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Falls with Buenos Aires and Montevideo
can start (1) in Foz do Iguaçú, at the Brazilian
boarder with Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay or (2) in Rio, crossing
São Paulo and Paraná States. Iguaçú
can be reached by plane and then we continue by car entering Argentina
at Puerto Iguazú and driving up to San Ignacio Mini to
visit the ruins of the Jesuit Missions. On the way, we can make
a short stop at "Ciudad de Montecarlo", the National
Capital for Orchids. Santo Tomé is the next destination,
crossing again into Brazil at São Borja, then Uruguaiana
up to Barra do Quaraí, on the boarder with Uruguay for
an overnight. Crossing the West side of Rio Grande do Sul State
lets you see the huge flatland plantation-areas. Fray Bentos (Uruguay)
with its ruined huge meat factory "El Anglo" is worth
a visit and overnight. Colonia del Sacramento, founded in 1680
by the Portuguese just across from Buenos Aires, is considered
the "Ouro Preto" of Uruguay with its many colonial buildings
and cobblestone streets. It requires a day and a night to be seen
and enjoyed. Buenos Aires is considered to be the Europe of South
America and is reached by ferry from Colonia in less than 2 hours.
The same ferry connects Buenos Aires to Montevideo. Eating the
various types of meat is a must with a good red table wine in
non-touristic places. San Telmo is the right place to overnight.
local guide is highly recommended to have
a profitable stay. From Montevideo, after visiting the "Mercado
del Puerto" and enjoying the "Parrillada", a local
way to prepare barbecue, we leave for Punta del Este, Rocha and
Chuy to cross the Brazilian boarder again. A long and interesting
drive back to Rio de Janeiro takes us through Porto Alegre, Torres,
Florianópolis, Blumenau and Pomerode (if time allows),
Curitiba, Iguape, São Paulo and finally Rio. This trip
is an exciting, adventurous way to know the people and culture
of this part of South America and South Brazil that takes about
Macuco is an unforgettable experience. Be prepared
to become wet ! Transportation is made by special Jeeps or open
"exotic rolling structures", crossing the Rain Forest
up to the boarding pier. The Birds Park and the Itaipú Water
power plant should also be included in your plans. The best view
of the Falls are from the Argentinean side. It requires at least
a half day to enjoy it. Suggested
overnight at Pousada
Bentos and Colonia
One of the most spectacular
Ruins made of red sandstone is near San Ignacio,
about 240 km from Iguaçú. Fray
Bentos, a quiet and interesting city remembered
for its famous "El
Anglo" meat extract factory where they
slaughtered around 2000 animals/day. Colonia
del Sacramento is a pearl of Urugay: Its lovely
colonial and historical
areas combined with rustic restaurants will
undoubtedly delay our boarding the Ferry
to Buenos Aires.
of Uruguay, having a European feel as well, has an impressive neoclassical
look as a result of the beef boom. The Mercado
del Puerto is a must and good choice for lunch
or dinner with live music on weekends and with
the best options of food available. The Military Museum, an
old fortress, has an excellent view
of the City. Punta del Este, a gambling resort
on the way back to Brazil, and the Santa Tereza National Park and
are the main attractions before Chuy.
Grande do Sul
Barra do Chuí (or Chuy) to Porto Alegre along the Lagoa
Mirim we pass the Taim
Ecological Station, including a stop at Rio
Grande will take two days normally. From Porto Alegre, capital of
Rio Grande do Sul State we continue to Torres
and, if time allows, the Aparados da Serra National Park should
be visited. It will take one more day at least to visit the Park.
a surfer's paradise and a good place for an overnight, is one of
the bases for the "Franca"
whale watching tours. Rosa and Ferrugem Beaches
are the most popular ones in that area and are also good whale areas
with access by dirt roads. Florianópolis, Capital of Santa
Catarina, is a very nice island with plenty of green areas and beaches.
both of German
settlement are must sees.
Curitiba, the Capital, is considered
the most organized city in Brazil with its excellent public transport
structure, and an excellent Tourist Bus for an independent City
Tour. We recommend the Train ride to Paranaguá, Ilha do Mel,
and Morretes, and of course the drive along the Graciosa Road. Iguaçú
Falls is "Hors concours".
biggest Capital of Brazil deserves a city tour just to "feel"
the atmosphere. Iguape, on the way to São Paulo is always
included on our route, it was founded in 1538. Excellent seafood
and a nice view from the Espia
Hill where there is a replica of "Corcovado".
Itamonte and South Minas are our next stops before arriving in Rio
where you can take your departing flight.
Pedro Novak - Private Tours - Rio de Janeiro