11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS

RIO DE JANEIRO, FLORIANÓPOLIS AND FOZ DO IGUAÇU

Florianopolis - Iguazu Falls - Rio de Janeiro
Starting from $4,250.00

RIO DE JANEIRO, FLORIANÓPOLIS AND FOZ DO IGUAÇU

There is water, water everywhere on these Brazil tours where you’ll relax, be energized and awed by some of the country’s most visually stunning sights. The Brazil travel kicks off with three memorable days in Rio de Janeiro, where you’ll experience the grandeur and glamour that make it one of the world’s greatest cities, visiting its most famous landmarks by day and living it up by night in this cosmopolitan destination. With waves rivaling the Hawaiian Islands, the paradise of Florianopolis is an exotic region on the south coast with a laid-back beach culture and Rio-style nightlife surrounded by subtropical forests, making it a popular international vacation spot for Brazil adventure travelers. Here visitors enjoy surfing, hiking and white water rafting with plenty of time to enjoy the white-sand beaches and a choice of calm warm waters or wild waves. The most awe-inspiring waters are saved for last when you visit one of the top sights in all of South America, Iguaçu Falls. The panorama of these 275 magnificent waterfalls surrounded by lush subtropical rainforest is a photographer’s dream, making a fitting finale to the magical places in this Brazil travel.

INCLUDES
  • Round trip transfers within Brazil
  • 3 Nights accommodation at Windsor Excelsior Copacabana (4 Stars) Hotel in Rio De Janeiro based on bed & breakfast
  • 5 Nights accommodation at Blue Tree Towers Florianópolis (4 Stars) Hotel in Florianópolis based on bed & breakfast
  • 2 Nights accommodation at Bourbon Cataratas Convention & Spa Resort ( 5 Stars) in Iguazu Falls based on bed & breakfast
  • Round trip transfers within Brazil
  • Internal Airfare: Rio - Florianopolis - Foz do Iguaçu - Rio. Subject to Change at the time of ticketing
  • Half Day Corcovado Tour - 04 hrs
  • Half Day Sugar Loaf Tour - 04 hrs
  • Rio by Night at Rio Scenarium - 04 hrs
  • TOUR CONCEICAO POND AND JOAQUINA BEACH
  • SOUTH BEACHES TOUR
  • FULL DAY RAFTING TOUR
  • KNOWING THE COAST OF LAKE
  • Half Day Brazil falls Tou from hotel in IGU
  • Brazilian national park
  • Half Day Argentina falls from hotel in IGU
  • Argentinean national park
  • By night Restaurant Rafain Cat (BBQ)- dinner & show (except Sun)
  • All services will be provided with deluxe air conditioned vehicles;
  • Service of English speaking certified guides
  • Entrance fees for all scheduled tours and archaeological sites
EXCLUDES
  • Travel insurance
  • International round - trip airfare to and from Brazil
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Continental breakfasts are included at all hotels. All other meals are not included unless specified in the itinerary.
  • Private safety deposit box in the hotel rooms (charged directly by the hotels to passengers);
  • Beverages at any time or during meals, unless otherwise stated;
  • Early check in or late check-out at hotels (usually: check in hour: 14:00 / check out hour: 12:00);
  • Luggage handling service at the hotels and the airports (approx. U$ 5.00 per pax, each way).
ITINERARY
Day 1 - ARRIVE RIO / CORCOVADO TOUR

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


Day 2 - SUGAR LOAF / RIO AT NIGHT

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.


Day 3 - RIO FREE DAY AND NIGHT

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.


Day 4 - RIO – FLORIANOPOLIS

You will be picked up at the hotel to go to the airport for your flight to Florianopolis. Arrival on Florianopolis Airport your English-speaking guide will meet you and transport you to your hotel. After check in and lunch on your own, you will visit the Conceição Pond and Joaquina Beach. North Shore Avenue and Residential Palace in Agronomica – Stop at the top of Morro das Sete Voltas (from where is possible to see the spectacular view of Conceicao Pond with the Atlantic Ocean in the background – Continuing on the avenue along the Conceicao Pond, with a stop at the bridge to watch the shrimp fishing –Visit to the dunes near the pond- Visit to Joaquina beach. Duration: 03 hours You’ll be returned to your hotel for another overnight at your hotel.


