Visiting Brazil in one trip is like visiting the United States in one trip—impossible. For the traveler with a tight schedule, we’ve paired two of the country’s most dazzling experiences in a short but sweet six-day Brazil tour. In three glorious days, you’ll experience the grandeur and the glitz that make Rio de Janeiro so fascinating to visit. You’ll tour the city’s most famous landmarks and get a taste of its cosmopolitan nightlife, spending enough time there to understand why Rio de Janeiro so richly deserves its glamorous reputation. Then take in Brazilian and Argentine views of Iguaçu Falls, one of the most breathtaking sights in all of South America, attracting nature photographers from throughout the world. The 275 extraordinary waterfalls of Iguazu, surrounded by lush subtropical rainforest, is a magical place. These Brazil tours will undoubtedly whet your appetite for more Brazil travel, but if you never pass this way again, at least you will have experienced two of the country’s most memorable marvels.
On your arrival at Rio de Janeiro’s international airport, your English-speaking guide will meet you and transport you to your hotel. After checking in, you will be taken to the city’s most famous attraction, the massive statue of Christ the Redeemer that stands with arms outstretched atop Corcovado Mountain in the PM, start your Corcovado Tour: You will leave the Hotel and visit the Corcovado mountain which has been Rio’s top attraction widely sung by famous Brazilian composers. Tour will leave the hotel riding along the beaches of Rio and taking the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas (lagoon) will reach the Rebouças tunnel, a 2.6 km long complex that links the southern and northern parts of the city cut in half by the Tijuca ridge that makes Rio the only city in the world to have a National Park 5 minutes from downtown. Reaching the Cosme Velho district, tour members will take a cogwheel train of Swiss manufacture that climbs the mountain from its base at 15 mts to almost its summit at 670 mts. This statue covered with a mosaic of soapstone is one of Rio’s finest Art Nouveau monuments. The view, from this vantage point, with the surrounding Tijuca National Forest spreading below and a circle of mountains closing the horizon at the very back of the Guanabara bay. Overnight at Hotel
After a free morning and lunch on your own, you’ll travel to famous Sugar Loaf Mountain with your bilingual guide. in the PM, start your Sugar Loaf Tour: After lunch, You will ride through Rio's beautiful architectonic monuments, visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, and ascend the twin peaks by a series of venturing cable car rides. The Sugar Loaf, known world over as Rio’s postcard and a must to visit. Since the best time of the day to go up the cable car is later in the day tour will close at the Sugar Loaf. Sugar Loaf is reached on a two-stage cable car ride. This cable car, in operation is of Italian manufacture and takes 80 persons per trip on a 2-minute ride, each stage. The first stage, Morro da Urca - barely 170 mts high, has a restaurant, amphitheater, a helipoint for scenic rides and a privileged view of the Yacht Club and Botafogo Bay. The second stage takes one up to the Sugar Loaf - thus named because of the loaves of sugar that were commonly used by the Portuguese at the time of the discovery of the city. The all-encompassing view of this privileged 270-meter high lookout is unrivaled. This is the only site where one will have a full view of Copacabana beach. In the evening, a night-guide will accompany you to experience Brazilian music and dance at Rio Scenarium. This atmospheric hot spot is a favorite with Brazilians and visitors on Rio de Janeiro tours who love the three floors of entertainment. Live bands play Brazil’s popular music genres, samba and chorinho below, and upstairs, a DJ plays a variety of Brazilian music. This is the perfect spot to enjoy a delicious dinner, a fabulous samba floor show and then dance (or people-watch) the night away. You’ll be returned to your hotel for another overnight at your Rio hotel.
Explore neighborhoods, visit museums and sample more cuisine on this last free day of your Rio de Janeiro tours and your last free night out on the town. Overnight one last time in the hotel.
