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If you are planning to come to Brazil on business or on vacations, and have São Paulo, Curitiba, Iguaçú or Buenos Aires in your plans, then you should consider a side trip combining the end of your stay by adding a taylor made and interesting trip including some of the above destinations.

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   Iguaçu Falls with Buenos Aires and Montevideo

     This tour 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. A 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 17 days.

                      Iguaçú Falls

    Safari 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 El Shadday.
            Fray Bentos and Colonia           One of the most spectacular Jesuit 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.
                      Buenos Aires    
   This city is considered the most European city outside Europe. Wide avenues, excellent food, meat (Bife de chorizo) and wines, and lots to see. The famous Tango Show is a must see (check with the local guide for the best ones). The pedestrian area (San Nicolas) with the Galeria Pacifico, Casa Rosada, Trem de La Costa, Delta del Tigre, San Telmo, Recoleta, La Boca/Caminito and even a Russian Orthodox Church will make you think you are in Europe.
     Capital 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 Fortress are the main attractions before Chuy.
                 Rio Grande do Sul
     From 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.
                       Santa Catarina
Garopaba, 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. Blumenau and Pomerode 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, Antonina and Morretes, and of course the drive along the Graciosa Road. Iguaçú Falls is "Hors concours".
                          São Paulo
    The 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

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