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Rio de Janerio
Beautiful beaches of Angra dos Reis - £65 per person - Complete your stay in Rio de Janeiro with a leisurely day at some of the city’s very best beaches. This tour takes you to the paradisiacal location of Angra dos Reis, a favourite site for relaxing both for locals and tourists due to the extraordinary beauty of its beaches. Come along and discover the whitest sands, the bluest seas and make your friends green with envy.
Angra dos Reis is located at the South district of Rio de Janeiro. Although originally discovered as far back as 1502, it was then colonized for the first time 54 years later. Throughout history, it has been in the hands of the Spanish, the French, the Dutch and the Portuguese. And it is no wonder the big colonizers were so eager to take it; as well as being a strategic location on the sea route, with its outstanding beauty, who wouldn’t want a piece of it?
This earthly paradise is now a hotspot of national and international tourism for that same reason. It has no less than 365 islands along the seashore – some of which are owned by famous celebs! The largest and most important is simply known as Grande, and it is located amongst the splendid lush green entourage referred to as the Mata Atlantica (Atlantic Forest). Other top beaches in the area include Guaratecaia, Mambucaba, Conceicao de Jacarei and Scrocaba – all of them safe bets for feeling a bit closer to heaven!
Corcovado, Maracana exterior and Sambadrome - £45 per person - Contemplate the Wonderful City from atop the breath-taking vantage point of Corcovado Hill, a staggering 710 metres high. See Rio de Janeiro at your feet looking smaller even than a toy city. This tour takes you not only above Rio but also to some of the city’s most notorious landmarks.
The ascent to the top of Corcovado Hill is a small trip that lasts no longer than 20 minutes. Along the way, the scenery is more than beautiful so as to make the stroll entertaining. As you walk, pass the Floresta da Tijuca, which gives you a taste of the view you will see at the top. But the truly memorable experience is when you reach the summit. You are welcomed by the iconic Statue of Christ, who stands embracing the stunning view of Rio with open arms, evoking both the religious symbol of the crucifix and, through its similarity with a hugging gesture, the Christian notion of love.
Once you are back at the bottom of the hill, make your way to the Mario Filho Stadium, which is known over the globe as Maracana. Enjoy an informative external visit with some great sites and interesting facts. Later on, you head to the Sambodromo, a creation of the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer that is used as the stage for Brazil’s most famous celebration: the wild, colourful and eclectic Carnival that fills the streets with mirth once a year.
Sugarloaf with city tour - £59 per person - Explore the Wonderful City on this astonishing tour of Rio de Janeiro’s most famous landmarks. Rio’s beauty is renowned throughout the globe; a capital of carnivals, a metropolis of marvels, a centre of sensuality, you won’t want to miss this chance of getting to know the wonders of the city in depth.
You might feel like you’re travelling back in time as you pass by some of Rio’s historical monuments, but not so with the Catedral Metropolitana. When in front of this staggering must-see, you might believe you are on the set of a futuristic film. Its dark conic structure reaches for the sky like an alien pyramid. From the inside, admire how the light plays and brings life to its huge stained glass windows; a strong blend of old tradition with modern design.
While recovering from the awe produced by the cathedral, continue through the lush park Aterro do Flamengo. Another feat of design, its many hues and forms make the park thrive with life. Arrive then at Urca, a delicatessen of a neighbourhood filled with traditional houses and little local businesses. From here, admire one of Rio’s most renowned sites come into view: Sugarloaf Mountain. Ascend to the top of the hill on a fun cable car ride in two stages. First you will rise to the Morro da Urca, a smaller mount preceding the big one. From there you hop onto the cable car that will take you to the single best vantage point for contemplating the panorama of Rio de Janeiro.
City tour and Landmark of the three Frontiers - £25 per person - Explore the fascinating city of Foz do Iguaçu and then visit the ‘triple frontier’ where Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay all meet, and where the Parana and Iguazu rivers merge. As a busy border outpost and the main destination for visiting the Iguazu Falls, Foz do Iguaçu is a hive of activity and its ‘organised chaos’ is considered by many to be one of the quintessential Brazilian experiences.
