(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.
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.
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.
The Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Copacabana hotel blends the best of Brazilian culture with French savoir-faire. Located on the glamorous and world famous Copacabana Beach, the hotel is next to Ipanema Beach and under the gaze of the Sugarloaf Mountain. It oozes the magic of the 1960s bossa nova beat and Rio's contagious, ever-present energy features some rooms with terraces, some rooms with Club Millesime services and offers excellent cuisine. In this luxurious Rio de Janeiro hotel, guests also have access to two pools, an academy, two saunas and direct access to beauty parlors and shops. The Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Copacabana stands in one of the world's most beautiful places, with the fabulous Ipanema Beach on one side and the marvelous Copacabana on the other.
In the region considered as the fountainhead of the Amazon basin, Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge is the perfect place to rest and relax. The hotel can be reached by land or by water, and all transport is based on the city of Novo Airão. Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge is located 110 km northwest of Manaus, in the county of Novo Airão, on the right margin of Rio Negro (Black River). The Lodge features 16 suites, all equipped with split air conditioning, box beds, hot and cold water, fridge and an inviting porch. The architecture is in line with the regional tradition: hay and suspended wooden structures, holding cozy rooms where guests will find peace and quiet for an invigorating night’s sleep.
December 12, 2014
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December 12, 2014
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December 12, 2014
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December 12, 2014
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December 12, 2014
"We had a wonderful time on our trip. The accommodations were all great. The guides and drivers were all very pleasant and knowledgeable. We were very happy with our choice of destinations and with the way the trip was organized. It was a lot of flying in two weeks but well worth it. Erika was able to accommodate a short-notice addition (Nazca Lines) to our trip which we appreciated. Thank you Erika for your help. Great trip!!"
Frank Manna ,
April 21, 2014
"Our guided transfers were exceptionally accommodating even though our flights were considerably delayed. The Annavillanas Jungle Lodge was spectacular for location, accommodations and food. The Rio Carnival experience was unique and unforgettable and our seats were wonderful. Loved the location of our hotel in Rio.......right on the street of Copacabana Beach.......fantastic. "
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April 21, 2014
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April 21, 2014
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Daniel More ,
April 21, 2014
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Marlin Barad ,
April 21, 2014
"Sofia, thank you for putting together a great trip. We certainly enjoyed ourselves very much. The planning and care was excellent. We hope we can do another trip with you all soon. Marlin Barad"
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