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Brazil… the very sound of it evokes images of funs, sun samba and tropical paradise, igniting Western imagination like no other South American country. From the sun drenched beaches of Rio de Janeiro to the mighty Amazon, this is a country of mythic proportions. Here we explore virgin rainforest, visit mystical colonial Salvador with its Afro-Brazilian rituals; the majestic Iguassu falls -- wider than Victoria, higher than Niagara and more magnificent than both. Brazil's vibrant diversity and the charm of its people seem to embody everything that is best in South America.

 

DAY 01: Rio de Janeiro

 

Depart on an overnight flight to Rio de Janeiro, A Cidade Maravilhosa — the Marvelous City. 
Reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Lodging.

 

DAY 02: Rio de Janeiro

 

Breakfast, after Rio…the very sound of it evokes images of sun, fun and rhythm of the sensuous Samba. Our morning tour begins at Copacabana and Ipanema, two of the world's most famous beaches. A cable car takes you to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain for a panoramic view of the beaches and Guanabara Bay.

 

DAY 03: Rio de Janeiro

 

After breakfast we drive through the fashionable Barra District to the base of Corcovado Mountain for a short train ride to the summit. Here, at 2,400 feet above the city stands one of South America's most famous landmarks, the 125-foot statue of "Christ the Redeemer". The panorama of the city below is testament to why most visitors consider Rio to be one of the most spectacular and beautiful cities in the world. Afternoon of leisure for shopping or just relaxing at the beach.

 

DAY 04: Rio de Janeiro –Iguassu Falls

 

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Iguassu Falls. Meeting services and transfer to the Das Cataratas Hotel facing the thundering falls of Iguassu. Considered one of the world's greatest natural wonders, Iguassu Falls consists of over 275 separate cataracts across a span of two and one half miles, wider than Victoria, higher than Niagara and more beautiful than both. Afternoon walking tour of the Brazilian Falls. (B)


DAY 05: Iguassu Falls

 

Today you’ll visit one of nature’s most incredible demonstrations. Upon arrival to the visitor center in the Brazilian side you will walk down hill until you reach an observation point. After lunch you will head towards the Argentinean side. After passing customs, you’ll cross the Tancredo Neves International Bridge. After a scenic ride to the Iguazu Park, you’ll board a small train that will take you near the Devil’s Throat, the most spectacular part of the Iguazu Falls system. Then, you will have the opportunity to walk about 45 minutes along the upper circuit, where you’ll enjoy yet more sights of this natural wonder. Surely this will be an unforgettable day! Lodging at Hotel in Iguazu.

 

DAY 06:  Iguassu Falls / Salvador

 

 Meeting services upon arrival and transfer to the Hotel

 

DAY 07:  Salvador (City Tour)

 

Situated between green tropical hills and broad beaches along the bay, Salvador Bahia, Brazil’s first Capital City was built on two levels with administrative buildings and residences built along the hills and the forts, docks, and warehouses along the beaches. Many of the city's baroque churches, private homes, squares, and even the hand-chipped paving bricks have been preserved as part of Brazil's historic patrimony. This city's unique African character is a holdover from years of slave trading and this morning we tour of the city’s old quarter. Here you will view historical relics, religious art and the Pelourinho district, considered an important complex of colonial baroque architecture. Afternoon is at leisure to feast your senses with the sights, sounds and unique cuisine of this mystical city.

Overnight (B)

 

DAY 08:   Salvador (Morro do Sao Paulo)

 

 Today we head south of the city to visit Morro de Sao Paulo. With sandy streets and a colonial fort dating back to 1630, Morro de Sao Paulo is one of the most inviting landscapes of Bahia, famous for its charming beauty. Situated on the island of Tinhare with coral reefs, crystal clear water renders it as an ideal location for diving, snorkeling and just plain relaxation.

Overnight (B)

 

DAY 09: Salvador / Manaus

 

 Transfer to the airport and flight to Manaus, getaway to Brazil’s Amazon rainforest.

Meeting services and transfer to the Tropical Hotel Manaus.

