Day 1: Depart to the Brazilian Amazon for the start of your discovery.
Day 2, Manaus: Upon arrival in Manaus in the early hours, our representative will whisk you off to a 3 hour boat transfer along the Rio Negro, the near mosquito-free arm of the Amazon River, to the Ariau Amazon Jungle Towers. After a welcome cocktail, check in to your tower lodge room.
Day 3, Manaus: Your guide takes you on a jungle hike this morning filled with essential survival skills, should you ever lose your way! After lunch, a local Caboclos Family shows you the wealth that nature provides for the peoples of the Amazon. The dinner is followed by an evening of alligator spotting!
Day 4, Manaus: After breakfast you take a canoe ride to visit the local village Acajatuba, which gives you an insight into the culture of the region. After Lunch you join a piranha-fishing excursion. Use the evening to enjoy the atmosphere of the jungle around the Ariau Lodges!
Day 5, Manaus: Get up early for a boat ride to view the sunrise over the majestic Amazon. Watch the jungle come alive and the pink river dolphins’ play. After breakfast, transfer by boat back to Manaus. Check in to the 5 stars hotel Tropical Manaus.
Day 6, Manaus - Rio de Janeiro: In the morning transfer to your scheduled flight to Rio de Janeiro. Welcoming you to the 'marvelous city' is your bilingual Guide or our representative who will escort you to your hotel on the Copacabana - The Luxor Continental. The afternoon is free for a stroll, some shopping or relaxing on the beach or at your rooftop pool! Attend for dinner a Rodizio, an All-You-Can-Eat Brazilian Barbecue).
Day 7, Rio de Janeiro: The panoramic view from the top of the Sugar Loaf Mountain is the highlight of today's sightseeing tour. Board a funicular to reach the summit with its 360º spectrum of golden beaches, green forests and a thriving metropolis that has earned Rio de Janeiro the title of "the world's most beautiful city". Sightseeing continues with a tour of Rio's historical past. Learn how Portugal's prince scandalously broke all family ties and declared himself Emperor of Brazil. In the afternoon heat, everything slows down, and the Cariocas head for the beach!
Day 8, Rio de Janeiro: Christ the Redeemer keeps an eye on Rio from an elevation of 710 meters. Board the "tremzinho" (cogwheel railway) up to the top of Corcovado Mountain for a bird's eye view of the center of the city!
Day 9: Depart for home, or add 4 more days.
Additional: Add 4 nights imperial Petrópolis and the beaches of Buzios.
Day 1, Rio de Janeiro - Petropolis: Depart for the imperial Summer residence of Petropolis, still home to heir to the throne Dom Pedro de Orleans e Braganca. The tombs of Brazil's first Emperor Dom Pedro II, his wife Dona Teresa, and the liberator of the slaves Princess Isabela are all here. View the Crystal Palace, built in France as a greenhouse to grow orchids, and visit the Imperial Museum in Dom Pedro II's former palace. Petrópolis was also home to the real father of aviation (and inventor of the wristwatch) Santos Dumont.
Day 2, Petropolis - Buzios: Cross the 11km long bridge across the bay Guanabara heading for the lake region, "região dos lagos", misnamed for its lagoons. Surrounded by 17 beaches, Buzios - once Brigitte Bardot's secret escape (with her Brazilian boyfriend in tow) - is today the playground of Rio's social elite. Buzios is also home to Brazil's most famous movie festival. Check into the Villa Boa Vida, your home for the next three nights. Tonight's dinner is included. "Bom apetite!"
Day 3, Buzios: Buzios offers everything from tranquil beaches to all-night celebrations. Depart today on a schooner cruise around the islands, including lunch, caipirinhas and snorkeling gear! The afternoon is free for sand, surf or shopping.
Day 4, Buzios: Relax - you're on holiday! Your tour guide will give you hint for further excursions.
Day 5, Buzios - Rio de Janeiro: Transfer back to Rio de Janeiro for your tour continuation, or you return home.
Add 4 nights in the wild Pantanal.
Day 1, Rio de Janeiro - Pantanal: Depart for discover the Pantanal. Your bilingual guide or lodge representative greets you for your transfer to the Pousada Caiman or Pousada Araras, 230 km from the airport, located on the Pantanal, South America's largest Nature Reservation at 230000 sq. km.
Days 2-4, Pantanal: Daily excursions vary depending on the time of year and weather conditions. You may be traveling by Jeep, boat, horse or on foot!
Day 5, Pantanal: Transfer to the airport for the continuation of your tour or return journey.
Note: Guaranteed departures every day.
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