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15 days

Highlights of Brazil

Embark on a fantastic tour of colourful Brazil. Discover Rio de Janeiro, the Iguazú Falls, the fascinating flora and fauna of the Amazon jungle and Salvador with its unique culture and atmosphere.

Highlights of Brazil Highlights of Brazil
15 days

Highlights of Brazil

Embark on a fantastic tour of colourful Brazil. Discover Rio de Janeiro, the Iguazú Falls, the fascinating flora and fauna of the Amazon jungle and Salvador with its unique culture and atmosphere.

Choose this tour because…

Embark on a fantastic tour of Brazil, where you will truly experience the country’s diversity and exciting contrasts.

You land in the capital of Samba, Rio de Janeiro, where the locals, known as Cariocas, welcome you with open arms, smiles and an infectious joie de vivre. The city might just have the world’s most scenic location. See for yourself when standing on top of Mount Corcovado alongside the famous Christ the Redeemer statue looking down over the city, the bays and the stunning beaches.

From the busy city, you will discover Brazil’s impressive nature, visiting Iguazú, one of the world’s largest waterfalls, and staying in the Amazon rainforest at a jungle lodge for 3 nights and experiencing its unique flora and fauna first hand.

The tour rounds off in Salvador, where the Portuguese landed in 1549 and made the city Brazil’s first capital. The city is known for its afro-Brazilian culture and its beautiful colonial buildings in the colourful Pelourinho district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You have the option to extend your tour with a beach holiday on the Praia do Forte beach just north of Salvador.

What is included in the price?
This package includes the following
  • Flight from the UK to Rio de Janeiro and return from Salvador
  • 3 domestic flights: Rio de Janeiro – Foz do Iguaçu – Manaus – Salvador
  • Transfers to and from the airport in Brazil
  • 9 nights at good hotels, including breakfast
  • 3 nights at Tupana Amazon Lodge including full board (On the last night, you have the chance to enjoy the amazing experience of spending the night in a jungle camp in the middle of the Amazon jungle).
  • Individual tour; however, all excursions are in small, international groups with local, English-speaking guides.
  • 24-hour manned emergency telephone throughout the tour
  • ATOL certificate included
  • Departure guarantee – the tour goes ahead regardless of the number of participants
  • You have the option of extending the tour with a beach holiday in Salvador.

Comprehensive package of excursions:

  • Guided city tour in Rio including a visit to Sugar Loaf and Mount Corcovado with the famous Christ the Redeemer statue
  • The Iguazú Falls from both the Brazilian and the Argentinian side
  • Guided tours in the Amazon rainforest
  • Guided tour of Salvador
  • Admission to all attractions mentioned
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Departure from the UK

Today, you leave the UK and head to Brazil with connecting flights along the way.

Day 2: Arrival in Rio de Janeiro – Guided tour of the city

On your arrival in Rio de Janeiro, you will be picked up by an English-speaking guide at the airport He will give you a welcome envelope containing practical information about your trip and answer any questions you may have.

Depending on the traffic, the drive from the airport to your hotel, which is located near the famous Copacabana beach, takes around 1 hour.

In the afternoon, you will be picked up from your hotel for an exciting guided tour of the city. You visit the cosy neighbourhoods of Santa Teresa and Lapa, before driving up to Mount Corcovado in the middle of Tijuca National Park, the world’s largest urban forest. At the top of the mountain stands the 38-metre-high Christ the Redeemer statue, watching over Rio from a height of 710 metres above sea level. Over time, the figure has become the city’s landmark and has been named one of the seven new wonders of the world. From the top of the mountain, you are rewarded with stunning views of Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, the colourful favelas, Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and the Maracaña Stadium, one of the largest stadiums in the world.

You then move on to the 396-metre-high Pão de Açúcar, also known as Sugarloaf, another of the absolute highlights of the city. A cable car takes you first to the top of the Urca mountain, from which there are views of the coast and the area’s small islands. Another cable car then takes you from Urca to the top of Sugarloaf where you can enjoy a beautiful sunset over Rio.

You will be driven back to your hotel and have the evening to yourself.

Day 3: Rio de Janeiro on your own

Rio is known for the world’s largest carnival, and even if you don’t visit the city during carnival time, preparations for the big party are always under way. You spend the day on your own in the city today, or you have the option to purchase an optional tour and, for example, come behind the scenes of the world’s biggest party, experience Rio from the saddle of a bike or experience the city’s nightlife and taste the Brazilian national cocktail, Caipirinha.

