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The Best of Brazil and The Amazon

Our Best of Brazil and the Amazon tour gives you the chance to explore several of Brazil’s most important sights. In Rio de Janeiro you’ll experience the vibrant street life and party atmosphere of South America’s most breathlessly exciting city. From the top of the Corcovado Mountain, where Christ the Redeemer stands watch, you’ll marvel at the extraordinary view.

Iguazu Falls is among the most spectacular natural wonders on the continent. Hidden amidst subtropical rainforest on the border with Argentina, it looms out of the trees, the water roaring and the spray misting across the jungle. You’ll visit both the Brazilian and Argentinian side, descending into Devil’s Throat for an experience you’ll never forget. Manaus, a former rubber mining boom town, will serve as your staging post for the Amazon Rainforest. Known as the “Lungs of the World”, this magical place is home to countless species of animals and plants. Here you’ll spend two nights sleeping in luxury quarters on the banks of the Rio Negro.

The charming Portuguese colonial city of Salvador da Bahia will be your final destination. As well as being one of the finest baroque cities outside Europe, Salvador has a unique Afro-Brazilian heritage that gives it a highly distinctive flavour.

With more than 60 years’ experience in the luxury holiday industry, we have the expertise to plan the holiday of your dreams. This is bound to be one of the most exciting journeys of your life.

Gauranteed Departure Dates 2020: 

19th Jan, 2nd Feb, 8th Mar, 22nd Mar, 5th Apr, 3rd May, 31st May, 28th Jun, 23rd Aug, 20th Sep, 11th Oct, 25th Oct, 15th Nov, 29th Nov. Private tours alvailable daily on request. 

Duration
12 days

Guide Price

 £4,499  pp
Best time to go
July to December
Options
Private or Group basis, Escorted
Start your journey
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Trip highlights

  • Visit beautiful Rio de Janeiro, stroll on Copacabana Beach and meet Christ the Redeemer
  • Experience the astonishing power of nature at the stunning Iguazu Falls
  • Spend two nights in the Amazon Rainforest canoeing, hiking and experiencing local flora and fauna
  • End your trip in spirited Salvador da Bahia, one of Brazil’s most distinctive cities

Arrive at Rio de Janeiro International Airport and transfer to your hotel. Depending on your time of arrival you can take a stroll down to Copacabana beach and soak in some of the city’s legendary street life. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Windsor Excelsior or similar
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Today your adventure begins in earnest. At Cosme Velho Station you’ll board a cog train, which winds its way through the lush Tijuca Forest to the summit of Corcovado Mountain. Clambering up a short flight of stairs, you’ll find yourself face to face with the statue of Christ the Redeemer, Rio’s most iconic landmark. The view across the city to the azure blue sea is breath taking. 

After descending we’ll take a cable car to Sugarloaf Mountain, another celebrated Rio de Janeiro lookout. Next, we’ll explore the shops and attractions of the downtown area, with lunch at Confeitaria Colombo. Opened in 1894, it’s one of the oldest in the city. 

We’ll finish the afternoon at the Sambadrome, the site of the city’s legendary carnival, before returning to your hotel to spend the evening at your leisure.

 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Windsor Excelsior or similar
Ipanema beach

Spend the day exploring the sights of the city at your own pace. The Candelária Church is a must visit, as is famous Ipanema Beach. 

You also have several options for full and half day tours at extra cost. Visit the former colonial stronghold of Petrópolis, high up in the Serra dos Órgãos, where beautiful Portuguese architecture stands amid the encroaching jungle. You can also take a morning trip to Olympic Boulevard and the spectacular Museum of Tomorrow, which explores new ideas for sustainable living. 

In the evening, the Rio by Night option showcases Rio’s carnival heritage through samba bands, costumes and dancing.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Windsor Excelsior or similar

After breakfast we’ll transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Iguazu.

