In Brazil, tourism is a growing industry that receives some three million international visitors annually. Brazilians visiting abroad, however, spend considerably more money than foreigners visiting Brazil; Uruguay, Argentina, and the United States are the preferred destinations for Brazilians. In Brazil, most visitors fly to Rio de Janeiro and other easily accessible sites with well-established hospitality industries in or near urban centres. Salvador and other parts of Bahia are major tourist attractions, and other coastal areas of the Northeast are being visited by an growing number of vacationers. Eco-tourism in the Amazon region is moderately popular, while the beaches of Santa Catarina attract large crowds of Argentine tourists in the south.
The spectacular Iguaçu Falls, which are now linked by highways and air routes to major urban centres, draw more than one million international and domestic tourists per year. There is growing interest in pristine beaches in the Northeast, national parks in the interior, and historic sites in Brazil. The cities of Ouro Prêto, Olinda, Salvador, and Brasília were declared World Heritage Sites in the 1980s, as were parts of the Northeast Coast in 1999. There is a wide variety of accommodation in the larger Brazilian cities, but most luxurious hotels are in Rio de Janeiro, and there are some major spas, hotels, and resorts in the highlands of Minas Gerais and in the Iguaçu Falls. In the cities of the Northeast and South, hotel building has boomed. During vacations, a increasing number of Brazilians fly around the country by car and aircraft.
Each of the provinces into which Argentina is divided beyond our imagination treasures attractions, destinations and sights. In order to start a tour around countless different horizons, towns and typical geographical features that will undoubtedly inspire us to set out, we just need to get immersed in these places. Visitors here and there will be dazzled by mountain ranges, hills, ravines, rivers , lakes, wetlands, fields and seascapes. Large and small cities are concealed in the map, as well as towns that look alike and diverse at the same time, waiting for tourists to find them. There's a history for every province to remember. You've just got to find yours.
The traditions of both Argentina and Brazil have been deeply influenced by Spain and Portugal, their former colonisers. Colonial architecture is still prevalent in both countries , due to this. Visit Paraty in Brazil, where horse-drawn carts still ride down cobbled streets lined with white stone houses; or head to Salta in Argentina, where buildings dating back to 1582 can be found when it was first founded.
These powerful European influences are also evident in other aspects of Brazilian and Argentinean culture , particularly in social customs and in the arts, such as the supremacy of the Roman Catholic faith in both countries , which means that strong family values are a major part of every culture. Within its culture, Brazil also has strong African and Indigenous American traditions, often noticeable in its music , dance and food, which help to establish the vibrant, vivacious culture for which Brazil is so recognised. The European influences come alongside a dominant Latin American flair in Argentina, which is perfectly encapsulated in the Tango, their popular dance.
While both nations have interesting traditions, the sheer range and exuberance that has arisen from the melting pot of influences of Brazil suggests that it scores first. To Brazil-one-nil.
Food : We like nothing more than sampling local delicacies while on vacation as great foodies, and Brazil and Argentina are no exception. Brazil boasts fantastic coffee; the rather deadly cachaça spirit-a main ingredient in the Caipirinha national cocktail in Brazil; fantastic restaurants with churrascarria (barbeque) and the wonderful Brigadeiro desert (a kind of chocolate truffle). Argentina comes out on top in the food stakes for us, considering all of this. On an asado (the usual gaucho way of cooking meat slowly over a pit of hot coals), try a delicious steak, world-famous wine and, of course, the sensationally sweet dulce de leche.This is a simple victory for Argentina in our books, making it all one.
What to see in Brazil and Argentina?
Scenery : It is no surprise that the landscape in both Brazil and Argentina is extremely complex, being the two largest nations in South America. Along its 4,500 miles of coastline, Brazil boasts countless incredible beaches, including Rio de Janeiro 's popular Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. Inland, the thick Amazon rainforest, with its amazing biodiversity and undiscovered indigenous peoples, is somewhat dominant.
As far as towns go, Rio definitely has one of the world's best physical landscapes, with the urban landscape interspersed between forested mountains and stunning beaches. Despite the fact that Buenos Aires still has to be one of our world's favourite cities, its vibrant streets just can't match the special setting of Rio. Iguassu / Iguacu Dropping (depending on which side of the border you are on) can't be left out to further confuse things. The word 'epic' is very fitting here, so epic in fact that both nations wanted a piece of it, and so the Argentina-Brazil border runs down the middle-even though Argentina has the best views!
