Brazil: A Wildlife Safari11 days & 10 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Rio de Janeiro
Upon arrival in Rio, you will be welcomed and accompanied to your hotel. This afternoon, ascend Sugarloaf Mountain by cable car, offering unparalleled panoramic views of the city's stunning natural setting and the bays. Savor a delicious dinner at one of the city's most elegant restaurants.Miramar Hotel by Windsor - 3 Nights (B)
Day 2Rio de Janeiro
Embark upon a morning walking tour of the historic center of the city. Discover the lovely colonial mansions, the Sao Bento Monastery, the imperial palace and Carioca Square.
Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore the city on your own.Miramar Hotel by Windsor (B)
Day 3Rio de Janeiro
Today, embark on an exciting journey to Tijuca National Park, a lush Atlantic rainforest that covers nearly 13 square miles of Rio, making it the world's largest urban forest. Back in 1861, Emperor Dom Pedro II decreed that the area be replanted to ensure clean and fresh water for the growing city - and to this day, Tijuca plays a key role in Rio's water supply. The park is also home to majestic Corcovado Hill, which is the site of the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. After summiting Corcovado you will return to your hotel.Miramar Hotel by Windsor (B)
Day 4To Manaus
Early this morning, fly north to Manaus, the capital of the Brazilian state of Amazonas and the most famous city on the Amazon River. Embark on a tour of the city, including Sao Sebastiao Square, the Palacio Rio Negro, the floating harbor, the bustling municipal market and the grand Amazon Theatre opera house.Tropical Manaus Eco Resort - 1 Night (B)
Day 5To the Amazon
Venture into the heart of the Amazon and explore a remote archipelago of islands, lakes and canals. Arrive at your remote river lodge, an outpost of luxury in the middle of the world's greatest rainforest. This evening, board a canoe to search for caiman by flashlight in the shallow waters near the riverbanks.Anavilhanas Lodge - 3 Nights (B, D)
Take a guided hike through the forest and learn about medicinal plants, traditional sources of food and life in the jungle from your expert local guide. Return to your lodge by canoe. This afternoon, enjoy a special opportunity to swim with endangered Amazonian dolphins.Anavilhanas Lodge (B, L, D)
Just before sunrise, venture out into the still cool jungle for some bird-watching. Then take a fun and exciting class in the art of archery from local Waimiri-Atroari instructors. This afternoon, continue your immersion in local culture as you visit a nearby village and learn about the inhabitants' traditional way of life.Anavilhanas Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 8To the Pantanal
Head back to Manaus for your flight to Cuiaba, on the edge of the Pantanal. Keep your eyes open for wildlife on the scenic drive to your comfortable lodge.Pousada Rio Mutum - 3 Nights (B, D)
Embark on a guided walk through the marshlands to see native wildlife and one of the largest concentrations of birdlife anywhere in the world. This afternoon, hit the river to search for giant otters, stingrays and huge schools of fish. Watch for howler monkeys and black vultures in the trees. Then hop aboard a horse for a ride through the forest. After dinner, venture into the jungle to spot nocturnal animals.Pousada Rio Mutum (B, L, D)
Pay a visit to a nesting site for wood storks and lovely white egrets. This afternoon, enjoy a trip on the Mutum River, stopping to fish for piranha and watch the vibrant sunset over Sia Mariana Bay.Pousada Rio Mutum (B, L, D)
Day 11Depart Pantanal
Return to Cuiaba for your onward flight.(B)
Generally, road travel in Latin America is reasonably good, however conditions vary greatly between the modern capital cities and the more remote areas. When traveling off the beaten track, roads are frequently narrow, bumpy, pot-holed and have stretches which are not paved, or which are under reconstruction. In Costa Rica, northern Chile and Bolivia particularly, conditions are very dusty and / or bumpy, and the road journeys tend to be quite strenuous. Road conditions change throughout the year and heavy rain and extreme weather patterns can affect journey times. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour: on escorted groups, transport will usually be in the form of a European-style coach or, for smaller groups, may be by mini-bus. On individual journeys, transport will generally be by sedan car. In destinations where conditions require it, off road driving will be in 4 x 4 vehicles.
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Many countries within Latin America have their own air pass and, wherever possible, our tours will be constructed with the appropriate air pass, which will minimize the costs of the internal flight. Please note that the majority of air passes have restrictions; therefore if you require an itinerary with full flexibility, please contact your tour consultant who will advise the additional cost to provide you with a more flexible ticket. Please also note that in certain cases we may not be able to book internal flights under an airpass. In this event a supplement may be payable.
Because of increased air traffic, government restrictions and/or changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. These delays can cause problems with your holiday arrangements, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. If this should occur, everything possible will be done to minimize the inconvenience. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances and we strongly advise that you are insured against such eventualities.
Flight Amendments: Flights on these tours are in general quoted separately and use special airfare. These have certain conditions, which normally restrict changes of date, route and airline. Any such change made after a ticket has been issued will normally necessitate the purchase of a new ticket at the passenger’s expense.
Airport Departure Taxes: Most cities in Latin America levy a departure tax for passengers departing on international flights, which have to be paid in local currency or the equivalent in US dollars. Other cities within a country may also levy a small charge for departures on domestic flights. Occasionally, taxes may be included on your ticket and we will advise you accordingly. Since there is no standard charge between countries, and taxes are subject to change, it is not possible to list the taxes in this brochure. We will advise you of the current charge with your final documents, and our local agents will confirm the amount payable on arrival. Please ensure you keep enough local currency or US dollars to cover these taxes.
During some itineraries, it may be necessary to depart for excursions or transfers to the airport very early in the morning, sometimes before dawn. This is normally either due to the flight schedules within Latin America, or in order for us to maximize the opportunities for sightseeing during your tour. A number of flights to Latin America arrive / depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Latin America. In the larger cities, the hotels we use are fully modernized and have excellent facilities, unless you choose to opt for the more colonial style property, where facilities may be limited. In some smaller cities and more remote areas, we try to offer the best hotels available. However, these may be quite simple - sometimes small colonial-style properties, in which rooms may vary in size - and often have relatively basic facilities. Please note, all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake or falls view, deluxe or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in / out time is normally 3:00 pm, but this does vary between hotels.
Jungle Lodges & Remote Areas: Accommodation in some wildlife lodges in the Amazon rainforest, are not comparable to the better properties found in parts of Africa and Asia. Accommodation is often reached via narrow and unpaved roads, or by boat, and can be a long way from other civilization. Even when you travel off the beaten track with Cox & Kings, you can be sure that your accommodation is the best available; however sometimes the best hotel may be the only hotel, which may be very modest. In these cases, we feel that the inconvenience of such accommodation is outweighed by the experience of staying in these more remote areas.
Brazil: A Wildlife Safari
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