Iguazú Falls Post-Extension: Wild Water and Wildlife

Thundering falls in an extraordinary subtropical, wild forest
After disembarking your expedition aboard National Geographic Endurance or National Geographic Explorer, join us for an in-depth exploration of Iguazú Falls. Taller than Niagara, Iguazú Falls is also twice as wide, with 275 cascades spread in a horseshoe shape over nearly 2 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.  
Day 1 - Disembark Ship / Ushuaia, Argentina / Buenos Aires

Disembark our ship in Ushuaia this morning and fly by private charter back to Buenos Aires, where we transfer to our luxurious hotel (Alvear Icon: National Geographic Endurance; Alvear Art: National Geographic Explorer (or similar)). This seductive city has been the gateway to Argentina for centuries, rich with history and culture.

Dinner this evening is on your own; ask your local guide for their favorite recommendations or speak with the Hotel Concierge. (B)

Day 2-3 - Buenos Aires / Iguazú Falls

On the second day of our program, we are en route to Iguazú! We take a short flight from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazú, followed by a brief bus ride, and arrive to Iguazú National Park where our hotel awaits. The Gran Meliã Iguazú Hotel boasts stunning views of the falls, and your rooms will have the best of them all.

We’ll have our first up-close look this afternoon, and over the next two days we’ll intimately explore the rainforest and spectacular panoramic views of the rushing waters with a local naturalist leading the way. Possibilities include walks along both the Upper and Lower Circuits, the Paseo Garganta del Diablo (the Devil’s Throat Walk), and the Gran Aventura (the Grand Adventure)—an epic ride on an inflatable boat (think Zodiacs, but bigger)! Multiple cascades drop 350 feet with such force that there is always a 100-foot cloud of spray overhead. Watch for the rainbows!

For the bird enthusiasts, 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.  (B,L,D*)

*You will be provided with a voucher for dinner on Day 2; there will be a Group Dinner on Day 3

Day 4 - Iguazú Falls / Buenos Aires

Today, we return to Buenos Aires and will have a traditional Farewell Lunch at a local restaurant. Time permitting*, we will return to our hotel to collect belongings and transfer to the international airport for onward flights.

*If time does not permit due to the flight schedule, we will arrange for your luggage to be reunited with you at the international airport.

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sample of the places we intend to visit and the activities we intend to conduct. The weather dictates the order, timing, and feasibility of activities, subject to change based on local conditions. Your local guide will share your hand-crafted itinerary on Day 1.

Costs & What's Included


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Cost per person 2024-25

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Cost Includes:

One hotel night in Buenos Aires, two hotel nights in Iguazú, meals where indicated, Buenos Aires transfers based on Arrival guidelines, transfers connected to the flights between Buenos Aires and Iguazu and all sightseeing tours, activities and entry fees, gratuities, services of a local guide, and a Lindblad Expedition Staff Leader (for groups of ten or more).


Not included:

All airfares*; ask for details on flight recommendations and availability. Items of a personal nature.

*Air between Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls will be ticketed locally at an additional cost.

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