DISCOVERING IN DEPTH THE CONTRASTS OF BRAZIL

Fourteen Days
Three nights in Rio de Janeiro, 2 nights in Iguazu Falls, 3 nights in Manaus, 1 night in Belo Horizonte, 2 nights in Ouro Preto and 2 nights in Salvador.

2013 Guaranteed fixed departure dates: (Minimum 2 passengers)
(Arrival in Rio and departures from Salvador Dates)
January 26 to February 8; February 23 to March 8; March 16 to 29; April 20 to May 3; May 18 to 31; June 1 to 14, July 6 to 19; August 17 to 30; September 28 to October 11 October 19 to November 1; November 16 to 29; December 14 to 27

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in Rio de Janeiro

Meeting, assistance and private transfer to hotel. En route, our guides will give some basic briefs about the city and their respective hotel. Rest of day at leisure.

Overnight at selected hotel

Day 2: Rio de Janeiro

Buffet breakfast. Morning visit to Sugar Loaf for a welcoming caipirinha toast on top of Urca Hill. The journey to the top is made in glass cable-cars. The first cable-car takes passengers to the top of Urca Hill, which rises 215 meters above sea level. On this first stage, you will have time to admire spectacular views of the entire bay and its surrounding islands sipping a resfreshing caipirinha, our special treat to welcome you to the Wonderful City!

From Urca Hill, passengers continue in a second cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf which rises 395 meters above sea level and offers a 360 degree view of the entire city including Botafogo and Copacabana Beaches, Corcovado and downtown Rio.

Before returning to the hotel, we will go on a panoramic tour by downtown area, stopping by the Municipal Theater and the Cathedral for a glance of the most well kept secrets of Old Rio. Balance of the day at leisure
Overnight at selected hotel

Day 3: Rio de Janeiro

Buffet Breakfast . Day at leisure to continue discovering Rio on your own or relax
Overnight at selected hotel

Day 4: Rio de Janeiro / Iguassu Falls

Buffet breakfast. Private Transfer out from Hotel to Airport to catch a short flight to Iguassu Falls. Transfer in from Brazilian airport to the selected hotel. En route, our guide will give some basic briefs about the city and their respective hotel.

Afternoon visit to the Brazilian side of the falls. The trip begins at the Iguaçu National Park with a drive through the lush subtropical vegetation of the park en route to the falls. Take a stroll on the trail that descends down the canyon, to offer panoramic views of more than 240 falls. Embark on the glass elevator up the cliff face for an exquisite view from the upper deck. The Iguassu National Park along with its “sister” park in Argentina form the most significant remaining rainforest in the southern cone of South America which along with the waterfalls, have been declared a National Heritage Site by UNESCO. We will end the tour with a visit to the artisans fair.
Overnight at selected hotel

Day 5: Iguazu Falls

Buffet Breakfast. Morning visit to the Argentinean side of the falls. We will cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge heading towards the Iguaçu National Park in Argentina. At the entrance, a small train takes visitors on a tour through the park, making 2 stops. Follow the pathways to the top of the waterfalls that provide spectacularly unique views of the ‘Cataratas’, amidst the abundant nature filled with orchids, colorful birds and other wildlife. The highlight of the tour is a visit to the suspended platform at the very brink of the ‘Garganta do Diabo’ waterfall (Devil’s Throat) – the largest fall in the park.
Overnight at selected hotel

Day 6: Iguazu Falls / Manaus

Buffet Breakfast at the Hotel’s Restaurant. Private transfer from hotel to the airport to take the flight to Manaus. Arrival in Manaus and transfer to lodge in shared basis.

Evening Alligator Spotting
After enjoying a delicious dinner guests will embark in motorized canoes on a unique adventure deep within the Amazon jungle in search of alligators which are also known as “caimans” by the locals. Equipped with flashlights and accompanied by knowledgeable guides, guests will be provided with all important information before we begin our quest for these semi-aquatic carnivorous reptiles. We will glide down the river under the moonlight, to the soothing sounds of the waters and animals of the forest. Upon spotting the “caimans”, we will use our flashlights to temporarily paralyze them, enabling the guides to draw the canoe near the creatures for an up close and personal view of these beautiful animals.

Note: during “high water level” season (from April to August) and on full moon evenings, it might be difficult to find alligators.
Overnight at Amazon Ecopark

Day 7: Manaus

Buffet Breakfast at the lodge. Morning Nature Hike
The Amazon jungle is home to thousands of species of plants and animals waiting to be observed and discovered. On this tour guests will be accompanied by a specialized guide who will lead visitors on a trek through the forest where he will point out and explain the various species of flora and fauna that coexist within the rainforest. Lace up your shoes and get ready to explore the allure and mystery of the Amazon Jungle!
Buffet Lunch at Ecopark restaurant

Visit to the Monkey’s Jungle
A rehabilitation center for primates brought to this local by IBAMA when confiscated from illegal sales and exports. At this location primates are initially kept in quarantine in order to be evaluated and treated by veterinarians and biologists. After a period of time primates are reintroduced to the jungle. During the years that this project has been in action, a twice a day food program was developed feed the primates, (always at 11:00 a/m and 05:00 p/m). During the feeding process, this area is opened to visitors under the supervision of guides and specialized staff, guests of Ecopark Jungle Lodge can observe film and photograph the animals in a total and safe environment.
Buffet Dinner at Ecopark restaurant
Overnight at Amazon Ecopark

