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Feb 4th, 2008, 12:19 PM
Join Date: Mar 2003
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Your trip is very doable. For 9 nights your allocation is optimum. We ended a trip to Argentina last April- May with that exact time allocation. You can make all the reservations, including airlines, on the internet. We chose to use WOW Argentina for making reservations because we had a near one month in Argentina. WOW made some suggestions to my proposed itinerary which turned out to be terrific.

Some recommendations for Buenos Aires. Stay in Recoleta. We stayed at Melia Recoleta Plaza Hotel (Highly Recommended-one block from Alvear Palace). On the day of arrival we took a half day private tour of the tourist parts of the city with extended stops at Cemetery, La Boca (El Caminito), Plaza De Mayo, and a coffee stop at Café Tortoni. Also we made several photo ops stops. This tour arranged by WOW. We spent our days walking Microcentro, Retiro, Plaza de Mayo, Congreso, Puerto Madero, San Telmo(Sunday market), Recoleta, and Palermo. For our walking I purchased a BA map at Barnes and Noble, drew the 6 lonely planet walking tours on the map, and then walked hybrids of those tours. Restaurants highly recommended- La Cabrera- Parrilla in Palermo, Sottovoce-Recoleta- one block from hotel, La Parolaccia(fixed price lunch)-Palermo-near Evita museum.

For Iguazu. Stay at the Sheraton. Walk the paths, take the train to Devils Throat. Take the boat ride under the falls. On your last day take a private tour of the Brazil side. After the tour they will drop you off at the Brazil airport for your late afternoon flight to Rio.

For Rio.
I would like to recommend Martha Vasconcellos as a private guide for your stay in Rio. In 45 years of travel I rate Martha as the top guide I have ever encountered. I hired Martha for our May 2007 trip to Rio after a couple of email exchanges with her. This was the best decision I made in Rio.

She will meet your requirements, offer suggestions for itineraries seeing tourist sights, local sights, neighborhoods, lunch spots, juice stands, dinner restaurants, shows, samba night spots, shopping, etc.

For us it was evening arrival from Iguazu ( Martha met us at the airport and gave us an introduction to Rio on our prearranged transportation to our Sol Ipanema hotel-on the beach), late dinner at a local Sushi bar, next day- Enchanting Santa Teresa with Historical Downtown, lunch at Confeitaria Colombo (coffee house),Sugarloaf, Marius Crustaceus Copacabana (sea food) for dinner, Plataforma Folklore Show Lebron, next day- Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer), Hiking Deep in the Tijuca Forest National Park, Barra Beach, lunch at Pepe, an afternoon at Ipanema beach at our hotel, a night out with Martha at Rio Scenarium for food, music, and Samba. Next day Martha showed up with Brazil soccer shirts for my grandsons purchased at the Copa street market, then we took the Marcelo Armstrong Favela Tour ( Martha is an official guide for the tour), H Stern for their small gem museum , also purchased a ring with Brazil gemstones for my daughter. In the late afternoon Martha took off her guide hat and joined us for our farewell dinner at Porcao before our evening flight to Los Angeles. Martha transformed from private guide to lifetime friend.

What you get from Martha is a Rio full of joy in the city she loves. Martha is a licensed, university trained, guide. She has a university degree in Science. A safe tour. And the cost is at the low Government Guidelines, no charge for services arranging tours (travel agent type stuff) or add ons for outside services.

I highly recommend Martha.

Martha Vasconcellos
[email protected]
(+5521) 9773-1084


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