Thundering falls in an extraordinary subtropical, wild forest
Taller than Niagara, Iguazú Falls is also twice as wide with 275 cascades spread in a horseshoe shape over nearly two miles of the Iguazú River. Situated in Iguazú National Park in northeastern Argentina, this natural sanctuary is a UNESCO World Heritage site, owing to its beautiful landscapes and subtropical forest, with 450 species of birds, including toucans and parrots, and butterflies, orchids and endangered jaguars.
Note: On select National Geographic Endurance departures this may run as a pre-voyage extension. Please call for details.
Disembark our ship in Ushuaia and proceed to the airport for our flight to Buenos Aires, where we transfer to the luxurious Alvear Art Hotel (or similar, Explorer) or Alvear Icon Hotel (or similar, Endurance). This seductive city set along the Rio de La Plata has been the gateway to Argentina for centuries. Settle into your hotel, conveniently located in the fashionable Recoleta district with its shops and galleries, and have dinner at your leisure this evening. (B)
After our short flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazú, we take a 15-minute bus ride to Iguazú National Park. We've reserved rooms with stunning views of the Falls at the Meliã Iguazú Hotel, the only hotel within Iguazú National Park.Following lunch at the hotel, we have our first close-up views of the Falls. A naturalist-led walk of the Lower and Upper Circuits offer an intimate experience of the rainforest and our first views of the Iguazu River. Weather permitting, we then stroll the catwalk that leads to river level, where we board small boats for a ride over water rapids—a spectacular approach offering panoramic views of the rushing waters. (B,L,D)
This morning we’ll explore the National Park’s diverse environment and observe a variety of bird species. Our expert local guides have special authority to access areas of the park before the public is allowed to enter to spot the most interesting local birds, including toucans and parrots.
Next, we’ll visit the more sections of Iguazú Falls. Multiple cascades drop 350 feet with such force that there is always a 100-foot cloud of spray overhead. Watch for the rainbow! Dinner this evening will be at a typical restaurant in Puerto Iguazú. (B, D)
This morning we’ll fly back to Buenos Aires and enjoy a traditional lunch in Recoleta. Afterwards we will transfer to the airport to connect to an overnight flight to the U.S. (B, L)
Extension Cost Per Person
One hotel night in Buenos Aires, two hotel nights in Iguazú, meals as indicated, group transfers from/to airports, all sightseeing, tips and service charges, and services of a Lindblad Expedition Leader.
All airfares; ask for details on flight recommendations and availability. Items of a personal nature.
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