Day 8: Manaus

Buffet Breakfast at the Hotel’s Restaurant. Full day meeting of the waters with lunch tour
On this guided tour by motorized canoe guests will be able to witness one of the Amazon’s most fascinating natural wonders. We will depart to the “meeting of the waters” where the Solimões River and the Rio Negro converge to create the enormous Amazonas River. The two rivers flow side by side for several kilometers and each maintains its own individual coloring before mixing. The crystal-clear blue waters of the Solimões River contrasts with the muddy waters of the Rio Negro and create a unique and gorgeous natural spectacle.
Buffer Dinner at Ecopark restaurant
Overnight at Amazon Ecopark

Day 9: Manaus / Belo Horizonte

Buffet Breakfast at the lodge. Private transfer to the airport to take the flight to Belo Horizonte.
Arrival in Belo Horizonte and private transfer to hotel. Arrival meet and greet by local guide at the Airport for our transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at selected hotel

Day 10: Belo Horizonte / Ouro Preto

Buffet Breakfast at the Hotel’s Restaurant. Private transfer to Ouro Preto. Full day tour in Ouro Preto with lunch.
Ouro Preto was founded in 1711 and soon became the center of the gold diamond and semi-precious stone trading in the colonial-era. The town has managed to preserve across the years its 18th century architecture which offers visitors a first-hand look of its historical heritages. The city is considered today by UNESCO as a Historical and Cultural Patrimony of Mankind.

Sightseeing:

  • São Francisco de Assis Church
  • Museum of the School of Mines
  • Church of Our Lady of the Pilar
  • Opera House

Taste the typical dishes of the region: Feijão Tropeiro and Tutu a Mineira. Lunch will be served at Casa dos Deguste Restaurant (Regional buffet food).
Overnight at selected hotel

Day 11: Ouro Preto

Buffet Breakfast at the Hotel’s Restaurant. Day at leisure
Overnight at selected hotel

Day 12: Ouro Preto / Salvador

Buffet Breakfast at the Hotel’s Restaurant. Transfer from Ouro Preto to Belo Horizonte airport to take the flight to Salvador. Arrival in Salvador and private Transfer in from airport to selected hotel. Arrival meet and greet by local guide at the Airport for our transfer to the Hotel
Overnight at selected hotel

Day 13: Salvador

Buffet Breakfast at the Hotel’s Restaurant. Morning visit to Lower Salvador
The Lower City tour offers another perspective of the sprawling city taking us to the quiet waters of the Itapagipe Peninsula where life moves at a slower pace than the bustling upper city. Fishermen fish from dug out canoes, locals collect shellfish at low tide, schooners lie at anchor, all protected by the famous Bonfim church, one of the most important churches of pilgrimage in Brazil and deeply syncretised with the Candomblé. (visit). We continue to the Monserrat district with its panoramic view of the city and on to the Mercado Modelo, a thriving market for local goods and souvenirs. This is also where you can test your bargaining talents! This tour is a complement to the Historical city tour. Stop for Acarajé tasting. During the tour we will stop at a well-known food stand to taste one of the most famous Bahian street food the Acaraje: deep fried rolls prepared with shrimp, black-eyed peas, red chilli pepper, onion and garlic.
Overnight at selected hotel

Day 14: Depart Salvador

Buffet Breakfast at the Hotel’s Restaurant Private transfer to the airport to take the flight back home.

PARTICIPATING HOTELS BASED ON STANDARD ROOM ACCOMMODATIONS:
RIO DE JANEIRO: Savoy Othon Hotel
IGUAZU FALLS: Viale Cataratas
AMAZON: Amazon Ecopark Lodge
BELO HORIZONTE: Belo Horizonte Othon
OURO PRETO: Pousada Clasica
SALVADOR: Sol Barra

RATE PER PERSON ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY STANDARD ROOM: FROM: $2,980
Rate applies for travel between March 1 and July 1 and August 1 to December 20, 2013.
Rate for tavel between January 2 and March: From $3,018 and from July 1 to August 1, 2013: From $3,060.
International air and local flights within Brazil quoted separately.

PARTICIPATING HOTELS BASED ON SUPERIOR ROOM ACCOMMODATIONS:
RIO DE JANEIRO: Leme Othon
IGUAZU FALLS: Recanto Park Hotel
AMAZON: Amazon Ecopark Lodge
BELO HORIZONTE: Belo Horizonte Othon
OURO PRETO: Pousada Clasica
SALVADOR: Bahia Othon

RATE PER PERSON ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY SUPERIOR ROOM : FROM: $3,095
Rate applies for travel between April 1 and July 1 and August 1 and September 1, 2013
Rates for travel between January 2 and April 1 and September 1 to December 20, 2013: From $3,140. Rates for travel between July 1 and August 1, 2013: From $3,190.
International air and local flights within Brazil quoted separately.

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13494 NW 7th Street
Plantation, Florida 33325

Miami, Florida 
9930 SW 142 Street
Miami, Florida 33176

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(305 436 0843

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G T TOURS OFFICES:

Plantation, Florida  
13494 NW 7th Street
Plantation, Florida 33325

Miami, Florida 
9930 SW 142 Street
Miami, Florida 33176

Toll Free USA & Canada:
(800) 666 8687
Local Number: 
(305) 436 0933 
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(305 436 0843

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We will be happy to answer your questions or comments.

G T TOURS OFFICES:

Plantation, Florida  
13494 NW 7th Street
Plantation, Florida 33325

Miami, Florida 
9930 SW 142 Street
Miami, Florida 33176

Toll Free USA & Canada:
(800) 666 8687
Local Number: 
(305) 436 0933 
Fax:     
(305 436 0843