Experiencing ecotourism in Brazil is to closely meet each of existing biomes; it is enjoying, in a sustainable way, the natural heritage of National Parks, Biosphere Reserves and Environmental Preservation Areas – seven of which listed by UNESCO as World Heritage.
Day 1 – Rio de Janeiro
Arrival in Rio de Janeiro. Meeting at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Accomodation.
Day 2 – Rio de Janeiro. (B, L)
After breakfast, in previous scheduled time, we will leave the hotel to visit Rio’s most famous landmarks and natural beauties. After a scenic drive along Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, you will arrive at the bottom of the Corcovado Hill and continue the tour on a comfortable train which will climb the mountain until the famous Christ the Redeemer (2.300ft above sea level). There is mechanized access with panoramic elevators and escalators that take us to the foot of the statute. There, you will be able to enjoy a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro and discover why the city is called the “Marvelous City”. We make our way down on the same route and towards another world famous landmark, the Sugar Loaf, named because its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined sugar loaf. The tour is done in two steps by glass cable-cars. The first cable-car takes passengers to the top of Urca Hill, which rises215 metersabove sea level and offers spectacular views of the entire bay its islands. From Urca Hill, passengers continue in a second cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf which rises 395 meters above sea level and offers a 360 degree view of the entire city including Botafogo and Copacabana Beaches, the Corcovado and downtown Rio. It´s included lunch in a typical Barbecue restaurant "churrascaria". Back to hotel and Accommodation.
Day 3 – Rio de Janeiro. (B)
Day 4 – Rio de Janeiro. (B)
Day 5 – Rio de Janeiro / Iguassu Falls. (B)
Transfer out to the airport. Arrival in Iguassu Falls. Meeting at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Accomodation.
Day 6 – Iguassu Falls. (B)
Brazilian Falls Tour: we will proceed to the Iguaçu National Park where we drive through the lush, subtropical vegetation of the park en route to the falls. Stroll the trail descending the canyon that offers a panoramic view of the more than 240 falls. Take the glass elevator up the cliff face for an exquisite view from the upper deck. The Iguassu National Park along with its “sister” park in Argentina form the most significant remaining rainforest in the southern cone of South America which along with the waterfalls have been declared a National Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Macuco Safari: The trips begins within the National Park on the Brazilian Side, where visitors take seats in an open wagon driven through the forest where they can observe birds, animals and exotic vegetation all while accompanied by a specialized guide. At the end of the 2km ride we continue on foot to the margin of the Iguassu River to take a specially prepared motor boat for an exciting and unforgettable trip. Passengers are taken as close as possible to the water falls, where they can hear the thunderous roar of the walls of water, and get wet from the mist of the falls.
Day 7 – Iguassu Falls. (B)
Argentinean Falls: Cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge en route to the Iguazu National Park in Argentina. At the entrance the passenger will take a small train for a visit through the park with 2 stops until the trail where the walking tour begins to the visit the upper walkways, which allow for more intimate contact with the falls and the rainforest. The highlight of the trip is a visit to the suspended platform at the very brink of the abysmal Devil’s Throat – the largest fall. This trip shows you the highlights of the Argentinean side.
Day 8 – Iguassu/ Cuiaba (Pantanal). (B, D)
Transfer out to the airport. Transfer from Cuiaba Airport (fixed transfer at 12:30PM or 17:30PM), it´s around 04 hours of trip till the lodge. Transfer to the lodge passing through the small village of Mimoso, where Mal. Candido Rondon was born. On the way, observation of many kind of birds, small mammals and tipical landscapes. After check-in, introduction to the lodge and area around it. In the evening a delicious piranha soup is served just before dinner. After dinner, introduction to the activities of the following days. Overnight.
Day 9 – Pantanal. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, horseback trail riding through the woods, up to the edge of the Siá Mariana bay. During the whole year, a big variety of birds, animals and reptiles can be observed. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, boat ride for a photographic safari in the pristine Mutum River, where it’s possible to see giant otters, stingrays and huge schools of small fish. At the Mutum river banks, a large variety of birds can be observed. Return to the lodge for dinner, then nocturnal animal spotting by jeep in the lodge surrounding area. Overnight.
Day 10 – Pantanal. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, ecological walk through the jungle and open fields to observe the wildlife.Undeniably, Pantanal is one of the world’s best hot spots for birdwatching. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, boat trip down the Mutum river banks, Siá Mariana bay and Chacororé bay. Return by boat to the lodge, stopping to see the sunset at the Siá Mariana bay and do piranha fishing*. In the evening, cayman feeding with the piranhas fished from Siá Mariana bay and nocturnal animals spotting. Dinner and overnight.*According to the law, fishing is forbidden from October to March.
Day 11 – Pantanal/ Cuiaba/ Rio de Janeiro (Angra dos Reis). (B)
4:30am – Canoeing in the Mutum river to observe the sunrise and the beauty of wildlife at the break of dawn in the Pantanal. Return to the lodge, breakfast and check-out. Transfer to the Cuiabá airport at a fixed transfer 07:00AM or 11:00AM (depending of your flight schedule).
Arrival in Rio de Janeiro and transfer to Angra dos Reis. It´s a trip of 02 hours. Arrival and accommodation.
Day 12 – Angra dos Reis. (B)
Day 13 – Angra dos Reis. (B)
Day 14 – Angra dos Reis. (B)
Day 15 – Angra dos Reis. (B)
Transfer out to Rio de Janeiro Airport.