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BRAZIL DISCOVERY

A Sample Program for Brazil

Day 1 – RIO de JANEIRO

  • Arrival, assistance at the airport and transfer to your hotel located in the Copacabana section in front of the beach for check-in and accommodation.
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Day 2 – RIO de JANEIRO

Half day visit to the Sugar Loaf – (approx. 4 hrs)

  • Drive through residential areas of Rio to reach the downtown business district; as you traverse the downtown historical center and business district, from the privileged viewpoint of your vehicle you will see the contrast between broad avenues and narrow pedestrian malls and modern skyscrapers with elegant colonial structures. Drive to the historical areas of downtown Rio to see the Rio de Janeiro Cathedral, the Arcs of Lapa, and Cinelandia, a cultural center where the Municipal Theater – Opera House (inspired on the Opera de Paris), the Fine Arts Museum and the National Library are located. Then, proceed to the Urca district, where a cable car ascent is made in two stages to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain.
  • The first stage of the ride goes to Urca Hill, where there are gardens and lookout points; for those who wish to venture even higher, the second cable car goes to the very top of Sugar Loaf itself – 1200 feet above the sea level – for breathtaking views of sunset, the city, beaches, and harbor.
  • After descending, drive back to the Hotel.
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  • Depart hotel for a “Brazilian Evening” : enjoy dinner at a churrascaria restaurant  before heading to the PLATAFORMA I night club to watch a beautiful samba show .
  • Following dinner, head to the Plataforma I show room to enjoy a  presentation of the rich Brazilian folklore from all over the country with its different rhythms and sounds that are a good picture of this mixed “Brazilian”population; the grand-finale is a little sample of the Rio de Janeiro carnival which will certainly be an invitation for another trip to Rio specially to enjoy this beautiful and colorful party that has been considered the biggest and most spectacular popular outdoors Opera in the world.
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Day 3 – RIO de JANEIRO

Half day visit to  Corcovado & Tijuca Forest (approx. 4h)

  • Depart Hotel and drive through Rio´s famous beaches to reach the Cosme Velho district, where guests will board the funicular railway for an approx. 20-minute ride through the Tijuca Forest.  As the train climbs Corcovado (“Hunchback”) Mountain, enjoy spectacular views of Rio, peeking through the dense vegetation.  Crowning Corcovado at 2200 feet above sea level, is the majestic statue of Christ: standing 120 feet high, the Redeemer’s outstretched arms welcome you to a breathtaking panorama in clear weather – unmatched for its spellbinding magic!  Descend by train again and return to the hotel via Rio’s famous beaches.
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Day 4 – RIO de JANEIRO

Full Day tour to Petropolis with lunch

  • A leisurely drive through the countryside surrounding Rio, takes guest high into the Organ Mountains, to the city of Petropolis. Popular weekend resort and once the summer home of Emperor Pedro II, Petropolis is a quaint European-like city, with elegant parks and stately homes, cobblestone streets and horse-drawn carriages.
  • Our tour includes visits to the Municipal Cathedral and the Imperial Museum, housing an impressive collection of colonial furnishings, tapestries, porcelain, and jewels.
  • Lunch on the way.
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Day 5 – RIO de Janeiro

  • Transfer to airport with assistance for flight to Salvador
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SALVADOR

  • Arrival do Salvador and Transfer with assistance to your hotel – balance of the Day at leisure.
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Day 6 –  SALVADOR

City tour with lunch

  • SALVADOR is the starting point for exploring the history and civilization in Brazil and one of the most important heritage of colonial architecture in the world (UNESCO).
  • We begin our tour at the BARRA district located  at the entrance of the Bay of   “Todos os Santos ( All Saints bay ) site of the famous lighthouse; continue through the downtown area till the Pelourinho  (right at the historical center) which is the place that keeps the largest and best preserved collection of the colonial architecture .
  • Tour continues along the square hall where the Lacerda elevator is located, allowing access to more than 3”icture that shows the  unique landscape of Salvador that  devides the city in two different  levels. Tour continous through the colorful and bustling streets of the historical center, until it reaches to the Cathedral square. Visit the Cathedral that dates from the 16th century, and the São Francisco church(1713),  considered the most beautiful among all the other architectural beauties of the area This church is part of a group, which also comprises a monastery, and the Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco (Church of the Third Order of Saint Francis).Continue discovering the mysteries of the historical  centre, walking on the sloping streets. The colored buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries form an architectural group unique to the Americas, classified as World Monument by Unesco.
  • Finish your visit and head to the restaurant
  • After the tour,  transfer to Praia do Forte with assistance.

PRAIA DO FORTE hotel

  • Arrival, check in and accommodation – dinner at hotel
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Day 7 – PRAIA DO FORTE

  • Day at leisure
  • Dinner at hotel

Day 8 – PRAIA DO FORTE

  • Day at leisure
  • Dinner at hotel

Day 9 – PRAIA DO FORTE

  • Transfer to Salvador airport with assistance
  • Departure to São Luiz

SÃO LUIZ

  • Arrival and transfer to hotel
  • Balance of the Day at leisure.

Day 10 – SÃO LUIZ

  • Departure to Barreirinhas  – gateway to the Lençois Maranhenses Park ; this is a 270km ride by car for approx 3.30h
  • Arrival, check in at hotel
  • Afternoon trip to the Great Dunes (off road trak and walking on the dunes with swimming in the lakes)
  • Evening at leisure.
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Day 11 – LENÇOIS MARANHENSES

  • Trip in a fast boat called voadeira (flyer), you will see the awesome mangrove vegetation, the native animals, experience a real fisherman colony, the view from a light-house and the impressive beach of caburé and the typical villages of Vassouras and Mandacaru.
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Day 12 – LENÇOIS MARANHENSES

  • Morning at leisure
  • Afternoon transfer to São Luiz.

