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HIGHLIGHTS  O BRAZIL - BRT03
Visit: Rio de Janeiro - Iguassu Falls - Sao Paulo - Brotas - Recife - Salvador - Amazon ( Manaus)

17 days / 16 nights
- Departs any day of the week


PROGRAM  ITINERARY

 Tour Description:  Enjoy a taste of Brazil's absolute best - the fabulous beaches of Rio, bustling Sao Paulo, the wilds of Brotas, the mysterious Amazon jungle, the colorful and legendary rhythms of Salvador, the northeastern beaches of Recife, and the mighty Iguassu Falls, even bigger than Niagara. The Brazil Air pass is included.
 

Highlights of Brazil

 DAY BY DAY ITINERARY  *

 Day 1 - Any day  - USA or any other International departure country - Rio de Janeiro
AM
, PM or EVE - Depart from your home country on an overnight flight to Rio de Janeiro
(No meals)

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 Day 2  - Rio de Janeiro
AM
- Upon arrival at the airport of Rio de Janeiro you will be met by a local tour guide who will provide the transfer to the hotel located on or nearby Copacabana Beach. Enjoy the morning hours at leisure for some rest.
 

PM - In the afternoon we depart for a city tour, visiting the Cathedral, built in the 1700s in intricate Baroque style. We will tour the beaches of Copacabana, Flamengo and Ipanema as well as the Corcovado. We will ascend the Sugar Loaf on the unforgettable cable car ride to get a stunning view of beautiful Rio and the sea below.
 
EVE -
In the evening, we head to "the Plataforma" to catch a Samba show and enjoy dinner. Overnight at the hotel in Rio.
(D.)
 

 Day 3  - Rio de Janeiro - Iguassu Falls
AM
& PM- Today you will plenty of time to explore the city of Rio de Janeiro at leisure. You may just want to relax on the beach or take an optional excursion to historical Petropolis, to the idyllic coast of B?, on the trails of Tijuca forest overlooking Rio, or a number of other possibilities in and around the Cidade Maravilhosa (marvelous city).
 

EVE - Overnight in Rio.
(No meals)
  

 Day 4  - Iguassu Falls
AM
- Early transfer to the airport of Rio de Janeiro for the flight to Iguassu Falls. Upon arrival in Iguassu you will be transferred to the hotel.
 
PM - Afternoon at leisure to explore Iguassu Falls on your own.
 
iguazu falls
 

EVE - Free night. For entertainment, we offer the "Three Nations Show," a dinner show with colorful dancers from Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay at the Rafain Churrascaria Restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Iguaçu Falls.
(No meals)
 

 Day 5  - Iguassu Falls
AM & PM
- Today we spend the day visiting Iguassu Falls, truly one of the world's greatest natural wonders. The Falls consist of 275 waterfalls cascading over a precipice into the Paraná river situated at the border of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Optional tours will be offered including taking the Macuco, a boat ride through the waterfalls, as well as a half hour helicopter flight over the Falls, an exhilarating event or take an optional tour to the massive Itaipu Dam.
 

EVE - Overnight at the hotel in Iguassu Falls.
(No meals)
 

 Day 6  - Iguassu Falls - Sao Paulo
AM
- Early transfer to the Iguassu Falls airport for the flight to Sao Paulo. After our flight arrives, we will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel, conveniently located in downtown Sao Paulo. This city is the largest city in South America, founded in 1554 as a mission, and finally becoming of age in the late 1800's during the coffee boom. The subsequent industrialization produced a very high population density; Its present population is 18 million inhabitants. Nowadays, this bustling city is a lively center of finance and culture.
  
PM
- If flight schedule permits enough time in the afternoon, we can enjoy an informative city tour.
 

EVE - Overnight in Sao Paulo.
(No meals)
 
 Day 7  - Sao Paulo - Brotas
AM
- Early this morning, we will transfer to Brotas. Brotas is a favorite nature getaway in the State of Sao Paulo and lies about 260 km (160 miles) northwest of the city. This is a year-round hotspot for adventure activities, especially water-sports. Born in the days of the coffee boom, it is located in a region rich in water resources, the most prominent of all being the mighty Jacaré­Depira River.
 

