(Rio de Janeiro, Manaus, Amazon)
Day breaks over the forest canopy; the shrill cries of howler monkeys announce the first light as flocks of kaleidoscopic birds take to the sky. You’re in the Amazon..
Visit seductive Brazil and take in its many splendors. From its lovely architecture and abundant museums, to its pristine beaches and lush Amazonian jungles, it is a land of endless possibilities for adventure. Trek through dense rainforests, interact with indigenous tribesman and search for howler monkeys and vibrant birds that welcome you with their wild calls. At night, relax in luxurious accommodations that pamper your body and soul...
With your private guide and driver, head to the Ipanema and Copacabana beaches and visit the iconic Copacabana Palace hotel. At Corcovada Mountain you’ll see the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer. Take in the sweeping vistas from the platform before making your way down to Pereira da Silva (shanty town) for a visit to the Morrinho Project, a unique art installation and NGO. Soon after boarding the private yacht, take off down the Tapajos River and enjoy your first mind-blowing sunset over the forest canopy. Trek the National Tapajos Forest, hike up Serra da Piroca for incredible 360 views, and sail down the Amazon River for an intimate experience with the jungles and wildlife around you...
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Upon arrival in Rio de Janeiro and transfer to the hotel Fasano, located at the Ipanema ocean strip. After check-in, take some time to freshen up and meet with your guide in the hotel’s lobby to begin your first tour.
The reconnaissance tour is meant to ease you into your surroundings in Rio’s southern zone, and works well on the day of your arrival. Start from your hotel and go, accompanied by your host, to the viewing platform in Leblon. Walk along Leblon beach, the most sophisticated in town, to neighbouring Ipanema. Continue by car along Ipanema and Copacabana beaches to the iconic Copacabana Palace hotel. The hotel was inaugurated in 1923 as the first large structure in Copacabana and as such stands as the starting point for the intensive development of Rio’s southern beach neighbourhoods. Last stop on the tour is the Copacabana Fort. The current structure dates from 1908, but there have been earlier structures on the site since the late 18th century. Return to your hotel with a first impression of the southern zone of Rio and its different beach environments.
Fasano Rio has a privileged corner location right along Ipanema Beach, with a postcard view to Ipanema, Leblon and Arpoador. Well situated near excellent restaurants and bars (including the chic Londra in the hotel) with everything Ipanema has to offer in a walking distance. This 5-star boutique hotel with only 81 rooms, and a member of the Leading Small Hotels of the World. Designed by Phillipe Starck this boutique hotel was inspired by the Rio de Janeiro of the 50's and 60's. The excellent restaurant Fasano Al Mare, and sophisticated Bar Londra are on the ground floor. On the penthouse you have the generous pool area and lounge with a fitness center an additional bar, with spectacular views.
In the morning, go with your host to the Corcovado Mountain, where you’ll see the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer and enjoy the sweeping view from the platform on the top. Afterwards, go for a walk in the charming Santa Teresa neighbourhood and continue to the nearby Pereira da Silva favela (shanty town) to visit a unique art installation and NGO: the Morrinho Project, based on a 320m2 model of a favela cityscape. The model, much like the favelas themselves, is made out of bricks, remains and recycled material. The project started in 1997 and has been in the public eye a great deal after it represented Brazil at the Venice Biennale in 2007. Apart from the model, the value of the project lies in its social function, being a safe haven for marginalised children to play and express themselves and their reality in a creative manner. It is a one-of-a-kind visit, you'll see nothing like this in any other favela visit or art gallery in Rio. End the day with a visit to the city centre of Rio, where your host will give you a brief tour according to your wishes and interests. Afterwards, return to your hotel by car.
Meet your personal driver and guide for an airport transfer.
Flight from Rio de Janeiro to Manaus, with a stop in Brasilia.
Upon arrival in Manaus, transfer to your hotel in Ponta Negra, a isolated and upscale neighborhood. After check-in relax at the hotel’s amazing swimming pool.
Situated near the beach in Manaus, Park Suites is in the same region as Teatro Amazonas. Offering state of the art technology, services and amenities in an eco-resort setting, Park Suites Manaus is an impressive 16-storied business tower of blue glass, steel and granite overlooking the breathtaking landscape of the Rio Negro and the Amazon Forest. The hotel has 252 suites and rooms that have open balconies with river views, and features LCD TV with cable channels and complimentary high-speed (wireless) Internet access and a jetted tub. Park Suites has everything a guest may need from recreational amenities including outdoor tennis courts and an outdoor pool, as well a restaurant and a poolside bar.
In the morning, a private guide will meet with you at the hotel and take you on a three hour city tour focused on the historical centre and the main tourist attractions.
