WELCOME TO BRAZIL
The largest of all the Latin American countries, Brazil covers nearly half the entire continent of South America. The Amazon River, running across the entire width of Brazil, is the world's largest river in terms of volume. As it thunders towards the Atlantic Ocean, the Amazon passes through the largest rainforest in the world, many tracts of which are still unexplored and home to the greatest number of biological organisms on earth. Further south are the Iguazu falls, the most voluminous waterfalls in the world. Lying on the borders of Brazil and Argentina, the colossal cascades are perhaps the most amazing site on the continent.
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Sao Paulo - Rio de Janeiro - Iguazu Falls - Brazilian Side - Brasilia - Manaus

19 Days / 18 Nights

ITINERARY
Day 1. Sao Paulo

Arrival at the airport, reception and transfer to your hotel. Free day at leisure.

Day 2. Sao Paulo (Breakfast)

After breakfast, a half day city tour. We start our tour at the famous Bairro Orintal with its typical Japanese decoration. Then we proceed to the Cathedral ( Praca da Se) in the downtown area. From this point we walk towards the center of São Paulo (on the tropic of Capricorn) and visit the monument "The Immortal Glory of the founders of the city". From here we go to Higianopolis, the heart and soul of the modern Jewish community and where the wealthy families used to live during the Old Republic era. Next stop will be the most important financial center of South America the Paulista Avenue. From that point we go to the Governor's Palace and finish at the Ibirapuera Park and the Oscar Niemeyer buildings (1.6 million square meters) the largest of all the 32 public squares. Return to your hotel.

Day 3. Sao Paulo (Breakfast)

Visit to the famous museums in São Paulo. First you will visit the Art Museum of São Paulo, the most important museum on western art in Latin America, then onto Ipiranga Museum, which was built a century ago to preserve the memory of imperial period in Brazil. A visit to the Latin America Memorial, an original Oscar Niemeyer's project that was created to harbor all kinds of cultural information about Latin America.

Day 4. Sao Paulo (Breakfast)

Enjoy a football tour located in the Municipal Stadium of Pacaembu, showing the roots and influence of the sport in the cultural formation of Brazilian society. This is the first museum in the country to portray the passion of the art of Brazilian football through interactive and sensory technology.

Day 5. Sao Paulo - Rio de Janeiro (Breakfast)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Rio de Janeiro. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.

Day 6. Rio de Janeiro (Breakfast)

After breakfast, a full day visit of the "marvelous city" including a sightseeing tour to Sugar Loaf Mountain. A two-stage cable car takes you to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain where you will enjoy a splendid view of Rio, Copacabana Beach, and Guanabara Bay. Afterwards, a trip to the heart of Rio for a historical city tour including Santa Teresa, the Teatro Municipal and the Fine Arts Museum. The trip also includes a visit to the São Bento Monastery, the Candelaria (the candle-makers), Praça XV (where the royal family landed when they first arrived in Rio. Paço Imperial was their first residence), the "Travessa do Mercado", the Imperial Palace, the cultural centre located in the beautifully-restored Banco do Brasil and Casa Franca-Brazil (a masterpiece by the architect Grandjean de Montigny). Return to your hotel.

Day 7. Rio de Janeiro (Breakfast)

After breakfast, a half day visit to Corcovado, the mountain home to the world famous, Christo de Redentor statue for a magnificent 360° panoramic view of Rio. The Tijuca forest, a luxuriant tropical forest only minutes away is considered the largest urban forest in the world. It has 330 square kms of preserved Mata Atlântica (Tropical Forest), the highest mountaintops of Rio, waterfalls and hidden caves. Return to your hotel.

Day 8. Rio de Janeiro (Breakfast)

Free day.

Day 9. Rio de Janeiro - Iguazu (Breakfast)

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Iguazu. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.

Day 10. Iguazu Falls - Argentinean Side (Breakfast)

A visit to the fabulous UNESCO World Heritage Iguazu falls, the most voluminous falls in the world and more than three times the width of the Niagara falls. The Argentinean side of Iguazu allows for a close appreciation. Set in a subtropical rain forest reserve of over 180,000 hectares, Iguazu is home to jaguar, puma, caiman and over 400 species of bird. Return to your hotel.

Day 11. Iguazu Falls - Brazilian Side (Breakfast)

Cross the border into Brazil for a full day excursion to appreciate a wider view of the falls. The falls lie on the three borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. The tour will include a "Macuco Safari" an exhilarating boat ride on the Parana River, heading towards the Iguazu falls themselves. Return to your hotel in Argentina.

Day 12: Iguazu - Brasilia (Breakfast)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Brasilia. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 13. Brasilia (Breakfast)

After breakfast enjoy an architecture tour of the capital city of Brazil.

Day 14. Brasilia - Manaus (Breakfast)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Manaus. Arrival, reception and transfer to your hotel.

Day 15. Manaus (Breakfast)

After breakfast, a city tour of Manaus including a visit to the world famous Amazon Opera House. A visit will also be made to the São Sebastião Church, built in 1888 has many paintings fixed to the wall and ceiling that were brought in from Italy.

Day 16. Amazon Rainforest (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

After breakfast, pick-up and transfer to the port for the trip by boat to the Amazon Eco Lodge, located on the Rio Tarumã - a tributary of the Rio Negro and about an hour from Manaus. Set in the heart of the Amazon Forest, with an uncatalogued amount of wildlife in the surrounding area, which includes rainforest, natural savannahs and creeks. With over 6 miles of jungle trails, there is plenty of opportunity for exploration of the jungle for orchids, giant trees and various wildlife. After dinner, evening tour in search of caiman by canoe boat.

Day 17. Amazon Rainforest (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

After breakfast, a jungle trek into the rainforest in search of local flora and fauna. After lunch, excursion to see the local Amazonian inhabitants, known as caboclos. Return for free time to explore or enjoy the setting of the lodge.

Day 18. Amazon Rainforest (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

After breakfast, an excursion to the "meeting of the waters", a natural phenomenon caused by the joining of the Negro River's darker water with the muddy water of the Solimoes River. For over six kilometers, the rivers run side by side, without mixing. This happens due to the difference between their temperature, density and also, the speed of their currents: Negro River runs at about 2 km/h at a temperature of 22 C, while Solimões River runs at 4 to 6 km/h with a temperature of 28 C. Chance for some piranha fishing before returning to the lodge.

Day 19. Manaus (Breakfast)

After breakfast, a visit to the "monkey jungle" before returning to Manaus in time for your evening flight home.

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WHAT IS INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED
Our Price Includes:

  • Accommodation in double rooms at recommended 3, 4 or 5 star hotels
  • All meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • Transfers, tours and excursions as per itinerary with English speaking specialist guides
  • All entrance fees

Our price does not include:

  • International flight to Brazil and any airport taxes ($6 p/p for domestic and $32 p/p for international)
  • Domestic flights
  • Personal expenses such as telephone bills, laundry expenses, beverages, etc
  • Insurance against theft, loss, illness and/or accident etc
  • Gratuities, baggage porterage and other extras not specified