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Contrasts of Brazil 14 days: Standard

Destination(s): Rio, Iguazu, Amazon, Belo Horizonte, Ouro Preto and Salvador-Bahia
Duration: 14 days / 13 nights
Frequency: Select Saturdays each month - call for details
Price: Starting at US $ 3,025.00 per person
  *single supplement from $780.00
Deadline to book: Ppen booking

Brazil,the fifth largest and most populous country in the world offers such diversity that even the most experienced tourists are swept off their feet by it. In over 14 days you will enjoy vibrant Rio with fable beaches, nightlife and Samba; Iguassu Falls, the largest waterfalls on earth, Manaus is the capital of Brazil's largest state Amazon, Belo Horizonte and Ouro Preto masterpiece of Colonial Brazilian architecture declared a world heritage by UNESCO and Salvador Bahia heartland of the country and hot spot for their culture and cuisine.

The colorful culture creates an environment that make Brazil a very popular destination year round.
Happiness lives in Brazil!!

Package includes:

  • Three nights hotel in Rio at the Americas Copacabana
    • Panoramic City tour of Old Rio & Sugar Loaf
  • Two nights hotel in Iguassu at the Viale Cataratas
    • City tour of Brazilian side of the Falls
    • City tour of Argentinian side of the Falls & Devil's Throat
  • Three nights hotel in Manaus, at the Amazon Ecopark Lodge
    • City tour of Manaus in route to airport
    • Daily tours through the rainforest
  • One night hotel in Belo Horizonte at the BH Othon
  • Two nights hotel in Ouro Preto at the Pousada Classica
    • City tour of Ouro Preto
  • Two nights hotel in Salvador at Cruz do Pascoal
    • Historical City Tour of Salvador & Monserrat Panoramic Tour
    • Acaraje Tasting
  • All shared excursions with a bilingual licensed guide
  • All museum, park & entrance fees throughout
  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • All shared airport transfers aboard air-conditioned bus/van & portage throughout with a bilingual licensed guide
  • Taxes & service fees (US citizens are exempt from hotel taxes!!)

Not included:

  • International & domestic airfare from the US
  • Applicable airport departure taxes
  • Drinks (Alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses

Day 1.  Rio  Our bilingual guide will meet all passengers right after customs clearance. The transfer time will take approximately 45 minutes depending on the traffic conditions of this arrival day. En route, our guides will give brief information about the city as you are transferred to your hotel (private transfer) .   The rest of the day will be at your leisure.   Meals: N/A

Day 2.   Morning visit to Sugar Loaf for a welcoming Caipirinha toast on top of Urca Hill.    Over a million tourists each year visit the world famous ‘Pão de Açúcar’ (Sugar Loaf Mountain), which has become 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 in glass cable-cars.
The first cable-car takes passengers to the top of Urca Hill, which rises 215 meters above sea level. On this first stage, you will have time to admire spectacular views of the entire bay and its surrounding islands sipping a refreshing Caipirinha, our special treat to welcome you to the Wonderful City!
From Urca Hill, passengers continue in a second cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf which rises 395 meters above sea level and offers a 360 degree view of the entire city including Botafogo and Copacabana Beaches, Corcovado and downtown Rio.  Before returning to the hotel, we will go on a panoramic tour of the downtown area, stopping by the Municipal Theater and the Cathedral for a glance at some of the most well kept secrets of Old Rio Balance of the day at leisure Overnight at selected hotel.  Meals: breakfast

Day 3.   Day at leisure.  Overnight at hotel.   Meals: breakfast

Day 4.   Rio/Iguassu Falls Private Transfer out from your hotel to the airport to catch a short flight to Iguassu Falls.  Transfer in from Brazilian airport to your selected hotel.  Our bilingual guide will meet all passengers’ right after the disembarking gate. The transfer time will take approximately 30 minutes depending on the traffic conditions.  En route, our guide will give some basic briefs about the city and the respective hotel..You will have an afternoon visit to the Brazilian side of the falls.  The trip begins at the Iguaçu National Park with a 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. Embark on the glass elevator up the cliff face for an exquisite view from the upper deck. The Iguassu National Park along with its “sister” park in Argentina form the most significant remaining rainforest in the southern cone of South America which along with the waterfalls, have been declared a National Heritage Site by UNESCO.You will end the tour with a visit to the artisans fair.  At the end of the tour you will be transferred to your hotel.  Meals: breakfast

Day  5.  Iguassu Falls  Morning visit to the Argentinean side of the falls. We will cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge heading toward Iguacu National Park in Argentina.  At the entrance, a small train takes visitors on a tour through the park, making 2 stops. Follow the pathways to the top of the waterfalls for spectacularly unique views of the Cataratas, (falls) 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 do Diablo" waterfalls (Devil's Throat)  the largest fall in the park. After the tour, return to the hotel.  Meals: breakfast

Day 6.  Iguassu Falls/Manaus  Today you will have a private transfer from your hotel to the airport to take the flight to Manaus.  After being met in Manaus by a tour representative you will be trasferred to your lodge.  After enjoying a delicious dinner, guests 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, guests will be provided with important information before we begin our quest for these semi-aquatic carnivorous reptiles.  Glide downriver by moonlight to the soothing sounds of the waters and animals of the forest.  Upon spotting the caimans, we will use  the light from our flashlights to temporarily paralyze them, enabling the guides to draw the canoe closer to the creatures and get a better 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 the alligators.

