(Rio de Janeiro, Manaus)
Rio de Janeiro is an exciting and international city, explore its major highlights before heading to the Amazon region. Enjoy wildlife explorations in the greatest natural region on the planet, based out of a fashionable Jungle lodge. You will marvel at tropical trees, plants and the Amazon's most exotic animal species!
Note: A valid passport is required for all American or Canadians citizens, including children, intending to visit Brazil. It is recommended that your passport be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected departure from the country. There have been cases where citizens were refused entry for not having the six-month validity. In addition, all Americans & Canadians are required to have a valid Brazilian Visa prior to their arrival in Brazil, and the visa must be used within 90 days of issuance. Otherwise, they will be refused entry into the country. For other nationalities it is the traveler's responsibility to check with the Embassy of the Federative Republic of Brazil and its consulates for up-to-date information.
Meet your personal driver and guide for an airport transfer in Rio de Janeiro.
A valid passport is required for all American or Canadian citizens, including children, intending to visit Brazil. It is recommended that your passport be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected departure from the country. There have been cases where citizens were refused entry for not having the six-month validity. In addition, all Americans & Canadians are required to have a valid Brazilian Visa prior to their arrival in Brazil, and the visa must be used within 90 days of issuance. Otherwise, they will be refused entry into the country.
Considered one of the top hotels in Rio de Janeiro, the Sofitel has a prime seat on Copacabana Beach. The 388 rooms are immaculately kept, each possessing a contemporary allure and sharp decor. Take advantage of the extensive room facilities, including plasma cable TV, DVD players, and high speed Internet. Feast on an endless choice of cuisine and dining styles, from bar settings to French gourmet cuisine. Fusions of flavors will keep you coming back for more. Later, stop by any of the bars and mingle with other guests, or make use of the 2 pools, gym, and 2 saunas on site.
Enjoy a full day private excursion with your own vehicle, professional driver and English speaking guide visiting Corcovado and Sugarloaf. After being picked up from your hotel, you can enjoy a Panoramic city tour by car, passing by the main monuments such as Sambódromo, the Metropolitan Cathedral, Cinelandia Square with its Municipal Theatre, National Library and the Fine Art Museum, to name but a few. Arriving at the Sugar Loaf, you can take a cable car to get to the summit where you will have one of the most fantastic panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro. From here, the stop on the tour is Cosme Velho district, a traditional neighborhood in the Southern part of Rio de Janeiro which houses the picturesque Largo do Boticário - a small square enclosed by several neo-colonial style houses, built in the 1920s. (The houses were constructed using materials from much older buildings in the city's Centro district which had been demolished). Here, you can take a train up to the Corcovado Mountain, through the Atlantic rainforests of Tijuca to see the famous Christ The Redeemer statue and admire the fantastic panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro below. Before returning to the hotel, you will be taken for a visit to São Conrado beach to observe the famous hang gliders flying over the beach. You will no doubt enjoy the hosted lunch stop during the day and at day's end, having seen all of the sights; you will be brought back to your hotel.
Spend a half day today on a private historical tour of Rio de Janeiro in the company of a guide and private vehicle and driver. On your tour you will be lead through the colonial avenues, squares and back streets of the city, and your guide will explain the important historical, political and social events that shaped Rio into South America's most exciting city. Focusing on the period or architectural style, fine examples of Baroque constructions would be the "São Bento" and "Santo Antonio" Monasteries, which recall the times when Brazil was a colony of Portugal. The French influence can be seen from buildings that were built as early as the 19th century and examples include the Municipal Theater and the Fine Art museum. The city's cultural and artistic diversity is showcased on various cultural institutions such as the Cultural Centre Bank of Brasil and the Brazil-France House. Some other features of this tour are "Candelária" Church, "Praça XV" and "Arco dos Telles".
Today take the time to enjoy the city of Rio de Janeiro by maybe spending time at the beach, sipping on fruit juices or walking along its streets.
There are also plenty of options for half and full day tours in and around Rio de Janeiro. Consider tours focusing on the modern and historical aspects of the city, the botanical gardens or a visit to one of the biggest slums in the world with approximately 150.000 inhabitants.
