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Argentina and Brazil

October 26 to November 04, 2018

Though they share a border and Iguassu Falls, Argentina and Brazil offer a study in contrasts. Argentina, with its European flair and its smooth-as-silk tango, delivers elegance, refinement and a natural beauty that’s all its own. While Brazil, is the embodiment of all things sensuous, from its sultry samba and cool bossa nova to its sun-kissed beaches and hedonistic Carnaval.  Built in the image of the great European cities, Buenos Aires is Argentina's cultural epicenter, known for its music and dance, its cuisine, fine wines, and vibrant nightlife. The city has retained much of its colonial influence most noticeably in its architecture. Rio de Janeiro and all of Brazil moves to a pulse that permeates all facets of life. The most iconic image of the city has to be the colossal sculpture of Christ the Redeemer perched atop of Corcovado Mountain in Tijuca Forest, the world’s largest urban forest. Taller than Niagara Falls, and twice as wide with 275 cascades spread in a horseshoe shape over nearly two miles of the Iguazu River, the Iguassu Falls are the result of a volcanic eruption. Nothing can describe the grandeur of the falls, the tremendous amount of water thundering down, the tropical location, and the sheer beauty divided by various islands into separate waterfalls. The Brazilian side of the falls is known for its panoramic splendor while on the Argentine side you are able to stand quite close to many of the cascades.

Per person sharing in double occupancy (Air and land from Miami): $5,595.00
Single Supplement: $795.00   

Credit for not using our included airfare $700.00

Speaker: Johanna Newman, CRNA, DNAP

Topic: Current Issues in CRNA Practice

This program is prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 20 CE credits

AANA Code Number: 1035285                                Expiration Date: 11/04/2018

Group Size minimum is 6 participants, maximum is 14 participants          

CRNA registration fees: $300.00 for alumni of STS and $500.00 for new participant

Your tour does not include

  • Airport taxes, fuels surcharges and security charges (Estimated $460.00)
  • Airfare from your home town to Miami or supplement from other gateways
  • Argentina Visa is currently gratis but US citizens must pay a "reciprocity fee" of $160 and Brazilian Visa is $160 (at time of printing)
  • Beverages with meals and meals not mentioned
  • Items of a personal nature, i.e. souvenirs, camera fees, laundry, phone calls, emails, etc.
  • Any optional activities during your free time
  • Dayroom or extra hotel nights necessitated by airline flight schedule changes or misconnections
  • Travel insurance

Your tour includes

  • Transfers from/to airport and all tours with A/C minivan
  • Includes airfare from/to Miami
  • Accommodation at best available 4* hotels
  • Argentina and Brazilian national parks’ visit
  • Domestic flights Buenos Aires/Iguazu  (Argentina) and Iguazu (Brazil)/Rio de Janeiro
  • Tango class before dinner on October 26
  • Meals as per the program (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner) 

Note: While it is possible to obtain the visa for Brazil at the border (falls) it is HIGHLY recommended that you have it in your passport before you leave the US. Not doing so could cause a long delay and cut into your time sightseeing.

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Friday-Saturday, Oct 26-27
US to Argentina

Depart your hometown connecting through Miami to Buenos Aires on a night flight arriving the next morning. On arrival in Buenos Aires, you will be welcomed at the airport and transferred across the city to your hotel in the Recoleta district, close to the city center. Enjoy the rest of the day free at leisure to recover from your journey and explore the area around your hotel. Recoleta is one of the most impressive districts of Buenos Aires, with the famous cemetery and boulevards full of boutiques and cafes.

Sunday, October 28
Buenos Aires

In the morning your Buenos Aires tour takes in the major city sights including Plaza de Mayo with the Pink Palace (Casa Rosada), the cathedral, colonial Cabildo and the old Town Hall. You also visit the coloured houses of La Boca and the old tango district of San Telmo, as well as the Congresso Parliament building and the Recoleta cemetery before returning to your hotel. After the afternoon to yourselves, you will be picked up and taken to one of Buenos Aires traditional Tango Shows. After dinner, the dancers entertain you with some of the classic tango numbers that have made the dance famous worldwide. Transfer back to your hotel for overnight. (B, L,D)

Monday, October 29
Buenos Aires

The morning is free to enjoy a little more of Buenos Aires. Recoleta also has the Belles Artes (Fine Arts) Museum, plus the famous Floralis Generica sculpture that opens and closes with the sun. Recoleta has plenty bars and restaurants for lunch before you transfer to the nearby airport. The afternoon flight takes you to Iguazu Falls, and your first chance to see the 275 separate falls of the Rio Iguazu comes as you land near the town of Puerto Iguazu. After transferring to your hotel some 15km downstream from the falls, the evening is free to relax and enjoy your hotel set close to the Rio Iguazu in lush Atlantic Rainforest, with Brazil on the opposite bank of the river. (B)

Tuesday, October 30

After breakfast visit the Argentinean national park, where walkways allow you to experience the majesty of Iguazu from very close quarters. The undoubted highlight is the mesmeric experience of looking down into The Devil's Throat as the falling water pounds the bottom, creating the roar and mist that mean Iguazu Falls can be seen and heard for miles around. The afternoon finishes with the adventure boat ride which takes you right under the falling curtains of water. In the evening you may like to take in the Rafain Latin American Dance Show with Dinner, or in the period around Full Moon, you can visit the falls to view Iguazu by Moonlight. (B,L)

Wednesday, October 31

In the morning you transfer across the river to Brazil to enjoy the panoramic views of Iguazu from across the gorge. You may like to include a walk through the Bird Park before you fly. Hundreds of tropical species are free to fly around the huge aviaries. After lunch you fly on to Rio, where your guide describes the Marvelous City during the journey to your hotel, with the statue of Christ. After arriving at your Ipanema Beach hotel, Enjoy the evening free at leisure. (B,L)

Thursday, November 01
Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil and its state capital. It is best known for its beaches, carnivals, football and music. Rio's nightlife is famous all over the world and the city has some of the best dance clubs on earth. The white sand and blue water of Ipanema and Copacabana draw a lot of attention from surfers, water sport lovers, and sun-seeking tourists. You first tour takes you to the top of Corcovado, the steep 710m high mountain topped by the 31m statue of Christ. The views from the base across the city, beaches, and mountains, the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, Guanabara Bay and the Atlantic Ocean are as spectacular as city views can be. Then drop through Santa Teresa and the Selaron Staircase to see the modern Metropolitan Cathedral and the antique Arches of Lapa plus more of Rio's postcard sights. After lunch ride the two cable cars to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain for more fantastic city views. You could also walk the trail down through the forest on your return. (B,L)

Friday, November 02
Rio de Janeiro

Your final day in Rio will be spent exploring the wild beaches at the edge of the city. The trip begins with the journey around the rocks to Sao Conrado, which has tandem hang-gliding flights in the shadow of the huge Pedra da Gavea rock. After you pass through to Barra da Tijuca, the longest beach in Rio which hosts kite-surfing and surfing, as do Prainha & Grumari. After time to enjoy the beaches. Evening brings a trip out to a live samba show in Copacabana, with live samba nights also a possibility in the Lapa district. (B,L,D)

Saturday, November 03
Brazil to the US

Day at leisure for lectures and to enjoy Ipanema and Copacabana, the most famous beaches in the world, situated in a wonderfully rich setting with a backdrop of sharp rising hills and a concrete jungle, this is the best place to feel the carioca spirit. Late evening transfer to Rio de Janeiro International airport for the night flight back to the US arriving the next day Nov 04. (B)

We (STS) reserve the right to change hotels, restaurants or the order of activities if/as needed