South America: Rio, Iguazú Falls & Buenos Aires

Seabourn Journeys

Two of South America’s most captivating cities bookend this journey to spectacular Iguazu Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Fall under the spell of Rio de Janeiro’s Caroica landscapes — another World Heritage site — which stretch from lush Tijuca National Park and Corcovado Mountain with its celebrated Christ the Redeemer statue to famed Copacabana Beach and its namesake bay. Absorb the earth-shaking roar of Iguazu from a suspended walkway on the Brazilian side, then get a bird’s-eye view of this natural wonder on a scenic helicopter flight. Also spend two days exploring Buenos Aires, the “Paris of South America,” highlighted by a tango lesson at the legendary Café de los Angelitos.

Starting at $4,999

Pre-Cruise Itinerary Overview

7 days, 6 nights

Day 1: Welcome to Rio de Janeiro! Pass the lush Tijuca National Park and Corcovado Mountain — crowned by the Christ the Redeemer statue — on your way to Copacabana Palace, your glamorous home for the next two nights. The landmark art deco hotel, which overlooks world-famous Copacabana Beach, boasts a stunning outdoor pool, a botanical spa, and two Michelin-starred restaurants. Check in and spend the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps taking advantage of the hotel’s exclusive beach service before dining on pan-Asian fare at the acclaimed MEE restaurant.

Hotel: Copacabana Palace, A Belmond Hotel

Day 2: Embark on a daylong tour of Rio de Janerio, the “Cidade Maravilhosa” (“Marvelous City”). UNESCO designated the city’s Carioca landscapes between the mountains and sea as a World Heritage site. (“Carioca” is a term for anything related to Rio.) Head to the top of Corcovado Mountain and stand in awe of its Christ the Redeemer statue, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Then ascend iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain via cable car to soak in the inspiring views. Next, explore Parque Nacional da Tijuca (Tijuca National Park). One of the world’s largest urban forests encompassing 7,900 acres of lush rainforest, Tijuca protects nearly 1,620 species of plants, hundreds of bird species, and more than 325 animal species including howler monkeys, sloths, and ocelots.

Another unexpected delight is Paquetá Island, located just off Rio’s coast. A favorite weekend getaway for Cariocas, Paquetá charms with its colonial buildings, towering palms, and rare baobab trees. The island is car free, and can only be explored by foot, bicycle or horse-drawn carriage. You also visit the city’s outstanding botanical gardens, Jardim Botânico, a 370-acre urban refuge that showcases more than 6,500 plant species from around the world. This daylong adventure includes lunch at a local restaurant. Afterward, return to your hotel and spend the evening at leisure, perhaps enjoying a cocktail at the popular Piano Bar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: Copacabana Palace, A Belmond Hotel

Day 3: This morning, fly to Foz do Iguaçu and check in at the Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, the only hotel located within the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Iguazu National Park. The waterfall’s name is spelled a variety of ways: Iguassu is the old Portuguese spelling, while the general Spanish spelling is Iguazu; you also may see it spelled Iguaçu in Brazil and Iguazú in Argentina. However it is written, Iguazu Falls never fails to dazzle. Forming the border between Brazil and Argentina and three times the size of Niagara, this massive waterfall comprises 275 different falls. The surrounding subtropical rainforest is equally impressive, with more than 2,000 plant species, 400 bird species, and numerous wildlife species including howler monkeys, ocelots, jaguars, giant anteaters, and the rare broad-snouted caiman. Experience Iguazu’s earth-shaking roar from a suspended walkway on the Brazilian side, then return to the hotel for dinner in the elegant Itaipu Restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner  
Hotel: Belmond Hotel das Cataratas

