Day 1 - Flight: London to Rio de Janeiro
Take a the morning flight from the UK to Rio de Janeiro, arriving in the evening.
Our guide will take you on a walk to introduce you to the area surroundings your hotel so that you can get your bearings upon arrival in a big city like Rio de Janeiro. You will walk around the area of your hotel in order to gain a feeling of Rio de Janeiro's city life - the people, the beach culture, the apartments of the city's affluent, all that makes up the typical "Carioca" life. This short introduction to Rio (up to one hour) will help with your orientation.
Day 2 - Tour of Rio de Janeiro
We begin our tour by visiting the famous Statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain where you can admire spectacular 360° views of the city, tropical forest, granite peaks and bay. From here we visit the bohemian district of Santa Teresa, once home to the rich and famous it's now occupied by galleries, writers, musicians and artists. Our journey continues into the city centre for lunch at one of Rio's oldest coffee shops, after which you visit the Cathedral and the historical district to admire the strong colonial architecture and charming atmosphere.
Day 3 - At Leisure in Rio de Janeiro
Today you have the flexibility to pursue your own interests and relax. Why not visit the Botanical Gardens & Sugar Loaf Mountain or visit the Royal Palaces to discover the imperial history of Rio.
Day 4 - Travel to Paraty
Take a scenic bus journey along the coast to the delightful village of Paraty set amongst mountains blanketed with lush shady forests that stretch to the coast and overlooking a sandy beach in a glorious bay, dotted with tropical islands. Architecturally stunning, the whitewashed colonial houses, with brightly painted windows and doors, line the pedestrianised cobblestone streets. Great bars and restaurants, offering local seafood delicacies, stand alongside arts and crafts shops. The atmosphere is tasteful and bohemian, retaining its colonial charm while at the same time playing host to many literary and musical festivals.
Day 5 - At Leisure in Paraty
Today you have the flexibility to pursue your own interests and relax or why not take a wonderful boat trip to explore the nearby islands and secluded beaches, or anchor in the bays for snorkelling or diving in the clear, warm waters.
Day 6 - Travel to Ouro Preto
Early morning return to Rio for the flight to Belo Horizonte, then drive to the historic city of Ouro Preto. Set in the heart of Minas Gerais, a state famed for its deposits of gold and gems, the city's wealth is reflected in its fine colonial buildings and richly decorated baroque churches, resting on charming cobbled streets. The city is famous for its past enveloped in gold. Founded in 1711, Ouro Preto was the former state capital, the early gold diggers believing this to be the elusive El Dorado.
Day 7 - At Leisure in Ouro Preto
Today you have the flexibility to pursue your own interests and explore this delightful city where only a few modern buildings snap you out of colonial times. The cobblestone streets lead you past decorative fountains, statues, charming churches and mansions. Looking up at the steeples and domes of coloured tiles it doesn't take much to imagine yourself back in the 18th Century.
Day 8 - Travel to Iguassu Falls
Return to Belo Horizonte, fly to Iguassu and transfer to a delightful hotel overlooking the falls. The magnificent Iguassu Waterfalls thunder over a wide curve of the Iguazu river set on the border between Brazil and Argentina. The spectacle of the Falls is one of South America's most extraordinary sights; vast torrents of water flow over a myriad of small and large cascades over a length of 2.5 kilometers.
Day 9 - Tour of Iguassu Falls ( Brazilian & Argentian Sides )
Guided excursions to explore the natural beauty and lush tropical surroundings. Walk down to the foot of the Devil's Throat waterfall offers spectacular panoramic views and the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife. Then cross over the border into Argentina to see the falls from another perspective, where you will have a closer view of the individual falls in their lush tropical setting, abundant in wildlife, especially butterflies. You can walk right out to the roaring Devil's Throat waterfall along walkways that afford breathtaking views. This side of the falls is definitely well worth the visit.
Day 10 - City Tour of Manaus
Early morning transfer back to the airport and fly to Manaus. In the afternoon you have a tour of Manaus' main attractions including a visit to the Municipal Market where you can see the exotic fruit and freshwater fish of the Amazon rainforest. We stop by the busy port to view the bustling activity of people and good travelling by local boat in all directions to heart of the Amazon. One of the tour's highlights is a visit to the incredible Manaus Opera House, the Teatro Amazonas, which was built in 1896 almost exclusively using materials shipped over from Europe when Manaus was one of South America's most important cities.
Day 11 - Travel to Remote Amazon Lodge
Departing from Manaus in the morning by car, we go to the river port at Ceasa. From there we take a speedboat to the village of Careiro da Varzea, passing by where the Negro and Solimões Rivers meet. After a stop at the fruit market, we travel to the Araça River via the Manaus-Porto Velho highway. By boat we pass many lakes and creeks, and have an opportunity to see water Lilies with their enormous floating leaves, as well as native villages and communities. Arrive at the Amazon Turtle Lodge around lunchtime, after which there is a motorized canoe trip to explore the local area and search for local animals such as monkeys, spiders and a wide variety of birds.
Day 12 - Rainforest & Wildlife Excursion
Embark on an early morning excursion to see the sunrise and birds. Later in the morning we go on a jungle trek where you learn local skills with our experienced guides, who will demonstrate how to use vines as ropes, how to climb trees, and how to find water and food. You will also learn about the fauna and biodiversity of the rain forest. After lunch at the lodge, we go canoeing to watch more birds and animals. In the evening watch the beautiful glow of the moon and hear the sounds of the creatures wandering around in the jungle.
Day 13 - Visit Local Community
In the morning we visit a native caboclo's house to learn about their customs and culture. We wil...
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