|Rio de Janeiro - Iguazu Falls - Manaus - Amazon Jungle
(11 days, 10 nights)
Day 1: Rio de Janeiro
Arrival in Rio, reception and transfer to the 3* Copacabana Rio Hotel.
Day 2: Rio de Janeiro
After breakfast, a half day visit of the "marvelous city" including a sightseeing tour to Sugar Loaf Mountain. A two-stage cable car takes you to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain where you will enjoy a splendid view of Rio, Copacabana Beach, and Guanabara Bay. Return to your hotel. *Option of a spectacular dinner and show in Rio.
Day 3: Rio de Janeiro
After breakfast, a half day visit to Corcovado, the mountain home to the world famous, Cristo de Redentor statue for a magnificent 360° panoramic view of Rio. After, a trip to the Tijuca forest, a luxuriant tropical forest only minutes away from this huge metropolis.
Return to your hotel.
Day 4: Rio de Janeiro
Full day visit by boat to the tropical islands around Rio. Lunch on the islands is included.
Day 5: Rio de Janeiro - Iguazu
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Iguazu. Reception and transfer to the 4* Hotel Carima.
Day 6: Iguazu Falls - Brazil side
Full day excursion to the fabulous UNESCO World Heritage Iguazu falls, the most voluminous falls in the world and more than three times the width of the Niagara falls. The falls lie on the three borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. The tour will include a "Macuco Safari" an exhilarating boat ride on the Parana river, heading towards the Iguazu falls themselves. Return to your hotel.
Day 7: Iguazu Falls - Argentina side
Today, we will cross the border and enter Argentina for a closer view of these magnificent falls. Set in a subtropical rain forest reserve of over 180,000 hectares, Iguazu is home to jaguars, pumas, caiman and over 400 species of bird. It also offers a chance of seeing the falls close up. Return to Brazil and your hotel.
Day 8: Iguazu - Manaus
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Manaus. Trip by boat to the Amazon Eco Lodge, located on the Rio Tarumã - a tributary of the Rio Negro and about an hour from Manaus. Set in the heart of the Amazon Forest, with an uncatalogued amount of wildlife in the surrounding area, which includes rainforest, natural savannahs and creeks. With over 6 miles of jungle trails, there is plenty of opportunity for exploration of the jungle for orchids, giant trees and various wildlife. After dinner, evening tour in search of caiman by canoe boat.
Day 9: Amazon jungle
After breakfast, a jungle trek into the rainforest in search of local flora and fauna. After lunch, excursion to see the local Amazonian inhabitants, known as caboclos. Return for free time to explore or enjoy the setting of the lodge.
Day 10: Meeting of the waters
After breakfast, an excursion to the "meeting of the waters", a natural phenomenon caused by the joining of the Negro River's darker water with the muddy water of the Solimoes River. For over six kilometers, the rivers run side by side, without mixing. This happens due to the difference between their temperature, density and also, the speed of their currents: Negro River runs at about 2 km/h at a temperature of 22 C, while Solimões River runs at 4 to 6 km/h with a temperature of 28 C. Chance for some piranha fishing before returning to the lodge.
Day 11: Manaus - Rio de Janeiro
After breakfast, a visit to the "monkey jungle" before returning to Manaus for a panoramic city tour of Manaus heading for the airport and your return flight back to Rio de Janeiro and your return flight home.
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