Itinerary Day 1-7
Get to Know the Less Known Natural and Cultural Gems Alongside the Famous Tourist Attractions with this Exclusive Program.
Departure to Brazil
The Iguaçu Waterfalls
Arrival Brazil and connecting flight to the falls of Foz do Iguaçu. Pick-up and transfer to the Hotel San Martin. The hotel features a lush tropical park and swimming pool and is located right next to the Parque das Aves (birds park). During a one-hour walk, more than 150 different species of tropical birds, but also alligators, snakes, butterflies and monkeys can be observed amidst a beautiful natural habitat.
Brazilian Side of the Iguaçu Waterfalls
Visit of the Brazilian side of the world famous waterfalls. The falls are located within the limits of the Iguaçu National Park, covering 185,262 ha on Brazilian and 67,000 ha on the Argentine side. In 275 cascades the Iguaçu river rushes with an average height of 60 m down the horseshoe-shape canyon over a length of almost two miles. An unforgettable natural spectacle. We suggest: a sightseeing helicopter flight (facultative), which gives an even better vision of the overwhelming dimensions of the falls. For the rest of the day you may want to stroll through the Hotel gardens and enjoy the pool for refreshment.
Iguazu: The Argentine Side of the Falls / Itaipú Dam
Today you head for the Argentine side of the cataracts. A mini train rails you through the National Park. A boardwalk leads to the roaring Garganta del Diabo, the devil's gorge. Our suggestion is to do the adventurous and literally breathtaking raft ride right beneath the falls (facultative). After all the wild gushing water around you, you are ready to pay a visit to the Itaipú dam where nature is tamed for the use of man and what is, until today, the world biggest hydroelectric plant. 14,000 MW are generated here and from where power is delivered to Paraguay and wide parts of southern and southwestern Brazil. Since you have already checked out, you transfer now straight to the airport for flight to Rio de Janeiro. Transfer to the Luxor Continental Hotel at situated at Copacabana beach.
Rio de Janeiro, Sugar Loaf
The morning is at your free disposal. In the afternoon we take you for a cable car ride to the top of the 396 m high Sugar Loaf, world famous symbol of Rio de Janeiro, featuring views of the ocean, the bay, the surrounding mountains and the city itself, not to speak of the exuberant tropical vegetation on this island mountain. Right underneath the mountain there is a charming coastal path where we can stroll along while watching guenons and several species of humming birds.
Downtown Rio de Janeiro and the Artist's Neighborhood Santa Teresa
Our guide picks you up early this morning for a full day city tour, starting with a walk through downtown Rio de Janeiro, including the Cinelândia square with the 1909 built Teatro Municipal, which is inspired by the Paris opera house. Next is the futuristic cathedral Catedral Metropolitana, the Petrobrás and BNDES buildings – outstanding example of modern Brazilian architecture. After a few minutes of walk you arrive at the Santo Antônio convent, Rio's oldest baroque church with a monastery from the 17th century, located above the Largo da Carioca, where street vendors are disputing space with preachers of all indefinable credos. Next stops are the Real Gabinete Português de Leitura, a splendid old library of 1888, and finally the famous Confeitaria Colombo where we break for an Espresso. Now you board the last remaining wooded tram, built 1892. The ride takes you over an aqueduct from 1750, into the hills to the idyllic artist's neighborhood Santa Teresa. Take a stroll through the small cobblestone streets with historic mansions, studios, bars and handy craft shops. On return, visit the Chácara do Céu museum with notable works from Brazil's colonial epoch and exhibition of modern art.
Corcovado with Christ the Redeemer
Pick up at the hotel and drive up to the 710 m high Corcovado mountain with its world-famous Christ the Redeemer statue which, together with the Sugar Loaf, are Rio de Janeiro's most well known symbols. From up here the panoramic view over the city of Rio de Janeiro, including the Southern and Northern Zone is unique. Afterwards we take on the street through the Floresta da Tijuca National Park, the world's largest tropical forest in the middle of a city. You will enjoy breathtaking views, waterfalls and exuberant tropical vegetation of the Atlantic Coastal Rainforest. A leisurely stroll through the 1808 founded Botanical Gardens (Jardim Botânico), considered one of the most beautiful botanic gardens in the world. Here some 7,200 species of flowers, plants and trees delight the nature-loving visitor. The garden is designed as a landscape park and beautifully embedded at the foothills of the surrounding mountains. Return to the hotel. Evening at leisure.