Itinerary – A Taste of South America
Food, Adventure, Culture & Fun in Brazil and Argentina
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Brazil & Argentina Food Tour Itinerary [PDF: 900Kb]
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
“Tall and tan and young and lovely, the girl from Ipanema goes walking…” You’ve got the picture, right? Rio is called the “Marvellous City” and you’ll soon see why. Cariocas is the name given to the locals, and it also describes an easy-going ethos where life holds its own in the “work/life balance”. Stay right on Ipanema Beach and enjoy market tours, cooking classes, city tours and, of course, samba lessons. There’s a range of activities when we’re not cooking — learn about the history, the people and enjoy the breathtaking sights of the Marvellous City — and time to explore on your own.
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Come exploring in a city that is World Heritage listed for its historic colonial area. Cobblestone streets set the scene for Banian women in native dress, children drumming in the streets, and the Afro-centric twists onthe food of Brazil. Festivals are spontaneous, wild, popular and frequent. Candomblé services illuminate the hillsides. Capoeira and afoxé dance through the streets. We go behind the scenes to delve into some local specialties—moqueca, acaraje, vatapa and more. Our guide, Joel (jo-EL) Gondim, is a passionate local who takes us through his native city, sharing the wonders of its culinary delights and amazing history of African slaves and Portuguese settlers. Joel introduces us to some great food, markets and local gems including the old town in Pelourinho. Bahia will captivate you!
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fly into “the Paris of South America”. With dinner starting at midnight, “BA” is truly a city that doesn’t sleep! It’s a New York experience with European sensibilities. Birthplace of the tango, BA is a city that inspires passion! Eat empañadas, drink good malbec from Mendoza, cook Argentine specialties, cruise the markets of San Telmo and seek out hidden gems while you indulge in some retail therapy. With so much on offer, we won’t have time to do it all but you’ll get a good taste.
Salta “La Linda” (the Beautiful). Nestled in the foothills and canyons of the Andes, Salta offers first-rate wineries, superb colonial architecture, and miles of stunning landscapes along open roads. Our stay in the city is short but food is plentiful. Nosh on High-Andean cuisine featuring tamales, humitas, llama, quinoa and more.
Travel by coach from Salta city as we head towards Cafayate through amazing landscapes of red earth covered with captivating rock formations. This is some of the best scenery of the trip. The high Andes surround you, while you relax from those tango nights in BA. Saguaro cacti and llama crossings abound as we hit the wine village of Cafayate. Learn about the wines of Argentina, including the lush, unique Torrontes wine, eat wine flavoured ice creams, explore ancient Indian sites and partake in a traditional asado. You will love this wonderful part of Argentina.
Our Insider’s Guide gives you great things to do in Rio and Buenos Aires if you have time before or after the tour. As you read through the itinerary, make sure to check out some of the websites for a real thrill. Remember this is a sample itinerary; some details will change but this is a clear indication of the adventures you’ll experience.
14 days & 15 nights
3 – 17 April 2016
+ $1,950 single supplement
Insider’s Guide to Buenos Aires and Rio de Janiero, airport transfers, 15 nights accommodation, coach travel as indicated, 15 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 6 dinners, 1 high tea (including taxes), gratuities (meals only), plane fares for scheduled travel within Brazil and Argentina, entrance, cooking class, chef and tour fees for all listed activities (excl. beverages unless stated on itinerary). Some of our lunches are rather late in the day and more of an event, thus many people either don’t want dinner or have something light.
Transportation to the tour starting point in Rio de Janiero, Brazil; gratuities for luggage, room cleaning, and transportation; visas, insurance, excess baggage, extra meals, meals on your own, laundry or other hotel services, drinks (unless noted otherwise in itinerary), items of a personal nature, and international departure taxes.
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Check out these photos of some of the highlights of our last tour.