Wildlife & Waterfalls10 days & 9 nights, Escorted Discovery Group
Escorted Discovery Group
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Brasilia, Pantanal, Foz do Iguacu & Rio De Janeiro
Brazil is full of contrasting scenery, fascinating history and distinctive cultures, due to its African, European and native influences. This tour offers an outstanding introduction to the highlights of Brazil, including the seasonally flooded Pantanal wetlands, considered one of the world's greatest places for viewing wildlife, the thrilling Iguacu Falls and glamorous Rio de Janeiro. A number of extensions are available to explore further afield.
Day 1Arrive Brasilia
You will be met and taken to your hotel.Windsor Brasilia Hotel - 1 Night
Day 2To Pantanal
This sightseeing tour of the capital takes in the city's highlights including the residential neighborhood, Dom Bosco Church with its stunning blue stained-glass windows, and the 246-foot-high TV Tower observation platform. You will also visit the sports and cultural sectors; the Palace of Buruti government offices; the parade stage in the military sector; and the JK Memorial in honor of President Kubitschek who commissioned the building of Brasilia. The Palace of Itamaraty (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) is surrounded by gardens which reflect its columns and glass facades, while both inside and outside the palace you will find a series of outstanding examples of Brazilian modern art, including the famous Meteor sculpture by Bruno Giorgi. The number of sites that will be seen will be dependent on time. After the tour you will be driven to the airport for your flight to Cuiaba.Pousada do Rio Mutum - 3 Nights (B, D)
Upon arrival, you will be met and driven to Pousada do Rio Mutum; a journey of approximately 4 hours.
Note: All transfers and excursions in the Pantanal are provided by the lodge on a shared basis.
Day 3 - 4Pantanal
A set program of shared excursions is organized by the lodge to explore the area. This itinerary is subject to change due to weather.Pousada do Rio Mutum (B, L, D)
Day 5To Iguacu Falls
Today you will return to Cuiaba a journey of approximately 4 hours, and board your flight to Iguacu.Recanto Park Thermas & Resort or Belmond Hotel das Cataratas - 2 Nights (B)
Upon arrival, you will be met and taken to your hotel.
Day 6Iguacu Falls
Today you will be taken to some of the most spectacular vantage points from which to view the falls on the Argentinian side. Having been picked up from your hotel in Brazil, you will be driven across the border into Argentina and on to the Parque Nacional del Iguazu, 25 miles away. A walk along a 1.7-mile catwalk offers breathtaking close-up views, including the Garganta del Diablo (Devil's Throat), which is the highest and most spectacular of the falls. Besides the dramatic spectacle and sounds of thundering water, there is also wonderful color created by the rainbows in the spray, the green parrots flying across the waters and butterflies flitting about amid the lush greenery.Recanto Park Thermas & Resort or Belmond Hotel das Cataratas (B)
In the afternoon continue to the Brazilian side of the Falls. The Parque Nacional Foz do Iguacu in Brazil was founded in 1939 and offers the best views of the full scale of the Iguacu Falls, in addition to protecting a vast array of wildlife. A paved walkway leads from beside the Hotel das Cataratas through sub-tropical forest for 1 mile until it reaches the bottom of the Floriana Falls. Along the way there are excellent views over to the Argentinian side of the falls. At Floriana either a lift or a path will lead you to the top of the falls from where there are further stunning views.
Note: Entry fees at Iguazu/Iguacu national parks are not included and are payable locally.
Note: Please ensure you have your passport ready for the border crossings between Argentina and Brazil. We recommend you dress in light clothing and have sun protection to hand. Waterproofs are recommended for some parts of the walkway.
Day 7To Rio de Janeiro
You will be collected at your hotel and taken to the airport, to board the flight to Rio de Janeiro.Windsor Martinique - 3 Nights (B)
Upon arrival, you will be met and taken to your hotel.
Day 8Rio de Janeiro
You will set off this morning on a panoramic tour of Rio's main beaches including Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon. You will then continue to the cable car station on Praia Vermelha. From here a succession of two cable cars will take you to the 1,300-foot summit of the world famous Sugar Loaf Mountain. The view from the glass enclosed cars and the two summits is magnificent. You look out on to the city's sweeping coastline with its tall buildings curling around forested mountains and bays, the statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Hill and, on the horizon, the imposing Niteroi bridge.Windsor Martinique (B)
After lunch (payable locally) you will take a beautifully scenic drive past Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon to the foot of Corcovado Hill. The summit is reached from Rua Cosme Velho, via a cog railway, which at the time of its inauguration in 1884 was hailed as a great achievement of engineering. The hunch-backed Corcovado Hill is famous for the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer, which stands arms stretched on the mountain's summit. The view from here is as stunning as that from Sugar Loaf, but it takes in different perspectives. You will see the beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, the exclusive Jockey Club racecourse, the mountains rising in the background and the spectacular Niteroi Bridge in the distance. The tour will take approximately eight hours.
Day 9Rio de Janeiro
Day at leisure.Windsor Martinique (B)
Day 10Depart Rio de Janeiro
You will be collected at your hotel and taken to the airport.(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.