Discovering Brazil


IGUASSU FALLS: 2 nights with half day tour of Brazilian side of falls, half day tour of Argentina side of falls with lunch and dinner and show at Rafain


Bordering the Brazil – Argentina border, the mighty Iguassu Falls are the widest waterfalls in the world,made up of 275 individual falls that form a semicircle that stretches 2.7 kilometers (1.6 miles). The falls can be viewed from both the Brazilian and the Argentinian side. The national parks where the falls are located offer many activities, such as hiking, canoeing, rafting, bird watching and climbing. Visitors can also go to the nearby Itaipu Dam, the largest hydroelectric dam in the world, or explore the nearby bird park with its amazing collection of tropical birds from around the world. For those guests looking for an up-close view of the falls, they can enjoy an adventurous boat ride under the falls. Two nights is adequate for most visitors who go to Iguassu Falls.


After crossing the border into Argentina, you will enter the Iguazú National Park, home to approximately 70% of Iguassu Falls. The park’s open train will transport you through the forest to the first stop. You will arrive at the next station to walk along raised metal walkways above the water to the Devil's Throat Falls, the largest and most impressive of the 245 total waterfalls. The raised walkway leads you above the waters and ends just before the drop off point for Devil’s Throat. You not only see the falls up close, but feel the power of the rushing falls and oftentimes the sprays of the water as well. The walk takes approximately 20 minutes each way, but additional time is needed for when you reach Devil’s Throat for viewing and photos. From there, you will board the train to another stop will you will walk along the trails of the park. The paths put you in close contact with nature and include viewing platforms along the way to see the falls from various perspectives. Lunch is included at the La Selva restaurant located inside the Argentinian park RIO: 4 nights with half day tour of Sugarloaf or Corcovador Mountains and BBQ lunch and Rio by Night with BBQ and samba show at Plataforma


Upon departure from the hotel, you will travel to the Corcovado railway station at the foot of the Corcovado Mountain. A 3.5-kilometer (2-mile), 25-minute train ride will take you through the lush Tijuca Forest to the station on the top of the mountain. From there you will walk 222 steps to the 38-meter (125-foot) statue of Christ the Redeemer which stands with open arms at 710 meters (2,330 feet) above sea level. There will be time at leisure to enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of the city before returning to the train to ride back down the mountain.


For this special evening, you will be transported to one of Rio’s many churrascarias, or popular barbeque restaurants where you can sample some of the country’s famous barbequed meats. At churrascarias they serve unlimited amounts of various kinds of meat, chicken and sausages that are cooked on large skewers and then served directly onto your plate. In addition, there are numerous hot side dishes and a salad buffet. Following dinner will be a short transfer to Plataforma 1 in the neighborhood of Leblon. Plataforma’s talented performers will take you on a journey through Brazil’s cultural history with a music and dance show, including typical Afro-Brazilian dances, samba from carnival and much more. The show begins at 10 p.m. and ends at 11:30 p.m.

MANAUS: 1 night at Tropical Manaus hotel and 3 nights at Ariau Jungle Lodge or Amazon Eco Park


Manaus is the capital of Amazonas, the largest state in Brazil, and gateway to the Amazon. Manaus achieved a period of glory in the last century during the rubber production period, when the Europeans set up an efficient urban infrastructure and built various neo-classical style structures, including the famous Amazon Opera House built in 1896 and officially recognized as a national historic site in 1965. Although it is isolated, today the city of Manaus is an important industrial city with many amenities found in other large cities in Brazil. There are many full-day or overnight river tours that leave from Manaus and venture down the Amazon River or one of the other various rivers that make up the Amazon River basin. Visitors can stay in safe, comfortable lodges in the jungle, with easy access to explore and enjoy the spectacular Amazon flora and fauna.


Day 1: 8 a.m. departure from Manaus via 2-hour boat ride, welcome drink of regional fruit juice, check-in, hotel tour, lunch, visit to local community by motorized canoe to visit a house and dinner

Day 2: Breakfast, jungle hike, lunch, piranha fishing, dinner and evening caiman spotting

Day 3: Breakfast, canoe ride to Saint Thomas village for interaction with locals, lunch, free afternoon and dinner.

Day 4: Sunrise canoe ride, breakfast and transfer back to Manaus via 2-hour boat ride with drop off at Manaus hotel or airport. Depending upon flight, departure from Ariau is at 8 a.m. or 2 p.m. Lunch is included on this day for those leaving in the afternoon. Package includes standard room with air conditioning. All activities are with English-speaking guide. Drinks are not included with meals.


Day 1: 8:30 a.m. departure from Manaus via 30-minute boat ride, welcome drink of regional fruit juice, check-in, visit to primate rehabilitation park for interaction with animals, lunch, visit to local community by boat, dinner and evening caiman spotting

Day 2: Breakfast, nature hike, lunch, fishing and dinner

Day 3: Breakfast, full day tour to Meeting of the Waters with lunch, followed by optional canoe ride with an opportunity for piranha fishing and dinner

Day 4: Breakfast, free time to enjoy the natural pools, check-out at 11:30 a.m. and transfer to Manaus via 30-minute boat ride. Package includes standard room with air conditioning. All activities are with English-speaking guide. Drinks are not included with meals.