The Amazon, Rio de Janeiro, and Iguazu Falls
10 Days/8 Nights
From $2,289 per person
(Dbl. Occupancy, Not Incl. Airfare)
Starting at Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge in Brazil’s Amazon, view the wildlife of the rain forest, and learn about the customs and traditions of its native inhabitants. In Rio de Janeiro, enjoy Christ the Redeemer Statue (Corcovado), Sugarloaf Mountain, world famous beaches, and a Samba dinner show. And, in Iguazu Falls, appreciate the majesty of 275 cascades that stretch for nearly two miles, and observe the flora and fauna of the National Park while riding the ecological forest train.
Lodging and Meals: This tour includes accommodations for 8 nights (3 nights in Rio de Janeiro, 2 nights in Puerto Iguazu, and 3 nights in Manaus), and 16 meals (9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 4 dinners).
Best Time to Go: October-April.
Day 1: Manaus.
Day 2: Manaus-Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge-Alligator Spotting.
Day 3: Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge-Nature Hike-Visit with Native Amazonians.
Day 4: Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge-Meeting of the Waters.
The journey continues along the Amazon River to the Island of Terra Nova, where lunch will be served in a typical restaurant (buffet style, international and regional dishes). Depending upon the water level, a visit to a typical “caboclo” (local inhabitants) villa will be included (at Terra Nova Island) during this full day tour. (May not be available during the months of May, June, July and sometimes August, when the villa is flooded). During times when water level is high, lunch may be moved to a restaurant on “Lake January”, in which case there will be no visit to the villa. Overnight at Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge-Monkey Forest-Manaus-Rio de Janeiro.
In partnership with the FFV (Live Forest Foundation), a non-profit institution overseen by Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge, a unique feeding system has been developed. Twice a day, (10:30 am & 3:30 pm), the animals receive supplements of their natural diet, ensuring that they are being fed the necessary nutrients. Check-out at 11:30 am, and transfer to Manaus for your return flight to Rio de Janeiro. Overnight in Rio de Janeiro. (B)
Day 6: Rio de Janeiro-Samba Dinner Show.
Note: The Samba show is only offered from Monday to Saturday.
Day 7: Rio de Janeiro-Christ the Redeemer Statue (Corcovado)-Sugarloaf Mountain.
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)
Day 8: Rio de Janeiro-Iguazu Falls (Brazilian Side).
Day 9: Iguazu Falls (Argentinian Side)-Great Adventure Tour.
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)
Day 10: Iguazu Falls-Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro.
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
- South American Vacations’ expert pre-departure planning services and documentation.
- Airport/hotel transfers including baggage handling.
- Hotel accommodations including taxes and service charges.
- Excursions as indicated on the itinerary including all applicable entrance fees.
- Meals as indicated on the itinerary.
- Local, English-speaking tour guides.
Price Does Not Include
- International airfare.
- Domestic airfare.
- Brazilian visa.
- Meals not indicated on the itinerary.
- 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.
Group Private: In the Amazon, all services are operated on a group basis. In Rio de Janeiro and Iguazu Falls, all airport/hotel transfers are private. In Rio de Janeiro, the Samba Dinner Show (transfers) and 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, British, and Canadian citizens require a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry, an onward or return ticket, and proof of 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 $500 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.
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