Depart to Manaus. After passing through immigration and customs, proceed to the reception area, where our inbound services representative will be holding a sign with your name on it. You will be greeted and then transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Manaus.
5 Day Iberostar Grand Amazon Cruise, Rio de Janeiro, and Iguazu Falls
Travel in style aboard the luxurious Iberostar Grand Amazon on this journey along the Rio Negro in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon. Spot caiman, monkeys, and pink river dolphins, and visit an indigenous village to learn about the culture and lifestyle of its residents. In Rio de Janeiro, enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the base of Christ the Redeemer Statue, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, and in Iguazu, witness the impressive falls from the Brazilian and Argentine sides.
Lodging and Meals: This tour includes accommodations for 11 nights (2 nights in Manaus, 4 nights aboard the Iberostar Grand Amazon, 3 nights in Rio de Janeiro, and 2 nights in Puerto Iguazu), and 20 meals (11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 5 dinners).
Best Time to Go: October-April.
The city tour begins with an 11 mile river front drive along Ponta Negra road to the floating port of Manaus. We will stop at the Rio Negro Palace, the old official residence of the governor and a beautiful example of architecture of the golden age of rubber production. Next we will visit the Indian Museum and the Salesiana Congregation to understand the traditions, habits and behavior of indigenous people. See Justice Palace and finish the city tour with “Teatro Amazonas.” This fantastic theater opened in 1896 and is considered the highlight of Manaus. It is an extraordinary symbol of the wealth and greatness of the golden age of rubber production. The tour ends at approximately 11:30 AM. After the tour, you will be returned to your hotel. Overnight in Manaus. (B)
Note: The Museums and Amazon Theatre are closed on Sundays and Holidays.
Check-in begins at 3:00 pm in the Port of Manaus, with departure scheduled for 6:00 pm. Sailing down Rio Negro, enjoy the sunset on the top deck with classical music. Afterwards, a welcome cocktail is offered by the Captain with a presentation of equipment on board and safety procedures in Salão Lua. Welcome dinner at Kuarup Restaurant. Overnight aboard the ship. (B,D)
Morning activity is hiking on trails in the Igarapés of Jaraqui, with palm trees and tall trees that are very important to local villages; some of them are used in the manufacture of houses and their trunks and leaves have great medicinal value. You can observe flowers and fruits depending on the season. Another option is a boat tour through the same region.
Late afternoon, you will tour by boat among the islands of the Três Bocas region; these islands are part of the second largest river archipelago in the world. The vegetation of the islands is reflected in the dark waters, producing a surreal and charming environmental scenario, ideal for fantastic photos. On the banks of the channels, orchids, bromeliads, toucans and macaws can be seen.
After dinner, spot alligators by boat, and listen to the night sounds in the Três Bocas region. Overnight aboard the ship. (B,L,D)
After breakfast, hike along the trails of the Igarapé Trench and observe Pink Dolphins in Novo Airão. These trails with vines, palm trees, and large trees are very important to the way of life of the local people; some of them are used to build their homes, and the hulls and leaves are used for medicinal purposes. You can see flowers and fruits depending on the season. Another option offered is a boat tour through this same region.
Late afternoon, you will visit an indigenous community in Rio Cuieiras to get to know the school, the clinic, the flour mill (where cassava flour is produced), dwellings and cultivated plants of this population. Opportunity to purchase local crafts. Overnight aboard the ship. (B,L,D)
Amazon Awakening. Early morning boat ride in the Rio Ariaú Region, where birds can be seen as well as a beautiful landscape lit by sunrise.
After breakfast, more boat rides through the Igarapés and lakes of the region. The waters are clear and the fauna is rich; you can see monkeys, sloths and birds (like collared hawk and kingfisher). Another option during this time is piranha fishing.
Afternoon boat rides in the Tupé Region, a very beautiful area where in low water season, you can observe the formation of beaches with fine white sand. There will also be tours with stops for diving in Rio Negro. Overnight aboard the ship. (B,L,D)
On the way to Manaus, you will observe the Meeting of the Waters, where the dark water of the Rio Negro and the sandy colored water of the Rio Solimões flow side-by-side for miles before joining to form the Amazon River. 8:00 am arrival at the Port of Manaus and disembarkation. You will be transferred to the airport in Manaus for your flight to Rio de Janeiro. Overnight in Rio de Janeiro. (B)
This is a free day to enjoy Rio de Janeiro. In the evening, you will have a multicultural dinner show at Teatro Lebron that brings different cultures of Brazil to the stage. The show perfectly combines a variety of Brazilian dances that developed from African rhythms via the slave trade and from the natives that lived in Brazil before colonization. The presentation combines diversity and culture: the Ziriguidum from the Northeast, the Folklore from Amazon, the Capoeira from Bahia, and samba dance from Rio de Janeiro. Overnight in Rio de Janeiro. (B,D)
Depart from the hotel after breakfast to visit the two most famous landmarks of the city and see the natural beauty of Rio de Janeiro from up above. After a scenic drive along Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, you arrive at the bottom of Corcovado Hill. You then embark on a comfortable train that ascends the mountain, where the statue of Christ the Redeemer is located 2,300 ft. above sea level. The Christ statue, known as the “Wonder of Rio”, was recently voted one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. Upon arrival at the top, you use the panoramic elevators or escalators to arrive at the foot of the statute. There, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro and discover why it is called the “Marvelous City”. Afterwards, you descend the mountain and stop for a delicious Brazilian Barbecue lunch.
