(Rio de Janeiro, Foz do Iguaçu, Pantanal, Brasília, Manaus, Porto de Galinhas)
For anyone who has dreamed of seeing the real Brazil- look no further! Our Expedition tour allows you to get off the beaten path an experience the true beauty Brazil has to offer. Explore the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro and admire the modern and historical areas of the city. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views from the famous Christ the Redeemer statue at Corvocado mountain after experiencing the lush jungle landscapes of Sugar Loaf Mountain area. Relax on your domestic flight to Iguazu Falls before being met at the airport and transferred to your comfortable accommodation in this stunningly beautiful part of the world. Enjoy a guided tour of the Brazilian and Argentinean Waterfalls and take part in any number of optional activities before you fly north to the Pantanal (Brazil wetlands). Here, you will have the opportunity to see amazing flora and fauna with experienced guides, who have expert eyes to point out those camouflaged in the wetland forest. Travel to the nation’s capital Brasilia, for a brief stay. The next day fly further north to Manaus- the gateway to the Amazon Rainforest. Transfer to your lodge for a three-night excursion, to view and learn about various wildlife and plant life. Fly to Recife to soak up the sun and be enchanted by the sandy beaches with warm green waters!
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 visiting Corcovado and Sugarloaf. After being picked up from your hotel, you can enjoy a Panoramic city tour by car, passing by the main monuments such as Sambódromo, the Metropolitan Cathedral, Cinelandia Square with its Municipal Theatre, National Library and the Fine Art Museum, to name but a few. Arriving at the Sugar Loaf, you can take a cable car to get to the summit where you will have one of the most fantastic panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro. From here, the stop on the tour is Cosme Velho district, a traditional neighborhood in the Southern part of Rio de Janeiro which houses the picturesque Largo do Boticário - a small square enclosed by several neo-colonial style houses, built in the 1920s. (The houses were constructed using materials from much older buildings in the city's Centro district which had been demolished). Here, you can take a train up to the Corcovado Mountain, through the Atlantic rainforests of Tijuca to see the famous Christ The Redeemer statue and admire the fantastic panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro below. Before returning to the hotel, you will be taken for a visit to São Conrado beach to observe the famous hang gliders flying over the beach. You will no doubt enjoy the hosted lunch stop during the day and at day's end, having seen all of the sights; you will be brought back to your hotel.
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 Iguassu 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 shared 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 1,100 mts 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, 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 to Cuiaba connecting in Sao Paulo. Flights are subject to availability. Total travel time is approximately 7.5 hours.
Reception and assistance upon your arrival at Cuiaba Airport. A shared transfer will take you to the Pousada Rio Mutum, passing through the small village of Mimoso, where Candido Rondon was born.
Upon arrival you will be transferred to the Pousada Rio Mutum, passing through the small village of Mimoso, where Candido Rondon was born. Once you arrive at the Pousada enjoy a welcome drink and get ready for a delicious dinner at the lodge. After dinner the facilities of the Pousada as well as the programs for the next days will be presented.
The Pousada do Rio Mutum - Pantanal Lodge is located in the municipal district of Barão de Melgaço, one of the most beautiful regions of Mato Grosso´s Pantanal. There are 22 cotrages that are like apartments around the park area and a restuarant with varied regional menu. In this ecological paradise the sound of the birds at dawn, the enchantment of the waters, the blue sky, the breathtaking sunset, horseback riding through the forests and wetlands, trails totally immersed in nature, flights of birds, Brazilian otters playing by the river, and alligators enjoying the sun will give guests an unique and unforgettable moments.
After breakfast enjoy an ecological hiking tour through the wilderness of the Pantanal, visiting some settlements of the native “caboclos” with their palm thatched huts. The native's hospitality will provide you with an great impression of their lives together with a very stimulating drink of genuine “guarana”. Lunch at the lodge. After lunch, enjoy a horseback ride through typical Pantanal landscapes. Reception at a Fazenda which is situated at lake Sia Mariana, awaiting the sunset here. From here, you will return back to the lodge by boat. On the way back there is an opportunity to do some Piranha fishing.
After breakfast, enjoy a boat ride until you reach a “corixo”, where a walking trail will begin. This trail will go to the Chacororé Bay that expands for more than 15 km. Lunch is served at the lodge, and in the afternoon a ride by vehicle or boat will take you to the Mutum River for a photographic safari of a practically unexplored area of the river, with a boat ride to observe as much of the Pantanal life as possible.
After breakfast return to the Cuiaba Airport.
Enjoy a shared transfer to the Cuiaba airport.
Fly direct from Cuiaba to Brasilia. Flights are subject to availability. Total travel time is approximately 2.5 hours.
Enjoy a private airport transfer with professional driver from Airport/Hotel or vice versa
The Naoum Plaza Brasilia offers sophisticated and luxurious premises with customized and excellent service. There are 174 rooms available. The Naoum Plaza has floors exclusively reserved for non-smoker guests. The hotel offers a Fitness Center, sauna, swimming pool, beauty parlor, business center and broad band internet. Outstanding attraction of the hotel is the Falls Restaurant. The staff at the Naoum Plaza Brasilia will make sure the guests stay in the city is perfect.
Fly from Brasilia direct to Manaus. Flights are subject to availability. Total travel time is approximately 1 hour.
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.
Enjoy a shared transfer from the Amazon EcoPark Lodge to Manaus.
Fly from Manaus to Recife, connecting in Brasilia. Flights are subject to availability. Total travel time is approximately6.5 hours.
Enjoy a private transfer from Recife to Porto de Galinhas with professional driver.
The Village hotel is located along the beautiful beach of Porto de Galinhas- 60km away from Recife's airport. They are a hotel with contemporary architecture in complete harmony with nature and with the generous coconut grove that embraces them. The charming tropical gardens are rich in various beautiful flowers as well allow the titi monkeys to climb down the coconut trees to eat fruit out of your hands!
Enjoy your time at leisure with the opportunity to do some optional activities. Swimming in the ocean, heading to the town for a bit of shopping or to check out some local restaurants are all a great way to see the area. If lounging by the pool with a cocktail is more your style, feel free to take advantage and enjoy the sun!
Enjoy a private transfer from Porto de Galinhas to Recife with professional driver.
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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