Immerse yourself in the abundance of incredible natural wonders that Brazil offers. Feed your desire to experience the unknown beauty of our planet…

INTRODUCTION

This luxury Brazil vacation touches a host of magnificent highlights. Rio de Janeiro, the home of samba dance, Ipanema and Copacabana beaches and above all the Cariocan natives of the city. Their gregarious spirits and joie de vivre are simply enthralling, as you party away the nights under the watchful eye of Christ the Redeemer beckoning from above. Your tour will also see you encounter the majesty of Iguazu Falls in all their natural splendor. Not just to view them from afar but to get up close, wet and personal to marvel at this giant of mother nature. Finally, a visit to the home of the Bororo Indians, the vast region of Matto Grosso is a spectacularly diverse region to visit. It is where you can find the Northern Pantanal which is the largest freshwater wetland on our planet. If you love wildlife then this is the place to come for it abounds like nowhere else on the planet. You can relax on your hammock and see what comes; or venture out where you may even spot a crowned solitary eagle, marsh deer, giant river otter or jaguar in this unsurpassed haven of wildlife.

QUICK OVERVIEW BY DAY:

  • Day 01 – Arrive Rio de Janeiro
  • Day 02 – Morning City Tour of Rio, Sugar Loaf and Corcovado with Samba
  • Day 03 – Morning Sail Boat Cruise on Guanabara Bay, Free Afternoon
  • Day 04 – Rio de Janeiro to Iguazu Falls
  • Day 05 – Iguazu Falls Brazilian Side
  • Day 06 – Iguazu Falls Argentine Side
  • Day 07 – Iguassu to Cuiaba – Northern Pantanal
  • Day 08 – Northern Pantanal
  • Day 09 – Northern Pantanal
  • Day 10 – Flight Cuiabá to Rio de Janeiro
1

Day 01 – Arrival Rio de Janeiro

Arrival to Rio de Janeiro International Airport where our representative will greet you on arrival and accompany you to your downtown hotel.
2

Day 02 – Morning City Tour of Rio, Sugar Loaf and Corcovado with Samba

Start the day by driving along the coast via Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon to our first stop-off beneath Corcovado Hill. We then take the local train which climbs up to the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. You first view of the expansive Rio de Janeiro is sure to strike a chord in your heart. There is even more to come as we next enjoy Sugarloaf Mountain and marvel of the panoramic views afforded from the glass cable-car rides. The highlights are Urca peak, the glimpses of downtown Rio from Sugar Loaf including Corcovado and the nestled beaches below including Ipanema. The culmination of this special day will allow you dine amid the playful atmosphere of a live Brazilian Samba show. The live dancers display their Latin panache, flair, passion and above all flamboyance in a surreal performance. Your heart has just arrived in Rio de Janeiro!
3

Day 03 – Morning Sail Boat Cruise on Guanabara Bay, Free Afternoon

We cast off with our bearing set on Guanabara Bay. These waters played host to Amerigo Vespucci and André Gonçalves who charted their course from Portugal in 1502. Their arrival in January gave birth to the name of Rio de Janeiro (January River). Our course today will see us sail along the bay enjoying views of a multitude of beguiling districts including the Fortress of Saint John of the Harbor, Niteroi, Governor’s Island, Botafogo, Flamengo and Urca. Your luxury Brazil vacation along this isle studded bay is sailing bliss, basking in the sunshine sipping a caipirinha and sharing stories with new friends along the way. Each new isle of Guanabara Bay has a wealth of natural beauty to fill your soul with the joys of just being alive to witness all the splendor around you.
4

Day 04 – Rio de Janeiro to Iguazu Falls

Breakfast at your hotel and your guide will accompany you to the airport for your flight to the famed Iguazu Falls. Arrival at Foz do Iguazu Airport, Brazil. Our guide will meet you and transfer to your luxury hotel accommodation at Foz de Iguazu.
5

