Arrival in Rio de Janeiro: reception by our local Staff and transfer to the hotel located on the famous Copacabana Beach: after depositing your luggage at the reception desk (check-in after 15:00 p.m.), excursion with driver / private guide (4/5 hours) to know the historic center of the city, second capital of the Portuguese colony, after Salvador, later capital of the Portuguese Kingdom, which moved to Brazil, and finally of the Brazilian Empire whose European styles and cultures strongly influenced its foundation and formation: the Lapa with the Selaron staircase and the Arco Iris, the bohemian district of Santa Teresa, Praça XV and historic Confeitaria Colombo. Free afternoon to rest and after dinner excursion (optional and not included) to watch a typical music and samba show.
Free day at the beach and to get to know the famous Copacabana and Ipanema promenades: in the afternoon we also recommend a walk to reach the Arpoador promontory to enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the sea. For the evening we recommend the exclusive restaurants and the characteristic “butecos” (beer gardens) located in the neighborhood.
Private excursion (8 hours with lunch and entrance fees included) to visit the “Cidade Maravilhosa”, the first metropolis to be elected a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, for its cultural landscape (a work combined between nature and man): the Pao de Açucar and Christ the Redeemer with the amazing views of the Baia da Guanabara and the Forest of Tijuca, the largest urban rainforest area in the world, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Sambodromo, (only outside), the temple of the world famous allegorical carnival parade. Free evening
In the morning transfer to the airport for boarding the flight to Foz de Iguaçu: reception of our local staff and excursion (in private with driver/guide in English) of the Brazilian side of the park (entrance fees not included), to appreciate the amazing Garganta do Diabo (from below), the largest of the waterfalls with 150 meters. of extension and 80 mt. in height. At the end of the day transfer to the hotel
In the morning excursion (in private with driver/guide in English) of the Argentine side of the park (entrance not included), to appreciate the amazing Garganta do Diabo (this time from above). We also recommend lunch (not included and organized with our guide) in one of the many restaurants in the Argentine territory. Free evening
In the morning transfer to the airport (depending on the flight´s time, possible optional excursion to the large Bird Park) for boarding the flight to Manaus, the ex capital of “Cauchu” (rubber from the seringueira tree) on the banks of the Rio Negro (one of the largest tributaries of the Rio Amazonas): reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure for a self-guided walk to São Sebastião Square (near the hotel) with the great Amazonas Theater (one of the 5 most important in the world).
Early in the morning transfer to the port where we will board to reach the Amazon Tupana Lodge (http://www.amazontupana.com/), passing through the Meeting of the Waters of the Rio Solimoes with the Rio Negro (giving rise to the great Rio Amazonia); reception with welcome drink and start of the activity.
Day dedicated to the activities and excursions of the Cigana package http://www.amazontupana.com/pacotes.php. (4 days – 3 nights): trekking in the forest leaded by an indigenous guide to appreciate its great beauty and feel its energy, knowing its resources and pitfalls. Return to the lodge for lunch and in the early afternoon, fishing trip for the “piranhas”: returning to the hotel for the dinner, with the beautiful sunset light. Possible overnight tent camp with dinner in the forest.
We suggest a ride in the early hours of the morning to admire, after the colors of the sunset, those of the sunrise and experience another canoe safari, this time to the rhythm of the silent rowing of the natives. The early hours are favorable to meet the famous “botos cor de rosa“, pink freshwater dolphins. Return to the hotel for breakfast and free morning with relaxing time on the deck of the lodge, reading a book or bathing in the calm and warm waters of the river. After lunch, we visit a typical “caboclos” house (local mixed race ethnic) to get to know the daily life of a native family.
After breakfast, return to Manaus and transfer to the airport for boarding the flight to Salvador de Bahia: reception by our local staff and transfer to the hotel in Itapuá, a fishingmen`s quarter which has become the main tourist destination of the city. Free evening
Free day at the beach a few steps from the hotel and we also recommend a walk independently to get to know the region with the Farol de Itaopua, the Monumento de Vinicius de Moraes, the Lagoon of Abaetè and the promenade, where you can sip a beer in one of the bars/restaurants in the neighborhood (with live music on the weekends), enjoying an unforgettable sunset.
