South American Sampler: Brazil, Uruguay & Argentina

South America is a place of almost incompressible diversity. A complexity of geographical features span the continent from deep tropical rainforests to high mountain deserts. So, too, is this dynamism personified in the languages of those who live here. So much to see, yet little opportunity to see it all. Visit the Portuguese brushed Brazil and Rio de Janeiro where long golden sands and samba feed the soul. Experience the charm of Uruguay in Montevideo, and taste the richness of its culture and land in its fine wines. Buenos Aires will tantalize your sprit with the rhythm of the tango as you walk its colorful neighborhoods. Rarely does one get an opportunity to explore such beautifully distinct places on one trip, but here you can. Add in the element of a concert in each city at one of their world-class concert halls, and you truly have something unique!

Degree of Difficulty - Two Paws

Slightly Active. May involve some walking and climbing.

Weather Reports - When To Go

Rio de Janeiro has temperate temperatures year round. During their summer – December through March, it can be quite hot, but refreshing showers in the afternoon cool the temperatures down. The winter months are July through September, but it never gets cold and this is the time with the least rainfall.

Montevideo enjoys pleasant weather year-round. During January/February, the temperature is a comfortable 75 degrees, making it a fantastic place to escape to from the cold north. Throughout the year, however, it can be windy and foggy, but it does not rain much and is quite pleasant with the lowest temperature during July/August in the 50’s.

Cosmopolitan Buenos Aires has mild winters (July/August) and humid and hot summers (January/February). Best time to visit is spring (September to November) and Fall (March to May).

Tropical Iguassu Falls are accessible any time of the year. December through March is summer and the hottest and most humid time of the year when most of the rainfall will occur, making the Falls impressive with their great volume of water. It is also the most crowded as Brazilians and Argentinians take vacation at that time of the year. The rivers run highest at that time and the Falls are generally covered in mist. The dry season is April through June, which may afford you the best photographs with blue skies, but the water levels at the Falls are lower. June through August brings cooler temperatures and less humidity.

Essentially, our tour can be offered year-round.

Days 1/2 NEW YORK/RIO DE JANEIRO

Board your overnight flight to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and transfer to your luxury hotel. Discover the ways of the carioca, as the residents call themselves, in Rio’s restaurants, clubs, cinemas, art museums, and the golden stretches of Ipanema and Copacabana. Tonight enjoy carioca cuisine at the fine restaurant within your hotel on Copacabana Beach. MIRAMAR BY WINDSOR. (Meals Aloft,D)

Days 3 CORCOVADO & SUGAR LOAF

Start off your day by taking the cog train to the top of the 2,310 foot Corcovado Mountain, the site of the inspirational Christ the Redeemer statue. Enjoy the spectacular views of Rio and the surrounding countryside from the observation deck. Lunch will be at Zozô, an eatery infused with the culture and flavors of the carioca. Ascend the iconic slopes of Sugarloaf Mountain by cable car or on foot, and enjoy stunning views and a refreshment at the summit. HOTEL MIRAMAR BY WINDSOR. (B,L)

Day 4 HISTORICAL CITY TOUR/SANTA TERESA/CONCERT AT THE MUNICIPAL THEATER

Venture off on a city tour this morning and visit November 15 Square, Praça XV, Ouvidor Street, Gonçalves Dias Street, the Banco do Brasil Cultural Center, France Brazil House, the old Custom House, and the majestic Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro. Luncheon is at the historic Confeitaria Colombo. After lunch, regard the San Bento Monastery and the neoclassical Candelária Church before drinking in the historic district of Santa Theresa. Tonight, enjoy a performance at the Municipal Theater, one of the most beautiful and important theaters in the country. HOTEL MIRAMAR BY WINDSOR. (B,L)

Day 5 RIO DE JANEIRO BY NIGHT

Today you are at leisure to do as you wish. This evening you are invited to take in the carioca night life at the Rio Scenarium, a show house located in the Lapa, the bohemian neighborhood of Rio. The venue is decorated with relics of Brazil’s musical history which is kept alive via live performances nightly. HOTEL MIRAMAR BY WINDSOR. (B,D)

Days 6/7 MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY/CONCERT AT THE SOLIS THEATER

