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Rio de Janeiro - Pantanal - Bonito - Ilha Grande
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14 Days / 13 Nights

Day 1: Rio de Janeiro

Arrival in Rio, reception and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2: Rio de Janeiro -; Tijuca Forest

After breakfast, a briefing on the up and coming adventure tour before visiting the Tijuca forest, considered the largest urban forest in the world. It has 330 square kms of preserved Mata Atlântica (Tropical Forest), the highest mountaintops of Rio and hidden caves. We shall trek through this forest and visit many of its caves. There will be an opportunity for some hand gliding affording stunning views around São Conrado.

Day 3: Rio de Janeiro -; Sugar loaf mountain

Today we trek up the Urca Mountain which lies next to Sugar Loaf and is separated by a forest.
The trails will follow the coastline and the trekking is light with small moderate ascents. Once we reach our destination, we shall descend by cable car to the Urca Mountain. From here we will take a trail inside the forest and walk for a further 40 minutes before reaching Praça Gen Tibúrcio and Praia Vermelha.
Arrival at Praça Gen. Tibúrcio for lunch. Doing this trek in the late afternoon, we will have a spectacular view with beautiful sunlight. In this case we will start the trekking at 4 PM, reaching the peak by 730PM. It is best to do this tour in full moon and during summer time to enjoy an absolutely unforgettable sunset.

Day 4: Rio -; Campo Grande - Panatanal

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Campo Grande. Reception and transfer to the Pantanal Lodge, Fazenda Rio Negro some 240 Km away. The journey will take around five hours in air conditioned vehicles but affords the passengers a fabulous opportunity to see this largely unknown part of Brazil.

Day 5 -; Day 6:   Pantanal Excurions

The Ecological Refuge in the middle of the Pantanal has comfortable rooms with air conditioning, ceiling fan, and private bathroom.
The tours include several trekking routes into the Pantanal, horseriding, fishing, and trekking.
Animals seen in the Pantanal include capybara, capuchin and howler monkeys, caiman, anteaters, small wolves, puma, jaguar and anaconda. Amongst the birds that commonly inhabit the area are cormorants, anhingas, skimmers, herons, egrets, toucan, parakeets, blue macaws, ibis and jabiru storks.

Day 7: Pantanal- Campo Grande - Bonito

After breakfast, transfer to Bonito, close to the entrance of the Pantanal and transfer to our hotel. Free day at leisure.

Day 8: Bonito - Lago Azul

A half day tour to the beautiful Blue Cave Lake. Three hundred meters from the cave's mouth, you will see a deep, blue lake. It is thought to originate from a subterranean river and creates a beautiful spectacle when the sun's rays catches the water.

Day 9: Bonito - Formosa River

After breakfast, a half day excursion involving an eight kilometer trip on rafts to the "Isle of the Priest". The journey will involve passing several small waterfalls and two rapids. You should be able to see several species of birds and fish along the way as well as monkeys, tapirs and perhaps even a boa along the banks.

Day 10: Bonito - Falls Park

A fabulous full day to the "Falls Park", one of the most beautiful settings in the region. A two hour hike passing several waterfalls, natural swimming pools and submerged caves. Arrival at a "fazenda", or farmhouse for a delicious lunch. Return to your lodge.

Day 11: Bonito-; Campo Grande - Rio -; Ilha Grande

After breakfast, transfer back to Campo Grande for the return flight back to Rio de Janeiro.
Transfer to Mangaratiba and depart by a ferry boat from Conerj to Vila do Abraão at Ilha Grande, an island situated 125 km outside Rio, between the bays of Angra and Mangaratiba.
One third of the island is protected and makes part of a State Park that was created in 1971 to preserve the Atlantic Rain Forest. On the side of the Atlantic Ocean there is a biological reserve called Reserva Biológica da Praia do Sul, and the whole island is an environmentally protected area.

Day 12: Ilha Grande

After breakfast, choice of trekking on the island, relaxing on the beach or perhaps a visit to Praia das Palmas, some 50 minutes away. The Lopes Mendes Beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the island and  is 3 km long with beautiful white sand. Return back at Praia dos Mangues and board the boat to get back to Vila do Abraão. After dinner, enjoy and try the Forro, a typical dance from the island. 

Day 13: Ilha Grande -; Rio de Janeiro

After breakfast, we shall take the boat to Saco do Céu, some 60 minutes away.
A stop for diving/snorkelling at Praia do Canto (inside the gulf of Saco do Céu). Close by there is a rich mangrove swamp worth exploring. The tour continues to Aquário Natural da Lagoa Azul. Stop for more diving/snorkelling before arriving to Praia da Feiticeira. Here we shall trek on the trails inside the forest to an 8m high waterfall with crystal clear waters and which is an excellent spot for diving. Return to Abraão for lunch before returning to Rio. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 14: Rio de Janeiro

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Our Price Includes:

Accommodation in a choice of hotels, resorts and hosterias, including breakfast and taxes.
All private transfers, tours and excursions as per itinerary with local English speaking guides and a permanent English Speaking tour leader.

Our price does not include:

International return air tickets to South America.
Domestic and international airport taxes.
Meals not mentioned in your itinerary.
Personal expenses such as telephone bills, laundry expenses, etc.
Insurance against theft, loss, illness and/or accident.