Day 4: Rio de Janeiro on your own
Day 5: Flight from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguaçu

It’s time to say goodbye to Rio and head to Foz do Iguaçu, which is your base for trips to the Iguazú Falls.

You will be picked up from the hotel and driven to the airport. The flight to Foz do Iguaçu takes around 2 hours and 15 minutes. On your arrival, you will be picked up and driven to your hotel.

You have the afternoon/evening to yourself in Foz do Iguaçu.

Day 6: The Iguazú Falls (Argentina)

The Iguazú Falls are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and consist of 275 waterfalls large and small. It’s a wonderful experience to see the waterfalls from both the Argentinian side and the Brazilian side, and today you’re Argentina bound. You will be picked up by your guide from your hotel and cross the Tancredo Neves bridge over the Iguazú River, which forms the border between Brazil and Argentina.

A train takes you to the largest of the waterfalls, Garganta del Diablo, the Devil’s Throat. From here, you make your way along walkways to the most impressive section of the waterfalls. You continue along footpaths and walkways on the amazing walk around the waterfalls. The rainforest surrounding you is home to unique flora and fauna, such as orchids, toucans, giant lizards and, with a little luck, monkeys, too.

Lunch is enjoyed at one of the restaurants in the park (at your own expense). You return to your hotel in the afternoon.

Please note: As you will be crossing the border into Argentina today, you will need to have your passport with you!

Day 7: The Iguazú Falls (Brazil) - Flight from Foz do Iguaçu to Manaus

Today, you’re heading to the Brazilian side of the waterfalls. You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and you will need to have your luggage with you in the car as you will be driven to the airport after your tour and continue your journey to Manaus and the Amazon rainforest.

After arriving at the national park, you will take a bus to the restaurant area where you can enjoy lunch (at your own expense) overlooking the Iguazú River. We recommend the restaurant Porto Canoas. After lunch, your guide will take you on a tour of the park, where you can look forward to a fantastic panoramic view of the many waterfalls. Here, too, you will walk along small paths to various viewing platforms, from which you can take beautiful pictures.

Along the walkways, you are in with a good chance of seeing butterflies, exotic plants and birds and the curious little coati that accompany you in the hope of being fed.

It’s impossible to imagine just how big this waterfall really is, and just how much water flows from the Iguazú River, until you see it with your own eyes.

After the tour, you will be driven to the airport in Foz do Iguaçu from which you will fly to Manaus, which is located in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.
You arrive in Manaus late in the day, but a driver will be waiting for you here to drive you straight to the hotel.

Day 8: Manaus – arrival at Tupana Lodge – experiences in the Amazon rainforest

The day starts early with a 4-hour transfer to your jungle lodge where you will spend the next 3 nights. You will be driven down to the harbour, from where you sail to the small town of Villa do Careiro. From here, you are driven to the Tupana River and sail the remainder of the way down to the lodge. This is not only a shuttle to your lodge, but the start of your Amazon adventure. You will, among other things, see where the two big rivers Rio Negro and Rio Solimões meet each other to become the Amazon. One river is brown and muddy, while the other is black. The dividing line between the two rivers is clearly visible. This amazing phenomenon is known as the “Meeting of Waters”.

Upon your arrival at the lodge, you will be welcomed with a refreshing drink and shown to your room. Lunch will then be served in the lodge’s restaurant.

In the afternoon, you will head off with your local guide to explore the jungle. You will sail down the river in a motorised canoe, in search of exciting flora and fauna. If you are lucky you will see monkeys and exotic birds, but the rainforest is dense and it takes an experienced eye to spot the animals.

After dinner, when darkness has fallen, a night safari down the river awaits you. The goal: to find caimans! The guide runs his torchlight over the water, and when the light hits a caiman’s eyes, they glow in the dark to reveal its position. Caimans live in South and Central America and are related to crocodiles and alligators.

NB: You should bring no more than 10 kilos of luggage with you to the lodge. Remaining luggage can be stored at the hotel in Manuas/at Tupana Lodge’s office in Manaus.

