6 days/ 5 nights
Janeiro (3n) + Foz do Iguacu (2n)
A trip through the magnificent Rio de Janeiro, combined with the Iguassu
Falls and Buenos Aires. You will see green hills, blue sky, rocky mountain and
beautiful beaches in Brazil, while seeing the world widest falls the next day
Price In private basis (Corcovado and Sugarloaf tour in Private):
Day 1. Rio de Janeiro
Take in the breath-taking view as your plane descends upon Rio de Janeiro – the 'Marvellous City' where rolling green hills, turquoise ocean, sandy beaches and high-rise urban development is all packed together in a unique blend of life and humanity. Your driver will take you from the airport to the hotel, during which time you can get a different perspective of the city, passing through the colonial style buildings and along the world-famous beachfront. The natural beauty of Rio is almost transcendental and gives you a taste of the Amazon rainforest while still retaining everything that is so incredible about a Latin American city. A walk along the mosaic tiles of Copacabana reveals much about the life of a 'carioca' (Rio local) – a refreshing caipirinha as the waves lap against the shore, a fiercely competitive game of foot volleyball, and thousands of beachgoers sunning themselves on the white sands. You have truly arrived in paradise.
Day 2. Rio de Janeiro
After breakfast in your hotel you will be taken to a shared tour to the mythical Sugarloaf mountain, protruding abruptly from out of the ground like an asteroid just fallen from space. A magnificent cable car ride will take you up to Urca Mountain, the stop off between ground level and Sugarloaf. From there you can enjoy a smooth cocktail or sample some of Brazil’s many signature dishes. Once arriving to the top of Sugarloaf mountain you will see the captivating beauty of Rio from a different angle, To your left you can see Copacabana beach stretching off into the distance, and on the horizon the faint outlines of Two Brothers and Gávea mountains. Below you is the quaint and intimate Red Beach, while to your right you can see across Guanabara Bay to Niterói and, closer in, Rio’s Botafogo and central neighborhoods, with the unmistakable silhouette of Christ the Redeemer casting its eternal gaze over the city. This trip is essential to gain a different perspective on Rio, and to truly understand its beauty.
After descending the mountain by cable car, you will head into the Old Town and Centre, where colonial architecture still remains and many old churches such as the Candelária are still in use. The cobbled streets and bright colors are a stark contrast to the whitewashed, sun soaked streets of Ipanema but in many ways are part of the authentic, nearly-forgotten Rio of old, and one can almost feel the hustle and bustle of hundreds of years ago when these streets were filled with merchants and citizens of the Portuguese Empire.
Day 3. Rio de Janeiro
Tour to Corcovado Mountain + Crist the Redeemer Statue
After a delicious tropical breakfast in your hotel, you will head out on a shared trip to see the world-famous Christ the Redeemer statue on top of Corcovado Mountain. A specially designed train will take you from the foot of the mountain along a winding road through the magical Tijuca rainforest where you will see some of the enchanting tropical wildlife on constant display in Rio, such as toucans, monkeys and armadillos. At the summit of Corcovado, 700m above sea level, proudly stands the iconic image seen around the world – a 38m high statue of Christ the Redeemer. But that is not the only breathtaking thing about this place – when up close to the statue you will be overwhelmed by the stunning panoramic view of the city, so high up it seems as though you are truly flying with the birds around you. From the far reaches of Guanabara Bay, to the Maracanã Stadium, all along to Sugarloaf Mountain, Copacabana, Ipanema and Gávea Mountain, you can see the whole of Rio de Janeiro.
Day 4. Rio de Janeiro – Foz do Iguacu
Transfer to the airport with driver only. Flight to Foz do Iguacu. Arrival in Foz do Iguacu airport. Meeting at the airport with your driver.
Today you will have a shared excursion to the Brazilian side of the falls. A tranquil and calming walk along the edge of the falls provides the most spectacular view you have ever seen; over 250 overflowing with millions of gallons of water racing furiously down straight from the Amazon River. The sunlight flashing off the water has the mesmerising effect of creating hundreds of rainbows as far as the eye can see. It is almost hard to believe, such is the breath taking beauty of the rainforest paradise. After taking in the incredible views, the path takes you to the eye of the storm, the largest waterfall in the park, The Devil’s Throat. Water crashes off an 80m cliff edge into the Iguazu River, but you have the chance to meet the water via a walkway that leads you into the heart of the waterfall. Feel the power of the water as it surrounds you from all sides, before heading up a stairway to look down from above on the mother of all waterfalls. At the end of the tour, your guide will drop you off at your hotel (entrance ticket included).