If you prefer to be outdoors, enjoy a half day zodiac boat ride of the Guanabara Bay to Cagarras Archipel passing in front of all the famous beaches like Botafogo where Sugar Loaf, Copacabana and Ipanema are located. A day spent cruising on the Azure waters is another option. For a more cultural experience, consider a guided tour of Petrópolis, located on the mountains of the Atlantic Mountain Range where you can visit the Imperial Museum, residence of the Imperator D. Pedro II. Additionaly, you can visit the Cathedral, and the Christal Palace. All of these options are available on a private basis, and some are offered on a shared basis. Please contact one your Sales Consultant if any of these are of interest to you.
Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Manaus connecting in Brasilia. Total travel time is approximately 5.5 hours.Please note: Flights rates and availability are subject to change until booking.
You will be picked up at your hotel in Manaus or at the airport and taken to the lodge. The transfer between Manaus and the Lodge takes approximately 3.5 hours.
The Lodge offers two transfers daily:First transfer - Around 8 am for guests leaving from Hotels in Manaus.Second transfer - Around 2 pm for guests arriving in the main flights* to Manaus. * The last flight served by the lodge's transfer is the 1:40 pm arrival. Passengers who arrive later than 1:40 pm will be transferred the following moring. Please note: During the daylight saving in Brazil the flights arrive in Manaus 1 hour before the usual time. This means that the lodge's transfer will pick-up guests at the airport until 12:40 pm and later flights will be transferred to the next morning.
Guests may also choose to take the hydroplane, which takes approximately 35 minutes and flies over a large part of the archipelago. Availability must be confirmed upon request, and this is at an extra cost - please enquire.
A third option is to use private transfers, available from 8 am to 3 pm. The availability must be confirmed upon request, and this is also at an extra cost - please enquire..
The 5 Days & 4 Nights’ Experience is the best package for you if you would like more time to visit the surroundings and rest!
In this package, guests can experience the following tours:
Nocturnal sightseeing at Anavilhanas Archipelago (1,5 hs aprox.): The unique sensation of living the Amazon Forest during the night in motorized canoes is experienced in search of night birds, sloths, snakes, caimans and sounds.
Reconnaissance tour on Anavilhanas Archipelago (2,5 h aprox.): The many channels (paranás), lakes, and islands of the world’s greatest freshwater archipelago are explored in regional boats.
Hiking on the Mainland Woods (2,5 h aprox.): Trekking through the unstirred forest, toured by local guides who will reveal some of the mysteries of the Amazon Jungle. Knowledge about trees, herbs and fruits, jungle survival orientation and natural medicine notions are transferred to guests.
Visit to Amazonian Dolphins and Art Parlors in Novo Airão (2,5 hs aprox.): Guests are taken to a floating deck where wild river dolphins come everyday. Then, guest will go to 2 craft shops, where local workers offer original natural products
Recreational Piranha Fishing (2 hs aprox.): A fun fishing experience, where guests will have the opportunity of fishing and taking piranhas and other small fishes, while enjoys the beauty of rivers and streams.
Canoeing through riverbanks in Rio Negro (2 hs aprox.): In small wooden canoes, guests can explore the Igapós and Igarapés next to the lodge, enjoying the sounds, smells and surprising views of the flooded woods.
Visit the Cabocla Community in Tiririca (2 hs aprox.): Guests will visit an isolated community in the middle of Rio Negro where the tourist can understand their way of life and their social organization.
Sunrise contemplation (1,5 hs aprox.): Denaturing very soon in the morning in canoes, guests will watch the colorful sky changing with the sun rays, see the birds flying to their places and hear the noise of the waken forest.
Note: The order of the tours above is defined by the Anavilhanas Lodge, which will supply the schedule of the activities upon guests' arrival. Guests with pick-up at the airport between 11am and 2pm will not be able to attend the afternoon tour of the first day. Guests with return flights scheduled from 1pm to 7pm will not be able to attend the morning tour of the last day.
