Brazil … the shear size of the country is amazing and the diverse culture provides for a very unique vacation destination. There is the stunning Foz de Iguacu (Iguasu Falls), the wildest party on the planet – Carnival, the Amazon river and the rain forest – all of these can be prefaced with the word largest.
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While we have an itinerary for just about anyone – our Ultimate Brazil Itinerary will provide a fantastic overview of this sensational country. Visit Rio de Janeiro, spectacular Iguassu Falls and the historic city of Manaus on your way to the Amazon Jungle. You can have it all – the beach, the falls and the Amazon.
This itinerary is one of but hundreds that help you see ‘your Brasil’. Contact us to begin the planning process.
Ultimate Brazil - 9 days / 8 nights
8 nights includes:
• All Ground Transfers
• 3 Nights Rio de Janeiro
• Sugar Loaf and Corcovado Tour with Lunch
• 2 Nights Iguassu Falls
• Private Argentina and Brazil Falls Tour
• 3 Nights Amazon with Nature Tours, the Meeting of the Waters Tour, and All Meals
• Daily Breakfast
Day 1 Arrive Rio de Janeiro:
Airport meeting and transfer to your selected Rio hotel. Many consider Rio the most naturally beautiful city on earth. Twenty miles of white sand beaches, and trim, green, rolling peaks, with the city sprawling in the narrow strips between the mountains, add to its beauty and charm. Here, you will find the famous beaches of Copacabana and neighboring Ipanema. While the beaches and sidewalk cafes dominate the city’s atmosphere, there are two other main points of interest. “Sugar Loaf Mountain” offers panoramic vistas of the city, beaches and Guanabara Bay, and towering Corcovado Mountain, with the statue of Christ the Redeemer on the summit. Rio’s awesome beauty is most visible from the statue’s platform. With excellent seafood and international cuisines from around the world, Rio’s signature restaurants are the churrascarias (BBQ restaurants), where meat reigns supreme. For entertainment, add a Rio by Night Dinner and Show spotlighting the Brazilian rhythmic samba music and dances, with grand finales featuring prior years’ outstanding Carnival costumes. Rio is an unforgettable experience! Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. (Accommodations, Rio de Janeiro)
Day 2 Rio de Janeiro:
Depart from your hotel at 8:30 am for a fullday excursion that will highlight two of the city’s signature landmarks, Corcovado and Sugar Loaf. After a scenic drive along Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, you arrive at the bottom of Corcovado Hill. Here, you will board a comfortable train that will transport you to the top of the mountain where the statue of Christ, the Redeemer, is located (2.300 ft above sea level). Continue by elevator and escalator to reach the bottom of the statue. At this point, you have a magnificent view of Rio de Janeiro. It will now be apparent why the statue of Christ is called “ the wonder of Rio”. When it is time to leave you will return the same way, and continue to the other famous landmark, Sugar Loaf Mountain. Located in the middle of the Guanabara Bay, Sugar Loaf gives you another breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Take the two-stage cable car to the top. This solid granite monolith, standing 887 feet tall, overlooks the entrance to Rio’s harbor and Guanabara Bay. The first stage of the cable car takes you to Morro da Urca, where there is a restaurant and a heliport. The second stage takes you to the top for an unforgettable view. After your tour of Sugar Loaf, continue to a local restaurant for lunch. In the afternoon, your tour will continue to downtown Rio to see some of the historical sites such as the Cathedral and the Municipal Theatre. (Breakfast, Lunch, Accommodations, Rio de Janeiro)
Day 3 Rio de Janeiro:
Day at leisure to enjoy Rio. Arrange a helicopter tour of the city and see
this splendid city from the air. (Breakfast, Accommodations,
Rio de Janeiro)
Day 4 Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu:
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Iguassu Falls. Airport greeting in Foz do Iguassu before checking
in to your selected hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the Brazil side of the
Falls. (Breakfast, Rio de Janeiro; Accommodations, Iguassu)
Day 5 Iguassu:
Arrange an optional excursion to the Argentina side of the Falls. Seventy-five percent of the Falls lies on the Argentina side. There are extensive trails and an opportunity for a closeup view of the Devil’s Throat, where 14 separate falls cascade down 350 foot cliffs.
Another fun optional tour is the Macuco Safari, a boat tour that takes you to the edge of the Falls
where you can watch the water falling from above.
(Breakfast, Accommodations, Iguassu)
Day 6 Iguassu to Manaus:
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Manaus. You will be transferred from the airport to the Hotel Tropical Manaus dock for a 1:30 pm departure. Transfer by boat for 30 minutes to the Amazon EcoPark Lodge. Your first activity will be a visit to the Monkey Jungle. After dinner, take an evening tour by canoe
to look for alligators and other nocturnal animals.
(Breakfast, Iguassu; Dinner, Accommodations, Manaus)
Day 7 Manaus:
After breakfast, depart for a hike through the forest with a naturalist guide to learn about the local flora and fauna. Return for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the home of local Amazonian residents called “Caboclos”. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodations, Manaus)
Day 8 Manaus:
Depart for an excursion to the Meeting of the Waters, including lunch at a floating restaurant. You will have an opportunity to fish for piranha. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodations, Manaus)
Day 9 Depart Manaus:
Morning at leisure to enjoy the natural pools and swimming at the river. You will be transferred back to Manaus to the Hotel Tropical Manaus dock. Transfer to the airport or extend your stay in Manaus. (Breakfast, Manaus)
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Do learn at least a few words of Portuguese. Your efforts will be appreciated—you'll find that many Brazilians will go far out of their way to help you. For greetings and farewells say bom dia (BOM JI-ah) for "good morning," boa tarde (BO-ah TAR-dji) for "good afternoon" and boa noite (BO-a NOY-tchi) for "good evening/night." For "goodbye," tchau (chow) is popular and casual. Atay logo is "till next time." Por favor is "please" and onde ee (ON-jee eh) is "where is." Men and women say "thank you" differently: He says obrigado (oh-bree-GAH-doh), and she says obrigada (oh-bree-GAH-dah).
NOTE: Up to September 18, 2016 most visitors can enter Brazil without the customary Visa. Inquire for details.