(Rio de Janeiro, Foz do Iguaçu)
You’ll witness Mother Nature at her most magnificent as you stand in awe amidst the white-water mist created by the more than two hundred gushing cascades that make up the soaring Iguazu Falls.
This incredible natural phenomena deserves its standing as one of the seven Wonders of the World, and you’ll have ample opportunity to view the majestic falls from many angles as you explore the Brazilian and Argentinean sides of this natural highlight. You’ll also explore the pristine subtropical jungle that surrounds the falls, meet its abundant exotic birdlife, and take a train ride along the banks of the Iguazu River. Elsewhere, look out upon Rio de Janeiro from the feet of the famous mountain-top Christ the Redeemer statue; take a panoramic cable car ride up Sugar Loaf Mountain; watch the hang gliders float over Sao Conrado beach; and explore the lush Tijuca forest on Corcovado Mountain.
From the spectacular sights and sounds of a samba show and people watching on glamorous Copacabana beach, to a relaxed Argentine barbeque lunch in the rainforests of Iguazu National Park, this engaging trip showcases the contrasting rhythms of the Brazilian experience. Your team of knowledgeable local guides and private drivers add value at every turn, and your premium accommodation places you in the center of the beach-side action of Rio de Janeiro and amidst the subtropical rainforest of Iguazu.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Experience Rio at night, and enjoy a spectacular samba show with singers and dancers in elaborate costumes, representing Brazil's rich folkloric traditions, and capturing the famous rhythms of Carnaval. An evening excursion to the "Carioca's" (Rio's natives) favorite kind of restaurant: the "Churrascaria". It's a meat eater's delight, where waiters bring over choice meats on skewers and cut slices of your choice. After dinner, head to a rousing Brazilian Show of music at the night club Plataforma, which can be experienced all year-round. The gamut of Brazilian rhythms can be heard, and the exotic costumes worn by performers are a sight apart. The Plataforma folkloric show will give them a general overview of Brazilian music, dance and folklore. Thirty beautiful “mulata-dancers” together with a male cast take a culture journey on the popular music of Brazil, with a lot of African percussion, Samba, Capoeira (a mixture or martial arts and dance) and the grand finale with a parade showing the luxurious carnival costumes.
The tour begins at the beach of Ipanema, immortalized by the music of Tom Jobim, Girl from Ipanema. You will ride the bike path and arrive at Jardim de Alah ( Allah´s Garden), where there is a channel that connects the Lagoon to the sea, and separates the beaches of Ipanema and Leblon. The channel leads to Rodrigo de Freita´s Lagoon, surrounded by the neighborhoods of Rio (Lagoa, Ipanema, Leblon, Gávea and Jardim Botânico), framed by mountains and embraced by the Christ Redeemer. Rodrigo de Freita´s Lagoon impresses by it´s sunset and the gold reflex on the silent waters. Ride the Lagoon bike path, passing by 3 parks, featuring some of the best equipped areas of entertainment of the city. Pass by Vasco da Gama Nautical Headquarters and the main headquarters of Flamengo, the most popular football club of Brazil. The biking tour will end at Arpoador, where you can enjoy the beautiful sunset.
Relax on your flight from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu. Flight time is typically 2 hours and prices are subject to changes based on availability.
Enjoy a private airport transfer with private vehicle and professional driver.
Enjoy a private half day guided tour of the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls. After being picked up from your hotel, a scenic drive takes you through Iguazu National Park along the Cataratas Highway that leads to the border between Brazil and Argentina. Here, the river drops into a breathtaking canyon. You can descend a walkway and gaze at both sides of the falls and stop at the elevator to ride to the Brazilian side lookout point. Fantastic scenic and photographic opportunities abound, and your expert English speaking Guide will provide an educational and fun tour. At the end of the tour you will be brought back to your hotel in Iguazu.
Ideally located in a spectacular setting right on the Brazilian border that joins Argentina and Paraguay, Bourbon Cataratas Resort offers a multitude of land and space for travelers to wander. Bourbon Cataratas is surrounded by lush, tropical gardens. The tastefully decorated 299 guestrooms and 13 suites are comfortable and clean, embracing a North American style in decor. Each room and suite has a private balcony, cable TV and bathrooms with a bath and shower. It offers a variety of activities that can be enjoyed by all, including 2 swimming pools, a tennis court, and Kids Club. For relaxation there is a day-spa with massage services and sauna. The resort also offers a variety of restaurants and bars serving local and international cuisines.
Enjoy a fun packed full day private tour exploring the Argentine side of Iguazu falls. After being picked up at your hotel, you will be transferred into the subtropical jungle in the company of your Guide and Driver to view one of the seven Wonders of the World: the Iguassu Falls, formed by the spectacular fall of more than two hundred cascades. The falls are protected within the Iguassu National Park, an expanse of 67,500 hectares and which was created with the objective of conserving the splendid frame of the surrounding subtropical jungle. There is plenty of walking throughout the day as you explore the area as well as a chance to see the handmade products of the Maca Paraguayan ethnic tribe. Take the Jungle Ecological Train to Devil’s throat station and enjoy the 15 minute train ride going by the shore of the fabulous Iguazú River and discover the silent inhabitants such as the majestic yacarés. Disembarking the train, your Guide will accompany you on the footbridge of 1,100mts over the Iguazú River while they explain the bird diversity found in these parts such as condors and other wildlife as well as the Garganta del Diablo waterfall. Enjoy the wonderful views as you continue on your hike through the jungle passing other waterfalls. This is where the Mission movie was filmed.
Enjoy a wonderful Argentine barbeque lunch (not included), before continuing walking to see an incredibly panoramic view of the lower area of this wonderful stage. At the end of the day you will be returned to your hotel.
Fly from Foz do Iguacu directly to Rio de Janeiro. Flights are subject to availability. Total travel time is approximately 1.5 hours.
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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