted, there’s always music to be heard, and street performances of Tango are a regular occurrence! Then continue to San Telmo, where the weekly San Telmo Antique Fair hosts more than 250 vendors. Mingle with residents who are out to shop and to enjoy the impromptu performances of dance and theater that make this one of the capital's liveliest events. San Telmo has also emerged as a gastronomic hub making this a terrific place for lunch. Today, you’ll also visit Zanjon de Granados. Discovered in 1986 and dating to the 1700’s, this unusual subterranean architectural site encompasses a network of tunnels and cisterns that have been carefully reconstructed and lit, offering a fascinating look into the earliest days of the city.  Meals B+L

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After breakfast, we’ll take you to the airport for you included flight to Iguassu Falls, where you’ll be met and escorted to the luxurious Belmond Das Cataratas, the only hotel located inside Brazil’s Iguassu National Park. Then join our naturalist guide to explore along the Park’s well-maintained trails, hitting all the best vantage points here on the Brazilian side of Iguassu. Later, if you wish, you can continue exploring on your own, even after the Park has closed to other visitors!  Meals B

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The Argentine Side of the Falls

Belmond Das Cataratas Iguassu, Brazil

To complement yesterday’s sightseeing of Iguassu’s Brazilian side, you’ll set out with our guide this morning for a full-day tour focusing on the prime vantage points on the Argentine side of these mighty cascades. At the famed Devil’s Throat Cataract, the thundering waters and towering mist often create thousands of rainbows suspended in mid-air. The vegetation is lush and there are multiple trails to explore the different angles and unique viewpoints. Whereas the Brazilian side offers a wider, more panoramic view, today’s sightseeing immerses you in the Falls’ environment and will make you feel like you are a part of this remarkable force of nature. Together, our complete Iguassu experience promises a richer, more rewarding visit.  Meals B

You’ll be escorted to the airport for your included nonstop flight to exciting Rio! On arrival, you’ll be met and taken to the Belmond Copacabana Palace, a city landmark for nearly a century. A+R guests enjoy luxurious oceanview rooms overlooking one of the world’s most famous beaches!  Meals B

After breakfast, join your engaging native-born guide to explore the important landmarks and natural wonders of this sophisticated and exciting city. Your sightseeing begins at the Sambadrome where Brazil’s famed Samba schools compete during Carnival. Then tour the Metropolitan Cathedral; designed by Edgar Fonesca, its soaring angular silhouette was designed to evoke ancient Mayan pyramids. Inside, you’ll behold beautiful stained glass windows that soar more than 200 feet to the building’s apex. Next up, a thrilling 2-stage cable car takes you up Sugarloaf Mountain for amazing views over Rio and its dramatic backdrop of sea, mountain and sky. Then ascend Mt. Corcovado c to gaze in awe upon the 100-foot tall statue of Christ the Redeemer and to enjoy the 360º views over Rio. For lunch, savor traditional Brazilian barbecue at a local churrascaria.  Meals B+L

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Depart Rio

After breakfast, we’ll take you to the airport for your onward journey.  Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Explore Peru Before...

Your choice of hotel from $3499

This deluxe Pre-Trip extension includes 2 nights in Lima and 2 nights in Cuzco with in-depth sightseeing, guided overnight visit to Machu Picchu, 8 meals, and all flights including your flight to Buenos Aires.

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Welcome to Lima

Upon arrival in the Peruvian capital, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to your choice of 5-star hotels located in Lima’s vibrant Miraflores district: the lovely JW Marriott Hotel or Belmond’s Miraflores Park, both with oceanview rooms.

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Discover Lima

Join our expert resident guide to visit the highly regarded Larco Museum; its superb collection of pre-Columbian artifacts is a great introduction to the many ancient sites you’ll explore in the coming days. Then enjoy lunch at the Museum’s café before discovering the Colonial-era landmarks, colorful neighborhoods and vibrant city life of the capital. Begin in Plaza Mayor and admire the Cathedral; built in the 18th century, this handsome landmark is the oldest on the Square. Right next door, the Archbishop’s Palace is easily recognized by its grand wooden balcony. Just a few blocks away, the historic Church and Convent of San Francisco is perhaps the most impressive of Lima’s Colonial monuments. Behind its striking yellow and white façade, you’ll find a beautifully decorated interior with glazed ceramic tiles from Spain and carved ceilings that show a strong Moorish influence.

Next up is a guided stroll through Barranco, a charming city neighborhood that has attracted writers and artists since the early 20th century. Today, it remains a vibrant cultural enclave with thriving studios, galleries and cafes. Visit MATE, a pioneering contemporary art museum founded by Mario Testino, the Peruvian photographer famed for his evocative portraits of cultural icons including Diana, Princess of Wales, Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow. In addition to a permanent collection of Testino’s works, MATE features rotating exhibits devoted to established and emerging contemporary artists from South America and around the world. Dine tonight at one of our favorite Lima restaurants. Meals B+L

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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 the JW Marriott Hotel or the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, where you enjoy oxygenated rooms. After time to relax and acclimate to the altitude, your 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 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 travels by train 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 the Inkaterra El Pueblo, a charming deluxe resort nestled in an Andean cloud forest along the banks of the Urubamba River or the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel adjacent to the ruins. 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 JW Marriott Hotel or Belmond Palacio Nazarenas. Meals B

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Back to Lima…and home

After breakfast, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your included flights to Lima and Buenos Aires. Meals B

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Amazon Lodges of Peru

Discover the remote and pristine Amazon jungles of Peru! Our private tour includes your choice of eco-lodge deep in the rainforest, roundtrip transportation from Puerto Maldonado and all meals. Then set out with our expert naturalists to explore the unique flora and fauna of the Amazon.

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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:
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