INDEPENDENT RIO DE JANEIRO AND IGUASSU FALLS WITH BRAZIL'S AMAZON

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It may take two to Tango, but it only takes you to choreograph the perfect day on an Independence by Globus vacation in Brazil. Walk in wonder on the wild side in the breathtaking Brazilian Amazon. Touch down in Manaus, gateway to Brazil’s Amazon, for a private, guided sightseeing tour with a local expert to envision the rubber boom days. Witness the “Meeting of the Waters” where the chocolate-hued Rio Negro flows side by side with the amber Rio Solimões. Meet monkeys, catch piranhas, and explore a native caboclo village with your expert guide to discover timeless traditions of life in the rainforest. See how Rio sizzles with Brazilian barbecue, beaches, and bustling nightlife, bringing you a little closer to heaven atop Corcovado Mountain where the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue stands watch. With the freedom to design your days and fill your nights with Latin flair that ignites your independent spirit, you’ll be swaying to the samba in no time! Go chasing waterfalls in Iguassu National Park, where thunderous cascades plummet 300 feet into Devil’s Throat Canyon. Cross over to Argentina and board the Ecological Jungle Train and explore numerous walkways above and beneath the falls. With the expertise of Local Guides and extra I-time you crave, you’ll find the perfect steps to dance to your own rhythm through Brazil’s breathtaking beauty.

Traveller Notes
- Transportation: As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary and private airport transfers to/from intra-holiday flights; intra-holiday flights not included
- Guides: In Rio de Janeiro & Iguassu Falls; Naturalist in the Amazon
- Departures arriving on Sunday into Manaus will be unable to view the Opera House and Natural Science Museum in Manaus as they are closed. Guests may still book these departures and will be provided with alternate sightseeing.
- Due to the Carnival holiday, departures with overnights falling in Rio de Janeiro from February 9 to 14, 2024 and February 28 and March 5, 2025 are on request only and will have a supplemental cost if available.

Departure dates

From 01/01/2024 to 08/01/2025

What's included

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Breakfasts Included: 8.
Lunches Included: 2.
Dinners Included: 2.
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Itinerary / more information

  • 1 ARRIVE IN MANAUS
    After arriving at your hotel, meet up for private city sightseeing to view vestiges of Manaus' glory days during the rubber boom. Your first stop will be the famous opera house, built in 1896 with materials imported from Europe. Next, visit a bustling local market filled with regional foods and wares.
    2 MANAUS-AMAZON JUNGLE
    Today, your "Meeting of the Waters" cruise passes by the impressive British-built Customs House and the floating port. Cruise along the chocolate-hued Rio Negro to its confluence with the yellow-gray Rio Solimoes, where the two rivers form the mighty Amazon. For four miles, the differently shaded bodies of water flow side by side and never mix! After lunch on the river, explore a jungle island (water level permitting) with fascinating native flora and fauna. Later this afternoon, arrive at the Ecopark Jungle Lodge, situated on the banks of the Rio Negro inside the Amazon rainforest. (B,L,D)
    3 AMAZON JUNGLE
    Accompanied by a Naturalist, enjoy a guided jungle walk that introduces you to the flora and fauna that thrive in the Amazon. After lunch, depart the lodge and sail up the river to visit a Caboclo's native Amazon village to learn about their traditions, costumes, and culture. Also, try your hand at piranha fishing! Later, visit the Monkey Jungle Reserve, where researchers work to rehabilitate captive primates and reintroduce them to the jungle. Here, you have the opportunity to see the feeding of spider, squirrel, woolly, and capuchin monkeys. This evening, maybe venture back out with your Naturalist via canoe into the flooded forest to appreciate the sounds of the jungle at night. Keep watch for small alligators (and other night creatures)! (B,L,D)
    4 AMAZON JUNGLE-RIO DE JANEIRO
    This morning, depart your Amazon lodge for a flight to fabulous Rio. Welcome to South America's capital of glamour-Rio de Janeiro, where your Local Guide will be available with suggested activities during your free time. (B)
    5 RIO DE JANEIRO
    Today, your private tour takes you to the Cosme Velho district, where you board a cog-wheel train that will take you through the lush tropical vegetation of Tijuca Forest to the top of Corcovado Mountain. This rounded peak rising 2,300 feet from the bay is one of the New7Wonders of the World and home to the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. Enjoy a breathtaking 360-degree panorama, which affords sweeping views of the city and beaches below. The afternoon and evening are at leisure. Tonight, you may opt to join an outing to a fun churrascaria for a feast of barbecued meats that are marinated and roasted over charcoal in true Brazilian style. (B)
    6 RIO DE JANEIRO

    Enjoy a full day at leisure. Your Local Host will suggest some options for your free time. (B)

    Today's I-Time Tips
    This afternoon, you may elect to discover historic Petropolis, a mountain resort and site of the former summer palace of Emperor Dom Pedro II, or take an optional excursion to visit iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain.


    7 RIO DE JANEIRO-IGUASSU FALLS
    Fly to Iguassu Falls. This masterpiece of nature encompasses 275 separate falls and spans almost two miles. Upon arrival, you will be met by your Local Guide who will take you on a private tour dedicated to enjoying the spectacle of this 2-mile-wide torrent from the Brazilian side. See the mammoth series of waterfalls cascading over a precipice almost two miles wide and 250 feet deep. Walk into Devil's Throat Canyon, where the clouds of mist, thunderous roar, and 180-degree rainbows surround you-an unforgettable experience! (B)
    8 IGUASSU FALLS

    Your Local Guide will take you on a private tour of the Argentine side of the Iguassu Falls. Begin with a short ride on the open-air Ecological Jungle Train through the rainforest. From atop the falls, a series of boardwalks takes you above the falls to see the water crashing down more than 300 feet below into the Devil's Throat. (B)

    Today's I-Time Tips
    Your afternoon is free to explore, or you may opt to visit the Bird Park, home to many species of indigenous birds as well as flora from the area.


    9 IGUASSU FALLS
    Your holiday ends after breakfast this morning. (B)
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