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RIO & FOZ DO IGUAÇU – PANTANAL & BONITO – PARATY & ILHA GRANDE

Presentation

In this circuit it is possible to be in contact with some of the most interesting touristic places in Brazil. Culture and nature arise to the traveler’s enchanted eyes. You will see the force of the waters and the life of the animals, the big city and colonial vilage, beautiful beaches and colorful caves … a unique trip to remember forever.

Attractions

Rio’s Guanabara bay, Christ the Redeemer world symbol & the Sugar Loaf
The legandary National Parks next to Iguaçu falls
The Pantanal wet lands & its unique biodiversity
Ecotourism activities : jaguar observation, fishing, ornithology, photography
Bonito, its cristal clear rivers & hidden radical outdoor activities
Paraty, the world heritage romantic & tropical village
Ilha Grande its lonely beaches & its tropical rainforest excursions
History – Culture – Gastronomy – Ecotourism – Adventure – Farniente – Fauna & flora

Roadmap –  19 days

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DAY 1 : RIO DE JANEIRO / ARRIVAL
International flight arrival (schedule and flight number to confirm). Reception at the airport and private transportation to the hotel. Check-in, installation and rest of the day at leisure.
Meals not included. Night at the hotel.

DAY 2 : RIO DE JANEIRO / CORCOVADO & CENTRO HISTÓRICO
At 09:00 a.m, meeting in the hotel lobby with an English-speaking guide. Private transportation to one of the modern world 7 wonders, the worldwide symbol of Rio de Janeiro. From the Corcovado hill, the allegory of Jesus Christ embraces and protects the Cidade Maravilhosa. The panorama offers on the city and its environment is impressive. On one side, the legendary beaches: Ipanema, Leblon, …, the Sugar Loaf; on the other, the northern area and the Maracanã stadium. After lunch, the visit continues in the heart of the Carioca capital on a walking tour. Founded in 1565, São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro has a lot to teach. The cobbled streets share space with skyscrapers and museums. The group interests will determine the visit schedule. But it guarantees the main attractions: Cinelandia, escadaria colorida, Cathedral, Praca Tiradentes, Real Gabinete Portuguese de Leitura, Uruguaiana, son souk, Praca XV, le Morro da Conceição, Praca Maua and Rio Art Museum. The visit allows to discover every phase of construction of the city and its development for the World Cup and the Olympic Games. Return to the hotel by late afternoon. Rest of the day at leisure.
Corcovado entrance fee included. Meals not included. Night at the hotel.

DAY 3 : RIO DE JANEIRO / FAVELA TOUR & SUGAR LOAF
At 09:00 a.m, meeting in the hotel lobby with an English-speaking guide. Public transportation to Santa Marta favelas, a former drug lord’s stronghold. It offers a complementary view and perspective of the Brazilian society. With a local guide, born in the community funicular ride to reach the summit of the community. Panorama of the region, stop at the football pitch and walk down through the tangled streets, the history and the everyday life of this popular community. Created as an example for all the other communities Santa Marta favelas bets on education and culture to provide younger generations a healthy future. The visit continues in Sugar Loaf. Short walk by the red beach and the Claudio Coutinho trail before going up to the Morro da Urca with the centenary cable car. The intermediate step reveals a new perspective on Rio south district and the city centre. The Sugar Loaf Mountain is reached by a new cable car ascension. At 396 meters above sea level, the views of Copacabana, the Guanabara Bay, Niteroi, Christ the Redeemer are impressive. Time at leisure to appreciate the panorama or to have a drink among Rio’s panorama. Back at the mountains’ bottom walk tour in the bucolic neighbourhood of Urca. Return to the hotel by late afternoon. Rest of the day at leisure.
Sugar loaf entrance fee included. Meals not included. Night at the hotel.

DAY 4 : RIO DE JANEIRO – IGUAÇU / THE BRAZILIAN FALLS
03H00 hours prior to take-off, private transportation to the airport. Domestic flight (schedule and flight number to confirm). Upon arrival, reception at the airport and private transportation to the hotel. Installation followed by a tour in the Parque Nacional de Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. It gives an overview of the “Devil’s Throat”, the most powerful falls. A unique view of the rocky amphitheatre, passing several tons of water per second to the “Iguaçú River”. After the visit, stop at the Bird park. It gathers all the world and endemic species of birds.
Return to the hotel by the end of the day. Evening at leisure.
National Park and Bird Park tickets included. Meals not included. Night at the hotel.
Obs.: For a helicopter overflight of the falls, contact us.

DAY 5 : IGUAÇU / THE ARGENTINIAN FALLS
At 8:30, meeting in the hotel lobby with an English-speaking guide. Visit to Puerto Iguazu National Park, Argentina. 40 minutes transfer for 30 km. Stop at the symbolic point of the triple border between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. In the Park several kilometres of footbridges allow the tourist to get very close to hundreds of cascades that refresh the air. The day continues to stimulate the eyes and the heart in this natural coliseum. The star of the circuit: the overhead view of the “Devil’s Throat” is the most impressive. Return to the hotel by the end of the day. Evening at leisure.
National Park ticket included. Meals not included. Night at the hotel.
Obs.: For a helicopter overflight of the falls, contact us.

DAY 6 : FOZ DO IGUACU – CAMPO GRANDE – PANTANAL
03H00 prior to take-off, private transpotation to the airport. Domestic flight Iguaçu – Campo Grande (schedule and flight number to confirm). Upon arrival, reception at the airport and transfer to the Bus Station. At 12:00, departure by collective passenger bus to the Pantanal. 04H30 journey for 350 km. Arrival at “Buraco das Piranhas” and collective passenger transpotation to the Fazenda. Check-in, installation and dinner. Evening at leisure.
Bus ticket included. Lunch not included. Dinner included. Night at the lodge.
Obs.: To reach the Pantanal by private transportation or by plane, contact us.