City tour Manaus, capital of Brazil’s massive Amazonas state, was founded in 1669. During the past century’s rubber boom Manaus became one of the world’s most prosperous cities, and the opulence of those days may still be appreciated viewing the city’s magnificent Teatro Amazonas Opera House. After competition slowed the rubber industry, the city fell into decline. Today, however, Manaus is thriving once again as the Upper Amazon’s transportation hub and distribution center. For visitors daily river cruises and boat transfers depart to jungle lodges situated one to five hours from the city. Once in the jungle, activities include jungle hikes, night outings, piranha fishing, camping, boat tours, and wildlife viewing.

Overnight (B)

 

DAY 10:  Manaus – Ecopark Lodge

 

Depart hotel pier at 1.30pm for the one hour boat-ride to Amazon Ecopark.

After a welcome drink you will depart by boat on a full day trip to see the Meeting of the Waters. This bizarre natural phenomenon occurs a short way downstream from Manaus when two huge rivers, the Rio Negro and the Rio Solimões, meet up to form the mighty river that is known as the Amazon which flows from that point onwards until the Atlantic Ocean 1500km to the east. The rivers take water from different types of land; the Rio Negro obtains its dark color from the riverbank vegetation while the lighter Solimões has more sediment and organic matter. The different densities of the water in the rivers mean that they flow at different speeds and have noticeably different temperatures. As a result the rivers refuse to mix, meaning that the center of the Amazon River has water of two distinct colors for around 8km. The tour also visits a rubber plantation for you to learn about the art of extracting latex from the rubber tree and the process of curing it, which led to the Amazon Rubber Boom of the 19th Century.

As an optional extra one may choose to undertake a canoe trip to fish for piranha after returning to the lodge.

Dinner and overnight at the lodge. (L, D)

 

DAY 11:  Ecopark Lodge

 

After breakfast at the lodge you will head into the Amazon Jungle on a guided trek along the trails in the area to view the variety of flora and fauna that make up the world’s largest ecosystem and will also teach you some of the techniques that have enabled people to survive in the dense jungle for millennia. You can also learn how to use traditional Amazonian Indian hunting tools like bows and arrows and blowpipes. You will also be able to see the trees that give us both rubber and chewing gum, as well as delicate orchids before returning to the lodge for lunch. Following a delicious meal a motorized canoe takes you on a guided tour to visit a local village to learn how the native people have adapted their lives to suit the conditions and climate of the rainforest. Here you will be able to discover the different uses of some of the millions of plant species native to the Amazon, including those used for medicinal, culinary and hunting purposes. Dinner is at the lodge. After a spectacular Amazon sunset a guide will take you on a canoe trip to spot caiman alligators along the edges of the river. The night-time expedition will teach you how to gauge the size of the Amazon’s largest reptile by the reflections from their eyes. You may even get to hold one, but only one of the smaller ones! Dinner and overnight at the lodge. (B,LD)

 

DAY 12:  Ecopark Lodge / Manaus departure

 

After breakfast at the lodge we will visit the Monkey Jungle Reserve on an island dedicated to the rehabilitation of Amazon primates. Most of these animals have been confiscated from illegal sales and exports, and are both treated and scientifically evaluated with the purpose of eventually reintroducing them into the jungle. Macaws, parrots, toucans and huge butterflies are also seen regularly around the lodge.

After lunch return to Manaus and transfer to the airport for your flight back home

 

 

 

 

  • Tourist
  • Superior
  • Deluxe

 

*International round trip airfare

*Domestic air Rio de Janeiro-Iguazu Falls-Salvador Bahia-Manaus

*Airport transfers

*3 Nights in Rio de Janeiro at Atlantis Copacabana Hotel (Standard Room)

*2 Nights in Iguazu Falls at Recanto Park Hotel (Standard Room)

*3 Nights in Salvador Bahia Sol Bahia Hotel (Standard Room)

*1 Night in Manaus at tropical Manaos Hotel (Standard Room)

*2 Nights in Manaus at Amazon Eco Park Lodge (Standard Room)

*1 Half Day Corcovado Tour

*1 Half Day Sugar Loaf Mountain Tour

*1 Half Day guided tour of the Brazilian Side of the Falls w/Entrance Fees

1 Half Day guided tour of the Argentinean Side of the Falls w/Entrance Fees

*1 Half Day Salvador Bahia Tour

*1 Manaus City Tour

*Daily breakfast

*All transfers

*Bilingual licensed tour guide for all tours and excursions

 

Note: US Citizens require Brazilian Visa for this program. Other citizens must check with the Brazilian Consulate for requirements.

 

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