Day 05 – Iguazu Falls Brazilian Side

The world-famous falls were dubbed as a “Natural Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO back in 1986 and the province is a cornerstone of any luxury Brazil vacation. Our day begins at the Iguazu National Park trailhead which cuts down the valley and opens out to the unassailable global spectacle of in excess of two-hundred and forty waterfalls on one river. You will have time here to take a closer examination in a glass elevator to get the most spectacular views possible. The Brazilian side without doubt offers the most expansive views of the falls. This park is an astounding 418 kms (260 miles) long and holds an area in excess of 185,000 hectares (458,000 acres), with the falls alone spanning 2,700 meters (8,900 ft). Why not opt to enjoy a helicopter overflight or alternately join a motor boat ride directly out to the falls. Bring a poncho and don’t forget to breathe as you venture under the falls and feel the waters spray down on your face in a deluge of gargantuan enormity. Live it and feel forever enriched of mind!
6

Day 06 – Iguazu Falls Argentine Side

The Guarani, a native people of the region, recount a story of their deity and his lady in waiting, Naipí. The beautiful Naipí escaped the home of the god under the cover of nightfall, and with her lover Tarobá slipped out onto the river. Upon revelation of her fateful deed, the deity severed the waters; Iguazu Falls were born. Tarobá and Naipí were punished and left to fall to the realms of infinity for their mortal eternity. On this tour we explore the Argentinean Falls via the Tancredo Neves Bridge route to the Iguazu National Park in Argentina. We board the tren de la selva (jungle train) navigating the park until the second stop. Here we begin the walking trail to reach the upper pathways of the park. These upper reaches afford the best views and interaction with the rainforest environment. Our ultimate goal is known locally as the Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo) – the largest fall at 269 feet (82 meters) and the astounding view makes all your work worthwhile. Take time to savor the very best mother nature can offer.
7

Day 07 Iguassu to Cuiabá – Northern Pantanal

Following breakfast our guide will escort you to Foz do Iguazu Airport (IGU) for connection to Cuiabá in the natural paradise of Pantanal. The city of Cuiabá is capital of Mato Grosso State and is the first stop on any adventure to the Northern Pantanal wetlands of Brazil. The in excess of 610, 000 inhabitants of Cuiabá city are a cultural mix of influences from Africa, Native American and European descent, and this is played out in their eclectic culinary twists, local dance, craftwork and an invariable melting pot of habits and rituals. The city has an engaging heartland of colonial remnants and tasteful modern architecture. A rare successful marriage in aesthetics which can be witnessed along the central Republican square.
8

Day 08 Northern Pantanal

Your guide will bring you on a delightful tour today through the local forest. We begin with a trail up to the meet the headwaters of Siá Mariana Bay. This location is a bird spotting paradise, a diverse variety of birds like the Hyacinth Macaw, Great Potoo, Toco Toucan, Sunbittern can be found. The region to is home to fauna such as the Jaguar, Brazilian Tapir, Crab-eating Fox, Crab-eating Racoon, Giant River Otter, Maned Wolf and the Giant Anteater. After lunch head down along the river by boat for your photographic safari of a lifetime along the placid Mutum River. Stay alerts for the appearances on giant otters and even sting rays among the host of schools of fish you will encounter. Then return to you lodge for dinner and your adventure has not yet begun. The night safari by 4x4 awaits and all the surprises that can bring!
9

Day 09 Northern Pantanal

After breakfast we set off on some of the hidden trails through the jungle and explore the animals and birds of Pantanal. In the afternoon partake in a boat trip down the Mutum to the beautiful Chacororé Bay. We then re-trace our path back to the lodge, en-route we will admire the sunset at the Siá Mariana Bay and enjoy some piranha fishing which is in season except October to March. By evening you can enjoy some caiman feeding and use the piranhas fished from Siá Mariana Bay and relax for dinner and see the secretive visitors from the night of the jungle!
10

Day 10 Flight Cuiabá to Rio de Janeiro

he words of the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche come to mind as you arise pre- dawn to live the experience of the golden sun rising whilst canoeing on the Mutum River.

“…...a happiness that, like the sun in the evening, continually bestows its inexhaustible riches, pouring them into the sea, feeling richest, as the sun does, only when even the poorest fishermen is still rowing with golden oars! This godlike feeling would then be called - humaneness.”

Following your voyage in nature you will return to your lodge for breakfast and then take a guided transfer to Cuiabá airport for onward connection to Rio Janeiro. On reflection you will be impressed by all of which this luxury Brazil vacation has provided and feel better for knowing this planet a little better than before.