Day 5 - FLORIANOPOLIS

After breakfast you will visit the South Beaches of Florianopolis. Departure from the hotel to know the South of the Island. There are beautiful beaches and you will find the typical locals – like the Azorian Culture. They are the most preserved beaches in the island. Costa Sul Beaches – Natives, they aren’t so beautiful, but they preserve the native fauna and flora. Campeche Beach – It’s located 20 Km from the downtown, with 11,5 Km extension, open sea, it’s a great option to the surf practice. Morro das Pedras Beach – It has a Dangerous and agitated Sea, it’s located 22 Km from the downtown. It offers an enchanted panoramic view of the other beaches in the south of the Island. It has a rocky coast that it’s very beautiful, and it’s very good to fish.Armação Beach – It’s located 25 Km from the downtown, it’s a beautiful and calm beach, in the local, the native fisherman that rents their boats called “Baleeiras”, to do some tours in the Campeche Island. In the Armação Beach you will find typical restaurants. The Matadeiro Beach it’s separated from the Armação Beach by a river, and the access it’s just by feet, it’s very good to the Surf practice. Pantano do Sul Beach - It’s located 31 Km from the downtown, there you will find the most authentic and typical fishermen colonies.Ribeirão da Ilha – It’s the oldest district in the Island, it’s the most typical places in Florianopolis, with the Azorian influence that it’s present in all detail in the local. You will find preserved houses with the typical architecture from the Azores Island. It’s located 36 Km from the downtown, the beaches are calm and there are almost no sand. They use the water to produce oysters, it’s a new alternative to the people that live there and to the Island economy. ( Visit the Nossa Senhora da Lapa Church ). Duration: 03 hours. You’ll be returned to your hotel for another overnight at your hotel.


Day 6 - FLORIANOPOLIS

Day free to enjoy the city and the beaches on your own.Now that you know your way around, you’ll have the day and evening to yourself to enjoy the island lifestyle however you choose.


Day 7 - FLORIANOPOLIS

After breakfast, exit from Florianopolis for a FD Rafting Tour, passing through the Colombo Salles bridge and driving along the highway BR 101. Transportation: Deluxe Air conditioned coaches Guide Type: One driver and one English speaking local guide per coach Wheelchair Access: No wheelchair access on any transportation RADICAL TRIP (Class III & IV) Descriptive: Guests board bus with driver and guide for an approximate 1½ hour narrated drive from the pier to Santo Amaro da Imperatriz. Halfway through the rafting trip, a calming Class II section allows paddlers time to relax and play in the clear green water. The final stretch of river begins with a sharp 4 meters drop then comes a long succession of exciting Class III - IV rapids It is important to be always alert and listen to the guides' commands. This rafting trip can be done by beginners or experts. Along the tour it’s possible to observe typical fauna and flora of Tabuleiro State Park, the biggest environmental protected area in Santa Catarina State. Scenery is more than beautiful, leaving from Caldas da Imperatriz (hot springs place) the river runs across a valley between two mountains covered by untouched Atlantic forest. Duration rafting aprox. : 2:00 h Minimum Age: 9 years old Distance: 7 km Departures: daily trips: 10:00 Include: Guides, safety equipment, adventure insurance, transfer in/out to the river leaving from TDA head quarter in Caldas da Imperatriz. Optional: Photographer Service, Other Adventures, Hostelling, Hot Springs Bath, Snacks. Tour Timing: This section should be filled in based on a rundown of times for each stop, visit or pass by made during the tour. Include all tour elements. You’ll be returned to your hotel for another overnight at your hotel.


Day 8 - FLORIANOPOLIS

After breakfast, you will access to the Costa da Lagoa can be done by trail or boat leaving the Lagoa da Conceição. Its outline is irregular with curves and small stones or points of land design and mirror the bottom of the pond. It is a place where rural and urban mix, and that most homes have warehouses. Costa da lagoa hidden stories of witches who ,according to legend, inhabited the region in ancient times. Perhaps this is due to the exuberant magic waters, forests and small houses that are enchanting. Choice of foods. Costa da Lagoa is a very nice fishing village. Several restaurants await locals for a delicious lunch or snacks on the edge of Lagoa da Conceicao. TRANSPORTATION: boat in the Marina. The boat service is regular


Day 9 - DEPARTURE FLORIANOPOLIS – IGUAZU FALLS / BRAZIL SIDE ( (OPTIONAL MACUCCO TOUR))

From your hotel in Florianopolis, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to 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 "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.


Day 10 - IGUAZU FALLS / ARGENTINA SIDE

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.


Day 11 - DEPARTURE FOZ DO IGUAZU – RIO DE JANEIRO

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your return to Rio de Janeiro, ending your Southern Explorations’ Brazil travel.


Notes
  • Services are on private basis for min. 4 PAX and guaranteed with English Speaking guide
  • ALL RATES INFORMED ARE NOT VALID FOR FOLLOWING PERIODS: - CARNIVAL (08 TO 13 FEBRUARY 2013) - WINNERS PARADE (15 TO 17 FEBRUARY 2013) - HOLLY WEEK (27 TO 31 MARCH 2013) - CONFEDERATIONS CUP (15 TO 30 JUNE 2013) - WYD (22 TO 30 JULY 2013) - CONGRESS AND SPECIAL EVENTS - ROCK IN RIO 2013 - CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR
  • Should dates shown meet any special period of the year, which coincides with Congresses, Special events or holidays, we reserve the right to re-quote the program according to rates practiced by suppliers for that period;
  • Changes in weather or road conditions and other safety factors may necessitate modifications to the itinerary.

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