This 7-day Brazil tour combines the iconic seaside city, Rio de Janeiro and the impressive natural wonder, Iguazu Falls. The vibrant city of Rio is sure to be a highlight on any Brazil tour, and is a great year-round destination. Visit the two surrounding peaks, Corcovado and Sugarloaf mountain, where the view of the city and beyond are magnificent. Explore the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema and experience some of the music, culture, cuisine, nightlife and festivals that make Rio de Janeiro such a spectacular place. On the fourth day, fly to Iguazu Falls. The 275 cascades and lush subtropical forest, makes for one of the most awe-inspiring sights in South America. The falls straddle the border between Argentina and Brazil, get up close to the plummeting water and explore the area by foot, train and boat.
Tour Rio de Janeiro's city center and famous cathedrals
Enjoy marvelous views of Rio de Janeiro from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain
Walk the "most beautiful thousand meter walk in the world"
Take a suspended walkway for spectacular views of Iguazu Falls
Meet your guide at the hotel for a half-day visit to Rio de Janeiro’s most popular attraction – the 125 foot statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain that stands over Rio de Janeiro. Begin the ascent of the mountain in a cogwheel train through the lush Tijuca Forest, a national park and the world's largest urban forest. Arrive to the base of the statue where you can truly appreciate the size of one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The views from the observation platforms are spectacular and provide insight of how the city of Rio has grown around and up the seemingly inhospitable natural rock features along the coast. Rio spreads out below you, revealing Sugarloaf Mountain, Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches, the famous Maracana Stadium, and the luxurious Botafoga Bay. It is impossible to ignore the favelas, Rio's hillside communities.
Return by train and explore the coast with your guide as you drive along Sao Conrado, Ipanema & Copacabana Beaches. Your afternoon is free to relax on the beach, shop in Copacabana's boutiques, or enjoy caipirinha, Brazil's national drink, at a beachfront cafe. Additional activities such as boat or helicopter tours, a visit to a favela, samba lessons, or a trip to the coastal hotspot of Buzios can be arranged.
Sugarloaf Mountain got its name from Portuguese sailors who felt the granite monolith's resembled a traditional block of sugar. Today's tour gives a different perspective of Rio, as you and your guide take a cable car that climbs to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. From the peak, the entire cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city), coastline, and Atlantic Ocean spread out below you. Descend by cable car and do a driving tour of Rio de Janeiro's city center to see the famous Sambadrome, the Teatro Municipal, and the modern-styled Cathedral. Please note that this half-day excursion can be arranged on any day and is a good option in the evenings to enjoy the sunset over Copacabana Beach. The remainder of your day is free to relax, take in the sights of Rio's beaches, or choose an optional excursion during this custom Brazil tour.
Nothing is more representative of Brazil than the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Held each year just prior to lent, Carnival draws spectators from around the world. This half-day tour first takes you to the streets of Rio to witness the colors, music and costumes of the Carnival parade. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Cidade do Samba, one of the city's major Samba schools and a special place where Samba allegories are created. Learn about the history of carnival parades and of Samba before trying on traditional costumes. For those who'd like to indulge, enjoy a welcome caipirinha!
Day 5: Fly Rio to Iguazu Falls | Discover the Falls
Take a morning stroll on the beach or a swim. Transfer to the airport for your flight from Rio de Janiero to Iguazu. Upon arrival settle into your hotel.
Visit the panoramic Brazil side of the Iguazu Falls national park. View the impressive Devil's Throat and 3 Musketeer Falls among others as you walk along platforms that overlook the falls! With extra time, take an optional excursion to Macuco Falls or enjoy a helicopter flightseeing tour!
Today set out by exploring the Argentinean side of Iguazu Falls and watch the cascading water from various angles. Begin the day by boarding a small train to Devil's Throat Station, where there's a suspended walkway with spectacular views.
Later explore the two walking circuits, beginning with the upper walk. This is about a quarter-mile long and takes approximately 45 minutes. From here you can see the Two Sisters, Bosseti, Adam and Eve, Bernabe Mendez, Mbiguá, and San Martín Falls. The lower circuit has been described as the "most beautiful thousand meter walk in the world." Heading in a clockwise direction you get a very different perspective of the falls; watch out when you get to the middle of the walkway - you might get wet!!
This afternoon make your way through the jungle in a rugged 4x4 vehicle, traveling the limited-access Yacaratia Trail to nearby Puerto Macuco (minimum age requirement of 12 years). Here leave the truck behind for an inflatable speedboat, in which you'll navigate four miles (7 kms) along the lower Iguazu River. Bring your swimsuit and be prepared to get wet in the refreshingly cool spray from the falls! Approaching the picturesque falls in Devil's Throat Canyon, brave a mile of rapids before finishing your adventure surrounding San Martin Island. Return with zodiacs to Macuco port and back to the hotel in Brazil.
Day 7: Depart Iguazu Falls
This morning after breakfast, transfer back to the airport for your flight home or continue exploring on your own.
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This was our first trip to South America and we were a little nervous. But Adventure Life made things so easy! All our questions were answered before we left, and our guide, Vidal, was amazing! He gave us enough space to explore without rushing us along. He also knew where the best picture taking opportunities were, which was great.