Day 4: Today, tour the Argentinian side of Iguazu National Park on an exhilarating helicopter flight. Thrill at the sight of the horseshoe-shaped Devil’s Throat, the largest of Iguazu’s cascades measuring an astounding 269 feet high, 490 feet wide, and 2,300 feet long. Next, sit down to a traditional Argentinian barbecue lunch at El Fortin restaurant, located inside the park. Properly refueled, you set out on a Macuco Safari adventure that begins with a ride through the rainforest in an open-air Jeep. Hike along a well-marked trail for approximately a third of a mile to the base of Macuco Falls; there, you hop aboard a speedboat for an exciting trip downriver directly underneath the falls! The views of Devil’s Throat and the Three Musketeers falls are absolutely breathtaking. Return the hotel in time for dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Belmond Cataratas

Day 5: After breakfast, fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital and largest city. Check in at the historic Alvear Palace Hotel, located in the elegant La Recoleta neighborhood; then spend the afternoon at leisure, perhaps enjoying afternoon tea at L’Orangerie or a soak in the spa’s vitality pool. This evening, delight in an authentic tango show with gourmet dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: Alvear Palace

Day 6: Embark on a guided tour of Buenos Aires, the “Paris of South of America.” The city’s rich European heritage is evident everywhere, from its many fashion boutiques and fine restaurants to Avenida 9 de Julio, the world’s widest avenue patterned after Paris’s Champs-Elysees. Visit Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires’ oldest public square and central meeting hub. The plaza’s striking architecture includes Casa Rosada, the pink-colored presidential palace where Eva Perón famously addressed her adoring supporters; the 18th-century Cabildo or town hall, which now houses a museum dedicated to the May 1810 revolution; and the Catedral Metropolitana, the city’s main Catholic church where Pope Francis formerly served as Archbishop.

Next, head to San Telmo, Buenos Aires’ oldest barrio or neighborhood considered the birthplace of the tango. The barrio exudes a decidedly bohemian air, its cobblestone streets packed with lively markets, antique shops, art galleries and tango halls. The colorful La Boca neighborhood is equally alluring; formerly the city’s main port and named for its location at the mouth of the Riachuelo River, La Boca’s ramshackle immigrant houses have been painted over in a palate of bright pastels. Head back to the La Recoleta area for a gastronomic lunch at one of the city’s puerta cerradas or closed-door restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: Alvear Palace

Day 7: Enjoy the morning at leisure, then transfer to the port and embark your Seabourn ship.

Meals: Breakfast

This Pre-Cruise Seabourn Journey Is Available:

  • No pre-cruise Seabourn Journeys are available at this time.

Post-Cruise Itinerary Overview

Day 1: Disembark your Seabourn ship in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital and largest city. Transfer to the elegant La Recoleta neighborhood and check in at the historic Alvear Palace Hotel, your home for the next two nights. Then spend the afternoon at leisure, perhaps enjoying afternoon tea at L’Orangerie or a soak in the spa’s vitality pool. This evening, delight in an authentic tango show with gourmet dinner.

Meals: Dinner
Hotel: Alvear Palace

Day 2: Embark on a guided tour of Buenos Aires, the “Paris of South of America.” The city’s rich European heritage is evident everywhere, from its many fashion boutiques and fine restaurants to Avenida 9 de Julio, the world’s widest avenue patterned after Paris’s Champs-Elysees. Visit Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires’ oldest public square and central meeting hub. The plaza’s striking architecture includes Casa Rosada, the pink-colored presidential palace where Eva Perón famously addressed her adoring supporters; the 18th-century Cabildo or town hall, which now houses a museum dedicated to the May 1810 revolution; and the Catedral Metropolitana, the city’s main Catholic church where Pope Francis formerly served as Archbishop.

