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After an incredible journey through Brazil with Renata, our group had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of dancing the samba as members of one of Rio's great samba schools in one of the world's great spectacles, the Rio de Janeiro Sambadrome. At 3 a.m., dressed in blue and white ostrich feathers and in front of an audience of 70,000 cheering fans, we danced and sang for an hour. It was a wild sensory overload and remains the highlight of my world travel experiences.
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Wandering the cobblestone streets of the Pelourinho, dancing the night away in the Pre-Carnaval parades and enjoying all of the incredible food, art, and music on offer in Salvador during my tour in Brazil are memories that I will always cherish... My guide was excellent! She was extremely knowledgeable, well organized, and always cheerful. Thank you so much for a wonderful experience!
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5% OFF Southern Brazil Highlights » Aug 2, 2012
14 DAY: Rio, Pantanal Wetlands & Iguassu Falls

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro
Pantanal wildlife
Iguassu falls tour
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$2247 USD
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Duration: 14 days / 13 nights
Areas: Brazil's Central West, Southeast & South
Style: Group Tour
Tour Code: GS14RIG
Thu 2 Aug - Wed 15 Aug 2012
Christ the Redeemer, emerald islands, the biggest metropolis in South America, wild life, crystalline rivers & Iguassu Falls! Itinerary: Day 1-2 Rio de Janeiro; Day 3-4 Paraty; Day 5-6 São Paulo/ night bus; Day 7-8 The Pantanal; Day 9-10 Bonito; Day 11 night bus; Day 12-13 Iguassu Falls; Day 14 Departure Day.


Day 1 Arrival Day in Rio de Janeiro
Arrive in Rio at any time. Go for a walk on the famous Copacabana promenade to get a glimpse of the Marvellous City! Don’t miss the chance to join the football addicts cheering for their teams and be amazed by the atmosphere in the Olympic stadium. Welcome meeting @ 18hs.

Day 2 Free day in Rio de Janeiro
Optional activities include a City Tour that takes you to the main highlights of Rio, including Christ the Redeemer and the Sugar Loaf Mountain. You can also get to see the other side of Rio by joining a Favela Tour in Rocinha, one of the biggest slums in the world; Go hang Gliding from Pedra Bonita - 600m high or dance to the beats of Funk music – the local popular music from the outskirts of Rio.

Day 3-4 Paraty Bay and its Atlantic Forest
The Atlantic Forest is home to very lush vegetation, with a large diversity of plants and animals. We stay in Paraty, a World Heritage site. With its quaint cobblestone streets it is one of the world's best examples of Portuguese colonial architecture. The town is surrounded by a stunning bay and its islands and beaches are covered with Atlantic Forest. It’s the perfect place for an included boat trip. Paraty is also one of the greatest producers of cachaça, the drink used to prepare caipirinhas!

Day 5-6 São Paulo / night bus
A bus journey takes us to the biggest city in Brazil! São Paulo is one of the largest economic centres in Latin America and also the capital of culture, gastronomy, fashion, nightlife and is well known for the hospitality of its local people. There you will find Brazilians descended from more than 70 nationalities. Night bus to Campo Grande.

Day 7-8 The Pantanal wetlands
The Pantanal is the world's largest wetland. It lies mostly within the Brazilian territory but extends into portions of Bolivia and Paraguay, sprawling over an area estimated at between 150,000km2 to 180,000 km2. The Pantanal has an incredibly rich ecosystem and is home to a variety of bird species, fish, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates and countless species of fauna. Parts of the Pantanal are home to some endangered or threatened species such as the Blue Macaw, the Crowned Solitary Eagle, the Jaguar, the Manned Wolf, the South American Tapir and the Giant Anteater. Among the rarest animals to inhabit the area are the Marsh Deer and the Giant River Otter. Approximately 99% of the land in the Pantanal is privately owned for the purpose of agriculture and ranching. We stay in a lodge-fazenda to better experience this environment and do a variety of activities such as photographic safaris, nature walks and more.

