Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires combines faded European grandeur with Latin passion. Discover this elegant city and its beautiful surroundings with a tranquil cruise through the Tigre Delta past islands, mansions and English gardens. Visit pampas and watch gauchos display their extraordinary horsemanship, or enjoy a fabulous tango show in its birthplace. Its food scene is increasingly dynamic, but for many travelers it's the city of carnivorous pleasures that shine. Satisfying a craving for juicy steaks isn't hard to do in the land that has perfect grilling wonderfully flavorful sides of beef, washing down with a generous glass of malbec or bonarda.
Montevideo is the capital and largest city of Uruguay. The city wears many faces, from its industrial port to the exclusive beachside suburb of Carrasco. Explore this charming, cosmopolitan city of parks and colonial architecture. Visit a local vineyard and sample its wines. Music, theater and the arts are alive and well here - from elegant older theaters and cozy little tango bars to modern discos - there's a strong international flavor. Travel to the beautiful Portuguese colonial city of Colonia del Sacramento, first settled in 1680.
Punta Del Este, Uruguay
For a Buenos Airean, keeping a summer home in Punta del Este is like owning a hedged-in mansion in East Hampton and it's one of South America's most glamorous resorts.. Spend the day enjoying this beautiful, chic beach resort, its marinas and interesting ships. See amazing works by Dali, Chagall and Miro at the Ralli Museum housing a large collection of contemporary Latin American art. Or venture into the equally stunning countryside and visit a cattle station.
Rio Grande, Brazil
Explore this lovely Portuguese city bordering Argentina and Uruguay, with its gracious squares and beautiful churches. Visit the Museum of Sacred Art and the fascinating oceanographic museum. Home to an independently minded population steeped in cattle herding and cowboy culture. Gauchos,
as residents of Rio Grande do Sul are known, as a fiercely proud and traditional lot. In the countryside it is not unusual to see old-timers sporting wide-brimmed hats and other traditional dress. An everywhere locals suck down chimarrao
, the distinctive, traditional tea made from the maté plant.
Porto Belo, Brazil
Perched on a lovely peninsula in southern Brazil, Porto Belo is revered for its beaches, most especially Bombas and Bombinhas, which share a beautiful emerald-green bay. In fact, the area is called the "Emerald Coast". The calm waters of the bay are a haven for diving and snorkeling in the nearby Marine Reserve of Arvoredo because warm and cooler waters meet here, attracting an incredible diversity of marine life.
São Paulo (Santos), Brazil
Sao Paulo is the largest city in Brazil and the world's seventh largest! This makes it a significant destination for business and pleasure travellers around the world who want to get a taste of Brazil and South America. It is particularly rich in historical, political and cultural value, giving visitors an authentic, memorable experience of a fascinating country. It is also home to a number of statues, parks, museums and galleries, creating a perfect ambience in which to wander. Or explore charming Santos and its extraordinary botanical garden, including an orchidarium with over 100 flower species and an aviary alive with macaws, toucans and parrots.
Backed by steep, jungled mountains plunging into an island-studded by, Parati enjoys one of Brazil's most spectacular settings. Savor this gem of a historic town with its beautifully preserved Portuguese colonial architecture and exquisitely preserved center, recognized as a National Historic Site in 1966. Charming narrow streets are lined with elegant white buildings adorned with fanciful multi-hued borders and latticed windows, blending with the natural beauty that envelops the town. Enjoy a leisurely schooner cruise through this group of lush islands past quaint fishing villages and pristine beaches.
Ilha Grande, Brazil
The island of Ilha Grande sits off the coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro and is truly a piece of Brazilian paradise. for centuries, the island's unsavory reputation - first as a pirate's lair, then as a leper colony and penitentiary - kept developers at bay. It's still very undeveloped and unspoiled by tourism so visitors can enjoy the natural beauty of this Atlantic rainforest. Enjoy exploring this beautiful island, hiking its trails, kayaking, snorkeling, diving to spectacular sites or simply relaxing on its gorgeous beaches. Savor the dense tropical forest with its diversity of birds, flowers, iguanas, monkeys and myriad wildlife found in this protected reserve.
Considered the St. Tropez of Brazil, Buzios boasts a cosmopolitan style reminiscent of the French Riviera. A simple fishing village until the early 60's, when it was 'discovered' by Brigitte Bardot and her Brazlian boyfriend, its now one of Brazil's most upscale and animated seaside resorts, littered with boutiques, fine restaurants, villas, bars and posh pousadas. Sunbathe at one of the twenty beaches, including Azeda Beach with its calm and crystal-clear waters. Horseback riding, fishing, diving and catamaran cruises are also popular. Take a walking tour of Emerencias Reserve, where you'll find exotic plants, bromeliads and even the last golden lion tamarin monkeys in the region. At the Tauá Reserve, see more than 300 species of butterflies and 60 types of birds.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Golden beaches and lush mountains, samba-fueled nightlife and spectacular football matches,: welcome to the Cidad Maravilhouse
(Marvelous City). Enjoy a scenic cable car ride to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain for its renowned view. Ride the cog railway through dense forest to Corcovado. Visit the lush botanical gardens, see famed Ipanema and Copacabana beaches and take in a thrilling samba show.