Flight from Manaus to Santarem.
Upon arrival in Santarém, transfer to the docks and board the Tupaiú. Set off down the Tapajós River taking in the scenery around you. Enjoy your first Amazonian sunset and swim before drinks and dinner onboard.
This 60ft regional yacht with five guest cabins, is ideal for travelers who enjoy exploring locations where mass tourism is still incipient. Authentic yet comfortable, all cabins have independent air-conditioning and some offer the comfort of en-suite bathrooms. Staffing the boat with the right people is key and the charismatic crew onboard the Tuapiú is one of our best which makes service and food onboard memorable. Guests have the alternatives of an indoor dining/living area, a covered deck, small tv room/library and sun deck at the top of the boat, to spend time in while cruising.
Enjoy a good breakfast before you head off into the jungle. Your first stop will be at the Jamaraquá community. From here, enjoy a 4 hour trek through the National Tapajós Forest –FLONA and open your appetite for lunch on board the boat, while you navigate towards Alter do Chão. Enjoy the afternoon wandering round a local community and getting to know their way of life. The evening will be spent on a deserted beach, where dinner and drinks will be served in a unique way under the stars.
Start off the day with a 45 min hike up Serra da Piroca from where you will have the most incredible 360º view of the region. Back at Alter do Chão, visit an experimental school in the local community before leaving for Urucureá on the Rio Arapiuns–a village known for the handicraft produced by the women in the community. After a busy morning and early afternoon, take the time to enjoy Ponta Grande –one of the most beautiful beaches in the region.
Set sail early from Ponta Grande towards Canal do Jarí–a narrow canal that joins the Tapajós and the Amazon Rivers. Sailing down this canal is a unique and intimate experience of the jungle. For those who enjoy fishing, this spot is ideal for piranhas. A visit to the community of Laranjal is followed by lunch at the home of a local resident Dona Sinamor; best cook in the region. Back on board, sail the Tapari Lake, a great spot to see river dolphins, for the last night in the Amazon.
Last day in the Amazon! Take the opportunity to go for a last swim and enjoy the ride back to Santarém. In Santarém visit the city’s market for great souvenir options before heading to the airport for flight back to Manaus.
Enjoy a private airport transfer to connect with your flight to Manaus.
Flight between Santarem to Manaus.
Christina Adams ,
April 21, 2014
"I know it's silly to give all 10's, obviously every trip has it's ups and downs, but if it hadn't been for our Kensington Tours planning, guides and drivers we would have been lost! It was wonderful to be out in a strange new environment yet know we had a safety net and a friendly face. The places we visited were awesome but I think we'll remember most the people that we met. Thank you and I'll send photos soon! Sincerely, Christina Adams"
Thomas Peyla ,
April 21, 2014
"I rated the quality of the accommodations an 8, but that is only because I chose to have more budget type accommodations. I was very happy with the hotels. The tours and guides were outstanding."
Susan Pope ,
April 21, 2014
"The arrangements all worked out very well, especially the drivers picking us up from airports and hotels. The hotels, although all in different categories, were mostly excellent. Eliza's Manor in Christchurch was especially good. My other favorites were the Novatel in Queenstown, the Grace in Sydney, and the Regent of Rotorua. My least favorite was the Quadrant in Auckland which was not located in a very convenient area. Provided breakfasts and boxed lunches were excellent too. We were unable to take three of the side trips....separate email coming. One suggestion would be that two very long days back to back should be avoided if possible, and travelers' ages taken into account. The trip to Milford Sound was an extremely long day and the Routeburn Trail hike was scheduled for the next day when it could have been on the following day which was free. We were happy to see so many different areas of New Zealand and experience everything from glow worm caves to fjords to a Maori hangi and geothermals."
Vivian Jennings ,
April 21, 2014
"Very pleased with organization. Not having to worry about connections or arrangements is wonderful. Great selection with hotels, Coral 1 and Napo Wildlife. Kensington puts all the details together to ensure a wonderful trip. Highly recommend the Galapagos and Amazon. "
Daniel More ,
April 21, 2014
"All was great. Guides were knowledgeable, personable, friendly... that's what really made the trip."
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"
Laura Iyer ,
January 10, 2014
"We just returned last night from our Patagonia adventure and 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 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! 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.
Catherine Dudley ,
January 10, 2014
"GREAT trip! We were very pleased with every aspect that Brandi set up for us including the tour of Quito and environs. Our guide spoke excellent English, the driver was courteous and we felt safe and well-informed throughout the day. We're still going through the 500+ photos that I took and the 1700+ photos that my son took. Galapagos was a fabulous trip and the Eclipse was a terrific way to navigate the islands.
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.
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