Rio de Janeiro – Foz do Iguacu – Pantanal – Bonito – Paraty
Our guide will be waiting for you at the airport to pick you up and bring you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for your leisure time. You can use this day to relax under palm trees drinking coconut water or start do discover the city of Rio de Janeiro.
Planted between lush, forest-covered mountains and breathtaking beaches, the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City) has many charms, most notably the Cariocas , its exuberant residents.
Discover the many beach which are a free entertainment zone. Watch people chatting, jogging, drinking or playing football. Copacabana and Ipanema are the best beaches in the City with the famous black and white tiled promenade. Beautiful panoramic views can be enjoyed from the famous Cristo Redentor statue. The Sugar Loafs cable car ride up to Sugarloaf also offers a spectacular panorama of Rio’s bays and beaches. In the evening you can dance the night away, with Samba and Forro, in crazy Lapa.
After having breakfast in your hotel, our guide picks you up to start an 8-hour tour to the Corvocado Mountain. Here you take the little train that goes through the tropical rainforest and brings you to the top of Corcovado. A short walk from the final station you find yourself at the foot of the impressive Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor). There you can enjoy spectacular views over Rio de Janeiro and take a lot of pictures that show the beauty of the city.
After Cristo Redentor our guide will take you to red beach (Praia Vermelha) from where we take a cable car up to the Urca mountain. From here an amazing view on Rio opens up before us. We take yet another cable car up the Pao de Acucar Mountain (Sugarloaf). From there we have a wonderful view of the city nestling between the mountains and the sea, and the sight of the sun going down over Copacabana beach is magical. After riding down the cable car, we will discover the historical part of Rio.
After seeing the two most important sights of Rio de Janeiro, you have a free day to discover the city on your own or book one of our optional tours.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for flight to Iguassu. Our guide will pick you up at the airport to bring you to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure time.
After breakfast you will visit the Brazilian site of the magnificent Iguaçu Falls following the walkways which border the canyon of the Iguassu River. It is possible to observe hundreds of small waterfalls until ending up in front of the magnificent Devils Throat, the strongest and mightiest of all falls. The splashes coming from the falling water make you FEEL the falls grandeur and cover the sky with thousands of rainbows.
The Iguacu Falls receive their name from the Caigangues Indian word meaning 'great waters'. The falls are formed by the Iguacu River and consist of 275 separate falls; they are surrounded by the virgin jungle of Iguacu National Park which is home to about 2000 species of flora and 400 bird species (including parrots and toucans). The highest fall, the 'Garganta do Diabo' (Devil's Throat) reaches 70m (230ft), which is one and a half times the height of the Niagara Falls.
Discover different types of rare birds in Foz do Iguassu Bird park! You are driven to the entrance of the bird park where you meet you guide. Now you have the opportunity to meet Tucans and Aras during a walk through the amazing ambiance of the bird park. Maybe a cute butterfly catches your eye when making your way.
The big adventure begins at the Macuco Safari entrance gates, located at kilometer 25 of the Cataratas Highway inside the Iguassu National Park, with embarkation in open jeep-towed wagons that permit an unobstructed view of the scenery along the trail. During the stretch of three kilometers through the jungle, multi-lingual guides point out examples of the flora and fauna of the Park. Orchids, palm trees, bromeliads, centenaria trees, as well as wild animals that occasionally cross the trail are pointed out by the guides. The hike - The second stage, a stretch of 600 meters (optional), is a hike on a trail that leads to a waterfall baptized "Macuco Falls". The waterfall - perfect for a refreshing dip on days of intense heat - spills down from a height of approximately 20 meters. Access is via a stairway carved into the ancient rock. The last stop is the Macuco Safari docks on the Brazilian side of the Iguassu River. In the water, inflatable bi-motor boats, constructed to withstand the rigors of the excursion, are secure and efficient vessels. Before embarkation, passengers receive life-vests and plastic containers in which to protect photographic and filming equipment. The boat travels up-river passing the canyon facing the rapids at a speed that permits the appreciation of the scenery, but will also give you the adrenaline and fun. Rocks, animals and a lot of greenery completes the scenery until the base of the Falls is reached, next to the "great horseshoe" know as the "Devil's Throat". Waterfall shower - Rainbows, blue sky, mist and water in profusion, punctuate the spectacle that has as its high-point the area of the Falls baptized "The Three Musketeers". There the captain maneuvers the boat in order to get close enough to provide the passengers with a quick and refreshing shower. Since at the end of the fun everyone normally ends-up wet, the passengers more sensitive to cold should not dispense with extra clothes to use after the boat excursion. Another important detail: use comfortable shoes and clothes
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for flight to Campo Grande and upon arrival in Campo Grande you will be transferred to Pantanal.