Day 9: Experiences in the Amazon rainforest

After breakfast, your guide will take you on a boat trip down the river to see the many exotic birds living in the area. Afterwards, you will go on a gentle walk deeper into the jungle, where you gain a fascinating insight into the importance and medical significance of the plants to the native people in the area. You may also see some of the rainforest’s other inhabitants, including tapir, capybaras (water hogs), sloths and numerous different kinds of monkeys and reptiles.

Lunch is enjoyed back at the lodge.

In the afternoon, you will go fishing on the river. The river is teeming with wonderful species of fish, and the big challenge of the day is, of course, to see if you can catch one of the famous piranhas. On the way back to the lodge, you can enjoy the beautiful sunset.

After dinner, it’s time for another little night safari – this time on foot into the forest. You will be surprised at how the jungle comes to life after dark and how many different insects there are.

Day 10: Experiences in the Amazon rainforest

You set out early on a boat trip on the river while watching the sun rise. At this time of the day, you can experience many different bird species, and if you’re lucky you may spot the pink dolphin that lives here.

Back at the lodge, you eat lunch before heading down the river in a motorised canoe to visit a local family. It’s a fascinating visit that gives you a unique insight into life in a rainforest and their culture and traditions.

After lunch, you go on a survival tour into the jungle. Pack a small bag with the few things you’ll need to be able to sleep in the jungle.
You hike to a small primitive jungle camp where you will spend the night. The guide will show you how to find the food and water you need to survive in the jungle.

The evening meal is enjoyed in the open air, and you can look forward to falling asleep to all the sounds of the rainforest. It is a wonderful experience to be at one with nature in the world’s largest rainforest.

Please note: If you do not wish to sleep in the jungle, you can stay at the lodge. The afternoon will then be yours to do as you wish.

Day 11: Flight from Manaus to Salvador

Early in the morning, you will return to the lodge where there is time for a shower and a hearty breakfast before it’s time to say goodbye to life in the jungle and return to Manaus.

On your arrival in Manaus, you will be driven to the airport and fly to Salvador.

You will arrive in Salvador late evening and you will be picked up from the airport and driven to your hotel.

Day 12: Guided tour of Salvador

Salvador enjoys an amazingly scenic location right on the bay of Bahia de Todos os Santos. The city was founded by the Portuguese in 1549 and became Brazil’s first capital. At that time, Salvador was a major port for the slave trade, so a large percentage of the population has African blood in its veins. This Afro-Brazilian culture is quite unique, and you can see and experience the food, the music, the religion and not least the goods sold on the street corners.

Salvador’s historic centre, Pelourinho, has some of the best-preserved colonial architecture, earning it a listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.
Today, you will enjoy an exciting city tour and learn much more about the city’s history. You will experience the pleasant street life in the cobblestone streets and enjoy the impressive architecture. You will, among other things, see the iconic churches of Terreiro de Jesus and St. Francisco, the famous Brazilian writer Jorge Amado’s house and Barra lighthouse, from which you can take some great pictures of the city.

The tour takes around 4 hours, and the rest of the day is yours.

Much of Salvador is built on a slope, and the city is therefore divided into an upper part and a lower part. Pelourinho is located in the upper part of Salvador, and if you would like to experience more of what the lower part of the city has to offer, you can purchase an extra tour in the afternoon. This tour takes you to past the impressive fort of Mont Serrat and the large market, Mercado Modelo, where you can buy everything the heart desires.

Day 13: Salvador on your own
Day 14: Departure day

Your Brazilian adventure has come to an end and you will be picked up and driven to Salvador airport. The time depends on your flight connection home.

Day 15: Arrival back home

You land in the UK after an eventful tour of Brazil.

Extend your tour

Beach holiday extension at Praio do Forte, 3 nights

Price:
Per person in a double room: + £360
Single room supplement: + £230

Praia do Forte is a cosy village with small cobbled streets. Around the Alameda do Sol pedestrian street, you will find a large selection of restaurants, bars and small shops.

Go for a walk along the golden sandy beaches or enjoy a dip in the warm sea water with your snorkel mask and see all the brightly-coloured fish hiding between stones and rocks under the surface. You might even be lucky enough to see sea turtles.

In Praia do Forte, you can visit the popular TAMAR sea turtle project, where you can get right up close to and learn a lot about these impressive animals.

Please note: Prices are not valid over the Christmas and New Year period. Please enquire regarding prices when traveling over this period.

Single room supplement £400
Single supplement (when single traveler) £1100
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