Brazil Amazon Rainforest


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Brazil Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon rainforest covering much of the northwestern Brazil is the world’s largest tropical rainforest, famed for its biodiversity. Spread across the Amazon basin it extends into Colombia, Peru and other South American countries. The Amazonian region’s Rubber Boom of the 19th-century, encouraged growth of its cities such as Manaus, Porto Velho, and Belém, now capitals of the respective Brazilian states. The best way to experience the Amazon rainforest is by boat.

Take a private tour of Rio de Janeiro, then travel southwest to Iguassu National Park. Here you can see the falls from the Brazilian side and later cross over the bridge to have another perspective from the Argentina side. Transfer to Manaus, gateway to the Brazilian Amazon. Travel by boat and take a glimpse at local villages built on the banks of the Amazon River. Next to Bahia, with endless sandy beaches and an ideal climate for escaping to the sun year-round. 

And, also experience Salvador de Bahia and the Iguassu Falls.

What We Love
  • Take lessons in Samba Dance, impossible to resist while listening to Brazilian beats.
  • In Salvador da Bahia, explore stunning colonial buildings and enjoy pulsating musical rhythms. 
  • Search the exclusive jaguar, cougar or an anaconda or fish wild piranhas.
  • Designed with the best luxury accommodation and services available.
  • Depart whenever you choose – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • The climate of the Amazon Jungle is typically tropical; with hot, humid conditions.
  • The drier season in Amazon runs between March and September.
  • This is a relaxed tour but may require walking on rough surfaces or terrain.  
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

The Review

Everything in Brazil seems larger than life. It has the world's wildest party, its greatest waterfall, its biggest wetlands, its mightiest river and its largest rain forest (and one of the most unique and diverse cultures on the planet). For travellers, Brazil's sheer size and variety can be overwhelming.

The Amazon rainforest for instance, spans across eight countries: Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. It has an astonishing value in the natural world in terms of the Oxygen that it provides, the Carbon Dioxide that it consumes and the splendid array of exquisite plant- and animal species to which it is home.

The best way to experience the Amazon rainforest and its massive river are by boat. Many of the native villages have been built on the banks of the Amazon River, giving travellers the opportunity to catch a glimpse of their lives and communities, while not infringing on their privacy. These tours may last for a day, or can be packaged to encompass several days for a more detailed exploration of the area.

Continue to Iguassu National Park, a natural wonder of tropical nature with over 275 thundering cascades. Here you can see the falls from the Brazilian side and later cross over the bridge to have another perspective from the Argentina side. There are various options like you can take the Macuco trail on Jeep into the sub-tropical forest, cruise into the Iguassu Canyon to the very base of the majestic waterfalls or an aerial view from a helicopter.

Next, Bahia 'the land of happiness' offers endless sandy beaches and an ideal climate for escaping to the sun year-round. Its capital, Salvador da Bahia is a mix of stunning colonial buildings, beautiful beaches, cobbled streets, African culture and pulsating musical rhythms. It is a city of forts, catholic churches, 'condomble' temples and a fascinating mix of old and new, African and European, religious and profane.

Getting There

There are plenty of choices of carrier to Brazil from the UK, with São Paulo and Rio being the usual points of arrival. If your ultimate destination is neither of these cities, it is usually best to connect in Rio, or connect with a flight on the continent, where your options are TAM to Recife from Paris, or TAP via Lisbon to Recife, Salvador, Fortaleza, Natal, Belo Horizonte and Brasília. If you only want to go to the Amazon, Manaus via Miami with TAM is your best bet, but it’s unlikely to be cheaper or quicker than a flight to Rio or São Paulo and then a connection north.

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Brazil Amazon

Rio – Iguassu – Amazon - Salvador
(12 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 01 – Arrive
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Meet and greet on arrival at Rio de Janeiro and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, take a Samba Dance Class (optional) at one most the prestigious dancing schools or explore the town at your leisure.
Overnight at Copacabana Hotel (B)

Day 02 – City Highlights Tour
Rio de Janero After breakfast take a half day tour to one of Rio’s most famous postcard views, the “SugarLoaf” mountain. This visit is made in two stages by cable car. The first cable car takes passengers to Urca Hill which is 215 meters high from where one has a beautiful view of Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niterói bridge and Corcovado hill. Then take a second cable car to the top (395 meters) to see a splendid view of Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress and some of the beaches of Niterói.
Overnight at Copacabana Hotel (B)

Day 03 – City Highlights Tour
Rio de Janero Take a short drive through downtown Rio, passing by the Sambo drome, the Metropolitan and the traditional Cinelândia Square with its historical buildings and the National Museum of Fine Arts. Then drive through the charming neighbourhood of Santa Teresa to catch the train to Corcovado, the majestic statue of Christ standing 120 feet high. The Redeemer’s outstretched arms welcome you to a breathtaking panorama - unmatched for its spellbinding magic!

