Brazil – Experience Brazil’s natural wonders
$3,265*PER PERSON – 9NIGHTS – AIR – TRANSFERS – HOTEL – BREAKFAST – TOURS
See the true highlights of Rio, Iguassu Falls, and the Amazon jungle in 9 unforgettable nights! Enjoy guided tours, transfers, luxurious accommodations and more as you explore Brazil’s astonishing natural beauty.
- Round-trip economy class airfare into Rio de Janeiro (GIG), out of Manaus (MAO)
- All airport transfers
- 3 nights in Rio de Janeiro at the PortoBay Rio Internacional, or similar
- Full-day tour to Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountain
- One-way, economy class flight from Rio (GIG or SDU) to Foz do Iguassu/Iguassu Falls (IGU)
- 2 nights in Iguassu Falls at the Recanto Cataratas Thermas Resort, or similar
- Iguassu Falls Tour (Brazilian side)
- One-way, economy class flight from Foz do Iguassu/Iguassu Falls (IGU) to Manaus (MAO)
- 3 nights in the Amazon at the Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge including the following:
- Evening Canoe Nature Tour
- Meeting of the Waters
- Visit to Wild Animal Habitat
- 3 dinners, 2 lunches
- Transfer from Amazon lodge to Manaus hotel
- 1 night in Manaus at the Tropical Manaus Ecoresort, or similar
- Breakfast daily
Great Ways to Explore
- Begin your trip in the thrilling, vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro! Explore where the city meets the sea, mountains and jungle.
- Visit two of Rio’s iconic sites in one tour: Corcovado (home to Christ the Redeemer) and Sugarloaf Mountain.
- Stand in awe as you experience one of the world’s most incredible natural wonders – Iguassu Falls!
- In the Amazon, see where the Amazon river and Rio Negro collide in what’s known as the Meeting of Waters.
- Enjoy evening canoeing, jungle hikes, piranha fishing, alligator spotting and more in the Amazon.
Endless Amazon jungle, white sand beaches, gushing waterfalls…experience Brazil’s incredible natural beauty on this 9-night adventure!
Begin your trip in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s vibrant and second-largest city. Spread your arms out wide like Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain and take a cable car to Sugarloaf Mountain on an included full-day tour. Then spend your time in Rio at your leisure, either laying out on Copacabana Beach or dancing the night away in a samba club.
From Rio, fly to Iguassu Falls and experience this astonishing natural wonder. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, millions of visitors flock to the semicircle Iguassu Falls to witness the 275 gushing waterfalls.
End your vacation in Brazil’s unrivaled part of the Amazon. Arrive in Manaus – known as the gateway to the Amazon – and transfer to your lodge deep in the lush jungle. Enjoy tours taking you through the jungle at night, the Meeting of Waters and a wild animal habitat. Spend one night in Manaus before flying home.
Day 1. Welcome to Rio de Janeiro!
Arrive in Rio de Janeiro, also known as the “Marvelous City.” The second biggest city in Brazil, Rio is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Guanabara Bay and blessed with endless natural beauty.
Ease your way into this sprawling city with a stroll through the historic center filled with architectural gems. The Theatro Municipal, built in 1909, was modeled after the Opera Garnier in Paris!
Transfer to Rio de Janeiro hotel
Day 2. Rio de Janeiro
Today you will embark on a full-day tour of Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountains! Both of these imposing mountains make up the iconic skyline of Rio, and you will enjoy unparalleled views from the summits. On this tour, you will also visit downtown Rio’s architectural gems.
Tour to Corcovado & Sugarloaf Mountain (full-day)
Tour the famous Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountains! Arrive at Cosme Velho Station and board a cog-train for the ride through Tijuca Forest and up to the 2,329 ft high Corcovado Mountain. The train ride is a wonderful opportunity to have a closer look at the forest’s lush tropical vegetation and enjoy scenic landscapes of the city and beaches. Disembarking at the top of Corcovado, proceed up the steps that lead to the peak´s lookout, where the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer stands. After appreciating the breathtaking view unfolding below, you will descend by train.
The tour continues through Rio’s world-famous beaches to board a cable car for a two-staged ascent up Sugarloaf Mountain. After admiring the views, descend the mountain and proceed along Guanabara Bay and Flamengo Park. Visit downtown Rio, passing by the financial and business center and other attractions like Candelaria Church, Saint Sebastian Cathedral, Lapa Arches, Municipal Theater, National Library, Fine Arts Museum and the Sambodrome – site of Rio’s famous Carnival parade.
