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FLAVORS OF BRAZIL - Brazil

Itinerary

Day 01: RIO DE JANEIRO

Flight to Rio de Janeiro (not included)

Arrival in Rio de Janeiro, meet and transfer to the hotel - Private service with English speaking guide

Overnight in Rio de Janerio

MEALS INCLUDED: None

Day 02: RIO DE JANEIRO

HISTORICAL & CULTURAL CITY TOUR – RIO DE JANEIRO FROM PAST TO FUTURE (Duration 06 hours)Private service with English speaking guide

Enjoy a panoramic tour of downtown Rio and a nice walking tour on the Praça Mauá Square, in the harbor zone that has been recently revitalized as part of the projects for the 2016 Olympic Games.

With this tour you will visit:

  • The São Bento Monastery
  • The Museun of Tomorrow
  • The Rio de Janeiro Museum of Art

SÃO BENTO MONASTERY

Founded in 1590 by monks coming from Bahia, the Benedictine Monastery of Rio de Janeiro was built at the request of the inhabitants of the newly founded city of San Sebastian themselves. Right in the middle of the metropolis, you will visit a preserved place of quiet, peace, prayer and work, which translates into several activities that are held on a regular basis. From here, you will proceed to the Historical City Center, which boasts houses and monuments from the Colonial period. Visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, which was built in a pyramidal form with an internal diameter of 96 meters and a height of 80 meters. Familiarize yourself with the traditional Cinelândia Square with its historical buildings, like the Municipal Theater.

MUSEUM OF TOMORROW

The Museum of Tomorrow (Portuguese: Museu do Amanhã) is a science museum in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was designed by Spanish neo-futuristic architect Santiago Calatrava and built next to the waterfront at the Maua Pier. The concept of the museum is that tomorrow is not yet ready. The 'Tomorrow' will be the construction and people will participate in its construction as Brazilians, citizens and members of the human species. This is not a museum for objects, but a museum for ideas. It's a 'new generation' of science museums that will transform your thinking in order to shape the next 50 years of life on this planet, in a sustainable and harmonious coexistence.

MUNICIPAL THEATRE

The Rio de Janeiro Teatro Municipal (Municipal Theatre) is located in Cinelândia (Praça Marechal Floriano) in the city’s downtown. Built in the beginning of the twentieth century, it is one of the most beautiful and important theatres in the country. The Municipal Theatre had its heyday in the first half of the twentieth century, a time when theatrical activity in the then capital of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, was very intense and had a major impact on the cultural lives of the carioca inhabitants. This theatre had a capacity for 1,739 viewers and featured performances by renowned symphony orchestras and operas. The theater was closed for restoration on October 19th, 1975 and reopened with a more modernized performance hall on March 15th, 1978. Today, the Municipal Theater in Rio de Janeiro features several performances, mainly ballet and classical music productions.

Lunch at Colombo Restaurant (Buffet style – NO BEVERAGES)

At this restaurant, passengers will find a variety of salads and cold dishes, four types of hot dishes (meat, chicken, fish and pasta) side dishes, a buffet of desserts and house coffee.

* Notes: Colombo Restaurant is closed on Sundays and Tomorrow Museum is closed on Mondays.

Overnight in Rio de Janerio

MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast at the hotel & lunch at local restaurant


Day 03: RIO DE JANEIRO

FD SUGAR LOAF & CORCOVADO WITH TYPICAL LUNCH AT CHURRASCARIA (NO BEVERAGES) Private service with English speaking guide

You will board a cog train from the Cosme Velho Station for a ride to the Corcovado Mountain, where you will visit one of the world’s most famous landmarks: the gigantic statue of Christ the Redeemer. Experience the 20-minute steep train journey, which takes you through the dense Atlantic rain forest of Tijuca, offering a wonderful opportunity for a closer look at the forest's lush tropical vegetation and to enjoy scenic landscapes of the beaches and city.

You will disembark at the top of the Corcovado and then proceed up the steps that lead to the top lookout, where the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer stands, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Visit Christ the Redeemer up-close and spend some time enjoying the panoramic view of this beautiful city of Rio from the incredible mountain-top vantage point.

Then, you will descend by train. The tour continues passing by Rio's world-famous beaches.

