(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.
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
GREAT trip! We were very pleased with every aspect that you 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.
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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