Rio, Iguazu, Buenos Aires, & Uruguay - 12 Nights Tour Package

12 nights visiting Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires, Colonia, Montevideo, and Punta del Este!
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Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires, Colonia, Montevideo, & Punta del Este!

Experience the very best of South America with our 12-night tour, which includes stops in Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires, and three incredible locations in Uruguay. Begin your journey in Rio de Janeiro, known as the Wonderful City or “Cidade Maravilhosa,” where you will be welcomed with the charm of the Carnival, the friendliness of locals, and delicious regional cuisine. Explore the iconic landmarks such as the Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado, the Sugar Loaf Mountain, Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches, the Sambodromo, and the Maracana Stadium.

Next, experience the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Iguazu Falls, one of the seven new natural wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take in the incredible views and stunning waterfalls.

Then, make your way to Buenos Aires, the most European city in South America, where you can indulge in the delicious local cuisine, witness the allure of Tango, and visit iconic landmarks such as the colorful Caminito in La Boca, the grand Recoleta Cemetery, and the magnificent Colon Theatre.

Cross the Rio de la Plata to explore three stunning locations in Uruguay. Start with Colonia, a charming UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich history. Walk through its beautiful streets and discover more about its illustrious past. Then, head to Montevideo, the country’s capital, where you can sample the native “chivito” or mate and explore the downtown or old city. Finally, visit Punta del Este, one of South America’s most significant and beautiful beaches.

This tour offers a unique opportunity to experience the best of South America’s culture, history, cuisine, and natural beauty. Are you ready to embark on this unforgettable journey?

Itinerary

Day 1

RIO DE JANEIRO

As you arrive at Rio de Janeiro airport, take a deep breath and get ready to be swept off your feet by the energy and beauty of one of South America’s most iconic cities. Our transfer service will be waiting to whisk you away to your hotel, where you’ll have some time to relax and soak in the surroundings.

With its rich history dating back to 1565, Rio de Janeiro is a city that truly has it all. From the warm hospitality of its residents to the vibrant culture, stunning beaches, and awe-inspiring natural wonders, it’s no wonder why this destination is a must-visit for travelers from around the world.

After checking into your hotel, take some time to unwind and recharge your batteries. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to start exploring right away, we have a range of optional activities available to get you started. Choose from:

  • Ginga Tropical Show with Dinner in Rio de Janeiro
    Enjoy a wonderful dinner samba show in Rio de Janeiro!
  • Jeep Tour to Favela La Rocinha & Tijuca Forest
    Visit the Tijuca rain forest and gain insider insight into one of Rio de Janeiro's favelas.
  • Carnival Experience in Rio de Janeiro
    Enjoy the experience of the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Helicopter Ride in Rio de Janeiro
    A wonderful overflight to enjoy Rio from the sky.

Day 2

RIO DE JANEIRO: City Tour with Sugar Loaf.

After breakfast in the morning, we will begin our first excursion to the amazing “Cidade Maravilhosa” which translates to Wonderful City.

Get ready for breathtaking views of Rio’s famous beaches as we embark on a panoramic journey. Our first stop will be at the Metropolitan Cathedral, where we’ll take in the city’s fascinating history and snap some great pictures.

Next up, we’ll hop on a cable car to reach Sugar Loaf, one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. Don’t forget your camera as you capture stunning panoramic views of Guanabara Bay and the nearby beaches, including Niteroi, the Santa Cruz FortressBotafogo, and Flamengo.

After enjoying around 45 minutes appreciating the hill, we’ll cross the Santa Barbara Tunnel, affording us glimpses of downtown Rio. Then, we’ll head straight to the Sambodromo, the unique location that annually hosts Rio’s biggest festival, the Carnival.

Upon returning to our hotel, you can have lunch at your leisure. Since it’s a half-day excursion, we’ve compiled a list of optional activities for you to choose from, allowing you to fill your afternoon and evening in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Carnival Experience in Rio de Janeiro
    Enjoy the experience of the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro
  • Ginga Tropical Show with Dinner in Rio de Janeiro
    Enjoy a wonderful dinner samba show in Rio de Janeiro!

Day 3

RIO DE JANEIRO: Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer.

After a delicious breakfast, we’ll embark on our second excursion in Rio de Janeiro. Our first stop is the iconic Christ the Redeemer Statue, recently named one of the seven new wonders of the world. Located near the peak of Corcovado Mountain, the statue was built in 1926 and presents a significant engineering feat. It attracts over 300,000 visitors each year, offering stunning panoramic views of downtown Rio and the southern region.