You will be taken to the Urca neighborhood where one of the largest symbols of the city is located: Sugar Loaf. You will travel all the way to the top in two rides by cable-car.

The first cable car will take you to the Urca Hill, a vantage point 215 meters high, which grants beautiful views of Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niterói Bridge and Corcovado Mountain. From this stage, a second cable car will take you up to the top where you will enjoy a healthy Welcome Cocktail at Abençoado. At 395 meters, you will enjoy splendid views of the Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress and several Niterói beaches. After riding the cable-car back down.

Lunch at typical Churrascaria in Rio de Janeiro (NO BEVERAGES)

Overnight in Rio de Janerio

MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast at the hotel & lunch at a local restaurant


Day 04: RIO DE JANEIRO / TIRADENTES

ROAD TRIP FROM RIO DE JANEIRO TO TIRADENTES (VISITING ENROUTE PETROPOLIS) Private service with English speaking guide

At a proper time, you will be transferred from Rio de Janeiro to Tiradentes. On route, you will visit the Petropolis as well as the Palacio Quitandinha, the Imperial Museum and the Crystal Palace.

Then, you will enjoy a typical lunch at Lago Sul local restaurant, before continuing with your visit to Petropolis. You will visit the Sao Pedro de Alcantara Neolithic Cathedral and then head to Tiradentes.

Overnight in Tirandentes

MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast at the hotel & lunch at local restaurant


Day 05: TIRADENTES

FD TIRADENTES & SAO JOAO WITH LUNCH

Enjoy a morning walk through the old city center of Tiradentes. You will visit the San Antonio Church and make a stop at Sao Jose Botas Fountain. Then, a transfer will take you to Sao Joao del Rei, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Enjoy a panoramic walk through the city center of Sao Joao del Rei, where you will discover the San Francisco Church and the Railway Station. Afterwards, board the narrow gauge steam train back to Tiradentes. Once there, you will arrive at the Sao Joao del Rei railway station to return to your hotel.

Rest of the afternoon at leisure

Overnight in Tirandentes

Meal: Breakfast at the hotel & lunch at local restaurant


Day 06: TIRADENTES / OURO PRETO

You will visit the Ouro Preto city, where the Matriz do Pilar Church and the Teatro Municipal are located. Then, a typical lunch will be served at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will make your way back to Ouro Preto, where you will visit the Praca Tiradentes, Casa dos Contos, Oratori Museum and the Sao Francisco Church.

* IMPORTANT NOTE: Churches & Museums are CLOSED on Sundays

At a proper time, transfer to hotel

Overnight in Ouro Preto

MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast at the hotel & lunch at local restaurant

Day 07: OURO PRETO / MARIANA / OURO PRETO

Visit the Minas do Passagem gold mine, where you will have the chance of experiencing what the inside of these places are really like. Then, head to the village of Mariana, where you will have the opportunity of doing a walking tour through this old city. Here, you will visit the Archdiocesan Museum, the Carmo Church, St. Francis’ Church and the Cathedral. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at the Rancha de Praca local restaurant. You will then return to your hotel.

Rest of the afternoon at leisure

Overnight in Ouro Preto

MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast at the hotel & lunch at local restaurant


Day 08: OURO PRETO / BELO HORIZONTE

At proper time, a transfer will take you from Ouro Preto to Belo Horizonte. Upon arrival, you will have the opportunity of enjoying a city tour around Belo Horizonte. You will discover the architectural complex in Pampulha, the San Francisco Church, as well as the Central market. You will make a stop to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing with the tour. Next, you will visit the Pope’s Square, the Mineralogy Museum, Mangabeira’s viewpoint and the Liberdade Square. Finally, return to your hotel.

