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Rio Falls

RIO DE JANEIRO ▪ IGUASSU FALLS

6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS

DAY 1

Rio de Janeiro

DAY 2

Rio de Janeiro

Breakfast at the hotel.

This morning you will be taken to one of Wonders of the World: The statue of Christ the Redeemer, which crowns the top of the Corcovado Mountain with stunning views of Guanabara Bay, Sugar Loaf and the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema below. The perfect way to reach the summit is on the toy train, which zigzags its way up through the lush rainforest of the Tijuca Forest where it is possible see monkeys and parrots in the trees. Once on top you will have ample time to admire the views.

Overnight at hotel in Rio de Janeiro (B)

DAY 3

Rio de Janeiro

Breakfast at the hotel.

In the afternoon, tour will go to downtown Rio to visit the highlights of the city that has been the capital of Colonial Brazil, the capital of the Portugal and Brazil Empire and now a Republic. The many attractions are the highlights of these periods and are part of the Brazilian National Heritage. 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.

Overnight at hotel in Rio de Janeiro (B)

DAY 4

Rio de Janeiro / Iguassu Falls

Breakfast at the hotel.

You will be transferred to Rio for your flight to Iguassu. Upon arrival, you will be taken to an escorted walking tour on the Brazilian side to strategic overlooks at a variety of levels. Trail winds towards the falls from the area in front of the hotel, populated by contis, long-tailed racoon-like creatures with a well-developed sense of tourists’ feeding habits. At its end, an elevator provides speedier access to a viewing platform at the foot of the falls.

OPTIONAL: This has become one of the most popular tours in the area. Take the tour to the Macuco Trail in the Iguaçu National Park, to board jeeps. Jeeps are the best form of transport in this rain forest because the road is unpaved but accessible year round. On this trip, passengers will get to know several different species of sub-tropical plants and trees, including orchids and the heart-of-palm, which grows in abundance at the park. With luck, animals and some of the beautiful birds of the region may be sighted. After a 3-km jeep ride, a 600-meter walking trek passing by the picturesque Macuco Falls, hidden in the forested canyon. The trail brings one to the banks of the Iguaçu River, where passengers will board a twin-engine boat (seating capacity: 25), specially designed for this river’s sailing conditions. Cruise up into the Iguassu Canyon, shooting several rapids and arrive at the very base of the majestic waterfalls. As the experienced pilot maneuvers in the midst of the falls themselves, passengers will have a completely different view and experience a thrill never forgotten.

Overnight in Iguassu Falls (B)

DAY 5

Iguassu Falls

Breakfast at the hotel.

In the afternoon, tour will go to downtown Rio to visit the highlights of the city that has been the capital of Colonial Brazil, the capital of the Portugal and Brazil Empire and now a Republic. The many attractions are the highlights of these periods and are part of the Brazilian National Heritage. 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.

Overnight at hotel in Rio de Janeiro (B)

DAY 6

Rio de Janeiro / Iguassu Falls

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back home. (B)

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