BEST OF BRAZIL - 2017
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RIO DE JANEIRO
From cosmopolitan and historic cities to the wilds of the Amazon, this vacation features all the must-see highlights of South America’s largest country, Brazil. Begin in one of the most colorful cities in the world, Rio de Janeiro, with a unique blend of culture, beaches, lively locals, and stunning scenery. Once a Portuguese colony, Rio was the capital of Brazil for nearly two centuries and today is home to countless sights including Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Next fly to Salvador, which was the first colony of Portuguese Brazil and also the first capital of Brazil. Salvador’s historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to some of the finest colonial architecture in the Americas. Tour this port city and learn about its varied past, including being the first slave trading center in the Americas, which is why today it’s considered the center for Afro-Brazilian culture. Continue north to the banks of the Amazon River, where you will find the gateway city to the Amazon: Manaus. Evidence of the opulent era in the late 19th century can still be seen during your city tour that includes the ornate Opera House, built from materials brought from Europe. Next, spend three nights in the Amazon Jungle to discover this place of great biodiversity. During your time in the rainforest, search for native flora and fauna with you expert Naturalist, visit a native community, try your hand at piranha fishing, and much more! This trip to Brazil is the perfect blend of modern, ancient, and natural wonders—there is truly something for everyone!
In Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Manaus, and the Amazon.
- SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
Corcovado, Salvador, Manaus, Opera House, and the Amazon rainforest.
Local Guides for sightseeing in Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Manaus, and the Amazon; services of a professional Tour Director.
Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges and tips for baggage handling.
- INSIDE VISITS as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.
10 breakfasts (B)
3 lunches (L)
4 dinners (D).
Day by Day
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL.
Welcome to spectacular Rio de Janeiro, home to whitesand beaches nestled between mountains and sea. Settle into your hotel and meet your Tour Director, who will have pointers for your freetime exploration.
RIO DE JANEIRO.
Sprawling between majestic granite peaks and the blue South Atlantic, Rio is a city of beauty, wonder, and energy. Guided sightseeing begins with a drive along Rio's famed Leblon, Ipanema, and Copacabana Beaches. Take the cog railway 701 metres (2,300 feet) up to the summit of CORCOVADO to view the infamous Christ the Redeemer statue and 360-degree views of the surrounding tropical forests, pristine beaches, and panoramic views of the bustling city and Guanabara Bay. Your afternoon is free to explore on your own. Perhaps join an optional excursion to a nearby favela for a glimpse into the life of these colourful communities that nearly 25% of the people call home. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a welcome dinner at a local churrascaria, serving prime meats, seafood, and fish. Following dinner, perhaps opt for a folklore and Carnival show that includes a lively and colourful extravaganza of spectacular costumes, talented dancers, and the hot beat of the Brazilian Samba rhythm. (B,D)
RIO DE JANEIRO.
A free day in marvelous Rio lets you relax on one of the beaches or take an optional excursion to the historic city of Petropolis to see the former summer palace of Emperor Pedro II. (B)
RIO DE JANEIRO-SALVADOR.
A morning flight takes you to Salvador, situated on a peninsula overlooking Todos los Santos Bay. Brazilians often refer to Salvador as the "Land of Happiness" because life here is a constant celebration of happiness. (B)
On your guided sightseeing tour, learn why many think of Salvador as the "Soul of Brazil." Serving as the first capital of Brazil between 1549 and 1763, Salvador is a melting pot of European, African, and Amerindian cultures. Discover this UNESCO World Heritage Site on a walking tour through the Pelourinho district in the Upper City. View the district's well-preserved 17th- and 18th-century buildings, representing some of the finest colonial architecture in all of the Americas. Visits include the 17th-century Jesuit CATHEDRAL and the baroque CHURCH OF ST. FRANCIS with its intricately carved gold-leafed rosewood interior, fine paintings, and sculptures. (B)
Today is free to explore on your own; possibly visit the Mercado Modelo, a must for securing wonderful souvenirs and experiencing the true Bahian life. (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Manaus, the capital of the Amazonas region. Located in the dense Amazon Jungle area on the Rio Negro, Manaus preserves images of its opulent past when it became a rubber boomtown and is still a major port-even 1,609 kilometres (1,000 miles) inland! Your city tour features sites from Manaus' glorious past at the turn of the century. See the downtown area, including Sao Sebastiao Square, Palacio Rio Negro, the Customs House, and the cathedral. A highlight of your tour is a visit of the famous OPERA HOUSE, made almost entirely from European materials and completed in 1896 after 15 years of construction. Also visit a LOCAL MARKET, humming with locals selling anything from fruit to rubber. (B)
Depart Manaus this morning and head into the Amazon rainforest and your Amazon lodge on the banks of the Rio Negro. Sail up the river to visit an AMAZON NATIVE CABOCLO VILLAGE to see what life is like on the banks of the Amazon River and to learn about their traditions, costumes, and culture. After lunch, enjoy a Naturalist-guided WALK to see the flora and fauna that thrive in the Amazon. This evening, venture back out on canoe with your Naturalist to appreciate the sounds of the jungle at night and to look for small alligators and other night creatures. (B,L,D)
Floating past the clustered huts of locals living on the banks of the river, cruise down the Rio Negro to the MEETING OF THE WATERS. Marvel at the confluence of the dark-coloured Rio Negro and the light chocolate-coloured Rio Solimoes, where the two rivers come together to form the mighty Amazon River that runs all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. For 6.4 kilometres (four miles), these two bodies of water flow side by side before they mix together. Later, disembark at a JUNGLE ISLAND (water level permitting) with fascinating native flora and fauna, where you will have lunch before returning to your lodge. This afternoon provides another opportunity to discover the Amazon with your Naturalist. (B,L,D)
This morning, visit the MONKEY JUNGLE RESERVE, where researchers work to rehabilitate primates, like spider, squirrel, woolly, and capuchin monkeys, and to reintroduce them to the jungle. This is your chance to get up close to the monkey denizens of the rainforest! This afternoon, depart the lodge by canoe and try your hand at piranha fishing. (B,L,D)
This morning after breakfast, transfer to Manaus for your return flights home. (B)
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