Rio de Janeiro and Iguassu Falls

Brazilians say that God created the world in six days and, on the seventh, He created Rio. On first sight, this seems perfectly believable. This 'Marvelous City' as its inhabitants, the Cariocas, call it, is indeed one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the world.

Uniquely situated on a narrow strip of land between the green mountains and the deep blue sea, it’s surrounded by granite based mountains, coves, and white sand beaches.  The most famous coastal mountain is the Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf), which has wonderful views of the city, the bay, and the Corcovado (the statue of Christ).

You’ll also be visiting the Iguassu Falls.  The Falls are considered to be one of the seven wonders of the modern world.  Their beauty is unsurpassed.

Rio de Janeiro and Iguassu (7 Nights)

Includes International Flight

Rio - 4 nights includes:
Ground Transportation
Accommodation:  Apartment in Copacabana Beach


City tour of Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches, Tijuca Forest, Corcovado (the Christ statue), sunset at Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf Mountain) and other spots, including Santa Teresa, the Lapa Arches, Maracana Stadium, and much more

Ilha Grande (Big Island) Tour
Favella Tour
Lapa street party (Friday, Saturday)
Churrasco (Brazilian Barbecue) dinner


Iguassu - 3 nights includes:
Domestic Flight
Ground Transportation
Accommodation:  The beautiful Pousada Sonho Meu


 Macuco Safari Boat and rafting
 Tour of the Brazilian side of the Iguassu Falls, lunch, and tour of the falls from the Argentinian side
 Trip to Parque das Aves (Bird Park)


Day-by-day Itinerary
Day 1
You'll arrive in Rio and be met at the airport by a private driver who’ll take you to your apartment.  You’ll want to relax for a bit.  In the late afternoon, we’ll take a leisurely walk of Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches coming into sunset.

Day 2
Today you'll be taken on a city tour to visit some of the most famous sites of Rio.  Driving on scenic roads through the Tijuca National Park, you’ll visit the principal hotspots:  the waterfalls, the Mayrink Chapel, and the view of the beautiful flora and fauna of the forest and the sounds of the Atlantic Forest birds.

The tour will take you across the top of the mountain in the direction of Corcovado.  After experiencing the panoramic 360º views from the top of the Corcovado (the Christ Statue), your next stop will be the neighborhood of Santa Teresa, a historical district of old Rio where artisans work and live.

Later we’ll end at Sugar Loaf, where you’ll be able to watch the magnificent sunset over the city and the bay.


Day 3
Morning van ride to the docks where a schooner will be off to visit the idyllic Ilha Grande (Big Island).  Upon arrival, use the map to guide through 16 different signposted trails leading through the lush forest to several of the islands 102 beaches.  Seemingly endless picturesque beaches with some good surfing waves are considered by some to be the most beautiful in Brazil.  Snorkeling, laying on the beach, wandering the rain forest, whatever you'd like to do.  Boat heads back at sunset.

Day 4
Today will see us off on a Favella (Shanty) Tour.  Our guide will lead us through Rocina, the largest shantytown in Rio.  This tour is unforgettable.  After, we’ll head to visit the home of Pele, Maracana Stadium.  We have a churrasco dinner (Brazilian barbecue) planned before we head to the famous weekly Lapa street party at the Arches of Lapa.

Day 5
You’ll be driven to the airport in the morning to flight to Foz do Iguacu.  After you arrive, you’ll be driven to your hotel.  After lunch you’ll be taken on a tour traveling the Macuco Trail in a rustic, open wagon, which allows you a view of the luxurious jungle in its splendor.

You’ll take a walk down the Iguassu Canyon Trail, visiting the picturesque Macuco Falls and enter the Brazilian jungle on foot to have more close contact with nature.  Finally, you’ll ride the rapids of the Iguassu Canyon in secure open boats.


Day 6
Today will comprise a full-day tour of both sides of the falls.  You’ll follow a trail inside the sub-tropical forest, which includes a visit to the bottom of Salto Floriano (Floriano Falls).  At the end of trail an elevator will take you up to the top of the falls.  After your tour of the Brazilian side, there will be a break for lunch.  Then, you’ll be taken across the border into Argentina by private vehicle, and into the Parque National del Iguazu.

Once in Argentina, you’ll go on a walking tour of the falls.  The views are magnificent, especially the one right on top of the Devil's Throat, which is reached by a little boat taking you through breathtaking scenery.

Throughout the day you will see numerous rainbows, hundreds of beautiful butterflies, lots of friendly little South American coatis, and dozens of exotic birds.


Day 7
Today you’ll visit the world's largest hydroelectric power plant – the Itaipu Dam.  The power plant is responsible for 89% of the energy consumed in Paraguay and 25% in Brazil.  After this tour, your guide will take you to the Bird Park.  You’ll enter huge forest aviaries to study and photograph birds in their natural habitat without the restriction of cages.  There are over 800 birds, both indigenous and from other continents.  Exciting new exhibits also show snakes, monkeys, humming-birds, and butterflies.

Day 8
Before checking out of your hotel, you may want to have one final look at the magnificent falls then be driven in a private vehicle to the airport.

We are certain that you will have enjoyed your trip and we look forward to seeing you again in Brazil. 


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