Check out at hotel From your hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your domestic flight to the city of Foz do Iguaçu. Here you will be picked up at the airport and taken to your hotel by your English-speaking driver for two days of Iguazu Falls tours. After check-in and lunch on your own, you will visit the Brazilian Falls. Pick up at the hotel and transfer to Brazilian National Park where guests will get to the marvelous Brazilian falls by walking through the wooden footbridges elevated over the river. During a 40 min walk they will admire the series of astonishing cascades up to the foot of "Floriano Fall" enjoying an unforgettable scenario and also take photographs of the breathtaking panoramic views from the observation deck. At the end of the path there is an elevator, which brings visitors up. The park offers souvenir shops, restaurants, public phones and leisure areas, all of it in a totally revitalized infrastructure. Additional information: Brazilian National Park is opened from Monday to Sunday from 09:00 h to 17:00 h OPTIONAL (Check Optional Tours) "Macuco trail" where guests will embark in open jeep-towed wagons for a 20-minute ride along the trail. The tour continues with a stretch of three kilometers through the jungle, guests will have the opportunity to view Orchids, palm trees, bromeliads, centenarian trees, as well as wild animals that occasionally cross the trail. The second stage, an optional stretch of 600 meters, is a hike on a trail that leads to a waterfall. Next, it is time to board inflatable bi-motor boats, secure and efficient vessels that travel up-river passing the canyon facing the rapids at a speed that permits the appreciation of the scenery. Waterfall shower - Rainbows, blue sky, mist and water in profusion, punctuate the spectacle that has as its high-point the area of the Falls baptized "The Three Musketeers". There the captain maneuvers the boat in order to get close enough to provide the passengers with a quick and refreshing shower, after the adventure guests will return to the jeeps and the vehicle for transfer back to the hotel. Additional information : Macuco Safari schedule – From 09:00 h to 17:00 h Since at the end of the fun everyone normally ends-up wet, the passengers more sensitive to cold should not dispense with extra clothes to use after the boat excursion. Boat’s capacity : 24 pax each Overnight at the hotel.
Today you will travel to Argentina for more Iguazu Falls tours. From your hotel, you’ll be taken across the border into Iguazu National Park. The pax will cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge with its lovely view of the Iguassu Canyon en route to the Iguazu National Park in Argentina. Visit the upper and lower walkways which allow a different perspective and more intimate contact with the falls adjoining rainforest filled with orchids, bromeliads, birds and other wildlife, an exuberant nature with outstanding views. The highlight of the trip is a visit to the suspended platform at the very brink of the abysmal Devil’s Throat – largest of the waterfalls. Beside all this the park offers a complete service infrastructure with shops, restaurants and handicap access. Additional information : Iguazu National Park working hours : From 08:00 h to 18:00 h Tour duration: 5 hours In Brazil again, you’ll have a delicious buffet dinner and a show of Latin American music Rafain. Enjoy the show, churrascaria barbecue and a mixture of Latin American and Caribbean cultures. If you're looking for a spectacular musical, you've got it. Here you'll get to see the full extent of Tri-national cultural diversity when you take a stop at the ‘Rafain Churrascaria Waterfall Show' in the city of Foz do Iguassu. The variety of ideas is as abundant as the barbecued food is tasty! The performance is rather different from other presentations found in the city because of the explosion of cultural ideas. Folklore from Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina is the main ingredient with spicy elements from other South American countries, Central America and the Caribbean. The splendour of the beautiful traditional costumes and luxurious fancy dresses is brought out by the nonchalant ease of the performers. You'll be clapping and cheering every chance you get with almost two hours of entertainment from this Latin American music and dance bonanza. It's guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat. More highlights come from the Guarânies and the Paraguayan polka, and a special slot is reserved for the famous song ‘Galopeira' that's guaranteed to leave you breathless; just try and keep up with the singer. The show has malambo and tango from Argentina, beautiful Andean folklore that spans from Chile to Peru and also the Mexican Mariatis. To cultural spectacular is rounded off by a samba that affirms Tupiniquim traditions as well as customary Brazilian music and capoeira dancing. The glamorous performance is brought to a close by the grace, rhythm and sensuality of the Mulatta dancers. You might want to risk a dance yourself when they encourage the audience to take to the stage and join in. All accompanied by a rodízio of finely grilled and barbecued meats, a big selection of salads, various hot dishes and a buffet of deserts and ice creams. The performance is shown daily from 8:45 pm. If you want a good view of the stage it's advisable to arrive early in order to find a good seat. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your return to Rio de Janeiro, ending your Southern Explorations’ Brazil travel.
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