This luxury experience invites you to forget what you know about Brazil. There is so much more than carnival and football! From the South, with its canyons and the largest remnant of Atlantic forest in the country, to the North, with beautiful beaches, culture and tradition, Brazil offers options that appeal to all-different traveller profiles. Ecotourism is the natural vocation of the country, which has numerous conservation areas that preserve this amazing scenery, which will be visited along this journey.
After you arrive at the airport, a representative will meet you and provide assistance including a private transfer to your hotel, an itinerary, and any information you need. The next day commences with the first of two tours you will enjoy this day.
Everything begins on board of a centenarian eco-friendly electric tram. It travels uphill through a well-preserved stretch of the Atlantic Forest, part of Tijuca’s National Park, ending at the most iconic attraction of Rio de Janeiro: the Christ the Redeemer statue. At the feet of one of the Seven New Wonders of the Modern World, you will be amazed by some of the most stunning views of the city.
The ride on the Sugarloaf hill cable car reveals a 360º scenery of breathtaking views that include the Leme, Copacabana, and Flamengo beaches, the Pedra da Gávea, Maciço da Tijuca and Corcovado mountains, the Guanabara Bay, the downtown area, the Rio-Niterói bridge, and the Serra do Mar mountain range backdrop, with the famous Dedo de Deus (“God’s Finger”) peak.
Day 3 focuses on food, one of the best ways to experience the culture of the country.
Cook in Rio
Can food explain a culture? Cook in Rio offers hands on Brazilian cooking classes in English to foreign visitors wanting to learn about Brazil, and some of the most fun and delicious Brazilian meals and drinks, like cassava sticks, shrimp moqueca or pork feijoada, coconut cocktail, caipirinhas and pé de moleque (peanut brittle). Discover exotic ingredients, techniques and flavors to impress your guests in your dinner parties. The hilarious Chef Simone Almeida awaits you for messy and delicious fun!
Duration: approx. 4 hrs
A private transfer and flight will take you from your hotel to Foz do Iguaçu airport and then to your hotel where you will stay the night.
The next day, explore the Brazilian side of the waterfalls on your doorstep.
Get ready for the most stunning panoramic views of the greatest water spectacle in the world. The 275 falls of the Iguazu River spread out into a 2,700 meter-semicircle – approximately 800 meters in the Brazilian side, and 1,900 meters in the Argentinean side – right in front of you very eyes!
You will have the chance to almost walk into the most famous fall in the park, the Devil’s Throat, and feel the colossal power and deafening intensity of this natural wonder. Upon arriving at the park, there will be a short bus ride to the beginning of the trail, during which you can start to admire the beauty of the largest remaining stretch of Atlantic Forest in Southern Brazil. It is home to a rich biodiversity, consisting of representative species of the Brazilian fauna and flora, that includes the jaguar, broad-snouted caiman, purple parrot, harpy eagle, peroba pink ariticum, araucaria, and many others.
The walkway is 1,200 metres long and offers several lookout points for a closer view of some of the falls. There is a variety of angles and possibilities for photographers to capture the Brazilian falls with some of the Argentina-side falls in the background. At the end of the over-water boardwalk is stunning panoramic of the Devil’s Throat from just downstream. It is recommended you take this tour in the morning, but in case you prefer in the afternoon, or if your flight arrives during the day, you can enter the park until 5 p.m., as it closes at 7 p.m. And if you have the time, be sure to check out the Bird Park, for an incredible fauna experience, right next to the falls.
The next day, you will cross the boarder to the otherside of the falls.
Such is the greatness of the Iguazu Falls that they spread across natural parks of two different nations! On the Argentine national park, you will board an ecological train that take you on a beautiful ride to the beginning of three different circuits. The lower circuit (2,800m round-trip) invites you into the jungle, on an immersive walk that offers close contact with the splendorous falls – be prepared to get wet!
The upper circuit (3,400m round-trip) offers amazing panoramic views of the upper Iguazu River along its flat pathways. Last but not least, the Devil’s Throat circuit (2,200m) allows you to get up-close with the tallest and most famous waterfall in the park, plunging more than 80 metres into the gorge and marked by a billowing cloud of spray. The Argentine side experience is more rustic and immersive than the Brazilian side, with its varied and exuberant trails.
Again, you will travel from Foz do Iguaçu to Pantanal Sul via private transfers and a flight, which is not included in the price.
While here, from days 7 to 9, you are encouraged to partake in some of the activities which the hotel provides. Some of these activities are listed below.
Walking trails in the woods: enjoy many trails in the surrounding area of the lodge, the walk in the forest allowing you to observe a variety of birds, small animals and plants. This is the activity which provides the greatest contact with the environment. Reinforcing the ecological focus of this activity, the Caiman Ecological Refuge alternates the trails, minimizing the impacts upon the environment.
Join on a walk through the surrounding main areas of the ranch, corral, and Environmental Interpretation Centre. The final destination is the Paizinho’s bridge, one of the most traditional destinations of the Caiman Ecological Refuge; a spot known to provide excellent observations of the Spectacled Caimans. It is a magical moment where guests can get up close and personal to the caimans, combined with the safety provided by the guides, allowing a once in a lifetime experience with one of the Pantanal’s historic symbols. Photographic Safari: Embark upon our specially adapted vehicles, enabling us the access to the most distant and wild areas of the farm. During the photographic safari, it will be possible to observe and learn about the peculiarities of the flora and fauna thriving in this area of Brazil.
Canadian canoe trip:
Paddling the bays of the ranch. The guests row in three-seat Canadian canoes, allowing for a peaceful and scenic observation of the vegetation and water birds. It is a great opportunity to hear the wildlife, chattering to themselves on the banks and trees, besides admiring the fantastic Pantanal sunset.
Nocturnal Wildlife Spotting:
This provides the opportunity to observe nocturnal creatures. The highlight of this tour are when caimans are spotted, and may be possible to see up close and personal.
Your final destination is Barra de São Miguel. You will receive private transfers to and from your flight.
Your final days in Brazil will be spent in this idyllic beach destination. Your time is all your own to spend as you wish, whether you stay and enjoy the sun on the beach, or if you wish to partake in more adventurous activities.
On Day 14, you will receive a private transfer from your hotel to Maceió Airport for your departing flight.