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Argentina & Brazil: Tango, Beaches & Iguazú

Learn to tango in Buenos Aires, zipline through the jungle at Iguazú Falls & look out over Rio from Christ the Redeemer

Argentina & Brazil: Tango, Beaches & Iguazú

7 Days | From £3030

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  • Itinerary
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  • Important Notes

Argentina & Brazil: Tango, Beaches & Iguazú

Learn to tango in Buenos Aires, zipline through the jungle at Iguazú Falls & look out over Rio from Christ the Redeemer

Argentina & Brazil: Tango, Beaches & Iguazú

About your trip

Taking in two of Latin America’s most exciting cities plus a jaw-dropping natural wonder, this is a week you won’t forget in a hurry.  

In just seven days, you’ll travel from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro via the incredible Iguazú Falls, on a journey full of local characters and immersive Flash Pack adventures. 

We’re talking Brazilian street food tours and Argentine cooking classes, sultry tango shows and tropical fruit tastings. You’ll explore vibrant neighbourhoods, like artistic San Telmo, take in iconic views from the Sugarloaf and stand next to Christ the Redeemer gazing out over Guanabara Bay. There’ll be thrills and spills as you zipline through the rainforest and take an adrenaline-charged speedboat ride under thundering Iguazú, finishing with sunset caipirinhas on Ipanema Beach.

Sounds good, doesn’t it? Vamos.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in twin rooms
  • Max 14 travellers per group
  • Exclusively for people in their 30s & 40s
  • All activities mentioned on the itinerary
  • Experienced Pack Leader with you throughout the trip
  • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners
  • 2 domestic flights
  • ATOL protected
  • Hand-picked 4-star hotels
  • Arrival airport transfer

Flashpackers must provide evidence that they have purchased travel insurance for the duration of their adventure. Remember, flights aren't included and prices are based on sharing a twin room. If you'd like to upgrade to a single room, you can add this during the booking process or by contacting our Customer Experience team.

Itinerary

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Your Itinerary

  • Day 01 Buenos Aires dinner party

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    Welcome to Buenos Aires, one of Latin America’s most seductive cities, where a private Flash Pack transfer will be waiting to whisk you to your central hotel. You’ll meet your group and Pack Leader for a welcome glass of Malbec, before heading out to a private venue for an immersive dining experience. Together, you’ll learn how to prepare empanadas and dulce de leche dessert, which you’ll sit down to enjoy as part of a delicious three-course dinner. Round off your meal with the national drink of mate – which has been shared as a gesture of friendship for centuries – and raise a toast with your group to an epic week to come. 

  • Day 02 Street art & tango

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    Rested and ready for your first adventure, you’ll get your bearings on a sightseeing tour of the city’s most vibrant barrios. Starting at Plaza de Mayo – flanked by the presidential palace, the Cabildo and the city’s main cathedral – you’ll make your way to the cobbled streets of San Telmo. Here, you’ll explore lively antique markets housed in crumbling Italianate buildings, windowshop at bohemian galleries and have the chance to buy some street food, such as choripan (sausage in a bun). A wander around the colourful streets of La Boca follows, before dinner at an elegant Porteño restaurant where you’ll enjoy a tango show full of drama, sharp footwork and evocative music.

  • Day 03 Aerial adventures at Iguazú Falls

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    After breakfast, you‘ll swap the sultry sway of Buenos Aires for the thunder of Iguazú Falls. Straddling the border with Brazil, this three-kilometre chain of waterfalls is one of the planet’s most awe-inspiring sights. Touching down at Puerto Iguazú, you’re in for an afternoon of aerial activities in the surrounding subtropical forest. Cheer each other on as you navigate ziplines and treetop walkways, and rappel down jungle waterfalls. You’ll have worked up an appetite and dinner tonight is at an organic fruit farm – an experience exclusive to Flash Pack. Surrounded by exotic foliage, filled with the sound of birdsong, you’ll sample tropical produce like cassava, passion fruit, papaya and guava, together with delicious fresh juices.

  • Day 04 Speedboat thrills & a jungle market

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    Keep your camera handy as you explore Iguazú National Park, a tract of subtropical rainforest teeming with orchids, bromeliads, toucans, parrots, capuchin monkeys and myriad butterflies. Of the 275 cascades that make up Iguazú, the most breathtaking of all is the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat)*. This raging torrent fills the air with a deafening roar as it crashes 74 metres over a horseshoe-shaped precipice, rainbows hovering above the billowing spray. Prepare to get even wetter with an adrenaline-charged speedboat ride under the falls. Feeling exhilarated, you’re in for a treat tonight with a unique gastro experience at Yabuticaba jungle market, complete with microbrewery, tapas and mate-tasting. *Temporarily closed at the time of writing. 

  • Day 05 Street food tour of Rio

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    Spend the morning exploring the Brazilian side of the falls to enjoy this natural wonder from a different perspective. You’ll follow a gentle tail through the jungle to the powerful Floriano Falls, where an elevator whisks you up to a walkway for incredible close-up views. Then, it’s time to bid adios to Argentina as you transfer to the airport for your flight Rio de Janeiro. Famous for its flamboyant carnival, no city on earth has a setting to compare: its sprawling suburbs clustered around rainforest-covered mountains, rising sheer from a bottle-green bay. After checking in at your boutique hotel in one of the famous beach suburbs, you’ll set out to sample the finest street food and soak up the energy of the ‘Marvelous City’. 

