Wildlife & Waterfalls10 days & 9 nights, Escorted Discovery Group
Escorted Discovery Group
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)