BRAZIL – BUENOS AIRES – IGUAZU FALLS – RIO DE JANEIRO – PARATY – APARECIDA – SAO PAULO
Culture and history
USA – BUENOS AIRES
We will begin our journey with a meeting of the group at the airport. After passport and baggage check-in, we will fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Pilgrimage to Brazil and Argentina
BUENOS AIRES - ARGENTINA
After breakfast, we will commence our sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires, exploring the various neighborhoods of the city. We will start in La Boca, a vibrant district famous for its tango and one of the two largest football teams in Argentina. Then we will continue our visit toward the modern and luxurious Puerto Madero with stop at the La Mujer bridge. Our next destination is the iconic Plaza de Mayo and its surroundings, the political heart of the country. Here we will explore the historical center with landmarks such as May Pyramid, Cabildo, the Government House known as Casa Rosada, and we will visit the Metropolitan Cathedral to see the Mausoleum of the Liberator GeneralJosé de San Martín. Just a few steps away, we will visit two of the oldest churches in Buenos Aires: the Basilica Menor de San Francisco and the Santo Domingo Convent and the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary. From San Telmo, our tour will continueto Recoleta, where we will visit one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world. We will end our day by visiting the place where Pope Francis was born. In the evening we will attend a tango show. Located in the historic San Telmo district, El Querandí offers one of the most traditional and authentic shows in the city. Late in the evening we will return to the hotel.
BUENO AIRES - LUJAN
After breakfast we will visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Luján, the Patroness of Argentina. John Paul II visited Our Lady of Luján as the first pope in 1982. We will spend the afternoonin one of the Argentinian farms tasting a delicious “asado” -Argentinian national dish, usually made of beef, pork, chicken, chorizo, and morcilla. We will watch an intimate show of folk and equestrian dances. For those interested, there will be a possibility for horseback riding. In the afternoon we will return to Buenos Aires for an overnight stay.
IGUAZU FALLS - ARGENTINA
After breakfast we will take a flight to Puerto Iguazu, on the Argentinian side. Upon arriving at the airport, we will immediately visit the largest waterfalls in the world – Iguazu Falls. We will come face to face with the largest of them all, which is the Devil’s Throat, 275 cascades of water. The picturesque fauna and flora of the rainforest are just a part of the marvels in this region, where the borders of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina meet. The sheer magnitude of the “Great water” (as Iguaçu is translated from the Guarani language), or more accurately, the sound it creates, will truly reveal the extend and power of this natural wonder. On the way to Brazil, we will make a stop at the famous Hilo Tres Fronteras, the point where the Iguaçu River flows into the Paraná River and where the borders of three countries converage – Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. In the afternoon we will cross the Brazilian border and reach our hotel in the city of Foz do Iguacu.
IGUAZU FALLS - BRAZIL
After breakfast, we will embark on an exploration of Iguazu Falls, this time from the Brazilian side. The breathtaking sight of the cascading torrents of water and the thunderous sound accompanying them will undoubtedly allow us to personally experience the unbridled power of nature. For those who are interested, there will be an opportunity for rafting on the Iguaçu River by boat. We will spend the night in Iguaçu.
RIO DE JANEIRO
After breakfast, we will set out to explore the city.We will take a historic cable car ride to the top of Corcovado, where, next to the spectacular statue of Christ the Redeemer, we will admire the wonderful location of the city. Then we will visit the Maracanã district, home to the most popular stadium in the world. In the afternoon, we will enter the historic gateway to the city, which is Sugarloaf Mountain, from where we will be able to admire the beauty of Guanabara Bay and the old part ofRio de Janeiro. For dinner, we will dine at one of the local pubs. We will spend the night in Rio.
RIO DE JANEIRO - BRAZIL
Another day of enjoying the charms of the city is ahead of us. Rio is blessed with wonderful beaches. Copacabana and Ipanema attract tourists from all over the world, each with its unique atmosphere and distinctive mosaic pattern. The waterfront is dotted with bars where you can often enjoy live music and savor fresh coconuts. On this day, we will make the most of sunbathing pleasures, and in the afternoon, we will embark on a cruise around Guanabara Bay to witness a beautiful sunset. We will spend the night in Rio.
After breakfast, we will visit the colonial town on the “gold trail” – Paraty. Strolling through the streets of Paraty will transport you to the distant days of the colony, and the architecture will make you feel like you are on the set of the famous TV series ‘Slave Isaura’. This seaside resort is a gem of colonial architecture. The old town was founded in the 17th century. In the past, the town served as a hiding place for gold waiting to be transported to Europe.
PARATY - APARECIDA - SAO PAULO
After breakfast, we will head to the city of Aparecida, where a famous Brazilian sanctuary was built in honor of Our Lady of Aparecida. The origins of the cult are intertwined with the story of fishermen, who discovered the figurine of the Divine Lady in the lake. After receiving her blessing, they experienced an abundance of fish in their nets. In 1734, the construction of a chapel began, and a century later, the construction of a larger church commenced. On July 16, 1930, the people of Brazil paid homage to Our Lady of Aparecida. It marked the solemn consecration of the Basilica and the declaration of her as a Patroness of the country. We will then transfer for an overnight stay.
BRAZIL - SAO PAULO
After breakfast, we will embark on an exploration of the largest city in South America – São Paulo. We will visit the old town, the Cathedral Patio do Colegio, the financial district (local Wall Street), the Church of St. Benedict and the National Theatre. We will also ascend to the 26th floor of Banespa, an art deco skyscraper inspired by New York’s Empire State Building. It is here that you can enjoy panoramic views of the city.
Finally, we will explore one of the most beautiful parks in the world, Park Ibirapuera. We will take a stroll along one of the most famous and representative avenues, Avenida Paulista, and then we will return to spend the night in Sao Paulo.
BRAZIL - SAO PAULO
On this day, we will say goodbye to South America. After breakfast, we will proceed to the airport for customs clearance and our return flight to the USA.
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