3 South American Tours to Rio & Beyond

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We’ve been featuring Central and South America over on The Travelers Way this month, and it’s gotten me thinking about the warm weather south of the border.  I’ve enjoyed my visits to Central and South America and count Costa Rica, Panama, and Cartagena, Columbia as some of my most memorable trips.

But I know that language differences, combined with a different culture, cuisine, and lifestyle, can make Central and South America a bit intimidating to travelers.  If you can’t go it alone, don’t write off the destination, just find a tour that takes care of all the details while still leaving you independent enough to enjoy what you want to see and do.

For some time now I’ve been following information about tours offered by Friendly Planet Travel.  While I have not taken one of their tours. . . yet. . . I’ve been impressed with the high quality, affordable vacation packages they offer to some of the most exotic destinations around the world.  Some destinations that you might think aren’t affordable may be well within your budget with these tours.

Friendly Planet Travel is offering three new tours to South America that give you an opportunity to see the best of the sites, sample some great food, and enjoy an exotic part of the world.  Take a look at what’s in store and see if any might be just what you’re interested in.

Marvelous Rio de Janeiro – With the famous Christ the Redeemer statue over looking the city from atop Corcovado Mountain, Rio embraces visitors with its joyous culture.  This tour includes a visit to Corcovado, a tour of Rio, and an excursion to the Hippie Fair and Craft Market in Ipanema.  Optional tours are available, including a jeep tour of the Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world, and a tour of Sugarloaf Mountain.  While you’re in Rio, be sure to check out a churrasco, a traditional all-you-can-eat Brazilian barbecue.  Seven day tours start at $1,399 per person, double occupancy, and include round trip air far from Miami to Rio, arrival and departure transfers, guided touring, accommodations in a first class hotel, and daily breakfast.

Spectacular Rio & Iguazu Falls – This tours continues from where the previous one left off.  From Rio, this tour heads to Iguaza Falls, the world’s largest waterfall, that straddles the border of Brazil and Argentina.  The falls can be visited from both countries, and great debate goes on about which country’s view is the best.  Nine day tours start at $1,899 per person, double occupancy, and include round trip air far from Miami to Rio, arrival and departure transfers, guided touring, accommodations in a first class hotel, and daily breakfast.

Best of South America – If neither of the previous tours give you enough time in country,extend your stay with this tour that includes a visit to Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Often called the “Paris of the south,” you’ll have a chance to soak up the French influence on this South American city.  In addition to what the previous two tours include, this one also includes a tour of Buenos Aires. 11 day tours start at $2,599 per person, double occupancy, and include round trip air far from Miami to Rio, all land transportation and transfers, intra-South America flights, guided touring, accommodations in a first class hotel, and daily breakfast.

There are a few things that the tour price doesn’t include – taxes and security fees (approximately $95) and a required visa for Brazil ($160 from a consulate, approximately $250 from visa service agency).

If you’ve been nervous about visiting South America independently, these value-priced tours may be just what you’re looking for.  And if you price out the airfare, you’ll realize how really great these prices are.

OK now, who wants to go?

Photo credit:  bellman via wikimedia

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Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Israel, Stockholm, and a Baltic cruise.

One Response to “3 South American Tours to Rio & Beyond”

  1. October 18, 2011 at 7:04 am #

    rio is a nice place to visit

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