Discover Uruguay, Argentina & Brazil

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Trip code: 
AAP
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Cultural Wonders
Min age:
16
Group size:
5–16

Travel three South American countries from Uruguay to Brazil

Starting in the vibrant city of Montevideo and ending in bustling Rio de Janeiro, this trip also includes the tango capital of the world, Buenos Aires and a visit to the largest waterfall system in the world, the Iguazu Falls. During this 2 week trip you will have the opportunity to enjoy some of the world’s best steak and wine, in both Argentina and Uruguay, while also getting the opportunity to visit the most recognisable landmark in Brazil, the Christ the Redeemer. 

Highlights

  • Catch a Tango show in Buenos Aires, the tango capital of the world
  • Visit the incredible Iguazu falls from both Argentina and Brazil
  • Stay at a ‘Estancia’ (ranch) in Uruguay

 

Key information

  • 12 days land only / 14 days flight inclusive
  • Travel by internal flight, ferry and private minibus
  • 9 nights comfortable hotels, 2 nights at a ranch
  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners included

What's included

-All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners

-All accommodation (see accommodation section)

-All transport and listed activities

-Tour leader throughout

-Internal flights for all bookings

-Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

-Travel insurance

-Single accommodation (available on request)

-Visas or vaccinations

-Airport transfers for land only bookings

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Itinerary

Montevideo
to
Rio de Janeiro
  • Day 1

    Start Montevideo.

    Those on the group flight will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel in the city. Those on land only arrangements should make their own way to the start hotel this afternoon. Our local leader will meet us today for a briefing and take us on a short walking tour of the city, discovering its history and culture. 

    Accommodation: Hotel Regency Way or similar

    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    Morning city tour; transfer to a ranch.

    After breakfast you will discover the historic city centre of Montevideo in depth. The tour will start at the former town gate. From here you will get to know the history of the Palacio Salvo, the President´s office and the mausoleum of Uruguay’s national hero, José Artigas. Afterwards we will stroll along the Sarandi pedestrian area, to get to Matriz Square, where the Cathedral of Montevideo and the town´s Cabildo are located. From here we head to the Port Market, which is nowadays a vibrant market hall, consisting of a huge variety of restaurants and typical Asado Grills - a perfect spot to enjoy lunch (not included). In the afternoon we will transfer (approx. 2-3 hours) to our destination, Estancia San Pedro de Timote.

    Accommodation: Estancia San Pedro de Timote or similar

    Ranch stay

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Horse-riding and other activities at San Pedro de Timote Estancia.

    Today you will be at leisure to take part in any of the ranch’s activities or use any of the facilities. There are many activities to choose from including horseback riding, fishing and there are many hikes around the property. if you prefer a relaxed day, you are also able to use any of the properties’ facilities like going for a splash in one of the two swimming pools available. 

    Accommodation: Estancia San Pedro de Timote or similar

    Ranch stay

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Transfer to Colonia; discover the city; ferry to Buenos Aires.

    After breakfast we transfer (approx. 2-3 hours) to one of the oldest towns in Uruguay, Colonia del Sacramento. In Colonia we will have a walking tour to find out some of the towns rich history and learn why it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is a city which was originally founded by the Portuguese but then was disputed for many years by both the Spanish and the Portuguese. After the city tour we will have sometime to try Uruguay’s national drink of ‘Mate’. Afterwards we will take a short ferry across the River Plate to Buenos Aires.

    Accommodation: Cyan Recoleta or similar

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Buenos Aires city tour; tango show and dinner.

    Today we will have a short walking tour of the city, discovering its wealth of history, culture and exploring the main sites and landmarks Buenos Aires has to offer. The highlights of this tour are the famous Recoleta cemetery where Eva Peron (Evita) is buried, the Colon Theatre and San Martin Square. Afterwards you will have some free time before we visit one of the excellent tango shows in the old quarter of San Telmo and enjoy a group meal together.

    Accommodation: Cyan Recoleta or similar

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Free day in Buenos Aires for optional activities.

    This is a free day to either spend exploring Buenos Aires, or you can also book an optional tour to spend a day in the countryside. We recommend the full day trip to visit an estancia 'working ranch' in the outskirts of Buenos Aires. At the estancia you will have the opportunity to go horse-riding, watch a game of Polo or even have a Polo lesson. Please ask your tour leader, and they will help you to arrange it.

    Accommodation: Cyan Recoleta or similar

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Morning at leisure; fly to Iguazu.

    This morning is free to rest or perhaps spend some more time exploring Buenos Aires. We will depart the hotel at around midday and take a short transfer to the regional airport in Buenos Aires, from here we will catch a flight to Iguazu. On arrival we will transfer to our hotel for the next two nights.

    Accommodation: Hotel Iru Mercure or similar

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Full day tour of the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls.

    After breakfast we transfer to the Argentine side of the falls. Inside the park, there are many walkways that lead you to different viewing platforms, with fantastic views of the falls. There are approximately 800 metres of walkways on the upper circuit and a further 600 metres on the lower circuit. We recommend you have your waterproofs with you, as there can be so much spray from the falls, that you can get completely soaked. You will also need these should you wish to take part in the optional boat trip, which takes you to the mouth of the falls.