PM - In Brotas, we will head out to go rafting, canoeing, tubing, hiking or rappelling (trekking and rafting are included here - others are optional). There are a number of easy, self-guided trails here that will lead us to discover waterfalls, such as the Cachoeira Santa Maria, towering at 65 meters (over 210 feet!) and crystal-clear springs. Wildlife to be found in this barely-tamed region includes armadillo, deer, raccoons, capybaras and the endangered Maned wolf.
  

EVE - Overnight in Brotas.
(No meals)

 

 Day 8  - Brotas
AM & PM
- Today you can go on one of several tours offered by our local agent. The afternoon is free to enjoy the region's natural beauty as you walk to waterfalls and stroll along the river.
 

EVE - Overnight in Brotas
(No meals)
 

 Day 9  - Brotas - Recife
AM
- In the morning hours we transfer to the airport for the flight Recife on Brazil's sparkling northeastern coast. Upon arrival we will be met by a local guide who will provide the transfer to a hotel near the beach.
 

PM - Recife is located on Brazil's Atlantic Coast in the state of Pernambuco. Recife, meaning "reef," has a long history as a port city, its waterways, bridges and reefs have earned the nickname "the Venice of Brazil," although Olinda is a closer match to Venice as far as charm and historical significance are concerned. The largest city in the Brazilian northeast and fourth largest in the country, Recife has expanded well beyond its original colonial-era confines, especially over the past thirty years. A visit to Recife's beachside district, Boa Viagem, is a must; great nightclubs, restaurants and hotels abound.
 

EVE - Overnight in Recife.
(No meals)
 
 Day 10  - Recife
AM & PM
- Today we will have the choice to either relax, explore the area on our own, or go on one of two optional tours "Olinda" or "Joao Pessoa":
- Olinda option: We make the short drive north to Olinda, where we will have an orientation to the town and its long history. Tranquil Olinda has one of the best concentrations of colonial structures in Brazil: Baroque designs, white churches, pastel buildings, cobblestone streets, fountains and squares. Olinda was once burned to the ground by the Dutch, who established control here at various times in the 17th century. From the Alto da Sé  the highest square in Olinda, we can see the skyscrapers of Recife in the distance. The town market is also a worthy spectacle. Olinda's Carnaval is a very popular event, drawing fun-loving participants from as far away as Europe. We'll make a visit to Fort Oranje, a former Dutch outpost. If time allows, we can stop and educate ourselves about the conservation efforts of Projeto Tamar Peixe-Boi, an important manatee conservation project.

 

- Joao Pessoa option: Go on an optional tour from Recife to Joao Pessoa, 130 km (80 miles) away. The capital of the state of Paraiba, Joao Pessoa lies on the easternmost tip of the Brazilian coastline, and is known to be the first spot of land the sun hits as it rises every day. The city was founded in 1585, and still has a good number of centuries-old monuments to the colonial era. We'll tour the primary places of interest, including Tambau Beach, Manaira and Cabo Branco (the White Cape). We will also have a look at Solon de Lucena Park, the St. Francis Historical Center, a local crafts markets and the Seixa's Point, the closest point in South America to Africa. In the late afternoon or evening return to Recife.
 
      
EVE - Overnight in Recife.
(No meals)
 

 Day 11  - Recife - Salvador
AM & PM
- This morning we will board our early morning flight to Salvador, Bahia. Once again we will be transferred to our hotel upon arrival. Later we will enjoy a tour of the city and the Pelourinho district. Founded in 1549, Salvador was the capital city of Brazil for over 200 years. Salvador is Brazil's third largest city, and was the country's busiest port until 1815. Although a large and modern city, Salvador's colorful, well-preserved colonial buildings are a sight to behold. The African influence in the food, music and culture is very apparent here. Salvador pulses with an African-tinged Samba beat; the percussion-heavy rhythms evolved from the music of the African slaves. Our hotel, the Bahia Othon Palace, is a fabulous hotel located on Ondina Beach in Salvador. In the evening, we can go out in Pelourinho, a historical neighborhood with many local bars and nightspots. This is the place where Olodum (a musical group with hundreds of drummers and dancers) plays every night. Be sure to enjoy some typical Bahian food while you're here!
   

