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Arrive in Rio de Janeiro anytime today and private transfer to your hotel. If arriving in the day, there will be some free time to go out and get acclimatized to the city. If arriving late at night, you will transfer to your hotel for some rest before embarking on the tour.
This morning we visit Corcovado Mountain to visit one of the seven wonders of the world, the Christ Statue. This tour begins in Cosme Velhos neighborhood from where the cog train starts a trip through the Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world, up to the Christ the Redeemer statue that stands tall over the city of Rio de Janeiro. Once there, take in and enjoy a panoramic and extraordinary view of Rio, see the Sugar Loaf, the Guanabara Bay, the beaches of Southern Zone and the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon. After the visit of the Corcovado, the tour will continue to So Conrado area with a brief stop at the Pepino beach.
In the afternoon we visit the famous Sugar Loaf Mountain by cable-car. The cable car trip is in two stages: The first goes to Urca Hill, 220 metres high, and then a short walk to the other side leads you to the second station for the next part of the ride, up to the top of Sugar Loaf itself. From at 396 metres high, there we can take in some spectacular views of the surrounding sights and of the ocean bay. We will also get a better, clearer look of the Christ the Redeemer statue on the other side of the town. The top of Sugar Loaf has been landscaped and includes several pathways and a bar. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.
Morning private transfer to the airport in time for your domestic flight to Cuiabá. Upon arrival private transfer to the jungle lodge in Pantanal, passing through the small village of Mimoso, where Mal. Candido Rondon was born. On the way we can observe many kind of birds, small mammals and beautiful jungle scenery and lndscapes. The transfer to our lodge takes about 3 hours and a half. After check-in, we have an introduction to the lodge and the area around it. In the evening a delicious piranha soup is served just before dinner. After dinner you´ll have a short briefing on the next day’s activities.
After breakfast, we set out on a horseback trail riding through the woods, up to the edge of the Siá Mariana bay. A big variety of birds, animals and reptiles can be observed throughout the year. We return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon we take a tranquil boat ride for some great photo ops, and we journey down the pristine Mutum River, where it’s possible to see giant otters, stingrays and huge schools of small fish. At the Mutum river banks, we have the chance to observe an incredible variety of birds. We return to the lodge for dinner, then off again on nocturnal animal spotting excursion by jeep in the lodge surrounding area.
After breakfast, we set off on a trek through the jungle to the open fields to observe the wildlife. Pantanal is one of the world’s best hot spots for birdwatching and we’ll have ample opportunity to see a huge variety of species. After lunch we take a trip by boat down the Mutum river banks, Siá Mariana bay and Chacororé bay to see more animals, then we return by boat to the lodge, stopping to see the sunset at the Siá Mariana bay and do some piranha fishing.* In the evening we go cayman feeding with the piranhas we caught from Siá Mariana bay and then we´ll head out to look for another nocturnal animal spotting excursion.
*According to the law, fishing is forbidden from October to March.
An early rise this morning to go canoeing in the Mutum river to observe the sunrise and the beauty of wildlife at the break of dawn in the Pantanal jungle. Afterwards we return to the lodge have breakfast and check-out. Transfer to the Cuiabá airport in time for the domestic flight to the Iguassu falls. Check-in to your hotel and you´ll have the rest of the day free to relax.
After breakfast your guide will pick you up at the hotel for a half day tour to the Brazilian side of the magnificent Iguassu Falls one of the world’s most beautiful and spectacular natural spectacles. Following the walkways that border the canyon of the Iguassu River, it is possible to observe hundreds of small waterfalls until where the last fall Floriano Falls is reached. There you will have a complete frontal view of Devils Throat. In the afternoon we the Argentinean side of the falls, offers us a different perspective of the waterfalls. We head into Argentina through the Tancredo Neves bridge, built on the Iguassu River. Trails through the 55.500 hectares reserve (30 km far from the Hotel) provide the pleasure of a different, more complete view of the falls, specially the biggest one, the Devils Throat. Lower and upper walkways permit a closer look at the waterfalls.
All good things must come to an end, and today you´ll have an included private transfer to the Iguassu international airport. You may book your international flight to Brazil into Rio de Janeiro and departing from Iguassu, if not we can add an extra domestic flight back to Rio de Janeiro on this day. If you have some time before your departure, feel free to do some independent exploring before heading to the airport. International flights can leave any time today.