Next, we’ll visit the Tijuca Foresta vast green oasis that divides the city in two. With over 3,000 plant species and numerous bird species, the park is incredibly biodiverse. The town’s temperature would be two degrees Celsius warmer without it! Our tour includes several highlights, such as the Chinese ViewTaunay’s Waterfalls, and the Visitor Center.

After the tour, you can enjoy lunch at your leisure before heading back to your accommodation. Since this is a half-day excursion, you can spend the rest of the day relaxing on the beach or opt for one of our alternative activities to explore the city’s culinary scene and catch an exciting show in the evening.

  • Ginga Tropical Show with Dinner in Rio de Janeiro
    Enjoy a wonderful dinner samba show in Rio de Janeiro!
  • Carnival Experience in Rio de Janeiro
    Enjoy the experience of the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

Day 4

RIO DE JANEIRO: Goodbye Cidade Maravilhosa!

After an eventful trip in Rio de Janeiro, it’s time to say goodbye to this wonderful city. But if your flight leaves in the afternoon or in the evening, you still have some free time to explore on your own before your departure transfer. Whether you want to soak up the sun on the beach, indulge in some last-minute shopping, or try some local delicacies, Rio de Janeiro has something for everyone. If you’re looking to make the most of your remaining time in Rio, you can choose from our selection of optional activities.

  • Jeep Tour to Favela La Rocinha & Tijuca Forest:
    Visit the Tijuca rain forest and gain insider insight into one of Rio de Janeiro's favelas.
  • Helicopter Ride in Rio de Janeiro:
    A wonderful 7-minute overflight to enjoy Rio from the sky.

IGUAZU FALLS: Arrival to Iguazu & Check-In.

Arrival in Iguazu. This is the gateway to one of the most spectacular natural wonders in South America and indeed the world! Yes, Iguazu Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was recently named one of the “New Seven Wonders of Nature.” It’s definitely a must-see if you’re visiting Brazil or Argentina. Upon arrival, we’ll transfer you to your hotel so you can check in and rest. You’ll have some free time to relax by the pool, explore the city on your own, or choose one of our optional activities listed below:

Day 5

IGUAZU FALLS: The Argentinian Side. Enjoying the Falls.

After breakfast, we’ll embark on one of the most breathtaking trips you can take, where you’ll witness nature’s magic at its finest.

Our tour leader will take you to the Argentinian side’s Parque Nacional Iguazu, which offers up to 8 kilometers of trails across three circuits: the Upper Circuit, the Lower Circuit, and the Trail to the incredible Devil’s Throat, accessible by the Ecological Train of the Jungle.

The Devil’s Throat is a group of 80-meter-tall waterfalls that pour into a small canyon, creating the most intense rush at Iguazu Falls. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the world’s largest waterfalls, an excellent and unique spectacle.

We’ve got plenty of extracurricular activities for you to choose from, and you can check them out below. After the park visit, we’ll head back to the hotel.

Day 6

IGUAZU FALLS: The Brazilian Side, a Unique Panoramic View of the Falls.

We’ll start exploring the Brazilian side of the falls after breakfast. It is referred to as Parque Nacional do Iguaçu. The excursion consists of a bus ride through the jungle and a spectacular elevator ride up to a 1500-meter walkway with a panoramic view of the falls. The scenery is distinctive, so get your camera ready to capture hundreds of priceless pictures!

It’s a half-day tour that can be combined with any extra activities, including a trip to Itaipu Dam or Parque Das Aves (Birds Park). Additionally, you might include some adventurous activities while visiting. Look over the choices below.

  • Macuco Safari in Iguazu Falls
    Experience the Marvelous Boat Navigation on the Brazilian Side of the Falls
  • Lunch in Puerto Canoas Restaurant
    Add a wonderful buffet lunch without drinks in Puerto Canoas
  • Helicopter Ride in Iguazu Falls: See the Falls From the Sky!
    Soaring Above Paradise: Experience the Majesty of Iguazu Falls with a Helicopter Ride
  • Extension to Parque Das Aves
    Learn more about birds of the jungle, visiting the park. You can add this activity after visiting the Brazilian Side of the Falls
  • Extension to visit Itaipu Dam
    Add a wonderful visit to the incredible dam after visiting the Brazilian Side of the Falls
  • Private City Tour in Ciudad del Este – Paraguay
    Experience the Vibrant Culture and Stunning Landscapes of Ciudad del Este with a Guided Tour
  • The Argentine Experience in Iguazu
    More Than Just a Dinner — The Argentine Experience in Iguazu It's an Interactive

Day 7

IGUAZU FALLS: Goodbye to the Falls.

