What a trip this was in 2014! We started in Buenos Aires & stayed in a central hotel that was walkable to several tourist sites and to Buquebus -- the ferry that takes you to Uruguay! Buenos Aires is a European type city with great food & culture! We were only there a week but saw a lot -- including Evita's tomb, tango in the streets and did I mention great food like steaks & believe it or not pizza!!!
After Argentina, we were off to Uruguay. We only stayed for 2 nights in Montevideo but it was such a nice town! Not a whole heck of a lot to see or do -- but eating was fantastic & there were antique outdoor flea markets! I walked away with a 1943 Movado watch and a gold ring with an aquamarine stone for $100 which supposedly belonged to a former UN diplomat! My husband bought a sword made of whale bone and recycled furniture bits!
After Uruguay we made our way back to Buenos Aires for a night then headed to Iguazu and saw the falls from the Argentinian side! Only there for 2 nights but again --what fun & culture! Bought great wood/silver items for our home, experienced a crazy wind storm and saw some interesting animals out in nature like the Coati!
After Iguazu we caught a flight to Rio and pretty much relaxed on the beaches of Copacabana while taking in some tourist sites along the way! A great trip with a few pitfalls here and there but if I had to do it again -- I'd only change our hotel in Iguazu b/c it was not central enough to the main part of town although it was a great place to stay that I would recommend if you want to be away from the action!
We saved money on hotels by booking thru online hotel sites and in Rio we rented an apartment!
Flights were all thru LAN Airlines -- and the rest of the money was spent on entrance tickets, food & shopping!
Total spent on hotels, flights & etc: $4500