What’s Brazil’s famed party city, Rio de Janeiro, really like after dark? Travel Agents were lucky enough to find out first-hand during a recent roaring trip to the South American treasure.

A stay at two of Brazil’s top-rated hotels, shopping for Havaianas, enjoying high-quality food and Malbec and checking out the local nightlife and dance scene in Rio are just some of the highlights from Agents who travelled to South America on a recent famil hosted by Eclipse Travel and LATAM.

Rosemary McNoe, BDM for Eclipse Travel hosted a small group of Agents from Australia and New Zealand on a 10-day South America Highlights tour – an ideal itinerary for first-time visitors to the continent taking in Buenos Aires, Iguassu Falls and Rio de Janeiro.


“It was such fun travelling with a fantastic group of agents who had never been to South America before.”

Rosemary McNoe, Eclipse Travel BDM

“We did a mix of different activities including biking through the gardens of Buenos Aires and sampling generous amounts of local sweet treat dulce de leche, laughing and stumbling our way through a private tango lesson and checking out some of the best boutique and design hotels in South America,” she added.


“The stays at the Belmond hotels Das Cataratas in Iguassu Falls and Copacabana Palace in Rio were highlights for everyone. Our local guides made us feel like royalty and now our Agents know what their clients can expect when they book with us.”

The small group famil is part of Eclipse Travel’s ongoing Agent education and engagement program, supported by key partners to give agents a taste of the tailor-made travel itineraries that the company offers across Latin America, Africa, Antarctica and the Arctic.


Agents enjoyed a stay at the beautiful Das Cataratas Belmond Hotel – the only hotel on the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls and “an absolute must-stay for clients to experience the excitement of the falls, yet in such a peaceful and tranquil location – without all of the crowds” says Sekha Walsh, from itravel in Sydney.

Agents were impressed with the diversity of experiences on offer, the high quality of the food and wine, and everyone fell in love with Rio, vowing to return.


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