On your return stop at the artsy and hip Santa Teresa neighbourhood where you will visit the Chacara do Ceu Museum – perhaps the best small museum in the country.  For lunch we recommend Aprazivel restaurant, Rio’s best contemporary Brazilian cuisine restaurant which has stunning views of the Guanabara Bay. Evening at leisure.
Overnight at Copacabana Hotel (B)

Day 4 – Transfer
Iguassu Falls Transfer to the airport for your flight to Iguassu Falls for your two-night stay. Time permitting; we will set out on an escorted walking tour on the Brazilian side to strategic viewpoints. The trail winds towards the falls populated by contis, long-tailed racoon-like creatures with a well-developed sense of tourists’ feeding habits.
Overnight: Das Cataratas Hotel (B)  

Day 5 – Iguassu National Park
Iguassu Falls First, explore the Brazilian side of the falls with a 2km walk into the gorge for unobstructed and panoramic views. The last outlook places you directly in front of the awesome Devil’s Throat falls where you will get wet!

Argentine side: This afternoon, your guide will take you across the border to the Argentine side with its two circuits of boardwalks. The Upper Circuit winds its way along the top of the canyon, allowing you to look down on the falls and appreciate the area's rich flora and fauna. The Lower Circuit offers the best views of the waterfalls as they come hurtling over the edge, including a close encounter with the fearsome Devil’s Throat waterfall.
Overnight: Das Cataratas Hotel (B)  

Day 6 – Experience Amazon
Amazon Rainforest Transfer to the airport for your flight to Manaus via Brasilia. On arrival, you will be transferred to the lodge. The trip takes three hours via speed boat, van and speed boat again. During your trip you might encounter some pink dolphins and see the amazing ‘Meeting of the Waters’, the spot where the muddy waters of the Solimões River and the black waters of the Negro River meet to form the great Amazonas River. Also stop to feed Pirarucu fish that can reach more than 3 meters and observe the giant water lily.

After a hearty lunch, take a canoe tour through the Amazonian creeks and the flooded forest. During the trip you may encounter pink dolphins and have the opportunity to swim. After dinner, take another canoe tour to observe the night fauna and meet alligators, frogs and birds.
Overnight: Juma Amazon Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Experience Amazon
Amazon Rainforest Take an early morning sunrise excursion to see and listen to the sounds of the waking birds. Our guides are trained and equipped with binoculars to complement this experience with bird watching.

After breakfast, it is time for a jungle hike where an experienced guide will introduce you to the Amazon’s wildlife and inform you about the medicinal use of the many plants found in the Amazon.

After lunch, take a boat tour around the lodge (in the flood season) or walk (in the dry season). Later in the afternoon we will board a motor boat with a guide to fish and find out more about the well-known Amazonian fishes including the Piranha.
Overnight: Juma Amazon Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 8 – Experience Amazon
Amazon Rainforest Today we take a hike in the forest and stop at a pleasant spot for lunch (regional cuisine baked over a fire) and rest in hammocks. In the afternoon, we will visit a house of a local native to learn more about their fascinating culture. We will also have the opportunity to see how latex is extracted from a rubber tree the caused the boom and doom in the 19th century.
Overnight: Juma Amazon Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 9 – Transfer
Salvador Bahia Transfer to Manaus airport for your flight to Salvador for a two night stay in this beautiful city. Stay at the Convento do Carmo, a wonderful renovation of a Sixteenth Century convent. With your private guide, explore the beautiful city of Salvador before an optional lunch overlooking the port and the Atlantic Ocean. A free afternoon in this fascinating city can be tailored to suit your own interests.
Overnight at Convento do Carmo (B)

Day 10 – Historic City Tour
Salvador Bahia Half-day historic city tour of Salvador: Salvador is divided into an Upper Town and a Lower Town. Both are linked by the art deco Lacerda elevator, which offers outstanding views. The Pelourinho is the largest intact colonial centre in the Americas. Its twisting, narrow cobblestone streets are lined with pastel mansions and stunning baroque churches and convents.

