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Trip Extensions

Post-trip: Iguassu Falls

It’s easy to add thundering Iguassu Falls—twice as wide as Niagara Falls—to your explorations of South America’s natural wonders. On this extension, we’ll visit the Brazilian and Argentinean sides of this array of 275 separate cascades.

It's Included:
Roundtrip flights between Rio and Iguassu Falls
Accommodations for 1 night in Rio and 2 nights at Iguassu Falls
5 meals—3 breakfasts and 2 dinners
2 small group activities
Services of our own resident OAT Trip Leader, who speaks English and the native language
All transfers
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    After your Best of Brazil adventure, remain overnight in Rio. Dinner is on your own this evening.

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    After breakfast, we fly to Iguassu Falls. Located on the Argentina/Brazil border, the falls at Iguassu are among the world’s most impressive sights—twice as high as Niagara Falls and 65 feet wider. After checking in to our hotel, we’ll survey the Falls from the Brazilian side. A stone path leads to several platforms with fine views from different angles. You can get close enough to the thundering torrents to feel the spray, and you may glimpse the park’s resident coatis (raccoon-like animals).

    Dinner tonight is at your hotel.

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    After breakfast today, we spend the bulk of the morning on a guided walk along the Argentinean side. Here the falls can be approached, viewed, felt, and experienced from a number of angles. 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 it, the view here can only be described as breathtaking!

    After lunch on your own, you’ll have the remainder of the afternoon to spend at leisure before returning to our hotel in Argentina. Or, perhaps you’ll join us on an optional Great Adventure tour that brings together both halves of Iguassu National Park: the jungle and the waterfalls. We begin by entering the jungle on the Sendero Yacaratía trail, which offers sweeping panoramic views. After a short ride, we arrive at the Puerto Macuco base and the floating dock where we board our motorboat for the second half of our tour. We travel by motorboat through the Iguassu River Canyon, passing through a few river rapids, before reaching the calm side of San Martin Island. From here we sail on for up-close views of two of the park’s waterfalls—first to Tres Mosqueteros for a view of both the Argentinean and Brazilian sides of Iguassu, and then to the largest and most impressive waterfall, the San Martin.

    Dinner at our hotel is included this evening.

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    • Meals included:

    After breakfast, you have the morning free in Iguassu Falls. Lunch is on your own, and we transfer to the airport for our afternoon flight to Rio, where you'll connect to your return flight to the U.S.