The trip starts with a few days in Rio de Janeiro. A private tour of the city includes visits to Corcovado Mountain, Sugarloaf Mountain, the Sambodromo (where Carnival takes place). Leisure time in Rio can be spent at the legendary beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. The natural history experience then starts in Foz de Iguaçú, home to one of the most beautiful ecological reserves of the planet and where you find one of the most spectacular views of the world, the Iguaçú Falls. You will explore the falls on both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides. From Iguacu you will fly to Cuiaba and transfer to your Pantanal lodge. The Pantanal is the biggest marsh plain in the world and a natural habitat of rich fauna, home to 1000 bird species, 400 fish species, 300 mammalian species, 480 reptile species. Your days will be accompanied by expert naturalists as you explore the ecosystems on foot, by boat, on horseback and four-wheel-drive vehicle. Return to Cuiaba and fly to Manaus, gateway city to the Amazon rainforest. Transfer by boat up the Rio Negro River to your lodge from where you will spend your days (and some nights) on guided river and jungle excursions. Geographical diversity at its best: waterfalls, plains, jungles, flora and fauna.
Upon arrival you will be met by your private, bilingual guides and transferred to your hotel in Rio de Janeiro.
Overnight Windsor Plaza Copacabana (or similar), daily breakfast included - 2 nights.
Drive through several different districts of the city, arriving at Cosme Velho Station for a cog-wheel tram ride to the top of the Corcovado Mountain and its famous statue of Christ, the Redeemer. After a tasty Brazilian barbeque lunch, you will then go through a tunnel that crosses the Corcovado Mountain to arrive in Rio de Janeiro's downtown, where the Sambodromo and the Cathedral are located. You will pass through the Lapa District, towards the Flamengo Park and Urca to climb the mountain by cable car.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Foz do Iguaçu.
Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and set off to explore the Brazilian side of the falls on a half-day excursion. You will walk along the footbridge-system with occasional platforms that offer magnificent views over the river and waterfall system. You will make your way to the foot of Floriano Falls - with its spray splashing on the surprised faces of the visitors.
Overnight at the Recanto Cataratas Thermas Resort (or similar), daily breakfast included - 2 nights.
This morning you will be picked up by your private guide and set off to explore the Argentine side of the falls. You will be taken by vehicle over the Tancredo Neves Bridge across the Iguassú River entering Argentina - a very nice ride through exuberant tropical flora. Pass through the city of Puerto Iguazú and after 9 miles the bus enters the tropical rainforest of Iguazú National Park.
Near the falls, you can walk upon wooden foot-bridges to "Devil's Throat" where the main current falls down. The area is surrounded by deep jungle, with lots of tropical birds and a marvelous ambience. Rainbows are formed by the reflections of the countless falls and the sparkling spray of their waters.
On the way back, a stop is made in the center of Puerto Iguazú town for shopping - typical Argentinian handicraft, leather works and Indian art will all be available. The trip concludes at the "three countries corner" - from where one can see the three landmarks of Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil.
In the morning you will fly to Cuiaba to access the amazing Pantanal.
Upon arrival in Cuiaba, you'll be met by our local representatives and depart on a drive across the flat grasslands of the Pantanal to your lodge - Pousada do Rio Mutum.
The Pantanal is a diverse landscape of savannah lowlands, seasonally flooded wetlands and rich forested areas. The Pantanal's annual flood/drought cycle causes constant variations in habitat, wildlife and transportation methods. The area around Pousada Rio Mutum is home to abundant wildlife, including caiman, anaconda, ant-eater, capivara and deer. Among the hundreds of species of birds, keep your eyes peeled for hyacinth macaw, and many species of duck, stork and heron.
All meals and daily wildlife tours are included.
On these days you'll enjoy daily excursions with your bilingual naturalist guide and explore the Pantanal in a variety of ways - by boat, four-wheel drive vehicle, horseback and foot.
In the morning you will transfer back to the airport in Cuiaba for your flight to Manaus, the primary city and access point to the Brazilian Rainforest. On an optional half-day city tour or on your own you can explore this city's colorful history, botanical gardens and famous Opera House and get a good night's rest before embarking on your journey into the jungle.
Overnight Quality Inn Manaus (or similar), breakfast included.
You will be picked up at your hotel and set off on a 3-hour journey by boat and van to your lodge. Enjoy your first contact with the jungle and observe the giant water lily, the majestic trees (Brazil Nut and Sumaumas), the birds and the local communities. You may encounter pink river dolphins on the way, a truly unique experience.
Upon arrival at you lodge, you will be greeted with an exotic fruit beverage and briefed on your following days. From here you will be immersed in the Amazon. All meals and activities will be included in your stay. Activities include immersive hikes and boat rides that engage you with the remarkable ecosystem. You will have the chance to see pink dolphins, alligators, herons, monkeys, and much more once-in-a-lifetime sightings. Experience flora and fauna that is unique to the area and get first hand accounts of the local native's lifestyle and relationship with the jungle.
Overnight at the Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge - 3 nights.
Explore the Amazon basin on daily guided excursions.
After breakfast you will transfer back downriver to Manaus and on to the airport for your onward flight.
|Price from||$3,990.00 per person, based on double occupancy|
3 nights Windsor Plaza Copacabana, breakfast included
2 nights Recanto Cataratas Thermas Resort & Convention, breakfast included
3-night Pousada do Rio Mutum package (includes airport transfers, accommodations, meals and guided excursions)
1 night Quality Hotel Manaus, breakfast included
3-night Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge package (includes Manaus transfers, standard Bungalow accommodations, meals and guided excursions)
Full-day private Rio/Sugarloaf/Corcovado tour, lunch included
Half-day private Iguacu Falls tour - Brazilian side (national park entrance fee included)
Full-day private Iguazu Falls tour - Argentina side (national park entrance fee included)
All airport-hotel transfers
International and Domestic airfare