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Brazil Tour Highlights

Tijuca National Park and Forest

Following pick-up in open jeeps guests are taken to the stunning Tijuca Atlantic Forest with stops at the Chinese Vista with magnificent views of Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, Guanabara Bay and Sugar Loaf. During the tour, guests often spot tropical animals such as monkeys, sloths and exotic birds. On the way back you stop at Pepino Beach to watch the hang-gliders flying down from the nearby mountain.

Corcovado by Tram

A visit to the Christ Statue recently elected one of the seven modern wonders of the world. The statue sits 2,300 ft. above sea level, atop Corcovado Hill. You start on a small train that climbs the beautiful mountainside. Upon reaching the top, visitors admire a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro and discover why it is known as the “Marvelous City”! The tour also includes a drive along Rio’s famous beaches.

Botanical Garden

The Botaniclal Garden is a true ecological sanctuary and also a prominent scientific laboratory. The towering Amazon trees provide protection to a wealth of wildlife including Marmoset monkeys, and toucans. There are over 8,000 species of plant life, with orchids and bromeliads in abundance. The royal palms and pau-brasil trees have become the Garden’s symbol, while the Garden is a UNESCO biosphere reserve.

Royal City of Petropolis

Visit the Imperial Museum that served as summer residence of the imperial family in the 19th century. Petrópolis has landmark buildings such as the Crystal Palace; a cast-iron structure built in France at Princess Isabel’s request. Our last stop is the São Pedro de Alcântara Cathedral dating back to 1884 and the resting place of the remains of Don Pedro II, Dona Teresa Cristina, Conde D’Eu, and Princess Isabel.

Sugar Loaf Mountain by Cable Car

Over a million tourists each year visit the world famous ‘Pão de Açúcar’ (Sugar Loaf Mountain), which has become an iconic symbol of the city of Rio de Janeiro. The journey to the top is made in glass cable-cars and offers spectacular views of the entire bay and its surrounding islands, Botafogo and Copacabana Beaches, Corcovado Mountain and downtown Rio de Janeiro.

Dinner at Belmond Copacabana Palace

The Belmond Copacabana Palace, which sits directly on Copacabana beach, is one of South America's most famous and glamorous hotels. Made famous worldwide in part because of Barry Manilow's hit song which was inspired by a conversation he had while on the beach at the legendary hotel.

Briefing by the U.S. Consulate General

The Consulate General of the United States of America in Rio de Janeiro was established in November, 1971, when the Embassy was transferred to Brasília. Headed by a Consul General, the office is responsible for a broad range of consular and commercial functions and for coordination of United States Government activities in its Consular District, which covers the states of Rio de Janeiro, Espírito Santo and Bahia.

Brazilian Naval School

The Naval Academy is the oldest educational institution of higher education in Brazil with its direct origins in the Portuguese Naval Academy, established in Lisbon, Portugal, by Royal Charter of Queen Maria I in the 18th century. We will tour and also have dinner at the Officers' Club.

Historical and Geographical Brazilian Institute

In 1838, a group of politicians and intellectuals founded the Historical and Geographical Brazilian Institute in order to make Brazil better known to its own people. Its main purpose is to "collect, methodize, publish and archive the documents for the history and geography of Brazil".

Municipal Theater

Considered one of the most beautiful buildings of Rio de Janeiro and one of the 7 Wonders of Rio de Janeiro, the Municipal Theater is the leading playhouse in Brazil and one of the most important in South America.

 

Part II - Iguazu Falls

 

Iguazu Falls

Our colonial residence hotel is located within Iguazu National Park, just a short stroll from the sensational waterfalls and allows exclusive access to this magnificent sight in the evening and at dawn, when the park is closed to other visitors.

   

 

 

Macuco Safari Jungle and River Expedition

We travel the Macuco Trail in an open wagon which allows an unhindered view of the luxurious rainforest. On to the Iguazu River boarding inflatables cruising into the canyon, shooting rapids, and arriving to maneuver in the midst of the falls themselves.

   

 

 

Bird Park

This world-class Bird Park is situated on 12 acres of native subtropical forest to view over 160 species in their natural environment. You get up close in the aviaries rather than simply seeing them through a cage.

     
 

Itaipu Dam

We explore the largest operational hydroelectric power plant in the world supplying 25% of the electricity consumed by Brazil and 95% of the energy consumed by Paraguay. A stunning piece of modern architecture, the tour allows you to learn about its construction.

     
 

Rafain Show

We say farewell to the Iguazu Falls area with an original Latin American dance show. Discover the traditional music and dances of Latin America and sample a variety of typical Brazilian and international dishes.

Part III - The Expedition

 

Manaus - Gateway to the Amazon

ADVENTURE ON THE RIO NEGRO - We board the luxurious and exclusive 5-star hotel cruise ship IBEROSTAR GRAND AMAZON to journey deep into nature’s remotest places and experience a totally different kind of adventure. The ship makes stops in different points of the Amazon rainforest where small boats take you on excursions that explore its dense untouched vegetation.

   

 

 

Key Speaker - Paul Schurke

We are Dee-lighted to introduce our key speaker, Paul Schurke. During the centennial summer of Roosevelt's trek, he retraced Roosevelt's route and will bring it to life. Paul received the “Explorer Award” from the International Center for Exploration, the “Adventurer of the Year” from Outside Magazine & the "Environmental Hero" award from the Wilderness Society. Iberostar conference room onboard our vessel.

   

 

 

Region of Igarapés (narrow streams) of Jaraqui

After a sunrise lovers' breakfast on the upper deck or the buffet spread in the Kuarup Restaurant, we explore the Jaraqui Igarapés region to learn about the trees and plants that are of particular importance to locals for construction and the production of medicines.

     
 

Três Bocas region

Boat tours among the islands of Três Bocas region; these islands are part of the second largest fresh-water archipelago in the world. Followed by an evening boat tour to spot alligators and listen to the night sounds of the Três Bocas region.

     
 

Igarapé Trench

Hike along the trails of the beautiful, high canopied Igarapé Trench and then observe pink dolphins in Novo Airão. The Amazon River dolphin, also called the boto, is the largest of the freshwater dolphins.

     
 

Rio Cuieiras

Visit an indigenous community in Rio Cuieiras to explore the school, the clinic, the flour mill (production of cassava flour), native dwellings and cultivated plants of this population. This is an ideal occasion to purchase local crafts.

     
 

Piranha fishing in the Rio Ariaú region

In the morning, piranha fishing in the Rio Ariaú region with afternoon boat rides in the Tupé region. This is a very scenic area where we can observe the formation of beaches with fine white sand,

     
 

Meeting of the Waters

When the Rio Negro (to the left, dark-colored due to the decomposing forest residues on it) and the Rio Solimões (to the right, its muddy waters due to the sediments from the Andes it carries) meet to form the Amazon river, its waters don’t mix right away. Rather, for miles and miles they stay separated (Rio Negro flows faster and at a higher temperature than Rio Solimões) forming the Meeting of the Waters.

 








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