- The highlights in Argentina were La Boca watching the tango dancing, San Telmo market and Recoleta cemetery. The hotel was centrally located and well placed for sightseeing. The restaurants that we visited In Buenos Aires were fantastic with great steaks as you would expect – be warned the steaks are huge! Personally, I would have liked to have seen more of Argentina, maybe visiting a cattle ranch and a vineyard. It was pouring of raining the day that we went to Iguacu Falls on the Argentine side but it was still worth it.
The 19 hour bus journey was better than I expected and it gave me an opportunity to interact with locals and practice my bad Spanish. If this could be replaced by a short flight, I think that it would be an improvement although there would be a cost implication.
Brazil was as wonderful as I expected. Parity was lovely – the hotel was good and the old town was full of character. Ilha Grande was very different and having dinner on the beach under the stars was a bonus. Our hotel in Rio was in an excellent location, just one block from the Beach. Highlights in Brazil were sunrise Copacabana beach, Christ the Redeemer Statue, Iguacu Falls from the Brazilian side and visiting a local bar Bip Bip to listen to local musicians whilst helping ourselves to drinks on an honour system.
Our Tour Leader, Amanda, was wonderful and dealt with different personalities and requirements with professionalism and good humour. She found great places for us to eat and ensured that as far as possible our needs and expectations were met. All in all, a great holiday!
Published on: 23 April 2017