Splendor of Brazil is a nine day tour which includes a visit to a rain forest lodge walking around several sites, and the jungle tour will involve boat tours. Some light hiking will be done on this trip.
On all Southern Crossings tours, you are met at the airport by one of our representatives (holding a Southern Crossings placard), who will accompany you to our joining hotel. No bargaining or being ripped off by airport taxis!
International flight to/from Brazil, Domestic flight from Iguazzu to Rio de Janeiro at the end of the trip, pre- & post- tour accommodation, visas to Brazil or Argentina, vaccinations, personal insurance, meals except where specified above, drinks, laundry, souvenirs, tips while on optional excursions and other items of a personal nature. Medical travel insurance is not included through Southern Crossings though we do require that you have a policy, cancellation insurance is advisable. Any medical insurance is acceptable.
We will gladly arrange additional accommodation for you before or after your trip:
$200 double/$170 single.
This tour includes 4 star hotels. We would be happy to give you an upgrade to 5 star hotels. If you would like to select a specific hotel let us know your preference. We can then work it into your custom itinerary.
All travelers to Brazil are required to have a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry. Visas are not required for U.K., New Zealand and most E.U. passport holders (excluding Cypriots, Maltese, Estonians and Latvians). A visa is required for U.S., Canadian and Australian citizens. U.S. citizens, please visit the U.S. state department website Canadian citizens, please visit the Canadian State foreign affairs website and Australian citizens, please visit the Australian department of foreign affairs website. For other nationalities, please consult the nearest Brazilian embassy or consulate. An onward ticket and proof of funds may also be required at entry and should be available to show to immigration. Traveler’s checks, currency, or a bank statement, from the bank or printed off the internet, are sufficient for proof of funds.
All travelers to Argentina are required to have a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry. Visas are not required for E.U., U.S., Canadian, Australian or New Zealand passport holders, however there is a reciprocity fee for all US, Canadian, and Australian citizens, please follow the link below for more information http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/argentina.html. This is necessary even for crossings the border at Iguassu falls and lasts 10 years. Traveler’s checks, currency, or a bank statement, from the bank or printed off the internet, are sufficient for proof of funds.
Brazil is listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as endemic for yellow fever. Some international airlines may require passengers to present a valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate before being allowed to board flights out of the country. If in doubt, check with your airline. If you have travelled to a country that is considered to be in the yellow fever zone, you will need to show proof of vaccination at the border of Brazil, failure to produce a valid vaccination card may result in refusal of entry. Travelers may wish to receive hepatitis vaccinations and should be current on all other standard vaccinations. Please consult your physician or local health department for more information.
One should come well prepared for warm weather all year round, for extremes of sun and the possibility of rain depending on the time of year. A recommended list of things to bring:
It is best to bring from home such items as prescription medications, eyewear and care, unusual film and camera batteries.
The climate in sites we will visit is as follows:
Rio de Janeiro: Rio has a tropical savanna climate that closely borders a tropical monsoon climate and is often characterized by long periods of heavy rain from December to March. In inland areas of the city, temperatures above 40 °C (104 °F) are common during the summer, though rarely for long periods, while maximum temperatures above 27 °C (81 °F) can occur on a monthly basis. Nights are cool in Rio.
Iguassu: Iguassu Falls experiences a subtropical climate with abundant precipitation and high temperatures year-round.
Pantanal: Rainfall is common all year round. Temperatures average 25 °C (77 °F), with more or less consistent temperatures all year round.
The unit of currency in Brazil is the Brazilian Real. Automatic cash points are available in Rio de Janiero. Visa, MasterCard, Plus, and Cirrus are the most common usable types of cards. Traveler’s checks (American Express is best but you may be charged 5-8% to cash) or a Visa or MasterCard for cash advances are also options. Do not bring Money Grams or International Money Orders, as they are extremely difficult to exchange. Banks and exchange houses are available in Rio de Janiero. For currency, U.S. dollars are recommended and most easily exchanged. Acceptable bills come out of the ATMs in country.
Expect to spend about US$50 a day on food, US$2 on a beer, water or soft drink in Brazil.