This wonderful Brazil Tour gives you a little of everything in just 2 weeks: history; culture, nature and a few relaxing beach days to finish. Starting in Rio de Janeiro, you visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer, then Iguazu Falls and The Amazon Rainforest before finishing in Salvador and the beaches of Bahia, with the chance to see the sea-turtles and humpback whales of the area.
Day 01: Arrive in Rio de Janeiro
After being welcomed on your arrival in Rio de Janeiro, your Brazil Adventure Tours guide describes the Marvellous City during the journey to your hotel. You pass along the edge of Guanabara Bay, with first glimpses of the city, the statue of Christ The Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain before you arrive at Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches. After arriving at your hotel, we will go through the details of your Brazil Tour and give you some local tips for your time in the city. The day is then free to explore Rio and perhaps enjoy your first caipirinha cocktail at sunset from Arpoador, the headland between the two main beaches.
Day 02: Through Rio to Christ the Redeemer
Your first tour of Rio takes you to see the historic side of Rio, the Municipal Theatre and the grand buildings that date from the 19th Century and earlier. The modern Metropolitan Cathedral and the antique Arches of Lapa are two more of Rio’s postcard sights. You then travel to the top of Corcovado, the steep 710m/2,340ft high mountain topped by the 31m/102ft statue of Christ The Redeemer. The views from the base across Rio, its beaches and mountains, over the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, Guanabara Bay and the Atlantic Ocean are as spectacular as city views can be. The afternoon and evening are free to relax.
Day 03: Cable Cars and Sugar Loaf Views
Morning brings a journey around the lagoon to the Botanical Gardens in the shadow of Corcovado. The gardens contain an array of tropical species, with palms, orchids and the pau brasil tree that gave its name to the country watched over by monkeys and toucans. You then travel to the bottom of Sugar Loaf Mountain to ride the two cable cars to the 396m summit. The city views take in of Copacabana Beach, the mountains behind the statue of Christ the Redeemer and also those surrounding Rio on a clear day.
Day 04: Iguazu Falls Views
The morning flight takes you to Iguazu Falls, and your first chance to see the 275 separate falls of the Iguazu River comes as you land. On arrival you will be met for an immediate tour of the Brazilian national park, where you can enjoy the majestic panoramic views of Iguazu from across the gorge. Options include viewing the falls from above with helicopter rides above them. In the late afternoon you transfer to your hotel with the evening free. Please be sure to wear appropriate clothing and footwear for Iguazu Falls, as the walkways, paths and yourselves become wet from the spray. Camera protection is also a good idea.
Day 05: Mesmeric Iguazu
After breakfast you cross to the Argentinean national park, where walkways allow you to experience the majesty of Iguazu from very close quarters. The undoubted highlight is the mesmeric experience of looking down into The Devil’s Throat as the falling water pounds the bottom, creating the roar and mist that mean Iguazu Falls can be seen and heard for miles around. The afternoon finishes with the adventure boat ride which takes you right under the falling curtains of water. In the evening you may like to take in a Latin American Dance Show, or in the period around Full Moon, you can visit the falls to view Iguazu By Moonlight.
Day 06: Over the Amazon Jungle to Manaus
An early transfer takes you to the Iguazu airport for your journey to Manaus, flying above miles of nothing but green jungle and silver rivers for the final part, a special sight if the rainforest cloud clears for you. On arrival in the city, you will be met for the 3hr drive through the jungle to Novo Airao, completing the journey to Anavilhanas Lodge by boat amongst the sights and sounds of the Amazon. In the afternoon you can take a boat tour around islands of the Anavilhanas Archipelago before returning to the lodge for dinner. In the evening you have the opportunity to look for caiman alligators, the largest reptile of the Amazon River system.
Day 07: Explore the Amazon Jungle
Your day can be engaged in Amazon activities: hiking in the jungle with your expert guide; canoeing through the creeks and the trunks of the flooded forests; visiting local Tiririca communities to see how people make their lives on the edge of the world’s largest river system. You have the opportunity to fish for piranha too – the legendary Amazon fish is not as dangerous to humans as humans are to them. You can also learn how many uses of those sharp teeth there are in the Amazon. You return to the lodge in the late afternoon to enjoy the sounds of sunset before dinner, made with fresh local ingredients, possibly including your piranha…
Day 08: Amazon River Dolphins
At least one morning in the Amazon should be spent admiring the sunrise. The Amazon Dawn is a beautiful time, although not a peaceful one! The rainforest comes alive with bird, monkey and amphibian calls in a chorus of staggering volume. Parrots, parakeets and macaws seem to be competing to make the most noise as the sun rises over the canopy of trees. Among some of the calmer Amazon animals are the pink and grey river dolphins. These friendly creatures seem to enjoy the company of humans, and Anavilhanas is the only lodge in the Manaus area that always includes a trip to see and perhaps even swim with them at Novo Airao.