These astonishing waterfalls sit on the border of Brazil and Argentina, and today we’ll explore the Brazilian side. Stepping out into Devil’s Throat you’ll be assailed by the roar and thunder of the waters.

After exploring the hiking trails surrounding the falls, you’ll return to your hotel to relax by the pool.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Bourbon Cataratas or similar
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This morning you’ll cross the Tancredo Neves bridge into Argentina, where you’ll explore the Iguazu National Park. The upper and lower trails each offer stunning views of the falls against the vibrant greens of the jungle.

The real highlight of the day is sure to be your trip on the jungle train to the top of Devil’s Throat. Here a catwalk tracking the edge of the falls enables you to feel the waters as they tumble into the depths below.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Bourbon Cataratas or similar
a monkey sitting on a branch

Depending on your flight time, you may have the option to take an optional tour of Iguazu’s famous Bird Park, where you can get up close with toucan, macaw and parrot. 

Transfer to Iguazu airport and fly on to Manaus; a city that has served as the gateway to the Amazon Rainforest since the rubber boom of the 1800s. 

When you arrive, you’ll have the option to take the half day ecological tour of the Bosque da Ciencia park, hosted by the INPA (Amazonas National Research Institute). It showcases the group’s work safeguarding 76 species of native Amazonian animals.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Blue Tree Premium Manaus or similar
a small boat in a body of water
a close up of a lush green field

From the pier at Manaus you’ll board a river boat for the Amazon Ecopark Lodge at Rio Taruma, a short ride north along the Rio Negro. On arrival you’re free to explore the jungle, visit the orchid garden, enjoy hiking and canoeing or simply soak up the special atmosphere of this wild and remote place.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Amazon Ecopark Lodge or similar
a colorful bird perched on a tree branch

Today we’ll board a riverboat and explore the Rio Negro. On the way you’ll see the Port of Manaus, the stilt houses along the shoreline and the Amazonas Theatre.

Our destination is the Meeting of the Waters, the point at which the Negro and Solimões rivers merge but remain distinct from one another. It’s a fascinating natural phenomenon brought about by the differences in temperature and density.

In the afternoon you’ll return to your hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Amazon Ecopark Lodge or similar
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a small boat in a body of water

Following breakfast, we’ll leave the lodge for Manaus.

On arrival you’ll enjoy a tour of the city, including a stroll around the old town, the clock tower (known as Little Big Ben) and the customs office – which was built in Liverpool and assembled here. The Amazonas Theatre is the city’s most famous sight. It features in Werner Herzog’s classic movie Fitzcarraldo.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Blue Tree Premium Manaus or similar
a large building with Amazon Theatre in the background

Transfer to Manaus airport for your onward flight to Salvador da Bahia. 

With its colourful colonial architecture, cobbled streets and irresistibly cheery population, Salvador da Bahia is sure to be one of your favourite stops on the trip. This part of the country has a distinct Afro-Brazilian culture which is reflected in its street art, music and spectacular religious ceremonies.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Wish Hotel da Bahia or similar
a tall building in a city

Leaving your hotel, you’ll embark on a tour of the city, which provides an insight into its long history. Founded by the Portuguese in 1549, there’s a huge amount to see – from the beautiful modern shoreline and 17th century lighthouse at Barra to the elegant neighbourhood of Corridor da Vittoria.

We’ll also explore the grand downtown area of Pelourinho. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to some of the most impressive baroque architecture outside Europe. Following the tour, you’re free to wander the city at your own pace.

In the evening you can round off your trip by sampling some of the city’s celebrated nightlife.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Wish Hotel da Bahia or similar

Transfer to Salvador da Bahia airport for your return flight. Should you wish to explore South America further, we can help plan an itinerary that works for you.

Included

  • English-speaking local guide.
  • All entrance fees as appropriate.
  • Air-conditioned transportation.
  • Accommodation listed (subject to change) with private facilities.
  • Meals included as detailed.
  • Internal Flights

Not included

  • Tips for the guide and driver
  • Optional excursions.
  • International Flights