After breakfast, you’ll have some free time to relax, explore the city on your own, or participate in any of our optional activities listed below. Later, you’ll be transferred to the local airport to catch your flight to the next destination.

Goodbye, Iguazu!

BUENOS AIRES: Arrival to the Capital City.

Welcome to Buenos Aires, the vibrant capital of Argentina and one of the most significant cities on the continent. From the European-style architecture to the world-famous Tango and mouth-watering cuisine, Buenos Aires offers a unique blend of history, culture, and modernity that you won’t find anywhere else.

Once you arrive at the international airport, Ministro Pistarini (also known as Ezeiza), you’ll be greeted with warmth and hospitality by the locals, known as “Porteños.” With your first day free, you can take the time to relax and soak in the city’s energy as you settle into your accommodation for the next three nights.

But if you’re an active person who’s eager to get started with exciting activities right away, take a look at our optional tours. We offer a wide range of solutions to suit any traveler’s preferences.

So whether you’re interested in exploring the city’s historic landmarks, experiencing its vibrant nightlife, or indulging in its culinary delights, we’ve got you covered.

Get ready for an unforgettable journey in Buenos Aires – we can’t wait to show you around!

  • Buenos Aires Walking Tour
    Enjoy a very nice 3:30 hour walking tour with our guide (min 2 people)
  • Argentine Gastronomy Experience in Buenos Aires
    Enjoy the famously fun interactive and delicious experience
  • Half day tour to Tigre & Delta del Paraná
    Enjoy a half day visit to a natural environment located 30 km from Buenos Aires
  • Welcome dinner in La Bistecca
    Enjoy a wonderful buffet dinner in a restaurant of Puerto Madero
  • Rio de la Plata boat navigation with lunch
    Aboard the Humberto M. boat
  • Dinner Tango Show in Aljibe Tango
    Enjoy a great dinner tango show in Buenos Aires
  • La Boca Walking Tour in Buenos Aires
    Enjoy a wonderful walking tour in La Boca Neighborhood
  • Dinner Tango Show in La Ventana
    Enjoy a unique dinner tango show in Buenos Aires!
  • Dinner Tango Show + Wine Tasting in La Ventana
    Enjoy a unique dinner tango show including a wine tasting!
  • Dinner Tango Show in Gala Tango
    Enjoy an exclusive dinner tango show in Buenos Aires!

Day 8

BUENOS AIRES: City Tour & Dinner Tango Show.

Join us for a fascinating tour of Buenos Aires, the most European city in South America. We’ll start our tour after breakfast, taking in the city’s highlights and experiencing its unique blend of European and Latin American cultures.

As we explore different parts of the city, you’ll see firsthand how European architecture and design influenced Buenos Aires at the turn of the last century, when Argentina was the sixth-ranked nation on the planet.

Our tour includes several iconic locations, such as La Boca, home to the famous Caminito, and the Boca Juniors Stadium, “La Bombonera”. Next, we’ll visit San Telmo, another must-see location in Buenos Aires. If you’re visiting on a Sunday, you’ll have the chance to explore the renowned San Telmo fair, where you can discover unique antiques and immerse yourself in the local culture.

We’ll also visit the iconic Plaza de Mayo, where you’ll see the “Casa Rosada” (Pink House), the Cabildo, the Cathedral, and other historical landmarks. Along the way, you’ll also catch a glimpse of the Obelisk and 9 de Julio Avenue. If you’re an opera lover, you won’t want to miss the chance to visit the Colon Theatre, one of the world’s premier opera theaters. You can take a guided tour if you like, but be sure to book your tickets in advance.

Our tour will also take us to other fascinating parts of the city, such as the RecoletaPalermo, and Puerto Madero neighborhoods. Puerto Madero, in particular, is a revitalized dockside area with a diverse culinary scene, where you can end your tour with a delicious lunch and a taste of the regional cuisine.

After our tour, you’ll have the freedom to explore the city on your own. There are plenty of things to do, such as going on a walking tour of the Colon Theatre or taking an excursion to the Tigre Delta. And if you’re looking for more activities, check out the optional tours we have available, such as a fantastic Tango Show or a Buenos Aires by-night activity.

At the end of the day, you’ll return to your hotel and get some rest in preparation for your next adventure.

