DESCRIPTION OF BRAZIL NATURE TOUR
Any complete trip to Brazil should begin in Rio de Janeiro. A private city tour takes you to Corcovado Mountain, Sugarloaf Mountain and the Sambodromo, home of Carnival. Leisure time in Rio can be spent at the legendary beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema or on a day trip to Ilha Grande or Paraty. Optional tours and excursions in and around Rio can include a favela tour, shopping tour, hang gliding, a Jeep tour of Tijuca Forest, a fabulous ‘Rio by Night’ samba and dinner tour.
The natural history experience then starts in Foz de Iguaçú, home to one of the most beautiful ecological reserves in Earth and where you find one of the most spectacular views of the world, the Iguaçú Falls. You will explore the falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides. From Iguacu you will fly to Cuiaba and transfer to your Pantanal lodge. The Pantanal is the biggest marsh plain in the world and a natural habitat of rich ecological diversity, including 1000 bird species, 400 fish species, 300 species of mammal, 480 reptile species. Daily guided excursions are accompanied by expert naturalists as you explore the ecosystems on foot, by boat, on horseback and four-wheel-drive vehicle.
Next you will fly to Manaus, gateway city to the Amazon rainforest. After a night in Manaus you will transfer by boat up the Rio Negro River to your lodge from where you will spend your days (and some nights) on guided river and jungle excursions. Geographical diversity at its best: waterfalls, plains, jungles, flora and fauna.
|Day 1:||Upon arrival you will be met by your private, bilingual guide who will drive you to your hotel in Rio de Janeiro. Overnight Windsor Plaza Copacabana (or similar), daily breakfast included – 3 nights.|
|Day 2:||Full Day Sugarloaf & Corcovado Mtn With lunch: Drive through several different districts of the city, arriving at Cosme Velho Station for a cog-wheel tram ride to the top of the Corcovado Mountain and its famous statue of Christ, the Redeemer. After a tasty Brazilian barbeque lunch, you will then go through a tunnel that crosses the Corcovado Mountain to arrive in Rio de Janeiro’s downtown, where the Sambodromo and the Cathedral are located. You will pass through the Lapa District, towards the Flamengo Park and Urca to climb the mountain by cable car.|
|Day 3:||Transfer to the airport for your flight to Foz do Iguacu. Upon arrival, you will be picked up by your guide and set off to explore the Brazilian side of the falls on a half-day excursion. You will walk along the footbridge-system with occasional platforms that offer magnificent views over the river and waterfall system. You will make your way to the foot of Floriano Falls – with its spray splashing on the surprised faces of the visitors. Overnight Recanto Cataratas Thermas Resort (or similar), daily breakfast included – 2 nights.|
|Day 4:||You will be picked up this morning by your private guide and set off to explore the Argentine side of the falls. You will be taken by vehicle over the Tancredo Neves Bridge across the Iguassú River entering Argentina – a very nice ride through exuberant tropical flora. Passing the city of Puerto Iguazu, after 9 miles the bus enters the tropical rainforest of the Iguazu National Park. Near the falls, you can walk upon wooden foot-bridges to “Devil’s Throat” where the main current falls down. The area is surrounded by deep jungle, with lots of tropical birds and a marvelous ambience. Rainbows are formed by the reflections of the countless falls and the sparkling spray of their waters. On the way back, a stop is made in the center of Puerto Iguazu town for shopping – typical Argentinian handicraft, leather works and Indian art will all be available. The trip concludes at the “three countries corner” – from where one can see the three landmarks of Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil.|
|Day 5:||In the morning you will fly to Cuiaba to access the amazing Pantanal. Upon arrival in Cuiaba, you’ll be met by our local representatives and depart on a drive across the flat grasslands of the Pantanal to your lodge – Pousada do Rio Mutum. The Pantanal is a diverse landscape of savannah lowlands, seasonally flooded wetlands and rich forested areas. The Pantanal’s annual flood/drought cycle causes constant variations in habitat, wildlife and transportation methods. The area around Pousada Rio Mutum is home to abundant wildlife, including caiman, anaconda, ant-eater, capivara and deer. Among the hundreds of species of birds, keep your eyes peeled for hyacinth macaw, and many species of duck, stork and heron. On these days you’ll enjoy daily excursions with your bilingual naturalist guide, and you’ll explore the Pantanal in a variety of ways – by boat, four-wheel drive vehicle, horseback and foot. All meals and wildlife tours are included.|
|Day 6, 7:||On these days you’ll enjoy daily excursions with your bilingual naturalist guide, and you’ll explore the Pantanal in a variety of ways – by boat, four-wheel drive vehicle, horseback and foot.|
|Day 8:||Transfer back to the airport in Cuiaba for your flight to Manaus, the primary city and access point to the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. Either on your own or on an optional tour (not included) you can explore the city’s colorful history, botanical gardens and famous Opera House. Overnight Wyndham Garden Manaus (or similar), breakfast included.|
|Day 9:||You will be picked up at your hotel and set off on a 3-hour boat and van journey to your Amazon jungle lodge. Enjoy your first contact with the jungle and observe the giant water lily, the majestic trees (Brazil Nut and Sumaumas), the birds and the local communities. You may encounter pink river dolphins on the way, a truly unique experience. Upon arrival at you lodge, you will be greeted with an exotic fruit beverage and briefed on your following days. For 4 days and 3 nights, you will be immersed in the Amazon. All meals and activities will be included in your stay. Activities include immersive hikes and boat rides that engage you with the remarkable ecosystem. You will have the chance to see pink dolphins, alligators, herons, monkeys, and much more once-in-a-lifetime sightings. Experience flora and fauna that is unique to the area and get first hand accounts of the local native’s lifestyle and relationship with the jungle. Overnight at the Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge. All meals and daily guided excursions included.|
|Day 10,11:||Explore the rainforest on daily morning, afternoon and evening guided excursions.|
|Day 12:||After breakfast you will transfer back downriver to Manaus and on to the airport for your onward flight.|