Situated in the soul of the Amazon Forest, the Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge is a luxurious group of cottages built on wooden stilts. The lodge brings together nature and comfort in a subtle and harmonious fashion. It does not have grandiose buildings, vast fields, and fibreglass replicas of animals or plastic flowers on the tables. The 16 cottages are designed with all the necessities of home, and decorated with local techniques using natural materials. Dining is taken indoors with a view of the water, in a tree-enclosed area. Dishes are both local and international, and will surpass all expectations using fresh produce and exotics fruits of all flavours. One is never lacking amusement in the Amazon Forest, as there are a plethora of species to observe as well as a range of activities such as hiking, swimming with the dolphins, and canoeing.
Enjoy one of the excursions included in your package.
Aanavilhanas Lodge is surrounded by a vast extension of untouched tropical rainforest and in front of a protected national park across the river. The Anavilhanas Archipelago presents a unique ecosystem with lush landscapes, endemic species and a peculiar island formation. In this region we find mainland woods, riverbanks, marshlands and voluminous rivers. By water or by land, it is impossible not to be overwhelmed by the marvels that treat our eyes at every moment.
Enjoy one of the excursions included in your package or simply relax and rest in the pool while admiring the vastness of Rio Negro just ahead, with Anavilhanas archipelago as a backdrop. Either before or after the tours, this is a site that provides enjoyable moments – and what´s best, practically mosquito-free! Rio Negro´s highly acidic waters inhibit the proliferation of insects, making not only the pool, but all of the Lodge´s facilities very pleasant areas.
A shared transfer is provided by Anavilhanas Lodge to take you to the airport in Manaus The transfer takes approximately 3.5 hours.
The Lodge offers two transfers daily:First transfer - At 8 am for guests who board in flights that leave from Manaus starting at 1:30 pm. Guests who board in flights before 1:30 pm should leave one day earlier and spend the night in Manaus.Second transfer - At 2 pm for guests who will lodge in Manaus or will board their flight after 7:30 pm.
Fly from Manaus to Rio de Janeiro connecting in Brasilia. Flights are subject to availability. Total travel time is approximately 5.5 hours.
Laura Iyer ,
January 10, 2014
We just returned last night from our Patagonia adventure and wanted to tell you we had the time of our lives! Everything turned out perfectly. Guides were fun, on time and informative. The excursions were great for an active family and, of course, amazing.
I can't tell you what was our favorite. The boys enjoyed exploring the mountains in El Chalten (they called it Mountain running) while Mohan and I relaxed in the beautiful hotel. I thought after the glacier trek it can't get any better - but it kept surprising me and amazing me. My personal favorite was the horseback riding. I thought afterwards after everything we have seen the bike tour would have to be a let down - NOPE - it also was so exciting and our guide was a hoot! We had great weather for each activity (I know there is a bit of luck involved with that one).
Meals were amazing and after so many active excursions no guilt in pigging out.
I am so happy we took a little risk and went out of the way with our vacation this year. We will have this with us for a life time.
Thank you again,
Laura, Mohan, Ryan, and Nathan
Catherine Dudley ,
January 10, 2014
Happy New Year!
GREAT trip! The brochure you sent to us the week before we set off was marvelous -- the pages are marked and worn with us referring to it so often! We were very pleased with every aspect that you set up for us including the airport pick-up and drop off and the tour of Quito and environs on Friday. Our guide spoke excellent English, the driver was courteous and we felt safe and well-informed throughout the day. The transfer to the Eclipse team was super easy and the flight to Guayaquil and trip to the boat went off without a hitch.
We're still going through the 500+ photos that I took and the 1700+ photos that my son took, but I promise to send a few to you in the next week or so. Galapagos was a fabulous trip and the Eclipse was a terrific way to navigate the islands. Gave them a 10 on their feedback form and would recommend Eclipse very highly.
Mark Dornfeld ,
November 11, 2013
"My wife and I had a wonderful trip, we really enjoyed ourselves. All the accommodations that you booked for us were exceptional and our drivers and guides were lovely. We had great weather the whole trip and only lost one activity due to high winds. As you know this is a beautiful part of the world so my camera was snapping all the time. We would definitely use your services in the future for this type of travel. Thanks for all you help and expertise........be well.....m.d."
Jack Gregory ,
November 11, 2013
I wanted to give you a little feedback on our recent trip to Peru.
