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                     Wonders of Brazil                      

A luxurious trip to Brazil to visit the country's main landmarks: Rio de Janeiro, the Iguazu Falls, the Amazon Rainforest and Salvador de Bahia. Stay in top of the range hotels and lodges. You can extend your stay and visit some of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil on the Fernando de Noronha island, or at the little town of the Praia da Pipa (Kite Beach), or the charming village of Trancoso.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Rio De Janeiro - Copacabana
  • Day 2: Rio De Janeiro - Corcovado - Santa Teresa - Sugarloaf Mountain - Copacabana
  • Day 3: Rio De Janeiro - Historical Center - Favelas - Copacabana
  • Day 4: Rio De Janeiro - Guanabara Bay - Copacabana
  • Day 5: Rio De Janeiro - Foz do Iguaçu - Iguaçu Falls - Brazilian side - Foz do Iguaçu
  • Day 6: Iguaçu Falls - Argentinian side - Foz do Iguaçu
  • Day 7: Iguaçu Falls - Brazilian side - Foz do Iguaçu - Manaus
  • Day 8: Manaus - Anavilhanas Lodge
  • Day 9: Anavilhanas Lodge
  • Day 10: Anavilhanas Lodge
  • Day 11: Anavilhanas Lodge - Manaus - Salvador
  • Day 12: Salvador
  • Day 13: Salvador
  • Day 14: Salvador

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: Rio De Janeiro - Copacabana

Airport pick up (time and flight number to be confirmed) and transfer to the hotel.
Meet with your English-speaking driver/guide at the hotel at 02:00pm. Knowing town perfectly, he will drive you where you want to go (Corcovado, Sugarloaf, botanical garden, museums, Maracanã stadium...) as you wish and with his good advice, depending of the weather or the season. Return to the hotel at the end of the day. The transportat with the English-speaking driver is included only from 02:00pm to 06:00pm.

Night at the Copacabana Palace (breakfast included). Street view room.
Included : english speaking guide, reception with english-speaking guide, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 2: Rio De Janeiro - Corcovado - Santa Teresa - Sugarloaf Mountain - Copacabana

At 09:00am start a city tour with your english speaking guide, firstly going up to the Corcovado (el. 700 m.a.s.l.), worldly known symbol of Rio. Once up there, take the time to appreciate the unique and amazing panoramic view of the "cidade maravilhosa" (wonderful city).

Then way back down via Santa Teresa, which used to be one of the wealthiest residential neighborhoods of Rio, when the town was the capital of Brazil and all the principal institutions were located there. Surrounded by the agglomeration, the neighborhood has lost its former character, and the wealth of the area has moved to the Southwest of Rio, to Barra da Tijuca. Santa Teresa now shelters a diverse population in the bohemian quarter of the modern Rio. Walk through this area to get a taste of its quaint and old atmosphere. During the trip to Lapa, visit the colored stairs or "Escadaria do Convento da Santa Teresa", decorated by Jorge Selarón.

Later, take the cable cart to the summit of the Sugarloaf (el. 400 m.a.s.l.), another symbol of Rio which marks the entrance of the Guanabara Bay. Return to the hotel at 05:00pm.

Option: Helicopter flight of a few minutes from the mirador of Sugar Loaf (check with us).

Night at the Copacabana Palace (breakfast included). Street view room.
Included : english speaking guide, private transport, entrance fees, room & breakfast

Day 3: Rio De Janeiro - Historical Center - Favelas - Copacabana

At 09:00am you will meet your french-speaking guide for a private visit of Rio’s city center, from a colossal avenue framed by imposing glass buildings to quaint, small streets and their little affordable shops.

Many styles, one spirit, is the best definition to describe the architectural cocktail of the center, where past and modernism coexist in harmony. Among the possible visits (to be coordinated with the guide depending on opening times, your centers of interest, or eventual manifestations organized that day): Imperial Municipal (replicate of the Opera Garnier in France), foundation Banco do Brasil, casa da França (old custom house), national History museum, largo da Carioca, convento Santo Antônio, metropolitan cathedral, plaza Tiradentes...

In the afternoon, a specialized guide will take you on an "off-the-beaten-track" visit: the favelas. This visit of a few hours in a different reality of Rio, will give you a more real and complete view of the life in Carioca than the images of violence poverty which usually shown by the medias lacking of originality.

At the heart of these popular and "lawless" suburbs (the favelas are originally illegal land occupations), Brazilians organize themselves and live in a dignified and solitary manner.

Return to the hotel at 05:00pm.

Note: For the visit of the center, avoid Sundays and bank holidays.

