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The best of Brazil

Highlights of this tour:

Rio de Janeiro, Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Botanical Gardens, Iguazu Falls, the Amazon rainforest, Salvador, sailing trips around Bahia de Todos os Santos – All Saints’ Bay

This package holiday includes the following:

  • Flights from the UK to Rio de Janeiro, with transfer(s) enroute
  • Flights from Salvador to the UK, with transfer(s) enroute
  • 4 domestic flights in Brazil: Rio de Janeiro – Foz do Iguaçu – Manaus – Salvador
  • Transfers from and to airports (in small international groups)
  • 8 nights’ accommodation in good hotels incl. breakfast
  • 3 nights’ accommodation at Amazon Eco Park Lodge incl. fullboard
  • Individual tour, however, all excursions are in small international groups with local English speaking guides
  • Emergency hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your trip
  • ATOL certificate included
  • Departure guarantee – the tour will take place regardless of the number of participants
  • Daily departures

The following package of excursions are included:

  • Full-day tour of Rio de Janeiro, taking in both the statue of Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain
  • Brazilian evening with demonstration of samba music and dancing
  • Excursion to Iguazu, the biggest waterfalls in the world – visiting both Argentine and Brazilian sides
  • Guided tours in the Amazon jungle
  • Full-day historical tour of Salvador
  • Full-day sailing trip to tropical islands in All Saints’ Bay
  • Admission tickets to the attractions mentioned

Single room supplement: £580
Discounts are available for groups of 6 or more people

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Brazil is a gigantic country, teeming with life: from the captivating fertility of the Amazon basin to the sensuous charms of Rio and the authenticity of Salvador. This trip will introduce you to the joie de vivre of the Cariocas in Rio de Janeiro – home of the samba – which spreads out over the tall, verdant mountains and down to the broad, white sandy beaches. It will also take you into the heart of the Brazilian countryside, with a visit to Iguazu, the biggest waterfalls in the world, and a stay in the incomparable Amazon rainforest. Here, you will meet some of the indigenous people and experience the local flora and fauna that includes monkeys, parrots and many, many other animals. The journey concludes in the lively yet relaxed city of Salvador, cradle of the country’s cultural identity.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Flight to Brazil

Departure day, where you will fly to Rio de Janeiro with connecting flights along the way.

Day 2: Arrival in Rio de Janeiro

On arrival at the airport in Rio de Janeiro, you will be met by a driver who will accompany to your hotel that is located close to the famous Copacabana beach. The city is set in a fantastic location by the mountains that line the Atlantic coast.

The rest of the day is yours to do with as you wish: go swimming in the blue waters of the Atlantic, for example, or stroll along the beautiful promenade by the famous sandy beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.

Overnight stay: Hotel Copacabana Mar

Day 3: Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Botanical Gardens

Today is devoted to a full-day excursion by Jeep to introduce you to the delights of Rio de Janeiro.

The first stop after you have been picked up from your hotel is at Corcovado mountain in the middle of Tijuca National Park – home to the largest urban forest in the world. At the top of this mountain (710 metres above sea level) stands the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer, which is said to watch over Rio. Since its construction, the statue has gradually become the hallmark of the city, and has been named one of the seven new wonders of the world. From the top of the mountain, there are magnificent views out over Tijuca National Park, Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, Guanabara Bay, the city of Niteroi, the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon and Maracaña metro station – one of the biggest metro stations in the world. Having admired these impressive sights, you will return by Jeep to the foot of the mountain, where lunch will be served.

It is then time to head off to the 396-metre-high mountain called Pão de Açúcar – which means ‘Sugar Loaf’ – another of the city’s high points, in every respect … A cable car will take you to the top of Urca Mountain, where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the coast and the nearby small islands. From Urca, another cable car will carry you the rest of the way to Sugar Loaf Mountain, which presents a magical panoramic view of the golden beaches and the stunning location that have earned the flourishing metropolis of Rio de Janeiro the nickname of ‘the most beautiful city in the world’.