Dinner will be at Ecopark restaurant.  Meals: breakfast and dinner

Day 7. Manaus  This morning you will have a nature hike.  The Amazon jungle is home to thousands of species of plants and animals.  On this tour guests will be accompanied by a specialized guide who will lead visitors on a trek through the forest where he will point out and explain the various species of flora and fauna that coexist within the rainforest.  Be ready to explore the allure and mystery of the Amazon Jungle!  After this tour, you will have lunch at the Ecopark restaurant.  In the afternoon, there is a visit to the Monkey Jungle.  A rehabilitation center for primates brought to this locale by IBAMA saving them from illegal sales and export.  At this location primates are initially kept in quarantine in order to be evaluated and treated by veterinarians and biologists.  After a period of time, the primates are reintroduced to the jungle. During the years that this project has been in action, a twice daily food program was developed to feed the primates (always at 11:00 am and 5:00 pm ).  During the feeding process, this area is open to visitors under the supervision of guides and specialized staff.  Guests of  Ecopark Jungle Lodge can observe, film and photograph the animals in a safe environment. After the tour there is a buffet dinner at Ecopark restaurant.  Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 8.  Today there is a full day guided tour by motorized canoe. Guests will be able to witness one of the Amazon's most fascinating natural wonders. You will depart to 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 kilometers and each maintains its own individual coloring before merging. The crystal clear blue waters of the Solimoes River contrasts with the muddy waters of the Rio Negro and create a unique and gorgeous natural spectacle.  Afterwards, there will be a buffet dinner at the Ecopark restaurant. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner 

Day 9.  Manaus/Belo Horizonte After breakfast you will have a private transfer to the airport to take the flight to Belo Horizonte.  Upon arrival you will be met by a local guide and transferred to your hotel. Meals: breakfast

Day 10.  Belo Horizonte/Ouro Preto  After breakfast you will have a private transfer to Ouro Preto for a full day tour with lunch.  Ouro Preto was founded in 1711 and soon became the center for gold, diamond, and semi-precious stone trading in the colonial era.  The town has managed to preserve over the years its 18th century architecture which offers visitors a first-hand look at its historical heritage.  the city is considered today by UNESCO a Historical and Cultural Heritage site.  Some of the sites visited are: Sao Franicisco de Asissi  Church, the Museum of the School of the Mines, Church of Our Lady of Pilar, the Opera house,.  Lunch will include the typical dishes of the region: Feijao Tropeiro and Tutu a Mineira.  Duration of the tour is around 8 hours and it is offered daily except on Mondays, Jan. 1, April 21,  Dec. 25 and Ash Wednesday.  Meals: breakfast and lunch

Day 11.  Day at leisure.  Meals: breakfast

Day 12  Ouro Preto/Salvador  After breakfast you will be transferred from Ouro Preto to Belo Horizonte airport to take the flight to Salvador. Upon arrival in Salvador you will be greeted by a local guide at the airport and given a private transfer to your hotel.  Meals: breakfast

Day 13.  Salvador  After breakfast you will have a morning visit to Lower Salvador.  The Lower City tour offers another perspective of the sprawling city taking you to the quiet waters of the Itapagipe Peninsula where life moves at a slower pace than the bustling upper city.  Fishermen fish out of dug out canoes, locals collect shellfish at low tide, schooners lie at anchor, all protected by the famous Bonfim Church, one of the most important pilgrimage churches in Brazil and deeply synchronized with the Candomble.  Continue to the Monserrat district with its paoramic view of the city and on to the Mercado Modelo, a thriving market for local goods and souvenirs where you can test your bargaining talents.  This tour is a complement to the Historical City Tour.  Please note that the Church of Bonfim is closed on Mondays.  The duration of the tour is 3 hours.  There will be a stop for Acarje tasting, one of the most famous Bahian street foods.  Acaraje is a deep fried roll prepared with shrimp, black-eyed peas, red chili pepper, onion and garlic.  After the tour you will return to your hotel.  Meals: breakfast

Day 14.  Salvador  After breakfast you will have a private transfer to the airport to take the flight back home.  Meals: breakfast

Note: All itineraries are subject to change, due to weather and other conditions. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change.

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