Think of Argentina and the word alone conjures up awe-inspiring images of the passionate tango, the world’s best prehistoric sized steaks and aromatic New World wines. Argentina’s gigantic neighbor, Brazil provides a stunning mix of natural spectacles, cities moving to the samba beat and some of the best beaches in the world. Combining the beautiful neighboring destinations of Argentina & Brazil is a great way to introduce your taste buds to the variety of landscapes and experiences waiting for you in South America. With a number of daily flights between Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro or using Iguazu Falls as a stepping stone between the two destinations allows you to easily see the diversity and splendor of the highlights of Argentina & Brazil.
The Tango Capital of Buenos Aires
Seamlessly blending the Latin atmosphere with French design, Argentina’s sprawling capital of Buenos Aires is a unique and unpretentiously chic city to explore. Daily flights arrive from North America, Europe and Australia allowing you to reach the charming, quaint streets of Buenos Aires lined with its historical buildings and architecture that has drawn comparisons to the French capital of Paris. Buenos Aires is a foodie’s paradise with restaurants and closed-door restaurants serving up what is considered the world’s best meat as well as indulging your taste buds with world-class Malbec wines and lesser known local favorites such as Bonarda.
From the traditional and colorful areas of San Telmo and La Boca to the bourgeois streets of Recoleta and the fashionable neighborhood of Palermo; the neighborhoods of Buenos Aires have a spectacular mix of old and new. The slick modern high-rise buildings of Puerto Madero stand just a few blocks from the rustic edges of a San Telmo’s tango house. While exploring the fascinating cultural and historical city of Buenos Aires you’ll encounter the heartbeat of Argentina.
The Mighty Iguazu Falls
Visiting the spectacular natural world wonder of Iguazu Falls is the perfect stop-off point before crossing into Brazil from Argentina and vice-versa. Iguazu Falls is situated on the border between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay with each side offering its very own and unique perspective. We highly recommend visiting both the Argentine and Brazilian side of the Falls which is home to 275 separate waterfalls with some reaching over 200ft in height. The Argentine side of Iguazu offers an intimate experience with the powerful cascading waterfalls as you walk along a number of trails through the nature reserve. One of the highlights of exploring the Argentine side is the ominously named ‘Devil’s Throat’ which consists of fourteen of the highest and most powerful of all the Cataratas del Iguazú.
A few nights every month, the Argentine side of Iguazu Falls is also open to visitors at night. Under the light of a full moon at Iguazu, you can enjoy an exclusive and more intimate experience where if you are lucky you might get to see ‘midnight rainbow’ formed by the moonlight and spray of the waterfalls. Whereas the Argentine side of Iguazu Falls will get you up close to the various Falls, the Brazilian side offers more panoramic views allowing you to take a step back and take in the full beauty of the world wonder. The Brazilian side also offers you the opportunity to take a panoramic helicopter tour of the Falls, giving you a rare and unforgettable bird’s-eye view of the stunning landscape.
The Marvelous City of Rio de Janeiro
The ‘Marvelous City’ of Rio de Janeiro is Brazil’s most exciting city. Nestled between jungle-covered mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, the city has perhaps one of the most iconic cityscapes in the world. From soaking up the vibrant beach culture of Copacabana to riding the famous cable car up to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain and staring up at the Christ the Redeemer Statue; Rio de Janeiro will not disappoint. Visiting these three landmarks is merely tapping the surface of Rio de Janeiro and the city’s energetic Carnival atmosphere and Bossa Nova rhythms will have you gleefully humming ‘The Girl from Ipanema’ in no time.
With breathtaking moments around every corner from walking through the city parks spotting monkeys and toucans and listening to live samba music to watching the sunset from Copacabana Beach, Rio is truly captivating. Rio de Janeiro has it all and being regarded as one of the best cities to visit in the world and a highlight of Latin America, the tantalizing city will have no problem in surpassing your every expectation.
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