Over a million tourists each year visit the world famous Sugar Loaf Mountain, which has become an iconic symbol of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Rising up from a small peninsula at the entrance of Guanabara Bay, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of a concentrated, refined sugar loaf. The journey to the top is made in glass cable-cars. The first cable-car takes you to the top of Urca Hill, which rises 215 meters above sea level and offers spectacular views of the entire bay and its surrounding islands. From Urca Hill, you continue in a second cable-car to the top of Sugar Loaf which rises 395 meters above sea level and offers a 360 degree view of the entire city including Botafogo and Copacabana Beaches, Corcovado Mountain, and downtown Rio de Janeiro. (Duration: approximately 8 hours. Lunch will be served at Estrela do Sul BBQ). Following the tour, you will be returned to your hotel. Overnight in Rio de Janeiro. (B,L)
Early morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Iguazu Falls. Upon arrival, you will have a 1 and ½ hour tour of the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls. Located in Iguazu National Park, these spectacular falls are comprised of 275 individual cascades, and are more than 1.90 miles wide and 260 ft. high. You will walk along the main trail (one mile) on a catwalk above the lower Iguazu River to the series of falls that comprise the Devil’s Throat. Then you will take an elevator to an observation deck for a spectacular panoramic view of the falls. At the end of this tour, you will be transferred to your hotel on the Argentinian side. Overnight in Puerto Iguazu. (B)
In the morning, you will return to Iguazu Falls to view the falls from the Argentinian side and for the Great Adventure Tour. On the Argentinian side of the falls, you will visit the Interpretation Center to learn about the biodiversity of the jungle and the culture and history of the surrounding area. You can also take the Ecological Forest Train to the Garganta del Diable (Devil’s Throat) Station and the Cataratas Station, which will take you to the upper and lower circuits, and other walking trails.
In the afternoon, you will have the Great Adventure Tour. First, you will ride semi-rigid zodiac boats to reach the bottom of San Martin, Bosetty, Tres Mosqueteros and Canon de Garganta del Diablo falls and down the river rapids up to Puerto Macuco (two miles from the falls). Then, you will ride in an open jeep along the rainforest, observing the local flora and fauna with the aid of specialized guides. Overnight in Puerto Iguazu. (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro and your final destination. (B)
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
- South American Vacations’ expert pre-departure planning services and documentation.
- Airport/hotel transfers including baggage handling.
- Accommodations aboard the Iberostar Grand Amazon.
- Tourism taxes ($5/night).
- Port tax ($30).
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages during the cruise.
- Hotel accommodations including taxes and service charges.
- Meals as indicated on the itinerary.
- Excursions as indicated on the itinerary including all applicable entrance fees.
- Local, English-speaking tour guides.
Price Does Not Include
- International airfare.
- Domestic airfare.
- Brazilian visa.
- Meals not indicated on the itinerary.
- Gratuities during the cruise ($18/night).
- Gratuities, gifts, and personal items.
- Travel insurance.
We will be happy to quote the cost of airfare and travel insurance and to make these arrangements for you.
Rio de Janeiro
Group Private: In the Amazon, all transfers are private, and the city tour of Manaus is operated on a group basis. In Rio de Janeiro and Iguazu Falls, all airport/hotel transfers are private. In Rio de Janeiro, the Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountain excursions are group tours for single passengers and 3 Star accommodations, and private for 4 Star, 5 Star, and Deluxe accommodation levels. In Iguazu Falls, the tours of the Brazilian and Argentinian side are group tours for single passengers and 3 Star accommodations and private for 4 Star, 5 Star, and Deluxe accommodations. The Great Adventure Tour is a group tour.
Passport/Visa: For Brazil, U.S., Australian, and Canadian citizens require a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry, a stamped visa that is valid 90 days from the date of issue, an onward or return ticket, and sufficient funds to cover their stay. The cost of the visa for U.S. citizens is either $44.24 (E-Visa) or $160 (traditional paper-based visa) and processing time can take a minimum of five business days (E-Visa) or longer. EU Citizens only require a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry, an onward or return ticket, and sufficient funds to cover their stay. Citizens of other countries are advised to contact the Brazilian embassy in their country before traveling. For Argentina, U.S., Australian, Canadian, and EU citizens require a valid passport (for the duration of your visit) and return ticket for stays of up to 90 days. Australian and Canadian citizens are required to pay a reciprocity fee of $100 and $75 respectively (subject to change without notice due to currency fluctuations or other reasons) online, and must show proof of payment prior to arrival. The reciprocity fee for U.S. citizens has been suspended until further notice. For citizens of Australia, this fee covers unlimited entries to Argentina for 10 years, while citizens of Canada are charged the fee every time they enter the country (or $150 for multiple visits within five years). The fee can be paid online at ProvinciaNet.com.ar. You will need to register in order to make the payment. Citizens of other countries are advised to contact the embassy of Argentina in their country before traveling.
Travel Insurance: In order to protect your travel investment from unforeseen circumstances that may arise before or during your trip, we strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. We offer Allianz Global Assistance’s Classic Comprehensive and other plans. The Benefits and Coverage Limits are summarized on our Travel Insurance page. Call your travel counselor if you have any questions or to purchase a plan.
To Book This Trip: We require a non-refundable deposit of $800 per person plus the cost of the international airfare (if we make the arrangements for you). The balance of the trip cost is due 60 days prior to departure.