Travel challenge: A South American city and beach break

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Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a 10-night city and beach holiday in South America, departing in late January. Prices are for two people travelling together.

Journey Latin America

£2,507: Rio de Janeiro and Búzios, Brazil.

Includes Iberia flights departing Heathrow 27 January; transfers; four nights' B&B in a beach-front hotel on Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro; and six nights' B&B in the beach resort of Búzios. "Rio and Búzios make a perfect city and beach combination – you can enjoy Rio's iconic sites: the statue of Christ and Sugar Loaf Mountain; then unwind on a tropical beach just a couple of hours' away," says Journey Latin America's David Nichols. (020-8747 8315;

Hayes & Jarvis

£3,058: Salvador and Bahia, Brazil.

Includes TAM flights departing Heathrow 27 January; transfers; two nights' B&B at the Blue Tree Premium in Salvador; and eight nights' all-inclusive at the four-star Breezes Costa do Sauipe. "Located on an unspoilt sandy beach, Breezes Costa do Sauipe offers a wide selection of restaurants, bars and sports facilities, but also has access to an environmentally protected area, ideal for ecological excursions. The fact it's all-inclusive also makes it great value for money," says Andrea Loddo of Hayes & Jarvis. (0871 664 0246;

W&O Travel

£3,990: Argentina and Uruguay.

Includes BA flights departing Heathrow 29 January; internal flights and transfers; three nights' B&B at the Sofitel in Buenos Aires, Argentina; a city tour and tango show; and seven nights' B&B at the Awa Hotel in Punta del Este, Uruguay. "Travelling to Argentina and Uruguay in Jan/Feb is the perfect time to go as it is high summer and usually very vibrant with locals on vacation. We are lucky to have secured a great three-for-two offer at the gorgeous Sofitel Buenos Aires, one of our favourite luxury hotels in the city. Also by travelling to Uruguay in early February, you just miss the very high rates charged by hotels on the coast in January," says Louise Mumford of W&O Travel. (0845 277 3366;