From the beautiful people on the Copacabana beach and the beautiful views from Christ the Redeemer, the grandeur of the Iguazu River plunging over the falls and the heady tango nights of Buenos Aires, these are just a few dimensions of classic South America.
We start in Rio, ‘Cidade Marvilhosa’, the ‘marvellous city’, one of the most photogenic places in the world. We have plenty of time to take in the views and sample the atmosphere. We will view the city from the statue of Christ and also from Sugarloaf Mountain, views familiar to anybody who watched the 2016 Olympics. Leaving Rio we travel down the coast and then take a boat out to Ilha Grande, a tropical paradise of sandy beaches and car-free relaxed towns. We follow lush, steamy forest trails to unspoiled beaches. The paths are good and the beaches beautiful. Parati, a boom town built on the back of the gold trade, is a gem of colonial architecture. Its streets are ideal to wander and the islands covering the bay off shore make a great backdrop.
The Iguazu Falls (Foz de Iguacu in Portuguese) where the Iguazu River drops over the most impressive waterfalls on the planet must surely be the highlight of this magical trip. Next we travel to the jungle and Yacutinga Lodge to enjoy the flora and fauna and finally to Buenos Aires, the home of tango and asado, the Casa Rosada and Eva Peron. Its wide open spaces are a huge contrast to the more compact Rio. A tango show completes our holiday in fine style.