The last item on the day’s itinerary is a visit to the Botanical Gardens, which were founded in 1808 by Dom João, King of Portugal. The gardens contain more than 6,000 different plants and trees, including 900 species of palm and 600 types of orchid. They are also home to a host of birds, many of which have grown used to the presence of people and are therefore easier to spot here than in their natural habitat. The gardens feature a fine network of paths and charming areas with fountains, which are popular places to meet and relax for the ‘Cariocas’ – as residents of Rio are known. The visitors’ centre here screens a film that presents the history of the gardens; it also has a gift shop that sells arts and crafts items, as well as souvenirs such as shirts made of bamboo, and bowls made of banana fibre and decorated with pre-Colombian designs.

Overnight stay: Hotel Copacabana Mar

Day 4: Rio de Janeiro

No excursions are planned, so the day is yours to do with as you wish.

Overnight stay: Hotel Copacabana Mar

These tours will be conducted in small international groups with English-speaking guides. We recommend that you book these tours from home.

The evening is reserved for a colourful samba show with music and dancing. Before the show, we will enjoy a traditional Brazilian BBQ dinner, and during the show itself we will witness the fantastic costumes and accessories used in the world-famous carnival that is held in Rio every year.

However, there are several Rio tours to choose from:

Day 5: By plane from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguazu

This morning, we check out of our hotel before heading to Rio de Janeiro airport to catch a flight to Foz do Iguazu on the border with Argentina. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by a driver who will accompany you to your hotel. Iguazu National Park is a natural treasure and home to the largest waterfalls in the world, which are made up of 275 falls of different sizes. We will experience the falls from both Brazilian and Argentine sides, as the two perspectives provide very different experiences.

Overnight stay: Hotel Viale Cataratas

Day 6: Iguazu Falls

In the morning, we cross the Tancredo Neves bridge over the Iguazu river, which forms the border between Argentina and Brazil. A train ride takes us to the biggest of the waterfalls: ‘Garganta del Diablo’ (the Devil’s Throat). From here, we cross foot-bridges to the most impressive section of the falls. We continue our fantastic tour of the falls, following a network of paths and walkways. The rainforest around the falls is home to a unique range of flora and fauna, including orchids, all kinds of birds and giant lizards. As we will be crossing the border into Argentina, you will need to bring your passport with you on this tour.

In the afternoon, we will hike on the Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls, which are both broader and more powerful than Niagara Falls in North America. We will have the opportunity to view the falls from various perspectives. For example, there is a lift up to a viewing platform that provides a fantastic view down into the Devil’s Throat – enshrouded in the mist from the falls themselves. On the paths, we also have a good chance of spotting the small ring-tailed coati, inquisitively following in our footsteps. Having admired the falls from various vantage points, we return to our hotel.

Overnight stay: Hotel Viale Cataratas

Day 7: By plane from Foz do Iguazu to Manaus in the Amazon jungle

Today, we will be flying from Iguazu airport via Sao Paulo to Manaus, the gateway to the Amazon rainforest. We will be met at the airport and then travel by road and river until we reach Amazon Eco Park. The Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world, with the most voluminous river, which, together with innumerable tributaries, flows through all areas of the jungle. This means that you can be sure of an authentic rainforest experience.
When we arrive at Amazon Eco Park, we will be served a refreshing taste of their home-made juice. It will then be time for our first impression of the enormous rainforest. This entails visiting the ‘Monkey Jungle’ that was founded back in 1991 with the objective of rescuing monkeys that had been captured for illegal sale and returning them to the rainforest.

In the evening, motorised canoes will be leaving from the lodge to take us on a guided alligator safari. The alligators in this part of the world are called ‘caimans’. The caimans’ eyes turn red when they are dazzled by the light from the guide’s torch, making them easier to spot. After a day packed with experiences, we return to our hotel to sleep to the accompaniment of the numerous sounds from the rainforest.

Overnight stay: Amazon Ecopark

Day 8: Walking tour in the rainforest, and meeting with indigenous Indians

In the morning, we will be heading off into the jungle with our guide, who will lead us through the rainforest and talk about the local flora and fauna. We will then visit an indigenous family and hear about their way of life. The indigenous people are called Caboclo and are descended from South American Indian tribes.