Rest of the afternoon at leisure

Overnight in Belo Horizonte

Meal: Breakfast at the hotel & lunch at local restaurant


Day 09: BELO HORIZONTE / MANAUS / AMAZON

At proper time, transfer from the hotel to the airport – Private service with English speaking guide

Flight from Belo Horizonte to Manaus (not include)

Upon your arrival in Manaus, you will be transferred to the AMAZON ECOPARK Jungle Lodge, a touristic, scientific and educational property, created and directed by a private initiative back in 1991. It opened its doors to the public as an Ecotourism Lodge in 1995. Several streams of clear water run through the area. Located in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest, at just 30 minutes by boat from Manaus, the lodge is on the banks of the Rio Trauma - a tributary of Rio Negro- (Black River). Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge has 70 apartments distributed in 20 bungalows. Each unit has three apartments, made of concrete and wood. Each room has an independent entrance, porches and bathrooms, all with air conditioning, electric showers and screened windows. The bungalows, although rustic, are pleasantly decorated and provide much comfort (night light, carpet, indigenous decorative objects, etc.)

Overnight in Amazon

MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast at the hotel & dinner at the lodge


Day 10: AMAZON

TOUR TO THE “MEETING OF THE WATERS”

You will depart from the EcoPark on board of a regional double deck boat. The boat will go down the Black River, navigating along the shore of the City of Manaus, allowing you to observe the Amazonas Theater, the Port of Manaus, Customs and the interesting aspects of the local life. Then, you will arrive at The Meeting of the Waters, the spectacular merge of Negro and Solimões Rivers. From this point on, both rivers form the famous Amazon River that runs all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. The waters of the two rivers run together for about 12kms, side by side, without mixing. The phenomenon happens due to differences in temperature, density and speed of the waters of the rivers. Your trip will continue on the Amazon River towards the Island of Terra Nova, where lunch will be served in a typical restaurant, rustic with buffet style of international and regional dishes.

Depending on the level of the waters you can visit a typical "caboclo" -local inhabitant’s villa- that will be included at Terra Nova Island during this full day tour (may not be available during the months of May, June, July and sometimes also August, when the villa is flooded). This visit will happen before or after lunch.

NOTE 1: During season of high level waters, the lunch venue can also be changed to a restaurant located at the "January Lake", another beautiful place. In this case, there is no visit to the villa.

Return to the lodge

Duration: 9 hours approximately

MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast at the lodge, lunch at local restaurant and dinner at the lodge

Day 11: AMAZON

NATURE HIKE

Biodiversity is the main characteristics of EcoPark, it includes uncatalogued species in a virgin rainforest, natural savannahs and creeks. Several streams of crystal-clear warm water run through the rainforest. During the tour, the guide will lead you, educating you about the local flora/fauna, how and where to find edible fruits and potable water, first aid techniques, how to find your way in the forest and much more.

Duration: 1 to 3 hours (depending on health conditions of participants).

MONKEY FOREST

The facilities for rehabilitation and re-introduction of wild animals in their habitat is known as the Monkey Forest. It was created in 1991 with the intention of receiving animals which have been confiscated from illegal commerce. This is a joint project with the Municipal Secretary of Environment and Sustainability.

In this center, the animals are initially put into quarantine to be evaluated and taken care of by a team of veterinaries and biologists.

In partnership with the FFV (Live Forest Foundation), a non-profit institution overseen by Amazon Ecopark Lodge, a unique feeding system has been developed.

Twice a day, (10:30 & 15:30), the animals receive supplements of their natural diet, ensuring that they are being fed the necessary nutrients.

The Monkey Forest is open to guests at feeding times, always accompanied by a credentialed professional, permitting guests to film and photograph these animals in a natural and safe environment. It is also possible to “adopt” one of these animals and follow its development. Find out more at: http://www.ffv.org.br

Duration: 40 minutes to 1 hour.

VISIT TO A NATIVE´S HOUSE

Departure from the lodge on a boat or motorized canoe, accompanied by a bilingual guide, to learn about the traditions and customs of local Amazonians (“natives").

Duration: it may vary according to the place visited / "low water level seasons" is closest to the Lodge and does not involve any kind of boat.

Duration: about 1 hour.

FISHING TOUR

Departure from the lodge in a paddle or motorized canoe, accompanied by a bilingual guide. Piranha and other species fishing, depending on season.

Note 1: It is a non-professional fishing.

Note 2: This tour can be combined with the "Meeting of the Waters" Tour and/ or with a "Visit to the Native's House".