TOUR INFORMATION

Our trips are tailor-made to suit your requirements. Contact a luxury Brazil travel expert for a comprehensive itinerary and pricing:

  • US$ 450+ per person per day (based on 5-star hotels)
  • US$ 325 – 450 per person per day (based on 4-star hotels)
  • US$ 275 – 325 per person per day (based on 3-star hotels)

Included in the Price:

  • Guided excursions as described in itinerary.
  • Entrance tickets.
  • Hotel nights + breakfasts.
  • Airport collections and drop-offs with check-in and baggage assistance.
  • 24 Hour emergency contact number and assistance (in-country).

Not Included in the Price:

  • International flights.
  • Domestic flight package. Flights needed Rio de Janeiro – Iguazu – Cuiabá – Rio de Janeiro. Approximate cost US$ 550 – 650 per person. We can purchase these flights on your behalf.
  • Tips or gratuities.
  • Other meals not stated in the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance.

With epic attractions Rio de Janeiro can be visited all year around. The summer months of January – March are when Brazilian takes their vacations, so expect the city’s hotels and beaches to be full. Many visitors avoid the summer months due to limited hotel availability and increased hotel rates. For this vacation package it is best to avoid the dates of Rio Carnival, which is held every year before Lent (see dates below). Iguazu Falls can be visited all year around, but as it is located in a sub-tropical region of Brazil and Argentina, the summer months (December – March) are hot and humid. The shoulder months of September – November and April – May are popular with visitors as the milder temperatures make visiting the falls a more pleasant experience. The Pantanal Wetlands have a rainy season from December – March and a dry season from May – October. Generally the dry season offers the best opportunity to see the mammals, reptiles and birds of the Pantanal, who congregate at watering holes.

Rio Carnival Dates:
2019 Dates: March 1 – March 6
2020 Dates: February 21 – February 26

Departure Dates:
Dates are flexible and customized to meet your needs. Let us know which dates work best for you and we will tailor the itinerary accordingly.

Suitability:
This vacation package is suitable for people looking for an active trip with light-activity. This trip includes some light hiking and nature trails in both the Iguazu and The Pantanal Westlands. We recommend that this is not suitable for children under 8 years of age.

Difficulty:
Easy – Moderate: This travel package is suitable for active people with a good basic level of fitness and agility. This trip includes some light hiking and nature trails in both Iguazu and The Pantanal Westlands.

Destinations Visited:

  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Christ the Redeemer
  • Sugar Loaf Mountain
  • Iguazu Falls
  • The Pantanal Westlands.

Vacation Package Type:

  • Sightseeing
  • Light-Adventure
  • Nature
  • Wildlife
  • Amazon
  • History
  • World Wonder

WE'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU

Tell us about your travel plans, and let us hand-craft the perfect trip for you

CONTACT US

SIMILAR TOURS

Luxury Brazil Vacations
Culture
Luxury

Colonial Treasures of Brazil (10 Days)

10 Days

Discover the rich colonial history of Brazil and venture to some of the prettiest villages in the country. Leave with a new perspective on an old land…

VIEW TOUR
Culture
Unique Experiences
Wildlife & Nature

Brazil: Northern Treasures (13 Days)

13 Days

Venture off the beaten-path, and discover the real Brazil…

VIEW TOUR
Unique Experiences
Wildlife & Nature
World Wonder

Natural Wonders of Brazil (10 Days)

10 Days

Fulfill your inner desire to explore, and connect with the vibrance, diversity and natural wonders that can only be found in Brazil…

VIEW TOUR
Adventure & Hiking
Unique Experiences
Wildlife & Nature
World Wonder

Brazil Adventure: Rio, Iguazu & Pantanal Wildlife (10 Days)

10 Days

Immerse yourself in the abundance of incredible natural wonders that Brazil offers. Feed your desire to experience the unknown beauty of our planet…

VIEW TOUR
Culture
Luxury
Unique Experiences
Wildlife & Nature
World Wonder

Essential Brazil (7 Days)

7 Days

With a host of globally renowned must-see landmarks, Brazil is a hard destination to beat. The best attraction of all however is the soul of the Brazilian people…

VIEW TOUR
Family
Luxury
Specialized Group
Unique Experiences
Wildlife & Nature
World Wonder

Three World Wonders of Latin America (12 Days)

12 Days

Tantalize your senses and fulfill your travel ambitions with this ultimate Latin America adventure…

VIEW TOUR