Day 1, Monday: Depart today from home.
Day 2, Tuesday: Arrive today in Iguazu/Iguassu. Upon your approach to Iguazu International Airport, your pilot might tip his wings to give you your first view of the magnificent Iguassu Falls and the surrounding natural park of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Your bilingual Tour Director escorts you to the fabulous Hotel International Foz. Feast on a Brazilian dinner tonight after a relaxing swim in the pool.
Day 3, Wednesday: Today's full day excursion shows you the Falls from both sides. First, cross into Argentina for a walk above the falls, wider and more powerful than Niagara. A boat guides you to an island to get a close-up view of the Falls from below. The mist of the Falls engulfs you on the Brazilian side, as you walk out onto a platform and into the garganta do diabo, the "devil's throat".
Day 4, Thursday: The rolling landscape on today's journey is interrupted only by mountain chains, rich farmland and patches of original subtropical forest, with the unique Araucária trees. Arrive in Curitiba, named best-organized city in South America, now a model for many Western industrialized nations! The city has grown 10-fold in the past 20 years, using innovative ideas to manage its substantial growth. The capital of the state of Paraná is a melting pot of such diverse cultures as Dutch, Polish, Arabian, German, Ukrainian, Italian and Japanese cultures, amongst many others! Check in to the Curitiba Blue Tree Towers. Tonight's included dinner will give you a taste of the region's mix of cultures.
Day 5, Friday: Morning sightseeing gives you a view of the capital, including the glass Opera House, before heading down to the coast for a stroll along the historic promenade of the Port of Antonina. After lunch, board the scenic historic railway as it winds its way from sea level up 1200 m (3/4 of a mile high!) through the Atlantic rainforest mountains back to Curitiba.
Day 6, Saturday: Head for São Paulo, the world's second largest city and South America's industrial powerhouse south of the Rio Grande! 4000 deadly poisonous snakes welcome you on our sightseeing including the Butantã Institute, the world-famous research lab specializing in anti-venom research. Continue downtown to see the Paulistanos as they work and live in this surprisingly well-organized metropolis. Sightseeing includes the Contemporary Art Museum, Basilica and the Teatro Municipal. São Paulo's Blue Tree Towers is located in the heart of the city. Tonight's dinner is included.
Day 7, Sunday: You've just scratched the surface of this diverse and fascinating country. Continue on your Core tour.
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South America Brazil Argentina Nature & Wildlife Rainforest Archeology/History