In a word – EXCELLENT – especially the high quality people you work with in Peru. We have taken tours all over the world, S. Africa, France, England, Vietnam, China to name just a few, and the service we received in Peru was far beyond and of the other experiences we have had. The attention to detail was very much appreciated, picking us up at the airport, taking us back to the airport and complete, hassle free, handling of all our details truly made this a stress free experience.
Special thanks to:
-The entire reservation system and the people I came in contact with that process...every detail accounted for
-The people that looked after us in Lima
-Andre, the young man in Cusco who faithfully phoned every night just to make sure the day went well, my wife was well and that we knew what we had to do the next day.
-The Sumaq hotel in Aquas Calientes...you can tell the level of service by the details...I watched a waitress hold a high stool for a lady to prevent her from tipping backwards as she got on the stool, the lady didn’t even know the waitress did it....that’s client care.
-Especially Mariela, the tour guide in Cusco...highly knowledgeable, passionate, personable and shows great care for the people she guides.
Hainsworth Sherry ,
November 05, 2013
Clients were very impressed. Guides were amazing and accommodation was beyond expectations. They will definitely travel with you again and they have highly recommended Kensington Tours.
Hope I can work with you again the in the near future.
Scott Parks ,
November 05, 2013
Sandy and I are back from Peru and had a wonderful time. Kensington seems to have the best contacts in each country and Peru was no exception. I wanted to take the time to give you some specific feedback on each segment of out trip.
The “Hotel B” in Lima is fantastic. It’s an old house that has been turned into a small Hotel. The people are great and the location in Barranco is just what we like.
The Inkaterra Amazonica is probably the best place place to stay in the Amazon region. The rooms give a real feel of the sounds of the rain forest.
The hotels in both Cusco and Aquas Calientes were perfect with great locations. We added an additional day in Aquas Calientes which gave us three days in Machu Picchu. For us, this was well worth it and gave us the time we wanted to see all aspects of Machu Picchu. Pictures did not do justice to the site, although we got some great pictures.
The trip to see the Nasca Lines was, also, worth the time. Our guide added some side trips including lunch at a local winery which we really enjoyed. The Hotel Paracas was an unexpectedly high quality resort and a great way to end our trip.
Thanks for your help we look forward to next year
June Murray ,
August 20, 2013
"Buenas Noches Brandi-
I filled out the survey but I wanted to send you a note to say thank you. Our trip was the stuff lifelong memories are made of and I mean every part of it. From our time spent in Quito, to the Safari Camp and Isla Isabela. I cannot say enough about the professionalism of the staff at our accommodations and the expertise of all our guides (most especially Tanya Helmig at the Safari Camp). We hope to go back for an extended stay.
I have attached 2 photos for you of Bart and I. I think the joy is clearly evident- thank you for making it possible.
Barbara Mackey ,
July 22, 2013
"We just completed a family trip to Costa Rica, with three families traveling from different locations. All the coordination efforts were made easily and efficiently by our Kensington representative, Brandi Merchant, who was wonderful; an absolute delight to work with. All the accommodations were first class and the guides knowledgeable and very punctual. We will be using Kensington again!
Cindy Thoene ,
July 22, 2013
What an AMAZING trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously…the trip of a lifetime!
We returned late on Thursday and had out of town visitors through the weekend and we are just now unpacking and getting back to non-vacation reality.
I will share my feedback and get pictures sent to you soon.
Thanks for everything….truly a perfect trip!
July 24, 2013
Our trip was wonderful, we had a great time, wish we could have spent more time. In fact, I now know I would have spent more time in Cuzco and the Machu Picchu area.
Machu Picchu was fabulous.
Margot, our guide, and the driver, were absolutely wonderful, low key, very personable, very accommodating, really good. We didn't end up with enough time on the last morning in Cusco to finish the tour, but got a feel- of Sacsayhuman, Qengo, Koricancha. We saw Ollayantatambo, and went to Moray and Maras, and Wayra ranch which was also outstanding, on the next day, but did not do Pisac and the market. We got tired and ran out of time so cut a couple things. Louis the coordinator was good as well.
Would love to go back and learn more some time.
The coordinator in Lima was extremely nice too, and very helpful.
In fact, we loved the food, the people and everything. The Libertador Palacio , the Tambo del Inka and the Sanctuary were indeed outstanding hotels. LAN was all on time, great service.
Thank you again for all your help.
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