Private excursion along the north coast of the state, till to the famous village of Praia do Forte (1.30 hours of travel), with its wonderful natural pools (where you can swim in crystal clear waters) and home of the protection project of the sea turtles. Before returning to the hotel, visit the Hippie Village of Arembepe (in the 70s the destination of famous international singers), where you can appreciate the local handcrafts.
City tour in Salvador (with private car and English guide) to visit the lower town, passing through all the coast way until the Barra lighthouse, arriving to the port zone Ribeira with the Bonfim church (the mystical symbol), the Montserrat Fort, the São Joaquim market (typical african market). Heading now to the upper town and arriving to the Pelourinho (the city historical heritage), we´ll gonna walk through the narrow streets enjoying the art of the most important churches (included the entrance in the São Francisco golden church). In the end of the afternoon, return to the hotel.
If this day is tuesday, possibly night visit to the streets of Pelourinho to follow the religious procession of “Terça da Bença” (Tuesday of the blessing) and a mess at the church and a great african band playing in the streets where everybody dance.
Free morning: we recommend a autonomy walk to Piazza da Cira to taste the famous Acarajé (typical shrimp meatloaf from Bahia), before transfer to the airport for boarding on the return flight (to be paid by the participants). End of services.
The price is calculated based on the Brasilian rate
English language guide during the excursions at Rio de Janeiro, Foz do Iguaçu e Salvador; at Amazons whith guide language Portuguese/English
Yellow fever and malaria (recommended but not obligatory)
Sun protection lotion, hat, rain coat, mosquito´s repellent, plastic bags with closure, dysentery pads, flashlight, thick cotton socks, pants and long sleeve shirts, closed rubber sandals, personal towel.
Are not reserved but will be booked only upon confirmation by all participants, through the payment that will be agreed: therefore the availability of the rooms in the hotel facilities defined in the program cannot be guaranteed and consequently, in the event of unavailability, they must be replaced with similar ones, but which could lead to an increase in the estimated price.
(With base group of 2 participants) ***
Exchange rate with EURO = BRL 5,25
* values per person in Euro to be reconfirmed at the QUOTE REQUEST, based on the exchange rate with the local currency (BRL) at the time of the confirmation of the program.
** indicative values, to be added to the Tour Price and subject to changes without notice based on the availability of the rates and times above (see specification in the Travel Notes)
*** For different number of participants, to be requested through the QUOTE REQUEST
Throughout the programs there will be the virtual support of a bilingual English assistent (in some cases also as an guide accompanying ) who will be available 24 hours a day, planning and optimizing all the days of the itinerary: the traveler will have only the task of enjoying the holiday in the best way and without any concern.
The organizer, as well as the guides , are resident in Brazil and consequently all the itineraries are well known because they are continuously tested and kept constantly updated.
All the destinations have been elaborated on the basis of the real knowledge of travelers’ expectations: what to visit and how much time to spend, which is the best route and how to get there for better appreciate the itinerary, where it is worth stopping to taste the local dishes, the best season to leave… ..
All costs are reduced thanks to the absence of intermediaries in the sale of the programs and the purchase is made directly with the organizer; moreover, all terrestrial services (transport, overnight stays, etc…) are carefully chosen on the basis of the best value for money;
Durante tutta la programmazione ci sarà l’accompagnamento di una guida italiana bilingue che sarà presente e disponibile 24 ore al giorno, pianificando e ottimizzando tutte le giornate dell’itinerario: al viaggiatore rimarrà il solo compito di gustarsi la vacanza nel migliore dei modi e senza alcuna preoccupazione.
L’organizzatore, come pure la guida accompagnante, sono residenti in Brasile e di conseguenza tutti gli itinerari sono ben conosciuti perché testati in continuazione e tenuti costantemente aggiornati.
Tutti i destini sono stati elaborati in base alla reale conoscenza delle aspettative dei viaggiatori: cosa visitare e quanto tempo dedicarci, quale è il miglior percorso e mezzo di locomozione per apprezzare maggiormente l’itinerario, dove vale la pena sostare per gustare i piatti locali, la stagione migliore per partire…..
Tutti i costi sono ridotti grazie all’assenza di intermediari nella vendita dei programmi e l’acquisto viene effettuato direttamente con l’organizzatore; inoltre tutti i servizi terrestri (trasporti, pernottamenti….) vengono attentamente scelti in base al miglior rapporto qualità\prezzo.