Best of Brazil
• Rio de Janeiro • Iguassu Falls • The Amazon Jungle • Ouro Preto • Salvador Bahia
Visit Rio de Janeiro and delight in its beach culture and samba rhythms. See the mighty waterfalls at Iguassu, before travelling into the heart of the Amazon. Travel to Ouro Preto, a baroque masterpiece and often overlooked by the international visitor. Finally, enjoy Salvador Bahia which offers something completely different with its African rhythms and colourful smiling people.
Day 1: Arrive Rio de Janeiro On arrival into Rio de Janeiro you will be met and transferred with your private English speaking guide from the airport to the hotel category of your choice. En route, the guide will supply you with an introductory briefing on Rio de Janeiro and your hotel.
Day 2: Rio de Janeiro This morning your tour takes you to the famous Sugar Loaf Mountain, an iconic symbol of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Rising up from a small peninsula at the entrance of Guanabara Bay, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of a concentrated, refined sugar loaf. The journey to the top is made by cable-car.
The first cable-car takes you to the top of Urca Hill, some 215 metres above sea level. From Urca Hill, continue in a second cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf which rises 395 metres above sea level and offers a 360 degree view of the entire city including Botafogo and Copacabana beaches, Corcovado (the Statue of Christ) and downtown Rio. Before returning to the hotel, enjoy a panoramic tour of the downtown area for a glance at some of the most well kept secrets of Old Rio including the Municipal Theatre and the Cathedral.
Day 3: Rio de Janeiro One cannot visit Rio without taking in the Statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado. Your tour will take you to visit this statue which perches some 700 metres above the city. Ride to the top by cog railway and admire the view.
The afternoon and evening will be at leisure.
Day 4: Rio de Janeiro > Iguassu Falls After an early breakfast transfer to the airport and take the 90 minute flight to the amazing Iguassu Falls. On arrival transfer with English speaking guide from the airport to the hotel standard of your choice.
This afternoon you will be taken on a visit to the Brazilian side of the falls. The trip begins at the Iguassu National Park Headquarters before you drive through the lush subtropical vegetation of the park en route to the falls. Take a stroll on the trail that descends down the canyon, to offer panoramic views of more than 240 falls and spectacular views of the panorama of the falls on the Argentine side, across the river. The Iguassu National Park along with its "sister" park in Argentina form the most significant remaining temperate rainforest in the southern region of South America which along with the waterfalls, have been declared a Heritage Site by UNESCO. The tour ends with a visit to the artisans fair.
Day 5: Iguassu Falls This morning enjoy a visit to the Argentinean side of the falls. Cross the frontier at the Tancredo Neves Bridge and enter Argentina - heading towards the Iguazu National Park on the Argentinean side. Here a small train takes you on a tour through the park, making two stops. Follow the pathways to the top of the waterfalls that provide spectacularly unique views of the cataracts, amidst the abundant nature filled with orchids, colorful birds and other wildlife. The highlight of the tour is a visit to the suspended platform at the very brink of the Garganta de Diablo waterfall - the famous 'Devil's Throat'.
Return to your hotel in the Brazilian side for overnight.
Day 6: Iguassu Falls > Manaus (The Amazon) An early breakfast then to the airport for your flight to Manaus. On arrival transfer with your English speaking guide from the airport to your Amazonian lodge where you will spend the next 3 nights.
After enjoying a delicious dinner you will embark in motorized canoes on a unique adventure deep within the Amazon jungle in search of alligators, also known as caimans by the locals. Equipped with flashlights and accompanied by knowledgeable guides, start the search for these semi-aquatic carnivorous reptiles. Glide down the river under the moonlight to the soothing sounds of the waters and animals of the forest. Upon spotting the caimans, guides use their flashlights to temporarily daze them, enabling us to draw the canoe near the creatures for an up close and personal view of these beautiful animals.
Note: during "high water level" season (from April to August) and on full moon evenings, it might be difficult to find alligators.
Days 7 & 8: The Amazon The Amazon jungle is home to thousands of species of plants and animals waiting to be observed and discovered. You will undertake various activities over the next two days including jungle walks. A specialized guide will lead you on a trek pointing out and explaining the various species of flora and fauna that coexist within the rainforest.
Also visited is the Monkey's Jungle, a rehabilitation centre for primates brought here after being confiscated from poachers. At this location monkeys are initially kept in quarantine in order to be evaluated and treated by veterinarians then after a period they are reintroduced to the jungle. Your visit here will coincide with feeding time.