DAYS 7 ET 8 : ATIVIDADES PANTANEIRAS
These days are dedicated to observe the wildlife through activities performed around the lodge. Excursions are organized in groups of 10 people. The guides, natives of the region, share their art and knowledge.
Suggested activities:

  • Walking tour at dawn;
  • Canoe or motor boat tours on surrounding rivers;
  • Horse ride, attend to local wildlife;
  • Swimming looking at the otters and alligators;
  • Piranhas and Tucunarés, fishing sessions;
  • Nap during the hottest part of the day;
  • Photographic Safari.
  • Night observation to spot the shy nocturnal animals.

Meals included. Night at the lodge.

DAY 9 : PANTANAL – BONITO
After an activity and lunch, collective passenger transpotation to Buraco das Piranhas. Bus connexion to Bonito. 04H30 journey for 300 km. Upon arrival, reception at the bus station and transfer to the hotel. Check-in, installation and rest of day at leisure.
Bus Ticket included. Lunch included. Dinner not included. Night at the hotel.
Obs.: The bus connexion does not operate on Sundays, contact us for alternatives.

DAY 10 : BONITO / RIO DA PRATA & BURACO DAS ARARAS
After breakfast, meeting in the hotel lobby an English-speaking guide. Collective passenger transpotation to Recanto Ecológico do Rio da Prata. Where a river, a bit special, flows through the reeds. A wetsuit allows the group to float down the river in its translucent waters full of fish. The underwater life is beautiful and the banks may hide save some surprises. Adventurers floats several kilometres before taking the path to lunch. The afternoon is an opportunity to observe a colony of multicolour parrots. They have chosen this rocky well as their house, the aptly named: “Buraco das Araras”. Return to Bonito by mid-afternoon. Rest of the day at leisure.
Lunch included. Dinner not included. Night at the hotel.

DAY 11 : BONITO / RIO SUCURI & EST NCIA MIMOSA
After breakfast, meeting in the hotel lobby with an English-speaking guide. Collective passenger transpotation to the Rio Sucuri spring. A short walk is necessary to discover the today’s activity. Floatation on the river, which meanders the jungle. The progression is slow to enjoy the diversified underwater life. After the activity collective passenger transpotation to Estancia Mimosa, where lunch is served. After lunch, walk to discover the property treasures. It is full of waterfalls and freshwater tubs, pots and pools. Just choose the container! Return to Bonito by mid-afternoon. Evening at leisure.
Lunch included. Dinner not included. Night at the hotel.

DAY 12 : BONITO – CAMPO GRANDE – RIO DE JANEIRO
At 09:00, private transpotation to Bonito’s bus station. Collective passenger bus to Campo Grande. 05H00 journey for 300 km. Upon arrival, reception at the bus station and private transpotation to the airport. Domestic flight Campo Grande – Rio de Janeiro (schedule and flight number to confirm). Upon arrival, reception and private transpotation to the hotel. Check-in, installation and evening at leisure.
Bus ticket included. Meals not included. Night at the hotel.
Obs.: Contact us to reach Campo Grande by private transportation or by plane.

DAY 13 : RIO DE JANEIRO / AT LEISURE
At leisure.
Meals not included. Night at the hotel.

DAY 14 : RIO DE JANEIRO – PARATY
At 09:00, meeting in the hotel lobby and private transportation to Paraty. 04H00 journey for 260 km. Upon arrival, check-in and installation at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to discover the historical city centre, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The city reveals, after a century of isolation, its magnificent colonial mansions, its great cultural life and its romantic atmosphere. Rest of the day at leisure.
Meals not included. Night at the hotel.

DAY 15 : PARATY / BOAT TOUR ON THE BAY
At 09:30, meeting in the hotel lobby with the captain. Walk to Paraty’s marina. The regional fishing boat his equipped for costal navigation. Sailing day to explore the islands and deserted beaches that abound in Paraty’s bay. Bath is mandatory, snorkelling if up to you, Caïpirinha is optional. Return to Paraty with the sunset. Evening at leisure.
Meals not included. Night at the hotel.

DAY 16 : PARATY – ANGRA DOS REIS – ILHA GRANDE
Morning at leisure.
At 13:00, meeting in the hotel lobby. Private transportation to Angra dos Reis. 01H30 journey for 100 km. At 15:30, board on a collective passenger ferry to Ilha Grande. 01H30 navigation. Upon arrival, pick-up at the pier and walk to the hotel. Check-in, installation and evening at leisure.
Ferry boat tickets included. Meals not included. Night at the hotel.
Obs. For other means of transportation to Ilha Grande, contact us.

DAYS 17 & 18 : ILHA GRANDE / AT LEISURE
Days at leisure.
Several activities can be organised. The exuberant nature and isolated location can satisfy the adventurer and the lazy ones…. Our suggestions:

  • Boat excursions to the island treasures;
  • Trekking’s to Lopes Mendes (3H00 walk); the Dois Rios abandoned penitentiary (4H30 walk); the island highest point: Pico do Papagaio (5H30 walk);
  • Farniente, relaxation, and grilled fish;
  • Boat rental, kayaking or surfing;
  • Diving on a wreck submerged in the bay.

Meals not included. Night at the hotel.

DAY 19 : ILHA GRANDE – ANGRA DOS REIS – RIO DE JANEIRO / DEPARTURE
At 09:15, walking transfer to Ilha Grande’s pier. Collective passenger ferry boat departure at 10:00. 01H30 navigation to Angra dos Reis. Upon arrival, reception at the pier and private transportation to Rio de Janeiro airport. 02H30 journey for 150 km. International flight (schedule and flight number to confirm).
Ferry boat tickets included. Meals not included.

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