(Manaus, Praia do Forte, Rio de Janeiro)
Life is different on the Amazon, and you’ll feel the life-giving rhythm of this iconic river first-hand as your canoe floats towards a traditional riverside village where you’re welcomed like a long-lost relative.
Such is the hospitality and humanity of the traditional people of this incredible place that you’ll feel a strong sense of homecoming even if it’s the first time you’ve visited. Cast a line in the famous river and settle in for a long, relaxed chat before hiking into the Monkey Forest and taking a cruise to discover the local flora and fauna of the majestic rainforest. In sea-side Praia do Forte, embark on a deep sea fishing adventure or swim with the fish instead on a snorkeling or SCUBA diving expedition. And explore the many sites of Rio de Janeiro where breath-taking mountain-top views, iconic beaches, historic monuments and all the color of the city’s favelas await you.
From the ultimate peace and tranquility of the Amazon rainforest to the wild nightlife of Rio de Janeiro, you’ll have a front-row seat to the many contrasting experiences of this part of the world. Stroll through quaint fishing villages and enjoy a night of music and dance in Rio de Janeiro’s bohemian old town as your experienced team of English-speaking local guides and private drivers present Brazil in all her contrasting glory. And you’ll soak it all in while staying in a collection of premium eco retreats, remote rainforest lodges and glamorous beach resorts.
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
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.
Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
A valid passport is required for all American and 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 and 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 private airport transfer with private vehicle and driver.
Tropical Manaus is a luxury Brazilian vacation eco-resort located in the gateway to the majestic Amazon rainforest. An unforgettable experience, Tropical Manaus offers state of the art technology and luxurious accommodations with the magnificence of the rainforest as a backdrop. There are 594 rooms and suites, each well-appointed with the comfort of home. The restaurants serve fresh produce and desserts, as well as regional dishes. The hotel also features recreational amenities including a zoo, swimming pools, tennis courts, a sauna, beauty parlor and a volleyball court. A shopping arcade with 22 stores offering national and imported goods such as gift and souvenir shops, and a nightclub. Tropical Manaus offers a world class guest experience for hotels in Brazil by placing it right in the Amazon rainforest.
Arrival in Manaus. Pick-up at 1:30 pm and transfer to the Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge.
Check-in and welcome drink after which guests will be shown to their rooms. Dinner and an evening tour by canoe for some Alligator spotting.
The Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge is situated in the Amazon Rainforest along the Tarumã River. The lodge is not just a place to stay, but a place to experience the most enthralling side of Brazil. The lodge has 64 comfortable apartments that are divided into 20 wooden bungalows and one concrete bungalow. It offers a large open air reception area with a bar, handicraft and convenience boutique, an open air, thatched roof restaurant, 4 natural bathing pools and a private beach. There are several fresh water streams, jungle trails with diverse vegetation, including virgin forests, natural savannas, and creeks for canoeing. This allows guests to have the opportunity to view different bird species, giant tress, exotic orchids, medicinal plants and so much more.
Breakfast followed by a nature hike. Lunch will be served afterwards. After a short rest, visit the home of local Amazonian residents or "natives", followed by a canoe tour with opportunity to do some fishing. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Start your morning with breakfest. Afterwards will be a visit to the Monkey Forrest. Lunch will be served afterwards. You will proceed on a cruise trip to discover local flora and fauna in the beautiful rainforest. Dinner. Overnight spent at the Lodge.
Breakfast, followed by check-out at 8:00 am.
Fly from Manaus directly to Salvador. Flights are subject to availability. Total travel time is approximately 6 hours.
Enjoy a private vehicle transfer from Airport/Hotel to Praia do Forte with a professional driver/guide. The duration of the transfer is about an hour.
The Tivoli Eco Resort Praia do Forte is close to the shimmery Pojuca River and waterfalls, set in a charming little fishing village in Bahia and surrounded by lush green vegetation and private land. A paradise in itself, all 293 rooms and suites are sea-facing with balconies. Traditional Bahian cooking is served, and the menus are constantly changing. Shops, environmental learning experiences, and beautiful surroundings mark this resort’s appeal, not to mention extensive spa treatments for a little pampering.
The resort has many optional activities for you to choose from and enjoy. If relaxation is your preference, head to the Thalassso Spa for a massage, facial or relaxing ritual for better well being. If you are more an active person, you may enjoy a game of tennis in one of the four courts. Perhaps, hitting the beach for a round of beach volley ball to practice that spike suits your fancy! There is also a fitness center as well as pilates, spinning and an aerobics studio for the cardio-thriving type. If relaxing by one of the eight pools at the hotel is more your style, grab a lounge chair and soak up the sun.
Choose from any of the optional activities previously mentioned above or try something new! There are opportunities to go river fishing and deep sea fishing, or if you feel like swimming with the fish instead of catching them, you may go snorkelling or SCUBA diving (there are additional fees for these activities). The diving is monitored by local experts so you can get the appropriate information during your adventure into the depths of the sea.
Enjoy a private vehicle trip to Salvador with professional driver and English speaking guide.
Fly from Salvador directly to Rio de Janeiro. Flights are subject to availability. Total travel time is approximately 2.5 hours.
Meet your personal driver and guide for an airport transfer in Rio de Janeiro.
A safe and welcoming haven in Rio de Janeiro, the Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel sits directly on the popular Copacabana beach. Each of the 117 rooms embraces views of the beach, sea, and sea front promenade. Enjoy the comforts of individual verandas and en suite bathrooms. Dine in elegance or casually, enjoying stunning views of the beach and sea. An array of local specialties is served alongside international favourites. In your free time, take a jog on the beach, or simply sit by the rooftop pool and sip on a cocktail as the sun sets over the sea.
Transfer by car to Cosme Velho district where visitors will take a train up to the Corcovado Mountain, through the Tijuca Forest. On the top there is a fantastic panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro in addition to the famous Christ Statue. Before return to the hotel, visit to São Conrado to observe the famous hang gliders flying over the beach.
Experience Rio at night. The "Rio Scenarium" is a show house that rises as a differential in the cultural nightlife scenario of Rio de Janeiro. Located at the most typical bohemian neighborhood of the city, the Lapa, the "Rio Scenarium" encourages the preservation of the old houses in the neighborhood, and intends with its artistic program to spread and rescue the best musical traditions and attract new audiences. The "Rio Scenarium" creates a pleasant and cozy environment, allied to the charm of the beautiful manors of old Rio. Always maintaing high standards of traditional Brazilian music, this is by far the best bet for any travelers wanting to experience just that.
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.
Leave your hotel this morning to visit Sugar Loaf Mountain. The Sugar Loaf, known world over as Rio’s picture-postcard site is a must to visit. Since the best time of the day to go up the cable car is later in the day, your tour will finish with the Sugar Loaf. Sugar Loaf is reached on a two-stage cable car ride. This cable car, in operation is of Italian manufacture and takes 80 persons per trip on a 2-minute ride, each stage. The first stage, Morro da Urca, barely 170 mts high, has a restaurant, amphitheater, a helipoint for scenic rides and a privileged view of the Yacht Club and Botafogo Bay. The second stage takes one up to the Sugar Loaf, thus named because of the loaves of sugar that were commonly used by the Portuguese at the time of the discovery of the city. The all-encompassing view of this privileged 270-meter high lookout is unrivaled. This is the only site where one can enjoy a full view of Copacabana beach.
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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