This 11-day ‘Iconic Brazil’ adventure starts in Rio de Janeiro, where you will explore the largest urban forest in the world, take a cable car to Sugarloaf Mountain and relax on Copacabana Beach. Then head to Armação dos Búzios for two days, relax and visit the numerous beautiful beaches of the area aboard a catamaran. Fly northeast to Manaus and begin your Amazon cruise. Canoe through the watery forest of the Igapós, spot exotic wildlife in the jungle, and encounter the famous pink dolphins.
Rio de Janeiro
In Rio de Janeiro, ride the historic train up to the 2329-foot peak of Corcovado mountain to see the colossal statue of Christ the Redeemer, which not only stands tall as the iconic image of Brazil but is also counted among the seven man-made miracles of the world. Be blown away by the incredible view. Take the exciting cable car ride to the famous Sugarloaf Mountain, which towers over the Guanabara Bay.
Explore Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world, stop at the Vista Chinese lookout and later admire the gorgeous Tijuca Waterfall Cascatinha. Visit the Metropolitan Cathedral and the world-famous Selaron Steps. Enjoy a short tour of the traditional Cinelândia Square and its historical buildings; relax and people-watch on both Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach.
Spend two days in the sophisticated coastal town of Búzios, and visit some of its numerous beaches, including the famous horseshoe bay of Ferradura, and the popular surf beach of Geribá. At night, explore the nearby bustling town of Rua das Pedras. Head off on a whistle-stop tour, by catamaran, of the surrounding islands and as many as 12 beautiful beaches, where you can snorkel and swim. Keep your eyes peeled for sea life as you flit between the islands that Brigitte Bardot made famous to European visitors.
Your Amazon Cruise
Fly to Manaus and explore a little bit of this historic jungle city before embarking on your Amazon cruise aboard a luxury riverboat. Head to the ecological reserve of Lake Janauari, where there are floating houses. Walk along a suspended walkway, play with the wild monkeys and observe various other species of animals and plants, including the huge Victoria Amazonica waterlily.
Witness the extraordinary sight of the two-toned confluence of two massive Amazon tributaries, where the dark waters of the Negro River meet the muddy waters of the Solimões River to form the mighty Amazon. This meeting point is known as the “Meeting of the Waters”. Arrive at the National Park of the Anavilhanas Archipelago, walk through the Amazon forest, and learn about the insects and animals, plants and trees, including the rubber tree.
Meet an indigenous tribe at Aldeia Tucano and learn about their customs and rituals. Visit Lake Acajatuba and swim with the pink river dolphins. Observe animals such as spider monkeys, sloths, fisher-birds, parrots, and take a motorboat trip at night in search of eagles, herons, gypsy-birds, alligators, and more. Spend a day on the Ariaú River, observing more fauna and flora, and walk in the forest near Lake Tucumã. Dip into the deliciously cool waters of a small waterfall and take a canoe trip through the immense igapó (flooded forest), which unites the basins of the Mucuras and Cuieras River.
Please note all of the featured excursions, activities, and accommodations on this luxury tour can be tailored to suit your taste and your time availability in accordance with your personal wishes. All are private tours and transport with a private guide, with the exception of the cruise portion, which is on a shared basis with other passengers.