But, it’s at night that this area really comes to life. Salvador’s Saturdays are almost as lively as the legendary Tuesdays as every bar and restaurant in the district opens up its windows and doors to locals and tourists alike who come to samba the night away to the music that emanates from them.
Overnight at Convento do Carmo (B, L)

Day 11 – The Surrounds
Salvador Bahia Full day excursion to Praia do Forte and the Tamar (turtle) protection project. North of Salvador are the lovely fishing villages and beaches of the Coconut Coast, including Arembepe, Imbassai and the more upscale Praia do Forte, which borders the Sapiranga Ecological Reserve. The reserve protects one of Brazil's last areas of ancient Atlantic rain forest. This evening, enjoy dinner and show at the Solar do Unhao.
Overnight at Convento do Carmo (B, L, D)

Day 12 – Depart
Rio de Janeiro Transfer to the Salvador airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro International Airport and onward connections. (B)


Recommended price

  • 5-star: From GBP 300 per person per day
  • 4-star: From GBP 250 per person per day
  • 3-star: From GBP 200 per person per day

The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.

Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.

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  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
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Overview Brazil is bigger than the United States (excluding Alaska) and the journey from Recife in the east to the western border with Peru is longer than that from London to Moscow, and the distance between the northern and southern borders is about the same as that between New York and Los Angeles.

Roughly two-thirds of Brazil’s population live near the coast and well over half live in cities. In Rio and São Paulo, Brazil has two of the world’s great metropolises. Most Brazilians speak Portuguese but there are also Spanish speakers who won’t understand Portuguese.

In the extreme south German and eastern European immigration has left distinctive traces; São Paulo has the world’s largest Japanese community outside Japan; a large Afro-Brazilian population is concentrated in Rio, Salvador and São Luís; while the Indian influence is very visible in the Amazon.

Where to go The three largest cities in Brazil; São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte are worth visiting but Rio, which really is as beautiful as it seems in pictures, is the one essential destination.

The South, encompassing the states of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul includes much of the enormous Paraná River system. Further south-west are the spectacular Iguaçu Falls on the border with Argentina, one of the great natural wonders of South America.

The Central Brazil is dominated by an enormous plateau of savanna and rock escarpments. In the middle, lies Brasília, the country’s space-age capital, and gateway to Mato Grosso. It includes the Pantanal, the largest wetlands in the world and the richest wildlife reserve anywhere in the Americas. North and west Mato Grosso shades into the Amazon, the world’s largest river basin that also contains two major cities – Belém, at the mouth of the Amazon itself, and Manaus, some 1600km upstream.

The Northeast, the part of Brazil that curves out into the Atlantic Ocean is a region of dramatic contrasts: a lush tropical coastline with the best beaches in Brazil. Two of its largest cities; Recife and Salvador, are most heavily Afro-Brazilian and a fascinating place to visit.

When to go When thinking about the best time to visit Brazil, it’s worth bearing in mind that the country splits into four distinct climatic regions. The only part of Brazil that ever gets really cold is the South and Southeast, the region roughly from central Minas Gerais to Rio Grande do Sul that includes Belo Horizonte, São Paulo and Porto Alegre.

In January the rains are coming to an end and it is a good time to visit Rio. But the warmer days are accompanied by the start of the rains in the Amazon and the Pantanal. February is Carnival time in Brazil. In April and May the temperatures begin to decline and by end April, Pantanal enters its dry season.

June and July is winter in Brazil but temperatures rarely hit freezing overnight. It is a good time to visit the Green Coast between Rio and Sao Paulo; evenings are cooler, but the air is fresh and the sea still warm. Bahia's rainy season tends to begin in June, with one or two showers that arrive in the afternoon.

August and October are perhaps the best time to visit the Pantanal, and also great for spending time in Rio, where spring is arriving, there are few clouds in the sky and the temperatures are on the rise. Summer arrives in November, and you can expect high temperatures across the country. Rio de Janeiro in December tends to be hot and dry, but it gets busy during Christmas and New Year.

Visa Visas for Brazil are not required by all nationals of EU countries for stays of up to 90 days. Visas are required by nationals of Australia, Canada and the USA. Other national to check with  Brazilian Consulate in their respective countries.

For UK Travellers: British nationals can normally enter Brazil without a visa as a tourist.

Make sure you comply with Brazilian immigration laws on arrival in the country. You must satisfy the Federal Police (the Brazilian immigration authority) of your intended purpose of visit. You will need to be able to demonstrate that you have enough money for the duration of your stay, and provide details of your accommodation and evidence of return or onward travel. Make sure your passport is stamped. If it is not, you may be fined on departure. Keep your immigration landing card. You’ll need it when you leave. If you lose it you may be fined.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Brazil.

For further information about visas see the website of the Brazilian Consulate in London.
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