Downtown Foz do Iguaçu is just 28km away from the falls and is packed with attractions, including a Catholic cathedral, a magnificent mosque with two minarets and a Buddhist temple with more than 110 statues of the Lord Buddha – all symbols of the multicultural nature of this bustling city.
Make the short 6km trek from the city centre to the triple frontier, where the River Iguazu flows into the Parana. The three corners have monuments marking each territory: Brazil and Argentina each have an obelisk patriotically painted in the colours of the national flags while Paraguay has a tiled Art Deco-inspired rectangle.
Since 1903, there has been a visitor centre in the Brazilian side and you can learn here more about the region, which archaeological investigations show to have been inhabited for at least 6,000 years. The first European visitor was Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, who happened upon the land inhabited by the Caingangue people in 1540, three years after he ended a decade wandering what’s now the United States following a shipwreck.
Bird Park - £25 per person - Conveniently located at the entrance of the Iguassu National Park and fully integrated into its natural surroundings, the Bird Park offers a superb opportunity to discover the indigenous South American flora and fauna at close quarters.
A series of spacious walk-through aviaries and trails that wind through the jungle enable visitors to immerse themselves in this vibrant and exotic habitat with all its evocative sights, sounds and smells. Mingle with hundreds of native bird species – from toucans to parrots and macaws – with their shimmering plumage and raucous calls, and watch out for the butterflies, marmosets, caimans and snakes that all coexist in this remarkable space.
Set within 16 hectares of stunning forest, the Bird Park provides a home to more than 800 individual birds belonging to some 200 distinct species. Some of these animals can be extremely shy and elusive in the wild, so the park represents a unique opportunity for any nature-lover wanting to see and photograph them close-up.
The languages available for this excursion include both English and Spanish. A round-trip transfer is offered, picking up from most hotels on the Brazilian side of the Iguassu Falls. The trip duration is approximately four hours. The specific departure time for this tour will be determined upon reconfirmation.
Macuco Floating Safari - £89 per person - Experience the unmatched splendor of Brazil's Iguassu Falls and National Park with an unforgettable two hour Macuco Safari; an excursion into nature's bounty at its finest.
The adventure begins as you board open jeep-towed wagons at the Macuco Safari entrance. Allowing for unobstructed views of the wondrous scenery, you'll head out through the jungle and ecological trails of the park. With an experienced guide, see marvelous examples of the abundance of plant and animal life that make their home in the park.
Afterwards, you'll hop out of the wagon and head out for a short hike that leads to the cascading Macuco Falls. An optional part of your journey, choose to make your way to the waterfall, and see the magnificent waters spilling some 20 metres downward. A perfect place for a refreshing dip, you can gain access by a natural stairway carved into the ancient rock. Following a brief swim, you'll head down to the docks, grab a life vest, and board an inflatable bi-motor boat for a journey into the Iguassu River.
Travel up-river, passing stunning canyons, rocky facades, and lush greenery, as you face the rapids at a speed perfect for scenic viewing. Making your way to the 'great horseshoe' and a spot of the falls known as the 'Three Musketeers', your captain will skillfully maneuver the boat to provide you with a quick and refreshing shower beneath the falls. Pack a change of clothes, because you're bound to leave a little wet. With a trip to Iguassu Falls and National Park, full of natural beauty and rainbows in the misty skies, you are sure to be captivated by the world around you.
Rappel Iguassu Falls - £69 per person - Enjoy high-octane thrills in one if the most awesome settings in the world with this adrenalin-pumping rappel adventure in Iguazu National Park. Trek through the rain forest to the cliff of the canyon and then experience the breathtaking descent by rope of the 50-metre rock cliffs overlooking the waterfalls.
Awesome doesn’t even begin to describe the Iguazu Falls, which are a Unesco World Heritage Site and one of the Seven New Wonders of Nature. And nothing in the world of water compares to – or is more impressive than – the natural spectacle provided by the stunning group of 275 waterfalls that make up the Iguazu Waterfalls, one of Mother Nature’s greatest creations.
Situated just a few kilometres from the union of the Iguazu River with the Paraná River, the sheer size, the vast vapour clouds and the deafening sounds will leave you awestruck. During the rainy season, the stream of the Iguazu River increases, creating an even more beautiful spectacle. The biggest waterfall is the Devils Throat, which is 90 metres high.