Day 5. Foz do Iguacu
After the breakfast, today you will go on shared tour adventure in Foz do Iguacu. The Argentinean side is different from the Brazilian; you will walk on paths through the falls which give you the opportunity to have a look under the falls. You feel the strength of the falling water from up close and enjoy the 55.500 hectares natural park surrounding this spectacular beauty! Within the park, take the train to the marvelous devils throat the strongest of all the waterfalls. Stand directly above the falling water and admire the strength of this natural phenomenon. Tickets are included.
Day 6. Foz do Iguaçu
After breakfast, free time until your transfer to the airport for your flight back home!
Accommodation to suggested hotels on program or similar;
Excursions described on program in regular basis with an English-speaking guide;
All transfers airports/ hotels/ airports with Driver only.
Prices don’t include:
Meals & beverages not mentioned;
*All the hotels can be substituted by a similar class hotel
** This program availability and prices will be confirmed upon booking
Excursions with additional charge:
Rio by night Show
Starting with the pick up at the hotel, you will go to enjoy a fantastic Brazilian show with dancers and musicians their typical costumes and happy music. It will make you will want to come back and experience Carnival as well! At the end, you will be taken back to your hotel. Dinner not
You will enjoy spectacular views when you get in the helicopter at Sugarloaf. During the flight, you will discover magnificent sights below you, Praia Vermelha, Sugar Loaf, Copacabana, Ipanema & Leblon beaches, the huge statue of Christ and “Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas”.
Petropolis - is a city located in the mountains 60 km from Rio de Janeiro. King Pedro II bought land here in 1830 and built a summer palace here to bring a sick daughter, especially for the hot weather. European founders of the city built a lot of buildings, which were of German architecture. At the Royal Palace, many of antique furniture is preserved and household items of the royal family, which are now exhibited in the museum. It also stores jewelry, for example a gold crown with diamonds and pearls. Together with our guide you will visit the Gothic Cathedral, the burial of Princess Isabel, King Pedro II and his wife, and then go to the Royal Museum.
Within the Botanical Garden more than 7,000 species of plants are growing, including Imperial and surprisingly high palm trees and the most exotic and strange inhabitants of the Amazon Valley live there: The most famous plant is Victoria Regia, the giant water lily, with its huge floating leaves which bear the weight of up to five years old children.
Favela Tour - Rocinha
A Favela tour is an experience if you look for an insider point of view of Brazil. The tour introduces you to another Rio, within Rio city: the favela. There are close to 750 favelas in Rio. Mostly placed on former public areas on the hillsides, they are now home to 20% of Rio's population, however they remain a mystery for most people who don't live there. The tour is not only to explain about favelas, but to give you a whole new understanding about different aspects of Brazilian society.
You will go to the favelas of Vila Canoas and Rocinha, the largest one in the country. Picturesque from a distance, once closer they reveal their complex architecture, developing commerce and friendly people. Most Samba Schools participating in the Carnival parade come from favelas. The tour changes their reputation of areas related only to violence and poverty. Don't be shy, you are welcome there, and local people support your visit. If you really want to understand Brazil, don't leave Rio without having done the Favela tour.
Great Adventure Boat Trip
The Great Adventure takes you to meet the Iguazu Falls from a new point of view, but no less entrancing.
It all starts with a wonderful track by the Iguazú National Park. Walk six miles through the fully motorized Yacaratiá Sendero, which will take you from a subtropical vegetation, where flora and fauna coexist in harmony. Multilingual guides pass information about the curiosities of the jungle.
At the end of this wonderful journey you find Puerto Macuco. It's a ride in a special and very safe boat, passing true the island Isla Martín. The boat then on a superspeed takes you directly into the falls! Sparks of water and the adrenalin felt cannot be described in words and has to be felt! And yet you have the privilege of passing very close to the famous Garganta del Diablo.
Helicopter flight over the Waterfalls
The tour takes you for flying over the words’ widest falls!
The picture is stunning, and the tourist will get the best photographs of this nature show. The flyby allows the visitor to have a sense of the scale of the landscape, making the most different emotions arise.