Next, head to San Telmo, Buenos Aires’ oldest barrio or neighborhood considered the birthplace of the tango. The barrio exudes a decidedly bohemian air, its cobblestone streets packed with lively markets, antique shops, art galleries and tango halls. The colorful La Boca neighborhood is equally alluring; formerly the city’s main port and named for its location at the mouth of the Riachuelo River, La Boca’s ramshackle immigrant houses have been painted over in a palate of bright pastels. Head back to the La Recoleta area for a gastronomic lunch at one of the city’s puerta cerradas or closed-door restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: Alvear Palace

Day 3: This morning, fly to Foz do Iguaçu and check in at the Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, the only hotel located within the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Iguazu National Park. The waterfall’s name is spelled a variety of ways: Iguassu is the old Portuguese spelling, while the general Spanish spelling is Iguazu; you also may see it spelled Iguaçu in Brazil and Iguazú in Argentina. However it is written, Iguazu Falls never fails to dazzle. Forming the border between Brazil and Argentina and three times the size of Niagara, this massive waterfall comprises 275 different falls. The surrounding subtropical rainforest is equally impressive, with more than 2,000 plant species, 400 bird species, and numerous wildlife species including howler monkeys, ocelots, jaguars, giant anteaters, and the rare broad-snouted caiman. Experience Iguazu’s earth-shaking roar from a suspended walkway on the Brazilian side, then return to the hotel for dinner in the elegant Itaipu Restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: Belmond Hotel das Cataratas

Day 4: Today, tour the Argentinian side of Iguazu National Park on an exhilarating helicopter flight. Thrill at the sight of the horseshoe-shaped Devil’s Throat, the largest of Iguazu’s cascades measuring an astounding 269 feet high, 490 feet wide, and 2,300 feet long. Next, sit down to a traditional Argentinian barbecue lunch at El Fortin restaurant, located inside the park. Properly refueled, you set out on a Macuco Safari adventure that begins with a ride through the rainforest in an open-air Jeep. Hike along a well-marked trail for approximately a third of a mile to the base of Macuco Falls; there, you hop aboard a speedboat for an exciting trip downriver directly underneath the falls! The views of Devil’s Throat and the Three Musketeers falls are absolutely breathtaking. Return the hotel in time for dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  
Hotel: Belmond Cataratas

Day 5: After breakfast, fly to Rio de Janeiro and transfer to the landmark Copacabana Palace. The glamorous art deco hotel, which overlooks world-famous Copacabana Beach, boasts a stunning outdoor pool, a botanical spa, and two Michelin-starred restaurants. Check in and spend the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps taking advantage of the hotel’s exclusive beach service before dining on pan-Asian fare at the acclaimed MEE restaurant.

Afternoon at leisure. 

Day 6: Head out on a daylong tour of Rio de Janerio, the “Cidade Maravilhosa” (“Marvelous City”). UNESCO designated the city’s Carioca landscapes between the mountains and sea as a World Heritage site. (“Carioca” is a term for anything related to Rio.) Head to the top of Corcovado Mountain and stand in awe of its Christ the Redeemer statue, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Then ascend iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain via cable car to soak in the inspiring views. Next, explore Parque Nacional da Tijuca (Tijuca National Park). One of the world’s largest urban forests encompassing 7,900 acres of lush rainforest, Tijuca protects nearly 1,620 species of plants, hundreds of bird species, and more than 325 animal species including howler monkeys, sloths, and ocelots.

Another unexpected delight is Paquetá Island, located just off Rio’s coast. A favorite weekend getaway for Cariocas, Paquetá charms with its colonial buildings, towering palms, and rare baobab trees. The island is car free, and can only be explored by foot, bicycle or horse-drawn carriage. You also visit the city’s outstanding botanical gardens, Jardim Botânico, a 370-acre urban refuge that showcases more than 6,500 plant species from around the world. This daylong adventure includes lunch at a local restaurant. Afterward, return to your hotel and spend the evening at leisure, perhaps enjoying a cocktail at the popular Piano Bar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: Belmond Copacabana

Day 7: Spend the morning at leisure. At the appropriate time, transfer to the airport for your departing flight.

Meals: Breakfast

This Post-Cruise Seabourn Journey Is Available:

  • No post-cruise Seabourn Journeys are available at this time.