Night at the Copacabana Palace (breakfast included). Street view room.
Included : english speaking guide, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 4: Rio De Janeiro - Guanabara Bay - Copacabana

At 8:30am, your drive will pick you up at the hotel to drive you to the Marina da Gloria (Carioca Marina) where your English speaking captain will be waiting for you on his sailing boat for a four hour trip to discover the Guanabara bay and beaches on the South region of Rio de Janeiro. A calm boat ride will offer you a new perspective on many famous landmarks such as the Sugarloaf Mountain, Niteroi and the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Icarai beach, the forts at the entrance of the bay, the Urca beach (red beach) and Copacabana beach.
The itinerary can be modified if you want to. Your captain will offer you some advice. Depending on weather conditions, the itinerary can also be modified.

Option: it is possible to visit the Cagarras islands, facing the Ipanema beach, in a 6 hour boat ride. Please contact us for more information.

Back at the hotel at 1pm.

Night at the Copacabana Palace (breakfast included). Street view room.
Included : boat ticket, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 5: Rio De Janeiro - Foz do Iguaçu - Iguaçu Falls - Brazilian side - Foz do Iguaçu

Transfer to the airport 3 hours prior to departure. Flight from Rio de Janeiro (time and number to be confirmed).

Pick up at the airport and transfer to the hotel (or to the site, depending on the arrival time).
Private transfer to the Iguazu park on the Brazilian side for a panoramic view.

The National Park of Iguazu (185 000 hectares) was created in 1939 and its ecological reserve was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You will walk by many waterfalls before reaching the last one, the Floriano falls. It's where you will get a panoramic view of the Devil's Throat.

Back at the hotel at the end of the day.

Option: visit of the birds' park, 12 minute helicopter ride over the falls. Please contact us for more information.

Note: You will need 3 hours for this tour.
Night at the das Cataratas hotel (breakfast included). Superior Room.
Included : transfer departure, transfer arrival, reception with english-speaking guide, english speaking guide, entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 6: Foz do Iguaçu

Meet your English-speaking guide at 08:45am at your hotel. Transfer to the Argentinean side of the park (about 40 minutes). Stop at the symbolic panoramic point on three borders: Paraguay - Brazil - Argentina. Visit of the falls from the Argentina side, from where you will get closer to the water, and of the impressive "Devil’s Canyon" under your feet. Then return to your hotel on the Brazilian side in the afternoon.
Options: boat tour in the middle of the falls / excursion in the forest, check with us.

In the afternoon, leave the hotel for a group visit of the Itaipu site.
A Brazilian pride, this huge dam produces enough electric energy to provide Paraguay and the South of Brazil.

Group service with an English-speaking guide. The visit includes transport, documental film projection, and then bus tour towards the most interesting panoramas.

Return to Iguaçu at the end of the day.
Night at the das Cataratas hotel (breakfast included). Superior Room.
Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, private transport, excursion (shared), room & breakfast

Day 7: Iguaçu Falls - Brazilian side - Foz do Iguaçu - Manaus

Private transport to the airport 2 hours prior departure. Domestic flight from Foz do Iguaçu (arrival airport, flight time and number to be confirmed).
Pick up and transfer to the hotel.
Meet at the hotel with your English-speaking guide at 02:00pm for a guided visit of the town.
Your will stroll to the Opera, which ceiling represents the Eiffel tower seen from the ground (closed on Mondays). Then visit of the floating pier built by English engineers at the beginning of the 20th century, a real technological masterpiece for the time.
Finally you will have an unavoidable stop at the market, where you cen freely visit again, early in the morning, to watch the ballet of the Dockers unloading fruits, vegetable, and especially impressive fishes...

Return to the hotel at the end of the day.

Night at the Tropical Manaus hotel (breakfast included). Superior room.
Included : transfer departure, reception with english-speaking guide, english speaking guide, entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 8: Manaus - Anavilhanas Lodge

Leave the hotel between 07:30am and 08:30am (or from the airport between 11:40 and 13:40) for your transfer in a pickup to the Anavilhas Lodge (3 hours driving). The order and arrangement of the programme will be donne depending of your arrival time at the lodge.

A 4 days and 3 nights stay will include the following activities (all with a bilingual guide):
- Excursion/treks in the jungle and discovery of the numerous vegetable and animal species. Learn to recognize some medicinal plants and eatable fruits, to find drinkable water or also to make a temporary shelter using only the natural materials.
Some excursions are sheduled in the morning for more chance to encounter the animals (particularly the birds which get together to sleep) as they start to appear. The most adventurous will have the option to spend a survival night in the forest (check with them).
- Piranhas fishing. These little carnivor fishes are easily caught with basic fishing lines. Wtch your fingers when taking off the hook as more than one fisherman wear traces of their teeth sharp as knifes...
- Night trip. Your pirogue will take you smoothly through the thousands noises of the night. Standing at the front your guide will look for animal in the darkness of the night, with the reflection of the light in their eyes. In the trees the aigrettes will watch you with bantering eyes while immobiles caimans at the water surface will let you get close enough to admire their morphology heritated from the prehistoric era.
- Visit of local communities. The caboclos have mixed origins of Indians and portuguese colons and have kept their rural and traditional lifestyle (sustenance agriculture and particularly manioc, fishing and craftwork...).