  • Guided tour to Colon Theatre with walking tour
    A very nice 3-hour walking tour with our guide with a visit to Colon Theatre (min 2 people)
  • Buenos Aires by night: Palermo Experience
    Enjoy the trendy neighborhood of Palermo and taste great beers!
  • Buenos Aires by night: Corrientes Avenue & Pizza Experience
    Enjoy Buenos Aires by night focused in Avenue Corrientes and tasting the unique argentine pizza!
  • Rio de la Plata boat navigation with lunch
    Aboard the Humberto M boat
  • Fogón Asado Experience
    Fogón is a new way of living the traditional argentine asado.
  • Half day tour to Tigre & Delta del Paraná
    Enjoy a half day visit to a natural environment located 30 km from Buenos Aires
  • Dinner Tango Show in La Ventana
    Enjoy a unique dinner tango show in Buenos Aires!
  • Dinner Tango Show in Aljibe Tango
    Enjoy a great dinner tango show in Buenos Aires
  • Dinner Tango Show in Gala Tango
    Enjoy an exclusive dinner tango show in Buenos Aires

Day 9

BUENOS AIRES: Enjoying the Countryside. Visit to an Estancia in the Pampas.

After breakfast, we will embark on a trip to the Pampas to visit traditional estancias or farms. This excursion, known as the “Fiesta Gaucha,” is one of the most popular cultural activities to do while visiting Buenos Aires. You’ll have the opportunity to experience the usual “Asado Criollo,” spectacular horseback riding, and traditional folklore presentations. After lunch, which is included, we’ll enjoy some gaucho demonstrations with horses during Carreras de Sortijas.

We’ll return to the hotel around 5 pm, and you’ll have some free time to relax or take advantage of the optional activities listed below. We’re always prepared to assist you.

As always, you are free to choose any of the available evening activities.

  • Argentine Gastronomy Experience in Buenos Aires
    Enjoy the famously fun interactive and delicious experience
  • Buenos Aires by night: Palermo Experience
    Enjoy the trendy neighborhood of Palermo and taste great beers!
  • Dinner Tango Show in La Ventana
    Enjoy a unique dinner tango show in Buenos Aires!
  • Fogón Asado Experience
    Fogón is a new way of living the traditional argentine asado.
  • Buenos Aires by night: Corrientes Avenue & Pizza Experience
    Enjoy Buenos Aires by night focused in Avenue Corrientes and tasting the unique argentine pizza!
  • Dinner Tango Show in Aljibe Tango
    Enjoy a great dinner tango show in Buenos Aires

Day 10

BUENOS AIRES: Goodbye to the Big City.

Following breakfast, you’ll have some free time to enjoy before being transferred to the nearby airport for your flight or the pier to your next destination. Please refer to the list of optional activities below for more information.

  • Half day tour to Tigre & Delta del Paraná
    Enjoy a half day visit to a natural environment located 30 km from Buenos Aires
  • Full Polo Day
    Be a polo player for a day!
  • Rio de la Plata boat navigation with lunch
    Aboard the Humberto M. boat
  • Adventure to Cerro Avanzado
    Enjoy a 4x4 vehicle adventure activity
  • La Boca Walking Tour in Buenos Aires
    Enjoy a wonderful walking tour in La Boca Neighborhood

COLONIA DE SACRAMENTO: Arrival to the History.

Upon arrival in Colonia, we will transfer you to your hotel for check-in, possibly via a ferryboat from Buenos Aires. Then, we will begin the tour of one of Uruguay’s most amazing locations. Colonia de Sacramento was founded by Portuguese colonists and contested for a century.

This ancient town was restored to thrill visitors after UNESCO designated it a World Heritage Site in 1995. Colonia features distinctive cobblestone streets, tranquility, museums, and history. It’s a beautiful location to enjoy some top-notch cuisine as well.

During our city tour, we will visit the ancient section of the city, which includes the Citadel gate, the renowned Calle de Los Suspiros, the lighthouse, the “Basilica del Santsimo Sacramento” cathedral, and the former bullring. After that, you’ll have some free time to explore on your own, and then you’ll spend the night in the city.

Day 11

MONTEVIDEO: The Capital City.

After breakfast, transfer to the bus terminal to catch a bus to Montevideo, the stunning and serene capital of Uruguay. With its breathtaking view of the Rio de la Plata and beautifully planted districts, Montevideo is one of South America’s most attractive and popular cities. The city is also famous for its rich architectural history and its stunning seashore known as “La Rambla.”

Upon arrival, we will transfer you to your hotel, and then start our city tour to visit Montevideo’s most significant landmarks, including Independence Square, the Old City, El Prado Neighborhood, Parliament House, Tres Cruces and the Battle Park, and the Rambla for some picture-perfect moments. After the tour, you will have free time to explore the city and enjoy the local cuisine, including the famous “Chivito.”

