8 days / 7 nights
Rio de Janeiro (3N) + Manaus (2N) + Foz do Iguacu (2N)Day 1. Rio de Janeiro
Arrival at Rio de Janeiro airport. You will be met by a driver at the airport. Transfer to the hotel .
You will have the rest of the day free to enjoy the first impressions of the marvelous city of Rio de Janeiro. You can get this chance to see and feel the exciting life of the city or get relaxed among the palm trees drinking coconut water and listening to samba. Whatever you choose – you can find it easily in Rio!
Blue ocean water will call you to the beach. The most popular beaches - Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon, are famous for their black and white tiled promenade. From early morning to late in the night you can see people playing soccer and volleyball on the golden sand of the beaches. Numerous open cafeterias on the beach will offer you refreshing coconut water, freshly squeezed juices and other drinks. You can also see presentations of local musicians on the beach playing all kinds of music.
Optional (not inluded) you can takeRio beaches bike tour
The Beaches and Lagoon Bike Tour was designed to show you the most remarkable spots of Rio’s south city coast (Zona Sul): Copacabana, Ipanema (Arpoador rock), Leblon and the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon. This tour is ideal for those of you that just want an easy bike ride to see the beach lifestyle of Rio while capturing some memorable water front views that can only be seen in Rio.Day 2. Rio de Janeiro – Sugar Loaf and Corcovado(6 hours)
After breakfast a half-day guided excursion to the Sugar Loaf is planned. The first stop is on Urca Mountain, with a wide viewing area, where you can eat in the restaurant or bar. On the mountain of Sugar Loaf you will have a beautiful view of Rio, Copacabana beach, the bay, the surrounding mountains, islands in the ocean, bridge Niteroi, and the statue of Christ on Corcovado Mountain. Then you will go by car to the central regions of the old Rio, where you will admire several old churches, monasteries, the main cathedral of the city, as well as buildings built in the colonial style. Our guide will take you to lunch where you will enjoy the delicious dishes of the local cuisine.
After you will head out on a trip to see the world-famous Christ the Saviour statue on top of Corcovado Mountain. A specially designed train will take you from the foot of the mountain along a winding road through the magical Tijuca rainforest where you will see some of the enchanting tropical wildlife on constant display in Rio, such as toucans, monkeys and armadillos. At the summit of Corcovado, 700m above sea level, proudly stands the iconic image seen around the world – a 38m high statue of Christ the Saviour. But that is not the only breathtaking thing about this place – when up close to the statue you will be overwhelmed by the stunning panoramic view of the city, so high up it seems as though you are truly flying with the birds around you.
Optional (not included) you can take aFlying over Rio by Helicopter
You will take a helicopter tour from the Sugarloaf mountain. During your flight you will get amazed by the mind blowing view of the city below with its infinite beaches, huge Christ statue, Botanical Garden and many more.
Duration: 10-30 minutes Day 3. Rio de Janeiro – Manaus
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Manaus. Arrival in Manaus airport. Meeting your guide at the airport. From the Manaus airport you will be taken to the port.
Optional (not included) on the way we can visit the Meeting of the waters-where the black waters of the Negro river meets the yellow waters of the Amazon river without mixing. Then we continue our way to the Victoria Regia-a giant water lily present in the Amazon so huge and strong that it can hold the weight of a 5 year old child.
We are dropped off at our lodge in the Jungle for an delicious dinner.
*Arrival at Airport Manaus by flights before 13h00 in order to get picked up by the regular transfer
Leave Manaus in the morning for flights that leave after 14h00
Otherwise Private transfer will be charged by the lodgeDay 4. Manaus
Jungle walking and Caboclo's house. We also learn about the preparation of manioc flour.
Visit the Acajatuba Village (who live from manioc plantations, fishing, diverse fruit like tucumã, cupuaçu, and açai palm tree, rubber, Brazil-nut trees.) we also learn how they produce crafts with natural seed's jungle,
After the dinner we will explore the river`s edge with searchlights and we see caiman's Tinga and Açú, sometimes including night-hawks, snakes and frogs.Day 5: Manaus- Foz do Iguacu
Breakfast and morning free to swim or rest.
Departure from The Lodge in a speed boat direct to the pier. Transfer to the airport of Manaus. Flight to Iguacu. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel.Day 6: Foz do Iguacu
After breakfast you will go to the Argentinian side of the Waterfalls. The Argentinean side is different from the Brazilian; you will walk on paths through the falls which give you the opportunity to have a look under the falls. You feel the strength of the falling water from up close and enjoy the 55.500 hectares natural park surrounding this spectacular beauty! Within the park, take the train to the marvelous devils throat the strongest of all the waterfalls. Stand directly above the falling water and admire the strength of this natural phenomenon.
Optional: you can do Great adventure boat tour
You will go on a tour through the jungle, and then get to a wonderful boat ride. In the jungle you will ride in an open jeep for about 3 kilometers, accompanied by a guide who will tell a lot of interesting things about the ecology of the region. Then you will go on foot to the banks of the Iguazu River, from where they will take you by motor boat close to the waterfalls. You are expected by splashes and rainbows, the sea of delight and unique photosDay 7. Foz do Iguacu.
After the breakfast, your guide picks you up at the hotel for a full day adventure in Foz do Iguacu.
Today you will have an excursion to the Brazilian side of the falls. A tranquil and calming walk along the edge of the falls provides the most spectacular view you have ever seen; over 250 overflowing with millions of gallons of water racing furiously down straight from the Amazon River. The sunlight flashing off the water has the mesmerising effect of creating hundreds of rainbows as far as the eye can see. It is almost hard to believe, such is the breathtaking beauty of the rainforest paradise. After taking in the incredible views, the path takes you to the eye of the storm, the largest waterfall in the park, The Devil’s Throat. Water crashes off an 80m cliff edge into the Iguazu River, but you have the chance to meet the water via a walkway that leads you into the heart of the waterfall. Feel the power of the water as it surrounds you from all sides, before heading up a stairway to look down from above on the mother of all waterfalls. At the end of the tour, your guide will drop you off at your hotel.
Optional (not included) you can visit Bird Park after the Falls.Bird Park
You will enter the huge open-air cages, where amazing, fairytale birds of outlandish colors freely fly or walk among the rainforest.
Transfer to the airport. Flight to Rio de Janeiro. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.Day 8. Rio de Janeiro
Breakfast at the hotel.
Optional (not included) Favela tour and hike 2 brothers
A short walk of around 90 minutes (round trip) takes us to the summit of Dois Irmãos [Two Brothers Hill], which is located along the coast of the city and separates the south zone of Rio from the west zone.
From there you have stunning views of many of Rio’s beaches including Ipanema, Arpoador, and Pepino as well as views of Tijuca Forest. Both on the outgoing and return trip, we shall stop of at strategic points to take photos of Vidigal favela in addition to telling the history of the favela.
For those seeking a little more adventure we suggest climbing the favela by motorcycle until the beginning of the Dois Irmãos
trail and then descending on foot, stopping at various places to photograph the daily life of the Vidigal favela.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.