Overnight stay: Amazon Ecopark

Day 9: Fishing trip and the Meeting of the Waters

Today we will be going fishing and attempting to land local fish including piranhas. In the afternoon, we will make our way to the swamp area around the mouth of the river. Here, we will see the unusual phenomenon called ‘the Meeting of the Waters’, where two large rivers – Rio Solimões and Rio Preto – merge together. One of these rivers is brown and muddy, and the other is black. This makes it very easy to see the dividing line between them.

The programme for the stay at Eco Park is provisional, as the weather may affect a number of items on the agenda.

Overnight stay: Amazon Ecopark

Day 10: By plane from Manaus to Salvador

It is now time to bid the Amazon farewell so we return to Manaus and then fly to Salvador, where you will be met at the airport and driven to your hotel. Salvador is the city where Brazil was born, and where history is everywhere in the colonial, pastel-coloured buildings and the African cultures that dominate this area of the country. Salvador was also formerly the capital of Brazil, before which it was the second-most important city in the Portuguese empire. This is where you can experience ‘authentic Brazil’ and all the musical, gastronomic and cultural treats this entails.

Overnight stay: Hotel Sol Barra

Day 11: Historical tour of Salvador

The day starts with an historical tour of Salvador. We visit Pelourinho, the old part of the city, where there are still numerous buildings and churches from the colonial age. The area was completely protected by UNESCO in 1985, since when a great deal of painstaking work has been done to restore many of the beautiful, pastel-coloured buildings. The tour then continues to the harbour, where we have the opportunity to visit the biggest arts and crafts market in Brazil. The marketplace here is located in an old warehouse.

The afternoon is yours to do with as you wish, and you can spend it exploring the city on your own or simply relaxing by the hotel pool.

Overnight stay: Hotel Sol Barra

Day 12: Full-day excursion to tropical islands

We leave the hotel and drive to the harbour, where we board a schooner that will sail us out to Bahia de Todos os Santos – All Saints’ Bay. En route, we sail past the São Marcelo fortress, which protected the city from invasion from the sea in years gone by. From here, there is a magnificent view in towards Salvador. We then continue on to the tropical island of Frade, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful islands in the bay. While we are here, we will have the opportunity to go swimming. It is then time to head off to Itaparica, the biggest island in the bay. Here, we can take a stroll through the charming town or simply spend time on the fine sandy beach with its crystal clear water.

Overnight stay: Hotel Sol Barra

Day 13: Start of the trip home

As we will be leaving for home in the afternoon, there is time to do some last-minute shopping or to relax on the beach or by the hotel pool before our driver arrives to take us to Salvador Airport. You will fly to the UK with connecting flights along the way.

Day 14: Return trip

Return flight do the UK with one intermediate landing.

Highlights of this tour:

Rio de Janeiro, Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Botanical Gardens, Iguazu Falls, the Amazon rainforest, Salvador, sailing trips around Bahia de Todos os Santos – All Saints’ Bay

This package holiday includes the following:

  • Flights from the UK to Rio de Janeiro, with transfer(s) enroute
  • Flights from Salvador to the UK, with transfer(s) enroute
  • 4 domestic flights in Brazil: Rio de Janeiro – Foz do Iguaçu – Manaus – Salvador
  • Transfers from and to airports (in small international groups)
  • 8 nights’ accommodation in good hotels incl. breakfast
  • 3 nights’ accommodation at Amazon Eco Park Lodge incl. fullboard
  • Individual tour, however, all excursions are in small international groups with local English speaking guides
  • Emergency hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your trip
  • ATOL certificate included
  • Departure guarantee – the tour will take place regardless of the number of participants
  • Daily departures

The following package of excursions are included:

  • Full-day tour of Rio de Janeiro, taking in both the statue of Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain
  • Brazilian evening with demonstration of samba music and dancing
  • Excursion to Iguazu, the biggest waterfalls in the world – visiting both Argentine and Brazilian sides
  • Guided tours in the Amazon jungle
  • Full-day historical tour of Salvador
  • Full-day sailing trip to tropical islands in All Saints’ Bay
  • Admission tickets to the attractions mentioned

Single room supplement: £580
Discounts are available for groups of 6 or more people
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