    Accommodation: Hotel Iru Mercure or similar

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Half day tour of Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls; fly to Rio de Janeiro.

    This morning we will say goodbye to Argentina and hello to our third and final country, Brazil! Both sides of Iguazu offer very different experiences of the falls, but the Brazilian side is known for the incredible panoramic views of most of the falls. You can also take a short ride in a glass lift, which takes you to the boardwalk, from where you can walk along the edge of some of the falls. Afterwards we will transfer to the Brazilian airport in Iguazu and catch a short flight to our destination, Rio de Janeiro.

    Accommodation: Hotel Windsor Palace or similar

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Full day city tour of Rio de Janeiro.

    After breakfast we will set off from the hotel for a full day tour of this beautiful and fascinating city. The highlights include a visit to Corcovado Mountain and a visit to one of Rio’s most famous landmarks, the Christ the Redeemer statue. From here you have some of the best views of the city. We will stop for lunch in between stops at a typical Brazilian ‘Rodizio’ barbecue restaurant. Afterwards we will carry on with the tour and ride a cable car to the top of another of Rio’s most popular mountains, the Sugar Loaf. From here you will have a completely different perspective of the city and coastline.

    Accommodation: Hotel Windsor Palace or similar

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 11

    Free day in Rio de Janeiro for optional activities.

    Today has been left free as there are many excursions available to match different interests. We recommend either taking a shared jeep tour of the Tijuca forest or simply take a stroll through the world-famous beaches of Copacabana or Ipanema. Please ask your tour leader and they will help you to arrange it.

    Accommodation: Hotel Windsor Palace or similar

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    End Rio de Janeiro.

    Depending on the time of your flight home you may have another chance to see more of this fascinating and vibrant city. Those on group flights will be transferred to the airport in time for their return flight back to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Uruguay

Most nationalitites can visit Uruguay for up to 90 days without a visa. For further information on entry regulations contact the nearest Uruguayan Embassy.

Argentina

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay.

No visa required for holders of British passport.

If you are crossing the border into Argentina from Chile on your trip, we will need to know your profession in order to provide when entering Argentina.

The Argentine government charges a reciprocity fee which applies to Canadian and Australian citizens. The amounts are as follows: Australians - US$100 (multiple entry) Canadians - US$75 (single entry) This fee must be paid before you enter Argentina. For full details, and to make the payment, please visit: https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes

Brazil

Holders of British passport do not require a visa for Brazil.

Vaccinations

Uruguay

Recommended vaccinations for this trip are: Hepatitis A; Tetanus.

Other vaccines to consider: Hepatitis B; Rabies.

Argentina

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Bilharzia is known to occur in some of the lakes or rivers in Argentina, we therefore advise all to take advice from your guide or leader locally before venturing for a swim.

Dengue fever is also a known risk in Argentina. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Due to a recent outbreak of Yellow Fever in the Misiones province of Argentina, vaccinations are strongly recommended if you intend to visit the Iguazu Falls.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Brazil

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Yellow Fever. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners included.

Hotel breakfasts are normally buffet-style and are included. There is a variety of good, quality food on offer in local restaurants and cafes usually for relatively low prices. Vegetarians are catered for throughout the trip, but please ensure that you advise us before you travel so that we can make the necessary arrangements on your behalf.

Weather

Since Uruguay, Argentina and most of Brazil are in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are the reverse of those in Europe. Trips are therefore organized between March and November to take advantage of the longer, warmer days in the summer period. 

During these months the temperatures in Montevideo and Buenos Aires reach a maximum of 25ºC, and a maximum low of about 10ºC. In Rio de Janeiro this changes slightly and it is a maximum of 30ºC, and a maximum low of 20ºC. 

Is this trip for you?

This trip is graded leisurely.

It is not activity based however there are several city tours on foot, as well as activities to take part in during our Estancia stay in Uruguay. We travel by private minibus and take two internal flights to allow you to experience as much as possible of these beautiful and diverse countries in a short space of time. We will also travel by ferry from Colonia to Buenos Aires. The tour has all the ingredients to be a true adventure and trip of a lifetime. It encompasses a contrasting array of sights and activities, from the vibrant barrios of Buenos Aires, to horse-riding at ranch in Uruguay,  to one of the world's most spectacular natural wonders, the Iguazu Falls. 

There are 2 internal flights included in the itinerary, normally using the services of Aerolineas Argentinas or LAN. Please be aware that the timings of the internal flights can be quite erratic and there can often be last minute schedule changes. Depending on the availability of these flights, there may be a supplement to pay. 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

11 nights hotels with en suite facilities. This trip offers a good standard of accommodation throughout the trip. Some of the hotels have swimming pools. We will spend 9 nights in hotels with en suite facilities that are located in interesting areas. For example in Rio de Janeiro we stay in the famous 'Copacabana' area and in Buenos Aires we stay within the 'Recoleta' district. 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

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