Pantanal is located in the center of the South American Continent and is a unique global conservation area, located within Brazil. The Amazon may attract more fame and glory, but the Pantanal is a far better place to see wildlife, with the greatest concentration of fauna in the New World. In the Amazon, the animals hide in the dense foliage, but in the Pantanal's open spaces, wildlife is visible to the most casual observer. The biodiversity of the region is extremely rich. 260 species of fish and 650 species of birds live there. Spectacled Cayman, hyacinth Macaw, Rhea, Giant river otter, Tapir and Jaguar all call this home. In addition to monkeys, emus and alligators, many snake species also live there.
Thousands of birds such as Ibises, storks, Jaburus and spoonbill populate the area, and it is also an important wintering area for millions of migration birds from North America. The Pantanal is also home to the new world largest concentration of large animals with the variety comparable that seen in America.
In the morning after breakfast, we will go across the plains on a horse, and discover the uncultivated land covered with shrubs, ponds and the Pantanal. During the trip you can see the animals and birds, which are typical of the area, as well as crocodiles that live in the rivers, nearby the route path. You can even choose to cross a river on horseback with crocodiles and piranhas in it (under guidance of your guide). There will be lunch on the farm and the second half of the day there will be a walking tour through the picturesque open spaces of the Pantanal, where you can take wonderful colorful pictures, see the sunset and observe many animals.
After breakfast you will go Piranha fishing close to the hotel. For adventurous travelers, we have the option to stand waist-deep in the water under the direction of a guide and try to fish piranhas. For those who scare the piranhas too much we have the option to catch piranhas from the bank of the river. Optionally, you can swim in the same river like the crocodiles.
A Boat tour is also on the programme (depending on the water stand hi or low water).
After dinner, you have the possibility to go canoeing.
Today we go to the heart of the unspoiled nature but first in the early morning at 7:00 A.M. we will check out of the Hotel to go to the mountain range Serra de Bodoquena. We will go trekking (5.5 km) through the tropical jungle to the twelve waterfalls, the highest waterfall in the south of Mato Grosso-Boca da Onca which is at an altitude of 156 M. There will be several opportunities to swim at the waterfalls and hide between its water wall, discovering the stalactite formations hidden behind. There will be lunch and after lunch there is time to rest in hammocks or go swimming in a natural pool of the spring. It is also possible to go down the valley on a rope from the 70 M high platform, under supervision of a professional instructor;making this experience an adrenaline boost. (this activity is not included and will be USD$ 179 per pax.) Afterwards we will continue towards Bonito.
Bonito is one of the most popular destinations in Brazil for eco-tourism and there are only a few places in the world where nature is preserved in such pristine beauty. Bonito is a unique place, where ancient forests coexist with stalactite and stalagmite caves, magnificent waterfalls and exotic fish in the clear waters of the rivers. In the morning, after breakfast, we will visit the Grotto Blue Lake Cave, producing a lasting impression thanks to its geological structure and water which has a sky-blue color. This cave has attracted the attention of both tourists and researchers from around the world. In 1992, an expedition of Brazilian paleontologists discovered the fossilized remains of mammals buried at the bottom of the cave - a prehistoric giant sloth and a saber-toothed tiger. After lunch we will start our diving trip at the crystal clear water of the river Rio da Prata. We will dive into the water and we will snorkel downstream at a distance of 50 M where there is amazing underwater flora and fauna. The journey begins in the reserve, where our path runs along the Rio da Prata. We visit the source Olho d’Água, where we will begin snorkeling down the river, which originates in the source and be joined by gold fish, piraputanga, and pacush who will entertain us along the way along with the beautiful flora of the underwater world reserve.
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport of Campo Grande to fly to Rio de Janeiro. From there you will have a transfer to Paraty.
The small beach town of Paraty is like a museum in a tropical paradise. The city is located 125 miles from Rio and has one of the best collections of classic colonial buildings from the 18th century. In the late 1700s, the gold from the State of Minas Gerais was transported through the mountains to Paraty and then transported by ship to Portugal. Paraty has become a resort that attracts visitors from all over the world who want to comfortably relax on the beautiful beaches and enjoy an architectural city.
After breakfast we invite you to make a boat trip to the most beautiful islands and beaches around Paraty. Duration - 5 hours. During our trip we make 3 stops, lasting one hour each to enjoy the sun and go snorkelling. We will visit some of the following islands: Comprida, Algodão, Cotia, Praia Vermelha, Lulas, Saco da Velha. The rest of the day is free to relax at a tropical beach in Paraty.
After having breakfast, you will be picked up by our guide who will bring you to the airport of Rio to take your departure flight on time.