SÃO LUIZ

  • Arrival and accommodation at hotel.

Day 13 – SÃO LUIZ

  • Transfer to airport and departure to Cuiaba – Pantanal

CUIABA

  • Arrival and transfer to hotel for accommodation

PANTANAL      Brazil’s undiscovered wilderness

  • Transfer to airport and departure to Cuiaba – Pantanal

CUIABA

  • Arrival and transfer to hotel for accommodation
  • The Pantanal, considered to be the world`s biggest wetland area, covers an area of approximately 150,000 km² situated in the upper Paraguay River Basin. The greater part lies in Brasil, divided between the states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul, extending into Bolivia and Paraguay. The Pantanal, with an elevation of between 80-150 meters is surrounded by higher plateaux and this is where the Pantanal river system springs from.  When the Portuguese discovered the basin they actually took it for a permanent inland sea and on the oldest maps of South America the area is named “Sea of Xaraés”. Only a bit more than 200 years ago the first Portuguese settled down in the region and gave it the name it has today: “O Pantanal”, which in Portuguese means “The Swamp”.
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The Pantanal is not a real swamp through; it’s a floodplain. Every year during wet season, November to April, up to 2/3 of the whole area gets inundated by the complex river system. The annual rainfall in the Pantanal is between 1,000 – 1,400 mm, which compared to the Amazon isn’t a lot. But the slope of the Pantanal is extremely slight: only 2 cm/ km in a north-south direction and the rivers are not able to cope with the rain water and overflow their banks. During this season only islands and forests on higher elevations remain dry.

After the wet season comes dry season. The floodplain drains into the Paraguay river, part of the second longest river system in South America and very slowly the wet lands turn into dry grasslands. As a result of the rain there is a huge flood wave that moves through the Pantanal. It takes this wave six months to go from the north to the south of the Pantanal. So in the south, a couple of months after the end of the rainy season, all of a sudden the water level rises again and the savanna gets flooded once more for a while. By the end of the dry season only a few spots of water are left and this is when you get the famous congregations of wildlife in the Pantanal.

The Pantanal is noteworthy for its extraordinary bio-diversity and abundance of wildlife and is known as “the world’s biggest ecological sanctuary”.

The vegetation of the Pantanal is mainly a mixture between three of the most important Eco-systems of South America; the Chaco with its dry forest formations to the south, the savanna-like Cerrado to the east and the Amazon jungle to the north. As a result of the topography and the seasonal climate the landscapes consist of swamps, seasonally flooded grass and woodlands, and various types of forest (evergreen, semi deciduous, gallery etc.). This mixture has caused the Pantanal to house the highest concentration of wildlife in all of the Americas.

Day 14 – CUIABA

  • Departure  from Cuiaba to Pantanal with touring on the way.

PANTANAL

  • Arrival at the lodge and accommodation.
  • Dinner at pousada Araras
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Day 15 – PANTANAL

  • Excursions and full board
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Day 16 – PANTANAL

  • Excursions and full board
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Day 17 – PANTANAL

  • Transfer to Cuiaba airport with assistance  for flight to Iguaçu.
  • Arrival to Iguaçu airport and transfer to hotel for check-in & accommodation

Day 18 – Iguaçu

  • Full-Day tour in Iguaçu with lunch

Foz de Iguaçu – The word means “large water” in tupi-guarani. The river starts at “Serra do Mar” and continue along 1.320 kilometers until it reaches to the Foz, joining to the Paraná River. The isolated falls are 275, making a unique front where it rains frequently. The high falls are 19, only three in the Brazilian side (Floriano, Deodoro and Benjamin Constant). The best view is from the Brazilian side due to the position of the falls; it is outstanding, as they can all be seen at once, all together, unique and impossible to be described. Depending on the mass of water released by the river the number of falls varies from 150 to 300.

* Important: Passengers staying at Das Cataratas Hotel will have to use the new buses run by the local government for touring inside the Park. Local guide will accompany the guests during the tour.

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Iguassu is the biggest waterfall in the world, 80 meters high in “U“ shape in a 4 km area; known as the eighth wonder of the world, it is 28 km away from downtown Foz do Iguaçu, and it is a nice and pleasant drive through the Cataratas Avenue. At the Brazilian side of the falls it is possible to have the most   dazzling view from the main waterfall called “Devil’s Throat”, where there is a belvedere to take pictures, a panoramic elevator and also a small gateway (1 km long) that gets very close to the water.

Note: Always remember to wear light clothes (you might get a little wet) and walking shoes.

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Day 19

  • Buffet breakfast at hotel.
  • Transfer for flight to São Paulo
  • Arrival to São Paulo airport in time to board your return flight
  • Depending on flight schedule, overnight in São Paulo.

Suggested hotels or similar: Buffet breakfast included at hotels restaurants:

LocationHotelNo of Nights
RIO DE JANEIROBelmond -Copacabana Palace4 nights
SALVADORConvento do Carmo1 night
PRAIA DO FORTETivoli Ecoresort3 nights
SÃO LUIZLuzeiros1+1 nights
BARREIRINHAS/LENÇOISPorto Preguiças2 nights
CUIABADeville1 night
PANTANALPousada Araras Ecolodge3 nights

Program will be adapted to confirmed flights.

Included:

– mentioned hotels or similar with Buffet breakfast at hotels restaurants

– meals as per program

– transfers and tours as per program

– English speaking local tour guides

– private transportation

– entrance fees at included visited sites

– airline tickets

– airport taxes

Not included:

– personal expenses (laundry, telephone calls, etc.)

– any item not included in the program

– drinks (unless where informed)

– meals (unless where informed in the program)

– gratuities for local guides, restaurants, drivers and others

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