In this category, both nations have trump cards to play, but Argentina just about comes out on top here, making it 2-1 to Argentina for the sheer variety of scenery found throughout the nation.
Spot a great variety of wildlife in Argentina alongside the jaw-dropping scenery in Patagonia, including guanacos (lama relationships) and, if you're lucky, even pumas. It could be listed as an unmissable experience to only visit Patagonia alone, but adding hiking, fly fishing or glacier trekking ensures you get even more out of this amazing landscape.
The Rio Carnival, a real once-in-a-lifetime event, has to come out on top in terms of unmissable experiences in Brazil. We could create an endless list of awesome experiences, including a helicopter tour over Rio, jaguar spotting in the Pantanal and hiking through forest-clad mountains spotting exotic birdlife, but it does not stop there.
So, while each nation has plenty of unmissable experiences to offer, we believe that Brazil might have the edge in this category, with the Rio Carnival as its goal scorer to perfectly encapsulate Brazil's life and soul. Oh. It's almost difficult to come up with an overall winner, as when paired against each other, these two fare quite similarly, so it looks like this one will go to penalties.
Yeah, Iguazu Falls can certainly be seen from the Brazilian and Argentinian sides on one journey. Schedule at least three or four days for the fall if your travels allow it, and see very different views from both sides. Setting aside one full day to cross the border and see the falls from the other side will be your best bet. You have to go through border control, of course.
NEAREST CITY : The city is named Foz do Iguaçu, on the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls. By Brazilian standards, it is big and relatively stable. Foz do Iguacu is a larger town with more housing options compared to the nearest town on the Argentinean side (Puerto Iguazu).
Departing from Chennai airport.
The vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro welcomes you to Brazil!
On arrival, Private Transfer to your Hotel.
Free & Leisure (rest of the day)
After breakfast at the Hotel, a Full day tour of Sugar Loaf Mountain and City of Samba awaits you!
Over a million tourists every year visit the world famous Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf Mountain), which has become an iconic symbol of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Rising up from a small peninsula at the entrance of Guanabara Bay, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined sugar loaf.
The first cable-car takes passengers to the top of Urca Hill, which rises 215 meters above sea level and offers spectacular
views of the entire bay and its islands. From Urca Hill, passengers continue in a second cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf which rises 395 meters above sea level and offers a 360 degree view of the entire city including Botafogo and Copacabana Beaches, Corcovado and downtown Rio.
After Sugar Loaf we will stop for lunch where our guide will show you to an Indian restaurant. Lunch must be paid directly.
You don’t have to pay big money, visiting Rio during the Carnival season, to enjoy Samba dancing! We take you on a tour to City of Samba to see behind the scenes of Carnival. Located in the Rio Docklands, "Cidade do Samba" clusters together the costumer workshops and float production centers of the largest Samba Schools in Brazil.
This entertainment complex is planned to offer visitors all the grassroots charm and excitement of Carnival throughout the year, enjoying the magic of the festivities that make Rio de Janeiro the world’s party capital. Visitors watch real floats being built and see Carnival costumes being prepared enjoying thecaipirinha, with opportunity to try the costumes, while learn about unique percussion instruments that hammer out that irresistible samba beat.
To finalize the tour, the samba school will provide asmall "samba class" with one of their best samba instructors.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Depart from the hotel to visit the Christ the Redeemer Statue, recently elected as one of the seven modern wonders of the world.
The statue sits 2,300 ft. above sea level, atop Corcovado Hill.
Following a scenic drive along the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, we will arrive at the foot of the hill, where we embark on a small train which climbs the beautiful mountainside.
Upon reaching the top, visitors will experience a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro and discover why it is known as the “Marvelous City”
For the art lovers, we have something special! This guided walking tour traces the route of open-air artwork located in some of Rio’s oldest neighbourhoods, from the original settlement of Praça XV to the recently renovated Porto Maravilha.
This area’s historical importance can be told by its monuments, statues, art installations, murals, and graffiti. Street art in Rio dates back to the 18th Century, starting with elaborate water fountains and, in the 19th century, celebratory figures. At Praça XV, the pyramid fountain and the two equestrians statues of King Dom João VI and General Osorio, are great examples of the period. Your guide will point out curiosities that pass by unnoticed to most people crossing the square.