Night in Chalet.

Note 1: for your safety and comfort when traveling between Manaus and the lodge we recomend you to take with you the minimum necessary for the jungle stay, a flexible and handy travelling bag being better that a rigid suitcase. You will ba able to get your belongings back on the return to Manaus.

Note 2: The Manaus captain house requires that all person naviguating from the city are registered (name/surname/date of birth/nationality) a week prior to departure. Therefore we will imperatively need all these informations for all person of the group.
Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks), local guide, shared transport

Day 9: Anavilhanas Lodge

Following excursions as planned.
Night in Chalet.
Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), local guide

Day 10: Anavilhanas Lodge

Following excursions as planned. Night in Chalet.
Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), local guide

Day 11: Anavilhanas Lodge - Manaus - Salvador

Transfer to Manaus (3 hrs) after breakfast. Transfer to the hotel or to the airport for your flight from Manaus.

Pick up at the airport and transfer to hotel.

Night at the pousada La Villa Bahia (breakfast included).
Included : breakfast buffet , local guide, private transport, transfer arrival, reception with english-speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 12: Salvador

Meet at the hotel at 09:00am with your English-speaking guide for the discovery of the area best representing the heart and soul of Salvador.

With the influences of its African origins, the city has built a unique identity in Latino America, with a daily life animated by capoeira rythms and the religious festivities of the candomblé. In the morning, visit the lower parts of town. Start with the farol (lighthouse) da Barra, a lonely guard at the entrance of the all saints bay, built under the order of Tomé de Souza, the first gobernador of Salvador.

Then you will head to the port area and visit the Sao Joaquim market, an authentic bahianan market. You will continue to the north and stop at the Bonfim church where you can admire an impressive ex votos collection showing the popular devotion to the Senhor do Bonfim in the "miracles room".

The visit will then take you to Ribeira, a always animated popular area. In the morning with the shouting merchants, at midday for lunch (moqueca specialty, a kind of fish and sea-fruit stew) and the night for dancing.

After lunch, visit of the higher parts of town, with the Pelourinho histrorical area. Its prestigious architectural ensemble was renovated in its original bright colors and has superb colonial houses and many baroque churches. The visit (by foot) will start in the capoieira fort where you will enjoy a wonderful scenic view over the bay.

You will ten walk up the rua do carmo until the convento do Carmo (a convent transformed in a luxurious hotel), The visit will be followed with the jewel workshop D'Klays, the house/museum Jorge Amado and the shiny Sao Francisco church with its surprising azuleiros frescos.

You will finish the afternoon at the base of the Lacerda elevador, the crossing of the lower and upper parts of the city, with a shopping time at the Mercado Modelo.

Return to the hotel at the end of the day.

Option: half day visit of the " candomblé" followed with a night ceremony, check with us.

Night at the pousada La Villa Bahia (breakfast included).
Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 13: Salvador

Departure at 09:00am, in a private vehicle, with your English-speaking guide to go to Cachoeira, one of the colonial pearls of the North East, two hours away from Salvador (110 km). Shortly after leaving you will drive inland and start to feel the typical ambiance of the Recôncavo Baiano. This wealthy agricultural area was one of the first in Brazil to be colonized and exploited by the Portuguese. On your way to Cachoeira, you will cross sugar cane, manioc and tobacco plantations, some of which being many centuries old.

Your guide will make you discovering the rich historical past of the town, which was for a time the capital of the state of Bahia, and included among its inhabitants some famous people like Anastacia, symbol of the slave resistance, or Ana Neri, one of the pioneers of humanitarian work.

You will then cross the Rio Paraguaçu to walk through the narrow streets of São Felix, across the river from Cachoeira. Visit of the Dannemann cigar factory, over two centuries old, and offering an exhibition of contemporary art.

On the way back to Salvador (2 ½ to 3-trip), you will stop in Santo Amaro, the birth town of the musician Caetano Veloso, where you will visit the museum of do Recolhimento de Nossa Senhora dos Humildes (collection of Saint ornaments handmade by the local women). Return to Salvador at the end of the day.

