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

INTRODUCTION

This tour encompasses the very best natural attractions of Brazil in a 10-day luxury Brazil vacation. Your arrival to Rio de Janeiro is the perfect starting point as you absorb the magnificent views from the Sugarloaf Mountain of the spectacular bay. Then journey to the depths of the Amazon rainforest at Manaus for a chance to swim with pink dolphins, fish for piranha or explore the most bio-diverse eco-systems on our planet. Your guided jungle tours all led by expert guides from your luxury jungle lodge accommodation. Finally head south to Iguazu National Park, the cradle of the mighty Iguazu Falls nestled between Brazil and Argentina. At 1.7 miles in length and 269 feet in height these falls even make Niagra pale to insignificance. You can even journey by boat to hear the roar and feel the deluge of water under the falls or for a special treat why not arrange an overflight by helicopter.

QUICK OVERVIEW BY DAY:

  • Day 01 – Arrive Rio de Janeiro
  • Day 02 – Morning City Tour of Rio de Janeiro, Sugar Loaf and Corcovado with Samba
  • Day 03 – Sail Boat Cruise on Guanabara Bay, Free Afternoon
  • Day 04 – Rio de Janeiro to Manaus Amazon Rainforest
  • Day 05 – Manaus Amazon Rainforest
  • Day 06 – Manaus Amazon Rainforest
  • Day 07 – Fly Manaus Amazon Rainforest to Iguazu Falls
  • Day 08 – Iguazu Falls Brazilian Side
  • Day 09 – Iguazu Falls Argentine Side
  • Day 10 – Flight Iguazu to Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paolo
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Day 01 – Arrival Rio de Janeiro

Arrival to Rio de Janeiro International Airport (GIG). Our representative will meet you on arrival and accompany you on your private transfer to your downtown hotel.
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Day 02 – Morning City Tour of Rio de Janeiro, Sugar Loaf and Corcovado with Samba

We begin with an idyllic coastal drive aside the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon to the base of Corcovado Hill. Then board the train which will carry you to the infamous Christ the Redeemer statue. Witnessing the all-encompassing view of Rio de Janeiro is a once in lifetime moment etched on your memory. Onward to the Sugarloaf Mountain where we can enjoy the spectacular glass cable-car rides. Firstly, with a view from Urca peak across the panoramic bay. Secondly, onward and upward to the crest of the Sugar Loaf with vistas of metropolitan Rio, Corcovado with Botafogo and Copacabana Beaches. Your evening is made complete with dinner as you witness a mesmerizing samba show of colorful Brazilian dancers replete with their decadent costumes and hypnotic Latin rhythms.
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Day 03 – Sail Boat Cruise on Guanabara Bay, Free Afternoon

The idyllic Guanabara Bay is nestled beneath Papagaio and Sugarloaf Mountains and truly is a picture postcard scene. This tour offers a host of views of the neighborhoods of Botafogo, Flamengo and Urca with the Fortress of Saint John of the Harbor. Through these very waters the colonial Portuguese navigated in January 1502 under the stewardship of Amerigo Vespucci and André Gonçalves, thus giving rise to the name Rio de Janeiro (January River). Today your luxury Brazil vacation will allow you sail and navigate the many attractions including Fundão and Governor’s Island before meandering west to view Rio de Janeiro. Along the eastern seaboard we also encounter the district of Niteroi. This is a quintessential journey aboard a beautiful schooner vessel into the heartland of Rio de Janeiro and her neighboring islet attractions.
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Day 04 – Rio de Janeiro to Manaus Amazon Rainforest

Private transfer to the Rio airport and flight to Manaus. Manaus was famed for rubber production in the late 1800’s and was known as the Paris of the Tropics. Today access is primarily by boat or aeroplane and the region is still the secluded home of native Amazonian tribes. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by our staff and transferred to your beautiful Amazon Jungle lodge. Today you will have the opportunity to go canoeing through the enthralling Igapós flooded forest and along the Igarapés River in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon.
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Day 05 - Manaus Amazon Rainforest

