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  1. The heart of the city

    The Obelisk is a modern monument placed at the heart of Buenos Aires. It was built in May 1936 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first founding of the city. (Dennis Degnan / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Passion dance

    Two tango dancers perform in Calle Caminito, a street in La Boca district of Buenos Aires famous for this passionate dance. (Sergio Pitamitz / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Color block

    Colorful buildings are hard to miss on Caminito Street in Buenos Aires. (Sergio Pitamitz / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. A place in the sun

    Sun-seekers crowd a beach in Mar del Planta - Argentina's premier seaside resort on the southern coast of Buenos Aires Province. (Yann Arthus-bertrand / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. A walk on the water

    The 335-foot-long suspension pedestrian bridge, Puente de la Mujer (Bridge of the Woman) was donated by Alberto L. Gonzales and his family to this city of Buenos Aires. Designed by Santiago Calatrava , it is the architect's only work in South America. (Michael Lewis / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Amazing acoustics

    The Colon Theatre in Buenos Aires is one of the most famous opera houses in the world. It has 2,367 seats and standing room for 1,000. (Hubert Stadler / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Capital beauty

    Finished in 1906, the National Congress Building in Buenos Aires is four stories high and has two pavilions, one on each side. (Anthony Cassidy / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 3/11/2009 10:40:08 AM ET 2009-03-11T14:40:08

The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare on a major carrier, six nights' accommodations (three in Buenos Aires and three in Rio de Janeiro), breakfast daily, a two-hour flight between the two cities on Aerolineas or TAM airlines, and fuel surcharges, from $899 per person — plus about $134 in taxes and fees.

When: Tuesday departures April 21, 28, May 5–June 30, July 14, 2009; add $150 for July 28–Sept. 22; add $160 for March 31; $180 for Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 10, 24, Dec. 1, 8; $200 for April 7, Oct. 6; $230 for March 17, 24, April 14, Oct. 20, Nov. 17; $330 for July 7; $440 for Dec. 15; $460 for July 21.

Gateways: Miami; add $238 for New York City; $323 for D.C.; $394 from L.A.; $400 for Houston; $540 for Denver; additional gateways available.

The fine print: Does not include taxes and fees of about $134 per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement starts from $266. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability.

Contact: Gate 1 Travel, 800/682-3333, gate1travel.com.

Why it's a deal: We priced out this multicity itinerary (Miami–Buenos Aires–Rio de Janeiro–Miami) on Kayak recently for April departures. We found a lowest fare of $773 round-trip on Aerolineas. The hotel accommodations would cost about $350 per person with taxes. So you could expect to pay about $1,123 if you booked this vacation independently. Book this package instead and you'll save $90, plus you'll have the benefit of one-stop shopping.

Lodging: Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, you'll stay at the Waldorf Hotel. It's around the corner from Galerias Pacifico, a huge shopping mall, and Florida Street, which is lined with boutiques and art galleries. It's also near the posh Recoleta neighborhood, which includes the cemetery where Eva Peron is buried. In Rio de Janeiro, you'll stay at the Savoy Othon Travel Hotel for three nights. The hotel is near Copabana beach and within walking distance of the Ipanema area.

Before you go: Note that April through June is low season in this area — that helps explain why prices are so low. Expect temperatures in the 70s Fahrenheit and a few more wet days per month. U.S. citizens will need a valid passport for travel. A visa is required for Brazil (though not for Argentina); expect to pay about $100 — get more advice from the Brazil Embassy. Airport transfers aren't included. In Buenos Aires, a taxi will cost about $10 each way. The Savoy Othon in Rio does have a free shuttle service to the airport; be sure to ask at the front desk.

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