  • Day 06 City views & sunset caipirinhas

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    Starting early to beat the crowds and the heat, what better way to start your day than at Corcovado mountain, where a small train snakes its way up to the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer. It’s a real pinch-yourself moment as you savour the expansive bay views in the shadow of the majestic monument. Next, you’ll catch a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio’s most iconic natural landmark, boasting 360-degree views of the city. There’ll be time to soak up the Carioca vibe back at your hotel before tonight’s farewell dinner at a beach club on legendary Ipanema Beach. Raise a caipirinha with your group and prepare to samba the night away as the sun goes down on an amazing week together. 

  • Day 07 Tchau, Brazil

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    It’s your final morning and time to say a fond farewell to your group. You’ve done so much in just a week and created memories – and friends – to last a lifetime. After breakfast at your hotel, it’s time for you to make your own way to the airport. Looking to explore South America further? Perhaps Peru or Colombia might be just what you’re seeking. 

Our Favourite Hotels

Here's a taste of the hotels we sometimes use on this adventure. The hotels you'll stay in for your departure will be shared with you one month before you go.

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NH Collection Jousten, Buenos Aires

This handsome tower in the heart of downtown exudes sophistication, thanks to its impressive grand entrance, polished marble floors and 1920s Spanish baroque touches. You’d expect nothing less from a hotel that once hosted Mr and Mrs Perón themselves.

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Mercure Iguazú Hotel Iru, Puerto Iguazú

Nestled within the lush Irayapu reserve, a few kilometres from Puerto Iguazú, this upscale resort offers a tranquil forest retreat. Sip morning coffee to the sound of birdsong, cool off with an afternoon dip in the pool and unwind with a nightcap under a canopy of stars.

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Grand Mercure Copacabana, Rio

You almost can’t get closer to the world-famous Copacabana Beach than at this glistening, glass-fronted hotel. Inside, you’ll find freshly renovated rooms in elegant, contemporary style. For the best Atlantic views, head to the rooftop pool; watch the sky turn blush pink with a frosty beer in hand.

Important Notes

Which airport should I fly in and out of? Plus airport code

Fly into Buenos Aires where there are two airports: Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini (EZE) and Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP), and out from Rio de Janeiro (GIG).

What time should my flight arrive (in time for the welcome meeting)?

The plan is to meet at around 6pm on Day 1 in Buenos Aires, so please book a flight that arrives before 4pm if you can.

Are airport transfers included?

If you arrive on Day 1 of your adventure, or you book pre-tour accommodation with us, your airport arrival transfer will be included. If you book alternative pre-tour accommodation or are arriving by another mode of transport you must arrange your own arrival transfer.

Arrival transfers are private to Flash Pack and will be in groups depending on flight times. Sometimes this means waiting in the airport for a short while until other flights have arrived.

We don’t offer a departure transfer as Flashpackers leave at different times of the day and many stay for extra nights. We will offer you support with finding a local taxi.

Are tips included?

Tips are not included in this adventure. Your Pack Leader can advise on suitable amounts to tip local activity guides or services where appropriate, and we will provide a suggested tipping budget closer to your departure date. Please note that all tipping is optional and will depend on what you feel comfortable with.

Can my dietary requirements be catered for?

Most dietary requirements can be catered for, no problem.

People with coeliac disease should be aware that there isn’t a separate kitchen for the cooking lesson on the first night, so the absence of cross-contamination can’t be guaranteed. For departures where a customer has coeliac, the group will be provided with partially prepared gluten-free ingredients for assembly and use a pre-elaborated dough ready for the empanadas. The activity may differ slightly from the original experience.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

How much should I budget per day for extras?

Approx 50 USD per day for extra meals and drinks.

Do I need a visa?

Argentina

You do not need a visa if you’re visiting as a tourist from the EU, UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand or Canada. Please check with your local consulate/embassy if the country you are travelling from requires a visa.

Brazil

You do not need a visa if you’re visiting as a tourist from the UK, EU or New Zealand for up to 90 days.

From 10 April 2024, citizens of the USA, Australia and Canada will need to get an e-visa in advance, available from https://www.gov.br/mre/pt-br/consulado-miami/information-about-visas-in-english/electronic-visitor-visa-e-visa

Please check with your local consulate/embassy if the country you are travelling from requires a visa.

We recommend that you have at least six months validity remaining on your passport and that you can show a return ticket.

What level of fitness do I need?

Overall, this adventure isn’t very physically demanding. However, there are some steep steps to negotiate within Iguazú National Park.

We recommend having a read-through of the itinerary above, and getting in touch if you have specific questions on fitness.

Will the itinerary change?

Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.

For our 25 November 2024 departure, Flashpackers will enjoy a slightly different experience for the Day 1 welcome dinner.

OUR PROMISE

Joining the Flash Pack comes with a few special guarantees

THE PEOPLE

Our mission is to create 1 million friendships, so we obsess over the group dynamic. Everyone is aged 30-49, 98% travel solo & 80% stay friends.
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THE SECURITY

We operate using a 3rd party trust bank account, meaning we guarantee refunds in 14 days if your trip has to be cancelled.
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THE TRIPS

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We only work with trusted local guides who know their destinations better than anyone.
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