the highlights of Brazil, from the adventure of the Amazonian rainforest,
to the lively streets of Rio to the spectacular drama of Iguazu Falls!
rustic jungle lodge to see Pink River Dolphins and an amazing array of
colorful birds. You'll see the sights of Rio de Janeiro, touring its
colonial legacy, visiting the surrounding mountains for amazing views and
soaking up the sun on its world-famous beaches. And you'll never forget
the cascading waters and monstrous roar of Iguazu Falls. Through an
amazing cross-section of the country, you'll truly discover the vibrant,
colorful culture of Brazil.
Upon arrival in Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo, we meet you at the airport
and connect you to your flight to Manaus, on the Amazon River. Once in
Manaus, settle into Hotel Tropical before beginning the day's excursions.
As the capital of Amazonas, the largest state in Brazil, Manaus was the
center of the lucrative rubber trade in the late 19th and early 20th
centuries. You'll visit the sights of this busy port city, including the
grand baroque-style Opera House, built during the height of the rubber
boom. The mooring line at the docks is also an interesting sight – it is
supported by giant buoys that rise and fall with the level of the river,
which varies drastically with the seasons.
After breakfast, we'll begin the 50-mile (80 km) journey down the Negro
River and up the Acajatuba River to Acajatuba Jungle Lodge.
On the way, you'll pass the famous Enconta das Aguas – the Meeting of
Waters – where the black waters of the Rio Negro meet the milky
coffee-colored waters of the Rio Solimões. The waters flow side by side,
but do not mix for miles.
Once at the lodge, you'll enjoy a welcome cocktail and have a chance to
settle into your room before lunch. After we eat, we'll go on a canoe tour
of the forest creeks and river tributaries that surround the lodge. In the
evening, we'll go out on the river to spot caiman by flashlight in the
warm Amazon night. B,L,D
We start the day with a sunrise walk through the forest, with breakfast
following. After breakfast, you will go on a guided trek in the Amazon
forest, stopping to visit a native home and small village to experience
the way life of the local people.
After returning to the lodge for lunch, we'll head out onto the water to
fish for the abundant piranha. On the way you might spot river dolphins,
known locally as botos, and enjoy a beautiful Amazonian sunset as well. B,L,D
In the morning, visit a river beach on the Rio Negro. We'll return to the
lodge for lunch before beginning the return journey to Manaus, where we'll
arrive in the late afternoon. Dinner includes a special treat – the
bumba-meu-boi show, one of Brazil's most traditional folkloric
festivities. This show, which incorporates elements of theater, musical
performance, dancing and acrobatics, developed in the late 18th century
amidst the swirl of cultures present in Brazil, from African to western
A morning flight takes you to Rio de Janeiro, where you'll be met at the
airport and taken to your hotel near Copacabana Beach. You'll have the day
at your leisure to explore the city – stroll the mosaic-lined beach
promenade or head to Ipanema Beach. B
Spend the day on a city tour, starting in Rio's historic district. Visit
the Baroque Church of the Candelaria, built by the Portuguese in the late
1700s, the Saint Benedict Monastery, and other treasures of colonial
Later, we'll visit the famous Pao de Azucar – Sugar Loaf Mountain –
and board the cable car for a stunning ascent to the top and fantastic
vistas of the city, beaches and Guanabara Bay. After lunch, take the train
through lush forest up Corcovado Mountain, atop which stands the giant
statue of Cristo O Redentor – Christ the Redeemer – towering 2000 feet
over the city. In the evening, we'll return to Rio proper for dinner at a
classic rodizio, a Brazilian steakhouse, and we'll be entertained by a
Samba show at the Plataforma, the most spectacular of Rio's Samba shows. B,L,D
The morning is free for you to enjoy Rio on your own – go shopping, take
a ferry ride to nearby Niterói or Paquetá Island, or just enjoy a good
meal and a drink at a local cafe.
In the afternoon, return to the airport for your flight to Iguazu Falls.
These magnificent falls form the border between Brazil and Argentina,
cascading from the Iguazu River into the Paraná.
Overnight at Hotel Tropical das Cataratas B
Spend the day at the spectacular Iguazu falls!
Higher than Niagara and wider than Victoria Falls, these cascades are one
of South America's wonders. In the morning, we'll tour the Brazilian side,
walking the paths overlooking the falls and cruising the Iguazu River in
boats for unforgettable views.
In the afternoon, cross the border to Argentina for views of the falls
from the other side. We’ll hike through the surrounding rainforest,
looking at parrots, parakeets, hummingbirds and toucans, as well as
getting vistas of a different perspective on the falls.
Evening brings a traditional Brazilian barbeque – churrascaria – and a
traditional dance show. B,D
In the morning, you'll have the chance to relax and take one last look at
the falls before heading to the airport and returning to Rio de Janeiro or
Sao Paulo. B