To make your stay more memorable, we recommend trying some of the delectable cuisines and indulging in the local culture. Overnight accommodation will be provided.

Day 12

MONTEVIDEO: Visiting the Unique Punta Del Este.

Join us on a full-day excursion after breakfast to one of South America’s most well-known beaches – Punta del Este. This charming seaside town is renowned for its amazing beaches, metropolitan affluence, and non-stop entertainment, making it a favorite destination for the international jet set.

Our first stop will be Piriápolis, where we’ll climb Cerro San Antonio and explore Punta Ballena, Casapueblo, Brava, and Mansa beaches, as well as the downtown and major areas like Hollywood and Maldonado. Then, we’ll head to Punta del Este to experience the town’s luxury and glitter.

In Punta del Este, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to relax on the beach, soak up the sun, and capture the iconic hand in the sand, one of the town’s most famous landmarks. You’ll also be able to explore the town’s upscale boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants.

After a day of adventure and relaxation, we’ll return to Montevideo for an overnight stay.

Day 13

MONTEVIDEO: Goodbye Uruguay!

After breakfast, you’ll have free time to relax and enjoy your last moments in Uruguay. If you have enough time, you can choose from a variety of optional activities to make the most of your time before your transfer to the airport or ferry terminal.

We hope you’ve enjoyed your stay in Uruguay and that you take with you unforgettable memories of this charming and vibrant country. Thank you for choosing our services, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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We can customize your itinerary by adding or removing nights, including new destinations, or making any necessary changes. Please let us know your preferences. The optional activities listed below each day are just suggestions, and you can add them to your quote or request any other available activities in each destination.

What's Included

  • Transfer Airport-Hotel-Airport in All Destinations
  • English-Speaking Guides
  • Accommodation (3⭐, 4⭐, 5⭐, or Luxury) With Breakfast Included
  • All Tours & Activities Detailed in the Itinerary
  • Pick-up and Drop-off in All Tours & Activities
  • 24/7 Support via Mail, Phone, or WhatsApp
  • Any Optional Added to Your Trip
  • Ticket Entrance to National Parks (can be included)
  • Flight Tickets (can be included)
  • Tips

What Our Travelers Says

January 4, 2024

Joy Burroughs

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Most well organized & best Iguazu Falls experience ever!

"Wow! Amazing tour and so well organized from start to finish! Our personal guide through the park, Lorena was so knowable about so many things. She was patient and helped us make the most of our experience at Iguazu Falls. Thank you to Walter for being so very responsive to all my questions & even tracking our delayed flight to let our taxi driver know when to pick us up & take us back to our hotel. We had a fantastic day!

January 2, 2024

Alande Brezault

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Best Tour Ever

"Only had a day to visit Iguazu during a short trip to Buenos Aires with wife and 2 children. Minute after booking, I was contacted by Walter regarding details for the tour. From transfers to and from the airport, airline tickets, park fees and activities, tour guide, everything was handled professionally and flawlessly. Walter was always an email away and made a rather complicated day trip very easy to manage. Happy and comfortable to recommend their services for a day adventure to Iguazu. They will take care of you.

November 2, 2023

Randy Atlas

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I had a very successful guided tour of…

"I had a very successful guided tour of the Iguazu Falls from RipoTurism. Their driver picked us up at the airport and took us to all of the relevant sites of the falls. The Guide was informative and helpful in getting our tickets and plotting the best path. I felt that we received the services I paid for and got the most value out of the experience.

October 25, 2023

Andrew

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Jackpot

"Our trip was incredible! We can’t say enough good things about our guide, Samuel! My sister and her friend were so grateful for how personable and friendly he was. I felt we hit the jackpot as far as tours go.

October 14, 2023

AGATA

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The tour agency and the guide were very…

"The tour agency and the guide were very professional and helpful. I will definitely recommend them

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! We offer the option to convert any of our small group tours into private tours, where you will have an English-speaking guide exclusively for you.

Yes, we can arrange for your visit to Iguazu Falls from any nearby destination. Additionally, we can suggest the best flight times for your tour if you prefer to book them yourself.

Generally, we offer a full refund up to 72 hours before your tour. However, there may be certain tours that do not qualify for this policy. We will inform you of any exceptions while you plan your trip with us.

Absolutely! We offer many other destinations across South America that can be combined with Iguazu Falls to create a personalized itinerary that meets your travel goals.

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