(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.
Enjoy a full day private excursion with your own vehicle, professional driver and English-speaking guide to visit Corcovado and Sugarloaf. After being picked up from your hotel, the morning starts with a panoramic tour of the Rio beaches, including Copacabana and Ipanema, and the famous Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon as you head to the Cosme Velho district. Board the traditional cog-wheel train and enjoy the ride through the Tijuca rainforest up to the 125 foot-tall (38 meter) iconic Christ Redeemer Statue. The impressive statue hosts one of the best views of the city.Continue your tour to downtown Rio where you'll pass by the infamous Sambadrome, the exhibition area for the renowned Samba schools during Carnival. Continue through the city to see the Metropolitan Cathedral, made famous for its unusual pyramid shape, the traditional Cinelandia Square where you'll find various historic buildings such as the Municipal Theater, the National Library and the National Museum of Fine Arts.Enjoy lunch (included) at Confeitaria Colombo (except Sundays). Founded in 1894, the restaurant is living portrait of the Belle Époque era of Rio’s Downtown Business Center. Nominated one of the 100 best options of world gastronomy by "Saveur” Magazine, the food will not disappoint. After lunch head towards the Urca neighborhood, to visit one of Rio's most iconic symbols, Sugar Loaf Mountain. Traveling on a cable car, you'll first stop on Urca Hill at 700 feet (215 meters) above sea level to capture panoramic views of the city, Guanabara Bay, the Rio-Niteroi Bridge and Corcovado Mountain. Ascend on a second cable car to reach the Sugar Loaf summit for breathtaking views of Copacabana Beach, the Santa Cruz Fortress and the beaches of Niteroi. At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at your hotel.
Note: Sites visited may change depending on current traffic conditions, weather, street closures or other factors that may arise.
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".
Consider a tour to Corcovado, a trip up Sugarloaf Mountain, a visit to the botanical gardens or a tandem hanggliding experience off one of the nearby mountains.
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.
Although primarily famous for the Falls, Iguazu also has other attractions for visitors. Walk past the stunning Omar Ibn Al-Khattab Mosque, the largest mosque outside the Middle East (please note that non-Muslim visitors cannot enter). The zoo, Bosque Guarani, is also popular, and the bird park is the perfect place to while away a few hours. If you feel like taking a private or shared half or full day guided tour, consider one of the following options: a panoramic helicopter tour, a zodiac boat ride under the falls, a jungle safari, tours focusing on birding, flora and trekking, visit to an Indian community, a tour of a precious stones mine, a trip to Cuidad del Este in Paraguay, a kayaking or biking tour, a day trip to a traditional farm where you can enjoy activities such as horse riding, floating and river bathing. Alternatively, consider a day trip to visit the remains of the World Heritage site of San Ignaciom, a Jesuitical Mission where the Catholic church attempted to Christianize the indigenous populations of the Americas in the 17th century. The site also has a fascinating Archaeological museum. Please speak to your Kensington Tours Sales Advisor if you are interested in any of these options.
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.
Fly from Foz do Iguacu directly to Rio de Janeiro. Flights are subject to availability. Total travel time is approximately 1.5 hours.
With finely furnished guestrooms and a highly popular restaurant, Mar Ipanema Hotel puts you right at the heart of the action in vibrant Rio de Janeiro. Imagine a host of picturesque city surroundings: World famous beaches lined up with picturesque islands; a verdant tropical forest; tranquil lagoons reflecting the stunning mountains. You can see this and much more by staying in the imposing, modern high rise building in which Mar Ipanema is housed. The hotel incorporates a warm and friendly ambiance that complements Rio de Janeiro's tropical climate. It prides itself on showering its guests with excellent service and facilities; avail yourself of the establishment's 24 hour reception desk. You're already visiting one of Brazil's most charming cities. Why not experience it to the fullest in this charming hideaway, only a few blocks from Ipanema beach.
Located in the center of Foz do Iguaçu, the Viale Cataratas Hotel offers an impressive leisure and relaxation area with interconnected pools and garden that are complimented by a bar. The comfortable rooms are equipped with air conditioning, flat-screen cable TV and other facilities. Recreational facilities include a games room with a pool and ping-pong table. The Viale Cataratas Hotel Foz do Iguacu is located 18 km from the airport and 7 km from downtown.
December 12, 2014
"We are back. We did have a wonderful time with our daughter and I certainly had no reason at all for being at all nervous that things would not go smoothly. Everyone associated with our time in Iguazu Falls was helpful, more than pleasant and always on time. I thought originally that we could manage such a trip on our own. But when we got there and saw the hassles we would have run into with the visas, border crossings, transportation and such, I realized that going the way we did was the wise choice. Absolutely we would travel with you again. And if anyone asks about the best way to see that part of the country, I would not hesitate to recommend KT. "
Janet Huebert ,
December 12, 2014
"Well, Cindy, we’ve been home for a week but I can’t stop replaying every day of our wonderful holiday in my head! It was all that I had hoped for and MORE! We enjoyed all of the locations we visited – the beauty of the landscapes, the sight of wildlife, the rich culture & interesting history of Argentina & the outgoing, positive attitude of its people. Our guides were terrific – so friendly & knowledgeable & helpful & enthusiastic! We had no delays or difficulties & our accommodations were outstanding. Have I mentioned that it was a FABULOUS holiday??!!! My thanks to you for coordinating, booking, confirming and generally taking care of our requests in planning our adventure. "
Ann Schiller ,
December 12, 2014
"Fabulous trip to Machu Picchu, Cusco and Lima. Trip of a lifetime with a sensational group of guides, drivers, and transfer staff! Loved the Sanctuary Lodge! A must! Thank you, Nella Huaringa, for planning this amazing journey! Thanks for making sure we didn't miss a thing on our itinerary even when we lost a travel day, due to a broken airplane that turned back midair, on our way to Lima. We appreciate your service above and beyond. "
December 12, 2014
"Wow! All my life, I have planned and organized our trips, requiring considerable research and contact time--not to mention, most significantly, all the stress involved at each destination to make sure all connections are made. This time, I put it in the hands of some extremely capable people--and sat back and relaxed. And relax I did! We were booked into full-service, quality accommodations at all times; our transport and tour guidance were all on an individual, private basis, except where public transportation was in order; and--most valuable to us--we were met and assisted through all travel/hotel connections. We truly felt pampered. At one point, in fact, we had a problem with an immigration paper that we had lost, and a Kensington representative personally accompanied us through the whole process of replacing it--even though we were officially "on our own" that day. That's what makes the difference--the responsibility and accountability toward clients. Kudos to Kensington and to our representative, Brandi Merchant. We are already planning more travel and see no reason to look any further than to an agency that has earned our trust. "
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. "
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"
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"
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