Day 09: From the Jungle to the Ocean
In the morning you return to Manaus from Anavilhanas, where the afternoon flight takes you to Bahia, connecting in Brasilia en route. You arrive in Salvador, the state capital of Bahia and the first capital of Brazil, where you will be met for transfer to your hotel in the historic centre. Salvador was founded in the 16th Century as the port to ship sugar cane and coffee from the New World plantations to the Old World in Europe. Africans were also shipped in as slaves to work the fields, and the colonial history of Salvador can be seen in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Pelourinho, the high part of the city overlooking the harbour and All Saints Bay.
Day 10: Afro-Brazilian Cultural Capital
Your morning tour of Salvador begins by the lighthouse and fort at the entrance of All Saints Bay and continues via the port which unloaded boats from Africa. Ascending to the Upper City, the Lacerda Elevator has exceptional views over the bay. The tour continues on foot through squares and narrow streets lined with colorful colonial buildings to Pelourinho, the heart of the city. This square contained the whipping post where Africans were sold as slaves. The afternoon is free to browse the historic area. Evening brings a spectacular Bahia Folkloric Show, with representations of candomble rituals and capoeira demonstrations.
Day 11: Paradise Beaches of Bahia
Following breakfast you begin the short journey up the coast to Praia do Forte. The Coconut Highway north of Salvador runs past rocky coastline and quaint fishing villages on the 50km journey to Praia do Forte. After arriving at your hotel, the rest of the afternoon is free to explore. There are 13km of beautiful beaches around Praia do Forte and this delightful old fishing village also has a number of restaurants and boutiques lining its sandy streets. The old fort ruins of Garcia D’Ávila Castle and the little lighthouse are also worth a browse. Dining amongst the palm trees under a twinkling sky or a tropical moon is a real pleasure in Praia do Forte.
Day 12: Palms & Reefs of Praia do Forte
With a free day in Praia do Forte you can relax on the paradise beaches of Bahia, some of the finest in Brazil. The reef just off of the beach acts as a natural breakwater making the turquoise sea calm and clear. The tidal pools that form amongst the coral reef warm up in the sun, making swimming and snorkelling amongst the colorful tropical fish an enjoyable experience for anybody. There are also boat rides on the Atlantic Ocean, deep-sea fishing trips, buggies to rent, or you can kayak in the lagoon, while the Sapiranga Nature Reserve is a protected area of Atlantic Rainforest, with trails, river and waterfalls to enjoy.
Day 13: Turtle & Whale Watching in Bahia
Another free day gives you the chance for turtle spotting, as hundreds of female turtles visit each year between May and September to lay their eggs in the sands of Praia do Forte. The turtles and their nesting sites are protected by TAMAR, the Brazilian Sea Turtle Project based near the lighthouse. A sighting of one of these beautiful creatures making her way up the beach to bury her eggs at night, or the hatching turtlets making their way to the ocean some two months later is sure to be a highlight of your trip to Brazil. There are also whale-watching trips between July and October to see the increasing numbers of humpback whales.
Day 14: Bye-bye Brazil!
After breakfast at your hotel you will be picked up for the 90 minute transfer back to the airport in Salvador for your flight away from Bahia, possibly connecting in Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo.
|Rio de Janeiro||03||Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana|
|Iguazu Falls||02||Wish Foz do Iguaçu|
|Amazon||03||Anavilhanas Amazon Lodge|
|Salvador||02||Zank by Toque Hotel|
|Praia do forte||03||Pousada Farol das Tartarugas|
– Meeting and assistance by our representative.
– Welcome with fresh flower garlands.
– 13 Nights accommodation
– Daily Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners.
– Local English-speaking guide
– All transfers, sightseeing, excursions as per the program by private vehicle.
– Entrance fees activities as per mentioned in the program.
– Transport, Parking, Gasoline & Toll ways.
– All present government taxes.
– International Airfare.
– Tips, gratuities, Portage, laundry, telephone calls, table drinks, camera/ video camera charges, or any other expenses of a personal nature.
– Visa fees, personal insurance.
– Any item not specified under cost includes.
– Accommodation in good hotels.
– Check-in / out time is 12 noon at most of the hotels.
– Extension to other places is also possible with a minimal extra cost.
– Additional nights are available at each place with minimal supplement.
– A visa is required and must be obtained prior to your departure from your Country.
– If quoted hotel is not available, we will provide one of a similar category and standard.
– Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability.
– In case the government changes presently applicable taxes, increase in airlines prices, fuel surcharge our rates will need to be adjusted accordingly.
– Sometimes, there is no relevance between the distance and time of travelling, as it depends upon the condition of the roads and congestion of the traffic.
– While every effort will be made to maintain the itinerary, in view of local strikes etc that are beyond our control all schedule and itineraries are subject to last moment changes.
– Clients must be fully insured, as the company cannot accept liability for loss or damage to client’s property, medical emergencies or any other loss suffered by them whilst on tour.
– In Case of issuing Domestic or International air tickets, SGV is not responsible for any refund if the flight is delayed or cancelled, as it is the responsibility of airline.