A few meters away, through the streets of the area known as Old Rio, the modernist Venus installation by José Resende creates a nice contrast against the eclectic architecture. Between the Candelaria church and Guanabara Bay, lies the kinetic sculpture created by Anthony Howe to be the 2016 Rio Olympic Pyre.
At Maua square, take the elevator up to the belvedere of the MAR museum to see a bas-relief sculpted by Portuguese artist Vhils, depicting the face of a resident of nearby favela Providencia, the first of Rio. In the favela itself, he created several of these bas-reliefs. Continuing on Sacadura Cabral street, massive murals cover the entire side of three buildings: a collective by graffiti artists Toz, BR, Pia, Jou, SWK, among others; another one by Brusk; and the third by Panónio.
A few steps away, at Pedra do Sal, the birthplace of Samba, another graffiti tells the story of the African men and women who were brought to Brazil as slaves.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
After breakfast, Private Transfer to the Airport.
Fly to Iguazu Falls. On arrival at Puerto Iguazu (IGR) Airport,
you will be greeted by our local representative and transferred to your Hotel (Premium SIC Service with English-speaking guide).
Rest of the day is free at leisure.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Morning breakfast at Hotel.
The Iguazú National Park is located in the northwest of the province of Misiones, at 11 miles from Puerto Iguazú. There are 275 waterfalls that reach an altitude of almost 260 feet. They were declared one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature in the World and, also, Mankind Natural Heritage.
The Lower Circuit is composed of a trail approximately 0.8 miles (1.3 km) long that allows you to get close to some of the smallerwaterfalls on the Argentinian side. Walk along the trail, which is equipped with both restrooms and snack bars, and get close tothe Carlos Bozzetti Waterfall, where you can take some great photos. The Upper Circuit, which is wheelchair accessible, allows you to see the top of the majestic falls on the Argentina side and enjoy
a breathtaking panoramic view of the area. The view stretches from the Argentinian falls to San Martin Island and parts of theBrazilian falls. Devil's Throat is the largest waterfall in the region and where the largest amount of water pours through Iguassu Falls. At an impressive altitude of 350 feet (107 meters), Devil's Throat is a must-see Iguassu Falls feature. Thanks to the newly built catwalk,you can get pretty close.
The Great Adventureis unique and combines the whole essence of the Iguassu National Park in one ride: the jungle and the waterfalls. It is offered daily every full hour, and the departures are from our Head Office or The Visitors Center. It starts by entering the jungle from the “Sendero Yacaratía” trail with special transportation that allows a panoramic view of the environment along with experienced guides that give a lot of explanations as well as the legend of this spectacular place. After an 8 km truck ride, we arrive at the Puerto Macuco Base, which is 100 meters away from the Infirmary and Service Station, and 100 meters of stairs ahead is the floating platform where the second part of this ride begins. With motor-boats, we take visitors 6 km through the Canyon of the Iguassu River, until the falls, from these total, 2 km are river rapids. After enjoying the view from the calm side of San Martin Island we sail to the “Tres Mosqueteros” waterfall, at that point, the Brazilian and Argentinean sides and the Devil’s Throat can be clearly appreciated. After that, we sail along the shore of the island until we get to the most exciting part where we face the San Martin waterfall, a wonderful and unforgettable experience, for it’s the largest waterfall any motor-boat can approach safely.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
After breakfast, check out from the Hotel.
First, we will take you on the Brazilian Side Waterfalls Half Day Tour(Premium SIC Service - Half day tour.
Guided Tour in English. Vehicle: van up to 18 pax). National park tickets are included.
The Iguassu National Park was created in 1939 by the Decree N° 1,035. It houses the largest remnant of Atlantic forest (semi-decidual stationary) in southern Brazil. The name of the Park refers to the Iguassu River, which in the Guaraní language means “large water”. It has 185,262.5 thousand hectares and houses an enormous biodiversity. You'll get a close-up view of Devil´s Throat, which is best seen from the Brazilian side. Watch as 14 falls drop 350 feet (107 meters) with such force that a 100-foot (30-meter) tall cloud of mist stays permanently suspended overhead. This area is famous for its rainbow, and more great photo opportunities abound! For a close-up of the falls, walk through the park’s subtropical forest to the base of Salto Floriano.
Then take the elevator to the top of the falls, or walk out over the falls at Salto Union.
What 's Included
3* / 4* / 5* Hotel Accommodation
(As per required)
English Speaking Guide *
(As per required)
Luxury & Comfort Vehicle Transfer for all sightseeing
Return Airport Transfer