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Travel by comfortable long-distance public bus across the border into Mendoza, the epicentre of Argentina's wine country. Mendoza is where General José de San Martín organised the army with which he liberated Chile and Peru from Spanish rule in 1818. Unfortunately, few historic buildings remain after an earthquake devastated the city in 1861. However, the city was rebuilt on a grid system, resulting in the broad tree-lined streets and beautiful green plazas for which the city is famous. There are great views from the top of “Cerro de la Gloria” at Parque San Martín, where you can also visit the local zoo.
Situated on the foothills of the Andes, the city is a great base for some optional outdoor activities, such as white-water rafting, rappelling and horseback riding. No trip to Mendoza would be complete without touring the surrounding vineyards. Hire bikes and cycle the ‘Ruta de los Vinos' (wine route), visiting ancient cellars and tasting Malbecs at working wineries.
Fly to the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, known as the "Paris of South America" due to its lovely green parks, plazas and wide boulevards. You will have three days to explore the quirky neighbourhoods and artistic markets of the city, where European and Latin American influences have mixed together to create a city like no other.
Stroll down Avenida 9 de Julio, the widest avenue in the world, spotting the Obelisk of Buenos Aires, built to commemorate the fourth centenary of the city, and the impressive Teatro Colón, one of the world's best opera houses. Visit the famous Casa Rosada, Argentina’s presidential palace, from where Juan and Eva Perón famously addressed the crowds gathered on Plaza de Mayo in 1945. Explore the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and learn about the national heroin ‘Evita’ at the Museo Eva Perón. Stroll around the upmarket boutiques and cafés of the Palermo district, and sample one of the world's finest steaks.
Foz do Iguaçu
Fly over fertile farmlands to the Brazilian town of Foz do Iguaçu, your base for visiting the famous Iguazú Falls - the most magnificent waterfalls in the world. Unlike most other waterfalls that have just one or two cataracts, at Iguazú Falls there are 275 cataracts in a magnificent 3 kilometre long U-shape that we will visit from both the Brazil and Argentinean sides. Visiting the Argentine side of the falls you can board a speed boat which will take you under the falls soaking you from head to toe, an optional adventure you'll never forget!
On the Argentine side you'll also find the famous "Devil's Throat" where fourteen falls drop with such force that there is always a massive cloud of spray overhead. On the Brazilian side you can see the falls from a different perspective, by walking through the rainforest and along catwalks above and below the rushing water. You can also visit the world's largest hydroelectric dam at Itaipu (optional). Photograph a tucan at the nearby bird park.
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