NIGHT TOUR IN CANOE

Departure from the lodge in a paddle or motorized canoe to appreciate the sounds of the jungle at night, with the possibility to spot small alligators (or other nightly creatures). Alligators are spotted because their eyes shine like small red lights. Once the alligator is spotted by the guide’s flashlight, he will try to catch a small alligator with his own hands and bring it on to the canoe, followed by a brief explanation of their habitat. The alligator will then be safely released back to the river. No harm is done to any of the animals.

Duration: about 1 hour.

Note: During "high water level" season (from April to August) and on full moon evenings, it might be difficult to find alligators.

Overnight in Amazon

MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the lodge


Day 12: JUMA LODGE / MANAUS / BRASILIA

You will return to Manaus and make a stop at the Pirarucu Floating Dock on the way. One in Manaus, you will be dropped off at the airport, where you will board your flight to Brasilia. Upon arrival, a local English speaking guide will welcome you and take you to your hotel.

Overnight in Brasilia

MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast at the hotel


Day 13: BRASILIA

HD CITY TOUR OF BRASILIA

On this tour, you will enjoy the best of Brasilia. Discover its most important and marvelous buildings, such as:

  • Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Minitries Boulevard
  • Three powers square
  • Democracy and Liberty Pantheon
  • Itamaraty Palace (Foreign Affair Ministries)
  • Jaburu Palace (Vice President)
  • Alvorada Palace (President) - Change of the Guards
  • Residential blocks (103 and 104)
  • Fatima Church
  • St. John Bosco Sanctuary
  • JK Memorial (no entrance)

After this morning tour, you will have a lunch at the Espeto de Ouro local restaurant (typical Churrascaria)

Then, you will continue with a panoramic tour passing by the following places:

  • Estadio Nacional
  • TV Tower
  • Militar Sector
  • Lucio Costa Cultural Space
  • JK Bridge
  • South Embassies Sector

Overnight in Brasilia

Meal: Breakfast at the hotel & lunch at local restaurant


Day 14: BRASILIA / IGUAZU

At a proper time, transfer from the hotel to the airport for your flight from Manaus to Brasilia (not included). Upon arrival, you will meet with your local English speaking guide. Then, a transfer will take you from the airport to the hotel

Overnight in Iguazu

Meal: Breakfast at the hotel


Day 15: IGUAZU

HD BRAZILIAN SIDE OF THE FALLS

You will head towards the Brazilian Waterfalls National Park. Your tour will begin with a visit to the park’s Main Area, where you will have the chance of obtaining certain information regarding the local ecosystem. From there, your tour will continue giving you time to walk through some of the park’s most important path, where you will enjoy an incomparable view of the waterfalls. From the local viewpoint, you will enjoy a privileged view of the park and the waterfalls, before reaching the main part through the panoramic elevator.

Overnight in Iguassu

Meal: Breakfast at the hotel

Day 16: IGUAZU

HD ARGENTINEAN SIDE OF THE FALLS

You will head to the Tancredo Neves Bridge over the Iguazu River, which separates the border between Argentina and Brazil. Cross the border and cross the road towards the Argentina Iguazu National Park, where you will visit Puerto Canoas, which will give you access to the largest Argentinean fall, the Devil’s Throat. On your way back, make a stop at the exact point where the Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay borders meet. Then, enjoy the afternoon at leisure for personal activities.

Overnight in Iguazu

Meal: Breakfast at the hotel


Day 17: IGUAZU / SAO PAULO

Enjoy the morning at leisure before heading to the airport. Board your flight from Iguazu to Sao Paulo, where you will connect with your international flight.

Arrival in Sao Paulo

Connecting with International Departure flight to Amsterdam

Meal: breakfast at the hotel

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Included:

All services, lodging, food, and beverages mentioned in the trip description, plus taxes, tourist tickets, and entrance fees.

Land transfers and tours for the whole trip quoted on SIB basis with bilingual speaking guide (Spanish-English).

Our prices include entrance fees and tourist ticket costs to determined historical, natural, or religious landmarks that are managed by the local authorities in many cases. Costs may increase without prior warning. Condor Travel will notify you of these immediately and adjust the prices accordingly.

Not included:

Early check-in, late check-out, services and food not listed in the itinerary, beverages during the meals, hotel extras, and personal expenses.

Domestic and international airfare.

Tips for guides, drivers, and waitresses, if not specified in the description.

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