Fly to Montevideo, a vibrant, eclectic city with a captivating cultural scene, romantic neighborhoods and stately colonial buildings. Next day, embark on a four-hour city tour. See the town hall building, the cathedral, and Independence Square, which divides Montevideo’s old and new areas. Visit Palacio Salvo and continue to the neighborhoods of El Prado and Carrasco. Enjoy Lunch at El Palenque Restaurant at the Mercado del Porto. This afternoon consider fine works of Uruguayan artistry at the Torres Garcia and Blanes Museums, and the National Museum of Visual Arts. Tonight experience a concert at the beautiful Solís Theater. SHERATON MONTEVIDEO HOTEL. (B,D; B,L)

Day 8 MONTEVIDEO: VINEYARD TOUR

Today enrich your understanding of Uruguay’s prodigious wine industry, which stretches back some 250 years. Visit the Bouza winery which resembles a French chateaux and Juanico one of the country’s largest, and see how they transform grape juice into something sublime. SHERATON MONTEVIDEO HOTEL. (B,D)

Day 9 MONTEVIDEO/BUENOS AIRES/TANGO SHOW

In the morning make your way to the Port of Montevideo to take the Buquebus ferry across the Rio de la Plata to Buenos Aires, where you will be escorted to your hotel. Tonight a delicious dinner awaits you followed by an intimate local tango show at Cafe de los Angelitos, a living museum of the tango that has undergone a number of transformations prior to its current elegant incarnation. BUENOS AIRES GRAND HOTEL. (B,D)

Day 10 BUENOS AIRES: CITY TOUR/PERFORMANCE AT THE TEATRO COLON

Explore Buenos Aires today. Start at 9 de Julio Avenue, the Obelisk, Corrientes Street, and the Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires’ oldest park. Buenos Aires is a city of neighborhoods each with its own distinct character. Walk through San Telmo, a creative artist’s colony; Plaza Dorrego, known for its antique shops; La Boca, adorned with brightly colored buildings. Take in the restaurants of Puerto Madero and the gardens and woods of Palermo and end in Recoleta where the elite of Argentina are buried, including Evita Peron. Lunch is at La Parolaccia Restaurant. This afternoon visit the Luthiers of Buenos Aires followed by a visit to the prestigious Teatro Colón where you will be treated to a guided tour of the salons and auditorium. Tonight you will attend a performance at this world class venue. BUENOS AIRES GRAND HOTEL. (B,L)

Day 11 SAN ANTONIO DE ARECO/ESTANCIA EL OMBU EXCURSION

Drive to the provincial town of San Antonio de Areco, known for its dedication to celebrating the way of the gaucho (cowboy). Then drive to El Ombu de Areco a magnificent, family-owned estancia adorned with centennial oaks, araucarias (monkey-puzzle trees), palms, eucalyptus, casuarinas, and magnolias. After lunch you can avail yourself of the many activities available here such as carriage rides, tennis, volleyball, football, pool, ping pong or perhaps a leisurely walk through the estancia’s beautiful environs. BUENOS AIRES GRAND HOTEL. (B,L)

Days 12/13 BUENOS AIRES/USA

Today you are at leisure to do as you wish. There is an optional excursion (additional cost) to San Isidro, the playground of the aristocracy and then a cruise up the Paraná River delta to the river town of El Tigre. Tonight, you are transferred to the airport for your flight back to the United States. (B,Meals Aloft)

OPTIONAL POST EXTENSION TO IGUASSU FALLS

End your South American adventure with a Post-Extension to view Iguassu Falls, a World Heritage Site comprised of over 257 different falls dazzling the eye with spectacular views. Straddling Argentina and Brazil, the Falls are taller than Niagara and twice as wide, prompting Eleanor Roosevelt to exclaim at her first sight, “Poor Niagara!” An elaborate walkway system allows visitors to marvel at the immensity of the falls from both the Argentine and Brazilian side.

YOUR JOURNEY INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip flights between Buenos Aires and Iguassu on the post extension.
  • Superior accommodations throughout as indicated or similar.
  • Breakfast daily; other meals as indicated in itinerary.
  • Tickets to three concert performances as well as various shows as listed in the itinerary.
  • Local specialist guides included throughout – one in each city.
  • Complimentary bottled water in vehicles.
  • All applicable hotel/lodge taxes and gratuities for baggage handling.
  • All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Complimentary baggage tags and passport wallet.
Prices starting at $2,195. For further booking, date, and pricing info please contact info@classicescapes.

Does not include international or domestic flights. Prices are based on 10 or more travelers, and are subject to change.