In the capable and trusted hands of our local guides, explore the diverse bounty of the dryland forests. Your insightful and educational guides will teach you of the immense variety of local trees, fruits and wild fruits, and even tips on survival strategies and the rainforests abundance of plants to create thousands of medicinal herbs. Today you will also get to do some boating on the archipelago with a special treat of seeing the Pink and Grey Dolphins which are native to the region.
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Day 06 - Manaus Amazon Rainforest

Today we take a canoe adventure on the Rio Negro (Black River) and visit the native Caboclo community. This is a moving experience as you get to witness and learn their lifestyle, culture, agricultural methods and social structures. Then continue onward watching the Amazon world drift by in your canoe along the Igarapés River to enjoy some piranha fishing. However, in the dry season of September to December the fish migrate to the waters of the nearby national park, which prohibits fishing. As an excellent option at this time the dry weather allows you to explore on foot the previously submerged islands of the Anavilhanas Archipelago. This region offers an immense opportunity to explore the wide diversity of unique flora and fauna native to the Amazon rainforest.
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Day 07 – Fly Manaus Amazon Rainforest to Iguazu Falls

Breakfast at your lodge and morning transfer back to Manaus to connect to your onward flight to Iguazu Falls. Arrival at Foz do Iguazu Airport, Brazil. Our guide will meet you and transfer to your hotel accommodation at Foz de Iguazu.
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Day 08 – Iguazu Falls Brazilian Side

UNESCO declared the Iguazu Falls as a “Natural Heritage of Humanity” back in 1986 and the region is a gem of any luxury Brazil vacation. Our day begins at the Iguazu National Park trailhead and meanders down the valley which opens out to reveal a spectacular vista of in excess of two-hundred and forty waterfalls. You will have time to ride in a glass elevator to get the most spectacular views possible. The Brazilian side offers the best panoramic views of the falls. The 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 metres (8,900 ft). Here as a special treat you can take an optional helicopter overflight or alternately join a motor boat ride directly out to the falls. Bring a poncho and still be prepared to get wet under the heavenly roar of the torrential waters cascading down from above. Your senses will be awakened!
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Day 09 – Iguazu Falls Argentine Side

The indigenous Guarani people told a story of their deity and his bride to be called Naipí. The beautiful Naipí eloped with her true love Tarobá in a canoe. In a fit of tempest, the deity severed the waters; Iguazu Falls were born and the entwined lovers plummeted to their mortal eternity. Today 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) through the park until the second stop. Here we alight and begin the walking trail to reach the upper walkways. These upper reaches afford the best views and interaction with the rainforest environment. Our ultimate goal culminates in a visit to the suspended viewing platform at the abyss that is known locally as the Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo) – the largest fall at 269 feet (82 meters). Your day on the Argentinian side of the falls is sure to live long in your memory.
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Day 10 – Flight Iguazu to Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paolo

Following breakfast our guide will escort you to Foz do Iguazu Airport (IGU) for connection to your flight to Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paolo airport. You can reminisce on your wonderful adventures and share your stories of the wonders of your luxury Brazil vacation for many years to come.

TOUR INFORMATION

Our trips are tailor-made to suit your requirements. Contact a luxury 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 –Manaus – Iguazu – Rio de Janeiro. Approximate cost US$ 450 – 550. 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). Manaus Amazon Jungle Region is split into 2 seasons: wet season from November – April and the dry season from May – October. Each season brings different experiences and wildlife, but wet season months tend to be warmer and more humid, so many visitors opt to avoid these months. 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.

Rio Carnival Dates:

2019 Dates: March 1 – March 6
2019 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 Amazon and Iguazu. 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 low – moderate level of fitness. This vacation package can be tailored for less vigorous activities (consult a travel advisor). This trip includes some light hiking and nature trails in both the Amazon and Iguazu.

Destinations Visited:

  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Christ the Redeemer
  • Sugar Loaf Mountain
  • Manaus / Brazilian Amazon Jungle
  • Iguazu Falls

Vacation Package Type:

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

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