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Trip List by Plexiaw

Rio and Iguasso Falls 5 days

21 Dec 2008  See the world...
0.0 of 5 stars based on 0 votes

October 2008 trip to Brazil

  • 1. TAM Vacations
    http://www.tamvacations.com

    TAM vacations offers good deals and itineraries. We used their core plan but then adjusted to meet our preferences.

  • 2. Rio de Janeiro
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro

  • 3. Hotel Astoria Palace
    Hotel Astoria Palace, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro
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    Avg price: $211

    On Copacabana beach right in the middle of the action. Location, Location, Location. Ensure you get an ocean-facing room. We stayed here but we would consider any hotel on Copa next trip.

  • 4. Corcovado
    Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro

    Must see. Take the train to the top. Sit on the right side (side that you board from) of the train on the way up as the views are best from that side.

    We took a 3 hour bus tour, but, we would recommend just taking a taxi from your hotel. It's a very short trip and taxi is only about $12US each way. That's less than cost of our bus tours, and you don't have to wait for the tour, and pick up other passengers for 30 minutes. Plus, you can relax and enjoy the statue.

  • 5. Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)
    Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar), Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro

    As noted above, just catch a taxi ( you can have your hotel negotiate the price) So easy and relaxing.

  • 6. Porcao Rio's
    Porcao Rio's, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro

    Brazilian steakhouse on Flamengo Beach. Read the reviews - I can't imagine a trip without eating here.

  • 7. Plataforma
    Plataforma, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro

    Fun evening.

  • 8. Rio de Janeiro
    Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro

    We spent 1 day touring the downtown. There is a subway station about 3 blocks from Copacabana that takes you downtown easily. We simply took our Fodder's book and wandered around the cultural sights.

    Follow the guidance of others. Ensure you go on a weekday and during the day.

  • 9. Foz de Iguacu
    Foz do Iguacu, State of Parana

  • 10. Iguacu Falls
    Cataratas Do Iguacu, Foz do Iguacu, State of Parana

    Ensure you visit both the Brazilian and Argentina sides! Both are great and unique and you will miss 1/2 the experience if you don't do both. A morning flight to Iguacu with the afternoon on the brazilian side, followed by the next day on Argentina side is perfect. We arrives in iguacu late (midnight) due to a flight delay, and visited both sides on one busy day! We were tired - but it was worth it! (Make sure you take your passport with you as you'll need it to cross the border) (Also, have both Argentina Pesos and brazilian Real's in your pocket as you'll need both)

  • 11. Recanto Park Hotel
    Recanto Cataratas Thermas Resort & Convention, Foz do Iguacu, State of Parana
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    Avg price: $140

    Good hotel. We noticed there were a lot of hotels closer to the falls, but this hotel seemed to be fun and close to the airport as well. Recommended.

    The buffet dinner in the hotel restaurant is fantastic! After a long day at the falls, forget about going elsewhere - just relax at the hotel.