Note: Museums are closed on Sundays and the cigar factory on Mondays and Sundays – there is a cattle market on Saturdays.
In the evening, you will see a Capoeira show given by the local Mestre (Master) and his students. He will maybe invite you to participate to the exercises (the representation lasts 45 minutes).
The Capoeira is one of the most fascinating aspects of the Brazilian culture. The capoeirist is at the same time an athlete, a dancer, an acrobat, a performance artist, a comedian and a musician.
Being forbidden to practice martial arts (which could make them more dangerous in the case of a rebellion against their masters) the slaves disguised their fights with spectacular gymnastic moves, creating a unique ritual, actually a real preparation to combat.
For this was born the Capoeira, a dance as much as a martial art, and the result of forced encounters between the different African cultures on the Brazilian territory over the three hundred years of slavery.
One of the particularities of the Capoeira is the associated music. This martial art is indeed practiced over rhythms simply played using drums, tambourines, the Berimbau, emblematic instrument of the Capoeira, and a wooden arc stretched by a wire and ornated with a calabash as the sound box.
Forbidden and suppressed for a long time, even after the abolition of slavery, the Capoeira was only authorized by the government in 1937 when it finally became recognized for its cultural, educative and artistic values.
It is nowadays extensively taught and practiced, in the schools and in the streets, but also in the universities, theatres workshops, circus schools and the sportive centers in Brazil as well as in the rest of the world.
Note: the representations are not at fixed dates, check with us to organize the evening.

Night at the pousada La Villa Bahia (breakfast included).
Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, private transport, lunch (no drinks), room & breakfast

Day 14: Salvador

Departure from the hotel at 8am to visit the Ceasa, the food sales center.
Tour of the Ceasa and occasion to familiarize yourself with the local products (you won't need to buy products as there will already be everything you need at the restaurant).
Keep going towards the historical center. Classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and restored after 1993, it is the heart of the old town, with beautiful colonial houses (called sobrados) which have been renovated in pastel shades such as dark and light blue, pink, yellow, green... Those houses are considered by UNESCO as the biggest architectural ensemble of the Americas, dating from the colonial period.

At 11am, you will start the cooking lesson to make the famous moqueca, traditional meal of the bahianese cuisine at the Uaua restaurant, located at the heart of the neighborhood. Followed by a typical lunch at the restaurant.

After lunch, back to the hotel.
Transfer to the airport 3 hours prior to departure. Flight from Salvador (flight time and number to be confirmed).

Included : lunch (no drinks), english speaking guide, private transport, transfer departure

Belmond Copacabana Palace   Copacabana

Level : 5*
Included : room & breakfast

This glamorous landmark is pre-eminent among the best hotels in Rio de Janeiro. Since its Art Deco doors swung open in 1923, Belmond Copacabana Palace has been welcoming the rich and famous. A truly iconic city-centre hotel, Copacabana Beach only a heartbeat away, this is the best place to stay in Rio. Soak up the sun in the magnificent pool or join Brazil’s style setters at the Piano Bar. Each room is unique, featuring fine period furniture and original works of art. Widely admired as the best hotel in Brazil, Belmond Copacabana Palace offers two different room categories. Choose between charming city views or magnificent beach vistas.

Belmond das Cataratas   Foz do Iguaçu

Level : 5*
Included : room & breakfast

The only hotel located within Brazil's Iguassu National Park, Belmond Hotel das Cataratas enjoys an unrivalled location just a short stroll from the sensational waterfalls. A Portuguese-colonial residence, this is one of the most inspiring hotels in Brazil. The classic ambiance is redolent of lazy days lounging on a veranda or beneath sub-tropical palms. This natural paradise also offers thrills and excitement in abundance: helicopter trips over the gorge and jungle treks to view amazing wildlife including colourful toucans and giant butterflies. At the heart of the hotel is our beautifully designed swimming pool. The rooms are decorated in a classic Portuguese style, with colourful accents and dark-wood furnishings.

Hotel Tropical Manaus   Manaus

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge   Manaus

Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks), local guide, shared transport

The Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge is situated at the heart of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest, on the Rio Negro River shore, at 180 km from Manaus. The lodge is on the Brazilian luxury hotels guide “Roteiros de charme”. It represents the perfect balance between nature and comfort, with its 22 luxurious bungalows spread over a 380,000 m2 property. The lodge also has a big swimming pool with view over the Rio Negro.

La Villa Bahia   Salvador

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

At the heart of the Pelourinho neighborhood, between two old restored mansions, is the hotel Villa Bahia. It is ideally located to explore the vibrant Salvador da Bahia. Its 17 accommodations have all been refurbished while preserving the original style. A real modernized colonial house, with two well maintained gardens, a nice swimming pool, and a panoramic terrace. You will enjoy its peaceful atmosphere. The French owner will share with you his love for Salvador and will introduce you to the restaurant creative dishes, mixing local flavors with French cuisine. The efficient and welcoming staff members will add to the delight of spending the night at the Villa Bahia.

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