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Chile & Argentina: Andes to Patagonia 2014

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Post-trip: Iguassu Falls Jungle Expedition

Venture into the heart of the Iguassu jungle to explore miles of verdant trails, rivers lined with incredible flora, and the roaring and rushing cascades of Iguassu Falls. Cross into Brazil for a panoramic view, then witness Iguassu on the Argentinean side—so close that a cool mist washes over you.

It's Included:
Roundtrip airfare between Buenos Aires and Iguassu
Accommodations for 2 nights in Yacutinga, 2 nights in Iguassu, and 1 night in Buenos Aires
9 meals—5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 3 dinners
6 small group activities
Services of our own resident OAT Trip Leader, who speaks English and the native language
All transfers
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    Having concluded our Chile & Argentina: The Andes to Patagonia adventure, we remain in Buenos Aires today with free time for making your own discoveries. Dinner is on your own this evening.

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    After breakfast, we fly to Iguassu and transfer to our lodge in Yacutinga, deep in the lush Iguassu jungle. With the help of our local naturalist guide, we’ll be sure to spot plenty of interesting flora and fauna along the way. Upon arrival at our lodge this afternoon, we’ll enjoy an introduction to our unique accommodations. We’ll learn about the lodge’s efforts to protect its natural surroundings and enjoy a Welcome Dinner together before settling in to individual cabins made of wood and stone.

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    After an early breakfast, we’ll go for a hike in search of rare birds and playful monkeys in the forest that surrounds our lodge. Then we’ll kayak down the San Francisco River and take in the lush greenery and delicate orchids that line its banks before returning to our lodge for lunch.
    This afternoon, enjoy a walk with native guides—known as guaranies—who possess an in-depth knowledge of the jungle. We’ll dine together at the lodge this evening, then venture out into the jungle again tonight to see it in a completely different light, and get to know the animals that emerge only after dark.

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    After brunch, we’ll transfer to the Brazilian side of majestic Iguassu Falls. Located on the border of Argentina and Brazil, the falls at Iguassu are among the world’s most impressive sights—twice as high as Niagara Falls and 65 feet wider—and have been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    We’ll enjoy stellar panoramic views during our walking tour, traveling along a stone path through the forest that leads to several platforms where we can observe the falls from different angles. As we walk, we’ll also delight in the unique birds and mammals that thrive in the lush national park surrounding Iguassu. Afterwards, we’ll travel back across the border to Argentina, where we’ll enjoy dinner at our hotel.

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    Enjoy a different perspective of the falls today as we embark on a walking tour of the Argentinean side of Iguassu—where the majority of the cascades are found—delighting in our up-close views of the rushing and roaring water. We’ll also enjoy a dramatic walk along the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat), where the water plunges 230 feet into a roiling cauldron. With the spray flying up to 50 feet above your head and rainbows dancing in the mist, the view here will take your breath away.
    Or, for an even closer look at Iguassu, join our Great Adventure optional tour. We’ll discover both the lush vegetation and the rushing waterfalls of Iguassu National Park from multiple perspectives on this excursion, beginning with a panoramic ride along the Sendero Yacaratía trail that winds through the verdant jungle to the riverside. Then we’ll board a motorboat and travel through the rapids of the Iguassu River Canyon to San Martin Island, and continue on to the bases of the Tres Mosqueteros and San Martin falls for striking views of the Devil’s Throat and firsthand looks at the park’s largest and most impressive waterfalls.
    After experiencing the Argentinean side of Iguassu, we’ll return to the hotel late this afternoon and you'll have time to explore the grounds before dinner on your own tonight.

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    • Meals included:

    After breakfast, we head to the airport for our flight back to Buenos Aires, arriving in the  afternoon. You'll transfer to the international airport to board your overnight flight home to the U.S.