EVE - Overnight in Salvador.
(No meals)
  

 Day 12  - Salvador
AM & PM
- Optional tour to Praia do Forte, or spend the day on your own.
  

EVE - Overnight in Salvador.
(No meals)
 

 Day 13  - Salvador
AM & PM
- A free day to enjoy the beach or stroll through beautiful Salvador.
  

EVE - Overnight in Salvador.
(No meals)
 

 Day 14  - Salvador - Manaus (Amazon)
AM & PM
- Transfer to the airport for our flight to the jungle port of Manaus in the heart of the Amazon jungle. Your adventure in the wilds of the Amazon are about to begin! We'll see some truly amazing things on our jungle expedition.
 

EVE - Overnight in Manaus.
(No meals)
 

 Day 15  - Manaus ( Amazon)
AM
- The Amazon EcoPark lies just over 30 minutes up the river from the hustle and bustle of Manaus. In the morning, we'll board our vessel at the docks of the Hotel Tropical on the banks of the Rio Negro in Manaus to start the journey . At the Amazon EcoPark Lodge, we'll be shown to our bungalows, outfitted with air conditioner and hot shower. The Lodge serves excellent meals, has a natural pool and a private beach. It has access to six miles of jungle trails and a hosts a unique monkey rehabilitation park.
  

PM - We'll take a jungle hike to see some of the varied species of trees and medicinal plants of the rain forest. Our guide, trained in the biology of the Amazon, will brief us on our Amazon jungle program, familiarize us with some of the wildlife we'll spot as well as discuss some common-sense precautions to take. Our guide will point out the interdependence of the jungle's aquatic, terrestrial and avian species. What wildlife we'll actually see depends upon local conditions, the time of day, time of year, and our tour guide's advice and guidance. Mammals include several species of primates like wooly, squirrel and spider monkeys; sloth, deer, jaguars and peccaries to name a few. Avian life to be spotted includes beautiful butterflies, colorful macaws and potentially hundreds of bird species. Aquatic and amphibian creatures run the gamut from frogs to caimans, and from river dolphins to various subspecies of piranha. In the evening, we can even go piranha fishing!
 

EVE - Overnight at the Amazon EcoPark.
(L & D.)
 

 Day 16  - Manaus (Amazon)
AM & PM
- Today we go a full-day jungle survival course, where hotel staff (with military training and extensive survival knowledge) will lecture on how to build temporary shelter, forage for food and water, start a fire and build a trap, among other essential survival skills. We'll go on a visit to the Monkey Project which houses several species of monkeys, and nurses sick or injured ones back to health.
 

EVE - After dark, we can go on an "alligator flashing" trip - we'll see alligators up close as they stare into the lights of the guide's flashlight (yes, this is safe, for us and the alligators). In the nocturnal world of the jungle, a completely different array of wildlife appears - you'll never forget your experience here. Dinner and overnight at the Amazon EcoPark Lodge.
(B, L & D.)
  

Day 16  - Manaus (Amazon) - Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo
AM
- Today we will depart to the International Airport for your flight back home. We are confident that your Brazilian experience has been a fulfilling one and that we will be happy to welcome some or all of you back some day!
(B.)
  

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* IMPORTANT NOTE: The itinerary, as shown, is subject to change without prior notice. Certain circumstances, such as: changing weather conditions, safety concerns and in general any reason or situation beyond our control may force local tour operators and / or their guides to alter any part of this itinerary for the wellbeing and in the best interest of travelers. Changes will only be made if they are absolutely necessary. Our goal is to provide clients with a safe environment and programs that exceed their expectations.


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