This tour combines both sightseeing and activity as you discover the Iguazu Falls and experience the exhilaration of a rappel descent. Come along for this unforgettable adventure right into the heart of the rainforest.
Day by day
Day 1 London to Rio
Fly from the UK to Rio. On arrival at Rio Airport you will be met and transferred to your chosen hotel.
Day 2 Rio – Corcovado & Sugar Leaf Mountain
Rio cries out to be explored and the Corcovado and Sugar Loaf tour is a good starting point. This morning, travel by train through the lush Tijuca Forest to reach the top of Corcovado. Here you will get up close to the awe-inspiring Statue of Christ, towering over the amazing city of Rio. After a delicious lunch, travel to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain by cable car. The view from here is unbeatable; marvel at the sight of countless bays and Rio's curvaceous coastline. – Breakfast & Lunch included.
Day 3 Rio
Today is yours to enjoy as you wish. Rio is famous for its golden beaches; enjoy the sea breeze and soak up the sun. Perhaps you may like to wander around old Rio, the place where it all began, or discover great shopping in Ipanema. After dark Rio comes alive. This evening, you will be collected from your hotel to watch a spectacular Samba show, with elaborately costumed dancers and singers presenting Brazil's folklore and capturing the rhythms of Carnival. – Breakfast & Dinner included.
Day 4 Rio to Iguassu Falls (Brazilian Side)
After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your flight to Foz do Iguassu. There you will be met and transferred to your chosen hotel for a two-night stay. The rest of your afternoon is free to relax at your hotel or perhaps book an optional activity (at own expense). – Breakfast included.
Day 5 Iguassu Falls (Argentine side)
After breakfast you will be collected for a morning tour which takes you across the border into the heart of the Argentine national park. The views along the footpaths are magnificent. The platform allows direct access to the misty falls, a truly breathtaking experience. The falls from Argentina offer a completely different experience to the Brazilian side. Later this afternoon discover the Brazilian side of the world's largest waterfalls, set deep within stunning tropical forest. We recommend to add an optional helicopter ride over the spectacular roaring falls or an unforgettable Macuco boat safari (not included). – Breakfast included
Day 6 Iguassu Falls to Manaus
Transfer to the airport for your flight via Sao Paulo to Manaus, gateway to the Amazon. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. – Breakfast included
Day 7 Manaus – The Amazon
Depart Manaus at 8.30am for your 30-minute boat ride downriver to the unique Amazon Eco Park Lodge. Upon arrival, visit the Monkey Rehabilitation Centre, where it is possible to take pictures of rare monkeys with the safety of specialised staff. Continue to a 'Caboclo' dwelling to learn about the customs and way of life of these native inhabitants. After dinner this evening, go in search of alligators with your expert guide. – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Standard: Amazon Ecopark
We would like to inform you about the drought in the Amazon, that occurs every year in this region, but this year reached the same level of the worst drought reported in the last 50 years. In some regions of the Amazon, the rivers dried up completely, hindering access to the lodges, making it necessary to walk down the river bed for at least 1 hour to arrive at reception.
We have some recommendations for guests that will be visiting the region until early November: *Bring small luggage that weighs less than 10km, and leave the largest bag in the lodge's office (when they are available) or in the airport lockers. *Use hats will long bills and dark sunglasses for protection from the intense heat; *Use sunscreen and always carry bottled water; *Wear comfortable shoes or boots and light coloured clothes made from lightweight fabric;
Day 8 – 9 The Amazon Rainforest
Over the next two days, explore the fascinating Amazon rainforest, one of the 'New 7 Wonders of Nature' finalists. Enjoy a jungle hike with your guide explaining the amazing flora and fauna that surrounds you. Travel into the Amazon for a full day excursion visiting the phenomenon of the 'Meeting of the Waters' at the confluence of the Rio Negro and the Rio Solimes, a remarkable sight not to be missed. And finally you will also have the chance to try your hand at fishing: if you're lucky you may catch local fish such as tucunare and tambaqui or even a piranha – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 10 the Amazon to Manaus to London
After a morning at leisure return to Manaus by boat, arriving back at the airport by approx. 12.30pm in time for your onward flight. – Breakfast
Day 11 London
Arrive back into the UK after a fantastic Brazilian adventure.