There is also a tour by motorized canoe to witness one of the Amazon's most fascinating natural wonders - the "meeting of the waters" where the Solimoes River and the Rio Negro converge to create the enormous Amazon River. The two rivers flow side by side for several kilometres and each maintains its own individual coloring before mixing. The crystal-clear blue waters of the Solimoes River contrasts with the muddy waters of the Rio Negro and create this unique natural spectacle.
Day 9: Manaus > Belo Horizonte After breakfast transfer back to Manaus from the lodge and do a short orientation tour of the city en route to the airport. Fly to Belo Horizonte in the afternoon and on arrival, transfer with an English speaking guide from the airport to the hotel standard of your choice.
Day 10: Belo Horizonte > Ouro Preto After breakfast depart for lovely Ouro Preto, founded in 1711, it soon became the centre of the gold diamond and semi-precious stone trading in the Portuguese colonial-era. The town has managed to preserve its 18th century baroque architecture and is considered today by UNESCO an important World Heritage site. Visits will be made to the ornate Sao Francisco de Assisi Church and the interesting Museum of the School of Mines. Also visited will be the church of Our Lady of the Pilar and the Opera House. Check into your hotel for the next two nights.
Day 11: Ouro Preto Ouro Preto is a gem and we have allowed you the day at leisure to wander its streets and explore the glorious atmosphere of days gone by.
Day 12: Ouro Preto > Belo Horizonte > Salvador Bahia After breakfast transfer back to Belo Horizonte and take a flight to the coastal city of Salvador, arriving there early afternoon. On arrival transfer with your English speaking guide from the airport to the hotel standard of your choice.
The afternoon is at leisure.
Day 13: Salvador Bahia Salvador is the 3rd largest city in Brazil and was the main centre for the arriving black slaves brought by the Portuguese from Africa. Today, some 85% of the population of the city descend from these slaves. Indeed, the Carnival that Rio is so famous for actually originated in Salvador and they still perform it annually in the lead-up to Lent. The city is picturesque and your tour this morning takes you to the 'Lower City' where life moves at a slower pace than the bustling 'Upper City'. Fishermen fish from canoes, locals collect shellfish at low tide, schooners lie at anchor and all are protected by the famous Bonfim Church (closed on Mondays), one of the most important sites for pilgrimage in Brazil.
Later continue to the Monserrat District with its panoramic view of Salvador and then on to the Mercado Modelo, a thriving market for local goods and souvenirs where the Black African influence is particularly obvious. During the tour you will stop at a well-known food stand to taste one of the most famous Bahian street foods called Acaraje: deep fried rolls prepared with shrimp, black-eyed peas, red chilli pepper, onion and garlic. Delicious!
The rest of the day will be at leisure.
Day 14: Depart Salvador Bahia After breakfast you sadly must end your tour with the transfer to the airport. Services end on arrival at the airport.
• Tailor-made journeys or group departure with local English speaking guides • Personal meet and greet on arrival in Rio de Janeiro • 13 nights' hotel and lodge accommodation in the category of your choice • Economy Class flights Rio de Janeiro > Iguassu Falls > Manaus > Belo Horizonte > Salvador • Transfers and transport • Sightseeing and entrance fees • 13 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners • 24 Hour backup by our Brazilian based representatives
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Departs 2017 Guaranteed departures
Independent departures are available daily at a higher cost. Please contact World Journeys for details.
2017 Guaranteed departures
Independent departures are available daily at a higher cost. Please contact World Journeys for details.
Booking conditions Operates with a minimum of 2 participants travelling. Airfare cost in the itinerary is subject to change. The tour starts in Rio de Janeiro and ends in Salvador Bahia, and you may extend the tour at either end. Churches in Ouro Preto and Salvador are closed on Mondays. The price may vary during Carnival, Easter, Christmas and when major international events or conferences are taking place in Brazil. This tour is also available on an independent basis - please contact World Journeys for details. Please note that pricing is only valid if your international arrival flight into Rio de Janeiro is by LAN Airlines. If arriving on another airline please contact World Journeys for revised pricing.
Operates with a minimum of 2 participants travelling. Airfare cost in the itinerary is subject to change.
The tour starts in Rio de Janeiro and ends in Salvador Bahia, and you may extend the tour at either end. Churches in Ouro Preto and Salvador are closed on Mondays.
The price may vary during Carnival, Easter, Christmas and when major international events or conferences are taking place in Brazil.
This tour is also available on an independent basis - please contact World Journeys for details.
Please note that pricing is only valid if your international arrival flight into Rio de Janeiro is by LAN Airlines. If arriving on another airline please contact World Journeys for revised pricing.