Day 3. Rio de Janeiro
Rio is perhaps most famous for its beach life, and two beaches in particular: Copacabana and Ipanema. Rio residents (known as cariocas) can be seen playing soccer, sunbathing, and swimming all along the 2.5-mile stretch of Copacabana Beach. Among its trademarks is the Atlântica Avenue boardwalk, with mosaic waves of stones designed by landscape architect Burle Marx.
More upscale than Copacabana, the area around Ipanema Beach is considered the “little Paris” of Rio for its avant-garde galleries, bookstores and movie theaters.
Day 4. Rio de Janeiro – Iguassu Falls
Say goodbye to Rio as you transfer to the airport for your flight to Iguassu Falls.
Located close to the point where the Iguassu River empties its waters into the Parana River, Iguassu Falls is the world’s widest waterfall and a natural wonder. On the border of Brazil and Argentina, the city of Foz do Iguassu is a busy town thanks to the many visitors that come to see the falls and Brazilian shoppers who come to purchase imported goods in Ciudad Del Este, the Paraguayan tax-free city right across the border.
The Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam also brings great activity to the city thanks to the high number of its employees living in Foz do Iguassu.
Transfer to Rio de Janeiro airport (GIG or SDU)
Fly to Iguassu Falls!
Transfer to Iguassu Falls hotel
Day 5. Iguassu Falls
Today, enjoy a tour of Iguassu Falls. Made up of a system of 275 waterfalls, Iguassu Falls is nearly twice as tall as Niagara Falls and rivaled only by Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls.
Iguassu Falls Tour (Brazilian Side)
Cross Iguassu National Park to the Brazilian side of these extraordinary Falls, then walk along cascading paths and make your way to the bottom of Devil’s Throat. Enjoy breathtaking views of this spectacular natural wonder! At the end of the tour, hop in an elevator and ride up to road-level.
Day 6. Iguassu Falls – Amazon
Leave Iguassu Falls today and transfer to the airport for your flight to Manaus, the capital of Amazonas State. Manaus is the hub of the whole Amazon Region and is located four miles from the point where the Negro River meets the Solimoes River to form the Brazilian Amazon River.
After you check into your accommodation and get settled, enjoy an evening canoe tour in the Amazon jungle!
Transfer to Iguassu Falls airport (IGU)
Fly to Manaus!
Transfer to Amazon hotel
Evening Canoe Nature Tour
Hop on a paddle or motorized canoe and hear the sounds of the jungle at night. On this tour, you will have the chance to spot small alligators or other nightly creatures. Look for alligators with their eyes shining like small red lights, and get to see one up close when your guide brings it on to the canoe and briefly describes their habitat. The alligator will then be safely released back to the river. (No harm is done to any of the animals)
Day 7. Amazon
This morning, enjoy a boat tour down the Negro River to the city of Manaus. See the Amazonas Theater, the Port of Manaus, the Customs and aspects of the local life like the stilt houses.
Later, tour the Meeting of Waters, where the dark Rio Negro and the pale sandy-colored Amazon River collide!
Meeting of the Waters
Witness the spectacular merge of the Negro and Solimões Rivers. From this point on, both rivers form the famous Amazon River that runs all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. The waters of the two rivers run together for about 1.2 miles, side by side, without mixing. The phenomenon happens due to differences in temperature, density and speed of the water.
Day 8. Amazon
Brazil is home to a wide variety of wildlife, from colorful parrots to sleepy sloths. See some of these incredible animals up close at the Wild Animal Habitat at the Amazon Ecopark Lodge. Get a chance to view animals that are being rehabilitated and re-introduced into the wild.
Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure.
Visit to Wild Animal Habitat
Visit the facilities for rehabilitation and re-introduction of wild animals in their habitat (known as the Monkey Forest), which was created in 1991 with the intention of rehabilitating animals confiscated from illegal commerce. In this center, a joint project with the Municipal Secretary of Environment and Sustainability, the animals are initially put into quarantine to be evaluated and taken care of by a team of veterinaries and biologists.
In partnership with the FFV (Live Forest Foundation), a nonprofit institution overseen by Amazon Ecopark Lodge, a unique feeding system has been developed. Twice a day, (10:30am and 3:30pm), the animals receive supplements of their natural diet, ensuring that they are being fed the necessary nutrients. The Monkey Forest is open to guests at feeding times, always accompanied by a credentialed professional, permitting guests to film and photograph these animals in a natural and safe environment.
Day 9. Amazon – Manaus
Take one last look at the Amazon before transferring to Manaus where you will spend the night. Consider visiting the Adolpho Ducke Botanical Garden, which is actually the world’s largest urban forest.
Transfer to Manaus hotel
Day 10. Depart Brazil
Your Brazilian adventure comes to an end today. At the appropriate time, transfer to Manaus airport for your flight home.