Day 9-10-11 Bonito / night bus
Bonito, located in the Serra da Bodoquenha, is famous for its crystal clear waters and its large variety of fish, exuberant sub aquatic vegetation and wildlife. You have an included trip that takes you for small hikes and swimming in natural pools. You may want to go snorkelling in one of these crystal clear rivers, go tubing down the river, enjoy picturesque waterfalls or simply relax in one of those beautiful spots. On our last night, we take a night bus to Foz do Iguaçú.

Day 12-13 Iguassu Falls
Brazil and Argentina share the great Iguassu Falls, with estimated 275 waterfalls over an area of 3km, some over 80m (262.4 ft) in height. We visit the falls from the Brazilian and Argentinean sides. Options include a helicopter flight, bird park or a jet boat trip right to the base of some of the falls.

Day 14 Departure Day
You may choose to go back to Rio or if you plan on going to Argentina as well, we can help you to organize a night bus to Buenos Aires.


Is this tour too long for you?
Check out our 9 DAY version of this route: Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo & Iguassu Falls

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Additional Accommodation, Arrival Transfer & Bus to Buenos Aires
You can book your arrival transfer, add extra nights accommodation in Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo and buy a bus ticket to Buenos Aires in case that you will carry on into Argentina. Click here for details.

This tour runs combined with the 9 DAY GROUP TOUR: Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo & Iguassu Falls.

The itinerary presented is a guideline. Things may change with little or no notice due to local circumstances such as weather conditions, difficult access and other unpredictable or unforeseeable circumstances, events or any factor that might put the safety or well-being of our clients at risk.

*For all tours/programs, “Force Majeure” applies, as explained in our Booking Conditions.
 

What is the Final Payment?
The Final Payment is a convenient and easy way for us to get cash to the Tour Leader to pay for some of the expenses during the tour. It is a nominal proportion of the funds that are required to run the tour. The Final Payment is in addition to, and not included in, the base tour price. The Final Payment must be paid locally to the Tour Leader on the first day of the tour. Go to our FAQ section to know more about it.


Are these tours for me?
Our goal is to make you live your trip, exposing you to some of the day-to-day situations of the places that we visit, providing not only an enjoyable trip, but also a life experience. If you don’t mind a bit of adventure, interacting with the local people, travelling on public buses, and if you care about the environment and the human side of things, then our trips are for you! Click here to see more about Our Way of Travelling.

What should I take?
Click here to see the "What to Bring" section in our FAQ.


All prices on our website are stated in $ American Dollars (USD). Please contact us prior to booking for prices in £ British Pounds (GBP) or € Euros (EUR). We do not accept other currencies.
 
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Activities Included
Boat trip in Paraty Bay;
2-day Pantanal excursion;
Tubing in Bonito;
Visit to Iguassu Falls (both sides: Brazil and Argentina).

Food Included
Breakfast everyday;
1 lunch on the Paraty boat trip; All meals (except drinks) while staying at the Pantanal Lodge. Allow around $40 USD per day for meals.

Accommodation
7 nights in guesthouses/ hotels based on a twin/double room; 4 nights in shared room on the Pantanal excursion and Bonito; 2 night buses.

Transportation
Local public buses and taxis; Private and shared journeys/ transfers through remote areas.

Where do we go?
States of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Mato Grosso do Sul and Paraná.

Group size & Staff
Min 4, Max 10. Tour Leader throughout and local guides on occasions.


Not Included
- Travel Insurance (mandatory)
- Visa fees (if required) and airport tax
- Any International Flights and additional flights to/from the beginning and end of the tour
- Arrival and Departure Transfers/taxis
- Optional Trips/ services available during the tour
- Meals, beverages not specified in the chosen itinerary, including items from the guesthouse/ hotel minibar
- Any other item/service not mentioned in the tour description
- Laundry, internet, phone calls & other personal expenses
- Tips to Local Guides and the Tour Leader; Tips/ service fee charged in restaurants (normally 10% on top of the bill)


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