Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fabulous - our guide Luiz was just the best - he knew the area intimately, picked up on what interested us and paced the whole half day extremely well - we had a most enjoyable stroll around this "real" part of Rio, including a trip in the excellent underground metro, lamented the accident and "paasing" of Santat Theresa's famous tram, drank acai at the wonderful "Cafecite", visited local art and craft shops and marvelled at the Selaron staircase with its more than 2,000 tiles from over 120 countries. All in all this tour was the perfect way to round off a great week in this exciting place.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
After a long and tedious bus ride picking up other passengers and depositing half of them at the start of a totally separate tour, finally made it to the Ranch which had a number of homes/outbuilding preserved and furnished in period furniture and curios. All quite interesting. A wagon ride was followed by lunch which was adequate but not overly memorable and then a live show involving tango, samba and guitar playing - all performed moderately well and with the necessary enthusiasm. Finally it was the turn of the gauchos to show their skills which was quite impressive but went on and on; the tedium putting a dampener on what was otherwise an interesting day.
Well-run tour; excellent guide who spoke good English and had a love and knowledge of the subject-matter. The actual building was wonderful but a longer period inside would have enabled a greater appreciation of its fine architecture.
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