Rio de Janeiro + Iguaçu Waterfalls+Buzios
10 days/ 9 nights
The famous carnival of Rio de Janeiro attracts visitors from the whole world who enjoy the powerful dances and the colorful costumes on the happy mulatos! Dance along and enjoy the Carnival Champions Parade or Rio de Janeiro! Afterwards, you will see the word widest falls, the Iguacu falls! One of the seven nature wonders!
Day 1: Rio de Janeiro
Arrival day in Rio de Janeiro! A driver be waiting for you at the international airport of Rio de Janeiro and bring you to your hotel. (Guide not included) If you arrive before dark, it will be possible see Rio de Janeiro’s green hills, blue sky, rocky mountains, palm trees on both side of beautiful bays. By day or night you can walk at famous black-and-white tiled promenade of Copacabana, Leblon, Ipane iver ma. Maybe you will want to see and feel the lush life of the city during the night, or if you want to be alone with yourself, then, there is always a corner somewhere in between the palm trees, sand and ocean waves.
Day 2: Rio de Janeiro
Group tour to Corcovado and the Christ the Saviour statue
After a delicious tropical breakfast in your hotel, you will head out on a trip to see the world-famous Christ the Saviour 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 Saviour. 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.
Get ready for the Carnival party! An incredible night of music, dance, colour and joy awaits you. You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the Sambódromo, Rio’s stadium of samba. The samba schools parade down the avenue showing off their hip-swaying moves and elaborate costumes, along with flotillas often making humorous jokes about Brazilian politics. You may be taken back to the hotel at any time, or not at all!
Day 3: Rio de Janeiro
Sugarloaf Mountain excursion and the cable car
You will be taken 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 neighbourhoods, with the unmistakable silhouette of Christ the Saviour casting its eternal gaze over the city. This trip is essential to gain a different perspective on Rio, and to truly understand its beauty.
Day 4: Rio de Janeiro – Foz do Iguaçu
After breakfast in your hotel your driver will take you to the airport where it is time to say goodbye to the Marvelous City. However with the next stop being one of the natural wonders of the world, there is no time for tears. Board your flight to Iguazu Falls. Arrival and meeting at the airport. Transfer with a driver to the hotel.
Day 5: Foz do Iguaçu
Tour to the Brazilian side of the falls
After breakfast in the hotel your driver will take you 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 breathtaking 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).
Excursions with additional charge:
Optional: You will have the opportunity for an excursion to the Bird Park in the National Park of Iguazu. There you will see a vibrant spectrum of all manner of birdlife as you walk around the open-air enclosures, paying close attention to the chorus of birdsong above. (Price USD 50 Net P/P.)
There will also be the chance for a “Macuco Safari” trip through the jungle. Hop into the back of an open-topped jeep and head out into the wilderness of the Iguazu National Park to witness first-hand the incredible happenings of nature. Your guides will explain to you the variety of flora and fauna on display. Keep an eye out for monkeys overhead! (Price USD 130NET P/p)
Once you reach the water you will board a boat and set out on the Iguazu river towards the deep rumble of the falls in the distance. The high-speed boat will race through the cascading waterfalls and ensure you are soaked from head to toe! This ride really gets the adrenaline going, especially when you creep up to the earth-shattering power of the Garganta del Diablo, giving you an idea of the weight of water falling per second.
Day 6: Foz do Iguaçu
Tour to the Argentinian side of the falls
Wake up and have breakfast in your beautiful hotel. Today’s tour will take you through the Argentinian side of the National Park. Often referred to as like being on stage compared to sitting in the audience from the Brazilian side, the Argentinian side allows you to fully interact with the falls as you walk across a spectacular maze of walkways over 3km long across two levels over the rushing water. Combined with the myriad rainbows, you are given the feeling of walking on water as you encounter the many waterfalls on display.
It all starts with the Lower Circuit: At a length of 1700m, wooden walkways penetrate the lush jungle to carry you to the edge of the twin beauty of the Salto Dos Hermanas (Two Sisters Falls), then the serene intimacy of Saltos Chico and Ramirez. The next stop on this magical spectacle of water is the gaping yawn of Salto Bosetti, followed by the tall and narrow but furiously powerful Saltos Alvar Nuñez, Elenita and Lanusse, all the while accompanied by the song of tropical birds, the howling of monkeys and the occasional amber flash of a toucan’s beak.
The second half of the day takes you to the Upper Circuit: make the quick journey upwards from the Lower Circuit to bring you up to another walkway, this time from an elevated height which allows you to walk right up to the edge of the waterfalls and observe this incredible sight from above via a series of smaller falls, eventually reaching the gargantuan Salto San Martin, which seems to stretch on endlessly. The ominous rumble of the Devil’s Throat can be heard in the distance.
The tour culminates in awe-inspiring Devil's Throat, this time seen from the top of the fall. To reach it, you take a scenic train ride through the rainforest, passing by the indigenous coati, armadillo and innumerable bird species. The cascade of flying mist can be seen from afar. It seems almost apocalyptic; however once you arrive at the Devil’s Throat you cannot help but be struck by the beauty as the spray crashes against your face. Water pours in a 150m-long horseshoe shape down an 80m drop, to the very place you were standing in yesterday. The sheer amount of water falling away each second is simply mind-boggling (entrance ticket included).
Day 7: Foz do Iguaçu
After the breakfast you will have a transfer out to the airport to take a flight to Rio. Upon arrival transfer to Buzios, check in to your hotel.
Day 8 - 9: Buzios
While in Búzios you have free time to fill as you wish.
Buzios - This fishing village, 177 km north of Rio de Janeiro, is one of the most beautiful and little-known beach resorts in the world. The intimate feel, mild climate, exotic vegetation and picture-perfect beaches give this place a unique charm. The golden sands and crystal clear oceans offer incredible vistas of green mountains and rocky cliffs, with each beach boasting a truly stunning sunset, As well as relaxing by the sea, surfing, scuba diving, water skiing and kayaking are all popular activities here. The many piers leading onto the water are the perfect place to relax with great food and some cold beer and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of Búzios. One unmissable activity is to take a trip out to sea with a fisherman and witness the jawdropping amount of marine wildlife underwater, such as turtles, tropical fish and even whales. Chic restaurants and stylish bars open their doors as the sun goes down and the cobbled streets fill up with people enjoying their evening.
* Besides Buzios, you can choose any other of the many resorts in Brazil for a beach holiday!
Angra dos Reis - for lovers of peaceful rest and nature (155km south of Rio de Janeiro)
The famous resorts of the Northeast of Brazil (2-3h flight from Rio de Janeiro) - Porto de Galinhas, Pipa, Salvador, Jericoacoara, Akiraz, Porto Seguro, Trancoso - for lovers of paradise beaches with pure clear water and unbelievable natural beauty.
Day 10: Buzios - Rio de Janeiro
It is time to say Goodbye! After breakfast you will be transferred to the international Airport in Rio de Janeiro for your flight back home.
THE PRICE INCLUDES:
- Accommodation in hotels by the program
-Transfers according to the program (in group)
-Meals according to the program (BB)
-Excursions by program (in group)
-Carnival ticket (Sector 9 or similar)
-Internal flight Rio-Iguazu-Rio
THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
-Food and drinks during the transfers